1 February 2018

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Thursday, 1st February 2018

Commodore's Comments

Some sad news this week with the passing of Mrs Marion Smith at the weekend. Marion was a life member who, along with her late husband Colin, made huge contributions to the Club over many years, including the building of the shed at Kulim Park, and our current Clubhouse, as well as contributing huge amounts of time to the running of the Club and writing a book recording the early history of the Club. Our condolences go to Gary and Leanne and the whole family. Her funeral will be held at the Club on Friday afternoon at 3pm. Please see the excellent article below.

On the sailing front the keelers had a slow sail to Whitianga on Saturday. The race was shortened due to lack of wind but there was a winner with Gun Caundle’s Rascal Tom winning on handicap after Pork Chop took Line Honours..

Several of our Starling sailors were in action at the Starling Auckland Champs at Kohimarama at the week. Well done to top finisher Lachlan Dillon (9th), James Barnett (12th), Sydney Cunliffe (15th), Andrew Stretton (42nd), and Joel Kennedy (53rd – only sailed the last day).

“Good gusty conditions” for the Wednesday night racing this week. However a very strong (spring) incoming tide made it a real challenge to get back around Banks buoy on the return leg to the Club. Good turnouts from Divisions 3, 4 and the multihulls but Divisions 1 & 2 were severely depleted due to cruising and Auckland Tauranga commitments.

There is a lot happening at the Club with the Auckland to Tauranga Race starting from the Squadron at 2pm on Saturday with the first boats arriving over Saturday night,  and the Tornado nationals running from Saturday to Monday. Come down and see some spectacular action at the Club. We are not sure what the wind gods have in mind but it was a relief to see the remnants of Cyclone Fehi head down the west coast and give us a miss.

Good luck to all taking part in the racing and many thanks to all those giving up their time to help run the weekend.

Nick Wrinch


01 Feb - WOW 6 - CANCELLED
02 Feb - Members' Night
02 Feb - Tornado Nationals 2nd-5th Tauranga
03 Feb - Auckland to Tauranga Race
03 Feb - Ocean Bridge NZL Regatta 3rd-5th Murrays Bay
04 Feb - CB Div Summer Series 15
07 Feb - Keeler/MH/TY Summer Series 15
09 Feb - Friday Night Fun Race5
09 Feb - Members night


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Marion Smith 1935 – 2018

Marion Smith came to Tauranga in 1956, a recently married bride of Colin Smith.  They lived on Matakana Island where a launch, in later years Tauraka was the family car, work vehicle and holiday batch.  The family moved to the “Mainland “ in 1973 and became part of the centreboard scene. 
Around this time the centreboard Division started sailing from Kulim Park.  Marion used to load the family tent on to the back of the 3.5 tonne Bedford and drive it around to Kulim Park to setup the tent for the day.  The building of the Kulim Park shed changed that operation. During the build of the new clubhouse at Sulphur Point Marion was in there coordinating the support team for the food and water as well as on site jobs.  
They became the first caretakers for the clubhouse and remained there for 8 years.  Marion and Colin were awarded their life membership in 1992 for services to the Club.  However it was when her book on the first 75 years of the TYPBC was published in Dec 2000 that she felt she had fully earned this honour.  

Together with Colin, they had firstly a Mitchinson 30 “Leanne” and then a Shoalcraft 30 “Shoalhaven”. They did extensive coastal cruising in these boats and then offshore trips with other club members. 

Over the remaining years she has kept in close touch with events at TYPBC, watching over the events that her children and then the Grandchildren were sailing in.

The Funeral Service for Marion will be held tomorrow Friday 2nd February 2018 at TYPBC

Multihull News

A solid fleet of Tornados plus an A cat took Wednesday's race very seriously ahead of this weekend's nationals here at the club. It was great to see Bill Caunce from Whangaparaoa and the Shaws from Nelson arrive ready to rig tomorrow, helping bring us up to a very pleasing eleven entries.

But first things first.  Team Seahorse got seriously close to the Highet before being called OCS, dipping back and still getting to the first mark first. Feisty Feline and Spitfire went for serious swims, and Relentless had serious trouble getting around 3 in a ferocious tide.  Seriously bouncy though was the mighty Tigger, giving us all a fright with second on line and a handicap win, followed by Seahorse and Feisty Feline.  All in all seriously good fun with lots more this weekend.

If you are interesting in catching the action we have three races scheduled each day inside the harbour on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

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Hey guys! This week we have started up our Term 1 regular sailing schedule. If you haven’t signed up already please do so here as soon as humanly possible because I know some of you plan on attending and haven’t signed up yet! Tonight we have our first Starling training of the year with both our Green and Open Fleets. Hopefully the weather cooperates!

The Tauranga Regatta is coming up very soon, so if you wish to compete check out the NOR here  and the Sailing Instructions here

This regatta will be a really great regatta, especially for those who haven’t been to a regatta yet and are looking for their first real regatta so sign up by tomorrow to get early bird pricing.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Kirsten at LTS.coach@yacht.org.nz or call on 021 216 7522.



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