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Young sailors supported through regatta sponsorship

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We’re proud to support the next generation of sailors through our long-running sponsorship of the CentrePort International Youth Match Racing Championship.

Every year in late summer, Wellington Harbour is alive with yachting action as a group of the top under-23 sailors from New Zealand and abroad battle it out for the match cup.

This is our longest-running sponsorship partnership, which is now into its 19th consecutive year. The event is organised by the Wellington Youth Sailing Trust, which supports the development of youth leadership through sailing.

“Aside from being a great competition, this event brings young people together to build both relationships and leadership experience. We’re incredibly grateful for the support we’ve received from CentrePort that has made this such an enduring and successful event.”

– Paul Davies, Chair, Wellington Youth Sailing Trust

The four-day regatta sees up to eight men’s, women’s and mixed teams racing in the inner harbour off Oriental Bay. Teams compete in six-metre Elliott 6 yachts with crews of three or four.

While most of the competitors come from around New Zealand and Australia, the event has also hosted sailors from the UK, Italy, Japan and Ireland.

“Without the support of CentrePort, we wouldn’t be able to attract the quality and calibre of sailors we have.”

– Paul Davies

Wellington Harbour is not only where CentrePort’s people work, it’s where our community plays and enjoys the environment. Supporting events such as the youth regatta reinforces our connections to the community, and this forms part of the community pillar in our regeneration programme.

“CentrePort has been a great participant in our ‘shared backyard’. They’ve shown they’re willing to be involved and to make a genuine contribution to supporting the community of water users we have here in Wellington.”

– Paul Davies

Some of the young participants in the regatta have gone on to achieve great things on the world stage – one has competed in both the America’s Cup and the Olympics. CentrePort is very pleased to be able to help young people in their sailing careers through our sponsorship of this event.