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Yachting NZ Briefings for 18 April 2011

by Yachting NZ on 18 Apr 2011
Yachting NZ

Briefings – 18 April 2011

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YNZ News

YNZ Yacht Club Survey
The 2011 Yacht Club Survey is currently with Clubs for completion - only one completed survey from each Yacht Club is required and it’s due back before 20 May 2011.

A full list of affiliated Yacht Clubs noting those who have already completed and returned the Survey can be viewed on the YNZ website.

We know it takes a little time and effort, (hopefully not too much) and we really appreciate your help and cooperation.

YNZ has been conducting the survey since 1999 and it allows us to monitor overall Club membership throughout New Zealand and also to get an idea of whether you think we’re doing a good job, and where we can do better.

The YNZ website has a link to the on-line survey, tips on completing it, and a pdf copy of the survey which can be downloaded and printed.
Tragic Loss: Geoff Smale
The nation and in particular the yachting community was recently rocked by the news of the death of Geoff Smale in an air accident.

Geoff represented New Zealand at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games where he sailed the Flying Dutchman with Ralph Roberts finishing 8th.

Yachting New Zealand expresses its deepest condolences to Geoff’s family and friends.’s New Zealand Editor, Richard Gladwell compiled this tribute to Geoff Smale and goes into detail on his great achievements in yachting.
Sailing… Have a Go! nationwide tour with Camper
New Zealand flagged Volvo Ocean Race entry CAMPER hit the water last week and is set to go on a tour of the nation with five stopovers along the way.

Image © Chris Cameron 2011

Yachting New Zealand’s Sailing… Have a Go! Trailer will be at each stopover port where young local sailors between 8 and 12 years have been invited to come down and get out on the water for a fun sail while the crew of the bright red and white Volvo boat watches on.

If you would like to take part in your port and have the chance to go on board while Camper is docked and then have your name put into the draw to win the coveted prize of a sail on board the new boat.

If you are between 8 and 12 years and would like to take part in the fun sail at one of the Camper stops please contact Gerry ASAP – spaces are limited., Tel: 09 361 4022.

Camper and the Sailing… Have a Go! Trailer plan to be in the following ports…

• Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club - 26th April
• Gisborne Inner Harbour Area - 29th April
• Wellington – Lagoon next to Frank Kitts park, in front of Star Boat Club - 2th May
• Christchurch at Naval Point Club Lyttelton - 7 & 8th May
• Dunedin at Otago Yacht Club - 5th May

High Performance & International

NZL Sailing Team prepare for Hyeres Regatta
Hyeres, France will soon play host to the world’s best Olympic class sailors including a large kiwi team for the fourth ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta for the 2010-2011 season. The regatta is known as Semaine Olympique Francaise (or French Olympic Sailing Week) and racing runs over six days from April 24th – 29th.

Coming off the back of a three medal haul at the last ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta in Palma de Mallorca Spain, the NZL Sailing Team will be looking for another strong performance. All who competed in Spain will start again in Hyeres, France and will be joined by more kiwi representatives in the Women’s RS:X and Laser Radial fleets.

Here’s a list of who is on the current entry sheet...

Men’s RS:X: Tom Ashley, Jon-Paul Tobin
Women’s RS:X: Stefanie Williams, Justina Sellers, Natalia Kosinska, Georgia Schofiel and Jazmine Lynch
Laser: Andrew Murdoch , Mike Bullot , Andy Maloney , Sam Meech and Josh Junior
Laser Radial: Sara Winther, Rachel Basevi and Miranda Powrie
Finn: Dan Slater, Matt Coutts
Men’s 470: Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders
Women’s 470: Jo Aleh and Bianca Barbarich-Bacher
Women’s Match Racing: tephanie Hazard, Jenna Hansen and Susannah Pyatt

Regatta website
ISAF Sailing World Cup mini-site
NZL Sailing Team on Facebook

Junior and Youth News

2011 NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team named
Yachting New Zealand is pleased to announce the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team for 2011.

Twelve sailors will represent New Zealand at the prestigious ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships to be staged in Zadar, Croatia between 7th and 16th July this year.

Michael Cate (Male Laser Radial)
Molly Meech (Female Laser Radial)
Sven Pedersen (Male RS:X Wind surfing)
Georgia Schofield (Female RS:X Wind surfing)
Alexander Munro and Brad Moss (Male 420)
Gemma Jones and Verity Judge (Female 420)
Tomer Simhony and Ellie Copeland (Open Multihull)
Logan Dunning-Beck and Jack Simpson (29er)

Team Manager: Ian Neely
Coaches: Shelley Hesson and Jim Maloney

The 2011 team includes some familiar names with three members, including Molly Meech, Georgia Schofield and Logan Dunning-Beck, already having Youth World Championships experience under their belt having competed in Istanbul, Turkey in 2010.

