Club News

We'd love to see you at the club on Sundays. Check out what is happening on the club Calendar and see if you can come along. We'll endeavor to fit you into the fleet no matter what your level. If you are interested learning more about racing please contact the Club Captain. There are plenty of opportunities to get more involved in this aspect of the sport.

Sunburst and Farr 3.7 Auckland champs.
The Auckland champs for Sunbursts and Farr 3.7s was held at Pt Chev on the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of April.
Thanks to the Volunteers and Duty crew, they did a great job rescuing and towing. With ~ 28 Sunbursts and ~6 Farr 3.7 on the water, we needed all the help we could muster with the strong blustery winds. 15-20 Knots Saturday (one big gust ~ 25 knots) and 12- 20 knots Sunday made for challenging/trying conditions Show cased Point Chevalier at it’s best. 1st Point Chev boat was Don Oliver -13th place.

North Island Opti Champs - Taupo 10 - 12 November
Another typical Taupo weekend.
One day no wind, one day 25kn and freezing, one day big shifts.

115 in Open, 29 in Green.
Emma G and Catherine both qualified GOLD! To put in context, only 4 kids in Gold weren’t at Napier (C & E were 2 of them), and only 3 Greenies from Napier made Gold (1,2 & 7). Emma finished 56 and Catherine 58, and were 13 & 15 out of 27 Girls.
It was a great effort in some tough conditions.

The Green fleet only sailed 3 races on the Sunday in drifting conditions. They were kept ashore on the Saturday.
Ed       8th             4 points out of 2nd
Harry    14
Mirai   15
Hinata  17
Luke    24
Gina    25

Club cup day video
This video was a while in the works so I forgot to followup and post it... (Thanks to Michael Stephen).

Winchamps at Murrays Bay.
School Holidays and other conflicts meant only 2 PCSC sailors got to the Winter Champs at Murrays Bay. This regatta was held over 3 days with the sailors racing in consistent 15-20 knot winds on the Sunday and fantastic conditions the other 2 days. Catherine Gravit sailed a great first ever Open regatta to place 39 out of 55 entrants. Edward Gravit had 2 good days and came 9th in the Opti Green Fleet.

AIMS Games
95 Year 7 & 8 Optimist sailors converged on Tauranga in September to sail at AIMS Games, including 4 from PCSC. The regatta was held in bitterly cold conditions with frequent squalls over 25kn, and contrasting calms as the weather cells sucked away the breeze. This made it tough sailing for the kids, many of whom were sailing in their first regatta with the faster Open Fleet sailors. Sam Scott continued his good form to place 26th in Gold Fleet, and Emma Gentry had a great regatta to finish 36th. Catherine Gravit just missed qualifying for Gold Fleet but then had a great last day to finish 2nd in Silver Fleet. Arabella Tuck found the conditions pretty tough but held her own to finish 13th in Silver fleet and 61 / 95 overall.

Holiday program - term 3 school holidays.

The weather could have been better... Excellent on day 1, becalmed in the morning of day 2 then blown out in the afternoon, too strong for everyone but a brave few on day 3 and then too much for the small kids on day 4. Still the LTS 2/3 kids and bigger beginers got a reasonable amount of time on the water and a lot of progress was made and a lot of fun was had.

Special thanks to Campbell, Matt, Sam R, Zac and Cameron for all coaching and patrol boat work. Thanks also to the parents that helped with supervision, launching, cooking of sausages and all the other things you did!

Some photos can be found here -

2017 Winter series

Following light winds for winter 1 and 2, winter 3 and 4 were been cancelled because of high winds and winter 5 completed fairly light winds.

Junior results are here and senior results here.

Congratulations to Sam S in Opti Div1, Fraser in Opti Div2 and Sam Mc in Starlings. 

2017 Autumn series Junior and Senior results posted

Final results for both Junior and Senior racing.

2017 Summer series junior results posted

Congratulations to Optimist sailors Sam Scott, Quinn and Emma B and Starling sailors Matt, Sam Richardson and Zak Benson. Full results here.

It is also great to see new names appearing with Oliver Scott, Nikolai and Fraser who all started LTS1 in term 4 2016. Olly and Cam appear in both Opti's and Starlings as they have progressed to Starlings during this series.

2017 World Masters Games

Well done to the 4  Pt Chev Laser Masters who competed in the World Masters Games in April. With 10 races over 5 days, and with winds ranging from <5 to 20+ knots, the regatta was a true test of sailing abilities, and attracted a very hot fleet from all over the world.

