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Marsden Cove Marina Route 66

Feb 09 2017 02:37 PM | island time in Articles

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The Marsden Cove Marina Route 66 is Richmond Yacht Club’s ‘short’ coastal race – 66nm from Auckland to Marsden Cove, Whangarei. Organised in association with Onerahi YC, the race includes open keeler, multihull and the ‘Route 1′ singlehanded divisions. With a 9AM start you’ll finish Friday evening with time to join in the party at Marsden Cove Marina. It is a great introduction to coastal racing for new boats as the safety requirements are Cat 4+ and the fleet stays within the barrier islands. Berthage is provided at Marsden Cove. The marina can accommodate multihulls with ease!
Party, Breakfast, and Prizegiving?
The dock party after the race is always memorable, be sure to come up to join in the fun. Boats are encouraged to have a great time on arrival at Marsden Cove. OYC cooks up a fantastic breakfast starting at 7AM and the prizegiving follows soon after and all should be done by 9:30AM.


Party at Kawau Saturday Night?
After the success of the 2016 event, we are again planning a party for returning boats at Kawau Boating Club for Saturday night. Plan to sail to Bon Accord Harbour Saturday after the race and come up to the KBC for a good time that evening. Food, prizes, and a special menu for hungry sailors.


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KERIKERI to Vava’u Yacht Race 2017

Jan 26 2017 09:55 AM | island time in Articles

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See forum HERE for more info

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Womens Sailing - Equality

Oct 14 2016 09:31 AM | island time in Articles


It's time we updated those responsible for our fantastic sport.
This report below is a travesty in this day and age, and is also likely illegal! ISAF, get with the century!


The Coady family were members of Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) in Melbourne, Australia. Atanosios Papantonio was the Boating Manager of SYC. He had previously made comments that Stephanie Coady should not be sailing a 49er. One week prior to the Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne 2014, he verbally abused Stephanie's father Paul Coady, while preparing Stephanie's boat and ordered her boat removed from SYC permanently. Atanosios was also the Professional Race Officer (PRO) for SWC Sail Melbourne 2014. Stephanie had previously completed an SYC form for boat storage and had been notified of approval for storage that year. She was training along with other Sail Melbourne competitors and, no other competitor was told to remove their boat.


Stephanie entered the SWC Sail Melbourne 2014 in the Olympic Class 49er. She completed all required paperwork and presented at registration and measuring as helm of the boat. Stephanie was known well by the PRO, the 49er IRO and 49er race officials. It was known that Stephanie had been training in the 49er for the SWC 2014. World Sailing also published on their website, sailing.org, an article on the event highlighting Stephanie competing against the men as an example of the diversity of the competitors.


Stephanie sailed the first day of racing and retired early due to a damaged spinnaker pole. Before the second day racing she and Paul were approached by the PRO (Atanosios) and told they were in violation of the gender rules in the Notice of Race (NOR). Paul explained that this was in violation of discrimination law. The PRO subsequently verbally abused Paul and Stephanie. The PRO was later joined by a member of the International Jury (IJ). Paul requested that a protest be lodged in accordance with the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) before any action was taken. This was agreed by the PRO. Paul also explained they would not sail if a protest was lodged. An email was immediately sent to the event organisers asserting Stephanie's rights under discrimination law.


After waiting for 2 hours, no protest was lodged, so Stephanie sailed to the race area. She was followed by members of the IJ in a boat. Stephanie was verbally abused by other competitors with foul language and yelled at to get of the course. The IJ were laughing at the abuse directed at Stephanie. Stephanie was 16 years old at the time. Upon returning from the days racing Paul was informed by race officials that Stephanie had been disqualified from the regatta.


Paul met with the Director of Sail Melbourne, Mark Turnbull, who suggested Stephanie continue to sail but without earning ISAF/World Sailing points. Paul agreed on the condition that results be recorded to ensure points could be earned in the event the decision to disqualify was unlawful. Mark agreed and stated he would just need to get approval from the IJ and Yachting Victoria.


The PRO and IJ organised a meeting that night with representatives from Yachting Victoria and Sandringham Yacht Club and race officials. Stephanie and Paul were not invited. Mark Turnbull was also not invited.


Paul was contacted that night and told that a meeting had been convened with the PRO, IJ, YV and SYC and, that all parties were in agreement and confident the matter would be resolved. Paul was also informed that a protest had been lodged as he had requested and that he was required to attend a meeting that night. Paul was subsequently ambushed, on his own, in a blatant kangaroo court. The IJ decided that by competing in a men's event with a female helm, he committed gross misconduct and brought the sport into disrepute. They also decided that the assertion of legal rights was a violation of rule 3 ("not to resort to any court of law or tribunal") of the RRS. Stephanie's boat was disqualified from the entire event.


Paul requested of SYC that Stephanie be allowed to sail her 49er free of discrimination in club sailing and be allowed to keep her boat at the club, as agreed. At the time approximately 100 boats were kept at the yard. All requests were denied and the Coady family were forced to cancel their membership.


Stephanie and Paul started federal legal action early 2014. World Sailing threatened that if Stephanie's case were to proceed they would cease Olympic class sailing in Australia. The Coadys stated their intention, if the threat was executed, to pursue World Sailing for the exclusion of women from the 49er class at SWC Sail Weymouth and Portland UK under similar provisions in UK legislation for discrimination in the supply of services. World Sailing stated by email that Stephanie was excluded from the 49er class at SWC Weymouth and Portland 2015 on the basis of her gender.


The case of discrimination is currently with the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.


