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Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS 14th July 2021

Dates for the Diary

Sunday 18th July 12:30pm Lunch with a Xmas Twist
Sunday 18th July 1:00pm - 4:00pm    Live Music by Dave Campbell      
Saturday 31st July 4:00pm     AGM
Saturday 31st July       6:30pm 2020-21 Presentation Night       

New Members

The Committee and Members of Safety Beach Sailing Club would like to extend a warm welcome to the following new members. We look forward to meeting you at the club or seeing you out on the water very soon:

  • Andrew Slagmolen
  • Chris and Leanne Devlin
  • Geoff and Tamara Newing
  • Sue Malta
  • Susan Foster
  • David and Julie Jones

'Sailor App' for OTB Fleet

For all our OTB Sailors please check out this new App for managing our fleet and racing both on & off the water and so much more so please read through carefully and make sure you download the App to your device and give it a go.  

This Friday from mid-afternoon until 7pm there will be a trial race set up and we are asking for people to practice signing on and off - in readiness for Sunday so please get on board and give it a go.  Details of how to get set up with Sailor App can be found below or on at the club website Link HERE.

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Sailor App Introduction at SBSC PAGE 2 July 2021

Whats on @ SBSC

Snooks July

Xmas in July 

On Sunday 18th July there will be Sunday lunch at the club from 12.30pm with a Christmas Twist for those that might like to celebrate a bit of festive “Xmas In July” Cheer! The afternoon is complete with Dave Campbell’s Dulcet tones entertaining from 1pm-4pm.  Members &  friends can have lunch or just stay and enjoy the music as they wish. 

Come enjoy a “long” lunch after sailing, with some relaxing music, by the fireside.  Bookings essential so please contact David on #0439314179

Sunday Lunch Christmas in July Live Music July 2021

End of Season Presentation Night

This season's presentation evening is being held on the evening of the 31st July after our AGM.  Bookings are essential via the Try Booking site https://www.trybooking.com/BSPUW

EOS 2021 RS

AGM - Saturday 31st July @ 4pm

The AGM is being held at 4.00pm on Saturday 31 July, immediately preceding the Presentation Night. We look forward to a great turnout for both events.

The Notice of Meeting is available on the club website by CLICKING HERE.

There are a number of positions on the Executive Committee that are becoming vacant. If you are interested in joining this team of volunteers that gets things done around the club then please consider putting in a nomination for one of these positions.  The Nomination Form is available on the club website or CLICK HERE.  Nomination forms must be received by the Secretary no later than Saturday 17th July. Please send directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Keelboat & Tower News

Last week's results:

Unfortunately the race on the 4th July was cancelled due to the rough conditions on the bay so everyone will be hanging out for a sail this weekend.  Big thank you to the Tower Team of Ross Martin, Greg Cleaver and Amanda Malin. 

This week's racing:

Sunday 18th July - BMWS Pursuit Race  

First Warning Signal:                    9:55H Pursuit Start with Extra's Optional         
Tower Duty: Andrew Stocks & Lynlee Coutts
Tower Support: Amanda Malin, Jude Champion  & Mal Winder     


Start sheet is posted on the club website at  BMWS START SHEET.

OTB Report

Hi folks, not much joy in our last sailing effort - was that really two weeks ago?? Anyway, this week is bound to be better- really, what could possibly go wrong?
For your sailing pleasure and safety, we will be chaperoned by the always vigilant Geoff and Deirdre on the start boat as well as Greg “Zimmerframe”Lowe and James “The Country Vet” Everitt (the things he can do with a dog would make your eyes water!).
Also this week we will be trialing the new "Sailor App" for signing on and off. You may have already used this app at recent regattas and will know how user friendly it is.
Deirdre and Geoff have posted a very easy to follow set of instructions above in the e-news, so please download the app and have a crack at it this week. If you don’t have a smart phone or don’t get around to it, the regular sign on sheet will still be there. Soon the club is purchasing another tablet to be mounted to the wall at the sign in desk so it will be even easier.
So rock up this week - don’t look at the weather report- or just bring a submarine, I hear there’s one going cheap over at WesternPort! And don’t forget to put in your nominations for Club Person and Junior Club Person of the year and book your seat/table for Presentation day.
That’s all for now
Cheers
Pete Chippy

SBSC Women's Sailing Update

Thanks to everyone who came along to our Friday night Women's Sailing Catch Up.  We had excellent interest from a range of sailing backgrounds (from zero to hero!), across the full age spectrum, and we discussed all sorts of training options. I also had some lovely messages and phone calls from members that couldn't attend expressing their support. And that's why we have so many women and girls loving their sailing at SBSC - there is fantastic support and a highly positive vibe.

