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Yachting NZ Briefings for 17 June 2009

by Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ on 17 Jun 2009
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Briefings – 17 June 2009

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Lead Story

Noumea Race Departs in 10 Days

Offshore racers in the 2009 Auckland to Noumea Race leave Auckland harbour on Saturday the 27th June – just ten days from now.
There are sixteen boats entered including locals as well as two entries from across the ditch, and three from New Caledonia. Here’s the list…

Limit, Reichel Pugh 63'   (CYCA)
Living Doll, Farr 16.7m (RYCV)
REVS, Ross 40  (OCC)
Bird on the Wing, Beneteau First 50  (RNZYS)
Wild Card, Schumacher 50'   (KCC)
Bare Essentials, Robinson 55'  (OYC)
Internautic 6, Dufour 44'  (CNC)
Lagoon Ozone, Archambault 40' (CNC)
Mustang Sally, Farr 46'  (FMC/ GHYC)
Bullrush, Elliott 12 (BBYC)
Antaeus, Davidson 65'  (RAYC)
Outrageous Fortune, Beneteau 45'  (RNZYS)
Route 66, Young 11  Caledonien (CNC)
V5, Andrews 52  (RNZYS)
Lion New Zealand, Holland 80'  (KYC)
Ran Tan II, Elliott 50 (RPNYC)

Organising Club, Royal Akarana Yacht Club have announced that tracking of each boat’s progress will keep armchair spectators entertained at home. Watch for news and updates.

High Performance & International

Aleh and Powrie finish 3rd at 470 Europeans

Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie have claimed a podium finish at the 2009 Women’s 470 European Championships just concluded in Lake Traunsee, Austria.

The New Zealand pair, campaigning this year in the Olympic double-handed class for the first time have finished 3rd in the regatta dogged by cancelled racing. The regatta is an important event on the Olympic high performance circuit.

In unusual circumstances organisers were facing an incomplete regatta if racing were not possible on the final day in Austria. While strong winds prevailed over the initial days of the seven day series conditions swung to the other extreme and racing was abandoned on days five and six meaning race officials were under pressure to finalise the titles with at least one race on the final day.

Aleh and Powrie were lying 3rd overall in the fleet of 39 at the conclusion of the qualifying series, and after the light wind cancellations they remained in a strong position for a podium finish going into the final race. The kiwi duo finished in 14th place and held their overall standing for a podium result at this regatta.

For Aleh and Powrie this is one better than their 4th placing at last month’s ISAF World Cup Series Delta Lloyd Regatta in the Netherlands. The top results mark an impressive opening bid in the 470 Olympic campaign of these two girls who together claimed the 420 Class Women’s World Championship title in 2008.

The title of 2009 470 Women’s European Champions went to Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol of Italy while Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata of Japan were 2nd.

Kieler Woche Regatta set to start

Kieler Woche - the next regatta in the ISAF Sailing World Cup Series – kicks off this coming weekend in Germany. The Olympic classes Regatta runs from 20th – 25th June.

Amongst New Zealand’s representatives competing are Peter Burling and Blair Tuke in the 49er class as well as Hamish Pepper and Craig Monk in the Star class. See the regatta website for more details and results from the action once competition gets underway.

Four more Prime Minister's Scholarships for Yachting

More Prime Ministers Athlete’s Scholarships have been confirmed for the next six month period with another four sailors added bringing the total of approved sailors to 35. The successful applicants over and above those named in Briefings of 3 June 2009, are...

  • Stephanie Hazard
  • Francisco Lardies
  • Samantha Osbourne
  • Jason Saunders

“Yachting New Zealand recognizes the importance of life after sport for talented people within our programs, so we are great advocates of the PM Scholarship program. We are delighted with being able to have these sailors recognised midyear,” says Marty Watson, Youth and Paralympic Manager for Yachting New Zealand.

“For most of these sailors the funding that this program offers will be the difference between being able to represent at their next significant event or not.”

