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Mar 05 2015 09:16 AM | island time in Articles


No official history of the race has been written but we do know that a race has been sailed in many of the years since the first known event in 1921. The early event was known as the Auckland-Tauranga Ocean Race. It is known the Race was also sailed every year from 1921 to 1930. The Race in these earlier years started on occasions on Christmas Eve. Generally they were sailed over the Christmas break with the finish line off the Strand and timed to coincide with the sailing of the Tauranga Regatta on 27 December. Media interest in keel boat racing was intense in these early years.

The Trophy for many of the early races was the “Tauranga Gold Cup” which was renamed in 1926 the "Colin Norris Memorial Gold Cup" (now generally known as the “Gold Cup”). Colin Norris was secretary of the Tauranga Regatta Committee and the instigator of the Auckland to Tauranga Race.

Auckland yachts that regularly competed in the Race included: Queenie, Victory, Nga Toa, Restless, Prize, Waitangi, Waione, Iorangi, Wairiki, Heartsease, Mahaki, Ladye Wilma and Waiomo.

The line honours results for the year prior to World War II are taken from the Gold Cup.

The 1921 Race started at 7.30pm on Christmas Eve. It was started by the RNZYS at Kings Wharf and finished at the Mount. The Race was won by Waione (CF McWilliam) with the Tercels sailing Restless coming second. In this Race one of the yachts had carrier pigeons sent from Tauranga with progress reports!.

In 1922 the Tercel brothers, again sailing Restless, won the Race and the "Tauranga Gold Cup". In 1923 Restless finished third. By this time the Auckland to Tauranga Ocean Race was established as a major yacht race.

In 1923 the Race was won by Queenie (T. Hill) with Wairiki second. Queenie (T. Hill) won again in 1924.
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In 1925 Vanitie (J. & E. Morris) took line honours. Wairiki (S. Speight) won in 1926.

In 1927 Iorangi (Geo McKenzie) was the winner. Line honours in 1928 were taken by Nga Toa (Winstone Brothers).

In 1929 the Race was won on line and handicap by Wairiki (S. Speight). The programme noted the Race was for keelers and mullet boats. Wairiki took line again in 1930 under the ownership of D. Macky.

In 1931 Clark and Wilson sailed Naiad (Naird or Ngairo appears on the Cup), the first of Lou Tercel’s boats to victory in Race. Naiad won the Race one more time in 1949.

The Gold Cup records further winners after 1931 as: 1932 Ngatoa (Winstone brothers); 1933 Waione (P. J. Thompson); 1934 Tawhiri (R. B. Steadman); 1935 Altair (Tattersfield and Mills); 1936 Waiomo (N. C. Mains); 1937 Tamatea (N. H and J. H. Newcomb); 1938 Tangaroa (J. E. Inkster); 1939 Ngahau (W. Burns).

The first Race sailed after World War II recorded in Club records was in 1948 when the prizes were “suitably decorated pennants”. The Finish was off Coronation Pier. The Gold Cup however records winners from 1944 to 1949. These are: 1944 Speedwell (W. Paterson); 1945 Vanitie (M. Georgettie); 1946 Whakanui (J. Cook); 1947 Mandalay (W. A. Wilkinson); 1948 Vanitie (C. Morris); 1949 Naiad (J. Moulden). It is unclear as to whether these winners were for the Auckland Tauranga Race but the appearance of some of the pre-war entrants would suggest that they were.

Club records show further races in 1952, 1953 and 1954 after which the Race was discontinued due to lack of support. The Race was sailed again in December 1957. The entry fee was one pound. The next Races would seem to be in 1965 and 1966, the latter with only four entries. TYPBC records show that there was a Race in 1970 sailed at Christmas as part of a junior offshore group (JOG) rally. This race was won by Noel Angus on the One Tonner Mustang which set a race record of 16 hours in doing so.

Records show the Race was cancelled in 1977 due to lack of interest. In 1983 the Race was revived with the sponsorship of Malcolm Fowler Motors and the timing moved to Easter. A separate article has been written about this Race. Since then the Auckland to Tauranga Race has been sailed every year with two exceptions. These were in 2001 due to forecast gale force north-easterly winds and again in 2013 when a combination of strong south easterlies and debris from the wreck of the Rena on Astrolabe Reef created a risk of damage to entrants.

Based on the above up to and including the 2011 event the Race has been competed for in all probability on at least 55 occasions.

Much of the above material was gleaned from “The History of the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club” edited by Marion Smith. Further material was taken from the book “Southern Breeze: A History of Yachting in New Zealand” p126. Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club would be delighted to hear from anyone who can assist with filling in more detail about the Race. You can contact the Club by telephoning 07 578 5512 or by email at office@yacht.org.nz .

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Y88 South Island Champs

Mar 04 2015 09:04 AM | island time in Articles

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Knight Frank South Island Young 88 Champs

After successful campaigns in Waikawa and Wellington over the summer Craig Edwards and his team on Flying Machine must be seen to be the favourites to defend their Knight Frank South Island Young 88 title this weekend on Lyttelton Harbour. But Edwards is not expecting have it all his own way.

A very credible challenge is expected from 2013 winner Shibbeen (Humphrey Rolleston) which will be skippered in this year’s challenge by Shane Smith. Smith who’s regular crew on his Elliot 780 Overspray is also in form after a second placing at the Lawsons Dry Hills Regatta in Waikawa in January. It will be the first time that Smith, a past Sunburst National Champion and South Island Zephyr Champion will helm a Young 88 in Class racing. But his experience in trailer yacht and dinghy classes is expected to make him a tough competitor in this class.

Flying Machine has recently returned from the Sovereign Port Nicolson Regatta in Wellington where their polished all round performance made quite an impression on the local fleet. They won the Roger Land Young 88 Trophy with 7 straight line honours wins together with Division B line and IRC victories. Tactician Seamus Tredinnick said of their performance “we have been sailing together as a team now for several years and this really shows”. “Craig and Nicci run a great team and we all enjoy sailing the boat as hard and fast as she will go” he said.

Credible challenges are also expected from Full Circle (Phil Folter) who is last season’s Naval Point Club Champion. They know how to take races off Flying Machine and demonstrated so at last year’s Championship in Akaroa. Colin Lock and his crew on Legacy II also travelled north this summer gaining the experience of close racing at the Waikawa Regatta in January.

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It will be a busy weekend at Naval Point Club, Lyttelton. In addition to the Knight Frank South Island Young 88 Championships the club is also hosting the Canterbury Trailer Yacht Championships, South Island 420 Championships, South Island Laser Championships, Canterbury Zephyr Championships and the Naval Point Club Dinghy Championships.

Naval Point Club / Young 88 Association

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Two Handed Three Legged Race

Feb 05 2015 08:46 AM | island time in Articles

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Entry form is here;

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Refrigeration - Engine Driven Systems - DIY

Dec 23 2014 01:24 PM | island time in Articles

How engine driven systems work, what the parts are, what they do, and how to service them yourself!
I hope this article might help some of you over summer, when fridge techs are hard to get!

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Software Glitch

Feb 16 2015 08:22 PM | island time in Articles

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2015 Volvo National Sailing & Boating Day

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