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February 6, 2016


























What is happening around the Club?

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>A group of lost souls gathered in the bar area after the race. I am not sure whether they were using alcohol to ease the pain, or tell of their glorious race, or to explain why they crashed & burnt.

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>You would think after 40 years in I.T. I would know everything about anything to do with technology. Nope – there are gaps.  Adam W. Should a number of us an app (us old I.T. people call them applications – now you know where the name comes from for that trivia question); this app presents 12 pictures where you have to decide who is in the right.  Bethany was pleased when I got 12 out of 12 correct.  Adam said – “Yeah, but that was the easy level”. You can fool some of the people ………etc

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Over the last few weeks, we have seen a number of people looking lost.  Please go up to them & talk to them.  Generally, they are people who used to sail, and are looking longingly at the boats. I talked to one Dad & his son (aged 6). He said that he would get back into it in a couple of years when his son was older.  I asked his son “Can you swim?” “Yes” the reply. I then relayed the story about past member who went onto winning the heron National championship. He used to take his children (one at a time) out sailing at the club when they were only 5 or 6.  On one particular day, i could not see the kids – they were in the bottom of the boat having a nap. He also regularly took out packets of chips (coz we all know crewing is harder than skippering). He was completely unaware that we had 17 boats that the club hired out for the afternoon.

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>There was another person I talked to (Bethany just wanders off from us rigging and helps others); he had just paid $600 to enrol his son to play football.  Our junior membership costs $35. There is an optional payment to the National Association as well around the same amount. Insurance, I hear you scream.  Yes, as part of our insurance (personal not boat), you are covered in the event of an accident while sailing at the Club.  If you are representing the Club away from the Club, as long as the Club is informed, you are also covered for that.  No Sydney to Hobart races, or Brisbane to Gladstone races though – but no off-shore events (as in kilometres).  So, why do not people sail?  $600 buys you a starter boat that you can use 365.25 days of the year.

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Thank you to those dedicated members that helped me re-arrange the storage under the clubhouse after the race.  As Saturday night wore on, I was not sure if I was sore from the sailing, or from lifting boats.

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Thanks also to those members who volunteered their Saturday afternoon relaxation/racing to assist in our initial Transition-to-racing class.

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Gen-U-Win – you have probably seen to adverts.  As we have the roof in Colorbond, we are in with a chance to win $100,000.  That is $100,000 in improvements to our Club, if we are lucky

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>A reminder that we will be sharing the clubhouse from 5pm after racing next week.  One of our tenants, the Road Running Group are hosting a trivia night at 6pm.  It gives us the opportunity to earn $250 to assist us in our finances.

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Thanks to Carol Clark for taking some excellent photos from the bank.




Breeze:                South East5-12 knots St Lucia Reach

Tide:                     Ebb tide

Course:                Div 1 – 3 laps Course

Div 2 – 2 laps Course

Fleet:     Division 1:  4 Lasers, 3 NS14s, 3 Tasars

               Division 2:  2 Herons, 6 Pacers

Yes – you are reading the summary correctly – 18 boats on the water. We only had two club herons & the two access dinghies, plus a number of private boats not on the water.  I would like to hope that we could get twenty boats on the water for one race this season. Past president used to use the number of boats sailing as a benchmark of the health of the Club.  During his tenure, he usually had twenty or better boats on the water every week.  Something for us all to aim for.

It was an interesting race.  The breeze had a lot of south in it for most of the day, but later in the race we started to see the south-easterly forcing its way through every now and then. It was also the first day of our Transition-to-racing program.  This program is aimed at people who have learnt to sail, and now want to take it to the next step i.e. racing.

A pretty even start across the fleet.  Devi slipped out of his boat, causing the boat to tack & this led to some confusion.  John Nobbs & Steve Hunter sailed well on the first work. The tasars with their bigger jibs seemed to drag them through the water. oh so quickly.

John made it to the windward mark in only two tacks; it took us six.  Not sure how the rest of the fleet fared.  When the breeze swung around to the south, we all experienced great lifts and an increase in pressure.  You needed to make the most of these.  However, as quickly as they arrived, they then departed.  So you needed a close eye on the water to read the breeze, and a very nibble crew. In our boat, the skipper occasionally put his weight on the windward gunwhale, and this led to the boat collapsing on top of us.  After six or seven times, I realized that I should stay away.  So we used Bethany hiking & easing of sheets to keep the boat flat(ish).

While we achieved our first fastest time for the season, and we thought we sailed well, our two main competitors were doing the TTR.

Places three to eight were all close, but Robert Preston had a good one to take out third place.  John Nobbs having finished second.

In the division 2, it was heartening to see so many boats out racing.  Bryan Clark returned to Australia on Friday, and was out sailing his new heron on the Saturday.  That is what I call dedication.

While Nev Murray & Fred were the fastest division 2 boat on the day, they did not have Megan on board as a lap-counter. Yep – he did it again; sailed too many laps.  Obviously they were enjoying themselves. Oscar took the fastest course time before VYC was applied.  At the last windward mark, Mary Ann, Alex & James rounded altogether. It was an intense and exciting run.

