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Yachting NZ Briefings for 10 August 2011

by Yachting NZ on 10 Aug 2011
Yachting NZ

Briefings - 10 August 2011

In this issue:

YNZ News

Latest Inclusive Sailing News

'Hot off the press' in YNZ’s Inclusive Sailing Newsletter latest issue…

• NZ qualifies for Paralympics in 2.4 metre
• In the spotlight – Sailability Wellington
• Blind Sailors to represent RNZYS in Japan
• Sailing simulator used in research programme
• New direction for Blind Sailing New Zealand
• And more!

Read it on-line here.

Programmes and Services Coordinator Position

Yachting New Zealand is looking to appoint a new Programmes and Services Coordinator.

This is a key role which includes the management of our very successful “Sailing… Have a Go!” programme as well as assisting with National Programmes including Race Officials, Instructor Education, Qualifications, National Events and Learn to Sail resources.

We are looking for someone with strong administrative, management and planning skills that is an effective communicator, has good interpersonal skills, the ability to work with a wide network of people and will be a good addition to our team. Yachting experience is essential.

A job description is available on the Yachting New Zealand website.

Applications including covering letter and CV can be made to Andrew Clouston, or Yachting New Zealand, Box 91209, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142. Applications close on the 31st of August 2011.

For more information contact Andrew Clouston on (09) 361 4021 or

YNZ Comms Manager sought – Maternity Leave Cover

Yachting New Zealand invites applications for the part-time position of Communications Manager. This is a fixed term maternity leave cover position, requiring flexible and varied hours of work.

Key responsibilities within the role include YNZ media releases and media liaison, YNZ Briefings newsletter Editorship, managing the YNZ website, brand management and event management of the 2012 Commodores Conference.

This exciting position will suit someone with excellent overall communication skills, both written and verbal who has the ability to self manage, and to plan and use their time well.

Experience in media liaison, web editing and event management will be advantageous, as well as a sound knowledge of yachting including the Olympics.

A full position description is available from the YNZ website or by request from Jodie Bakewell-White

Applications, preferably via email, should be sent to Dianne Logan, Post to PO Box 91209, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142.

Applications should be received by Yachting New Zealand no later than 5pm August 23rd.

High Performance and International

Murdoch takes the lead back off Slingsby

Laser sailor Andrew Murdoch has the lead once again as the Weymouth and Portland 2011 International Regatta rolls on in the UK where New Zealand’s Olympic campaigners are putting the 2012 Olympic venue to the test.

Image: Laser fleet by Thom Touw

Back on the water after a scheduled rest day the Laser fleet have just clocked up another two races overnight in Weymouth, Murdoch placing 8th and 12th. While that doesn’t sound spectacular it was a better performance than that of Tom Slingsby of Australia who was in the lead at the start of the day.

Slingsby recorded a 17th and a 19th – his worst day of the series so far – relinquishing the top spot once more to Murdoch who now has a narrow three point leading margin on 37; Slingsby has 40.

Behind the antipodeans the points have tightened up with Pavlos Kontides of Cyprus closing the gap significantly last night with a 2nd and a 3rd on the water, pushing him into 3rd overall and just one point adrift of Slingsby. Beyond that van Schaardenburg (NED) and Goodison (GBR) are also within reaching distance of the podium sharing 45 points, just three back from Kontides.

The fleet has sailed eight races in total with another two planned for tonight in Weymouth after which only the Medal Race remains.

It was a day of mixed fortunes for Jon-Paul Tobin who has affirmed his position in the Men’s RS:X Medal Race set to take place on Thursday in Weymouth, after another rest day. Opening the day with a 21st place Tobin bounced back to take a win in the final qualifying race of the series.

“Thoroughly tested out the Nothe Course today,” says Tobin, “a very tactical and shifty course area in general, particularly tricky in the wind direction we raced today.”

“I opened with a 21st in race one - went swimming at the start as two wind lines converged, then back on track with a 1st in race two to be 6th overall. It’s tight at the top... the medal race will be a blast!”

He will start the Medal Race lying 6th overall on 60 points, with the ability to close the ten point gap for a bronze podium finish if all the stars aligned for him.

