15 December 2016


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Thurs, 15 Dec 2016

Commodore's Comments

First of all, Commodores Cocktail party tonight at 6pm. There will be tickets available at the door. It would be great to see you there.

It’s hard to believe that this is the last newsletter of the year for the Club, and what a year it’s been with the success of our Olympians being a huge highlight for the club followed by Yachting New Zealand’s recognition of the Club’s success by awarding it the President’s Award for 2016.

But the Clubs success should not just be measured by success on the national or international stage. It is just as important to see the results of what Maru and Kirsten achieve with their coaching and seeing them graduate into learn to race and be active parts of our thriving centreboard division. Greg Scott and his committee put in huge efforts to make the division work and if you are a new parent to the Centreboard division I urge you to get involved with the running of the division. It can be immensely satisfying seeing the development of these young people.  Learn to Sail is not confined to children either with classes being run for adults to some of whom will be looking for crewing spots on keelers after Christmas.

Success can also be seen in the more mature members of the Club with the continued support of the Wednesday night Summer Series racing. With 47 boats taking part in the racing so far it is fair to say that keelboat, trailer yacht, and multihull racing is continuing to thrive in Tauranga special thanks to Andy Kennedy and Gun Caundle for their hard work in making this happen. Thanks too to Warren Belk and his team of helpers, plus our race officers and assistants in the Tower, who spend so many hours on the water making all of the above happen.

On alternate Thursday nights WOW has continued to prove very popular with the biggest problem being finding enough boats to accommodate the numbers of ladies who want to learn to sail on keelboats. Thanks to Delwyn and her team for making that happen.

A vital part of this success is being able to pay for it and for that we must thank those members who, many years ago had the foresight to build the Clubhouse that they did. Now we have a club that can provide us with an income that can support the demands of the sport of sailing. For this we have to thank Ken, Steve and Jo for their ongoing work in the function centre. What with the management changes that have taken place over recent months we are very grateful to them for keeping things ticking over as normal, and special thanks to Leane Smith for helping out in the Office over many weeks.

A special mention too to our Clubhouse captains and the team who go down on a Monday Morning and do maintenance work at the Club. Between them they put in a lot of hours to make the place look good. It’s a very valuable contribution and very much appreciated.

It is now really good to see Lynne getting settled into her new role in the Office. I know she has been making a big effort to get out and about to meetings so that she can get a good understanding of how the Club ticks. She is well supported in the office by Maryanne who has quickly come to terms with the management of our finances and I am extremely happy that we have an excellent team in place to manage the Club in to the future.

Thanks too to all the people who put time into the Club on various committees or just helping out with stuff that needs doing.  A big thank you to the Executive team of Nigel Rippey, Gary Smith and Andy Knowles who are always happy to give time and advice and they make my job a whole lot easier with their support.

Weather wasn’t on our side for the Christmas on the Beach, but judging by the photos on the Facebook page a good time was had by all and I’m pleased to see that the strong winds didn’t prevent a visit from the big guy in red.

Congratulations this week to Josh Porebski and our own Trent Rippey, who sailed a good consistent regatta to win the Bronze medal in the 49er fleet at the Sailing World Cup final in Melbourne last week.  We currently have two teams taking part in the Nespresso National Youth Coaching Scheme at Kawau Island, and by all accounts having a great time.

This week sees the retirement of local sailmaker and icon Tony Thornburrow and his wife Alison.  Tony has been sail making in Tauranga for many years, and has always been a strong supporter of sailing at the Club and we wish him all the very best in his retirement. For those who would like to wish Tony well, there is a BBQ behind the sail loft on Friday beginning about 4pm. Everyone is  welcome (BYO food and drink).

First half of the Summer Series finished last night with a breezy night and a committee boat start. There were some spectacular broaches and a spinnaker blow out caught on camera by Murray. Congratulations to our Divisional winners Time Warp (Andy Knowles), Manxman (Ben Bax), No Regrets (Bill Faulkner), Itsallgo (Neil Turner), and in the Multihulls Spitfire (Winston Ordish-Benner)

Beyond that it just leaves me to wish you a very merry and safe Christmas and best wishes for a fast approaching 2017. Good luck to those heading off to the P Class Tauranga and Tanner Cups at Plimmerton in early January and then the Zephyr Nationals in Akaroa in mid-January.

Good Sailing

Nick Wrinch


15 Dec - Commodores Cocktail Party

16 Dec - Members' Night

17 Dec - TY Xmas cruise Katikati

21 Dec - Clubhouse Closed for Christmas

21 Dec - MH Harbour Series

09 Jan - Clubhouse Opens

13 Jan - Members' Night


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farewell bbq at sail loft

Hi team, some of you will know that Tony and Alison Thornburrow will have their last day in the sail loft on Friday 16th of December. That's tomorrow!!!!! We intend setting up a BYO BBQ in the car park behind the sail loft, at about 4ish on the Friday afternoon. This will give us the opportunity to wish them both all the best for the future. Don't forget its BYO drink and food. We will have the "Barby" hot. See you there.

Alan Glover

Wenesday night racing

Last night we had a great turnout in the club house for our final night of racing for the first half of the summer series.

The Committee Boat start led to some great racing in the strong wind, make sure you check our Murray's photos here.

Congratulations to our Division winners

Div 1 - Timewarp - Andy Knowles

Div 2 - Manxman - Ben Bax

Div 3 - No Regrets - Bill Faulkner

Div 4 - Istallgo - Neil Turner

Multihull Div - Spitfire - Winston Ordish - Benner

coaches corner

Hola kids, sailors and club members!


We are getting into the end of the Term 4 coaching. It was a very busy but a great coaching period. Thank you to all the sailors, parents, coaches, club members and to the TYPBC committee for all your support on this awesome sailing months. Big achievements for the sailing school this term, for the sailors and for the race sailors that represent the club with excellent regatta results. Many sailors on the prize-giving podium on this past months!


Came today to the Commodore cocktail party at 1800hrs, to hear more about the sailing school, meet with the coaches, parents, families, amazing club members and all the people that are making this sailing school success possible. 


Remember to register for the HOLLIDAY SAILING COURSES STARTING NEXT WEEK! Running from Monday to Friday. These courses are excellent for new kids that want to learn how to sail!

Please forward this to your contacts and families.

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See you tonight for the commodore's party at 1800!

Happy sailing.


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