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Sailing Captain Report and Keeler Winter Series: Race 5 June 16th, 2019

posted Jun 23, 2019, 8:07 PM by Admin hycnz   [ updated Jun 23, 2019, 8:08 PM ]

Hi all, 

It was great to see the Keeler’s out on the water on Sunday in a good breeze, compared with recent weeks of having either no wind or lots of it, or the influence of the long weekend. I was very pleased. My apologies for the oversight of the long weekend in our Winter racing program; with the combination of racing with CCYC I did not realise before the start of the series there was scheduled racing that weekend.

Trev Higgins kindly put a race day report together for me, thanks Trev! See below.  

Thanks to the House committee for putting on the BBQ yesterday and for their excellent efforts in organising the Prize Giving. Also, thanks to all who helped to make it a great night!

The next Keeler race is scheduled for the 30 June 2019, 1300hrs MF Local Race.

The next Dingy race day is scheduled for this Sunday 23 June 2019, 1030hrs, with a 0915hrs sheds open. We are also likely to have 1x possibly 2x Opti’s to trial as a part of our due diligence on the purchase of our new ‘learn to sail’ fleet.   

Race Report by Trev Higgins - Escape

Once the odd shower had passed through it was a good day for sailing with good breeze and a bit of tide making things interesting. 

The course was Start- Bayswater- Meola- Rona- Finish

Four club boats in combination with a good number from Clearwater Cove meant there was always someone to pace yourself against and the Mark Foy start handicaps saw some close finishes.

With the wind straight down the harbour, spinnakers were the order of the day for the downwind legs while the upwind legs suited most boats number 2s. While most boats flirted with the mud at some point and the rum bell was ultimately not required some of the near misses were skin of the teeth stuff. 

Escape made the most of a full crew and a good start time to lead from start to finish while Firsty made her usual late run from the back of the fleet to pick up firstly Slipknot and then Eye Spy (on the short reach to the finish) for second. 
Slipknot by her own admission had too many headsails to choose from, chose the wrong one and had to settle for 4th. All in all, a great day out on the water. 

Best start went to Firsty!

Results: Race 5
1. Escape
2. Firsty
3. Eye Spy
4. Slipknot

Best Start: Firsty

Overall Series Results

1. Firsty
2. Slipknot
3. Escape
4. Eye Spy

Happy racing


Sean Munro
HYC Sailing Captain 

race reports from winter series race 5 - Sunday 16th June 2019

Race report from Escape (regarding both fleets not just HYC)

No worries about a lack of wind for this race. A lack of water was today’s story. Low tide at 12.30 meant we were on the boat and motoring out early but even then the depth sounder read 0.1m as we left the marina so we were just in time.

On board with me were Gina, Pete, Will and Richard and our first aim was to dodge a shower going through and we almost managed it. Almost. No lack of water there! That done we settled down to getting the boat ready and with plenty of time we were relaxed when the start rolled round.

A quick reach to Kauri Point and then for the first time in quite a while we were flying a blue kite instead of a white Gennaker. It was dead down wind and the occasional gust gave us enough of a roll to keep the skipper on his toes. But the kite did it’s job well enough for us to drop Eye Spy further astern, catch and pass Water Witch before the bridge and make inroads into the leading boats. The team pulled off a great drop and we rounded Bayswater smoothly in 5th place for the combined fleet, first for HYC and settled in to see what we could do up wind.

Plenty of breeze against a strong incoming tide made for a choppy but quick beat through the bridge and on to Meola. We squeaked through the bridge with a few metres to spare avoiding the need to put in another two tacks and caught the Lotus at the same time. The next few tacks were uneventful but up ahead a crash tack by Satisfaction had us wondering if they had hit the mud but they moved smoothly on so it must have just been an illusion. A couple of minutes later and the depth sounder was doing a quick countdown so we threw in our own quick tack and when I looked back I could see a swirl of brown water where our turn had disturbed the mud. Close call.

