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Final countdown to Paris 2024

Meet our Olympic sailors

From the podium: Barbara Kendall

Messages of support

What’s in store in Marseille

The ‘other’ Kiwis in France

Bumper Olympic sailing quiz

Youth world championships


The ropesmith: Robin Marsh

Evolution of the 49er

Clearing up concussion

Q&A: Eli Liefting

From the boat park: Stephen Kara

Yachting New Zealand Excellence Awards

Clean Club

Lisa Blair

Anchor watch rule

Moanamana Wananga

Richard Hawkins

Sam Street

Sean Herbert

From the coach boat: Kirsten Moratz

Incorporated Societies Act update

The Cruising Kiwis

Maritime NZ section 21 update

Club focus: Nelson Yacht Club


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Olympic dream goes ‘full circle’

While much of New Zealand’s sailing community has shifted gears to its winter sailing programmes, the buzz around the Paris 2024 Olympics is reaching fever pitch.

Indeed, the last few months have been a blur of selections, training, logistics, and travel to ensure everyone is in the best possible position to go for gold in Marseille in just a few short weeks.

It has also been a time filled with special moments as sailors and their supporters have been acknowledged and celebrated for their years of sacrifice and dedication, with New Zealand’s sporting public and media swept up in the wave of excitement that has been steadily building since the first five Kiwi sailors were confirmed for the Games in March.

Yet, one moment far away from the glare of the TV cameras and microphones stood out more than the rest. During an intimate get-together for close friends and family at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in May, Greta Pilkington was called up to receive a special pounamu pendant to celebrate her inclusion in the Games team.


The two first met in 2016, shortly after Meech returned with her silver medal from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Pilkington, a young dinghy sailor with a big smile and even bigger dreams, had her picture taken with Meech — a picture they replicated eight years later at the RNZYS, but this time as Olympic teammates.

“One of my most precious memories is having my picture taken with Molly... I was only 13 at the time and now going to the Olympics alongside her and many other sailors I admire is an incredible feeling.”

It was a moment that typified what it means to be an Olympian — and the responsibility of inspiring the next generation of athletes.

This has been a focus of the work done by Yachting New Zealand’s high-performance department since the Tokyo Games, creating a worldclass programme that, while unashamedly focused on making sailors sail faster, also takes a much longer-term view. At its core, it’s about ensuring the programme remains vibrant and resillient beyond Paris 2024.

Those who know Pilkington, know she has confidence and composure that belie her 21 years, but when she was handed her pounamu by Olympic veteran Molly Meech, she could hardly hold back the tears.

She later explained being welcomed to the team by Meech was a “full-circle

Twelve Kiwi sailors will soon line up for the most important regatta of their sailing careers. Some will likely reach their lofty expectations and others may fall short.

What is even more important though, long after the final start gun has fired in Marseille, is to have a high-performance programme that is well-connected and supported at every level.

Then and now. Greta Pilkington (left) and Molly Meech relive a moment from eight years ago.


Final countdown for NZ Games team 8

BARBARA KENDALL A special message for Kiwi sailors 22

MARSEILLE WHAT? Take our bumper Olympics quiz 30

Photo/ Paris 2024


WAfter years of hard work, the young NZ sailing team are only weeks away from showing the world what they can do.

ith the Paris Olympic Games now only a few weeks away, New Zealand’s top sailors are in the final stages of preparation for what promises to be the pinnacle of their careers.

For the 12-strong squad, this has meant spending as much time as possible on the water in Marseille, where the sailing competition will be held from July 28 to August 8.

Yachting New Zealand’s high performance director, Ian Stewart, recently spent a fortnight in Marseille, working with the sailing squad and coaches and ensuring the team base is fit for purpose.

“A big focus at this late stage of the cycle is understanding the race courses in Marseille and going fast in the given conditions. The entire squad has had training blocks in Marseille, as well as practice regattas competing in Olympic class fields,” Stewart says. “It’s also been a chance to connect individually with sailors and coaches.”

Roughly half of

New Zealand’s wider Olympic team will be based in the Olympic Village in Paris, with several sports, including sailing, stationed in satellite locations across France and even as far afield as Tahiti, where the surfing events will take place.

“Being away from the Olympic Village

has its advantages and disadvantages, but we are trying to ensure the athletes have the full Games experience even though they are 700 km away from Paris,” Stewart explains.

New Zealand is fielding its largest sailing squad since 2012, competing in nine of the 10 Olympic classes this year.

Eight of the team will be making their Games debuts, with only Micah Wilkinson, Erica Dawson, and Molly Meech having competed in Tokyo three years ago.

Jo Aleh, a veteran of three previous Olympics, will be sailing with Meech in the 49erFX after winning gold and silver with Polly Powrie in the women’s 470 in 2012 and 2016.

There will be a plenty of attention on the two first-time Olympic sailing disciplines: the windfoil (iQFOiL) and kitefoil.

Talented young sailors Veerle ten Have and Josh Armit will be competing in the former, marking the country’s return to Olympic windsurfing for the first time since JP Tobin finished seventh in the nonfoiling RS:X 12 years ago.

Justina Kitchen and Lukas Walton-Keim have both overcome injuries to make it onto the start line in the men’s and women’s kitefoil events.

ILCA 7 star Tom Saunders, a former class world champion, will make his Games debut after campaigning for more than a decade.

Windfoiling will make its Olympic debut in Marseille with Veerle ten Have and Josh Armit representing New Zealand. Photo / Sailing Energy
Yachting New Zealand’s high performance director Ian Stewart.

He secured his spot over compatriot George Gautrey, who won bronze at last year’s sailing world championships.

Greta Pilkington is also set to make history as the first Kiwi to compete in the ILCA 6 class since Sara Winther in 2012.

Isaac McHardie and Will McKenzie, one of New Zealand’s most consistent crews over the past 18 months, will also debut in Marseille. They gained selection after a close-fought affair with training partners Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn.

Reflecting on the team’s preparations, Stewart says: “You would always welcome more time, but everyone has worked incredibly hard to get to this point. The shortened cycle has been an adjustment, as it’s only been three years back in international competition since Tokyo.”

The team has been working with a range of experts to prepare for the Games, including renowned mental skills coach Dr Ceri Evans on performing under pressure.

“We are excited about the potential in this young squad and we want them to embrace the pressure and enjoy it; to step up and really take on the challenge.”

Notably absent from the 2024 squad are double Olympic medallists in the 49er Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, who are focusing on defending the America’s Cup with Emirates Team New Zealand in Barcelona in September.

“Pete and Blair are world-class sailors, and their absence, along with other experienced athletes like Sam Meech and Josh Junior, naturally leaves a void. But at the same time, it has created an opportunity for our next generation of Olympic sailors,” Stewart says.

“This is their chance to show everyone what they’ve got.”

ILCA 6: Greta Pilkington

ILCA 7: Tom Saunders

49erFX: Jo Aleh and Molly Meech

49er: Isaac McHardie and Will McKenzie

Nacra 17: Micah Wilkinson and Erica Dawson

The NZ Team Schedule*

Sunday, July 28

Windfoil (women): Race 1-4

Windfoil (men): Race 1-4

49erFX: Race 1-3

49er: Race 1-3

Monday, July 29

49erFX: Race 4-6

49er: Race 4-6

Windfoil (women): Race 5-8

Windfoil (men): Race 5-8

Tuesday, July 30

Windfoil (women): Race 9-12

Windfoil (men): Race 9-12

49erFX: Race 7-9

49er: Race 7-9

Wednesday, July 31

49erFX: Race 10-12

49er: Race 10-12

Windfoil (men): Race 13-16

Windfoil (women): Race 13-16

Thursday, August 1

49er: Medal race

49erFX: Medal race

ILCA 7: Race 1-2

ILCA 6: Race 1-2

Windfoil (women): Race 17-20

Windfoil (men): Race 17-20

Friday, August 2

Windfoil (women): Quarterfinal, semifinal, final

Windfoil (men): Quarterfinal, semifinal, final

ILCA 6: Race 3-4

ILCA 7: Race 3-4

Saturday, August 3

ILCA 7: Race 5-6

ILCA 6: Race 5-6

Nacra 17: Race 1-3

Windoil (women): Veerle ten Have

Windfoil (men): Josh Armit

Kitefoil (women): Justina Kitchen

Kitefoil (men): Lukas Walton-Keim

Sunday, August 4

Nacra 17: Race 4-6

ILCA 7: Race 7-8

ILCA 6: Race 7-8

Kitefoil (men): Race 1-4

Kitefoil (women): Race 1-4

Monday, August 5

Kitefoil (men): Race 5-8

Kitefoil (women): Race 5-8

Nacra 17: Race 7-9

Tuesday, August 6

ILCA 6: Medal race

ILCA 7: Medal race

Kitefoil (men): Race 9-12

Kitefoil (women): Race 9-12

Nacra 17: Race 10-12

Wednesday, August 7

Nacra 17: Medal race

Kitefoil (women): Race 13-16

Kitefoil (men): Race 13-16

Thursday, August 8

Kitefoil (men): Semifinals, final

Kitefoil (women): Semifinals, final

*From 10pm daily (NZ time)


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Peter Mander and Jack Cropp (pictured) started a fine tradition when they won the Sharpie class gold medal – New Zealand's first Olympic sailing medal. The duo recorded placings of 2-1-5-4-1-1-2, but even with those results, their triumph could not have

'I am absolutely loving taking on the 49erFX with Molly and the challenge it brings. After watching from the coach boat in Tokyo, I am looking forward to being back on the race course and doing what I love.'

Jo Aleh needs no introduction. A two-time women's 470 medallist, she is also a former world champion and female world sailor of the year. Aleh competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing in the Laser Radial (ILCA 6) before teaming up with Polly Powrie in the women's 470 a year later. They won the gold medal at the 2012 London Games and followed it up with silver four years later in Rio de Janeiro. Aleh took a break from toplevel sailing soon after but jumped into a new class and partnership at the start of 2022 – joining Olympic silver medallist Molly Meech in the 49erFX. She has also raced for the New Zealand SailGP team, Live Ocean's ETF26 crew and has been selected to represent Emirates Team New Zealand in the inaugural Women's America's Cup in Barcelona later this year.

Jo Aleh

Age: 38

Hometown: Auckland

Class: 49erFX (helm)

Last 5 results:

French Olympic Week 3

Princess Sofia Regatta 26

49erFX world championships 12

49erFX European championships 34

Sailing world championships 6

Coach: Javier Torres del Moral

Previous Olympics: 2008 (ILCA 6), 2012, 2016 (women's 470)

Previous results: Gold (2012), silver (2016), 7 (2008)

Competition: Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (Bra), Odile van Aanholt and Annette Duets (Ned), Vilma

Bobeck and Rebecca Netzler (Swe)

Event dates:

July 28-31, 2024: Opening series August 1, 2024: Medal race

been closer. Australians

Roly Tasker and Malcolm Scott looked to have shaded them for the top podium spot after the final race, but following the Aussies' disqualification and a points recalculation, the Kiwis were awarded gold.

ROME 1960

New Zealand failed to repeat the historic medal success of Melbourne, with three sailors selected to represent the country in two sailing classes in the Italian capital. Ralph Roberts, who would later become one of our most

Photo / Belinda Bullock Photography

Molly Meech is one of the most experienced and decorated 49erFX sailors around. She achieved significant success in the class alongside Alex Maloney for almost a decade, with the pair claiming a world title, silver at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and a raft of podium finishes at international events before Meech teamed up with Jo Aleh two years ago. They have shown steady progress since – snaring the class national title as well as several top-20 international results during their first two seasons. The highlight came in August last year when Meech and Aleh finished sixth at the sailing world championships in The Hague. Like Aleh, Meech will feature in the Women's America's Cup shortly after the Paris Olympics.

Molly Meech

Age: 31

Hometown: Auckland

Class: 49erFX (crew)

Last 5 results:

French Olympic Week 3

Princess Sofia Regatta 26

49erFX world championships 12

49erFX European championships 34

Sailing world championships 6

Coach: Javier Torres del Moral

Previous Olympics: 2016, 2020

Previous results: Silver (2016), 12 (2020)

Competition: Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (Bra), Odile van Aanholt and Annette Duets (Ned), Vilma Bobeck and Rebecca Netzler (Swe)

Event dates:

July 28-31, 2024: Opening series August 1, 2024: Medal race

renowned sailing administrators, came closest to the podium when he finished sixth in the Finn competition. Murray Rae and Ron Watson were eighth overall in the Flying Dutchman class, sailing Harmony

TOKYO 1964

Eight years after winning a first medal at the quadrennial showpiece, New Zealand claimed its second piece of silverware


'We've been pushing hard to achieve the goals Jo and I have set for ourselves. I feel really lucky to be heading to my third Olympics and I can't wait to wear that fern again and represent my country.'

courtesy of Helmer Pedersen and Earle Wells (pictured). They sailed magnificently in atrocious conditions during the 1964 nationals at Browns Bay and earned selection for Tokyo –but started disastrously – with a 16th placing followed by a withdrawal after hitting a buoy. Then they put together a sequence of 1-3-1-1-4 to sew up the gold medal.

Photo / Belinda Bullock Photography


'Being selected for the Olympics is a dream come true and we are honoured to represent New Zealand on sailing's biggest stage.'


A reserve for the Flying Dutchman in Tokyo, Ralph Roberts (pictured) teamed up with Geoff Smale to sail in the same class eight years later. They were disqualified in their first race and struggled to

Isaac McHardie had considerable success in the Optimist, P-Class, Starling, 29er and foiling Moth before turning his attention to helming the 49er with Will McKenzie. The pair had a strong 2023 – winning bronze at the Princess Sofia Regatta and the European championships, either side of top-six finishes at the Olympic test event, French Olympic Week regatta, and the sailing world champs. The duo narrowly missed out on a top-10 spot at their first major events in 2024 – the 49er world champs (15th) and the French Olympic Week (12th) – before finishing fourth at the European championships at La Grande Motte.

Isaac McHardie

Age: 27

Hometown: Hamilton

Class: 49er (helm)

Last 5 results:

2024 49er European championships 4

2024 French Olympic Week 12

2024 49er world championships 15

2023 49er European championships 3

2023 world championships 4

Coach: Matthew Steven

Previous Olympics: Debut

Competition: Bart Lambriex and Floris van de Werken (Ned), Diego Botin and Florian Trittel (Esp), Erwan Fischer and Clement Péquin (Fra)

Event dates:

July 28-31, 2024: Opening series

August 1, 2024: Medal race

recover, eventually finishing eighth overall in a 30-boat fleet. Jonty Farmer was the only other Kiwi sailor to compete in Mexico City, securing the 11th spot overall in the Finn with a second place in the second race of the competition his best result.


New Zealand picked its biggest Olympic sailing team up until that point, with nine sailors competing in four classes. Despite the increase in numbers, the Kiwis again failed to win a medal with Ronald Watson, Noel Everett and Fraser Beer getting the closest. Despite a strong finish to the Dragon competition, the trio finished fifth – less than four points off the bronze medal

Photo / Belinda Bullock Photography

Like many Kiwi kids, Will McKenzie started sailing in an Optimist and went to the 2012 Optimist world championships in the Dominican Republic. He also finished fifth in the Sirena SL16 class at the youth worlds three years later, shortly before joining Isaac McHardie in the 49er. Since then, the pair have established themselves as one of the top 49er crews in New Zealand and the world – and shot to prominence with a stellar 2023 season. They secured a nation spot in the class with their fourth place at the combined world championships in August last year, before locking in selection ahead of the injured Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn early in 2024.

Will McKenzie

Age: 27

Hometown: Auckland

Class: 49er (crew)

Last 5 results:

2024 49er European championships 4

2024 French Olympic Week 12

2024 49er world championships 15 2023 49er European championships 3 2023 world championships 4

Coach: Matthew Steven

Previous Olympics: Debut

Competition: Bart Lambriex and Floris van de Werken (Ned), Diego Botin and Florian Trittel (Esp), Erwan Fischer and Clement Péquin (Fra)

Event dates:

July 28-31, 2024: Opening series August 1, 2024: Medal race

position. Jock Bilger and Murray Ross (ninth in the Flying Dutchman) and Bret de Thier (10th in the Finn) were the other Kiwis to secure top-10 results, while Steve Marten and his Soling crew of Con Linton and Jack Scholes were 21st.


The 1976 Games were marred by a boycott by several African countries in protest of


'We are confident that, with the support of our amazing coaches and the rest of the New Zealand Olympic team, we can do the country proud in Marseille.'

New Zealand's involvement after the All Blacks had toured Apartheid South Africa earlier that year. The boycott, led by Tanzania, involved 21 other countries. Despite this, eight Kiwi sailors were in action off the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour in Kingston, Ontario with Mark Paterson (pictured) and Brett Bennett's fifth place in the 470 the standout result.

Photo / Belinda Bullock Photography


'It's an incredible feeling being selected for a second Olympics. We're working well as a team and looking forward to getting into it in Marseille.'


The US-led boycott of the Games, prompted by the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979, led to 66 countries including New Zealand officially withdrawing. Only four Kiwis – modern pentathlete Brian Newth and three canoeists – from 99 selected decided to compete independently. Newth carried the flag of the New Zealand Olympic and

Aformer youth world champion in the 29er and a member of the 2017 Youth America's Cup team, Micah Wilkinson has plenty of experience and success in the Nacra 17. He switched from crewing to helming when joining forces with Erica Dawson in 2019, and the duo have since broken into the top 10 on the world rankings. Wilkinson and Dawson placed seventh at the 2020 Nacra 17 world championships in Melbourne and finished 12th at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, their debut at the event. They have hardly missed a top-10 placing since – qualifying for the medal race in 10 of 11 international events and securing fifth overall at the Paris test event in July last year and the European championships in November.

Micah Wilkinson

Age: 28

Hometown: Te Awamutu

Class: Mixed Nacra 17 (helm)

Last 5 results:

Nacra 17 world championships 11

Princess Sofia Regatta 9

Nacra 17 European championships 5

Sailing world championships 8

Paris test event 5

Coach: Anton Paz

Previous Olympics: 2020

Previous result: 12

Competition: Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti (Ita), Anna Burnet and John Gimson (GBR), Mateo Majdalani and Eugenia Bosco (Arg)

Event dates:

August 3-6, 2024: Opening series

August 7, 2024: Medal race

Commonwealth Games Association, rather than the New Zealand flag, at the opening ceremony.


New Zealand broke its 20-year medal drought by claiming three medals at the 1984 edition in the USA. The haul included two gold medals – one

, who overcame painful boils on his backside to become the first Kiwi yachtie to win a single-handed class at the Olympic Games. Rex Sellers and Chris Timms also made it to the top of the podium, in the Tornado class,

by young Finn sailor Russell Coutts (pictured)
Photo / Belinda Bullock Photography

Erica Dawson showed considerable promise in her junior and youth sailing days and is the only female to have won the Starling national championships. She earlier campaigned in the 49erFX and had a brief stint in the ILCA 6 (Laser Radial) before teaming up with Micah Wilkinson in 2019. Originally a skipper of double-handed boats, Dawson swapped roles with Wilkinson and the pair finished eighth at the 2023 world championships and fifth at the 2023 European championships, before securing a ninth and 11th at the 2024 Princess Sofia Regatta and the Nacra 17 world champs, respectively.

Erica Dawson

Age: 30

Hometown: Auckland

Class: Mixed Nacra 17 (crew)

Last 5 results:

Nacra 17 world championships 11

Princess Sofia Regatta 9

Nacra 17 European championships 5

Sailing world championships 8

Paris test event 5

Coach: Anton Paz

Previous Olympics: 2020

Previous result: 12

Competition: Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti (Ita), Anna Burnet and John Gimson (GBR), Mateo Majdalani and Eugenia Bosco (Arg)

Event dates:

August 3-6, 2024: Opening series August 7, 2024: Medal race

while teenage boardsailor Bruce Kendall finished a close third at the event's Games debut.

SEOUL 1988

If Kendall came to the sporting world's attention in 1984, he was front and centre of it during the men's Division II competition at Pusan four years later. Kendall (pictured) was in magnificent form, despite a bad


'Marseille is really going to put it on for the Olympics, and we've also got a lot of friends and family coming to watch. I think it's going to be very much an Olympic atmosphere, which is really cool.'

bout of the flu, and had already sewn up the gold medal against 44 other competitors before the final race. He was the second New Zealander, after Russell Coutts, to have won a single-handed Olympic yachting gold medal and was voted New Zealand Sailor of the Year in 1988. Timms and Sellers claimed silver in the Tornado, with John Cutler taking home the bronze in the Finn to ensure New Zealand had the full set of medals.

Photo / Belinda
Bullock Photography
Photo / Supplied


'Being a part of the New Zealand team and seeing the level of support around the athletes is awesome. We won't be in the Olympic village in Paris with many of the other New Zealand athletes, but I can already feel the sense of togetherness among the group and that is something we will all be relying on to lift our performances.'


Along with Rio de Janeiro in 2016, Barcelona is still New Zealand’s most successful Olympics in terms of medals won. Led by Barbara Kendall (pictured), the Kiwis won gold, two silver and one bronze. Kendall became the first New Zealand woman to win an Olympic gold medal since

Veerle ten Have has been the country’s top prospect in women’s windfoiling since making the switch from the non-foiling RS:X in late 2021. Since then, she has dominated the local scene and made rapid progress internationally – claiming several impressive results in her first season against the best iQFOiLers on the planet (in 2022). Ten Have continued her upward trajectory the following year, with bronze at the Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma de Mallorca, and sixth place at the Olympic test event in Marseille and secured top-10 results at two European events in 2024.

