Racing

  • LBYC Interclub Race - 9 Dec 2018 Crew: Geoff, Murray, Eduardo, Julie, TunchMarine 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 ...
    Posted 9 Dec 2018, 21:16 by Geoff Head
  • Charlotte Challenge Trophy - 24 Nov 2018 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 ...
    Posted 28 Nov 2018, 00:38 by Geoff Head
  • Commodores Cup (Race 1) - 17 Nov 2018 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 ...
    Posted 17 Nov 2018, 20:35 by Geoff Head
  • Shiralee Cup - 10 Nov 2018 Crew: Geoff, Peter, TunchMarine 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 ...
    Posted 12 Nov 2018, 18:37 by Geoff Head
  • EBYMBC Spring Series - 27 Oct 2018 Crew: Geoff, Peter, Eduardo, HenryMarine 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 ...
    Posted 27 Oct 2018, 21:57 by Geoff Head
  • Interclub Series - EBYMBC Centenary Opening Day Race 22 October 2018 Crew: Geoff, Murray, Julie, Tunch, TinaMarine 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 ...
    Posted 12 Nov 2018, 19:08 by Geoff Head
  • EBYMBC Race 16 June 2018 Crew: Geoff, Peter, Grant, Kate, MurrayWeather 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 ...
    Posted 18 Oct 2018, 02:39 by Geoff Head
  • 24-Hour Endurance Race March 2018 Crew:  Geoff, Robert, Peter, Grant, Brent, EduardoForecast: Northerly 5-10 ktsFriday 2 March1600 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 Marina1900 - 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 March1000 hrs - Pre-race Briefing at LBYC - Geoff and Robert1030 - Halo crew meet at Seaview Marina Berth A36​. There is free car parking around ...
    Posted 11 Jun 2018, 00:43 by Geoff Head
  • Shiralee Cup - 24 March 2018 Crew: Geoff, Robert, Murray, Paul Wavish, RobinForecast: 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 ...
    Posted 28 Feb 2018, 01:03 by Geoff Head
  • EBYMBC Marangi Cup - 10 Feb 2018 Crew: Geoff, Eduardo, Marie-ThereseForecast: 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 Time15:02:00 "Liquid Asset"15:04:03 "Saracen"15:08:11 "Temptation"15:10:42 "Halo"15:17:05 "...Special Moana"15:20:12 "Shogun"     
    Posted 9 Feb 2018, 21:53 by Geoff Head
  • Evans Bay Regatta - 27-28 January 2018 Day 1 - Crew: Geoff, Agnes (Hungary), Piroska (Hungary)Forecast: Southerly 10 ktsDay 2 - Crew: Geoff, Jo (Germany), Claudia (France), Rian (Germany), Cat (NZ)Forecast: Southerly 15 kts                
    Posted 9 Feb 2018, 21:51 by Geoff Head
  • Wineworks Cook Strait Race - 1 Dec 2017 Crew: Geoff Head, Murray Thomas, Grant Timlin, Eduardo Villouta. Forecast: Light northerly to start picking up during the race. 15-20 kts  We had sailed Halo across Cook Strait to Waikawa the previous day (Thursday 30 Nov) and berthed in the Waikawa Marina for the night.  At 7pm the Waikawa Boating Club held the pre-race briefing at the clubrooms. Very well organised event with all the information we needed including the Handicap table for all boats. Halo was at the bottom of the handicap list at 0.6400 together with Owhiro Lady.  We were obviously going to be one of the slowest boats in the race. We handed in our completed Coastal Voyage Form and picked up our Race ...
    Posted 10 Dec 2017, 19:58 by Geoff Head
  • Evans Bay Shiralee Cup Race - Nov 2017 Crew: Peter, Murray, Geoff Forecast: Southerly 20 knots easing to 15 knots late this evening. Moderate sea, easing late this evening. Mostly cloudy, with light drizzle possible this evening. Peter and Geoff sailed round to Evans Bay where we signed on for the race and got the course instructions:  S - Ngauranga 4 (S) - Ward Is 12 (S) - Finish. Race started at 1320 and we got off to a good start with the No1 LT Genoa and full Main.  Peter was on helm, Murray on mainsheet and trimming and Geoff on bow and trimming.  Hoisted the main Spinnaker as quickly as possible and sailed out into Wellington Harbour at about 6.5 kts. Once we located the Ngauranga mark we need ...
    Posted 3 Dec 2017, 21:28 by Geoff Head
  • Island Bay Race Nov 2017 Crew: Geoff, Peter, Murray, Paul, BexForecast: Southeast 30 knots gusting 40 knots but 20 knots gusting 30 knots about the harbour easing to 20 knots gusting 30 knots but 15 knots about the Harbour during the evening. Rough sea about the south coast, easing this evening. Mainly fine, chance of a light shower or two about the south coast.This Saturday's race to Island Bay was organised by RPNYC and is the last of the Interclub Series. The race was a pursuit race with 34 boats starting at intervals generally according to their handicaps and whether they were entered in Spinnaker or Non-Spinnaker division.  Start times ranged from 1000 to 1145 hrs (see attachment below). Halo was ...
    Posted 24 Nov 2018, 13:00 by Geoff Head
  • Evans Bay Cruising Division – Commodores Cup - 11 Nov 2017 Crew: Geoff, Eduardo, Paul, Danielle, Dougal, JessieForecast : Southeast 15 knots but variable 5 knots about the Harbour. Becoming southeast 20 knots but 15 knots about the Harbour this morning. Sea becoming moderate in the south this morning. A fine morning, then increasing cloud. First of 2 races was due to start at 1320 hrs. Geoff, Eduardo and Jessie joined Halo at Chaffers at 11.30 am and sailed in light winds round to Evans Bay. By the time we arrived the southerlies had picked up considerably to around 20 knots. Went ashore to the club and discovered that Paul Wavish had turned Temptation back to Chaffers due to technical problem with the furling system. Danielle and Dougal from his ...