4th around Meola, a quick gybe and we were hoisting the kite to chase Satisfaction when it got a bit interesting. The halyard was caught behind the spreader and trapped there by the main. We found that out when the spinnaker was halfway up and starting to fill. Cue a scramble to sort that and then to make it more interesting the depth alarm started to ding. When I looked at it it was at 1.0 m and falling fast. As we crash gybed it hit 0.3 and it bottomed out at 0.2m. 20cm between us and a sudden stop! On a positive note it cleared the spinnaker halyard so when we gybed back a minute later the kite went straight up.

No more drama followed for that leg. A conservative drop and we rounded Rona still in 4th place. Some issues with the headsail took a couple minutes to sort out and then it was just sail it as well as we can to the finish. Satisfaction and Bill were just in front at Kauri Point while Nimble was almost finished. It was a drag race to the finish and Satisfaction showed us a clean pair of heels so we had our sights on 3rd but in the end Bill beat us off and we had to settle for 4th on line. First of the Hobsonville boats was a pretty good consolation prize though.

Thanks to my crew and to Clearwater Cove for running a great race.

Race report from Eye Spy:

Today is a good day for racing. Wind Guru predicts 10-18 knots and we have three on board. Lisa, Nicole and me the skipper.

The start was not as close as I could have been but I was told not as bad as it has been. Sometimes the obvious should be kept silent eh.

Many boats have already started and we see Slipknot, Firsty and Champosa waiting for their start. They are a fair way behind. They are fast and start at these times for a reason. The leg 1 to Bayswater was a little frustrating as we decided not to run a kite as we needed a few more sets of hands. Those who ran a kite made gains but we hoped to make our own on the upwind legs. Our sail choice was a good one. Number two and full main worked a treat. Balanced and not overpowered in the gusts. Wind getting to 20knots at its peak I am told.

After rounding Bayswater we see Firsty has made big gains. She is ready to pounce. We hold position for this leg and the next downwind as the kites didn’t get hoisted for a while. This is going to be close!

Firsty does one less tack on the leg to the finish and sneaks past just prior to the finish. This was not too upsetting as given the handi-cap system we should get some relief.

So……..we finish third in the HYC fleet. Don’t think we saw Escape all day………….well done Trev and team for coming first.

The list of all of the trophies and prizes awarded at HYC prize giving Saturday 8th June 2019

posted Jun 23, 2019, 8:03 PM by Admin hycnz   [ updated Jun 23, 2019, 8:05 PM ]

Winter series race 3 - Sunday 26th May 2019

posted Jun 9, 2019, 8:54 PM by Admin hycnz

Not much to say on the Winter series R3 but 'Two boats, No wind but we have a Result'

**quite a few of our fleet made a call not to race due to the the lack of wind, and instead used their time to do some boat maintenance instead***

Well done to Gary and Craig and their crews for getting out there and enjoying a very pleasant afternoon on the water, all be it with no wind and a shortened course. 

'Slipknot' finished First with 'Firsty' second. And 'Firsty' had the best start.

1. Slipknot
2. Firsty

Best Start: Firsty

Current Winter Series standings 'Firsty' is currently leading.

Thanks to the House committee team for turning on the BBQ for some Sausages post racing. 

The dingy racing was abandoned and will be rescheduled. 



Winter series race 1 - Sunday 5th May 2019

posted May 27, 2019, 7:46 PM by Admin hycnz


finish        h/cap    corrected

1st FIRSTY           1504:35      .815     4:08.24
2nd EYE SPY         1604:00     .721     4:22.44
3rd ESCAPE          1556:24     .735     4:23.02
4th WATERWITCH  1608:02     .745     4:34.18
5th SLIP KNOT      1558:15     .770     4:35.85


Winter series race 1 - Sunday 5th May 2019.  There was not much wind at the beginning of the race, but a bit filled in enabling the race to be completed.... eventually.

Race report from Eye Spy
1000hrs at Taikata for the first race of the Winter series combined with CCYC.

