2021 Class Championships race report

It was a little familiar in the end, as we returned back to the club in the rain motoring around Browns island after a great couple of days racing in the 2021 Class Champs.

Max Headroom, skippered by Phil Yuill, was added to the winner’s trophy for the 4th year in a row, after an absence of a regatta in 2020 due to Covid-19. Once again, they showed how to manage a series, and although they did not win the most races, they only had results in the top 2 after their solitary 3rd place was dropped.

The victory was hard fought though, with just 1 point separating them from another repeat front runner, Hard Labour helmed by Cameron Thorpe. They sailed well, particularly on the second day when the wind freshened to 20 knots and thy won 2 of those 3 races.

The regatta started quietly enough on Saturday 12 June in a 10 knot Easterly in Tamaki Strait, in the same waters as course E of the America’s cup.

The 8 boats met there coming from both Westhaven bases and Half Moon Bay, with the Buckland’s Beach Yacht Club giving a lesson in effective race management, running the event without fault.

In the first race, racing got away on time and soon the 3 boats Max Headroom, Hard Labour and Rainbow IV, helmed by Alan Smith showed their pedigree by leading round the first mark. Not far behind however was The V Team, Tony Evans, who was to show consistent pace throughout the regatta to keep the other 3 on their toes.

The forecast was for a left bend in the breeze as the wind was predicted to trend to the North East as the day went on. As it turned out the right marginally paid on the first day overall and the NE came in after racing.

On the first run Hard Labour led Rainbow and Max with The V Team 4th.. A series long tight battle began at this point between Shortie (Paul Watson), Flashwave (Andrew McDonald), and Starmaker (Roger Hudson). Penury (Mike Paauwe) completed the fleet around the mark.

Positions held downwind. The V Team closed a bit to the leading 3 and tacked to the left around the mark in a move that they would regret. Starmaker got caught with too much momentum in that last couple of boat lengths to the mark and found themselves inside Shortie when they didn’t have mark rights, leading to a 720 and a lot of work to do to get back in the race

The 3 leaders made their way to the right and The V Team stayed to the left and paid the price for a right hand shift, dropping to 6th behind Shortie and Flashwave at the second top mark

Down the run, Hard Labour lead Rainbow to win, with Max 3rd. Shortie held off The V Team who managed to overhaul Flashwave for 5th. Starmaker had left themselves too much to do and finished behind Penury.

With a short time gap between races there was little rest and before you could stuff a sandwich in or reapply sunscreen – yes it was a beautiful day – the 5 mins gun had gone.

The start was even and once again Max, Rainbow and Hard Labour headed the race with The V Team pushing hard.

Rainbow this time, got away and sailed a clean race for the victory. Max was second and Hard Labour 3rd,  with The V Team finishing close behind

Starmaker sailed a much better race beating Shortie who pipped Flashwave by just 2 seconds. There would be a few close finishes like that, such was the competitive nature of the racing. Penury finished just 30 seconds behind Flashwave, with the whole fleet finishing within 5 minutes.

Race 3 proved to be a challenge for Hard Labour who had a poor start and had to make a few tacks to clear their air before they could settle into the race.

Max and Rainbow got the break this time and pulled away, with Max finishing first and Rainbow second

The V Team stayed close and held 3rd for most of the race but could not hold off Hard Labour on the last run and had to settle for 4th by just 2 seconds.

Behind them the fleet had settled into a pattern with Flashwave, Starmaker and Shortie battling hard together, with Penury a further few minutes back.

With the left hand predicted shifts not yet here and the wind still in the east at about 10 knots, the last race of the day could prove to be tricky. However, the wind held steady and this time the race went to The V Team after a good clear start and getting the first couple of shifts right. They held first around the whole course to finish comfortably ahead of Max.

At the first mark, though, after The V Team and Max went around, the other 6 boats were so close they all arrived at the mark at about the same time, leading to a few words of advice and instruction being exchanged between the boats.

This was forgotten by the finish where Hard Labour finished head of Rainbow. Starmaker pipped Flashwave by 3 seconds and Shortie finished 7th, comfortably ahead of Penury.

