Race Reports

Read all about the trials and tribulations on board the club yachts!

Closing day race - Saturday 5th May 2018

posted May 20, 2018, 8:07 PM by Admin hycnz

Results  (as agreed by all skippers at the meeting with Lisa Mackay - sailing judge):

=1st Blue beat
=1st Near & Farr

Eye Spy - DNF
Cloud ten - DNF

Cloud Ten

In the theme of closing day being a bit of fun we had the whole family on board Cloud 10. Motoring out of the marina I got a fright seeing how low we were in the water, 6 people really makes a difference!

We got down to the start line to a postponement which was expected due to how light it was. We discovered that birds had been nesting in our stack pack as the mess they left was all over the main when we hoisted it. My Mum decided to put the kettle on and bring out the biscuits while we waited to start, there was a lot of talking eating and not much concentration going on so when we did start it wasn’t that flash and we were pretty late.

 The clues were great and we figured out our first mark pretty quickly. Blue Beat and Near and Farr had started well and were already in front, Eye Spy was even later than us to the start so we had the jump on them at the first and second mark but they were slowly catching us.

Things went wrong when we got to meola, I hadn’t gone down far enough thinking the little breeze and 3 knots we were doing would get us around. The wind disappeared and we started going sideways with the tide, drifting past a fishing boat rather closely.  By this stage Eye Spy had caught us with their spinnaker up and were trying to pass, the wind left them too and they started drifting and ended up in the same predicament as us.
We slid past the mark without rounding it and started going down the harbour sideways with the tide. The family tolerated this for 5 seconds and then decided they were bored. There wasn’t much hope we would get back to the mark so the engine went on and the sails came down. We then went over to a lovely little bay anchored and had lunch whilst watching the others trying to race still. Eye Spy decided to give up not long after us and stared their trek home, very slowly.  

Despite our DNF it was a lovely day out and the burgers back at the club were excellent. Thank you Lisa and committee for organising it all.

Race report from Near & Farr

Preparation for the closing day race.  

Duncan "Mike will you crew for us?"  
Mike "are there going to be brownies???!!!!!!" 
Duncan "samantha you had better get baking!!"   
Me "Duncan I will make brownies if you make your bacon and egg pie?"   
Duncan " deal!!"

we kidnapped Joe from Grandpa on the way down the dock .... grandpa did not seem to mind.  So we had Big mike , Joe, Duncan and I  for the closing day race.  We were aware of the fact that Lisa had come up with cryptic clues which we had to decipher in order to work out the course.  I had asked if we could get extra time due to being dyslexic however Lisa thought our warped minds would able to figure out the clues.

Only four boats rocked up for the closing day race... Eye Spy (minus Trevor as he could not race as he knew the answers to the clues), Blue Beat, Cloud ten and us.  There was very little wind, a big tide, but it was a glorious day and what better to way to spend a saturday.

We positioned ourselves close to the start line, which paid off and we got line honours - well done Duncan!!  We were in the lead but only running white sails and Blue beat and eye spy were running their spinnakers.  It was a tricky race with huge tides and not much wind.

Due to one of the clues our poor crew had to endure me wailing the words to the sound of music.... Mike is used to my singing but Joe's poor ears were probably burning... "Do a deer a female deer...re - a drop of golden sun......".   I suppose it was an improvement on my other song "allllll by ourselveessssss".

We heard the call that Eye Spy had retired and so had Cloud ten... hmmm now only two of us.  hmmmmm.. hey ho hopefully there will be more wind soon.    The lead between us and blue beat kept changing... they were on the hunt for a trophy and so were we!  

It was all good going with the tide, however getting around the mark to head home was rather tricky.... blue beat had not rounded the mark.... and were going backwards... we manged to get around the mark and edge forward..... quite a while (at least one carlsberg) later Blue beat finally got around the mark.  Not long after this Mark from Eye spy radioed to say that there was no wind by taikarta!  Hmmmm so not wind and a huge tide... neither boat was going to get back to the club midnight at the rate we were moving.  And we did not have enough pie or brownies to stay out for that long.

Duncan and Gary had a shout across the water to each other... and made a gentlemen's agreement that it was a DRAW after taking into consideration both handicaps.    All crews looked rather relieved and both boats turned their engines on, dropped their sails and cracked beers open.

On our way back to the marina, we came across Eye Spy.... they were slowly motoring back to the club against the tide....luckily our engine has a few more horses than theirs!

Back at the club all of the skippers were called to a briefing with Lisa (who is a qualified sailing judge).  It was agreed by all that Closing day racing was won jointly by Blue Beat & Near & Farr.

Lisa had put on quite a spread at the club - build your own gourmet burgers for $6... they were good... really really good!!!!! 

Once again a great day on the water.  Thank you to our crew of Mike and Joe.  And to Nigel for manning the start and Lisa for her judge skills and catering skills.

Wayward 3 - Saturday 21st April 2018

posted May 13, 2018, 9:28 PM by Admin hycnz

The results....

1st Near & Farr
2nd Rovel
3rd Satisfaction

****more reports coming soon****

Race report from Near & Farr

The morning of the wayward Scott asked if he could crew with us as Bronny was not feeling well.  We kindly declined his offer as we wanted to take advantage of the double handed rule and are still getting used to her.  Would this come back to bite us?? 

