All three NZL Sailing Team Laser campaigners, and New Zealand’s best up-and-comers, will be joined by top international competitors from Australia, Sweden, Ireland, Norway, Singapore, the Netherlands and Korea for the 2014 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland.
In 2013 Andy Maloney took second place to Australia’s Ash Brunning, while young kiwi Sam Meech was third. The Australian is back for another go in 2014, and he and both the kiwis, having all returned some excellent international results throughout 2013, will be gunning to come out on top in 2014.
The quality of the Australasian sailors and the excellent racing on offer has also attracted some of the class’s front runners from around the globe. Rutger Van Schaardenburg from the Netherlands who placed fourth at the 2013 Laser World Championships last November in Oman will be another international to watch. Van Schaardenburg’s compatriot Nicolas Heiner will be in town for the regatta and so will Sweden’s Jesper Stelheim.
‘There are quite a few countries in the Laser fleet including some top guys,’ says Andy Maloney who was 2013 Laser National Champion and won ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma and Garda Olympic Week in 2013. ‘Rutger, Jesper, Ash and Nicolas are always at the front of the international Laser fleet.’
The New Zealanders are likely to be in top form with the 2014 Laser National Championships on in Nelson from 15 to 19 January providing the domestic sailors with a chance to get some quality fleet racing in the lead-up to 2014 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland.
Racing starts on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour on Saturday 1st February and runs for four days.
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