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13 April 2001, 09:23 pm
Regatta Starts Despite Forecast Cyclone
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New Zealand's top Olympic class sailors have gathered for the final regatta in Yachting New Zealand's ranking regatta circuit.
Three Sydney 2000 representatives including bronze medallist, Aaron Macintosh were back at it again on the road to Athens 2004. Despite a cyclone on the weather map both scheduled races were completed in mixed conditions on Lake Taupo.

Race one started in light fluky breezes and the full range of vagaries typical of lake sailing caught out many. Most classes were hit by a rainsquall that brought through strong gusts in race two that fell away to light breezes again before the finish.

"We're pleased to see three Olympic representatives and many of those that trialed last year returning this year to join some new faces in the Olympic classes for the first year of preparation for Athens" says Yachting New Zealand Chief Executive, Simon Wickham.

The weather was trying and typical of Lake Taupo conditions with the threat of the cyclone hitting creating plenty of talk before racing today. "The sailors that benefited most were those that sailed for consistency and in the results the approach of Mason and Brown in their respective classes probably highlighted this" says High Performance Manager, Peter Lester. "Those that sailed smartly and took a planned approach to the first days racing given the vagaries of the day will have benefited".
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