Committee Mutterings

Dear members,

As we near a date for re-opening, it is important to note that there will be some new protocols as a condition of entry. Firstly, we will have new Visitor Slips to fill in for all non-members.  If you as a member invite a guest, they must sign in and tear off the slip (similar to RSL club type) in order to be given service. They must also nominate the member whom they have arrived with.  It is also important to note that all areas of the club are SMOKE FREE. Therefore, it is no longer permitted to smoke in the boat yard or balconies of the club.

Protocols for Keelboat Racing and OTB Racing will soon be released.  It will be extremely important to familiarise ourselves with these new protocols to ensure we don’t spread COVID-19. The last thing any of us want, is to be shut down and have to self-isolate.

Own your piece of SBSC History and buy a table (pictured below) for the sum of $50.00.  There are 16 of these historic pieces and 3 smaller versions.  To secure your piece of history, put your order in to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll set aside your piece of history. With a little TLC, these tables will be a great addition to your home.

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The reason for selling these items is due to a recent decision by committee to purchase smaller café tables which will ensure we can fit more people into the clubhouse when restrictions are completely lifted. It was felt that these tables were too heavy and large and often impractical, so hence the fire sale.

Our thanks to Stuart Scott for donating the polishing of the dance floor of the club via his company (Floors by Greensborough).   Stuart offered his services last Saturday whilst ripping up the tiles in the foyer of the club with Peter Chipperfield, Ross Martin, David Brewer and Brian Marklew. The new tiles were laid on Monday and look fantastic, really lifting the entry to the club.  Lisa Marklew has commenced the placement and hanging of memorabilia around the club, and our thanks to Linda Clarkson for donating the bins to remove the waste generated by the renovation.  A huge saving!

Don’t forget to put the date for our AGM into your diary, which is looking more and more likely to be a live meeting on the 26th of July 2020.  It’s still not too late to enter the club footy tipping competition. Follow this link HERE

(On Behalf of the Executive Committee)


Club Building Sneak Preview

As you are all aware there has been plenty happening at the club with the interior renovations and it is looking great.  It wont be too long now before we can get back and enjoy the updated facility and one of the best views on the bay.  For a sneak preview of what has been happening click the link HERE .  Thanks to Chris Parks from Effective Working Image for a fine job yet again.

From the Keelboat Captain

The light at the end of the tunnel is getting very close now, the count down has started but has the routine maintenance been done on your boat?

As most of the skippers and crew know the club will have new guidelines in place on our return which will be monitored at all times.  However, whatever happens on your boat is your responsibility to control.  If we flaunt the guidelines of the restrictions and just one case of COVID-19 or even flu symptoms are reported then the whole club maybe shut down and many people may have to go into isolation lock down for a couple of weeks.

If you get the opportunity you should get out on the water and do some social distance practicing and training your crew before the club’s racing commences.  Look forward to seeing you all on the start line soon.

Mal Winder
Keelboat Captain

Club Clothing

If you are interested in purchasing any of our wonderful club clothing and get yourself properly kitted out for the start of the sailing season please have a look at what stock we have available below. 

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To ORDER your Club Clothing please complete and return the order form that is available HERE by the 24th June

It is will be on a first in basis so don't dilly dally - get the order in NOW so you don't miss out.  
Pick Up days at the club for orders will be arranged later this month.

Club Sponsor - Phaedrus Estate

Phaedrus Estate is one of our local winery sponsors and was established in Moorooduc many years ago by Maitena and Ewan who, along with their four children have been club members for 7 years now. Ewan and the girls are keen sailors and you may have seen their red B14 skiff out on the water.

Phaedrus Estate RS1

Phaedrus Estate has  a wide range  of wines including Sparkling, Rose, Fiano and others so there is something for everyone! Phaedrus is happy to offer SBSC members a 15% discount off their online prices and FREE delivery!

To order simply go to  Use the discount code “club” for 15% off your order.

ZOOM Trivia Round 2

The club will be holding ZOOM Trivia Round 2 on Thursday 11th June with a kick off time of 7:00pm SHARP.  We have lots of fun questions already selected to make this a fun and fantastic night for all.  We already have quite a few starters lined up so don't miss out on the fun.  To join in please send a quick note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NOW and we will put you on the list.

Hope to see many of your smiling faces on ZOOM on the 11th of June


The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) is remaining proactive during the Coronavirus and is now presenting a rare opportunity to take part in three online navigation courses by the world-renowned navigator, Will Oxley, and respected Melbourne double-handed sailor and SBSC Member, Rod Smallman.

The ORCV felt that while in isolation, and as life in general begins to return to normal, there is plenty of time to upskill and learn new things from those with proven knowledge. Fundamental, Intermediate and a Masterclass (advanced) sessions are open to all who are interested with a personal approach to delivery. These courses are interactive with a skilled ocean sailor/navigator/trainer.

Traditionally courses were offered on a half or part day basis face to face in a classroom, but the online courses allow for delivery of content, dialogue and screen sharing with attendees and bit size pieces of information. This format allows time in between to review, revisit and complete homework and to brush up on the techniques and absorb the information. The overall course content was the mastermind of ORCV member, Rod Smallman, who designed the course content that caters to all keen navigators and those who are interesting in learning this necessary skill of the sea. The first two sessions involve an exercise regime and preparation. Once attendees are prepared, Will Oxley will guide them to the top echelons of navigation.


Ahead of taking on the 2018 Melbourne Osaka double-handed yacht race with his son Tyson (they finished third overall), Smallman went on a big learning curve, including maximising his navigation skills after learning to sail. He learned navigation through Expedition, running scenarios through virtual and real races, ahead of becoming one of Will Oxley's students, "To soak up as much as I could from 'The Master'."  "For the ORCV, it's more about mentoring fellow ocean goers. In other words, it's not just 'here's the course and it's over'. There is always an option of follow up as we try to ensure everyone gets it," says Smallman, who was named 2018 Double Handed Racer of the Year and ORCV Racer of the Year.

While Oxley, a two-time winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart on Ichi Ban and 2003 line honours victor on Skandia says, "I'm keen to be involved." The Northern Queenslander has also navigated five round the world races with top three finishes and won the Oryx Quest round the world race on the maxi cat Doha 2006.

"It's clear the majority of yachts are using navigation software, such as Expedition to help them navigate these days. The next step is to raise the level of its tools so people get more out of them. Tools like Expedition can make a massive difference when you're racing, but the vast majority of those using it are only using a small portion of what's available in the program. The aim of the course is to redress that really."

One of the beneficiaries of the earlier class room courses is Glenn Fitzgerald, skipper of the yacht Summer's Lease, who joined the ORCV last year. He says, "Expert in-person training with practical examples and practical knowledge, on both the basics and the use of technology. It's more than a few hours of training with the ORCV. The bonus is ongoing mentorship where no question is a problem."

Fitzgerald adds: "We've really been impressed with the ongoing support, encouragement and follow up. The course has given our crew confidence and impressed upon us the control that is needed. It's been a fabulous journey and we are desperate to get out sailing again!"

For detailed course information and how to book, please visit: ORCV members receive a discount on all courses.

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