Patio Bay Race Information

See below for the start times, sailing instructions, and sailing instruction amendment for tomorrow’s Patio Bay passage race. We have a large fleet this year of 36 yachts which is fantastic.
Note that the start line is between Orakei yellow and Torpedo yellow buoys
Note that the finish line is a line between the point at the eastern end of Patio Bay and the committee boat. The committee boat is SEA FEVER, a 35’ sedan launch that will be flying a CYA flag and an orange committee boat flag.
Time signals are to be taken from GPS time
Note that competitors who choose to not start the race, or retire during the race, for any reason, MUST advise the Race Officer (Doug Reid) on VHF Ch 77 or on mobile at 021 747 387.  Please adhere to this as it is frustrating if the committee boat is waiting around for a yacht to arrive that is not racing.
Weather forecast:

Metservice: For the Waitemata Harbour

Saturday : Northeast 10 knots, easing to variable 5 knots in the evening. Sea slight. Mainly fine, chance shower.
PWG/PWE model: NE approx 7kts
ECMWF model: NE approx 9 kts
Seabreeze may establish, with convergence zone expected to sit over the Manukau Harbour given the underlying NE’er.
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Classic Yacht Journal – November/December edition online

The latest edition of the Classic Yacht Journal is now online – click on the images below. We hope you enjoy it!

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2018 Trillian Trust Classic Yacht Regatta – Early discount entries open today

Discounted early entries are open from today for the 2018 Trillian Trust Classic Yacht Regatta!  Get in quick as these will only be available from today until 30 November.
Entry details and more information is available on the regatta website at
The Notice of Race has also been posted on the regatta website.
We look forward to seeing you all in mid February for another spectacular regatta!

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Patio Bay only three weeks away!

The annual invasion of Patio Bay by the Classic Yacht Association is only just round the corner! This year’s event is being held on Saturday 2nd December.

Make sure this one is in your Christmas calendar folks – this is always a spectacular event.  Held at Patio Bay, at the ‘bottom end’ of Waiheke Island, this is the CYA social event of the year.

The passage race for the yachts is a ‘Mark Foy’ staggered start, aiming for a joint finish. The launches usually sweep past the yachts at about Rocky Bay, and settle in by mid afternoon. Crews slowly make their way to the beach for a BBQ, prize giving and a general good time at the classic kiwi bach owned by our kind hosts Bert and Margaret Woolcott.

If you are a new CYA member, or if you have not been to Patio Bay before, we would love to see you there!

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Fairway Bay overnighter coming up next weekend!

Fairway Bay weekend is upon us, so just a few reminders for those of you who are joining us:

  • Do your best to to be within Gulf Harbour/ Fairway bay by 1300hrs Saturday 11 Nov to enter when the swing- pontoon is opened. In practice, you will be able to enter the basin for around an hour before the gate is closed, but it will be ideal if all can enter around the same time.
  • Could a larger boat please set the first anchor, with the next few boats rafting up, followed by another set anchor and so- on. There is no current, and absolutely minimal breeze so dragging or tangles are not an issue. Be careful however to not motor over the semi- submerged mooring line.
  • Bring a tender so that you can row ashore (to beach or pontoon)
  • Cafe open 1000-1500hrs Sat and Sun
  • Yogi’s Bar open from 1700hrs ’til late (no BYO drinks ashore please, liquor licence and let’s support our hosts) Bar snacks will be available.
  • BBQ available clean and ready ashore for you to cook on from 1700hrs, remember your BBQ utensils 🙂
  • Sunday gate will be opening for departure at 1100hrs (or sooner if all in agreement).

If you have a problem on the day, engine breakdown, hit a log and sprung a leak etc, phone Launch Captain Angus on Mahanui (0274 957 665). Others can get there by road and join us onshore. Remember- plenty of depth for deep draft yachts and launches!

CLICK HERE for Waitematawoodys coverage of 2014 event

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