The highlight of the night was when Fiona Lowe volunteered to be the next SBSC Women's Rep. Fiona will be the Australian Sailing "She Sails" rep and be the point of contact within the club. Fiona is very well connected within the club and the local sailing community and has a very confident, positive attitude.

Pauline Cleaver

ORCV News

Capturing 50 years. Can you help us, please?

We’re looking for stories, photos, video, prizes, imagery of the coastline or events and even clothing pieces that tell a story of your interaction with these classic races as we lead into the 50th King Island and 50th Westcoaster (Melbourne to Hobart) races in 2022.

If you were involved with these races over the past 50 years and can contribute to our quest, please get in contact with Tim & Delma at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ORCV July

Fundamental Navigation & Weather for Sailors Courses

The Ocean Racing Club has 3 courses coming up that are instructor lead and online. Over a series of nights, you will learn about the fundamentals of navigation and how to read, plan and interpret weather patterns for coastal or up 3 day voyages.

Learn more and book for the Fundamental Navigation starting Wed 28th July here https://www.orcv.org.au/training/navigation

Learn more and book for the Weather for Sailors Module 1 -Fundamental of enclosed waters starting Monday, August 2nd and Module 2 – Coastal Sailing 3+ days starting 30th Aug here https://www.orcv.org.au/training/weather-courses

Winter Series Race #2 Report 

“Sportsboat screamer as Cool sets the pace”

The second race of the ORCV Winter Series saw 45 for the passage down to Blairgowrie, with the fleet drag racing down the bay in record-breaking time. The 25nm run down to the south channel saw some extremely close racing between yachts, with the sportsboats and mid-fleet tussle taking center stage as the fleet powered along on a wet and cool ride under spinnaker for much of the race.

Multiple crews commented on how great it was to regroup at Blairgowrie and chat after the race – thank you to the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron for their hospitality. Congratulations to all competitors who took part; to enter the next ORCV event on the 31st of July, please find more information here: https://www.orcv.org.au/winter-series

Full results at https://www.orcv.org.au/results/2020-21/2021MWS/series.htm?ty=82389

Cruisers Corner 

There has been a bit of a SBSC rendezvous up in sunny Mackay with the crews from Tumi, Time Out and ToniK catching up with our land cruisers.  

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Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS 9th June 2021

Dates for the Diary

Friday 11th June 6:00pm Live Music at SBSC with Ed Moon
Saturday 19th June 6:00pm Food & Wine Dinner - details below        
Sunday 20th June         11:00am      New Members Event     
Saturday 31st July   2020-21 Presentation Night      

Whats on @ SBSC

YEAH – WE ARE BACK !!

Upstairs will be open for dining this Friday night June 11th - from 4.30pm for drinks and dining from 5.30pm. 

Masks are still required inside and a reminder that QR code signing in for contact tracing is mandatory. Thank you everyone for your co-operation with this.

Masks Required

Due to our maximum inside density limits of 50 pax at the moment – BOOKINGS WILL BE ESSENTIAL. Apologies in advance that we will not be able to accommodate everyone. Hopefully next week will see further opening up.

We will be having LIVE MUSIC this Friday from 6pm featuring the dulcet tones of soul-inspired singer/song writer “Ed Moon”.

Ed Moon flyer LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY 11 June 2021

Due to our reduced inside dining limits we will be operating the kiosk on Saturday and Sunday from 10.30 am and will have our usual range of baked goods and a selection of “Heat ‘n Eat” Meals for your enjoyment. 

Please call #0439314179 before COB Friday to guarantee your order.

 Snooks Catering Flyer 11 June 2021 weekendRS

Finally, Snooks Catering would like to congratulate our Head Chef Paul Golding, on being a finalist in the National Team for the Bocuse d’Or Australia 2021. Please see the attached flyer and link below regarding this .