World Sailing recently announced SWC events will no longer be held in Australia. Sail Melbourne has conducted Olympic class sailing under the Olympic sailing format for over a decade. World Sailing also announced a similar decision for Sail Weymouth and Portland UK. Australia is the #1 ranked country in the SWC for 2015/16 with 28 medals and Great Britain is the #2 ranked country with 22 medals.


At all times the Coady family have ensured that the best of legal advice and representation has been sought. Very thorough legal analysis has been undertaken before any claims have been made. The Coady family have been advised and represented by specialist discrimination lawyers including Peter Hull, James McDougall and Chris Ronalds. Paul Coady also holds a master's degree in commercial law.


Yachting Victoria sought no legal advice before disqualifying Stephanie in response to the formal complaint of discrimination.


The 49er Skiff


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The 49er skiff is a high performance two-handed (two person) sailing boat designed for crews weighing around 150 kgs. The 49er was selected as the men’s high performance two-handed boat for the 2000 Olympics. As a result of Olympic selection, the 49er also became a World Sailing (formerly International Sailing Federation) class with a World Championship regatta held every year. A series of Sailing World Cup regattas are also held in a number of Countries. The Sail Melbourne regatta is one of the Sailing World Cup regattas.
The two roles of the competitors on the boat are called the helm (skipper) and the crew. The crew is responsible for hoisting and lowering the spinnaker, controlling the spinnaker sheets (ropes), and balancing the boat. Due to the large sail area and spinnaker size, strength and stamina of the crew is important. The helm is responsible for steering of the boat. Strength and stamina of the helm is not a particular advantage. This has been established in other sports that involve steering for example harness racing, horse racing, monster truck racing, rally car driving etc where women compete with the men.
Stephanie Coady is the helm of a 49er. She sails with male crew due to no female crews being available. They entered into the Sail Melbourne regatta in December 2014 and were disqualified after the second day of sailing due to breach of the Olympic gender requirements for the men’s 49er class.
Mixed (male and female) crews have in the past competed in the Sailing World Cup regattas and the World Championship. One mixed crew was ranked 19 on the World rankings. Mixed crews have always been female helm and male crew.
The FX is a variation of the 49er designed for female crews around 120kgs. It is the same boat with a shorter mast and smaller sail area.


In 2012 a replacement was sought for the Olympic Women's Elliott 6m Match Racing class. The FX was selected as the women’s two-handed skiff for the 2016 Olympic Games replacing women’s match racing (http://www.sailing.o...lider_footer_01). The FX World Sailing class was included in the World Championships and the Sailing World Cup regattas.
No formal announcement or press release has ever been made by World Sailing detailing the exclusion of mixed crews from competing in the men’s 49er class. The World Sailing 49er class rules (http://www.sailing.o...pment/20102.php) do not exclude mixed crews: “The crew shall consist of two persons.”


Discrimination


The Sex Discrimination Act 1984 gives effect to Australia's obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (UNCEDAW) and certain aspects of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 156.


This case although made under provisions in the same legislation, has two separate components: a civil complaint of sex discrimination and, a criminal complaint of victimisation after the assertion of human rights.




Section 22(1) of the SDA provides:

  • (1) It is unlawful for a person who, whether for payment or not, provides goods or services, or makes facilities available, to discriminate against another person on the ground of the other person's sex, …:
  • (a) by refusing to provide the other person with those goods or services or to make those facilities available to the other person;
  • ( B) in the terms or conditions on which the first-mentioned person provides the other person with those goods or services or makes those facilities available to the other person; or
  • © in the manner in which the first-mentioned person provides the other person with those goods or services or makes those facilities available to the other person.


Yachting Victoria (YV) was the organising authority for SWC Sail Melbourne and responsible for the race officers and the International Jury. YV entered into contract with Stephanie to provide services for her to participate in the Sailing World Cup – Sail Melbourne in the 49er Men’s class. YV subsequently on the advice of the International Jury repudiated the contract without grounds, based on her gender.


Section 5(2) of the SDA details indirect discrimination where:


the discriminator imposes, or proposes to impose, a condition, requirement or practice that has, or is likely to have, the effect of disadvantaging persons of the same sex as the aggrieved person.


The gender based condition for eligibility to compete in the 49er class was impossible for Stephanie to comply with and, served no reasonable purpose for ensuring competition or served any other reasonable purpose. Stephanie had sought assistance from YV and the International 49er Association and was still unable to find a female crew. In contrast male crews are in abundance.


Victimisation


It is a strategy for discriminators to indirectly attack the victim by targeting others with a relationship with the victim. By doing this the discriminator is able to inflict damage on the victim while at the same time deny discriminating against the victim. Both the SDA and the UNCEDAW have provisions, for both the aggrieved person and third parties, for victimisation after asserting human rights.


Section 94(2) of the SDA sets out the criminal victimisation provisions which include if the Respondent/s subjects or threatens to subject another person to any detriment on the ground that the other person:


has reasonably asserted, or proposes to assert, any rights of the person or the rights of any other person under this Act or the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986.”



The assertion of rights under discrimination law was made both verbally and in writing before disqualification action was taken. So that the allegation could not be levelled against them in the future of discriminating against Stephanie directly, a meeting convened with the PRO, the IJ, SYC and YV, decided to target Paul Coady with a kangaroo court and disciplinary action based upon the gender of Stephanie. Subsequent victimisation consisted of a further 4 blatant kangaroo courts and a 12 month ban recently executed. The kangaroo courts were conducted without any remote consideration for natural justice and were based upon fabricated evidence, lies and exaggerations. More information is detailed in "the facts" section of this site.



