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Newsletter - July 2024

GHYC Commodore's Logbook July 2024

As mid-winter takes a firm hold, it is with great sadness that we note the passing of Louise Shave.

Louise Shave and her late husband Warren were founding Life members of the club.

They were great supporters of GHYC and took part in social events as well as cruising races. They raced their Whiting 29, Slipstream and later joined in on the beach with their traditional Logan 33 , Condrieu. Many members will remember the party for the launching of Condrieu at Whangarei.

A second Logan, Cadenza, was built at Whangarei by Louise and Warren and shipped to the UK from where they cruised extensively throughout the UK, the Continent and Ireland. Louise was a very eloquent writer and her evocative pieces in the newsletter describing their travels were looked forward to by many members.

Louise had a tremendous zest for Life and lived it to the full, still having adventures to the last and always interested in what was happening at the club.


Our upcoming AGM is locked and loaded for Wednesday 7th August, 1900 hrs at GHYC .

All members and supporters are welcome, please note that we still have vacancies for TREASURER and KITCHEN LIASON/ORGANISER.

These are positions that have been executed well by Gill Waite for many years (thankyou Gill) and full training is offered.

If you or someone you know can consider these vacant positions, please call urgently for a discussion.

Mid-Winter events.

Many clubs and organisations are suffering badly at this time due to the tight economic conditions, GHYC seems to be weathering the storms well with many and varied social and racing events being held. Thursday evenings, fortnightly speaker series, and Tuesday coffee mornings are lively social gatherings centred around a welcoming fire and pool table, darts, and the bar. Winter Sunday brunch and Friday evenings continue to entice members out.

Planning for our upcoming Alan Wright Tribute Weekend in November 24 and our third WOWW in March 25 is well underway.

OLYMPUS renovations.

Our club committee boat Olympus is now over 60 years old and in desperate need of a refresh. If you have ever enjoyed a race where our grand old lady was officiating, please support our fundraising drive for a repaint and refresh, we are planning to get this done before summer series begins.

We take a moment to salute our sponsors, without their help and support many of our events simply wouldn't happen.

Please make sure you support them in every way you can, a full list of past and present sponsors is on our website.

Finally, a big shout out to the many volunteers that make our club tick, your help and support is very valuable and much appreciated, our club really is our people.

Phil Shaw



Sailing Committee Corner

PIC Coastal Classic Reminder

Reminder if you plan to enter the Coastal Classic.

Cat 3 requirements have changed. Please contact Yachting NZ for information.

Boat Insurance for boats > 30 years old

Our understanding is that owners only need a 'fit for purpose' report, not a full survey.

Thursday Evening Speaker Series #3 - Man Overboard (MOB) A Review

Last week our Immediate Past Commodore John Butcher and Club Captain Graham Browne gave a very interesting talk about MOB situations to an attentive audience of over 30 people.

John used Enigma's MOB incident at the WOWW Event last March to illustrate the perils of MOB. Racing that day was under "Y" flag conditions i.e. that life jackets were mandatory. Thankfully the crew person, Jodie, was picked up by Chase", our Safety Rhib, within three minutes, and was okay and returned to her boat. Credit to all involved for the very successful outcome.

John outlined what had occurred; including what went right and then areas for improvement (lessons observed and learned) with especial attention to practising and being prepared for such incidents. Jodie is in Australia otherwise she would have also joined the evening to provide the MOB's point of view. In her absence and with her permission her account of the incident was read out (by Sarah Morgan). Jodie's account was very insightful and equally interesting.

Grahame Browne then highlighted various aspects of MOB incidents - including emphasising that a yacht travelling (say) at 8kts quickly moves away from its MOB at no less than 20 boat lengths in a minute! The distance travelled is too frequently underestimated.

The overriding message from both presenters was that all MOBs are dangerous so take every precaution to avoid it happening

It was an excellent presentation, loaded with good safety advice.

John Bruce

Sailing Committee

N.B. Part 2 of the talk will be in August when JB & GB will focus on recovery techniques/ PFR selections & types/safety equipment and life rafts with practical demonstrations.

Power Boat Squadron

To celebrate Matariki , those few of us who aren't travelling overseas in warmer climates, managed to brave a beautiful sunny calm day and meet for a very convivial lunch on board Mike and Dee's Zarapito while anchored in Landing/Wharf/Stingray Bay at Tiri. Some great salty yarns were swopped, but unfortunately no maintenance jobs were done, or even looked at!

Our next get-together will be at the club, one evening (date TBA) in July where we shall each bring a meal of our favourite dish to share. Favourite desserts will also be allowed!

