NZ was well represented at the London 2012 Paralympic Sailing competition and the outcomes of this event were much more significant than just final results; the three sailors were ground breakers in the modern New Zealand sailing community with regards to inclusion of sailors with a disability. Not only were they the first sailors to represent NZ at this level in twelve years, but Jan was the first female, and together they represented a paradigm shift in the NZL Sailing Team in terms of Paralympic inclusion high performance programmes.
The 29er class is currently going through a resurgence, with 10-12 boats sailing together in Auckland. With more crews keen to join the action, the class is keen to locate any 29ers which might be sitting in garages or yacht clubs around the countryside which could be offered for sale or loan to new entrants to the class.
The sun finally showed its face on the penultimate day of sailing at the London 2012 Paralympic Sailing competition, and the New Zealand competitors have maintained their status quo with results hovering around the top ten.
2013 celebrates 50th Flying Fifteen New Zealand National Championship. Planning for the Regatta and Anniversary Reunion Prize Giving Dinner is underway and details will be posted on www.flying15.org.nz as they are finalized.
The sailors at the London 2012 Paralympic Games faced another long day on the water, first waiting for enough wind to race and then struggling through a series of abandoned attempts, until finally two short races were sailed on Portland Harbour.
After the first day of sailing at the London 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition, Kiwis Tim Dempsey and Jan Apel are positioned 10th in the SKUD 18 fleet, and Paul Francis is positioned 11th in the 2.4mR.
New Zealand's C-Tech, the first 18 Skiff to finish today’s Ronstan Bridge to Bridge Race, has claimed the championship in the Nespresso International 18 Skiff Regatta hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club.
Stewart Elder, Otago yachting stalwart and Yachting New Zealand Honour Award recipient in 2007, has passed away three weeks short of his 90th birthday. His funeral was held today and Yachting New Zealand sends condolences to Stewart’s family.
Dave Robertson, took time from his coaching ‘day job’ turning his hand to videographer for the morning and put together a terrific little clip of the action at Auckland airport on Wednesday August 15th 2012 when New Zealand sailors brought home to Olympic medals.
YNZ’s Regional Support Officer for the Northern Region, Hamish Hey recently organised a pre-season Coaching Clinic including Optis, P Class, Starling, Board Sailing and 420s for more than sixty youngsters.
Worser Bay Boating Club, with their senior team skippered by Commodore Bridget Leppein and their youth team skippered by Adam Middleton, have emerged victorious as the winners of the 2012 Central Region Interclub Champs.
Yachting New Zealand has a vision to build a facility that will turn out champion sailors like our recent medal winning Olympians, our internationally renowned America’s Cup and blue water sailors – and we need your support.
To assist clubs and increase participation in our sport, Yachting New Zealand is looking to prepare a new strategic plan for Participation. Input from clubs for the new Strategic Plan is a vital first step and YNZ’s Regional Support Officers are in the process of contacting clubs and running workshops to get your ideas onboard.
This last week has been super cool... We’re so very proud to have won an Olympic medal for NZ. It was extra special having our silver medal presented by Kiwi board sailing legend Barbara Kendall at the medal ceremony.
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