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Commodore's Comment

Hello All
As my term as commodore is coming to an end, it is timely to reflect on the state of the club.
The Annual Report for 2018  shows that the club remains in a healthy state, with membership levels at an all-time high (930). This increase in membership relies on 2 factors, retention of the existing membership base and recruitment of new members. Membership growth has been steady over the past 4 years, and while we all have our own perceptions of what the club should or should not be providing (I personally would love to see the wardroom and restaurant packed out every night) this growth suggests that the services the club are providing are appealing to both existing and new members.
But there is always room for improvement, and I am confident that with the calibre of the people nominated for the incoming committee, improvements will be evident.
The future holds some significant challenges for the club, especially in relation the need to take action on the travel lift fingers and the opportunity to redevelop the yard. The committee have a lot of work ahead of them and some significant decisions need to be made as to the best way forward. In this regard the committee will need all members to make themselves aware of the proposals and provide feedback, direction and support as to how best progress the redevelopment. It must be remembered that while the committee can make the necessary decisions, the members hold the ultimate authority and power by way of their ability to hold the committee to account through the General Meeting process.
Finally, I would like to thank all those who have served on the committees I have been involved with. The overall result of the willingness of the participants to give back to the club and provide service to the membership coupled with the power of the collective knowledge, sharing of ideas and mutual support provided is an example of the power of synergy and what can be achieved by a motivated group.
Thank you for the opportunity to be your commodore over the last 2 years.

Mike Quayle

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Upcoming Events For Your Diary

Sunday 30th September - Buffet breakfast $15 per person 1030 hours, followed by Rugby on the big screen - ABs vs Pumas - live from Argentina.

October 7th - AGM of the Mana Cruising Club - 4pm

October 13th - Opening Day of the Mana Cruising Club guest speaker, Alex Hare.
In 2017 Alex trained for a year to prepare to race as part of Team UNICEF a 70 foot yacht against 12 other yachts across the Atlantic Ocean twice from Liverpool United Kingdom to Punta Del Este Uruguay to Cape Town South Africa, part of the Clipper Round the World race. Alex begun sailing in 2015 at the RPNYC.
Alex will be speaking about the experience of learning to race, living at sea with a crew originally strangers aged 22-74 and the ups and downs of the Atlantic.
Her experience was to raise awareness for child poverty and could not have been achieved without a remarkable group of people and support from local businesses and people in New Zealand and in particular Wellington.The formalities will be followed by some refreshments and leading into dinner and music for the evening.
October 27th - Oktoberfest - Find your dress-up outfits now!

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

Thank you to everyone who supported the Blue September fund raisers with the Quiz night and Blues Band.  Both events contributed to the grand total raised.  
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
 This month we have included a short introduction to the nominees for the next years committee. These willing volunteers are up for election at the AGM. If anyone else is interested in joining the committee nominations can be taken from the floor on the day. There is still a vacancy for the role of secretary so please if you are interested come along and nominate yourself at the AGM of 7th October, starting at 4pm.

Nominations for committee members;

Menno Oortgisen. I am a trailer boat owner, who really needs to get out fishing more… I enjoy the clubroom environment and helping where I can to get people involved in social activities to build a better boating community.  I have been on the committee for 4 years, with 2 years as the rear commodore for house.  I am also a committee member for the Mana Coastguard unit, assisting the relationship between the Cruising Club & the Coastguard.  I enjoy the challenges the club deals with, and the support from its members as a club.
Steve Lange. I own a launch and have been a member of the club since 2010. I have owned various businesses since I was 23 years old. These businesses have been in the retail tyre industry, agricultural industry and hospitality industry.  I've been on the committee for two years and as such I'm very keen to continue.

John Drayton. I have been a member of the Mana Cruising Club for the past 8 years, I own a launch located on C Pier. I have worked in the Telecommunications/IT sector for the past 25 years in various Sales and Management roles, I am currently Country Manager for a US Software company. Due to work commitments I have not been able to contribute much time to the Club but am now in a position where I would like to “give back” the support and camaraderie I have enjoyed since joining.

Bruce Paulsen. I have been a member of MCC for many years. I have had a number of boats including a yacht & launch. I own Paremata Auto Services which is a club sponsor and i have served on the committee last term. I am looking to get the yard sorted for the benefit of all members.

Ted Nation.  I have been a member of the Mana Cruising Club for 18 years. I am also a member of Mana Aquatic Divers and have been a Director of the Mana Marina Company for seven years until 2013.
Being in the Commercial Construction Industry I am keen to be involved with the Cruising Club and continue the good work of the Committee.

Scott Wilson.  I have been involved in recreational boating activities from my early days growing up in Titahi Bay.  I’m passionate about our club and marina and enjoy what it has to offer.   It’s my time because I have the time to put something back.  I have had two berths at Mana and one at Waikawa and used the hard stand/yard facilities many times.  I most recently ran my own farming business in Marlborough and prior to that was involved in business in Wellington for 30 years.  I have been an MCC member for about 20 years. I have much to learn about the management of our yard and want to be involved in the development of the strategic plan for every ones benefit.