“The support that we have received from the New Zealand Academy of Sport has been fantastic, and of course the program funders (SPARC) as well.”

Opti Worlds team competes in Singapore

The New Zealand Optimist World Championship team is taking advantage of a generous offer from the Singapore Sailing Federation to compete at the Singapore Nationals.

After having such a great experience competing at the New Zealand Optimist Nationals over Easter at Worser Bay, Wellington the Singaporeans decided to offer the New Zealand Worlds team free accommodation, free boat charter and free food to compete at the Singapore Nationals.  This seemed like a great opportunity for the kiwis to get in some light air training at a regatta which will probably reflect the light airs expected off Rio where the Optimist Worlds will be held in early August. 

With limited regattas held locally at this time of the year, the New Zealand team jumped at the chance to go to the warmer climate of Singapore where they are competing in a 230 boat fleet.  The Worlds team of Taylor Burn, Naomi Mannering, Erica Dawson, Keith Inglis and Jack Collinson have also taken with them three younger development sailors to give them early international experience.  They are Cole Rippey, Ava Mannering and Scott Inglis. 

The team will also stay on an extra couple of days to compete in the Singapore Teams Racing Championship.  Results for the Singapore Nationals can be followed on

Youth Sailing

NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team Update

The countdown is on for the 2009 NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team as they prepare for the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships on from 9th to 18th July in Buzios, Brazil. Yachting New Zealand’s Marty Watson reports on sailor preparations...

Lucy & Ben Go Troppo
This month Ben Mackay and Lucy Driver travelled to New Caledonia to train with some of France’s upcoming sailboard champions including Thomas Coyard. Reports to date tell that the pair enjoyed a good mix of sailing conditions and also managed to seize the opportunity to sharpen their skills with Thomas and John. As an added bonus they have enjoyed living on the Goyard family yacht and sightseeing around the tropical isle of New Cal.
“It has been an important part of their preparation for the youth worlds,” explains their coach Natalia Kosinska. “New Caledonia offers climate and conditions similar to what we expect in Bouzios. It has been a great experience for the two sailors and significant improvements have been noted.” 

Bad News for our Hobie Boys
Recently the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team’s Hobie 16 representatives Marcus Hansen and James Turner teamed up with New Zealand Hobie legend Nigel Williams, and headed off to the Gold Coast in sunny Queensland to compete in the annual Bad News Regatta. This trip was a very important opportunity and has not only given them much needed race experience in their new craft, but also an opportunity to match up with Australia’s Youth Worlds Multihull representatives Jason Waterhouse and his crew. Jason Waterhouse has been a proven performer in youth multihull disciplines for a number of years, and in addition to his World Championship status in the H16 in 2007 and the Hobie Dragoon in 2006, was the Bronze Medallists at the 2006 ISAF Youth Worlds in Canada.
Despite this being their 1st Hobie regatta (ever) and having relatively little time in the boat, Marcus and Jason improved rapidly over the course of the event. The pair managed a respectable 7th overall in the 19 boat fleet which included former world champions in the Hobie 16, like Bruce Tardrew and Andrew Keag. Their score card included a number of respectable top five results as well as some solid lessons in sailing the Hobie 16.
“I think the guys are on track,” says Coach Nigel Williams. “No doubt more time in the boat would be hugely beneficial, but they are clever guys and I think they have a chance”. Not all bad news then...

Sam’s Success in Europe
Sam Meech spent this April sailing in Spain and France, and competed in two ISAF World Series Events. Princess Sophia is recognised as the opener to the European Tour for international sailors competing in Olympic Classes. Due to their popularity and intensity these two regattas provide some of the toughest Laser fleet racing, on offer in the world from year to year.
Sam’s results speak for themselves at these events with each regatta showing improvement. Whilst somewhat disappointed to miss out on the Gold fleet, Sam used this as an opportunity to win the Silver Fleet over the remaining days of racing. No small feat considering this meant overcoming current World champion Tom Slingsby, a list of other well known Olympians. Well done Sam.

