$10,000 bonus for Youth winners at 2014 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland

29er - Day 4, Oceanbridge Sail Auckland 2013

Oceanbridge Sail Auckland has announced a package of prizes worth over $10,000 for the 2014 regatta that will see the top performers in selected youth classes and two lucky volunteers well rewarded.

The substantial prize pool for youth sailors has been made possible thanks to the contributions of a group of generous individuals interested in seeing the regatta continue to grow and attract young sailors for world class competition here in New Zealand.

The prizes on offer include...

*see note below
• Top placed youth crew in the 29er class will receive $2000 towards air travel expenses to a pinnacle international regatta*

• Top placed boy’s youth crew in the 420 class will receive $2000 towards air travel expenses to a pinnacle international regatta*

• Top placed girl’s youth crew in the 420 class will receive $2000 towards air travel expenses to a pinnacle international regatta*

• Top placed youth boy in the RS:X 8.5 class will receive $1000 towards air travel expenses to a pinnacle international regatta*

• Top placed youth girl in the RS:X 8.5 class will receive $1000 towards air travel expenses to a pinnacle international regatta*

• Top placed youth boy in the Laser Radial class will receive $1000 towards air travel expenses to a pinnacle international regatta*

• Top placed youth girl in the Laser Radial class will receive $1000 towards air travel expenses to a pinnacle international regatta*

• In addition, two spot prizes of $500 each will go to two lucky 2014 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland volunteers.

Simon Manning, Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Regatta Director says; 'A key part of what Oceanbridge Sail Auckland is all about is bringing New Zealand’s young sailing talent through and giving them the opportunity to compete in a top quality regatta here in New Zealand. Not only do they get the chance to observe and rub shoulders with the NZL Sailing Team’s Olympic heroes and world champions, but the 2014 prize package gives the youth sailors an extra incentive to sail to their potential.'

'And without our sponsors, supporters and our huge team of volunteers who put in long hours and take pride in their work the regatta simply wouldn’t be possible. It’s great to know that two of our hard working volunteer team will get a nice surprise at the end of the regatta.'

Sailors intending to sail at 2014 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland should enter on line now to give the organising team the best opportunity to plan some of the important details like courses, catering and resource allocation.

*Pinnacle international regatta must be agreed with Yachting New Zealand’s Talent Development Manager
About 2014 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland

Oceanbridge Sail Auckland 2014 will take place at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club from the first – 4th February 2014.

The NZL Sailing Team are anticipated to feature strongly in what is the biggest Olympic and Paralympic class regatta in New Zealand, and alongside them will be New Zealand’s top developing youth sailors and keen competitors in a range of invited classes such as the OK Dinghy and A-Class catamaran.

All Olympic and Paralympic class boats are invited to take part: The Laser, Laser Radial, Finn, 470 Men, 470 Women, 49er, 49er FX, RS:X 8.5, RS:X 9.5, Nacra 17, Skud 18, 2.4mR and also other classes are encouraged: the OK Dinghy, 29er, 420, Liberty, Hansa 303, Kiteboards, F18 and A Class Catamaran.

Over four days of racing 11-15 races will take place for each fleet, and the format for all classes will be fleet racing with no medal race. All racing will take place in the Waitemata Harbour, in the surrounds of Rangitoto Island, North Head, Mechanics Bay and Browns Island.