Natalia Kosinska has earned a place in the Women’s RS:X Medal Race, but only just, qualifying as the 10th placed sailor in the fleet of 28. To improve and achieve an 8th place finish is well within her reach given the narrow two point gap and this will ensure a hard fought battle in Thursday’s Medal Race between her, the Canadian and the Australian all close on points.

Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie sailed home with a 17th and a 4th from day four of racing in the Women’s 470 event in which the local pair of Mills and Clark continues to dominate. The New Zealanders are lying 8th overall with another day of racing ahead of the Medal Race in this class.

Over in the Men’s 470 fleet the day brought a 4th and a 16th for or Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders who are in 14th place overall. Overnight Sara Winther was 18th and 8th in her two races in the Laser Radial and she improves to 24th overall. There was no racing for the 49er skiff, Finn or Star overnight all enjoying a rest day.

Results wrap up here>

ETNZ in Portugal and Cowes

With the opening AC45 Regatta underway in Cascais, Portugal, as well as a round of the Extreme 40 series in Cowes, England, (pictured) Emirates Team New Zealand have a crew in both places competing simultaneously.

After two days of racing in the Cascais AC Preliminaries Emirates Team New Zealand have the lead on the points table and also won the speed trial staged on August 7th with a top speed of 42.35km/hour.

Having had a couple of days off from racing the ETNZ AC45 crew with Barker at the helm will be back on the water again tonight.

This from Cowes overnight...

The high winds of the first three days of the Cowes regatta of the Extreme Sailing Series dropped away overnight to the extent that racing was delayed while the breeze filled in.

The Emirates Team New Zealand team of Adam Beashel, Andrew McLean, Chris Ward and Richard Meacham, continued their debut at top-level multihull racing.

Lessons learned at Extreme Sailing Series regattas – short, sharp fleet races in fast catamarans on tight courses - are a valuable part of the transition from a monohull to multihull racing team.

Kiwi results from Laser 4.7 World Championships

A five-strong team of Laser 4.7 sailors have recently competed at the Laser 4.7 World Championships in San Francisco where all five made it to gold fleet for a top half finish.

Photo by Chuck Lantz

112 sailors from around the world were in the USA vying for the Boy’s Laser 4.7 World title. Spanish sailor Francisco Gonzalez took the gold and the title in convincing fashion.

27th Trent Rippey (Auckland)
31st Keith Inglis (Taupo)
34th Ryan Amlehn (Nelson)
44th Taylor Burn (Picton)
48th Liam McDonald

Junior and Youth Sailing News

Opti Update: Kiwi wins in the US and Wales

Reigning Optimist National Champion and member of the New Zealand team to sail in Napier in December for the 2011 World Title Leonard Takahashi-Fry (pictured left) has won two significant international events over recent weeks.

The 13 year old from Murrays Bay Sailing Club is on an international tour, together with fellow New Zealand team members, getting some big fleet, world class experience before going into battle in Napier.

Takahashi-Fry won the 2011 USA National Championship Regatta hosted at the Houston Yacht Club THEN he went on to win the Open Championship title at the 50th Volvo Gill Optimist National and Open Championships in Pwllheli, Wales last week.

“It’s really exciting to be Volvo Gill Optimist Open Champion. Sailing today was ok and pretty shifty but the week has been great and as it went on I got better at sailing in the shifts. It’s been a bit cold, back home it’s hotter but it’s been pretty nice weather. I’ve really enjoyed sailing here and the event’s been well organized” said Leonard after the final day in Wales.

His fellow kiwis also sailed extremely well – Markus Sommerville from Wakatere Boating Club finished third for the bronze (and fourth at the US Regatta in Houston) and Isaac McHardie from Hamilton placed fifth (and thirteenth in Houston).

2011 OptiWorlds, Napier: The 2011 OptiWorlds is expected to attract 400 competitors and team officials to Napier. The main event, which will be the biggest international yachting event for a single class ever hosted in New Zealand, runs from December 30th – January 10th and is preceded by an Invitational Pre-Worlds Regatta.

Andrew McKenzie off to CORK

16 year old Andrew McKenzie from Auckland’s Kohimarama Yacht Club has been named the recipient of the 2011 St John’s Rotary CORK Scholarship, departing tomorrow for Kingston, Canada to compete.

