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Olympic withdrawal by JP Tobin highlights a troubled relationship between windsurfing and Yachting NZ

J P Tobin announced his decision to not compete at the Olympics in Rio despite qualifying. The reasons behind this, and the relationship between JP Tobin may be complex, but the resulting publicity has surfaced considerable dissatisfaction with the way Yachting NZ has treated windsurfing, it's most successful sailing class.

The story was initially broken in the popular press

but very quickly escalated to other channels

Annual General Meeting of Yachting New Zealand - Saturday 17th October 2015 in Auckland.

Windsurfing NZ is a member (Class Association) of Yachting NZ, and as such is entitled to attend and present at the AGM. Given the current state of play this relationship is of dubious value - it's currently sustained to maintain some form of channel to YNZ, and to support the Techno and RS:X Classes. If there are any issues you wish to raise with YNZ, or if anyone is interested and/or able to attend and represent Windsurfing NZ please contact me (Bruce Spedding).

The 61st Annual General Meeting of Yachting New Zealand is to be held at 10:30am on Saturday 17th October 2015 in Auckland.

Aaron McIntosh and J P Tobin finalists in 2012 Yachting Excellence Awards

Here is a complete list of those recognised at the 2012 Yachting Excellence Awards…
Orbit Corporate Travel Sailor of the Year: Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie
Singapore Airlines Young Sailor of the Year Winner: Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski

Finalists included
Ellie Copeland and Erica Dawson - 5th at the 2012 ISAF Youth World Championships (Female 420)
Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski – 6th at the 2012 49er World Championships
Gemma Jones and Tomer Simhony – 5th at the 2012 ISAF Youth World Championships (SL16)
Andrew McKenzie – 2nd at the 2012 Laser Radial Youth World Championships

Yachting New Zealand Statement: The Board Sailing Debate

The ISAF Annual Conference being held on 1st -11th November in Ireland will hold special interest for supporters of windsurfing and kite boarding, with the ISAF Council to decide whether the decision on Kite-Board Racing’s inclusion in the 2016 Olympic Games is to be re-visited.

The ISAF Council is the decision making body of ISAF and is made up of representatives elected by 12 groups of countries, known as Areas. Each country in the Area has one vote in determining matters before Council.

Australia and most of the Pacific Island nations support the decision for kite-board racing for the Olympics

Yachting New Zealand has confirmed that both Area L (SW Pacific) representatives will be voting in favour of kiteboards at the upcoming Annual meeting of the International Sailing Federation, despite lodging its own submission which supports the re-reinstatement of the Windsurfer as an Olympic event. Understandably this has created a great deal of consternation and anger in New Zealand, particularly in the windsurfing community.

Windsurfers and coach announced as Life Members of Yachting New Zealand

At their AGM today YNZ President Jan Dawson announced that all Olympic Medallists are to be made Life Members of YNZ. Barbara Kendall was made a Life Member in 2011, so the new windsurfing Life Members are Aaron McIntosh, Bruce Kendall and Tom Ashley. Also included is Grant Beck, NZ's most successful Olympic sailing coach (windsurfing), so a big boost for windsurfing and well deserved recognition. Congratulations from Windsurfing NZ!

YNZ statement on 2016 Olympic events

At the conclusion of their mid-year meetings, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has announced that kiteboarding will replace windsurfing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and that the New Zealand designed MacKay FX (now 49er FX) will be the new Olympic womens’ skiff discipline.

Yachting New Zealand is disappointed with the decision to replace windsurfing, however the announcement has also brought some welcome news for the NZ Sailing Community and Marine Industry through the confirmation of the 49er FX.

YNZ - jobs, coaching and coach training, including free ladies only Coaches Forum (AK)

YNZ are looking for a NZCT Regional Support Officer for the Otago/Southland Region. RAYC seeks new General Manager.
Good to Great Sports Coaching Conference. Females Only Coaches Forum (free). Remember - WNZ members can attend YNZ courses.

YachtingNZ looking for support for development at Takapuna Beach

Message from YNZ: As many of you will be aware Yachting New Zealand, with the support and drive of the Harbour Access Trust (HAT) (The developer) are endeavouring to build a High performance Centre and new headquarters in conjunction with a secure hard stand for Olympic Classes at Takapuna Beach. We need lots of support for this first stage so please file a submission in support of the Yachting New Zealand Hard stand application and forward to whoever you can, requesting they do the same. Read full article for application details and submission form.

YNZ survey - results show a lot of room for windsurfing development

Results of Yachting NZ biannual survey have been published. WNZ managed to get one question on windsurfing included and the results show significant potential for development. Total membership is down, but many those that run Learn to sail programmes have gained new members, and with only 2 out of 85 clubs that responded offering windsurfing there's plenty of scope to use windsurfing to grow membership. Read on for more details and to download the full survey results.

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