Akaroa Yacht Club Racing News

Gluyas Motor Group Series Race 3 Feb 16th 2020
 
The forecast was for strong Nor-Easterly winds with an average speed of 20plus knots and gusts over 30 knots . The reality was 12-15 knots with an occasional increase to around 20knots, which when combined with warm temperatures, made for great sailing conditions.   A small fleet of 6 boats started the first leg to Childrens Bay followed by a spinnaker run to Mark9. Snatch made a great start and continued their domination leading around every mark. The order of the remaining boats at the first mark was Astruso, Regardless, One Way and Meltdown.

Regardless heading away from the Kaik- Photo by Paul Drake

The course was then a beat to Lushingtons followed by a kite run to the Kaik, a beat to Mark9, back to the Kaik and then Childrens Bay, Mark9, Childrens Bay and finish. The order of the first 4 boats stayed the same until the finish, although Astruso and Regardless lost significant time due to unfavourable wind shifts in Childrens Bay, which reflected in the Handicap placings.

 
Snatch on the way to the Kaik- photo by Paul Drake

At the tail end of the fleet Meltdown managed to pass One Way on the final leg from the Kaik when its spinnaker escaped from the cabin and became a drogue for a few minutes.
On handicap it was another impressive double to Snatch with One Way second, and Meltdown third.


One Way giving the spinnaker a good drying post race -photo by Jim Palmer


The final day of this series is next Sunday and will determine the overall standings with three sprint races programmed and a discard if all races are completed.
 
The Shout Out this week goes to John Macdonald who normally sails on Armalite but was free this week to man the BBQ.

Sailing Next Weekend
Sunday 16th February Gluyas Motor Group Races 4, 5 and 6 starting at 1300
Cruising Event
Cruising Vice Commodore Dave Maloney advises that the French Farm Club is arranging an overnight cruise to Peraki  on the 22nd February. (weather permitting). Further details can be obtained from Dave at darvomaloney@gmail.com

Canterbury Keelboat Championships
A reminder that the Canterbury Keelboat Championship Regatta is being held at Naval Point over 7th and 8th March 2020. In addition to the Presidents Cup Trophy for the keelboat champion, the Bully Hayes Trophy will be awarded to the best performed Akaroa boat on general handicap.
Marina Berths can be booked by contacting Matt at info@teanamarina.co.nz


 

 

 

Saunders Robinson Brown Lawyers Two Handed Series Race 3 February  8th

It was cold, wet and windy for race 3 of the two handed series this week so well done to the hardy (foolhardy?)  six crews who turned up to race.
The breeze swung between the South and the South West with gusts over 25 knots at times.
Snatch maintained their good form of recent and after a good start pulled away  to lead the fleet.
After a short beat to mark 9 the crews struggled to get  spinnakers up in the fresh breeze on a down wind leg to Lushingtons. Hyperactive were the smart sailors here and left their spinnaker for later while enjoying the spectacle of other boats struggling for control.

A long beat back to Wainui was complicated by a large cruise boat in the middle of the course and the fleet split either side of this obstacle. Down wind again and even race leaders Snatch were seen to dramatically broach under spinnaker. Astruso kept Snatch honest and took over the lead for a while only to lose it again struggling to round the bottom mark.

First over the line on the day  was Snatch,  followed by Astruso. Meltdown, Hyperactive and Regardless fought a close battle for third until the final beat to the finish line where Meltdown managed to pull ahead.

Snatch also came out first on handicap, followed by Hyperactive with Astruso third. After the race the skippers retired to the warmth of the bar for a drink while their respective crews collapsed on the floor with exhaustion and slept!

Gluyas Motor Group Series Race two Feb 9th  2020
It  was a busy  day on the water  for skippers &   crews this week. The   wind for the start of the race was fresh  from  the south, 20+ knots and plenty  of  wind shifts to keep us guessing. A brave port tack  start strategy from Snatch saw them leading at the top mark with Meltdown & Regardless next  round.

 
A  broad reach for the fleet of seven  boats down to Lushingtons in 25+ knots   followed. Small spinnakers, lots of shouting and a few trial & error attempts seemed to be the order of the day.

The course then took the boats up to Wainui, back to Lushingtons and finished with shorter legs between mark 9 , Childrens Bay and the finish. The breeze was dropping throughout the race and crews were kept busy  with sail  changes. Snatch made the most of their lead & took out line honours  finishing before the wind dropped too much. Further back Regardless managed to pass Meltdown to be second over the line and Lightly Oiled made a strong run to come in 4th after Meltdown.
 
Gabriella deserves special mention for their impressive attempt to launch a spinnaker on the upwind beat to Mark 9. Unfortunately their finish position would suggest the new strategy was a failure!

On handicap it was another impressive double to Snatch with Meltdown second and Lightly Oiled third.

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Sailing Next Weekend
Sunday 9th February Gluyas Motor Group Race3 starting at 1400

Race Photos
Since no photos of this weeks racing were available , which is understandable given being short handed and in breezy conditions, some archived photos have been included above. Just a reminder that any photos of the racing can be forwarded to gilr_smith@hotmail.com for inclusion in the newsletters.

Cruising Event
Cruising Vice Commodore Dave Maloney advises that the French Farm Club is arranging an overnight cruise to Peraki  on the 23rd February. (weather permitting). Further details can be obtained from Dave at darvomaloney@gmail.com

Message From Secretary

Sailing Programme and membership cards
There are still a number of envelopes containing programme and membership card sitting at the Clubrooms waiting for collection.  If you do not have yours please check the box when you are next at the Club.

 

Gluyas Motor Group Series Race One Feb 2nd  2020
It was a warm and windy day  on the harbour this week for our race fleet of seven boats. The forecast was for Nor-west  winds  but the race got under way in a steady breeze from  the south –west. The course took the fleet between Tikao Bay &  the Kaik and maintaining their good form it was Snatch  who jumped to an early lead.

Gabriella crossing Regardless on the beat to Tikao – photos courtesy of Paul Drake

Wind change was the order of the day and firstly it changed to a Northerly, then a Nor-wester and finally wind from the South of about 20knots.

