2012-13 HSS Archive

This page is an archive of the 2012-13 HSS, for the current season go to the HSS Website.

In 2012-13 RiHauraki Singlehanded Serieschmond YC organised a singlehanded racing series in conjunction with SSANZ, Devonport YC, Bucklands Beach YC, and Weiti BC. There were twelve races in the series and to successfully complete the series skippers have to race with at least two other clubs and in at least six races. The result: increased participation in singlehanded events across all races!

The series included a new challenge as well: SSANZ and RYC came together to organise a singlehanded division in the Route 66 Coastal Race (66nm, Auckland to Whangarei), with a special trophy for the event presented by SSANZ.

Thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of the HSS skippers and the support of our partner clubs RYC will run the HSS again in 2013-14, details TBA.

2012-13 Series Results

The prizegiving was held on Sunday, April 14th at the RYC clubhouse – completion and participation plaques and door prizes from Safety at Sea were presented to all skippers.

First and foremost, congratulations to the skilled and dedicated skippers that completed the inagural series:

Richard Limbrick / Cool Change

John Davies / Crocodile

Keith Bekker / Manawa

Peter Locke / Infiltrator

Andrew Hall / Unitec II

Bryon Wright / Revolution  Blues

Tony Newmarch / Bays Flyer

Chris Binning / Heaven n’ Hell

Further congratulations to the following skippers for their success in the 2012-13 Hauraki Singlehanded Series:

1st Line – Chris Binning / Heaven n’ Hell

 

1st Club h/c – Bryon Wright / Revolution Blues

2nd Club h/c – Chris Binning / Heaven n’ Hell

3rd Club h/c – Tony Newmarch / Bays Flyer

 

1st PHRF h/c – Bryon Wright / Revolution Blues

2nd PHRF h/c – Tony Newmarch / Bays Flyer

3rd PHRF h/c – Chris Binning / Heaven n’ Hell

The Hauraki Singlehanded Series will be back in 2013-14 – spread the word!

2012-13 Events:

Race # Date Host Club Race Name and Information
1 14 Oct 2012 WBC SHS 2 NOR | SI | EF | Courses | Am1
2 4 Nov 2012 RYC Singlehanded Race NOR | SI | EF
3 25 Nov 2012 BBYC S/H Series 1(TBA) NOR | SI (see NOR) | EF | INFO(courses, times)
4 1 Dec 2012 RYC Destination Series #2 NOR | SI | EF
5 2 Feb 2013 BBYC S/H Series 1(TBA) NOR | SI (see NOR) | EF | INFO(courses, times)
6 3 Feb 2013 BBYC S/H Series 1(TBA) NOR | SI (see NOR) | EF | INFO(courses, times)
7 15 Feb 2013 RYC Destination Series #5 NOR | SI | EF
8 8 Mar 2013 SSANZ Route 66 Singlehanded NOR | SI | EF | 2 minute form
9 10 Mar 2013 WBC SHS 5 NOR | SI | EF | Courses | Am1
10 6 Apr 2013 RYC Destination Series #6 NOR | SI | EF | Am1
11 7 Apr 2013 RYC Destination Series #7 NOR | SI | EF | Am1
12 13 Apr 2013 DYC Singlehanded Race NOR | SI | EF | Webpage

2012-13 Entrants

Extras Division:

Skipper Boat Design
Richard Limbrick Cool Change Ross 850
Bryon Wright Revolution Blues Ross 830
John Davies Crocodile Elliot 770
Keith Bekker Manawa Marauder
Humphrey Sherrat Elysium Elliot 14m Tourer
Hayden Griffiths Latitude Senior 13.2m
Charles Bradfield Vingilot Cavalier 45
Chris Binning Heaven ‘n’ Hell Young 88
Peter Locke Infiltrator Whiting 26
Tony Newmarch Bays Flyer Marauder 8.4m
Andrew Hall Unitec II Elliot 780
Ryan Wiblin Kristina Young 88
Trish Lewis Wishbone Reactor

No Extras Division: (none – entrants are being discouraged due to low numbers – please enter the extras division this year)

2012-13 FAQ

1. How do I enter?

Enter the series by sending the completed Series Entry Form and Declaration to RYC. Individual races in the series must be entered according to the NOR for each race published by the host clubs. Late entries to the series will be accepted at RYC’s discretion up to the 7th race in the series.

