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Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS 28th September

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New Members

The Executive Committee and members would like to welcome the following new member to Safety Beach SC.  We look forward to meeting you at the club or on the water in the very near future.

  • Murray Arnott
  • Cheryl, Andrew, Nathan, Jake and Rochelle Soligo
  • Sonja Marks

Save the Date

Sunday 2nd October 9:00am Working Bee
Sunday 2nd October 1:30pm SBSC Annual Golf Day (see flyer below)
Sunday 9th October   SBSC Opening Day

Opening Day

Dear Members,
Opening Day is just around the corner! A schedule for the day is being produced and also detail around racing for the day with Sailing Instructions to be produced for racing on the day. The basic plan thus far is:
Sail Past: 10.30am Keel Boats
Sail Past: 10.45am OTB
 
Warning Signal: 10.55am Keel Boats
Warning Signal: 11.07am OTB
 
Formalities: 2.00pm arrival for 2.30pm start
Entertainment: 3.00pm - 6.00pm
 
Don’t forget to dress up your boat to make for a spectacular sight out the front of the club. This is the first opportunity to celebrate the start of the season since 2019! Sailing Instructions will be emailed out shortly.

Committee News

Sailing Committee:

Hi members! Our new media manager has asked me to put pen to paper (like I needed to be asked!) and put some detail around one of the many Committees we have at Safety Beach SC. My role on the Sailing Clubs Executive Committee is that of Rear Commodore. My role takes in all on water activities at the club. At Safety Beach SC we have active Keel Boat and Off the beach dinghy fleets which are both represented by a captain.
 
The keel Boat Captain is John Wemyss, and the OTB Captain is Peter Chipperfield. Both these positions report to the Rear Commodore and inform me of the progress of both committees and report any problems that might arise which might prevent us from delivering our on water programs. Both Captains, with the assistance of their respective committees write the sailing program for the season and also a roster to ensure there are on water personnel on rescue/committee craft or in the tower on duty for Keel Boat races.
 
A key person on the sailing Committee is the Race Officer who in our case is Geoff Eldridge. Geoff’s role is to ensure we have a “Notice of Race” document advertising that racing will take place at the club under the current rules and informs members of their obligations as a participant in racing at our club. Geoff is also responsible for producing the Sailing Instructions for both fleets for the season. These are complicated documents, but are vital to successful racing. Geoff is also responsible for notifying competitors of any changes to these instructions throughout the season, to ensure competitors are kept up to date with rule changes or scheduling changes.
 
Another Sub-committee on the sailing side is the Sail Peninsula Regatta Committee, chaired by Ross Martin. This committee is responsible for delivering the entire Sail Peninsula regatta, which is the premier event for the SBSC. This season we will also be hosting the Victorian 420 Dinghy Championships. We have a number of youth sailing 420’s at our club, so it will be great to have these guys representing our club on home waters in March. We have also had requests for the Open Bic’s to host their championships at the same time, however we weren’t able to facilitate their championship due to already being booked. If for any reason you’d like to comment, ask questions or raise concerns regarding all on water activities, please don’t hesitate contacting me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Cheers Mono

Off The Beach News

Howdy Troops.
 
Not long to go now, just eleven sleeps! Hasn’t that flown by in the blink of an eye. Of course we’ve all got our winter maintenance done and all those little fix it jobs that were only going to take five minutes to do so I’ll do it a bit later... Sound familiar? Defiantly the case with me. Well luckily there’s some people in the club that are a bit more organised than I am, so things are pretty well ready to roll for opening day on the 9th of October with the Commodores Cup. The first warning is at  for some spirited racing then back to the Club for the Opening Bash, which I assure you will be better organised than me!

Thanks to all the people who replied to my message regarding the patrol boat roster. Having availability info before trying to set up the roster is a great help. So on that note, I’ve included the duty list up until Christmas with the rest to follow. I’ve tried to match teams up so as not to put holes in the racing fleet as much as possible. Also the juniors will be rostered on regularly( as per their request) so if you find yourself on a rhib teamed with a junior, please do your best to impart some knowledge, let them do the driving if possible and make it an enjoyable experience for you both. For updated duty roster, click here

This year we have dropped a couple of series in order to up the number of races in the remaining series, as well as cutting back on the trophy list( Ross is running out of shelf space!). In another change to the sailing instructions, we are making it possible to give tailenders a provisional finish time and call them back to the start line so we can get the next race away as soon as possible.
 
