Hello I am Ned Hudson; I am 13 years old, have always lived in Wanaka New Zealand and I attend Mt Aspiring College in year 9.
I was asked to join the learn to sail program by a friend. We sailed in 420s for 2 school terms and I really enjoyed this. When the opportunity came to join the 420 team sailing team in term 4, 2015, I jumped at it. We train weekly on
Lake Wanaka with our volunteer coach Craig Fahey.
In December 2015, our team was invited to a training regatta at Lake Hood in Ashburton. This cemented my love of sailing. My first competitive regatta was The Top of The South in April of 2016. This is a regional regatta leading up to the nationals. We came third overall. A very satisfying result. Sailing is a challenging sport. There are many facets to consider from the exhilaration of high winds to the technical challenges of racing in very light winds Not to
mention tactical race plans for teams racing , learning about tides and equipment care.
I have been fortunate enough to be invited to attend a training camp in Rarotonga in July this year. The camp is run by Ross Sutherland a strong supporter of youth sailing in New Zealand for many years. The sailing camp in Rarotonga will have young sailors from all over New Zealand and the Cook
Islands. This is a tremendous opportunity to significantly improve all the aspects of my sailing and create friendships with a wide range of people with a common love of sailing. There is a huge time and finance commitment to developing my skills and I am looking for support from you to help cover
some of the costs involved in my personal development as a sailor.
Thank you for your time