QUARTERLY JOURNAL FROM THE CRUISING YACHT CLUB OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
TRAVELS OF JEMMAROO RAPIDO TRIMARANS CRABBING DAY TUNA FISHING OYSTERS ALIVE AUSOCEAN NATURE WATCH
1 JUNE 2019
CRUISING YACHT CLUB OF SA
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT President Treasurer
Dominic Rinaldi Robert Ferguson Geoff Boettcher Brett Brown Peter Hall David Murray Chris Wood
FLAG OFFICERS Commodore Vice Commodore Rear Commodores
Jacqueline Heffernan John Sibly Adrian Wotton Jeff Dinham The Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR
STAFF General Manager Financial Controller Admin & Operations Manager Finance Manager Marketing & Communications Member Services & Reception Marine Academy Coordinator & Boating Administrator Events & Marketing Services Head Chef Port Vincent Marina Manager
Adam Hays Kerry O’Brien Jenny Krogdahl Marina Segodina Mellissa Vahoumis Sarah Belton David Royle Susan Laird Anthony Berthet Rob Marner
AT THE HELM WITH OUR GM
MARINE ACADEMY REPORT
CATCH OF THE DAY
BOATS AT THE CLUB
THE TRAVELS OF JEMMAROO
25 THE MOËT CUP 26
MARINE MAMMAL REGULATIONS
28 AUSOCEAN 30
MINUTES OF THE CYCSA EGM
COMMITTEES Members Committee Chair Fishing Association Chair Racing Association Chair Cruising Association Chair Social Association Chair LIFE MEMBERS
EDITORS OF GROUNDSWELL
Advertising & contributions to Mellissa: email@example.com Groundswell is the official journal of the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia Inc Lady Gowrie Drive, North Haven PO Box 1020 North Haven SA 5018
Jacq Heffernan Vlad Humeniuk Mike Holmes Adrian Wotton Rosemary Gould Arthur F Carolan Geoffrey R Catt 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)
Gay Footer, Mellissa Vahoumis, Pat Catley, Dianne Schwerdt, Pamela Tse Telephone: 08 8248 4222 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.cycsa.com.au Telephone Port Vincent: 0414 611 110
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Cover image: School’s Out, end of the Summer Twilight Series. Photo by Jo Pilmore
I am honoured to have been elected by the Board of the Cruising Yacht Club of SA to the position of President of the Club and all its Controlled Entities. Firstly, I would like to acknowledge my predecessor Chris Wood. Chris continues to act as a Director of the CYCSA and proposes to do so until the next Annual General Meeting. He has worked tirelessly for the Club in his capacity as both Treasurer and President. He has played a proactive role in establishing and improving financial systems that provide accurate and timely data for the Board. He was instrumental in negotiating the sale of the ramp and once the ramp deal was negotiated he continued to agitate public servants to ensure the transaction was settled in a timely manner. His work ethic and commitment to the Club has been unequivocal and he will be missed once his term expires. I thank him for all his past efforts at the Club. Going forward, my objective is to continue running the Club for the benefit of all members. The Club is an important part of many of our lives and a key objective of the Board must be that we ensure members are satisfied with all aspects of its operations. My plan is to continue with the high level of transparency the Club has continued to promote in recent years. In this regard we have an open door policy in relation to all aspects of the Club. So if members have any questions in relation to the operation of the Club, please feel free to make a time with our General Manager to discuss any concerns. The Flag Officers can also be used as a means of communications and a conduit to the Board. Financial Performance At the time of writing we are currently 11 months into our financial year which ends on 31 May 2019. The Club remains in a strong financial position with year to date figures to March 2019 showing a net profit before interest and depreciation of approximately $471,000. Whilst this is slightly down from budget I am of the opinion that next year it will improve as a result of some of the changes that occurred during the course of this financial year. Most divisions of the Club have performed in accordance with budget. Hospitality sales have increased from last year but the Club has not been able to achieve a level of wages which is consistent with our benchmarking and as such our profit has been below budget. This is an ongoing task for management to pursue desired metrics without sacrificing quality of service. Extraordinary Meeting of Members Members are no doubt aware that at the Extraordinary Meeting of Members held in February 2019 the members were asked to approve a motion to change the Constitution of the Club. The effect of the motion would have been to: • • •
Establish a sinking fund the income of which would be used to maintain above water assets. Approve the implementation of Electronic Voting for the Club. Change the date of the AGM from August to September so members can have more time to review annual reports prior to the AGM.
At this Extraordinary Meeting of Members it was resolved that a vote on the proposed changes would be delayed as members were
of the view they were not given sufficient time to consider and understand the proposed changes. The Board has since arranged an information meeting which was held on 16 May 2019. Based on my discussions with various senior members and previous presidents I am satisfied many of the concerns members have had in relation to the proposed changes can be accommodated and I look forward to civil, open and robust discussion at the information session. Sinking Fund Investment Committee The Board has established the above committee to invest and manage the proceeds of the ramp sale. The committee is comprised of myself, Rob Ferguson (Treasurer), Peter Hall and Kerry O’Brien. The committee has sought submissions from two reputable stock brokers and at this point in time has engaged Guy Collison as a consultant to the committee. The committee reports to the Board quarterly and funds performance is tabled at every Board meeting. An investment strategy has been prepared by the committee and approved by the Board. The committee has invested the bulk of the funds in blue chip stocks together with some managed funds and cash. The value of the portfolio at the time of writing is $5.78m which is 6% greater than the original investment. Of the total balance invested cash and preference shares make up 11.5% of the total portfolio. The operation of the Sinking Fund will be discussed at the information night and members will be updated on the value of the fund at the AGM and any other member’s meeting as required. Master Plan Committee In the last edition of Groundswell the President advised the Board had agreed to a new Club master plan. The plan will help the Club steer the future capital works and any building additions and refurbishment. I can advise that the master plan committee chaired by David Murray has invited two architectural firms to develop a master plan to guide the development of the Club’s infrastructure over the next ten years. The master plan committee, whose task it is to assess the submissions, has now received both written and verbal presentations. The committee will present the submissions at the next Board meeting where a decision will be made by the Board in relation to the selection or otherwise of the appropriate firm. The season has now closed and winter is on its way. Winter can still be a fantastic time to get out on the water or just enjoy the warmth of the clubhouse with your crew and friends. Look out for special winter slipping rates to get your boat ready for the next season and lock in Saturday 26 October for Opening Day.
Dominic Rinaldi President
FROM THE HELM
The Club’s annual Racing Presentation Evening was a great success with strong numbers in attendance to celebrate and congratulate all the season’s winners. Special mention must go to Richard Harries, Brett Brown and Ian Metcalfe of Magic who took out the 2018/19 Yacht of the Year and Geoff Boettcher and Secret Mens Business who took out Racing Excellence Yacht of the Year for the second successive year. Congratulations to all winners over the season and well done to Mike Holmes and David Royle for their efforts putting the night together. My first six months at the CYCSA have gone in what feels like the blink of an eye and even though activity quietens down during the cooler weather spell, my team are continually striving to implement the little things that will enhance our members experience. Thank you to all those who continue to support the Admirals Bar and Bistro as we take on the very useful members feedback forms and continue to assess, evaluate, analyse and improve our offer daily. The weekly ‘Members Draw’ initiative commenced in April and since its inception attendances have gradually grown and we now see a strong gathering of members on Wednesday evenings enjoying the happy hour pricing and general banter. We have already handed out a $600 jackpot! Personally, I have found the opportunity to have five minutes of ‘Housekeeping’ invaluable, allowing me to keep those in attendance up to date with Club initiatives and current topical items. I’m getting regular feedback that members (even those unable to attend) are enjoying the immediate email informing of who won or missed out! I must take this opportunity to thank our inaugural members draw sponsor Greenhill Finance Brokers for their generous support. We recently undertook an advertising campaign focusing on the restaurant and its every changing seasonal menu to the local community. The other area we promoted during the campaign was our Social Membership which is currently our fastest growing membership category, Social Membership allows new members to align themselves with the Club and experience our food and beverage offering with a $50 welcome voucher, constant 10% discounts at the Bistro and entry into our weekly members draw, great value for only a $200 annual subscription. We encourage members to endorse this category as an exceptional way of trying out the CYCSA. Our Thursday evenings are getting busier with the ‘Steak & Red’ promotion thanks to our friends at both 36° South down in the Coonawarra for the tasty Rump & Scotch Fillets and Club sponsor Nick George of Georges Wines for their equally tasty 2015 Clare Valley ‘Exile’ Shiraz.
chili and garlic crabs were particularly good, so no wonder it’s such a popular day on the Club’s calendar. Sunday Sessions have finally wound down - thank you to all who supported this through the summer months and we will look forward to recommencing this from October 2019. I would like to welcome new Club Gold Sponsor JLT. In a nutshell JLT offer our members a band together and group their very own discretionary insurance fund. Safe boaters can enjoy all the benefits a large group buy in can offer with many premiums being substantially lower than individual policies. For more information please contact me at the office. In order not to need an insurance claim I’d like to remind members on behalf of the maintenance team to keep the marina clear of trolleys by returning them to the trolley area and make sure all loose items are secured during the impending wet and windy period. Housekeeping Special thanks to generous Club supporters Living Colour Plant Nursery for making Mother’s Day at the Club special. Geoff and Sue keep the impressive array of color around the clubhouse and patio area throughout the year. Living Colour Nursery are horticulture specialists who can cater for year-round plant ranges. Grown locally, their expertise covers every aspect and a wide range of plants, seedlings, flowering annuals. Stay informed of the latest events and topical subjects via email. We are aware that some members are not getting our regular Club emails. If you are not receiving the E-News bulletins that are sent sporadically or the weekly Members Draw results at 6.40pm every Wednesday, chances are we do not have a correct current email address. This can be rectified by informing Reception or emailing: email@example.com Keep an eye out for our exciting events coming soon at the Club. Wishing you all warmth and safe boating as we enter the winter period. Adam Hays General Manager
Since my previous ‘At the Helm’ article I managed to joined G-Wizz for the last twilight of summer. Thank you to Greg Patten and his crew for their fantastic hospitality. We were first across the line on the night which certainly was a buzz and being very familiar with the golf handicapping system soon realised I’m nowhere near as educated when it comes to sailing as Rapid 1 took the honours. That result however was not without romance and very apt as it was the last race for Rapid 1 before an addition for Keith Finch and his Rapid franchise for next season arrives. My family and myself enjoyed attending our first Crabbing Day thanks to the invitation and hospitality of former President Chris Wood on board his boat Epiphany. There was certainly a terrific haul of crabs caught on the day and the well organised Fishing Association and volunteers did a great job throughout. The sweet
The racing season has come to a close with Presentation Night being an absolute cracker. Well done to Mike Holmes and the team for a great effort in ensuring it all went smoothly. Not an easy feat with over 180 guests! Thank you. Short-Handed and the Winter series racing will be under way soon . Marty and I were able to make the trip to Port Lincoln (by plane) on the Friday afternoon and were able to observe most of the fleet taking part in the Teakle Adelaide to Blue Water Classic Yacht Race cross the finish line. It was so exciting watching boats tussling towards the end in variable breezes. While in Port Lincoln we were able to take in the beautiful scenery and even enjoy a delightful lunch at The Peter Teakle Wines Restaurant. We even caught up with many of our sailing friends. Adam Hays has really made his mark on the Club with the Sunday Sessions. These have been very popular with members and we have certainly enjoyed hitting the dance floor most Sundays. The Wednesday night Members Draw has been very exciting and is a great concept. March was extraordinarily busy with Club and Fringe events and it was also perfect weather for crabbing and beautiful sunsets. I was also lucky to be invited out on the Club’s Committee Boat for a Twilight Race. What a dedicated group of members we have who put so much time in to supporting the racing fleets.
