Young Nelson Yacht Club sailor Georgia Schokking wins Nespresso National Youth Training Week Scholarship

Georgia Schokking, a promising young female sailor from the Nelson Yacht Club, has won a scholarship to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadrons popular Nespresso National Youth Training Week.

Nespresso, who are very keen sponsors and supporters of youth sailing at the RNZYS, will pay the entire fee for Schokking to attend the week after she was carefully selected from a large group of talented young applicants. When first told of her success in winning this scholarship, Schokking was over the moon – “Thank you so much to the team at Nespresso, this is incredible! Living in Nelson means it is always expensive to travel for sailing and this is going to make a world of difference.”

This will be the sixteen year old’s second Nespresso Youth Training week as she also attended last summer, and she is more than ready to take her sailing knowledge and skills to another level –“At this year’s training week I am wanting to gain a larger understanding of the different roles, specifically bow and trim, as I have never gained experience in these areas. I also want to really improve my boat handling on a larger boat.”

Heading into its 29th year, the Nespresso National Youth Training week is a camp which is comprised of intensive sailing training at the Squadron’s Lidgard House, and on the water surrounding Kawau Island. All the sailing is completed in Elliott 7’s with a superb selection of outstanding coaches on hand to offer the best training and advice, including RNZYS Youth Training Programme coach Reuben Corbett – “This really is a fantastic week of learning for these young sailors who come from all around the country just to take part. It is always satisfying to see how much they advance their skills and it is an absolute pleasure to help great youth talent – such as Georgia’s – head towards a career in sailing. Georgia is very deserving of this scholarship and I look forward to having her back at Kawau this year. ”

Schokking has been sailing for four years and in that time has racked up plenty of experience sailing Optimists, Starling’s, 420’s and also Elliott 6’s and 7’s. In 2017 Schokking was awarded as the best female centreboard sailor at the Nelson Yacht Club and was selected to be the Nelson regional representative at the Starling National Match Racing Competition. Even though she is still very young, sailing has already taken Schokking overseas including trips to Australia and Rarotonga and she also has her sights on some goals for 2019 – “I want to qualify for the Nelson Girls 420 team to compete at the Interdominion Regatta in Hobart, as well as sail in the gold fleet at the 420 Nationals. In the Starling my goal is to perform really well at the 2019 Nationals.”

A true all-rounder in the sport, when Schokking isn’t sailing herself she is coaching and instructing at the Nelson Yacht Club with Nelson Watersports, showing she is already keen to give back to the sport and community in Nelson– a great trait which proves she is very deserving of this scholarship opportunity.

Written by Andrew Delves – RNZYS PR & Communications Manager



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