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Newsletter October 2020

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

Sat 3 October Ponsonby CC visit join them for drinks and light meals from 1630
Sun 4 October Boat Bits Bring 'n' Buy and Car Boot all-sorts sale, 0900
Tue 6 October Weekly Marine Therapy Group, enjoy social coffee & chat, 1000
Wed 14 October Summer Sailing, New Rules Briefing & 'Round North Island' presentation 1900
Fri 16 October New Members & Season Opening evening
Wed 21 October Gulf Harbour Marina Twilight Race 1
Sat 24 October - Summer Cruising Weekend Burnsco Race 1
Wed 28 October Taylor & Co Lawyers Ladies Twilight Race 1
** Sun 15 November 'Big Aggie Sails Again' book launch by author Mike Green
** Sat 21 November Boat Hop
Sun 22 November Club Day Out/BBQ

GHYC Commodore's Logbook Oct 2020

Welcome to October and the 2020/2021 Sailing Season

My message this month is rather simple; THANK YOU

Thank you for your vote of confidence in supporting me for a fourth year as Commodore, GHYC.

Thank you for your patience and understanding towards my recent and yet necessary periods of absence from the Club. Thank you to the Executive, Sailing and Social Committees for successfully leading and managing the Club through these interesting, challenging and yet rewarding times.

Last Sunday 27 Sep, I had the privilege of publicly announcing the award of Honorary Life Membership of GHYC to Linda and John Parrish, a dutiful task that felt very right and proper; given their service to GHYC for 30 years. I think I can speak for everybody who was present in the Club for the Winter Series Prize-giving, that we all felt the gratitude and humility of Linda and John when they took the opportunity through right of reply to the announcement.

Let's make the most of the forthcoming Summer Sailing Season, in whatever shape or form that it becomes. We've demonstrated to ourselves that we can handle challenges, through working together and finding a way to 'say yes'.

Thank you Gulf Harbour Yacht Club let's continue sailing and boating together; we know that it's a proven formula.

Here is why I went away for six weeks my type of launch and she goes quite well to weather............

See you on the water and in the Club; and I wish you all 'fair winds and following seas'; especially the launch owners.

Best regards,

John Butcher

Commodore, GHYC

Welcome to our New Members

Jeremy & Sonya Crosby have a love of sailing and daughter Scarlett is on the Youth Sailing Programme and really keen to get racing. Their latest boat is an Oceanis 43 which they are readying for summer so they can join in the cruising and beach socialising and look forward to meeting like minded members both in the Club and around the many wonderful anchorages of the Gulf.

Roger & Georgie Harvey have lived here 8 years. Roger has been a yachtie fanatic since he was a boy and crews on Memphis as they do not currently own a boat. They intend this to be their forever home so look forward to joining in more social activities and meeting like minded people.

Thank you to members who have paid their subscription fees so promptly. This has been especially appreciated this year as the delayed AGM necessitated the late invoicing of fees and a subsequent delay in income.

This year we have decided to produce member benefit cards in house in addition to the electronic Yachting New Zealand cards members will receive, which some members may prefer not to use.

Also, we wanted to have cards that would show the benefits only available to GHYC members. The cards will be displayed, attached to a 2020/2021 yearbook, in alphabetical order on a table inside the entrance as soon as we have them available hopefully in a week to ten days.

Members who live at a distance or are unable to visit the club can email the office and we will arrange delivery.

Sailing News

Summer Racing / Cruising Series ENTER ON LINE NOW

We are pleased to announce our 5 x Club Racing / Cruising Series for the upcoming Summer Sailing Season are now open for entry.

We encourage all skippers/boat owners to get their entries in now, so you are ready to go for what is going to be another busy and exciting sailing season.

The Sailing Committee has completed the Summer sailing program working around America's Cup races. The Notice of Race / Sailing Instructions / Important changes have been loaded to the club's website. Refer Home page under Racing / Cruising Tabs for the respective series. The NOR/SI's can be found at the bottom of each series pages.

2.0 Eligibility & Entry

There is 'No Late series' entry provision this year.
Note: Individual Day entries can still be made: Refer NOR/SI's

Minimum of 4 series entries to be received by the Series entry cut-off date (as below) to run the series.

