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Welcome History A Centre of Excellence Sailing - An Introduction Winning start to the year for Australian Sailing Program Championship Racing Cruising Becoming a Member Benefits of Membership Juniors and the Learn to Sail Program Junior Development and Racing Race Management Charity/Corporate Regattas Marina and Mooring Information Dining at Middle Harbour Functions Sponsors Social Activities How to Find Us Contact Us

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Welcome Located on the beautiful Sydney Harbour waters on the northern side of Middle Head at the Spit, Mosman, Middle Harbour Yacht Club (MHYC) is just seven kilometres north of Sydney’s CBD. With a membership of over 1,500, we are one of Australia’s largest yacht clubs, and recognised as a national leader in sail training and associated education programs. The Club boasts a comprehensive calendar of events that sees action on and off the water taking place virtually every day of the year. At the highest level of competition in our sport, our members and their boats have continued a tradition of excellence, winning all of Australia’s top events and bringing home many international honours including Olympic gold medals.

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As the home to the Australian Sailing Team, our members are surrounded by some of the sport’s leading figures on a daily basis. These champion sailors provide an inspiration to our vibrant youth section, who dream of emulating their heroes in the future. But we are not just about winners. Middle Harbour Yacht Club caters for sailors of all abilities and we are also a haven for those who just enjoy being out on the water for pleasure. We have a popular Cruising Division who enjoy frequent outings and an active social calendar. A friendly and welcoming Club, Middle Harbour Yacht Club has superb shoreside facilities and represents an excellent choice for those looking for a great venue for functions, meetings, conferences and special occasions. From championship racing to a quiet drink, you can enjoy it all at Middle Harbour Yacht Club.| 5


“Tradition and Excellence Since 1939” Local sailors Togo Middows and George Griffin were the prime movers in the formation of our Club, originally known as Middle Harbour Cruising Yacht Association, in 1939.

The first official meeting was held in the Griffin Brothers’ Boatshed at The Spit. Mr Dick Down, a life member and past Commodore of the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club, was invited to be President, with Togo Middows as Secretary. George Griffin built the first registered Club yacht, “Flying Cloud” and throughout the war years the Club continued to conduct races. In 1944, the Club introduced Saturday racing in two divisions; A and B class yachts. The fleet was mainly small craft, and a yacht had to have a fixed keel to be eligible to race. After the war Middle Harbour Yacht Club, as it had now become known, started to go from strength to strength. By 1947, there were eight yachts in A Division and ten yachts in B Division. There were fifteen other yachts which did not race so the total fleet numbered 33. On November 27, 1954 the first Clubhouse was opened by the Mayor of Mosman. At the time, members had little idea that by the 1980s the Club would grow larger than all the combined clubs of the time. Nor could they have foreseen the explosion in popularity that their beloved sport of sailing was about to experience. 6 |The Breeze ANNUAL ISSUE 2014

The first off-shore race conducted by MHYC was a modest affair. On August 21, 1954 ten yachts crossed the starting line for a race to Newport on Pittwater. Despite light winds, forcing some of the fleet to motor to Pittwater, the race was won by “Pinta” who threw up a spinnaker after rounding Barrenjoey Headland and crossed the finish line at 0335 hours on August 22. “Pinta” had started a new era for MHYC and it was not long before Club yachts were making headlines. In 1956, “Siandra” became the first MHYC yacht to enter the Sydney-Hobart Race. It was to become one of the most famous yachts of the 50s. In 1958, “Siandra” with Graham Newland as skipper and Ron Swanson, Frank Likely, Pod O’Donnell and Peter Mounsey as crew won this blueribbon ocean event. A winning tradition had begun and the 1959 Sydney-Hobart Race saw seven MHYC yachts take part with four finishing in the top ten places. In 1960, “Siandra” won the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s first Blue Water Championship. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, MHYC yachts and their crews took many racing honours with boats such as “Carmen”, “Cavalier”, “Cadence”, “Moonbird” and “Janzoon II” all prominent winners. At the Club’s 25th anniversary a new race from Sydney to Brisbane was created to be a feeder for the Brisbane-Gladstone Race. Again, MHYC yachts were winners, with “Cadence” and “Carmen” coming first and second in the inaugural event. In 1969, famous yacht designer and builder, Ron Swanson, on “Sundowner”, made MHYC proud by taking out the double of line and handicap honours in the Brisbane-

