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Auckland to Musket Cove (Fiji) Ocean Race 2013

Teenagers Edwin Delaat & Cory McLennan take on ocean challange.

Auckland to Musket Cove (Fiji) Ocean Race 2011
Link to RNZYS Musket Cove
10 May 2013

The two teenagers have teamed up to take on the tough challenge going two up in the Royal New Zealand Auckland Musket Cove, Fiji Ocean Race starting on 1 June 2013. Edwin at 16 years is the more weathered experienced ocean sailer with a number of ocean and coastal races under his belt. Cory at 18 years is the confident and proud owner of the Colson designed "Atom Ant" The two have worked endlessly on the Atom Ant to have her ready for the Ocean Race to comply with the required CAT 1

Recently the two completed their 250 nautical miles plotted qualifier in less then pleasant conditions. Going two handed is all but easy, but the drive, determination and experience and qualifications between the two teenagers is convincing and should make them competent in their plight.

Cory has Boatmasters, MROC Certificate, Sea Survival Certificate. Cory is an apprentice sailmaker.

Edwin has Boatmasters, NZ GPS Operater Certificate, VHF Marine Radio Operator License, MROC Maritime Restricted Operator Certificate, Day Skipper Certificate, Advanced Sea Survival Certificate, Coastal Marine Medic and Offshore Marine Medic and just recently passed his PISC Proficiency in Survival Craft. Edwin Delaat has started his 4th year with the Youth Training Program at Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and is in his first year of studies of Nautical Science at the New Zealand Maritime School.

Being the smallest yacht in the 1,150 nm race they hope to get to Musket Cove, Fiji in reasonable time.

Follow the race progress report on www.edwinsail.com

Scheduled race:

Start: 1 June 2013

Photo: Edwin Delaat & Cory McLennan Google Map: Auckland, NZ to Musket Cove, Fiji Photo: Atom Ant
Edwin Delaat & Cory McLennan Google Map:
Auckland to Musket Cove, Fiji
Atom Ant




Edwin Delaat on Akatea to Australia

27 November 2012

Edwin Delaat has left New Zealand for the delivery of Akatea to Sydney, Australia.

Akatea is entered to compete in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012. Edwin again will be part of the delivery crew from Hobart back to Auckland in January 2013.
 
camera icon For more photos: see Photo Gallery 2012: Edwin Delaat on Akatea to Australia

Edwin Delaat in Akatea Crew photo   Edwin Delaat in Akatea Crew photo
Edwin Delaat in Akatea Crew photo.
 
  Edwin Delaat in Akatea Crew photo



2012 NZMYC Coastal Classic     
Auckland to Russell Yacht Race

 
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20 October 2012

The Coastal Classic 2012 was a big boat race. All the elements turned against the little Farr 727 Crac-A-Jac and her young crew. At the start she was battling against the tide, then the wind went up as the race went on. They had gusts up to 45 knots. For two-and-a-half to three hours near the Hen and Chicks Crac-A-Jac battled huge seas with the rudder repeatedly coming out of the water having wipe-out after wipe-out.

Once the wind dropped a bit Crac-A-Jac went nicely until Cape Brett where as usual the wind dropped to zero after midnight, for about eight hours, while meanwhile the tide had started to go out again pushing the boat back. Edwin and Laura were prepared to sit it out in the cold early hours of the morning. Neither of the teenagers wanted to quit and fought the elements to succeed in completing the race. Experience and local knowledge led them to believe they could pull it off, waiting for the window of opportunity, taking advantage of the local tidal streams once the tide turned and a slowly strengthening morning breeze that came back up. Then it was all hands on deck with many sail changes and picking out the strongest tidal streams did they progress into the bay finishing under spinnaker.

As predicted they had a slow ride and managed to finish at 11:43:36 just within the cut-off time of 12:00 midday

After almost 26 hours racing Edwin and Laura were both shattered. They moored the boat, went to have something to eat, and crashed to be fit to attend prizegiving in support of the participating boats and the organising committee. Congratulations to all.

Edwin Delaat, Laura Dekker and Crac-A-Jac on ONE Sport - 19 October 2012   Crac-A-Jac crossing the Finish Line on Saturday at 11:43:36
Edwin Delaat, Laura Dekker and Crac-A-Jac on ONE Sport
Click here for the One Sport news clip
  Crac-A-Jac crossing the Finish Line on
Saturday at 11:43:36
photo: www.coastalclassic.co.nz
 
Update - 22 October 2012

Crac-A-Jac is safely back in Auckland.
 
