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Merry Christmas

2013 has been another classic year for me. It began with some great sailing around Wanaka and Queenstown, continued with yet another classic National Slalom event in Dunedin followed by a long mild autumn and moderate winter in Wellington, broken by 2 weeks on Maui (my first time). This season kicked off in style with the great Tauranga Fun Racing weekend, the Taranaki Wave Classic, and the recent Wellington Slalom Plus. There have been other events as well, and the calendar for the remainder of the season is looking pretty full - I’m especially looking forward to yet another Nationals in Dunedin in February.

The trip to Maui and sailing at Kite Beach and Kanaha was great, but it also was salutary as the area is now under threat of being declared a no surf zone as conflict between swimmers and kiteboarders has escalated. It’s a timely reminder of how important it is to maintain contact with local authorities, and clubs are the best way to do it.

The Wellington event is my first in an organisational role in a while and I learned a lot. Things like, don’t assume the rescue boat can pick up and drop off people and equipment at the event, especially when its over 50 knots, and hold a briefing even when it’s obviously too windy to race. It was also an opportunity to practice what I preach about acknowledging sponsors - the reception I got from the local community was great.

The WNZ AGM will be held in Dunedin during the Nationals, probably 7th February (TBC), and the same people have been filling many of the roles for a while so there’s scope for new blood if anyone is keen. Its also a good opportunity to get new initiatives going, so get those nominations (yes, you can volunteer) and ideas in. Tony would not be unhappy for someone else to pick up the Treasurers role, and I’ve been President for a while now, so I’d be happy to step back and provide support of someone else wants to have a go.

The biggest payoff for me is the friends I’ve made, and catching up with you all at various events and locations - so to all of you, have a great Christmas and New Year, thanks for your support, and I look forward to catching up with you again soon.

If anyone is in the Abel Tasman area between the 17-24 January drop me a line.

Cheers
Bruce

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