Adventure sailing – this Sunday 13 January

Happy New Year Sailors!

The plan for this Sunday is to have an outside afternoon.

The day will start at 12.00pm with a race from A beacon to preset GPS gates and a gathering behind Rabbit Island to finish.

Wizzard (Doug Harrison) will be the officer of the day and will set the course for the afternoon.  Wizzard will again be the platform for a  raft up and socialising for the afternoon.

Register your intention to be there so the course details can be sent to you when they are available.  To register send an email to: or contact Wizzard on Channel 77 before 11.45 on Sunday.


Christmas on the Beach 2018

Happy Christmas to all yachties in Mt Maunganui.

We celebrated the year end with a raft up at Omokoroa beach.  The weather was kind and the the water was warm.

5 boats turned up and enjoyed the afternoon sun, drinks and a meal.  The children and Richard Harrison entertained everyone with bombs from the bimini of The Wizard.

The highlight of the afternoon was the inaugural coke bottle boat race.  Many well thought out craft appeared – largely adhering the “no motor’s, no glue’ rules.

The prize (of a trophy and toy bottle of rum) was taken by Gary in the multi hull division.


Bottle boat winners

River Rebel, Hanse Free, The Wizzard, Pork Chop and Rahona.


The next adventure event will be Saturday 12 January or Sunday 13 January.  Details to be provided.

The dates of the scheduled events are shown under the calendar here, but each event will be organised according to the weather and number of participants in the week beforehand.

Register your interest in participating by emailing to ensure that you receive the updates.


January 2019

12th SAT              Adventure Weekend

25th FRI              Whitianga Weekend – Details to be posted

28th MON          Anniversary Day event to be confirmed

February 2019

9th SAT               Whangamata Adventure Weekend

23rd SAT or SUN    Adventure Weekend

MARCH 2019

9th SAT              Island Weekend

23rd SAT           Adventure Weekend

Whanga – Mount race 2019

Whangamata Race, to the Mount this year first entries are in register yours now……

Winter series results.

Available here

Start Time

Please note due to daylight savings ending this Sunday’s race will start at 12 midday.

Karewa race 3, 6th March 2016

Karewa race 3, held 6th March 2016

by Tom Wheeler

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Six yachts and their crews converged on the start line off the Pilot Bay wharf at 1 pm on a fine warm day.  A light 10 knot westerly breeze had just settled in, saving the participants from what would be have a demanding crawl through the harbour entrance against the incoming tide.  The early stages of the race featured a short upwind beat before negotiating the shifty winds within the entrance itself.  It was not long before Not Negotiable had distanced herself from the rest of the field, with Persuader following suit behind her.  Candidus got her nose in front of Force 10 and eventually pulled away, but Santana mounted a strong challenge on Force 10 on the northbound leg towards Karewa, rounding the island ahead.  However, Force 10 clawed her way back in front on the southbound return leg, thanks to her genniker, a sail that her crew rarely deploy but proving effective with the wind just forward of the beam.  Ghia, despite trailing the field, had the bonus of viewing a pod of dolphins, being the envy of some of the crew on the other yachts.  Overall, it was a great afternoon’s racing in ideal conditions.   

Karewa 1

Great start to the Summer with Karewa race 1, conditions favoured the bigger of the 12 boats that came out for a fantastic afternoons sailing in very pleasant conditions. Next Race on the 29th of November followed by a prize giving/Christmas drinks.

Results here

Winter Open series 2015, season summary

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Winter Open series 2015 – Season summary

By Tom Wheeler

The ten races, spanning from May to September, produced some exciting racing in a wide range of conditions – the light air days at times had boats moving backwards with the tide, with anchors ready to be deployed, while the windy days had some boats over on their ears and their crews struggling to control spinnakers or shortening sail.  The Mark Foy system of staggered start-times, a feature of the series, reduced pre-start stress for skippers and crews, leaving them only to stay out of the sandbanks and stay on board their vessels for the duration of the race.  The races encompassed a variety of courses, with the western arm of the harbour being much frequented, but also taking in a couple of visits to A beacon or Karewa.  Many thanks should go to the starters for setting some interesting courses.  Almost all the participating boats had podium finishes at some point during the series and the final overall placings were contested right up until the final race, which attests to the accuracy of the handicapping.  The overall Division A winner was Not Negotiable, with Rocky and Persuader taking second and third place.  The overall winner of B division was Candidus, followed by the combination of Invincible and Force 10 (the crew swapped boats mid-season) and Nelani taking third place.


