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Back to the Future - Olympic Gold Medalists return to Kohimaramara YC

'Jo Aleh leads Olivia Powrie back in the P-Class at Kohimaramara Yacht Club Sunday Sptember 23, 2012 .'    Richard Gladwell    Click Here to view large photo

Just a decade ago 2012 Olympic Gold Medalists, Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie were sailing at Auckland's Kohimaramara Yacht Club.

Both feature on the Championship Boards at the Club for the P-Class, in a long lineage of sailing champions, stretching back to the mid-1950's. The P-Class is widely credited as being the unique boat that forms New Zealand's top sailors including America's Cup skippers, Russell Coutts, Dean Barker, Chris Dickson and many more.

On Sunday the Club staged its Opening Day Regatta, and went to the effort to track down the two P-Class sailed by the two Gold Medalists. The two Olympians got back in their boats and sailed in the opening race of the season. For both it was their first time in a yacht since the 2012 Olympics, and a reminder of how it all began.

Later the pair showed off their Gold Medals to a scrum of junior sailors, and posed for photographs, after which the Club awarded them Life Membership in recognition of their achievements in Weymouth.

Sail-World's cameras caught the highlights of the day and click here to see how TVNZ's Martin Tasker, and cameraman Bruce Adams, saw the day.

Olivia Powrie back in the P-Class at Kohimaramara Yacht Club -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

Jo Aleh squeezes through a tack in her P-Class at Kohimaramara Yacht Club Sunday September 23, 2012 . -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

Olivia Powrie and Jo Aleh back in the P-Class at Kohimaramara Yacht Club Sunday September 23, 2012 -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

Jo Aleha back in the P-Class at Kohimaramara Yacht Club Sunday Sptember 23, 2012 . -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

Olivia Powrie and Jo Aleh unrig their P-Class at Kohimaramara Yacht Club Sunday September 23, 2012 -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

Olivia Powrie and Jo Aleh show off their medals at Kohimaramara Yacht Club Sunday Sptember 23, 2012 -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

Olivia Powrie poses with a young sailor at Kohimaramara Yacht Club Sunday September 23, 2012 -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

Polly Powrie makes a young catch at Kohimaramara Yacht Club Sunday Sptember 23, 2012 -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

Olivia Powrie and Jo Aleh in front of the honours boards which carry both their names at Kohimaramara Yacht Club Sunday September 23, 2012 . -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

Yachting NZ CEO David Abercrombie addresses the young sailors and Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie at Kohimaramara Yacht Club Sunday September 23, 2012 -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie talk to the young sailors at Kohimaramara Yacht Club Sunday September 23, 2012 -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie make a presention to the Kohimaramara Yacht Club Sunday September 23, 2012 -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo


by Richard Gladwell

  

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