We were the last boat to leave the marina.  Unfortunately there would only be three boats racing and we would be the only double handed boat.  The opposition we rather larger and heavier than us, we would be up against the mighty Rovel -with a crew of six and Satisfaction aka "the Big blue boat also with a crew  of six.

We would start on 18 minutes past eleven followed by Satisfaction & Rovel at 24 minutes past.  Off we started "all by ourselves" with a nice fast reach to Kauri point.   Rounding the point realised it was going to be a dead downwind with gull winged head sail.   The closer we got the harbour bridge the more the other boats seemed to be gaining with their giant sails.  

We managed to maintain a good lead to North head and realised that there was a big squall heading our way.  We gybed the head sail over so as not to get slammed by the squall and risk crash gybing the main. We were heading towards northern leading and got a big wind shift so we had to gull wing again.  Then the squall hit us and we were heading directly for northern leading,thinking this is not good "we can not come up or down" and did not want o risk gybing in the heavier wind.  We thought it would be best to furl the head sail..... bugger, bugger, bugger the furler was jammed.... so we maintained our course and scraped past northern leading (with out scraping the boat) and were heading towards Rangi wharf.

After the squall went through we managed to gybe the main and get back on some sort of heading. However this did not last long as "samantha went up on the bow to sort out the furling line...."... this time we were maintained a course for Browns island way of the rhum line and in the other direction.  With satisfaction and Rovel having maintained a direct course they were closing quickly.  Duncan was not wanting to put  Samantha under pressure.. but kept asking how long it would take to fix.  

After doing a few more miles we managed to gybe back on course and still maintain our lead.  Having gone so far down we managed to gain some speed by doing a bigger angle and took off through the motohuie channel.  As the wind came forward we got faster and faster "yea harr" and managed to nail the finish in good form if not for a few cuts, bruises and rope burns to Samantha.

If we had not got extra time we may not have got another first as Rovel only finished four minutes behind us.  So no going double handed did not bite us... although our main sheet did bite Samantha a bit!

Great race, great weekend with great friends.

Shipwright 5 - Sunday 8th April 2018

posted Apr 22, 2018, 7:35 PM by Admin hycnz

The results after handicaps:

1st Firsty
2nd Near & Farr
3rd Eye Spy 
4th Satisfaction
5th Cloud 10

**Best start Cloud ten!!!!!!!!*

Eye Spy Race report by Lisa

The last of the summer series probably saw our largest fleet, which was Awesome!!  With Cloud 10 and Near and Farr both coming out for their inaugural round the cans races… lets hope we see lots more of you guys!!
With the dream team of Trev, Mark and Lisa on board Eye Spy was maybe a little light on crew, but we would be sweet (fingers crossed 😉 ).   The wind was showing signs of being a little stronger than forecast, but still definitely No. 1 weather, and was swinging a little bit more westerly, so we canned the original idea of a spinnaker start and set up for a good reach down to Kauri point.
Bronnie showed her pedigree as a dinghy sailor, and absolutely nailed the start (you go gal!!), and with Eye Spy as the smallest boat in the fleet, we were definitely going to have to work hard for this race.  But we managed to get away with clear air and took an early lead… OK only for about 100m, when Firsty came charging past.  But with Near and Farr, Cloud 10 and Satisfaction chomping at our transom, we weren’t going to give any places away easily.

Near and Farr were coming up fast, and we held them out through the moorings, but with a freshening breeze, then stretched their legs and got passed us, and were now running Firsty down hard, and they were gaining!!  But Firsty had spotted them so went for a high line to get the Big yellow out as early as possible.  Eye Spy also headed for the high line, whilst Near and Farr, Satisfaction and Cloud 10 headed the more direct route to Kauri point as they weren’t flying spinnakers.
The big yellow popped up, followed closely by the Eye Spy kite.  Firsty quickly stretched her lead, but would we manage to get round Near and Farr?  Despite, pushing hard Near and Farr was still ahead of us as we rounded Kauri Point, and our gains were only minimal, the 1020 is definitely a fast boat!

With the wind building, and Satisfaction and cloud 10 coming up fast behind us, we opted to change down from the No. 1 to No. 2 whist we had had the chance.
Holding the kite all the way through to Bayswater we had closed the gap on Near and Farr, but we were still lying in third.  We opted for the early Kite drop, rather than the potential frantic stuff up at Bayswater, and managed to get it down and stowed perfectly.  Near and Farr had been making some dodgy claims about pointing higher than Eye Spy, so now was the chance to prove them wrong, and also use a bit of Lisa’s downtown racing knowledge to get past them.  We certainly proved that we could point higher, and by taking a big leg across the hardour we managed to clear the harbour bridge in 1 tack, rather then Near and Farr’s 3 tacks…so we were closing the gap, but could we get past?

