We would like to welcome the following new and returning members to Safety Beach Sailing Club.
We look forward to seeing you at the club or on the water in the not too distant future:
- Baumanis Family - Gavin, Karen, Jade, James & Jared
- Martin Family - Campbell, Liz & Claire
- Laing Family - Greg, Gabby, Amy & Hayden
- Stuart Bender
Vale Lois Stocks
Under the Cover of a Covid lockdown, Foundation and Life Member Lois Stocks, wife of Don Stocks, sadly passed away.
This was only brought to my attention last weekend on talking to Andrew.
The Stocks name has been synonymous with the Safety Beach Sailing Club since foundation and on behalf of the Executive and Members of the SBSC, we extend our deepest sympathies to Andrew, Linda, Allison, Daniel & Tim.
Regrettably restrictions prevented any representative from the club attending the service.
The House Committee is scheduling another working bee for Saturday the 5th of December, commencing at 9.00am. I know it’s getting close to Christmas, but it’s not like we can go anywhere exciting, so why not donate a few hours of your valuable time to the betterment of the grounds of the club.
Jobs to be done include:
- did I mention weeding
- A bit of tidying up and general maintenance
- Weeding equipment
- Industrial size weed sprayer with the spray to go in it
(The House Committee)
From the Rear
It is with great pleasure to announce we are back to sailing without restrictions. OTB sailors can move around the rigging yard without a mask so long as social distancing is adhered to. Sailing with someone other than another person who lives under the same roof without having to social distance. Change rooms can be used so long as the 1 person per 4 sqm rule is adhered to (well nearly without restrictions). Keel Boats are the same - no masks required, and no restrictions on crew numbers.
However, to keep us all safe and to ensure we comply with Victorian Government and AS rules and recommendations, please remember to Sign On and Off via the QR codes. Duty personal to sign in via the appropriate QR code. OTB sailors and friends to use the rigging yard QR code on arrival. Also please remember to sign into Snooks Catering QR when you enter the club house. Please always remember to have your mask with you. Please put it on when moving around the club house when you are not eating or drinking. For example, when you remove yourself from the table to exit the building or to use the bathroom. If you are unsure Snooks Catering staff will be more than happy to assist with any questions you may have. To be honest I did not ask David but sure he won’t mind.
I would like on behalf of all members wish regular OTB rescue boat driver Rob Campbell all the best for his pending knee surgery. You will be greatly missed by all OTB sailors. As we will more than likely have to do more duty in your absence, so we all wish you a speedy recovery. If any member is interested in volunteering their time driving or assisting on rescue boats on Sunday afternoons, please contact me on 0467 000 442 to discuss.
Before signing off, I would like to mention how wonderful it is to see so many members across all fleets and social members enjoying everything Safety Beach Sailing Club has to offer and may it continue to grow as the weather improves. There is so much to look forward to after a miserable 2020 winter.
Saturday Soiree @ SBSC
Big thank you our resident photographer Chris Parks who has yet again taken some fabulous shots of last Saturday's Soiree!
Juniors @ SBSC
Safety Beach has had a long tradition of a supportive, educational, competitive, and FUN Junior program. These qualities have shaped and guided the evolution of Juniors at Safety Beach from the early days of 2 - 3 juniors on the water, to where we find ourselves at the end of last season with up to 24 Juniors.
It has been the hard work and passion both behind the scenes and on early Sunday mornings from Grace, Natasha and Ciaran as well as others, over the past 4 seasons that has gotten the Juniors to the really healthy position it finds itself in today. I would like to begin by thanking them for all their hard work and dedication over the years. As they embark on the next chapter of their lives, we are looking for some enthusiastic volunteers to continue the fantastic program we currently have. Grace, Natasha, and Ciaran will be here to support the program for the remainder of the season.
As with everything, time and circumstances are not static and as we have experienced this year, we should be prepared and forward thinking. In order to ensure the continuation and growth of the Juniors, we need to be constantly active in our planning for the future.
With the restart of the Junior Program, it is the perfect opportunity to begin this conversation and transition planning, so that we continue to bring new ideas and expertise to the table and carry on the great work already started. There is quite a bit of effort that occurs behind the scenes and this can be made light with many hands involved. Safety Beach Sailing Club could not survive without the hard work of many volunteers – volunteers are the essence and heart of any club and their enthusiasm and dedication is one of the things that has made SBSC and our junior program what it is today. We acknowledge this and thank you all sincerely.
So in a COVID safe manner, we would like to extend an invitation to not only our Junior sailors along with their parents, but also to our wider community of members who might be able to offer a little of their time to help with our Junior Sailing Programme, whether it be imparting sailing experience and techniques, assisting with powerboats, helping on the beach and in the yard, general organisation etc. We would love you to come along to the club this Sunday at 9.00am to discuss how we can maximise a transition process to the benefit of the Juniors and the Club. We welcome your ideas and we look forward to seeing you all.
For a day that was predicted to have no wind at all, we ended up with quite a nice little sail and a great turnout - 24 boats to be exact! Race 1 actually had over 10 knots at times, enough to keep people on there toes and the 'A' class guys foiling. Unfortunately just after the start of Race 2 the weather gods had the last laugh as the breeze dropped right out and we were forced to abandon racing for the day. Again, there’s always next week! On a brighter note, it was good to welcome back some more sailors freed up from the Covid restrictions including the always hard to catch Bill Manning. I’ve heard a lot of people say they were happy to see the back of Bill!
