Race Reports

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Golden Rivet Race 1 – Sunday 18th November 2018

posted Dec 3, 2018, 5:03 PM by Admin hycnz

Thank you  to all the boats who competed in the “Golden Rivet” at the  weekend. 

We may not have won but there is always “Golden Rivet # 2” on December 9th at 13.00 hours.

1st Taathra (CCYC)  
2nd Cracka (CCYC)
3rd Champosa (CCYC)
4th Magic Dragon (HYC)
5th Eye Spy (HYC)
6th Blue Beat (HYC)
7th Nimble (CCYC)
8th Near & Farr (HYC)
9th Satisfaction (CCYC)
10th Cloud Ten (HYC)
11th Marimanu (CCYC)
12th Wild Horses (CCYC)
13th Waterwitch (CCYC)

Points  (lowest score system)
CCYC 22 
HYC 33

Best starts for CCYC
1st Nimble / Taathra +0 seconds
2nd Waterwitch +11 seconds

Best starts for HYC
1st Eye Spy +1 second
2nd Magic Dragon + 15 seconds
3rd Blue Beat + 56 seconds

Fastest CCYC boat around the course

1st Champosa
2nd Taathra
3rd Nimble

Fastest HYC Boat around the course 
1st Magic Dragon
2nd Eye Spy
3rd Blue Beat

Race report from Eye Spy:

Been looking forward to this one…………..went and got a hull clean on Friday so no excuses eh.

We meet at Eye Spy at 1130ish and have Lisa, JK, Nicole, Yarn and I on board. We get to the start area with lots of time to spare and begin a few timed runs to the line. We have full main and the No.1 hoisted as the winds are predicted to get to around 8 knots. This should suit the 88s more than most. Our start is pretty good and we start with Nimble.  We are able to ride over the top of Nimble and begin the chase. There are many boats starting before us so, lets go get em…….

Just prior to Kauri point we hoist the spinnaker. It’s a bit of a learning curve for some but the hoist goes well and we continue to gain on the bunch in front. We have to jibe about at Chelsea and that goes pretty well all things considered. If we had a experienced crew we would have done another jibe before Bayswater mark but decided on dropping the kite first. Around Bayswater and begin the long leg up wind to Meola. We pick off 5 boats upwind. Loving the clean hull!

Around Chelsea and the kite goes up again. No issues and we settle in for……….oooops a wrap around the forestay. I know what to do so, Lisa swaps places with me and I grab the windward ribbon. A little bit of weight and the twist is out,,,,,,,phew! Our concern was our hard work and position would have eroded away.

The leg to Chelsea doesn’t take long as the wind has increased to about 15 knots at times. Just about to round Chelsea and I correct myself just in time. I was shaping up to do a starboard rounding. Port Trevor Port!!

We’ve done well and only have two in front of us. We do see the two big boats charging from behind. Don’t think there’s too much chance we can hold them off but we may be able to slow Champosa to give Magic Dragon a chance. We hold our course to prevent them from tacking. They are too fast and still manage to tack and clear our bow.

Across the finish line in 5th place………….2nd HYC boat home. Sadly not enough to retain the trophy but as it’s the best of three we still have an opportunity to redeem things.

Thanks to the Five HYC entries. You did great! Hopefully we can entice a few more entries next time.

Thanks and well done to CCYC on your team win. See you on the water where we will do battle again.

Cloud Tens race report

This was Cloud 10’s first Golden Rivet, we had been briefed on team strategy by Trev and had John and Spikes experience on-board so were ready to go. Our start was really good, only 17 seconds late. I actually only figured out on Monday why our great start didn’t get mentioned at prize giving……lets just say we were more than 17 seconds late.

We took off in blissful ignorance of my mistake and once around Kauri point the big kite was hoisted. Something was wrong but what, it wasn’t until we furled up the headsail we could see the problem. It was up sideways! It actually set for a second and was pulling us along but of course it had to be corrected. Scotty did the fastest packing job in history and the second time all went well.

We were lucky only to lose one place in the spinnaker incident and once away again we passed a couple of competitors. We knew we had to do well on the down-wind leg as up-wind is not Cloud 10’s strong point. We dropped the kite early to avoid any issues rounding the mark and we started the beat in a good position.

The beat was interesting and we did get over-taken as suspected, we had to dip Near and Farr and then they had to dip us. We were playing nicely being on the same team. I noticed that our headsail was a bit baggy on the forestay and thought someone might have accidently let the jammer go. It was fixed but then I watched it go out the jammer by itself…argh! Whilst sorting this out the GPS went for a skate from where it’s mounted, I made some comments about bloody racing and breaking things but luckily it had survived the fall.

Satisfaction had caught us and we were extremely close to each other rounding Kauri point, the big blue hull looming underneath us was quite unnerving. The crew were working hard and Satisfaction were making sure they kept a position which could push us away from the finish line. A great tussle to the end and we were just pipped at the post.

Not the overall result HYC wanted but a great day out on the water and the Hawaiian costumes back at the club added to the fun. Thank-you to the CCYC committee boat and the HYC house committee for the fantastic burgers.

Near & Farr’s Race report.

We decided to go double handed for this race, taking advantage of the three minute rule.

We ummmed and arghhhhed whether to take our new battoned number 2 off and put the number 1 on… and  finally decided to stick with the No 2…  hmmmmm!

Our start was not the best nor was it our worst……we furled the no 2 out on the start line and off we went (with Wild horses quite a way behind us… they had the same start time).  It became quite apparent that our strategy of using the no 2 was not our best decision as the first leg was a very very long leg (especially if you are poling the sail out with your boat hook).   There was not much we could do without a kite but we worked hard  to try to stay ahead of wild Horses 

Under the harbour bridge and it seemed to take an age to get to Bayswater … the longer it took the further we slipped behind.  We finally got to the mark nearly at the same time as Satisfaction and Wild horses and around the mark we went.   Now was our time to put our foot down on the accelerator … Our No2 could finally shine in all of her glory …. Pointing pointing and getting great height.  Right time to make up some places.