Keeping the Home Fires Burning
Back in New Zealand the 420 sailors have been making good use of the local 420 fleet to sharpen their claws for the ISAF Youth Worlds battle. Under the watchful eyes of coaches Grant Beck, and Jim Maloney, our 420 sailors have toiled away working on speed and handling. Results have been positive with an emerging strength in the 420 fleet providing an excellent training environment. Meanwhile or Laser Radial sailor, Rachel Basevi has teamed up with International Radial campaigner Sara Winther and is training regularly on the water and in the gym. 

Live in Clinic
At this months live in clinic the team will have an opportunity to hear from a number of top level guest speakers. The line up is long and distinguished including Sports Person of the Year Nominee, Current RS:X World Champion and Olympic Gold Medallist Tom Ashley. Tom will bring along his lovely wife Marianna who in her own right has achieved success in the sport of sailing under her home flag of Brazil. Tom and Marianna will be sharing with you their accumulated local knowledge on the event site and sailing waters.
Also this weekend the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team be hearing from the New Zealand Olympic Sailing Team’s own sport psychologist Scott Cresswell. Scott’s forte is around mental skills; through his experience in endurance sports, international rugby and surf lifesaving, but also draws on his experience from working with our own Olympic Sailors.

The NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team is proudly supported by principal sponsor NZL Yachting Trust. Supporting sponsors include NZAS, ASB and Line 7.

St John’s Rotary CORK Scholarship Recipient Announced

Yachting New Zealand is delighted to announce George Lane as the successful recipient of the St John’s Rotary CORK Scholarship. The scholarship will provide assistance for George to compete in the CORK international regatta, and the CORK OCR in August this year in Kingston Canada. 

George is representing the Murrays Bay Sailing Club and is a student at Rangitoto College where he is undertaking his NCEA Level 3.

George’s current ambition is to have successful results at the Radial Youth Worlds and the ISAF Youth Worlds in 2010.  It is expected that this opportunity will align well with this goal and that this international experience will better his potential to achieve this objective.

“This year’s scholarship intake has seen some highly worthy sailors apply once again. It is great to see such depth in our youth programs,” says Youth and Paralympics Manager Marty Watson. 

“We are very grateful to those visionary people who instigated this program many years ago and have kept it running through sourcing the funds to keep it alive. The St John’s Rotary CORK Scholarship has provided opportunities to so many of our top young sailors over the last 14 years. We wish George all the best with his event.”

For more information on the St John’s Rotary Scholarship, or the CORK Regatta click here.

The Outsider Youth Girls Sailing Scholarship

Thanks to the generosity and support of friends of youth sailing, Yachting New Zealand is able to offer a scholarship opportunity to up to two youth aged female sailors to attend the 2009 Sail Melbourne regatta. The successful applicant/s will receive airfares to the Olympic & Invited Classes Regatta of Sail Melbourne, and will be billeted by a host family close to the event venue. 

Application forms are available on and should be received at Yachting New Zealand before the 31st of August 2009. The successful applicants will be announced in the Briefings newsletter later this year. For more information on the Outsider Youth Girls Sailing Scholarship or to download application forms click here.

Pak’n Save get behind Youth Sailing

Recently Pak’n Save became a supporter of YNZ’s Youth Sailing through support to the Outsider Youth Girls Sailing Scholarship program. Through this program, Yachting New Zealand contributes directly towards travel costs of young female sailors who show potential to achieve on the world stage.

“We are extremely pleased to have Pak’n Save support this program.  Sailing is a grass roots and successful sport and Pak’n Save serves New Zealanders nationwide with great value. Both have real connection with New Zealanders.”  Marty Watson said.

The support comes through a syndicated group of Pak’n Save outlets. Albany, Botany, Glenn Innes, Pukekohe & Manukau. “I really am anticipating that sailing families in these areas will be changing to Pak’n Save if they are not shopping there already. I would like to think that the sailing community will get behind those that get behind them.”

