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The club office will re-open on Monday, January 14th 2013. The Warpaint twilight race 6 is on Wednesday,  January16th and the bar will be open from 7.30pm with light meals available. Thursday 17th the bar will be open from 5pm and Friday 18th the bar and restaurant will be open from 5.45pm. The next race in the Brian Holgate two handed Series is on Sunday, 20th January.


Have you checked out the galleries under the racing series lately? There is a magnificent shot of the fleet in the recent Barfoot and Thompson race, courtesy of Rob Webb.Also a few of the Xmas BBQ at Kawau.

Upcoming Social Events

Starting this Thursday!
BBQ  Evening. Bring your own food, bar open from 5pm – 7pm 
American Thanksgiving cancelled, due to lateness of overseas boats arriving and other unforeseen circumstances. 
Saturday, December 8th         11am   Children’s Xmas party RSVP
                                                4pm     visit from Devonport Yacht Club RSVP for dinner 
Friday, December 21st           6pm     Club Xmas Buffet (more info soon!)  RSVP

Barfoot and Thompson Race 2

Race two of the Barfoot & Thompson combined 2 handed series was a cracker!

More sunshine, warm conditions, and 15-20 knot northerlies made for an epic days sailing.

There was some uncertainty in the morning when no one could spot the start boat (because it wasn’t there)  But we were soon to have services of both the clubs start boats, and after a short delay the  gun sounded for a long reach to haystack with about 17 boats enjoying the conditions.

Planet X was around first, followed by Glory Days, Prozac, Raiatea and  Charlatan  .  Wild Thing, sailing extremely well for an 8.4 metre boat rounded with Montrachet and First Priority, then took off on the gennaker hoist.

It was a great sight of the fleet going down the Rangi coastline with kites up.
The wind filled in for the beat back to Arkles Bay but easy on the bodies as everyone laid the finish without a tack.

Congratulations to Glory Days, Raiatea & Planet X for 1st, 2nd & 3rd and to Flasher for winning $50 as top boat from the other club.


Saturday, November 10th.  For those who have not been to one of our boat hops, the drill is; meet at the club at 1730hrs to be told which boats you are visiting. Then it is off to the first boat around 1800hrs with a plate of food to share and your own drinks. After an hour there, you move on to the next boat, also with a plate and drinks for another hour. By then a lot of new friends have been made!  Then it is everyone back to the club to party. Always a great night! Book soon!!!



Bring all your old boating junk that’s been mouldering away in the bilge/garage and sell it to someone who’s desperate for one of ‘THOSE!’

Our Open Day starts at 10.00 am, and you can refuel whilst there with a sausage in a bun and coffee or tea. Meet your fellow members and encourage visitors to join our wonderful club… whether they own a boat or not.

Be there and make it a great day!

Barfoot and Thompson Series Race 1

Boats Willing - Breeze Not!!!

What a fantastic turnout for the first race of the Barfoot & Thompson combined 2 handed yacht race series between the Weiti and Gulf Harbour Boat Clubs.

Eighteen boats crossed the start line on a beautiful sunny Saturday morning in about 8 knots of breeze headed upwind for haystack with a course around Tiri Island before heading back to the finish.

Unfortunately the wind God's were not cooperating and the breeze eventually glassed off completely on a shortened course with the result of only two boats making the finish off Haystack.

Congratulation to "Charlatan" for taking out the gun and handicap and "Wild Thing" the only other boat to finish, crossing 8 minutes behind.

With only two boats recording a result the series is still wide open and we look forward to the entire fleet of 25 entries lining up for the next race on Sunday, 28th October.

Check out the photos under Barfoot and Thompson Series/ gallery.

Winter Prize Giving

Come along to the Winter Prize Giving to find out who has won the Winter Series and you could win the mystery spot prize

Winter Prize Giving

Sunday, September 30th
Bar Open at 3pm

Prize Giving

Followed by Socialising

Finger Food (lots of it!)



Youth Keelboat Programme

In a new Gulf Harbour Yacht Club initiative, GHYC  plans to launch a Youth Keelboat Programme that may see a number of new young members, both male and female using and representing the club.

