14 December 2017

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Thursday, 14th December 2017

Commodore's Comments

The Multihull Division put on their Kidz on Catz experience on Saturday - it was a glorious day and 36 kids took up the opportunity to have a sail. The harbour had loads of P’s,  Starlings and others doing some training and others just enjoying a great day – the Club at its best.

Plenty of stuff going on with our sailors overseas at the moment. Max van der Zalm, Veerle Ten Have, and James Barnett are finding the light sloppy conditions in Sanya, China fairly challenging. They are taking part in the World Youth Sailing Championships. They are currently lying 9th, 15th, and 19th respectively.

At the Sail Sydney Regatta things are going a little better. Alex Maloney and Molly Meech are in a very strong position leading the 49erfx fleet. In the 49ers Josh Porebski and Trent Rippey are 2nd. In the Lasers Sam Meech is 2nd, Tom Saunders 3rd.
Good luck to all of them.

This Sunday is the Centreboard Divisions Christmas on the Beach – but all divisions are invited. The plan is to head to the central sandbank. Keelers are advised to approach from the Cutter Channel and anchor adjacent to the channel and from there the Clubs RIBs will ferry you to shore. See further details below.

Next week is the Christmas Cocktail Party on Thursday. Details are below but it really helps with planning if you can buy your tickets(from the Office)  in advance so that Steve Jo and Ken know likely numbers. This will be a bit of a sad night since Steve has decided that now is the time for him to move on and this will be his last Club function. Steve has been with us for nearly 8 years and will be sorely missed. It would be nice to have a good crowd on Thursday to send him off in style. I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank him for all he has done for the Club.

Still a bit of racing to go before Christmas with WOW on the water tonight and I understand 7 boats heading out on the White Island Race on Saturday.

One last bit of news is that the Council Staff recommendation for the preferred site for the proposed Waikato University Marine Campus was announced on Wednesday. The good news is that it is not on the piece of grass between the Club and Burnsco, but rather on the area just south of the Game Fishing Club. There will be more on this in next week’s newsletter but we will be opposing this location too.

Good sailing everyone

Nick Wrinch


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


  • Commodore’s Comments
  • Upcoming Events
  • P Class Bistro Menu
  • Keeler News
  • Commodores Xmas Invite
  • Coaches corner
  • Thank you Burnsco
  • Sailability
  • Health & Safety
  • Functions
  • Joke
  • Contact Us





Roast of the Day: Turkey with Cranberry Sauce served with Roast Vegetables of the day


Half Serve Roast


Tempura Prawns $17.00
Pan-fried Tarakihi served with salad and fries
Scotch Fillet Steak with your choice of topping, served with salad and fries $18.00
Chicken and Roasted Walnut Salad, grilled chicken breast, bacon & camembert
Fish & Chips served with lemon and tartare sauce $13.50
Cheese Omelette served with salad $17.00

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


Dessert Special: Chocolate Cheesecake served with ice cream $6.50


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 night was the final race of Summer Series 1 which was held in a gusty southwesterly with winds reaching up to about 25 knots. Various sail combinations were seen, full mains, reefed mains, No. 2 jibs, No. 3 jibs with each setup having its benefits through the various wind ranges encountered. A committee boat start down by Mark 17 made for a hectic early beat with a few near misses seen in Division 1 particularly and the odd 360 turn as a result. A few broaches under kites were seen as the gust came through on the downwind leg from Stowe to P7. Whatever had a few issues with their kite halyard requiring a visit to the top of the mast - well done Ian! Line honors went to Kaimai Express Division 1, Otway 3 Division 2 and Fly Away Sam Division 3. Handicap placings were Division 1 Kaimai Express, Time Warp and The Rascal. Division 2 handicap placings were Otway 3, Whistler and Red Line. Division 3 handicap placings were Fly Away Sam, Freedom Express and Flashback.

