Four nations will be competing in the 2011 Glenn Family Foundation Kiwi Cup being held in conjunction with the New Zealand Access Class Championships in Napier this week.
The regatta will be hosted by the Napier Sailing Club in conjunction with Sailability Hawkes Bay from 26-29 January. Three classes will be competing - the Access 303, Liberty and SKUD 18, which is the two-person Paralympic class. Most of the competitors are sailors with a disability.
and Jan Freda Apel
(NZL) qualified for a place in the 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition with their performance in the SKUD 18 at Medemblik, Netherlands last year. It is anticipated they will be battling for top spot in Napier against another team also qualified for the 2012 Games - Jovin Tan
and Desiree Lim
(SIN). Based on previous encounters overseas, stronger breezes will favour the Kiwis while lighter conditions will suit the Singaporeans.
Two Australian teams will also contest the SKUD 18 fleet. Krista Bailey
and Russell Phillips from Melbourne are joined by Genevieve Wickham from Perth who will have Auckland sailor Hannah Morris on board as sheet hand. Annabelle Tye
and Andrew May
(NZL) are a new SKUD combination, but both have performed well in other classes. May won the 2009 Kiwi Cup while Tye was the highest placed female in that regatta.
In the Liberty fleet, Brendan Tourelle
(NZL) from Auckland will be the local sailor to beat, but there is some stiff international competition in this fleet. Magali Moraines
(FRA) and Christopher Cook
(AUS) finished one point apart at the 2010 Access Class World Championships in England last year, with Moraines coming out the winner. The remainder of the fleet will be made up of up and coming sailors from Auckland and Wellington.
The Access 303 fleet will include sailors with a broad range of experience - from novices to experienced competitors. While the aim of the Glenn Family Foundation Kiwi Cup is to promote sailing for people with disabilities, the Access Nationals are open to non disabled and disabled sailors. These classes are ideal for sailors of all abilities and they allow sailors, even those with a severe disability, to compete alongside their able-bodied peers. Above all it is an opportunity for sailors, their families, supporters, volunteers and coaches to get together and enjoy a great event.
The Kiwi Cup has been generously supported by the Glenn Family Foundation, Hooker Pacific Transport, Mondiale Freight Services and New Zealand Sailability programs.
For more information on the Glenn Family Foundation click here.