The cold and unpredictable Auckland weather has put a hold on the majority of the RAYC on-water activities. However this doesn’t mean that the yacht club shuts shop and everybody goes home. With a fleet of safety boats to take care of that are often too busy to get the care they deserve, this downtime means they can all have a bit of TLC.
Already Akarana SPRINT and Akarana 2 have been to Lancer to have tube repairs. This has been fantastic in reducing the amount of time it takes to prepare them for launching as well as improving their cosmetic appearance. Akarana PATROL is also having a major revamp done by our fantastic new sponsors The Boat Builders who have come on board as a naming sponsor for our upcoming Summer Series. With all the major repairs done, PATROL is getting a shiny lick of paint before she will be returned to RAYC better than new!
Next on the list is Akarana 6 & 7 which also need tube repairs. These are being undertaken by Southern Pacific Inflatables and will be completed in the next fortnight.
To ensure the fleet will remain fully operational for what is setting up to be a very busy summer, Mark Helms Marine is visiting RAYC next week to give all of our outboard motors their annual service. Changing the fuel filters and checking the motors for any abnormalities will hopefully create a stress-free summer for Head Coach Nathan.
As well as the fleet of safety boats, RAYC has a fleet of 10 international 420s that need regular maintenance. These boats are used for the more aggressive sailing sport of Teams Racing, as such they attract more wear and tear than normal fleet racing. There are currently two 420s that are in the final stages of being re-glassed and being given their final spray of gel-coat.
The fibreglass optimists have also had minor cosmetic touch-ups to keep them water-tight and looking spic-and-span for the busy academy season that is just around the corner. Fortunately half the optimists are made from plastic and require minimal maintenance, and along with the Fevas this drastically decreases the maintenance required by the club.
By October all of the Akarana boats are going to be looking fantastic. We will be the best dressed club on the Waitemata!