16 March 2017

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Thurs, 16 March 2017

Commodore's Comments

 Thanks to Andy for covering in my absence last week. Not the most ideal weather for a trip away in a caravan over the last few days but Lake Tarawera was spectacular in the pouring rain last Saturday as I paddled around in my kayak - the trout were rising everywhere but none were interested in what I had to offer!

Congratulations to our latest National Champion at the Club. Last weekend at Taupo the Hans Class National Championships took place and Paulien Chamberlain (nee Eitjes) became the  Hansa 303 Single Handed National Champion.

Also down at Lake Taupo were a group of our centreboard sailors taking part in the Lake Taupo Centreboard Regatta. Congratulations to Rueben Coxhead who took out the Optimist Green Fleet and Jack Wilkins who brought home the bronze. At these regattas for Optimists there is often the Rainbow fleet for beginners and at the weekend Jack’s younger brother Sam, in a borrowed Opti, came (not that are any results officially, but…) a very creditable 5th (out of 11)– looks like the family might be in the market for another Opti!   Congratulations also to Robbie Shirley who bought home the bronze in the Optimist Open Fleet with Simon Wagstaff just behind him in 4th.
Final Results here: http://www.ltyc.org.nz/results/cb_opens.htm

Inevitably the nights are drawing in and the latter part of the sailing season is upon us. Still plenty going on with Friday Night Fun Race this week – note the last of the season and the forecast looks great for a change, so round up a few friends and have a nice sail and finish up with tea at the Club. Trailer Yachts are cruising to Bowentown on Saturday and Centreboard Summer Series continues on Sunday. Also on Sunday WOW have their end of season race rounding off another very successful season for the ladies.

Cafe' Scientifiique have a talk next week which may be of interest to some of us: Electric vehicles, solar power, batteries, and the electricity grid. Cost $5 on the door – all proceeds to the Club.  Further details here https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/electric-vehicles-solar-power-batteries-and-the-electricity-grid-tickets-32578408898?ref=enivtefor001&invite=MTE2MTY5MjYvd3JpbmNoQG5ldHNtYXJ0Lm5ldC5uei8w&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_term=eventpage

The Oki 24 Hour race took place last weekend. Sam Meech won the Legends race(a shorter race). The full 24Hour race was won by Andrew Mackenzie and our own Thomas Saunders. Well done guys.

A date for Centreboard families is the Club Night on Friday 24 March. Centreboard families are looking at making the third Friday of each month a night when they get together for purely social reasons upstairs in the Club. A great opportunity for new parents to get to know other members.

Auckland Tauranga Race is fast approaching. I know that Chris Cresswell (chris.arlene@xtra.co.nz)  is looking for boats to help with the finish. Please contact him if you can help.

A great night on the harbour on Wednesday Night - catch up with the results on the website or on the Clubs Facebook page. Only two more races to go for this series.


Good Sailing

Nick Wrinch


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...

17th - 19th March - Multihulls Matakana Raid

1st April - Kids on Cats

13th & 14th April - Keelers Auckland Tauranga Race


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Wednesday night racing

A nice evening with a variable SE winds greeted the fleet for Race 9 of the 2nd half of the Summer Series.

There were many close races out on the course by similar boats on a course which was mainly located in the Main Shipping channel, luckily with no shipping movements to add to the evening excitement.

The multis looked great out there, picking up gusts and flying hulls with the evening light fading, they were won by Touch and Go.

Div. 4 was won on line and handicap by Freedom Express.

Div. 3 was won on line by No Regrets with Flashback again winning on handicap, close racing towards the front of the fleet was evident.

Divisions 1 and 2 were won by Whatever and Manxman on both line and handicap, times between boats were close and any mistakes or wind abnormalities were costly for those affected, often an Easterly shift would occur during the evening.

