Stewart 34 Skipper Mark Bond Wins Yachting NZ High Performance Award

Congratulations to Mark Bond, who has won the prestigiousYachting New Zealand High Performance award after winning the Stewart 34 Championship Series last summer.


Mark (left), pictured with Peter Lester, former High Performance Manager at Yachting New Zealand, during last year’s Prizegiving Ceremony.

The full list of winners below reads like a who’s who of world class sailing.

Yachting New Zealand Performance Awards

Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie – 2014 Women’s 470 World Championship Silver medallists
(RNZYS, Takapuna Boating Club)
Mark Bond – Winner of the Stewart 34 Championships
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke – 2014 49er World and European Champions
(Tauranga Yacht & Powerboat Club, Kerikeri Cruising Club)
Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders – 2014 Nacra World Championships 5th place
(Murrays Bay Sailing Club, Tauranga Yacht & Powerboat Club)
Josh Junior- 2014 Finn World Championships 5th place
(Worser Bay Boating Club)
Scott Leith – 2013 World Apprentice Master Laser Champion
(Murrays Bay Sailing Club)
Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech – Consistent podium finishes in the 49erFX class
(Murrays Bay Sailing Club, Tauranga Yacht & Powerboat Club)
Sam Meech – 2014 Laser World Championship 9th place
(Tauranga Yacht & Powerboat Club)
Andrew Murdoch – 2014 Finn World Championships 6th place
(Kerikeri Cruising Club)
Waka Racing – Winners of the 2013 Monsoon Cup and 3rd overall in the 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour
(RNZYS – Phil Robertson, Nick Catley, Garth Ellingham, James Willliamson and Adam Martin)

Well done Mark!


Mahurangi Regatta


One of the highlights of the summer calendar and for most of us the end of the cruising season is the regatta held by the Mahurangi cruising club over anniversary weekend. Patronised by the Auckland Classic fleet including well over 100 race entries from all the Auckland Clubs, and at least that again of cruising boats, it’s a celebration of sail and a fantastic chance to see a huge variety of crack racing boats from the 1800’s onwards, and did we mention the party on Saturday night? Most clubs run a Friday evening race to Mahurangi harbour and this Friday was the best in years with a forecast for 10-15 kts from the south.


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The ‘Round Rangitoto Race, Saturday January 18

The Rangitoto Cruising Race followed on from the success last year of the Stewart 34 ‘s “Old Fox” cruising race and Summer get together which is primarily aimed and getting cruisers involved with the class. Geoff from Panacea kindly offered his family’s batch at Rangitoto to the Stewart 34 Association so we could have a BBQ and prize giving event after a casual race.

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Auckland Waterfront Heritage Festival

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A good line up of Stewart 34s in the Viaduct on the first weekend of October.

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The show was part of the Auckland Waterfront Heritage Festival and acknowledged the contributions of Bob Stewart and Jack Brooke to Auckland yachting.

A few yarns were spun by past S34 crews who just ‘happened to be passing.’