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OKI 24-Hour and 6-Hour Races This Weekend

OKI 24-Hour and 6-Hour Races This Weekend

Auckland,
January 3, 2014 – The North Shore’s beloved OKI 24-Hour
Race begins this Saturday 8 January at 2pm. Olympic-hopefuls
will be sailing through the night in an iconic event with
past winners including Dean Barker and Russell
Coutts.

“The OKI 24-hr sailing event is New Zealand’s
toughest dinghy race and this year we have teams from all
over the world competing – Koreans, Dutch and Omanis,”
says Murrays Bay Sailing Club Commodore, David Gunn. “We
have perfect laser sailing conditions in Auckland and these
teams visit over the summer to train.”

The OKI 24-Hour
Race is a competition for laser sailors held on Lake Pupuke
and run by Murrays Bay Sailing Club, a club with a rich
history of sailors recognised through national
championships, America’s Cup regattas and the
Olympics.

“Last year’s event saw an exciting finish
with the winning boats just 30-seconds apart – second
place went to a youth team,” says Gunn. “The start of
the race was almost as exciting with the sailors in a Le
Mans-style run down the hill and onto the
boats.”

There’s a major prize of $2,000 available for
the sailor/s who do the most laps in the 24-hour timeframe.
The best solo sailor will also win $1,000 and have a chance
to win the major prize as well.

“The solo sailors race
through the night so it’s hard to keep concentration up
for that long, but they don’t need to swap sailors every
two hours so have a chance to win the big prize as well as
the solo prize,” explains Gunn.

Last year’s solo
champion, James Sandall, will be defending his title and
there’s also competition from Andy Maloney and Nicholas
Heiner (who came first and second in the NZ Nationals a few
weeks ago), Thomas Saunders (who is up for Olympic
selection), Phil Robinson, Brad Marsh and Andrew
McKenzie.

From howling 30-knot southerlies to 2 knots of
shifting breeze in the middle of the night and everything in
between, the OKI 24-Hour Race is a test of man and boat
against the elements.

Timings:
6-hr Race:
(7.30am – 1.30pm)
24-hour Race: (2pm Saturday – 2pm
Sunday)
The events are fundraisers for Murray’s Bay
Sailing Club to develop youth sailing and local business
Comworth Technologies, distributor for OKI printers, has
been sponsoring the race since 1989.
www.murraysbay.org / www.comworth.co.nz

About
Comworth

Comworth has been the exclusive distributor
for OKI since 1985. A family business, Comworth has a long
tradition with sailing sponsorships. Founder David
Charlesworth is a past Commodore of the Royal New Zealand
Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) and many RNZYS events have been
supported, as well as the Auckland BMW sailing regatta. Both
David and his son Mark, who works in the business, are both
still actively involved in yacht racing through
RNZYS.

About OKI
OKI specializes in the design,
development, manufacture, and marketing of business printing
solutions that empower organizations to communicate more
effectively. A subsidiary of Tokyo-based OKI Electric
Industry (established in 1881 as Japan’s first
telecommunications manufacturer), OKI Data fields
representatives in 120 countries to offer innovative,
leading-edge products and services worldwide. For more
information, please visit http://www.oki.com

ENDS

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