EBYMBC Ibbotson Tray Race - 15 Feb 2020 - Win for Halo!

posted 15 Feb 2020, 14:55 by Geoff Head   [ updated 15 Feb 2020, 16:16 ]

Grew: Geoff, Malcolm, Ken, Murray.

Variable 5 knots, becoming southerly 10 knots late morning, turning northerly 10 knots late afternoon or early evening. Sea slight.Increasing high cloud.

Geoff and Malcolm departed Chaffers Marina at 1045 hrs. Wind was very light 5 kts southerly and we motor-sailed round to Evans Bay with just the mainsail up. The breeze picked up slightly to 12 kts at times. Docked at the wharf at 1145 hrs. Checked out the course which, due to the light variable winds, was set within Evans Bay as: "Start - Halswell Mark - Shoal Pile - Halswell Mark - Shoal Pile - Finish". Start/finish being from Pania". We cast off at 1228 hrs with Murray on helm, Malcolm on mainsheet, Geoff and ken on bow and trimming. We hoisted the No. 1 LT Genoa and rigged the Maxi Spinnaker and cruised around trying to figure out where the Start line was. No sign of Pania. Mmm...

Eventually we heard on Ch. 77 that Pania was anchored off Shelly Bay so we quickly motored up the bay to get into position just in time for the start at 1300 hrs. Halo was first over the line. Perfect!

We hoisted the kite for the short run to Halswell mark. Usurper passed on the inside of Halo just as we rounded the mark. We then sailed close-hauled into the breeze and rounded Shoal Pile after just 3 tacks. Hoisted the kite again for the longer run back to Halswell making good speed in the light airs and then rounded the mark and beat back down the bay. As we approached Shoal Pile the second time the southerly breeze started dropping and we noticed Usurper almost stopped on the west side of the bay so we kept to the east. As we rounded the mark Usurper was only just ahead of us and we hoisted the kite for the last run. However by then the wind had practically died out as it started turning to round the north. We drifted along at less than one knot for a while, momentarily helped at one stage by the jet stream of a plane overhead, and eventually dowsed the spinnaker and hoisted the Genoa for another beat back to finish line in about 12 kts of northerly. We finished second on line after Usurper - two minutes ahead of Temptation.

We were pretty pleased with Halo's performance and excited to discover later at the club house that Halo had won the race on corrected time!

EBYMBC Bucholz Cup - Saturday 8 Feb 2020 - Cancelled

posted 11 Feb 2020, 22:10 by Geoff Head   [ updated 12 Feb 2020, 20:29 ]

Crew: Geoff, Ken, Malcolm, James, Emily and Jackie.

Forecast: Northerly 15 knots rising to 20 knots but 25 knots gusting 35 knots about the south coast early morning. Changing southerly 15 knots around midday, rising to 25 knots gusting 35 knots for a time in the afternoon. Sea becoming rough at times. Fine at first, then fair visibility in rain afternoon and evening.

AP over A flags were flown form the start box to signal race was cancelled due to high winds so we went for a sail round the harbour with No. 3 Jib ans 2 reefs in the Mainsail to return Halo to Chaffers Marina.

Thanks to James for his photos I copied off his Facebook page (!) and Malcolm for the great surfing video clip!

EBYMBC Charlotte Challenge - 25 Jan 2020

posted 26 Jan 2020, 23:37 by Geoff Head   [ updated 28 Jan 2020, 00:22 ]

Crew: Geoff, Peter, Ken, Thomas.

Forecast: Northerly 20 knots but 25 knots gusting 35 knots about the south coast, easing to 20 knots everywhere in the afternoon. Rough sea about the south coast, easing afternoon. Fine, apart from morning and evening cloud.

Geoff and Peter joined Halo at Chaffers and we cast off at 1035 hrs to sail round to Evans Bay. The northerly was around 20 kts with one gust we noticed up to 30 kts.

