Things are starting to heat up in Auckland in the final build-up to 2014 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland with racing set to get underway this Saturday, 1st February on the Waitemata.
The boat that capsizes the least wins..... That theory was tested and found true at the Nacra 17 Nationals Champs held at Murrays Bay over the weekend of 25th and 26th January.
NZL Sailing Team members Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders gave out a lesson in heavy wind Catamaran sailing to the two newer crews of Rachel Basevi (helm) and Tomer Simhony, (crew), and Taylor Burn ( helm) and Vicky Francis (crew) on the third boat.
The NZL Sailing Team and Maersk Line are together putting on a Sausage Sizzle at Oceanbridge Sail Auckland, free for all competitors, volunteers and sponsors of the event. From 4:00pm (after racing) on Monday Februrary 3rd, you are invited to join the NZL Sailing Team for some casual food and drink at the Royal Akarana Yacht
With all three NZL Sailing Team Laser campaigners, and New Zealand’s best up-and-comers, to be joined by top international competitors from Australia, Sweden, Ireland, Norway, Singapore, the Netherlands and Korea the scene is set for an almighty battle to determine who will be 2014 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland champion in the men’s single-handed Laser event.
Today it was announced that NZL Sailing Team sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have signed with Emirates Team New Zealand as the team move towards mounting a campaign for the 35th America’s Cup.
Sailors intending to sail at 2014 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland have just Days left to enter on line. Registration for this ISAF 100 point regatta closes on Friday 24 January.
Current World Champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (49er) and Molly Meech and Alex Maloney (49erFX) each completed a good series to retain their national titles in the 49er and 49erFX respectively at the New Zealand Championships Regatta sailed in Auckland from the Royal Akarana Yacht Club over the weekend of 11-12 January 2014.
The 2014 NZL Sailing Team was launched by Yachting New Zealand today at a function in Auckland attended by team supporters and media.
The NZL Sailing Team features strongly in the finalists named for the 51st Westpac Halberg Awards.
Two double-handed sailing crews - Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, and Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie – are up against the All Blacks (Rugby), Black Sox (Softball) and Men’s Pair Hamish Bond and Eric Murray (Rowing) for Team of the Year. And Nathan Handley is one of four finalists for Coach of the Year – the others include Eddie Kohlhase (Softball), Guy Wilson (Golf), and Steve Hansen (Rugby).
With just over 260 days to go until the opening ceremony of the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships the Notice of Race has been published.
Santander will be a hive of sailing activity from 8-21 September 2014 with all ten Olympic events racing for World Championship glory and Olympic qualification.