Gladstone Race. In 1972, the race fleet was hit by a cyclone and only six yachts finished with Peter Hopwood’s “Harmony” battling on through incredible 112mph winds to win! In 1965, MHYC placed eleven members in the first Australian Admiral’s Cup Team and internationally the Club started to make its mark with many honours over forthcoming years going to names such as Ron Swanson, Doug Gilling, Hugh Treharne and Warren Johns. With the success and continued growth of the Club a new Clubhouse became essential. In 1963 the Club obtained the site of the old Spit Baths and it was on this perfect vantage point that a marina complex and the present Clubhouse were eventually built. Membership grew rapidly and passed the 2,000 mark for the first time in the 1970s, a decade that also saw the creation of a Cruising Division for the adventurous nonracing sailors and the “Sailing Birds” group was established to develop training programs to teach people how to sail. This tradition of excellence in training and safety programs has continued to be a feature of MHYC to this day.

including Club member Hugh Treharne, after they won the America’s Cup. The Club, which celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 1989, was able to finance and construct a new 76-berth floating marina, which now forms the centrepiece of not only the Club’s sailing activities but also its revenue stream. Ambitious plans were agreed in 2013 for the $2m construction of a 28-berth extension to the marina, due for completion in September 2013. As a result of the Junior Sailing program held at MHYC during the 90’s we developed a strong line-up of Aussie sailors, culminating in the success of Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page in the 470 Class. Nathan and Malcolm won all before them: four World Championships, and finally Olympic Gold in Beijing in 2008. Malcolm added to his Olympic legacy four years later, partnering Mathew Belcher to victory at the London Games. MHYC continues its junior racing activities to bring along more talented young Australian sailors.

Around this time that MHYC was conducting races on 170 days per year for over 200 entrants, surpassing any other yacht club in Australia. The success of Club members and their yachts during this period was legendary, with the successes simply too numerous to mention, but including many State, National and World titles. In 1983, MHYC was the first club to welcome back the victorious Australia II crew,

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A Centre of Excellence Australia’s elite sailors have called Middle Harbour Yacht Club home since the opening of the National Training Centre in September 2011. This initiative helped the Australian Sailing Team bring home three gold medals and one silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics and one gold medal from the Paralympics, further confirming our Club as a centre of yachting excellence. Since the opening, the Access Class World Championships for disabled sailors has been staged here, and the junior sailing program here has grown rapidly. “The partnership between Middle Harbour Yacht Club and the Australian Sailing Team has resulted in world-class facilities that have enhanced Middle Harbour Yacht Club as a leading club and has improved the daily training environment of the country’s elite sailors,” said Peter Conde, the Australian Sailing Performance Director.

The continued development of the National Training Centre ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will further enhance the Club’s facilities. Stage two developments will include extending the rigging and storage deck and adjoining floating pontoon, installing a crane for coach boats and rescue boats, improving access for dinghies between the rigging deck and the beach for launching and retrieving and improving access for cars and trailers between the road and rigging deck. The new additions will allow disabled sailors, including Australia’s Paralympic sailing program, greater use of the facility. The crane will also make it possible for coach and rescue boats to be launched directly from the Club, eliminating the need to travel to and from boat ramps around the harbour.| 9

Sailing - An Introduction Middle Harbour Yacht Club’s annual sailing program caters for all needs, from cruising the inlets of Sydney Harbour and abroad to racing in and off the heads of Sydney and from sail training for beginners and those looking to broaden their experience to developing our youngsters into the next generation of talented sailors. Our weekly Keelboat Program is open to members and members of other clubs. Series include: • Wednesday Series • Thursday Twilight Series • Saturday Inshore Series • Offshore Series Middle Harbour also hosts a number of charity events/industry days, regattas and championships. If racing is not for you, the Cruising Division offers a vast program of training and leisurely activities on a monthly basis and are an equally valued part of the membership at Middle Harbour Yacht Club. We also have a thriving Junior section and the popular Centreboard Program offers youngsters the opportunity to learn to sail as well as offering racing, holiday camps and development programs throughout the year. 10 |The Breeze ANNUAL ISSUE 2014

You are never too old to learn new skills. Our resident training school, Flying Fish Australia, which is located on the foreshores of the Club, offers a range of courses for adults looking to better themselves and their sailing experience. The accredited courses regularly available range from learning the basics through to yacht master qualifications (RYA/YA), Safety at Sea Survival, radio communications and powerboat training. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a boat, we can help you join one as crew. A registration system is in place to bring boat owners and crew together. Pre-register or just drop by on a race day. The Club welcomes any level of crew to participate in our sailing programs. Middle Harbour Yacht Club looks forward to seeing you at the Club and on the water. The MHYC Sailing Office can assist you with any queries, please call us (02) 8969 3102. The Sailing Office is open from Tuesday-Sunday, 0900hrs-1700hrs.


