sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Double World champion, Tony Bouzaid, dies suddenly in New Zealand

Double World champion, Tony Bouzaid, dies suddenly in New Zealand

'Tony Bouzaid after winning the prestigious Sanders Cup in 1963'   
Sail-World is sorry to have to report the passing of former New Zealand Sailor of the Year, Tony Bouzaid, last Sunday night.

He died suddenly en route to Auckland Hospital from his home on his beloved Great Barrier Island.

Tony was the son of top Auckland sailmaker and waterfront identity Leo Bouzaid, who began Sails and Covers, after John Burns (now Burnsco) closed their sailmaking division. Growing the venture into Auckland leading sail loft.

Tony and his brother Chris were born in Auckland, moving to Norfolk Island after their parents marriage split, then going to Brisbane before Tony returned to New Zealand at the age of 15 years. A few years later, Leo took sons Chris and Tony into the family business.

On Leo's sudden death, Chris and Tony took over the loft. Both were still in their teens. The two split their sailing careers to cover separate fields. You always buy sails off a successful sailor don't you? It worked.

Chris made his mark with the One Tonners in Rainbow II winner of the One Ton Cup, arguably the most prestigious trophy in sailing behind the America's Cup, while Tony made his mark in small boats. Winning the Sanders Cup in 1963 in Dunedin, sailing the three man X-class, and again in 1966, in Bluff, crewing for Don Lidgard before moving into 12ft skiffs - building the then radical foam and glass Query with Don Lidgard again as skipper.

They went on to win the Interdominion 12ft skiff Championship for the Silasec Trophy in 1967/68.

From the skiffs and X-class Tony Bouzaid moved into the Half Ton keelboats, commissioning the Laurie Davidson Waverider, which twice won the World Half Ton Cup in Poole England (1978) and Scheveningen, Netherlands in 1979. He had previously finished fourth in the same event in Sydney in 1977.

Mal and Tony Bouzaid -    
Tony Bouzaid was awarded the Sir Bernard Fergusson Trophy in 1979, for the New Zealand yachtsman of the Year followed by his brother Chris in 1980.

The family firm of Sails and Covers became part of the Hood Sails empire. With bother Chris moving to USA to become President of Hood Sails. Tony stayed in New Zealand founding Structureflex?nid=89785 which opened the then new area of flexible tanks and structures. The company is now described as being a world leader, specialising in the design and build of custom tensioned membrane structures, winning numerous international awards.

In 1992, Tony Bouzaid moved to Great Barrier Island where he and his wife ran a very popular guest house, FitzRoy House, at the same time he became very active in conservation and restoration of the surrounding land, initiating several projects. The most notable of these is the Glenfern Sanctuary project?nid=89785 which offers visitors a rare opportunity to experience native wildlife on Great Barrier Island.

The Sanctuary is part of 230ha Kotuku Peninsula in the north of Great Barrier Island between Port FitzRoy and Port Abercrombie and is the result of 20 years hard work with over 10,000 native trees planted, an extensive track network and a swing bridge which enables visitors to climb into the crown of a 600 year old kauri tree.


Waverider, a former Half Ton Cup winner for NZL, in her original colours, is still racing - and competed at the Half Ton Classic Cup in Cowes earlier this year. -  Event Media  
A feature of the Sanctuary is the construction of a predator proof fence across the peninsula in 2008 and a pest eradication programme in 2009 eliminated the pests. It provides a safe habitat for many endangered native species including the black petrel and brown teal also the kaka and chevron skink and the recently introduced North Island robin.

Tony Bouzaid was also passionate about the cruising environment, particularly around the Great Barrier Island and Hauraki Gulf, and the preservation this treasure in its natural state for generations to enjoy.

He emailed his concerns a few weeks ago in early September: 'The proposed new legislation on aquaculture is going to affect the whole Gulf but more particularly Port FitzRoy by making it very simple to get licenses for marine farms to the detriment of recreational boating. Already an aquaculture zone 3 km x 1 km has been approved in the Firth off the coast of Coromandel almost on the track of the Te Kouma race!

'This was passed on 'Urgency' without any opposition submissions called for. As you know we have six mussel farms in Port FitzRoy now with a potential 10 more waiting for the legislation to be enacted. Port FitzRoy could become another Marlborough Sound with every anchorage filled with mussel farms except we are a lot smaller with a far greater density of recreational boats on the doorstep.'

Tony Bouzaid was a quiet achiever, who said little and did a lot.

In all of his projects, going right back to the then radical 12fter Query, Tony showed a ton of vision and achieved outstanding success. He was in his 71st year, and physically very athletic and fit.

Our condolences to his many friends and family.

Donations in lieu of flowers to his service may be made to Glenfern Sanctuary, c/- PO Box 31508, Milford 0741

Due to expected large numbers, the venue for Tony's service has been moved to Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell at 12 noon on Tuesday 25th October.

Don Lidgard (left) and Tony Bouzaid (right) lift the foam and glass 12fter, Query. -     Click Here to view large photo

Glenfern Sanctuary showing the fence and FitzRoy House -    

The target of Bouzaid’s new campaign - the insidious creep of mussel farms and aquaculture, in the Hauraki Gulf. The National Government’s objective is to take four times the current area for sea farming and is pushing through legislation to achieve that objective. -  Christine Hansen   Click Here to view large photo




by Richard Gladwell

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=89785

4:24 AM Fri 21 Oct 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


News - USA and the World

America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,
















America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,












































2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins by Vanessa Yates, Hawaii






BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 6
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Wind teases competitors on day 2
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Action-packed day of racing
Herreshoff Marine Museum announces successful fundraising campaign
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - The most comprehensive victory yet
Anna Tunnicliffe holds fourth at mid-point of Reebok CrossFit Games
2014 29er North American Open Championship - Australians win
INSA Sabot II Invitational Regatta - Erik Hou claims victory
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Maxi Soh wins Doubleheader A event
International Moth World Championships - Nathan Outteridge wins
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - First blood to Toselli and Angulo
Melges 24 Nationals - Record entries for 2014 and 2015 venue revealed
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Anna Kjellberg claims the lead
Jessica Uniack Memorial Beach to Bay Race at Long Beach YC
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship - Poland tops the leaderboard
America's Cup - Four teams confirm full support regardless of venue
Plastic Classic takes place at Mariposa Hunters Point YC
Six Metre European Championship - No champion declared for 2014
J/Teams sail tough Chicago Mackinac Race
Anna Tunnicliffe wins first event of Reebok Cross Fit Games + Video
2014 Pacific Cup - Skill and luck required for victory   
Six Metre European Championship - Action resumes on day 4   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 4   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam on the horizon   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Golden Jubilee to take place this September   
DH Pacific Cup - Running with the pack + Video   
Women's Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Testing day in Vannes   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Ireland establishes solid lead   
International Moth Worlds: Outteridge charges into the lead + Video   
Marina Rubicón Round Canary Islands Race - First blood to Team Brunel   
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - Competition heats up on day 2   
Laser Radial World Championships - Competition aplenty on day 3 +Video   
Extreme Sailing Series - Penultimate Act to take place in Nice   
Leukemia Cup - Images by Leighton O'Connor   
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Meeting of the grand designs   
29er North American Championship - Final series kicks off   
29er World Championship 2014 set to start in Kingston, Ontario   
Barcelona and Parnu chosen for 2015 ORC championship events   
2014 Race for Rady Yacht Race - Benefiting Rady Children’s hospital   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Doubleheader events start tomorrow   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT