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Akaroa Yacht Club - Racing News 

Your Racing Committee 2015/16
Bruce Hyland: Rear Commodore, Racing
Kit Grigg
Ross Millar
Jonny Bell

"On the Start Line" 

Black Cat Series - Race 3

I am writing this weeks newsletter from Kerikeri in the far north of the Bay of Islands. Sadly, I missed yesterday's race, though Gabriella was out there in the thick of things on the water. Just paid a visit to the Kerikeri Cruisng Club this afternoon. A very good set up with some quite interesting sport boats on the hard that would give our fleet a shake up!

By all accounts from Peter Guthrey on Gabriella, it was a very light shifty day that was a real challenge to perseverance and patience. 12 boats made the start, with 9 finishing the race. A great turnout. Snatch won line honours and corrected time to take the double, followed over the line by Astruso, Head Office and NZanity. On corrected  time, Key Largo was second and NZanity third.

Complete Results

Akaroa Yacht Club

Results are final as of 18:18 on November 8, 2015


Sailed:3, Discards:0, To count:3, Ratings:TCF, Entries:20, Scoring system:Appendix A
Rank Boat SailNo TCF R1 1400 R2   R3 1400 Total Nett Notes
1st Snatch 66 .855 1.0 6.0 1.0 8.0 8.0  
2nd Key Largo 6492 .61 6.0 1.0 2.0 9.0 9.0  
3rd Nzanity 8377 .76 4.0 2.0 3.0 9.0 9.0  
4th Gabriella 6391 .826 3.0 4.0 8.0 15.0 15.0  
5th Head Office 5503 .831 2.0 9.0 5.0 16.0 16.0  
6th Astruso 8740 .859 11.0 DNC 3.0 4.0 18.0 18.0  
7th Transition 5323 .81 11.0 DNC 5.0 7.0 23.0 23.0  
8th Armalite 4911 .802 7.0 7.0 9.0 23.0 23.0  
9th Penzance 5161 .765 11.0 DNC 8.0 6.0 25.0 25.0  
10th Farrst Forward 6562 .78 5.0 12.0 DNC 13.0 DNF 30.0 30.0  
11th One Way 88 .769 8.0 12.0 DNC 13.0 DNF 33.0 33.0  
12th After Glow 6688 .769 9.0 10.0 14.0 DNC 33.0 33.0  
13th Born Free 2838 .636 11.0 DNC 12.0 DNC 13.0 DNF 36.0 36.0  
14th Racing Car 47 .836 11.0 DNC 12.0 DNC 14.0 DNC 37.0 37.0  
14th Regardless 4166 .81 11.0 DNC 12.0 DNC 14.0 DNC 37.0 37.0  
14th Main Royal 1113 .6 11.0 DNC 12.0 DNC 14.0 DNC 37.0 37.0  
14th Hyperactive 5881 .779 11.0 DNC 12.0 DNC 14.0 DNC 37.0 37.0  
14th Lightly Oiled 5924 .798 11.0 DNC 12.0 DNC 14.0 DNC 37.0 37.0  
14th Hyperactive 5881 .779 11.0 DNC 12.0 DNC 14.0 DNC 37.0 37.0  
14th Future One 5091 .764 11.0 DNC 12.0 DNC 14.0 DNC 37.0 37.0  


Start:Start 1, Finishes:Elapsed time
Rank Boat SailNo TCF Finish Elapsed Corrected Nett Notes
1 Snatch 66 .855   02:26:45 8.71296296296296E-02 1.0  
2 Key Largo 6492 .61   03:28:55 8.84953703703704E-02 2.0  
3 Nzanity 8377 .76   02:58:24 9.41550925925926E-02 3.0  
4 Astruso 8740 .859   02:38:39 9.46412037037037E-02 4.0  
5 Head Office 5503 .831   02:57:44 .102569444444444 5.0  
6 Penzance 5161 .765   03:21:43 .107164351851852 6.0  
7 Transition 5323 .81   02:57:53 .107905092592593 7.0  
8 Gabriella 6391 .826   03:11:48 .110023148148148 8.0  
9 Armalite 4911 .802   03:21:07 .112013888888889 9.0  
10 Farrst Forward 6562 .78   DNF   13.0  
10 One Way 88 .769   DNF   13.0  
10 Born Free 2838 .636   DNF

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Sailpast and Club Opening

With about 10kts of breeze from the Northeast and a beautiful day, The Commodore, Peter Guthrey, took the salute aboard Gabriella, moored off the club dock. Juniors started the fleet review, with three boats followed by five keelers and one power boat. Numbers were down this year as three boats have not yet relaunched, and a further two are getting refits in Wellington and Lyttelton. Overall a fun event with the Commodore getting return salutes of water cannons and water bombs, all in the spirit of the event. Afterwards the opening party was well attended and lots of fun was had by all. The sailing season is now open!

The Black Cat Series started on Sunday with a crisp Southerly running at around 15kts, except around the start line where it was temperamental   Once out into the main wind stream there were great conditions which quickly shook the cobwebs out of us all as we grappled to relearn all our regular reflex actions onboard. 
A newcomer to the fleet, Snatch, a very quick Thompson 850 quickly showed her heels to the fleet and came around the course to take line honours and also the handicap. Head Office was second over the line and handicap, followed closely by Gabriella in third. 

