TBCC Nelson Regatta 20-22 Jan 2019

posted 22 Jan 2019, 21:17 by Geoff Head   [ updated 2 Feb 2019, 18:52 ]

Crew: Geoff, Tunch, Eduardo, Pien.

The Nelson Regatta planned program was:

Day 1 - Sunday 20 Jan - Tasman Bay Coastal race
Day 2 - Monday 21 Jan - Nelson to Torrent Bay race
Day 3 - Tuesday 22 Jan - Torrent Bay to Tonga Island race, Tonga Island to Nelson race


Unfortunately we woke to high winds in the Nelson area and at the briefing in the morning it was announced that all racing for that day was cancelled. Halo crew spent the afternoon walking round the coastline to Tahunanui Beach and had a pleasant swim in the sea.

By the time we got back to the marina the wind had dropped somewhat so we decided to take Halo our for a practice sail. We cast off from the marina at 1640 hrs with the No. 3 Jib and Mainsail rigged. Crew positions were allocated as: Geoff on helm, Tunch on bow, Eduardo on starboard trimmer and keys, and Pien on port trimmer and keys. The mainsheet to be handled by Eduardo or Pien depending on which tack we're on.

Once we sailed out into the inner harbour we found it was colder and windier than expected. Jackets went on as well as a reef in the Mainsail. We headed out through The Cut. Once out of the harbour we found the seas and wind were too much to be enjoyable so turned back into the inner harbour and sailed northwards in challenging conditions with wind 30-40 knots. We soon made our way back home arriving at our berth at 1900 hrs. We all agreed though, that it was good to get out and have a warm-up for the big race tomorrow.



We woke to a lovely morning and what appeared to be perfect conditions for our big race to Torrent Bay - sunny with 15 kts southerly breezes. Exciting!

After a hearty breakfast was attended the race briefing. Sorted out all the course coordinates on the OpenCPN and cast off from the marina berth at 0915 hrs with the No. 1 Genoa and Mainsail rigged.

We motor-sailed out to the start line which was 2.5 miles out from the coast. The start time for the 12 boats in the Cruising Division was delayed to 1015 hrs. We had great start with only about 4 boats ahead of us as we sailed tight-hauled in the direction of Abel Tasman National Park. We started feeling some good sized gusts coming through but didn't think too much of it initially. Pien was doing a good job on mainsheet to manage them. The wind however kept on increasing up to 25 gusting 30 kts and getting harder to manage. We put a reef in the mainsail and heard the announcement from the Race Officer on Ch. 77 that the race had been cancelled and that all boats must return to their berths at the marina.

We dropped the Genoa and turned round at 1050 hrs back towards Nelson. The wind kept on increasing to 45 kts true and we put a second reef in the mainsail to be safe. Even with 2 reefs and no Genoa we were still sailing at up to 8 kts. Exciting stuff.

We eventually arrived back in the berth at 1155 hrs safe and sound.

That night we had a party on Halo with some crew from other boats including David and Wendy from Sirrah and Jim came down too. Geoff got the ukulele out and we had lots of fun and singing!


Unfortunately the high winds continued through the night into the next day and the Race Officer announced that all racing was cancelled and that was the end of the regatta. First time in 10 years that all three days of the regatta have been cancelled.

At least Halo won a Spot Prize the next morning at the 'prize-giving' ceremony!

The next day Tunch and Pien joined Gucci to sail back to Wellington. Geoff stayed on in Nelson another day to do some boat maintenance before flying back to Wellington.

TBCC Nelson Invitation Race - 18 Jan 2019

posted 18 Jan 2019, 20:26 by Geoff Head   [ updated 2 Feb 2019, 19:26 ]

Crew: Geoff, Tunch, Jim. 

This was a Rum Race warm-up before the start of the Nelson Regatta and as Jim agreed to join us we decided it would be a good experience. We attended the race briefing at 1630 hrs and were given race instructions which to us out-of-towners were a bit confusing. Especially when the coordinates for the Top Mark the Race Officer gave us were totally out. Oh well, we'll just go out and follow everyone else! Start time was set for 1800 hrs.

