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Summer 2012-13 I Edition 19





2 CONTENTS 3 From My Desk 4 Commodore’s Report 5 New Members Welcome 6 Renovation Update 8 Clipper 9 Passing 10 Surf to City 12 Gill Bribie Cup 14 News Snippet’s 16 Laser Metropolitan Championships 17 Summer Series Results 18 How to Start a Diesel 20 Qantaslink Brisbane to Gladstone 22 Sail Cleaning 24 Multihulls Report 25 Staying Safe on the Water 26 Cabbage Tree Creek Dredging 27 Brisbane Bar Tide Chart

is the official publication of

Queensland Cruising Yacht Club Sinbad Street, Shorncliffe QLD 4017 PO Box 399, Sandgate QLD 4017 P: 07 3269 4588 F: 07 3269 0818 E: COMMODORE Phillip Lazzarini “Sassy” VICE COMMODORE Scott Murphy “Out of Orbit” TREASURER Lawrie Bingham

Cover Picture: Bribie Cup 2012 Fleet off Redcliffe Courtesy of Nigel Statham EDITOR/ADVERTISING - Mark Gordon Looking Glass Design & Publications W: P: 07 5576 5439 M: 0448 159 350 E: ART/PRODUCTION - Sammy Gordon Looking Glass Design & Publications W: P: 07 5576 5439 M: 0438 386 930 E: The opinions expresses by the authors and contributors of articles in Cruisin News are not necessarily those of Queensland Cruising Yacht Club Inc, nor does Queensland Cruising Yacht Club Inc guarantee the accuracy of statements made by contributors or advertisers or accept any responsibility for any product or statements made herein. Queensland Cruising Yacht Club Inc does not accept liability for advertising material published in Cruisin News which may contravene the Trade Practices Act. Other than for the purpose of review and subject to the Copyright Act, no part of this publication maybe reproduced in any form without the prior written permission of the publisher.

COMPANY SECRETARY Glen Somerville DIRECTORS Malcolm ‘Fred’ Robb “Maranatma” Peter Watkins “Aelous”


3 FROM MY DESK by Nigel Statham

Welcome to the latest edition of the Cruisin News. Whilst the last few months are traditionally the quieter ones on the Club’s calendar, it has been anything but quiet in the Club House. The renovations have not been without their issues, but the builders are now very much on the home straight to completion and, so far, reaction has been positive. Prior to closing the Restaurant and Bar for the renovations, your Executive Committee took the decision to bring the catering in house and combine it with the bar. As a consequence, when the Restaurant and Bar reopen in January we are looking forward to bringing you something a little different to what you are used to. We look forward to seeing you down here in the next few months so you can try it out for yourself. In addition to our normal opening hours, the changes are also going to add significantly to our functions possibilities. If you are planning a party in the future make sure you give the Club a call and take advantage of some attractive member’s benefits.

January will see the 20th anniversary of the Surf to City. This great event, which will be held on the 19th of January, simply couldn’t happen without volunteers so if you are available to lend a hand please let me know. I am currently looking for a Mud Island check boat, a photography chase boat, radio operators for the control room and a couple of marina marshals to help organise the expected larger than normal amount of boats looking for a berth at the end of the race. Why are we expecting more boats, simply because the bigger boats can now get in the channel again. The dredging has been going on for some time now and has taken longer than the contractor had expected. However, things are finally going their way and the piles and marina will shortly be receiving some attention of their own. I hope you enjoyed last week’s Club Christmas Party; thanks goes to Amanda for putting the event together. I will close by wishing you all a Happy Christmas and a relaxing festive break.

4 COMMODORES REPORT The current economic environment has meant that securing sponsorship has become all the more difficult. We are therefore, proud to announce that QantasLink will once again be the naming rights sponsors for the 2013 Brisbane to Gladstone. Thank you to both them and all our other sponsors for your ongoing support.

