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Yachting NZ's Briefings: 22 September - Yachting Excellence Awards; Tanner and Tauranga Cups

by Michael Brown / Yachting NZ 30 Sep 00:14 PDT
P Class are resurging in NZ, and will have top women sailors mentoring the female sailors in the fleet. © P-Class

Briefings September 22, 2021

The start of the sailing season is supposed to be something to celebrate so it's been difficult to see all of the events affected by Covid-19 and the ongoing lockdown in Auckland. We bring you details of a few of them here, but also information on safety certificate exemptions for this year's Coastal Classic, some guidance on what to do if your club or class association is looking to run a regatta under Alert Level 2 as well as information on what to do if you want to check your boat at a marina or mooring under Alert Level 3.

Our lead story this week celebrates the first batch of winners announced for this year's Yachting Excellence Awards. Judge Peter Lester noted just how difficult it was to pick the winners, despite the considerable affect Covid-19 had on events. Of course, the Yachting Excellence Awards are also a time to celebrate the contributions of volunteers, so take a look to see if someone at your club is recognised.

We also offer our regular features, like Regional Roundup and Keep it Clean, as well as a story on some important new features for next year's Tanner and Tauranga Cups to encourage greater female participation and engagement. As always, let us know if you've got any news or suggestions by emailing

2021 Yachting Excellence Awards winners announced

Club stalwarts through to world champions and America's Cup winners have been recognised in the first batch of recipients for the 2021 Yachting Excellence Awards. Keep Reading

Regional Roundup - checking equipment 

The four YNZ regional development managers take a look at what has been happening in their areas and also remind you of the importance of checking lifesaving equipment. Keep Reading

Safety certificate exemptions for Coastal

Ongoing uncertainty due to the lockdown in Auckland has seen YNZ develop alternative options for category 3 safety inspection exemptions for next month's PIC Coastal Classic. Keep Reading

P Class introduce new initiatives for females

A number of new features will be introduced at January's Tanner and Tauranga Cup regattas to encourage greater female participation and engagement. Keep Reading

'We are gutted for all NZ's youth sailors'

Ongoing uncertainty around how long Auckland will be in lockdown has prompted Yachting New Zealand to cancel this year's New Zealand Youth Championships. Keep Reading

Sailing world mourns the loss of Jack Lloyd

"He was one of the most honorable, moralistic, true gentlemen Ive ever met" - Jack Lloyd, the former race director of the Ocean Race, rules advisor and Onerahi Yacht Club patron, passes away. Keep Reading

Sits vacant: Kkkaha sailing instructor

Yachting New Zealand are looking for a qualified sailing instructor to deliver sailing experiences as part of our new schools' programme, Kkkaha. Keep Reading

Broad Reach Radio talks to female pioneers

Leah Fanstone and Keryn McMaster were trailblazers for New Zealand womens offshore sailing in the 1990s and were the latest guest on the YNZ podcast. Listen Here

Keep it Clean: Send us your environmental pics 

Yachting New Zealand are committed to a more sustainable future and want you and your club to join us on the journey. Keep Reading

Advice on how to run regattas safely

Organising a regatta during Alert Level 2 can be complex but it needn't be a barrier to staging a fun, yet safe, event for participants and volunteers. Keep Reading

Zhik's new versatile and functional collection

Re-engineered from the ground up and guaranteed to get you excited about hitting the water, the Zhik 2021 Season Two collection is available now. Keep Reading

Murrays Bay make tough call on Winter Champs

The Winter Champs, which typically attracts large fleets across junior, youth and some senior classes, is the latest event to succumb to Auckland's lockdown. Keep Reading

Steering the Course Women's Sailing Festival

Yachting New Zealand are joining World Sailing in next month's Steering the Course Womens Sailing Festival and encouraging others to get involved. Keep Reading

Get Spotted this summer with Melanoma NZ

Melanoma New Zealand launched their annual melanoma awareness campaign, Get Spotted, on Monday and it's a good reminder to be sun smart this summer. Keep Reading

Third attempt to stage Bridge to Bean race

The RNZYS are hoping it's third time lucky and have already attracted a high calibre of entries for December's Bridge to Bean race. Keep Reading

Sign up for Auckland club judge course

Yachting New Zealand are excited to announce a new club judge course to be held in Auckland in mid-October, Covid permitting. Keep Reading

Guidelines for checking boats at Alert Level 3

A number of owners will be wanting to check on their boats at moorings and marinas so it would pay to know what the rules are under Alert Level 3. Keep Reading

Discounted maritime VHF radio courses

Any person operating a maritime VHF radio is required to hold a VHF radio operator certificate (unless transmitting in an emergency or a distress situation). Keep Reading

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