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Classic Yacht Association NZ
Newsletter of the Classic Yacht Association of New Zealand
August 2020


Here's this month's line-up of events, news and information for you.

What a great sight the racing would have been for shore-bound watchers of the Winter Series race on the 8th August, This shot, taken early in the race from the deck of Waitangi, shows Ariki, Thelma and Ida alongside. It was a great afternoon's sail.

Fingers crossed we can enjoy all the events planned for the coming month. If lockdown extends we'll let you know of any postponements or cancellations.

Coming Events

Tue 1 September:              Club Night featuring Charles Scoones ‘A Waterway Life’

Sat 05 September:           Race 9: RNZYS Winter Series

Wed 16 September:         Annual Prizegiving of the CYA

Sat 19 September:            Race 10: RNZYS Winter Series

Sat 3 October:                   RNZYS Opening Day race – our first of the season.  
                                             Notice of Race and entry details to be advised shortly.

Tue 6 October:                  Club Night at the Squadron

Tuesday 1 September 7pm at the Squadron

 We are very fortunate to have our very own Charles Scoones entertain us with his ‘show and tell’ tales of ‘A Waterway Life’.

Check out: to see what lies ahead ...

(If we're still locked down we'll let you know changes.)

Wednesday 16 September
CYA Annual Prizegiving

Join us in the Dinghy Locker, Royal NZ Yacht Squadron

An awesome evening of camaraderie and presentation of trophies and awards. All members, crew, families & supporters are very welcome to attend. Following are the Series results but there are many more trophies to be presented for individual races and of course all who placed in a race will receive an embroidered burgee.

Further details and an invitation to trophy winners and burgee recipients will follow once our Covid level is confirmed and we know the Prizegiving can go ahead as planned. (We anticipate the evening beginning at 7pm.)

Premiere Series 

A Division & Winner of Arch Logan Cup: RAWENE, 2nd THELMA, 3rd AROHIA 

B Division & Winner of Robert Logan Trophy: TUCANA, 2nd TEAL, 3rd CORONA 

Modern Division & Winner of Des Townson Trophy:  STARLIGHT 

Summer Series

A Division & Winner of Ranger Tiller: RAWENE, 2nd THELMA, 3rd AROHIA

B Division & Winner of Koefed Bowl: TUCANA, 2nd FRANCES, 3rd TEAL

Modern Division & Winner of John Brooke Trophy: STARLIGHT, 2nd LEDA, 3rd PARAMOUR


Invoices for the 2020-2021 Season 1 July – 30 June 2021 are currently being forwarded and we are delighted to announce a new class of membership for crew. This membership will entitle members to vote and participate in all CYA events and we would be delighted if skippers would encourage their crew to join us. We would ask intending members to advise the name of the boat they crew on when submitting their membership form.


Sandra Gorter - crew THELMA

Louise Stodart - crew THELMA

Jeremy Chapman - crew ARIKI

Chris Bierre


The 2020 Vessel Register is now online.

Extra copies available for purchase from the CYA Shop:


And look who is winning the Series to date: here


Friday 23 October – PIC Coastal Classic.

The 2020 PIC Coastal Classic is scheduled for Friday 23 October, and entries are now open for the popular Labour weekend race. Starting in the vicinity of Devonport Wharf, the 119 nautical mile challenge is again expected to draw seasoned yachties and beginner sailors alike for a long weekend that’s more than a yacht race. Signalling the start of the summer boating season since 1982, the PIC Coastal Classic has become one of the most important events on New Zealand’s sailing calendar. The notice of race is available, and organisers are now taking entries online, so it's time to put that date into your calendar, book your leave, and start getting ready for the traditional Labour Weekend race up to Russell.

Cruising Rally Division

For members not interested in racing, there is also the Cruising Rally division that allows up to four hours motoring... more information on that here


A message from Paul Dallimore:
Our Club, the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, is holding its Centennial Celebrations next year and one of the events is the great test of sailing skills, the Auckland to Tauranga Yacht Race. This will begin on Friday March 26 for the Classics and Cruisers, and Saturday March 27 for the Racing Yachts. This race has been held in conjunction with the Squadron for many years. This year Ian Cook has advised us that he will be taking part in the 2021 race with the Classic Yacht, RANGER which won the race on line in 1939. It would be fantastic for other Classic Yachts & Launch Owners to join him and show off their magnificent recreations of history, especially those who have been here before as they would add so much to the celebrations of the 100 year history of the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club.

Classic Cruising Yachts and Launches will start on Friday March 26 and overnight near Mercury Bay - possibly Kennedy Bay ?
(I understand the CYA are holding a Rally to Kennedy Bay on the weekend of March 26 - 28, 2021 - it would be great if some of them could proceed to Tauranga following that).

Racing Yachts, start on Saturday March 27 and race non-stop to Tauranga for the prestigious Gold Cup.

I know the beautifully restored boats would be well received and attract a lot of interest. We intend to have marina berths available for all boats who register and come down.

There will a formal invitation sent out later this year, however at this early stage it would be tremendous if CYA members could register possible interest in the event so we can begin planning with some certainty. 

We would love as many as possible of you to spend a week with us before returning north during Easter. Come and celebrate with us and meet our World Champions, Olympians and hopefully the winning Skipper of the 2021 Americas Cup. While you are here you could take a little time out to explore our wonderful harbour and surrounds, along with the many other events which Tauranga will have to offer.

Register your interest with Joyce at:

Free to a good home

A wooden mast and boom from a 1958 Val class (Colin Wild) is due to have about 2 meters cut off the bottom. I really don’t want to destroy it. It’s currently sitting at Pier 21 if you want to take a look at it. Please let me know if you can make use of it.

Tim Lichtenstein +64 21 899845

A Message from David Dixon

I can honestly say that boat building is not a hobby I ever planned on getting into. However, a few neighbors and I built a small vessel for our community to use at our local lake, and we’re all pretty hooked now! Since all but one of us were novices, I’ve spent a lot of time digging around online for information that will make me more knowledgeable, because we plan to build at least one more before the summer is over. My research brought me to your site so in case you’d like to add any more info to it on boat building, I’m passing along the articles I found most helpful.

The Backyard Shipwright: How to Set Up Your Own Mini-Shipyard

Boatbuilding Tools for the Wooden Boatbuilder

Building a Wooden Boat

5 DIY Projects to Make Your Boat Safer

Wooden boat repairs — replacing damaged plywood sections

4 Safe Ways to Include Your Child in Your Boat Building Hobby

How to Finish Wood for Boats

If you find them as interesting as I do, you’re welcome to add them to your site. I hope you have a great rest of the summer!

David Dixon

David Dixon,,


We would love to hear what you are doing in Wellington, Lyttelton and absolutely anywhere there is a classic boat in the water!

Your contributions and ideas would be so welcome - and please do let us know if you are restoring a vessel, planning an event or would just like to share a classic experience with us.

We would LOVE to hear from you and share your story

CYA contact details

Secretary: Joyce Talbot or 021 818-448 
Chair: Rachel Orr or 027 2169206
acht Captain: Richard Cave 
Launch Captain: Jason Prew Robyn Pearce

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