About 10 mins after the finish, the wind did finally fill in from the left and strengthen a little more. It was a relief the change did not come during the racing as the conditions were light but fair and consistent for all.

As the fleet motored back to BBYC for the association meal and AGM and the chance to reflect on the days racing, It did not escape anyone that we had just had 4 brilliant races with close racing and the scoreboard showed 4 different winners. After a year of disruption in 2020 and no class championships, clearly the racing is as good as ever.

The low tide provided the final tactical decision of the day. Rainbow opted to shoot the gap and go into the Tamaki estuary via Musick point, the others followed with caution and when Rainbow pulled up quickly and stopped, stuck in the mud, the other boats changed their minds and headed out round Browns Island

Max showed patience in the situation and timed their run to perfection 20 mins later, once the tide had come in a little.

The evening saw the class dinner and AGM. With some new attendees – and some older ones – the class looks to be ready to re-establish itself.

Sunday dawned with the promise of more wind and 3 races tied into the BBYC winter series King of the Strait series. The 1020’s headed out earlier to get in a race before the clubs 2 race programme began.

In the first race of the day Rainbow had a great first beat and looked high and fast. They made it to the first mark in good shape along with Max and Hard Labour. However, they slightly underlaid and pinched for the mark, unable to tack due to the starboard boats coming in. They got in irons and stopped and the whole fleet sailed round them while they sat dead in the water. Starmaker, then Flashwave and Shortie went around the mark next with The V Team 6th.

The V Team gained downwind and got past Shortie and Flashwave, rounding the bottom mark just behind Starmaker.

Max led Hard Labour, but was to have their own drama at the first bottom mark. During the spinnaker drop the snapshackle failed at the head and the sail was released half way down and freefell to the deck. A strange situation which did not cost anything that run but did present a challenge on the next downwind. They used the second genoa halyard and ended up winning the race by 12 seconds from Hard Labour.

The V Team continued its comeback and eventually got past Starmaker on the last run to finish 3rd. Flashwave and Shortie were next and Rainbow never recovered from the issues at the first top mark.

Max spent the time between races with someone up the mast recovering the halyard.

In the second race of the day it was Hard Labour all the way finishing comfortably ahead of Max, who really only needed to finish one place behind for the last 2 races to take the regatta.

Rainbow recovered this race to finish 3rd after climbing back through the fleet. The V Team was 4th and Flashwave, Starmaker, Shortie and Penury completed the fleet With Starmaker just 4 seconds ahead of Shortie this was yet another difference of less than 5 seconds.

The wind had built to about 18 gusting 22 knots and the looming rain clouds were getting nearer on the horizon to the North. The sunscreen and t-shirts of yesterday were gone and there was definitely and winter chill and the prospect of getting wet.

It was The V Team’s turn for drama in the last race of the regatta. A few seconds before the start as everyone else’s genoa’s were being sheeted for full speed, theirs came crashing to the deck as the halyard snapshackle failed. The crew scrambled and used the second halyard to re-hoist the sail, but the fleet had gone by then and it was to be a catch up race for them.

Hard Labour got out in front and try as they might, they could not shake Max and force a boat between them, which is what they needed to win the regatta. Max held on for 2nd and took the series overall.

Shortie finished their regatta on a high with their best race of the weekend, sailing well and error free to finish 3rd, just 2 seconds ahead of The V Team who had done well to get back to 4th after the genoaless start.

Rainbow finished the regatta with a 5th to be 3rd overall and Flashwave edged Starmaker.

Shortie, Flashwave and Starmaker ended on the same points. Shortie got 5th on countback with their last race 3rd and Starmaker were 6th with a 4th. Flashwave and Penury filled the 7th and 8th positions respectively.

Accolades to the BBYC who ran a fantastic series and were great hosts on the Saturday night.

It was great to see a couple of boats stay at the club for the weekend – it made a whole social event out of the regatta too. Having Share Delight (Mike Lanigan) on the course on Sunday was great too. It was good to see interest in the racing from outside those competing.

See you all next year!