       CLUB NIGHT DUTY OFFICER 2015-2016

Fri   Nov 6th    Peter Guthrey

Fri   Dec 4th   Howard Wilson

Fri   Jan 1st   Bruce Hyland

Fri   Feb 4th   John Stewart

Fri   March 4th   Gil Smith

Fri   April 1st   Alex Aitken

Fri   May 6th   Patsy Little

Fri   June 3rd   Mike Norris



Sailing & Racing Newsletter:


The new season is nearly here!  Are you ready?  Is your boat ready, and have you crew for the season?  Well, this season to improve participation in club sailing and racing activities, we are embarking on some new initiatives to bring more people into the sailing and racing fold.  Now is the time to start to plan your sailing time in Akaroa, and this newsletter sets out some of the upcoming events on the sailing calendar that you need to know about, so open the attached newsletter and read on!  See you all on the water


Topics included:


  • AYC's first Sailpast is to take place on Saturday 25th October at 1500hrs.  Read about what is involved and how you can be part of this opening event for our club.  Party to follow at 1800hrs with BBQ, so plan your Labour Weekend at the club now.  Regular racing commences on Sunday 26th October at 1400hrs.
  • Have a look at the new season racing calendar, and put the dates into your calendar, so you are able to compete in our varied programme.
  • Something completely different: - "Kerry's Round the Buoys Race" Sunday 14th December 1300hrs.  A race around all the marks in the harbour - any way you want to do it, with a first place corrected time prize of $1000.00  Yes, you did read that correctly!  Find out how you can qualify.
  • Crew Bank.  Yes crew shortages can be a real problem for many owners and skippers.  Find out how we are working to help in that area.
  • Cruising yachts, no spinnakers, will have a shorter course this year, but share the start with the racing fleet, so lets see more of you out on the water just having a spot of fun and sharing in the love of the sea that we all share.


So, click on the Word attachment, get all the details and make your plans for an exciting racing season at your club.


If you have any suggestions or input into our racing programme, please feel free to share your thoughts with your racing committee by sending me an email outlining your thoughts at <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>


Smooth sailing to all,


Bruce Hyland


Rear Commodore, Racing



                               AKAROA YACHT CLUB – NEWS LETTER OCTOBER 2014


CLUB NIGHT:   All welcome this Friday 3rd October between 5 and 7pm. Non-members please sign in on arrival in visitors book at door.


WORKING BEE:   Sunday 19th October 8.30am. Organiser Phil Narbey  03 3047601   If you are unable to help on this date, give Phil a phone call and he will be able to advise you when other jobs are planned to be worked on. Remember this is your way of helping the club and doing your bit. “More hands make light work”


OPENING WEEKEND:   Sailpast at 1500hrs on Saturday 25th October is planned to start the New Season for 2014. This is a fun event designed to get as many boats involved. Bruce Hyland will have more information for everyone in the running of this traditional opening, which will be circulated shortly. Opening weekend BBQ and party that evening.  First sailing race of the season is on Sunday 26th October.  Check your sailing programme for start time.


INVOICE:  Your New Season Subscription invoice will be in your inbox shortly – Lookout for it! Make sure your subs are paid before 15th December 2014. Then you will receive your new season sailing programme. Don’t you be the one who . . . . . HASN’T PAID!


NEW RACE:  In our sailing programme this year, KERRY THACKER thousand dollars takes all. Yes, $1000.00. One winner! Check your sailing programme for details! Kerry doing his bit to get more boats on the water!!


B DIVISION RACING:   All sailing boats are welcome to race  in this division. Your start time will be the same as normal fleet racing. If you would like to know more, phone John Stewart 03 3126587 or  your sailing programme will have information about this division.


WELLINGTON TO AKAROA:   In conjunction with “ The Fully Crewed Central Triangle Race”. Starting on the 6th March 2015 from Wellington racing  to Akaroa  then racing from Akaroa to Napier and back to Wellington!  Great race and our club is involved. Charl Chaney is our liaison officer in regard to this race. It will be a fun weekend but a lot has to be done to make sure that our sailing guests are well looked after. They were over the moon in regards to how Akaroa Yacht Club looked after them, last time they did the two handed race, doing the same cause. A lot has to be organised and you may be able to help in some way, so don’t be shy.


ANYONE INTERESTED:   In learning how to start races and record results with John Dampier-Crossley, Starter. You may know someone who could be interested. Please contact Simon Austin: 027 4356249. A great way to be involved with sailing.


ANY BOATS:   Needing to go on the slipway, you must book with John Dampier-Crossley Phone: 304 8858/ 027445428


CLUB CAPS FOR SALE:   Ask behind bar for one. $30 each. Only Navy Blue available. All sales must be recorded.


NEW CLUB BURGEE’S:   Best looking club Burgee’s in NZ. Ask behind bar for one. $35 each. All sales must be recorded.


THE RULES OF THE ROAD:  Under sail and Power:   If your boat is under sail and power at the same time, you are considered to be a power-driven vessel and must obey the rules for such vessels. By night you must show the lights for a power-driven vessel of your length, and by day a black cone, point downwards, in the forepart of your vessel where it can best  be seen.   




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