Dates for the Diary

Thursday 19th March        Members Night "Local Tastes Evening
Friday 20th March Junior Crews - Friday Twilight Pursuit Race      
Sunday 5th April Keelboat Skippers & Crews Meeting


Committee Mutterings

Dear members,

What a crazy time we are living through currently. Thankfully, sailing out in the open air is similar to the social distancing being preferred by government, as a way of minimising the spread of COVID-19.  Whilst our crazy weather has coincided with Friday night racing, Sunday saw a reprieve in conditions and we were treated to champagne sailing and what a turnout we had. 20 juniors on the Sunday morning followed up by 14 Keelboats and 30 OTB in the afternoon capped off a very busy day around the club.

As mentioned by our Commodore Peter Bulka on Friday, your Committee is monitoring any response or recommended course of action coming from Australian Sailing. Currently it remains that all sailing activities are continuing, however we urge members to maintain good personal hygiene standards and we urge members that are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 as prescribed by the WHO to refrain from coming to the club and self-isolating.

It was great to turn up to the club on Sunday and see the progress thus far on our bar renovation. Things are progressing well, with the sliding windows in to the North East Corner and a fresh lick of paint to the ceiling and walls really lifting the interior, making the most of that view!

This Thursday (provided the gathering is less than 500!) is a special members night (see information flyer below).  During this period, it’ll be really important to keep supporting our caterer whilst it’s still possible.  We also have Junior Keelboat night on Friday evening, weather dependant of course!  Thanks in advance to all members who have provided space on their boats for juniors and their families this Friday, hopefully we get great weather and a big gathering back at the club afterwards, provided it’s less than 500.

I have been in touch with the contractors (Duratec) regarding the state of our yard and the additional time it has taken to do the necessary rectification works on the tunnel from our side. It appears that the piling holes were collapsing and needed better geotechnical engineering solutions. They have been waiting to hear from VicRoads regarding this solution and hopefully will recommence works this week into next and be finished within the fortnight.
Our roof is beginning to leak, which was unearthed by the painters and was found wanting after some substantial rainfall over the past month. The Shire have been out to inspect and hopefully will come up with a solution soon. We are hoping that the leaks don’t play havoc with our renovations and delay the project.

With the outbreak of COVID-19, the schools team racing state championships have been postponed, which is a great shame to many of our young sailors that were looking forward to racing in this great event at the RYCV this coming weekend. Selfishly, I’m happy as I can now sail on Friday night and again on Sunday.

Don’t forget to register for the SBSC Footy Tipping Competition. This is for all members and only costs $20.00. I’ll hunt you down for the money but please register regardless of the outcome of the AFL season continuing or not. We’ll have some novel prizes for each round and for the member that manages to correctly tip 9 games with the lowest margin. Link can be found in the e-news.


On behalf of the Executive Committee.

Football Tipping Competition

Weather you love or hate the game of football there is plenty of fun to be had by joining the SBSC Football Tipping Competition. To enter costs only $20 and to register is easy just CLICK HERE

Club Survey

A recent E News included a note saying we would be resending a copy of the strategic planning committee Membership survey to all members, on the basis a significant number of members had  indicated that they had not received the personalised invitation to participate.
Almost 20% of the club membership responded and that is a fantastic result in itself and reaffirms the commitment that members have for our club.  Most surveys are lucky to achieve a response rate close to 5% so we should be proud of the participation we have achieved. However, we are disappointed at the number of members that have not had the opportunity to complete the survey.
If you haven’t completed the survey and would like to do so please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a copy shall be forwarded. We would value your input as the greater the response the stronger the mandate for the Club Executive to take action.

What's on @ SBSC in March

Member Night 19th March 2020rs

OTB News

The Roster for the remainder of the 2019-20 season has been published. Please go to OTB Roster Part 2.  If you have any issues and are unable to do duty on the rostered date please speak to Bill or Alistair to arrange a swap or replacement.

Keelboat NEWS

Last Weeks Races 

Wednesday 15th March 2020            

Midweek Madness   

Congratulations to:   

1st Single Malt Sue Turnbull
2nd Anthea John Wemyss
3rd New Morning II Gordon Thomas

Great to see five boats out for this week's Midweek Madness Race.  The numbers are slowly starting to grow.
This week was the first of our visits from the Navy Recruits at Cerberus.  We had six young fellows sailing with the fleet on Wednesday and from all reports they had a great time and will be back again next week.  We are hoping that this will become a regular part of the Wednesday Racing and a great way to get some crew for those that have a crew shortage for our midweek races. 

Friday 13th March - Twilight Pursuit Race

Unfortunately the bad weather continues to disrupt our plans for Friday Twilight Sailing with the race Cancelled due to the Gale Warning on Port Phillip.
Next Friday night we have our Junior Crews night which has become a favourite on the Keelboat Calendar.   

Sunday 15th March  2020

Summer Series Pursuit Series Race    

Congratulations to:

1st Miss Marilyn Rem Van Dorssen
2nd Windsong  Roy Ashcroft
3rd Fransiska  Peter Morrison
1st Mr Bojangles  Pauline Cleaver
2nd 2Xtreme Andrew Clark
3rd Single Malt Sue Turnbull

Big thank Peter and Ian from Vincitore who manned the tower along with Des.  Great job!!

For all the 2019-20 Summer Season Results please go to 2019-20 Summer Season Results

Next Weeks Races 

Wednesday 18th March 2020      

Midweek Madness  

Start Time 16:00H Pursuit Start

 Wednesday Start Sheet

Friday 20th March 2020

Twilight Pursuit Series #2 & Junior Crews Race    

Race 8: Tower - Pursuit Start     
First Warning Signal:    17:25H
On Duty:  Peter Bulka, Mark and Di    

Please click HERE  for the Start Sheet

We look forward to seeing plenty of our Juniors and Parents out on the water this Friday and back at the club after the race.

Sunday 22nd March 2020

Club Championship Series

Race # 8: OTW - Boat Start
First Warning Signal:           13:25H
On Duty: Mark McAuliffe and Lady Cassandra   


King Island Race Report

From Glenn, Madison and the crew from Summer Lease

Team Summer Lease left Safety Beach Friday night to make the start line in Queenscliff by 12pm.
We tacked our way out of the heads and sailed all night in a confused sea state with the wind on the nose all night at 23 knots.
We made it to King Island and were warmly greeted by the King Island Yacht Club. They were fabulous hosts to the point where one of the members Loaned us their car the next day so we could visit the amazing golf courses and King Island Dairy. A trip we would recommend for anyone.


Team Maverick are now famous with a article published in Sail World about their great result in the ORCV King Island Race.  Please click HERE.  This is definitely worth a read.




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