We are delighted to support him on this journey and wish him all the best he prepares for the competition scheduled towards the end of August. Those of you attending our Food and Wine Dinner will definitely be in for a treat.  www.bocusedoraustralia.com.au/finalists-ready-to-battle.

Bocuse dOr Flyer Paul Golding June 2021  

WINTER FOOD & WINE DINNER - 19th JUNE

 

Coming up soon for your enjoyment is our “Winter Food and Wine Dinner” on Saturday 19th June, featuring a 5 course degustation menu showcasing local Vineyard, Quealy Wines. Meet the winemaker – Kathleen Quealy. We are looking forward to bringing you a wonderful food and wine experience on another level again and a night to remember.

Numbers are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.  All bookings are through the TRY BOOKING link https://www.trybooking.com/BRSES

 FOOD AND WINE DINNER FLYER 19 JUNE 2021

Safety & Risk Management

"Australian Sailing recognises that there are inherent risks associated with conducting sailing events, races and activities (including training) at clubs and centres.” (Australian sailing club risk management handbook 180704 180704 pg.4)

Safety Beach Sailing Club acknowledges Australian Sailing’s recognition of inherent risks and is committed to implementing strategies to support AS’s vision and recommendations.

By eliminating or minimising the adverse impact of all activities which may give rise to injurious or dangerous situations, risks are mitigated and potentially avoided. This requires the development of a framework, within which risk exposure can be monitored and controlled. Risk management is a tool by which persons involved can seek to meet their duties and responsibilities, and minimise their exposure to liability.
Risk Management implementation is a means of providing systematic and rigorous pathways to a safer sporting environment and experience for sailors, the public and those organising activities.

When most effective, risk management is part of an organisation’s culture and is integrated into its philosophy, practices and business plans. Like all good management practices it is driven from the top down and is recognised as the responsibility of everyone.
Risks which can be covered by a risk management program include:
Physical Risks, Legal Risks, Financial, Moral and Ethical Risks

It is SBSC’s objective to reduce the incidence of injury to participants, officials, persons associated with the club and sailing activities, as well as additional user groups enjoying the club and its facilities. And of course to ensure a safe environment for individuals to participate and enjoy sailing.
The current Risk Management committee has identified a number of current safety issues and in conjunction with the Executive Committee, significant strategies and changes have been explored and some of them implemented. There are plans for further changes in preparation for the forthcoming summer sailing season (2022), details of which will be identified in future newsletters.

Pauline Cleaver
Risk Management Committee

Keelboat & Tower News

Next Race Details:

Sunday 20th June - BMWS Pursuit Race  

First Warning Signal:                    9:55H Pursuit Start with Extra's Optional    
Tower Duty: Amanda Malin & Graeme Ainslie
Tower Support: Elaine Nicholas & Mal Winder

Hopefully we will be able to get back to racing on the which will be the first of our Brass Monkey Winter Series Races.  These races have a Pursuit Start and we normally sail the mid-length courses in our SI's.  The really fun part of this series is that you are able to use extra's such as Spinnakers, Code 0's etc.  If you DO intend to run any "Extra's" sails then please notify the Safety Beach Tower when signing on for the race and add 4-minutes to your nominated starting time. 

If you have any questions of require further clarification please drop us a note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Start sheet is posted on the club website.

New Racing Rules of Sailing

The Chair of the Victorian Racing Rules Officials Committee, Darren Eger will provide a presentation on the updated Racing Rules of Sailing. World Sailing’s updated Racing Rules of Sailing came into effect on 1st January 2021 and will govern the sport for 4 years; until December 31st 2024.

This presentation will be held on Thursday 24th June @ 7pm.  To attend go to Club Conferences - Australian Sailing.

 

Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS 30th June 2021

Dates for the Diary

Friday 2nd July 5:45pm Women's Sailing Get Together      
Sunday 18th July 12:30pm Lunch with a Xmas Twist
Sunday 18th July 1:00pm - 4:00pm    Music by Dave Campbell 
Saturday 31st July 4:00pm     AGM
Saturday 31st July       6:30pm 2020-21 Presentation Night       

New Members

The Committee and Members of Safety Beach Sailing Club would like to extend a warm welcome to the following new and returning members. We look forward to meeting you at the club or seeing you out on the water very soon:

  • Andrew Slagmolen
  • Geoff & Tamala Newing

Whats on @ SBSC

Snooks July

Xmas in July

On Sunday 18th July (after the OTB & Keelboat race days) there will be Sunday lunch at the club from 12.30pm with a Christmas Twist for those that might like to celebrate a bit of festive “Xmas In July” Cheer!