Our first SUP’s demo sesson at the Club
Another great concept was Come and Try Stand Up Paddle Boarding. That was so much fun – just ask Adrian Wotton about his sunglasses and the amazing retrieval thereof! Sliding into winter does not mean no sailing. There is plenty to see and do in our local waters and at the Club. Keep an eye on the Club calendar.
Jacq Heffernan Commodore Bob on Twilight race duty
Speed Limits Reduced Members and Boaties, Please be aware that the speed limits in the Barker Inlet and North Arm of the Port Adelaide River have recently changed. From 29 April 2019, the 7 knot speed limit area was extended to the Barker Inlet and North Arm of the Port Adelaide River to improve safety for all users and marine life. The speed limit changes should better protect our Port River Dolphins within the safe haven of the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary (ADS). For more information: https://dpti.sa.gov.au/ondeck/news?a=539544
Photo PhotobybyDiann DiannHewat Todd
Events at the Club 5
FRIDAY Willsy’s Quiz Night
SATURDAY Commodore’s Dinner ‘Black and White & All That Jazz’
SUNDAY Father’s Day at the Club Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
SATURDAY Italian Night
Social Activities Update Late last year the Social Activities Committee reformed. The enthusiastic team, as well as organising the Children’s Christmas Party, has met on several occasions to program events for 2019 and beyond. Currently the Committee comprises Rosemary Gould, Jacqueline Heffernan, Caroline Holdt, Giorgina Gauci, Diann Todd, Ann Marie Wallage and Adrian Wilson. The Committee are working hard to ensure the following events are a great success and we urge you to make a Diary Date: Friday 5 July – Willsy’s Quiz Night This event has returned by popular demand. Gather your table of 10 for a great night of fun. The evening will commence with an early dinner at 6.30pm and the games begin at 7.30pm with the effervescent Anne Wills hosting this fun night. Saturday 3 August – The Commodore’s Dinner The Commodore’s annual dinner will this year feature the Adelaide Jazz Trio with vocalist. The Jazz inspired event will include a few surprises along the way. So, gather your table and join Members and guests for this entertaining night of music, dining and dancing. Saturday 14 September – Italian Night If you love Italian, then don’t miss this evening. Angelo will entertain us while enjoying a flavoursome Italian dinner. This will be a fun event so don’t miss it. Book early as numbers will be restricted this year. Rosemary Gould Social Association Chair
to the Editor In recent issues of Groundswell, I read with nostalgia and a touch of envy, the travels of Jemmaroo. Having done four, two week sailing trips to the islands of the Cyclades and the Dodecanese in Greece between 1998 and 2006 with a very good friend from Austria, his wife and four or five of his Austrian friends, I understand the trials and tribulations of the crew of Jemmaroo but relive with joy each of their episodes. The place names, the anchorages and the delicious meals at the tavernas after a day of sailing or sometimes motoring if the winds were a bit light, all come flooding back. Occasionally we had to anchor off the wharf if we arrived a bit late in the day. The technique of the Med mooring system, stern first, pushing the other boats aside and always with help from someone on the dock, all add to those memories. I loved the lifestyle. The laid back hospitality of the island Greeks were and are, still vivid in my memory. For instance, after landing at Cape Sounion after leaving Piraeus the first time and visiting the Temple of Poseidon, we called into a taverna on the beach and sat at the tables under the veranda and relaxed, chatting and enjoying the situation. There was a guy sitting at a table at the other end of the verandah smoking a cigarette. After a while I thought to myself that the service was bit slack as nobody came to serve us. But on a signal from my friend, the guy, who turned out to be the owner, came over to take our orders. All very relaxed and it was the beginning of an understanding of what makes these trips so special. It has remained with me and changed the way I live my life. I love the smell of Oregano, Thyme and other Mediterranean herbs. They have influenced the way I cook and the sight of Bougainvillea everywhere…fantastic! During those sailing trips to the places that the Jemmaroo crew have been - Kea, Sifnos, Serifos, Folegandros with its long winding steps up to the church, Santorini, Nisyros, Ios, Amorgos, Donoussa, Levitha, Patmos, Kos, Crete, Rhodos, Mykonos, Delos, Paros and Naxos to name a few, we too had wonderful times. We have returned to some of them time and time again such is their magnetism. My Austrian friends still go back to Naoussa on Paros three or four times a year to stay at an apartment to “warm their bones”, as they describe it. That’s their fondness for the lifestyle and the climate. I will always remember my Greek Island sailing trips and I’m sure the crew of Jemmaroo will always remember theirs. If you get the chance, do not forgo a sailing trip or two in the Greek Isles. It’s a life changing experience. I only wish I was younger again!
Graeme Roberts Burnside, South Australia
NEW CLUB SPONSOR JLT We are delighted to formally welcome JLT as a gold sponsor of the CYCSA family. As a valued insurance broker and risk adviser for our members many of you have been relying on JLT to protect your assets for years. Working together, JLT has made insurance smooth sailing for us all. That’s why we are pleased to announce the expansion of this cohesive, collaborative partnership as they officially come on board as a sponsor. In case you are not familiar with JLT, they provide CYCSA members exclusive access to an innovative insurance offering that is backed by a ‘JLT Discretionary Trust’. This proven product utilises member funds to shift the liability of everyday claims to an independently administered, ASICapproved Trust. It’s simple. If these funds are exhausted by a single loss or in aggregate the insurer pays the claims. Thanks to this unique risk protection vehicle our members are always in control and as a result are enjoying significant benefits and rewards: •
Competitive pricing as a result of reduction in costs.
Opportunity to receive rebates on any money left after paying claims. Known as ‘surplus funds’ these are the balance between premiums paid and claims made. This is money otherwise kept as insurance company profit.
Market-leading cover including $20 million of public liability.
Discretionary claims handling in extraordinary circumstances in favour of members. These are losses that can be settled outside the scope of normal insurance.
Dedicated on-the-ground service team and in-house claims team who have a personal connection to the CYCSA.
JLT and CYCSA have been better together for some time and this sponsorship means we can all look forward to further improving our trust and relationship with JLT over the years. Nic Harper, our JLT Account Manager, made the following comment – “As specialists in what we do, we’re proud to partner with premier clubs who deliver winning results. Acknowledging the highest level of service that the club prides itself on, our insurance specialists are accessible and ready to support the entire CYCSA community. As a leading marine insurance broker we are committed to helping grow your Club in all forms of yachting, including racing, cruising and fishing.” For an obligation free quote on your assets, or to discuss any other insurance matters, please contact your dedicated JLT contact, Nic Harper: Tel: +61 (0)8 8418 0214 | Mob: +61 (0)432 891 105 | Nicholas.Harper@jlta.com.au | Nic Harper, JLT Account Manager
CYCSA WEEKLY MEMBER’S DRAW
PORT VINCENT UPDATE
Congratulations to the Club’s very first winner of our mid-week Member’s Draw. Club Member Keith Degenhardt walked away with $600 from draw number 3 in April.
Our Port Vincent grounds are looking good with the recent landscaping completed.
Members, remember to pop in on a Wednesday evening to take advantage of our generous happy hour prices from 5.30-6.30pm or our new seasonal menu, with dinner available from 5-8pm. You never know what you could be leaving with! Draw generously sponsored by Greenhill Finance Brokers.
CYCSA GM, Adam Hays with Keith
Port Vincent Marina, located 30 nautical miles across Gulf St Vincent on Yorke Peninsula is very proudly part of the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia and provides a great facility for that region for both local members as well as an outstanding destination for Adelaide based members. A wonderful cruising destination!
CHECK OUT OUR NEW MENU... Admirals Bar and Bistro - Come and try something from our new menu. It’s all about fresh, local and seasonal produce. Please phone ahead on 8248 4222 to make a booking to avoid disappointment. Now open for dinner Wednesday, Thursday to Sunday for lunch and dinner and Sunday for breakfast. Weekly dining specials are also available.
Beautiful day on the water - Recent CYCSA Marine Academy Start Powerboat course for Eric and Sharon’s 35th wedding anniversary A Marine Academy Gift Voucher makes an ideal and unique present for any occasion. From as little as $100, give a gift that they won’t soon forget. To purchase a Gift Voucher please email the Club: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on (08) 8248 4222.
