Sail-World New Zealand: 15 Feb 2012 - "Itiwi" deal cleared by Jury... Latest on missing sailor...Win for RNZYS crew in Harken Youth series

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 15 Feb 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: 15 February 2012

Global Ocean Race fleet gathered on the Wellington waterfont ahead of the restart of the race  Global Ocean Race ©
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 15 February 2012

The Harken International Youth Championship has been won by one of New Zealand's up and coming sailors, Chris Steele together with crew Stewart Dodson, Rawiri Geddes and Jay Presst .

A former world Optimist champion, and in fact the only New Zealander to have won what is arguably the hardest of all the world championships, Steele looks to have finally made the transition to crewed boats, and his future career will be followed with great interest.

Chris Steele was from a non-sailing family, and was first introduced to the sport through a Waterwise program run at his his local club, and which puts through some 600 children a year through a series of six sailing and water safety confidence lessons.

At one stage about four years ago, of three junior world champions in New Zealand, two of those had come from then non-sailing families, and both had come into the sport through Waterwise programs (the other at French Bay).

There has been a big shift in New Zealand sailing over the past four or five decades, when most of our sailors were from sailing families, or picked up the sport when encouraged/required as crew by their mates for two or more-handers. Now about 50% of the sailors in the sport come from outside it - from non-sailing families - and club programs need to recognise this shift.

Chris Steele (RNZYS) and crew after rounding the top mark - Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships  Sara Tucker

Programs such as Waterwise and others are effectively a way of franchising the recruitment for the sport, and are an excellent way of doing a lot more than club learn to sail programs can do themselves. Sure they don't have the conversion rates that some would like in percentage terms. But the reality is that if a Waterwise program pumps through 600 youngsters a year and points just 10% of that number (60 wannabe sailors), in the direction of a sailing club learn to sail program, and if just half that number (30 taught sailors) come out and are ready to sail in Optimist Green fleets, or a two handed boat, then that is often more than most clubs could cope with per season.

The other recruitment issue is that there is not really a good two-handed junior boat available in significant numbers with a good second hand market - where parents can pick up a boat (or kids could get a job and earn the money to buy one) that costs about the same as a bike.

That's all got a long way away from Chris Steele and his win in the Harken International Youth Series. But follow his progress and you can see some interesting footprints, and insights as to how we can grow the sport.

Adam Minoprio onboard Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand during leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Abu Dhabi, UAE to Sanya, China.   Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©

Don't forget too, the other half of the Chris Steele equation - the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Program which does an outstanding job of taking good young sailors and good young crews, and turns them into great sailors over a period of a couple of years. The program is recruiting now. Click here to find out more.

In this edition we have a profile of Adam Minoprio, who tops the list of graduates from the Lion Foundation program. He's already a world match racing champion, winner of the New Zealand Sailor of the Year, and is now finding out what trans-oceanic racing is all about, as part of the crew aboard Camper in the Volvo Ocean Race.

Younh Chris Dickson made his entry to the America's Cup in Fremantle, where Dennis Conner had his finest hour - 25th Anniversary of the 1987 America's Cup win  Kos Picture Source

But the point remains that for the Chris Steele's and Adam Miniprio's to reach the peaks of the sport of sailing - they have to be enticed into the sport in he first place, and this is why Waterwise, Club Learn to Sail, Sailing have a Go and other such programs play such a vital, but very unheralded, part in our sport.

It is real easy to criticise these programs for some shortcoming - but real hard to make them work properly - to be the best they can be, and to produce the sailors and champions of the future.

Champion Gotta Love It 7 team in action - Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2012  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Richard Gladwell,
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Nicky Moore,
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Paul Shanaghan,
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Chris Steele wins Harken Youth International Match Racing
Melanie Benton,
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship - Gotta Love It 7 to defend title
Frank Quealey,
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Volvo Ocean Race: Adam Minoprio making his mark offshore
Emirates Team NZ,
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Wayne Holdt,
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Oliver Dewar,
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Steele holds lead in Harken Youth International Match Racing
Melanie Benton,
Chris Steele from the RNZYS has maintained his lead on the leader board, winning 4 races today from 5 matches. With a total of 14 wins overall he is only one point clear of Jordan Reece and two clear of David Hazard and Tim Coltman. The Trans-Tasman rivalries are really beginning to show on the leader board but there are yet two final Flights of Round Robin Two to be sailed.... [more]
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OKI 24-hr Race attracts Olympic and America's Cup sailors
Danielle Wright,
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Bruce Spedding,
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David Price,
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Craig Heydon,
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Kim Renshaw/Sail-World Cruising,
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Sanya reflect and prepare
Volvo Ocean Race,
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NZL group OceansWatch joins forces with Pacific Island community
Kim Renshaw,
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America's Cup - Ben Ainslie joins Oracle Racing for 34th edition
America's Cup,
34th America's Cup - Britain's most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Ben Ainslie, is all set to become a full time member of Oracle Racing for the upcoming edition on Francisco Bay in 2013. Before then, Ainslie will compete with his new team, Ben Ainslie Racing, on the America's Cup World Series circuit.... [more]
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Coltman leads Day 1 of Harken International Youth Match Racing
Sara Tucker,
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