Top sailors gather at Waiake regatta

GOLDEN GIRLS: Olympic sailors Jo Aleh, left, and Polly Powrie.
GOLDEN GIRLS: Olympic sailors Jo Aleh, left, and Polly Powrie.

Olympic sailing medallists and other top sports people will be at the Sir Peter Blake Regatta at the Torbay Sailing Club this weekend.

Gold medallists Jo Aleh and Olivia "Polly" Powrie and silver medallists Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are among about 400 sailors expected to attend.

In a significant tie-in to the event, both Jo (in 2004) and Peter (2005) are previous winners of the Sir Peter Blake Memorial Trophy, awarded to the most outstanding youth sailor at the regatta.

Burling and Tuke will bring their Olympic 49er skiff to Waiake Beach for visitors to see and will take one lucky young Optimist Green Fleet (young learner) sailor out for a blast tomorrow morning.

Team Vodafone Sailing's trimaran will be available for young sailors and their families to look around and win spot prizes.

Vodafone Warriors members are there on Sunday afternoon for autographs and to meet young sailors.

Sir Peter Blake's 1989-1990 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race winning maxi ketch Steinlager 2 will be anchored off Waiake Beach tomorrow afternoon.

The New Zealand Sailing Trust is inviting regatta participants to look over the legendary Kiwi yacht.

Held at the beach since 2002, the regatta is now a major event on the small boat sailing calendar.

Regatta sponsors include Team Vodafone Sailing, Harcourts Cooper, Albany Toyota, Auckland Council, Pub Charity, Harken and Oceanbridge.

Go online to

North Shore Times