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Winning start to the year for Australian Sailing Team

The Australian Sailing Team has made a strong start to the 2013 European season, with medal winning performances at a number of events

The season began at the ISAF Sailing World Cup round in Spain with Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan winning their first European event together in the 470 men while Tom Burton won silver in the Laser. Next stop was the World Cup round in France where Belcher, Ryan and Burton were again on the podium, this time both crews won gold. In Italy Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin won Australia’s first medal in the new Nacra 17 mixed multihull, with silver at the EUROSAF Champions Cup event. In the Laser class Ryan Palk won his first medal of the season, bronze. Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan were back in action at the EUROSAF event in Holland, winning gold again in the 470, while Perth teenager Matthew Wearn won silver in the Laser, his first international medal. 12|The Breeze ANNUAL ISSUE 2014

In Weymouth Olivia Price and Caitlin Elks won Australia’s first medal at a European event in the new 49erFX class with a bronze, with Will Phillips and Rhys Mara also winning bronze in the 49er. At the 470 European Championships Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan won gold, their eighth straight win together and Belcher’s 16th in a row. At the EUROSAF event in Kiel, Germany, Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin won their second medal of the year in the Nacra 17, a silver, with Olivia Price and Caitlin Elks also winning silver in the 49erFX. Tessa Parkinson and Chelsea Hall won bronze at their first 49erFX regatta together. For more information visit

Sailing Program

Middle Harbour Yacht Club has an event right for you Whatever your sailing craft and whatever your level of ability, from Olympic hopeful to someone who simply just likes the thrill of getting out on the water with friends, Middle Harbour Yacht Club has an event right for you. We offer racing and cruising in various formats, with a variety of entertaining and challenging Series which are outlined below. For further details regarding any of the racing, contact the Club’s Sailing Office on (02) 9969 1244 or see our website,

The Saturday Inshore Series

The Saturday Inshore Series is regarded as Sydney’s premier inshore racing program, offering competition from September to April in a variety of racing formats and a number of divisions, including IRC Class and One Design, throughout the year. We also offer Combined Clubs Racing in partnership with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, which sees our sailors gain valuable experience alongside those from other clubs, as well as the chance to sail other less familiar courses. Featuring Scratch Starts on the Sound of Sydney Harbour, there is a Spring Series, a Summer Series and an Annual Series which combines results from the two.| 13

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Ocean Pointscore Series

The Ocean Pointscore Series offers competitors day-long offshore experience with a variety of racing. These events are YA Special Regulation Category 4 with PHS and IRC Results. This series is ideal for the yachtsperson who wants to experience ocean racing without the exertion of having to compete in the longer ocean races of the Gillawa Shield Series. There are generally around seven races, which are run on either a Saturday or Sunday, with the first race in October and the last towards the end of March. 14|The Breeze ANNUAL ISSUE 2014

Wild Oats Thursday Twilight Non-Spinnaker Series

Nothing beats the social atmosphere and enjoyment of MHYC Twilight Non-Spinnaker Racing on Thursday nights during Daylight Saving. More than 20 races are scheduled from October to April in multiple divisions, from J24's to Bavaria 57. Racing on the waters of Middle Harbour and Sydney Harbour, with an 1800hrs start, it is the perfect tonic after a hard day at work. Very much a sociable event, there is often post-race entertainment on the beachfront, with a beach BBQ and bistro meals available at the Club.

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Sailing Program Inner Circle Rum Wednesday Series We’re a dedicated bunch here at Middle Harbour and if you need your sailing fix midweek whatever the time of year, then the Wednesday Series is for you. Join the devoted sailors who sail every Wednesday all year round and whose motto is “The worst days sailing is still better than the best day at work”! Sailing is non-spinnaker, with a 60-minute count-up pursuit start. Racing starts at 1300hrs (1330hrs Daylight Savings Time), with the finish outside the Clubhouse. Racing done, it’s back to the Club to gather your crew and friends for a BBQ, trivia quiz and raffles on the deck of the Harbourview Bar & Bistro. The annual Seafood Christmas Day Race is a particular highlight for Wednesday competitors and one not to be missed! New crew are always welcome, and casual entries are accepted on the day prior to 1200hrs.