Winter series 2015, Race 10

Winter Series Open Race 10, 13th September, 2015 – Season finale

By Tom Wheeler


The final race of the winter series produced a good turnout of yachts and some of the season’s best racing in fine weather and pleasantly warm sailing conditions. The 20-25 knot southwesterly wind prevailing as the boats crossed the start line opposite the Pilot Bay wharf had the skippers thinking hard as to the appropriate amount of sail to carry. However, by the time the contestants closed in on the first of the turning marks in the western arm of the harbour, the wind had eased substantially, necessitating some crews re-thinking their choice of sails. It was a busy day for foredeck crew as spinnakers were hauled up and set several times, with the kites getting an airing during two downwind runs in the western arm as well as the final leg, returning down the main channel from the Bridge marina. The fleet was visited by a pod of dolphins near Panepane point, a rare occurrence within the harbour. The A division early leader, Persuader, looked good at the head of the fleet, until gear failure necessitated her withdrawal. The faster, later-starting boats, Not Negotiable, Rocky, and Wizzard gradually hauled in another of the pacemakers, Jetstream, to take the first three places. In B division, Candidus was dominant, leading from start to finish. However, late in the race they were threatened by a fast-charging Ghia who closed in on them in the last 200 meters, followed by Force 10, who took out third place. Overall, the winter series featured some close and exciting racing in a wide range of conditions. The series makes for an excellent entry into keelboat racing – The Mark Foy starts minimise the stress of pre-start manoeuvring, and the competitive spirit is also tempered with courtesy. The focus now switches to the upcoming Legends Regatta, featuring a unique mix of racing, cruising and socialising on and around Great Mercury Island. The winter series was supported by the following sponsors; Mount Liquor Mart, Mills Reef winery, Burnsco Marine, and Bakeshack.

Winter series 2015, Race 9

Winter Series Open Race 9, 30th August, 2015 – Another Karewa classic

By Tom Wheeler


A total of nine yachts took their usual turns crossing the starting line according to their handicaps in fine and mild conditions with a moderate 10 knot westerly breeze. This was a welcome improvement from the rain and no wind situation prevailing earlier in the morning. On this occasion the course took the fleet to A Beacon then Karewa Island, 5 nautical miles north of the Mount, before returning to finish off the Pilot Bay wharf. It turned out to be a more tactical race than expected, due to a wind shadow through the harbour entrance, which had the participants ghosting along in various directions before catching the breeze again. Once past A Beacon, the breeze made for ideal sailing under eased sheets, with plenty of time to enjoy the lunch which was kindly provided to all the crews by Bake Shack. All seemed to be routine until the leaders encountered an area of no wind part-way to Karewa. Tacticians were put to the test as the competitors chose to pass the no-wind zone either to the inshore or offshore side. Some, perhaps having multiple tacticians, chose a compromise path right through the middle. In B division, Nelani and Gillian profited the most from the situation by staying well inshore, leaving the A division boats in their wake. As a result, the racing was still close quarters as the leaders rounded Karewa in the revitalised breeze, some finding to their cost that the wind angle on the return leg was too shy for spinnakers. Not Negotiable recovered well from their near-becalming and were hot on the heels of Gillian, eventually taking the overall lead approaching A Beacon to cross the finish line first and take A division honours, followed in their division by Rocky and Jetstream. In B Division, Gillian had an outstanding race and was the runaway winner, followed by Force 10 and Ghia. Overall, the race featured some close quarters duals that tested the crews, making for a classic day’s racing.

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