I would like to begin by extending my sincere thanks to all Board Members and our General Manager Nigel Statham for all the hard work they have put into the Club over the past year. It has been a year full of challenges which we have met with wise heads and hard work. In addition, I would specifically like to thanks Nigel, for acting as project manager for our Club House renovations. Your hard work has saved the Club the expense of hiring an external project manager. As many of you would know, our new landlord, the Department of Main Roads and Transport decided during the course of the past year to increase our dry lease rental by over 100%. We subsequently have entered into negotiations with the Department with a view to reducing this rental cost. We are also looking at securing a longer term lease period. The negotiations are on going, and we will update members as the situation unfolds. We do, however, remain confident and hopeful that we will achieve a reasonable and satisfactory outcome. The Sailability program has grown impressively over the last year and continues to enjoy great support from its volunteers. The group are currently applying for funding for the long promised shed which will also provide room for the rescue boat to be stored under cover.

The major work to the Bar and Kitchen areas has proceeded within our budgetary parameters, and we expect to have the work completed early in the new year. We have put the Shade Sail Structure proposal and Hardstand work on hold until the Club is in a suitable financial position. Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all members and their families a happy festive season and all the very best for 2013. See you on the water, Safe Boating Philip Lazzarini

NEW COMMITTEE Queensland Cruising Yacht Club held their Annual General Meeting on 20 November 2012. The elected Flag Officers and Executive Committee Members for the 2012/2013 Year are Commodore:

Philip Lazzarini

Vice Commodore:

Scott Murphy


Lawrie Bingham

Company Secretary:

Glen Somerville


Malcolm Robb Peter Watkins.


NEW MEMBERS WELCOME ABOARD TO OUR NEW MEMBERS We would like to extend a very special QCYC WELCOME to our most recent new members. Welcome Aboard, and please remember that the office and all members are always ready and willing to assist you with any request or assistance. Gregory Garden Gareth Morse Sally O’Connor Brandon Craig Niels Larsen Kay Bradley Nicholas Bradley Tony Rigby Paul Westwood Jim King Russell Oakes

Joshua Oakes Stephen Bicknell Susan Bicknell Thomas Bicknell Ellen Bicknell Tom Burrell Brett Lightfoot Bella Lightfoot Maddy Lightfoot Mia Scott James McGowan

Helen McGowan Kym Armstrong Edward McKee Wayne Sutcliffe Barry McGinley Scott Hammond Shane Hammond Jacob Brown Bill Rowland Margaret Rowland

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The Executive Committee and Staff of QCYC wish all members and their families a happy and safe Festive Season.


6 RENOVATION UPDATE Article by Nigel Statham

Prior to work commencing The renovations are nearing completion and the restaurant and bar will be reopen in time for the Surf to City in January. As with any project, there have been a couple of small unforeseen issues. The most significant of which was an issue with the manufacturer producing the steel components. The manufacturer’s mistake has unfortunately meant the projects timeline has

slipped a little, hence the reason the bar has not reopened as we had hoped before Christmas. Despite this, no other major problems have been encountered and so far, reaction to the works, seems to have been positive. Don’t take our word for it, come down to the Club in January or February and check it out for yourself.

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PASSINGS Article by Herb Pendergast In recent months we have lost two long time stalwarts of the Club. Allison (Allie) Hunter was involved with the Miss Australia Quest many years ago and loved to be involved organising social events. To this end she helped with the running of the “Blue Water Ball” at the Victoria Park Golf Club. This event was a highlight of the year for the Club, being a welcoming party for the crews in the Sydney to Brisbane Yacht Race which was first run in 1964 and eventually became the Sydney to Mooloolaba and then the Sydney to Southport. Allie had a keen interest in the Brisbane to Gladstone, establishing the “Allison Hunter Perpetual Trophy” in 1994 for the best placed QCYC Yacht. If Allie caught you at the club you knew you were in for a long chat. We will miss you and your chats a great deal. Our condolensces and best wished to her family and friends


