Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show 2018 – Attending Yachts


One of the top events in the yachting industry, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) will be back for its 59th edition in October with another spectacular showcase of superyachts.

Running from 31 October to 4 November in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, FLIBS 2018 will present more than 1,200 boats and a thousand plus exhibitors across an impressive seven show locations.

With such stats, the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is the largest in-water boat show in the world and attracts a global audience of around 100,000 boating enthusiasts who all share a common interest in life on the water.

From runabouts, sport-fishers and center consoles to tenders, sailing yachts and motor yachts, the range of boats on display will be huge and, as always, there will be an outstanding selection of luxury charter yachts.

Alongside the boats and industry exhibitions, there will be a series of boat handling seminars, fishing clinics and water sports demonstrations for guests to swot up on their skills.

The Windward VIP Club Experience and floating cocktail lounges, meanwhile, will provide perfect settings to network, do business and relax. The social scene is buzzing, with live music keeping the crowds entertained.

Attendees will also benefit from a new dedicated show entrance located along Seabreeze Boulevard towards the north end of the Bahia Mar Hotel and Marina Property. With a plaza-like configuration and exclusive gates for VIPs and exhibitors, it will improve access to all those in attendance.

Connected by a convenient land and water transportation network, the seven show locations include the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel & Yachting Center, Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Sails Marina, Pier 66 Marina and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

For more details on the charter yachts on display at FLIBS 2018, speak to your preferred charter broker.


Cook Islands Yacht Squadron Annual General Meeting 2016 – 14th October

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To: Cook Islands Yacht Squadron Members

Subject: Cook Islands Yacht Squadron AGM / Special Meeting


The Agenda for this year’s meeting is as follows:

The Agenda for this year’s meeting is as follows:

  1. Apologies
  2. Tabling of minutes from previous AGM 2015
  3. Matters arising out of minutes from previous AGM 2015
  4. CIYS CEO Report
  5. Financial Statements 2015
  6. Budget 2017
  7. Amendments to Constitution. (See attached)
  8. Other Business
  9. Closing of Meeting

Please contact the CEO Katrina Matheson, by 28th September 2016 at if you:

  1. Plan to attend. Please RSVP by 28th September 2016
  2. Would like to add to this year’s agenda


Local sailors off to Rio

Cook Islands sailors Teau McKenzie (Laser Radial) and Taua Henry (Laser) have qualifi ed to the 2016 Olympic Games. 15121326

Cook Islands sailors Teau McKenzie (Laser Radial) and Taua Henry (Laser) have qualifi ed to the 2016 Olympic Games. 15121326

It is dream come true for the Cook Islands sailors Teau McKenzie (Laser Radial) and Taua Henry (Laser) who have qualified to the 2016 Olympic Games.

The duo managed to meet the qualifying standards at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne, Australia over the weekend to book their tickets to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the Olympics.

McKenzie finished 13 out of 20 participants while Henry managed 23rd spot at the competition in Melbourne.

Both McKenzie and Henry were part of the World Sailing’s Emerging Programme which proved to be an important component in their developments.

The duo grew from sailing Optimists in their early teens through to the laser class.

The 20-year-old McKenzie, who has been sailing since 12, has been competing internationally since 2009.

Henry, 25, who started sailing in a wooden Optimist when he was nine, gradually moved on to plastic Optimist before upgrading to a Laser.

He started travelling overseas for international competition in 2007 and has since participated in eight of the Emerging Nations camp.

McKenzie and Henry have spent the last four weeks working intensity with Australian coach Laura Baldwin at her training facility in Sydney.

Henry thanked his coach and supporters for helping him realise his Olympics dream.

“Thank you to all the family and friends for the support, your encouragement is my strength to push through to this level,” Henry posted on Facebook.


Amendments to the Constitution arising from Special General Meeting


Dear CIYS members,

A Special General Meeting was held in Aitutaki, Cook Islands during the AGM. Version 2 of the Constitution was approved by unanimous decision but further amendments had arose from the meeting.

Article 15.1 of the rules hereby give 90 days’ notice to the proposed alterations to the rules (see attached in red) and are hereby given in writing by the CEO.