With the final race of the Summer Series 1 finished we now have our series results. Well done to Rocket Science, Voodoo Lounge and Freedom Express for taking first place in their respective divisions. Timewarp, Otway 3 and Flashback for second placings and Kaimai Express, Sabian and No Regrets for third placings in their divisions.

Woman on Water is on tonight for those boats that involved in this. Look forward to seeing some fancy dress!

The White Island Race is on this Saturday - briefing in the Clubhouse is 8.00 AM; start time 10.00 AM. ALL skippers are required to attend the briefing and don't forget to bring along your Cat 3 certificates and crew lists. You will also be required to sign a new Safety Declaration form.

See you out there - did I mention that Otway 3 got first over the line and on handicap last night? Go Otway!

James Stewart,
Keeler Chairman


kids on cats

Last Saturday from 10.30am to 1.30pm was a most successful Kids on Cats day in which three Tornados and a Nacra 17 took a total of 34 young sailors for a spin around the harbour.  Some of the young sailors who are doing courses with the sailing school showed a real knack - at least one young helmsman even managing to weave downwind under gennaker just so as to keep one hull out of the water!

As well as getting these kids more hooked on the sport they have just started in, it was a chance to give non sailors a taste of the fun, and to promote learn to sail courses to them. Smiles all round w
ere a quick confirmation that this should remain an annual event.







Coaches corner

 Hey guys! Thanks to everyone who came out for Kids on Cats last Saturday, it was an awesome and very successful day. The yacht club was buzzing with activity!

Super busy week coming up in the sailing school this week, starting with Christmas on the Beach this coming Sunday the 17th. Come out for a fun time and some yummy food! Be rigged and ready for 10:30am, hope to see you all there!

Then from Dec 18th-22nd we have our Christmas Holiday Program for Level 1,2,3, and Green Fleet so if you haven’t registered for that yet please do so as soon as possible! Spaces are limited and it is first come first serve. HERE

If you took one of our courses this term feel free to fill out this feedback form to let us know how we’re doing and what we can improve! HERE

See you on the water!


Thank you to Burnsco

We would like to say a big thank you to Burnsco for donating the maps/charts and equipment to set courses for the club.

Sailability News

On behalf of Jimmy Gilpin we have a request for able bodied sailors to occasionally assist this programme for a few hours via a roster for whatever they can do. You are welcome to contact Peter Warren or email him at peter@baygas.co.nz for find out more about this. So far as we know Jimmy is an email free zone..

Health and safety

Fire On Board

Fire is one of the greatest dangers on board a yacht, and with the summer cruising session just around the corner, now is a good time to check your fire fighting equipment to ensure it is all up to date and in good working order.
Below is a very good video that show you how to use the equipment, and also what happens with a powder fire extinguisher.
The one step not shown in the video is the need to turn the gas off before fighting the fire. The last thing you want is the boat filling up with gas after the fire has been contained.


Possibly the best way to practice your firefighting skills is to practice at home outside on your gas BBQ. This gives you a situation similar to a galley in a yacht, and they can be easily cleaned afterwards. Also if things get out of hand, you won't burn the BBQ to the waterline.

Health and Safety - Keeler Safety System Review

Following the tragic drowning, a small group has been formed to review the safety systems for the Keeler Division.
We had our first meeting on Tuesday and the discussion covered a number of areas and we made good progress in identifying areas where the club can do thing better.
But the biggest point we discussed and all agreed on is the Skipper, not the yacht club, is responsible for what happens on board their vessel.
This is backed up by yachting New Zealand and the law. If there is a tragic accident involving death on board, the Skipper is legally responsible and could be prosecuted and face jail time.
We all agreed that wearing a PDF that meets the NZ Standards is the single biggest thing you can do to reduce the chance of drowning.
So this summer, wear a life jacket. you may get some funny tan lines, but you will float.

the yacht club functions

Come on down tomorrow night for our final members night for the year and make sure you pick up your tickets for the commodores Christmas party next Thursday night.

Give our functions staff a call to discuss

Website or facebook page

finish with a laugh..


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