Groundswell June 2024

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David Roper

Mark Hutton

Garth Heynen

Jacqueline Heffernan

Mark Johns

Doreen Perrin

Troy Smith


Commodore Vice Commodore Rear Commodores


General Manager

Financial Controller

Financial Administrator

Marketing & Communications

Marina Berth Operations Administrator

Reception & Member Services

Marine Academy Principal

Sailing Operations Manager

Racing Administrator

YSF Head Coach

Hospitality Manager Head Chef

Port Vincent Marina Manager


Members Committee Chair

Fishing Association Chair

Racing Association Chair

Cruising Association Chair

Social Association Chair


Nick Bice

Mike Holmes

Jeff Dinham and Dianne Schwerdt The Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR

Adam Hays

Kerry O’Brien

Cathy Menzel

Mellissa Vahoumis

Eryn Wyithe

Kimberley Murray

David Royle

Greg Allison

Inese Lainis

Luke Allison

Haresh Singh

Camillo Crugnale

Rob Marner

Nick Bice

Peter Schembri

Rob Human

Darren Harvey

Giorgi Gauci

Geoff Boettcher

Arthur F Carolan (Dec’d)

Geoffrey R Catt

Craig A Evans

Richard H Fidock AO

Graeme L Footer

John D Gerard

James A Henry (Dec’d)

Malcolm A Kinnaird AC (Dec’d)

Peter J Page (Dec’d)

Andrew D Saies


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Volume 41 | Edition 2

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Groundswell is the official journal of the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia Inc

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I am extremely pleased to see our Club’s recent strategic initiatives bearing fruit. While the Board is responsible for making key decisions that steer the Club’s direction, it is Management, our Associations and Committees who deserve the credit for effectively implementing those decisions and bringing them to life.


As advertised previously, two new groups have been established by the Board this year.

The first is the Membership, Marketing and Sponsorship Committee tasked with looking at further ways to increase our profile, membership and funding. This Committee is now well established and has taken to their role with gusto! Chaired by Jacqueline Heffernan (Board), the other current volunteers are Garth Heynen (Board), Mike Holmes (Vice-Commodore) and Heath Patten, and their recent activities include:

• Developing an engagement strategy to link the CYCSA with other clubs.

• Documenting the journey for members on their pathway to boat and berth ownership.

• Developing surveys to understand the interests, likes and dislikes of all members regarding our Club.

• Training association committee volunteers in social media to increase and improve our online engagement.

If you have any new ideas about how we can increase/retain membership and funding of the Club, feel free to tap one of these Committee members on the shoulder.

The second is the Port Vincent Marina Committee providing a collective and representative voice to Management and to the Board on improvements to the Port Vincent Marina from the perspective of Port Vincent Marina Berth Owners and Lessees. This committee is now active and had its first meeting in May, electing Andrew Abbott as Chair and Rob Jacobs as Secretary. Other members are Geoff Catt (Life), Peter Codrington and Greg Hackett. Initial topics of interest include:

• Depth of the Marina entrance.

• Bird/pest issues, general maintenance, trolleys and security.

• Berth values and price/location of berths for casual hire

• Lillis Group development upgrade.

If you’re a Port Vincent Marina Berth Owner or Lessee I encourage you to share your thoughts about this Marina with any of these committee members.

I thank these members for volunteering their time in the pursuit of these very important objectives.


In our last Groundswell I outlined the process and outcomes of our recent Strategic Planning exercise which resulted in a number of key initiatives that we’re working through over the coming two to three years. Those initiatives were spread across Hospitality, Membership, Boating, Marinas and Finance and Infrastructure.

In hospitality, Chef has been regularly changing specials on the Bistro menu and created café style menus for weekend racing participants.

Towards increasing membership, our newly established Membership, Marketing and Sponsorship Committee has been very busy as I’ve already described above. Their first surveys went out to Senior Members in May and are being progressively distributed to each of our other membership categories. This is providing great feedback which will be shared in due course.

In boating I’m pleased to see progress in the following areas:

• Improving media coverage of Club activities.

• Providing clearer guidelines for event planning and budgeting.

• Recognising and rewarding volunteer efforts through volunteer appreciation events and incentives.

• Increased numbers of events - fantastic job Cruising Association and Boating Conversations!

For our Berth owners we’re seeing increasing turnover of berths through sales.

This is all a great start with plenty more to come.


At the end of April the Club’s Earnings (before Tax, Depreciation, Amortisation and Investments) was in line with budget but forecast by financial year end 31 May 2024 to be 16% below budget. At $419,000 this will still be a good result. All the Club’s operating surplus is used to maintain and improve the Club’s infrastructure and facilities through our capital expenditure program.

Our overall forecast surplus for the financial year was well above budget driven by gains in our ‘Sinking Fund’. The Club’s ‘Sinking Fund’ (for the long-term refurbishment of our marinas) is continuing to rise and fall with the share market. The balance of the Sinking Fund on 30 April 2024 was as follows:

Sinking Fund Value (April 2024)

Audited financials will be published leading up to our AGM later in the year.

I again look forward to seeing you at the Club or on the water soon.


Within a blink of an eye we find ourselves well into the year and although things usually start to quieten down, there’s no real sign of that at the Club with plenty of early to mid-year activity, events and frivolity.

Since our last publication we have hosted several key events including the Kids Easter Egg Hunt, the Asia Pacific Sailing Champions League Finals, the HMAS Hobart Cup for ADF Army, Navy & Air Force, the Fred Neill Match Racing Regatta, Australian Sailing State Instructor training and the 2023/24 Racing Presentation Evening.

Recently underway and to look forward through winter we have the Short-handed Series, Members Information Session, Winter High Tea, Italian Night, Seafood Spectacular and Racing Association and Club AGMs. Amongst all this activity are the regular monthly Club BBQs, Boating Conversations and the well attended Sunday Sessions, with live music performances in the patio area from 2.30-5.30pm.

Returning are popular Club events the Italian Night and Seafood Spectacular. The Italian Night sees the return of last year’s showstopper Henry Olonga! Henry delivers a Nessun Dorma that’s worth the ticket price alone.

For this year’s Seafood Spectacular Chef Camillo is working alongside the Fishing Association to ensure a menu that continues to raise the bar. We have our first High Tea planned in many years which will certainly be a favourite on a Sunday afternoon.

Our popular Boating Conversations will continue to be a regular monthly highlight on the Club calendar. Dan Turner will be headlining the June conversation prior to his Mini Globe Race campaign at the end of the year and it should be a fascinating presentation.

As part of the CYCSA’s strategic initiatives the Club’s newly formed Marketing, Membership & Sponsorship Committee have reached out to our membership base via an array of tailored surveys to obtain direct feedback on how members view the Club and its operations. Thank you to those who took the time to provide input. It will be very useful and valuable information to assist the Board and Management with future key decision making.

As things slow down over the next couple of months it’s an ideal time to remind members to take advantage of the Club slipping facilities as it’s the best time of year to access cradles and equipment. It’s ideal for your usual scheduled maintenance or for taking advantage of the increasingly popular ‘express’ one day lift in and out for a quick inspection and hull clean.

Safe boating through the cooler period everyone and we wish all those heading off in search of some sunshine safe travels, good times and a speedy return.


HIGH TEA Sunday 23 June 2.15pm | Price $50pp

Ladies and gentlemen, join us as we take a break from our busy lives and enjoy an afternoon of exquisite tea, delicious treats and wonderful company. We’ll be indulging in a variety of fine teas, finger sandwiches, mini quiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and an assortment of delectable sweets. It’s the perfect opportunity to dress up a bit, unwind, and catch up with friends in a charming and relaxed setting. Scan the QR code to find out more and to make a booking.

ITALIAN NIGHT Saturday 13 July 6.00pm | Price $75pp

Buon Appetito e Benvenuti! Hosted by the Social Association, Italian Night is a very popular Club event celebrating everything Italian – the food, the music and more! Enjoy a delicious four-course meal with wine and live entertainment featuring DJ Angelo Zotti and Vince along with special guest performance by Henry Olonga the very talented Opera vocalist. Fabulous raffle prizes to be won! Please bring cash on the night for the raffle. Scan the QR code to find out more and to make a booking.

SEAFOOD SPECTACULAR Saturday 3 August 7.00pm | Price $95pp

Join us for a gourmet seafood experience showcasing the best local, succulent seafood SA has to offer. Includes welcome drink and oyster and sashimi appetiser on arrival, followed by a luscious four-course meal.

It will be a fun evening with great door prizes and our famous ‘Guess the Fish’ quiz with multiple prizes for the most knowledgeable. Numbers are limited, don’t miss out on this fantastic evening!



Hello from your Vice-Commodore for this end-of-summer issue of Groundswell. I might not be known to many of you but I have been around the Club for around 12 years (still a ‘new member’ to some!) so there is a fair chance we may have seen each other. I've walked down a variety of rows in Marina East over the years to visit my boat and have always had a chat along the way when time allows. In doing so I have always been impressed with how friendly and welcoming we are as a Club and I am sure this will continue. Thank you for taking the time to speak to me.

Our challenges as a Club have been well documented and I know the Board, Operations Team and Flags are looking at a variety of ways of growing our ranks to bring in fresh members. We can all help in our own ways to spread the word about how great the CYCSA is to be associated with. For those, and I include myself in this cohort, in the work force, we can talk about how the CYCSA could be a great place for a lunch with workmates or a venue for a management ‘off-site’ meeting, or somewhere to have a laugh out on the ‘wet Wednesdays’ enjoying the twilight racing. There are so many ways to get involved and the Club is very open to everyone as despite what the general public might think of the high walls of yacht clubs, we are all friendly people.

