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YNZ Briefings

Jan 07 2015 01:26 PM | island time in Articles

Latest Yachting NZ Briefings newsletter
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Yearly Maintenance - Cleaning Heat Exchangers

Mar 08 2015 03:21 PM | island time in Articles

I've just done my heat exchanger servicing. This is a job that should be done every year or so. If you don't do it, your engine will eventually overheat, and if you have an engine driven fridge, it may not work properly either!

Heat exchangers 101 (skip this bit if you know about them already!)

So, basically a heat exchanger is a series of pipes inside a container. The pipes carry cool fluid (seawater here) through whatever needs to be cooled in the container (Water, Oil, Refrigerant etc). Heat is transferred from the container to the fluid running thru the tubes, exchanging the heat - hence the name of course!

There are a few issues with seawater as a coolant, which, as boaties, we need to be aware of. Firstly, it is corrosive, secondly it can cause electrolysis in dissimilar immersed metals, and third, it carries sea life and salt!

To combat these, your heat exchanger/s and or cooling system is made of durable materials that (hopefully) don't rust away too quickly! Not much you can do about the construction of the system unless you are replacing stuff, and that's beyond the scope of this article.

The second item, electrolysis. To combat this, your system will likely have an anode, especially if the heat exchanger has no electrical connection (other than sea water!) with the main engine. Make sure you check and replace the anode as required - not to do so will lead to premature failure of the heat exchanger. = $$$

The third issue is sea life and salt. Salt deposits and sea life (mostly small shellfish and barnacles) can block the small tubes in the heat exchangers, and slow or even stop the flow of cooling water. This can lead to catastrophic overheating. More $$$! So, yearly checking and cleaning is a good idea.

Remember you may have more than one heat exchanger. I have three - Fridge, oil and engine. Blockage of one or more will reduce the flow of water from your exhaust. Your exhaust discharge should not be hot enough to steam - if it is, the flow may be partially restricted!!

Cleaning:
So, here is the cleaning process. Firstly, the units must be identified and removed. Follow the path of the water from your engine through hull. Here is a pic of my engine, showing the raw water (seawater) pump, and the location of the heat exchangers. The Oil H/E is hidden from view, behind the engine H/E and the alternator.
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To help with access, I removed the alternator, here is a pic showing the small oil cooler (H/E) behind the engine H/E
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So, now you must remove the heat exchangers, and take them apart. CAUTION - the fridge one will contain pressurized refrigerant!! Make CERTAIN that you only remove the water connections!!!

1st Drain the engine coolant. Here is what my Heat exchangers (Volvo 2003T) look like removed;
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The top two pipes with the circular fittings are the oil inlet and outlet for the oil cooler. The water comes from the raw water pump, through the fridge heat exchanger, then the oil cooler, then the engine heat exchanger, finally out thru the exhaust.
So, now take the ends off, and you can remove the cores. In this case the fridge unit had a partially blocked outlet, restricting the water flow. Here is the engine H/E with the core removed;
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As you can see, the core is a bunch of small tubes. In this case, they are about the same dia as a .22 rifle bore, so I use a rifle cleaning brush to thoroughly clean them. They were not bad this time. However, the oil cooler has smaller tubes, and was pretty blocked – mostly with sea life, as you can see here;
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Now, some people use Acids to clean these, and it certainly works well. However, be warned – if there are any damaged joints, or thin piping, acids can ruin the core, and replacements are expensive. A radiator repair shop is your best bet for repairs, and can often supply replacement cores MUCH cheaper than a genuine part. Personally I use a calcium/lime/rust removal product, which is much gentler, but also slower. I left this to soak in CLR for a few hours, then rodded out the remainder with stiff wire.
Finally, reassemble everything, replace the engine coolant including a good corrosion inhibitor, replace the heat exchanger anode/s, check for leaks and you are good for another year or so!
As an aside, now you know your system is clean, change the raw water pump impeller, and then note how much water comes from your exhaust at idle - any reduction over time in this flow is an early indicator of a problem.
Oh, I last cleaned these units about 18 months ago, and the boat is used most weekends, year round. Seems the warmer the water the more of an issue it is! This boat is based at Gulf Harbour in Auckland. The growth here is faster than when we were at Mana in Wellington.
Happy Boating!!