New Zealand has a proud history of success at the ISAF Youth Worlds which dates back to 1971. Over the history of the event kiwis have returned home with a total of 42 medals including 15 Gold, 15 Silver and 12 Bronze, and this year’s team will be looking to increase that tally.

In preparation for the regatta the team will be involved in a busy schedule of training camps, domestic and international competition.

Regatta website
NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team on Facebook

Team sponsors include Princiapl sponsor, the NZL Yachting Trust and key supporting sponsors, Oceanbridge Shipping and SPARC.
Our Youth Team sailors compete in Great Britain
Four members of the 2011 NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team (see above) have just competed in the RYA Volvo Youth Nationals at Hayling Island in the UK honing their skills in large and highly competitive fleets.

2011 is the first year in which international sailors have lined up at the RYA Volvo Youth Nationals, and GBR’s team for Croatia will be selected based on results at this regatta.

The kiwi girls in particular have come away with promising results.

Molly Meech – Laser Radial - 1st Girl (8th overall)
Georgia Schofield (pictured) – RS:X – 1st Girl (11th overall)
Michael Cate – Laser Radial – 3rd overall
Sven Pedersen – RS:X – 8th overall

Georgia Schofield, New Zealand representative in the RS:X class, commented: “These championships are great apart from the lousy weather! The UK windsurfers are all really good and it is great for us to race against bigger fleets in a variety of conditions.”
2011 Opti Nats attracts record numbers
Wakatere Boating Club is eagerly anticipating welcoming over 300 young Optimist sailors to Auckland’s North Shore for the 2011 Toyota Optimist National Championships.

Racing runs over Easter from 21st – 25th April – full details are on the regatta website.

With 310 entries so far (late entries still being accepted) this will be the second largest centerboard regatta in New Zealand behind the Sir Peter Blake Memorial Regatta where multiple classes compete.

In previous years an entry list of around 240 sailors was achieved rising to 284 in 2010 – making 2011 the largest Optimist National Champs ever. Interest is heightened with the world’s best coming to New Zealand in just eight months time for the 2012 Optimist World Champs in Napier.

200 are entered for Open fleet racing with another 110 entered in green fleet. All Christchurch sailors coming north for the regatta get free entry.

See news, results and photos from the event on the regatta website and Facebook page
New Zealand Secondary Schools Teams Racing
This preview from Kirsty Short...

Sandspit Yacht Club and the New Zealand Team Sailing Association are gearing up for the Secondary School Team Sailing Nationals.

The event will be held at Algies Bay from April 26th to 30th, and will be attended by 28 teams (209 sailors in total) representing schools all the way from Kerikeri to Wanaka.

Photo: 2010 Nationals at Taupo, ©

Nine South Island teams are attending, and there will be eight all-girl teams. Competition for the girl's trophy is expected to be intense this year, with Westlake, New Plymouth, Napier, Marlborough and Nelson all fielding strong teams.

Among the open teams there is also plenty of competition. Last year's gold medallists Kerikeri High School, who won the recent Northland regional competition, are always high achievers. Kerikeri are coached by NZTSA president and elder statesman of Team Sailing, Derry Godbert.

Other regional winners are St Kentigern College (Auckland), Lindisfarne College (Lower North), and relative newcomers Timaru Boys, who won both the Upper South Island and Lower South Island regional competitions. 2010 silver medallists Tauranga Boys under coach Richard Burling are also likely to perform well.

Teams will be seeded into three fleets based on previous results, with opportunities to progress during the event.

The Team Sailing format, with short tactical races sailed in 420 dinghies, provides plenty of action for both competitors and spectators, and is popular with both novice and top-ranked sailors. To add interest this year, the annual NZ versus Australia "Interdominion" competition is being held in South Australia, with the top three teams invited to compete. South Australia will also host a regatta for the top three girls teams from each country.

Team Sailing is particularly demanding on umpires and officials, and we are very fortunate to have the assistance of Yachting New Zealand to bring top Australian Team Sailing umpire Noel Allen here to facilitate an umpiring course on April 25th.

The event can be followed on the NZTSA website
Disabled Sailors … Have a Go!
Sir Murray Halberg believes “Every New Zealander, no matter what their ability, has the right to participate in the sport or active recreation in pursuit of their choice – there are no exceptions”.