Laura Dekker and Edwin Delaat enjoyed the great kite ride on the return trip from Russell to Auckland.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Photo, right: Yachtyakka having a talk to Laura Dekker and Edwin Delaat before the return trip from Russell to Auckland.
 
  Yachtyakka having a talk to Laura Dekker and Edwin Delaat before the return trip from Russell to Auckland.




Edwin Delaat welcomes Laura Dekker to New Zealand

2 September 2012

Congratulations and all the best to you Laura!

Laura Dekker arrived today in Whangarei, New Zealand. It took about 3 weeks since her last stop in Tahiti. Edwin Delaat welcomed the 16 year old who earlier this year became the world's youngest solo round the world sailor.

Edwin Delaat and Laura Dekker at Marsden Cove near Whangarei, NZ.   Edwin Delaat, Laura Dekker and Bruno - enjoying a good New Zealand meal after the long trip
Edwin Delaat and Laura Dekker at Marsden Cove near Whangarei, NZ.
 
  Edwin Delaat, Laura Dekker and Bruno
enjoying a good New Zealand meal after the long trip



Edwin Delaat meets Olympic Sailors

18 August 2012

Edwin Delaat met up with Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, New Zealand's silver medalists in the 49er at the 2012 Olympic Regatta.

Congratulations to you both!

Blair Tuke, Edwin Delaat and Peter Burling
Blair Tuke, Edwin Delaat and Peter Burling
 



Training with New Zealand Womens Match Racing Team for London Olympics 2012

9 July 2012

The last training sessions for Edwin Delaat, Josh Junior and James Sandall who have been sparring with the New Zealand Womens Match Racing Team to help Jenna Hansen, Stephanie Hazard and Susannah Pyatt prepare for the London Olympics 2012.
 
camera icon For more photos: see Photo Gallery 2012: Olympic training

Training in the Elliot 6   Photo: Edwin Delaat with the New Zealand Olympic Women's Match Racing Team
Training in the Elliot 6   Edwin Delaat with the New Zealand Olympic Women's Match Racing Team




Sail Noumea 2012    

Auckland, NZ to Noumea, New Caledonia Cercle Nautique CaledonienRoyal Akarana Yacht ClubRoyal Queensland Yacht Squadron
2-12 June 2012

The Auckland to Noumea Yacht Race went from one extreme to the next on-board Starlight Express. We started the race in less than 5 knots, this was for the most of the first 48 hours of the race. For the next 12 – 24 hours we had perfect sailing conditions before the wind filled in on the third evening where we found ourselves in 50 – 60 knots with 8 – 10 meter seas. We were powering along nicely at around 10 – 11 knots.
That evening it calmed down a bit (the wind did but the seas were still horrible) so we shook the second reef out but at approximately 4am on the fourth day we were again in “only” 40 knots of wind and in the process of getting the second reef in, the mainsail ripped because we couldn’t get it down so it had been ragging for a while. As the sun came up we saw why it had been jammed, as the mast track had ripped out where the head car sits while in the second reef position. While soldiering on with just a jib we made the call to sail home.
We were averaging 15 knots under gennaker alone when we received a panpan call from Icebreaker and we were requested to escort them to Norfolk Island. At 5pm the day after Icebreaker's panpan we arrived at Norfolk Island where we spent 14 hours exploring and freshening up before we headed back home to Auckland.

Replay the race with , click here…
Photo: Edwin Delaat on Starlight Express.
Edwin Delaat
on Starlight Express

Edwin Delaat at the helm Starlight Express at Norfolk Island   Photo: Crac-A-Jac skipper Edwin Delaat and Steve Alloway winners of the Rocky Bay Regatta Trophy 2012
Edwin Delaat at the helm Starlight Express at Norfolk,
screenshot
  Starlight Express' Crew on Norfolk Island



Dutch Olympic Womens Match Racing Team 2012

23 Februari 2012

The Dutch Olympic Womens Match Racing Team 2012 Renée Groeneveld, Annemieke Bes and Marcelien Bos-de Koning were in New Zealand to train together with the New Zealand Olympic Womens Match Racing Team 2012 Jenna Hansen, Stephanie Hazard and Susannah Pyatt and the team formed by Edwin Delaat, Josh Junior and James Sandall.
On their day off Edwin invited the Dutch team for a lunch barbecue followed by a "tiki tour" through the Waitakere Ranges to Piha.

