2020 has been a dramatic year for rowing clubs. MAADI was cancelled with the onset of Covid 19 in New Zealand, and from that time on rowing events seemed to fall like dominoes. Cancellations included smaller local regattas (Panmure Basin) regional and Legion regattas such as Karapiro pre-Nationals, and then came the cancellation of Masters Nationals. Many clubs have tried to establish small informal regattas with mixed attendance. Horowhenua Lower North Island regatta was well supported 65 rowers representing Horowhenua, Hawkes Bay, Porirua, Petone, Clifton, Aramaho Whanganui, Wellington, and Star (eight clubs in total), 2nd James Boyce memorial regatta at Mercer was cancelled, a new Eric Ver Donk memorial regatta at Pupuke coming up in October and Lake Dunstan event to come in early December.
Here is an article from Rowing NZ dated 22 September 2020 that explains their advice to clubs at various alert levels.
And go here for a cute video of Emma Twigg staying at home rowing in her backyard.
During Level 3 and Level 2, “bubbles” of 10 Masters were formed who could then row together. At each return to Level 2, club members were all keen to get back on the water and rejoin their rowing friends. By August, the schools were able to start their new programmes but there’s still much uncertainty around the near future of racing in New Zealand and certainly no thought of racing internationally at least for a few more months.
One St George’s crew made it onto TVOne Sports News with their “erg across Cook Strait” fund raiser which raised $4000 for food for those living without support