7 December 2017

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Thursday, 7th December 2017

Commodore's Comments

It was a very sad weekend for the Tauranga Yachting community with the drowning of Dean Bunyan near A Beacon. Dean was a member of the Mount Club and it would appear he fell from his yacht while lowering the mainsail. He was sailing singlehanded and it seems that he was not wearing a lifejacket. This is a sobering reminder of how easily this can happen since conditions were fairly benign on Saturday.

We have decided that this is an appropriate time to look at the way we operate our keeler sailing – everything from documentation through to the way we manage races so that we can check if there is anything we can do better.
To achieve this I have asked a group of experienced sailors to have a look at what we do and how, and to report back to the Keeler and General Committees with any recommendations for improvements. This group is comprised of Phil Scherer, Ross Currie, Stu Pedersen, Darryl McManus and Wil Horne. If you feel that you have any thoughts, opinions or recommendations that you would like this group to consider then please could you email them to Phil Scherer (seahorsephil@gmail.com) by Friday 22nd December.

Further down this newsletter Phil has written a thoughtful piece which includes some links to the UK Yachting Monthly with articles discussing Man overboard and recovery drills – something which we probably do not spend enough time giving consideration to. Something to read, and perhaps practice over the summer.

Meanwhile last weekend, up in Torbay, over 500 sailors were taking part in the Sir Peter Blake Regatta. Winds were pretty light and at times non-existent with racing cut short on Sunday.  There was a great turn out from the TYPBC with over 15 sailors taking part.

There were many great performances but the one to stand out again was Max Scott. Following on from his win in the P Class Auckland Champs the previous weekend, he followed it up with another win at this prestigious regatta. Great stuff Max! In other fleets; Sydney Cunliffe was 7th in the 68 strong Starling fleet – closely followed by Joel Kennedy (9th), Josh Blackie (10th) and Lachlan Dillon (14th) . Top performers in the Optimist fleet were Finn Van Der Beek 13th (in the Green fleet) and Anya Pearce who was 28th in the Open Fleet. Max Van Der Zalm and Veerle Ten Have were 1st & 2nd in the RSX Boards and Sam Barnett was 2nd in the 420’s. Well done everyone and their support teams.

On Tuesday night 3 of our youth sailors left for China to take part in the Youth World Sailing Championships in Sanya, China from Dec 9-16th. Max Van der Zalm and Veerle Ten Have will be representing NZ in the RSX boardsailing and James Barnett will be sailing in the 420. You can follow the event at here . Good luck to them.
This weekend sees Friday Night Fun Race and the Centreboard Summer Series continues with its last Sunday racing of the year.  Kidz on Catz is on Saturday – so if you would like to try out a catamaran then get down there between 11am and 2pm. Next Wednesday night is the last of the Wednesday Night Summer Series of the year as Christmas approaches faster than a container ship down the Cutter Channel.  But save a date for the Xmas on the Beach on Sunday 17th which is for all divisions and may, I’m told, involve a little cricket – see more details below. Keelers will able to moor on the edge of the channel, on the north east side of the central sandbank, and RIBs will be available to ferry people ashore. See further details down below.

A word of thanks to Bob Newcombe who has reprayed the shelf which is outside the office window in the foyer of the Club. This was getting quite worn and Bob has stripped and recoated it and it looks as good as new. Thanks Bob.

Good sailing everyone, and stay safe out there.

Nick Wrinch


08 Dec - Friday Night Fun Race 4
08 Dec - Members' Night
09 Dec - Kids on Cats
09 Dec - TY Katikati Xmas Cruise
09 Dec - Wakatere Youth Regatta
10 Dec - CB Div Summer Series 11
13 Dec - Keeler/TY/MH Summer Series 12 CBS
14 Dec - WOW 5
15 Dec - Members' Night
16 Dec - Blue Water Series White Island Race
17 Dec - Xmas on the Beach
20 Dec - MH Xmas Omanu Race Harbour series 4
21 Dec - Commodores Christmas Party
22 Dec - Office Closes till 15th Jan
23 Dec - TY Xmas Picnic

06 Jan -
TY Bowentown Cruise
06 Jan - P Class Tanner Cup
09 Jan - P Class Tauranga Cup


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


Half Serve Roast


Tempura Prawns $17.00
Curry Beef and Steamed rice $17.00
Scotch Fillet Steak with your choice of topping, served with salad and fries $18.00
Cajun Chicken Salad with ginger and lime dressing
Fish & Chips served with lemon and tartare sauce $13.50

Big Boy Gourmet Beef Burger, with 2 patties, fried egg, bacon and onion rings served on fries


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 report

Last Saturday’s Karewa Single Handed race was sailed in an up to 10 knot Northerly with slight seas. About 8 or 9 boats started the race but only 6 logged finish times. Manxman and Truxton benefited from the use of Gennakers as the leg from Karewa to A Buoy was a perfect Gennaker leg. Well done to Ben on Manxman for taking out the handicap placing after finishing only 5 or so minutes after Will on Truxton.

