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Cory McLennan

is a 19 year old guy from the West Coast of the South Island and his dream is to be a great sailor!  His hero, Sir Peter Blake, is the reason he got into sailing and the reason why he wants to keep sailing.  To become half the man Sir Peter Blake was, as a sailor, a leader and a New Zealander; would be his ultimate achievement.

For that reason SS Marine Shield have given Cory sponsorship for his next quest, sailing in the Solo Trans-Tasman yacht race in 2014.

Living on the West Coast makes achieving this dream difficult due to how remote it is, however he has come a long way in the last ten years of sailing.  Just like every other sailor in New Zealand he started out training at his local yacht club, and slowly made his way through the different classes of yacht, developing new skills along the way to where he is now.  He is now racing trailer yachts out of Lake Brunner Yacht Club, which is a small lake inland from his home town of Greymouth.  He is also heavily involved in the committee of the club, being the promotions manager and helping organize regatta and similar events.

In the last three years his sailing has grown in leaps and bounds.  He has done many great thing that have helped him improve in his ability as a sailor.  On top of the weekly club sailing and racing he has achieved many other sailing feats;

2011 Fiji to Auckland, aboard Lion New Zealand.  He was awarded a scholarship from the Maritime Development Trust to sail Lion from Fiji

2011 Coastal Classic (Auckland to Russell) aboard Cotton Blossom 2.  He met the owners of the Cotton Blossom 2 before departing from Fiji, they offered him a position to sail with them in the race.

2011 national youth training week at Kawau Island, with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron on the Elliott 7's

2011 By Week aboard Cotton Blossom 2

2012 Auckland to Noumea yacht race.

2012 Coastal Classic on Cotton Blossom 2

2012 Nespresso national your training week at Kawau island with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

He clearly has an addiction to sailing, since the age of 7 he has read and watched people sail around the world.  The idea of taking on the globe by sail is something he has dreamed about and thinks about all the time.  So we are here helping him achieve the next part of his journey.

We have chosen to help Cory because he, like us, is just one of the little guys from the West Coast, he is succeeding in his quest as a yachtsman out of sheer determination.  His location has not been easy, he couldn’t just go down to the marina and get a spot on a yacht.  Everything he has done up until this point has been down to him, with the support of his family and the community.  He recently moved up to Auckland and is working as a sail making apprentice at Doyle Sails, this give him more opportunities in sailing.

The Solo Trans-Tasman yacht race is from New Plymouth to Mooloolaba.  Its a race of 1380 Nautical miles.  The race was established in 1968 and is raced every four years.  The race is a test to all sailors, and to enter you need to be 21 or over, being only 19 Cory took his case to the race organizers and they replied “if teenagers can ail solo around the world they can do this race.”  So with that he has been accepted onto the race proved he has at least 1000 nautical miles solo sailing time under his belt and his yacht and equipment is all up to standard.

Sailing is one of New Zealand’s greatest sports.  We are known worldwide for it, and have sailors on yachts all over the world.  Sponsorship is what makes sailing happen.  Without sponsors great sailing campaigns wouldn’t happen.  So we are delighted to be on board with Cory for this adventure.

The team at Marine Shield are Proud to sponsor 19yr old Cory Mclennan who is the youngest to our knowledge to attempt a solo Tasman Crossing, from New Plymouth to Mooloolaba at the helm of his Yacht ATOM ANT

Our part in sponsorship is applying 105 to his yacht sails in a vibrant Fluro colour, making him stand out above the rest!!! With our unique paint coating system we are also able to apply a MATALIC/SILVER strip to increase radar detection. By applying the 105 we accomplish MOULD/UV RESISTANCE.
To show your support to this driven young kiwi man visit his Facebook page and click like!!

Wishing you all the best Cory!!!
The Team at Marine Shield

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“Adventure means risking something; and it is only when we are doing this that we know really what a splendid thing life is, and how splendidly it can be lived.”

Alain Gerbault