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Feature Events

Feature Events are perfect for those interested in taking that step into competitive sailing but not quite sure if they are ready. They represent the chance to fine tune your sailing skills and are a great way to meet other Club members. Racing is in various formats, with a variety of entertaining and challenging courses. Events are held throughout the year, and provide a great social atmosphere for which the MHYC beach is famous. Feature Races include the traditional start to the sailing season in September, the Commodores’ Front Up Cup (including Sail Past & Opening Day), as well as the 7 Islands Race, which forms part of the Sydney’s Short Ocean Racing Championship (SSORC). 18|The Breeze ANNUAL ISSUE 2014

Leading Edge Series

The Middle Harbour Leading Edge Series is a short five-week program of Clubhouse pursuit races which are run on Saturdays as a lead-up to the start of new sailing season in September. If you have been inactive over the Winter, it is an ideal way of making sure your boat (and your body!) is in perfect shape for the start of the season proper. A Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker Series, competition commences at 1230hrs and casual entries are welcome. A presentation is held at the conclusion of the final race of the series.

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Sydney City Marine Winter Series

The Sydney City Marine Winter Series is held on Saturdays from May to July, though no racing takes place over the June Long Weekend. A 10-race series, with two discards, racing takes place in the North Harbour area, with first warning signal at 1200hrs. There are a variety of courses to suit the conditions, using YA and laid marks, and there are spinnaker and non-spinnaker divisions. Another wonderful social occasion, a morning Sandbar BBQ greets skippers and crew prior to racing and our Bistro serves postrace weekly Specials for members and guests to enjoy. Prize-giving presentations take place after each race at the MHYC Clubhouse with great weekly and season prizes to be won courtesy of sponsor Sydney City Marine. 20|The Breeze ANNUAL ISSUE 2014

Offshore Racing - Gillawa Shield Series

Those seeking Ocean Racing should consider the Gillawa Shield Series. This is a long Ocean Race Series comprising four races held in conjunction with the CYCA Blue Water Pointscore Series, with PHS, IRC and ORCI Divisions and starting with the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race. These Cat 2 events are ideal for those looking for a fresh challenge having enjoyed the Club’s own Ocean Pointscore Series. While a serious test in their own right, they are the perfect stepping stone for those whose ultimate goal is perhaps either the Sydney to Hobart or the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race.




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Championship Racing Middle Harbour is proud of its heritage and has a rich history of offering championship racing for those sailors at the peak of their powers. The two jewels in the Club’s crown are the Sydney Harbour Regatta and the Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship, details of which are outlined below. However, the Club also has a pedigree for organising both State, National and World events. There is arguably no more spectacular water-based location for competition and if you dream of bringing your event to Sydney Harbour, please give us a call.

Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship

Held over the last weekend in November, the Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship is widely regarded as a tune-up for the serious yachts and crews campaigning for the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race. An integral part of the Australian Sailing scene fastapproaching its 40th anniversary, the event is keenly contested and eagerly anticipated, particularly as organisers are always adapting the programme from year to year so that it meets competitors’ needs and keeps pace with the evolving trends of yacht racing. 24 |The Breeze ANNUAL ISSUE 2014

Saturday sees an Ocean Race (OPS) to Lion Island, with Sunday featuring a Short Ocean Race followed at its conclusion by a Windward/Leeward Race. The Championship is conducted on the Manly and Macquarie Circles just off Sydney Heads and a Passage Course Area starting and finishing in Sydney Harbour. Classes include: IRC Windward/Leeward, One Design Windward/Leeward and Passage Series. Full event details can be found on the Official Event Website,

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Classes include: One Design Classes, IRC Divisions, PHS Divisions and Offshore Passage, held over nine course areas.

The event attracted more than 100 sailors from sailing nations across the world, with more than 80 per cent of the competitors having some form of disability. It was a challenge for the Club, but one which we rose to magnificently, helped by the fantastic efforts of our team of willing volunteers.

Hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club, the Sydney Harbour Regatta is one of the largest competitive keelboat regattas in Australia, taking place in the second week of March (March 8-9 in 2014). The program sees more than 200 keelboats racing in 26 divisions on 10 course areas on Sydney Harbour and Offshore.

A series of races takes place over both Saturday and Sunday, with up to 10 races depending on the class. With no discarded results allowed, competitors really have to be on their mettle throughout two exhilarating days of competition.

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Cruising Ask a random cross-section of our membership why our Club and sailing is their passion and each will likely come up with a slightly different reason. Middle Harbour Yacht Club's sailors come from all walks of life and not everyone is built for competition. And, believe it or not, not everyone dreams of standing on the top step of the podium in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 with an Olympic gold medal draped around their neck. For some, sailing is more about relaxation, enjoying the company of others and the freedom to take off with friends and family at a moment’s notice unperturbed by such bothersome landbased irritations as traffic jams.

one on-water event per month is planned – however Cruising Division members are on the water most weekends and are recognisable by the distinctive “Compass Rose” burgee (a white compass rose on a red triangular background) flying below the Club pennant. Our Christmas cruise has been to destinations such as Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and Batemans Bay. The group meets at 7.30pm on the third Monday of each month at the Club, with a bring-yourown barbeque at 6.30pm. Guest speakers are invited to each meeting, with the aim to alternate between “interesting” and “informative” subjects – although most tend to be both! For example, speakers have included accounts of long distance cruises such as from Europe to Australia and through South East Asia.