In the strengthening Breeze, Satisfaction was now in her element and catching fast, so we were now chasing down Near and Farr, and trying to keep Satisfaction at bay, you could get whiplash with all this boat watching!
A good beat up to Kauri Point saw the 3 boats still in the same order, but much closer together.  And bearing off on to the reach round Kauri, Near and Farr got onto the reach and just pulled away… darn… but would Satisfaction get past??  Luckily for us they had a bit of a knock inside Kauri point and had to tack out, giving us a bit of breathing space.  But we still had to trim furiously all the way up to the finish if we were to hold her out…. But we made it!!

A fantastic race everyone. Brilliant to see so many boats out, and look forward to many more battles with the new boats to the fleet of Cloud 10 and Near and Farr!   

Race report from Firsty

The Thirsty Firsty team consisted of Tim, Lou, Dave and Craig. Nice breeze for a change.

Nice start from Cloud 10, but we are about 3 boatlengths   back from the line when the gun goes. We have good boatspeed though so soon hit the front. Thinking of running a gennaker for the first leg, but it proves too shy at around 60 deg apparent so we 2 sail reach to Taikata at which time we were able to bear away and hoist big yellow, the masthead kite.

Looks like it will be a gybe to keep Chelsea to starboard then the wind backs and we find ourselves heading for Chelsea without needing to gybe.

Rounding Bayswater we come on to the wind with a board out into the harbour to try to get some help form the last of the tide to the bridge. Despite the time saying that the tide has changed, there still appears to be some incoming tide in the middle of the harbour, so we keep to the middle up to Chelsea wharf. Nice breeze of around 17 or 18 knots and the boat is going well with the no2 headsail.

Past Chelsea we put a board in to the southern side of the harbour and hug this side of the channel to Kauri Pt where we get a lay through, then ease sheets to the finish for a first on line and first on handicap.


Race report from Eye Spy:


So……….this is the last programmed “round the cans” race for the summer series. It was great to see a good turn out of entrants.

I have Lisa and Mark on board today. Just enough to get the kite work achieved………nice.

The fleet all start pretty well but Bronny was on the button! Eye Spy stays high and out of the tide and wasn’t long before we were up into second place behind Firsty. This wasn’t to last as Near n Farr charged past to give Firsty a challenge. Firsty and Eye Spy show there intent to hoist kites and sail high. Others appear to be taking the shortest route. The course is Chelsea stbd, Bayswater stbd, home. Once the kite was safely hoisted we set after Near and Farr. Some good pressure at times down by the harbour bridge had us catch Near and Farr. We dropped the kite early and all goes well. Eye Spy settles in for the long beat back to Kauri point. We appear to be pointing a little higher than Near and Farr and at times gain a little distance. The bigger boats suited todays conditions so we enjoy the sailing and keep very wary of the fast charging Satisfaction. He catches up a lot on the broad reach to the finish line but we cross a couple of minutes ahead.

It turned out to be one of those memorable days where the conditions are perfect, the crew work was flawless and no breakages on board.

Many thanks to my crew and the tower team. It wouldn’t be a race without my fellow competitors so thanks for making the effort supporting our much loved HYC.


Race Report from Cloud Ten

I decided to put my big girl pants on and give racing a go in Cloud 10. We popped down to the club on Friday night and were lucky enough to score Spike as crew, yay!


We started making our run for the line, watching how fast we were going against the land I suspected we may have jumped the gun. Scotty then pointed out a fizz boat coming straight towards us, I gave them a few moments to adjust their course and get out of our way. They didn’t do anything so we decided to gybe around and avoid them, even with that manoeuvre we were still to early and had to do another circle back away from the line. By this time Satisfaction was making her run and I didn’t want to get entangled with them so committed to going for it knowing we could have stuffed it up. The hooter sounded and we were off, I waited for the second hooter and it didn’t come, there were big smiles all round, we weren’t over. We didn’t have the momentum like the rest of the fleet though and they all successfully sailed over the top of us, bugger.


We kept in touch will everyone on the first reach but on the downwind leg without a spinnaker and a very dirty bum we lost the rest of the fleet and were very much last. That was okay as Scotty and Spike seem to be enjoying themselves anyway. Spike was educating us on all things nautical on the way around the course and we changed they way the headsail sheets were rigged too. We weren’t pointing as high as I thought we perhaps should but that will have to be investigated next time. Tacking all the way up the harbour was another learning curve, we weren’t used to having three in the cockpit and were tripping up on each other but after a few tacks we had it sorted. The last reach home was a blast and very enjoyable Cloud 10s boat speed was sitting at a steady 7 ½ knots which we were pretty happy with. Just before the finish line Scotty really wanted to call the Nigel and ask if we could buzz the tower but I discouraged it, although it would have been pretty funny.

 Winning the start was an awesome debut for Cloud 10. Thank-you Spike for coming with us it was much appreciated.

Race report from Near & Farr

Me on friday night... "duncan I am not being cajoled into racing on sunday... we have so much to do at home".    Saturday morning ... duncan "we are going racing on Sunday and I have already asked Mike, and he has agreed to crew for us!!"   Me.... "hmmmmm ok I will only do it if I can have a tuna mayonnaise subway..."   

Sunday morning arrived and off we went to subway... I placed my usual order jalapeno with tuna mayonnaise...yum.  Ok pan pan..... no tuna "what the f!!" duncan suggested seafood delight with jalapenos... me ok... I need to try these "kiwi things".

