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Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

RNZYS planning Bridge 2 Bean race

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The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron plan to run a Bridge 2 Bean Rock race for dinghies and foiling vessels in 2021 as part of their 150th celebrations.

The race will be for a minimum of 150 boats and will start off Westhaven Tower near the Harbour Bridge and finish off Orakei wharf or the reverse, depending on the weather. The start will be split into various divisions dependent on entry numbers.

The Squadron are holding a meeting at the club on February 4, 2020 (6pm) for people to find out more about how their club or association can get involved and to work with the dinghy clubs to make this event memorable.

“New Zealand is certainly the place to be in 2021 and visitors to Auckland during this time are in for a treat like never before when it comes to celebrating our rich sailing heritage," Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron vice commodore Aaron Young said. "Like many of us, having raced dinghies myself as a youngster, I am passionate about making this inaugural B2B race an ongoing fixture for Auckland. 

"To create this marquee event right around the America’s Cup is a great opportunity for us to include as many dinghies from all over the country.”

Former dinghy sailor and now number two on the world match racing rankings Nick Egnot-Johnson is excited to be involved in this event

“I grew up dinghy sailing," he said. "It’s where my love and passion for sailing began. I can’t wait to get back into a dinghy for the B2B race.

"With a minimum of 150 boats on the start line, it's going to be a sight to behold and I can’t wait to be involved.”

Meeting outline/agenda

6pm – Welcome refreshments
6.15pm – Introduction from Aaron Young, vice commodore / chair major projects 2021
6.30pm – Open discussion / whiteboard session
7.00pm – Confirm future actions

Please RSVP for the meeting here