Stars of the Future

Chelsea Rees - Representing New Zealand at the 420 Worlds Sailing Championship

Laingholm resident and graduate of Laingholm Primary School Chelsea Rees (who is now 18 years old and in her last year at Mt Albert Grammar), has been selected by Yachting New Zealand to represent New Zealand at the 420 Worlds Sailing Championship in Karatsu, Japan in July this year.

After a successful season, Chelsea along with her sailing partner, Kerensa Jennings gained selection after placing 3rd overall in the Sail Auckland ISAF (International Sailing Federation) Regatta in March and two weeks later finishing 5th  at the week-long NZ 420 Nationals Championship in Lyttelton near Christchurch.  They have also consistently placed as New Zealand’s top female youth team in the 420 class boat.

Since April, Chelsea and Kerensa have been under a rigorous training schedule, sailing two-three times per week (after school and weekends) including several full weekend training sessions as part of Yachting New Zealand’s High Performance Youth Programme. 

At this worlds sailing event in Japan, the girls will be sailing with approximately 80 female teams representing the top twenty sailing nations from around the globe. 

To help them raise the funds needed to go to this important event, Chelsea’s parents have established a Give-A-Little website where you can pledge your support at


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