Elliott 5.9 Association Update

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Boat changes

Welcome to Brent Mullan, new owner of Lambada in Auckland. Brent won the 1993 Nationals in Collectors Item (now Hogwarts Express), and has decided to get back into the action and will be sailing in Opua. He’ll be sailing with some pretty experienced guys on the boat in Kevin Peet and Simon Kidd.

We are also anticipating other boats such as Nevis and Sub60 rejoining the circuit in 2013.

We have a couple more potential owners so if your boat is for sale please get in touch.

2013 Traveler Series

As advised last month, the dates for the 2013 Traveler Series are set. We have decided to forgo Turangi this year. Here are the dates and schedule:

Opua – 25/26 May
Marsden Cove – 27/28 July
Auckland Champs – 14/15 September
Gulf Harbour – 19/20 October
Sandspit – 23/24 November

A reminder that you need to be a financial member ($50) for 2013-14 – please complete the 2013-14 Membership Form and send it in soon – prior to the first event (or pay at the first regatta). Any payment from now will take boats through to 31 May 2014.

If you use on-line banking, please ensure you use your surname and boat name as a reference.


In a change for this year sails must be measured and boats must be weighed prior to the series and carry any correctors – this was discussed and agreed at the last AGM. If this affects you (i.e. your boat has not been weighed, or has had changes affecting the weight) than please get in touch. We are planning to weigh 3 boats in Auckland today Wednesday 22 May, before Opua.

Opua Event details – 25-26 May

The race details for Opua are available through the OCC website. Our PRO will once again be Paddy Simms.

The race documents are available on line and there is a new Spinnaker up for grabs, thanks to Willis Sails.

Starting with this event we are hoping to start putting all our results on www.racetrack.org.nz to create some bragging interest!

For those requiring accommodation this is the place we stayed last year – it is a reasonable price and suits a large group well! www.pinelodgebayofislands.co.nz/. You need to mention that you are part of the regatta as they have blocked out some of the rooms for us. You will see Pine Lodge on left on a corner and up a drive just before Carters Building Supplies and 1 km before you turn down into Opua.

If you haven’t sailed there before, David Krebs has provided some directions: As you come down Opua Hill, the Opua Cruising Club is straight ahead of you. Turn right along Baffin Street and you will come to the boat ramp area and boat trailer parking.

You can see the trailer parking lanes between Cater Marine and the Marina Café. The is also the OCC parking where other E5.9’s are parked against the bank. BEWARE the Puhutakawa tree branch on Baffin St across from parking when your mast is up.

Also OCC will be open Friday night for meals and Bar. Marie at the Bar will know the E5.9s are arriving. Briefing etc will be at ramp Saturday morning before tow out.

This is looking like a the biggest fleet for many years (at least 15 boats with a couple more yet to confirm) with the Lambada crew making their debut and the return of Voodoo featuring Daryl Wislang, ex Camper VO70, on bow (he’ll probably pull too hard and break everything!). Also The Blurr will be sailed by a guest crew (with no excuses!).

Click here for the Sail-World article. Also there is news on www.livesaildie.com.

2014 Nationals

At the AGM the venue and timing of the 2014 Nationals was discussed. It has been agreed that the 2014 Nationals will be in November, to cap off the Traveller Series. The Venue is yet to be decided.

We are also planning a new type of event in March 2014 – stay tuned for details!

We were at the recent boat show

Thanks to Miranda Powrie and Phil Quinn for inviting us last weekend. Voodoo was rushed around at the last minute and with some great work by Chris at Matchstick Creative, Moose and the team at Doyle Sails and Nathan at Colormania we had a great spot near the main entrance, banner and some brochures.

Click here to download the brochure. If you would like some for your club notice board, drop us a line.

Don’t forget our Facebook site

Not everyone likes being part of the Facebook generation but it is possible to log in and not be bombarded by emails using the settings – we are finding it the most effective way of keeping in touch. Start by liking our page – www.facebook.com/elliott5.9

There is also a forum on www.crew.org.nz which isn’t used too much but can be really good for getting information and discussion going.

Simon Manning
E5.9 Association