Manly Sailing Club has been elected to host the 2014 Optimist National Champs over Easter. Over 300 sailors both will gather for the event, which has been the breeding ground of some of New Zealand’s greatest sailors, including many Olympians. It will also boost interest in the sport throughout the local community and contribute to the region’s economy.
Sponsored by Toyota and Fairway Bay, the competition will see 5 days of fleet racing just off Big Manly Beach.
Fairway Bay was a sponsor of the recent Flying Fifteen Nationals. CEO Sean Pan Says he is happy to have further involvement with the sport, as Fairway Bay itself is an excellent place for families into boating.“I would like to think in some small way we may be contributing to New Zealand’s future Olympic success.”
Olympians Jo Aleh, Olivia Powrie, Peter Burling, Paul Hansen and Susannah Pyatt are amongst famous New Zealand sailors who started in the humble optimist.