Centreboard Cup 2016: Sat 17 Dec 2016 11am Racing

Thanks to everyone for helping make our 2016 Regatta such a success. Congratulations to Valeria for winning the Mullet boat division, and to Hawke Sea Scouts for completing and winning the under-18 race.
Photos of the day are now available in our Gallery.
This year’s Sloanes Beach Regatta and Centreboard Cup at Sloanes Beach, 33/35 Marine Parade, Herne Bay, is scheduled for Saturday December 17th 2016

We will be running our usual mix of childrens’ games, mucking about in boats, and around-Watchman-Island racing for centreboard boats big and small. As in past years, our racing will feature the historic Mullet boat fleet in all their glory. The racing starts at 1100 hrs (centreboard boats 18’ and over) and 1105 (for the smaller centreboarders), and will be run by the Ponsonby Cruising Club. All centreboarders are welcome. High tide is a 3.6m at 10.45am. There will be fun activities on the beach from around 1130am, including rowing and/or short sailing races. The format will be similar to past events.

Bring along a picnic and enjoy a relaxing time watching the old Mullet boat yachts racing in their traditional upper harbour fishing grounds. The club BBQ will be available for you to cook your sausages on.

Fri 16 Dec Race Entry & Briefing: 1800 Ponsonby Cruising Club, Westhaven
Entries and the race briefing will take place at the Ponsonby Cruising Club on Friday December 16th at 1800hrs. If you cannot make this, then late entries will also be accepted at Sloanes Beach from around 1015am on Saturday 17th (but we much prefer that all boats enter on Friday night). 

Sat 17 Dec Sloanes Beach Regatta & Centreboard Cup
1015 Late Race Entries accepted at Sloanes Beach
1045 High tide 3.6m
1100 Race 1 Starts: Boats 18’ and over, which we expect to be following the long course
1105 Race 2 Starts: Boats under 18’, which we expect to be following the short course
1130 Games and Picnic on the beach; cook your own sausages on our BBQ
Followed by Prize Giving & Music featuring Hopetoun Brown & special guests
Times are estimates only & are weather dependent. For the latest details, please see our Facebook page.

Centreboard Cup Race
We celebrate a rich history of shallow draft sailing in the upper harbour with two Centreboard Cup races. All centreboard boats big and small are invited. Racing will be organised by the Ponsonby Cruising Club in their Watchman committee boat; we are are very grateful for their support.

Race Courses and Centreboard Cup map (updated 16 Dec for new 2016 start/finish line)
The planned courses are shown on the Centreboard Cup map. There will be two divisions, one for boats 18 feet and longer (which includes the Mullet boats), and a second for smaller boats. The start and finish lines are expected to be between a yellow conical buoy laid off Sloanes beach and the HBCC Clubhouse on Sloanes Beach. We expect that the longer boats will start off Sloanes Beach (crossing the start line in a north-easterly direction, yellow conical buoy left to port), then go around Watchman Island (leaving it to port), then around the Chelsea Buoy (port), then back to Sloanes Beach and around the yellow conical buoy (left to port), then Watchman Island (port again), Chelsea Buoy (port again) (buoy 19 on this chart, 36°49.68S 174°43.80E), and then cross the finish line between the yellow conical buoy and the HBCC Clubhouse (leaving these to starboard and port respectively, heading in a south-westererly direction). The plan is similar for the smaller boats, with a start off Sloanes, going around Watchman Island (leaving it to port), and back to the finish line off Sloanes beach.

These courses may change to suit weather conditions; any such changes will be advised at the race briefing. You can check the weather conditions recorded by our weather station.

Course changes will be announced on VHF 77 (and, technology willing, via Twitter under #centreboardcup).

We expect Ponsonby’s Watchman patrol boat to be on watch in the area. They can be contacted on VHF 77.

Charts and Launching Ramps
Please see the Centreboard Cup chart and map for the planned courses and suggested launching ramps at Westhaven and Birkenhead.

Contact Us
Any questions? Feel free to email me (Andrew) at centreboardcup@hbcc.net.nz, or call me on 021884673. Or, use our Facebook page, or (on the day) VHF 77.

Previous Events
Details of our previous 2013 Centreboard Cup – which was also the Centenary Celebration for the clubhouse – are on our 2013 Centre Board cup Facebook page. See also our 2014 Centreboard Cup pages and photos on Flickr. Check out this writeup of the 2015 event by waitematawoodys.

Tide Details
Tides in detail are: 4:17 0.2; 10:45 3.6; 16:48 0.4; 23:12 3.4. These are spring tides, and so are very high and low; keep in mind that there will be a strong outgoing current during the racing.







2 responses to “Centreboard Cup 2016: Sat 17 Dec 2016 11am Racing”

  1. Jono Gravit Avatar
    Jono Gravit

    We’re planning on bringing a few Juniors in Optis and Starlings to the regatta from Pt Chev. Plus families picnicking and joining in.
    Hopefully this Westerly dies down!


    Jonathan Gravit

    1. amas008 Avatar

      Jonathon: We’d love to see you. Crossing the reef always makes trips such as yours a bit more exciting! We expect to have a few Opti’s in the water as well – do you think we should set up an Opti race course? Andrew

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