While many of the more active sailors have been involved in sailing with their local clubs over summer, adapting to change has been the name of the game with others, as Blind Sailing is no longer centred in Auckland.
For those amongst us who have made this a regular event on their calendar, it is worth noting that The 2015 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland will be held about a month later next year. The dates will be 26 February - 1 March 2015, and it will include, amongst others, Hansa 303, Liberty and SKUD18 classes, 2.4mR and Sonars.
The 2015 New Zealand Hansa Class Nationals, incorporating The Kiwi Cup are going to be hosted by Sailability Wellington from 17 – 19 January 2015 (Wellington Anniversary Weekend) and will operate out of the Lowry Bay Yacht Club at Seaview, Lower Hutt.
I am a lot of things, a father, husband, adventurer, skier, sailor and dare I say it disabled person but none of these define me more than being a dad.
Nominations for the 2014 Attitude Awards are open until 5 pm on the 10th July, except for the Attitude Sports Performer Award, which will remain open until 15th October.
Auckland sailors finished off their summer season with the 2 day Sail Akarana Regatta on March 29th and 30th. The four Skuds and six Libertys sailed day 1 in very light conditions, and did not get enough wind on day 2 to get in any more racing. Final Skud results saw the pairing of Brendan Tourell and Mark Winters take first place, with Paul Webber and Jan Apel in second, only one point behind, with Tim Dempsey and Gemma Fletcher in third, also only 1 point behind second. In The Libertys, Helena Horswell was first on countback, with John Buchanan second but equal on points, and Mark Sherer in third only 3 points behind.
2012 Paralympian Tim Dempsey and new sailing partner Gemma Fletcher are planning on competing at the IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships in Halifax, Canada in August to qualify New Zealand for a place in the SKUD 18 at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
As part of their fundraising to get there they have organised a Quiz night and Auction on 12 June at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club .Tickets are only $30 which includes dinner. For full details and to book for the night go to http://rayc.co.nz/skud18quiz/ .
Can’t make it but still want to support them?
Visit their Facebook page "Kiwi SKUD 18 Team" ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/407446639289348/ ) to donate via Paypal or simply make a deposit directly into their bank account:
ASB Bank, Kiwi SKUD 18 Team, 12 3038 0414448 00
(preferred method is direct deposit as this avoids any processing fees, also please let them know if you make a donation so they can thank you)
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On the 8th of March, Sailability Auckland hosted an “Experience Accessible Sailing” talent search day for new disabled sailors in the Paralympic Class Boats of 2.4m, SKUD and Sonar. About a dozen potential new sailors attended, and while most were local, people came from as far afield as Te Awamutu – now that’s keen! At least one of these people has now gone on to be classified and has been going out sailing in both a Liberty and a Sonar. Sailability Auckland has also gained several new members.
If you want to get into sailing, or know somebody who may be keen – have a look at the YNZ Website or Contact Helena at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Australian Hansa Class Nationals were held in Goolwa, South Australia between 18th and 21st April, with classes for 2.3s, 303s and libertys. The event was affected by both light and strong winds, so a full programme of racing was not able to be completed. An event report and final results can be found at http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=1-10087-0-0-0&sID=30...
New Disabled Sailing Coordinator Helena Horswell has been appointed by Yachting New Zealand to replace Kristine Horne, who has moved into the role of Communications & Commercial Support.