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Yachting NZ Briefings for 12 January 2011

by Yachting NZ on 26 Jan 2011
Yachting NZ
Briefings – 12 January 2011

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YNZ News

Attention Yacht Club Commdores
This year Yachting New Zealand plans to bring together two of our major events on the calendar – the Annual General Meeting and the Commodores Conference.

This means that the Commodores Conference – which gathers all of New Zealand’s Yacht Club Commodores to meet and share ideas with each other and with Yachting New Zealand – will be held in October to coincide with the AGM.  The AGM will be held in Auckland for a second year as a result.

Constitutional requirements determine that the timing of AGM is restricted to a certain window and the proposed date is Saturday 1st October 2011 with the intention to commence the Commodores Conference earlier than in previous years, followed by the AGM and dinner in the evening.

It is always hard to find a date that works perfectly for everyone, so please check your diary and mark it now. Yachting New Zealand aims to continue the tradition of excellent attendance at Commodores Conference and provide Commodores with the opportunity to attend the AGM at the same time. 

We would like to know from Commodores... What topics would you like to see covered at this year’s Commodore’s Conference? You can email with your feedback.
Wanted: High Performance Operations Manager
Yachting New Zealand is looking to appoint a High Performance Operations Manager, and applications close January 19th.This is a fixed term position reporting to Yachting New Zealand Olympic Program Manager, Jez Fanstone.

This is an opportunity to play an important supporting role to New Zealand’s Olympic and High Performance Sailing Programme as we strive to win medals at World Championship and Olympic level.
The purpose of this role is to provide operational and logistical services for Yachting New Zealand’s High Performance Programme with key tasks to include (but not limited to)...

• Equipment movement and shipping logistics
• Venue planning management and liaison for the ISAF World Championships and Olympics
• To provide assistance to the Olympic Program Manager as required in areas such as research and development projects
• Maintaining and developing relationships with key stakeholders

The role will suit someone with a high level of energy and a passion for winning. Experience in High Performance Sport as well as good management capability and sound skills in managing relationships and communication are required.

See our Situations Vacant page to download the detailed position description and information on how to apply. Applications close January 19th. 

High Performance & International

Three weeks until 2011 Sail Auckland
The countdown is on to Sail Auckland 2011 with just three weeks until registration day for New Zealand’s premier regatta for Olympic, Paralympic and invited classes.

Takapuna Boating Club will play host to the event for the first time ever with racing set to be staged on three courses off the North Shore beaches, the same race tracks used for the World Championships in the RS:X, Laser Radial and Tornado classes back in early 2008, as well as an inner harbour course for the Paralympic classes off Westhaven.

This year promises exciting racing with international competition expected in the single-handed Laser class, the Finn, the Paralympic classes and more.

Results, news and more will be published on the regatta website as available.

Getting in behind Sail Auckland 2011 are...

Major Sponsors: SPARC, Auckland City, ZHIK, YNZ,OKI Printing Solutions
Supporting sponsors: Benefitz, FrontEnd
Burling takes on Moth Worlds
NZL Sailing Team 49er helm, Peter Burling is taking time out from the Olympic skiff and competing in the Foiling Moth World Championships on now across the ditch in Belmont, Australia.

Photo ©

Twenty plus knots of breeze has provided for some spectacular and extremely fast racing (and capsizes) so far, with the title set to be decided on Friday. Highlights footage from day three is well worth a look!

Burling transitioned to the 49er skiff two years ago after competing at the 2008 Olympic Games in the 470 where he made history as the youngest sailor to represent New Zealand at the Olympic Games. This foray into the foiling moth he notes is not just for entertainment, although it certainly provides that, but is also part of his conditioning and agility program.

One of only two kiwis in the fleet of 109 flying boats competing for the 2011 World foiling Moth title Burling finished the three day qualifying series in second place behind 49er rival and mate Nathan Outteridge, with a flurry of race wins.

Gold fleet qualifiers carry only their finish position from the qualifying rounds into the finals, which they cannot discard, followed by nine finals races. The opening day of finals didn’t go quite according to plan for Burling and a collision (with a Moth from another course) in the first race resulted in a ripped sail for the kiwi, who had to skip the next race in order to replace the sail and be ready for race three – where he came out fighting and took the gun.

It’s a reserve (and repairs) day in Belmont today, with racing Thursday and Friday for the title. The DNF sees Burling take a tumble down the leader board to 16th place – however if he can avoid further calamity and sail well over the final two days he could be back in contention for a medal.

