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2013-14 Hauraki Singlehanded Series

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The Hauraki Singlehanded Series is back for 2013-14!

 

Come experience the fun and challenge of racing likeminded skippers in the 2nd annual Hauraki Singlehanded Series.

 

This year Richmond YC, Weiti BC, Buckland Beach YC, Devonport YC, and SSANZ are joining to bring you a series of fun and challenging singlehanded races. There are now 7 races, 5 of which you need to complete to score in the series.

 

You get to choose what to race - events vary from harbour races to a fun weekend away to the grueling 66nm singlehanded division in the Route66.

 

Details can be found on the HSS website:

 

http://richmondyc.org.nz/racing/info/ha ... ed-series/

 

Details will be added over the next week - keep checking back and get your entry in - only 20$ to join in on the fun.

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The race schedule is below - first race is at Weiti on October 13th - get your entries in!

 

Race / Date / Host Club / Event

1 / 13 Oct 2013 / WBC / Singlehanded #1

2 / 3 Nov 2013 / RYC Singlehanded Race

3 / 1 Dec 2013 / BBYC Singlehanded Series 1

4 / 1 Feb 2014 / BBYC Singlehanded Series 2 (weekend event)

5 / 2 Feb 2014 / BBYC Singlehanded Series 3 (weekend event)

6 / 7 Mar 2014 / RYC/SSANZ Singlehanded Division, Route 66

7 / 12 Apr 2014 / DYC Singlehanded Race

 

http://richmondyc.org.nz/racing/info/ha ... ed-series/

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Who's racing the Hauraki Singlehanded Series this year?

 

http://richmondyc.org.nz/racing/info/ha ... ed-series/

 

We responded to the feedback from last year and have refined the series for 2013-14:

 

- 7 events, 2 drops

- Evenly spaced throughout the season

- Route66 singlehanded division is on again

- One catchall division, club and PHRF handicapping

- Still cheap as chips (20$)

- Still no need to beg for crew

 

And, yes, still a huge personal achievement to race the series!

 

Last year we upped numbers at all races - this year we hope to do the same. The more skippers we get involved the better the event will become. See you out there - RB

 

Thanks to Weiti BC, Richmond YC, Bucklands Beach YC, SSANZ, and Devonport YC for their continuing support. If you want to help grow the series please spread the word and get the flyer out to your club's website and postings:

 

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The first race in the 2013-14 HSS is Race 1 in the Weiti Boating Club‘s Shorthanded Series on October 13th. The NOR and other information is posted on the RYC HSS webpage and will be available from Weiti BC before the race – word is that the start will be from Arkles Bay at 1300, you’ll likely have to take your own finish times.

 

Last year they sent us around McKenzie Buoy and the Haystack before we turned into a grueling beat back to Arkles. This is a great chance for the Auckland townies to mix with the dedicated shorthanders up North on their home waters.

 

A reminder that you will need to enter both the HSS (details above) and each individual race to compete in the HSS. Entries for the individual races are to be lodged with the host clubs, not RYC. You can pay your fees via bank transfer (see HSS webpage for details)

 

Entries to WBC need to be in prior to the race start and the single day’s race will cost $15. If you want to race all of the WBC’s excellent summer shorthanded events pony up $50 for their series.

 

http://richmondyc.org.nz/racing/info/ha ... ed-series/

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Spied from a secret location in Arkles Bay, 6 boats set off in the first singled handed race of the series, doing course 10,

Start, Southern Long Bay Marker, Tiri Channel Navy Bouy, finish, approx 13.6nm.

Moderate wind and flat water, just after the start Tiri was16 and 23 from240, some bigger puffs about and some boats going more conservative than others with reefs and not getting the furling head sails out until after the gun.

Noted a certain Ross and young 88 paying particular attention to each other :lol: :lol:

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Race 1 in the Hauraki Singlehanded Series went off on Sunday - from Arkles Bay, run by Weiti BC. StephenC was out on the start boat and got some great pics:

 

viewtopic.php?f=9&t=23104

 

6 starters, 5 HSS entrants from the city - where were the local boats?

 

Dolphins visited while we toodled around in the pre-race. A mix of setups on the go - some with reefs, I went with a full main and a #2 given the dying breeze and the reaching/downwind first 2/3rds of the race.

 

Somehow I got the course wrong and hurridly switched my kite setup in the prestart, then tussled with Heaven'n'Hell at the line as noted above, crossed nearly on time and headed down and off to Haystack, kite almost on the hoist, only to see the whole fleet charging to the first mark on a reach. Decided the likely answer was I got it wrong and changed course. Spent the leg working on speed, closing the gap, and swithcing the kite back to SB hoist.

 

First around was Latitide, followed closelly by Heaven and Hell, Crocodile, with Revolution Blues, and Blazin White round next, follwed by the Reactor Wishbone. Latitude headed down to get into a wing and wing and Crocodile, Heaven'n'Hell, and Revolution Blues got kites up. I got blown over a few times in the gusts (somewhere in the 20s I would guess) before settling down. Crocodile surfed ahead and I put some time into Heaven'n'Hell, all got around Latitude. In the back both Blazin White and Wishbone opted for no extras. I hit 10kn in a puff but mostly it was not enough to get really surfing in earnest. Looked to me like nice drops from the three leaders with no drama.

 

Crocodile was first around the second mark, several minutes ahead of Heaven'n'Hell, Revolution Blues, and Latitude. Upwind was a choice between more wind vs. smoother seas toward land. I split tacks with Heaven'n'Hell and went out, Crocodile going out early but then heading in with Heaven'n'Hell slowly overtaking. When we came back together it was Heaven'n'Hell in front followed by Revolution Blues, Crocodile and Latitude in a bunch, with Crocodile having to dip Latitude at the next cross. From there we all processed to finish within minutes of each other, Heaven'n'Hell on line, followed by Revolution Blues, Latiutude and Crocodile. Blazin White and Wishbone were a few mintues behind and I've not heard who was next across.

 

Thanks to WBC for oganising the race and the keen racers who came out. Next race is the RichmondYC singlehanded race (no extras race run from Westhaven) on November 3rd. We're happy to accept late entries so get yours in soon!

 

http://richmondyc.org.nz/racing/info/ha ... ed-series/

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