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The Executive Committee and members would like to welcome the a returning member to Safety Beach SC.  We look forward to seeing you at the club or on the water in the very near future.

  • Ross Kenner

Opening Day 2022-23

What a perfect day for Opening Day 2022/23. After three years of interrupted openings (we seriously forgot we had to do this and can anyone remember how we do an opening day?) perfect breeze greeted both the OTB and Keel Boat fleets on the water allowing for a course of about 11/2 hours. The Commodore and guests aboard the best dressed boat “Corinthian”, courtesy of Peter Hollings, were situated just off the club for a sail past to salute the new Commodore, Tony Christmas.
It was fantastic to see a great turn out for the formalities upstairs after racing, even though we were missing a huge number of members either still up north, overseas or otherwise engaged, but the number of about 120 members and guests enthusiastically ushered in the new season in style. It was great to welcome Niesje Hees from RBYC and Bronwyn Evans from McYC along with Antonella Celi and Pierre Uri from the MPSC. Local State Independent hopeful, Charelle Ainslie officially opened the season after Commodore Tony Christmas welcomed members and guests and talked about the genesis of the club. Andrew Clark was an apology, as was his cannon, due to a cold, however our flag raisers in Finn Meijer and Zac Lowe raised the flag as the anthem was belted out.
As the formalities ended, the concertina doors were opened and revealed a Snooks catered spread for the ages, which was greedily devoured by all in attendance. A great job again as always by Snooks Catering. The season is now here! Lets hope we have an incredible season with no prangs or protests on the water, no incidents of any description, merely a season of fun, family and friendly competition at the best club on the bay.
Cheers, Andrew Martin Rear Commodore 

From our Commodore 

I wanted to thank everyone that participates in the working bee held a couple of weeks ago. I heard from a number of dignitaries on the Opening Day how great the Club was looking including the lawn areas.
A big thank you also to David and the team from Snooks Catering who put on a great lunch/afternoon tea which kept everyone satisfied with many continuing the party at the bar until 6pm.
Thank you to the boat owners that dressed their boats and themselves up for the sail past and for everyone that sailed past Corinthian and gave 3 cheers.
Unfortunately, this year we were unable to herald the opening with cannon fire as Clarky was struck down by a bug. We will have to aim the cannon for a symbolic firing in the near future.
No doubt we are all looking forward to a wonderful season. See you all on the water.

Off The Beach News

Hi Gang.
Well we're off and flying for 22/23, and didn't we have a cracker of a day for the Santa Cup. Sorry, that sounds like a racetrack on Mario Cart. The Commodore's Cup was held in excellent conditions, with a twelve knot breeze and a nice bit of sunshine. It was a bit shifty, but then, at Safety Beach, we wouldn't expect it any other way. We had thirteen boats on the start line and eleven finishers. Not a bad effort for Day one, and I'm sure that numbers will rise in the next few weeks as we all shake the cobwebs off and the walking wounded return to match fit.

I'm sure that the opening festivities will be covered in detail elsewhere in the Enews, so I'm not going to say too much about it, except to remark on the quality of the food and the briefness of the speeches. Great work Tony on your first Opening as Commodore and to everyone else who had a hand in making it such a great day.
This week is round one of the Red Dolphin series, so dust off your boats and yourselves and get your bums on the water. It doesn't get any better than this!
That'll do for now, cheers Pete Chippy

Vale Phillip Neate

Along with his parents, long term early Club Members. Phill was a Mosquito sailor the clubs volunteer electrician.
Older members will remember him. He died on Wednesday 5th October from asbestos dust poisoning.
Submitted by Eric Grey - Life Member.

What's On In October

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Keelboat News

A great weekend of sailing and socialising to kick off the season.  The nasty weather cleared in time for the first Friday twilight and 12 boats took to the water. Congratulations to Peter Morrison and crew ‘Fransiska’ on their win. Another four boats finished before the 7.30pm sunset, however the wind dropped out towards the end and the rest (having rounded the yellow pile) were DNF’s – so close!  Thanks to duty boat Vamonos, Amanda and Elaine in the tower. 

Sunday’s fleet were out on the water early with their flags flying high. Thanks again to Peter Hollins for hosting a nice party onboard the Commodore’s yacht ‘Corinthian’ for the sail past. And also thanks to Elaine and Judy in the tower and Geoff, Deirdre and Chipper on the start boat for a successful race. Results for the Commodore’s Cup were Div. 1: Vincitore and Div. 2: Fransiska (with one POB I believe!)

See full results for the weekend.

This Week’s Races:

Friday 14 October – Twilight Pursuit #2

First Warning Signal:       17.25H Pursuit Start
Tower:                                Tim & Marg, with Duty Boat Cirrus

Please check your start time Friday Start Times

Sunday 16 October – Summer Series #1

First Warning Signal:       9.55am Combined Tower Start
Race Officer:                     Graeme Ainslie
Tower Duty:                       Tom & Mal

The Division List is available here

If you are interested in participating in Sunday races and your boat is not listed, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will get you added asap.

Upcoming Dates:

Saturday 22 October, 2.00pm MYC Club Championships (1st Round) – MYC have invited any AMS handicapped SBSC boats to compete in their club championship races.  Please contact MYC to enter.

Sunday 23 October, 10.00am – Skipper and Crew Meeting

You will find the Notice of Race for the 2022-23 Season HERE
Start Sheet and Results pages have been posted so, please take note of these links below for future reference:


October 28th – Devonport, The Rudder Cup. 
Now on the Melbourne Cup long weekend, you can now be part of the Rudder Cup race to Devonport, the oldest ocean race in Australia, a qualifier race for Hobart. 
November 9th & 13th - Bowman Course – Master the Pointy End 
“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. Being a good bowman, opened opportunities to sail on some incredible boats, with some of the best sailors in the world, taking me to places that I had only dreamt of going!” is how Peter Dowdney sees the bow. Join Peter and learn from his 30 years' experience on the next Bowman’s course.

Club Merchandise

Our wonderful club member Marg Fleming has taken on the role of handling Club Merchandise. Please email your order details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

club merch

The Bloody Long Walk 

Mornington Peninsula

Taking place on Sunday 16th October: It starts at Quarantine Station and finishes at Martha Cove Marina. Martha Cove have sent us the attached notifications. The course goes past the Club, under the channel and finishes at Martha Cove. I expect walkers will pass the Club from mid-afternoon. There are no road closures and the car parking/pick up area is in Martha Cove, not on the foreshore by the Club. For more details please click here.

Photo Of The Week

Photographer; Greg Cleaver Subject; Mr Bojangles Location; Hidden Harbour

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