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Yachting NZ Inclusive Sailing News for 4 August 2011

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Inclusive Sailing News
4 August 2011

Welcome to the third edition of YNZ’s newsletter that is specific to the NZ community for sailors with a disability. This is a monthly newsletter compiled with content from YNZ affiliated clubs and associations, and will include news, information, events, best practice, and anything else relevant to sailors with a disability.

Please help spread the word about this newsletter by forwarding it on to other contacts who can self subscribe to receive the newsletter in the future.

 


NZL Qualified in 2.4mR Class for 2012

Auckland Sailor Paul Francis has qualified a spot for NZL at the London 2012 Paralympics in the single person keelboat. After an outstanding result at the IFDS World Championships in July, the 2.4mR is now the second qualification for the country at this event. Last year, Tim Dempsey and Jan Apel secured a place for NZL in the Skud-18, the two person keelboat.

“I’m really happy with the opportunities for and recent success of our sailors” comments Rob Hielkema, who looks after the Paralympic program at YNZ.  “There seems to be a snowball effect with support and resources. We’ve been working hard with Paralympics NZ and the Sailability organizations, a lot of resources are coming into this area. The future is looking prosperous.”

It is yet to be determined who will be representing NZL in these classes, as athletes continue with their campaigns in order to meet selection criteria.

In the Spotlight: Sailability Wellington

Sailability Wellington continues to sail on both Fridays and Sundays throughout winter. Last Friday they had 17 sailors on the water, and that’s just in the afternoon! Unfortunately, but somewhat to be expected some days have been lost through bad weather.

For this organization, there will be alot of activity in the coming months. Beginning at the start of September, an eight week trial based at Seaview Marina in the Hutt Valley on Tuesdays. This is to enable people who live in the Hutt a chance to give sailing a go and see if they want to continue with it as a recreation, therapy or learn to race. "We are excited about this trial and if it is popular, a possible continuation of it" says Sailability Wellington Trustee Annabelle Tye.

October 30th 2011, they are joining with YNZ and WYA in a display marquee on the waterfront hopefully with some 303’s to “Have a Go” in. This is all a part of Wellington’s Outdoor Activity Celebration. In November members of the Race Squad will be with other sailors from around New Zealand at the Paralympic NZ National Championships at Lake Karapiro whilst one sailor hopes to make it to Sail Sydney and Sail Melbourne. "It’s always great to see people from other yacht clubs and Sailability groups from around the country when we have the opportunity to meet at some of these events" Annabelle continues.

Pictured left: A photo of some Sailability Wellington  sailors who sailed out to Somes Island in May to join in a barbecue with Evans Bay Yacht Club at the end of the summer season.

If you know somebody who may be interested in joining theTrial in the Hutt Valley or coming to “Have a Go” on the waterfront on 30th October, please help spread the word. Contact Sailability Wellington by sending an e-mail to sailabilitywgtn@xtra.co.nz

New sailors are always welcome  to come along any Friday or Sunday to have a trial sail – just send an e-mail or leave a message on our phone (04 4724546) first.

 
Blind Sailors Represent RNZYS at Upcoming Yokohama Regatta

A Blind Sailing team representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has been invited to take part in an invitation regatta, to be held at the Yokohama Cruising Club, near Tokyo, in early September 2011.

This is the Squadron’s second invitation to this event, as 2 teams under the management of Ross Masters competed at Yokohama in 2009. This year’s team, which will race in a fleet of J24 yachts, owned by the Yokohama Cruising Club, consists of both the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Blind Sailing New Zealand who are Dick Lancaster of Taumaranui and Dave Allerton of Taranaki. Brian Trubovich of the RNZYS and Paul Moriarty of Taranaki, are the sighted members of the crew.

Following the regatta, the team will inspect the venue for the next World Blind Sailing Championships, to be held in Japan in 2013. The team are looking forward to the regatta, and are anticipating the usual generosity of the host club, which is reknowned for it’s VIP treatment of guests from New Zealand.

Japan and New Zealand Blind Sailing teams historically have very close links, and certainly enjoy each other’s company whenever they meet. Stay tuned to this newsletter for their results when they return.