Down to Meola around the mark  … At the top mark we found ourselves wedge between Satisfaction and Champosa… rather alarming as Champosa somehow did not see us and were jostling with their own team ….. A loud shout from Duncan  “CHAMPOSA….!!! Look behind you we don’t have brakes” …phew that was close.

A short downwind leg to Chelsea (thank goodness).  Around Chelsea (not our best rounding someone was not fast enough on the winch.. and then the sheet came of the winch).  and then it was a drag race to the finish.   Duncan’s helming was exceptional …. We were gaining on the boats ahead of us and finally got ahead of Satisfaction and Cloud ten…. Arms burning … we crossed the finish line…. Yay.

Great day on the water…. Next time we need to get our kite up!  Anyone want to be our crew??

Thank you to Sharon and Corrina for the burgers, they were fantastic.  And thank you to all the other boats for a great race.


Coastal Classic 2018 Results and Race reports

posted Nov 4, 2018, 6:37 PM by Admin hycnz

Results from the Coastal Classic 2018 for the HYC boats

144 boats started the Coastal Classic on Friday, only 117 finished!  Well done to Firsty, Pretty woman and Nona who all finished the the race in very trying conditions and who all did really well in their divisions!!!

When they have had a chance to recover hopefully they will share their race reports with us all to read!!  And maybe some photos too!!!

Pretty woman
came 55th on line overall
15th on line in her division out of 29 entries (28 finishers)
17th in PHRF in Div 2

came 70th on line overall
8th on line in Div 3 out of 24 entries ( 21 finishers)
9th in PHRF Div 3

came 102 online overall
11th on line in Div 5 out of 29 entries (19 finishers)
10th on PRHF in Div 5

Firsty's race report for the Coastal Classic 2018

Craig, Tim, Darcy, Blair and Kelvin on board for the 2018 Coastal, looking light and forward of the beam. Starting with the No1 light, and full main, it looked like we were in for a good start, but got forced over just on the gun. That’s not a good thing in the Coastal as there is a penalty even if you return. With all the starboard tackers, it was hard to find a slot to get back without infringing further. Anyhow, we made it back and started the early beat out the harbour. Made up a few places on the wind favouring the right side of the course by Rangi light in about 12 knots breeze. Tacked on to starboard about ½ way to Tiri to take another dig out in a short sharp sea. Falling off one wave with a ripping sound the power went out of the boat with the No 1 light split into 2 pieces. Without a moment’s hesitation it was on the deck with the No2 up in its place.

Holding to the right of the channel as we went through Tiri we were able to lay through to the Eastern side of Kawau, then a slight ease sheets to Takatu. Thinking that this was the trend we hoisted the Jib Top Reacher for all of 10 minutes, before changing back to the No 2 headsail.

Just managed to lay through Cape Rodney, then we were able to ease sheets a touch to Sail Rock. Picked up a few places here, then in for the long haul through to Cape Brett which we rounded at about 3AM.

Managed a shy Gennaker ride to Red Head, then a Masthead kite toward Tapeka Point. With the wind peaking at 2 knots, we picked up a south easterly breeze with a lay through to the finish into a sea fog. Just when you think you can relax, the wind veers to a Southerly so it’s a final beat in to the finish.

Finished off Russel wharf at 7:30 AM, 6th on line in div 3, but relegated 2 places for start infringement.

Pretty Woman Coastal Classic  Report

Well that was a long day! Our start wasn’t the best, late and wrong end of the line. Breeze was 8-12 from the East. There were a few other 35 footers in our division which was to make for a great race. Seeing the other 1050s well ahead from the outset we made the decision to tack up the East Coast Bays and across Whangaparoa to Tiri in the hope of staying out of the tide. First 1050 into Tiri was Gale Force who went straight up the middle of the Rangi Channel, from there all we would see was their stern. Ken and Sam sailed a brilliant race beating us by 50 minutes most of which was gained near the end of the race at Tapeka Point. 

From Tiri it was a lay all the way to Takepa. In short, on the wind to somewhere near Rodney, crack sheets to Sail Rock, up with the Jib Top that turned out to be the wrong decision as we gave Gale Force about a .2kn advantage for a few hours. Upon darkness we went back to the Genoa with the breeze softening and more going more north to carry us through to Cape Brett. Boy did things get interesting from here. We caught Obi-Wan, a Bakewell White 38 when they fell into a big hole at Brett, we snuck under them and carried enough speed to get through and pop the A3, boat speed at this time was about 7kn, in not much TWS more than that, direction was N. We were off on the rhumb line for the finish. Around Urupukapuka, sail change to S1.5 (big mistake) and pointing for Tapeka point boat speed dropped to 5.5kn, thinking it was nearly rum time. Navigation lights seemed to be coming from all directions and we weren’t able to make out who was who, we heard a bit of commotion on other boats. A quick check of the Nowcasting let us know of the upcoming wind shift in the bay, a big 2 kn now coming from the South. A quick sail change, Genoa up, kite down and we were deep under Tapeka and needing to get around and upwind to the finish. From the tracker we saw Gale Force on the West of Tapeka, and making straight for the finish line, lucky buggers, it would be another 50 mins for us before we could have our rum! The upwind slog unfortunately saw Obi Wan and Valium (Vickers 1060) pip us at the line, our finish time was about 5.30am

We held off a few other bigger boats for a mid fleet finish in our division, and the unofficial title of second Elliott 1050 in our class :).

This was Ruth and my first coastal, Thanks to our regular crew of Chris and Jason, together with the Hooters (GBE 8.5) crew Ellen, Arran and Carey. I’m sure we will be back next year for another crack, hopefully with a kinder breeze, maybe the elusive SE that never comes in. It was great to see the sun come up while in post match mode and seeing the Craig and the Firsty crew at prize giving.
The delivery was an uneventful motor home and glassy water conditions.

There was even talk of running in the club division next year.. Firsty, Pretty Woman and one more needed..


The Crew of Pretty Woman enjoying post race drinks!

Race report from Nona!!!

As far as an upwind coastal went it wasn't bad. After a gun start right at the boat in the middle of the line which set us of on a good start. 

