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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 September 10th 2020


New Members

On behalf of the Executive Committee and members, we would like to extend a warm welcome to these new and returning members to Safety Beach SC. We look forward to seeing you at the club when we are able to re-open again for business.

  • Brad and Lynda Fitzsimmons - BatteryWorld Mornington
  • David Blundell
  • Glenys Hitchen
  • Nick, Fiona, Zara & Cooper Jones - Maintain my Boat    

If you know someone that would like to join the club, membership applications can be downloaded from the website by clicking this LINK

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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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Race Officers Course

Our very own National Race Officer, Geoff Eldridge, will be holding a Club Level Race Officers Course for SBSC Members on the morning of Sunday 13th September.  The course will start at 9:00am and will run for around 3hours and will be held via Zoom.

The Club Race Officer Course is aimed at educating Australian Sailing Members in the basics to conduct consistent, fair and safe club racing.

Who should do this course?
People who have a keen interest in Sailing and want to participate in another facet of the sport. Those who may be interested in becoming a Race Officer include parents or partners who may have limited experience with sailing and want to contribute to the sport, volunteers at yacht clubs and sailors who no longer actively participate in the sport.

Course Outcome
Participants will become eligible to apply to be accredited as a Club Race Officer; an individual in charge of all on water activities at club or singular club race course and manages all associated race officials and volunteers.

If you are interested in doing this course on the 13th of September please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will put you on the list of starters.

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Welcome to our latest sponsor - Battery World Mornington is the Mornington Peninsula's largest battery stockist and we are open for Phone & Internet orders. 
We are here to help with new batteries and preventative chargers to protect you precious battery.  Whatever your battery need give Brad a call and sure he will be able to help you out.

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Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS September 16th 2020

Committee Mutterings

Hello from home once again. I was hoping by now we would be not so locked down and perhaps even on the verge of returning to the club and sailing. That unfortunately is not the case and I just hope this longer level of lockdown works to get us back to some sense of normal a bit quicker. Whilst I don’t mind working from home, the dogs are even beginning to question why we’re home so much.

The Executive Committee has been as busy as ever working on many things, apart from sailing. We are looking to upgrade our IT and move to Office 365 shortly. This will revolutionise our file storage and make life much easier for future committees, as they won’t be asking for previous members of committee to copy old files onto USB’s or forward multiple emails from years past. Everything will be stored in the cloud and accessible to the committee at any time and from anywhere.

The new Sponsorship, Marketing & Grants sub-committee have hit the ground running. John Wemyss and team are setting up sponsorship packages to approach businesses with shortly and gain further support for the club. We are also looking at local area promotion of what we offer. Plenty of ground work to do and well worth the effort, as it represents a great opportunity for the club.  We are looking for someone to join this sub-committee, who has a flare for graphic design and marketing. If that’s you, please let us know, as we would love to have you on board. Could be a great opportunity to showcase your talents.

Another area this team are working on is social media and how we can continue to hear from you the members. We plan to start asking for stories and profiles of sponsors, which can then be shared with our members. There are many interesting people in the club, that many of you don’t know. So, whilst we can’t physically see each other, perhaps we can share some stories and past experiences, which may just help everyone to connect in an entirely different way.

Thanks again to all the members who have paid their fees. It makes a big difference to the club and is fantastic to see. As mentioned in the reminder notices this week, the club is mindful that there are some who may be financially affected by the COVID19 situation. It is truly a unique situation and we wish to ensure all our members are able to remain part of the Safety Beach Sailing Club.  I am available to discuss alternative payment arrangements for any member/s who may be financially affected by the COVID19 situation.  All discussions will remain strictly confidential. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Phone: 0407 814 865

The new Risk Management sub-committee, headed up by Pauline Cleaver has begun the huge task of piecing this together. Whilst we have had risk management procedures, it’s obvious they are in need of a major upgrade and Pauline and team have the experience to put this together.

Our Rear Commodore – Ross Martin and Sailing Committee have been busy putting together the new season programs. As soon as we’re able to sail, the program will cater for as much sailing as anyone can cope with. We might even see Clarky sitting a few out due to exhaustion.

Please continue where possible to support David and Deidre Snooks. They have done an amazing job staying positive during these times and providing great meals from the kiosk. My only regret is living much more than 5km away, otherwise I’d be there every week.

Continue to stay safe and healthy. I also hope you make the most of your extra hour each day.

Kind Regards,
Peter Bulka

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Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS August 19th 2020

From the Rear

Dear Members,
It is with great pleasure I write my first e-news article as Rear Commodore for 2020-21 sailing season. Although we are all in lock down your KB & OTB Committees have been working away in the background putting the final touches to the seasons programs and rosters. See the OTB Summer Program Part 1 HERE and the KB Summer Program Part 1 by clicking HERE.

We have published the OTB program up to December 2020 at this stage, as we await easing of lock down restrictions. We do not want to be seen as negative, but I doubt our keen OTB sailors will be able to travel interstate for National Championships in the foreseeable future. With this in mind we will adjust the program to include an OTB Holiday Series as soon as we get the all clear from the State Government and Australian Sailing.

Will have more to write after a Zoom Keelboat & OTB Committee Meetings being held over the next week. For now stay safe.


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