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Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS November 4th 2020

OTB Report

WOW, what a great start back to sailing . Perfect weather, flat water and 16 starters, which is pretty good considering we are still restricted to 25 Km's from home .
The shifty wind gave our race team plenty to think about but nobody was complaining about the extra time spent on the water! It was great to see a few juniors out in the fleet and even a couple of parents out in the club Tera's - not so squeezy !
Hopefully the next few weeks will see an easing of restrictions and the welcoming back of more sailors (Drew isn’t quite sure what to do at the front in his fast new Sabre without Bill to follow !)

In the meantime, thanks everyone for following the Covid guidelines and wearing your masks in the yard, here’s hoping it won’t be for much longer .
Don’t forget to check the program and duty roster up till Christmas. Our new rostering system on RevSport means that you will receive an email one week before your duty, so if you are unavailable that week it is your responsibility to arrange a replacement . Getting a replacement isn’t hard, at this stage there are plenty of people willing to help out .

On a final note; why is it, with six months off sailing we all (myself included ) left it until the opening day to start fixing our boats ??

Peter Chipperfield
OTB Captain

Keelboat & Tower News

This Week's Results:

What a fantastic way to start the 2020-21 season!  Sure everyone was just pleased to be back out on the water.  Big welcome to AUDERE and TUMI who were out for their first sail with the SBSC fleet on Friday evening. As always a big thank you to RO Judy and Amanda for their assistance in the tower.  We must admit to a few early teething problems but we got those quickly sorted and normal service was resumed. 

Just a reminder to all to revisit the Covid Return to Safe Sailing plan on a regular basis.  We will be updating this plan to reflect any changes in the Covid Restrictions but in the meantime please make sure you stick to the rules such as social distancing, masks on, crew declaration submitted etc and we will all be happy.  As with all new systems we have had a few minor issues with the Covid Crew Declaration form and thank you to all those owners that have patiently worked through these issues over the weekend.  Hopefully we are on top of it now.  In saying that the club is slowly implementing the QR system.  If you have had a chance to visit the club for a meal or drink you will see that it is already in use by Snooks Catering.  We have just introduced the use of QR for registrations in the tower and are now looking into other areas of the club where it will be useful and make things simple for all including Crew Registrations for Keelboat Racing - so watch this space!

Friday 30th October - Twilight Pursuit #1     

1st Renaissance SB415 David Donaldson
2nd YKnot SB430 Rob Rainsford
3rd Shimmer Sm5005 Steve Twentyman
1st Maximum Limit Nx1638 Rick Rogers
2nd Shimmer Sm5005 Steve Twentyman
3rd Patriot Sm133 Jason Close

Tanina and Chris have taken some great shots of the Friday evening race so go and check them out. Tanina Photos and Chris Photos

Sunday 1st November - Return to Safe Sailing  #1 

1st Friday Harbour B2911 Kon Cili
2nd Rogue M2 David Phillips
3rd 2Xtreme SB4272 Andrew Clark
1st Mr Bojangles SB4556 Pauline Cleaver
2nd Anthea SB3107 John Wemyss
3rd  2Xtreme SB4272 Andrew Clark


Tuesday 3rd November - Cup Day Fun Day  

1st Single Malt SB10 Sue Turnbull
2nd New Morning II S381 Gordon Thomas
3rd Friday Harbour B2911 Kon Cili
1st Anthea SB3017 John Wemyss
2nd Single Malt SB10 Sue Turnbull
3rd 2Xtreme SB4272 Rob Rainsford

It was great to see 12 yachts out for our Social Cup Day Race and what a Ripper of a Day.  We had a couple of boats that were somewhat late to the start line but managed to catch the rest of the fleet waiting for the wind to fill in at Dromana Pier. 

For all of this week's results please go to: Keelboats 2020 Results

Next Week's Race Program:

Friday 6th November - Twilight Pursuit #2 

First Warning Signal: 17:25H (Pursuit Start)
Race Officer: Des Carroll                         
Duty Boat: Jaslyn

 Start sheet can be viewed by Clicking HERE

Sunday 8th November - Return to Safe Sailing #2 

First Warning Signal: 13:25H (Combined Tower Start)
Race Officer: Dianne

Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS October 14th 2020

From the Rear

Just when you think there is zip for me to contribute to e-news due to the ongoing Covid situation, along come the Victorian Hobie Association with a request Safety Beach SC host their 2021 State titles over the Labour Day long week end in March. At this stage there is nothing more to report until the OTB Sailing Committee meeting next week to put our proposal together. I will be putting every bit of effort into securing this event as it will create a lot of interest through movement and colour, and hopefully a few dollars. As it is only 3 weeks after Sail Peninsula it truly would demonstrate Safety Beach Sailing Club is a club for all sailing enthusiasts.

