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Apr 21 2016 10:00 PM | island time in Articles

A huge fleet of 45 yachts have entered for the SSANZ Chains Ropes and Anchors ANZAC 250 two-handed yacht race. The longhaul (250nm) and shorthaul (180nm) divisions started Thursday 21st April at 1730 while the small boat and cruising divisions start at 0900 Friday 22nd April and do a more leisurely 60nm course to Great Barrier Island via Flat Rock.

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The long haul and short haul course takes the fleet around Channel Island, Cuvier Island and outside Great Barrier Island before heading back inside Little Barrier island and Sail Rock. From there the fleet splits and the short haul division heads back to the finish at Port Abercrombie while the Long Haul boats go up around the Poor Knights before heading to the finish. Then the boats will raft up in Smokehouse Bay at Great Barrier with the prize giving and some ‘shore based’ activities on Saturday night.

The forecast is for light Easterlies swinging slowly to the North with a very light swell and a full moon. Champagne yachting, doesn’t get much better!

You can follow the race on the predict wind tracker http://forecast.pred...king/race/ssanz

And on the face book page https://www.facebook.com/ssanz.inc/

The short haul fleet ranges in size from the smallest boats E770 Real Deal and SR26 Rattle N Rum through to the Titan 36 Zen and the Hanse 400 Goldenpond at the bigger end of the fleet and the only multihull in the race- the 8.5 catamaran ‘Voom’. Cruising division could almost be renamed the Farr division with 9 Farr boats including 7 1020s. Sharing the same start and course is the small boat fleet with the only Mini Transat 650 in NZ ‘B&G Racing’ and the short handed veterans on the Ross 830s Cool Change and Revolution Blues.

Any questions or queries please feel free to contact me on this email address or via cell phone 021 145 4576.


Deb Williams
Media and Comms SSANZ 250

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Harken Young 88 Nationals 2016

Apr 08 2016 10:17 AM | island time in Articles

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The Young 88 Owners Association continues to innovate to keep the sailing fun and numbers healthy. This year the association has joined with fleet and event sponsor Harken to provide the “Win Wicked Winches” spot prize; a pair of Harken Performa winches valued at more than $2500.

The “nats” has once again attracted a very competitive fleet of young and old “weekend warriors” and global sailing rock stars to duke it out for trophies engraved with a who’s who of NZ Sailing.

Mike Sanderson, ISAF World Sailor of the Year and Volvo Ocean race winning skipper has “dusted off” Flash Gordon and teamed up with an accomplished Kiwi contingent. The crew are mainly off the Mini Maxi Bella Mente and aim to emulate their 2013 victory enjoying a different style of competitive racing.

Flash will be taking on the seasoned Y88 campaigners led by last year’s winner Zane Gifford on Raging Hormones and North Sails Sprints winner Nathan (Sooty) Williams on Slipstream III.
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Dave Hazard – Skitzo was last year’s runner up and will be leading the under 25’s with a crew mainly out of the RNZYS Youth Training Program.

Keeping them honest is a hard core bunch of Young 88 stalwarts chasing the big prize but also vying for the Owner Driver trophy and 1st Corinthian (non pro) crew.

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The 2016 regatta will once again be run by an internationally qualified race management team from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron plus on water umpires. Their goal is to keep this very competitive fleet on the right side of the race rules.

Weather for the weekend is still a complete mystery with none of the forecast models agreeing. The range is 3-25kts from all points of the compass. A true test of crews, and race committee!

Racing will be held on the former Americas Cup waters north of Auckland’s extinct volcano Rangitoto Island and will start at 1000am on Saturday and Sunday 9-10 April.

Prize giving is to be held at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron on Sunday evening. The awards will be handed out by the 88’s design genius Jim Young and NZ mass production pioneer, Young 88 boat builder/marketer Roger Land.