 

Sailing Simulator Joins International Research Program

In the near future, the Auckland Sailing Simulator Program will be commencing a Research Program along with Melbourne University and The Johns Hopkins Hospital of Baltimore. The research is aimed to test two hypothesis:

  • That the use of sailing simulator technology enables people with disabilities to learn the skills required to sail on the water, but in a safe, non-threatening environment and that these skills are transferable to sailing on the water.
  • That learning to sail by people with disabilities to a stage where they are competent to sail on the water in moderate conditions (wind strength up to 12 knots) shows measurable improvements in quality of life, morale, self-esteem and self-confidence.

 

The Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit (ASRU) is also investigating a few things on their own including: barriers to transition, the individual’s perception of readiness in transitioning to on the water sailing and quality of life when using the simulator alone.

The sailing simulator is now a regular fixture of the ASRU, and has introduced dozens of sailors to the sport, including accomplished Kiwi Skud-18 crew member Jan Apel. Carol Stead (C6) is a testament to the opportunity provided through sailing at the spinal unit, and the positive influence it has made on her rehabilitation.

Carol writes below about her experience:
"I had been sailing on the simulator at the Auckland Spinal Unit for about 5 weeks and Brendan decided that I would be proficient enough to sail on the water. I was hoisted into the dinghy from the jetty and my job was to control the steering. I was very lucky to have Jan Apel, who competed in the World Champs in England, on the front seat controlling the sails, which included a gennaker.  We tacked out of the viaduct, I managed to avoid the moored boats and once we were out in the open water, we were off.  Soon we were racing along with the gennaker up and we the support boat was having a hard time keeping up. Our approximate speed got to 12- 15 knots.  What a thrill.  I was grinning the whole way around the course and so well rugged up because it was so blustery, the only part that you could see of my face were my eyes. I didn‘t feel the cold. The afternoon was the highlight of my stay at the spinal Unit and I‘m so very grateful to Brendan Tourelle for organising this special trip out as I didn‘t expect to be able to do some-thing as wonderful as this during my stay at the Spinal Unit. Special thanks for Jan for trusting me to go with her."

More information about this research can be obtained through Brendan Tourelle btourelle@gmail.com.

Learn Racing Rules in Depth: Free Judging Seminars

Level one judging seminars offer in depth coverage of parts one and two of the Racing Rules of Sailing and judging processes. These courses are open to all sailors and aspiring judges, umpires and race officers. Dates and locations are listed below:

  • Port Chalmers Yacht Club on 20th and 21st August
  • Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club on 27th and 28th of August
  • Auckland 3rd & 4th September
  • Napier Yacht Club 10th & 11th September
  • Opua Yacht Club 17th & 18th September


This is a really great opportunity for anybody involved in yacht racing to improve their knowledge and understanding of the rules. Space is limited, so register as soon as possible with Gerry@yachtingnz.org.nz. More information can be found on the YNZ Website

 

New Directions for Blind Sailing NZ

After the recent Annual General Meeting for Blind Sailing NZ, some new direction and goals were established for the organization.  Ten people attended a workshop/ planning session to discuss things such as strategies for growing participation, retention of existing sailing membership and the creation of a pathway for sailors to progress from being introduced to the sport to participating at international events.

One element of key importance raised on this day was the value in building and strengthening relationships with yacht clubs, other blind sport organizations, and the Sailability organizations.

“A very productive discussion was had by all” said Dick Lancaster, Chairmanof Blind Sailing NZ.  “Acknowledging our new direction I feel very positive about our future”.

This next year will see more ‘have a go’ style days to attract more blind sailors into the sport, and a support network to keep them in the system for long term. If you or somebody you know may be interested in learning more about this organization, please visit their website.

Sailing Opportunity of a Different Kind

The Spirit of Adventure Trust has scheduled a 5-day ‘inspiration voyage’ for youth aged 16-20 with physical disabilities in February 2012. Each year up to 30 young people with disabilities are able to take part on this voyage, largely sponsored by the Lions Clubs of New Zealand. This exciting trip provides a chance for building confidence and overcoming challenges that would usually be outside the boundaries.

