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Nespresso Principal Partner RNZYS National Youth Training Week 2013

by Sara Tucker on 12 Dec 2013
NESPRESSO National Youth Training Week group about to get on the bus and head to Kawau Island Sara Tucker

Emirates Team New Zealand sponsor Nespresso have again teamed up with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron as principal partner of the 2013 Nespresso National Youth Training Week.

This is the second year that Nespresso have joined with the RNZYS to bring a very unique and rewarding experience to young New Zealanders, and is again sold out with the full 10 yacht club teams.
'Nespresso globally supports sailing from grass roots level, through youth development and to the pinnacle of the sport with the sponsorship of Emirates Team New Zealand during the 34th America's Cup', says Guillaume Chesneau, Nespresso Country Manager, New Zealand.

'The RNZYS Nespresso National Youth Training Week delivers quality sailing experiences and coaching from the country's best instructors ensuring a healthy future for our next generation yachting stars'.


Coach of the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme Guy Pilkington commented: 'Over the past two years working with Nespresso we have really taken this week and all it represents to a new level of professionalism. This year I am pleased to be joined by assistant coach and Youth Programme graduate Garth Ellingham.'

Ellingham is part of the Waka Racing Team helmed by fellow Graduate Phil Robertson who just last week won the Monsoon Cup and placed third overall in the World Match Racing Tour.

'It is fantastic to have Garth joining us for the week; he is certainly sailing at the highest level of match racing and knows how to make a keelboat boat go fast! I also have a group of 12 of my current Youth Training Programme members here. They sail onboard with the teams during the first couple of days which helps eliminate any teething problems and they can show the crews everything from rigging, de-rigging and all the manoeuvres. All of us look forward to this week; it’s really great fun and infectious being around all these kids who just love sailing!'


The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron established the National Youth Training Week at Kawau Island in 1989. Each year yacht clubs from around New Zealand are invited to send a four person youth crew to share in the intensive sailing experience synonymous with the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme. This intensive week of training gives young sailors the opportunity to receive intensive theoretical and practical instruction in the various aspects of competitive keelboat racing on the Squadron's fleet of 10 Elliott 7 metre yachts. Many national sailing bodies offer this type of training to only their high performance teams.

The training week's popularity is building year on year and the RNZYS is delighted to partner with a brand such as Nespresso to continue to produce quality youth sailors of tomorrow.

Nespresso National Youth Training Week | 9th – 15th December 2013

1. International Helm Tim Sneeden
Sandspit Yacht Club Main Angus Adamson
Trim Pia Schuster
Bow Tristan Gill

2. Watts & Hughes Helm Ben Warren
Tauranga Yacht & Main Dylan McKinlay
Power Boat Club Trim Sara Dodds
Bow Julia Ebert

3. Telecom Business Hub Helm Hamish Hall-Smith
French Bay Yacht Club Main Megan Thomson
Trim Joe Gauld
Bow Lachy Grimwade

4. Harken Helm Tam Lindsay
Glendowie Boating Club Main Abby McGeorge
Trim Lisa Dartnall
Bow Matt Connolly

5. Whiting Power Systems Helm Sam Hewitt
Maraetai Sailing Club Main Ryan Tennent
Trim Tane Donovan
Bow Lachlan Maguire

6. Western Mailing Helm Kyle Cuthbertson
Port Chalmers Yacht Club Main Marco Seifert-Simpson
Trim Jasmine Seifert-Simpson
Bow Sam Cornfoot

7. Soar Printing Helm Patrick Haybittle
Murrays Bay Sailing Club Main Rory McCutcheon
Trim Sam Beckman
Bow Ziggy Smith

8. Yachting Developments Helm Matt Morgan
Kohimarama Yacht Club Main Eleanor Carll
Trim Pat Spencer
Bow Thomas Morton

9. Doyle Sails Helm Xanthe Bowater
Naval Point Club Main Anna Woods
Trim Holly Harris
Bow Fenella Bowater

10. Boating NZ Magazine Helm Chris Smith
KeriKeri Cruising Club Main Brons Gerrish
Trim Patrick Harris
Bow Shae Donahoe

RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme

The RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme is now in its 26th year. The programme owns and operates 10 individually sponsored Elliott 7 metre high performance training keelboats with four crew onboard; helm, main, trim and bow. Crews are supported by up to six chase boat/reserve crews. The Elliott 7’s were launched in June 2010 and these new ‘sport’ type keelboats offer both spinnakers and gennakers.

Young sailors between the ages of 15 – 21 years of age can apply at any time (application forms online at www.rnzys.org.nz / youth programme). Training begins in May each year and is for a period of 1 year. Trainees can & usually do apply for consecutive years.

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