The annual scholarship enables a young New Zealand sailor to travel to Canada to attend CORK (Canadian Olympic Regatta, Kingston), where they gain valuable international experience competing in two consecutive regattas – one open age, one youth – in August.

McKenzie, who has been sailing competitively since the age of ten, recently progressed into the Laser radial class competing at this year’s New Zealand National Championships where he placed tenth overall and fifth youth sailor.

“This scholarship will enable me to gain valuable international experience in the Laser Radial class and provide a vital stepping stone to the Australian and New Zealand National Championships next season, and my campaign to be selected to compete for New Zealand at the 2012 ISAF Youth Worlds,” says Andrew.

To follow Andrew’s progress at the CORK Regatta, where competition starts on August 15th visit the official website. He will sail in both the CORK International Regatta (youth focussed event) and also the CORK OCR (Olympic class open event).

Good luck Andrew!

Kiwi Team report following Asian Opti Champs

This report from John Jennings...

A New Zealand Team has just competed at the IODA Asian Championships on from 24-29 July at Singapore’s National Sailing Centre.

There were 20 nations present (it’s not every day you get to rub shoulders with people from Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Czechoslovakia and Iran) comprising 118 sailors and New Zealand was represented by a ten strong team including: Sam Barnett (15) WBC, Hamish Clark (13) QCYC, Henry Gautrey (12) and William Novak (15) both WBBC, Scott Inglis (14) LTC/NSC, James Jennings (14) MBSC, Ava Mannering (13) NSC, Libby Porter (15), Chelsea Rees (14) and Sam Simpson (14) all KYC.

Andrew Brown (21 he said!) (Force Racing) and Dan Willcox (21, true) were the team coaches and general “go-to” guys, and Pauline Barnett (must be 21) was the Team Manager (and a damned fine one too!).

The sailors had great fun taking possession of their brand spanking new (chartered) XSP Optis and had up to four days of on the water preparation before the regatta. Throughout the entire period they were blessed with considerably more wind than they had been expecting and there was even an occasion where it nudged 20kts, alas that didn’t hang in for the racing.

Generally the Kiwis struggled to foot it with their Asian counterparts, but almost everyone had their own individual moment of brilliance to reflect on; the standout being Hamish who came first in Race 6a – an outstanding achievement especially taking into account that he got hung out to dry so badly in Race 5a where not only was he last but was also overtaken by all of Race 5b!

The two Sams, B and S, were the only Kiwis to finish in the top half of the fleet, 51st and 52nd respectively, and was a fair reflection of their general consistency.
The intensity of the Asian Cup Teams racing, taken out by Thailand, was a bit of an eye opener and the Nations Cup teams racing (comprising AUS, USA and two NZ teams) was definitely a peg or 2 down, but no less enthusiastically contested. In the end the NZL1 team (Sam, Sam, Hamish and Scott) were a little unlucky not to take out the Cup after going undefeated in the round robin but losing the one race final to the USA. The night sail back to NSC, as the event ran on so late, simply added to the occasion.

The opening and closing ceremonies made everyone very conscious that this was an international event and that they were here to represent NZ. It was a fantastic opportunity for all of them not just to sail against so many talented foreign sailors, but also to enjoy the friendship of many new people; sailors, helpers/organisers, and the locals generally. And also to experience the rich multicultural environment that Singapore offers.

The team would like to give a big thanks to all those that supported the team, directly and indirectly both in NZ and in Singapore. An unforgettable experience with all of the Kiwi sailors thoroughly enjoying the entire episode and more determined than ever to aim high for any similar opportunities in the future.

So that’s it from Team AC 2.4; 45 and 72 wannabees!

Local Sailing News

Otago Yachting Awards

Last month the Otago Yachtsperson of the Year and Otago Yachting Administrator of the Year were presented at the Otago Yacht Club Awards Night

Geoff Rodden, Assistant Sports Director of the Otago Secondary Schools Sports Association made the presentations.

The Carey Trophy for Otago Yachtsperson of the Year went to Peter Sise (pictured with the Trophy) (Macandrew Bay Boating Club and Vauxhall Yacht Club) who has been sailing for five years. He has sailed in the Starling class for three years, been to the Nationals twice, representing Otago last season in the Match Racing event and finishing in the semi-finals.

