Dates for the Diary

Friday 12th March 17:25H    Junior Crews Night
Sunday 14th March 3 - 6pm    Sunday Sounds with Rob Papp   
Thursday 18th March          18:30H Cruisers Corner Gathering #2       

What's on at SBSC

Snooks Catering E News March 2021 Happenings at SBSC

From the Juniors!

Junior Keelboat Night

Friday 12th March is the annual JUNIOR KEELBOAT NIGHT. This is an invite to all current Junior Sailing Members at SBSC above the age of 7; with any Junior under 12 to be accompanied by ONE parent/guardian. The racing will be followed up by dinner back at the Sailing Club.

To RSVP please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. BEFORE 5pm Friday 5th March.
If you're able to respond ASAP it would be much appreciated in order to coordinate Keelboats.  Any questions please don’t hesitate.

Ciaran Snooks
SBSC Junior Squad

Junior Captain Report

I hope you had a great week, I’m sorry its been a while since I wrote a report but ill give it a go. Although, sadly I wasn’t able to make it today to the junior morning program or the after noon race but I asked my friend nick what happened and he told me all about it.
In the morning, when the junior program was suposed to be held there was no wind so the dinghies got towed to pebble beach by the safety boats. Everyone had a great time as I’ve heard and some of my friends even tried sailing without wind.

In the afternoon race we had visitors from MMYC (Mount Martha Yacht Club) and there was no wind at the start but it picked up and swung 180 degrees.

Sorry for the short letter but that’s all I’ve got.
Junior Captain

OTB Report

Well folks, in case you weren’t sure, it’s official - we have some awesome sailors at Safety Beach!
For those that couldn’t make it for whatever reason, last Sunday was the return visit from our comrades around the corner at Mt Martha - and they came guns blazing !
With a mixed fleet of 21 boats to our 24, I expected a close battle with honours to us. Little did I foresee the utter drubbing we handed them, with victories in all classes from Xavier in Div. 1 through to Nick Bacon in his Taipan.  With one point awarded to every starter and the winner of each division getting 9 points, second getting 8 and so on down, an even fleet usually comes down to numbers on the water. But not this year peeps - how about 138 to 60! Nuff said!!

MM 2
Apart from the result, it was a stunning sight on the beach as well as on the water. With SBSC and Mt Martha having 45 boats, we were joined by over a dozen visiting Hobie's preparing for next weeks state titles at our club. That meant about 60 yachts of all shapes, sizes and colours mixing it up on a fairly long course that had to be shortened due to the softening breeze.  So of course with the leaders of most divisions bunched up nearing the new up wind finish line, a typical Safety Beach 180 degree wind shift brought the tail enders right up to striking distance (I knew I was waiting there for a reason). This made for an extremely tight finish with the majority of the fleet crossing within 3 minutes! There was some furious number calling and writing going on aboard the start boat that’s for sure! Great job Geoff and Deidre, as always. Also a big thanks to the rib crews, especially Karin and Scott Thompson , who chose to carry out patrol duty while their son Owen was sailing in the Bic titles at Blairgowrie. Great members, bad parents but great members !


Speaking of Owen, he and Zach Lowe put in a creditable performance at the Open Bic titles, moving themselves up into the Gold Class division, well done guys!
No off the beach sailing this weekend owing to our hosting the Hobie titles, so if you are around Saturday, Sunday or Monday, rock on down to the club, it’s sure to be quite a spectacle with an expected 45 or so cats on the water. Again, good luck Geoff and Deidre!

I’ve included a couple of pictures of this weeks action, but if anyone has any taken from the club of the boats in the rigging yard or on the beach, I’d love to see them please.
That’s all for now, good luck to everyone heading off to state titles this weekend, may the wind fill your sails and not your kilt!
Pete Chippy
OTB Captain

Keelboat & Tower Report

Last Week's Results

Friday 26th February - Twilight Pursuit Race  # 3    

1st Anthea SB3017 John Wemyss
2nd Y Knot SB430 Rob Rainsford
3rd Lady Cassandra SB423 Mark McAuliffe
1st Patriot Sm133 Jason Close
2nd Mr Bojangles SB4556 Pauline Cleaver
3rd Anthea SB3017 John Wemyss

Great to see 32 boats out for a fabulous night on the water.  Thank you Sue, Jann and Agi from Single Malt who did a sterling job in the tower.

Big welcome to Seafarrer and Unprecedented who were out for their first sail with the Safety Beach Fleet - we look forward to see them out with us on a regular basis.

Sunday 28th February - Summer Series Pursuit Race   

1st  Rogue M2 David Phillips
1st  Rogue M2 David Phillips

The wind was a little unkind to those that ventured out for the Sunday morning Pursuit Race and unfortunately the only boat to complete the course in the 3.5hrs time limit was Rogue who made it across the line with a whole 35seconds to spare!

Big thank you to Steve and Dean from Shimmer for doing a fantastic job in the tower - although I am sure it was a bit of a slow morning for them as well.

This week's program

Friday 5th March - Twilight Pursuit Race    

First Warning Signal: 17:25H  Pursuit Start
Duty Boat: Layla Rose

Start sheet is available Start Sheet Friday 5th March 2021.

NO Sailing on Sunday 7th March

Saturday 13th March - MYC Destination Race to Queenscliff    

 First Warning Signal: 9:10H MYC Start

Mornington Yacht Club have very kindly extended an invitation to Safety Beach Keelboats to participate in their destination race to Queenscliff this Saturday 13th March.  The Special Sailing Instructions and Course information can be found under KB Race Documents on the club website..  If you would like to join in this race to Queenscliff then please complete the Visiting Yachts Sign On Sheet and submit to the Mornington Race Office by Friday evening.  You will need to arrange your own berthing at Queenscliff Marina.

Sunday Sounds @ SBSC



King Island Rally / Race

This weekend the ORCV will be running their Race and Rally to King Island.  There are 30yachts entered to compete in this years race to King Island so make sure you keep an eye out for our local boats Audere, Shimmer, Summer's Lease and our very own Rod Smallman on Maverick who will be exiting the Port Phillip Heads very early on Saturday morning to do the 120NM trip to Grassy.  We also have Brian and Lisa Marklew heading down on the inaugural King Island Rally.  To follow all their progress go to the ORCV King Island Trackers at:

Bowman Essentials - Master the Pointy End of the Boat

 “Master the bow position and you will always have a boat to sail on. Skill up and be confident and you can go places with it”
This new course is for all those who would like to transition from off the beach sailing or already sailing on keelboats grow their confidence.   
The core objectives of this course are to: 

  • Develop and upskill the next generation of bowmen and women
  • Raise the standard of crew work
  • Assist and encourage crew to take on the bow with confidence & understanding
  • Allow boat owners an avenue to train valuable crew, reducing lots of trial & error
  • Provide a more formal explanation of who and why things are done on the bow

Bookings are essential and can be made here

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Port Fairy Race or Rally - 2nd April 2021

In response to allow for more sailing, we invite you to join in the Race or Rally to Port Fairy this coming Easter.  The rally will commence Thursday and Race on Good Friday.  Nestled at the end of the Great Ocean Road, Port Fairy is a quaint seaside village.  Tie up in the safe harbour of the Moyne River and enjoy the hospitality of the Port Fairy Yacht Club and its surrounds.   More details can be found here

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West Offshore Products Coastal Sprint Series Race 3 - April 24th

Short and sweet with a daylight start.  Try sailing outside the heads, develop your crew and boat with these 55nm courses which start in daylight and will have you home that evening.  Entries are open here

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