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Dates for the Diary

Saturday 12th December        2:00 - 5:30pm        Saturday Soiree with Dave Campbell
Sunday 20th December 1:00pm   SBSC Christmas Party.  More details below    

New Members

The Members and Executive Committee at SBSC would like to extend a warm welcome to our new members.  We look forward to meeting you at the club or seeing you out on the water in the not too distant future:

  • Joseph Sofia 
  • Melissa Fuller
  • Martin and Sandy Coats
  • Richard Aitken
  • David Fairweather

New Members Night

The club has had 51 new members join up since July, which is a great outcome given we have only effectively been able to open the doors last month.
Last Thursday, we had our first “New Member Welcome Night” which was well attended by new members and committee. The event was held on the patio providing a great vista for all to enjoy.  Quite a few members also booked to eat and enjoy the live music after the event.  Thank you to the Social Committee for organising this event and to all who were able to attend.

SBSC Christmas Party

Please book through

Sunday 20th December
Live music from Tanina and Neil from 1pm – 4pm
Food Service will begin at 1.30pm (mains & dessert)
And saving the best till last  - A Santa Visit after lunch!

All tickets via the link above – available for booking NOW

Adults        $25.50     
Children up to 17YO             $16:00

Make sure to get in early and book so you don’t miss out.


SBSC Christmas Fundraiser

Xmas Fundraiser

Junior News

Sadly another Sunday has passed without any sailing. Again a bit too much wind, I did arrive a bit late this morning but I was there for the last part of it. We were just brainstorming ideas for what we would like to do this season, both on and off water. Like we wanted to do a long distance sail across the bay and do more mini races in the mornings between the juniors.

I spoke to one of the other juniors (Jess) today about what they were looking forward to most about the up coming year.  She said that she was looking forward to the across the bay sail, and to be honest I think so is everyone else because it is a really fun thing to do. I’m really exited for this season because not much has happened during lockdown so its great to be back outside and sailing again. Hope that you have all had a great week and a great week to come, stay safe and healthy.

Owen Thompson
Junior Captain

Keelboat & Tower News

Keelboat Captain's Report

I hope you’re enjoying getting back on the water and now with more easing of restrictions getting your full crew onboard?  With saying that we must be vigilant about our club’s Covid-Safe policy that the government is insisting on to keep control of another possible Covid cluster?  So as from this Friday night there will be NO reminder emails or text messages sent chasing crew declarations and any yachts that have not submitted their crew declaration by 24 hours from the first warning signal of the race will be scored as DSQ as per our Sailing Instuctions.
If one case of Covid-19 is discovered in our club then the DHHS will possibly shut the whole club down if we haven’t been following their guidelines? So please for every member and guest at our club, do the right thing and get your declaration in.

Last Friday we had just over thirty boats in our fun Twilight Pursuit Race lets see if we can grow these numbers each week, maybe even forty by Christmas which is only about two weeks away.  Look forward to seeing you out on the water and in the club.

Mal Winder
Keelboat Captain

Last week's results:

Now that restrictions have been further eased the club is now operating at almost full capacity so make sure you get back to the club after racing and enjoy a meal, beverage of just some friendly banter with your fellow sailors.  It really is worth making the effort.  Bookings can be made with David on 0439 314 179.

Friday 4th December - Friday Twilight Pursuit Race 6     

1st Christela Sm2700 Greg Clark
2nd Friday Harbour B2911 Kon Cili
3rd Miss Marilyn SB32 Rem van Dorssen
1st Balance M333 Mark Bulka
2nd Patriot Sm133 Jason Close
3rd Mr Bojangles SB4556 Pauline Cleaver

Thankyou to David & Andrew from Renaissance who did a sterling job assisting in the tower despite it being a somewhat difficult night for us Tower Folk. 
There was much debate between selecting Course 1 or 5 with a light to moderate southerly anticipated.  At 5pm the call was made for the shorter Course 5 as we had a light westerly blowing in the vicinity of the club and the tower team were a little gun shy after two weeks of boats timing out on course.