Follow the racing online:
RNZYS event page
Young 88 Facebook page
Young 88 web site
Photo and Video provider LiveSailDie

2015 Winner: Zane Gifford – Raging Hormones

2013 Winner Mike Sanderson – Flash Gordon

Entrants in the 2016 Harken Young 88 Nationals include:

War Machine
Chris Macindoe
Men @ Work
Frans de Court
Slipstream III
Nathan Williams
David Hazard
Medium Dry
Philip Rzepecky
Simple Minds
Bruce Scott
Grant Crawford
Sailor Moon
Jacko van Deventer
Roger Sims
Flash Gordon
Mike Sanderson
Waka Huia
Bill Dalbeth
Leigh Miller
Edward Massey
Raging Hormones
Zane Gifford


About the Young 88

The success of the Young 88 is down to Jim Young’s fantastic design offering a fast and safe cruiser racer that was well ahead of its time. This coupled with Roger Land’s innovative boat building and marketing has seen more than one hundred and fifty boats built since the 1980s and many exported.

A strong owners’ association perpetuates this success, managing an annual program of racing and social events and a tightly controlled set of one design rules. This keeps the boats on the same playing field, affordable and safe.

For more information, please contact:
Young 88 Owners Association
Class President: Grant Crawford Ph: + 64 (21) 270 4040
Class Publicity Officer: Mike Leyland ph +64 (21) 554 239
Young 88 Owners Association of New Zealand (Inc)


