15 October 2015

Weekly Newsletter: Thurs, 15 Oct 2015

Commodore's Comments

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have hit the headlines again. Pete and Blair have been named as finalists for the top award in yachting, the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year. Last year Peter was in the running but Jimmy Spithill took the award for his Americas Cup performance. I think this year Peter and Blair have a great chance with the string of unreal results in the 49er and on the AC45 circuit. They will be up against other top world sailors including Ian Walker the skipper of Abu Dhabi, Volvo Ocean Race winner. The winner will be announced on 10 Nov at a ceremony in Sanya, China.

Last Sunday was a busy day on the water at the club. The centreboard fleet had 3 awesome races with around 18 knots of breeze from the SW. Our centreboard division Chairman, Greg Scott, has a renewed interest in the P Class after sailing one himself competitively from Kulim Park when he was young. It looks like he has brought himself another P Class. Nice to see him heading out for his first sail last Sunday, in the P for about 35 years!!

Good luck to James Barnett who is just about to start racing in Qatar, firstly in the Sail the Gulf Regatta and this time next week starting the 2015 Asian – Oceania Champs in the Optimist.

The Keelers headed for Karewa after a clubhouse start. 8 boats raced in what turned out to be a lot of pleasant reaching out and around the Island. It was good to see Kaimai Express back on the start line and taking the win on line. On corrected time Peter Decke’s new boat Whistler was 1st.

Wednesday night turned out another good one with nice northerly, which was a little light at times. Again a good fleet of over 30 boats turned out.
Perfect conditions for Whatever saw them 1st on line and Fast lane 1st on corrected in Division 1. Rocket Science was 1st on line and Farr South came in 1st on corrected in Division 2. Division 3 was dominated by Ffaux Pas on both line and corrected after Greg Farmer sailed in with a big lead. In Division 4 Mintaka also took the double. In the Tornados Jason Marra crossed the fish line at speed and flying a hull with a big jump on the next boats. He has repainted and refitted Relentless, which is now looking pretty sharp and going fast!

We have a few boats heading up to the Coastal Classic again this year. Good luck to you all. Who knows you may be in to win a car!!

Good sailing.
Nigel Rippey


15 Oct - WoW - Basic Skills Night
16 Oct - Members' Night
17 Oct - Rotorua Sprints
18 Oct - CB Summer Series 4
21 Oct - Keeler/MH/TY Sum Series 4
23 Oct - Coastal Classic
24 Oct
- TY Cruise - Hunters Creek
24-26 Oct
- P Class NI Champs, Bay of Islands


  • Commodore’s Comments
  • Upcoming Events
  • P Class Bistro Menu
  • Dinghy jib wanted
  • Maria's racing update
  • Alice's LTS update
  • Tower help needed
  • Subs due





Bread and Dips $6.50

Seasonal Hot Vegetables Main


Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding served with roast vegetables & vegetables of the day


Half Serve


Fish of the Day $18.50
Steak: Scotch Fillet served with fries and salad $16.50
Chicken melt camembert, bacon on toasted focaccia finished with mustard mayo served with fries $16.50
Steak Sammie: Minute steak topped with cream mushrooms on ciabatta bun served with fries $16.50
Club Beef Burger. Beef patties, bacon and onion rings with salad filling on toasted bun served with fries $15.50
Gourmet Battered Fish Burger with salad filling and tartare sauce and served with fries $15.50
Fish and Chips served with lemon and tartare sauce $13
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Beef Burger with fries





Side Salad


Bowl of Fries


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*Ice Cream Sundae included with each children's meal




Wanted to Buy Dinghy Jib  - anything considered in any condition off possibly a Sunburst, Javelin, Cherub, 420,  470, it is to assist my tin sailing dinghy which sails like mud with just a main. Ideal size would have a 3m Hoist. please contact Ian Watson on 0277 585 165. or on the yacht "Whatever" Wednesday nights or Zephyr racing on Sundays.


Hi sailors!

We have a perfect finish of the TYPBC School Holiday Training camp and a great start of the Term 4 training. It was great to see so many sailors coming for the Holiday training camp. Tauranga, Hamilton and Taupo sailors all get together to enjoy a good sailing and a performance training for the whole past week.

