ORCV Racing Season 2019/20 Suspension to Winter Series

Dear Members,

Fortunately, the government's financial support has ensured clubs like ours remain viable and our staff can remain employed, which we very much appreciate. We have used the time well, to review and refine our systems and processes and do some much needed maintenance. Not to dissimilar with boat owners who are no doubt using this down time to work on their own maintenance list.

We are starting to see positive signs with the trending down of new Covid19 cases and discussion about a gradual lifting of restrictions. We cannot wait for that time, when we can don the wet weather gear, head out on the ocean and feel the wind in our face once more. Until then, we must respect the government's directives, particularly as they apply to amateur sport. Until we see the lifting of travel restrictions and the lifting or clarification of the current social distancing rules, the club will not be running racing.

So in summary, the suspension of racing will continue, including the start of the Winter Series. If the government advice is that we can safely commence racing again, we will run what we can when we can. When we do, we commit to giving people plenty of notice so they can enter and have time to prepare their boat and crew. The ORCV office will remain operational during this period, if we can help you during this time don't hesitate to contact us.

Meanwhile we are working on a number of initiatives including the Pacific 2022 race concept you may have seen online and we encourage you to provide feedback here. We are also working on some exciting new online training initiatives focused on navigation and tactics, more on that later. We can't wait to see you back on the water, until then stay safe and stay connected.

Yours faithfully,

Martin Vaughan 

ORCV Commodore