We elected to short tack up the Rangitoto side of the channel with a choppy few tacks across to Tiri then it was a lay through on Starboard from there laying to Flat rock, which turned into a lay to Cape Rodney and it was all pretty pleasant with the water flattening out and solid 8 / 10 knots of boat speed. Only having 4 crew on-board meant that the other Young 88's stretched out on us abit.

 Approaching sail rock the wind lightened and we decided to take the opportunity to lay through outside both the Hen and Chickens, this allowed us to catch up a bit of the distance on the leading Y88's and other Div5 boats. With the breeze lightening throughout the early morning meant the 0630 am rounding of Cape Brett and the even further lightening breeze. We were all working hard and kept the boat moving throughout the morning with the breeze getting down to 0.5knots for a fair bit! Switching between the kite and jib throughout the morning to make most of the little breeze.

Finally crossing the finish line about 1pm it was straight to grab a vacant spot at the wharf and into the rums! Overall a very fun and enjoyable race with its challenges. The first time Chris and myself had done the race on our own boat after being on some of the bigger 50's more previous races and looking to give it another crack next year! Return trip back home in the glass out was good for the sore head motoring the whole way back to Hobsonville!

10th Line Div 5

9th Div 5 PHRF

Closing day - sunday 30th September 2018

posted Oct 25, 2018, 12:54 PM by Admin hycnz

Six boats raced on closing day....... however only three finished... it was a tricky day on the water for everyone.

Results (not confirmed)
1st Firsty
2nd Escape
3rd Blue Beat
DNF Near & Farrr
DNF waterwitch
DNF Cloud Ten

**more race reports coming soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!***

Escape Race Report 

Last race of the winter series and not a breath of wind as we arrive at the boat. Today’s crew is Georgina, Pete and Tim, the same as the last race and all the races before that. It feels like putting on a favourite t-shirt, comfortable and relaxed. 

Start is at Hobby and it’s like a long time since we have been up there. The wind is slowly picking up as we motor to the start and we opt for the new no.2 Genoa rather than the no.1 which might not last the race! Wind will be from behind at the start and after a brief discussion about  kite or gennaker, we settle for a kite. We are windward end of the line and first or second to cross  and in the lead. I’m feeling pretty cocky. Two hundred metres later the kite has collapsed, Firsty has passed us to leeward and Waterwitch to windward and the crew are wondering out loud how I turned their perfect start into a pile of ...... . Hero to zero in 200 m. I love yachting.

The wind eventually comes back but is up and down for the whole leg to Kauri Point. We manage to claw back to second behind Firsty and even get a bit of space behind but the northerly has become a westerly and in the space of 150m Kauri Point serves up first a southerly then  an easterly.

We manage the change from kite to hard on pretty well and I’m feeling pretty good on the beat to Meola and then on to Chelsea. Craig in front is showing us  the shifts so we make Meola without losing too much. We try a spinnaker hoist without a pole and it’s not the best call but we get it under control with no damage done.  Halfway up the leg it’s gybe time and short handed it’s a bit tricky. I don’t help the cause by forgetting the thing in my hands is a wheel not a tiller and thereby rounding the boat up big time.  By the time I have the boat pointed the right way my long suffering crew have the kite working and the rest of the leg passes smoothly.

A good drop and mark rounding and we’re back on the wind again.  The shifts are brutal and both Firsty and ourselves  get crash tacked before finally making it to Chelsea safely. Spinnaker up with the pole this time and the long haul home against the tide begins. We stay as wide as we can and as we come back up to Meola Post we are still in touch with Firsty and have a comfortable gap back to Blue Beat and Near & Farr. 

Kauri Point is literally the turning point for the race. Firsty has stalled as the wind changes back to a westerly and is racing to get their kite down. We take the risk on cutting the corner and it’s looking promising for a couple of minutes but we get the kite down seconds too early and don’t quite bridge the gap to the new breeze. It’s only metres but the tide is running against us and the GPS has us down to 0.2 knots for what seems an age. Firsty is clear and heeling to the new breeze as she shows us a clean pair of heels. The GPS speed slowly starts to rise. 0.3, 0.4, 0.6 as we crawl past Kauri Point and then we too are away.

Looking back it’s all bad news for the boats behind  and they are still not around as  we pass Island Bay and then on through the moored boats. Firsty finishes well ahead and gives us a wave as they head home. Before long we are breathing a sigh of relief as the tower gives us a horn  crossing the line and we too head for home. 

The sail back to Taikata is warm and sunny and hopefully a sign of a great summer to come. All too soon we are back at the berth tied up and tidy and the winter series is over. We’ve had a bit of drama and a lot of fun and we’re slowly learning how to get the best from Escape. Roll on next winter just not before we have some summer fun.

Cheers Trevor

Cloud 10 Race Report

Well we started the race with a hiss and a roar in a good position and with good speed and were feeling confident that this was going to be a great day for Cloud 10. That was despite not having the HYC courses and having to ask where we were going before the start.

On the first leg down the harbour our newly painted bottom and polished hull looked to be working. As the kites started popping out we decided we’d have to follow suit in the light airs or be left behind. Our big kite really helped and we were keeping up and challenging Blue Beat and Waterwitch. That was short lived though and just before Kauri Point all the kites had to come down and we found ourselves in an awkward position sandwiched between Blue Beat and Waterwitch. We got out of that unscathed and then had to tack to Meola.

We came into the mark on starboard in a great position to mess with Blue Beat coming in on port. The breeze had increased and we were moving. Blue Beat kept coming and things were going to get close. Scotty said, “They’re coming in hot”, and started shouting starboard at the top of his lungs. They managed to get around the mark and tack underneath us, there wasn’t much water between the two boats by this stage.

More upwind work saw Near and Farr catch up and pass us, we struggled to point as high as Blue Beat so they slowly started to get away on us too. Our cruising rig set up and small headsail means this is not going to be Cloud 10s point of sail and won’t change without a considerable outlay of money for a new sail. This is not happening anytime soon so we will have to live with it.

