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Contents Southern Sails OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE BLAIRGOWRIE YACHT SQUADRON ISSUE No. 139, MAY 2018 Print Post Approved PP 381691/00006
Southern Sails Official Journal of Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron
Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron 2900 Point Nepean Road PO Box 13 BLAIRGOWRIE, Victoria 3942
Production/Printing: Phil Beattie, Beatprint
Andrew Little, Greg Lewis
Special thanks to:
Ronél Redman, Freelance Editor
Russell Bates, Shaun McKenna, Andrea Devereux, Steve Cowell, Andrew Graham, Liam Edleston, Mac Hey, Andrew Lawson, Ronél Redman, LF Sports. Cover: Our Musto World Champion: Jon Newman (photo, courtesy of Russell Bates) All material contained in this publication is for information purposes only and is, to the best of our knowledge, correct at the time of printing. BYS does not accept any responsibility for any errors and inaccuracies.
Features 4 Commodore’s Report 5 Vice-Commodore’s Report 6 Club Captain’s Report 7 General Manager’s Report 8 Rear Commodore’s Report 9 Functions and Events 9 Sabre Report 10 Editorial / Junior Club Captains’ Report 11 Keelboat Wrap-up Summer 2017/18 12 Sailing Manager’s Report 13 Volunteering at BYS 14 Musto 2018 World Championships 16 BYS Patrol Boats 17 Petersville Regatta 18 Optimist States Report 19 BYS Easter Art Show 2018 20 Our Journey to the World Championships 21 2018 BYS Team Challenge 23 Minnow Class Report 24 J/70 Report 25 J/70 Southern Peninsula Regatta 26 Contender Report 27 BYS Members Discover Jing Jing and Kata Beach in Thailand
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COMMODORE’S REPORT Reflections on the 2017/18 Sailing Season The 2017/18 sailing season kicked off some seven months ago – and, wow, what an amazing seven months that has been, both from a sailing and social perspective. We have had fantastic club racing, a number of significant regattas, BYS sailors performing brilliantly at state, national and international levels, a packed social calendar including some amazing band nights, ORCV boats arriving and departing, two-handed Osaka boats arriving and departing accompanied by the Navy Band and the RAAF Roulettes, and a highly successful Art Show. In addition to our own extensive club racing, over the summer BYS has hosted three significant regattas: • Petersville Keelboat Regatta, 27–30 December – 50 competing boats, with over half of those visiting boats • Musto Skiff World Championships, 6–14 January – 60 competing boats, with a very large interstate and international contingent • International Optimist Victorian State Championships, 11–13 March – 115 competing boats, including many from interstate and two from Japan. Undoubtedly, the Petersville Regatta was the most successful since its return in 2015, with many of the visiting boats already indicating they will be returning in 2018. Hosting the Musto Skiff Worlds was a massive undertaking that required many on-water and off-water volunteers, who gave up a very large chunk of their holidays, all contributing to make this a highly successful regatta. However, possibly the most significant undertaking was left for the Juniors. Hosting 115 Optis across three different courses was a big task, again requiring many on- and off-water volunteers giving up significant time across a long weekend (many backing up from the Mustos). I would like to take this opportunity to thank all volunteers who very generously gave up their time to make all these regattas the success they were. The feedback BYS has received from
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competitors and supporters has been highly complementary. I would like to specifically mention and thank three individuals whose massive contribution made these regattas possible – Brian Smith, James Bolton and Rob Evans –who were the respective regatta managers for the Petersville, Musto Worlds and Opti States. These regattas don’t just simply happen, it is the culmination of months and months of very hard work from individuals like Brian, James and Rob. Thanks guys! Of course, sailing wasn’t restricted to BYS alone, with many of our sailors venturing interstate and overseas – with some really great results. While acknowledgement and congratulations need to be offered to all our sailors who proudly represent BYS, there are a few who need specific congratulations. • Laura Harding & Ella Grimshaw – 420s Women’s Australian Champions; 2nd in World Championships • Hamish Cowell 6th U/13 at the 2017 Open Bic World Championships in Lake Garda, Italy
nd U/13 (3rd Overall) at the 2017 2 NSW Open Bic State Titles
st U/13 (3rd Overall) at the 2017 1 West Australian Open Bic State Titles
st U/13 (5th Overall) at the 2018 1 Australian Open Bic Championships
nd Overall (1st Victorian) at the 2018 2 Victorian Open Bic State Titles
rd 2018 Minnow Victorian 3 Championships
• Edward Warner – 1st 2018 Minnow National Championships While sailing is our ‘core business’ at BYS, it is not only about sailing; it is also about family and friendship, and there has certainly been plenty of opportunity to engage in that during the season. From a social perspective, the club’s social program certainly delivered. The Mighty
Tigers stepped up after a 37-year drought, which got the season off to a thumping start at our Grand Final Day event – what a wild day that one was! This was followed a week later by the Commodore’s Cocktail Party and the more formal celebrations of Opening Day. Other highlights of the summer included Screamin’ Eagles Live, Tina Turner Night, Melbourne Cup Eve Calcutta, a sumptuous feast prepared by Simon and Tomas for the NYE Gala, and who could possibly forget Gold Chisel belting out Khe Sanh at the Club Captain’s Beach Party (with much assistance from the Club Captain himself), and the return of the very popular Trivia Nights (thanks Steph and Hannah!). Easter saw the 9th edition of the highly successful BYS Art Show. Originally conceived by Commodore Bruce Colliver, the Art Show raises funds for the BYS Patrol Boat Fund, with approximately $200,000 being raised across the past nine years. As with the organisation of our regattas, planning the Art Show takes many, many months. I would specifically like to thank the organising committee of Andrea Devereux, Sally Derham, Danielle O’Brien, Anabelle O’Brien and Cath Mulcahy, along with the many volunteers who contributed their time over Easter. This year’s Art Show raised approximately $28,000. The summer sailing season recently came to a close with the ever-popular Queenscliff Cup cruise to Queenscliff and barbecue at QCYC. However, that doesn’t mean the sailing is over; it is just transitioning to winter, which can be equally as good. Between May and September, the keelboat fleet races on alternating Saturdays (1300 hrs start) and Sundays (1000 hrs start). If you’re interested in getting out on the water, give me a call and we’ll find you a boat. See you on the water! ALISTAR SINGH Commodore
VICE COMMODORE’S REPORT As you know, each of your committee members has responsibilities in different areas of the club. Three years ago, we divided the roles into Pillars to narrow the focus for individuals and set objectives within each of these pillars. As Vice Commodore, my specific pillar is Clubhouse, which includes Food & Beverage. I share this responsibility with Chris Coughlan, who has made a significant contribution to the improvement in performance in this area over the last year. I’m happy to say that we’ve just completed our third year in the new clubhouse with the Food & Beverage operations achieving its best year yet. With this in mind, I thought it would be of interest to reflect on the journey we have been on. We’ve had some challenging times over this period – personnel changes, training new staff, consistency in the offering, varied opening times, optimising the space, reconfiguring the kitchen, managing inventory, running external functions, running member functions, etc. The list goes on, with each challenge taking time to
solve and lots of effort on the part of many people. We got there in the end! Before we embarked on this project I met with many sailing clubs around the bay to try to understand what was involved, what to look out for and what service proposition would work for our club. One meeting I recall was with the General Manager of the largest club in the bay. We discussed their development five years earlier, and the lessons learnt from this period and the years that followed. The experience shared was simply ‘you should expect to make lots of mistakes in the first few years … we did’. While nobody plans on making mistakes, it’s an inevitable part of doing something for the first time, and we had our fair share. I can confidently say that today we’re through this period of development.
Having just completed our most successful year in Food & Beverage, with a small financial surplus, we feel confident that we’ve managed to get the mix between financial stability and member expectations about right. The Food & Beverage team under Ross Kilborn have done a wonderful job in providing a service for members and we should be grateful for their contribution. While I don’t doubt we’ll face more hurdles in the coming years, the period ahead is not about doing things for the first time, but more about how we can continue to meet member expectations. See you on the deck! ADRIAN MULCAHY Vice Commodore
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CLUB CAPTAIN’S REPORT Another summer season of socialising and sailing has passed, all too rapidly. We had so many highlights this year, it will be hard to mention them all.
It all began on Opening weekend with the usual fanfare to open the 66th season of BYS, with the Commodore’s Cocktail Party again a night to remember. The busy social program kicked off two weeks later when we had the Screamin’ Eagles live at Blairgowrie, followed by the Cup Eve Calcutta (I’m not sure who the dodgy bag man was but I would not trust him) and a rocking tribute to Tina Turner. Christmas drinks on 23 December was a huge hit and the beginning of a new tradition (even Santa made a visit), and we had a full house for our New Year’s Eve celebrations. Pink Day, which includes our annual Ladies Skippers Race, was again very well supported. We raised thousands of dollars to support women with breast cancer. The highlight was of course the Club Captain’s Beach Party featuring ‘Gold Chisel’ – another full house for a night of dancing, fun and frivolity (I am still getting over it!). We brought back the Skippers and Crews dinner, we had a huge crew visit Mud Island on Good Friday and the BYS Art Show Opening is just a night not to be missed. At this point I would like to thank all our BYS staff for coordinating all this fun.
