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Yachting NZ Briefings for 8 September 2011

by Yachting NZ on 8 Sep 2011
Yachting NZ
Briefings - 8 September 2011

In this issue:

YNZ News

Tickets now available for 2011 Yachting Awards
Tickets to attend the 2011 Yachting Excellence Awards Presentation and Gala Dinner on Friday 28th October in Auckland can now be ordered through Yachting New Zealand.

Nominations for this year’s Yachting Awards closed last week and are now with the Judging Panel for consideration, with finalists and awardees to be announced soon.

What: 2011 Yachting Excellence Awards
When: Friday 28th October 2011
Where: Main Hall, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Auckland
Tickets: $110 available now through Yachting New Zealand

Visit our website for the ticket order form.
Race Management Course well received
A Yachting New Zealand Race Management Course held last weekend at Takapuna Boating Club was extremely well received by participants with feedback praising the work of facilitators John and Linda Parrish.

“It was fantastic,” writes Tania Ruri.  “Everyone that attended was so impressed with the whole weekend.  It was extremely informative, relevant and all of us felt that we had learnt so much.”

“John and Linda Parrish were excellent as Tutors – as well as learning as much as we did it was a really enjoyable seminar to attend because of them. For me, I had a heck of a lot to learn and I walked out feeling very satisfied with the skills Linda and John had taught me.”

“This was a very well run Seminar and an excellent learning event for any person interested in becoming involved with Race Management.”

Fellow participant, Andrew Beavis, had this to say: “I think this course was run to the highest standards and John and Linda’s preparation, presentation were the most professional I have seen in a long time, including any commercial presentations.”

“Their methods were thorough and ideas and concepts were clearly presented. New Zealand Yachting is fortunate to have such people to run this course.”

Indeed we are! For the full schedule of Seminars and Training offered by Yachting New Zealand visit our website.
Optis for Sail
Yachting New Zealand are selling six Optimists that have been used as part of the Sailing... Have a Go! Programme. The boats are for sale as a group of six, not individually, and must be picked up from Auckland.

Each boat comes with:
• Hull
• Foils
• Rig and Sail
• Beach Trolley

The boats are all between five and six years old and the sails and foils are of various ages.

Yacht Clubs that wish to purchase the boats are invited to submit a tender to Yachting New Zealand by the 21st of September. Tenders can be submitted to, for more information contact Kristine Lederis on (09) 361 4022 or

High Performance & International

CAMPER takes in the sights of London

ETNZ News: CAMPER, Emirates Team New Zealand entry in the Volvo Ocean Race has marked its arrival in Europe ahead of the start of the race with a sail-by of London’s historic Tower Bridge.

Image:  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
The trip up the Thames and sail through of Tower Bridge by the Volvo 70 yacht continues a tradition began by earlier Kiwi entries in the Volvo Ocean Race such as Lion New Zealand and New Zealand Endeavour.

Skipper Chris Nicholson said it was a real honour to bring CAMPER into the heart of London.

"Today effectively marks the beginning of our build-up campaign in Europe ahead of the start of the race on November 5 in Alicante, Spain.

"It’s a great way to thank our supporters and sponsors while continuing an iconic Kiwi Volvo tradition.”

CAMPER’s time in London however, was brief and the yacht has already headed back down river bound for France and Spain, where the build-up programme and further race preparation will continue.

Emirates Team New Zealand managing director Grant Dalton, a veteran of seven round-the-world races, was delighted to see CAMPER carrying on the tradition.

"This is a great way to mark CAMPER’s arrival in Europe and the beginning of the final build-up phase prior to the start of the race.

“I know what a thrill it is to sail through the Tower Bridge and I’m glad that the CAMPER boys could experience it as well.”

CAMPER arrived in the UK in late August after being shipped to Felixstowe from New Zealand by Maersk Line.  

Local Sailing and News

Canterbury Yachting success celebrated
The 2011 Mander Yachting Trust Canterbury Yachtie of the Year Awards were held on Friday 26th of August at Naval Point Club Lyttelton.