Peter sailed trained and sailed extensively for the next eight months in preparation for the Laser radial Nationals in Auckland this year - an event which attracted a high caliber of sailors as it was doubling as a selection series for world events.

An injury has kept him out of sailing but he has become involved with coaching, which is creditable for a young person to stay involved and give something back to his sport. He has given a lot to sailing both on and off the water.

Yachting Administrator of the Year went to Les and Bronwyn McBean (Otago Yacht Club and Port Chalmers Yacht Club). Fittingly, this year’s winning nomination was a joint one, recognising the efforts of two worthy recipients. This is in recognition of the enormous amount of effort that this team puts into the local yachting scene. As is so often the case, one would not be so effective and able were it not for the support of the other, and the nomination citation reflects this throughout.

“These two stand out as people who get out there and get things done, and the fact that they do it so well reflects in others enjoyment of being involved with superbly run events.”

2011 Coastal Classic to kick off perfect sailing/rugby weekend

The Coastal Classic didn’t find a major sponsor for its 2011 Labour Weekend race, but it is making the most of the opportunity to forge ahead with a great ‘can-do’ spirit, making the most of the chance to offer up RWC viewing.

Essentially the event, the 30th, will go ahead as normal during Rugby World Cup finals weekend,” says race director Jon Vincent, of the New Zealand Multihull Yacht Club.

That means the race will get going at about 1000hrs on Friday 21 October from Devonport Wharf in Auckland, and will finish 119 nautical miles up the coast, off Russell Wharf in the Bay of Islands.

Prize-giving will kick off sailing’s biggest party of the year on Saturday night, and entrants will get the opportunity to watch the final – at 9pm on Sunday night - from a big screen, either in the Bay of Islands, or at one of three points on the delivery route home (details below).

There are some small but significant changes to the event format: The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron will run the start line on the New Zealand Multihull Yacht Club’s behalf, with multihulls starting to the starboard end of the line and everyone else to port.

The NZMYC will run the finish line and events in Russell. As a consequence of the prize giving being on Saturday, the race cut off time will be brought forward to 2pm on the Saturday. Water taxis will run but only until the official party ends on Saturday night – so crews will need to ensure they have reliable on-water transport in the form of a dinghy or support boat.

“HSBC gave us eight years of fantastic support and, like for many events pitching for sponsorship in difficult times, our quest this year was unsuccessful,” says Jon Vincent.

“However, the Coastal Classic has been well managed for many years so it’s still in good health, and we will be running a tight operation, but a fun and competitive one. We hope it’s an opportunity to make the event better than ever in the future.”

More at – entries are open now.

Brilliant conditions for Waikawa’s winter racing

Southern Fun and Summer Wine romped home ahead of the fleet to take out Division One and Two of Waikawa Boating Club’s Furneaux Lodge Winter Series on Sunday although the Div one result is subject to protest.

Photo: Waikawa’s Start Boat Blue Peter supervising the start of Sunday’s race.

With sou-west winds gusting close to 30 knots in the Bay and a front forecast to come through mid afternoon, the race officer called for skippers to exercise caution and pull out if conditions worsened. But in Queen Charlotte Sound the wind was steady and warm from the west delivering superb racing conditions in brilliant sunshine, one of the best days yet for the winter series. Confusion over a gate system of marks now being used by the club has led Ash Davey’s Maracas to protest Ian Franklin and Southern Fun. If the protest succeeds Maracas will move up to first place.

Nicky Jenkins’s Crawford 41 Summer Wine needs a strong breeze to prove her worth and is currently being prepared for the first race in the club’s offshore series, the Wine Race to Wellington in early September. New crew members Helen Ashworth, Maurice Carter and Lily, joined Annie Izard to have her flying round Sunday’s course despite a closely reefed mainsail and at times often only half the headsail.

Overall series results are based on nine races with three discards so although Ian Franklin has a first and second with Southern Fun the boat has only raced twice and is currently 14th in the series. It’s a similar story for Summer Wine, now 9th in the series. Nicky, who’s just been re-elected Club Commodore for a second term, said other commitments and cold weather often kept crews away over winter but the club was thrilled that 34 boats had competed since the start of the series in March.

