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Yachting NZ Newsletter for May 19: Lipton Cup, Kiting for Paris2024, Broad Reach Radio

by Michael Brown/Yachting NZ 19 May 21:29 PDT 20 May 2021
Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta - Wakatere BC April 11, 2021 © Richard Gladwell / / nz

Briefings May 19, 2021

Sailing is one sport you can do with your kids, whether competitively or recreationally, and it's helped keep many youngsters in the sport. That was the motivation for former Ocean Race winner Mike Sanderson, but it's been a significant factor in the upsurge in interest in the Cherub class to the point they're now talking about holding a national championships later this year for the first time since 1990. They are our feature story in his edition of Briefings as the Aon Class of the Month.

We also bring you news of a dramatic 100th sailing of the Lipton Cup, the amazing demand to take part in a new short-handed event and New Zealand's dominance at the recent Finn Gold Cup. There are also heaps of ideas for you and your club as we move into winter.

As always, let us know if you've got any news or suggestions by emailing

Aon Class of the Month - Cherub association

What started for Mike Sanderson as a way to "rip around the harbour" with his son to try to keep him in the sport has seen the revival of the Cherub class in this country and they are our Aon Class of the Month. Keep Reading

Regional Roundup - take advantage of winter

In our regular focus on the regions, the four regional support officers look at what has been happening in their areas and provide some advice on what your club can do over winter. Keep Reading

Knots Racing show Steele to win nationals

Nick Egnot-Johnson and his Knots Racing team survived a nervy final day to win the NZ Open National Keelboat Championship at the RNZYS. Keep Reading

Orion wins dramatic 100th Lipton Cup

The Lipton Cup has produced some close finishes in its time but few as dramatic as the conclusion to the 100th staging of the famous event recently. Keep reading

Northern Triangle sells out in three minutes

Members of the SSANZ committee were so confident it would sell out they had a sweepstake but no one could predict entries to next year's inaugural Evolution Sails Northern Triangle would be gone in less than three minutes. Keep Reading

The future of women's sailing looks Rosie

Women's sailing manager Rosie Chapman is succeeding in her mission to get more Kiwi girls sailing, writes Suzanne McFadden of Newsroom. Keep reading

Broad Reach Radio talks to Peter Montgomery 

Peter Montgomery is known as the Voice of the America's Cup and talks about some of the highlights from his 51 years in broadcasting in the latest YNZ podcast. Listen here

Innovative sailor Graham Mander passes away

Graham Mander might have become the first New Zealand sailor to win an Olympic gold medal if brotherly rivalry had been a bit stronger. Keep reading

Maloney keeps the Finn Gold Cup in New Zealand

The Finn Gold Cup had proved elusive to New Zealand sailors for so long but recently Andy Maloney became the second Kiwi in 18 months to get his hands on the prestigious trophy. Keep Reading

Two kiting events put forward for 2024 Games

Holding both a men's and women's kiteboarding competition has been chosen by World Sailing as their preferred option if the IOC reject the mixed offshore keelboat event for the 2024 Olympics. Keep reading

Keep it clean: Finding friendly antifoul paints 

Antifoul paints are still our best weapon against marine pests but many of the traditional formulas come with unwanted environmental and health side effects. Keep Reading

Rennie-Younger puts injuries behind her

Annabelle Rennie-Younger has seen enough of the treatment table lately so was pretty happy to see herself on top of the Laser Radial fleet at the 2021 Freshwater Champs at Lake Pupuke last weekend. Keep Reading

Connor helps foster kids find their VOYCE

Solo sailor Elana Connor completes the final leg of her figure of eight voyage around New Zealand to help raise funds for teenagers in care to go on a life-changing programme. Keep Reading

It's time to renew your PHRF and IRC handicap

The current PHRFs expire on May 31, 2021, so keelboat owners who intend racing in the upcoming season need to revalidate these certificates now. Keep reading

Don't forget to renew coaching qualifications

It's free to keep your coaching qualifications up to date with Yachting New Zealand so don't forget to do that if yours expires on June 30. Keep Reading

Tohara / southern right whales need your help

Live Ocean, which was set up by Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, need to raise $22,000 by May 25 to help fund trackers for the Tohara / southern right whale which is facing extinction. Keep Reading

Big turnout for Elliott 5.9 national champs

With 16 entries from the Far North to the South Island confirmed, this week's Elliott 5.9 National Championships in Whitianga represent the biggest turnout since 2014. Keep Reading

Catch and release fishing measure champs

The NZ Sport Fishing Council have come up with a 12-month contest designed to challenge your fishing skills across a range of species. Keep Reading

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