Nominations for youth who are keen to take part are due by September 30th 2011, more information can be found on their website or by emailing info@spiritofadventure.org.nz

Two 2.4mR Boats Available for Loan

Sailability Auckland have two 2.4 mR training boats, available for a long term loan. These boats would be a great starting point for anyone interested in getting some experience in the one person paralympic class keelboat.

Both boats are fully rigged with one set of training sails, launching trolleys, boat covers, and auto/manual bilges. Assistance with transportation may be a possibility.

If you are interested please contact Brendan 0210554929 btourelle@gmail.com.


Submit Your News and Events

This newsletter will be sent monthly, and highlight news, information, events and any relevant content for sailors with a disability. If you would like anything to be included please send content to Kristine Lederis at Yachting New Zealand: kristine@yachtingnz.org.nz

 





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News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race: Big spread in fleet as Abu Dhabi leads *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Abu Dhabi (Ian Walker) continues to lead the Volvo Ocean Race. She is the most westerly of the fleet as they approach the coast of Madagascar. In a video, Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker explains the weather hazards of the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Final 2014: With a packed crowd of local dignitaries, VIPS and competitors, the ISAF President welcomed the world’s finest Olympic sailors and kiteboarders who will be battling it out on Abu Dhabi's waters. 'It’s a great honour for me to be here today because we have a very important regatta which will be the future of our sport,' explained Croce. ... [more]  

Sir Keith Mills GBE announced that America’s Cup Racing is to return to British waters when the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) takes place in Portsmouth 23-26 July 2015 and 21–24 July 2016. The second European location is expected to be Cagliari in Italy, where Luna Rossa Challenge have their base. ... [more]  

Chairman and founder of the Clipper Race, Sir Robin Knox Johnston said: 'The Clipper Race is very pleased to welcome Hyde Sails back on board as Official Sails Supplier for our fourth consecutive race partnership. Hyde Sails evolved with us when we introduced the new Clipper 70 fleet in the last race and we were very pleased with how well the new sail wardrobes stood up to almost a year' ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Welcome to Brian's Gime *Feature by Brian Carlin, Team Vestas Wind, At sea
The irrepressible Brian Carlin, the On Board Reporter for Team Vestas Wind is on fitness program on board, under the watchful eye of race veteran Tony Rae. Today as my personal trainer, friend and fellow shipmate we accomplished a goal, 70 press-ups. I’m sure to some it maybe easy but I ask anyone of you right now sitting at your desk, hit the floor and give me 70 on the spot. ... [more]  

Two of the crew from Overall race leader, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing look at leg 2 and the race overall. Here are the latest blogs (unedited) from On Board Reporter Matt Knighton, along with an onboard video with Simon Fisher (navigator) musing on what is required to win the race, and skipper Ian Walker on how Leg 2 has panned out for them so far. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - A new deal for corinthians by Bruce Montgomery – Rolex Sydney Hobart media
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014: Since 1945 starters in the Sydney-Hobart have raced the equivalent of two circumnavigations of the world, almost 45,000 nautical miles. They have been drawn from the seven seas; they come from all corners of the world; they board boats that range from 100-feet supermaxis to boats littler larger than the Owl and the Pussycat’s. ... [more]  

2016 Hansa Class Combined World and International Championships - The International Hansa Class Association has announced that the 2016 Hansa Class Combined World and International Championships will be held in the Netherlands. ... [more]  

Most of the nearly 300 sailors on 216 boats in 21 classes in Alamitos Bay Yacht Club's 67th Turkey Day Regatta came to enjoy sunny sailing in mild conditions, which the weekend delivered beautifully. By tradition, the winners received turkeys, not trophies, but for a few others it was another important stopover en route to Rio de Janeiro and the 2016 Olympics. They hope. ... [more]  

Everyone was expecting a battle between Besson and Cammas. In the end, Morgan Lagravière took the Champion’s title of the seventh edition of the St-Barth Cata Cup with a near-perfect journey. The Marché U day ended with a friendly race to Public. ... [more]  