Gill Moore and Dave Kelway’ Checkmate currently leads Division One with Ash Davey and Maracas only three points behind and Mark Gibbs and Excel third. There’s tight competition at the top of Division Two with Chris Williams and Welcome Home in the lead and Matt Michel’s Endurance and Aaron Blackmore’s Bavaria on equal points for second and third. Two races remain. The fleet will race again in two weeks followed a week later by the final with yachts racing to Endeavour Inlet and Furneaux Lodge for prize-giving.

Clash at the Cove Regatta dates announced

March 2, 3 and 4 have been announced as dates for the 2012 Clash at the Cove regatta. The event will commence with two already well-known and popular distance races:

1Lombardini Route 66 race from Auckland and
2.Gulf Harbour – Marsden Cove event,

Both races start on Friday morning and share the same finish line at the Whangarei Harbour entrance.

3.On Saturday there will be a series of races for both racing and cruising divisions culminating with round the buoys and island passage races on Bream Bay.

Sunday will begin with an early breakfast followed by a departure of boats wishing to sail home.

Marsden Cove Marina located just inside the Whangarei Harbour will host this event and provide marina berths free to all competing and support vessels. Crew wishing to leave their boats at the marina and drive home, may do so for up to a month free of charge.

Marsden Cove’s huge marquee with licensed bar and food provided by local community groups will ensure this will be a social event not to be missed.

While there will be prize giving on both Friday and Saturday nights, the big social event will be Saturday night, with live music, food and a licensed bar.

Visit www.clashatthecove.conz for more

NI Paper Tiger Freshwater Series

Dates and venues for the 2011-12 North Island Paper Tiger Freshwater Series have been finalised.

The North Island Paper Tiger Freshwater Series is a series held over four regattas around the North Island that will this year include:

• Lake Wairarapa - 22-23 October 2011;
• Lake Ngaroto - 19-20 November 2011;
• Turangi (also the North Island Cat Champs) - 25-26 February 2012; &
• Taupo - 10-11 March 2012.

Points are tallied at each regatta, with the overall series winner calculated by allowing each sailor to count three regattas from the four in the series.

The 2010-11 series saw a total of 51 sailors competing, with the overall series winner being decided in the last race of the last regatta with a match race to the finish line. This year's series promises to be hotly contested by boats from out the North Island (as well as potentially a few South Island visitors).

The Freshwater series this year will also be used as practice by the New Zealand fleet in a build up to the New Zealand Nationals and International Selection Trials being held in New Plymouth in early January (more to come on this), before the final build up to the International Paper Tiger Championships in Melbourne at Easter.

The Paper Tiger fleet is the sixth largest centreboard class in New Zealand and enjoys an active annual racing and social calendar. This includes a number of championship regattas in the North and South Island and the National Championships, all of which are spread geographically to provide top racing opportunities to all the fleet and to support local clubs.


Richmond Yacht Club presents…

Friday evening monthly dinner and speaker series starting with….

A Sailing Experience of a Lifetime
When: Friday 26th August 2011
Meal: 6:30pm
Talk: 7:30pm

Richmond Yacht Club invites anyone interested to come and hear four speakers talk about their stories from different times in different sailing periods - stories that are sure to stretch your imagination.

Speakers both young and old will share how they got into sailing, some of the bizarre tales, pressures of competing for New Zealand and the joys of cruising.
More details will be posted on the RYC website as they come available. Meals $15pp and the bar will be open for beverages.

RSVP by phone to Richmond Yacht Club with numbers for catering purposes by Tuesday 23rd August. Ph: 09 376 4332 or Email:

Put next month in the diary now… Sailing Tactics, Friday 30th September

Training, Resources and opportunities

Order the new Learn to Sail early

Have you seen our new look Learn to Sail material?

The logbooks and wall poster have had a major overhaul and we’d like to encourage Yacht Clubs and other providers to order the books now, so your Instructors can familiarise themselves with the new material ahead of the summer season.

The new syllabus is in two levels; Start... Sailing! (Learn to Sail 1) where sailors learn the basics, and Sailing... Fast! (Learn to Sail 2) where sailors improve on new found skills and become faster sailors.

