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Winter match racing: Wellington youth sailors will go for both experience and ranking at the Winter Match Racing Championships reports Kristine Lederis.

In order to give Wellington youth sailors some high intensity experience in match racing, the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club (RPNYC) runs an annual Winter Match Racing Championship. Not only does it build their confidence and skill, the event is an ISAF grade 5 event which can get them started on the world match race ranking list.

Run in Wellington Harbour's Sailing Arena in front of the office buildings of New Zealand's capital city, spectators can watch the action unfold on June 34o and July 1. It's also a chance for the Wellington Spirit Sailing Team so check out some up and coming talent who may be a part of them in the future.

Recent winners of this event include the NZL Sailing Team's Josh Junior and one of NZ's top match race skippers, Matthew Steven, both of whom are now key players on the Wellington Spirit Sailing Team.


Together, these two young men who got their start. at the Wellington Winter Match Racing Championships and their crew are 2011 New Zealand Match Racing Champions, and they join famous names like Dean Barker, Rod Davis, and Chris Dickson on the prestigious trophy.

In April, they were granted a wild card entry to the World Match Racing Tour after finishing third and top qualifier at the Spanish Open Match Racing Regatta, proving that getting your start at regattas like the Wellington Winter Match Racing Championships is where it's at.
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Author:Lederis, Kristine
Publication:Offshore Yachting
Date:Jun 1, 2012
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