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Sunday 22nd September 2019

Spring Series - Race 2
(Combined) On Water Start, Windward Return

First warning at 09:55H
Start time at 10:00H


Waitangi Cup for two teams of four Adams 10 boats (VIC vs NSW) on 14th and 15th September


A Spring Series look-alike but much more rewarding thanks to Rod Smallman!

Combined Tower Start

First warning at 09:55H, Start time at 10:00H
Female Tower Power with Judy, Amanda & Claire
Watch the website for further details.

News from the Tower

Last Week’s Race Results

Sunday 8th September 2019

Spring Series Race 1

Congratulations to the Winners

1st YKnot
2nd 2Xtreme
3rd Marrakesh
4th Rells
5th Friday Harbour

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Full results are posted on the club website at Results

Fabulous to see our new Keelboat Captain, Mal, and Catherine from Rells back on the water for this race. It seems that they hopped off the plane and straight onto their boat to get out racing even though conditions were quite a shock after Queensland!

The weather was looking ominous before the race – cold and showery with winds forecast to push up into the strong winds range (26-33kts). After much debate in the clubhouse the course decision (on-water or tower start) was made when the three patrol boats were seen heading out the marina channel into a sea of whitecaps. The keelers followed out under the Y-flag to a W-E windward return race (to loops) set with 1.1nm legs just south of the clubhouse. Thanks go to Geoff Eldridge who was up bright an early after running an excellent RO training course all of Saturday at Albert Park.

Five keelboats set off in a combined start facing a westerly of around 15kts. As it turned out, the weather was kind to them with the seas settling down and the wind dropping to around 8kts by the end of the race. Just as well, since things turned nasty in the afternoon.

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It was great to be joined by a couple of hardy OTB skippers as they kicked off their first OTB Spring Series.

Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island race week was again fantastic

The weather was a mild 24 each day with blue skies, wind each day was light with a maximum of 10 knots N/E on all 5 days , each day the starts were delayed by a lack of wind for about 1.5 hrs which reduced the length of the races significantly.

It was hard work for the bigger heavier yachts but the lighter took the chocolates each day.

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Each race had about 4 legs at about 4NM for the 3rd and 4th division and 6 NM for the bigger yachts in Div 1and 2 so the kite runs were great fun all be it a tad slow.

I’ve done 4 of these regattas and this by far had the lightest breeze but that’s sailing.

The SBSC team on Celebrity managed a 9th over all putting them mid fleet with a win on the last day. Other members like Linda Wooley and Sue Turnbull also had success on the yachts they sailed. The race management was again brilliant with Dennis and team leaving everyone on course well updated and in touch with the start process.

The shore entertainment was again fantastic with great bands each night and yummy food, I’d love to get SP to this level as we move forward. The social side of this regatta is it’s Ace card, it’s relaxed with a great sense of pride at the same time, a real credit to its management team. The local parks department decided to back burn the hill behind the regatta over the weekend which gave us all a brilliant night time show, luckily the smoke was blowing away from the regatta area.

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If you can give it a go, you will be impressed.


Meet Leo

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Routine Training on Board

It is recommended that crews should practise safety routines at reasonable intervals including the drill for man overboard recovery.

Check out this link for more details on Man Overboard training. SBSC Keelboats recommends that a MOB training drill is performed at least once per season. If you’re the unfortunate one who falls overboard, I’m tipping the first thing you’ll think of is that you’re really glad that you took the time to train for it.

To make a date with Leo contact; Flotilla Commander, Mark Brookes.

His number is 0418310473 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Sport Phillip Marine

James Robertson and the team at Sport Phillip Marine have put together another cracking deal for us, this time with Steiner Binoculars.

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Back to winter for the Maggies - ha ha