So, what has been happening lately? Well one of the first things you might have noticed for those ‘social media savvy’ folks is an uptick in activity on our Facebook accounts. The Club has made it easier for our committees (Social, Cruising, Fishing and Racing) to get content out to members quickly to keep events fresh in people's minds. The chairs and other members of these committees have done an impressive job in getting news out there, so I urge members to ‘get onboard’ with the variety of events that are taking place. A special shout-out to the Cruising group who are smashing group membership levels. The Racing, Fishing and Social groups are also growing so I urge you to keep an eye out for events. The Boating Conversations are always well supported as indeed are the monthly Club BBQs that create a great atmosphere for sharing stories and planning new adventures.

In this issue you will be able to read about the end of our racing season and the all important Presentation Night. Thank you to all the officials and volunteers who make the season happen and we also thank the sponsors for providing capital to grease the wheels of the events we put on. We could not do anything without you all.

Don't forget the winter season is great for keeping crews together and working on the finer teamwork skills in what can be some of the most benign conditions available in our Gulf. We should all send our support behind crews venturing further afield, as Clockwork sails to Melbourne for the June Long Weekend Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta and further on to the classic East Coast Regatta. A shout out to Julian Newton and his Game On 31 (Cape 31) campaign at Hamilton Island this winter as well. I can’t think of anyone who would not want to be out there given the chance.

So in closing, whatever your chosen pathway to utilise the Club, be it power boat, sail or social, make sure you support the activities we seek to promote. If there is something we are not doing, let Adam and anyone else in the office know and we will get back to you. Finally, make sure you book early for slipping at the Club to get ready for the summer season. Happy boating everyone!



In the June 2022 edition of Groundswell I updated a Personality Profile of David Tillett AM I had put together for the December 2003 edition and titled it ‘WHERE TO FROM HERE?’ David emailed the Club to let us know what he is going to be doing this year and I thought Club members would like to be kept up to date with his ongoing participation in the world of sailing.

In July and August of this year he will be at the Olympic Games in France as an International Technical Official at the venue in Marseilles. It will be his sixth Olympics and there is no doubt he is highly thought of and sought after in his field.

In 2022 he was appointed Chair of the Arbitration Panel for the America’s Cup to be held in Barcelona in Spain in 2024 and in September and October his role will be in this position for the 37th America’s Cup and it will be his eighth time officiating at the event.

To top all this off in early November David will attend the World Sailing Annual Conference in Singapore as Chairman of the World Sailing Constitution. He was first appointed to the World Sailing Committee in 1996 and has held various positions since that time. His contribution to the sport of sailing is monumental and ongoing and we should all be very proud of his achievements. David, have a fantastic time and we know you will do us proud and thank you for keeping us up to date on ‘WHERE TO FROM HERE’.

Gay Footer


David receiving the Beppe Croce Award in November 2022 from the World Sailing President, for outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport of sailing.


Autumn was a lucky season with not one, but two jackpot winners!

C ongratulations to David Everett, the Club’s 15th winner, who took home the $1000 jackpot on 28 March thanks to draw sponsor, MJ Architectural Windows + Doors.

Congratulations also goes to Sarah Belton, our 16th winner, claiming the $550 cash jackpot on 11 April thanks to draw sponsor, Chapel Funerals.

Over the last three months the following people have joined the Club. Please make them welcome. Diane Biebrick, Alexander Cave, Natalie Cleghorn, Allen Frost, Kimberley Gilson, Donald Halley, Peter Leaf-Milham, Bernd Lorenzen, Tony MacKay, Alistair McFarlane, Alex Mojsish, Sean McCarthy, Mariagrazia Panetta, Tony Porter, Bernie Simson, Chee Teoh, Wendy-Jayne Williams and Lee Anne Yorke.


our members representing the Club at local, interstate and overseas events...


The Adelaide University Sailing Club sail and train out of the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia and attended the Victorian J24 State Championships recently. Their Commodore, Sophie Davidson, submitted this account of the regatta.

On 23 and 24 March the Adelaide University Sailing Club sent a team over to Sandringham to compete in the Victorian J24 State Championships. The crew consisted of Commodore Sophie Davidson (helm), George Young (trim/tactician), Maia Hodge (strings/mast) and Doug Whalan (bow). We had previously gone over in January for a twilight race where we met with the J24 Association to organise a boat for the event, with one of the SYC members lending us Sidetracked. We were one of 15 boats at the regatta. With no opportunity to train before race day, due to 25 knot breezes and a very tired crew (it’s a long drive to Melbourne), we set sail early on Saturday morning to get the kite up and down before a long day of windward leeward racing.

This was the first time the four of us had been on a J24 together in two years, having only practised our symmetrical kite work on the Elliott 7 fleet at the CYCSA. There was a steep learning curve and a few mechanical challenges – exploding blocks and brackets – but once we ironed these out we enjoyed two days of competitive racing. The J24 fleet at Sandringham is a tight community that races twice weekly and being alien to the conditions, we were up for a fight. Variable wind directions at 16-18 knots meant our first few races involved getting a feel for the course and polishing our crew work. Starts were competitive with a general recall at Race Three. Once we were in the groove Sophie and George were able to get more aggressive on the start line with some really exciting manoeuvres during sequence.

Our second day of racing was characterised by fluid crew work and busy top mark roundings now that we were keeping up with the fleet. Winds started at 16 knots so we set out with the jib but by the end of the day the wind had dropped to six knots. With a feel for the course we started to gain places, sitting at second place by Race Six. Unfortunately the final race of the championship was cancelled as the wind dropped out.

The AUSC were well received by everyone at the event. We were the only U22 crew on the water and were able to stay competitive over the weekend. While we would have benefitted from a third day of racing, a fourth place on PHS and 11th on OD for Sidetracked was an outcome we are proud of. We thank the CYCSA for the use of the Elliott 7 fleet and Club facilities without which we wouldn’t have had such a result.


Member Ken Abbott flew the CYCSA flag down south and did well in his Melges 24, Outlier taking out their division at the Christies Sailing Club’s premier event, the Fleurieu Classic Yacht Race.

Outlier was the first monohull to finish in Race One to Wirrina in three hours, seven minutes and 50 seconds and again the first monohull to finish Race Two, returning to Christies Beach in three hours, 22 minutes and 37 seconds also finishing ahead of two of the three trimarans in Race Two – Outlier was the winner of the monohull Fleurieu Classic. Congratulations to Ken Abbott and David Riddle (CYCSA) with crew Tony Graham and Dave Bennett.

“Racing inshore along an amazing coastline and in the 2024 edition with flat seas, 90-degree wind shifts and variable wind strengths kept us constantly entertained and challenged with a boat speed of anything between two and 15 knots. I would encourage members of the CYCSA looking for some fun and adventure to enter what was a very enjoyable and very organised weekend of destination racing and hospitality and we will definitely be entering again in 2025.” – Ken Abbott

The Fleurieu Classic, open to all trailerable, multihulls and keel boats, is held over the first weekend in March. It is a three-division regatta held over two-days starting off the O’Sullivan’s Beach Marina and heading south along the fantastic southern Onkaparinga/Fleurieu Peninsular coastline, finishing off the HMAS Hobart at Wirrina.

Racing is followed by a gourmet BBQ at the Wirrina Caravan Park on the Saturday night with prize giving for the first leg. Sunday sees the second leg of the regatta with the start just off the marina entrance and finishing off the CSC and is a reverse repeat of the previous day’s course. Presentations are held at the CSC on the Sunday afternoon.

The next Classic is on the 1-2 March 2025 with the NoR being posted by the end of this month and it would be great to see more CYCSA boats involved.

For more information, please contact Marc Read on 0401 470 087 or visit



With the growing number of TP52 yachts in Australia and after winning the IRC Australian Yachting Championship in Port Lincoln in February 2023 Secret Mens Business (SMB) was trucked to New South Wales to defend the prized title. The IRC Australian Championship was part of the 2024 Pallas Capital Gold Cup Series for TP52s sailed out of Newcastle and attracted 12 TPs from New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Amongst the fleet was Marcus Blackmore’s newly launched Hooligan which gave SMB some hot competition this year in Port Lincoln.

The Pallas Capital Gold Cup is a series of four regattas each comprising a three day series in Sydney Harbour, Newcastle, Port Stephens and Pittwater. Port Stephens will host the IRC NSW State Titles which start three weeks after Newcastle.

SMB went into the Newcastle regatta with a mix of the best local South Australian crew and interstate professionals, many having International Grand Prix sailing experience. Our professional crew bring a wealth of knowledge to SMB as these crew sail regularly locally and overseas on high performance yachts and have helped bring our SA crew over the years to a very high performance standard.

The first day’s racing was abandoned in Newcastle with 40+ knot gusts and three to five metre swells so a restaurant on the cliff overlooking the Heads was the best alternative for the crew.

The second day of racing was complicated to say the least. We had a leftover swell of two to four metres with 17 knots of wind with the swell running opposite to the wind and we were surfing up wind and running down wind into huge swells. We had results for the day beating our ‘Bench Mark’ yacht Hooligan in two out of the three races consisting of a passage and two windward/ leeward races.

The final day’s racing had winds of 10-12 knots and the swell had slightly subsided. We had two windward/leeward races beating Hooligan in both events.

