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


posted Mar 19, 2018, 7:48 PM by Admin hycnz

9 junior sailors participated in races to Whenuapai and back today. It was a quick downward run and a long haul home beating into the wind and tide. 

A great day for all involved in challenging conditions testing both skills and endurance of our young sailors. 

A very big thanks to the owners of the privately owned boats used to replace out stolen safely boat.



Junior Sailing Regatta Report- Sunday 18th February 2018

posted Feb 25, 2018, 7:18 PM by Admin hycnz

Some of our more experienced junior sailors took the firebugs to the French Bay regatta on Sunday.

This was the first regatta for all these sailors and was a great first outing with it being not too serious and aimed to be good fair racing.

The firebugs created their own class which was all HYC boats but raced the first race with the starlings and were out there with the whole fleet which consisted of Optis, Lasers, Zephers and Jollys. Great experience of real racing for the kids.

The start was delayed due to lack of wind but they all managed to get around the course in the first race. Kieran took out this race in convincing fashion with Harrison 2nd and Mackenzie third.

Unfortunately the 2nd race was abandoned 2/3rds of the way through due to to lack of wind with Mackenzie in the lead after she and Grace made a great move through the fleet on the second leg to get there.

Hard day due to lack of wind but a great experience for all. Special mention to Dennis and Nixon who sailed in a Zepher as well.

Really enjoyed going to French Bay, and we were made very welcome. Racing was quite a way out so a bit hard for spectators but thanks to all those who turned up to support the kids - Gill, Gary, Tamas and Mark, the kids really appreciate it.

Hopefully we can do another event soon.

First Junior Sailing Friday 27th October 2017 at 17.00

posted Nov 6, 2017, 6:29 PM by Admin hycnz

The first session of Junior Sailing was land based, as it was LW at 1927, and the thought of launching and recovering through all the mud that has been stirred up by the dredging, was in the “too hard basket”. Ten keen youngsters turned up with one new member keen to learn how to sail.
Gill went through basic Safety on the water, covering topics from what to do when you capsize, to how to dress sensibly while dinghy sailing. Harrison made a great model, getting dressed up in all the correct gear, and there were some ribald comments about his dress sense. He did earn a healthy muesli bar for his efforts. Kieran demonstrated how dangerous it is if your buoyancy aid is too loose fitting, with Dennis pulling it up over his face, which is what would happen if you fell in the water.
Other topics covered were sun protection, first aid needs, food and hydration, wind awareness, how to signal for help, and the local sailing area. The children finished with a group task of drawing up a map/chart of the sailing area used by the Junior sailors on Friday evenings. They came up with some novel ideas, and interesting illustrations.
The next session is next Friday 3rd November starting at 5pm. There is also a Junior Committee Meeting on Thursday 2nd November, so if you want anything discussed please contact me.

Last of the Junior Winter Series’ Races 24th September 2017

posted Oct 1, 2017, 7:06 PM by Admin hycnz

With a gentle Westerly wind the last of the Winter Series was sailed in ideal conditions. The course was set using the ODM jointly with the HYC Div 5 yacht race, and set on a transit between the orange post on the club, but starting in the opposite direction!  The first mark of the course left a mooring buoy to starboard, and then downwind into Hellyer’s Creek to leave the large black/white conical buoy to port. Two downwind/upwind legs and then back to the ODM completed the first race, with all the youngsters finishing before the yachts returned from Meola to finish their first race.
The second race was started just after the yachts started their second race, but the sound signals were confused by the sirens from the Farmer’s Market going off for a lengthy period. This meant the juniors had to rely purely on the visual flag signals. Two were over the line, OCS, and had to restart, which put them a long way behind due to the strong tide. However there was still some good racing and the standard of sailing has improved considerably.
Sincere thanks go to Sean Munro who organised all the on the water stuff. A very warm welcome to Tamas Sebesteny, who has recently qualified as a YNZ Learn to Sail Instructor, and helped out on the water with a safety Boat. Also to his family, Gabby and boys, Barnabas and Ben, who all got involved either on the water or at the after match food and debrief. It is great to have more talent joining the junior sailing team.
Last but not least a big thank you to Justine who ran the BBQ as well as writing down results, and giving me a lift to save me driving with my bad shoulder. The bring a platter worked well with plenty of food for everyone. And welcome back to the Wills family who turned up for an hour, having only just landed back in NZ after their holiday in the USA.
Sailor of the Day went to Cohen Laban-Jefferies, who showed a huge improvement, sailing a testing upwind course for the first time. Pirate of the Day went to Grace Munro for mutineering; nice one! Overall points winner for the Winter Series was Kieran Munro; full series results to be published soon. The new Programme will be finalised and published this week. The planned Working B this Friday is cancelled.

