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 juniors sailed in their first regatta at French Bay on sunday.

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What is happening at HYC this week????

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. 

This week at HYC!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday 21st February  - Wednesday Club Night

The bar shall be open from 5pm, closing time at the discretion of the bar manager on duty. 
Friday 23rd February - Junior sailing at 5pm
practice /training night

Club Night

The bar shall be open from 4-30 closing time at the discretion of the bar manager on duty. 

Sunday 25th February - Shipwright 4 at 12.00 for the seniors (this is a fleet start).... 

please let trevor may know whether you plan to race!!!

Club afternoon

the bar shall be open 3pm, closing time at the discretion of the bar manager on duty. 

Forth coming events at HYC

Friday 2nd March - Junior sailing at 17.00 - Twilight series race 7 - red and blue fleet

Saturday 3rd March - Wayward 3

Sunday 4th March - Junior sailing at 10am - Post christmas series races 7 & 8 - red and blue fleets

Friday 9th March - Junior sailing  at 17.00 - practice training night

Saturday 10th March - HYC 50 Miler

Sunday 11th March - HYC's famous Riverhead race... 
Junior sailing 10am riverhead/long race

Friday 16th March - Junior sailing at 17.00 - Twilight race 8 - red and blue fleets 

Sunday 18th March - Suprise 3 at 12.00 - mark foy race

Friday 23rd March - Junior sailing at 17.00 - End of season fun night !!!!!!

Sunday 25th March - Surprise 4 at 12.00 - mark foy race

Sunday 8th April - Shipwright 5 at 12.00

Saturday 21st April - Wayward 4 

Saturday 28th April - HYC closing day!!!!

Junior Sailing Regatta Report- Sunday 18th February 2018

Some of our more experienced junior sailors took the firebugs to the French Bay regatta on Sunday.

This was the first regatta for all these sailors and was a great first outing with it being not too serious and aimed to be good fair racing.

The firebugs created their own class which was all HYC boats but raced the first race with the starlings and were out there with the whole fleet which consisted of Optis, Lasers, Zephers and Jollys. Great experience of real racing for the kids.

The start was delayed due to lack of wind but they all managed to get around the course in the first race. Kieran took out this race in convincing fashion with Harrison 2nd and Mackenzie third.

Unfortunately the 2nd race was abandoned 2/3rds of the way through due to to lack of wind with Mackenzie in the lead after she and Grace made a great move through the fleet on the second leg to get there.

Hard day due to lack of wind but a great experience for all. Special mention to Dennis and Nixon who sailed in a Zepher as well.

Really enjoyed going to French Bay, and we were made very welcome. Racing was quite a way out so a bit hard for spectators but thanks to all those who turned up to support the kids - Gill, Gary, Tamas and Mark, the kids really appreciate it.

Hopefully we can do another event soon.

Wise words for December 2017 from Trevor Higgins HYC commodore

**apologies to HYC followers and Trevor Higgins for not posting this sooner, however the choice between sitting in front of a computer or sailing was not a difficult decision!*****

As 2017 draws to a close and the golden weather of December seems destined to extend on into January, it seems easier to look forward than back.  Certainly the Hauraki Gulf beckons as I write this.

This year has had all the appearances of treading water while waiting for something to happen. The Hobsonville Point Marine Sports Recreation Centre Trust has had a roller coaster journey of highs and lows, and, while not much seems to have happened, behind the scenes there has been action aplenty, culminating in a meeting, chaired by Paula Bennett, to try and get things moving along at a suitable pace. The physical changes around the landing are there for all to see, including the removal of the grid and pontoon, just one more reminder of our impending move. Although our short and long term locations are still up in the air there seems to be lots of support to try and make it happen. Huge thanks go to Greg, Stuart and Andrew for their efforts as our reps.

For the club itself, the AGM rang in some changes and some familiar faces decided to step back and take a well earned rest. They were replaced  by new but equally enthusiastic people. To anyone who thinks that it’s easy keeping things running as smoothly as it seems to, in reality it’s  the result of dedication and hard work by a small group of people. 

The fact that you are reading this is because of the time put in by Samatha to keeping our website and Facebook up to date and always worth a look. It is also the result of her, sometimes,  gentle persuasion that we all need to contribute for it to be successful. I’m sure  its often a thankless task given that as writers we all make good sailors. If you have photos or stories to share I know she always welcomes them.

Sailing, both senior and junior, is well served by the folk who give up their time and inject energy and enthusiasm in enormous quantities to keep things running and growing. The juniors in particular have gone ahead in leaps and bounds and this shows no sign of changing in 2018. 

And after a hard or not so hard days  sailing we have a well stocked and well run bar to come back to and tell our tales of derring-do and hardship. That does not happen by chance.  It is all thanks to a small group of people and part of what makes us the club we are and would like to continue to be.  I want to thank all of those people who have made it work yet again in 2017.

Finally a plea as we head into what promises to be a fantastic summer, be safe in what you do and if you have the opportunity to take a novice or child sailing for the very first time be mindful that one bad experience can scare that person away from an activity you love. As much as is possible do things in their comfort zone, help them to participate as much as they want, explain what is happening and above all share your enthusiasm and help them see the joy that is being on the water.



HYC junior Summer sailing progamme 2017 - 2018

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