I have Lisa, Mark and JK on board for the programmed “Harbour Race”. The start was a bit of a lottery as the wind was so light if you had crossed the line early you may not have got back. We start pretty well if I do say so myself…………and for a moment we were in the lead. I think all boats were in the lead at some stage over the next 15 minutes or so. It was so light that some lost steerage and were no longer facing the right direction. Eye Spy seems to be going well sniffing out the breeze. Firsty and Champosa are in front of us at North-head and the little breeze we had coming down the harbour looks to be disappearing altogether. The course from here is Rough Rock, Northern Leading Resolution then home. Eye Spy did best at finding the biggest hole and got passed by the entire fleet. Once we arrived at Northern Leading the tide had changed. Firsty and Champosa were nowhere to be seen. They had got to the mark in time for a tide assist and are now about an hour ahead!

We are confident we can make up a few places up wind as the breeze climbed to about 10-15 knots!! We pass 5 boats and finish after 6 hours 4 minutes and 8 seconds on the water. A long frustrating day and pretty much the same conditions as last year. Not one of Eye Spy’s best races but great to be on the water all the same.

Thanks to Lisa for the chicken nibbles………..we had plenty of time for nibbles and refreshments.

HYC Closing day - Sunday 14th April 2019

posted Apr 26, 2019, 3:52 PM by Admin hycnz

Great turn out for closing day today with great racing and only 4 minutes between first place and last place.   

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

Best start - Eye Spy
Line honours - Firsty

Hard luck story  beers awarded to Lou on Firsty who lost his keys ... luckily they were eventually located packed in Firstys spinnaker!!!!

Many thanks to Sean Monro for manning the start tower & to Wendy, Sharon & Corrina for feeding the hungry crews after racing!

Race report from Eye Spy.

I wanted to race from the HYC for this one. The idea was to be seen racing the upper harbour to cement the idea that the HYC was a going concern and the upper harbour was used for recreational sports. Therefore a marine recreational centre is a good idea. It was also better for any of our members to spectate. Course # 2 was selected as the wind should be averaging around 7 knts South.

Eye Spy started with a crew of 6 “on paper” but reduced to four on the day. Lisa. Mark, Nicole and I began the slow motor to HYC. We had to drop the LSO and ODM on the way but ended with plenty of time to have a couple of beers and set things up for what should be a windward leeward course. That was the idea anyway……..

The count down begins and we line up with four others and start first! That’s not like me is it Mark……….

Sean is running the tower and the start is clean. Off to Meola and it turns out it’s a drag race as the wind has swung. No kite work this leg but maybe return?

Its not long before Firsty powered past and we settle in for the battle with Slipknot. We held him for a long time but the inevitable happened not long before Kauri Point. We are now in third place. Satisfaction and Near n Farr are doing battle behind us.

Two laps around ODM, Beachhaven and LSO and across the finish line. We are still third on line but have we done enough to win on Handicap? It will be close! No-one is prepared to call this one.

Just 4 minutes between the corrected times. Well done to all. Thanks to the Eye Spy crew we have a great result. First on start and first on corrected time!

Surprise race 4 - Sunday 31st March 2019

posted Apr 26, 2019, 3:51 PM by Admin hycnz

eye soy 1st
firsty 2nd

Race report from Eye Spy:
Surprise # 4 is the programmed race. My team are keen to go as this may be one of the last races we do before our little race boat sells. A small fleet is predicted and confirmed on the morning of the race. Firsty and Eye Spy head out to be greeted by winds exceeding the predicted 10-16knts. This will be a bit of fun!
I have JK, Mark, Nicole and Dave on board. We decide to go with No.2 headsail and full main. What we hoped to be a windward leeward turned out to be more of a reaching race. Sean Munro did the start via the club rescue boat and I think both boats had to return to the start as the start was not on the hour as advertised.
Eye Spy starts on 14 minutes and Firsty on 27 minutes. Can we keep ahead?
Its all about pointing well on the way to Chelsea. One tack just prior to Chelsea and we are able to lift to Bayswater. The wind has peaked at around 27knots so we decide to keep the kite packed. Turned out it was a beam reach for the most part.
We turn for the bridge as Firsty approaches. We should have the edge. Even managed to get “on the plane” for a few seconds! As we get to Chelsea, Firsty is under the bridge. We take Kauri point wide to keep in the breeze and get hammered. Strongest gust so far!! Big round up then settle down to cross the finish line. Firsty was catching us but ran out of race track. Thanks to Firsty and crew for giving us competition.

