7 September 2017

 Weekly Newsletter sponsored by:

Thursday, 7th September 2017

Vice Commodore's Comments

 This weekend will be one of the very few when there is no club racing.
However, if you come down to the club, which I recommend, you will see it bursting with activity.

Yes, the AIMS games are on. Measuring/registration is on Saturday.  The first races are on Sunday, with more on Monday and Tuesday.  Around 100 Optimist sailors, all year 7 & 8 students, will be representing their schools, and of course there will be a host of parents/ coaches etc. watching proceedings with intense interest. A major effort for our club team, led this year by Leanne Warren.
Interesting news: the forecast looks like it will be wet & windy for the first day, clearing & coming back to moderate winds for the later days.

From overseas.  In Portugal, : Club member Molly Meech and sailing partner Alex Maloney faded a bit after leading the 49erFX Worlds, bur still finished with a great result, the bronze medal.

Club member, Trent Rippey, with sailing partner Josh Porebski, finished a somewhat disappointing 18th, after earlier being easily in the top 10 in the earlier lighter breezes.

In France, Club member, now French Resident, Jason Saunders and sailing partner, Gemma Jones, are currently coming 7th, but only one point off 3rd, after 2 days of the Nacra 17 Worlds.
Interesting times in that class, as the switch to full foiling gear has seen quite a few problems with the gear, and also changes to the way the boats are sailed. Gemma and Jason were the first to try using the gennaker upwind as well as down, with great success, until a class meeting just before the first race of the worlds temporarily banned this style of sailing. There is also considerable discussion in the class as to whether the boat can be sailed with the windward foil raised, as per America’s Cup practice, or whether it should be locked down the whole time, which is the current requirement. One of the effects of the locked down rule is that apparently in lighter winds, the boats are significantly slower upwind than the old non foiling version, never a good look.

Turning to our own club sailing:  Opening Day is nearly here, Sunday week, 17 September. Breakfast in the morning,  Keeler & centreboard racing in the afternoon.


Andy Knowles
Vice Commodore


08 Sep - Members' Night
10 Sep - AIMS Games Begins
17 Sep - Club Opening Day
27 Sep - Summer Series 1
28 Sep - Rules night


  • Commodore’s Comments
  • Upcoming Events
  • P Class Bistro Menu
  • Aims Games
  • Opening Day
  • Keeler News
  • Wills Month
  • Subs Due
  • Functions
  • Auckland to Tauranga
  • Joke
  • Contact Us




P CLASS BISTRO MENU - Reduced menu due to Ken been on a well earned holiday.

Roast of the Day: Baked Ham and Pineapple served with Roast Vegetables of the day

Extra Large Serve $18.50

Half Serve Roast


Tempura Prawns $17.00
Fish & Chips served with lemon and tartare sauce $13.50
Beef Burger with fries $8.50
Fish Burger with fries $8.50
Chicken 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



Aims Games

The AIMs Games return to TYPBC this weekend with 97 Sailors competing in the 2017 games.

Racing will commence on Sunday 10th September at 9.30am (sailing conditions permitting).

All Members are encouraged to come and support this event, you may even spot Josh Junior and Andy Maloney down here. If you wanting to go out on a spectators boat find Leanne Warren and she will see what she can arrange and point you in the right direction

We thank NZ Windows for sponsoring Sailing at the 2017 AIMs Games

Club opening day 2017

Itinerary for the club opening day is as follows, See below for the menu.

0930        Brunch

1030        Commodore's Welcome Speech, Raising of the Club Flag & other Formalities

1130         Keelboat Briefing

1200         End of Formalities

1300         Racing Begins

The Tauranga Marine Industry Association, Will also be setting up a display on the grass beside the club from 9am till 12 noon on Sunday the 17th September. They welcome all members to check out their display.

The Coastguard may also be runnign a flare demonstration.

Keeler News

Not long until racing starts again. Time to get moving with boat maintenance and organising crew!

Opening Day race is on Sunday the 17th September. The race starts at 1300 hrs following a breakfast at the Club.
A Beacon to Major Island Race is on Saturday the 23rd September and starts at 0900 hours at A buoy – remember this is a Category 4 plus race so either a life raft or tender dinghy (inflated ready to go) or similar must be carried.
Summer Series Race 1 starts on Wednesday 27th September at 1800 hours.
The Sailing Instructions booklet will be given out at the Opening Day function as will the Wall Calendar.

Good luck for the season ahead.

See you on the water.

James Stewart

Sail for life fund - Wills month

You may be aware that September is Wills Month – which is an excellent time to “take the plunge” and make allowance for a gift to the Sail for Life endowment fund in your Will.

The aims of the Fund are to advance the sport of sailing among youth, and help equalise opportunities for the disadvantaged and the disabled.

We’re planning to beef up our low decile school sailing programme this summer and can now offer those kids who want to keep sailing, a pathway through the sport, where they don’t need to own a boat and will get free coaching support.  This includes the introductory courses, free chartering of an Opti for club sailing and regattas including the AIMS Games, and then joining a high school sailing team.  We now also have corporate sponsors who will pick up our ‘graduates’ and support their sailing throughout their school years.  Who said sailing is only for the rich?

Meanwhile Sailability Tauranga has started with a hiss and a roar, and we’re keen to provide all the support we can there as well.

The more we have in the Sail for Life fund, the more we can help.  Acorn has partnered with most of the law firms in the region, so that people making a change to an existing will to allow for these gifts won’t have to pay for the legal work.

A common strategy is to leave 90% to the children, and 10% to the community via the Acorn Foundation. That 10% can be further specified to go to particular causes, and we’d love you to put some of that back into sailing through our targeted fund.

Please get in touch with Nicky at Acorn on 5799839 to find out more, and make a free appointment with your lawyer!


Subscriptions are being emailed out this week, as per previous seasons the amount you have been invoiced is the full amount noted within brackets below. If payment is made by the 20th of September, you will receive the following discounts:

Junior ($110) $10 discount

Family ($275) $60 discount

Senior ($220) $40 discount

Senior Citizen Family ($137.50) $30 discount

Senior Citizen ($101) $20 discount

Junior 1st year ($50) no discount

Social single membership ($50) no discount

Social Family ($75) no discount

We offer you the chance to donate your discount back to the club and as a donation you can claim this back via your taxes.

 the yacht club functions

 Website or facebook page

 Auckland to Tauranga 

The Auckland to Tauranga Race is been held on Waitangi Weekend next year so mark it on your calendar now. Please follow this link to the Akld to Tga NOR,

finish with a laugh..



Phone: 07 578 5512                  Fax: 07 578 5595         
office@yacht.org.nz        Web:  www.yacht.org.nz

"Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club - TYPBC"