For the first time in its 39-year-event history, the PIC Coastal Classic is cancelled.
New Zealand Multihull Yacht Club (NZMYC) Commodore Greer Houston said last week it looked like the alert levels in place on October 22 might enable them to host some sort of sailing activity.
“But this week, updated restrictions make it clear that events of any kind are not permitted at Level 3. We have been forced to fly the AP flag [Answering Pennant used to indicate a postponed race] for Labour Weekend,” Houston said.
“The NZMYC and PIC Insurance brokers thank all of the event partners and supporters, and also the competitors, in particular those outside of Auckland, for their ongoing positivity.
“We would especially like to acknowledge Yachting New Zealand’s assistance in trying to make a race possible
“It’s a tough time for the entire country. The silver lining is that recreational boating is allowed in Auckland at Level 3 and we can get out and enjoy boating with our bubbles. We’ll look forward to seeing you out there – from a safe distance of course – at Labour Weekend.”
Daniel Garner of PIC Insurance Brokers said working with the committee to look at how a race could be conducted safely during these times has shown that they have to a group of people at the helm who are passionate about this event.
“Throughout the many discussions, the priority was always participant and public safety,” said Garner.
“While the 2021 event just wasn’t to be, PIC Insurance Brokers remain absolutely committed to our partnership and will be right behind the NZMYC as we come out the other side of this to get back into boating and racing next year.
“Bring on the 40th Edition of the PIC Coastal Classic. Labour Weekend 2022 cannot come soon enough.”
The club is looking forward to welcoming everyone to special 40th birthday events in 2022.
“While we’re a little down about this decision, we’ve now turned our focus the upcoming milestone race. We owe it to Kiwi yachties and we will have a lot to celebrate by then,” said Houston.
The NZMYC recommends that anyone missing their sailing next Friday check out the online race option offered by Sail-Online.org.
“And if you are out and about on your boat, consider sending us some photos or video – on email@example.com or by tagging #coastalclassic on insta, or posting to our Facebook page – so we can share your adventurers with race followers,” she said.
The NZMYC will refund all entry fees on November 20.
More information will be provided as details emerge. Stay up to date with the latest at www.coastalclassic.co.nz and on Facebook and Instagram.