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Yachting NZ Briefings for 2 November 2011

by Yachting NZ on 2 Nov 2011
Yachting NZ

Briefings- 2 November 2011

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YNZ News

2011 Yachting Excellence Awards- Grant Beck honoured

2011 Singapore Airlines Sailor of the Year, Grant Beck
Grant Beck is the most successful New Zealand Olympic Coach, ever. He has been the coach and mentor behind the outstanding success of New Zealand windsurfing Olympians, and many other sailors on the world stage.

Pictured left: Grant Beck, with YNZ President Jan Dawson and Paula Harrall of Singapore Airlines, accepts his award as the 2011 Singapore Airlines Sailor of the Year

Beck's twenty five year Olympic Windsurf Coach record includes seven Olympic medals (three of which are Gold), where he was the mastermind and confidant to Bruce Kendall, Barbara Kendall, Aaron McIntosh and most recently, Tom Ashley.

This award won by Beck on 28 October 2011 is the premier award in New Zealand Sailing, for outstanding contribution to yachting, and is given to someone who has demonstrated absolute world class abilities over their career. Yachting New Zealand in association with Singapore Airlines is pleased to inscribe Grant Beck’s name on the Sir Bernard Fergusson Trophy as the 2011 Sailor of the Year.

Young Sailor of the Year 2011 in Association with Orbit Travel Auckland, Peter Burling
In the past year campaigning his 49er with crew Blair Tuke, Peter Burling has driven his way to success by only placing outside the top four once.

His 49er results boast an impressive record including a 1st at Sail Sydney, 1st at the NZ National Championships, 2nd at Sail Melbourne, 4th at Perth International, the list goes on. Burling also placed 4th at the 2011 Zhik Foiling Moth World Championships in Australia earlier this year.

At only 20 years old, Peter Burling remains on the NZL Sailing Team and is on his second Olympic campaign, previously the youngest Olympic sailor to represent New Zealand in the 470 class at age 17, Beijing 2008.

Emerging Talent Award 2011, Leonard Takahashi-Fry
Leonard Takahashi-Fry from Murrays Bay Sailing Club has not only won the 2011 National Optimist Championships in New Zealand, he has also won the 2011 USA Nationals, 2011 British Nationals, and came 2nd in the 2011 Japan National Optimist Championship. .

Coach/Official of the Year 2011 in Association with Orbit Travel Auckland, Bob McDavitt
Bob McDavitt, otherwise known as “Cyclone Santa” has given outstanding service to the whole yachting community as a meteorologist. He has been the weather man for many successful yachting campaigns including Olympics and Americas Cup, and has voluntarily contributed to cruising safety since 1995 by issuing weekly Weathergrams for the Southern Pacific.

Yachting New Zealand President’s Award 2011, Torbay Sailing Club for the Sir Peter Blake Regatta
When Sir Peter Blake was killed at Macapa Brazil on 5 Dec 2001, New Zealand mourned the loss of a national hero. Nearly ten years later, the memory of Peter Blake sails on in the biggest regatta in New Zealand and the biggest centreboard regatta in the Southern Hemisphere.

Torbay Sailing Club copes admirably with the demands of, several hundred competitors each year and the infrastructure they have put in place for this regatta is dazzling.

Click here to read more on the winners, finalists, and nominees in all of the award categories.

YNZ are looking for another NZCT Regional Support Officer

Yachting New Zealand is wishing to employ a fifth NZCT Regional Support Officer to increase the support we are able to deliver to clubs.

We are seeking someone to work in the Northland, Auckland, Waikato/Thames areas.

This is a key role for YNZ, providing on the ground support to clubs and sailors, helping build club capability, growing participation and raise awareness throughout schools and the community.

We require someone who is truly passionate about sailing and growing the sport in New Zealand; someone who knows yacht clubs is fresh thinking and has a creative approach to growing the sport, is able to work with a wide variety of people (young and old) and can be the face of Yachting New Zealand in the regions.

This role has potential to be part or full time. The successful candidate will need to be able to work outside of “normal working hours” as this role requires weekend and after hours work.

Information on the role including a Job Description is available from the Yachting New Zealand website by following this link.

