16 November 2017

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Thursday, 16th November 2017

Vice Commodore's Comments

As usual recently, there is lots happening around the club and with it’s members. Just a few years ago, we would have thought that one of our members winning the world sailor of the year award for the second time in 3 years would be an impossibly ridiculous pipe dream.
 What about the possibility of having the America’s cup here?. Probably not going to happen, but last week’s activity appears to have put a bomb under the backsides of some of the slow moving bureaucrats & politicians in Auckland, so that is a good thing.

Have you been watching the Volvo Ocean Race tracker?. Fascinating when overlaid with the forecast winds, and scaled out. Will some one take the gamble, and try and sail straight towards the destination, rather than the traditional great circle route?.

The Starling & Optimist North Island champs were held last weekend in Taupo. Great results in the Starling, with Lachlan Dillon 2nd, Joel Kennedy 4th, Josh Blackie 11th and Max Faulkner 26th. A good number of our Opti sailors went as well, I counted 7, with Anya Pearce top scoring at 17th, out of 114.

Unfortunately, too much wind on Saturday, and not enough on Sunday turned the round Matakana Classic for the cats into the go to Omokoroa for an ice cream picnic. Good that the team tried anyway.

Wednesday night’s keeler racing saw a great turnout, on the racetrack, in lighter winds than we have generally had to date. Very encouraging for an excellent summer.  Not so great attendance at the club afterwards. What can we do about this?. The problem from the club management point of view is that the lack of turnover means that we lose money, making it much harder to run the club generally. We could put subs up, but we would need to triple them to cover all outgoings if we did not have any functions income. Not a great way forward.

Similarly, we could not get enough starters to justify a windward/leeward race series last weekend. Talking to owners, the universal problem is a lack of time and/or inclination on the part of crew members. A modern problem, not limited to our area, or our sport. Should we try a different approach, and if so, what should that be?.

For this weekend, we have the Zephyr North Island champs , in Taupo, and  a short handed keeler race here on Saturday. It is looking quite windy for both events, so we are looking forward to lots of tall stories afterwards. Unfortunately, I have to be in Auckland, so will miss both. 


Andy Knowles
Vice Commodore


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 report

A dozen boats did the Friday night fun race in light winds. Truxton took line honours by a good margin even after being stuck on the sand banks for a while.

It was a quiet weekend on the water with the postponement of the Windward Leewards – let me know if you have any suggestions on how the format of these can be changed to encourage participation.

Last night’s Summer Series Race 8 was a Committee Boat start down by BM5. A shifty North Easterly made for plenty of passing lanes up to P7, down to BM5, P7 and home in winds that ranged from 5 to 10 knots. Line honours went to Whatever, Voodoo Lounge (I can see a division change coming up!) and Nauti Monster (well done!). Handicap placings in Division 1 separated by less than a minute were Rocket Science, Whatever and Manxman. Division 2 Handicap placings were Voodoo Lounge by a 2 and a half minute margin to Otway 3 and Reloaded only 8 seconds behind. Handicap placings in Division 3 were Freedom Express, Nauti Monster and Taihine.

With only four races left in Summer Series 1 Division 1 results to date are Time Warp, Truxton and Rocket Science separated by 3 points. Division 2 are Voodoo Lounge, Otway 3 and Sabian separated by 13 points (Voodoo Lounge well ahead) and Division 3 Freedom Express, Flashback and No Regrets separated by 5 points.

Looking ahead the Short Handed Series 2 is on this Saturday – looks like it could be a windy race. Start time is 10.00 and a briefing will be held in the clubrooms at 9.00. Don’t forget the first of the Blue Water Series is coming up on December 16th starting with a White Island race.

See you out there.

James Stewart,
Keeler Chairman

MulitHull report

The multihulls raced course 25 which involves a loop around the lower harbour shallows. Much of this was tight reaching under gennaker, and the shifts and puffs made it quite tricky. Luck went the way of Feisty Feline, who were followed by Seahorse and Spitfire on both line and handicap. The return of Jason with Bruce on Relentless, and Dennis and Adrian on Touch'n'Go boosted the fleet to a healthy six.

No such luck last weekend when bad forecasts and low entries saw us postpone the Matakana Classic for two or four weeks. Three boats had a very enjoyable race to Omokoroa for ice creams as a consolation.  This non-stop island circumnavigation is a highlight of the multihull calendar (also open to suitable sailboards eg RS:X) so we are all hoping to squeeze it in before Xmas.

Centreboard division report

A massive thank you shout out to everyone who helped with the City to Surf this year. The event ran really smoothly after a couple of hurdles overcome early on in the piece.

The centre board division  is humbled by the input of energy from the other divisions who came to help.
Wow, the Trailer division, the Keelers, multihulls, windsurfers and sail ability where all represented and it was great to meet some of you.

This annual fundraiser is fantastic - earing the  club a considerable amount of cash which is directed towards running costs of the club, targeting areas like  maintenance and repairs of the patrol boats and fuel.

I'd like to include one individual thank you and that is to 'Lucy' from WOW.
Wow Lucy at the last minute you filled a necessary role as tail end Charlie for the new half marathon side of the course with out too much coercion. I hope you made lunch with your mum in time! Much appreciated.

So a happy group of approx. 2000 walkers and runners have been usher, supplied with goodies and safety marshalled around the course . Murray and his team from event promotions always make it easy for us and of course we look forward to your help again next year should we be offered this opportunity again.