Veerle ten Have

Age: 23

Hometown: Tauranga

Class: Women's windfoil

Last 5 results:

French Olympic Week 9

Princess Sofia Regatta 10

iQFOil world championships 21

Sailing world championships 22

Paris test event 6

Coach: Paul Snow-Hansen

Previous Olympics: Debut

Competition: Sharon Kantor (Isr), Emma Wilson (GBR), Mina Mobekk (Nor)

Event dates:

July 28-30, 2024: Opening series

August 1, 2024: Opening series – marathon

August 2, 2024: Medal series

Yvette Williams 40 years earlier when she triumphed in the sailboard discipline, despite breaking her wrist earlier that year. Leslie Egnot and Jan Shearer claimed silver in the women's 470, as did Rod Davis and Don Cowie in the Star. Craig Monk continued the country's success in the Finn,

bagging bronze against 28 other sailors.


New Zealand had to settle for only one medal success in Atlanta – and, for the third Games in a row, a Kendall made it onto the podium. Barbara tried valiantly to retain her Olympic title at Savannah, but eventually had to concede to Lai-Shan Lee, of Hong Kong, after finishing placings of 2-3-6-1-10-5-5-6-2.

Photo / Belinda Bullock Photography

Josh Armit was one of the most talked-about youth sailors in the country when he won the boys’ Laser Radial (now ILCA 6) at the 2018 youth sailing world championships but he decided to take a break from the sport after struggling with the transition to the ILCA 7. His hiatus didn't last long, however, as Armit discovered windfoiling in late 2020 and soon established himself as New Zealand's top male competitor. His growing list of accolades includes several national titles, as well as top 10s in 2023 at the Princess Sofia Regatta in Spain, the European championships in Greece, the Olympic test event in France and the combined sailing world champs in the Netherlands in August. Armit finished eighth at the 2024 Princess Sofia and was eliminated from the quarterfinal of the French Olympic Week after a BFD.

Josh Armit

Age: 22

Hometown: Auckland

Class: Men's windfoil

Last 5 results:

French Olympic Week 8

Princess Sofia Regatta 5 iQFOil world championships 22

Sailing world championships 7

Paris test event 9

Coach: Nathan Handley

Previous Olympics: Debut

Competition: Luuc van Opzeeland (Ned), Nicolas Goyard (Fra), Pawel Tarnowski (Pol)

Event dates:

July 28-30, 2024: Opening series

August 1, 2024: Opening series – marathon

August 2, 2024: Medal series

Compatriot Aaron McIntosh was fourth in the men's event, Sharon Ferris finished fifth in the Europe Dinghy, while Davis and Cowie couldn't repeat their success from four years earlier, ending fifth overall in the Star.


The country's biggest-ever sailing contingent crossed the ditch but despite 18 sailors competing in 11 different classes,


'It's always been a goal since a young age – not just to get to the Olympics, but to get a medal at the Olympics. I've always been driven by that. It motivates me a lot. Getting to a gold medal is what motivates me.'

only two managed to get on the podium. Kendall completed her set of Olympic medals by winning bronze – missing out to Italian Alessandra Sensini and Amelie Lux of Germany. McIntosh (pictured) improved to third, his points total of 48 just a whisker away from Argentinian Carlos Espinola, who won the silver medal. Kiwi Jenny Armstrong, competing for Australia, won gold in the women's 470, sailing with Belinda Stowell.

Photo / Belinda Bullock Photography
Photo / Supplied


'One of my most precious memories is having my picture taken with Molly [Meech] shortly after she won her silver medal at the Rio Olympics. I was only 13 at the time and now going to the Olympics alongside her and many other sailors I admire is an incredible feeling.'


Barbara Kendall could well have added to her impressive medal collection in Athens – she was as good as anyone in the field, but had two devastating results, both times because she crossed the start line too soon. At least one of those decisions proved quite contentious, with her fifth place ultimately being the best by a Kiwi sailor at the Games. Hamish Pepper was seventh in the Laser,

Greta Pilkington is one of the rising stars of New Zealand sailing and will represent the country in the ILCA 6 (formerly Laser Radial) at the Games for the first time since Sara Winther in 2012. A talented youth sailor, Pilkington won two Optimist national titles and sailed a range of different boats –including the P-Class, Starling, 29er and 49erFX – before settling on the ILCA 6. She qualified for the youth world championships in 2020 and 2021, with both events scuppered by Covid-19, before winning the women's open title at the ILCA 6 national championships in 2022 (at the age of only 18). She also claimed back-to-back Oceanbridge Sail Auckland titles in 2023 and 2024.

Pilkington secured two top-10 results (at Sail Melbourne and Sail Sydney) in her first full season of international competition and qualified for the gold fleet at the French Olympic Week regatta in Hyeres, France.

Greta Pilkington

Age: 21

Hometown: Auckland

Class: ILCA 6

Last 5 results:

French Olympic Week 16

Princess Sofia Regatta 44

ILCA 6 world championships 53

Sail Sydney 6

Sailing world championships 84

Coach: Mark Howard

Previous Olympics: Debut

Competition: Anne-Marie Rindom (Den), Marit Bouwmeester (Ned), Maria Erdi (Hun)

Event dates:

August 1-5, 2024: Opening series

August 6: Medal race

the same placing as Sharon Ferris, Joanna White and Kylie Jameson in the Yngling. Sarah Macky (eighth, Europe dinghy) and Tom Ashley (10th, men's Mistral) were the others in the top 10.


Ashley (pictured) built on the experience he gained in 2004, to win the Mistral (boardsailing)

gold medal in 2008 – the country's only sailing success at the Games that year. By the time he got to Hong Kong, where the 2008 Olympic yachting competition was held, Ashley was clearly a man to watch. He'd foretold future greatness by taking the silver medal at the 2006 world championships, won the Olympic test event in 2007, and claimed another world title in his

Photo / Belinda Bullock Photography

Aprodigiously talented youth sailor, Tom Saunders successfully stepped into the senior ranks and has been among the top of the world's ILCA 7 fleets since winning the 2021 world championships. In doing so, Saunders became only the second Kiwi to triumph at a world champs in the history of arguably the most competitive class in the sport. He followed it up with a fourth place at the 2022 event in Mexico, wedged between a string of other strong domestic and international results. In November 2022, he was named Orbit World Travel Sailor of the Year at the annual Yachting New Zealand Excellence Awards. A challenging 2023 was followed by early success in 2024, with Saunders finishing fifth at the class world champs in Adelaide to secure his spot in Paris. He heads into the Games in solid form, having qualified for the medal races at the Princess Sofia Regatta and the French Olympic Week.

Tom Saunders

Age: 31

Hometown: Tauranga

Class: ILCA 7

Last 5 results:

French Olympic Week 5

Princess Sofia Regatta 10

ILCA 7 world championships 5

Sail Melbourne 6

Sailing world championships 11

Coach: Mike Bullot

Previous Olympics: Debut

Competition: Matt Wearn (Aus), Michael Beckett (GBR), Hermann Tomasgaard (Nor)

Event dates:

August 1-5, 2024: Opening series August 6: Medal race

home waters off Takapuna earlier in 2008. Kendall, meanwhile, bowed out of Olympic competition with a sixth placing, no mean feat for a woman of 40, and became the first New Zealand woman to compete at five Olympics.


The London Games saw the emergence of four new Kiwi sailing stars. Jo Aleh and


'There's a definite sense of pride and relief to be selected after three Olympic cycles – 12 full years of campaigning. To be part of a bigger team and to represent our country along with top athletes from other sports is very special. Winning a medal is what we've been working toward for a long time, and I know I have the potential to get on that podium in France.'

Polly Powrie (pictured), known as Team Jolly, claimed gold in the women's 470 –finishing among the top two in five of 10 qualifying races and winning the medal race to romp home by 16 points from their closest challengers. Two days earlier, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke – the youngest team in the field – surprised by winning silver in the 49er competition for New Zealand's 100th Olympic medal.

Several other Kiwis were also well in the medal hunt – with Andrew Murdoch (Laser), Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders (men's 470) and Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner (Star) all finishing fifth, and Dan Slater (Finn) and JP Tobin (men's RS:X) seventh.

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'I can remember being a very small child and my dad going to the Olympics and, as a preschooler, deciding that's what I wanted to do. For me, it's been kind of a lifetime of wanting to do this one thing.'


A gold, two silvers and a bronze made the Rio Games New Zealand's most prolific in terms of sailing medal haul - on a par with Barcelona in 1992. Burling and Tuke (pictured), who were also the co-captains of the New Zealand Olympic team, won the 49er event with two races to spare and by a 43-point margin – the biggest win of any sailing class in the Olympics since

Justina Kitchen is one of the most experienced female kitefoilers in the world and has claimed top10 results in a handful of international events since switching from the RS:X (windsurfing) in 2018 – including twice at the world championships and a career-best fifth at the 2019 European championships. She also managed a ninth place at last year's Paris test event in Marseille before suffering a serious knee injury in September. Paris 2024 will be Kitchen's first Olympic Games at her third attempt after missing out on selection in 2012 and 2016.

Justina Kitchen

Age: 35

Hometown: Auckland

Class: Women's kitefoil

Last 5 results:

Formula Kite world championships 21

Princess Sofia Regatta 14

Formula Kite European championships 29

Sailing world championships 24

Olympic test event 9

Coach: Antonio Cozzolino

Previous Olympics: Debut

Competition: Daniela Moroz (USA), Poema Newland (Fra), Breiana Whitehead (Aus)

Event dates:

August 4-7, 2024: Opening series

August 8: Medal series

1968, when the modern scoring system started. They finished ahead of the second-placed Australian boat in 11 of the 13 races. Meanwhile, Aleh and Powrie followed up their golden success in London with a second place overall in the women's 470, while Alex Maloney and Molly Meech

capped their dominance in the 49erFX class over the preceding years with silver in Brazil. Bronze went to Meech's older brother Sam in the ILCA 7 (Laser), with the siblings spending seven years of their childhood sailing around the world.

Photo / Belinda Bullock Photography

Lukas Walton-Keim has dominated the local kitefoiling scene for some time and has been a regular on the international circuit for the last five years. A three-time national champion in the class, Walton-Keim spent seven months off the water in 2023 after having surgery to his knee but has made steady progress since his return. He finished second at Sail Sydney in December 2023 to secure a country spot in the class for Paris 2024 before an 11th place at the French Olympic week in Hyeres in April and 17th at the Formula Kite world championships in May.

Lukas Walton-Keim

Age: 27

Hometown: Auckland

Class: Men's kitefoil

Last 5 results:

Formula Kite world championships 17

French Olympic Week 11

Princess Sofia Regatta 22

Formula Kite European championships 27

Sail Sydney 2

Coach: Antonio Cozzolino

Previous Olympics: Debut

Competition: Max Maeder (SGP), Axel Mazella (Fra), Denis Taradin (Cyp)

Event dates:

August 4-7, 2024: Opening series

August 8: Medal series

TOKYO 2020

The Games were delayed by a year due to Covid-19 and when it eventually rolled round in July 2021, it did so in the unprecedented shadow of the global pandemic. Ten sailors competed in six classes but Burling and Tuke had New Zealand's only medal success, fighting hard to win silver and being denied gold only on a countback. Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox came


'It is a big relief to finally get to this point and to have the opportunity to represent my country at the Olympics. There have been moments where it felt like it wouldn't happen, but this proves to myself that I can do it. I am very grateful for the support of the incredible team behind me.'

close to the podium, finishing fourth in the men's 470, while Josh Junior (fifth in the Finn) and Sam Meech (10th in the ILCA 7) were the other Kiwis in the top10. Maloney and Molly Meech (49erFX) and Erica Dawson and Micah Wilkinson (Nacra 17) were 12th in their respective classes.


Barbara Kendall FROM THE PODIUM

An Olympic icon has a simple message for the NZ sailing team in Marseille.

The hard work is done, the preparation is complete, and now it’s simply about one thing – sending it.

That is my simple message to the New Zealand sailing team that, in just a few short weeks, will be competing at the Olympic Games in Marseille.

Once you get to the event, you can’t do much else. In all the Olympics I attended; we were at the venue at least a month before the Games began. We pretended we lived there, becoming locals, making it just like a normal day at the office. By the time the Games started, everything felt very normal, apart from everyone wearing New Zealand uniforms all the time!

For some, keeping it “familiar” can be easier said than done – because there’s so much focus on the Games. It ramps up with every passing day, and it can be hard to stay in that “normal” pattern, but for me back then – and for this year’s sailing team

in Marseille – it will be important because otherwise, you can easily get caught up in the noise of the Olympics. The more normal you can keep it, the more relaxed you can compete, blocking out the noise and doing what you’re meant to do.

It’s key to remember that you’ve done the training. Now, you have to let it go and not get too hyped up with everything that’s happening. Enjoy everything about the Olympics, but don’t get hooked into it.

For me, each Olympics had a different story. I was 24 when I went to my first one, and I was really lucky to have my brother Bruce and coach Grant Beck on my side, guiding me through and blocking out the noise, making it a really fun experience.

Mike Clark, our Olympic team manager, was amazing at reminding us that we were there for a good time, not a long time. That was his motto, and he was the best manager I ever had.

Barbara Kendall is one of New Zealand’s most decorated Olympic sailors, having won gold in Barcelona, silver in Atlanta and bronze in Sydney.


IT!’ IT!’

We were in the heart of the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992, with the village wrapped around the marina where we were sailing. We couldn’t escape the noise because we were living in it, but it was just a fun Games. I had no expectations or pressure. I was just really happy to have made it to the Games, and I knew I had the possibility of winning. Every Games I went to; I carried that mentality.

For the class of 2024, I think the element of fun is crucial to enjoying the experience and doing well. I always performed best when I was surrounded by relaxed people who didn’t get stressed because it was the Olympics. Sometimes, being around people who get caught up in the whole vibe and the stress can make you wobble and pick up their energy. So, it’s important to stay close to those who know you and keep your energy flowing positively. If I was happy, laughing, and relaxed, I would

‘It’s key to remember that you’ve done the training. Now, you have to let it go and not get too hyped up with everything that’s happening. Enjoy everything about the Olympics, but don’t get hooked into it.’

always do well.

This Olympics is a special one as it will be the debut for the windfoiling class, and the first time New Zealand has had a boardsailor at the Games since JP Tobin in 2012. The iQFOiL class is still relatively new, and the expectations on our sailors might not be as high as in some other countries.

Veerle ten Have and Josh Armit are already exceeding expectations in terms

of their experience but are yet to crack the top three consistently, so the pressure isn’t as intense on them. They have nothing to lose and everything to win.

The class isn’t as tactical as it used to be because they’re going so much faster now. It’s a speed race. Vee and Josh are tapping on the top people’s shoulders, but it’s just a matter of letting go now and doing the best they can. That’s all anyone can ask.

My message to them and all the Kiwis would be to forget about the result because you can’t control it. You may never get to have this experience again, so go in, give it your all, and let the rest take care of itself.

Barbara Kendall is one of New Zealand’s most successful Olympians – winning gold, silver and bronze medals between 1992 and 2000. She made history as the first Kiwi female to compete in five Games and has won 11 world championship medals and 25 national championships titles in the sport of windsurfing.

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Josh Armit. Photo / Sailing Energy
Barbara Kendall
Veerle ten Have. Photo / Sailing Energy


Messages of support for our Olympic sailing team have been flooding in from across NZ. Here are a few of our favourites.


Marseille is 'a really tricky' sailing venue and is expected to be one of the hottest in Olympic history.

As if facing the best sailors on the planet wasn't challenging enough, the 12-strong New Zealand Olympic sailing team will also have to contend with one of world sailing's trickiest venues in their quest for gold.

Hosted on the waters of the Marseille Marina, some 660 km south of Paris, Olympic sailing will be contested from July 28 to August 8, 2024. The narrowshaped bay, dry winds, and surrounding mountains combine to provide unpredictable conditions.

Erica Dawson, who will be competing in the mixed Nacra 17 event with Micah Wilkinson, says preparation is key when it comes to the southern French venue.

Dawson and most of her teammates have been training in Marseille for the past month and have a few practice regattas before the action kicks off later this month.

"Marseille’s a really tricky place to sail, so getting time on the Olympic waters and on the courses we’re actually going to be racing on is really important,” Dawson told Stuff.

"We’re learning a lot about the venue and feel like there’s still quite a bit to go, so still quite a bit to learn but looking forward to it."

Dawson and Wilkinson were two of a dozen Kiwis who sailed at the Olympic test event at the same venue almost

The Olympic sailing competition will be held in Marseille, more than 600km south of Paris. Photo / Sailing Energy

exactly a year ago. The pair narrowly missed out on a podium place against many of the same competitors they are likely to face this time around.

The Mediterranean heat will provide another obstacle, with this Olympics expected to be one of the hottest ever.

"It’s going to be really hot, but we did a lot of prep for Tokyo for this, and I feel we’re quite set up with our cooling strategies."

Dawson and Wilkinson finished 12th in Tokyo—their Games debut—after she suffered a broken leg a month before the start of racing.

"We’ve got ice baths and ice vests to wear and slushies to drink so we’re best prepared as we can be. Here [in Marseille], we’re actually lucky that the water is a bit cooler [than it was in Tokyo], so on the windy days, it’s actually

a really comfortable temperature,"

Dawson says. "It’s quite nice to be in the water; I feel like we’re actually quite a lucky sport in that."

Anna Skipper, a senior performance physiologist at HPSNZ working with the sailing team, says anything above 25 or 26 degrees can impact athlete performance.

"Our goal really is to make the heat really comfortable and normal for the sailors; we don’t want it to be something that detracts or takes away from their performance," she says.

The sailors have spent plenty of time training at AUT Millennium in Auckland, where they have access to an environmental heat chamber and a gym that can be heated up to 32 degrees.

"For the Olympics, there will be a team on land waiting for the sailors to

come out of the water," Skipper says. "They will be assisting them with their cooling protocols and helping them with their ice vests, making sure their recovery ice bath is nice and cold so that they can do pre-cooling or post-cooling coming on or off the water, making sure the slushie’s ready."

Along with the physical impact the heat has on athlete performance, it can also affect their mental performance.

"Being a sailor, you need to make good decisions, you need to make quick decisions, and even a small amount of dehydration can reduce that significantly.

"It’s really being on top of hydration, cooling internally and externally, because that gives you the best combo. Extreme heat has a huge impact, so they have to be on top of it."

Erica Dawson will be competing in the Nacra 17 competition. Photo / Sailing Energy


Alistair Deaves, Megan Kensington and Jamie Sutherland are all accomplished sailors in their own right – but they will be representing NZ in a slightly different capacity at the Paris Olympics.

What will your role be at the Games?

Deaves: I have been appointed as part of the technical committee for the Games, specifically as the international technical officer (ITO) for the Nacra 17 class. An ITO is normally a World Sailing international measurer (IM) for the class. Our job is to ensure the racing is fair at the equipment level.

Kensington: I am an ITO on the iQFOiL and kitefoil race management teams. I expect that I will either be on the pin end of the start line or the finish boat. My role, along with the other technical officials on the course, is to ensure that the racing is run to World Sailing standards and is fair for all competitors.

Sutherland: I will be a judge on the international jury. There are 26 judges on the jury, with countries only allowed one judge each. During the day, I will be on the water following the sailors to help keep the racing fair. Principally that involves looking for and penalising illegal propulsion under Rule 42.

We also position ourselves at pinch-point locations on the course to witness any possible boat-on-boat incidents. After racing, I will be part of the panel that hears protests lodged by the sailors.

Is this your first Olympics? What other big international events have you been involved in?

Deaves: This is my first Olympics. I was appointed to the Paris 24 test event held last year in Marseille and to the 2023 sailing world championships in The Hague. For both events, I was appointed as an ITO for the Nacra 17 class. I have also been at several Nacra 17 world championships, both as the deputy and chief measurer. I am also an international measurer for the OK Dinghy and have run the measurement at several championships.

Kensington: This is my second Olympics. I was also an ITO for the Tokyo Games (as well as the Tokyo test event). Other events I have been involved in are the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 world championships in Auckland (in 2019), the Para sailing world championships in the Netherlands last year, the women's world match racing in Auckland and, in the past, have been involved in the local Volvo Ocean Race stopovers and an America's Cup.

Sutherland: This is the first time I have been to the Olympics. I am very excited to have been appointed as I have a passion for Olympic sport. My first memory of the Olympics was the Munich Games in 1972 – I was travelling in the UK at the time and recall watching the Games live on colour TV, which was a real thrill as New Zealand still only had black and white TV at that time! The biggest international event I have been to is the 2023 world championships in The Hague – which had some 950 boats and 1300

sailors. It was a qualifying event for Paris, so the sailing was highly competitive on and off the water – the jury heard about 170 protests or requests for redress.

How did you become a race official? Deaves: I first became a measurer for the OK Dinghy back in the mid-90s. I was trained under Don Andrews (GBR) who was the IM for the OK and the then-chair of the OK Dinghy International Technical Committee. I still blame him (often) for starting me off down this path. I took over as chairman of the OK Dinghy technical committee in 2009 and still hold that position. In 2017, I attended a World Sailing measurer's clinic and seminar held in Auckland. I was talked into taking the seminar and test and applying to be an IM, and a year later I found myself an international measurer for the OK. In 2019, the Royal Akarana Yacht Club hosted the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 world championships and I volunteered to help. I worked under Chris Henderson with the Nacra 17 class and, within a year, I also became an IM for the Nacra 17. In 2020, I was nominated by the OK Class for a position on the World Sailing International Measurers Committee. World Sailing then asked me to be the vice-chair. I have always tried to take the opportunities when they were presented to me and being appointed to the Olympics is another step on the pathway.

Kensington: I became an RO by accident. I was injured and went out on the start boat to help and, over time, somehow ended up being trained to be a race officer. I was lucky enough to be mentored by some really good race officers, such as Peter Carr, Harold Bennett, Judy Salthouse and John Parrish. I also had a lot of support and encouragement



from the umpire community when I was running a lot of match racing. Some of the international umpires helped me get invited to a few events overseas so that I could gain experience for my International Race Officer qualification.