ANOTHER REASON TO VISIT THE CLUB NEW MEMBERS Over the last three months the following people have joined the Club. Please make them welcome. Kate Andre Paul Bird Michael Briffa Tara Clark-Mclavin Susan Davidson David Dewar David Donald Philip Edwards Dale Geddes Douglas Golley Tracey Goodlet Louise Hoendervanger Kevin Bryce Jamie Alek Kukharenka
Sue Last Raymond Liddle Gael Little Stan Livissiamos Thomas Melville David Murdock Federico Osorio Helen Palm Douglas Ryan Christopher Sanson KimberleySmith Marius Trif Andrew Van Ryneveld Keith Waller
SALA Exhibition at the Cruising Yacht Club of SA 1 August to 25 September 2019 The Club will have a splash more colour over August and September with the CYCSA holding an exhibition of works by local marine life artist, Jenny Berry, as part of SALA, the South Australian Living Artists Festival, a statewide festival of Visual Art. Her collection is titled ‘Fish out of Water: Realistic Portraits of Australian Fish’. Living on the edge of the Fleurieu Peninsula in Adelaide, Jenny’s love of the ocean and the undersea world is evident in all her artwork. Inspired by the unique environment of life under the sea, she captures the beauty that lies beneath and reflects the sense of calm, happiness and serenity felt in the ocean. A beautiful collection. Come to the Club and see for yourself.
WINES OF THE MONTH White
Yalumba Hill-Smith Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Eden Valley, SA) $7 per glass
Yalumba Running with Bulls Tempranillo (Barossa Valley, SA) $7.50 per glass
Prefer a beer? Grab a pint of Carlton Draught for $6
Close up of ‘Sea Green Porthole’, acrylic paint on linen
CYCSA MARINE ACADEMY
Boating Essentials for Women The Marine Academy offers RYA courses to members and the public. It also adapts curriculum to create courses to suit particular client needs. This course is not RYA accredited but does contain aspects of Competent Crew and the Start Yachting syllabus. We recently ran our first ‘Boating Essentials for Women’ course over three evenings. Our small group classes, for women only, are designed to build confidence by presenting information in an active, fun and supportive environment. The specially designed approach we take to educating female boaters helps to build confidence so they can be the ‘Captain’ of their own vessel. This course included shore based and boat activities on the Club’s training vessel Academy 1. The participants had mixed skills and knowledge as would be expected and as such the course was adjusted to suit the students. Content was extensive but was intended to be introductory or for some revision and to get another point of view. Instruction emphasised the useful capabilities they all can bring to yachting and the enjoyment they can have be it cruising or racing. Practical experience was gained in boat handling under power and sail. Students were involved with anchoring and mooring and in class, navigation and passage planning was introduced. The final session had the crew sailing in 10-14 knot conditions with all having the opportunity to helm, tack and experience different points of sail. With the sunset, due to the course being at the end of daylight saving, the experience extended to some night sailing with all gaining confidence in the use of navigation lights to safely find their way back to the Club. Coffee, drinks and enthusiastic sailing conversations extended in the Club bar well after lessons had finished. Well done to all the students, it was a pleasure to spend time with such an engaged enthusiastic group. What our students had to say... “The course for me was pitched perfectly. It gave me a taste of lots of aspects of sailing and definitely tempted me to want to learn more. I really enjoyed the practical side of what we did. Rod, Fran and Jodie were excellent, all being very approachable and knowledgeable. It was great to have a course where I felt comfortable asking questions and getting hands-on. Well done and thanks.” - Pam
“I have been out racing a few times which has been a lot of fun but I felt I wasn’t understanding enough of the terminology. This course has been great for learning terms like halyards, sheets, beam reach etc in a calm environment where there was time to absorb it. It was a great experience to be at the helm. Rod and Fran explained everything calmly and patiently so that it was easy to understand. From this base I am looking forward to learning more about boats and how to sail. Follow on courses will be great…” - Liz
ICC - International Certificate International Certificate of Competence - This certificate is rapidly becoming necessary for yacht chartering worldwide. The ICC is governed by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and can be obtained at Adelaide’s only RYA centre, our Marine Academy. We can assess members for the certificate and provide teaching and instruction for them to gain their ICC. Well established sailors are recommended to look at the requirements of the ICC with an aim towards being assessed by one of our instructors. Many members have very established skills but these must be assessed by our instructors to fulfill RYA requirements. To this end we suggest looking at the competencies needed which are on the Club’s website under ‘Training’. In a time of electronic navigation you need to brush up on your traditional navigation methods. When anchoring and mooring note the RYA methods and expectations. Understanding tides and tidal references for the northern hemisphere is a significant part of the ICC, as is buoyage, knowing your lights for night sailing and International Collision Regulations. The requirements and resources can be found in the RYA ICC Handbook which can also be purchased at the Club. We have recent customers who spent three days on board Academy 1 aiming at this qualification. Despite extensive past chartering experience they found a wealth of extra knowledge and experience was needed to succeed. Their particular pathway included the three day voyage followed by further instruction and support to be ready for assessment. Their success will ensure ongoing ease of chartering in many world regions. For more information, contact us at the Club. Rod Hunter CYCSA Marine Academy Instructor
CYCSA RACING ASSOCIATION
The summer racing season wound up with the Queen of the Gulf Regatta over the weekend of 23-24 March. Saturday was a frustrating time on the water with some wind but not enough to get two fair races sailed. This was hard work not only for the crews but also our Race Team as they struggled to get racing completed. Sunday was a different story starting with great sailing conditions and winds of 12-15 knots. Therefore, the planned return of a three race Queen of The Gulf Regatta ended up being just a single race! As a consequence, the regatta was awarded over just a single race, with the Tribe (P Martin/R Royans/D O’Connell/A Dean) winning Division 1 from Sintara (D Morrison) and Rapid 1 (K Finch). In Division 2, Rock On (T Conyers) took first place from School’s Out (A Wotton) in second place and Young Einstein (R Sellick) third. The weekend also saw the completion of the Inshore Series although this was through the abandonment of the final two races. Division 1 results saw Magic (R Harries/B Brown/I Metcalfe) first in PHS and second in both AMS and IRC. Dr Feelgood (J Coonan) was second in PHS and first in AMS and Rapid 1 third in PHS and AMS. In IRC Shining Sea (A Corletto) was first with the Tribe third. The Inshore Series division was dominated by Rank Bajin sailed by Doug Watson and his team. They were first in both AMS and IRC. In PHS Rock On was first followed by Vostok Europe (K Abbott) and Young Einstein. Vostok Europe took second place in AMS and IRC with Rock On third in AMS and Young Einstein third in IRC. Our Twilight Series wrapped up on 20 March with a great evening with beautiful winds and easy sailing. The post-Christmas Second Series was, as always, closely contested. Our sponsors Phil Hoffmann Travel were in attendance to present the Combined Series trophy to School’s Out for Cruising Division B and That’s Life (Greg Manuel) for Cruising A. Finally, whilst others may also be covering the Lincoln Race and Week, it was great to see the number of interstate boats here at the Club prior to the race. Congratulations to Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban for such a dominant performance in what was a trying four days of racing during the week. The Winter Series will be underway by the time this report makes print and we look forward to good fleet numbers for this series.
Combined Series Twilight winners Adrian Wotton & Greg Manuel receive their trophies from Jo McLaren of sponsor PHT
David Royle Racing Manager and Boating Administrator
Twilight Series 2 winners, Julian Newton and the crew from Game On
AN UNEXPECTED FIND
34° 47.372’ S 138° 28.153’ E
Catch of the Day On 10 April, with my husband Andrew at the helm, our yacht Mahalo left Marina West with Hugh Longbottom and two friends on-board for a leisurely sail around the Gulf. Given the conditions – no wind and the sea like a mill pond – we thought the day was going to be very uneventful. How wrong can a sailor be!
we wanted – as our anchor had snared a much larger anchor that was lying on the sea bed. Andrew subsequently took a spanner and tied it to a line and determined that the base of the second anchor was above Mahalo’s keel. With me at the helm we started to motor back to the marina with ‘stuff’ hanging from the bow. Using the crane at Marina East, Andrew and Hugh managed to haul up our ‘treasure’. When we eventually saw the size and shape of this anchor we collectively reckoned that it had been ‘lost’ by an 1800s ship. What to do with it? Donate it to CYCSA so that others could marvel at timesgone-by or relocate it to our country property and have it be a ‘statement’ garden gnome in the top paddock?
We motored up the Port River to visit the dolphin sanctuary (yes they were accommodating and put on quite the show) and then went back to the Gulf and dropped the hook just outside the breakwater to have lunch. As we previously have experienced some difficulty with our Rocna anchor setting in South Australian conditions – it is amazing how much sea grass we have farmed there were quite a few jokes and banter regarding how well our newly acquired Marsh anchor had set in the sea bed. Little did we know!
Either option was not to be. The next day we were informed that the anchor had to be returned to the sea as it is a historically significant artefact and protected under maritime legislation. What type of fishy tale is this? One for which we could incur a $10,000 fine – ouch. After enlisting the assistance of the Hentschkes and Hugh, we returned the anchor to where we hooked it. The Cruiser forum regularly comments on never having too big an anchor – not so sure about that.
When it was time to head for home Andrew kicked the windlass into gear. At first all was going swimmingly and then the windlass started to really complain. Hmmm – we moved Mahalo around a bit in case we had snagged a rock. Nothing. The windlass (and I) continued to whine until Andrew saw two huge anchor flukes slightly below sea level. At that point the windlass circuit breaker (80amp) had had enough and tripped. Andrew reset it and pulled the load up until it flat-out refused to move any further. Given our record at catching fish, we had finally caught something – mind you not what
The derivation of Mahalo is from the Hawaiian language and translates into thanks and appreciation. Mahalo to all that helped to keep Mahalo out of harm’s way. Diann Hewat
From Basket to Reef
Photo by Phill McPeake
Almost two years after the Estuary Care Foundation’s native oyster trials began, the Foundation is successfully trialling oysters on a small Inner Harbour reef, an encouraging sign for planning a larger scale reef. Most of the adult native oysters first deployed in oyster baskets in May 2017 are alive and growing. From the 1000 spat deployed in May 2018 approximately 30% have successfully grown to juveniles. Late last year we decided to see if the oysters could survive without the protection of oyster baskets and so designed and installed a small reef. The reef was built in early December 2018, off a punt in the Inner Harbour on the NE side of Jervois Bridge with the assistance of Foundation volunteers and volunteer divers from British Sub Aqua Club Adelaide (BSAC). The reef consists of clean recycled Pacific oyster shell in open weave coir bags and new terracotta tiles. The bags were sourced from OceanWatch and the trial required Permits from PIRSA and Renewal SA. On February 2nd, 2019 the BSAC divers checked that the reef was intact and then proceeded to deploy oysters onto the reef. Since predation by creatures, including crabs and drill snails, seemed possible we elected to use only about one-third of our adult oysters in the trial. We anticipate that the dredging at Outer Harbour will potentially impact our Flinders Ports and RSAYS sites (with silt) so decided to populate the reef with the oysters from there. The divers observed fish on the reef and even more of them were attracted as the oysters went out. On Easter Saturday we were able to assess the outcomes (to date) of the trial. The BSAC divers came back to the reef and reported, to our relief and pleasure, that most of the oysters were alive. When the oysters again spawn in spring/summer our hope is the spat settles on the Pacific oyster shell and the bagged structure can transform into a small reef. Our Permits allow us to do further trials with bagged shell in that area so we plan to deploy some more bagged shell before spring.
