Welcome to HYC

Welcome to HYC

Competitive sailing began at Hobsonville in the early 1930's which led to the formation of the Hobsonville Boating Club (HBC) in 1934. With the Defence amalgamation of Hobsonville and Whenuapai in 1966 to become RNZAF Base Auckland, the HBC was retitled RNZAF Base Auckland Yacht Club (RNZAF BAYC). However since the airforce base has moved from Hobsonville we are now known as The Hobsonville Yacht Club. Our aim is to keep the  tradition of recreational boating alive at Hobsonville.

We now also have a Facebook page - "Hobsonville Yacht Club"

HYC Junior sailing commences Sunday 21st May.  Here are our juniors sailing last year of Mothers day!!

Please e-mail admin@hycnz.org.nz your images of HYC boats and sailing events

What is happening at HYC for the next three weeks!!!!!!

Just a quick reminder!!

Please could  all members  have their membership cards on their persons, and for all visitors to sign in when on HYC premises for the purposes of retaining our liquor license. 

Wednesday 17th May - Wednesday Club Night
The bar shall be open from 5pm until 9pm

Friday 19th May- Club Night 

The bar shall be open from 4-30 to 9-00 pm

Sunday 21st May - Junior sailing race 1 at 10am!!!!!  

Club afternoon 

the bar shall be open 3-7pm


Wednesday 24th May - Wednesday Club Night
The bar shall be open from 5pm until 9pm

Friday 26th May- Club Night 

The bar shall be open from 4-30 to 9-00 pm

Sunday 28th May - Junior sailing race 2 at 10am!!!

Club afternoon 

the bar shall be open 3-7pm


Wednesday 31st May - Wednesday Club Night
The bar shall be open from 5pm until 9pm

Friday 2nd June- Club Night 

The bar shall be open from 4-30 to 9-00 pm

Sunday 4th June - Club afternoon 

the bar shall be open 3-7pm

Forth coming

Prize Giving Saturday 17th June - tickets $40 ....great food, awesome band... great dancing??!!! Door prizes, raffles, laughter and lots of fun.

Limited amount of tickets available so please purchase from our social committee asap.  This may be the last prize giving in our current building so please make an effort to attend and to support the club and make this the best ever prize giving evening!!!!

Sunday 18th June - Junior sailing race 3 - (HW 1338;  2.9m).   10am start

Sunday 18th June - HYC winter series race 1 - start at 13.00

Sunday 2nd July - HYC winter series race 2 - start at 13.00

Sunday 2nd July - Junior sailing race 4 at 10am

HYC AGM - Thursday 6th July 2017


Thursday 6th July at 19.00 hours... please be prompt!

It is also a chance for members to stand for committee positions and become part of a great team!!!!!

This is a great opportunity to find out what the next step for the yacht club - Greg Jones who is one of the HYC trustees for the Hobsonville Point Marine Sport and Recreational Centre will be doing a presentation!!! It is exciting times for the yacht club and the HYC would like to encourage all HYC members to attend the AGM.

HYC junior sailing progamme.

The juniors start sailing a couple of week before the keelers, however you will note that after that the juniors will be sailing on the same days as the HYC winter series.   (juniors at 10am and then the keelers at 13.00).

It will be great to have the young and the old racing on the same day and no doubt we will all be able to learn a few things from each other!!!

HYC Closing day Saturday 29th April 2017


1st Nona
2nd Waterwitch
3rd Eye Spy 
4th Blue Beat
DNF Six Gun Justice

Race report from Eye Spy:
This is a Mark-foy start so we did good and set after Six Gun Justice and Nona. We are ahead of Blue beat who was supposed to start on the same time as us and Water witch who as a faster boat starts after us. We have a crew of four, Lisa, Mark, JK and I.
We are going well and Nona is now in our sights after slipping past the Justice. Surprisingly we are allowed to pass to windward and create a little buffer as we continue. On the next rounding of the laid south orange we run out of wind and merely hold station against the tide. Oh well……..time for a beer. Nona gets her own puff of breeze and glides passed us only a couple of boat lengths away. Oh well, we have a couple of laps to gain the place back don’t we?
Water witch also glides passed with a code zero working well.

