Yachting New Zealand is seeking to recruit Double Handed Olympic Class coaches on a contract basis to prepare crews for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Jo Aleh and Olivia (Polly) Powrie have won Gold at their Olympic 470 dress rehearsal event, and Paul Snow Hansen with Jason Saunders have achieved bronze.
After a week of tumultuous weather at the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta in Weymouth, the sun finally came out and the wind moderated to a perfect 15 knots for the Lasers medal race. It started to build for the following 470 races, and then a fresh 20-22 knots for the RS:X windsurfer in the early afternoon.
On the backing of their sixth place finish at the 2012 49er World Championships in Croatia earlier this month, Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski have been inducted to the NZL Sailing Team, as was Jim Turner who on Tuesday was selected for the Olympic Games in the Star class with Hamish Pepper.
New Zealand’s first Olympic Yachtsmen were Peter Mander and Jack Cropp in 1956- and they won gold. Since then, New Zealand has won a total of 22 Olympic medals (9 Gold, 7 Silver, 6 Bronze), and are yet to get the country's first Paralympic Sailing medal.
NZ is ranked the 9th best performing Olympic Yachting Nation ever. This is a great feat, considering NZ missed out on the first 56 years of competition - yachting became an Olympic sport in 1900 and has appeared at every Olympic Games since 1908.
The high performance programme is focused on winning medals at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
New Zealand has a long history of sailing excellence. Winning an Olympic medal is a life-changing experience and to win one you will need to be ruthless in its pursuit.