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february happenings 2024

Sail Peninsula 2024

The Sail Peninsula 2024 planning is coming together quite well, and the date is fast approaching. There are some great entertainers coming along this year, so if you don't want to miss out, BOOK NOW!!! 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 HERE.

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Phaedrus Estate was established in 1998. More than twenty-five vintages later Ewan Campbell and Maïtèna Zantvoort are still enjoying the challenge of making wines with personality that reflect the region. The range includes a Sparkling, Fiano, Pinot Gris, Fumé Blanc, Chardonnay, RoséPinot Noir and Shiraz. The Cellar Door is open on weekends for wine tastings and cheese platters from 11am to 5pm at 220 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Moorooduc


Off The Beach News

Howdy Gang.
Another nice sunny summers day last Sunday, albeit a bit hot but I don’t think anybody is complaining. The wind was a bit light and the water very flat which made for perfect jet ski conditions, and there were a lot of them! Having said that, they didn’t seem quite as badly behaved as in the past. Perhaps all the bad publicity and police presence has finally made them wake up a bit.
Great to see the juniors running a kids training session in the morning with a bunch of potential new sailors eager to get on the water. This is a fantastic development and l urge everyone to encourage and offer them any help you can. Speaking of new OTB sailors, we were graced with the presence of Keelboat Captain, John Wemyss (like Dreams) on the water in his daughter’s Sabre 1435. John and his wife Robyn were out in the boat together in the morning having a romantic sail around but Robyn opted out of the afternoon race. Probably a good move, as once the start hooter went off, John had a serious bout of white line fever and shot straight to the lead. I’ve been on those keelboats enough to know that if Robyn was on board there would have been some yelling and finger pointing as the lead slipped away; it’s just how those keelboat captains roll. Still, we’re happy to have any of our big boat friends on the water with us in any capacity. This made a nice change though, as you could yell “STARBOARD” without getting laughed at !

Sunday was races 5 and 6 of the Club Championship series and with a KB on water start as well as two different OTB courses, it made for extra work for the race team. Add to that the light wind causing a delayed start, then a 90 degree wind shift between races meaning a complete relaying of the course ( even the start boat shifted!! ). These guys did a stirling job to get us two complete races in with minimal fuss, so thanks to Geoff, Deirdre, ‘Markman’ Mark L, Greg W, Steve D and Rob F.
A tiny bit of house keeping to finish up with. Please don’t forget to sign on (me) and if you are sailing a different boat to normal, please let Geoff know when you sign on as he had a bugger of a time sorting out the results after Sunday. After all, you wouldn’t want to give someone your hard earned points after lending them your boat for the day!
Next weeks rhib crew is Nick M, Jess L (who found out the perils of standing up in her boat on a light day with lots of jet ski wash), Simon H and our favorite Rob C.
Last but not least,in four weeks time, 3rd of March, Mt Martha are coming around the point for a visit and I’m hoping for a massive SBSC turnout. So even if you haven’t sailed all season, please get your bum on the water for this one!
Cheers, Pete Chippy

Green Fleet Sail Training

We had a fantastic turn out for the first official junior sail training for the season. There were 15 young and eager sailors on the beach eagerly listening to Nick as he broke the ice with a few games, before hitting the water. If you were at the club to witness the smiles and fun, it was a real treat to see all the new kids having fun. We had a few "new to sailing" families turn up, which is awesome to see! We will run the program for another 5 weeks and look forward to seeing friendships and sailing skills develop from this program. New participants are welcome and encouraged from 9.30am to 11.30am. Volunteers welcome too!
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Shark Bay Showdown Review - Flying Dutchman Report

John Dryden (AUS 352 Louie, nee Green Eggs 1)

“Hey team, anybody got an idea for an FD regatta on the Australia Day weekend?”, read a post on the FD WhatsApp site.  The question was met with silence and then still more silence.
Earlier in 2023 Gav and I had decided to get back into the class after a twenty-year absence, an exercise in putting the toothpaste back into the tube if ever there was one. The temptation to fill the hesitation on-line with a solution was too much, and when I talked to my brother Simon about the WhatsApp question, his answer was immediate. 
Simon is a relatively new member of the Safety Bay community and an especially keen member of the Safety Beach Sailing Club.  Simon talked to people at the club and before long the event was diarised and the boats were heading down the M1 from multiple origins, towards the inaugural ‘Shark Bay FD Regatta’.  
And so six FDs arrived, from Queensland, NSW and Vic… all with the promise of Shark Bay gold (or possible shark bite as it turns out).  Strong onshore winds kept the fleet ashore on Australia Day but seven races were held on the Saturday and Sunday.
The Safety Bay Sailing Club volunteers could not have been more helpful, from the welcome we received as the boats arrived from distant parts to the generosity in sharing the SBSC facilities Club house and generally assisting in any way possible.  This was a memorable and energizing addition to our Flying Dutchman calendar and a relationship which I am sure we as a class would love to continue. 
Newcomers and returning veterans to the class were able to test their skills and agility over some short course racing.  The reporting of a ‘dangerous animal’ in the Mornington part of Port Phillip Bay made clear to us the distinction between sailing and swimming and the determination not to mix the two sports. 
Sunday morning was a glamour sail with the glittering Safety Beach waters and wind being at its finest. Simon, as race officer, did a mighty job of wrangling the fleet and offering races which provided both stretch and opportunities to excel.
We enjoyed a couple of great BBQ’s at Simon’s house, not three kilometres from the club.  After twenty years away from the fleet, the hair is less, the wrinkles deeper, midriffs thicker (for some) but the camaraderie, bar karate and general bonhomie was exactly as I remember it.  Worth the trip from Brissie I reckon.
While the list of required improvements for this for’ard hand and our team is long, we are keen to test ourselves again in the next little while.  The joy of sending an FD upwind is unsurpassed and is worth (mostly) all the damage done to this bod during the first races in decades! 
Thank you for a great time people of safety Beach Sailing club and for all of your help Simon.