Anyway armed with lunch we headed off to the boat.  Mike as always arrived promptly and we were the first boat to leave the marina.  Only being three handed we decided that it was a white sail day... that and the fact that we are still learning to use her and would need another three crew to fly the spinnaker.

Our start was not bad, but not perfect.  Cloud ten had an awesome start.  Off we went and we are in pursuit of the mighty Firsty.  We did well against Firsty until they launched their spinnaker... and I then became a human pole.  

It seem to take quite a while to get to chelsea... and the bayswater.  I was rather concerned that "big mike" was rather quiet.  I checked that he was ok, he replied that he was "in the zone!!"  He then mentioned that he had to let the big blue boat know that he could not crew via text...apparently his text read something like this.....

"phil really sorry I am not going to be satisfied this sunday, however I will not be Farr away!!!"""" legend !!!

Around bayswater and a beat back to the club... our leech line on the heady went... and I could not undo the knitting to tighten it.  Noisy,  and eye spy who were pointing higher than us were catching up.... hmmm.

It was quite a slog back to the club with many obstacles in the way... ie fishing boats.  We did not even see Firsty finish!  However maintained our distance on Eye Spy and it was quite a relief to be able to crack off the heady... the leech cord or lack of it was driving us nutty.  

A nice hoot from the tower and we finished... phew.... now time for a beer.

We headed back to the marina, tidied our boat up and then helped Cloud ten back into their berth (we recall Escape doing the same for us when we raced on the Justice and recalled how nice it was to have a helping had).

Great day on the water, great result for us... we still have lots to learn.

thank you to Nigel for his tower duties.

Ps never ever ever have the seafood delight from subway.... ewwwww... although the 
jalapenos did manage to mask the sugary taste of the wierdness

HYCs unofficial race The Inaugural Man-war to Owhinaki…no home bay… OH OK Why-Kill-a-Booboo Race!

posted Apr 9, 2018, 10:00 PM by Admin hycnz

Race report from Eye Spy

After battle talk was done &  dusted Saturday night over a nice meal & a few drinks onboard roval in man o war it was decided that the race start would be 10:30 destination onetangi. Over the weekend we have myself & Jenny onboard the Eye Spy as it would seem Trevor's starting to enjoy his home comfort's onboard Roval, like hot showers etc & ice maker for Rummy's, luckily for me & Jen tho he kindly offered the Eye Spy for us to use. As we turn up to the start line we all hoist sails & have a fleet start Wahoo race on, as we head out we have Jen on the helm & I'm trimming + galley wench duties, ofcourse this weekend being the first time Jen has really ever sailed a boat, quick crash course a, as we get round the corner of bottom end we start cranking sheets in & the breeze starts filling in, including a few good gusts Jen decides to hand the helm over to me & take up galley wench duties, heading up the coast line we hear the call & decision was made to change destination to Waikalabubu which suited us as we were out the back & getting good lift & looking like we could make it on one tack, as we head up to rakino we manage to get ahead of Roval & Shakina with me steering at GPS like a hawk probably could of made it on the one tack but decided on the safe option & tack out to see Roval charging up on port looking good so i decide to dip rather than make a nuisance of myself one more tack & off to the finish in 3rd. A quick nana nap then over to Roval for prize giving, drinks & bbq. Totally enjoyable weekend away with great company.

Thanks again to Trevor & everyone that came out & made it an enjoyable weekend in our beautiful paradise that we have as our back yard


Race report from Rovel

Man-o-war bay saw the (somewhat) inevitable congregation of the Hobsonville Yachts, and by Saturday night after a couple of wee sherries (OK copious quantities of rum!) it was decided that a race to Owhinaki the next morning would be fantastic idea.  
The rules of the race were, everyone up anchor at 10.30am and head off from there.  Thank god for day light saving as “10.30am” came and went with limited amount of movement, luckily it was still only 9.30am so we weren’t actually late for the start!  

Trevor was so determined to race he even took the mainsheet cover off… a pretty rare occurrence on Roval, mainly because he hates pulling up the halyard!  But we have extra muscle power on board with Dom and Hilton … so it was all on.
Motoring out towards Pakatoa the sails were hoisted, and Roval lead the fleet of Near and Farr, Eye Spy and Shakira out round Stony Batter.  Early wind indications were for a nice reach all the way round, but as we approached hooks bay the wind started to swing move into the south west.  Not so great for Roval who doesn’t do close hauled.  Near and Farr were champing out our transom, but the Mighty Roval got into the groove and had a convincing lead as we rounded the end of waiheke.  Unfortunately the inability to point above about 80 degrees meant that we had to take a very wide line towards Maria Island, whilst the rest managed a much closer in-shore course.
However, by this point the wind shift was such that Owhinaki wouldn’t be looking so good, so we had a chat with the rest of the fleet and decided that home bay was a better bet…. but eventually (and  with was nothing to do with the fact that we were sailing straight at Why-Kill-a-Booboo) we decided that that would be a much better place to spend the night, so lets all agree that as the final destination!