With Christmas fast approaching and not much happening in the way of National Titles, our gallant Rear Commodore, Ross Martin, has decided to fill that void with a Christmas Series - just like in the good old days! This is to be a 6 day series starting on Sunday the 27th then continuing on the 28th and 29th. A few days off for New Years celebrations, then back again for the 3rd, 4th and 5th of Jan. We are proposing a 3pm race start to give more family time and hopefully to take advantage of the sea breeze. Geoff Eldridge has kindly put up his hand to be Race Officer, and we will be looking for volunteers to help run these races so please speak to Ross or myself in the coming weeks if you can spare a day or 2 (or 6) to help out .
I think that’s about enough for this week
Keelboat & Tower News
Last week's results:
I think there were happy faces all around for the yachts that joined in our first taste of Midweek Madness for the 2020-21 season. It was a very pleasant way to spend a Wednesday afternoon with what ended up as a moderate SE breeze, balmy conditions and calm seas.
Midweek Madness - 18th November 2020
Friday 20th November - Twilight Pursuit #4
Congratulations to Greg & Dawn Clark and the crew of Christela who took out the win for only their second race at SBSC. We would also like to congratulate Greg & Gabby Laing who had their first race at the club on L'etoile after recently purchasing the yacht from Ian Pearse - great to see SB016 still in the fleet.
Big thank you to our Race Officer Ross and the team from Time Out that did a great job in the tower. Unfortunately the wind was very fickle on the course which lead to a very slow leg out to 25 and resulted in a number of yachts not completing the course within the time limit.
After polling our Keelboat Skippers and Owners it was very clear to our Race Committee that there is a preference to start our Friday Pursuit Races at 17:30H so please note that the Keelboat Program and Roster have been updated and the start times for all our Friday Pursuit Races will now be 17:30H including the race this Friday the 27th November.
Sunday 22nd November - Return to Safe Sailing # 3
|3rd||Mr Bojangles||SB4556||Pauline Cleaver|
Well it started out as a lovely sailing breeze but not long after the first yachts round the Green Pile for the first time the wind started to fade. Not even Vincitore could make it back to the Finish within the time limit. Luckily our Sailing Instructions allow the race team to determine the results of the race from the times taken as the boats passed the Green Pile for the first rounding!.
Congratulations to Greg Laing and the crew on L'etoile for scoring a third position. Not a bad effort for their first Sunday Race in the SBSC fleet.
For all of this weeks results please go to 2020-21 Keelboat Results
Yet again our start boat regular Deirdre Snooks was at it again and has taken plenty of photos of both the OTB and Keelboat Fleets from the start boat. To check out these photos and maybe even get a nice shot of your boat in action go to the SBSC Facebook page at SBSC FBook
This week's Race Program
Friday 27th November - Twilight Pursuit #5 &
Margaret Hollamby Female Helm Race #1
|First Warning Signal:||17:25H|
|Race Officer:||Andrew Stocks|
Start Sheet for this Friday's Race can be viewed at Friday Start Sheet 27th November 2020
This week we have the first of our Female Helm Races.
All boats sailing will be counted in the Friday Twilight Pursuit Series however, only those with a Female Helm will be counted in the results of this four race series.
There are a few rules that apply specifically for the Female Helm Series.
- All rules as per the current SBSC Keelboat Sailing Instructions apply
- Only 1 person per race in this sub-series to Sign On as the Female Helm (please note that helm and skipper can be 2 different people)
- During the pre-race Sign On please advise the name of the Female Helmsperson to the Safety Beach Tower on VHF 69
- The nominated Helmsperson must be a current member of SBSC (Senior, Crew or Social)
- Current Covid requirements for each race will apply
- A prize for the heat winner will be awarded at the Friday after race presentations
- An overall winner of the series will have their name placed on the Margaret Hollamby Perpetual Trophy
* The intent of this sub series is to get as many Female Helmspersons on as many yachts as possible for each heat in the series
Sunday 29th November - Return to Safe Sailing #4
|First Warning Signal:||13:25H|
|Race Officer:||Martin Coad|
|Duty Boat:||Summer Breeze|
Please note that we have a BOAT START scheduled for the race this Sunday so make sure you get onto the race course nice and early so that you get out to the start boat in a timely fashion.
Capel Sound Race - Saturday 5th December
Make sure you put this date in the diary as going to be a ripper sail.
SBSC keelboats are sailing a combined race with MYC on Saturday the 5th December which is their Capel Sound Race. It will be a MYC start with the first warning signal at 9:55H. More details including the SSI's will be posted shortly so watch this space.
Please note the updated Dining Information re Covid Restrictions has now been updated and can be viewed at Dining Update @ 23rd November
Coastal Sprint Series Race 1 Report (Sat 21st November)
It was a tough day on the water for the first of the 2020 ORCV Coastal Sprint Challenges with a notable lack of wind!
27 yachts and some 130 crew set sail at 7.45 pm under spinnaker in 6 to 7 knots of breeze from the South East. The start was delayed by 15 minutes to accommodate the marine traffic.
We had 3 local boats in the fleet being Audere, Shimmer and Summer’s Lease. Audere and Shimmer were with the lead group to exit Port Philip Heads, turning to Port for the 55nm race towards Cape Schanck.
Hartbreaker from RBYC, finally took line honours after 7 hours and 44 minutes on the water with congratulations to Josh Thring, skipper of Audere, claiming 5th over the line and 2nd on IRC after 9 hours on the ocean.
More than half the fleet eventually retired due to the lack of wind.
The next race in the series is scheduled for the 23rd January 2021. They will no doubt be praying for a little more wind!