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2020 HARKEN Young 88 Nationals to Proceed On Water

This weekend sees the usual fleet of rock stars and weekend warriors mixing it up for the running of the 35th national championships of New Zealand’s largest national one-design keelboat fleet. There are currently seventeen entries showing online but expect that to change with a possible addition of two more boats and maybe a cancellation or two driven by the Corona Virus travel restrictions.

Like usual the entry list makes for interesting reading with a who’s who of America’s Cup and NZ sailing talent.  Carrington Brady is down to skipper Slipstream with rock star dad Gavin playing a leading role. Nick Gillies’ Waka Huia is being helmed by accomplished dinghy sailor and North Sails One Design manager Derek Scott. Undercover will be skippered by owner, Akaroa farmer and experienced keelboat sailor Jonny Bell and will feature Rod Davis in the line-up.

Image: Y88 Owners' Association

The Young Guns from Christchurch will be back once again led by Isaac Armstrong with the addition of the more mature perspective of Karen Selway, owner of Abracadabra – second place getter in the recent South Island Champs. They will be borrowing Babe and RNZYS youth training program graduate, Young 11 owner and well known female skipper Claudia Pearce will be at the helm.

The race program and race areas have been updated to allow Race Officer Celia Carson more flexibility to choose the best location for breeze on the day.  This will see the fleet sailing either North or South of Rangitoto or in Team New Zealand’s “back paddock” South of Motuihe. The last race of the day will be back to the Westhaven base via harbour marks.

Class President, Mike Leyland outlined that measures have been taken in the interest of minimising risks to sailors and volunteers due to Covid19. This includes the cancellation of all onshore/social activities including Skippers Briefing, Saturday Crew Party and Sunday Prize Giving Dinner, and a skipper-led review of all crew’s travel history and health. All on-water activities will continue as planned at this stage. 

You can follow racing updates and results on the Young 88 web site at
www.young88.org.nz/events/43611/.

Updates will also be posted on the RNZYS event page at https://www.rnzys.org.nz/rnzys-events/y88-nationals/

Current entries:

BOAT NAME
SAIL NO
SKIPPER
Club
BABE
6832
Isaac Armstrong
NPC
DILEMMA
5588
Paul Rogers
PCC
FLASH GORDON
473
James Corbett
BBYC
HEARTLIGHT
8202
Roger Sims
GBC
LEGLESS
6188
Karen Reid
RNZYS&WBC
MINDBENDER
5344
Rowan Swanson
RNZYS
SAILORMOON
6398
Jacko Van Deventer
RNZYS
SIMPLE MINDS
6488
Bruce Scott
RNZYS
SKITZO
884
Rick Hackett
RNZYS
SLIPSTREAM III
325
Carrington Brady
WBC
SWEENEY TODD
5746
Vaughn Clark
MBBC
UNDERCOVER
6668
Jonny Bell
AYC
VAGABOND
5612
Greg Wilshire
BBYC
VOODOO
188
Leigh Miller
RAYC
WAKA HUIA
8022
Derek Scott
RNZYS
WAR MACHINE
4881
Mike Leyland
RNZYS
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