News from the Tower

Last Week's Racing

Friday 25th October 2019 - Friday Twilight Pursuit Race #3


Saturday 26th October -  Club Championship Race 1 & Combined Series Race 1


Sunday 27th October - Impromptu Pursuit Race

What and excellent idea so big thank you to Clarky and Mal for getting this together at the last minute.

Congratulations to:

1st  2Xtreme   Andrew Clark  
2nd Rells Mal Winder
3rd   Anthea John Wemyss    

5 yachts out in near perfect conditions, started in an overcast 12 knots and finished in a sunny 9 knots, back to the club with 2Xtreme coming in 1st, Rells 2nd and followed up by Anthea in 3rd.  Each were presented with a bottle of wine for their success. This was a test run for the proposed Wednesday afternoon series.

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The MIDWEEK MADNESS series is aimed at those that have the time and need for a bit more wind blown hair.

See below for details / NOR of our new Mid Week Series with the first race scheduled to be held on the Wednesday the 6th of November.

Next Weeks Races

Friday 1st November 2019

Friday Twilight Pursuit - Race 4     Tower / Pursuit Start          
First warning: 17:25H
Start time: 17:30H

On Duty

Tower - RO Peter Bulka
Duty Boat Amazing Grace

Start sheet is available at  Start Sheet

We are all hoping that the weather gods will be kind to us this weekend and put on some great weather for our Friday evening race. 

Despite many emails we still have a number of boats / owners that have NOT submitted a Cat 5 Safety Declaration for their yacht. 

As per our SI's penalties are to apply if docments are not received by the 31st October.  Please send them in to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   If you are not sure if you have submtted your documents for the 2019-20 season then please drop us an email and we will check and get back to you ASAP.


Cup Day Weekend Cruise/Race

We are pleased to announce that the Queenscliff Cruising Yacht Club have invited Safety Beach Sailing Club to participate in their HMAS Goorangai Memorial Trophy Race / Cruise from Brighton to Queenscliff on the November long weekend.  The HMAS Gooragai Memorial Trophy Race/ Cruise commemorates the tragic sinking of Goorangai on the 20th of November 1940 with the loss of all 24 crew members.  A former club member of QCYC, Les Nangle was a Petty Officer on the Goorangai however, he left her just before her last voyage and lost many of his good mates.

The race starts from Royal Brighton Yacht Club on Saturday 2nd November finishing at Queenscliff Cruising Yacht Club. The scheduled time for the first warning signal is 9:25H.  There is a discounted wharfage fee of $20 per night for boats staying over at Queenscliff.  Anyone staying over is offered free club ferry into Queenscliff and are invited to stay and attend their Opening Ceremony, Blessing of the fleet and luncheon being held on Sunday 3rd November

Notice of Race, Entry details and other information is available at the QCYC website  or please contact Mike Phelan directly This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





After much discussion over the last 18months we are pleased to announce the introduction of our new Midweek Madness Series aimed at those with a bit of extra time mid week.The first race in the series will be November 6th and each Wednesday unless notified.
The SBSC Sailing Instructions for Keelboat Fleet 2019-2020 will apply to this series.
This series will run in tandem with the Friday Twilight Pursuit Series and with its success be added to the program for next year when published.
The prizes will be bottles of wine from several of our Sponsor members who thankfully support the club.
Although this series is designed to have minimal tower participation , there maybe someone in the tower watching the start sequence so honesty when starting is required.

Details as follows:

  • 16:00H GPS time start (zero minutes)
  • Use our Friday night start times from the previous Friday - Refer to the club web site for times.
  • No Spinnakers
  • Clubhouse Course Board will indicate course to be sailed
  • Radio Sign On - NOT REQUIRED
  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded.  You will know where you came
  • Back to club for presentation, tall stories and great food from the bar

* This is a separate series.  We are using the Friday Twilight handicap calculations from the previous week but this will not affect your Friday night handicaps.

* Stay Safe on the Water

Look forward to seeing a big fleet out for what is going to be a lot of fun on the water each Wednesday afternoon.

SBSC Race Committee


Keelboat Captains Report

Hi everyone,

If you think you need a sailing fix choose a day,  Our club offers Friday, Sunday and now Wednesday Madness, so if that doesn't satisfy your appetite then let the sailing committee know and we might even be able to throw another Impromptu race in here or there.  Unfortunately Friday's race was cancelled with reluctance and to top it off the weather deteriorated considerably on Saturday's combined MYC & SBSC race.  So from now on when a race gets cancelled we will be doing Impromptu races where we can.  Got a constructive suggestion that you think will help.  Please send it in and we will listen and respond to discuss any reasonable suggestion.