By race start we had a moderate SSW blowing that continued to build to around 12-15kts which made Course 5 a perfect soldiers course and definitely favoured the small boats in the fleet but despite all that it did look like a great sail and we managed to get all boats to finish in a very timely fashion.  Dave and his crew on Crowded House were definitely duped when Christela was on approach to the finish as they were starting, which wasn't helped by them running just a little late for their 18:19H start time.

Saturday 5th December 2020 - MYC Capel Sound Race

Yet another interesting day on the water.  Many of our yachts that we would normally expect to be out were discouraged from participating with a forecast of 20-30kts and possible thunder storms.  Vincitore and Crowded House represented SBSC which is not a great turn out but the MYC fleet were also a bit shy about sailing with only two Div.1 boats and one Div. 2 boats from the Mornington fleet on water.

We started the race in a light NE breeze and made our way under kite to the Mt Martha Marine Farm.  Not long after that the breeze started to die and we were all struggling to make it to R1.  At around 11:00am the call came through from the MYC tower that the Bureau of Meteorology had upgraded the forecast to a Gale Warning and the race was abandoned.  At the time this seemed a tad odd as we were all floundering with no breeze but as we all know a Gale Warning means all racing is cancelled and it was definitely the correct call with very strong winds and heavy rain arriving mid afternoon. 

Big thanks to Mornington YC for doing their best to get a race in despite the challenging circumstances.  We are all hoping for fantastic conditions for our next joint race which is the Hovell Pile Race on the 9th January 2021.  Make sure you put this one in the diary!

For all of the Keelboat Results, including Series Scores for the Friday Pursuit Twilights, please go to 2020-21 Keelboat Results. 

This week's Race Program

Friday 11th December - Friday Twilight Pursuit  Race 7     

& Margaret Hollamby Female Helm Race 2    

First Warning Signal: 17:25H Pursuit Start
Race Officer: Peter Bulka
Duty Boat: Whiskers

Start Sheet for this Friday's Race can be viewed at Start Sheet 11th December 2020

As previously advised, all yachts participating will be scored in the FridayTwilight Pursuit Race #7 however, only those with a Female Helm will be scored in the Margaret Hollamby 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 13th December - Return to Safe Sailing Race 5   

First Warning Signal: 13:25H Boat Start
On Duty: Andrew Clark & Tristan Batey

Seeking Expressions of Interest!

Early in the month next April, I'll be doing a delivery run from Auckland to Tahiti. The boat is an Oyster 62 and it will be 2-3 weeks of ocean sailing plus a few days at either end.  Although it is early days yet, I'm seeking expressions of interest from experienced sailors who might be interested in joining as crew. This won't necessarily be champagne sailing despite the exotic destination. There will be plenty of wind and standing watches day and night for up to 3 weeks takes a certain kind of fortitude. It is a magnificent boat though and very well fitted out. To be considered, you MUST have blue water passage making sailing experience and be capable of standing solo watches at night. 
As a minimum, travel to and from the boat, food and incidental expenses would be covered.
So if you can spare 3-4 weeks in April next year and would like to do some serious Sth Pacific miles, please let me know.

Jonathan Ross
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Snooks Catering

Snooks Catering E News piece for week 9th Dec 2020

Saturday Soiree @ SBSC

Saturday Live Music Soiree is on again this Saturday.  A great afternoon of entertainment 2.30 – 5pm …. and maybe stay for dinner afterward.  Book with David Snooks on 0439 314 179

SBSC LIVE MUSIC SOIREE portrait 12th Dec 2020.1



Cock of the Bay - Update

For all yachts that are competing in this year's ORCV Cock of the Bay on Boxing Day, Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron have kindly offered complimentary berthing from December 24th until the race start for those coming from afar. If you wish to take up this offer, when you complete the RMYS Casual Berth Form you should nominate your club as OTHER and indicate ORCV Cock of the Bay entrant.
RMYS is open on December 24 for their arrival. All bookings must be made prior to December 23.
We hope this allows your members to come and enjoy being part of the great ORCV event again this year.

Cock of the Bay