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Two Silver for NZ at Worlds

Feb 29 2016 08:46 AM | island time in Articles

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28 FEB 2016
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Two Silver Medals for New Zealand at 2016 470 World Champs
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The two NZL Sailing Team crews of Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie, and Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox, both put in excellent medal race performances today to secure the silver medals in both the men’s and women’s championships.
The result is especially pleasing for New Zealand with the 2016 Rio Olympic Games less than six months away. Men’s 470
Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox won today’s medal race to claim the silver medal in Argentina. It is New Zealand’s first medal in the men’s 470 Olympic discipline since 2002, and Snow-Hansen and Willcox’s best World Champs result.
Making a dream start to the regatta with two race wins on the opening day, the pair then dropped in the standings after day three, but found form again over the second half of the six day series. In total, they won five of their eleven races including today’s high pressure medal race.
Snow-Hansen and Willcox will have Olympic selectors taking notice with this performance. They’re being coached in Argentina by Hamish Willcox, a three-time 470 World Champions himself in 1981, ’83 and ’84, and also coach to Peter Burling and Blair Tuke.
Snow-Hansen and Willcox’s previous best result at a 470 World Championship Regatta came in 2013 when they placed 7th in La Rochelle, France and they admit to having worked very hard to improve over recent months putting in plenty of time with training partners like Aleh and Powrie, and young New Zealand crew Sam Barnett and Zak Merton.
Snow-Hansen attributes much of their success to the support team around them, saying, “We have to say a huge thanks to our coaches for doing some good work with us, and also the young boys Sam and Zak. We really appreciate all they have contributed to our campaign.”
The Croatian pair of Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic took the men’s title after placing 5th in today’s medal race was enough to hold off the kiwi charge. France’s Sofian Bouvet and Jérémie Mion took bronze relegating the Australian combination of Belcher and Ryan out of the medals. Women’s 470
Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie placed 3rd in the today’s Women’s 470 World Championship medal race to surpass the Austrians in the standings and win the silver medal in what they describe as one of the longest, toughest regattas they’ve sailed.
After dropping out of the top ten on day two, the reigning Olympic champions, hampered with Powrie feeling unwell and even losing her voice, still managed to rise through the standings, put themselves into medal contention and then sail well enough in the high pressure medal race to win the silver medal.
“Polly was incredible; I was so proud of her today. She was worried about letting us down, she was amazing. She called a few of the bits in the race that actually made the difference,” said Jo Aleh after coming ashore.
“She could croak things out. She used up the last of her voice in the race. No, I’m really amazed with Polly’s performance today.”
Describing today’s medal race Aleh says, “The French and the Brazilians were around so I think early on in the race we were third overall and we pulled it back to 2nd. We’re pretty happy, it’s been a long hard week for us so to come away with this is pretty good.”
On this performance at World Championship level in an Olympic year Aleh comments; “Yeah, I think it is good. The good thing for us, is that there are so many things that we didn’t get quite right this week. To still be able to pull off a silver medal feels good.”
“We’ve got a lot of things to go and work on, so we’ll do that and we’ll be back fighting fit.”
Initially Aleh and Powrie, who are supported by long-time coach Nathan Handley, are planning to recuperate from what has been a long, tough week of racing.
“It’s a nice place here, but the weed and the sea plants – I’ve never seen anything like it really, I’ve been sailing for a long time. It’s had its own unique challenges,” adds Aleh talking about the venue and the bizarre infestation of water plants across the race courses.
“It’s been one of the hardest regattas we’ve done in a long time, just really long days on the water and really hot.”
Camille Lecointre and Helene Defrance from France are the new 2016 Women’s 470 World Champions, just three points ahead of Aleh and Powrie at the conclusion. The bronze podium position went to Lara Vadlau and Jolanta Ogar of Austria.
RS:X Women
Natalia Kosinska has finished 16th overall at the 2016 RS:X World Championships in Eilat, Israel after improving on the final day of racing by two positions. 2016 Men’s and Women’s 470 World Championships, Argentina
New Zealand’s final results
2nd Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox
38th Sam Barnett and Zak Merton
2nd Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie
2016 RS:X World Championships, Israel
New Zealand’s final results
16th Natalia Kosinska
2016 470 World Championships regatta website http://2016worlds.47...ault/races/race
2016 RS:X World Championships regatta website http://www.rsxclass.com/worlds2016/
Yachting New Zealand website http://www.yachtingnz.org.nz/
About the NZL Sailing Team
The NZL Sailing Team includes New Zealand’s top Olympic campaigners who have made the top 20% in their most recent (respective) class World Championships or pinnacle event and have shown consistency of performance over the year including other significant Championships.
Yachting New Zealand’s High Performance Programme is focussed on winning medals at the Olympics in Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.
NZL Sailing Team sailors all started out at grass roots yacht clubs around the country and with commitment, dedication and drive have risen to be world class athletes; they work hard in the gym, train long hours on the water and are supported by great coaches.
For more information
Jodie Bakewell-White
Yachting New Zealand Communications Manager
Tel. 021 709 065
Email. jodie@yachtingnz.org.nz
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Oceanbridge Sail Auckland

Feb 29 2016 08:02 AM | island time in Articles

Posted Image Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Media Release 2016 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland wraps up on a no wind day
28 Feb 2016
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A calm, humid day in Auckland meant no racing was possible today at 2016 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland and the regatta wraps up with prizes awarded to those out in front after Saturday’s competition.
Competitors, organisers and supporters have all enjoyed the warm hospitality of both Murrays Bay Sailing Club and Fairway Bay Hobbs Wharf venues with some great close racing across all fleets.
Youth sailors competing in the 29er, the 420 and Laser Radial have been provided a rare opportunity to compete at a regatta alongside members of the New Zealand’s Olympic campaigners – the very sailors that inspire them to take part in the sport of sailing.
Paralympic and other accessible classes join the mix, as well as invited classes including the Flying 15s and OK Dinghies all making for a fun, and competitive event.
“We’re really wrapped and excited to host Oceanbridge Sail Auckland here,” says Commodore of Murrays Bay Sailing Club Scott Leith. “I’m really proud of our Club, we had about a hundred people from our club help out over the four days.”
Talking about what Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Regatta offers that is unique Leith says, “It was inspiring for our youth sailors particularly to compete with the best in the world and see the Olympians in the flesh, and for the Olympians to walk around the park and rub shoulders with them and talk to them.”
Over the course of the four day regatta sailors enjoyed a range of conditions. Leith says, “The weather turned it on, the first three days were fantastic conditions, a bit of light, a bit of medium and one race of heavy.”
Murrays Bay Sailing Club, where a brand new club house was opened last September, is hosting this regatta for the first time. “We’re really excited with the new club house. I think it performed extremely well. We had enough room to fit everyone and more so we can do it bigger and better next year I think.”
Leith, a competitor himself in the Laser Radial class, was delighted and surprised to defend his title.
“I started off a bit hazy after spending so much time last week organising the regatta. I started off with a 14th and from there I went forward to 6th after the first day, to 2nd after the next day to winning it yesterday,” he says. “So I’m pretty relieved and quite dumb-founded that I actually managed to win because I didn’t sail my best. Good to retain the title.” 2016 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland
Final Results – top three