Arrived at Evans Bay and tied up at the Quickslip post. Signed on for the race and got the course; Start - Somes Island - Finish. Pretty simple but with the added twist that each skipper could choose which way round Somes to go. Thomas and Ken joined us and we cast off with the No. 3 Jib and 1 reef in the Mainsail. We also rigged up in preparation for the Spinnaker. Positions were: Ken on helm, Peter on Mainsheet, Geoff and Thomas on Trimming and Bow.

The start box lights worked well for the 5 minute countdown and we had a good start beating our way up the bay. After 4 tacks we reached Pt. Halswell. Bay this time Grenadier, Tamerlane and Temptation were now ahead of us. We decided to round Somes Is anti-clockwise which was a gamble as the other boats all went clockwise. We had a good long tack up the harbour averaging 6 kts dropping to around 5.5 kts on the east of Somes.

Once we rounded Somes with 20 kts wind behind us we decided against the spinnaker and poled out the jib and hoisted the No. 1 HW on the port side. We sailed downwind at around 6.5 kts, gaining some ground on the leaders. We crossed the finish line 53 secs behind Tamerlane. On the corrected results Halo came in at second place which we were pretty happy with.

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EBYMBC Pet Cup - Monday 20 Jan

posted 21 Jan 2020, 16:20 by Geoff Head   [ updated 24 Jan 2020, 23:39 ]

Crew: Geoff, Allison, Albrecht, Ken and Seamus.

Forecast: Southerly 15 knots, easing to variable 5 knots this evening. Sea slight. Cloudy periods this morning with possible fog, mainly about the south coast, otherwise fine.

Geoff and Albrecht sailed Halo round to Evans Bay departing Chaffers Marina at 1040 hrs. Wind was around 15 kts and with Albrecht on helm we sailed nicely with Main and No. 1 LT Genoa. Tied up at the Evans Bay wharf and signed on for the race. Course was confirmed as No. 3: Ward Island, Leading Light and back starting at 1300 hrs.

Ken, Allison and Seamus joined us and we cast off with the Maxi Spinnaker rigged up for a downwind start. Positions were Geoff on helm, Ken on bow, Seamus and Allison on trimming and Albrecht on mainsheet. The race start was delayed by 5 minutes and we hoisted the spinnaker soon after crossing the line however Temptation and Rogue were already ahead of us. We caught up with Temptation (who was only flying their genoa) but as we rounded Pt Halswell they soon took off ahead of us on the beam reach across to Ward Island.

We then beat our way upwind close-hauled towards the Front Lead. Unfortunately we found ourselves in a wind hole and lost some ground as we had to do 3 tacks before rounding the mark at 1416 hrs. The wind had increased to around 20 kts south west and so we hoisted the medium spinnaker for the broad reach back to Pt Halswell which we rounded at 1443 hrs. 

In retrospect we should have changed headsail down to the No. 2 at this time in preparation for the 20-25 kts beat into Evans bay. We did put a reef in the main as we entered Evans bay but we were over powered with the big No. 1 Genoa. It took us 4 tacks before crossing the finish line at 1520 hrs behind Temptation, Rogue and Grenadier.

After sailing back to Chaffers and packing away the boat we returned to the club house for the results:  Temptation got a well deserved first place on line and corrected time. Halo came in 5th place.

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EBYMBC America Cup 21 December 2019 - Win for Halo!

posted 24 Dec 2019, 18:32 by Geoff Head   [ updated 8 Jan 2020, 21:23 ]

Crew: Geoff, Murray, Lorna, Colin.

Forecast: Southerly 15 knots, rising to 20 knots for a time this morning, then easing to 10 knots this afternoon and to variable 5 knots this evening. Sea becoming moderate for a time this morning. Morning cloud and isolated showers, then fine.

Geoff and Murray departed from Chaffers at 1030 hrs, hoisted the mainsail and motor-sailed in 16-20 kts of wind round to Evans Bay where we tied up at the wharf. Signed on for the race and got the course which was announced as Course # 8. (Start - No. 10 Falcon Shoal - No. 12 Ward Island Buoy - Finish).

