Letter from the Commodore

Posted by David Stanton on 07/07/2018 :: News Category Commodore Letters

Letter from the Commodore name


-- EST 1958 --


7th July 2018



MBSC Prizegiving 2018



Hello Members & Friends of the Club,

As we all now sit with fires roaring and hot chocolates flowing, the summer sailing season seems a distant memory. Looking back on our post-Christmas season we have certainly had a very busy summer at the club. Although our sailors are now embracing the different disciplines of winter sport the club continues to be a hub of activity, as our sailors prepare for the up and coming events & pending international regattas.

The sailing season has flown by with the club activity bursting at the seams with young new faces & families joining our LTS programs, numerous regattas held at the club and nearly all classes travelling up and down the country towing boats and ribs to either National class events or ranking regattas. Earlier in the year Connor, our new Opti coach joined the team to support our junior sailors and classes and now shares the residence with our Club Manager Peter.

Both our full-time coaches now support their skill set across numerous classes as the club saw significant growth in our youth classes including the Starling, 420 and Laser.  With multiple pathway options on offer for our sailors, we have seen a steady growth of our youth classes as they move out of the Optimist class.

The activities and achievements from our sailors across junior, youth and senior over this last season were impressive. If you have been following our FB page you would have seen the highlights with numerous world titles & podium finishes representing MB across many classes.

At our recent Prize Giving for club racing during the 2017-2018 season - coaching awards, club racing presentations, performance prizes and overall prestige trophies were all presented.

It was impressive to see our MB sailors celebrate and reflect their achievements on the World Stage.  Congratulations to all our nominations and champions. It was also impressive to see each success with all our sailors at all levels achieve personal best over the course of the year and all demonstrating great sportsmanship and their pure love for sailing.

Our Prestigious awards acknowledged our very successful international sailors, including Alex Maloney in the 49erFX with her outstanding results - World Cup Hyeres 1st, Enoshima Olympic Week Oct 07 1st, Sail Sydney 1st, Worlds 2017 Portugal 3rd

MB Yachtswoman of the Year was awarded to our very own ETNZ Designer & WASZP Female National Champ Elise Beavis.

MB Yachtsman of the year awarded to Jackson Keon – 29er World Champion, Hong Kong.

Special mention to our additional world champions including, Josh Armit - Under 17 Laser Radial Youth. Josh was also a finalist for emerging talent at the Halberg Awards.  Brianna & Courtney Reynolds-Smith became Under 20 470 World Champs at the 470 Worlds in Japan.

The club was also very proud to acknowledge our National Champions for this year in 14 different classes – an outstanding achievement.

These included:

P Class - Tauranga Cup

Seb Menzies

Starling Match racing

Thomas Mulcahy


Seb Menzies/Blake McGlashan


Daniel Wilcox

470 Female

Courtney Reynolds-Smith, Brianna Reynolds-Smith


Oscar Gunn (with Logan Dunning Beck)


Erica Dawson (with Thomas Saunders)

Nacra 17 Gemma Jones (with Jason Saunders)

Laser Radial Overall & Youth

Josh Armit

Laser Radial Open

Scott Leith

Laser Radial Women

Susannah Pyatt

29ER Female

Sophia Fyfe (with Alice Haslett)

WASZP Female

Elise Beavis

Open Teams Racing

Josh Berry


Equally impressive is the NZ youth selection for both pre-& post-Christmas.



 420 Female

Annabel Cave with Xanthe Copeland

 420 Male

James Barnett, Sam Street

 Nacra 15

Greta Stewart/Henry Haslett

Laser Radial Female

Annabelle Rennie-Younger

Laser Radial Male

Josh Armit



 420 Male

Seb Menzies, Blake McGlashan

 Nacra 15

Tom Fyfe, Greta Stewart

29er Female

Sophia Fyfe

Laser Radial Female            
Samantha Stock

Laser Radial Male

Josh Armit

The Youth Foundation Team leaves on Tuesday for Corpus Christi, Texas - with a large presence of MBSC sailors.


It was also exciting to acknowledge our 10 x Open Optimist sailors selected for the NZIODA NZL traveling teams. We wish them well in their International IODA regatta’s over these next months.




Opti Worlds Team

Mason Mulcahy

Opti Europeans Team

George Pilkington, Lucas Day & Naiomi Ferrissey

Opti North American Team

Lucy Leith

Opti Asian Team

Tom Pilkington, Jasper Camenzind, Hermione Aris

Opti Girls Development Squad

Hermione Aris, Lucy Leith

Opti Noumea Development Squad

Joe Leith

Qualified for Opti Girls & Asians

Kayla Abbott


Lastly, I would particularly like to thank Leonard Takahashi who joined us as our special guest at our prize giving. Len provided us all with an interesting insight to his 49er Olympic campaign for Japan and the Match Racing World Circuit. As we all talk about pathways – it become very clear that there are so many opportunities for your sailors to take part in, there is no one way. Sailing is a sport that enables you to take part at all levels, on all boats and at whatever age.

For the full prizegiving list– please refer to the results page.

Finally, as we finalise details for the pending AGM on the 8th August we will also be launching our newsfeed bulletins to keep you up to date with all the activity at the club and more in the up and coming weeks.


Happy Sailing

Jane Pilkington



Upcoming Events



Meeting Date:  Wednesday 8th August 2018

Time:  7.00pm AGM starts

Venue:  Commodores Lounge, Level 1, 511 Beach Road, Murrays Bay.


As part of this event, we will also mark the recent passing of our Patron, Mr David Charlesworth.

A man who gave a great deal to many areas of life, and in particular to MBSC.