Gill Moore
Dinghy Sailing Coordinator 

HYC Juniors get vouchers donated by Crustys Pizza Burger!!

posted Sep 24, 2017, 7:37 PM by Admin hycnz

The running of a Club hinges on many people doing many small tasks and some large and with many tasks accomplished without fanfare or acknowledgement.

Recently the Junior sailing group were handed burger and pizza vouchers for  Junior Sailor of the Day generously donated by Brendon Marsh of Crusty’s Pizza Burger. 

This fine establishment is located on the corner of De Havilland Rd and Baffin St at Hobsonville Point. Please support this business as it is supporting us with a purchase or just a pat on the back and a “good on ya, mate” to Brendon.

The mover and shaker that acquired these vouchers - through wit, charm, personality and perseverance is none other than Gary Swain. Thanks mate!!!

Junior Sailing - 13th August 2017

posted Aug 27, 2017, 6:55 PM by Admin hycnz

Finally a good day for junior sailing, a bit of wind and a nice fine day. We had six keen junior sailors turn up for racing. Everyone managed to get themselves organised and on the water quickly and efficiently.

Sean set a course right out in front of the club. The first race was three laps of the triangular course. Once everyone figured out where the course actually was (listening at briefing is a skill a couple of sailors are working on!) they all got off to a clean start.

Ollie sailed particularly well and got off to a good lead at the start which he never lost, Kieran and Harrison fought it out for second and third with Kieran getting over Harrison on the last lap and taking second place. Phoebe, Mackenzie and Nixon sailed well to complete the race.

After some minor sail adjustments race two was four laps of the same course. Ollie, Kieran and Harrison were again fighting it out for the top three spots, some close exciting racing was great to watch from the shore. In the end Harrison took the line honours with Kieran and Ollie second and third. Mackenzie was overtaken by Phoebe on the last lap with Nixon finishing the fleet.

It was a great day for learning about racing with some close racing making it an exciting day for all. Many thanks to Sean Munro for organising, Denise, Greg and Garry for helping out and Cameron and Stuart for safety boat duties.

The day finished with Phoebe and Mackenzie going out with Greg for a bit of sail which they really enjoyed.