    Posted 25 Nov 2017, 00:30 by Geoff Head
  • Lowry Bay Yacht Club Inter-Club Series - Sunday 29-Oct 2017 Crew: Murray, Eduardo, Paul, GeoffMet Service Forecast: Northerly 10 knots, rising to 15 knots for a time this afternoon and evening.Sea slight. Mostly cloudy, a few light showers.Our first Interclub Series for Halo and quite a different experience with 44 boats out on the water!Murray and Geoff left from Chaffers at 1046 hrs and sailed across the harbour with No1 LT headsail and Main arriving at Seaview Marina at 1243 where Eduardo and Paul were waiting for us. Checked up on the course for the Combined Division (spinnaker) race which was: Start 1300. Course #28. Start 19p 18p 19s Finish.Left Seaview at 1245 hrs, located the start boat and milled around with the other boats ...
    Posted 5 Dec 2017, 11:12 by Geoff Head
  • EBYMBC Winter Series Race No. 6 - 26 Aug 2017 Crew: Eduardo, Paul, Murray, GeoffMetservice Marine Forecast: "Northerly 15 knots, rising to 20 knots for a time late morning and afternoon. Fine."Eduardo and Geoff sailed round to Evans Bay where we tied up at the dock and met up the rest of our crew, Paul and Murray, and signed on for the race. Noted down the course which seemed straight forward and relaunched Halo at 12.30. We rigged up the No. 1 HW (heavy) Genoa together with full Main. Race countdown started at 12.45 but strangely the 5 minute countdown took 6 minutes (according to our race timer). Oh well off we go!The race started well with Murray doing a great job on helm. With ...
    Posted 5 Dec 2017, 11:14 by Geoff Head
  • EBYMBC Winter Series Race No. 5 - 12 Aug 2017 Crew: Peter, Eduardo, Murray, Paul, GeoffMet Service Forecast : Northwest 25 knots gusting 35 knots rising to 30 knots gusting 40 knots in the morning, then easing to 20 knots early afternoon. Northwest rising to 25 knots gusting 35 knots again in the evening. Rough sea, easing for a time in the afternoon. Poor visibility in rain developing in the morning, then becoming fine in the afternoon.  Windfinder Forecast: 12 kts gusting 24 at midday (see image below) - As usual, more accurate than Met Service.Great race start. With the Mainsail and No. 3 Headsail rigged and Paul managing the racetimer, we were the first boat over the start line on a starboard tack close to Shoal Pile. We're ...
    Posted 29 Aug 2017, 19:47 by Geoff Head
  • EBYMBC 2017 Winter Series - 15 July 2017 Crew: Peter, Eduardo, Paul, Murray, Geoff.Marine Forecast: Southerly easing to 10 knots this morning and to variable 5 knots this afternoon. Departed Chaffers at 1119 hrs. No wind in sight yet as we motored round to Evans Bay and tied up at club jetty at 1156 hrs. Quick lunch and race sign-on in the club house then back on Halo at 1223 hrs and motored into position for the race start. Wind was an almost non-existent southerly so we prepared for another spinnaker start with No. 1 LT Mainsail and Lightweight Spinnaker. The Postponement flag went up and we heard over Ch. 77 that the race would be delayed. So we drifted around until finally it was ...
    Posted 29 Aug 2017, 19:47 by Geoff Head
  • EBYMBC 2017 Winter Series - 1 July 2017 Crew: Peter, Eduardo, GeoffMarine Forecast: Northeast 20 knots. Rain developing.  Today was meant to be race 2 in the EBYMC Winter Series but was cancelled due to lack of boats. The weather put them off. Wind reading at 9am this morning was 10 kts in Chaffers and 15 kts at Wellington Airport so we went out for a sail anyway and had a great day out on the harbour. We should have won the race by default as the only starter!Departed Chaffers Marina at 1142 hrs with No. 1 Reef in the Mainsail and the No. 3 Jib hanked up. With wind 11-15 kts we beat across the harbour at around 6 kts with Peter ...
    Posted 29 Aug 2017, 19:48 by Geoff Head
  • EBYMBC 2017 Winter Series - 17 June 2017  Crew: Peter, Eduardo, Paul, Helen, Graciela, Geoff.Forecast: Northerly 10 knots, easing to variable 5 knots for a time late morning and afternoon.Our plan was:11.00 Assemble at Halo at Chaffers Marina 11.15 Depart to sail round to Evans Bay and tie up at the dock next to the QuickSlip11.45 Arrive at Evans Bay clubhouse to sign on for the race, get the latest course info, have lunch, etc. 12.15 Back on Halo12.45 The warning signal for the Cruising/Keeler Division sounds. 12.50 Race starts!All went to plan except the wind was a lot less than forecasted and so the race course was shortened to a top mark placed at ...
    Posted 29 Aug 2017, 19:48 by Geoff Head
  • East-West Dash 6 May 2017 Our first race for Halo! "Pub to Club" Race. Days Bay Pavilion to Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club.Crew: Peter, Eduardo, Jim, Murray, Helen, GeoffForecast: Variable light winds, fine day.We motored across the harbour to Days Bay (due to almost zero wind) and rafted up at the jetty with Coriander and Temptation. Did the crew registration and had lunch at the Pavilion and at the start time (1315 hrs) our allocated runner, Peter, drank the pint and raced to the boat and we started the race! We drifted in the doldrums for the first 45 mins resorting to paddling with the oars at times to keep some motion. At that stage it looked like the sea scouts ...
    Posted 29 Aug 2017, 19:48 by Geoff Head
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