A big thank you to Rob Campbell for his work getting the patrol boats cleaned up, checked out and ready for action; like I said, some people are a lot more organised than me. Hey Rob, any chance you could drop round and repair some dings in my foils, do a bit of welding on my trolley and maybe some stitching on my boat cover? Just a thought, no pressure maaate.
 
One thing I have sorted is some materials for a couple of jobs at the club for this Sunday’s working bee, repairing the round tables and sanding/oiling the outside bench. Not big jobs but many hands make light work and then we all get to enjoy a free BBQ where we can sit around and talk about all the things that we didn’t get done over Winter- or was that just me?
 
That will do for now. Keep those cards and letters coming in and please let me know your availability if you haven’t already.
 
Cheers, Pete Chippy (Peter Chipperfield)
 
Working Bee is THIS SUNDAY 2nd October, 9am - midday with sausage sizzle and beers on completion. 
Please contact John Matheson 0418 173628 if you can help.
 

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Keelboat News

The summer season is just around the corner, and you will find the Notice of Race for the 2022-23 Season HERE   The Sailing Instructions will be posted shortly.

Please make sure you have everything ready for the start of the new season.  This includes:

  • Cat 5 Safety Declaration
  • Current Insurance Certificate
  • Revalidation of AMS or ORC certification

These documents are to be sent toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and to help our volunteers please make sure these are sent in sooner rather than later. 

If you haven’t already noticed the Start Sheet and Results pages have already been posted so, please take note of these links below for future reference:

The Adventures of  Y Knot

Rob Rainsford & Y Knot have had an epic journey to get North.  Setting off in June 2021 – Covid soon put a stop to regattas for 2021.  Determination and enthusiasm from Rob & his crew found the opportunity to rekindle the journey in 2022. Starting with Port Douglas Regatta in May – Y Knot only just missed out on a podium spot with a 4th in the Division Series.
 

Come August, and the Airlie Regatta, Y Knot shone thru to take out the Division 2 Series, including Iine honours in 4 out of 5 races. They went on to compete at Magnetic Island Race Week. They were leading the series right up until the last race day. They ended 2nd overall in Division 2. 

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Winners Airlie Race week: L-R: Linda Wooley,  Rob Fleming, Stuart Moseley, Rob Rainsford, Mike Squires, Marissa McManus and John Wemyss

Magnetic Island Race Week was the last of the 3 series of Y Knot’s campaign of Sailing up North for 2021/22 .He will be heading home for Christmas in time for the SBSC series.

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Magnetic Island Race Week: 2nd Division winners: L-R Rob Rainsford, Stuart Moseley, Marissa McManus, Phil Wooley, Tony Lohman, Linda Wooley, Linda Clarkson and Tom Bateman. Missing in action- Bill Mitchell
 
Thank you to our shore crew- Linda Clarkson and Marg Fleming
The sun, weather & crew is second to none – beats being in “Coldbourne”
 
It was great to see other SBSC boats, crew and members competing in the regattas up North

ORCV News

October 1st - Overnight Race
Improve your night racing skills in a competitive environment. Select your starting point and sail to Improve their night racing skills in a competitive environment.  Select from one of three starting points (Corio Bay, Dromana or near RBYC) before converging in the centre of Port Phillip and sailing then on a common course to finish at Hobsons Bay for breakfast. Entry is free.
 
October 28th – Devonport, The Rudder Cup. 
Now on the Melbourne Cup long weekend, you can now be part of the Rudder Cup race to Devonport, the oldest ocean race in Australia, a qualifier race for Hobart. 
 
November 9th & 13th - Bowman Course – Master the Pointy End 
“Master the bow position and you will always have a boat to sail on.  Skill up and be confident and you can go places with it. Being a good bowman, opened opportunities to sail on some incredible boats, with some of the best sailors in the world, taking me to places that I had only dreamt of going!” is how Peter Dowdney sees the bow. Join Peter and learn from his 30 years' experience on the next Bowman’s course, 
 
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Fishing At Martha Cove

For those members not aware, there has been an explosion of people fishing in and around the environs of Martha Cove. Of particular concern is the fishing taking place on the groynes of the marina entrance, creating a dangerous issue of fishing line becoming entangled in propellers of motor craft entering and exiting the marina, the express purpose for which the marina was built. There are currently no laws which prevent people from fishing in and around the marina, in fact there has been promotion of the activity via social media. The people fishing are aware of the laws and are quite aggressive towards anyone who challenges their practice.
 
