What summer? A topic that has occupied the minds of most boaties as we head out of February.
At our recent meeting we discussed a number of issues that impact the growth of classic boating. Some of the issues identified are: the cost of mooring boats, especially large classic vessels. A problem made worse if they sport a bowsprit. The desire to be able to have all the vessels together after a race or event so that there is a social aspect. The need to bring on new people so that we have crews and future skippers. The cost of doing basic maintenance – haulout, removing masts, and so forth. The scarcity of people’s time and the unpredictability of weather have a bearing on what activities we do.
None of these have easy solutions, but it is useful to have them a little more in focus.
COMING EVENTS & A CANCELLATION
In light of recent weather events and the fact that the country is still in a state of emergency with resources stretched to capacity, the sailing committee of Devonport Yacht Club have taken the decision to postpone the Duder Cup (originally scheduled for 25 February) to the weekend of April 15th. This decision is in line with that of a number of other yacht clubs who have cancelled all sailing events at this time.
2 – 5 March: ABD Group Classic Yacht Regatta
Sun 5 Mar: Classic Launch Parade
Sat 18 Mar: Harken-Fosters Kennedy Bay Race includes launches at Kennedy Bay
Sat 1 Apr: Round Rangitoto Yacht & Launch Races AND Cake Day
ABD GROUP CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA 2-5 March 2023
Looking forward to receiving your entries: Enter HERE
Berthage: We are working closely with the MRX Management to obtain berths outside the Squadron and as soon as it’s confirmed, berthage will be offered.
Prizes: Along with fabulous division prizes there is a wonderful array of spot prizes to be won – these include but are not limited to:
Thursday 2 March
1830hrs Doors open for early registration at RNZYS Race HQ and collection of race documents. Complimentary nibbles, cash & Eftpos bar available
1900hrs Race Briefing commences.
Friday 3 March
1550hrs Race 1 (Westhaven Start Area)
1800hrs onwards Informal Prizegiving in the Quarterdeck Restaurant. Cash/Eftpos bar
available, meals available in the Members Bar
Saturday 4 March
1100hrs Race 2 followed by Race 3 (Northern Leading Start Area)
1800hrs onwards Informal Prizegiving in the Dinghy Locker. Cash & Eftpos bar available, Meals available at the Members Bar
Sunday 5 March
1100hrs Race 4 followed by Race 5
(Northern Leading Start Area)
1800hrs Complimentary Nibbles provided, cash & Eftpos bar
1930hrs Official Prizegiving in the Quarterdeck Restaurant, presentation of trophies and spot prize draws.
Skippers MUST be present to go in the draw.
Classic Launches: Launches are warmly invited to dress their vessels and join us at Orakei Wharf on Sunday 5 March at 0930 – 1000hrs to cheer on the classic yachts as they head to the start of their race at Northern Leading.
Followed by lunch and assembling west of the Harbour Bridge to join a parade consisting of two loops of the course as below at 1300hrs.
There will be a prize for the ‘Best Dressed’ launch which will be presented at the Prizegiving of the Regatta in the Quarterdeck Restaurant, RNZYS commencing at 7.00pm on Sunday evening.
Complimentary nibbles, cash & Eftpos bar available – meals available from the Members Bar
HARKEN-FOSTERS KENNEDY BAY YACHT RACE & gathering
Saturday 18 MARCH
4.00PM ONWARDS ON SHORE
Featuring a fabulous band for dancing into the night. A BBQ is available on shore – AND the Lewis’s fantastic L’Authentique sausages (real and vegan) will be on offer again. Pre-order details will be advised.
What's the Play About? Rangitoto, a new comic drama set amongst the island bach community during the 1932 summer holidays, begins its premiere season at The PumpHouse Theatre on 23 February 2023. It is a production that will resonate with Aucklanders, who regard Rangitoto Island as the backdrop to their daily lives. It lies across the water in all its moods – and is simply always there.
Playwright Geoffrey Clendon grew up in Milford, attending Milford Primary and Westlake Boys’ High. Like so many who grew up in the decades from the 50s to the 70s, he spent his summers on the beach and savoured the adventure of rowing across the channel to the island of black lava rock. His fascination with its rugged landscape and eccentric baches has only increased over the years. Since those days, Clendon has been an actor, director, writer and, teacher for 40 years including as Head of Drama at Massey High School.
He has now turned his attention to writing his own plays and has formed The Turning Tide Charitable Theatre Trust; its first production is Rangitoto. Set during the era of the Great Depression, the play follows the characters as they prepare for the traditional New Year's Eve festivities in 1932. This comic drama is built on the tension and humour arising from interactions between two Pakeha families, a local eccentric, and a Māori boy. Although on holiday, they are unable to escape the harsh economic realities of the 1930s. And the long-term working-class bach dwellers are confronted with the arrival of wealthy newcomers intent on changing the community in their own image.
An ensemble cast of eight professional actors led by Joseph Wycoff, Elizabeth Tierney and Geoff Snell, designer John Parker’s evocative set and Kristin Sorrenson’s heritage costumes will bring the 1930s and the island alive. The PumpHouse season will be followed by a short season at Artworks Theatre, Oneroa, Waiheke Island 9-12 March). Rangitoto will appeal to everyone as it reveals a forgotten episode in this iconic island’s past.
The Turning Tide Charitable Theatre Trust gratefully acknowledges grants and donations received from Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, Waiheke Island Local Board, Foundation North, Creative Communities, JASMAX, John Garelja.
ADMIN HELP SOUGHT
If there is anyone out there with time on their hands who would be keen to help sort out the CYA Dropbox, we would be absolutely delighted to hear from you.
It needs a good filing system to be set up and documents filed accordingly so someone with office admin experience would be perfect.