Bill Hammond and his family were attracted to the Club in the late 1970’s when he owned the yacht “Medusa” which he moored at Cabbage Tree Creek marina. Almost every weekend the family, with sons Scott and Shane, would proceed down the creek passing the site where the Club now stands. It was the party atmosphere that was the attraction and they would stop off at the old Ferry Pontoon installed in front of the Club at the time. Eventually we had BBQ’s on Friday nights with two or three boat owners (families) being rostered to do the cooking and operate the bar. The bar being a tin shed with heaps 18/11/10 2:45ofPMcharacter. Page 1

Photo: Bill Hammond

In about 2000 Bill bought “Lady May”, a motor boat which triggered a couple of other members to change from sail to power. He then went about refitting over the next 12 years with the plan to cruise north. Unfortunately at the time of his passing in July while the boat was finally exactly as he wanted he was not able to get his trip north on his own boat. Bill made his boat available to start and finish and also crewed on other members boats officiating for a range of Club events. The parties are not quite the same without him. Sons Scott and Shane are now Club members and have Lady May. We hope they and their families enjoy time on the bay as did Bill.

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Surf to City Yacht Race

19th JANUARY 2013

An inshore and offshore event for monohull’s and multihull’s Organised & hosted by QUEENSLAND CRUISING YACHT CLUB in association with Southport Yacht Club


SURF TO CITY 2013 Article by Nigel Statham

At the time of going to press we had recieved 21 entries for the 2013 Surf to City Yacht Race. These are split evenly between the inshore and offshore fleets. The first entrant was, what is likely to be the smallest boat in race, Best By Farr, a Farr 6000. Best By Farr won the Spirit of the Race award in 2012 for their determination in the light winds. To enter the race, head to the Surf to City website and go through the online system which, for those of you who raced last year, will be very familiar. In fact the only change is to reduce the number of documents you need to upload as part of your entry. Easy! There are however, a couple of changes from last year that are important to note. The Notice of Race is available to download from the Race website. Overall, there are not too many changes from previous years. The most significant changes are at the beginning and the end of the race. Due to the tides, the start times are a little later this year. This can be up to an hour depending on your division. This will aid getting all your crew to Southport in time! At the other end, Cabbage Tree Creek has undergone significant dredging. More dredging is to come in the next month but at the last check the shallowest bit we could find was around -1.5m LAT. Add to that the low tide depth on the Saturday night and anybody with around 2.2m or less of draft should have

no issues at any state of the tide. This means pretty much the entire fleet will be able to safety come into the Club once you have finished. The extra water isn’t the only improvement at Queensland Cruising Yacht Club. The Club House has also been receiving some attention over the last few months and will be reopening in time for the Surf to City Yacht Race with its brand new look and new chef. It is a pretty significant change which we hope you will enjoy. Those in the offshore fleet have had the luxury of carrying a tracker system on board for the last few years. Unfortunately, the system we have been using will not be available to us for 2013. However, we are hopefully of securing the support of an alternative system for the race. Don’t forget to “Like” the Surf to City on Facebook or follow on Twitter to received automatic updates to your timelines and why not to join in the conversation both before and during the race (Twitter hashtag: #surf2city). If Facebook and Twitter are not your thing you can still keep bang up to date by following the news feed on the Homepage of the Race website. The Surf to City Yacht Race will be one of the first to be run under the new edition of the Blue Book which comes into effect on the 1st of January 2013. Make sure you get a new copy on your Christmas lists without delay.

