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March Sat 14 – Social day sailing, potluck BBQ to follow Fri20 - Trailer Yachts – You’ll come out better off Mitre 10 series – 6.30pm Dinghy’s – Subway Te Anau series – 6.30pm Sat21 - All classes - Aggregate five April Friday 3rd - T/Y, Mitre10 you'll come out better off series - 6.30pm - Dinghys, Subway friday night series - 6.30pm Saturday 4th - All classes, Aggregate seven -2.00pm Friday 10th to Sunday 12th - All classes South West Helicopters Easter Regatta 12.00pm Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th T/Y Manapouri classic - TBA Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th - All Classes Final Regatta & potluck tea 1.00pm

Easter Regatta 10, 11, & 12 April 2009

OPTISAIL 2009 Optisail 2009 was held at the Wakatipu yacht club on the Frankton arm of lake Wakatipu. 29 Children from Christchurch, Dunedin, Bluff, Te Anau, Queenstown and Wanaka, gathered for four days to enjoy great food, awesome coaches with heaps of sailing and fun. Seven children from the Marakura yacht club attended. Cameron Brown, Ben Burrows, Daniel Caruthers, Sam Turnbull, Sasha Fraser, Sarah and Adam Norman. We stayed at the Christen camp ground where we where fed like kings and each day made the 15min stroll along the shores of lake Wakatipu to the club grounds. This stroll involved a daily lake swim for some and lolly scrambles to keep out spirits high. Day one, Tuesday gave us some good wind in which to get all the rigging sorted and get organised into levels, and of course getting to know everyone. Day two and three gave us minimal wind but plenty of time on the water learning how to sail our optis to get the most fun and enjoyment out of them. With suggestions on reading the wind and trimming sails we were away. On Thursday we had the doubles race; with two people in each opti we soon learnt some valuable lessons in teamwork. This race was won by Sam and his partner. Friday dawned with not a breath of wind, so we worked on our balancing skills (so vital for sailing) by spending time out on the biscuit behind the boat, where the drivers main aim was to lose their cargo. The day was finished with a water fight with all coaches ending up in the lake of course. Then ended with prize giving where we all received out optisail T shirts and certificates. We would like to put out a big thank you to Marakura Yacht club for all their support and guidance Iain, Gary, Dave and Raymond are to name only a few. To the Wakatipu Yacht club for a great well organised week, and to all the people involved who made this happen for us, Thank you so much we had a blast, learnt lots and will never forget it. And not to forget then Mums and Dads, who fund us and taxi drive us to make this all possible Thanks Kylie Brown

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And working bee Sat 14th March 1pm A bit of a tidy up before Easter and then some social sailing With a Potluck BBQ to follow

Volunteers Required We are looking for a handful of people who are willing to spend some time out on the support boats at Easter and in the kitchen as well. Contact Dave Black if interested - 249 7531

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Te Anau Downs Classic 2009 It was unfortunate for our new sponsor, Te Anau Lake View Holiday Park, that the weather forecast for this year’s Downs Race was so atrocious. To my certain knowledge it put some sailors off and, I suspect, quite a few more. Certainly numbers were well down with only 16 boats fronting up for the start. However, the ones who stayed away missed out big time because it turned out to be great sailing in spite of the weather. The start on Saturday morning was into a 10 to 12 knot Southerly (raining of course, but not too heavily) to a buoy just off Dock Bay then a straight run North to Te Anau Downs. The relatively short beat sorted the field out in order of performance but it was still quite compact as it settled into the drag race up the lake. By the time the fleet approached Centre Island it had spread out a fair bit, both sideways and front to back. Meanwhile the wind had steadily built in strength to something like 25 knots. With a tail wind many skippers didn’t fully realise the extent to which the wind had built and a number of broaches ensued, the most spectacular of which was undoubtedly Elle’s. A botched gybe resulted in the kite getting wrapped round the top of the forestay. As a result a run of the mill broach, quickly recovered from, turned into a saga. Every time the boat tried to right itself the kite put her down again. Surprisingly, Elle was quite stable lying on her side and happily drifted East across the lake for what seemed like forever as the crew frantically tried to get the kite down onto the deck. Finally, mission accomplished! Boat upright, back on course , kite set again and heading North. However, next gybe the skipper chickened out and opted for a goose winged jib instead of a kite. A glance around the lake showed he was not alone with the bulk of the field doing likewise for the run from Centre Island to the Downs harbour. First boat home was the Elliot 6.5 Mic ‘n’ Me followed by the Elliot 5.9 Bob. Apart from those two speedsters the whole field finished in a 15 minute spread. The rain was still with us, though relatively light, but the marquee coped with everybody and a very convivial evening resulted with the barbecue and the bonfire. Sunday turned up with light rain and the Southerly still in place, though much lighter with the race home starting in 8 to 10 knots. However this built quickly and by Centre Island it was blowing 20 knots. This good stiff breeze lasted until a bit south of the caves where it started to ease back and by Garden Point it was down to 10 to 12 knots, still from the south. This held all the way to the finish at Blue Gum Point with the first boat home (once again Mic’ n’ Me) coming in with an elapsed time of 3.19.24. An excellent time considering it was a beat all the way. The results were spread around a fair bit. Consequently, because of the reduced field and the generosity of our new sponsor, Te Anau Lake View Holiday Park, everybody went home with something. All in all a great weekend in the true tradition of the Te Anau Downs race and our grateful thanks to Clint Tauri for his generous sponsorship Gordon Ashton (Elle)

