24 March 2016

Weekly Newsletter: Thurs, 24 March 2016

Commodore's Comments

The Auckland to Tauranga Race got underway this morning at 10am in a light westerly breeze. Yesterday and overnight the weather conditions were pretty extreme with gusts up 50 knots and rain. Channel Island was recording 40 to 55 knots all afternoon and evening!! Not nice! The sea state is forecast to be 2 to 3 metres but dying down quickly. The fleet of 21 boats were lead out on a spinnaker run slowly by the big Trimaran Vodafone, who were finding the flat off run not ideal for them. As the boats have disappeared in to light rain the breeze has softened even more off Waiheke Island.

At Waiheke Vodafone held a small lead over Crusader 35 and Ran Tan with Red Line notably up the front of the fleet after a good start to their race. Steinlager NZ didn’t have a great start but with 25 on board I’m sure they will be working well through the night. To follow the race see the Predict Wind Trackers here. If all goes well and some breeze fills in we will be having prize giving at 1900 hrs on Friday night. The kitchen and bar will be waiting and all are welcome. Updates and photos are on facebook here. Good luck to all those in the race including several of our youth sailors, Elly Warren, Ben Warren and Dylan McKinlay.

Last Sunday the Learn to Sail and Learn to Race sailors who have been coached by Alice this season had a fitting end to their season with a prize giving topped off with heaps of pizza. Alice has done an awesome job teaching these guys and girls how to sail and start racing. Big thank you to Alice for all her work as she prepares to head back to Ireland and start coaching again over there. At the moment she is coaching Peter Dallimore and the team on General Jackson doing the Auckland to Tauranga Race!!

The TYPBC windsurfing team had great North Island Champs at Manly. The regatta sounded like a good time with a relaxed atmosphere. Well done to all! And well done also to Otumoetai College on winning the BoP Teams Sailing Regatta last week.

This year's end of season Prize Giving will be held for all divisions on the same night being Friday 6th May. The CB Winter Series NoR and Entry form are now available on our website.

Good sailing.
Nigel Rippey


24 March - Members' Night
24 March - Auckland Tauranga Race
24-29 March - Opti Nationals, Kohi
26 March - TY Cruise, Bowentown
27 March - CB Sum Series 17
30 March - Keeler/MH/TY Sum Series 22
1 April - Members' Night
2 April - Maraetai Regatta/Starling TS9
3 April - Daylight Savings ends
3 April - WoW End of Season Race
3 April - CB Closing Day
3-5 April - Central NI Teams Racing, Taupo


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Just after the start of the Auck Tga Race this morning.


Kohimarama Yacht Club (KYC) hosted its annual Girls Regatta on Saturday 19 March. See how our girls did in the Opti Open and Starling fleets here.


The BOP Teams Sailing Regatta was organised last Thursday by the TYPBC. Five schools raced against each other in a very competitive regatta. They put in practice all their tactics and sailing rules. Well done to Otumoetai College on winning the final against Tauranga Boys.

Read more here.


Our club boardsailors seemed to walk off with most of the prizes at this regatta, well done team.

Read all about it here.


Twenty one boats started the race this morning at 10am in a light WSW breeze when at 7am it was 50 knots! As we speak, Vodafone is just going around the top of the Coromandel with Crusader, Awen and Ran Tan not far behind. The next group are all neck and neck with Kaimai Express, Redline, Timewarp, Formula One and Steinlager. The next group of yachts is led by General Jackson, Sabian, The Guarantee and La Rochelle. Omega and Arethusa have just retired. Five boats pulled out of the race last night due to the forecast.

Auck to Tauranga Race Website here.
Auck to Tauranga Facebook page here.


The Matakana raid kicked off on Thursday 10th of March with the newly created ‘ice cream race’ which was a quick circuit around the Tauranga end of the harbour with highlights being an ice cream eating competition at Pilot Bay and then sailing over to and jumping off the wharf at Matakana Island.

Read more here.



Hi sailors!
We are entering into very exciting days with the 2016 Optimist Nationals Regatta starting this Friday. WOW, time goes too fast and the big regatta is just around the corner! In the sailing school we are so happy this year to be sending 11 Open Optimists. A very good and talented group of young TYPBC sailors between 12 and 15 years old. The sailors have prepared themselves the whole year for this regatta and we are sure that all will have a good performance trying their best in every race. So far Opti Nats is showing 47 Green entries and 122 Open. Includes an awesome 31 entries from Australia, Noumea and Tahiti. All the best for the Tauranga Team!

As part of the programme on introducing new kids into sailing It was fantastic to run a sailing presentation last week at Papamoa School. Introducing new kids into the sport and talking about the great Tauranga Harbour conditions to learn how to sail. The school and the kids give us a very warm welcome and we are able to show them a Tauranga sailing video and to rig an Optimist in the theatre to show the kids. Many kids finish very enthusiastic and started asking about the Learn to Sail course the next day after the presentation. That's awesome! We also organised a Have a Go Day! with this school and others. The kids like sailing with their school friends and show so much enthusiasm. If you think that this can be a good idea for your school just let us know and we can take this amazing sport into the classroom and the whole classroom into the water!

Nos vemos en el agua. "see you in the water".

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


Since Sunday we have had the last if the adult course lessons. A Corninthian Race was set up for the final evening. Ed and Elizabeth already had a team thing going from the day before. Lots of capsizing, and man-overboard drills made for an eventful race. Tuesday saw a twenty-five strong group of children  come to try sailing at TYPBC. Many of these kids had never been in a boat before. Strong winds meant slight adjustments to the original plan but all got afloat together and had a great time, with the programme fitting perfectly with their curriculum topics. Thanks to Pat, Megan and Bruce who helped out. There is one more lesson for the Learn to Race group on Easter Tuesday and one more lesson for the Level 1 group on Thursday 31st March. Luka's Level 1 Course is not happening on Easter Saturday but will continue as normal after.

Anyone keen to keep sailing in Autumn - please sign up to adult or children's Autumn Training. These classes will be taken by Maria in April and May. Specific dates are on the website.

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 (at this email address until 1 April).


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