Major regatta date announcement


The Torbay Sailing Club has announced the date for the 2012 Sir Peter Blake Regatta.

1-2 December 2012 will see New Zealand’s largest dinghy fleet converging on Auckland’s North Shore to honour the event’s name sake, Sir Peter Blake.

When Sir Peter Blake was killed at Macapa Brazil on 5 Dec 2001, New Zealand mourned the loss of a national hero. Now, more than ten years later, the memory of Peter Blake sails on in the biggest regatta in New Zealand and the biggest centreboard regatta in the Southern Hemisphere.

Another great Techno Class Kendall Cup series...


The 2011-2012 Kendall Cup, BIC Techno T293 One Design Board Sailing Class, has just completed their six regatta series. 

This series included all the major youth regattas such as Sir Peter Blake and Junior Sail Auckland. At most of these regattas Bic Techos had the most numbers of International One Design youth fleets. There were also some solely Board Sailing events such as the North Islands in Tauranga and the final event at Takapuna. Sailors could drop their score from their worst regatta. 

Six clubs combine for Otago Optimist Summer Series


The annual Otago Optimist Sumer series has come to a conclusion after seven races held by six yacht clubs were run in Dunedin. 

Traffic Management & Control sponsored this series to be at no cost to sailors, and this generosity has changed the face of optimist racing in Dunedin, lifting competition to a new high and supporting all Dunedin yacht clubs.

Coach development update


This from YNZ’s Coaching Development Manager Rob Hielkema

In a new development we have changed our approach to coaching courses in the smaller regions. In the past it has been really hard to run courses due to the smaller numbers and high cost of the course. As a result we are going to run the race coach course in the smaller regions with a minimum of 3 participants (used to be 8 minimum) at a cost of $175 (used to be $225).

Kohimarama Yacht Club Annual Awards


Kohimarama Yacht Club had a well attended Prize Giving recently with many of the sailors receiving a well deserved cup or trophy. Kohi always makes a fun evening of it with pizzas for the sailors and nibbles and drinks for the parents following the prize-giving.

KYC Club Champions for the 2011-12 season:

Opti Div. 1- Isaac McHardie

Opti Div. 2 - Lewis Anderson

Opti Green Fleet - Joey Vaughan

Opti Girls - Charlotte Porter

P Class - Tanya Peart

Starling - William Linkhorn

Starling Girls- Libby Porter

2012 Youth Team Celebrated


On Friday 25 May, the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team was celebrated by sponsors and family at Yachting New Zealand.

NZL Yachting Trustee John Lusk gave a motivational speech to the sailors about the proud yachting history in New Zealand, and that this trust is continually proud to support young sailors to attend international championships, in order to help maintain NZ as one of the top yachting nations in the world.

Kiwi kids at Asian Optimist Championship


Seven New Zealanders from around the country are racing overseas today at the Chaaya Blu Asian Optimist Championships at Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. At the time of sending briefings, six races have been completed, and the regatta is due to conclude after three more days of racing on June 9th.

Yesterday, sailors still had to endure three races in 18 to 24 knots of wind, steady in strength but with 15 degree shifts in direction. The sea, however, was flat, making life easier (or at least not so difficult and tiring) for the younger and smaller sailors.

Adastra Scholarships Open


Are you aged 16 – 26 and a leading sports person?

The Adastra Foundation is inviting applications from young New Zealanders who have exceptional talent in either sport or music. The awards are intended for those who have not yet reached the peak of their potential but who could, with some assistance, excel on the national and international stage in the years to come.

If you can answer ‘yes’ to these following questions, you should apply! Are you:

-       Between the ages of 16 – 26 and a NZ Citizen?

-       Winning national titles?


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