Mark Orams thinks Sir Peter Blake would have had a huge smile on his face at the weekend looking down on an event in his own name that is potentially the largest multi-class centre board regatta in the world.
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Michael Brown gives an update from the bottom half of the northern region, an area that extends from Lake Taupo to the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
It might be a long way from the Great Sound in Bermuda but the Lake Mahinapua Aquatic Club has seen a resurgence in sailing following this year's America's Cup and Emirates Team New Zealand's tour of the country.
The next wave of young foiling sailors will battle it out at the 2018 Red Bull Foiling Generation in Auckland in February.
Torbay will come alive this weekend with the biggest centreboard regatta in the country as more than 400 children compete in the annual Sir Peter Blake regatta.
The Hamilton Yacht Club will be running another Optisail live-in camp this summer from January 18-21.
It was a victory that captivated a nation, so it was little surprise when Emirates Team New Zealand were named Executive Travel Sailor of the Year at the annual Volvo Yachting Excellence Awards.
Blustery conditions made it challenging for the competitors in the inaugural Hansa Class North Island championships at the Ngaroto Sailing Club last weekend.
Jason Holdt and Todd Birrell dominated the Hartley 16 North Island championships sailed at the Ngaroto Sailing Club recently.