In the Laser Radial fleet, Cub Secretary Kirsty MacDonald finished 7th in her age group, and John Beckett 14th in his age group. In the Standard rig fleet, Junior coach Jono Gravit continued his good form with a 17th place in his 33 strong age group, and Rob Waddell finished 33rd in the Grand Masters division, the largest of the regatta.

The World Masters Games are staged every 4 years, and the 2021 competition will be held in Wakayama, Japan.

2017 Optimist Nationals

4 Pt Chev sailors made the trek to Napier for the Nationals. Sailed in a range of conditions, and with a 5 metre swell on one day, it was a tough introduction to Open fleet racing for Quinn, Cam, and Zac.

Congratulations to Sam Scott who finished 4th in Bronze Fleet. Roll on Picton in 2018!

Pictures from Term 1 Learn to sail

Friday Starlings

Friday night Greenfleet epic adventure
I'm hoping that one of the sailors might write this up. In the meantime, here are photos from the Friday Green fleet destination sail
They sailed from Pt Chev to Westhaven...

Juniors meet Grant Dalton
On Thursday night, a number of kids got to hear and meet Grant Dalton at the home of the Hawke Sea Scouts. They were having a fundraiser and invited Pt Chev juniors along.
Thanks very much to the Hawke Sea Scouts.

Club working bee...
Thanks to everyone who turned out to help today. We...
  • Made a scoria filled drain down the side of the building (which got some testing before the end of the day),
  • Built the frame to stack the new RIB
  • Cleaned up the building where it had been tagged,
  • Oiled the wood on the sliding doors and window shutters,
  • Removed the rust and painted the foot of the pillar beside where the Optis live,
  • Put padding on the gear locker door to protect the starlings on the mezzanine,
  • Ate hot cross buns
  • and found a dead stingray...
And yesterday, the jagged, rusty hole was cut away from the end of the handrail.

Auckland Girls Regatta / Womens Laser Championships.
7 sailors competed in 3 classes.
  • In Green Fleet Opti, Catherine Gravit came in 1st with a very convincing 3 wins a 3rd. Emma Gentry was the second Pt Chev sailor finishing in 4th place. Also competing in Green Fleet were Alice Drury (13th), Emma Benson (15th) and Gina Gruger Storz (16th)
  • Arabella Tuck had her first shot in Open Opti and was pretty happy with her performance on the bigger course waaaay off the beach.
  • In the Women's Laser Kirsty MacDonald had a great day and finished 4th.
  • The girls were also happy to see their coach, Sam Stock, take out the Starling class with 4 straight wins!
As well as the lei, the girls also got a rose, a cupcake and goodie bag.

OKI 6 hour success.
Two teams competed in the Optimist 6 hours race at Lake Pupuke yesterday. Congrats to Cameron, Zac and Quinn for second place in the green fleet. Also to Catherine, Arabella and Emma G who were the top girls team!
OKI trophies

Congratulations also to Kirsty and team (Chantal Grass and Shaaron McKee from Panmure Lagoon) who sailed the 24 hours laser race. They sailed 75 laps to come 22nd.
Jono Gravit sailed his first OKI in 28 years finishing 4th in Masters by 3 boat lengths (11th overall). He sailed with a couple of Murray's Bay sailors, completing 80 laps. 

Cup Weekend a Huge Success.
Pt Chev sailing completed a great weekend of racing over the weekend of 18/19 February.
On the Seniors course nearly 30 boats sailed six races over the 2 days. While the Zephyrs had their own start, over 10 Lasers, 4 Sunbursts, and other dinghies and cats sailed together in perfect conditions. Congratulations to Ross Bannon in the Zephyrs and Doug Anderson in the Open Fleet for winning their divisions.
The Juniors had over 30 Starling and Optimists sailors join in over the weekend. Some of these sailors had never sailed a race before, and with the help of on-water coaches, were soon sailing alongside the more experienced kids. Matt Metson won the Starlings, Quinn Brown was first in the Optimist Open Division, with Catherine Gravit first girl. Madeline Moffat was first in the Optimist Green Fleet.
Thanks to all the parents who helped and offered their boats over the weekend, and to Kim Admore from Yachting New Zealand who came to help with the race management. 
Thanks also to BURNSCO for their sponsorship of the event. 