The fleet weren’t out of our reach though and we were hoping for a long downwind leg home with our big kite up, if we went fast enough we might even be closer than normal to Firsty and Escape. Scotty was up on the foredeck doing the spinnaker work with John instructing, he was doing really well and the light airs meant that the learning mistakes were easily undone.

Our plan was working on the downwind leg and we caught Near and Farr and were looking at possibly passing them and it happened, the wind just disappeared! Our new wind instrument showed the direction going around in circles every few minutes. We had to get the kite down and mucked around a bit which meant our forward momentum stopped before the others and we couldn’t get going again.

Blue Beat and Near and Farr looked like they were going to make the finish as they finally got some wind ahead of us and made it around Kauri Point. We didn’t get that wind and were having a backwards race with Waterwitch, the crew were being really positive and pointed out that we were thankfully losing that race. We nearly got around Kauri Point but then stopped again, that was enough for us. Once we saw Near and Farr pack it in ahead of us the call was made to head home too. So sadly another DNF for Cloud 10.

It was a beautiful day to be out on the water and an excellent training session for Scotty whose sailing ability has gone from zero to hero in 12 months. Thank you John for being a great teacher and putting up with the squabbles between Scotty and I. Thanks for the team who manned the tower and Bruce for cooking the sausages to feed the hungry sailors.

HYC winter Series race 10, Sunday 16h September 2018

posted Sep 30, 2018, 7:40 PM by Admin hycnz

The Results

1st Waterwitch
2nd Escape
3rd Blue Beat* (*double handed)
4th Firsty
5th Eye Spy

Best start:  
Firsty +4 seconds
Blue Beat + 10 seconds
Escape +12 seconds

Fastest around the course

Eye Spy

Race Report from Eye Spy - by Lisa 

Well the Skipper had some lame excuse that he had to work, and the first mate was off working on his own boat... so this left Lisa to organise the A+ team of Nicol, JK, Greg Jones, Stuart and McKenzie Wills... but with a 14 minute handicap we were going to have our work cut out for us!  And then, to add insult to injury, Blue beat was starting on 6 minutes.  

The team turned up nice and promptly so we were off the mooring and heading for the start line by 12noon in a nice 12 to 15 knts, and beautiful sunshine.  We hanked on the No 1, hoisted the main and had a lovely sail out from the Hobsonville Club.  But as 1pm approached, the gusts started getting somewhat bigger, and we were getting rather overpowered even with just the main up, so we decided to do a quick pre-start sail change down to the No. 2.  

Champing at the bit to get underway we watched as the vast majority of the fleet sailed off into the distance... but finally the 14-minute call went and we were off!  OK, not the best start in the world... my excuse is its probably only the 2nd start I have ever helmed eye spy!

With a tight reach round to Rona we quickly overtook Nimble who had started with us and were gaining nicely on the rest of the fleet.  As the wind started to swing, a lot of the boats were getting knocked, but with some wicked main management from Greg, we managed to gain height and make it though to Rona on one tack.  The reach back to Meola did see us a little underpowered with the No 2, but it was too tight for a kite, and a sail change would have cost us more time.  Heading back to Rona we were neck and neck with Nimble and Origin, but to leeward.  We were trying for all the height we could but were not quite going to make Rona, so we sacrificed a bit of height for speed and got clear ahead of Origin and Nimble to complete a tack onto starboard.  Tacking back just above them, they both got through and we followed them into the mark rounding... but, miracle of miracles, a gap opened up and we were able to do a tight rounding, and, thanks to some awesome crew work, managed to come out above and ahead of both of them... great work guys!

Approaching Kauri point around for the final leg to the finish we had Firsty charging down on us, and could see a few boats getting caught in the dreaded Kauri Point hole.  So we kept wide and were gaining on some of them.  But, inevitably, they sailed out of the hole before we got there, so we ended up last over the line for the Hobby Boats.  But it was a lovely sail, and thanks to the crew :-) 

HYC winter series - Sunday 12th August 2018

posted Sep 2, 2018, 8:06 PM by Admin hycnz

Race # 7:

1st – Blue Beat

2nd – Eye Spy

3rd – Escape

4th – Waterwitch

5th – Cloud 10

Race report from Escape

(Apologies to the Beatles Day in the Life)

I sailed the boat today, oh buoy

A tiki tour round Auckland’s harbour marks

And though the wind was rather sad

Well, we just had to laugh

Will took a photograph

We ghosted round the Rough Rock mark

We thought we’d be there till the tide had changed 

The boats behind us all came past

They watched us drift away

 We weren’t really sure if we could even make it back

We raced the boat today oh buoy

 ‘‘Twas nothing like the race the week before

The leading boat just sailed away

One good puff was all it took

All we could do was look

I’d love to make the mark

Woke up got out of bed

Forgot the kite was in the shed

Fell down the stairs and had some toast

Looked up and saw there was no wind

Found my keys and grabbed my hat

Was at the boat in seconds flat

Made my way inside  and saw no kite

Everybody spoke and I went into flap

I sailed the boat today oh buoy

We found More holes than Blackburn, Lancashire

And though the wind was hard to find

We just had tough it out

Now we know just how to drive the whole crew nuts

I’d love to make the mark

Cloud 10’s race report 


Motoring out from the marina things were looking pretty glassy, not much wind around at all. The call was made by CCYC to move the start around the corner to Meola to search for wind which sounded like a good idea. It was always going to be tricky especially with the tide running very strongly there. We were allowed to keep our motors on to try and combat the tide but as soon as we turned ours off we started being swept towards the line very fast. We were a little unlucky, if we’d had 30 seconds more it would have been a great start but alas we were over and had to go back. As we were making our way back we watched some minor chaos unfold on the line and steered clear. Some boats had put anchors down but then the others who hadn’t drifted into them.


By the time we got going we were well behind but had caught up by the bridge and had some good duels and a few starboard calls going against us forcing extra tacks. Nimble caught up the fleet too after starting well after us, it looked like they couldn’t get their anchor up and remained stuck on the start line for a long time. Eye Spy and Escape were a speck in the distance never to be seen again for the rest of the race.


