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14 October 2005, 10:43 am
Middle Harbour Yacht Club And Audi Australia Announce New Regatta
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Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta 2006
Sydney, Australia

A brand new sailing competition, to be known as the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta was launched today by Ian BOX, Commodore Middle Harbour Yacht Club and Joerg HOFMANN, Managing Director of Audi Australia. The inaugural Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta will be held on 4-5 March 2006 during Sydney Harbour Week with over 200 yachts racing in ten classes on four course areas on Australia's most famous Harbour.
Acknowledged by the NSW Government, the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta will be a commercially sustainable landmark Sydney Yachting spectacular on Sydney Harbour each year. The Hon Sandra NORI, MP, NSW Minister for Sport, Tourism and Recreation commented, 'There is no better sight than Sydney Harbour filled with sails, and I look forward to seeing this event grow into a major feature on the international sailing calendar, attracting not only more yachts to the harbour but spectators as well.'

BOX welcomed HOFMANN and Audi to the Sport of Sailing at a media gathering at Flying Fish, Jones Bay Wharf, hosted by the luxury German carmaker. 'We are delighted to have secured Audi Australia as Partner for the Sydney Harbour Regatta. Its association with this spectacular sailing event is a boost for the Sport and fits well with our keen spirit of competitiveness, innovation and sportsmanship,' said Commodore BOX.

Audi Australia's Managing Director HOFMANN, acknowledged the brand's passion for competitive sailing around the world, 'The opportunity for Audi to become involved with a new sailing project in Australia is of clear interest to us. Around the world, the Audi brand has had a longstanding involvement with the sport of sailing, particularly in Europe, as the fundamental principles of sailing are a direct match with Audi's core value, Vorsprung durch Technik.

'Roughly translated, this statement refers to our philosophy of pursuing progress through the use of advanced technology. Clearly these principles are also utilized by the sailing community and hence the excellent link between this highly regarded competitive sport and the Audi brand,' HOFMANN said.

Louise Bashford
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