Most of the race we were so far down that we were totally out of touch with the rest of the fleet, however, as we approached Rakino we realised the race was still on… Shakira was passing only a few boat lengths in front of us, and eye spy was close on her tail!!  So, we started to concentrate on this racing m’larky again and after a couple of superb tacks, and some great boat speed from Roval, we had managed to  pass Shakira and Eye Spy, but had to do some seriously tight pinching to make it past South Island… but we made it!

So where was Near and Farr???  Had we won??
No, Near and Farr were happily ensconced in Why-Kill-a-Booboo Bay, the champions again!

So congratulations to Near and Farr, thanks to Trevor, Dom and Hilton for Excellent Crew work, and thanks to the Hobby family for another Awesome weekend!

Race report from Near & Farr

We woke up at nine am (after adjusting our watches the night before) and I reminded Duncan that the plan was to race to Owhinaki.  He was not brimming with enthusiasm and mumbled that we would do our own thing... hmmm, so while he made our marvellous breakfast of scrambled eggs and choritzo I got the boat ready for racing.  I was concerned that we might be late, however breakfast eaten, washing up done and anchor up in lightening speed.

We found Shekina pootleing around and hoisted our main, and Eye Spy and Rovel joined us.  Rovel was the first to start, followed quickly by Eye Spy, us and finally Grant.  And we were off ....with Rovel and Eye Spy infront of us.

Reaching, then pole on and goose winging, at which point we pasted Eye Spy and were on the hunt for Rovel.  The wind came forward and taking the pole of took longer than anticipated so we lost ground and height.   Trimming, more trimming and more trimming we we started pointing higher than the others.... "oh the joys of owning a Farr 1020!!".  

We had good boat speed and were making great progress.  A small speed bump of having to go down due to another Farr 1020 on our race course... obviously he did not realise that we were racing... hey ho.  I contemplated using my booming voice to shout "dont you know we are racing" however thought the better of it, he was single handed and the volume of my voice might have given him a heart attack...I have been known to even give myself a fright when shouting "Starboarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd"

I took over helming for a while while duncan relaxed, until it was time for him to take over when I decided to wash the starboard deck.... we both agreed that it looked much better for the wash.   Duncan back on the helm and concentrating.  We kept an eye on the rest of the fleet and noted that Rovel seemed to have set a course of Portugal??!!  Shekina and Eye spy were following us but we had better height.

A call was made to change the destination twice and eventually agreed to finish at Why kill a booboo... good choice especially for Rovel.

We could not quite make it past South island and had to do a couple of tacks... but we were nearly there.... I thought about singing my song " alll by ourselvessssssssss" but quite frankly I knew the rest of the fleet were not too far behind and we were busy racing.

We reached why kill a booboo, dropped our anchor and cracked a cold beer or two while we waited for the rest of the fleet to arrive.

It was a great day to be out on the water and race the other HYC boats.  And as always we had an awesome weekend!  Bring on the final wayward!

No booboos were hurt during the after party!

Surprise race 4 - sunday 25th March 2018

posted Apr 9, 2018, 9:58 PM by Admin hycnz

The results:

1st – Firsty

2nd - Eye Spy

3rd – Blue Beat

4th - Waterwitch

Race report from Eye Spy:

Very light day for a race so we have No.1 headsail and full main. On board today is Lisa, Mark, Nicole and I. JK opted to help in the tower as the weather was soooo light. I decided to gybe before the line when I should have tacked which meant I was late for the start. We like a challenge tho eh!!

The course was set to Meola return x 2. If the predicted 10 knots does not come in the race can then be shortened. We are against the tide and tacking against a very light breeze. Starboard tack is the most productive so we hold starboard tack longest. Pushing limits with depth is always a risk but it allowed us to get past Bluebeat and extend a bit of breathing space. A discussion about shortening the course to finish at Meola was had over VHF. The call was made and it seemed the result would be as the boats sat on the course. Firsty, us, Bluebeat then Waterwitch. Bluebeat gave us a scare just before the mark. Couldn’t work out how he was catching us so quickly……….turns out we had half a tree wrapped round our rudder.

Lovely day to be on the water………maybe fishing rather than sailing tho.  

HYC 50 miler - Saturday 10th March 2018

posted Mar 19, 2018, 7:46 PM by Admin hycnz   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 9:59 PM ]

HYC 50 Miler - Saturday 10th March 2018


1st Nona
2nd Eye Spy

Race report from Nona!

With the preceding week of strong winds we roll up to the start at Taikata to 5-7 knots. Could be a long day. The crew is Mark Patterson, John Hanson and David Meek. We nail the start with Eye Spy some distance behind on an incoming tide. We slowly make our way around Kauri Point and then run out of wind. We drift one side of the isolated rock marker and Eye Spy around the other side.

Our original plan with the Volvo in harbour racing is to get through the harbour to North Head by 1200-1230.

Not at this pace. A very slow tacking duel up to the bridge and ES gets in front. We get through the bridge at 1200 and the Volvo course is set and the fringes are packed with anchored boats. With no hope of sailing through the gaggle ES and we go to plan B. Motor up to North Head and re-start. ES gets the jump on us  but tacks early away from Rangi. We continue and this leg which ultimately gives us the lead that we will retain to the finish.

