Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad

15 young sailors graduate from RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Programme

by Sara Tucker on 19 Apr 2012
Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme Graduation Sara Tucker

Another 15 young sailors, ranging in age from 18 – 20 years, graduated from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme on Monday night.

Thanks to this world-renowned program these graduates are now fully equipped to represent the RNZYS, and quite possibly New Zealand, in the next exciting stage of their sailing careers! This is the 24th year of the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme which has now graduated 402 sailors, many of whom are now household names having attained the ultimate peaks in the sport of sailing.

Youth Programme graduates such as Kelvin Harrap, Mark Christensen, Gavin Brady, James Dagg, Jeremy Lomas, David Endean, Carl Williams, Sharon Ferris, Amy Mulcahy, Adam Minoprio, Phil Robertson, Stephanie Hazard, Will Tiller have all made their mark in the work of yachting, and the list goes on and on.

Monday’s graduation ceremony at the RNZYS, the home of the programme, was attended by over 60 sponsors, supporters, graduates and their families. Each graduate spoke of their year(s) achievements with the programme and the gratitude they had for the Lion Foundation, the 10 individual boat sponsors of the Elliott 7 metre yachts and all the supporters of the programme, who have been instrumental in the achievement in their yachting goals to date.

All those in attendance at this 2012 graduation ceremony were in awe of both the eloquence of these young sailors for both their accomplishments to date and their aspirations for the future.

Graduates of the 2011/2012 – 24th year were:

Graduate of 1 year

Francisco Lardies
Henry Wilkinson
Dylan Wichman
Andrea Hawtin
Jack Emson

Graduate of 2 years

Callum Jones
Ezra Pribicevich
Sylvie Admore

Graduate of 3 years

Jamie Dawson
Benny Butcher
Joshua Martin
Chris Staub
Sam Molesworth
Aaron Reynolds-Lovegrove

Graduate of 4 years

Katie de Lange

Coach Guy Pilkington took the opportunity to thank the long serving RNZYS Race Management of Gerald Flynn, Neil Harris and Peter McKeogh who continually arrive on the weekends to ensure that the level of training and racing is of the highest standard. The coaches who have supported the teams traveling overseas this year, along with Guy, have been Roy Dickson, who attended the Harken Youth Match Racing Regatta at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Sydney and Graduate Will Tiller who attended the Centreport Youth International in Wellington.

Pilkington commented 'It has been another fantastic year for the Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme with David Hazard winning the Harken Youth Regatta in Sydney and the Centreport in Wellington. Also Chris Steele winning our own Harken Youth International. I am certainly looking forward to this year, which will be our 25th year.'

This year youth programme teams have also competed in numerous keelboat events, including all 10 Elliott 7’s at the BMW Auckland Regatta Week, and most recently a third overall in the extremely competitive Young 88 National Championships onboard ‘Sister Moonshine’.

The 25th year reunion of the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme will be celebrated in November this year and we are looking forward to a fantastic night with many of our Graduates and Supporters.

For further information about the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme, check out our website www.rnzys.org.nz / youth programme

Or contact
Guy Pilkington Coach 0274 918 962 gpilkington@rnzys.org.nz
Sara Tucker Administrator stucker@rnzys.org.nz

