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GENERAL COMMITTEE 2011/2012 Commodore-in-Chief His Royal Highness Prince Philip K.G.K.T Duke of Edinburgh

Chris Carlile Vice Commodore

David Lynch Treasurer

Stephen Richards Commodore

Mark Welsh Club Captain Sail

Garry Anderson Committee Member

Bill Stubbs Club Captain Recreational Boating

Luke Reinehr Committee Member

Rob Date Committee Member

Kate Mitchell Rear Commodore

Marija Sasson Club Captain Off The Beach

Alistair Murray Committee Member

Terry Hall Committee Member

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COMMODORE’S REPORT The sailing season has started and I join with you in looking forward to days out on the water, participating in whatever is your preference - either racing, power and recreational boating or OTB dinghy sailing. Our Centenary Year has been hugely significant. The year has included a full program of celebratory events and I trust you found something that was special for you. The celebrations concluded on Opening Day this year so we are now travelling in the second century of SYC’s existence and you are part of that. As Chairman of the Centenary Planning Committee, I thank the considerable efforts of the committee and particularly Kevin Wood who made a wonderful contribution ensuring the success of the program. I am sure you are aware that SYC is now an active member of the International Council of Yacht Clubs (ICOYC) which comprises 27 leading yacht clubs from around the world. In early September this year, Richard Hewett and I attended our first forum of the ICOYC in Seattle, USA. I came away from the forum thinking that SYC is well positioned amongst our fellow ICOYC members and there is mutual benefit to be gained from continuing our positive interaction and dialogue with our new colleagues. I am delighted to say that we have completed all the objectives for upgrading the facilities of SYC. We have finally completed the OTB beachfront area and the racking for all their boats. In my view, it looks great. In September we managed to convince Lou Abrahams that the members wanted to acknowledge his contribution to sailing and in particular his promotion of junior sailors through the ranks. Consequently, I was very proud to be able to name the OTB precinct the “Lou Abrahams Off the Beach Sailing Centre” in his honour during a recent special opening ceremony. Over our winter we had significant successes in overseas championships and World Titles, ranging from our juniors in International Cadets through to our seniors in Tasers. Well done to you all. Normally our AGM’s are fairly dry affairs, but the feedback we have received from our recent AGM has been very positive. We had good member participation and the agenda contained good news stories. The Treasurer delivered a positive outlook for the future of your yacht club and Vice Commodore Chris Carlile kept us intrigued leading up to his announcement of a new life member Phil SpryBailey. I’m sure you will join with me in congratulating Phil on achieving this recognition – he is a gentleman, a sailor and a wonderful club contributor. After five years of serving on General Committee, including a term as OTB captain, Dean Robson has stepped down from committee and has been replaced by Alistair Murray. Thank you Dean for your positive and willing contribution.


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The annual SYC Ball held in September was a Centenary event and once again was a great success. It was my pleasure to announce Robyn Coombs as Club Person of the Year and Marty Power as the (constructive) ‘Stirrer’ of the Year. Opening Day on 2 October was also an outstanding success this year. The theme of ‘Sail 2 C’ was apt and the display of the high-speed boats gave us a glimpse of where our sport might be heading. The day was well supported by you all and I was delighted with the sail past numbers including OTB, Sail and Power. The day was planned and directed by Ian Whitbread and the Club is indeed fortunate to have such a dedicated and skilled club member. Also thank you to Peter Turrell who captured the evidence of the Sail Past and posted a professionally edited photo sequence on the TV’s in the Members’ Bar. The Strategic Planning Committee continues to be mindful of the six strategic objectives of SYC and some initiatives have already been implemented. These objectives keep us focussed on tomorrow with a view to deliver a better yacht club and improved benefits to members.

Steve Richards Commodore


Goldfinger and Wildside on the start line - photography by John Dynan

Sail Committee at SYC is a sub-committee of the General Committee that is focussed on the Keelboat Racing program and activities in support of that program. The overall aim of Sail Committee is to support the vision of Sandringham Yacht Club by organising and promoting keelboat racing programs and events that benefit members and their changing needs, maintain or improve racing standards and encourage growth and enjoyment in the sport. The committee comprises the Sail Club Captain, Club Handicapper, a representative of race management, a representative of the Boating Office and up to eight other members including one Intermediate member. Within Sail Committee, each member has an assigned portfolio of activities, including the annual race calendar, safety / risk management, divisional & series representation (eg Wednesday Wonders, J/24, etc), intermediate member activities, race documentation, handicapping, race management, interclub & YV liaison, communication/ promotion/information nights, protests, etc. Sail Committee meet once a month to monitor these activities. Before covering some key aspects of the coming season, congratulations to the winners of the Winter Series’ and other recent interstate keelboat racing events: SYC Winter Series:

ORCV Winter Series: Audi Sydney-Gold Coast:









Overall Best Performed






At the time of writing, we have just held a very successful Opening Day of the 2011/12 season and are now focussed on running the upcoming program. As for last season, we are fortunate to have ULR and Melbourne City Land Rover again on board as sponsors of the program, and my thanks to these sponsors for your continued support of our racing. Sail Committee continue to refine the racing program as we obtain feedback from the members and negotiate various conflicts with other clubs, public holidays etc. I am very pleased to again report that the majority of feedback received regarding last year’s program has been positive and we have kept much the same structure again for this season. In Summer we have the opportunity to race our keelboats up to four days per week: Wednesday Wonders, Thursday Twilights, Saturday Aggregates, Sunday Sailors, Women in Sailing Challenge, as well as speciality one-design sprint series racing for our growing fleet of J24’s, Sydney 38’s, offering plenty of variety for members. Our race management team volunteers continue to excel in the conduct of racing at SYC and without them we would have no racing. I encourage any member that has an interest in assisting with race management to contact the Boating Office.

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Winners of State Titles held during the SYC Centenary Regatta

Bandit - photography by John Dynan

marks and Pursuit-start racing, we hope to attract a large fleet of boats from around the Bay. Racing will again be followed up with some off-water festivities. Definitely lock this one into your calendar.

Some notable changes in this year’s program are: • Wednesday participants welcome our new series coordinators Rob Sill and Paul Mentiplay who take over from Kate Mitchell. My thanks to Kate for her tireless efforts with this Wednesday program over the past year.

• For the Saturday program, we have aimed to continue the variety of race formats. The program continues to integrate some racing with our kindred club, Royal Brighton Yacht Club, to provide an expanded fleet with the Peter Taylor series. RBYC and SYC also co-host and run 3 races of the popular Club Marine Series. This year the Club Aggregate has been separated from the Club Marine Series for a number of reasons, including member feedback that the Aggregate should have a focus on club-based events. The decision last season to amend the divisional break points saw a change in the fleet mix that was well received and is expected to continue much the same for this season, except that Division 0 has been removed for club-racing, reverting back to a three-division format. Due to low participation in recent times, there has been a format change to the Jisuma / Tam O’Shanter, moving from a Friday overnight race to a long-distance day race that may extend into the early evening to continue the opportunity to experience some racing at night. A reminder to all skippers that the Association Cup has been scheduled for Sunday 18 March 2012 – a single day event. Although not yet finalised, there are indications from RYCV that the format may be revised again to reduce the team size to a total of four boats (2 AMS, 2 IRC) to make the event more accessible to Port Phillip clubs. For SYC to win the trophy, we need to be able to choose the best possible team from the widest fleet possible, so please put this date into your calendars. After last year’s very successful inaugural SYC Centenary Regatta, we have scheduled this regatta to again be positioned as season-closing event on Saturday 28 April 2012. Offering a mixture of events including AMS/IRC short courses; one-design sprints; performance handicap fixed


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SYC Keelboat Racing Program - Trends

100 90 80 70 60 Entrants

• Women in Sailing Challenge has a slightly amended program that offers a variety of course types and again has the option of competing in the Club’s Beneteaus. Competitors in this series will also compete for the new Doris Little Perpetual Trophy, generously donated by Doris and Tim Little.

As reported at recent Ordinary General Meetings, Sail Committee continues to monitor metrics on participation in the keelboat programs. I am pleased to report that recent trends show a positive shift in participation in most series. The following graph tracks entrants:

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Season ended

Summer Aggregate WW Summer Twlight Sunday Sailors - Winter One Design Sprints - Summer




Saturday Winter WW Winter Sunday Sailors - Summer WISC One Design Sprints - Winter

Sail Committee will continue to monitor member feedback on our racing program, so if you have suggestions on further improvements, please contact either myself, the Boating Office or any of your Sail Committee representatives. Finally, a thank-you to the members that continue to contribute their time to Sail Committee - Ashley Trebilcock, Bruce Humphries, Daniel Pauly, Kate Mitchell, Lowa Paszko, Marissa McManus, Peter Williams, Simon Grain and Terry Hall. Good sailing…

Mark Welsh Club Captain - Sail

RECREATIONAL BOATING REPORT Hello fellow Recreational Boating friends, 2011 has been a very busy year with many Recreational Boating events on offer.

The annual SYC Cup Navigation Rally was postponed from its original date of February 13 because of a clash with the Centenary 25 year lunch. Unfortunately, on the event’s alternate date, extreme weather caused this Navigation Rally to be cancelled.

During the year Mal Billings kindly accepted my invitation to join the Recreational Boating Committee. Mal co-owns a forty-nine foot Bavaria yacht named Uluwatu and brings many years of ocean cruising experience to the table. Mal’s appointment was in line with our strategy to develop offshore (ocean) Cruises-in-Company into our Recreational Boating program.

This year’s “Fishos’ Night” was held on Saturday 19 February 2011. The more casual (and cheaper!) format worked well with many people telling me it should be the same as such next year. The Port Phillip Room was set up to resemble a fishing village/“hawkers’ market” with seafood offerings being served from various themed stalls.

I am very pleased to report Recreational Boating activities are now attracting people from all sections of the Club regardless of vessel type or size. Whilst communicating adequately to members will always be a challenge we have recently created our own Recreational Boating database thanks to the some very diligent and hard work from Recreational Boating Committee member Sue Bowes. The database will enable us to communicate with our “target audience” more easily. On 16 January 2011, eight power boats and seven yachts left the SYC marina for the short trip down to Red Bluff for the annual picnic/raft-up day. With very light south westerly winds and sunny skies, the conditions were perfect for such an event. After three or so hours of picnicking, swimming, kayaking and generally “messing about” on the boats, the fleet of 15 headed home to our marina just before the expected wind change having enjoyed a pleasant short cruise and some on-water socialising! I was happy to report this event’s numbers were well up on last year’s.

136 members and their guests enjoyed some wonderful music from “The Pardoners” plus hilarious and engaging entertainment from Con the Fruiterer (Mark Mitchell) who delivered his mischief around tales about his fisherman father and fishing in general. This year the Recreational Boating Committee hosted this function in conjunction with the Social Committee. It was a pleasure to work with people who know what they are doing in terms of event management. My thanks to Robyn Coombs, Cheryl Renouf and the other members of the Social and Recreational Boating Committees for assisting in making this night such a success. It is with regret, I advise the Clipsal Investigator Navigation Rally/Cruise in Company scheduled for the weekend of March 18, 19 and 20 had to be postponed until a date to be advised due to a very poor response. This was disappointing for our club not to be represented in this feature boating activity of many Port Phillip motor yacht clubs but the 2010 Recreational Boating survey did indicate a lack of interest by members in Navigation Rallies so I guess I should not have been surprised.

