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Newsletter October 2019

Commodore's Logbook October 2019

Welcome to October

My message this month is rather simple; THANK YOU.

There were plenty of 'speeches' over the weekend and many messages of gratitude embedded within these speeches. Allow me to pass on my perspective in our Newsletter.

Simply, 'a job well done'. The 30TH Anniversary Weekend was successful, and why? Because, we owned it. We owned it through our thorough Planning, Procedures and the Execution.

Thank you to everybody who contributed to the successful 30TH Anniversary Weekend, whether you were a planner, a communicator, a doer or a bit of everything. Many people contributed through making a difference.

I will also take the opportunity to thank the Executive and 30TH Anniversary Committee / Tiger Teams for their Planning and Coordination efforts. Top job, well done.

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 our New Members

My name is Matthew and I'm a student at Wentworth College and I sail Laser Radials down at Manly. Recently John has asked me to help crew on his keel boat which has been super cool. I have been primarily trimming the mainsheet on Enigma1 and learning heaps on how the boat works as it's very different to a Laser but I've really enjoyed it. I've also been steering, trimming headsails, gennakers and spinnakers plenty of strings on these boats! So, far I've sailed on Enigma1 in the recent Gulf and Winter Series and I'm looking forward to crewing on Enigma1 in the forthcoming Summer Twilight Series.

Heather Saunders, originally from the UK but a long time resident of New Zealand. Heather has been living in Gulf Harbour for the last 10 years and has two sons living nearby with a total of six grandchildren. Since moving to NZ Heather has also spent long periods in Australia where she did some sailing but is now retired and has already joined in a number of social activities at the Club.

Greg & Kelly Watson:

"For many years we have had the dream of sailing but put it on the "someday" list of things to do. We recently had a few health issues that made us re-prioritize our goals. So we sold our home in Invercargill and have begun a journey of learning to sail and cruise full time as live aboards. As Mark Twain said: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore! Dream! Discover!"


Summer Racing / Cruising Series - Now Open for Entry
New procedures are in place this year for Members (Registered Users) and Non-members to complete an online race entry.
Race Entry Instructions:at - Home page under Racing/Cruising Tabs
Please read all the Race Entry Instructions before completing an entry so you have the correct information to load with your entry.
To assist Race Series co-ordinators and the Handicapper (club volunteers) prepare the necessary documentation for Race Management and Results Processing, we encourage all members to enter a Series rather than individual races.

Series Entries cut off dates:
Gulf Harbour Marina Wed Twilight Friday 11 October
Taylor & Co Lawyers Wed Ladies Friday 18 October
Burnsco Summer Cruising Tuesday 22 October
Barfoot & Thompson Two Handed Tuesday 19 November
Fairway Bay Gulf Series Tuesday 3 December

Race Declaration (each time an entry is lodged with GHYC)
I agree to be bound by the current Racing Rules of Sailing, the Prescriptions of Yachting New Zealand and the Sailing Instructions, and confirm and prove, that I am a full financial member of a Yacht Club affiliated to Yachting New Zealand. I understand that neither the Organising Authority and its officers, members and servants or other persons assisting with the conduct of the race series accept any responsibility in respect of any injury or loss to person or property that may be sustained by reason of participation in the race series or howsoever arising in connection with the race series. I declare my vessel complies with the relevant safety regulations in 1.0 Rules in the Sailing Instructions

Get your entries in now and be ready for another busy and exciting season.

Y Flag

Y Flag Racing Rule 40

When Flag Y is displayed with one sound before or with the warning signal, competitors shall wear personal flotation devices, except briefly while changing or adjusting clothing or personal equipment.

Before the start of each season is a good time to check that your PFD's have been "checked and serviced" in accordance with the Manufacturer's Instructions.

Hibiscus Marine Coatings / Engine Room: Winter Series

September saw the end of another very successful winter on the water with series participation by 15 boats in the White Division and 10 boats in the Yellow/Gold Division. Close racing occurred in both fleets, with a few protests being lodged and an MOB incident, providing a timely reminder to all race participants that we are bound by the current Racing Rules of Sailing, as we head into another busy Summer season.