Sutherland: I became involved as a race official over 20 years ago. Initially, I qualified as a national race officer and a few years later as a national judge. At that time, our club had no judges and struggled to put an experienced committee together to hear protests. About 10 years ago, Russell Green encouraged me to become an international judge. I received wonderful support from him together with other judges during the journey to qualify.

What is the best part of the job?

Deaves: The major perk is the international travel and meeting a lot of people. There is a lot of satisfaction from doing the job well and having the sailors come up and say "thanks".

Kensington: There are a couple of things that stand out – one is the satisfaction of coming off the water after a good day's racing, knowing that the courses were good, and seeing the fleet split across the course because it was fair, and everything has gone well. The other highlight is the people I get to work with – both the race officials and sailors.

Sutherland: The best part is still being involved in the sailing community and participating in high-level events. I regularly work with friends I raced against many years ago and I am still meeting new people and making friends at events. Sailing truly is a sport for life. I also get a lot of enjoyment from judging at club level.

How do we ensure we keep producing race officials of international quality in NZ?

Deaves: Unlike the race officers and judges, measurers are quite disconnected within New Zealand – most measurers are chosen by and work only for their class. There are certainly a lot of good measurers in NZ and bringing them from the classes to an international level will involve more World Sailing clinics and seminars and the support to attend them and events. Creating a pathway for measurers should be the next job. I have recently joined the Yachting New Zealand race officials committee, so we hope to work towards connecting the measurers more and developing this pathway.

officials to get experience at that high level due to the travel cost. Having world championship regattas in New Zealand does help, but they can be very expensive to run.

Kensington: We have some really good race officials; however, we need to do a lot of work to keep bringing people through. There has been a drop in the number of umpires and judges coming through, and we do need to increase the number of women involved as technical officials – so we need to understand the barriers for women to get involved. Another challenge is there are a lot of regattas in Europe, and it can be quite difficult for New Zealand and Australian race

Sutherland: We are very fortunate to have excellent race officials at club, national and international levels. They are enthusiastic and committed to doing the best job for our sailors. Yachting New Zealand has a programme to train new race officials and develop those progressing through to higher levels and believes it is highly desirable to have qualified race officials in all our clubs. The first step is to qualify at club level, which in most cases is sufficient to serve club needs. Much of this training can be done online. There are also numerous training seminars and focus group meetings for officials to build networks and learn best practices from more experienced officials. Being a race official allows people to continue participating in the sport even after they feel their competitive sailing days are over.

Click here for more information on starting your journey to becoming a race official.



New Zealand has a proud history of Olympic sailing but how much do you know about it? Answer our 50 questions on all things Olympic sailing to see if you’ll make it onto the podium – or capsize!



The Olympic sailing competition in 2024 will not be held in Paris but in which southern French city?

2 When was the last time the Summer Olympic Games were hosted in France?


After which Olympic Games did the sport of “yachting” first become classed as “sailing”?


What was the ILCA 6 class previously known as?


Sailing was first contested as an Olympic sport in Paris in 1900 and has been included at every modern Olympiad since, except for which year?


Two sailing classes will make its debut this year. One is windfoiling, what’s the other?


Which one of these boats featured most recently at the Games – Dragon boat, Flying Dutchman, Snowbird, Soling or Tempest?


When was the first women’s-only sailing event introduced at the Olympic Games?


... and what was the sailing class they competed in?


When was the last time keelboats featured at the Olympics?


The match racing format has been included at four previous Olympics – in 1992, 1996, 2000 and which other year?


True or false? The 1996 Olympics was the last time two sailing venues were used at the same Games.


How many mixed sailing classes will feature at the 2024 Paris Olympics?


Who/what are the mascots for Paris 2024?


The Paris 2024 emblem was inspired by three symbols –a gold medal, the Olympic flame and...?

NZ at the Games


How many sailing medals (total) has New Zealand won at the Summer Olympic Games?


Peter Mander and Jack Cropp were New Zealand’s first sailors to win a medal, claiming gold in Melbourne 1956 in which class?


Who won New Zealand’s only sailing medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

What was the colour of the medal?


Who became New Zealand’s first female gold medallists in a dinghy class?


New Zealand’s tally of nine Olympic gold medals ranks us ninth on the list of most successful Olympic sailing nations. Who is number one?


Sailing is New Zealand’s third most successful Olympic sport by total number of medals. What’s the first?


With one gold and two silver medals, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are New Zealand’s most successful Olympic sailors. Who did they dethrone for the title?

24 The 2000 Sydney Games saw New Zealand’s largest ever sailing contingent. How many sailors competed?

25 Which two Olympic Games have been New Zealand’s most successful in terms of sailing medal haul?

Who did Rex Sellers sail with on the Tornado when they won gold (in 1984) and silver (1988)?

Who was the last Kiwi sailor to win an Olympic medal in the Finn?

Rod Davis and Don Cowie won a medal in the two-person keelboat in Barcelona in 1992. What was the colour of their medal?


Kiwi dinghy sailor Jenny Armstrong won gold in the women’s 470 at the 2000 Sydney Games for which adopted country? 30

Where did Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox place in the men’s 470 at the Tokyo Games? 31

How many Olympic medals did Sir Russell Coutts win during his career?


How many classes will New Zealand not be represented in at the 2024 Games? 33

Which of these Kiwi sailors have not won an Olympic medal – John Cutler, Josh Junior, Bruce Kendall or Aaron McIntosh?


True or false? New Zealand has won a medal in the Flying Dutchman?


Dean Barker competed in which Olympic class at his only Games appearance, in 2004?

Class of 2024


Greta Pilkington is set to be the first Kiwi sailor to compete in the ILCA 6 at the Olympics since who in 2012?


Josh Armit and Veerle ten Have will attempt to win New Zealand’s first medal on a sailboard since Tom Ashley won gold in the RS:X in which year?

38 Molly Meech’s brother Sam won bronze at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Which other member of the 2024 team has had a sibling compete at the Games?

39 Nacra 17 pair Micah Wilkinson and Erica Dawson almost didn’t make it to the start line for Tokyo. Why?

40 What is the average age of the 2024 sailing team?

41 Who is the youngest Kiwi sailor at this year’s event?

42 Who is the only Kiwi sailor to compete in three different sailing classes at the Olympics?

43 Which New Zealand sailing team competing in France are known as the ‘McKiwis’?

1. Marseille 2. 1924 3. Atlanta (1996) 4. Laser Radial 5. 1904 6. Kitefoiling 7. Soling 8. Seoul (1988) 9. 470 10. 2012 (Star and Elliott 6) 11. 2012 12. False (it was 1924) 13. Two (Nacra 17 and 470) 14. The Phryges – based on the famous Phrygian cap which is considered a symbol of freedom 15. The face of Marianne – a cherished symbol of the revolution and the people of France 16. 23 17. Lightweight Sharpie 18. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (49er) 19. Silver 20. Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (2012) 21. Great Britain (31 gold) 22. Rowing (29 medals) 23. Windsurfer Barbara Kendall (gold in 1992, silver in 1996 and bronze in 2000) 24. 18 25. Barcelona (1992) and Rio de Janeiro (2016) 26. Chris Timms 27. Craig


Which sailor/combination in the 2024 Olympic team had the highest placing at the most recent combined sailing world championships (in The Hague in August 2023)?


Which sailor/combination has won a class world championship in the same boat they will be competing in in France?


How many combined Olympic medals have the NZ class of 2024 won?


Josh Armit won world championship bronze in 2019 in what class?


Who did Molly Meech win 49erFX silver with at the 2016 Rio Games?


Armit and which other sailor in the squad have been included in the Emirates Team New Zealand team for the Youth America’s Cup?

50 Isaac McHardie and Micah Wilkinson combined to win gold at the 2013 youth world champs in which class?

Monk (1992) 28. Silver 29. Australia 30. Fourth 31. One (gold in the Finn in 1984) 32. One (mixed 470) 33. Josh Junior 34. True (Helmer Pedersen and Earle Wells won gold in 1964) 35. Finn 36. Sara Winther 37. 2008 38. Tom Saunders’ brother Jason competed in 2012 and 2016 39. Dawson broke her leg in a training accident a month before the start of the Games 40. 28 years 41. Greta Pilkington (21) 42. Jo Aleh (Laser Radial, women’s 470, 49erFX) 43. Isaac McHardie and Will McKenzie 44. McHardie and McKenzie (fourth) 45. Saunders (ILCA 7) and Meech (49erFX) 46. Three 47. OK Dinghy 48. Alex Maloney 49. Veerle ten Have 50. SL16
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Kiwis impress ahead of youth world champs at mecca of sailing.

New Zealand's top youth sailors have shown the ability to learn fast and adapt when competing on home waters – qualities that will serve them well when they take on the best in the world in just over a week.

That's the message from Yachting New Zealand's youth and events manager Sam Mackay to the team of 13 selected to represent the country at the 2024 youth sailing world championships from July 13.

The NZL Sailing Foundation youth team was named for the event at Lake Garda, Italy, a week after the conclusion of

the NZ youth championships at Murrays Bay Sailing Club in April which doubled as a selection trial for the youth worlds.

While five of the selected sailors also competed at last year's youth world championships in Buzios, two have changed classes and two others are now sailing in a new combination.

Nicola Hume, who competed with

Tessa Clinton in the girls' 420 in Brazil in December, has switched to the 29er and will be sailing with Bella Jenkins in Italy, while Sean Kensington is now crewing for Will Leech only five months after helming for brother Rowan.

Clinton will again be in the girls' dinghy, but this time with Jess Handley. The pair have impressed since teaming up only a few months ago and were the overall leaders in the 420 fleet after day one at Murrays Bay. The event was won by Cam Brown and Alex Norman, who also beat defending champions Joe Leith and Josh Ferrissey.

Chloe Turner finished first in the girls' ILCA 6 after placing 18th with Lucy Leith in the 29er at the 2023 youth worlds, while Zach Stibbe secured the spot in the boys' ILCA 6 following a dramatic four-day

The 2024 NZL Sailing Foundation Youth team has been selected for Lake Garda. Photo / Eduan Roos

battle with Winston Liesebach and Miro Luxford.

Stibbe, who won silver at the Kiel Week in Germany last week, will compete at his first youth worlds, as will girls' windfoiler Sofia Currie. Jack Parr (boys' windfoil), who had to withdraw from last year's NZL Sailing Foundation youth team due to injury, has also been included.

Kitefoiler Hugo Wigglesworth will be sailing at his third youth worlds and is the most experienced of the young Kiwis.

"Congratulations to all the sailors selected for the youth worlds. It will be a very special event at one of the best sailing venues in the world," Mackay said.


Girls' ILCA 6

Chloe Turner

Boys' ILCA 6

Zach Stibbe

Girls' 29er

Bella Jenkins and Nicola Hume

Boys' 29er

Will Leech and Sean Kensington

Boys' 420

Cam Brown and Alex Norman

Girls' 420

Tessa Clinton and Jess Handley

Girls' iQFOiL

Sofia Currie

Boys' iQFOiL

Jack Parr

Boys' kitefoil

Hugo Wigglesworth

"We were impressed with the level of competition in all the fleets during the youth trials as well as the sailors' ability to learn quickly and improve as the regatta went on. That will be absolutely critical to success at the world champs."

Mackay was confident that the squad could improve on the results of last year, where Leith and Ferrissey's fifth place was the best return.

The pair followed it up a fortnight later by winning bronze at the 420 open world championships in Rio de Janeiro.

"It's a relatively inexperienced squad when you consider the change in classes and combinations but some of the sailors

have demonstrated their ability to perform at international level over the last few months," Mackay said.

"The fact that Joe and Josh were beaten at the youth trials is an indication of the strength of that class, in particular."

The NZL Sailing Foundation youth team have been preparing for the youth worlds with several coaching clinics and squad-based class coaching sessions.

Mackay is one of the team's coaches, with Yachting New Zealand talent development manager Geoff Woolley, world championship bronze medallist George Gautrey and Scott McKenzie also travelling.

Cam Brown and Alex Norman
Sam Mackay
Chloe Turner
Jack Parr




It’s some of the most underrated rope used in maintenance – and that’s no stretch.

Docklines are the underrated heroes of boat maintenance – protecting our boats from breaking away, hitting other boats and the docks yearround.

But while the choice of docklines today is more varied than ever (you have polyester, nylon, three-strand, eight-strand and double braid options to name but a few) some are better than others.

Aesthetics and elasticity are two of the most important things to consider when investing in a dockline.

While most are either black or white and

this comes down solely to personal choice, I much prefer the former, because over time the white discolours and never looks good again.

You also shouldn’t look past the value of stretch. When your boat surges against an unforgiving dockline, the load on the line goes from zero to maximum in the instant that the line becomes tight, and this can often result in a broken line – or worse –damaged cleats and even the deck from the high loads and repetitive action.

Eight and three-strand ropes are made out of nylon so they have these qualities but are often hard to find in anything but white, and they can be a bit noisy as the fibres move together. I don’t recommend using these options if you live on your boat as the noise of the docklines “eeking” constantly is enough to drive you crazy.

Nylon double braid rope is a great option. It is UV stabilised, meaning it will not deteriorate from the sun as quickly as

the rest (an important consideration in the harsh New Zealand sun). Nylon also has high elongation and is generally presented in a double braid type of rope – there is a nylon core and a nylon cover. If you wanted to splice an eye in the end of your docklines with nylon double braid, you would need to do a double braid or “class 1 splice”. This rope also melts, so it is easy to stop the ends from fraying.

Another solid option due to its high elongation are polyester docklines with one rope my personal favourite – a product called Pro Splice by Fineline Marine

It does not have a core, so it is easy to splice and re-splice if you need to change the lengths. It has low abrasion, is very flexible and very light.

A question I’m often asked is what diameter dockline to use.

Generally, the rule of thumb is to use 10mm for all boats under 20ft or 6m and then to add 4mm to the diameter for every


additional 4m in length.

For example, a 10m boat would use 14mm rope, a 14m boat would use 18mm rope and so on.

There are many cool accessories you can use if you are worried about your boat in a swell or if your boat is kept in a marina where there is an hourly ferry coming in and out and creating a rough environment. They are normally something you tie onto your dockline or weave around it for it to take up the slack in the system.

You can also use large chafe covers around the eyes if your rope is going onto a rough bollard or cleat which should help prolong the life of your docklines.

Most superyachts now use a sacrificial nylon strop that they loop through their own docklines to go over the bollards on the docks.

They are basically treated like a consumable product but worth it when they add elasticity and stretch and protect

their lengthy, beautiful docklines.

Docking can be a stressful exercise unless you know you have reliable lines –and how to get the best out of them.

Try using different coloured whipping twine to differentiate between different line lengths on your boat for raft ups, or just to have when you come into a marina from time to time.

For example, the 10m docklines are whipped red at the ends, so you know what you are grabbing when in need.

Also, if you are about to leave the dock and you keep your docklines on winches, or cleats without an eye splice, it helps to put some tape on the dockline to indicate where they need to be pulled into when you get your boat back into the perfect position in your berth.

Safe boating through winter and good luck to those doing the SSANZ races.

I look forward to seeing you all out on the water!

Robin Marsh is an experienced offshore sailor, ropesmith and rigger, and a wife and mum of two boys. She owns and operates Caniwi Rigging Services, specialising in customised splicing and deckgear solutions.
Aesthetics and elasticity are things to consider when purchasing docklines. Photos: Supplied

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The difference between offshore and coastal sailing boils down to three things that would be prudent to consider when preparing for your upcoming voyage, writes Cris Brodie

The first, and most obvious, difference between offshore and coastal sailing is the distance you will travel and how this mileage affects your vessel and crew (which must be completely selfreliant). Sailing one-way to Fiji is probably equivalent to five years of coastal sailing with similar wear and tear.

The second difference is night sailing. Most people get very limited experience of this while cruising around the coast and it presents a unique set of challenges.

The third, and in my opinion, the most significant difference, is that you are a long way from a port of refuge, in open waters, and facing sea states that would normally lead you to be anchored securely in a bay.

With the above in mind, I have listed some common mechanical problems yachts face that can affect your safety and



planning for these situations.

Seamanship is preparation and preparing well for how to deal with unforeseen circumstances will give your voyage a greater chance of success.


Steering gear issues

One of the most serious problems you might encounter but, in most cases, it can be prevented. Check and understand how your steering works, check the cables (or hydraulics) are tight and make sure you have spares and know how to fit them. It’s worth fitting

new cables yourself before you leave and keeping the old ones as spares. It’s also wise to check this throughout the passage. Make sure you carry at least one spare keyway in case it shears as this is a commonly reported problem. Thirty per cent of the yachts doing the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) race reported some sort of steering issues.

2 Leaks

Leaks are often discovered offshore due to waves over the deck leading to leaking hatches and hoses, while

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valves can fail on seacocks and internal freshwater tanks can burst due to severe movement.

Apart from checking hatch seals, shaft glands, hose clips and rudder bearings, make sure all your crew are briefed on sudden water ingress and how to deal with any situation.

The first thing should always be to taste the water coming in.

3 Night vision

This is critical when dealing with any situation on deck and helps with balance and awareness. Light sources are usually from white light that can’t be dimmed sufficiently (interior lighting, torches, and instruments).

Do a full blackout drill before you head out – you may need a blackout curtain for your companionway, ways to further dim instrument screens and good red light head torches.


Mainsail and rig issues

These are common due to extended periods of sailing deeply reefed.

This puts loads on the rig and track at the midpoint of the mast and head

of the mainsail that isn’t commonly experienced with full or even one reef in the main.

It may mean reinforcing these areas and different stay arrangements, so it is well worth getting some advice from your local rigger and sailmaker on the best way to deal with this.

You also need to think about chafe on the sails and all lines generally and identify any wear points.


Autopilot failure

Autopilots are often relied on as an extra crew member on vessels sailing shorthanded and failure is common.

Discuss what your plan will be if it fails, and ensure all crew are capable of driving in all conditions.

Also, consider how watch schedules will work and the best way to “heave to” so the helmsman can get adequate rest.

If it is a critical part of your equipment, carry a spare computer and drive unit and know how to install it.

Running downwind at night and in a high sea state is high risk, so think about the consequences if the autopilot fails.

Set an effective preventer or you could completely drop the main and run using the headsail only.


Fuel issues

This results from fuel tanks being stirred up after sitting for long periods on marinas and sailing in coastal waters.

Sludge and potential diesel bug will find its way into filters and clog them quickly.

Make sure you visually inspect the bottom of your tanks before you leave and carry more spare filters than you think you will need.

7 Power

Consumption will be a lot higher than normal, especially if you are constantly using an autopilot and sailing instruments.

Battery charging becomes critical for safe operation, and you must have an efficient system – ideally with multiple ways to charge your batteries.

Again, getting advice from a marine electrician will be well worth it.

8 Weather routing

The question on everyone’s minds before departure and for good reason, as it can mean the difference between a great trip and an unpleasant one.

Your crew needs to understand that weather forecasts change quickly, various weather models often differ three days out and GRIB files only give you averages. The weather you depart in will often not be the same as the weather you think you will encounter during the passage.

The key here is preparing the crew’s mindset – reinforce that you have a sound vessel and have prepared well for any eventuality. You have discussed heavy weather tactics and even though no one is having fun, the weather will change so reef early, plan and discuss options and sail conservatively. Don’t take risks trying to beat heavy weather into port or sticking to a schedule.

Cris Brodie is a seasoned offshore skipper and Yachting New Zealand’s safety and technical officer. Get in touch with him at cbrodie@yachtingnz.org.nz.




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Class ACT

Mackay Boats has been at the forefront of performance for over six decades.

Kiwi-owned and operated Mackay Boats has a long history of success in building Olympic-class boats.

It began in the early 1960s when Jim Mackay started building Flying Dutchmans at a time when New Zealand dominated the class globally. This was followed by building Solings for the inaugural Olympic Soling event in 1972. During this period, Mackay also ventured into building offshore power boats, culminating in five consecutive national championships.

The Flying Dutchman continued to attract interest from top Kiwi sailors like David Barnes and Murray Jones. Jim’s son, Dave, represented New Zealand in a Mackay-built Flying Dutchman at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

In the early 1990s, Dave and his brother Owen Mackay bought a 470

mould from fellow boat builder Steve Marten, laying the foundation for the company’s future in building presentday Olympic-class boats, including the 470, 49er, and 49erFX.

A Mackay-built 470 first won a world championship title in 1996, courtesy of Dutch brothers Benny and Jan Kouwenhoven. Since the early 2000s, Mackay 470s have dominated, winning 21 world championships to date. This includes New Zealanders Simon Cooke and Peter Nicholas in 2002, and Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie in 2014.

The numbers are equally impressive in Olympic sailing; Mackay 470s have been used by 21 teams who have medalled since 2000, with five golds, including Aleh and Powrie’s triumph in London in 2012 and their brilliant comeback to claim silver in Rio de

Photo / Georgia Schofield

Janeiro four years later.

Mackay Boats has also achieved considerable success in building the 49er and 49erFX boats. Since the class’s debut at the 2000 Sydney Games, Mackay-built 49ers have yielded 11 Olympic medals, including four golds, with Peter Burling and Blair Tuke’s in 2016 among them.

Similarly, there have been 17 world championships won in a Mackay Boats 49er over the vessel’s 24-year history.

The development of the 49erFX, after World Sailing requested a new women’s skiff in 2012, was a major milestone for the company.

“We’ve always loved a challenge and figured that having a skiff class that could work in with the men’s 49er class would be a great option for women’s skiff sailing,” says Mackay Boats Director John Clinton.

The company designed a rig/sail combination that could be retrofitted onto an existing 49er hull. While several concepts from different builders were tested, the FX won the selection process. The 49er and 49erFX are built only by Mackay Boats and Ovington Boats in the UK.

As builders of Olympic-class boats, it’s important to have a close collaboration with the class association, says Clinton, who serves on the technical committee of the 49er and 470 associations, as well as the executive committee of the 49er and 29er.

