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Yachting Excellence Awards 2007: Finalists Named

Finalist nominees for Sailor of the Year 2007 and Young Sailor of the Year 2007 have been announced by Yachting New Zealand.

After an exceptional twelve months for New Zealand yachting on many levels, narrowing down a list of finalists was a tough decision for the judging panel. The winners will be announced at the Yachting Excellence Awards Presentation and Dinner to be held at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron on Friday 16th November.

Eight individuals or teams have been named as finalists for Sailor of the Year 2007 which in 2006 went to Mike Sanderson for his Volvo Ocean Racing achievements. Dating back to 1964 the winner receives the Sir Bernard Fergusson Trophy, which this year will be presented by the Governor-General. Former winners include Sir Peter Blake, Barbara Kendall, Team New Zealand, PJ Montgomery and Russell Coutts to name a few.

Eight individuals or teams have reached finalist status for Young Sailor of the Year 2007. Introduced in 1996 the Young Sailor of the Year must be under the age of 20 in the year of the Award.

Both Open 420 World Champions, Carl Evans and Peter Burling, (who have launched successfully into the Olympic 470 class) and Optimist World Champion Chris Steele feature as finalists for both of the major Awards.

Finalist Nominees for Sailor of the Year 2007
(In alphabetical order)

Jo Aleh – Olympic Laser Radial
Thomas Ashley – Olympic Boardsailing
Peter Burling & Carl Evans – International 420 and Olympic 470
Emirates Team New Zealand – Americas Cup
Barbara Kendall – Olympic Boardsailing
Andrew Murdoch – Olympic Laser
NZ International 420 Worlds Team – International 420
Chris Steele – Optimist World Champion

Finalist Nominees for Young Sailor of the Year 2007
(In alphabetical order)

Peter Burling & Carl Evans - International 420 and Olympic 470
Josh Junior – Laser
Alex Maloney – Optimist
NZ Optimist Team to the World Champs - Optimist
Paul Snow-Hansen & Blair Tuke – 29er & 420
Chris Steele – Optimist
Thomas Saunders – P Class, 420 & Etchell
Jason Saunders – Starling & 420

Yachting New Zealand Merit Awards 2007

Eleven Yachting New Zealand Merit Awards will be presented at the ceremony on November 16th for achievement in yachting. Awardees in the Merit category are wide-ranging with representatives in Olympic classes, international youth sailing, coaching, Americas Cup and even Optimist sailing.

(In alphabetical order)

Jo Aleh & Olivia Powrie – International 420
Tom Ashley - Olympic Boardsailing
Peter Burling & Carl Evans - International 420 and Olympic 470
Emirates Team New Zealand – Americas Cup
Barbara Kendall - Olympic Boardsailing
Andrew Murdoch - Olympic Laser
NZ International 420 Worlds Team – International 420
NZ Optimist Team to the World Champs - Optimist
NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team – International Youth classes
Chris Steele - Optimist
Andrew Wills – Coaching

Yachting New Zealand Honour Awards 2007

Sixteen Honour Awards will be presented at the ceremony to be held at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron to deserving recipients from around New Zealand. The Honour Award recognises long-term service and achievement in yachting bringing the hard-working volunteers and unsung heroes into the spotlight. While Awards are not what these people pursue, their hard work and dedication make them deserving recipients - without them our sport would be in disarray.

(In alphabetical order)

Garth Briden - Pupuke Boating Club
Don Brooke – Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
Barry Davies – NZIODA
Stewart Elder - Port Chalmers Yacht Club
Rob H Green ¬– Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
John Owen Gentry - Whangarei Cruising Club
Mike and Lorna Judd - NZIODA
Keith Kirkland - Panmure Yacht & Boating Club
Brent Marks - Vauxhall Yacht Club
Brian Murray – Short-handed Sailing Association of New Zealand
Barrie Smith - Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club
Dean Stanley - Worser Bay Boating Club
Bob Thomson & Bob Gunson - Napier Sailing Club
Dennis Todd - Wanaka Yacht Club
Gary Wagstaff - Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club
Lou Walker - Akaroa Cruising Club

Yachting New Zealand President’s Award

The President’s Award recognises the work done by a club or organisation in promoting, supporting or developing the interests of yachting in New Zealand. This year a list of five finalist nominees has been named with the winner to be revealed at the Awards ceremony in November.

President’s Award Finalist Nominees for 2007

New Plymouth Yacht Club
Short-handed Sailing Association of New Zealand
Takapuna Boating Club
Tauranga Yacht & Powerboat Club
Wakatere Boating Club

ENDS

For more information contact

Jodie Bakewell-White
Communications & Events Manager
Tel: (09) 361 4023
Mobile: 0292 008 492

or

Yachting New Zealand on (09) 361 1471

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