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Newsletter November 2019

Commodore's Logbook November 2019

Welcome to November

Yahoo; we're into it, fathoms deep into the sport of boating with the arrival of some warmer weather and plenty of wind to fill our sails, or fuel, should we be propelled by machinery!

Kicking off the Summer Sailing Season

If Labour Weekend traditionally signifies the 'start' of the Summer Sailing Season, then collectively, it would appear that we've nailed it. By all accounts, those who entered the first Cruising Race had a sporting ride to Kawau Island and enjoyed a fantastic social weekend in one of our finest cruising spots.

In other sailing events for the annual Coastal Classic, the GHYC was represented by Te Kawana (Davies 40 Colin and Kirsty Mitten), Odyssey V (Young 12 Garry Coleman), Arbitrator (Beale 33 Ray Copeland) and Shine On (Beneteau Cyclades 39.3 Keith Smith).

The Te Kawana Short Story

Sarah and I had the pleasure of crewing in Te Kawana ['The Governor'] with and for Colin and Kirsty Mitten for the Coastal Classic. Te Kawana is a Roy Davies 40 (12.2 metres) and so the short version of our sporting ride up the coast to Russell is captured by a pseudo version of the Rule of Twelfths (small education piece follows): 12/12/12/12 12 metres, 12 tonnes, 12 knots and 1217 AM (0017 Saturday) for our time to round Cape Brett and begin the final 'beat' into the Bay of Islands, to finish in Russell at 0430 on the Saturday.

I'll take the opportunity to set up the Vice Commodore and ask Colin and Kirsty to be prepared to tell their story, at their convenience. However, in the interim, I'll leave you with a teasing snippet.

12 metres, 12 tonnes and winds from astern.

Committed we were, and willing to learn.

With safety and fun, we chatted and sailed.

Leaving the land on the left, and no diet prevailed.

We finished before dawn, having met our set goals.

12 metres, 12 tonnes, 12 knots and more ham and egg rolls.


Rule of Twelfths: the Rule of Twelfths is a Rule of Thumb for estimating the height of tide at any given time in a semi diurnal tidal cycle environment (two high tides and two low tides in 24 hours) New Zealand is a good example. Firstly, calculate the Range (the difference in tidal height between successive Low and High water. During the first hour, the water level rises by 1/12 of the total tidal range. In the second hour, it rises by an additional 2/12 of the total. During the third and fourth hour, it rises by 3/12. Then the increase begins to slow down. In the fifth hour, the water only rises by 2/12 and in the sixth hour it rises by 1/12. The pattern is 1/2/3/3/2/1.

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

Welcome to New Members:

Welcome to David & Lorna Pike who live on the North Shore and dream of moving closer to their Beneteau 42 'Gracias'. They both look forward to joining in our cruising weekends, possibly twilight races and meeting members at the Club.

Sailing News

October started with hosting visiting single handed sailors from Ponsonby CC & Richmond YC who enjoyed an invigorating race to Gulf Harbour, followed by a very sociable afternoon at the Club.

Our own racing got off to a slow start with Race 1 of both the Gulf Harbour Marina (GHM) & the Taylor & Co Lawyers Ladies Twilight Series being cancelled due to strong winds.

Race 2 of the GHM Twilight Series was successfully run earlier this week with an excellent write-up on our website under Latest News.

The opening race of the Burnsco Cruising Series held over Labour Weekend to Kawau was enjoyed by all participants. Again there is a report on our website.

In November we have two Cruising Weekends, twilight racing every week and the first of the Barfoot & Thompson Two Handed races. WBC also have two races of their short-handed series.

It is not too late to make a Series Entry for Burnsco Summer Cruising, Barfoot & Thompson Two Handed Series, Fairway Bay Gulf Series and the Taylor & Co Lawyers Ladies Twilight Series and Day Entries can be made for any future race. Details of entry fees, cut-off dates & times are given in the Notice of Race for each series.

Race Entry Instructions: - Home page under Racing/Cruising Tabs
Please read all the Race Entry Instructions before completing an entry. To assist Race Management and Results Processing, we encourage all members to enter a Series rather than individual races. Each time you make a Race Entry please be aware that you agree to the Race Declaration

Get your entries in now and come join us on the water

Social Scene News

In association with YOU Travel Manly, 'Guided Sailing Adventures' was the perfect tag line for Patrick Carpenter of Tropic Sailing with his enthusiastic presentation on sailing the Greek Islands, Croatian coast or exotic Tahiti. Pictures of delightful locations, peaceful anchorages, and fascinating destinations accompanied Patrick's description of a typical charter, with a well organised mix of sailing tropical waters, exploring ancient & modern destinations and sampling local culture.

More information: Carol at or

Boat Bits & Car Boot Sale

This year we introduced a Car Boot all-sorts Sale alongside our annual Boat Bits Sale which were held in unseasonably warm & sunny conditions. A busier event than last year, the coffee & muffins and sausage sizzle proved popular and a wide ranging assortment of items were bought or sold, street signage directed passing pedestrians to have a nosey around. As an event for all the local community, we look forward to a bigger, better event next year with the promised support of Gulf Harbour Marina.


Sunday 3 November FUN GOLF DAY. If you haven't already signed up, you can still join participants at the Club afterwards. The BAR opens from 5pm and the forecast looks perfect for relaxing on the deck so bring along a plate of nibbles to share and grab the boules for a game of petanque.

Photo Competition - This quarter's subject is SPRING. Taken this period - submitted 8th to 14th November - prints minimum 4" x 6" (100 x 150mm) - @ $2 each. Professional judging to win a $20 Club Voucher on Friday 15th Nov. Members Choice judging at Boat Hop for a 'surprise' prize. More information: Diane 09 428 1576 or Beryl 09 428 1554.

Saturday 16 November BOAT HOP. No need to own a boat - ALL members welcome. A fun way to meet other members, see attached flyer for more information. Full details for first timers contact or to sign up contact Beryl 09 424 1554,

December Christmas Dinner Dance, Friday 13th with a Latin American theme.

House Matters

Office Manager - Today, November 1st, is the last day in the office for Fleur who has been the welcoming face & voice for the GHYC for some years now. Our very best wishes go with her as she moves on in a different direction.

We would also like to welcome Judy Barrington who will be taking over the role of Office Manager from Monday 4 November. Judy lives locally, has a boating background and is looking forward to meeting Club members as she settles into her new position.

Open for business - Many members may not be aware that the Club house is used fortnightly by Coastguard for training sessions and the Gulf Harbour Marina Village Residents Association hold monthly meetings here. Most recently a new branch of Rebus has been inaugurated, also holding monthly meetings at the Club and they would be delighted to have new members join them - an information flyer is available in reception.

In addition, we host many private functions such as weddings, conferences, anniversaries, office parties, fishing competitions, Christmas celebrations and more, all of which require different set-ups. The Club also provides a venue for visiting sailors and Yacht Club rallies as well as offering secure parking for YNZ and other dinghy sailing organisations.

Please make contact for more information or to join our team of helpers.

Diane Lindsay - Rear Commodore

Gulf Harbour Marina Berth for Rent

10.5m L pier.

Close to Gate 1, Rubbish bins and toilets. Available now.

$550 per month.

Contact Keith Browne - 021 908 755, Wk 09 427 4402

Last updated 09:19 on 20 February 2024

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