News from the Tower

Last Week's Racing

Friday 25th October 2019 - Friday Twilight Pursuit Race #4

Finally we were blessed with some delightful weather for a Friday evening sail.  Great to see 19 boats take to the water to enjoy the warm weather and moderate breezes.  There were a few new boats out in the fleet. 

We would firstly like to welcome Glenn & Madison Fitzgerald to the club along with their crew on their new boat Summer Lease.  We look forward to seeing plenty more of them this season.

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The Pearsons were out on their new boat Em Dee and Michel was flying around the course on Back in Black with an elapsed time of just over 38minutes.  It is certainly going to be exciting watching the battle between the Extreme 40 and Crowded House this season.  We would also like to congratulate Ross Churcher on D'etente who is now proudly sporting his new Safety Beach sail number SB132.

Big thanks to our Tower Team of Commodore Peter Bulka (RO) and the crew from Amazing Grace.

Congratulations to:

1st     Rells   Mal Winder 
2nd Vincitore  Peter Russell 
3rd D'etente Ross Churcher 
AMS Result
1st        2Xtreme Andrew Clark
2nd Patriot Jason Close
3rd Vincitore      Peter Russell  
4th Rogue David Phillips
5th YKnot Rob Rainsford

All the summer season results can be viewed at 2019-20 Keelboat Results

We should have all the AMS results loaded and up on the website in the next fortnight.  Big thanks to Des for the many hours spent at the club and liaising with the Top Yacht experts to get this sorted.


Next Weeks Races

Friday 8th November 2019    

Friday Twilight Pursuit - Race 5    Tower / Pursuit Start  
First Warning Signal: 17:25H
Start Time: 17:30H

On Duty

Tower RO: Mark Bulka
Duty Boat: Balance

Start sheet is available at  8/11/2019 Start Sheet


Sunday 10th November 2019  

Sunday Summer Series - Race 2    Combined Tower Start  
 First Warning Signal: 13:25H
 Start Time: 13:30H

 On Duty

 Tower RO: Mark McAuliffe
 Duty Boat: Lady Cassandra




Wednesday 6th November 2019 

 Midweeks Madness - Race 1    Pursuit / Tower Start  
 Start Time: 16:00H

 Start Sheet can be viewed at Midweek Madness 6/11/19 Starting Order

Details are:

  • The SBSC Sailing Instructions for Keelboat Fleet 2019-2020 will apply to this series.
  • 16:00H GPS time start (zero minutes)
  • The Friday Night Starting Times from the 1st November Apply - see start order link above
  • 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. 
  • Back to club for presentations, tall stories and great food from the bar

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

Keel Boat Captains Report

Just like to say what a buzz it was on Friday night, with 19 boats on the water and so many visitors and members at the club. The weather was a balmy 27 degrees when we came in and wind was a nice 10-12 knots with a few little gusts every now and then.  Thanks David Snooks for putting on some fantastic food and Tanina and Neil for their harmonies.

All Cruisers, I need your help with organising cruises!
I need suggestions on your favourite cruise destination and somewhere that you were contemplating on going this season.
A destination cruise that would be suitable for most levels of sailing or one that your experience could help others not so experienced.
Cruising is a very important part of a sailing club that needs to be encouraged so please help me out here if you can.
I don't mind being the go to for organising a destination but I will need your help. I did speak to a few skippers on Friday night and they were all keen on doing a cruise so give me some ideas and we can organise something for Christmas or after.  Anyone doing a New Years Eve cruise to the Docklands?

Going through Port Phillip Heads is always a challenge unless you've done it before with an experienced skipper or crew member and most of the time it's all about the planning.  I'm sure a cruise to maybe Queenscliff then through the Heads would be one to think about.
I have also been discussing with the Queenscliff Cruising Yacht Club captain on doing a challenge race between our clubs. 
We could even make it a 3 point race, maybe between 3 clubs over a weekend or long weekend. Your feedback would be great on ideas.

I unfortunately can't get to the Wednesday Midweek Madness race which looks like it should be a lot of fun.
But I hope to see you all on the water next Friday night and Sunday.

Safe Sailing



SBSC Women in Sailing

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Discover Sailing for Women & Girls

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SBSC is excited to be hosting a free day of sailing for Women and Girls on Saturday November 16th. 
Experience large boat sailing or the excitement of small class boats.  Learn from experienced women sailors and discover the camaraderie among women in sailing.
After a fun morning on the water, come and enjoy a free BBQ lunch where you can mix with great new friends.
Starts at 9.00 sharp at upstairs at the club.  Here we will split into group and head off to sail.  Once this is done, we will meet back at the club for a free BBQ, listen to some guest speakers, and trade stories of the day with other participants and women sailors from SBSC.
Please bring: sun hat, sun glasses, sunscreen, water bottle, and comfortable shoes (enclosed toe and heel - sand shoes, sneakers etc).
If you are not a member of a sailing club, please pre register here  
If you are a member of a club, please register here


Whats on @ SBSC

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Cruisers Corner

Our Cruisers Corner segment is coming to a close for the 2019 cruising season as all our adventurers are either back home or well on their way. 
Here are our last reports:

Pauline & Greg Cleaver:  MambaLu is packed up, ready for another winter on the hard.  This year they enjoyed 3 months wandering the Greek Aegean Islands and 3 months meandering the convoluted SE Turkish coast. Saw some amazingly beautiful places, interesting archeological sites and met lots of remarkable local people and other yachties with such interesting stories.

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The Watson Family:  Are now back home after an amazing adenture on their new yacht exploring the French and Italian Riveria and more.  The new bigger Baruch is now on a ship sailing its way back to Martha Cove.  If you would like to find out more about their travels please go to Sailing Baruch

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Graham & Robyn Hopgood:  Have now completed their circumnavigation of the Coral Sea visiting the many ports and anchorages in New Caledonia and Vanuatu.  La Mer is now enjoying some time in the Gold Coast waiting to find out what the plan is for the 2020 cruising season.


Russ and Dianne Durham:  Unable to find a good weather window the Durham's have left Smooth Operator in Holland with the Dufour agent tasked to get it back to Southern England where it will spend the European Winter.  We hear on the grapevine that they have big plans to travel down through Portugal to Gibraltor for the 2020 season.

Tom and Karen Hoogebosch:  Have left ToniK in Airlie Beach while they attend to things back at home after their travels up the East Coast to compete in both Hamilton Island Race Week and Maggie Island Race Week.  We believe they are looking to start travelling south again with and hope to spend the festive season on Sydney Harbour before the final push back to Martha Cove

The Sallies:  After a fantastic trip up the East Coast spending the bulk of their time north of Cairns enjoying the warm weather and some fantastic kiting locations are still making their way south.  The aim is still to arrive at Boat Work in a couple of weeks for the end season pack up and back home around the 20th.  We are very much looking forward to seeing everyone back at Safety Beach.

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Melbourne to Stanley Race

Congratulations to everyone for completing the Melbourne to Stanley Race over the Cup Day Long Weekend. Safety Beach SC crews were represented on three yachts being Maverick, Shimmer and Protagonist.  We hope to have a report and some photos available for next weeks news.


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