The expansion of the Royal Akarana Yacht Club has continued with the club haven taken possession of 20 new Lasers which will be available for charter.
The 20 Lasers, available in Standard, Radial and 4.7 configuration, come with newly-developed carbon top sections and are available as bareboat charter or as a complete kit.
A first for any new New Zealand club, the boats will be utilised for high performance training and racing as well as for adults learning to sail and youth wishing to advance to the next stage of their careers. A twilight racing series is also in development giving sailors another chance to get on the water racing.
The boats have been stored in the new clubhouse and will be the first boats to utilise the new storage space within the facility. The Hyundai Marine Sports Centre is due to be finished in the coming weeks.
The Laser is the biggest class in the world and, with charter boats available within Auckland and for external events, the 20 boats are available for international sailors to help them attend regattas in the region.
The boats are available for January's Laser national championships at the Manly Sailing Club as well as February's Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta, which is being held at Akarana. Bookings for a charter can be made through Akarana's website.
“The 20 new Lasers are a tremendous step to making sailing and racing easier and fun for everyone," Royal Akarana Yacht Club sailing director Rod Davis said. "Charters boats for the elite racers, the instant 20 boat feet for club racing, twilight fun racing during the summer and the highly successful RAYC academy and it’s pathway for young sailors mean opportunities to fit all sailors.
“With the new club house as well as having a fleet of Lasers for major events, club racing and academy, the Royal Akarana Yacht Club is going to set a high standard for its members and the yachting community.”
More information regarding the Lasers and the charter agreements can be found on www.rayc.co.nz/lasers