Full results here
1st Jack Simpson and Logan Dunning Beck (NZL)
2nd Ryo Takahashi and Ibuki Koizumi (JPN)
3rd Isaac McHardie and Trent Rippey (NZL)
1st Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL)
2nd Erica Dawson and Ellie Copeland (NZL)
Laser Standard
1st Sam Meech (NZL)
2nd Andy Maloney (NZL)
3rd Colin Cheng (Singapore)
Laser Radial – Overall
1st Scott Leith (NZL/Men)
2nd Susannah Pyatt (NZL/Womens)
3rd George Gautrey (NZL/Youth)
(See here for full results listing in the Laser Radial results including Women, Men and Youth)
Nacra 17
1st Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders (NZL)
2nd Olivia Mackay and Micah Wilkinson (NZL)
3rd Vicky Francis and crew (NZL)
1st Rick Dodson, Andrew May and Chris Sharp (NZL)
2nd John Weston and crew (NZL)
Hansa Liberty
1st Sarah Dunckley (NZL)
2nd Robert Coulter (NZL)
3rd Tim Demspey (NZL)
1st Josh Berry and Henry Haslett (NZL/Male)
2nd Jonathon Weston and Taylor Balogh (NZL/Male)
3rd Xanthe Copeland and Karensa Jennings (NZL/Female)
(See here for full results listing in the 420 results including Female and Male)
1st Jackson Keon and Tom Fyffe (NZL)
2nd Lewis Anderson and Pat Morgan (NZL)
3rd Sebastian Lardies and Scott McKenzie (NZL)
(See here for full results listing in the 29er results including Female and Male)
OK Dinghy
1st Ben Morrison (WBC)
2nd Rod Davis (WBC)
3rd Russell Wood (WBC)
Flying 15
1st Adrienne Rekke and Craig Coulam (RAYC)
2nd Bruce Yovich and crew (Onerahi YC)
3rd Sally Garrett and Neil Easton (RAYC)
To see the full results and follow the action head to sailauckland.org.nz
Regatta website
Sail Auckland Youtube channel
Images and Video
2016 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland will be covered by official event photographer Will Calver with high resolution images available free for editorial use on request. Email Jodie@yachtingnz.org.nz
A daily video highlights clip covering action from across the course areas will be produced by Tomo of Argentine Media and shared on the regatta website, youtube channel and facebook page.
About 2016 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland
Oceanbridge Sail Auckland 2016 will take place at the Murrays Bay Sailing Club between 24-28 February.
The NZL Sailing Team are anticipated to feature strongly in what is the biggest Olympic and Paralympic class regatta in New Zealand, and alongside them will be New Zealand’s top developing youth sailors and keen competitors in a range of invited classes such as the OK Dinghy
Olympic and Paralympic class boats taking part include: Laser, Laser Radial, Finn, 470, 49er, 49er FX, RS:X 9.5, Nacra 17 and Sonar.
Other invited classes racing in 2016 include: OK Dinghy, 29er, 420, Liberty and Flying Fifteen.
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New Zealand National Keel Boat Championships

Feb 22 2016 08:34 AM | island time in Articles

Experience Shows It’s Worth - Andy Maloney 2016 New Zealand National Keel Boat Champion!

