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|
The Committee and Members of Safety Beach Sailing Club would like to extend a warm welcome to the following new and returning members. We look forward to meeting you at the club or seeing you out on the water very soon.
- Jennifer & Peter Bruce
- Denise & Peter Budd
- Andreas Marx
- Trystin, Mick, Evie & Goldie Wells
- Steve Young
- Graham Sprigg and Pamela MacAllister
- Sonja Marks
What's on at SBSC
Sunday Sounds @ SBSC
Well folks, that was a big weekend of sailing - a really BIG weekend! As well as SBSC hosting the Hobie Cat State Titles, lots of our sailors, big and small, headed off to other clubs to compete in various other titles also. I see that as a testament to the depth of variety and skill of our members that we can compete at so many different regattas with confidence. I’m acknowledging the input of some of our other members this week to help bring you a picture of what went on. I know that there were more of us out at different events, so if I missed you, I’m sorry, and please let me know so l can include you next week.
So starting off with the Hobies at SBSC, its ironic that we only have one home competitor! That didn’t stop the incredible team running a very professional regatta for the Hobie Association, from the helpers in the yard welcoming boats, the rescue boat teams, the start boat crew, Linda Wooley & Deirdre Snooks taking photos to post on the big screen and the catering, which highly impressed the competitors, who are normally treated to a can of baked beans with a campfire on the beach! Geoff and Deirdre were assisted on the start boat by John Eastment, a visiting RO from Vincentia Sailing Club in Jervis Bay, much appreciated! From what Deirdre Snooks has told me, these Hobie folks are a pretty casual bunch and it took a fair bit of persuasion to get them to the start line on time. I’ll bet that went down well with Mr Eldridge! Once one the course though the sailing was top notch, with all levels represented. Five races were completed over three days as we as their traditional beach trolley bench press event on Saturday night. Great job everybody !
Next we have Abbey Everett and Steph Koutsimpiris who ventured to Somers Sailing Club for the Pacer Titles and from James Everett’s account, the girls had a cracker! Coming 3rd in the Juniors and 15th Overall with a 3rd place outright in one race. And all that after a 30 minute training session on spinnaker use just before the first race! From all accounts, everyone had a great time and the girls are extremely happy with their new bling and are looking forward to accessorizing with some new sailing gear! Fantastic outcome Abbey and Steph!
The biggest group from Safety Beach headed down to McCrae for the Sabre and Taser States where we had eight Sabres and four Tasers entered. Saturday didn’t promise much wind, but true to form, you can’t believe the weather report and we ended up with around 15 knots and both groups completed three races on different courses (very good race management). Sunday had much lighter wind and although the Sabres managed two races, sometimes with the tide running faster than the wind was blowing - in the opposite direction. The Tasers had to wait until Monday to get the rest of their series finished. It was quite a spectacle with 63 Sabres and 35 Tasers lined up ready to go.
Our best finishers in the Tasers were Natasha and “Squealing” Ross Martin, who came in with a 10th place. While in the Sabres, fearless Bill Manning placed 20th Overall and 2nd in the Masters Division. Not to be outshone, Rampaging Rick Potter and Dauntless Drew Mattingly brought home some glassware in Divisions Two and Three. And in a class of boat where they give out so many trophies that you can get one just for getting your shoes on the right foot, I still came away empty handed! Next time I won’t put them on whilst looking in the mirror - there’s always next year!
The next report is from Nick Meijer. He and Owen Thompson went hob knobbing up to Royal Brighton Yacht Squadron. Nick has written such a great report that I didn’t want to bugger it up with my usual waffling, so here it is verbatim, enjoy.
2021 Victorian Open 420 State Titles at Royal Brighton Yacht Squadron by Nick Meijer.
Owen Thompson and I (Nick Meijer) competed in the Victorian Open 420 State Champion Titles. We knew it would be challenging as we were up against future Olympic hopefuls. On day one, the expectation of sailing in less than 5 knots blew out to 19 knots.
As our total crew weight was on the lighter side, the days sailing was not ideal. Day two again provided stronger wind than we preferred. However, we finished all four races, overcoming some challenges including somehow holding onto the spinnaker whilst on trapeze. Day three contrasted with hardly any wind. We began well in the 1st race, up with the top three boats! Unfortunately our finish didn’t reflect our great start. We bobbed around for two hours before the final race.
Overall we achieved 12th place in the 420 Victorian State Titles. We were happy not to come last and had a great weekend of sailing.
