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Third time lucky for Bridge to Bean

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Anything from a Starling and Sunburst to Feva and Farr 3.7 will line up for Sunday's third attempt at the inaugural Bridge to Bean race.

A combination of Covid-19 and strong winds scuppered two previous attempts by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron to stage the race from the Auckland Harbour Bridge to Bean Rock lighthouse so organisers will be hoping Sunday's attempt goes off without a hitch.

As many as 99 boats have registered for the event, many of them double-handed boats, and there are a number of well-known names among the lineup.

There will be interest in the nine-strong Cherub fleet, with Dean Barker and Mike Sanderson both lining up and there will also be moths, windfoilers and kitefoilers battling it out at the front of the fleet.

The Optimist represents the biggest fleet, with 17 entries, and there will be intrigue in the RS Aero with Yachting New Zealand regional development manager Hayden Whitburn on the start list.

Boats will converge on Auckland's Harbour Bridge from various launching sites around the city. 

  • Photo: Mike Sanderson and his son will sail in their Cherub. Pic: Adam Mustill / Live Sail Die.