18 December 2020
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has informed Members of the introduction of the CBRE Club Championship Finals.
This event has never been done before, offering RNZYS club sailors and racing crews the opportunity to represent the RNZYS at an International competition.
The CBRE Club Championship Finals will take place on Anzac Weekend (24 – 26 April 2021), the event will see all CBRE Club Championship division winners go head-to-head racing in the one design MRX fleet. The first day will be a fleet racing seeding round, with the top four seeds then advancing to a match racing play-off on the Monday.
The winning team will be crowned RNZYS Boat & Crew of the year and will have the opportunity plus the funding to represent the RNZYS in the Seawanhaka International Challenge Cup in Long Beach, California.
The Seawanhaka International Challenge Cup will take place from 2 – 5 June 2021. The event is a historic international challenge and is considered to be the oldest yachting trophy originated in the United States that is still in active competition.
An important concept is that this event is for the pure RNZYS club racers, the finals event is strictly owner driver, and also must be crewed by the yachts regular crew. The CBRE divisional club championships is decided on performance handicap system (PHS) which gives all entries an equal opportunity to qualify for the final series.
Aaron Young RNZYS Commodore said, “With everything going on this year we really wanted to ensure we are putting something back into the RNZYS club racers, we are hoping this event and selection series will inspire the club racers with what will be an amazing opportunity.”
Laurie Jury RNZYS Sailing director said – “What I love about this initiative is the accessibility for all of the core RNZYS club races. The CBRE divisional championships rewards the yachts that race day in day out at the club, it would be great to see these sailors having this opportunity to represent the RNZYS at an overseas event.”