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Centreboard Division

General Sailing Instructions
Centreboard Programme
Racing results

Information for Green Fleet

Welcome aboard for our latest sailing season! We hope that families and their sailors will meet new friends and have a thoroughly enjoyable season with us. Progress will be made by those who listen to advice and put in their best efforts when on the water.

Green Fleet Criteria

A sailor is eligible to sail in the green fleet until he/she has finished in the top 3 in any two major* regattas, has finished in the first half at the Nationals or has been sailing for more than 2 years. *A fleet of 15 or more sailors ranks as a major regatta.

Sunday Race Day

Racing is held each Sunday and occupies the whole day. Three racing courses are available – River Mouth, Eastern Beach and South of Sandspit. Generally we sail in the first 2 locations, depending on tide and wind. Bucklands Beach Yacht Club is fortunate to have this ability to choose from 3 courses, which provide a variety of locations and conditions. Occasionally, visits to other venues will be announced. Usually 4 back-to-back races are held each Sunday on trapezoid or windward/leeward courses. At the day’s briefing, instructions for the courses will be explained, as found in the centre section of the Year Book. Prior to the briefing session, there are opportunities to mingle, assist each other in rigging and to learn from other sailors. It is here that new friendships may be formed.


The racing series is divided into 4 blocks – Spring Series, Pre-Xmas Series, New Year Series, Autumn Series. At the end of each series an informal prize giving is held on the deck of BBYC. Families are invited to attend a BBQ and an opportunity to extend friendships with others. Interest is added by sailing remote control model yachts. Acknowledgement is made of sailor place-getters and/or those who have made great progress. Points are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placing’s in any series. The better the sailor does the less points are awarded. So at the end of the season it is those with the lowest points who are considered winners. Should a sailor not attend a race day then he/she gets penalised by receiving extra points.
End of Season Official Giving is held on a Saturday in May each year.

Racing Rules

Racing is governed by the racing rules publication – Yachting New Zealand Racing Rules of Sailing and Safety Regulations 2005-2008. Sailors intending to race seriously need a copy, which may be purchased from BBYC office.

Centreboard Notice Board

This is located at the BBYC building’s entrance forecourt and is used to inform sailors and families of up and coming events, race results, changes in sailing instructions for the day, or change of venue as specified in the programme.
Suggested Clothing for Sailors: Proper clothing is essential, as energy loss through improper clothing has the effect of draining the sailor mentally and physically. Warm clothing, wetsuit, lycra product, spray jacket (must), wet shoes, gloves, hat, buoyancy vest, sunscreen, lunchbox and drink.
*Additional spare clothing can be carried in a Patrol Boat and should be in a labelled plastic bag with drink and food.