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Elements Watersports Tauranga - What's new this Season

Youth - School holidays and Term 4
Check out our upcoming Youth courses below or visit our website to find out more http://www.elementsonline.co.nz/default.aspx?page=activities.schools

Learn to Windsurf - Start Windsurfing Course
This Windsurfing course is the perfect introduction for juniors
(8 to 18 year olds) wanting to Learn to Windsurf.
Our Beginners course will give you a great introduction to the exciting sport of windsurfing.
During your course you will learn how to sail across the wind, you will learn how to tack and how to launch, set up and look after your kit.

Rena update - what beaches are open?

http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/Incident/public.asp#beach_access This page contains the most up to date information regarding the grounding of the cargo ship Rena on the Astrolabe Reef 12 Nautical miles off the coast of Tauranga and the ongoing salvage and clean up operation.

Rena disaster - what can you do to help?

Anyone wishing to help the oil recovery effort or report oil should contact 0800 645 774.
Maritime New Zealand are urging people stay off local beaches, saying those ''playing with oil'' and attempting to clean it up are hampering the official Rena response team. Sightings of any affected wildlife should be reported it to 0800 333 771.

Rena New Zealand's worst maritime environmental disaster

Environment Minister Nick Smith has labelled the Rena New Zealand's worst maritime environmental disaster, with oil expected to wash-up on shores for months to come. Since Rena ran aground on Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga last Wednesday, an estimated 350 tonnes of heavy fuel oil has leaked from its ruptured hull into the Bay of the Plenty. More than 1300 tonnes and 200 tonnes of diesel is still on board. Fears the ship would break up and its 1368 containers fall in to the sea have been growing as bad weather continues.






Elements Watersports Spring Racing - The Match Report

Another magic Tauranga morning raised a few concerns early on, but those enthusiastic competitors who had made the effort to roll down to Fergusson Park early were more than happy to register and wait. Along with Alexander from A’ND Distribution, some of Auckland’s finest sailors had also made the trip down for a bit of ‘Bay action’.

Tauranga Spring Racing - later start

We will be delaying kickoff tomorrow till 11am due to a lighter forecast for the morning. Prospects for the pm and Sunday still good.
Please get in touch with Peter for any further updates.
Phone : 0800 4 TOPAZ / 0800 486 729
Mobile : +64 (0)21 369 807 or +64 (0)275 369 807
Email : info@elementsonline.co.nz

Tauranga Spring Racing - it's all on!

Here is a quick reminder about the fun windsurfing to be had this weekend at Fergy Park.
The wind is looking promising, especially the early to late arvo.
There will be a Coffee Cart serving up the morning caffeine hit and snacks.

Kick of is at 10am, this is for registrations, an explanation of how the fun racing will work but also hits and tips on tactics and going fast :) Not to mention to get a good look at some great kit that’s on its way for us all to check out.

NZ Kiteboard Nationals

Thu 20 Oct 2011 - Mon 24 Oct 2011
Tauranga

Life's a breeze - windsurf into summer

Sat 22 Oct 2011 - Sun 30 Oct 2011
New Zealand wide

The winds are stronger, the days are longer so its time to get that windsurfer thats been lurking in your garage out. Check everything is still working and safe, and get back onto the water.

Starting with the Taranaki Wavesailing Classic, one of New Zealands biggest and most social event on the windsurfing calendar, this week will feature a number of activities around the country to mark the start of the 'windsurfing season'.

WNZ Instructor 2 day course

Tue 11 Oct 2011 - Wed 12 Oct 2011
Tauranga

Cost: $350 Date: 11-12th Oct
Master Instructor: Peter Head Venue: TYPBC, Tauranga
INTRODUCTION
This is an 18 hour course which runs from 9-6pm on both days each day (times may vary to suit the progress of the group). This allows full content of course to be learned and practiced thoroughly before Instructors gain their qualification and teach 'real' students, and for the course timetable to be tailored to make the best of the weather and tide conditions.
The course is based on the RYA teaching system, but has been simplified for New Zealand conditions, and uses a teaching method developed here which has proven effective. It is recognised and encouraged by YachtingNZ.

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