As we reached North Head we could see Blue Beat and Waterwitch sitting going no-where in close. We thought we had given North Head plenty of space and wouldn’t get caught but no we got stuck in a back eddy too just ahead of them. Two CCYC boats followed us into the hole and we all just sat there for what seemed like forever. Blue Beat found some wind and got away so we followed their path once we finally got moving. Again things didn’t go our way, what worked for Blue Beat didn’t work for us, the wind changed direction and the boats that had stayed in the hole longer eventually got some wind at a much better angle. The extra distance sailed cost us dearly and we ended up last at Rough Rock mark.


We put the kite up after rounding the mark in a desperate attempt to catch up but it didn’t really seem to be helping. Watching ahead we saw a few boats having trouble getting around the Northern Leading mark with their kites up and Bill missed it altogether. So I made the call to drop ours and we successfully rounded passing Bill in the process.


About this point Scotty asked for the steering stick as he wanted a go. I thought why the hell not he can’t do any worse than I had up to this point. He was concentrating hard and Spike and I were being back seat drivers giving instructions. Bill was determined to catch us and was putting every sail in his wardrobe up, he has a lot and we were slightly jealous.


It was a two horse race between Bill and Cloud 10 for last place all the way up the harbour. The wind started to die out and there was shear panic from the crew as the beer had run out. Bill did catch us by Kauri point with their big Gennaker up, we have nothing to respond to that with our only headsail slightly bigger than a number 2. Luckily it came around more on the nose and stayed constant to the finish line so we managed to drag them off to finish just ahead. A very long (6 hr) frustrating race but a beautiful sunny winter’s day to be out on the water.


Race report from Eye Spy:


I was expecting about 9-10 knts from the East and got from nothing to about 8 knts from all over.

JK and I on board today and we got to Taikata start line only to find it had shifted to Meola. Good call as there was no wind at Taikata.

Every one had motors going till the last moment to avoid jumping the start with the outgoing tide. Someone anchored in the start-line and got clobbered by Crewcial fix. Not a good thing to see.

We sat facing away from the line against the tide for what seemed like a lifetime. Neither of us had a watch so the start would have to be a guess. We hit the line well and started just after Champosa. We traded places with Champosa many times down towards North-head and pulled away from the main fleet. Escape came with us and we both got stuck in a hole just after Rough Rock. I had the wrong mark in sight for the next rounding so lost a lot of time getting back on track. Many of the fleet were now ahead and we picked off a few as we went back up the harbour under kite. The HYC boats had all gone past.

We finished just ahead of Nimble after about 5 ½ hours. Long day on the water resulting in a splitting headache. Early night for me!

Would have been easier with another set of hands. We missed Lisa and Mark our kite gurus.


HYC winter series race 6 - Sunday 29th July 2018 (harbour race)

posted Aug 20, 2018, 2:46 PM by Admin hycnz

1st – Escape

2nd – Eye Spy

3rd – Waterwitch

Best start – Eye Spy

Fastest boat - Escape


Race report from Escape!!!

Sunday morning and the gallant crew of Escape, Pete, Gina, Will and I head out for the 10 o’clock start with a few comments about the early hour being tossed about. Consensus is that none of us knew that Sunday had an 8 am let alone been up at that time and promises to be awake by the start time seem both bold and unrealistic. 

Forecast is for a westerly of 15 knots getting up to 25 gusting 35 and an outgoing tide so a early start is probably a good thing! There’s a good fleet out although only 3 from Hobby and the start line is hotly contested. 

We get away in about 4th, well up towards the favoured boat end and with clear air.  It’s a tightish reach so Champosa’s attempt at a kite below us seems a bit bold. They get it halfway up, it tangles so they give it away and that is the last we see of it for the rest of the race. Ours is on the deck ready to go but it’s staying there till we get to Kauri Point and can free off. We’re passing the boats to windward, including Eye Spy who have not got a kite on deck so must be feeling half  asleep like we were earlier. Trevor always goes hard.

Soon enough we are at the point and up goes the kite. We learnt our lesson about not using a Gennaker downwind last week so despite being a bit short handed and the certainty of several gybes being required our very blue and little used extra gets an airing. Up ahead Champosa  has resorted to gullwinging her Genoa, no kite in sight and I m sorry we’re not close enough to give them a bit of “encouragement “. Just behind Eye Spy has also opted for no kite  but there are plenty up in the rest of the fleet and there is enough wind to make it a bit interesting.

Off Chelsea we’re well over the mud and memories of a couple of boats hitting there last week are still fresh so the depth sounder is getting a good watching. We’re up into 3rd behind Champosa and Crucial Fix but no one is far away and Eye Spy haven’t suffered too much for a lack of spinnaker. First gybe goes ok and we follow the leaders through the bridge. Wind speed is steady on about 15 knots and there’s not much traffic ahead.

Gybe 2 is bit more dramatic than the first, with Pete taking a run across the boat rather than let go the pole which he worries might hit him in the head if left alone. He stops when he hits the life lines on the leeward side like a jet  being “trapped” on an aircraft carrier. He wrestles the pole back onto the mast and grabs a quick breath.

If our gybe is a bit tense then Hot Lips soon puts us to shame with a spectacular broach that looks like they are going in for a beach picnic at Stanley Point. Let’s not do that!  Crucial Fix are also having fun with the kite but they’re only 3 up so no surprise there. By now we’re past the container wharf and it’s  time for one last gybe and the team are ready. It’s both our best and worst. Gina and Will have the choreography  in the cockpit down pat and the difficulty of managing 3 sheets between 2 of them when all need attention at the same time is made to look simple.  All I can do is keep the boat steady and watch as Gina  times the mainsail change over to perfection despite the wind hitting 20 knots and Will keeps the kite full. But on the bow Pete is feeling the extra  puff in  the sail and the pole won’t cooperate and when he finally wrestles it on to the mast it’s let go at the guy end. Cue a little help from his friends and we’re away. Not perfect but not bad either. No tangles, no loss of pace or place and everyone in one piece.  Round North Head and heading for Rough Rock the wind has come onto the beam and it’s time for the spinnaker to come down.  That’s done no fuss and suddenly it feels like the fun bits over. A beat home against 25 knots and an outgoing tide are ahead of us but first we round Rough Rock close to Crucial Fix  and with Champosa already stretching their lead, our fight will be for second ( we hope).. Not for the last time we choose a slightly  better line  than Crucial and at Northern Leading we make the turn for home ahead but there’s nothing in it.

