Autumn 2012

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HE SEASON IS now over and what a season it was. We started with the biggest promotional effort the Club has ever attempted including three displays at the Beaumaris Concourse shopping centre and a display at the Beaumaris Primary School fete which paid off spectacularly with a very successful Go Sailing Day in November and both Junior and Adult training programs filled to capacity. Indeed this season we have had a record 21 adult trainees go through the course. I take this opportunity to thank everyone involved with both training programs as it’s long, hard work but without everyone pitching in the programs wouldn’t be as successful as they are. Both programs came up against the usual weather hurdles again this season but with a few tweaks and alterations they worked extremely well.

Those of you who have been wandering through our boat storage in the past few weeks will notice that we have a few new residents in there. The Club would like to welcome Peter, Mick and David and their two Mirrors and 125. It’s great to start seeing some more diversity among the classes sailed at BYC again as it can make things a bit livelier on the water! Some people may not realise but different classes can compete against each other within the same division. Each boat may sail the course in a completely different time, however the YA yardstick handicapping system can be applied to boats of different classes which will determine the true winner. So just because you are the only boat in a certain class out there doesn’t mean you aren’t competing!

In the past month most classes held their State The training fleet has Championships. This been helped along this year the Pacers headed season not just by the to Black Rock Yacht inclusion of the two new Club to share the water training boats and the in a multi-class regatta retirement of several older while the Javelins examples but also by the headed up to country two new mainsails the Victoria to sail on Cairn club purchased as a reCurran reservoir near sult of a generous grant Bendigo. The Pacers from the Beaumaris enjoyed a big fleet with branch of the Bendigo the addition of three Bank. These mains have Pacer Pursuits. Well A grant from Bendigo Bank helped the been put onto the two Club purchase two new mainsails for the done to Peter and Lauren new boats in the training Kemp who finished 9th Pacer training fleet fleet and their older mains overall sailing in a BYC have been passed down, allowing the training boat, Paul and Judy Hardie who finished 13 th, team to retire two of the older, nastier mains. Ian McHugh who sailed with three trainees, Brian, Sally and Colin and finished 17th, Phillip Already we have seen many of the adult trainand Janette Connard who finished 20 th and ees heading out to the start line in the afterLuke Cromie and Warrick Sheppard who finnoons to get a taste of racing; hopefully we’ll ished 21st. In the Javelin States yours truly and see more of you out there having fun next seamy brother Michael finished 2nd, Peter and son in your own boats. The Club boats are Lachlan Sharp finished 3rd and Rod Smith along available for hire however we encourage sailors with various crews finished 8th. A more detailed to purchase their own boats, if only for the fact report on the Pacer States can be found on that each and every boat is different and by page 13 of this issue. sailing your own boat each week you can learn what works and in what weather – something As we head into winter it’s time to start making that is hard to do in standardised training boats. lists of things that need to be done on the boat, gear that needs to be replaced and repairs that National Championships this year were modneed to be done. After that list is made it’s then estly attended by BYC boats, the Pacers headtime to put it away somewhere safe (ie. lose it) ing to Canberra with the Club represented until the middle of September just in time for the solely by Phillip and Janette Connard (finishing customary pre-season mad scramble to do all th 11 overall) and the Javelins over in the west those jobs before sailing starts again. Every sailing on the Swan River in Perth with two year many of us swear “I’ll get onto it early next BYC boats, Peter and Lachlan Sharp (finishing winter” and every year leave it til the end. I 6th overall) and Rod and Mick Smith (finishing know I do! 14th overall). More detailed reports on both these events can be found on page 8 for the Will Sharp Javelins and page 15 for the Pacers. Rear Commodore.

MISSED THE MARK Wondering what has happened to the northern reef mark? It came loose in a storm earlier in the year and disappeared, Parks Victoria are planning to replace it next time conditions are favourable (they need to get a pretty big boat in there to site the mark correctly). The good news is that by the start of next season all the marks should be back in position which will make navigation somewhat easier!

MERCHANDISE The BYC merchandise range is still available! Currently the range is comprised of stubbie holders, a limited stock of hats and BYC branded polo shirts in both a standard and a CoolDry style. Samples of sizes and styles are available. For all orders or range suggestions please contact Will Sharp (contact details inside front cover).

CHEAP GEAR Anchor Marine is now offering 10% discounts on all stock if you are a member of a class association, club or event. Be sure to mention the discount when paying. Fitting out a new boat? Head on in and have a chat, they can do much better than 10% for that!

SHIPMATE At a regatta and cant find a chandlery to replace broken bits and pieces? Get your hands on a Shipmate directory which lists all the chandleries and marine servic es in Vic to ria. V isi t for more information. They also have a great free iPhone app out so you have access to the entire directory wherever you happen to be.

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