The breezes up to Whangaparoa are 8 to 12 knots. Up and around the mark and the guys hoist Big Blue, I close my eyes and we head to Rakino passage on a very tight spinnaker run. ES makes a little gain on this leg but is still well behind. Through the passage and the wind is slowly softening. We gybe the kite at dusk and watch the sun set behind Motutapu. This is definitely a 3 B&E pie race. Shame I only bought one. We will just have to binge on chocolate cake.

We sail slowly through the harbour which looks very picturesque under lights. ES we can’t see behind us.

We carry the kite to Kauri Point but there is not enough wind to keep it up. Luckily the tide is coming in. The last 100mts are frustrating with the tide our only saving grace. We finally finish at 2258 and crank on the motor for the need for speed.

Thank you to ES for the competition and my crew and it was better than weeding the garden.

Signing off


Race report from Eye Spy:

The 50 Miler is one of my favourites as we can stretch our legs and play with the trim of the sails to optimise performance. I knew the fleet size would not be great but expected more than two. Nona and Eye Spy were the two starters. Taikata was the start line and we motored at 2000 RPM to prevent any over-heat. At ten minutes prior to start we had No.1 and full main with motor off. We were still 50 meters from the start so with the tide against us we would be late. Nona started well and we would need to work hard to catch them. We being Nicole and I.

We managed to sneak past Nona and hold them off through the tacking duel towards the bridge. The slow going meant that we were not going to make it through the harbour prior to the execution of the exclusion zone for the in-port Volvo race. It was decided that we down head-sails and motor through the spectator boats and restart the race at North Head.

The race started again with me saying GO once we were side by side. The wind was still very light and had turned to create another tacking duel to Navy Buoy. I made the wrong assumption that there would be less tidal flow over the east coast bays and this meant Nona who stayed over by Rangitoto light crept ahead. We close the gap and were only a couple of minutes behind as we rounded Navy Buoy. Nona put there kite up and the lead stretched until we managed the same. The wind increased and at times we hit 8 knots but the kite was veeeery shy. The pole was only an inch off the fore-stay. This was a lot of fun and we were nearly along side Nona by the time we got to Rakino channel. Through Rakino and we see Nona is not shaping to go around Motohui island so we confirm this through VHF and correct our course to do the same (no Motohui in the sailing instructions?) .

I might have enjoyed the kite run but, I knew the kite would eventually need to be jibed. This is very likely to go pear shaped as there are only two of us on board.

We see the kite on Nona gracefully set on the opposite side. We prepare to replicate. What could possibly go wrong?

Jibing!............I take too long to transfer the pole and the kite wraps around the fore-stay. That will shake out I thought………..no it had wrapped around and between the fore-stay and both halyards! We were bare-headed apart from the top of the “wine-glass” filling beautifully. I managed to get the kite down without tearing it and stuffed it down the hatch. A little ”gun shy” now, I hoist the headsail only to find the two halyards wrapped like a hair plat over the fore-stay. I dropped the sail again and separate the halyards. Twas dark so it took quite some time.

We can see Nona. A lovely silohete in front of the city lights. Not much chance of catching them now eh.

We concede that second place is still good points but can we make it to the finish line before the tide turns? A DNF is not happening! We persist and cross the line at 1126hrs. That a hell of a long day at the office!

Thanks to Nona and crew for the competition. Thanks to Nicole for the crew work on Eye Spy…

Wayward 3 - Sunday 3rd March 2018

posted Mar 12, 2018, 5:21 PM by Admin hycnz

Maybe the weather scared everyone off... it was rather gusty on saturday.  However it only takes two boat to make it a race and the big blue boat aka "satisfaction" and "Near & Farr" were up for the challenge after a very calm night in Issey Bay.

Near and Farr woke in the morning.... "wind ... what wind???"  satisfaction eventually woke up.. and race start times were discussed....

*** more coming soon***

however I can confirm

1st Near & Farr

2nd Satisfaction

Shipwright race 4 - sunday 25th February 2018

posted Mar 4, 2018, 8:53 PM by Admin hycnz

Unfortunately the wind never filled in... the start was postponed, and then the fleet of seven were off... very very slowly. Some yachts crossed the start line 4 times.... others anchored a couple of times and some yachts went faster backwards than they did forwards. The race was eventually abandoned .... but still great to be out on the water.

Thank you to nigel in the start tower.

Race report from Firsty

We started, we drifted, got a puff, then drifted some more. Then we dropped the headsail and drifted faster, then got a puff and raised the headsail and sailed until we drifted, then dropped the headsail and started the motor. The End.

Race report from Eye Spy:

We understand the wind to be light and variable today so, not too concerned that Mark has not shown up. We have JK, Lisa. Nicol and I ready to tackle the high winds of the day.
We start well and are moving up behind Firsty to take the lead. The rest of the fleet is behind and a couple don’t appear to have crossed the start line. We stop and have to negotiate the moored boats in reverse. Blue beat drops anchor and immediately makes it obvious this is a good ploy as we drift well back from him. Eye Spy is sitting very close to a mooring so when a small breeze is detected we lift anchor and move away. 50 feet gained and 50 lost so the anchor was deployed yet again. Hobby tower called and asked if we want to abandon. We were quite happy where we were so asked for 15 mins or so. Another call 15 mins later and we conceded defeat and returned to keep Nigel company at the bar. Great afternoon, great weather, company and music but no wind.