“This level of involvement helps the class stay up to date with the latest technology, expedites the development process, and helps the builders maintain a quality product,” Clinton says.

“Building Olympic-class boats is a tough game, and it keeps us very focused on producing to a very high standard.”

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‘I couldn’t stand up once I got back to shore, and I needed to be carried to the doctor’s room.’
Tessa Clinton


An untimely blow to the head ended young Kiwi’s hopes of a world champs medal – and started a long road to recovery.

Tessa Clinton has been wearing protective headgear on the water since suffering a concussion late last year. Photo / Jacob Fewtrell Media

For Tessa Clinton, what she thought would be the hardest decision of her young sailing career turned out to be the easiest to make.

The 15-year-old has opened up about her battle with concussion after an injury that saw her miss out on the 2024 420 world championships late last year.

Clinton suffered a blow to the head during a pre-regatta for the world championships in Rio de Janeiro in December, only seven days before the start of the event where she was set to compete with Nicola Hume.

“We had to do a penalty turn and were sailing downwind,” Clinton recalls. “As we went for the gybe, I hit my head on the boom and knocked myself out.

“My first thought when I came to was whether I would be able to compete at the worlds.”

The answer soon became apparent.

“I knew my injury was serious when my dad picked me up out of my boat, and I just kept telling him to keep talking to me to keep me from going to sleep,” she says.

“I couldn’t stand up once I got back to shore, and I needed to be carried to the doctor’s room.”

Though she was disappointed to miss out on the world championships, Clinton knew she wouldn’t be able to compete.

“Naturally, I was very upset because having to pull out of a race at an event is something I’ve never done before, and Nicola and I were very well-prepared for the regatta. But I knew I just couldn’t sail,” she says.

“I have had a concussion before, so we knew exactly what I needed to do straight away. We contacted a specialist at Concussion Care in Auckland, who did an online assessment. From there, we went to a Brazilian hospital for an MRI scan. I was very lucky that my mum [Wakatere Boating Club commodore Julia Faire] had arrived in Brazil only a couple of days before the accident, and she knew everything I needed to do. I don’t know how I would have coped if she hadn’t been there.”

Clinton spent most of the next two days sleeping in a dark room before returning to New Zealand.

“Once I got home, I had a big rest, and I didn’t go to school full-time for the entire

first term,” Clinton says.

“I received a full treatment plan from Concussion Care that included daily neuro and physiological exercises. I would also have two ‘brain breaks’ every day for half an hour.”

Clinton has shared her experience amid new national concussion guidelines published by the Accident Compensation Commission (ACC) in partnership with seven national sports organisations in February.

The guidelines, called a “gamechanger for community sport” by leading concussion expert Dr Stephen Kara, aims to bring a consistent standard for recognising and treating concussion and improve the health outcomes and

at Murrays Bay Sailing Club in April, leading overall after the first of four days and eventually taking out the girls’ title by 16 points to book their spot at the 2024 youth sailing world championships at Lake Garda, Italy later this month.

Clinton knows she has a long recovery ahead.

“A significant part of her recovery was and still is rest,” says Faire.

“Even when she outwardly seemed fine, she could crash very quickly, and this tiredness presented itself in different forms – not only sleepiness but by not following instructions, forgetting things, and becoming frustrated.

“Getting the right balance of activity and rest in daily living was and still is key,

wellbeing for people who play community sport.

It comes into effect this winter.

Given her prior experience dealing with concussions, Clinton says she originally planned to take “a big break” from sailing.

“It took me about three years to fully recover from my previous concussion, so I knew I would need time. For the first term of school, I just did half days, and I had not planned to do any sailing. But two weeks before the [2024 New Zealand youth] trials, I started feeling a lot better and decided to do it for a bit of fun.”

With Hume moving into the 29er with Bella Jenkins, Clinton teamed up with Jess Handley in the 420 and had immediate success.

The pair dominated the youth trials

along with removing stress. It can be a long road, and sometimes you feel like it’s one step forward followed by two steps back. It requires a lot of patience.”

She has also started wearing protective headgear on the water.

“It has been a big adjustment, but now it is just one more thing I have to remember,” Clinton says.

“The concussion has had a big impact on my sailing. I lost a lot of confidence, and in the early days of getting back into it, I was very nervous. I am more aware of the boom now, and I definitely take more time with everything.”

Read Dr Stephen Kara’s column on the new concussion guidelines on page 57.

Clinton and Jess Handley won the girls’ 420 at the New Zealand youth championships. Photo / Eduan Roos





What is concussion?

Concussion is a type of brain injury

Early recognition will help recovery

What might someone with concussion think?

I feel like I could throw up

My head hurts

You do not need to pass out to get a concussion

Concussions are treatable

Concussion affects the way your brain works

Concussions can have short and long-term effects

Each concussion is unique

Concussions cannot be seen on scanning

You do not need to hit your head to have a concussion

If I close my eyes, I feel like I am at sea

I don’t like bright light at the moment

I am having trouble with my eyesight

I get confused easily

I am having trouble concentrating

I feel dizzy

My neck hurts

I feel clumsy

I keep forgetting things

It is taking me longer to think

I don’t like loud noise at the moment


How might someone with concussion act?

Look out of it

Take longer to get going again

Appear a bit aimless on and off field of play

Display emotions or reactions out of character or context

Look off balance

Forgets set calls, rules or plays

Grab, touch or rub head

Bleeding from the head

Overreact to light and/or sound

Play out of position

When to call a doctor...

Severe neck pain

Pins and needles/tingling/burning feeling in arms and/or legs

Becoming more confused

Changes in behaviour

Clear fluid leaking out of the ears or nose

Seeing double

Throwing up or vomiting

Having a fit or seizure

Headache getting worse

Bleeding out of the ear

Who is responsible for speaking up about suspected concussion?





Management staff


Friends and whānau

Medical staff

Support staff

Click here for the complete guidelines

*Source: High Performance Sport New Zealand

Blurred vision can be one of the many symptoms of a concussion.
Photo / Eduan Roos (image digitally altered)



A concussed person might…


I’m concussed

I’m not concussed

I might be concussed

Things look weird

What is the score?

I have a headache

My head is sore

I’m fine

Where am I?


I’m fine, I can carry on

I’m good to go

I’m not concussed

Who are you?

I might throw up

I only saw stars for a few seconds

What is the score?

My vision is a bit funny

My head hurts

Why is that so loud?

Which half are we in?


Grab, touch or rub head

Appear a bit aimless

Take longer to get going again

Over react to light or sound

Look “out of it”

Play out of position

Display emotions or reactions out of character or context

Not remember set calls, rules or plays

Look off balance




All concussions should be taken seriously

Concussion can impact on performance, health and wellness

Recognising concussion is everyone’s responsibility


Coach Team mates



Medical Staff Management



Support Team

Early Recognise and Remove improves outcomes


Changes in behaviour

Blood or clear fluid coming out of the ear

Throwing up (children x 1, adults >1)

Getting increasingly grumpy or irritated

Severe neck pain

Seeing double

Becoming drowsy/sleepy or confused

Passing out

Pins and needles, burning feeling or weakness in arms or legs

Fit or seizure

Headache worsening


60 seconds with Eli Liefting

We ask one of the country’s top young windfoilers three important questions.

What inspired you to start your journey in sailing?

I’ve always been fascinated by windfoiling and jumped at the chance to learn during Covid-19, discovering that it’s an exhilarating class that combines speed and the adrenaline of racing, which I think was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

What’s your favourite pre-competition meal/drink and why?

We’re always on the go during competitions, and most of the time we don’t have the time or energy to ensure we’re fuelled properly, so we rely on Radix for its nutritional value. My go-to is any of the recovery smoothies or something from the meal range before or after big races.

What advice would you give to aspiring athletes looking to reach your level?

My advice to aspiring athletes is to enjoy the sport and the journey, finding joy in the process of improvement and progression and sharing the experience with great people will always help motivate you.

For the full Radix range of breakfasts, meals and powders, click here


Photo / Andrea Francolini



Mixed messages have added to one of community sport’s most serious problems – but that’s all about to change.

Last year alone, the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) accepted 10,648 claims for sportsrelated concussions at a cost of $64 million – the highest number of claims and the highest cost over the past five years.

Between 2019 and 2023, ACC spent $266 million helping people recover from sports-related concussions.

These are significant numbers, yet many people still don’t know how to identify, manage, and prevent these injuries.

Research from the ACC suggests around 1,100 concussions currently go untreated in New Zealand.

Luckily, the new National Concussion Guidelines have the potential to be a game-changer for community sport in this country.

The guidelines were initially developed using medical directors from various sports in NZ (termed the ACC Concussion in Sport Group), and then further international collaboration with UK and Australia. This ensured the best advice was being given and that people knew we were taking this seriously.

The guidelines aim to establish a consistent standard for recognising and

treating concussions.

As a player, parent, caregiver, coach, or club official it can be hard to know what advice to follow. Similarly, for medical practitioners, there’s often confusion about what advice to give and to whom.

This inconsistency increases the risk of people either not reporting their concussion at all or reporting it but returning to sport too soon, risking more serious injury.

Under the new guidelines, announced in February and adopted by national sporting organisations (NSOs) around New Zealand for the winter season, a few key changes have been introduced. The most important changes are that athletes must not return to sport training until they are symptom-free at rest for 14 days with a requirement to have a minimum period of 21 days away from full competition after a concussion. Medical clearance before returning to play is strongly recommended.

This is an important step toward putting athletes’ welfare first. Historically, there has been no national and consistent standard for recognising and treating concussions at the community sport level. In elite and high-performance sport environments, athletes have immediate access to medical support and can develop tailored rehabilitation programmes monitored daily.

In the past, it was often the NSO’s job to interpret this and put some guidelines together, which led to mixed messages.

The new guidelines aim to simplify things for athletes and coaches – the people on the front lines – and to incorporate and equip those supporting them through the four R’s: Recognise (the signs and symptoms of concussion), Remove (the person from play), Refer (to a medical specialist to confirm the diagnosis and provide treatment), and Recover (before returning to sport).

The full guidelines are now available here, and the uptake with NSOs has been encouraging – these guidelines can be tailored for specific sports at the grassroots level. The increased interest in brain health and normalising it as part of everyday health conversations is a positive

Dr Stephen Kara is a New Zealand concussion expert and was part of the panel to develop the new national guidelines. Photo / ACC



The challenge now is to ensure that everyone takes responsibility. Concussion is not only a medical issue; it’s a social responsibility too. We all have a role to play in creating a culture where concussion is identified and reported to a medical professional. Collectively, we can make a big difference.

There are still far too many people who suffer repeated concussions. In my view, the main problem is not only poor advice but also poor uptake of the advice: people burying their heads in the sand and not reporting it.

We know from studies in other sports, particularly in rugby, that the earlier you remove yourself from the field of play, the quicker you recover. For example, if you suffer a concussion and continue to compete or play on for a further 15 minutes, you’ve got five times the chance of a slower recovery. If you stay on for more than 15 minutes, you have a 12 times greater chance of a slower recovery.

Recognition and removal are key, and everyone must do their part – from coaches taking responsibility for the kids they coach to parents recognising when something isn’t quite right with their children. If you get struck by a boom and you or your coach or your parents feel things aren’t right, you should sit out and get a medical opinion.

I believe that with the consistency and simplicity of the new national guidelines, we finally have uniform standards for return to play for community-based athletes. Whether you’re a sailor in Kerikeri or a basketballer in Invercargill, you’ll get the same advice for a suspected concussion.

Dr Stephen Kara is one of New Zealand’s foremost experts on concussion and injury prevention and has worked extensively in sport for several decades. He is a specialist at Axis, the country’s leading sport and exercise medicine professionals, and was an independent member of the ACC panel responsible for developing the National Concussion Guidelines.

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Have a great worlds. We know you will all do well. – Dianne L. Congratulations, fantastic to hear the stories and see the smiles. – John B.


Who needs foils? – Kjeld P. Awesome fun! – Brent G. Proud dad moment! Go Bella and Nicola! – Luke J.


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What an awesome achievement.

– Marilyn K.

Amazing work, Lisa! What’s the next record you are going to smash?

– Jack B.

Thanks so much Yachting New Zealand! The land of the long white cloud definitely set me a tough challenge to complete. – Lisa B.


Awesome programme for all the girls! Well done, Jenny Armstrong and coaches. Go girls! – Maru F


Well done, Kiwis! We could learn a few things about live coverage from this event...it was excellent! – Ian D.


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Isaac McHardie and Will McKenzie: Your success on the water, without question, places you as worthy representatives to fly the New Zealand flag at the Olympics. We are extremely proud of you both and look forward to the exciting times ahead.

– Bernie C.

Justina Kitchen and Lukas WaltonKeim: Best wishes for them over in Marseille. – Ulrika S.


Exciting sailing dinghy. I used to sail R-Class in Wellington Harbour – 30 knots was “a good sailing breeze”. We were mad. Twin trapeze is a whole new dimension. – Rex C.


Opportunity for new partnership in ‘big year’ with Olympics, 37th America’s Cup.

Nominations are officially open for the 2024 Yachting New Zealand Excellence Awards – and with prizegiving season in full swing around the country, now is the perfect time to acknowledge the cream of sailing talent in your region.

The Excellence Awards recognises achievements at all levels of the sport during the nomination period (September 1, 2023 to August 31, 2024) and will be presented at a gala dinner at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron on Friday November 22, 2024.

Tickets go on sale in September.

“It’s fitting that the awards will be held at the home of the America’s Cup, as it is one of two major sailing events we’ll all be keeping a close eye on this year,” Yachting New Zealand’s chief executive David Abercrombie says.

“It is a big year for New Zealand sailing, locally and on the world stage, with the Olympic Games starting later this month followed by the Cup in Barcelona. But while

this year’s Excellence Awards will have a strong Olympic and America’s Cup flavour, the evening is about a lot more than that. It is about recognising the people who often go without recognition – like our many incredible coaches, race officials, club committee members and other volunteers.”

insurance broker Aon New Zealand.

Notable winners from last year’s awards include ILCA 7 sailor George Gautrey, who won the Sir Bernard Fergusson Trophy for the Orbit World Travel Sailor of the Year, and Harold Bennett, the recipient of a Race Officer Emeritus Award for his service to the sport.

As always, we need your help in deciding who deserves to be recognised. Please take a minute to complete a nomination by clicking here.

Nominations close on September 1, 2024.

Yachting New Zealand is also calling for expressions of interest in securing the naming rights to this year’s awards after the conclusion of the awards naming rights sponsorship with the country’s leading

“We would like to sincerely thank Aon for their unwavering support of yachting in New Zealand,” Abercrombie says.

“While they will no longer be the naming sponsor of the Excellence Awards, they continue to support us through the Aon national youth programme, as well as through their comprehensive and reliable insurance solutions for club members. The Aon brand will also remain on two of our most coveted awards – the Aon Male and Female Sailor of the Year prizes.

“We now have an opportunity for a new partner to put their stamp on what is a highlight on the annual sailing calendar,” Abercrombie says.

For more information, please contact Yachting New Zealand’s partnerships and events coordinator Angela Jordan at angela@yachtingnz.org.nz.


Bigger focus on keelboats, inland clubs part of survey feedback.

Yachting New Zealand is working to refine its Clean Club programme following a review of the groundbreaking environmental initiative.

Now in its third year, the Clean Club is a world-first framework designed to kickstart the environmental sustainability journeys of our 108 member clubs through easy-to-follow steps.

It was born from Yachting New Zealand’s strategic vision “to have a positive impact on environmental issues that affect member clubs and their wider community,” and focuses on five areas: administration and leadership, waste management, resource conservation, community outreach, and education.

It also gives clubs a clear and practical starting point, courtesy of a best-practice list that can be tailored to each club’s own environmental sustainability goals and capacity. The programme offers three different levels of recognition for clubs’ efforts, allowing them to move from one to three stars.

To date, 44 clubs have registered for the programme, with 13 clubs already certified.

According to Yachting New Zealand’s education lead, Alisa Torgersen, a survey was sent out to certified clubs, as well as those who have registered to become a Clean Club but have not yet taken the next step.

“Our environment is constantly changing, and as a result, Yachting New Zealand was looking for participating clubs’ input to help



Australian solo sailor and environmental champion

Lisa Blair has broken her 8th world record but her ultimate challenge has just begun, as Suzanne McFadden writes.

Lisa Blair sits in the bar at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, sipping on pink lemonade, and ponders the last heart-pounding couple of months sailing to – then around – Aotearoa.

“I’m feeling a mixture of emotions,” she says. “I spent over a year in preparation leading up to both the Sydney-to-Auckland and the around-New Zealand records. And despite all that preparation, I’ve never done a single project with a full budget. Ever.

“I’m always scraping and struggling to get to the start-line, but that’s just a normal

path in sailing and what I do. So, I was delayed getting to the start, and it’s why I ended up sailing around New Zealand in winter.”

But in the same breath, the Australian solo sailor and environmental campaigner is thrilled to have set more world records in her 15m fibreglass yacht, Climate Action Now. And to have raised more awareness about climate change and plastic pollution in the world’s oceans as she went.

And now the 40-year-old is planning her next audacious adventure, sailing

around the Arctic Circle, and dreaming about running and rowing across the globe on the Equator.

She’s come a long way from the little girl who grew up Wappa Falls, in Queensland’s rainforest.

On April 9, Blair smashed the world record sailing solo, non-stop and unassisted between Sydney and Auckland, in 8 days 3 hours and 19 minutes – stripping four days off the existing record. She also became the first woman to conquer the notorious Tasman Sea alone.



Blair set off from Auckland on May 7th, and set a record for monohull sailing around New Zealand, arriving back in the City of Sails after 16 days and 23 hours at sea.

battered by two storms, surfing a swell at 23 knots, and virtually becalmed in Cook Strait; she was visited by albatrosses, pods of dolphins and orca, and a whale.

predicted a circumnavigation of 17 days

Lisa Blair sailed around New Zealand on Climate Action Now last month.
Photos / Andrea Francolini


and gave her easterly conditions down the west coast of the North Island.

“But the day I left Auckland, the storm had moved and gave me southerlies down the west coast. I had four days bashing into 25 knots, and it was wet, rough and slow. I was really concerned I wasn’t meeting my expectations for the speed record.

“Then the storm I got off Stewart Island wasn’t showing up on the forecast… it accelerated, and I copped those tough conditions as well.

“So, I’m really quite happy with the result of setting the record just under 17 days. It also shows me I could probably do it in 14 days if I had the right weather window.”

Blair was worried some Kiwis might not be “ultra-impressed” that an Aussie established the record.

“But I also knew that once they understood the methodology I was sharing with the plastics in our oceans and the Climate Action Now campaign, they’d be okay with it,” she says. “And because it’s 17 days, it’s a record that’s achievable for someone to challenge, but not too easy. So hopefully, it will excite some Kiwis to go out and have a crack.”

For Blair, who’s now set eight world records, the New Zealand record attempts were more about educating Kiwis on the microplastics she found in the supposedly pristine waters of Antarctica during her record circumnavigation in 2022.

Working in partnership with the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Blair completed the first near-continuous microplastics survey in the Southern Ocean.

“We took samples every day, and I was shocked we found plastic in every single sample the entire way around Antarctica,” she says. “I never fathomed it.” In 83 samples analysed, 5325 potential microplastics were found under the

“I definitely saw plastic off the west coast [of New Zealand], a big chunk of Styrofoam sailed past,” she says.

As Blair heads back home to Australia, her mind is already on the next project. She wants to build a 30ft boat out of volcanic fibre and bio-resin to complete her Arctic record attempt.

“I’ve been looking at how I offset my

environmental impacts with my campaigns in Climate Action Now. It’s a balsa-cored fibreglass boat, and fibreglass isn’t sustainable,” she says.

“What a lot of people don’t realise is we have 35 to 40 million fibreglass boats globally reaching their end of life now, and there’s no real recycling strategy in place. No one’s addressing the cause of the pollution levels generated from abandoned microscope.

and sunk boats. When they’re sunk, they’re just turned into microplastics in the ocean.”

She intends to raise $10m for the Arctic project, using half of that to fund research so volcanic fibre bio-resin construction can become mainstream, easily accessible and lower the environmental footprint.

“It’s really important for me that whatever I’m doing, the end result is to give back to our community. And the give-

back in this sense is that we have a better product to continue sailing with that’s 100 per cent recyclable, much lower impact, and is sustainable in its construction.”

Blair has always had an appreciation for the environment, having grown up off-grid, with solar power and rainwater, in the bush near Wagga Falls in Nambour.

She studied for five years to become a high school art teacher (she has a double degree in education and visual arts). But it was working as a cleaner and cook on a charter boat in the Whitsundays that she got hooked on sailing.

And it was during the Clipper Round the World Race in 2011-12, when she crewed on the winning yacht Gold Coast Australia, that Blair was struck by the sheer

Blair has added two more world records to her growing list of firsts. Photo / Corrina Ridgway

amount of pollution she saw in every ocean she crossed.

She first bought her boat, then named Funnel Web, in 2015 and raced it in the Sydney-Hobart that year.

“I purposely renamed the boat Climate Action Now because it would force the media to use the words,” she says. “This was at a time when you were considered a tree hugger, a hippie, a waste of space because you believed in climate change. The media would go to extreme lengths to avoid using my boat’s name.

“But in the five years between my first Antarctica attempt, when the boat was dismasted, and the second attempt when I set the world record, it was the complete opposite. I was getting media because the name was Climate Action Now.”

Blair has just got into trail running – “it will keep me motivated and fit between my

‘Ultimately, I’m risking my life to go out and create advocacy and change – and I’m comfortable doing that, because I’m so passionate about what I’m doing. And I can see the results.’

projects” – but it has also sparked more ideas. She’s thinking about running marathons in the Arctic and Antarctica and running the length of the Equator (“and rowing the ocean bits in between”).

