Hundreds of sailors fear being stranded for Pacific storm season

Australia and New Zealand, the usual safe havens for yachts during the Pacific cyclone season, are closed because of Covid-19 restrictions

The crews of hundreds of ocean-going yachts fear being stranded in the Pacific islands during cyclone season with usual safe havens in New Zealand and Australia closed because of Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Traditionally yachts sail south to escape the storm season but because of strict coronavirus protocols, the borders of both countries remain closed to all but their own nationals.

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