Golden rivet race reports for races 2 & 3 - Sunday 24th February 2019

posted Mar 4, 2019, 6:04 PM by Admin hycnz

Race reports from Cloud ten

For the races I have my regular crew, Hooks my co-pilot, Spike the Beale man and Scotty my partner and the brawn on board.

First Race: 
By the time we were getting ready to hoist sails the wind had come up to its predicted 20 knots so after a bit of discussion we decide to go with a reefed main. That turned out to be a great decision. After a pretty good start we take off after Cracka and Near and Farr, Bill was already around Kauri point and we couldn’t even see them but knew they were ahead somewhere. We had seen course 6 on the committee boat so that is what were following, hang on no-one was rounding Meola? A call to the committee boat sorted that out, it was course 4 not 6, great we now know where we are going. The upwind beat was hard work and the wind speed up to 28 knots; I think I said this is nuts or something like that. A gust hit us out nowhere and we were flattened, Hooks was on the leeward side and slipped further down, next minute he was up to his chest in water! He looked annoyed although smiling.  Near and Farr were closing in on all the CCYC boats head and so were we. We had managed to pick of Cracka by the gybe mark but then that didn’t go well at all. I was struggling to bring Cloud 10 down to the mark so everyone was easing to help me, by the time I got around and needed to gybe the main was way out and I didn’t give the crew enough time to bring it in for a controlled gybe. Over she went and it was a “oh shit” moment, luckily the boom hit the water which stopped its momentum or it could have been ugly. There wasn’t a figure 8 in one of the two main sheet ropes and it disappeared out the block, Scotty saw it go and in an instant while we were on our side grabbed it and it was rethreaded, crisis averted and we didn’t even lose a place. We did bust the dodger clips off though but that was a small price to pay really. We all stayed in the same positions on the downwind leg but upwind we started to catch Bill. We ended up doing one less board to get around Kauri Point to the finish which put us ahead. In the meantime Satisfaction had been steadily catching us, she managed to squeeze around Kauri Point too and they were very very close to the wharf. That slowed them down just enough to save us and being able to ease sheets before them we managed to cross the finish ahead and claimed a very exciting second place. 

2nd Race:
 After having to drop the main and sort out our mainsheet from the previous race and stuffing our faces with a little food we were ready to go again. I handed the helm over to my trusted co-pilot Hooks, it was a great start and we were off again in the same positions as last time. Satisfaction seem to be a lot closer than the previous race, they must have been on time to the start this time we decided.  Not a very eventfully race and although gusts were still hitting hard the overall wind speed had dropped, our reef was now hurting us a little. The tide was also contributing to us not being able to pick off the CCYC boats ahead of us like the race before; instead the big boats were catching us quickly. Satisfaction was flying and the 2nd upwind beat flew past, Champosa was also making light work of these conditions and past too. We did manage to pass Bill but not Cracka this time. It was noted that Scotty had done all the winching and I had done not much at all, which I fully admit. We didn’t know the results but knew that we hadn’t done enough to keep the trophy at this point. Although saddened we were actually really happy about how Cloud 10 went in these conditions. Thank you to the CCYC committee boat and HYC house committee for the burgers. 

Race report from Firsty

Congratulations CCYC on taking the Golden Rivet. 2 windy races with a good sail combination, but couldn't make up the time. It was lonely out the back of the fleet once Champosa had powered past

Tim, Lou, Tod, Nick and Craig on Firsty.

Race report from Satisfaction (CCYC)

We knew it was going to be our day when it dawned with strong winds, just what we ordered for the day.

Satisfaction was off to a 1.5 minute late start due to Miranda spending too much time at the café getting pizza’s, but they were good later…running only two handed was always going to need lots of pizza!

Heavy winds helped us slowly pick our way through the fleet but we managed to get a headsail sheet wrapped around a mast foot step and valuable time was lost.