The sailing club was invited to attend a meeting held by the Owners Corporation, to add our voice to the petition currently circulating, to raise awareness to all levels of government and authority. We have since sent a letter of support to help add weight to the petition. Below is the link to the petition which we would encourage all members to sign, to ensure this issue is dealt with as soon as possible before a preventable accident occurs. Sign petition here

Photo Of The Week

Photographer; Yanni (The News - Mornington Peninsula) Subject; Fisherman and protestors Location; Dog beach car park Date; Sept 2022

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What's On In September

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Annual Golf Day is Back

All are welcome - if you would like to participate, please get in touch with David on #0439314179 before the RSVP date of Friday 30th September. Payment on the day at the golf club. It is a fun social afternoon and kicks off after the SBSC working bee so you’ll be able to fit in both events!! Thanks to Glenn Lazzar for helping co-ordinate with the Golf Club.

Golf Day 

For Sale

Laser 2

2 person sailing dinghy, ideal for parent and child to learn and have heaps of fun and grow with or to race competitively.
Fully refurbished and in immaculate condition.  
New set of sails including spinnaker
Centreboard and rudder in as new condition.
Complete with new beach dolly, foil bags and new ropes and fittings
This boat is ready to go, nothing to spend and lots of fun.
$2100 ono
Phone Murray 0414 533 305
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Submission's 

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Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS 21st September

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New Members

The Executive Committee and members would like to welcome the following new member to Safety Beach SC.  We look forward to meeting you at the club or on the water in the very near future.

  • John & Veronica Bradbury

Save the Date

Saturday 24th September 12:00pm   Grand Final Saturday @ SBSC
Sunday 2nd October 9:00am Working Bee
Sunday 2nd October 1:30pm SBSC Annual Golf Day (see flyer below)
Sunday 9th October   SBSC Opening Day

Off The Beach News

Duty Roster Information

Just a reminder that it’s less than a month to go until the start of the sailing season. Thank you to all members that have already put their name on the schedule. It's not too late to add yours so if you can help, please click here 

See you on the water, Pete Chippy

Keelboat News

The summer season is just around the corner, and you will find the Notice of Race for the 2022-23 Season HERE   The Sailing Instructions will be posted shortly.

Please make sure you have everything ready for the start of the new season.  This includes:

  • Cat 5 Safety Declaration
  • Current Insurance Certificate
  • Revalidation of AMS or ORC certification

These documents are to be sent toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and to help our volunteers please make sure these are sent in sooner rather than later. 

If you haven’t already noticed the Start Sheet and Results pages have already been posted so, please take note of these links below for future reference:

Man Overboard Training 

MOB Training Session No.2
Another 56 skippers and crew attended the man overboard training at the club on Saturday. Thanks again to the ORCV's Simon Dryden and Matt Fahey for their time in presenting this invaluable safety and rescue material. The knowledge gained by those who attended will no doubt assist them in preparing their boat and crew for such an event and taking the next step of an on-water drill. 
 
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ORCV News

October 1st - Overnight Race
Improve your night racing skills in a competitive environment. Select your starting point and sail to Improve their night racing skills in a competitive environment.  Select from one of three starting points (Corio Bay, Dromana or near RBYC) before converging in the centre of Port Phillip and sailing then on a common course to finish at Hobsons Bay for breakfast. Entry is free.
 
October 28th – Devonport, The Rudder Cup. 
Now on the Melbourne Cup long weekend, you can now be part of the Rudder Cup race to Devonport, the oldest ocean race in Australia, a qualifier race for Hobart. 
 
November 9th & 13th - Bowman Course – Master the Pointy End 
“Master the bow position and you will always have a boat to sail on.  Skill up and be confident and you can go places with it. Being a good bowman, opened opportunities to sail on some incredible boats, with some of the best sailors in the world, taking me to places that I had only dreamt of going!” is how Peter Dowdney sees the bow. Join Peter and learn from his 30 years' experience on the next Bowman’s course, 
 