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Y88 South Island Champs

Mar 04 2015 09:04 AM | island time in Articles

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Knight Frank South Island Young 88 Champs

After successful campaigns in Waikawa and Wellington over the summer Craig Edwards and his team on Flying Machine must be seen to be the favourites to defend their Knight Frank South Island Young 88 title this weekend on Lyttelton Harbour. But Edwards is not expecting have it all his own way.

A very credible challenge is expected from 2013 winner Shibbeen (Humphrey Rolleston) which will be skippered in this year’s challenge by Shane Smith. Smith who’s regular crew on his Elliot 780 Overspray is also in form after a second placing at the Lawsons Dry Hills Regatta in Waikawa in January. It will be the first time that Smith, a past Sunburst National Champion and South Island Zephyr Champion will helm a Young 88 in Class racing. But his experience in trailer yacht and dinghy classes is expected to make him a tough competitor in this class.

Flying Machine has recently returned from the Sovereign Port Nicolson Regatta in Wellington where their polished all round performance made quite an impression on the local fleet. They won the Roger Land Young 88 Trophy with 7 straight line honours wins together with Division B line and IRC victories. Tactician Seamus Tredinnick said of their performance “we have been sailing together as a team now for several years and this really shows”. “Craig and Nicci run a great team and we all enjoy sailing the boat as hard and fast as she will go” he said.

Credible challenges are also expected from Full Circle (Phil Folter) who is last season’s Naval Point Club Champion. They know how to take races off Flying Machine and demonstrated so at last year’s Championship in Akaroa. Colin Lock and his crew on Legacy II also travelled north this summer gaining the experience of close racing at the Waikawa Regatta in January.

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It will be a busy weekend at Naval Point Club, Lyttelton. In addition to the Knight Frank South Island Young 88 Championships the club is also hosting the Canterbury Trailer Yacht Championships, South Island 420 Championships, South Island Laser Championships, Canterbury Zephyr Championships and the Naval Point Club Dinghy Championships.

Naval Point Club / Young 88 Association

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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



VIEW FULL RESULTS



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HIGH RES IMAGES (PW: wmrt)



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World Maritime Day

Aug 03 2015 09:25 AM | island time in Articles

Maritime New Zealand media release.
Maritime industry backing World Maritime activities 31 July 2015
With worldwide shortages of over 42,500 officers expected by 2019, the New Zealand maritime industry will focus firmly on education and training for “NZ Careers at Sea” to celebrate World Maritime Day (Thurs, Sept 24).
A cross sector maritime industry group is organising a week of activities from September 21-27 which may include ship and port visits and updated career information for careers advisors to encourage secondary students into a maritime career.
World Maritime Day is promoted by the International Maritime Organisation and this year’s theme is Maritime Education and Training.
Maritime NZ’s Director, Keith Manch, who is leading this industry initiative, said that: “for too long maritime careers have flown under the radar and we want to direct more young people to look at the exciting opportunities offered by a maritime career.”
Maritime NZ said 90% of the world’s goods are transported by sea and without mariners and a healthy maritime industry food, clothes, electronics and cars would not get to New Zealand.
Some of the jobs available include – officer, seafarer, deckhand, cook on a 100-1000 tonne oil tanker, navigating a cargo ship or shore-based jobs such as marine engineering, naval architecture, maritime law, stevedoring, logistics or support roles.
Maritime employers, seafarers, maritime workers and trainees will be encouraged to take part in the week of activities and share photos, videos, and tweets of what life is like in the maritime sector.
Organisations involved include Maritime NZ, Careers NZ, Cruise NZ, Maritime Union of NZ, NMIT, NZ Maritime School, PEPANZ, Seafood NZ, Shipping Federation and Shipping NZ.
We will keep you posted on planned New Zealand activities at:
World Maritime Day
For more information about World Maritime Day internationally check out the IMO website:
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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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Win a Vendee Globe boat free!

Jun 22 2015 09:57 AM | island time in Articles

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Win a Vendée Globe’s Boat ... for FREE!

