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Windsurfers feature in Yachting New Zealand Excellence Awards 2007 (in 2 weeks time)

Barabara Kendall and Thomas Ashley are both Finalist nominees for Sailor of the Year 2007

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

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