We rigged up the No. 1 Genoa and Mainsail and cast off from our marina berth at 1710 hrs and motor sailed out through The Cut in light northerly winds to where we assumed the Start Line was. We then realised our mistake. With the help of local knowledge from Jim we eventually worked out that the start was in the inner harbour in front of the Nelson Yacht Club building.  Also, unusually for us, the start would be downwind.

After the usually jostling around during the 5 minute countdown, the race started and we were in the middle of the bunch all converging towards the narrow gap of The Cut. A rather nerve-racking experience as we sailed out with boats just feet away on either side of us. The boats spread out once we got out of the harbour and tacked our way north towards the top mark.

On the way back we hoisted the spinnaker and had a nice run back in light winds to pass the finish mark, which was a transit line from the Cardinal Light outside the harbour, at 1906 hrs.

A lovely evening out on the water and good to have Jim join us. A nice taste (so we thought) for the Regatta on Sunday with the added bonus that Halo came 6th on handicap!


EBYMBC Start Box Race - 22 December 2018

posted 21 Dec 2018, 21:16 by Geoff Head   [ updated 23 Dec 2018, 01:43 ]

Crew: Geoff, Eduardo, Tunch, Murray, Pien

Marine Forecast: Southerly 10 knots, easing to variable 5 knots this morning. Northerly 15 knots developing this afternoon, and rising to 20 knots gusting 30 knots about the south coast this evening. Sea becoming moderate in the south this evening. Fair visibility in showers, clearing to long fine spells this afternoon.

Departed Chaffers at 1025 hrs and with around 5 knots southerly motor-sailed with No. 1 Genoa and Main round to Evans Bay where Murray and Pien joined us. Race course was confirmed as Start - 1 - 2 - 3 - Finish  x 3 laps. All classes starting together with warning at 1255 hrs.

We set sail early to have a practice spinnaker hoist before the race. Had some fun watching around 20 or more dolphins in the bay. Never seen so many together in Evans Bay before! 

Race was delayed due to delay in getting the marks laid and eventually started at 1307 hrs. Wind was very light southerly between 0-5 kts. On the downwind stretch we hoisted our lightweight spinnaker down to the No. 3 mark.

On the second lap the wind changed to a northerly (as predicted) and on the last lap back to the Finish line we flew the Genoa Goose-winged.

Murray jump shipped into the support boat and we motor-sailed back home arriving at Chaffers Marina at 1530 hrs.

Great day out sailing with great crew!

Tunch's Dolphins Video:


LBYC Interclub Race - 9 Dec 2018

posted 9 Dec 2018, 20:28 by Geoff Head   [ updated 9 Dec 2018, 21:16 ]

Crew: Geoff, Murray, Eduardo, Julie, Tunch

Marine Forecast: Northerly 15 knots, but 20 knots gusting 30 knots at times about the south coast. Sea moderate at times about the south coast. Fine with high cloud.

Early start leaving Chaffers at 0730 hrs and with Murray on helm and in breezy northerly (20+ kts) we motor-sailed across harbour arriving at Seaview at 0850 hrs. After attending the skippers briefing and getting some good coffees we were back on the water. Wind seemed a bit calmer north of Somes so we hoisted the Main and No 1 LT Genoa and did a few practise tacks ready for the first warning at 1025hrs. We crossed the start line on starboard tack behind the bunch keeping clear of the more aggressive boats edging each other to cross first.

After rounding the top mark at Petone Beach we hoisted the medium spinnaker. At first we had a classic hour glass twist and we had to re-hoist it to clear. May have been caused by us being too slow on the hoist. It still didn't look 100% once it was hoisted. On the next time round we positioned the spinnaker pole higher on the mast but after looking at the photos now it seems like we needed to bring in the guy line and the sheet much tighter (at the same time) so that clew of the kite  meets the spinnaker pole. Wind was pretty strong (over 20 kts) which made this difficult though.  