This new syllabus is a big step up. It has lots of information on not just Optis but windsurfers, two handed boats and accessible classes such as the Access Dinghy. The book has great diagrams, illustrations and photos; it includes ideas for games and exercises and a notes section for coaches. It is also in COLOUR!

Clubs and other affiliated organisations can order the books in exactly the same way you did with the old books, the cost is $14 and the pack includes the book, a colour certificate for each level and a wall chart.

YNZ Course Dates change for Dunedin and Nelson

YNZ would like to advise that the following YNZ courses/seminars have had a change to their scheduled dates…

The Judges Level 1 Seminar scheduled to run at Port Chalmers Yacht Club on the 20th and 21st August, has been rescheduled and will now run on the 17th and 18th of September – there are still places available on this seminar. More about Judging Seminars here >

The Nelson Club Instructor Course scheduled to run this coming weekend, 13th and 14th August, has been rescheduled and will now run on the 10th and 11th of September – apologies for the inconvenience that the short notice of this may cause. Places are also still available on this course. Find out more about our Club Instructor Courses here>

Become a qualified Race Coach

Yachting New Zealand’s Race Coach Qualification is on offer through a series of three courses scheduled in September and October. Applications are open for coaches wanting to gain the qualification and for Club Instructors wanting to step up to the next level.

Andrew Brown will facilitate the course, the cost to attend is $225.00 and that includes the following sessions:

Monday 26th September 5-9pm at YNZ in Auckland – Effective coaching and sailor safety
Sunday 2nd October 9am-5pm venue to be advised – Coaching sailing skills, rescues and coach boat driving (mostly on the water)
Monday 3rd October 5-9pm at YNZ in Auckland – Understanding yourself as a coach and Understanding the athlete

“This will be a really informative hands-on course targeted at coaches’ work with green fleet sailors, and those coaching open fleet to a national champs level. On the initial Monday session we will introduce the key modules, with the following Sunday developing coaching skills on the water,” explains Rob Hielkema, YNZ Coach Development Manager. “On the final Monday we go over assessments and further generic modules.”

Anyone who is interested should contact

Coastguard Coastal Medic Course

The RPNYC Sailing Academy will be running a Coastguard Coastal Medic Course over the weekend of 27 and 28 August.

This course offers participants the qualifications of Coastguard Boating Education Service Marine Medic (Coastal), NZQA units 6400, 6401, 6402 and Maritime New Zealand commercial first aid.

As well as its marine applications, this course exceeds the Health and Safety requirements of “two day workplace first aid”, so has many commercial usages.

See RPNYC for further information or to book a place on the course.

If you have any queries please contact Matt Wood at the Academy on Ph 939 6702 or via email at

Wellington RM Seminars for beginners

Wellington Yachting Association's is offering four race management seminars over the next month, and for $5 per person (to cover expenses) they’re a bargain! The seminars are aimed at ordinary club volunteers and sailors including those involved in Sailability.

There is no need to book in advance - just turn up. There will be a door charge of $5 to cover expenses

Signals and race course analysis
Venue: Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club
Time: 11 August 2011 at 7.00 pm
Presenters: Steve Macris and Ken Burt

Documents and handicapping
Venue: Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club
Time: 18 August 2011 at 7.00 pm
Presenters: Steve Macris and Ken Burt

Risk management
Venue: Worser Bay Boating Club
Time: 24 August 2011 at 7.00 pm
Presenters: Pedro Morgan and Grant Nalder (from the Harbour Masters office)

Discipline of race management
Venue: Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club
Time: 1 September 2011 at 7.00 pm
Presenter: Richard Brown - International Race Officer and previously YNZ programmes manager

Charteris Bay Yacht Club seeks Coach

Charteris Bay Yacht Club is looking for a Christchurch based full-time or part-time coach for the approaching summer sailing season.

The role includes coaching junior sailors in Starlings and Optimists as well as some adult Learn to Sail using Lasers.

Anyone interested should contact Caroline Mackenzie from the CBYC Junior Sailing Committee on or tel. 03 3296406

Sport Courses offered in Hamilton

The Waikato Institute for Leisure and Sport in Hamilton is taking registrations for their National Certificate in Sport part-time study course available to both administrators and coaches.

