Scuttlebutt 20160219

What is happening around the Club?

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Very brief newsletter this week – very, very busy.  again

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Adam has kindly volunteered to write the Scuttlebutt for until the end of the season (3 more races).. You might get something that actually makes sense.

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Had a chat with a few of the committee yesterday, and we are going to hold off the decision on the windows until we can get some more clarification.  I am still hoping to get this done this financial year, but not confident as we only have 5 weeks left.

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>I will restate it here, just to make sure everyone hears it.  If you have an issue with one of the club boats, please note it on the repair list. If we do not know there is an issue, then it cannot be repaired.

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>As you are all aware a group of people gather at the club on a Thursday morning. We are not sure whether they come for the social outing, Carol’s cakes that she bakes for them, or their sense of involvement in the Club. Last week, the team reached ten people. Apparently, Dave Sherwood (one of our Club Captains) was seen rushing around with a clipboard.

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>As a club, we are transitioning. Our membership continues to recover from the 2011 flood.  As new members come in, new ideas come in.  Robert Preston being one of our newer members, and he has taken on a lot of roles. We have moved to electronically entering races, and we are in the process of finding a replacement race calculating system. Yesterday he was part of the TTR team assisting other skippers.  He sailed for 1 hour, he then proceeded to process the race results – that took him 1 hour and ten minutes.  Yes – longer to process the results than actually race. Thank you on behalf of us all Robert.

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Sailors are a funny lot, or is it just South Brisbane sailors?  We spent the afternoon out on the water.  We came into the ramp, hopped out of our boats into the water, and when a sun shower came through, what did most of them do?  Run for cover under the clubhouse!!!!

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>BTW – The Club did only get a sun shower – nothing like the torrential rain that hit other areas of the southside.

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>No photos – I did not manage to get the camera from Allan & Carol before they left.

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Without pre-empting too much of the races report, yesterday displayed the importance of talking to people.  A lady contacted us via the website about wanting to sail again.  She used to sail lasers. (I can hear the groan from the NS14s & Tasars). She came down to the club & talked to me. She ended up crewing with Adam yesterday.  So, if you see people just wandering around – go up talk to them. They could be people just wanting to talk about boats; or people who would like to get back into sailing, or people who want to learn to sail.  Remember, the club currently has 17 boats available to be hired for Saturday afternoon sailing.





Breeze:                Easterly (ish) 2-12 knots Milton Reach

Tide:                     Slack to Flood tide

Course:                Div 1 – 4 laps sausage Course

Div 2 – 3 laps sausage Course

Fleet:     Division 1:  4 Lasers, 2 NS14s, 1 Tasars

               Division 2:  5 Herons, 6 Pacers


Once again, an East-South-Easterly was predicted.  Where are they all coming from?


A strange face appeared at the Club yesterday.  I went up and introduced myself.  “Hi, I am Steve.  Are you new to sailing?”  Sarah smiled back at me. 


Unfortunately while we all plan to go sailing every opportunity we can, life gets in the way.  Sarah & Sharyn both have busy lifestyles.  Sarah brought the boat for a drive just so that it could remember the way to the club.  She looked at the conditions, and thought that cleaning the house would be more fun.  While we may have called her a wimp, she did make the right decision. Calling a spade a spade, the conditions were appalling.


Allan & Dave went and checked both reaches of the river.  The Milton reach showed a bit more breeze, and with the unseasonal heat, there was a chance of a bit of a sea breeze appearing. With all the high & low pressures hanging around plus the possibility of a storm, it was a gamble where the breeze was going to come from.


The boats with full-battened mainsails were never going to be competitive on a day like this. Lasers could handle the going from being on port to be on starboard without moving the tiller a lot easier.


Highlights or maybe low-lights of the race.

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Adam recorded his first fastest time in his NS14

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Devi recorded his first win after the yardstick was applied. (if you do not know what a yardstick is, Robert Preston has a clear and concise description). This was after capsizing twice.

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Steve recorded his first last placing in a race in a long long time.

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Peter didn’t listen at the briefing, overshot the first windward mark by about by about three minutes.  Was beaten for outright first place by under a minute.  If only ……..

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Ryan only capsized once. 

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Of the five finishers, all of them were in the lead at some point during the race – even Peter who looked like stealing the race at the last windward mark.

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>The five finishers were within 30 metres of each other as they approached the windward mark.

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Mary Ann was within 15 metres of Justin Carey at the windward mark.  By the time she had covered this distance, Justin had finished the race.

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>As the fleet started heading back towards the clubhouse, a strong southerly broke through

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>I asked my crew that important question a couple of weeks ago, and she said Yes…..but with conditions.  She is not happy with the third placing in the championship.  Just letting Nev & Andrew and the rest of the fleet, that we are all on notice.

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Dave made the mistake of going onto the St Lucia reach after the race – a beautiful south-easterly.


Coming Events

02-Apr :  12pm TTR theory – Wind & Weather (repeat)

    3pm Fun Racing

09-Apr :  Fun sailing

16-Apr : 12pm TTR theory – Basic Racing & Rules

Free Wine & Cheese after sailing

Last day of sailing for the 2015-16 season.


Important Times

  • Friday      6:00pm: Pre-Race registration closes, if possible
  • Saturday 10:00am: Race Registration closes


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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 19 Mar

Taffy         :  David Sherwood & Bill Rochaix

Abedare  :  Allan & Carol Clark

Finishing  :  Byron James Adams

Volunteers – Next week 02 Apr

Taffy         :   Dave Sherwood & Bill Rochaix 

Abedare  :   Robert Graham

Finishing  : 




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