Also I'd like to go out and practise one day with our spinnaker snuffer which I've never used. Apparently this makes the hole job a lot simpler and fail safe.

We were last across the finish line and then had a great sail back to Chaffers with Eduardo on helm. Wind was gusting to 35 kts so we dropped the Genoa and put one reef in the main which went well. Arrived back at the berth at 1310 hrs.


Charlotte Challenge Trophy - 24 Nov 2018

posted 25 Nov 2018, 16:25 by Geoff Head   [ updated 28 Nov 2018, 00:38 ]

Crew: Geoff, Peter, Tunch, Julie, Paul (Wavish).

Marine Forecast: Variable 5 knots. Southerly 10 knots developing around midday, rising to southeast 15 knots about the south coast this afternoon.

Departed Chaffers with Geoff and Tunch at 1006 hrs. Hoisted Main and No.1 LT but with about 5 kts wind we needed to motor most of the way to Evans Bay. Tied up at the Slipway and went to the club to wait for the race sailing instructions.  The course was eventually confirmed as "Start - 1 -Shaol Pile - 8 - 1 - Shoal Pile - 3 - 1 - Shoal Pile - 3 -1 - Finish. Warning Signal at 1250 hrs" All within the confines of Evans Bay which, I was told, is where the best wind was in the harbour today. Ten boats were signed on for the Cruising Division race. 

Peter, Julie and Paul joined us and we cast off to do some practice sailing before the race. Positions: Geoff on helm, Paul on mainsheet, Peter and Julie trimmers, Tunch bowman. Wind came up  a bit to 6-10 kts.

The Start was a line between the start boat "Pania" and the marker in the water. The start countdown was nice and clear with the Pania horn sounding the 5 minute warning and we were able to set our countdown timer perfectly. We started well on a starboard tack (3rd over the Start line) as we tacked upwind toward the first mark. On the first downwind run we hoisted the light-weight spinnaker. We lost a bit of time when we arrived at the top bottom due to us not getting spinnaker and pole down soon enough causing delay in tacking and trimming the Genoa.  (Still learning!). 

We then tacked back south to our second rounding of the top mark.  The next downwind run ro Mark 3, being a shorter one we Goose-winged the Genoa on the pole until hoisted our small red Spinnaker. (Noticed it has a small rip which needs repairing). 

At that stage we were advised that the race had been shortened removing the last loop due to lack of wind. After rounding Mark 3, as we tacked back towards Mark 1, the wind died out altogether and we lost steering for a while and drifted off course somewhat. Finally made it round the mark and back down to the Finish.

After the race back at the club house we learned that four boats were in a protest situation so the provisional results (Halo came 6th on line and 7th on handicap) are pending the outcome of the protest decision.


Commodores Cup (Race 1) - 17 Nov 2018

posted 17 Nov 2018, 20:32 by Geoff Head   [ updated 17 Nov 2018, 20:35 ]

Crew: Geoff and Tunch (meeting at Chaffers 10 am), Julie and Paul Jennings and Lorna (meeting at Evans Bay 11.45 am).

Marine Forecast: About the harbour - Northerly 15 knots, rising to 20 knots gusting 30 knots for a time in the afternoon and early evening.

The weather forecast was looking to be pretty accurate so Tunch and Geoff sailed Halo round to Evans Bay with the No.3 Jib and full Mainsail. Initially tied up at the Quickslip but due to congestion moved Halo round to the Evans Bay wharf. Met the rest of our crew and signed on for the race. Seems like the windy conditions had put off a few boats so only 3 yachts were signed on; Temptation, Andal and Halo.

We cast off from the wharf but when we went to hoist the Main discovered that the halyard had blown around the front of the mast and tangled with the radar reflector making it impossible to hoist! After many attempts to flick the halyard back into position, Tunch bravely volunteered to go up the mast to untangle. We set up the bosun's chair and up he went. Got it cleared and we quickly hoisted the Main and the Jib and seconds later the race had started!