So to keep up with the what's happening regarding latest events like Cruising, Impromptu or Wednesday Madness Racing we have put information on SBSC website under Latest News/ Events, also we will be soon notifying skippers and as many crews as we can by SMS on your phones to keep you up to date with race information.

MOB drills may not seem important now to most, but do all skippers know or have a procedure to retrieve a man or woman overboard.  Ask your crew could they bring you back on board.  Next season we may have no option to enforce mandatory MOB drills or no racing.  Last week when we had the 40 knot winds come through half way into the race is a typical example of why you should have a procedure and have done a drill.  Luckily and that's all it is luck that no one was hurt or went overboard. Are we too naïve or have too much bravado that we think it won't happen to us. What's the average age of most skippers, how fit are you, how long can you be in the water before hypothermia sets in.  At the MOB discussion during the Skipper and Crew meeting Tony Christmas said after 10 minutes you lose most of your strength from your limbs, so forget pulling yourself on board.
We are going to run some drills very soon this season so please attend.  We are very lucky to have the expertise of Tony Christmas at our club that has offered to run the drills so let's take advantage of it.  Also there is another Safety at Sea Course coming up in November for those interested.

See you on the water

From the Membership Secretary

Just a friendly reminder to all skippers to ensure any guests racing with you sign up for the Sailing Pass.  Each guest may sail up to 6 times a year for free.  Signing up for the Sailing Pass ensures that your guest has Australian Sailing insurance for the race/s and we have a register of participants who are racing.
This can be done easily on-line by visiting the new website, go to Membership, and select Sail Pass.  The new website is very easy to navigate on a smartphone, which has made it easier for last minute guests to sign themselves up.

Haven't checked out the new website yet?  Go to  There are some great photos of opening day parade and races.

Cruisers Corner

Smooth Operator - Cruising in Northern Europe

Third  update from Russ and Dianne Durham

Our last report had us sitting on the wharf at Balestrand inside Norway’s largest fjord called Sognefjord. From Balestrand we travellled across the fjord to a small town called Vikoyri or “Vic” as the locals referred to it. Fortunately our resident crew member Eileen who grew up in Norway had an old school friend with a holiday  home in “Vic”. Our visit coincided with the “Vic” annual raspberry festival.  Much fun was has in Vikoyri with great fruit, good company, some sightseeing conducted by locals and a trip up into the high country with a short stay at a highland hut.  After 2 nights at Vic we moved further up the Fjord to the relatively famous town of Flam. Flam very much a tourist town with craft beer breweries, museums and the famous Flam railway which winds all the way out of the fjord to the top of the mountains. We went to bed after a rather late and alcoholic fun filled night and woke up the next morning to the sight of a massive cruise ship parked very close to us - not one of the six crew on board heard it’s arrival in the night - we must have had a big night!

From Flam we retraced our steps out of Sognefjord back towards the North Sea. We stopped at a few places but one of the most interesting was a little island called Fedje facing the infamous Nth sea on one side and the fjords of Norway on its Eastern side.  A very rugged island with a very safe little harbour and surrounding town with some great walks and interesting architecture and a classic remote operated ferry for pedestrians to cross the harbour - dial a number on your mobile phone and the ferry started! From Fedje we made our way back to Bergen where we had a bit of a crew change saying good bye to Eileen, Grant, Lisa and Richard.  We then hopped down the inland waterways south of Bergen stopping  at 3 or 4 ports on the way to a rather major town callled Stavanger.  Stavanger was a real surprise, a beautiful city with many classic Norwegian weatherboard homes and public buildings and unlike much of Norway it had a thriving night and bar culture. Fun place to stay, we had a berth right in the middle of town very similar to the arrangements in Bergen.  Being able to tie up right in the middle of so many places has been such a good thing.

We left Stavanger back out into the Nth Sea picking up two new crew members Mal and Kay during a fueling stop at Tananger which in reality is like a suburb of Stavanger but out on the west or North Sea side.  With some port hoping around the lower part of Norway over the course of about a week we arrived at Kristiansand a town located on the very Southern coast of Norway.  Unlike much of Norway there was hardly a timber building to be seen in Kristiansand, apparently the town had been pretty much consumed by fire at some stage so it was decreed that all new building would be in non flammable material such as brick and stone.  Not sure if this is a true story or not but does go some way to explaining why the town was remarkably different to virtually all the other cities and towns we had visited in Norway.