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Challenge Walk 

Firstly, I want to thank the entire Safety Beach Sailing Club Community for your incredible support of my “Walk 4 Challenge”. Through your generosity, I was able to raise just shy of $45,000. These vital funds will assist Challenge to continue to provide their camps and programs for families that have a child going through a cancer journey. I am happy to report that I was able to make it to Sydney on the 16th day as scheduled and walk through the doors of the Sydney David Jones store.
From a massive blood blister to surprise visitors, from incredible roadside donations to spectacular scenery, my walk had it all. It was always going to be a challenge of the body and mind and it turned out to be exactly that! I was always confident that my legs and mind would hold up, but I was always wary that my feet might be my undoing and they nearly turned out to be just that. For those that didn’t follow my journey on Facebook, blisters nearly derailed my efforts on day 9 and 13. Thankfully though, I had an amazing team that were able to keep me focused on why I was doing my walk and were also handy in dispensing some pain medication to ensure we made it to the finish line. It was difficult to gain media traction when you had a guy running 4000km from Perth to Sydney in 40 days and a well-known AFL Celebrity who was running from Adelaide to Melbourne to raise money for a very similar charity to my own. We were hoping that media traction would elevate our donation goals. I’ve been asked the question many times since returning, would I do it again? The answer is no, but my aim is to make this an annual event and mentor whomever chooses to take the baton.
It is not too late to donate to this great cause, so please dig deep and DONATE HERE
 

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Photo Of The Week

Photographer; Craig Hill Subject; Harper Hill Location; SBSC Date; Sept 2022

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What's On In September

The club will be open from 2pm to 5pm for Sunday Sips & Tapas on Sept.25th.
Don't miss out on Grand Final Saturday from 12 noon. Watch the game on the big screen with favourite footy food & cold bevies available.

Snooks Catering September dates

Sunday Sips

Annual Golf Day is Back

All are welcome - if you would like to participate, please get in touch with David on #0439314179 before the RSVP date of Friday 30th September. Payment on the day at the golf club. It is a fun social afternoon and kicks off after the SBSC working bee so you’ll be able to fit in both events!! Thanks to Glenn Lazzar for helping co-ordinate with the Golf Club.

Golf Day 

Submission's 

If you wish to contribute anything to the Enews, please submit your content to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Tuesday 8pm each week to make the deadline. Please note submissions may need to pass through Executive Committee for approval from time to time. 
 
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Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS 14th September

New Members

The Executive Committee and members would like to welcome the following new member to Safety Beach SC.  We look forward to meeting you at the club or on the water in the very near future.

  • Meredith, Richard, Cameron, Jessica Van Lierop

Save the Date

Saturday 17th September     9:15am    MOB Training Presentation #2     
Saturday 24th September 12:00pm   Grand Final Saturday @ SBSC
Sunday 2nd October 9:00am Working Bee
Sunday 2nd October 1:30pm SBSC Annual Golf Day (see flyer below)
Sunday 9th October   SBSC Opening Day

Committee News

House and Building Committee

Committee Chair: John Matheson with Peter Chipperfield and Glenn Lazzar assisting    
Role: To maintain the upkeep of all fixed assets and grounds of the club.
Things to know: Working Bee is on 2nd October, 9am - midday with sausage sizzle and beers on completion. 
Please contact John Matheson 0418 173628 if you can help.
If you wish to discuss or report anything, please email your enquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so it gets tabled for discussion and action.

Off The Beach News

Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS 7th September

New Members

The Executive Committee and members would like to welcome the following new members to Safety Beach SC.  We look forward to meeting you at the club or on the water in the very near future.

  • Noelene & Paul Copeland
  • Tom Bateman
  • Alan Kemp
  • Denise & Robert Langford
  • Nick, Nicole, Glen, Maisie & Alfie Miller 

Save the Date

Saturday 10th September 9.00am First Aid Course - McCrae Yacht Club       
Saturday 17th September        9:15am      MOB Training Presentation #2     
Saturday 24th September 12:00pm       Grand Final Saturday @ SBSC
Sunday 2nd October TBC Working Bee
Sunday 2nd October 1:30pm SBSC Annual Golf Day (see flyer below)       
Sunday 9th October   SBSC Opening Day

What's On in September

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Save the Date

Tuesday 6th September     7:00pm   MOB Training Presentation #1   
Saturday 10th September    9:00am         First Aid Course - McCrae Yacht Club              
Saturday 17th September     9:15am MOB Training Presentation #2  
Saturday 24th September         12:00pm Grand Final Saturday @ SBSC
Sunday 9th October   SBSC Opening Day

Training

First Aid Course - 10th September @ McCrae YC

If you are interested in doing a First Aid Course there is one being held by Life Saving Victoria at McCrae Yacht Club on Saturday the 10th September from 9:00am to 2:30pm.  Please note that this is a blended course with some of the content being presented and assessed before the face to face course on the 10th September.