Advocacy & Environment

ARC to phase out Seabed Fees

Last week the Auckland Regional Council resolved to phase out excessive and unfair seabed fees levied on Auckland boaties.

On Tuesday June 9th the ARC met to deliberate on its annual long term plan and to consider submissions from the people of Auckland. Following a petition last November and many submissions from Auckland boaties, Chairman Mike Lee and his Councillors resolved to phase out the unpopular fees over a four year period. Further the ARC will write to Rodney and Manukau City Councils for similar action in support of Pine Harbour and Gulf Harbour boaties.

Half Moon Bay spokesman and campaigner against the fees, Geoff Burgess says, “It was a great day for Auckland boaties. This is the city of sails, we have a magnificent harbour and boating is what it’s all about for thousands of Auckland families.”

With the ARC resolution occupation costs to boaties will reduce significantly at Half Moon Bay, Bucklands Beach Yacht Club and Westpark, and will bring them in line with Westhaven, Bayswater, OBC and Orakei as recreational boating facilities.” Boaties now look to Rodney and Manukau City Councils to support boaties at Pine Harbour and Gulf Harbour.

Geoff Burgess says, “Auckland boaties owe a huge vote of thanks to ARC Chair Mike Lee in the ARC action to support boating as an affordable sport and recreation for Aucklanders.”

National Pleasure Boat Safety Forum

Yachting New Zealand represents the interests of members by sitting on the National Pleasure Boat Safety Forum. National Programmes Manager Andrew Clouston attended the most recent forum.

There was a move from some forum members for compulsory licensing after a number of fatal accidents in the South Island a few months ago. Yachting New Zealand and others held the line based upon the NPBS research – licensing has not been shown to be a factor in influencing accidents.

Continued vigilance is needed to ensure that such regulations are not imposed incurring great cost to boaties. Yachting New Zealand will continue to work to effectively represent the boating community.

Marlborough Review Navigation Safety Bylaws

Marlborough District Council is going through the process of updating their Navigation Safety Bylaws and the public were invited to make submissions on the proposed bylaws.

There were a number of issues in the proposed bylaws that may have posed a threat to yacht club operations including a daily charge to use the water and a requirement for powered sail training vessels to be fitted with navigation equipment worth thousands of dollars.

Yachting New Zealand made a submission to the council strongly opposing a number of proposed bylaws as did a number of other parties including the local yacht clubs.

Yachting New Zealand provides a collective voice and lobbies legislative bodies to protect all members’ interests on issues such as maritime rules and safety, marine farming, central government legislation, resource management and other environmental issues. Recent submissions are on posted on the Yachting New Zealand Website for download including the submission to the Marlborough District Council: click here.

Admin, Safety & Training

Book early for best travel deals – Commodores Conference & AGM

Commodores of all Yachting New Zealand affiliated clubs are invited to attend the Yachting New Zealand Commodores Conference - this free one-day event will be held on Saturday 29 August 2009 at the Waipuna Conference Centre in Mt Wellington, Auckland. Details of travel subsidies available for those outside the Auckland region have been posted to all Clubs and we urge Commodores to act now if you haven’t already made your flight bookings.  Contact Zoe Hawkins by email to  with any queries.

The 2009 Yachting New Zealand Annual General Meeting is on Saturday October 3rd at the Napier Sailing Club, Napier. Clubs and members wishing to attend are encouraged to book early for travel to Napier to ensure convenient flights at a reasonable cost are secured. Watch the AGM webpage for more details as the AGM approaches.

Changes to YNZ Council

Council representative from East Coast North Island region, Tim Sandall was recently appointed as Chairman. Bay of Plenty has a new representative following the resignation of David Pierce. He is replaced by Richard Burling from Tauranga.

“Due to work commitments and other new challenges David Pierce has decided to step down as the Bay of Plenty Councillor,” explains Tim Sandall, Council Chairman. “I would like to thank David for his efforts and contribution during his time on the Council and wish him well for future.”

“I would like to welcome Richard to the Council and look forward to his contribution in continuing to grow sailing within the Bay of Plenty and wider yachting community.”