To everyone who came to the club on the Monday night to say thank you to all the sponsors. As you may have seen we had a very good write up about it in the Advocate and some great pictures taken to. So thank you guys for the show of support.

Well guys as you can see this is a pretty lengthy edition this month which is awesome stuff, it means we area busy club with plenty on the go. So if there is anything you want to have put in the next edition just let me know. Photos, stories or something for the website, anything really. Cheers everyone Iain

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Bluff Yacht Club presents the

Southlands Window and Door Centre

Oyster Regatta Racing for the Bruce Urwin Trophy 28 and 29 March 2009 Join us Saturday night after racing for refreshments and a seafood bbq oysters paua salmon mussels blue cod & good music

For a full copy of the NOR go to

It was good to see the people who took part in Opti Sail competing at the Southland Champs, they brought home some really good results and apart from some big bags under their eyes and a few yawns. Daniel and Nick went great winning the sunbursts and beating most the other open dinghies, I won’t mention that only 1 sunburst entered. Daryl Parkes raced well, managing to put a few round the development squad coaches Matt and Hamish. Thomas Bell settled for first in the open dinghy taking home another trophy to add to his collections. Much to Sarah’s disgust Adam excelled in the light winds, leaving her behind with her sail not even flapping. Sam Turnbill did well, sitting consistently in the middle of the fleet which is great for someone who has been sailing for less than a season. Ben and Cameron were fighting it out 20 meters below the finishing line, the strong winds and high waves making it near impossible to finish the race, after 20 minutes they had only advanced 17 or 18 meters, then after all that hard work it was decided that with only a couple of meters remaining they should be towed in. Cody got his name on the P trophy again, what a surprise. It has been good to see Sasha step into the P class and I am sure that Cameron Brown and Sam could do it as well. Nick is doing well in his 4.7, putting the pressure on Thomas. I better thank the rescue boat driver Iain for towing me in after the last race on Sunday, I was first over the line, but last in, at least I wasn’t the only one. The RIB has been a great asset to the club and has always been present at any major southland regattas. Thanks to the committee and the people who organized the funding and for making it happen. The Have a go sail was packed with kids all fighting for a go on one of the speedy toppers, surprisingly they actually were quite fast and able to hold their own against a starling. The next Monday there were tons of primary school students waiting for a go in the plastic Optis and whizzing around in the kayaks. Up and coming events The Nu Look regatta in Bluff on the 28 and 29th of March. This is a fun event which your parents will also enjoy as long as they like fresh and free seafood. South Island Sunburst secondary Schools Regatta, 30th of March to the 3rd of April. Easter regatta, Marakura, 10th 11th and 12th of April. It would be good to see all of the kids who have done Opti sail and Club training getting out and having a go. Logan Black

The captain's red shirt Long ago there lived a brave seafarer named Captain Bravo. He was a courageous man who showed no fear in facing his enemies. One day, while sailing the seven seas, a look-out spotted a pirate ship, and the crew became frantic. Captain Bravo bellowed, "Bring me my red shirt." The First Mate quickly retrieved the captain's red shirt, and, after donning the shirt, the captain led his crew into battle and defeated the pirates. Later on, the look-out spotted not one, but two pirate ships. The captain again howled for his red shirt and once again vanquished the pirates. That evening, all the men sat around on the deck recounting the day's triumphs, and one of them asked the captain: "Sir, why did you call for your red shirt before each battle?" The captain replied: "If I am wounded in the attack, my crew won't notice my bleeding and will continue to fight, unafraid." All of the men sat in silence and marveled at the courage of their captain. As dawn came the next morning, the look-out spotted not one, not two, but TEN pirate ships approaching. The rank and file all stared at the captain and waited for his usual request. Captain Bravo calmly shouted: "Bring me my brown pants!"

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