A Luna Rossa team and an Emirates NZ Team will be part of the Legends Race with Hamish Pepper (a NZ representative at the last Olympics) and Andrew Murdoch (an NZ representative for this year’s Olympics) being the boat to beat.
Other sailors include Ray Davies, an ex-top Laser sailor and former Murray’s Bay Sailing Club member, as well as Rod Dawson and World master laser champion Scott Leith, who will be in the over-40 age group.
Olympic representative Sara Winther and Miranda Powrie lead the female entrants and World Top 20 laser sailors Andrew Maloney and Sam Meech will also be competing.
There will also be two Korean teams and a Dutch team, who were in New Zealand for the summer training.
In the Youth Division, James Jennings will be sailing for the first time in the lasers race, having won the Optimist six-hour race last year.
Optimists racing in the first race of the OKI 24 hour race, they were followed by the Lasers (sailing the full 24 hours and the Legends only sailing for three hours on Sunday) - Click Here to view large photo
'It’s a fun event, but it’s always hotly contested and these sailors are in it to win, so it will be a great spectacle,' says Murrays Bay Sailing Club Commodere, Craig Moss.
The events are fundraisers for Murray’s Bay Sailing Club to develop youth sailing and local business Comworth, distributor for OKI fax and telecommunications products, has been sponsoring the race since 1989.
Changes to the OKI 24-hour sailing race on Lake Pupuke will mean Legends and those in the 24-hour race will finish at the same time on Sunday 19 Feb. Revised Timings:
Optimist Dinghies/6-hr Race: (7am to 1pm Saturday 18 Feb)
24-hour Race: (2pm to 2pm)
Legends Race (now 11am – 2pm Sun 19) www.murraysbay.org