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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

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 completed in 4th seasons, the final 3 as helm. During these 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, 3rdHardy Cup (Sydney), 2nd Warren Jones Under 25 Regatta (Perth), and 1st in both RNZYS Nespresso Youth International and Centerport Regattas in 2016. In 2017 George placed 4th in the Warren Jones regatta qualifying for the WMRT Perth Match Cup where he placed 3rd qualifying for the WMRT Australia Cup also held in Perth. These results have boosted George to an impressive World Sailing ranking inside the top 35 and he hopes to improve this and go onto more 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.

George has also a member of the NZ EXTREME Sailing Team competing on the Extreme Sailing Series for 2017.

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.

TIM SNEDDEN

AGE: 21

Tim started sailing at the Sandspit yacht club when he was 11, he competed on the high school sailing team at Mahurangi college before moving onto the 12 and then the 18 foot skiffs, competeing in various overseas regattas.

Tim joined the RNZYS performance programme when it started in 2016 and subsequently had the opportunity to compete in a number of youth match racing events in Australia. He also was lucky enough to compete in the Sydney extreme  sailing series event as well as qualify for the world match racing tour event in Perth. All alongside fellow performnace programme sailors.

EMPLOYMENT | EDUCATION

I am currently at AUT studying Engineering

FUTURE GOALS

Tim is looking forward to competing in more youth events with the Performance Programme as well as trying to qualify for further WMRT events.

Long term Tim wants to compete in the Extreme Sailing series with an eye to be competing in the America’s Cup.

PERON PEARSE

AGE:  21

Peron started sailing Mirror Dinghies in Western Australia, then progressing through Lasers, Cherubs and finally 2 seasons in Moths. After finishing school, he moved to NZ and spent 2 years in the Youth Training Programme. During this time travelling to regattas such as Musto, Harken and Hardy in Sydney and both China Cup and Warren Jones regatta, all events as a bowman. Peron has also participated in national events such as the Red Bull Foiling Generation, Y88 nationals and NZ Keelboat nationals. He is also currently sailing 18ft skiffs in Auckland and hoping to Campaign his own 18ft skiff team in the next year.

EMPLOYMENT | EDUCATION

I am currently studying a BSc in Geophysics and Marine Science at Auckland University.

FUTURE GOALS

Volvo Ocean Race is a big goal for me, also on the list are the Extreme Series and the World Match racing Tour.

 

DAVID HAZARD

AGE: 25

David had his first taste of sailing at age 9 in the opitmist class and there was no going back from there. He moved up through the dingy classes and competed in multiple world championship events, including representing NZ at the ISAF Youth Worlds in the catamaran class placing 7th. David was captain of Mahurangi College sailing team, in his final year, which placed in the top 4 at the nationals for all 5 years he was in the team.

David joined the RNZYS Youth Programme after finishing school as skipper for three years, he competed in under 21 match racing events in New Zealand, Australia and the States. His top achievements are winning Centreport International Youth Regatta (WLG), back to back wins at the Harken Youth International Match Champs (SYD), 2nd and 3rd at Governor’s Cup in consecutive years.

Over the last few years David has done a variety of sailing including 18ft skiff season with Aon, sailing with Marwin GC32 team, Tactics on Mayhem TP52 and Skippering Skitzo Y88 with 2nd at 2 nationals and winning the sprint series last season.

EMPLOYMENT | EDUCATION

BE (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, The University of Auckland (2015)

2.5 years work experience in manufacturing industry as a design engineer, recently at KZ Marine.

FUTURE GOALS

  • Win the World Match Racing Tour
  • Compete in the Extreme Sailing Series
  • Win the Americas Cup

 

CONNOR MASHLAN

AGE: 

 

EMPLOYMENT | EDUCATION

 

FUTURE GOALS

 

 

AARON HUME-MERRY

AGE: 27

Over the past 22 years Aaron has raced on 15 different classes of yacht and competed for numerous national and international titles most recently in the 49er skiff. Beginning in the Opti in Wellington, his successes through the junior classes had him identified by YNZ and recognised by High Performance Sport NZ as he approached the youth classes, where he was then selected to race the Laser for NZ in Canada, taking out the gold medal in the CORK youth regatta.  Aaron has coached a number of NZ’s best youth sailors and managed the coaching program that lead to one of the most successful years in junior sailing for MBSC.  His introduction to foiling cat sailing was fast-tracked with the opportunity to join the NZ SL33 team Stratis in 2016 paving the way for new opportunities in his sailing career.  Other successes include 1st in the 2017 NZ Keelboat Nationals, 1st at Sail Auckland 2011 (49er), 5th at Sail Sydney (49er) and 3rd at the Auckland Laser Champs.  His successes off the water include multiple top results in cycling including an 18th place at the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, out of over 3500 competitors, testament to his natural athleticism and impressive work rate.

