1 June 2017

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Thursday, 1st June 2017

Vice Commodore's Comments

Well, rather quiet this week on the home front. Last Sunday saw Warren valiantly try to get a start away for the centreboard fleet, but the forces of wind (not much), and tide (lots) were against us. At least it was a nice day, and we were quite warm while we waited for wind.

The Keelers trying to sail the Mount Manganui Club’s winter series race had the same problem. One participant reported passing channel mark 11 nine times, first forwards, then backwards etc.

For the centreboard fleet, there is an opportunity to have a lot of fun, and see how a small country club operates, with the Port Ohope regatta this Saturday & Sunday.

Keelers have the 2nd race in the winter series on Sunday.

Great to see one of our keen young members, Tom Maidment officially certified as a team’s racing judge in the latest list of Yachting NZ approved officials.

Finally, like me, most of you will be excited by the America’s Cup Sailing. It is looking like it will keep getting better, as many of the teams, particularly our team, seem to be getting quicker, by a number of knots each day. If only our keelboat fleet could do that!.

Good Sailing

Andy Knowles
Vice Commodore


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
11 June - CB Winter Series 3
16 June - Members' Night
18 June - Keeler & MH Winter Series 3

Dates to note...
11 July - TYPBC AGM


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Masters games..

World Master Games – From a Weta’s point of view

The 2017 World Master Games were held in Auckland, New Zealand from 21st April to the 30th April and there were over 28,000 competitors and supporters

Officially, The World Masters Games is the world’s largest multi-sport event. Held every four years, it is the pinnacle sporting event for masters competitors worldwide. In supporting the Olympic Games ethos of ‘sport for all’, the goal of the World Masters Games is to encourage participation in sport throughout life. Competition and camaraderie are equally celebrated.

Informally, The World Master Games allows old World and Olympic Champions to relive pass glories, and for the rest of us want-to-be’s a chance to complete against the heroes of our youth, and maybe fulfilling a long held dream of winning a major international competition.

Every four years, the International Masters Games Association, the representative body of masters sport worldwide, grants to one special city the rights to host the next Games. The first ever Games were held in Toronto, Canada in 1985. Since then seven other cities have embraced the global event including Sydney in 2009 and Torino in 2013.
Two of the philosophies of the Masters Games are to promote friendship and understanding, along with competition, between mature sports people regardless of age, gender, race, religion, or sport status. This unique spirit was be very much alive in 2017 when Auckland, New Zealand became the latest home to this hugely exciting global sporting event.

The sailing event was held at the Torbay Sailing Club, who did a fantastic job in running the event and providing the food and entertainment for the competitors.
My lead up to this event hadn’t been the best with work, trips, sickness and no wind getting in way of my preparation, but I wasn’t overly worried about my boat speed, as I had recently finished second in the NZ Weta Nationals behind Rex Sellers, plus I had been the champ the previous two years.
Following registration and measurement on Friday, we had the practice race on Saturday where I suddenly discovered everyone else was fast, and sailing in a big fleet competition sailing is very different to blasting around the harbour on a Wednesday night.
The racing started on Sunday with four races, and Monday followed with another three, both days providing 10 to 15 knots fully powered up, gut straining hiking conditions with a short sharp chop that has the Wetas flying and crashing their way upwind and surfing and diving downwind. After two days of mid-fleet finishes, the ANZAC enforced rest day was welcomed, as the body doesn’t recover the same as it use to.

The New Zealand designed Weta is a 4.4m long, 3.5m wide trimaran with a main, jib and gennaker that can be sailed singlehanded or crewed, is a safe fun easy boat to sail that provides a challenge to race successfully. With three sails, there are a lot of ropes to pull. The Weta has recently been chosen as a Paralympic class, and will hopefully be sailing in the 2024 Paralympics.

The Weta fleet consisted of Olympians like Jon Bilger, and Rex Sellers (Gold and Silver), World Champs and various professional sailors. While kiwis made up half the fleet, there were a large contingent from Australia, and sailors from the USA, Austria, Japan, China, Spain, and Sweden, with many using the games are a reason to come and see where the hobbits live. We also had two para-sailors in the fleet, Andrew May and Chris Sharp who, with slightly modified boats finished second and third in their respective age groups.

