The New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Series has been forced to postpone the next two rounds of their 2021 championship after a new lockdown was introduced in the country.
This year’s series kicked off in Gisborne on February 13 with 15 boats from five classes finishing the race.
NZ Offshore posted this statement:
The Executive has met via zoom this evening and have decided, due to the move in COVID alert levels and the uncertainty ahead in the next few weeks, that we will unfortunately be postponing the Whitianga and Marsden Cove Rounds.
At this stage Taupo will remain as it is on the 17th of April and the other two rounds will follow this.
More information will be available in the next few days as we get confirmation from councils and those involved locally in organising these events.
Please be assured we are 100% committed to running these rounds as long as there are no future disruptions which are out of our control.
Auckland has been put into a seven-day lockdown after one community COVID-19 case was found.
More relaxed restrictions which limit social gatherings have also been introduced across the rest of New Zealand.