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MRX fleet leaving Wellington Ocean Sports

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{jcomments off}It is with regret we announce that from 1 August 2014 Wellington Ocean Sports will no longer be managing the MRX fleet. The MRX's have been a feature on Wellington's sailing landscape from the early 2000's, with RPNYC having involvement from 2007. The MRX's have played a part in the development and promotion of sailing in the Wellington region and were the backbone of initiatives such as the regional club keelboat regatta and the Wellington Spirit sailing league.

The departure of the MRX fleet is disappointing but will enable us to focus more acutely on the core business of sail training and transitioning students into regular participation says Wellington Ocean Sports Manager Matt Wood. “We are really grateful to Yachting Promotions Limited for making their boats available for the development of sailing over the years and wish them well for the future. Our attention will now shift to maximising the use of our two purpose build Muir 8.2 keelboats. The Muirs were specifically designed for sail training on the Wellington Harbour and have served us well over the years. There will need to be some tweaking to our course scheduling, but all current Wellington Ocean Sports courses will continue. In the coming months we look forward to investing in the Muir’s to ensure a high quality learn to sail programme continues for years to come."

"While it was a real luxury to have so many boats available, the Muirs are perfect for the learn to sail, learn to race, school and corporate team building sailing we deliver. There is now also an opportunity for a local boat owner to reduce the cost of boat ownership and earn from their boat as we will be looking to secure access to a suitable vessel on an “as required basis” to deal with larger groups and the cruising courses we offer. These type of arrangements have been very successful in the past with boats such as Esprit, Waireka and Montego Bay 3. Anyone interested in this opportunity should contact me at ocean@rpnyc.org.nz

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