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After completion of all ten races the overall winner of the 2016 New Zealand National Keel Boat Championships was Andy Maloney who previous crew for Emirates Team New Zealand in the 2013 Red Bull Youth Americas Cup, 2013 New Zealand Laser National Champion along with competing in many other prestigious events and now the 2016 New Zealand National Keel Boat Champion with crew Jimmy Maloney, Michael Cate, Adam Loke, Tom Bentham and Sam Meech
In second place we have Leonard Fry a current Lion Foundation Youth Training Program skipper. Leonard had a good day today taking out a few top podium placings, Leonard’s crew was made up of Coach Laurie Jury (Main) a previous winner of the event, and graduate of the program, Ibuki Koizumi (Trim), Matt Kelly (Bow), Jacob Willis (Pit) and Charlotte Porter (Mast)
In 3rd place overall we have Youth Training Program skipper Matthew Hughes with on board coach Guy Pilkington, Matthew had a pretty good day out on the water today he was consistently in the top half of the fleet and also got a 1st in Race 3 today. In 4th place overall we have Brad Hooker, Brad had a pretty good regatta and he came out of it with a few podium finishes. In 5th place overall we have Matthew Kempkers from the Youth Training Program, Matthew Kempkers was the only Youth Training Program boat out on the water without a coach on board. In 6th place overall we have Matthew Bouzaid who had a good day staying mostly in the top half of the fleet, in 7th place overall we have Melinda Henshaw who was the only female skipper at the regatta, In 8th place overall we have Andrew Wilison who had a relatively green crew but still enjoyed the event on a whole.
We thank all of the competitors for making this such a great event we also whole heartly thank the On Water Race Management Team and Umpire Team of Colin Lucas, Dennis Heath, Hans Koerselman, Ray Nixon, Bernie Nixon, Stuart Heine, Peter Mackenzie, Graeme Dagg, Mike Alison, Angus Mckenzie and all of the Youth Training Programme Kids that gave up their time to make this event possible.

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Cooper Hopman | Sailing Assistant | Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
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SSANZ Feb Newsletter

Feb 13 2016 07:55 PM | island time in Articles

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Navy formation entry into harbour part of 75th...

Feb 04 2016 02:26 PM | island time in Articles

4 February 2016
Press release
Navy formation entry into harbour part of 75th Anniversary celebrations
As part of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) 75th Anniversary celebrations, a formation entry into Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour will be held at midday on Monday 8 February, 2016.
The formation entry will include a 17-gun salute from HMNZS Canterbury as she passes Devonport Naval Base at midday, and this will be reciprocated with an 11-gun salute fired from HMNZS Te Mana, berthed at Devonport Naval Base.
The gun salute is part of the 75th celebrations that are designed to take the Navy to the community by showcasing the Navy of today, while valuing the historical contribution of those who have gone before us.
The ceremony can be viewed from North Head and other vantage points around the Harbour.
Maritime Museum heritage vessels, the scow Ted Ashby and the steam vessel Breeze, will also accompany the RNZN ships.
The salute is a naval tradition in which the Maritime Component Commander of the RNZN is formally acknowledging the newly appointed Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral John Martin ONZM.
For further information, please contact Defence Public Affairs on 021 487 980 or

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Chains Ropes and Anchors Anzac 250

Feb 04 2016 09:20 AM | island time in Articles

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On the back of its huge success last year with 28 yachts on the starting line, the Shorthanded Sailing Association of New Zealand (SSANZ) in conjunction with Chains Ropes and Anchors will be running another 2 handed event over Anzac weekend – the ANZAC250.

