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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.

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

After racing drinks and dinner

SUNDAY
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
NO EFTPOS – CASH NEEDED 🙁

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

details from the YNZ Event Page

 

2015-16 Season Event Program (NZL)

The dates below are confirmed, except where stated they are not.  There are a few holes at the moment.  If you have any suggestions or requests please let us know by commenting below.

Traveler Series: North Island Sprints
dates: Sat & Sun, 17th & 18th October 2015
host: Rotorua Yacht Club

South Pacifics training: Auckland (venue to be decided)
dates: tbc (early November, maybe even Labour weekend)
host: (to be decided, but somewhere in Auckland for sure)

Just because you can: Napier Summer Regatta
dates: Sat & Sun, 28th & 29th November 2015
host: Napier Sailing Club

Just because you can: Sir Peter Blake Regatta
dates: Sat & Sun, 5th & 6th December 2015
host: Torbay Sailing Club

South Pacifics: 45th Australian Javelin Championships & South Pacific Championships
dates: 28th Dec 2015 to 4th Jan 2016
host: Perth Dinghy Sailing Club

Just because you can: Napier New Year Regatta
dates: 1st to 3rd Jan 2016
host: Napier Sailing Club

Nationals: Might River Power Regatta
dates: Fri, Sat & Sun, 10th, 11th & 12th March 2015
host: Lake Taupo Yacht Club

Sanders Cup: Whangarei
dates: Easter
host: Whangarei Cruising Club
note: All boats welcome, regional representatives only qualify

North Island Champs: Evan’s Bay Regatta
dates: Sat & Sun, 9th & 10th April
host:  Evan’s Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club

W.E Sanders, V.C, D.S.O, R.N.R

Battle for the “Prize”

In April 1916, Sub Lieutenant W.E. Sanders (a New Zealander serving with the RNR) joined HMS “Sapina” as Second in Command. When a year later Q ships were adopted as a means of combating the submarine menace Sanders volunteered for service and was given command of the Topsail Schooner “Prize” and promoted to Lieutenant-Commander.

Lieutenant-Commander Sanders
Lieutenant-Commander Sanders

On the evening of April 30th, 1917 the “Prize” was 120 miles south of Ireland when they spotted a U93 running awash. The submarine opened fire from 4000 yards sending her first shells well over the schooner. As a courtesy gesture, at this the schooner lowered her topsails and a well drilled “Panic Party” manned their boat and pushed off. Sanders and his gun crews laid hidden waiting for the submarine to come close, however the German commander was suspicious and kept firing as he closed in, reducing the “Prize” to a mass of wreckage.

Sanders and his men stuck to their posts as shell after shell battered the hull. During this time Sanders was perfectly cool and occasionally crept forward on his hands and knees to visit the forward gun crews and ascertain how they were withstanding the shell fire.

Finally convinced the schooner was in sinking condition the Germans ceased fire and steamed close to get the ships particulars. Sanders decided the moment he had waited forty minutes for had come and with a blast from his whistle the gunscreens clanged down, the white ensign fluttered up the mast and the “Prize” opened fire. The first salvo disabled the submarines forward gun. She turned and ran preparing to dive while three men manned the after gun only to be sent swimming by the “Prizes” shells. The submarine was last seen settling in the water stern first, her bow straight up in the air.

Severely damaged the “Prize” limped to port carrying with her the German U boat commander and others rescued from the water.

Sanders was awarded the V.C. on June 27. 1917 but never lived to receive it as the “Prize” was sunk with all hands on August 14, 1917 by a torpedo from a German U Boat.

For his services in this action, Sanders was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Order.