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Yachting NZ Briefings for 5 April 2011

by Yachting NZ on 6 Apr 2011
Yachting NZ

Briefings – 5 April 2011

In this issue:

YNZ News

YNZ Yacht Club Survey
Another two years has rolled by and once again it is time for the Yachting New Zealand 2011 Yacht Club Survey – this year it’s on-line.

We only require one completed survey from each Yacht Club and it’s due back before 20 May 2011. We know it takes a little time and effort, (hopefully not too much) and we really appreciate your help and cooperation.

YNZ has been conducting the survey since 1999 and it allows us to monitor overall Club membership throughout New Zealand and also to get an idea of whether you think we’re doing a good job, and where we can do better.

The YNZ website has a link to the on-line survey, tips on completing it, a pdf copy of the survey which can be downloaded and printed, and also a list of Clubs noting those that have completed and submitted the Survey already.

High Performance & International

ISAF World Cup, Spain: Light and shifty on day two

Racing continued for the kiwi Olympic class sailors in Spain overnight sailing day two of the ISAF World Cup Regatta with very different conditions to those experienced on day one.

Image © Jesús Renedo

After some postponements a light and shifty 10-15 knot offshore breeze filled in and racing got underway. The change in conditions produced some shuffling across the leader boards.

The performance of the day from the NZL Sailing Team came from Jo Aleh and Bianca Barbarich-Bacher who mastered the light and came away with two guns on day two. This sees them climb from fourth up to second overall lying two points adrift of the Japanese pair in the lead.

New Zealand’s young duo in the Men’s 470 of Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders couldn’t repeat their double gun of day one, but sailed respectably finishing 13th and then cross fourth in race two. A subsequent DSQ in that last race hurts the pair in the standings dropping to 22nd on the board.

A third and a second on the water saw Dan Slater improve his standing in the Finn event overnight moving up to fifth overall after starting the day in 12th. On 20 points Slater is in easy reach of the two sailors lying third and fourth both sharing 19 points.

The other big mover was wind surfer Tom Ashley who went a long way to right his wrongs of day one returning to shore after adding a sixth and a win in the two races completed.

“As promised, a better day today!” says Tom Ashley. “Much more reasonable conditions, but more importantly I didn't sail like a ‘muppet’ so results were much more respectable”

“First race was sailed in a very shifty 11-15 knot offshore wind. Had a great start, headed to the right and then decided to cross to the left hand side about halfway up the first upwind. Not the best decision in the end as the right came good and all the guys who went that way beat me to the top mark. I rounded about 12th and then caught up as the race went on to finish 6th.”

Lack of wind interrupted the start of race two for the Men’s RS:X fleet, but after a long delay the race started at 4pm local time and Ashley won the race and climbs back into the top ten on the board.

“I got a great start and rounded the top mark first, then got away a bit on the first downwind so the rest of the race was relatively comfortable,” says Ashley. “I'm looking forward to the next few days of racing. Will keep you all posted on progress.”

New Zealand’s five Laser sailors played some leader board snakes and ladders with Andrew Murdoch now the best placed of the kiwis in fifth place. Mike Bullot is also inside the top ten with Andy Maloney and Sam Meech in 13th and 14th respectively.

Racing resumes late evening Wednesday (New Zealand time) with live updates and race news available from the regatta website. Another three days remain; the regatta finishes in Spain on Friday April 8th. Read more>

Regatta website
ISAF Sailing World Cup
NZL Sailing Team on Facebook

Bowater Racing second in Sydney
The kiwi team of Danielle Bowater, Katie de Lange, Bianca Cook and Hannah Osborne competed in Sydney recently at the 2011 Harken International Women’s Match Race Regatta, sailing through to the grand finals and finishing second to Katie Abbott.

Here’s their wrap from the business end of the regatta…

Yesterdays semi finals we started in 15- 20 knots of fresh westerly wind, we had picked Stephanie Doyle for our match and beat her convincingly 2-0 securing our position for the grand final against Katie Abbott.

