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"

Arabesque on New Years eve 2018 - Photograph by Lisa Mackay

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!!!!!!!!!!

Welcome back everyone!! No racing for the seniors this week as they will be busy wrangling their crews ready for the night race to Kawau which is next Friday.  However the Juniors will be back on the water on Friday for race training.

Wednesday 16th January -Wednesday Club Night

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

Friday 18th January - 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 20th January 
Club afternoon

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

Future events......

Friday 25th january 2019 - HYC's famous night race to Kawau

Saturday 26th January - Social at Mansion House, Kawau Island - fancy dress theme to be advised - everyone needs to be on the beach by 6pm

Wednesday 30th January - Junior sailing at 18.00

Friday 1st February - Junior training at 17.00

Friday 8th February - Junior training at 17.00

Sunday 10th February - Surprise race 3 (mark foy at Taikata) at 12 O'clock

Sunday 10th February - Junior sailing at 10am

Friday 15th February - Junior training at 17.00

Saturday 16th February - Wayward race 2 

Wednesday 20th February - Junior sailing at 18.00

Friday 22nd February - Junior training at 17.00

Sunday 24th February - Golden rivet races  2 &  3

Sunday 24th February - Junior sailing "Long Race" at 10am

Slipknot representing Hobsonville Yacht Club in the 44th Tall Ships regatta, Russell, Bay of Islands on 12th January 2019

Skipper – Gary Swain
Crew – Gaylene  McCaw, Robert Moore, Gary Matthews & Denise Ellis

The course was set at 18 nautical mile from the start line at Russell out to Whale rock, down around Roberton Island and back to Russell.  As we readied ourselves in the pre-start the yachts kept coming out and it was an awesome fleet to see with tall ships, super yachts, cuts and everything in between.

With ten minutes to go we positioned ourselves on the port end of the line.  WE had a great start crossing within seconds of the gun and had an amicable discussion with the skipper of SO’ cat who asked if he could go past and drop below us.  No discussions with the 120ft super yacht which powered past a few minutes later with twenty crew.  We were now in 3rd place.  We passed starboard of the cruise ship and followed the super yacht across towards Kerkeri inlet, where they tacked across the harbour towards Tapeka Point.  As they tacked we got a good lift and did not have to put at tack in!!!  At the next crossing we were only 500  meters behind.  We tacked across to keep in touch only to watch them disappear into the distance.  We rounded the top mark in about 6th position and proceeded down through the islands. 

We decided not to run a spinnaker on the day and had a interesting downwind duel with a couple of local boats through the back of Roberton Island. When we got out of the lee of the island we were off again.  We held our place and went to the finish line between the channel markers on the Paihia side of the harbour.

We were either 7th or 8th across the line out of ALL of the boats, and we were very happy to receive 3rd prize on Handicap in our division.

All in all an awesome day, great winds, perfect sailing, great spectacle and great event.    After racing everyone gathered at the Russell Boating club and enjoyed themselves into the evening.

Gary & Crew 

HYC's Famous Night race to Kawau 2019

Good morning all,

Please see attached NOR for the annual Night Race to Kawau.

Please let me know if you intend to race…….or not, and how many people on your crew. I need numbers in order to sort catering for the BBQ on shore. You will need to be on shore for costume judging at 1800hrs. 
Lets get as many boats as possible from HYC to Kawau and if you don’t have a boat, how about you come over on the ferry from Sandspit? The more the merrier………as they say. More details to follow…….
Lee ho
Your Div 5 rep

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!!!!!!

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