EMPLOYMENT | EDUCATION

 

FUTURE GOALS

I’ve always dreamed of racing around the world, so the Volvo Ocean Race is a pinnacle goal I’m working towards.  In the short term, I’m aiming to race for NZ in my first Extreme Sailing Series event and take part in the Sydney to Hobart race in 2017/2018.

JOSH WIJOHN

AGE:  19

Iwi Tūhoe/Te Rarawa

After being awarded the Abu Dhabi seamanship award in 2016, Josh graduated from 4 years in the RNZYS Youth Training Program (YTP). Proving himself as a versatile crew member Josh did a year as a bowman, a year as a trimmer and two years as a helmsman in the YTP.

The season prior to graduating from the YTP Josh competed internationally as a bowman and a trimmer winning Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Championship (RNZYS), Centerport Youth International Match Racing Championship (RPNYC) and New Zealand Youth Match Racing Champs (RPNYC).

After Leaving the YTP and taking a short break from sailing to work in Tauranga on the CQS build, where he expanded his skillset to include splicing and carbon fiber construction, which has proven useful on the Nacra 20’s. Josh returned to Auckland for the summer and got back involved in the Auckland Keel Boat scene winning;

  • White Island Race (PHRF) on Akatea as a Trimmer/Helmsman
  • Jack Tar Auckland Regatta (PHRF, Line, General) on Young Guns as a Trimmer/Tactician
  • Young 88 Nationals on Slipstream as a Bowman
  • Stewart 34 Sprints on Playbuoy as a Bowman
  • NZ Keelboat Nationals with RNZYS Performance program as a Bowman

Josh also sails with Will Boulden from Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Perth. They recently came second in Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Champs and 4th in The Swan River Match Cup. Despite not qualifying with Boulden Josh was offered a spot on the traveler with George Anyon and the Performance Program for Perth Match Cup (WMRT).

EMPLOYMENT | EDUCATION

 

FUTURE GOALS

Josh would like to manage his own professional sailing teams and win the Volvo ocean race and the World Match Racing Tour.

NICK EGNOT-JOHNSON

AGE: 18

Nick Egnot-Johnson started sailing at the age of 10 at Murrays Bay Sailing Club. He sailed 5 years in the Optimist class competing in a variety of national and international regattas. He then went on to win the Starling Nationals in 2014. Following this Nick campaigned in the 29er class with Jackson Keon. Together collecting the following results; 7th Australian Nationals, 1st UK 29er Nationals, 7th 29er Worlds, 1st Yachting New Zealand Youth Trials and finally 2nd at the Youth World Championships in 2016. Nick then began campaigning actively in the 49er Olympic class with crew Jack Rogers. At their first international event, they managed to finish 9th at the Sailing World Cup Final in Melbourne.

EMPLOYMENT | EDUCATION

Nick is currently at Massey University studying construction management.

Nick coaches New Zealand 29ers part time.

FUTURE GOALS

  • Compete in the youth match racing worlds
  • Compete in the world match racing tour
  • Compete in the extreme sailing series
  • Compete in the Americas Cup

TAYLOR BALOGH

AGE:  19

Taylor learnt to sail at age 10 at Naval Point Club Lyttelton. He made his way through the dingy ranks in Opti P starling and then into the 420. The 420 is where Taylor gained most of his Passion and sailing experience, competing domestically and internationally representing NZ. he competed in 3x open 420 worlds and went to the 2015 Youth worlds in the 420.

In 2016 Taylor tried a few classes of boats.He sailed the olympic class 470 at the melbourne world cup final. He also got a taste of keel boat sailing on the TP52s. His main highlight of 2016 was competing in the Red Bull foiling generation which lead him to his first under 25 national title at the start of 2017 in the A class.

EMPLOYMENT | EDUCATION

Apprentice Sailmaker At Doyle Sails New Zealand

FUTURE GOALS

  • Youth match racing worlds team 2017
  • Be a contender at the 2018 A class worlds
  • Red Bull foiling generation World final 2018
  • Volvo Ocean race
  • GC32 Extreme Series
  • Match racing world series

 

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 HIGHLIGHTS: 

  • 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