Hoe Tonga has chosen the dates for Regionals 2018 in Masterton: 24 and 25 November 2018, with a potential back up date of 15/16 December.
The Board has considered various date options, in order to balance various issues, including the potential re-occurence of weed (earlier is better) and avoiding clashes with other races. The Board is aware that 24/25 November clashes with the beginning of Vaka Eiva in Rarotonga. However, only a small number of paddlers usually attend from our region, and based on previous schedules, it appears that only the W1 races at Vaka Eiva may clash during that weekend, hence minimising the number of paddlers potentially affected.
The back up date has been chosen in case the weed occurs early and there is no time to clear it, to avoid having to cancel the event completely.