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|Left to right: Jacqui Perillo, Katie Northfield, Andrew Pardington, Cherry Maclvor, Helen Henshaw|
Team members include four of the five members of an all-female team who raced as Team Patiko in the Stewart 34 National Championships, the first all-female entry in 50 years of the class’ history. Facing a large fleet of all-male and mixed crews, they managed to get 3rd on Line and 1st on Handicap in the non-spinnaker fleet, and were subsequently awarded a trophy for the Most Improved Team. Skipper Cherry Maclvor holds a Yacht Skipper’s ticket and has logged many ocean miles. Crew members Helen Henshaw and Jacqui Perillo are both yacht owners in their own right. And Trimmer Katie Northfield has crewed on a previously Coastal Classic bid. When no Stewart 34 became available, WYRNZ picked up the team for its WYRNZ Team Challenge. Two spaces on the team remain to be filled and WYRNZ encourages interested yacht racing women with at least some experience to contact WYRNZ at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WYRNZ is actively seeking additional financial partners to help with its administering of the all-female WYRNZ Team Challenge and asks that you contact them at email@example.com to discuss mutually beneficial arrangements. Mexicali Fresh Restaurants are already on board as the team’s Provisioning Partner.
Women’s Yacht Racing New Zealand was announced in June of this year to foster opportunities for female yacht racing across New Zealand/Aotearoa. By sponsoring the all-female WYRNZ Team Challenge, it hopes to raise the visibility of women’s yacht racing and draw attention to the challenges women yacht racers face. Access to yachts and sponsorship funds will enable women to gain more experience in senior roles such as skippering and race yacht handling.
Members of the public may access more information about the WYRNZ Team Challenge through its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/womensyachtracingnewzealand) and PIC Insurance Brokers Coastal Classic social media sites.