The tide was ripping around Kauri Point and we came in Farr too close for comfort, not going to do that again.

We managed a healthy third in that race, and were determined to get a better start in the final deciding race between the two clubs.

With a calming beer and pizza for lunch we got a 1 second late start, not bad for an old girl that’s not particularly nimble (Satisfaction.…. not Miranda).


The wind Gods favoured us as we gradually climbed through the fleet of mainly reefed yachts,… Satisfaction just revels in those 25knot gusts.

We found it best for Miranda to helm whilst Phil tacked and trimmed,  but by the end of the race my arms and back were burning, seventeen tonnes is hard to manage in those conditions and I’d had enough for one day.

We were rewarded with a first place result with Champosa and Near & Farr hot on our tail,  we headed back up to HYC for a celebratory drink.

Well done CCYC and HYC,  a great team effort and well worth all the sore bods and heads the next day.

Big thanks to all the organisers and crews, another very satisfying day out on the Waitemata.

Race report from Eye Spy - Race 2

The Golden Rivet is on!!

A little touch and go for a while as the weather was forecast to be somewhat gnarly. The green light was given so we head out to Taikata with Lisa, Yarn, Nicole and Trev Higgins on board. We watch the early starters and wonder how the hell we are to catch them. They seem to have disappeared way down harbour. We see its course 6 so we prepare for that. No.2 headsail and full main. Others have reefed and I wonder if that’s a good idea. A decision is made to keep full main and reef on the go if required. We get to the line on time, well 8 seconds late, and are soon powered up. I hear something over channel 77 that the course has changed from the posted course 6 to course 4. Start, Chelsea,  Start, Chelsea and finish. We decide not to fly the kite for a lack of experience in what was fairly breezy conditions. We end up sailing pretty much on our own with a battle up front and a battle behind. We cross the line in seventh place. A great sail with very little to improve upon. Well done to my crew and well done to team HYC for keeping the series alive!! One race each!

Race report from EYE SPY  “Golden Rivet # 3”


HYC and CCYC are one race each. The wind is still up peaking around 25 knots so we decide to leave the kite in its bag in order to keep it out of the drink. Just prior to our start we loose the main out-haul containment strap and that takes Lisa a while to replace and strengthen with another sail tie. The No.2 headsail is hoisted and the foot comes off! Up the forestay the sail goes as the wind pushes the lot up to the spreaders! That’s not a good look I thought……… the crew sort it out we jibe and its time to start. Trim on! Whew nothing like putting pressure on ourselves eh. Second best start on this race.

For a time we appear to be catching Satisfaction. They seem to gain another gear and pull away. Now we need to keep ahead of the boats behind. Champosa is the only one we need to slow down. If we can do that we may give Firsty and Slipknot an opportunity. We tack on top of them twice but they are too big and powerful. They cruise ahead downwind of us. Not enough shadow from Eye Spy.

We hoped that others in the HYC team are more successful in slowing him down. The boats ahead of him were all way smaller so he powered into second place. CCYC first and second………pretty hard to beat.

Well done to CCYC. The new holders of the “Golden Rivet”.

Race Reports from Near & Farr

Our initial plan had been to sail with three of us, Duncan, Big Mike and I.  However of Friday Mike mentioned that he might have a big night so might not be able to make it.  Hmmmm that would mean we would have to race double handed and the forecast was for wind.   On Saturday morning at 8.20am we received an email from Mike, he was not going to be able to make it. This was not so bad as it seemed rather calm.

We arrived down at the marina and discussed reefing the main, nah it is fine.  However as we motored out to the start line the wind picked up.  So we reefed our main and did a couple of practice runs just under main… we were flying.

Race two

We took advantage of the three minute no extra rule and unfurled our headsail as we crossed the start line.  Bill were in the distance.  The course on the committee boat was course 6.  We were rather perplexed that Bill were not heading to Meola but instead heading to Chelsea… hmmm maybe they had got the course wrong.  Nope!  The committee boat had put the wrong course up… luckily for us and Cracka, Satisfaction radioed through to check the course.  “course 4” was the response from the committee boat.  There were a few expletives on our boat, hey ho we headed towards Chelsea under goose wing (or gull wing as kiwis prefer to call it).  Around the mark and in pursuit of Bill with Cracka behind us and the others pursuing us. 

