21 September 2017

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Thursday, 21th September 2017

Commodore's Comments

Sad news today with the passing of Ian Wilson after a short illness. Ian was a life member who has made a huge contribution to the Club over the years. Ian was a regular member of the Monday Morning Crew (who come in and do various jobs around the Club every week ) until just a couple of weeks ago. Our thoughts and condolences are with Ev and her family at this sad time.

Sunday saw the burgee being raised on the front flagpole and the firing off of two shots to salute the start of the new season. Nine keelers (including 1 trailer yacht) did the Opening Day Race out to  A beacon and back – Manxman started the season with a nice win. Meanwhile in shallower water 33 centreboarders hit the water for a couple of races.

In Croatia at the Laser Worlds, TYPBC sailors Thomas Saunders and Sam Meech had a disappointing end to the regatta finishing eighth and twelfth respectively. The last day was lost as a result of a thunderstorm which disrupted the wind patterns to such an extent that racing was not possible. Both will be looking forward to the next Laser regatta in Japan in October.

This weekend sees the clocks going forward an hour so that means that next Wednesday night is the first of the Wednesday Night Summer Series for Keelers, Multihulls and trailer yachts. So time to get the crew organised and the boat checked over for the new season.

On Thursday evening (28th) there will be a Rules Night at the Club – a good opportunity to have a refresher on some technical details which will hopefully keep us out of trouble, and the protest room, this year. Bar will be open from 7pm with discussion starting at 7.30pm.

Don’t forget to consider the Yacht Club for any business or family functions that you are involved with over summer. Remember to recommend the Club to friends who may be having weddings or other celebrations. The Club needs all the functions it can get to help fund our sailing habits.

This Saturday sees the keelers racing the A Beacon to Mayor Island race (see further details below) and on Sunday the centreboard division continues its Summer Series.

Good sailing

Nick Wrinch


22 Sep - Members' Night
23 Sep - A Beacon - Mayor Island & Return  Race
24 Sep - Daylight Savings Begins
24 Sep - CB Summer Series 2
27 Sep - Keeler/TY/MH Summer Series 1
28 Sep - Rules night
29 Sep - Members' Night
30 Sep - Short Handed Series 1
30 Sep - Winter Champs MBSC Starling TS 30th Sep - 2nd Oct
01 Oct - CB Summer Series 3
04 Oct - Keeler/TY/MH Summer Series 2
04 Oct - CB Training MBSC
05 Oct - WOW Enrolment Night
05 Oct - CB Training MBSC


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

Roast of the Day: Pork and Apple Sauce served with Roast Vegetables of the day

Extra Large Serve $18.50

Half Serve Roast


Scotch Fillet Steak with your choice of topping: blue cheese, garlic butter or onion rings served with fries and salad $18.50
Tempura Prawns $17.00
Fish of the Day: Pan-fried Tarakihi served with Salad and Fries


Lambs Fry and Bacon, served with creamy mash potato and steamed Vegetables

Fish & Chips served with lemon and tartare sauce $13.50
Vegetable Frittata served with salad
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



Keeler News

The Opening Day race was held last Sunday following a breakfast, flag officer ceremony and double blast from the shotgun. The race was to A buoy and back. Well done to Whatever for taking out line honours by a four minute plus margin. Handicap placings were Manxman, The Rascal and Whatever. Good to see The Rascal take a placing. It looked like a nice wind - hopefully you all managed to avoid the rain.

For those boats racing this summer remember to complete the Safety Declaration form and Summer Series entry form. The Annual Club Book, Sailing Instructions handbook, Courses Sheet and Race Calendar are all available for collection from the office if you haven’t already done so.

The Mayor Island race is this Saturday. Briefing is at 0730 at the Clubhouse. All boats need to have completed a Safety Declaration form for the season, sign the “Sign On” sheet (at the Clubhouse) and provide a crew list with emergency contact numbers. The race starts at 0900 at A buoy. See the Sailing Instructions handbook for more details about the race. Remember this is a Category 4 plus race – life raft or dinghy on deck (inflated) needed.

Summer Series racing starts next Wednesday night. A Division list was sent out to all skippers earlier this week by email. If you don’t know what division you are racing in let me know.

Rules night will be held on Thursday the 28th September - the Thursday following the first Summer Series race. The bar will be open at 1900 hours and the presentation will commence at 1930 hours.

See you on the water.

James Stewart

Keeler Division Chairman

 centreboard news

City to Surf is coming up on Sunday the 5th of November 2017! This is a big fundraiser for the club which takes a little man power to get done but is an easy one.

We are looking for any interested parties to assist, in previous years we have enjoyed the help from all divisions and this has worked out great and we look forward to working with them again.

We need helpers for the following

* Bag packing on the 4th of November in the afternoon
* Registration 0630hrs on the %th of November
* Water Stations
* Marshalling

All over and done with by Lunchtime.

Please give Peter a call 027 473 0540 or email peter@baygas.co.nz if you can help

Aims games 2017

Congratulations to our own club sailors who had the opportunity to represent their schools in the NZ Windows  yachting championship at Anchor Aims Games this year which is rare. The only other yachting event that is a schools based competition for us in Tauranga is the Secondary Schools Racing in 420 yachts. The schools will look forward to you guys coming up into the colleges to join these teams.