This aligns well with Sir Peter Blake’s idea and desire that all children should have an opportunity to experience the thrills and spills of sailing.

Halberg Trust and Yachting New Zealand team up to make this happen.In term one, disabled students from the Taranaki and Wellington regions have had the opportunity to experience sailing via the Yachting New Zealand Sailing…Have a Go! schools programme. The programme ran sessions for two days in each region.

The Halberg Trust Activity Funding supported schools by covering the cost for more than thirty disabled students to participate in the Sailing…Have a Go! programme.

Craig Ryburn, YNZ Sailing…Have a Go! instructor ensured that all students gained water confidence, sailed optimists dinghies independently or as a pair, as well as offering a shared experience on the WETA trimaran.

Trish Tennant of Paremata school thanks the instructor and the club volunteers,”who were brilliant” Trish says “please, please do it again, it was great. Two parents are following up about further yachting”.

Yachting clubs supported Craig by providing use of their club facilities, a coach boat and volunteers. Volunteers were representatives of the Heretaunga Boating Club, a dual representation of Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club and Sailability Wellington, the Taranaki region was represented by volunteers of the New Plymouth Yachting Club.

I would like to extend my thanks to the yacht club volunteers for donating their time, and I wish to acknowledge the Eagles Golfing Society for their ongoing fundraising efforts which allow the Activity Fund to directly benefit our disabled youth’s participation in opportunities such as the YNZ Sailing…Have a Go! programme.

For further information on linking disabled students into the Yachting New Zealand Sailing… Have a Go! programme, please contact: Jo O’Callaghan, 027 433 9404, alternatively email:

Local Sailing

Cantabs turn out for Last Shake Regatta
54 boats turned out at Naval Point Club Lyttelton for the Last Shake Regatta on the weekend of April 9th and 10th.

All Canterbury Club sailors were invited to take part. Yachting New Zealand was proud to support the regatta enabling reduced entry fees with a view to providing a sailing opportunity for those in post-Quake Christchurch.

Incorporating the Canterbury Keelboat Championship for the Presidents Cup, the Young 88 South Island Championship and the Trailer Yacht South Island Championship (including the Farr NZ Championships and the N22 South Island Championship) the Club opened the regatta up for dinghy sailors and team sailors as well.

“A big vote of thanks to the team of volunteers who made it all happen,” says Ken Camp, Club Secretary.

Warm conditions, on Saturday in particular, greeted sailors and a full schedule of racing was run, as well as a social function with a band on the Saturday evening.

Results from the weekend are available here on the NPCL website and an image gallery here.
Flash Gordon takes Young 88 Nationals
The Harken Young 88 National Championships, hosted by the RNZYS attracted a fleet of 22 boats on what was a blustery and wet Auckland weekend.

A total of eight races were sailed – four on Saturday in 20+ knots on a course set off Northern leading light, and another four on Sunday off Takapuna in 15 to 20 knots.

Heavy rain all day Saturday made for poor visibility and challenging sailing conditions but it didn’t dampen the fight for the title which came down to a two way tangle between Flash Gordon, helmed by Will Tiller, and Raging Hormones with Jim Maloney at the helm.

Flash Gordon took the Championship sealing the deal in the final race with a win, Raging Hormones suffering gear damage and required to settle for second place overall. On board the winning boat with Tiller were Richard Bouzaid and Mike Sanderson among others.

Line Results Top Five

1st Flash Gordon – Richard Bouzaid, Will Tiller and crew
2nd Raging Hormones – Jim Maloney and crew
3rd Danger Zone – Grant Turnball and crew
4th Skitzo – Phil Robertson and crew
5th Abracadabra – Zane Gifford and crew

For full results and general handicap results visit the RNZYS website.
Classic Racing Yacht to Retrace Winning Voyages
The 106 year old, 34 foot keel yacht Wairiki, one of the fleet of racers from Archibald Logan’s drawing board, will relive her glory days in the Easter weekend Auckland-Tauranga race which she first competed in back in 1923.

The recently restored classic keeler notched up a formidable racing record as one of the fastest in her class in her day, coming first on handicap in the Auckland-Tauranga Ocean Race in 1926, 1928 and 1930, second on handicap in 1923 and 1925 and third on handicap in 1927.

But in 2011 Wairiki will be an unofficial competitor when she appears on the start line in the International Paints Auckland Tauranga Race on Thursday, 21 April with a racing fleet made up of some of today’s fastest, high tech models like Team Vodafone’s flying trimaran, the fastest sailing boat in the southern hemisphere.

