11 January 2018

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Thursday, 11th January 2018

Commodore's Comments

The Club is up and running again and we officially welcome Jo West who is stepping up to be our full time Functions Manager. Although the year is young, several of our younger sailors have already been competing in various regattas.

Tom Maidment held on to his Youth title at the 50th Paper Tiger Nationals in New Plymouth over the New Year. This has gained him a spot on the 'Kiwi' Team travelling to Melbourne over Easter to take on the Australian 'Kangaroo’s.  Dave and Raewyn Peet were honoured guests the 50th National celebrations along with Ron Given who designed the Paper Tiger. Dave won the national title in 1970 and owned PT sail number 4.

Olly Maidment, Veerle ten Have and Max van del Zalm are currently at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Brisbane representing New Zealand at the Techno Oceania’s. Olly is sailing on his Techno 293, whilst Veerle and Max are racing on the Techno 293 Plus.

Meanwhile at Kohimaramara the Tanner and Tauranga Cups have been up for grabs. In the Tanner Cup, everything hung on the last race - unfortunately Max Scott was narrowly edged out by the Auckland and Canterbury reps. Max had to settle for third  - one point behind the winner. Great result all the same Max.  Well done also to Lachlan Dillon (6th), Sydney Cunliffe (9th), and Teaghan Denney (18th). Results here

The Tauranga Cup finished on Wednesday , with Max Scott and Lachlan Dillon finishing 4th and 5th respectively. Everything was decided on the last race but well done to our top finisher Max who finished the regatta with three bullets. Well done too to Sydney Cunliffe (14th), Teaghan Denney (24th) and Reuben Coxhead (27th). Full results here

I have given a bit of an update and Comment on the review of safety management in the keeler division (see below) – I would ask that keeler skippers take a moment to read it.

This weekend sees the Keelers having a Short handed series race on Saturday (1000hrs start, briefing 9am at the Club) and the CB Summer Series continues on Sunday. In Glendowie there will be the Starling Match Racing.  Note that Wednesday Night Summer Series begins next Wednesday (17th).

Good Sailing and best wishes for 2018

Nick Wrinch


06 Jan - TY Bowentown Cruise
06 Jan - P Class Tanner Cup
09 Jan - P Class Tauranga Cup
13 Jan - Short Handed Series 3
13 Jan - Starling Match Racing Glendowie 13th &15th
14 Jan - CB Div Summer Series 12
17 Jan - Keeler/MH/TY Summer Series 13 1st Wed of the Year
18 Jan -
Laser Nationals Naval point 18th-21st
19 Jan - Members' Night
20 Jan - Starling NIs Worser Bay 20th-21st
21 Jan - CB Div Summer Series 13
24 Jan - Keeler/MH/TY Summer Series 14
24 Jan - Tornado Bol Race Week
26 Jan - Members' Night
26 Jan - Friday Night Fun Race 5


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  • Keeler News
  • Safety Review
  • AKL-TGA Race News
  • PClass review
  • Message from the manager
  • Functions
  • Joke
  • Contact Us









Keeler report

 Hopefully you are all rested up after the Christmas Break and preparations are under way to convert your boats from Cruising Mode to Racing Mode.

Remember the first race of the season kicks off this Saturday with the short-handed race – briefing is at 9.00 at the Clubhouse with race start at 10.00. Looks like a nice day at this stage.

The Whitianga Race is on Saturday the 27th followed by the Auckland to Tauranga Race on Saturday the 3rd of February. Make sure you book your marina berths ASAP as I understand that both the Whitianga Marina and Westhaven Marina are fast running out of available berths.

Summer Series 2 starts next Wednesday night so remind your crew and I will see you out there.

James Stewart,
Keeler Chairman

Safety Review

The Safety Review is still in process, however in view of the short handed series race this weekend I would encourage skippers to give careful consideration to their safety management.

The law does not require our participants to wear lifejackets however the Club recommends that skippers give careful consideration to having their crew do so. Inevitably sailing can be more challenging in short-handed situations, and accidents are more likely to happen.

Also give consideration to manual inflating lifejackets which are of no value if the wearer is unconscious when they enter the water – would a different sort be better?

For single handed races next season we will be expecting participants to wear lifejackets as well as a method of communication should the man overboard be separated from his boat. This can be in the form of a waterproof vhf or a cellphone in a waterproof case, or a personal locator beacon. In this way the man overboard can raise the alarm that he has been separated from his vessel.

Note we will not be recommending tethers in this situation which could prove very dangerous if there is no-one to help you get back on board.

