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Merry Christmas

The Safety Beach Sailing Club would like to wish Merry Christmas to all of our wonderful members, sponsors, and affiliated clubs. Stay safe and happy over the break and we look forward to seeing you all again in January.

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.

  • Peter Burnham 
  • Keith and Margaret Lord
  • Christine and Matthew Harrington

What's On In December 

Get your festive gear on and come down to your local club for a Christmas catch up with great food and great friends.

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Regatta Season

The Safety Beach Sailing Club would like to wish the best of luck, clean air and safe sailing to all our boats heading off to their respective regattas. Apologies to anyone that I have left out.....it's a pretty big list! Let me know if I have forgotten you! 
ORCV - Cock Of The Bay 26th December 2022
ORCV - Westcoaster 27th December 2022
Petersville - Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron 27th – 30th Dec 2022
Mr Bojangles
Tasar Australian Championships - Lake Macquarie, NSW 29th Dec 2022 - 6th Jan 2023
Andrew Martin with Imogen & Aurelia 
Ross Martin & Natasha Nugent
Mark Bulka & Oliver Bulka 
420 Nationals Metung VIC  2nd – 7th January 2023
Nick Meijer & Riley Everett
Abbey Everett & Steph Koutsimpiris
Jess Lowe & Kristen Koutsimpiris
Zac Lowe & Finn Meijer
B14 Nationals - Kingston Beach - TAS - 3rd January 2023
Paul Fleming 
Australian A Class Catamaran National Championships - Paynesville - 7th – 13 January 2023
Ewan Campbell
Glenn Lazzar
David Brewer
Stuart Scott
Some of the 420 Crew have been hard at it this week, training with Paul Fleming for the Nationals in perfect conditions!
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Off The Beach News

Howdy gang, here's wishing you all a merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday break.
Lots of sailors heading off to various regattas this year. We have the A class guys, a bunch of Tasars, Paul Fleming in a B14 and from what I've heard, the largest contingent of 420's from any club, great job everyone. With all those boats being away over Christmas/ New Year, it means that sailors will be pretty thin on the ground at home. So on that note, after much discussion, it was decided to cancel the Christmas series that was scheduled for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of January. It was deemed " Not Viable" as the logistics of getting crews for the race boats when there might not be anyone racing
seemed inappropriate.
On a brighter note, last Sunday's racing was nothing short of spectacular! An early start to allow for the Club Christmas party and a strong wind prediction kept a few regulars away, which was a real shame as the offshore wind, coupled with a cloudless sky made for ideal sailing conditions. We even had a dolphin following us around the course!
A good length triangle set by RO Rick Potter, ably assisted by Super D on start, Fiona Martin with Bruce Mansfield in one rhib and Rob Campbell with junior member, Xavier Graham in the other gave us two good races with no casualties. Although at on point we did have an extra rescue boat on the course as Glen Lazzar decided to carry out a Man (or in this case, Girl) Overboard drill and turfed Jess Lowe off their boat and had to drop the spinnaker, turn about and go back to pick her up. "All in a day's work" he said later, " No probs".
Thanks to everyone on the race team this week and a special thanks to Ross Martin for launching all three boats ( on his own )on Saturday. I know Ross was keen to get a last practice in with Natasha before heading to Paynesville for the Tasar nationals. They didn't see the dolphin and Ross claimed they were too fast for a dolphin to keep up! Ha, I thought I was the one to guild the lilly!
Anyway, good luck to all the SBSC sailors heading away to their various regattas. Travel safe and here's hoping you bring back some silverware. Short and sweet this week (like my long suffering wife, although she's short and sweet every week). Have a great break everyone and we'll see you all in the new year for some awesome sailing, the wind and weather is going to be perfect-guaranteed !
Cheers, Pete Chippy

Keelboat News


Friday – Fun Twilight Pursuit with Spinnaker
Jeff Savage
Renaissance David Donaldson
Scamp David Phillips
Sunday – Shark Bay Holiday Series (Race 1) Division 1:
1st PHD  
Peter Russell       
1st AMS
Vincitore Peter Russell
1st ORC
Vincitore Peter Russell
Division 2:
Unfortunately Etoile was the sole Div. 2 boat this week and we strongly encourage other Div. 2 boats to join them to make it a race.
Note:  There has been a correction to the Margaret Hollamby Female Helm series last week (due to a manual sign-on error on the sign-on sheet).  Amended results on website.

Thanks to everyone rostered on in the Tower over the weekend, including; RO Elaine Nicholas and Duty Boat ‘New Morning II’ on Friday night, and RO John Wemyss/Duty Boat ‘Anthea’ on Sunday, assisted by Tim and Amanda.
See full results here for the weekend. 

