Committee Mutterings

Dear members,

The Executive Committee would like to thank the members who took the time to nominate a fellow member for Club Person of the year. Selecting the successful nominee was an agonising decision to make last Thursday night, given the contributions of those nominated.  Unfortunately we can only select one member.  In normal circumstances, the announcement of Senior and Junior Club person of the year would be made on Presentation Night, however, this year it will be awarded at our AGM, which is to be held on Sunday the 26th of July.   There were an incredible 11 nominees this year. So, in no particular order:

John and Anne Matheson:
Made Thursday nights happen.  John was very vocal about wanting a night for social membership and was pivotal in driving the marketing for this to happen.  Both he and Anne pounded the pavement to hand deliver thousands of brochures, turned up every Thursday to host and sold hundreds of dollars of Raffle Tickets for the donated Seafood raffle.
Chris Parkes:
Photographer extraordinaire.  Sleeps with his camera, but Chris’s determination to photograph the club with a view to…. campaigns were critical to getting the clubs message out there.  Chris has been seen at every club event to capture great moments and his work as usual on Sail Peninsula 2020 extraordinary.  He’s a great asset to the club.
Ciaran Snooks:
Ciaran has over the past couple of years with Natasha and Grace been the champion for the Junior Group.  It’s been a tough year for the Junior's on the water, but through Ciaran’s leadership, the juniors have managed to remain connected and active the entire season.  The program that he helps run is vital to the growth in not just those juniors sailing ability and confidence levels, but important to the growth of the club.
Rob Campbell:
For a number of seasons now, Rob has been the backbone of the on water team for not only OTB races, but also our Keel Boat races.  He is a constant as a driver for one of the RHIBS each week.  He loves the job and more than that, loves being a part of the club community.  His efforts also extend to the management and maintenance of the rescue craft fleet.  He is a pure and true volunteer.
Dierdre Snooks:
Dierdre has been a regular nominee and for great reason.  Her efforts are greatly appreciated.  She operates with a level head and great energy.  A constant on the start boat and all RO’s breathe a sigh of relief when Dierdre is on board.  She has all the paperwork in order and is a great scribe.  Her efforts on the SP20 organising committee means that the detail required to get this event over the line is acted upon.  A great asset to any organising committee.
Ross Martin:
A Perennial performer for the club and a consummate club person.  Ever present and willing to do anything that benefits the club.
Des Carroll:
Des is the glue that keeps the tower ticking.  Des has grown into the role and made it his own.  Des has also ensured that the processes used are continually refined to make the job in the tower more user friendly.  He recently undertook a comprehensive overview for the purchase of the new computer in the tower.
Duncan McColl:
Duncan has made a habit of putting his hand up to chair significant committees to ensure first class outcomes for the club.  Firstly he chaired the Optimist Nationals Committee and ultimately steered the club away from the event with no negative impact on the clubs reputation which is no mean feat.  He is currently the chair for the Catering Tender Committee and will be responsible for recommending to the Executive Committee a pathway forward to ensure the club secures the best possible outcome with his committee.
Lisa Marklew:
Lisa has not only steered the Social Committee and put on some great events, but has generously leant her considerable styling talents to the club redevelopment program.  The Executive Committee are sincerely grateful to Lisa for providing stunning outcomes to the aesthetic of the program.  Watch this space!
Ewan Campbell:
Ewan is such a quiet achiever.  Ewan has ensured that the club maintains its Sail Training credentials and is of course the man that takes people out to learn to sail. Many on committee were surprised when we received a couple of thousand bucks for the effort that he puts into training potential new members.  Ewan was also a major sponsor for Sail Peninsula 2020, supplying countless bottles of Beach Box Gin.

Junior Club Person Nominees:
Jessica Lowe:
Jess has taken her sailing to another level and has been taking a lot of the juniors with her as her confidence grows out on the water, so too has her confidence grown on the shore, as many of the younger kids look to Jess as a role model. She is a constant on the start line in the afternoon and encourages other juniors to join in.

Xavier Graham:
Xavier is a special young man and is a very polite and considerate member of our club. Xavier is really starting to extend and push himself out on the water and is now able to compete on the bigger course in the afternoon and finish races. He is a constant source of encouragement to all junior members and is always willing to help others.

So they were the nominees and we look forward to announcing one of these deserving people as our Club Person and Junior Club Person of the year.

