As the dawn of the New Year rolled in, Manly Sailing Club was underway in hosting the 2019 Bic World Championships, and along with it, 133 participants from 8 countries.
Manly Sailing Club in conjunction with the Russell Coutts Sailing Foundation had 19 sailors competing across the U13 and U17 fleets, with another handful joining the development fleet for a few days of fun adventure style racing that was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
The weather really was nothing short of picturesque during the event, producing a range of conditions and plenty of sunshine making for some excellent racing out on the bay.
It took a few days for some of our sailors to find their feet, many of whom had never even seen such a large number of sailors in a single class, let alone compete in an event alongside them all! However, as the regatta matured, the incidence rate of “proud as punch” coach moments increased. The Kiwis were on the move with some of our more experienced sailors really starting to challenge the older veteran international sailors.
The 2019 O’pen Bic World Championships was a spectacular showcase event for the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and it was pleasing to see all the hard work of the coaches, parents and most importantly the sailors themselves really pay off with outstanding performances. Well done team!