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Commodore's Comment

Hello All
The year is racing by and daylight saving kicks in in a months time. Now is the time to be catching up on those boat maintenance issues to ensure you can enjoy the summer months with piece of mind. As Coastguard recommend - “A boat requires maintenance throughout the year but if you have neglected your vessel over winter it needs to be checked thoroughly before heading out on the water, this summer. Coastguard recommends skippers should get boat engines serviced at least once a year. They should also check batteries, fuel line, oil, propeller, water pump and other hardware frequently."
Please remember that the hardstanding charges increase November and December if these tasks include making use of the hardstanding.
Subs are due now - please remember that to be eligible to vote at the AGM (7th October)  your sub must be paid in full by that time.
A large General Meeting was held on 4th August where the dinghy lockers and yard redevelopment was discussed. The meeting was advised that nothing would be happening with the dinghy lockers until the yard plan was finalised. That plan would involve replacing the travellift fingers as they have structural issues and would need replacing in approx 5 years. In an informal vote the commitee received a mandate to:
  • explore a joint venture with the marina company to develop the yard.
  • the redevelopment is to separate the travel lift operation from the trailer boat ramp
At the AGM it is proposed to present further details on these points and have a formal vote on our way forward, including a decision on the joint venture and where to site the travel lift and railer boat ramp.
Please support our Blue September quiz night on 7th September. A great night is planned with Ian Klinac as our MC, silent aucion and Frank Bunce as a Guest Speaker.
Look forward to seeing you at your club.

Mike Quayle

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Upcoming Events For Your Diary

September 2nd - WInter series Racing
September 2nd - Fathers Day - Dads eat for half price at the Yachtsman Restaurant
September 7th - Blue September Fund Raising Quiz (Prostate Cancer Research)
September  22nd - Blues band (Blue note donation)
October 7th - AGM of the Mana Cruising Club
October 13th - Opening Day of the Mana Cruising Club
October 27th - Oktoberfest

Please put these dates in your diary, we would love to see your support for these club events.

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From the Editors

There's lots to look forward this month with a quiz night and guest speaker - Frank Bunce, on 7th September. Book your quiz night tickets now as there are only a few left! Contact Cathy in the office. On this occasion a number of other people have assisted Menno to plan, organise and arrange all the pieces to make this a fun filled evening. Also in aid of Blue September there will be a Blues Band on Saturday 22nd - Blue note donations to  Prostate Cancer research, so pop in and enjoy the music.
Volunteers are often needed to help coordinate some of our social events. If you have an idea or something you would like to arrange at the club or would be happy to help out please let Menno know (email him at  This is not an ongoing commitment, just occasional helpers.
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Committee Corner
Each month we will highlight the issues/significant decisions made by the committee at that month’s meeting. The first Thursday of the month club night will have an “open mike” session where members can ask the commodore/committee any questions arising from these items.
Issues from the August meeting:
  • Year end financials, which were approved to be sent to the Auditor.
  • Start to look at pricing for yard development options - broad costing ideas
  • Sell courtesy van - to be auctioned off at quiz night 
  • 2 Travel lift tires replaced
  • Kitchen upgrade planned during Christmas period.
Please bring your questions for the committee to the first Thursday of the month Club night (6th September). Alternatively you can contact the committee members via the email addresses below; (Mike) for general ideas and feedback. for general business and to ask questions to be put to the committee at meetings. (Allan) - Rear Commodore, Yard for queries/information about the yard area. (Menno)  for front of house queries and social events (Cathy) for membership information and payments, general business. - (Colin) for all bookings for the travel lift and general queries about the yard area.

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Winter Series Sailing

During racing on 19th August the following drone footage captured the boats on the water. Many thanks to Jono Vautier for sharing this. (Copy and paste this link into your web browser.)
We had a slow start to the series this year with 3 race days postponed unfortunately there were two races scheduled for each of these which meant we lost 6 races. The last race day we completed two races, so we are one race away from having a series (6 Races are required) However we still need 3 races for the Mark Elmers as we didn’t have enough boats and the last two races were abandoned.
There are two more race days left in the series.
Next Race Days
Both days we will be running two Races back to back
Sunday 2nd September  1115Hrs Briefing 1245Hrs Start
Sunday 23rd September 1100Hrs Briefing 1230Hrs Start
The prize giving will be held on the 23rd September at 1100Hrs.  You don’t need to have been sailing to come along and join in.

