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Excellence Awards

The brands behind the Excellence Awards

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Yachting New Zealand are pushing ahead with plans to host November's Yachting Excellence Awards and couldn't do it without the generous support of a number of partners and sponsors.

The annual awards are due to take place at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron on November 12. Nominations closed last week for the various categories and the judges will soon meet (online) to decide on the winners.

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank our partners and sponsors for supporting these awards again and ask readers to consider supporting these companies when making purchasing decisions.

Orbit World Travel are once again sponsoring the big one, the Sailor of the Year Award for the Sir Bernard Fergusson Trophy which was won by Josh Junior last year. 

Orbit World Travel are a 100 percent New Zealand owned and operated travel management company and are committed to supporting the community, their clients and the work they do.

When it comes to sailing and being out on the water, the last thing you want to do is paperwork and that's why SeaLogs have created a digital logbook and fleet management solution that captures things like voyage information, safety checks, engine and fuel details, crew timing and sea time. SeaLogs are sponsoring Official of the Year award.

Aon New Zealand has a strong record of supporting young New Zealanders, enabling them to achieve their potential in the sports of their choosing and making them a good fit as sponsors of the Emerging Talent Award. Aon are a long-time partner of Yachting New Zealand and offer a variety of insurance options for yachties, boaties and clubs.

Lawson's Dry Hills are Yachting New Zealand's wine supplier and have a thirst for yachting. They've been making top-quality wines for more than 30 years and follow a philosophy based on authenticity, enjoyment and sustainability. Lawson's Dry Hills are once again sponsoring the President's Award.

As the great Paul Elvstrom said, "you haven't won the race, if in winning the race you have lost the respect of your competitors. North Sails are one of the world's most respected sail makers and are sponsoring the Sportsmanship Award.

This year's Yachting New Zealand Service Awards are supported by Boating New Zealand, which is New Zealand's premier marine title devoted to putting its readers behind the wheel of the latest trailerboats, yachts and launches to hit the market. The Service Awards recognise the unsung heroes of our sport, the ones who often go above and beyond to look after others.

Harken have been making quality boating equipment for more than 50 years to the point their gear dominates events like the America's Cup, Ocean Race, Olympics and world championships. Their commitment to excellence makes them a great fit to sponsor the Yachting New Zealand Youth Performance Awards.

See here for a full list of categories for the 2021 Yachting Excellence Awards. We'll start naming winners in the next Briefings newsletter and build up to the major winners, announced on the night.