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Jim Kilroy passed away

Oct 01 2016 08:07 AM | island time in Articles

From Sailing Anarchy:
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screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-12-20-39-pmBest known for his straight talk and perhaps the most beautiful ocean racing boat in history, Jim Kilroy died last night in hospice care according to multiple sources. The Alaska-born Californian became one of California’s most successful real estate owner/developers, but his passion for the sea never dimmed.

Jim’s memoir is a lot like the man; brash and honest with a touch of vainglory; buy a copy and read one of the most interesting sailing/business stories around; Jim donated all proceeds of that book to youth causes, including sailing.

Here’s one tribute from Aussie SA’er ‘recidivist’: “In the bar of the CYCA after a Southern Cross Cup race back in the early 70′s (in which race Ted Turner cheekily put American Eagle inside Kialoa on a mark rounding – without rights), Ted entered the bar to be greeted by Jim Kilroy lifting him off the ground by his shirtfront and saying “You ever try that again and you’ll have 2 fucking six-metres”. Jim put him back down and walked out.”

Here’s another, from ‘Hitchhiker’: When asked if maxi racing isn’t a rich man’s sport, Jim said, “No. there’s one rich man aboard and 25 poor men, and they enjoy it more than the rich man does!”

Share your own Kilroy and/or Kialoa stories, pics, or what have you in what should be a legendary thread about a legendary man.

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Costal Skipper Course

Aug 10 2016 05:02 PM | island time in Articles

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Coastal Skipper
(55 hours)
Aim: To gain a thorough grounding in the principles and practices of coastal navigation and an understanding of the causes and effects of coastal weather. An advanced course for those wishing to undertake coastal voyages.

Prerequisites: 16 years of age, Boatmaster, Marine VHF Radio Operator Certificate, 200 hours proven sea time.

Qualification: NZ Coastal Skipper Certificate.

Course Content: Comprehensive navigation techniques, meteorology, passage planning, assessment - written and oral.

1. Coastal Navigation
The nautical chart
Courses & bearings
Magnetism & the Magnetic compass
Fixing position
Tides & tidal streams
Allowance for set & drift
Marine radar
GPS


2. Coastal Weather
Marine forecasts & weather maps
Air masses, fronts & pressure systems
Clouds & fog
Terrain effects on weather
Sea, waves, & Swell.
Passage of systems over New Zealand


3. Passage Planning Assignment and Oral Assessment
3.1 Undertaken as an individual assignment:
Passage Planning
3.2 Tested or discussed at an oral assessment:
Collision regulations
Equipment & instruments
Ship-handling & stability
Emergencies and distress signals
Master's responsibilities and obligations

Course Fee: $785.00 per person (including exam fees) - additional resources are required for this course.
Summer special* - Coastguard Northern Region Members can book on the Coastal Skipper course listed below for $670.00 pp! Please book by phone during office hours on 0508 737 283 or e-mail education@coastguard.org.nz
*Only applies to Northern Region Members"


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King of the Strait

Jul 14 2016 07:38 PM | island time in Articles

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NZ Chart update

Jul 12 2016 10:16 AM | island time in Articles

11 July 2016

Nautical Almanac and latest chart updates

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has published its latest Nautical Almanac, and released six updated charts.

Covering 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017 the New Zealand Nautical Almanac is an authoritative source of information for safe navigation in New Zealand waters. It contains astronomical information, tide predictions for ports, and information about navigation lights, as well as LINZ’s Annual Notices to Mariners.

“This is critical information for safety at sea, and compulsory for certain vessels,” says LINZ National Hydrographer Adam Greenland. “But we’d encourage all mariners to consider carrying a copy.”

LINZ has also updated charts covering the lower South Island as well as Gisborne:

· NZ 6422 (Approaches to Timaru)
· NZ 6433 (Approaches to Oamaru)
· NZ 681 (Approaches to Bluff and Riverton/Aparima)
· NZ 5571 (Poverty Bay and Approaches to Gisborne)
· NZ 661 (Approaches to Otago Harbour)
· NZ 7654 (Chalky and Preservation Inlets)

“These updates use the latest information gathered by surveying the sea floor, so you should make sure you update your chart portfolio if you’re in these areas.”

Both the Almanac and the latest paper chart updates are available from chart retailers. They can also be downloaded in several electronic formats from the LINZ website.

Information in the Nautical Almanac is updated through LINZ’s fortnightly Notice to Mariners service.

www.linz.govt.nz www.facebook.com/landinformationnz

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World Match Racing Tour

Jul 07 2016 01:54 PM | island time in Articles

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A Torrid Tale of Collision, Capsize, and the Charge of the Light Brigade
The Super 16 knock-out round of the World Championship Finals sizzled with excitement and controversy today, as the World Match Racing Tour heads for a climactic finale in Sweden.

Strong, northerly winds blowing across the island of Marstrand offered up a different race course and a different challenge from previous days. It brought out the best of some of the young Antipodean teams who have flown half way round the world for a shot at the $1 million bonus prize money for the winner of this event. The likes of Western Australia’s Sam Gilmour and Matt Jerwood might have thought their chances of the big prize were pretty slim, but on the evidence of today’s performances by the young sailors from Perth, they might just have a shot if the big breeze stays up.

