9 March 2017

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Thurs, 09 March 2017

Vice Commodore's Comments

Nick is away, enjoying himself down country, last report from Lake Rerewhakaaitu . WTFIT?. Look it up, I had to.

In the meantime, biggest effort this week is by our team members, Wil Horne & Iain Gifford, sailing Truxton in the Round North Island race. It is great to follow on the tracker at SSANZ website. The final leg, Napier to Auckland starts at 1500 today. Wil & Iain did very well in the first 2 legs,  and the first part of leg 3 , but made a bad move, inshore, up the Wairarapa coast, at night in light air on leg 3, so have dropped down the standings a bit. Forecast looks windy, from the Northwest generally, for leg 4, unfortunately not Truxton’s ideal conditions. All in all, a great effort from our team.

The race also features former TYPBC skipper, Brian Petersen, sailing RanTan, winning every leg on line honours so far, and some ex TYPBC boats, Provincial Cowboy, (sailed by old tornado sailor, Simon Manning), Squealer, and Rigmarole.

Speaking of old & current Tornado sailors, one of our own, Phil Scherer, sailed the Wetafest regatta, which is the Weta Nationals, last weekend, at Manly. He was up against Tornado legend (only gold, silver & leather medals at 3 successive Olympics, should be easy to beat), Rex Sellers, and 31 other top sailors. Well, Phil beat them all, except Rex. Second was a great result. I spent almost my entire Tornado sailing career trying to beat Rex, and only managed it on a few occasions.

Great to see the Sailability team getting 2 boats out on the water, taking a number of new sailors out, last weekend.

Centreboard racing, on Sunday, featured the return, after a long break, of Mark Thomas, usually our top Zephyr sailor. Fortunately for the rest of our Zephyr team, the rust had set in, and he did not win all the races.  Modesty forbids me from naming the victor.

Joel Kennedy also did very well, dominating the Starling fleet, while Tom Maidment & Ellie Warren put on some entertainment for the rest of us, in a borrowed Nacra 15. One of the most spectacular nose dive- crew flying around the forestay a long way in front of the boat sequences ever seen, and right in front of the clubhouse. And they didn’t even capsize!.

Meantime, back at the ranch, Keeler& Multi sailors (at least those who could brave the rain) had an interesting, gusty, race last night. Broaches galore, we should get Warren & Murray to score them. Much enjoyed by those who survived, particularly Morgan & team on Rocket Science.

Looking forward, Centreboarders have the Taupo regatta this weekend, Multis, the Matakana raid the following weekend, and for the Keelers, the Auckland-Tauranga race is only 5 weeks away..

Good Sailing

Andy Knowles


09 Mar - WOW 8

10 Mar - Members' Night

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

15 Mar - Keelers/TY/MH Summer Series 21

16 Mar - BOP 420 Schools Regatta

17 Mar - Members' Night

17 Mar - Friday fun race 7

18 Mar - Maraetai Starling Regatta

18 Mar - TY Cruise Bowentown

19 Mar - CB Summer Series 15

19 Mar - WOW End of Season Race

22 Mar - Keeler/TY/MH Summer Series 22

Dates to note...

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

12th March - Keelers Windward Leewards

17th - 19th March - Multihulls Matakana Raid

1st March - Kids on Cats

13th & 14th April - Keelers Auckland Tauranga Race


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

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


Half Serve Roast


Fish of the Day served with Salad and Fries

Porterhouse Steak with your choice of Blue Cheese, Onion Rings and Garlic Butter served with Salad and Fries $17.00
Tempura Prawns $17.00
Thai Chicken Curry served with steamed rice $16.50
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



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 racing

With a storm overnight and continuing poor weather during the day on Wednesday led to a depleted fleet of around 27 yachts. But as forecasted the weather abated to produce great sailing conditions if not a bit gusty and shifty.

The multis were won on line and handicap by Feisty Feline.

Div. 4 was won on Black Marlin on handicap showing nice speed under a small gennaker from Freedom Express who was 1st on line.

Whistler took line honours in the gusty conditions that suited them nicely with Flashback winning on handicap in Div. 3.

Arethusa won on Line and handicap in Div. 2 with many yachts struggling to cope with the easterly “bullets” coming through.

Frenzy used its gennaker to good effect to take line honours in Div. 1 but Rocket Science won on handicap, check out the great shots when the photos are posted this week

Friday night fun race

Friday night fun race on Fast Lane hosted Adrian Tebbutt the Commodore of the Snettisham Beach Sailing Club. Later during the evening meal at the club Adrian appointed all TYPBC members as Honorary Members and welcomed them to visit and participate in their unique sailing area on the Norfolk Coast of the UK. It is a centreboard based club due to its extreme tidal nature - 7-9 metre tidal range!

acorn foundation Sail for life fund

Following the newsletter item from Nick a few editions ago, and some phone calls and meetings with Nicky Wilkins from the Acorn Foundation, we were delighted this week to receive a $5000 gift from a club member to the Sail for Life endowment fund.

As all funds received this month are being matched (up to $36,500), that’s another $10,000 in the fund which will generate income in perpetuity to help support sailing programmes, especially for disadvantaged kids.

 If you would like to contribute too, remember that as well as leaving a lasting legacy, of which you can see the fruits in your lifetime, you’ll get a 1/3 rebate from the taxman this year.

 You can contribute any amount now into the following back account: 02-0466-0117382-02 or via http://www.acornfoundation.org.nz/donate-by-direct-credit.html.  Please specify Sail for Life and your surname in the details.

Sailability round north island - sailing opportunities for all people

All the best to wil Horne and Iain Gifford for the final leg of the Round North Island Race. 

coaches corner...

Hi Sailors,

The Learn to sail and the race program are having great success with their courses, coaching and regattas attendances!

This coming weekend looks very busy with many Opti green and open racing in the Taupo regatta. A big group of young sailors will be racing in this event. We wish them all the best and have fun! I am also running a Starling clinic here at TYPBC on this Saturday. We have sailors coming from Cambridge and other regional club plus many TYPBC Starling sailors. It will be a fantastic Starling intensive clinic. Everybody is getting ready for the Nationals coming very soon. To make the weekend more and more busy but interesting too, we have all the regular Learn to sail courses running this Saturday. Make sure you have lots of fun and bring some raining jackets too.

We can see a great support from parents and volunteers with the weekend and weekly courses, sailing school, Sunday races and on the centre board division meetings. Thank you so much to all of you much and keep with the good work!

NEXT KIDS LEARN TO SAIL COURSE IS STARTING ON NEXT SATURDAY 18 MARCH!! WILL RUN EVERY SATURDAY. MORNING LESSON: 930-12. AFTERNOON LESSON: 1230-1P. Find all the information in the club website! Start sailing now and join the fun!

Volunteers wanted:
We are looking for some experience volunteers that want to help us with the sailing courses for schools and have great fun teaching kids about sailing, driving a RIB, assisting the coaches or as a support boat. This courses are run during school time so we can't get the young coaches working on this to help the senior coaches. We expect to have a school bringing 20-25 kids in April so some more support will be welcome! Contact us if you would like to help the TYPBC sailing school in any way.

Happy Sailing!


Thank you Burnsco

The coaches and Kids are busy setting up all the 14 club optimist! Tomorrow (Friday) morning we have 15 new kids coming to our Sailing Courses for Schools Program. All getting ready to go. Thank you Burnsco for supporting with new sails for the club sailing school!



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