Congratulations to both.
The sailing season was very busy on a number of fronts. Let’s start with our home-grown Petersville Regatta. There were more entries, better courses, tremendous prizes, awesome onshore hospitality and entertainment – a sure recipe for success and mainly due to the quality planning of our Petersville Regatta director Brian Smith.
Results from all the regattas are on the BYS website.
The Petersville Regatta was followed in early January by BYS hosting the 2018 Acco Musto Skiff World Championships; nine days of frenetic sailing activity culminating in wins for the local boys, Blairgowrie’s own John Newman in the Open division and Hayden Brown in the Youth division.
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The next mega activity was the 2018 Victorian International Optimist State Championships on the Labour Day weekend in March. It was a very big event, not so much due to the number of competitors (although there were about 120), but to the fact that we ran three courses which again needed the commitment of a large number of volunteers just a few weeks after the Mustos. The event was a great success that showcased our wonderful club and expertise in race management. And we haven’t finished yet! During 21–22 April we ran the 2018 Contender States. With a bit of luck, we just managed to sneak in a series. Thirty boats including some interstate competitors spent a long time waiting for wind each day; a couple of competitors even packed up and went to play golf (not saying who but they have the initials Deano and Jonno). Current World Champion and McCrae member Mark Bulka won the event, with the bestperforming BYS member, Gareth James, ending in fifth place.
A huge thank you to ALL our BYS volunteers who assisted with all the regattas. We could not run these successful events without you. We are not planning any regattas in Jan/Feb 2019, so you can all concentrate on your own sailing. Around these regattas we ran our usual sailing program for keelboats and off-thebeach, with both fleets experiencing some challenging weather – either a blow-out or nothing on many occasions. Off-the-beach sailing continues until early June and the keelboats are about to start the winter
program, alternating between Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings. The winter Sunday sailing is great fun; if any member is looking for a sail, the Sunday keelboat race would be a great place to start. It is a short race, followed by a hearty roast lunch in the Racing Lounge, and sometimes the weather is nice enough to eat out on the deck. Call the Sailing Office if you are looking for some fun. Sail training for juniors, youths and adults has finished for this season and we are gearing up for a huge 2018/19 assault on sail training. May to September is powerboat training season. The Australian Sailing Powerboat Handling certificate is a full-day course, with a short theory component then out on the water to drive six different BYS boats (from 5hp to 350hp) in a variety of scenarios. We do it in a safe, fun, friendly environment and it is available to anyone over 12 years of age. Participation is our catch-cry. If you are interested in any on-water activity – be it social sailing, learn to sail or a powerboat course – and would like some direction, please give me a call or email. Keep sailing. PHIL BEATTIE Club Captain
GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT Whilst BYS has a long heritage as a successful off the beach sailing club, in 2018 it is really a multi-faceted, business, each facet serving a segment of over 2000 members, our customers.
Most of the activity of the last year will be well covered in other reports in this resurrected “Southern Sails”. So I won’t repeat that, but rather reflect on broader matters. Our marina is the second-largest in Victoria, just behind Sandringham Yacht Club, and is highly regarded for its setting and amenity. Close to 300 berth holders, of which the majority are power boat owners, are members with expectations about the marina and engagement opportunities with their boats and the club. Then there are many visitors who enjoy honorary membership, and the club’s hospitality is one of our major attractions. The appointment of Dan Knapp as our Marina Manager signals a commitment to improving our operational performance, including environmental management, occupational health and safety, preventative maintenance, and customer service. Our marine environment is superb and is being used by the marina industry as an example of how recreational boating infrastructure can enhance rather than harm the natural environment. We are the first marina in Victoria to be recognised as ‘Fish Friendly’. Our sailing business services all ages and types of sailing. BYS is in the fortunate position that as a holiday club, the impact due to stagnation in the growth of sailing is far less than at other sailing clubs. Constrained time and multisport competition are two factors that have an impact on sailing. That means we need a sound strategy for development of sailing, and investment in equipment to match it. But internationally the consistent trend is to more recreational sailing than racing, a trend on which BYS is well able to capitalise. It was great to see BYS manage both the performance end of the sailing
spectrum with the Musto Skiff Worlds and the participation end with over 110 Optis at their State Championships. There could have been no better demonstration of Family, Friendship, Sailing. The Petersville Regatta fits appropriately in the middle of that spectrum, offering both social participation and competition. Each of these events needs a massive volunteer contribution, and volunteering is an important engagement pathway for many members. Development of this aspect offers BYS terrific opportunity. Our Sailability program is a leading example of both volunteer engagement and broadening the sailing audience. Membership is our third business, and our many categories of membership reflect our diverse interest groups. With social connection at the hub of membership, continuing the development of our club events and social calendar is very important. The capping of social membership at 300 is offset by the recently reintroduced Winter membership which may encourage engagement with the local community during the colder months when the membership is normally less present. Unlike most clubs, only about a quarter of our members live in proximity to the club – for most it’s a holiday destination.
prices that are below other venues offering similar food. Over the next few years BYS faces a range of options to improve the club amenity and member experience, especially during January. External functions are an important component of what we offer, especially on the 250 days a year when members are generally not present. Each of these businesses interacts with one another in meeting member expectations. While we have not conducted a formal member survey this year, my hope is that we are listening to what members have to say about their expectations, observing the best of what is going on at other clubs, and building this into our business and operating plans. ROSS KILBORN General Manager
Food and Beverage is the fourth business and the common denominator across all member groups. The amenity of our club building and our food and beverage offering form the basis of the social activity, or hospitality, of the club. I believe BYS compares favorably with other sailing and boating clubs around Australia. This year it will report a small financial surplus on an F&B turnover of more than $1.5m. About a third of this happens during the summer school holidays. Members enjoy a 10% discount on beverage prices, and food
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REAR COMMODORE’S REPORT Now that the days are getting shorter and the air becoming a lot crisper, it’s time to reflect on the wonderful summer season we’ve had. In general, the weather has been kind to us and this in turn has ensured a very busy season in the marina. I can confidently say this summer has been the busiest and most successful period we’ve had with berth rentals in particular. It has been great to see so many visitors enjoying our great club and to see how well our marina staff coped with such a condensed 6-week period. I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Daniel Knapp who joined BYS on the eve of the season as Marina Manager. It’s fair to say Daniel has had to learn his new role very quickly, a trial he has successfully manoeuvred through. Daniel has already displayed a strong understanding of policies and procedures and has begun this process at BYS in a very professional manner. In today’s environment of workplace health and safety, Daniel has already implemented key focus areas including contractor inductions. If you would like to know more about BYS Marina policies and procedures, please do not hesitate to speak with myself or Daniel,
and at the same time please make yourself known to Daniel and say hello. By now most of you may have noticed an additional sports boat on the hardstand. The gleaming J/70 that is owned by BYS has already been put through its paces many times. I cannot miss this opportunity to thank the very generous donation by the Kudnig family to BYS. I have even heard other boat owners talking about purchasing a J/70 of their own! I wouldn’t be surprised if we find ourselves with a fleet of J/70s on the hardstand in the nottoo-distant future. Although we’re entering an obviously quiet period in the marina, it’s been great to see so many BYS members and SSCBC members take up our discounted berth rates over the winter months. Please make sure you book in early for the wash pad as this is filling up fast and will only get busier later in winter. We have also purchased a
number of yacht and power-boat stands to allow members to dry dock their boats for extended periods throughout winter while carrying out overdue maintenance. Please ring Daniel to enquire about this. In closing, it’s pleasing to report we’ve had a very successful peak season in the marina and this is contributed to by the tireless work of the marina and office staff. Thank you for your hard work. Your efforts do not go unnoticed. As always, I look forward to meeting up with you around the club very soon. MATT MCCARTHY Rear Commodore
Introducing Daniel Knapp Marina Manager
Dan has recently taken on the role of Marina Manager at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron. He comes from a career within Australia’s manufacturing sector specialising in design, aerospace manufacturing and process implementations, both in Australia and New Zealand. He has a very strong
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background in customer relations, working as an account manager at some of the country’s largest engineering businesses. Dan has also spent the last 10 years as an operational skipper for Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR), participating in over 400 rescues through local waterways and Bass Strait. During his time at VMR, Dan also
held various management roles including most recently as President. Dan hopes to bring a combination of high-level customer engagement to BYS and organisational strategies to ensure the Blairgowrie Marina is the premier boating location in the south of Port Phillip.
