Sailing / Racing News – September 2012

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Wet & Forget Final Race this Sunday

7 points separate 1st from 5th . Will Kantime bump Nexus off the top spot or will Cees return just in time to save the day, or could Caprice representing the Russell Boating Club, upset the day for both of them? Until 1 October we keep using the Winter course sheet and the old marks.

Notice of “Center Board Saturdays“ (2nd Saturday afternoon each month)

Center Board Opening Day Starts Saturday 13 October (Time to be advised)


Afternoon Sprint Racing in the Waikare for all comers with Prizes! And Spot Prizes!!

Long range forecast – warm, sunny and just the right amount of wind!


Rules per OCC Sailing Instructions with amendments for divisions, start line and course etc. An OCC committee boat will be the start boat. Short course to a windward mark. Aim will be as many short races that can be fitted into the time available. 2 minute countdown.


  • Minimum of 2 one class boats for a series. So if 2 of you can dig out a couple of old Lasers, Starlings, P Classes, E59’s, Farr 727’s, Sports Boats, TP52’s etc – here is the ideal opportunity for a one on one race.


Aim is friendly racing, no crunches, and an opportunity to practise your starts, boat handling, tactics and rules in a close fleet.


Spring Racing starts Wednesday 3rd October

Cater Marine Wednesday series starts with A B and C (non spinnaker) divisions as per last year. The first Anne of Craicor and Makana Confections Ladies Race is on Friday the 5th with The Road Runner Rum race on Friday 12th and the Seapower 2 handed on Sunday 14th.


Race fees stay at $80 for the year thanks to our course sheet mark sponsors. Learn the new marks:


BOI Marine Center – Cater Marine – Dave Hesketh Plumbing – Marine Electrics

Northland Spars & Rigging – Seapower – Vinings Ship Brokers

Don’t be the one that heads off in the wrong direction. Kia Kaha has provided a “new paddle”, so pay your race fees and study your course sheet early, as it has changed significantly from last year.


Lion NZ Regatta Day Saturday October 6th

Following on from last year’s successful Lion New Zealand Regatta, Explore NZ with the assistance of the Opua Cruising Club, are holding a one day regatta on Saturday 6th October 2012. The plan is to attract sailors from all the clubs in the Bay for a day of good racing followed by an evening social ashore at the Waterfront Bar and Café, Otehei Bay.


There will be 2 divisions: ‘Fast’ and ‘Not So Fast’ (suitable for open boats like the Flying Fifteens/Solings). The first race will start at 10:00am out near the Brampton Buoy and finish in the islands close to Otehei Bay. A short lunch break will be followed by an afternoon race of about 3hrs. At the end of racing all sailors will head ashore in Otehei Bay for an evening buffet meal and prize giving.  Full details are on the website.


Russell Boating Club Weekend Racing Update

Russell weekend racing is starting up again. Duke of Marlborough Hotel 5 race series Saturday 29 September noon start, Nine Pin Bird Rock Race, 3 November 10 am start Russell Cup, 22 December, noon start Dave Henderson Memorial Trophy, 16 February, noon start Herb Kingi Cup, 16 March, noon start.

The Northland Spars and Rigging Two Handed Series dates are 15 miler, 7 April, noon start, short races, 21 April, 11 am start, 30 miler, 28 April, 10 am start

3 race single handed series is Short race, 20 January, 1600 hrs start, Short race, 3 February, 1600 hrs start, Phoenix Beer Cup, longer race, 10 February, noon start. Any queries to RBC Andrew Riddell on 403 7177.

Opua boats welcome, Opua racing members will get points in these series.