Photo: Marcelien Bos-de Koning, Annemieke Bes, Edwin Delaat and Renee Groeneveld enjoyed a New Zealand style barbecue lunch   Photo: Followed by a "tiki" tour through the Waitakere Ranges to Piha
Marcelien Bos-de Koning, Annemieke Bes,
Edwin Delaat and Renee Groeneveld
enjoyed a New Zealand style barbecue lunch
  Followed by a "tiki tour" through the
Waitakere Ranges to Piha




Oceanbridge Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta 2012

30 January 2012

Crac-A-Jac wins 1st on handicap in the Waitamata Harbour Division 5 Keelers

update 11 March 2012

Crac-A-Jac skipper Edwin Delaat receives the Rita Cup for the second year in succession at the Prize Giving in Auckland's Town Hall.

Crac-A-Jac under spinnaker passing the finish line - another win!   Photo: Crac-A-Jac skipper Edwin Delaat receives the Rita Cup - 11 March 2012
Crac-A-Jac under spinnaker passing the Finish Line.
30 January 2012
  Crac-A-Jac skipper Edwin Delaat receives the Rita Cup.
11 March 2012




Rocky Bay Regatta 2012

3 January 2012

Farr 727 Crac-A-Jac wins Rocky Bay Regatta 2012. Owner/skipper Edwin Delaat Crac-A-Jac won this year 1st on General handicap against very stiff local competition. Crossing the line in 3rd just behind the much larger Stewart 34 Panui and Young 88 Red Rum and ahead of Alberty a Davidson 35. This feisty little Farr 727 at just 20ft on the water line won convincingly, backing up her 1st on line at the same regatta in 2011. Edwin Delaat proudly holds both trophies.

camera icon For larger photos: see Photo Gallery: Rocky Bay Regatta 2012
or watch their comments on YouTube: Crac-A-Jac wins Rocky Bay Regatta 2012 (30 sec)

Photo: Crac-A-Jac sailed by skipper Edwin Delaat and Steve Alloway   Photo: Crac-A-Jac skipper Edwin Delaat and Steve Alloway winners of the Rocky Bay Regatta Trophy 2012
Crac-A-Jac sailed by
skipper Edwin Delaat and Steve Alloway
  Crac-A-Jac skipper Edwin Delaat and Steve Alloway



2011 NZMYC Coastal Classic

Crac-A-Jac's fastest Coastal Classic

22 October 2011


 
Coastal Classic Logo - Go to: Coastal Classic home page
Crac-A-Jac with Edwin Delaat and Steve Alloway rounding North Head

15 year old skipper Edwin Delaat successfully finished the 2011 NZMYC Classic two handed this year with a new record for Crac-A-Jac.

Edwin Delaat skippered Crac-A-Jac with crew member Steve Alloway (Yachtyakka) to her fastest race ever to Russell. By finishing after 20:41:03 hours at 07:01:03 on Saturday morning they improved on her previous record by 1 hour 11 minutes and 20 seconds.

The smallest boat in the fleet came 3rd in it's two-handed division. Being the smallest won them the Winner of the Cockleshell Hero Trophy, which was not awarded this year.

Crac-A-Jac with Edwin Delaat and Steve Alloway rounding North Head   Crac-A-Jac, smallest boat in the fleet
Crac-A-Jac rounding North Head
Photo: www.coastalclassic.co.nz
  Crac-A-Jac, smallest boat in the fleet
Photo: www.coastalclassic.co.nz



Crac-A-Jac's keel overhaul 2011

Auckland, July-September 2011

camera icon For more photos: see Photo Gallery: Crac-A-Jac's keel overhaul 2011

Photo: Crac-A-Jac revamped   Photo: Crac-A-Jac's keel and rudder in need of an overhaul
September 2011:
Crac-A-Jac revamped
  July 2011:
Crac-A-Jac's keel and rudder were in need of an overhaul



Edwin Delaat features on KiwiSport
"Chris [Wilcock] sets sail with young yachtie Edwin de Laat."

 

KiwiSport LogoEdwin features 8:50 min
into the programme.
9 and 10 July 2011

Edwin Delaat was filmed and interviewed in April before the start of the Auckland to Tauranga race.

Click here to see the programme
(now available through Video on Demand, KiwiSport, Season 1, Episode 15).


Photo: Crac-A-Jac Skipper Edwin Delaat on KiwiSport Photo: Crac-A-Jac Skipper Edwin Delaat being interviewed for KiwiSport
Crac-A-Jac skipper Edwin Delaat on KiwiSport Crac-A-Jac skipper Edwin Delaat
being interviewed for KiwiSport




Auckland to Musket Cove (Fiji) Ocean Race 2011

Update, 12 June 2011

After a long race Edwin Delaat on Outrageous Fortune arrived in Fiji on 12 June 19:29 (7:29pm) 6hrs 17min ahead of rival Notorious.