See the regatta site for more footage, images and full results.
Notice of Race for Perth 2011 Published
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has published the Notice of Race for the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, on from 3 to 18 December 2011 on Fremantle Harbour in Western Australia.

The Notice of Race states the key conditions for the ten sailing events at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships and includes details on the rules, regulations, entry and qualification guidelines, format, scoring, schedule, venue and courses.

View the Notice of Race here. The qualification system can be viewed online or downloaded here.

About the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships

The Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships will take place in Fremantle, Western Australia and will feature 1300 athletes competing across ten events.  For the first time in 2012, sailing will introduce women’s match racing at the Olympic Games and the discipline will join the nine fleet racing events to contest their world championship in Perth.

Racing is scheduled to take place from 3 to 18 December.  As well as hosting the battle for World Championship glory, Perth 2011 is the principal qualification regatta for the sailing events at the London 2012 Olympic Games where 75% of the national places will be decided.
12 Foot Skiff Trans-Tasman Battle
Racing at the 12 foot Skiff Championships kicked off on Friday 7th January and continues now at Lane Cove, Australia with some tight trans-Tasman racing over the first half of the regatta.

New Zealand boat C-Tech, with Chris Reid and Ben de Fluiter on board, is the best placed of the kiwi teams in the Championship but did slip from 2nd to 4th on the board after racing yesterday.  Behind them New Zealand teams are currently lying 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th.

Photo © Rob Duxberry

In the battle for the Inter-dominion Trophy the Aussies have the lead on 281 points, 70 points clear of the kiwis on 211. (High score applies in the teams results)

Friday 14th is the final day of racing.

Check the regatta site for reports on heats, photos, results and the latest news.

Local Sailing

One Week til Bay Action
Just one week now until Opua and the Bay comes alive with the ever-popular Bay of Islands Sailing Week and organisers have added a new crew wanted and crew available service to the regatta website.

To advertise your availability as crew or to offer a position on your boat, you can email your Name, Phone, and/or Email address to:

This year the 2011 IRC Championship will be decided at the event.

Over 100 boats have already entered – and you can size up your opposition on the regatta site where a list of entries is published.

A regatta for all: big, small, fast, cruisey, professional or amateur. Yachties enjoy a challenge on the water, and just plain fun in after-racing social stuff in the North Sails Tent Opua Wharf.

Registration is January 18, 2011, 1600 hrs to 1800 hrs, followed by three days of enthusiastic racing, 19th – 20th – 21st January.
Shaw wins 2011 New Zealand Paper Tiger Nationals
This report from Ryan (Rowdy) Leatham, and photo by Rachel Leatham...

The 2011 New Zealand Paper Tiger National Championships finished on Saturday 8th January with Dave Shaw from Nelson taking his first Paper Tiger National title in a very close fought contest with Mark Bell (Auckland) and Bob Preston (Nelson).

After a week of competition and eight races the top three places were separated by only two points.The final day saw a typical Wellington breeze entertain the fleet with weather conditions in the heavier end of the racing spectrum ensuring that plenty of excitement and changes within the fleet were seen.

Race eight saw local sailor Richard Martin take his first race win of the regatta ahead of Dave Shaw and Scott Pedersen (Napier).

Overall racing was tight across the fleet and the sight of nearly 50 Paper Tigers racing around Wellington Harbour was really impressive, however the Wellington weather certainly didn't fail to show exactly who was boss with one day of chaos on Thursday including five broken masts. The great camaraderie of the fleet showed itself with everyone working hard on the reserve day to ensure the entire fleet was ready to go again for the final day of racing.

Overall Results:
1st  Dave Shaw  Nelson Yacht Club
2nd  Mark Bell  Tamaki River Multihull Association
3rd  Bob Preston  Nelson Yacht Club
4th  Scott Pedersen  Napier Sailing Club
5th  Ryan Leatham  New Plymouth Yacht Club

For full results and divisional winners see the Paper Tiger website.
Get your news published...
We’d like to see more interesting ‘grass roots’ stories from Yacht Clubs around  New Zealand in this newsletter, so if you have a story to tell, or regatta report that you think is of interest to New Zealand’s yachting community email it to and we’ll do our best to publish it.

Avoid writing a creative novel – we’d prefer something short and snappy of around 200-300 words -the most important information should be in the first sentence or two. Attach one or two images to the email if you have them with photo credit note if required.