2. What is the cost?

20$ for the series, you will also have to separately enter individual races according to the NOR published for each race. The race information table above includes information on how to enter – otherwise contact host clubs using the contact information provided in the Series NOR.

3. I have more questions!

Contact Bryon Wright (see NOR)

Archive of 2012 HSS Race Notes:

From Race 1:

Race One in the Hauraki Singlehanded Series is this Sunday up at Weiti.

Basic info: you can send your series entry and declaration in to RYC as late as Friday afternoon (later series entries will be accepted but to score in this race we have to have your signed entry and declaration before the race). Weiti accepts entries up to “before the start of the race” – contact the club for more details. It’s a Sunday, 1030 start in Arkles Bay.

The Weather looks to be moderate Westerly which makes coming from AKL or BBYC a reach overall, hard to complain –  the word around the clubhouse on Weds night was that a few were planning to make the trip. You can check the number posted above (09/424 4452) 2 hrs before to see if the race is on.

Weiti has issued an amendment to the NOR that competitors should be aware of – see the link below or the WBC website. Important bits are:

Item 5 – This section is amended to include:
5.3 Time Limits
5.3.1 Time limit for first boat to finish 480 minutes
5.3.2 Time allowance of other boats (after first boat finishes) 120 minutes
(This changes item 12.1 of Weiti Boating Club Standard Sailing Instructions).
Item 7 – This section is amended to include:
7.2.3 Finish times, taken from your GPS should be sent as a txt to the Race Officer, either
Colin Thrush [Blazin White] on 021 711252 or
Bruce Gentry [Bump n Grind] on 021 754574
Note 1: The first boat to finish shall notify the designated Committee Boat (or Race Officer)
of its finish time as soon as practicable (not later than 30 minutes after finishing) in
order that the Committee Boat can notify other boats not yet finished of impending
time limits.
These changes take effect immediately –starting with the race on 14/10/2012

Good luck to the early entrants that will race. See you out there!

From Race 2:

Next race is RYC’s Singlehanded Race on Nov. 4th. This is a round-the-buoys harbour race and no extras means it is a good introduction to singlehanded racing. Late entries to the series are encouraged – all entries for this Sunday’s race need to be received 30 minutes prior to the race start.

Note: All series boats, regardless of handicap, should enter the RYC Singlehanded Race in the C division and race according to the C division courses, start time and flag.

From Race 3:

Next race is Nov 25th – The BBYC S/H Series 1. BBYC has sent us an info sheet with the relevant details, see below. Race officer Chris Marsh also had this to say:

Please extend the welcome for any visitors to come back to the club afterwards, Kevin Glover from BJ Tyres puts on a great BBQ and a huge range of prizes so its well worth it for the loot! We can arrange any out of towners to park on the loading dock if we need.

The start boat for the first race is Aratai, our BBYC Launch, and i will be Race Officer for the first one, so if there are any questions please let me know.

From Race 4:

Next race is Dec 1st – This Saturday  – a Richmond YC  race from Westhaven to one of the local islands. The word was that the course (to be chosen on the day so do check the tower and bring the NOR) might be the RYC “original” Peter Blake Memorial course – from Westhaven to Torbay and back to the top of Motutapu. After the race check with the race officer (on the NOR) for where to park up for a beach BBQ and party before heading home.

NOTE: The RYC destination series NOR has some details HSS series entrant from other clubs should be aware of:

1.2 The Yachting New Zealand Safety Regulations Part 2 Category 4 plus a dinghy shall apply to keelers

 

BBQ and PRIZEGIVING
After Races 1, 2 (note: this is race 2), 4, 5, and 6 on the Saturday afternoon/evening a BBQ and prizegiving will be held on an appropriate beach. RYC will provide the BBQ. BRING YOUR OWN FOOD AND DRINKS.
Please listen on the appropriate VHF channel at 1500 hours for the BBQ location.