Sue went through a change of name; from Bailey to Bailer. (thanks Alex).

We look forward to week 2 of TTR in two weeks.


Race Secretary Update


TTR off to a healthy start


On Saturday, 4 of the new TTR sailors joined-in the race under the guidance of some of the clubs most experienced skippers. Oscar Roe skippered a Pacer for a good part of the race with Ryan Nobbs, Catherine Chatburn crewed with Andrew Verrall in Summertime Blues with the end goal of being able to sail a Laser, Anne Thacker sailed with John Nobbs in Clark, and Fred Murray was fortunate to sail one of the club Paces with Commodore Nev Murray. Other sailors joining the program in coming weeks are Frank Ritt, Luke Hargreaves, Matthew Ray, Gill Duffy and Paul Hamilton. We are very excited at having these 9 sailors join our first Transition to Racing program for 2016.

While the ‘student’ TTR places are full, we still have some vacancies for experienced skippers to sail with the new recruits. Please let me know if you are interested in helping out. The next day for TTR is 20 February.

TTR Theory Sessions


Q1. Who has right of way? A City Cat or an NS14 heading for the windward buoy on a starboard tack?  Q2. If the wind is a gentle easterly on an ebb tide, which bank is best to favour on the Milton Reach? The North Bank or the South Bank?

If you are not certain about the answers to these questions, or how to safely get the most out of the wind and tide on the river, you may be interested in sitting in to one of the upcoming Transition to Racing theory sessions. While run primarily for TTR participants, all club members are welcome to attend.  Mark these dates in your diary:

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>12pm Sat 20 February 2016. Eddies & Currents. Mary-Ann Pattison

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>12pm Sat 5 March 2016. Wind and Weather. John Nobbs


New Sailing Results System – ClubOps


While we are all in the sailing business for the fun, the competition of racing makes it all the more interesting. And along with that is the question of who came where in the race. For some years Club President Steve Fletcher has developed and used a computerised scoring system to record race results for Club Championships and Social Races. From the beginning of the 2016 season we have been trialing a new cloud system called ScoreIT, which has a number of good points but also had a few limitations that do not meet the ongoing needs of our club.

Last week the Sailing Committee approved the trialling of a new cloud based sailing system – ClubOps – for the remainder of the 2016/16 season. Club Ops is being developed by Peter Merritt of the McCrae Yacht Club in Victoria, a life member of the Victorian Yacht Club, and a keen IT enthusiast. Have a look a ClubOps site here:

The Sailing Committee has agreed to send Peter a full report on the strengths and suggested improvements for ClubOps at the end of this season. Any feedback is welcome!

High Points or Low Points Scoring


For as long as anyone can remember, the SBSC has used a unique version of a High Points Scoring System, whereby first place attracts a score of 999, second place 670 and so on. This scoring system is described in the SBSC Sailing Instructions


An alternative Low Points system used in most Australian Championships and recognised by Yachting Australia and the International Sailing Federation (ISF) scores first place as 1, and second place as 2 etc. Details of the Low Points System are available here

This question topic was also discussed at the Sailing Committee meeting last week, where it was agreed that a paper with recommended changes to the Sailing Instructions, including a proposal to adopt the Low Points method for scoring races, would be put to a General Meeting before the end of the current sailing season.  Stay tuned for a notice of this meeting.

Latest Improvements to TryBooking


As you would have noticed we have recently made a couple of changes to our Trybooking to make the process a little easier for registering in a race and hiring a boat. It is becoming quite popular with new sailors in particular!

The main changes are:

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>All regularly sailed private boats added (less clicks)

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>All sailors are now asked to make a simple statement about their sailing competency. This makes it easier to channel new prospective hirers to the right level of training or support before the race on Saturday!

<![if !vml]><![endif]>As life gets very hectic for the race registration team between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on Saturday, please please please register your boat for sailing on Friday night!

If you are unable to attend for any reason, just shoot Adam Humphries (Boat Hire Coordinator)  or myself an email at

We are always open to suggestions on how to make the booking system

Happy sailing!


Coming Events

13-Feb: Fun Racing 3pm (Sailing school starts this week);

20-Feb: Fun Racing Week 2 of Transition-to-racing program

27-Feb: Fun Racing Wine & Cheese after racing

Important Times

  • Pre-Race registration closes 6pm Friday, if possible
  • Boat hirers should be at Club by 1pm
  • Race Registration closes 1:30pm (after this you cannot compete in a race)

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Please be reminded that when packing the club boats away after sailing, ensure that all sails and equipment that belongs to that boat are put inside it so it keeps everything all together. Also don’t leave until your boat has been put away.  Make sure you put the sails etc into the correct bags when packing away.

Volunteers – Last week 30 Jan

Taffy         : Trevor and Yvonne Nobbs

Abedare  :  Dave Sherwood & Rob Graham

Finishing  :  Margot & Tom Henry, Alan & Carol Clark


Volunteers – Next week 06 Feb

Taffy         :  David Sherwood & Rob Graham

Abedare  :  Carol and Alan Clark

Finishing  :  ???



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