This friendly, laid-back group of people rarely are without a smile on their face and form the Some of our own Cruising Division members embark on their own adventures to far-flung bulk of our popular Cruising Division. corners of the globe, but invariably keep in Cruising activities are characterised as relaxed, touch with Middle Harbour so friends and fellow family friendly, non-competitive, often short- members can plot their progress. handed and usually of a more social nature. A variety of events are organised ranging from social raft-ups, to on-harbour events, to long weekends in Pittwater and Port Hacking. Typically

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The aims of the Cruising Division are to: • Encourage and support existing Club members to undertake cruising activities in their yachts. • Encourage and support new members to join the Club and to undertake cruising activities. • Encourage competent and safe seamanship amongst our members. •O  rganise and undertake cruises in company, be they single day, weekend, or longer cruises, further afield. •O  rganise and hold informative meetings of interest to those wishing to cruise and those wishing to expand their knowledge of cruising. •O  rganise and hold education sessions on cruising topics where necessary, or locate and support suitable education courses held by other bodies. •O  rganise and hold social occasions to bring together the Middle Harbour Yacht Club cruising fraternity. To join the Cruising Division, there is a one-off $50 joining fee in addition to MHYC Club Membership. Application forms can be downloaded from the Club’s website, Cruising Division members receive the monthly Compass Rose publication, which can also be downloaded from the Club’s website, as well as being able to attend monthly Cruising Division meetings and our popular get-togethers/raftups.| 31

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Becoming a Member

Interested in joining one of the most vibrant yacht clubs in Australia? Membership is currently open and we would be delighted to welcome you to Middle Harbour Yacht Club. The Club has a range of memberships, ranging from Full Member for boat owners or skippers, right through to Social, which allows use of the Club’s excellent shoreside facilities only. If you do not have a boat, take advantage of the discounted Sailing Membership, enabling you to take part in the Club’s active racing calendar and social scene. Family Membership represents excellent value. It incorporates one Full, Sailing, Sailing Under 30

or Associate Member plus spouse/partner. Youth members under 18 years of age can then join at no extra cost. Known as a “friendly club”, Middle Harbour Yacht Club member benefits include discounts on food and beverages, birthday dinner voucher, access to the private beach and the Club’s dining facilities. Members also receive our eNewsletter and other sailing-related benefits. Full details of membership criteria and current subscription rates can be found on our website, Please contact Pip Lodder our Member Services Co-ordinator on (02) 8969 3101 if you require further information.| 33

Benefits of Membership Middle Harbour Yacht Club members enjoy an active year-round sailing program. Here are just a few more compelling reasons to join our friendly Club: • Access to our private beach • Access to the Harbourview Bar and Bistro with views overlooking Middle Harbour, open WednesdaySunday • Access to the Sandbar and Cafe, a great place to spend the day with family and friends, open WednesdaySunday • Family activities including junior sail training, kids discos and annual Christmas Party • Ability to sign in up to six guests • Booking privileges for our great function facilities, ideal for company conferences, weddings, birthday parties and anniversaries, including the private Member’s Room • Receive weekly E-News publications of the latest happenings at the Club • Receive the annual Breeze Magazine • Receive the annual Sailing Handbook (sailing members only) • Discounted Race Entry Fees (Full members only) • A 10% discount on food and beverages when using your MHYC membership card (preloaded with funds) 34 |The Breeze ANNUAL ISSUE 2014

• One night free berthing on the marina per month (Full members only and subject to availability) • Access to the Pumpout Facility • Tender Service between Clontarf Marina and MHYC • Personalised Membership Card to gain access to the Clubhouse and use to enter similar yacht clubs in Australia • A 10% discount on MHYC Merchandise • A 8% discount on services at Sydney City Marine for annual maintenance services performed between Easter and 1 September and for antifouls during January (when booked during December). Excludes any sub-contractor work. • 20% off purchases at Helly Hansen Chatswood store when you present your MHYC Membership Card conditions apply. • 15% off online watch purchases from Bausele watches - visit and enter MHYC Member code BSGP15WF| 35

Juniors and the Learn to Sail Program Australia’s medal success in sailing at recent Olympic Games has not only made a famous seafaring nation very proud, it has inspired a whole new generation of youngsters wanting to take to the water to emulate their heroes.

looking to promote and provide opportunities in keelboat racing and windsurfing.