The yacht that performed consistently over the regatta was our old modified SMB now racing in Sydney as Matador and it took out the IRC Australian Championship with Secret Mens Business second and Hooligan third.


Once again 12 TP52s fronted for this spectacular three day regatta.

After their disappointing finish in Newcastle, Marcus Blackmore’s, ‘spare no expense’, Hooligan were out for revenge. They had been out on the water the two previous days training in preparation for this regatta and their efforts were rewarded with a clear lead after the six races. Our old SMB, the much modified Matador, came in second with SMB third.


These regattas, with the third being in Pittwater, are the best yacht racing we have probably experienced. Twelve spectacular professionally run TP52s lined up on a start line. It was our own European TP52 Super Series, right here in Australia.

We came away satisfied with our results as we had given our best and surpassed expectations. Being an Adelaide based boat we lack time on the water training against similar grand prix boats. The professionalism in yacht racing in the eastern states clearly offers a challenge.

Without Tim Cowen managing the movement and running of SMB over all these years it would not have been possible to attend regattas, both nationally and internationally, and also achieve success. Tim has the boat ready for crew to walk onto and go racing. From accommodation to delivery crew he has excelled and is a worthy crew member.

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Another year of racing has come to a close with a great range of races, regattas and series enjoyed by our members and crew.

MyEasyBnB Post-Christmas Twilight Series finished withDivision 1 – first Clockwork (Lloyd/Harvey), second Marnico (Graeme Footer) and third Playground (Brenton Pegler). Division 2 – first School’s Out (Adrian Wotton), second Seduction (Mark Moore) and third Magnum (Jim Heyen).

The Twilight Ladies Helm Division 1 was won by Venom (Chris Rivett) and Div 2 by Synergy (Inese Laine).

Combined Twilight Series results –Division 1 – Clockwork came in first followed by Venom (Robert Dunn), then G-Wizz (Greg Patten).

Division 2 – School’s Out first followed by Magnum, then Seduction.

Inshore Series, the results are as follows:

PHS Division 1 – Dr Feelgood 3 (Dan McHolm skipper), Sintara (Derek Morrison), Clockwork (Lloyd/Harvey).

PHS Division 2 – Locomotion (Peter Hall), Ocean Hawk (Steve Emery) Young Einstein (Rob Sellick).

AMS Division 1 – Dr Feelgood 3, Magic (Mike Holmes), Clockwork (Lloyd/Harvey).

AMS Division 2 – Ocean Hawk, Kinetic Energy (Andy Shipp), Rock On (Trevor Conyers).

AMS State Championship –

Division 1 – Magic, Dr Feelgood 3, Clockwork.

Division 2 – Ocean Hawk, Kinetic Energy, Rock On.

IRC State Championship –Division 1 – SMB (Geoff Boettcher), Clockwork, Shining Sea (Andrew Corletto).

The fifth race of the Short Offshore Series (Snapper Point Race) was held on 16 March 2024. Shining Sea took out first place on PHS and on AMS.

Overall Short Offshore Series. Sintara took out first place on PHS and Magic took out first place on AMS.

Queen of the Gulf Regatta – Two races (triangle and windward/leeward) held on 23 March 2024.

Division 1 - Venom, Sintara, Dr Feelgood 3. Division 2 - Rock On, Kinetic Energy, Ocean Hawk.

The Club is now ready for winter racing, with a Short Handed Series, a Destination Race to Port Vincent and the Winter Series combined with RSAYS. We look forward to everyone enjoying winter racing which some say is the best season of the year to sail.

I would like to thank the regular Duty Crew who volunteer to run all the races and those that help when extra help is needed. The CYCSA is very grateful for the effort made by our volunteers who make regular racing possible. If anyone else would like to help, please let us know in the Race Office.

Thanks also to our sponsors Yalumba Wines, Bravo Sails and MyEasyBnB who make our post-race presentations so special.

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The ‘night of the year’ for Racing Association members was attended by an enthusiastic well-dressed crowd ready to enjoy themselves and pay tribute to those who had excelled during the racing season. Animated conversations echoed through the bar area where attendees were welcomed with drinks and canapés.

The formal part of the evening began with an acknowledgement of CYCSA sponsors, race management and volunteers. We are all immensely grateful for the support they provide to our racing.

The Chair of the Racing Association, Rob Human, was MC for the night, adroitly providing a lively set of presentations that also enabled the perfectly smooth delivery of the main course of an excellent meal.

Luke Burrow of Bravo Sails, Jess Morgan of MyEasyBnB and Kate Wigan of Yalumba presented trophies and keepsakes to winning skippers.

RSAYS Commodore Ian Roberts presented the Combined Women’s Series trophies as well as receiving the Commodore’s Shield from the CYCSA Vice-Commodore Mike Holmes.

In partnership with the CYCSA, the Adelaide University Sailing Club Commodore Sophie Davidson and Vice Commodore Charlie Ryan-Kane presented awards to their members, commenting that they have appreciated being warmly welcomed into CYCSA racing.

Other trophies were presented as follows: Corpor8solutions ‘Cock of the Walk’ Trophy went to Venom (Robert Dunn).

The Chairman’s Trophy was presented to Outrage-Us (Lee Haakmeester).

The AG Walters most consistent performer Trophy went to Kinetic Energy (Andy Shipp).

Five nominations were received for Crewperson of the Year –Jeff Dinham, Paul Hicks, Paul Judge, Jason Nicolson and Kerry Parker. The winner was Kerry Parker.

CYCSA Yacht of the Year had three contenders: Clockwork, Kinetic Energy and Secret Mens Business. The winner was Clockwork (Andrew Lloyd/MaryAnn Harvey).

The Racing Excellence Trophy was awarded to Secret Mens Business (Geoff Boettcher).

Thank you to all who contributed to making this evening a success.

Geoff Boettcher Kerry Parker with Mary Ann Harvey Venom Andy Shipp, Kinetic Energy Clockwork Lee Haakmeester, Outrage-Us

The National Sailing League Asia Pacific Championships were successfully hosted at the CYCSA over the March Long Weekend. The NSL is the qualification regatta to select teams to represent their club at the Sailing Champions League events held in Europe (Youth, Open and Women). Last year, our CYCSA YSF team finished a commendable 10th in the world at the 2023 event in Germany.

The event was originally scheduled to take place in Port Adelaide but due to the extreme heat forecast the location was shifted to the CYCSA. With the very hot conditions all competitors, officials and volunteers appreciated the on-site amenities and enjoyed the airconditioned indoor areas and luxurious facilities of the host Club.

The competition involved eight competitive teams from across Australia and overseas who competed in the Elliott 7s under favourable light sailing conditions. The CYCSA youth teams, having trained in similar conditions leading up to the event, arguably had an advantage and displayed a high level of skill execution in all facets of the racing.

The objective was to have two active youth teams participate in the Elliott 7 event aiming to finish in the top three overall and secure the first position in the youth category. Team Carter exceeded expectations in the 2024 Asia Pacific’s by progressing to the finals. In a closely contested race involving all four boats, Team Carter (CYCSA) claimed third position overall and second in the Youth division in the Asia Pacific Region which was a laudable achievement considering the fleet's quality. Team Cowen (CYCSA) also had notable performances during the qualifying rounds displaying consistently high sailing skills.

Both teams represented the Club in a highly professional manner on and off the water. Overall it was a very successful regatta for both youth teams! In terms of skill and technique both teams were arguably the best in the competition. We now need to keep working on the mental and psychological side for the athletes.

Day One of the SCL Asia Pacific Final was a hot and slow day of racing with 11 races completed. Day Two was another scorcher and despite waiting until midafternoon for the sea breeze to fill in, the conditions weren’t sailable. To keep cool some of the competitors took to skurfing in the Eastern Marina. Team Vanuatu took to the SUP individual pursuit creating a Club record of 14:15:46, being the time taken to paddle around C/D row, a record that still stands!

The final day of the regatta started early to make up for the lost time. Battling some trying conditions over the regatta, sailors had to put their best foot forward to make the most of their racing. The Largs Bay team helmed by Luke Stevens ultimately came out on top after a consistent regatta putting them in top position heading into the Finals Series needing one more race win to seal the deal.

The regatta was won by the Largs Bay Sailing Club of South Australia. Congratulations to Luke Stevens and his team of Ryan Kelly, Alex Alder and Shevaun Bruland for taking out the title.

With a solid win from Luke’s team the CYCSA Youth can gain lots of knowledge from watching and racing against the winning team with the hope of beating them in the future.

Whilst qualifying for the Worlds in Portugal, the limited lead in time (early May) forced the Club’s hand in considering representation in 2024 at the World SCL event.

Thanks to all competitors for a great weekend of racing, hailing from the; Largs Bay Sailing Club, Brighton Seacliff Yacht Club, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Canberra Yacht Club, Derwent Sailing Squadron and the Vanuatu Cruising Yacht Club.

Congratulations to all sailors and thank you to our main sponsor Wireless Communications and to the race committee and volunteers for making the event possible

Youth Sailing Foundation, Head Coach

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Team Vanuatu CYCSA, Team Carter CYCSA, Team Cowen Largs Bay SC Royal Prince Alfred YC Derwent Sailing Squadron Photos courtesy of Down Under Sail

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Sunday 25 February 2024 started out as a glorious day for getting onto the water and doing some crabbing. It ended as a perfect day with bellies full of our magnificent Gulf St Vincent Blue Swimmer Crabs, cooked in multiple ways and all delicious.

