“Not the Worlds” will be sailed to Auckland in August

OK Dinghies: “Not the Worlds” will be sailed to Auckland in August

by Wakatere BC / Sail-World Jul 17, 2020 7:25 PM PDT
22-23 August 2020

Dan Slater directing traffic to the Wing Mark – Day 4 – Symonite OK Worlds 2019 – February 2019, Wakatere Boating Club © Richard Gladwell

Considering world events, the regatta calendar for 2020 has certainly seen a few changes to the point of being completely upset.

Today, New Zealand is like the country time has forgotten, the country akin to a closed community with closed borders, and in this fortress life is as nearly normal as it gets.

Major new sporting events are underway, playing in full stadiums – while similar events could only attract a handful of spectators before COVID.

The America’s Cup obviously overshadows all sailing activity for next summer in Auckland, but the core sailors are getting back on track with club sailing. With the international sailing calendar changing, it would appear to be up to local sailors to build their own national competitions and regattas, and as they hurry to wait for the world stage to take hold.

OK Dinghy is New Zealand’s oldest established international class, with a record of sailors competing in Europe and Australia dating back to the mid-1960s.

So it should come as no surprise that the class has found a replacement for the 2020 World Championships.

The “Not the Worlds” is a special event replacing New Zealand sailors who were scheduled to compete in Marstrand, Sweden, at the 2020 OK World Championships, unfortunately postponed due to COVID-19.

This regatta, at the Wakatere Boating Club, is open to all OK Dinghy class boats whose owners are currently financial members of the NZ OK Dinghy Association and are members of a yacht club affiliated with Yachting New Zealand.

Wakatere was the site of the 2019 world championships with more than 50 New Zealand sailors competing in the fleet of 111 people. The New Zealanders have taken nine of the top 12 overall – and the 2020 ‘Not Worlds’ will be hotly contested.

The races will take place on the weekend of August 22-23, 2020

The event is part of the NZOKDA tour. Points to be counted for the series.

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