Series entries to be received by:
Wednesday Twilight Mon 19 Oct 2020
Summer Cruising Wed 21 Oct 2020
Wednesday Ladies Twilight Mon 26 Oct 2020
Two-Handed Series Wed 28 Oct 2020
Gulf Series Wed 17 Feb 2021

To help the Race Series co-ordinators and Handicapper (club volunteers) prepare the documentation for Race Management and running of these series, we encourage all members to enter a Series rather than individual races.

So, members/boat owners get your entries in now!

Be ready to enjoy another busy and exciting season.

Bay of Islands Sailing Week 26-29 January 2021

Entries are now open through - early entries before 31st December qualify for the discounted price.

Restaurant News

The club has been fortunate to find an experienced chef to replace Sue. His name is David and he has had years of cooking for a variety of people from film crews to Wardroom. He had a familiarisation evening with us last Friday and I think all present enjoyed his cooking; I know the dessert I had was sublime and looked so pretty! He has lots of ideas for interesting menu choices and is very enthusiastic about pleasing the members. He will be here this Friday, Sue will be in the kitchen next Friday, October 9th and after that David will take over. Already he says the members 'are so nice'. Let's convince him of that and give him our support and encouragement. Early bookings, even Friday morning if it's a late decision, are a great help when catering.


Mid-September our Quiz Night was another well attended evening, with thanks to Quizmaster Howard for some fun, challenging and a few obscure questions.

Dolphins at play

Patrick was winner of the Photo Competition for this great shop taken whilst single-handed sailing.

The next photo topic is 'BRIDGES' of any size , shape or description, with judging in December

The AGM ran to plan, the Executive Committee unchanged for the coming year. Vice Commodore Colin Mitten presented the Hobbs-Burrell Memorial Trophy (Commodore's Cup) to Egor Leonenko for Services to GHYC

Linda & John Parrish

There was unanimous support for the proposal to bestow Honorary Life Membership on Linda & John Parrish

Winter Prizegiving was held after the final race with sponsors Carla & Doug Dukeson of Hibiscus Marine Coatings presenting the series prizes. Final results:

Gold Division: 1st Stark Raven/Les Pennial, 2nd Gentleman Joe/Jae Maynard, 3rd Blazin White/Colin Thrush

White Division: 1st Glory Days/John & Joc Allemann, 2nd Southern Rebel/Don Wright, 3rd Fast Lane/Keith Auld

Winner of White Division

Winner of Gold Division

Spring Clean Day found some of our dedicated volunteers splitting logs, cleaning the kitchen, washing windows and cutting hedges. Our thanks to all those who helped, particularly John Allemann who wielded his chainsaw with great results.


Sunday 4 October, 0900 - Boat Bits Bring 'n' Buy Sale in conjunction with an All Sorts Car Boot Sale. Free for all members to participate. The forecast looks perfect for a browse around the stalls, then relax on the deck with coffee & a muffin or nibbling a hot sausage - a great way to support your Club.

Tuesday 6 October, 1000 Marine Therapy Group

It's a known fact that after having sold the big love in your life (your boat, that is!) you will definitely be in need of some therapy. Don't worry, come along and have a relaxed chat, some serious therapy or a bit of light relief with a bunch of friends at our inaugural gathering.

Coffee, tea and biscuits are available while we share views, technical advice, our latest ailments... whatever... a pleasant way to pass a Tuesday morning!

Lunchtime outing to Soul Bar & Bistro Check out the 'Ladies Lunch' details at A leisurely ferry ride away, if there is enough interest we will arrange a table for later this month. Not just for the ladies, expressions of interest to the office by Tue 6 October.

Wednesday 14 October, 1900 Summer Sailing & New Rules Briefing

Join us for an interesting evening of sailing talk. John Parrish will cover the new Racing Rules of Sailing, Richard Brown will talk about practical use of the rules to avoid collision when approaching the start line and Phil Clark will make a presentation about his experiences in the Round North Island race.

Friday 16 October, 1800 New Members and Season Opening Evening

An informal occasion to welcome recent new members, mingle with sailors, cruisers, launch owners & social members and start making plans for what we hope will be a Covid free Summer that everyone can enjoy.

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

Last updated 09:19 on 20 February 2024

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