Applications by email should go to or by post to Att: Dianne Logan, Yachting New Zealand, Box 91209, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142.

Any queries can be directed to Andrew Clouston at or (09) 361 4021.

Applications close on November 23 2011.

Statistics from YNZ’s winter courses

This past winter, Yachting New Zealand has run more than fifteen seminars and courses to train and qualify new coaches, instructors, and race officials.
Over 200 people from yacht clubs around the country took part in one of the training opportunities.

Number of people trained by course type:
Race Management Seminars= 66 people
Club Instructors Course = 55 people
Umpires Seminar = 33
Level 1 Judges Seminar = 27
Regatta Coach Course= 16
Race Coach Course= 3

There was also a conference for Race Officers, attended by 20 of New Zealand’s top race officials.

Thank you to the Southern Trust- their contributions continue to help Yachting New Zealand make these opportunities available. Also thank you to the star line up of learning facilitators that continue to run the courses to an extremely high standard:

- John & Linda Parrish

- John Bullot

- Wayne Boberg

- Jim Park

- Ross May

- Peter Head

- Janet Watkins

- Rob Hielkema

- Andrew Brown

YNZ at Wellington Outdoor Festival

Yachting New Zealand NZCT Regional Support Staff Wayne Holdt brought yachting to the public at the Wellington Outdoor Festival on Sunday October 30th.

Pictured left: The Sailing...Have a go! trailer is set up and ready for action at Frank Kitts Lagoon in Wellington.

With help from Sailability Wellington and YNZ’s Sailing... Have a go! programme, approximately 80 people were given their first taste of sailing.

Everybody was given a handout with information about the member clubs of the Wellington Yachting Association where they could join a club close to home.

On this day approximately 60 children from Wellington region tried sailing for their first time as part of the Sailing...Have a go! programme, and a further 20 people of all ages and abilities had a try in the accessible sailing dinghies of Sailability Wellington.

Yachting New Zealand coach revalidations

In 2007 we held the first of our new coaching courses. These courses are valid for 4 years and subsequently at the end of October everyone who did a race, regatta or performance coach course in 2007 will need to revalidate.

The reason for revalidation is to make sure that people are current and up to speed with new coaching techniques. There are always lots of lessons learned and new approaches. I have been busy out on the water with coaches from all over the country developing resources and observing best practise. I have turned these best practice activities into worksheets called master coach modules.

These master coach modules will now become one of 2 ways to revalidate for your coaching qualification.

The first option is to sit the next coaching level course: Race coach, Regatta coach, Performance coach, or Olympic coach.

If you don’t want to move up a coaching level i.e. you happy coaching at your current level, you have a second option.

Your second option is to choose a master coach worksheet to complete. There are many options varying from; planning, video analysis, tidal analysis, wind analysis, designing new drills etc. There is no cost for this and can be done in one of your coaching sessions anytime thought the year. Once you have completed the activity send it to Rob Hielkema and you will be awarded the “MasterCoach” qualification at the same level. (If you are a race coach and complete a master coach module you become a “master” Race coach.) This recognises your further development.

The purpose of this style of revalidation is to keep coaches thinking about new ways of coaching and also to develop new skills. This research will provide resources back to me which I can share when developing junior coaches. The idea is that we will end up with a bunch of resources and templates of best coaching practice.

1. Choose a master coach activity to complete, or book on to a new coach course
2. Email or post your completed activity to Rob Hielkema
3. You will receive your revalidation certificate.

Please contact Rob Hielkema for more information.

Telephone: (09) 361 4027

International / High Performance Sailing News

NZ Wins 2011 Schools Teams Sailing Interdominions

New Zealand’s top three Teams Sailing Schools, Kerikeri, St Kentigerns and Tauranga Boys raced at the 2011 Schools Teams Sailing Interdominions in Port Lincoln, Australia.

Pictured left: Two teams battle upwind outside the Port Lincoln Yacht Club at the 2011 Schools Teams Sailing Interdominions. Photo Credit: Richard Burling

Two annual teams racing trophies were up for grabs – the Interdominions for top country overall and also a trophy for the top individual school.

