I learned via Garth Spencer’s BCSFAzine #424 (not yet posted at eFanzines) that Bridget Bradshaw and Chris Garcia are starting to plan the 2009 westbound Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund race, the winner attending Anticipation, the 2009 Worldcon in Montreal. Nominations are being solicited now, and close November 5. “Voting begins ASAP after that, at latest by 14 Nov and Novacon. Voting closes on a day to be arranged, shortly after Easter 2009 (April 10-13).”
It’s still apparently early to find plans for the Down Under Fan Fund race. While not an official DUFF site, the SFFANZ New Zealand club’s site at least makes this specific statement about the 2009 DUFF race:
In 2009, the DUFF trip will be from
Australasiato the . Nominations will be opened after March 2008. US
For the Australasian-US trip, each candidate must be nominated by three Australasian fans and two North American fans. Each candidate will have a written platform and promises (barring Acts of God) to travel to the 2009 NASFiC, and to serve as administrator of the fund until the next Australasian delegate is elected.
There may be little news about DUFF for 2009, but there actually is a lot of activity among North American fans interested in being the 2010 DUFF delegate to Aussiecon 4. Several are already lining up nominators.
Update 9/5/2008: Corrected “Atlanta” to “Atlantic.”