Dates for the Diary
|Saturday 17th April
||10am to 2pm
||International Women's Day Event to book please CLICK HERE
|Saturday 17th April
||Music Night Featuring The Treblettes Trio CANCELLED
|Sunday 18th April
||Keelboat Skippers and Crews Meeting
Whats on @ SBSC
A wet and wintry Sunday afternoon did not stop the crowds from gathering at SBSC for the monthly Sunday Sounds afternoon.
Around 50 members and guests danced and sang along to Dave Campbell’s toe tapping tunes. Watch the diary and e-news for the next Sunday Sounds Event.
Linda Clarkson was the lucky winner of the raffle prize of two bottles of wine kindly donated by Jonathon at Wine Lovers Warehouse in Dromana.
Not a lot to report this week. After a week of beautiful weather, perfect for just about anything, the weekend turned out an absolute crapper! Coldest days for ages, gale force winds, rain and hail; good for one thing only, a practice run for an Antarctic expedition! Never mind, this week will be the best day of sailing you’ve ever had- guaranteed(ish). While the weather is growing cooler, we still have quite a few weeks of sailing still left in the summer season. So put your winter woollies on and make the most it.
Speaking of winter, now is probably a good time to mention the upcoming winter series slated to start a couple of weeks after the end of our regular season. The club is proposing to run this in conjunction with the keel boat Brass Monkey season, with an 11.00am start (10.57 first warning). The course will be windward - return to simplify course setting and minimizing the number of support boats required. There will be eagle eyed duty people in the tower and the course will be set closer to the beach, so we are planning on just having one rib on the water as well as the start boat (unless numbers get up around 12 boats, then we will be looking at two ribs). As with regular sailing, Safety is paramount, so the weather will play a key role on the day. With all that in mind, remember, we do have some of our best sailing conditions late autumn/early winter and with the 11.00am start, you’ll be back on the beach by 1.30pm or so, ready for a bowl of hot chips and a glass of red (Phaedrus of course!).
I’ve attached a schedule of races (which will also be posted onto the club website). The proposed season will start June 6th through to August 29th with sailing roughly every second week. Sounds like a bit of fun so why not give it a crack. We’ll be canvassing interest over the next few weeks, so if you have any ideas let myself or Ross Martin know.
That’s all for now, see you Sunday for that perfect sail!
Keelboat & Tower News
All Skippers and Crew, please attend the meeting this Sunday the 18th April @ 10:00am. There are major changes planned for next season’s racing and your attendance and input is important. There will be changes to the current courses and there will be two divisions racing so if you want to know how the divisions are going to be set up and which division you’re in then it will be very worthwhile for you to attend.
It will be too late when the season starts to have a whinge so this is your chance to have a say and input on how we set this up. So I urge you to attend.
Last week's results
Saturday 10th April - MYC & SBSC Combined Series Coastal Race
Unfortunately this race was cancelled as a Gale Warning has issued by the BOM for Port Phillip Bay. This was the last of the scheduled races in the combined MYC & SBSC series for 2020-21 summer season - for the results please go to the MYC results page at MYC & SBSC Combined Series Results.
Well done to Rogue who scored as 3rd overall in PHD for this series and to all those SBSC boats that participated.
This week's program
Sunday 18th April - Club Championship Series
|First Warning Signal:
||13:25H Boat Start
||Ian Pearse and Crew
For all the 2020-21 Summer Season Results please go to 2020-21 Results
My First Time @ Boga
As soon as I arrived at Boga, there is a sense of excitement. The club was buzzing with anticipation for a great event after missing out last year due to a pandemic. Lake Boga Yacht Club’s hospitality was amazing, with fresh apples handed to you at registration, a cheese & wine tasting before Saturday night’s roast dinner, cooked breakfast and standard lunch fare made by the lovely volunteers, they sure did make you feel at home.
As the competitors rolled in during Thursday, old regatta friendships pick up where they left off, and most conversations involved a chat about the filthy roadworks we all drove though to get to Boga. Thankfully the mud vanished as soon as the boats hit the water.
The weather was hot! It was 30 degrees’ plus every day and 35 on Saturday. The wind could have been a bit stronger, but you can’t win them all. However, Mono tried really hard to win them all, and took a huge gamble in challenging conditions, which ended badly, resulting in Imogen’s face saying “Don’t speak to dad just yet, he’s fuming!!” as they got to shore.
Ross Martin used his nice guy reputation and some good old fashioned charm over the weekend to his advantage. He scored a twilight lake cruise on a party boat with his family, and two scenic flights over the lake. Also scoring over the weekend was Drew and the Meijer Family, both winning separate meat raffles at the pub.
The club’s youth made the most of their Boga experience, most having never been before, were happy to take the lead from the Martin twins. Aurelia showed us that it is possible to “turtle” a boat at Boga, even if it was the smallest boat at the regatta (Zac’s Open Bic). Steph proved that you can accidentally capsize in minimal wind, less than 5 knots. Abbey and Riley set themselves a challenge in the Pacer, taking turns to sail it single handed with all three sails up. Aim high guys! Sylvie showed us all another side of her, and she was hilarious. The kids really enjoyed swimming, walking to the park with ”Uncle Greg” and chatting around the campfire at night.
The non-sailors enjoyed mooching around the shore all day long, swimming, eating and chatting with other like-minded people while waiting for our sailors to return from a hard day on the water (cough cough). And having super-hot weather made our days more fun, as we could start re-hydrating earlier. Speaking of getting on it, I think Mono would have been pretty thirsty in the evenings, as he only had one glass of wine per night, you’ll have to ask him why?
Boga is a great place to do some tyre kicking, and dream about your next boat, as there are so many options on show. It’s also great to get sound advice on anything and everything after a few drinks around the fire. The camping area was comparable to any high end camping grass that I’ve stayed on, however the amenities were pretty basic at the public toilet end of camp. The option to shower at the club was a great alternative. Swimming, snoozing, drinking, eating, chatting by the fire, and outstanding sunrises were all the things that made “Boga” a regatta not to miss, oh and sailing, yes of course sailing!!!!!
Would I go again, ABSOLUTELY.
Please go to the Lake Boga Yacht Club Link Facebook Page for plenty more great photos
Short Handed Sailing – Double and 4+ Auto-helm with a non-spinnaker class. Have some fun on the bay with the Carnival of Short Handed Sailing this coming 8th May. It’s a new course with longer legs. Ideal for those thinking of sailing longer distances short handed Carnival of Short Handed Sailing Page
ORCV ‘Rip Tour’ has been rescheduled to Sunday 18th April and now on the 115 ft ‘Peninsula Princess’ ferry.
During the ‘Rip Tour’ experienced offshore navigators provide commentary on safely navigating the entrance to Port Phillip Bay. This makes for an informative and enjoyable day for boaties, fishermen, historians, beach walkers, surfers and holiday makers alike, so come along and get set to enjoy a memorable day out on Port Phillip Bay. To Book CLICK HERE.
Some say the last race of the ocean series is the best. Sail in company on the Great Ocean Road Sail to Apollo Bay. A Category 3 race, May 22nd which starts in daylight. Stay and enjoy Apollo Bay. Enter HERE.