Port Lincoln was an hour’s flight from Adelaide across the Australian Bight – a fishing and grain town of about 14,000 people. What a great venue for teams sailing; friendly helpful people with the Yacht Club looking over a sheltered sandy bay and wind.

The council had even dug a small channel right up to the boat ramp so you didn’t have to take the boats far to launch. Could you imagine that at Algies Bay or Kohimarama.

Kerikeri dominated the final race for New Zealand to retain the Interdominion Schools Teams sailing Trophy. A great lead-in for the All Blacks vs Australia semi final which they watched while eating dinner at the prize giving function.

Congratulations to St Josephs for being the top individual school. Kerikeri second , St Michael’s third on count back from Tauranga (4th), St Kentigerns fifth , Shenton (Perth) sixth .

The NZ teams were...
Kerikeri High School: O’Shea Butler, Klaus Ohlendorf, Matthew Bindon, Alex Bryning, Harris Bindon, Shae Donahoe, James Ayr, Sam Brierely.

Tauranga Boys College:
Nick Gunn, Ben Caundle, Trent Rippey, Berrick Fitzsimons, Ben Warren, Dylan McKinlay and Josh McConnell.

St Kentigern College: George Brasell, George Anyon, Alex Munro, Harry Craigie, Jamie Faulconbridge, Theo Lawson, Jessica Allen

Click here to read the full report on Sail-World

Fields win leg 1- Global Ocean Race

Shortly after sunrise on 28 October Kiwis Ross and Campbell Field were first to arrive in Capetown, finishing the first leg of the Global Ocean Race.

Pictured Left: Campbell and Ross Field celebrate the win from leg 1. Photo from

After 32 days racing from Palma, Mallorca on their Verdier-design Class 40 BSL, they averaged 9.3kn, getting them to the finish line with the 2nd place boat following only 89 miles behind.

So far, only those two teams have finished as the back four battle with weather. On board team Cessna Citation, another kiwi, Conrad Colman is sailing with Mallorcan Hugo Ramon, they are currently sitting in fourth place and are approximately 1000Nm from the finish.

The Global Ocean race is a double-handed Class 40 race around the world. This is Ross Field’s sixth circumnavigation race, but first sailed together with his son Campbell. Read more about the team on their blog here or their facebook page here.

The second leg starts on Sunday 27 November, racing from Capetown to Wellington, New Zealand.

To follow the race with live tracking and information on all the teams, visit

470 duo finalists at Harbour Sport Excellence Awards

Jo Aleh andBianca Barbarich-Bacher have been selected as finalists in the category of International Performance by a Team at the 2011 Massey University Harbour Sport Excellence Awards.

Both of these girls have also received Yachting New Zealand Performance Awards in 2011.

Their outstanding achievements will be recognized by Harbour Sport on Friday 18 November 2011 at the North Harbour Stadium. The night will include a dinner and awards ceremony presented by Geoff Dolan and Tania Dalton, along with a comedic performance by Simon McKinney.

More information on this award can be found on the Harbour Sport website

Congratulations again Jo and Bianca!

Local Sailing News

Mahurangi College Regatta

This year, the Mahurangi College Regatta (Form 1 – 4) regatta is being held at Algies Bay, Warkworth, on Monday November 28th.

The regatta has been held for more than twenty years and attracts between 90 and 100 sailors each year ranging from the novice to the expert.

Classes invited are Optimist, P Class, Splash, Starling, Laser 4.7, Laser Radial, Techno, and 420.

The venue, Kawau Bay, is a sheltered piece of water which makes this a good regatta for sailors starting out on the regatta circuit.

Entry details online

For more Information please contact:
Justin Basevi, Mahurangi College (09) 425 8039 ext 731

Syman dominates Horowhenua Cup for Paper Tigers

Glenn Syman (Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club) has won the first regatta in the Paper Tiger North Island Freshwater Series in a dominate display at the Horowhenua Cup at Lake Wairarapa over Labour weekend.

Pictured left: Paper Tigers on lake Wairarapa, waiting for breeze at the Horowhenua Cup.

Lake Wairarapa put on zero to six knot conditions for the first regatta of the season with the race committee lead by Paul Davies doing well to get any races completed let alone the five that were finally finished by Sunday afternoon (with plenty of time left before the mighty All Blacks win!).