The happy punters at the Winery Tour/Picnic

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RECREATIONAL BOATING REPORT Fun at the January raft-up picnic

The Docklands Cruise-in-Company

We will however continue Robyn Coombs and Gill Stubbs with to promote and attempt running Summer raft-up line up at Red Bluff “Con the Fruiterer” at Fishos’ Night. Navigation Rallies and to this end the annual SYC Cup shall be run in mid February 2012 and a scaled down version of the Clipsal Early on Sunday July 24 2011, the annual Recreational Investigator Navigation Rally will be run late March 2012. Boating Presentation Breakfast was held in the Members’ Other events during this past calendar year included a Cruise-in-Company on Saturday 2 April 2011 when 12 yachts and 10 power boats with their guests ventured north from SYC in somewhat sloppy conditions to Waterfront City at Docklands. The fun started at approximately 1730 with a marina pre-dinner “finger party” consisting of drinks and nibbles. Following the party the 71 SYC members and their guests proceeded to dinner at Achelya which is a Turkish restaurant at New Quay/Waterfront City at Docklands. The night at Achelya was huge to say the least. Very loud and festive Turkish music, delicious and plentiful food, an extraordinary belly dancer and some even partaking from nargile water pipes! Following dinner, many boats hosted “after parties” which went late into the night. Thankfully, due to the resumption of Eastern Standard Time early on Sunday morning, we all were able to avail ourselves of a much needed extra hour in our berths before returning safely to SYC. I was also extremely happy with the participation from the Recreational Boating fraternity in the Club Marine Centenary Regatta held on Saturday 30 April 2011. The pursuit sailing event had a significant number of entrants and the “Family Fun Rally” had 25 boats entered with a good mix of yachts and power boats. The winner of the Family Fun Rally was Eye Candy. Congratulations to her skipper and owners Andy and Annette Knight, together with their extremely knowledgeable crew!


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Bar. This event was a fantastic success with just over 100 people in attendance. The staff did a wonderful job in providing us all with hot plated gourmet breakfasts, juice and coffee. Delicious French pastries were provided free of charge by member Yves Morvan from French Fantasies Bakery. The bar was popular serving Bloody Marys, Glühwein and sparkling white wine. Sue Bowes was the very worthy winner of the Recreational Boating Person of the Year for 2011/2012. Sue has been an invaluable member of the Recreational Boating Subcommittee for some years and continually contributes to all Recreational Boating activities. Congratulations Sue. The annual Recreational Boating Winter Picnic was held on Saturday 27 August 2011. This year we had a full bus plus Doris Little and the Vickerys bringing up the rear in Doris’ own “Fun-Bus”. As usual, the event “went off” with drinks being served en route, a whistle stop at Arthurs Seat summit, tastings at Tuck’s Ridge winery, lunch at the Green Olive at Red Hill restaurant and then more tastings at the Bluestone Lane winery. More drinks were consumed during the passage home to SYC and the majority of the 40 “very tired” revellers proceeded to the Members’ Bar to ensure they became even more “tired”. Another grand day out! During the year we have as usual been presenting Guest Speaker nights every two months. Our aim was to have a mix of safety/educational nights and cruising experiences. These nights have had wonderful attendance numbers and I would like to particularly acknowledge club members George Shaw, Ron White, Rob Conn, Ian and Sue Boon, Peter Lees and Peter Turrell for their time and for sharing their experiences and expertise.


Recreational Boating Annual Presentation Breakfast Our Centenary Opening Day on 2 October 2011 was a great success with many Recreational Boaters including a record number of power boats, taking part in the Sail Past.

Should any members have ideas about events, communications and Recreational Boating in general please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.

By the time this edition of Off the Wind is published we will have had (weather permitting) Cruises-in-Company to Geelong/Queenscliff/ Sorrento and a separate one to Queenscliff in conjunction with the Benito’s Treasure passage race and the Queenscliff Music Festival. Our annual Fishing Competition and Christmas Party will also have been held.

Our aim continues to be the maximisation of membership participation through a range of Recreational Boating activities at our club.

Whilst our participation numbers in most events have been solid there are still many members who, in my belief, choose to use their club as a parking spot for their boat and little else.

I look forward to seeing you on the water and around our great club.

Bill Stubbs, Sue Bowes and Commodore Steve Richards following the presentation to Sue for the Recreational Boating Person of the Year.

Bill Stubbs Club Captain Recreational Boating

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OFF THE BEACH REPORT Opening Day for 2011 started the sailing season and was a huge success. I would like to thank all of the Off the Beach sailors who participated in the Sail Past (lead by the great Endeavour - driven by Glenn Taylor). Those who were not in dinghies, made sure they were on our club Beneteaus or scattered around on Keelboats with family and friends. Our dinghy sailors then went on to compete in the Opening Day Ronstan Challenge and if that was not enough excitement, the juniors and youth members followed with a Teams Racing demonstration event in front of the Club. These events can only happen when our wonderful group of volunteers give up their own time. I would like to especially thank and acknowledge Glenn Taylor for running the on-water events on the day, together with James Rohan, Terry Cavanagh, Craig Wiley, Shane Quinlan, Rob Freeman, Michael Coman, Marianne Rohan, Tara Rohan, and Kirstin Wiley. It was a very long day on the water and the time these members and volunteers put in was beyond the call of duty!

• Success is watching our club’s Keelboat owners giving opportunities to our junior and youth members to crew on their boats, appreciating that dinghy sailors are a valuable addition to any keelboat crew

Off the Beach is a very special and important part of our wonderful club. Many members start their sailing journey here, either as sailors, supporters and/or as volunteers. Through the friendships that are formed, many become long-time members of the Club and make the progression to crewing and sailing in keelboats. Participation in club life is what we espouse in the Off the Beach area. We strive to promote a family environment which caters to all types of sailors, be they sailors who just want to have fun on the water sailing with their friends or those that want to pursue a competitive sailing career.

Finally and I believe most importantly…

This leads me to think about what success means for Sandringham Yacht Club. Success can be many things: • Success is seeing our members win or place well in world, national, state and overseas championships • Success is seeing our members win well-deserved awards in the sailing world • Success is simply seeing the smiling faces on our young members when they come down to the Club to sail, but more importantly to some, to catch up with their sailing friends who they spend so much time with • Success is watching a young sailor coming last in races at the start of the season and then watching them keep trying and learning so that by the end of the season they can count a couple of boats behind them at the finish line • Success is watching the international cadet skippers letting their crews sail back into the marina - watching the mentoring process that makes this class so special • Success is watching one of our JDS coaches, who has finished sailing his own race, encouraging one of our young tired optimist sailors to keep persevering with bailing out the water after a capsize… resulting in the young sailor finishing the race. While it was hard work at the time, the young optimist sailor learnt many life skills that day and did himself proud on the water


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• Success is watching parents of new junior members get as much out of the Club as others have in the past and then joining up as new members themselves as they get involved in keelboat racing and on-water volunteering • Success is seeing the appreciation on juniors’ faces when Peta Davis, our Canteen Team Leader, hands out free bags of lollies to the competitors for their race down to Black Rock • Success is looking on with pride as our junior sailors grow up and start coaching and passing on what they have learnt to the next generation of junior club sailors • Success is watching (in between races waiting for the wind) Oli Tweddell (Finn sailor and JDS coach) swap his Finn for an Optimist to give the juniors a chance to say they sailed a Finn

• Success is watching our junior and youth sailors being involved in the sailing scene for a long time into the future. Some may be interrupted by study or work, but if we have given them the right environment and instilled a love of club and sailing in them - they will always come back! We were unlucky with the weather for Sail Sandy this year with all classes only getting one or two races in on the Saturday before the huge front came in. In a matter of seconds we had capsized boats across both courses. Thanks to our PRO Steve Aulich, ROs John Middleton and Graeme Matthews and because of our well-drilled and skilled team of rescue boat personnel, we were able to ensure that all sailors were rescued. It was a remarkable effort on behalf of all of our volunteers and we thank them all. Since our last Off the Wind edition, we have had some notable performances at overseas regattas, which you can read about in our “Conquering the World” report in this edition. Last but by no-means least, thank you to Hocking Stuart and those members who list their houses for sale or rental with Hocking Stuart. Jennifer Middleton, from Hocking Stuart, regularly presented us with a donation emanating from these sales or rentals. The OTB Committee is in the process of allocating these funds to various projects around the OTB area. Watch this space as we have some great ideas! Onwards and Upwards!

Marija Sasson Club Captain Off The Beach

OFF THE BEACH REPORT Conquering the World What a year 2011 has been for our members who have had the opportunity to compete in Championships overseas. In this edition of Off the Wind, we recognise the marvellous achievements of some of our OTB members in various world and overseas championships during the past six months.

TASAR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Congratulations to our new World Tasar Champions – Paul Ridgway and Bronwyn Ridgway! What deserving champions they are in every way. Paul and Bronwyn are great role models for all OTB sailors. They have shown all of our sailors what hard work and determination can achieve and most importantly, to never give up on your dream. The Tasar World Championships were held at the Royal Torbay Yacht Club in England. Twelve races were held over five days of racing and the weather provided a full range of conditions over the five days – from 5 knot to 30+ knot winds.

Paul and Bronwyn Ridgway

Sasson brothers come third in the Tasar World Championships

Paul and Bronwyn’s sailing skills, across the full range of conditions, provided them with a set of results of which many would be very envious. Out of the twelve races, all but one result were in the top six. The 11th place that Paul and Bronwyn had in the eleventh race was a result of a strategic decision in which they effectively match-raced their main opposition who were a threat to their hold on the Championship. Paul and Bronwyn led by two points as they headed into the final race. Their Australian opponents only needed to get into one of the first three places, whilst ensuring that the Ridgways were more than two boats behind them. As it was, Paul and Bronwyn finished third and became the Tasar World Champions for 2011. Congratulations also to SYC members, Pete Ellis and Charlotte Birbeck who finished eighth overall. Pete was not only competing, but he is also the World President of the Tasar Association and was responsible for organising the Championships.

INTERNATIONAL CADET WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Congratulations to Anton and Julian Sasson who came third in the 2011 International Cadet World Championships held in Kuhlungsborn, Germany on the Baltic Sea. After finishing second last year at the World Championships, they wanted to give it one more shot and their third place this year was extremely rewarding. They found the 2011 Championships far more challenging than those in 2010, due to the sailing conditions and sea state which were nothing like they had experienced before.

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OFF THE BEACH REPORT To make it even more of a challenge, Julian decided to fracture his left wrist three days before the first day of racing! There was no way this was going to stop him and thanks to Dr Robin Endersbee (the Team doctor and also accompanying parent!), a specially designed waterproof and removable cast was designed and made to allow him to race. Those who know the cadet will realise that different manoeuvres and positioning are required when gybing downwind. A broken wrist made it even more challenging for them. The first race day was very windy and in the first race their rudder rope snapped and they tipped. Broken wrist and all, Julian hauled himself back in the boat and they only lost two places. What an absolute champion! Apart from one day when nothing went their way (and this applied to the entire Australian team), they sailed smartly and fairly and all SYC members would have been proud of these two young sailors who have learnt all of their sailing at the OTB. Of the eleven races, they had seven top 10 results. It was a shame that Race Twelve did not eventuate as they had protested the Russian crew (who finished second overall) on the water and were confident of winning in the protest room. This would have left Race Twelve as the real decider. Alas, it was not to be. Anton has now been fortunate enough to compete in four International Cadet World Championships – two as crew and two as a skipper. In three of those World Championships, he has finished second, third and seventh. Good luck to him in his future sailing endeavours. At the same time as the World Championships, a Promotional Regatta is also held to allow those who missed out on selection to the World Championships to compete. This year, SYC had two boats entered in the Promotional, with the crews of Alice Endersbee and Eliza Davis and Grace Endersbee and Tilly Davis. Out of a fleet of 60 boats, Alice & Eliza finished 11th and Grace and Tilly finished 24th. There were many highlights, although the convincing race win that Alice and Eliza achieved and the third that Grace and Tilly had, really stand-out.

