Sailability Auckland is hosting the inaugural Glenn Family Foundation Kiwi Cup with the IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship, 2009, Single Person Keelboat (Non-Technical) to be held concurrently with an Access Liberty Open World Championship.
The event commences on 24 January, with competition from 26-31 January 2009 with races conducted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. Entries close at the end of December.
Among the 27 sailors from five nations so far entered, there are some very competitive and experienced campaigners.
Joshua MCKENZIE-BROWN (NZL) is the reigning World Champion (Open) in the Access Liberty and also sails the International 2.4mR. MCKENZIE-BROWN hold the 'home turf' advantage, racing and training regularly on Auckland Harbour.
David COOK (CAN) has spent the past two years racing a SKUD18 and was runner up to represent Canada at the Paralympic Games in China. His last regatta in the Liberty was the Australian and International Access Class Championships in Melbourne during January 2006. At that event he dominated the Servo Liberty division with five wins from six starts.
Duncan MACGREGOR (AUS) is the current World Champion in the Access 2.3 class. MACGREGOR has competed in the SKUD18, International 2.4mR and J/24 classes, but this is his first major regatta in the Liberty.
Zoltan PEGAN (HUN) has won a string of Access Nationals in various classes and is the reigning World Champion in the Access 303 two-person. He won both the 2007 and 2008 IFDS Championships sailed in the Challenger multihull and represented Hungary at the 2008 Paralympic Sailing Competition in the 2.4mR.
Hot on the heels of the Kiwi cup is the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series and that means four America's Cup yachts will be practicing out on the water while the Kiwi Cup is underway. It's also Auckland Anniversary day on 26 January and the harbour will be a symphony of sails with yachts of all shapes and sizes taking part in the 169th Year of the Auckland Anniversary regatta.
It's a great time of the year to visit New Zealand in the height of summer Auckland city will be buzzing, especially down at the waterfront at the Kiwi cup headquarters which is at the former Team New Zealand America's Cup base. That means entrants in the Louis Vuitton series - Emirates Team New Zealand, BMW Oracle, Alinghi and nine other America's cup teams - will be their neighbours for the week.
More information available at http://www.sailabilityauckland.org.nz/kiwicup.html
ISAF Disabled Sailing microsite - www.sailing.org/disabled