The rest of the race? Thats a story for another time. My thanks to Gina, Pete and Will for turning up early and hanging in till the end.


Race report from Eye Spy:

The forecast is for 15-20 knot Westerlies and we have 5 knots at best when we head out to the mooring. The crew today is Lisa, JK and Ben. Ben is new to sailing but keen to learn. We were two crew short so we gave him a call. He had left his number on the club notice board. I encourage all others to do the same if they would like the “Sparkling Upper Waitemata” experience.

We left a couple of things at the club so we got to the BeachHaven cardinal marks and decided we had to return for JK and my smokes. This reduced our time to get to the start line so we gave the engine quite a workout.

Our start went well but we still had two boats ahead and to windward which gave us dirty air and we consequently lacked the power to break free. It was not till we rounded Kauri till we had clear air. Kites were going up all round us but we aired on the side of caution as we were short handed, and elected to Gull-wing. We didn’t lose too much time heading down the harbour and were entertained by various issues on other boats. Most with kites were ahead at Rough rock but not by far. We had two boats behind us, the rest ahead. A broad reach across to Northern Leading gave us an opportunity the change the No.1 headsail to the No.2 for the up-wind slog up the harbour. The tide will also be against us. Lets see how many we can pass prior to finishing. Unfortunately we got held up at the harbour bridge by another fleet start and we were only able to pass three before finishing. Fifth on the water and second on corrected time at HYC. Many thanks to my crew once again and to CCYC race coordinators.

On corrected time: 6 mins between 1st and 2nd and the same between 2nd and 3rd. Well done all, lets try and get a few more boats out next time.

HYC winter series race 5 - sunday 22nd July 2018

posted Jul 31, 2018, 7:51 PM by Admin hycnz

The results.....

1st Firsty
2nd Pretty Woman
3rd Eye Spy
4th Escape
5th Cloud 10

It was a lovely day on the water, apart from the squall which caused issues not just for Cloud 10, but also a number of the CCYC boats.

However we all know that "a bad a day on the water is far better than a good day in the office"!!!!!

Pretty Woman Race Report

We only 4 hardy souls onboard for today’s race, the promise of sun a gentle 15kn breeze obviously wasn’t that appealing to most of the crew. Starting on -26  gave us the opportunity watch how the front runners were getting down the track before needing to gybe. A nice dark front looked to be approaching from the west we took the safe option of a reaching start with a headsail and pop a chute when around Kauri which proved to be the right choice as we saw a good 25kn TWS when the squall came through. Around Kauri we went with the new A2 Big Red as it would be easier to handle with 4 crew. We had a good run down to Baywater and up with the J3 had us on the wind and passing a couple of CYC boats before the bridge. Champosa  looked to have something flapping on the forestay behind us and possibly went bareheaded for a time. The beat up to Meola was challenging with many big knocks some +20deg we were happy to get to the mark where it was a bit congested with 2 CYC boats there at the same time. Around we went and it was up with the kite once more and down to Chelsea. A tight rounding at Chelsea had us sneak above Satisfaction. Escape, Eye Spy and Firsty now ahead, the final chase was on.  Near the Whau channel we had rights on Escape and slid past. The final tack for the finish had Firsty and Eye Spy a long way in front, not much chance of catching them.  A few lengths from the line we were planning on sailing over Eye Spy, Trev took us up, on his hip ,the big ease and under had us over the line in second place.  Thanks for a fun day out all.

Cloud 10's Race report

 With Bronny just home from the UK she had decided to sit on the bench again for this race.

Not paying any attention to the weather report I opted for the “wait for the txt” method, which gladly never came.

So the crew consisted of John “been there done that”, Spike “the sails got a clean”, Dave “my knee can’t take any more of this” & Scott “thank god Bronny’s not here”.

We headed to the line, hoisted the main and where quite happy ( at this stage ) with course and wind direction.

With a 7 minute Handicap we got to the line about 20 seconds after the hooter.  Rounding Kauri Point we hoisted the Spinnaker heading for Bayswater, easy as mate.

In front we could see Bill + Wild Horses & Satisfaction and we seemed to have a good amount of breeze, maybe 10 to 15 knots.

To our starboard there was a Y88 sailing singlehanded, we had started on the same time and we were moving away from him under kite.

At this point it was mentioned that there may be a shower coming so I went below to find a jacket, I am thinking it was about here where things got real.

This is only the second time we had the kite up and the downhaul was a test rig that I may have forgotten to give the correct respect and attention too, my bad.

So the rain hits us and the wind speed jumps up to maybe 20knots, the end result being that the downhaul let go.

I went forward to try and retrieve the situation but we were committed to an epic broach.  

I can’t comment for the crew but I was close to going in the drink, everyman for himself, we had the pole up the mast, sheets + kite flapping around above the mast. 

Not sure what boats passed us but I think we gave them a good show.

We had righted at this stage and Spike brought us slightly up into the wind so we could retrieve our pole + kite & sheets, we turned down and carried on without the kite.

The boys looked amused and I am gutted now that I never re-rigged the downhaul to give her another go.  It is mentioned I had a beer at this point.

Everything else was very uneventful, nice breeze back up the harbour, we caught Bill before Kauri Point and were not far from Wild Horses at the finishing line.

We are after a wind speed indicator for sure now as the old one that never worked is now dangling off the mast.

Great day out.
Race report from Eye Spy:
Eye Spy has a full crew of 5………. JK, Lisa, Mark, Nicol and me the skipper.

