RNZYS Announce CBRE Club Championship Finals

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The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is excited to announce to Members the addition of the CBRE Club Championship Finals to the 2021 RNZYS Sailing Calendar. 

This event, which has never been done before, is an incredible opportunity for our RNZYS club sailors and racing crews to race for an opportunity to represent the RNZYS at an International competition.  

The CBRE Club Championship Finals will take place on Anzac Weekend (24th & 26th April 2021), the event will see all CBRE Club Championship division winners go head-to-head racing in the one design MRX fleet. The first day will be a fleet racing seeding round, with the top four seeds then advancing to a match racing play off’ s on the Monday. 

In what is an extremely incredible incentive for success, the winning team will be crowned RNZYS Boat & Crew of the year and will have the opportunity plus the funding to represent the RNZYS in the prestigious Seawanhaka International Challenge Cup in Long Beach, California. This is a major prize and is something the RNZYS has never offered before, but is seen by the RNZYS as a fantastic opportunity to give back to and develop the club sailors.

The Seawanhaka International Challenge Cup will take place from the 2nd – 5th June 2021. The event is a historic international challenge and is considered to be the oldest yachting trophy originated in the United States that is still in active competition. The first challenge in 1895 was held in Oyster Bay, New York. The Seawanhaka Cup is a match racing event open to international teams who are all regular members of the yacht club they are representing and a national of the country where the club resides.

An important concept is that this event is for the pure RNZYS club racers, the finals event is strictly owner driver, and also must be crewed by the yachts regular crew. The CBRE divisional club championships is decided on performance handicap system (PHS) which gives all entries an equal opportunity to qualify for the final series. 

Aaron Young RNZYS Commodore said – “With everything going on this year we really wanted to ensure we are putting something back into the RNZYS club racers, we are hoping this event and selection series will inspire the club racers with what will be an amazing opportunity.”

Laurie Jury RNZYS Sailing director said – “What I love about this initiative is the accessibility for all of the core RNZYS club races. The CBRE divisional championships rewards the yachts that race day in day out at the club, it would be great to see these sailors having this opportunity to represent the RNZYS at an overseas event.”

The MRX’s yachts are the perfect boats to use for the finals all being strict one design it will come down to the skill of the crew on the day. 

Supported by MRX Yachting, the CBRE Club Championship Finals Notice of Race has now been published and can be viewed, along with other regatta information, via the RNZYS website HERE

CBRE Club Championships Information

The CBRE Club Championships looks for the best performing boat over all divisions in 3 selected series/events (either major club series and/or selected major regatta).

More details on the CBRE Club Championship HERE

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