 Regardless passing the cruise ship which was parked in the middle of the course

It was great to see Astruso back in the race fleet this week and they kept Snatch honest at the front of the fleet before finally overtaking them as the stronger southerly blew in. Further back it was Meltdown who led the chasing bunch until firstly Regardless and then Gabriella overtook in the freshening breeze. 


 From the Kaik to Tikao

The final spinnaker run from the Kaik back to the club rooms saw Snatch fly past Astruso to take out line honours, with Regardless coming home third just ahead of Gabriella, Meltdown & Transition.

On handicap it was a close result with Meltdown first followed by Astruso and then Snatch. PHRF handicaps have been adjusted again recently and it was great to see the first 5   boats all within 2 ½ minutes on corrected time.

Special thanks this week to Gluyas Motor Group who are new sponsors of this series and who also provide valuable crew to Armalite.

Sailing Next Weekend
Saturday 8th February Saunders Robinson Brown Lawyers Two handed Series Race3 starting at 1400

Sunday 9th February Gluyas Motor Group Race2 starting at 1400

Message From Secretary
Club Night
A reminder it is Club night this Friday  7 February 2020
6.00 – 8.00pm

Sailing Programme and membership cards
There are still a number of envelopes containing programme and membership card sitting at the Clubrooms waiting for collection.  If you do not have yours please check the box when you are next at the Club.

Oborns Nautical Supplies  Series Race 5,6 & 7 January 26  2020

It was another glorious day out on the water this week for the 10 club boats who turned up  for the final three races to decide the overall winner  of the Oborns Nautical Supplies series. The forecast of very light winds was wrong and we were treated to 10 -15 knots of warm breeze from the south thanks to the Akaroa harbour draught.

Special thanks this week to Stephen Cook (who also provided the mark laying boat), and Ross Miller who set up a specific course for the 3 sprint races of the day by laying ‘Mark 10’  upwind of the Green Point reef and giving the boats a very  competitive   series of races..

 Stephen and Ross in the mark boat- all photos courtesy Paul Drake

Sprint races lead to  close starts and a bit of shouting between boats. Penzance attempted the ‘bumper boat’ start in race one leading to a penalty turn soon after!  Once underway in race one a familiar pattern started to emerge with Snatch  showing the way and being unchallenged to  take out line honours. Further back Gabriella , Meltdown, Regardless , Lightly Oiled and Transition all stayed in close contact as the boats sailed two upwind  &  two  downwind legs to the finish.

Frank Dickson helming Regardless into the Glen

Second over the line in race one was Regardless followed by Gabriella. On handicap Snatch took the double with Meltdown second and Lightly Oiled third. Of note Gabriella and Transition had exactly the same time on handicap to take out 5th  equal place.

Race two  again saw Snatch out to a good lead which they held for another line honours win with Gabriella second & Meltdown third over the line.  On handicap another double for Snatch followed by Meltdown and then Gabriella.


 Regardless Foredeck in action

Race three was pretty much a repeat  of race two with another close start followed by  Snatch once again leading the fleet round the course. Second on line honours this race was Gabriella and third Meltdown. On  handicap  it was three out of three for Snatch with Gabriella ad Meltdown tied for second equal.


 Regardless and Gabriella heading to the finish
On a beautiful  evening we had a great turnout at the club rooms following the races where there was agreement that  this was a great  day out on the water. The format of three short sprint races gave us close and exciting racing and some tense moments as boats crossed tacks and round marks in close proximity.

Overall in the Oborns Nautical series Snatch  came out the winners , edging out Meltdown who were a close second with Lightly Oiled third. Full  results below. Special  thanks to  our sponsors for the series, Oborns Nautical Supplies.
Many people contributed to the success of this series but our starters Kevin & Peter deserve extra recognition. They managed three close starts, three finishes and then the collation of the results from seven races all within an hour of the last boat finishing. Well done Kevin & Peter.

  

Sailing Next Weekend Gluyas Motor Group Series Race1
Ths first race in this series is scheduled to start at 2pm on Sunday 2 February.   

 

Saunders Robinson Brown Lawyers Two Handed Series Race 2 January 18

The weather for race two of the two handed series this week was in a word, stunning!
Sunshine, warm temperatures and a steady wind from the North – east which built over the race from 10 – 15+ knots, were all a welcome sight for the seven boats competing.

Snatch showed the rest of the fleet the way after making a good start and then led the fleet over a course which sailed up & down the harbour between the Lushingtons and Wainui marks.  Astruso and One Way were next  to the top mark but both boats lost time to the perennial challenge of two handed races – sail changes and sails in the water.


About to Start- photo courtesy of Justine Gillard

By  the time the fleet rounded the bottom mark for the last time Snatch were out to a commanding lead with Meltdown well clear in second place.  Further back Astruso and Hyperactive battled neck & neck with Astruso just edging ahead to finish third over the line. Regardless were the hard luck story of the day. After a powerful upwind leg they moved into second place before spinnaker troubles on the last drop of the day. When a big boat loses a big spinnaker in the water with only 2 crew on board …..it can be tricky to recover!

On handicap Snatch took out a well-deserved double with Meltdown second and Hyperactive third. Special thanks also to the skipper & crew of Afterglow who came in fifth on handicap. It is great when the sponsors of a race can also get out & compete with us. Sounds like spinnaker pole problems robbed them of an even better finish in the race.

Oborns Nautical Series Race 4 January 19th

When a light northerly breeze from the head of the harbour meets a southerly harbour draft coming in from the heads it will be a tricky day for yacht racing. That proved to be very much the case with our racing this week.

Ten  boats turned up at the start for a coarse which took the fleet on a course between Lushingtons, the  Kaik , Green Point, the Kaik &  home. Snatch celebrated their recently repaired mast by jumping into the lead &  staying there.