12 GILL BRIBIE CUP 2012 Article by Nigel Statham This year’s Gill Bribie Cup started in little wind but glorious sunshine. The light breeze kept the 22 monohulls and 5 multihulls tightly bunched up to Reef Point at which point what little wind there had been finally gave up all together. With the course shortened to finish at the Deception Bay Red, the finish boat willed Boss Racing, and the tight battle for monohull line honours between Out of Orbit and the ever improving Midnight Oil across the line before the expected long wait on a completely becalmed sea for the rest of the fleet. Instead, thirty minutes later, the wind suddenly filled in nicely and the remaining twenty four competitors powered across the bay to test our finish time logging skills to the maximum. The remaining fleet all finished within a 20 minute period in bunches of fours and fives split by just seconds. Despite the course being shortened, most boats still made the last section of the trip to Bribie to enjoy the hospitality of the Bribie Island Sailing Club. Our thanks to Gill and the committee of Bribie Island Sailing Club for making this event such a success.



BRIBIE CUP yacht Race Bribie Cup Winner: Fluid Balance – Malcolm Holywood Councillors Cup Winner: Demonstrator – Bill Ferguson Monohull Division One: 1st - Fluid Balance – Malcolm Holywood 2nd – Rhiannon – Brent Craig 3rd – Go Again – Steve North Monohull Division Three: 1st – Out of Orbit – Scott Murphy 2nd – Tybo – Bob Barron 3rd – Midnight Oil – Graham Lawrie Multihull Division Four: 1st - Demonstrator – Bill Ferguson 2nd – Aquilo One – Allan Bolt 3rd – On Top – Ian Jones Full results at



Earlier in the year, many will remember the promotion we were running to Win an Angostura bar fridge. The lucky winner was Bill Wilson seen here with his spoils taking pride of place on the kitchen bench. Congratulations Bill and thank you to everyone who took part in the draw.

With the Clubhouse renovations in the final stages the restaurant and bar will be reopening in January with a new menu, different opening hours and a new look. Keep an eye out in Club Cleats for an opening date. In addition to our normal opening hours our new functions products will also be available with discounts for Club members.

This great event, which will be held on the 19th of January, simply couldn’t happen without volunteers so if you are available to lend a hand please let us know. We are currently looking for a Mud Island check boat, a photography chase boat, radio operators for the control room and a couple of marina marshals to help organise the expected larger than normal amount of boats looking for a berth at the end of the race.

Keep up to date with all upcoming events by keeping an eye on both the news feed and the calendar or events both available from the Club website home page,



In November the Queensland Laser Association held round one of their annual Laser Metropolitan Championships at the Club. Twenty six lasers entered the event and raced over two events back to back. They enjoyed the good wind, waves and spectacular surfing. The Association have already stated that they would like the event to become a permanent fixture.




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18 HOW TO START A MARINE DIESEL Article by Malcom “Fred” Robb The Chakdara’s main engine was a Doxford 6LB670, having six cylinders of 670mm bore, approximately 1.3m stroke and produced 6800 BHP (5100 Kw). It was a slow speed engine, meaning its normal operating speed at ‘Full Speed Ahead’ was about 110 rpm. This was an ideal speed for the large diameter propeller whose maximum efficiency is at about 90 rpm, thus the engine could be directly coupled to the propeller without the need of a gearbox. It is best to consider the engine as made up of six separate engines i.e. ‘units’, joined up to make the whole. Each ‘unit’ (cylinder) has two pistons which are opposed in a vertical cylinder. The top piston hangs below a fore/ aft beam, the ends of which are attached to large vertical rods, one forward and one aft of the cylinder. These ‘side rods’ go down through the engine via their own crossheads and connecting rods to the crankshaft. Each ‘unit’ thus has three throws on the crankshaft. The centre throw for the Lower Piston/connecting rod and crosshead, the forward and aft throws for the connecting rods/crossheads of the Top Piston ‘side rods’. Both pistons are water cooled and this water is supplied and removed by articulated swinging links, via the main crosshead for the lower piston and via the top fore/

