Junior Sailing

HYC has a junior sailing progamme which is great fun for all ages.  

For more information please e-mail Gill at dinghysailing@hycnz.org.nz

Sunday 9th August 2020, race 5 & 6 of HYC Dinghy 2020 Winter Series was sailed

posted Aug 31, 2020, 9:10 PM by Admin hycnz

We had 7x boats out on the water and keeping with the theme of previous race days, it was typically Upper Harbour tricky/shifty 8-15 knots. Close racing was again enjoyed by the sailors,although it unfortunately ended up being a day of gear breakage, but that’s racing!

In the Opti’s Astin and Jackson shared each race, Kieran won both races in the Starlings and Tamas &Taylor and Grace &Sean shared races in the bigger Dinghies. It was great to see Jackson out on the water and with Kiera likely back next time, it would be great to see a couple more Opti sailors on the water.

There were a couple of gear breakages on the water and Kieran had some issues with the boat taking on water. This impacted the last race results, but Kieran’s recovery after starting 2 minutes behind to win was well done. The issues in the last race resulted in a few ‘Pirates" of the Day’ presented at the post race prize giving.

Big thanks to Gill, Colin and Colart who assisted on the day to run the racing from the towerand on the water. Also a thanks to Dean and Justin for helping on the ramp.

The next race day is Sunday 23rd  August 2020; Race 7 &  8. It is a different time from last race day 8am sheds open, for a 10am start.

We will have a briefing at 9am, all to attend and be on time. Following racing we will have our race results briefing 30 mins after the last boat, including the Safety boats, are back at
the HYC compound.

It was thought yesterday that it was going to be a later start time but Sean got this wrong. The tides are not in our favour for a Sunday sleep in until the last race of the winter series!
Again would be great to please see a bigger turn out. Let’s hope the weather is good again!


Race 5:
1. Tamas & Taylor
2. Grace & Sean Munro

Race 6:
1. Grace & Sean Munro
2. Tamas & Taylor DNF

Race 5:
1. Kieran
2. Cohen
3. Barnabus

Race 6:
1. Kieran
2. Barnabus
3. Cohen DNS

Race 5:
1. Astin
2. Jackson

Race 6:
1. Jackson
2. Astin

Attached are the details on the up-coming events;
Hobsonville Yacht Club 2020 Dinghy Winter Sailing Programme.

Dinghy/Junior Sailing Committee

Junior sailing update - Sunday 12th July 2020

posted Aug 9, 2020, 8:39 PM by Admin hycnz

Hello to Club Members/Dinghy/Junior/LTS Sailors/Parents,

On Sunday 12 July 2020, the HYC resumed its sailing program with the Dinghy Winter Series. It was great to see 6x boats out on the water in reasonable weather for the first time since the lockdown restrictions were eased. Although the numbers were down, this was expected as it was the middle of the school holidays and a lot of families were away on holiday enjoying the sights and having fun our great country! We are looking forward to the next race day, post the school holidays, and we are hoping to see a larger fleet participating.

Although there were only 6 boat sailing, the racing was competitive and fun. The weather was fine although a little colder than the last time we sailed, and Upper Harbour wind conditions were a typically tricky/shifty 5-15 knots.  In the Opti’s Astin won both races, Ollie & Barnabus shared each race and Kieran/Sean won both races in the bigger Dinghies. Tamas took the prize for the best capsize of the day! He learnt how much the water temperature has changed since prior to the C19 lockdown!

Thanks to all that assisted on the day to run the racing and a special thanks to all who assisted in getting the safety boats and racing equipment sorted post lock down; with a special thanks to Scott Trask.

The next race day is Sun 26 Jul 2020; 9am sheds open, for an 11am start. We are really looking forward to seeing a bigger turn out. Let’s hope the weather is good.

Winter Series Race 1&2 Results

Open Dinghy
Race 1:
1. Kieran & Sean Munro
2. Tamas (Disq)
Race 2:
1. Kieran & Sean Munro
2. Tamas 

Race 1:
1. Ollie
2. Barnabus
Race 2:
1. Barnabus
2. Ollie

Race 1:
1. Astin
2. Keira
Race 2:
1. Astin
2. Keira

Junior sailing announcement - July 6th 2020

posted Jul 20, 2020, 4:25 PM by Admin hycnz

To All Dinghy/Junior/LTS Sailors/Club Members/Parents,

Hope everyone is well and are looking forward to getting back out on the water!

I thought I would send out a quick email to remind all that we are commencing the Winter Racing Series this Sunday 12 July 20; 10am sheds/club open for a 12 pm start.

The winter series will consist of 10x races (drop 2x worst performances), which is only 2x less races than previous years.

At this stage the weather forecast is OK, so we would like to please see a good fleet on the water and it would be great to see the confident sailors from the Learn to Sail program on the water too!

We understand that it's school holidays and some may be away but for those that are available we would like to get the sailing up and running again.

