Please select your home edition
Edition
BandG Triton2 NZL 728x90

2014 Oceanbridge Sail, Auckland- Paralympic Showdown

by Jodie Bakewell-White on 1 Feb 2014
SKUD18 plants into a big one - Day 4, Oceanbridge Sail Auckland 2013 © Richard Gladwell www.photosport.co.nz

Oceanbridge Sail Auckland 2014, sailed at the home club of Auckland’s disabled sailing programme, is about to play host to one of New Zealand’s biggest ever Paralympic Class fleets. Four 2.4mR, four SKUD 18 and two Sonars will take part in the regatta which kicks off Saturday.

Sonar

Earlier this month, Team Kiwi Gold unpacked their two new Paralympic class Sonar Keelboats, the first of their kind in New Zealand. Oceanbridge Sail Auckland will be the first regatta for the class in New Zealand, and helming a boat each will be Rick Dodson and David Barnes, who sailed together to an eighth place finish at the IFDS 2013 Sonar World Championships.

The Sonar is sailed by a crew of three sailors with physical disability, and with just two boats in the country, the regatta is sure to be an action packed dual between the pair.


Skud 18

Also for the first time, all four New Zealand based SKUD 18 boats will take part in the regatta. London 2012 Paralympic crew Tim Dempsey and Jan Apel have started separate campaigns, and this will be the first major outing for Tim’s new teammate Gemma Fletcher. Also new to the class is Jan’s skipper Paul Wager who is taking part in Oceanbridge Sail Auckland for the first time in 2014.


Tim and Gemma, along with most of the Paralympic fleet, have been in a Yachting New Zealand supported training camp for the last three days, getting up to speed for the regatta and starting to prepare for the IFDS 2014 World Championships in Canada next August.

'The training camp has been worthwhile even to just get all the Paralympic sailors in the same place at the same time,' says Coach Charlie Baillie-Strong. 'This is the first time we’ve run a clinic like this with all three classes, and the set up at Royal Akarana Yacht Club has been great for video debriefs.'

At Oceanbridge Sail Auckland, the SKUD 18 two man keelboats will be sailed in the J3 configuration, meaning that both skipper and crew must stay seated in the centreline seats at all times while racing. Similar to last year, some boats will have an able bodied crew member, however this year, nobody will be allowed to trapeze.


2.4mR

The 2.4mR fleet in particular is destined to showcase tight racing over the next few days, with 2012 Paralympians Paul Francis (pictured above) (NZL) and Matt Bugg (AUS) going head to head with two Christchurch sailors Andrew May (1996 and 2000 Paralympian) and Brett Willcock.

Matt Bugg placed fourth at the 2013 2.4mR World Championships and seventh at the 2012 Paralympics, and he has been one of the training partners this week with all three of New Zealand’s currently active 2.4mR sailors.

'It sounds like a couple of the kiwi 2.4mR sailors will be going to the IFDS Worlds this year too' Charlie continues, 'the fleet has really come alive again after being a bit quiet this past year'.

Invited Classes: Hansa Liberty and 303

Last year’s winner of the Hansa Liberty class, Russell Phillips of Australia, has returned again to front a defence of his title in the six boat strong fleet, and he is sure to be given a run for his money by locals including John Buchanan and Max Stacey who placed in the top five last year.

Three teams from Singapore will make the fleet of the Hansa 303 double handed class.

To follow the action head to sailauckland.org.nz - the up-to-the-minute website features a social media feed where competitors, supporters and volunteers posts using #sailakl on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will paint a real-time picture of what’s happening on the water.

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.

Oceanbridge Sail Auckland is made possible only thanks to the contributions from principle sponsor Oceanbridge, and supporters: Sport New Zealand, Yachting New Zealand, Royal Akarana Yacht Club, Danske Mobler, The Landing and Orakei Marina. Equally important is a team of more than 50 volunteers that are behind the success of this regatta every year.