We note it is course # 8 which is Bayswater, Meola, Chelsea and home . Eye Spy starts on 12 minutes and this means not many start after us. Those that do start after us are mostly HYC boats. Our start was pretty good and it wasn’t long before we get amongst the “traffic”. The wind is building and I do question my decision to hoist the kite. We get around Kauri point and go for a jibe. Mark reaches for the wrong sheet and we nearly get a wrap around the forestay. Escape is doing the angles and clocking some good speeds. I see a shower approaching and wonder if there is any extra wind with it. We hang in there as true wind speed increases to around 25knts. In front of us is Cloud 10 but we are slowly catching them……….OK that’s an interesting way to fly a kite! We scoot past as they try to retrieve their now large flag at the top of the mast. We hold the kite till just prior to Bayswater and manage to hold of Firsty till then. Upwind with the No.1 headsail mmmmmmmm maybe a little too much rag? As long as the wind doesn’t increase we should be OK. Tacking up to Meola the crew were doing great. Clean fast tacks saw us edge ahead and we see the Pretty Woman on the charge. Around Meola and we decide to gull wing instead of re-hoisting the kite. Firsty gets a kite wrap and we get alongside. Once they get it clear they surge ahead of us but we are not losing much ground to them.

We round Chelsea to port with Firsty not far in front of us. Tacking back to the finish and we were in second place but could we hold off Pretty Woman? They try to sail over the top of us approaching the line. Trev’s not having a bar of that! However they quickly ease off and pass beneath us to take second place…………..nice work.
Eye Spy is still on the podium and have enjoyed a jolly good race. Thanks to my crew once again………a clean, fast race. 

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

HYC winter series race 3 - Sunday 24th June 2018

posted Jul 16, 2018, 7:31 PM by Admin hycnz

The results:

1st - Firsty

2nd - Eye Spy

3rd - Escape

4th - Blue Beat

5th - Waterwitch

6th - Cloud 10

Race report from Escape

After 6 weeks on the hard, I was itching to sail despite the need to head for the boat while it was still dark and cold.  I had obviously got soft over the summer! I was soon joined by Pete and Gina but no sign of Will.

A bit of last minute preparation and we were away, without Will. Tide waits for no man and we literally hit as we left the berth and there was still an hour of tide to go.  We eventually collected Him from C pier and headed for the start line. 

No bottle of wine for the start but we had clear air and with the gennaker up and a wide line around Kauri Point the boats ahead became the boats behind until only Champosa iwas ahead. Gennaker down  as the wind came on the nose and we were comfortably in second. 

Nek minit Champosa was on the mud and we were in the lead! Nice feeling but short lived as Firsty  soon came past.   The rest of the chasers  were still struggling to get good breeze and Champosa now clear of the mud had plenty of work still do.

The wind she is a fickle mistress, and the Harbour Bridge  to North Head was a series of gusts and lulls widening then narrowing the gap to Firsty in front and the rest behind. Despite the occasional gust bringing us closer to Firsty she slowly but surely pulled away while Champosa got ever closer and just before Rough Rock she passed us to windward . Two mudbanks in one day clearly too much to ask for. 

Another gennaker leg from Rough Rock to Northern Leading but I never get bored with them. The boat just cruises along and by now the team had the hoist down pat,  Round the mark , reset the gennaker while watching the two in front struggle to hold their kites. Wind direction was good for us and we’re mentally opening a beer at the end of the race when  tight in front of us we witnessed the opening of the Resolution buoy hole which sucks in all wind, all progress and

if you’re in it long enough the will to live. Firsty aced it and headed for the horizon leaving Champosa and ourselves to sail in small circles while we watched the boats behind slowly catching up. 

But good things come (eventually) to those that wait and finally with the fleet nipping at our heels the wind filled in from the North West and we were homeward bound. A beat but a pleasant one with just enough breeze that our no.2 Genoa was working well and we managed to put a bit of space on the following boats to be comfortably alone at the finish line.

A welcome return to the water and winter racing. Here’s hoping the next race is as good.

Race report from Firsty

Race day started with having to tow Champosa out to the race course. I think it was a ploy so that we didn't have too much pre start time.

Anyhow we were off to a good start in the light winds around the start area and thinking that the wind would head us at Kauri point we opted to stay with headsail. Champosa were off, and as Escape was charging outside us with a Gennaker, we decided on hoisting the No 2 kite to get us around. Soon enough we had to drop though, and back to headsail, and began to chase down Escape. No problem catching Champosa as they were aground on the mud.

Managed to get past Escape as we hoisted the kite again at the bridge and we found ourselves in the lead. I'm sure it wont be too long before Champosa overhauls us again. We held the kite all the way to North Head where we dropped and found we were on the lay line to Rough Rock race mark. Around Rough Rock we hoisted the mast head kite but it was a bit more shy than anticipated. A gybe at Northern Leading and it was a tight reach back only just able to make Bean Rock, and well down on course for Resolution, so Headsail up and Kite down. Still a tight reach and quite a way to go to get to Resolution, so the call was made to hoist the Gennaker, then as we approach the mark we are headed so it's up with the head sail again, and the wind drops for a quiet ghost into the mark, then tack and get out into the tide.

Unfortunately for Champosa and Escape the wind dropped completely at Resolution and they are left sitting as we power away at 5 knots.

With a beat all the way home however, Champosa is looming behind getting bigger and bigger, but we just manage to hold her off and finish 3 1/2 minutes ahead of Chanposa and 17 minutes ahead of Escape to get line and handicap honours.

Thanks to the team of Tim, Darcy, Tod, Lou and Dave for a good day on the water.

Cheers Craig - Firsty.

Race report from Eye Spy:

A long race……..we have been looking forward to this one! Hang-over anyone? The morning after prize-giving mmmmmmmmmm.

The wind is light but predicted to reach about 15knts so we opt for the No.1 headsail. I haven’t even thought bout the kite as we muscle our way through the fleet and settle into the reach towards the bridge. The lead boats are hoisting kites! I didn’t think that would be an option on this leg. The kite is prepared and the crew of Lisa, JK, Mark and Nicole hoist as we approach the harbour bridge. We manage to hold the kite till North Head and  the No.1 is drawing well for the upwind leg to Rough Rock. One small tack and we are around. The first four boats seem to have a large lead over the rest of the fleet. We see two of the three lead boats stop at resolution Buoy…….out of wind! Firsty gets away and extends the gap.

