Interview with Francisco Lardies,

Interview with Francisco Lardies, coach of the Kohimarama Yacht Club ‘Hard core’ Optimist Squad.

Frankie is a full time professional coach; he spends his summers in New Zealand coaching for Kohimarama Yacht Club, then his winters coaching in the USA.  He has some impressive race results behind him as a sailor with a 2nd place in the 2009 420 World Championships, and competing internationally in the Optimist, SL16 and 470 classes.

Performance Coach Advance with Robert Heilkema

Performance Coach Advance with Robert Heilkema


Performance Coach Advance is a generic coaching course run by Sport NZ every year.  The course targets coaches who are working with ‘pre elite’ 15-21 year old athletes.  The course takes in a limited number of coaches per year over many different sports.

Last year yachting was lucky enough to get two coaches into the course, Robert Heilkema and Sam Mackenzie, this year we once again have two coaches attending  with Guy Pilkington and Tim Coltman.


Recently qualified coaches

Learn to sail coaches 

Recently qualified Buddy, Assistant and Learn to sail coaches in Auckland 


Brooke Adamson

Harriet Wren

John Lecture

Mathew Leydon

Antony Alexinder

Niall Malone

Oscar Barrett-Garnier

Thomas Morton

george Kirkman

Ashok Magan

Scott Webber

Sarah Fairley

Noam Whiteside

Harry Butler

Christy Ralphs

Eli Liefting


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