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Hi Everyone

We have come to the end of another season on the water,not very big fleets this year,but still a great time was had by all.

The AGM was held on the 1st June,a good turnout from members,we will get the new executive onto the website ASAP.

A meeting was held on Mon 2nd June to review Bruce Hylands suggestions for some changes to the raceing program,this was well attended and some positive changes are likely

The seasons results are below this article.

The annual golf tournament was held last weekend with 8 boats represented,Leda Ladies won the Leda trophy,with Team Leda 2nd and DC [Charls boat] 3rd,it was a great day and a lot of fun,have a look at the photo's in the gallery

We have put into the gallery photo's of this years prizegiving,last year it was mentioned that the names and a description  of the prize would be very helpful,so I have done this,but am sure to have made some mistakes,please let me know and I will correct them,or likewise if there is anything you would like added.

Thanks to Jo Silverthorn for her photo's and to Rob Goddard for his help with the website,Jo has taken on the job of producing the newsletters,so keep an eye out for some interesing articles,and some changes Jo would like to make to the website.

The Commodores report below is a full report of the season.

   Take care and winter well Cheers Kev



JUNE 2014
This is my last annual report as Commodore. 
I am sorry not to be present here at the AGM and apologise to you all for this. I thank Mike Norris for 
chairing the meeting on my behalf. My year as Commodore has been made rewarding with the great 
help of the committee and the continued input from many of the members.
It was with a sadness felt by not only me but shared with many others, both members and non-
members, that we farewelled Richard Macauley who passed away during the year. His input and 
vision for the Boat Shed will be very much missed, and he would be so pleased to see the increasing 
number of young sailors once again using these facilities.
Rear Commodore Racing – Mark Walker – has done a another great job this year. Apart from 
steering us through the season’s race programme with very few problems (not bad when you 
consider it covers 43 races) he organised the Club’s hosting of the Canterbury Champs; entries were 
down this year and the weather prevented a full day on the Sunday. The club also hosted the Young 
88 championships, six boats and good racing. Both trophies went back to Lyttelton .
Ross Millar our handicapper did a great job as he has done for years. Results show the good job he 
has done. Thankyou also to Jonny Bell and Kit Grigg for their assistance in the background.
Club Captain Kev Kerr has had a busy year right the way through the season, and the Canterbury 
Champs and Young 88 series added to this. With a good team on his sub-committee - Charl Chaney, 
Sue Kerr, Sue Wilson, Ruth Aitken, Roger Ropoama and Roger Montgomery - the bar and food has 
been well stocked.
Rear Commodore Jason de Vink (with help from Lara and a few dedicated parents) has done a great 
job with the youth sailing. Paid up junior members totalled 48 for the summer This has been a big 
job, thankyou to all of you. The sailing school purchased a new coaching/rescue boat with a very 
generous grant from Air Rescue Services.
 The season has been busy with on-water activities and social evenings at the AYC and also at the 
Golf Match
The annual golf tournament is on the 7th
 June, thanks to Al Bradford and Kev Kerr for arranging this.Our membership is still growing , but no new boats. I am encouraged by the interest from young 
children in the sport and we should all try to maintain this interest. A thankyou to all members who 
have helped around the club.
Our Race Sponsors this year are Oborns Nautical, Black Cat Cruises, Allied Trades Akaroa, Madeira 
Hotel, The Grand Hotel, Akaroa Dolphins, Bayleys Real Estate, Akaroa Butchery & Deli, Ca Bouge, 
and Mount Gay Rum. Fox and Associates sponsored the Canterbury Champs. Our programme is well 
supported by advertisers Oborns Nautical, World Travellers, BNS Design & Print Ltd. Bayleys Real 
Estate, Akaroa Butchery and Akaroa Auto Centre.
To our Patron Frank Dickson, thankyou for your help.
To the rest of the committee - Keith Molloy, Mike Norris, Howard Wilson, Brian Little, Patsy 
Little – thankyou. And thankyou Vice-Commodore Peter Guthrey for your efforts in standing in 
during my absence and reading results, raffles, and lending your time during our many telephone 
To our starter John Dampier-Crossley and assistant Lou Walker, this is a mammoth task every race 
day, thankyou both for a job well done.
To Simon Austin our executive secretary, a big thankyou. You are a big help to me as Commodore. 
And to Karen Shepherd, our auditor, thankyou for your efforts. This is a huge job to do on a 
voluntary basis in your own time.
Thankyou to all the members for helping to make this club a successful organisation and a place 
where we can all gain a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction.
Alex Aitken
June 2014
Inline image 1Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Makes FMJ Honorary Members!
FMJ Racing have sailed under The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron burgee for a number of years now, representing New Zealand's biggest Yacht Squadron in numerous events all over the World! The Royal New Zealand yacht Squadron Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme was home to five of the seven sailors on the team for 2,3 and even 4 years for skipper Tiller with the team graduating two years ago. It has been a huge stepping stone For FMJ to develop as a team on and off the water! 
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'It is huge boost for the guys' bowman Shaun Mason said, 'We have represented the club for a number of years now, but to be made honorary members is absolutely fantastic.' FMJ is looking forward to a huge season flying the 'Squady' flag with events in the Extreme Sailing Series, Match Racing events and the Red Bull Youth America's Cup! A big thanks must go to The RNZYS for the support and taking it to the next level!
Stay tuned,
FMJ Racing  Harry Thurston is on the right.
If any club members would like to follow Harry's team on the web,the team site is





Saturday 25thMay:  This will combine the last of the summer series with the first of the Saturday Scuttlebutt sessions, will involve a BBQ and will be centred at the AYC clubhouse – BYO, although the bar will be open.  The evening session will be Robin and Bob Jones on cruising the Marlborough Sounds – if they have got back by then!