Shark Bay Holiday Series:

The Shark Bay Holiday Series continues over the festive season.  See the flyer below for race dates.  Generous prizes kindly donated by Andrew Clark and David Phillips for the ‘Race to the Middle’ – looking for a great turn out on the water and back at club for a fun afternoon on the deck.
Friday Night Twilight (Series 2) starts back on Friday 13 January 2023.
Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas and happy New Year.

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ORCV Melbourne to Hobart 50th Anniversary Race

Melbourne to Hobart Fleet Ready to Set a Cracking Pace to Hobart 
Skippers and crews from the near 50 boat fleet are counting down the days to the start of the 50th anniversary of the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s (ORCV) Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race and as final preparations are made, several boats are in contention for line honours.  
One of the top performing boats to watch is Damien King’s Frers 61, Margaret Rintoul V (MRV). King, from the Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC), is certainly in form, taking line honours in the short coastal Apollo Bay Race earlier in the year, sailing the classic beauty to victory in a close race.  
King, a multiple world and national champion sailor, boasts one of the classiest and most experienced sailing crews in the fleet who are not only hot shot sailors but also lifetime friends of the popular skipper. 
Mark Byrne is the navigator on MRV and is an accomplished yachtsman in his own right.  King will be sharing the helming duties with close friend Grant Allen, and will be looking to America’s Cup campaigner, Ben Morrison-Jack, to give MRV the drive and tactical advantage on the trip to Hobart. 
“I’ve never competed in this race before, but if it’s anything like the Sydney to Hobart, the race can be won or lost in the River Derwent. Luckily for us we have international sailor Tim Burnell on board. Tim is a local and has sailed on the Derwent for the past 35 years,” said King. Burnell will be hoping for a touch of family luck as he tries to repeat the previous success of his father, Rob Burnell, who won the race on two occasions. 
Sailing with close friends is important to King. “Apart from Nick [Sayer], we have all grown up sailing together from 14 years of age, and while we are lifelong competitors, we are all the best of mates, so we have plenty of laughs among the serious competition”, said King.  
Launched in 1996, MRV is widely regarded as one of the finest and most luxurious cruising yachts ever built in Australia. The yacht was built for then Sydney-based sailor, Stan Edward, under the experienced eye of the late international yachtsman Tasmania’s Graeme ("Frizzle") Freeman, who was appointed to oversee the build and fit out, a task he performed for many successful campaigns. 
Previous winner and champion offshore sailor Paul Buchholz will push his Cookson 50, Extasea, hard and fast to Hobart with an eye on the 2022 line honours prize while fending off Gerry Cantwell’s Marten 49, Carrera S, and Antony Walton’s Reichel/Pugh 46, Hartbreaker which could also be in contention for first home if the conditions suit them. 
The prestigious Heemskerk Perpetual trophy will go to the handicap winner on AMS and the field for this is wide open. 
Rob Date’s Carkeek 43, Scarlet Runner, also from the SYC is in hot contention for the handicap win and, if the conditions are right, could also push the larger boats for line honours. Launched in 2022, she is designed to the Fast 40+ class rule and has achieved outstanding results on the competitive European circuit.  
Challenging Scarlet Runner will be Victorian entry, Ginan. While an unknown quantity in the Westcoaster, skippers Nigel Jones and Cam McKenzie bought the J111 specifically to campaign her for the 50th race. The skippers have engaged the expertise of a J111 expert who will be onboard for the race and driving the crew for peak performance. Jones is no stranger to success, skippering Paladin to an overall win in the 1990 race and Cadibarra 7 in 1999. 
Not to be underestimated is Andrew Jones’s Inglis 47, AdvantEDGE from the Port Dalrymple Yacht Club and Brent McKay’s Bakewell/White Z39, Jazz Player, which took line honours in 2009 under the guidance of skipper Andrew Lawrence.  
McKay has his sights set on a hard and fast sail to Hobart.  
“To win the race, we need to be smart about how we sail – making the right choice around King Island and making the most of the conditions when we sail up the Derwent. We will be working the boat hard, but one thing we know, when she’s off the wind, she’ll get up and boogie,” said McKay. (In the 2021 race, 80 percent of the fleet went west of King Island including eventual winner, Faster Forward, a rare feat in the race’s history books). 
The 435 nautical mile Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race, organised by the ORCV with the cooperation of the Derwent Sailing Squadron, starts off Portsea Pier at 12pm on 27 December.  
For people wanting to track the fleet, track the race here
The race starts at Portsea Pier at 12:00 Noon on the 27th December for anyone that wants to go down for the start of the race.

Photo Of The Week

How is this amazing photo of our keelboat fleet in the foreground of a container ship. It really does put into perspective the size of this ships.keel with ship


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