Sheerlines – March 2017

March 2017
Newsletter of the Classic Yacht Association of New Zealand

A few snaps from the 2017 Classic Yacht Regatta

Welcome to our new Sheerlines newsletter!

We’ve been busy revamping the way we let you know what’s going on in the Classic Yacht Association, with more website posts, more regular email based communication, and more photos and videos from events being posted on our Facebook page. We hope you enjoy the new look!

Classic Yacht Regatta a great success

The 2017 Trillian Trust Classic Yacht Regatta wrapped up last Sunday with a prizegiving attended by more than 200 people in the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron ballroom. This year’s event featured a classic launch parade and cruise to Riverhead for the first time, and the award of the CYA Launch Trophy to the best presented launch on the day – Lady Crossley

Congratulations to the divisional winners:
Division 1 – Classic A (Bermudan) – Tawera
Division 2 – Classic A (Gaff) – Rawhiti
Division 3 – Classic B (Bermudan) – Aramoana
Division 4 – Classic B (Gaff) – Corona
Division 5 – Modern A – Innismara
Division 6 – Modern B – Appalossa
Division 7 – Mullet Boats – Orion II

More results and photos – click here

Upcoming events

CYA April Club Night – Tuesday 4 April, RNZYS
Vintage and Veterans Race – Sunday 9 April, PCC
Easter long weekend – 14 to 17 April
ANZAC Day Regatta – Tuesday 25 April, PCC
CYA boat owners meeting – Tuesday 2 May – all welcome to join us and offer your comments on this season and next – 7pm at RNZYS
CYA Annual Prizegiving – Wednesday 17 May – more details below

CYA April club night

Tuesday 4 April at 1800hrs – Royal NZ Yacht Squadron members bar
Please put the date in your diary and join us for refreshments and great camaraderie on this first Tuesday of the month. We’re looking forward to catching up with you all and specially to welcoming our new members. Remember – partners, friends, family are very welcome!! Just look for us near the CYA flag. Cash bar and refreshments are available

CYA Annual Prizegiving

Wednesday 17 May – RNZYS Dingy Locker
The Annual Prizegiving is not to be missed and all who placed in a race make sure you are present to collect your embroidered burgee! Further details, along with a list of winners and placegetters will follow after the Season’s end. But make sure the date is in your diary!!

Want to crew off-shore?

Len Hornick is looking for crew to sail to Fiji in mid-May on the schooner ‘MARY HARRIGAN’. Please contact Len directly if you are keen or would like further information:

CYA Classic Vessel Register 2017

Extra copies are now available for purchase at $15.00 a copy, a steal for such an awesome publication.

Did you know you could view this online? Check it out at

Available online or contact us:

Last call for 2016-17 membership subs

If you haven’t received your 2017 copy of the CYA Boat Register then you haven’t paid your subs! For those of you who have yet to pay, it’s easy to do by direct credit: 12 3071 0352226 00, by credit card, or online, and a beautiful Classic Vessel Register will be on its way to you!

News & views

Your contributions and ideas are very welcome – do let us know if you are restoring a vessel, planning an event or would just like to share a classic experience with us. We would LOVE to hear from you and share your story.


to our new members, great to have you all on board with us!

Andy Ball: yacht ARAMOANA
Barry Dreyer: yacht VARUNA
Andrew McCall: yacht MAELSTROM
Daniel Thomas: launch RONAKI
Philip Hat: yacht PUFF
Jan Barraclough: launch NGAIO
Richard Dodd: yacht STARLIGHT
Glenn Fowler: launch PIRIMANU
Ray McElroy vessel: launch HOBSON BAY
Peter Scott
Giles Jordan
Al Brown – launch NEPTUNE
Peter Brook – yacht PIPI

If you see these boats out and about, or anyone flying a CYA Burgee, please row over and say hi. Everyone is keen to share their classic boat stories!

Thoughts on dinghyclinker lapstrake  design

by Peter Peal

This book explains the art of building clinker boats without the aid of using moulds or temporary frames in a story format with drawings that takes the reader back to the late 1930’s. In the second section and in more detail, instruction is given on how to build a clinker dinghy using more modern methods.

Peter also offers three dinghy designs complete with offsets. The book has a glossary explaining most of the terms and slang used in Auckland boat yards. It is full of Peters sketches and photographs and is presented in a coffee table type presentation.

Note: This book is not available from bookshops and is a limited edition!

If you would like a copy, please contact Baden Pascoe at – copies are $60 each plus courier

For sale & classified

We’ve now created a page especially for those looking to buy, sell, rent, give away, or generally do anything with their classic boat. Check it out online at

Note that classified notices will no longer be carried in Sheerlines.

Proudly brought to you by the Classic Yacht Association of New Zealand

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Regatta countdown – 1 week!

