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A Fabulous 120th Opening Day!

We couldn't have asked for a better day to celebrate our 120th Opening Day for the Royal Akarana Yacht Club.  Sure the weather could have been a little nicer, but the number of members and guests who attended meant that weather was the last thing on people's minds.

That is unless you were a sailor or paddler! The conditions were perfect for racing and over 80 sailors and paddlers hit the water for the first official races of the season.

A special thanks to Joe Richardson from The Boat Builder for firing the cannon to mark the opening and for presenting the Ffemmy to the Flying 15 fleet who won the trophy after beating the M-Class fleet in a team racing match for the first race.

It was awesome to see a fleet of youth sailors racing in their Optimists in Okahu Bay and that fleet now have five races in the can for their Summer Series.

The 18' Skiffs made their first appearance with the club with five boats screaming around the harbour on the same course as the Flying 15's and M-Class.

Overall it was a fabulous day and definitely one that will go down in the record books.

Thanks to all those that made the day such a success including our wonderful team of volunteers both on and off the water and to the committees for making the day possible.

Joe Richardson fires the cannon with some assistance from Life Member Rob Heath

The club's 2.3m accessible sailing boat was launched for member Lukas Gill.  Lukas has cerebral palsy making it difficult for him to sail an Optimist. Lukas was thrilled to be able to comfortably hit the water in the specifically designed accessible boat and is pictured here with Junior Coach Elijah Liefting

Eight Optimist sailors hit the Okahu Bay course and completed five races

The Flying 15's and the M-Class fighting hard to win the Ffemmy. The Flying 15's won!

Mach One (M-Class) and Blow Fish (Flying 15) do battle at a rounding mark

The skiffs screamed around the race course providing some awesome spectator action

Simon Longdill (center) won the Opening Day Paddling Race! Grant Heim (left) also competed and the race was organised by John Cooper (right)

The Flying 15 Sailors who won the Ffemmy!
Back left to right: Jenny Price, Murray Gilbert, Jonathan Burgess, Fred Price, Sally Garrett and Alison Howitt
Centre left to right: Adrienne Rekke, Ffemmy and David McIntyre
Front left to right: John Beckett, Craig Coulam, Neil Easton, Amy, Chris Field and
Steve Maisey

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120th Opening Day - Fleet Reports

 

Racing Recap: 18' Skiffs are part of the fleet!

Racing Recap: 18' Skiffs are part of the fleet!

A gusty 15-20knot West to South West wind marked the beginning of the 2015/16 season and the Auckland Sailing Club's amalgamation with Royal Akarana Yacht Club. Five boats managed to make the opening races after a quick turn around from the boats returning from another San Francisco battering. 

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Racing Recap: Paddlers take on 120th Opening Day

Racing Recap: Paddlers take on 120th Opening Day

A brisk westerly wind and an outgoing tide set up some great conditions for the RAYC Opening Day surfski race of 2015. With the final course being determined in the morning - a downwind course of nearly 16km from Hobsonville Marina back to RAYC was chosen. 

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Racing Recap: M-Class "A great day was had by all"

Racing Recap: M-Class "A great day was had by all"

Well firstly I would like to congratulate Marlin, Mach One, Margaret, Menace, Marksman and Motivator for successfully completing the first challenge of the season.  Being ready and fully paid up for the Summer Series not an easy task and certainly left to the last minute by a number of crews

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Racing Recap: Fun for all on the Junior Course

Racing Recap: Fun for all on the Junior Course

Sunday 18th October, the opening of the Royal Akarana Yacht Club's 120th sailing season. It was a momentous day for sailing in New Zealand with the Auckland Sailing Club's 18ft & 12ft Skiffs sailing for the first time with the Royal Akarana fleets. It was also a momentous day for junior sailing at RAYC. For the first time ever we …

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Major Development!

