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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.

World Champion Medallists

Click here to see a list of New Zealander’s who have medalled at a class World Championship. This list is a work in progress and other classes will be added.

National Champions

Each year Yachting New Zealand recognises the winner of national championships. Click here to see the list of national champions for the 2020/21 season. 

List of previous 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 Overall Sailor of the Year 

  • 2022 Thomas Saunders
  • 2021 Emirates Team New Zealand
  • 2020 Josh Junior
  • 2019 Dan Slater
  • 2018 Daryl Wislang and Stu Bannatyne (Dongfeng Race Team); and Honda Marine
  • 2017 Emirates Team New Zealand

Female Sailor of the Year 

  • 2022 Elise Beavis
  • 2021 Erica Dawson
  • 2020 Justina Kitchen

Male Sailor of the Year 

  • 2022 Thomas Saunders
  • 2021 Andy Maloney
  • 2020 Josh Junior

Young Female Sailor of the Year 

  • 2022 Helena Sanderson
  • 2021 Lucy Leith & Lizzie Shapland
  • 2020 Courtney Reynolds-Smith 
  • 2019 Seb Menzies & Blake McGlashan
  • 2018 Josh Armit
  • 2017 Kate & Greta Stewart

Young Male Sailor of the Year 

  • 2022 George Lee Rush & Seb Menzies
  • 2021 Caleb Armit
  • 2020 Seb Menzies & Blake McGlashan 
  • 2019 Seb Menzies & Blake McGlashan
  • 2018 Josh Armit
  • 2017 Kate & Greta Stewart

Coach of the Year 

  • 2022 Mike Bullot
  • 2021 Aaron McIntosh
  • 2020 Andrew Murdoch & John Cutler
  • 2019 None
  • 2018 NZL Sailing Foundation Youth Team Coaches (Matt Thomas, Geoff Woolley and Kate Ellingham)
  • 2017 Murray Jones & Ray Davies

Official of the Year 

  • 2022 Harold Bennett
  • 2021 Megan Kensington
  • 2020 Jon Henry
  • 2019 Ian Clouston
  • 2018 Gerald Flynn
  • 2017 Doug Elder

Emerging Talent of the Year 

  • 2022
    • Isla Barker
    • Will Leech
  • 2021
    • Tessa Clinton
    • Will Leech
    • Nicola Hume
    • Sean Kensington
  • 2020 Tim Howse
  • 2019 Ted Houry
  • 2018 Veerle ten Have
  • 2017 Seb Menzies

Presidents Award 

  • 2022 Queen Charlotte Yacht Club Redevelopment Committee
  • 2021 Pleasant Point Yacht Club
  • 2020 Peter Dawson & Jude Eades
  • 2019 New Zealand Sailing Trust
  • 2018 Graham Cattley
  • 2017 Torbay Sailing club and the Emirates Team New Zealand Board of Directors

Young Leader Award

  • 2022 Angus Wright
  • 2021 Vaughan Bamford
  • 2020 Polly Wright
  • 2019 Serena Woodall

Sustainability Award

  • 2022 Delayne Salthouse
  • 2021 Live Ocean Foundation
  • 2020 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships
  • 2019 Wakatere Boating Club

Sportsmanship Award

  • 2022 Jeff O'Leary
  • 2021 All the teams and individuals, led by Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa, who assisted in the rescue and support of American Magic after their serious capsize during the 2021 America's Cup
  • 2020 Andrew Mackmurdie & Jennifer Haliday
  • 2019 Harry Edwards & Emily Overend

Service Award  

Year Awardees Awardees Club


Glen and Beverly Church Stewarts Gully Sailing Club
Allan Geddes and Fergus Thomson French Bay Yacht Club
Tony and Nina Kiff Bay of Islands Sailing Week
Last of the Summer Wine Company (LOTSW) Charteris Bay Yacht Club
Lindsay McGregor Sailability Auckland, and The NZ Hansa Class Association
David Nalder Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club
Jeff O'Leary Waimakariri Sailing Club
Trust Aoraki Aviemore Classic Regatta (TAAC)  
Robert Witham Napier Sailing Club and NZIODA
Lief Thomaes & Ria Woollams Tutukaka Coast Youth Sailing Club

Youth Performance Awards 

Year Awardees
2022 Caleb Armit
Isla Barker
Mattias Coutts
Lucas Day and Sam Scott
Sean Kensington
Will Leech
Seb Menzies & George Lee Rush
Kate Rasmussen & Madison Russell
Helena Sanderson and Cam McGlashan
Hugo Wigglesworth

Performance Awards

Year Awardees
2022 Elise Beavis
Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn
Isaac McHardie and Will McKenzie
Alex Maloney and Olivia Hobbs
Sam Morgan & Pat Morgan
New Zealand SailGP Team
Thomas Saunders
Sam Street
Veerle ten Have
Micah Wilkinson & Erica Dawson

Cruising Award 

  • 2022 Peter Mortimer
  • 2021 Andrew Ventura
  • 2020 Jim & Karin Lott
             Glenn & Nicky Robertson
  • 2019 Sara & Josh Tucker
  • 2018 Malcolm & Joan Dickson
  • 2017 Emily Riley 


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