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Youth America's Cup

Third attempt to stage Bridge to Bean

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The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron are hoping it's third time lucky and have already attracted a high calibre of entries for December's Bridge to Bean race.

A combination of Covid-19 and strong winds scuppered two previous attempts to stage the race from the Auckland Harbour Bridge to Bean Rock lighthouse but organisers are now hoping to run it on December 19.

Due to safety purposes, they are limiting entries to 150 – they had more than 200 entries in previous editions - so the RNZYS are encouraging potential entrants to act quickly to secure a spot.

For those who entered and paid for previous editions, please click here . You will not be charged a second entry fee. First-time entries should visit here.

A scan through the list of entries for December's event already reveals a wide range of boats and abilities, with America's Cup skipper Dean Barker and Ocean Race veteran Mike Sanderson intending to race in Cherubs and Yachting Developments entering the 9m foiling boat that was going to be used for the Youth America's Cup.

There's also a good mixture of other classes already represented, from Optimists and RS Fevas to windfoilers and a Moth.

The race was conceived as another event to mark the club's 150th anniversary and was touted as a Round the Bays on water.

  • The 9m foiling boat that was going to be used for the Youth America's Cup. Photo: Andrew Delves / RNZYS.