Yacht Racing at Opua Cruising Club
Opua Cruising Club has a busy racing calendar that runs all year round. In summer there is a Wednesday evening series with three competitive divisions, two using spinnakers and one without. Plus every Friday is either a rum race or a ladies race (alternating weeks), and there are regular races at weekends too, such as the two-handed series.
In winter, the warm(ish) Northland climate still allows us to get out racing every Sunday, usually with a winter series race one week, and a ladies winter series race the next week.
Check the Events page for details of all forthcoming races.
2017 / 2018 Club Handicaps
The club handicaps for the coming season can be found here. Note the table shows PHRF (if available), RaceTrack handicap, last season handicap and this season handicap.
Any issues with the handicaps should be addressed to the Race Committee using this form.
VHF Channel Change
NOTE: As from 21/05/2017 the Club radio channel will be 17. This change is to avoid clashes with Russell Boating Club, Kerikeri Yacht Club and BOI Yacht Club on race days. Reminder: all VHF users should hold a current VHF licence.
Entries are open for the 2017-2018 Racing Season
The race fee is still incredibly good value at just $80 for the entire year. This entitles you to race in ALL club races, including the Wednesday night series, Rum and Ladies races, the 2-handed series, and more. Once you’ve paid your fee, you’ll also be eligible to race in many of the Russell and Kerikeri club races throughout the year too.
The 2017 – 2018 all year course sheet can now be downloaded – valid from 30th September 2016 onwards.
Make sure you also download the Course Map 2017 – 2018 with the new (old) race mark names!
While you’re at it, don’t forget to download a copy of the latest version of the OCC Sailing Instructions 2017 – 2018. These come into force in October (day light saving racing programme).
Protests and Requests for Redress
All skippers and crew involved in racing should familiarise themselves with this Information on Protests and Requests for Redress. While yacht racing is all about having fun, there are still rules to be followed to ensure safe and fair racing for all. Please download and read this information so you are familiar with the process to be followed if you do find yourself in a protest situation.
Opua Cruising Club runs the only regular, year-round ladies yacht racing north of Auckland. If you’re keen to get involved, please get in touch – there are plenty of opportunities to jump on board a boat and get out on the water. You will shortly be able to post your crew requirements – whether it’s ‘crew wanted’ or you’re a ‘crew available’ in the forthcoming Classifieds section.
Great Escapes Yacht Charters, in conjunction with Opua Cruising Club, are also offering Ladies Intro to Sailing courses. If you’re interested in learning to sail, contact Ian Templeman if you’re interested, and once we get enough interested parties, we’ll put a course on for you.