What’s happening with the Justice? Looks like she’s tangled with the isolated danger mark! Ohhhhh………… danger mark no longer there!!! Seems Sam does not know her own strength and in the process of fending off pushed the mark over. To give her her dues, the mark was moving a lot as we rounded it prior to the incident. VHF and Nigel calls for a shortened course NOOOOO . Permission for bottom lip to quiver? Not exactly the result we were looking for but a very entertaining race all the same.

Thanks to all those on the water and to those in the tower.

Race Report from Six Gun Justice 

The Closing Day race is always a good way to wrap up the summer series and farewell the summer season. Dunc and Sam asked me to jump on and crew 'The Justice' for the race. We had big Mike on the team too. I was a bit worse for wear after a big night out at Flagship celebrating Jos leaving for greener pastures. Forecast was 15knts North, now wait - its a wind warning! Who knows? Sitting in my lounge at home there was no wind and it was raining. We all get on the Justice and head up to Hobbie for the start. We had a plan - we wanted to start strong and be the first boat to the the South Orange mark. Well we started pretty sweet in about 0kts of wind and about 3kts of tide! Cool, we are doing 3.2kts and occasionally making 4.5knts heading toward that South Orange - and we are first there! Around the mark we harden up and trim that beautiful new no2 headsail. We get the weight to leeward and the Justice is sailing at 3knts! Problem is that we are not going anywhere!! Grrr. We are holding stations. Sam suggests that we have a beer and we get moving towards the ODM but now we have a gaggle of Y88s ghosting towards us, rounding the mark and slowly overtaking us. The mighty Water Witch goes past but they all park up at the ODM and we are able to make some time back. The rest of the fleet round the mark and head for Beachhaven. The Justice rounds and heads for the same. Almost to Beachhaven wharf and the Justice is having none of it! The tide is very strong and what breeze there is disappears. There is a big red isolated danger mark looming in the near distance. I suggest that we will clear it  - but the tide was smashing out of the creek and we got in trouble! The justice is all sideways, Sam yells something, Dunc says F#&k this and starts the motor, shes fires first time with 2 grand up we would surly motor out of danger, dam thing is in neutral!!! arghhhhh! get ready to fend off! Sam runs up then pushes the Justice off the mark - then Sam pushes the mark into the water... stupid mark - Sam never did like that mark anyways! (this all happened in about 10 seconds). After assessing the boat and crew all we could do was laugh. The Justice is ok, the race is gone as is the mark....

A great afternoon back at the club with awesome spread from the House committee! Thank you Sam, Dunc and Mike for an epic ride that we will be talking about for many years to come.

Race Report from Nona

I looked out of the cockpit and the drizzle is vertical, barely a ripple on the water as NOW forecast tells us it is 14 to 18 knots at Bean Rock. Yeah right!

On with the number 1 for the Closing Day mark foy race that is up to a LSO,ODM and three sausages around Beachhaven-LSO-Odm.
Six Gun is away at -5mins and we sit into tide- outgoing (very strong at 3.6mts) for our 10 min start with Eye Spy and BlueBeat at 12min and Waterwitch at 14min. We drift away down to the LSO with about 3 knots of wind – this could be a long day.
Around LSO, you have to turn about 20 ft before the Buoy so that with tide you are not 50 feet past. We sneak past Six Gun just as we enter the mooring area and line up for the Odm with ES further out along the mud line with a smidgen more wind. He gains buoy room before the ODM (the wind is pumping at 3.6knts) and I try to get an overlap but that is not going to happen so we drop down and aim to get some clean air and a wider line around the Odm and to Beachhaven. Past the wharf and the air is looking stronger into the centre of the channel which is where we go. We get the lift and ES gets the soft patch and we take the lead down to LSO, around eventually and head for the ODM.

Then a call comes over the radio that Six Gun is withdrawing and is a little unnerved by the Ranger Rock pole falling over and disappearing under the waves as they were rounding by the Wharf. OK, food for thought, where do we go now. Heading to the ODM and the horn goes and the shortened course flag goes up. I put Sophie on the helm as we are now heading for the finish line and we cross with Waterwitch closing in behind with their code O headsail, ES and Blue Beat.

It was a little disappointing to end the race early as the tussle with ES was getting interesting but that is life.
Thanks to my Crew of David, John and Sophie, thanks to the fellow competitors, the start tower (Nigel and Mickey) and the Social Committee (Sharon and Corrina.
Time to get the boat ready for the Winter Series kindly sponsored by Ken and Kevin of Floating Dock Services.