Zhik Dinghy 660x82Ancasta Ker 40+ 660x82Naiad

Related Articles

470 class - Double Olympic medalist announces retirement
Polly Powrie, half of one of the most successful teams in New Zealand sailing history, has retired from Olympic yachting Polly Powrie, half of one of the most successful teams in New Zealand sailing history, has retired from Olympic yachting. Powrie and Jo Aleh, colloquially known as Team Jolly, first teamed up in the women’s 470 in 2009 and established an impressive record in their time together, winning gold at the 2012 London Olympics and backing that up with silver at last year's Rio Games.
Posted on 6 Jan
Sydney supermaxi sets monohull record in White Island Race
The Sydney based supermaxi CQS has set a new record for monohulls in the 320nm White Island Race. The Sydney based supermaxi CQS has set a new record for monohulls, but missed the allcomers record by less than an hour, in the 320nm White Island Race. After the race start just after 10.00am on Friday, CQS reported she was about to round White Island around 6.30pm having taken 8hrs 30 minutes for the 160nm leg or an average speed of around 19kts.
Posted on 26 Nov 2016
Images of radical supermaxi CQS sailing on the Waitemata
Ludde Ingvall’s revamped supermaxi, CQS, was trialling on the Waitemata Harbour today Ludde Ingvall’s revamped supermaxi, CQS, was trialling on the Waitemata Harbour today in a moderate south westerly breeze and sunshine - a welcome break from the strong winds that have plagued Auckland for the past few days. The supermaxi which started life as the 90ft Nicorette has been stretched to 98ft in a design project led by Bakewell-White Yacht Design
Posted on 18 Nov 2016
Gladwell's Line - Oh, and by the way we won a million dollars
Sailing history has been made by a New Zealand crew in winning the richest prize ever offered in sailing July 11, 2016 - Sailing history has been made by the New Zealand crew of Phil Robertson, Stu Dodson, Will Tiller and James Wierzbowski in winning the richest prize ever offered in sailing - $US1million (NZD $1.37m), with their nail-biting win in the World Match Racing Championships in Sweden.
Posted on 14 Jul 2016
Rio 2016 - Yachting New Zealand defends Olympic selection practices
Yachting New Zealand has responded to wide-spread international criticism of its selection practices Yachting New Zealand has responded to wide-spread international criticism of its selection practices and criticism by the Chairman of the NZ Sports Disputes Tribunal, Sir Bruce Robertson of the way it treated two Olympic sailors after they had qualified New Zealand for the 2016 Olympic sailing regatta at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in santander in September 2014.
Posted on 9 Jun 2016
Gladwell's Line - Olympic Appeal over in NZ but hotting up in Oz
The 2016 New Zealand Olympic selection process came to an end on Monday night in Auckland The 2016 New Zealand Olympic selection process came to an end on Monday night in Auckland with the announcement at the end of a Mediation Hearing by the Chairman of the Sports Disputes Tribunal, Sir Bruce Robertson, that he would not overturn the two non-selection decisions by Yachting New Zealand.
Posted on 2 Jun 2016
Rio 2016 - Murdoch confirms that he won't Appeal tight selection call
Double Olympian Andrew Murdoch has confirmed that he will not Appeal the decision of the Yachting New Zealand selectors Double Olympian Andrew Murdoch has confirmed that he will not Appeal the decision of the Yachting New Zealand selectors who gave the nod for Rio 2016 to Josh Junior, who will be on his first Olympic regatta. 'I don't think I would get a result in my favour out of the back end of it,' Murdoch told Radio Sport. ït would also hinder Josh's preparation as well.'
Posted on 12 May 2016
Olympic board sailor lashes out as Spanish hope for Olympic windfall
2012 Olympian JP Tobin has hit out at Yachting New Zealand's selection policy for Rio 2012 Olympian JP Tobin has hit out at Yachting New Zealand's selection policy for Rio that has left the boardsailing classes vacant for August's Games, according to a story published on the stuff.co.nz website. The online news arm of Fairfax media has picked up comments from Tobin's Facebook page.
Posted on 12 May 2016
Rio 2016 - Yachting NZ fails to nominate in three Qualified Classes
Yachting NZ have only nominated two sailors in a second tranche of 2016 Olympic selections for five qualified places. Yachting New Zealand have only nominated two sailors in a second tranche of 2016 Olympic selections for five qualified places. Two singlehanded sailors have been added to the Kiwi Olympic team in the two Mens singlehanded classes - the Finn and Laser. Appeals are being lodged today by two sailors in the Womens events.
Posted on 10 May 2016
Will NZ's most successful Olympic Sailing event cop the Selection axe?
New Zealand qualified in all ten of the 2016 Olympic events at the first round of Qualifying in Santander Spain New Zealand qualified in all ten of the 2016 Olympic events at the first round of Qualifying in Santander Spain in September 2014. In two of those the RS:X Windsurfing event, New Zealand is unlikely to be represented in the Men's event, and in the Women's event, Natalia Kosinska would appear to be a borderline selection.
Posted on 2 May 2016