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7 year court case highlights risk management in windsurfing

KIWI Olympic boardsailer Bruce Kendall has finally won a nearly seven-year legal battle with his one-time pupil and friend, American Kimberly Birkenfeld. This case has haunted both Bruce and YNZ over the last 7 years, and has motivated YNZ to increase its risk cover by a factor of 10. WNZ is currently working towards providing the same sort of cover to clubs and classes affiliated to WNZ.

The First Youth Olympic Games - expressions of interest (Techno 293)

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.

Sail Auckland 2010 to be Grade 1 Event

ISAF has granted Grade 1 status to the 2010 Sail Auckland Regatta. The event is considered to be New Zealand’s premier sailing regatta for Olympic classes, and is a selection event for the ISAF Youth Worlds. If any individual class doesn’t meet the criteria for Grade 1, they will be downgraded to the appropriate grade. The 2010 event will be held from 3-7 February and will include sailing for Lasers, Laser Radials, RS:X, 420, 470, 29er, 49er, Starling and Splash classes.

YNZ National Youth Squad - Update

The first of three National Youth Squad Clinics was conducted recently at the Takapuna Boating Club. Attendees travelled from Northland, Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay to receive top level coaching from Yachting New Zealand Youth Coaches.

Coaches included Olympians Bruce Kendall, Dan Slater and Jamie Hunt as well as top performers in a number of other Olympic and Youth Classes.

Ten sailors nominated for 2009 NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team

Yachting New Zealand is delighted to announce the team that will represent New Zealand at the 39th Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in Buzios, Brazil, in July this year.

Often described as a forerunner to Olympic success, the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships is an event in which New Zealand has a successful record, securing second place overall on the nations ranking list in 2008, and third overall in 2007.

Dream-team announced to lead sailing’s Olympic medal seekers

The duo appointed to prepare the New Zealand sailing team for the London Olympic Games come with the highest possible credentials and an impressive track record:

Jez Fanstone has skippered a Volvo Ocean Race campaign and managed three Olympic programmes. But his most recent achievement, and the one he is best known for is as coach to British sailor Ben Ainslie, whose successes included Olympic Gold medals in three consecutive games.

Your club on display at the Auckland International Boat Show

In conjunction with the Marine Industry Association of New Zealand, Yachting New Zealand has arranged free exhibition space for affiliated Clubs, Class Associations and Non-Commercial Maritime Members at the 2009 Auckland International Boat Show, which takes place from 5-8 March 2009 at the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland.

Travel assistance for New Zealand sailors

For New Zealand sailors competing internationally, travel expenses make up a big part of their budget. Yachting New Zealand is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Singapore Airlines that will help New Zealand sailors competing overseas with both airfares and the volume of excess baggage common to those transporting sailing equipment.

How to apply

Tom Ashley Olympic Gold Medallist named Singapore Airlines New Zealand Sailor of the Year

Tom Ashley, a young man described as having one of the brightest minds in the sport, has been granted the title of Singapore Airlines New Zealand Sailor of the Year. The reigning World Champion board-sailor cemented his place in yachting history when he won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics this year, sailing a near perfect regatta and final medal winning race. The 24-year-old from Auckland’s North Shore is fluent in four languages and has been sailing since the age of eight. He has won six of the ten regattas entered since 2006 and his gold medal at Qingdao was the first for New Zealand sailing since 1992. Tom’s considerable success at grand prix level was also enough to earn him finalist status in the highly prestigious Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, announced on 12 November in Madrid, Spain.

Yachting New Zealand Vacancies

‘Sailing…Have a Go!” Instructor (Central)
Yachting New Zealand is looking to employ a qualified sailing instructor for the Central region of the Sailing…Have a Go program. The position will suit candidates who enjoy teaching children to sail and have the energy and experience to run the mobile programme with assistance from head office.

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