Peter Warren- cdiv

Wednesday Cruising group

For around 30 years a group of trailer yachts have headed out each Wednesday to cruise together.  Advancing age, and declining health have resulted in the retirement or less frequent participation of some of the group members.  We would like to build the numbers up again.  Anyone with a shallow draft yacht, or one with a lifting keel is very welcome to join the group. NO FEES, NO RULES, NO MEETINGS.  Spouse, children, grandchildren and even pets welcome.   

Weather permitting we leave Sulphur Point around 9.30a.m. and return approximately 2.30each Wednesday.  Communication is by VHF ch6.  Once on the water we arrange our destination and either raft up together, or go ashore somewhere for lunch.

Inexperience is no barrier, group members are keen to support and encourage learners.  Old Salts who previously sailed trailer yachts and would like to come from time to time as extra crew are very welcome (bring your own lunch and walking stick!)

Further information from John Burns    phone 07 578 9161  or 027 3396 730.

Friday fun race 10th nov 2017

The kids were motivated and a decision taken to enter Moonrise (a ludders 36) under the capable hands of Captain Alfredo. Goals were set not be last on line and take the win on our made up PHRF – we gave ourselves a good one considering we weigh as much as the rest of fleet put together.

Somehow with in the joys of the mass start we ended up 3rd across the start line to the enjoyment of kids. They then encouraged the dads that all we needed to do was to pass the two boats in front – ah the joys of childlike expectations devoid from aero dynamic principals. A new plan was hatched to see how long we could last before being last and then breaking the rules and flying the gennaker for the fun of it. To our vast surprised and based on some able assistance by the sand banks we lasted to banks buoy before Nauti Monster ran us down.

It was then time to distribute beers to the dads and the hot dogs to the kids in time to see Truxton and Whistler lap us. Great to see all on water protests situations meet with a tip of the beers and a whoops laugh rather than usual language reserved only for Wednesday nights.

Then as the wind died a new goal was set to show the kids the penguins and prove to them that just because the GPS speed read 0.00 that was no reason to start the engine. A great time was had by all and great to see a different range of boats out giving it a crack in a more relaxed atmosphere.

I do believe the biggest winner of the night was Alfredo when Chrissie said “we are going to get a faster boat”.

Daniel Moore

Coaches corner

Hi all! Exciting news in the Sailing School this week, our new booking system is up and running! You can register for our courses by going to our website, click the Sailing School button, and then click Register. If you are currently in one of our courses it would be of great help to me if you could also register your information into the booking system so that your information is on it. It will automatically send you an invoice, but if you have already paid no worries, just shoot me an email and we can void the invoice for you.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to shoot me an email at LTS.coach@yacht.org.nz!

Congratulations to our 20 sailors who represented the club at Taupo this weekend for the North Island regatta. We had some awesome results across the board, with sailors in Opti Open Fleet, Opti Green Fleet, and Starling Open Fleet. Keep up the great work guys!



Sailability tauranga News update

Welcome Aboard to the following new volunteers - Sunny Peeters, Ethan Peeters, Tim and Helen May, Cecile Markarian and Peter Ward. We can only operate successfully with the generosity of people sharing their time and skills. We really do appreciate all that our volunteers do. If you think you would like to volunteer with us please contact Alice on volunteers.stct@gmail.com

It is with regret, we farewell  Dave Birss back to the UK. Dave was one of our original trustees and a regular volunteer on sailing days. We are much indebted for his support and wish Dave and his wife a happy return to the ‘old country’.

Summer Sailing Dates - Book Now at sailors.stct@gmail.com

Wed 15 Nov, Mon 27th Nov, Tues 28th Nov

Saturday 9th Dec, Saturday 16 Dec,

Monday 15 Jan, Wed 24th Jan,

Wed 14th Feb, Thurs 22 Feb, Sat 24 Feb.

VHF Radio Training Opportunity
We are very fortunate to have the offer of a free practical tuition night Thursday 23 November, 6-9pm.
TYPBC club rooms with Nicole Harris, Coast Guard Education Officer and Sailability Tauranga Volunteer, is prepared to donate her time. We feel very lucky to have this opportunity.

Firsts for Sailability Tauranga!

a) 2 sailors are off to a Hansa Regatta at Lake Ngaroto 18/19 Nov. Alice Eminson will be sailing in her first regatta with Alister Eagleson as her crew and Paulien Chamberlain defending her title, ably assisted by crew Richard Chamberlain.

b) Our First School Booking Nov 28th. Otumoetai College Special Education Unit are sending 12 students for a sail. We are borrowing 2 boats from Rotorua Sailability for the day. We are developing a specialised programmme for the day with onland activities between sails.

c) First Sail off the Strand. 9th December is Disability Awareness Event hosted by CCS and we have been invited to take part and showcase what Sailability Tauranga has to offer. There will be many  other disability support services present so a great opportunity to promote ourselves. Providing the weather is suitable we will run our sailing day from the strand. Unfortunately there is no hoist available so we are not able to take our wheelchair sailors. We will make the City Council aware of this lack of public facility so everyone can enjoy this opportunity in the future. We anticipate having 1 boat on the hard, rigged for displayed, 2 taking our regular sailors sailing and 1 for short sails for the general public. Once again we will borrow 2 boats from Rotorua.

Coast Guard Support We are very fortunate to have the support of local Coast Guard members, as Patrol Boat Crew and education tutors. In return for their support of Sailability Tauranga, please make sure if you are an active boaty, that you are a member of Coastguard Tauranga, as ‘One good turn deserves another.’

That's all for now! Happy Sailing!

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