The penultimate race for Summer Series 1 was held last night in a light and shifty North or North-easterly. King tides made for a very shallow harbour catching some boats out with plenty of sandbank dredging going on. First over the line for Division 1 was Rocket Science, Division 2 Voodoo Lounge and Division 3 Nauti Monster. Handicap Placings were Division 1 Rocket Science, Manxman and Whatever. Division 2 Voodoo Lounge, Sabian and General Jackson. Division 3 Nauti Monster, Freedom Express and Flashback. The Division 1 handicap placings were particularly close with less than a minute separating 1 and 3rd placings. Only one race to go for the series!

Don’t forget the Fun Race this Friday night – 1800 start time.

There is no Keeler Sailing this weekend. The next race will be the final race of the Summer Series on Wednesday night followed by the White Island race on December 16th. An email will be sent to all Keel Boat Owners regarding the White Island race but the essentials are: this is a Category 3 race, briefing will be at the Clubhouse at 0800 hours on race day, a crew list must be provided, scheduled VHF calls will be required during the race.

See you out there – hopefully not from a run aground Otway next time!

James Stewart,
Keeler Chairman


Coaches corner

Hey everyone! First and foremost, congratulations to all of our sailors who competed in the Sir Peter Blake Regatta in Torbay this past weekend, you did our club proud! Special mention to Max Scott who placed first overall in the P Class, and well done to all the Opti Green Fleeters who competed in their first ever regatta. We had roughly 25 sailors out there representing our club and giving it their all, so well done everyone!

The Sailing School finishes up Term 4 next week on December 17th with our Christmas on the Beach celebration. Everyone is welcome to come out, it will be a super fun time! After that, we have our Christmas Holiday Program taking place from Dec 18-22nd for Level 1, 2, 3, and Green Fleet. You can find all the information for our holiday courses on our website here

Term 1 sailing will begin on January 27th this year, you can go online to find out course information (https://www.yacht.org.nz/kids_LTS) and you can register and pay online (https://www.yacht.org.nz/registration). If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact me at LTS.coach@yacht.org.nz

See you on the water!


Big Thank you

On behalf of the club we would like to thank Robert Newcombe for re-varnishing the bench in front of the office window. This is a wonderful piece of furniture originally crafted by David Peet, which following the restoration by Robert now looks brand new

Health and safety

This week has highlighted the thrills and the dangers of single or short handed sailing. First Francois Gabart on his 30 metre trimaran has set a new single handed record from France to Cape Horn of 29 days, 3 hours and 15 minutes, plus he also set the fastest every time, including crewed boat of 7 days, 15 hours and 15 minutes. His biggest daily run is 874 N miles in 24 hours.

There were also two drownings over the weekend, including one at Tauranga involving a yachtsman sailing alone. This has highlighted the dangers of Man over Board (MoB) situations and drowning. The yacht club will be reviewing our sailing safety systems, to see if there is anything we can learn from these tragic events.

This Christmas, we will have a number of our members enjoying a Christmas with family and friends, And on some of these yachts, there may only be one or two experienced sailors on board.

Our question for this week is what would happen if something happened to the only experienced sailor on board these yachts, and the in-experienced guests left on board needed to rescue and recover you from the water. What procedures do you have in place. What practice have you done. Will the people left onboard your yacht know what to do? What are the chances of you being recovered from the water alive?

I have personally spent 15 minutes bobbing in the ocean near A Beacon after my Trapeze line broke, and I discovered my "experienced" crew of two years could not helm a Tornado Catamaran the twenty metres upwind to recover me. He was an experienced sailor with his own Trailer Sailor, but that experience did not help him. I now give my crew time on the helm so they learn. I also learnt you cannot swim any distance while wearing full sailing gear.

The following exercise is dangerous - be careful

This summer, try a real man over board exercise. While anchored in a calm safe bay, get fully dressed in your wet weather gear, including boots and inflatable PDF, Jump over the side, inflate, and have your family rescue and recover you back on board. But please have the inflatable in the water on standby in case they cannot. You will learn a lot. Otherwise wear all your gear and go for a swim at BayWave – you will learn a lot.

Make sure you have spare Gas Canisters for your inflatable PDF.

Safety is all about preparation and practice, so be prepared and practice.

For some light reading, check out the Yachting Monthly MOB Myths Busted Series here.

Noel Dilly shares some thought-provoking and controversial ideas about MOB recovery.



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