Yachting New Zealand's Council consists of members from regional associations. The Council is a forum for ideas and initiatives which are in turn recommended to the Yachting New Zealand Board for further investigation, and in some instances, instigation.

Learn to Sail Club Presentation

Yachting New Zealand has produced a presentation to make it easy to deliver an information session to parents of children about to start a Yachting New Zealand Learn to Sail course at your club.

This session is aimed at making the job of parents as helpers (for their kids and the club) easier and thereby increasing the numbers of sailors staying in the sport in their first year.

The presentation and user guide are available on the YNZ website: click here.

Coaches... How do you fit into the new coaching framework?

There are career opportunities in coaching and a real need to up skill and develop our currently certified coaches.

Yachting New Zealand is staging the learning over time and slowly moving away from the long weekend sitting in a classroom. We want these modules to be delivered and worked on so coaches can take a new idea try it out and come back to the class environment with new experiences.

Here is how the framework looks; new logos have been designed to avoid confusion between the course names. Who are you and how do you fit into this?

Assistant Club Instructor (Under 18)

Club/Keelboat Instructor (Over 18)
Race Coach: You do a bit of club sailing yourself, you are over 16 and you have done a Club/Keelboat Instructor course at your club already, or you are a parent of a kid who is now racing. If you want to get into coaching, then this for you.
Regatta Coach: You have a couple of years experience coaching at a national and regional level. Perhaps you have taken a team or individuals to a National Championship or another significant event. If you want to up skill your entry level coach qualification, this course is for you.
Performance Coach: Ok now you’re really getting serious with coaching as a job prospect or part time income. You are dealing with athletes that are looking at competing internationally and you have the technical knowledge and ability to deliver this information well. You will be at this level until you have coached an athlete to success at the Olympic Games.
Olympic Coach: You are in the elite group of coaches who have produced results at the Olympic Games. You are a coach mentor and will be working with performance coaches to give them the knowledge and skills to produce top sailors.

There will be courses run over the winter so get in touch with Rob Hielkema, YNZ Coach Development Manager to register your interest. tel. (09) 361 4027

Last Chance to return Club Survey

A big thank you to all the Clubs who have taken the time to complete the Yachting New Zealand Club Survey and return it to us – we appreciate your cooperation and your feedback. The survey provides Yachting New Zealand with important information for reporting to supporters and funders, as well as providing you the opportunity to give us some feedback on our services to you.

A significant number of affiliated Yacht Clubs are yet to return a completed survey form to us and they are listed below. The final deadline for return is 30th June 2009.

Akaroa Sailing Club
Auckland Sailing Club
Bluff Yacht Club
BOP Trailer Yacht Squadron
Charteris Bay Yacht Club
Clarks Beach Yacht Club
French Bay Boating Club
Green Point Yacht Club
Howick Sailing Club
Huntly Boating Club
Kapiti Boating Club
Lowry Bay Yacht Club
Mana Cruising Club
Manukau Yacht and Motor Boat Club
Mercury Bay Boating Club
Mount Pleasant Yacht Club
Multihull Yacht Club (NZ) Inc.
Murrays Bay Sailing Club
Ngaroto Sailing Club
North Otago Yacht & PB Club
Onerahi Yacht Club
Panmure Yacht & Boating Club
Paremata Boating Club
Plimmerton Boating Club
Pohara Beach Boating Club
Pupuke Boating Club
Ravensbourne Boating Club
RNZ Navy Sailing Club
Russell Boating Club
Tamaki Yacht Club
Tauranga Yacht & Powerboat Club
Torbay Sailing Club
Tutukaka Coast Youth Sailing Club
Tutukaka South Pacific Yacht Club
Waiheke Boating Club
Wairarapa Yacht Club
Wakatere Boating Club
Weymouth Yacht Club
Whangarei Cruising Club Inc.