PredictWind.comAbsolute MarineHall Spars - Mast

Related Articles

Record fleet for Bayleys NZ Laser Nationals, Lake Taupo Yacht Club
There is just over a week to go until the start of the 2017 Laser Nationals at Lake Taupo There is just over a week to go until the start of the 2017 Laser Nationals at Lake Taupo, which is shaping up to have a near record sized 120+ fleet. There are very strong Masters entries ahead of the upcoming World Masters Games, good Youth entries for the Radial and an interesting mix of NZL squad sailors, other kiwis aspirants and several overseas sailors due to compete in the Standard Open di
Posted on 13 Jan
Halberg Awards - Yachties to go head to head in Team award
Two top New Zealand Olympic crews have been pitted against each other in the Team category in the 2016 Halberg Awards. Two top New Zealand Olympic crews have been pitted against each other in the Team category in the 2016 Halberg Awards. Hamish Willcox is also nominated in the Coach category.
Posted on 11 Jan
Aleh looking for new partner for Tokyo Olympics
Jo Aleh is getting used to the fact Polly Powrie won’t be alongside her for the next Olympic campaign Jo Aleh is getting used to the fact Polly Powrie won’t be alongside her for the next Olympic campaign and admits it will be strange when she next jumps in a 470 dinghy and her long-time partner is missing. Powrie last week announced her retirement from Olympic sailing, ending a successful eight-year partnership with Aleh in the women’s 470. The pair won world and Olympic titles and in 2013 were
Posted on 11 Jan
Olympic medallists lining up for Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta
The Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta represents the first time the Olympic silver medallists will sailed the 49erFX For Molly Meech and Alex Maloney, next month’s Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta represents the first time the Olympic silver medallists will have jumped back in the 49erFX since the Rio Games. The pair took an extended break after finishing second at the Olympics, giving them time to reassess their last campaign and look ahead to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Posted on 11 Jan
Milestone Year for Bay of Islands Sailing Week
The year 2017 will be a special one for Bay of Islands Sailing Week, as the biggest regatta of its kind in New Zealand t The year 2017 will be a special one for Bay of Islands Sailing Week, as the biggest regatta of its kind in New Zealand turns 15 years old this month. The first ever Bay of Islands Sailing Week regatta was held in 2003, with 39 boats competing across four divisions.
Posted on 10 Jan
Harcourts Paremata P Class- Images from the Tauranga Cup
Images from the Harcourts Paremata Tauranga Cup sailed from Plimmerton Boating Club , in Wellington. Images from the Harcourts Paremata Tauranga Cup sailed from Plimmerton Boating Club , in Wellington. Sailing in Cook Strait this is one of the more daunting venues in New Zealand, and provided a good test for the young sailors, who follow in the footsteps of some of New Zealand's top sailors who have won the Tauranga or Tanner Cups.
Posted on 8 Jan
Harcourts P Class - Blake McGlashan wins Double at Plimmerton
Blake McGlashan of Murray's Bay SC has taken the most prestigious double in New Zealand sailing Blake McGlashan of Murray's Bay SC has taken the most prestigious double in New Zealand sailing - winning the coveted Tanner and Tauranga Cups. Earlier this week, McGlashan won the Tanner Cup for Inter-Port competition - winning three of the six races sailed in the Harcourts Paremata sponsored regatta.
Posted on 8 Jan
470 class - Double Olympic medalist announces retirement
Polly Powrie, half of one of the most successful teams in New Zealand sailing history, has retired from Olympic yachting Polly Powrie, half of one of the most successful teams in New Zealand sailing history, has retired from Olympic yachting. Powrie and Jo Aleh, colloquially known as Team Jolly, first teamed up in the women’s 470 in 2009 and established an impressive record in their time together, winning gold at the 2012 London Olympics and backing that up with silver at last year's Rio Games.
Posted on 6 Jan
Blake McGlashan wins 2017 Tanner Cup Title
Plimmerton Boating Club hosted the 2017 Tanner Cup sailed in P Class. Plimmerton Boating Club hosted the 2017 Tanner Cup sailed in P Class. Six races were sailed over two days in various conditions, form large northwesterly waves to a short southerly chop. It was a regatta to favour the bigger skippers, with wind over 18 knots in many races.
Posted on 6 Jan
Giacomo win rounds out great year for New Zealand Sailing
Giacomo's overall win in the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race rounded out a very good year for New Zealand sailing A look at 2016 New Zealand in words and images. The Volvo 70 Giacomo's overall win in the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race rounded out a very good year for New Zealand sailing. It was the first major trophy win in the event for a New Zealand yacht for 36 years - with the Peter Blake skippered Lion New Zealand being the last Kiwi winner of the Tattersall's Trophy
Posted on 1 Jan