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"

Great photograph  of the juniors racing on Saturday 15th September. Taken by Tina Munro

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

What is happening at HYC!!!

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. 

Please note that only FULL members are allowed to sign in guests!

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

HYC had a very successful weekend of racing for both the seniors and the juniors.

Please note the proposed working Bee for the juniors has been rescheduled for mid October - all details TBC

With no racing this weekend, it give the skipper of the senior boats a chance to wrangle their crews for closing day on Sunday 30th October.


Wednesday 19th September -Wednesday Club Night

The bar shall be open from 5pm, closing time at the discretion of the bar manager on duty. 

Friday 21st September -  Club Night

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

Sunday 23rd September - Club afternoon

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

Future events......

HYC closing day Sunday 30th September !!!!!!!!

HYC winter Series race 10, Sunday 16h September 2018

The Results

1st Waterwitch
2nd Escape
3rd Blue Beat* (*double handed)
4th Firsty
5th Eye Spy

Best start:  
Firsty +4 seconds
Blue Beat + 10 seconds
Escape +12 seconds

Fastest around the course

Eye Spy

Race Report from Eye Spy - by Lisa 

Well the Skipper had some lame excuse that he had to work, and the first mate was off working on his own boat... so this left Lisa to organise the A+ team of Nicol, JK, Greg Jones, Stuart and McKenzie Wills... but with a 14 minute handicap we were going to have our work cut out for us!  And then, to add insult to injury, Blue beat was starting on 6 minutes.  

The team turned up nice and promptly so we were off the mooring and heading for the start line by 12noon in a nice 12 to 15 knts, and beautiful sunshine.  We hanked on the No 1, hoisted the main and had a lovely sail out from the Hobsonville Club.  But as 1pm approached, the gusts started getting somewhat bigger, and we were getting rather overpowered even with just the main up, so we decided to do a quick pre-start sail change down to the No. 2.  

Champing at the bit to get underway we watched as the vast majority of the fleet sailed off into the distance... but finally the 14-minute call went and we were off!  OK, not the best start in the world... my excuse is its probably only the 2nd start I have ever helmed eye spy!

With a tight reach round to Rona we quickly overtook Nimble who had started with us and were gaining nicely on the rest of the fleet.  As the wind started to swing, a lot of the boats were getting knocked, but with some wicked main management from Greg, we managed to gain height and make it though to Rona on one tack.  The reach back to Meola did see us a little underpowered with the No 2, but it was too tight for a kite, and a sail change would have cost us more time.  Heading back to Rona we were neck and neck with Nimble and Origin, but to leeward.  We were trying for all the height we could but were not quite going to make Rona, so we sacrificed a bit of height for speed and got clear ahead of Origin and Nimble to complete a tack onto starboard.  Tacking back just above them, they both got through and we followed them into the mark rounding... but, miracle of miracles, a gap opened up and we were able to do a tight rounding, and, thanks to some awesome crew work, managed to come out above and ahead of both of them... great work guys!

Approaching Kauri point around for the final leg to the finish we had Firsty charging down on us, and could see a few boats getting caught in the dreaded Kauri Point hole.  So we kept wide and were gaining on some of them.  But, inevitably, they sailed out of the hole before we got there, so we ended up last over the line for the Hobby Boats.  But it was a lovely sail, and thanks to the crew :-) 

Junior sailing Reports - friday 14th October - Saturday 15th September

Report From Gill Moore - Junior Sailing coordinator 

The YNZ Race Management Seminar held at the Club on Friday 14th September, was a huge success. Kim Admore managed to make the seminar both interactive, informative and a heap of fun. The junior sailors took it in turns to raise and lower flags, move marks with the correct visual and sound signals, and simulate starts and finishes. Kim was inspirational and very clear about how to run races correctly and by the book. About twenty members, junior and senior attended, and came away much clearer about what goes on on the Committee Boat/Start Tower.

Div 1 racing, moved forward to Saturday, gave the chance to put all that Kim had taught the night before. After a briefing at 0910 hours, outlining a flag signal for courses “A” and “B”, the 6 Starlings and 3 Optimists set out early for the start. It was great to see them arrive on the line with 20 minutes to spare, to suss out the line and do the first beat as a practice. The Optis couldn’t make against the tide, so Cam Smith took them into the bay and did a couple of short races out of the tide. The Starlings got in 3 races back to back, and are now looking much more competitive and professional, particularly jockeying for position on the line. New sailor Troy Jeffries was welcomed, and enjoyed the racing. Incidents requiring protests were discussed and played out as part of the de-brief on shore, helping all the sailors to learn the more technical aspects of racing.

It was probably one of the best days racing we’ve had with the dinghy fleet, with a steady, true wind, a start line perpendicular to the wind and plenty of water to sail in. Also the sun shone and it was warm…….! 

Gill Moore

Race Report by Grace Munro  of the HYC Junior sailors 

Our racing day started with everyone coming down to the club early to rig our boats and get them on the water. It was awesome that we managed to get down to the ramp and into the water early.

On Friday night the junior sailors had had a training surrounding race starts so Gill put us all through our paces to put what we’d learnt into practice. There was quite a lot of tide going against us on the upwind but everyone in the Starling fleet was successful in getting to the top mark and finishing all the races, the same cannot necessarily be said about the Optimist fleet as the winds were light and they couldn’t get enough speed to counteract the tide.

On the water there was quite a lot of banter and yelling surrounding rules and who was in the right or wrong, in the end after sailing at our debrief we had a talk about incidents that happened on the water and we walked through the scenarios a few of us sailors faced while on the water. We also discussed what should have occured after the event and what actually occurred.

Overall it was a fun day of sailing and all of the juniors racing had a great morning.

HYC junior Summer sailing progamme - winter 2018

HYC's Junior Winter sailing programme 2018!!!!!

The first event is Post-Summer/Pre-Winter Maintenance Day/Working Bee starting at 13.30 on Saturday 12th May.

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