Rounding Mark2- Photo courtesy of Paul Drake


Coming out of start- photo courtesy of Charl Chaney

Further back the fleet was split with some boats staying close to Red Point and doing much better than those on the Tikao side of the harbour. But as so often happens the weather had more in store for us. On the spinnaker run down to the Kaik boats one by one entered the doldrums between the northerly and southerly winds and came to a halt. On Meltdown we had to watch with dismay as Transition & Lightly Oiled sailed right over top of us from a long way back.

At the front of the fleet Snatch and Astruso managed to stay in enough breeze to take out the first two places on line honours. Lightly Oiled were third over the line with Meltdown fourth.
Further back in the fleet the frustrations continued with the wind swinging several times between the north & the south.  It was a day for patient skippers & crews. 

Regardless in the Prestart

The other lesson of the day for Gabriella and Armalite was that boats with dirty bottoms sail particularly slowly on days of light variable winds. Time for some hull cleaning maybe?

On handicap Lightly Oiled made up enough ground on the boats ahead to take out first place with Meltdown second and Snatch third. Full results below and the final day of racing to decide the series next Sunday.

 Sailing 26th January
This Sunday is the final day of the Oborns Nautical Supplies Series. Three sprint races are scheduled, with a discard if 2 or more races are sailed. The first race will start at 1300. 

Cruising Event
The French Farm Yacht Club is proposing an overnight cruise to Flea Bay this weekend. The intention is to sail there on Saturday 25th January and return on Sunday 26th January  subject to  weather.
Please contact Dave Maloney at darvomaloney@gmail.com to express interest

Young88 South Island Champs and Canterbury Keelboat Champs
These regattas will be held at the Naval Point Yacht Club on the weekends of 29February and 1 March (Y88 SI Champs)  and 7-8 March (KB Champs)
The notice of race for each event is available on the NPCL website.
Berths in the inner harbour Te Ana Marina can be arranged by contacting: Matt Blythe Marina Manager, Te Ana 021 1957246 E: mattblythe@lpc.co.nz
These events are held at the AYC every second year and a reasonable number of boats normally come around from Lyttleton. It would be great if the AYC fleet could similarly support the event when it is held in Lyttleton

 

Oborns Nautical Series Race 4 January 19th

When a light northerly breeze from the head of the harbour meets a southerly harbour draft coming in from the heads it will be a tricky day for yacht racing. That proved to be very much the case with our racing this week.

Ten boats turned up at the start for a coarse which took the fleet on a course between Lushingtons, the Kaik , Green Point, the Kaik & home. Snatch celebrated their recently repaired mast by jumping into the lead & staying there.

Rounding Mark2- Photo courtesy of Paul Drake

Coming out of start- photo courtesy of Charl Chaney

Further back the fleet was split with some boats staying close to Red Point and doing much better than those on the Tikao side of the harbour. But as so often happens the weather had more in store for us. On the spinnaker run down to the Kaik boats one by one entered the doldrums between the northerly and southerly winds and came to a halt. On Meltdown we had to watch with dismay as Transition & Lightly Oiled sailed right over top of us from a long way back.

At the front of the fleet Snatch and Astruso managed to stay in enough breeze to take out the first two places on line honours. Lightly Oiled were third over the line with Meltdown fourth.
Further back in the fleet the frustrations continued with the wind swinging several times between the north & the south. It was a day for patient skippers & crews.

Regardless in the Prestart

The other lesson of the day for Gabriella and Armalite was that boats with dirty bottoms sail particularly slowly on days of light variable winds. Time for some hull cleaning maybe?

On handicap Lightly Oiled made up enough ground on the boats ahead to take out first place with Meltdown second and Snatch third. Full results below and the final day of racing to decide the series next Sunday.

Sailing 26th January
This Sunday is the final day of the Oborns Nautical Supplies Series. Three sprint races are scheduled, with a discard if 2 or more races are sailed. The first race will start at 1300.

Cruising Event
The French Farm Yacht Club is proposing an overnight cruise to Flea Bay this weekend. The intention is to sail there on Saturday 25th January and return on Sunday 26th January subject to weather.
Please contact Dave Maloney at darvomaloney@gmail.com to express interest

Young88 South Island Champs and Canterbury Keelboat Champs
These regattas will be held at the Naval Point Yacht Club on the weekends of 29February and 1 March (Y88 SI Champs) and 7-8 March (KB Champs)
The notice of race for each event is available on the NPCL website.
Berths in the inner harbour Te Ana Marina can be arranged by contacting: Matt Blythe Marina Manager, Te Ana 021 1957246 E: mattblythe@lpc.co.nz
These events are held at the AYC every second year and a reasonable number of boats normally come around from Lyttleton. It would be great if the AYC fleet could similarly support the event when it is held in Lyttleton

 

Pompey Race 12th January 2020

Unfortunately this race was not held due to lack of entrants. 

The ‘course to be set on the day’ Coastal Race on the 15th March 2020 will now be used for a rerun of the Pompey Race.

Sailing Next Weekend

Saunders Robinson Brown Lawyers 2 Handed Series Race2 – Saturday 18th January 2020

The scheduled start is at 1400. A reminder that this series will have a discard this season

Osborn Nautical Supplies Series Race4- Sunday 19th 2020

This is a long harbour race with a scheduled start at 1300.

VHF Course

The Club is looking at running a VHF Radio Course.  The tutor will be Peter Marshall from Coastguard Boating Education and all those who attend and pass will receive a Maritime VHF Radio Operator Certificate.

Course date:  Saturday 15 February 2020

Start time:     10.00am

Venue: Akaroa Yacht Club

Cost:            $120 per person

If you are interested in attending the course please contact

Glenys – secretary@akaroayachtclub.com no later than 20 January 2020.

 

APOLOGIES – UNABLE TO LOAD PHOTOS AT THIS TIME..

AKAROA YACHT CLUB NEWSLETTER

Akaroa Dolphins New Year Regatta

Nothing resonates more in sailing than the word ‘Regatta’. It conjures up scenes of billowing sails, flags, bunting, cocktails and a party. Well, that is pretty much what happened over the past weekend at AYC, and we have to thank our sponsors – Akaroa Dolphins – for their support over the years for this regatta. A truly great time was had by all. It’s true we were down a few boats this year, as some boats were not able to participate, but what we did have was a full on Young 88 regatta with two wild cards in the form of Transition and Gabriella thrown in for good fun. 