The Training camp finish with the sailors enjoy a lot Richard Burling speech about: "What makes a good race sailor?" He started his speech about how lucky the sailors are now for having all this organised sailing school activities, more coaches available for them and lucky for training in the Tauranga area with all the benefits that this place has.

Mentioning in his list the 1st key point and rule number one!!!: 1) ENJOY AND HAVE FUN! Continue with more key points.....2) Sail safe, 3) Team work, help others, help the less experienced kids to improve, 4) Go sailing with mates for self training if the conditions are suitable - inform the coaches, parents that are in the water or land where you will be training when doing this 5) No drinking water is no brain working: Drink a lot of water when sailing and eat good food before, on water and after training or races. 6) Learn each day from training or races and always make sure you enjoy. 7) Do other kinds of sailing as Wednesday keel boat racing at the club, go sailing to the beach and anything else you with like to sail. Sail in different boats. And more key points were added to this list! After the speech he give some rigging tips to the sailors.

A total of 20 race sailors come to this Holliday Training camp so we are sure we will organise more of this in the near future. Thanks a lot Richard Burling for coming and also Dylan McKinley and Cole Rippey for their coaching support.  

Term 4 training starts this week with a lot of sailors coming for the courses. Optimist open and green training will be every Tuesday. Starling and P training on Thursdays and Laser training on Friday. Briefing at 4pm: All sailors and boats ready to go to the water.

Congratulations to Jonathan Barnet and Coral Headey for representing the club in this so big regatta last week. We are all so proud of you! Good job!

Hasta la próxima y buenos vientos.

Below its my contact details will be great to hear from you. Maria Ferrario, Head race coach, Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club Inc, Ph 07 578 1615, Mobile 021 070 5454, Email: maria_ferrario@yahoo.com.  


Term 4 is here already with equinox winds to keep us on our toes (or rather in the toe-straps). A few adjustments had to be made to allow new sailors to get on the water in 25 knots of breeze but for those who were brave enough to sail in it, they did extremely well.

Monday saw the start of the Learn to Sail Level 1 course with participants from the Spring Holiday course returning. It was great to see familiar faces back at the club and keen to learn more. Due to excessive wind we did the “harbour tour” incorporating man-over-board drills with “Baby Bob” (a fender in a buoyancy aid), boating terms, mooring and basic chart work to get the young sailors orientated. On Tuesday evening we had the first session of the Learn to Race course. After a briefing on the Five Essentials needed to make a boat go fast, the emphasis was on Balance, as of course, you can’t go fast upside down! The young sailors did extremely well and all managed to stay upright – a very positive start to the race course indeed, well done lads! Thanks to all those parentS who helped with the pack up too.

Greerton School started its Learn to Sail Level 1 course this week. The students arrived very excited about getting on the water and took to it like fish. The “can I go swimming” question was banned after the tenth request mid-channel until back safely at the beach. Those crazy to get their new BoPSAT wetsuits wetter then did so with gusto. It is fantastic to see such enthusiasm in these young people - looks like the capsize drill will be a favourite. I am looking forward to meeting the students from Arataki next week.

It was great to meet some of the Women on Water Ladies and I look forward to seeing more of these keen sailors. Thanks to all for being so welcoming.

This weekend will see the start of another Term 4 LTS Level 1 course as well as Level 2 on Saturday afternoons. I’m looking forward too, to seeing some of the Learn to Race kids back on Sunday afternoon.

Here is the new online booking system we are using for Sailing School bookings. More and more people are using this which makes booking easier for those booking and also for us here at the club. Thank you for your patience as we tweak this to get it set up as best we can.

Next week sees the start of the adult course. There are a few signed up already but still room for more. There are also opportunities available for people to have private lessons in the Omega on Wednesdays or Thursdays.

If you have any questions about the Learn to Sail Programme, please check out the website here then call or email 022 085 3143 (Alice) tauranga.coach@gmail.com.

Helpers wanted for Wednesday
night keeler races

We are looking for an extra couple of people to help in the tower for the Wednesday night keeler races. This involves recording the boats as they approach the start area, operating the automated starting sequence, watching for any boats over the line and then recording the finish times. This is a really good opportunity to be involved in the racing, without actually being on the water.  It’s also a good way to learn all about the race procedures.  We have experienced people running the races, so no previous experience is necessary. 

If you are interested, or would like additional information, please contact Bruce Harrison, phone 027 221 6926 or email bjh1900@gmail.com


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