The beach and reserve around Manly Sailing Club will be humming with activity when the club hosts the 65th Zephyr National Championships, from April 9-12.
More than 70 of this dinghy sailing class are entered, with sailors coming from all over New Zealand.
This year sees the addition of a new fibreglass version of the Des Townson designed 3.35m Zephyr sailing boat.
Designed to have the same weight and sailing characteristics of the original Zephyrs of the 1950s, the fibreglass version was built by MacKay Boat Builders of Silverdale.
Club commodore, Barry Thom, says that the racing will be very interesting with several NZ and world champions, as well as Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race, Olympians and America’s Cup “retired sailors” expected to be on the start line, battling it out with top Zephyr sailors.