Reef design by Phill McPeake
For anyone wondering why you’ve not seen the oyster baskets or ECF volunteers checking on them, the reason is that the oyster baskets from the CYCSA are currently hanging off Berth 8 at Flinders Ports but will return before the dredging begins. It was proving very laborious to keep the CYCSA baskets clean. For some unknown reason the CYCSA baskets were being more extensively fouled with ciona intestinalis than any of our other sites. Hopefully the cooler weather of autumn and winter will lessen the amount of ciona around. The Foundation hopes to secure the funds to enable a more extensive reef to be built in the Inner Harbour. The Windara reef, between Stansbury and Ardrossan, is demonstrating that substrate is the key to the restoration of the native oyster. We’d like to follow their example of building a reef with limestone and shell in an Inner Harbour site that is accessible to divers and snorkellers and no impediment to boats. Catherine McMahon Native oyster on the reef, photo by Dave Jackson, BSAC.
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CRABBING The weather was great and the crabs were running! Around 15 boats and over 100 guests took part and enjoyed the perfect day with a total of 353 crabs caught, measured and consumed. Again this year Port River Marine sponsored the event. Our thanks to Jim and James Theodore for their ongoing support and donations of prizes. Special thanks also to our band of dedicated volunteers who come along regularly. Committee members were enlisted to help set up the area on Saturday afternoon along with CYCSA maintenance staff. On the day our volunteers measure and count crabs and help with the cooking and serving.
Crabbing Day fun
The spread of salads, rolls and condiments was fantastic and beautifully complemented the crabs which were cooked in several different ways. It was great to see even our so many members and staff pull up sleeves and get stuck in to cleaning the crabs! This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winning boat was Sealena with 60 crabs, also taking the title of biggest crab (crew was Fred, Renee, Keiran and Roger). At the other end of the competition was Bula, who not only caught just two crabs but had to (gently) return them as they were only babies, so had a zero tally! Well done, and thanks to everyone who joined in the day. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.
Vadis, Chris & Joe
Sponsors, James & Jim Theodore with Hugh and Vlad
Pam, Giorgi & Diann
Fred from winning boat â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sealenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; receives prizes with James and Fishing Chair, Vlad Humeniuk
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FISHING CHARTER Having considered various factors such as tuna movements over prior seasons the CYCSA Fishing Association arranged a tuna fishing charter for Saturday 9 February this year. However, as often happens, the ‘weather gods’ had a different idea and the wind forecast for the weekend caused our skipper to cancel our charter. The very next opportunity we could find was Sunday 10 March! Just before 6:00am on that Sunday morning we had ten Fishing Association members and friends arrive at the Wirrina Marina to meet Scott Weaver, our charter operator, on board Fish Stalker. Fish Stalker is a 50’ Westcoaster which makes a great fishing platform especially for those lumpy waters around the bottom of Kangaroo Island. While the weather was looking great for our day out, Scott broke the news that in the past week tuna were proving hard to find and even harder to hook-up so our initial discussion on board was a fishing plan. Just our luck! He did offer an alternate of heading out to Sanders Bank for a guaranteed haul of Nannygai, Snapper and Trevally. In the end it was decided to head out past Cape Willoughby toward D’Estre’s bay looking for tuna. The trip out was long but uneventful in relatively calm waters by the standards of Investigator Strait and South Eastern Kangaroo Island. It was also made interesting by travelling inside the ‘Scraper’ which is a tricky wave break on the outside of a channel that runs close to shore as you approach Cape Willoughby from the north east. This short cut around the eastern end of Kangaroo Island takes around four miles off the trip but I have never been brave enough to go through there in my own boat. Now that I have been shown how to navigate through I’m keen to travel that way in future. Local knowledge counts for a lot when travelling in unfamiliar waters!. As we approached the fishing grounds that had held tuna in the previous week, we slowed down to search for sea birds working for a feed. At the same time we also rigged up several fishing rods ready for action. After a false start trawling for no result, we sighted a larger number of birds working vigorously and a burst up of fish on the surface. This time we found almost instant action as we scored a double hook-up. Once we had those first two fish on board we burlied around the boat and managed to hook-up a couple more fish. It was great just casting in a baited hook to see a tuna strike it. This activity continued for an hour or so until it went quiet again. By this time there were two more vessels fishing the same area and following some general collaboration between boats, we found another school of active fish. In all we hooked up and landed eight tuna and kept six, being the boat bag limit.
Photos by Peter Schembri
BOATS AT THE CLUB 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 Pat Catley through the Club if you are interested in having your boat featured here.
SEALION Ron Jesche and his partner Carole have been members of the CYCSA since 2010 with their motor sailer Lioness which Ron built himself. They have now added their latest boat, Sealion, to the Club and Ron had an interesting time building this Cape Henry 21, now berthed in C row in Marina East. Almost 15 years ago a friend visited Ron waving a copy of Watercraft magazine and said “have a look at this boat. I’m going to build it myself one day.” The boat was a Cape Henry 21. Ron liked the design instantly but went on to build quite different and much bigger boats. About four years ago he realised he needed to have a good look at what kind of boating he wanted to do in the future. He has always enjoyed sailing smaller boats and the 11metre motor cruiser he’d previously built no longer suited. Ron loved the look of the cutter rig, wanted a long bowsprit, comfortable accommodation for a few nights on board and the boat had to be trailerable. Good performance under sail was also important as well as looking a bit traditional. Ron still had the magazine from 15 years ago and the Cape Henry 21 appeared to fit his needs nicely. The designer, Dudley Dix, is performance oriented so even his more traditional looking boats perform well. Ron didn’t have to think about it too much and soon had a set of plans to work from. The plans came with full sized mylar patterns for the bulkheads and backbone structure with the option of full size mylar patterns for the planking as well. The plans were very detailed and Ron found them to be accurate. During the build he became Dudley’s Australian agent and can now offer CNC cut plywood kits for all his designs. Kits have become very popular and help to achieve a fair and accurate boat much quicker. To see the boat come together much faster with a kit helps to keep the builder more motivated. The build process for the Cape Henry 21 is fairly straight forward. She is built upside down over bulkheads and longitudinal stringers. All of the bulkheads stay inside of the completed boat without the need for temporary stations. The planking is lapstrake plywood with each plank land supported with a stringer. The broad four planks each side means the hull goes together fairly quickly. To Ron’s eye it gives a beautiful looking hull. The only real challenge planking the hull is with the garboard planks. There is a lot of twist and compound curve in the forward section but with some steaming of the plywood with a hired wallpaper stripper and some kerfing on the inside of these planks, he ended up with a hollow bow with an incredible fine entry. This takes some work but is well worth the effort as the boat slices through the water effortlessly and in most conditions Ron has never had any water on deck and she never pounds or slams in the seaway. Ron decided early on that he wanted to fit a diesel engine, a 10hp Nanni. One of the conditions of being allowed to build another boat was that he and Carole would be able to do some trips on the River Murray. A 500km round trip from Morgan to the Victorian border and back in late April this year was planned and we will discover how it went on their return. Fitting the diesel was a departure from the plans and Ron cautions anyone thinking of modifying any designer’s plans. He is a shipwright with many years’ experience and made the changes in consultation with Dudley Dix. Ron says the reason we build our own boats is to have something different with
changes. One modification cannot usually be made in isolation and may lead to problems later. An example was fitting the diesel engine. Apart from finding enough room to physically fit the engine and all the associated gear, the skeg had to be made wider for the stern tube, the cockpit sole had to be lifted at the forward end to give enough height, with a watertight hatch to get the engine in an out, as well as another watertight hatch in the cockpit sole for access to the stern gear, seacock and water strainer. The exhaust needed a gooseneck and transom fitting so Ron had to put in an extra bulkhead forward of the transom with a small aft deck so he could hide the exhaust hose and the fuel filter and also have somewhere to mount the engine controls. The main bulkhead now also needed a hatch for access to the raw water impeller. The winch to lift the centreboard also had to be redesigned and relocated. To allow for the weight of the engine, Ron left out 80kg of ballast so was a little nervous on launch day when she was a little lower in the stern than he would have liked but once he shifted the house battery from the aft end of the quarter berth to under the V-berth, the trim problems were solved. Sealion was launched just before Christmas 2018 and Ron has been getting out a couple of times a week. The performance of the Cape Henry 21 has been every bit as good as he hoped. She is very fast in light airs and sails beautifully in stronger winds with the staysail and one reef in the main. As he often sails single-handed it is important to be able to reef easily and efficiently. She heaves to nicely allowing Ron to put in a reef comfortably and sail on in complete control. The cutter rig looks fantastic on the water and with endless line furlers, makes it easy to adjust the rig to the conditions without having to leave the cockpit. There are now a few Cape Henrys being built around Australia and Ron hopes that soon they will be able to have a gathering and maybe start an informal owners’ association. Ron is looking forward to getting to know Sealion better and she looks like she’s going to fulfil his and Carole’s requirements nicely. As for the friend who first showed him the article, he is still talking about building a Cape Henry 21. “Come on Chris! Time isn’t getting any kinder to any of us.” Thank you for your input Ron and happy sailing.
Sealion along side Lioness
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Almost 15 years ago a friend came into my workshop waving around a copy of Watercraft magazine and said, “have a look at this boat, I’m going build myself one some day.”
Haida Gwaii, meaning ‘Islands of the People’
That boat was the Cape Henry 21. Sealion
construction. Haida Gwaii is rigged for ease of handling and safety and has one of the best designed saloons and general use of space below I have seen. She sleeps seven in two private cabins forward and aft and a double and single in the saloon. The permanent berths all boast innerspring mattresses and fitted linen and the warm glow of the teak timbers add to the atmosphere.
