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Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS May 12th 2020

Committee Mutterings

Dear members,

The Executive Committee would like to thank the members who took the time to nominate a fellow member for Club Person of the year. Selecting the successful nominee was an agonising decision to make last Thursday night, given the contributions of those nominated.  Unfortunately we can only select one member.  In normal circumstances, the announcement of Senior and Junior Club person of the year would be made on Presentation Night, however, this year it will be awarded at our AGM, which is to be held on Sunday the 26th of July.   There were an incredible 11 nominees this year. So, in no particular order:

John and Anne Matheson:
Made Thursday nights happen.  John was very vocal about wanting a night for social membership and was pivotal in driving the marketing for this to happen.  Both he and Anne pounded the pavement to hand deliver thousands of brochures, turned up every Thursday to host and sold hundreds of dollars of Raffle Tickets for the donated Seafood raffle.
Chris Parkes:
Photographer extraordinaire.  Sleeps with his camera, but Chris’s determination to photograph the club with a view to…. campaigns were critical to getting the clubs message out there.  Chris has been seen at every club event to capture great moments and his work as usual on Sail Peninsula 2020 extraordinary.  He’s a great asset to the club.
Ciaran Snooks:
Ciaran has over the past couple of years with Natasha and Grace been the champion for the Junior Group.  It’s been a tough year for the Junior's on the water, but through Ciaran’s leadership, the juniors have managed to remain connected and active the entire season.  The program that he helps run is vital to the growth in not just those juniors sailing ability and confidence levels, but important to the growth of the club.
Rob Campbell:
For a number of seasons now, Rob has been the backbone of the on water team for not only OTB races, but also our Keel Boat races.  He is a constant as a driver for one of the RHIBS each week.  He loves the job and more than that, loves being a part of the club community.  His efforts also extend to the management and maintenance of the rescue craft fleet.  He is a pure and true volunteer.
Dierdre Snooks:
Dierdre has been a regular nominee and for great reason.  Her efforts are greatly appreciated.  She operates with a level head and great energy.  A constant on the start boat and all RO’s breathe a sigh of relief when Dierdre is on board.  She has all the paperwork in order and is a great scribe.  Her efforts on the SP20 organising committee means that the detail required to get this event over the line is acted upon.  A great asset to any organising committee.
Ross Martin:
A Perennial performer for the club and a consummate club person.  Ever present and willing to do anything that benefits the club.
Des Carroll:
Des is the glue that keeps the tower ticking.  Des has grown into the role and made it his own.  Des has also ensured that the processes used are continually refined to make the job in the tower more user friendly.  He recently undertook a comprehensive overview for the purchase of the new computer in the tower.
Duncan McColl:
Duncan has made a habit of putting his hand up to chair significant committees to ensure first class outcomes for the club.  Firstly he chaired the Optimist Nationals Committee and ultimately steered the club away from the event with no negative impact on the clubs reputation which is no mean feat.  He is currently the chair for the Catering Tender Committee and will be responsible for recommending to the Executive Committee a pathway forward to ensure the club secures the best possible outcome with his committee.
Lisa Marklew:
Lisa has not only steered the Social Committee and put on some great events, but has generously leant her considerable styling talents to the club redevelopment program.  The Executive Committee are sincerely grateful to Lisa for providing stunning outcomes to the aesthetic of the program.  Watch this space!
Ewan Campbell:
Ewan is such a quiet achiever.  Ewan has ensured that the club maintains its Sail Training credentials and is of course the man that takes people out to learn to sail. Many on committee were surprised when we received a couple of thousand bucks for the effort that he puts into training potential new members.  Ewan was also a major sponsor for Sail Peninsula 2020, supplying countless bottles of Beach Box Gin.

Junior Club Person Nominees:
Jessica Lowe:
Jess has taken her sailing to another level and has been taking a lot of the juniors with her as her confidence grows out on the water, so too has her confidence grown on the shore, as many of the younger kids look to Jess as a role model. She is a constant on the start line in the afternoon and encourages other juniors to join in.

Xavier Graham:
Xavier is a special young man and is a very polite and considerate member of our club. Xavier is really starting to extend and push himself out on the water and is now able to compete on the bigger course in the afternoon and finish races. He is a constant source of encouragement to all junior members and is always willing to help others.

So they were the nominees and we look forward to announcing one of these deserving people as our Club Person and Junior Club Person of the year.

With the current COVID-19 restrictions in place, as a committee we decided,  that with no firm end date on when we can fully return to the club,  that we schedule an OTB Winter Series to alternate with the already scheduled KB Brass Monkey Winter Series to ensure that when things do return so some semblance of normality, we have a schedule ready to go. By alternating OTB and KB racing we are putting into place some mechanism to socially distance members, ensuring there aren’t too many at the club at one time.

The same can be said when it comes to the AGM.  We have set the date, Sunday the 26th of July.  This meeting will go ahead as a live meeting in the clubhouse or as a Zoom meeting, depending on whether or not restrictions are lifted sufficiently for the former to occur.  Regardless, we have a contingency to remain constitutional.

Bar works are progressing well and are set to be concluded by the 8th of June.  So far works have cost the club $75,000.  We expect these works will remain in budget at about $120k.  That will leave sufficient in the bank about $60k as a buffer leading into the 2020/21 season.
We thank the Coast Guard who have contributed $3600.00 to the cost of carpeting the remaining areas of the building being their office, the reception area and the tower.  This will ensure the building has the same feel throughout.  Works to the outside of the building are scheduled to commence in early July.

It was decided at the last Executive Meeting to establish some terms of reference for the formation of the Sponsorship Committee that the club is in desperate need.  If you would like to consider getting involved with this committee, then please let our secretary know by dropping Drew a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hopefully we can gather at the club soon and enjoy what will be a wonderfully welcoming atmosphere in pretty special surrounds. Until then - take care.

