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Newsletter June 2021

Future Events

** 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.

Doing Great Things Being More Than Good

We have also 'given' to those less fortunate than ourselves. We responded to a short notice request from Yachting NZ, to support the Voyage for Voyce (Elana Conner); a solo sailor who recently completed a circumnavigation of New Zealand raising funds to provide opportunities for children in Foster Care. We did this good deed through working with the Gulf Harbour Marina, to provide a berth for Elana and her Sabre 35 sloop (and Zia the dog); and a quick phone call, had Rob Croft (Gulf Harbour Rigging) ascending her mast at short notice and checking the rig; and some short speeches in front of our planned Quiz Evening (again, at short notice) raised just over $400 that will finance 10 day voyages on the Spirit of New Zealand, for those NZ children in NZ Foster Care.

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.

Best Regards:
John Butcher
Commodore, GHYC

Club Sailing News

Winter Cruising

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:

Results, day prizes & a BYO BBQ, 4pm at the Club after each race.

Bar open and everyone welcome.

The Club was delighted to welcome over 40 young Opti sailors joining the New Zealand Optimist Dinghy Association(NZODA) Development Camp at Gulf Harbour. The young sailors, who make up the New Zealand Training Squad this year, experienced a range of conditions to challenge their skills, as they completed the various activities set by the NZODA coaches, led by YNZ Youth Coordinator Sam Mackay. A team of very supportive parents were also kept busy with launch and recovery duties.

The Hibiscus Marine Coatings (HMC) Winter Series got off to an awesome start in brilliant winter sunshine, with 20 boats from GHYC and Weiti BC participating in two divisions. The Gold division winner was Whirinaki IV, with joint first place in the White division going to Big Kahoona & Fastlane

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.

Annual Prizegiving

A night of celebrations for 80+ members, crew & sponsors, with glistening trophies, generous prizes and a fantastic meal. The raffle raised around $450 for the new Learn to Sail programmeThanks to all the participating boats, race officials, handicapper, sponsors, and Club volunteers who enable racing to take place. Congratulations to all the award winners

Race 2 of the HMC Winter Series was officiated by John & Linda Parrish from their own yacht Toyshop. One would expect that having an Olympic Race Officer in charge, all 22 boats would be putting on their best performance, but not according to John who spotted all manner of mishaps following most of the fleet being late for the start. A typical teacher quote 'could do better!!' Back at the Club, hearty bacon & egg butties and a tot or two from the bar ensured everyone enjoyed the results & day prize presentation

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:

  • Mike & Sheryl Lanigan / Share Delight - throughout last winter in almost every race they took someone (fantastic support)
  • Weili Liu / Synergy III - throughout the summer cruising
  • Graeme & Diane Lindsay / Mayflower - summer cruising
  • Katie Clarke / Sniper - ladies twilight
  • Warren Henderson / Memphis - various
  • Peter Cooke & Christina / Summerwind - Saddle Island
  • John Butcher & Sarah / Enigma I - Saddle Island & other various
  • Gill & Richard Waite / Nakoni - Saddle Island
  • Miles & Sue Cross / Planet X - various and now winter

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.


  • AES Engineering Supplies, Gulf Harbour
  • Gulf Harbour Marina Ltd.
  • New Zealand Company of Master Mariners, Auckland Branch
  • GHYC club members
  • Diane Lindsay: Rear-Commodore GHYC
  • Mike Pignéguy: Committee Member

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 without delay

The full LTS programme outline can be found at:

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 if you are interested

Recycling reminder

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 for more information

Mystery Anchorage: Answer at end of newsletter

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

No dragons, just a jolly good feast!

Boat Bits & Car Boot Sale A community activity also raising almost $500 for the Club. Thanks go to all the member volunteers who brewed coffee, cooked bacon butties, gifted items to sell, collected money and went around making everyone feel welcome

Polishing party !

Thanks to Lynne Brown, Diane Beck & Jude Ellegard for cleaning all the trophies and cups before the prizegiving. It certainly made the evening sparkle.

New Members' Night & Gumboot Friday What a great evening for meeting new members, with all ages throwing gumboots into a ring, Beryl's little helpers kept busy retrieving them. Thank you to all those who participated, raising almost $200 towards the fantastic work of 'I am hope' providing support for kids with mental health issue.

Winter Activities

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!

Mike Pignéguy
MTG Convener
Ph: 027 33 88 248

Are you a fan of American Classic cars? There will be an opportunity to see some immaculate examples of them parked in the marina car club adjacent to the club, around midday on Sunday, June 13th. The club will be hosting the American Classic Car Club for lunch and the car owners will be happy to show off their pride and joy. The only rule being 'look but don't touch'

Answer to Mystery Anchorage:

Man 'O War Passage, Port Fitzroy (outward bound)

Last updated 09:19 on 20 February 2024

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