This is Kate and Joe’s first foray into keel boat ownership having sailed a Duncanson 26 trailer-sailer extensively through the Lower Murray Lakes. It is their intention to sail Haida Gwaii to various Almost 15 years ago a friend came into my workshop waving around cruising locations in South Australia both for the experience and a copy of Watercraft magazine and said, “have a skills development. They are novices at ocean sailing and are looking look at this boat, I’m going build myself one some day.” forward extending their skills. That boat was to the Cape by ron jesche
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HAIDA GWAII A recent new boat to our Club, owned by Kate Andre and Joe Laforgia, is a Catalina 36 Mk II named Haida Gwaii. The Haida people are indigenous to the west coast of Canada with Haida Gwaii referring to a group of islands off the north coast of British Columbia. The name apparently means ‘Islands of the People’ though it can also refer to the Haida mythological creatures.
Kate and Joe have been members of various sailing clubs and have found them to be a very useful social and experimental link into the activity of sailing in the region. The CYCSA has a reputation of being a helpful and supportive Club and as such addressed their needs as they do not live locally. They live out of Narrung on the edge of The Narrows, the water way between Lake Albert and Lake Alexandrina, and are looking forward to a whole new set of sailing experiences in the near future. australasian amateur boatbuilder and kitboats 3
Thank you Kate and Joe for your input and time, we wish you good luck and look forward to hearing about your sailing adventures in the future.
Needless to say the first owner was a Canadian who purchased the boat in 2006 while living in Tasmania and kept her there. He sold Haida Gwaii in approximately 2016 to Geoff Brewster and Barbara Burns who sailed it out of the Royal Brighton Yacht Club including two Bass Straight crossings. Kate Andre and Joe Laforgia became the third owners in late 2018 and had her delivered to the CYCSA where she is moored in A Row in the Eastern Basin. The Catalina is designated as 36’ but she is actually 37’9” LOA with the feel and space of a much bigger boat. Commonly regarded as one of the best models ever conceived and built by the Catalina yard, the 36 Mk II is built for ocean cruising and with a 35hp Universal engine it makes for easy mooring. With more than 40% ballast ratio in her lead keel and lots of room down below she is the perfect boat for short handed sailing into the blue. From the step through transom to the generous cockpit and below to the outstanding galley and saloon that’s enhanced by satin finished teak, you are conscious of good design, quality fit out and solid
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The travels of
in 2018 continued...
Graeme and I had decided 2018 would be ‘grandchildren’ year so we limited our time in Europe to just over four weeks for our first trip which I recounted in the last edition of Groundswell and this trip was for just over five weeks. After departing from Adelaide on 29 July we arrived in Athens on 30 July and overnighted in a coastal town to the east of the airport called Rafina before finally arriving in Leros at around 10.30am the following day. All was good on Jemmaroo and Graeme fiddled around a bit (as only blokes can do on a boat) and we turned on the fridge and freezer and visited our Australian/Greek butcher and placed our order for the next day. A big buy-up at the large supermarket and it was just about time for dinner so I introduced Graeme to a restaurant he hadn’t been to before called Lumina where everything is very traditional. It’s a boat and our toilet would not pump in so the electrician was called but he was very busy so in the meantime I took off and bought the fruit and veg and deli items and also picked up the meat. Graeme drove across the island to Ayia Marina to pick up Jack Didyck who arrived on the 12.30pm ferry from Kos. After a bit of a rest we gave the boat a tub and proceeded on to ‘Happy Hour’ at the marina bar and then on to dinner at Dimitris. The electrician arrived around 9.30am and put in a new cable from the pump to the loo and eventually, after a bit of fiddling around, it was working again. We set off for Pandelli on the east coast of the island and had to forage around for a spot to anchor as it was pretty crowded. It was great to go for a swim followed by the obligatory rest and then a dinghy into shore to have drinks on the patio of the Castelo Beach Hotel followed by dinner on the beach which is always fun. Then the true cruising began. We motored north to Nisos Lipso and anchored in the bay in the south west side of the island called Lera Lipso. We were a bit concerned the next morning when Jack announced that his blood pressure was a bit high so Graeme made the decision to go across to the island of Patmos where we knew there would be a doctor to check him out. We Med-moored on the town wall and Graeme and Jack took off to the hospital. While they were gone the power boat which was moored next to us left and lifted our anchor and re-dropped it but we were moving around a fair bit so I had to get Graeme to come back so we could re-anchor. Jack arrived back with really no result but to check his blood pressure in the morning and if it went down to below 160 we could go otherwise he was to go to the specialist in Leros. Needless to say the evening was quite subdued. After taking a couple of readings in the morning Jack declared himself okay to go so around midday we set off for the island of Samos to an anchorage behind a small island called Nisos Samioupoula on the south-western corner of Samos which was quite delightful. It was deep close in so we put the anchor down and backed up and tied to a rock. There was another yacht anchored there from Turkey with about 17 people on board. A charming young lady off the boat swam towards us so we invited her on board and had a good chat. The boys ended up on board a cigar type power boat for a drink and then went for a walk on the island and up to the church and tavern to investigate. Both boats left so we renamed the bay Ormos Le Jemmaroo and had rack of lamb for dinner and spent a lovely calm night.
We decided to make a passage of some 50 miles north to the island of Chios (or Khios) where we have not been before. It was quite rough off the west coast of Samos but moderated a bit after that to around 15-20 knots on the nose so it was a slow slog. We went into a bay near the south eastern tip of Chios called Emborios which read okay in the pilot but was very small and with a boat anchored right in the middle with a stern anchor out and several power boats closer in, it was very messy so we anchored off a little to the south where some other boats were anchored. It appeared quite exposed but with the wind conditions it was fine. We travelled further north along the coast to the main town of Chios. It was a very large harbour and there was a bit of fetch down the bay and we were directed to a spot to moor. With the surge and the height of the wall we pulled off and put the dinghy in for going ashore via a set of steps. We checked out the town and a restaurant called Le Dolphin was recommended for dinner so we booked and returned there for dinner. It was €10 for the mooring and €2 for power which we thought was pretty good. An island called Oinoussa to the north east of Chios looked good for a night so we made our way there. The anchorage is protected by three small islands joined by reefs so we dropped the anchor and backed up to the town wall. We had a pleasant evening and dinner but too late we discovered the problem as the music kicked in around midnight and did not let up until around 4.30am so not much sleep was had. It was a great protected bay but we decided to move on up to Lesvos to Plomarion on the south coast which is the home of Ouzo. The weather was not promising but we made the passage, about 28 miles, and anchored and tied back but it was quite bouncy and very hot. A young Aussie couple from Sydney were a little further up and were waiting out the meltemi and had been there five days already. We set off for a walk, a drink and a sleep in that order. The next morning we decided to move on as it was quite uncomfortable and travelled further east along the south coast to a bay called Ormos Tarti in its western cove. All was good but it was really blowing. Another yacht anchored in front of us but did not put out a lot of chain and sure enough, he dragged and got very close at around midnight. We kept watch for a couple of hours but it settled down a bit and all was okay. We decided to go into Mitilini, the capital of Lesvos, to the marina and managed to get a spot side on to the wall which made it very easy to get on and off so we booked in and at €42 a night it wasn’t too bad. We set off for a walk around the old part of town and had dinner at a very authentic Greek restaurant in a vine covered alleyway. It was great except for the chairs – ouch! In the marina we were able to sleep peacefully so it was worth the cost. The next day we got a taxi to take us up to a small town in the hills called Ayiassos and had a walk around there and lunch before calling the taxi to pick us up as it was very hot and the town was crowded. We had a light dinner on board and booked the taxi for 7.00am for Jack to get to the airport to fly back to Athens and then home. Jack was up early packing and after seeing him off Graeme and I washed the boat and made the decision to stay another day. We went for a walk in town and did some grocery shopping followed by a QLD at the marina and a shared Club Sandwich – quite sufficient. While Graeme was doing a bit of exercise I checked out the chart and came up with a plan to go across to Turkey as we had time and it made the hops easier plus we hadn’t been to most of the places along the way. We checked out of the marina but the hard part was
Jemmaroo at Samos checking out of Greece and after a fair bit of fiddling around we finally set off for Ayvilak, a passage of 15 miles NNE, to enter Turkey. We were all settled and berthed in the marina when we discovered we had to go the Customs area with the boat so we untied, fulfilled our duties and motored back to the marina. The next morning we did a little bit of shopping at the Migros in the marina and bought a new Turkish flag as ours was very second hand and the Turks do not like you dis-respecting their flag. We departed the marina and anchored in one of the bays south west of the marina area which we had all to ourselves and, of course, a swim was mandatory. We were up late and after a swim made our way south to Bademli Limani where we anchored in the northern anchorage area just outside the sunken breakwater. It was a lovely anchorage and we certainly relaxed. South and then east to a delightful bay and town called Candali. A young lad from the local sailing club dinghied out to us and offered assistance if we needed it and also invited us to the yacht club for the presentations which we duly did. Graeme decided he needed to visit the doctor so the lad’s father who spoke very good English took him there. We bought him a beer and had a great chat with him mainly about politics and he told us how to get to the restaurants in the next bay. There are many well preserved castles in Turkey and this town had one right near the foreshore. Our plan was to go to Essifoca and we set off for there but Graeme was still not happy so we changed course to Cesme. Some eight hours later we arrived at the marina with it blowing over 25 knots so it was fun tying up but all was okay. After a visit to the local hospital, by which time things had improved somewhat, a local dropped us off right in town so we had a wander around what served as the ‘mall’. It was a very vibrant town with lots of people around and we were starving so found a small restaurant for dinner. The wind was hooting outside to we decided to stay another night. Generally speaking the marinas in Turkey are excellent and this was no exception with the most fabulous bathrooms which we thought would be a great addition at the Club when the time comes to refurbish the existing ones. Another walk into town and we had dinner at a very popular restaurant with the locals. As we had a couple of spare days we decided to indulge ourselves and stayed another night. With the Turkish Lira at over four to the dollar, half what it was a couple of years ago, everything was quite cheap. The marinas are still pricing in Euros so in fact they are making on their own currency. Cesme also boasted a lovely castle right near the waterfront.
