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"

Sunday 1st September 2019 - harbour race for the seniors (not much breeze and big tides)
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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. 

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

This week at Hobsonville Yacht club!!!

Unfortunately the weather gods were not on our side last weekend so the juniors did not get to race. Lets hope the weather is good for the final race of the winter series for the seniors this Sunday.

Wednesday 11th September- Wednesday Club Night

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

Friday 13th September!!!!!?? - Club Night

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


Sunday 15th September  -The final race of the winter series  - HYC seniors winter series race 12 (harbour race) starting at 10am - fleet start

Club afternoon

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

Future events......

Sunday 22nd September - HYC juniors sailing - 2 races the first starts at 12.00 (sheds open at 10.45)

Race reports for Sunday 1st September 2019

Escape Race Report 

Sunday dawned  fine, clear and calm with  emphasis on the calm. The forecast was a worrying 5 knots variable with a huge tide running out until  mid afternoon. The last two races had been similar conditions with course number 1, the shortest harbour course, being chosen on both those occasions.

Crew of the day was Pete, his brother Steve and myself, and for Pete and I it was déjà vu. Motor out to a start in no wind and drift off with the tide. Naturally it was course number 1 again. The sun was shining and a long day on the water was likely if only because the tide meant we couldn’t get back in the marina any earlier than 3.30. Happy Father’s Day!

There might have been little or no breeze but the tide was running at over 2 knots so we were soon making progress in the right direction and there was no rush to get there because the tide still had 4 hours to run. Firsty got too far out to the side at Birkenhead and had to motor clear of the moored boats with no wind to sail. 

We had a tight battle with a piece of polystyrene going under the Harbour Bridge. It passed us twice before catching a back eddy near Bayswater and finally falling behind. The racing between boats was a little less exciting. Slipknot managed to stay in the middle of the tide best while Firsty and ourselves both drifted out to the Devonport side. It was at that point that a light NE sea breeze finally kicked in and we could truly claim to be sailing. 

Out front Firsty picked a slightly better line than Slipknot and was leading coming into the first mark at Rough Rock and while we were behind further than we would have liked once you turned the mark it was into the tide and the gap narrowed a lot. We were doing 5.6 knots across the ground coming into the mark and a miserable 1.4 knots coming away from it. It felt like a long way home at that point.

But the tide was waning and Firsty was soon round Northern leading and hoisting their big yellow kite closely followed by Slipknot with us at the back . Pete and Steve got our blue kite up in quick order and we all set off for Resolution. We would have preferred our gennaker since it’s bigger than the kite but the angle was wrong. All three boats  hugged the wave barrier side at Orakei and benefited from the tidal back eddy there. It was amazing to see how much the speed over ground increased when we got into that counter flow .

Round Resolution , hardened up to get around the container wharf, and set off for Kauri Point. Looking ahead Firsty and Slipknot had adjusted for a beam reach rather than downwind so we dropped the spinnaker and hoisted the gennaker. This certainly paid off initially as we took a bit of distance out of the leading two but the wind came behind again and we experimented with flying the gennaker off the kite pole. All good fun but it didn’t make much difference to our distance behind despite them sailing into a hole and recommencing the earlier drifting match. Our turn to do that came soon enough and it was a relief to finally get to the line feeling lucky to come third in a three boat race! 

We didn’t do too much wrong but we also hadn’t pushed the others too hard so were a bit deflated.  We also couldn’t motor straight home due to the low tide and earlier at Chelsea we saw mud I’d never seen before. Sobering to say the least! Still it gave us more time on the water on a sunny Sunday so first world problems really.  We were home soon enough.

Thanks to Pete and Steve for a well coordinated effort from two guys who hadn’t sailed together for years and to Clearwater for running the race when no doubt Fathers Day lunch beckoned.

Sailing Captain Report: Winter Series Racing Sunday 01 Sept 2019

Hi all, 

Three HYC Keelers got on the water for a Harbour Race with CCYC (5x Boats) on Sunday in a light breeze which built and then died off toward the end. It was from what I understand a great day on the water, all be it a little frustrating for some. 

Slipknot managed to come away with the win on handicap, well done Gary and his crew! Firsty secured the line honours for the combined fleet and the best start, well done Craig and his team.  

Below are the race results:

Race 10 Results:
1. Firsty
2. Slipknot

Best Start: Slipknot

Results: Race 11 Best Start & Line: Firsty
1. Slipknot
2. Escape
3. Firsty


Overall Series Results
1. Firsty
2. Slipknot
3. Escape
4. Eye Spy

The next Keeler race with CCYC is scheduled for Sunday 15th September 2019, 1000hrs Harbour/Fleet Race.

The next Dingy race day is scheduled for this Sunday 8th September at 1300hrs. Sheds open at 1145hrs. We will look to have 3 races, possibly 4.

Happy racing


Sean Munro
HYC Sailing Captain 

Seniors winter series programme

 Hello all,
This document is the Notice of Race(s) for the 2019 Winter series. It will cover all races for the winter season.
We are combining with the CCYC like last year and all races will be held on Sundays. The intent is for HYC to participate in both local and harbour races. 

The first race of 12 races is set for the 5th May and the series will conclude on the 15 September 2019. 

Refer to the attached CCYC programme for the list of dates/times. The times/race data are also bullet pointed below:

Local Races will start at 1300 hrs; Mark Foy Start. 
Harbour Races will start at 1000 hrs; Fleet Start.
The course will be indicated via a number posted on the start vessel. 
The start line is between the CCYC start vessel and the triangular yellow buoy. These will be located close to Taikata. 
Please keep clear of the start box until it is your start time for Mark Foy races.
The CCYC course lists and instructions are also included in this document. 
Remember to enter in the usual manner on the entry form at the club and pay the $5.00 entry fee. 
Please monitor channel 77 at all times.

Happy racing. 
Sean Munro
HYC Sailing Captain


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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