Relling Cup results to date;
Rank Name Helm NHC1 R1 R2 R3 R4 R7 Total
1 Erotic Albie Playford .748 1.00 1.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 9.0
2 Fidlers Green Wayne Roberts .784 2.00 2.0 4.0 4.0 7.0DNC 20.0
3 Warrior Andy/Andy .691 7.0DNC 4.0 1.0 3.0 7.0DNC 22.0
4 Eliot Ness Bruce Bradey .748 7.0DNC 7.0DNC 7.0DNC 1.0 2.0 24.0
5 XTSea Chris McCarthy .800 7.0DNC 3.0 3.0 4.0 7.0DNC 24.0
6 Ripon Bye Phil McDowal .748 7.0DNC 7.0DNC 7.0DNC 5.0 1.0 27.0

Mark Elmers Trophy results to date;
Rank Name Helm NHC1 R1 R2 R7 Total
1 Moonlight Express Kevin Beach .695 14:05:56 14:20:30 13:05:51 3.00
2 Zingara Hugh McCrae .749 14:12:16 DNC 13:06:15 13.00
3 Lady of Avenel Jonathan Vantier .700 DNC DNF DNC 21.00
4 Vesper Dave Charlmers .739 DNC DNC 13:10:52 21.00
5 Moon Magic Dan Middleton .669 DNS DNC DNC 22.00
6 Kimihia Brian Romeril .711 DNC DNC DNC 27.00
6 Mistral Mark Anderson .740 DNC DNC DNC 27.00
6 Taraa MMMMM Harry   DNC DNC DNF 27.00

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A Brief History of 40 South Boat Building and Cruising Club  (From Brian Eames)

A group of dedicated boaties started the 40 South Boat Building and Cruising Club in 1976, a time when boat building in New Zealand and a lot of other countries was really booming. As well as all the commercial builders, there were backyard builders busy on projects all around the country, some with large boats under construction in the most unlikely places.

There was a lot of activity in Hawkes Bay and they had a ferrocement boat builders club going very successfully over there which I had joined. With the chandlery business I had started, I soon made contact with a number of builders in our Manawatu area, and a few of us decided why not form a club locally. We had no base or clubrooms. Just a president and secretary, who also looked after the finances. Not a big job with a $2 sub.

Everyone building a boat knew someone else with a similar project, often the person they got the inspiration from, to start their boat, so the membership increased and spread to Wanganui, Levin, Hunterville and further. Then others in the area who already had a boat also joined up.

Meetings were held most months and the venue was a members home or yard where they had a boat building project under way. The marine equipment manufacturers and importers in Auckland all had reps. travelling down here regularly, and they were always willing to talk to the Club and share knowledge and promote their products.

In the early days, some of us were optimistic enough to think we would be launching our boat in a couple of years, and we should get a mooring in the ‘Sounds’. So a few of us put in $10 each, acquired some heavy ground chain in a sly cash deal at Wellington port, then managed to get it on the Picton ferry luggage truck, freight free delivered to McManaways who then got it to the Marlborough Harbour Board depot. And in due course they placed our mooring in Shakespear Bay. Total cost about $150. Our first mooring.

The boat building activity slowly tapered off as boats were eventually launched, some projects completed in just a couple of years, but most taking many years longer than originally planned. Around this time we started having some meetings at the old Café de Paris hotel in Palmerston Nth. and a few other venues. Then with the opportunity to buy or establish more moorings with funds from the Lion Foundation and others, we got the Club registered as a incorporated society. Many of our members now have boats in Mana Marina and are also members of the Mana Cruising Club. And a good number of our members are now from the Mana area.

We have always endeavoured to stay pretty informal, but now with our moorings, we do have to get involved in resource consent and compliance issues, and of course manage our Club assets. May 40 South remain a friendly little social group of boaties, regardless of being builders, cruisers, fishers or just with nautical interests.

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New Members

A very warm welcome to our new members listed below.  We know you will enjoy both the great facilities the club has to offer and the events organised by your committee.

Surname      First Name                 Suburb                     Boat Name                 Boat Type
Viljoen         Louis & Cecily            Trentham                  TBA    
Gibson         Brendon & Liz            Tawa                        TBA                             Trailer Craft
Gibson         Richard & Rebecca    Whitby                     TBA                             Trailer Craft
Turnock        Dave                         New Lynn                 Pelorus                        Launch
Enachescu    Eduard                     Whitby                     Mares Cat                     Cat
Wright          Simon & Adelle         Waikanae Beach     Antipodean Searcher    Yacht
Irving            Daniel                      Camborne                TBA                               Trailer Craft

Surname        First Name         Suburb       Boat Name          Boat Type
Fergusson      Ryan & Sarah    Levin          Fish n Trips         Trailer Craft
Surname         First Name      Suburb        
McGillivray      Rachel            Paekakariki        
Clark               Doug               Titahi Bay       


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Buy, Sell, Exchange

This space is for members to advertise "Buy, Sell and Exchange"  boating related items.  No more than maximum of sixty words can be accepted.   Please don't forget to include a picture and your contact details. Email your advert to

From Rusty Duffy;  Mooring for rent,recently inspected and approved by Wellington Regional Council.  Situated westbound from the FV Streaker, south side of the harbour .

Contact  0274438105 or email

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