8 February 2018

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Thursday, 8th February 2018

Commodore's Comments

Tornado Nationals have finished – congratulations to Dave & Susan Shaw from Nelson for their win, but great to see TYPBC’s Julian Tankard and Rob Shaw in 2nd place. Some great photos by Jo Maidment on the Facebook page along with the full results.

The Auckland Tauranga race has been and gone. Fourteen starters were whittled down to just 3 finishers. Once again the race had everything including a broken mast in the middle of the night for Auckland yacht Katana, high winds and periods of becalmed boats – very frustrating for organisers and sailors alike.

Congratulations to Ave Gitana (Crowther 40 Tri) from Russell who took Line and MH  honours. Awen (Open 60) was first monohull home, and special congrats to Sabian who stuck it out to be the only other finisher and will take the trophies for first TYPBC boat on Line and Handicap. Well done to them – certainly a tough day on the water.

Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta has been taking place in Auckland at Murrays Bay. They lost most of the first day due to heavy winds. However since then Tom Saunders and Sam Meech have been having a good battle in the lasers, with Tom winning by a point in the end. Josh Porebski and Trent Rippey have been going well in the 49ers and were pleased to win ahead of their Australian rivals. Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders were first in the Nacra 17 and Alex Maloney and Molly Meech were edged into 2nd in the 49erFX. Good results too for other TYPBC sailors in the 420s (James Barnett 1st), RSX8.5 Youth Boys (Max Van der Zalm 1st), and Youth Girls RSX8.5 (Veerrle ten Have 1st).   Full results here

Special word of thanks to our club staff of Lynne, Jo, Ken and all the others who have put in long hours this week. They have gone out of their way to make things work for us and I really appreciate it. Thanks too to the many, many volunteers who have given their time to the Club events over the weekend – it was great to see the Club buzzing

Thanks too to the Auckland Tauranga Race sponsors – International Paints, Steve’s Marine, and Predict Wind. We couldn’t do it without them. Please show your support back to them.

Next weekend see the Tauranga Regatta on Saturday and Sunday, and the keelers cruising to Omokoroa on Saturday night for a visit to the Omokoroa BC, followed by the Motuhoa Race on Sunday.

So plenty still going on

Good sailing everyone.

Nick Wrinch


09 Feb - Friday Night Fun Race5
09 Feb - Members night
10 Feb - Keeler Cruise Omokoroa
10 Feb - MH Harbour Series 5
10 Feb - TYPBC Regatta
11 Feb - Motuhoa Race
11 Feb - CB Summer Series 16
14 Feb - Keeler/MH/TY Summer Series 16
15 Feb - WOW 7
16 Feb - Members' Night
16 Feb - Opti Interislander 16th-18th QCSC
17 Feb - TY Cruise Tuapiro
18 Feb - Mike Garner/KS3
18 feb - MH Papamoa HS 6
18 Feb - CB Summer Series 17
21 Feb - Keeler/MH/TY Summer Series 17
23 Feb - Friday Night fun Race
23 Feb - Members' Night


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Auckland to Tauranga Race


The race was started on Saturday 3 February. By changing the date from Easter, we hoped for better weather, and a more attractive sail for competitors, in order to attract more Auckland based entries, as the race had been suffering from reduced numbers of Auckland based entries. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate. We had more Auckland based entries, but these dried up when the weather forecast came out, with fresh wind from the Northeast for the first part of the race forecast, changing to solid Southeast after most of the fleet got to the top of the Coromandel Peninsula. That proved accurate.

At the start, at 2pm, the reduced fleet were sent off by  a stalwart crew from RNZYS, led by Colin Lucas, into a Northeasterly, about 20 knots with bigger gusts, and rain squalls. The 2 big trimarans, Ave Gitana and Rapido, and the open 60 monohull,  Awen, soon disappeared into the gloom. One of the Auckland boats, Katana, (formerly Sunfast 3600), and sailed 2 up,  managed to hit & get entangled with one of the Harbour channel marks. The main body of the fleet, including leading TYPBC club boats, Timewarp, The Rascal, Sabian and Truxton, had a tight battle out to Channel Island, with the wind swinging east and dying a bit as we got close. After Channel Island, it looked for a while that we would have a pleasant sail , lying through towards  Hole in the Wall, in about 12 knots of wind, and no rain.

