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RNZYS PERFORMANCE PROGRAMME

The Performance Programme will show a pathway for our top young sailors who have the qualities to be amongst the World’s finest, to keep up with global trends.

MEET THE SQUAD

GEMMA JONES

POSITION: SKIPPER

AGE: 22

Gemma started sailing at 9 years old out of the Murrays Bay Sailing Club.   She placed 2nd overall in the 2011 420 National Championships and Sail Auckland Regatta before competing in the ISAF Youth World the same year.

At the 2012 ISAF Youth World Gemma jumped into the SL16 catamaran achieving a 5th placing overall she was hooked on the multihulls!

Since 2013 Gemma has compete at almost every Nacra 17 event on the globe including 2013 Nacra 17 Worlds – 9th place;  2014 ISAF Worlds – 5th place; 2015 ISAF World Cup Miami -5th place; 2015 World Championships – 4th place and 2015 Pre-Olympics – 5th place.

With of course the most notable 2016 Olympic Games in Rio achieving a 4th placing, 1st in the Medal Race and the only female helm in the top 10.

EMPLOYMENT | EDUCATION

Currently studying a BCom at the University of Auckland.

FUTURE GOALS

Gold medal and to make it as a professional female sailor.

GEORGE ANYON

POSITION: SKIPPER

AGE: 21

George started off sailing in Optimist’s at the Kohimarama Yacht Club before moving up through the usual Dinghy classes. He competed in 4 teams racing inter-dominions as well as representing New Zealand in Japan following his final starling Nationals. After finishing school George moved to the RNZYS Youth Training Programme where he is now in his 4th season helming. During these past four years George has competed in all the youth match racing events in Australasia as both crew and skipper. His top results include NZ Youth Match Racing Champion in 2015, 2nd at the Harken Youth match racing regatta (Sydney) 2015, 3rd Hardy Cup (Sydney), 2nd Warren Jones Under 25 Regatta (Perth) and 1st in both RNZYS Nespresso Youth International and Centerport Regattas in 2016. These results have boosted George to an impressive World Sailing ranking inside the top 35 and he hopes to improve this and go onto World Match Racing Tour events in the near future.
George is also trimmer and tactician on the TP52 ‘V5’ and was part of the winning team in the Auckland to Tauranga and Auckland to Gisborne races.

EMPLOYMENT | EDUCATION

I am currently at Auckland University Studying a BCom/BSc conjoint in Operations & Supply chain management and Geophysics.

I also currently work at Moreton’s Bar & Restaurant in St Heliers as a Duty Manger.

FUTURE GOALS

Since a young boy I have always had the dream of doing a Volvo ocean race and to make it onto the professional circuits of sailing. Continuing through life my goals are to sail in the TP52 circuit, World Match Racing Tour, Extreme sailing series and the Volvo Ocean Race. All of which falls into the dream of making the sport that I love my job as a Professional.

HARRY HULL

POSITION: CREW

AGE: 22

Harry began racing at a young age on his father’s race boats in Auckland Harbour. He did not take the traditional route of sailing optimists, but got his first dingy at 15 when he began sailing in the exciting 29er class. After 3 years of racing the 29er both in New Zealand and Australia, Harry joined the RNZYS Youth Training Programme to learn the art of match racing and keelboat sailing. During his two years in the program he joined 36 Below Racing Team who have won the NZ Match Racing title for the past two years. He has spent the last 6 years sailing on New Zealand’s fastest racing yacht, the ORMA 60 Team Vodafone Sailing, gaining multiple inshore and offshore sailing speed records. He has also spent the last year learning how to race foiling catamarans on the Frank Racing GC32 which including winning the Australian Yachting Championships (Multihull Class).

EMPLOYMENT | EDUCATION

Harry is currently running the distributorship of Zhik in NZ and continuing his BCOM at Auckland University.

FUTURE GOALS

To compete in the 2017 Youth Americas Cup and to get top 3 in a World Match Racing Tour event next season.

