FD WORLDS IN NELSON
They won by a whopping 48 points.
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.