By the time Graeme read his emails and the Australian and had another run it was about 2.00pm by the time we eventually got away. We decided to go to an anchorage called Kirkdilim Limani and on the second try managed to get the anchor to bite. The wind was coming a bit from the south so it was fairly active in the bay but it settled. The biggest problem was the wasps but they fortunately disappeared when the sun set so we didn’t eat until after then. We travelled east south east across Sigacik Korfezi (Bay) to an anchorage called Kormen Adasi. As we arrived another yacht was going around in circles looking for a spot so we quickly put down our anchor as it was fairly tight with day tripper boats tied back and a couple of other yachts anchored. After the tripper boats left and everyone settled down we took in a bit of chain as there was a reef behind us and we definitely wanted to be clear of it. The next morning we set off across Kusadasi Korfezi in a south easterly direction to check out some anchorages which were not far from the Greek island of Samos. We checked out Port St Paul and St Nikolao but they were both a bit skinny so we back tracked to a bay called Dip Burnu which had lots of swinging room. It was a little rolly with a bit of slop from the west but it settled down as the wind went more north and we had a comfortable night. D-Marin Didim was where we wintered Jemmaroo about five or six years and we had fond memories of it so we went in there for a few days R&R. It is a lovely, huge marina but somewhat under-utilised so we took advantage of their third night free special (it was still horrendously expensive as most of the Turkish marinas are) and spent a fair bit of time in their pool and surrounds. On Saturday there is a great market in the town so we caught the Dolmus (a small bus) in and wandered around. Graeme spent up big on three pairs of undies, three pairs of socks and a much bargained down by me pair of sandals. The very good price quoted to us was 450 Lira in the shopping centres but just for us at the market it could be 400 Lira but we had bought a similar pair a couple of years ago for 100 Lira so that was my offer. Much pleading and moaning from them and us walking away and we had them for 100 Lira but left a very grumpy shopkeeper. Back to the marina for a much needed swim before returning to town to a great local restaurant for dinner where we appeared to be the only foreigners eating. After our relaxing repast we played dodge the fish farms as we wended our way to an anchorage called Soulih Adasi on a small island just off the mainland. The day trippers eventually left and we the only yacht there – very peaceful.
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Graeme & Jack at Ayiassos
Gay pictured with the main Mosque in Didim with their favourite â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;localâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; restaurant in the foreground of it. (Turkey)
It was wind down time and we spent the next night at a bay called Turk Buku and then into Turgetreis to make our exit from Turkey. We stayed a couple of nights there and after exiting spent the night anchored at an island just off the coast and the next night sailed across to Greece to Leros and Pandelli Bay. It was then around to Lakki to put Jemmaroo to bed and up on the hard. In order to ensure we made all our connections we caught the ferry down to the island of Kos where we stayed our last night before flying to Athens to catch our flights home. All in all a very relaxing cruise in beautiful waters all to be done again in 2019. Gay Footer
Castle at Cesme,Turkey
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RAPIDO CYCSA Club member, Haydon Aldersey, while on a work visit to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, took the opportunity to visit a site where the Rapido Trimaran is made and this is his account of that visit. Rapido Trimarans/Triac Composites Visit Hosted by Phil Johns, General Manager of the Ho Chi Minh City Factory. In early September 2018 I had the opportunity to visit Triac Composites in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Triac is an Australian owned company building world class yachts while also doing great work with hi-tech composites in a diverse range of industries. The company provides products like architectural facades and high quality train or vessel interiors and can produce products for any application needing chemical, weather and rot resistant mouldings. As a bit of background, I have been a sailing enthusiast since sailing Cadet Dinghies off Largs Bay in my teens and large trimarans and catamarans have always fascinated me. In the August 2016 edition of Multihull Magazine I read about a new trimaran on the market, a state of the art sixty-foot trimaran built for luxurious, fast cruising named Rapido. http://www.multihull.com.au/index. php?option=com_content&view=article&id=89:blue-water-cruisingtrimaran&catid=19&Itemid=185 I began to regularly visit the Rapido web site reading about the yachtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance in events like the Airlie Beach Regatta and Hamilton Island Race Week. This gave me an idea of how special Rapido was as a concept and its performance. My interest grew further as I realised the company behind this was wholly Australian/ New Zealand owned. The co-founders, Paul Koch and Richard Eyre, have 30 years experience building trimarans and catamarans using composite materials in Australia and the USA. They used well-known designers, Morelli & Melvin, to articulate their ideas and bring Rapido to reality after deciding the world needed a high performance cruising trimaran. Rapido is an exciting yacht and you can follow the links I have listed at the end of this article which include a short video of the Rapido trimaran, Romanza, cruising at 24 knots during the 2018 Hamilton Island Race Week, not a bad performance for a cruising yacht! The Rapido is made of the latest in space age composites, not simply GRP. These materials are expertly used to give a light, strong vessel with great structural integrity. The hull has resin infused right through all the laminates under pressure making the finished hull sleek and extremely tough. I can imagine it would survive contact with a container at sea. Once in Ho Chi Minh City I emailed Phil Johns, the General Manager of Triac Composites, and he invited me for a walkthrough of Triac Compositesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; facility. Walking up to the entrance with Phil I could not help but notice the massive ama (outrigger to non yachties) hanging inside the open doorway. Stepping inside my eyes were drawn to the enormous hull suspended above the floor which dominated half the factory unit. Phil is very proud of their work and he told me of the load test they subjected the centre hull and two amas to. Rapidoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s centre hull was tied to an anchor plate which was bolted to the floor and two mobile cranes were used to start lifting the amas on diagonally opposite corners of the amas. As the cranes lifted, the anchored Rapido began to twist until at 9 tonnes, the tie snapped. The Rapido and one of the cranes instantly jumped and the crane punctured a hole in the roof. With hearts in mouths everyone then watched the Rapido, seemingly in slow motion, start falling towards the ground but luckily, back into the safe arms of the cradles. Phil stressed that at sea structural failure is not an option.
As we went up to the deck level of the Rapido hull I could not ignore the sheer volume of this vessel. I crewed on some 27 foot Farrier style trimarans years ago and while being great to sail, there was not a great amount of room. The Rapido has excellent head room throughout and the charter/racing version I was looking at could accommodate between 30 and 50 people depending on the activity. There was plenty of lounging room on the nets, a large saloon area and spacious amenities. Looking at the hull and amas I took note of the fine entry bows designed to minimise spray with the bow deck curvature enabling the bow to release from the water. It looks fast just sitting still but then what do you expect when the design team was in New Zealand working on Emirates NZ Catamaran, the AC72, while designing Rapido and the amas remarkably similar to the Emirates NZ AC72 of 2013. While we talked about the making of a Rapido I was impressed by the level of organisation and tidiness in the workshop. Phil also told me about the various projects on hand and emphasised the collaborative work Triac Composites does with other companies. Triac is a master of processes like Resin Transfer Moulding, to name but one, enabling them to produce highly durable components with high levels of finish straight out of the mould. So, apart from Rapido builds, companies approach Triac to make highly detailed moulds or finished products. Centrally located in Asia, Triac is proving itself to be a great company to partner with.
THE ‘MOËT CUP’ Quietly and in the background of every Wednesday evening Twilight Race is a separate challenge known as the MOËT CUP which was born from the need to find a better way to handicap a monohull and a multihull than the time honoured PHS. It started around 2005 when Aquila first came on the scene and began racing twilights. Prior to this a friendship of a competitive nature had already developed between the Johns family with Valkyrie 2 and the Patten family with Suelan racing similar style and performing boats. All that changed though when Greg Patten decided to purchase G-Wizz and Mark Johns had a performance catamaran built called Aquila. Now the stakes were higher and the egos were beginning to show themselves!! It wasn’t long before bets were made as to who would be first over the line! A beer at the bar just wasn’t going to cut it. Trilogy was the initial choice but didn’t last long before Moët Champagne was considered worthy of those proud egos!
As we came to the end of the visit Phil pointed out that the current site was a bit tight so they will be moving to a new site soon. The new site will be by the river and will have enough room for three assembled 12 metre wide Rapidos abreast. That will be something to see! Seeing the Rapido up close and learning a little about the company behind it was a real pleasure. I hope the members have similar opportunities with their interests. For further information visit the company websites and I am sure Phil Johns will be happy to answer any questions about Rapido trimarans or Triac Composites’ services. Haydon Aldersey
Websites: Rapido: www.rapidotriamarans.com Triac Composites: www.triaccomposites.com
It soon became obvious these boats were performing in vastly different ways. If the wind was above 18 knots Aquila would win the race but under 18 knots and it was always going to be G-Wizz. Add to this an uncompromising handicap system and you are simply betting on the wind! For many seasons the Aquila crew had to watch the G-Wizz crew enjoy the Moët. Graciously, Greg decided to let Karen (the most competitive crew person on Aquila) choose a scoring system which may be more equitable so it was decided to double the points per race. One point would be given for a handicap win and one point for first over the line. This system proved to be successful and has provided close competition ever since. So, at the end of every Twilight season, look closely to where the Moët sits on the shared table and you will soon see who the victor was! Mark Johns Aquila
G-Wizz and Aquila
Mammal Regulations Kangaroo Island is often referred to as South Australia’s Galapagos and it is easy to understand why. With an abundance of native and endemic species, there is wildlife everywhere you look, including marine mammals.
Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncates) can also be seen around the island, regularly joining surfers at Pennington Bay, resting in the sheltered bays of the North Coast and swimming around the eastern end of the island.
Home to the largest breeding colonies of the Long-nosed Fur Seal, formerly known at the New Zealand Fur Seal (Arctocephalus forsteri), Admirals Arch is one of many spectacular sights around the coast of Flinders Chase National Park. This native species, nearly hunted to extinction between 1800 and 1830 for their thick fur pelts, can be seen in abundance at one of their breeding colonies around the coast of KI. They are also known to disperse right around the island outside of their breeding season between January and November. It is not uncommon to see individuals hauled out around jetties and beaches, including Kingscote Wharf, or relaxing in sheltered bays in their classic teapot pose taking a nap (see below).
With such amazing species found across South Australia and Kangaroo Island, regulations to protect our marine mammals in South Australia have recently been updated to enforce protection of our marine mammals.
