Worsor Bay and Back

On Sunday, Sara Morgan and I headed around to Worsor Bay and back as a nice southerly rolled in.  The conditions were magic; the southerly rolled in just as we were rigging the boat up, and then it gradually built to about 20 knots.

We had a fun ride back from Worsor Bay with the kite up, averaging about 16 knots.  A short chop was building so it was a little bumpy, and we had to be careful not to go mining.

Peak Speed 18.1 knots, calculated apparent wind of 11 knots

Peak Speed 18.1 knots, calculated apparent wind of 11 knots

The gps was with a Velocitek, and the software it comes with, it seems date’d but it works.  I’d be keen to hear what other software other people use?  What do you use?

North Island Sprint Champs

The North Island Sprint Champs were held on Lake Rotorua by the Rotorua Yacht Club over the weekend (Sat & Sun, 17th & 18th October).

Brief Report from Hamish

Wow! what a reminder of how lethargic my winter has been.  Very short courses in trying conditions (gusty, shifty strong 20-30knot winds) made for some super intense sailing.  Saturday they only managed to get one race away before having to abandon racing due to the combination of carnage and strong winds (various boats losing rigs).  Despite capsizing on the start line with less than 3 minutes before our start, Antje and I managed to get Thumper around the course to take the win from Ben and Colin on Bax Contractors.  Keeping the boat up right gave us that one.  The afternoon saw some of the fleet lying around like seals on the hot paving stones with a beverage in hand until we go the call to go out and give it another go.  Unfortunately they didn’t get another race in and abandoned sailing for the day.  Give how shall the lake it this meant we also got a second session of aqua jogging in and definitively required another beverage.
Sunday the day started a bit more softly and with everyone in a light cheery mood after the Rugby.  Boy that was short lived, after a couple of races / few laps of the short course I’d been reacquainted with my heart & lungs wanting to leap from my chest.  Tack, Tack, Tack, Launch, Gybe, & Retrieve, all with little time to get settled between maneuvers.  Antje’s and I’s lack of sailing together was becoming apparent.  So we swapped over to try and save me a bit.  Although she did want my gloves (who sails a Jav without gloves). The the conditions didn’t let up, and built up to a similar level as Saturday and after numerous swimming lessons we were poached.  We’d managed to pull off another 1st, and at least 1 2nd.  I’m not sure how many races we had but I do know we knocked out 3 races in the first hour.  TrailBlazer were in the mix too, but unfortunately had the squeeze put on them during one of the starts by the 12s, resulting in one of them running over their mainsail and damaging it.
It was magic to see some locals out racing with Bad Blood, and to have Mat McMillan there with Black Bart, and to see Flying Cirrus (Mark and Andrew) make it down from Auckland.
Next event is Auckland 7th & 8th November for South Pacifics Training.
Thanks Antje for proving to be one of the very few people I would sail with in those conditions, and thank you shore crew Erica Newlands for all your effort.


Sail# Boat Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Points
522 Bax Contractors Ben Bax & Colin Shanks 2 1 3 3 1 1 8
523 Thumper Antje Muller & Hamish Norton 1 2 1 2 2 2 8
524 Trailblazer David Brown & David Feek 3 3 2 1 7 7 16
38 Bad Blood Wayne Bigwood 7 4 4 4 7 7 26
318 Black Bart Mat MacMillan & Kez Cameron 7 7 7 7 7 7 35
374 Flying Circus Andrew Howden & Mark Getty 7 7 7 7 7 7 35

NZL Regatta Season Kick Off

We’re kicking the season off this weekend with the…

North Island Sprint Champs

…hosted by the Rotorua Yacht Club

The Rotorua Yacht Club, Warmly Welcomes you to the 2015 NORTH ISLAND SPRINTS

Fast paced, fun sailing All welcome, 5 boats makes a class.

5 to 7 Races Saturday – Briefing @ 10.30 am – 1st race starts at Midday

After racing drinks and dinner

BBQ bacon and egg breakfast followed by: 5 Sunday Races – 1st race Sunday starts at 10.30 am

Followed by Prize Giving

Entry fee $60 (for crewed boats)
$40 for single handed and boards

Potential for accommodation at club house – contact Robin Parr if needed.

details from the YNZ Event Page


For Sale: Blossom

Blossom is up for sale

  • sail number: 363
  • design: Stacey III
  • built: 1991

To make an offer contact Peter Gilbert pcgilbert@xtra.co.nz

Blossom - Side View Blossom - from behind Blossom - Deck

For Sale: Hot Gossip

“Hot Gossip” is up for sale on TradeMe

An early Stacey design (1978, built in 1981).  An extensive bit of tinkering was done by Tim Willets in 200.  She would be competitive against “BlunderBus”,, and “No Name Required” in current New Zealand fleet.

For Sale: Just Perfect

“Just Perfect” is up for sale on TradeMe

An early McNeil design (1987).  She would be competitive against “BlunderBus”,   “Hot Gossip”, and “No Name Required” in current New Zealand fleet.

24th South Pacifics & 2015-16 Australian Nationals – Notice of Race

⇒Notice of Race

Hosted by: Perth Dinghy Sailing Club

⇒Competition Details

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Fast, Affordable, Fun