The pro Sailor and sports journalist Sébastien Destremau, is entering into the next Vendée Globe with FaceOcean’s project. After the race, one of his supporters will have the opportunity to win his boat for free. "As far as I know this is the first time such a big boat will be won. It is unheard of and very innovative," said David Brabis, CEO of the Vendée Globe

For Sébastien Destremau, who participated in five America's Cup campaigns, FaceOcean’s goals are simple: create a human-scale project and share it with thousands of Fans, finish this solo round the world race and give the possibility to a lucky winner to take over the helm in 2020.

June 18th 2015 is the beginning of a vast operation of crowdfunding. Especially with the Virtual Regatta players (500 000 competitors during the last Vendée Globe) with which Sebastien has developed a strong relationships over the years thanks to his daily video News (100 million videos views to date).

"The Vendée Globe is the most popular game among our community ad it was obvious for us to support Sebastien in this adventure" said Philippe Guigné VirtualRegatta Founder during the FaceOcean press conference.

The project changed gear with the recent purchase of the IMOCA 60 "Explora-Gartmore". Currently located in South Africa, the boat is simple and very reliable. She has already competed four round the world races, including two Vendée Globe (both in the top 10 finish)

"To embark thousands of fans on this project, we are offering two levels of involvement. The first level is to become a « Fan » and it is completely free. A draw will be done and the lucky winner will be the new proud owner of my boat at the end of the Vendée Globe! Then the fans have the possibility to put their photo on the boat and become a "Crew-member" for a financial contribution according to the size of the photo chosen (from 10 €). We have also developed a unique offer for sponsors interested in FaceOcean’s concept » said the skipper of FaceOcean.

The next steps of this out of the box project include the return of the boat in France in the coming weeks, followed by a thorough technical preparation in Toulon (South of France), with the aim of transforming the boat into a real television studio, then a Transatlantic race in spring and some public relations in the summer of 2016.
Then on November 6th 2016, will be the official start of FaceOcean’s attempt to climb the Everest of the Seas in les Sables d'Olonne.





To become a Supporter: www.faceocean.fr


To become a Crewmember : http://bit.ly/1JWgphI

The English press conference can be watched here=>https://www.dailymot...e_sport?start=1



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Welcome to the new Crew.org.nz site!!!

Dec 18 2014 01:17 PM | Guest in Articles

Welcome to the new Site. Some things have already changed, and some are about to. This new software gives us lots more flexibility than we had previously. The search engine now works! Just make sure you search on the right data - - like select "forums"...

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Volvo Ocean Race Tracker

Jun 11 2015 09:00 AM | island time in Articles

Race Tracker is live now!
Follow the fleet to the finish line in Lorient on app or desktop.

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VHF Frequencies for the North Island

Dec 18 2014 04:27 PM | island time in Articles

This was in the Coastguard Northern region newsletter - Be a useful thing to have on your boat. Does anyone have one for the south Island??

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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
Posted Image New Zealand has won two silver medals at the 2016 470 World Championships in San Isidro, Argentina.
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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Two Handed Three Legged Race

Feb 05 2015 08:46 AM | island time in Articles

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OPEN TO EVERYONE, From ANY club.
Entry form is here;
http://crew.org.nz/f..._flyer_2015.pdf

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The Crew.org Rum Race is ON

Dec 18 2014 04:48 PM | island time in Articles

Click the link above for details. (End of year Rum Race on the menu above) Come and join the fun!! All welcome.

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SSANZ Feb Newsletter

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

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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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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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Software Glitch

Feb 16 2015 08:22 PM | island time in Articles

Another Glitch in the software tonight. If your page is not displaying properly, please use Ctrl F5 to refresh, and it should come right... or command-r on a MAC. If that does not work on the Mac, please clear your cache!
Thanks.
We are putting together a test server to try to avoid these issues as much as possible. Thanks for your understanding!
Matt

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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

media@americascup.com

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Six-minute search saves two lost fishermen, 480...

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

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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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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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Shipwreck Party

Nov 11 2015 08:56 AM | island time in Articles

Fundraising for James and Somira Burwick who were dismasted in Anasasi Girl and are stranded in Chille at the moment.
All funds raised go towards a new rig for them.
It will be a huge and fun night with heaps of cool things planned...


