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Roster for Swan.

Please see if you are scheduled to serve on Swan for an upcoming race.  The link to this schedule is on the “sailing program” page.

Ray Maki 3; Saturday 16 November.

At last a race that could be started and was actually finished.  Report has been posted on the race reports page, and the results, both ‘over the line’ and on handicap were Sundance, Boomaroo, Tiercel, Rosie.  Results in detail on Race Results page and here.

Opening Day Sunday 17 November

From 12 noon at the Clubhouse.

November Newsletter.

Members should have received a newsletter via e-mail, but it is also available here.

Discover Keelboat Sailing Sunday 10th November.

Our “Discover Keelboat Sailing” day was held on Sunday 10th November, where we offered experience on our vessels to members of the public. 

9 November Cole Cup – Postponed or cancelled.

Cole Cup briefing would have been 10.30 for 12 noon start weather permitting but:-  Weather did not permit (Gale warning!).  So yet again, Race cancelled or, if schedule allows, postponed to a date to be determined.

Cup Day 5 November

While those tolerating the horse racing industry were glued to TV screens, Tiercel took advantage of a rising tide and westerly wind to fulfil a long-held ambition to explore inshore of Swan Spit.  She crept across a minimum depth of 2 m, proceeded to near the submarine, then across to and along West Channel as far as numbers 6 and 7.  Then, with wind up to 17 knots (contrary to forecast), returned to Queenscliff.   Conclusions: the Navionics charts are not far off correct.  However, the least depth is a bit shallower than shown.  And one of the yellow exclusion zone markers is no more.  Replay here.

Saturday 2nd November

Two of “our” vessels, Imagine and Boomaroo, competed in a fleet of 5 in the HMAS Goorangai race, run by QCYC, with mixed fortunes.  Results and a report can be found on the QCYC website.  Imagine (with line honours) again scored 2nd place on handicap.   Although not formalised on our sailing program, a couple of other QLYC boats planned to set sail to enjoy the afternoon and perhaps meet up with the Goorangai fleet – but yet again the weather ruled out “pleasure sailing” for this day.  Next hope for the seawater-deprived, something on Cup Day?

Mud Island Race scheduled 26 or 27 October.

Yet again!  Despite weather forecast Screen Shot 2019-10-26 at 7.24.57 AMfor Sunday looking hugely better than Saturday (map for Saturday->) the race was called off as only Sundance and Tiercel were prepared to participate.  There was no race scheduled for next weekend (2nd November) owing to QCYC’s HMAS Goorangai race.  A few crews would have met and  maybe sailed to meet the Goorangai fleet but weather ruled this out. 

19th October: race postponed owing to bad weather.

12th October: Ray Maki race 1 abandoned

The first race day (12 October) for the year got off to a mixed start with Drizabone pulling out before the start and Boomaroo getting things in order just in time.  Then a good day on the water until we ran out of wind, and the ebb tide got going.  Boats retired one by one as it dawned that the finish line was out of reach.  Next race would have been Ray Maki 2 on 19 October IF the weather forecast had improved, but no luck.

First event of 2019-20 season 5th October

The shakedown cruise for the summer season saw three boats (only) on Saturday 5 October.  Valentine, Tiercel and Sundance got away about 1 p.m. at slack water with a SE breeze. Given the increasing flood tide and wind direction, they made for Nepean Bay, Valentine and Tiercel anchoring for lunch and all were “home” before 4 p.m. A pleasant day on the water.


Vessel Registration

For skippers intending to race during 2019-2020, please see the registration process  in “Keelboats” / “Skippers’ essentials” with a link also here. Help is available if you have difficulty.

Valentine to the rescue

A big “well done” to Steve and the crew of Valentine for rescuing 2 people on the way back from slipping in Geelong.

Presentation dinner for Winter Series

The Winter series presentation night was held  on Friday 4th October at the “Plated” restaurant in Point Lonsdale.  A good time was had by all.  Winner was Wendy Duncan, second was Ian Fordyce and third was Alison Roberts-Wray.  The winning vessel was Tiercel.

Special General Meeting

The special general meeting was held on 20 September and passed a number of special resolutions including minor changes to our Statement of Purposes and Rules.  This was triggered by questions raised at Australian Sailing’s Victorian Conference in connection with the “Sail Pass” system for temporary membership and the insurance cover that is implied.  The insurers for Australian Sailing stated that persons sailing under the Sail Pass system would only be covered for injury or death if a Club’s membership categories allowed for temporary membership, which (in common with many other clubs) ours did not.

Screen Shot 2018-09-09 at 9.39.56 PMFor the racing results in detail, click on the stopwatch.

RaceQsIf you have a reasonably fast computer, have a look at the RaceQs replays via links in the “Keelboats / Race Reports” page.   Or try this replay of Cec4 in 3D.  This replay facility is fairly demanding of computing power and may not work on (for example) old tablets.

And think about getting the RaceQs app on your smartphone or tablet (GPS and internet connection required) if you take either of them to sea.

And another thing!@#&!    Screen Shot 2019-09-11 at 11.12.21 PM

It’s amazing how many yachtsmen purporting to ‘fly the flag’ for Britain, get it upside down.  Here’s just one two examples.  It’s a sign of distress!Screen Shot 2019-09-13 at 10.48.08 PM


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