Walker's Olympic triumph will now be a permanent tribute to the living legend in Manurewa.
The fleet of 25 crews from around the country are taking part in the 40th rendition of the race founded by Sir Peter Blake.
Simon van Velthooven says he's excited to be one of the first "cyclors" in the world.
Whether the innovation will give New Zealand an edge at this year's America’s Cup in Bermuda is yet to be seen.
The fourth ODI against South Africa will be played in Hamilton.
The inspirational Para-swimmer will step away from the pool to take part in her newest challenge this weekend.
The three-time NZ Grand Prix champion is still competing, with the likes of Greg Murphy and Paul Radisich sending in tributes.
A total of 380 sailors from over 60 countries will hit the water this week as New Zealand hosts the emerging sailing stars.