“Wairiki will set an elegant pace of around 6 knots, versus the trimaran’s 25 knots plus, and we expect to be the last to arrive at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club marina on Friday, 22 April after setting sail the previous day from the Westhaven Tower at Westhaven,” says skipper, Jason Prew who has been a key member of the restoration team of this now Auckland based classic keeler.

Wairiki joins a formidable line-up of classic yachts from the Logan stable already restored, including Jessie Logan, Waitangi, Thelma, Rainbow and Rawene.

Race Start
Date: Thursday 21 April
Time: 1000hrs
Start line: Westhaven Tower, Westhaven
Finish line: off The Mount
A Celebration of Sailing: Hebtro Trophy
A fantastic Hebtro Trophy took place at Worser Bay Boating Club on 3rd April 2011.

The Dickson family attended en masse, Dad - Roy Dickson talked about his love of sailing and son - Chris related a neat story about sailing with Dad on the Hauraki Gulf.

2011 was the 20th anniversary of this children’s sailing fundraiser and it was great to have the Mayor attend and give a short talk at the briefing. Organisers were pleased to have Daryl Wislang attend from the Camper Team which is being run by Emirates Team New Zealand for the Volvo Ocean Race. Darryl is a WBBC member who is now in demand as a top international yachtsman.

The Commodore of WBBC, Andrew Paterson said “I met a bunch of really interesting club members and RPNYC people I had not met before; the fellowship of the Hebtro day was happening all around me! Old friends and new friends. It was great to see “Christo” (Barry Christopherson) and Pam”. Barry reintroduced the modern Hebtro Trophy 20 years ago.

The wealth of celebrity yachties added particular “mana” to the event.

The format of the race is for the RPNYC keelers to sail right off Worser Bay Boating Club making a fine spectacle. The racing started as a mark foy where the speed challenged boats start first. If the handicapper has his sums right then all boats finish together.

After marrying up boats to sponsors and young sailors the racing commenced. Chris Dickson knows the value of time and had generously bought an extra minute to reduce Drinks Trolley’s handicap in the reverse auction.

Everybody came ashore really pumped, with tall stories of wild rides and excitement. The youngsters in the Elliot 6 showed what regular sailing in the Wellington Youth Scheme can achieve and put the wind up the celebrity boat only being overtaken on the last leg.

In a fairytale ending, that exhibited the art of the handicapper, Chris Dickson skippering Drinks Trolley narrowly won the Hebtro Trophy with Roy Dickson second on Andiamo (after Nedax was disqualified for flying their spinnaker).

A team shirt from “Rainbow II” was presented by Roy Dickson for sale at the celebrity auction. In 1969 six young Kiwi sailors and their Sparkman and Stevens designed 'one tonner' “Rainbow II” won the internationally prized, One Ton Cup off Heligoland. The team shirt was bought by a club member and presented to WBBC for display.

The auction contained many items of unique provenance including champagne from the 2000 Loius Vuitton Cup in Auckland. John Ashby provided many laughs with his unorthodox auctioneering style and managed to remain dishonest even with Ted Jewett’s professional advice from the floor.

A rousing rendition of the WBBC Anthem –sail until I sail no more – closed proceedings.

WBBC would like to give a big thank you to RPNYC for supporting the fundraiser and a huge hoorah for all of the wonderful sponsors. Between the auction and the sponsors more than $17,500 was raised for the kids learn to sail and development programs next year.
Sailing and Art Deco combined
Napier Sailing Club will, as you know, be hosting the Optimist World Championships in early 2012 and this will involve a major commitment from club members.

A couple of weeks after that event the Napier Sailing Club intends to host a fun race centred around the very popular Art Deco Weekend (16th – 19th Feb).

“It will take the form of a Mark Foy race around the port and along Marine Parade and return on Saturday 18th,” explains Clive Snow from the Napier Sailing Club. “The programme will commence with Tiffin at 1130 and followed by ‘The Chase’ with the slowest/oldest competitor away at 1300. The after race function will be a ‘Rum Do’.”

“A separate section will be held for motor cruisers of a ‘certain age’ who can compete in the speed event or the fishing competition.”

“We would like to highlight the event to older classes – Idle Alongs, Zeddies, Gaffers etc. but all entries will be welcomed.”

If you think this sailing event, to be run at the same time as Napier’s Art Deco Weekend, sounds like fun – put a note in your diary or on the calendar now and watch out for the NOR to be released later in the year.