Kangaroo Island is also the one of the best places to see the endangered Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinerea), also hunted to near extinction in the 1800s. There are only 12,000 animals across Australia, with the third largest colony, home to approximately 800 animals, accessible by tour or boardwalk at Seal Bay Conservation Park. Unlike the fur seal, sea lions do not typically disperse from their breeding colonies, preferring to stay within those sheltered areas. However, colonies can get very busy during the breeding season, so males are known to escape to uninhabited beaches to rest between guarding females. With numerous smaller colonies around the island and with the second largest colony in Australia, The Pages Islands off the north east of KI, this can happen any time of year as each colony has a different breeding season. They are also known to come ashore to rest in different locations when injured to recover without being disturbed by other animals.
Recreational vessels (including motorised and sailing vessels) must not approach whales closer than 100m and dolphins and seals closer than 50m, a speed restriction of no more than four knots is to be observed if on approach to/departing the area from a marine mammal
Jet Skis and other jet propelled vessels must not move closer than 300m from whales, dolphins or seals
Swimmers and surfers must not approach whales, dolphins or seals closer than 30m
All swimmers, surfers and vessels must remain more than 150 m away from a dolphin/seal that is injured/distressed/ entangled/with a calf/pup, and 300m from a whale in one of those situations
Aircraft, including drones, are not be flown closer than 300m above a marine mammal
On land walkers, their dogs and all vehicles, must remain more than 30m away from a seal/sea lion, 50m if the animal is injured or unwell
With Australian fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus) also breeding on the Casuarina Islands off the south west tip of Flinders Chase, all three species of seal can be encountered in water or on land around Kangaroo Island, an occurrence unique to Kangaroo Island. From May to September, KI is also lucky enough to have Southern Right (Eubalaena australis) and Humpback (Megaptera novaeangliae) Whales migrate past our shores, with rare sightings of Orcas (Orcinus orca) and Blue Whales (Balaenoptera musculus) as well. Some of the best whale watching is at Cape Willoughby Lighthouse with individuals also spotted from boats and beaches around the island. It is not unknown to have some curious whales play in the waters of Nepean Bay, just off the coast of KI’s pseudo capital, Kingscote.
Australian Sea Lion, photo by Tanya Rosewarne
These regulations outline restrictions on approaching marine mammals when encountered on land or on water, minimum distances for injured marine mammals and on-the-spot fines for those who disrespect or endanger our marine mammals. The new regulations mean that:
If approached by a marine mammal while in your vessel: •
Put your engine in neutral and let the animal come to you
Do not engage propellers until they move off
Make no sudden movements and continue on a slow, straight course where possible
Fines and penalties of up to $100,000 are enforceable for breaches of the regulations.
Bottlenose Dolphin, photo by Nina Maurovic, KI Marine Adventures
Long Nosed Fur Seals - Photo courtesy of Natural Resources KI Department for Environment and Water’s Senior Ranger - Coast and Marine on KI, Tanya Rosewarne said that the new marine mammal regulations are there for both the animal’s and the public’s safety.
If you spot a whale in the waters of South Australia and would like to aid research into their movements, please inform the SA Whale Centre https://www.sawhalecentre.com.au/
“While it is amazing to see these mammals in their natural habitat, it is important not to disturb them, particularly if they are nursing their young,” Ms Rosewarne said.
Of if you spot an animal, marine or otherwise, in pain or distress around KI please report it to the Natural Resources Centre, 37 Dauncey Street, Kingscote on 8553 4444 or contact the Parks Duty Officer on 0477 334 898.
“If a marine mammal emerges close to your vessel, it’s important that you slow down and come to a stop until the animal moves away. It is illegal to intentionally follow the animal within the approach restrictions required.”
For more information, including details about marine mammal approach restrictions visit: www.environment.sa.gov.au/marineparks/ enjoy/whale-watching
“And if you see a seal or sea lion on land that is coming ashore to rest make sure you stay the required distance. Everyone enjoys their personal space, our marine mammals are no different, especially while trying to sleep!”
The complete version of updated regulations can be found here: http://bit.ly/2ITIrka
“If you need a reminder of the distances we have produced a handy sticker to place inside your sea-going vessel to guide you, should you encounter a marine mammal. These will be available from the Natural Resources Centre, 37 Dauncey Street, Kingscote from the end of May.”
Tanya Rosewarne Senior Ranger - Coast and Marine on KI Ross Evans Communications & Media Coordinator - Natural Resources KI
Southern Right Whale, photo by Quentin Chester Photography
AUSOCEAN at Smith Bay, Kangaroo Island AusOcean is a new South Australian based non-profit organisation with the mission of helping our oceans through the use of technology. Our full name is the Australian Ocean Laboratory but if you thought that an organisation with ‘laboratory’ in its name was for boffins in white lab coats, you would be mistaken. While it is true we develop a lot of our technology in mundane offices our true laboratory is the ocean. With any leading edge (dare I say ‘bleeding edge’) technology, there is no substitute for working in the field and this is particularly true of the ocean. As any boatie knows, the marine environment is tough on equipment so nothing beats realworld testing and even better, if it serves an important purpose. That purpose was to undertake marine life surveys of the North Coast of Kangaroo Island and Smith Bay in particular. Most people don’t realise that Southern Australia’s marine environment, increasingly referred to as the Great Southern Reef, is just as diverse as that other Australian marine marvel, the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). However, unlike its tropical counterpart, over 90% of species found on the Great Southern Reef are found nowhere else in the world and there is still a great deal we don’t know about the region. Only recently 400 new species were discovered in the deep waters of the Great Australian Bight which begs the question of how many more species await discovery. Kangaroo Island’s marine environment is particularly interesting as it encompasses Gulf waters and Southern Ocean waters and areas of confluence between the two. We decided to focus on Smith Bay because it is the site of a proposed seaport and has only been lightly studied to date. We made two week-long trips, both on Arriba, a Lightwave38 sailing catamaran (shown below), one in December and one in February. Smith Bay lies six nautical miles east of Cape Cassini or nine nautical miles west of North Cape. It is a wide open bay with a mostly rocky coastline. The bay is renowned on Kangaroo Island for its great fishing but for passing yachties it is quite easy to ignore. The large abalone farm ashore is not particularly attractive and nearby Boxing Bay, Emu Bay (to the east) and Dashwood Bay (to the west) are all superior anchorages.
RLS is a non-profit, citizen science program in which scuba divers undertake standardised surveys of reef biodiversity on rocky and coral reefs around the world. By following the RLS standard other dive teams can compare our findings with theirs in years to come. In a nutshell, divers working as a pair, follow a 50 metre transect along the seafloor, counting vertebrates in one direction and invertebrates in the other direction, recording everything as they go both in writing and in photos. All of the data we collected will be freely available on the RLS website. One notable observation was two Western Blue Gropers which are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN red list of threatened species. Not all observations were along transects though. The discovery of giant temperate coral of the species Plesiastrea versipora really stole the show. One species was a whopping six metres in circumference and two metres tall. Approaching this marvel from underwater is breathtaking as unlike typical tropical coral reefs which grow in horizontal sheets, this beauty arose suddenly like a giant head from the seafloor. It is worth nothing that Plesiastrea verispora is a slow-growing species which means that this particular coral community is several hundred years old. While not yet threatened globally, this species has become increasingly rare in Southern Australian waters and like a giant heritage tree on land, deserves our protection. For now we need to keep the exact location secret until protective measures can be put in place. Since our expedition we have compiled a marine ecology report describing the rich marine environment of Smith Bay, available for free from the AusOcean website at: www.ausocean.org/info If you are concerned about the proposed Smith Bay port, please visit savesmithbay.com.au.You can also follow AusOcean on instagram.com/ausocean, facebook.com/ausocean or twitter.com/ausocean for more photos, videos and stories.
Appearances can be very deceptive though. Underwater, Smith Bay is a marine paradise with a great diversity of benthic environments namely, rocky reef, dense seagrass and mixed sand/rock/seagrass. This variety in habitats in turn fosters great species diversity. We conducted 20 dives of which 17 were marine life surveys and 14 were in Smith Bay. We adhered to the Reef Life Survey (RLS) method developed by researchers at the University of Tasmania.
