News from the Tower

Last Week’s Race Results

September 22nd 2019 - Spring Series Race #2

Congratulations to the Winners

 1st 2Xtreme   A. Clark   
 2nd  Joker at Work    G. Chipperfield  
 3rd  Windsong R. Ashcroft
 1st  2Xtreme A. Clark
 2nd  Joker at Work G. Chipperfield
 3rd  Rogue D. Phillips

Full results are posted at Spring Series 2019 Results

Despite the fresh conditions for Race 2 we had four more keelboats out than for Race 1, making a fleet of nine. Surprisingly, there was a total of 50 POB on the water. Clearly a sign of skippers coming out of hibernation.

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The boats headed for the start line in about 10 deg (felt like 7 deg) so carried memories of the BMWS.
Winds were kind at about 13kts and tapered off slightly during the race allowing great spinnaker practice.
On-water RO, Geoff, set a westerly windward-leeward course starting off near the Safety Beach Jetty with 1NM legs and two laps.
Competition was good with all boats completing the course within a span of 27 min on elapsed time. 
It was also great to be sharing the course over 0.5NM with six very hardy OTB sailors.

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Clarky and the crew looked very happy with themselves back at the club for lunch having clinched firsts in both PHD and AMS categories.

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Next Race

Sunday 29th September 2019

Spring Series - Race 3 On Water Start
Windward - Return Course
First warning: 0955
Start time: 1000

On Duty

Tower Judy Champion
Start Boat Geoff Eldridge (RO)
  Deirdre Snooks
  Des Carroll
 Course Boats Alistair Mackie
  Amanda Malin


From the Keelboat Captain

Hi everyone, firstly a big thank you again to the volunteers who ran race 2 of the Spring Series.
An on water start with a bit rock and rolly swell for the start boat and 2 ribs.
Not sure if they really noticed the swell, they all seemed to be enjoying themselves out on the water?
But without them and our great tower staff we would be a bit lost, we would probably have to resort to the car park if we could find a spare car space?
Anyway, the keelboat fleet again increased this week even though we had quite a few members doing the safety at sea course?  
So next Sunday should be a ripper? Clarky and crew of 2Xtreme again won the bottle of wine, which was well deserved but I know there's keel boats in our club that can give Clarky a run for his money?
If he wins again this week I told him we'll have to give him a wine rack to put all the wine in?
So, whoever can get first place next Sunday I will put up a second bottle of wine or a bottle of Rum? However, if 2Xtreme wins again then they will get the wine and a wine rack? So the challenge is on.
Look forward to seeing you next Sunday.

Mal Winder



Last weekend we had a good turnout from SBSC for the ORCV Safety & Sea Survival Course and revalidation.
Australian Sailing regulations state that you must have at least 50% of your crew participate in this course and 100% for double handed for Category 1 & 2 ocean races.

This year SBSC will be represented in the Melbourne Devonport, Melbourne Hobert, & Sydney Hobart ocean races as well as the upcoming Melbourne Stanley qualifier.

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No matter if you are ocean racing or simply cruising on the bay, this is a course that I would highly recommend to anyone who steps on a keelboat.

The next full course and revalidation is on 16th-17th November.


ORCV Coastal Series

So, now that you’re all trained up or thinking about why not try a bit of ocean racing and the new coastal series will be just the thing to do.
The series consists of 4 coastal races designed to have you back in the pen within 24 hours or so and seeing as they are starting near Port Phillip Heads
and finishing of the Peninsula back beaches, we at SBSC are one of the better placed clubs geographically.

Each ORCV Coastal Sprint race is classified Category 3, avoiding the substantial equipment upgrade costs required for Category 2 races.
There is no requirement for HF Radio, Satellite phone storm sails or Life Rafts (those under 12m). The ORCV Coastal Sprints are perfect training platform when combined with Melbourne to Stanley prior to the Christmas Ocean races of ORCV Melbourne to Hobart or Rolex Sydney to Hobart.


Who’s up for Sea Urchin?

A friend recently described eating a Sea Urchin as the creamy avocado of the sea.
So ask yourself, would you like a smashed Sea Urchin on toast, perhaps with a squeeze of lemon?
I’m always interested in discovering something new and up for trying new flavours, so consider challenge accepted!
With a bit of research I have discovered that there are over 700 known species of this spiky creature and the gonads are the only edible part. 
There is in fact a fivefold symmetry of gonads inside and you take a spoon and scoop out the orangish insides.
Hesitant? Just add Liquor! That always works.
Well here is where we get a little insurancy.
What happens if you are sailing from Safety Beach, over to the 2020 Festival of Sails in Geelong and whilst you are focused on shelling your Sea Urchin you collide with another vessel?
Your long weekend is destroyed.

At McLardy McShane we have your back!
We will have a pleasure craft insurance policy in place for you which will cover you for:
• Reimbursement of Tournament or Event Entry Fee,
• Provide up to $5,000 for Emergency Expenses
• Provide additional $1,500 Out of Pocket Expenses
• Provide you with comprehensive cover for your hull and damage to Third Party boat.

For more Sea Urchin facts and professional advice on best safeguarding your boat or other insurance requirements, please contact McLardy McShane Peninsula.

Joe Siliga: 0414 352 929 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mandy Angliss:  0404 063 297 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Editor Note:  MclardyMcshane are great supporters of the club and Joe is often out sailing with the SBSC fleet


Cruisers Corner

Mustang Sally has now reached Lizard Island which is as far north as she is going this season at 14o39’.37S 145o26’.833E
Her crew has had a great trip up with many enjoyable stops along the way and have even found some great spots to go kiting. 
If you want to find out more about their travels this season you can have a look at their blog at Mustang Sally Blog 2019

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Club Website

The new club web-site is now LIVE so make sure you go and check it out at
Big thank you to our Membership Secretary, Jen Thomson who has put in a huge effort working with Jonathan Ross from Halcyon Daze on the development of this new site.  We are sure that you will all enjoy it.
There are also plans in place for an e-news upgrade which will be coming your way soon!!!.


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Sail Peninsula 2020

Plans for SP2020 are already underway!
If you are interested in joining a great organising committee and assist with this fantastic regatta, please don’t be shy.                                                        
Clarky is waiting to hear from you so either drop him an email to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him on 0418 331 083.


From the Comic

Thanks to John Walker

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Key Dates for the Diary 

 11th October     Friday Twilight Pursuit Race #1 
 13th October SBSC Opening Day
 20th October Skippers & Crews Meeting