Jerwood took his opening match against the highly rated Danish skipper, Nicolai Sehested, and then came within a hair’s breadth of taking a second win until a small tactical error at the final turning mark let Sehested off the hook. 1-1. Jerwood made amends with another win in the third match, taking it to match point. Once again in the fourth match Jerwood got the better of Sehested in the start and led to the bottom gate. But opting for the left-hand side of the first upwind leg put the Aussie at a disadvantage on port tack as they two boats converged at high speed on the first cross.

Too late, Jerwood realised he had nowhere to go as Sehested was on a collision course with right of way. The Dane bore away too late to avoid contact and bashed into the Aussie boat, ripping the carbon hiking rack clean away from the rest of the M32 catamaran. After a 30-second consultation between the umpires, Sehested was black flag disqualified for failing to avoid the collision and causing serious damage. The end of the race, and this evening both skippers went to the protest room to make their case, waited to hear their fate from the jury. For that reason, both Sehested and Jerwood were tight lipped about the detail of the incident. “Big crash, rack came off,” said Sehested. “It was a big hit,” agreed Jerwood, “and probably quite expensive.”

Yes indeed, both teams will be in sore need of getting further through the competition to cover their damage deposit before they can start counting what’s left for them to fly home with. The jury concluded that Jerwood be given 1 penalty point, and Sehested 2 points. This means the Australian still sits on match point tomorrow, while the Dane needs to win four straight matches in order to get to the Quarter Finals. A tough prospect for one of the favourites among the 20 international teams that have come to Marstrand.

Like his fellow Australian, Gilmour found himself in a commanding position over Hans Wallén and looked headed for the Quarter Finals until Gilmour and his crew fluffed their lines at the windward mark. Wallén had just snuck around the mark ahead of Gilmour who was slow out of a tack. “The wind came in strong, about 20 knots,” said the skipper. “We came round with not much speed at the top mark, we deployed the gennaker a bit early and the boat was straight over. There was no opportunity to bail out of it.”

Wallén may have wriggled free and won that match, but Gilmour is growing in confidence and still sits on match point. “We were leading every match and we just made some small errors; we are still at match point and the boys are sailing the boat really well. Every race we do, we feel like we’re faster.”

Another Swede that likes the high winds but failed to make much of an impact today against Phil Robertson was Nicklas Dackhammar. “Phil just had our number today,” said Dackhammar. “I did some bad starts and we got a penalty, we were against a great team and they really pushed hard today.”

As well as dominating the starts, Robertson was also very fast in the strong wind, partly because all four sailors on his team sit on the rack while every other skipper sits in on the hull. "Four on the rack,” said Robertson, “and we're off like a bridesmaid's nightie!" The wily Kiwi has spotted a loophole in the M32 class rule. “We were sailing the boat underweight at other events, so we dropped our crew weight to less than 300kg.” This is the magic number where lighter teams are permitted to have all the crew hiking on the outriggers, whereas most teams are operating at the crew maximum of 350kg, with the helm sitting inboard.

“We found people cleverer than us sailors, some proper mathematicians, to do the sums for us,” said Robertson. “They worked out that even with our lighter crew weight, we’d have more righting moment. About 10% more. And it felt pretty good today. We were fast against one of the fastest high-wind teams in the M32.” Some of the other crews are certainly grumbling about the legality of what Robertson has done, but no one has actually found the grounds to throw the book at him. With the breeze set to be strong on Thursday too, Robertson may prove a real handful, especially if he stays sharp in the pre-starts. Could this be the Charge of the Light Brigade?

In the other Super 16 match of the day, Chris Steele turned on the afterburners to beat Australia’s Steve Thomas 3-1.

The Sail-Offs took place earlier in the day, with Mattias Rahm dispatching the winner of the past four years in Marstrand, Bjorn Hansen, 2-0. All the other matches went 2-1, with Eric Monnin beating Evan Walker, Murray Jones beating Sally Barkow, and Johnie Berntsson beating Keith Swinton.

Thursday’s schedule sees the conclusion of the Super 16, with even stronger breeze on the Marstrand forecast.

Live coverage will be shown at www.wmrt.com from 1400 local Swedish time.



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Marstrand Results Day 3 - Sail Off
Group 1
1. Mattias Rahm (SWE), Rahm Racing - 2 pts
2. Björn Hansen (SWE), Nautiska Racing - 0 pts

Group 2
1. Eric Monnin (SUI), Albert Riele Swiss Match Race Team - 2 pts
2. Evan Walker (AUS), KA Match / CYCA - 1 pts

Group 3
1. Murray Jones (AUS), Full Bants Racing - 2 pts
2. Sally Barkow (USA), Team Magenta 32 - 1 pts

Group 4
1. Johnie Berntsson (SWE), Flux Team - 2 pts
2. Keith Swinton (AUS), Team Accure - 1 pts


Marstrand Results Day 3 - Super 16 Knockouts
Pair 5
1. Matt Jerwood (AUS), Redline Racing - 3 pts
2. Nicolai Sehested (DEN), TREFOR Matchracing - 1 pts

Pair 6
1. Chris Steele (NZL), 36 Below Racing - 3 pts
2. Steven Thomas (AUS), RPM Racing - 1 pts

Pair 7
1. Sam Gilmour (AUS), Neptune Racing - 2 pts
2. Hans Wallén (SWE), Wallén Racing - 1.25 pts

Pair 8
1. Phil Robertson (NZL), Phill Robertsson Racing - 3 pts
2. Nicklas Dackhammar (SWE), Essiq Racing - 0 pts



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Platino Abandoned

Jun 14 2016 03:38 PM | island time in Articles

Remaining crew rescued from stricken yacht
14 June 2016 - 3.10pm
Two men and a woman have been rescued from their battered yacht, Platino, around 550 kilometres north of New Zealand by the crew of the container ship Southern Lily.