Weiti Boating Club hosted the Series Prize Giving after Race 10, the positive comradely interactions evident between the two Clubs. A big thanks to Gary Drummond (GHYC) and Kerry Davis (WBC) for coordinating this series. Our thanks also go to Doug & Carla of Hibiscus Marine Coatings with Carla presenting prizes for the White Fleet, while the Yellow/Gold Fleet prizes were presented by Andy of the Engine Room. We really appreciate their support of yachting around the Whangaparaoa peninsula. Skippers, crew & helpers who attended were also in with a chance of winning one of the spot prizes in the final lucky draw

Full race reports and results have been uploaded to under News and on the clubs Facebook page:

Regards and good sailing

Mike Lanigan - Sailing Committee

Social Scene News

September and officially the start of Spring, although we probably used more firewood than during the Winter months. We hosted the last three in the Winter Series of mid-week Marine Educations Evenings and these proved to be very popular so we will be running another series next Winter. There was a well -attended Quiz Evening with lots of friendly rivalry and a fair bit of heckling Howard, the quizmaster, too. Thank you to the prize-winners who donated to the Youth Sailing Programme. Out and about, what has now become an annual event, there was a member led trip on the ferry to enjoy lunch at Soul Bar & Bistro in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour.

A Garden Spring Clean day found members busily cutting hedges, weeding gardens, removing dead bushes & invasive creeper and generally getting the outside areas looking smart. This is an annual activity by volunteers to prepare the grounds for Club activities such as BYO BBQs and petanque competitions, as well as for weddings and other venue hire activities that we host because of our unique location.

The big event for September was the 30th Anniversary Celebrations. We kicked off on Friday evening with 'Burgers in the Tent', a very relaxed affair and a chance to catch up with a number of past members who attended. The photographic display in the restaurant proved extremely popular, covering the history of the Club from bare ground to today, and all the members that contributed is so many different ways throughout the years.

On Saturday the Grand Dinner with MC Peter Montgomery and Guest Speaker Barbara Kendall was a great success. Over 100 members & guests attended, and the fundraising raffle over two days made $1000+ for our Youth Sailing Programme. Tom Baker, Founding Commodore, and Alan Wright our current Patron spoke at the event as did Leroux van Zyl one of the first group of youth sailors to benefit from a day sail on Lion NZ of the New Zealand Sailing Trust.

With an eye on the weather all week, we were delighted when Sunday turned out to be perfect for the afternoon Sail-past, with 27 boats parading past Olympus where Tom & Alan took the salute. An added and unexpected attraction was Te Aihe, the new Americas Cup boat, foiling past our fleet as they formed up for the parade. It was great to see so many crews make their way back to the Club where the deck was positively overflowing for the final BYO BBQ and a group picture taken by drone.

Photographs - We would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who came forward with mementos and photographs for the weekend. We now have over 2000 digital images, some of old photographs so lacking clarity of image & /or colour as well as those taken over the three day anniversary weekend. If anyone would like an electronic copy of a picture or collection of pictures, please email with your requirements and in the coming few weeks we will send them to you.

October activities

Saturday 5 October Visit by Ponsonby CC & Richmond YC single handed sailors who have invited us to join them in the Cub from 4pm for drinks & light meals

Saturday 5 Sunday 20 October - Auckland Heritage Festival. As part of the festival, take a trip aboard the historic steam tugboat the Willim C Daldy. Trips every Sat & Sun during the festival. For more information visit:

Friday 11 October - Tropic Sailing in Tahiti, the Greek Islands or Croatia. Guest speaker Patrick Carpenter of Tropic Sailing in association with You Travel Manly will be making a presentation, following a buffet dinner.

Sunday 20 October Boat Bits & Car Boot Sale. Our annual Boat Bits sale on the deck with a car boot sale for all-comers in the Marina carpark beside the Club with coffee/tea, sausage sizzle, home made & home grown stands too. More information to follow soon.

Last updated 09:19 on 20 February 2024

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