With the current COVID-19 restrictions in place, as a committee we decided,  that with no firm end date on when we can fully return to the club,  that we schedule an OTB Winter Series to alternate with the already scheduled KB Brass Monkey Winter Series to ensure that when things do return so some semblance of normality, we have a schedule ready to go. By alternating OTB and KB racing we are putting into place some mechanism to socially distance members, ensuring there aren’t too many at the club at one time.

The same can be said when it comes to the AGM.  We have set the date, Sunday the 26th of July.  This meeting will go ahead as a live meeting in the clubhouse or as a Zoom meeting, depending on whether or not restrictions are lifted sufficiently for the former to occur.  Regardless, we have a contingency to remain constitutional.

Bar works are progressing well and are set to be concluded by the 8th of June.  So far works have cost the club $75,000.  We expect these works will remain in budget at about $120k.  That will leave sufficient in the bank about $60k as a buffer leading into the 2020/21 season.
We thank the Coast Guard who have contributed $3600.00 to the cost of carpeting the remaining areas of the building being their office, the reception area and the tower.  This will ensure the building has the same feel throughout.  Works to the outside of the building are scheduled to commence in early July.

It was decided at the last Executive Meeting to establish some terms of reference for the formation of the Sponsorship Committee that the club is in desperate need.  If you would like to consider getting involved with this committee, then please let our secretary know by dropping Drew a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hopefully we can gather at the club soon and enjoy what will be a wonderfully welcoming atmosphere in pretty special surrounds. Until then - take care.

(On behalf of the Executive Committee)

Keelboat Captains Report

Hi everyone,
I hope you’re all well and keeping safe.

I’m sure you’re all feeling a bit stir crazy and can’t wait until the current government restrictions on sailing and other activities are lifted.  In saying that, there are going to be parameters which will be put in place to continue social distancing and restrict social gatherings until a vaccine has been developed or zero new cases of infections of the Covid-19.  It is looking like some of the restrictions are going to be eased for boating within the next couple of weeks which means we could be back on the water very soon?

However, the way you have been used to sailing and socialising is going to be very different for some time, once we start up again.  There will be guidelines which you will have to strictly adhere to if you want the club to keep sailing every week.   Being forgetful or selfish could jeopardise our return to sailing and the club for everyone.  When the executive committee gets the go ahead they will put together some guidelines which have been stipulated by the government and will be sent out to all members.

Hopefully we are back sailing by the start of the BMWS - PURSUIT SERIES on the 31st of May.  If the restrictions are lifted before then we would look to run a stand alone race as it is too late to tap into the Autumn series.  So if there is something you need to do to your boat before we start racing again, you should start planning to do it ASAP.  We will be seeing some new boats in our growing fleet which is exciting, even though there hasn’t been any activity on the water racing lately there has been an increase in boats interested and will be joining in our races very soon.

All the best
Mal Winder
KB Captain

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McLardy McShane

Skippers, crew and happy members.
One of our valued Sponsors McLardy McShane Insurance Brokers, who proudly sponsor the club for Sail Peninsula and look after all the clubs assets and public liability insurance, need your support.  Joe and Mandy look after the club and many members yacht and personal insurance needs and would be very pleased to provide you with a very competitive quote on your insurance requirements.

Let’s support those who support us.  Give them a call, won’t cost anything.

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ZHIK eSailing Challenge

This is the last chance to get involved in the ZHIK eSailing Championships
The Safety Beach SC Championships will be held over the weekend of Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th May so get your entry in NOW!!

NOR is here.

Virtual eSailing Regatta Registration is here.

To enter Safety Beach Sailing Club eSailing Championship submit the following info to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday 13-May (yep that is tomorrow).

  • Competitor VR Username
  • Dayboat racer colour
  • Email address
  • Contact Phone number
  • Preferred time for eSailing (am/pm)

Access codes and times of the first race will be issued closer to the event as per NOR. 
Register NOW, do a tutorial or two and get some practice before next weekend.

ZOOM Trivia

The club held its inaugural ZOOM Trivia last Friday the 8th May which was enjoyed by all who took on the Trivia Challenge.  There was one or two technical glitches however, we battled on with the winners of the evening, in a close fought battle, being Team 4 which consisted of Mal Winder, Catherine Schnell, Andrew & Amanda Clark, Andrew Taylor, Jacqui Bange and John Wemyss. Congratulations!

Depending on the social distancing rules and what we can and cannot do we are planning to hold another ZOOM Trivia sometime in early June.

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