EBYMBC Pet Cup - Monday 20 Jan

posted 21 Jan 2020, 16:20 by Geoff Head   [ updated 21 Jan 2020, 16:45 ]

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 helm. 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!

Here's the RaceQS race replay:


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!

RaceQs Action Replay:

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.


Interclub Race EBYMBC Opening Day - 12 October

posted 14 Oct 2019, 18:00 by Geoff Head   [ updated 15 Nov 2019, 12:33 ]

 Crew: Geoff, Murray, Ken, Brett

Forecast: Northerly 10 knots. Changing southerly 15 knots around midday. Sea slight. Fine spells, but chance of showers with southerly change.

Peter met Geoff at Chaffers and to help with the delivery of Halo around to Evans Bay. We tied up at the slipway poles together with Rogue, Coriander and others.

After the formalities of the Evans Bay opening ceremony we rigged the Maxi Spinnaker and No. 1 HW Genoa and cast off at 1230 hrs and did some practice sailing around the bay. This was our first race with the new mainsail made by Linton Sails and we were very fortunate to have Brett join us on the crew to try out the new sail.

With only 4 POB, crew positions were loosely; Ken on bow, Brett trimming, Murray on mainsheet and Geoff on helm. With over 30 yachts competing, the start was rather congested and we chose to keep behind the main bunch resulting in crossing the start line about one minute late but with the advantage that we already had the spinnaker hoisted.

We sailed up the bay in the middle of the bunch doing 5 kts in around 10 kts of wind. After we rounded Pt. Halswell we hoisted the Genoa and dropped the spinnaker and the wind dropped to about 6-7 kts as we crossed Kau Bay. After the got past the bay the wind came up to 14 kts as we beat upwind towards the mark. When we were about 150 mts abreast of the Front Lead mark we tacked to do our starboard rounding. Unfortunately the wind chose this moment to drop and we drifted too close to the mark so had to do a double tack in order to clear it without colliding! We noticed one boat pass inside us as we lost a bit of time with this manoeuvre.

Back downwind we re-hoisted the spinnaker and made good progress at 6-7 kts on a broad reach back to Pt. Halswell where we took a fairly wide turn and passed a couple of boats which were becalmed in Kau Bay. Yay!

Back in Evans Bay we completed the race with just two tacks keeping just ahead of Rogue who had been biting our heels behind us for the whole race. While Halo finished well behind the fast RPMYC racing boats on line, we later found that we had come 2nd on the corrected time for the race.
A great result for Halo thanks partly to our new mainsail (and clean bottom) but more importantly thanks to Brett from Linton Sails who gave up his valuable time to guide us with sailing tips and expert advice. 

EBYMBC Winter Series Race - 24 Aug 2019

posted 24 Aug 2019, 21:16 by Geoff Head   [ updated 20 Oct 2019, 20:17 ]

Crew: Geoff, Eduardo, Lorna, Emer, Paul and Ken

Metservice Forecast: Southerly 25 knots gusting 35 knots easing to 15 knots this morning, and to 10 knots this afternoon. Northerly 10 knots developing this evening.Rough sea easing this morning. Fair visibility in morning showers then fine.

Geoff, Eduardo, Lorna cast off from Chaffers at 1015 hrs and motor-sailed with the mainsail round to Evans Bay. The southerly was still pretty strong around 25 kts. We tied up at the wharf rafted up with Rogue and later Temptation joined us.

Got the course. A short course to keep us busy around the Point Jerningham (PJ) and Greta Point (GP) buoys: Start (Start Box) - PJ - GP - PJ - GP - PJ - 1 - Finish (Pania).

After a quick lunch and a cuppa we signed on for the race and cast off at about 1215 hrs. Positions were allocated as: Ken on helm, Geoff on mainsheet, Emer and Paul on trimmers, Lorna on keys and Eduardo on bow. The southerly had now dropped to around 16 kts and we rigged the No. 2 Jib with the medium spinnaker.