Photo: Edwin Delaat at the helm of Outrageous Fortune.
Edwin Delaat at the helm of Outrageous Fortune.
Photo: Edwin Delaat all smiles at arrival in Fiji.
Edwin Delaat all smiles
at arrival in Fiji.
Photo: Edwin Delaat and Outrageous Fortune skipper Quintin Fowler at the prizegiving.
Edwin Delaat and Outrageous Fortune skipper
Quintin Fowler at the prizegiving.

Update, 5 June 2011

Edwin Delaat has departed for Fiji.

Photo: Edwin Delaat and crew on Outrageous Fortune.
Edwin Delaat and crew on Outrageous Fortune.
Photo: The fleet is off to Fiji.
The fleet is off to Fiji.

Auckland, 4 June 2011

Edwin Delaat has to wait another day before he can depart for Fiji.

The Auckland to Musket Cove Ocean Race 2011 has been delayed for 24 hours - due to heavy weather conditions in Auckland. Further north along the coast wind-gusts of over 80 knots (150km/h) have been recorded. The new start time is 5 June 2011 12:00.


Photo: Edwin Delaat with his passport ready on Outrageous Fortune poised to leave for Fiji.
Edwin Delaat with his passport ready on
Outrageous Fortune poised to leave for Fiji.
Photo: Prizegiving: The weather outside Westhaven Marina, <br>with waves splashing into the car-park
The weather outside Westhaven Marina,
with waves splashing into the car-park




International Paints Auckland to Tauranga Race 2011

Logo Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club Inc.
23 April 2011

Edwin Delaat ticks off yet another successful race with podium finish. The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Youth Training Programme member proved to have for what it takes. 14-year old skipper/owner Edwin Delaat and crew member Steve Alloway (Yachtyakka) won this year's challenging Auckland to Tauranga race 2011 on PHRF in the two-handed division.

They made a brief appearance at the Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club and sailed Crac-A-Jac, the Farr 727, back to Auckland, a 250 Nm roundtrip.

A great race and a great result for the little Farr 727 skippered by young Edwin Delaat.

Crac-A-Jac's support crew attended the prizegiving with Edwin's sister Kathlyn taking possession of the enormous trophy. All credit to the Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club organisers & sponsors to make this annual race once again a success.

Read a full race report at www.yachtyakka.co.nz ...


Photo: Crac-A-Jac leaving Auckland in very light winds
Crac-A-Jac leaving Auckland in very light winds.
Photo from: crew.org.nz - Rigger
Photo: Prizegiving: Edwin's sister Kathlyn with the enormous cup for Two-handed division, First on Handicap
Prizegiving: Edwin's sister Kathlyn Delaat with the enormous cup for
1st on PHRF in Two-handed Division




BMW Auckland Regatta 2011

 

BMW Auckland Regatta Logo
18-20 March 2011

14 year olds win BMW Auckland Regatta

Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron - Youth Training Programme member Edwin Delaat wins first prize in the BMW Auckland Regatta 2011 Division D on PHRF and second on General Handicap.

14 year old skipper/owner Edwin Delaat of Crac-A-Jac made his intentions clear right at each start. There had been some close encounters but Crac-A-Jac and crew did not let the bigger boats intimidate them. Skipper Edwin Delaat said he had a plan and stuck to it.

Crew members Steve Alloway and Grant Barker were not so sure at first for being lumped in with the bigger boats. "Dog taka" was their first reaction. Crac-A-Jac's bowman Ned Dalbeth-Hudson, another 14-year old from Kerikeri believed in Edwin's master plan. With the hunger and determination to do well the teenagers convinced the other two crew members and lifted their enthusiasm.

The weather conditions were tricky at times Edwin said, but suited his strategy. When asked for their game plan none of Crac-A-Jac's crew was willing to give that away. Edwin Delaat's comment was "What happens on the boat I expect to stay on the boat".

An amazing result for any 14 year old on a 1/4 tonner Farr 727.


Photo: Crac-A-Jac Skipper Edwin Delaat and crew members Steve "Yachtyakka" Alloway (Main and Keys), Grant Barker (Trim) and Ned Dalbeth-Hudson (Bow) with their Division D prize Photo: Crac-A-Jac Skipper and crew with the Auckland Super City mayor Len Brown
Crac-A-Jac skipper and crew:
Edwin Delaat (sitting), Steve "Yachtyakka" Alloway,
Ned Dalbeth-Hudson and Grant Barker
Crac-A-Jac skipper and crew with
Auckland Super City Mayor Len Brown




Gold Cup Prizing Giving 2011

18 March 2011

The prizegiving for the Nexus Gold Cup took place on Friday the 18th March with James Spithill as the guest speaker.