The first race of the finals started in light breezes; we won out of the pre-start and were leading up the first beat to the top mark until a wind shift leading to an abandonment of the race. The second start was similar this time however Katie had the lead when again the race was abandoned due to a wind shift.

In the third race the windshift came through too late for an abandonment however we did call for a protest hearing for redress due to unfair conditions, but nothing could be done and Katie's win stood.

The course was moved before the second race was held, and the breeze shifted to the south, and the race started in very light 2-7 knots. Through many lead changes we managed to come through on the last downwind to win the race, settling the score back to one all.Being 3.15pm and the race committee desperate to get another race away before the 3.30pm deadline we rolled straight into another start. With two pre-starts abandoned due to windshifts, we were towed to our respective ends for the last minute chance of a start. Katie lead off the start with a split early on, with us rounding the bottom mark right on her tail and with better speed upwind managed to stay in phase and on her air to round the top mark clear ahead. The fickle shifty wind down the last run enabled Katie to sail over us and win by 3 seconds, winning the regatta and the title for the 2011 Harken International Womens Match Racing Regatta.

For all the regatta updates, with blow by blow accounts of each race, go to the CYCA website.
NZL Blind Sailors place second
The NZL Blind Sailing Team competed in Perth late last month at the IFDS Disabled Sailing International Championship, 2011, Homerus Blind Match Racing.

The kiwi team including Russell Lowry (helm), Tom Donaghy and Paulien Eitjes with Gary Smith as coach, were beaten in the grand final by GBR’s Vickie Sheen and crew.

“We arrived down at the final briefing and breakfast to see the light NE breeze blowing in. The Race Committee requested that we start early as the wind was expected to drop,” reports the NZL Blind Sailing Team.

“The Team stuck to our game plan, shut GBR out on the Yellow (starboard) pin and had a good two boat length lead as we crossed the start-line. The GB team, that sails in Sonars coped with the increase in wind from 10 to 15knots at this point, and sailed around us. Not to be undone, we came back to be three boat lengths behind at the weather mark. The rest of the race was just follow the leader, with the GBR team finishing in front.

“Race Two and we had a boat change and a Starboard start. Not a great start but this time we had more upwind height and speed, and sailed away from the GBR team. As the breeze shifted and clagged, we ended up 2.5 mins in front. Huge lead and easy win.

“Race Three. GBR got out to a good start, but by the windward mark the game had closed. This time the two teams remained close, until at the bottom mark, our mainsheet came loose. Tom 1:1 sheeted the main on the beat, fortunately the wind was only eight knots. Close downwind, but GBR got in for win two.

“Race Four, the wind had dropped to a light shifty, NE. Both boats slow to start, Initially the GBR boat had a head start and then we looked good. Both boats close around the course, we led by a boat length at the final windward mark. GBR sailed well down wind, with the boats side by side with 100m to go. GBR got a wee puff of breeze and slipped over the finish line for a 3-1 final result.”

The Championship was sailed in Sonar keelboats using the Homerus Autonomous Sailing system. Three acoustic buoys, each with a unique signal, defined the course and boats had their own sound signal that changed when on port or starboard tack.

Crews comprised three sailors classified as B1, B2 or B3 under the IBSA Classification System with a collective maximum of 5 IBSA points. All helms were classification B1 and the gender was mixed, with a minimum of one female and one male team member. A sighted observer appointed by the race committee was also aboard.
Mieklejohn reflects at Equator crossing
The only kiwi in the 2010-2011 Barcelona World Race, Andy Meiklejohn sent through this update last Sunday. Mieklejohn is on board Hugo Boss, (formally Pindar) along with Wouter Verbraak, crossed the equator early Sunday and are lying mid-fleet. The first boat home - Virbac-Paprec 3 - arrived into Barcelona on Monday.

Photo courtesy Alex ThomsonRacing

We’re now 300 miles North of the equator having crossed it on Sunday morning NZ time. The leaders, Virbac Paprec 3 of Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron of France are now just a few miles from the Finish in Barcelona.

