Impressive lineup at the NZ Match Racing Championships
[Source: Royal NZ Yacht Squadron] The 2008 New Zealand Match Racing Championships are only days away, and with a line up of top New Zealand match racers plus three-times Olympic gold medal winner Ben Ainslie from the UK, this event will host some highly competitive racing!!
Last year’s winner Rod Davis will be out to defend his title, as well as recognised names such as Dean Barker, Adam Minoprio, and Laurie Jury, who have all competed on the international match racing circuit and will know what to expect from an event such as this.
Phil Robertson from the RNZYS and Josh Junior from the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club in Wellington will also be names to watch out for, having recently competed in events such as the Ficker Cup in LA, where Phil placed 2nd, and the Nations Cup qualifier, where both made the semi finals.
Also out there will be two female skippers, Jess Smyth who will sail with an all womens crew, and Jan Dawson. These two ladies are not to be underestimated, and both having competed in this event before they should give the boys a run for their money!
Last but defiantly not least, two youth teams are on the field, with youth training programme skippers Reuben Corbett and winner of the Nations Cup Regional Finals Adrian Short. These teams will be out there to place their mark on the National match racing field, it will be interesting to see how they go!
With umpires coming from Australia and America, top competitors from New Zealand and the UK, we are likely to see some intense racing on the beautiful Waitemata Harbour. Fantastic viewing can be found along the RNZYS seawall, which runs right along the waterfront. Daily results and photos will be published on our website, and keep you updated on the dramas and spectacles that may unfold. Anything can happen in match racing, and this event is no exception, as we eagerly await the racing to commence!!