12 July 2018

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Thursday, 12th July 2018

Commodore's Comments

Well, already I am getting a taste of the huge amount of work that past Commodore Nick has been shouldering for the past 2 years. 6 emails that need answering in the first 4 hours.

The AGM went well. Big news was the very well deserved elevation of Ross Currie to life membership. When Roger Ruston went through Ross’s list of jobs done for the club, and achievements in sailing, it was truly a mammoth undertaking, showing just how much Ross has put into our club and our sport over the years.

One of our up and coming boardsailors, Max van der Zalm was selected as yachtsperson of the year, reflecting his great success in this sector of our sport over the last year.
Otherwise, business as normal. Finances were better than the previous year, but still tight.

Overseas, a fairly quiet week, except for Jason Saunders & sailing partner Gemma Jones doing very well in the Nacra 17 European Champs, in Poland. Currently they are second, just 2 points off first, after the first day of gold fleet racing.

I thought I would introduce myself as your new commodore with a little autobiographical summary, as I am not a life-long Tauranga resident.
I was born in Wellington, and spent most of my early life there, except for a few years in Kaitaia, and Roxburgh, where my Dad helped build the Dam.  My Dad, Bernie, originally an accountant, switched between engineering & dairy industries all his life. Those of you with dairying backgrounds will probably know of him as CEO of the Dairy Board in the 1980s.

With no family sailing background, I became fascinated by sailing after I won a P class in a bet with my Dad, at the age of 12, starting at the Paremata yacht club, which at that time had about 100 P class yachts, in 4 divisions.

I was too small, believe it or not, to do well in the P class in Wellington’s breezes, but did much better when I switched to Junior Cherubs, winning their nationals in 1972. Then on to R class, which were at the time one of the strongest National senior classes. At one Nationals, we had over 80 boats. I managed to win these in 1974, aged 21, with a 17 year old as crew, in a boat that I part designed, and built myself. I believe we remain to this day the youngest ever winners.

Then, I became determined to get to the Olympics. There were no skiff type boats in the Olympics then, the closest being the then new 470’s, so into the 470 class I went, representing NZ as skipper in 1975, but missing out in the trials for the 1976 Olympics.

I found more success as a crew, sailing with Murray Jones, another top Wellington sailor, and we won the nationals most years, the 470 Europeans in 1978, and were in the top 10 at both of the world champs we sailed. For the 1980 trials, we had to beat Mark Paterson, and Dave Mackay, who were the pre-Olympic Champs, but we won easily, and were selected for the 1980 team.

It was a bitter disappointment when the NZ sailing team were withdrawn for political reasons, but we went to Europe anyway, and won the Kiel week regatta, which had been chosen by the boycotting countries (most of the western world) as the substitute regatta.

After that I stayed in Europe for a while, and sailed the Contender and 420 worlds, coming 8th, from memory, in the 420s, with a German Crew.
Coming back to New Zealand, I decided to switch classes, to the Tornado, and cities, to Auckland.

I sailed in the Tornado with Brian Jones, Murray’s younger brother, and we did very well, in NZ and Overseas, but unfortunately never really managed to dominate over Rex Sellers, who went on to win Gold and Silver medals in that class in 1984 & 1988.

We split for the 1992 campaign, and Brian ended up sailing with Rex. I was close to them with new crew, Alan Pointon, but no cigar, 2nd again. My final campaign, with crew John Clinton, for the 1996 games was even closer, equal on points going into the last race, and leading half way through, so it was all on the last wind shift, but it was not to be.
Did I do anything else during these campaigns?  Unlike today, we actually had to work, as there was not much money for Olympic campaigns.

I had managed to get a law degree, early on, in those odd days when I was not sailing, and went on to specialise in intellectual property law, passing the Patent Attorney exams eventually, after the first few tries were mucked up by schedule clashes with 470 regattas.

I went on to become a partner in New Zealand’s biggest IP firm, but that clashed with sailing, so set up my own practice, in Auckland, and now I am with the third biggest firm, James & Wells, running the Tauranga office.

I also continued my relationship with the Jones family, by teaming up with Cathy, Murray & Brian’s sister, and we have 2 twenty something sons, Chris, currently in Christchurch, and Ben, last heard from somewhere in Bolivia. Don’t worry, he promised to be back by Christmas.

We moved to Tauranga in 2003, and now live in Pillans Point.  I race both a Zephyr, Silver Cloud, and my keelboat, Timewarp, otherwise known as the yellow peril, with mixed success in both boats.

I am very proud to be the person who introduced the current fleet of tornados to Tauranga.

I also continue to have a serious interest in Olympic Sailing, using my legal skills, as a member of the Yachting NZ Olympic committee, and have had some role in selection of most teams since 2000. Currently, I am chairman of selectors.

Back to the club, and events coming up. This weekend, we have Centreboard racing, hopefully, if the wind is not quite as windy as some forecasts. Oh, and no club night on 20 July, so you had better come early, on the 13th.





