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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

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.

LEONARD TAKAHASHI-FRY

POSITION: SKIPPER

AGE: 

 

EMPLOYMENT | EDUCATION

 

FUTURE GOALS

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