Twelve boats with excited crews set out just after sunrise to various locations in and around the North Haven Marina. The waters were calm and warm, ideal for a crab harvest. By 12.30pm all boats were moored and we were counting and cooking the catch.

What a feast! - supplemented with gourmet sausages, minute steaks and a range of salads prepared by the Club kitchen - Buonissimo!

Our amazing sponsor, Spitfire Trailers, provided wonderful prizes for the participants with awards not just for the most and the biggest crabs caught on the day but also the famous NACA (not a crabbers’ a-*-----!) award.

Special thanks to the Fishing Association committee, Orlando Bagnara and his lovely wife, Fifi, who again prepared and cooked their famous chili crab, Camillo and his kitchen staff, Adam, Mellissa and the Grounds Team for preparing the outdoor facilities for yet another busy and very successful Club event.

While everyone was a winner on such a beautiful day, along with many door prizes, the main awards went to –

Overall Crab Catch -

Tari 2, Vadis Rodato and Skipper Ian Tarbotton

Largest Crab -

Tari 2, Vadis Rodato and Skipper Ian Tarbotton

Most Crabs PowerboatTari 2, Vadis Rodato and Skipper Ian Tarbotton, Most Crabs Sailing Boat -

The Bottom Line, Skipper David Roper

Most Crabs JuniorBlack Pearl, Skipper Raf Staporski

NACA AwardMinnon, Skipper Joe Mezzini

We look forward to seeing even more boats and members at next year’s Crabbing Day. In the meantime watch out for details about our next Fishing Association events including fishing charters and our Seafood Spectacular dinner in the middle of the year.

Happy catching!

The Bottom Line Tari 2

The Regatta is hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia (CYCSA) in partnership with the Port Adelaide Sailing Club (PASC) and the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron (RSAYS).

In the world of sailing, it is wonderful to see women breaking barriers and taking to the water like never before. At the CYCSA the success of the past two SAWKR regattas stands as a testament to this incredible growth in the numbers of women in competitive sailing. From seasoned veterans to rising stars, each participant brought her unique blend of talent and tenacity, skill and determination to the competition, igniting a spirit of camaraderie and competition that electrified the event. Our Club can be proud of this impressive event.

For the regatta to build on its success and to continue growing, we need more boats. With so much attention following the success of 2022 and 2023, we have interest from very experienced sailors who are wanting to take part.

will be held over three days from 5-7 October 2024

We are appealing to Club boat owners to lend us their yachts for this year’s regatta so that skippers and crews with sailing references can race. Alternatively, boat owners can offer to run spectators around the Port River and/or Gulf St Vincent courses to see the racing up close.

If you are interested in offering your boat for SAWKR 2024 or if you have more questions about this year’s regatta, please contact SAWKR Committee Member, Mary Ann Harvey who is recruiting boats and sailors on behalf of SAWKR on 0416 099 384.

Follow us on social media @SAWKR2024

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The South Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta (SAWKR) The City of Port Adelaide Enfield is a proud supporter of the SAWKR since 2022

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An unforgettable weekend was had at the 2024 Fred Neill Match Racing Regatta held in late April featuring intense competition from interstate and overseas teams. The CYCSA was well represented with a youth team and a competitive female team helmed by Elliott regular, Lesley Roberts.

Two CYCSA youth teams participated with Carter Baker returning for a second year leading the CYCSA youth performance team and CYCSA YSF newcomer Finlay Bunt helming the Largs Bay Sailing Club team for the first time. Finlay's team performed exceptionally well securing five wins and four losses as the crew took on new roles and Finlay experienced his first match racing event.

Carter Baker's team excelled even further with seven wins and two losses earning them a spot in the finals where they ultimately fell short to Austin Higgins (Brighton Seacliff Yacht Club) on countback despite their strong performance.

It was a commendable achievement for both YSF teams, highlighting areas for improvement and valuable lessons learned. As their coach, I was truly impressed by the high level of competition and skill showcased by both teams, especially considering the limited preparation time. The focus now lies on enhancing teamwork, fostering positivity, refining decision-making skills, maintaining a strong mind set and furthering their knowledge and training in match racing rules and manoeuvres.

The regatta was won by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania helmed by Sam King. A massive congratulations to Sam and his team on taking out the 2024 Harken Australia Fred Neill Match Racing Regatta! King and his team had

the perfect regatta, finishing without dropping a race in the round-robin and beating Alex Blacker’s Adelaide Sailing Club team 2-0 in the Grand Final Series.

This was also the first time the Fred Neill Trophy was won by a non-South Australian team, something we hope encourages more interstate and overseas teams to compete in years to come.

It was fantastic to have Harken Australia on board for another year as the major partner of the Fred Neill Match Racing Regatta. Their involvement allowed us to provide a high-quality live broadcast of the Finals Series as well as some incredible event photography thanks to the team from Down Under Sail.

A highlight of the regatta included the drone and social media coverage and a very pleased Singapore team, Red Lantern who claimed the Elliotts were the best maintained boats they had seen on the match racing circuit.

Thank you to the Harken team for their ongoing support of grassroots sailing.

Luke Allison

Youth Sailing Foundation, Head Coach



The recent Fred Neill Match Race Regatta was a testament to the spirit of competition, respect, and excellence that defines our sport. This event, held in memory of one of South Australia's greatest yachtsmen, Fred Neill, was a remarkable experience for all participants.

Competing in this regatta in memory of Fred Neill was both an honour and a challenge for our team. Our RYCT crew, consisting of friends Ryan Moreton, Josh Ragg, Michael Parks and coach Nick Rogers, demonstrated exceptional teamwork and dedication. Each member brought their unique strengths contributing to a cohesive and dynamic effort that was crucial to our success.

The competition was fierce, particularly from Alex Blacker, the Sharpie national champion who secured second place. Alex’s skill and tenacity pushed us to our limits and made the race even more thrilling.

The regatta was not just about the competition; it was about honouring Fred Neill’s legacy and the values he embodied; excellence, resilience and sportsmanship. Fred’s impact on the sailing community continues to inspire sailors like us, reminding us of the dedication and passion required to excel in this sport.

As we crossed the finish line it was clear our victory was the result of enduring friendships forged through sailing.

To Fred Neill, whose legacy continues to inspire and whose memory we honoured through this race, thank you. Also, to my incredible crew; Ryan, Josh and Michael, this victory belongs to all of us. Your efforts, spirit and unwavering dedication were the driving forces behind our success.

We look forward to future regattas, where we will continue to push the boundaries of our capabilities and celebrate the spirit of sailing.

Sam King and his team from the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania take the win. Photos courtesy of Down Under Sail Sam King


I will skip the platitudes and speak about what's been on my mind for a while. The 1987 America’s Cup in Fremantle was what inspired me to take up sailing. For the first time yacht racing was shown in full colour on our TV. The big wind, big seas, big boats. big sailors, big mouths off Gage Roads made me say "I want to do this!". Unfortunately, I only succeeded mostly in the ‘big mouth’ part.

I had never heard of Fred Neill and the 12m South Australia. The focus then was on Conner, KZ7, Kookabarra and the Bond boats. I stumbled upon the YouTube video ‘It's back... Fred Neill Match Racing Returns to SA’ early this year and contacted Greg Allison at the CYCSA right away.

I like match racing, it is the truth, emphasising the equal playing field and intense competition. Handicap racing like IRC is at best still an approximation. One-design fleet racing is not equal racing when variables such as old boats, new sails etc come into play. Match racing is as close to the truth as you can get. Racing identical boats supplied by the organiser and boat rotation eliminates these variables. It’s in your face, ‘there is no second’ racing and no thoughts of "bugger, we'll treat this one as a discard then". Olympics with supplied equipment is perhaps the exception but I've never been to one.

Enough of my rant. If I can gather the resources again, I will certainly return to Fred Neill next year if the CYCSA will have me. There are some small hills for me to climb as I am on a mission to complete my own Aussie match race grand slam. I have match raced in Darwin, Perth and now Adelaide, the North, West and Southern coasts. The East coast is next, either Brisbane or Sydney. Also, I’ve discovered that open match events are hard to find and would really appreciate if someone could point me in the right direction and after I've ticked that box, it will be Alice Springs next. I heard they have a river regatta there during the dry.


Wow! Thank you CYCSA for the Fred Neill Match Racing Regatta, I really enjoyed that sail. In no other regatta does coming tail-end feel so good.

I learnt new skills; I had to learn to ‘talk out loud’ to myself rather than prepping the crew for a tack, gybe or bear away. We found it better if I spoke my thoughts out-loud. Things I said were –

“… Ok, we are going to hold this line and be to weather of them. We don’t want to be going faster. We may need to stop the boat. We will mirror everything they do. Stop the boat. Watch, they are going to tack. They are bearing away for a gybe, we will do the same and come up for a dial up. I don’t want to be too fast. We need to be ready for them.”

Additionally I found speaking aloud gave clarity to my errors. When I looked around and thought - ‘I don’t like being here’, I would recall that only two seconds ago I spoke out loud that ‘I want to put myself right there’ and this really brought home the consequences to me.

Hollywood Joe Image credit: Down Under Sail Team Red Lantern, Singapore CYCSA Team helmed by Lesley Roberts and Team RYC Tasmania

It was a fantastic day for the second HMAS Hobart Cup Inter-Service Teams Challenge on Saturday 16 March. In conjunction with Naval, Military & Air Force Club SA and ‘Friends of the HMAS Hobart Memorial’ Outlook, Lady Bay SA – with the Hobart Cup supported by ASC Pty Ltd Osborne.