29ers On to the 29ers, we had two crews of James Sly and Tom Dwyer and Tess Lloyd and Lewis Duncan who went to Europe to compete in the 29er German Nationals, followed by the Europeans. Congratulations to James and Tom who came second in the German Nationals (by two points) and replicated this result again in the European Championships where they finished on the same number of points - 33 again! I am sure the Europeans weren’t too thrilled in having these Aussies come out and do so well! James and Tom have now moved into a 49er and will be names to watch over the next few years. Congratulations also to Tess Lloyd and Lewis Duncan who finished ninth at the German Nationals and 22nd in the Gold Fleet of the Europeans (held in Locarno Switzerland). Tess and Lewis only paired up about six months ago so this was a great result for them. Tess and Lewis also came first in the recent NSW Youth Championships - watch out for this combination at the 2012 Youth Nationals.


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2011 OTB Sleepover weekend

LASER RADIALS The World Championships for the Laser Radial Youth Mens were held in La Rochelle, France, and Jeremy O’Connell was competing. Jeremy had a race win and finished 13th from a fleet of 271. Congratulations to Jeremy. Working hard to cement her spot in the Australian Sailing Team is Krystal Weir in a Laser Radial. Over the past couple of years, Krystal has been focusing on her studies in Sydney but is now home so we will be seeing a lot more of her. Starting with the ISAF World Cup events in Mallorca, Spain, Krystal finished 22nd out of 78, in Hyeres France, 19th out of 98, in Weymouth, 13th from 91 and in Kiel second from 51. Krystal is now ranked sixth in the ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings in the Women’s Laser Radial.

FINN Oli Tweddell is one of the regular faces in the OTB where he is a much loved coach to quite a few of our Optimist and Laser sailors. This year he competed in the Finn in the ISAF World Cup events in Medemblik, Weymouth and Kiel. Over the past year, Oli has been eating and eating and eating and has been in the gym working very hard to put on an extra 20 to 30 kilos enabling him to weigh-in at the optimal 100 kilos to be competitive in this extremely tough class. After months of training here, this was his first serious foray into the world level. In Medemblik, Oli finished 29th from a field of 66, in Weymouth he finished 23rd out of 59 and beat the current Australian Sailing Team member Brendan Casey by one spot! In Kiel, Oli finished 11th from a field of 47. He scored a first and a third in two of the races. As you can see from the results, he kept improving at each event! Here is a young man who at only 21 is competing against the Trojans in this class including Ben Ainslie, Ed Wright, Scott Giles and Kljakovic-Gaspic to name a few.

470 To be part of the highly competitive field of 470 racing, Max Taylor and Tim Hannah travelled over to Helsinki, Finland to compete in the 470 European Opens. Max and Tim only paired up at the beginning of this year so this was their first big competition. They finished 14th in the Silver fleet which was a great start for them. Max is a very familiar face around our club and not only have he and Tim been training really hard (0630 in the mornings some times), but he has also spent many hours on the water coaching Anton, Julian, Alice, Grace, Tilly and Eliza in the Cadets and Tom and James in the 420s.

OFF THE BEACH REPORT Staying with the 470s but moving on to Sam Kivell, who has been competing in most of the ISAF World Cup events this year and also in the European Championships in Helsinki. In the ISAF World Cup events, in Mallorca, Spain, Sam finished 16th from a fleet of 84, in Hyeres France, 31st out of 106 (this included two race wins), in Medemblik, eighth from 68, in Weymouth, 29th from 77 and in Kiel sixth from 51. In the Open 470 Europeans, he finished 22nd. Sam sails with a young man from Sydney (Will Ryan) and somehow juggles life training between Sydney and Melbourne, as well as studying for an Engineering degree at university. Sam and Will are now ranked ninth in the ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings in the 470 class. Well done Sam!

Opening of the ‘Lou Abrahams’ OFF THE BEACH SAILING CENTRE

420 In the 420 Open European Championships held in Tavira, Portugal, we had two of our sailors, Tom Klemens and James Oliver competing. From a fleet of nearly 80 boats, the boys finished 18th in the Silver Fleet which was a great result as they have only been sailing together for six months. Congratulations Tom and James. OTB kids with Lou Abrahams

MUSTO SKIFF In September, Marcus Hamilton and Tim Hill headed off for Potoroz, Slovenia to compete in the 2011 Musto Skiff European Championships. In very tough and challenging light winds, Tim Hill finished 12th and Marcus Hamilton finished 14th. Well done to Tim and Marcus.

INTERNATIONAL 14s Long time member of the Club and 14ft skiff veteran, Stewart Vickery headed off to Weymouth, England to complete in the International 14 World Championships in September. Stewart finished 26th out of 71 boats in what was a heavy wind regatta. With 50+ knot winds and gales blowing, it was surprising that the organizers managed to get seven races in! Well done Stewart – an amazing job!

INTERNATIONAL OPTIMIST Congratulations to James McLennan who finished eighth in the recent Optimist North Island 2011 Championships held at Napier Sailing Club in New Zealand. James and a group of fellow SYC sailors went over in late October to compete. This was a great chance for James to sail at the venue for the 2011 Optimist World Championships in late December. James McLennan and Zac O’Connell will be representing Australia at the Optimist World Championships. We wish them luck! Our fabulous OTB volunteers

What a difference a year makes! This time last year, as one stood on the Northern Balcony looking down at the Off the Beach area, you could see a dirt patch, that was our lawn! Wind the clock forward one year and from the same position on the balcony, the members can look down on beautiful green grass (whilst it may not be real, it does look amazing). This area is for all club members to enjoy, so please feel free to come and join us at any time. On Sunday 18 September 2011, the official unveiling of the “new OTB” took place and we had many invited guests and members join us to officially open the newly named “Lou Abrahams Off the Beach Sailing Centre” and to bless our new member-sponsored optimists, along with our new pacers. Being such an important and special day, the weather gods were kind to us (thank you Graeme Disney for putting in a word or two) and the sun was shining in all its glory! Our special guests were long-time supporter of SYC’s junior and youth members, Lou Abrahams, his wife Joan and grandson Daniel. The highlight of the day was seeing Lou, surrounded by all of the junior

sailors, in front of the newly named Sailing Centre. I do not know who was more excited or proud, Lou or the juniors! The Lou Abrahams Off the Beach Sailing Centre is now an area all members can be proud of. Whilst it is the members, families and volunteers that are the heart of our Off the Beach area, an environment such as we now have just makes being there more pleasant and it is such a great place to be! Lou is an inspiration to all sailors in the Club – that the OTB area is named after him emphasises the importance this area has within the Club and the SYC sailing program.

Lou Abrahams with Charlie Rae and Alice Endersbee

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INTERMEDIATES Intermediate of the Year – Daniel Pauly I am at the Sail Presentation Night, walking back from the Members’ Bar, when my name is announced to everyone as winner of the Lou Abrahams Trophy - Intermediate of the Year. My love for sailing started about four years ago when a close friend passed away from cancer. I was a little lost and angry at the world. I decided to change my life plan. Dad took me out for a Wednesday Wonders sail where I met many interesting people and gained an insight into sailing. Instantly my mind cleared. Thursday night Twilight Sailing opened me up to a broad range of people from all walks of life who love the same things that I do. It was here that I met my girlfriend whilst sailing on J24s, Archambaults, “Beneslows” and other boats. It did not take me long to cross my first ocean in a yacht and to my surprise I discovered that I had “iron guts” - a huge bonus! About 24 months ago, Past Commodore Philip Burn approached me and suggested I join Sail Committee as a representative of the Intermediates at the Club. I jumped at the opportunity and we now have a group of Intermediates who organise social occasions such as the Young Members’ Nights, social sailing and ‘get togethers.’ Thank you to everyone at SYC.

Daniel Pauly

Young Members’ Nights

Tim Barrot, Graeme Smith and Lorraine Smith

Over the past twelve months, the Intermediates’ Committee has put on four Young Members’ Cocktail Nights to coincide with the Centenary Celebrations. The nights where aimed at recognising the Intermediate members and their guests and included complimentary pizzas, cocktails, DJ’s and prizes. Each of the nights was a success with over 80 people attending each event - even though they were held in the depth of winter! To encourage the involvement of young members at the Club, the Intermediates’ Committee plans to hold more events in the future, including twilight racing on the Beneteaus, Sunday drinks and more cocktail nights. Many thanks to Dean Robson, Tevany Patten and Naomi Smith for their contribution and support of these events.

Caroline Theodore, Carolyn Strong, Carla Purcell, Brett Wall, Adrian Mueller

Be sure to check the Intermediates’ page on the SYC website for more details and photos.  Hope to see you all at the next Young Members’ event!

Caroline Theodore, Daniel Pauly, Simon Hall & Freya Vickery Intermediates’ Committee Members


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Henry Say, Tim Clark and Tom Phillips


Team participants with Noreen Maher from Worldwide Ticketing

Women in Sailing Challenge series for 2011/12 has commenced! The launch of the series was held on Thursday 8 September 2011. Commodore Steve Richards opened the night to a crowd that was made up of women and men from Sandringham and Royal Brighton Yacht Clubs. There was champagne, lingerie and the “Doris Little Women in Sailing Challenge Perpetual Trophy.” SYC Sail Captain, Mark Welsh, did a great job as MC for the evening, explaining the rules of WISC and introducing the WISC perpetual trophies for PHD, IRC and AMS. Ce Soir Lingerie of Brighton provided a lingerie parade as well as raffle prizes and give-aways. The Doris Little Women in Sailing Challenge Trophy was presented by Doris and Tim Little to SYC and Tim spoke on behalf of Doris. Doris has been a major pioneer and inspiration to all women over the years, encouraging them to go sailing and to get out of their comfort zone. This magnificent trophy is awarded to boats winning on performance handicap. The World Wide Ticketing Trophy is presented to the winner of AMS and we also welcomed a new sponsor in Bridge Consulting, who will be providing the IRC trophy. Bridge Consulting- directors Robert Blanche and John Wilson and Noreen Maher from World Wide Ticketing have joined forces to help make the Women in Sailing Challenge a success for 2011/12. Special thank you to Diarne Revelle of Gollywog Toy Store and the Party Place, Bill and Gill Stubbs from Recreational Boating, Mandy Jackson of Nutrimetics, Ce Soir Lingerie of Brighton, Noreen Maher from World Wide Ticketing, Gaylia Kristensen and Lotus massage, just to name a few of those who supported the night. Information Nights were once again run this year leading up to the first race. John Chatham gave us a very informative session on the few golden rules that will quickly improve our racing performance, S-M-A-R-T-S:

Photos from left to right: Marissa McManus and Doris Little, WISC 2011/12 Season Launch, Tim Little presenting the Doris Little trophy, Cynthia Hunt and sponsors from Bridge Consulting.

