2020 Coastal Classic - Young 88 On Board Reporter Stories

A challenging and almost unheard of light airs event.  Four 88’s were entered this year with Driving Force in the cruising division and Babe, Slipstream and War Machine duking it out on the way to prizegiving. Good fun and perfect windless weather but disappointing to have to withdraw 10 miles short of Brett so we could make it to the party on time!

2020 Harken Young 88 Nationals and North Sails Owners Championships preview

The 2020 Harken Young 88 National Championships incorporating the North Sails Owners Championships are less than 4 weeks away. Back in March when the nationals were orginally scheduled, who would have throught, New Zealand would have been through a lock down, social distancing would have become a norm and visitors into New Zealand would have to quarantine for 2-weeks in a hotel!

Matt Steven Sailing Undercover Wins Young 88 Two Handed Champs on Countback

Last Sunday saw the running of the second stage of the aptly named and “covinnovative” Mount Gay Rum 1-2-3 Series. Two handed, windward leewards with no extras was the order of the day. Twelve competitive 88’s and a bunch of hardy Pied Pipers assembled in the vicinity of Auckland Harbour’s Northern Leading Light to do battle in ten to 20 knot Southwesters over five intense and closely fought races.

New “Top Gun” Wins 2020 Young 88 Single Handed Champs

Brad Marsh reports in after his successful inaugural outing on his new boat Dangerzone Sunday May 24th was the Bruce Elliott Memorial Single Handed Champs and the first event of the BBYC run 1,2,3 series for the Young 88 class. We purchased Dangerzone from Wellington with the intention of bringing it back to the Auckland fleet to enjoy the benefits of the class and the wide and varied racing it offers.

2020 Lewmar Triple Series is go!

The Lewmar Triple Series is all go and we cant wait to see you join us on the water in this popular event run by the Short Handed Sailing Assocation of New Zealand!

Join Andrews Wills and Cameron Dunn Live to Chat Young 88s

North Sails expert and five-time Young 88 National Champion, Andrew Wills was joined by special guest Cameron Dunn in this live, interactive webinar. Dunn has a vast range of experience behind him, including tactician onboard the TP52 Phoenix, three America's Cup campaigns, a lap with the Volvo Ocean Race, and is also an international sailing coach.

Harken Fosters Reopen for business!

As the country starts to look forward to what Level 3, and subsequent COVID-19 levels look like, Harken Fosters are putting a plan in place too. With a dedicated technical sailing store and have over 11,000 products available to purchase online under Level 3.  There are some exciting new initiatives on offer to help get the sailing and general boating community the products they need at this time.

Annual General Meeting - Minutes now available

The Young 88 Owners Assocation Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 7th April in a very different format due to the current Covid-19 lock down in force in New Zealand. The meeting was successfully held via Microsoft Teams online video conference and proved very successful.

Young 88 Online Virtual Regatta Series

Attention all sailors needing their sailing buzz! Join us online via the Virtual Regatta platform for some short sharp racing! Join our Three Day Regatta with up to 8 races per day - 1 drop per day! Prizes of Mount Gay Rum for the winner of each race day!

2020 Harken Young 88 Nationals Postponed

Regretfully in the face of the continuing escalation of the known cases of Covid19 and increasing risk to members and volunteers the Young 88 Association has decided that the only prudent option is to postpone the Nationals until later in the year.

2020 Harken Young 88 Nationals to Proceed On Water

This weekend sees the usual fleet of rock stars and weekend warriors mixing it up for the running of the 35th national championships of New Zealand's largest national one design keelboat fleet. There are currently seventeen entries showing online but expect that to change with a possible addition of two more boats and maybe a cancellation or two driven by the Corona Virus travel restrictions.