Race report from Near & Farr

The day was not looking promising as we drove past the airbase and the wind socks were decidedly droopy...some might say flaccid!!

we motored out .... with the three of us... Duncan, Big Mike and I. Hmmm big tides and no wind. the start was delayed and then Eye spy made a call to start the race as apparently he could see wind...."maybe he should go to specsavers" ... as we had no wind and it took an age to cross the start line.

The other boats were not doing much better although firsty were ahead. (at that point they were going foward... it was later they started going backwards) Forwards, backwards we went... anchor down, anchor up. .......hey ho lovely day to be on the water.

Race reports for Night race to Kawau and also the other race that did have a winner!!!!! Friday 26th & Saturday 27th January 2018

posted Feb 11, 2018, 5:49 PM by Admin hycnz

Race Report from Arosa

The North Western Motorway, 4.30pm, Friday afternoon we started our "Night Race to Kawau". With a short cut and dash down the pontoon we traded the rat race for a boat race and made it to the start line with a few minutes to spare. Eye Spy and Firsty quickly opened up a gap. Blue Beat was still close enough that I could try (copy) a few things. We quickly found a mode that allowed us to maintain a similar speed. We were lucky as the wind curved around North Head, it allowed us to come up to port avoiding a large loss. After passing Rangitoto we decided to head East in search of more wind and Blue Beat disappeared West towards the coast. 5 hours later we were approaching the Tiri Channel in darkness, when I notice a navigation light to port. As he tacked along side us, I made out the shape to be Blue Beat. Literally side by side we sailed for the next hour. With the wind dying, the crew snoring below, me struggling to stay awake and with 6 Nm to go, I decided to admit defeat and motor into Coppermine Bay for a sleep. 

Big thank you to everyone for making us feel welcome and organising such a cool event. We would love to have the opportunity to come out again for a rematch.

Simon and Cherlin.

Race report from Eye Spy:


Start at 1800hrs they said………..a few hours and you will be there they said..

Our start at Taikata was pretty good and we were just behind “Firsty” . It wasn’t long before we edged ahead of him. This put smiles on my crew. The crew was Cristin and Mark. Its going to be a tight reach all the way to the finish so we tuck the kite away and have the Full main and No.1 headsail. We know its going to lighten off but we don’t know when.

We have a comfortable lead over “Blue Beat” and figure that if we sail on port tack towards Rakino we would be tacking back to Tiri channel as the tide changed. Good plan but Blue Beat had done a runner up the east coast bays. Once dark we lost sight of Gaza and now the question had to be asked……..who made the correct call?

Firsty notified us that he was withdrawing as the wind got very light before Tiri Channel. We persevered and got into a nice breeze on the last leg to Kawau. Mark went to bed at Tiri so Cristin and I “dug in” and showed our stubborn streak until finally I lost steerage half way down Motorekireki Island. We withdraw at 0210 and motored to Mansion house Bay. I guess the trophy stays in the cupboard till next year eh.

Great weekend had by all!

The Roval "race report"??!

Well after some heated debate about where the start line was, and some serious argy bargy in the pre-start, we were off!  But this was going to be a seriously hard-fought race, with all the vessels crossing the start line together there was some close jostling.  With Satisfaction 3 up, they were exercising some definitely dubious distraction techniques.... and were they breaching rule 42?  Roval had also decided to opt for the more subtle, underwater, rule 42 breach, only to have satisfaction collide with said propulsion, and cause a capsize.  Meanwhile, Blue Beat was powering off into the distance, followed closely by Crocodile.  Roval finally broke free of the start area in hot pursuit of near and farr... who were now far in the distance.  But roval showed her power, and, by the first mark was hot on the tail of Crocodile.  But Crocodile was not going to go down easily and was snapping hard at Roval during the mark rounding.  Luckily Dolphin joined the fray, and both roval and Dolphin managed to overtake crocodile.  But blue beat was a full half leg ahead... could they make it?  It wasn't looking good, but then Goldie (having still not escaped the start area) started to luff blue beat, would she managed to hold him off long enough?  Sadly no, Blue beats, superior speed and maneuverability paid off, and he slipped past to get a well-deserved win!!


HYC Wayward 1 - Sunday 14th January 2018

posted Jan 29, 2018, 6:19 PM by Admin hycnz

The first wayward of the series, saw the HYC boats congregate at Rocky bay on Saturday afternoon in preparation for the race on Sunday morning.

The race was a mark foy and those double handed were allowed to take advantage and start 6 minutes earlier than their calculated handicap as long as they used no extras!

The results:

1st Near & Farr
2nd Pretty Woman
3rd Young Entertainer
4th Cloud Ten
5th Roval
6th Satisfaction

Race report from Satisfaction

Satisfaction and Roval started together at Rocky Bay on 24 mins with Satisfaction just pipping Roval on the start line, both yachts revelling in the beam on Nor Easter.


