22 October 2015

Weekly Newsletter: Thurs, 22 Oct 2015

Commodore's Comments

This Friday sees the start of the PIC Coastal Classic Race. We have only three making the trip up to compete this year. Arethusa is going back to see if they can better last year's great result. La Rochelle and Frenzy who are regulars have also headed up for the start. The weather forecast looks a bit average so it will be interesting to see what eventuates. We wish our crews the best of luck.

We also have a good number of boats planning to do the Legends Regatta to Mercury Island this long weekend. Lets hope for some better weather.

This weekend the centreboarders have cancelled racing as listed in the calendar. Being the long weekend, many have plans to be away so it is a good chance to give Warren a weekend off! There will still be a few out training.

Last weekend the centreboarders again had heaps of breeze and some great racing. This time of the year always seems to serve up plenty of strong SW winds, making it hard for the new sailors. Our young sailors handled it well on Sunday so they are getting better with plenty of practice in the strong winds. Blair Mellsop was back on the water, having a stunning day on the course with three very good wins in the Optimist fleet. See full results here.

James Barnett has finished 16th in the Sail the Gulf Regatta in Doha, Qatar. This was a warm up for the Asian – Oceania Championships that are due to start on Friday. See the report from Pauline Barnett.

Three Zephyrs made it over to Rotorua for the sprint series. Andy Knowles reported the sailing was tough but good with strong puffs coming down the lake at times. Andy finished well in 4th overall. Peter Stacey finished 10th and unfortunately Derek Young was called home to sort an electrical problem so never got on the water. Grant Beck won the regatta in the Zephyr fleet of 13 boats.

Wednesday night racing saw a slightly depleted fleet turn up due to several boats being away and the strong SW blowing all day. The breeze moderated at times but gusted to the late 20s every now and then. In Div 1 it was a battle to the finish for line honours with Whatever and Kaimai Express boat for boat tacking up to the finish. Whatever managed to make a good gain from their last tack and crossed ahead of Wayne Eaton and his crew. Voodoo was close behind on line in 3rd had a good race, scoring 2nd on Corrected. Div 2 was won on line by the new red Ross boat owned by the Squealer syndicate and skippered by Bruce Goodchap. Good result for the first time out! Farr South was 2nd on corrected. Div 3 saw Rhiannon and Ffaux Pas 1st equal on line and Ffaux Pas 2nd on corrected. Awesome close racing in all divisions. See full results here.

Thanks to all those who help run the racing on Wednesday evening. The tower crew, organisers and Warren and Murray on the water all doing a great job to make it happen.

Good sailing.
Nigel Rippey


23 Oct - Members' Night
23 Oct - Coastal Classic
24 Oct
- TY Cruise - Hunters Creek
24 Oct
- P Class NI Champs, Bay of Islands
25 Oct -
No centreboard racing

28 Oct - Keeler/MH/TY Sum Series 5
29 Oct - WoW 1
31 Oct & 1 Nov
- P Class Trials
31 Oct
- TY Picnic Cruise
1 Nov - Karewa Series 2 (MH Harbour Series 3)
1 Nov - Centreboard Sum Series 6


  • Commodore’s Comments
  • Upcoming Events
  • P Class Bistro Menu
  • Coastal Classic
  • Legends Regatta
  • James in Qatar
  • Rotorua Sprints
  • Techno Worlds
  • Maria's racing update
  • Alice's LTS update
  • Subs due





Bread and Dips $6.50

Seasonal Hot Vegetables Main


Roast Pork and apple sauce served with roast vegetables & vegetables of the day


Half Serve


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
Nachos (large) $10
Wedges with ham, cheese and sour cream $10
Beef Burger with fries $8



Side Salad


Bowl of Fries


Large Fries




Choc or Raspberry Sundae


Chocolate Brownie







Chicken & Chips*


Fish & Chips*


Hot Dog & Chips*


*Ice Cream Sundae included with each children's meal




Starting at 9.30am on Friday 23 October 2015, the PIC Coastal Classic yacht race is the biggest event of its kind in Australasia.

The 119 nautical mile 'drag race' from Auckland to Russell in the Bay of Islands frequently attracts fleets of 150 boats each year, and has become one of New Zealand's most coveted yacht racing titles. Good luck to the 5 TYPBC boats taking part.
Event website here.


The Legends Regatta to Great Mercury Island is on this long weekend, 23-26 October featuring a few TYPBC yachts.

Follow the action here.


Pauline Barnett writes..."The Sail Qatar regatta has had our two NZers, The Indian team, the Singapore team, Kuwait and many Qatari. The Singaporeans are essentially their World's team plus Euros and they have dominated the regatta." 
Read more here.


Three Zephyrs made it over to Rotorua for the sprint series. Andy Knowles reported the sailing was tough but good with strong puffs coming down the lake at times. Andy finished well in 4th overall. Peter Stacey finished 10th and unfortunately Derek Young was called home to sort an electrical problem so never got on the water. Grant Beck won the regatta in the Zephyr fleet of 13 boats.


Veerle Ten Have and Max Van Der Zalm have arrived safely in Cagliari, Italy for the 2015 Techno World Champs taking place 24-31 Oct. There are over 230 boys and 115 girls taking part in two age divisions of U15 and U17.

Read more here.


Maria is in Auckland as we speak, getting ready for the Coast Classic but she'll be back next week with lots more news.

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.  


Twenty five knots, I've made the call
Better get wet than not at all
But winds like this for little wee folk
Are rather more than they could cope

So be it, there's lots to do
From tacking drills to being rib crew
And seeing some distant shore up close
At least they get out in a boat

Twenty five knots and more next day
The winds may seem like here to stay
And though the racers are at ease
Beginners find this too much breeze

We practice tacks and drills ashore
We learn the knots and plenty more
We know the points of sail by heart
So least the kids have made a start

Twenty five knots, three new schools
Learning about the sailing rules
Seeing if the new wetsuit fits
Seeing the water and jumping in it

The breeze has made it hard to sail
Larger waves and more to bail
These kids are now the ropework kings
Lets wait and see what next week brings.

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.


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