Day 3 P-Class North Islands

Today proved to be tricky conditions, with big wind shifts, and the ability to read wind shifts was more important than just being able to sail your boat fast. Boats went from the front to the back of the fleet as the wind left them sitting in a hole.  All in all a great test of sailing skill. Congratulations to James Sheldon of Bay of Islands Yacht Club in 1st, Henry Wilson Murrays Bay 2nd & Blake McGlashan Murrays Bay 3rd, First Girl, Nicola Wilson Onerahi & Marsden Yacht Club.

Click here for  final results

Day 1 P-Class North Island Champs

Despite the rain it was a great days sailing.  10-12 knots of breeze from the south west. With 2 races completed, competition was tight at both ends of the fleet, with some great battles between the newer P-Class sailors as well as the top sailors. Everyone came off the water smiling, so a good days sailing!

Click here for the results of the first days racing

BOI Yacht Club sailors Win Starling & P-Class Regatta

The weather gods definitely decided to test our sailors at the 2015 Inter-School Regatta & Farr 3.7 Nationals on the weekend of 7, 8 & 9 March at Waitangi, with races started in 20-22 knots, but with top gusts of 33 knots recorded.  Nerve was needed as well as skill, and our young sailors showed they had plenty of both, taking out 1st place in both the P-Class and the Starling Class.

We had 55 competitor boats on the water which made for some hectic action.  The rescue boats were kept busy with some of the less experienced competitors finding the conditions too much for them.  Gear breakages frustrated some aspiring hopefuls who instead of getting points on the board, got a tow back to the beach.  With such trying conditions, we were very lucky to have so many fantastic volunteers helping to keep everyone safe.

For full results click here to go to the results page

So how did our sailors go?

P-Class – James Sheldon 1st with 7 wins, Jack Honey 2nd and Helena Sanderson 4th

J & J P-Class       Stalings & 3.7


Starling – Shea Donohoe 1st, Kate Sheldon 6th, Phil McNeill 9th, Emma Sheldon 16th, Holly McNeill 19th.

Farr 3.7 – Peter Sharp 20th

Congratulations to you all.  With the level of talent being shown, we can expect to see some of our sailors competing at an international level in the future.

Many thanks to our amazing sponsors of the 2015 Interschool regatta

We have been amazed by the generosity of our many sponsors.  We just want to say a huge Thank You to our sponsors and ask club members and competitors to remember that these prizes and welcome pack items, didn’t just come from the goodness of their heart, but out of their back pocket as well.  So remember to support our sponsors every chance you get.

We already have some of the best sailing waters in the World and the support of our amazing sponsors.  Now we just need you, the competitors and your families,  to spread the word and encourage all your friends and their families to join us and share in what the Bay of Islands has to offer.

Prizes included thousands of dollars worth of trips from Explore, including America’s Cup sailing experience for the winners, Discover the Bay, Swim with the Dolphins and loads of ferry trips to locations in the Bay of Islands and the Hauraki Gulf. Helicopter flights to Hole in the Rock with Salt Air, The fastest trip in the Bay with Mack Attack, Parasailing with Flying Kiwi Parasail, Accommodation & Dinner with Paihia Beach Resort & Spa, Wetsuits from NZ Sailing plus lots of spot prizes from Burnsco, North Sails, & Chains Ropes and Anchors.  And of course our beautiful trophies sponsored by Copthorne Hotel & Resort.  Thanks to Bidvest for helping us feed our competitors, the food was amazing, so were the Mussel fritters from The Pier Bar & Restaurant.  Thanks to Resene Colour Shop for the sunblock, which caused lots of amusement/confusion in its paint test pots.

explore  NZ Sailing Copthorne  salt air
Bidvest Flying Kiwi Burnsco north sails
CRAP. Mack Attack watersport
 Paihia Beach Resort Logo  resenes
 Adventure HQ  goodbye ouch




Lean Green Winning Machine

Has anyone else noticed a bright green P class dingy out in the Bay most afternoons?

All the hours of training paid off for Jack Honey when he won 5 straight races to win the Junior Sail Auckland, P Class Division at Kohimarama on 14 & 15 February 2015.

Congratulations Jack.

We also had three sailors competing in the Optimist, and two in the Starling.  It was tricky conditions where local knowledge paid dividends. Our sailors have certainly been putting in the hours on the water and can be proud of their consistently improving results.

Results for the Optimist were:-

James Sheldon 18th, Kaya Tobin 34th, Helena Sanderson 38th

and Starling Results were:-

Kate Sheldon 11th, Emma Sheldon 34th


YES! She floats

Congratulations to Shayne, Wendy & Kaya Tobin on the launch of their new 47′ alloy Cat on 18th February 2015.  A super light weight cruising machine designed by Tim Mumby and built by Shayne, with a little help from his friends.

Can’t wait to see her with her mast in and sails on.  We’d hate people to think that you have gone over to the dark side and built a power cat.

Yes! Launching_2896

The question on everyone’s lips was have you decided on a name and the answer was … YES!

 Well what is it?…YES!





National Title Won by BOIYC Sailor

Northland duo dominate NZ  2015 Javelin Nationals
‘Phlipnhel reaching for the finish’    Takapuna Boating Club   
In a range of conditions the Javelin Skiffs fought hard for the title of National Champion in Takapuna on Waitangi Weekend 6-8th February 2015. Current Sanders Cup holders Phil McNeill and Craig Gilberd won all eight races in an undisputable display of skill.  


It did not look promising on Friday when racing was abandoned due to heavy winds, but the race committee team from the Takapuna Boating Club managed to hold eight races in a range of difficult, shifty offshore conditions.

The fleet was very close together and every place was hard fought for, with places being gained and lost on every wind shift. Smart sailing became the deciding factor and with a combined experience of 73 years in the Javelin, the Northland pair were unbeatable.

Congratulations to our new National Champion’s Phil McNeill and Craig Gilberd sailing for the Bay of Islands Yacht Club.  Second and Third place were tied on points and decided on count-back with father and son team Ross and Colin Shanks from Gisborne coming through to take second place.  Third place went to David Brown and David Feek from Horowhenua Sailing Club. Best first-time skipper of the contest was Sara Watters from Wellington who was putting Blunderbus on the right side of many of the shifts, with Hamish Norton on the trapeze. The prestigious DFL (Dead f***ing Last) Trophy went to brother and sister Antje and Kai Müller from Germany.

The next challenge for the Northland pair is defending the Air New Zealand Javelin Inter Dominion Championship being sailed in Perth WA at the end of the year.