 Race 1
 1 Ollie
 2 Kieran
 3 Harrison
 4 Phoebe
 5 Mackenzie
 6 Nixon

Race 2
 1 Harrison
 2 Kieran
 3 Ollie
 4 Phoebe
 5 Mackenzie
 6 Nixon

Junior Sailing Report for Race 3 Winter Series Sunday 18th June 2017

posted Jul 2, 2017, 7:53 PM by Admin hycnz

After a very sociable evening, the previous night, at the HYC Prizegiving, most of the adults were quite tired and so were some of the children! We arrived at the club to thick fog and unable to see across the Harbour or even up to the bridge or Ferry Wharf. However the wind was over 5knots from the South, and the Optis were rigged with speed and enthusiasm. Eight Juniors had turned up so there was an Opti each, and they all tallyed on and signed in with their boat name for the race. The parents are brilliant at helping with any of the myriad of jobs needed to get all the gear out of the shed and onto the water. And they are great at showing new parents what to do as well, a real team effort. 
As the time for the briefing approached, the wind died to absolutely zilch, and I decided to postpone for 30 minutes. In the next half hour, the fog lifted, and a pleasant breeze came in still from the South! We had expected a NE out of Hellyer’s Creek. All systems go and the Patrol boats and Optis were launched in double quick time, and headed towards the start line. Then the wind died again completely. Optis got stuck in the middle of the harbour going backwards, stuck on barges, stuck on each other and scattered in all directions! The two patrol boats did a fantastic job towing all the fleet uptide and upwind, and enabled the Race Control to go into the start sequence. The wind had now veered to the north and Dennis Craig coached them all into a perfect start, hovering on the line using the wind to keep them below the line and the tide helping them over as the start hooter fired. All 8 Optis crossed the line within 6 seconds, but unfortunately no-one had a camera lined up! The first lap was a close reach on port, followed by a run against the tide back to the staring mark. Racing was close with Ollie leading closely followed by Nixon, then Harrison, Kieran, Grace, Phoebe, Mackenzie and Rohan, all within two and a half minutes of the lead boat. On the second lap the wind suddenly started to die down, and even with a shorten course there were no finishers and the race had to be abandoned. That is now three consecutive races where there hasn't been enough wind to race on a Sunday morning.   
Thanks to Justine for bringing two fabulous bacon and egg pies down for the after match lunch, much appreciated by everyone. Thank you to all the parents and helpers who make this dinghy racing happen. We have one Opti hull in the shed, which Gary has renovated, and all it needs is a mast and sprit, and then we will have a ninth Opti to put out onto the water. If anyone can locate either, or both items please get them. We also need someone to mend or re-configure the launching trolley for the Firebug, any offers gratefully received!!!!!

Gill Moore
Dinghy Sailing Coordinator 

Junior Sailing - sunday 21st & 28th May 2017

posted Jul 2, 2017, 7:52 PM by Admin hycnz

Hobsonville Yacht Club Winter Dinghy Race Series Report
The first two races held on Sunday 21st and 28th May were sailed in very light winds, making it virtually impossible for the Opti fleet to sail against the tide. Both days saw a good turnout with nine and then eight Optis out racing. Both days racing had to be abandoned due to the strengthening tide and the fleet drifting away and being towed back by the Patrol boats. The last attempt to race we tried a Le Mans start from the jetty, downtide to a mark close under the the parking zone at the end of the road, and back to the start line. Only one Opti completed that circuit. At least the weather was warmer and the kids came ashore with smiles, despite the frustrating conditions. We were all cheered up with a wonderful warming soup and bread that Erica had kindly brought down, as an after sailing warm up. Sailor of the day went to Phoebe, as she managed to get round the course unaided, on her first outing solo in an Opti. Pirate of the day went to Mackenzie who used both fair means and foul to propel her Opti around the course! Well done to all who took part and thanks to the parents and grandparents who all helped to make the day 

Final Race of the Junior Summer Series 30th April 2017

posted Jun 4, 2017, 10:11 PM by Admin hycnz

The final race was rescheduled from the previous weekend, and seven keen contestants turned up on Sunday morning to ideal racing conditions. The tide was high, the wind directly off the clubhouse shore, and a little stronger than most of the youngsters were used to! However undeterred, they all set off from the slipway, against the last of the flood tide, towards the racing area. 
The ODM was laid on the club line and well clear of the dredging barge, which is quite a scary obstacle from the lowly position of an Opti out sailing. The 5 minute gun saw the fleet scattered in many directions, but by the 1 minute P flag down, they were close to the line. On the start gun Isaac was just over, and had to recross, whilst Harrison and Kieran started neck and neck. A close fetch to the windward mark established the first three positions, with Isaac leading Kieran and Harrison. Grace and Ollie were a bit late starting, and Aman and Mackenzie followed. Places stayed the same to the leeward mark with Isaac rounding first and he chose to tack immediately after the mark. This gave both Kieran and Harrison the opportunity to sail out to the starboard side of the beat and take the lead off Isaac. 
Meanwhile both Grace and Ollie were having a fine battle in 4th and 5th position, and Aman and Mackenzie finding it hard work to beat upwind in the stronger conditions. Both Safety Boats did a wonderful job coaching the kids whenever they got into a pickle! Huge thanks to Mark Jones for turning up to help, meaning we could have two adults in each Patrol boat. Mackenzie earned Pirate of the Day for her first capsize, and you could see her smiling even from the shore. She got the Opti upright and bailed out and still finished the race – true Pirate stamina! Sailor of the day went to Kieran, who had the best start, and sailed the fastest race, despite Harrison nearly catching him on the finish line. Well done Harrison for sticking to your guns when the race committee said you had another lap, my mistake! If Ollie had been close to the start line he would have been in contention for the lead as he played catch-up all race, after his late start.
The final results in the series of 7 races, with one discard, was as follows:-
1st Harrison Wills (10pts),
 2nd Grace Munro (11pts),
 3rd Mackenzie Wills (23pts),
 4th Kieran Munro (26pts), 
5th  Eoghain Waldock (31pts), 
6th = Cohen Laban & Ollie Smith (33pts),
 8th Aman Devta (35pts).