“A big part of why I like doing these projects is because I really like testing what

I’m capable of,” she says. “And with each project, my definition of what I’m capable of gets much broader.

“I’m the third person to sail around the Southern Ocean solo. Twelve people have landed on the moon. It’s exploration; frontier stuff.

“Ultimately, I’m risking my life to go out and create advocacy and change – and I’m comfortable doing that, because I’m so passionate about what I’m doing. And I can see the results.”

After sailing the boat back to Sydney, Blair was set to return to New Zealand again (this time by plane) to attend the world premiere of Ice Maiden – the featurelength documentary of her solo voyage around Antarctica – at the Doc Edge Festival in Christchurch.

And she’s adamant she will be walking the red carpet in her sailing gear.


Yachting New Zealand has welcomed the clarification of Maritime New Zealand’s interpretation of lookout requirements for all vessels.

Maritime NZ recently published its position statement on how the previously contentious Maritime Rule Part 22.5 (MR 22.5) applies to keeping a watch at anchor and while underway, and how it will interpret the law for compliance and enforcement purposes.

It follows Yachting New Zealand’s action last year in seeking urgent feedback from its club members after Maritime NZ’s original interpretation suggested yachties and boaties could be breaking the law by leaving their vessel at anchor to have a walk ashore or going to sleep while anchored in a typically pristine protected anchorage.

MR 22.5 states that: “Every vessel must at all times maintain a proper lookout by sight and hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the prevailing

circumstances and conditions, so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and the risk of collision.”

In its position statement, Maritime NZ acknowledged that MR 22.5 and the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972, which underpins it, “could be interpreted in a number of different ways”.

“Our position is that all vessel operators must keep a proper continuous lookout while underway, including while drifting,” the statement says.

“A proper lookout is not required at all times at anchor. However, at times a proper lookout will be required at anchor, such as when the prevailing circumstances and conditions indicate a risk to vessels or people.

“Generally accepted standards of seamanship will always apply, even if a continuous watch is not required. The master is responsible for ensuring an adequate watch is kept that is appropriate

for the conditions, such as intermittent checks and the use of anchor alarms.”

Yachting New Zealand chief executive David Abercrombie says the latest interpretation of the rule is sensible.

“The initial interpretation of rule 22.5 was ambiguous – and over 700 respondents in our survey last June agreed,” he says.

“We’re pleased that common sense has prevailed and that yachties and boaties now have clear guidance on their lookout and watchkeeping obligations.

“We know that inadequate lookout is a significant cause of safety incidents and even death, and having regulations that are both reasonable and understandable should help prevent these incidents from occurring.”

Maritime NZ’s full position statement can be found here.

Click here for more information, key terms and guidance.

New Zealand has clarified its interpretation of the contentious Maritime Rule Part 22.5.


The first Moanamana Wānanga put a new spin on the popular Blake Inspire for Sailors environmental initiative.

Making a meaningful difference in your immediate environment doesn’t have to be hard work – but it does need a plan.

Fortunately, there was no shortage of innovative sustainability solutions on display at the Moanamana Wānanga, hosted by Yachting New Zealand and Blake New Zealand in Auckland in May.

The initiative put a new spin on the popular Blake Inspire for Sailors programme, run annually, and was similarly aimed at fostering greater connections and driving practical solutions to the environmental challenges faced by our sailing community.

According to Yachting New Zealand’s education lead, Alisa Torgersen, the fourday wānanga incorporated many of the same elements as Blake Inspire for Sailors.

“Moanamana is the third module of our RŪNĀ education programme, which at its core is about respecting our waters and understanding not only what is on top but also what is underneath,” Torgersen explains.

“The week saw teachers from nine schools across New Zealand, as well as coaches and managers from nine of our yacht clubs, spend four days immersing themselves in some of these Moanamana activities.”

These included using various science monitoring tools like underwater cameras, recording data with the Marine Metre Squared project, and testing water quality

and temperatures. Participants also took some time to better understand the different species that should and shouldn’t be in our marine environments.

The week started with a sail on the famed Steinlager 2, before participants took a virtual look at flourishing and degrading seabeds, walked the ecology trail at Tāwharanui Regional Park, and snorkelled at Goat Island.

“It’s been really great to learn more about the Moanamana module and how that can tie the community of schools and our yachting clubs together to improve the marine life in our area,” says Kathryn Jackson, in-school leader for environmental education at Bucklands Beach Intermediate School.

“It doesn’t have to be complicated to start and to get students and the community involved in caring for the environment. At Bucklands Beach, we are really lucky to have two beaches on our doorstep as well as a yacht club to support us. Making those connections is really important, and not taking our environment for granted is probably the most important thing we need to instil in our students.”

Sarah Johns, a teacher at Nelson Intermediate School, agrees.

“It’s been a really good experience. As a

The Moanamana Wānanga brought together teachers and club members from across New Zealand. Photos / Eduan Roos
The programme incorporated many of the elements of Blake Inspire for Sailors.

teacher, we have had a chance to try some practical ways to collect data and monitor the environments that we’re sailing in. Being able to do that, and to have the time to do that, means that when I go back to school, I’ll be able to activate that with my colleagues in our classrooms because we have less fear around the doing side of things.”

Worser Bay Boating Club coach Annabel Grindell found it inspiring to share ideas with a large group of likeminded individuals from across the country.

“I’ve met some great people doing this, and I feel like all of our ideas have kind of accumulated together, and I think we’ve all inspired each other,” she says.

“I feel strongly about including people because when you do get people involved in these sorts of things, they become invested and passionate because they are part of something. Being able to bring people into the club with open days and carnivals and being able to show them what they can do and help with, I believe that will have an amazing effect on all the marine life in that area because there will be a massive uptake in people who actually care about it.”

Participants were tasked with developing action plans to address the environmental challenges at their clubs and schools and to introduce more people in their local sailing communities to efforts to be more sustainable.

“My goal is to set up an eight-week lesson plan, preparing my enviro students for this field trip and teaching them about the ocean and simple observation and recording programmes that we can use to gather data and hopefully push to have our little area become a Blue Belt site or at least a high protection zone,” Jackson says.


Nelson Yacht Club’s focus will be on the kororā – or little penguin – living under its floorboards.

At just over 25 cm and weighing about 1 kg, the kororā is the world’s smallest penguin.

Though native to New Zealand, their numbers have been steadily declining in areas not protected from predators.

“Our action plan is going to be around the penguins that live under the club. It’s important that we look after them and ensure that they can continue to live there whilst we do our activities alongside,” Kat Banks, the club’s chief sailing instructor, explains.

“It is their home, rather than ours, after all.”

John McDougall, a teacher at Wellington’s Worser Bay School, has been involved in RŪNĀ for several years and will be focusing on finding new ways of introducing the programme to students.

“Our challenge is finding ways to hook kids into these ideas – and sailing clubs are an obvious way,” he says. “I really love this idea of collaborative knowledge building by tapping into experts like Sally [Carson, the director of the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre].”

Yachting New Zealand’s national sport development director, Raynor Haagh, praised the group’s efforts during the week.

“RŪNĀ is such an important framework for yacht clubs to engage with their communities, lead in the environmental space, and engage with the wider diversity of New Zealanders,” she says.

“It’s really important that our clubs are leaders and are guardians of their lands and the precious waters that they’ve got connected to their clubs.”

For more on the Moanamana module, click here.

were tasked with designing an action plan to implement at their school or yacht club, after a sail on Steinlager 2 (top).


Richard Hawkins has added the 2024 Finn crown to his raft of national titles following his dramatic physical transformation. Kathy Catton caught up with the affable sailor.

Richard Hawkins’ story is more than just one of the understated Kiwi guy pottering around with boats – although that’s how he might describe himself.

The veteran Otago sailor has competed in trailer yacht regattas for almost 30 years with extraordinary success. Now, in his mid-40s, he has chosen to move back to competitive dinghy sailing.

“As a child, my father would often chuck me in his trailer yacht, and I’d sit in the

cabin and get a sense of it,” Hawkins says. “Mum and Dad bought me and my brother a Sunburst dinghy in my early teens. From learning to sail at Ravensbourne Boating Club to being in the Sea Scouts, I suppose that’s when I started to really enjoy sailing.”

This early exposure clearly laid the foundation for his lifelong passion for sailing. At 18, he bought back his father’s old Noelex 22 trailer yacht, did it up and started racing it.

“That was back in 1997. For me, it

Richard Hawkins added the Finn crown to his collection when he won the national championships in February.
Photo / Nikia Upson, SailLens Photography


started with having fun and drinking beer back then, but I managed to drag along some crew – poor buggers – but I guess that’s when it started getting serious.”

Over the next two decades, Hawkins chalked up multiple wins in his trailer yachts. A life member at Port Chalmers Yacht Club, he counts three national titles in the Noelex 22, four in the Noelex 25 and six in the Ross 780. “I won the Noelex 22 and Noelex 25 trailer yacht championships in the same year once, too,” Hawkins smiles.

“The 22s were in Auckland, and then a couple of months later, the 25s were at Lake Brunner. I think Wayne Holdt [Yachting New Zealand’s regional development manager for the Central Region] was the first to obtain that accolade, and I’m the second.”

What Hawkins doesn’t reveal is that he is also the current New Zealand Trailer Yacht Association Division A national champ, Ross 780 reigning national champ (due to no class national regatta this summer) and the Finn national champ. That makes him the holder of three national championships concurrently – quite a feat and potentially a record.

About a year ago, Hawkins decided it was time to get back into the dinghies, so he sold the last of his Noelex 22s and bought himself a Finn. His motivation was simple: he’d always wanted to give it a go.

“I’d dabbled in the Finn about 20 years ago. Then one of my Ross 780s crew bought a Finn, and I thought I’d like to do the same,” he explains.

Alongside friend and training partner Andrew Duncan, Hawkins set about getting himself familiar with the boat and

‘I wanted to lose 30kg. So, I stopped the tradesman’s smokos and lunches. I joined the local rowing club’s gym and got on my bike’
Richard Hawkins

ready for racing.

“The new Finn I bought actually cost more than my Ross 780, so I guess you could say I’m taking it seriously,” he laughs.

Hawkins’ first Finn regatta in 2023 was at Charteris Bay Yacht Club in Lyttelton Harbour as part of its annual Luney Developments regatta at the club.

“I turned up there and had my boat and rig measured,” he says. “I knew I needed to lose some weight to be taken seriously when someone’s passing comment of ‘you’ll have an uphill battle’ really hit home.”

So began his physical transformation.

“I wanted to lose 30kg. So, I stopped the tradesman’s smokos and lunches. I joined the local rowing club’s gym and got on my bike,” Hawkins says.

“I didn’t really know if I was doing it right or wrong, but I did know it was no more pies!”

The hard work paid off, and after the first beat of the first race at the Finn nationals in Lyttelton in February 2024, Hawkins realised things were going well.

“The conditions in Lyttelton were similar to what Andrew and I had trained in through the winter and the start of the season at Port Chalmers,” he says. “I have never put in so much hard work as I did in preparing for that regatta, so I’m really happy to have won.”

He plans on returning next year to defend his title, with the Finn nationals scheduled to be held in Waiuku, Auckland.

“I’ve no idea what conditions will be like up there, but I’ll give it a go.”

He is full of compliments for his fellow sailors in the class and says he’s found them all to be a fantastic bunch of guys.

“Everyone’s so helpful and friendly. They’ve taught me so much and always put me on the right track.”

Although his trailer yacht sailing days are on ice for now, he’s got plenty of energy in the tank for his training through the winter.

“I’m very aware we’re a lot longer dead than alive, so I just want to give it my all before I get too old!”

So, in typical unassuming nature, while the garage is full of trophies from Hawkins’ previous victories, for now it’s just the Finn nationals title that sits pride of place in his lounge.



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Young Kiwi wingfoil champion on dominating fleet, making history and ‘having no quit’.

It’s New Zealand’s fastest-evolving sailing class, with the rate of development unlike any seen in the sport for decades. Yet, one name has been a constant near the top of fleets from Manly to Maraetai this season.

Sean Herbert is now also the latest name on the trophy for the overall national wingfoil champion after he won the event in emphatic fashion in May.

Herbert beat 2023 champion Josh Armit and over 30 others, including past and current Olympians, and several different class national champions, to add another entry to his growing list of sailing achievements.

But, as Herbert explains, it was almost a very different outcome.

“One of my role models is [Canadian professional bodybuilder] Chris Bumstead, who often talks about having what he calls a champion mentality,”

Herbert says.

“There was one moment early on at these nationals where one of his quotes really resonated with me – ‘It’s not about winning, it’s not about a trophy, it’s about having no quit.’

“In the first race, I was moving into the lead, and a wipeout saw me finish 10th. With my back against the wall out of the gates, I regrouped, went after it, and here we are!”

Herbert finished second to Jake Pye in races 2 and 3 and closed out the event with three consecutive bullets to take the overall win – 12 months after finishing ninth in the inaugural nationals.

Pye finished eighth overall, with Kosta Gladiadis second (and first youth) and Jack Bennett third.

“The level of competition is a tremendous step up from last year,” Herbert says. “You saw speeds on the reaches in down-range conditions that were peak speeds in upper-range conditions last year and the fleet shuffle also showed the progress of the individuals and the competitive spirit building in wingfoiling.”

Not that the 22-year-old Aucklander is a slouch on the water...

“Two weeks out from the nationals, I improved my top speed by 0.7 knots to 34.7 knots with a 10-second average of 32.3. This was a positive boost leading up to the event, and it was reflected in being in the top three to the first mark in the three slalom races.”

Herbert also cleaned up in the Triple Crown series against many of the same competitors earlier this year, winning all three events at Manly Sailing Club, Maraetai Sailing Club, and Wakatere Boating Club to establish himself as one of the country’s top wingfoilers.

He credits long hours on the water and a strong support network for his success.

“My environment has made a big difference. I appreciate the support of those around me – my gear partners, especially North Foils, my training partners, and my mates. If every session is a send, I will keep pushing and wanting more, so I have been on the water as much as possible.

“Being partnered with North Foils testing prototypes means frequent time on the water in a training environment, and riding their gear competitively meant I had seven regattas this season.”

The event attracted close to 80 competitors.
Photo: Wingfoil New Zealand


Herbert started sailing at 9 and was soon competing internationally in the (then) O’pen BIC – placing first in the under-12 division at his first Australian nationals in 2011.

He won the O’pen BIC worlds the following year and again in 2017 and made New Zealand history by becoming the first sailor to win the Starling national championships three times in succession.

Titles in the Waszp followed at the SailGP Inspire event in Sydney in 2020, the NZ class nationals (2021) and the SailGP Grand Final in San Francisco (2022), while he’s been the open teams racing national champion on several occasions.

“I have also spent a bunch of time sailing other boats – like the RS: Feva, 29er, 420, Zephyr and keelboats, as well as windsurfing and windfoiling,” Herbert says.

“At the moment my time is split between wingfoiling and sailing the Moth, with the Moth world championships off Manly at the end of the year a primary focus.” Being an accomplished dinghy sailor gives him an advantage, Herbert believes.

“Yes, gear has advanced quickly, especially hand wings, but rider skill has significantly improved in the last 12 months,” he says.

“The top riders are pushing 30 knots regularly and are now making tactical decisions on the racecourse, whereas it often used to be about just getting yourself around the course.

“Tactically, now that the fleet is sailing well, this [dinghy experience] provides an edge. The ability to keep one’s head up and work the ladders made a difference over the regatta.”

When he’s not on the water, Herbert, who has a Diploma in Electrical Engineering, works as a composite laminator for Kiwi aerospace manufacturing firm Rocket Lab.

Apart from the Moth worlds in December, he is also targeting wingfoiling success abroad in the near future.

“I have yet to compete internationally on the wing, but this is on the cards after the nationals,” he says.

“Racing against competitors who have been to the Australian nationals and World Tour events provides an exciting vision of where I could get to!”

Sean Herbert won the 2024 NZ wingfoil national championships.
Photo: Wingfoil New Zealand



Our biggest youth fleet has made some significant changes to its regattas this season. Here’s what’s changed – and why.

Earlier this year, we asked a group of young sailors a series of questions about what they want from sailing and what they need from their support team.

It was during the PredictWind Girls Championship Regatta hosted by Kohimarama Yacht Club in March, an annual multi-class event that has always focussed on camaraderie, competition and creating a good atmosphere for sailors. The regatta is also an excellent opportunity to check the pulse of our sport at the grassroots level.

The answers weren’t exactly a surprise, but what I didn’t quite expect was how emphatic

the sailors would be about their number one priority: to have fun.

Alongside winning medals and trophies, these sailors want to experience the thrill of being on the water and sailing fast, improving their sailing skills and knowledge, and, importantly, they want to share their sailing journey with friends.

This message is clearly spreading around the country and has already found a foothold at a number of yacht clubs and class associations.

It is also what underpins Sport New Zealand’s Balance is Better philosophy –an evidence-based approach to support


‘Alongside winning medals and trophies, these sailors want to experience the thrill of being on the water and sailing fast, improving their sailing skills and knowledge, and, importantly, they want to share their sailing journey with friends.’

quality sport experiences for all young people, regardless of their ability, needs, and motivation.

At its core, Balance is Better is about young people staying involved in sport for life and realising their potential at the right time for them. When it comes down to it, having fun as you develop and compete in a sport is important and is reflected in long-term retention.

The latest to join the re-fun-lution is the New Zealand International Optimist Dinghy Association (NZIODA), which only last month announced a raft of changes to its white, green, and open fleets.

The changes are aimed at meeting the needs of our young sailors at their stage of development.

For those coming into regattas and racing their focus will now be on developing skills without worrying about results.

Age-group restrictions and trophies for overall winners have been removed, with success acknowledged on a day-to-day and race-by-race basis. Destination sails and longer course sailing will also be new additions. For the sailors racing in the white fleet races will be shorter, with possibly fewer races in a series.

These changes are some of the most significant in the history of the Optimist,

the boat in which the vast majority of young Kiwis cut their sailing teeth.

The change in approach to the Opti fleets is similar to that made in other classes, most notably the O’pen Skiffs, which for years have been focusing on fun through events like their ‘un-regatta’ Regattapalooza. In the lead-up to their national championships in April, organisers put out an information sheet to all participants setting the scene for the regatta and listing the values they wanted sailors to champion – a positive attitude, sportsmanship, and perseverance.

These values were visible during the event, with sailors helping each other out both on and off the race course, no matter what fleet or club they were from.

When asked about what they need from their parents, one of the Kohi sailors answered, “It’s important that I feel like winning isn’t everything and having fun is more important.”

Another said she likes it “when [her] parent takes an interest in [her] race and not only in [her] position.”

As an indicator of progress, results are important for sailors. But for many young sailors, like those girls at Kohi, it is also about making great sporting memories through being with friends, meeting new challenges and having fun.

Photo / Supplied
The New Zealand International Optimist Dinghy Association have made significant changes to how its green and white fleets will operate this season.
Photo / Adam Mustill Photography

What to expect from NEW RULES

All you need to know about changes to the Incorporated Societies Act and Sport NZ’s Integrity Code.

There is no better time to futureproof your club than right now. That was the key message from Yachting New Zealand chief executive David Abercrombie to over 70 yacht club representatives during a recent webinar on imminent changes that will impact the way these clubs operate.

Abercrombie provided an update on changes to the Incorporated Societies Act 2022 and Sport New Zealand’s new Integrity Sport and Recreation Commission, as well as tools and resources to ensure clubs remain compliant and resilient amid evolving legal and ethical standards.

The new act, which passed into law in April 2022, requires clubs to lodge their re-registration application by March 31, 2026. It is expected to impact around 100 national sports organisations (NSOs), over 600 regional sports organisations, and more than 6,000 clubs around the country, including many of Yachting New Zealand’s 108 affiliated clubs.

It intends to make governance functions more robust by aligning director duties more closely with those in the Companies Act and overhauling constitutions that may no longer be fit for purpose, Abercrombie said.

Sport New Zealand is recommending a phased re-registration process, starting with national bodies, followed by regions and clubs.

“Many of you were involved at our annual general meeting last year, when you agreed to adopt Yachting New Zealand’s new constitution,” Abercrombie said during the webinar. “We started this process early to understand how we could help clubs and anticipate changes related to dispute resolution and integrity

measures from Sport New Zealand.

“Updating your constitution is a valuable exercise, as many organisations have constitutions that are rarely reviewed. It’s essential to understand your governance structure and operational rules to ensure they serve your organisation effectively.”

Key changes include a reduction in the minimum number of members required for an incorporated society or club, the collection of consent from each new member at the time of joining, the appointment of at least one person to be contactable by the registrar, and a minimum of three officers on the club committee or board.

There are also new financial reporting requirements relative to a club’s total expenses over the preceding two financial years.

Meanwhile, the Sort Integrity Commission was launched on Monday (July 1). It has a range of functions, including participant protection, child safeguarding, anti-doping and anticorruption. The commission’s website incorporates information on handling integrity

issues – including complaints handling and the investigation process; as well as integrity guidance and training previously provided by Sport New Zealand.

“The new integrity code, which is seen as being best practice, will help protect participants from discrimination, harm, and other threats to integrity. It will have extensive responsibilities and powers,” Abercrombie said.

“Implementing the Integrity Code will be an opportunity for organisations to help protect participants from harm and reduce the risk of serious integrity issues occurring. Adoption of the Integrity Code by an NSO is voluntary – but if the NSO adopts the code, its provisions become binding not only on the NSO but also on all its members.”

The Yachting New Zealand board will

consult with clubs on the adoption of the code. “We are here to support you every step of the way. Embracing these changes is not just about compliance; it’s about futureproofing our yacht clubs to thrive in a dynamic legal and social environment.” The webinar can be accessed here. You can visit the new Sport Integrity Commission’s website here or call 0800 378 437 for more information.

Legislative changes are set to impact the way many New Zealand yacht clubs operate.