The regatta was again a taught fought contest as has become a feature of the series over the years, however Glenn Syman showed his light weather expertise by taking all five bullets during the regatta (even if one was by less than half a metre).

The Paper Tiger North Island Freshwater Series is regatta series held over four regattas around the North Island (Lake Wairarapa, Lake Ngaroto, Turangi, and Taupo) during the season.

Points are tallied at each regatta, with no drops allowed at any individual regatta (making consistency essential). The overall series winner is calculated by allowing each sailor to count 3 regattas from the 4 in the series.

Final results for the Horowhenua Cup:
1st Glenn Syman (Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club)
2nd Ryan (Rowdy) Leatham (New Plymouth Yacht Club)
3rd Scott Pedersen (Napier Sailing Club)

Full results can be found at

For further information please contact Ryan (Rowdy) Leatham on 027 636 6465 or

Tony Bouzaid 1940- 2011

Tony Bouzaid, former New Zealand Sailor of the Year and twice winner of the World Half Ton Cup passed away suddenly in Auckland on 17 October.

His service was held on Tuesday October 25 in Auckland.

Pictured left: Tony Bouzaid brings the Sir Bernard Fergusson Trophy for Yachtsman of the year in 1979- photo from the Bouzaid Family Collection

Tony leaves a legacy of great achievements as a champion yachtsman and a successful businessman.

Tony was a key part of his father's firm, Sails and Covers - taking that over with his brother Chris on Lou Bouzaid’s death, and expanding it into the highly successful Hood Sails before moving into Structureflex.

In the early 90's he moved the Great Barrier Island running a guest house and starting major conservation programs, the most notable being the Glenfern Sanctuary Project

Some of Tony’s greatest sailing achievements were:

- Tamaki Yacht Club x Class Champion 1961, 62, 63, 65.

- Sanders Cup 1963

- Sanders Cup 1966

- World Half Ton Cup 1978

- World Half Ton Cup 1979

- Yachtsman Of The Year 1979

Training and Opportunities

Volvo Ocean Stopover Volunteers Jobs- Apply Now!

Applications are now being accepted for the Volunteer Positions listed below.

- Administration Manager

- Operations Finance Manager

- Retail Finance Manager

- Eastern Viaduct at TeWero Team Leader

- Hasley Wharf Team Leader

- Karanga Plaza and Pit Lane Team Leader

- Storage Team Leader

- Viaduct Event Ctnre Team Leader

- Volvo Ocean Race Academy and School Team Leader

Job descriptions for all the above mentioned volunteer positions can be found on the Auckland Stopover Website here

Please email your letter of application to Ruth Tuiraviravi, Head of Volunteers, outlining what you would bring to the position and attaching your CV.

All positions are voluntary with an immediate casual start, becoming fulltime from mid-February 2012.

Closing date for these positions is Monday 14 November.

Sailing Instructors needed for Summer Camp USA

You’ve possibly heard about Summer Camp USA programs before. They are a huge American tradition where children head off to a camp and have a great time learning great new skills and activities.

Every year IEP sends Kiwi’s to the USA to work as camp counsellors and activity instructors (or a combination of the two). The roles involve being a leader, a role model and a friend to the kids. You teach them new skills, celebrate their wins and are there when they are feeling a bit low.

Basically Summer Camp USA needs people who are ready to depart either late May or early June 2012 and can commit for 8-10 weeks at camp. The visa itself also allows them to travel for up to 30 days after camp also.

It can be a full on job, but for enthusiastic people it’s often an amazing life-changing experience. The great news is that Kiwis are in high demand and one of the key areas that they are wanting to recruit for in the 2012 American Summer is Sailing counsellors.

IEP offer personalised support throughout the whole process also offer a guaranteed place at camp or a refund of your program fee. We are looking for applications now so that we can begin to place people in advance for 2012.

You can visit for further information and to apply.

Of Interest

Ralph Roberts receives the New Zealand Olympic Order

During the 100th anniversary of the Olympic Movement in New Zealand, Ralph Roberts received the New Zealand Olympic Order.

