01 Jul 2016
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron are re launching the New Zealand Match Race Championships. View promo video The new format will see up to 20 team’s compete in a fleet racing seeding series on identical Elliott 7 metre keelboats, before moving into a cut throat 16 team knockout Match Racing stage. This format is similar to what is being used at the America’s Cup and on the World Match Racing Tour.
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Sailing Director Laurie Jury, who has competed at numerous World Match Racing Tour events, a previous event champion. Is excited to announce the new format. “There are a few reasons why we are doing this, first the Fleet/Match format is to allow more teams to enter the event, reducing costs which in turn enables us to lower the entry fee. The new format also opens up the event to more club teams who may be less experienced at match racing. This is the only event where club sailors will be able to go head to head on an even footing with Olympic medalists, America’s Cup Teams and professional sailors.”
Exciting changes have also been made to the match racing format to create tighter racing. The aim of the NZMRC is to have an event where the best sailors in New Zealand can all race no matter which discipline they have trained in. While the upgrade to a World Sailing Grade 2 status ensures that there is enough competition for the campaigning Match Racers.
Jury commented on the general response from sailors so far “The traditional Match Racing teams are all for it, match racing is really about being a diverse sailor, these sailors usually jump into any boat, have one training session then race against local teams who have been sailing the boats for years”.
Request info or an expression of interest form contact RNZYS Sailing Office: firstname.lastname@example.org View promo video.