The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s annual Nespresso National Youth Training Week is now in its 28th year and the December event is fast-approaching.

Promising young sailing talent, mentored by aspiring sailors from around New Zealand, will converge on Kawau Island for the week-long intensive course which will see participants “simply eating, sleeping and sailing”, says Hayden Porter, General Manager of RNZYS.

Each year, places are limited and all 88 have been snapped up for 2017 in record time. However, thanks to Nespresso – a key supporter of sailing in NZ – an opportunity has been created for one deserving, young sailor who has applied to receive their fee paid by Nespresso. Applications are open now for this training week scholarship and applicants are asked to simply send in a 100-word max paragraph on why they should be selected. The National Youth Training Week began in 1989 and has grown in popularity year on year.

 “The learning curve is very steep and there’s a lot of training to get through. The participants are mentored by members of the Youth Training Programme, a year-long regime covering every element of sailing on and off the water each weekend”, says Porter.

Past Nespresso National Youth Training Week participants include Chris Steele and Phil Robertson, who are currently ranked in the top 10 in the World for Match Racing.

Nespresso is in its fourth year of sponsoring the Youth Training Week, John Ciaglia, Country Manager for Nespresso New Zealand says, ““As part of our strong connection with New Zealand Sailing, Nespresso is proud to continue our support of the youth training week in partnership with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron to develop the next generation of New Zealand sailors for the global stage.”

Hayden Porter adds, “Raw talent, a dedicated coaching programme and sponsorship from partners like Nespresso, continues to cement New Zealand’s top spot in global youth sailing.”

How to Enter:
If you are coming or know someone attending Nespresso National Youth Training Week, send a 100-word paragraph detailing why you or that person should be awarded the scholarship to raceoffice@rnzys.org.nz with the subject line ‘NESPRESSO PLEASE’ by 5pm on the 30th November 2017.

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