Yachting New Zealand have announced their team of sailors to compete at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta which is the test event for the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.
Announcements regarding selection in the women's match racing, men's RS:X and women's RS:X events will be made after the 2011 Sail for Gold Regatta which runs from 6-11 June 2011.
The following sailors have been selected:
Laser: Andrew Murdoch
Laser Radial: Sara Winther
Women's 470: Jo Aleh
and Olivia Powrie
Men's 470: Paul Snow-Hansen
and Jason Saunders
Star: Hamish Pepper
and Craig Monk
Finn: Dan Slater
49er: Peter Burling
and Blair Tuke
Other major Olympic class regattas including the ISAF Sailing World Cup Series
and the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships
on in Perth late this year all allow for multiple entries from one country in each event. In contrast the Olympic Test Event - like the Olympic Games - allows only one entry per country in each of the ten events.
The Olympic Test Event, is staged at the same time and venue as the 2012 Olympic Games giving organizers and national teams an opportunity to fine-tune their preparations.
The Yachting New Zealand Selectors will continue to monitor sailor performance in the on-going process towards selecting the 2012 Olympic Sailing Team. Places for next year are undecided with the earliest possible selections being made after the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championship with others decided in the months leading up to the Games.
"The Olympic Test Event is our chance for a full 'dress rehearsal' before next year's Olympics,"
explains YNZ Olympic Programme Manager Jez Fanstone. "Our aim is to be the best prepared we can be come August 2012, and this event is an important part of that process.
"It's about knowledge gathering, the opportunity to work together as a team and to fine-tune things as we work towards Weymouth 2012. We'll be testing our people and plans both on the water and off the water."
Between now and August these sailors and other members of the NZL Sailing Team will be competing at various ISAF Sailing World Cup Series Regattas including Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma, 2-9 April, French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyeres, 22-29 April, Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, 24-29 May, Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth, 5-11 June, and Kiel Week in Germany, 18-22 June.