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1 December 2011, 10:24 am
Napier Gears Up For The Opti Worlds 2011
Kiwi Sailors Riding The Waves
Kiwi Sailors Riding The Waves

IODA - Optimist World Championship
Napier, New Zealand

Napier is getting ready for the World Championship Optimist Sailing at the end of this month.
Next week the Team New Zealand sailors, Leonard Takahashi-Fry, Markus Somerville and William McKenzie (all from Auckland) Isaac McHardie from Hamilton and Nathaniel Deverell from the Bay of Islands will arrive and start training in the Napier waters. Many international sailors won't be far away.

Opti Worlds Chairman Pete Dawson is thrilled by the support received from volunteers. "It is a typical Kiwi event where everyone pulls together to create a world class event".

Napier Mayor Barbara Arnott is excited to host the World Championship this year. A regular sailor herself, Ms Arnott said, "Napier is keen to support young talent and we always welcome international visitors in the Art Deco Capital of the World.

"We invite the public to enjoy the Opening Ceremony on New Year's Eve where all 50 countries will carry their own national flag and will be welcomed in a typical Kiwi way: warm and enthusiastic."

The Napier Sailing Club is getting all geared up for this year's World Championships. All the technology is tested and adjusted for this event. Jon Bilger from PredictWind, has worked on a special weather buoy for the Opti Worlds.

"This model is the world's smallest deployable weather buoy. PredictWind is a totally unique product in that you can see the predicted weather patterns hour by hour over a one square kilometre grid. This is major in events like the America's Cup, but equally as important for the Opti Worlds."

Jon Bilger will also run a seminar for the young sailors on weather predictions in the Pre-Worlds Clinic on 20 December.
Nathalie van Dort
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