Reminder that the Learn to Sail program is run during the summer months so will start again in late October/ early November, once daylight saving starts.

****attached are the details on the up-coming events****

Please let us know if you have any questions


Dinghy/Junior Sailing Committee

Message from Dinghy/Junior Sailing Committee June 2020

posted Jul 5, 2020, 7:47 PM by Admin hycnz

Hi to All Dinghy/Junior/LTS Sailors/Club Members/Parents,

Hope everyone is well and has got through the lockdown period with no issues, and are now looking forward to getting back out on the water!

I thought I would send out a quick email to let you all know what the current plans are for sailing to start again.

At this stage we are planning to start with the Winter Racing Series on the Sunday 12 July 20; 10am sheds/club open for a 12 pm start. The winter series will consist of 10 races, which is only 2 less races than previous years.

We would like to see a good fleet on the water and it would be great to see the confident sailors from the Learn to Sail program on the water too! 

If you are wondering why we have a decent gap between now and the 12th July? 

The key reason is we need to carry out maintenance on the safety boats, racing equipment and the club Firebugs/OPTI prior to commencing the winter program. We had planned to do this earlier, then the lockdown occurred. This break will also allow us to hopefully be in Level 1 when the sailing activities resume.

There will be requests for assistance during this period of maintenance following the long weekend so it would be much appreciated if people could please put their hand up to assist.

Reminder that the Learn to Sail program is run during the summer months so will start again in late October/ early November, once daylight saving starts.

Please let us know if you have any questions



Ph: 022-692-4327 (Sean) or 0211266850 (Tamas)

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posted Jun 7, 2020, 3:12 PM by Admin hycnz   [ updated Jun 7, 2020, 3:13 PM ]

Junior sailing report by Tamas SEBESTENY Sailing Coach - Monday 2nd March 2020

posted Mar 17, 2020, 7:50 PM by Admin hycnz

The previous three times we challenged ourselves to find our boundaries. We sailed the whole course by standing in the boat, or for example, took the extreme challenge and even sailed backwards a section of it. Meantime, we also mastered our skills of mark rounding.
Sailing is more than a sport for us. To develop some life skills, we help each other when rigging, launching or docking our boats. If it sounds too serious, just read about our last Friday:

We had an epic day on Friday with the Learn to Sail Team. Juniors in advanced level joined us to share the excitement of the world-famous sponge tag game. We had a nice evening sailing 3 knots in light 5 knots winds on the beam. Heaps of laugh cheeky chats and no cheating or toxic moves :). We love our new boats! 

Thanks for all of the supports of our wonderful volunteer team!!


posted Mar 1, 2020, 5:42 PM by Admin hycnz

Hello to All Dinghy/Junior/LTS Sailors/Parents,

This update has information on upcoming events.

The next Learn to Sail night is this Friday 28 Feb 20.  Tamas and his team will need assistance on the ramp as the tide will be low. Please ensure care is taken on the ramp and the kids have good/protective footwear on.       

 Next racing is this Sunday 01 March 20. Please be at the club @10.00am for a 12pm start. We will look to sail 3 races so we can catch up for the last race day's postponement.

On Sunday 15 March 20 we have the annual Riverhead/Whenuapai race, its a great, fun day where we sail up beyond Herald Island for a picnic and then back again. Further details to follow on this but we will potentially need some support boats on the day. 

Below are the details on the up-coming events;

Please let Sean know if you have any questions

Thanks Sean & 
Dinghy/Junior Sailing Committee

HYC Junior sailing Update - January 15th 2020

posted Feb 3, 2020, 4:37 PM by Admin hycnz

Hello to All Dinghy/Junior/LTS Sailors/Parents,

Happy New Year to you all!!

This is a post-Xmas update with some information on upcoming events.

 The next Learn to Sail night is this Friday 17 Jan 20, with an introduction back into the boats/Opti’s after Christmas. There will only be short land-based instruction on this night for those who can make it, so if you cannot be there it is no problem. The intent is to get on the water.

Tamas and others will be away on Friday so the rest of the LTS team will need some assistance from the parents on the night. One of the Sunbursts will be in the water for a bit of fun and the forecast is for light winds.     


***Due to circumstances, the Training/LTS Regatta/Fun Race planned for this Sunday has been postponed until March, dates TBA. There we will be no racing this Sunday. It is probably a good thing as the forecast is for light winds and not good for sailing, so enjoy a day at the beach as the weather looks great.******


Per the schedule there is no sailing over the long weekend. Enjoy the long weekend, hope the weather is great!


Next racing is this Sunday 02 Feb 20. Please be at the club @11.30am for a 1.30pm start. This a much better time on a Sunday!


Dinghy/Junior Sailing Committee

HYC DINGHY Racing & LTS Report: 18 December 2019

posted Jan 14, 2020, 7:55 PM by Admin hycnz

Hi All,

Our apologies from the Dinghy Sailing team about this delayed update on the LTS and Dinghy racing program.

