30 March 2017

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Thurs, 30 March 2017

Commodore's Comments

 If you have been at the Club on weekday afternoons recently, you may have noticed young sailors practicing the fine art of teams racing on the harbour in 420’s. It is the time of year when schools team racing takes place. A local regatta was held recently which competed for the Bopsat Trophy which was won by Tauranga Boys College, followed by Otumoetai College and then Aquinas A. This week the Secondary Schools Regional Regatta (for Central NI) took place in Taupo with crews from Tauranga Boys, Tauranga Girls and two teams from Aquinas taking part. Final results had Tauranga Boys in 3rd in the Gold fleet, and in the Silver fleet Aquinas A won with Tauranga Girls in 3rd and Aquinas B 6th. Catch up on the results at http://www.nzteamsailing.co.nz/

In Auckland last weekend the Jack Tar Regatta took place and Roger Rushtons’s Frenzy and Ben Bax’s Manxman made the trip. Two handicapping systems were used – PHRF and an adjusting handicap system. Frenzy finished 5th on PHRF and 4th on the adjusting, while Manxman was 2nd on PHRF and 5th on the adjusting handicap. I guess that all you can read into that is that the racing must have been pretty close. Winds were light on Saturday but freshened up on Sunday. One of Manxman’s crew posted a report on the Club Facebook page and full results can be seen at http://www.aucklandregatta.co.nz/results

This Saturday the Multihull Division is running their Kidz on Catz day from 10am on Saturday. If you need more details email Winston winitana@gmail.com .

Clocks go back this weekend, of course, and with that it is the last day of the Centreboard Summer Series on Sunday. This will be followed by a BBQ and a prizegiving for the Learn to Sail graduates.

Wednesday Night saw the last of the seasons Wednesday Night Summer Series. Certainly it was getting to be a case of making sure your navigation lights worked before going out there. Several top positions were up for grabs. Congratulations go to the helm and crews of   Whatever, Manxman, No Regrets, Freedom Express, and Spitfire for winning their division overall (both first and second half of the season combined. Full results on the Club website, or on the Facebook page. Don’t forget Murray’s excellent photos https://plus.google.com/photos/109401118301148256327/album/6402982659126071425/6402982667852759938?authkey=CPTQ5q-a3e7iDA

With less than two months to go to the beginning of the Louis Vuitton Cup it was interesting to see Oracle up to their old tricks of changing rules when it suits them. Which begs the question were they really rules at all or merely “Fake Rules”? I guess we will just have to get on our bike and go with it. Go Team NZ!

Good Sailing

Nick Wrinch


31 Mar - Members' Night

01 Apr - TY Picnic Cruise

01 Apr - Kids on Cats

02 Apr - CB Closing Day

02 Apr - End of Day light Savings

07 Apr - Members' Night

13 Apr - Members' Night (Thursday due to Easter Weekend)

13 Apr - Auckland to Tauranga Race

14 Apr - Opti Nationals Napier

15 Apr - Starling Nationals Wakatere

15 Apr - TY Easter Cruise Hunters Creek

17 Apr - Opti Teams Racing Nationals Napier

Dates to note...

1st April - Kids on Cats

13th & 14th April - Keelers Auckland Tauranga Race


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Wednesday night racing

Final Night

Windy and wet conditions greeted the depleted fleet of 19 yachts for the final race of the Summer Series.

The action took place up and down the Main Channel with the northerly breeze providing some hairy death roll conditions with the gusts coming from directly behind the yachts – check the photo gallery.

Time Warp and Whatever had a good duel with Whatever winning on line and Time Warp on handicap.

Sabian revelled in the conditions to take line and handicap, closely followed by Arethusa.

Division 3 boats took advantage of the high tide to complete course 2 at a fast rate avoiding the strong incoming tide, No Regrets winning on line and handicap.

Andy Kennedy

420 Teams Sailing

 We are in the midst of a busy secondary schools teams racing regatta season. Firstly the local BOPSAT Trophy was completed for last Thursday in perfect conditions. A great day had by all who attended including a group of potential 420 sailors from Trident High School and Whakatane High School - we hope they will be joining us on the course next year. We again had the support of YNZ with the services of Hamish Hey our RSO (Regional support officer) acting as PRO for the day and Bill Whitiske as the RO for the day. Thank you to these two guys and BOPSAT for all their support. Also a huge input form the teams themselves needing to assist on the day to run the regatta it was great team work - make for an awesome day.
The BOPSAT Trophy was won by Tauranga Boys College - well done, Second Otumoetai and Third Aquinas A team. Congratulations and the prize was to share Pizza and a drink with all the teams and support persons along with a great debrief and regatta recap from Hamish.

Then to follow this up our teams have been to Taupo earlier this week for 3 days  to complete in t
he Central North Island Secondary Schools Teams Racing regatta. This was a ranking regatta to seed the teams for their pending Nationals at Algies Bay, 22 April for a week.
Taupo produced some good sailing but was a bit wet at times but not to cold. Fourteen teams finished round robins to finals with Tauhara winning the CNI's. Two skippers in this team also double as TYPBC members Andrew Stretton and  Sydney Cunnliffe long with their team.
TBC received 3rd in Gold fleet.
Aquinas A winning the Silver fleet
TGC 3rd Silver fleet
Aquinas  B 6th overall.
I hope all of the teams will venture forward to Nationals as it is a great experience both socially and competitively for our young sailors - introducing them to teams perspective which up until now a lot of our sailors have not had the opportunity.
Changing ones thinking from an individual sailor to a team player is a whole new set of skills our children need to learn to do this understanding the structure from Coach, captain to the newest member of the team. The teams also include new children to sailing as you do not have to have had sailing experience to join.

To organise these teams takes a great deal of logistics and YNZ does a great job of facilitating this. They are calling out for umpires at these events.
So if anyone is interested in learning to umpire there is a course on at Algies 2 days prior to the upcoming Nationals - they look after you well, feed and rest you.
Contact Hamish Hey - you would be really welcome.
The link for the results to the CNI http://www.nzteamsailing.co.nz/…/2017/03/CNI-Round-3-result…
Once again a huge thank you to all the parents who helped - its a mammoth effort packing and transporting boats around the country. Cooking and cleaning up after the kids.
Good luck to all the teams heading off to Nationals 2017.

coaches corner..

Well done to Tauranga Boys College finishing 3rd in the 420 team racing regionals, and to Aquinas College finishing 1st in the silver fleet.

The next adult learn to sail course is on the 30th of April and there are going to be kids sailing courses on the 2nd week of the school holidays.

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


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