Photo: Outrageous Fortune Crew including Edwin Delaat Photo: Outrages Fortune skipper talking with James Spithill
Outrageous Fortune Crew including Edwin Delaat
with the trophies
Outrageous Fortune skipper & crew including Edwin Delaat
having a chat with James Spithill, skipper of Oracle Racing



Auckland Anniversary Regatta 2011

Crac-A-Jac powering off under full spinnaker
Crac-A-Jac powering off under full spinnaker
 
31 January 2011

Crac-A-Jac wins 1st on line and 1st on handicap in the Waitamata Harbour Division 5 Keelers





Rocky Bay Regatta 2011

Edwin Delaat & Yachtyakka on Crac-A-Jac took line honours in the Rocky Bay Regatta 2011
Edwin Delaat & Yachtyakka on Crac-A-Jac took
first prize on line in the Rocky Bay Regatta 2011
 
02 January 2011

Crac-A-Jac with skipper/owner Edwin Delaat and crew member Yachtyakka Steve Alloway took line honours and second on handicap in the Rocky Bay Regatta 2011 in the keeler division. Edwin Delaat, the 14 year old skipper/owner of Crac-A-Jac a Farr 727 is delighted to have his name engraved on the old silverware. The cup dates back to 1932.

The Rocky Bay Memorial Cruising Club put on yet another excellent fun day for everyone. The club has official status as the custodian of the Rocky Bay beach and water way area and regarded as unique and is certainly community friendly. What a great day!


Photo: Close-up of the old silverware Photo: Edwin Delaat & Yachtyakka with the cup Photo: Edwin Delaat & Yachtyakka on Crac-A-Jac win second prize on handicap in the Rocky Bay Regatta 2011
Close-up of the old silverware Edwin Delaat & Yachtyakka with the cup Crac-A-Jac wins second prize on handicap in the
Rocky Bay Regatta 2011



Round White Island Race 2010

Edwin Delaat checking the weather
Edwin Delaat checking the weather
 
25-28 November 2010, by Yachtyakka.

The 2010 running of the White Island yacht race would be a great opportunity for those heading for the Round North Island (RNI) double handed race in February to get their qualifying miles completed. Hewy, the weather God would send light testing conditions with a series of wind changes for those of us at the tail end while Team Vodafone Sailing would complete the 300plus miles in a record time of 27 hours 11 minutes. The race will also be remembered with 9 of the 21 starters posting a DNF .....

Read full story on the White Island Race 2010 here,

or on Yachtyakka ....


Photo: The fleet including Team Hyundai Promise passing North Head Photo: Team Hyundai Promise under spinnaker Photo: Waiting for the wind to come up
The fleet including Team Hyundai Promise passing North Head Team Hyundai Promise under spinnaker Waiting for the wind to come up



Coastal Classic 2010

14 year old skipper Edwin Delaat successfully finished the HSBC Coastal Classic two handed this year.

23 October 2010

14 year old skipper Edwin Delaat successfully finished the HSBC Coastal Classic two handed this year.

The report alleging Crac-A-Jac had lost it's rig on the HSBC Coastal Classic website is a myth.

Edwin Delaat and crew member Steve Alloway had a blinder of a race up to Brett till the wind died away to nothing and got parked up with a lot of other boats of the fleet. The bunch finally finished around half past ten Saturday morning in very light winds. Crac A Jac crew made four sail changes towards the finish and gained several places ahead of the incoming fleet.

Edwin Delaat and Steve Alloway are now enjoying the glorious weather in Russell, in the beautiful Bay of Islands with clear blue skies and a pleasant temperature.

Crac-A-Jac finishes the Cosatal Classic with her rig obviously intact   Crac-A-Jac tied up to Sea Harmony in Russell
Crac-A-Jac finishes the Cosatal Classic
with her rig obviously intact
 
  Crac-A-Jac tied up to Sea Harmony in Russell



SSANZ B&G SIMRAD Two Handed Triple Series 2010

Prize Giving

8 October 2010

text to come

  Edwin Delaat and Steve Alloway with plaques for a 1, 1 and 2 on handicap plus the cup for overall first on handicap in the Smallboat Farr 727 Division
Edwin Delaat and Steve Alloway
with their podium finish's prize haul in the
Smallboat Farr 727 Division.
 