Eye Spy also is becalmed and we are horrified to see our advantage close down. We do get through the light spot and head after Escape. We do make up some ground but is it enough on handi-cap? Well well…….yes it is!   We have Firsty in 1st, Eye Spy 2nd and Escape 3rd.

Great race!!

Thanks to CCYC for allowing HYC to combine to make for the great fleet.

Race report from Cloud Ten

Ok, the day didn’t start to good. 

Our Captain sat on the bench for this one, so I packed up nice and early to meet Spike and Hooks at the boat.

Kettle on, nibbles + a couple of brews in the fridge.

Silently frustrated as I couldn’t get the motor running, a couple of F words and some consultation with Hooks.

We worked out the crank battery might be a little down on charge, motor sorted we dropped lines and headed to the start.

Good to see 16 boats turnout and a course to head us out to the Rangi Channel, Mechanics Bay & home.

We had a slow trip down the harbour to Northhead, had great breeze back to Mechanics Bay, Wild Horses + Satisfaction close to us at this stage.

A few boats behind us and the rest well on the way up the harbour heading home.

The boat went well and we had speeds between 4 & 8 knots and the boys shared the helm.

After the bridge Satisfaction and Wild Horses got a jump on us, we completed four or five tacks to get to Kauri Point and as we neared the breeze picked up to

carry us to the finish.

Great day out, everyone on board appeared happy enough. 

Thanks Sam for the photo’s of us coming past the City.

See you again in 2 weeks 


HYC winter series race 2 - Sunday 10th June 2018

posted Jun 24, 2018, 2:52 PM by Admin hycnz

The weather gods were kind to the HYC and CCYC fleet for winter series race on Sunday, although the course was shortened due to the breeze dropping slightly.... 


1st Firsty
2nd Eye Spy
3rd Cloud 10
4th Blue Beat
5th Waterwitch

Fastest around the course - Firsty
Best start - Blue Beat (13 seconds - and had the best start out of both fleets!!!!!!!!!!)

Thank you to the crew on Panache for being the start boat for the race, and to Cristin Swain for feeding all of the hungry crews.

Cloud 10 race report, by Scotty.

Our crew consisted of Captain Bronny, Hooks, Spike & The fourth wheel or mate Scotty. Bronny & I  are still very much in the mode of first times and this race was no different,

but with plenty of old hands on board we were up to the challenge. Good to see Near & Farr watching the start, looking very chipper as always.

With HYC & CCYC combining fleets it appeared we would have a great turnout for the race around the can’s.

 We arrived about 1.5 minutes late to the line, whoops, and seemed to have a sluggish start to round Kauri Point. The decision was made to stay close to Meola side of the harbour as it appeared the wind

and tide were not working as well for those on other side of the track, there were plenty of tacks required to try and stay where the wind was and the tide wasn’t without getting to shallow.

When looking astern the fleet was dotted all over the Harbour between Chelsea Refinery and the Bridge. Bronny maintained a good position to the harbour bridge and slowly picking off Satisfaction, Cracker and Wild Horses crossing with each other pretty close at times. It appeared the wind may have been more consistent from the bridge down to Bayswater and getting to the mark first for the downward slide would be a definite advantage. It had taken and hour and a half to get to the bridge so were very happy to hear that the course would be shortened not long after we had started the downwind leg.

We had a few boats who had passed us and were in front, Eye Spy, Firsty, Champosa, Nimble, a couple I didn’t recognise and we still hadn’t caught Bill, they were maintaining great boat speed. Looking behind there were a heap more on our tail.


From Bayswater to the Bridge we devised a plan to get our kite up, ropes and pole ready to go but there was some confusion over how a spinnaker sock worked. The sock was abandoned and we deployed without it.  At this point it was very comforting that Hooks and Spike have the skills to manage the kite, all I have to say it was a pretty site ! It is noted at this point I was a little excited to say the least.

Our speed then averaged 4.5 knots and we closed the gap on Bill & Nimble, gybing the pole just after Meloa successfully in hot pursuit.

As we rounded Kauri point we were a little wider than Bill and finally got passed on the outside. The pole went forward and we tighten up just sneaking passed Nimble right on the line.


Good work from our skipper Bronny on the helm and from Hooks & Spike, their experience greatly appreciated.  All boats appeared in good humour for a reasonably cold day and joining the fleets is a great idea.

See you on the water next time, Scotty.

Race report from Eye Spy:

Well, we have some wind today!!

Eye Spy is now newly anti-fouled and should go pretty well against the large combined fleet. We ensure the motor starts and nurse it along at approx. 3knts towards the line at Taikata. We had issues with a “runaway” on the delivery trip back from Still-water. On board today is Lisa, JK, Erin and I. We get the main up on the way down to Taikata and discuss the headsail options. Eye Spy arrives at the battle ground first and can see a stream of masts snaking down the channel towards us.

First boat to join us is Near and Farr sailing towards us from the other direction. She has been out over-night. Turns out they are not coming to play today. Good to see them enjoying their boat tho.

Eye Spy has been given a start time of 11mins so we keep a safe distance off the start box and wait for our turn to join in. We only have two boats starting after us so we have the rest to potentially catch and overtake all the while keeping the other two behind.

Erin is new to sailing and is happy to be on board to learn a few things. She flies to the states on Wednesday so this is the last opportunity to race.

We start pretty well and pass a few boats before we get to Taikata. We have the rest by the Harbour bridge with some good crew work and slick tacking. The wind drops a little just prior to the bridge and I see Cloud Ten closing the gap! We step up a gear somehow and create a large gap between us.

Firsty passes just before Bayswater and increases the gap down wind. We take the kite down just past Kauri point and get passed by Champosa. We have created a large distance to the next boat. We actually can’t see who it is!   Yeeha…….what a great day!!

Third place………..not bad……. we’ll take that. Mmmmmmm, what’s that going to do to our handicaps Craig?

Thankyou to CCYC for allowing us to join your race.


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.

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