However, that was not to be. We got hit by 30 knots of air from all different directions, and intense rain, with very large, confused, waves, as a series of thunder squalls  hit the area.  Katana, lost it’s mast. That may have been the result of damage from the earlier incident. Most of the fleet, including The Rascal, suffered some damage, and in the conditions, it was the wise thing to do to stop racing. The stormy conditions continued through until morning.  Ave Gitana & Awen sailed safely to Tauranga, arriving in that order around dawn. In the main body of the fleet, dawn saw only 4 boats still racing, all Tauranga boats, Timewarp, Sabian, Truxton and Otway 3. The wind had stayed more or less from the Southeast, now down to about 12 knots

Timewarp led out from Slipper Island, only to fall into a hole off Waihi Beach. Truxton took over the lead, further out, as the wind reduced to occasional zephyrs, only to fall into a hole inside Karewa.  Sabian followed  a better course, staying outside  for longer and avoiding holes, to get to the finish around 8pm. Otway, faced with no wind, and a big slop, started it’s  motor, followed by Timewarp, and then Truxton, as night set in with no progress. Thus Sabian was the deserving winner and only finisher in  Division B.

So, we ended up with only 3 finishers of the 18 or so entries. One from each division. Torrid conditions , which all who sailed will remember for a long while. At least it was a lot warmer than at Easter time. Big thanks to the team who helped, led by Darryl McManus on the race management side, and Commodore Nick on the shore general management side. 

Andy Knowles                                                                    

Tornado Nationals

It was a weekend of challenging conditions for all concerned at Tornado Nationals, which wrapped up on Monday afternoon.  Light and unstable winds from the easterly quarter and mid-late afternoon king low tides made laying a decent windward-leeward course a real challenge for Warren Belk and his team of helpers, but somehow they managed. 

Picking the shifts and pressure changes, and judging laylines with strong currents seemed at times like a lottery for the sailors.  Laying the top mark was hard enough but that was just the start. Getting through the bottom gate two, three or four times per race and over the reaching finish line felt like threading a needle.  This was made all the more challenging by it being a maybe 40m reach on port to a short finish line, with plenty of traffic coming in on starboard gybe to the last mark.

Somehow though results were surprisingly consistent through the 14 races sailed.  Showing the way all weekend were Dave and Susan Shaw in Popeye from Nelson, who were clearly a step up from the rest of the fleet for most of the weekend. Julian Tankard returned to the club from RocketLab in Mahia to take second in AON Racing with Rob Shaw, followed by Wayne Limbrick and Lewis Kidman in VMG from the Bay of Islands.  Other local boats took 5th, and 7th to 11th places, with newcomer Experimental from Clark's Beach completing a creditable 12 boat fleet.

Big topic of discussion is a likely proposal for Gulf Harbour Yacht Club to host the Tornado Worlds in January 2019, the opportunity having been declined by TYPBC last month.

Huge thanks from the multihull division to all the volunteers who made the nationals possible.  Full results and more excellent pictures on the club Facebook page.

Stuart Pedersen

Keeler news

The Auckland to Tauranga race was held last Saturday starting at 1400 hours in moderate to fresh North Easterly breezes which shifted right half way to Channel Island. All boats made great time to Channel Island with most rounding by 2100 hours. By 2230 hours the wind had strengthened to an Easterly gusting through at 35 knots kicking up a steep sea against the tide. To top this off there was also torrential rain reducing visibility significantly.
In the rough conditions the yacht Katana lost its mast and seven boats pulled out before the Hole in the Wall – many of these seeking shelter at Port Charles or Mercury Island.
That left six boats in the fleet of which a further 3 retired due to lack of wind after Slipper Island.
First over the line was Ave Gitana (a 40 ft trimaran) at 0627 Sunday Morning, second Awen (Open 60 mono) at 0722 Sunday morning and third Sabian at 2120 Sunday night. Well done to Ave Gitana for winning the multihull division and to Awen for winning the monohull division on line and handicap. AND a very well done to Sabian for being the only Tauranga boat to complete the race!

