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Yachting NZ's Briefings: October 6 - Regional Roundup, Service and Cruising Award winners

by Michael Brown / Yachting NZ 6 Oct 15:15 PDT 7 October 2021
Silver fleet - downwind leg- Day 6 - 2019 Toyota New Zealand Optimist National Championships, Murrays Bay, April 2019 © Richard Gladwell

Briefings October 6, 2021

An earlier edition of Briefings should have referred to Earle Wells in the introduction. We regret the error and apologise for any distress or confusion caused.

New Zealand's marine industry has lost three big names over the last few weeks. You might remember we featured a story on Jack Lloyd in the last Briefings newsletter and in this one we have stories on America's cup winning designer Laurie Davidson and Olympic champion Earle Wells who both passed away in the last week. All three played key roles in the development and success of our sport and will be missed. Our thoughts go to their family and friends.

We also bring you the first instalment of winners for this year's Volvo Yachting Excellence Awards - the Service Awards and Cruising Award - as well as a bumper edition of Regional Roundup, which shows you how much activity is going on around the country (apart from the Auckland region unfortunately) as the new season gets under way.

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

Regional Roundup -
Clubs working together

The four Yachting New Zealand regional development managers take a look at what has been happening in their areas and also highlight the value in clubs working together. Keep Reading

Latest Covid-19 update and what it means

Some sailing and boating is now allowed in the Auckland region with the relaxing of Alert Level 3 settings so find out what it all means for you. Keep Reading

Tributes pour in for Laurie Davidson 

New Zealand sailing lost another giant earlier this week, with the passing of designer Laurie Davidson who played big roles in the America's Cup successes of 1995 and 2000. Keep Reading

New sailors emerge from Steering the Course

A number of females across the country have been introduced to sailing over the last few days as part of World Sailing's Steer the Course Sailing Festival. Keep Reading

Meet the Excellence Awards winners - pt 1

The 2021 Volvo Yachting Excellence Awards are just around the corner and some winners have already been announced. In the first of a three-part series, meet the winners in the Service Awards and Cruising Award Keep Reading

School engagement and environment coordinator

Yachting New Zealand are looking for someone to oversee our new schools programme as well as supporting the implementation of our environmental strategy. Keep Reading

Coastal Classic reveal latest lockdown plans

Organisers are looking to run an 8-12 hour race in the Hauraki Gulf for this year's PIC Coastal Classic, which has been badly affected by Covid-19. Keep Reading

Olympic champion Earle Wells passes away

Earle Wells and Helmer Pedersen won gold at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, but the regatta was not without its challenges both on and off the water. Keep Reading

NZ's top kitefoilers head into the unknown

Justina Kitchen and Lukas Walton-Keim both have a decent amount of international experience but feel like they are walking into the unknown when the Formula Kite world championships get under way in Italy next week. Keep Reading

Keep it Clean: Take some coastline snaps

Many of you will be returning to the water in the coming days, so send us your pics of our beautiful coastlines or some of your efforts to keep them clean. Keep Reading

Some things to consider to be a leader at sea

Things don't always go to plan when you go keelboat sailing which is why it's important leaders know how to react when it happens. Take a look at these handy hints. Keep Reading

Bay Flyers booming as foiling takes hold

A 30-strong group, calling themselves the Bay Flyers, has emerged in the Bay of Islands as the foiling revolution takes off in the region. Keep Reading

Help needed for surveys on recreational vessels 

YNZ and the New Zealand Marina Operators Association are working with scientists to build a picture of non-trailered recreational vessel movements around New Zealands coasts. Keep Reading

Zoe goes Aero nautical with impulse purchase

For a 40-something-year-old female with a dud back, purchasing a high-performance dinghy designed for speed and agility was perhaps an unusual choice but it's transformed her sailing. Keep Reading

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