Lorna and Colin joined us on Halo and we rigged up the No. 2 Jib and medium spinnaker and cast off at 1230 hrs. Positions were Murray on helm, Colin on mainsheet, Geoff and Lorna on trimming, keys and bow. During the 5 min countdown we sailed with just the main and hoisted the spinnaker just as we crossed the start line. The run down Evans bay went well for Halo with the spinnaker helping us to pass those who were sailing with headsail only including Temptation, Grenadier and Coriander.

As we passed Pt. Halswell we hoisted the jib and dowsed the spinnaker and sailed close-hauled towards Falcon Shoal with Usurper, Stinger and Frid ahead of us. After tacking around the mark we poled out the jib and sailed downwind past Ward Island and closed in towards Frid. As we gybed round the Ward Island mark we were behind Frid but as Halo was the inside boat they had to give way to us under the "Buoy Room Rule" rule. And thanks to super helmsman Murray we overtook them coming out of the mark!

On the beam reach back to Pt. Halswell Frid slowly over-took us again. As we beat upwind in Evans Bay we were able to reach the finish line in just two tacks, a minute behind Frid and just ahead of Temptation and Coriander on line.

At the prize-giving back at the club the corrected results were announced. Halo wins the America Cup!

Some history: In 1925 the United States Pacific Fleet came to Wellington on a goodwill visit and enjoyed the EBYMBC dances so much they presented an "America Cup" for competition.

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EBYMBC Mishmosh Poker Race - 14 Dec 2019

posted 14 Dec 2019, 15:57 by Geoff Head   [ updated 14 Dec 2019, 19:35 ]

Crew: Geoff, Ken, Lorna, Juliet.   

Forecast: Northwest 15 knots but 25 knots gusting 35 knots about the south coast. Easing to variable 5 knots in the south late morning, then becoming northwest 20 knots everywhere early afternoon, and rising to 25 knots gusting 35 knots in the south coast late afternoon. Sea rough at times in the south. Morning cloud, then fine.

The 'Mishmosh Poker Race' is described as: 'It's more of a rally really, with participants picking up cards for their "playing hand" from pre-defined locations around Wellington Harbour. The winner is the participant with the best "poker hand" at the end of the event'.

Halo departed from Chaffers at 1130 hrs with Geoff and Ken and we motor sailed with just the mainsail in about 20 kts of gusty northerly round to Evans Bay where we rafted up at the wharf with Coriander and Temptation.  Lorna and Juliet joined us and after getting the course details and pre-race briefing at 1245 hrs we rigged the number 2 jib and cast off ready for a 1330 hrs start.  

The start was confusing (and delayed) as they seemed to be having problems with the lights. The yellow class flag light which normally comes on during the 5 minute start sequence never made an appearance. The blue and white flag light did come on, presumably 4 min before the start and off 1 min before the start time.

Anyway we started somewhat behind the main bunch of boats on the downwind run to the first mark and then upwind through the gate and then tacking our way towards Pt. Halswell. By the time we went round the point we had gained some ground (passing Coriander and others) with only After Midnight and Temptation ahead of us. 

During the fast beam reach across the harbour at 7.5 kts towards Ward Island Brett Linton motored past us in a RIB and took some great photos of Halo with our new Linton sails. 

Back into Evans Bay we poled out the jib and had some fun surfing the big waves at over 8 kts at times. We couldn't catch Temptation though, in spite of them broaching at one stage in the 25-30 kt tail wind and we crossed the finish 3rd on line which we were pleased with. Great race!

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EBYMBC Telford Mug - 23 Nov 2019

posted 3 Dec 2019, 01:36 by Geoff Head   [ updated 3 Dec 2019, 01:43 ]

Crew: Geoff, Murray, Lucy.

Forecast: Northerly 20 knots, easing to variable 5 knots by midday. Southerly 10 knots but 15 knots about the south coast developing for a time this afternoon and early evening. Becoming Northeast 10 knots developing tonight. Moderate sea, easing by midday. Fine.