This event is an opportunity for Canterbury clubs and class associations to give recognition to members by nominating them in one, or more of the award categories.

This year The Mander Yachting Trust was lucky enough, thanks to the generous support of Yachting New Zealand, to have Olivia Powrie as guest speaker. Olivia gave an interesting presentation to those who attended the awards about her yachting history and the philosophy and preparation she and Jo Aleh are taking in their preparations for the Olympics.

And the winners are…

Keelboat Sailor of the Year: Anthony Leighs
Anthony Leighs campaigned his Y88 “Medium Dry” extensively in the past 12 months in regattas stretching from Canterbury to Auckland. Highlights include wins in the Canterbury Cup and the Waikawa Regatta and 10th at the Y88 Nationals.

Event of the Year: The New Zealand Sunburst National Championships 2011
The New Zealand Sunburst National Championships 2011, organised by the Canterbury branch of the NZ Sunburst Association and the PBBC attracted a record fleet of 38 boats including nine local crews. It was a very social event with eight races over three days.

On Water Administrator of the Year: Shane Smith and Phil Folter
After the February earthquakes many of Canterbury's sailing venues we rendered un-sailable. Shane and Phil, along with a group of supporters, worked quickly to get clubs sailing at other venues by creating weekly combined club sailing on Lyttelton Harbour ensuring five Canterbury clubs retained their members as a result.

Off Water Administrator of the Year: Graeme Hore
Graeme Hore, Secretary of the Canterbury branch of the NZ Sunburst Association, spearheaded the organising of the NZ Sunburst National Championships 2011 held at Pigeon Bay. He organised race results, handicaps, sent out media releases and ran the regatta website as well as competing and finishing sixth overall at the same event.

Youth Sailor of the Year: Gareth Moore
Winner of the Starling National Champs, the Starling Interprovincial Match Racing Champs, (representing Canterbury), the Under 19 National Sunburst Champs, the South Island Starling Champs, the Starling Canterbury Champs, the new NZ Winter Starling Champs and the Canterbury Starling Match Racing Trials. Gareth plans on sailing in the Australian Nationals and 470 Worlds with crew Ben Goodwin later in the year.

Dinghy Sailor of the Year: Hamish Atkinson (pictured)
Hamish Atkinson sets the sailing standard in Canterbury for the Laser Radial fleet and has vigorously campaigned his Laser over the past 12 months with the following results: 3rd 2010 World Radial Masters at Hayling Island, England; 3rd overall and 2nd Master at the South Pacific Radial Champs held in Brisbane; 4th Radial Master at the NZ Nationals, winner of the SI Radial Masters and 6th in overall Radial Fleet.

Club Coach / Instructor of the Year: Alan Poore
Alan Poore is a long-time member and former Commodore of CBYC since learning to sail there as a boy. He has been the head learn to sail coach for the past five years. Alan was the driving force behind such club initiatives’ as purchasing polyethylene Optimists and the cut down sails for them allowing the learn to sail kids to sail confidently in stronger winds. He has a passion for “grass roots” sailing and CBYC.

The overall Canterbury Yachtie of the Year award is awarded each year to one of the category winners and this year the overall winner was Hamish Atkinson for his achievement over the past 12 months in the Laser Radial class.
RAYC welcomes in new guard
Royal Akarana Yacht Club has a new Commodore and General Committee after their recent Annual General Meeting.

Matt Woodley (pictured) is the new Commodore with Mike Wilson as Vice Commodore and Nathan Bonney as Rear Commodore. Nathan is currently on the general committee while both Matt and Mike have served on the general committee in the past.

Fendall Halliburton remains as Club Captain remains while the Club’s new treasurer is Craig Wilson.  There were five general committee members elected including, Murray Gilbert, Anatole Masfen, Mark Taylor, Tracy Wilson and Warren Trethewey.

Special mention was made by Matt Woodley, Fendall Halliburton and Murray Gilbert on the huge amount of work Graham Jones had put into the club during the past three years as Commodore.