A rescue line was used to help get the trio safely on board around 3pm.

Meanwhile, an RNZAF P3 Orion resumed searching today for a fellow crewman, aged 63, lost overboard after the yacht sustained damage to its rigging yesterday morning. The aircraft subsequently took position above the two vessels later this morning, to provide support and communications during the rescue of the three crew from the Platino.

The Orion returned to the search for the missing man around 3pm, once the trio were safely on-board the Southern Lily.

The body of another man who died in the incident remains on board the abandoned yacht, as it could not be safely transferred in the difficult conditions with three metre swells. An EPIRB beacon has been activated on the yacht to aid in tracking its location.

The yacht was abandoned after its condition deteriorated overnight as it lost steering and began taking on water.

The Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) is coordinating the rescue operation and search for the missing man.

RCCNZ search and rescue mission coordinator John Dickson praised the master and crew of the Southern Lily for what was a difficult operation.

“It was not easy to get the three crew members from the yacht to the much larger ship in those sea conditions – they’ve done a tremendous job.

“We are obviously disappointed that it was not safe to transfer the body of the deceased crew member, but safety must come first. We will keep track of the position of the yacht.

“The search for the missing person has now resumed and will continue until around nightfall when the aircraft must return to New Zealand.”

The Southern Lily is now resuming its voyage to Auckland - this will take about two days..


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Sailor Lost Overboard

Jun 13 2016 05:24 PM | island time in Articles

Search for sailor lost overboard 550km north of NZ 13 June 2016) A search is underway for a sailor lost overboard from a yacht 550km (300 nautical miles) north of New Zealand.
The Rescue Coordination Centre NZ was advised at 11.20am today (Monday, 13 June) that one male had been killed and another man, in his 60s, knocked overboard from the 20m yacht, Platino, which had suffered serious rigging damage in winds of up to 75km/h (40knots).

Three other people are on board the yacht, which is in contact via satellite phone.

RCCNZ Search and Rescue mission coordinator Keith Allen said an RNZAF P3 Orion that was already operating in the area was on the scene within 90 minutes of the incident, and a commercial fishing vessel is heading to the area.

A second RNZAF Orion has since replaced the first aircraft and will continue searching until nightfall. If required, searching will continue at first light tomorrow. The search area is out of range of all but fixed wing aircraft.

“Sea conditions are extremely dangerous and the remaining crew on board the Platino have advised that it is too hazardous to be on deck. With limited ability to manoeuvre safely, the yacht is motoring to New Zealand, but this could take at least two days. The fishing boat is expecting to be at the scene by around 7pm but it will not be possible to search in darkness.”

ENDS

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Softbank Team Japan - 1st WIN!

Jun 12 2016 05:46 PM | island time in Articles

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Up to 1000 boats were ringing the race area just off the city front. Tens of thousands of fans were lining iconic Navy Pier. Bars, restaurants and fan zones were heaving. The best sailors and fastest boats were ready to show what they could do. After phenomenal practice racing on Friday, with two capsizes, the wind took a while to co-operate.

So while fans enjoyed a great day on Navy Pier, officials took the ‘substitute race’, which was sailed on Friday, and scored it as Race One of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago.

That victory went to SoftBank Team Japan who would have seen a measure of justice in having Friday’s “substitute race” count on the leaderboard.

In New York, the team won the substitute race, but it was never used.

But in Chicago, with winds too light and unstable to start on time, the substitute race was inserted in the broadcast and scored as an official race. It was the first win of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series for SoftBank Team Japan.

“It’s a shame we couldn't get racing started on time today, but it's nice to turn the good work from Friday into a win on the scoreboard today,” said skipper Dean Barker.

"We've been working hard to improve our performance... Friday was a good day and we take a lot of confidence from that.”

Artemis Racing scored second place and Groupama Team France was third.

On the other side of the ledger was ORACLE TEAM USA, who capsized in the substitute race on Friday and who now must carry that last place finish on the scoreboard.

As Saturday afternoon progressed under steamy, sunny conditions, and with the sea breeze taking its time to settle in but picking up, race officials and teams extended the race window beyond the initial 3:00pm deadline and were eventually able to get one late afternoon race completed for the fans on Navy Pier.

This race was a huge crowd-pleaser and is designated as a ‘substitute race’ for Sunday. Should conditions not allow for racing to progress as scheduled on Sunday, it will be inserted in the international broadcast and scored as an official race.

Emirates Team New Zealand were the top team on Saturday, finishing ahead of ORACLE TEAM USA and Artemis Racing.

“The race today was a tough battle in front of some really impressive crowds," said Artemis Racing skipper Nathan Outteridge. "I’m pleased we were able to put on a race for everyone who turned up as the fans here in Chicago have been awesome."

“The amount of people on Navy Pier and the number of boats out on the water made for a pretty amazing experience to be out there sailing in front of them all," said Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Glenn Ashby.

"Everybody looked like they were having a really good time, in the grandstands and on the spectator boats on the water, and it was good to put in a strong win in front of every single person out there today, whether it evenutally counts on the leaderboard or not

"Racing here in Chicago has been special, and I’m glad we could take a win in front of such a big crowd.”

Conditions are predicted to be excellent tomorrow, setting up a fantastic finish for Super Sunday.


Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago

Race One (substitute race from Friday)

1. SoftBank Team Japan – 10 points
2. Artemis Racing – 9 points
3. Groupama Team France – 8 points
4. Emirates Team New Zealand – 7 points
5. Land Rover BAR – 6 points
6. ORACLE TEAM USA – 5 points


Saturday Substitute Race finish order (this race will only be scored if used on Sunday)

Emirates Team New Zealand
ORACLE TEAM USA
Artemis Racing
Land Rover BAR
SoftBank Team Japan
Groupama Team France

About the America’s Cup
The America's Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport, dating back to 1851, when the yacht America, after which the trophy is named, beat the best of the British fleet in a race around the Isle of Wight, U.K. The trophy won on that day was donated in trust through a Deed of Gift and has since become a symbol of immense achievement. It is perhaps the hardest trophy in sport to win. In it’s 165-year history, only four countries have managed to win the America’s Cup.

The America's Cup is currently held by the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco, U.S.A.. On September 25, 2013, its team, ORACLE TEAM USA, completed the biggest comeback in sports to retain the trophy it had first won in 2010.

On December 2, 2014, Bermuda was named as the home of the 35th America’s Cup, with the iconic Great Sound as the race course area where the new America’s Cup Class boats (15-meter, foiling, wing-sailed catamarans) from each competing nation will race for the America’s Cup in May/June 2017.

The America’s Cup is honored to partner with Louis Vuitton as the title partner of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers and the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs. Louis Vuitton is also the presenting partner of the 35th America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton.

The America's Cup is also proud to be supported by BMW, Bremont, ORACLE, XL Catlin, the Bermuda Tourism Authority, Gosling’s, Sperry and Sail Racing; as well as: Appleby, BF&M, Butterfield, Butterfield & Vallis, Moët & Chandon, PwC and the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club and in New York by Brookfield Place.

America’s Cup updates are also available on your mobile device. Go to the App Store to download the official America’s Cup App.
{C} 35th America's Cup Media Contacts
Peter Rusch
Director of PR and Communications
+1 441 519 0382
peter.rusch@americascup.com

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ANZ Sail Fiji

Jun 09 2016 09:25 AM | island time in Articles

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Shaman set to finish tonight
The 88 footer Shaman, with Gary Lewis at the helm, will be the next boat to cross the finish line. At 1400 NZT she had 64nm to run and is sailing at 11 knots. Shaman has been a consistent performer through the race, with boat speeds amongst the top four monohulls. Her track east of the rhumb line has been …
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Video: The Cruisers in Fiji
Sharpe Focus and Moody Blue, the two cruising boats in ANZ Sail Fiji 2016 give us a (very) brief run down their passages.
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Email correspondence with Itchy Feet
Image Above: You can see Itchy Feet is emerging from a thick high cloud (very white = cold and high) associated with the front. While the main fleet is in clear skies as they head into the trades. The northern extension of the front will pass over the fleet early on Thursday morning. -----Original Message----- From: "Sally Garrett" Sent: Wed, 08 Jun …
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Update on Itchy Feet
Itchy Feet continues to make good progress, even though they are travelling at 90 degrees to the course to Fiji. Itchy Feet called Race Director Sally Garrett at 21:45 last evening (Tuesday 7th June). At the time they were making good progress in 35 knots gusting 50 knots under storm jib. All is well, and the crew are comfortable. They …
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ANZ Sail Fiji

Jun 07 2016 10:25 AM | island time in Articles

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Daily News Wrap 6th June 2016

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Team Vodafone Sailing tracker at 2%
Team Vodafone Sailing may not have another tracking update. Their unit has been drained of power and is currently at 2% battery life. All other units are between 77-89%. We will do our best to keep you updated regarding their imminent finish time. The finish boat is on station and the Royal Akarana Yacht Club team is due to depart …
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Itchy Feet causes head scratching
ANZ Sail Fiji is set to receive the first finisher tonight, but one boat has the attention of the Race Committee more than others at the moment. Itchy Feet have made a radical move heading west through throughout day two of the race. While it may seem a little different to the rest of the boats, they are setting themselves …
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State of the Trades
ANZ Sail Fiji Race Director Sally Garrett has not moved far from her computer since the start of the race at 1100 hours on Saturday 4th June. Constantly monitoring the fleet, and studying the conditions as they change, Garrett has provided the following update: "Team Vodafone Sailing could finish as early as 2230 hours �tonight. But what are the winds doing …
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Injury on board Anarchy
Anything can happen during an offshore race, so when Royal Akarana Yacht Club race management team member Suellen Hurling received a call from AJ Reid, owner and skipper of Anarchy, she prepared for whatever update was thrown her way. "Suellen it's AJ. Wow it's crazy out here! We all have goggles on whenever we are on deck. A simple task …
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Time to head east?
At 0900 hours on Monday 6th June at Raoul Island (200 nm due east of the fleet) the wind direction was 90 degreed with at a speed of 13 knots. Both the of most used models on the boats GFS and GEM show a similar wind direction (102 deg and 105 deg), but higher wind speeds. More importantly both models …
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Sail World: Hull puts the hammer down on Team Vodafone Sailing
TeamVodafoneSailing has picked up speed and is now racing towards the finish of the ANZ Sail Fiji race at a speed of close to 25kts. At 1115hrs on June 6, 2016, the 60ft trimaran had 250nm to sail to the finish line at Port Denerau. No doubt keen to make the finish line in daylight if possible, the Simon Hull …
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Auckland to Fiji in 1:47
The Royal Akarana Yacht Club Race Management Team headed to Fiji on the big steel tube in the sky. Thanks to Fiji Airways for getting them there!
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Notorious makes it to Opua
The crew of the Beneteau First 44.7 Notorious have made it safely to Opua, welcomed by Manuela Hornell, wife of Ave Gitana crew meter Chris Hornell. Christiaan Arns and his crew were in good spirits, but were obviously devastated by the outcome and the decision they needed to make. Arns, who is also a member of the Royal Akarana Yacht …
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Sail-World: Records set to be slashed as leaders fly to finish
New records are expected to be set in the ANZ Fiji Race as the leaders hurtle towards the finish line in Port Denerau, sailing a direct course in 20-25kts winds. TeamVodafoneSailing, the 60ft trimaran which won two TransAtlantic races as Geant, sailed by Michel Desjoyeaux, is expected to cross the finish line at around 11.00pm on Monday night. That will …
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Yachting & Communicaitons Manager
Royal Akarana Yacht Club
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Six-minute search saves two lost fishermen, 480...