Andy Kennedy

Open invitation from BOPSat

Here’s your chance to check out the BoPSAT sponsored schools programme.  This is where local schools hand-pick kids to try sailing, who would otherwise not have the opportunity.  These courses are provided free of charge by BoPSAT using both volunteer and paid club coaches.  The coaches would welcome interested club members coming down to see what goes on from now to the end of the term:


Day                        Time      School                                                   Coach

Mondays             11-2       Tauranga Intermediate                     Kirsten

Tuesdays             11-2       Greerton Village                               Kirsten

Wednesdays      11-2       Gate Pa                                               Maria

Thursdays           9-12       Merivale                                              Bruce/Markus

Thursdays           11-2       Brookfield                                           Kirsten


If you are interested, pop down around or soon after the start times listed and introduce yourself to the coach. Usually the kids will be rigging, there’ll be a short briefing, then they will hit the water.


These courses are mostly about giving the kids life skills and a wider perspective on life’s opportunities, rather than finding the next Peter Burling. However when we do encounter young sailors from these programmes with obvious natural ability and drive, we have a programme to take them further in the sport: more coaching, club racing, AIMS Games and beyond.


If you’d like to help us – maybe helping look after the gear, coaching, sponsoring a sailor, or driving one of our programmes, get in touch with Stuart Pedersen on 574 1169.

Calling all Noelex 25 Trailer Yacht owners

Ever wanted to be a part of an international regatta using Noelex 25 as the principle yacht?
Now’s your chance!!

What's Happening?

On 9 to 16 March 2018, 6 countries will compete in the biannual PacRim Challenge hosted next year by Tauranga Yacht Club.

Visiting countries are Australia, Japan, USA, Canada and Russia taking on New Zealand.

What do I Have To Do?

Provide a seaworthy insured Noelex 25. You or your owner representative remain on the boat throughout the daily racing providing advice but you are mainly ballast!! You need to be able to take your international crew out to the designated race course each day and help get the boat ready. All crews are competent sailors attending this international regatta. In an unlikely event there is an accident causing damage to your yacht TYPBC will cover expenses and/or up to the value of your insurance excess. All teams pay a bond of US $1000 only refundable if boats are incident free.

Do I Need A Certificate?

No your boat doesn’t need to have a weight certificate to compete.

What's In It For Me?

I knew that question would come up!!
We are looking at sponsorship to provide each boat with a new headsail or spinnaker. The New Sail is to stay with your boat after the event.
Day excursions for non- sailing partners (fees may apply).

Cultural experience second to none après sail fantastic, meet new friends with common interests from around the world.
Winding up the Aussies (don’t mention the underarm incident!)

How Many Boats Do We Need?

We need 12+1 spare (yes spare gets a sail also).
Visions is already signed up, who’s next?

How can I be part of PacRim March 2018?

Contact David Goddard Noelex 25 Visons T3675
Email david-lesliegoddard@xtra.co.nz
Mobile 0275 778 718
Home 07 347 3454

coaches corner...

Hi Sailors,

The race program is going very well with a lot of success. Great results on the last regattas, very good performance clinics run at the club and with a big number of sailors training hard to race at the Nationals regattas coming very soon. The next Nationals are the Optimist, Starlings and 420 team racing Nationals.

Taupo Regatta: A big group of sailors travel to represent the club in this regatta with very good results.

    *Reuben Coxhead won in the green fleet with a great score of 2, 2, 1, 2, 2, 3, 1 and 1!
    *Another Tauranga sailor in the podium was Jack Wilkins taking over the bronze medal!
    *Alex Colville finish 5th and Kees McCormick 7th.
    *Opti open: Awesome result for Robbie Shirley finishing 3rd and Simon Wagstaff 4th! 2 sailors in the top 5 that's great! Anthony Wigley finish 8th, with two 3rd positions. Great job!

Starling race training: Last Saturday we run a Starling clinic at the club. Many Tauranga and Cambridge race sailors attend to this intensive training. Good drills and great learning for this group getting ready to race at the Starling Nationals.

Optimist Nationals: On the following Saturdays we will be having the Optimist open team doing some training out of the harbour. The Optimist Nationals will be run in Napier in just one month so its time to put a lot of energy on the final training sessions! Napier can have very surprising and challenging waves between 1 and 2,5 meters high. Train hard team!!!

Let us know if you are interested on some more race training, if you are getting ready for some regattas coming soon and you need some assistance.

Train hard and have fun! See you on the water.

Happy Sailing!


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