Auckland Sailing Club & Royal Akarana Yacht Club Join Forces

Auckland Sailing Club & Royal Akarana Yacht Club Join Forces

For years the Auckland Sailing Club and Royal Akarana Yacht Club have played at different ends of the largest launching ramp in New Zealand.  Both clubs are located on The Landing Okahu Bay and race on the same strip of water, often sharing marks, but in the past that is where it has ended.  Sailors from both clubs return to their …

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THIS WEEKEND

Check out what's happening at a glance
or view our complete calendar here

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Friday 23rd October

9:00am: PIC Coastal Classic
WATCH LIVE
www.coastalclassic.co.nz

5:30pm to Close: Bar & Cafe open for dinner

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Saturday 24th October

8:30am to Close: Bar & Cafe open for breakfast & lunch

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Sunday 25th October

8:30am to Close: Bar & Cafe open for breakfast & lunch

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Monday 26th October

Please note that the club and administration office will be close on Monday 26th October due to the Labour Day Public Holiday

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Latest News

Accessible Sailing at Akarana

Accessible Sailing at Akarana

Sunday 18th October saw the opening of Royal Akarana Yacht Club's 120th sailing season. Many fantastic announcements were made and RAYC has taken some great steps towards being a fully inclusive yacht club. One of the highlights on the day was the launching of our new Hansa 2.3 accessible sailing dinghy. This boat was bought to allow the Raye Freedman …

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Prep, Check, Know!

Prep, Check, Know!

This week is Maritime New Zealand's Safe Boating Week and RAYC has played their part. Last week we helped two radio presenters from The Rock to get out on the water in a comically small Optimist. They filmed a short commercial outlining the three rules for safe boating; Prep your boat, Check your gear, Know the rules. Take a look at …

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Mence finishes second at MC38 Pittwater Regatta

Menace finishes second at MC38 Pittwater Regatta

The fleet is never huge on numbers (there are only a handful of boats in the southern hemisphere), but the competition is fierce and this weekend six of the one design MC38 weapons raced in fluky light conditions on the waters of Pittwater north of Sydney. It’s no secret that RAYC has a favourite MC38. Menace Yachting is the only …

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Bailey Family Boat Builders

Bailey Family Boat Builders

During the 16 years prior to the inauguration of the North Shore Sailing Club, open sailing boats were popular. The 20 footer Gladys, owned by Charles Bailey Jnr, featured in several races run by the North Shore Sailing Club and in 1902 for the successor, North Shore Yacht Club.  The self-tending balanced jib on its own boom and the dipping lug …

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Membership Subscriptions and Storage Fees - Now Due

 

Membership Subscriptions and Storage Fees
Now Due

This year RAYC went green and sent a reminder about membership renewals via email. So far we have had an awesome response to this with many members jumping online and paying their fees before the due date.  
This prompt payment has made it a lot easier for the admin office to arrange and send out membership cards and stickers before... Read More

CLICK HERE TO SELECT YOUR OPTION

If you have any questions regarding membership please contact Suellen:

suellen@rayc.co.nz

Thank you to all the members who have renewed for the 2015/2016 season

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Make Sure You Don't Miss the Game!

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Upcoming Classes

New and upcoming classes at RAYC

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Adult Feva Classes

Adult Feva Classes

As part of our initiative that sailing is for everyone, we are introducing adult Feva classes to the Raye Freedman Marine Academy. These classes will take place during the day (sorry to those of you who have jobs) on Thursdays to begin with, and if we have a flooding of keen adults then we will look to expand to other …

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Be Safe While You Race!

Be Safe While You Race!

At RAYC we are extremely safety conscious. As such we want to ensure that our club members and those who enter any of our Coastal or Offshore races are capable of looking after themselves should the worst case scenario become a reality. For our upcoming race to Gisborne we are hosting Coastguard Boating Education's Advanced Sea Survival courses. The first …

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SUP Lessons

SUP Lessons

Royal Akarana Yacht Club's Raye Freedman Marine Academy is taking the next step in it's evolution. The vision has always been to get as many children on the water and enjoying the amazing freedom of the Waitemata Harbour. RAYC is now introducing Stand Up Paddle-Boarding to our itinerary of classes. Thanks to Starboard we have the opportunity to open Monday …

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