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

Welcome to the December 2020 Christmas issue of Sheerlines and every best wish for a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

From the Committee and Sheerlines team.

COMING EVENTS

SERIES & Race entries NOW OPEN: Enter

UPCOMING EVENTS:

2021

Sat 9 January: Tall Ships Race, Russell

Fri 15 January: PRADA CUP Challenge commences 

Fri 29 January: DYC Night Race to Mahurangi

Sat 30 January: Launch Parade at Mahurangi, Mahurangi Regatta

Sun 31 January: Mahurangi Return Race

Mon 1 February: Ports of Auckland Anniversary Regatta, including Tugboat and Classic Launch Race

Sat 13 February: CYA Round Rangitoto Race

Fri 26 -Mon 1 March: ABD Group Classic Yacht Regatta. Friday evening briefing, Racing Sat-Mon, Prizegiving Monday night at the Squadron.

ROCKY BAY RACE - A GREAT START TO THE SUMMER

Yacht Report by Chris Bierre

The Start: A fine day dawned with a good westerly breeze. The Harbour was abuzz with boats - ribs from the AC teams were everywhere! Putting the main up off the Hilton on STARLIGHT, Team NZ's new AC 75 TE REHUTAI (SEA SPRAY) came roaring past from a standing start (about 20 metres away) doing 20+ knots and disappeared in cloud of spray down the Harbour. By the time we got to the start she was probably in the Bay of Islands!

Arriving right on time, STARLIGHT picked the start perfectly, jibing on to starboard at the pin end and wrong-footing the rest of the fleet who were coming in on port!

Some good-natured shouting ensued as the gaffers and big moderns tussled to get away and soon took the lead but there were smiles all round from Richard Dodd and the STARLIGHT boys.

The Race: We had a steady westerly breeze all the way with the gaffers and big moderns taking a good lead at Illomama Buoy. Kites were the order of the day and most carried big running sails right down to Navy buoy. AROHIA was first around followed closely by THELMA, ARIKI, RAWHITI and IDA. Everyone ran pretty flat through the Motuihe passage. In behind Motuihe the fleet compressed as the wind shadow took effect and slowed the leaders down. This allowed little STARLIGHT and RAINBOW, running about 7th and 8th respectively, and the rest of the fleet, to close up on the leaders.  Major sail changes were needed as everyone went hard on the wind to Motuihe racing buoy. Around and on the dash to the finish, the big running sails flew again and the gaffers and big moderns stretched away from everyone once more.

The Finish: ARIKI, THELMA and IDA took a more direct route to Rocky Bay while others, particularly the big moderns, took a more southerly course, jibing over to run in hot to the finish. it didn’t pay off as ARIKI and the other gaffers crossed in front, with ARIKI taking a well-deserved line honours win. Some boats missed the finish and there was a little confusion on the water over the placement of the committee boat and the finish line itself.


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Launch Report by Alan Good

With a threatening south-west wind that assisted the classic yachts and launches to the finish line at Rocky Bay, the classic launch race started at Motuihe Island and finished at Rocky Bay.

What was special with the launches was that the competitors had to be both start and finish boat, as the official start boat had broken down and had to be towed back to Auckland. Furthermore, the racers were even asked to slow down so that the finish boat could pass the fleet to be there in time. But, alas, no one was having any of that, so the competitors were asked to take their own genuine finish times so order could be achieved. This is a declaration that no mischievousness took place! Even the finish line was arbitrary and every one clicked on. The field was made smaller by the fact that RAINDANCE offered to become the start boat. Conditions were ideal as it turned out a quicker that usual trip to Rocky Bay.

LUCILLE had a good start and held to the finish while other positions changed during the race, as the boats were all of a similar speed.

On arrival, launches were directed by a member of the Rocky Bay Cruising Club, arranged through Alan Houghton, to available moorings in the bay. A few boat visits were followed by hospitality at the Cruising Club where a lot of boat stuff was discussed. Thanks to Mark for facilitating the moorings, including his own.

Later in the afternoon a short walk to the Rocky Bay Hall culminated in a very sociable evening with background music by a soloist and guitarist; race presentations; a barbeque feed up, and excellent entertainment by the Irish Band presenting many sea shanties and related music. Good enough to get many on their feet.

Later finally back to the sea after a great day.

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From the Committee, a huge vote of thanks to Bruce Dunlop for the work he put into organising the social event. We really appreciate your contribution, Bruce.

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LAUNCH RESULTS:  

1. KUMI 2. MEOLA 3, LUCILLE 4. NGAIO 

YACHT RESULTS: 

A Division Handicap

1. ARCTURUS 2. IDA 3. ARIKI

Line:

1. ARIKI, 2. THELMA, 3. IDA

B Division Handicap & Line
1. TEAL 2. TUCANA 3. KOTUKU

MODERN Handicap:

1. STARLIGHT 2. ACHERNAR 3. TA'AROA

Line: 

1. TA'AROA 2. ACHERNAR 3. POLARIS

Full list of times and results here

PATIO BAY FUN - CONGRATULATIONS

Launch Poker Run. With great determination, focus and some luck, Hayden Afford on KUMI was winner of the first ever Patio Bay Poker Run. it was a fun event, even for the stewards ashore on quiet beaches, waiting for crew members to row furiously ashore for their poker card. :-)

 Watch out for it in December 2021!

