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Yachting NZ Briefings: December 1 - Clubs in the Auckland region can go sailing!

by Michael Brown / Yachting NZ 1 Dec 2021 20:55 PST 2 December 2021
OK Dinghy's ready to sail - Wakatere BC October 25, 2021 © Richard Gladwell /

Briefings December 1, 2021

A handful of clubs are planning their season opening on Friday, which coincides with the first day of the new Covid Protection Framework (traffic light system). It will be fantastic to see those clubs in the Auckland region being able to offer more activities under the new guidelines, which allow for a return to double-handed and keelboat sailing. We lead this instalment of Briefings with a look at what the new guidelines mean for yachting and boating clubs and what each club will need to consider when deciding how they operate safely. 

We also take a look at what's been happening around the country in Regional Roundup, bring you some encouraging results from this year's Voice of the Participant Survey and let you know about a couple of Yachting New Zealand events - February's Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta which will also double as the New Zealand Youth Championships, as well a ramp up in activity for youth sailors. There's also a poignant story about the passing of Pete Waters, a talented and popular sailor who passed away recently due to skin cancer.

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

Trying to understand the new traffic light system

Some more detail has emerged around the new Covid Protection Framework (traffic light system) which comes into effect on Friday and we've updated what it means for yachting and boating clubs. Keep Reading

Regional Roundup - Coaching positions

The four Yachting New Zealand regional development managers take a look at what has been happening in their areas and also highlight how they can help clubs and coaches connect. Keep Reading

Bay of Islands Sailing Week cancelled for 2022

Uncertainty over Covid restrictions, among other organisational issues, has forced the cancellation of next year's CRC Bay of Islands Sailing Week. Keep Reading

Strong results for clubs in participation survey

Results from this year's Voice of the Participant Survey highlight how highly valued yachting and boating clubs are with their members and in their community. Keep Reading

Big field likely at Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta

It will feel like a new era for many different reasons at February's Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta at the Wakatere Boating Club. Keep Reading

Pete and Blair up for World Sailor of the Year

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are finalists for the Rolex World Sailor of the Year, which takes into account the last two years, and need your support. Vote here

Sailing world mourns the loss of Pete Waters

Pete Waters invariably succeeded at anything he put his mind to - he was a top sailor, rower, rugby player and business owner - and even confounded doctors in his fight with skin cancer. Keep Reading

Tom Saunders on Broad Reach Radio podcast

Tom Saunders, who recently won the Laser world championships in Barcelona, was the latest guest on the Yachting New Zealand podcast. Listen Here

Xmas Cup to kickstart summer of youth sailing

This month's Yachting New Zealand Christmas Cup headlines a return to what is hoped to be a full summer of youth sailing. Keep Reading

Kkkaha proves a hit in the South Island

Yachting New Zealand hope a full programme of activities associated with their schools programme, Kkkaha - Powered by Wind, will be on offer in term 1, 2022. Keep Reading

YNZ member cards for 2021/22 season available

Yachting New Zealand's online member card for the 2021/22 season is available for you now so you can make the most of the great benefits available. Keep Reading

Keep it Clean: Go green this Christmas

We don't tend to have white Christmases in New Zealand but it can be greener if you and your family consider a few things when buying and wrapping gifts for friends and family this year. Keep Reading

Don't forget your GoFuel card when heading away

GOfuel offer no-fees fuel cards for Mobil, BP and Z, which apply a discount for every litre purchased, and are available to Yachting NZ member card holders. Keep Reading

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