aft beam for the upper piston. When the engine is in motion, there are lots of bits of metal thrashing about in all directions, quite spectacular. Starting and manoeuvring the engine was carried out from the ‘control stand’, this was on the bottom plates mid-way along the starboard side (front) of the engine. Starting the engine was quite a complex operation. One had to have arms like an octopus and muscles like ‘Arnie’ (Schwarzenegger), three sets of eyes and a lot of luck. Luck was required as the engines sometimes did not feel like starting and if you had a missstart, it cost you a case of beer!! I will try and explain the starting procedure. To the right of the control stand, just within reach of your right hand is the Telegraph. A command would come from the bridge on the telegraph, say ’Slow Ahead’ which you would answer by moving the handle to the matching position. Your right hand would then drop to the Ahead-Astern lever which is mounted on the right hand side of the control stand. This lever through rods and links, bodily shifts the starboard (front) camshaft by about 100mm fore or aft so that a different set of cams will operate the starting air valves and the fuel injection valves. This alters the timing of the engine to suit the required direction of rotation. Quite a bit of strength is required to move the camshaft (no servo/electrical/ pneumatic/hydraulicassistance). Having moved the lever (and thus the camshaft) to the ’ahead’ position, with our left hand we reach to the left to operate the DC motor starter for the Fuel Priming Pump. The starter is held in the ’on’ position till the Priming Pump has brought the fuel pressure in the common rail system up to 6000 psig (420 bar). The left hand is then dropped to the ‘Fuel Control wheel’ which controls the output of the Fuel Injection Pump. This wheel is turned from zero to position 10 (minimum fuel needed to start the engine).


19 We now move our left hand to the ’Air Start lever’ on the control stand, and our right hand will move to the Manoeuvring Lever alongside, which controls the ’lift’ of the fuel injection valves. The Air Start lever is pushed away from you and the engine will start to turn, forced by compressed air at 600psig (40bar) entering the cylinders. As the engine gains momentum, your right hand moves the Manoeuvring Lever in the ‘ahead’ direction

(away from you) to the ‘Starting’ position. The handle of this lever has a detent latch that fits into notches on the control stand, for starting we set the latch at about notch 2. The engine should now fire, fingers crossed. When the engine fires and it’s momentum increases the Starting Air lever is released thereby shutting off the compressed air and your left hand immediately goes to the Fuel Control wheel which is wound up to bring the fuel pressure back up to 6000 psig (tardiness in this action will cause the engine to stall). Both hands are now used in sync; the manoeuvring lever (right hand) is slowly moved further away from you, increasing the speed steadily to 40rpm (Slow ahead). The fuel pressure drops as the rpm increase and is brought back up by simultaneously increasing the setting on the

Fuel Control wheel (left hand). The engine speed can now be varied as required by moving the two controls (lever and wheel) together. The important criteria is to keep the fuel pressure between 4500 and 6000psig, below 4500 the engine will either stall or the cylinder relief valves will lift. The latter event always causes a certain amount of stress from both the explosive noise generated, and the sheets of flame that shoot out of the back of the middle platform (relief valves lifting). Both stalling and lifting the relief valves incur a penalty of one case of beer and a certain amount of ridicule. Bringing both of the controls (lever and wheel) back together to the zero setting, will stop the engine. As you will appreciate, quite a bit of skill is required to drive these things and the manoeuvring was usually done by the Senior watch keeping engineer. Sometimes the Second Engineer would do it, just to keep his hand in and to check out the operation of the controls and on occasions I have even seen the Chief have a go (see previous episodes; Suez Canal and the Hoogly). I sailed with one old Chief who loved manoeuvring and would turn up for every ‘Stand-by’ wearing his white topped Company cap and white gloves, ready to have a drive. Junior Engineers would sometimes be allowed to have a go at less critical times, for example when picking up or dropping a pilot/anchor. This was essential really because upon promotion to Fourth Engineer (Senior on the 8-12 watch), you were immediately expected to know how to manoeuvre.