Thank you to Senator David Fawcett for assisting with the presentations and a special thanks to all the volunteers and on-water mentors: Lesley Roberts, Sean Hackett and Luke Allison along with the Race Management Team: Inese Lainis, Greg Borg, John Collett and Mark Hutton.

Congratulations to Team Airforce for winning the event, with Team Navy and Team Army in close pursuit! Navy took out second spot, with Army coming in third place. Well done to all the teams who participated in the event.

Team Airforce Boat 1: Helm, Israel Dunk, Crew: Ariel White, Tim Brown and Rob Schneider. Team Airforce Boat 2: Helm, Darrell Greig, Crew: Brendon Green, Matthew Stuckless and Alex Cave.

Mainly due to the extortionate cost of air fares we decided to only make one trip across to sail around the Greek waters so flew out of Adelaide on 19 July and finally arrived in Leros around 8.30pm on 20 July. We booked in to our accommodation and gave visiting Jemmaroo a miss due to the late hour so just had dinner before having a well-earned and needed night’s sleep.

We checked out Jemmaroo the next morning and all looked pretty good for going in the water the following morning around 10.00am. All went well with the launch and we settled into our berth. There is always something that needs doing and after looking at the anchor chain we decided to replace it as all the galvanising had gone and it was down to the bare metal. We also found that the backlight on the chart plotter did not work and given that is terminal and it was impossible to wait for a new one to be ordered and arrive, we decided to use the iPad for the duration and solve the problem later.

It was very hot and windy and apparently it would continue for a few more days so we got busy doing the shopping etc with the compulsory daily ice-creams so all was not that bad. Eventually the chain arrived and there was a short lull in the wind so we put the two headsails on. It was a bit of a procedure to take the old chain off and put the new one on and it took a fair bit of effort but we survived it.

The wind abated somewhat so we gave the boat a tub and when our turn came the marinara released our lines and we left on 31 July to start our cruising. Given our extended stay at the marina due to the wind we bypassed Kalymnos and decided to try a bay we had not been to on the south-west corner of Kos called Kamares. It was a large bay and had a great sandy bottom for anchoring so we dropped the pick and had our first swim – delightful.

We headed west to the island of Asypalaia about 40 miles away. The island is shaped a bit like a tatty butterfly and on the southern side there were many protected anchorages and we anchored in one called Maltezena. We heard the noise of a plane engine and just to the north of us on a built up area the tail of a plane appeared as it prepared for take-off. We had a very peaceful night and the next day meandered around the different anchorages and settled on a bay just to the south of the port area called Ormos Livadhi which was also a great anchorage.

It was another 40 mile passage north the next day to the island of Amorgos and the weather had settled down so much we motored all the way checking out some bays along the way before anchoring in Katapole, the main town, where the boat traffic was very busy but we found a spot. We dinghied into town and used our method of choosing a restaurant of finding

Photo credit: Rob Last

one with comfortable chairs as your butt gets very numb on the traditional Greek wicker chairs. It was quite daunting watching the big ferries come in and turn around about a hundred metres from where we were anchored.

The wind was blowing from the west so next we anchored at an island new to us called Iraklia in a bay on the east side called Ormos Mourto. Many others had the same idea and we enjoyed a couple of swims and another peaceful night. Friends and fellow Club members, Robbie and Sue Last, were to arrive in Athens so we made the long trek up the channel between Paros and Naxos to the top of Paros and anchored at Naoussa. It was very busy with lots of boats, water skiers and people being delivered to swim, coming and going. That all stopped around 8.00pm and we managed to relax then. We had arranged to pick Robbie and Sue up at Paroikia, the capital of Paros, and a favoured anchorage of ours so we made our way there and gave Jemmaroo a bit of a tart up before they arrived on Thunder, a fast ferry out of Pireaus, at around 1.30pm. Shopping, a swim and a walk around town saw us dining at a café near where we parked the dinghy. With the big jib flying we had a great sail across to Serifos, a trip of around 40 miles and anchored on the southern side of the island at Ormos Koutala along with about 20 others. The wind had picked up and was blowing around 25 knots and we danced around a fair bit until the boys managed to modify the snubbing situation helped by the wind dying down a bit. We decided to stay another night because of the wind so had a walk around the town with a bit of lunch then back to the boat for a rest and a read while we charged the batteries.

Kithnos was our next destination and we anchored in a tripleheaded bay on the east coast in the middle head called Ormos Stefanos. There had been quite a lot of development in the bay and there were several other boats anchored and lots of people on the beach. The wind was howling so we made the very wise decision of staying another night.

Our next island destination was south to Sifnos and with both the main and headsail we scooted along. We had a bit of trouble getting the main down as the boatyard had mucked up the topping lift but we eventually sorted it and also installed the first reef line. We anchored in Ormos Vathi, an almost landlocked bay providing great protection, and treated ourselves to dinner on shore. The wind was still howling so we stayed another night and while the others went for a walk inshore I cleaned the boat and did a load of washing. The Matildas were playing so went on shore to watch it and eventually left around 3.00pm for Kimolos. It was a bumpy ride until we anchored at Ormos Pirgonisi where it was windy but the sea was flat so all was fine.

The island of Milos was our next destination, somewhere we had not been for a very long time and decided to try the on the wall trick but it was a very busy harbour with lots of ferries coming and going and the snatch they created was not good so we untied ourselves and went on anchor which was very comfortable. Robbie and Sue did a bit of a reccy and found the information bureau plus got a recommendation for dinner. It was so nice there we decided to stay another day so caught a local bus up to the chora (old town) called Plaka where there was a huge church and windmills. After a couple of swims we dinghied back into town for dinner and the church bells started followed by some sort of sermon. The next morning we discovered it was St Marys Day, thus the bell ringing, and much of the town was closed. We selected an anchorage on the southern coast of Milos but along the way came across about 30 boats milling around an area where there were lots of caves. We anchored and Robbie and Sue took the dinghy across but the caves did not extend very far in so we continued onto our anchorage at Palichori Bay.

It was 30 miles across to the island of Folegandros where we anchored in the main harbour called Ormos Karavostasi, another new island and bay to us. The ferry came in so we moved a bit to accommodate him and although there were several others moored on the pier we preferred to free anchor. A fuel tanker pumping fuel into the island’s tank provided a bit of entertainment and we went into shore for dinner.

To the east of Folegrandos was the island of Sikinos so we unfurled the small headsail. Jemmaroo has two forestays for large and small headsails and with 25 knots of breeze we had a great sail. We anchored at Ormos Skala, the only harbour on the island half way up the eastern coast. The bible, Rob Heikell’s Cruising Guide, made us think it would be unpleasant but it was fine so we stayed the night but not before a dinghy into shore for a stretch and a beer and nibble and back to Jemmaroo for a swim and dinner.

Our next expedition was to the so-called nudist island of Ios where we anchored in a bay on the southern coast called Ormos Manganari. There were no nude sun worshippers as described in the ‘bible’ which was good as we were not keen on joining them as on another occasion we were frowned upon when we did not avail ourselves of stripping.

The weather was predicted not to be good over the next few days so we made the decision to go back to Paroikia to drop Rob and Sue off and to wait for Jack Didyk to arrive. Iraklia was our next port of call where there was a music festival in the next bay which Sue stayed up on deck and listened to. We had an awful trip north through the strait between Paros and Naxos with the breeze on the nose so we put up the main and headsail and tacked our way in to the anchorage in Naxos. There were more boats in there than we had seen before and fortunately the wind calmed down in the evening so we went ashore for dinner at what was called the ‘Family Restaurant’ which was very good. It was interesting to see hundreds of people out on the point, where an arch to Diana had been built, to watch the sunset. We tend to take a sunset over the sea for granted but for most it seems to be a rarity. We had booked a fuel truck for the next morning so up-anchored and made our way around to the fuel wharf. It was a bit of fun and games getting on to it but we made it and sat and waited. The impeller in the fuel transfer tank had decided it didn’t like us and the capacitator on the watermaker burnt out so we sat on the fuel wharf while the mechanic went back to his workshop to see if he had parts. The first fix didn’t work but it fired up the second time so many Euros later we set off for a quite bumpy ride around to Paroikia on Paros. We had dinner at our favourite restaurant called Dionysos and it once again made us very happy. The next day we had a couple of swims and a walk around town with Robbie and Sue before they left around 3.30pm to catch their ferry to Rafina.

Jack Didyk was to join us in a few days so we decided to stay put which was rather fortunate as the watermaker carked it again so Graeme rang Martin deJong in France who is the after sales service and innovator of the Desalitor. It was a long time after the sale but Martin has been fantastic over the years when we have had problems. He suggested the capacitator we had was far too strong and we found it had burnt out again. We rang the electrician in Paros and he came out and checked it out and found the correct size and all was well. We did some more maintenance and had an extension put on the side boarding ladder which makes it much easier for me to get on and off the boat. The electric BBQ we bought several years ago in Turkey also decided it didn’t like us so we bought a new one and browsed through some of the shops. It was swim time and then dinner at a great new modern restaurant on the waterfront which had fantastic food. The watermaker was still playing up so we rang the electrician again and he came out the next day to check it out again. In the meantime we walked around the Old City which was quite lovely and retired back to the boat to give it a good tub with our new gurney.


