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Harry Butler is a name that not many of you may have heard before. He flies below the radar, preferring to let his peers live in the limelight. Nevertheless he is a very talented young sailor who is an integral part of the group of youth yachties that RAYC is now producing.

Harry is one of our junior coaches, he completed the YNZ Junior Coach course and is now a certified “Buddy Coach” which allows him to assist a senior coach with on-the-water sailing activities. On top of this he also completed the Coastguard Boating Education Maritime VHF Course and can recite the phonetic alphabet by heart!

Sailing Winter Series - Sunday 28 June 2015 © Suellen Hurling | RAYC

Harry Butler (Skipper) racing an RS Feva. Sailing Winter Series – Sunday 28 June 2015 © Suellen Hurling | RAYC

As a member of the “RAYCey” (Royal Akarana Yacht Club Elite Youth) Optimist Team, Harry has competed in events such as Junior Sail Auckland and the Sir Peter Blake Regatta in both Green Fleet and Open Fleet. He puts in lots of hours, (often at the yacht club three days a week!) to improve his skills and better the results he obtains at regattas. Harry has also started to dabble in two-handed boats like the RS Feva, and has also been for a joy-ride in a 29er and aims to broaden his skill base to include boats such as these.

Harry Butler. A talented young sailor, and awesome  helper around the club

Harry Butler. A talented young sailor, and awesome helper around the club

While his peers are gallivanting overseas doing some sort of international regatta (RS Feva World Championships), Harry has remained behind. Unlike most young teenagers, who spend their time inside playing video games and watching TV, Harry has spent his holidays down at RAYC, lending a helping hand wherever he can. Small jobs that often get forgotten or that are at the bottom of the to-do list have been accomplished (windows washed, plants watered etc), along with bigger jobs that just needed an extra pair of hands (re-running 420 halyards and scrubbing the RIBs).

Harry hard at work scrubbing the RIBs

Harry hard at work scrubbing the RIBs

Next time you see Harry hanging around the yacht club, give him a handshake or a small thank you, it is young people like this that allow the club to function as well as it does.

Thank you Harry!