QantasLink was proud to recently announce their continuation of naming rights sponsor for the 65th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race. First up, the slogan for next race is “65 for the 65th” and the credit for this goes to Gladstone’s Brad Barker. 65 entries that is, so let’s see what we can do. The 2013 race is another milestone in the history of the event. The Race Committee would appreciate early advice from yacht owners/charterers of their intention to enter the QantasLink 65th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race by forwarding the yacht name and basic details along with contact details to as soon as possible. This assists greatly with trophy purchases and also with number of tracking units required. It is anticipated there will be some big changes with this system next Easter.

Radio Communications Kordia Solutions will again be conducting the HF Radio Skeds through Charleville Radio with their Operators based in Canberra. Their professionalism adds greatly to the prestige of the race and as a result of Kordia’s first involvement with us 4 years ago, they now handle HF communications not only for the Brisbane to Gladstone but for Brisbane – Keppel, Brisbane – Noumea, partially with Sydney – Southport, the 2013 Melbourne – Osaka, NSW, Victorian and South Australian Maritime Radios. Kordia may also be involved with Yacht Tracking from 2013 with a trial run possible for the Surf to City Yacht Race on 19th January 2013 65th Race Milestones Good Friday, 29th March 2013 will see the 30th anniversary of Ron Jenyns and his beautiful boat South Pacific 11 officiating as Start Boat of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.


21 YACHT RACE This milestone corresponds with the Airline Industry being directly associated with this race, when Trans Australia Airlines took on Naming Rights in 1983 and continued in various ways with Australian and Sunstate Airlines through to the present day with QantasLink. This race will also see the 30th anniversary of the Gladstone SES contribution of setting up and running the Finish line. Over the Easter Weekend they have about 20 volunteers on a rotating shift carrying out this important task. Grahame Smith and Doug Savage have been involved since day one. And another milestone to look forward to next Easter is the 53rd anniversary of Ian (Stripey) Grants association with the Brisbane to Gladstone. Ian first sailed the race in 1960 on Mouse of Malham, winning the race, skippered by Norman Wright and owned by Bill Dayhan-Smith. In 1964 he turned his skills to yachting journalism and has been a fixture in Race Control every year since, supported by his wife Marie. The Gladstone end At a meeting with the Harbour Master in Gladstone on the 28th November we were assured that traffic on the harbour will not affect the running of the QantasLink Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race and the finish line will be in the same position as last race. Further Dredging is programmed for Auckland Creek and at the Marina finger heads where the deep draft yachts have been moored in recent years. Race Control Office Although VMR Gladstone is now resident in their new base at the far end of the Marina Basin, the Race Control Office will still be in the former VMR lecture room (same as last year).

Notice of Race The Notice of Race is available at www. ORCi Category ORCi Category has again been included for 2013 given the number of yachts now being measured under this system to verify Stability criteria but the Courier Mail Cup will still be awarded to the Overall Winner of the IRC Category. Charts Some 300 series charts have been discontinued and replaced by 800 series charts. The Chart requirement is now AUS 815, AUS 816, AUS 818, AUS 819, AUS 246, AUS 245, & AUS 235. The latest Qld Transport Chart for Moreton Bay – Manly to Mooloolaba – Code MB1. Gladstone Accommodation Our advice is that the accommodation crisis in Gladstone will have eased by Easter but shop around as the price has not eased in proportion with demand. Crew Eligibility Yacht Owners and Skippers are reminded to ensure; crew are compliant with Clause 55 of Part 4 – Other Requirements when Racing crew SSSC and First Aid certification are current. Radio Partners Radio partner, 4BC is also back for the 8th consecutive year and Zinc Gladstone, who have supported the race forever, are planning high frequency on-air campaigns to promote the 65th race.


