Jack Coleman was only 20 years old when in 1935 he skippered Lavina to victory, winning the Sanders Cup with his crew of Jack Nolan, Jack Sandford, and Bert Williams in Lyttelton for the Wellington province.
In 1947 Bub Montgomery and Murray Williams won the Cornwell cup in 1947, and Evan Fisher and Russel Morrison again in 1966.
Mick Pinkney and Terry Brandon gained the Leander Trophy for the R Class in 170 and 1973. Mick repeated this feat in 1978 with Mike Julian. Mick and Andy Knowles represented New Zealand in the 470 class in the pre-Olympics in 1975.
In 1973 David Barnes won both the Tanner and Tauranga Cups. He went on to win the World 470s three times, was the backup skipper in the 1987 America’s Cup, and skippered KZ1 in the 1988 America’s Cup challenge.
Gavin Auld won the Tanner Cup the following year, and Brian Jones secured the Tauranga Cup in 1975. Simon Patchett brought the Tanner again to the Club in 1986.
Murray Jones and Steve Macris won the NZ Junior Cherub Championship in 1974. Glen Sowry became the Junior Cherub Champion in 1979 and came fourth in the 470s Australian championships in 1980 together with Michael Boswell as crew.
Murray and David Barnes were selected as reserves in the 470 for the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Steve was selected as New Zealand’s sailboard training partner for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Murray and David Barnes went on to win the Flying Dutchman Champs in 1987. Of course, Murray is now the strategist for Alinghi. http://valenciasailing.blogspot.com/2009/07/valencia-sailing-talks-to-murray-jones.html
And last, but by no means least, Sir Russell Coutts, the Olympic champion of 1984 in the Finn Dinghy and three times winner of the America’s Cup, sailed his P-class at Paremata.
“I learned to sail on Paremata Harbour, to the North of Wellington, where all the local kids sailed. It was a perfect place to learn”:
Sir Russell in Course to Victory