18 September 2010

Update after race 3:Crac-A-Jac finished 3rd on line and 2nd on handicap after a shortened race due to the stormy conditions. The ferocious weather had sorted the sailors from the whimps. The wind was 35+ knots with gusts up to 50- knots. Crac-A-Jac and crew had some Jesus moments but finished strongly without any breakages.
Read more on Yachtyakka ...


16 August 2010

Update after race 2: With a totally opposite weather forecast from gale force warning, did boats attempt a start, only to be pushed back by the tide, with the race being postponed for two hours. Crac-A-Jac did not have the greatest of starts. After long frustrating moments of very slow moving did we manage to get to Gannet Rock for the home run.

There was weed and debris all over. Crac-A-Jac was a declared non-weed zone and made up good ground on the opposition and finished 3rd on line and 1st on handicap after an endurance race of 17 hrs 37 min and 30 secs.

4 July 2010

Update after race 1: Crac-A-Jac came 1st on handicap and 3rd on line in their Smallboat 50 Farr 727 Division in the SSANZ B&G SIMRAD 50.

 

Crac-A-Jac heading for the finish line in ferocious conditions in race 3. Photo from SSANZ website
Crac-A-Jac heading for the finish line in ferocious
conditions in race 3.
Photo from SSANZ website

More on the ferocious conditions on Yachtyakka ...
(Race 3, 1/3 down the page)

 

Edwin Delaat skipper of Crac-A-Jac in race 1. Photo courtesy of Steve Alloway
Edwin Delaat skipper of Crac-A-Jac in race 1.
Photo courtesy of Steve Alloway (Yachtyakka)

3 July 2010

The SSANZ B&G SIMRAD Two Handed Triple Series 2010 got under way in very light conditions.

Due to light winds and an incoming tide, despite the staggered start, the boats remained close together rounding North Head
Due to light winds and an incoming tide, despite the staggered start,
the boats remained close together rounding North Head

Edwin Delaat and Steve Alloway about to leave the Viaduct Basin Crac-A-Jac right after the start with the spinnaker up
Edwin Delaat and Steve Alloway
about to leave the Viaduct Basin
Crac-A-Jac right after the start with the spinnaker up



Edwin Delaat and International Race Officer Harold Bennett

20 August 2010

Harold Bennett was guest speaker at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club on Friday 20th August 2010. The focus of his talk was the last America's Cup. Harold Bennett was the International Race Officer in Valencia and had a most interesting story to tell. He was also able to give an update report on the next American Cup developments and sailing in general.

RAYC academy sailor of the year Edwin Delaat had a pleasant chat with Harold Bennett and popped the question if he agreed of what Edwin was doing with all his sailing. Harold Bennett's response was absolutely positive and strongly advised Edwin to keep on doing what he was doing. Thanks Harold.

Edwin Delaat met Harold Bennett at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club
Edwin Delaat and Harold Bennett at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club



RAYC Acadamy Sailor of the Year 2010

RAYC Academy Sailor of the Year annoucement

 

Edwin Delaat
26 June 2010

Fourteen year old Edwin Delaat was presented with the Academy Sailor of the Year 2010 award at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club on Saturday 26th June 2010. Edwin Delaat from Oratia, Waitakere, who is a pupil at Liston College, was presented with the award for his courage, determination and passion for the sport and the club.

Edwin is infatuated with sailing. He is an extraordinary positive young individual with a huge amount of talent. Edwin has an interesting sailing resume from dingy sailing success to inshore keelboat racing to offshore ocean racing.

Recently he added sailing in the Auckland to Denarua Ocean Race 2010 to his tally. Last year Edwin was RAYC Optimst Champion 2009 and runner up in 2008 RAYC Championship with third place in 2007.

Earlier this year he became second in the RAYC 420 Club Championships.

Edwin skippered his beloved Farr 727 Crac-A-Jac in two National Farr 727 Championships in 2009 and 2010. He competed in the SSANZ Triple Series 2009 and has entered for 2010.

In 2008 he was the youngest entrant in the HSBC Coastal Classic and skippered Crac-A-Jac in the HSBC Coastal Classic 2009.

Edwin Delaat has been involved in many other major sailing events such as the Round White Island Ocean Race, Auckland Anniversary Regatta, Gold Cup Series, Classic Yacht Regatta, Millennium Cup 2009, NZ Marine Cup 2010 and more.





2010 Ocean Race Auckland to Denarau, Fiji

1 June 2010

Edwin Delaat has returned from a successful race to Fiji.