So well done to Otumoetai intermediate sailors Teaghan Denney 17th- Gold fleet and  Anthony Wigley 30th - Gold,
Tauranga Intermediate sailors Robbie Shirley 30th - Gold, Reuben Coxhead , Kees McCormick 21st - Silver fleet and new comer Tearani Wikohika 24th - Silver,
also Mount Intermediate's Simon Wagstaff 47th - Gold fleet. Huge effort in extreme spring sailing conditions, Kaimai bombs and cold southerly weather, the cold and changeable conditions presented a worthy challenge that couldn't be ignored and you survived!

Lynne and Leanne along with Hamish Hey ( YNZ ) would like to thank each and everyone of you for you help with the Anchor Aims Games 2017. Its over but already a date has been set for next year so mark your calendars  with the 8th - 11th September if you would like to help again.

We were all part of a huge successful event that has reinforced our position as a sailing venue.   To quote Hamish Hey " We presented our selves as a well organised and run venue, a hard place to beat for hosting a yachting event.The team of volunteers supplied by the club are first rate and an absolute joy to work with, very professional and well organised." It took 33 vollys from our club to staff the regatta so 95 sailor form 21 schools were kept safe and Anchor Aims Games enjoyed a high level of competition for the championships this year.

Just saying - the two years prior had ironed out many of the problems and Nigel had left behind a near perfect template for running this regatta. Working along side Vicki Semple ( Aims Event Director ) has been inspiration and a great learning platform. I also wish to acknowledge Mr Diver 's ( Aims Games Chair of the Trust) continued positive input into these games providing a massive pillar for the sporting codes to aspire to.

A special thanks goes out to the  John Burns and Paul Smolenski for lending  ' Late Again' as a finish boat. We had a challenge to find a big enough boat for four people and small enough to float in 1.2m of water at low tide. Late Again fitted the  brief nicely and we appreciated the use - thanks heaps.
A massive thank you to our code sponsor  NZ Windows for their support.

Coaches corner

Hi all! This week in Learn to Sail we have been super busy getting ready for the upcoming summer season. We will be running holiday programs for Level 1, 2, 3 and Green Fleet both weeks of the holidays, from October 2-6th and again from October 9-13th. If you wish to attend one or both of these holiday programs please contact Kirsten at LTS.coach@yacht.org.nz ASAP as spots are filling up quickly!

We are also preparing for Term 4 which will commence on October 14th, at which point our regular after school trainings will begin again. We will be offering Level 1, 2, 3 training on Sunday all day, Level 1 training Monday from 4pm-7pm, Level 2/3 and Opti Green Fleet as well as Open Fleet will train Tuesday from 4pm-7pm, and Thursday will be Starling/P-Class for both Open and Green Fleets. Again, please contact Kirsten if you wish to join any of these trainings or have any questions!

See you on the water!

- Kirsten

Sailability Tauranga

Sailor Bookings

 Spring sailing started brilliantly. A strong wind made for exciting sailing for our sailors. This is what Kerehi had to say about her sailing experience. Kerehi chose to come sailing on her Birthday. She stated, "I love sports full stop and having a go at something new. I have a passion for sports and feel like a whole person when I take part."
We have some spots available over the next couple of months. If you know of anyone with any kind of disability and you think they would like to have the experience of sailing with us please pass on our Sailor Coordinator's email to find out more information sail@sailabilitytauranga.org.nz


 We would like to thank all of our wonderful volunteers who make sailing with Sailability Tauranga possible. Without their support we would not be able to offer our amazing sailing opportunities to the disabled communities of the Tauranga region.
 We would love more volunteers to come on board. We have land based, skipper and behind the scenes roles available. Please contact our volunteer coordinator, volunteer@sailabilitytauranga.org.nz to see how you could help us and have some fun while you are doing something really special for our sailing community.


 Our thanks must go out to our sponsors. It is incredibly humbling to have such great support from our community. Our sponsors help ensure that Sailability Tauranga is able to keep running. The following businesses have sponsored us. Please support them as they have supported us!
Blue Gavel (The NZ Past Commodores Association), Farmers Auto Village, Tauranga Sunrise Rotary Club, TCC, (Tauranga City Council), TECT (Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust), St Stephens Op Shop and Rawhiti Horticulture.

 If you know of any organisation or business who would like to come on board as a sponsor, we would love to hear from them. Contact our Chairman, Peter, on info@sailabilitytauranga.org.nz
> Happy sailing everyone!

Kind Regards

 Susan Rose
Sailor Coordinator

 Sailability Tauranga

027 528 6009
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Small desk wanted

Does anyone have a small work desk they are no longer needing and want to donate to the club?

Kirsten is looking for a small desk to put in the centreboard room to do her work from, if anyone can help with this can you please let the office or Kirsten know.

Thank you

 mooring to rent

CY77 Between bridge and bridge marina is available for rent should you or anyone else you know be looking for one.

Please call Caro on 027 803 881 for more information.

 the yacht club functions
Christmas is fast approaching, only 102 days away! If you are looking for somewhere to hold your Christmas function/shout consider us here at The Yacht Club, We have some week nights including some Friday nights left but are filling up fast so make sure you book soon. Come and talk to Steve or Jo about what you would like.

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 Auckland to Tauranga

The 2018 Auckland to Tauranga Website is up and running, follow this link and keep checking it to see any updates.

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..


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