18 May 2017

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Thursday, 18th May 2017

Commodore's Comments

Well, I have been away, firstly at the World Masters Games in Auckland, and secondly at a Patent Attorneys regatta in New York for the last month.

Some thoughts from these events:

The World Masters Games were run in Lasers, and Wetas.  This was the first ever serious Weta class racing event, with some 50 boats taking part.  It was much enjoyed by all.
1.    It is remarkable how hard the Wetas can be pushed without them capsizing.  There were very few capsizes despite some serious efforts on the part of the less experienced sailors.
2.    There were two sailors who are wheel chair bound on land.  Once they had made a few minor amendments to the set-up of their boats, they were seriously competitive, and both finished in the top 10, sailing the boats by themselves.  It was remarkable how they could get around on the boats just using their hands as support.  One of them fell out once, and managed to get back on the boat without any outside assistance.
3.    In my view, this should be the future of disabled racing, as the boats are much easier and cheaper to ship, cheaper to buy, and cheaper to run than the existing keel boat type classes, and they are much faster and more fun to sail.
4.    Tauranga was represented by Phil Scherer, our co-treasurer, who had some good moments at the front of the fleet, and a few mishaps pushing him back a bit. These are tricky boats to sail single handed.
5.    Also vastly enjoying the event was our other treasurer’s elder sister, Sheryl Lanigan (nee Smith), who took on former world 18 footer champions, the McDell Brothers, in the double handed great grand master’s class, and nearly won. 

The Patent Attorneys Regatta held in Sonars in Oyster Bay, on Long Island reminded me of a few things.  The first is just how lucky we are with our weather, as although it was mid spring, it was rather cold, and there wasn’t much wind.  Apparently in summer time, there is even less wind.
Reminds me of just how lucky we are on the temperature and wind fronts.

Despite this being one of the most densely populated parts of the world, the shallow harbor was worked by commercial fishermen gathering clams.  There was no visible sign of any pollution, and crystal clear water. Clams and oysters have been commercially harvested from this location continuously for 200 years or so.

 In New Zealand, similar shallow water areas, such as our harbor, are not nearly so clear and clean.  By comparison, we are not doing a good job of handling our human and animal waste, or silt from development.

Onto our activities:

1.    The first Centreboard winter race day last Sunday was notable for the presence for a whole lot of younger teams sailing on 420s Great to see this happening. Not everyone wants to be a top individual racer, and the use of crewed boats is a big step forward in bringing a fun element back into racing. . 
2.    The keel boat winter racing starts this coming Sunday.  It is looking good for a light to moderate, and not too cold, opening day.  Come along and join in the fun. 

Good Sailing

Andy Knowles
Vice Commodore


19 May - Members' Night
21 May - Keeler & MH Winter Series 1
26 May - Members' Night

28 May - CB Winter Series 2
02 June - Members' Night

03 June - Ohope Regatta 3rd & 4th
04 June - Keeler & MH winter Series 2
05 June - Queens Birthday

06 June - CB Div AGM 7.30pm
09 June - Members' Night

Dates to note...

21 May - Keelers & MH winter Series Begins
11 July - TYPBC AGM


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  • Winter Series
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Keeler & Multihull Winter series 1..

On Sunday we will be signing on and doing the briefing in the centreboard room downstairs at the club as there will be a funeral upstairs. So head around the side of the building and you will see us there at 12.00pm

The bar will be open in the club house after racing.

centreboard winter series 1..

Sunday was the start of our winter series, we had a perfect winter's day and a great turn out with 42 boats taking to the water.  We welcomed a huge 420 fleet and loads of visitors from Ngaroto, Taupo, Rotorua and Hamilton.

Results here on Facebook.

We hope to see you all on Sunday the 28th :)

Coaches corner..

Hi sailors and parents,

There was GREAT NEWS for the TYPBC Optimist team this last weekend!
Another TYPBC Optimist Open sailor, Teaghen Denney, has been selected to represent New Zealand in the Optimist Class. She have been selected as part of the top 10 NZL Optimist Girls sailors in the last season National ranking results. Teaghen will travel with another TYPBC Optimist sailor Anya Pierce, that also qualified to race in Australia in December.

This has been an awesome season for the TYPBC Optimist sailors! A total of 6 Optimist SAILORS have qualified to make the NZL Optimist Team and represent TYPBC in different international events. Outstanding achievement for Tauranga Yacht Club.