For any members who are completing this course as part of the Australian Sailing Instructors Certificate, the club is happy to reimburse you for the cost of the course.

Booking is via the Try Booking Link First Aid Course Booking 

MOB Training

Bookings can be made via the Try Booking Link

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What's On in September

Live Music is back on the first Friday of each month starting with Paul Dillon this Friday.
The club will be open from 2pm to 5pm for Sunday Sips & Tapas on Sept. 11th, 18th & 25th.
Don't miss out on Grand Final Saturday from 12 noon. Watch the game on the big screen with favourite footy food & cold bevies available.

 Snooks Catering September Images

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SBSC Mini Art Trail

Last Saturday morning several SBSC members and their guests set out in the fog for the Mini Art Trail. The sun came out as we arrived at our first venue in Red Hill - the studio of painter and print maker Jennifer Buntine. Jennifer shared the various methods she used and showed us over her interesting workspace - a converted dairy.

The second artist was Liz Walker - a sculptor, installation artist and painter. Liz utilises all sorts of items as part of her work; plastics and rubbish collected from the beach, recycled metal, suitcases and even wishbones from chickens!

After a tasty lunch at the Green Olive in Red Hill the group headed to McCrae to the quirky studio of Garry Goodridge. His wooden and metal sculptures and paintings spread out to include the back yard.Art Show 2 6x4

The final visit was to Jane Suffield who dyes various fabrics in natural dyes such as indigo. Jane had set up a demonstration of her process and one of our group was encouraged to try her hand at dyeing. The results were very satisfying even in such a short time.

We wish to thank all the artists for opening their work spaces and sharing their creative process. It was very inspiring to view their works and we are very lucky to have such talent a short drive away.Art Show 1 6x4

For further information about the artists see the Peninsula Studio Trail website. The next big open weekend is 19th - 20th and 26th - 27th November. Thank you to Sallylou Hamilton for arranging our own mini art trail.

The SBSC Social Committee look forward to seeing you at the club soon. Keep up to date with all events, social or sailing, through the weekly e-news.

 Ann Matheson
SBSC Social Committee

On Water News

Keelboat - Spring Series 2022

In the cooler months we normally hold a Spring Series to fill the gap between Winter and Summer but this year it has been decided as a bit of a trial to give everyone a short break from racing to drum up some enthusiasm for the Summer Season ahead as well as give everyone some time to enjoy some other pastimes such as footie finals, gardening, boat maintenance etc.  We look forward to seeing a big fleet out on the water for the start of the Summer Season. 

Keelboat - Summer Program and Roster

Part 1 of the 2022-23 Keelboat Summer Program and Roster can be found on the club website or click HERE,.  Make sure you read carefully and put all the dates in the calendar so that you don’t miss out on any of the fantastic racing we have in store for you this season.  Please also check to see if your name comes up on the duty roster and put this in the diary too or if you are unable to attend then please let us know ASAP so that we can arrange a swap.

This week's Results:

What a pleasant way to finish off the winter season.  Unfortunately we were lacking a bit of wind so no boats were able to complete the course in the time limit however, I think everyone enjoyed a lovely warm and calm sail on the bay.

Congratulations to Clarky and the 2Xtreme team for taking out this year's winter series - they were closely followed by Marrakesh and Vincitore in 2nd and 3rd respectively.  All the results including the series scores can be viewed HERE.

HIRW Wrap Up 

Congratulations to everyone that headed up north to compete and represent SBSC at this year's Hamilton Island Race Week.  Special mention to Rick Rogers, David Stoopman and the crew from Maximum Limit who took the honours in their division.   Sure all the crews enjoyed some much deserved celebrations.  HIRW 2022 Results

Our attention now moves to Magnetic Island Race which gets underway this Thursday. For all the results click MIRW 2022 Results

Challenge Walk 

The BIG walk to Sydney got underway bright and early on Monday morning.  To follow Mono;s progress on his BIG walk to Sydney for Challenge Supporting Kids with Cancer go to his Facebook page at This LINK .  This is a great cause so please dig deep and DONATE HERE

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Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS 24th August

New Members

The Executive Committee and members would like to welcome the following new members to Safety Beach SC.  We look forward to meeting you at the club or on the water in the very near future.