Youth Sailing

P-Class and Starling Winners
The 2010/2011 P-Class and Starling National Championships hosted by the Napier Sailing Club was a roaring success with winners coming from around the nation showing once again that there is great strength and depth across all regions.
“It was a really well organised, well attended regatta with huge efforts put in from regatta organisers, volunteers and race officials,” says Andrew Clouston, National Programmes Manager for YNZ, who was in Napier for the event.

“The weather was great with a range of conditions from light through to pretty blustery,” says Andrew.

Richard Brown commented that the Starling Match Racing was, “one of the most competitive Starling Match Race Nationals ever, with just about all competitors prepared to engage in some tactical sailing. All five races of the finals were required to determine the winner.”

Confirmed winners are..

Tanner Cup
•1st Isaac McHardie - Waikato/Thames
•2nd Trent Rippey - Bay of Plenty
•3rd Michael Hayton - Hawkes Bay

Starling Match Racing
•1st Gareth Moore - Canterbury
•2nd Alice Noyer - Northland
•3rd Mahia Pepper - North Harbour

Tauranga Cup
•1st Trent Rippey - TYPBC
•2nd Sam Lee - CBYC
•3rd Matthew Hughes - MBSC

Starling Nationals
•1st Gareth Moore - Waimakarari
•2nd Mahia Pepper - MBSC
•3rd Oscar Rorvik - TYPBC
Optimist World Championships Langkawi
New Zealand’s top five Optimist sailors competed at the IODA World Sailing Championship 2010 staged in Langkawi, Malaysia between December 28th and January 8th.

Coached by Andrew Wills the team were competing in a monstrous fleet of 231 young sailors from around the world. Completing 15 races over five days for the individual world title, with two days in the middle for the team racing title, the young sailors faced somewhat of a marathon event.

Here are results for the New Zealand team...
28th Taylor Burn
42nd Olivia Mackay
47th Jayvee Buchanan
73rd William Linkhorn
127th Markus Sommerville

“Our sailors are excited now, busy swapping their some of their Kiwi gear with their new friends,” says Rob Burn, Taylor's Dad who reported from Malaysia.

“There will be time over the next few days to reflect on what might have been, and lessons learned for next time. One thing we did hear was that the sailor, who came 180th last year at the Brazil Optimist Worlds, won the girls 420 Class World Champs yesterday in Argentina.... the experiences here will last a very long time and make great sailors from most."

The world title went to a young girl from Thailand: “Noppakao Poonpat had a bullet in the last race of the championship and became the Optimist World Champion 2010 in great style,” says the regatta website.
The New Zealand Optimist National Championships will be held at Wakatere Boating Club in April this year, and one year from now Napier Sailing Club will play host to the world’s best with the IODA World Championships on here in New Zealand.

“It will be a great moment to see the Malaysian Flag lowered and the New Zealand Flag raised to signal the countdown to the next Optimist World Championships in Napier, NZ, a year from now,” says Rob Burn. “The participants will get to see a great video clip of New Zealand life and scenery to compel them to come.”

Admin, Safety & Training

A small boat safety reminder
An on-water accident over the Christmas period has highlighted the Maritime New Zealand rules around being in charge of a powerboat.

Maritime New Zealand’s Safe Boating guide states that:-  “Unless very closely supervised by an older person, who is in constant reach of the controls, you must be over the age of 15 to operate any power boat that is capable of speed exceeding 10 knots. This includes dinghies and personal water craft.”

See the Maritime New Zealand website for more information.

Of Interest

Are our cruising grounds safe?
Andrew Clouston, YNZ National Programmes Manager, gives us a timely update on changes to aquaculture legislation which have the potential to significantly impact on our recreational cruising grounds.

The Aquaculture Legislation Amendment Bill (No 3) was introduced to Parliament on 9th November 2010. The purpose of the Bill is to provide an efficient legislative and regulatory framework that enables the sustainable development of aquaculture within the coastal marine area. The Bill is part of a wider programme of reform that includes non-regulatory measures to provide for a more active role for government in the development and management of aquaculture.

The amendment bill as it stands is very pro-aquaculture and poses some threats to the access and availability of the waters we spend so much time in. It will require clubs and regions to be much more proactive in letting their regional councils know what beaches, bays and stretches of water should remain free from aquaculture development, because the councils will be responsible for carrying out tests on all new applications around the recreational use of the area before they go for public submission.