Saturday 22ndJune:  Saturday Scuttlebutt, 1930 hrs AYC Clubhouse – Jim Dilley on his recent voyage through the Solomon Islands and Micronesia)

Saturday 27thJuly:  Saturday Scuttlebutt, 1930 hrs FFAC Clubhouse – Irene Hayward; Cuttyhunk around the world.  Please note the evnues – there has been a change since the last newsletter




  • With a bit of luck the 25thMay will provide decent weather.  We haven’t planned anything in particular for the ‘on-water’ part of that day – the hope is that some ofus will get a gentle sail before assembling at the AYC for a few drinks, a BBQ meal and a talk from Bob and Robin.  See you there.


  • Bob snd Robin are back in Nelson, where Syrah is to be moored over the winter.  Some people have all the good jobs!


  • Although we had a disappointing attendance at the Group meeting, we have been able to sketch out a programme for the winter months.  Events for the first half of the winter are as set out above.  The plan is that the ‘Saturday Scuttlebutt’ evenings in the second half of the winter will concentrate on practical and maintenance issues – 12 volt electrics, sails, propellers, small diesel engines, what needs to be done when and suchlike.  Watch this space!


  • The FFAC holds a regular gathering in the afternoon / early evening of the third Saturday in each month.  In part, this is intended as something of a ‘community’ gathering for those in the French Farm area, but all FFAC and Group members are welcome.  Basically a pre-dinner drinks and nibbles occasion (please bring your own of the first and a contribution to the second) this is an event that can easily evolve into an impromptu BBQ – again BYO.


  • Caplin is on the market – listed in TradeMe (Listing #: 585504371), with an asking price of $50,000.  One for the classic yacht enthusiast.  If you are interested or know of anyone who is, Jan van den Berg is the person to talk to.


In addition, it seems likely that Ziggy will shortly be available – she has recently been out on the French Farm slipway for the usual maintenance.  An ideal ‘entry’ vessel for the young at heart!


  • Does anyone have a small grid steering compass that is surplus to their requirements? If so, please get in touch with John.  One of the black plastic ‘Sestral’ models with a card about 70mm in diameter would be ideal (it is for a ‘tell-tale’ inside the cabin so that a deviation from course can be quickly be detected – anything rather than go on deck!)


  • If you have anything that you would like included in future newsletters – gossip, actual news, reports on future or intended cruises, wanted to buy/sell, requests for information/help and so on – please let us know.


  • “Cruising On’ now goes out to over 40 email addresses – which implies a somewhat larger Group membership.  If you know of anyone who would like to be on the list – or who you think ought to be on it – please let John know.  Ditto if you want to be taken off …



  • PLEASE NOTE:  Some of our events are at Akaroa (AYC Clubhouse), others at French Farm (FFAC Clubhouse) and some elsewhere.  CHECK THE VENUE (AND TIME) before coming – there have been a few that did not! 



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Duty Roster 2016/17 Season

If you cannot do your duty is is your responsiblility to find a replacement!!

                          Bar Roster 2016-2017 Season

Oct         Boat                         Duty Officer

23           Afterglow                               Howard Wilson

30           Armalite                                 Phil Narby


6            Astruso                                   Alex Aitken

13          Future One                             Charl Chaney

20          Gabriella                                 Bruce Hyland

27          Born Free                               Dan Chaffey


4            Hyperactive                            Kev Kerr

11          Head Office                            Mark Walker

18          Key Largo                              John Wilson


1            Lightly Oiled                          Patsy Little

8            Meltdown                              Gil Smith

15          One Way                              Howard Wilson

22          Penzance                              Tim Richardson

29          Racing Car                            Simon Austin


5            Regardless                           Phil Narby

12          Snatch                                  Charl Chaney

19          Transition                             Brian Little

26          Afterglow                              Dan Chaffey


5            Armalite                               Tim Richardson

12          Astruso                                 Mark Walker

19          Future One                              Phil Narby

26          Gabriella                                 Bruce Hyland


2               Born Free                              Patsy Little

9              Hyperactive                           Howard Wison

16            Head Office                           Charl Chaney

23            Key Largo                             John Wilson

30            Lightly Oiled                         Bruce Hyland


7              Meltdown                              Gil Smith

14            One Way                               Tim

21            Penzance                                Brian Little

28            Racing Car                             Simon Austin

June 3      Regardless                             Kev Kerr


Reserve Boats  Transition & Snatch

About the Racing Divison

The club as an activity racing programe which starts in October and goes to June. Races are held most Sundays with a number of weekend regattas, please refer to the race programme. 

Please come down to the Club if you wish to crew on a yacht, race calendar is attached to this website, you will need to be there at laest 1 hour prior to get onto a yacht.

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