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The nationals are done, household chores back on track and on we go with the program of Y88 association supported events.


We are trying something new this year and combining the very popular single, double and triple handed events into a short handed series.


Prizes will be based on the combined score for the boat (not crew) and will be awarded on Saturday 28th June at the "Barbados Beach Bash" Y88 mid winter party.


4th May – Single Handed Championship

25th May – Double Handed Championship

15th June – Triple Handed Championship

28th June – Prize Giving

Enter a DAY or enter the SERIES! Don't have a boat? ... borrow one


Save $50 by signing up for the series before midnight April 30th and be in to win a bottle of Mount Gay Rum. :D :sailor: mount-gay-eclipse-bottle_100x200.jpg


For more details go to:

RAYC/Y88 page http://rayc.co.nz/young88/


Notice of Race http://rayc.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/20 ... Series.pdf


Online Entry http://rayc.webentry.com.au/regatta.php?regattaid=74


See you on the water!


Young 88 Owners Association


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Bruce Elliott Memorial Single Handed Champs – Sailor Moon a Clear Winner


The Young 88s have a racing and cruising capability to suit all comers. Last Sunday’s Bruce Elliott Memorial Single Handed champs is the annual running of one of the more left field events.


Take a thirty foot, one design keel boat, remove six of the crew and the bigger sails (genoa, spinnaker) and send the sole occupant off round a tight harbour racing mark course. Skipper’s arms flail as they struggle to maintain trim and control whilst tacking and gybing their big dinghies; a great recipe for competitive fun. 10334444_243693299088266_8428499913366637350_n.jpg


Sunday dawned fine and clear and delivered a spectacular day for sailing with 10-12 knots from the North East right in line with the PredictWind forecast.



The Royal Akarana Yacht Club race management volunteers arrived vicinity of Orakei to set up the race track. A quick conference with the boats resulted in the selection of the harbour mark triangle course most likely to deliver a true beat and passing lanes – Start Orakei – North Head, Bean Rock, Orakei, North Head, Bean Rock, twice round with Finish at Orakei. 10325331_243087259148870_8979525876827544590_n.jpg



Race one start was very even with rumours of OCS later denied at the bar. Sailor Moon played the North Head side just taking the lead from Flash Gordon at the first mark. War Machine rounded in third. The reaches to and from Bean Rock buoy (effectively a wing mark) created a surprising number of passing lanes.



The second beat introduced the additional challenge of a medium sized container ship who made a very audible “foxtrot oscar” signal as he charged through an evading fleet. The rich got richer with Jacko Van Deventer on Sailor Moon a very clear winner of race one from Richard Bicknell on Waka Huia in second and Rod Palmer on War Machine in Third. BmwDjpLCMAA14ED.jpg:large


The on water democracy continued for race two with participants electing to sail the same course again. The second start was not quite as keenly contested with some skippers potentially tiring and late and some dipping back for being On Course Side. Sailor Moon and Flash Gordon were at it again with Flash Gordon prevailing at mark 1. 1509080_243693482421581_7086044871398734051_n.jpg


Sailor Moon utilised outboard sheeting and Jacko’s cunning to pass on the reaches and led from there to the finish. Jacko was followed by a very consistent Roger Sims on Heartlight then Bicky on Waka Huia.http://[/url]


The unofficial debrief took place at the RAYC bar with congrats offered to Jacko on Sailor Moon for line honours and Ben Tilley on the renovated Dilemma the handicap. There was a tie on points for 2nd and 4th. The event and club received another thumbs up from the skippers.




Rank Nett Boat

1st 2 Sailormoon

2nd 6 Heartlight

3rd 6 Waka Huia

4th 9 Flash Gordon

5th 9 War Machine

6th 10 Skitzo

7th 14 Dilemma




Rank Nett Boat

1st 4 Dilemma

2nd 4 Sailormoon

3rd 5 Heartlight

4th 8 War Machine

5th 10 Skitzo

6th 11 Waka Huia

7th 14 Flash Gordon


The "formal" 1-2-3 series prize giving will be at the “Mount Gay Rum Young 88 Barbados Beach Bash” party at RAYC on Saturday June 28th.



Next up is the two handed champs on May 25th.


For full results and entries for the two and three handed see the event web site at this link http://rayc.co.nz/young88/

To follow the Young 88s go to


or the class web site


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Next Sunday sees the running of the Two Handed champs


Up to six windward leewards with only two pairs of hands.


Whatever front sail takes your fancy but no spinnakers.


Very popular, great fun and always incredibly close racing.


We have seven boats in the series and at least ten in total for this event.


Would have been more if we hadn't ended up with a clash with BBYC winter series. :(


Grab a number two (you know what I mean) and enter your boat or beg steal or borrow someone elses.


For more and to enter online go to the RAYC Y88 event page here http://rayc.co.nz/young88/

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Two Handed Champs on This Sunday with a forecast to sort the men/women from the kids




I suspect we are all a bit tired of drifting around waiting for the breeze but that all changes this weekend....




Sunday sees the RAYC running of the second event in the Mount Gay Rum Y88 1-2-3 Series.


We will be on the water just off Orakei or to the East of Bean Rock if more room required.


Up to six windward leewards, two handed without extras is the order of the day.


For more info and hopefully liveish updates you can track the event site here:



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The ever popular two handed champs followed on from the single handed champs and brought ten quality entries out for another great day’s racing.


Last Sunday saw perfect conditions for shorthanded sailing with a balmy 5-10kt Nor'wester and blue skies. Not as breezy as forecast earlier in the week but no one was complaining :D


RAYC Race Officer Rory Heath and his team did an excellent job setting and shifting the windward leeward course to get in six races before closing time.


Raging Hormone's skipper Zane Gifford and crew Steve Broadbent were consistent at the top of the fleet including three firsts. Second was War Machine and third Flash Gordon.


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Series results after 1 & 2 handed sees Sailor Moon on top followed by War Machine and Waka Huia in 3rd.


Last event in the series is the hugely challenging but great fun 3 Handed Champs (W/L's with Extras!) on 15 June.



The series will be wrapped up with a prize giving at the ever popular Y88 Mid-Winter Party "The Mount Gay Rum Barbados Beach Bash" at RAYC on June 28th.



For full details on the above and results go to the event web site at http://rayc.co.nz/young88/


Sailing photos credit Rory Heath - RAYC (7 photos)

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Hmmm looks like the run of great weather is going to continue for this series if a wee bit on the light side......




Should be another ten plus fleet each with a threesome onboard grappling with sheets and poles.


Keep track of the action at the event site here http://rayc.co.nz/young88/ or by getting yourself down to Kohi with binoculars focused towards Rangi....



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... sooo it was light (3-5kts from 090 to 070) but we did find the only breeze on the harbour, off Kohi tucked in between East and West Bastion reef.


Fleet opinion was to give it a crack and thanks :thumbup: to Rory Fogerty and the RAYC volunteer team we had two hard fought action packed "crawls" around the track and managed to get the 3 handed champs and all bits of the 1-2-3 Series done.


A major test of tolerance, resilience, multitasking (including reef navigation and depth sounder observation :crazy: )and light airs sailing skills


Results still provisional 3 handed looks like congrats Bill Dalbeth on Waka Huia 1st, Jamie Dawson on Skitzo 2nd and Mike Leyland on War Machine 3rd. :clap: :clap: :clap:


Full write up and series results to come...


Keep an eye on RAYC event page for more http://rayc.co.nz/young88/



Photo credit Rory Fogerty

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