They won by a whop­ping 48 points.

Boating NZ - - Boatworld -

Nel­son Yacht Club will host next year’s Fly­ing Dutch­man Worlds (Fe­bru­ary 16-21), im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the New Zealand cham­pi­onships.

This will be the third time the 62-year-old Worlds re­gatta is held in New Zealand – and the first time for Nel­son.

Race man­ager for the event – David Gibb – says Nel­son has one of the big­gest Fly­ing Dutch­man fleets in the coun­try, and with the re­gion’s typ­i­cal weather, it is an ex­cel­lent venue for hold­ing an in­ter­na­tional re­gatta.

Some 46 teams – mainly from Europe – are ex­pected to at­tend, with about 10 or 11 teams from New Zealand. The re­gatta com­prises nine races.

Gibb and sail­ing part­ner Nick Mcbride are ranked third in New Zealand’s Fly­ing Dutch­man fleet.

Mean­while, New Zealan­ders Seb Men­zies and Blake Mc­glashan have taken the 420 World Cham­pi­onship ti­tle in New­port, Amer­ica. This feat is re­mark­able con­sid­er­ing that the pair only got to­gether lit­tle over a year ago, and that they won by a whop­ping 48 points over Spain’s Elias Leonard Aretz Queck and Pablo Gar­cia Cran­field. Also re­mark­able is their age – Men­zies is 13 and Mc­glashan 15 – and they com­peted in the Open divi­sion.

Next year’s Fly­ing Dutch­man Worlds are to be hosted by Nel­son.

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