• Sails -Trim, selection & care • 3M’s - Mistake elimination, motivation, maintenance • Application - Training & implementation • 3R’s - Rules, rig tune, research • Tactics - Tactics & strategy • Safety - Risk analysis, training, practice Rob Ware had our full attention when he shared his extensive knowledge and experience as an International race judge with ISAF. Rob included discussion on applying rules tactically at starts and mark roundings - an invaluable and entertaining presentation. For our final Information Night, we joined with the SYC Keelboat Information Night and listened to well respected rigger/sailor Barney Walker and Quantum man Dave Eickmeyer. Together they spoke about rig trim and how it affects your sail trim. The format of the evening was a FAQs and open forum which generated great discussions amongst all. In the week prior to the first race of the series, an ‘on the water’ training session was run by RBYC - a great way to improve on your start tactics and a shakedown for the crews. The Women in Sailing Challenge consists of six races, one per month, starting in October and going through to April the following year. As in the past three years, the series will be run in cooperation with Royal Brighton Yacht Club and is made up of keelboats and the Beneteau 7.5s. This series is open to all women who wish to improve their sailing skills or get into sailing. It is open to all yacht clubs around the Bay, and hopes to encourage female crew to take on key roles on boats. The criteria for the series is women must crew in the positions of Helm, Mainsheet trimmer and Foredeck. Yes, you can have guys on board, but there are rules about the ratio of males to women crew depending on the size of the boat. It is a lot of fun and good competitive sailing. So join in, get out there and give it a go! See you on the water!

Marissa McManus WISC Coordinator 2011/12

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Pernod Ricard is proud to be a key business partner with Sandringham Yacht Club as you head into the next 100 years of club life. It has been fantastic to see the new facilities at the Club continue to evolve and it’s this type of continued innovation that makes SYC one of the premier yacht clubs in Australia. Jacob’s Creek has played a large part in Pernod Ricard’s partnership with SYC being enjoyed by club members and patrons for over eleven years; we too have drawn on innovation to ensure Jacob’s Creek remains Australia’s number one wine brand. Jacob’s Creek Reserve wines now sources the premium quality wines with additional regional character achieved by selecting the fruit from a single region, each best suited for that particular varietal. The range now includes Riesling and Shiraz from the Barossa valley, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Adelaide Hills and Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra. Make sure to try one of these wines when you are dining in the restaurant or Members’ Bar. Pernod Ricard has also launched the new Jacob’s Creek Cool Harvest range of wines in October 2011. Harvested in the cool of the night, the new Jacob’s Creek Cool Harvest wines are deliberately crisp, light and delicate in style. Consisting of a Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Shiraz Rose and Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc; these fresher and lighter wine styles are the most popular and fastest growing wine segments. Keep an eye out for Jacob’s Creek and the Cool Harvest range of wines at the Australian Open tennis this year! Pernod Ricard looks forward another great year supporting SYC throughout 2012 and beyond.

MEMBERS’ SAIL REPAIR LOCKER SYC is happy to advise members that the new Members’ Sail Repair Locker is now complete & operational. It is situated between the Sail Lockers and the Ken King Centre. This Members Only Service has been facilitated with the financial support of a number of sail makers for which we are grateful: • Quantum Sails Design Group (David Eickmeyer) • Horizons Sail Makers (Frank Hammond) • Doyle Australia (Col Anderson) • North Sails Australia (Michael Coxon) • UK Halsey (Sam Haines) We are very appreciative of their financial support in facilitating this new member service.

If you have any queries please contact Paul Corfield in the Club office on 03 9599 0917



The good news is you no longer need to make a trip down to any of these sail makers businesses because you can now leave your sails for them at the Club in the sail repair locker. Any of the above sail makers, who have exclusive access to this locker, can pick up and deliver your sails whenever they need to be repaired or serviced.

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Windspeed - photography by John Dynan

Vantage with the city background - photography by John Dynan

The winter of 2011 has brought many highs into the privileged life of the Wednesday Wonderer. One high has been the continuing stories from Mark Windward, now outed as Jeff Woolhouse from the little red boat Pippa. His readership has grown to such an extent that answers to his questions have come from as far afield as Ireland and Poland. Another high is the number of new starters that have joined us: Uluwatu may be a new boat to us but she has brought the well-known faces of Peter Geary and Mal Billings into Wednesdays. Mal’s old boat Ganggajang has been bought by Paul Mentiplay so it now will replace Flight as a regular competitor. Adrenalin has joined Clockwork Orange and Stampede as one of the big ‘glamour’ boats starting at the back of the fleet. Meltemi has joined us. We were worried about Ian Howarth turning up on Wednesdays - Would he check if we were wearing thongs? Did he see me wear my hat in the bar? It would not have mattered if he had, as it’s great to have Stewie’s son and family joining us! Solveig Saga is the latest of a long line of Sagas from John Willett and it is great to see him out on Wednesdays. Our block entries this winter numbered 42. Yet another high has been that so many long-time favourites are still sailing: It is always a joy to see John Stenford on Amicus turn up for a race. Lack of an engine kept him away for a little while. We were confident when the new engine went in he would come back with a rush. Alas first race back he got the wooden spoon for his efforts crossing at the start line a record four minutes late. I guess at 92 years of age we can allow him to be a little tardy occasionally. The Kauffman brothers on Willarie are such dark


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horses. They quietly stayed out in the front of the fleet and ended the season with three firsts and a third and finished with a sixth overall. Midnight Magic is another favourite. Bernie was a fast filly at the start of the season but the magic didn’t last! She had to spend too much time away from Wednesday sailing and slipped further back in the field. Cassandra of Melbourne – we all just love Big Bob. It looked like nothing could keep him down at the start of the season – a fourth, a seventh, a sixth and a second – but, like Bernie, a few too many absences saw his series score rise. A combined age of over 320 years among four regular sailors makes Moana the winner in the age stakes. They almost won the series too, coming in a very credible fifth. Moana is a handicapper’s nightmare. It is either first or last with them – no way will they ever become mediocre! Charlie may have lost his angels on Red William but he got his best mate Lurch back. What a pair! Chuckie has had a great season coming in eighth. Another long time competitor, not just of Wednesday Wonders but in the whole Club, is Phil Spry Bailey and his crew from Magic. We are all proud Phil has become a Life Member of the Club. Some memorable moments of the season: Foggy Dew, after a season of coming at the back of the fleet forgot where last was and turned up at the front of the fleet with a second, three thirds and a fourth! Such joy from Hedonism on the day he didn’t get disqualified! Old battles have continued: Johnny B Goode and Suri really don’t care where the rest of the fleet are. They only look out for each other. Such rivalry really keeps the crews on their toes and they are steadily moving up the fleet. They are soon to be joined by Phil Martyn’s new boat – shades almost of one design racing! Red William and Musketeer have been keeping score on each other as long as I can remember. Lebrock, Windspeed, Alibi, Barnstormer, Public Bar, INSX and the Sec all pretend they are having a long relaxing lunch in the bar when they are really watching to see what the others are up to. The competition is so tight in this group that anyone could come up trumps in any race. It was of course INSX who had the last laugh, winning the season just ahead of Alibi. We are hoping for more competition between Wicked, Bandit and Absolut as they turn up more regularly. The Farr 1020s: Wavelength was consistent as usual and stayed out in front with a third overall. Tequila gave him a

WEDNESDAY WONDERS run for his money and came in with a series seventh, as well as winning the Misty Blue Trophy. Fast Company had flashes of brilliance and finished in ninth place. We always have to acknowledge the seamanship of Forzardo – Bruce and Jackie often race short-handed.

Fay Armstrong joined Sandy in 1994 and went straight to the tower for Wednesday Wonders.

Then there are the ‘steady as she goes’ regulars– always close to the front and on the pace…

When Sunday races started, Fay again volunteered in the tower and she and her husband Johnny were the lynchpins of Sunday Sailors for many years. Johnny has been a long time member of Sandy and they had a 43-foot Roberts Mauritius yacht called Shamrock. We don’t generally think of Fay as a sailor but she has done many a trip around the Bay on Shamrock.

Alex and Champagne Ronnie on Salt Whistle still get more than their fair share of the champagne starts. Saltshaker and Chequemate went off sailing in the Med together at the beginning of the season then returned to resume the competition between them. The guys from Vantage continue turning ‘having fun on the water’ into an art form. Primo and Firefox have both had their successes throughout the season. John Lake skippering Bellablu with his crew of gentleman sailors has had a big change of pace from his earlier boat Flying Colours, but these gents always enjoy themselves. White Noise seems to excel during the School holidays! Perhaps Jason should allow his children to stay home from school every Wednesday so they can go sailing with him? The winter has brought some lows as well. Some lows have brought some fearful waves and howling winds which we have enjoyed watching from the bar, but a couple of times we have ended up out on the Bay braving the bad weather. Those are the races you remember – they are the races you come back to the bar and skite about! Some of our long time Wednesday Wonderers refuse to leave the bar in bad weather. Fun and Games and Carrera have become fair weather Wednesday sailors – most would agree that comes with the wisdom of age! Even Musketeer occasionally stays in for a long lunch. It is a miserable day when Paul Jacka won’t take his beautiful wife and boat out on the water in case they get wet! A huge low was when Julie Stevens suffered a serious accident while racing. She has had a long slow path to recovery and we look forward to seeing her in the tower during her rehabilitation. Julie, we have watched with admiration the way you have been positive and brave throughout your ordeal. Fay and Denise have probably given us the biggest low of the year. After a combined 26 years of running Wednesday Wonders they are giving up their addiction to the tower. Wednesday Wonders just won’t be the same without these two.

Fay remembers that in the early days in the tower, alongside Edna Lees and Noelle Coram, faulty horns were never a problem - it was a shot gun that was used for the start of the race! Fay has been not only a committed race officer but an excellent one as well. Never a shrinking violet, Fay knows how to handle competitive skippers – she knows the rules and holds her ground when anyone is silly enough to question her.

Fay has run our weekly raffles as well as the big ones at the end of each season. She has organised the Presentation and Pie nights since the days when Pie Nights were pies in the bar! She loves music and has been instrumental in the wonderful choice of bands over the years. Long-time friend Lesley Parker describes Fay as a strong independent woman who does things her own special way. This is wonderfully illustrated by her attitude to her rehabilitation after knee surgery. No physiotherapy for our Fay – the best rehabilitation for the modern woman is … excessive shopping! Denise Seeley joined SYC in 2002 when she retired from work, but she had been a tower lady even before joining the Club. Her late husband Geoff had been a member for many years. They had a Haines Hunter, which they kept at Sandy and used for fishing. Their son David joined as crew at Off the Beach and their Haines Hunter was then used as a rescue boat. Denise still has an affiliation with OTB. Her youngest son Mark was the club mascot and after he passed away Denise and Geoff donated a trophy, the Mark Seeley Trophy for Grit and Determination, which is awarded annually and much coveted. Denise has been a huge supporter of the traditional Easter trip to Metung and was recognised at Metung this year for her contribution. Her nine years as race officer in the tower during Wednesday Wonders has been much appreciated by all in the Club and we will miss her gentle smile and quick sense of humour. To these two wonderful women we give our thanks – it is people like you who make Wednesdays truly wonderful. Our thanks also go to Margaret Whitbread who will keep up the tradition of fine Race Officers ‘manning’ the tower during Wednesday Wonders races.

Kate Mitchell

Photos from left to right: Foggy Dew with a bit on - photography by Chris Furey, Fay Armstrong, Bruce Corum and Denise Seeley, Not much breeze - photography by John Dynan, John Stenford on Amicus, Red William - photography by Chris Furey, Our Tower ladies, Fay Armstrong and Denise Seeley

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J24 there in no time. Michael Holt has bought Vertigo and Peter Skillington bought Two Dogs earlier and has given it a huge makeover and will soon be on the water. Doug MacGregor is taking a bit of a break after some serious surgery but is recovering by upgrading his boating life with new equipment to sail and to tow with. It shows you can’t keep a good man down and Doug is one of our keenest sailors.