For the real high-flyers, what better place to learn than the home of the Australian Olympic team? Not everyone at Middle Harbour Yacht Club, though, has a medal to show for their efforts and it is equally as thrilling to introduce a new youngster to the sport whether they are Olympic hopeful or someone who merely enjoys taking to the water to enjoy a fun social time with their friends. And let’s face it, there are few more spectacular backdrops for sailing than in the magnificent and iconic setting of Sydney Harbour.

This three-stage program is held during school holidays and Sundays during the school term and is aimed at 7 to 14 year olds. On the completion of this program, kids will be invited into the Middle Harbour Yacht Club Junior Sailing Development and Racing Optimist Team, to crew for an older child in the International Cadets.

The Middle Harbour Yacht Club's Learn to Sail Program is divided into two paths – the Primary School Age Path and the Secondary School Age If your son or daughter has caught the sailing bug, Path. We start them young at Middle Harbour, then there is nowhere better than Middle Harbour with a programme in place for four-year-olds and Yacht Club for them to see if sailing really is the upwards. The Primary School Age path utilises the sport for them. Not only do we have a dedicated Club’s Poly Optimist Fleet and Yachting Australia’s junior organiser and a team of willing helpers, there “Tackers” Program, which introduces children to is a structured program in place which can carry the basics of sailing through games on and off the them all the way from total beginners to serious water. A buddy system of two kids per boat ensures competition, depending on their desire and ability. safety, camaraderie and maximum enjoyment.

The Middle Harbour Yacht Club's Junior Centre board Division’s main aim is to encourage youths on to the water in a safe and fun environment where their skills can be developed and improved. The Centreboard Division promotes and encourages youths into Centreboard Racing at Club, State, National and International Events, while also 36 |The Breeze ANNUAL ISSUE 2014

Certificates and prizes are awarded at every successful completed step, giving the youngsters a real sense of achievement and a desire to graduate to the next level alongside their friends.

It’s not all work and no play, though, with the chance to explore most of the beaches in the North Harbour area, including Manly, Balmoral, Northbridge and Quarantine Bay.

The Secondary Age path is aimed at 12 to 18 year olds. This program is also divided into three stages based on the Yachting Australia Basic Skills and Better Sailing curriculum. The first two stages are completed in the Laser Pico with the final stage completed in the MHYC’s Club 420s and International Cadets. These programs are held during school holidays and Sundays during the school term. On completion of this program, teenagers will be invited into the Middle Harbour Yacht Club Junior Sailing Development and Racing 420 and International Cadets Team. Middle Harbour Yacht Club also provides avenues for these sailors to move into windsurfing or keelboat racing.

Middle Harbour Yacht Club is proud to be an accredited Yachting Australia Discover Sailing Centre. This means all MHYC Centreboard Division instructors are Yachting Australia Qualified. For more details, contact Lachlan Pryor on (02) 9969 1244 or email:

There was a realisation that not everyone who came through the Tackers were immediately ready to go into the full-on race training of the development squad or race squad. So we recently created the Middle Harbour Yacht Club Adventure Squad as a stepping stone for those who still wanted to have fun and were not quite ready for racing. The sailors are taught to understand navigation of a harbour, including cardinal marks, port and starboard marks and how to make their way up a narrow channel. They will be doing this all the while improving on their sailing skills and techniques in tacking, gybing, sail setting and boat trim.| 37

Junior Development and Racing Squads Middle Harbour offers junior sailors the opportunity to train with top quality coaches during the week and on weekends. With our Head Coach and their team of highly experienced and qualified coaches, sailors are given the opportunity to represent MHYC at local, national and international events. MHYC offers the following squads • Optimist Development Squad • Optimist Racing Squad • International 420 & International Cadet Development and Racing Squad • International Laser 4.7 Development and Racing Squad All squads train Wednesday nights, Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings, with Club and inter-club events on weekends. Middle Harbour Junior Racing Program The Middle Harbour Junior Centreboard Division races International Optimists, International 420s, International 470s, International Cadets and other classes on request. Racing is held all year round with the following schedule: • • • •

Autumn Championship (May to June) Spring Pointscore (October to December) Summer Pointscore (February to April) Winter Pointscore (July to October)

The Centreboard Racing program relies on volunteers with all parents required to assist a minimum of once each term. Additional volunteers are always welcome and greatly appreciated. The full racing schedule is available on the MHYC website,