2021 AGM - Members invitation

Notice Of AGM - change of time - now 7:30pm


Farr 1020 Owners and Members are invited to attend the Farr 1020 Annual General Meeting on Saturday 12th June at 7:30.  The AGM will be held at Bucklands Beach Yacht Club.

2021 AGM Agenda

  • Apologies
  • Passing of minutes of last AGM
  • Last 12 months summary
  • Election of officers - This is critical as there are 3 vacancies to be filled in the form of:
    • Chairperson
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
  • Financial reports
  • Racing program for 2021/2022
  • Cruising/Social program
  • General Business


Please Note:

  • The association is in need of some key positions filled and support for the role's to keep the association going.
  • If you are unable to attend but would like to raise any general business matters then please email as per below
  • If you are unable to attend, please advise if you would like your apologies recorded


Restaurant and bar will be open prior to AGM. There is an association meal afterwards but please advise on the email below if you intend to have the meal as we need numbers for catering.

Please email to for

  • Meal numbers
  • Apologies
  • General business topics


Minutes of the meeting:


2021 Farr 1020 AGM  MINUTES - Saturday 12th June 7.30pm @ Bucklands Beach Yacht Club


Present: Tony Evans (Chair), Mike & Sheryl Lanigan, Peter Strathdee, Cameron Thorpe, Mike Paauwe, Roger Hudson, David & Hilary McKee, Peter & Dee Chipperfield, Mark Oliver, Phil Yuill

Apologies: Steve Barton, Ross Ardern, Andrew McDonald

Annual report: Quiet last year due to Covid restrictions and lack of appetite for meetings.

Class Champs currently being run successfully by BBYC with 8 yachts participating. Today’s results revealed 4 different yachts winning 1 race each – showing the success of Class racing.

Annual Accounts: presented and accepted – (Refer attached) noted a big reduction in membership but acknowledged there was no reminder to members, however there was good FB activity.

Committee members elected below with unanimous decision:

  • Chair/Co-ordinator (interim) – Mike Lanigan
  • Secretary (for AGM only) – Sheryl Lanigan
  • Treasurer – Roger Hudson
  • Measurer – Peter Strathdee
  • Webmaster – Mike Paauwe
  • Racing – Tony Evans
  • Cruising - Peter Chipperfield
  • Social & FB communications – Dee Chipperfield & Hilary McKee

General business:

Robust discussion was held around the purpose & format of the Class Assn moving forward. What is the relevance today? – Value in a class boat if members want to class race. Use electronic messaging for communications and zoom meetings as required.

Less formal titles, co-operative sharing but do need a lead person to be a co-ordinator and as collecting fees, also need a treasurer to keep not for profit status.

Other option to consider is winding up/closing down the Association and donating funds to e.g. youth yachting or other. Need to research constitution re details required, meantime continue status quo as Committee (interested group) above.

Suggested to start with closing PO Box and resigning National Class from YNZ (reduces outgoings)

Meeting closed after acknowledgement to Tony Evans for his efforts to date.


2021 Class Championships

The annual Class Championships will be held over the weekend of 12 and 13 June 2021



Schedule for the weekend:

Day Time Activity
Saturday 12 June 10:30am Race 1 scheduled
Saturday 12 June Back to Back Race 2 scheduled
Saturday 12 June Back to Back Race 3 scheduled
Saturday 12 June Back to Back Race 4 scheduled
Saturday 12 June 6pm Association Dinner. BBYC. All invited, even if you’re not racing in the championships 
Saturday 12 June 7:30pm Association AGM. BBYC - The executive room (Upstairs)
Sunday 13 June 10am Race 5 scheduled
Sunday 13 June 11:30 Race 6 scheduled - In conjunction with the King of the Strait series
Sunday 13 June Back to Back Race 7 scheduled - In conjunction with the King of the Strait series



FARR 1020 Class Championship Results Index (



Autumn 2021

After a crazy past 18 months and some loss on momentum in the association, we have at last got a class event planned.

It is the annual Class Championships which were not held in 2020.