The afternoon is complete with Dave Campbell’s Dulcet tones entertaining from 1pm-4pm.  Members &  friends can have lunch or just stay and enjoy the music as they wish.

Bookings essential to David on #0439314179

What a Night of Food & Wine

Fand W RS

Women's Sailing Get Together

On behalf of the club's Executive Committee, I'm calling together everyone who is interested in Women's Sailing.
Over the past 5 to 6 years there have been different strategies at SBSC to give women opportunities to take more active roles in racing at SBSC and it has certainly made a difference!   It's a good time now to get together and discuss needs and options so we can plan ahead for next Summer season.
We will also discuss the structure of how we go forward with this. We need a Women's Rep. for liaising with Yachting Victoria and to be part of the Club's Sailing Committee, but this could be backed up by a committee.

Details:

When: Friday 2nd July @ 5.45pm at the Club for 6pm start (in small room), should finish by 7pm but let's stay for dinner.
Who: For  ANYONE, new sailors and new members VERY welcome, the regulars and also anyone prepared to assist

If you can't make it but you are interested in any aspect, please send me an email/call - we need as much feedback/assistance as possible.

If you can make it please RSVP - and confirm if staying for dinner, so i can ensure we are compliant with Covid max numbers and let Dave know for catering purposes.

Thanks

Pauline Cleaver
0411 953 661
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End of Season Presentation Night

This season's presentation evening is being held on the evening of the 31st July after our AGM.  Bookings are essential via the Try Booking site https://www.trybooking.com/BSPUW

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AGM - Saturday 31st July @ 4pm

Reminder for your diary!

The AGM is being held at 4.00pm on Saturday 31 July, immediately preceding the Presentation Night. We look forward to a great turnout for both events.

Call for Motions – Due Saturday 3 July

Any members wishing to raise a Motion at the AGM must notify the Secretary of the proposed Motion in writing by this Saturday 3 July 2021. Please email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Club Person & Junior Club Person of the Year Nominations

Even under the cloud of uncertainty we have found ourselves over the past eighteen months, Safety Beach Sailing Club has continued to thrive both on and off the water. As a volunteer organisation our success is entirely dependent on the contributions of so many people to the many facets of the Club.

Nominations for the Club Person and Junior Club Person of the year are an opportunity for you to nominate a member who you feel deserves to be recognised for their contribution over the last 12 months. Please put pen to paper and prepare your nomination(s) for who you feel deserves to be awarded SBSC Club Person and Junior Club Person for the 2020-2021 season.

Nominations must be received by 7 July 2021 and are to be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Vale Ed SynotEd Synott 1rs

Special Mentions

Queens Honours RS

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Keelboat & Tower News

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Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS 3rd June 2021

Dates for the Diary

Saturday 19th June 6:00pm Food & Wine Dinner - details below  
Sunday 20th June         11:00am      New Members Event     
Saturday 31st July   2020-21 Presentation Night      

Whats on @ SBSC

Unfortunately, with upstairs still closed for dining as per the lock-down restrictions – we will be operating “Take-Away” from the Kiosk again this Saturday and Sunday from 10.30am to 3pm.  Huge thank you to all who came by last weekend – your support and encouragement is what will get us through this again.”

Snooks Catering Flyer 5 June 2021 weekendRS

When you drop by this weekend you will note that the club looks a little different as the works to exterior of the club building have commenced. See below some pics from Deirdre Snooks and Ann Matheson for those that are not lucky enough to be able to visit at the moment. works 3 6 21 rs

Food & Wine Dinner

IT’S BACK - SATURDAY NIGHT 19TH JUNE – WINTER FOOD & WINE DINNER

After a little hibernation, Snooks Catering and the Safety Beach Sailing Club are pleased to showcase a night of fine food and wine. Partnering with local winery, Quealy Wines of Balnarring.

