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Roll of honour

Roll of honour

Yachting has a proud history in New Zealand, with multiple national, Olympic and world champions and others who have made an impact on the sport both here and abroad.

Olympic & Paralympic Games

Click here to see a full list of the New Zealand Olympic and Paralympic sailing teams since Peter Mander and Jack Cropp first represented New Zealand at the 1956 Olympic Games.

New Zealand has enjoyed multiple successes at the Olympic Games, here is a list of all the medallists.

National Champions

Each year Yachting New Zealand recognises the winner of national championships. Click here to see the list of national champions

Yachting Excellence Awards

The annual Yachting Excellence Awards are one of the highlights on the calendar and recognise success and achievement from the grassroots to high performance, with the Sir Bernard Fergusson Trophy the premier award for sailor of the year.

Sir Bernard Fergusson Trophy for Sailor of the Year 

  • 2017 Emirates Team New Zealand
  • 2016 Peter Burling & Blair Tuke
  • 2015 Peter Burling & Blair Tuke
  • 2014 Peter Burling & Blair Tuke

Young Sailor of the Year 

  • 2017 Kate & Greta Stewart
  • 2016 George Gautrey
  • 2015 Jackson Keon and Nick Egnot-Johnson

Coach of the Year 

  • 2017 Murray Jones & Ray Davies
  • 2016 David Slyfield
  • 2015 Hamish Willcox

Official of the Year 

  • 2017 Doug Elder
  • 2016 John Parrish
  • 2015 Megan Kensington

Emerging Talent of the Year 

  • 2017 Seb Menzies
  • 2016 Eli Liefting & Rose Dickson
  • 2015 Josh Armit & Sam Bacon

Service Award  

Year Awardees Awardees Club
2017 David Anderson Naval Point Club Lyttleton
2017 Stephen Cranch Royal Akarana Yacht Club
2017 Peter Dawson Murrays Bay Sailing Club
2017 Matteo de Nora Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
2017 Richard Gifford Queen Charlotte Yacht Club
2017 Ray Haslar Kerikeri Cruising Club
2017 Helena Horswell Royal Akarana Yacht Club
2017 Gary Key St Johns Rotary Club
2017 Scott Leith Murrays Bay Sailing Club
2017 Ian Wallace Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club

Youth Performance Awards 

Year Awardees Details 
2017 Josh Armit  1st U-17 Laser Radial Youth World Championships 2017
2017 Mattias Coutts 1st U-13 O’pen Bic World Championships 2017
2017 Sean Herbert 1st U-17 O’pen Bic World Championships 2017
2017 Sebastian Lardies & Scott McKenzie 1st US National Championships 2017
2017 Eli Liefting & Rose Dickson  1st RS Feva World Championships 2017
2017 Seb Menzies 1st NZ Optimist National Championships 2017

Brianna & Courtney

1st U-17 490 Junior World Championships 2017
2017 Kate & Greta Stewart 3rd 29er Youth Sailing World Championships 2017

Performance Awards

Year Awardees Details 
2017 George Anyon, Taylor Balogh & Matthew Hughes 3rd World Match Racing Championships 2017
2017 Peter Burling 2nd Moth Worlds 2017
America’s Cup 2017 winning helmsman
2017 Conrad Colman Vendee Globe 2017
2017 Emirates Team New Zealand America’s Cup 2017
2017 Giacomo, Jim Delegat & crew  2016 Sydney-Hobart Tattersall’s Cup winner
2017 Alex Maloney & Molly Meech 3rd 49erFX World Championships 2017

David McDiarmid, Matt
Steven & Bradley Collins

1st 18ft Skiff European Championships 2017
2017 NZL Sailing Youth America’s Cup Team 2nd Youth America’s Cup 2017
2017 Phil Robertson, William Tiller
& Stewart Dodson
2017 wins at World Match Racing Tour & Extreme Sailing

Cruising Award 

  • 2017 Emily Riley 
  • 2016 Simon Willis 
  • 2015 No Cruising Award bestowed this year 

Presidents Award 

  • 2017 Torbay Sailing club, Board of Directors, Emirates Team New Zealand 
  • 2016 Tauranga Yatch & Powerboat Club for Outstanding Sailing Programmes 
  • 2015 Queen Charlotte Yatch Club for the Interislander Optimist Regatta 


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