Wednesday gave the sailors a relaxing day on the beach as we watched the wind slowly make it’s way from the far side of Rangitoto channel, with the one and only race for the day started at 2:30pm. Following a comment I heard on the beach about Rex Sellers sailing style, I suddenly discovered speed, and rounded the top mark in third place, and finished with my best result of fifth in the fleet.
The wind returned for the last two days (as well as the feeling back into my legs) and I was able to maintain the new found speed through Thursday and Friday to end up 13th overall and fifth in my age group. I was happy with my starts, but I did learn the hard way what being over on a U flag start means, and it was my lack of experience with traffic management in a large fleet that impacted on my results.

The World Master Games was a fun, well run event, and it gave me a chance to sail against great sailors from around the world, and unfortunately, it looks like the Weta will not be at the 2021 Master Games being held in Kansai in Japan. This is disappointing, as the 2017 games showed the Weta was a fun and competitive boat to sail, either single handed, or crewed, able bodied, or para-sailor, young or old.

These World Master Games has shown that Old Sailors never die, they just have more fun on and off the water.

Phil Scherer

masters games - from a Laser point of view

Four current TYPBC sailors were involved in World Games in April.
Andy Knowles in the Judges Team; Phil S, sailing Weta; Rick & Helen Spencer sailing Laser Radials.

Over 170 competitors were on the water. Helen described the atmosphere as "great sailors and great spirit". Ex-World & Olympian Champs were happy to chat away with Club sailors, sharing sailing tips, and good humour.  Overseas sailors came from an array of countries; Argentina, France, USA, Australia, and lots of Kiwis.  Zephyr sailors even dared to go back to lasers for this event. "It was a once in a lifetime experience" says Helen.

With large numbers of lasers the fleets were divided into Full & Radial Rigs; and then subdivided into the younger ones (Apprentices & Masters; 35-54yrs), and the older ones (Grand Masters to Legends; 55+).   Points were then allocated to the specific age groups.  TYPBC coach Maria had prepared Rick & Helen to get onto that line in big fleets.  They had done 2016 training in starlings with Maria and our TYPBC teens; and then moved to lasers to round out training before the Games. Our coaching program builds to preparing sailors for big fleet regattas.  Helen says powering off the line with people like Michelle Bain (nee Baker) & Carla Holgate was a rich experience to build upon Maria's solid foundations.  Helen and Rick's results were down the fleets, below the World & National Champs sailors, but strong amidst Club sailors.  They bring the Games experiences back to sail amidst our zephyr fleet this season.

Helen Spencer

Coaches corner..

Hi sailors!

We had a very exciting week with many coaching regatta achievements, great numbers on the last Club centreboard Sunday races and a big group of 12 adult students finishing their Learn to sail, level 2 and level 3 course last Sunday.

Good success at the adult courses bringing new members to the club, more sailors to the centreboard and keelboat races.

12 adult students finished their winter sailing course last Sunday. 6 of them finished their level 1 course, but the fun doesn’t finished yet! As part of the course this Saturday morning we will be taking the level 1 sailors for a keelboat coaching session. We expect to have some of these students crewing on some keelboat races in the future. Many level 2 and level 3 adult students that finished their course last Sunday already have keelboat experience, however we will be running a coaching session on one of the keel boats explaining the physics of sailing, sail controls, sail tuning and trimming. The big group of adults are very excited for this Saturday's keel boat lesson!


TYPBC Starling sailors Joel Kennedy and Josh Blackie hve finished 1st and 2nd in the Howick Winter series. The club Starling coaching program is building some talented sailors, watch for these names in the future!

World Masters Games Laser sailors thanks the TYPBC race coaching program

“Hi Maria, Hope you enjoy reading this report; and the affirmation of your coaching program.  There is solid strategy in what you are doing and how it progresses sailors to big fleet racing.  In a way it also contributes to the development of senior fleet sailors” Helen Spencer

Repairs and maintenance winter period running at the sailing school

This is the time of the year where we fix the boats after the busy summer season and also start getting all the boats ready for the next season.  If anybody have some spare time to came and help the coaches with this job, please contact me 021 070 5454 or  head.coach@yacht.org.nz


queens birthday regatta..


finish with a laugh..



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