Admin, Safety and Training

Qualified – congratulations
Congratulations to the following new YNZ Race Management Officials:

Club Race Officers
Alisdair Daines, Nelson Yacht Club
Fiona Balch, Otago Yacht Club
Richard Lane, Howick Sailing Club

National Judges
Jon Hollies, RNZYS Auckland
David McIntyre, RAYC Auckland
Seminars and Courses
Keen to become Race Management qualified or to deliver Learn to Sail at your Club?

Dates and details on the winter schedule of YNZ Race Management Seminars and Sailing Instructor Courses are now on the YNZ website.

You do need to register to attend, and as places are limited please try to register by the date indicated. Registration forms for each of these courses can be downloaded from the respective pages on the site.

Dates for Judges Seminars are being finalized and will be notified in up-coming Briefings and on the website.
RAYC offers Advanced Sea Survival in May
Royal Akarana Yacht Club is offering the Advanced Sea Survival Course on 7th and 8th of May and invites anyone interest to get in touch and book in.

Advanced Sea Survival is a comprehensive course covering all aspect of safety at sea and is a Coastguard recognised course valid for five years. It includes a liferaft drill in a pool on Sunday morning.

If you have previsouly completed Advanced Sea Survival but your certificate has expired RAYC is offering a refresher on Sunday 8th May which includes the liferaft exercise.

Please contact Kevin at RAYC (09) 5424 9945 or go to the RAYC website for booking forms etc.

Of Interest

Hugo Boss approaches Barcelona
With kiwi Andy Meiklejohn (right) on board, Hugo Boss will shortly arrive at the finish line of the Barcelona World Race after sailing two-handed around the globe.

Meiklejohn reported in over the weekend as they approached the fickle and challenging Gibraltar Straights…

Image: Wouter Verbraak/Alex Thomson Racing

“We are currently 400 miles from the entrance [to the Gibraltar Straights] sailing upwind in a light North easterly driven by the Levante. It seems incredible in such a long race where you can choose your course through any system that we are, in the final stages, dictated to in such a definite way.

“The straits of Gibraltar, a geographical feature dating back beyond biblical times. Shadowed by the pillars of Hercules, ‘The Rock of Gibraltar’ on the European side and Monte Hacho in Morocco. These great columns present a wind funnel like no other with the two prevailing breezes being the Levante, a strong easterly flow, and the Poniente which is an equally strong westerly flow.

“Such is the restriction at the bottle-neck, the effects of these flows can spread for hundreds of miles in either direction.

“A recent message from the Chairman of the organizing committee said the consensus was that “the door to the Med was only half open”. Our Oasis is within reach so we push on, still focused on doing a good job until the finish.

“Being only 800 miles from the finish and due around Easter we are naturally thinking of what’s in store for us, people to contact, articles to write, interviews to give and plans for future projects. A New Zealand Vendee Globe or Barcelona World race project? There’s an idea, we have won every other major trophy in the sport except for the short-handed sailing. Sounds like a good focus for this new found energy.”
Russell Coutts to present in Orewa
A presentation by four time winner of the Americas Cup and Olympic gold medallist Russell Coutts is planned for Wednesday 25th May at 8pm at the Orewa College Auditorium in Orewa.

Tickets are $30 and proceeds will go towards the restoration of local heritage building – the St Stephen’s Chapel, Whangaparoa. The planned format is a video, talk by Russell on the America’s Cup, followed by an open Q & A session with an expected time frame of up to two hours.

Tickets are strictly limited and will be sold on a first-come basis. Entry is by ticket only. Tickets are available by emailing Ron McInnes on or from Manly United Travel, House of Travel Orewa or House of Travel Browns Bay.

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

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2011 Toyota New Zealand Optimist National Championship, 19th – 25th April
Wakatere Boating Club

2011 A Class Catamaran National Championships, 21st – 24th April
Kerikeri Cruising Club

International Paints Auckland Tauranga Yacht Race 2011, 21st – 22nd April
Organised by the TYPBC

Rotoiti Classic - Easter Trailer Yacht & Sportboat Regatta 2011, 22nd – 24th April
Bay of Plenty Trailer Yacht Squadron

Farr6000 Nth Island Class Champs, 22nd – 24th April
Bay of Plenty Trailer Yacht Squadron

Marakura Yacht Club Easter Regatta, 22nd – 24th April
Marakura Yacht Club

2011 Farr 3.7 National Championships, 22nd – 25th April
Manly Sailing Club

NZ Secondary Schools Teams Sailing National Championships
, 25th – 30th April
Sandspit Yacht Club, Algies Bay

University Sport NZ Match Racing Championship 2011, 27th – 29th April

Auckland Laser Masters Championship, 30th April
Tamaki Yacht Club

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