Day Skipper course at GHYC

This course runs over three (3) evenings: 12th, 14th, 16th and one (1) full day 18th of August 2024. Evening classes run 7pm-10pm and the full day is from 8:30-17:00. Last day for registering is Thursday, 8 August 2024. $320

Boatmaster course at the GHYC

This course will run for 2 full weekends at Gulf Harbour Yacht Club (8:30-5pm) - 7/8 September & 21/22 September 2024. The written exam will be on Tuesday 24 September (7pm-10pm) at Gulf Harbour Yacht Club. Oral examinations to be confirmed later with tutor. Enrolments for this course close on Thursday 5 September 2024. You will require resources (such as the Chart Plotter) to complete the exam. These are provided as part of the course. $720

To book: Email:
Phone: 0800 40 80 90
Mike Pigneguy will be tutoring both courses: Phone 027 33 88 248


Happy Quizzers

Monthly QUIZ NIGHTS though the winter are again proving popular. Starting with a delicious buffet dinner, members and guests join together to make up teams of up to 8 people and with much friendly rivalry compete for bragging rights as the Top Team at the end of the night

Sunday Roast Lunch.

We decided to try something new this winter with a monthly Sunday Roast Lunch, an idea that received strong support in the member survey. Members and their guests get to warm up around the wood burner with great value drinks then enjoy a classic buffet roast with all the traditional trimmings.

Feedback has been very positive but financially for us to continue with either a Sunday Roast in winter or Sunday Brunch as we move into Spring, we need attendance to improve. Keep checking the What's On and if you haven't already joined us then make sure not to miss out on the next Sunday lunchtime event

Coffee Mornings every Tuesday from 1030 are open to anyone and Mike Pignéguy has arranged some inspiring speakers to tell us fascinating salty tails from their travels. So please do invite your neighbours and friends to join you - the only cost is to pay for your coffee

House Help Required!!

Seeking anyone prepared to assist with repainting the office after essential repairs are carried out. It needs a total repaint so someone good at walls & ceiling with a roller and another person happy to do the joinery. The intention is to complete the work between now and mid August, hopefully taking no more than a week.

Are you good at splitting wood with an axe? Could you spare a couple of sessions to help? Greg Dickinson & Grahame Brown have already split & stacked almost three ute loads of wood and there is still more so please step forward if you can spare a few hours (not all at one go) to help share the workload. We can provide a big wood-splitting axe!

Gardening guru needed to help plant a row of young trees to eventually grow into a sun screen/wind break for the kitchen & bathrooms

If you can help with any of the above or for more information please email or ( 021 230 5745

Yearbook we are preparing the next Yearbook that contains member and boat listings. We will soon be sending out an email asking you to confirm your details so we have the correct information on record. PLEASE make sure to respond when you receive that message


We are pleased to have achieved the first star out a possible three as a YNZ Clean Club but we now urgently need someone to lead on this programme. More details can be found at

Enter to win a Trip for Two, to watch the 37th America's Cup in Barcelona. Tickets @ $20 each. Select GHYC for the club to receive $10 for every ticket sold.

Visit or scan the QR code


Clubhouse open 1700 ~ light meals from 1800

GHYC members free ~ Guests $5

18th July ~ NZ Marine Biosecurity 101

Biosecurity specialist Dimitri Colella talks about updated hull surveillance operations, the state of cleanliness of the Auckland fleet and the latest on the Exotic Caulerpa situation.

1st August ~ Essential Boating - Buoyancy Aids & Life Rafts

Industry specialists John Butcher and Grahame Brown discuss pros and cons and demonstrate a range of personal floatation devices and inflate a life raft.

Discover how to choose Fit for Purpose equipment.

15 August ~ A Day in the Life of Penny Whiting MBE

Best known as a yachtswoman and owner-operator of her own sailing school, Penny was awarded an MBE in 1993 for her Services to Sailing. With a passion for conservation she has been Chair of the Auckland Zoo Charitable Trust, authored many books, as well as other talented achievements

29 August ~ The Apollo Moon Landings - The Lost Missions

In July 1969, Apollo 11 attracted much media attention and will forever be in the history books. However, five successful landings followed from November 1969 to December 1972, which history has all but forgotten. Renowned Astronomer Dr Chris Benton reviews all six missions, illustrating how each one was more scientifically and technologically advanced than the previous.


Members Debbie & Adam Nicholson have generously donated a pool table to the club. With the help of about a dozen volunteers the table is now installed and already proving popular with members. Thursdays from 1700 an increasing number compete for bragging rights as the best team at the pool table or darts 301. Members are welcome to play not just on Thursdays but at any time the clubhouse is open.

Commodore Phil Shaw (left) gratefully accepting the pool table from Adam

South Pacific Marine are offering a 10% discount to club members for all winter service work completed before 31 August. Text or phone 022 364 2995

A special offer to join in the 40th year of Musket Cove Regatta Week.

Depart 8th September package includes: Airfares (The Works), All Transfers, 2 nights in Denarau, Breakfast's, Day Trip up the Yasawa's on a fast ferry.
10th September board our Chartered Catamaran to Musket Cove. Includes: All meals, Accommodation in the Raintree Rooms, entry to the Regatta, Pirates day to Beachcomber Island, Fun races and visiting other Resorts.
16th September return to NZ.
Airfares booked through our cruising sponsor, You Travel Manly.

Yacht Share Fiji

Also on offer - 1/6th shares in a 14.3m Beneteau based in Fiji

More details: Phil Evans (NZ) +64 27 210 4432

or John Arstall (Fiji) +67 99 9 39 541

Last updated 13:58 on 10 July 2024

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