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Not just to celebrate high performance on the water

Emily Overend and Harry Edwards from the Queen Charlotte Yacht Club with Matt Steven from North Sails New Zealand.  📸 Yachting NZ

North Sails was the sponsor of the new Sportsmanship Award, which sales and marketing manager Andrew Wills said was just as important as recognising those sailors who have had big wins this year.

“We were proud to sponsor this new award, as it recognises a key value in competitive sailing,” Wills says. “This special award goes beyond performance to acknowledge fairness and generosity in the sport, which is every bit important as achieving a good result on the water. As the great Paul Elvström said, ‘”You haven’t won the race, if in winning the race you have lost the respect of your competitors.”

The inaugural recipients of the sportsmanship award were young sailors Emily Overend (16) and 14-year-old Harry Edwards, from the Queen Charlotte Yacht Club. Sailing a Nacra 15 at the Oceanbridge regatta in Auckland in February, the crew gave up their own boat after the leading sailors, Jack Honey and Helena Sanderson from the Bay of Islands Yacht Club, were involved in a major collision. Overend and Edwards loaned their boat to Honey and Sanderson so they could complete the regatta, and sailed the damaged boat back to the beach.

After the swap, the Bay of Islands duo won their final two races, to clinch the title and book themselves a place at the Youth Worlds. While some other competitors protested the move, they were unsuccessful, and the result stood.

Other sailors using North Sails were also honoured at the awards, including Orbit World Travel Sailor of the Year Dan Slater and the Volvo Young Sailors of the Year, Seb Menzies and Blake McGlashan. Menzies and McGlashan won the boy’s 420 division at the 2019 youth sailing world championships and came second at the open 420 worlds. Former Olympian Slater started the year by winning the OK Dinghy world championships in Auckland, then was tactician for the team that won the 12 Metre world championships in England and came second at the 8 Metre world champs.

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