The National Certificate in Sport Coaching is designed to provide skills and knowledge for people who want to coach sport ranging from beginner to senior levels of competition.

Students who successfully complete the course receive the National Certificate in Sport Coaching Level 4, National Sport Award in Coaching and a First Aid Certificate.

They're the unsung heroes of the sporting world - the 'behind the scenes' administrators who book the schedules, hire the buses, order the uniforms, raise the money and generally keep everyone on track.

The National Certificate in Sport Administration is designed to provide skills and knowledge for people wanting to administer sport in either a volunteer or paid employment environment. Students who successfully complete the course receive the National Certificate in Sport AdministrationLevel 3, National Sport Award in Administration and a First Aid Certificate is optional.

WILSS is a charitable trust delivering quality education to provide opportunities in leadership and volunteer activities that meet the changing needs of our communities. See their website for more.

Of Interest

1500 kms of treacherous Southern Ocean

In October 2012, five women from Wanaka are planning a “Wake of Worsley” expedition to South Georgia to retrace part of the journey made by Frank Worsley, a New Zealander born and raised in Akaroa, and key member of Shackleton’s crew on the James Caird lifeboat.

The women plan to ski the Shackleton Traverse, become the first all woman team to do this, and to climb Mt Worsley not climbed as yet by any Kiwis. The group includes Vivien Eyers, Kylie Wakelin, Lee Ball, Lydia Bradey, Brenda May George.

“We plan to sail from the Falkland Islands to South Georgia,” explains Vivien Eyers, a member of the adventure party. “Because of the isolated location the regulations for any landing on South Georgia are stringent and require suitable yacht backup. An expedition committee vets all applications. They require two guides per team and we meet this requirement with Lydia and Kylie in our team.”

“We will retrace Worsley's steps over the island (The Shackleton Traverse) and include an ascent of Mt Worsley, conditions permitting. We intend to go in October 2012 as conditions at that time of year will be good for skiing across which we see as a much more appealing and safer option than trekking around hundreds of open crevasses.”

“The three men who originally crossed the island took 36 hours as they simply had to keep going or die - we will plan for three days, but either add time for Mt Worsley or take another opportunity while at South Georgia - we plan to allow two weeks plus two weeks for the return sailing trip.”

“By retracing part of his journey we aim to bring to life, the achievements of this adventurous, brave and skillful, but under-recognised Kiwi hero,” says Eyers.

“We want to inspire others to connect to the adventurous Kiwi spirit and our seafaring heritage. We aim to encourage others particularly young people to aspire to the example of courage, hope and endurance set by this amazing Kiwi.”

Find our more here

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Pretty incredible racing, with the final results decided in the final race, on the final leg to the finish! Pretty incredible racing, with the final results decided in the final race, on the final leg to the finish!
Posted on 22 Jun
Red Bull Youth America´s Cup – Wrap-up
No one could have scripted a more exciting ending, as New Zealand was toppled from certain triumph in the last seconds No one could have scripted a more exciting ending, as New Zealand was toppled from almost certain triumph in the last seconds of the last race by a determined British team, and Bermuda emerged as the new darlings of sailing.
Posted on 22 Jun
America's Cup - New Zealand developed YachtBot does AC seating plan
A small New Zealand firm is making a significant contribution to the America’s Cup, with an online 'seating' application A small New Zealand firm is making a significant contribution to the America’s Cup, with an online application which effectively 'seats' all participants in the 35th America's Cup each day - and then re-works the plan if there is a major course change.
Posted on 22 Jun
Red Bull Youth America's Cup – More action shots by Studio Borlenghi
Britain grabs the title in the last-minute upset. Studio Borlenghi provided a gallery of images Britain grabs the title in the last-minute upset. Studio Borlenghi provided a gallery of images
Posted on 22 Jun
Red Bull Youth America's Cup – Images by Studio Borlenghi
Britain grabs Red Bull Youth America's Cup title in the last-minute upset. Studio Borlenghi provided a gallery of images Britain grabs Red Bull Youth America's Cup title in the last-minute upset. Studio Borlenghi provided a gallery of images
Posted on 22 Jun