FUNCTIONS AND EVENTS The last 12 months have been packed with social events for members and non-members alike. The club has been thriving with parties, weddings, music events, traditional club events and new events. With over 2000 tickets sold for 19 events it’s fair to say that this year’s social calendar was a great success. Thinking back almost a year, there were many winter social events such as the Mother’s Day high tea, Presentation Night, Father’s Day carvery and the AFL Grand Final. Rest assured these will all be on the calendar this year, so if you missed out there’s a chance to enjoy the festivities again. Kicking off the summer season, as usual, was the Commodore’s Cocktail Party. As one of the biggest events of the year it’s great to see familiar and new faces mingling together and making new friendships or reminiscing about the old ones. Although a hard act to follow, the Screamin’ Eagles band brought their everything and almost blew the roof off BYS. There wasn’t a person in the building that could stand still! Rounding off the pre-Christmas festivities was our annual Cup Eve Calcutta. Once again, the Hocking Stuart Auctioneers made a stellar effort
to sell off every horse in the big race. The auction was followed by yet another high-energy BYS dance floor session (if you haven’t experienced one, they are a must!). Another huge event on the calendar is the New Year’s Eve party which was again a sell-out. January was full to the brim with social activities including a Tina Turner Tribute night, Pink Day, live music nights and of course the Club Captain’s beach party. The latter was our biggest event of the year with 250 people being entertained by a fabulous band and enjoying yet another perfect night on the BYS deck. The summer season was capped off with the Skippers and Crews dinner, which was a great way to thank the skippers and crews for a fabulous season. Of course, we had the traditional events such as the Opening Day events, Mud Island cruise and Commodores’ reunion dinner, but we also debuted a number of new events, such as our trivia nights. Run by our fabulous F&B team, the trivia
nights have become quite competitive with competitors of all ages giving it a go. Along with our club events we have also had a successful wedding season and held numerous private functions. BYS is a great venue and we are pleased to be able to share it with the community and your friends and family. Don’t forget if you’re celebrating something special, we are always here to assist – from a lovely lunch on the deck to a private dinner or cocktail party, we can tailor something to your needs. Looking ahead to the next 12 months, we hope to offer more events and bring some exciting new ideas to you – and of course the old ones too. We’re sure you would all agree the 2017/18 season was a blast and we hope the 2018/19 one is even better! NICKY PETZKE Events Coordinator
SABRE REPORT It’s remarkable to note that the Sabres have chalked up 40 years as a class at BYS this year! And after all that time we still have over 35 boats at the club, and the Sabres remain the class with the highest number of boats sailing at BYS. Which rather shows that the move to high-quality and great-looking fibreglass boats has kept Sabres as a fantastic boat that appeals to a very broad cross-section of sailors. Out on the race course, we’ve seen long-time Sabre sailor Geoff Smith being seriously fast this year, easily picking up the prized Aggregate, hotly pursued by Matt Macarthy and John Petschel.
The State Championships at Safety Beach in February saw a strong BYS contingent taking part. Wayne Bates (3rd), Geoff Smith (6th) and Ethan O’Brien (8th) were our leading results. Andrew Graham’s first around the top mark in the final race was the event’s most ‘What the ?’ moment!
season, we now have a mere five months to countdown until the first race of the 2018/19 season. Bring it on! ANDREW GRAHAM
After an abundance of extreme weather at both ends of the spectrum during the final couple of months of the summer
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EDITORIAL Engagement Membership engagement is the lifeblood of any club. It provides a club with its vitality, its dynamism and its relevance. Engagement stacks the deck on a summer’s afternoon after a race and infuses that scene with bonhomie and good cheer. Engagement puts us on the start line with 30 seconds to the gun amid the cacophony of sails flapping, winches squealing and butterflies churning. It takes us to the marina on a lazy Sunday afternoon for some minor boat repair – which is really just an excuse for hanging out near the water. It gives us all the opportunity for widening our friendship circle and sharing our love of boating. Engagement keeps us coming back to BYS. The need to engage with its membership is the challenge for any sporting club. However, successful engagement is a
two-way process between the members and their club. Accordingly, BYS seeks the active and passionate engagement of its members to ensure not only the club’s ongoing success, but also that its motto ‘Family, Friendship, Sailing’ remains at the forefront of all we do. From a club perspective, BYS attempts to cater to all its members’ interests with an engaging social program, good-quality restaurant meals, relaxing entertainment and, above all, structured opportunities for enjoying boating in all its forms – whether it be the season’s sailing program, a nav rally, an excursion to Mud Island, hosting visitors to a regatta or conducting sail training and other programs.
Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron is not just a world-class clubhouse and marina destination, it’s an engaged active membership collective enjoying and participating in the love of outdoor activity centered around a beautiful and unique marine environment. BYS is family, friendship and sailing. We hope you enjoy this issue of Southern Sails which seeks to capture the membership engagement of a successful 2017/18 summer season. ANDREW LITTLE AND GREG LEWIS
JUNIOR CLUB CAPTAINS’ REPORT It’s been a great summer for the Junior and Youth members at Blairgowrie this year with loads of organised activities, alongside all those lazy days on the beach and fun out on the water. This season’s activities kicked off with an evening get-together with movies and awesome food upstairs in the very special surrounds of the exclusive Commodore’s Lounge. As the sailing season commenced, we introduced the new swap shop where juniors could buy, sell or swap those items of sailing gear they have outgrown from last season. A win-win, with some happy parents picking up some bargains and all the proceeds raising money for the juniors’ activities. The Christmas period saw many of the juniors travelling to WA for the 420 Worlds and then the Minnow Nationals, but there was still plenty happening at BYS with sail training and club racing in full swing. January was super busy. For the Mystery Day, a crowd of juniors caught the ferry to Queenscliff and then travelled on to the mystery destination, which this year 10
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was the Geelong waterpark. We couldn’t have chosen a better day for some fun in the sun; whether you were firing arrows at the archery range or sliding down the slopes of the tornado waterslide, it was huge fun. It was a great day for everyone, except for the parents trying to find those juniors who didn’t want to get back on the bus.
Party as we slid our way back to school on the improvised slip’n’slide on the club lawns, with plenty of bubbles and lots of fun – and a source of entertainment for those parents on the deck.
The movie night at Sorrento cinema is always an event to look forward to, and this year was no different as we were transported into the mysterious world of Jumanji, complete with popcorn, lollies and drinks.
The final junior activity for the season was the traditional Easter egg hunt in front of the clubhouse, which is always a favourite with the younger members. If you happen to find an undiscovered Easter egg in your boat cover, please enjoy – although it might be a little stale by now.
Another highlight for many was the thundery overcast afternoon on the Bayplay catamaran with the youth crew. We stopped off Point King and drifted in the current while everyone went for a dip in the deep water. The water felt icy cold – it still brings a shiver thinking about it, and that was in January!
We have really enjoyed our time as Junior Club Captains and the role has provided a rewarding experience for both of us. Thank you to all the parents and helpers during the season, and a special thank you to all the Junior and Youth members who make BYS such a great place.
The end of the holidays saw a big summer celebration at the Club Captain’s Beach
LOUISE JOHNSON AND HAMISH BOLTON
KEELBOAT WRAP-UP SUMMER 2017/18 The keelboat fleet started this year with a number of changes that in many ways reflected the changing nature of our fleet and the needs of our skippers and crews.
In many ways these changes are not unique to us at BYS but do reflect an evolution of racing changes both in Australia and overseas. For this past season at BYS we implemented and further developed the following: • Our new divisions would be A, B and CR. Our C division, which historically was for trailables, did not have the numbers to justify a separate division so a couple of yachts joined the CR fleet and one joined in with the A/B division for Aggregate race days. • For our Spry (long distance) Races we also moved to have all divisions sailing the same course and starting at the same time. • New events, such as the two-handed racing and the scheduled two race days (one extra day) during the season when the fleet would race to Queenscliff and back, with a BBQ lunch hosted by the Queenscliff Yacht Club. • Petersville Regatta post-Christmas, which should continue to grow year on year.
