15 September 2016

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Thurs, 15 September 2016

Commodore's Comments

There is plenty going on behind the scenes as we build up to the new Sailing Season with Opening Day on Sunday. Remember that Brunch will be served from 9.30am.  Please contact the Office to reserve your tickets (Adults $10, Under 15’s $7.50). The Keeler season kicks off at 1300 with their Opening Day race, and it is also the first day of the Summer Series for the Centreboard division.

Three divisional committees were meeting on Tuesday night making plans for the new season. I was at the Keeler Division meeting and there are some short term problems ahead since many of the marks that we have observed or rounded over the years are in the process of either being moved, removed or renumbered. Essentially the whole numbering system for the eastern end of the harbour is being revised. Therefore it has been decided that the new Sailing Instructions for keelers,  trailer yachts, and multihulls will not be available this Sunday and their publication may be delayed until the Harbourmaster has made the changes.
We will begin the season by operating under last season’s  Sailing Instructions and courses, which is unfortunate but the best solution in the short term. An official notice will be emailed to skippers, be placed on the website and be posted in the Clubhouse.

The Calendar and Year Book are being printed this week and will be available this Sunday. Make sure you pick up your year book - don’t panic if we run out, we will have more printed.   I would like to thank Gun Caundle for the huge amount of work that he has put into the production of both publications, a fantastic contribution.

WOW are gearing for the new season and I know that Delwyn is keen to hear from skippers willing to have their boats used in the WOW series on Thursday nights beginning October 27th  (with a registration night on October 6th).

Keeler racing begins with the Opening Day race, followed by the A Beacon – Mayor Island race on Sat 24th, and then the Summer Series racing on Wednesday nights starts on September 28th – only about two weeks away.  We are always pleased to hear of anyone keen to help in the Tower this season on Wednesday nights. If you are interested email me at  commodore@yacht.org.nz  and I will pass your details on to Bruce Harrison.

For those who would like a greater knowledge of flares, there will be a demonstration in front of the Yacht Club at 6.30pm on Saturday, run by Tauranga Volunteer Coastguard. (More details at http://sunlive.co.nz/news/135119-flares-to-light-up-night-sky.html ).

See you on Sunday!

Nick Wrinch


16 Sept - Members' Night
18 Sept - Keeler/TY/Multihull & Centreboard Opening Day
23 Sept - Members' Night
24 Sept - Mayor Island Race
25 Sept - Daylight Savings starts
28 Sept - Keeler/TY/Multihull Summer Series 1
30 Sept - Members' Night


  • Commodore’s Comments
  • Upcoming Events
  • P Class Bistro Menu
  • Wed Night Handicaps
  • Wall Calendars and yearbooks
  • Club Opening Day
  • Coaches Corner
  • City to Surf
  • Club Flags
  • Marine Demo
  • Sailability Market Day
  • Contact us




P CLASS BISTRO MENU (served from 6pm)

Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding  served with roast vegetables and vegetables of the day


Half Serve


Fish of the day served with salad and fries  $18.50
Scotch Fillet Steak with either blue cheese, onion rings or garlic butter served with fries and salad $17
Vegetable Frittata $15.50

Tempura Prawns served with salad and fries

Gourmet Battered Fish Burger with salad filling and tartare sauce and served with fries $15.50
Club Beef Burger. Beef pattie, bacon and onion rings with salad filling on toasted bun and served with fries $15.50
Fish & Chips served with lemon and tartare sauce $13.50
Beef Burger served with fries $8.50
Chicken Burger served with fries $8.50
Fish Burger served with fries $8.50



Side Salad


Bowl of Fries


Large Fries





Choc or Raspberry Sundae


Chocolate Brownie



CHILDRENS' MENU (option for children under 12 only)

Chicken & Chips*


Fish & Chips*


Hot Dog & Chips*


*Ice Cream Sundae included with each children's meal


wednesday night sailing divisions

After much deliberation by the Handicap Committee, Race Committee and the Keel Boat Committee te new divisions and initial handicaps have been approved. Click here to view

wall calendar and yearbooks

This years wall calendar and yearbooks will be available for you to grab on Sunday at the club opening day Ceremony, otherwise from the office while stocks last.

club opening day brunch

sunday 18th september 2016 at 9.30am


Fresh Baked Bread Selection

Scrambled Eggs

Grilled Bacon

Hash Browns

Creamed Mushrooms

Tea & Coffee

cost is $10 per Adult and $7.50 per child (15 years and under)

call the office to reserve your seat today ph 07 578 5512

coaches corner

Hi Sailors,

We are getting everything set and ready for the next sailing courses coming soon!

