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December 2015

Sir Peter Blake Regatta 2015 - Zoe Allan, Jr Club Captain

The Sir Peter Blake Regatta was my first ever regatta, and what a way to start! With over 400 boats it was very overwhelming and exiting.

Saturday morning started off with a fairly decent breeze blowing through and plenty of nerves. By 9:00 the Waiuku crew were all ready to get out on the water and blitz everyone. Briefing was at 10, with inspiring words from some of the regattas supporters and organisers. By 10:30, the competitors were rearing to go.

Everyone was on the water by 11, with plenty of patrol and support boats following everyone around. The wind was a blustery westerly, doing its best to wreak havoc. There was about 120 Opti’s in the green fleet and only 9 starlings, making starts rather difficult.

All of the boats would race up and down the line calling starboard everywhere. And without time to spare, the starlings were off. The races all consisted of capsizes, nosedives, frustration, irritation, plenty of stacking out and much more. Saturdays racing finished with a total of at least 12 capsizes but no major problems in the greenies, although in the Starling open fleet, Hamish had a bit of difficulty- his tiller extension snapped in the first race, leaving him unable to finish. Sunday started off just as Saturday had with a bit less wind and a bit less stress. We were all on the water by 10 and racing 30 minutes later. Sunday was a bit more challenging in some respects due to wind, exhaustion and (again) broken tillers.

Jack H, Isobel H, and Myself all successfully completed our first races, Hamish… well he did finish I believe but (again) his tiller snapped-despite their top notch repair job-in a different place. The second race came with some more difficulties, due to an increase in wind and fatigue. Jack and I definitely capsized plenty of times during that race, we had our heads underwater too much of the time to be able to keep tabs on Isobel. Jack went back to shore to meet up with Hamish after the second race because he was absolutely exhausted and had given all he had. Isobel and I kept on racing. Issy finished her race and headed back to shore, I was still racing when the race officials packed up the course so I also went back.

Overall the Waiuku club was well represented, with respectable placings in all of our fleets. It was a great weekend for everyone involved and we all left with big smiles on our faces. Next year we will have to get together a bigger group to really represent Waiuku. Hope to see some more faces there next year!

The 2015 Learn to Sail Clarks beach trip was a big success.

March 2015

The 2015 Learn to Sail Clarks beach trip was a big success.

Assembling at Wailuku this year we had a fleet of 10 Optimists, 8 Starlings, and a beach Cat, in addition, we had several parents in support craft and two club RIBs. 

On Saturday morning we had a light North East breeze to get the fleet on their way, with the plastic optimists just lying through past the needles. The breeze tended slightly North after that making it hard going for the smaller sailors beating into a building chop. As the breeze built to over 10kts and with the fetch along the length of the river combined with the outgoing tide meant a sharp chop built up. After about an hour of solid effort form the LTS sailors, we assisted by towing most of the optimist fleet into Glenbrook beach for a welcome break.

The Starling fleet made it look easy so a few laid marks were added for them to go around before coming in to Glenbrook beach.

Unfortunately only 7 of the 8 starlings made it in, in one piece as Rhys Chaplin’s starling had a side say fail close to Glenbrook beach. He was towed in with no further damage.  To his credit Rhys gave a one of the tired junior’s a hand by sailing a plastic optimist the rest of the way to Clark’s beach and then help with the return trip in a RIB.  

Arrival at Clark’s beach was a challenge for some who didn’t manage the fast current and over shot the landing spot. It all just added to the fun, and was largely uneventful.

After setting up tents a nice BBQ meal with lots of extras was enjoyed, with Ice-cream and marsh mellow Easter eggs going down a treat.

Soccer, soft ball, a lolly scramble, and spotlight games kept the kids occupied and meant mums and dads could take a break before retiring for the night.

Sunday morning at first light a big breakfast was underway, with tea coffee juice, cereals, fruit, bacon, eggs, toast, and left over sausages hitting the spot.  After decamping and a big clean up in and around the club house we were ready to leave by 9:30.  Due to sporting and other commitments several sailors weren’t able to make the return leg of the trip. However the remaining fleet had perfect conditions to come back with. 7 Optimists and 5 starlings had an easy reach in light conditions heading up the river. They looked a sight in the mid-morning sun.  The light breeze came and went a bit, so positioning to get the best tide assistance was important. The starling fleet cruised up the river with no problems until several hit the oyster banks out from the needles with their centreboards.  This was unexpected as it was between 10:30 and 11am and mid tide. Luckily no one was hurt ant and only one boat saw minor damage.

The first optimist home was Eliot Williams in “Sony” his new to him fiberglass optimist. A close fort battle for the first plastic LTS sailor home saw Bethany Cossey come in ahead of Tom O’Sullivan, only seconds behind, with the rest of the fleet following in soon after.

