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Date set for yachting event

Shayal Devi
Monday, February 24, 2014

THE campaign to further showcase Fiji as an ideal destination for yachties and sailing enthusiasts around the world will be boosted by the NZD$20,000 ($F31,209) sponsorship of the prestigious Sail Fiji 2014 by ANZ Banking Group Limited.

Following the signing of a memorandum of understanding in Port Denarau last week, it was announced that the event will begin in New Zealand on June 7.

Port Denarau managing director Nigel Skeggs said they were hoping to get about 35 yachts from around the world.

"The first time for Port Denarau to host such an event was in 2010," he said.

"This year, we are expecting close to 30 to 35 yachts, with many participants from Australia and England showing interest as well."

Skeggs said along with the race, a cruising rally would also be part of the event.

"Many cruise liners are also expected to take part in this."

He said a race of such nature was very important to Fiji and one that hasn't been seen for a while.

"We are expecting 500 to 600 participants and we would like to thank ANZ for their support."