We have a big sailing program coming up these school holidays with sailing courses for all ages and abilities, for more details on these please contact me tauranga.coach@gmail.com and I will help you out with everything you need to know. Don't forget to register soon as we have limited spaces on each course.

Happy Sailing



city to surf

We have the city to surf event happening on the 25th of this month at our club. This is a good opportunity for the club to earn much needed funds. On the Sunday we need people for registration 8am to 10.30pm and to Marshall 9.30 to 12noon. So we need volunteers to put there names down for one of these. This is a fun thing to do with racing on straight after (note no racing till this task is complete). Most of the club will be helping - many hands make light work. Also there is the bag packing on Saturday afternoon 2pm to 4pm which I am hoping WOW and the keelboat division can play a bigger part. I will be coming around on sailing opening day to recruit and explain how painless this is.

Please contact gregwindcatcher@gmail.com for availability


Greg Scott

Chair, Centreboard Division

Have you seen any large typbc flags?

We seem to have lost all but one of our large TYPBC flags. If you have borrowed or seen any can you please let the office know. 

marine flare demonstration

Marine Flare Demonstration being held by Tauranga Volunteer Coastguard
Saturday 17th September 2016
Between 18.00 – 19.30

Tauranga Coastguard, with the support of Sun Media and the Tauranga Police Search and Rescue division, will be holding a Flare demonstration on the above date.

The demonstration will be based at the Harbour End of Sulphur Point, outside the Yacht Club.
The purpose is 2 fold, to demonstrate the correct deployment method and usage of flares, and to educate the public is what to expect when they see one that has been deployed.
To better simulate a realistic deployment, RED PARACUTE FLARES will be deployed at the following locations at various times. These are as follows,
2 km off Leisure Island,  and 2km off Papamoa Beach at approximately 6.30pm, 7pm and 7.15pm
Sulphur Point Yacht Club at approximately 6.35pm and 7.05pm.
Other hand held signalling flares will be deployed at Sulphur Point Yacht club to demonstrate their purpose and use.

What to expect to see.
Marine emergency parachute flares are always RED in colour, and a rarely seen in their ascent phase.
Once at their maximum height of approximately 300m they descend slowly with the aid of a parachute to slow their descent.  They will generally ‘burn’ for approximately 30 – 40 seconds.

What to do if you see a flare in the future.  
It is vital if you see a Red Parachute Flare, other than in a demonstration or training situations to follow the following steps.
*Note your exact position.  -  Street name, at particular landmark,
*Note the exact direction of the flare from your position, as accurately as possible.
*Note the height that you saw the flare (to assist is estimating the distance)
*Note the time you saw it.
*Call 111 and report the sighting.  Ensure you leave your contact details, and you are able to be re-contacted by Police.  A Police officer may well contact or visit you to discuss your sighting.
Accurate information greatly assists Police and Rescue Authorities in pinpointing the location of the flare.  This could easily be the only information that results in someone’s life being saved.


Disposal of Flares.
It is important that expired flares are disposed of properly.  It is illegal to set flares off when it is not an emergency.
Tauranga Volunteer Coastguard are happy to collect expired flares and pass them onto the correct authorities for disposal.  If you have any, feel free to bring them down to the demo on Saturday for collection.
If you have any queries,  please contact  Tauranga Coastguard – Operations Manager     07 578 5579

Sailability Market day

Sailability will have a stand at the Marine Market Day at Sulphur Point (on the grass area between the fishing club and the hard stand).

We will have information available for people who interested in our sailing programme and or wanting to volunteer. And we definitely have the Hansa 303 there for you and everyone who wants a closer look.

We will also take this opportunity to do a bit of fundraising to help raise the much needed funds for the set up of our sailing programme for people with disabilities. The money raise on the day will be split between Sailability Tauranga and Sailability Rotorua (as they have kindly loaned the boats to us to use for uncountable occasions).

We would like to ask you all - if you have any 'boaties / yachties / fishing' stuff that you are no longer need, use or have tucked away in the garage. We take anything big or small - even a yacht! Please donate them to us for sale to raise the money.

If you have stuff that you could donate - please drop them off at the yacht club - please say it's for Sailability Tauranga.

There is no deadline you can drop them off any day and time (subject to the club opening time). However, I would like to get all the donated goods organised before the 17th Sept. So if you could drop them off early it would be really helpful.

Happy early Spring clean!
Thank you to you all in advance.
Ps. Please feel free to ask your friends and family too - thank you.