Robert Scheidt talks to us just a few days before the Nassau start of the Star Sailors League Final. How do you feel inside? I feel very calm. Myself and Bruno have tons of experience with the Star. We’ve been competing together for 10 years now. ... [more]  

The US Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) has selected Pensacola Yacht Club (PYC) to host their 2015 National Championships. This championship will be a week-long sailing spectacular on Pensacola Bay sailed by International Optimist Dinghy sailors from eight to 15 years old. ... [more]  

More than forty five years since his historical circumnavigation, legendary Clipper Race founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, 75, continues to prove inspirational to adventurers around the globe. Sir Robin, the oldest entrant in the 3,542 mile Route du Rhum, finished third in his Rhum class into La Pointe À Pitre, Guadeloupe. ... [more]  

With Olympic heroes and World Champions in their numbers at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, UAE, local children are being inspired to take up the sport. By utilising the star names on show at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final, the Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club, hosts of the regatta, are using the event to promote the sport in the Emirati capital. ... [more]  

The last day of the Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup saw a grandstand finale to the 2014 PWA World Tour as the morning showers finally cleared to allow the wind to fill in and the respective titles to be decided. With the racing beginning later than scheduled the title race came down to one final race, which would ultimately decide the title. ... [more]  

Sometime during last night’s moonless gloom in the Volvo Ocean Race, the masthead lights of Dongfeng and Mapfre appeared to the west, maybe right where they would have been if we had jibed with the fleet the previous day. To say that was a relief is an understatement-that we are back in touch, back in the fray near the front, it keeps everyone motivated and pushing a little bit harder. ... [more]  

Olympic medal-winning skipper Ian Walker, from Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR) – the emirate’s Volvo Ocean Race contesting squad – recently took time out of his hectic schedule while he was in Cape Town, as the team prepared for Leg 2 of the race to catch-up with students at The British School Al Khubairat via a video call. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 – Corinna Halloran reports on day five of leg 2 for Team SCA. Team SCA has a super fan. She’s seven and, at home, she has posters of Team SCA on her wall. As a member of the team, and as a woman in 2014, this is extremely cool. ... [more]  

The Sailing Instructions for the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final that will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 26-30 November have been published. All ten Olympic events and an Open Kiteboarding event will be contested in the Emirati capital off of the stunning Corniche. ... [more]  

Italy's Giulia Conti and Francesca Clapcich have been one of the leading teams in the Women's Skiff, the 49erFX, and head to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates ready for the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final. ... [more]  

St Barth Cata Cup day 3 by Dominique Ladouceur
Day three’s race was a lot more difficult than yesterday’s at the St-Barth Cata Cup due to b winds. After pushing back the morning race to 2p.m. due to 30 knots winds at the tip of Colombier, the race committee decided to stick to only one race in the afternoon. ... [more]  

Team Alivimedica skipper Charlie Enright and navigator Will Oxley sat with Andy Rice to assess Leg 2 before the start in Cape Town. Here is the second part of the Leg Two analysis. ... [more]  

Position report for the Volvo Ocean Race boats as of 24th November 0700 UTC. It's been a fairly quiet night out there - and the biggest change is that the boats are beginning to close up, and become more compact. ADOR, who gybed north first, around six hours before the rest of the fleet on Saturday night, have moved south a little, whereas the rest of the boats have remained in the same line. ... [more]  

The 10 competing teams at the RC44 Oman Cup enjoyed a great sailing day on the Gulf of Oman for the penultimate day of the 2014 Championship Tour. Terry Hutchinson continued to guide Vladimir Prosihkin’s Team Nika the right way around the course, extending their lead in the overall standings, adding another race win to their scoreline, Team Aqua stay second with Charisma hanging onto third. ... [more]  

Position report for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet as of 23 November, 1900 UTC. Four days into the Leg 2, and the fleet is finally making progress towards Abu Dhabi. The seven boats are now south of Madagascar, and they’ve been heading north since last night. ... [more]  

Position report for the Volvo Ocean Race boats as of 0748 UTC, November 23rd. So what happened overnight? Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing were the first to head north and then progressively the other boats in the fleet decided to follow their lead. The fleet is really close together. ... [more]  

