SSANZ Contacts

The Short Handed Sailing Association of New Zealand (Inc.)

P.O. Box 40-550, Glenfield, Auckland, New Zealand. Fax: (09) 443 0894

Steve Ashley

President - Steve Ashley

Steve is a professional yacht rigger with his own business The Rigging Shop. Steve is an honorary life member of SSANZ and has made a huge contribution. He is often the last person left recording finishers and making sure everyone is safe. 

Contact Details


Phone     Business   09 419 6519

               Mobile     027 477 7969




Cameron Thorpe

Chairman - Cameron Thorpe

Cameron has a extensive sailing background of over 20 years and is known as half of the Two Handed crew on the Farr 1020 Hard Labour. Hard Labour won the 2005 SSANZ Round North Island Race on ORC, 2004 and 2005 Auckland to Tauranga and the Coastal Classic Two Handed division's (beating 12 fully crew 1020's in '05 to win the class prize as well !) and is always near the sharp end of the results in the SIMRAD series. Cameron helmed Hard Labour to win the Farr 1020 Nationals in 2002, 2006 and 2010. Recently as crew on Surreal (Beneteau First 47.7) Cameron has completed his set of SSANZ trophies by winning the Two Handed Division of the White Island Race in 2011 and also Line Honours and 1st IRC in the 2012 Round New Zealand Race.  

Cameron has twice been on the winning crew of the New Zealand National Keelboat Champs and also raced the Etchells "The Boat" achieving a top 10 performance in the 2002 worlds. 

As Chairman Cameron wants to see the continued growth of shorthanded sailing and see more boats out on the water...


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Phone     Mobile     021 226 7662


Maurice Parlane

Treasurer - Maurice Parlane

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Phone     Mobile     021 650 692


Andrew Mackmurdie

Secretary - Andrew Mackmurdie

Andrew is a new addition to the committee. Introduced to sailing in a 12 foot, clinker built National at an early age, he spent much of his time in the bush and tramping in the Wairarapa and South Island.

Reintroduced to big boat sailing in Seattle, he spent a year crewing on a race boat on Puget Sound, before returning to New Zealand.  Upon becoming a partner in an H28, he got back into the Auckland Sailing scene, eventually sailing on Mahia (Lotus 12.8) for ten  years, before beginning to sail his 1020 (The V Team) in both SSANZ and RNZYS series.

Andrew particularly likes the short handed series and longer races, which he wishes to do more of, but finds difficulties balancing this with a very busy consulting and travel schedule.


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Phone:         Mobile 021 377315



Jon Henry

Race Director - Jon Henry

Jon started sailing dinghy's at the age of 10 and over the past 45 years he has sailed and raced in Dinghies, Trailer Yachts a Carpenter 29 then a Beale 11.6 "Danaide" in which he has sailed more than 10000nm in over 10 years, a lot of these miles two handed including the 2008 RNI which he was 2nd in Div on PHRF and 1st overall on ORC and also the 2012 Round New Zealand Race. He now owns a Dufour 525 called "Ma'ara" which he sailed from Greece to NZ.


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Phone     Business   09 2325603

               Mobile      0274 779745



Damon Jolliffe (thinks he is awesome!)

Committee - Damon Jolliffe (thinks he is awesome!)

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Phone     Mobile     027 210 0941


Neil Hilder

Ideas Man - Neil Hilder

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Phone     Mobile     021 766 793


Scott Wilson

Committee - Scott Wilson

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Phone     Mobile     021 653 434


Geoff Herd

Central Region Rep - Geoff Herd


Geoff has been racing on Wellington harbour and in Cook Strait for over 25 years. As well as crewing on a number of yachts, Geoff has owned a Stratus 747, then the Ross 930 "Splash Palace" for ten years. Currently he owns the Ross 1066 "The Guarantee".


Aside from harbour and coastal racing, Geoff has been involved as co-ordinator for Wellington stopovers for the Two Handed RNI since 2002, and other races such as the BT Global Challenge,2006 Volvo Ocean Race Pitstop, Portimao Ocean Race, Velux 5 Oceans Race, and the Global Ocean Race. Geoff was instrumental in creating the RPNYC Two Handed Central Triangle Race to give sailors in the central region the chance to experience a major coastal short handed race, and creating a feeder to the SSANZ Two Handed RNI.

Contact Details

Phone     027 5594466



Josh Tucker

Publicity - Josh Tucker


From a young age Josh was on the water. Living on board his parents 50ft gaff Rigged ketch 'NZ Maid' and cruising the NZ coastline and outer Islands with his parents and 4 brothers.

His first offshore yacht race was the Napier to the Chatham Islands race done at the age of 13 which followed on to the RPNYC offshore series and then to the Tasman Triangle and Sydney Hobart race at 17 years of age. Since then he has done over 120,000Nm of offshore racing and cruising including pretty much every major offshore race in the world. Notable adventures include a season in the Alaskan Ice as first mate on a carbon fibre 90 ft superyacht, southern ocean and cape horn rounding under jury rig after losing the mast on the open 60 Hugo Boss 2000nm from cape horn and completing 2 Round North island races with an average boat size of 29ft (Waka T850 and Pepe R930). Josh is now a father of 3 boys and working at North Sails in Auckland.

Contact Details 

Phone 0212222143



Dave Mason

Committee - Dave Mason

Dave started in trailer yachts after a lifetime with power boats. He was once a boat builder for Mason Marine (family firm) building Clippers, and quite involved in power boat racing when milk was 4c a pint and petrol was 42c a gallon ! Dave won the National and Auckland Trailer Yacht Champs in 1988 and then moved on to the Young 88 class. Dave has owned several Young 88s achieving 2,5,7,9,1,4,2,5 on line in the Nationals. He won the Nationals with "Undercover" in 2001. Dave then moved on to "Frenzy" a Lambert 35 in which he scored a few good results in the SIMRAD series before the real challenge of the 2002 Two Handed Round North Island where "Frenzy" finished 3rd in division.
Currently Dave has been sailing as Tactician on Beneteau 36.7 which won RNZYS Club champs on PHRF and ORC and was second in division BOI Regatta.

Dave's experience with his company Brandgroup in advertising, publicity and brand building has proved invaluable to SSANZ. Dave is our creative genius and has inspired a huge lift in the presentation for our races and website. 


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Phone     Mobile     021 905 302