 

Continuing with our summer of upset weather, sadly connected to the enormous bush fires in Australia, we had a strong southerly on Saturday to stir the fleet up. While the Y88s geared up with full mains and #2’s, Transition and Gabriella decided on reefs in the main as an extra level of caution in the breezy conditions. Race 1 had its share of spectacles on the first spinnaker run from the Kaik to Lushingtons with several colourful broaches which shook up the standings somewhat, before the final beat back to Green Point. Transition found the inside track down the east coast line to pip the fleet, and take line honours. Gabriella was just over a minute behind. On handicap it was One Way followed by Afterglow and Transition with the balance of the fleet very close behind. It was impressive to see how well the Y88s handled the breeze with full mains and flat seas. 

 

The second race was sailed on the same course, with everyone gaining better control downwind. Gabriella led the fleet to the finish, just pipping Transition the final dash to the finish line. On handicap, however, those Young 88s showed their mettle with Afterglow claiming the win, followed by First Class and Transition. 

 

Sunday was a completely different story. – flip flop weather!

The forecasts were for northerlies turning gradually round to the west, ending up late afternoon in the south, with easy breezes all day. But hang on, we are in Akaroa and forecasts too often do not mean much, so we waited for a fitful breath of air to fill sails to get a race off, and when the boats could move, we started the first race of the day in under 5 tentative knots from the north around a short course. It was a case of many position changes as the wind was very erratic, but it all came together with One Way and  Gabriella finding some wind, finishing in that order. On handicap, it was One Way with the double, followed by First Class and then Gabriella. 

Race 4 was always going to be a toss-up, or a non-event as the wind became very fickle and twitchy. We set a simple short course to the south to the Kaik and quickly realised that it would need to be shortened to there and back to the finish. Suddenly the earlier coolness and gloom lifted to sun and heat as jackets and such were removed. It was a trying race. – a drifter up the coast. Look! There’s wind over there, and so and so has it! Alas with hardly any steerage at times, it was impossible to join the other boats bounty as they zoomed away, only to come to a dead stop further up. And on it went, until we all managed to get over the finish line and head for the refreshment stand at the club. One Way excelled again with the double, and Hyperactive scored the double for second, with First Class claiming third on handicap. 

Overall the series was won deservedly by One Way – well done. First Class came second, and Afterglow third. Well done to all crew and skippers, and a special thank you to Peter and Kevin, our starters who do a truly stellar job of making this all work. 

Regatta are incomplete without parties and that is precisely what took place afterwards. A good time had by all at the club. 

 

Next Sunday is the Pompeys Pillar Race with a noon start. Please check your compliance with Cat 4 requirements and that you have filled in your signed form confirming that you do fully comply. 

 

Fair winds everyone 

 

Photos attached taken by Tim Richardson of sailing on 4 January 2020

 

Membership Cards and Sailing Programme book

There are still a large number of sailing programme books (with membership cards enclosed) in the box at the Club rooms waiting to be collected.  If you do not have yours please check the box next time you are at the Club.

 

VHF Course

The Club is looking at running a VHF Radio Course.  The tutor will be Peter Marshall from Coastguard Boating Education and all those who attend and pass will receive a Maritime VHF Radio Operator Certificate.

The date of the course:       Saturday 15 February 2020

Starting time:                    10.00am

Venue:                             Akaroa Yacht Club

Cost:                               $120 per person

 

If you are interested in attending the course please contact

Glenys – secretary@akaroayachtclub.com no later than 20 January 2020

 

 

 

Glenys Roberts

Secretary

Akaroa Yacht Club Inc

secretary@akaroayachtclub.com

Phone:  021 1556420

 

Junior Race Day Dec 27th 2019

The junior race day has become a popular and well supported sailing day for the club.

This year 6 club boats turned up to take out on the water about 25 junior sailors plus assorted parents and other interested adults.

 

The racing had an informal feel to it, in part because our regular starters were away and we struggled without them! Two short races were held in beautiful conditions with mild temperatures and steady winds. While some results were recorded the main measure of success was all the smiles on the faces of the junior sailors on return.

 

A great day on the water and great to see the young sailors mingling with their less young club mates. Special thanks to Stephen Horton for his great organization of the day. It felt a bit like drafting time at the sheep yards for a while down there!

 

The Guthrie Plate:  January 1st 2020

The Guthrie plate lived up to its reputation of bringing in the crowds with 12 boats on the start line and plenty of willing crew to go round.  The usual bright clear conditions on the harbour were lost under haze and smoke from the Australian bush fires. Our sympathies to the Australian cousins.

 

Snatch & Afterglow got the best starts and by midway to the heads Snatch & Astruso led the fleet. Beyond the Kaik the wind started to drop and boats were left searching for breeze across the harbour. By the time the fleet rounded the Heads mark boats had clustered together again although Snatch & Astruso were able to retain their lead.

 

A steady southerly breeze blew the fleet home under spinnakers but the weather gods had one more trick up their sleeves! Nearing the Kaik on the return home a strong southerly hit the fleet. Snatch took off under full sail and was reported to be doing over 20knots when suddenly…..their mast broke! Hyperactive unfortunately broke a boom in the same blow and several other boats in the fleet had their own exciting experiences to report.  Fortunately no crew were injured although poor Snatch will be out of action for a while.

 

Meanwhile the race continued, the wind moderated and Astruso sailed well to take out line honours ahead of Transition with First Class just edging out One Way for third.

On handicap it was a good day for the Young 88 fleet with First Class the winner, followed by One Way and then Hyperactive.  Full results are available on the club website.

 

Membership Cards and Sailing Programme book

There are still a large number of sailing programme books (with membership cards enclosed) in the box at the Club rooms waiting to be collected.  If you do not have yours please check the box next time you are at the Club.