CLEANING YOUR SAILS Article by Andrew Turner - Ullman sails

Whether you race or cruise, proper sail care and maintenance can increase the life of your sails. Common pollutants and stains will affect the resin finish of the sailcloth and the thread used in the stitching causing the sail to lose strength and shape well before it has reached its used by date. A bit of care when needed will save you a lot of time and money in the long run. CLEANING YOUR SAILS Dirt or Caked Salt
- Use a soft bristled brush and liquid detergent. Avoid hard powder detergents and stiff brushes as they may damage the finish and stitching. Oil, Grease, Tar and Wax -
Use warm water, soap and elbow grease. Hard stains can be removed with household bleach or common stain remover.  Be careful to thoroughly remove all cleaning solvents or they will damage the finish. Blood -
Soak the stained portion for 10-20 minutes in a solution of 10 parts water to 1 part bleach.  Scrub and repeat if necessary.  Rinse thoroughly.



23 Rust and metal stains -
Scrub with soap and water, then apply acetone, M.E.K. or alcohol. Rinse thoroughly and dry. Mildew -
Hot, soapy water is usually all that is needed. If necessary, use the diluted bleach approach.  Paint and varnish - Acetone and M.E.K. should remove most common paint stains.  Varnish can easily be removed with alcohol.  Use all solvents with care.  Always rinse and dry thoroughly.  Solvents and bleaches can damage nylon and Dacron if not removed properly.  Mylar and Kevlar sails can generally be taken care of in the same manner as their Dacron counterparts. Avoid solvents whenever possible as they can break down the adhesives used to laminate the nylon to the substrate.


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24 MULTIHULLS NEWS Article by Peter Hackett Big news in the creek this week is the shift of a very significant multihull asset down the creek. Nudgee Budgee is a wonderful Kevlar catamaran built ahead of her time by Cliff Fraser. As the name suggests, she spent a lot of time on the mud at Nudgee Beach. She has been resting in more recent years after a celebrated track record including multiple Brisbane to Gladstone wins. Tony Goschnick was the crew on one of those races, so it was no surprise that Tony moved quickly when the flying budgee came on the market. Tony and family followed us around the Whitsundays cruising on a chartered boat this year, and it was obvious that a bigger boat was needed for the family if Luke was going to keep landing big fish on the back deck.

Photo: Tony's new multihull

The picture tells a thousand words, and under the new blue canvas cover is a race winning trimaran now reduced to Sell Sell Sell, call Tony if you want to go fast around the bay. The rest of us have been waiting for the unstable summer breezes and storm cells allow us to get across to the Sand Hills again. All we seem to be doing is lining up for cancelled races! Meanwhile, Another new member has joined our ranks with a nice white and blue trimaran close to the entrance gate. Wayne Sutcliffe and family have bought one of the newest F24’s “Aeolus” down from the Sunshine Coast to join us. Wayne and his young family have already covered a lot of the bay daysailing and overnight cruising after doing a few renovations. If they pass you on the water, give them a wave.

25 STAYING SAFE ON THE WATER Resent safety equipment checks by Maritime Safety Queensland compliance officers has found that many boaties have better access to their fishing tackle and eskies than to their life jackets and other safety gear. Emergencies happen quickly on the water, so it is vitally important to the safety of all onboard to ensure easy access to safety equipment. That’s why Maritime Safety Queensland have introduced new rules which came into effect 1 January 2012. Owners and masters of vessels will be required to make sure they give each person on board useful information about where all the safety equipment is kept and how to get it in a hurry. This information can be given to passangers verbally, in a demonstration or provided on written signs. When it comes to life jackets they must be clearly visible to everyone on board. If they are stowed where they can’t be seen then they must be kept in a readily accessible place which is clearly indicated by the word ‘life jackets’ written in red letters on a white background or white letters on a red background. Maritime Safety Queensland not only requires boaties to carry the right safety equipment but also wants to make sure everyone on board can find it quickly in an emergency. Survivng a boating incident can come down to whether people know where safety equipment is kept and being able to get it in a hurry. Boaties have been lost from vessels that have all the equipment on board simply because they were not able to access it in time.

