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THE BIG DOWNWINDER Sat/Sun 27/28th Feb.
Have you booked the date in your diary ?! Spread the word. It’ll be fun, fun, fun !

The Big Downwinder is a long…… distance downwind fun race. Provisionally Glenorchy to Pigeon Island but maybe a southerly alternative ending at Jardines.

We will have the Coastguard and additional rescue cover to make sure everyone is safe. We have already secured HUGE sponsorship from Watercooled Sports, Rodgers Dental, ACT Builders, Queenstown Fibreglass, G Force Paragliding, and I’m sure there’ll be more by the time of the event. Each participant gets a registration pack with lots of products in it worth $50+ and the first 30 to register will get a free event tee shirt. There will also be heaps of spot prizes for the after event party. The event is FREE for all club members, so entrance fee for those of you who haven’t joined up this year is the club membership of $25.. We want to thank our sponsors most sincerely.

Can you help ?

We need help with;
- Rescue boats
- Rescue boat drivers and crew;
- people to help with registration/BBQ /at the finish line etc
- getting even more spot prizes
- organising the pre and after event socials.

If you think you can help at all please call Tom 441 8590/ 0274 850057 (boats) Becks 442 9826/027 329 4714 (other stuff), drop me an email or come to the BBQ on Thurs and talk to Tom and Becks.

If you want copies of the poster email or text Sue

On a more serious note……..


The club have been approached by Clark, Fortune, McDonald & Associates on behalf of their clients Ruboc Holdings about giving our approval as an affected party for a boat mooring to be positioned in Woolshed Bay(Jardines) very close to the area where we launch and come in. See attached map.

We have been seeking more information from the applicant before notifying you all formally but the initial informal responses from members have been of concern regarding the safety of such a proposal, for us and for the boat ! Unfortunately this has taken a nasty turn with a club member being phoned and ‘warned’ that the club may lose access if we don’t approve this application. However luckily Dick and Jilly Jardines (who own the land and have kindly granted us access all these years) are upset at this ‘warning’ and are backing us completely. So we have now listed with the council as an ‘affected party’ and have written them a brief note to outline our initial concerns and officially ‘register an interest’. We also met with the applicant on Friday to try to see if we could find a suitable alternative but unfortunately he rejected our ideas of a position further upwind. He is looking at another site further to the western side of the boating facility area boundary. We have asked for further details, proposals and a buoy to be put in so we can see how this spot would impact when actually sailing. We are also contacting Harbour Master Marty Black as when he made initial comments on the application, he was unaware of our long standing use of this area and the safety implications for us. We will keep you posted and will organize a formal meeting to consult all of you on our response when we have some new proposals from the applicant, in the meantime anyone wanting more of an update please come to the BBQ on Thursday !


This Thursday 18th Feb. 7pm onwards Frankton Beach. Sausies provided, bring your own beers. Watch & encourage the windsurf beginners/improvers while having a beer and being social. It’ll give us a chance to catch up about the Jardines Mooring proposal and the Downwinder as well. So please make an effort to come along.

The “Riviera” SOUTH COAST

* Lots of the local kiters have been heading off to the South Coast for trips to the wonderful spot of Awaraua Bay, so if the “Riviera” South Coast, shallow warm water and good company sounds like your kind of thing then ring Mike Holland 021 226 4534.and find out about their next trip

* Windsurfers have also been enjoying the waves and sailing regularly at Colac Bay and Monkey Island. Anyone interested contact Gavin 021 994 139

…. And don’t forget to let the locals know.. see info about their blog in ‘other news’.


Next weekend. 20/21 Feb. Womens windsurf weekend. Lake Clearwater. There’s a good gang going from this club. Contact Debs 0274 987633 if you’d like to join us.

Check out the new national windsurfers website, follow the news links and you’ll find news and photos from the recent National Slalom Champs in Dunedin, with several of us from the Southern Lakes.

Also check out the new blog site for the new Invercargill Windsports Club, What a great link they’ve got there for chatting about the conditions that day and where people are going sailing. Write on the site and contact them if you’re going down. Anyone interested in setting up such a site for us ?

We have lots of new members so attached is the latest contacts list.

Sue 027 640 8596.

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