15 March 2018

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Thursday, 15th March 2018

Commodore's Comments

 The Club has been humming with people as the Pac Rim Regatta has been taking place. Conditions have been far from perfect but a great atmosphere about the place. Well done to a very good committee who have worked tirelessly to look after their guests. They will certainly be exhausted by the end of the week. After three days of racing (9tow of which have been lost to weather) only two races have been completed. Hopefully things will settle down towards the end of the week.

It only seems a few weeks ago that I was announcing a new national champion at the Club – well here I go again. Congratulations to Paulien Chamberlain who took part and won the Hansa Nationals and the Kiwi Cup in the Bay of Islands at the weekend. Paulien totally dominated the regatta  - scoring less than half the points of the second place boat. Great work Team Paulien!

Last weekend some of our junior sailors were taking part in the Taupo Regatta who put on an exceptional regatta by all accounts. Well done to Jack Wilkins for 7th on the Opti Open fleet, while brother Sam came 3rd in the Opti Green fleet. Dylan McKinlay and Harry Bailey came third in the Javelins with Matt Macmillan in 7th.

Nice to see the weather settling down again for the Wednesday Night Summer Series last night – weather was perfect and it was especially good to see some of our overseas visitors on boats enjoying the racing. It was standing room only at the Club afterwards with a great atmosphere to match.

This weekend sees the Pac Rim Regatta finishing up on Friday evening with a prizegiving and dinner.
Saturday sees the Keelers having the final race of their Short Handed series.
Centreboard Div have their penultimate Summer Series racing and Starlings have a regatta at Maraetai, and the Secondary Schools Regional Regatta runs from the 18th to 20th in Taupo.  Good luck to everyone taking part.

Good sailing.

Nick Wrinch

Pacrim News

Friday 9th March, the day so long in the planning had arrived; PacRim was here.

100 overseas sailors, friends and family from Russia, America, Japan, Canada and Australia descended on the club for this much anticipated event.

Hours of volunteer planning, hosts opening their homes to "strangers" and the promise of many a sailor's story now rested on the shoulders of Freddy 'the yarn' Jeanes and his crew.

And so it began: From 10.30 in the morning on Friday 9th March they began arriving. Old friends greeted each other with broad grins and deep hand shakes,  hosts were introduced to their guests, the chat began and the noise levels rose. Registration had the club full and buzzing all day. 5.30pm saw the visitors gathering in the carpark to be welcomed onto the TYPBC Marae by Huria (Judea) Marae iwi; Ngati Ranginui. This wonderful ceremony was followed by 120 people sharing a delicious meal for the opening of the PacRim 2018.

Sunday was the first official day of racing. In an effort to mitigate the advantage that local harbour knowledge would provide, racing was to take place out off the main Mount beach.  Sadly the sea gods conspired against us and provided uncomfortable sailing conditions for the Nolex 25 boats and their crews.

Due to weather forecasts racing didn't take place on Monday and Tuesday and with Wednesday being the rest day, sailing proper did not commence again until today with the races taking place off Kulim Park and the Club. Four races were held today with results still pending as we go to 'print'.

Tuesday evening was the social evening with each of the teams presenting a skit much to the entertainment of all watching. The highlight of the evening though was Freddy 'the yarn' Jeanes and his auctioneering  skills. Wow what an act Freddy, what an auction, what a lot of generous people, either in donating product or loosening their purses and buying. Thank you all and thanks Freddy for such an entertaining evening.


PacRim Committee


16 Mar - Pacrim Closing Ceremony NO MEMBERS NIGHT
17 Mar - Short handed Series 4
18 Mar - CB Summer Series 20
18 Mar - secondary Schools Regionals Taupo
21 Mar - Keeler/MH/TY Summer Series 21
23 Mar - Members' Night
23 Mar - Friday Fun Race 8


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 Keeler news

The Gold Cup was sailed Sunday week ago. A shortened course of start A Beacon, Motiti to Port, Karewa to Port and A Beacon finish was sailed to hopefully attract numbers. There were 5 starters and 4 finishers in a NE breeze that started of at 15 knots and eased to under 10 knots during the day. Well done to Will Horne and crew in Truxton for taking line honours. Truxton’s bow makeover seems to be doing the trick. And well done to Ben and the Manxman crew for taking out the handicap placing followed by Truxton and Sniper.

Last night’s Summer Series Race 8 was sailed in a Westerly of about 10 knots. A committee boat start made for a reasonably square start line – favoured slightly at the pin end with the disadvantage that you then had to tack onto port earlier the other boats and give way to starboard boats (or not!). Rocket Science, General Jackson (subject to protest) and No Regrets were first over the line in their respective divisions. On handicap Rocket Science, General Jackson and Freedom Express were first placed.

Don’t forget the Easter Regatta is coming up. See the website for the Sailing Instructions. Those keen enough to study the motor allowance penalty may be able to get an advantage. Any boats planning on sailing the Cuvier Island Bluewater race will also be able to join the regatta – you will just need to take your time as you pass the Easter Regatta finish line off Mercury Island.

This Saturday is the Short-Handed series 4 race – start time at 10.00 most likely outside the Club. Briefing will be at 8.45 at the Club. At this stage the forecast is for about a 15-knot easterly and fine.

See you out there.

James Stewart

Keeler Chair

coaches corner

Hi all! The sailing school has been super busy over the past few weeks with school groups, regattas, and all of our regular summer sailing events. Last week we hosted the Bay of Plenty 420 Teams Sailing Regatta on Thursday, and a whopping 7 teams came out, including a team from both Whakatane and Rotorua. Congrats to the Tauranga Boys College A Team for taking the gold for the day, Aquinas A Team with the silver and Otumoetai College with the bronze. Good luck to everyone at the Regionals this weekend in Taupo!

Our Autumn Holiday and Winter Programs are quickly coming up, remember you can find all the information online here: https://www.yacht.org.nz/Holidays and sign up for our courses online through Friendly Manager.

Follow the Sailing School on Instagram @tauranga.coach and on Facebook at TYPBC - Courses for current and up to date pictures of the daily happenings of the sailing school.

Email me at LTS.coach@yacht.org.nz with any questions you might have!

See you on the water!

- Kirsten

the yacht club function

While the sun is out make sure you get along to Members night and enjoy a drink on the deck followed by a relaxed meal with great company.

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finish with a laugh..

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He has a ship’s wheel stuffed into the front of his trousers.

The bartender says, “Hey, you’ve got a ship’s wheel in your trousers!”

The ‘ol salt says, “Aye mate and it’s driving me nuts!”


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