Hard on the wind we headed back … where is Mike when you need him.  The first upwind leg was a killer … our out board sheets were doing grandmas kitting around our inboard sheets.  (we have out board sheets for the down wind legs, but have to have inboard sheets too that go through the stays for upwind sailing… it makes it all rather complicated …. And creates extra work……).  It was not a fun leg and was mighty windy.  It is probably good that we did not have wind instruments.  

Back to the committee boat around the mark and a more relaxing leg to Chelsea again.  Still in hot pursuit of Bill.  Around Chelsea and we managed to get past Bill for the final leg.  Satisfaction and her 17 tonnes were gaining and Cloud ten not far behind us at all…. Go Bronny!!.  

We crossed the finish line first, followed by Cloud ten!  Phew glad that is over.  Head sail furled and time for some lunch… I opted to eat the brownies I had bought for mike!  

Race 3

Start, Chelsea, start, Chelsea, finish (course 4 the same as the first race).

With our muscles aching we started the second race…. Not our best start and this time two CCYC boats started before us, as cracka opted to use the three minute rule.

Another windy race.  Luckily no goose winging in this one .. which was a relief as I did not have to use the boat pole to pole out the No2.  It seemed that the CCYC boats had got their act together and were on a mission. 
We called starboard on Cracka and managed to gain a place as well as over taking Bill.  However the big boys – Satisfaction and Champosa were on a mission and gaining fast on us.  We did a tack and tried to call starboard on Satisfaction… however they got through.. jammy so and so.  
So our final leg of the course we were attempting to catch up with Satisfaction with Camposa behind us … When I mentioned to Duncan that camposa were gaining.. his response was” they are only on their first leg”…… my response “I think they are on their second leg”……. Too late they manged to cross the finish line just in front of us… bummer.

We took third place but quite frankly we raced well in very testing conditions with only two of us.

We watched the other boats finish as we packed up and could tell that HYC had not won the second race.  
Congratulations to CCYC for winning the Golden rivet trophy…..until next year!

Thank you to the committee boat, all of the other boats that raced, the HYC house committee for the awesome food.  And thank you to Duncan for being an awesome skipper!



Golden Rivet Races 2 & 3 Sunday 24th February 2019

posted Mar 4, 2019, 6:03 PM by Admin hycnz

Attached are the results from today's (Sunday 24th.) Golden Rivet Trophy races, Clearwater Cove Yacht Club versus Hobsonville Yacht Club. As Race 2 had to be postponed  from December 9th., both Race 2 and Race 3 were sailed on Sunday 24th February , with Race 2 start time 1100 hrs., and Race 3 at 1315 hrs.

Hobsonville YC took Race 2 with 16 points to CCYC's 21 (Lowest Score System), making it one race each. It all hung on the final race.

CCYC managed to change up a gear in Race 3, including some "Cracka" ;-) starts, to reverse the Race 2 score, thus making it two out of three, and for the very first time in the seven year history of the Golden Rivet, has won the trophy.

Surprise race 3 - Sunday 10th February 2019

posted Mar 4, 2019, 6:02 PM by Admin hycnz


1st Eye Spy  (best start - 8 seconds)
2nd Near and Farr *
3rd Slip Knot
4th Satisfaction *

* double handed no extras 

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

Race report from Eye Spy:


Eye Spy is back on the water!!!

Repaired, repainted and with a keen crew to put her through her paces once again. The crew on the day is Lisa, Mark, Nicole and Yarn. We get to the start line with plenty of time to spare. Sean and Gill are on station with the club rescue boat to start the race. A couple of practise runs through the start line and we wait for Satisfaction and Near and Farr to start prior to us. The unknown quantity of Slipknot starts well after us.

