2 July 2015

Weekly Newsletter: Thurs, 2 July 2015

Commodore's Comments

Sam Barnett and Zak Merton are competing at the European Champs, Arhus, Denmark in the men’s 470. Sam and Zak are in the YNZ Aon fast track programme and have been training hard in the 470 while both keeping up university studies. This is the first big regatta for the pair in the 470. In a competitive fleet of 60 boats they had a stunning race yesterday to finish 6th and now sitting 52nd. Here’s hoping for some more top 10s!

Last Sunday the keelboats had an awesome day for the Burnsco Winter race 4. 18 boats made the start with 15-20 knots during the race. Whatever had a great start with the spinnaker up and managed to hold the lead from start to finish. The rest of the fleet had a close race with positions changing on the long beat up to the turning mark at Te Puna. General Jackson stopped for a bit of keel cleaning and gave the rest of the chasing bunch an idea of where the sandbanks lay. With kites on there was a very pleasant sail home down the harbour. On line, first was Whatever, Frenzy 2nd and Voodoo Lounge 3rd. On corrected time were Whatever 1st, Voodoo Lounge 2nd and No Regrets 3rd.

It was very sad to hear Jim Charlton passed away at the age of 84. Jim was a long serving volunteer at the TYPBC before moving back up to Panmure, Auckland. He spent many years in Tauranga helping in our club and starting countless races from the tower.

Great to see Pete Burling on TV Monday night and to hear Toyota and other sponsors are now also backing the team. As skipper of the AC45 we will be seeing more of him in the media spotlight. Richard Burling has given me an update on what he is up to in the next couple of months. Very interesting and a bit mind-boggling!

“Busy, busy time for the guys at the moment”. Pete and Blair left Auckland for Southampton last Tues – after 6 days back in NZ having just won the 49er World Cup event in Weymouth. The Solent, England has been the sailing waters for ETNZs one design AC45’F’ – foiling version of Wing Sailed AC45 catamaran to be used in the upcoming AC45 World Series. Five good days were had, testing new crew and of course the steep learning curve on what makes this boat go fast. Also including the last couple of days lining up with BAR – Ben Ainslie Racing. On the phone I was asking Peter how slippery the new foils were. He started by saying they were a bit “draggy”, assume compared to the light weight Moth foils but went on to say … “in around 8.5 knots of breeze they were touching speeds over 22 knots downwind”.

If my physics is correct – less drag means you go faster but the compromise is that you need more wind to get up on the foils. I think in over approx., 12 knots of breeze the gennakers will not be required … as in the last America Cup. By the time you are reading this Peter and Blair will be in Porto, Portugal getting ready to start their 49er Europeans - 7 to 13 July. The first AC World Series is in Portsmouth - 23 to 26 July. Between these regattas, 14 to 22 July, ETNZ will be using the remaining 5 allowed testing days on the AC45’F’  (Each team has a max of 10 sailing days before Portsmouth). Their next few events are the Rio Test Event  - 16 to 22 Aug (One year out from the Olympics). The second AC45’F’ World Series is in Gothenburg – 27 to 30 Aug. Only two days training are allowed before this regatta. All this while trying to keep the costs down. Finally back in NZ beginning of Sept for a well-earned break …  I’m sure we will all be following Pete and the team with much interest.

This weekend the centreboarders have training on Saturday afternoon and the Burnsco Winter Series on Sunday. Briefing on Sunday is 1030 hrs. See you there!

Good sailing
Nigel Rippey


3 July - Members' Night
4 July - Centreboard Winter Training
5 July - Burnsco CB Winter Series 5
10 July - Members' Night
12 July
- Burnsco Keeler Winter Series 5


  • Commodore’s Comments
  • Upcoming Events
  • P Class Bistro Menu
  • 470 Europeans
  • Laser Worlds
  • Patrol Boat course
  • Instructor course
  • Photo from Enigma
  • Judging Seminar
  • Subs renewal





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Sam Barnett and Zak Merton are currently lying 52nd with a great result in race 4 where they finished 6th. Event website and results here.


Keep and eye on TYPBC Laser sailors Sam Meech and Thomas Saunders at the Laser Worlds taking place in Kingston, Canada with racing starting tonight. Good luck boys!!  Event website is here.


There will be a patrol boat course from 5-8pm on 17 & 18 September with Peter Head of Elements. Could those who are interested please email Greg at gregwindcatcher@gmail.com.


As a result of a strong expression of interest for a coaching course a date has been set for 6 & 7 October, 9am to 5pm. It will be run by Peter Head of Elements for YNZ and is now being advertised on their website which is where people will need to register their interest. The cost is $125/person but the Club has agreed to contribute $25/person. Numbers are limited for this course so get in quick!!

Go to YNZ here, to register, or go to their website at www.yachtingnz.co.nz and click on Events then scroll down to find the Tauranga course, click on the title and register there. 

KEELER WINTER SERIES - onboard "Enigma"



These Seminars offer beginners to judging an opportunity to learn from more experienced Judges. People with experience across the range are equally catered for including sailors. Seminars will include: an introduction to the Rules with special emphasis on the rules of Part 2 (When Boats Meet). Judging processes including hearings, arbitration, decision making,  "On Water" judging (Rule 42 and Appendix P) and rules administration at events are covered. An introduction to resources such as the ISAF Judges Manual and Casebook is provided.  It is free to all TYPBC members and attendees will be given an opportunity to sit an exam and qualify for Club Judge.

Please contact the office office@yacht.org.nz asap to register so we can go ahead and make the booking if we have enough registered, thank you.

SUBS RENEWAL for 2015/16

Subs renewal invoices will be sent out mid July 2015. Don't forget you can pay your subs and storage fees by cash, cheque or credit card at the office during normal office hours or you can post your cheque to Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club at PO Box 14352, Tauranga 3143.

You can even pay online into our ANZ bank account number 01-0434-0082955-00 putting your invoice number on the reference line.
Thank you.


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