For myself and Wouter onboard Hugo Boss, the race has been a mix of emotions both high and low, but overall we are left with a sense of what if. What if we were a little quicker in the light and were in a better position leaving the Med, what if we didn’t have our mainsail, mast track or generator issues, what if we hadn’t needed to stop in the Falklands, too many to dwell on!

What we have had is an incredible opportunity to race shorthanded non-stop around the world. With 14 boats, that’s only 28 crew, less the half of the number that take part in the Volvo Ocean race each time. I have been able to break out of my comfort zone of being a bowman in a team of 10 and show other skills. Helming this boat at 30 knots through white out conditions where we have 2 inches of snow in the cockpit, Ice coating the mast and rigging and 40 – 50 knots of wind is not for the faint hearted and not something most professional sailors get the chance to do.

This race is a true mix of skill, endurance and management and given the History New Zealand has with the Whitbread and Volvo Ocean Race, it would be a shame not to see a new Zealand entry in the next edition. Certainly it’s something I will be working on! So as we head up the final stretch of the Atlantic, we are looking for one final chance to gain back some miles on the guys in front, if it presents itself, we will be there to grab it!

Andy Meiklejohn

Local Sailing

OKI 24 Hour Race
The North Shore’s beloved OKI 24-Hour Race was raced on Lake Pupuke over the weekend.

In the ‘Legends of Sailing’ race first place went to Emirates Team New Zealand (Ray Davies and Stu Bannatyne), with Oracle Racing One (James Spithill and Dirk De Ridder) in second place.

The Open OKI was won by NSA Tax sailed by Thomas Saunders, who won the youth division last year and won gold for New Zealand at last year’s ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships, and George Lane.

The Youth category was won by FYRAM, sailed by Michael Cate, who will represent New Zealand at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships, and Dylan Wichman.

The Women’s category went to Musto, sailed by Molly Meech and Miranda Powrie in 44 laps of Lake Pupuke. Meech is the New Zealand Youth Female Champion in the Laser Radial and is also going to compete in the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships later in the year.

The Masters was won by Burton & Co, sailed by Tony Nicholson, Mike Knowsley and Scott Lieth (who won last year and has had hip surgery since then).

Geoff Smales, patron of Murrays Bay Sailing Club, and Comworth Enterprise founder David Charlesworth and son Mark, who are the distributors for OKI in New Zealand, presented the awards.

The OKI 24-Hour Race is a competition for laser sailors held on Lake Pupuke and run by Murrays Bay Sailing Club, a club with a rich history of sailors recognised through national championships, America’s Cup regattas and the Olympics.

See the Murrays Bay Sailing Club website for full results. /
Women’s Keelboat Nationals NOR available
MRX Yachting and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron have combined to bring you the 2011 Women’s Keelboat National Championships on the weekend of 7th – 8th May this year.

The regatta is restricted to ten entries and the NOR is now available from the Yachting New Zealand on-line calendar.

Entries will be accepted in the order in which fully completed entry forms are received by the OA so get your entry in to avoid disappointment.

Please call Tom Macky of MRX Yachting if you have any queries on 021 679 125 or
Calling all Townson Owners
The Townson Owners Association invites entries for the Altex Marine Yacht and Boat Paints / Burnsco Marine 2011 Townson 32 Class Championships and Townson Owners Regatta.

The event for Townson enthusiasts is set for April 16th – 17th and class stalwart Tony Kendall is really keen to see more boats on the start line this year.

Buckland Beach Yacht Club will host the regatta, and you will find the NOR and entry forms via the Townson 32 subsite, Bucklands Beach Yacht Club or by contacting Tony Kendall on

Youth Sailing

Kerikeri High School Wins
The Kerikeri High School team of helm of O’Shea Butler, Sam King, Sam Brierley and Klaus Ohlendorf continued their winning streak in the RNZYS Harken Schools Regatta, adding another six wins, a second and a fourth on the final day to their points table.

It’s a great day sailing when your worst race is a fourth.

The 40 young sailors got to experience a range of conditions over the two day event with light airs racing on Saturday and then moderate breezes building to 15 knots Sunday afternoon which really tested their skills when the races were only 20 minutes long.