Enjoy a five course degustation menu, prepared to compliment all things our Peninsula has to offer.
Education about the wine from the wine maker - Kathleen Quealy

BOOK NOW via Try Booking Link https://www.trybooking.com/BRSES

  • $120 SBSC MEMBERS
  • $135 NON-MEMBERS

Limited numbers so book early.
Promotional discount for wine purchases on the night. 

FOOD AND WINE DINNER FLYER 19 JUNE 2021 RS

OTB Report

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Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS 16th June 2021

Dates for the Diary

Saturday 19th June         6:00pm     Food and Wine Dinner - Details Below      
Saturday 20th June 11;00am New Members Event - Details Below
Saturday 31st July 4:00pm AGM
Saturday 31st July   2020-21 Presentation Night

New Members Event

We are inviting new members to join us for some morning tea & to watch our sailors in action! If you haven’t been able to attend one of our previous events we very much hope you can join us this Sunday 20th June from 11;00am to 12:00pm.

Please register via: https://www.trybooking.com/BQPFR

If you would like to dine at the Club for lunch afterwards, please make a booking directly with Snooks Catering on 0439314179

Whats on @ SBSC

Snooks Catering 16th June

WINTER FOOD & WINE DINNER - 19th JUNE

Coming up this weekend for your enjoyment is our “Winter Food and Wine Dinner” on Saturday 19th June, featuring a 5 course degustation menu showcasing local Vineyard, Quealy Wines. Meet the winemaker – Kathleen Quealy. 

We are looking forward to bringing you a wonderful food and wine experience on another level again and a night to remember.

Numbers are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.  All bookings are through the TRY BOOKING link https://www.trybooking.com/BRSES

 FOOD AND WINE DINNER FLYER 19 JUNE 2021

Keelboat & Tower News

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Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS 26th May 2021

Dates for the Diary

Friday 4th June 6:00pm Live Music Friday with Ed Moon         
Saturday 19th June 6:00pm Food & Wine Dinner - details below  
Sunday 20th June         11:00am      New Members Event     
Saturday 31st July   2020-21 Presentation Night      

New Members

The Committee and Members of Safety Beach Sailing Club would like to extend a warm welcome to the following new and returning members. We look forward to meeting you at the club or seeing you out on the water very soon:

  • Justin, Rachel Connell & Caitlyn Mace
  • Nigel, Marie & Lachlan Cunliffe
  • Mark Ongarello & Kara Mason
  • Chris Beggs
  • Peter & Karen Beggs
  • Simon Judge
  • Peter Murphy 

Whats on @ SBSC

IT’S BACK - SATURDAY NIGHT 19TH JUNE – WINTER FOOD & WINE DINNER

After a little hibernation, Snooks Catering and the Safety Beach Sailing Club are pleased to showcase a night of fine food and wine.
Partnering with local winery, Quealy Wines of Balnarring.

Enjoy a five course degustation menu, prepared to compliment all things our Peninsula has to offer.
Education about the wine from the wine maker - Kathleen Quealy

BOOK NOW via Try Booking Link https://www.trybooking.com/BRSES

  • $120 SBSC MEMBERS
  • $135 NON-MEMBERS

Limited numbers so book early.
Promotional discount for wine purchases on the night. 

FOOD AND WINE DINNER FLYER 19 JUNE 2021

 

HAPPENINGS THIS MONTH May 27th June 11

 LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY FLYER June 4th 2021

Clubhouse Renovation Update

Dear members,
On May 31st, The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (MPSC) via the successful tenderer, will undertake cosmetic works to the exterior of the building. The scope of these works is significant. Many members will have noticed that the exterior, particularly around the canteen area and upstairs deck areas, are in desperate need of repair. These works will be the remedy to fix and in many cases replace what have become ugly blights on our building. Listed below are the items
that are scheduled to take place.
External Items:

  • Ground floor & 1st floor eave replacement
  • Water leak investigation/rectification associated with eave replacement
  • Veranda post replacement
  • Decking material renewed
  • External stair tread, landing & tactile renewal
  • External cladding above windows & doors renewed
  • Ground floor training room external access door renewed
  • 1st floor external windows repaired/renewed

Internal items:

  • Kiosk cool room access door renewed
  • Water leak investigation & repair in ground floor training room