Graham is largely responsible for the upgrade of the Neptune Lounge and bar which were fully appreciated at the AGM. Graham has also worked steadfastly on the building project during a difficult financial climate in which to raise funds for major projects.

“There was unanimous applause for Graham and we are sure to see him at the club offering his assistance in his usual affable manner. Thank you Graham, for the past three years as Commodore and ten years so far at RAYC,” notes the Club newsletter.
Richmond Yacht Club Victoria’s Friday Night Special
Richmond Yacht Club in Westhaven, Auckland is looking to connect boat owners looking for crew, with adults interested in crewing – either experienced or new to sailing.

The Westhaven based Yacht Club runs a series of eight Friday night races over the summer months for adults who would like to experience a ‘taste of sailing’ or who have previous experience and are looking to find a place as crew on a boat. Entries for boat owners who take a Friday Night Special crew member is free.

The Club invites boat owners to come enjoy some fun racing around the cans on Friday nights, take some friends for a sail around the harbour and make the most of a good training opportunity for new crew members. Prize-giving follows each race at the Richmond Yacht Club.

For those looking to take part as beginner or experienced crew, Richmond Yacht Club’s Friday Special is a series of fun sailing races around the harbour followed by workshops introducing the basics of sailing.

Boat owners and aspiring crew should contact the Richmond Yacht Club for more details 09 376 4332.
Bay of Islands Sailing Week Update
Recent news from the Bay of Islands Sailing Week (January 23 - 27, 2012) organising team….

• Take a look at the NOR on the website – there is now fourteen divisions available. We started in 2003 with four divisions, increasing the choices to cater for all; the Bay will again be a mass of colourful sails of all shapes and sizes

• Will Calver of Ocean Photography will be our professional photographer for 2012, bringing in daily videos on the Bay of Islands Sailing Week website – distributing selections of each day’s racing to marine sites both national and international.

• Burnsco Marine and Leisure has joined us as a sponsor.

• Waikokopu Restaurant is working on tasty morsels to excite after-racing appetites. The new tent layout and location will offer a more social seating environment, with the music there to enjoy without being in an enclosed space

• Opua Yacht Club has a new chef and a new breakfast menu for the regatta; tasty, hearty and affordable – more on this later.
Titirangi sailing club opens doors to visitors
The 2011-2012 sailing season commences in October, and French Bay Yacht Club – which is West Auckland’s only yacht club - offers terrific opportunities for Auckland sailors.Five years ago, French Bay Yacht Club in Titirangi was down to a handful of members struggling to keep the club afloat.

Now, thanks to the hard work of a dedicated group of volunteers, it faces a different challenge: keeping up with the pace of growth.

The club now has a very well regarded Learn to Sail program for children, coaching for aspiring juniors, sailing courses for adults, racing for youth and adults, and even has several youth entered in the Jollyboat World Championships.

On sailing days the reclamation is bursting with brightly coloured dinghies, sailors, parents, volunteers and spectators, and its program includes adventure picnics at Cornwallis Beach, an annual regatta, and hosting of national and regional events.

The club is planning for growth of its membership, boosted volunteer numbers, extended its sailing calendar, and is looking at ways to invest in its building, boats and equipment, to ensure that this enthusiastic response continues well into the future.

“What we have going for us at French Bay is a fantastic facility for dinghy sailing at all levels. Our most successful sailor is competing internationally, and we have many new members who've only stepped into a dinghy this year,” says Club Spokesperson Matt Hall-Smith.

“As a thriving club we're actively promoting sailing to local families who possibly haven't been down to sample just how good a day on the Manukau can be.
Whether you've sailed a dinghy in the past, just want to try the sport, or want to get out on the water whilst your kids sail we've got plenty of options to make things happen, all in a very friendly environment. You're warmly invited down to the bottom of Otitori Bay Road to see what all the buzz is about.”

