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YNZ and AON Insurance packages for yacht clubs

The following letter from YNZ introduces insurance packges they have negotiated for yacht clubs with AON.

Women Coaching Day a Success

Despite Saturday's terrible forecast for the 24th of May, 17 women sailors from Point Chevalier Sailing Club, French Bay Yacht Club, Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club and even as far as Hamilton Yacht Club braved the elements to participate in the first Women Coaching Day at Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club.
Our coach, Laura Lowther helped boost the sailors self esteem by giving them tips on how to sail in very gusty conditions. There were some capsizes, even a broken mast but everybody came back with a smile on their faces.

The next Women's event is a Women racing start at Point Chevalier Sailing Club on 6th July at 12:00, make sure to be there.

photos of the day

- Chantal Grass

2014 North Shore Freshwaters Wrapup

Pupuke Boating Club hosted the 2014 Fresh Water Champs over the weekend of 17 and 18 May.

The regatta was well attended with 40 boats, 26 in the full rig class and 14 in the radials. It was classic autumn conditions on the Saturday with a relatively steady 15-18 knot breeze from the south. With a relatively short start line there was a real emphasis on clear air and having the ability to get on the right side of the first shift in order to stay at the top of the fleet.

Andrew MacKenzie from Kohimarama Yacht Club showed his intensions early in the full rig winning every race on the first day. The competition for the remaining places in the top ten was very tight with many of the sailors exchanging places during the first day.

In the radial fleet Scott Leith continued his dominant form on the first daywith his closest completion coming ftrom James Jennings and Richard Blakey.

Sunday dawned cold, crisp and sunny, had no real breeze to speak of. The race committee was fortunate enough to get away one start late in the day. This was very much a light air affair with thin veins of pressure providing good rewards to those who were able to keep their heads out of the boat.

The final race on the Sunday allowed each sailor to drop one race so in the end it was the results on the Saturday that largely determined the results.

The Pupuke Boating Club again enjoyed very generous sponsorship with a well attended prize giving with great spot prizes up for grabs. All in all it was another great weekend and Pupuke Boating Club is looking forward to hosting the event again in 2015.

- Ben Molloy

NZL Gold and Bronze at 2014 Delta Lloyd Regatta

Sam Meech has won Gold at the 2014 Delta Lloyd regatta in Medemblik Holland.
And Mike Bullot's bronze vaults him back to the front of the elite Laser sailors after many years away.
But wait there's more;
with Thomas Saunders 5th and Andy Maloney sixth.

Across in the womens fleet Sara Winther was 11th.

A good rundown and video interview with Sam at

Full results at

Women's Laser Coaching and Racing

Chantal Grass (PLSC), Kirsty MacDonald (PCSC), Beck Moore (FBYC) and their team are organising events in the Auckland area focused on providing a friendly and fun environment to get women into dinghy and Laser sailing and add to their skills. Below is a series they have organised.

For more details contact Chantal at .







Sat 2nd August 2014 9:30am Women's coaching session Laser Panmure Lagoon SC Chantal Grass at

Sat 11th Oct 2014


2014 Auckland Women Laser Cup Regatta

Laser and other classes

Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club

Chantal Grass at

Sat 8th Nov 2014 9am *WOW (Women out West) Day Any dinghy class French Bay YC Beck Moore at
Sat 7th Feb 2015 10am *WOW (Women out West) Day Any dinghy class French Bay YC Beck Moore at
Sat 7th Mar 2015 10am *WOW (Women out West) Day Any dinghy class French Bay YC Beck Moore at

Sun 19th April 2015


2015 Auckland Women Laser Cup Regatta

Laser and other classes

French Bay Sailing Club

Beck Moore at

Sat 2nd May 2015 8:30am *WOW (Women out West) Day Any dinghy class French Bay YC Beck Moore at

(*) WoW (Women Out West) is aimed at drawing new female sailors into FBYC in a relaxed, semi structured environment  (FBYC provides framework: RIB cover, some Topaz's and a coach, tea, etc not necessarily Laser sailing). FBYC welcomes inter club sailors to come along for a catch-up as it allows our WoW sailors to extend their network of contacts and provides valuable encouragement and a pathway to buying a boat one day.

Andy Maloney on his Silver at Heyres

Hey everyone!

The second and final European leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup 2014 wrapped up last weekend in Hyeres, France. All of the top competitors were there, making it the most competitive fleet we have raced in since the 2013 Laser Worlds in Oman last November. I had a consistent week, finishing up with the Silver at the end of it all. Click on the link below to read my blog with a bit more about the week went;

Make sure to keep following my Facebook page AndyMaloneySailing for more regular updates while I am over here in Europe for the next couple of months!

Thanks for all of the continued support!

Great Results for NZL at ISAF World Cup Hyeres

Andy Maloney has got a Silver medial in the ISAF World Cup in Heyres, France. He had a good chance for gold with a final race battle against Aussie Tom Burton. He comments in the article linked below.
Sam Meech held onto 9th overall. Those top 10 results are important for determinging the support each sailor gets from APRC via Yachting NZ.
Thomas Saunders was 15th and Andrew McKenzie 97th.

Over in the Radials Sara Winther was 18th and Ali Nightingale 64th.

Top results came in other classes

  • 470 girls Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie won their 2nd ISAF regatta in a row
  • Peter Burling and Blair Tuke another gold in the 49er, with Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski 4th
  • 4th for Josh Junior in the Finn and 21st for Andrew Murdoch
  • 7th for Natalia Kosinska in the RSX

Great overall result for the NZL team, putting them at the top of the medlas alngside Aussie and Poland

Lachy Grimwade wins the Laser 4.7s at Sail Brisbane

Congratulations to Lachy Grimwade who has won in the 17 boat Laser 4.7 fleet at Sail Brisbane.
A closely fought battle and nerve racking result, which Lachy won on countback after tying on final points with James Woodhouse and one point back to Noah Taylor.

Full results

Andy Maloney at Princess Sofia 2014

Hey Everyone,

The first big event of this three month, five regatta European stint wrapped up two days ago. I had a tough start to the event but was consistent throughout the six days and battled my way back to finish 5th overall. Click the link to read my brief update on the week of racing;

Looking forward to a week of training here in Palma before heading to Hyeres and getting into the build up for the next World Cup event there.

Thanks for all of the continued support!

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