2017 Optimist and Starling Champs.
2 Starling and 5 Opti sailors attended the Auckland Champs sailed over 3 days at Murrays Bay during Anniversary Weekend. The junior Pt Chev sailors were determined to continue their good form from before Christmas, and achieve new personal bests in this highly competitive event.
In the Starling Open fleet, Matt Metson and Sam Richardson were both sailing their first regatta in the top division. Both sailors improved as the weekend went on, and had their best races on the final day. Matt finished 52nd, and Sam 61 in a tough fleet.
In Opti Green, we had high hopes of performing well, and came away with great results from all the sailors. Zac Floyd finished 4th overall and 2nd in his age group. Sam Scott was 7th, and won two races. Daniel Neeley finished 12th and brought along the family keeler as their accommodation for the weekend. Catherine Gravit sailed her first ever full regatta to finish 16th and 4th girl. In addition Edward Gravit decided he wanted to become a racing sailor. Despite it being his first ever racing weekend, and missing the first day of racing, he came a well deserved 44th.
Here are some pictures from the weekend.

Laser Nationals January 2017.
Well done to the 3 Pt Chev members and Manager Ian Dobson who made the trek to Taupo for the 2017 Laser Nationals. With fresh snow on Mt Ruapehu, and two days racing in over 20knots of wind, it was a tough regatta against an experienced fleet, including several current and past World Champions.
John Beckett finished 20th overall and 8th Master Radial. Kirsty MacDonald placed 25th and 2nd Women’s Master Radial, and regular visitor Murray Gauld placed 27th.
In the Masters Standard Rig division, Jono Gravit placed 24th, and 11th Master.
Well done to all, and good luck with your preparations for the World Masters Games in April 2017

Great result at Sir Peter Blake Regatta.
A new club record of 14 sailors entered the SPBR over the weekend of 3-4 December. While racing on Saturday was affected by the lack of wind, the kids didn't mind, they were having a great time hanging out!
Eventually the breeze came and 5 races were completed. The continued growth in the junior programme was shown in our strong representation in the Green fleets. 10% of the sailors in the 100 strong Opti fleet and 2 podium finishes in the Starling Green fleet show how the sailors are progressing.
Well done to Sam S 6th, Daniel 19, Cam 21, Quinn 23, Zac 26, Adam 51, Arabella 63, Catherine 65, Emma G 66, and Emma B 84th in the 100 boat Opti Green fleet.
Starling Green was a great result for PCSC with Zak 1st, Matt 3rd and Sam R 13th.
Oliver showed his experience and finished 76th in the 91 boat Opti Open division.
It was great to see Garth Brown at the regatta. His wisdom and enthusiasm has helped many of the competing sailors, and it is wonderful to see him recovering from his recent illness.
Thanks too to the parents who devoted their time to supporting their children while they competed.
Pictures from the second day.

Holiday Sailing programme.
The holiday course enjoyed two bright sunny days before things went cloudy and drizzly but was very successful. Four Starlings and twelve Optimists sailed each day doing lots of drills and having a lot of fun. The improvements made by some were huge! Especially among the girls who look like they could be challenging for top honours in the coming Spring series!
Special thanks to Jonathan Gravit for organising this, to Brent Metson and Zac Stock who worked with the Starlings and all the parents you helped with boats and Caroline who fed us at the end of each session!

Winter Series
Not as much racing as anyone would have liked this winter. Full days on Winter 1 and 5 only with 2 days cancelled because of high winds and one because of none.
Junior results are posted on the results page. Seniors to come.

Away trip.
6 Opti sailors visited Lake Pupuke Yacht Club this weekend. Unfortunately, there was almost no wind which made for a very long race as the course was set over the whole length of the lake. When the second race was set to start, Emma B, Emma G, Madeline and Catherine opted instead, to cruise across the lake to visit a park. Only Zac F was able to summon the necessary Zen-like concentration for another marathon trip to the western end of the lake and back.
It makes for quite a different spectator experience with the race start right at the waters edge and the parents able to offer encouragement and instruction.

Autumn Series
The Autumn series ended early when round 4 of the series was cancelled due to bad weather. Results are on the results page.

Recent Regattas
Pt Chev had a busy month in April hosting the 2016 Auckland Womens Laser Champs and 2016 Sunburst Auckland Champs.

2016 Cup Day
View results on the Cup Day 2016 page.

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LTS1 sailors pull into Pt Chevalier Beach, Pre Christmas, 2014
LTS1 sailors pull into Pt Chevalier Beach while Laser racers undertake drills behind headland. Pre Christmas, 2014