French Bay Yacht Club Open Day – Sunday 13 November, 11am-2pm (and famous French Market from 9am)
Sail Noumea 2012
The Sail Noumea 2012 team encourage anyone interested to mark these dates in your calendar…

• 14th – 18th September: Sail Noumea 2012 at the Auckland International Boat Show
• 29th September: Brett Bakewell-White to present on stability, righting moments, and keels

Sail Noumea will feature at the Auckland International Boat Show from 14th - 18th of September. 

Sydney Hobart and Kenwood Cup winner Starlight Express will be moored at the Auckland International Boat Show and open to the all visitors for a taste of offshore sailing.  Visitors can learn more about Sail Noumea 2012, register interest in the race, or just get a look at this iconic New Zealand offshore race boat. 

Royal Akarana Yacht Club and Starlight Express welcome all visitors to the show to step aboard for a taste of Noumea and offshore sailing.

Following on from a very successful first Sail Noumea seminar, the second in the seminar series will be held on 29th of September at Royal Akarana Yacht Club. 

The RFD Category One Requirements Seminar will feature Brett Bakewell–White, one of New Zealand’s leading yacht designers fresh from the AC Regatta in Plymouth, England.  Brett will talk about yacht stability, righting moments and keels. How did Rambler come to lose her bulb and capsize in the recent Fastnet race?  What do yacht inspectors look for at the Category 1 safety inspection?

If you do need to abandon the yacht you need to be able to stay afloat. John Roberts from RFD will talk about life rafts and personal flotation devices.  A life raft will be inflated on site and the structure and contents examined. 

If you are thinking about competing in Sail Noumea 2012, have an interest in offshore sailing, if you are interested in safety at sea, or simply keen to attend the presentation from Brett Bakewell-White you are welcome at RAYC on 29th September from 6pm.  The bar will be open, a selection of light food will be served and presentations will begin at 7pm.

More information about this Seminar and Sail Noumea 2012 can be found at The website is the source of all the latest information and news about the race and includes: A timer counting down the time to the start of the race, boat and crew profiles of current entries, live race tracking when the race is underway, Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions, an online entry form, and all the forms required for a paper entry. 

The Sail Noumea Facebook page at will continue to be updated with useful information.  It’s a great way for sailors intending to join Sail Noumea to stay in touch. 

Anyone who wishes to attend the seminar or to register their interest in the race can do so by e-mailing with boat name, e-mail, and phone contact details.

Junior & Youth Sailing

Scholarship winner places 2nd at CORK OCR
Young kiwi Laser Radial sailor, Andrew McKenzie placed second at the CORK Olympic Classes Regatta in Canada, hot off the back of a win in the youth regatta which preceded it.

“Arriving with one day to acclimatize on the back of 30 hours of travel was not easy however, my Rotary host family made me feel very welcome and at ease,” reports Andrew.

“The light and shifty conditions of the CORK International regatta made for a challenging start. My pre regatta winter training on Auckland harbour, in equally light and choppy conditions, proved to be the perfect preparation and resulted in me winning the Laser Radial youth event with five wins from ten races in the 150 competitor strong fleet.”

The second regatta was the CORK OCR, an open event.  “The competition for this regatta was of a much higher standard and included the top Canadian women Olympic trialists. Conditions were better with predominantly 12-16 knots for the three days that racing was able to take place although the other two days were lost due to extreme weather.  Consistency was the key. Eight out of ten finishes in the top six was enough to secure 2nd overall. I am extremely happy with how I sailed and have learnt many new things on big fleet racing and boat speed.”

McKenzie, from Auckland’s Kohimarama Yacht Club, was in Canada for the CORK Regattas after being selected as the 2011 recipient of the Yachting New Zealand St John’s Rotary Scholarship.

“It was an awesome couple of weeks racing for the young guy who has two more years left as a youth and will now come home to start getting ready for the coming year’s youth selection trials aiming to make the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team to go to Dublin, Ireland in July 2012,” says YNZ’s Youth Head Coach Ian Neely.
Euro City Napier signs up to support OptiWorlds
Euro City Napier, Hawke’s Bay’s home of Audi, Volkswagen and Skoda is now helping to drive the OptiWorlds New Zealand championship sailing event for youth sailors forward, with extensive backing and support.