ISSAC MCHARDIE

POSITION: SKIPPER

AGE: 19

STARTED SAILING:

Age 10 at the Hamilton Yacht Club

EDUCATION|CAREER:

 I am currently full time sailing

BIO/CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

Optimist, P-Class, Starling, 29er, 49er, Foiling Moth – these boats are a part of my upbringing. Sailing the America’s Cup boat will hopefully be part of my future.

My name is Isaac McHardie and I want to make a career out of sailing. I started in the Optimist at the age of 10 and have sailed the P-Class, Starling, 29er, Foiling Moth and am now Olympic campaigning in a 49er with my crew, William McKenzie.

While out on the water, I have spent time helming and crewing. Winning an ISAF Youth Gold Medal in the SL16 catamaran as the helm, and a ISAF Youth Bronze Medal in the 29er as the crew.

In 2013, at the age of 16, I moved to Auckland and have been sailing full time ever since. As the owner of a Foiling Moth, I have taught myself how to foil tack and gybe while gaining extensive knowledge in foiling, speed and aero dynamics.

When not out on the water in a boat, I am coaching those who are. I have coached young yachties in Optimists, P-Class, Starlings, Moth and 29ers around New Zealand.

FUTURE GOALS:

  • Red Bull Youth Americas Cup 2017
  • NZL Sailing Team 2017
  • Olympics 2020 – Top 3 in the world
  • Olympics 2024 – Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Team New Zealand sailor, competing in Americas Cup

JAMES WILSON

POSITION: CREW

AGE: 17

James is the youngest Foiling Squad member at just 17 years of age but has achieved outstanding success in his chose sport!  James has competed at two 29er World Championships and holds a Hobie 16 National Championship. James competed in the 2015 Australian 29er Nationals in Fremantle, placing 5th and then went on to compete in the Australian Youth Nationals where he placed 3rd. James also competed in the British 29er Nationals in 2015 placing 4th. James was selected to compete in the Red Bull Foiling generation in Auckland in 2016. Prior to this he was awarded the Yachting N.Z Youth Performance Award. James is currently a part of the RNZYS Youth Training Programme, and looking forward to travelling to Sydney to compete in the Harken Match Racing Champs followed by the Musto Cup Youth International Match Racing Regatta.

EMPLOYMENT | EDUCATION

Final year at Westlake Boys High School.

FUTURE GOALS

To compete in the 2017 Youth Americas Cup team and Volvo Ocean Race.

JOSH SALTHOUSE

POSITION: CREW

AGE: 23

Josh started sailing dinghies competitively at age 10 out of the Torbay Sailing Club, working his way through the various classes. He joined the RNZYS Youth Training Programme at age 20 and graduated after 1 year. From this he started match racing with 36 Below Racing which has taken him all over the world competing in a variety of events. These include competing in 4 World Match Race Tour events, winning the 2015 and 2016 NZ match racing titles, taking 1st in the Warren Jones Regatta 2015 and 2nd in the US Grand Slam Tour 2014. Josh has also clocked up over 25,000 nms off shore sailing, which include two Auckland to Fiji races.

EMPLOYMENT | EDUCATION

Currently working towards completing an apprenticeship with Angus Small Marine Electrical.

FUTURE GOALS

Short term: Be selected to represent the RNZYS Performance Programme in WMRT qualifier and the hopefully WMRT championship event.

Long term: I have always had the dream of being a part of and winning an America’s Cup campaign for a New Zealand team.

LOGAN DUNNING BECK

POSITION: SKIPPER

AGE: 23

Over the last few years in the 49er Logan has achieved several results including 1st at the 2016 Weymouth Sailing World Cup, after winning the 2015/16 sailing world cup Melbourne edition.

Prior to 49er sailing, Logan competed in three youth worlds, two in the 420 as both helm then crew, and the final youth worlds in the 29er. Logan started out at the mighty Wakatere boating club, situated at the sublime location that is the North Shore’s Narrowneck beach. Beginning in the Opti and moving onto the P-class and Starling, taking the Tanner cup and Starling nationals along the way, Logan’s passion for sailing and racing grew, leading him into the youth classes and then to the Olympic classes; of which the exhilaration and excitement of the 49er provided the most attraction. Logan has also managed to borrow an A class, with L boards set up for 3-point foiling, which is resulting in some spectacular thrills and spills.