 

VHF Course

The Club is looking at running a VHF Radio Course.  The tutor will be Peter Marshall from Coastguard Boating Education and all those who attend and pass will receive a Maritime VHF Radio Operator Certificate.

 

The date of the course: Saturday 15 February 2020

Cost: $120 per person

 

If you are interested in attending the course please contact

Glenys – secretary@akaroayachtclub.com no later than 20 January 2020.

Club Night

A reminder it is Club night tonight Friday 3 January 2020  – 6.00 – 8.00pm

 

 

 

Glenys Roberts

Secretary

Akaroa Yacht Club Inc

secretary@akaroayachtclub.com

Phone:  021 1556420

 

Sunday 22 December- Race3  Oborns Nautical Supplies Series

Nine boats sailed in the 3rd Race in the Oborns series on a warm day in light breezes varying from NW to N and from 6 to 9knts.
The course was to Childrens Bay , Green Point,  Lushingtons, The Kaik, Lushingtons, Green Point and the Finish, which turned out to be a good selection for the conditions.

Snatch lead out of the start followed by Transition, Astruso, One Way and Lightly Oiled. These boats were first around Green Point and stayed at the front to the finish

Snatch sailing away- photo by Paul Drake


Regardless heading to Kaik- photo by Paul Drake

Snatch made the most of their good start and in conditions that suited they extended out their lead on every leg to finish first almost 30 minutes ahead of Transition in second place. The remainder of the fleet was more tightly bunched with Lightly Oiled, Gabrella, Astruso, One Way, Meltdown, Regardless, Penzance and Armalite in that order.

Snatch powered up in gentle breeze – photo by Hannah Anderson


Approaching the Kaik- photo by Paul Drake
The first 3 boats on handicap were Snatch, Lightly Oiled and One Way. One Way is now leading the Oborn series followed by Meltdown,  Snatch and Transition.

Action on Lightly Oiled leaving Lushingtons- photo by Hannah Anderson

It was great to see Lightly Oiled up with the leaders perhaps benefiting from more regular sailing.


 

Thanks are due to Keith Molloy and John MacDonald for taking over the startbox with the regular starters away and also to John Mac for manning the BBQ.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing plenty of boats out in the events below.

Upcoming Holiday Sailing
Juniors Day- Sunday 27th December
This event starts at 1400 all juniors are welcome for a fun afternoon sailing on Keelboats.
We are calling out for boat owners to make themselves available together with sufficient crew to handle their boat. The bar and BBQ will be open afterwards.

The Guthrey Plate- New Years Day
The Heads Race for the Guthrey Plate is scheduled to start at 1300. A Heads turning mark will be laid on the day. This event often attracts the largest fleet of the season

Akaroa Dolphins New Year Regatta -4th &5th Jan
Two short harbour races each day with the first race scheduled to start at 1300.

 

Sunday 15 December- Peraki Race Grand Hotel Coastal Series

This week we raced the first of the Grand Hotel coastal series races. The course took the fleet out to the Heads and then a right turn along the coast for about five nautical miles to a virtual buoy off Peraki Bay and then home again.

Four boats lined up at the start line and Meltdown made the most of a downwind start and a  spinnaker run to lead the fleet away from Akaroa Bay. Regardless and Hyperactive chose paths on the eastern side of the harbour and overtook Meltdown to be first to the heads.


 Penzance passing the Kaik- photo courtesy of Bill McSweeney
The usual sloppy seas and variable winds greeted us outside the heads before a steady 15 to 20 kn nor’easter had us reaching for the virtual buoy. Hyperactive sailed a great leg to lead the fleet around the mark, followed by Regardless, Meltdown and Penzance.

Heading back to the harbour Regardless was leading but it was Penzance who took off and caught up with Meltdown & Hyperactive. Back through the heads and into the harbour Regardless extended their lead to the finish. Pleasingly the wind held up for the whole journey home and all four boats enjoyed good breeze and delightful sailing conditions. For those too busy before Christmas to come sailing you missed a great day on the water.

Over the finish line Regardless took line honours. Meltdown, Hyperactive and Penzance finished next in that order but remarkably close together after a long race.  To have the whole fleet back home in less than 4 ½ hours was very impressive.

On handicap Hyperactive were first  with Penzance a very close second & Meltdown third.

 

Sunday 22 December- Race3 Oborns Nautical Supplies
This Sunday is the third race in the Oborn’s Series starting at 1400hrs. 

Reminder Junior’s Sailing Day- Friday 27 December
The juniors sailing day will be on the Friday 27th December commencing at 1400hrs. The junior sailors will be spread around the boats as space allows so that each boat has a mixture of junior and experienced crew. This has become a very popular event with both the juniors and the yacht crews, and is a great way to extend the juniors involvement in sailing. It is proposed to set some short races, which will keep interest up throughout the afternoon.

ALL juniors interested in sailing are welcome including children who may not be presently involved in the Akaroa Sailing Club
It would be helpful if boat owners can confirm their likely availability to allow planning of numbers.

 

Sunday 8 December- Race 2 Oborn’s Nautical Series

Another pleasant day with a 10-18 knots Norwester, which was much more gentle than forecast. Course 27 was selected which was from the start to Green Point (Mark 9), twice around windward/leeward legs between Tikao (Mark 6), and Onuku (Mark 8) before a beat to Mark 9 and the Finish.

There was a little confusion in the prestart as bees had made a nest in the starters horn which prevented it from working! However, the lights still worked, and Peter Roberts, the race starter, gave some help on the VHF. It was a reaching start down to Mark 9 with Snatch bolting out of the gates first followed by One Way and Meltdown. Hyperactive started down the line. Meltdown sailed over One Way while Hyperactive came smoking along underneath to get around the mark second behind Snatch. Then it was up to Tikao with Transition doing well sailing low and fast.

The Bone Brothers looking to upgrade?- photo courtesy of Chris Mangels

The fleet rounded Tikao with Snatch first, Transition and Meltdown neck and neck for second followed by One Way, Hyperactive, Lightly Oiled and Armalite who were doing some mine sweeping at the rear. We all had a nice run down to Onuku although there was not quite enough breeze for Snatch to really hit her full potential.