In view of this skippers should consider whether these proposed measures should be extended to their short-handed crew members as well – may be something to work towards. 

Personally as Commodore I take a lot of responsibility for this. However I do not want to be creating a huge list of regulations that skippers must obey – I believe it is vital that as sailors we are able to asses risk and learn to make good decisions. Regulations will only blunt our skills in this way.

However it is important that Skippers continue to re-evaluate the risks on their boat and to involve their crew in the discussion since we can all learn from each other – and most of us skippers may be a little rusty on what its like on the foredeck of our boat during a jibe.

Nick Wrinch
10 Jan 2018

Auckland to Tauranga race news

Just a quick FYI.... the Westhaven Marina have been in touch to let us know they have limited berths available early Feb, So they are recommending any entrants in the 2018 AKL - TGA race needing a marina berth in Auckland prior to the race to contact them ASAP
Phone Trevor Wallace at Westhaven on 09 360 5870 or email info@westhaven.co.nz

P Class report for tanner and tauranga cups

It is all over now for this years Tanner and Tauranga Cups. It has been a nail biting regatta with some very close racing. Max Scott sailed brilliantly coming 3rd in the Tanner Cup with only 1 point between him and the top 2! Yesterday he won all 3 races in the Tauranga Cup but alas he finished 4th  with only 3pts between him and Seb Menzies who won it. Max also won the throphy for coming 1st in the 1st race of the Tanner Cup.

Lachlan also had a great regatta coming 6th in the Tanner and 5th in the Tauranga winning the Craig Monk trophy for the top sailor over 55kgs.

Sydney Cunliffe placed 9th in the Tanner Cup (2nd girl) and 14th in the Tauranga Cup (3rd girl).

For Teaghan Denny and Reuben Coxhead it was their first P Class Nationals. Teaghan came 18th in the Tanner Cup and 24th in the Tauranga Cup. Best race was an 11th. Reuben was placed 27th in the Tauranga Cup. His best race was a 10th. Both Teaghan and Reuben are looking forward to next years P Nationals in Evans Bay.

Note from the club manager

Hi All,

Welcome to another New Year and what a mixed start it has been.

Beautiful sunny and warm weather followed by King tides and stormy weather created waves washing over our foreshore at TYPBC and then back to 26/28 degree sunny days, creating quite a contrast. The image of the Kulim Park building immersed in Tauranga Harbour was jaw dropping and perhaps creates a reality check about what the future weather changes might do to our coastal regions. The bonus for me is that the water is just the perfect temperature for me.

Our daughter had some visitors over from Seattle in America over Christmas. They headed off on a road trip around central and upper north island with the visitors blown away by the beauty around each corner. This does just remind us how lucky we are.

I suspect a lot of you have had the chance or will be to heading off in you boats where you too get to be able to enjoy the beauty of our large coastline.

As you are all aware Steve Patton finished as our Function Manager at the end of the Christmas break and I would now like to announce Jo West as our new Function Manager. Jo has been the Functions Assistant for a number of years and last year was acting Manager whilst Steve was on leave. Jo also took up the challenge of marketing The Yacht Club as a Function venue, which has seen the Facebook page established and regularly updated, will see a new website in the new year specifically for The Yacht Club Function Centre.She has a lot of plans she wants to implement over the next 12 months as well as continuing to do the marketing, newsletter and functions. Very exciting times.

Kirsten returns from a trip home to Canada on Sunday, so coaching will be back in full swing again after that. We would also like to welcome Niamh Dillon who has accepted a fixed term role as our Race Coach and assisting Kirsten with the paper work. Niamh has great skills as a coach, is liked by the young sailors and luckily for us is taking a year out after finishing school. It is great that we can employ one of our own in this role. She will be busy with the race coaching, BoPSAT, school holiday programmes and the 2 school groups that have requested sailing this next term.

I look forward to catching up with Monday morning guys next week and hope to hear a good joke and some summer stories. Wednesday will see the start of the 2018 summer series and 1st of Feb will hopefully see me out again with WOW, did I say how we sneaked under the draft of the other bigger boats and crossed the line first in the last WOW of 2017 (thanks Peter Decke great evening out).

Drop in and say hi and we all look forward to a great 2018.

Lynne Whitaker

Club Manager

the yacht club function

Happy 2018 to you all! We are open and running like usual so make sure you give us a call to book in your functions. As you are all aware at the end of last year Steve decided it was his time to leave us and start spending time doing more of the things he enjoys or should I say more jobs his wife wants done :)
Jo has been appointed Functions Manager and is looking forward to a busy year ahead with functions.

Give our functions staff a call to discuss

Website or facebook page

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