All the above initiatives proved to be very successful, and it does mean that as a fleet we have the opportunity in 2018/19 to further capitalise on these changes. With the growing Cruiser Racer and sports boat fleets, we will hopefully have more competitive Aggregate race days with onthe-wind starts for all, which will include windward/leeward racing as well. Our traditional ‘Keelboat Combined’ trophy races and race series – whether twilights or over the weekends – continue to be popular and well supported.
weeks around the islands in Bass Strait. As other cruising boats become more comfortable with the idea, I’m sure we will see more of this type of endeavour in years to come, not just for sailing yachts but also with some of the power boats now joining our squadron. PHIL ENDERSBEE Keelboat Representative
The other major change is that we have moved to TopYacht for all our stats and handicapping after many years of successfully working with a system developed by one of our own, Trevor Casey. The TopYacht system did give us a few teething problems initially, as happened at most clubs, but as we become more familiar with the system I am sure that for all our PHS and AMS racing we will see the merits with this new technology and the changes we have had to make with its administration. In closing, it was great to see three of our fleet set off and cruise for a couple of
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SAILING MANAGER’S REPORT Training This season we have continued to build a strong base in our sail training program.
We launched the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Sailing & Boating Centre with an aim of providing a central place to access a variety of courses and experiences, with the key focus on delivering courses for all ages and experience. This has been evident with the introduction of new courses such as the Pacer Squad targeting those who have outgrown the Tackers program. Also, the reintroduction of Discover Sailing Experiences allowed anyone to get out on the water and try sailing in the Elliot 5.9s for a low-cost fee. Our Tackers program once again was a great success, with programs running over all school holidays. This year we introduced and actively promoted ‘Bring a Friend’, which encouraged those enrolled in Tackers to bring a friend for the last day of the course. There was a huge take-up with close to 70 participating in Tackers Intro, which has allowed us to create a great base for next year’s programs on top of the usual new participants in the program. Across Tackers Intro and Tackers 1, 2 and 3 we had over 200 kids involved in the program. We also trialled Tackers Squad which was an introduction-based program that converted a handful of Tackers sailors into the club’s Junior Sail Training program
by addressing the issues of where to go next and purchasing a boat. Our Junior Sail Training and Youth Sail Training program had a few modifications this season which included shortening the program and, in turn, reducing the fee. Overall, we had 54 Juniors complete the program and 34 Youths. Towards the end of the season we saw a large group of Juniors transition to Lasers, Aeros and 420s. It’s fantastic to see the growth of a strong fleet of Lasers/Aeros – especially female sailors – and 420s in the club. Our current Keelboat program proved to have a few teething issues, which we expect to resolve over winter. However, this season 50 people have completed a Keelboat Experience or Keelboat Course which is a great base to build on next season. Recently, Australian Sailing released Discover Sailing Centre participation figures nationally. It is evident that BYS features within the top 10 nationally and top 3 in each discipline (dinghy, keelboat and tackers). I can safely say that it shows BYS is the third-biggest Tackers and Dinghy centre in Victoria, while finishing 5th nationally in Tackers and 8th nationally in Dinghy.
This also shows that BYS has a fantastic future when it comes to training and development and that we have great potential for the future. This season wouldn’t have been possible without the assistance of Rob Evans and Phil Beattie who have helped with setting up the programs and pre-season planning. A special thank you to all the coaches who have put in plenty of hard work throughout the summer. Without them, what we have achieved this summer would not have been possible. Lastly, thank you to Macaulay Hey for taking the lead with the training this season – your dedication, patience and hard work has paid off and led to a wonderful summer of sailing. We are already planning for our next season and look forward to improving the strong base that we have had this season. We look forward to seeing you all next season! LIAM EDLESTON Sailing Manager
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VOLUNTEERING AT BYS Volunteering is one of the cornerstones of BYS that allows all members to enjoy the amenity of the club, its facilities and both on- and off-the-water activities.
Throughout the year many events and activities are held at BYS. The 2017/18 summer season has been no exception. Without the help of dedicated volunteers on and off the water, running club racing as well as hosting the Petersville Regatta, Musto National and World Titles, Optimist States and the J/70 regatta would not have been possible.
Over the next coming months, we will once again be planning our sailing season volunteer roster. So get involved, meet new people and help drive the club’s sailing activities. ANNA LEWIS Volunteer Coordinator
Each weekend a dedicated group of members turn up to ensure we can all enjoy the activities at the club. People arrive to either go out on the water to support the racing or engage in race management in the start box and radio room. There are many and varied roles where the club requires volunteers to support the on-water activities – driving patrol boats, laying marks, being part of the race box crew, and many more. Even if you aren’t experienced, there are many ways to build up your skills, such as working alongside other members with the know-how and enrolling in specific training courses. If you would like to get trained up, please call the Sailing Office for course details.
Must Worlds pin boat crew, Paul Devereux, Kirsten Smith, Allan Hose and Andrew Little.
A great looking team, one days volunteers for the Musto World Championsips
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MUSTO 2018 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS It’s about 10 years since the Musto Skiffs first hit the scene at Blairgowrie.
Introduced by Richard Robertson, the Musto – or Muzzy as it is colloquially known – is an extreme sailing machine requiring great athleticism and sailing prowess just to keep it upright, and years of practice to race at a competitive level. Many of us have watched in awe as Ritchie and Wayne circle the race course or head out for a late afternoon blast, with the Muzzy hull barely touching the water and that huge asymmetric kite threatening to jettison them over the bow like a Cirque du Soleil high-wire performer. Taming the Muzzy is no easy task – but the rewards are there as we have listened to them recounting tales of escaping the Blairgowrie winter to sail in the exotic destinations of Europe and the US. In late 2016, Blairgowrie was selected to host the 2018 Musto Skiff World Championships and the team swung into action. Agreements were negotiated, responsibilities assigned, the marketing videos cut. The planning spreadsheets ran over several pages of tasks and timelines. Our special envoy, Commodore Al Singh, made a whistle-stop visit to the 2017 Worlds in Palma, Spain to spruik the event promising sunshine, flat water and great Blairgowrie hospitality. The Euros were on the hook. The resourcing plans came together over many months of phone calls and emails to gather the A team and open the way for newer members to become involved. Our International PRO, Mark Taylor, pushed the team towards excellence through training days, briefings, debriefings and onwater drills. The shoreside team invested in training evenings to have the race management systems and communications down pat, and along the way the comradery and fraternity within the team came to the fore. Then came January. The lawns were cleared, the boats arrived and the sponsors’ flags went up. The buzz around the club was audible, with accents from Scotland, the Netherlands, England, Switzerland and Germany. The overseas competitors were unanimously saying 14
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they had arrived at sailing Mecca, with sunshine, flat water, and cold beer on the balcony. Commodore Al was walking around beaming and chanting his mantra ‘How good is this …’ Day 1 was Nationals and the regatta shirts came out, with 50 members of the regatta management team congregating for the briefing, then out onto the water. The competitor briefing foreshadowed a big southerly buster and the safety plan was emphasised. The first taste of Port Phillip conditions was oppressively hot with light breezes, but we managed to put one race in the bag and had most of the fleet home before we were hit with 50-knot squalls, a couple of breakages, no major injuries and some emerging talent within the fleet. Day 2 saw a shifty 10- to 12-knot breeze, with the leaders changing regularly and Arthur Brett from WA coming out on top to claim the Nationals trophy. After a rest day it was all systems go for the Worlds, but a 30-knot breeze kept the fleet grounded. So, in true Aussie spirit the ‘Opti Ashes’ was initiated, with 10 Musto sailors taking to the water in club Optis; a LeMans start, short course, much flouting of the rules and sculling a schooner of beer saw Matt Houvenagel of Port Melbourne claiming victory. The welcome dinner was a great way for the competitors to enjoy some BYS hospitality and mingle with the race management team. The next day brought a perfect 15-knot breeze, with local big-breeze specialist Richie Robertson putting his stamp on race 1. The flying Scotsman Jamie Hilton came to the fore in race 2 and started asking about immigration visas. Race 3 was a battle of the locals, with Jon Newman just holding out Will Phillips, and James Sly taking 3rd place. This was shaping up to be anyone’s regatta, with five Aussies and five Brits in the top 10. Day 4 had us waiting for the afternoon sea breeze, and Switzerland’s Alexander Greil sailed out of his skin to win the first race after a tense battle on the final downwind leg against a pack of fast-approaching
Aussies. Will Phillips took the bullets in the next two races and the regatta was wide open. We got the fleet ashore at 8.45 pm with the sun setting over the back beach and a few tense moments in the box counting the boats back onto the lawn in the dark. Our head chef Simon swung into action putting on a great BBQ on the deck with music and revelry well into the night. Day 5 saw four seasons in one day, with conditions ranging from light breezes to 25 knots and zero visibility in the fourth race. Shoreside we felt the tension, with black skies, huge thunderstorms all around the bay and torrential rain squalls making the fleet disappear from view. On the water, the team squeezed in four races, with the competitors challenged by the diversity of the conditions. The final day saw the breeze tipping 25 knots and again the placings were shared around, with Richie getting his mojo back and claiming a 3rd, 1st and 2nd. But it was not enough to hold out the consistency of the eventual 2018 Worlds winner, Jon Newman, in a close tussle with good mate Will Phillips, and the flying Scotsman Jamie Hilton taking out 3rd place. Our upcoming Musto sailors Casey Bates, Hayden Harding and Hayden Brown enjoyed a taste of Worlds competition and acquitted themselves very well. Wayne Bates took out a popular and well-deserved win in the Masters category. This event threw everything at the competitors and the regatta management team, but we rose to the challenge and delivered a world-class regatta. The club has now earned its place as a venue of choice for future high-profile regattas, with great facilities, perfect sailing waters and excellence in regatta management. My thanks to all who were involved – I know a great experience and fraternity were enjoyed by all. JAMES BOLTON Regatta Manager
Start boat team, (from left) Phil Beattie, Rob Evans, Sally Derham, Hayden Llewellyn and PRO, Mark Taylor
Richie working hard
Jon Newman Musto World Champion Congratulations to Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron’s own Jon Newman. This is Jon’s second World-title win in the Musto Skiff class after taking out the title in Perth four years ago. Jon is a multiple National champion in this class and has come from an ‘Australian Sailing Team’ background, where he sailed alongside fellow BYS member and current Musto Skiff sailor, Will Phillips, in the 49er class. Jon’s win in this year’s Worlds was exceptional given his minimal pre-Worlds training due to moving to Wangaratta a year ago, and also recently starting a family.