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Race Management

Middle Harbour Yacht Club’s Race Management Team have a proud history of providing Club members and visitors with some of the best racing inshore and offshore around Sydney Harbour. It is an important job without which there would be no racing and one which is very much a team effort. Each yacht competing in one of the Club’s racing series is asked to supply a sailing member at least once a year to assist the MHYC Race Management Team. They can expect to be fully utilised, fulfilling as diverse roles as course setting, mark laying and retrieval to starting, conducting and finishing the race. Depending on their skills or qualifications they may get the opportunity to drive mark laying boats and tenders. This gives volunteers a chance to learn and experience first-hand what happens behind the

scenes to run a day’s racing. Not only does it ensure Middle Harbour has a pool of talented people we can call upon to help with race management, it can lead some to taking their new-found skills further. The Club is a firm supporter of the National Officiating Program (NOP) that has been developed to provide a clear and consistent pathway for volunteer officials in the sport of sailing. Ultimately, it could lead to a role as Race Officer, Judge, Umpire or Measurer at Club, State, National or even International level. If you would like to assist, please contact the Sailing Office on (02) 9969 1244. No experience is required, just the will to learn and enjoy yourself on Sydney Harbour.| 39

Charity/Corporate Regattas If you are looking for a suitable venue to host an event which will combine an enjoyable and fun time for guests in a safe yet relaxed environment and at the same time raise money for good causes then look no further. Your search stops with us! Middle Harbour Yacht Club is well known as the place to host a Charity Event or Corporate/Industry Day Regatta. With a primary focus on the social aspect, rather than the ‘serious’ side of sailing, an MHYC Regatta is a great way to enjoy a day out on the water whilst raising money for a worthy cause. When the sailing is over, make use of the Club’s excellent facilities and hospitality to hold your presentation and to continue the networking and forging of new partnerships which all help boost the fundraising effort on the day and in the future. Charity Event Regattas at MHYC have helped raise over $1,000,000 each year for various charities over many years, whilst the dedicated teams of people organising the events raise important funds and promote the causes they so strongly fight for. The Club is vastly experienced in hosting such events and would be delighted to offer as much assistance and advice as you need. Call us on (02) 9969 1244 or email to discuss your plans.

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Marina and Mooring Information MHYC has 103 marina berths available to Full, Senior and Life Members only, together with additional moorings. Members who wish to berth their boat on the marina or moorings are required to log their interest with the marina manager. The Club applies the following priority to the application of berths: • Members who have provided significant financial support or services to the Club; • Marina Pre-Paid (10-year) Applicants; • Debenture Applicants; • Current Marina Berth occupiers; • Current Club Mooring occupiers; • Wait list applicants. Additionally in allocating vacancies the Club applies a preference to vessel type and club usage: • Prime preference to boats of appropriate size to berth; • Preference to yachts engaged in the Club’s sailing program (racing or cruising); • Motor Vessels. From time to time temporary berthing may be available for visiting yachts and vessels. The Club operates a local tender service for the convenience of its members during sailing days and on weekends. The Tender Service is available to boats owned by MHYC members kept on Club and non-Club moorings in the area of Middle Harbour from Chinaman’s Beach to the Spit Bridge and in the upper Middle Harbour area from the Spit Bridge to Pearl Bay. Tender service to and from Clontarf Marina is provided free to all MHYC members during scheduled hours to ease parking congestion at MHYC. Tender Service to boats on MHYC Moorings is included in permanent Mooring Fees and no additional fee is payable.

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Dining at Middle Harbour Middle Harbour Yacht Club offers a variety of dining experiences offering anything from a filling snack or coffee in the Sandbar & Cafe, the likes of a tasty steak, freshly-caught seafood or the popular MHYC Beef Burger in the Harbourview Bar & Bistro or a more lavish three-course meal at Cala Luna. Wherever you choose, all the venues offer a warm welcome, excellent service and a genuine family-friendly environment.

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The Harbourview Bar & Bistro The Harbourview Bar & Bistro promises a fresh dining experience, offering the ideal combination of stunning surrounds combined with a generous menu. Enjoy a meal, come for a drink, or a conference or just come for the view, which is spectacular. Seating is available for 60 inside and a further 60 people on the sheltered balcony. For Bistro Bookings please call: (02) 9969 1244 Open For Lunch: Wednesday-Sunday noon-3pm Open For Dinner: Friday & Saturday 6-9pm The Sandbar & Cafe For a completely relaxed bite to eat, a refreshing beer or an espresso coffee, the Sandbar & Cafe, right on the beach at Middle Harbour, is the place to be and a great spot to while away a morning or lunchtime. Open: Wednesday-Sunday, generally 9am-2pm in winter and 8am-2pm in summer, but also between 4pm-10pm on Thursdays in summer. Cala Luna @ Middle Harbour Cala Luna offers the freshest Australian produce from the Rossetti family farm in NSW Southern Highlands and an extensive, award-winning wine list. Open: Tuesday-Sunday Lunch: 12pm-4pm Dinner: 6pm-Late For more details and to see menus, visit the website, Phone (02) 9968 2426 for bookings and enquiries. 44 |The Breeze ANNUAL ISSUE 2014

