Two top titles to be contested

Two top titles to be contested

Two championship sailing titles will
be contested at Auckland Anniversary Regatta on 28 January

At least 500 boats are expected to
grace Auckland’s harbour for the city’s Anniversary Regatta,
and amongst them will be young sailors competing for two
Auckland Championship titles.

These are the Auckland
Championships for the Starling class, to be held at Maraetai
Beach, and the Auckland Championships for the Optimist
Class, to be held at Wakatere Boating Club, on the North

Both classes attract serious young sailors: The
Optimist is one of the most popular sailing boats in the
world, and is popular as a learn to sail boat for children,
that is also raced up to world championship level. The
Starling, designed by the late Des Townson, is unique to New
Zealand, is fun and exciting to sail, and is a platform that
launches many young sailors into Olympic classes and a
lifetime as sailors.

For youth sailors, both events are
prestigious and hard fought for, and sailors will attend
that represent yacht clubs throughout Auckland.

racing will also be hosted at five other yacht clubs, for
over twenty different types of sailing boats, including
skiffs and windsurfers, and classes specifically for sailors
with disabilities.

Race start times and locations for
dinghy sailing:

9.45am: Narrowneck Beach – Sea
10.00am: Maraetai Sailing Club – Starling –
Auckland Championships
10.00am: Wakatere Boating Club
(Optimist – Auckland Championships, Sunburst and Hobie

11.00am: Kohimarama Yacht Club – P Class,
Starling, Arrow, NS 14, Splash, 29er, RS:X and Techno

11.00am: Northcote Birkenhead Yacht Club –
Idle Along, Navy Crown, YW Heron, X3, 2.4mR, Access Liberty,
Jolly Boats

12.30pm: Tamaki Yacht Club – Laser,
Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, Mistral and Phase II

interested in watching should arrive about an hour before
the advertised start time, to see boats being rigged up and
launched. Full details for spectators and competitors can be
found at or by calling 0800
REGATTA. Organisations supporting the event are the Royal
New Zealand Navy, Classic Hits 97.4FM, the Spirit of
Adventure Trust, The Southern Trust, The Lion Foundation,
and Ports of Auckland Ltd.

By Zoe Hawkins for Auckland
Anniversary Regatta


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