Jack caught an earlier flight from Athens and arrived around 4.30pm very tired but happy. The electrician arrived and tightened all the screws and nuts etc and the watermaker was going again. Jack had a sleep and it was hard to wake him when it was time to go to Dionysos for dinner. We left for Naoussa around 10.00am the next day and after anchoring just totally vegged out.

Things went a bit to custard for me as while cleaning up the outside of the boat the following morning I tried to carry too much down the steps and overstepped the bottom step and down I went. I was very bruised and sore but seemingly okay so we motored down the channel between the islands to Iraklia again where two other Aussie boats were anchored so the boys went over and had a few drinks on a new Jeanneau 62.

The rest of the trip was not good for me but Graeme and Jack had a good time as we anchored for one night in a bay behind an island on the north western corner of Amorgos and the next night in Katapole where we moored on the wall and I managed to get off Jemmaroo and had dinner on the waterfront. The weather conditions and timing meant we went over the same ground several times and we made our way south to Astypalaia once again spending three nights there. At our second anchorage we dragged so went onto the Coast Guard mooring which was very secure.

We anchored in the bay around the south-western corner of Kos again and Graeme and Jack went into shore while I stayed on the boat as it was too difficult to get into the dinghy. Two nights on Kalymnos in the sheltered bay of Vorio Bay at Emporios on the north western corner of the island followed and we picked up one of the restaurant buoys to tie up to. I very tentatively made my way into the dinghy and into shore where we all had dinner on the first night but I gave it a miss on the second so it was ‘boy’s night out’. We had planned to go around to Pandelli on Leros for our last night at sea but I was not coping very well with my back so we went back into the marina on Leros where I had managed to get an appointment at the physio in Lakki. She offered some relief but I had left it a bit too long between the fall and receiving treatment so we slowly put Jemmaroo to bed for the year. There was some weather predicted to come in and Jack was lucky enough to secure a berth on the ferry back to Piraeus and the next morning we flew to Athens and caught our flight home to Adelaide.

It was a great trip once again but I will not be carrying stuff down the stairs again and I will be well and truly hanging on until I touch the ground.

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The pleasant weather throughout April and May with calm waters provided ideal conditions for cruising in South Australia. Many yachts have been taking advantage of this with some now heading north for the winter.

In March several Cruising Association (CA) yachts sailed to Coffin Bay and its surroundings enjoying the delightful and interesting waters there. Avoid Bay, Point Sir Isaac, Frenchmans Bluff and Coles Point provide excellent anchorages and an occasional King George Whiting to feast on.

The Coffin Bay Yacht Club warmly welcomed us offering a fantastic new jetty facility and an online booking system that made our experience easy to navigate. The Club, largely run by volunteers, also offered great dining at reasonable prices. If you’re planning a similar trip a well-defined passage plan will ensure a safe journey. The Coffin Bay Entrance Beacon (No 1) depth was 1.8m at the lowest astronomical tide (LAT) and despite Rogue having a draft of 2.2m we encountered no issues. We look forward to returning! Feel free to contact the CA for more information.

Over the Easter Weekend CA members had a memorable trip to Kangaroo Island fostering support and camaraderie among yacht owners. The journey, guided by CA committee members Amanda Rice and Tracey Hutt, covered various destinations over a couple of days including Eastern Cove, Penneshaw, Emu Bay, Edithburgh and Stansbury. Well done to vessels Swish, Sintara, Life of Crime, Elouise and Matador.

For those who couldn’t make it to Kangaroo Island a number of CYCSA boats headed to Port Vincent enjoying each other’s company. Freshly caught blue swimmer crabs complemented School’s Out renowned crab pasta.

It seems many Club members have a sweet tooth! The initiative to offer free gelatos at a couple of the Club BBQs has been a melting hit. These events hosted by CA volunteers have a fantastic Club vibe. Thank you to the members attending contributing to an enjoyable evening together.

The ANZAC morning service at Port Vincent followed by a Club BBQ dinner with those who sailed across the Gulf provided a special moment to pause, honouring those who served and continue to serve our country. The Veteran Sailing Program at the CYCSA, supported by various organisations including RSL SA/NT, Australian Sailing, Veterans SA and Senator Hon David Fawcett, continues to grow, connecting veterans and current serving members. Please contact CYCSA reception for further details.

Public moorings update - The Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) has awarded Oropesa the contract for the feasibility assessment of public moorings in South Australia. This initiative supported by various yacht clubs aims to enhance safety in our waterways aligned with other States. This thorough assessment is due to be completed by mid-June 2024 and presented to DIT for consideration. We continue to strive for a Public Mooring Pilot Project by the end of the year - it’s time!

A big thank you to our sponsors Charlesworth Nuts, the George Family Winegrowers, CA volunteers and Club members who contribute to the Cruising Association’s success.

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Stephen O’Brien from Rogue and Darren at Fishermans Point, Port Lincoln. Avoid Bay Coffin Bay, outer beacon

It was a great Boating Conversations on the evening of Friday 9 May with 120+ members and friends coming together at the Club for a very informative presentation by the Gaylard family about their travels on their 47ft cruiser/racer Allusive III around Asia.

The family was away for around three years enjoying the east coast of Australia before heading north to initially explore ‘off the track’ parts of Indonesia, snorkelling the Komodo Islands, circumnavigating Bali and Lombok and sailing surfing world class locations around Java. They then continued up the Malaka Straights to further explore Thailand and Malaysia with a final location of Langkawi (for now).

Sam is a great advocate for fast cruising so Allusive III fitted the purpose although it appears Asian sailing most often requires a lot of motoring. Sam and Julie candidly educated us all on the positives of Asian travels – the food, the people – but also spoke of the difficulties of remote cruising, the patience required with formalities and the improvisation of running repairs where our usual services are non-existent.

The audience was entertained by the stories of the Gaylard boys who are now back at school and not surfing from dawn to dusk - great outdoor education!

It was a great presentation – a big thanks to Sam, Julie and the boys. Many dined at the Club before the discussion and once again the kitchen and all the staff are to be congratulated and thanked for their efforts. The Asian specials were a real hit and sold out very quickly!

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Saturday 9 of March proved to be another beautiful day to be out on the water. After a long period of colder windy weather early in the year we have been fortunate to have extended periods of light winds and clear skies more recently. That is particularly well appreciated when heading offshore to the east of Kangaroo Island looking for those pristine deeper reefs that don’t get fished very often.

As is often required for the best day’s fishing, we had a 6am start from Marina St Vincent at Wirrina. A few of us stayed locally overnight to reduce the early morning drive and we were all on board for a quick safety briefing by the Southern Fishing Charters crew before getting underway as the sun came up.

It was great to have senior CYCSA member Trevor Quinn, his sons Andrew and Jason along with their mates Nick Charlton and Deryck Ashcroft onboard, making up a significant part of our crew. We also had past member and fishing tragic, Clive Ragless, together with his son Ian along with us. Quite a family affair on the day!

Clive was very happy as he was the recipient of the Fishstalker lucky door prize (a charter ticket) from the August 2023 Seafood Spectacular event presented by the CYCSA Fishing Association.

Once on the fishing grounds around Carter Knoll at the western end of Saunders Banks the fishing got off to a rapid start. Well, for most people anyway. I was obviously not holding my mouth right or something else was wrong as everyone else but me was busy winging in Trevally, Nannygai and the occasional monster size Sweep. Our skipper Jarrod worked hard as usual making a number of moves trying to get us onto even better-quality fish. My luck turned when on my last drop for the day I hooked up with a nice Blue Morwong. We all ended up with a great feed of fish to take home. It might be a long trip to those outer reefs but the reward is worth it.

As has become tradition for these trips now, at the briefing prior to departure, Skipper Jarrod Glaister announced a trophy for the best fish of the day which was on offer. On this occasion the Southern Fishing Charters ‘fish of the day’ trophy went to Nick Charlton for a very solid Trevally.

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Fish of the day winner Nick Charlton

After a long absence from the CYCSA we were very fortunate to have Jeff Wait visit us and provide a great demonstration on how to fillet a variety of fish properly! What made the night so great was how Jeff engaged with everyone there and answered many questions on all aspects of fish filleting.

For those who do not know Jeff, he has been a professional net fisherman for more than forty years and filleted thousands of fish during that time. As a well-regarded key person in the SA fishing industry during that time Jeff also worked as a fish filleting instructor at the Australian Maritime & Fisheries Academy at Port Adelaide which is where I first learnt from Jeff how to fillet fish efficiently.

For the night we set-up a filleting bench with fresh sea water in the BBQ area. There were over thirty people watching on as Jeff talked through the process how to set yourself up to fillet fish, best practice in caring for your fish in an ice slurry once you have caught it, to learning the merits of only rinsing fish and your knives in salt water, packing fillets skin side to skin side and how to prepare your knife for the best results.

Jeff took us through the process of producing great fillets of Tommy Ruff (Australian Herring), Garfish, Whiting and Flathead. The Garfish and Flathead certainly generated a lot of discussion. As I have been doing a lot of offshore reef fishing recently, I couldn’t resist bringing a nice size Nannygai along to challenge Jeff on the occasion. I am pleased to say that the way I take fillets off a whole and unscaled Nani wasn’t greatly different to our expert.

After Jeff had completed his formal session he called for a volunteer from our audience to try their skill with a Garfish that was left over. Fishing Association committee member, Nathan McArdle, bravely stepped up to the mark and with some guiding instruction from Jeff produced a fine butterfly Garfish fillet. Yours truly was then challenged to the test and against my better judgement I took up a knife and produced a pair of Tommy fillets.