The Kerikeri High School team continue the tradition of winning this event, after getting their Schools name on the trophy for the past three years.

The Kings College team put in another great performance on the water and held on to their second placing overall, just in front of Rangitoto College who also held onto their third placing.

In between the two boys teams was the only all female team representing Westlake Girls High School. The ladies had a very consistent day on the water and were only pushed down one place to finish 4th overall surrounded by much ‘heavier’ teams!

At prize-giving there were lots of smiles and tired faces. The top three teams were presented with HARKEN vouchers for their School Sailing Teams.
All involved are already looking forward to next year! If you have a school sailing team interesting in competing please contact one of the RNZYS Coaching Staff.

Final top five
KeriKeri High School – O’Shea Butler (Boat 2. Watts & Hughes) 16 points
Kings College – Jack Collinson (Boat 1. International) 46 points
Rangitoto College – Alex Dyet (Boat 3. Team Telecom) 59 points
St. Kentigern College – Stewart Dodson (Boat 6. Western Mailing) 69 points
Westlake Girls High School – Holly Hamlin (Boat 9. Doyle Sails) 70 points
Auckland Girls’ Championship Regatta
Saturday morning saw a light southerly fighting the northerly sea breeze at Kohimarama Yacht Club the venue for the 2011 Auckland Girls’ Championship Regatta.

Image © Jonathan Masters

“Waiting for the breeze to kick in Alan McKenzie (Race Officer) decided getting out the sea biscuits might bring the wind in quicker,” says YNZ Regional Support Officer, Kim Admore.

“An hour and a half later racing was under way in the light nor’easter and we managed to get three races away for the Optis, Starlings and four for the P class.”

There was good racing in all the fleets and being a girls only regatta makes for a different atmosphere then seen at mixed regattas. “A bit more relaxed,” observes Kim. “It was a great regatta and there were some awesome prizes.”

Organisers would like to thank the major sponsors Hewlett Packard (laptop), Roxy Merchandise (bags,rashtops), North Sails, Orca( sports clothing), Madloop Windsurfing, Remington Products (hair straighteners & dryer), Cuddle Buddy, Trilogy, Devonport Chocolates, Equip –Fashion jewelry, Revlon New Zealand, Force Racing, St Heliers Unichem Pharmacy, Hoyts Movie tickets, Lipton Ice tea, Wilson Consumer Products, Crème Magazine and a rose for all sailors from Morrison Florist.

Full results can be found on the Kohi web site
Wakatere prepares to host Optimist Nationals
As the Toyota New Zealand 2011 Optimist National Championships draws nearer (19th – 25th April) the regatta host - Wakatere Boating Club – staged an Optimist Pre-Nationals Regatta late last month.

Here’s a short wrap of the action from Roger Pearson who took the photo at left. See more in his gallery here.

Green Fleet managed to get all six races in the can with the Saturday races giving sailors a gusting 25-30 knots.

Joe Pearson was the star on Saturday with a 1st, 1st and 3rd. Sadly Joe was hit from behind by a team member on Sunday causing him to lose valuable places and points. Nevertheless, overall a great weekend for the Green Fleet sailors and an enjoyable family weekend. Wakatere dominated the Green Fleet with 1st ,2nd, and 3rd places overall.

Sadly, the Open Fleet only managed three races on Saturday as the 20 knots promised for Sunday made no appearance. Two races were started and both cancelled after 30 minutes. Olivia Mackay from Napier led the field in Saturdays racing taking 1st place in each race. The race committee had time to test out the conditions and equipment and were most pleased with the data they collected.

All in all the weekend was a huge success and Wakatere Boating Club is very much looking forward to hosting the 2011 Optimist Nationals April 19th – 25th.”
Enter now for Supercity Regatta

Torbay Sailing Club will play host to the Supercity Regatta on the 16th, 17th and 18th April, featuring racing for the Splash, Starling, Laser 4.7, Radial, 29er, 420, Techno and RS:X classes.