(On behalf of the Executive Committee)

Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS April 22nd 2020

Committee Mutterings

Dear members,

I trust you’re all keeping safe and not going stir crazy in these extraordinary times and unprecedented circumstances.
For some, this will be a time to re-connect with family, get those jobs done around the house, which have been screaming to be done for years, or you might have taken up a hobby that has always appealed to you but you’ve never had the time to immerse yourself in such an indulgence.
Personally, this has been a difficult time, with my business at a dead stop, with no clear timeline for resumption. It’s important during such difficult times to ensure our fellow club members have the support of one another. If you think someone might be struggling, connect and ask them how they’re doing. I’m sure that I’m not the only one whose work has all but dried up.

Over the Easter weekend, a group of members and juniors participated in the SBSC Inaugural Virtual Regatta. This was a 12 race series with two drops. it would be a reasonable assumption that the juniors would clean up in this format, however it was a surprise to see Greg Lowe as the eventual conqueror of all. For the SBSC running of this regatta, we chose 49ers.  The results of this regatta are below.  

Results RS
For those who haven’t tried Virtual Regatta, it is a remarkably realistic experience with biases on the start line, wind shifts to follow up and down the course and there are a variety of yachts that can be used for competition.

We have had a request from a member to advertise his business during these extraordinary times. Of course we have sponsors we need to take into consideration when these types of requests come through and of course we’d love to help all our members.  I’m sure if there is enough interest from members who have businesses, that would like the opportunity to advertise to the wider membership via our E-news, then please send us an email with a link to your on-line store or services and we’ll endeavour to assist where we can.

Please remember to send in your nominations for Club Person of the year and Junior Club Person of the year to our secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
There have been an unprecedented number of exceptional volunteers this year, so please think about nominating the person that best encapsulates what the SBSC is all about. Remember the person nominated can’t currently sit on the Executive Committee.
Stay safe everyone and please remember to stay connected.


On behalf of the Executive Committee

Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS May 5th 2020

ZOOM Trivia Night

We will be holding a ZOOM TRIVIA NIGHT on Friday 8th May commencing at 7:30pm.

Zoom Trivia RRS

If you would like to join in the TRIVIA FUN then please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm on Wednesday 6th May and we will in turn send you an invite to attend.  We are limited to 100 spots so please get your email in ASAP as it will be first in basis.

We are expecting that the night will run for maybe 90minutes and will include all sorts of trivia from Sailing to Australiana and even some Audio and Visual questions. 

If you want to make it feel even more like a Friday Night at SBSC then why not enjoy a meal from Snooks Catering.  You can pick up your take away goodies from David and Deridre at the SBSC Kiosk - details are below and make sure you check out the Friday Trivia Night Special!

Sounds like heaps of fun so look forward to seeing you then!!


The Boatyard Offer & Services

As it’s likely that a minimised sailing program may be opening up with some Covid-19 restrictions easing , now is the time to get your yacht bottom cleaned, maintenance done or follow up your anti fouling program.  Don’t leave this till the last minute as you may find a long waiting list!

The “Boatyard” at Martha Cove has a promotion in place with a 10 % discount to SBSC members which is a significant reduction to your annual maintenance costs.
Please note that this special offer applies during the tough times we are currently facing with lockdown and social distancing restrictions.

They are happy to arrange a pick up and delivery service of your vessel to minimise contact as part of the distancing rules which helps make the process easier and safer.  The Boatyard have proven they are very competitively priced on all services with very friendly & helpful staff, you won’t be disappointed with their services.

Unfortunately marine growth doesn’t distance , the longer you leave it the harder it will be to get it off and leave your yachts performance reduced.

Let’s support one of the clubs major sponsors and book your slip in now by calling on 1800 440 255

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Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS April 7th 2020

Boating Activities during Covid-19

There has been plenty of confusion about what if any boating activities are allowed.  Please click link HERE to go to the latest Marine Safety Victoria response regarding boating activities in Victoria.  Hopefully this will make things clearer for all.

We have also received the following information from Hidden Harbour Services:
These are truly challenging times for all of us. If you’re unable to travel to your boat and want anything checked onboard such as mooring lines secure, batteries off, charger on etc the guys at Hidden Harbour Services can arrange this - Contact Nick on 0434 422 523

Anyone wishing to use this down time for annual maintenance works the Martha Cove Boatyard is still operating and are offering great packages.  Contact the Boatyard on 1800 440 255

Stay happy, stay safe & we’ll see you on the water again soon!

SBSC ZOOM Trivia Night

We will be holding a ZOOM TRIVIA NIGHT on Friday 8th May commencing at 7:30pm.

If you would like to participate in the TRIVIA FUN then please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by COB on Wednesday 6th May and we will in turn send you an invite to attend along with the ZOOM Trivia Guidelines.  We are limited to 100 spots so please get your email in ASAP as it will be first in basis. 

We are expecting that the night will run for around 90minutes and will include all sorts of trivia from Sailing to Australiana and even some Audio questions.

Looking forward to seeing you then!!





Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS April 1st 2020

Committee Mutterings

Dear Members,

Well, it was an inglorious finish to what has been a pretty average season on the water for many of our sailing members. Friday Keel Boat Twilight races were regularly unable to be raced due to Gale Warnings.  The second half of the OTB season was affected similarly and the Juniors were rarely able to get out on Sunday mornings due to difficult conditions.  It was a season that offered so much but rarely delivered, however, as sailors, we recognise that we participate in a sport that requires a window of weather opportunity and some seasons are better than others, so it seemed fitting that the premature end to our season was taken out of our hands with the restrictions due to COVID-19 increasing to the point that beaches have been closed and gatherings banned, making sailing impossible.

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