As the building we occupy is owned by the MPSC, the council have an obligation to make good many of the significant repairs being undertaken in this round of works. As a tenant of the building, we have the opportunity to work with council on projects that the club feels will enhance our members experience of the club, such as the recent internal bar works. As a tenant, we are not allowed to make any changes to the club without the consent of the MPSC, so any changes we wish to make need to be fully thought through and need to be well planned to ensure consent is given by council. The MPSC were seeking complete access and shutdown of the club throughout the renovation works, which didn’t sit well with the house committee, so with much negotiation, we have ensured that it will be business as usual at the club during the 6-8 week period, whilst the works take place. There may be some disruption, however we are hoping it will be minimal.
Once completed, I’m sure all members will be pleased with the outcome of these works, which will only compliment the works that were undertaken last year.
Cheers!
Mono
(On behalf of the House Committee)

works schedulers

OTB Report

Sorry for the lack of reporting over the last couple of weeks, nothing happened last week with the foul weather anyway. But this week- beautiful sailing weather! Not much wind, but enough to get a start. A fleet of about 16 boats headed out with high hopes of a nice day on the water if nothing else, but we were pleasantly surprised. I went out on Sutherland with the legendary Rob Campbell (evil man-EVIL! to set the course with Tim Bardon and Nick Meijer on Woodsie and the always cheerful Deidre and Geoff in the start boat. Race one was sailed in fairly light breeze with no surprises, except Katrina Mackie who was trying out the new Sabre experimental sail with great effect, blitzing most of the field and right on Fearless Bill’s clacker! Good luck getting that back off her!
Also of note was he appearance of The Cisco Kid and Pancho, AKA Ross and Natasha Martin who apparently partied pretty hard the night before at Natasha and Mike’s engagement party and were no doubt grateful for the light conditions!
Race Two started after a course rearrangement but fizzled out after one leg as the wind finally gave up the ghost, ah well not to worry , it was still a beautiful day!

This coming week is the final race of the summer season, so is no to be missed. Hopefully with the current Covid 19 restrictions we won’t be affected so stay tuned !
The following week, the 6th of June marks the start of our inaugural winter season, so get your winter Woolies out and have a crack ! The Sailing Instructions for the 2021 Winter Series, which includes the schedule of races, has now been published on the club website and can be viewed HERE.

That’s all for now, see you on Sunday !
Peter Chipperfield

Keelboat & Tower News

Last week's results

We seem to be faced with a feast or famine for our Sunday races and unfortunately this week there was a definite lack of wind on course with no yachts completing the course within the 3 hour time limit however, it was a lovely day to be out on the water.  Lets hope for better luck this Sunday which will be the last race for the 2021 Autumn Series.

Thank you to our dedicated tower team this week of Mark and Elaine.

For all the Winter Season Results please go to Keelboat Results.

This week's program

Sunday 30th May - Autumn Series Race    

First Warning Signal;                     9:55H Combined Tower Start
Tower Duty: Graeme and Bette Pearson from Em Dee

This is the last race in the Autumn Season so get out for a blast before we get into the BMWS Pursuit Races which start on the 6th June - more details and a start sheet to follow next week.

Cruisers Corner

Please find below report from Peter and Abby Dyson on board 2Gether II who are currently enjoying some marina time in Gladstone Harbor.  Abby has been updating the cruising site from time to time and via the face book pages, whilst Peter has been updating the Predictwind GPS tracker page with our journey stops and a short explanation, so hopefully they can add in blanks that we miss here!

We set off on Friday 26th March with a mission to get up the coast as fast as possible, at least to Jervis Bay, before we take a bit more time on cruising. We tried to do the same journey 12mths earlier only to have to turn around before getting into NSW because of COVID lock-downs. Therefore we didn’t want to dally and get caught in another lock-down.  As children and later with our own family, we had spent a lot of summers up and down the Victorian and southern NSW coast so whilst we were interested to see it from an on-water perspective, we didn’t feel the need to go exploring those locations in any depth. Other key parts of the strategy was to minimise overnight passages and only set out where the conditions are relative mild. 