Seminars & Training

This past weekend of June 13th & 14th was the first of the season’s Race Management seminars. It was a massive success with 17 participants in attendance at the Mount Pleasant Yacht Club, congratulations to everybody who completed the seminar and thanks for attending! 

We are experiencing high registration numbers this winter; please register by the specified deadlines on the website so you don’t miss out! The following courses will also be run for free this winter, thanks to The Southern Trust.

July 4/5- Race Management- Auckland- FULL (waitlist)
July 4/5- Intro to Judging- Taupo
July 11/12- Intro to Judging- Bucklands Beach Auckland
July 18/19- Race Management- Tauranga
July 18/19- Intro to Judging- Picton
August 1/2- Match Race Umpire- Wellington
August 1/2- Intro to Judging- Whangarei
August 22/23- Intro to Judging- Dunedin

Visit the Seminars and Training webpage for more information and registration, or contact

Keelboat Level 3 Overnight Skipper

YNZ has completed and published the manual for Keelboat Learn to Sail Level 3, Overnight Skipper.

This qualification builds on skills learnt in Keelboat Level 1 (Introduction to Sailing) and Keelboat Level 2 (Basic Skills), however focuses more in depth on gaining skills as a responsible skipper for coastal and inshore voyages. As part of the assessment, participants must plan and carry out a sail of not less than three days, which includes at least one night on board at anchor.

If you wish to obtain this qualification, you can take it through one of the YNZ Affiliated Sailing Schools who run the course. Click here for more information on the YNZ National Sailing Scheme.

Rules changes explained

In total, there are well over 100 changes to the new edition rulebook which came into effect 1 January 2009. John Doerr has written the attached paper which focuses on those changes that really have an impact on how we go racing.

Sailing… Have a Go! Instructors Wanted

Yachting New Zealand is looking to employ three qualified sailing instructors for the Northern, Central and Southern regions of the Sailing…Have a Go! programme. The positions will suit candidates who enjoy teaching children to sail and have the energy and experience to run the mobile programme with assistance from head office. The Northern region involves travel through Auckland and Northland. The Central Region position involves the instructor visiting schools and clubs from the lower North Island (Wellington to Hamilton), and the Southern Region will travel the whole South Island. This contract will commence in September 2009 and continue through until mid April 2010. More information on the programme is available online at

Applications close 31 July 2009. Visit the job description and application details. For additional information contact Kristine Lederis:  or (09) 361 4022.  Applications may be sent to (preferably via email) to Dianne Logan at Yachting New Zealand, or via post to PO Box 91209, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142.

Of Interest

Chris Conroy named Otago Sailor of the Year

Chris Conroy of Wanaka Yacht & Powerboat Club was announced Otago Sailor of the Year at the annual prize-giving ceremony on June 6th. Club Commodore at Wanaka, Chris’s achievements cover sailing and administration with his organizational abilities and positive support on the water, active sailing as well as qualified Race Officer and Umpire roles.

“The success of the WYPBC over the last five years owes much to Chris Conroy,” state his fellow Club members who nominated him for the Award. “It comes at a personal cost as hardly a day goes by that Chris is not at the clubhouse or spending time on behalf of sailing. The club and many individuals have benefited from his commitment, self sacrifice and passion for sailing.”

“The club has moved from being one normally associated with Thursday night local racing to one associated with sailing across many disciplines with a strong emphasis on youth and training; this has been done without any loss of the feeling of being “local” and “for the members”. From his early days as Commodore Chris saw that the future of the club depended on attracting new members and securing the tenure of the club in its present location; he has succeeded on both counts.”

Chris is passing his mantle on to a new Commodore and will continue his sailing support in the youth areas and Teams Racing which he is skilled to administer.

The Torbay Sailing Club celebrates 50th anniversary

Torbay Sailing Club will celebrate its 50th Anniversary this year. While the actual date of Incorporation was the 29th of August 1959, the Club has decided to celebrate the occasion over the weekend of the 2009 Sir Peter Blake Regatta on 5th – 6th December. As planning progresses for the event, updates are provided, and registrations are welcomed, on the club website

Current Commodore, John  Wilson reflects on the Club’s history...