Hayden won a haulout at Milford Slipway, worth $1,000, courtesy of Milford Slipway, along with a 4L can of ALTEX Sea Zone 60. Well worth the effort!

Yacht Race – First boat across the line was SPRAY II. Well done John Duder and family. John is still buzzing with the excitement of leading the fleet, with perfect conditions for his beloved SPRAY II.

Cake Competition – Best Tasting award went to Linda Clarke THELMA and Best Presented to the Renall Family JONQUIL. Well done chefs & chefettes. Haven't we seen your names in past years as well? What's the secret?


COMING UP
Auckland Anniversary Weekend

A fabulous weekend of sailing and launching for all with the Night Race to Mahurangi kicking it all off on Friday afternoon, 29 January.

Night Race & Mahurangi return race: Enter with the CYA: here

Mahurangi Regatta: Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions now available: Here

Launch Parade: Enter via an email to Joyce at admin@classicyacht.org.nz. Although entry is free, we need your launch design date, designer and any special items of interest for our beach commentator.

Please don’t just join in the parade – the beach commentator will have a list of you all in alphabetical order to make comments for the large number of spectators. Jumping in at the last minute REALLY skews the commentary and spoils it for the keen watchers on-shore!

Monday 1 February 2021

Ports of Auckland Anniversary Regatta: Yachts, launches and tugboats enter here: www.regatta.org.nz

$1,000 cash Earlybird Prize: If you enter before 31 December your name goes into a draw for $1,000 cash – you just have to enter, race and be at the Prizegiving on 16th February.


CHRISTMAS PRESENT IDEAS

What about a copy of the 2020 CYA Vessel Register? With a quick click here you'll be at the  CYA Shop. Keep a spare copy on the boat for when someone says, 'What's the name of that vessel?' Or give a copy to older family members who aren't now able to get out on the water. They'll have a wonderful time reminiscing. 

 And of course there's Brian Peet’s superb book: Des Townson – A Sailing Legacy. Purchase directly from Brian: peetfamily@orcon.net.nz or 027 622 3334.

What others say:

Lawrence Schaffler, Editor, Boating NZ
“Townson – the man, the sailor, the designer, the builder – is wonderfully presented in Peet’s biography. He writes with an easy, conversational style and includes plenty of warm, colourful anecdotes which I’m sure will be news to even the most seasoned of Townson scholars.”

Roger McMillan, Editor, www.mysailing.com.au

“This is a book that every Kiwi sailor should buy. It’s magnificently illustrated with photos and drawings of many of the designs and it chronicles the life of an interesting and significant contributor to the sport of sailing. Peet is an excellent story-teller.”

Roy Dickson, International Yachtsman 

“An absolutely fabulous book. I’ve read many yachting design books and none of them gets close to what Brian Peet has created.”

Check out dates when they will be in your area and what’s on offer here:

PROPOSED INCREASE IN HARBOUR SPEED LIMIT

Proposed increase in the speed limit for the inner harbour of the Waitemata: an opportunity to read the proposal and forward your submission here

HARKEN & FOSTERS GRAND OPENING

Saturday 19 December 2020 – view more: here

Harken and Fosters Chandlery invite you to join them from 2.30 pm to  celebrate their new Westhaven Marine Village location while the yacht racing is underway in Auckland.

Whats On

- Free giveaways, drinks & food
- Q & A with top-ranked sailors and America’s Cup experts 
- Harken grinders' strength challenge
- Watch the racing live on the big-screen from 3pm




CALLING ALL SAILORS in the NAPIER, HAWKES BAY AREA

Our new member Jennifer Rouse would love to catch up with like-minded classic yachties and especially classic launchies in the Hawkes Bay area. Jennifer is currently putting together a Napier Art Deco Maritime Proposal and would really appreciate your input.


Contact Jennifer: Jennifer.rouse@hotmail.com

MEMBERSHIP SUBS & NEW MEMBERS

These are coming in and reminder invoices are being forwarded. If you have chosen not to rejoin please let us know so we don’t keep bothering you!

 A VERY WARM WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS:

Jennifer Rouse

Simon Francis
 Susan Templeton crew WAITANGI
Kim Hampson crew WAITANGI
Laura & Charlie Stewart -Milliken SY COMPANION
Derek & Joanne Brebner SY DELICADO 


NEWS & VIEWS FROM AROUND NEW ZEALAND:

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 LOVE to hear from you and share your story.


CYA CONTACT DETAILS

Secretary: Joyce Talbot admin@classicyacht.org.nz or 021 818-448 
Chair: Rachel Orr chair@classicyacht.org.nz 
Y
acht Captain: Richard Cave yachtcaptain@classicyacht.org.nz 
Launch Captain: Jason Prew
launchcaptain@classicyacht.org.nz 
Editor: Robyn Pearce editor@classicyacht.org.nz


The Classic Yacht Association is proudly supported and sponsored by the following organisations


Classic Yacht Association NZ

Suite 7554

PO Box 106910

Auckland, 1143

New Zealand

If you wish to change your details, email admin@classicyacht.org.nz

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