Kristiansand was our stepping off point for our departure from Norway and our trip across the entrance to the Baltic Sea and arrival at a town called Skagen on the Northern most tip of the Danish Peninsula.  Our trip across was a little lumpy with wind on the beam and an average speed of 8 knots but with patches of 10 and 11. With our late start due to some weather second guessing we arrived in dark around midnight. The port was full of yachts from all over the Balkans who had arrive to participate in some of the last races for the season.  We had a difficult time finding a place to tie up eventually rafting up to a boat we knew from our few nights in Kristiansand which had arrived in Skagen a day ahead of us.  There were some absolutely beautiful classic wooden racing boats participating in the races and the British car club was also having a rally in town.

Unfortunately we had to move on and cross the Baltic the next day as we were desperate to get to Sweden and get the boat settled in a safe pen to permit us to travel back to Oz for Russ’ Mum’s 90th Birthday. The trip across the Baltic was interesting, the water was a very uncharacteristic shiny Australian Blue, flat, no wind with a bright sunny 25 degrees.  It very much reminded us of Port Phillip Bay. Our first Port of call in Sweden was Gothenburg and unlike other major cities we had stayed at thus far, in this one we stayed out of town and in the suburbs at a beautiful yacht club. We spent a fair bit of time hanging around the yacht club and had some of the best weather of our journey, brilliant sunsets, some good walks and great bike rides on our foldup bikes. Also tram trips into town exploring Swedens second largest city.  After a very short return Journey to Australia and saying goodbye to Mal and Kay we left Gothenburg and headed south down the Baltic doing day trips along the Swedish Coast then crossing over to Helsingor a town in Denmark and home to the Kronberg Castle which was at various times a home for the Danish Royal Family.  Very interesting town with a lot of history and a great Marina and some interesting sights. After a number of nights at Helsingor we motorsailed down to Copenhagen, once again securing a berth right in the middle of town with views across to their magnificent new and edgy Opera House. We spent 7 days in Copenhagen, a beautiful city with much to look at. The food was excellent and the ambience and feel of the place was just great.  We were joined in Copenhagen by our daughter Anna and friend Deb. Those of you who have been to Copenhagen will know what a great place it is.  We had a great time particularly given how conveniently we were located and how everything was in walking distance. Once again the foldaway bikes were put to good use.  We also had some day trips out of town on trains. Enjoy your sailing!
Capt Russ

Smooth Operator sm


Melbourne to Stanley Race - This Weekend

The journey to Stanley is the traditional season–opening ocean race conducted by the ORCV. The 152 nautical mile race is held on the Melbourne Cup holiday weekend at the start of November. The passage across Bass Strait finishes in the town of Stanley which is dominated by a huge basalt headland locally known as “The Nut”. This race is a qualifying race for both the West and East Coast ORCV races to Hobart and the Sydney Hobart race conducted by the CYCA. Berthing is available in the Stanley Boat Harbour and there are excellent facilities in the town for meals and post race refreshments. This race is part of the ORCV Offshore Championship.

Make sure you follow our yachts and sailors as they head across the strait. We wish them all a safe and speedy trip down to Stanley and back home again.

The race start is at 05:00H on Saturday morning and you can track their progress at  ORCV Stanley Tracker

Mentoring or building skills.  Two options provided by the ORCV

Whether it’s cruising or racing, the first 2 races of the ORCV season are short, category 3 and are aimed at those that wish to try the ocean. 
Being classified as a race, means participants have the ORCV overseeing their passage with strict safety protocols in place.  

The Latitude Series (Category 3), incorporating both the Latitude Ocean Race and Pursuit Race will be held on the weekend of the 23rd & 24th of November.
This race is specifically designed to help those new to ocean sailing while assisting those already established sailors with crew development within an ocean racing team.  This series present both tactical and navigational challenges while also giving the crew the opportunity to build confidence transiting the heads and building ocean miles before the Devonport and Hobart races in December or setting their sights on cruising venturing elsewhere.  
Entry is open now


Coastal Sprint – Western Port and return (Category 3).  A short 50nm race commences off Queenscliff on Saturday 23rd at 4 am where you travel to Western Port before turning and finishing off Portsea back beach.  This race is designed to test your skills on a slightly longer coastal passage but still, have you home by Saturday evening.  It’s a new race to the ORCV calendar.  Entries via

Safety at Sea with the ORCV

Last chance for those crew wishing to do the Safety and Sea Survival Course this year. 
We offer a full 2-day course (16th  and 17th November) and the 1-day revalidation course on 17th November. 
Booking is open

MYC News

If you enjoy Long Distance and Destination Races please check our the LDR Series at Mornington Yacht Club.  
To participate in the series or any of the races please contact the MYC Race Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for entry details.