Winners and Grinners go Sprint racing on J24s The J24 fleet at SYC has seen continued growth throughout the last year. In fact, it’s very success in having created the Club’s largest one design keelboat fleet and the largest J24 fleet Melbourne has seen for many years, is creating a problem – not enough concrete to park them on! With 17 boats now at the Club, we have the biggest fleet in Australia - and the hottest! Recently we have seen some of the best boats in Australia come to SYC. Hugo Ottaway has bought Bruschetta VI from Sydney and Dave Suda and Herschel Landes have done likewise in buying Divine Madness. Both of these boats are the most recent Italian built boats to have come into the country. Whether they are faster than their previous boats remains to be proven, but with a full season of racing coming up this year there will be plenty of opportunity to find out. Dave Suda in Pacemaker is good, very good, winning the very well contested Winter Sprint Series this year (12 boats racing) from Hugo and Kirsty. Recently he also won the NSW State Championships held at Gosford. This is the first time a Victorian boat has ever won. Considering that Dave doesn’t always have it all his own way in local racing, it shows the standard of racing we have in the class here. One of our recent newcomers into the class, Brendan Lee, has shown himself to be a very good and very keen sailor, taking his boat By the Lee to several race wins and very good placings in our racing. Brendan, along with other skippers including Kirsty Harris (Hyperactive), Ron Thompson (Kicking Bottom), Simon Grain (Make My Jay), Adam Evans (SDM) and Dave and Hugo, all make up a group of competitors in which anyone can win on any given day. New owners to the class recently include Steve Aulich (Gridlock) who is well known in the Club for his work with the OTB group. Steve is a very good sailor and will be up


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We have an action packed season this summer with regular sprint racing on Sunday mornings, the Lipton Cup at Royals, Geelong Regatta and the Vic States next April, plus a half dozen or so boats will go to Adelaide next March to contest the Nationals. The J24 fleet will also be doing something new by running a Saturday afternoon exhibition race series on 3 December 2011 and 4 February 2012. This is to be staged right in front of the Club after normal keelboat racing so that the Saturday racing members can see the sprint racing normally held on Sunday. We hope to have commentary for a bit of extra spice and presentation. This summer, we are introducing two youth boats. These are two J24s that have been purchased for the sole purpose of providing a pathway into keelboat sailing for two young skippers and crews who will be selected from the Off the Beach. One boat has been supplied by Barry Matthews of Sidetracked Entertainment Centre and the other by John Neville, the very keen current owner of Vice Versa. We thank both of these fine gentlemen for helping us help our club youth, our club and class future. If this sounds exciting to you as a club member thinking about your sailing career and enjoyment, come and join the J24 fleet as an owner or as crew. Our fleet is full of keen and friendly people who enjoy great racing and great company.

Simon Grain J24 Australia National President

MELBOURNE TO OSAKA UPDATE To ensure the race will still run, albeit on a tighter budget – Sandringham Yacht Club has joined with the Osaka Hokko Yacht Club and the ORCV to form a separate organising authority – The Melbourne Osaka Double-Handed Yacht Race Limited.

During our Centenary Year Regatta you may have noticed a larger than usual Japanese contingent of sailors competing in our events! They were of course representing our sister club – Osaka Hokko Yacht Club from Japan. We have had a long and productive association with Hokko which has culminated in the Melbourne to Osaka Yacht Race which is held every four years. The first race was held in 1987 and was the initiative of the Melbourne City Council and the Port of Osaka. There have been six races since then and Sandringham Yacht Club has been the host club for each race. There are many members who have contributed enormously to the success of this race and others who have taken part in the race with great success. The Global Financial Crisis has taken its toll on the sponsorship of the race and while it will be held again in 2013, it will be in quite different financial circumstances.

This company is a limited partnership between the three clubs. There is a director and alternate director from each club. Past Commodore Philip Burn is Director and Chairman of the company. Each club will have a different contributing role. SYC will be the host before the race. The ORCV will look after the race organisation and management, including safety. The Osaka Hokko Yacht Club will host the finish of the race. The race will be self-funding. In 2012 we will be calling for volunteers to help host the overseas competitors who will be berthing at SYC. Please let us know if you are interested in being part of this exciting race.

Kate Mitchell Members of the Osaka Hokko Yacht Club at SYC

MEMBERS NEWS John Chatham WINS YA Volunteer

of the Year

The YA Volunteer Award announced in Sydney on Friday 28 October, was shared between Victorian John Chatham and West Australian Cherry Calcott. Both Calcott and Chatham were recognised for their continual commitment to sailing.

• SYC Sail Captain 2003-2006 • SYC Association Cup Selection Panel 2003-06 • Yachting Victoria Award for Services to Yachting 2001 • VYC Planning group for two “3 year” plans • VYC Yachting Awards nomination panel (3 yrs) • Member of an ad hoc YA Marketing Committee 1998/9 • Founder and still Chairman AMS Measurement Rating System (15 yrs)

John has sailed at SYC for about 33 years and he has been involved in yachting as follows:

• Inaugural Victorian member AYF Offshore and Keelboat Policy Committee (3 yrs)

• SYC Sail Committee member (11 yrs)

• VYC Safety Regulations Committee for current and next “Blue Book” revisions 2002/4

• SYC General Committee member (2+3yrs) • VYC Executive Committee member 1999-2000 (2 yrs) • Chairman of VYC Interclub Keelboat Committee (6 yrs) • Founder & Chairman Keeping Cancer at Bay Committee (6 yrs) • Founder & Organiser of SYC Sunday Sailors (6 yrs) • 2003 Melbourne-Osaka Race Management Committee Member • Chairman and Inspector, Safety Committee, 2002/3 Melbourne Osaka Yacht Race • Chief Measurer for the 1989 Soling and 2001 11 metre world titles in Melbourne Safety Officer for the 1999 World Titles at SYC Trustee, SYC Sail Foundation 2002/3

• Founder and Chairman of inaugural SYC Training Committee 2001 • AYF Yachtmaster Instructor (Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training) for SYC training programs (10 yrs) covering Navigation, TL4, Yachtmaster, Race Officer Training and Sail Trim courses • Co - Lecturer, Rules, Safety and Liability “multi”(5) courses at SYC, 2004 Occasional lecturer at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, Royal Vic Motor Yacht Club and SYC on Sail Trim, Yacht Racing Management, Tactics and Navigation He has competed in club, interclub and ocean races for many years, with two firsts and a second out of four Melbourne to Hobart Yacht races. Despite that amazing list of achievements, John is also just a really nice guy and a fantastic club member. Summer 2011 | syc off the wind


MEMBERS NEWS 2011 Stirrer of

the Year At the Centenary Ball Steve also announced Marty Powers as the “Stirrer” of the Year. Marty fulfils all the criteria for that award - he loves his club passionately, he wants the best for his club and he is not afraid to tell GC members when he thinks we are not doing the job well enough! Martin’s history in sailing is as long and illustrious as the history of his present boat Bacardi. Robyn Coombs Club person of the Year

2011 Club Person

of the Year

Announced to popular acclaim at our Centenary Ball was the Club person of the Year ….. and it went to Robyn Coombs. Robyn is a well-known and much loved member around our club.

In his previous boat Breakaway, Martin was in the 1998 Hobart and finished one minute before midnight on New Year’s Eve to come second to the overall winner. The 1999 Hobart was just as hard for the little boats as the 1998 race. In that year, Marty showed his enduring enthusiasm and a never give up attitude. When most other boats of Breakaway’s size had retired, he got into Hobart on 2 January. He was then awarded the Gordon Marshall Trophy for the first veteran yacht to finish and is the only Victorian yacht to win this trophy. With a history like that, Marty has every right to be the “Stirrer” of the Year. It is people like Marty who keep SYC on its toes. Keep on stirring Marty – we need you!

She has worked tirelessly for the last nine years as the President of our Social Committee. Her abilities go well beyond being a great organiser and the “Minister for Fun” in the Club – she has represented our club in the World J24 titles with an all-girl crew. Despite such credentials, it is probably her great smile and infectious laugh that endears her to us most! Rob brings a ray of sunshine into every corner of the Club. She can even make “the grumpy old men” smile! Typically of Robyn, when Steve Richards named her, she was her humble self and was “bowled over,” dare one say, even speechless! Then she continued her usual support of SYC by being the last to leave the ball. Well done Robbie! Stirrer of the Year Marty Powers with Lorraine Forkes


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MEMBERS NEWS Phil Spry Bailey elected

Maurice Contessi

At the AGM in September, Philip Spry-Bailey was elected to Life Membership of Sandringham Yacht Club.

Sandringham Yacht Club member Maurice Contessi set sail from the Club on 15 October 2011 in his yacht Full Circle. Maurice hoped to raise awareness for Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Life Member

Philip has been an active member of the Club for 38 years. He joined SYC in August 1973 and since that time has owned in partnership and more recently as a sole owner, Vinter, Vanquish and now Magic SM 616. New and experienced crew have always been welcomed on board Phil’s boats and there has been a good mix of experience which has allowed him to be competitive in club and ocean racing. Philip always contributes to the Keeping Cancer at Bay, Scouts and any other charity events. Whilst Philip’s work has kept him away from club administration in the past, his recent contributions to club life has been substantial; • In 2005 Phillip was appointed as a trustee of the SYC Foundation, a position he still holds • In 2006 Philip was appointed as a Finance and Audit Committee member, a position he still holds • Philip was also heavily involved in the fundraising for FMP2 and negotiations with St George Bank to fund $5.5m • Philip chaired the Memorabilia Committee who had the responsibility to determine what club memorabilia would be displayed in our clubhouse Philip has a love for the sea and sailing that he is always keen to share with anybody who may be interested. He is equally fond of Sandringham Yacht Club which is evident by his determined efforts in fundraising, financing and administration, well above those of an ordinary member.

Steve Richards bids Maurice farewell

The solo, non-stop circumnavigation would have seen another Australian sailor attempt what can only be described as the Mount Everest of the sailing world. Unfortunately, on 13 November we received notice that Maurice had to abort his attempt due to on board power issues that would have placed him and Full Circle at risk should they have continued further east into the Southern Ocean. “Continuing problems with my power producing systems has placed us in the difficult position of not being able to continue eastward safely. The failure of a solar panel, the wind generator and now my water turbine means I can only rely on the engine to charge my batteries and power my navigation and safety systems. The boat does not have the capacity to carry enough fuel on board for a journey of this length. To say that I am disappointed is a massive understatement but we have really given our all in trying to resolve these issues.” Maurice hopes to be back home with his family before Christmas.

Congratulations Phil on receiving the highest honour your club can give.

