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Newsletter November 2020

Future Events Some events have been rescheduled so please note **changes to previously published dates.

** Sun 15 November 'Big Aggie Sails Again' book launch by author Mike Green

Sat 21 November Devonport YC race to GH. Bar opens 4pm

** Sat 21 November Boat Hop

Sun 29 November Fun Golf Afternoon

**Sun 6 December Club Day Out (rescheduled from 22 November)

Fri 11 December Club Christmas Celebration dress code: Christmas Colours

Thu 17 December End of year BYO BBQ

Fri 18 Club office closes

GHYC Commodore's Logbook November 2020

Welcome to November. I'd like to take the opportunity to promote the benefits of a learning, teaching and coaching environment.

GSMEAC, SOP, DRSABC. Sarah has been completing her America's Cup Course Marshall Training Programme over the last few weekends and I'm impressed by the level of procedural learnings she is gaining to ensure she is signed off as certified crew on a 9m Rayglass Protector RHIB. And I'm learning too something that's great about sailing and boating there's always something new to learn, no matter how many years we've been on the ocean, and the best way to learn is to on-teach and train others. So, to one of the many acronyms that I hear on a near daily basis: GSMEAC a simple way to brief your crew before you leave the dock and one used by the NZ Coastguard; G = Ground explain the sea area you'll be operating in; S = Situation what is happening and why you're heading out; M = Mission what your crew is required to do; E = Execution explain in detail how you will achieve your mission; A = Administration what equipment/clothing/support is required; and last but never least: C = Command what communications structure is required and who is responsible for each aspect of Command.

The Coaching Environment Part of Our Culture

We have new Members, whom will no doubt be seeking benefits from the GHYC experience a natural tendency from anybody who joins a new organization. A coaching environment is a safe and healthy environment and makes for the Positive Club Experience.

The BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front) is that we are always teachable, if we wish to be, and there is no better environment in which learn from each other than the Club environment. Each One Teach One; if we each taught one person, one new topic, we'd be a rather powerful group of people.

Back to the America's Cup on the first B&T Two Handed Race the cheeky Brits were out practicing whilst we were racing. They skillfully tacked just behind us and would have been no more than 21 metres behind our stern (that's 2 x boat lengths of Enigma1) woah those boats go fast. All I could think of was I hope they don't call 'Starboard' they did we stood on and kept racing!

See you out there, in the Club and on the water.

Fair winds and following seas.

Best regards; John Butcher.

Commodore, GHYC


The Commodore writes about the benefits of a learning, teaching and coaching environment, and that is exactly how we view our Youth Sailing Programme.

Our Club sailors have a wealth of sailing knowledge and our Year 11 youth sailors are looking for every opportunity to learn, the perfect scenario for coaching.

If you can spare an occasional couple of hours to go sailing and provide informal coaching for one or two youth sailors, or for more information, please contact Diane Lindsay on 021 230 5745 or


Club Summer Sailing events have had a great start -welcome to our new members and hello again to our old friends.

We have good fleets in all series - and still plenty of room for day entries if you are thinking about "having a go."

There is no better way to enjoy Auckland than out on the sparkling waters of our beautiful Hauraki Gulf.

If you missed the New Rules Briefing evening and would like a copy of John Parrish's presentation on 'Changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing' that come into effect from 1/1/2021, email

Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, (TYPBC) invites GHYC members to join in their Centennial Celebrations, part of which will be the "Farmer Autovillage Auckland to Tauranga, (A2T), Centennial Yacht Race" in March 2021. More information and the Notice of Race can be found at

Mystery Anchorage


We were blessed with a wonderful sunny morning for the Boat Bits & Car Boot Sale. As a Community event, open for anyone to participate, it was great to have a number of non-members joining in, almost everyone reporting good sales. Coffee & the sausage sizzle were very popular and overall we raised almost $500 for the Club.

A very successful Marine Medics Refresher Course finally took place after a number of C19 delays, with participants reporting it to be one of the best ever, run by one of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter team with a wealth of relevant experiences.

It was a pleasure to welcome new, regular and returning members to the Club for our Season Opening and New Members Evening. The room was filled with a real buzz as people discussed their plans for the Summer.


We are looking for a volunteer with good IT/Social Media skills to support Gill, our Club Manager, by taking on the publishing of news, events and other information. The content (text & pictures) is supplied from all sections of the Club, so this is an opportunity for a tech savvy person to step up. Contact Gill for more information

Another position we're keen to fill is Club Secretary. John Bruce is stepping down after almost 5 years of dedicated and professional service as he moves to Chair the Sailing Committee. If you would like to learn more about this position, contact John on 09 419 7610 or


Sunday 15 November, 1500 'Big Aggie Sails Again' book launch hosted by Club member & author Mike Green. Cash bar, nibbles provided,

Proceeds of all book sales donated to Lifeline Aotearoa (

Enjoy a fun afternoon, solve your festive gift problems and support a worthy charity.

Tuesday 17 November, 1000 Weekly Marine Therapy Group

Come along for a relaxed chat over a fresh cup of coffee, shared views, technical advice, a recent success or disaster ... whatever... a pleasant way to pass a Tuesday morning!

Thursday 19 November, 1930 GH Berth Holders Association AGM

For further information email:

Saturday 21 November, 1800 BOAT HOP. All members welcome, NO boat required! A fun evening when 'boat hosts' welcome 'hoppers' aboard for nibbles & a tipple, whilst safely secured in the marina. More details to follow for those new to this event.

Sunday 22 November for operational reasons the Club Day Out will now take place on the reserve date of Sunday 6 December.

Photo Competition - the next topic is 'BRIDGES' of any size , shape or description, with judging in December. For more information contact Beryl on 09 424 1554

Sunday 29 November, 1330 - Fun Golf Day. An Ambrose Event at Gulf Harbour Country Club followed by drinks, nibbles & Prizegiving at GHYC. All welcome. Registration, entries & further information: Beryl - or Tom -

More details on these and other planned events will be circulated closer to the time.

Answer to Mystery Anchorage:

The mystery bay that Zuben is anchored in is what I know as 'Settler's Bay' which is just east of Nimaru Bay in the larger Katherine Bay on Great Barrier Island. An absolutely beautiful anchorage

Last updated 09:19 on 20 February 2024

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