Dates for the Diary
|Saturday 11th September||6:30pm||End of Season Celebration (see details below)|
Whats on @ SBSC
A little bit of dining pleasure to enjoy during lock-down. Get your orders in as you do not want to miss out!
End of Season Presentation Night
The SBSC 2020-21 Presentation Night has been re-scheduled to the evening of Saturday 11th September - see all the details in the flyer below.
On Water News
Unfortunately, due to restrictions there will be no sailing this weekend and the club is also closed. We do look forward to seeing you all back again soon.
Keelboat Captain Report
Just because we’re still in lock-down doesn’t mean things aren’t being planned and happening so to keep you up to date I’ll give you a brief and if you’d like any further details please contact myself or one of the sailing committee members? How do we improve what we’re doing now, from your communication, feedback and positive constructive suggestions are a great start.
Firstly, a Second Division is going to be trialled in the up and coming Spring Series so we need your feedback on if it works for you and can we do it better? We will be sending out more details very soon on how we are going to set it up and who is going to be in the two divisions. The reasoning behind the two divisions is so we get everyone finishing reasonably around the same time so we can enjoy the social side of what we do together and so the people in the tower and rescue boats can complete their duties earlier.
Start and Finish Line Safety:
Currently we are using the green pole or special purpose beacon which is one of the leads into and out or the marina for our start and finish line. Our Risk Management Committee and Parks Victoria have brought it to our attention that it is getting more dangerous as the volume of marine traffic exits and enters the marina. So the Sailing, Executive and Risk Management are working on plans to move the start line further out and away from the leads to the marina. To install a fixed buoy is very costly and it will take some time to initiate and get the approval, plus Parks Victoria don’t really want another fixed buoy. Their recommendation is to use temporary buoys which we have to put out and bring in for each race. Unfortunately we don’t have the luxury of having OTB always available when we race and it definitely wouldn’t be safe or fair to expect them to go out in 20+ knot winds to drop in buoys in a rib. The only alternative at the moment is someone in our keelboat fleet to tow a buoy out set it up and bring it back in?
Start Line Etiquette:
On water/ boat starts no problem.
Tower starts in front of the club can be an issue if we don’t respect our other members starting times which becomes a really big safety issue. How hard is it to exit the marina and go behind the start line not across or in front of it? There is plenty of room towards the cliffs or Martha Point to put your sails up and wait your turn. It’s dangerous, disrespectful and shows how much regard you have for the majority who do the right thing. Please don’t do it.
The Sonata Association are running a Radio Operators Course for their members at our club on Saturday the 2nd of October which will be a full day plus a flare demonstration at 4.30pm. They have about 6 available places for our members wishing to obtain a Short Range Operators Certificate of Proficiency or update or refresh their current certificate. The license test including a hand book is $190 and full training with hand book but not license test is $100. Flare demonstration is free to all participants of the licensing course and $10 for anyone else just wanting to do the flare demo? Anyone wanting to purchase a new Inshore Flare Kit the cost is $85. Anyone wishing to use their own out of date flares can do so only if they are less than one year out of date? Lunch and tea/ coffee or soft drinks will be included for people doing the marine radio license course.
Hope to see you all out on the water soon!
We are still hoping to introduce the ORCclub measurement system at SBSC however, we need more boats to get measured up. If you would like more information on what is required Andrew Clark (aka Clarky) has been down the process and would be happy to provide any assistance you need. Clarky has also put together a short article which is well worth a read and can be viewed on the club website by CLICKING HERE.
Petersville Regatta 2021 is ON!
We're back for 2021 from the 27th to 30th December....pencil it in your calendar.
Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron hopes to see you back for this year's event. All information including the NOR go to Petersville Regatta Link