Well done to all who completed this first Junior Summer Series and all the adults who helped to make this possible. A great achievement for this small, upper harbour club.

Junior Sailing Report Friday 31st March 2017

posted Apr 30, 2017, 4:31 PM by Admin hycnz

This was the last Friday sailing for the Summer, as daylight saving makes next week too dark to sail. We had the best turn out ever, with seventeen juniors turning up, meaning that the whole fleet of dinghies went out except one Sunburst. And the only reason that one didn't go out was that we had no adult to take the helm, to give the beginners their first taste of sailing.
The wind was Easterly, with a touch of south in it, and a strong incoming tide,  due to the King tides this week. Launching was the worst we have had, with a build up of fresh, slimy, sticky mud covering the end of the ramp. I think this must be due to the dredging that is going on upstream of the ramp. It was great fun wading in and out of the mud, getting a working line launching (me and Denise), fitting rudders (Nick) and retrieving trolleys, Phoebe and many others. I'm very relieved my daughter, Jenni, wasn't there, as she cannot resist daubing mud all over other people!
Beating up to the windward mark, just off the club and the two barges anchored there, was a huge challenge. With wind and tide together, and the tide strengthening to over 2knots, the Optis found it very slow going. The little fleet of faster dinghies, with Emma and Harrison in the two Starlings, and Kieran in the Firebug, found it much easier, and whizzed round the course quite quickly. I had Phoebe and Darroch with me in my Okura sailing gig, and we had great difficulty getting round that top mark, despite sneaking right out of the tide, underneath the barges. It reminded me of my sailing days in Plymouth Sound, dodging around the huge ammunition barges, anchored in the lower reaches of the Tamar river. It gets quite scary when the anchor chain, with a large bow wave appears to be rushing at you, and you have no steerage in your little sailing dinghy!
The two Patrol boats spent a lot of time rescuing runaway Optis that drifted downtide beyond the sailing area, and bringing them back into the fleet. However things livened up when we started playing sponge tag, but I never did find out what happened to the sponges whilst we were on the water. Thank you for returning them later. The retrieval of the dinghies was much simpler with the tide covering the mud, and loads of help from the shore teams to get everything put away. The list of breakages/mending wasn't too long, and  we were all tucking into pizzas by 7.15pm. Thanks to the parents who organised the food; a great job and much appreciated. Thanks also to Dennis and Nick, who instructed, and welcome to Thomas and Gabby, and their two boys, Barnabas and Ben, who came sailing for the first time. Sailor of the Day went to Harrison, who sailed a Starling for the first time, and did so well he even took on a beginner passenger. Pirate of the Day was awarded to Darroch, for his piratical communication skills, speaking Maori to all the other dinghies sailors.
We had a brief meeting to formalise a Junior sailing Committee for the future, to share the workload of an ever increasing junior section. Thanks to Erica Wills (Secretary), Stuart Wills and Sean Munro (Patrol Boat Reps), Gary Matthews and Dennis Craig (Bosuns), Nick Gaites and Thomas (Coaches to train to YNZ qualified), Kathleen Waldock and one other (Committee Members) and a Junior Sailor to be voted for at the next sailing session, to also be on the Committee to voice the juniors opinions. Gill Moore agreed to stay on as Chairman. It was also decided to have a working “B” at the start of the holidays to get the children more involved with maintenance and repairs. The Winter Race Programme was also finalised, a copy to be sent to the Executive to be approved before posting on the website, and printing.

Gill Moore (Dinghy Sailing Coordinator)

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