Story: Sailing and windsurfing

Whitbread fleet leaves Auckland, 1998

Whitbread fleet leaves Auckland, 1998

New Zealanders became heavily involved in international yachting competitions such as the Whitbread Round the World race. They became professional sailors of hugely expensive high-tech yachts paid for by commercial sponsorship. The advertising logos on these Whitbread yachts leaving Auckland for Brazil show the importance of commercial support.

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Harold Kidd, 'Sailing and windsurfing - International successes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 April 2024)

Story by Harold Kidd, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Jun 2016