This meant training on home waters was limited to only a few weekends before Christmas. Jon sailed a virtually flawless regatta showing amazing consistency, and an uncanny ability to come back strongly from a bad start or shift. Congratulations Jon. We hope you can successfully defend your title when you compete for the 10th World Musto Skiff titles in Medemblik, the Netherlands in 2019. RICHIE ROBERTSON
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BYS PATROL BOATS
By now, most would have seen our new start boat Bruce out on the water. Modifications to the boat have almost been completed to make this a very user-friendly and reliable boat for the next season and the years to come. In addition, a complete review of all our patrol boats was completed this month and a report presented to the General Committee. This report detailed the condition of all our patrol boats and included recommendations for future replacements and an ongoing maintenance program. It also recommended that Patrol 7 be replaced as soon as possible, and to this end quotations are being sourced for possible boats that would suit our needs. The maintenance program for the balance of the patrol boats is being drawn up now, along with the estimated budget for the next three years. GREG ROWLAND
Bruce Postscript – A Tribute Our patrol boat Bruce was aptly named in memory of Bruce Colliver (Commodore 1987–89) who was the founding father of the BYS Easter Art Show, with the aim of raising funds for our patrol boat fleet – and ultimately replacing the ageing Placid. On achieving that goal, it would be remiss not to also pay tribute to Jenni Maclean, who agreed to assist Bruce and went on to convene the Art Show from its early beginnings for a period of seven years, cementing its reputation as BYS’s 16
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highly regarded and most profitable event on the club’s calendar. Jenni established a wonderful rapport with the contributing artists, sponsors, her support team and volunteers. During that time she also fulfilled her busy role as Vice Commodore and then BYS Commodore, together with a demanding full-time job, somehow never running out of enthusiasm, dedication and steam! An amazing effort!
After seven years Jenni quietly stepped down as our Art Show convenor without any fanfare, leaving the running of the event in good hands, having ensured sufficient funds for the purchase of Bruce. Our heartfelt thanks for a mighty effort, Jenni! RONÉL REDMAN Freelance Editor
REGATTA 27-30 DECEMBER
The Petersville Regatta has returned as an annual keelboat regatta held from 27 to 30 December and is timed to follow immediately on from BYS hosting the finish of the Cock-of-the-Bay race on Boxing Day. It was a hugely popular event in the 1980s and 1990s when it was ultimately combined with Geelong Week (now Festival of Sails). The race was reborn in 2015 following the opening of the new section of the harbour and the format was changed to be an event located solely at BYS. The 2017 regatta marked the third of the ‘new format’ events and was building on lessons learned from the 2015 and 2016 events. The club now has a much clearer picture of the style, format and feel that we are trying to achieve with this particular event. It needs to be competitive but not a ‘playing for sheep stations’ event. We want it to showcase our club and its facilities as a relaxed and friendly place, where all participants go away saying it was a great event regardless of what division they raced in or where they finished. The 2017 event saw a huge rework in just about every area of the event, mentioned here in no particular order: • Catered for 3m depth and included this limitation in NOR • New courses were designed • Handicaps handled by YV not BYS • On-wind starts for all divisions • Full rewrite of Sailing Instructions • One additional night free accommodation in marina (i.e. 4 nights) • No specific social events; instead we invited visitors to ‘enjoy the BYS deck’
• Lots of SMS updates • Facebook promotion • Constantly updating the regatta website. We welcomed 29 visiting boats to join the BYS contingent of 20 boats for a 49-boat fleet, split into Racing, Cruising with Spinnaker, and Cruising no Spinnaker divisions. Thankfully, the weather was much kinder than the previous year but still presented its challenges. Maybe in 2018 we will get all our races sailed … who knows? Our GM Ross and his team did a great job of getting together sponsors for the 123 individual race prizes and 21 event trophies that needed to be awarded throughout the event. In total we gave away over $20,000 worth of prizes and are looking to do even better for the 2018 event. Shortly after the event, a survey was sent to all 49 competitors. We received 33 responses – a response rate of 67%, which is an outstandingly high-survey response. Over 90% of respondents rated the regatta overall as either Excellent or Very Good. The general feedback about the event (non-race related) questions was also in the circa 90% Excellent or Very Good. The F&B staff can be particularly proud that for two questions (‘How friendly were they’ and ‘How helpful were they’), the responses were 94% and 97%, respectively, either ‘Extremely’ or ‘Very’. At the most difficult time of the year, the F&B was a stand-out. Although F&B rated slightly lower in the survey results than did the overall regatta, F&B was handling a much larger and volatile audience – it’s a tough job to please so many. The decision to not have specific Petersville events was, we believe, the right one and
the presence on the deck of hundreds of guests in an otherwise quiet time of year was exceptionally well handled by the F&B team. In particular, I had many comments from visitors that the ‘summer menu’ was a huge improvement in quality and offering over those who were at the club the previous year. The BYS staff were understandably under the pump leading up to Christmas and I’d like to make particular mention of Liam, Nicky, Mac, Ross and the F&B team. It wasn’t easy and at times they were stretched very thin; however, to the outside observer it was a very well-run and smooth event, as can be seen from the survey results. We can always do better, and thanks to very detailed survey response data we will spend time in 2018 fine-tuning many aspects of the event with the knowledge that we now have a great framework to start from. In terms of achieving our goals for a more relaxed event that is still competitive, I think it can be summed up by one of the survey comments from a very fast visiting boat that is always on the podium in most of the races at the top of the bay: ‘I am normally a windward/leeward racer. This event allows me to sail with very very inexperienced family and friends to have some fun together.’ – Cruising (nonspinnaker) Division competitor. Thanks to all who participated but, above all, thanks to the staff and volunteers who put on a great event. BRIAN SMITH Regatta Director
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OPTIMIST STATES REPORT At the heart of our club is a core of human capital that combines to gather and harness the resources and infrastructure created over 66 years of collective toil and effort.
In the case of the Victorian Optimist Championships that BYS ran over the March 2018 long weekend, the club mantra of Family, Friendship, Sailing was delivered with the magnanimous dynamic that has become synonymous with our wonderful beachside gathering place.
through to the people who put their hand up to help. We all are grateful and were extremely impressed with your candor, determination, attention to detail, and efforts to create an outstanding event that reflects the characteristic BYS vibe – it’s just a great place to be.
The club was able to offer a comprehensive and fulfilling experience demanded by the largest participating Junior class in the world, and although BYS has traditionally had a dearth of sailors engaged with the International Optimist class, we all combined to create a brilliant example of why BYS is now regarded in sailing circles as one of the best venues available to host world-class competition.
The weekend delivered a typical autumn pattern of a warm Saturday with a fading northerly that glassed out. The impatient juniors and large family support cohort enjoyed the early spider crab arrival in the marina while we waited for the afternoon sea breeze to make its appearance. It did finally arrive, albeit for only a brief and weak performance – resulting in one ebbing tide ravaged shortened race. The following two days, however, produced great conditions. The 14–18 knots of true off-shore southerly conditions allowed the Intermediate and Open fleets to test their skills. Although the Green fleet did find these conditions trying, our talented Race Officers Phil Beattie and Andrew Lawson, accompanied by BYS junior volunteers, created a brilliant sailing course inside the marina pond area which delighted both competitors and parents, providing a unique stadium experience for viewing the racing.