We then beat our way up Evans Bay well behind Andal and Temptation, and after 4 tacks we rounded Pt Halswell and then crossed to Ward Island on a broad reach. Winds were pretty blustery by now, 15-20 kts gusting to 30 kts and we made great speed across the harbour at 7 kts and peaking into 8 kts at times. The Straitsman ferry came fairly close at one stage but after checking the AIS we didn't need to take evasive action as it steamed past us at about 17 kts.

By the time we reached the Ward Island marker we had caught up with Andal and made up some ground with Temptation. We then zigzagged our way up the harbour towards Somes Island. Due to the helmsman's miscalculation (Geoff!), plus a slight mishap with the spinnaker pole, we messed up rounding the mark and lost about 3 minutes. Eventually got going again and made excellent speed on a beam reach to Pt Halswell and then hoisted the spinnaker pole to goose-wing the Jib on a broad reach back to the finish line. An exhilarating race! 

Results (see below) for Halo were 2nd on Line and 2nd on Handicap. 

Many thanks to Alex at Arrowhead Creative for the nice shots of Halo goose-winged coming back into Evans Bay:


Shiralee Cup - 10 Nov 2018

posted 11 Nov 2018, 00:45 by Geoff Head   [ updated 12 Nov 2018, 18:37 ]

Crew: Geoff, Peter, Tunch

Marine Forecast: Southerly 15 knots. Becoming southeast 10 knots this morning, and rising to 15 knots about the south coast this afternoon. Becoming northeast 10 knots everywhere this evening. Sea slight. Fair visibility in morning showers,then fine.

Departed 1020 hrs from Chaffers Marina with No.1 Genoa and Mainsail and did some practise tacking to Evans Bay with Tunch (who was commemorating the 80th anniversary of the death of Atatürk), tying up at the wharf at 1120 hrs. 

Peter joined us at Evans Bay and we signed on for the race with course confirmed as 1245 hrs warning with downwind Start to Falcon Shoal (starboard rounding) and back to The Evans Bay Finish Line.

The race started pretty well for us on a starboard tack and we hoisted our middle weight spinnaker and sailed towards Point Halswell at up to 7 kts in the 15 kts southerly. As we rounded Pt Halswell we were a bit too slow to hoist the Genoa and drop the Spinnaker and consequently we lost a few places as two of the non-spinnaker boats passed us (Wakarere and Whistler III).

We then headed south to Falcon Shoals tight-hauled averaging 4.5 kts in the 15 kts southerly. Rounded Falcon Shoals at 1335 hrs and back
 to Pt Halswell on a beam reach at about 6.5 kts and then tight-hauled at 4-5 kts back to the Finish line tacking first in Balena Bay. On the second tack we found we were gaining on Wakarere (I believe) and on the last tack opposite Greta Point we overtook her to pass the Finish Line at 1423 hrs.

Dropped Peter off at Evans Bay at 1435 hrs and Tunch and Geoff motored Halo back to Chaffers Marina arriving at 1508 hrs.

EBYMBC Spring Series - 27 Oct 2018

posted 26 Oct 2018, 21:07 by Geoff Head   [ updated 27 Oct 2018, 21:57 ]

Crew: Geoff, Peter, Eduardo, Henry

Marine Forecast: Northerly rising to 15 knots but 20 knots about the south coast early morning. Rising to northerly 20 knots gusting 30 knots everywhere late afternoon, then easing to northerly 10 knots late evening. Sea becoming moderate for a time. Mostly cloudy. Poor visibility in rain developing this afternoon, easing late evening.

Depart 1026 hrs from Chaffers Marina with Eduardo on helm and motored sailed round to Evans Bay with one reef in the main. Fairly breezy with gusty northerly around 25 kts. We sailed at a good pace of up to 7 kts with reefed mainsail down towards Greta Point.

Arrived at Evans Bay at 1118 hrs and tied up at the slipway pier to be met by Doug Young (of Coriander) with the news that the race had been cancelled. Not surprising. 