“This is a great little regatta to end the season for the Youth Classes,” says YNZ Regional Support Officer Kim Admore.

The NOR and entry form are on-line here and entries close April 9th – so act now if you’re keen to take part.

RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Applications
Applications are still open for the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme... just.Only three weeks remain until the 2011/2012 RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme begins its 24th year.

Any young sailors between the age of 16 – 21 years who have a passion for sailing and are keen to take up the challenge please contact the RNZYS Coaching Staff.

RNZYS provide the new Elliott 7 yachts, sails, coaching staff, race management and 24 years of experience – you just show up at 9am each training day and learn!

Visit the RNZYS website for further information.


A Guide to “Finding a Coach”

Here is a list of things to consider and questions to ask when selecting a coach. When undertaking this process, take time to consider your stage of development as a sailor.

Is the coach …?
* Qualified – Do they hold a qualification that gives them coaching expertise in your stage of development? In Yachting? Or in your particular class or discipline (e.g. Optimist, 420, double handed, Multi hull etc)?
* Experienced – How long have they been coaching? How many sailors have they coached? Where?
* Accredited – Are they accredited by Yachting NZ or another national Yachting National Body? This means they are up-to-date with their knowledge base and regularly attend coach development opportunities. Have they signed a code of ethics?
* Willing to attend Competitions? – This may be an important aspect to discuss with a prospective coach.
o Local/Regional/National/International Events?
o How many events per year/season? How often, what would the process entail? (Ask for examples)
o Would your coach be attending the event with you personally, or would it be with a team?
o What are the costs – fee, transportation, meals, and accommodation?
o Do they have experience in taking tours/traveling with athletes of your age, gender, stage of development, ability?

Has the coach got a proven track record …?
* In working with athletes of the same standard, gender, stage of development and achieved the results you are looking for?
* Do they have references from sailors they have coached?

Can the coach provide …?
* Environment – The right environment for your development as a person and as a sailor.
* Programmes – Squad/individual training. Times that complement your school/work/family routine?
* Location – Is the coach easily accessible relative to where you live/work/go to school?
* Expertise – In the areas you require:
* Technical – Improving an area of your sailing technique (e.g upwind, downwind, starting). Improving your understanding of the boat set-up
* Planning – Can the coach develop a training and competition plan; help you with budgeting and time management
* Mentally – Help you improve your competitive mindset and teach you mental skills that will assist you in training and racing; developing self-awareness, self-responsibility and self-confidence; teach you how to succeed
* Physically – Improve your conditioning and develop your speed, endurance, strength, power, core strength, flexibility, etc?

Things to think about …
* Why are you looking for a coach?
* What is your commitment to yachting? Are your goals aligned with how much effort you are willing to put into your personal improvement?
* How much time and funding do you have to spend on yachting?
* If you are changing coaches:
o What are/were the reasons for the change? It is important you clearly understand why you are looking to change and what contributed to this (positive and negative)
o Personal – Misunderstandings between you and the coach? Difference of opinion, expectations, etc. Were your expectations realistic? Did you do the work needed to achieve the goals you had both set?o Professional – The coach lacked the skills and knowledge to help you meet your goals

Things to discuss with a new coach …
* Expectations – It is essential you clearly state your expectations in all areas of training, development and competition. This will avoid potential misunderstandings in the future and assist in establishing a clear plan. Use the categories above to outline your expectations (e.g., technically – improve my upwind hiking technique)
* Goals – What are your goals? Make sure they pass the SMART test (simple, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely). Discuss these with your potential coach.
* Communication – How often will you communicate? How will you communicate? Will you meet face-to-face on a regular basis?
* Review – Set-up a regular time period in which you would like the coach to review your progress and give you feedback. This is an opportunity to do the same and share your thoughts with the coach on how the partnership is working. Every 2-3 months works well with a major review after important competitions or at the end of the programme cycle.
* Significant others – Partner/Friends/Parents/Sponsors/etc – What role does the coach expect others to play in the developmental team? This is critical to establish the coach’s philosophy on developing a team in the training and competition process. Clearly outline your goals and expectation to the coach.

