by Yachting NZ
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4 August 2011Welcome 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.
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“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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.