The OptiWorlds, to be hosted by Napier Sailing Club in December and January this year, will be attended by at least 200 young sailors from around the world, and many people from within the local community.

Euro City Managing Director Terry Elmsly says that the event is the highlight of the year for those attending, and he’s pleased that his company, which was named the 2010 Audi Dealer of the Year, is able to show its support for an event that benefits tourism in Hawke’s Bay.

“Some of these sailors will be the stars of the future – the event is going to be great for Napier, and we are very much looking forward to our association with the sailing fraternity,” he says. “The local community has supported us in the last six years, and this is an excellent method of giving back.”

Four months out from racing, entries have been received from teams from 39 nations, including many from Europe, South America and Asia.

New Zealand has a history of proud success at this event: in 2007 Chris Steele won the event outright, and Alex Maloney was the top girl and third place overall, while New Zealand took the prize for top team.

Noppakao Poonpat from Thailand is the current reigning World Champion, and top girl claiming her victories in Langkawi earlier this year.

The Opti Worlds programme commences on 20 December with a four day sailing clinic, and an invitation regatta for all internationals and 100 of the top New Zealand Optimist sailors, runs on 28 and 29 December. There will be a welcoming ceremony and registration event, and Championship Races will run from 1 January - 9 January 2012.

For the many families who will be away from home for the holiday season, Christmas Day will be celebrated at Eskdale Reserve, a beautiful Riverpark in the Hawke's Bay.

As well as Euro City Napier, the 2011 Opti Worlds NZ is supported by New Zealand Major Events, Hawke's Bay Tourism, SPARC, and the City of Napier. Website design has been provided by Catalyst, and other supporters include, the Victoria Cruising Club, and Air New Zealand.
Optiworlds Vital Stats
30 December 2011 - 9 January 2012

The boat: a safe and simple dinghy that is one of the world's most popular designs
The racing: 9 days of Championship racing
The competitors: around 250 sailors aged up to 15 years
The countries: teams from 50 nations including reigning Champs Thailand
The host club: Napier Sailing Club, Napier, New Zealand
The big sponsors: New Zealand Major Events, Hawkes Bay Tourism, SPARC, City of Napier, Air New Zealand, Euro City Napier, Victoria Cruising Club, Lion Foundation
The technology: GPS tracking and live video coverage online - real time
The website: 

Training & Opportunities

Keelboat Instructor wanted in Lyttelton
Learn2Sail Sailing School in Lyttelton, South Island require a part time tutor to teach the YNZ Keelboat Level 1 and Level 2 courses on their 30 foot training yacht.

Previous teaching experience a must and the applicant should be working towards or have an LLO (local launch operator)certification.

Call Dudley Jackson on 0800 SAILING or see
What’s on
Here’s a look at some of the domestic yachting events on now and over the coming weeks. 

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

YNZ Race Coach Course, 26th Sept – 3 Oct 2011
Yachting New Zealand, Westhaven
New Zealand Youth Match Racing Championships, 28th Sept – 1 Oct 2011
Wellington Harbour, RPNYC

NZL Sailing Team Women's Match Racing Championships, 6th – 9th Oct 2011
Wellington Harbour, RPNYC

Winter Champs Coaching, 11th – 12th August 2011
Murrays Bay Sailing Club

Stack Winter Champs, 14th – 16th Oct 2011
Murrays Bay Sailing Club

Canterbury Paper Tiger Championships, 22nd – 23rd Oct 2011
Pigeon Bay, Banks Peninsula 
Meridian Aviemore Classic, 22nd – 23rd Oct 2011
Otematata Harbour - Lake Aviemore

Optimist North Island Champs, 22nd – 24th Oct 2011
Napier Sailing Club
Finn North Island Championships, 22nd Oct 2011
Thames Sailing Club

Taupo 50, 23rd – 24th Oct 2011
Lake Taupo
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