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Bucklands Beach Yacht Club

In our regular focus on the regions, the regional support officers provide an update on what is happening in clubland.

It was a pleasure to be invited along to the Bucklands Beach Yacht Club's prizegiving on July 25.

This was the annual prizegiving for juniors in the centreboard side of the club to receive their learn to sail certificates and also for the more experienced juniors who won trophies across the various classes from club racing over the season.

The highlight for me was the engagement that BBYC have formed with the wider Asian community in the area, and this was seen in the large number of children graduating from LTS from the Asian community.

A key driver in this has been the appointment of Wayne Huang onto the BBYC board as rear commodore. Wayne has been instrumental in reaching out to the community and revitalised the number of kids coming into the sport through the club.

Another of the club's rear commodores, Dave Helg, was MC for the prizegiving and also talked about some of his experiences from being a parent to his son Nicholas Drummond, who is a very successful junior sailor at the club.

Nicholas then went on to talk about his experiences along his sailing pathway and how he has made friends all around the world when representing New Zealand in both the Optimist and RS Feva classes.

It was also great to speak to Bruce Kendall (two-time Olympic medallist and Howick local board member) at the prizegiving, and to hear how BBYC are wanting to develop the Grangers Point facilities and adjourning beach into a community ocean sport and marine education facility. See the story published in the Times Online in March 2020.

Thanks to newly-appointed commodore Sara Poore and the BBYC team for their hospitality and for inviting me along. We look forward to supporting BBYC in the future with all their great plans and initiatives.

- Ian Darby

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