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Newsletter February 2022

GHYC Commodore's Logbook Feb 2022

Welcome to February and 2022!

We (Sarah and I) trust that you have all enjoyed the festive and holiday periods and that you're all fired up for another year to support your yacht club. Let's work together to give 2022 our best shot.


We had a fantastic Christmas Cruise up north with Satisfaction Too (Phil Shaw and Marnie Simmonds) and it was simply magic to spend time in Whangaroa with Toronui (Lynne and Grahame Brown) as we explored the many bays and enjoyed living in the moment. Enigma1 enjoyed being your mothership I have often been asked 'what did you enjoy the most during your recent cruise', and my response has been easy; 'the company, and the fact that we took our time to live in the now and enjoy the moment'.


We're clearly up and running now with the Twilight Racing underway, our Cruising Series in full swing, and having also recently enjoyed a fantastic Auckland Anniversary Weekend Regatta in Mahurangi. GHYC was well represented and well led and supported through the efforts of Sarah Morgan (Weekend Coordinator), Keith Auld (Handicapper) and Kirsty and Colin Mitten (Race Officers and Start/Finish Vessel for the GHYC / WBC / Milford Cruising Club Inter-Club Race). Events of this nature are not successful without the shared commitment of our people.

On a another level of commitment, check out the smiles below following a lovely morning stroll before lunch at the Whangaroa Sport Fishing Club (I cannot believe that Lynne Brown made me eat that ice-cream sundae after a burger for lunch)

Atop Saint Pauls (above Whangaroa)

From the Executive

Your Executive will shortly 'sheet in' and begin some work on refreshing our Strategic Plan. This piece of work will be our 'main effort' over the next few weeks. I'd like you (the Membership) to be aware of this work, because a successful Strategic Plan is only successful if it is truly owned by the organisation. I welcome your input, I welcome your thoughts and comments as ultimately, we will own and execute our Strategic Plan.

Team, I wish you all the best for 2022 let's own the year through our intentions and our actions.

See you on the water and in the Club; and I wish you all 'fair winds and following seas'.

Best regards,

John Butcher

Commodore, GHYC

Sailing Committee News

Congratulations to John & Linda Parrish after more than 40 years as a Race Official, John has received World Sailing's Service Award Medal in recognition of his contribution to the sport. In many respects it was a joint award because John & Linda are a team and Linda has been along for the ride since John's first regatta in 1976.

John & Linda are founder members and Honorary Life Members of GHYC and work tirelessly behind the scenes and on the water to make sure that our Club's race management is second to none. Read more about them in YNZ Briefings here:


Marsden Cove race, Friday 4th March

Three weeks to race day!

Race 2 of the GHYC AA Solar Gulf Series is the Marsden Cove Race. Gulf Harbour to Marsden Cove is a 55nm race run in conjunction with Richmond Yacht Club "Route 66" race, with the fleet using Predict Wind Tracker and enjoying the hospitality of Onerahi Yacht Club and Marsden Cove Marina overnight.

Breakfast and prizegiving are on Saturday morning then the fleet sails to Kawau Island for Saturday evening

Although there will be some changes to the traditional "big breakfast" and prizegiving the event is still planned to proceed.

The Notice of Race and Entry Form are now available at

First entries are already in.

Sailing Instructions will be on same site from Feb 25th followed by a Briefing Document on March 2nd.

Note that although this race is a part of our GHYC AA Solar Gulf Series you will still need to enter for this race on the above Richmond Yacht Club site. This entitles you to use the the marina and receive the generous "arrival pack"

So get a crew together, do your boat preparation and come and take part in GHYC's premier long distance race

Barfoot & Thompson Two Handed Series entry date extended

Race 1 of the series was a victim of lockdowns so the Series Entry Date has been extended until 4pm on Thursday 17th Feb. with Race 2 on Sunday 20th Feb. Register now to participate in three Sunday races ranging between 7 and 35nm depending on the weather. Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions are available here:

Predict Wind Tracker

GHYC is registered with Predict Wind for this completely free service. It will be used during AA Solar Gulf Series and Barfoot & Thomson Two Handed races and for sailors the full instructions are here: For spectators, they can track races using this link: or on the app itself.

Social Committee News

Welcome to a new year of social activities, with some old favourites as well as recent introductions. 'Flexible' is the key word as we take our existing programme and try to squeeze in activities that were cancelled during lockdown. The requirement to show a valid vaccine pass applies to all activities, whether at the Club, on the water or at any other outside location, and indoor activities currently still have a 'seated & served' limit of 100 people.

Thursday 10th Feb.@ 1700 - PETANQUE. A weekly event during the warmer months, no experience needed, learn as you throw!

Sunday 13th Feb. @ 1600 a BYO BBQ at the Club following the cruising race back from Kawau. Bar open, everyone welcome to join in.

Friday 18th Feb. - QUIZ NITE with leading quizmaster Tom Baker. Online booking essential.

Friday 25th Feb. after dinner Spirit of New Zealand success stories. A presentation by Josh & Isabelle, two of our youth sailors and co-sponsored by GHYC, describe their fantastic experiences on 10-day development voyages aboard this famous Tall Ship. Come along to find out how our ongoing fundraising for youth sponsorship is having a positive impact on young lives.

Sunday 6th March Picnic in the Park. A fun day out for all the family. Shakespear Park here we come with activities for all ages and a BBQ too. More details to follow soon.

Sunday 20th March (reserve day Sun 27th March) Club Day Out on the Water. Power & sail boats owners host non-boat owning members for a day on the water, picnic lunch afloat and return to the Club for a BYO BBQ. We hope to build on the success of the inaugural event held a year ago.

Boat Bits & Car Boot Sale postponed until May'ish at the end of the boating season.

Last updated 09:19 on 20 February 2024

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