The 2021 event will be held over the weekend of 12 and 13 June 2021

It is the same but different to the recent Championships.

It is to be managed by BBYC as it has done for recent events but will be held over one weekend, rather than split across a few weeks.

It is to be held in Tamaki strait - The same waters as course E from the America's cup.

The schedule has been done based on feedback from members and is also to try an get some class social aspect to the racing too

The plan is to have a dinner and AGM on the Saturday evening at BBYC.

Some berths are being worked on to accommodate visiting boats - please email the association email if you could require one.

The notice of race is at this link:

Farr1020 2021 Class Champs NOR

Please enter early to help with the planning of the event.


You can keep up to date on the Facebook page ( )


Key Dates and details -  Farr 1020 Class Champs:

Saturday 12 June 2021: 10:30am start - 4 races

Sunday 13 June 2021: 10:00am start - 3 races

Dinner and AGM: Saturday evening - details to come

Prize giving: Details to be confirmed

Entries closing: Monday 7 June 2021


Spring 2019

It has been a little while since the last update on the association.

We are still without a Class Chairman and would be keen to hear from anyone interested in taking on an administrative role in the association, even if it is not the Chairman role.

Of course over the winter there has been a number of races going on around the country. I would be keen to publish some racing reports on the website here so that all members are aware of the activity going on around the country

We had the class champs over 2 weekends in May and June and if you have not seen the results, it was fairly predictable with Max Headroom heading the fleet in all 4 races. They continue to set the racing benchmark.

The next 4 boats were quite close with good battles each race. The full results are published on the BBYC website:

The associate dinner was held on Saturday 12 October and BBYC. That was a great evening but attendance was a little lighter than we would have liked.


I am sure all owners are preparing boats for the summer. If you have done work on your boat over the winter please let us know and we can share your experience with other members.


In the new year we will organise the annual picnic which hopefully will actually happen this year.

If you have any other ideas for events in your area, please email us as we are always looking for ideas of interest to the members.


If you have tried to renew your membership recently or are trying to join for the first time, we have some issues with the website which we are getting addressed.

More news on this shortly.


Tony Evans

The V Team



2019 Farr 1020 Class Champs NOR

Get your entries in

Sunday 26 May & Sunday 23 June 2019

NOR - Click Here

Sailing Instructions - Click Here



Farr 1020 Picnic 2019 - 9 February

Picnic cancelled.  New date to be advised  

Destination is Rocky Bay - where the big white house is and the little jetty.


Be on the beach at midday.



Farr 1020 Picnic (1)


Annual Dinner & Prize Giving

All welcome!  Cruisers, Racers, Crew, Family & Kids!



Class Champs NOR & Entry Form

Sailing Instructions NOR and Entry form for 2018 Class Champs

Open & Restricted Divisions


Sailing Instructions  -  Click Here

NOR & Entry Form  -  Click Here





Auckland Anniversary Regatta

Well done to Galway Girl and Choice Transport for their awards in the Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta 2018.  

Nice work guys!



Farr 1020 Picnic

Great day once again!  Great turn out of 10 boats.  Looking forward to the next one!



2017 Farr 1020 Dinner

14 October 2017 from 5pm - Dinner, Class Champs Prize Giving and PIC Kite Draw




2017 Annual General Meeting

Notice Of AGM


Farr 1020 Owners and Members are invited to attend the Farr 1020 Annual General Meeting on Thursday 13th July at 7pm.  The AGM will be held upstairs at Bucklands Beach Yacht Club.



2017 AGM Agenda

  • Apologies
  • Passing of minutes of last AGM
  • Chairmans Report
  • Treasurers Report
  • Election of officers 
  • Racing program for 2017/2018
  • Cruising/Social program
    • PIC kite entries
  • General Business


We are looking for any members who would like to be involved with the committee in any capacity, specifically we are looking for a new treasurer this year if anyone would like to put their name forward.

If you are unable to attend but would like to raise any general business matters then let me know and I can table the items for discussion.