As Jeff once told me, you go to a lot of trouble catching your fish so you should go to the effort to ensure you get the best quality fillet possible from them to cook and enjoy.

Thank you, Jeff for an educational, interesting and fun evening.



This is another in the series of articles aimed at providing you with an insight into new boats and other boats of interest at the Club. Contact Patricia Catley through the Club if you are interested in having your boat featured here.

The CYCSA has many generous sponsors and Mark Charlesworth of Charlesworth Nuts is one who is greatly valued. Charlesworth Nuts is a Silver Sponsor supporting the Cruising Association and regularly provides gift baskets full of a tasty variety of nuts as prizes for various Club functions and they are always a winner. After being boat-less for a few years Mark recently bought a new power boat and she is now moored in the eastern basin. I’m delighted to write about the boat named EROICA.

EROICA is a Beneteau Swift Trawler that was constructed in France and completed by March 2023 under Micad, a famous Italian naval design office specialising for activities at sea. Micad has built its reputation around four chief values; practicality, innovation, elegance and safety. Perfectly combining style and engineering to create the best products the staff, directed by Amedeo Migali, work for institutions, companies and private individuals all over the world, the Beneteau brand being one.

The Swift Trawler was shipped to Melbourne then trucked to Adelaide by Southern Cross Marine. She was delivered to Mark in July 2023. It is the first of the new model to come to South Australia and Mark chose this boat as he likes the traditional look and clever design that makes maximum use of the space available. EROICA’s length overall is 13.43m with a width of 4.20m and draws about 1.2m. She is constructed from fibreglass and has teak decks in the cockpit and on the swim platform. The interior is Alpi Teak. There are three cabins; a double towards the bow with toilet and separate shower, a twin to port and a single to starboard. The saloon table can be lowered and converted to a double if necessary giving sleeping overall for seven. There is a separate toilet/shower for guests and day

use. Stepping up to the saloon there is great 360 degree visibility from the steering position to starboard due to the large all-round windows. A side door gives easy access to the starboard side deck and bulwark gate when docking.

The galley has gas hotplates and oven, domestic sized fridge/ freezer, ice-maker, twin sinks and a dishwasher. The air conditioning throughout, generator and watermaker will make for very comfortable extended cruising. The saloon table seats four but can extend to accommodate seven if needed.

An inflatable tender and electric outboard are stowed in the lazarette and when cruising can be suspended on removable davits. There is a flybridge with separate helm and controls, table and seating for eight, electric BBQ, bar fridge, sink and retractable Bimini.

The boat is equipped with twin Volvo 300hp diesel engines which give a top speed of 25 knots and comfortable cruising of 15 knots. Displacement speed of around eight knots gives a cruising range of up to 700 nautical miles. She has bow and stern thrusters which make for easy manoeuvring. The Swift Trawler 41 is truly seaworthy and ideal for blue water exploration. Fitted with Beneteau’s Ship Control technology it makes controlling the boat a breeze. She is a boat made to have fun.

EROICA will be used mainly for day and across gulf trips with friends and family and when summer arrives cruising further afield to the beautiful waters around Kangaroo Island and Spencer Gulf.

Mark started boating at a very young age at the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron on his father’s, Chappy Charlesworth, 32 foot motor launch called Princess. As a child trips to the mangrove creeks north of St Kilda and across the gulf to Port Vincent were his favourites. In 1970 Chappy launched the beautiful 46 foot timber motor sailer Tirriki and they spent many years as a family happily cruising the waters of South Australia. Tirriki also participated in the Adelaide to Port Lincoln race for many years.

After Mark’s dad passed away he maintained and used Tirriki with his late darling wife Lisa. He eventually got to the stage where he wanted more space, comfort, less pulling on ropes and maintenance (as a lot of older sailors do) so decided to ‘go to the dark side’ and purchase a new power boat. After much research Mark chose the Beneteau Swift Trawler and EROICA was born. She has a lot of space, storage, volume and comfort for her length and Beneteau have done a great job refining and improving this model over the years. For example, the cockpit bench seat can slide aft over the swim platform to create a much bigger area when socialising.

Mark is often asked about where he got the idea for the name of the boat. EROICA is an Italian word for ‘heroic’ but the main reason he chose it was because it is the name of his favourite composer Beethoven’s third symphony. He also just likes the sound of the name.

Your new boat sounds wonderful Mark and I wish you many hours, days and years enjoying her. Thank you for sharing her with members and friends.

Pat Catley


It’s always good to see a new vessel arrive in the Club, whether power or sail, but the sailing boat that arrived late in 2023 is quite different. When she first arrived, the boat had the name Coco II on the stern. That has now been removed and she has returned to her original name, Farrago. I feel quite excited to be able to write about this boat and her history.

A syndicate of three own the boat. Chris Morrison is a CYCSA member while David Lovell and Ray Garrand are in the process of joining. They bought the boat in November 2023 from a long standing member of the Hobsons Bay Yacht Çub in Williamstown, Victoria. Chris had seen her advertised and called the owner who was very passionate about his boat. He had owned her for more than 20 years but it was time to let her go.

Farrago is an Alan Payne design built in Port Adelaide about 1975 by Alan Payne, Howard Peachey and Allan Smith as a prototype for a new design that Alan Payne was working on. He created a hull that would subsequently become a production design for Columbia Yacht Company in Virginia, USA.

The hull design of Farrago reflects an attempt to combine maximum liveable space below via a broad beam and relatively flat bilge with optimum sailing characteristics. She has a V-berth, two lounge berths and two quarter berths. A meth stove and hand pump sink form the galley. Farrago is 26’3” in length with a 9’ beam and draws 1.6m.

Farrago is built in the traditional carvel planked method in which planks are laid over regularly spaced laminated ribs and made watertight by means of a thin strip of wood glued into a trough routed along the join between the planks. Farrago differs from older yachts built in this traditional way because vapour-resistant epoxy resin known as West System was used throughout as the adhesive for laminating joinery and as the ‘primer’ both inside and out, over the

raw wood. This method ensures that her wood remains dry and its moisture content does not vary significantly. This in turn means that the useful life of her hull is several times that of traditionally built ‘wet’ hulls.

Farrago was built with great care and attention to detail. Fittings are of premium quality with brass and stainless steel throughout and, as with her rigging, are invariably much stronger than those which would normally be found on a mass-produced yacht of her size. The method and quality of Farrago’s construction and the sturdiness of her fittings mean that her structural strength is probably equal to any yacht of her size in Australia today. Combined with her heavy rigging, this sturdiness means that Farrago is truly a sea-going yacht, capable of withstanding the severe conditions that might be experienced on an ocean voyage. This proved true when the new owners arranged for her to be sailed back to Adelaide by a couple of gentlemen who sail out of Hobsons Bay Yacht Club. They commented on how well she sailed in varying conditions and they took five days to deliver her including an overnight stop in Portland due to bad weather.

Farrago was used as a prototype for testing by Alan Payne and Partners during the design of the Columbia range of yachts in the mid 1970s. Although Farrago is a timber boat the production hulls were produced in fibreglass in the USA. Alan Payne most famously designed Gretel and Gretel 11, the America’s Cup contenders for Sir Frank Packer in the 1960s. CYCSA founding member Malcolm Kinnaird was a partner in Alan Payne and Associates and funded the build. The initial prototype was built

without a cabin top and numerous ‘tweaks’ were made to her hull during testing. When the boat was completed Malcolm sailed her for a period of time. She was berthed in C Row close to where she currently sits. Malcolm was impressed by how well she sailed and commissioned Alan Payne to design and build a much larger boat based on a very similar design. This boat was Catriona, well known by many Club members. It’s believed that Malcolm at one stage had both Farrago and Catriona moored at the newly established CYCSA just across from each other.

Malcolm took Farrago to Sydney for a while where she later changed hands to a gentleman who took her to somewhat aptly named Paynesville. Here she spent several years being sailed in the Gippsland Lakes region before being sold to the last owner who moved her to Port Phillip Bay. At some stage Farrago was renamed Coco II but she has been returned to Farrago.

The three owners are a syndicate who have not sailed for many years. All their experience has been in dinghies and Farrago is their first keel boat. They were initially looking for a later model boat but once they heard the history of Farrago they thought it would be great for her to come back to Adelaide and sail out of her home Club.

Whilst Farrago is structurally sound and has been kept in good order by her previous owners, there are plans to complete some refurbishments to keep her well preserved. She has recently had a new boom and single line reefing system installed and there’s a planned schedule for other work with Troy at Adelaide Timber Boatworks over the coming off-season and beyond.

Chris and his fellow sailors like the facilities at the CYCSA and the easy access to the Gulf is important. They have been made to feel very welcome by numerous people who have taken the time to stop for a chat when they have been at the boat. They would love to put her in a few Twilight races and look forward to sailing her across to Port Vincent.

Bringing this wonderful piece of history back to her home is great to see and I’m sure you will have many hours of pleasure. Twilights are fun, so get prepared!

Thank you Chris, David and Ray for sharing your boat with Club members. We look forward to seeing you on the ocean soon.



A generational shift has occurred in the usage of Velocity Made Good (VMG) instruments, and my generation needs to catch up. One who reads the GPS User Guide gains the impression that VMG is progressively worse as the layline is approached and we must tack before we lose too much ground. This is an incorrect interpretation. We know that tactical options are devastated at the corners, but VMG is not compromised until after the layline is transited. The conventional understanding of VMG and GPS User Guide wording do not align. GPS manufacturers have produced concepts that are easy for computers to calculate and several new definitions of VMG have been offered.

