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​2021 Rocket Foods New Zealand Rowing Championships - Boat Park Access

  • 17 Feb 21

In anticipation of the New Zealand Government’s announcement this afternoon, Rowing NZ and South Island Rowing are preparing plans for access to the Boat Park.

The below outlines what Boat Park activity will be made available, and when, depending on four possible Alert Level status outcomes for the remainder of this week.

The proposed schedule for a possible three day regatta commencing Thursday 18 February is available to view here.

If Rowing NZ and South Island Rowing are able to host a regatta, the Safety Briefing will be held 60 mins prior to the first race on the first day, at the McClelland Lodge Theatrette, Lake Ruataniwha, Twizel.

Scenario One - Twizel Region returns to Alert Level 1 Immediately

In the event of the Twizel Region returning to Alert Level 1 immediately, the 2021 Rocket Foods New Zealand Rowing Championships would proceed as a three day regatta, commencing 8am Thursday 18 February.

A small group of Clubs were provided access to the Boat Park yesterday to prepare for a possible Level 2 regatta, moving their equipment throughout the site. Limited access will be provided to these clubs as a priority to return their equipment to the Boat Park’s original set-up.

Once this is complete, further clubs will be invited into the Boat Park to resume racing preparations, and on-water training may become available if time permits.

Scenario Two - Twizel Region returns to Alert Level 1 at 11.59pm Wednesday 17 February

In the event of the Twizel Region returning to Alert Level 1 at 11.59pm Wednesday 17 February, the 2021 Rocket Foods New Zealand Rowing Championships would proceed as a three day regatta, commencing 8am Thursday 18 February.

A small group of Clubs were provided access to the Boat Park yesterday to prepare for a possible Level 2 regatta, moving their equipment throughout the site. Limited, staggered access complying with Alert Level 2 gathering restrictions will be provided to these clubs as a priority to return their equipment to the Boat Park’s original set-up.

Further clubs will be able to access the Meridian Rowing Centre as soon as the Twizel Region resumes to Alert Level 1 status.

Scenario Three - Twizel Region remains in Alert Level 2 until 11.59pm on Thursday 18 February

In the event of the Twizel Region returning to Alert Level 1 at 11.59pm Thursday 18 February, Rowing NZ and South Island Rowing will evaluate the possibility of hosting an at-best two day regatta.

Clubs not wishing to participate in a possible two day regatta and hoping to depart Twizel will be offered limited, staggered access complying with Alert Level 2 gathering restrictions as a priority, to collect their equipment.

Further clubs will not be able to access the Meridian Rowing Centre until the Twizel Region returns to Alert Level 1 status.

Scenario Four - Twizel Region remains in Alert Level 2 on or beyond Friday 20 February

In the event of the Twizel Region remaining in Alert Level 2 on or beyond Friday 20 February, the 2021 Rocket Foods New Zealand Rowing Championships will not proceed.

Clubs will be offered limited, staggered access complying with Alert Level 2 gathering restrictions to collect their equipment. Rowing NZ and South Island Rowing will ensure that this activity will be undertaken as swiftly as possible whilst remaining within gathering restrictions.