  • Cameron, Charlotte, Anabelle & Austin Howson 
  • Darren Hayes 
  • Greg Shenton

Save the Date

Tuesday 6th September     7:00pm   MOB Training Presentation #1 - More details below    
Saturday 17th September     9:15am MOB Training Presentation #2 - More details below      

Challenge Walk

Please dig deep and give to this very worthy cause and the amazing trip that Mono is about to undertake for Challenge - supporting kids with Cancer. DONATE HERE - this is your last chance as the Big Walk gets underway next week.BW Small 6x4

What's On @ SBSC in August

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On Water News

OTB Goes LARGE!

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip. It started in this tropic port, aboard this tiny ship.
And that my friends is where the similarity ends. Yes, there were millionaires, and their wives/husbands. I didn’t see any movie stars or backwoods girls (there was plenty of professors of BS though). The Skipper was brave and sure, but the mates; Andrew ‘Doc’ Taylor and myself were hardly mighty sailor men!

The tropic port in this story is Airlie Beach and the tiny ship is Tim Bardon’s Cygnet 20 trailer sailer ‘Cirrus’. “What!?” I hear you say, “That’s not an OTB boat!” Well, technically true but it’s pretty close. Cirrus is not much longer than a Sharpie, has no fancy winches, just ropes and pulleys, a lift up keel and a tiller. She does have a necessary esky, (but so does Greg and James’ Tasar).

Tim decided a while ago, as his boat was in storage in Noosa after two successful regattas in NSW to go the extra distance and take on the Airlie Beach race week. His original mighty sailor man crew, ie: John Wemyss of Anthea fame couldn’t make it, so Tim asked Doc and myself if we would like to come to the Whitsundays and act as ballast for a week. Hmm, OK, if you insist. Things didn’t start too well for Tim with car trouble in Brisbane nearly scuttling the adventure before it started. Luckily a rental Ute got him back on track and he picked us up in Mackay with boat in tow. Thursday was registration day, 190 entries, their biggest ever! A quick rig of the boat and a familiarizing sail and we were ready to roll.
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Friday, race one and regatta management decided on a mass start with 190 boats of all 13 divisions from TP52 ocean racers to F18 off the beach cats all together on two parallel start lines 300 m apart - what could possibly go wrong? Well, how about no start lines 5 minutes before the first warning, a 20 minute delay then the wind dropping to zero just before the start. Can you imagine 190 yachts, big and small, all milling around in a very small area with no steerage? I thought the Sabre states was bad enough with 70 boats on one start line! Finally we got away (with no casualties) and I must admit it was an awesome sight, and those big boats do clear out mighty fast. Our course took us 10 miles upwind around two pointy islands named Twin Cones (after Madonna I think), then a long beat back. Three hours on the water and we were in first place by three seconds!

Saturday saw a nice short course in the bay due to light winds, much more our style. Did I mention that we were the smallest, slowest boat in our division? Third place by 8 seconds due to a boat not even in our group Lee bowing us right on the line- not happy Jan! Sunday abandoned due to light wind (which picked up 20 minutes later of course) then Monday was the lay day, nice wind but they couldn’t change things around. Something about a long lunch at the Sailing Club, hmm, we must be in Queensland.

We awoke on Tuesday to howling winds around 25 knts off shore. Perfect for those big boats, but not so good for us. Our course was 10 miles down wind to those twin cones (which had had the bra blown clean off them) then a 14 mile beat back again - not good, not good at all. After a team safety meeting we decided to launch and see what we thought before the start. Downwind not a problem, but as soon as we turned upwind we were knocked flat. As fat as Doc and I were, we still couldn’t keep her upright, so regretfully (ha ha) we pulled the pin. One hour there and four hours back with a small electric outboard as backup didn’t seem like good math to us. Once we radioed in our decision to pull out it started an avalanche of likeminded skippers and half our division bailed. Speaking with some of the other crews the next day brought tales of woe and hanging on for dear life- good call us!

Wednesday was a nice sail around the Molle Islands between the North and South. Very pleasant, good views, nice sunshine. “What’s that Skip? We’re supposed to be racing?” Oh yeah, that’s right. The tides around those islands and channels can make a huge difference to your times and to Tim’s credit, he picked our course well and in a lightening breeze we still managed to pick up third place. Now this was good, but all these scores were knocking our handicap way up and with one race left and a target on our back, things were looking grim.