Phil Spry-Bailey receiving Life Membership from Chris Carlile, with Sue Furness and Leigh Buesnel looking on

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OPENING DAY REPORT Well, we’re into second century of sailing and boating now! Opening Day, Sunday 2 October 2011 saw the official commencement of our second century of sailing at our club. With all car parks and Trey Bit Oval full to overflowing with 800 plus cars, it was great to see so many members and their friends able to attend and enjoy the day. By the time the Official Opening Ceremony started at 11am, the Paddock had been full swing with its Breakfast Bar, Centenary Burgers, complimentary beer and champagne and the very popular freshly shucked oysters. Special thanks to Executive Chef Kol Gemmell who personally shucked over 70 dozen oysters! Club Chaplain Graeme Disney’s connections came through yet again - just as the Royal Victorian Aero Club formation flew by, the sun broke through the early morning cloud and The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) band which had been providing early morning entertainment brought the gathering to order for the Master of Ceremonies, Vice Commodore Chris Carlile. Commodore Steve Richards welcomed all dignitaries, invited guests and members before delivering his address on what the second century means to us all. His vision emphasised the importance of encouraging and nurturing younger members to enjoy the opportunities our club offers and to carry forward the tradition of the spirit of our club into the next century. Special recognition and thanks to the Royal Australian Navy on their Centenary of Issue of Royal Warrant and for their contribution to our very significant day. Commodore Richards introduced our special guest Matt Allen, former club member and Past Commodore of Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, who delivered an inspiring account of the wonderful experiences and life friendships that can be gained through sailing and active participation in club life. Matt spoke of the future and the ever-quickening pace of sailing as exemplified by the range of fast yachts including the foiled Moths on display.

Musketeer looking for some opponents photography by Peter Turrell

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City of Bayside Mayor Alex de Porto congratulated our club on its achievements. Commodore Steve Richards and Centenary Committee member Kevin Wood then received a document containing a list of Time Capsule contents from Past Commodore Geoff Henderson. They then proceeded to unveil the plaque which will be placed over the buried Time Capsule at the entrance to the clubhouse. The Schools Video Competition winners were announced and prizes were awarded by Jennifer Middleton representing the competition’s sponsor Hocking Stuart. Following speeches from Off the Beach Junior Captains Alice Endersbee and Charlie Rae, previous Junior Captain Isabella Say fired the cannon as Commodore Richards declared the 2011/12 Sailing Season open! With Official Proceedings completed, it was then again time for more fun as skippers and crew made their way to their boats. Dignitaries, invited guests and members boarded Mandalay for the colourful Sail Past of more than 200 boats. Following the Sail Past members and guests enjoyed an afternoon relaxing on their boats or in the clubhouse enjoying the food and beverage offers superbly delivered by our staff while watching the Ronstan Regatta and Teams Racing and listening to music by the RAN band. For those keen to party on, the fantastic Accent band performed on the Northern Podium and kept many up and dancing late into the evening and enjoying the various dining options on offer. What a wonderful way to conclude the Centenary Year festivities.

Ian Whitbread Photos from left to right: The Official Opening Ceremony - photography by Ben Sale, Fun and Games living up to their name - photography by Peter Turrell, Ian Whitbread and Geoff Henderson - photography by Ben Sale, OTB sail past - photography by Peter Turrell, Bronwyn Ridgway, Ross Scacco, Paul Ridgway and Alistair & Tracey Murray - photography by Ben Sale, L’Attitude - Best dressed boat - photography by Peter Turrell.

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Club Marine Centenary Regatta John Bertrand, Simon McKeon & Ross Lloyd speak at the 25 Year Plus Members’ Lunch

The Unveiling of the Time Capsule plaque

Matt Allen and the Offical Party on Opening Day

Opening Day 2011 saw the conclusion of the year long program of Centenary Year events. It was 12 months in planning. It was 12 months of celebrations. In October 2009, Commodore Philip Burn discussed the formation of a Centenary Year Planning Committee to plan and co-ordinate a program of events to be held during 2011. A committee comprising the Vice Commodore Steve Richards (now Commodore), Past Commodore and Life Member Kevin Wood, Kate Mitchell (now Rear Commodore), Treasurer David Lynch, Life Member and Club Historian Graeme Disney and the Club’s Event Coordinator Naomi Smith, subsequently replaced by Tevany Patten, was approved by the General Committee to proceed with planning the Centenary Year to Celebrate 100 years of boating at Sandringham. Other members were co-opted for special events. The Planning Committee commenced meeting in December 2009. A draft program was drawn up with a preliminary budget. It was also agreed to publish a book on the history of Sandringham Yacht Club. To cover the cost of publishing the book it was proposed that all members would be charged for a copy of the book and invoiced in advance. This was approved at an Ordinary General Meeting of members in 2010. General Committee allocated $ 40,000 in support of the program of events including the book. The draft program of Centenary Year Events was finalised with a detailed budget including the book and submitted to the Club’s General Committee for approval. A short list of authors for writing the book were interviewed. An author was appointed who commenced research and


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Past Commodores' & Life Members' Dinner

member interviews to obtain past data and establish other facts and information. Owing to the considerable loss of club records over the years as a result of fires and the lack of appreciation as to their historical relevance for the future, it has been a difficult and time consuming exercise. To ensure that club records are retained for the information of future generations it was recommended to the General Committee that electronic archive records be established. Throughout 2010 the Planning Committee met regularly. The development of the various events was advanced with a time table implemented to ensure that they were delivered as planned and within budget. A distinctive Centenary Year logo was adopted for use in branding all events including flags, signage, stationery and club merchandise. In January 2011, we received advice from the New York Yacht Club that we had infringed upon the registered trademark of their club burgee, which was the design of the second burgee adopted by our club in 1925. They requested we remove it immediately from the Centenary Year logo. After some correspondence they subsequently agreed that we could continue with its use for the period of the Centenary Year celebrations. Agreement was reached with the Hampton Street Traders Association for Centenary Year flags to be flown at each end of the shopping precinct. To keep members advised on the planned activities in the build-up to the Centenary Year and throughout 2011, a regular column was maintained in the Club’s bi-monthly newsletter In and Around. An active web site page was also established. In November 2010, members received a Centenary Year program of events brochure and an accompanying merchandise brochure.  Specially selected Shiraz and Chardonnay wines were chosen with a label depicting the original clubhouse in 1911, taken from the painting commissioned by a group of Past Commodores and donated to the Club at the time of the opening of the new clubhouse.

CENTENARY The Centenary Year celebrations were highly successful. In December 2010 at the Stakeholders Preview, Commodore Steve Richards spoke about the history of the Club and the forthcoming year during which Sandringham Yacht Club would be celebrating 100 years of boating. At the Members’ only Centenary Year launch function 300 members heard the Commodore outline the program of events to be held during the year ahead. During the evening a specially compiled video was continuously screened depicting the life of the Club over the past 100 years. Just on 200 members and guests attended the 25 year plus Members Lunch held in the Port Phillip Room. The Commodore proposed a toast to the members present, to which Past Commodore Graeme Ainley responded and proposed a toast to the Club. 107 members received certificates of service recognition and a Centenary Year lapel badge. The 2011 Australian of the Year, Simon McKeon, along with John Bertrand and Ross Lloyd participated in an America’s Cup discussion panel. The Alfresco Italian Long Table Lunch, held on the Northern Deck on a picture perfect warm autumn day, was an outstanding function. 260 members and guests sat down to a magnificent meal of Italian food that was superbly presented by the Club’s brigade of chefs and accompanied by specially selected and matched Pizzini wines. Entertainment was initially provided by the Ced Le Meledo wandering musicians and later in the day the Maurice Milani duo had well over 100 people dancing on the deck. The lunch was sponsored by APC Logistics and supported by Pizzini Wines and Schweppes Australia.

The After- Race Party had hundreds gathered on the Northern Deck to conclude a superb day. The regatta was sponsored by Club Marine. The Centenary Year Fashionista was a night full of glamour and glitz. The climax to the night was the exceptional impersonation of Tina Turner by the internationally acclaimed Rebecca O’Connor who, in dedicating the song “Simply the Best” to Doris Little, brought tears to the eyes. 230 members and guests attended the Food and Wine Dinner which featured a Spanish seven course menu presented by the acclaimed chef Frank Camorra, co-owner of the Movida group of restaurants. Wines were selected from the Pernod Ricard International portfolio. A demonstration on stage by Camorra on the preparation and cooking of the Arroz Caldoso (a seafood risotto) course was a feature of the dinner. A truly Spanish atmosphere was created with dramatic wall hangings depicting Spanish regional food dishes and entertainment by the Sonikete Flamenco Dance and Music Ensemble including classical guitar playing. It was said by many of those present to have been one of the Club’s best ever functions. The dinner was supported by Pernod Ricard.

Dancing to the Maurice Milani duo on the Northen deck at the Alfresco Long Table Lunch

During Easter it was parties everywhere at Metung, as Off the Beach sailors past and present and their families, celebrated the 50th Anniversary Metung Easter Regatta. The Reunion Dinner held at the Metung Yacht Club on the Saturday night was the premier function of the weekend with appropriate speeches to mark the occasion. The Club Marine Centenary Year Regatta was held on a near perfect day. The Regatta attracted top competition from yacht clubs around the bay with large fleets of boats in all events. Nineteen members from our sister club, the Osaka Hokko Yacht Club in Japan, flew in specially to be a part of the Regatta. With close racing the trophies were widely shared.

Frank Camorra & SYC chefs during service at the Food & Wine Dinner

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CENTENARY The Rock and Roll “gig” was a big, fun night with the 180 present enjoying themselves dancing to the music by the exciting and popular “The Vincents” rock and roll band. At the Past Commodores’ and Life Members’ Dinner, Commodore Steve Richards outlined his hopes for the future at SYC. He also advised that the upgraded OTB facilities will be officially named “The Lou Abrahams Off the Beach Sailing Centre.”

Balloon prizes at the Fashionista

Fashionista Dinner and Parade

The Centenary Year Black Tie Ball was a stunning night. The Commodore announced that Robyn Coombs was the Club Person of the Year and that Marty Power had won the Stirrers award. Congratulations to both these popular members. From violin playing in the upstairs lobby by students from Firbank Girls Grammar School, a soloist in the Harbour View Restaurant and the Soul Sister band in the Port Phillip Room, there was something for everyone to enjoy. The Schools Competition proudly sponsored by “Hocking Stuart” Sandringham created considerable interest from students within the City of Bayside. The video entries were of a very high standard that embraced the subject of the competition in a highly professional manner. Prizes were awarded on Opening Day by Jennifer Middleton from Hocking Stuart to the winners who were the AJJ Team from Brighton College and the Sandringham College (Beaumaris) Team. Opening Day 2011 saw the conclusion of the Club’s Centenary Year Celebrations. Matt Allen and his wife Lisa were special guests of the Club. Matt, who was a junior member of SYC and went on to sail in keelboats with Lou Abrahams and then with considerable  success in his own boat, is a Past Commodore of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and currently a Board member of Yachting Australia. He gave an inspirational address on sailing as a sport for life and encouragement to young sailors to embrace sailing. He spoke of the development of responsibility, leadership and the creation of lasting friendships.

Members enjoying the Alfresco Long Table Lunch

A Centenary Year Planning Committee initiative was the creation of a “Time Capsule” containing relevant information about the Club and its history over the past 100 years. It was handed over on the day by Past Commodore Geoff Henderson to Past Commodore Kevin Wood who responded on behalf of the Planning Committee. The Commodore and Kevin Wood unveiled a commemorative plaque that will be positioned over the Time Capsule after it is buried in the veranda entrance to the clubhouse. The plaque stated that the capsule is not to be opened before 2050. Included in the contents of the Time Capsule was a chronological calendar of significant events and milestones in the life of Sandringham Yacht Club, as shown on pages 30 & 31. The calendar is the result of extensive research and consultation with Graeme Disney and other club members.

Ced Le Meledo and his wandering musicians Commodore Steve Richards presenting Doris Little with the fundraising cheque generated from the Fashionista


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CENTENARY Also included in the capsule was a message from the Centenary Year Planning Committee which finished by saying: .... “The Time Capsule you have now opened was buried to provide you with an insight into what a great yacht club Sandringham was in our day. We sincerely hope that the Club has gone onto greater things and that as the custodians of a magnificent club which we all enjoyed so much over the years you are also able to leave a legacy for future generations who love the sea and mucking around in boats. Enjoy the red wine!”