May 18 2016 04:09 PM | island time in Articles

18 May 2016
Two Kiribati fishermen missing for five days in a 4.5m open boat have been found just six minutes into the search of more than 43,000 square kilometers of ocean.
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) determined the most likely search area for the men who failed to return from a fishing trip on Friday, and a RNZAF P3 Orion left Whenuapai at 5am this morning to search the area.
RCCNZ Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator Mike Roberts described the result as “outstanding”, with the men’s boat found in an area of open ocean about 480km south east of Nauru.
“The aircraft arrived on scene at approximately 1.30pm (NZ time) and spotted the missing men waving from their boat within about six minutes,” he said.
“The search area was obviously correct and the aircraft has made its approach from precisely the right direction. While there is an element of luck involved, the Orion crew have done a fantastic job. I can’t recall another search being successful so quickly.”
Both men appeared to be in good health, and a survival pack containing food, water and a radio was dropped by the Orion.
An available vessel will now be identified and directed to the men, with the Kiribati search and rescue vessel, six hours away, likely to be involved in returning them to safety.
The Orion will stay overnight in Kiribati before returning to New Zealand tomorrow.

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New Chart Updates

May 17 2016 11:53 AM | island time in Articles

17 May 2016

Latest chart updates cover Banks Peninsula, upper South Island

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has released new editions of its charts for Banks Peninsula and the upper South Island.

Manager Chart Production Jennifer Abbott says the Akaroa Harbour and Banks Peninsula charts now include a new restricted area and marine reserves.

“The updates to these series of charts reflect the incorporation of survey information, updates from the Harbourmaster, as well as changes to navigational aids.

“We urge any skipper operating in the area, whether professionally or for recreation to update their chart portfolio.”

NZ 6324 (Akaroa Harbour), NZ 6321 (Lyttelton Harbour / Whakaraupo: Port of Lyttelton), NZ 632 (Banks Peninsula), NZ 62 (Cape Palliser / Matakitakiakupe to Kaikoura Peninsula), and NZ 63 (Kaikoura Peninsula to Banks Peninsula) are now available from approved retailers. Digital versions are also available to download free of charge from the LINZ website.

www.linz.govt.nz www.facebook.com/landinformationnz


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Big win for boaties in Northland Advocacy Case

May 10 2016 09:50 AM | island time in Articles

Recreational boaties and yachties visiting the Northland region are assured of safe access to popular anchorages, harbour entrances, bays of refuge and navigational routes thanks to the collective advocacy efforts of Yachting New Zealand, the Auckland Yachting & Boating (AYBA) and Northland Yachting Associations.

