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New Members

The Executive Committee and members would like to welcome the following new members to Safety Beach SC. We look forward to meeting you at the club or on the water in the very near future.

  • Warren Ball
  • Bruce Mansfield
  • Lindsey Marychurch
  • Lori Wilson
  • Meredith Anderson

Changes to Sailing Instructions

Please note that changes to both the Keelboat and OTB Sailing Instructions have been posted on the noticeboard and club website as of 17 November 2022.  These changes alter the time of the first Warning signal for the Club Championship races on the 4th December 2022 and the 15th January 2023.  The first Warning signals on both days have been brought forward by 1 hour to give the OTB Race Officer a chance to run 3 races on each of the days to catch up the races missed on 6th November and still give the keelboat fleet an on-water start.  The links to the change documents are below or can be accessed from the Keelboat or OTB home pages on the website as applicable.

Off The Beach News

Howdy Gang.
Not a great deal to report this week I'm afraid. The weather Gods were  definatly against us for sure. A lot of consultation was carried out between the race officers and managers, both OTB and Keelboat, before the decision was made to pull the pin on the days sailing. In the end it was the only safe thing to do as things got kinda wild out there and trying to launch and retrieve in that mess would not be pretty. Also taken into account was the safety of the race team in the rhibs and start boat.
All that aside, it was another letdown for the juniors as this week Zac and Finn were going to be manning one of the rhibs with Erik on board as mentor. We'll get those young'uns out there one day, I guarantee it. This week we are giving it another try with Abbey and Steph having a crack with Greg onboard as instructor . Also having a first time go as RO will be the incomparable James Everett Esq. I'm sure James will do a stirling job, I'm given him a wealth of advice - what could possibly go wrong ???
Anyway, that's enough drivel for now,we'll see each other this Sunday and the weather will be perfect.
Ps: I've included a photo looking back towards the club taken Sunday afternoon so you can see what you missed out on!
Cheers, Pete Chippy


Try Sailing

Try Sailing began on Sunday in less than ideal conditions. With some clever improvising, we moved the training program indoors. Junior members Harrison, Grace and Jameson got to try out carpet sailing in an Opti and had a great time.
We are all hoping for better conditions this weekend and look forward to moving the training outdoors, so keep an eye on the forecast and see you Sunday. 
Abbey Jess & Nick

try sailing

Keelboat News


Friday Twilight Pursuit (Race 7)
1st        E’toile                    John Gordon
2nd      Happy Days           Paul Copeland
3rd       Anthea                   John Wemyss
Margaret Hollamby Female Helm Race #1
1st       Tonja Virtican       Happy Days
2nd      Jann Wilson          Anthea
3rd      Jacki Bange          Fransiska
Club Championship (Race 3)
Race cancelled.
See full results here for the weekend. 
Unfortunately the weather wasn’t on our side again this Sunday!  However Friday night turned out to be a nice night for a sail and eight women took the helm in Race 1 of the Female Helm series.  Big thank you to the tower team of Race Officer Ross Martin, the crew from Vincitore, and our Tower regulars Elaine and Amanda.

This Weeks Race's

Friday 25 November – Twilight Pursuit #8
First Warning Signal:         17.25H  Pursuit Start
Tower:                                Race Officer:      Amanda Malin
                                           Duty Boat:          Mr Bojangles
Please check your Friday Pursuit Time 
Sunday 27 November – Long Distance Race - Summer Series #4
First Warning Signal:         09.55H  Combined Tower Start
Tower:                                Race Officer:      Andrew Clark
                                           Duty Boat:          2Xtreme
Get your crew together and head back to the club for dinner Friday night (book a table with David on 0439314179 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and after Sunday’s race for Tapas and Drinks.

ARC 2022 - Team Smooth Operator

Following update was received by Di on 19th November. As we all know, the race has begun, and from all accounts, they are going well. Follow the link below, to see their progression.

