Membership & 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.
- Barry, Janine & Charlotte Howle
- Peter Jones
- Catherine Mollica
- Scott , Joanne, Jordyn & Bailey Faulkner
- Neil, Lorraine, Matthew & Sarah Whitaker
- Blake Walker
- Jeffrey & Elizabeth Palk
If any of your membership details have changed, including address and contact details would you please send the new information to
Whats on @ SBSC
Vale Roma McCullough
On Friday evening we received the very sad news that Roma McCullough had passed away. We will miss Roma greeting us on shore when we return from a tough day on the water. Our sincerest condolences go to Tom, Fiona and the McCullough & Martin families. We received this very lovely email from Tom below which we would like to share with our members.
Dear Secretary, Commodore, Committee and all other members of S.B.S.C.,
Your superb flowers arrived today for the Martins and McCulloughs, who gratefully acknowledge the Club's condolences on the loss of Tom's wife of 62 years Roma McCullough, who died recently aged 84 years. Her memorial service will be on a live stream link via Tobin Brothers website, on Friday 22nd October at 10am.
The family is even more grateful for all the kindnesses and consideration of many SBSC members (especially the Snooks) during Roma's past eleven years of declining health. She treasured all her visits to the Clubhouse to meet many old friends ashore, and to gently oversee her various families' sailing performances on Sundays, as three generations of McCulloughs and Martins survived (and excelled regularly) in all conditions in their small boats upon Port Phillip Bay. Roma and family have been continuous members of SBSC since 1980.
This followed 15 years of Roma's competitive dinghy racing as Tom's crew at Lake Cullulleraine Yacht Club near Mildura, with two daughters Susan and Fiona in Moths. As a family they all cruised Sydney Harbour in their Hartley TS16 in 1976. The photo below shows Roma trimming the vang in Tom and Roma's Sonata 7 on Westernport during 2005, when they winter-cruised out of Yaringa Marina. The passengers in this photo taken by Tom (invisible helmsman) are their daughter Fiona Martin and grandchildren Luke and Natasha Martin, all eventual sailors at Safety Beach Sailing Club. This time was when Roma was on the SBSC Social Committee organising youth activities including games nights and her Crazy TEE shirts competition (won by her grandchildren!).
Roma loved sailing until her health declined, but the social values of SBSC membership were also invaluable. We all hope that her passing will simply add to these solid foundations for even better times and successes for the next generations of young (and older) sailors in this precious region of the Mornington Peninsula.
Tom McCullough OAM,
(formerly a Sabre sailor, past SBSC Secretary and Club Historian)
On Water News
OTB Captain's Report
Howdy Folks. Well it looks like it’s almost here! Restrictions are easing this Friday, but as of writing , sailing is open for training but not racing. So at this stage our season opening will be the 7th of November with the Commodore’s Cup. The program has already been set up for the season with allowances for a late start. Geoff has written the Sailing instructions which are available on the club website (OTB SI's 2021-22 Link) with a provision to sail three races in a session so we can catch up on missed days if needed to make sure we have the right number of races for a series.
I’m currently working on the roster and will have it on the website this week. I’m doing it as a provisional roster to start to give you the opportunity to check your dates and get back to me ASAP (two weeks max.) if you are unavailable on that date so I can change it. After that the usual rules apply, i.e. it’s up to you to organise a replacement. This season we are also going have an extra person on the start boat, provided on many weeks by the keelboat crew rostered on for the tower, and we thank them most humbly. This won’t be every week though and I would like to also make use of the member's who did the Race Officers course last year to gain some on water experience thereby giving us a succession plan for the future. After all, Geoff and Deirdre do have other lives too!
While I’m harping on about the roster (sorry), it’s probably a good time to ask if any body is willing to do some extra duties at anytime if they are available, be they a sailor who’s boat isn’t ready or a parent that would like to be on the water or even a social member who doesn’t know the first thing about sailing, all would be appreciated. Just give me a call on 0402 231 782 after 5.00pm (I don’t bite)
Cheers for now- get your boats ready!
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