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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!

Dear Members,

We trust you are all well and have adapted to our new way of life.

Things are coming along really well with the club renovations. It will look fantastic in time for everyone to return. For now however, the club building remains closed.

As soon as we are able, we will announce club organised activities and racing. This may even include a winter series for off the beach, as well as the Brass Monkey Winter series for Keelboats.

In the mean time, you are able to social sail. Please adhere to social distancing and COVID safe practices.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back to a newly refurbished club, when it is safe and practicable to do so.

Kind regards,

Peter Bulka
Safety Beach Sailing Club


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.

Dates for the Diary

Thursday 19th March        Members Night "Local Tastes Evening
Friday 20th March Junior Crews - Friday Twilight Pursuit Race      
Sunday 5th April Keelboat Skippers & Crews Meeting


Committee Mutterings

Dear members,

What a crazy time we are living through currently. Thankfully, sailing out in the open air is similar to the social distancing being preferred by government, as a way of minimising the spread of COVID-19.  Whilst our crazy weather has coincided with Friday night racing, Sunday saw a reprieve in conditions and we were treated to champagne sailing and what a turnout we had. 20 juniors on the Sunday morning followed up by 14 Keelboats and 30 OTB in the afternoon capped off a very busy day around the club.

As mentioned by our Commodore Peter Bulka on Friday, your Committee is monitoring any response or recommended course of action coming from Australian Sailing. Currently it remains that all sailing activities are continuing, however we urge members to maintain good personal hygiene standards and we urge members that are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 as prescribed by the WHO to refrain from coming to the club and self-isolating.

It was great to turn up to the club on Sunday and see the progress thus far on our bar renovation. Things are progressing well, with the sliding windows in to the North East Corner and a fresh lick of paint to the ceiling and walls really lifting the interior, making the most of that view!

This Thursday (provided the gathering is less than 500!) is a special members night (see information flyer below).  During this period, it’ll be really important to keep supporting our caterer whilst it’s still possible.  We also have Junior Keelboat night on Friday evening, weather dependant of course!  Thanks in advance to all members who have provided space on their boats for juniors and their families this Friday, hopefully we get great weather and a big gathering back at the club afterwards, provided it’s less than 500.

I have been in touch with the contractors (Duratec) regarding the state of our yard and the additional time it has taken to do the necessary rectification works on the tunnel from our side. It appears that the piling holes were collapsing and needed better geotechnical engineering solutions. They have been waiting to hear from VicRoads regarding this solution and hopefully will recommence works this week into next and be finished within the fortnight.
Our roof is beginning to leak, which was unearthed by the painters and was found wanting after some substantial rainfall over the past month. The Shire have been out to inspect and hopefully will come up with a solution soon. We are hoping that the leaks don’t play havoc with our renovations and delay the project.

With the outbreak of COVID-19, the schools team racing state championships have been postponed, which is a great shame to many of our young sailors that were looking forward to racing in this great event at the RYCV this coming weekend. Selfishly, I’m happy as I can now sail on Friday night and again on Sunday.

Don’t forget to register for the SBSC Footy Tipping Competition. This is for all members and only costs $20.00. I’ll hunt you down for the money but please register regardless of the outcome of the AFL season continuing or not. We’ll have some novel prizes for each round and for the member that manages to correctly tip 9 games with the lowest margin. Link can be found in the e-news.


On behalf of the Executive Committee.

Football Tipping Competition

Weather you love or hate the game of football there is plenty of fun to be had by joining the SBSC Football Tipping Competition. To enter costs only $20 and to register is easy just CLICK HERE

Covid-19 Update

Hi all members,

By now I am sure you will have read the email from our Commodore, Peter Bulka, advising that ALL club activities have been suspended until further advised.  We will keep all members informed of the latest situation via email, e-news and our other social media forums.  Our weekly club e-news will no longer go out on a weekly basis however, we will endeavour to keep this form of communication open albeit on a less regular basis.

If you have any articles, items or information that you think would be of interest to our members PLEASE send them through to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will put them together and publish when applicable.  I am sure there are plenty of our members that will be interested as many of us are looking at new and novel ways to keep ourselves busy and connected to our community during this very tough time.