From Safety Beach we went to Cleerland Bight, then Refuge Cove (2nts) and onto Lakes Entrance (2nts) before heading to Eden. Lakes and Eden were both overnight passages with full moons and light winds. We picked up the public mooring at Eden and did do some reminiscing in the township. The whale museum is certainly a worthwhile visit. From Eden we went to Bermagui, Batemans Bay and arrived in Jervis Bay on Friday 9th April. BTW the public mooring under Snapper Island, Batemans Bay is a great spot to rest over night!  We moved around in Jervis Bay, having a lovely lunch at Huskisson Hotel and then anchoring near the Young Endeavour at Long Beach.

A list of stops from there are: Crookhaven River, Port Hacking, Pittwater (Bayview), Port Stephens, Forster Tuncurry, Camden Haven, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Yamba, South Port (Boat Works), Scarbrough, Mooloolaba, Tin Can Inlet, Gary’s Anchorage, South White Cliffs, Urangan (Hervey Bay), Bundaberg, Turkey Beach (Rodd’s Harbour) and Gladstone on Wednesday 19th May. Travel distance to date is 1,330 nautical miles over 55days. On the days we sailed we averaged 55NM per day.  So that’s the boring trip log part, but what about the highlights and lows?

Well certainly one of the highlights was meeting fellow yachties along the way, some of whom we still keep in touch with. We enjoy hearing the news from other SBSC cruisers and tracking them! It is amazing how many of us like minded people there are out here.  Today’s technology is great, particularly being able to stay in touch with family and friends through face time etc.  Seeing the Australian coast line, its ruggedness and beauty. Spotting a hammerhead shark right beside us as we were sailing to Coffs Harbour was certainly a highlight. Moonlit nights on passage. Stunning sunsets and sunrises never cease to thrill.  We were also quite surprised as to how quickly you adjust to boat life. We can see how attractive it is to live on a boat!!

One of the lows is that Abby suffered a major vertigo attack one night whilst in the Urangan Marina. We had excellent care in the Sunshine Hospital, although she is doing exercises, she is frustrated as its affecting her experience on the boat. It’s been a few weeks since then and she is still having minor issues with the vertigo.  Some of the bar crossings have been a challenge to say the least. Mooloobah and Wide Bay would probably be the worst. Wide Bay Bar is not for the faint hearted and though we went through a recommended 2hrs after High Tide. we discovered that the Coast Guard recommend only at high tide and the shifting sands make the leads positioned on the charts useless. So contact the Coast Guard and get and update early! 

The other low, though more of a grumble, is the amount of motoring that we have done! Very few days have been conducive to just having the sails out, but boy we appreciate it when it is! We have hopes that when these SE winds die down, we will find beautiful sailing days, with motors off and smooth seas. Maybe we might just dream on!

As you all know, boats need maintenance and we have had our fair share. Two toilets replaced, more batteries added, main halyard and clutch replaced, wind computer and speed log replaced to just name a few. Probably the most worrying was discovered when entering the Port of Gladstone, it is a requirement that all vessels exceed 10m LOA must call the Port as seek permission to enter the seaway. Wondering why they wouldn’t answer our VHF hails, we did discover that our radio was receiving but not transmitting, so we are awaiting a new one from Melbourne. We did though get pulled up by Border Force as we were motoring into Gladstone! After the usual banter on who let you Melbournians over the border and lots of questions, they wished us well on our journey.

We have attached some photos from the last few days travelling up the coast. 

 Dysons Picture RS2

ORCV News 

Firstly well done to all our local yachts that competed in the 68th running of the Apollo Bay Race last weekend.  Congratulations to Jason Close and the Patriot  crew with a 1st in ORC division and a 3rd in IRC.  Congratulations also to Rod Smallman and Leeton Hulley on Maverick with a 3rd in the Double Handed division.

Patriot RS

ORCV Winter Series

Enter one or all four passage races. Entrants of race 1 are invited to partake in the on-water flare exercise prior to start. Race 2 will take you to Blairgowrie and Race 4 through to Geelong where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of our host clubs.
Enter the races here from Tuesday 25th May CLICK HERE.

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ORCV 2022 Calendar

The ORCV 2022 Calendar is out too with 2022 shaping up to be a big year with two iconic races both celebrating their 50th anniversary.
Please mark your diary and join the 50th King Island in March 2022 and 50th Melbourne to Hobart in December 2022.In November 2022 we will run the Rudder Cup to Devonport in place of the normal Stanley race.
Check out the racing calendar HERE.

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