The 5 min warning for the start was late so it turned out to be about a 3 min warning which took us by surprise and meant we were a minute late starting behind the rest of the fleet. Nevertheless we had a great downwind run (too windy for spinnaker) with our No. 1 Genoa 'goose-winged' with Murray on helm and Geoff and Lucy on trimming. We were excited to to see that we were ahead of many of them by the time re rounded Pt. Halswell but with Coriander close behind us. We did well on the reach across the harbour to the Ward Island mark and gained 300 mts on Coriander but on the reach back again we lost that lead. In the shelter of Kau Bay we changed headsail down to the No. 2. Maybe it wasn't such a good idea as we saw a few boats pass us to maintain a lead on us as we duelled our way with Coriander upwind in Evans Bay. We crossed the finish line ahead of Tamerlane, Wakarere, Frid, Kingklip and Whetu.

At the club house prize-giving it was announced that Halo had come second on handicap. Great news but when the official results were published later on the website we'd dropped to 4th. Seems like our handicap is getting higher...

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EBYMBC Commodores Cup - 9 November 2019

posted 9 Nov 2019, 21:10 by Geoff Head   [ updated 18 Nov 2019, 18:59 ]

Crew: Geoff, Ken, Murray, Grant.

Forecast: Northerly 25 knots gusting 35 knots, but 20 knots gusting 30 knots in the harbour. Sea rough about the south coast. Cloudy with poor visibility in occasional drizzle.

The Commodores Cup was a mark foy/pursuits style start where the slower boats start earlier and theoretically we all arrive at the finish line together. Geoff, Grant and Murray met at 1000 hrs at Chaffers to install the mainsail. The wind was around 20 kts and re rigged up the No. 3 Jib and the main with one reef. We then had a wet and wild sail round to Evans Bay with gusts up to 30 kts. We expected the race would be cancelled in these windy conditions but sailed on and tied up at the Evans Bay wharf.

Ken joined us at the club where we attended the race briefing at 1215 hrs. The race was on but it appeared only four boats had the courage to enter: Mairangi, Stinger, Coriander and Halo. We were allocated a start position of 32, ie 1332 hrs. Coriander was to start a minute earlier. The course was #16, around Somes and Ward islands.

We cast off at 1300 hrs with the same rig as earlier. Positions were Grant on helm, Murray on mainsheet, Ken and Geoff on trimming.

The start number were a bit hard to see in the poor visiblity but we figured our number was up and crossed the start line on port tack and beat our way up Evans Bay into 20-25 kts of northerly trying unsuccessfully to catch Coriander. By the time we passed Pt. Halswell the 38' classic yacht Marangi had already past us and Coriander was disappearing off to the east side of the harbour. As we went around the top of Somes we were neck and neck with Coriander and we edged ahead of them on the turn (with Geoff closely monitoring the chart plotter to make sure we cleared the Mokopuna rocks safely).

On the downwind section to Ward Island we poled out the jib on the port side and at Ken's suggestion we tried a new technique: we hoisted the No. 1 HW Genoa goose-winged on the starboard side using the second genoa halyard and a spinnaker sheet. It worked well and we picked up some extra speed and kept Coriander behind us.

On the turn around Ward Island Coriander was able to pass us this time and stayed ahead of Halo as we crossed the harbour. On the turn down into Evans bay with the reef shaken out of the main (good call Murray) and the jib poled out, our duel with Coriander continued. With Grant doing a great job on helm we slowly edged past them and crossed the finish line just seconds ahead. An exciting finish!

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RPNYC Island Bay Race - 26 Oct 2019

posted 27 Oct 2019, 18:33 by Geoff Head   [ updated 27 Oct 2019, 19:10 ]

Crew: Geoff, Lorna, Murray, Ken, Eduardo

Metservice Forecast: Northerly 15 knots but 20 knots about the south coast. Rising to 20 knots but 25 knots gusting 35 knots about the south coast this afternoon, then to 25 knots gusting 35 knots but 30 knots gusting 40 knots in the south tonight. Sea becoming rough about the south coast this afternoon, and elsewhere tonight. Mainly fine.

We had to pull out of Friday's Wineworks race due to not being able to find a weather window to sail Halo safely across Cook Strait that week so we decided to do Saturday's RPNYC Island Bay Race instead. Geoff and Ken sailed Halo over to Seaview on Friday and Lorna, Murray and Paul Wavish joined us for the Wineworks after-race festivities. After hearing the reports from various sailors we felt we'd made the right decision to pull out with our little 29 footer. Geoff and Ken stayed on Halo overnight and sailed back to Chaffers first thing in the morning for showers and breakfast.

