The first-ever New Zealand Wingfoil Championships held at Manly Sailing Club were absolutely epic! We had two incredible days of racing, completing a total of 10 thrilling races. Day 1 was an absolute whirlwind, with gusts reaching over 35 knots. Day 2 blessed us with more enjoyable conditions, providing moderate winds that made both the sailors and race officials happy.
A massive shoutout goes to the incredible team at the Manly Sailing Club and the outstanding volunteers who worked tirelessly on and off the water to make this event a roaring success. We couldn’t have asked for a better team!
In the Men’s division, Josh Armit emerged as the champion of the inaugural New Zealand Wingfoil National Championships! Josh’s performance was nothing short of dominant, winning a remarkable 8 out of the 10 races. It’s worth noting that this accomplishment is even more impressive considering the high level of talent in the fleet. What’s even more mind-blowing is that Josh landed at Auckland Airport from his previous regatta overseas on the iQFOIL at 10 am and still made it in time for Race 1 just after midday. Talk about perfect timing!
In the Women’s division, Aimee Bright emerged victorious in the inaugural New Zealand Wingfoil National Championships! Aimee showcased exceptional sailing skills throughout the weekend, effortlessly gliding across the racecourse with a combination of finesse and determination. It’s always a joy to witness her in action!
We are thrilled at the announcement that Aimee will be representing New Zealand in the ANOC World Beach Games, set to take place in Bali in August. We have no doubt that she will continue to excel and make us proud.
The inaugural New Zealand Wingfoil Championships were an unforgettable event that showcased the incredible talent and passion of the participants. Congratulations to Josh Armit and Aimee Bright on their well-deserved victories, and we wish them continued success in their future endeavors.
Video by Sam Thom.
Overall racing results can be found at Manly Sailing Club.