FBYC Season Report

French Bay Yacht Club has a lot to celebrate this year; like the fact that membership has grown by 66% this season, and 65 boats at the club's annual regatta. A team of up-and-coming youths competed in the Starling National Championships. That our very own Jim Quinn was named Counties Manukau Masters Sportsperson of the Year, and that the club is, officially once again, thriving, with participation levels back to where they were well over a decade ago.

Looking to try something new these school holidays?


Learn to Windsurf at Lake Pupuke on Auckland’s north shore.

10 – 13 July

12:00 – 2:00 daily (8 hour course)

The RS:X and Techno Association of NZ have organized a couple courses for anybody looking to begin or extend their windsurfing skills this school holidays.

The 8 hour course runs over four days, with all gear and wetsuits provided. Course fees are $185.00.

Contact Brian Haybittle for more information

021 112 9556

Major regatta date announcement


The Torbay Sailing Club has announced the date for the 2012 Sir Peter Blake Regatta.

1-2 December 2012 will see New Zealand’s largest dinghy fleet converging on Auckland’s North Shore to honour the event’s name sake, Sir Peter Blake.

When Sir Peter Blake was killed at Macapa Brazil on 5 Dec 2001, New Zealand mourned the loss of a national hero. Now, more than ten years later, the memory of Peter Blake sails on in the biggest regatta in New Zealand and the biggest centreboard regatta in the Southern Hemisphere.

Al Gair and ‘Velsheda’ win Etchell Nationals


The Etchell National Championships were sailed from the Royal Akarana Yacht Club April 28/29. Six races over the two race days saw both extremes of race conditions, everything from 30 + knots on the first day of sailing, and fickle light patchy on day two.

Back fresh from the 2012 World Championships in Sydney, Alistair Gair and his Velsheda crew nearly did a clean sweep of the regatta, winning five of the six races and performing exceptionally well in Saturday’s breeze and chop.

Queen of the Waves at the ASC


For those women in Auckland who weren’t contesting for the Women’s Keelboat Nationals last weekend, the other star attraction on April 29th was the Auckland Sailing Club’s annual Queen of the Waves event. This is a regatta where all the female skiff sailors come out of the woodwork to sail on a 12’ or 18’ skiff.

With the women’s skiff event having been announced for the 2016 Olympics (then equipment was not selected, now it will be the NZ designed 49erFX- yay!), recruiting crews for the lads this year was easier than ever before.


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