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Titahi Bay Winter Series

We're keeping records from previous Winter Series on this site but have a few gaps to fill. Just click on the Past Results link above to see what we've got. We've also kept the news and pictures from the 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 series and you can access them from the links on the menu bar above


We'll be following our usual formula for this year's TBBC Winter Series which will run over two groups of five Sundays either side of the July school holidays. We've made one major change to the scoring system and this is now based on best 8 results in each group of 15 races. We've previously used best 13 and that meant you had to sail every week to be in with a chance of winning the series. In recent years, very few sailors have been able to make that sort of commitment so we're hoping that the change will even the playing field a bit and possibly encourage a few more sailors to come out and give it a go.

The series is open to all centreboard classes and full details are available here:
You'll be able to find latest results and daily reports and pictures on this page once the series is underway.

Cancellation decisions are usually left as late as possible because we, like you, want to sail if we possibly can. We make the decision no later than 7:30 on Sunday morning and then:
  • Update the home page on this website  
  • Send a text message to everybody we've got a cellphone number for.
  • Post to our Facebook page here

Brief report and pictures from each day's sailing will be added here as the series progresses along with the Latest Results. More pictures on our Facebook Group page.


Bitterly cold but otherwise a good day for a sail with a shifty southeasterly of around 10kts that produced the occasional big gust. The Lasers and Open A fleet sailed four races and the Bics in Open B two with Rory Kilmister and Jack Callear making the smart decision to get out of the cold and into something warmer. Steve Barnsley had an entertaining first race in his Laser with a couple of wet capsizes and was doing a passable imitation of an ice block when he retired before the start of the second race. Nick Vause in the Mirror managed to take one race off Richard Schmidt and Brian Hogg in the Yawl when he was in right place to take advantage of a big shift. Well done to all the sailors and the guys in the support boats for braving the elements. 


Second cancellation of the series. A combination of 20 knot wind and rain in the forecast made this a day for jobs at home. 


Having spent the days before the event expecting to have to cancel because of too much wind, we managed to get one race away in a gentle, dying southwesterly and a second in light airs before abandoning the third. Numbers were down again this week so it was good to welcome back WBBC's Ora Mead and say hello to LBYC's Steve Barnsley who was out in his newly acquired Laser for his first TBBC Winter Series races. The sailing got trickier as the breeze dropped and we finished up with big gaps within most classes, with the exception being the Optis. 


The forecast had it spot on and we got the predicted gentle northerly breeze under largely clear skies for the start of the second half of the series. We took the opportunity to set the main part of the course on the far side of the harbour running parallel to SH1 and got good feedback from the sailors about it.

With several of the regulars away (some rumoured to be feeling the after effects of the previous evening's All Blacks test) the Laser, Opti and Open B sailors had an easy day to pick up perfect scores. Open A was rather more competitive and the line honours were shared between Alan Swinney and Grant Ransom with Derek Baxter picking up a hat trick of thirds. 


First day of the Series with some real breeze to get everyone moving! After two wet, cold and windy days on the Friday and Saturday, the southerly disappeared early on Sunday and by 10am we had a moderate northerly that shifted round to the northwest over the next two hours. Most of our regulars were no shows although three did arrive at the club before the Lasers and Open A were cancelled - Richard and Brian taking the prize for intestinal fortitude for sailing down from Mana Marina only to return there after a hot drink and Keith Fey got the sensible award - arriving and departing by car. 

James Swinney, Jack Griffiths and Rory Kilmister were keen to race and so we put out a course and got on with it. The conditions got tougher as the morning progressed and we started to see big gusts as the wind went round to the northwest. Well done to all three and huge thanks to John Shephard and Cameron Hart who were leaned on by the race manager to lay the course, provide rescue cover and take today's pictures.   


Blue skies again and very little wind made for a slow day on the water for those who turned out. The first race was sailed in a light and shifty northerly but the breeze dropped off for the second race and we cancelled the third. Jack Callear and Jack Olson's Bics were the quickest boats on the water and they could probably have taken the first two places in Open A. The tricky conditions saw plenty of position changes in Open A, particularly in the second race, with Derek Baxter in his Finn emerging the victor in both. Funniest moment of the day (caught on camera) was Craig Allfrey's daughter Kaitlin out for her first sail deciding to grab the top mark as they rounded it - one of the more obvious reasons for having to do a 360.      


The shortest day of the year delivered our first taste of winter with a moderate south easterly dying away just after the first race got underway and rain setting in for the third race. The disappearing wind meant a long first race and then courses shortened for the second race and again for the third. With a few of the regulars away, it was great to welcome Paul Mygind back in his Laser Radial and four Sailability sailors (Alexander O'Connor, Graham Hook, Lynette Willis and Remy Thomassen) out in the Hansa 303s that are based at TBBC. Spectators were treated to great racing as sailors battled with big shifts and unexpected holes in the wind that saw some healthy leads gradually evaporate.
All classes have now completed 9 races and discards come into effect (sailors' series scores are based on their best 8 results. James Swinney and Jack Griffiths have perfect scores of 8 and therefore win Opti A and
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