Transition heading down to Onuku- photo courtesy of Kevin Kerr

The order of the boats rounding Onuku was Snatch, Transition, Meltdown, One Way, Hyperactive, Armalite, and Lightly Oiled. This stayed the same for the remainder of the race with the exception of Lightly Oiled picking up a place after hoisting a kite for the second run.  A lovely day out sailing, and it was great to see Lightly Oiled joining the fleet again.

The finishing order over the line was Snatch, Transition, Meltdown, One Way, Hyperactive, Lightly Oiled, and Armalite. The corrected time results were very close with only 8 minutes separating the fleet.

The overall positions after 2 races are One Way and Meltdown tied for first, and Snatch is third.

 

 

Sunday 15 December- Peraki Race- First Race in Grand Hotel Coastal Series
This Sunday is the Peraki Race Coastal Race  starting at 1200hrs. It will be necessary for all entrants to register at the startbox with complete list of crew names and a CAT4 safety declaration. Race instructions including GPS coordinates for the virtual mark at Peraki will be emailed later in the week

 

Newsletter December 1 2019

Saturday November 30- Saunders Robinson Brown Lawyers – Two-handed series Race1

A hardened bunch of sailors turned out for a wild and gusty first race with most participants heading to Club Med to hoist the sails which can be challenging with only two on board. The blustery NorEasterly saw only a couple of yachts make a decent start. First  mark was Children’s Bay with a quick run down to Green Point with everyone erring on the side of caution and no kites were flown. After rounding the mark first the fleet was split with some boats hugging the coast uptowards Lushingtons while the others chose a more middle harbour path up to Robinson’s Bay. There were some interesting easterly wind shifts out of Takamatua, while a more northerly channel persisted down Onawe Peninsula with Snatch weaving its way through the shifting winds. This made for some chopping and changing in positions. Having rounded the top mark it was down to Lushingtons with everyone except Snatch playing safe and not flying their kites. Then it was back up to Robinson’s Bay where there was no change to the interesting wind patterns. There was a meeting of the winds which culminated in a calm patch right at the top mark. On the run for home Snatch Astruso and One Way raised their kites and made good gains down the harbour towards Green Point. After rounding Green Point it was a quick and easy leg home.    

Handicap finishing order was Snatch 66 Harry/Dean  One Way 88 Tim/Jacqui  Astruso  Ross M/Brent C Afterglow Jonathan G / Craig P  Hyperactive 5881 Brian B /Mark W, Regardless Jonny/Jane

 

 There are 5 races in this series. so don’t be shy – find a friend to race the next one with on 18th Jan (and there is to be a discard at the end of the series).

Sunday 1 December- Race 1 Oborn’s Nautical Series
It was another glorious sailing day on Akaroa Harbour this week. Warm temperatures and for a change this season, lots of wind although it was gusty &  swinging between North &  North-east.

Seven boats crossed the start line although in gusty conditions  several  boats changed headsails immediately prior to the start and were late getting started.  Once again it was Snatch who got to the first  mark in the lead followed by Regardless.  By  the third mark (Lushingtons)  the lead had changed with Regardless showing her strength in the stronger winds. In the middle of the fleet Meltdown and Gabriella were bow to bow approaching the top mark before an infringement and a penalty turn by Gabriella gave Meltdown a chance to break free.

A long run to Wainui & a beat back to Lushingtons followed with Snatch & Regardless battling for the lead. Towards the  back of the fleet One Way picked up   some extra breeze on the Akaroa side of the harbour and made big  gains on the rest of the fleet.
 
Gabriella and Afterglow heading to Wainui- photo courtesy of Chris Mangels taken from One Way

Over the Line it was Regardless first, followed by Snatch and then Meltdown. On handicap Regardless took out a well-deserved double  with One Way second & Meltdown third.

Sunday 8 December- Race 2 Oborn’s Nautical Series
This Sunday is the second race  of the Oborn’s Series with a harbour course starting at 1400hrs.

Christmas Social
A reminder that the Christmas social is being held at the Clubrooms from 6pm on Saturday 7th December.
There will be a charge of $5 per head to cover a BBQ and finger food

Newsletter Sunday November 24th- Race No 5, 6 and 7 Black Cat Cruises Series

This week was the final day  of racing in the Black Cat Cruises Series and 3  races were planned.  A  strong southerly change forecast   for mid-afternoon would have the final say in that however!

Race 1 on the day started in light to moderate breeze with the wind oscillating between North  & North-west. Setting a course in the Nor –west is always tricky and for a change we had a down wind start with eight boats lined up. The boats quick to get their spinnakers up were rewarded with Snatch, Transition & Meltdown round the first  mark in that order. Snatch stretched out a lead over the next upwind leg from Green Point to Lushingtons.  Astruso  moved into second followed by  Meltdown.


Asturso enjoying the sail to Lushingtons- photos by Kev Kerr

The next leg had the fleet both reaching &  running out to the Kaik as the wind continued to swing &  then die away.  Snatch managed to  round the mark at the Kaik & head for home, while Meltdown & Astruso watched the rest of the fleet catch up from behind & then pass them.

Mark Walker on Transition

On the final beat to the finish line it was Afterglow who were the star performers coming from  well back in the fleet to a handicap winning position by picking a course towards the centre of the harbour. Meanwhile Snatch kept their winning record of  line honours finishes followed by Regardless then Gabriella. But the fun wasn’t over! Before the rest  of the fleet could finish the southerly change with 30-40 knot winds struck. Afterglow, Meltdown & Astruso went on the finish in exciting conditions, with Transition & One Way electing to  withdraw from the race.

On handicap a great result for Afterglow coming in first, followed by Gabriella and then Snatch.
Overall in the Black Cat Cruises series Snatch were convincing winners with Meltdown second & Gabriella third. Full results below.
Special thanks to our sponsors  for this series, Black Cat Cruises.

Sailing Sunday 1 December- Race 1 Oborn’s Nautical Series
This Sunday is the first day of the Oborn’s Series with a harbour race starting at 1400hrs.