13 Jul - Members' Night
15 Jul - CB Winter Series 5
22 Jul - Keeler Winter Series 6
27 Jul - Members' Night
29 Jul - CB Winter Series 6


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Roast of the day: Pork with Apple Sauce served with roast vegetables of the day

Reg $12.50
Large $15.50
XL $18.50

 Asian Chicken Salad with crispy noodles $17.00
Macaroni & Bacon with three cheese sauce and a salad on the side

Braised Beef Sausages, onion gravey and mash potato served with crushed green peas


Deconstructed Lamb burger, Kumara rosti, beetroot hummus, roquette served on brioche bun

Gourmet Beef Burger, 120gm pattie, onion rings, smoked cheese, gherkins and coleslaw served wtih Fries

Porterhouse Steak, served with a side salad and fries with your choice of blue cheese, onion rings or garlic butter topping.  $18.00
Tempura Prawns served with salad and fries $17.00
Fish Burger and Fries $8.00
Beef burger and fries $8.00
 Fish and Chips served with lemon and tartare sauce  $13.50
 EXTRAS Side Salad
bowl fries
Large Fries


 Your choice of Chicken Nuggets, Fish, or Hot dog and Chips all served with Tomato Sauce and include a ice cream sundae for $6.50


Keeler Report

Hi Fellow Sailors,

Race 5, of the “Burnsco Marine” Winter Series has been Run and Won, by a very close margin. 11 minutes on Handicap, separating the whole Fleet

With a Strong Wind Warning Forecast, (24 Gusting up to 39knts), the Race was going to be Very Quick, with the Stronger Boats coming through to the Front.

However the winds held off, which meant we had almost Perfect Conditions, other than being Extremely Cold

The Young Gun of the Fleet, was Hot on the Heels of the Older Generation, with Dylan, on SPANK, finishing just 13 seconds behind Roger on FRENZY

From the Tower, If Only Dylan had pulled His Spinnaker down 2 minutes earlier . . .
However, finishing 1st on Handicap was well earned, which now means, with ONLY 3 Races to go, We have Frenzy and Spank, currently tied for 1st, with General Jackson, only 4 points behind.

Races 7 & 8, will see some added prizes being given away at the After Race Prize Giving, as we will be giving away the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Prizes and the Lucky Door Prizes, NOT given out during the Series to date.

So a BIG THANKS, goes out to TYPBC’s  Long Term Sponsor, “Burnsco Marine” for the Gift Cards, for this Winters Series, and we are looking forward to a ongoing Relationship.

With the 2018/19 AGM being held on Tuesday night, a BIG  CONGRATULATIONS, goes out to Ross Currie, being voted into TYPBC’s,  Life Member Club.

‘Til next week “Fair Winds”

Darryl McManus
Mob # 021 982 600
Keeler Chairperson

new life member - ross currie

We would like to take this time to congratulate Ross Currie on becoming our latest Life Member. Roger Rushton put a lot of time into gathering up all the  outstanding service, commitment and achievement  Ross has put into the Club and received.
A well deserved accolade for a highly succesful and highly regarded member of the club. 


Expressions of Interests are now open for those sailors aged
14-20 years who would like to attend this year’s Youth Training Week.

The crews will sail in either week 1 (Dec 3rd – 9th) or week 2 (Dec 9th – 15th)

Preference will be given to experienced sailors - one (or more)
place(s) will be available to sailor(s) whom were chosen in the past.

Invitations are also extended to our neighbouring clubs Hamilton and
Taupo, however priority will be given to current TYPBC sailors
(unless we have enough sailors for 2 teams).

Please send your sailing CV and expression of interest to:
matt@design-solutions.co.nz and office@yacht.org.nz

For further information:

Our New Wow chairperson Reina Del La varis

I have always loved the ocean. Unfortunately, I was not able to go on a Youth Development Voyage on the Spirit of New Zealand when I was in high school, but I later joined the Navy and sailed from Wellington to Sydney on the Spirit for the Royal Australian Navy’s 100th Anniversary International Fleet Review. Through the Spirit I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to spend 50 days sailing from Canakkale, Turkey to Southampton, UK taking in the 100th Anniversary of ANZAC Day at Gallipoli on the Australian tall ship STS Young Endeavour. Of course, the criteria to be selected for this was quite strict and I had to write a very convincing letter explaining why I should be one of the three Kiwis chosen for the voyage – and I was. This trip caused me to completely fall in love with sailing and I will never forget those life changing couple of months.
I became involved at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club – sailing in the Keeler Summer & Winter, Women on Water, and Bluewater Series, as well as joining both committees and helping out with club events. I sailed Steinlager 2 back to Auckland after the 2017 Auckland to Tauranga race; volunteered on board the Spirit for Tara’s arrival (Sir Peter Blake’s expedition yacht) back to Auckland for the first time since his death; and competed in the 2017 NZ Women’s National Keelboat Championship.
Last year I sailed on the Spirit’s first Napier - Chatham Islands – Auckland voyage and along with Courtney Pratt-Young, wrote the Journal for it too. Although my busy life working and studying prevents me from getting out on the Spirit more, I always try and share these opportunities with my friends and encourage them, and others, to give it a try.

Functions - FYI -  alcohol management plan Update / important update

After spending the last few days sorting things for our club license and getting our alcohol management plan up to date, I wanted to take this time to let you know that if a staff member of the club was to ask you if you think you will be ok to drive home tonight, this is not intended as a offensive "dig" but is our legal requirement. If we didn't do this and you happened to be pulled over by the police and charged, this could result in the club been fined or our club license being temporarily suspended alongside the inevitable negative media publicity that would ensue.As many of you may be aware there is occasionally a police checkpoint at the start of Sulphur Point.


Don't forget the Race management seminar on this weekend

We are hosting a race management seminar here at the Yacht Club on the weekend of the 14th and 15th fo July 2018. This is a free seminar, follow this link to find out more information and fill out a registration form here

finish with a laugh.



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