Newsletter June 2021
** Friday 11 June - Quiz Night
** Saturday 12 June - YOU Travel Manly Winter Cruising Race #1
** Tuesday 15 June - Marine Therapy Morning
** Thursday 17 June - Education Evening Grant McDuff: Chains, Ropes & Anchors
** Sunday 20 June - Hibiscus Marine Coatings Winter Race #3
** Tuesday 22 June - Marine Therapy Morning
** Sat/Sun 26/27 June - CBE Day Skipper Course
** Tuesday 29 June - Marine Therapy Morning
** Thursday 1 July - Education Evening - Tides & Currents
** Wednesday 18 August - Annual General Meeting
Commodore's Logbook for May/June 2021
Welcome to June, a short stretch to the shortest day, with a couple of Club races and social events lined up to keep us warm and enthused.
We've had some great events recently, including our Quiz Nights, Prize-giving and New Members evening. We have also enjoyed the first two races of the Winter Series that we share with our partner Club on the peninsula, Weiti Boating Club. Both of our Clubs have enjoyed a vibrant atmosphere in our respective Clubrooms after these races, where and when we have demonstrated the positive culture that supports this inter-Club relationship.
We also raised just over $200 for the 'I am Hope' charity to support children with Mental Health challenges. Thank you for throwing those gumboots.
Thank you for doing those great deeds that help people less fortunate than ourselves.
Final Year as Commodore Reminder
The remaining few months of this Sailing Calendar year will be my final few months as Commodore of your Yacht Club. This translates to a change in leadership, a change across the Executive and new opportunities for you through diversity and choice. The AGM will be held on August 18th, and so, we (you) should start those conversations now, about who you would like to be leading your Club. Your Executive has already started the thinking in support of our pending change (s) in Leadership and your contribution will be invaluable.
I wish you fair winds, following seas and uninterrupted sailing.
Club Sailing News
Entry is now open for the YOU Travel Manly Winter Cruising Series.
NOR/SIs and Amendment 1 are on the website and series bookings close at 1600 on Friday 11 June. Series entry $40 for 4 races that this year will have a Mark Foy/Pursuit start. More information: https://www.ghyc.co.nz/event/590873
Results, day prizes & a BYO BBQ, 4pm at the Club after each race.Bar open and everyone welcome.
Auckland Engineering Supplies provide valuable sponsorship towards upkeep of the two Club boats, Olympus and Chase. Both boats are out on the water for most winter races organised by GHYC with a variety of Race Officials aboard Olympus, and a dedicated crew of Sarah Morgan & Ted Fenton bouncing around in Chase, setting marks and acting as safety boat.
Youth Sailing Programme
It's taken a couple of years, but finally we are in a position to put two students from Whangaparaoa College on a 10 day Development Voyage aboard the Spirit of New Zealand.
These two students, Isabelle Booth and Joshua Ahn, with others, came on board the YSP at the beginning in June 2019 and attended the theory lessons that we taught up at the College after school hours. This then entitled them for a Day Sail on the Lion NZ and Steinlager 2, and an introduction to sailing on some of our member's yachts while racing. Unfortunately, their all- important studying and writing exams got in the way later in 2019, and then of course Covid - 19 really put a stop to the YSP for most of last year.
But, we have had the programme up and running again this year, and the students are very grateful to those members who have taken them on board their boats to experience the thrill of sailing. Among those members are:
We hope Isabelle and Joshua, and the other students, will eventually become a part of the club's sailing scene. Giving these young people the opportunity to experience sailing on our boats, and then on the Spirit of New Zealand, could well be life changing for them, and something that will benefit from throughout their lives.
We look forward to continuing to work with the students and teachers of Whangaparaoa College.
Thank you to our sponsors and to all of you who have donated money to enable this to happen.
Keelboat Learn to Sail Programme
Last month the Club emailed all members with details of our proposed Keelboat Learn to Sail programme (LTS). We have been very pleased with the positive feedback and will start delivering the programme later this month. The Club is very appreciative of the volunteer members who have agreed to deliver workshops, practical experiences and Coastguard Boating Education (CBE) courses during the programme. These include Gill Durham (CBE Tutor/Examiner), Mike Pigneguy (CBE Tutor/Examiner), Diana Bassett, Matt Paulin, Phil Shaw, John Allemann and I apologise if I have forgotten anyone else.
On June 26/27 we are running a CBE DAY SKIPPER course at the Club as part of the LTS programme. The aim is for participants to gain essential boating and safety knowledge, and it applies to a wide range of vessels including yachts, launches, motor boats, PWCs, sea kayaks & waka. It is likely there will be a few spare places on the course so we invite any member who is interested in attending, whether new to boating or lacking any formal qualification, to contact email@example.com without delay
The full LTS programme outline can be found at: http://www.ghyc.co.nz/documents/learn-to-sail-programme
Snippets from the Rear Commodore
Essential building maintenance
Restorative maintenance on the flat roof areas of the Clubhouse will hopefully be completed before Winter really sets in. As Rear Commodore I am responsible for the building and I would like to express my gratitude to Greg Dickinson for taking over Project Management for this work, Greg & Miles also volunteering their time and skills, assisting with the work to keep the costs of an outside contractor to a minimum.
Berth for rent one of our members has a 12m berth for rent in the waterways at $600/month. Email the office firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested
Wine bottle tops and plastic bread bag clips are collected at the bar on behalf of the Lions Club of Orewa, who also collect aluminium cans (preferably crushed) and old car/boat batteries. The bread bag clips are made into jewellery and all the other items are sold to commercial recyclers, helping fund the Lions Club work. Contact Diane 021 230 5745 or email@example.com for more information
Autumn Social Activities
For those of you who do not receive Hibiscus Matters, GHYC is mentioned on both the front and back covers of the latest issue, Wed 2 June. View online at:
Picnic in the Park.
Shakespear Park - a great place for some fun and games, with all ages and abilities joining in
St George's Night
Photo Competition: don't forget to get your 'TRANSPORT' entries in by 24th June for judging 25th to 27th June.
Boating Education Evenings: will be back from mid-June. More details coming soon.
Whangaparaoa College music students perform in their Annual Showcase event at the College on Tuesday 15th June, 7pm. Entry is free and members are invited to attend if they would like to see what these very talented students are working on.
Marine Therapy Meetings
We would love to hear your cruising tales.
After a long absence, our MTG coffee mornings have got off to a great start, and for the last two Tuesday mornings we have been thoroughly entertained by Graeme and Lynne Thorne's cruising tales. The trip on their boat up through the Red Sea followed by their transit of the Suez Canal was fascinating and left us feeling the heat and with desert sand in everything! Last Tuesday they told us about their very adventurous voyage around the Black Sea in company with 50 other yachts of all nationalities. The very friendly reception they received in all the countries they visited just proved that real people the world over are pretty much the same, with ambitions, dreams and basic requirements to a happy life just like us. It seems that in many countries, when politics gets involved, things start getting in the way for ordinary people to achieve their quite justifiable ambitions and basic human dignity.
I know that we have many club members who have cruised extensively in various parts of the world, and we would love for them to share their stories with us on a Tuesday morning for half an hour or so. If you are one of them, please contact me so that a date can be arranged.
For those of you without a cruising tale, come and tell us your favourite joke!
It's all great therapy!
Every Tuesday morning at 10 am, at the club.
See you there!
Answer to Mystery Anchorage:
Man 'O War Passage, Port Fitzroy (outward bound)
Last updated 00:59 on 8 June 2021