Your OTB and Executive Committee continue to work on a system to remind OTB sailors they are rostered for duty.  It uses Revsport which the club uses to store members information and has been used by the Keel Boats for the past 12 months. In short, approximately a week before your rostered duty day you will receive an email or text massage notifying you of your duty and role. Should you not be able to make your duty day it will provide you a suitable amount of time for you to organise a replacement.

Great to see some of our Keelboat owners taking advantage of calm seas to enjoy a pleasant cruise last Sunday. Hopefully in the near future we will see more of you on the water enjoying everything Safety Beach Sailing Club has to offer.


Keelboat News

The Skipper and Crews Meeting is on this Sunday 18th October at 10:00am on Zoom.  If you have any items you would like added to the agenda for discussion please send them through to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The agenda will be emailed out later this week.  Zoom Meeting details are below - we look forward to seeing you there. 

Meeting ID: 309 338 5021
Passcode: sbsc

Change to Club By-Laws

At the recently held Executive Committee it was agreed to include the following clause into our By-Laws:

Item 10.3 A visitor or guest is allowed 6 visits to the clubhouse per calendar year.

A copy of the current By-Laws are available on the club website or by clicking HERE

News from our Sponsors

Many of you many not realise but a number of the club Opti's, that we are still using for our training programs, were sponsored by Carpet World Mornington.  We are thrilled to announce that they have recently come back on board as a sponsor of Safety Beach Sailing Club.  Please make sure you support those that support and sponsor the club especially in these somewhat challenging times. 

Carpet World Mornington is a family run business operating since 1993 that specialises in all things flooring. Our priority is to ensure our clients are provided with the highest quality of customer service which is represented by our team of professional and experienced employees.

Carpet World prides itself on the reputation of the quality of all our products with a wide range to meet all budget expectations. Whether it be a renovation, new build, property rentals or a large building project we can assure you that our expert team will be available to assist from start to finish.

We offer an in-home free measure and quote service so please don’t hesitate to call us on (03) 5975 0900 and speak to our friendly team today!

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Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS October 28th 2020

From the Rear

Great news!  We are back on the water with competitive racing allowed starting this Friday afternoon. For the health and safety of your fellow members and broader community please take the time to read the restrictions and the Covid Return to Sailing Plan that we must follow and be sure to implement them where applicable.

The OTB Sailing Program & Roster has been published on the club website Click HERE.  Due to current travel restrictions Sunday 1st & 8th November will be scratch races ( no points awarded to a series.). This policy will stay in place until travel restrictions are lifted so that all SBSC members are able to compete. 

The first few weeks of the Keelboat Program have also been released (Link HERE) and will be added to shortly.  Please take the time to read the roster and if your name is listed please put the date in your diary straight away to ensure you are available to assist.  If you are not able to make the date advised please do your best to arrange a suitable swap or contact the club at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will do our best to assist. More information will be sent to our Keelboat fleet tomorrow with regard to getting back to sailing this weekend.

Sunday Sailing will not be what we are used to between now and Christmas, and perhaps for a little longer thereafter.  Due to the current restrictions we are unable to offer the usual Sunday morning Junior Program however, all juniors are encouraged to participate in afternoon racing.  An additional rescue boat will be manned to support all competitors. Please contact me on 0467 000 442 or Pete Chippy OTB Club Captain on 0402 231 782 to make your availability know.

This Sunday I will be your OTB Covid Safe Safety Officer. To be honest I am not 100% sure what it involves, or how to manage it.  All I ask is that members follow and respect the rules and regulations put in place by the Victorian State Government, Australian Sailing, and SBSC. I also ask members to be mindful that Snooks Catering are also under the same regulations and to follow any direction you may be given. Hopefully in a couple of weeks restrictions will ease allowing more members to gather in greater numbers.

Going forward I ask if there are a few members who would be happy to make themselves available to be the SBSC Covid Safe Safety Officers. It would be advantageous to have 2 or 3 members take on the role and coordinate their availability amongst themselves. This will ensure continuity and a familiar face should members have any questions. Please contact me on 0467 000 442 to discuss further.

Looking forward to seeing many of you in the coming days enjoying the sport and place we love.
Rear Commodore SBSC

SB Sail Numbers

We will soon have two new SB sail numbers in our Keelboat fleet being Tumi (SB469) and New Morning II (SB381).  It is always exciting to see another SB out on the water.  If you are interested in getting an SB Prefix just send us a note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your preferred SB number and we will let you know if it is available. 

Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS October 7th 2020

Keelboat News

Skippers & Crews Meeting

Is being held at 10:00am on Sunday 18th October via Zoom.  The meeting will include the following:

  • Peter Bulka will give a short presentation on the ORCclub measurement system
  • Geoff Eldridge will present a summary of the changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-24 which come into effect in January 2021
  • Review of the Covid 19 Return to Sailing Plan.

If you have any other items that you would like discussed please send details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Zoom meeting details will be sent to the Keelboat Skippers and Crews the week before the meeting.

Race Documentation

Don't wait till the last moment to get your race documentation in for the 2020-21 season.  Please send through the following documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Completed and Signed Category 5 Safety Declaration Form.  Safety Declaration Form HERE
  • Copy of your current Insurance Certification
  • Current AMS Certificate (if applicable)

Risk Management Update


As a result from last week’s newsletter we have been able to put together a very keen and experienced Risk Management Committee.

  • Duncan McColl
  • Glenn Graeme
  • Deidre Snooks
  • Ross Martin
  • Geoff Eldridge

Reporting Concerns/Incidents/Near Misses- Please!
To assist the RM Committee in their upcoming review/planning we need to know the thoughts of club members.  If you have any concerns about current hazards/procedures, both on and off water, please email/call me.   If you have experienced or observed any incidents/near misses we need to know about these too.  Much can be learnt and we need to avoid situations being repeated.

Pauline Cleaver (Mr Bojangles)
M:0411 953 661     E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Covid-19 Updates

It is quite a challenge keeping track of the current restrictions and how they apply to boating however, a good source of information is the 'Best Boating Victoria' website.  Please click HERE for the latest information. 

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As more information comes to hand we will endeavour to post it on the Safety Beach Sailing club Facebook page as soon as practicable so keep an eye out for any updates which can be viewed by clicking SBSC Facebook.

Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS October 21st 2020

Snooks Catering

Please see the flyer from Snooks Catering below.  There are plenty of yummy meals to choose from and some easy nibbles for Grand Final Night, with their home-made Arancini Balls, Sesame Drumettes, Pies/Tarts & Sausage Roll (in miniature). Perfect footy watching food !!

Snooks Catering Flyer 23 Oct 2020 weekend


For those that would like to learn how to win ocean races, the ORCV has 2 new courses plus a Masterclass with Will Oxley.  These courses concentrate of using Expedition Software starting with the very basics and building your knowledge.
In the basic course you will learn how to: set and manage marks and routes, creating race notes, uploading and working with charts, boat polars and sail charts with Expedition. The second course, “You’ve got the basics. What’s next?”, builds your knowledge further in:  how to work with weather routing, weather routes, wave polars and wave gribs, analysis of wind, current and MSLP and moves onto georeferencing weather images.

Will Oxley, is then running a Masterclass and discusses race planning, tactical boat positioning, how to evaluate GRIB data, communications and shares how he prepares and manages onboard whilst racing.  

All courses run online and can be booked individually.  

  • Expedition, Learn the basics starts October 29, at 6 to 9 pm
  • Expedition, You’ve got the basics, what’s next? Is November 5, at 7 to 9 pm
  • Masterclass with Will Oxley, starts Monday, November 9, at 6.30 to 9 pm and runs for 3 nights.

Book your course here

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Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS September 23rd 2020

Message from the OTB Captain

Hi to all sailors – OTB and Keelboat,
As the potential start of the season approaches, the COVID-19 situation has made usual programming difficult. Until we get some clear directions as to when we can resume our usual  sailing, we will be using a more “fluid” approach.  A likely scenario will be that single handed sailing will be an early option,  with multi handed sailing hopefully following shortly afterwards.

The issue we have though is that the start boat and the course laying and rescue boats require at least two people on board. With this in mind our intrepid Principal Race Officer, Geoff Eldridge, has put forward the idea of a “Patrol Boat Bubble” where a permanent race team is rostered on for the first part of the season. To this end, we are looking for volunteers to take on this role - possibly some of the members who participated in the Race Officer course last week, sailors from multi crewed yachts or even Keelboaters who would like to get their feet wet.

We are looking for about 4-5 volunteers.
Anyone interested please contact either
Ross Martin             0467 000 442    or
Peter Chipperfield   0402 231 782

Membership Update

Membership cards have been sent out to all financial members, so keep an eye out for your card.  As Australia Post has been a little behind with some deliveries, it may take a week to arrive.  If you don’t receive your card by the end of September please let Jenny know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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