A good reminder to please read the NOR and SI for each race carefully before racing.

From Races 5 and 6:

Next race is Feb. 2nd and 3rd, the BBYC Gulf Alone Series Waiheke Classic and Return races. The 2 linked races are from Motukorea Yellow Buoy to Orapiu Wharf on Saturday and a return on Sunday. It looks to be a good weekend with a BBQ and refreshments provided on a beach after the Saturday race. For more information contact Chris Marsh / BBYC. A relevant message from Chris from the Crew.Org site:

Hi Guys

Sorry its a little late, but yes this saturday is the second race of this series. Hosted by Kevin Glover on the lovely Gina as your committee boat.

Its a 1.00pm start and the course is: Start between the Race Committee Boat (stbd) and Motukorea Yellow Buoy (port), take Browns Island (stbd), take Navy Buoy Browns Island (port), take Passage Rocks (stbd), finish between the Race Committee Boat (stbd) and Orapui Wharf (port).

Then its off to the beach for a BBQ and refreshments, (This is normally a pretty good night! thanks to BJ Tyres!)

The return race on Sunday starts at 10.30am. and the course is: Course: Start between the Race Committee Boat (port) and Orapui Wharf (stbd), take Passage Rocks (stbd), take Browns Island (port), finish between the Race Committee Boat (port) and Motukorea Yellow Buoy (stbd).

The committee boat for Saturday and the start on Sunday is Kevins Launch “Gina” and the finish boat on Sunday will either be Mercenary or the BBYC Launch AraTai (Depending if its a good day for fishing  )

Course sheet is here –

If anyone is thinking about entering but has not yet got their entry in please let me know so i have time to sort handicaps out (Easier done now than me making up a hard one for ya on the beach on Saturday )

 

From Race 7:

Next race is Feb 15th – a Richmond YC destination night race from Westhaven to Orapiu Wharf, Waiheke (the Te Kouma extension will not be sailed this year). On Saturday morning check with the race officer (on the NOR) for where to park up for a beach BBQ and party Saturday afternoon before heading home.

This is the last race before the Route 66 – as a longer point-to-point race with a night finish it will be a good test of your preparedness for night sailing.

NOTE: The RYC destination series NOR has some details HSS series entrant from other clubs should be aware of:

1.2 The Yachting New Zealand Safety Regulations Part 2 Category 4 plus a dinghy shall apply to keelers

 

BBQ and PRIZEGIVING
After Races 1, 2 (note: this is race 2), 4, 5, and 6 on the Saturday afternoon/evening a BBQ and prizegiving will be held on an appropriate beach. RYC will provide the BBQ. BRING YOUR OWN FOOD AND DRINKS.
Please listen on the appropriate VHF channel at 1500 hours for the BBQ location.

A good reminder to please read the NOR and SI for each race carefully before racing.

Be sure to get your entries in to the RYC / SSANZ Route 66 singlehanded division race. The race documents can be found here. We’re halfway through the HSS – results, including series results are posted here.

From Race 8:

Coming Up: THE BIG ONE!

Next race is March 8th – The RYC Route 66 Singlehanded Division, put on in association with SSANZ. Be sure to get your entries in early. The race documents can be found here.

We’re halfway through the HSS – results, including series results are posted here. After the R66 no more entries will be accepted – however we’ll include any previous races in your series result if you join in time.

R66 Singlehanded Entrants:

Bays Flyer / Tony Newmarch
Gale Force / Craig Fraser
Golden Pond /  Kevin Stone
Heaven n Hell / Chris Binning
Infiltrator / Peter Locke
Kitenga / Steve Ashley
Manawa / Keith Bekker
Revolution Blues / Bryon Wright
Unitec II / Andrew Hall
Wishbone / Trish Lewis
Zen / Steve Newcombe

From Race 9:

The second Weiti race is on Sunday after the R66 – good luck to all competitors!

