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ANZ announces naming-rights sponsorship for annual NZ-Fiji yacht race

ANZ Fiji today announced naming-rights sponsorship for ANZ Sail Fiji 2016, the Royal Akarana Yacht Club’s signature offshore annual yacht race from Auckland, New Zealand to Denarau. ANZ Sail Fiji 2016 will start on Saturday, June 4th  in the vicinity of the Orakei buoy on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour, and ends at the Denarau Marina in […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

May 12, 2016 3:43 pm

ANZ Fiji today announced naming-rights sponsorship for ANZ Sail Fiji 2016, the Royal Akarana Yacht Club’s signature offshore annual yacht race from Auckland, New Zealand to Denarau.

ANZ handing over a cheque of $20,000 to
ANZ handing over a cheque of NZ$20,000 to Royal Akarana Yacht Club (ANZ).

ANZ Sail Fiji 2016 will start on Saturday, June 4th  in the vicinity of the Orakei buoy on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour, and ends at the Denarau Marina in Nadi.

Acting CEO ANZ Fiji, Saud Minam, said the sponsorship aligned perfectly with ANZ’s priority of supporting tourism growth in Pacific markets, including Fiji and the likes of Samoa, Cook Islands and Vanuatu.

MINAM: “We are fully committed to initiatives such as this that help put Fiji on the map. We also appreciate that tourism is a very important part of building a prosperous nation, accounting for about 35% of Fiji’s GDP and is the nation’s largest foreign exchange earner.”

Royal Akarana Yacht Club Vice Commodore and ANZ Sail Fiji Race Director Sally Garrett said there is great anticipation and excitement leading up to the race.

GARETT: “We are most grateful for ANZ Fiji’s support through sponsorship of NZ$20,000 and acknowledge ANZ’s strategic advantage of connectivity between the Pacific and New Zealand which has enabled this great partnership.”

GARETT: “The race is set to attract a large racing and cruising contingency from New Zealand, Australia and beyond. It’s going to be a great event! I am really looking forward to being out on HMNZS Manawanui for the start, and watching the fleet on their way up.”

The notice of race and online entry forms are now available for the racing fleet. Those intending to take part are now invited to officially enter the race.

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