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With a large number of sailors keen for some time on the water over the long weekend, a meeting was hastily arranged for Waitangi Day 3pm at the end of Beach Road.
On the day 4 Beach Catamarans, 1 trailer sailer, and 8 centerboard yachts graced the start line.
The course was expertly set by our resident Yachting NZ official Dave Hemsley. A windward leeward course which to this multihull sailor seemed to favoured the mono hulls. Regardless, one lap for the mono’s and 2 for the Catamarans.
Two races were completed by the entire fleet, and while a few of the catamaran skippers were off showboating, the centerboard monohulls had a third race.
Well done to all and a big thanks to Dave and Dave for their committee boat work. Positions were shared around, although line honours have to go to Bradley sailing his Laser and Geoff in his buffalo catamaran. Well done to Sue on her win in the 3rd race and to our youngest competitor Leo a gutsy performance in a strong breeze with considerable wave action.
Next race date Sunday February 19th if sufficient interest. Beach Road 2pm briefing.
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Things to note:
Learn to sail sessions split into session 1 first 1 1/2 hours, session 2 second 1 1/2 hours.
Racing: 2 Trailer sailor races with centerboard and catamarans is a trial to see how it goes. We will set 2 courses one for the trailer sailors and catamarans and the other for the center-boarders, we Will need support from non sailing members.
Learn to sail session 2 will run in conjunction with Junior centerboard racing. Again a little support to make this happen. So that means racing this Saturday!
Please let me know if you are keen on the Old Fox but want more details as you are new to the event. Basically all Trailer sailors head up the river and pull out at the landing or stay the night. All catamarans once racing finishes return to Beach road and de rig there. Also it doubles as our Evening out so you will need to book yourselves in at the Landing from 5:30pm for dinner. Let them know you are with the Katikati Boating Club and the old Fox race. I hope by now they know to expect us!
A great turnout for the first day of sailing in the 2016/17 sailing season. Monday of Labour weekend was chosen to kick of the season and the weather did not disappoint. Although overcast there was a gentle breeze to coax sailor’s back onto the water and ease them into the routines rusty after a winter indoors. Pleasingly the breeze freshened as the afternoon worn on, giving a good turn of speed to the yachts.
Amongst the fleet on the day were 3 Micron’s, 6 Optimists, 1 Viking and 3 catamarans. A few on water boat swaps were performed to allow sailor’s the chance to try out other yachts. This was ably facilitated by the Club Coach Boat expertly helmed by Bruce Jonson.
Although the breeze was too light for the trapeze wire it did not stop one of our junior club members Miles Jonson from strapping in and letting it all hang over the side.
The club welcomes Logan Dobbs who having only had 15 minutes’ instruction on sailing was given the helm of the Tiger Cub, a scaled down Paper Tiger Catamaran. He acquitted himself well and later swapped for an Optimist. The smile at the end of the session said it all.
The numbers of teenagers sailing are increasing and it was great to see Brecon Cameron, Mac Willacy, Madeleine Schnackenberg, Kylie Dobbs, Flynn Sunderland and Josh Langley out sailing with confidence. It should be a good junior race series with some good on the water competition.
Not forgetting the younger sailor’s Grace Jonson, Brynn Landman, Ben Tanner and Miles Jonson who demonstrated good sailing skill on the day.
The learn to sail programme will get underway shortly. Currently we have no spare capacity for the learn to sail programme, however, we would welcome club members with their own yachts. We are also planning a race series for trailer sailor’s as well as beach catamarans and dinghy sailing for competent junior and senior club members.
If you would like to know more of our activities or get on the email lists drop a line to club commodore Hamish Carr at email@example.com
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