Nick Meijer(Red Spinnaker )
That’s all for this week, normal sailing this Sunday can you believe it
Keelboat & Tower Report
Cruisers Corner Gathering
Well a few of us have already departed on their cruising adventures for 2021 but the majority of us are still waiting to head off or are dreaming about future cruising plans. Our next Cruisers Corner Dinner / Get Together is on Thursday 18th March. We are gathering in the small meeting room at 18:30 for drinks and dinner. Please book directly with David Snooks on 0439 314 179 and when booking let him know that you are with the Cruiser Corner Group. It would also be appreciated if you could drop me a quick line to let you know that you will be joining in so that we know who to expect.
We would like to keep this as an informal evening although we may run through a short video on Cruising the SW Pacific just to give you a little teaser and we have a short presentation on East Coast weather that will no doubt come in handy once you head off.
Lastly we have a number of yachts departing in the next month so sure there will be plenty of chatter about dates, suitable weather windows and places to stop on the way to Sydney and beyond.
Last Week's Results
Friday 5th March - Twilight Pursuit Race # 4
|1st||Crowded House||8||David Lorimer|
|3rd||Em Dee||SB77||Graeme Pearson|
|2nd||Mr Bojangles||SB4556||Pauline Cleaver|
Thank you to the tower team of John & Ann from Layla Rose with assistance from Amanda and Elaine - what an awesome Tower Team!!!!.
This week's program
Friday 12th March - Twilight Pursuit Race
Junior Crew's Night
|First Warning Signal:||17:25H Pursuit Start|
|Race Officer:||Amanda Malin|
This week we have the annual Junior Crews Night and lets hope for some nice weather and fair breezes for our Junior Sailors. Big thank you to our skippers that have offered to take out some of our younger sailors and big thank you to Ciaran Snooks for coordinating the evening.
Start sheet is available at Friday Start Sheet 12-03-2021
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 the 13th March. The Special Sailing Instructions and Course information can be found under KB Race Documents on the club website (Keelboat Race Documents)
Sunday 14th March - Club Championship Series
|First Warning Signal:||13:25H Boat Start|
|On Duty:||Mal Winder & Rells|
ORCV Media Release 8-03-2021
White Noise blitzes opposition in ORCV's 49th King Island Race
Daniel Edwards’ White Noise has blitzed the field in the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s 49th Melbourne to King Island Yacht Race, taking out AMS, IRC, PHS and ORCi categories, while Paul Buchholz’s Extasea took line honours after settling into the race when the southerly eased in Bass Strait, giving all a nice ride to the finish.
Buchholz’s Cookson 50 made the finish line first, while four yachts shared the spoils across the IRC, AMS and PHS categories. And what spoils they were - large King Island crayfish, King Island cheese and champagne – what a way to celebrate the end of the race!
Little more than two minutes separated White Noise, a M.A.T. 1245 that won AMS last year, and Ashley Trebilcock’s Beneteau First 40, Bandit, when the handicaps were applied in IRC. Peter Davison’s Archambault 40 Racer/Cruiser, Arcadia placed third, less than a minute behind Bandit.
White Noise and Bandit also finished top two under AMS, with Antony Walton’s well-campaigned RP46, Hartbreaker, in third. Hartbreaker ramped up with second in PHS, while Arcadia took third place.
The King Island Race started in a 14 knot southerly at 1.45am in the morning – yes, you read correctly – 1.45am, so boats could clear the Heads.
Shortly after the start, Maverick, winner of IRC, PHS and Double-Handed divisions last year, (sailed double-handed again, this time by Anthony Hammond and Rod Smallman), retired with gear failure.
As predicted, winds abated and Extasea took control, leading Hartbreaker and Carrera S. In the next group Lord Jiminy, Cadibarra 8, Bandit and White Noise gave chase.
Those in the Rally fleet took a decision to delay their start by six hours, the rationale being the lightening southerly. The Rally division, put into place by the ORCV this year to attract Category 3 bay racing boats, has been well-supported and is gaining momentum . Other divisions in this and all ORCV races included Double-Handed and Four + Authohelm, allowing for all types of boats and crews to participate.
Starting off Queenscliff and finishing in Grassy Harbour, King Island, 34 boats took part in the 2021 King Island Race/Rally. The perennial party awaited competitors at the King Island Boat Club, where the atmosphere was highly charged at the King Island Boat Club, competitors thrilled to be on the water after spending long months in lockdown.
The Melbourne to King Island Race started in 1973, a few months after the ORCV’s WestCoaster. Both will celebrate their half century editions in 2022.
For full results, please visit: www.orcv.org.au/results/2020-21/