Following a significant and favourable decision from the Environment Court in June last year there will be changes made to the Regional Coastal Plan for Northland, and the ramifications are expected to benefit recreational boaties nationwide.
The changes, which include new aquaculture exclusion zones and new wording acknowledging the significance of recreational water users, come into operation today, 9 May 2016.
The process of creating Regional Plans is often long, extending over a number of years, requiring the significant commitment on the part of those involved to see the process through to completion. In this case, Council hearings were held back in 2007, while appeals to the Environment Court were lodged in 2008. Due to additional delays resulting from various changes to legislation governing aquaculture, the final decision was not released by the Court until 2015.
Notwithstanding the time and effort required, it is important that boating interests play a role in their preparation because Regional Coastal Plans control activities in the Coastal Marine Area. If the Regional Coastal Plan does not properly address those matters of concern to boaties up front, the boating community will have to face repeated battles regarding similar issues as each individual resource consent application for a Marine farm is made.
Yachting New Zealand initiated an appeal to Northland Regional Council Plan Change 4 (relating to aquaculture), worried that marine farming could clog popular bays and hamper safe passage and cruising through the Northland region.
The original plan provisions proposed did not take proper account of the need to consider and protect safe access to popular anchorages, harbour entrances, bays of refuge, navigational routes and areas commonly used for yacht racing. The appeal was supported by evidence from a number of well-known and respected boaties who have particular knowledge and experience of the Northland coast.
The advocacy collective, including Yachting New Zealand, AYBA and the Northland Yachting Association, are very pleased that the appeal has resulted in aquaculture being classified as a prohibited activity in a range of additional locations.
Andrew Clouston, Yachting New Zealand Participation and Development Manager explains that the national body was concerned due to Northland’s popularity as a cruising destination for local and visiting recreational boaties and that a number of sailing and boating clubs in the region would be affected.
The changes coming into operation are just what Yachting New Zealand was hoping for; “We now have certainty around particular areas and aquaculture prohibited in those zones,” says Clouston.
“The important aspects for us were around ensuring that recreational boaties can continue to access popular anchorages and that bays-of-refuge, used by boaties as shelter in the case of bad weather, remain accessible.”
“We were also concerned about general navigational safety,” adds Clouston. “And as a result of the decision we have also seen recognised transit routes for vessels widened and expanded. Previously the plan didn’t consider that boats, and in particular sailing yachts, don’t always travel in a straight line and deserve more than a narrow transit corridor when moving up and down our coastline.”
The advocacy group also fought to have policy wording changed to reflect the importance of the recreational use of the coastal marine area in Northland.
“The policy now recognises the importance of recreational activity and safe anchorages – it simply wasn’t in there before,” says Clouston.
Jeremy Brabant, a Barrister specialising in Environmental Law, represented Yachting New Zealand, AYBA and Northland Yachting Association collectively and was instrumental in achieving the outcome.
Richard Brabant, a Barrister and former Vice President of Yachting New Zealand, acted as counsel for landowners in the Bay of Islands who raised concerns about the potential impact of additional aquaculture in the Bay, calling expert evidence about the potential adverse effects upon landscape and recreation. In combination, the evidence from the YNZ collective and landowners has resulted in almost the entirety of the Bay of Islands being off-limits to any further aquaculture.
The key areas where significant aquaculture-free zones will come into place include Whangaroa, the Cavalli Islands, Doubtless Bay, Bream Bay, the Bay of Islands and harbour access points including Whangaruru , Tutukaka and Whangarei entrances.
New maps which show the zones where aquaculture will be prohibited have been finalised and can be viewed on the Yachting New Zealand website.
The advocacy work that goes on largely behind the scenes at Yachting New Zealand is seen by the organisation as essential to preserve the freedom for all yachties and boaties to enjoy New Zealand’s coastline, not limited to those who are members of clubs.
Doug Smeal, Commodore of Whangarei Cruising Club says, “This outcome means Yacht Club members and all boaties will be able to cruise the Northland coastline and bays and not have to worry about aquaculture structures impairing their safety."
The Environment Court decision around Northland should have national reach as a result of explicit recognition by the Court of recreational and navigational safety considerations, which will guide the preparation of plans for other regions around New Zealand. Yachting New Zealand isn’t alone in believing the upshot will benefit boaties across the country.
Richard Brabant comments on the significance of the decision;
“The Yachting New Zealand case resulted in outcomes way beyond my expectations – key and significant areas on the Northland coast from Whangarei north have been mapped as prohibited to aquaculture to the immense benefit of the boating public.”
“From my perspective, having been involved in hearings concerning provision for aquaculture in many parts of New Zealand over a number of years, this has to be the most notable success in terms of protecting our coastline, coastal waters and anchorages from the adverse effects of aquaculture.”
The updated Regional Coastal Plan for Northland (incorporating Plan Change 4 text) will be available on the NRC website from 09 May 2016: www.nrc.govt.nz/rcp
For more information contact:
Jodie Bakewell-White
Yachting New Zealand Communications Manager
Tel. 021 709 065
Email. Jodie@yachtingnz.org.nz


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SSANZ 2017 RNI

May 09 2016 09:22 AM | island time in Articles

Hi again,
Entries have now been open a week and we have 20 entrants, some repeat offenders, some yachts back with new crew, some crew with new yachts, plus our first Australian entrant.
The yachts get bigger every time which makes the job of finding berthage harder but our team in Wellington have confirmed that they are able to accommodate 30 plus yachts in Chafers Marina with the possibility of overflow berthage at Queens Wharf.
Depth into Napier's Inner Harbour will be an issue again with some only able to enter at the top of the tide and we will possibly need to put the deepest draft yachts at the commercial wharf.
Westhaven Marina are keen to assist with marina berths for any entrant needing help, but as only some will need this its up to you to arrange berthage prior to and after the race.
If you require any further assistance then feel free to contact me.
And if you no longer wish to be kept on this email list then please let me know.

Talk soon

Jon Henry
Race Director
SSANZ

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SSANZ ANZAC 250

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.


Regards,


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
RNZYS
Men @ Work
Frans de Court
RNZYS
Slipstream III
Nathan Williams
RNZYS
Skitzo
David Hazard
RNZYS
Medium Dry
Philip Rzepecky
RNZYS
Simple Minds
Bruce Scott
RNZYS
Legless
Grant Crawford
WBC
Sailor Moon
Jacko van Deventer
KIYC
Heartlight
Roger Sims
SSANZ
Flash Gordon
Mike Sanderson
RNZYS
Waka Huia
Bill Dalbeth
RNZYS
Voodoo
Leigh Miller
RAYC
Undercover
Edward Massey
RNZYS
Raging Hormones
Zane Gifford
RNZYS

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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)
Auckland

www.young88.org.nz

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Two Silver for NZ at Worlds

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

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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
Men
2nd Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox
38th Sam Barnett and Zak Merton
Women
2nd Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie
2016 RS:X World Championships, Israel
New Zealand’s final results
16th Natalia Kosinska
Links
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
49er
1st Jack Simpson and Logan Dunning Beck (NZL)
2nd Ryo Takahashi and Ibuki Koizumi (JPN)
3rd Isaac McHardie and Trent Rippey (NZL)
49erFX
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)
Sonar
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)
420
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)
29er
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
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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.
Over four days of racing 11-15 races will take place for all fleets, except for the OK Dinghy, Sonar and Flying Fifteens that will sail for two days on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th only. The format for all classes will be fleet racing with no medal race. Posted Image
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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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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.
ENDS
For further information, please contact Defence Public Affairs on 021 487 980 or
media@nzdf.mil.nz.

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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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