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2011 Skandia Sail for Gold day#1 - Ashley, Tobin and Kosinska get off to good starts in RS:X

RS:X Men: The usual suspects head the Men’s RS:X fleet including the NZL Sailing Team’s two representatives Tom Ashley and Jon-Paul Tobin both in the top five after day one. The Olympic champ was 3rd and 2nd overnight to hold 4th place, Tobin placed 6th and 2nd and just behind in 5th overall.

Piotr Myszka of Poland took two guns for a perfect scorecard and the lead at this early stage.

RS:X Women: Natalia Kosinska has made the strongest start of the four kiwi entries in the Women’s RS:X - finishing 6th and 7th in the two races sailed, Kosinska is in 12th position.

NZL Sailing Team prepare for Hyeres Regatta

Hyeres, France will soon play host to the world’s best Olympic class sailors including a large kiwi team for the fourth ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta for the 2010-2011 season. The regatta is known as Semaine Olympique Francaise (or French Olympic Sailing Week) and racing runs over six days from April 24th – 29th.

2011 NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team named

Yachting New Zealand is pleased to announce the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team for 2011. Twelve sailors will represent New Zealand at the prestigious ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships to be staged in Zadar, Croatia between 7th and 16th July this year.

Yachting New Zealand says include Windsurfing AND Kite-Boarding in the Olympics

YNZ believes that both events have a place in modern Olympic sailing and that introducing kite-boarding without eliminating wind-surfing would build the appeal of the sport for media and spectators – a key concern of the Olympic Commission Report. YNZ proposed in its submission that ISAF should promote kite-boarding to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as a new sailing event for 2020 and that the sport be introduced to Olympic class events as early as late 2011.

YNZ Submissions on Aquaculture published

In Briefings newsletter around Christmas time we drew your attention to the matter of Aquaculture Legislation Amendment Bill (No 3) in front of parliament at the time, with public submissions due earlier this month. Yachting New Zealand’s concern is to protect New Zealand’s Coastal areas from being overrun by aquaculture which could potentially inhibit access to cruising and recreational waters enjoyed by generations of kiwi boaties and yachties.

Selected Directors - Yachting New Zealand

Yachting New Zealand (YNZ) as a National Sports Organisation is committed to inspire greatness and national pride, while embracing adventure enterprise and passion for the sea. YNZ’s purpose is to promote the appeal, development and success of sailing as an inclusive, innovative and lifelong sport. Sailing is a part of the social fabric of our country and plays a critical role in developing young men and women from all walks of New Zealand life.

Rio 2016: It's Time To Bite The Bullet - windsurfing at the Olympics

The deadline for making submissions to the ISAF Mid Year Meeting in St.Petersburg, Russia is 1200hrs UTC on March 10th. The statistics show that there are 2.9 million windsurfers in Germany alone. Extrapolate that world wide and it's easy to come to the conclusion that there are more windsurfers on the planet that any other sort of sailor. The bad news is that there are supposedly serious and responsible people within ISAF who think that windsurfing and kiteboarding should be combined into one event as a biathlon. If this was not so serious, it would be laughable. Both the windsurfing and the kiteboarding communities are strongly against this idea. Small and emerging sailing nations will be quick to understand that this will double the cost of the 'boards' medal and exclude a lot of them because they either don't have a kitesurfer or a windsurfer worthy of a place in the Games.

Wanted: High Performance Operations Manager

Yachting New Zealand is looking to appoint a High Performance Operations Manager, and applications close January 19th.This is a fixed term position reporting to Yachting New Zealand Olympic Program Manager, Jez Fanstone.

This is an opportunity to play an important supporting role to New Zealand’s Olympic and High Performance Sailing Programme as we strive to win medals at World Championship and Olympic level.

Yachting NZ names top sports professional as new Chief Executive

Yachting New Zealand has announced the appointment of David Abercrombie (54) as the new Chief Executive. He will officially start on 6 December but will attend some YNZ functions and meetings before commencing on Monday December 6th.

David grew up on Auckland's North Shore attending Westlake Boys High School (as did a lot of other top New Zealand sailors including America's Cup skippers, Dean Barker, Chris Dickson, John Cutler, Olympic Gold Medalist Tom Ashley, Star World Champion Hamish Pepper and many others). He graduated from ATI with a Diploma in Physiotherapy. He completed a post graduate year in Canada and after travelling and working returned to set up a Private Physiotherapy practise in Milford.

Report from Water Safety NZ AGM, and YNZ AGM 2010

The Water Safety NZ AGM was held in Wellington on Tuesday 19th (Wellington) and I managed to get along to most of it. The YNZ AGM was held on October 2nd which I did not attend (Auckland). Reports from WNZ to both these AGMs are attached.

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