The Katikati Boating Club sailing programme is into its last few sessions. We have been spoilt to date with exceptionally good sailing conditions for both the learn to sail programme and the junior racing series. The learn to sail programme has been so successful that we have split the sessions with younger sailors in the morning and the older sailors in the afternoon. The Club is spoilt to have fantastic parents ensuring the rigging and wash down of yachts is well covered, a number of parents are also proficient in the coach boat. We have run a race series for the junior members who have shown sufficient skill from the learn to sail course. This is going from strength to strength with the latest session last Saturday seeing 5 sailors enjoying a 3 race programme. The sailors all sail the same course, although we have 4 different yacht types at any one time. Starling, Optimist, Micron and Vikings all get out on the course. The juniors involved are Brecon Cameron sailing a Starling, Leo Morley who started the series in an Optimist and has progressed into a Viking, Thies Harms sailing very consistently in an Optimist, Flynn Sunderland sailing a Viking, Mac Willacy sailing an Optimist and Josh Langley sailing first an Optimist and then progressing to a Micron. The hope is that we can include a senior series into the 2016/17 season, many of our parents are keen sailors and enjoy the sport as much as their children.
December 19th 2015 saw the running of the annual Old Fox Yacht race and Christmas Dinner at the Landing. We had a fleet of 7 local yachts along with a number of visiting yachts from Tauranga including 2 large multi hulls. With the race not scheduled until 3pm, we set out as a fleet around 11am from Tanners Point and sailed downwind towards Bowentown. Both Graeme and I were in the lead and as soon as we cleared Lead Point it became evident the wind against tide would create a very uncomfortable ride for all concerned, so we turned into the shelter of ANZAC Bay for a spot of lunch and a swim.
We pulled anchor around 1pm and the conditions had moderated considerably. A number even shook out their reef. The joining of the two fleets was quite a sight and for a time the northern habour was filled with sails. Racing was tight with 2 yachts over the line ahead of the finish time and another 2 deemed to have not sailed a proper course by race committee Graeme Wallace. This left the door open for line honours by Salsa sailed by Tauranga couple Graham and Barbara. Followed very closely by the first local yacht home Raker, sailed by Bruce Jonson and crewed by his children and friends Ian and Josh Langley.
Well done to all involved and a well run, well patronised local event. My thanks to Graham Wallace for been the race committee, to Dave Hemsley for his promotion of the event as media liaison officer, and to Dan Wallis for arranging sponsorship with the Landing Bar and Restaurant.
Local yachts entered were:
Aspin: Don Wallis
Blue Merlin: Hamish Carr
Cha Cha: Gwlyn Jones
Red Caribou: Graeme Vallely
Charlotte: Peter Norrie
Glen Isla: Mark Horst
Raker: Bruce Jonson
The open day was a windy affair which kept all but one of the optimists on the trailer.
Brecon braved the elements in his Starling and did well to avoid capsize.
Bruce got out briefly in his Viking, Tam and Mac had a sail in the Micron.
Graeme went sailing in the Micron just long enough to break the mast.
While all this was unfolding Hamish sailed his Tiger Cub Catamaran with kids aboard. After some frustrations with swirly winds, a course was devised which gave for some exciting albeit cold and wet sailing. Those brave lads that came sailing were:
Ben, Brynn, Thies, Griffin, Flynn and Mac.
It was great to meet Denholm who donated his daughters Sunburst, he was very complementary of the work that was done restoring it and the trailer and was looking forward to getting his daughter down to see the yacht when she got back to New Zealand later this year.
Thanks also to the parents who came and stayed a while, great to see parents enjoying the day while their children sailed the habour.
We are having an open day on Saturday 17th October from 10am until 2pm at MacMillan Reserve, down the end of Beach Road. The club has benefited enormously over the past couple of years from Community Board support for its coach boat, and a number of people who have donated yachts to the club. This is the clubs chance to show case the yachts and other resources to the community and we welcome people at any time during the day. Activity on the water will include some fun yacht races and a number of yachts on the water sailing. All activities are of course weather dependent.
After a week of fine days and light sea breezes, we were unfortunate to hold the annual introduction to sailing day on a wet day. The call was made to go ahead and as luck would have it the weather co-operated sufficiently to allow the children onto the water with a good sailing breeze for beginners. This event is run in conjunction with the Katikati Resource Centre
All the participants loved the day and gained some knowledge and confidence in a yacht. My thanks to Dave, Bruce and Graeme for assisting with the organisation and running of the day. Thanks also to Bobbette and Ross for the loan of their superb Marquee.
Valentines Day, and what a way to spend the afternoon, in loving embrace with the sea.
Club member Peter Norrie got me started,
I went down to the sea one summer’s eve
I stood there gazing upon her vastness,
The waves gently lapping upon my feet,
The smell of salty air, the sea gulls hoping I’ll give.
Oh how wonderful, this life I live.
Anyways ramblings aside it was a truly magical afternoon, the wind gentle and forgiving, but for one capsize of a Micron with Mac at the helm. Within the fleet there was a Micron, Starling, Optimist, Tigre Cub and 3 Sunbursts.
It was great to see Kate and Michael from Sea Scouts out with their family enjoying a sail in their Sunburst. The kids seemed to enjoy the swimming and playing on the beach as much as the sailing. The discovery of a rather limp hammer head shark did much to enliven the imaginations of the children, although it was best viewed up wind.
Sailing was constant from a little after 3 until 6 in the evening.
Many thanks to all who attended and made it so enjoyable. Thanks to Bruce for thinking up the idea, hope it did not make you too late to dinner. With plenty of summer left lets hope we can have another such gathering before too long.
Since the weater is looking good and we have a 4pm high tide anyone that is interested we will have a few of the club boats down at Beach Road at around 3pm, Please come down with your yachts
If you have any questions, call Bruce on 549 5502