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Functions If you are looking for a superior host for your wedding, party, conference or special occasion, Middle Harbour Yacht Club can offer an unbeatable location. There is something extra special about a waterfront setting. Add outstanding service, great food and versatile function accommodation to the mix, it really does represent a winning combination. With a selection of flexible rooms overlooking the Harbour, our rooms are yours to do as you wish! You can have your wedding ceremony on our private beach and reception only metres away at Cala Luna restaurant - chic, stylish and convenient. Birthday or engagement parties, social, sporting clubs or school functions, corporate social evenings or Christmas parties, all are made very welcome. We have six rooms available for functions: • The Quarterdeck Room • The Commodores Room • Cala Luna Restaurant • The Sandbar & Deck • Harbourview Bar & Bistro • The Sandbar & Deck and exclusive beach, which when combined make a perfect venue for any outdoor event. Our room layout can be viewed in more detail on our website, Quality food is available using only the best local organic and sustainable produce. Our experienced events team – specialists with years of experience, who will do everything to make your occasion perfect – working with you every step of the way, from planning through to the event itself. For further information on venue capacity, layout or availability contact our Functions Co-Ordinator on (02) 8969 3109

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Social Activities

Middle Harbour members have many things in common but two of the most important are a love of a sailing and a love of life.

When we say we are a friendly Club, we really mean it. Pop down and see us any day of the week, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed because a warm welcome awaits! You don’t have to like a drink and a party to enjoy the social life on offer at MHYC but it certainly helps! Popular gatherings include the last Friday of the Month drinks at the bar, which is something of a Club institution. And there’s the legendary Barefoot Ball held at the end of March. That’s the traditional Middle Harbour way of celebrating another wonderful summer of sailing as members gather (in fancy dress) for a night of good food and good company, accompanied by musical entertainment, with a band, DJ, or often both. 48|The Breeze ANNUAL ISSUE 2014

The sailing program just lends itself to an active social calendar anyway, with sailors meeting up after competition every weekend or following evening racing such as our summer Thursday Twilight NonSpinnaker Series. There is also a Meet and Greet Night at the start of the season for skippers and would-be crew to get to know each other, as well as informative sailing seminars with guest speakers for members and guests, quarterly. But don’t get the impression that we are propping up the bar every night. We are a family Club, with events such as junior discos and Christmas parties just as important a part of the social scene. There are also more serious get-togethers such as skill development evenings with talks from some of the sport’s most experienced people.

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How to Find Us How to Find Us

Public Transport

The Club is located on The Spit, on the northern edge of Mosman, on the Lower North Shore of Sydney, seven kilometres north-east of the Sydney CBD.

Numerous regular bus services, including the 151, 180, 184 and 185, depart Wynyard Station, Carrington St (Stand A). Journey time from central Sydney is just under 30 minutes.

Directions From the North Sydney suburbs take the Manly Road over Spit Bridge and we are just on the other side of the bridge on the left. From the north west, leave the Warringah Freeway at exit 10 towards Mosman/Manly. Remain on the A8 (Military Road which becomes Spit Road) for around 5km before turning right in Parriwi Park into Spit Road. From Sydney CBD take the Bradfield Highway north over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Keep right at the fork on to the Warringah Freeway and leave at exit 10, following the signs to Mosman, before following the directions in “from the north west� above.

We look forward to welcoming you to Middle Harbour Yacht Club. If you have any questions or would like further information then please do not hesitate to contact us: Middle Harbour Yacht Club Lower Parriwi Road The Spit Mosman NSW 2088

Tel: 02 9969 1244 Fax: 02 9969 3326 Email: Web:

You can also follow all the latest news from the Club on Facebook

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Always keep a lookout for seagoing ships and STEER CLEAR of them



Listen to the safety broadcast from Sydney Ports’ Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) on VHF Channel 13 for details of vessel movements Monitor VHF Channel 13 for position reports from vessels



DO NOT pass between escort vessel and ship

Before heading out check the Daily Vessel Movements on the Sydney Ports website:

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