1.the current system of only being able to apply for consents to develop new marine farms in designated aquaculture zones (AMA’s) is being removed and replaced by a system where the entire coast is available for application for new farms and the applications will be handled directly through the RMA process and the regional coastal plan. 

2.allowing the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture the right to change regional coastal plans (effectively giving the minister the right to overrule regional councils)

3.making sure that all applications for marine farms are publicly notified

4.that adequate tests are in place to assess the value of the space being applied for by marine farmers in terms of recreational value to boaties

There are summary sheets available on the Ministry of Fisheries website that detail the changes and their intention.

Everyone should take time to read the sheets and encourage their club and/or regional council to submit any concerns they have to the government. The submission deadline is the 11th of Feb 2011. 

YNZ will also be preparing a submission on behalf of all our members, however it is important clubs get involved as they can speak from a local perspective.

We also invite Clubs and individuals, who have not already done so, to send your concerns to us at Yachting New Zealand so that we may include them in our submission.  Email Andrew at
Fish farming threatens recreational waters off Coromandel
Public submissions are currently sought from the Ministry of Fisheries on a proposed fish farming zone off the Western coast of the Coromandel.
Three people appointed by the Ministry of Fisheries, including includes Hon Sir Doug Kidd as Chair, Mark Farnsworth and Justine Inns, make up the Aquaculture Ministerial Advisory Panel and they want to hear from the public about the potential environmental, economic, cultural, and social benefits and costs of the proposal.

Commonly used recreationally by many yachties and boaties, fish farming in this stretch of water will almost certainly have a significant impact on recreational users.

“This is an inappropriate location for a marine farm and it will be important for clubs, individuals and regions to stand up and say so,” says Andrew Clouston, National Programmes Manager for YNZ. 

Public consultation will run from 17 December 2010 to 9 February 2011. As part of the consultation, the panel will spend time in the Waikato region in late January. Panel hearings in Thames, Coromandel Township and Auckland have been scheduled between 9 and 12 February 2011 to allow the public to present their submissions in person.

Written submissions are due on the 9th of February.

Consultation documents, maps and information on the proposed zone are all available here on the Ministry of Fisheries website.
Richmond seeks Patrol Boat and Skipper

Do you know someone who owns a launch, loves boating and would like to get involved with one of Auckland's premier keelboat yacht clubs? Richmond Yacht Club is looking for a new 'patrol boat' (complete with skipper).

The patrol boat is required on fortnightly Wednesday evenings and eight weekends throughout the summer, plus fortnightly Sunday afternoons throughout the winter - 30 races in all.

This is a voluntary position, however the benefits to the patrol boat owner are significant.  Free use of the RYC marina berth (situated right outside the club at Westhaven Marina), value $7000 per annum and reimbursement of yacht club related diesel expenses.

For more information please send your name and contact details to or contact Rodney Janes (Commodore) on 021 347 334

Asia Pacific Match in Hayama, Japan

The Japan Match-Race Association has issued a preliminary NOR including an invitation request form, for the Asia Pacific Match Regatta in Hayama from 7th – 10th April, 2011.

Sailors will need to travel and stay at their own cost but the Association can offer a college seminar house for stay at around Yen 3000 per person/night nearby the venue.

Sailors interested in the attending the event can email for a copy of the preliminary NOR and invitation request form.

What’s on...
Here’s a line up of yachting on around the country over the coming two weeks.

Visit our online calendar to see what’s on, and don’t miss out on some free promotion for your next event... submit your event to our online calendar here.

Pole Race, 16th January 2011
Manly Sailing Club

Bay of Islands Sailing Week, 18th – 21st January 2011
2011 Appleton's Estate Elliott 5.9 National Championships, 18th – 21st January 2011
Bay of Islands Sailing Week

Flying Fifteen Nationals 2011, 18th – 21st January 2011
Bay of Islands Yacht Club

2011 Zephyr Class National Championships, 19th – 23rd January 2011
Akaroa Sailing Club

Hamilton Yacht Club Optisail, 20th – 23rd January 2011
Hamilton Yacht Club
Wanaka Roys Bay Regatta and Endurance Race, 21st – 23rd January 2011
Wanaka Yacht & Powerboat Club

2011 New Zealand Laser National Championships, 21st – 25th January 2011
Torbay Sailing Club

2011 Sunburst National Championships, 22nd – 24th January 2011
Pigeon Bay

Nelson Regatta, 23rd – 26th January 2011
Tasman Bay Cruising Club
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