'It will be great to be able to defend our title in our home waters,' notes EVANS and BURLING. 'It should be an awesome competition and a great challenge with the best 420 sailors from around the world. The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.'
The New Zealand team was dominant in the open division at the 420 World Championships 2006 claiming not only the gold, but also the silver medal. EVANS and BURLING clinched the championship with a huge 25 point margin, while fellow team members Simon COOKE (NZL) and Scott ILLINGWORTH (NZL) took the silver. The Kiwi pairs had confirmed the 1,2 spots with one race to spare; neither sailed the final race. Both pairs will be sailing off Takapuna in January along with top competition from New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain, and Europe.
President of the New Zealand 420 Association, Bryan DAVIES (NZL) is looking forward to hosting the event in New Zealand. 'Our sailor's success at Grand Canary this year has proved a great springboard into what is going to be a fiercely contested event,' notes DAVIES. 'The fact that two of our youth sailors have dominated both the World and European event this year is also very exciting and what better way to start the New Year than with World Championship success in our home waters. We wish all our 420 sailors success as they prepare for the trials that will be the basis for the selection of the 29 crews that will go forward to represent New Zealand.'
'Special thanks must go to North Shore City and the Takapuna Boating Club who have taken on the event. We also acknowledge our generous sponsors BMW & TV3 who have not hesitated in backing our youth sailors.'
Around 250 sailors from New Zealand and around the globe are expected to converge on Auckland's North Shore for the event, which includes an open's division and a women's division. Racing starts on 3 January 2007 with 12 races scheduled over seven days with the World Champions announced at a prizegiving ceremony on 9 January at the Bruce Mason Centre.
New Zealand will be represented by 29 crews who will be selected at two New Zealand trial events to be sailed in December. 15 Kiwi boats can take part in the open division, where pairs can be either both male, or mixed gender. In the women's division New Zealand will be represented by 14 boats.