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Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta

Places up for grabs at Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta

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Next year's Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta will see the return of an international flavour but will also carry significance for home sailors looking to qualify for the 2023 combined world championships.

The Dutch windfoiling squad, who contain some of the world's best, are due to train and race in New Zealand this summer and are likely to compete at the Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta at the Torbay Sailing Club on March 24-26.

It's likely some other internationals will also be in the country and looking to remain race sharp against this country's best.

The 2023 Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta is being used by Yachting New Zealand as a selection event, along with various class nationals, for the combined world championships to be held at The Hague in August.

"This is a great time of year for racing in New Zealand and there is pressure on for many crews wanting to stake a claim for next year's world champs," Yachting New Zealand high performance director Ian Stewart said. 

"We always see some good racing at the Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta and it will be nice to welcome back some international sailors again after the disruptions caused by Covid."

The Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta is this country’s premier youth and Olympic classes event.

It has sometimes been used as the youth trials for selection to the NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team to compete at the Youth Sailing World Championships but these will be held later in the year with the youth worlds not scheduled to take place until December 2023 (likely to be in Brazil).

Entries to the Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta are open and the notice of race can be found here.