Christmas Social
The Christmas social is being held at the Clubrooms from 6pm on Saturday 7th December.
There will be a charge of $5 per head to cover a BBQ and finger food

Juniors Sailing Day
The juniors sailing day will be on the Friday 27th December commencing at 1400hrs. The junior sailors will be spread around the boats as space allows so that each boat has a mixture of junior and experienced crew. This has become a very popular event with both the juniors and the yacht crews, and is a great way to extend the juniors involvement in sailing. It is proposed to set some short races, which will keep interest up throughout the afternoon.
It would be helpful if boat owners can confirm their likely availability to allow planning of numbers.

Message from the Secretary
Subscriptions
Thank you to all who have paid their 2019/2020 subscription.  Don’t forget to collect your membership card and sailing programme book from the Club rooms.
A reminder subscriptions are due and you have up until 30 November 2019 to take advantage of the early payment discount.
Subscriptions paid after 30 November 2019 will cost you more i.e. another $25.00.
If you have not received a subscription invoice or require another one to be sent please contact me:  secretary@akaroayachtclub.com

 

Newsletter Sunday November 17th- Race No4 Black Cat Cruises Series
Bright sun, a steady breeze and mild temperatures greeted this weeks fleet of 6 boats.
A  long harbour race was scheduled so we sailed a course up to Lushingtons, then out the harbour and back to Wainui twice before returning to Childrens Bay & the finish line.


Photo of Snatch taken on a windier day

Snatch has been the consistent performer of the fleet so far this season & once again they got a  great start and rounded the first mark in the lead, followed by Astruso and then Gabriella.
The boats stayed in that order round the next upwind mark, followed by Meltdown , Transition & One Way.

The Black Cat Cruises series this year has had its share of drama and then fickle winds but this week the sailing was about enjoying some beautiful weather on Akaroa harbour. There were very few dramas to report  and over the line the fleet came home in the same order they rounded the first mark with Snatch in the lead, followed by Astruso & then Gabriella.

Handicap times were close and again this week Snatch took out the double with Meltdown second and Gabriella third.

Sailing Sunday 24November- Races 5,6 and 7 Blackcat Series
This Sunday is the final day of the Blackcat Series with 3 sprint races starting at 1300hrs.
The scoring allows for a discard of the worst result after 6 races, which means that Sunday’s results will determine the final standings.

Race Photos
We are always looking for photos to add some colour to the weekly newsletter. Timmy Richardson often provides these but it would be great if other boats contributed as well to get a different perspective.
Photos can be emailed to secretary@akaroayachtclub.com. There is also the chance to win the Richard Macauley Trophy which is awarded annually for the AYC photo of the year

 

Newsletter Sunday November 10th- Race No3 Black Cat Cruises Series

After a challenging start  to our racing so far this season Race 3   finally gave us  some better  conditions and a keen  race fleet of seven  boats. The race started in 5-8 knots of southerly with a coarse round Green Point, Lushingtons, Wainui &  Lushingtons again.

Gabriella got a jump  on the fleet at the start but unfortunately they also had a jump on the start  line and they were called back. The rest of the fleet were left with the familiar sight of Snatch taking a lead round the first  mark  before a spinnaker run to Lushingtons.  Astruso & Transition were in  close pursuit.  Before long the Southerly died and a Nor-West replaced it so we ended up sailing a reaching leg out the harbour to Wainui.

Meltdown heading to Wainui

Regardless & Transition lost the   wind near the Wainui side of the harbour , letting Meltdown , One Way  & Gabriella catch up down the centre of the harbour. Yet another wind change saw a Nor –easter spring up as Snatch,  Astruso ,Regardless & Meltdown led the fleet back to mark 9 (Green Point)

One Way sailing to Mark9
It  was a day of big wind changes and the southerly returned for the final short run from mark 9 to the finish.
For the second week in a row it was Snatch  who  crossed the line  first ,  followed by Astruso. In a race within a race Meltdown & Regardless had a close final tussle for the line under spinnaker before Meltdown edged ahead. Further back in the fleet Gabriella , One Way & Transition all crossed the line within 15 seconds of each other.

Photo of Transition taken from One Way nearing the finish line- courtesy Tim Richardson

Snatch again took out the double with handicap honours as well this week, followed by Meltdown , with One Way third. Full &  overall results listed below.


Sailing Sunday 17 November
The fourth race in the Blackcat Series is scheduled for this weekend with a 1300hr scheduled start and a long harbour race.

Bar Duty Roster
The bar duty roster for the first part of the 2019-2020 season is below. If you are unable to undertake your duty on the day selected please arrange with another boat to swop days

YACHT                                                           DUTY OFFICER
OCT 27th Committee                                     Committee
NOV 3rd Melt Down                                      Gil Smith
NOV 10th Transition                                      Patsy Little
NOV 17th Regardless                                     David Maloney
NOV 24th One Way                                        Tim Anderson
NOV 30th Afterglow                                       Bill McSweeney
DEC 1st Future One                                        Keith Molloy
DEC 7th Committee (Xmas Party)                Committee
DEC 8th Hyper Active                                     Charl Chaney
Dec 15th Armalite                                           Peter Gluyas
DEC 22ND Penzance                                        Alex Aitken
DEC 27th Gabriella                                          Stephen Horton
JAN 1st Astruso                                                John Macdonald
JAN 4th Snatch                                                 Phil Narbey
JAN 5th Lightly Oiled                                        Ali Chaney
JAN 12th Transition                                          Brian Little
JAN 18th Regardless                                         Peter Zwart
Jan 19th Melt Down                                         Gil Smith

Subscriptions
Thank you to all who have paid their 2019/2020 subscription.  Don’t forget to collect your membership card and sailing programme book from the Club rooms.
A reminder subscriptions are due and you have up until 30 November 2019 to take advantage of the early payment discount.
Subscriptions paid after 30 November 2019 will cost you more i.e. another $25.00.
If you have not received a subscription invoice or require another one to be sent please contact me:  secretary@akaroayachtclub.com

Newsletter Sunday November 3rd

– Race No2 Black Cat Cruises Series

Summer arrived in Akaroa this weekend. Blue skies, warm temperatures, lots of sun…..and very little wind!  The fleet of 8 boats sat round at the start line in the heat for well over an hour waiting for the wind to arrive. We   got puffs from the Nor-east, from the south and from the Nor-west but nothing steady.