We waited for Peter to join us at Evans Bay then departed at 1200 hrs motor-sailing back to Chaffers Marina in 25-30 kts of wind with Peter on helm. Lots of fun.

Arrived back in marina at 1329 hrs.


Interclub Series - EBYMBC Centenary Opening Day Race 22 October 2018

posted 25 Oct 2018, 17:15 by Geoff Head   [ updated 12 Nov 2018, 19:08 ]

Crew: Geoff, Murray, Julie, Tunch, Tina

Marine Forecast: Northerly 10 knots, rising to 15 knots late morning. Sea slight. Morning and evening cloud,otherwise fine.

In celebration of the EBYMBC Centenary we dressed Halo in bunting the day before and left Chaffers Marina with Jim and Tunch at 1030 hrs. Motored around to Evans Bay club and tied up at the wharf next to the club rooms in time for the official opening day speeches and raising the club flags etc. The course was announced with a 1310 hrs Warning Signal for Race Start.

The conditions were perfect for a great day's sailing! 

Julie and Tina joined us on Halo at Evans Bay and after a few practice tacks we were off with Murray on helm as we did multiple tacks north chasing the fast boats towards the first mark at Pt Halswell. (In the excitement Geoff forgot to start the tracker on the OpenCPN so the chart below only shows the route starting after our first rounding of Pt Halswell). After a brisk beam reach across the top on the harbour doing 6.5 kts we raised the spinnaker on the fairly sheltered stretch from Balena Bay back to Shoal Pile getting up to 6 kts. We then tacked back up to Pt Halswell and back again crossing the Finish Line at 1443 hrs.

After dropping Murray, Tina and Julie off at Evans Bay, Tunch and Geoff motored back to Chaffers Marina. 

EBYMBC Race 16 June 2018

posted 17 Jun 2018, 15:27 by Geoff Head   [ updated 18 Oct 2018, 02:39 ]

Crew: Geoff, Peter, Grant, Kate, Murray
Weather Forecast: 15 kts northerlies, fine with some cloud.

We departed from Chaffers at 1110 hrs and sailed round to Evans Bay. The wind was looking to be somewhat more than predicted so we hoisted the No. 3 Genoa with full Main.

The course was advised as the #10: First warning 12:45hrs. Start/finish line will be between the Start Box and a laid pin mark. Signals will be made using flags to start boats. Course is: Start, Falcon Shoal No.10 buoy (port), Finish.

Signed on for the race and noted a good turnout with 13 boats in the Cruising Division event.  Our race start went perfectly (so we thought!) and we crossed the line seconds after the 1250 start time with just 2 other boats in front of us. With Grant doing a sterling job on helm and after an initial tack we headed straight up towards Pt. Halswell. We may well have made it without a tack it it wasn't for one of the other boats who turned onto a starboard tack in front of us forcing us to do a last minute tack as well.  We continued at around 6 kts and then sped up to 7.5 kts as we turned onto a beam reach round the headland. 

The notherly was pretty gusty around 20 kts in the harbour which made for some exciting sailing.  

We hoisted the spinnaker pole to goose-wing the Genoa sailing at about 6-7 kts down to the Falcon Shoals buoy.  Rounded the buoy at 1329 hrs and with Peter on helm we zig-zagged our way back up to Pt Halswell and back down Evans Bay crossing the finish at 1421 hrs in 4th place on line.

We were feeling pretty pleased with our performance until it was announced at the prize-giving that Halo and 2 other boats were disqualified as OCS *. Seems we went over the line prior to the start line. Apparently the individual recall flag (I over Z) had gone up for us but we missed it. A couple of other boats were also disqualified as they missed the finish line. Oh well. It was a great day's sailing which we thoroughly enjoyed.

* The Round-an-End Rule 30.1: A boat over the line during the minute before the start must sail to the pre-start side of the line around either end before starting. If they fail to do this they will be scored OCS.

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