The fleet of 116 junior sailors enjoyed the welcoming environment, expansive beachfront lawn, the après-sailing activities when not competing – great food, music and club facilities. BYS was able to resource and manage three competition fleets for some of the best junior sailors in Australia to enjoy our brilliant sailing environment. This is no mean feat; the expectation of the Optimist class is high, to say the least – the required commitment to running the biggest annual class regatta in the state is complex and taxing. BYS did a magnificent job, thanks to the 60-plus volunteers who made themselves available continuously over the weekend – from our dedicated sailing management staff, flag officers and committee members who started working on this regatta in mid-2017, right
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The Open fleet attracted some of the best junior sailors from around Australia. The Victorian titles are regarded as the prime opportunity to prepare for the winter international regatta calendar and we were fortunate to see the cream of the National
Optimist crop visit and dominate the regatta. The first five sailors were all from NSW, SA and QLD. BYS sailors stepped up to participate in the Intermediate and Green fleet, with Lucas James narrowly missing a podium finish in the Intermediate fleet, and younger brother Will sailing brilliantly to dominate the Green fleet and take home the trophy. The Cowell, Grey and Cleland families also helped to fly the local flag. Well done! We must thank the expertise of PRO Andrew Little and his race management team, James Bolton for the diligent role as OOD, Glenys Hitchens as Intermediate fleet RO and her team, Commodore Singh, Liam Edleston, Mac Hey, and the capable, reliable and dedicated volunteers who stepped up, contributed and delivered to help make this event an outstanding success. And, of course, we must thank all members for allowing our club to be handed over to the Optimist Association for the weekend. It was much appreciated and we all agree that the investment in running the event has helped make BYS the venue of choice for Australia’s best sailing experience. ‘Anyway the wind blows, doesn’t really matter to me …’ – Freddie Mercury ROB EVANS Regatta Manager
BYS EASTER ART SHOW 2018 The 2018 Easter Art Show was once again an outstanding success. We showcased a broad range of artistic works in a variety of media, with the sculptures adding an extra dimension to the show that was very well received. We had 97 artists, with 305 works on display of which 79 were sculptures. Our reputation is growing and we have a waiting list of artists wishing to exhibit their work. Over 1000 visitors attended over the Easter weekend to view the exhibited work. The Easter Art Show was proudly sponsored by hockingstuart Blairgowrie. The Opening Night was sold out prior to the event and was sponsored by Moonee Ponds Periodontics & Implant Centre. It was a fun night enjoyed by all and provided an opportunity for guests to speak directly with artists. Our feature artists this year were Rudi Jass, Tina Leonard and Claire Watson. The Art Show was officially opened by Greg Hunt MP. This year saw the introduction of The People’s Choice Award kindly sponsored
by Adri and Ken Godfrey, and was awarded to Jane Flowers with her entry Morning Blairgowrie.
on the Mornington Peninsula. In October 2017 the club purchased a new start boat, Bruce, from funds raised.
The continued success of the Easter Art Show is largely due to the quality and diversity of works on display, which is refreshed each year. We included 23 new artists of which Luke Tyrrell, Julie Goldspink and Anne Miller received awards. Secondly, and importantly, is the support of BYS members and the general public who purchase the art works!
Thanks to all our sponsors and businesses who have supported the Art Show and Silent Auction. Your support is vital to our success. Finally, the Art Show could not be possible without the many dedicated volunteers who assist in planning and implementing the Art Show. Thank you.
The purpose of the Easter Art Show is to raise funds to support the BYS patrol boat fleet used in connection with race management and junior and youth sailing. Since its inception the BYS Easter Art Show has raised over $150,000 for the patrol boat fund – it is arguably the best art show
The 2018 Art Show Committee comprised of Andrea Devereux, Sally Derham, Danielle O’Brien, Cath Mulcahy and Annabelle O’Brien. We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 Easter Art Show. ANDREA DEVEREUX
THIS YEAR’S JUDGE, SANNÉ MESTROM, ANNOUNCED THE ARTIST AWARDS AS FOLLOWS: Best in Show: Miodrag Jankovic – Composition 2 Best Oil: Luke Tyrell – Rock Hopping Sorrento Best Acrylic: Tina Leonard – Ruby Rocks Best Pastel: Claire Watson – Storms Over Pt Lonsdale Lighthouse Best Watercolour: Vanessa Kelly – On the Shore Best Photography: Nick Psomiadis Best Sculpture: Rudi Jass – Ginkquo Best Other Media: Anne Miller – Feeling Bold SANNÉ ALSO PRESENTED SOME HIGHLY COMMENDED WORKS AS FOLLOWS: Highly Commended Oil: John Whitelaw – Dune Shadows Highly Commended Acrylic: Justine McNamara – 1,2,3... Jump! Highly Commended Watercolour: Julie Goldspink – Faithful Friends Highly Commended Other Media: Dianne Fix – A Great Catch
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OUR JOURNEY TO THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Our sailing journey towards the Fremantle World Championships began in January 2017 when we won the 420 Youth Championships in Adelaide, qualifying us for the Australian Youth Sailing Team. Following this, we began training hard for the Youth World Championships in China to be held in December 2017. As part of the 2017 year, one of us was also completing Year 12 so balancing training and school work was tricky at times. In May last year, we were fortunate to be invited by the Japanese Sailing Federation to participate in the Japanese Youth Championships. This consisted of four days of training, followed by the regatta, and took place in Karatsu. In a fleet of 73 boats, we placed 11th overall and won the Women’s division. It was a terrific experience for both of us and allowed us to get to know some of the other sailors in the Youth team prior to going to China later in the year. From here we continued to train as much as possible over the winter months out of Royal Brighton Yacht Club, often finishing sessions on the water after dark, with battery lights on the mast to lead us home. China was a particularly challenging regatta for us. It followed on from an intensive training camp in Melbourne prior to Sail Melbourne, and we arrived tired and excited for what the next 10 days held. The sailing was very competitive, and we learnt a lot from ourselves and the other competitors to take into the next two
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regattas. We ended up 13th at the Youth Worlds, which we were proud of due to the challenging fleet and conditions that were out of our comfort zone. We flew directly from China to Fremantle and had three days to unpack the boat and try to get some rest before the competition began. The first regatta in Fremantle was Nationals and we were fortunate to have a huge fleet (95 boats) with many of the international visitors keen to get a taste of the ‘Fremantle Doctor’ before the Worlds started. This made for excellent, competitive racing in varying conditions. We had a really good regatta, with results of 9th overall, 2nd females overall and 2nd Australian team, and finished as the new Women’s Australian Champions. A very relaxing and quiet Christmas followed leading into the 420 World Championships. The winds picked up significantly for Worlds with only two lighter days, and the Fremantle Doctor did not disappoint. We raced well and held second place for most of the regatta, with consistent results within the top four. On the final day of racing there were 5 points separating first and second. We had a good first race and went into the final race with
only 3 points separating us, with our worst result at this point being a 4th. Nia and Monique, who were leading the regatta, broke their tiller extension at the end of the second-last race and, as they did not have a spare on the water, we lent them ours so they could continue racing. We gave the last leg of racing everything we had left in us after the previous five days and it came down to the wire. We didn’t entirely know how close we really were to the championship win until we came into shore, ending up tied on points, coming 2nd on countback. We have certainly learnt a lot through all these experiences and know that the best part of all the regattas, training and just getting out and going for a burn would have to be the friends we have made along the way. They definitely made every cold winter training session worthwhile. We would like to thank everyone at BYS for all their ongoing support. LAURA HARDING & ELLA GRIMSHAW
2018 BYS TEAM CHALLENGE
The third Sunday in February saw the third edition of this novel event. The feedback was again encouraging, and it seems there is also a growing spectator support base. We had 13 teams competing, with the winning team completing a ‘threepeat’! The Portsea Kings again defended their title ahead of some hot competition from the Portsea Queens, with the Commodore’s team coming in third. This year a handicap division was introduced, and the Portsea Queens saluted ahead of the Portsea Kings, with The Plodders third. Clearly the handicapper will need to be tougher on the Portsea teams next year! The Portsea Kings and Portsea Queens represented Portsea Surf Life Saving Club, with the winners completing the five legs in just over 74 minutes, beating their time of last year. It was great to also have
some family teams alongside teams from different walks of life, with the Rosebud Police (‘The Plodders’) again participating. The conditions were fantastic and made for a great spectacle. Our safe boat harbour again provided good protection and the support from Andrew Colliver and Tom Opie as volunteers on the patrol boat ensured everyone was safe while in the water. On land, our thanks go to Andrea and Jacqui Devereux for helping to promote, coordinate and track the competitors, and to Andrew Molony, Anna Molony, Louise Leggo, Nicki Allen and Sandy Lindholm for acting as marshals out on the road; and Phil Beattie for helping out with some A-frames and signage. The event was followed by lunch on the deck and we thank our F&B staff for
making all the competitors and their guests welcome. All proceeds on the day went to headspace Frankston in support of their youth unemployment programs on the Peninsula. We had their Program Managers Leisl Jackson and Rose Mary Dowling attend, with Leisl providing an overview of the tremendous work they do. They were both thrilled with the turnout and support. Plans are already underway to now take the event to the next level and we look forward to BYS having a number of teams involved next year. PAUL DEVEREUX Immediate Past Commodore
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MINNOW CLASS REPORT The Minnow class continues to introduce kids to the joys of sailing and some of our members have been at the front of the Victorian and National fleets.