Final Race of the Junior Summer Series 30th April 2017

The final race was rescheduled from the previous weekend, and seven keen contestants turned up on Sunday morning to ideal racing conditions. The tide was high, the wind directly off the clubhouse shore, and a little stronger than most of the youngsters were used to! However undeterred, they all set off from the slipway, against the last of the flood tide, towards the racing area. 
The ODM was laid on the club line and well clear of the dredging barge, which is quite a scary obstacle from the lowly position of an Opti out sailing. The 5 minute gun saw the fleet scattered in many directions, but by the 1 minute P flag down, they were close to the line. On the start gun Isaac was just over, and had to recross, whilst Harrison and Kieran started neck and neck. A close fetch to the windward mark established the first three positions, with Isaac leading Kieran and Harrison. Grace and Ollie were a bit late starting, and Aman and Mackenzie followed. Places stayed the same to the leeward mark with Isaac rounding first and he chose to tack immediately after the mark. This gave both Kieran and Harrison the opportunity to sail out to the starboard side of the beat and take the lead off Isaac. 
Meanwhile both Grace and Ollie were having a fine battle in 4th and 5th position, and Aman and Mackenzie finding it hard work to beat upwind in the stronger conditions. Both Safety Boats did a wonderful job coaching the kids whenever they got into a pickle! Huge thanks to Mark Jones for turning up to help, meaning we could have two adults in each Patrol boat. Mackenzie earned Pirate of the Day for her first capsize, and you could see her smiling even from the shore. She got the Opti upright and bailed out and still finished the race – true Pirate stamina! Sailor of the day went to Kieran, who had the best start, and sailed the fastest race, despite Harrison nearly catching him on the finish line. Well done Harrison for sticking to your guns when the race committee said you had another lap, my mistake! If Ollie had been close to the start line he would have been in contention for the lead as he played catch-up all race, after his late start.
The final results in the series of 7 races, with one discard, was as follows:-
1st Harrison Wills (10pts),
 2nd Grace Munro (11pts),
 3rd Mackenzie Wills (23pts),
 4th Kieran Munro (26pts), 
5th  Eoghain Waldock (31pts), 
6th = Cohen Laban & Ollie Smith (33pts),
 8th Aman Devta (35pts).
Well done to all who completed this first Junior Summer Series and all the adults who helped to make this possible. A great achievement for this small, upper harbour club.

HYC Prize giving dinner - Saturday 17th June!!!

Commodore's musings - April 2017

As we wind down to the end of the summer series, there are a couple of events still to  look forward to before we head into another keenly contested winter series, Closing day and Prize Giving.  

Even if you haven't been racing regularly during the past few months, closing day is a wonderful opportunity to blow out the cobwebs, check the gear is all working before winter and enjoy some quality time on the water before the last of the warm weather is gone. 

Closing day at Hobsonville was in the distant past, when we were strong on dinghies and short on keelers, an epic race around Kauri Point and down to Rona buoy. It was raced as a Mark Foy race  and produced some interesting results. For one year light wind and a outgoing tide meant rather than a race around home it was more a case of trying to be the last boat carried backwards under the bridge. Another year the opposite applied and no wind at the start and an incoming tide kept everyone at the start until the skipper of the last starter having  finished a soothing beer, strolled down to his boat where upon the wind filled in and the rest of the fleet finally crossed the start line.

For many it was the last chance to avoid winning the dreaded turtle trophy. Awarded to the crew who had sailed the most races for the least reward it is a trophy with the names of many good (but unlucky that year) sailors. Given it was the last chance to win  trophy the closing day is always well attended. Closing day is April 28th.

Prize giving will be later in May, and I encourage as many members as possible to come if they can.  Our time in the current building is drawing to an end and this could very well be the last prize giving there. Let's  take the chance make it one to remember!

Happy sailing everyone.


Dinghy storage fees now due!!!!

Ahoy all,
This is a general missive to advise that storage fees for the period of March to August inclusive for dinghy’s and sailing dinghy’s is now DUE.

The fees are,
Dinghy’s $20.00
Sailing dinghy’s $60.00.
These can be paid by
Automatic payment – account number 12 3072 0512623 000
Post – Hobsonville Yacht Club
P.O.Box 81046
Denise –  will be down at the Club Friday nights for Junior sailing.
If you no longer store a dinghy/sailing dinghy please advise so that Denise so that she can amend the records.

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