Hansa National Championships 2014 at the Waitara Boating Club
In mid April, the NZ Access Class Association’s two 303’s (available with thanks to AMP) moved to their new home – at the lake ‘outpost’ of the Wanganui Sailing Club. With support from the Class Association, Halberg Disability Sport Foundation, Sailability Taranaki Volunteers and YNZ Staff, there is now the potential for one more club to become accessible next season.
Sailability Taranaki launched four new 303 Access dinghies and an inflatable rescue boat on Sunday 3rd March with a large group turning out to have a go. The day was a huge success with the Waitara Boating Club venue producing a nice breeze, flat water and great viewing for the parents and public, and a steady flow of participants.
Sailability Taranaki has finally taken delivery of four of their very own sailboats, and a new coach boat to kick their programme full speed ahead. Thanks to funding from the TET Electricity Trust (two Access 303’s) TSB Community Trust (two Access 303’s), Methanex (Coach Boat) and Regal Transport (who delivered the boats), Sailability Taranaki is now able to fully operate on their own feet.
While some of New Zealand’s best Access Liberty and SKUD 18 class sailors were in the thick of intense racing at Oceanbridge Sail Auckland, a group of Access 303 sailors were racing in a slightly lower key event: the Waitara Boating Club’s Annual Regatta.
Junior and senior members of the New Plymouth Yacht Club split into teams of six to contest the Climate 24 Hour Yacht Race, which ran over 22-23 December.
Sailing the seven yacht club-owned 420 dinghies the teams started with a Le Mans start, and then raced over a short inner harbour course, meaning close quarters racing for the full 24 hours.