With the Centenary Year now over, it leaves only the Centenary Book on the history of Sandringham Yacht Club to be published in 2012. It was an outstanding year of Centenary Celebrations. Members young and old enthusiastically embraced the varied program of events and happenings throughout the year that allowed them the opportunity to be involved and enjoy their participation. It was a Centenary Year to remember that will make for much reminiscing over the years ahead. All the best.

Kevin Wood Centenary Year Planning Committee


CHRISTMAS SPECIALS FOR ALL SYC MEMBERS Centenary Year Merchandise up to 20% for all of December Centenary Year Wine Sale buy 5, get 1 free!

CLUB TIE - $60.00 - Depicts the Club burgees over the last 100 years CLUB BELT- $55.00 - Features a distinctive Centenary Year design

RIBBED NAVY BLUE CLUB JUMPER - $180.00 Always in demand with elbow & shoulder patches

CENTENARY WINE SELECTION $180.00 per case of 6 Specially selected Chardonnay and Shiraz wines from the Port Phillip Estate 2009 HEATHCOTE SHIRAZ A powerful yet elegant example of the Heathcote Shiraz style. A fresh compote of plum, currants and summer berry plays against warm nutmeg spice on the nose. The palate is fittingly structured, with red-purple fruits balanced by firm, fine-grained tannins and savoury length. 2009 MORNINGTON PENINSULA CHARDONNAY A classic yet modern Australian Chardonnay of impeccable cool climate breeding. Aromas of fresh cream, nuts, citrus and white peachEndessa draw265ml into a palate that is elegant, fine and minerally. PURCHASING $180 for a case (six bottles) of either Chardonnay or Shiraz. The wines are also available for purchase by the bottle in both the Members’ Bar and the Harbour View Restaurant. All items feature the Centenary Year Logo and are available from the Club Shop located in the SYC clubhouse lobby, except for the Centenary wines which can only be purchased from our food and beverage outlets as mentioned above.

WINE DECANTER- $48.00 The ideal way to serve wine LADIES AND MENS FRAGRANCE $35.00 Ladies 30ml $50.00 Mens 50ml GLASS COFFEE MUGS $29.95 per set of two Envy 265ml

whiskey tumbler $21.00 per set of two

CREW BAG - $105.00 Suitable for all your gear

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CENTENARY YEAR BOAT FLAG $40.00 Size: 450mm x 250mm Proudly fly it when in port

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Calendar of



Construction commenced of the stone breakwater


New slipway and winch house constructed Club Liquor Licence granted

1940 1950

1960 1970

Temporary clubhouse, sail loft, workshop and lockers including an OTB facility completed for the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games

Stone breakwater completed Land reclamation project commenced Off the Beach sailing commenced


International Cadet Class adopted as a junior sailing boat


1957 1955

The Club merged with the adjacent Port Phillip Yacht Club after their clubhouse burnt down in 1931. The Sandringham Yacht Club name was retained with the Port Phillip burgee being adopted – a red diagonal on a white background which is the burgee that we proudly fly today


Females admitted to full senior membership of the Club.

The Olympic Games OTB facility became the Off the Beach Sailing Centre


Name changed to Sandringham Yacht Club

Clubhouse extensions undertaken


The Club adopted it first burgee – a gold cross on an emerald green background


First Open Day and Ladies Day held


1925 1914 1912

Club admitted to the Victorian Yacht Racing Association

Commodore Ron White officially welcomes HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to the Club as Commodore-in-Chief

Wednesday Wonders mid-week sailing commenced

Club jetty built A new burgee was adopted – a red cross on a blue background overlaid with a white star


Car park sealed




Females admitted to the Club as Associate Members

40 ton boat yard traverse constructed

Tom Stephenson sailing Foxy Lady wins the Half Ton World Cup in Chicago USA

Admiral’s Cup trials conducted for the Australian Team selection



Masting derrick constructed

Slipway reconstructed and harbour dredged to take deeper draught yachts

New OTB building and Cadet Centre opened by Jock Sturrock Optimist class dinghy introduced for junior sail training

Rebuilt clubhouse opened by Commodore Tom Howell

Wooden pile marina commenced



Submarine J7 purchased and sunk as a breakwater in the harbour

The Club conducted as part of the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games the Finn class Olympic sailing event won by the legendary sailor Paul Elvstrom representing Denmark. HRH Prince Philip attended on one day of the event and was welcomed by Commodore A D Mackenzie

Fuelling wharf added to the jetty


Clubhouse extensions opened



First yacht races conducted

Sandringham City Council asks the State Government for approval to extend the wooden breakwater built in 1909 by the Port Phillip Yacht Club

Clubhouse destroyed by fire


Clubhouse built on the foreshore of Hampton Harbour located 400 metres east of the Hampton Jetty

Clubhouse relocated to the western side of the Hampton Jetty



The Sandringham Yacht and Angling Club was formed Duncan Mackenzie elected as the Club’s first Commodore



Significant Events & Milestones in the life of SYC

HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh becomes Commodore-in-Chief of Sandringham Yacht Club

A sailing Trifecta was won. Lou Abrahams wins the Sydney to Hobart yacht race in Ultimate Challenge; Eddie Wall – Smith wins the Melbourne to Hobart yacht race in Challenge 3 and Kevin Wood wins the Sydney to Coffs Harbour yacht race in Midnight Magic

Jesse Martin a 17 year old youth sailed out of Sandringham Yacht Club on his solo around the world voyage Marina extended to the wave screen wall Bank debt paid off


The Club conducts the Sail Melbourne Olympic and Invited Classes Asia Pacific Regatta which becomes an annual event Members Tom King and Mark Turnbull win the Gold Medal in the Mens’ 470 class sailing event at the Sydney Olympic Games

A ground breaking ceremony was held to commence work on the new boat yard including a marina head facility, travel lift, brokers’ offices, chandlery and shipwright amenities as Stage 1 of the Club’s new Facilities Master Plan

OTB 50th Anniversary Easter Regatta / Reunion held at Metung

The club was the principal beneficiary of the Estates of the late Ken and Noelene King. It significantly assisted with the funding of the Club’s new facilities

Commodore Kevin Wood outlined a 10 year vision to rebuild the Club’s existing facilities The Club conducted the World Sailing Championships for the Olympic class Finn and International 14 Dinghy as part of the inaugural World Sailing Championships Series Jesse Martin arrives safely back at Sandringham Yacht Club after 328 days at sea to become the youngest person to sail solo, nonstop and unassisted around the world. A crowd of 25,000 people greeted him upon his return


Treasurer Bruce Edmunds (later to become Commodore) negotiated a 50 year lease with the State Government’s then Department of Natural Resources and the Environment for the club site including the clubhouse, the Off the Beach facility, hard stand area, boat yard and car park and a defined area of the sea bed including the club marina

The Club celebrates 100 years of boating with a Centenary Year Program of Events


OTB Centre extended

The new marina was officially opened by The Honourable Mark Birrell MP Minister for Conservation and the Environment



1997 1993

The new clubhouse and car park, which concluded the Master Plan for rebuilding the Club’s facilities, was officially opened by Professor David De Kretser AC, Governor of Victoria

Graeme Disney appointed as the Club Chaplain



1988 1985

The members agree to the proposed Master Plan to rebuild the Club’s facilities in three stages commencing with a new boat yard and marina head facility


Gino Knezic wins the Sydney to Hobart yacht race in Illusion

International Cadet Class World Championship held. This was the first World Championship conducted by the Club

Six Beneteau First 7.5 keel boats purchased for sail training and corporate events.

Club sponsor program introduced


Hardstand crane installed


Annual Corporate Sailing Day established

Acquired a private sailing school operating out of the Club which subsequently became the Sandringham Yacht Club Boating Academy

2005 2009

The old wooden breakwater was condemned

Giorgio Gyergya wins the Sydney to Hobart yacht race in Ausmaid

HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Commodore-in-Chief of Sandringham Yacht Club officially visits the Club and was welcomed by Commodore Kevin Wood who accepted the gift of his personal Standard on behalf of the Club. At the invitation of Commodore Wood Prince Philip signed the Standard



Held every four years subsequently, except for the 2011 race which was postponed until 2013


Inaugural Melbourne to Osaka Double Handed Yacht Race held

Commodore Les Black proposed that a modern floating marina be built which was agreed by the members



Admiral’s Cup Trials conducted for the Australian Team selection



Lou Abrahams wins the Sydney to Hobart yacht race in Challenge II

Off the Beach Sailing Centre facilities significantly upgraded and officially named “The Lou Abrahams Off the Beach Sailing Centre”

A ceremony was held to launch Stage 2 of the Facilities Master Plan to include a new relocated clubhouse on the waterfront and enlarged car park Jock and Hamish MacAdie sailing Alex win the Melbourne to Osaka double handed yacht race

The new boat yard facilities were officially opened by Murray Thompson MLA Conducted the inaugural Commonwealth Sailing Championships

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SYC MEMBER BENEFITS SCHEME Sell your home with Hocking Stuart Brighton or Sandringham and SYC will receive a rebate of $750 or list your investment property and SYC receive $150. Contact: Stephen Tickell Phone: 03 9521 9800

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Contact: SYC Member Frank Hammond


Phone: 03 9598 4666

Retailer of toner and ink cartridges with a refilling service also available. Inkspot Cartridges are offering SYC members a 15% discount on all ink cartridges and refilling and 10% off all toners. Inkspot have outlets at Southland and Chadstone. Contact: SYC member Peter Varagiannis

15% discount on all ink cartridges and refilling 10% off all toners

Phone:1300 465 7768 Melbourne itour – The Virtual Tour Specialists are providers of The Sandringham Yacht Club Virtual Tour. The Internet is fast becoming the preferred method for finding Businesses and Services and all can benefit from our Virtual Tour system. Our virtual tours are a freestanding web page, placed on your website and can be viewed on the internet 24/7 365 Days of the Year and cost less than one newspaper ad. The tours are true state of the art 360° interactive virtual tours, not a slide show of pictures with many outstanding features such as Voice Over Narration, Links to you and your Website, Weekly comprehensive Statistic Reports, Photo Gallery, Google Maps, Brochures, Optional High Definition Full Screen capability and so much more. We offer a high end feature packed product & service, for a low end price. Call to discuss your needs or for more information visit our website. Contact: SYC member Greg Cust Phone: 0411 736 655 Email: Web: Accelerate the growth of your businesses! Roaring Success Pty Ltd is a boutique business advisory firm with over 20 years experience across a range of business sectors. Our team has a broad range of professional and technical skills, ensuring we can match the unique needs of every client. Capabilities; Strategy, Marketing, Innovation, Performance, Export and Analysis and Modelling Roaring Success is offering a confidential FREE no-obligation 2-hour consultation (on-site in the metro area) to any business introduced by an SYC member. Contact: Chris Thompson Phone: 03 9694 4408 / 0410 618 227 Email: Web:





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SYC MEMBER BENEFITS SCHEME 10% discount on all items in store upon presentation of the SYC members card (sale items excluded) available at the Snowgum Moorabbin store 880 Nepean Highway (Just south of South Road) Moorabbin. Contact: Justin Fallon Phone: 03 9555 7811 Email:

Equipment Finance

Finance your next vehicle or business equipment through Bank of Melbourne and 50% of the Establishment Fee will be rebated to SYC. Contact: Keith Jansz, Equipment Finance Manager Phone: 0423 296 526 Any new home loan written will result in a minimum donation of $500 to SYC. Contact: David Bernard, Lending Manager

Home Loan

Financial Planning

Rebate to SYC

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Phone: 0423 827 618 Our friends in the Bank of Melbourne Financial Planning Services division are offering a 50% discount off the normal fee for the preparation of a Statement of Advice.


