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.

24-Hour Endurance Race March 2018

posted 6 Mar 2018, 15:23 by Geoff Head   [ updated 11 Jun 2018, 00:43 ]

Crew:  Geoff, Robert, Peter, Grant, Brent, Eduardo

Forecast: Northerly 5-10 kts

Friday 2 March
1600 hrs - Murray to collect Robert from airport (NZ437 ETA 4.05 pm) and drive to Chaffers (will borrow Geoff’s parking pass).
1700 - Halo departs Chaffers ​heading to Seaview Marina Berth A36. Crew: ​Geoff, Robert, Murray.
1830 - Graciela drives to Seaview Marina
1900 - Presentation by Laura Dekker ​at Lowry Bay Yacht Club (LBYC).
Attendees: Geoff, Robert, Graciela, Murray, Peter, Brent and ?
2000 - Graciela and Murray drive back to Wgtn. Geoff and Robert sleep night on Halo.

Saturday 3 March
1000 hrs - Pre-race Briefing at LBYC - Geoff and Robert
1030 - Halo crew meet at Seaview Marina Berth A36​. There is free car parking around the marina.
1130 - Halo cast off
1200 - Race starts! Crew: Geoff, Robert, Peter, Grant, Eduardo, Brent.

Sunday 4 March
1200 hrs - Race finishes
1500 - Prize Giving at LBYC
1530 - Graciela drives to Seaview to collect Geoff and Robert. Take Robert to airport.

Monday 5 March
Some time during Monday, Graciela drives Geoff, Grant and Murray to Seaview to sail Halo back to Chaffers.

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Shiralee Cup - 24 March 2018

posted 28 Feb 2018, 00:46 by Geoff Head   [ updated 28 Feb 2018, 01:03 ]

Crew: Geoff, Robert, Murray, Paul Wavish, Robin

Forecast: Northerly 10 knots, rising to 15 knots early afternoon, to 20 knots in the evening. Fine weather. 

As Temptation were short staffed we invited Paul and Robin to join us on Halo. We had a great start crossing the line a few seconds after 1315 hrs with Paul doing an excellent job on helm.

We  tacked into the northerly out of Evans bay with full main and No.1 Genoa in third place behind Airlift and Liquid Asset. Crossing the harbour towards Somes Island we had to negotiate the Bluebridge ferry with both Airlift and Liquid Asset having to lose a bit of ground while taking evasive action but not enough for us to catch them.

Rounded the Somes Island marker at 1413 hrs still in third position and headed west towards Ngauranga and prepared the spinnaker. Rounded the marker at 1432 and hoisted the kite. We were a bit slow getting the spinnaker fully hoisted but onece up we made good progress back to Evans Bay passing the finish line at 1507 hrs in third place ahead of Wakarere, Shogun and Andal.

Dropped Robert and Murray off at Evans Bay so Robert could catch his flight back to Auckland and Paul, Robin and Geoff motored back to Chaffers.

EBYMBC Marangi Cup - 10 Feb 2018

posted 9 Feb 2018, 21:52 by Geoff Head   [ updated 9 Feb 2018, 21:53 ]

Crew: Geoff, Eduardo, Marie-Therese

Forecast: Saturday : Southerly 10 knots rising to 15 knots for a time this afternoon and evening. Sea slight. Cloudy, with areas of fog. Poor visibility in occasional rain, mostly from evening.

13:15:00 Start Time

15:02:00 "Liquid Asset"

15:04:03 "Saracen"

15:08:11 "Temptation"

15:10:42 "Halo"

15:17:05 "...Special Moana"

15:20:12 "Shogun"


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