Author: Deb Williams

Gucci: Offshore Wellington to Nelson and then add the Evolution Nelson Regatta in too Calling all skippers and crew – firstly we need more offshore boats on the start line. Get your Cat 3, and if you don’t want the expense of a life raft for example (yes it is expensive), hire one and do the epic Wellington – Nelson offshore race (and the rest of the offshore programme.) Secondly, on the back of the Wellington to Nelson race is the Evolution Nelson Regatta. This annual regatta was conceived in 2009 by a group of Nelson sailors, with ambitions of…

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Want to know what trophies are up for grabs for the different races or series? We’ve made our current trophy list available here for you to view. In time we’d love to get our trophy register online as well, as there’s so much history in our silverware. If that’s something that interests you, or you have information to add to our trophy register please get in touch – email us at office@rpnyc.org.nz. Please note this list of allocated trophies is not final. Trophies are awarded at the discretion of the Organising Authority and in accordance with RPNYC Racing NoRs &…

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Radio InformationWe have a couple of errors in our Almanac regarding Radio Information (Page 49) and Cook Strait Information (Page 52). These changes are as follows: Page 49 – Any reference to Marlborough Marine Radio and Nelson Marine Radio to be replaced with the following: Marlborough-Nelson Marine Radio Association  The Marlborough-Nelson Marine Radio Association operates VHF repeaters (VHF channels 01, 04, 05, 60, 63, 65 and 66) in the Marlborough-Nelson Region providing VHF communications from Cape Farewell to Cape Egmont, to Cape Palliser, including Cook Strait, Tasman and Golden Bays, Abel Tasman, and the Marlborough Sounds.VHF channel 01 Most areasVHF channel 04 Tasman BayVHF channel 05 Cape Campbell to…

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Message from the Turkish Ambassador and Spouse Sunday, October 29, 2023 was the 100th Anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic Of Türkiye. We would like to thank the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club for organising a Turkish Rally to celebrate the centennial of the Turkish Republic. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the strong friendship between New Zealand and Türkiye. The Turkish guests were very impressed with the RPNYC and the hospitality of its members. We hope RPNYC members also enjoyed the Turkish coffee, delight and other delicacies. The highlight of the rally for us was seeing the…

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The days are getting longer, warmer (and a bit windier) signalling spring is on it’s way. That means its time to get your entries in for our 2023-24 season. The Sailing Committee have a jam-packed season planned, with something for everyone. Our season starts with the Interclub series – where keelboats, trailer yachts, sports boats and multihulls from three clubs compete against each other for the Europa Cup this year. Three opening days, two divisions (spinnaker and non-spinnaker) and one trophy. Race dates are: Sunday 24 September Lowry Bay, Saturday 30 September Evans Bay and our own Opening Day Saturday…

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3 Clubs, 3 Races, 2 Divisions, 1 Trophy – the Interclub series is back for 2023. To bring ‘inter-club’ back to the Interclub Series, we will be awarding the Europa Cup to the top club over the three-race series. The top club will be determined by the top 3 scoring boats from each club, for each race, with the winning club have the best score across the series. So enter now to ensure your club has a chance to get bragging rights for the season ahead! It’s free to enter so get your crew sorted for the Interclub series of…

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A draft sailing programme for the upcoming 2023-24 season is now available here. This is a provisional outline of what we hope will make up our 141st season! Please note this is a draft and the final programme will be shared before Opening Day.

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We had two different days out on the water for Wellington Ocean Sports (WOSC) last weekend. It’s a busy time at the moment, which is great to see. Instructors James Dunlop-Storey and Graeme Mercer have Learn to Sail courses going on, with learners enjoying some of the wonderful weather we’re experiencing – well for some of the time, Saturday was a mix of wind and rain with Sunday being clear and calm. Keep an eye out for more upcoming courses at WOSC. James took a group from Master Joiners Association (pictured) for a corporate sail and headed across the harbour…

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Written by Gabby Storey Considered one of the most dangerous and unpredictable waters in the world (at least according to Google), I was pretty nervous to embark on my first offshore sailing adventure across the Cook Strait. But the experienced crew’s reassuring presence put me at ease. I always find their knowledge and expertise really impressive, especially that of the other young wāhine crew that joined us on this trip. It turned out to be a stunning set of days with light winds and blinding sun. This did make it hard to get out of the harbour at the start…

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Written by Thijs Nicolas History repeated itself on 31 March, when OVERDRAFT took the rum in the last race of the season again. It was a good evening for a sail, with a decent Northerly, and 15 boats joining the race with 22 grads between them. Green lights on the startbox and 23 on the courseboard; this was going to be good! Overdraft is a Farr 727, Farr design number 53 from 1975, a 24’ sloop and designed under the IOR ¼ ton rule. Being the production version of world-famous ‘Fantzipantz’, the 727 is slightly longer with broader sections aft,…

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