Only one sleep to go until the start of ARC 2022. Boat and crew are as prepared as we can be.
Cpt Russ and Mark are at the Skippers briefing and will get the latest weather update but according to the various forecasts and models it is looking like a brisk start with solid trades forecast for the first day then slowly backing off to what we hope will be a lovely downwind trip across the Atlantic.
To get some inspiration we went and checked out to home and museum of Christopher Columbus as we will be roughly following in his footsteps!.
The Smooth Operator crew have lodged their times for how long the trip will take. Mark has put in a very optimistic time of 14.5 days & and the slowest guesstimate is 17.5 days so based on that we should arrive at St Lucia around the 5th to 7th December. We have been told that we will be greeted with fresh fruit and rum punches on arrival .
To follow our progress on Smooth Operator you can download the YB races app and select ARC 2022 or try the link below
All going to plan the next update will be from Rodney Bay in St Lucia.
Team Smooth Operator

Drama on Empara! 

Poor Empara suffered the embarrassment of throwing one of her two propeller blades at an inconvenient moment. (Is there ever a right time?) Fortunately for us the blade went down and not up otherwise it would have been a salvage operation.
We are very grateful to our Keel boat captain John Wemyss, and his crew Jann Wilson and Peter Hollins, for giving us a tow around to the boat yard despite the terrible weather that was before us. The Photo taken may look like it was another day in paradise but 10 minutes earlier it was squall at 38 knots and bucketing down. It is no fun when you have no propulsion and only one blade which vibrates the rig and just about shakes the keel loose. 
We often wondered why we went better to starboard. What happened is that when the 20 year old 2 bladed folding propeller lost one of the blades - the casting broke but the pin is still in situ as far as we could tell using a GoPro 10. 
At any rate, Empara is getting cleaned down, antifouled, new prop and a few other mechanical issues attended to this week. We are also repainting the waterline red stripe to try and get an extra knot out of the boat.
Thanks once again to John Wemyss and his crew aboard Anthea. We could not have done this without your help today.
David & Peter Jones. (Empara SB 161)

What's On In November november happenings 2022

Shopping Tour

On Saturday 19th November  some enthusiastic shoppers set out from the club for a Local Shopping Experience in Dromana. Fortified by coffees and pastries from Millers Bread Kitchen the group started off at Verdant Dwellings where Jeff Nielsen talked about his amazing display of indoor plants and how to care for them. A short drive to Boundary Rd to the Peninsula Gourmet Products and Wombat Vegan Cafe enabled some locally made Christmas goodies for the foodies to be purchased.
A tour of the award winning Red Hill Candle Co with Ebony Flett followed. What a welcoming place that was, with opportunities to make your own candle or develop your favourite perfumes in the scent lab. Calmbuddhi was the next stop where Angela described the block printing process of her fabrics made in India and explained the purpose of singing bowls and other items such as yoga mats and bolsters to help in meditation or yoga.
A tasty lunch was had at Jimmy Rums where we also learnt all about the rum making process and then off to the Dromana Indoor Market. Lots of bargains to be had amongst the vintage and retro clothes and christmas items. A few intrepid members finished the day with a quick tour of the retail shops in Dromana.
The Social Committee provides a variety of events at different times of the year and we are presently planning a karaoke afternoon, trips to local historical houses and other fun activities. The next event is the Club Christmas Party on Sunday 18th December. Details will be provided shortly in the enews.

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Attention Model Boat Builders

A local Safety Beach resident has contacted the club to offer his boat building collection to someone that loves model boats. Free to a good home – bits and pieces especially strips for planking plus hardware such as guns, ships wheels and the like. Perfect for a hobbyist! . 
If interested, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photo Of The Week

An interesting photo taken on Vincitore 30th Oct showing the dedication of fearless crew Brigit on the shoulders of Bruce to ‘flick free’ a stubborn telltale wool. Photo supplied by Andrew Kopp


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