Thursday came with 10-12 knts of wind, just right, and a good start - we were in with a chance. A quick reach down around West Molle (Daydream Island ) with the tide and with our shallow draft, we were able to sail over some sand bars the others couldn’t and gain a couple of places- good work Team (spelt Tim). Unfortunately all our hard work came unstuck on our way back as the wind died away and those faster boats with their honking great spinnakers were already crossing the line while we were stuck in the doldrums, bugger!

All back to the club for presentation (they ran out of beer!) and a catch up with the other SBSC members there. Rob Rainsford and crew on YKnot did a great job and ended up with first place in Performance Cruising Div 2. Well done guys and gals. Team Cirrus came in forth in Trailable Yachts Div 2. Not bad, we were happy. But wait - there’s more! The Queensland Trailable Yacht Association were holding a parallel event using the same scores and as it was a class handicap event, our (read Tim’s) superior sailing skills didn’t adversely effect our chances. So now we are the Queensland State Title holders for Trailable Yachts CBH - Division 2 (autographs available on request).Cirrus State Champion 6x4

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All jokes aside, it was a great trip with a terrific bunch of people and a really nice place to spend some time on the water. Thanks again Tim for the invite. And thanks John for pulling out and making the spot available (he ended up coming anyway and crewing on Y Knot with Rob for the win). All the results are available at ABRW 2022 Results
Cheers all,
Pete Chippy

This week's Racing

Sunday 28th August - BMWS Race    

First Warning Signal: 9:55H Tower Pursuit Start
Race Officer: Elaine Nicholas
Tower Assistant: Nigel Cunnife
Course Selection (Not required in tower):        Tim Bardon  

This Sunday we have the last of the Brass Monkey Pursuit Race for this season..  As with all out BMWS race there is the option to run a spinnaker.  If you intend to run a kite then please notify the SBSC tower when signing on for the race on VHF 69 and add 4-minutes to your nominated start time.

Start sheet is available at BMWS Start Sheet

MOB Training

Please make note of the dates for the Man Over Board Training Presentations being held at the club (see flyer below).  These are being presented by Simon Dryden who is head trainer for the ORCV.   Even if you have already undertaken a safety course or previously experienced a man overboard rescue, this is a great opportunity to refresh your knowledge or learn something new. Please encourage your crew members to attend – after all, rescue is a team effort! 

Bookings can be made via the Try Booking Link

SBSC ORCV Man Overboard training sessions FINAL 22 Aug 2022 RS

HIRW Gets Underway

Hamilton Island Race Week gets underway with a bang.  Summer's Lease did the dash up to Hammo and are looking forward to a great week of racing. SL HIRW RS

There are plenty of yachts representing SBSC including Balance, Bigger Day Out, Rells, Summer's Lease and L'Esprit - Not a name that rings a bell.  Rick Rogers, David Stoopman and the crew from Maximum Limit have commandeered L'esprit for the regatta and they seem to like the new boat with three wins so far. We wish them all a very successful regatta.  All the results are available HERE

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ORCV News

With 56 boats in the 50th Melbourne to Hobart, there will be activity in the lead-up as crews and boats prepare.

For details on the opportunities for ocean sailing please go to the ORCV Race Calendar 2022   As with all our races, you can compete fully crewed, 4+ auto-helm or double-handed. 

September 17th - West Offshore Product Coastal Sprint 1 

For those considering some ocean sailing, these short courses, category 3 start in daylight are a great way to test your crew and boat.  You can enjoy a different style of racing which can have you home that night.  A great option for those considering a longer passage to Devonport or Hobart.  Entries are open HERE 560 x260 banner Coastal Sprint Post

October 28th – Devonport, the Rudder Cup

Now on the Melbourne Cup long weekend, you can now be part of the Rudder Cup race to Devonport, the oldest ocean race in Australia, a qualifier race for Hobart.  Entries open at Melbourne to Devonport Entries560 x 260 banner Devonport Rudder Cup

Safety & Sea Survival Courses, Sept 11th and November 20th 

Heading to Devonport or Hobart?  The ORCV requires that 50% of the crew (including the skipper or sailing master) must carry a SSS certification and 100% where a boat is racing double-handed.  Please check your crew as the ORCV SSS has a self-paced online content to be completed before your 1 days in person session.  Bookings can be made here Safety Sea Survival Course Booking  This is a great course for anyone intending to go offshore be it racing, cruising or just sailing!Safety Sea Survival banner600 260px

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