6 October 2016

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Thurs, 06 Oct 2016

Commodore's Comments

A very pleasant start to the Short Handed Series for the keelers on Saturday. Their course took them round Motiti Island and then a close reach back home.  One Farr 38 (not mentioning names) got a bit too close to an infamous rock around the back of Motiti – and fortunately / amazingly damage to the Farr 38 is only superficial. Latest reports state that despite being hit by a Farr 38, the rock is fine. The off-wind speed of Truxton gave them Line Honours, but on Handicap it was Sniper’s day followed by Voodoo Lounge, and then Truxton.

Meanwhile in Auckland the Winter Champs were on at Murrays Bay. Greg Scott tells me about 12-15 boats made the journey. Zak Merton and Sam Barnett had a win in the 470, Trent Rippey in the 49er, and well done to James Barnett who finished 4th in a competitive Optimist fleet.

Having spent the winter free of illnesses and preaching the benefits of regular Vitamin C to my family, I suppose it was inevitable that I would be hit by a late winter bug which kept me to my ‘bunk’ over the weekend. I never considered that it would be so nasty as to prevent me sailing on Wednesday night, I mean, that is cruel – but cruel it was. The closest I got to the start line was trying to watch it on the Harbour Cam.  What I do not understand is why someone always wants to take control of the camera and look at the car park or the fishermen on the rock wall – just as the race starts!
Twenty six boats headed out into the 20-30 knot westerly for the Wednesday night race. With lots of action as the fleet headed down to 17 then along the ships, it was not until the beat up the Cutter Channel, that one or two stopped for a rest on the sand bank after taking the “Fast Lane”.  A good beat up to 12W or 10W sorted out a few boats and then with reefs being shaken out they headed for the slide home. The wind lightened off and with the incoming tide, spinnakers were broken out.  Results are on the web site or Facebook page.

This weekend see the Finn’s North Island Regatta at the Club, so be sure to get down there to see some expert racing.  Greg Scott is still short of a couple of helpers for the Highet and on a mark laying boat. I know he would appreciate your call if you can spare some time (ph  021313693).
 Centreboard Summer Series continues on Sunday – so another busy weekend at the Club.

Good sailing this weekend.
Nick Wrinch


06 Oct - WOW Pre Registration

07 Oct - Members' Night

08 Oct - Finn NI's at TYPBC

09 Oct - CB Summer Series 3

12 Oct - Keeler/MH/TY Summer Series 3

13 Oct - WOW Basic Skills Night

14 Oct - Members' Night

16 Oct - Karewa Series 1

16 Oct - CB Summer Series 4


  • Commodore’s Comments
  • Upcoming Events
  • Buffet Menu
  • Keeler News
  • Congratulations
  • WOW Pre Registration
  • Centre Board Division
  • Do you know the owners?
  • Situation Vacant
  • Coaches Corner
  • Keel boat Nationals
  • Contact us








6.00pm till 7.30pm


Baked Ham

Steamed Gourmet Potato

Glazed Baby Carrots

Minted Peas

Toss Garden Salad





keeler news
On Saturday was Race 1 of the Short-handed Series, 9 boats entered with the course circumnavigating Motiti Island and finishing at A Beacon. Truxton was first on line and Sniper taking the handicap win. General Jackson unfortunately did a Rena and found a submerged rock off the Eastern Inlet, the boat was launched out of the sea and sustained damage to the keel, luckily it was not structural and they could carry on. Remember for all those contemplating in this race or any race around Motiti Island, please give it plenty of respect.
On Wednesday night, only 26 yachts braved the blustery WSW and low tide conditions, no Multis ventured out. New club member Alan McQuarters in Manah Prasadha successfully completed Div. 4 and was the only competitor – well done. In Div. 3 Whistler gained Line and handicap honours in conditions which must have suited them. Div. 2 had the largest fleet with Arethusa taking Line honours                                              with Redline having a good race to be 1st on Handicap. Div. 1 saw the return of Kaimai Flyer who revelled in the conditions to take Line and handicap honours. 


Congratulations to Peter Burling and Blair Tuke on been finalists for the 2016 Rolex World Sailor of the Year.


The male and female winners will be decided by World Sailing Member National Authorities,
attendees on the night as well as, for the first time, the public. Public voting will commence at 12:00 UTC on Friday 4 November for a period of 72 hours. Further details on how to vote will follow, we will keep you posted.

wow pre registration 

Don't forget that tonight is Pre Registration night so make sure you head into the Club from 6pm to sign up for another season of Sailing Fun!

Centre board Division

North Island Finn champs are been held at the yacht club this weekend and we are after a couple more helpers. If you have some spare time and can help on the Highet or the mark laying boat it would be greatly appreciated.

Give Greg Scott a call on 021 313 693

Thank you

do you know the owners?

Can the owners of a White Hobie 16 and Orange Laser, Parked to the east of the patrol boat shed please contact the office and present your details. We have no records for these Vessels and if no one comes forward before the 3rd of November 2016 these vessels will be removed!


situation vacant

We are still seeking a casual function assistant, if you know anyone who might be interested get them to give Steve a call.

This is a casual position with hours dependent on functions. Some daytime work is involved with the predominance of work in the evenings and weekends. Over the summer months work increases and therefore the hours increase.

The position will involve function set up, waiting (including dishwashing), bar work and cleaning.

Some heavy lifting is involved and this position would suit a person with their full licence as there are some late nights.

The successful application will need a cheerful, outgoing personality, be hardworking and reliable, be able to relate to clients and other staff and have the ability to work as part of a small team.

Please contact Steve Patton (Functions Manager) with expressions of interest.

Email: functions@yacht.org.nz
Ph: 578 5512 or drop a CV into the office.

coaches corner

Hola sailors!

We are having an amazing sailing and training school holiday week.
First welcome to all the new sailors doing the first Learn to sail course, and welcome to all the new sailors members of this week.

Level 1, 2 and 3 are finishing the YNZ courses with great trainings and completing all the Yachting New Zealand syllabus. The race training camp is going very well with many optimist, Pclass and Starlings training. Yesterday the 25-30 knots training day for sure raised all the sailors sailing level.

LEARN TO SAIL COURSE STARTING NEXT WEEK! Book the course and start sailing next week!


Please contact the class rep or me to register to the courses.
Please book the course before next Monday!!

For more information:

Web site: www.yacht.org.nz

Email: tauranga.coach@gmail.com

Looking forward to see you!  

Maria Ferrario

Head race coach & Sailing programme coordinator

keel boat nationals

We would like to extend an invitation to all New Zealand Yacht Clubs to the 2016 Keelboat Nationals on the Waitemata Harbour on the 26th and 27th of November. This is an exciting opportunity for all yacht clubs to send representatives to battle it out in fleet racing and in a one design class. Also here is a link to online entries: http://www.rnzys.org.nz/online-race-entry/

Looking forward to an exciting, competitive event this year. No need to be a keelboat sailor, anyone can compete!
Any questions, feel free to let us know.

Kind Regards,

Marie Kent | Sailing Office | Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
181 Westhaven Drive, Westhaven Marina, Auckland | PO Box 46182, Herne Bay, Auckland 1147
T: +64 9 360 6809 | F: +64 9 360 6802 | W: www.rnzys.org.nz


Phone: 07 578 5512                  Fax: 07 578 5595         
office@yacht.org.nz        Web:  www.yacht.org.nz

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