  •     Lachlan Dillon. Qualified to the 2017 Opti North Americans Championship. Toronto. Canada
  •     Max Scott. Qualified  to the 2017 Opti Asian and Oceania Championship. Hong Kong
  •     Sydney Cunliffe. Qualified to the 2017 Opti Asian and Oceania Championship and 4th girl in the National ranking. Hong Kong
  •     Anya Pierce. Qualified to the 2017 NZL Girls Development Team. Australia
  •     Teaghen Denney. Qualified to the 2017 NZL Girls Development Team. Australia
  •     James Barnett - He sail with TYPBC most of this season - Qualified to the 2017 European Championship. Bulgaria

From the 10 Opti Open sailors that race at the Opti Nationals, 6 of them qualified to make a NZL traveling team! Well done (To make a NZL team you should be in the top 23 in the National Ranking or top 10 National Girl, over more than 200 competitors)

Next courses, activities and regattas coming soon! :

    REGISTER FOR THE NEXT KIDS LEARN TO SAIL COURSE –   For new sailors that want to complete the YNZ Level 1 course  -  We are organizing and getting the amount of sailors to run a Winter Learn to Sail course. So please let us know if you know any kids that might be interested on this. We have 4 very keen sailors that want to learn how to sail and we need to find 2 more to run the course. Start sailing now and get ready for the summer! The course options are Saturdays from 9.30am to 12.30pm or from 2 to 4pm. The course will run for 5 lessons.

Current courses: You still have time to join us in the Term 2 courses! :

We will love to have you here and enjoy the sailing during the weekends with us. Now we are running the following courses:


  •     LEVEL 2 - 'Sailing...Fast!' AND YNZ LEVEL 3 - 'Go...Racing!' - Saturdays 1300 to 1600L
  •     GREEN FLEET TRAINING - Saturdays 1300 to 1600
  •     OPTIMIST OPEN TRAINING - Saturdays 1300 to 1600

Apart from enjoying the sport, the nice weather, and making new friends, this courses are ideal for the ones that want to get more training during winter and race in the next big regatta that TYPBC is hosting: AIMS Games! in September. Also, for the sailors that want to get more training for the next regattas coming soon in Term 4.

Hope to see you all this weekend. Perfect wind for sailing!

Happy Sailing


Sailability "no barriers to living"

Sailability Tauranga are really looking forward to our sailing dates this Saturday and the following Tuesday.
Our repeat sailors are loving the opportunity to sail on our beautiful harbour, and our volunteers are giving their all to make sure each sailor has the best experience.
We will be welcoming three new sailors on Saturday with both physical and sensory disabilities. The wonderful thing about Sailability Tauranga is that it truly proves there are "No Barriers to Living".

In June we will be celebrating National Volunteers Week. We are planning a training day for our great land and sea based volunteers to help them improve their disability awareness skills. We are inviting experts in their field to pass on their knowledge and help us to build on the way we interact and support our sailors. We will also be inviting any prospective volunteer who would like to find out more about our organisation to an orientation event, so we can build up our already amazing volunteering base.
If you want to find out more about volunteering with us please email our Volunteer Coordinators at volunteer@sailabilitytauranga.org.nz.

If you know of anyone who you think would like to experience a sail in one of our Hansa 303's, please ask them to contact our Sailor Coordinator at sail@sailabilitytauranga.org.nz. She will be very happy to give you the information you need to book a sailing date.

Kind Regards

Susan Rose
Sailor Coordinator
Sailability Tauranga

Sail for life endowment fund..

As reported at the Prizegiving we are delighted that contributions to the fund reached $126,000 by the 31 March deadline.  This is boosting BoPSAT’s ability to support youth sailing, especially for disadvantaged groups, and much of the money finds its way back to the club via the sailing school.  If we can keep growing the fund we can achieve a truly self-sustaining engine room for new sailors and members.

We are now looking for two things from members:

1.       Someone to take over the role of pledging to match individual donations.  This has been really effective in growing the fund and we’d like to keep it going.  No amount is too large or too small.

2.       Everyone who has enjoyed a lifetime of sailing to consider amending their wills to include a small (or large!) bequest to the Sail for Life Fund.

Please contact Stuart Pedersen on 021 878882 or Phil West on 027 2771230 for more information, or contact Nicky Wilkins at Acorn Foundation.

 For sale..

Parker Craft Aluminium 10 foot dinghy.

All original fittings

Aluminium mast and boom, Orginial sails, CB, tiller etc.

Never used for sailing - fitted to take an outboard with plug where CB would be to stop leaking.

Boat is at Ongare Point Katikati.

Call Mr James 07 549 4633

wanted to buy..

Do you have a small cheap to run car you would like to sell??

Lynne is on the lookout for a small economical tidy car for her daughter, so if you or someone you know has a car you think might be good for Lynne to have a look at give her a call at the office 07 578 5512

 casual staff wanted..

Steve and Jo are after some casual staff that they can call on mainly during the week days as on the weekends and at nights we have school aged staff. We are looking for someone who doesn't mind working occasionally as and when needed.

Give us call on 578 5512 or email functions@yacht.org.nz

queens birthday regatta..


finish with a laugh..



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