9 November 2017

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Thursday, 9th November 2017

Commodore's Comments

It was a bit of a surprise to get a call from Dick Meacham of Emirates Team New Zealand on Monday saying that he, Kevin Shoebridge and Ray Davies wanted to come down and have a look at Tauranga with a view to considering it as a possibility to host the Americas Cup Challenger series and the Americas Cup between January and March of 2021.  This was to be a top secret visit but by the time they got here yesterday they had changed their minds about that and were happy for us to publicise it. Hence I can talk about it here.

It seems that preparations and even plans for preparations are going very slowly in Auckland and they are getting concerned. They have to announce the venue by August of next year and they believe that works would have to be underway by June. They are concerned that that deadline might not be achievable and so they are considering other options. If all else fails the event would be held in Italy and we all understand that would be a tragic loss for NZ.

Can Tauranga do it? It would require a big involvement from Port of Tauranga to accommodate the 3 hectares for the 8 or so teams plus a village somewhere, plus facilities to host a lot of superyachts.

To me, the thought of achieving this is mind boggling, but you could tell that these guys were used to getting things done and were not put-off by these logistical challenges. Their next stop after seeing the harbour and race area (outside the harbour off Mount and Papamoa beaches) was a meeting with Port of Tauranga. They said at that stage that ‘Tauranga was still a legitimate option’.

So who knows what will happen from here. If nothing else our contribution will probably have ruffled a few feathers in Auckland at least, and may get things moving up there.

Fantastic to see Tom Saunders back at the Club last weekend – only a week after winning gold in Japan - and making time to do a 2 day sailing Clinic for the Starling sailors at the Club. Thanks to him for that.

On a sad note I have to report that our English coach, Nik, has returned to England for personal reasons. He had already shown some great strengths as a coach and we are gutted that he could not stay. We wish him well.

Thanks to everyone who gave their time to help with the City to Surf last weekend. It was fantastically well organised by Pete and Leanne Warren. The whole system worked like a well-oiled machine and this will have proven once again to be an excellent fundraiser for the Club.

Excellent night on the water last night for race seven of the Wednesday Night Summer Series. A good long beat up to STO and a nice downwind race home which was enjoyed by most. It was a low tide yet only one boat went aground this week – compared to several on a high tide last week! Go figure! Well done to the crews of Time Warp, Voodoo Lounge, High Point, Black Marlin and Feisty Feline for their victories.

Good luck to all the Centreboarders heading to Taupo this weekend and on Saturday the Keelers have a short-handed race. No Club racing for the Centreboarders this weekend and the keelers Windward Leewards were have been cancelled due to lack of support.

And finally one piece of news coming in last night was that Peter Burling has won the Rolex World Yachtsman of the year award for the second time. Many, many congratulations to him from the Club. This is an extraordinary accomplishment and check out Pete’s reaction on our Facebook page along with a whole load of Club information.

Good Sailing

Nick Wrinch


10 Nov - Friday Night Fun Race 2
10 Nov - Members Night
10 Nov - Optimist NIs Taupo
11 Nov - MH Matakana Classic HS3
11 Nov - TY Tuapiro Cruise
12 Nov - Windward Leewards
15 Nov - Keeler/MH/TY Summer Series 8 CBS
16 Nov - WOW 3
17 Nov - Members' Night
18 Nov - Short Handed Series 2
19 Nov - CB Div Summer Series 9
22 Nov - Keeler/MH/TY Summer Series 9
24 Nov - Friday Night Fun race3
24 Nov - Members' Night


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Keeler News

There was an excellent turnout of 11 boats for the Karewa Series Race 2 held last Sunday which was sailed in light to moderate conditions. Truxton was first over the line by just over a minute from Manxman with Manxman taking first place on handicap followed by Sniper and Reloaded. Manxman and Sniper were separated by only 9 seconds with the rest of the fleet almost 5 minutes off the pace at least so well done to them.

Last night’s Summer Series Race 7 was held in South Westerlies of 15 to 25 knots – no rain with the weather front passing through early in the day. Gusty conditions kept the mainsheet and traveller hands busy with some boats looking a bit over canvassed for a time passing the entrance. A short spinnaker run from Stowe to W10 kept the foredeck crew busy – a few wet spinnakers were spotted! Well done to Time Warp, Voodoo Lounge and No Regrets for taking line honours in their respective divisions. Division 1 handicap placings were Time Warp, Truxton and Manxman. Division 2 Voodoo Lounge, Otway 3 and General Jackson (good Farr 38 weather!) and Division 3 High Point, Freedom Express and Rascal Tom.

The scheduled Windward Leewards for this weekend have been postponed through lack of interest – will report back on when these will now be held. We may have to change the format of these to try and get some interest. The next race will be the Wednesday night Summer Series race 8 followed by the Short Handed series race 2 on Saturday 18th November – start time 10.00.

See you out there.

James Stewart,
Keeler Chairman

Barrier Arm still been left open

We are still having problems with the barrier arm been left open. Please can you lock the arm even if there are still people by the water's edge.

 a big thank you

We would like to take this opportunity to give a big thank you to everyone who volunteered some time to help with the City to Surf over the weekend, it was a huge success. Also a massive thank you to the Warrens for all their hard work organising everything.

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