The first of this season's YNZ Paralympic Sailing Development Clinics took place in late November, attended by seven potential paralympians. Keen to know what these clinics are like? Read on for the full report from YNZ's new Coach Development Officer Charles Baillie Strong
Learn to Sail
The first book about Sir Peter Blake for younger readers Sir Peter Blake was a New Zealand hero – sailor, adventurer, leader and environmentalist.
With the passing of over 10 years since his tragic death, the time is ripe for children and young adults to know more about his life and legacy.
In The Story of Sir Peter Blake, award-winning author Tessa Duder tells Sir Peter’s life story for young readers, revealing what made him an inspirational leader and sailing legend.
It is an exciting time of the yachting year – event announcements, local yachting now in full swing and Awards recognition for many deserving yachties.
Heading into the festive season I’d like to wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas whether cruising or racing. If you happen to be parked in a nice bay somewhere on our fantastic New Zealand coastline take a minute to remind yourself that we all need to continue to actively protect and preserve those magic spots for all recreational users – at Yachting New Zealand we certainly put it high on our priority list.
Orbit Corporate Travel Sailor of the Year for 2012 has been awarded to Olympic golden girls Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie, while their coach, Nathan Handley has been named 2012 Singapore Airlines Coach/Official of the Year.
These and other Awards were presented at yachting’s annual celebration, the 2012 Yachting Excellence Awards where a crowd of around 300 packed out the waterfront venue at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron tonight (Friday evening).
Sailability Auckland presents a FREE opportunity for people with a disability to experience sailing regardless of ability. Come prepared for the weather, you may need a splash-proof jacket or even some sun screen (we hope), everything else will be provided.
Yachting New Zealand Service Awards are all about exemplary or selfless services to the sport of yachting – and Gary Corkin of Sailability Auckland (now Northland too) is truly one deserved to be recognised. Find out why.
Elements Watersports Centre at Kulim Park, Otumoetai is running a fully coached Intro to Sailing opportunity for Blind and Visually Impaired people- on Sunday November 25th 2012. Its just a few days away, register now!
On November 20th, several Year 1 students studying on the Certificate in Work and Life Skills (Level 1 Supported Learning) course at EIT, Hawkes Bay, enjoyed a beautiful day on the water with Sailability Hawkes Bay and Monkeys Fist Yachting in Napier.
Despite it being a chilly and wet evening, five hardy sailors were keen to give sailing a go at the Bluff Yacht Club in Access dinghies. It’s new club members Chris and Hudson’s enthusiasm that prompted the club to encourage more sailors with a disability to give sailing a go.
Be sure to let your friends know about these opportunities in the New Year.