Rowing NZ breathe sigh of relief as Hurricane Irma spares World Champs venue


There was good news for the NZ Rowing team with the Florida venue for this month's World Championships avoiding a direct hit by Hurricane Irma.

The NZ team has had to delay an advance party because the airport in Tampa is shut, but are hoping to fly out on Thursday.
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The team is due to leave on Thursday and at this stage that's still the plan says Alan Cotter, Rowing NZ High Performance Director. "Hopefully by the end of the day we should have a clearer picture on the hotel/catering/venue etc."

In a statement the organising committee for the event says "the Sarasota/Bradenton area did not come under the direct impact of the hurricane as predicted."

"Luckily, damage is limited. The area is still under movement restrictions until all services are restored and roadway damage is cleared."

The biggest problem is expected to be power outages with 60 percent of the area losing power during the hurricane.

The organising committee is in constant communication with officials to coordinate the recovery initiatives in the area as well as with the airports, hotels, transport partners and vendors.

Over 1,700 athletes from around the world are due to arrive this week, with 40,000 spectators estimated during the Championships.

Sixty-one New Zealand athletes will compete at the week-long event which is being held in the USA for the first time in more than two decades. Racing starts on Monday 25.

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