We start at 14 minutes and hit the line well. We see the two boats well ahead and give chase. Eye Spy is clean and slippery. She feels good to helm again. Steve McCabe tuned the rig the day before……….nice job.

We pass Satisfaction before the bottom mark. The course is No.4 Meola, Chelsea, Rhona, Chelsea, Rhona, Chelsea, Rhona and home.  Looking back we can see Slipknot and wonder if they can catch us. We catch Near and Far and forge ahead extending the distance between us. Near and Far appears to have another go at us. We wriggle free and decide to hoist the kite on the last leg home. The kite is connected and the call came to hoist. The halyard goes up but the spinnaker stays on the deck! Now we have to get the halyard back down. I give the helm away and monkey climb the mast to the spreaders…….got it!

The kite goes up, a couple of jibes and we enjoy a kite ride to the finish. We finish in just over two hours. Slipknot was catching but ran out of race track. Thanks to my crew once again.

Eye Spy: Best start and 1st place!!  Great to be back racing again.

Race report from Near & Farr

We had not been planning to race in the surprise race as we had committed to a Farr 1020 gathering on the Saturday, however that was cancelled….. so what the heck lets go racing with HYC on the Sunday.
When we made the decision to race it was too late to wrangle any crew … well we did finally make the call to race at 9am on the Sunday morning.  So double handed no extras it would be!

As always we were out of our berth with plenty of time and were delighted to see Gill & Sean out by Taikata setting the start line using the HYC very flash safety boat.

Not a big fleet – just the mighty eye spy (who was looking very shiny), Slip Knot and Satisfaction (who were also double handed).

We were the first to start and off we went… followed by satisfaction, eye spy and finally Slip Knot.  We were doing mighty fine… until one of our headsail sheets got stuck in the block (and I mean right royally stuck between the wheel and the casing – ahhhhh aghhhhhhh ….. ) finally got it sorted and re ran the sheet through another block but we lost enough time for Eye spy to catch up with us and then go past.
No one ran any extras until the final leg….. and as Eye Spy popped her kite we watched her disappear into the distance… hmmm.  We were never going to catch up with her but had to work very very hard to maintain our second place as Slip Knot was gaining…. Phew we crossed the finish line in front of slip Knot and maintained our second place.

Thank you to everyone who raced as especially to Sean & Gill for being our start boat!

Slipknot representing Hobsonville Yacht Club in the 44th Tall Ships regatta, Russell, Bay of Islands on 12th January 2019

posted Feb 11, 2019, 7:23 PM by Admin hycnz

Skipper – Gary Swain
Crew – Gaylene  McCaw, Robert Moore, Gary Matthews & Denise Ellis

The course was set at 18 nautical mile from the start line at Russell out to Whale rock, down around Roberton Island and back to Russell.  As we readied ourselves in the pre-start the yachts kept coming out and it was an awesome fleet to see with tall ships, super yachts, cuts and everything in between.

With ten minutes to go we positioned ourselves on the port end of the line.  WE had a great start crossing within seconds of the gun and had an amicable discussion with the skipper of SO’ cat who asked if he could go past and drop below us.  No discussions with the 120ft super yacht which powered past a few minutes later with twenty crew.  We were now in 3rd place.  We passed starboard of the cruise ship and followed the super yacht across towards Kerkeri inlet, where they tacked across the harbour towards Tapeka Point.  As they tacked we got a good lift and did not have to put at tack in!!!  At the next crossing we were only 500  meters behind.  We tacked across to keep in touch only to watch them disappear into the distance.  We rounded the top mark in about 6th position and proceeded down through the islands. 

We decided not to run a spinnaker on the day and had a interesting downwind duel with a couple of local boats through the back of Roberton Island. When we got out of the lee of the island we were off again.  We held our place and went to the finish line between the channel markers on the Paihia side of the harbour.

We were either 7th or 8th across the line out of ALL of the boats, and we were very happy to receive 3rd prize on Handicap in our division.

All in all an awesome day, great winds, perfect sailing, great spectacle and great event.    After racing everyone gathered at the Russell Boating club and enjoyed themselves into the evening.

Gary & Crew 

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