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Lauren Gallaway leads line up for the 2016 Line 7 New Zealand Women’s Match Racing Championships, April 16th – 17th.

 Four Teams from both New Zealand and Australia will battle on the water this Weekend for the 2016 Line 7 New Zealand Women’s Match Racing Championships.  Leading the line up is Lauren Gallaway and her team from The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia who have an impressive ranking of 25 on the World Sailing Women’s rankings. The CYCA team consists of 17 year old Lauren Gallaway with Kat Stroinovsky (Trim), Rosie Lee (Bow) and Angelique Kear (Main) as crew. Lauren placed 4th at the Australian Women’s Match Racing Nationals in 2015 and will be looking to build off this result for the NZ Nationals. It will be Lauren’s first trip to Auckland. Kat Stroinovsky won the ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Champion in 2009 & also the CYCA Women’s Marinassess Regatta in 2013. Rosie Lee is the current Rolex Farr 40 Corinthian World Champion & Angelique brings vast experience to the team, having completed several Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht races and will be sailing on-board ‘Koa’ TP52 for this year’s event.

Flying the Squadron Burgee this weekend is RNZYS Youth Training Programme’s Stephanie Kirkman. Stephanie, with her team of fellow YTP Members Celia Wilison (Trim), Anna Merchant (Main) and Catriona Stanton (Bow), started campaigning with a 6th at the Australian Women’s Match Racing Championships in 2015 and have competed in the NZ Open Match Racing Championships 2015 and more recently the 2016 Nespresso Youth International early this year. The team will be looking forward to seeing how they are matched now against an all-female line up.

Also sailing for the RNZYS, is YTP graduate squadron burgee is Samantha Norman (nee Osborne), who commented “although we haven’t done much sailing together recently we are really looking forward to a weekend of good racing and lots of laughs, while we make a return to match racing after a few years rest.” Her crew is Jenna Hansen, who represented NZ at the Olympics in match racing and brings lots of skill and motivation, Hanna Hielkema (nee Morris) who has been busy sailing Volvo 60’s around the world and helping train female sailors in the middle east and Kate Ellingham who is enjoying the slower pace of keel boats after spending years on the wind surfing circuit.

Representing the Royal Port Nicolson Yacht Club is Zoe Bennett, and her team of Kate Johnson-Lee, Amy Anderson and, bringing some local knowledge, is YTP graduate and Aucklander Paige Cook.

Brand manager for Line 7 Danielle was pleased to announce their sponsorship of the event; “The Line 7 Women’s Match Racing Champs are a much loved iconic event and are happy to have the support of a much-loved, iconic brand. Line 7 are here as sponsors of the event because they love getting Kiwi women out on the water. The versatility of their clothing range means everyone is catered for, men and women, professional and non-professional. Give it heaps, ladies.”


Racing will take place in the RNZYS Youth Training Programme Elliott 7 meter yachts on the Auckland harbour right outside the Squadron, making it easy for spectator viewing.

Our Website, Twitter and Facebook pages will be uploading the latest results & photos as they come to hand, ensuring the best possible coverage for all – even if you are overseas.

Racing begins at 10am on Saturday and Sunday.

For further information please contact the RNZYS Sailing Office

Georgia Witt

Sailing Coordinator | 09 360 6800


Entry List

Lauren Gallaway CYCA Angeliaue Kear, Rosie Lee, Kathleen Stroinvsky
Stephanie Kirkman RNZYS (YTP) Celia Willison, Anna Merchant, Catriona Stanton
Samantha Norman RNZYS Kate Ellingham, Jenna Hansen, Hanna Hielkema
Zoe Bennett RPNYC Paige Cook, Kate Johnston-Lee, Amy Anderson


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