The next Special General Meeting will be held the 7th March 2016 to discuss proposed amendments.

A further notice will be given prior to meeting with details of venue and time.

Please contact the Cook Islands Yacht Squadron CEO Mrs. Katrina Matheson if you have any queries.

If you need assistance email us on link above or use the form below

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Cook Islands Yacht Squadron Annual General Meeting 2015

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To: Cook Islands Yacht Squadron Members

Subject: Cook Islands Yacht Squadron AGM / Special Meeting


The Agenda for this year’s meeting is as follows:

  1. Apologies
  2. Tabling of minutes from previous AGM 2014
  3. Matters arising out of minutes from previous AGM 2014
  4. Financial Statements 2014
  5. CIYS CEO Report
  6. Election of Board of Directors 2015.
    1. President – Glenn Armstrong – MCI Board must appoint new President. Refer to CIYS Rules Article 13.3 “the President shall be appointed for a two year term, and eligible to stand for re-election. However, no person shall hold the office for more than two consecutive years”
    2. Board Member (Treasurer) – Maria Guadalupe Harreguy – Refer to CIYS Rules Article 13.4 “Each member of the Board shall be appointed and elected for a two year term”.
    3. Board Member (Secretary) – Jennifer Henry – Refer to CIYS Rules Article 13.4 “Each member of the Board shall be appointed and elected for a two year term”.
    4. Registrar of Ships – Moeroa Mamanu Matheson – position remains – Refer to 11.1 “ The Board of Directors (“the Board”) shall consist of no more than 4 persons comprising:
      1. The President Appointed by Maritime Cook Islands
      2. The Registrar of ships
      3. Up to two elected board Members
  7.  Special Meeting
    1. Amendments to Constitution. (See attached)
  8. Other Business
    1. Reciprocity
    2. Website
    3. Sponsorship
    4. Boat Shows
  9. Closing of Meeting

Please contact the CEO Katrina Matheson, by 28th September 2015 at if you:

  1. Plan to attend. Please RSVP by 28th September 2015
  2. Would like to be nominated – this needs to be made in writing.
  3. Would like to add to this year’s agenda




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Deputy Registrar Network Conference In Athens


The Maritime Cook Islands Deputy Registrar Network Conference was held in Athens, Greece from 9th June – 13th June 2014. The purpose of the Conference was to bring Deputy Registrars together to work on formulating a plan for the continued growth and development of the Cook Islands Ship Registry. This is a biennial event and the next conference will be held in Rarotonga, Cook Islands 2016.

Local riders stepping up at Manureva


Saturday September 13, 2014 Written by Published in Other Sports

Local boy Gordon Heather was the standout local rider at the Manureva Aquafest kitesurfing competition last week

Tahiti riders dominated the local event although local riders including Ina Nooroa, Evaraima Koteka and Pauro Arnold showed that they too have impressive skills on the water and in the air.
Aitutaki rider Titi Kaukura also entered and it was clear his skill set is developing rapidly.
Tahiti rider Tetuatau Leverd was the king of the freestyle event with fellow countryman Raiarii Fadier taking out second and Gordon Heather clinching third.
The tables turned in the course racing division with Raiarii Fadier crossing the line first followed by Tetuatau Leverd in second and Gordon Heather taking out third.
It was no surprise then that the three men were the top three overall riders of the competition.
In the women’s division it was Australia’s Andrea Phillips that wowed the judges to take first place with local base American rider Brynn Acheson taking second and Australian Megan Bell winning third.
The riders and local organisers gave back to the community by giving Aitutaki children plenty of thrills learning to kitesurf through the kite school programme.
Some of the children even had the opportunity to hitch a ride with two win world champion Jesse Richman and are certainly eager to see the riders return for more fun next year.
Loads more fun was had during the Aquafest event where riders took time out to put their swimming and paddling skills to the test.
There was even a kids division with Aitutaki lad Quentin Schofield showing the international riders a thing or two as the 8-year-old confidently kited on his own.
The closing ceremony at O’rongo Centre was a feast of culture fun with Aitutaki dancers and guest fire dancers Matt and Vasukee from Australia wowing the crowd with their skills.
Organisers of the event would like to thank the people of Aitutaki along with emcee Terangi Tamati for including her junior paddlers in the Watersport fun.
Meitaki maata to event sponsors Tourism Cook Islands, Air Rarotonga, Cook Islands Yacht Squadron, The Reef Motel, Etu Moana, Telecom, Samade on the Beach, Vonnias, Wet n Wild, Summerfield Systems, Pakas Pearls plus standout individual support from Stephen Doherty, Misepa Isamaela, Quentin and Melelino Schofiled, Po’o Bishop, Ngaa Tiria, Thomas Koteka, Sarah Moreland, Retire Puapi’i, Sam Napa and Sam, Pira Blake and Mii Blinkhorn.   – MW

