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Huang a hit during America’s Cup

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Bucklands Beach Yacht Club Rear Commodore Wayne Huang.

Wayne Huang, Rear Commodore at Bucklands Beach Yacht Club (BBYC), recently became the number one sports reporter for the America’s Cup in the Chinese-speaking market.

Huang has written and had 24 articles published across Chinese media in New Zealand. He followed the build-up to the America’s Cup with great interest and participated in the Race Village Team events for which he has received a Certificate of Recognition for his services.

Huang developed a huge following in the Chinese market on the social media platforms We Chat, Red and Tiktok as a result of his America’s Cup articles, including local company Fisher and Paykel and the NZ International Women’s Association. On one of his recent sports talk shows he gained an audience of 193,000.

He has a passion for watersports and engaging the local ethnic community. His focus has been introducing the local Chinese speaking market to sailing via Share Boating especially during the America’s Cup regatta.

Share Boating has orgainsed four successful sailing events on Sir Peter Blake’s yacht, Steinlager 2 and two highly successful forums, one on the luxury catamaran Savoy and most recently at the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron with special guest, Bucklands Beach sailing Olympian Bruce Kendall.

The local Chinese market is fascinated in Sir Peter Blake’s legendary sailing history, especially the chance to sail in his yacht.

Steinlager 2 was the winner of the Whitbread Round the World race skippered by Sir Peter Blake and the only yacht to win all six legs.

He also won the America’s Cup as skipper of Team New Zealand in 1995 on Black Magic and again defended the Cup in 2000.

Not only is there an opportunity to learn and take part in sailing, Huang and Share Boating offer the local market an experience to learn and care for the marine environment. Trips to Goat Island and Poor Knights Marine Reserves proved popular during the summer months.

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