|Auckland, New Zealand - In just over 10 months’ time the International OK Dinghy fleet will descend on Auckland, New Zealand, to contest the 2019 OK Dinghy World Championship, bringing with them the friendship and competitiveness that make the OKs such a popular class. This will be the seventh time the World Championship has been held in New Zealand, and the organisers are expecting this edition to be the biggest and best yet.
Entries are now officially open with the Notice of Race and online entry form being posted to the Event Website earlier this week.
An opportunity almost six years in the making, Wakatere Boating Club submitted their bid to host the World Championship in 2012, and in the years since, building hype around the regatta has seen the number of local OK sailors almost double, with around 40 boats now racing at the club. This strong local fleet now includes an impressive array of top sailors, including three-time Olympian Dan Slater, double Olympic medalist Rod Davis, as well as multiple America’s Cup sailors, all of whom are working towards making sure the 2019 OK Dinghy World Championship is the best the fleet has ever staged.
“We’re really looking forward to the competition coming to us, and are proud to show off the club and the great racing venue to the international competitors who have graciously hosted us in the past,” commented Club Commodore, Simon Probert.