If you are unable to attend, please advise if you would like your apologies recorded

Restaurant and bar will be open prior to AGM



Farr 1020 Champs 2017 NOR

Click here for the NOR for the PIC Farr 1020 Champs 2017


Australian Regattas 2016/2017

Pantaenius Farr to Young Regatta

Early December saw 1020’s and Young 88’s come together on Sydney’s pristine cruising ground, Pittwater. Hosted by Royal Motor Club boats from Botany Bay and Sydney Harbour sailed north for the inaugural regatta. Chairman Craig flew over flying the association flag aboard Zahn. On arrival Griffin with Dim Houridis and crew joined Zahn in the Friday twilight racing quickly enjoying the shifty Pittwater conditions. Bill Ker off Arabesque from Brisbane flew in after a marathon Hong Kong, Port Morseby, Brisbane day to further enliven festivities. Day one of racing involved the Three Island Passage Race from Palm Beach around Lion, Dangar and Scotland Islands for a club finish.


Our start in a max 10 kts saw the 88’s and Sequel get away quickly. Foxing Griffin hoisted a brand new suite of sails nothing like their twilight robes and Alan Grundy and family on Farrst Company were true to name off the line. Our fleet quickly gathered up the earlier starting fleet to meet in the car park around Dangar, drifting around there until Juno Pt where Adam Baggett’s Tenspeed and Zahn often swapped positions in the shifty building 15-20 kts. Nobody could match Michael Doherty and Felicity Nelson’s however for speed, with Sequel showing her transom throughout for a resounding win.

Sponsor CUB opened the bar for post racing drinks and a few crews and families stayed on for the dinner at the Club.

Day 2 was another pearler with windward/ leewards planned on the pond off Clareville. It was close racing throughout and whilst Sequel was a clear standout in every race she was challenged closely by all on a number of occasions. The big kite on Griffin made her a big challenge on all the downwinds and Farrst Company was constantly in the marks mix. Placings swapped in each of the races leaving Zahn in second to Sequel with Tenspeed just a point adrift followed by Griffin and Farrst Company which suffered gear issues in the final race.


All in all everyone had a ball at a well run and welcoming club and are keen to go again this year with a potential rotating venue down the track. The trip up is a short but worthwhile one everyone agreed. A number of boats intended to participate put couldn’t due timing, so we can expect a much bigger fleet next time. The always competitive and well sailed 88’s kept it interesting and fun and are equally keen to go around again. Well done Felicity and Michael on Sequel for an emphatic run of bullets.


Article Courtesy of Seamus  -  Zahn


Sydney Harbour Regatta

Michael Doherty threw out the challenge so Zahn entered and joined Tenspeed in the Performance Spinnaker Division of the biggest keelboat regatta in Sydney with some 250 boats racing out of Middle Harbour Yacht Club the home of the Australian Sailing Team.

Sydney’s continuing run of lousy weather was sadly a feature of the weekend. Again Craig flew over (with his light S1 thank-you) for the regatta with Jenni keen but too busy sadly to join him on Zahn. The short 4 hour passage from Pittwater to Middle Harbour with Craig was in a sloppy soueasterly swell in constant showers and a belting squall when passing Manly where the Sydney 38’s were racing, saw some sailmakers and riggers smiling which was a portent for the weekend’s racing.

Saturday’s race one starting off Quarantine Beach near Manly in 10 to 12 kts with a pin favoured but brick challenging option was taken advantage of by Zahn getting a great start. Challenging rule interpretation was sometimes a feature of a race where shifts played their part in fluctuating breezes. The course west down the harbour around the cans to Rose Bay and back to Little Manly saw Zahn take the bullet and the fleet honours. Sadly the forecast deteriorated and already earlier days fleet breakages caused the PRO to call it a day.

Day 2 saw similar conditions in a slightly less swell wind building to some nasty bullets and exciting roundups in the fleets later. A harbour race for race one saw Sequel resuming her usual position out front, playing the shifts well. Tenspeed tussled with Zahn throughout with Zahn eventually gapping her in the latter part of the race. Zahn closed Sequel but with not enough left in the race was beaten. Conditions built for race 3 out of the west a direction known for strength and gusts. Sadly Air New Zealand’s early departure time from Sydney prevented Craig from doing race 3, which ended up being windward leewards into Balmoral from Quarantine. An interestingly set course and some big bullets caused some close shaves but yet again Sequel strutted her stuff to best Zahn and Tenspeed.