Keelboat NEWS

Last Weeks Races 

Wednesday 18th March 2020            

Midweek Madness   

Congratulations to:   

1st Anthea John Wemyss
2nd 2Xtreme Andrew Clark
3rd Summer Breeze Martin Coad


Friday 20th March  2020        

Twilight Pursuit Race

Congratulations to:

1st Em Dee Graeme Pearson
2nd Fransiska       Peter Morrison
3rd Y Knot Rob Rainsford
1st Y Knot  Rob Rainsford

Another interesting night for our Friday Pursuit Race.  Due to the Strong Wind Warning and rough conditions it was decided quite late on Friday to postpone the Junior Crews involvement however, one our junior crews didn't get the memo so well done to Beau and his dad Cam who apparently had an exciting and rather wet time out on Fransiska but both had a smile on their faces. We had nine yachts sign on for the race which was great considering it was a bit bumpy on the course. Unfortunately we had a couple of retirements including a dead battery but from all reports it was a great night despite being a little wet for the crews.

Big thank you to our Race Officer Peter Bulka and his trusty team in the tower for a great job. 

Sunday 22nd March  2020        

Club Championship Race

Congratulations to:

1st Anthea John Wemyss
2nd Vincitore Peter Russell
1st  Anthea John Wemyss
2nd Vincitore Peter Russell

Big thank you to RO Mark McAuliffe and the crew from Lady Cassandra for manning the tower and helping out on the water.

March 22 1 6x4

For all the 2019-20 Summer Results and Series Scores please go to 2019-20 Summer Season Results.  Presentation night for the 2019-20 season has been postponed and we will advise new dates as soon as possible.

15 Sailing Movies to Watch If You Have To Stay At Home

If the thought of being quarantined sends you into a spiral of restlessness, rest assured: you’re not alone. What does one do when you’re not allowed to leave your house?  We suggest you 15 sailing movies to see. Which one is your favourite?

Click Here for Movies 

How did you get that eye patch?

A sailor and a pirate are in a bar recounting their adventures at sea. Seeing the pirate’s peg-leg, hook, and eye patch the sailor asks: “So, how did you end up with the peg-leg?”

The pirate replies: “We were caught in a huge storm and a giant wave swept me overboard. Just as me crew were pullin’ me out a school of sharks appeared and one of ’em bit me leg off.”

“Blimey!” said the sailor . “And how’d you get the hook?”

“Arrrr…”, mused the old salt, “I got into a fight over a woman in a bar, and me hand got chopped off.”

“Blimey!” remarked the sailor. “And how about the eye patch?”

“Oh that,” said the pirate, looking embarrassed. A seagull droppin’ fell into me eye.”

“You lost your eye to a seagull dropping?” the questioner asked incredulously.

Well…” said the old sea dog, ” it was me first day with the hook.”

pirate jokes 6x4

Dates for the Diary


Member Night 19th March 2020rs

OTB News

There may not of been any OTB racing at the club over the weekend however a number of our sailors travelled far and wide from Cairn Currin to Balnarring competing in Victorian State Titles with some fantastic results.

Over at Balnarring we had the 'A' Class States with our own Stuart Scott in first and Dave Brewer in second place just a couple of points back.  How good is that!!!

The Taser State Titles were held inland up at Cairn Currin.  Mark and Oliver Bulka finished in second place, Ross and Natasha Martin in third spot and  Andrew, Aurelia & Imogen Martin not far behind in seventh - well done to you all.

The Phaedrus B14 State Titles were held up in Sandringham YC with Ewan and Tori Campbell in a tight battle for fourth with Glenn and Grace Lazzar right on their heels in 5th. If I have missed anyone my sincere apologies but if you drop me a note will make sure you get a mention next week. 

Keelboat Captain Report

Congratulations for all our boats and crews that competed in the Marlay Point and ORCV King Island Races last weekend.
A very special congratulations to Rod Smallman and Tom Vaughan on Maverick with a fantastic result in the ORCV Melbourne to King Island Race with the amazing score line of 1st IRC, 2nd AMS, 1st PHS and 1st DHHC. 

Team Maverick 6 x 4

We have a couple of important dates coming up in the Keelboat Calendar.
The Junior Crews night is being held on Friday 20th March.  This has become one of our most popular Friday nights and great to have the juniors and parents not only out on the keelboats but back at the club for a meal afterwards.  If you are happy to take out some of our Juniors please drop me a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This is certainly one way of finding some younger crew members.

On Sunday 5th April at 10:00am we have the Skippers and Crews meeting.  It would be great to see a few more of our skippers and crews attend this meeting.  It is a great forum to review the season past and present some ideas the KB committee is looking into for both our winter and 2020-21 programs.  Constructive input is welcomed so put this date in the diary as a must do.

Be great to see a few new faces out this Sunday for our Summer Pursuit Series Race.  This is a perfect format for those who enjoy the pursuit start format but with the option of being able to try out your spinnaker handling skills.  Who could say no to that!!

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