17 December 2015

Weekly Newsletter: Thurs, 17 Dec 2015

Commodore's Comments

There has been plenty of action at the club just before we go into the Christmas break.

Last night was the last of the Summer Series 1, sailed in near perfect conditions. The Frenzy crew was notably in the Xmas spirit with their Santa hats on. Many boats found the bottom after straying slightly inside the temporary channel marks with Flashback taking the biggest hit award. Well done to all the competitors and the winners of each division who saw some very close racing. Overall Div 1 Ross Currie’s Arethusa was 1st, Voodoo 2nd, Whatever 3rd. In Div 2 after another convincing win on line and corrected last night, Morgan Brodie’s Rocket Science was 1st, Farr South 2nd and No Regrets 3rd. Div 3 winner was Greg Farmer in Ffaux Pas, Rhiannon 2nd and Syncroncity 3rd. Div 4 saw Doug Elliot in Mintaka in 1st by one point ahead of Keewee and Bella Via in 3rd. The Tornados have had good fast racing with a fleet of around 5 boats usually.  Overall Jason Marra’s Relentless was 1st, Touch and Go 2nd and Feisty Feline 3rd.
Thanks to all who have worked in the tower, on the water and Andy Kennedy and his team for making the series run well.

I was on the Harry Highet with Warren Belk and Murray De Lues for the race last night. Warren reminded me the Highet was launched at the club 25 years ago yesterday. The boat was well built by voluntary club members under the watchful eye of David Peet. It has been used continuously ever since and after a total repaint in 2009 it is still looking fantastic. Warren has been Harry’s minder for most of its life and this shows today. Big thanks to Warren.

Last weekend I watched and excellent close start of the single-handed Karewa race for the Keelers. A good fleet of 9 boats had a great sail out around the Island. Doug Esterman in Rhiannon had a superb race after picking the right side to beat up to Karewa. Berenice was first on line but Rhiannon took out he corrected time result with Fly Away Sam 2nd and Berenice 3rd.

Thursday night the breeze was packing some punch for Wow’s race. Several boats gave themselves an extra handicap starting late while trying to get sorted in the 20 to 30 knots of breeze. There was some good sailing from the women’s crews in the strong breeze! Overall on points so far it's very tight with Freedom Express 1st, Sniper and Whatever equal on points then High Point and Smudge also equal on points. Close racing!

On Saturday the Tornados are going to rerun the Matakana Classic with SW forecast. We hope to see a fleet of 5–6 boats going around the Island, accompanied by the TYPBC ribs.

Tonight I would love to see you all at the TYPBC Xmas party. Tickets are available from the office or some last minute sales at the door. Tickets are $15, which includes a couple of drinks and canapés. Please come along and be merry!

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, happy holidays and safe cruising if you are heading up the coast.

Nigel Rippey


17 Dec - Commodore's Christmas Party
18 Dec - Members' Night - CANCELLED
19 Dec - TY Xmas Cruise, Katikati
21 Dec-10 Jan
- TYPBC office closed
2 Jan - TY Picnic Cruise
9-11 Jan - P Class Tanner Cup, Bay of Islands
11-15 Jan - Opti Clinic, Eastern Beach
15-17 Jan - Starling NIs, Bay of Islands
16 Jan - 2 Handed Series 3
16 Jan - TY Cruise, Tuapiro
16-17 Jan - MH Kidz on Katz
17 Jan - CB Sum Series 10
20 Jan - Keeler/MH/TY Sum Series 13


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Wednesday Night Series - 16 Dec


General Jackson with Pic Marine Spinaker                           Santas on a boat

Pics courtesy of Murray de Lues


Elly, Tom, Jono, Jack and Richard have just completed an exciting week of training and racing at the Nespresso Youth Kawau Week.

Read Elly's report here.


The re-run of the Matakana Classic will take place this Saturday, briefing at 11am. 

BoPSAT sponsored school sailing programme

As reported regularly by Alice, BoPSAT has been sponsoring hand-picked pupils of four low decile schools to complete learn to sail courses this term.  Merivale was again coached by our volunteer Bruce, and Arataki, Greerton Village and Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o te Kura Kokiri were coached by club coach Alic
e.  Part way through the term Arataki had to drop out and were replaced by a group from Tauranga Intermediate. 

The aim of the programme is to provide new opportunities, skills and experiences for disadvantaged kids, increasing their confidence and broadening their horizons.  Those with sailing talent we want to take through to AIMS Games and club racing and beyond.

We’ve previously had a rave review from Jan Tinetti at Merivale.  Here’s what Heather Langley from Greerton Village school had to say:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for giving some of our students the experience of sailing. All students grew in confidence and each time they returned were very excited with their afternoon. Special thanks to Alice for her patience with our students when they were reluctant to “give it a go”. We all really appreciate the offer for a group of our students to experience sailing in 2016.”