Overall Sequel finished second in the division of 25 odd boats with Zahn third and Tenspeed in fifth showing still how classy these 30 year old boats are against their shinier new rivals.

It would be great to see more Harbour 1020’s at this regatta next year and with 5 we would have our own start and division. Equally so next week’s Sail Port Stephens (a great fun and well run in/offshore regatta Zahn did last year is also a stunning cruising ground) is another good option next year especially allowing banana benders a shorter passage south to racing with the southerners.

 Article Courtesy of Seamus  -  Zahn



2017 Farr 1020 Picnic

What a great success it was with 10 boats coming along with crew, family & friends as well.

 Farr 1020 Picnic 2017


Dismasting of Acushla 2016

Acushla Dismasting 18th September 2016


It was the last race of the PHCC Winter series with a forecast of SW 25 to 35knots. The first leg was downwind so we set up with a conservative No 2 heavy Kevlar genoa and a double reefed main. We got a good start but were hampered soon after by broaching vessels with too much canvas up. However there were no contacts as we headed to the bottom mark at boat speeds of 10-11 knots with 35 knots apparent showing on the wind speed indicator.


At the bottom mark we hauled on the back stay pretty hard and started the upwind leg. The sea condition was reasonable for this wind strength and with a full race crew stacked out to windward we made a short port tack after the mark then tacked onto starboard to head to the Maraetai shore. With everyone settled for the long beat, a bit more on the back stay and vang, we were set for the ride to the top mark.


About 200 to 300 metres into the tack and showing a pretty steady 37 knots apparent with heavier gusts there was a loud bang as the inner weather stay parted and the top of the mast broke just below the spreaders followed by a second break at the gooseneck. The two pieces of mast plus the sails and rigging went straight over the leeward side with no harm to any of the crew.


Having a full healthy crew made retrieval possible although it was still a bit of a mission. We had the bolt cutters ready and could have cut away the rig had it not been possible to haul it all in and the sails aboard for the trip home. It took about an hour to get the rig in a condition to be able to motor while one of the race boats, another F1020 “Diamonds” with skipper/owner Peter Knight and his crew stood by to lend assistance if required. We still had VHF available via the hand held, and the secondary deck arial if we had needed to get Coastguard involved, but fortunately we did not.


Looking back had we been short handed we would have had to cut the rig free as it was just too hard to get the rig in again with only two three aboard.


We motored back to the marina, removed the rig plus the sails to shore ready for whoever was the chosen one to carry out the repairs. The main sail was removed from the spar with some effort over the ragged edges but had sustained relatively little damage. Although fully battened two battens were missing. The no 2 genoa is pretty bullet proof and that too had little damage but had again lost two battens.


The mast inspection showed that the top mast instruments, VHF  arial and mast head lighting had all gone and torn all the wiring out all of which had been replaced in 2013.


The offending stay had broken 40 mm inside the swage then pulled out with no signs of corrosion just wasting at the fracture site from tensile loading.


The boat was fully covered for racing with Mariner Ins via Vero and a claim was submitted immediately to start the ball rolling. An assessor was appointed, Chris Laird for Vero who advised who to get quotes from for the repair works. Sparloft Industries who are the F1020 spar suppliers were contacted plus others for quotes with Sparloft providing the best quotation. Other repairs were required to stanchions, life lines and toe rails for which a number of boat builders were contacted. However none of those contacted offered a quote but commented that replacing toe rails was very labour intensive requiring two or three men for a eight hour day to get one off plus the same to put back which when quoting made for an expensive job for little work. After discussing this with the assessor it was decided that my race crew and myself would undertake this work to offset some of the other costs that may be controversial.


The stays were last replaced thirteen years ago but the mast was last out in September 2013 for inspection and painting. At this time the stays were inspected with the rigging screws and dye penetrant tested for cracking and checked for broken strands and rust, nothing was found and all were returned to use.


