Blokart auction for sailors in need

A top of the range Blokart Pro is being auctioned on TradeMe with money raised adding to a fund for youth yachting in quake ravaged Christchurch.

The initiative comes from the Bay of Plenty Sailing Academy Trust (BoPSAT) which has taken delivery of a top of the range ‘Blokart Pro’, donated by Blokart International Ltd.

Bay of Plenty Sailing Academy Trust chairman Roy Walmsley with the sail to be auctioned to help sailors in Christchurch.

Blokart creator Paul Beckett says Blokarts are the only land based sail craft that goes upwind like an AC45 and Paul should know, he invented the Blokart.
The sail was flown to Christchurch, where BoPSAT chair Roy Walmsley had it signed by Camper skipper Chris Nicholson and the crew of Emirates Team New Zealand’s Volvo Ocean Race yacht.

The team’s America’s Cup skipper Dean Barker has also signed and the aim is to get one last signature, that of Grant Dalton. 

The proceeds of the auction will be added to the funds raised at each of Camper’s stopover ports: Tauranga, Gisborne, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch, and will be administered by Yachting New Zealand and targeted at youth sailing in Christchurch.

Visit and track Camper as she completes her 2000 nautical mile Volvo Ocean Race qualifying passage. 

Also at Bay of Plenty children have the opportunity to register their interest in giving sailing a go. 

Registrants will be in the draw to win one of the 100 free ‘Sailing… Have a Go!’ places being offered next spring. 

Five lucky winners will also receive a poster of Camper signed by the whole crew.

The Blokart charity auction commences on Monday, May 16, closing at 12 noon on Thursday, May 26. 

For the duration of the auction, BoPSAT will provide a link on its home page to TradeMe.


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