The Cruising Kiwis


After his brother was murdered in Cambodia, Rob Hamill chose to raise his family on a boat while sailing the world. Their adventure has brought challenges, answers and, ultimately, healing, as Kathy Catton writes.

For Rob Hamill from Whakatāne, buying a boat and setting sail with his family may not have seemed the most obvious choice in life. In 1977, his older brother Kerry and crew had set sail from Darwin to South East Asia – never to return – having been captured, tortured and murdered in Cambodia. But it was precisely this tragedy that catalysed Rob to buy a boat many years later and sail with his wife, Rachel, and their three sons, Finn, Declan and Ivan, around the world.

“As a 14-year-old, I was captivated by

the letters that my brother Kerry sent home from his sailing travels,” says Rob. “We were living vicariously as a family through his letters of adventure and exploration.”

But then the letters suddenly stopped. After 16 agonising months of trying to find out what had happened to him, Rob and his family learnt that Kerry had been captured off the coast of Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge’s rule, tortured and later killed. Fellow sailor Stuart Glass was shot when the boat was seized, and crew John Dewhirst was also murdered.


“I knew I wanted to retrace my brother’s steps,” says Rob.

Rewind to a few years after the tragedy; Rob had got into volleyball, then rowing. He won a 1994 World Rowing Championship silver medal in the lightweight double sculls with Mike Rodger in Indianapolis and competed in the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. The following year he teamed up with Phil Stubbs to win the inaugural 4200 km Atlantic Rowing Race crossing from the Canary Islands to Barbados in 41 days, 2

hours and 55 minutes – eight days ahead of the second-placed vessel.

“I grieved during that row. Whether it was due to exhaustion, the connection with the water, the isolation or a combination, I don’t know. But it was acute, as if I’d just heard the terrible news. And it was not just for Kerry but for my other brother, John, who died just eight months after we got news of Kerry. I realised I was going to have to go to Cambodia. The early part of our mission on this boat was to retrace Kerry’s journey through South East Asia.”

Rob’s older brother, Kerry was killed by the Khmer Rouge after his boat strayed into Cambodian waters in 1977.
The Hamill family have had plenty of wildlife encounters through their travels.


This cathartic journey was completed in 2023, and the family of five are continuing their “slow circumnavigation” of the earth.

“Despite the understandable anxiety of Rachel and myself, it was actually a really positive experience visiting Cambodia; really uplifting.”

The 2023 trip allowed the family to visit the Tuol Sleng prison (now a museum) where Kerry was imprisoned, and got to read, first-hand, Kerry’s ‘confession’ to being a spy.

“It was quite incredible for me to read this confession and see the subtle humour he used, referring to a ‘Colonel Saunders’ (founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken) and a ‘Major Ruse’ (a con) and giving a nod to his mother ‘S.Tarr’ (Esther).”

Rob and Rachel purchased their 43-ft Fountaine Pajot catamaran Javelot in 2014. After exploring the east coast of Auckland for a year (while learning to sail – Rob having only done a season or two of P-Class sailing as a youngster), they set off for Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia for a year before returning to dry land for two years.

Then, in 2018 with Ivan 11, Declan 14 and Finn 16, they “took the plunge”.

“We have been full-time on the boat since then,” says Rachel. “We like to stop and smell the roses along the way.”

Rachel has been documenting their journey via a YouTube channel The Cruising Kiwis. “The boys each keep a journal, but I find this is a really lovely keepsake, and it’s very rewarding.” Selftaught in creating and editing video, Rachel estimates she spends about 30-40 hours a week on producing content, and the channel currently attracts over 21,000 subscribers.

What she captures in her videos is a delightful insight into the highs and lows of living aboard a boat with her family while they nomadically explore new countries, cultures and communities.

Highlights include the time they rescued two turtles caught in a fishing net and the countless other encounters with nature.

“It’s all been amazing. I love being a stranger in places. I love to experience how different people live,” says Rachel. “The culture, history, food, geography and friends we’ve made have all been so fantastic.”

Their voyages have not been without challenges. Top of mind for Rachel and

‘It was quite incredible to see the subtle humour he used, referring to Colonel Saunders and a Major Ruse and giving a nod to his mother S.Tarr (Esther).’

Rob Hamill on Kerry’s ‘confession’ to being a spy while in prison

Rob is the time their eldest son Finn experienced a near-fatal blackout while free-diving off a remote island of South Thailand and the mayday crisis that ensued.

“I’m so proud of my kids and how they handled everything that happened that day,” says Rob. “Finn was about six or seven metres down when I spotted him sinking. We managed to bring him back to the surface and started CPR before he regained consciousness.”

But there’s a calm sense of ease about this family.

They don’t profess to being expert sailors or huge go-getters; they are simply choosing to live their lives to the fullest. “It’s all these sorts of situations that build resilience and our ability to cope with whatever life throws at us,” says Rob.

“I’m currently dealing with a broken water maker, for instance, and so I’ve got to figure out how to fix it and make a plan for buying a new water maker long-term.”

This upskilling approach applies to all of the family members, with the sons being home-schooled throughout their travels.

“They’ve got the basic academics in place and, of course, they’ve seen and done so much more than any classroom could teach them,” says Rachel.

This world-schooling approach has, again, focused on building life skills such as resilience, critical thinking and worldly awareness. Finn, now 22, has left the boat and is building his own rowing career. He won a silver medal at the under-23 world championships in the lightweight single scull last year and will be competing in the under-23 quadruple scull world champs in Canada later this year.

When asked what advice they would give others thinking of starting a cruising life, Rachel is quick to encourage everyone to just “go for it”, as “so many people spend so much time just thinking about it or delaying the decision until a certain something has happened”. As she says, “I’ve not met a single sailing family who said we wished we’d never done this. It’s just great.”

She also encourages people to do their research on what boat to buy. “I wouldn’t advise only looking at two boats like we did!” says Rachel. “We got our boat when our kids were little, but they’re bigger now, and they’re tall, so it pays to think ahead to things like this.”

The next stop for the family is the Seychelles, then on to Tanzania. “We’ll wait there until it’s time to do the Mozambique passage down to South Africa, then we’ll wait there until it’s time to cross the Atlantic,” says Rob. “It’s all about the weather patterns.”

Kathy Catton grew up around boats, sailing with her family out of Portsmouth Harbour, UK. She now lives on Banks Peninsula and is a freelance writer and editor.

Rob revisiting Tuol Sleng, the prison his brother was sent to under the Khmer Rouge’s rule.


A re-creation of the free-dive black-out Finn experienced off the South Thailand coast. 2 The Hamill family – Finn, Declan, Rob, Rachel and Ivan – at Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia. 3 Javelot at anchor at Double Island Point, Queensland, Australia. 4 Rob and Rachel Hamill have been cruising the oceans with their three sons since 2015. 5 Rob and teammate Phil Stubbs won the inaugural Kiwi Challenge in 1997 – a two-man rowing race from Canary Islands to Barbados. 6 The family catamaran Javelot. 7 Rachel creating an episode for The Cruising Kiwis YouTube channel with son Declan.


Management of safety inspections for yachts heading offshore returned to MNZ.

Yachting New Zealand’s decision to return its section 21 delegation back to Maritime NZ was carefully considered and will affect only a small number of affiliated clubs running offshore cruising.

And, says Yachting New Zealand chief executive David Abercrombie, the organisation remains committed to the safety of all its members.

Abercrombie last month confirmed that, effective July 1, 2024, Yachting New Zealand will no longer manage the safety inspection system for recreational craft and their crew departing for overseas –also known as section 21 of the Maritime Transport Act.

It requires the Director of Maritime NZ to be satisfied that the craft itself, the safety equipment it carries, and the crew, are all adequate for the intended voyage.

Maritime NZ has delegated assessment of these matters to Yachting New Zealand and its network of yacht inspectors for several years and has supported that function through the provision of Director Guidance on the craft adequacy assessment and, in some instances, specialist advice and support from maritime officers.

The current five-year delegation with Yachting New Zealand expired on June 30, 2024.

“The decision was made after months of discussions with Maritime NZ and is due to the increased resources required to adequately perform this regulatory function,” Abercrombie says.

“While this change will only affect a small number of affiliated clubs running

offshore cruising, we believe more active management of the system is needed and that Maritime NZ is better equipped to do this. Safety remains paramount and we will continue to provide the required support to our clubs through our safety and technical officer Cris Brodie.”

Yachting New Zealand will continue to manage category 1-5 inspections for boats competing in yacht races, in line with the Safety Regulations of Sailing

“There will be a new and improved process in place by the end of July and we will provide an update next week,” Abercrombie says.

In a statement, Maritime NZ thanked Yachting New Zealand and its inspectors for their expertise, knowledge, and work over the many years they have held the delegation.

“Maritime NZ and Yachting New Zealand (have been) working together to prepare for the transition of this function and are committed to ensuring it is managed well and communicated clearly to the sector.”

Maritime NZ will continue to engage with the sector as it implements the new process.

“As with all regulatory settings, we will keep the section 21 regime under review when opportunities arise, to ensure it remains fit-for-purpose; again, with input from the sector.”

Maritime NZ has set up a dedicated email for anyone with questions to contact them directly with questions at RecreationalInternationalVoyage@ maritimenz.govt.nz.

From 1 July, 2024

Anyone wanting to take a recreational craft overseas must apply to Maritime NZ for an International Voyage Certificate (Pleasure Craft). Previously, an application for a Category 1 certificate through Yachting New Zealand was required. There is not intended to be any significant change to the vessel, safety equipment or crew adequacy requirements. There is not expected to be a significant change in the costs associated with these processes at this time (noting that all fees are subject to review over time).

Skippers and crew will experience some changes in terms of the process and documentation to be completed, and the terminology used for some things, however these will be well-signalled.

Maritime NZ is confident the process will be efficient and fit-for-purpose for those seeking assessment under the section 21 requirements. To help ensure this, applicants are asked to carefully check and follow updated guidance and processes from MNZ.

For the latest information, including Guidance for your International Voyage Certificate (Pleasure Craft) application and application form, click here.


Nelson facing uncertain future as funds urgently sought for earthquake-strengthening.

New Zealand’s oldest club is facing one of the biggest challenges in its 167-year history, as it seeks urgent funding to complete earthquakestrengthening on its main building.

Should it succeed, Nelson Yacht Club can ensure it remains in its prime current location on the city’s picturesque waterfront.

If it fails to do so, the club, established in 1857, and a cornerstone of the Nelson community faces an uncertain future.

According to club manager Tim Fraser-Harris, the club contracted engineers in 2022 to conduct an initial seismic assessment, prompted by concerns over the lack of bracing in the sub-floor discovered during foundation work.

“The engineers found that the building would likely fall in the region of 20-25 per cent of national building standard (NBS), mainly due to a significant lack of bracing on all levels.

“Their advice was that a full Detailed Seismic Assessment (DSA) was not necessary as the deficiencies were clear and they were instead contracted to complete engineering design to bring the building up to 67 per cent NBS.”

Nelson City Council has since issued a letter notifying the club that the building may be earthquake prone.

“Council is aware of our efforts to rectify the situation, and we have until December before they will require us to demonstrate that the building is not earthquake-prone or provide a DSA, after which it is expected that an earthquakeprone building (EPB) notice would be issued,” Fraser-Harris said.

The club requires a total of $568,000 to complete the necessary work. It has already raised and spent about $70,000 and has received a further $20,000 in donations. It has also applied for funding grants.

“It is a massive hurdle for a small provincial club like ours. We are proud to be quite self-sufficient most of the time, but a challenge like this means we need to call on the help of others.

“We need to be in a position where we have sufficient funds in place to go ahead with the construction work over the winter,” Fraser-Harris said.

“The construction timeline is estimated to be around three months. This will mean that our sailing season is not affected, as well as being the off-season for other stakeholders like Nahm Restaurant, Nourish Catering, Nelson Tri Club, Nelson Bays Team Sailing, Sailability Nelson, Tasman Bay Cruising Club – all of whom use the facilities or would be otherwise more significantly affected by the works.”

It’s not the first time the club has faced adversity – it suffered severe storm damage from ex-tropical Cyclone Fehi in 2018, resulting in significant repair work to the foundations and replacement of its deck structure and concrete.

“If we don’t raise these funds and

How to help

Donate to Nelson Yacht Club’s Strengthening for Future Generations project on their website by clicking here. Significant contributions are recognised with a plaque on the balustrade at the club.

Support Nelson Yacht Club’s cause through The Kiwi Cup - Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s new fundraising initiative, run in conjunction with Emirates Team New Zealand, and supported by Yachting New Zealand and Live Sail Die.

Click here to donate via Nelson Yacht Club’s Givealittle page.

complete the required strengthening, we will have to reconsider the use of the building over the long term. Most likely, we would have to limit or reduce its use. This would not only have massive financial consequences for the club, it would be a huge loss for the Nelson community,” Fraser-Harris said.

In the worst-case scenario, demolition and removal of the building was possible but the cost would likely exceed that of the strengthening project.

“It is a really tricky funding landscape at the moment, but the more support that we can find from the local and wider yachting community, the better.

“It seems like a big number, but with lots of people chipping in even a small amount, it can quickly bring things more within sight.”

Club Focus

Nelson Yacht Club

Established: 1857

Location: Nelson

Commodore: Geoff Pitcaithly

Membership: 500

Biggest fleet(s): A mix of fleets – from Flying Dutchman and ILCA to Paper Tiger and A-Class.

Known for: Being New Zealand’s oldest yacht club.


North Island


Marsden Yacht and Boat Club is turning 50 and organisers are planning a party fit for the occasion. Club secretary Warren Daniel said festivities will include a reunion on Sunday, October 27, as well as sailing activities and a celebratory dinner.

Daniel can be contacted at (09) 4327268, secretary.mybc@gmail.com or via PO Box 9, Ruakaka, 0151.

2 A small patch of exotic caulerpa (right) was discovered in Omaha Cove near Leigh on June 7. The area has since been treated with chlorine and covered with tarpaulins. Divers will check surrounding areas for any signs of the unwanted seaweed, Biosecurity NZ said in a statement.


Club (August 10), Kohimarama Yacht Club (August 31) and back at Murrays Bay for the finale on September 21.


Milford Cruising Club will host a gala dinner and book launch on August 17, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the H28’s introduction to our waters. A special commemorative book, titled Fifty Years Under Sail, honours the legacy of the Compass H28 yacht. To order your copy or book your spot at the dinner, contact Evelyn Gauntlett at tropicbird2016@gmail.com.

Former Olympic sailors and America’s Cup competitors are expected to descend on Auckland late next year when Manly Sailing Club hosts the A-Class world championships (left) for the first time in a decade. There are approximately 25 active A-Cat sailors in New Zealand with Dave Shaw the current national champion. For more information, click here

4 Terry Bailey and Lisa Logan have been honoured by Torbay Sailing Club Bailey (right), who built the club’s start boat Lady Waiake some 40 years ago, was recognised as a life member along with Logan who was made an honorary member for her contribution to the club and for the work she has done with the Sir Peter Blake Regatta.

5 Murrays Bay Sailing Club is set to host the next leg of the 2024 edition of the Auckland Junior Winter Sprint Series. The series has already featured three regattas with the fourth set for July 27 before it also stops at Wakatere Boating

7 The Yachting New Zealand Starling Girls Accelerator Programme (right) got under way with two days at Royal Akarana Yacht Club in May, setting their goals for the season, testing their fitness, perfecting their set-up and tuning, and discussing pre- and debrief routines. Past and current Olympians Jenny Armstrong and Tom

1716 18 19 20

Saunders were on hand to share some handy tips and advice with the 13 girls from all over the country. Click here for more on the programme.


Mercury Bay Boating Club (right) is hoping to relocate its historical building – 18 months after it was left

teetering on the water’s edge in the wake of a storm surge caused by Cyclone Hale. The Whitianga-based club was shifted 25m inland days after two high-tide cycles had eroded metres of land in front of the building. It is now proposing to relocate to Dundas Street, which is the “only remaining option” according to former Commodore Jonathan Kline.

9 In October, the Bay of Plenty Trailer Yacht Squadron (right), based in Okawa Bay, will celebrate its 50th birthday. The club is looking for expressions of interest from past and present club members who feel they would like to attend. The date has been set for October 5 and will include an afternoon tea and celebration dinner. For more information, email 50years@boptys.org.nz.

10 Northland claimed a dramatic win in the 100th annual Sanders Cup hosted by Gisborne Yacht Club over Anzac weekend (April 25-28), taking the coveted title by a single point. The northerners,


represented by Phil McNeill and Hamish Hey, pipped Manawatu (David Brown and David Feek), with Wellington (Wade McGee and Demian Dixon) a further two points back. The Sanders Cup is the oldest trophy sailed for in New Zealand under its original inception.

11 Light southwesterlies were predicted for Napier Sailing Club’s popular Brass Monkey Regatta over King’s Birthday weekend last month, but more than 30 sailors in seven different fleets were instead “treated” to winds reaching up to 26kn. While the breeze was unpredictable, the result in one of the fleets was anything but – with veteran Steve McDowell taking out the title in an 11-strong OK Dinghy fleet by winning every single race.


Paremata Boating Club revived its Easter Regatta (right) to celebrate its 100th anniversary and sailors responded. More than 50 sailors from as far away as New Plymouth turned up to race over Easter, with many more joining in the Friday social race. The regatta featured 45 boats from a wide range of classes and made for close racing on the Pāuatahanui Inlet.

South Island


Entries are now open for Waikawa Boating Club’s 2024 Women’s Regatta. The event will take place from September 1214 and will again be restricted to 250 entries. For more information or to enter, click here or click here to read more about the 2023 Women’s Regatta.


13 You can now register for Yachting New Zealand’s annual race officer conference on August 31 at Evans Bay Yacht and Motorboat Club. The conference brings together race officers from all levels of experience and serves as a platform to connect, share ideas, and explore innovative approaches to race management. Register here to secure your place at this oneday conference.

Send your club or class association news to eduan@yachtingnz.org.nz

Yachting New Zealand is hosting three Learn to Sail (dinghy) coaching courses across the South Island this winter. The entry-level coaching course is ideal for those aged 14 and older and will be offered at Queen Charlotte Yacht Club (August 24-25), Charteris Bay Yacht Club (August 31-September 1), and Macandrew Bay Boating Club (October 26-27). Click here for more.


After two seasons of hosting a women’s keelboat series with one race per month, Naval Point Club Lyttelton decided it was time for a shake-up, and so the Naval Point Women’s and Girls regatta (right) was born. The inaugural event was held on April 6, with the only requirement for the day to have a female helming the boat. According to organiser Amanda Norris, this allowed females to try their hand at something they may not have the opportunity to do on a typical race day.

firsthand the capabilities of the Hansa 303, a single or two-crew sailing keelboat.

18 Timaru Yacht and Powerboat Club recently launched its new patrol boat Joe-B (below) at an event hosted by Simon Boys and featuring several speakers, including Vice Commodore Richard Johnson. The boat is named after former TYPBC life member Joe Butterfield and enjoyed funding support from the Royal Akarana Yacht Club, Pub Charity Limited and Trust Aoraki Limited.

17 Sailability Canterbury launched with a bang during the New Zealand leg of SailGP in March (below). According to spokesperson Ben Acland, the aim is to bring the joy of sailing to the Canterbury community. A fundraising event was held on the eve of the SailGP, with attendees witnessing

19 Wanaka Yacht Club members who own centreboard yachts parked at the club are being urged to remove them from the area due to contract work undertaken by the Queenstown Lakes District Council as part of a foreshore redevelopment project. Boats approved for on-site parking will be able to return to the site in September, in time for the club season opening.


Sailability Canterbury has had another boost with two Hansa 303 dinghies recently delivered to Christchurch. Two brand new boats on the same trailer has also made their way to Sailability Otago in and it is expected this will give both Sailability programmes a huge boost when summer comes around, with the new Canterbury programme due to kick off in October 2024.




Queen Charlotte Yacht Club

March 27-31

Gold fleet (48 boats)

1. Matteo Barker (Murrays Bay Sailing Club) 3 5 3 1

5 2 2 (9) 2 - 23 pts

2. Nathan Soper (Murrays Bay Sailing Club) 1 2 1 2 6 1 (21) 11 5 - 29 pts

3. Will Fyfe (Murrays Bay Sailing Club) 2 7 4 6 1 1 8

2 (9) - 31 pts

8. Zofia Wells (Glendowie Boating Club) (24) 18 5 2 6

7 1 3 16 - 58 pts

15. Charlotte Handley (Murrays Bay Sailing Club) 5 9 6 10 12 10 (27) 6 18 - 76 pts

16. Flora Stevens (Glendowie Boating Club) 19 9 11

8 2 3 6 21 (24) - 79 pts

Silver fleet (48 boats)

1. Luca Blundell (Charteris Bay Yacht Club) 15 23 25 22 29 (34) 9 1 1 - 125 pts

2. Thomas Hall (Murrays Bay Sailing Club) 29 (41) 13 20 32 27 2 2 2 - 127 pts

3. Phoebe Willis (Murrays Bay Sailing Club) 28 31 (43) 17 30 22 16 5 3 - 152 pts

4. James Currell (Maraetai Sailing Club) (49BFD) 20 28 30 31 20 11 3 11 - 154 pts

6. Ula Chan (Napier Sailing Club) 18 21 18 (37) 31 30 19 12 9 - 158 pts

8. Bailey Robb (Queen Charlotte Yacht Club) 15 19 33 26 28 (37) 23 7 12 - 163 pts

White fleet (12 boats)

1. Angus Jackson (Napier Sailing Club) (13OCS) 1 1

4 8 2 4 1 2 - 23 pts

2. Sean Sebastian Poon (Royal Akarana Yacht Club) (13OCS) 4 6 2 1 1 3 3 4 - 24 pts

3. Zephyr Lane (Wakatere Boating Club) 3 (8) 4 3 7

5 2 5 3 - 32 pts

5. Alina Romanenko (Nelson Yacht Club) 1 5 3 7 4 (9) 6 7 1 - 34 pts

7. Jessica Spalek (Bucklands Beach Yacht Club) 2 6 8 1 (9) 8 8 9 7 - 49 pts

10. Ellie Burton (Nelson Yacht Club) 7 9 10 10 (12) 11 10 6 8 - 71 pts

Full results here.