Halo had a great start thanks to Ken's excellent helming. With only Rogue and Usurper ahead of us, we powered up the bay edging past Rogue before rounding the PJ mark. We then lost quite a bit of ground in our process of dropping the spinnaker and hoisting the Jib. Eventually got sails trimmed and we tacked our way back down the bay to Greta Point. After the two more roundings of PJ buoy followed by the No. 1 mark we then finished the race with most of the fleet having slipped passed us as we were struggling with our turns.

Lessons learned: We need more practise with spinnaker hoisting and dropping. One suggestion is to take the pole down first, before dousing the spinnaker. As long as the tweakers are pulled in we can fly the spinnaker without the pole for the last few minutes making it much easier to then hoist the Jib and quickly drop the spinnaker before the turn.

Also worth trying is to drop the spinnaker into the hatch with the sheets and halyard attached. We can then later hoist the spinnaker directly from the hatch to save having to repack into the bag. Geoff will get a new longer spinnaker halyard installed to make this workable.

It will be good to do some spinnaker practice in a non-race situation to test these techniques.

At the prize giving that night we learned that Halo had come 4th overall for the Winter Series with 'Smokie' taking first place. (Halo had the same score as 3rd place 'After Midnight'). We also won a great spot prize of a pair of marine binoculars thanks to Barton Marine.

(Due to 'finger problems' I didn't get the course recorded on the chartplotter this time so unable to do a precise action replay of the race). 

EBYMBC Winter Series Race - 10 Aug 2019

posted 11 Aug 2019, 22:07 by Geoff Head   [ updated 20 Oct 2019, 20:22 ]

Crew: Geoff, Murray, Lorna, Eduardo, Emer.

Metservice Forecast: Southeast 15 knots turning northerly 10 knots in the morning, rising to 20 knots in the afternoon rising to 25 knots gusting 35 knots this evening. Sea becoming rough this evening. Poor visibility in showers,some heavy with possible thunderstorms.

Lorna and Geoff departed Chaffers at 1015 hrs and motor-sailed with just the mainsail rigged round to Evans Bay in just a couple of knots of wind and heavy rain at times. We arrived at the wharf and rafted up alongside the big 50 foot Beneteau yacht Rogue. Emer, Murray and Eduardo joined us and we signed on for the race and got the course instructions: three loops around a marker at the north end of Evans Bay.

We cast off and did some warm-up practice sailing up and down the start line. Positions were Murray on helm, Geoff on mainsheet, Emer on bow, Eduardo and Lorna on trimming. The wind had still not picked up so we decided to go with the No. 1 Light Genoa.

The race started at 1235 hrs and on our first tack we sailed at about 2 kts towards Burnham Wharf and pretty much lost the wind. We were losing a lot of ground. We noticed that the other boats were picking up speed on the other side so we did a tack and headed back to the west. By the time we got over we had some lift but by then we were already way behind most of the fleet. Each time we went on a port tack we slowed right down again and so did a number of short tacks trying to get up the bay. It was only when we got near Pt Halswell that we were able to get boat speed up to 6 kts with the help of the wind rising up to 20 kts which was now over the limit of our light No. 1 Genoa.
We rounded the top mark at 1324 hrs and hoisted the medium spinnaker for a run down the bay while Emer and Edo took down the No. 1 and rigged up the No. 2 Genoa. We rounded the Shoal Pile light at 1341 hrs and beat our way back up the bay into about 18 kts of wind rounding the top mark at 1413 hrs. We made the conservative decision to hoist the small red spinnaker for the next run although in retrospect we should have re-used the medium kite as the wind hadn't increased as much as we anticipated.

The third run down the bay we hoisted the medium spinnaker and had a fantastic sail down the bay in 20 kts wind. Our new tweakers and Murray's steady hand on the tiller helped to the kite under control as we reached speeds of up to 8 kts!

We weren't able to catch the rest of the fleet though, and passed the finish line at 1516 hrs with only Tamerlane and KIngklip behind us.

Our result on corrected time was 8th which meant we have dropped down one place to 3rd on the overall championship. One more race to go!

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