Maritime Safety Queenland endorses these requirements and boaties should not be surprised to be issued with a fine if they are out on the water with lifejackets buried under cargo or if the have passangers don’t know where the safety equipment such as EPIRBs are kept. Safety equipment can’t save your life if you can’t get to it in time. Always remember’ “You’re the skipper, you’re responsible”. For more information about safety equipment go to the Maritime Safety Queensland Website


26 CABBAGE TREE CREEK DREDGING Dredging in Cabbage Tree Creek has been proceeding for some time now. Unsurprisingly, the dredging contractors have come up against a fair few problems along the way. In particular, the area in and around the VMR basin area. No sooner have they dredged then silt from the other side of the channel washes in. Overall however, the entrance channel is a very healthy depth and is a great relief to all. The dredge will shortly be dredging in and around the pile moorings. The dredging is scheduled to take the depth to -1m LAT so those members with boats out there may soon find themselves afloat at most or all states of the tide. Once the contractor has finished the work for the Department of Transport and Main Roads they will then be turning their attention to the Club’s Marina. The marina will be dredged to a minimum depth of -1.5m LAT. Based on recent soundings most of this work will occur around the entrances to A and B finger although that is not to say that all areas will not receive some attention. Obviously, dredging of the piles and marina is going to cause a considerable amount of disruption.

Some of the factors that are being considered on your behalf are; your availability to move your boat, where we put your boat whilst your pile or berth is being dredged, the safety of your boat whilst it is not in it normal home and other marina and channel users. Because of these factors we are intending to do a small number of piles at a time and are asking the affected boats to move off their piles and back on again during weekends. The strategy in the marina is yet to be decided upon. Unfortunately, we have already seen episodes where other members are giving out unqualified opinions leads to confusion and resulting in boats moving off their piles at the wrong time. We then have a lack of space for the boats that should have actually moved. This is having a negative impact for other marina users and could potentially put boats in dangerous areas where the dredge is operating. When it comes to the marina, a repeat of this situation would cause even more problems. Therefore, unless the office specifically contacts you to move your boat in some way, please do not move; the office will be working hard to ensure it can provide you with as much notice as possible and is happy to discuss each individual situation at the appropriate time.




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10 0142 0817

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0.33 2.46 0.39

16 0026 0626

2.00 0.47 2.30 0.45

17 0111 0711

1.96 0.63 2.12 0.51

18 0200 0800

1.91 0.78 1.93 0.57

19 0257 0900

1.88 0.91 1.77 0.62

20 0406 1018

21 0517 1141

1.94 0.95 1.60 0.62

22 0619 1250

2.04 0.86 1.62

23 0030 0710

24 0120 0754

26 0244 0910

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27 0322 0945

0.34 2.41 0.53 1.92


29 0437 1053

0.35 2.42 0.47 2.00

30 1127 1758

0.39 2.38 0.45 2.02

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0.43 2.32 0.62 1.81


0.57 2.15 0.77 1.68

25 0204 0834

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FR 1507 2039

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FR 1402 2037

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SA 1451 2127

SU 1618 2153

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4 0142 0740

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5 0243 0846

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6 0357 1004

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TU 1821

WE 2348

Time m 2.06 0.77 MO 1708 1.85 2336 0.41

7 0512 1128

TU 1843

WE 1343 1915

TH 1832

Time m 2.23 0.68 TU 1818 1.84

8 0620 1248

WE 1243 1919

TH 1427 2000

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0.23 11 0405 12 1019 2.56

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Time m

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TH 1833 0.44

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FR 1241 2.02 1904 0.51

SA 1317 1.85 1939 0.59

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WE 1657 0.38 2251 2.20

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TH 1729 0.37 2331 2.23

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Time m

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Time m

2.23 7 0544 1231 0.65

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Time m

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TU 1417 1.54 2025 0.81

WE 1543 1.50 2141 0.86

WE 1652 0.36 2251 2.29

TH 1712 1.57 2304 0.82

TH 1720 0.39 2327 2.28

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FR 1748 0.44

SA 1313 0.68 1904 1.84

SA 1206 1.92 1817 0.51

SU 1356 0.57 1947 1.98

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