Dinghy sailing, canoeing & training.

New – Swan Bay Paddlers.

A new initiative, being held at 5.30 on selected Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Clubhouse, please register here.

Off the beach activities.

Sparrow sailing and canoeing for members takes place on some Friday evenings, depending on tides.  Club-owned dinghies are available. The recently inaugurated “Swan Bay Paddlers” meet and paddle on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  A schedule of these events is in the calendar of events and some were mentioned in the November newsletter.

Information for canoeists can be obtained from experienced members

For dinghy sailors with their own boats, here is a link to the recommended Safety Equipment Audit Form from Australian Sailing.

Discover Sailing days.

screen shot 2019-01-23 at 9.54.39 amQLYC does not offer formalized training, but “Discover Sailing” Days (Open to the public with advance booking) are held on selected Sundays in summer at the Clubhouse.  Dates and times are dependent on tides.  This year (2019-2020) two such days were scheduled,  and have been held, on 29 December 2019 and 12 January 2020.  These days offer experience in safe paddling of canoes, rigging and sailing dinghies, and available for anyone interested, some short training videos, expertise on ropes, knots and navigation, as well as the main focus of getting people in boats on the water.   While we have very experienced people available for these events, we do not offer formal “training”.  Links to some YouTube training videos are given below.

These events are free.  Children must have parent(s) present at the venue and the expectation is for participants to stay for the whole program.  Reluctantly, owing to the large number of people and children present coupled with liability issues, we can not allow dogs on the premises during these events.

Some Training Videos.

Here are some links to beginner training videos on You-tube:

A beginners guide to sailing  UK – recommended (but typo “board reach” is “broad reach” and UK’s “kicker” is our “vang”)
Lecture (in USA)
The physics of sailing (USA)
Learn how to sail – a step by step guide.  (US – Josh Post Part 1)
Spinnakers on YouTube.  (US – Josh Post Part 2)
“Learn to sail in 20 minutes” (YouTube)

And for the more advanced, some videos on sail trimming.

Part 1 the basics    Trimming Part 1

Part 2 the Genoa

Trimming Part 2

Part 3 the mainsail Trimming Part 3


Part 4 the spinnakerTrimming Part 4




For those who are not dyed in the wool traditionalists with the Ashley Book of Knots on the shelves, a great resource is Grog’s Knots.  I prefer the “app” on a tablet, but the same information is available on line here.  The animations can be paused and progressed step by step.

Webmaster’s Knot of the month is the Trucker’s Knot (or “Truckie’s Hitch”).  This knot is so useful it has many names and many variants.  Webmaster’s favourite variations are:

a) start with a full sheepshank rather than directional figure 8 to form a loop which is both stable and easy to untie after heavy loading.
b) for tying down a load on a trailer, with a long rope, use a bight in the rope to complete the knot so that multiple truckie’s hitches can be made without miles of rope being fed through the loop.  This system can be untied very quickly and easily. Quoting from Grog’s page,  “Real Truckers: The Animation was prepared to show the structure of the knot. In practice at step 6, a Real Trucker will pass a Bight of rope through the Loop and then use the Bight to tie off the knot with half hitches. This allows him to use one long piece of rope to tie many Trucker’s Hitches.”
c) For maximum (theoretical) mechanical advantage and a self-locking effect, allowing easy tightening:-  rather than just once, pass the free end of the rope round the trailer bar and through the loop twice, with the second pass underneath the first one.  When this is tightened down it automatically locks and only needs a loose half-hitch or slipknot for security.

Last knot of the month was  the Zeppelin Bend.  Note the importance of the correct layout of loops because a “lookalike” can easily be made which simply pulls apart.  So test before you use.  The free ends must be diagonally opposite each other and the loop with its free end on top goes on top of the loop with its free end below.   Like the last knot of the month, it will take a very heavy load without jamming. 

Before that the “knot of the month” was the Perfection Loop, but tied by the alternative method: “Alternative: It can also be tied through a fly or lure by passing the free end along the path shown in Frame 7 of the animation.”  This is a great alternative to the bowline.  [Actually Frame 8 gives a clearer overview of the knot which  basically starts with an overhand knot then the free end forms the loop through any object, then back through the knot as in ‘frame 7’ or frame 8.]


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