Keelboat News


Friday Pursuit Race / Mustang Sally Trophy

Great to see 17 boats out for the Mustang Sally Trophy despite the brisk conditions, including new members Warrick Pearson and family on LeTardis.  Course 2 was selected and a very BIG thank you to Greg and Fiona Lowe who battled their way out to 25 in some pretty unpleasant conditions to drop an inflatable mark to replace the virtual mark, and our Club Captain John Wemyss and Jamie Ferguson for picking it up at the end of the race.

Congratulations to Paul and Noelene Copeland and the crew on Happy Days for being this year's winner of the Mustang Sally Trophy. 20240202 211148 2 

Thank you to the tower team of Di Jackson, Lynlee & Greg Coutts and Glenys Hitchens.  And Sunday’s team of Judy Champion and Duty Boat ‘Summer Breeze’.  Great job and without our volunteers we don't get to enjoy a sail on a Friday night!

Sunday Club Championship

Congratulations to Pauline Cleaver and crew on Mr. Bojangles who took out a clean sweep on PHS, AMS and ORCc.  Click HERE for full results.

This Week's Races

Friday 9th February - Twilight Pursuit Series #2 Race 4

This Friday Twilight you will see our new BotMark in use, a first for the Club, and a first in Victoria.   

This is part of a drive to reduce reliance on problematic Virtual Marks and give us more course options, ones that better suit differing wind directions.  In parallel, we have started the process of seeking VicPorts permission for a permanent laid buoy near 25, but it remains to be seen whether we will be successful.

This Special Course (link here) is for tomorrow’s predicted SSW direction.  The nominated lat/long is indicative, the RO needs to retain options to slightly adjust on the day. If for some reason we have last-minute problems with the BotMark, then it will be replaced by a normal SBSC Laid Mark.

Enjoy the racing.  Any feedback is very welcome.

First Warning Signal:
17.25H Pursuit Start
 Race Officer:  
Amanda Malin                                     
 Duty Boat:
 Set Up & Results:

Sunday 11th February - Summer Series Race 6

First Warning Signal:
9:55H Tower Start                        
Race Officer:   Elaine Nicholas
 Duty Boat:
 Set Up & Results:

MYC - Navigators Race - This Saturday

The Mornington Yacht Club’s Navigator’s Race is on this Saturday (10 February) and it would be great to see some SBSC yachts enter. 

Entry is very easy as MYC are also using SailSys so just go to the link at https://app.sailsys.com.au/club/133/entry/series/2531/pricing

Special Sailing Instructions are available by clicking here!

This is one of the classic races on Port Phillip and is a must for anyone that likes a bit of a challenge or just enjoys a great sail around the southern part of Port Phillip Bay.

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ORCV News 

  • The Safety and Sea Survival full and refresher course is on Sunday, 18th February, at Wesley College (St Kilda Campus) from 9 am to 5 pm. All ORCV training activities specifically relate to ocean sailing and racing, particularly where there may be barriers to entering this domain. They are designed to provide supplementary training, which compliments other available sailing training from commercial training organisations. For more information and to book https://www.orcv.org.au/training/sea-safety-and-survival-course 
  • Melbourne to King Island. The steak sandwiches alone are worth the trip with this (Category 2) 114-mile race starting at 0300 hours on Saturday, 9th March 2024, off Queenscliff over the Labour Day long weekend. Grassy Harbour offers a safe anchorage in all weather and the legendary hospitality of the King Island Boat Club.  Early entry closes February 16th.  For more information and race entry. https://www.orcv.org.au/king-island 
  • The annual trip tour of Port Phillip Heads is on Sunday, 24th March, departing Queenscliff at 10.00 am. The tour provides for well-planned and executed transits of the Heads, with an emphasis on doing so in low-powered vessels (like yachts), and provides information to participants on the numerous navigational aids and strict procedures required for safe passage through. For more information and to book. https://www.orcv.org.au/training/rip-tour-of-port-phillip-heads 

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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