Sailing Sec report December 2017


Much has happened since last report, the sacrifice to the wind gods worked there being only one days sailing having to be abandoned due to inclement weather and only one race in aggregate series needs to be re-sailed this will happen in 2018. The sailing committee has not had to revert to the roster much this year but if no volunteers are available we will ask next listed person on roster to help out if this does not happen sailing for Saturday will have to be abandoned to the detriment of all. Next on list is Howard followed by Gail Veal.


The sailing courses have been varied this year with triangular courses and windward leeward predominating also tried 90-degree triangular course and figure 8 course but not every sailor can be pleased with courses set but this will continue into second half of sailing season.

The club supports all those sailors attending national titles and wishes them all the best.

John Wallace who is travelling to Perth to sail in Sabre nationals

Brad Carver, Paul Linderman, Paul Campbell and Scott McDonald also Greg Caines  are going up to northern NSW to sail at Manning point on lake Macquarie for taipan nationals.

Jim Scott is going over to Adelaide to sail in 125 titles.

Matt Dawson is refurbishing the cobra to take up to Gosford to sail with his son who will be sailing the Arrufura in national titles.

Rob ingram will be travelling up to Saratoga sailing club to sail on Brisbane waters for the Arrow nationals hoping to beat Shorty, possibly meeting up with the cobras at same venue.

To all those club members not going away The Volvo round the world race yachts will be arriving in Melbourne around Xmas day if anyone has watched utube footage of these yachts sailing at 30 knots  in Southern ocean 200 NM. South of Tasmania they will be worth a look at.

The Altona executive is looking at boats to replace the aging rescue boats we have at club. Possibly large 18 foot RIB or a Stabiboat any input or recommendations would be welcome all a welcome to come to executive meetings to put suggestions forward.

Our social secretary Pete Foxey ably assisted by Belinda has been busy running 4 events so far in 2017

Trivia night at yacht club was well attended and won by the “catters” with Pete Robinson and your favorite RO on team how could we loose.

The ferry trip down to Portarlington was a winner and an enjoyable lunch had by all at the pub.


The horse racing at the yacht club went well with a few winners and many losers the club collecting the majority of the money on the night.

The last and most recent was the club picnic at Hanging Rock sponsored by Linderman enterprises. Santa came along and handed out presents to the good girls and boys present this was a terrific venue with views of the rock in background


The trailer sailor division held 2 events with 6 boats sailing across to St Kilda for lunch and only 4 boats going across to Williamstown the club needs more TS boats to make this more viable or needs better advertising to foster these events we have perfect venue at club for these events.

The short course 7 race series on Saturday with perfect weather was well attended with visitors from other clubs these sorts of events in afternoon with possibly 4 races back to back may be on the sailing program in future this was suggested by a few sailors who enjoyed the event. Sheik , Basir and Badril sailed in this event after 4 years in sail training and seemed to enjoy the competition may be time to step up to the big league.

The drone video footage of the yacht club taken by Shannon Wilson was terrific and will be placed on web page for all to view this will showcase the club to prospective members.


Sailing will recommence on the 6th. January 2018 with 2 aggregate races, on the 10th. February the TOB race will be held at Port Melbourne this year.

As to vegie garden lots of potatoes, cucumbers, Zucchinis and tomatoes not much lettuce


Merry Xmas to all and have a happy new year for 2018

Sailing Secretary report September

Spring has sprung, pollen is in the air & the spring equinox is fast approaching, 22nd of September where the length of day and night are the same, this is the real start of spring.

The club has a new commodore in Fred Ackland. Gail will be Vice commodore and Rear Commodore so may be returning at a later date.

Sailing will be starting in 2 weeks on Sunday after the Tigers win the Grand Final to uphold Melbourne as the premier football state. The bay water temperature is around 14 degrees so if you intend sailing rug up and try not to fall in.

It was suggested at the last committee meeting that a sacrifice to the wind gods be made by giving the old piano in the club a Viking funeral. This was turned down as inappropriate so if anyone would like a free piano its available to pick up. There is also for sale at the club a 6’ by 4’ trailer with a minimum price of $500 if no member wants to buy it will go onto “gumtree” or “eBay”.

The 4 club sparrows have all gone to a new home Port Albert Yacht club where they will be used in their training program. This will free up more space for paid storage at yacht club.

There are at five new members joining the club, Vlad sailing a paper tiger, Matt van de Peet sailing an old taipan “blind Mullet” – Matt graduated from the sailing program last year, Chris Peniston-Bird who will be sailing a Hobie 16’, Henke sailing a Hobie 18’ also returning from a 20year hiatus & Garry Stone with his daughter sailing a Tasar. Garry left 20 years ago to help his wife have a baby welcome all these new members with setting up their boats on the beach.

Many members have been holidaying over the winter period with many pictures posted on book face some examples are Jim Scott, Bianca & in France sailing down the Seine river and watching bike racing, Brian over in Germany tasting the beer and bratwurst sausage, Brad in Queensland getting a ticket for J walking on the train tracks supposedly playing Golf, Rob and Mary Ingram 4 wheel driving across the Simpson desert, Spiro travelled to Africa and Egypt putting some great photos of the wild life and the pyramids on “Facebook” & Gail travelled up to Noosa. The crew of Biddy-Hu travelled up to Magnetic Island to sail on other people’s boats and enjoy the 30degree temperatures. Not forgetting Howard who has been everywhere Japan, Darwin, The Ghan, Lakes Entrance and Lorne to mention a few. Meanwhile myself and Stelio travelled and camped at Patchewollock in the Wimmera.

Back to sailing on Sunday the 1st. of October safety declaration sheets need to be filled out for all boats sailing there will be two races “back to back”
Next event organized by Foxy will be horse racing at the yacht club around Melbourne Cup time so bring your horse down to probably be doing 2 laps of yacht club around the sports club and back to yacht club & if you don’t have a horse Pete will organize one for you. SP Bookies will be available to take your money.

This year Craig and Phil will be sailing their new boats, both impulses yet to be named. G2 has refurbished her sabre with Chucks help may even have a righting rope. While on the subject all boats sailing should have means for the crew and yourself to right the boat unaided and a mast that does not fill with water (sealed at top).
News from the veggie patch nothing is growing too cold for seeds to germinate maybe after equinox.

The following week 23rd. September a Working Bee at the yacht club is scheduled & we need to change the batteries on the weather station and a general clean up. Fred will be organizing a rescue boat procedure course for all sailors in the event of a capsize

That’s all for now see everyone on Sunday. I am going back to reading about the great Roman General Stellius Covacius (a distant relative of Stelio) who with his 3 legions was defeated by the united tribes of Germanicus back in 37 AD. By Aminius thereby halting the roman domination of the known world.

Inshallah till next Sunday week

Competitive Racing and a Community Atmosphere