Green fleet (42 boats)

1. Annika Wells (Glendowie Boating Club) 1 7 2 (8) 2

2 4 1 5 1 - 25 pts

2. Loup Ponroy (Societe de Regates Caledonienne)

8 5 1 3 1 8 1 4 (17) 9 - 40 pts

3. Ally Burfoot (Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club) 2 (14) 11 1 13 1 5 5 1 3 - 42 pts

4. Charlie Haxton (Bucklands Beach Yacht Club) 11 1 4 7 8 5 3 2 2 (17) - 43 pts

5. Jules De Palmas (Societe de Regates Caledonienne) (13) 4 3 9 7 7 2 9 4 6 - 51 pts

7. Milla Holland (Wakatere Boating Club) 6 8 10 12 10 4 15 (21) 10 10 - 85 pts

Full results here.


Paremata Boating Club

March 30-31

420 fleet (3 boats)

1. Nico Holmes/Rob Holmes (Evans Bay Yacht and Motorboat Club) 1 (2) 1 1 1 1 1 1 - 7 pts

2. Emma Passmore/Abraham Lanaquera (Evans Bay Yacht and Motorboat Club) (4DNF) 3 3 2 2 2 2

2 - 16 pts

3. Alan Swinney/James Swinney (Paremata Boating Club)2 1 2 3 (4DNC) 4DNC 4DNC 4DNC - 20 pts

ILCA 7 fleet (5 boats)

1. Tom Kerr (Paremata Boating Club) 1 (4) 1 1 2 1 4

2 - 12 pts

2. Chris McCarthy (Paremata Boating Club) 2 1 (4) 2 1 3 1 3 - 13 pts

3. Tim Simpson (Muritai Yacht Club) 3 2 (5) 3 3 2 2

4 - 19 pts

ILCA 6 fleet (10 boats)

1. Jack Olson (Plimmerton Boating Club) 1 (8) 4 2 2 1 4 3 - 17 pts

2. Caelan Davidson (Plimmerton Boating Club) 2 2 2 5 (6) 5 5 4 - 25 pts

3. Ryan Tait (Paremata Boating) 3 3 1 4 8SCP 2 (9) 5 - 26 pts

Optimist open fleet (3 boats)

1. Kester Holmes (Evans Bay Yacht and Motorboat Club) 1 1 1 1 1 (4DNF) 1 1 - 7 pts

2. Peter Cottingham (Evans Bay Yacht and Motorboat Club) 2 2 2 2 2 1 (3) 3 - 14 pts

3. Seth Beard (Worser Bay Boating Club) (3) 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 - 18 pts

O’pen Skiff fleet (3 boats)

1. Elena Keall-Neches (Paremata Boating Club) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 (2) - 7 pts

2. Emily Summers (Paremata Boating Club) 2 2 2

(3) 2 2 1 - 13 pts

3. Toby Clark (Plimmerton Boating Club) (3) 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 - 20 pts

Optimist green fleet (2 boats)

1. Parikshith Perta (Paremata Boating Club) (2) 2

2 1 1 1 - 9 pts

2. Bronagh Davidson (Paremata Boating Club) 1

2 1 2 2 (3DNC) - 11 pts

Starling fleet (6 boats)

1. Tessa McCarthy (Paremata Boating Club) 2

1 1 1 (6) - 11 pts

2. Ellena Courtnage (Paremata Boating Club) 1

(5) 3 3 2 - 16 pts

3. Pat Poland (Heretaunga Boating Club) (4) 3 1 4

4 2 1 - 17 pts

P-Class fleet (1 boat)

1. Chloe Courtnage (Paremata Boating Club) 1 (2DNS) 2DNS 2DNS 1 1 1 1 - 9 pts

Open Division 1 fleet (1 boat)

1. Ruth Swinney (Paremata Boating Club) (1) 1

1 1 1 - 7 pts

Open Division 2 fleet (1 boat)

1. Phase II (1) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 - 7 pts

Topaz fleet (2 boats)

1. Amy Summers/Matthew Fearn (Paremata Boating Club) 1 2 (3DNF) 3DNS 1 1 1 1 - 10 pts

2. Matthew McCarthy/Edward Pick (Paremata Boating Club) (2) 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 - 11 pts

Z-Class fleet (4 boats)

1. Peter Hollyman/Colin Gamble (Plimmerton Boating Club) 1 (3) 2 2 1 1 2 1 - 10 pts

2. John Hargreaves/Paul Mygind (Evans Bay Yacht and Motorboat Club) 2 1 1 1 2 (3) 1 2 - 10 pts

3. Aaran Judd/Tait Judd (Paremata Boating Club) 3 2 (5DNF) 3 3 2 3 3 - 19 pts

Zephyr fleet (2 boats)

1. Todd Olson (Plimmerton Boating Club) 1 1 1 1 (2) 2 2 1 - 9 pts

2. John Bulleyment (Plimmerton Boating Club) 2 2 (3DNF) 3DNS 1 1 1 2 - 12 pts

Full results here.



Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

April 12


1. Wired 02:05:24:00

2. Equilibrium 02:07:55:01

3. Clockwork 02:11:57:58

PHRF P fully crewed

1. Equilibrium 02:11:09:36

2. Wired 02:12:42:57

3. Clockwork 02:13:09:56


1. Akonga 02:20:04:18

2. Favourite 03:04:00:38

Full results here.


Maraetai Sailing Club

April 13-15

Youth fleet (46 boats)

1. Callum Hyde (Murrays Bay Sailing Club)/Jake Dickey (Napier Sailing Club) (14) 2 1 1 6 1 1 3 - 15 pts

2. Matteo Barker (Murrays Bay Sailing Club)/Blake Batten (Waiuku Yacht Club) (6) 3

3. Ashton Cooke (Royal Akarana Yacht Club)/ Marlon Porteous (Glendowie Boating Club) (47) 4 10 5 3 2 4 2 - 30 pts

Junior fleet (46 boats)

1. Nathan Soper (Murrays Bay Sailing Club)/Lauchy Wills (Howick Sailing Club) 5 1 (7) 6 2 5 7 7 - 33 pts

2. Elisa Currie (Maraetai Sailing Club)/Juliet White (Wakatere Boating Club) (47)

- 128 pts 3. James Currell (Maraetai Sailing Club)/Charlie Haxton (Bucklands Beach Yacht Club) (47)

(47) 11 27 9 - 133 pts

Open fleet (46 boats) 1. David Ferris (Bay of Islands Yacht Club)/Cameron Ferris (Kerikeri Cruising Club) (47) 9 2


pts 2. Andrew Wills/Leo Wills (Howick Sailing Club) 4 (47) 3 12 9 16 14 6 - 64 pts 3. Andrew Child/Sol Douwes (Bay of Islands Yacht Club) 1 26 9 14 5 (47) 8 30 - 93 pts

Full results here.


Overall (11 boats) 1. Jack Frewin (RNZYS) 3 (12DNF) 4 2 1 5 (6) 3 1 - 19 pts 2. Josh Hyde (RNZYS) (8) 2

pts 3. Scott Barker (Muritai Yacht Club)

6 7 - 28 pts

4. Leslie Egnot (Kawau Island Boating Club) 4 6 6 (9) 4 (12DSQ) 2 4 2 - 28 pts 5. RAYC Youth Team (Royal Akarana Yacht Club) 2 1 7 (9SCP) 3 7 7 2 (8) - 29 pts

6. Melinda Henshaw (Royal Akarana Yacht Club) 1 4 5 (11) 6 4 3 (7) 6 - 29 pts

7. Sam Scott (RNZYS) 5 3 1 8 2 9 (10) 5 (11) - 33 pts 8. Sally Garrett (Royal Akarana Yacht Club) 7 (9) 6SCP 3 (11) 8 9 1 4 - 38 pts

8. Peter Sumich (RNZYS) (10) (10) 9 10 5 3 5 10 951 pts

9. Hayden Smith (RNZYS) 9 8 (11) 6 9 6 (11) 9 5 - 52 pts

10. Maria Ferrario (Royal Akarana Yacht Club) (12DNF) 7 8 7 10 (12UFD) 8 8 10 - 58 pts


Murrays Bay Sailing Club April 15-18

29er fleet (14 boats)

1. Will Leech (Charteris Bay Yacht Club)/Sean Kensington (Kohimarama Yacht Club) 3 (6) 1 1 1 3 1 1 2 4 2 1 - 20 pts

2. Tom Pilkington (RNZYS)/Morgan Lay (RAYC) 4 (9) 5 2 4 2 6 4 4 1 1 2 - 35 pts

3. Oli Stone/Marcel van der Voort (Kohimarama Yacht Club) 8 1 3 (9) 2 8 2 3 3 3 9 4 - 46 pts

10. Bella Jenkins/Nicola Hume (Kohimarama Yacht Club) (12) 7 9 11 5 9 8 7 9 6 11 10 - 92 pts

11. Madi Russell (RAYC)/Kate Rasmussen (Maraetai Sailing Club) 13 10 4 10 11 7 13 (14) 13 11 7 5 - 104


12. Erin Kee/Isla Kee (Kerikeri Cruising Club) 11 11 7 12 8 11 12 10 8 12 (15UFD) 14 - 116 pts

420 fleet (6 boats)

1. Cameron Brown (Wakatere Boating Club)/Alex Norman (Murrays Bay Sailing Club) 3 1 2 1 1 1 3 1 (4) 1 - 14 pts

2. Joe Leith/Josh Ferrissey (Murrays Bay Sailing Club) 2 (4) 1 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 - 18 pts

3. Tessa Clinton/Jess Handley (Wakatere Boating Club) 1 2 (3) 3 2 3 1 3 3 3 - 21 pts

4. Isla Barker/Lucy Luxford (Murrays Bay Sailing Club) 5 3 (7RET) 6 4 4 5 5 1 4 - 37 pts

5. Thomas Jurczyluk/Oliver Wyeth (Wanaka Yacht Club) (6) 6 5 4 5 5 4 4 6 5 - 44 pts

6. Zara Scott/Amelia Higson (Murrays Bay Sailing Club) 4 5 4 5 6 6 (7DNF) 6 5 6 - 47 pts ILCA 6 fleet (17 boats)

1. Zach Stibbe (Otago Yacht Club) 2 (5) 3 1 1 2 1 1 3

5 - 19 pts

2. Winston Liesebach (Napier Sailing Club) 4 2 1 (18DSQ) 2 1 3 5 1 1 - 20 pts

3. Miro Luxford (Charteris Bay Yacht Club) 6 3 2 2 5 4 2 3 (18BFD) 7 - 34 pts

10. Chloe Turner (Murrays Bay Sailing Club) (12) 11

7 4 10 8 10 9 10 9 - 78 pts

12. Rose Dickey (Napier Sailing Club) (17) 8 16 12 11 14 14 12 4 6 - 97 pts

16. Mabel North (Wanaka Yacht Club) 7 14 13 (18DNS) 18DNS 18DNC 18DNC 18DNC 8 10 - 124 pts

iQFOIL 8m fleet (7 boards)

1. Jack Parr (New Plymouth Yacht Club) 2 1 1 2 2 1 1

2 1 1 2 1 1 (3) 1 1 1 (8BFD) - 21 pts

2. Vlad Misescu (Bay of Islands Yacht Club) (3) (3) 2 1 1 2 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 1 2 3 2 1 - 35 pts

3. Ben Rist (Manly Sailing Club) 1 2 3 3 3 3 2 1 2 2 1

3 2 2 (8BFD) 2 3 (8BFD) - 35 pts

Wingfoil fleet (8 boards)

1. Hugo Wigglesworth (Manly Sailing Club) 4 (5) (5)

1 4 1 2 1 1 1 1 5 3 1 1 5 1 1 - 33 pts

2. Kosta Gladiadis (Manly Sailing Club) 3 2 (4) 2 3 2

3 2 2 2 3 1 1 2 2 (6) 2 2 - 34 pts

3. Finn Pye (Manly Sailing Club) (6) 3 1 (5) 2 4 1 3

4DPI1 5 4 3 4 3 3 2 3 5 - 50 pts Full results here.


Glendowie Boating Club

April 16-18

Overall (12 boats)

1. Blake McKinnon (Bucklands Beach Yacht Club)

2. Isaac Gaites (Murrays Bay Sailing Club)

3. Jed Potbury (Napier Sailing Club) Full results here.


Manly Sailing Club

April 17-21

Gold fleet (35 boats)

1. Ewan Brazle (Manly Sailing Club) (4) 1 1 1 1 1 1 (2)

2 1 - 9 pts

2. Hugo Smith (Kohimarama Yacht Club) 1 (5) 2 (10)

2 2 3 1 4 2 - 17 pts

3. Harry Jameson (Napier Sailing Club) (36) 7 5 7 4 3

5 (9) 1 5 - 37 pts

5. Elena Keall-Neches (Paramata Boating Club) 9 4 (10) 2 10 5 6 3 3 (12) - 42 pts

Silver fleet (29 boats)

1. Austin Kell (Bay of Islands Yacht Club) 3 (4) 3 1 4 3

2 (10) 1 1 - 18 pts

2. Finn Dickie (Manly Sailing Club) 7 7 1 (8) 1 1 4 1 (13) 2 - 24 pts

3. Toby Clark (Plimmerton Boating Club) (17) 2 2 (9)

5 4 1 5 2 6 - 26 pts

4. Summer Torbet (Manly Sailing Club) 4 1 6 4 2 6 (8) 5 (18) 5 - 33 pts

Full results here.

Development fleet (24 boats)

1. Max Bould (Manly Sailing club) 6 (11) 1 3 (14) 1 2 9 1 2 - 25 pts

2. Jackson Rumbold (Royal Akarana Yacht Club) (16) 7 (12) 10 2 2 1 1 7 4 - 34 pts

3. Stanley Briggs (Sandspit Yacht Club) 5 1 (11) 6 4 5 (14) 8 2 6 - 37 pts

Full results here.


New Plymouth Yacht Club

April 21-26

1. Auckland Grammar

2. Rangitoto College

3. St Kentigern College

Full results here.


April 25-27

Handicap results


1. Fez 20:45:12

2. Equilibrium 20:55:53

3. Drinks Trolley 20:56:04

Longhaul multi

1. Levity 21:52:38


1. Flash Gordon 09:16:21

2. Shimmer II 09:29:32

3. Flashwave 09:30:40


1. Rogue 3 06:46:54

2. Te Ara 07:53:14

3. Dol Selene 07:58:08

Full results here.



Gisborne Yacht Club

April 25-28

1. Phil McNeill/Hamish Hey (Northland) 1 (4) 4

3 1 - 12 pts

2. David Brown/David Feek (Manawatu) 2 1 2 2 (9DNF) 2 4 - 13 pts

3. Wade McGee/Demian Dixon (Wellington) 3 3 5 (9DNF) 1 1 2 - 15 pts

4. Ross Shanks/Colin Shanks (East Coast) (4) 2 1 3

4 4 3 - 17 pts

5. Peter Precey/Alex Edwards (North Harbour) (9DNF) 6 9DNF 4 3 5 5 - 32 pts

6. Antje Muller/Fi Charman (Bay of Pleenty) (9DNF)

5 3 9DNF 5 6 7 - 35 pts

7. Bill Frater/Gordon Collister (South Coast) (9DNF) 9DNF 9DNF 9DNF 6 7 6 - 46 pts

8. Craig Gilberd/Rob Fordyce (Auckland) (9DNF) 9DNF 9DNF 9DNF 9DNF 9DNF 9DNF - 54 pts


Lowry Bay Yacht Club

April 27-28

Non-spinnaker fleet (2 boats)

1. Bellatrix 2 1 1 1 - 5 pts

2. Freedom 1 2 2 2 - 7 pts

PHRF fleet (3 boats)

1. Zigzag Full Stop 2 1 2 1 - 6 pts

2. XTSea 1 3 3 2 - 9 pts

3. 88% Proof 3 2 1 3 - 9 pts

Spinnaker fleet (15 boats)

1. Zigzag Full Stop 3 2 1 1 - 7 pts

2. Halo 9 1 5 2 - 17 pts

3. Fine Entry 8 3 3 4 - 18 pts

Full results here.


Manly Sailing Club

May 4-5

Open fleet (33 boards)

1. Sean Herbert (Manly Sailing Club) (10) 2 2 1 1 1 - 7 pts

2. Jack Bennett (Manly Sailing Club) 5 (34) 4 3 3

5 - 22 pts

3. Jeremiah Mcdonald (Bucklands Beach Yacht Club) 3 4 (34) 5 4 4 - 20 pts

Youth/under-19 fleet (33 boards)

1. Kosta Gladiadis (Manly Sailing Club) 4 6 3 4 (9)

2 - 19 pts 2. Hugo Wigglesworth (Manly Sailing Club) 1 (34) 19 2 2 6 - 30pts 3. Finn Pye (Manly Sailing Club) 6 7 6 (12) 5 11 - 35 pts


Full results here.

Race fleet (45 boards) 1. Oscar Gunn (Murrays Bay Sailing Club) 4 1 (19) 2 6 3 - 16 pts 2. Jonny Martin (Bay of Islands Yacht Club) 12 7 5 (17) 8 14 - 46

(15) 10 13 - 50 pts Masters fleet (45 boards)

Alex Yakimkin (Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club) 1 2 1 1 1 (15) - 6 pts

Stefan Cook (Manly Sailing Club)

- 39 pts 3. Barbara Kendall (Manly Sailing Club) 11 15 12 (16) 7 11 - 56 pts

Grandmasters fleet (45 boards) 1. Jon Bilger (Royal NZ Yacht Squadron) 3


Pupuke Yacht Club

May 18-19

ILCA 6 (14 boats)

Greta Pilkington (RNZYS)

pts 3. Sam Clarke (Murrays Bay Sailing

- 10 pts

ILCA 7 (15 boats) 1. George Pilkington (RNZYS) (3) 1 1 1 1 - 4

2. Max Faulkner (Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club) 1 2 5 (8) 2 - 10 pts

3. Eroni Luilua (Torbay Sailing Club) (6) 4 4 3 3 - 14 pts Full results here.


Bay of Islands Yacht Club

May 31-June 3

Overall (27 boats)

1. William Mason/Giorgia Mattiuzzo (Wakatere Boating Club) 2 3 4 3 1 (5) 4 - 17 pts

2. Nelson Meacham (Wakatere Boating Club)/Levi Jenkins (Kohimarama Yacht Club) 6 5 1 1 7 (10) 1 - 21 pts

3. Will Leech (Charteris Bay Yacht Club)/Sean Kensington (Kohimarama Yacht Club) 5 4 2 4 6 1 (12) - 22 pts

6. Bella Jenkins/Nicola Hume (Kohimarama Yacht Club) 11 (17) 8 2 3 9 6 - 39 pts

Full results here.


Napier Sailing Club June 1-2

ILCA fleet (4 boats)

1. William Muir 1 2 1 (3) 1 1 2 - 8 pts 2. Philipp Otto 2 1 3 2 (4) 4 1 - 13 pts

3. Gill Waiting (5RET) 4DNC 2 1 2 2 3 - 14 pts

Open fleet (5 boats)

1. Tim Sandall 1 1 1 1 1 (2) 2 - 7 pts

2. Amelia Otto (4RET) 3DNC 3DNC 3DNC 3 1 1 - 14 pts 3. Mark Sheldrake (4RET) 3DNC 3DNC 3DNC 2 3 3 - 17 pts

Starling fleet (2 boats) 1. Bej Lencek (2) 1 1 1 2 2 2 - 9 pts

2. Jade Pedersen 1 (3DNC) 3DNC 3DNC 1 1 1 - 10 pts

O’pen Skiff fleet (5 boats)

1. Sophie Pedersen (4RET) 3DNC 1 2 1 1 1 - 9 pts 2. Harry Jameson 1 1 2 1 (6DNC) 6DNC 6DNC - 17 - pts

3. Kyle Browne (5DNC) 3DNC 4DNC 4DNC 3 2 218 pts

Optimist green fleet (2 boats)

1. Frankie Barker (2) 1 2 2 1 1 1 - 8 pts

2. Liam Browne 1 (2) 1 1 2 2 2 - 9 pts

Optimist open fleet (5 boats)

1. Liam Pentreath (1) 1 1 1 1 1 1 - 6 pts


2. Georgia Barker 3 4 2 2 (5) 3 3 - 17 pts

3. Angus Jackson 2 2 4 3 3 4 (5) - 18 pts

OK Dinghy fleet (11 boats)

1. Steve McDowell (1) 1 1 1 1 1 1 - 6 pts

2. Sean Cleary 2 (6) 2 2 2 3 3 - 14 pts

3. Rod Davies 3 3 3 (5) 4 4 4 - 21 pts


Port Ohope Yacht Club

June 2

Open small fleet (7 boats)

1. Christopher Hancock (Lake Taupo Yacht Club) 1 (2) 1 2 1 - 5 pts

2. Ethan van der Vlerk (Lake Taupo Yacht Club) 3 1 (5) 1 2 - 7 pts

3. Rose Morton (Port Ohope Yacht Club) 2 (5) 3 4

3 - 12 pts

Starling fleet (8 boats)

1. Thomas Linklater (Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club) (1) 1 1 1 1 - 4 pts

2. Owen Carter (Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club) 2 2 2 (5) 3 - 9 pts

3. Sally Clarke (Lake Taupo Yacht Club) (3) 3 3 2

2 - 10 pts

ILCA 6 fleet (12 boats)

1. Miya Prescott (Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club) 2 3 1 (4) 1 - 7 pts

2. Adam Mark (Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club) 1 2 (4) 2 4 - 9 pts

3. Graeme Tee (Port Ohope Yacht Club) (4) 1 3 3

2 - 9 pts

ILCA 7 fleet (5 boats)

1. Barry Cutfield (Port Ohope Yacht Club) 1 (3) 1 1

2 - 5 pts

2. Max Faulkner (Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club) 2 1 3 (17DSQ) 1 - 7 pts

3. Ken Tarboton (Port Ohope Yacht Club) 5 2 2 (7)

3 - 12 pts

Full results here.