Only 7 days to go until kick-off! Here’s a regatta pic of the day from last year’s event – Jonquil and Tango heading up to the windward mark at northern leading in very light conditions! Check out all the latest details here!

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Pics from Friday’s Vos shed update and book launch for Peter Peal’s ‘Thoughts On Clinker Lapstrake Dinghy Construction’

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Regatta launch parade and Riverhead Cruise – Sunday 05 March

Calling all CYA launch owners!

Launch events are making a comeback to Regatta weekend this year, including a launch parade and a cruise to Riverhead, and presentation of the CYA Launch Trophy to the best presented launch.

For full details see the programme below. If you have any questions, or would like to take part, please contact Angus Rogers (CYA Launch Captain) and let him know prior to 01 March 2017.

A fabulous array of spot prizes are up for grabs this year – but you need to be there!! See below for more.

See you all on the water!

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2017 Classic Yacht Regatta – Full details



Detailed programme of events:

Race HQ The Dinghy Locker at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS), Westhaven will be our Race HQ and will have the notice board and daily course and weather updates. Sailing Instructions and more information will be available at the Skippers & Crews Briefing on Thursday 02 March, starting at 1830hrs, at RNZYS.

Parking is available in Westhaven Marina, in the visitor car park area (white lines ONLY)

Prizegivings Informal prizegivings will be held on Friday and Saturday nights after racing and the Official Regatta Prizegiving will be on Sunday evening. Friends, family and supporters are welcome to attend and enjoy all the social evenings, especially on Sunday for the official Prizegiving.

Fabulous Spot prizes A great array of prizes will be on offer again – including Emirates Airline Holiday Package, Takacat Inflatable, Explore Group ‘Bay of Islands Package’, Steiner Binoculars, Yamaha Outboard, Kiwi Feather Props, Coast NZ product, Mt Gay Rum and more……Friday and Saturday:  Spot Prizes may be claimed by a crew member of the boat drawn. Sunday: The helmsperson or owner who signed the entry form MUST be present to collect spot prizes or they will be redrawn.

Yacht berthage: Berths will be available at the events berthing dock right outside Race HQ at RNZYS. We would like to get as many boats in here as possible, dressed up, and looking great for the weekend. This is a great opportunity for quick and easy access to the boat for the weekend. If you would like a berth, please contact James Mortimer (CYA Yacht Captain).

Full Programme

Thursday 02 March

1830hrs – Doors open for early registration at RNZYS (Commodores Room). Cash bar available.

1900hs  – Race Briefing at RNZYS. Registration and skippers information will be available for collection – it is essential that either the skipper or designated crew member is present.

2000hrs – Welcome dinner for CYAA visitors – all CYA members invited to attend this dinner – please RSVP to James Mortimer by 1st March.

Friday 03 March

0930hrs – Coffee and pastries available at Race HQ along with weather updates

1300hrs  – Race 1  (Harbour Course)

1800hrs onwards –  Informal Prize giving at Race HQ. Cash bar and food available

Saturday 04 March

0700hrs – Coffee and pastries available at Race HQ Bar along with weather updates.

1000hrs – Race 2 followed by Race 3  (Northern Leading Area Courses)

1800hrs onwards – Informal Prizegiving at Race HQ. Cash bar and food available

Sunday 05 March 

0730hrs – Coffee and pastries available at Race HQ along with weather updates

1000hrs – Launches assemble off Queens Wharf

1015 to 1040hrs – Parade of Classic Launches through the Westhaven start area past the RNZYS (FULL DETAILS TO COME)

1040hrs onwards – Launch cruise to Riverhead Pub

1100hrs -Race 4 (Harbour Course)

1800hrs onwards – Official Prizegiving at Race HQ.  Presentation of trophies, including presentation of CYA Launch Trophy for best presented launch and the spot prize draws.

Skippers MUST be present to go in the draw.

Sunday evening’s dinner will be a scrumptious BBQ availble to everyone for $25pp


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Welcome to the CYA website

A refuge for owners and admirers of wooden boats. Take your time and look around – maybe check out our fleet or see what events are coming up.

If you need advice about a wooden boat or are trying to track down that old family yacht or launch or just want to crew on a classic – the Forum section is the place to be!

Upcoming Events

all-day Vintage & Vets
Vintage & Vets
Apr 9 all-day
Traditional Ponsonby event raced in the inner harbour. Prizegiving and drinks afterwards at PCC.
all-day Easter Cruise
Easter Cruise
Apr 14 – Apr 17 all-day
Depending on the weather forecast, we’ll pick a destination for a great Easter cruise. Feel free to come along and enjoy the company of other classics!
all-day Anzac Day Regatta
Anzac Day Regatta
Apr 25 all-day
The CYA ANZAC trophy is up for grabs in this last race of the summer racing season. Prizegiving and drinks afterwards at PCC.