Arriba at North Cape
Plesiastrea Versipora at Smith Bay
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CYCSA MINUTES OF THE EGM CRUISING YACHT CLUB OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED AND CONTROLLED ENTITIES MINUTES OF MEETING OF THE EXTRA-ORDINARY GENERAL MEETING HELD ON THURSDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2019 AT 7.30PM PRESENT C Wood D Rinaldi P Hall D Murray H Puvi G Boettcher A Hays K O’Brien H Patsias
President/Chair Treasurer Board Member Board Member Board Member Board Member General Manager Financial Controller Lawyer (by invitation of the Board)
MEMBERS (as per attendance sheet) 1
Apologies Brett Brown (Board Member) Geoff Gowing, Tess McGrath, Keith Degenhardt, Mark Williams, Chris Morphett, Rob Winter, Mike Holmes, Joe Mezzini, Dick Fidock, Andrew Saies, William Strangways, Graeme Footer, Gay Footer
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Sale of boat ramp to government for just under $5.5m Management agreement with governement to continue managing boat ramp for three years plus a three year extension Updates of both have been provided to members in last years half yearly meeting, AGM and in Groundswell and various email broadcasts from the President during the sale Has been intention of Club for some time to set up a sinking fund as requested by some members Sale proceeds have been invested as approved by the Board Reason for sale was to have the cash available to support the deteriorating and ageing assets particularly the overwater assets Overwater assets will include marina berths, walkways and crane wharf Marinas are a material contingent liability for the Club which was issued a 99 year lease so three times in the asset’s life they would require significant upgrading Only way to generate money to support the contingent liability is the creation of a sinking fund Marina East is approximately half way through its life with a six year capital maintenance project currently in place to make good its condition The capital maintenance program would have bought 10-15 years additional life to the marina Marina West is 13-14 years old, presold 50% at inception to break even, currently approximately 26 unsold berths Associated outgoings continue to be supported by members Bigger berths at Marina West are unsold and we may need in 10-15 years time to consider subdividing into smaller berths if the big boats don’t arrive. A sinking fund could be used to support this expense if it was required. Port Vincent is a great destination enjoyed by many members. The original agreement was with Paradise Developments. There are issues with poor design of fingers that will need future attention Port Vincent is also a material contingent liability for the Club After receiving professional advice the Boat Ramp proceeds monies were parked in the existing CYCSA structure as a sinking fund The fund has been set up so it is a stand alone fund and earnings can be applied to the contingent liabilities at an expected value of $250-300k per year
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If the fund needs to be busted open in the event of a catastrophic Club failure it would require five out of seven directors and 75% of the members vote as put forward in the amended constitution Historically the Club had to pay $2m to build an extension to the breakwater to protect the Marina West asset and at that time the Club didn‘t have the cash so a bank loan was required The sinking fund will protect the Club from getting that close to the wind again Chris noted his telephone conversations with Dick Fidock and Andrews Saies regarding the EGM motion and their support both providing proxies in support of the Chair General Discussion
Member discussion - • Thanks Board for their efforts In favour of the sinking fund but concerned about way funds can be invested • Is there a team of experienced people managing the fund? • Is there full disclosure of any conflict of interest of members of the investment committee? • Feels that Clause 38.7 contradicts 38.5 • Concerned about name of sinking fund, overwater assets and associated infrastructure and what that definition encompasses • Feels it should be a ‘good’ majority vote so we don’t get into a 49/50% decision. • Feels there are a few changes to make sure all above board but does support the sinking fund • Queried if there was anything written to guide future Boards re Investment Committee Chris Wood responds - • Transparency was paramount • Sinking Fund Strategy paper has been endorsed by the Board and a copy of the paper can be made available • Assured members that all stocks are blue chip David Murray responds • Would inserting the word ‘directly’ into the definition so it read ‘Marina Berths and directly Associated Infrastructure’ be agreeable Member discussion • Suggests that there hasn’t been enough time for members to digest the information • Feels the motion should be delayed and put up again at the AGM Member discussion - • Opposes the sinking fund as it is tying the hands of future Boards • Arrogant to presume current Board can dictate what future Boards can do • Money should be put in a safe place and not be tied up • Feels that it is putting future Boards in a difficult position Member discussion • Reads out pre-prepared statement • Thanks Board for their efforts • Feels that the 23 items in the motion are wide ranging and involved • Raising threshold to 75% of members to vote on sinking fund changes is a different philosophy to the current constitution and needs careful consideration by members • Feels there is no constraint on the degree of risk of the investment contained in the constitution changes • Why weren’t members advised that 100% of fund already invested • The amendments are trying to bind future Boards which hasn’t been done before • Feels that the Special Resolution should be put aside for further review by members and kept for Annual General Meeting
CYCSA MINUTES OF THE EGM Chris Wood responds • Advised members that the Constitution does allow the Board to invest any CYCSA funds at their discretion Harry Patsias read out clause 2.7 of the existing Constitution with respect to the Board investing the Clubs money Clause 2.7 - “to invest and deal with the money of the Club in such manner as may from time to time be thought fit and to take or otherwise acquire and hold shares, debentures or other securities.” Member discussion • Supports previous comments about sinking fund • Dealing with a serious amount of money • Had assumed money was still in the bank and not yet invested • Supports delaying the decision to another EGM to sort out the anomalies • Feels that not enough information has been shared with the members and support delaying the decision • Should not spend all of the interest from the sinking fund and should top fund up on a regular basis Chris Wood responds • Assured members that the sinking fund is invested for income as well as capital growth • It is only the running yield income (dividends and interest) that is being used to support the capex spend • There is no reason to believe the fund will diminish in capital value as the fund will grow when there is no call on it for marina repairs/replacement • He reiterated what was said at the AGM that management would apply to the fund for a specific purpose but if not required the fund could have a break for a few years and build back up David Murray responds • Noted that sales of the Marina West Club owned berths will be added to the sinking fund so there will be future growth to the fund Member discussion - • Concerned that there are more proxies than people at the meeting • Why was the decision rushed to an EGM? Chris Wood responds – • Board decided it was important enough to formalise the sinking fund into the existing structure Member discussion - • Need more information as there are too many questions hanging • Noted that the people present at this meeting were the one’s interested • Club rules provide for proxies so do not believe anyone should assume that the proxy hasn’t been duly considered • A proxy is a valid vote Geoff Catt - Clause 7.1 needs amending to include Affiliated Club Members (requested to be included in minutes) Clause 7.1 -“Every candidate applying for admission to any class of membership (other than Life Member, Honorary Member, Affiliated Club Members,Temporary Member or Casual Member) shall be proposed by a Senior Member and seconded by another Senior Member, both of whom shall be personally acquainted with the candidate and shall vouch for his or her fitness for membership.” Member discussion - • Supportive of e-voting but the wording appears to enforce proxies. This needs to be checked out • Questions whether Board expects to issue monthly reports on the sinking fund and asked for a yes or no answer
Chris Wood responds • Members are welcome to ring the office and ask how the fund is going • There will be no formal monthly report to members but a summary report will be tabled at the half yearly members meeting and the AGM David Murray responds • Club is externally audited and the fund will be included in that audit Member discussion - • Supports e-votes going forward rather than paper based voting • Should be no need for proxies in an e-vote • Asked whether senior members wanted to go ahead with the vote at this meeting Geoff Catt - Put forward the following motion (now called Motion 2) “the Special Resolution be received tonight with discussion and to be laid in its entirety on the table for exposure and consideration by the members and voted upon with or without further amendment at a FUTURE General Meeting“ Moved - Geoff Catt Seconded - Alan Moss VOTE COUNTED – majority voted FOR Motion 2 (49 NO 51 YES) Greg Patten – Acting CEO will need to be resolved since the Special Motion has not been passed Chris Wood responds - The Board approved in the December Board meeting to appoint Chris as Acting CEO for the sole purpose of performing constitutional duties and Kerry was appointed as Public Officer for ASIC purposes Greg Patten - • Thanked Chris for that explanation and suggested that the Board needs to nominate someone else to be able to call future members meetings until the Constitution is amended • Put forward a motion (now called Motion 3)“the Board appoint a different Acting CEO to the President” Moved - Greg Patten Seconded - Stuart Barnes Harry Patsias responds Advised that the motion hasn’t gone to members as a whole so unable to be voted on Greg Patten - Accepted Motion 3 be withdrawn on the basis that it is minuted Meeting formally closed at 9.04pm Signed as a correct record
Chris Wood PRESIDENT/CHAIR Dated 28th February 2019 ATTENDEES Mr K J W Amos, Mr J Barnes, Mr S T Barnes, Mr G R Boettcher, R D A Buchan, Mr G R Catt, Mr J W Daniels, Mr T Denham, Mr J Didyk, Mr J B Dinham, Mr M Ellinas, Mr R A Ferguson, Mr E D Ford, Mr N George, Mr J R Grevins, Mr P F Hall, Mr S C Harrington, Mrs J A Heffernan, Mr M L Heffernan, Mr M R Hentschke, Mr M R C Hunter, Mr M W Hutton, Mr R G Jesche, Mr Mf Johns,Mr I M Leach, Mrs C Mann, Mr C Marchesi, Judge A P Moss, Mr D P Murray, Mr R Nicholls, Mrs B K Page, Mr G W Patten, Mr H S Puvi, Mr D Rinaldi, Mr D Roper, Mr D W Royle, Mr R J Sellick, Mr J C Sibly, Mr L K Stewart, Mr J G Theodore, Mr J M Theodore, Mr C L Wood, Mr A M Wotton PROXIES (continued on page 34)
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The cruising community have continued to have fun on and off the water. Our regular 2nd Sat BBQs remained popular post Christmas with our last BBQ before the winter recess held on 11 May 2019. The CA BBQs will re-commence on 21 September 2019 due to a clash with a Club function on 14 September 2019. On the water our beautiful South Australian autumn saw many CYCSA cruising boats out and about. A close Easter and Anzac Day saw a number of Club members taking advantage of the extra time off, and venturing to Kangaroo Island the boats included Julia, Freedom,Twelfth Night and Ruffian. Over the four-day Easter break several boats made the Port Vincent pilgrimage, taking part in a shared meal with the Squadron on the Saturday night and dinner with other club members at the Ventnor Hotel on Sunday. To add to the social side, the crabs were still running and large whiting were biting. We also welcomed back Peter and Carolyn Holdt from their circumnavigation of Tasmania aboard Time Out. A wonderful achievement, Peter and Carolyn had many stories to tell about their adventure at our April BBQ. And the usual reminder to all club members that you can keep up to date with all cruising events and activities at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Take That Too maiden Easter voyage to Pt Vincent after extensive refit. Skipper Peter Donovan and deputy skipper Paul Judge.
Adrian Wotton Chairman Cruising Association and Rear Commodore
‘Rocking the Boat’ as That’s Life won the Rock trophy.
Full house at Port Vincent. Photo by Matthew Richards
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Minutes of the CYCSA EGM continued from page 31 PROXIES Mr C A Bass, Mr C J Bates, Mr S S Buderick, Mr C Burgin, Mr R Catley, Mr M Charlesworth, Mr K D Clarke, Mr P C Codrington Mr E G Critchley, Mr K R Degenhardt, Mr M R Draper, Mr R H Fidock AO, Mr H Fischer, Mr M A Flanagan, Mrs G Footer, Mr G L Footer, Mr J D Gerard, Mr G P F Gowing, Harvey Grantham, Mr D Hains, Mr A Hillier, Mr H Hol, Mr M Holmes, Mr D Howell, Mr G Hughes, Mr M C Johns, Mr P G Kassebaum, Mr T P Kipling, Mr K C Lampard, Dr M Lane, Mr T Lockwood, Mr T B Marsh, Mr J N McElhinney, Ms T S McGrath, Mr R B McPherson, Mr B S Mellors, Mr J A Mezzini, Mr C R Millington, Dr R J Moore, Sir Eric Neal AC CVO, Dr I D Patterson, Mrs C M Pearsons, Dr R O Pope, Mrs F E Redman, Mr C R Rooney, Dr A D Saies, Mr M W Sampson, Mr D Sarah AM, Mr P G Schembri, Mr G Sinclair, Mr A M Smith, Mr P S Smith, Mr D Steele, Dr L Stephens, Mr R Turco, Mr T J Tymons, Mr D C Urry, Mr M S Venable, Mr G P Wiggins, Mr R J Winter
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