Richard Dodson


  • 2000: America’s Cup – Defence ‘Team NZ’ – on board Strategist, 1st Place
  • 1995: America’s Cup – Challenge ‘Team NZ’ – on board Strategist, 1st Place
  • 1992: World One Ton Cup – Tactician, 1st Place
  • 1988: World One Ton Cup ‘Propaganda’ – Skipper,1st Place
  • 1987: Admirals Cup ‘Gold Corp’ – Skipper 1st Team
  • 1982: World OK Dinghy Champion
  • 1979: World OK Dinghy Champion


  • 2008/09:Various J Class Regatta’s, ‘Ranger’ – Tactician
  • 2003: J Class Anniversary, Endeavour – Tactician
  • 2001-3: Louis Vuitton Cup ,‘One World’ – on board Strategist
  • 2000: Kenwood Cup Hawaii ,‘Big Apple’ – Tactician, 1st Place
  • 1995: Halberg Awards – Sportsman of the Year, 1st Team
  • 1988: San Francisco Big Boat Series, ‘Propaganda’ – Skipper, 3rd Place
  • 1987: Southern Cross Cup, ‘Exador’ – Skipper, 1st Place
  • 1986: Kenwood Cup, ‘Exador’ – Skipper, 1st Team
  • 1986: World IOR Yachting Cup, ‘Exador’ – Skipper, 1st Place
  • 1986: Southern Cross Cup, ‘Exador’ – Skipper, 4st Place
  • 1984: NZ Finn Nationals, 1st Place
  • 1983: NZ Finn Nationals, 1st Place
  • 1982: NZ OK Dinghy Nationals, 1st Place
  • 1982: Keil Week OK Dinghy (Germany), 1st Place
  • 1979: Olympic Games Russia – Finn Class, Reserve
  • 1979: NZ OK Dinghy Nationals, 1st Place

Andrew May

Andrew May has been sailing for longer than he can remember. Growing up in yachting family in Diamond Harbour on the Lyttelton Harbour, Andrew began sailing in Optimists and P's then moving into two handed classes, winning the Phoenix class National Championships the year before a car accident that would leave him a paraplegic at 17yrs old. This is when sailing became much more than just a sport to Andrew, more of a lifeline. Andrew readily admits he does not know where he would be now without having sailing to turn to.
Andrew, who is only 38yrs old, has sailed in two Paralympic events to date; Atlanta 1996 in the Sonar and then in Sydney 2000 in the single-handed 2.4mR. He achieved 6th place in both events. Although easily qualifying for the Beijing Paralympics, he was unable to secure enough funding to take part in all of the required events happening in Europe. Kiwi Gold Sailing is giving not just David and Rick another shot, but Andrew as well.
Andrew finds sailing gives him a release from the confines of his wheelchair, an ability to go anywhere he wants to be; freedom.

Chris Sharp

Chris Sharp started sailing up though various classes as a young boy.  In time his love of the sport led him on to a sailmaking apprenticeship with Chris Bouzaid at Hood Sailmakers.  Chris went on to racing Sport Boats, and Flying 15's, until he had a motorbike accident 4 years ago and became a paraplegic.  Prior to his accident Chris was an arborist and loved nothing more than hanging from a tree with a chain saw in his hands.  When not doing this he was sailing or riding his Ducati Motor bike. Chris hadn't been on a boat since his accident until he meet up with Rick and the Kiwi Gold Sailing Team.  He had spent the years since his accident as a recluse and when the phone call came was ready to get back into the world and sailing competitively again.

Quentin Smith

Quentin started sailing as a teenager on Sydney Harbour in the Flying Elevens then advancing to the 12ft Skiff.  On moving to Wanaka to live he started sailing a Nolex 25.  In 2009 he moved to Etchells to get more competitive in a growing and competitive fleet.  Following a Paragliding accident in 2008 sailing proved a great equalizer and he enjoyed the competition and inclusion in mainstream sporting activity valuable.  Being isolated from the centralised adaptive sailing programs and specialised adaptive boats he discovered the ‘inclusive’ approach effective with disabled sailors sailing in mainstream able bodied fleets in minimally modified boats and being truly competitive in those fleets.  Quentin is now active in sailing administration in Wanaka, having hosted and assisted in organising two Paralympic Training Camps and is currently Commodore of Wanaka Yacht Club.


Sir Michael Fay 

Don Cowie - Coach

Don Cowie has competed in three Olympic Games, achieving a silver medal in the Star class in the 1992 Barcelona Games, along with two 5ths in Atlanta  (1996) and Sydney (2000).  He was manager of the Olympic sailing team in Athens in 2004 and coached the Star class in London in 2012.  Don has had a long association with all levels of coaching, from club to world championships.  

As well, he has participated in seven Americas Cup, one as a sailmaker, two as a coach/sailor and four as a sailor.    He has won the Louis Vuitton Cup twice.

He is currently competing in the highly competitive TP52 circuit and has previously participated in the RC44 class circuit, several Admirals Cups, Kenwood Cups and National Matchracing Championships.


David Barnes

  • 1988: Americas Cup, Skipper “Big Boat” KZ 1
  • 1987: World 12 Metre Champion
  • 1984: 470 Class, World Champion
  • 1983: 470 Class, World Champion
  • 1981: World 470 Champion

Michael Clark

Mike Clark is the Team Manager. Mike is a man of honour in all things and sets the bar for the Kiwi Gold Sailing Team.

Mike brings to the Team a wealth of experience, having already run a successful Olympic campaign. He also invigorates the Team with his positive, honest and " go get it/can do" attitude. Mike is a natural leader and the Kiwi Gold Sailing Team are lucky to have him leading them towards a Gold in Rio.

Tom Dodson

Tom Dodson, the elder brother of Rick, is our Logistics man. Tom, as a veteran Americas Cup sailor, is giving us precious experience and guidance fuelled by many years in the sailing industry.

Johnny Melville

Johnny is our Business Manager - the details man. He is a force of positive ideas; Johnny is able to see opportunity in anything and will give you the right game plan on how to make it happen.

Celia Snedden

Kiwi Gold team's PA, is no slouch in a boat herself. The sister of Richard and Tom Dodson, has represented New Zealand three times in the Women's Keelboat Worlds and has won the New Zealand Women's Keelboat title twice. She has worked most of her life in the travel industry but took a couple of years out to be the late Sir Peter Blake's PA during the all-conquering Steinlager 1 campaign in the 1988 Two Handed Round Australia race and the building phase of Steinlager 2 for the 1989-90 Whitbread Around the World race. With that CV, keeping Rick and the boys in line should be a walk in the park!



  • Neville Crichton: CNZM
    RNZYS Life Member - A valued supporter of Kiwi Gold Sailing's Paralympic campaign.
  • Line 7 Marine
  • North Sails New Zealand Ltd
  • Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
  • Don Cowie - Coach
  • Frontend
  • Benefitz
  • Emirates Team New Zealand
  • Eye Institute
  • Oracle Sailing
  • Core Builders Composites
  • Rig Pro - Southern Spars
  • Bodytech Gym
  • Moyes of Panmure
  • Predict Wind
  • Royal Akarana Yacht Club
  • John Street
  • Peter Cornes
  • Larry Keating
  • SailAbility Auckland
  • NZ International Yachting Trust Inc.
  • BP Oil NZ
  • Oceanbridge Shipping
  • Aironaut Customs Brokers
  • Orams Marine
  • Auckland Engineering Supplies
  • Swashbucklers Restaurant & Bar
  • Carr & Haslam
  • Royal Wolf
  • Farmer Auto Village, Tauranga