From Races 10 and 11:

Next up is the RYC destination series races up to Gulf Harbour and back – run with PCC and GHYC, it’s part of a weekend (Sat and Sun) two race event, with a party at the GHYC facilities on Saturday night. More information on the RYC destination series NOR.

Update from RYC: (see also the Amendment to the Destination Series NOR)

These races are being run along side Ponsonby CC, utilising the same start/finish lines and the same courses.  There will be two prizegivings at Gulf Harbour Yacht Club on Saturday night (one for PCC and one for RYC).

Just like the Mahurangi Night Race skippers are welcome to enter both races on Saturday but must fill out two entry forms and pay two entry fees (send one to RYC and the other to PCC).

Please find attached an amendment which covers those boats who are racing in the RYC races 6 and 7.

The amendment removes the requirement to carry a dinghy for both races, it also amends the start times and flag colours, and comfirms the courses to be sailed.

Dates:                    Division                    Flag        Start Signal

Saturday April 6th     C – Keelers Open       Black      1100 hours
                                D – No Extras             Yellow     1105 hours
Sunday April 7th      C – Keelers Open       Black      1100 hours
                                D – No Extras             Yellow     1105 hours

 Race 6 – Boats will have to call up 1 hr prior to finishing on Channel 77

Berthage at Gulf Harbour:       Please also remember, you must fill out a form and pay $20 in order to be able to berth at Gulf Harbour Marina.  (Form attached)

Call Ch73 on finishing to be allocated your berth.    The club will open at 1630hrs

Dinner and Prize Giving:         Dinner will be from 1800hrs at the Gulf Harbour club rooms.

Courses:

1:         ODM round Rangitoto & Motutapu (to port) –  finish between mark boat flying PCC Club Flag and Kotanui Island (Gulf Harbour).

2:         ODm to Northern Leading (Port) to Gulf Harbour – finish between mark boat flying PCC Club Flag and Kotanui Island (Gulf Harbour).

Please let Dave Frederick know if you are racing.      Email:   chain@ihug.co.nz         Mobile: 021 650-881

Urgent response required by Monday 18th March 2013. (see below)

From Race 12:

Next up is the DYC Singlehanded Race on April 13th. This race starts off DYC (Torpedo Bouy) and loops Rangitoto, Motutapu, and Motuihe to port, for a finish back at DYC. It’s the final race in the series and there are still some undecided results:

  • For the club handicap results Revolution Blues and Heaven n’ Hell are within a point in the race for the top spot and and Manawa, Bays Flyer, Crocodile, and Cool Change all have a chance at third place.
  • For the PHRF results Revolution Blues has 1st in the bag but the next two spots are up for grabs with Heaven n’ Hell, Crocodile, Bays Flyer, and Cool Change all with a fighting chance.
  • A floating metaphor for the dichotomy of good and evil in Western religion seems to have wrapped up the line honours; if it wasn’t for that pesky club handicap result one could just kick back in the heaven bag and soak up the glory with a homebrew in hand…

Please be aware of the following update from Andy Mason of DYC regarding the race this Saturday:

A couple of items of note that are in our Sailing Instructions but are worth emphasising:
          1. From the warning signal all yachts need to stay outboard of the moored yachts and the fairway markers as noted in the SI.
2. The requirement for yachts to carry lift rafts or dinghy’s has been removed from the NOR for the Single Handed race, as previously discussed.
          3. Depending on the wind direction the sound signal from the club is not always that audible, however the starters are usually prompt and the visual starting signals are large and will be displayed from the club balcony.
Prizegiving!

The prizegiving for the HSS will be SUNDAY, April 14th at 7PM in the RYC clubhouse. (Please note that this date/time is amended from the NOR.)

There will be an open bar, nibbles provided by RYC, a door prize for all skippers (generously provided by Safety at Sea) and of course the awards!