Nomination for Treasurer;
Virginia Green. I have been a member of the club  for over 10 years and Treasurer for one year .  My husband and I owned a small business for 28 years which we sold last year.  My background is in accounts and food.  I'm very keen to continue on the committee to support the club to achieve its goals.

Nomination for Commodore;
Allan Davidson. I’m a launch & trailer boat owner, having been a MCC member since the 1990’s & committee member since October 2014. Currently Rear Commodore Yard since October 2016, initially under John Setter and then Mike Quayle & worked closely with Mike on yard restructure planning. I am standing for Commodore to ensure continuity of progressing the process started under Mike, to support our flag officers and committee improving our infrastructure and facilities to the benefit of our membership. An employer of trade and engineering staff for over 35 years in construction industry with Marine and Environmental experience, with design roles in major construction projects, I am able to bring practical business experience to managing our facilities and look forward to being part of our clubs progress.

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; 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

A huge thanks to our sponsors Please support them

  • Jason Clark  Clark&co
  • Todd  from Seaview Sails
  • Burnsco Marine and Leisure

Thanks to all Helpers
On the water
Kevin Shoebridge and Mark Greene, with their ability to set fanatic course’s, with true Windward leeward beats, and other helpers that come out and assist pulling up the Buoys That can be very challenging at times
Off the water
Start Box
The Start crew:-- Neil Gibbons, Anne Beach and Ron Lovell – Ron also maintains the  Buoys and Tessa for her help with the Sailing programme and sailing results
The After match crew
Linda and the bar staff for feeding and watering us when we get back to the Club House
Cups and trophies awarded this year for the Winter Series.  We have had a reduced number of boats on the water this year and the weather at times was not ideal for sailing and racing.

Lombard Log - Best Overall Participation Winter/Summer   -  Zingara

Line Honours – Winter Series – Two Handed Division  -  Moonlight Express

Mark Ellmers Trophy – Winter Two Handed Series
3rd  Vesper
2nd Zingara
1st Moonlight Express

Brass Monkey Trophy – Line Honours Winter Series Fully Crewed  -  Erotic
Relling Cup – Winter Series Fully Crewed Series 
3rd Eliot Ness 
2nd Fiddlers Green 
1st Erotic
I would like to thank all the skippers and crew for participating this year and look forward to seeing you out there again next year.
The 2018- 2019 Summer Series will be starting late October 2018 and I would like to see an indication from those that wish to participate this year.  Please email me , call or text 021621689
Also feel free to lend a helping hand, as they say many hands make light work.
Safe Sailing

Photos from the last race of the season (Thanks to Tim Barrett)

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Coast Guard Update

Well winter is over and we are now fast approaching the optimum boating season. This is a great time to think about keeping ourselves safe on the water during the warmer weather.

  1. Life Jackets- Don’t just take them wear them particularly for vessels under six metres.
  2. Skipper responsibility -Make sure you operate within the limits of your vessel and your experience.
  3. Marine weather – Check the weather and sea conditions before departure.  In this part of the world things can change very quickly
  4. Vessel Maintenance – A good time to check your fuel, electrics and batteries etc. Make sure your boat has been serviced and in tip top condition before departure. Do you have at least two forms of communication & are they in good working order.
  5. Avoid Alcohol – Wait until you get back to shore or a safe mooring before partaking.
  6. Join Coastguard as a supporter member – Whilst we will always respond to an emergency there is a cost to operate our vessels. Our National Membership scheme will provide free towing to Coastguard members right across the country. Make sure you complete the application form on the Coastguard NZ website with Mana as your unit which will ensure that funding will come to our local unit.

Our main rescue vessel is non- operational for a few weeks for a regular service and other outstanding maintenance.  During this period we will be limited to inshore operations with our smaller MR2 Naiad.
The past month has been pretty quiet for Coastguard Mana with only two operations requiring our assistance. One involved a vessel losing a mooring in the harbour and the other a jet ski breakdown off the reef which did result in a person being in the water for a couple of hours and needing medical attention.
On 25 October Coastguard Wellington will be celebrating their 50th anniversary. The unit was set up following the Wahine sinking in 1968 and we wish them well for the future.
Coastguard Mana

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LegaSea is a group of committed Kiwis working together to rebuild our inshore fisheries. The team is a mix of professionals and volunteers.  LegaSea is a subsidiary of, and governed by, the NZ sport fishing council. 

They are committed to 5 principles
1- Rebuild the Fishery
2- Stop senseless waste
3- The public own the fishery
4- Equal size limits for all
5- Value recreational fishing

If you are interested in finding out more please visit the website


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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.

Gavin Sharp Paraparaumu Gun Metal Yacht
Gary Turner St Heliers Celeste Launch
Tainui Salzmann Takapuwahia TBA Trailer Craft
Andrew Marshall Featherston A.R.C.A. Yacht
Justin Carter Ascot Park Sea Nymph Trailer Craft

Elena Higgison Whitby


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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

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