18 February 2016

Weekly Newsletter: Thurs, 18 Feb 2016

Commodore's Comments

The Tauranga Regatta was huge success last weekend. Saturday started off light but built over the weekend with fantastic sailing on Sunday for the fleet of 75 boats. There was a very good fleet of 15 3.7’s here for their North Island Champs, which was won again by Mark O'Brien. In the fleet of 13 Zephyrs there was very close racing resulting in some damage but Mark Thomas was the eventual winner just getting ahead of Geoff Collins in the last race. The Open Optimist also had great racing in their fleet of 13, where Joel Kennedy won on count back from Braedyn Denny who was on equal points. The 7 green Fleet Optimists managed very well considering for some this was their first regatta, Shayna Nash from Taupo sailed well to win overall. Thanks to our sponsors Steve’s Marine and Game Gear. Thanks also to Warren Belk our PRO and all those parents who helped make the regatta an excellent weekend.

Sunday also saw 8 boats race Around Motuhoa Island with an awesome easterly breeze of around 15 to 18 knots. Phil Scherer and Tom Maidment in the Tornado lead the keelboats home in only 1 hour 40mins., pretty quick! General Jackson was back on form winning both line and handicap.

This weekend we have a number of sailors heading down to the Inter Islander Optimist qualifier in Picton. We wish them and their coach Maria all the best. I see there is almost 100 competing there!

Wednesday night saw a good breeze from the north for a course up and down the ships. It was looking like a windy night, which saw a few boats pull some tiny kites out their wardrobes, but were maybe a little underpowered on the flat runs. The best and the only broach I saw went to Rocket Science! Well done to Frenzy winning line and Time Warp on corrected in Div 1. Div 2 saw a short handed No Regrets sailed well to finish 1st on line and Flyaway Sam 1st on corrected. In Div 3 Ffaux Pas won the double and Itsallgo got the double in Div 4. The Tornados didn’t venture out.

The Auckland to Tauranga Yacht Race is looming closer at Easter. Grahame Vincent is leading the organisation of the race. Please contact him if you would like to be involved in helping for the race. Grahame would love our local boats to enter early and get the entry list moving. Check out the new race website here.

Nigel Rippey


18 Feb - WoW 7
19 Feb - Members' Night
19-21 Feb
- Opti Inter Islander, Picton
20 Feb - Keeler Cruise, Omokoroa
20 Feb - TY Cruise, Te Puna
21 Feb - CB Destination Cruise
24 Feb - Keeler/TY/MH Sum Series 18
24-28 Feb - Oceanbridge Sail Auckland, Murrays Bay
26 Feb - Members' Night
26 Feb - Friday Night Fun Raced 6
27 Feb - 2-handed Series 4
27 Feb - TY Picnic Cruise
28 Feb - CB Sum Series 14


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Bread and Dips $6.50

Seasonal Hot Vegetables Main


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


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Fish of the Day. Pan fried Tarakihi served with fries and salad $18.50
Scotch Fillet Steak with fries and salad with blue cheese, onion rings or garlic butter topping (1 per steak) $16.50
Chicken Melt; with camembert and bacon on focaccia bread, finished with mustard mayo and served with fries $16.50
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Phil Scherer & Tom Maidment completing the Around Motuhoa Island Race in a Tornado in 1hr 40mins.


Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have won their fourth consecutive Olympic 49er World Championship after successfully defending their crown in Clearwater, Florida, further extending their unprecedented string of regatta victories to 24 straight wins.

Read the full story and results here.


Congratulations to all the winners including the 3.7 North Island Champion and the Phase 2 National Champ who took part in the Tauranga Regatta last weekend.

Full story and results here.

Gallery on Harry Highet Facebook page here.



Well done Andrew Murdoch on finishing 3rd at the Finn Nationals hosted by Waiuku YC on 13-14 Feb. The Title was won by PJ Postma from Holland followed by Josh Junior in 2nd with Andrew only 2 points behind. Glenn Berry was 4th Grand Master.


Good luck to Sam Barnett and Zak Merton at the 470 World Champs in Argentina at Nautico San Isidro starting 20-27 Feb. Check here for updates and results as they come in. Event website here.


New Auck Tauranga Race dedicated website here.     Sailing documents here.




Maria is in Picton at the moment, about to begin the InterIslander Opti Ranking Regatta coaching a few of our Opti sailors.

For any information concerning race coaching you can contact Maria at maria_ferrario@yahoo.com or 07 578 1615. 


We have new people coming every week learning to sail, and as the adult course is full demand for private lessons is up. This is all good news. There are still adults from the adult course are keen to get sailing on Wednesdays too so if you know anyone looking crew for racing please let me know. The green fleet had a fantastic weekend at the Regatta. The green fleet sailors consisted of Anthony Wigley, Robbie Shirley, Monty Carter, Simon Wagstaff, Jack Wilkins, and visitors Daniel (Lake Karapiro) and Shayna (Lake Taupo). Everyone completed all the races entered. Simon, having never done a club race before and having only done two evenings of his Learn to Race course, managed to win one of the races. Shayna was amazed to have won the Green Fleet Prize. This was her first sailing win too and a big confidence boost. She looks forward to seeing some of our sailors at the Mighty River Power Regatta. Thank you to all who watched out for the green fleet sailors on the water, including the other racers.
Volvo Sailing and Boating Week Sail Taster this Saturday, info here
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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