Last night’s Summer Series race was held in a North Easterly breeze of up to 20 knots with an outgoing tide. The outgoing tide caught a couple of boats out on the start line as did the gusts around Banks Buoy. First over the line in their respective divisions were Kaimai Express, Sabian and No Regrets.
Well done to Manxman, Heluva Hurray and Nauti Monster for winning their divisions on handicap. Pete on Protocol showed up the rest of the fleet by sailing solo with no spinnaker and only finishing just over 8 minutes behind the first boat, Sabian in Division 2 – well done Pete!

Next up is the Friday night fun race – although the weather forecast doesn’t look very conducive to having fun. There is a Keeler Cruise to Omokoroa this Saturday for those interested. Summer Series race 16 is next Wednesday night.

See you out there.

James Stewart

Keeler Chair

Centrebard news

The following newsflash comes from the Centreboard Division Committee.

Tauranga Regatta February 10-11th

Hi All Centreboard families please can you help with our duty Allocation Roster.
Help is needed for both Sat & Sunday to make this event happen. ( Please state which day or if able to do both) We need around 24 volunteers per day. (Approx twice as many as a club day)
Please contact us via email or phone/text ASAP  Thursday the latest would be great.
Looking forward to having a great weekend of sailing for our sailors.
Peter Blackie: 0274 465372  or Raewyn Blackie : 0272968141 or blackieconstruction@xtra.co.nz

Notice of Race including entry form https://www.yacht.org.nz/vdb/document/1816
Sailing Instructions https://www.yacht.org.nz/vdb/document/1815

P Class Rep
No longer being a P Class parent Anne Marie has decided it is time for her to bow out as the P Class Rep and pass the torch onto Brian Coxhead who has volunteered to take on the role. Sincere thanks to BOTH!

Storage Shed
There are ramps in the storage shed so that boats on the upper levels can be put away after sailing. The storage shed is busy all week whether it be holiday programs or race training. It is a condition of using the storage shed that everyone puts their boat away in the designated spot. The more you are at the club the more this will make sense.

Rescue Boats & Equipment
The Bill Mitch Trailer winch was messed about with while away. Members need to be careful about this until it is fixed. As well, the Bill Mitch has no tail lights operating at present.

The office has had calls about the booking of patrol boats. Members need to book to use any of the club’s support craft and all bookings are only dealt with by Peter (Leanne) Warren.

Three times recently the small rib roller doors were left open all night.
Similar problems with wash down hoses.

Tauranga Regatta, Peter and Raewyn Blackie are working on a roster. If you are able to help with this regatta on Feb 10-11 on shore or on the water, please contact them.

Hamilton Regatta following w/e Feb 17th/18th, there will be no Summer series racing in TYPBC, please support HYC both days or one day or other. Encourage Green Fleet to go too.

Lost and Found
Lost property is again out of control. Soon to go to Sallies. Parents need to take a look, because kids don’t – won’t – can’t.

Centreboard committee meets on first Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm, all members are welcome. Meetings normally finish ~9:30pm. The last meeting finished at 9:02pm. The Feb 6th meeting was brought forwards because it is a holiday and because we needed to work on the Tauranga Regatta. Next meeting is March 6th.

coaches corner with kirsten

Hi all, it has been another excellent week in the sailing school this week. Good luck to everyone who will be participating in the Tauranga Regatta this coming weekend! If you haven’t registered yet please do so asap. You can find all the information for the regatta on the website in the Notice of Race: https://www.yacht.org.nz/vdb/document/1816 and the Sailing Instructions: https://www.yacht.org.nz/vdb/document/1815

Let us know if you have any questions!

Remember to check out our instagram for the latest updates in the sailing school @tauranga.coach, and also check out our website for our Summer Holiday Program video here: https://www.yacht.org.nz/Holidays

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



OKI 24 hour race

Anyone interested in been part of or wanting more information on the OKI 24 hour race please see here

the yacht club function
Over the weekend I got to enjoy a lovely sunrise from the deck of the Yacht Club, It would make an amazing venue for a champange breakfast.

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finish with a laugh..


A kindergarten pupil told his teacher he'd found a cat, but it was dead.

"How do you know the caat was dead?" She asked him

"Because I pissed in it's ear and it didn't move" aswered the child innocently.

"You did WHAT?!?!" the teacher exclaimed in surprise.

"you know" explained the boy, "I leaned over and went "psssst!" and it didn't move.


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