This season we had 6 kids in the Victorian Sailing Team: Ed and Tom Warner, Hamish Cowell, Sally Danks and Ruby and Sam Backwell. Over 10 boats from BYS made the trip to Rockingham in WA for the Nationals. Ed Warner won the regatta with Sam Backwell placing third overall. Lucas James was second in the Juniors and in the novice fleet Will James placed first and Fred Oâ€™Brien second.
Over 20 boats ventured to Parkdale for the 2018 State regatta. This time Sally Danks was first, Sam Backwell was second and Hamish Cowell third. In the novices Daniel Mizzi won from Maya Fordyce with Raj Fordyce third. In this yearâ€™s Club aggregate Sam Backwell was first, Tom Warner second and Cassie McCarthy third.
A number of Minnow sailors have now transitioned into Youth classes clearing the way for some of our up and coming sailors to get on the podium. RICHARD BACKWELL
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J/70 REPORT The J70 is the world’s fastest growing one design sports boat (7m), which was designed by Alan Johnstone and first built in 2012. In just a few years the class has grown rapidly with a worldwide fleet of over 1,300 boats and increasing strongly. Large fleets in Europe and North America are already competing in a full calendar of national and international regattas in both the summer and winter seasons in the Northern Hemisphere.
an opportunity to sail in international regattas (a great way to combine a love of international travel and sailing!). And the J70 was without doubt the best sports boat on the market to achieve these aims.
the attraction of the class in Victoria, it has already been decided to hold the nationals at BYS in 2019, which could see around a dozen Sydney based boats making the trip south.
The attraction of the boat has a lot to do with its speed and grace on the water and suitability for a wide age range of sailors of varying abilities. It is also easy to rig and de-rig and tow behind the family car.
Martin, Andrew and Andy’s key aim now is to grow the class so that a competitive fleet can be established at BYS and around the Bay as quickly as possible. The recent J70 Easter Regatta at BYS, which saw four Victorian J70s participate in some close and exciting sailing over three days, is a precursor of bigger and better things to follow.
With one of the key features of our new club house and extended marina at BYS being the new hardstand with the capacity to house around 20 sports boats, combined with Blairgowrie’s famous flat water sailing, BYS is the perfect location to kick start the development of the class in Victoria. The class also offers an excellent new sailing pathway off the hardstand for youth sailors looking for a keel boat option, but without losing the thrill of speed and one design sailing, as well as the opportunity to compete in large one design regattas around the world.
BYS now has two J70s on the hardstand after Martin Kudnig, Andrew Little and Andy McIntyre got the ball rolling with the purchases of Jumpin’ Jack Flash and Juno in October/November last year. JJF is a new boat built in France while Juno was built in the US, but has resided in Sydney since 2013 before relocating to BYS. Juno was subsequently sold to the Kudnig family, who then renamed it Notte Bianca and then very generously donated the boat to the club (see photo below). Martin, Andrew and Andy are long term Sabre sailors but were looking for a bigger and faster challenge that would give them
In fact, the J70 has now been endorsed as the chosen sports boat by the Club Captains of major yacht clubs around the Bay. That should go a long way to increasing the size of the fleet at next year’s Easter Regatta. Martin, Andrew and Andy are now planning on sailing as much as possible through the winter before competing in the J70 nationals on Sydney Harbour in early December. And to further add to
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J/70 SOUTHERN PENINSULA REGATTA This Easter saw the inaugural J70 Southern Peninsula regatta bring the Bay’s fledging J70 fleet to our shores.
There was much excitement on Good Friday afternoon as two visiting J/70s joined the two resident BYS boats for the inaugural Southern Peninsula J/70 Regatta. A small fleet (in fact, all of the J/70s currently racing in Victoria), but a sign of exciting times ahead for a class that has enjoyed explosive growth worldwide since its launch in 2012. With BYS crews all new to the class there was keen observation as the visiting boats were rigged and tuned. The J Boats’ representatives, Ray and Sandra Entwistle, both gun sailors and experts in the finer points of J/70 tuning, made the trip from Sydney to attend. It would prove invaluable to have them on the water during training sessions and as observers during the racing. Ten windward leeward races were scheduled over three days. As Saturday dawned, the only factor tempering the excitement was the forecast. After weeks of spanking westerlies, we now faced the opposite problem – no wind at all. So while the fishers and kayakers relished the big high-pressure system over the bay, it was somewhat frustrating for all the eager sailors, rigged and ready beneath a listless AP flag on the BYS yard arm. With the promise of a bit of a breeze later Saturday afternoon, the AP came down after lunch and the boats headed out for the first race session. The breeze was light to moderate and fading. RCO Keith made the very best of it, managing to get one full-length race and a second shortened course completed before the breeze abandoned us completely.
Making the best of the shifts, Pete Southwell’s team aboard Notte Bianca took the first heat gun from Martin Kudnig at the helm of Jumpin’ Jack Flash, followed by Peter McFarlane in Javelin (Hobsons Bay YC) and Tony Landgren’s Spike (Sandringham YC). Race 2 started in a fading northerly that swung to the east as the race progressed. Despite many years of yacht racing experience among the crews, three of the four teams were quite new to the J/70 class, and it was evident that there was a great deal to learn when it came to changing gears for the light stuff. Code flag S flew from committee boat Bruce as the fleet approached the leeward mark for the second time, with JJF completing the shortened course just ahead of Notte Bianca, Javelin and Spike. With formal racing abandoned for the day, the fleet made the most of a late afternoon sea breeze to complete several practice races, under the watchful eyes of Ray and Sandra who coached on water and offered valuable feedback to all crews at the evening dinner. The weather gods were no kinder on Sunday, with racing abandoned for lack of consistent breeze. Again, an early evening sea breeze offered some consolation with three crews enjoying a great training session in the fading light. No more races on the score card, but some lovely sailing nonetheless. Monday’s forecast offered promising conditions in the early morning and it was decided to bring the first warning signal forward to 0925 in the hope of
a solid session to complete the series. Eager to make the best of the day, Javelin was out training at 0715 … it was clear Peter’s crew meant business! A moderate westerly greeted the fleet and over the four completed heats gave all crews plenty to think about. Some big southerly swings were making the left side quite inviting … but would it pay with the tide having its say too? In the end the sailing proved to be very exciting, with the whole fleet in close quarters every race, multiple lead changes, three different heat winners and the series decided on the last 50 metres of the final beat in race 6, where it was the cagey Pete Southwell getting the bow of Notte Bianca in front of JJF to take the win and the series. Congratulations must also go to Team Spike for sailing a superb final beat in race 5 to take the gun. Doc Little worked tirelessly to get the regatta off the ground and all participants extended their gratitude for his efforts on the deck during the presentation ceremony. It was great to see the BYSowned Notte Bianca show great pace in the skilled hands of Pete, Soapy, Tom and Col. Club-owned boats are rarely regarded as having podium potential. Not so for the nimble Notte! Sincere thanks to Keith, Liam, Mac and the whole race management team for making the event run smoothly in testing conditions. All our visitors headed home with a great appreciation for the BYS facility and friendly atmosphere, ensuring that the Southern Peninsula J/70 Regatta will become a much-anticipated annual event. ANDY MCINTYRE
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CONTENDER REPORT This season has seen the Contender class continue to grow at a great rate of knots, with 20 boats now registered at BYS. The Contender sailors are an eclectic bunch of super aquatic athletes with far-ranging skills and body shapes. The focus this season was on improving the group’s participation levels and racing skills with a view to a tilt at the World Championships held at McCrae in late January. In a fleet of 90 boats, BYS was represented by: • the ‘sons and daughters’ – Sian Harding, James Taylor, Jamie Taylor, Hugo Taylor, Jeremy Edelston and Ned Lindholm • the ‘dads of’ – Jono Harding, Dean Taylor and John Lindholm • the ‘others’ – Callum Burns, Paul Wilson, Chris Batty, Gareth James, Alistair Danks, Craig Smith and Adrian Mulcahy • the ‘special other’ – Tim Dorning, who comprehensively won the Grand Master Division. Congratulations Tim. Congratulations to Mark Bulka from McCrae YC on winning his third World title. In late April we hosted the Contender Victorian titles with 30 boats competing. While the winds were fickle, Doc Little, Phil Beatty and their team of volunteers did a terrific job in getting a series in. Mark Bulka once again showed his class to win the regatta, with Gareth James our best-placed BYS sailor with a 5th. In July, the European Championships are being held on Lake Garda, Italy. Deano, Jono, Callum and Johnny are getting very excited! JOHN LINDHOLM
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BYS MEMBERS DISCOVER JING JING AND KATA BEACH IN THAILAND It was on the BYS deck in early 2016 that the idea was formed of chartering a boat for the famous King’s Cup regatta in Phuket, Thailand – the same place where so many other great ideas are formed, problems are solved, and tall stories are recounted. And it was such a good idea that we acted on it! Within a month or so we had a committed group of nine blokes signed up and could therefore start the fun task of finding a boat. Which really wasn’t that much fun at all as good boats were rare as hen’s teeth. But it meant that the day we found Jing Jing was a very sweet day indeed. Jing Jing was a 43-foot 20-year-old IRC racing boat owned by a French expat – and we couldn’t hand over our deposit fast enough. Jing Jing – we are told – is Thai for ‘Really??’ (as in ‘I wouldn’t be so sure about that’). By mid-2016, the crew were in near-daily WhatsApp communication like a bunch of excited teenagers, counting down the days to the first start gun. BYS shrinking violets Brian Smith, Al Singh, Phil Beattie, Andrew Graham and rookie Phil Coleman were joined by three first-class blokes from Sydney and Weymouth in the UK (Sandy, Rob and Barry) to provide a crew that had never been on a boat together until the first practice sail. Endless months eventually gave way to travel time at the start of December – not without a scare when the Thai king died the month before, which put the whole regatta in doubt; and Andrew having his house broken into and passport stolen on the day he was to fly out. So the crew arrived (minus Andrew), picked up the boat and kicked off our beautiful relationship with Jing Jing. Phil had had crew shirts made up and we have worn them with pride ever since (nine each, to be precise). Along the way Andrew managed to talk his way into securing a new passport within hours of the passport office opening on the Monday and caught the next available plane that night. How to describe the week that followed? Six race days – all with early starts at 7.30am – in beautiful tropical conditions. A mix of island races and ‘windward/ leewards’. A fleet of around 100 boats ranging from outrageously quick maxis, through classic cruising boats, and everything in between. Quite a few Aussies there, but a real international mix reflecting the status of the regatta as one of the ‘big’ Asian regattas.
