Kiwi sailing hero headlining local regatta

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By PHILIP CHANDLER

A spectacular yachting regatta — headed by America’s Cup-winning Kiwi skipper Peter Burling — takes place on Lake Whakatipu this weekend.

It’s the South Island champs for International Moths — a class of extremely fast, but seemingly fragile, one-person dinghy.

‘‘They’re a big, long, skinny stick with a big foil below them,’’ says Wakatipu Yacht Club commodore John Stalker, who’s organising the regatta, which was also held here in
2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘‘They fly, but they also crash spectacularly.’’

About 15 yachts will contest the champs, with the course set either in Frankton Arm or, more likely, around the back of the Kelvin Heights golf course.

Starting 2pm, there’ll be up to four races over the next couple of days, with Monday set
aside as a reserve day.

Burling certainly adds lustre to the field — he was International Moth world champ in 2015 and runner-up in 2017.

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