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Gold Cup Race 1

Some great pictures of This Way Up racing in the Gold Cup Race last weekend!This Way Up -Gold Cup -1

 This Way Up Gold Cup 2

This Way Up Gold Cup 3

This Way Up Gold Cup 4

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The Great Barrier Express Race

Watch this space for an exciting new race - The Great Barrier Express

The plan is to leave early on a Saturday morning and race to the Barrier. We'll meet up at the Fitzroy Yacht Club for beers, supper and prize giving.
Fun race home the next day.

The Great Barrier Express Race

Don't forget there's a bath and washing facilities at Smokehouse bay and fingers crossed some of the cruising boats will have towed a lure and caught some fish for us to BBQ!

Currently the plan is to fit this in at the end of Jan.

Afterburner For Sale


Afterburner – NZL 7400, the fastest Tennant racing catamaran is for sale to a good home.  

Built by John Hughes/CatSpecs, taken from New Zealand late 2000, she has been the fastest coastal catamaran on the US west coast for 14 years, with many line honors.  

If you are old enough, you may remember her numerous Coastal Classic victories. Much improved, new North 3DI sails, ready to race.  She set her last course record August 16, 2014.  She’s faster than ever, she just needs a younger owner. Check her out.



SL33 For Sale

For Sale

SL33 Catamaran BridgeRunner

We have moved back to Switzerland but BridgeRunner loves the wind and would require extensive modifications for the <5kn conditions of the local lakes.
About the SL33:

SL33’s were designed by Morelli & Melvin
and used to develop and test ETNZ’s
revolutionary Americas Cup foiling
One of the fastest sailboat under 40ft, yet
sailable by experienced amateurs
The most fun an owner/driver can have on
a sailboat!

Document here: 

Full Specs

ETNZ and Oracle Engineers - Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers on Tuesday the 5th August at 7.30 pm at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squardon in the Dinghy Locker.

Here’s your chance to ask the questions that need to be asked.

Find out about the America’s Cup foil design from the designers of Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle. Biography: Andy Kensington, BE (Mech) Hons (Auckland) – Director, Engineer

Andy Kensington has been involved in sailing since childhood. Growing up in the Bay of Plenty, he learned to sail at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree from Auckland University, he has worked in the marine industry in New Zealand and the United States.

Andy is one of the founding partners of Pure Design & Engineering – a New Zealand-based engineering consultancy specialising in the design of advanced composite structures, with a focus on the marine industry. Since joining Team New Zealand/ Emirates Team New Zealand in 2001, Andy has been involved in the structural design of the America’s Cup Class racing yachts. In recent years, he has been involved in the Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of their structures. Andy has built a number of his own boats, including the 9m carbon-fibre trimaran Frantic Drift (built over three years in the mid 1990s) which is currently racing in Auckland. He also owns a 10.5m catamaran for cruising with the family.


The club had its AGM last night and am pleased to announce as out going Commodore that Greer Houston was our new elected Commodore. Greer will be well known to everyone, his boat is Dirty Deeds, an 8.5m catamaran built by Bob Fisher and Greer . They have sailed it very successfully for a number of years and Greer is a very enthusiastic and passionate advocate of multihull sailing, and he is a young guy, so we are in good hands going forward. Greg Roake was elected vice Commodore, and Greg will also be known to you all, and is often seen driving Taeping very fast.  A special mention to Anthony McBride who is taking some time away from committee duties, and to Tim McDowell, who has been on the committee for many years.  Welcome  to new committee members JK Kensington( Foiled) and  Shane Bellingham (Charleston) .  Thanks to Dave Smith and Phil Hart for their work as treasurer and secretary, and we are lucky to have them both for another season. Contact details for the committee are on the website.

Latest News

Great start to the winter series last Saturday with lots of boats and two good divisions. Great conditions to get back into it. Next Race May 24.
The AGM is on Tuesday evening 3 June at the RNZYS, the notice has gone out, so please try and make this, its an important club night each year and always a good get together.
The keen singlehanders are lining up for an informal race this Sunday. The rules are simple. We use the NZMHYC self start system. Start heading in an easterly direction between the RNZYS tower off Westhaven and the yellow bouy. A 5 min warning horn will sound at 1055. Another will be made one minute later . The starting horn will sound at 1100. Sail around Rangitoto and Motutapu leaving both to starboard. Finish in a westerly direction between the NE Tip of Orakei wharf and the yellow Orakei Bouy. Take your own finish time. Text your finish time with boat name to me on 021 487 417. No extra sails. No one else on board. Enjoy the peace and quiet and hang on.
If entering please send me your boat name, and your mobile number so we can keep in touch. If the weather looks unsuitable ie no wind or to much wind, we will make the call to postpone on Sunday morning by 0900 and refix. There is a nice trophy for first on handicap and a line prize , to be awarded on club night 3 June.

Matthew Flynn