The TYPBC sailing school has agreed a discount from the usual coaching cost for this programme, which we really appreciate.  Huge thanks too to the two senior yacht club members who have donated to our programme, allowing us to scale it up this summer.  Any others who would like to come on board (with either time or funding) would be warmly welcomed – talk to Roger Clark, Fi Charman, Tina Kennedy, Phil West or Stuart Pedersen.

FOR CLUB'S patrol boats

You will need to have people skills with an interest in the yacht club Rib boats and have spare time. We have full time coaches and a growing youth division within the club so require someone dedicated to maintaining and looking after the club's patrol boats. You can expect to spend about 2 to 4 hours per week on the boats. Please call Greg Scott for more details on 021 313 693.




Hi sailors, parents and families!

We are getting to the end of Term 4 coaching. It was fantastic to share with you all this Term coaching, training and regattas. The sailors did an amazing job coming every week and weekend training bringing so much enthusiasm, energy and the desire to go sailing with friends, enjoy and learn a lot from each day. It is a pleasure to be working with so many great sailors. Thanks amazing sailors!

But also a big THANK YOU to all the parents. You were so helpful over the past months. Also to all the coaches and Nigel Rippey and John Revington for all your support and another great and busy Term 4 race coaching run on the TYPBC.

We finish with a very good Term! A big amount of sailors on the different classes: Opti green and Open, P Class, Starling and Laser. Also we finish very happy for the objectives and the results that they get at different regattas. Great to see many sailors improving so much (Some of the young sailors went from a 70th place in their first regatta of the season to a top 30 place in the last one, Sir Peter Blake!) This shows how much they are training, enjoying and also how enthusiastic they are for training and regattas. Great way to go. Keep enjoying sailing as much as you can. It's an amazing sport!

But we still working very hard to improve the sailing school for the summer courses and the Term 1 coaching. Good summer courses are coming, clinics, training camps, many regattas to go in January and a lot of new ideas!

TYPBC RACE TRAINING CAMP - 18, 19 and 20 December 2015
We are organising a race training camp for the weekend of 18, 19 and 20 of December. A good way to finish the year sailing with friends, having a lot of fun in a intensive and challenge training. Good 3 days of training for those that are planning to go to P Nationals, Starling North Islands and Laser Nationals very soon in January.
Days: Friday 18 Dec 10-4pm, Saturday 19 Dec 12:30-6:30pm, Sunday 20 Dec 12:30-6:30pm.
(Be riged and ready by the time the lesson start). You can register and pay per day.
Classes: Optimist Open and Green, Pclass, Starling and Laser.  

P Nationals 12-15 Jan, Starling North Islands 16-17 Jan, Laser Nationals 21-25 Jan,  Auckland Champs 30 Jan to 1 Feb.

Please send me an email if you are planning to do these and you haven't registered yet. Thanks!
Here are 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.  


Learn to Sail Sailors have progressed from where they were a few months ago. Most have stepped up to the challenge of sailing in twenty knots of breeze, enjoying the speed they pick up along the way. Saturdays’ sailors got close to nature when a rather large starfish settled on the rib anchor. At this point the Colin Smith rib, rather than the dinghies was the cool place to be. Tom Kain was happy with the little suckers grabbing his hand and carefully popped the beautiful creature back where it belonged. Nice one Tom.

This week sees the end of the term 4 courses and many young sailors getting their certificates of achievement. Well done to all who came down regularly and worked hard on their sailing this term. We hope to see you for more fun over Christmas and in the New Year as well as next term. Special congratulations go to the Level 1 groups from Monday afternoons and Saturday mornings, who are starting to learn the basics about racing already. This is fantastic progress.

The adult dinghy sailors have equally shown a great leap of confidence from those early days. They managed the Omega dinghy extremely well in the very strong winds last Thursday evening. To go from never sailing a dinghy to manging thirty knots of breeze in seven weeks is worth congratulating. A few capsizes were all part of the fun. There will be another adult dinghy sailing course starting in February. Should this be too long to wait, please don’t hesitate to book a private lesson to get you going before then. 
We look forward to meeting some new sailors next week on the Christmas Taster Days alongside those who are doing the Christmas Course. Picnics around the harbour are definitely in the plan so if you missed out last Sunday, here’s another chance.

The week of the 11th January is the busiest of the Summer Courses so far. These courses are aimed at all levels, especially so that siblings of different abilities, can do the same course. The idea is to have a lot of fun and become better sailors at the same time. Again picnics are definitely on the cards!

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.


Phone: 07 578 5512                  Fax: 07 578 5595         
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