Learn to Sail (LTS)

Over the past month the LTS program has been progressing well and the juniors involved are showing great improvement every week. The number of kids each week has been strong, and the weather has been favourable each Friday to allow us to get out on the water. The only challenge has been the tide, which has essentially been fully high one week which has been great, but then dead low the next which has been not so great. 

Two weeks ago, we carried out the Capsize drill at the ramp. Well done to all the kids involved! it was a lot of fun and you all did well. Everyone, including the spectators seemed to have a lot of fun. 

A special thank you to Tamas and his team of helpers for all their hard work to make the LTS program run smoothly.

Well done to all the Juniors involved with the program!

Dinghy Racing

It was great to observe two good fleets on the 2 days of racing carried out in the past month; 01 & 15 December 19. The weather played the game for both days racing, however the wind on Sunday the 15th was very light and frustrating for all the sailors. It’s been great to see a few older Dinghy sailors like Denis, Mark, Tamas and Sean on the water, to show the Juniors how it’s done, or not done is some cases! I heard the remarks like ‘being old’ and ‘OK Boomer’ mentioned a couple of times from the teen sailors out racing. 

Four races were completed in the past 2 weeks and the Pre-Xmas series is now complete. Ollie (Starlings), Cohen (Firebugs), Astin (Opti) and Denis (Div. 2) have generally won on the day, but well done all for some great racing! I would like to especially mention all the sailors have shown significant improvement over the first half of the Summer season’s racing! 
Well done to everyone and thanks to the safety boat drivers and the Officers of the Day for running the racing.

Div.2 Dinghy Pre-Xmas Series Results
1. Ollie Smith
2. Kieran Munro
3. Grace Munro
4. Barnabus Sebesteny

1. Cohen Laban
2. Barnabus Sebesteny
3. Kaelem Swanepoel

1. Astin Thornton
2. Kiera Smit
3. Quinn Heald

Div. 2:
1. Denis & Nixon
2. Mark Jones 
3. Tamas

It will be great to see everyone at the Christmas Function on this Sunday 22nd starting at 2pm, with Dinghies on the water at 3pm for some fun and games. There is a Pot Luck Dinner after the boats a packed away following the water activities.
I hope everyone has a Great Christmas and New Year and we are looking forward to seeing everyone back in the New Year.  


HYC Dinghy Sailing Team


Dinghy racing at HYC on Sunday 9th June 2019

posted Jun 23, 2019, 8:02 PM by Admin hycnz

Seven Junior sailors turned up bright and early on Sunday morning, after a night of celebration at the Annual Prize-Giving the night before. Some of the adults found time to help with the debris from the previous night’s party, before the racing started. The decision was made to race south of the club, in Catalina Bay, to avoid the strong spring tide, which posed quite a challenge with the very light SW wind. Gill set a triangular course, with the start line from a Patrol boat and the leeward mark, and the finish line off the club flagpole well downwind of the course. This gave the sailors some valuable experience of finishing away from the course, and then sailing directly back to the starting area for the next race.

The first race saw the Starlings get round the course in 20 minutes, on a dying breeze, but the Firebugs got becalmed and took forever to finish. With just Cohen and Barnabas sailing the Firebugs, they entertained each other by playing eye spy, while drifting around. The Starlings were towed and tied up alongside the Patrol/Committee boat, and enjoyed the remains of the carrot cake from the Prize-Giving, while waiting for the new breeze to set in. Justine popped to the market and bought coffees for all the Race Management Team - thank you they were much appreciated!

As the coffee arrived the wind came too; so it required a quick concentration shift back to sailing and race 2 got under way. There was a big wind shift which made it a 3 leg fetch, so only one lap was sailed. A quick shift of the top mark to make a beat, and race 3 got underway. This was the best race, with the tide starting to ebb, a decent beat and a constant (but shifty) wind. The juniors are gradually learning to spot wind shifts, but they are prone to play at follow-my-leader, rather than think about where the best line is to the next mark. With such strong tides, often the shortest route is not the best one.

It was a real treat to eat up some of the left-overs from the previous night, because it was after 2pm, by the time the sailors came off the water. Thank you Justine for dishing it out, sending the kids outside to eat, and tidying up afterwards. Congratulations to James who was racing for the first time in his own Starling; he sailed better each race and went from 4th to 3rd and in the final race came a close 2nd to Harrison. Kieran won the other two Starling races, whilst the Firebugs saw Cohen getting two 1st and Barnabas the other 1st. The next dinghy racing is 23rd June, with the race start time at 10.30am and the shed open at 9.15am. Please make sure you get there early so that you can be ready for the briefing at 1000hours. This gives us the chance to sail an hour either side of high water, which is crucial with these Spring tides!

Gill Moore 
Dinghy Sailing Coordinator 

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