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Initial meeting with Yachting New Zealand 9 October 2009

Developing Windsurfing Further in NZ
Friday 9th October
12pm – 7pm
Yachting New Zealand (85 Westhaven Drive, Westhaven, Auckland)

Kiteboarding and kiteboard racing proposal for the 2016 Olympics

As a follow up to the recent meeting with Yachting NZ I pointed out that given the importance of SPARC funding which is based on competitive results, and with the way the Olympics were moving (introduction of snowboarding, mountain biking and BMX etc.) that windsurfing variants such as freestyle and slalom could become very attractive because of their spectator appeal, and that this alone should be a factor in giving windsurfing more focus in the development area. So not surprisingly kiteboarding has now put itself forward as a possible new olympic sport, and why not? This from IKO recently:

Marine Farming: a threat to every sailor

Today Yachting New Zealand made a significant and full submission to the New Zealand Government. The submission is part of our advocacy against plans for the unimpeded and accelerated growth of aquaculture in all of the places 1.5 million New Zealanders want to go boating.

Our freedom of navigation in the coastal marine area, and access to sheltered bays for both enjoyment and safety can no longer be taken for granted.

Marine farms to grab four times current area under fast tracked rules

Although it is claimed that only 0.02% of the New Zealand coastline is taken for sea farms, as can be seen from the map, this area overlays some of New Zealand's finest cruising grounds and the grab of sea space proposed by the group will be a quadrupling of the size of sea farms in these cruising grounds and sheltered bays.

Windsurfing development

Windsurfing NZ s working with Yachting NZ (YNZ) to create a recruitment and development pathway for windsurfing. This has been kicked off with a meeting between the two organsations in October 2009. The outcome from this meeting is described in the attached documents.

One of the outcomes of this meeting was to take advantage of the imminent arrival of 6 Techno boards for BOP by creating a publicity opportunity:

Legends become namesakes in windsurf launch

At 4pm on Thursday 3 December, at Takapuna Boating Club in Auckland there will be an event for the launch of the Bay of Plenty Sailing Academy Trust’s (BOPSAT) six new Techno boards, which will support a new windsurfing development programme in Tauranga.

Aquaculture “Expert Group” concerns YNZ

An Aquaculture advisory group has been established, and existing regulations are under review by the Government. As co-users of the coastal marine environment we need to pay attention.

Yachting New Zealand has been monitoring with interest the matter of aquaculture reform, wanting to ensure that the interests of yachties and boaties get due consideration in this reform process.

The First Youth Olympic Games

YNZ is seeking expressions of interest from sailors who are interested in competing at this event.The first Youth Olympic Games will be hosted by Singapore from 14-24 August, 2010 and will feature all the sports on the programme for the 2012 Olympic Games, but with a more limited number of disciplines and events.

The Youth Olympic Games will gather approximately 3,200 athletes and 800 officials. The sailing competition will feature 100 young sailors aged between 15-16 years in four sailing events: one person dinghy men; one person dinghy women; windsurfing men; and windsurfing women.

'Manaia World Championships' RS:X training for female sailors

RS:X Coach, Dave Robertson, recently organised a training camp which brought together six top female RS:X sailors from New Zealand and Australia. Dave reports on the camp staged at Manaia, Whangarei Heads….

Youth Worlds Conclude, both windsurfers finish in top 10

In the windsurfing classes Lucy Driver was eighth and Ben Mackay was 10th. “Lucy was a real surprise package for us, lifted to eighth overall exceeding our expectations,” says Marty Watson.

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