Outside of sailing Logan is in the final stages of completing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Auckland, specialised toward composite design and manufacture.

EMPLOYMENT | EDUCATION

University of Auckland studying Mechanical Engineering

FUTURE GOALS

To compete at the Olympics in the 49er class and become involved in the Americas cup.

LUCA BROWN

POSITION: CREW

AGE: 23

Luca started sailing at just 10 years old at the Murrays Bay Sailing Club.  He competed in many Optimist regattas with a 3rd placing at the National Championships and was also selected

He competed in the dinghy classes with top 10 placings in National Championships for P Class, Starling and 420’s.

Recently he has been crewing on board the TP52 “Temptation”, Young 88’s and crewing on an 18 foot skiff.  He is also part of the domestic training squad in the 49er.

Luca’s other passion is rugby where he was an age group representative for North Harbour Rugby and Canterbury Rugby (South Island U18 and U20 championships) and the Crusaders pre-academy teams.

EMPLOYMENT | EDUCATION

Currently working at Lautrec Technology Group as a structural Engineer after graduating from Canterbury university with BE (Hons) in 2014.

FUTURE GOALS

American’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race.

TIM SNEDDEN

POSITION: CREW

AGE: 21

Tim started sailing at age 12 at the Sandspit Yacht club has spent the last 4 seasons racing in the Auckland skiff league and overseas, first in 12 foot skiffs as crew and skipper then as a bowman with a number of 18 foot skiff teams, most notably 2 seasons with the Aon racing team. He has also had the opportunity to sail 2 seasons on the SL33 Stratis a foiling cat in Auckland as well as a month training on the GC32 Marwin which culminated in winning the multihull division at the 2016 Auckland regatta. He recently placed second at the NZ match racing nationals as a trimmer.

EMPLOYMENT | EDUCATION

I am currently at AUT studying Engineering

FUTURE GOALS

Compete in the world match racing tour

Compete in the extreme sailing series

America’s cup

 

GRAEME SUTHERLAND

POSITION: PROGRAMME COORDINATOR/COACH

AGE: 32

STARTED SAILING:

Age 6 Kawau Bay

EMPLOYMENT| EDUCATION:

Responsible for the foiling squad as the overall coach and management of the program. Previous studies include a bachelor of business management with specific sports papers in coaching development, sports psychology & event management.

Previous employment as WMR Olympic coach, Ice Angels investment analyst & Self employed sailor/coach.

Current director/shareholder of Suthern Enterprises Ltd & NASCO Ltd.

BIO/CAREER HIGHLISGHTS: 

  • Teams Racing worlds Bronze medal
  • 2x Youth Match Racing International Champion
  • Melges32 Team Pinta
  • RC44 Team Oracle
  • Med Circuit Senso one (Mari Cha IV)
  • Team K-Challenge AC 07
  • NZ Open Sup Champ

FUTURE GOALS:

WMRT 36 below, Moth Worlds Garda, GC32 Circuit with RNZYS Foiling squad.

 

FOILING FAMILY

The aim of the Foiling Family is to raise enough funds to purchase two Nacra 20 foiling catamarans in order to establish a World Leading High Performance Foiling Programme.

LIST OF FOILING FAMILY MEMBERS

  1. McKeogh Family
  2. Gerald Flynn
  3. Andrew Aitken
  4.  Colin Carran
  5.  Past Commodore Andy Anderson
  6. Roy Dickson
  7. Neill Harris – Lighthouse
  8.  Simon Hull
  9. Dodson’s Japanese Parts World
  10. Yachting Developments
  11. Doyle sails
  12. Don Grayson
  13. AJ Reid
  14. Lucas Family
  15. Steve Mair
  16. Philip Hart
  17. Trevor Dunn
  18. John Sinclair
  19. Harken NZ
  20. Galbraith Family
  21. Saving Works
  22. Windowmakers
  23. Hopman Family
  24. Pork Chop Racing
  25. Matt Flynn
  26. Southern/Rig Pro
  27. ICEFIRE LTD
  28. Mulcahy Engineering
  29. David Nathan
  30. Dallas Bennett
  31. Beacon Marine
  32. Washtech
  33. Roger Pagani