Edwin Delaat arrives at Auckland International Airport Edwin Delaat at the prize giving in Denarau, Fiji Edwin Delaat at the helm on Starlight Express
Edwin Delaat arrives at Auckland International Airport Edwin Delaat at the prize giving in Denarau, Fiji Edwin Delaat at the helm on Starlight Express

 

22 May 2010

The Auckland to Denarau Ocean Race 2010 got away in the most fabulous weather conditions. The crews of all participating boats had smiles all over. Bon voyage to all.

Follow the boats with Live Tracking

Edwin Delaat being interviewed Some of the participating boats in the Viaduct Basin, including Starlight Express Starlight Express rounding North Head
Edwin Delaat being interviewed by TV crew Some of the participating boats in the Viaduct Basin,
including Starlight Express
Starlight Express rounding North Head



Edwin Delaat's first trans-Tasman crossing

14 April 2010

Bon Voyage to Edwin Delaat and the crew of SY Celandine. Edwin Delaat is making his first trans-Tasman crossing. The 1200 Nm sailing to Brisbane, Australia will give Edwin a thrilling experience. Captain Pierre-Marie Feuille made Edwin's dream voyage come true. Edwin had been longing for an offshore ocean trip for a long time.

Edwin Delaat ready to board SY Celandine Edwin Delaat and Captain Pierre-Marie Feuille Celandine leaving Auckland Harbour
Edwin Delaat ready to board SY Celandine Edwin Delaat and
Captain Pierre-Marie Feuille
SY Celandine leaving Auckland Harbour



America's Cup briefly in Auckland

Young NZ sailors - opportunity to meet America's Cup winner James Spithill

18 March 2010

On Thursday young NZ sailors had a brief opportunity to see the America's Cup at the Special Function Room upstairs at the Voyager Maritime Museum, downtown Auckland. At the same time the America's Cup winning skipper James Spithill was there to answer the youngsters questions and share a few of his experiences. Edwin was lucky enough to be able to briefly speak to him with so many wanting to have a word and all too soon the cup was safely put away for it's next journey. Great evening!

Edwin Delaat with James Spithill and the America's Cup Edwin Delaat with the America's Cup The Cup is being safely packed away for its next journey
Edwin Delaat with James Spithill
and the America's Cup
Edwin Delaat with the America's Cup The Cup is being safely packed
away for its next journey



NZ Marine Cup 2010

SY Celandine wins first NZ Marine Cup

4 March 2010
Edwin Delaat skippering Celandine Celandine under full sail Celandine
Edwin Delaat skippering Celandine
Photo courtesy of Andy Ball
Celandine under full sail
photo from NZ Marine website
Celandine under spinaker
approaching the finish line

NZ Marine Cup Media Release

The smallest superyacht in the field, the 95 ft (29m) cruising yacht Celandine won the first New Zealand Marine Cup, the Kiwi Kawau Challenge, sailed on Thursday 4 March.

Race director Hal Wagstaff, of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, advised Celandine won on handicap by 12 minutes, 48 seconds from SY Shenandoah with SY Drumbeat a further 23 minutes, 33 seconds behind in third place.

"All three yachts enjoyed a fantastic day's racing through the beautiful islands of Auckland's Hauraki Gulf," said Mark Wightman, chairman of the New Zealand Marine Export Group (NZ Marine) which hosted the event.

"The yachts' owners, guests and crews joined sponsors and media for a relaxed, fun Kiwi-style barbeque under the trees beside Mansion House on Kawau Island. It was a magic night - beautiful weather enjoyed by all with fantastic New Zealand food alongside Villa Maria's fine New Zealand wines, and another excellent opportunity to profile the New Zealand marine sector to a number of important international yacht owners and designers," commented Wightman. [Full Media Release NZ Marine ... ]

Edwin Delaat and skipper Pierre-Marie Feuille <br>receiving First Prize on Handicap Edwin Delaat and Andy Ball enjoying fantastic New Zealand food beside Mansion House on Kawau Island
Edwin Delaat and captain Pierre-Marie Feuille
receiving the First Prize on Handicap Kiwi Trophy
Edwin Delaat and Andy Ball
enjoying fantastic New Zealand food
beside Mansion House on Kawau Island



HSBC Premier Coastal Classic 2009

Russell here we are!

Edwin and his crew
Edwin Delaat has time to let it sink in with Crac-A-Jac safely berthed and tidied up in Russell

Finish

24 October 2009

Crac-A-Jac arrived in Russel at 08:12:23 after passing Cape Brett at 2:42 am with the wind dying out and battling the tide. Well done Edwin and crew!

