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North Shore to host Sail Auckland 2011

Sail Auckland, the only ISAF Grade 1 regatta for Olympic classes in New Zealand, will be sailed from Auckland’s North Shore in 2011. Agreement has been reached between Sail Auckland Regatta Inc and the Takapuna Boating Club, which has been granted rights to host the 2011 regatta to take place from February 3rd to February 6th.

Sail Auckland Regatta Inc has run New Zealand’s premier Olympic class event since it was established in 1996 to host and run the International Olympic and Invited Classes Regatta with the goal of promoting Olympic Class racing in New Zealand.

Attracting international sailors to compete in New Zealand, Sail Auckland gives our aspiring Olympic and Paralympics sailors the opportunity to compete locally without the expense of travelling overseas for essential international competition.

Sail Auckland’s main objective is to foster and promote Olympic Class sailing and assist our Olympic sailors achieve medals at the Olympic Games and World Championship level. The change of venue comes five years after the regatta was granted ISAF Grade 1 status.

Many of New Zealand’s Olympic class campaigners are currently competing in the northern hemisphere and they’ve been tasked with spreading the word about the change of venue to their international counterparts and encouraging them to come to New Zealand in February 2011.

Commenting on the change, Des Brennan, CEO OF Yachting New Zealand, said – ‘A very dedicated team has run this regatta successfully for many years, and Sail Auckland Inc deserves full recognition for this. It is with a vision to enhance the appeal of the regatta to our sailors and overseas sailors that this agreement has been reached. I appreciate greatly the cooperation of all of those involved in bringing this about.’

‘Yachting New Zealand is fully in accord with the agreement reached and is committed to supporting the organisation of the regatta as a key element of our competitive high-performance sailing programme. The regatta will continue to be a selection regatta for the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team’.

Paralympics classes remain an important feature in the line-up for Sail Auckland in 2011 and with logistical requirements these sailors will likely be on the same race track as in previous years.

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