Of Interest

ISAF Publish Urgent Submissions

Yachting New Zealand was among a total of 65 organisations and individuals to make an urgent submission to ISAF regarding the Event and Equipment choices for the 2016 Olympics. The 2011 ISAF mid-year meeting in early May is decision time for ISAF on this hotly debated topic.

This from ISAF…

ISAF has published the Urgent Submissions for the 2011 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting that will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia from 4-8 May. The Urgent Submissions are all related to the Event and Equipment choices for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition.

At the 2010 ISAF Annual Conference, Council agreed that the process for selecting the Olympic Events and Equipment should be changed and approved new Regulation 23.

The report from the Olympic Commission recommended the change as a way to better serve the ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs) and sailors and to provide greater continuity for the sport. The Commission recommended a selection process that would enable ISAF to improve continuity between Olympic Games' and create a system for Equipment evolution.

A total of 65 Urgent Submissions have been received. They relate to the provisional list of Events and Equipment ("the slate") defined in Regulation 23.1.4, the voting system for selecting the slate and Core Events.

Read more here.

Jon-Paul Tobin goes cross training

NZL Sailing Team wind surfer Jon-Paul Tobin recently took on The Dual 2011 finishing in third place. The scene - Rangitoto-Motutapu Island’s on the Hauraki Gulf.

Here’s JPs report…

Five o’clock wakeup call, rain, wind, mud…what’s not to love about The Dual 2011.

Following a roughish ferry ride out to Home Bay, Motutapu the stage was again uniquely set for an amazing race, conditions were very different in 2011 than in the previous two years with the course a little more fluid in texture.

The pace was on from the start with the lead trio of Richard Ussher (multisport machine) Thomas Reynolds (defending champion) and myself forming on the climb out of Home Bay…after a busy summer on the board during which riding has been pretty low key the pace was getting a little too hot…as I eased up on the pedals slightly to make sure finishing was still an option Ussher bolted…very impressive to watch one of the best multisport athletes on the planet in action, even if it was only for a few kilometers.

At around the 35 km mark the leg’s were done for the day with the Motutapu section of the race proving to be the game, the wet grass tracks making sure any plans I had of chasing down Thomas who had been in constant view up to this point purely theoretical.

Over the final 15 km’s to the finish I was crawling giving away over six minutes to Thomas and who knows how many to Richard…all said I was pretty happy to see the line.

What’s next?

Full on period of training on the board with a mid April departure for Hyeres, France for the French World Cup, from France it is on to Weymouth, UK to build into the British World Cup which is my first opportunity to gain selection for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Upgrade planned for NBYC

Northcote Birkenhead Yacht Club, which sits on the water’s edge on Birkenhead Point, is about to undergo a massive transformation.

A planned renovation to the Clubhouse has resource and building consent approval and construction is due to start by the end of April with the vision to provide a pathway for marine education within the local community.

Club Commodore Graham Thow has been a driving force behind the upgrade project which has been in the planning for a few years, and he is excited to be on the brink of bringing it to fruition.

“The Club will be an incredible viewing platform for marine events suitable for local, regional and even potentially national events,” says Thow. “The facility will be of use to multiple organisations within the marine education field and also to groups and individuals within the community.”

Thow is quick to point out that the project is very much a team effort due to the support from our committees and Club members.

The renovation will see the Clubhouse get a new roof, new windows, a relocated Committee room, a sheltered deck for functions, a full commercial kitchen, the opening up of wide expansive views and become a disabled –friendly facility. New boat storage for the Club’s four safety boats, and approval from Council for a secure, fully fenced hard-stand storage area for fully rigged boats will further enhance what the Club has to offer members and the community.

The Club currently owns over twenty sailing dinghies which are used to introduce people of all ages into the sport of sailing, and the Club is looking to expand on this even further.

They plan to double the Club’s fleet of double-handed 420 dinghies from three to six to launch a new High School Teams Sailing Programme.

Already in discussions with some local high schools the Club hopes to attract students from all over the North Shore to Northcote Birkenhead Yacht Club. They hope to launch the programme in the 2011/2012 summer season and through programme sponsorship will offer sailing to children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to be involved.

