|The ASRL Team Navy Open was well attended although surf and weather challenged us. Whilst we did a very effective shift to Long Beach we regretted not getting the Interstate done and once again a lesson learned and changes have been made to ensure this won’t happen again. Congratulations must go out to Mollymook for hosting the Open and we know from past history that returning to the same venue makes for an even better run event the following year. |
It was in around March that COVID started to bite and only NSW got their State Titles complete with other states forced to cancel. This then lead onto the season’s biggest disappointment of the cancellation of the Australian Titles. I think of those last year 19’s and 23’s missing out on the opportunity of success on our biggest stage.
It was the strangest of off seasons, especially for me in my home state of Queensland not being able to drag the boat out of the shed and go and have fun catching those clean winter swells.
This season we are now living the new normal. Six months ago I knew nothing of a COVID Safe Plan, COVID Marshalls and the whole uncertainty that COVID has bought to us in trying to organise carnivals.
By now you would have received notice of the ASRL looking to secure an alternate plan B date for the 2021 Open (click here for ASRL statement). We are keeping a close eye on the situation and will keep you informed as new information comes to hand. Obviously we are still hoping to run the event as originally planned.
We have cemented our relationship with Team Navy and Destination NSW and they have been great to work with during these difficult times.
Our relationship with SLSA is a strong one and it’s reassuring that at any stage I can pick the phone up and talk directly to the right people, I’d also like to thank Charles Melloy our National Referee for always making himself available to any concerns we may have and also asking for our input regarding scheduling options. We are continuing to discuss all things boats, and I know there is much talk about what the rest of this season will bring and I have been discussing the National Titles with SLSA.
We are very close to releasing our upgraded ASRL App and you will hear a lot more about this as we get closer, it’s designed to simplify what we do and one of the additions will be the Surf Hazard Rating. This will allow you to quickly complete and record conditions at every training session you do in the surf. It’s so very important that we keep this system relevant and in full use which will keep us training and competing in surf.