The BBYC Keeler division offers a number of activities that take place all year round.
Not only are there the more traditional fully crewed racing events, there are also family cruising, rum racing, short-handed sailing and special events, such as national championships and regional teams events (Gold Cup, keel boat nationals).
There is certainly something for every yachtie, young or old, novice or experienced, at BBYC. Contact us at the club office for further details of events or to register your interest in crewing if you don’t own a boat yet.
Friday Afternoon Rum Racing
Friday Afternoon Rum Racing is staged each Friday afternoon, all year round (except through the Easter & Christmas break). It is a chance for all who sail to step back and unwind after a hard week and have a few laughs in a laid back atmosphere. The mass starts at 3.30pm (summer hours) or 2.30pm (winter hours) at Grangers Point, an exciting spectacle, and three times a year we run ‘MAJOR’ rum races with mark foy starts, where the slower boats go first. The finish of these races are renowned as a spectacle as the ‘greyhounds catch up to the rabbits’ all in the sight of the finish line.
Midweek Twilight Racing
Midweek Twilight Racing takes place during the summer months on Tuesday evenings, commencing late October and offers many divisions for trailer yachts to large keelboats, either fully crewed or short-handed, with or without extras. Results are read each evening after racing at a fun social gathering at the Clubhouse. This is a welcome break in the middle of the working week.
Summer Cruising Series
Summer Cruising Series is sailed over weekends during the summer months commencing November and is a combination of passage races, fun rallies, beach activities and barbecues. It is a wonderful way to enjoy our beautiful Hauraki Gulf, to find new places to visit, to make new friendships and cultivate existing ones. The Series combines sailing, beach activities, BBQs and socialising.
While the cruising races appeal to the competitive sailor, they are also a great opportunity for new sailors and their families to find out more about their boats, improve their sailing knowledge and find out about the sailing rules. Interspersed between these cruising races are the more leisurely activities including a Xmas rally, fun beach activities which include Petanque, Beach Bowls, Beach Cricket, Model Yacht sailing, a Fishing Competition, Lady Skippers Race and a couple of Champagne Breakfasts.
This Series is open to all Club Members with a yacht, trailer sailer or launch. Other Club Members are invited to join in the social activities that complement the Cruising Races, including the Rally Weekends, when your mode of transport is of no consequence as long as it can reach the destination concerned. The prizes are very good, with both race prizes and spot prizes being similar and plentiful.
Short-handed Sailing Races
Short-handed Sailing Races are staged during the summer season offering a different challenge for boat owners and crew. Three single-handed races are held, with both extras and no extras divisions, the first being a sprint around Motuihe, and then the Kawau Classic weekend, two passage races and a barbecue on the Saturday night between races.
Two-Handed Sailing Races
Two-Handed Sailing Races two-race weekend (Friday-Saturday) is also staged, which is extremely popular. Again, the social side comes through with a barbecue on the Saturday night at the Club House.
Sunday Afternoon Winter Sailing
Sunday Afternoon Winter Sailing is sailed on every second Sunday afternoon during the winter months, commencing on the second weekend in May. This series offers competitive racing over a number of divisions from trailer yachts to large keelboats, with or without extras. A complimentary ‘after race’ barbecue and prize giving is held at the Clubhouse.
During the year BBYC holds nationals for two keelboat classes and a weekend regatta for all class boats. Our keelers are also very active in the Auckland Gold Cup series, which is a number of different courses throughout the year. This series is hotly contested by all the major clubs. The BBYC team continues to excel in this event and have won the Team Trophy numerous times.
Club boats also compete actively and with distinction in offshore races over recent years. BBYC cruisers are also seen in most ports in the Pacific during the winter cruising season.