For many New Zealand entries this is their last shot at qualification into the Worlds with seven spots up for grabs in both the Open and the Women's divisions. Top qualifiers have already earned their place at the selection trials first series in mid December, but for the remainder the Pre-Worlds is their last chance.
62 entries are competing in the Open division with 47 international crews who have arrived early to prepare and become familiar with the venue. The Women's Pre-Worlds fleet has 46 entries with 30 international boats.
The forecast for Day 1 of the regatta is Northwest 10 knot winds with the outlook over the remaining days being Southwest 20 knots easing to 10 knots.
Results of racing will be posted on the regatta website as soon as possible after each race. To follow is further background information and a schedule for both the 420 Pre-Worlds and 420 World Championships.
The 420 World Championships 2007 are at Takapuna Boating Club, North Shore City starting 3 January 2007; sailing will take place in the waters off Takapuna Beach in Auckland. The regatta incorporates both the Open 420 World Championship 2007 and the Women's 420 World Championship 2007.
Around 120 boats, including 29 from New Zealand are expected to compete in the regatta, which takes place over seven days. This means around 240 sailors will be in Takapuna for the event. Racing starts on 3 January with registration prior to that.
A warm-up event precedes the World Championship regatta; known as the Pre-Worlds, racing will take place from 28 December until 30 December. While the Pre-Worlds Regatta forms the final part of the selection process for the New Zealand representatives, international sailors are welcome to take part in this warm-up event.
The 420 is a two handed sailing dinghy with a strong and highly competitive fleet that has emerged in New Zealand over recent years. There are 56,000 worldwide and the 420 is sailed at school, club, open, national and international levels.