With fantastic prizes and historic trophies up for grabs - there are three courses 60nm, 180nm and 240nm catering for all yachts from serious racers to cruising.

All courses finish at Great Barrier Island for the prize giving and inaugural beach party with a rally back home to Auckland.

Completion of the 240nm course will act as a qualifier for yachts and crew wishing to enter the famous SSANZ 2 Handed Round North Island starting in February 2017.

For more information and sailing instructions visit www.ssanz.co.nz

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Sir Peter Blake Regatta this Weekend!

Dec 01 2015 02:43 PM | island time in Articles

The Legacy of Red Socks Lives on for young sailors

at the 2015 Sir Peter Blake Torbay Regatta

In 1995 Kiwis embraced Sir Peter Blake’s "lucky red socks” as a symbol of support for Kiwi yachties taking on the world.

20 years on and the young sailors competing in New Zealand’s largest youth sailing regatta were not even born during the time of the “lucky red socks”.

The 2015 Sir Peter Blake Torbay Regatta sponsored by Volvo Cars is being held on 5 and 6 December at Torbay Sailing Club on Auckland’s North Shore. This year’s 14th edition of the regatta will see over 400 young Kiwi sailors given a pair of red socks in remembrance of Sir Peter and as a reminder of the heritage of their sport.

2012 Olympic Sailing Gold Medalist Jo Aleh came from a non-sailing family but was inspired to take up the sport after watching Sir Peter Blake and his lucky red socks on television back in 1995. That inspiration led to multiple world championship wins for Jo and her sailing partner Polly Powrie, the Olympic Gold at London 2012 and World Sailor of the Year Award in 2013 – following in Sir Peter’s red sock clad footsteps as he received the same award in 1994!

On her way to this success Jo was awarded the Sir Peter Blake Trophy as the top youth sailor at the Sir Peter Blake Torbay Regatta in 2004. Jo will return to Torbay to present the regatta prizes to the over 20 sailing classes competing at this year’s regatta and will be wearing her lucky red socks!
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“Sir Peter Blake was a hero to me when I decided to take up the sport of sailing and I remember his red socks well. To me they symbolise teamwork, never giving up, and staying humble – attributes Polly and I still try to keep at the core of our sailing campaign” she said.

For further information on the regatta contact:

Mark Orams, Torbay Sailing Club Vice-Patron and Regatta Media Liaison: 021 873 664

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Rescue off the Wairarapa Coast

Dec 01 2015 02:28 PM | island time in Articles

70-year-old solo sailor rescued after head injury
1 December 2015

A 70-year-old solo sailor has been rescued from his 10m yacht 20 km off the Wairarapa coast after being struck on the head by the vessel’s boom.

The man, sailing from Auckland to Picton, made a mayday call shortly before 11am, and the Rescue Coordination Centre NZ managed the rescue operation. The fishing vessel Otakou responded immediately and with its rescue boat brought the sailor on board.

The Westpac Rescue helicopter from Wellington flew to the scene and lowered a paramedic and a Maritime Police officer with sailing experience on to the fishing vessel.

The injured man was winched to safety at around 1pm and flown to Wellington Hospital.

With help from the Otakou
crew, the Maritime Police officer boarded the yacht Solaise and is sailing her to rendezvous later this afternoon with the Police launch Lady Elizabeth IV, which will tow the vessel to Wellington.

RCCNZ search and rescue mission coordinator Chris Wilson said the injured man was well prepared for the voyage.

“He contacted us before leaving Auckland to advise of the trip and was making regular reports to Maritime Radio to update his position,” she said. “He’s done all the right things and that’s been very helpful in getting assistance to him.

“The prompt actions of the Otakou crew in retrieving the man from his yacht and communicating with the helicopter made the winch operation safer.

“The helicopter crew have done a great job in getting people on board and having a Maritime Police staff member with sailing experience available to be part of the operation means the man will also have his yacht waiting for him when he recovers.”

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