Photo: Jacques Rogge presents Ralph Roberts with his New Zealand Olympic Order

The Award was presented by Jacques Rogge, President of the IOC for Ralph’s outstanding services to the Olympic Movement in New Zealand.

It is an honour for Ralph Roberts, Yachting, the Olympic Movement, and Takapuna Boating Club.

Congratulations Ralph on your prestigious recognition by the IOC.

TVNZ Coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race

TVNZ ONE Sport is the official broadcaster of the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race in New Zealand and will be screening extensive coverage on TV1 and online at

Highlights of In Port Races and leg starts and finishes will be played during ‘Skoda Game On’, on Sunday afternoons throughout the race:

- 3.00pm on Sunday 6 November: Race Preview and Start of Leg 1

- 3.00pm on Sunday 4 December: Finish of Leg 1

- 3.00pm on Sunday 11 December: In-Port Race, Cape Town

Every In Port Race and Leg Start will be LIVE on and here are the first few- set your alarm clocks now!

- 1:45am Sunday 6 November: Leg 1 Alicante start

- 1:45am Sunday 11 December: Cape Town In Port Race

- 1:45am Monday 12 Dec: Leg 2 Cape Town Start

All the programmes will also be available Ondemand via the TVNZ website as soon as possible following television broadcast. There is also a history of the race and Golden Moments reel from past events.

Antifoul to be reassessed by EPA - recommendations invited

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has decided that there are sufficient grounds to carry out a reassessment of all active ingredients approved for use in antifouling paints in New Zealand, and invites people that have a considered view on the issue to make a recommendation for submission to be made on.

Antifouling paints are commonly used to reduce the build-up of plants, algae and microorganisms on surfaces submerged in water, such as the hulls of boats.
In the last decade many international regulatory bodies have banned or severely restricted the use of certain active ingredients used in antifouling paints.

A reassessment is a second look at an already approved substance, or group of substances. This reassessment may result in changing the controls on some of the approved substances, or in some cases, withdrawing the approval. The EPA has initially prioritised the active ingredients in the reassessment, in order of the likely level of risk they pose to human health and the environment.

The basis of this prioritization can be found here

Anyone can apply for a reassessment including members of the public, the Chief Executive of the Environmental Protection Agency or other Government agencies. In this case, the reassessment has been initiated by the Chief Executive of the EPA.

The EPA is currently in the process of preparing the reassessment application. Early consultation with interested parties and industry is vital at this stage and they are particularly interested in receiving feedback from manufacturers and users of antifouling paint, as well as those that monitor its use. Stakeholder input will help the EPA to incorporate real life scenarios in our analyses. Lack of information may lead to worst case/precautionary assumptions being used in the risk assessment.

Documents providing background information to the application for reassessment and the grounds for the decision can be found here, on their website

In preparation for the reassessment the EPA commissioned the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research to evaluate the OECD Emission Scenario Document (ESD) for antifouling paints, for a range of ports and marinas. The report identified appropriate New Zealand-specific scenarios to be used in the environmental exposure modelling as part of this reassessment.

Once the necessary information is collected and assessed, the application will be then drafted, and the Application, which sets out preliminary recommendations and invites formal submissions, will be notified.

Upcoming Events

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.

Ngaroto Trailer Yacht, Joker and Hartley 16 North Island Championships
5-6 November, Lake Ngaroto

Europe Dinghy Canterbury Championships
5-6 November, Naval Point Club Lyttleton

Akaroa Classic and Traditional Boats Regatta
5-6 November, Akaroa Recreation Grounds

Howick Sailing Club Junior Regatta
5 November, Howick Sailing Club

BOP & WTYA P Class Tanner Cup Trials
5-6 November, Sulphur Point, Tauranga

BOP Starling Match Racing Trials
5-6 November, Sulphur Point, Tauranga

Otago Harbour Classic
5 November, Port Chalmers Yacht Club

2011 New Zealand National Match Racing Championships
9-13 November 2011

North Harbour Laser Masters
13 November, Lake Pupuke, Takapuna

Festival of Fifteens andF15 North Island Championships
19-20 November, Bay of Islands Yacht Club

Wanaka Spring Youth Sail
26-27 November, Wanaka Yacht Club


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