One week from this day, the brand new appearance from Murrays Bay Sailing Club would come alive with the first day of racing at Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Regatta 2016.
The North Shore club that officially started the operation of their new club house back in September in 2015, is playing host to New Zealand’s premier Olympic as well as Invited classes meet. Racing goes on for more than 4 days from 25th to 28th February.
The entry list carries few of the NZL Sailing Team’s rock stars like Gemma Jones, who constitutes the hosting Murrays Bay Sailing Club, as well as her Nacra 17 multihull sailing partner Jason Saunders from Tauranga Yacht & Powerboat Club clean from World Champs competition in Clearwater, Florida. They would sail against the Aon Fast Track Squad pair Olivia Mackay as well as Micah Wilkinson who was the top under-23 crew in Clearwater.
At the Sailing World Cup Miami in January, there were 4 Kiwi sailors in Laser medal race making it tough for live commentators to distinguish that New Zealander they were seeing in a race where no other country had over one sailor. Out of the two top New Zealand Sailing Team’s Laser campaigners – Sam Meech and Andy Maloney – are set to go head to head at the Oceanbridge Sail Auckland 2016, with a lot more New Zealand Laser sailors taking this scope to battle against their elite group of compatriots.
Oceanbridge Sail Auckland’s Laser fleet attracts international sailors regularly and in 2016, is not an exception with entrants from Australia, Finland, Korea, China, Singapore as well as the Cook Islands in town as well as around to get a taste of the kiwi contest and the Hauraki Gulf track.
With New Zealand small boat sailing making a wave of success right now this is no surprise that there is strength in 49er as well as 49erFX fleets which predicts tough fought, fast paced racing at the Oceanbridge Sail Auckland in the coming week.