Gladwell's Line: The America's Cup is now Bermuda's Cup? *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
The America's Cup roared into life on Friday with the publication of a story out of San Diego, saying that the Californian venue had missed getting the nod as the venue for the next America's Cup. And that being the case, then the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda seems to have got the nod. ... [more]  

VX ONE Winter Series 2014: It was a family affair at the top of the leaderboard for the opening weekend of the VX One Winter Series. Michael, Christina, Robert and Phillip Norris bested 21 other teams at Sarasota Sailing Squadron to take the advantage in the three-weekend series, which continues through March 2015. ... [more]  

With no team able to discard the last event of the season, the podium positions were by no means secure as last day of racing got underway at the RC44 Oman Cup, in a sedate seven-knot breeze. Going into the final day Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika, with tactician Terry Hutchinson calling the shots, sat at the top of the leader board having shown an unmatched level of consistency in Muscat. ... [more]  

Usual skipper Seve Jarvin and for’ard hand Sam Newton were joined in the team by James Wierzbowski for today’s race and led from shortly after the to defeat defending champion Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor, Dave Ewings) by 38s. Coopers 62-Rag and Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Mark Kennedy, Peter Harris) was a further 21s back in third place. ... [more]  

Overall race leader, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker) has had an eventful few days since the start in Cape Town on Wednesday. Their goal is to be first home in their home port of Abu Dhabi - six other boats willing. ... [more]  

2014 Argo Group Gold Cup - Take time to remember. It was mid-October, one week before the brilliant Sunday Finals of the Argo Group Gold Cup and Bermuda was slammed by the second major storm in a week. Tropical Storm Fay - or was it Hurricane Fay by then— had hit Bermuda with a sneaky left jab only five days earlier. ... [more]  

2014 Turkey Day Regatta - The largest of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club's popular holiday sailing competitions the 67th Turkey Day Regatta has nearly 300 sailors on 216 boats in 21 classes, several of them world champions taking the weekend seriously. ... [more]  

Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup - Delphine Cousin officially world champ
Volvo Ocean Race: A man's got to do what a man's got to do
RC44 Championship Tour - A great sailing day on the Gulf of Oman
Sail-World Team holds first Continental Conference at METS
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Open Formula Kiteboarding event preview
Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet heads into the Southern Ocean + Videos *Feature
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Set to be an 'experience of a lifetime'
America's Cup: Source named in Bermuda venue leak *Feature
2014 RC44 Oman Cup - Challenging day + Videos
Volvo Ocean Race: A bumpy, hard driving ride in the Southern Ocean
EPA punts on renewable fuel standard
Yates Cup: US supermaxi Rio100 wins first offshore race + Video *Feature
Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup - Men’s title race takes a twist
RC44 Oman Cup - Consistency hard to come by
Volvo Ocean Race - Discomfort takes over for Team Alvimedica
Volvo Ocean Race - Rapid change for Team SCA
Viper 640 event at Lake Garda - 22-26th June 2015
British Cycling grows by over 500%, can sailing do the same?
GC32 Racing Tour 2015 - Dates and venues
Class 40-footers to be featured in 2015 Annapolis-to-Newport Race
Spectacular performance by Bakewell-White maxi early in first race *Feature   
Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup - Big strides for Cousin and Moussilmani   
America's Cup: Team New Zealand responds to Venue rumours *Feature   
ORC reveals rule improvements for 2015   
Volvo Ocean Race - Hammer down for Team Alvimedica   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA heads for unknown territory   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final set to be 'an experience of a lifetime'   
RC44 Oman Cup - Team Nika gets a taste for the podium + Video   
St Barth Cata Cup 2014 - Game on!   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - Wild Oats XI reveals new livery   
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Volvo Ocean Race: Meek's tips pay dividend in Leg 2 squalls and calms *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing in search of hometown glory   
Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup - Waiting game continues on day 2   
Barcelona World Race skippers named as scientific agents   
Volvo Ocean Race: Stop-start battle to the Cape of Good Hope   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 2 starts at high speed in 35kt winds   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA off to gutsy leg 2 start   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Heroes and champions in Nacra 17 fleet   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Talented Finn pack all set   


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