The replacement mast was delivered to the marina 29th November and restepped. The rigging was set up temporarily and the wiring and arial reconnected the next day and the mast sealing completed. The mast tuning will be carried out over the next couple of weeks to get where I want it.


Working closely with Vero’s Chris Laird and Sparloft’s John Bennett we were able to reach a level of communication that satisfied all and got the job done with no major issues. Vero covered all the mast, rigging, instrument, lighting and wiring costs and allowed for the man hours my crew put in to replace the toe rail and stanchions supplied by Sparloft.


For those thinking of removing and resealing the toe rails, while it is a mission and requires three people and a good set of tools it is doable as a DIY job. I hope I never have to do it again though.



Jims new launch



The offending side stayEnd result



2016 Farr 1020 Championship

2016 Farr 1020 Championship

It was very disappointing to have only four entries for the Jack Tar Regatta sailed during the weekend of the 19th & 20th March. This meant without six entries we were unable to race for the Farr 1020 Nationals. Also the class could not have its own division or separate start and so were relegated to race in the C division.

C division was made up of a mix of eleven similar sized boats from a Farr 1104 to Young 88s. It was decided the 1020s would have their own race within this division, for the class championship. A big thanks to the owners and the crews of Azure, Rainbow, Rawhide and Nirvana who made the effort to prepare their boats and turned out for some good close racing.

The weather forecast early in the week did not look good, with 25-35 knot winds predicted from the east and rain. As it turned out we had very little rain, and winds about 25-27 knots, and at times a chopping sea.

Race area was east of Bean Rock up towards Motukorea Channel. Four divisions starting on this the inner course, the first being the 8.5 multihulls, followed by the MRXs, sailing the Pacific Keelboat Champs, with three crews, from overseas, the 1020s and then the sport boats, the multis and the MRXs sailing a slightly longer course.

This made for some exciting sailing when beating to windward and having to dodge the multis and sports boat planning downwind at breakneck speeds. 

Prior to the start of race one, we were all tossing up on sail selection and with the winds predicted to increase I think all the 1020s started with their No 2s, the wind did moderate at one stage and out came the No1s. Four races were held on Saturday and five on Sunday.

There was no clear go fast machine, amongst the 1020s, with some very competitive sailing and some very close finishes. Unfortunately Rainbow was unable to finish in two races due to gear damage.

Thanks to my being able to re-enlist the services of my experienced crew, Azure came out the winner with three wins and the Championship for 2016 and a lot of the silver.

Big thanks must go the Jack Tar, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Bucklands Beach Yacht for the briefing, after sailing get together and the prize giving.

As an association it is good to get the 1020s out sailing racing or cruising and I would encourage all owners to consider taking part in some of future events coming up

Peter Strathdee, Azure


No 1 Spinnaker Give Away

We have been generously given a brand new kite by PIC Marine Insurance who has been a long and generous sponsor of many yaching regattas through out New Zealand.  If you are looking for a quote on your insurance then make sure you give them the opportunity to quote by visiting

We are going to use this at a few PIC sponsored regattas starting from 1 October 2016 through until 31 October 2017, more details on these to follow closer to the time

At the Association dinner in November 2017 the spinnaker is then going to be given away to a lucky NZ based boat by lucky Draw.  If the first boat drawn is not a NZ based boat then that boat will receive $250 cash from the association boats will be drawn until the first NZ Based boat is drawn

The winner if based within 150km of BBYC must be presant at the Dinner to claim the prize otherwise the winner will be notified via email

Entry to the draw is under the following conditions

  1. Any race or series of races (including summer cruising series) organised by a recognised yacht club will be eligible with series results being sent to including boat Name and Design
  2. 2-3 1020's in the fleet qualifies for .5 points
  3. 3-9 1020's qualifies for 1 point
  4. 9+ 1020's qualifies for 1.5 points
  5. Bonus point for any PIC sponsored major regatta or series regardless of entries i.e Coastal, Gold cup, Waikawa Regatta, Coastal.