Our days would typically see us on the water for around six hours, before coming ashore and heading straight to a Thai barbecue place right on the beach that had Singha beers and Thai food ready to go. Afterwards it’d be pool time. Then one of the regatta parties. And then a cleansing ale at one of the delightful local bars. And then do it all again the next day. The regatta takes place in the ‘dry season’ when the winds are supposed to be light and the skies sunny – which was not what the crew woke up to on the first official race day. Facing being one crew member short, but still brimming with confidence and eager to play with the assortment of colourful and over-sized asymmetrical spinnakers, the guys anticipated the downwind legs in the 20-knot breeze with confidence. A confidence that was shredded about as quickly and effectively as the big blue-and-yellow kite after it went in the water. Jing Jing was no cruising boat. She could be unforgiving, and it was a tired and depressed crew that came back to the beach that day – more so given the decision by the owner to attempt to improve grip on the deck by applying a surface akin to coarse-grade sandpaper, which caused havoc with anything it came in contact, whether sailing shorts, elbows or knees. Fortunately, everything got better after then. We now had an extra crew member, lighter winds, growing confidence and a driven desire to beat Victor and his Russian crew, our nemesis. Not that we did. But there has to be a bad guy, doesn’t there!
bring home the bacon. Which would surely have happened if … Day 3 saw Brian come down with something that sidelined him for the rest of the regatta. Tristen followed suit when he lost his grip getting off the boat and into a long boat to return to shore. We were down to seven guys – including having lost our helmsman – which meant the introduction of some rather amazing multitasking. We adopted a routine of having a separate starting helmsman, upwind helmsman and downwind helmsman, with everyone else adding an extra task whenever we had to hoist, gybe or drop the spinnaker. Somehow we pulled it off … well, mostly … only to then have Phil Coleman get his fingers caught somewhere they shouldn’t have been and that saw him shore-bound too. Fortunately, Marc the cool Frenchman volunteered his son to jump on board for the final two days, and we got through somehow. We’ve paid the deposit again for KC 2018 and look forward to more adventures. With a thoroughbred racing boat, a highquality regatta, delightful weather, amazing tropical islands, a great bunch of guys, friendly locals, great food, fun social events – what’s not to like about it? Jing Jing you may ask. Is that really what happens over there? Yes – really! ANDREW GRAHAM
Our 2016 attempt was over in a flash. We cornered Marc the Frenchman and convinced him that he really shouldn’t take a deposit from that Chinese crew that wanted the boat, and that we would do much better next year. And so the countdown began for KC 2017. KC 2017 saw all of us back, this time with Tristen Chen on board as well. Same hotel, same boat, same routines – and the same buzz. Fortunately, we remembered a lot of the tricks we’d learned about how to handle Jing Jing – so this was the year to
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SAILABILITY BLAIRGOWRIE The Sailability program at Blairgowrie has just completed its sixteenth year of operation. It began as a request by Commodore Kurt Jaks, with the support of Manager Alan Cayser, for a Tuesday activity to be run by the late Geoffrey Watson and his wife Eily who had an involvement with both the world of sailing and people in the disability sector. Early activity consisted of having small groups of dependent participants coming from local support day centres such as Wongabeena in Rosebud and Kindilan in Red Hill. Since then, many other groups and individuals have participated each Tuesday. At first the Access yachts were provided by Sailability Victoria and arrived by trailer. These yachts had to be launched from the shore to a depth where their heavy keels could be lowered and the yachts sailed to the marina dock to allow dependent participants to board. For a time the yachts were stored on a large trailer that was pushed by the volunteers to a jetty crane, which had to be operated by a suitably qualified person. The yachts are now covered and stored on pontoons that were donated by various groups and individuals, and there is no tedious and time-consuming launching involved – a blessing for the volunteers. Over time, new Access 303 yachts were provided from various sources – Konnections and Lukey from Wongabeena and funded by Rosebud RSL, Sadkat and Zig Zag Wanderer from BYS members and groups, the Godfrey and Bilston families, The Usual Suspects from the Paul Lynch group. The Dorothy Thomas group of air hostesses provided Wings Away. The Chandler family had their 303 Speedy Gonzales on loan for a time. Later on, Fingal Bay was added via Bendigo Bank
and the contributions of BYS members to recognise the work of Geoff and Eily. Member Michael Landy donated Elektra. Over the years thousands of dollars have been donated to Sailability Blairgowrie to provide and maintain the yachts and equipment. In 2017, $12,000 in grants and donations were received and put to good use. The current location in A Arm provides an ideal rigging area and the new hardstand means that dependent people arriving in buses can drive to a spot adjacent to the low landing, which is a perfect boarding area in all wind conditions. This has been a real benefit for Sailability following the marina expansion. All of this, together with the constant effort of a 30-strong group of dedicated volunteers, some of whom have done 16 seasons of service, means that Sailability Blairgowrie rates as one of the most successful of many such programs that operate in Victoria, other states and around the world. It also has the real benefit of efficient operation in a safe and appropriate marina environment between the shore and the marina, and also at times by sailing into Camerons Bight and beyond. Not only are the 303 yachts used to open the world of sailing to people who have disabilities, they are also made available at weekends and during holidays to others in the community and any BYS members for whom these yachts are the most
suitable, given their skill levels and sailing requirements. The aim of Sailability is to ensure that the sport is as inclusive as possible, and many people find that the 303s meet the sailing and social needs of family and friendship groups. In any season, hundreds of ‘sailing sessions’ are enjoyed by a wide range of people of all ages and abilities. The oldest participant, who is 94 and served in the Navy in WWII, boarded from his wheelchair using the dock-side mini crane that is used to lower and raise the 35-kilogram keels. The youngest was about seven months old, ‘sailing’ on his mother’s lap. To others, what begins as a 303 sailing experience extends beyond that to yacht ownership and club membership, with all the benefits it brings. Chris Mitchell, the Australian designer of the 303 and other types of what are now called Hansa yachts, the 2.3, the Liberty and the Skud, wanted to create a yacht that would have people watching it in action say ‘I could do that!’ This is all reflected in the films created by expert filmmaker and BYS member Ray McKenna, which can be viewed on YouTube by searching ‘Access Sailing Blairgowrie’ and ‘Sailability, Thanks Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron’. BRIAN JONES Sailability Blairgowrie Coordinator
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The annual publication of The Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, Victoria, Australia