Sail Auckland 2011 starts on Thursday 3 February and registration opens tomorrow for the 150 sailors entered at Takapuna Boating Club on Auckland's North Shore.
Competition runs through to Sunday 6 February with a scheduled start time of 11:00 local time each day.
The club is hosting New Zealand's premier Olympic and invited classes regatta for the first time, with racing off the North Shore beaches as well as an inner harbour course for the Paralympic classes off Westhaven.
There will be some exciting racing across all classes with many of the New Zealand Sailing Team competing against their local and international counterparts.
There will be 29 starters in the Laser fleet with entries from around New Zealand and Australia who are attracted by the top competition on offer in Auckland.
The NZL Sailing Team Laser squad's hot five are all preparing to do battle once more just days after contesting their National Championships. Andrew Murdoch
came out on top last week off Torbay, while Sam Meech
, Andy Maloney
, Josh Junior
and Michael Bullot
will all be looking to topple him for the top spot this week.
There will be more than 30 boats on the Laser Radial course with sailors from the Open, Women's and Youth divisions battling it out on the water for their respective titles. NZL Sailing Team radial sailor Sara Winther
goes up against Miranda Powrie
, Jessica Barrell
and Rachel Basevi
The world's best will be on the men's RS:X race course with both NZL Sailing Team representatives Tom Ashley
and Jon-Paul Tobin
in the fleet plus top international Dorian Van Rijsselberge
(NED) who won gold at the Rolex Miami OCR.
Former 470 helm, and one of New Zealand's youngest Olympians in 2008, Carl Evans
is now on the board and will go head to head with Ashley and Tobin at Sail Auckland 2011.
and Natalia Kosinska
line up in the women's fleet.
Sail Auckland 2011 is shaping up to attract one of the hottest Finn fleets assembled at the regatta with NZL Sailing Team's Dan Slater
, and top Spanish Finn sailor Rafael Trujillo.
Slater, who has twice represented New Zealand at the Olympic Games and is a Finn World Championship silver medallist (2008), heads the local fleet and is delighted that Sail Auckland will provide some quality racing in the heavy-weight dinghy.
Former World Champ and Olympic silver medallist in the Finn Trujillo is currently based in New Zealand and will provide stiff competition for Slater as well as former New Zealand representative at the ISAF Youth World Championships, Matt Coutts
who is now campaigning in the Finn class.
The New Zealand Finn National Championships follow soon after Sail Auckland, to be at Waiuku starting 16 February.
The 470 National Championships finished on Monday off Takapuna and after sailing in blustery, extreme conditions competitors will now enjoy a couple of days to recuperate before heading back out for Sail Auckland Regatta.
Olympic medallist for Great Britain, Nick Rogers
, won the New Zealand 470 National Regatta with Chris Grube on 31 January with Paul Snow-Hansen
and Jason Saunders
from the NZL Sailing Team the best placed of the host nation in second place.
Both will line up against the likes of Geoffrey Woolley
and Daniel Wilcox, James Turner
and Matthew Jones plus Francisco Lardies
and Finn Drummond
make for an exciting re-match.
Women's world championship silver medallists Jo Aleh
and Olivia Powrie
are on the entry list for Sail Auckland 2011 with former world champions in the 420 Alexandra Maloney
and Bianca Barbarich-Bacher
ready to put up a challenge.
National and international Paralympic campaigners are en route from competition at the Kiwi Cup in Napier to do it all again at Sail Auckland 2011.
In the single-handed 2.4mR, local sailor Josh Mckenzie-Brown
will race against Brit Megan Pascoe
And in the two-person SKUD18 New Zealand representatives Tim Dempsey
and Jan Freda Apel
, plus Annabelle Tye
and Vaughan Robertson are teams to watch.