Please select your home edition
Edition
SW newsletters (top)

Yachting Developments Ltd: Vale Blanche Cook

by Yachting Developments Ltd 1 Apr 2019 00:51 PDT 1 April 2019
Blanche Cook - Co-Founder Yachting Developments © YDL

It is with the greatest sadness that Yachting Developments must announce the passing of Blanche Cook, Financial Director and part-owner of Yachting Developments, wife of Ian and mother of Bianca and Paige. Blanche passed peacefully on 28 March 2019 after a brave battle with cancer.

Blanche was an integral member of the Yachting Developments family. Owner, mentor, mother-figure and friend, her larger-than-life presence pervaded the entire yard.

Born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Blanche worked side by side with Ian to build Yachting Developments into an internationally respected and award-winning operation. She was heavily involved in New Zealand’s marine community, serving as Vice Chairperson of the NZ Marine export group, supporting the yard’s busy apprenticeship scheme and providing her support to a wide range of yachting causes, particularly the rescue and restoration of numerous classic yachts.

Blanche was a passionate supporter of all the Yachting Developments team, and was so proud of all projects completed by the yard. Together, Blanche and Ian led the Yachting Developments team to build, refit and restore a roll call of beautiful yachts.

Blanche will be deeply missed by her family, friends and all the Yachting Developments team.

There will be a celebration of Blanche’s life at 3pm on Thursday 4th April at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron – all are welcome.

Related Articles

Sail-World NZ news : May 19 - The Week that Was
Sail-World NZ - May 19: NZL32's win...AC75's reach skywards...Saffier Yachts in NZ Read the Sail-World NZ latest newsletter and editorial for May 19: covering NZL32's win...why AC75's reach skywards...Saffier Yachts arrive in NZ and the top 50 stories of the past 10 days Posted on 22 May
Sail-World NZ: May 19 2020
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand e-magazine for May 19, 2020 Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand e-magazine for May 19, 2020 Posted on 19 May
X2. Times three...
This is the third instalment of information about the exciting new X2 by Farr This is the third instalment of information about the exciting new X2 by Farr. Since its inception we have been excited about the project, if for no other reason than it stood up to be counted as a true racing boat. Posted on 17 May
The last bus stop
Graeme Ainley - a truly great man - passed away yesterday. Graeme Ainley - a truly great man - passed away yesterday. Posted on 7 May
Gladwell's Line: Tip-toe out of the Lockdowns
Getting sailing back on track after the Lockdowns, and a look at the options for running the Cup American Magic's "pivotal" decision, as Executive Director Terry Hutchinson describes the move, puts increased certainty into the America's Cup in Auckland which is a very strong and positive signal to the sailing world, and New Zealand generally. Posted on 6 May
Sail-World NZ: America's Cup surprise..Bieker Moth
Sail-World NZ - May 5: America's Cup surprise...Bieker Moth... ETNZ goes sailing Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand e-magazine for May 5, 2020 Posted on 5 May
Howzat! (He implored)
Apologies to anyone unaware of the shenanigans surrounding a small red ball Immediate apologies to anyone around the globe who has not been indoctrinated by memories of their childhood years with the shenanigans surrounding a very hard, and reasonably small, red ball. Posted on 3 May
Sail-World NZ news : April 22 - The Week that Was
Read the latest newsletter from Sail-World New Zealand, with all the top stories Read the latest newsletter from Sail-World New Zealand, with the top stories covering the America's Cup and how the various lockdowns are affecting the teams, the fourth installment of The Ocean Race interview with Race Director Richard Mason and more.. Posted on 22 Apr
What was your most spectacular capsize?
It's time to celebrate the best photos Capsize, wipe out, broach, pitchpole, going down the mine... call it what you will, these moments of unexpected wetness can usually make us smile afterwards. It would be great to share any of these unintended antics which were caught on camera. Posted on 22 Apr
Sail-World - April 22, 2020: Sail-World NZ
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand e-magazine for April 22, 2020 Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand e-magazine for April 22, 2020 Posted on 22 Apr
MBW newsletters (top)