Eduardo, Murray and Lorna then joined us at 1030 hrs and we cast off for some practise sailing before our start. Positions were allocated as Murray on mainsheet trimming, Eduardo on bow, Lorna on keys, with Geoff and Ken alternating on helming and jib trimming.

The race has a staggered start. Halo was in the first block of boats at 1130 hrs with the rest of the fleet spread out until the fastest boats, Blink and St Laurence, left at 1300 hrs.

The Metservice forecast appeared to be spot on with about 15 kts northerly so we rigged up the No. 1 HW Genoa and one reef in the main for the start. With Ken on helm we started on a bean reach towards Pt. Jerningham. As we rounded Pt. Halswell we shook out the reef and rather than brave the spinnaker we poled out the Genoa 'goose-winged' down the harbour entrance round the outside of Steeple Rock light. As we neared Barrett Reef light we put reef back in the main and prepared the No. 2 Jib. As we passed the Island Bay Inner Mark we took down the No. 1 Genoa and hoisted the No. 2 Jib which stayed in place while Geoff helmed for the rest of the race.

As we cleared Barrett Reef light we then had a hard beat into 35-30 kt winds up the Heads past Front Lead light and across the harbour. 'After Midnight' passed us just as we rounded the Korokoro Mark. The last run back to the finish line we had an exhilarating 30-40 kts behind us with boat speed up to 8 kts at times surfing back to the Finish.

Total race time for Halo 4 hrs 10 min. The provisional results showed us at 12th on handicap although two protests were received so this may change. A great result for Halo in tough conditions!

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Seaview Overnight Trip Photos - 25 Oct 2019

Island Bay Race Photos - 26 Oct - Mel of Zytecka Photography provided some of the photos below.

Holmes Cup EBYMBC 19 October 2019

posted 19 Oct 2019, 23:04 by Geoff Head   [ updated 23 Oct 2019, 00:16 ]

Crew:  Geoff, Ken, Murray, Peter, Robin

Forecast: Northerly rising to 30 knots early morning easing to northwest 15 knots in the afternoon.

Race day started out with the northerly winds initially dropping and then increasing again to 20-25 kts. We were expecting the race to be cancelled and Geoff and Robin delayed departing Chaffers. With still no cancellation from the club by 1100 hrs we cast off just as Murray texted us to confirm the race was on!

We motored round to Evans Bay and tied up at the wharf. Not many other boats around but saw the course was confirmed as No 8: Start Box to Falcon Shoal to Ward Island and back.

Ken, Peter and Murray joined us and we rigged up the No. 2 Jib and one reef in the mainsail and cast off at 1225 hrs. Positions were: Ken on helm, Geoff and Peter on trimming, Robin on bow and Murray on mainsheet. We had a good start crossing the line within seconds of the start time and headed off close hauled on a port tack towards the east of the bay. Most of the other boats crossed the line much closer to the Start Box and they quickly got a good distance ahead of us. After two tacks we then had a nice straight run to round Pt. Halswell. We then rounded the point and did the downwind run to Falcon Shoal with the reef shaken out of the main and jib poled out 'goose winged' getting good speeds around 7 kts.

Before arriving at Falcon Shoals we put the reef back in the mainsail and then beat our way up to the Ward Island at about 6 kts mark then back to Pt Halswell. The wind continued to be around 20-25 kts. Possibly we would have preformed better with the second reef on the main as to avoid heeling too much we needed to ease the mainsheet out so that it was luffing.

Back down Evans bay we shook out the reef again on a broad reach getting good speeds around 7 kts. We passed the finish line just a few seconds ahead of Coriander who had been chasing us the whole race. We then motored Halo back to Chaffers as the wind finally died out.

At the prize giving we eventually learned that Halo had won the race beating Whetu by just 4 seconds! Well done team Halo and helmsman Ken.


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