2019/20 NZIODA Travelling Team Coaches

Sam Mackay

Optimist World Championship

1 – 11 July – Riva del Garda, Italy
Sam has been coaching since 2009 but has just recently returned to New Zealand from working overseas to take up the role as Youth Coordinator at Yachting New Zealand. He spent the last four years as the Victorian International Optimist Dinghy Association Head Coach and played a major role in developing the Victorian fleet. Under Sam’s guidance, Victoria’s participation in AIODA programs increased from one (1) sailor in 2016 to twelve (12) in 2019. He was a coach with the Australian Optimist Team for three years and recently coached a very successful team at the Optimist Asian and Oceania Championships. As a sailor he had top 3 placings at the NZ Nationals in each of the Optimist, P Class, 420 and Starling classes. He was a member of the Nations Cup-winning NZ team at the 2007 Optimist Worlds and placed in the top 20 in the 2008 Optimist Worlds. Although working full time in the youth space with YNZ, Sam is keen to continue to involved in junior sailing and is looking forward to leading the worlds team in Lake Garda next year.

Kim Buchanan

Optimist European Championship
22 – 29 June – Tallinn, Estonia

From Charteris Bay Yacht Club in Christchurch. Kim started his sailing career at the age of 10 in the
Optimist class with his first nationals sailed on his home waters in Lyttelton Harbour. Throughout his
career, Kim has competed in multiple Optimist championships locally and overseas. After sailing the
Optimist, he continued to sail in the P Class, Starling and 420.
Kim is a brother of two; Jayvee and David who were also highly successful sailors in the optimist
dinghy. Since 2015, he coaches at his local club in the Canterbury region. Kim wants to give back to his
home club and the NZ Optimist sailing community.

Susannah Pyatt

Optimist North American Championship
11 – 18 October Cancun, Mexico

I have been sailing most of my life and developed a passion for coaching before I had finished sailing Optimist. I have spent the last 10 years since finishing high school sailing competitively and coaching as much as possible in the gaps between training and events. Sailing has taken me all around the world. I am very lucky for the opportunities I had coaching and sailing. I am passionate about passing on the knowledge and experiences I have to the young optimist sailor in NZ.

Rio 2016 Olympics – Laser Radial Coach – St Lucia
London 2012 Olympics – Match Racing – 9th
NZ Team Coach, Manager or Sailor at 15 IODA events

Wade Tresadern

Optimist Asian & Oceania Championship
6-13 July – Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Originally from Napier sailing club, I started coaching in 2007. Recently I have been working with East Auckland yacht clubs to develop emerging optimist talent. Excited to once again join the NZIODA coaching team and focus on pushing New Zealand optimist sailors to be the best they can at international events in 2020.

Kerensa Jennings

Optimist Asian & Oceania Championship
6-13 July – Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Hi my name is Kerensa and I’m coaching the NZIODA Asian’s team for the 2019-2020 season. I started sailing optimists when I was 8 at Murrays Bay Sailing Club. In my sailing career I have gone to two IODA Asian Championships and the Optimist World Championships in 2014 after placing 3rd at the New Zealand Nationals. I then moved onto P-Class and came 2nd in the Tauranga Cup in 2015. Later that year I made it to youth worlds in the 420. I have also sailed 29er and am currently sailing the 470.I coach Optis, P-Class and 420 at Murrays Bay. Last season I coached the Boys Development Team in Noumea.

Peter Soosalu

Development Squad ( New Caledonia National Championship)
TBC – Noumea, New Caledonia

At almost 15 years of coaching experience, Peter has a passion for working with sailors to accomplish their goals. He focuses on working with the sailors to create a program that covers & builds on the skills they have in areas of technical ability, tactics & strategy, psychological, and routine settings skills, while creating and strengthening an effective network of support for the sailors involved. Through formal university education, mentorship, and personal competitive sailing, Peter tries to lead by example, and firmly believes that the method these skills are learned are necessary to be a successful sailor, as well as a successful person. As a coach Peter has coached sailors both locally and internationally in Optimist, 420, 29er, Laser, and 49er, to name a few. He’s excited to work with the NZIODA sailors and coaches for another season, and is happy to lend a hand to anyone looking to upskill in the class.

Henry Gautrey

Development Squad ( New Caledonia National Championship)
TBC – Noumea, New Caledonia

My name is Henry Gautrey and I am a 49er sailor and a sailing coach. I really enjoy coaching as it is really exciting to see the new generations of New Zealand sailing coming through and I’m looking forward to be able to contribute to this. I look forward to coaching the Noumea Development team as I went on this trip when I was younger and it was a huge amount of fun so I can’t wait to relive this!

Olivia Christie

Girls Development Squad (TBA)
I’m originally from Wellington and have been sailing since I was 5, starting in the Sunburst with my parents and then moving through Opti and into Laser Radial. I only really got competitive as a sailor once I started sailing Laser which is a boat that really suits me. I moved to Auckland for training and started coaching more seriously in 2018. I got the opportunity to coach the Girls Development Team in 2019, from which I learned heaps and gained confidence from. I’m now looking forward to having the same team in 2020!

Xanthe Copeland

Girls Development Squad (TBA)

Hello, I’m Xanthe!I started sailing in the Opti at Wakateri club when I was 9, and since then I have competed in the starling, p-class, 420, and more recently have been match racing Elliot 6s which has been a cool new experience. I’m also learning to Kitesurf and fizzing the new water-based challenge. Currently, I am coaching and studying design in Wellington and have recently taken the 2019 Girls development team to Noumea which was heaps of fun! I have loved being a part of the sailors’ journey and helping them to get what they want out of sailing – it’s awesome to see them progress and to have a great time in the sport.

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