How are sailors of disparate learnings to make sense of this disconnect?

Three VMGs are talked about when sailing with instruments.


VMG (wind) is the new term for what the old textbooks consider when beating to windward and used to refer to as simply VMG. Contemporary literature refers to parallels of equal progress to windward as ‘ladder rungs’.

VMG (to windward) does not change with wind shifts, rather, the ladder rungs rotate. The same VMG performance is achieved on either tack varied only with boat speed and height.

2/ VMG-L

‘VMG on the Leg’ (VMG-L), is the rate of progress in the direction of the next waypoint from the previous one. The VMG-L changes with every shift and angle change. A higher VMG-L indicated the lifted tack.

3/ VMC

VMC or VMG-C commonly called ‘VMG on the Course’ is rate of approach directly towards the mark from the present position. The ladder rungs are circles about the mark. The upthe-middle track is not the slower course, as implied by VMC.

Orientation of ladder rungs for three coordinate systems

VMG: velocity made good to the wind – A ladder of 10 rungs, displaying 3 possible approaches. All three boat positions at a,b,c are on the same ladder rung, hence are the same sailing distance from the mark.

The boat at position a, sailing the 'short leg' first (two rungs), is approaching the port layline. They are sailing 'away from the rhumb line'. c is exactly the same number of rungs from the windward mark and are sailing towards the rhumb line. At point f, c is on the rhumb line with identical VMG to a.

Boat b is sailing a very high groove, 30 degrees from wind, but is slow. b hit rung 4 at exactly the same time as a & c, but their VMG has been identical.

VMG does not progressively diminish as boat a approaches the port layline but is identical to b & c. At point g boat c crosses the starboard layline and at that instant VMG and VMC goes negative while VMG-L is unchanged.

Looking further at what happens when boat at g crosses the stb layline.

I have drawn a circle with the rounding mark at the circle centre. points g,h,i,j are equidistant from the mark when circling it. When boat at g crosses the stb layline, if sailing 45 degrees from wind, then this is a tangent to the circle and at this instant VMC become zero, exactly as it is at h,i & j. If g continues in a straight line then VMC becomes negative by an increasing margin for every second the boat overlays the mark.

Between the marked laylines in the bottom of the diagram however, boat h is transiting down the ladder rungs and VMG is negative.


The consideration of VMG to windward remains as valid as ever. It is a meaningful measure of rate of progress towards the weather mark, even if that mark is displaced laterally from the direction of the wind. From the beginning it was gauged by observation of loss or gain relative to nearby competitors and the fact remains that we are racing the opposition, not the clock.

Lesley Jean Roberts and Sean Hackett Velocity made good to windward

Leg mode or VMG-L

Course mode or VMG-C

Progress as illustrated by ladder rungs

Operation of course mode about laylines


It’s amazing how time flies! Just as we were all getting over the Christmas festivities along comes the Easter Bunny.

On Sunday 31 March the Social Association were busy setting up the outdoor area at the CYCSA to welcome 38 very excited children to have lots of fun as always at our annual Easter Egg Hunt. The weather was perfect and it was an absolutely glorious day.

The Committee started early setting up the craft tables where the children were encouraged to make their own Easter hats for the parade and Easter cups so they could collect the scattered small eggs which were later exchanged for a large chocolate Easter bunny and an assortment of chocolate eggs. The colourful craft tables were very popular with the children, not to mention the fun the adults had helping the children to be creative. Some however were a little distracted because of the arrival of Farmer Darcy’s Travelling Farm. The craft table was abandoned for a short time with squeals, laughter and so much excitement as the entertainment for the morning arrived. Farmer Darcy’s Travelling Farm started to set up the pen and bring out various baby animals, lots of them. The children were allowed to pat, feed, cuddle and brush the animals and were also taught how to safely hold them.

But then… after two hours of exhilarating fun with the animals it was time to round up the children, Easter hats beautifully decorated, the children were very eager to start the hunt. A band of very happy excited children went wandering, searching and running back to the table loaded with yummy chocolates.

It was a fabulous family atmosphere. All was going really well and the Bistro was open for beverages and muffins. A big thank you to Chef Camillo and his team and Bridgit and the hospitality team for their outstanding customer service.

After all the morning excitement the children were offered drinks, snacks and watermelon whilst watching Farmer Darcy pack up the petting zoo and maybe a chance for one more cuddle. A wonderful fun family event.

Thank you to everyone who helped with setting up. Special thanks to Clay Tenni, committee member and the Club’s maintenance team who helped set up the grounds for the Animal Farm and the tables and chairs in the BBQ area and also the Administration team for all their assistance.

Particular thanks to the dedicated Social Activities Committee, Rosemary Gould, Jacqueline Heffernan, Jenny Murton, Adrian Wilson, Clay Tenni, and Ann-Marie Wallage.

Thank you to the CYCSA members who attended the event and for your fabulous feedback and a big thank you to the very well-mannered children when they received their Easter Eggs and snacks.

A huge adult Easter hamper prepared by Jenny Murton kicked off the start of raffle tickets being sold a few weeks prior to the event which is something we will definitely do again next year.

The Easter Hunt is a free event for members and their children or grandchildren and is made possible by the funds raised by the Social Activities Committee and we look forward to seeing you at our next Social Events -

• High Tea Sunday 23 June 2024

• Italian Night Saturday 13 July 2024

Giorgina Gauci Social Association, Chair



CYCSA Marina East has berthing for 240 vessels up to 22 metres and 150 hardstanding berths up to 12 metres.

(Note: ‘s’ denotes single berth, ‘tw’ denotes twin berth and ‘T’ denotes berth at T Head). All prices include GST.


8m s: C01 - Reduced $15,000 ONO

8m tw: F01, F02 - from $35,000, C11 - $35,000 All offers considered C13 - $33,000, C02 - $22,000 All offers considered C07 - All offers considered

10m tw: A09, A10, A14, A22, A34, F04 - from $30,000 A28, F09, F19, F28 - All offers considered, A33, A40 - $10,000 F14 - $30,000 - all offers considered, F18 - $20,000 A20, F26 - Reduced to $20,000, F34 - Reduced to $12,000 F36 -Reduced to $10,000, A32 - $10,000 All reasonable offers considered 10m s: A03, A12 - from $73,000, A05 - $35,000 - All offers considered A25 - All offers considered 11m tw: A41 - $35,000, A42 - All offers considered C16 - $25,000 - All offers considered 12m tw: D20, D35, D36, - from $29,000, D28 -$35,000 - All offers considered, D14, D37, E13 - All offers considered E14 - $25,000 offers considered, E26, E27 - $35,000 All offers considered 12m s: D08, D17, E07, E10, - from $60,000 D04, D21, E03, E04, E05, E22, E23 - All offers considered D07 - All reasonable offers considered D18 - Reduced to $60,000 - All offers considered E01- Reduced to $45,000 - All offers considered D23 - Reduced to $40,000, E32 - $30,000 - All offers considered 13m tw: C23 - Reduced to $40,000 - All offers considered A44 - Reduced to $25,000 - All offers considered 13m s: D40 - $60,000 14m s: C24, - $120,000, C27 - $80,000 offers considered C25 All offers considered 15m s: C35- from $145,000, C39 - $100,000 - All offers considered C40 - $60,000, B32 - $125,000 - All offers considered B26 - $115,000, B31, B36 - All offers considered 16m s: B17 -$160,000 ono (All offers considered), B20 -$159,000 B16 - $110,000 - Offers considered, B22 - $150,000 - All offers considered, B18 -$120,000 - All offers considered 20m s: A49 - $95,000 - offers considered


9m: H70, H43, H56 from $3,500

H10- by negotiation - contact club for information

10m: H108 - $10,000 - all offers considered HS138 - $8,000


It is the larger berths that make Marina West appealing to many potential buyers. Berths range from 11m to 35m, (Note: all berths in Marina West are single berths).


11m: M03 - Reduced to $60,000 - All offers considered 14m: M07 - $70,000 - All offers considered 15m: N03 - Reduce to $50,000 - offers considered M08 - All offers considered

17m: J19, J20 - from $150,000, J09 - $100,000 J08, J10 - All offers considered

18m: M10 - $135,000

20m: K07, K08, L02 - from $135,000 K01, K05 - All reasonable offers considered K10 - All offers considered

25m: M14 - $290,000

27m: M16 - All offers considered

30m: K16 - $475,000



10m tw: A02, A05, A08, A18, A22, A23 - from $15,000

12m tw: B32 $10,000 - all offers considered B33, C53, C63 - from $28,000, B29 - $5,000 offers considered, C60 - Reduced to $20,000 B34, B40, C61 - All offers considered 12m s: B44, C47 - from $29,000, B25 - $25,000 - All offers considered C68 - $20,000 -All offers considered 14m s: D70, D78 - from $45,000, D77- Offers invited 15m s: D84 - $39,000

20m T: A12, B35 - $200,000 24m T: C58 - All offers considered

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Introducing a new generation of our D4 and D6 propulsion packages, from 150 − 480 hp. After having spent years refining and developing the proven platform even further, this complete system delivers new exciting features — from helm to propeller. All to offer more powerful and reliable experience.

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70 Humphries Tce, Kilkenny SA 5009 PO Box 85, Kilkenny SA 5009 P (08) 8347 0011 – W

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