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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.”

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Safety at Sea Triple Series

Jul 03 2015 03:21 PM | island time in Articles

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SSANZ Safety at Sea Triple Series 2015

The first race starts on July 11th and with more than 50 boats already entered, this year is promises to be another fantastic and highly competitive series.

This year the courses have been updated to allow for more corners and tactical decisions with some different landmarks chosen to send the fleet around. In addition to the course changes, the order of the races has been rearranged with a medium, long, short format to allow for some after race socialising once the last race in the series has been completed.

The first race is the NZ Spars and Rigging 60 July 11th, followed by the Evolution Sails 100 August 8th and finishing with the Baltic 50 September 5th. Each race has 3 course lengths, Smallboat, Shorthaul and Longhaul. The Smallboat course is designed to allow smaller boats to compete and also combines a cruising division. Shorthaul covers the mid size and sports style keelers and the non spinnaker division. Larger keelers and multihulls go further afield in the Longhaul division and really test the endurance of the competitors.


Briefing is set for 7pm at the RNZYS on Thursday the 9th July. Quite possibly one of the largest gatherings of likeminded sailors, the briefing is always filled with a couple of hundred yachties catching up and checking out the competition. Challenges get issued and bets placed, normally in liquid form to be paid up at prize giving. Prize giving is set for the 2nd October. Each series entry comes with 2 tickets to the prize giving and dinner with additional tickets being available for purchase for people wanting to bring extras.




Entries close 6pm Wed 8th July.

Enter online at www.ssanz.co.nz



Major Sponsor Safety at Sea is back for another year along with NZ Spars and Rigging and Evolution Sails.

Please support the sponsors!

The sponsors are putting up a Major Spot Prize to be drawn from competitors that complete all races and radio scheds, attend briefing and the Prizegiving.




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Event notification to past competitors and members...

Our mailing address is:

SSANZ
P.O Box 40-550
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New Zealand
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Run For Coastguard

Aug 17 2015 02:51 PM | island time in Articles

ASB Auckland Marathon 2015 Why run for the Coastguard Team?
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Its 6 am and the call goes out to Coastguard volunteers to launch their boat into the churning sea and biting wind to save someone they have never met.
They do this without question 24/7 and make a huge contribution to communities throughout New Zealand. By choosing to run for Coastguard every step you take and dollar you raise will provide essential funds to help our kiwi heroes continue to save lives at sea.

Join our Golden Runner Team
We have a limited number of places available on our Golden Runner team. As a golden runner we cover the cost of your entry, provide a t-shirt, training guides, access to the Q & A for advice and support and invite you to a special Golden Runners only event. You will also get lots of support and encouragement along the way to help you meet the challenge and your fundraising target.
When you run on the day we’ll be there to support you in true Coastguard style!
In return all we ask is that you do your best to raise:
  • Quarter and Half Marathon: $1,000
  • Full Marathon: $1,500
Apply for a Golden Runner place today >

Join our Charity Runner Team
If you have already secured your place through the official Auckland Marathon website, or are thinking about entering and would prefer not to commit to being a Golden Runner we’d love you join our team as a charity runner.
You would need to purchase your own ticket for any distance in the Auckland Marathon 2015. Set up a fundraising page for Coastguard through FundraiseOnline – and become a proud member of the Coastguard Charity Team. Whether you raise $100 or $1000 you’ll be supported and enjoy the journey with us.
Secure your entry via the Auckland Marathon website
then
Set up your fundraising page via the Fundraiseonline website
Join any of our teams, and you receive:
  • Training and fundraising tips
  • Coastguard running T-shirt
  • Pre-marathon invitation to visit, tour and meet, greet and inspire event at Coastguard Northern Region
  • Medal from Auckland Marathon if you raise over $300
  • Post-race marquee meeting area and refreshments
  • Top 20 runners receive a special goody bag with thanks from Coastguard
  • Lots of contact, encouragement and support from our team
For more information, please contact us today at marathon@coastguard.org.nz or call us on (09) 905 4760.
Go on run for Coastguard… as your support will save lives at sea

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