The original Taiotea Boating Club was situated in Browns Bay in approximately 1902 and was one of the earliest yacht clubs in Auckland. Torbay Boating club was incorporated as a society in 1959. In the mid 1960’s a dwindling membership and attendance at the Browns Bay locations saw Taiotea and Torbay Boating Clubs combine.

The club originally ran from a tent on the beach front. The starting procedure was controlled via a series of balls mounted on the beach where the children’s swings now sit. No racing went beyond the reef and spectators were charged via an honesty box on the beach. In 1960 a green shed was erected on the site behind the present club rooms and this served as a base for the club until 1964 when, with the assistance of a Golden Kiwi Grant, new clubrooms were built at a cost of $5000. A major fundraising effort in the 1980’s saw the existing new clubrooms erected.

The Flying Ant class, of which 111 were once registered, was designed by John Spencer who was at the time a member of the club. The Flying Ant was a two man boat designed for 13 to 17 year olds and utilised a standard “P” class rig.

Through the 1960’s and 1970’s, the club had large fleets of catamarans and frequently hosted the Rothmans national catamaran Championships for A Class, B Class, Shearwater and other classes. In the 1970’s the first of the Paper Tiger class was introduced at Torbay. Many famous New Zealand yachting names have passed through the club, designers Ron Holland, and John Spencer, and several others have achieved world level recognition.

Trophies Galore at Waikawa

For his outstanding contribution over fifteen years of membership Mark Gibbs received the Above and Beyond trophy at the Waikawa Boating Club prizegiving on Saturday. Mark Gibbs has been a member of Waikawa Boating Club for 32 years, joining in 1976.  He's spent 15 of those years on the Executive Committee.

Mark as Sailing Vice Commodore had organised the presentation evening but had no idea he would receive this very special trophy. “Mark’s nomination had the unanimous support of the Club and Committee,” said Rear Commodore Bryce Ecklein.  “He has been unstinting in his work for members and largely responsible for developing the sailing programme to a point where 40 to 50 boats were racing regularly over the summer.”

Malcolm Smith was such a keen sailor that when he died his parents donated a Trophy to Waikawa Boating Club in his memory.  They were both present at the Club’s prizegiving to see the Malcolm Smith Memorial Trophy for the most improved crew member won by Luke Bergman.  At age 13 and in year 9 at Queen Charlotte College Luke is one of the Club’s youngest members.  He has sailed on some of the Club’s top boats including Slingshot, Spirit Wind and Nonstop and was nominated for his enthusiasm, attitude, reliability and improved sailing ability.  The memorial trophy incorporates both new and old.  The cup is new but the base is turned from kauri taken from the old Awatere bridge.

In total seventeen boats and their crews won a total of 28 trophies at the Waikawa Boating Club prize-giving.  

Millennium Hotel Deals 

Millennium Hotels and Resorts are offering sailors and families who are members of Yachting New Zealand affiliated yacht clubs discount on room rates at any Millennium, Kingsgate or Copthorne Hotels and Resorts in New Zealand.

See the
Yachting New Zealand website for locations, a list of rates and information on how to book.

Fiji Yacht Club Seeks Unwanted Optimist Equipment

The Port Denerau Yacht Club, Fiji, has started a learn to sail programme and has a major shortage of boats and equipment! If you have any unwanted kids sailing gear, sails, hulls that you would like to donate, please be in touch with The shipping container will be leaving in the middle of July, so please don’t delay.

Line 7 Sale

Line 7 is having an offsite sale of all its Technical marine wet weather gear and performance outdoor wear. All marine wear is 50% off normal retail prices. The sale is for 4 days only. Thursday June 25th to Sunday June 28th. Venue is the old Alinghi Base, Halsey St, Viaduct Basin, Auckland. Open 9am-6pm daily. Everyone welcome.


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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 website. The online news arm of Fairfax media has picked up comments from Tobin's Facebook page.
Posted on 12 May 2016