2 March 2017

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Thurs, 02 March 2017

Commodore's Comments

Computer crisis has struck this week – having written the Commodores Comments on Tuesday night it would appear that I failed to save them and they are gone! Not a great loss some might say but with publishing deadline fast approaching it means very brief Comments this week.

Well done to Joel Kennedy and Max Scott who represented the Club at the Junior Sail Auckland last weekend. Joel finishe19th with his best result being a 4th in the third race, Max finished 26th with his best result being 10th in the 2nd race

Wil and Iain continue on the Two Handed Around the North Island race.  They are, along with fellow competitor The Guarantee Racing, are supporting Sailability and have the logo on the boat. Please read the article below and see how you can follow the race and support Sailability yourself.

Great night on the water again last night for Race 7 of the second half of the Wednesday night Summer Series,  excellently managed by Warren on the Highet and Darryl in the Tower. Good to see a large group of boats racing safely and responsibly around shipping. Thanks too to the team at Port of Tauranga for working with us and communicating a late change to shipping movements.

Keelers have the Gold Cup this weekend. I know Frenzy and Whistler were still looking for crew last night so get in touch with Roger Rushton or Peter Decke if you would like a sail.

Good Sailing

Nick Wrinch


03 Mar - members' Night

03 Mar - Friday Night Fun Race 6

03 Mar - Board Sailing Nationals Bay of Islands 3rd - 6th

04 Mar - TY Picnic Cruise

05 Mar - CB Summer Series 14

05 Mar - Keelers Gold Cup

08 Mar - Keeler/MH/TY Summer Series 20

09 Mar - WOW 8

10 Mar - Members' Night

11 Mar - Centreboard Regatta- Taupo 11th & 12th

15 Mar - Keelers/TY/MH Summer Series 21



Dates to note...

11th & 12th March - Mighty River Power Regatta Taupo

12th March - Keelers Windward Leewards

17th - 19th March - Multihulls Matakana Raid

13th & 14th April - Keelers Auckland Tauranga Race


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 check out our new menu items for this week...

Roast Pork and Apple Sauce served with roast vegetables & vegetables of the day


Half Serve Roast


Fish of the Day served with Salad and Fries

Mixed grill, Lamb Chop, Beef Sausage and Steak served with Mash, Grilled Tomatoes and Mushroom Sauce
Grilled Chicken Breast and Haloumi Salad with Asian dressing $17.50
Porterhouse Steak with your choice of Blue Cheese, Onion Rings and Garlic Butter served with Salad and Fries $17.00
Tempura Prawns $17.00

Vegetable Frittata

Gourmet Steak Burger with Camembert and Onion Rings served on fries $16.50
Fish & Chips served with lemon and tartare sauce $13.50
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



 Sailability round north island - sailing opportunities for all people

It is 40 years since the first Round North Island was raced out of Devonport Yacht Club. This year all competitors will be wearing red socks on the start line in memory of Sir Peter Blake, who won that first race in 1977 with Graham Eder on “Gernontius”. All competitors in the Shorthanded Sailing Association of New Zealand’s Round North Island are keeping an eye on the long range forecast for the first leg to Mangonui. 25 boats will cross the start line at 1400 hours Saturday 25 February.

Out of 25 boats, there are 2 special boats – Guarantee from Wellington and Truxton from Tauranga.

While these two boats race around North Island they are also carrying a special message – Sailing Opportunities for All – It’s a vision of Sailability in New Zealand.

Geoff Herd and Phil Gurnsey from The Guarantee Racing are excited to be able to compete in the SSANZ 2017 Two Handed Round North Island Race, and to support and represent Sailability.

“We’re passionate about sailing, and would like to help people with disabilities be able to experience the thrill and freedom that sailing provides. “Our aim is to promote and raising awareness about Sailability work at the same time help raise funds to be able to provide more people with disabilities to be able to get out on the water and enjoy a wonderful life time sport.”

The pair are excited about the epic SSANZ 2017 race. “We are also excited about being a part of it in order to help Sailability raise much-needed funds and promote their work to the wider community as we sail all the way round the North Island.” The money raised by this campaign will enable Sailability to continue their work creating opportunities in sailing for people with disabilities, says Geoff Herd, Owner and Skipper of Guarantee.

Wil Horne, the skipper of Truxton, is passionate about sailing and always provides opportunities for anyone who want to learn. He believes, there is a purpose and a value to everyone, no matter what their age, gender or disability.

“Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you're needed by someone”

“Iain and I know about the work of Sailability and we are very supportive of the organisation goal and objectives. So, when I heard that Geoff wants to set the campaign in support of Sailability, I was so pleased to be asked to be part of this campaign” says Wil.

“The extraordinary support from Geoff Herd and Wil Horne to Sailability will allow us to set up – Sailability Round North Island Campaign which will help spread the word, raise fund and bring changes to sailing for people with disabilities in New Zealand,” says Sailability Tauranga Charitable Trust Patron Ralph Roberts.

Everyone can check how far the Sailability message goes the Round North Island by following The Guarantee and Truxton as they are carrying trackers so everyone can check the boats progress on http://yb.tl/ssanz2017 as they keep turning left around the North Island.

You can help and support Sailability by making a donation at  http://www.sailabilitytauranga.org.nz/sailability-round-north-island-campaign/donate-1

If you think you know which boat is the winning boat – answer and enter the prize draw via this link. http://RoundNorthIsland.rsvpify.com

All money raised will be used to support Sailability groups around New Zealand.

Any enquiry contact info@sailabilitytauranga.org.nz



coaches corner...

Hi Sailors,

Learn to Sail has had a great Term 1 so far. Other than a slight lack of wind, it has been perfect weather for all of our LTS groups to get out on the water and enjoy sailing for all it is. In Level 1 we have been working on staying in control throughout all of our tacks and gybes, and starting to sail upwind. In Level 2 and 3 this week we learned about the telltales and how they can help you trim your sail, especially in a race. Keep up the good work everyone!

We have another Learn to Sail course coming up that starts on Saturday, Mar 18 for kids in Level 1, 2 and 3, and we still have spaces so please sign up quick! The course runs for four Saturdays from 9:30am-3pm, and one Sunday (Apr 2nd) where we will have on-water activities and then a prize giving ceremony and BBQ, with on-water starting at 12:30pm and BBQ starting at 4pm. Hope to see everyone out there! Please RSVP by March 24 if you plan to attend.

We have had two of our five Adult Learn to Sail sessions so far this term and it's going great! We've had perfect weather to learn control in Level 1, with this coming Sunday moving on to sailing upwind and leaving our sheltered area by shore. Level 2 is working on more advanced boat control and improving skills, and just enjoying being out on the water in the beautiful weather. Great job adults!

Happy Sailing!
- Kirsten



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