Contrast of ages bidding to Qualify for the 2018 Yachting Developments New Zealand Match Racing Championships this weekend at RNZYS

There will be a contrast of ages on the water at RNZYS this weekend, all bidding to qualify for the Yachting Developments New Zealand Match Racing Championships later this year.

Ten teams will race off in a match racing regatta this weekend with the top 3 finishers gaining entry to the Yachting Developments NZ National Match Racing Championships (NZMRC)which will be held at the Squadron from the 3rd – 7th October 2018.

Among the entered skippers this weekend we have some current Youth Training Programme sailors including Celia Willison, Megan Thomson, Frankie Dair, James Jennings and Patrick Harris – all of whom will have solid experience sailing in the Elliott 7’s and will be very keen to prove themselves and qualify for the main event.

Celia Willison has recently returned from Helsinki with her NZ Women’s Match Racing Team where she finished 7th at the opening WIM series event and she is looking for another solid result this weekend – “We were really happy with how we finished in Helsinki at our first major event overseas. Now we are back at home we really want to push on this weekend and qualify for the NZMRC”.

Frankie Dair is also a current YTP sailor and finished 10th at last year’s NZMRC, as well as 6th at the Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup so he will be one to watch on the Waitemata Harbour this weekend.

YTP sailor Patrick Harris will also be a contender this weekend after winning the Australian Maid match racing event in Darwin earlier this month.

As well as plenty of youth taking part we also have two older skippers including our current Learn to Sail Manager Peter Linford and club stalwart/learn to sail coach Bob Still – both of whom will be hoping to show the young guns how it’s done!   

Other entrants include Youth Training Programme graduate Oakley Marsh from Wellington (also one to watch this weekend), current Harken Secondary Schools National champion Eli Liefting from Selwyn College and runner up Francesco Kayrouz from Rosmini College.

We look forward to fantastic regatta this weekend and can’t wait to see who is going to stake their claim in the top 3 and qualify for what is going to be a very high calibre National Championships later this year.

Andrew Delves – RNZYS 


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