Manukau sailors took the top two spots at the 2018 Black Heart Hartley 16 national championships at the Napier Sailing Club with Gareth Insley and Tim Lynch Blosse (sailing Bizarre) winning on countback from defending champions Robin Williams and Mike Insley (Shaking Laundry).
East Coast NI
In our regular feature on the regions, regional support officer Wayne Holdt provides a roundup of what's been going on in the central region.
The longer days are constant reminders that summer is on its way and clubs in the central region are all working hard getting ready for the upcoming season.
East Coast yachting stalwart and former New Zealand Yachting Federation (now Yachting New Zealand) council member Bob Thomson passed away last weekend.
Eight teams attended the regional match racing programme over the July school holidays hosted by the Wellington Youth Scheme and sailed in their Elliott 6s.
The Wellington Youth Scheme at Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club will again host eight regional youth teams during the July school holidays.
The Spirit of Adventure Trust are well known for their work with youth but they are offering adults a chance to experience life at sea with a 3-5 day coastal voyage from Auckland to Napier in October.
Seb Menzies won the recent national title in Napier, confirming his status as the country's best Optimist sailor.