Howick Sailing Club

June 8

Optimist green fleet (9 boats)

1. Jack Robertson (Murrays Bay Sailing Club) 2 1

1 - 4 pts

2. Amiya Kattera (Glendowie Boating Club) 1 3 610 pts

3. Alvin Zhang (Murrays Bay Sailing Club) 4 4 3 - 11 pts

Optimist open fleet (38 boats)

1. Jake Dickey (Napier Sailing Club) 2 1 - 3 pts

2. Blake Batten (Murrays Bay Sailing Club) 6 2 - 8 pts

3. Will Fyfe (Murrays Bay Sailing Club) 4 7 - 11 pts

Starling development fleet (3 boats)

1. Charley Craddock (Wakatere Boating Club) 1 1 1 - 3 pts

2. Paige McLachlan-Roberts (BDSC) 3 2 2 - 7 pts

3. Connor Smith (Howick Sailing Club) 2 3 4BFD - 9 pts

Starling open fleet (24 boats)

1. Vincent Scott (Takapuna Yacht and Powerboat Club) 4 2 2 - 8 pts

2. Isaac Gaites (Murrays Bay Sailing Club) 1 7 1 - 9 pts

3. Callum Noyer (Kohimarama Yacht Club) 3 5 7 - 15 pts

P-Class fleet (14 boats)

1. Finloe Gaites (Murrays Bay Sailing Club) 1 1 3 - 5 pts

2. Callum Hyde (Wakatere Boating Club) 2 3 2 - 7 pts

3. Hugo Smith (Royal Akarana Yacht Club) 3 2 5 - 10 pts

RS: Feva fleet (1 boat)

1. Elisa Currie (Maraetai Sailing Club)/Juliet White (Wakatere Boating Club) 1 1 1 - 3 pts Full results here.


Bucklands Beach Yacht Club

June 15

1. Hard Labour 1 2 2 (5) 2 1 1 2 - 11 pts

2. Shokran 3 1 1 3 (5) 4 3 1 - 16 pts

3. Flashwave 4 3 3 1 1 (5) 2 3 - 17 pts Full results here.


Wakatere Boating Club

June 22-23

Overall (23 boats)

1. Callum Hyde (Wakatere Boating Club) 2 1 3 (6) 1 4 5 - 16 pts

2. Callum Noyer (Wakatere Boating Club) 4 2 5 3 4

1 (7) - 19 pts

3. Finloe Gaites (Murrays Bay Sailing Club) 1 3 2 5 5

5 (6) - 21 pts

8. Amber Hughes (Kohimarama Yacht Club) 3 9 6 (11) 11 11 2 - 42 pts Full results here.



Mallorca, Spain

March 29-April 6

Mixed 470 fleet (68 boats)

1. Camille Lecointre/Jeremie Mion (Fra) 5

5 9 (12) 1 - 38 points

2. Jordi Xammar/Nora Brugman (Esp) 4

(24) 1 14 - 39 pts

3. Malte Winkel/Anastasiya Winkel (Ger) 1 2 15 11 2 4 14 (28) 7 - 56 pts

44. Derek Scott/Rebecca Hume (NZ) 22 15 17 (35BFD) 22 26 15 7 9 - 133 pts

49erFX (48 boats)

1. Jana Germani/Giorgia Bertuzzi (Ita) 10 9 1

11 14 2 (19) 4 9 2 1 - 73 points

2. Helene Ness/Marie Ronningen (Nor) 1 1 3 6 2 15 3 1 5 (21) 6 4 21 6 - 74 pts

3. Misaki Tanaka/Sera Nagamatsu (Jpn) 8 1 13 12 9 14 6 2 1 1 14 5 7 (24) - 93 pts

26. Jo Aleh/Molly Meech (NZ) 5 3 15 16 (25BFD) 13 1 6 4 2 - 65 pts

49er (85 boats)

1. Diego Botin/Florian Trittel (Esp) 10 4 7 7 1 9 1 1 3 7 1 4 16 (22) 4 - 75 pts.

2. Hernan Odini/Fernando Becerra (Uru) 2 1 5 11

1 5 8 (16) 11 9 11 1 3 11 2 - 81 pts

3. Lukasz Przybytek/Jacek Piasecki (Pol) (30BFD) 1 2 7 2 13 3 2 9 1 9 3 2 21 8 - 83 pts

17. Seb Menzies/George Lee Rush (NZ) 4 7 12

7 8 11 (20) 13 19 8 7 20 20 7 - 143 pts

24. Mattias Coutts/Henry Haslett (NZ) 7 6 3 10 (30DNF) 20 24 22 1 21 10 24 18 13 - 179 pts

67. Francesco Kayrouz/Hamish McLaren (NZ) (30BFD) 22 24 20 23 7 13 - 109 pts

ILCA 6 fleet (116 boats)

1. Maria Erdi (Hun) 4 5 (36) 8 11 7 6 7 19 5 18 - 90 pts

2. Zoe Thomson (Aus) 8 9 8 9 3 24 (38) 8 6 14 8 - 97 pts

3. Matilda Nichols (GBR) 1 10 5 3 5 20 20 29 (59UFD) 3 4 - 100 pts

44. Greta Pilkington (NZ) 9 30 32 14 49 45 50 22 11 (57) - 262 pts

ILCA 7 fleet (193 boats)

1. Michael Beckett (GBR) 2 1 1 1 12 6 (66BFD) 1 2 6 4 - 36 pts

2. Philipp Buhl (Ger) 1 1 5 14 (38) 1 13 3 12 18 12 - 80 pts

3. Jean Baptiste Bernaz (Fra) 6 2 1 7 19 5 (27) 19 10 7 18 - 94 pts

10. Tom Saunders (NZ) 4 5 16 31 18 2 32 (57) 18 3 20 - 149 pts

101. Caleb Armit (NZ) 34 49 22 23 (54) 24 34 - 186 pts

154. Dylan Forsyth (NZ) 49 44 (54) 48 15 48 9 - 213 pts

Nacra 17 fleet (48 boats)

1. Ruggero Tita/Caterina Banti (Ita) (29) 15 1 14 1

1 3 3 6 19 2 1 1 10 - 77 pts

2. Gianluigi Ugolini/Maria Giubilei (Ita) 8 11 5 3 7 10 16 (27) 5 9 8 3 6 16 - 107 pts

3. John Gimson/Anna Burnet (GBR) 6 1 3 15 3 14 19 (24) 4 5 11 4 24 4 - 113 pts

9. Micah Wilkinson/Erica Dawson (NZ) - 4 12

20 5 22 8 4 (37) 1 12 14 13 8 20 - 143 pts

Women's windfoil (76 boards)

1. Mina Mobekk (Nor) 3 1 (77DNC) 1 (18) 1 11 5 - 22

pts 2. Maya Gysler (Nor) 4 (7) 6 2 5 2 3 (19) - 22 pts

3. Lola Sorin (Fra) 2 14 5 (23) 2 (33) 5 9 - 37 pts

10. Veerle ten Have (NZ) (25) 4 (77DNF) 16 10 20 1 1 - 52 pts

32. Stella Bilger (NZ) 29 31 15 (49) (36) 26 25 21 - 147 pts

Men's windfoil (108 boards) 1. Pawel Tarnowski (Pol) 1 1 1 1 1 1 (19) (2) 9 3 - 18 pts 2. Nicolas Goyard (Fra) (7)

Pouliquen (Fra)


Josh Armit (NZ) 3

15 25 25 - 126 pts


Women's kitefoil (34 boards) 1. Breiana Whitehead (Aus)


Daniela Moroz (USA) 1 1 (4) 2

(35UFD) 3 1 1 1 2 - 20 pts 3. Leonie Meyer (Ger)

(35DNC) (35DNC) 3 3 3 - 56 pts 14. Justina Kitchen (NZ) 14 13 19 8

(20) 8 9 13 9 17 (35DNC) 14.30RDG 13 6 15 (30) -


26. Lucy Bilger (NZ) (35DNC) (35DNC) 22 22 30 27 21 19 21 21 21 23 (35RET) 35DNC 21 35DNC 20 25 - 363 pts

Men's kitefoil (59 boards) 1. Maximilian Maeder (SGP) 3 1 1

(31DNC) 1 (4) 2 2 (13) 1 1 1 1 - 20 pts 2. Riccardo Pianosi (Ita) 1 (31DNC) (11STP) 1 4

1 2 1 1 4 3 1 3 (26DNC) 6 2 - 31 pts 3. Denis Taradin (Cyp) 8 4 3 6 5 5 3

(26DNC) (26DNC) 6 3 3 - 63 pts 22. Lukas Walton-Keim (NZ) 5

(31DNC) 5 6 8 9 16 9 (23) (21) 21 20 11 20 -

Full results here.


Mar Menor, Spain

April 16-19



June 26-29



Ficker Cup

Long Beach, USA

April 19-21

Overall placings

1. Scotty Dickson (USA)

2. Megan Thomson (NZ)

3. Cole Tapper (Aus)

4. Dave Hood (USA)

5. Peter Wickwire (Can)

6. Aurélien Pierroz (Fra)

7. Nicole Breault (USA)

8. Celia Willison (NZ)

Full results here.



Long Beach, USA

April 24-28

Overall placings

1. Chris Poole (USA)

2. Ian Williams (GBR)

3. Eric Monnin (Sui)

4. Nick Egnot-Johnson (NZ)

5. Jeppe Borch (Den)

6. Dave Hood (USA)

7. Gavin Brady (USA)

8. Cole Tapper (Aus)

9. Johnie Berntsson (Swe)

10. Rocco Attili (Ita)

11. Scotty Dickson (USA)

12. Megan Thomson (NZ)

Full results here.


Hyeres, France

April 20-27

49erFX fleet (9 boats)

1. Odile van Aanholt/Annette Duets (Ned) 4 2 2 5 1

1 2 4 (6) 3 5 4 1 2 - 36 points

2. Vilma Bobeck/Rebecca Netzler (Swe) (8) 5 5 1 5 2

6 5 1 1 2 3 2 1 - 39 pts

3. Jo Aleh/Molly Meech (NZ) 7 1 4 2 3 3 (9) 9 7 2

1 2 8 5 - 54 pts

49er fleet (30 boats)

1. Diego Botin/Florian Trittel (Esp) 5 (18) 10 4 3 9 1 1

2 3 8 5 1 12 - 64 pts

2. Dominik Buksak/Szymon Wierzbicki (Pol) 6 19 2

2 5 3 6 5 9 (22) 6 2 6 10 - 81 pts

3. Erwan Fischer/Clément Pequin (Fra) 1 20 12 1 16 (23) 5 8 3 1 2 1 10 9 - 89 pts

12. Isaac McHardie/Will McKenzie (NZ) 28 2 11 13 7 (BFD31) 4 15 15 15 10 9 5 14 - 148 pts

20. Campbell Stanton/Will McKenzie (NZ) 8 12 23 25 (28) 15 11 11 13 20 4 28 28 23 - 221 pts

23. Seb Menzies/George Lee Rush (NZ) 18 27 (29) 22 24 27 26 21 19 14 12 20 20 22 - 272 pts

ILCA 6 fleet (69 boats)

1. Charlotte Rose (USA) 8 19 (23) 1 2 5 4 3 2 - 44 pts

2. Marit Bouwmeester (Ned) 1 10 7 3 4 3 (70BFD) 1 18 - 47 pts

3. Line Flem Hoest (Nor) 7 (42) 8 4 17 4 11 8 4 - 63 pts

16. Greta Pilkington (NZ) 24 5 25 25 13 10 20 31 (41) - 154 pts

ILCA 7 fleet (68 boats)

1. Michael Beckett (GBR) 3 1 (18) 8 5 3 5 3 10 - 38 pts

2. Matt Wearn (Aus) 8 5 6 1 6 1 4 8 (9) - 39 pts

3. Philipp Buhl (Ger) 7 20 7 5 9 7 7 1 (27) - 63 pts

5. Tom Saunders (NZ) 15 (44) 1 18 4 6 8 15 5 - 72 pts

60. Caleb Armit (NZ) 48 46 63 52 49 (69BFD) 59 32 64 - 413 pts

Women's windfoil fleet (25 boards)

1. Tamar Steinberg (Isr) (16) 1 (9) 1 1 3 8 8 1 1 - 22 pts

2. Mina Mobekk (Nor) 2 9 (18) (19) 2 2 1 1 2 - 17 pts

3. Palma Čargo (Cro) (14) (18) 5 6 4 11 5 5 1 2 3 - 36 pts

9. Veerle ten Have (NZ) 4 (15) (11) 11 3 1 11 11

6 - 41 pts

17. Stella Bilger (NZ) 15 17 3 16 13.25RDG 18 (21) (21) - 82.25 pts

Men's windfoil fleet (35 boards)

1. Ethan Westera (Aru) (17) (15) 1 7 6 8 9 12 12 2 2

1 - 55 pts

2. Grae Morris (Aus) (27) 3 1 (5) 1 1 4 1 1 2 - 12 pts

3. Nacho Baltasar (Esp) (31) (19) 7 1 5 3 2 11 11 1 1

3 - 40 pts

8. Josh Armit (NZ) 5 1 5 (11) (9) 5 5 7 7 8BFD - 35 pts

22. Thomas Crook (NZ) 9 21 23 (37BFD) (37) 19 22 8 (24) 24 - 126 pts

Women's kitefoil fleet (24 boards)

1. Jessie Kampman (Fra) (5) 2 (4) 3 3 2 (8) 2 1 1 3 1 3

1 - 21 pts

2. Eleanor Aldridge (GBR) 2 (3) (3) (5) 2 3 1 1 3 2 1 3

2 2 - 20 pts

3. Lauriane Nolot (Fra) 9 7 1 1 1 1 3 (16DNC) (25) (17)

2 2 6 3 - 33 pts

19. Lucy Bilger (NZ) 18 (19) 19 (23) 17 16 19 18 14 18 (20) 18 17 - 174 pts

Men's kitefoil fleet (20 boards)

1. Maximilian Maeder (SGP) 1 (3) 1 1 2 (4) (5) 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 - 13 pts

2. Toni Vodisek (Slo) 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 (12DNC) (21) (12) 2

2 2 2 - 17 pts

3. Axel Mazella (Fra) 3 (7) 3 (8) 4 2 3 4

3 3 3 (21DNC) 3 - 33 pts

11. Lukas Walton-Keim (NZ) (16) 10 13 6 (14) 10 11 (14) 7 8 10 5 8 - 88 pts

Mixed 470 (28 boats, Last Chance Regatta) 1. Giacomo Ferrari/Alessandra Dubbini (Ita) 2 3 3

1 1 5 1 2 (7) 4 - 23 pts

2. Elena Berta/Bruno Festo (Ita) 1 (13)

8 16 - 43 pts

3. Tina Mrak/Jakob Bozic (Slo) 3 (9)

2 - 45 pts

11. Derek Scott/Rebecca Hume (NZ) 13 8 8 13 (24) 8 8 20 12 13 - 103 pts

Full results here.


Event 10


May 5-6

Final standings

1. Spain

2. New Zealand

3. Australia

4. Canada 5. Denmark 6. Germany

7. Switzerland

8. Great Britain

9. France

10. USA


Halifax, Canada

June 2-3

Final standings

1. Great Britain

2. France

3. Denmark

4. Spain 5. New Zealand

6. Canada

7. Australia 8. Germany 9. Switzerland 10. USA


New York, USA

June 23-24

Final standings

1. New Zealand

2. Canada 3. Great Britain

4. Australia 5. France 6. Switzerland 7. Spain

8. Denmark 9. Germany 10. USA

Full results here.


La Grande Motte, France

May 7-12

49er fleet (70 boats)

1. Hernan Umpierre/Fernando Diz (Uru) 5 (18) 8 14 8

9 10 1 7 1 1 4 6 3 2 14 - 93 pts

2. James Peters/Fynn Sterritt (GBR) 1 7 1 5 1 2 3 8 (21) 10 11 19 3 17 3 12 - 103 pts

3. Sebastien Schneiter/Arno de Planta (Sui) 10 8 3 6 2 4 5 18 6 (26BFD) 4 8 8 1 15 8 - 106 pts

4. Isaac McHardie/Will McKenzie (NZ) 4 2 7 20 2 4 2 (28) 20 3 6 3 2 26UFD 5 2 - 108 pts

25. Campbell Stanton/Will Shapland (NZ) 11 19 9 8 9 25 11 5 (27) 11 21 16 25 18 23 - 211 pts

29. Seb Menzies/George Lee Rush (NZ) 15 4 23 11 (25) 8 17 11 12 5 14 21 24 - 165 pts

34. Mattias Coutts/Henry Haslett (NZ) 24 11 (30) 10 24 18 25 5 27 3 26 27 14 - 214 pts

52. Francesco Kayrouz/Hamish McLaren (NZ) 26 14 29 16 16 10 24 9 31 (46RET) 27 46BFD 17 - 265 pts

Nacra 17 fleet (44 boats)

1. Ruggero Tita/ Caterina Banti (Ita) 2 1

5 1 (26DSQ) 6 2 2 4 - 41 pts

2. John Gimson/Anna Burnet (GBR) 6 4 1 3 7 1

1 5 1 7 9 (18) 6 - 61 pts

Gianluigi Ugolini/Maria Giubilei (Ita)

2 5 2 10 10 4 8 (22) 16 - 78 pts 11. Micah Wilkinson/Erica Dawson (NZ) 4 3

3 11 1 16 13 19 15 3 21 (23) - 119 pts Full results here.


Hyeres, France

May 11-19

Men's fleet (69 boards) 1. Max Maeder (SGP) 1

1 1 (26DNC) - 18 pts 2. Riccardo Pianosi (Ita)

(8) (9) 5 3 1 - 34 pts

Valentin Bontus (Aut) 2

3 2 15 7 4 (23) - 61 pts 17. Lukas Walton-Keim (NZ) (8)

4 (23) 8 17 17 13 15 (22) 14 -

Women's fleet (40 boards)

Lauriane Nolot (Fra)

(5) (19) 4 3 4 - 33 pts


Jessie Kampman (Fra)

2 (24DNC) 3 (24DNC) 7 - 41 pts 21. Justina Kitchen (NZ) (24DNC) 8


7 13 9 11 13 12 12 16 16 17 (24UFD) 15 - 191 pts 39. Lucy Bilger (NZ) 18 17 19 19 20 21 (24DNC) 19 (24DNC) 19 19 16 9 9 10 (24DNC) 11 14 13 24DNC - 277 pts

Full results here.

WOMEN'S WORLD MATCH RACING TOUR Normandy Match Cup La Havre, France May 17-20

Overall placings

1. Megan Thomson (NZ) 2. Pauline Courtois (Fra) 3. Kenza Coutard (Fra) 4. Julia Aartsen (Ned) 5. Julia D’Amodio (Fra) 6. Brooke Wilson (Aus) 7. Kristine Mauritzen (Den)

Full results here.


Kiel, Germany

June 22-30

ILCA 6 open fleet 1. Monika Mikkola (Fin) 1

2. Zach Stibbe (NZ)

pts 3. Weka Bhanubandh (Tha)

13 - 53 pts

Women's ILCA 6 fleet (40 boats) 1. Agata Barwinska (Pol) (41BFD)

Mara Stransky (Aus)

Anna Munch (Den)

23. Greta Pilkington (NZ)

(33) - 125 pts

Full results here.


Malcesine, Italy

June 24-30

Moth fleet (86 boats)

Enzo Balanger (Fra)

2. Mattias Coutts (NZ)

3. Simon Hiscocks (GBR)

5. Sam Street (NZ)

6. Henry Haslett (NZ) (14)


GKSS Match Cup Sweden

Marstrand, Sweden

July 1-6

Nordea Women’s Trophy Gothenburg, Sweden

July 1-6

ILCA under-21 world championships Viana do Castelo, Portugal

July 1-8

Youth sailing world championships Lake Garda, Italy

July 13-20

Elliott 5.9 Burnsco Traveller Series

Mercury Bay Boating Club

July 27-28

Paris 2024 Olympic Games Marseille, France

July 28-August 8

Oakcliff International Oyster Bay, USA

August 3-6

Thompson Cup Oyster Bay, USA

August 8-11

Chicago Grand Slam Chicago, USA

August 16-18

Detroit Cup

Detroit, USA

August 22-25

37th America’s Cup Barcelona, Spain

August 22-October 21

KDY Women’s Match Race Rungsted, Denmark September 5-8

Elliott 5.9 Burnsco Traveller Series

Opua Cruising Club

September 7-8

Evolution Sails Women’s Regatta Waikawa Boating Club

September 12-14

Youth America’s Cup

Barcelona, Spain

September 17-26

DBS Marina Bay Cup

Marina Bay, Singapore

September 20-22

Elliott 5.9 Burnsco Traveller Series

Sandspit Yacht Club

October 5-6

Women’s America’s Cup Barcelona, Spain

October 5-13

NZSS team racing interdominion championships

Royal Akarana Yacht Club

October 8-12

Szczecin Match Race Szczecin, Poland

October 18-20

Aviemore Classic Regatta

Timaru Yacht and Powerboat Club

October 24-27

PIC Coastal Classic

New Zealand Multihull Yacht Club Inc

October 25-26

ILCA u21 sailor George Pilkington.
PIC Coastal Classic.
Megan Thomson’s 2.0 Racing Team.
The Auld Mug.
Waikawa Women’s Regatta.


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