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Monday October 13, 2014



Youngsters hit the water By Sam Duff Look out Dean Barker and Russell Coutts – youngsters from Evans Bay are jumping into their boats and hitting the water. The Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club have launched children’s sail classes to get kids into the water. Head coach David Nalder says there have not been any kids learn-to-sail classes at Evans bay for several years. “They’re the future of the club,” David says. “They want to do what their Grandfathers and Fathers do.” David says the facilities at the Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club are great so it would be a shame for families not to enjoy the space. Assistant coach Steve Holt says kids taking part in junior learn to sail programmes pickup boat skills, survival skills and they gain confidence in the water. A holiday programme, for kids aged nine to 12, was held at the club last week and regular Saturday morning classes are planned. Toby Hutchison, 12, says he enjoys sailing the boats by himself. “I really like how you can feel the wind in your hair and your face,” Toby says. Finn Vautier, 10, says he learned a lot from visiting the Kilbirnie pool where the kids capsized their boats and had to rectify the situation.  For more information on the Evans Bay Yacht Club visit

ON THE WATER: Finn Vautier, 10, and Toby Hutchison, 11, prepare for a sail. PHOTOS: Sam Duff

HIGH TIDE: Nathan Cornell, 10, and Joseph Friedlander, 9, are keen young sailors.

FUN RUN: Life insurance company Cigna have signed up as the new sponsors for the 2015 Wellington Round the Bays. PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Duff

GOOD FUN: Bella Redshaw-Nalder, 12, and Lili Hutchison, 9, get their boat ready.

Whipping round the landmarks The beehive, the cable car or what about Te Papa – Wellingtonians are being asked to test their knowledge of local landmarks for charity. The Great Wellington Hunt invites locals to use their knowledge about the area to solve clues and race teams to various landmarks around Wellington. Mount Cook resident Graeme Davidson says the idea came about while researching Wellington’s history. “I was born and raised in Wellington,” Graeme says. “A friend visiting from abroad was asking me about the city’s history and I

didn’t have the answers. “I did some research and it has evolved to become The Great Wellington Hunt.” Graeme says all entry fee proceeds will be donated to Make-A-Wish New Zealand, to make wishes come true for children with life threatening medical conditions. The Great Wellington Hunt will be held on Sunday November 2, outside the TSB Arena on Queens Wharf.  To register, email Graeme at graeme.

Sponsor signs-up for run Get your running shoes on – the annual Wellington Round the Bays is round the corner with a new sponsor in toe. Sport Wellington, the organisers of the event, has announced life insurance company Cigna will be the principal sponsors for next year’s Round the Bays. In 2014 almost 14,000 people took part in the event which kicks off at Frank Kitts Park and ends at Kilbirnie Park. In July it was announced Round the Bays, New Zealand’s third largest sport and recreation event would no longer be sponsored by AMI Insurance. Cigna CEO Lance Walker says Round

the Bays is a fantastic day of family fun which the company is delighted to support. “Round the Bays will be Cigna’s biggest sponsorship,” he says. “The event sits well with our commitment to support Kiwis in making good life decisions regarding their health, wellbeing and sense of security.” Sport Wellington CEO Phil Gibbons says there was an overwhelming response from organisations interested in sponsoring the event. Cigna Round the Bays will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015 with registrations opening on Monday November 3.

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