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Off The Beach News

Howdy Gang.
My apologies first up. As we had no enews last week due to an internet issue and no sailing last Sunday due to howling wind, I’ve taken the easy road and reused the report from last week. I know, terribly lazy sorry. Next week will be better after the Australia Day / SBSC Birthday bash for as well as our regular Australia Day / Sunday sail, we are also hosting a mini regatta for a bunch of Flying Dutchmen (I’m not referring to Erik Meijer and his brothers!). These boats are going to join in our races on Friday / Sunday as well as have their own races on Thursday / Saturday. If you would like to help out on any of those days please give Ross Martin a call.
Now for the cheats bit........... 
Welcome back to the beach after our long break for Chrissy. Some of us (not me), had no break from sailing at all with the various regattas going on. SBSC hosted the B14, Javelin, Musto Skiff Nationals with great success as you would have read from Paul Fleming’s report last week. I would just like to give a huge thank you to everyone that helped out with the organizing and running of this event. It was a big effort by a lot of people.
Thanks also to Duncan Mc for his report on the Sabre Nationals. Sounds like they all had a bit of fun. I’ll endeavor to get a few more regatta reports from some of the sailors involved , I’m especially interested to hear about the Tasar Worlds.
But it was back to our regular OTB sailing last week (14th January) with round two of the Foundation series. And what a cracker of a day we had. With the lousy weather we’ve had so far this season, it was nice to see some sunshine as well as good wind to push us along. Averaging around 15 knots with some gusts above 20 and lots of swings made for some great tactical battles with positions changing constantly. Twenty one boats of all divisions hit the water, which wasn’t bad considering all of the 420’s were away as well as most of the A Class guys at their respective Nationals. It’s good to see some decent numbers of Sabres back again, especially the long awaited return of “The Maestro” Rick Potter. Rick has had over a year off sailing and on his first race back wiped the floor with us! I’m thinking this is why Gingerbread Bill M has changed to an Impulse. Speaking of Impulses, with Tim B and Doc T joining him and also Duncan Mc jumping across, that gives us a reasonable fleet and more competition with the 420s, bring it on! Thanks as always to the Race team on the day. Geoff and Deirdre for setting a great course, Phil W and Andrew “Doc” T in Woodsy and Paul Fleming with his daughters in Sutherland. Much appreciated. 
This Friday for Australia Day we have on duty Ewan C, Glen and Grace L. Sunday rostered on is Campbell and Emma Martin with Rockin’ Rob Campbell Don’t forget, it’s a 10.57 first warning on Friday and no prisoners will be taken, so don’t be late for the start line. FYI, it’s Glenn’s birthday on Aus Day so give him grief as you sail past!  
Finally for this week is a request from RO Geoff. If you have changed boats or have just joined in the racing, could you please email Geoff with your boat details by Thursday at the latest so he can alter the register before racing, rather than sailing past yelling “ Hey Geoff, I’ve got a new boat! Oh, and what course are we sailing?”He just loves that !! His email address is   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cheers for now, see you Friday, Pete Chippy

Keelboat News


Friday Twilight (Series 2 Race 2)
Margaret Hollamby Female Helm Series (Race 3)
Sunday Summer Series (Race 5)
The Friday night fleet is growing in Series 2, with 22 boats racing in the second race, and eight in the Margaret Hollamby Female Helm series. Congratulations to Andrew McGrath and the Unprecedented crew on a clean sweep in the Pursuit, AMS, Female Helm (Liz Keep) AND another win on Sunday. Honourable mention to Fiona and Nick Jones on Vamonos who placed 2nd in the Pursuit, Female Helm and Sunday Summer Series!
Click HERE for full results.
Many thanks to the following SBSC members who ran the tower over the weekend; Mark Lawrence (RO) on Friday night, assisted by Crowded House and Dianne Jackson, and Judy Champion (RO) and Dianne on Sunday morning

This Week's Races

Friday 19th January - Schnapper Point Race
First Warning Signal:
09.55H Tower Start
Race Officer:  
Elaine Nicholas
Tower Assist: Tom McCulloch
Set Up & Results:  
The Australia Day race on Friday 26 January is the annual race to Schnapper Point (Course 33). Get your crew together for a great race up to Mornington, and then back to the club for an afternoon on the deck to celebrate Australia Day and SBSC’s 57th birthday, with buckets of prawns, grazing plates and live music! If your yacht has not been automatically entered and you would like to race, please enter via Sailsys before 4.00pm Thursday. Any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. See Sailing Instructions for course details.

Festival of Sails – Geelong

Best of luck to all the SBSC competitors racing in Geelong over the long weekend, including the Passage Race from Mornington. SBSC yachts entered are; Easy Day, Etoile, Scamp, Unprecedented, Vincitore and Yknot.

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Sail Peninsula 2024 (23-25 February)

Now that 2023 and the Christmas season is behind us, it’s time to start preparing for Sail Peninsula 2024. We look forward to seeing great support of our club’s annual regatta from the SBSC fleet.

To Enter please CLICK HERE and the Notice of Race is available HEREsail pen

Social Committee 

The Social Committee would like to thank the members that responded to our recent survey. Over 60 people took the opportunity to let us know what social activities they enjoyed at the club and to make suggestions for the future.
We will add these ideas to our planned activities and remind members that they can always contact the Social Committee at any time if they have any great suggestions.
We look forwards to seeing you all at the Club Birthday on Australia Day with the fabulous Dave Campbell playing!
Kind regards
Ann Matheson 

Club Merchandise

Get you order in now to ensure that you are decked out in the latest Club Merchandise for he start of the 2023-2024 season Contact Marg Fleming on her email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your options. Taking orders now for youth t-shirts with names on the back. 
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Photo Of The Week

Here's a photo of me (Fiona Lowe), relaxing in my favorite place, with one of my favorite kangaroo's in Pambula NSW. Was there really no internet last week, or was I cuddling the kangaroo's for too long? You may never know!! Greg and I will still be away and miss the Australia Day festivities. See you all soon. Fiona xx



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