Many thanks to all the parents and helpers that help make the event happen, and a special thanks to Clarks beach Yacht Club for the use of their club.

See the photos on facebook



Max Cossey

Hi LTS sailors and Waiuku Yacht Club supporters.

This coming Weekend the annual Clarks beach trip is on. The weather looks ok, no big storms in the forecast.

The plan is to sail to Glenbrook beach where we will have a short break then on to Clarks Beach.

Some parents help will be needed to get a few supplies for a BBQ and breakfast items, and to assist at Clark’s beach.  

There is plenty of room around the Clarks beach yacht club to set up tents.

This is a weekend for all the club so all members are encouraged join the fun and sail, the camping at Clarks Beach is of course optional. There is no Club Champs racing this weekend at Sandspit.

Start time Saturday 11 am

See you all there.


Waiuku Yacht Club are please to send notice of the 2015 CRC Finn Masters.

Please see the official notice here, key details for a quick look:

·         April 2nd Thursday a practise day

·         Regatta Fri 3rd, Sat 4th, Sun 5th. No racing Monday.  Nine races

·         Entry $75 

·         WYC available for sleep over’s

·         Breakfast, lunch, BBQ and refreshments available all days

As a past champ once said - 'It's the one regatta every year any self respecting finn sailor must do….

September 2014

It's less than 4 weeks until the Summer Season for 2014/15 starts.  The Program is now finalised, check it out here.  2014/2015 Program

Good Racing Fleets
There is a good chance we could have some good regular fleets.
The core of our Optimist Racing fleet will be back.
We are looking like having at least 4 regular racing Starlings.
We may see some Sunbursts this year.
Our Zephyr fleet has grown to 6 regulars. 
The Lasers should have 5 to 6 regular racers with up to 10 potentially possible plus even more through the season as some or the Opti Mums and Dads get boats and develop their racing skills. 
The Finn fleet is looking as healthy as ever. 

Subs Now Due

Waiuku Yacht Club subscriptions are now due for the 2014-15 season.

Rates are
  • Senior $155
  • Family $130
  • Junior $50
  • Associate $20
  • Boat Storage $50 per boat in shed or lockers
Payment options
  1. Direct credit to Waiuku Yacht Club account (please email info@wyc.org.nz for acc number).
  2. Cheque to Justin or post to Waiuku Yacht Club, P O Box 40, Waiuku, 2341
  3. Cash or cheque to Justin on opening weekend

We are in urgent need of a "Starter" or it could be a shared job "Starters". In order to run handicap races we need someone to write down the start times of each race, then the finish times of each boat. It would only be on Champs days, that way we can have our Points Series running in conjunction.

Most commonly you will need to be on the front deck or up in the tower for the start and finish of races. This is a really good thing for parents or supporters of other sailors to do to get more involved with the running of the club. If you are interested, please just reply to this email or give Geoff a call ph02195277.

Officer of the Day

For many years we shared the duties of running the club over a weekend around amongst club members. The duties include opening the club, setting the courses (or asking a senior sailor to help set the courses), running the briefing at the start of the race day, checking there is someone to man the rescue boat, locking up or checking there is someone to lock up, giving the club a clean at the end of the weekend.

Please look at the sailing dates and reply with the time you would like to be OOD. We'll confirm and post your name on the Calendar. First in get's the first choice of days.

Burnsco Marine Open in Manukau

Burnsco Marine has opened a shop in Ronwood Ave in Manukau. They have a great range of sailing gear and equipment.

New Commodore

We have a new Commodore, Dirch Andersen.  One of our top Finn Sailors, Dirch has extensive sailing experience in a number of classes,  having represented Denmark several times in his early years.

New Patron

After many years of being our Patron, Olive Watson retired from the position this year, asking not to be re-elected.  Olive and her past husband Fred made a significant contribution to our club over many years.

Our new Patron is Ken Letcher.  With a lifetime of sailing, having been bought up only a few hundred meters from the Takapuna Boating Club, Ken first got involved with the Waiuku Club in 1976 and was an active racing member for more than 15 years.  Since then he has maintain a keen interest in the club with good friends and family still active members.

New Committee Members

It is fantastic to have 3 new committee members, Andy Saunders, Max Cossey and Gerard Lelieveld.

Learn to Sail

Junior Learn to Sail kicks off this year on November 8.

Parents welcome in Clubhouse

Our Club Captain, Alan Dawson, wants to reinforce that Parents of our Junior and Learn to Sail sailors are welcome to come into the club, for better viewing of the sailing, tea, coffee and stay warm especially on the chillier spring sailing days.

New Website Master

Andy Saunders is taking over the management of our website. Expect it to be more up to date and the go to place for club information.



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