31 March 2016

Weekly Newsletter: Thurs, 31 March 2016

Commodore's Comments

After the big blow last week there hasn’t been much wind to speak of since, making the racing at the Optimist Nationals at Kohimarama very testing for competitors, coaches and of course race management. TYPBC had an awesome team of 11 sailors this year with coaches Maria Ferrario and Cole Rippey helping them out. There were 177 Optimist sailors competing.
Qualifying in the gold fleet Joel Kennedy finished up best TYPBC sailor in 34th overall with a best race of 6th, Lachlan Dillon 44th with a best if 10th and James Barnett 47th with a best of 10th. In the Silver fleet Josh Blackie finished 11th, Max Scott 14th, Braedyn Denny 33rd, Blair Mellsop 36th and Tane Herbert 54th. In the Bronze fleet Anya Pearce finished 29th, Teaghan Denny 41st and Serena Sanchez 56th. Well done to all.

The Auckland Tauranga Race got away on time on Thursday morning after some serious deliberation with the race officer Colin Lucas early that morning. At 7am the now forecast from Tiritiri was still at an average of 45 knots and gusting 50! By the time I had finally arrived at the Squadron after a battle with traffic it had abated and swung to the west. By the time we started it had dropped to a very light kite run out of the harbour. It was slow going and with a big swell left over most competitors found the continual slamming of their sails, not enough breeze and a bit of seasickness for some too much resulting in all but 4 boats pulling out. Simon Hull's impressive tri Vodafone had a slow trip to Channel Island with the mono hulls close behind but rounding Channel and managing to carry some good breeze further off shore saw the tri hitting 20 knots all the way down the coast finishing at 22.19 hrs. This proves the record is easily within their reach!

General Jackson, Open Country and Time Warp all persevered to sail until the time limit of 30 hours was up leaving them to motor home from the Coromandel coast. Good effort!! Peter Dallimore’s General Jackson finished 1st combined mono hulls and first in A Div. Adrian McHardy's Open Country was 1st and Andy Knowles was 2nd in B Div. Thanks to Graham Vincent and the team of organisers and the TYPBC staff for all their time and effort. Also thank you to all those who helped in any way, let's hope the weather is better next year. Couldn’t be much worse!!

Last Night saw the finale of the Wednesday Night racing for this season with a great turnout of boats. The evening was very nice with a light northerly and there was some good close racing. Frenzy managed to keep ahead to finish 1st on line in Div 1 with Sabian 1st on corrected putting a smile on the young fella's face! Div 2 saw Rocky sailing very well and finishing amongst the big boats winning on both line and corrected. Div 3 Ffaux Pas won on both and in Div 4 Keewee won on both. It was great to see 6 catamarans including Jason Marra sailing single-handed on the Tornado. Touch and Go won on both Line and corrected. The series overall winners were Sabian Div 1, Rocket Science Div 2, Ffaux Pas Div 3, Keewee Div 4 and Touch and Go in the Multihulls. See full results including combined series results on our website.

Good sailing.
Nigel Rippey


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Optimist Nationals 2016

177 sailors took part in this year's Opti Nationals hosted at Kohimarma in Auckland, 11 being from TYPBC, in a predominantly light wind regatta with 11 out of the 15 races completed.

Read all about it here.


Read the race organiser's full report here on this year's race.

Read SailWorld's report here.

Read Open Country's report here.

Auck to Tauranga Race Website here.

Auck to Tauranga Facebook page here.


Sadly, two 15hp outboard motors have recently been stolen from Elements Watersports during a break in. If you have any information please do not hesitate to contact Peter Head at peter@elementsonline.co.nz or the police.

There has been a recent spate of thefts in the area targeting outboards especially from boats in boatyards and at Pilot Bay. Please be vigilant, secure your outboard well or where possible take it home.



Hi sailors,

We are back after a very busy week at the Optimist Nationals in Kohi Auckland. TYPBC took eleven Open Opti sailors that did a great job racing in very difficult shifty conditions and in a big fleet of 177 Optis from all parts of the country. For most of the Tauranga sailors this was their first Optimist Nationals ever! and they did it on the Open fleet, so WELL DONE TO ALL!

The conditions were difficult with very light wind and big shifts sometimes not very predictable. The south and south-west wind conditions make the sailors learn a lot about strategy and tactics in this regatta. Big learnings that they will remember a lot!

In the Optimist National Ranking that covers all the Opti ranking regattas of the year plus Nationals, the Tauranga Opti sailors did a great job  finishing: 24th Joel Kennedy with 15th position in his best regatta, 27th Lachlan Dillon with 13th position in his best regatta and 28th James Barnett with 10th position in his best regatta.
The Silver fleet in the Optimist Nationals also looks very good with: Josh Blackie finishing 11th overall, Max Scott 14th, Braedyn Denney 33rd, Blair Mellsop 35th and Tane Herbert 54th. For Max and Tane this was their first Opti Nationals so well done to all!

In the Bronze fleet, the 3 Tauranga girls also had a good regatta. They enjoyed a lot and learnt so much!! Having their first Opti Nationals was not very easy for them but they were smiling, enjoying and learning every day, go girls!  In the Bronze fleet Anya Pearce finished 29th, Teaghen Denney 41st and Serena Sanchez 56th.

This regatta was a great experience for all the Tauranga sailors. Well done to all and keep enjoying, having fun and improving your skills for the next ones! 

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


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