Briefings - 8 September 2011
In this issue:
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
“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
“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
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:
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information contact Kristine Lederis on (09) 361 4022 or email@example.com.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
• 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
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
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
“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
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
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 www.sailnoumea.com.
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 www.facebook.com/sailnoumea
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
Kevin@rayc.org.nz with boat name, e-mail, and phone contact details.
Junior & Youth Sailing
Scholarship winner places 2nd at CORK OCR
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
“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
“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
Euro City Napier signs up to support OptiWorlds
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.
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: www.optiworldsnz.com
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
Call Dudley Jackson on 0800 SAILING or see www.learn2sail.co.nz
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