I feel very fortunate to have been invited to join the Youth Training Program at Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.
The YTP (Youth Training Program) is New Zealand’s leading keelboat training programme and has been leading the way in training young sailors under 23 yrs of age since 1987. Training is held in the Squadron’s fleet of ten Elliott 7m purpose built keelboats. Crews of four are selected for helm, main, trimmer and bow positions for the season. In the past 29 years the Youth Training Programme has graduated over 460 young sailors with many of them going onto leading positions in the world of competitive sailing. Graduates continue to achieve outstanding results in the Volvo Ocean Race, America’s Cup and World Match Racing Tour.
This represents the next step in my journey towards the world of professional sailing and provides the best opportunity for me to develop my skills. I have also been fortunate in gaining employment at Doyle Sails Auckland, which will allow me to further add to my sailing resume while providing the flexibility and time off to train and compete - the perfect combination.
This is a very big step on top of the Red Bull Foiling Generation World Series and I approach this next phase of my sailing with enthusiasm and a little trepidation. I've deferred my tertiary studies for twelve months to pursue my dream and we'll see where it takes me. When I decided to take this journey I always held ambitions that anything is possible if you work hard. apply yourself and take advantage of all and any opportunities that may come your way. What I certainly didn't anticipate is the speed at which it has all happened!
I feel that so many people have joined me on my journey and I look forward to continuing this adventure with you all. I'm flying out of Melbourne for Auckland on Saturday 17th February so if I don't get the chance to see you all before I leave then wish me luck. As always, thank you all for your continued support. Kia Ora!