17 November 2016

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Thurs, 17 Nov 2016

Commodore's Comments

Well, seems to have been a bit of a quiet period. However, when you look at what has been happening, not so quiet after all. Last weekend, in spite of the postponement of the Keeler windward-leeward series, due to lack of entries, we still had the Starling Match racing trials, won brilliantly by Joel Kennedy, and a couple of our Zephyr sailors went to Taupo for the North Island Champs. Mark Thomas did really well, scoring 2nd overall, thrashing the current National Champion, Kelcey Gager, as well as the 3rd place getter at the nationals. A pity that he was beaten fair and square (well by a little bit) by an old age pensioner, Murray Sargisson.  Some of the other Zephyr sailors had a lame excuse for not going, at least true in my case. Hansie Eicholz went as well, but he was unable to repeat his great form at the Rotorua sprint regatta a few weeks back.

Keelers & Trailer Sailors went out on Wednesday Night, into the face of a tempestuous westerly. It seems to be the same wind every Wednesday evening at the moment.  A few problems with sandbanks & weed were reported, but the vintage team on Whatever prevailed in division 1, line & handicap, even after doing their best to bend the kite pole underwater, with Manxman winning, on line, and Otway 3 on handicap in division 2. Rascal Tom came through on handicap in division 3, with Whistler getting around quickest, in spite of taking a 2 turns penalty for hitting Rascal Tom at the start. Division 4 had less than the usual number of starters because of the strong wind, but Black Marlin prevailed on line & handicap, while the Tornado fleet made a wise decision to stay on the beach.

Now, for your entertainment, we have, coming up tonight, a rules evening, led by the one and only Gary Smith.  Fun guaranteed.  The bar opens at 7pm, so you can get some courage to ask that outrageous question by 7.30. You will also get all the facts on the new mark system, and the new Sailing instruction books.

Then, Friday fun race (on Friday, funny that), and a shorthanded keeler race on Saturday. Tall people are also allowed to sail in that, so long as there are not more than 3 of them. Kids under 12 can come as well, without being counted. Be at the club at 9 am, when the course will be set.

Then all weekend, we have the P class trials for BOP & Waikato reps for the Tanner Cup, and normal centreboard sailing on Sunday.

Also, on Friday, we have 3 members, Peter Burling, Molly Meech & Sam Meech up for the BOP Sportsperson of the year award, and the club is also a candidate for BOP sports club of the year.  I reckon that with 3 Olympic Medals, and a 4th, we should be the hot favourites, but then, I am ever so slightly biased.

We get another go at awards with the Yachting NZ ones, in Auckland, the following Friday, with Peter Burling, and our club, again among the favourites.

So, there really is a bit happening. Come down to the club to be part of it.

Good Sailing

Andy Knowles
Vice Commodore


18 Nov - Members' Night

19 NOV - Short Handed Series 2

19 Nov - TY Cruise

19 Nov - Tanner Cup Trials

20 Nov - Tanner Cup Trials

20 Nov - MH Matakana Classic

20 Nov - MH Harbour Series 3

20 Nov - CB Summer Series 8

23 Nov - Summer Series 9

24 Nov - WOW 3

25 Nov - Members' Night

26 Nov - Laser NIs Napier


  • Commodore’s Comments
  • Upcoming Events
  • P Class Bistro Menu
  • Rules Night
  • Wednesday Night
  • WOW
  • Coaches Corner
  • Sailability Tauranga
  • Christmas on the Beach
  • Contact Us






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


Half Serve Roast


Fish of the Day, Pan fried served with salad and fries


Scotch Fillet Steak, Topped with your choice of Blue Cheese, Onion Rings or Garlic Butter and served with Salad and Fries

Tempura Prawns $17.00
Grilled Chicken and Bacon Salad $17.00
Fish & Chips served with lemon and tartare sauce $13.50

Club Beef Burger, beef pattie, bacon, onion rings with salad filling on a toasted bun served with fries


Gourmet Battered Fish Burger with salad filling and tartare sauce and fries

Beef Burger with fries $8.50
Fish Burger with fries $8.50

Chicken Burger with fries




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



 Rules Night Tonight!!

Make sure you head to the Club Tonight at 7pm for all the information you need for the new mark system and the new sailing instruction book.

Bar open at 7pm under way at 7.30pm


Wednesday night Sailing

Summer Series Race 8

Gusty WSW winds greeted the 28 boat fleet for the start of Race 8 on Wednesday, Divs. 1 & 2 close downwind starts with close inter-boat action.

Whatever gained Line and handicap honours despite a few moments of grief with the first spinnaker drop. Manxman came through from behind to take Line honours with Otway III sailing well to win on handicap in Div. 2. Divs. 3 & 4 enjoyed upwind starts with a bit of carnage occurring just after the start, nevertheless Whistler was 1st on line but Rascal Tom had a great race winning on handicap. The depleted Div. 4 fleet enjoyed nice downwind surfing conditions with Black Marlin winning on Line and handicap.

Sea lettuce was again causing problems with boat handling and the quantity seems to be on the increase, unfortunately.




Here is a photo from last Thursday Night's finish with Whatever in racing division one second ahead of Otway 111 in the cruising division.

Learn to sail coaches corner

This week in Learn to Sail we had quite a bit of rough weather, from strong winds and currents to downpours of rainfall. It was all good though, as we found plenty of fun things to do on land! Saturday's group of Level 1, 2, and 3's did an Olympic themed day, with many sailing related tasks such as hiking on the hiking bench, rigging races, and relays that even included knot tying. Monday's after school Level 1's managed to get out on the water, where we worked on tacking. Everyone showed great improvement throughout the lesson, great job Level 1's! Tuesday was another rough weather day for the Level 2 and 3's, but we did on land lessons and learned about accelerating and stopping our boats, then learned some race tactics, and finally we played Simon Says on the boat to practice all our skills.

We are looking forward to a new Adult Learn to Sail dinghy course starting this weekend on Sunday from 9am-12pm. If you are interested you can sign up online, or contact me at tauranga.coach@gmail.com for more information.

In other news, our sailing school has now joined Instagram! You can follow us at Tauranga.coach for daily updates on different learn to sail groups and what they are doing. If you took an awesome photo at a regatta or during a practice, please send it our way and we would be happy to feature it on our page!

Happy Sailing!



Sailability Tauranga Trial Day

Ahoy there,
We are organising another Trial Sail Day on Tuesday 29th November for our volunteers and anyone interested to have a go sailing Hansa 303.

It is a good opportunity to have a look at the boat in action! The session will also include rigging, launching and towing the boats (and sailing - depends on the conditions).
The session will be from 11.00am - 15.00pm at J pier, Sulpher Point (next to TYPBC)
The session split in to 1 hour time slot.

If you are interested please email our sailing programme coordinator at sail@sailabilitytauranga.org.nz

If you could please help and volunteer please contact volunteer@sailabilitytauranga.org.nz

Look forward to seeing you all.
Sailability Tauranga Committee

This is open to all our TYPBC families and is a great day so make sure you come along.



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