One Way with Shore Crew prior to race

Racing finally got under way later in the afternoon with a light breeze from the south.  A short course took the boats to Green Point, Lushingtons, back to Green Point and then home. Snatch pulled away to be at the top mark first, followed by Astruso and then Gabriella. By the next mark the wind was up its old tricks with a 180 degree swing to the Nor-east. Snatch managed to stay in the breeze and build a commanding lead. The rest of the fleet were left drifting between breezes and testing the patience of all the sailors on the water.

Snatch were the star performers of the day finishing almost an hour ahead of Regardless who were second over the line with One Way and Gabriella recording the same time about a minute further back. Race rules state that boats must finish in a time within 150% of the winners time and on a day of fickle and frustrating wind no one managed this.
So both Line and handicaps honours go to the crew of Snatch.
Full results listed below.


We will all be hoping for something better from the weather gods next weekend.

Sailing Sunday 10 November
The third race in the Blackcat Series is scheduled for this weekend with a 1400hr scheduled start and a harbour race.

AYC 2019-2020 Season Opening
Saturday 26th October
The opening function on Saturday night was well attended and enjoyed by all. Thanks are due to Ali Chaney and the club members who helped with the catering which was enjoyed by all. The mood of the evening rapidly fell away later as the WRC Semi-final disaster unfolded.

Opening Day Race
A good fleet of 9 boats were entered but with the wind swinging from NE to NW and between 5 and 20kts sailing conditions were not ideal for the opening Day Race, nor even the Commodore’s sailpast. The first short leg was to mark2 in Childrens Bay followed by a reach to Green Point mark9. The wind was moderate for these legs, and the front runners included Racing Car, Astruso, Gabriella, Regardless and Penzance with a gap back to Meltdown, Transition, One Way and Armalite.
The next leg was a beat to Mark3 in Lushingtons Bay with the wind strength now climbing to gust over 30kts, and conditions became testing. Boats such as One Way, which had selected smaller headsails, started to gain.
However, halfway to Mark3 a major collision occurred between Racing Car and Gabriella which resulted in Racing Car rapidly sinking and the crew jumping clear.

Racing Car resting on the seabed

Racing was immediately abandoned and Racing Car’s crew were pulled onto the nearest boats. Most importantly all crew were picked up quickly and without injury.
We offer our condolences to Sam Cowdy on Racing Car’s sinking and hope that a successful salvage is possible
.
Health and Safety
Peter Zwart has provided the following report

Health and Safety Report
27 October 2019 Incident Report
The incident on 27 October 2019 that resulted in the sinking of Racing Car has provided a timely opportunity for us to review AYC procedures and deal with any perceived weaknesses.  This will take a while and any proposed changes will need to go through the full committee. In the meantime we will adopt the following changes in racing procedures on a temporary basis:
1.  Skippers signing in on all races, will need to provide the total number of crew on Board (including Skipper), at the time of signing in. Any subsequent changes should be radioed in to the Starters. In addition for coastal races all crew names are to be listed on the entry form.
2. In any serious incident, including loss of a boat, the Racing Officer of the day will be responsible for communication of the incident back to the Clubhouse. The Clubhouse/Starters will communicate where necessary with emergency services.
3.  All school aged children on boats during races must be wearing an appropriate fitting life jacket.
As above these are temporary changes which will take effect immediately and continue to apply until we can review all the findings from this incident.
Thanks
Peter Zwart
H & S Officer

Sailing Sunday 3 November
The second race in the Blackcat Series is scheduled for this weekend with a 1400hr scheduled start and a harbour race.

 

 

2019-2020 Season Opening
It’s only 3 weeks until Labour weekend and the AYC opening. I wont mention winter boat maintenance, which will now be all but complete.

Social Function
26th October -the opening function will be held at the clubrooms commencing 1800hrs. This will include a BBQ meal organised by Ali Chaney who has taken over as social convenor. All AYC members are most welcome to join in a celebration of the new season
Annual Sailpast
27th October- 1300hrs sail-past- once again our Commodore, Charl Chaney, will be on station at the end of the AYC jetty ready to salute the fleet and receive ‘greetings’ from the yacht crews. Non racing yachts, dinghies and launches are welcome to join in the fun.
Opening Day Race
27th October- The opening day race start is scheduled for 1400hrs. This will be a harbour course and is also the first race in the Blackcat series.

Handbook 2019-2020
The new seasons handbook will be available at the AYC during the weekend (providing subs are paid)
There are a number of changes in the Handbook including revised courses and sailing instructions so the 2019-2020 version is a must have on board during races.
A change to the start-line has been made to allow that a substitute mark1a can be placed on the day in order to decrease the bias that occurs with the existing startline in northerly winds. This is described in detail in SI 10.0

Sailing Programme
The racing programme for this season is below.
Changes include increased numbers of 2-Handed Races, and a Mark Foy invitation series of 2 races that will be held over the weekends when the Young88 and Canterbury Keelboat Championships are being held in Lyttelton

Handicaps
PHRF has been retained as the handicap system for the coming season, and it will be necessary to have a current PHRF certificate to get a result. Renewal of the PHRF certificate is a straightforward process online at the following link https://www.yachtingnz.org.nz/shop/phrf.

Safety
As a reminder all boats are required to comply with the YNZ safety regulations Category 5 for Harbour Races and Category 4 for Coastal Races. Entry in a race confirms acceptance by the Skipper of responsibility for safety compliance.
Peter Zwart has been appointed Health and Safety Officer for 2019-2020 and should be approached with any queries.

Finally best wishes from the Race Committee for an enjoyable, and successful 2019-2020 sailing  season