Seventeen 420 teams contest Sail Auckland 2012
More than two hundred competitors from thirteen countries begin racing on the Waitemata Harbour on Saturday 4 February in the Olympic, Paralympic and other invited classes.
“This is the first time our club has run an ISAF Grade 1 Olympic and Paralympic class event.” Royal Akarana Yacht Club’s Commodore Matthew Woodley is says that this event is significant for the 117 year old club, “We are thrilled to be involved in Sail Auckland this year and look forward to hosting a fantastic regatta.”
Staged on four courses in the surrounds of Bean Rock, Motukorea Channel and Mechanics Bay, twelve classes will square off at New Zealand’s premier ISAF Grade 1 event, including two national championships (Flying Fifteen and Access Liberty). Competing Classes include the RS:X windsurfers, Laser, Laser Radial, Finn, 420, 470, 29er, 49er, Flying Fifteen, SKUD 18, Access Liberty, Access 303 & 2.4mR.
New Zealand’s top sailors including most of the NZL Sailing Team, and those that have been selected for the London 2012 Olympic Games will be racing at this event. This is a rare opportunity for New Zealand youth to be sailing amongst their Olympic heroes, and for all of the NZL Sailing Team to be racing on home waters.
This year promises exciting racing with New Zealand’s best and international competition in most of the Olympic and Paralympic classes, and the event is now reaching further into the development classes such as the 420, 29er, Access Liberty and Flying fifteen. Racing will conclude on Tuesday 7 February.
Getting in behind Sail Auckland 2012 is a team of dedicated sponsors including Te Waihou Reserve New Zealand Spring Water and the Lion Foundation.
Source: Sail Auckland
Image: © Matias Capizanno