GHYC has recently been granted the use of an International 25’ Farr One Design Keelboat (another may follow) and a RIB coach boat to trial a Youth Training/Racing Programme. A sub-committee has been assembled to oversee the formation of the programme, to produce the required documents, to ensure its safety, then to attract the participants.

The above portion of the preparation is almost complete and meetings with sailors and schools are arranged. Chris Biggs and John Weston will soon go “on tour” to find young sailors for the programme.

What’s the cost and what are the benefits, do I hear you asking? Well so far there’s been no cost. Costs will mainly come from advertising, boat maintenance and storage, sail replacement a coach and coach boat fuel but this will be taken care of by Yacht Racing Unlimited Ltd for the first year or until a sponsor is found. The sailors will pay a minimal annual fee for the season and it is envisaged that with proper marketing, some support from the local marine community a sponsor may be attracted.
Benefits:  After introductory sailing weekends in late November and sailing in early December this year,  the “Programme Proper” can begin in February 2013. It’ll run all season and be incorporated into the GHYC race schedule with the intent that it eventually increases the number of young people at the club, the number of yachts sailing, the number of regattas at the club and will increase general sailing activity. Cruising races will become an integral part of the Youth Keelboat Programme too.
Another very real benefit to the club is the way the members may embrace this programme and its young sailors. They may follow their progress both at the GHYC events and other Youth events in which they compete. The Youth Programme will bring a new dimension to any GHYC social events and Prize Giving and it will be something in which we can all be proud. Members please “talk up” this programme and be a part of its growth.

To become involved or sample a free trial weekend, (for sailors 14 yrs and over) please email for more details and an application form, or call the club. 

Tinny's Talk

What a fascinating presentation Mark (aka Tinny) Cannell gave  at the club last Sunday  about the AHRT rescue of the skipper of Frolic 111. Scary to imagine being caught in 9m waves, but reassuring to know such brave, professional, highly skilled  people like Tinny can be called upon to help. Tinny gave us all something to think about and  gave lots of good advice regarding keeping ourselves as safe as possible. Without doubt AHRT deserve our support. If you were not able to come to the talk, you can read about the rescue if you Google Chopper Chat April 2012. Unbelievable seas!!
Note: More interesting talks planned by the events committee later this year.

Had enough of Winter?

This photo of Mike Green aboard Bruce Cork's boat in Croatia might explain why so many of our members depart for warmer climes over the Winter months, but it also acts as a reminder of what Summer in NZ can be like. Can't wait!! Anyone know what Bruce's boat name means-  HASSASFA? Possibly the name of some island? What do you think?

Ripples Ladies Twilight Series

Who’s gonna win the Ripples Lady’s Summer Twilight Series???
Crazy Sexy Cool and her crew won’t be sailing.
 The crew has split and is sailing other yachts.
 Step up and fill the CSC spot!

There’ll be plenty of good competition on the water and fancy dress ashore
Put a crew together now and enter for a season of fun.

Catering News

Jo is Back!! 
As of Friday, September 7th, the club is taking back management of the restaurant from caterers and Jo will be employed by  us to cook on  Fridays and other club nights.  You all know what an excellent cook she is; now all we need is for YOU to tell us what you would like to see on the menu and we will do our best to satisfy. Click here to send in your ideas menu
Note: Krave Ltd will still be catering for outside events.

PIC Winter Race 6 Photos

The start of the race captured on camera by Kris, the crewman on the start boat. Plenty of "Wild Things" enjoying the race! It looks like Russ had everything under control  on Olympus.

Start a race!!!

Our Sailing Committee is looking for those of you who might be interested in 'Race Management'.... sounds very grand doesn't it?

Members are needed to help with race starting and finishing... this, basically, entails going out on our launch 'Olympus' to set up courses, start races, record finishing times and finally collect in any marker buoys laid.

Full instruction is given, you'll be out on the water and, if you get really involved, there are many official courses in Race Management, that you can take, to upskill yourself in this fascinating sport!

Interested? Then talk to the Club's Sailing Committee chairman, John Weston.