Aquafest comes to Raro

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Get into the buzz of the first Rarotonga Aquafest on August 2 and you could win a round trip to Aitutaki to attend this year’s Manureva Aquafest – the kitesurfing and watersport festival.

The Rarotonga Aquafest will be run on the beach at Vaiana’s beach bar in Nikao and is being organised to promote the Manureva Kitesurfing competition on Aitutaki , which also includes an aquafest day full of watersport fun and games.

The Manureva Kitesurfing competition and Aquafest will be held from September 1 to 5 on Aitutaki and is sponsored by Cook Islands Tourism, Cook Islands Yacht Squadron, Air Rarotonga, Etu Moana Bungalows, Samade on the Beach, The Reef Aitutaki, Telecom, Edgewater, Wet n Wild, KiteSup, Pakas Pearls and Summerfield Systems.

On offer for Aquafest enthusiasts will be individual and team races, including fun swimming, running,  a stand up paddle board race as well as oe vaka and a combination of all the races.

The entry fee is $5 per person and teams consist of three people.

Participants will also get Vaiana’s discount specials on food and drinks for the day.

There are both junior and open divisions, and loads of fun guaranteed with the witty Tony Fe’ao as the master of ceremony.

A live band will be serenading the crowd and Nikao sunset and with loads of spot prizes and like-minded people to meet and mingle with – mark August 2 as Aquafest fun day and get along to the Nikao beach.


Kitesurfers gear up for Manureva

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Saturday March 15, 2014 Written by Matariki Wilson Published in National

As local residents baton down the hatches against predicted high winds over the weekend – local kitesurfers will be airing out their kites and polishing up their boards for loads of fun.

Local kitesurfers are sure to revel in the high winds as they put in more hard training ahead of this year’s Manureva Kitesurfing and Aquafest competition scheduled to be held on Aitutaki from September 1-5.

Rarotonga kitesurfers have been improving their skills and the word is host island Aitutaki will also field a number of riders who have significantly improved their riding skills since last year.

Former two-time world kitesurfing champion and inaugural winner of the first Manureva comp in 2011 Jesse Richmond, who won the world crown for Red Bull’s “King of the Air 2013” is set to bring his talents back to the island festival.

Kitesurfing Association president Paka Worthington is excited at the prospect of the classy rider heading to the islands.

“He does triple backflips off the beach to start his kite sessions – something you have to see before you can believe it,” says Worthington.

He is also planning on bringing the Naish team (a big kite manufacturer from Hawaii) with him and having the Tahitian and Australian Naish teams meet him here.

Last year’s kitesurfing Aitutaki event also saw the first Aquafest run on the island with much success.

The event includes short 50 metre races on stand up paddle boards, vaka and fun freestyle swimming.

This event is open to everyone and all are encouraged to bring their ‘A game’.

The event also introduces the sport to the community through a kite-making competition for school kids as well as an island-wide night market at the conclusion of the five-day festival.

Rarotonga riders to watch out for will be the island’s top riders including Pauro Arnold, Eva Koteka, Ina Nooroa and Gordon Heather to name a few; while Titi Katangi is sure to be one of the standout riders from Araura along with the rising local riders on the Pa Enua.

Event organisers would like to say a big meitaki atupaka to event sponsors including the Edgewater Resort, Telecom Cook Islands, Tourism Cook Islands, Cook Islands Yacht Squadron and Air Rarotonga.