“We want to bring kids in at the bottom with our fleet of 15 Optimists,” explains Thow, “and as they grow they can move into the single-handed or double-handed X3 training boats, and then step up to the High School Teams Sailing Programme.”

“We see what we are offering as complimentary to, rather than in competition with, the other Yacht Clubs on Auckland’s North Shore, because we will provide opportunities for both single and double handed sailing, without the need to purchase a boat.”

The internal design for the new-look Clubrooms will offer a wider range of uses including the capacity to host community functions. The toilet, shower and changing block will be a separate security area and anyone from local wind-surfers, kayakers and even ferry commuters will be able to use these facilities by joining as a non-sailing associate member of the Club.

Northcote and Birkenhead Yacht Clubs have been in existence since at least 1910 with the first Northcote Regatta being held in March 1910.

The existing building was originally transported to the site on an Auckland Harbour Board barge and then lifted by floating crane onto a steel frame at its current site in 1985. The top floor started life as a stevedore’s smoko shed and offices on one of Auckland’s wharfs and is between 60 to 80 years old. With a little TLC it will be an asset for our community and sailing for another 50 years.

For more on the Northcote Birkenhead Yacht Club visit

What's on...

Here’s a line up of yachting on around the country over the coming two weeks.

Visit our online calendar to see what’s on, and don’t miss out on some free promotion for your next event... submit your event to our online calendar here.

2011 Farr 1020 National Championships, 8th - 10th April

Presidents Cup Canterbury Keelboat Champs, 9th - 10th April
Naval Point Club Lyttelton

Trailer Yacht South Island Championships, 9th - 10th April
Naval Point Club Lyttelton

Young 88 South Island Championship, 9th - 10th April
Naval Point CLub Lyttelton

WTYA Centreboard Regatta 2011, 9th - 10th April
Mercury Bay Boating Club

2011 Young 88 National Championships, 15th - 17th April

2011 Mistral Class Championship, 16th - 17th April
Tamaki Yacht Club

2011 Supercity Regatta, 16th - 18th April
Torbay Sailing Club

Manapouri Classic, 16th - 17th April
Marakura Yacht Club

Margrain Rum Regatta, 17th April
Lowry Bay Yacht Club

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Crewsaver has announced today that it has been selected to be the Official Safety Provider to the 35th America’s Cup Crewsaver has announced today, 21st April 2017, that it has been selected to be the Official Safety Provider to the 35th America’s Cup, which will take place in Bermuda from 26th May to 27th June 2017.
Posted on 22 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Team USA's Jimmy Spithill does a flying leap
Oracle Team USA skipper, Jimmy Spithill became the latest AC50 sailor to go overboard Oracle Team USA skipper, Jimmy Spithill became the latest AC50 sailor to go overboard with an epic leap after he crossed the AC50 during a manoeuvre and was unable to stop when he reached the new helm position. In a split-second decision the twice winner of the America's Cup had to decide whether to drop, slide and try and grab something, or just keep going and leap clear of the rudder foils. H
Posted on 21 Apr
America's Cup - Practising in Bermuda's Great Sound - April 20 - Video
The America's Cup Teams were training on Bermuda's Great Sound on April 20, 2017 The America's Cup Teams were training on Bermuda's Great Sound on April 20, 2017 including Oracle Team USA, Land Rover BAR and Groupama Team France in AC50's.Sailed in moderate to fresh breezes the teams seemed to be sailing OK but with some significant splash-downs and broaches.
Posted on 21 Apr
America's Cup - Ashby expects Kiwis to sailing by weekend in Bermuda
Emirates Team NZ skipper, Glenn Ashby has revealed that the team expect to be on the water in Bermuda this weekend. Emirates Team New Zealand skipper, Glenn Ashby has revealed that the team expect to be on the water in Bermuda this weekend. In a long interview with Bermudan newspaper Royal Gazette's Talbot Wilson, they covered a lot of ground.
Posted on 20 Apr