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"

Near & Farr attempting to test out their new sail during Shipwright 1 on Sunday 11th November

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!!!!!!!!!!

**please also note that HYC Subs are now overdue - you all should have recieved an email regarding renewing your membership.  If you have not please email members@hycnz.org.nz*****

***If you have paid for your membership cards - they are available for you to pick up from behind the bar!!**

Wednesday 14th November -Wednesday Club Night

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

Friday 16th November -  Junior sailing at 5pm - training evening 

Club Night

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

Sunday  18th November - Golden Rivet race 1 at 13.00 hours

Good morning all,
Please find attached NOR for Sunday. This is one of the more entertaining races of the summer programme. Lets all support the HYC in its endeavour to retain the “Golden Rivet” trophy.
We will need to have a skippers meeting at some stage this week  so please let me know via “reply to all” if you can make it. We will need as many as we can in order to be competitive as the CCYC fleet is large and diverse.  Eye Spy is going for a hull clean this week. I encourage you all to do the same, join in and have a great day on the water with our friends from CCYC.
Lee ho.

Club afternoon

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

Future events......

Friday 23rd November - Junior training at 17.00

Sunday 25th November - Forward hands race at 11am followed by Ladies race at 2pm

Friday 30th November- Junior training at 17.00

Sunday 2nd December - Surprise race 2 at 12 O'clock (start at tiakata - mark foy race)

Friday 7th December - Junior training at 17.00

Sunday 9th December - Golden rivet race 2 at 13.00 

Friday 14th December - Junior training at 17.00

Sunday 16th December - Shipwright 2 at 12 O'clock (fleet start at HYC)

Golden rivet social after racing - Sunday 18th November

After racing in the the first of the Golden rivet races, please come down to the club for some fun.

Our awesome social committee will be cooking up a storm on the BBQ for all the hungry crews!

**best dressed crew wins a prize!!!!****

Junior Sailing Opening day racing - Sunday 28th October 2018

Opening Day Race Div 1

The Opening Day Race for the Div 1 Dinghies was sailed in ideal conditions with a gentle Nor-westerly, peaking at about 10knots. The 1000hours start time was postponed by 15minutes, whilst Mackenzie was righting her Starling, after an unexpected swim before reaching the start area. With a fleet of 4 Starlings, 1 Firebug and 1 Optimist, the decision was made to take the race area into Hellyer’s Creek, and use the new IRB as the Committee Boat. This worked very well indeed, and Stuart and Tamas quickly laid the leeward and windward marks, enabling a true beat to mark 1, and a start line square to the wind direction. The Starlings looked very professional, once they located which way to go. They milled around at the starboard end, looking for the perfect start, and Ollie was in prime position at the gun. Unfortunately Barnabas was OCS, and failed to start correctly, so Phoebe led the Opti/Firebug fleet. The Starlings did 2 laps of the course and finished with Ollie 1st, Kieran 2nd, Grace 3rd just overtaking Mackenzie 4th, close to the line. Barnabas did not have a good race, when he parted company from his Firebug, leaving him swimming while the dinghy sailed rapidly away from him. The Patrol Boat was quick to pick him up first, and then catch up with his escaping dinghy, which capsized and got it’s mast stuck in the mud! That is the only snag with sailing in Hellyer’s; it is quite shallow, but the positive side is the lack of tide.
The second race started straight after the first race, with an equally exciting battle for the best start position between all the Starlings. Ollie came out on top again, but a sudden breakage, meant total loss of power from the mainsail, and he was left with a 300metre gap to close, and Kieran got well away. However Mackenzie and Grace stayed hot on his heels throughout the 2 lap race, with Kieran 1st, Grace 2nd, closely followed by Grace 3rd, and Ollie having sailed his socks off, only about 100metres behind. Phoebe sailed competently around on her own as Barnabas had been towed home so she ended up with two 1st  positions.

Thanks to Justine for coming out to help with the Race Management; Sean, Tamas and Stuart for operating the Patrol Boats, and Tina who kept everything together on the shore. No easy feat with Market goers wanting to block access off into and out of the compound in the no parking zone! 

The first Friday Junior Sailing Night was also a success, with 4 new families joining, and a fifth coming next Friday. The current youngsters did a great job looking after them all, making everyone feel welcome, showing them around and taking the juniors for rides in the Starlings. Some of the new parents (and grandparents) have experience of sailing, and two of the Dad’s got straight out on the water and joined in the YNZ Safety Boat Skipper’s Course which Kim Admore ran last Friday. If any club members want to help out on a Friday night you’re most welcome to come in any capacity of expertise. A love of sailing and/or children is a great help!

Gill Moore
(Dinghy Sailing Coordinator)

HYC summer Series 2018

Need to clean your bum????

Why not try Floating Dock Services on X Pier in Westhaven who sponsored HYC's winter series races!!!!

Clinton who runs the floating dock service would like to remind all our members that if you plan to going sailing up north this summer you will need to have been cleaned (water blasted to get all of the gremlins off) within 30 days or less of leaving for your cruising trip.

(the only exception is for boats with new anti foul - they have a six months from the date that they were anti fouled)

****floating dock services are getting busy in the build up to the summer holidays, so best to book your clean early to avoid disappointment ****

Please make sure you mention that you are a member of HYC ... it will make him happy as it will show him it is worth while sponsoring us!!

Ps This is a great service for those of us who do not like having strap marks on our bottoms!!!!!!

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 - coming soon

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