|11:39 AM Sat 16 May 2009 GMT|
The Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia will host the first J24 Asia - Pacific Championship. With resurgence worldwide in the J24 class, Asia is one of the last areas on the globe to have an active international circuit for the class. Five Australian states as well as Singapore and Korea will be represented at the Regatta.
This Regatta will have a tremendous depth of talent with multiple Australian Championship winners Sean Kirkjian - NSW and Sean Wallis - West Australia, challenging to take out the first Asia - Pacific title.
Hugo Ottoway from Victoria, also a past National Champion, will be joined by David Suda and three other teams from Victoria, with four times SA State Champion Alyn Stevenson heading a strong local contingent, including the much travelled Hi team skippered by Peter Stevens. The Aussies won't have it all their own way as Singapore National Champion Vladimir Borstnar, a specialist light air sailor, is likely to get eight knot breezes in June.
The field is completed with Korea fielding a team from different continents, to be skippered by Park Ki-Cheol.
The South Australian fleet has provided eight loan boats for the event and is billeting five teams. 'It's time to turn the clock back and run low cost regattas' according to regatta Chairman Alyn Stevenson.
With the regatta being held off the North Haven Marina in Gulf St Vincent during 6th to 8th June, competitors are likely to encounter 6 to 12 kts during the event. There will 10 races sailed over three days ensuring plenty of tired bodies come Monday.
The Cruising Yacht club ran the J24 Nationals in January and should produce another excellent event with Race Officer Stuart Ross at the helm.
Regatta website www.cycsa.com.au/ANC/index.html
by Event Media
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