Dates for the Diary
|Sunday 16th May||2 to 3pm||New Members Event|
|Sunday 16th May||2:30 to 5:30pm||Sunday Sounds with Chris Vincent|
Being part of Safety Beach Sailing Club, or any club for that matter, is being part of a larger community who are able to be a support through really exciting good times, but also to be there for the times of adversity. This support and tight knit bond extends throughout the entire club and the juniors. Over Easter on Good Friday one of our junior sailors, Beau Westbury, had an incredibly severe bike accident. He has since spent the last few weeks in the Royal Children’s Hospital with serious injuries.
Beau has been part of the juniors at Safety Beach for a number of years now, and his presence is going to be sorely missed until he can hopefully return. He is a gun little sailor, who is not so little now, and more importantly a really fantastic kid who can use all the support we can give at the moment. This obviously is an incredibly tough time for Beau and his family. We are all keeping them in our thoughts and hoping for Beau to make a full recovery and return to sailing soon.
Whats on @ SBSC
A Team is Born
This year there will be two boats from SBSC competing in the Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta hosted by Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron over the long weekend in June. This will be the 28th Running of the regatta and the first time Safety Beach has been officially represented although a number of our women sailors have competed in this event in year's gone by. Below is the story of how Mr Bojangles and her crew decided that this was the year to compete and we hope to hear from our other entrant - Single Malt - in the not too distant future
As Pauline and I descended from The Fluted Cape Walk on Bruny Island in Tassie, we spotted a lone yacht in Adventure Bay. The yacht reminded us of Mr Bojangles, and the scene reminded Pauline of being moored in a protected cove in Greece on her yacht Mamba'lu, a far distant memory due to Covid, and not looking likely again in 2021. On our drive back to our Air BnB we were lamenting another Australian Winter of her and Greg not being able to get to Greece, then Pauline turned to me and said “let’s do the Australian Woman’s Keelboat Regatta over the Queen's Birthday weekend in June“ which is hosted by Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron. We had been toying with the idea, so now it was a plan!
We had 4 regulars - Pauline(helm), Jo (office) Linda and myself (trimmers), and two others who have sailed with us several times with great skills (Tanina and Meaghan ) - so already a team of 6 we could ask . We needed a foredeck and an overall coach/ manager, so Pauline suggested her friend Nicole (her foredecky from the Woman’s Regatta several years ago), and our friend Liz (a seasoned sailor who we sailed with at Westernport YC when we were teenagers, with Sydney to Hobart experience).
All were asked to join us and give it a go, all jumped on board with great enthusiasm, and now we are about to start training as a dream team, ready to have some fun and adventure (and lots of bruises !). We will keep you posted on our progress and how much fun we have at this awesome regatta in June.
IMPORTANT NOTICE - CHANGE OF SAILING INSTRUCTIONS.
Please note the Change to Sailing Instructions #5 which can be VIEWED HERE. The first warning signal has been changed to 12:57H for the remainder of the summer season program which concludes at the end of May. The updated program has been published on the club website and can be viewed HERE.
My apologies for the brevity of this weeks report as I was a no show on Sunday. Looking at the results sent through to me from the ever reliable Deirdre Snooks, it seems it was the usual gang, having the usual amount of fun. With the possible exception of Mark Lawrence, who is contemplating renaming ‘Pussy Power’ to ‘Bedraggled Cat’ after suffering the silent shame of being towed back to shore with a broken side stay! I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one that has happened to. A timely reminder to everyone to check their rigging once in a while (yeah, like that’s going to happen!). Also great to see the Sharpie on the water, obviously Russell got himself untangled from that spinnaker last week! Jess Lowe had some fun in her Mum’s Sabre with some burrowed sails. Not the top of the fleet, but I’m sure she will get there soon enough!
Thank you to the race team, who this week had there numbers bolstered with the inclusion of Glenys Hitchen and Murray McNeill in the ribs and Tristan Batey on the start boat. Tristan is a keelboater who did Geoff Eldridge’s race officer course at the start of the season and went out to assist and get some hands on experience. Thanks very much Tristan, I hope you enjoyed it. This is a great idea and more of the people who finished the R/O course (myself included) should ask to ride along with our extremely polished race officials to learn the ropes.
One last thing before going is to remind everyone that for the rest of the season, this week Included, the race start time has been changed with the first warning signal now at 12.57. So that’s one hour earlier folks. Don’t be caught out! See you all on the water this week folks, it’s going to be perfect !
Keelboat & Tower News
Last week's results
Sunday 25th April - Club Championship Race
|2nd||Mr Bojangles||SB4556||Pauline Cleaver|
What a lovely day to be on the water for the last race of the summer season. Big thank you to our Race Team for the week which consisted of Amanda and Judy in the tower with Tristan Batey assisting on the start boat. Big thank you to all our volunteers during the season as without them we would not be out there sailing each week.
As well as the final race of the summer season this was also the last race in our Club Championship Series and we would like to congratulate our Keelboat Club Champions for the 2020-21 season:
|PHD||Rogue||David Phillips & Crew|
|AMS||Anthea||John Wemyss & Crew|
We look forward to seeing all this season's winners and participants at the clubs presentation event that will be held later in the year.
For all the 2020-21 Summer Season Results please go to 2020-21 Results
This week's program
Sunday 2nd May - Autumn Series Race #1
Schnapper Point Race - Course #22
|First Warning Signal:||9:55H Tower Start|
|Tower Duty:||Rob Rainsford and YKnot|
This is always a favourite race down to Mornington and return to officially kick off our winter program.
Please note the earlier start time with the first warning at 9:55H and it will be a tower start.
There are two more races on the ORCV Calendar for our members to enjoy. The Carnival of Short Handed Sailing to test and try themselves before maybe moving to the last ocean race for this season of Apollo Bay. Now in it’s 68th year, the popularity of this race seems to hit the right mark with most.
The Carnival of Short Handed Sailing
Originally the Double Handed Race this race is back with a new look and format on May 8th. What’s different? It’s one lap of a longer bay course, approx 21nm, where each leg is roughly 5 to 7nm. New division of Double Handed with and without Spinnakers or enter 4+ auto-helm. A great way to try short handed sailing for you, your crew and boat. Read more and Enter HERE.
Apollo Bay – May 22nd
Some say the last race of the ocean series is the best. Sail 'in company' on the Great Ocean Road Sail to Apollo Bay.
A Category 3 race, May 22nd which starts in daylight. Now it it’s 68th year, so join and experience the magic of this race. Enter HERE.