Entry open for the B2B Dinghy Race 2021

In 2021 the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, home of the America’s Cup, will reach a major milestone in turning 150 years old. To celebrate reaching this milestone, the RNZYS will be hosting an array of events on and off the water.

The ‘Bridge 2 Bean Rock’ will be a “Race” for a minimum of 150 dinghies and foiling vessels in various classes from a wide range of clubs and associations. The event is set for Sunday 28 February 2021. The broad range of classes (20 classes or so) can be anything from Optimists to foiling kites and 49er’s. The RNZYS is also expecting to have the classic M Class fleet on the water as well. So if you have a centreboard and want to be part of this iconic event we want you! 

Enter today: https://www.rnzys.org.nz/bridge-2-bean-entry-form/

The race will start under the Harbour Bridge and is set one way to Bean Rock, with the fleet split into three divisions.

The Bridge to Bean is being supported by local clubs and is a collegiate event for all Auckland dingy and centreboard sailors. The event coincides with Round the Bays and could be described as ‘a Round the Bays on water’.

The RNZYS is not just looking for participants but will also need fleet support and reps from local clubs to assist with the event on the day. If you can help please contact Nic Finlayson: nicjfin@outlook.com

Prizes and trophies will be handed out at the official prizegiving held at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron following the event.

“After some great work from the bridge to bean committee we are now ready to accept entries. Like many of us, having raced dinghies myself as a youngster, I am passionate about making this inaugural B2B race an ongoing fixture for Auckland.  To create this marquee event right around the America’s Cup is a great opportunity for us to include as many dinghies from all over the country.” Aaron Young, RNZYS Vice Commodore / Chair Major Projects 2021.

Former dinghy sailor and now number two ranked match racer in the world, Nick Egnot-Johnson, is excited to be involved in this event – “I grew up dinghy sailing, it’s where my love and passion for sailing began. I can’t wait to get back into a dinghy for the B2B race. With a minimum of 150 boats on the start-line, it is going to be a sight to behold and I can’t wait to be involved.”

We look forward to receiving your entry to the Bridge to Bean Dinghy Race and hope to see you on the packed start-line in 2021.

Notice of Race: https://www.rnzys.org.nz/rnzys-events/bridge-to-bean-dinghy/

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