Burnsco HYC Regatta

Plenty of close finishes but much of the regatta was a slow motion affair with light winds mostly from the northerly quarter (never a popular direction on the lake). The Race Officer had only half the lake to play with as the wind in the south east end of the lake was largely non-existent.

Many thanks to our major sponsor Burnsco Marine and Leisure. Due to their generous support we had a fine selection of prizes.

I am beginning to think we need to make some sort of offering to the swamp spirits as our season has been notable for very light winds, gales, and winds that just kick in as the sailors are packing up. Today was no different with a nice N'wester filling in about 1600hr. Trouble is I am not entirely sure what offering would appease a swamp spirit. Our club has certainly donated enough hats, sunglasses, wind-indicators, battens, and the occasion rudder but clearly these items are not what is wanted.

Regatta results below. Congratulations to all the winners and to all the sailors making a go of it in difficult conditions. Many thanks to all the volunteers who made the event possible.

Burnsco Regatta Results 2015


Well done Hillcrest High

The WTYA Interschool Regatta for the Burgess Trophy was sailed today (or mostly drifted). Waikato Diocesan have had to pass the baton on for champion school to Hillcrest High School. So well done to the Hillcrest team - Brodie, Janey(c), Joeke, Lucas, and Justin. Our spin of the weather lottery wheel wasn't ideal but at least there was no rain. Thank you to the schools for recognising what a cool sport sailing is, and letting the sailors have a day out of the classroom. Thanks to Hutcho and his team in the tower, and to all those who helped on shore duties, and especially the galley hands who kept the sailors and volunteers fed.

We had 8 different schools represented and 4 of the teams had 5 or 6 sailors. Any of these schools with bigger teams had a reasonable chance of taking out the regatta, but the Hillcrest team managed to string the best set of results together.

Even more sailors would be great. So for you sailing captains the challenge is to unearth some new sailing talent in your respective schools.

Burgess Trophy Results


Hamilton Burnsco Regatta Day 1

Four races sailed and the results are tight in many of the fleets. The P Class have an equal opportunity thing happening with Brodie and Annie both on 7 points, each has two 1sts, one 2nd, and one 3rd, with Brodie winning the last race so ahead on countback. Three more races are scheduled for tomorrow. Results after the 4 races on day 1 attached below.

NoR and Sailing Instructions

Day 1 results



B Series Results

B Series results now available. There are some small reshuffles of scores from the draft results because race control had not updated some of the handicaps. There will be another tweak of the handicaps based on the results of the B Series and recent Twilights. Our aim with the handicaps is to give any sailor a chance to win a race if they sail just a fraction better than their average results. See you at the mini prizes and pizza evenning coming up.

B Series 2014-2015 Season


WTYA Regatta Report

Lake Rotoroa provided contrasting conditions over the two days with strong sou'westerlies on Friday testing the skippers strength and control in survival mode conditions, and light and variable conditions testing their mental agility on the Saturday. Needless to say I struggled on both days. Our local numbers were bolstered by sailors from Ngaroto, Rotorua, and Panmure Lagoon. The Laser fleet had the most boats on the water (13 Standard, 3 Radial, 3 Four point seven rigs).

HYC turned on the hospitality with the kitchen crew providing lunches and a dinner on Friday for all the sailors and supporters. The team in the tower (Brokey and Hutcho) did a fine job with the courses. The regatta was notable for an absence of boat starts. Unfortunately the visiting skippers seemed to adapt well to the HYC tower start and the locals did not seem to have any advantage. Thanks to the commodore for leading the rescue boat team. They had a bit of heat on the Friday, but probably less than might have been predicted. Most skippers were able to avoid getting their masts stuck in the mud and there were few breakages.

There were some nice match ups across the fleets but probably the most intense battle was in the small Laser Radial fleet. Werner and Jason enjoyed 6 match races with a whole pile of other boats to play cat and mouse around. Victory to the young gun. Meanwhile in the Standard rig Arthur F weathered the storm on Friday and then enjoyed his relative lack of kilograms on Saturday to come out on top. Annie and Julia had a good battle in the Starlings with Julia winning and Charlotte sneaking into third on count back. Rob won a tight tussle with Jack in the Zephyrs, John E won the 3.7, Lochie M first in the P Class, and Lucas H first in the Optimist. Looking through the results the race wins were shared around and final scores were very close. A few more boats to fill out some of the fleets would have been ideal but all in all a fine regatta.

WTYA 2015 Regatta results

(apologies to Blake, I have not corrected his DSQ result. In fact he should probably be given an extra reward for reminding half the Laser fleet to put the yellow mark to starboard)