A very evenly matched race with the lead swapping a few times, Satisfaction finally hoisting our Gennie and creaming past Rovel at Rangitoto.

As the breeze freshened to 17 knots at Devonport the maximum wind for the Gennie was reached and we depowered to the headsail.

Unfortunately we were  not able to control the drop and ended up with a major clustermuck, ….Roval seized the opportunity and once again regained the lead to the finish mark, well done Lisa and Trev…(we came, we tried and we failed)

A great sail home and a great weekend away as usual, thanks to HYC for organisation and racing fun, thanks also to my crew Humpalot and Zana, the food and RUM was delicious!


Race report from Near & Farr

Duncan and I decided to take full advantage of the double handed rule for the wayward race... well makes sense when there are only two of your and we had never planned to fly the spinnaker as we are still getting to know the old girl.

We started first.... not much wind and right up the bum.... off we pottered slowly and were able to watch the rest of the fleet slowly start..... hmmm it maybe might have been more fun to start with Cloud ten.

Looking back we wondered where Roval and Satisfaction were going heading North and correctly decided that they were messing with each other.

The wind came forward to a nice reach and we took off with a fast passage to Browns Island and managing to keep the same distance lead as we started with.  Rounding browns island the wind went astern again and we dropped down to 4.5knots but managed to pick up a bit more speed by poling out the No 1, until we got a sudden wind shift at North head with a rather tangled and quick pole drop.   We then shot up under the harbour bridge at 8.2 knots and we could see that Young entertainer and Pretty woman were starting to close in with their reaching speed.

We managed to hold our lead to line and watch Pretty woman and Young entertainer battle it out for second place.

Yay a first, first place for the Near & Farr... very happy and a great sail!  Bring on the next wayward... although I think our handicap may be changing slightly.   

ps Duncan's ears were very relieved that I did not sing/wail my song "allll by ourselveeeeeeees".... we were all by ourselves but this time at the front with the rest of the fleet behind us which makes a nice change!

Race report from Roval

Friday night saw Cloud 10, Young Entertainer, Roval and Arabesque heading out to Issy bay ... with the inevitable drunken revelry!!

After a nice slow start to the day, we headed on down to Rocky bay were we were joined by Satisfaction, Near and Farr, and Pretty Woman.

The right side of the bay looked favored, and plenty of space for everyone.....Unfortunately, there seemed to be a very large party of teenagers/young adults on shore have a very big party, and with a sound system to challenge Satisfactions... so the gauntlet was down, who could party harder?  The aged sailors, or the young kids?... and yes you have guessed it, we totally out partied them!

After the usual pre-racing debate about Handicaps, Roval's first mate decided to offer to start at the same time as Satisfaction... on the proviso that they went no extra's!!

So with a lovely North-easter, Roval was in her sweet spot... a bit of argy bargy on the Rocky Bay start line saw Satisfaction win the start... oh, but wait, maybe we should put the other sail out! (actually, this is not a bad way to handle Roval short handed as the headsail is huge, the winches are somewhat ancient, and close quarter tacking is not easy!)

With only a few boat lengths between us we were all working hard... but yes, much to Phil's dismay, the caravan overtook!!  He was working his crew hard, so Lisa decided the only sensible option was to pour the drinks, get out my book, and work on balance up the tan.... with the added bonus that this was distracting the other skipper😊.

After about an hour of Satisfaction trying everything (and failing) to get past, he decided to do away with the "no extra's" agreement and pulled out the Genica about Browns Island.  But this still wasn't going to be easy, he did eventually get past, but certainly wasn't pulling away, and when he dropped the kite around the tank farm, we smoked past doing a very healthy 9.4 knts.  

Young Entertainer and Pretty Woman had already passed us by this point and were doing a nice we battle up ahead, Cloud 10 was playing the angles, and Near and Farr were so farr out in front we couldn't see them

All the time we had been gaining nicely on Cloud 10, but was there enough race track to real her in?  Sadly not, but with all the boats finishing within site of each other, it was a great race, and thanks to my awesome first mate, Trev, for helming (not that I ever actually get a look in on the helming!!)

Race Report From Cloud Ten

Starting the wayward race home from Rocky bay was a real treat. We upped anchor with only enough time to hoist the main and then head straight to the line, remarkably we were right on time. Near and Farr started ahead of us and our sights were set on them. We held our own not gaining but not losing them either until we came round Browns Island and started running flat off. They then started to creep away. Looking behind us Satisfaction and Roval looked like they were heading to Rangitoto so clearly a tussle was happening which meant we were safe for now. Young Entertainer was tearing up behind us at a very fast pace though. They caught us at North head and although we had a slight gain being able to switch to reaching faster since we hadn’t poled out our headsail it didn’t save us for long and they took off again passing with ease not long afterwards. Pretty Woman appeared from nowhere caught us under the bridge and then burned us off like we were standing still! We definitely weren’t standing still though and this was the fastest sail ever for Cloud 10 hitting speeds we hadn’t done before in the few months we have owned her. We were very glad to see the finish line looming closer though as the enormous headsails and bow waves of Roval and Satisfaction were steadily catching us. We were very happy with our first race and it was a fantastic weekend, thank you to all the people who make these events a success.

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