What happens if BOISW is affected by COVID-19?

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It’s on everyone’s mind at the moment – so we thought we’d let you know what will happen in the event that the coronavirus rears its ugly head again around regatta time. 

First and foremost – if we have to cancel CRC Bay of Islands Sailing Week for any reason, including if we’re at Alert Level 3 or 4 and boating is prohibited, you will of course receive a full refund of your entry fee. Likewise, if you’re affected by a regional lockdown and can’t travel to the event, we’ll give you your money back without hesitation.

At Alert Level 2 when boating is permitted, but there are restrictions on gathering sizes, racing would still go ahead, but we wouldn’t be able to run the shorebased side of the regatta. That means there would be no food, drink and evening entertainment at Regatta HQ, and we’d run a virtual Prizegiving via live video instead.

At Alert Level 1 the full regatta would go ahead, including racing and shorebased events, subject to requirements around contact tracing, physical distancing, etc.

Hopefully it’s not something we’ll have to worry about, but we’d appreciate your understanding as we react to any developments. Please know that we’ll always put on the best event we possibly can, in line with any government guidelines and restrictions in place at the time.

The main thing to remember is, if you can’t make it due to COVID-19, you can expect a full refund, so you can enter now with complete confidence.