A-Class Worlds: Ray Davies and Glenn Ashby confirm entry for Takapuna

A-Class Australian Championship 2012 - Wangi Wangi (AUS) - 03/01/12 Glenn Ashby

Emirates Team NZ afterguard members, Ray Davies and Glenn Ashby, will join a stellar line up for 2014 A-Class Catamaran World Championship.

With just over two weeks to go, the countdown is on for the upcoming 2014 A-Class Catamaran World Championships. With some of the biggest names on the global sailing scene signing on to join the already impressive line up, the Worlds are shaping up to be an event to remember.

Glenn Ashby - Louis Vuitton Cup Final Media Conference, August 15, 2013
Event organisers have confirmed that Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) team-mates Ray Davies and Glenn Ashby have both confirmed their participation in the event. They were tactician and wingsail trimmer respectively for Emirates Team NZ in the 34th America's Cup on San Francisco Bay.

It is fitting that they now return to the ETNZ home training waters off Takapuna, which are as challenging as they are exciting to race on. 'Takapuna is the perfect sailing ground for the A-Class; it provides a fantastic variety of sailing where the weather just lends itself to competing,' says Glenn Ashby, ETNZ wing trimmer and seven-time A-Class world champion.

Also joining the line-up will be the two newest members of Emirates Team New Zealand, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, who are also the current World Champions in the Olympic 49er class.

Long time A-class campaigners, Mike Drummond (NZL) and Pete Melvin (USA) will also compete. Drummond was head designer for BMW Oracle Racing in the 2010 America's Cup, and before that was in a similar capacity with Emirates Team New Zealand. Melvin was a key member of the design team for Emirates Team New Zealand's last Challenger for the America's Cup.

Sailed off Takapuna Beach from February 5-16, 2014, the Championships will be a showcase of talent that promises to be an exciting spectacle for on-water and land- based spectators alike.

Oracle Team USA v Emirates Team New Zealand. America's Cup Day 8 San Francisco. Emirates Team NZ tactician Ray Davies at the Day 8 media conference
The A Class Catamaran is the largest single handed catamaran class in the world and more than 80 competitors, from more than 10 nations, are set to line up to vie for the 2014 world championship title. With sailors of all levels taking part in two races a day, there is sure to be plenty of action and will be a must-see for all racing fans.

About the A-class Worlds

• 2014 A Class Catamaran World Championships and NZ Nationals as sanctioned by the IACA for February 2014.

• The event will be held at the picturesque Takapuna Boating Club right on the foreshore of Takapuna Beach on Aucklandʼs North Shore from the fifth to the 16th February, 2014.

• More than 65 entries are already confirmed for the February event. Ten nationalities including Australia, Britain, USA, Canada, Spain, Netherlands, Poland, Germany, SUI,

• 14 world-class sailing events at Takapuna, showcasing some of the essence of the New Zealand lifestyle and outdoors ethos. The location is nestled in the heart of the Takapuna Business district, based around the Pohutukawa lined reserve at the edge of the golden sands of Takapuna Beach.

Mike Drummond - European A-class Championships, June 2012, Lake Garda (ITA)
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Takapuna Beach - venue for the 2014 A-Class Catamaran Worlds

Emirates Team NZ ventures inside the 200 metre buoy line - AC72 Race Practice - Takapuna March 8, 2013

Tornados power off the start line in their penultimate race, 2008 Tornado Worlds, Takapuna, New Zealand
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