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Squadron Cup Precedes America's Cup To Westhaven!

New Zealand's blind sailors have proven they are the best in
the world by taking out the overall team title at the Fourth World
Blind Sailing Championships in Miami. Outstanding performances by
the B2 (partially blind) and B3 (partially sighted) crews saw the
New Zealand team beat off 14 other countries for the title which
earns them the coveted Squadron Cup, donated to the competition by
the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. England, who were the overall
winners at the last world championships two years ago, were placed
second, and the Massachusetts (USA) team, third.


In a special ceremony at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron at
Westhaven in Auckland on SUNDAY 21 NOVEMBER (2.00pm), team members
will deliver the cup to Squadron Commodore Peter Kingston.

"Actually achieving our goal is just the most amazing feeling,"
says B2 helmsman Garth Reynolds of Whangarei, who attended his first
blind sailing school in late 1995.

With funding from the Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind,
and a lot of support from volunteers and the Royal New Zealand Yacht
Squadron, the New Zealand Council for Sailing for Blind and Vision
Impaired Inc. runs sailing schools throughout the country for blind
and sight-impaired New Zealanders. The next school takes place from
19-21 November out of Westhaven marina, in which people of all ages
will participate.


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