Reserved berth next to Starlight Express!   A tired Edwin tidying up
Reserved berth next to Starlight Express!   A tired Edwin tidying up

Start

23 October 2009

Edwin Delaat and crew are ready to leave the Viaduct Basin to the start line. The Division 5 fleet is scheduled to start at 10:20 am.

end of the day update

Crac-A-Jac radioed in at 2:01 pm to have past Flat Rock and at 5:00 pm to have past Sail Rock.

Edwin and crew   Crac-A-Jac leaving the Viaduct Basin for the start line
Edwin and crew. From left to right:
David Rose, Edwin Delaat, Annabel Anderson and
Michelle Gilfoyle
  Crac-A-Jac leaving the Viaduct Basin for the start line



SSANZ B&G SIMRAD Two Handed Triple Series 2009

Prize Giving

26 September 2009

Crac-A-Jac skipper Edwin Delaat with mentor/coach Michelle Gilfoyle collecting their plaques for 2nd on handicap in the SSANZ B&G Simrad 100
Crac-A-Jac skipper Edwin Delaat with mentor/coach Michelle Gilfoyle collecting their plaques for 2nd on handicap in the SSANZ B&G Simrad 100

Race 3 - B&G Simrad 100

5 September 2009
Edwin Delaat just before the start of Race 3, the face says it all 'gritty determination'   Crac-A-Jac at odds in the pack
Edwin Delaat just before the start of Race 3, the face says it all "gritty determination"   Crac-A-Jac at odds in the pack - photo from SSANZ website

Press Release

6 September 2009

Thirteen year old Farr 727 Owner/skipper Edwin Delaat has completed the SSANZ SIMRAD series 2009 on Crac-A-Jac. The young focussed yachtsman has proven his mental fitness in endurance racing two handed. This series and his mentor/coach Michelle Gilfoyle have certainly given Edwin Delaat a strong sense of responsibility. They had their moments with in the first SIMRAD race 30knts winds and a 40 knt squall blowing all battens out of the #2 head sail not to mention the Orca killer-whale who had given them a slight bump and liked hanging around Crac-A-Jac.

Edwin started the second SIMRAD race with a bad bout of tonsilitus but toughened it out and saw the race through in discomfort. The learning curve has been steep but immensely beneficial to Edwin by getting to know the ability of the boat as well as his mental physic.

In the last race the conditions were good and he stayed focussed from start to finish. With a good start and close finish, Crac-A-Jac and crew saw them self placed second on handicap. Edwin is scheduled to have his tonsils removed on the Monday after the last race of the series. The recuperation that follows will give him time to plan his next sailing challenge.

Preparations and First Race

4 July 2009

 

Photo: Edwin Delaat prepares Crac-A-Jac for SSANZ.
Photo: Crac-A-Jac - SSANZ race 1.
Edwin Delaat prepares Crac-A-Jac for SSANZ race 1   Crac-A-Jac - SSANZ race 1 - photo from SSANZ website




Edwin Delaat with youngest solo round the world sailor Mike Perham

17 May 2009

Edwin Delaat with solo around the world sailor Mike Perham on his yacht 'TotallyMoney.com' in the Viaduct Basin (Crac-A-Jac in the background)
Edwin Delaat with solo around the world sailor Mike Perham on his yacht "TotallyMoney.com" in the Viaduct Basin
(Crac-A-Jac in the background)

Welcome to Auckland

Edwin welcomed Mike on the day he arrived on his yacht "TotallyMoney.com" in the Viaduct Basin, Auckland, New Zealand. Edwin spent some time with Mike and even helped to take the yacht "TotallyMoney.com" to Pier 21 to have it taken out of the water for repairs to the rudder. Mike has given Edwin some good pointers. "It will be hard to beat Mike's achievements. He is an amazing guy and hope to meet up again sometime."

28 August 2009 - update

Mike has safely finished his around the world trip - the youngest solo round the world sailor to do so and I take the opportunity to congratulate him on his success.




Farr 727 Nationals 2009

10 May 2009

Farr 727 Nationals 2009, Edwin is handed 3rd prize.
Edwin Delaat is handed 3rd Prize

Results

7th on line and 4th on handicap

Due to the very strong winds he decided not to finish the third race on Saturday and to return to base. Sunday started really good with a third place in the first race of the day (race 6) and finishing all races for that day.




1st in Optimist RAYC Club Champs

16 May 2009

RAYC Prizegiving 2009, 1st in Optimist, Edwin Delaat with Peter Burling
Edwin Delaat with Peter Burling at RAYC Prizegiving




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