Contact: Angelo Porcaro, Financial Planner


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Strategic Wealth offers all SYC members a complimentary initial financial consultation, and upon agreeing to proceed with our ongoing Service Program a: SYC Dinner Package valued at $150 Plus a Rebate to SYC valued at $250 Life raft and inflatable life jacket service. Please note life rafts must be Zodiac, Aus Sea or Raimar. 15% off service fee to all SYC members


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Contact: SYC member John Welch Phone: 9670 2116 or 0416 080 345. Vida Chiropractic is passionate about wellness. Improving spinal health often results in improved mobility, range of motion, strength, pain levels and posture. We are conveniently located in Sandringham and provide gentle and modern chiropractic techniques to people of all ages. Vida Chiropractic – We love life! We are offering all members of SYC an initial comprehensive consultation for $35 (usual cost is $70). The $35 will then be donated back to the SYC. The following 3 visits will also be $10 off our usual fee for members. For further information or to book an appointment please refer to the website Email: Phone: 9598 7811 Watershed Systems, network support, information management. Services that make sense. Get on top of it for a bit more fun in your life! 5% of the first month’s services invoice for successful referral by an SYC member, of Watershed Systems to a non SYC new client. Cash payment, upon client paying their invoice. Maximum of $500. You may direct us to pay the referral reward to SYC if you wish. Contact: SYC Member Chris Waters Phone: 03 9576 7374 or 0414 566 523 Email:

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$1,000 Discount or one year’s membership paid for you. Yachtshare put people from all walks of life into their own 42’ vessel at a fraction of the cost of outright ownership. You enjoy the lifestyle with luxury boating while we take all the hassles out of yacht ownership. Yachtshare will pay a full year’s senior membership subscription for Sandringham Yacht Club members when they become an owner in a Yachtshare Jeanneau 42DS syndicate. Non members will have their joining fee paid by Yachtshare. Approx value $1000. Contact: Barry Pares or Wayne Woodward Phone: Barry 0437 836 434 or Wayne 0438 722 888 Email: Web: SYC Members receive 30% off the cover price of renowned magazines Australian Yachting, Australian Powerboat & Cruising Helmsman. Contact: Antonia Phone: 02 9213 8230 or 0409 917 180 Email:

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SYC STRATEGIC PLAN SIMPLY PUT, THE VISION OF SYC IS TO BE THE LEADER IN THE SPORT OF YACHTING AND BOATING – “TO BE THE CLUB OF CHOICE.” Assisting SYC to achieve this vision is the Planning and Development Committee. This sub-committee is charged, in consultation with Richard Hewett and his management team, to develop and manage the Club’s strategic planning process and to routinely advise the General Committee on the achievement of the Club’s objectives and on matters of strategic importance. An important element of this planning process is the development and reporting on SYC’s Strategic Plan. As some background, SYC’s Planning and Development Committee is currently comprised of the Commodore Steve Richards, Vice Commodore Chris Carlile, Rear Commodore Kate Mitchell, Mark Welsh, Wolf Brennfleck (co-opted member) and myself as Chairman. The current SYC Strategic Plan was developed over a long period of time and after extensive feedback from a wide range of stakeholders. General Committee held a number of sessions with key people including management, staff and representatives of various club committees such as Off the Beach (OTB), Sail, Recreational Boating and Social. Additionally other members were invited to participate. Input from these stakeholders was diverse and valued. Based on this feedback the Planning and Development Committee developed a draft Strategic Plan for presentation, comment and subsequent adoption by General Committee. The plan in its current format was first ratified in 2008. The plan on an ongoing basis is ratified annually by General Committee as a standing item on the annual agenda to ensure its ongoing relevance. The current version is titled 2010. The adoption of the Strategic Plan in 2010 coincided with the then recent completion of our new $13m clubhouse and the “step-change” in membership, operational and activity growth. An underlying theme of the Strategic Plan was to increase member participation in all aspects of club life and activities and consequently achieve higher utilisation of club facilities. This premise not only enhances SYC’s financial position but creates a vibrant life at the Club all year round. The Strategic Plan and its implementation are regularly reported upon at either our Ordinary General Meeting or Annual General Meeting in March and September respectively each year. As an overview, the Strategic Plan describes the fundamental vision of SYC to “be the leading yacht and boating club in Victoria.” To achieve this vision the Club considers that there are six cornerstone objectives that it needs to realise. Some of these objectives are ambitious and far reaching however your General Committee is determined to describe a clear path forward for the Club. Importantly all major club decisions, such as capital investment in equipment or boats, are considered in light of the Strategic Plan thereby creating a fiscal and operational discipline.


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The six objectives of the SYC Strategic Plan 2010 and notable achievements since its adoption are:


Membership: By 2013 the Club will make measurable progress in achieving its desired membership age and profile Membership up by 20% Research on membership profile and interests Introduction of popular Young Member Nights


On Water: Organise, promote & support high quality racing, cruising & recreational boating events so that within 3 years - 80% of boats regularly participate SYC Centenary Regatta 2011 and beyond Strong J24 growth Boating Department Review

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Clubhouse: Develop the dining & function room businesses to achieve annual targets whilst ensuring that members do not feel disenfranchised by these activities Restaurant theme nights Leverage Centenary Year events Major promotions of restaurant & function rooms


Marina: By 2013 make measurable progress in achieving the desired profile of boats occupying marina and hardstand Member Participation Scheme implemented (for rental pens, hardstand and lockers) with first review underway


Off the Beach: Provide, promote and support OTB facilities & activities so that within 3 years, 300 members (15%) are involved (400 members within 5 years) Opti Sponsorship – adopt a boat OTB redevelopment completed Major input into Boating Review

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Sandy Harbour: Progressing an agreed framework with Parks Victoria for the development of Sandringham harbour - Initial meetings with Parks Victoria and HSC and working through issues – long term, steady progress Club management is aided by a consistent Strategic Plan that can be adjusted and fine-tuned as circumstances warrant, much along the well versed racing analogy of “strategy and tactics.” To that end, the Planning Committee has scheduled its next planning day to consider all aspects of the Strategic Plan in May 2012. Should any member wish to contribute or make comment to this review then please contact the Planning and Development Committee or perhaps make comment at SYC’s Ordinary General Meeting on 20 March 2012 (and collect 1 point for your MPS too). Good sailing, fishing or just gazing over the bay!

Luke Reinehr Chairman - SYC Planning and Development Committee

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Well what a year we have had on the social side, celebrating our Centenary! It has been a very busy and successful year with most events booked out as soon as they went on sale! We started off the year with “Fishos’ Night” - this year a more casual affair. We had delicious seafood in our sea shanty, hawker style marquees. The night began with Con the Fruiterer, alias Mark Mitchell, who had us in stitches of laughter. There was also great music from Sam See and Glyn Mason, “The Pardoners,” with everyone getting up and shaking their booties on the dance floor! Thank you to Bill and Gill Stubbs and the Recreational Boating Committee for working together with us to put on such a great night. This year we changed our annual fundraiser from our usual Keeping Cancer at Bay after party to an ANZAC Day luncheon. It was the first time in many years that we did not hold our annual KCAB party. The Club decided to change strategy and try a new and fresh way to raise funds for Challenge. Our Anzac Day Lunch was the first of our new functions and featured special guest speakers Nathan Buckley, Tim Watson, Scott Cummings and Rowland Perry (author of The Changi Brownlow). It was a very interesting day and members had a great opportunity to have their questions answered by the guest speakers. An auction was incorporated into the lunch and $17,000 was raised for Challenge – an awesome effort! Keep an eye for the next function and let’s get more ladies there as it wasn’t just for the boys! We still ran our KCAB race which was part of the Club Marine Series, with the entry fee from that day going to Challenge. SYC members enjoyed taking out the Challenge kids for a fun day on their Keel and Power boats to watch the Club Marine Race. The kids had great fun dancing on the decks and dousing each other with water balloons! Thanks to the following people for being so wonderful in giving their time and boats to such a great cause: George Shaw - The Secretary, Malcolm Moore - Independent Endeavour, Brian Barnes - Barnstormer, John Chatham 38 degrees South and Dale Jackson - Femme Fatal.


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In May, we had our Centenary Fashionista, raising funds for Motor Neurone Disease (MND), led by the extraordinary Doris Little. Escorted by naval personnel, our own members strutted down the catwalk in clothing supplied by Aspirations of Brighton, Raoul and MUSTO. The fully packed night included the fashion parade, balloon prizes, an auction and was then topped off with Rebecca O’Connor performing as Tina Turner. It was a sight to behold! Her finale was a dedication to Doris Little with the song “Simply the Best.” The roof was raised with Rebecca leading 200 people cheering and singing to Doris - it was overwhelming, it was simply the best!!!! This fabulous effort resulted in raising over $24,000 for Motor Neurone Disease. Thank you to our major sponsors Vortex Air, Rhonda Thatcher from Pandora Southland and Polly Fitzgerald and Gerry Street. In June, we once again started our winter series of “Boat Books” Trivia Nights. The interactive games and music were all fun. Congratulations go to the “Off the Beach Reprobates” who took out this year’s perpetual Jaffa Trophy. “Try Hards” were a close second and “Odd Bods” third. “Try Hard’s” creation of the Titanic won them the last round and was proudly displayed in The Members’ Lounge. Special thanks to John Hutton from Boat Books for kindly sponsoring us once again. A bit of culture was required in July and Lauren, our lovely driver, chauffeured us to the theatre to experience the fabulous “Love Never Dies.” In September, we held our Annual SYC Ball and with over 300 attendees it was a great success! This event was booked out within half an hour of going on sale! Being such a popular night we once again opened up the HVR to accommodate more guests. On arrival, we were greeted with the sounds of a string quartet from students from Firbank Grammar. A great night of entrainment by the popular band “Soul Sister” followed, and once again they had the place pumping! The troops in the HVR were entertained by Vanessa Rain. We had fabulous prizes which


were generously donated by Morry Rubenstein from David East Jewellers. Thanks also to our other contributors; Bullova watches, Worldwide Ticketing, Compaq Systems, Pandora, Ce Soir Lingerie, Gaylia Kristensen and Pernod Ricard. Cheryl Renouf once again led the committee in decorating the room with her usual sass and style. Last but not least we held our obligatory Cup Day celebrations in the Members’ Bar. Tommy Raft and Mitch pulled it off once again. It was a fabulous turnout, the bar was chockers! Tommy entertained the punters on the mike with his antics whilst Mitch and Chloe Mitchell worked hard selling off the sweeps. The winner of the day was Ann Barber, who was lucky enough to draw the Cup winner Dunaden! Well done!! Sadly the time has come for some members to move on from our committee. I would like to wish Cheryl Renouf and Doris Little farewell. Doris has done an amazing job over the past two years in her efforts to raise monies for MND. She has been the driver for the Calcutta and the force behind the fashion parades. Over this time a fabulous total amount of $104,541 has been raised for Motor Neurone Disease Victoria. Cheryl has been on our committee for eight years. In this time she has been the inspiration and instigator of our decorating prowess, from the old clubhouse quarterdeck where we were allowed to paint, put staples into the walls and create cities like Paris, to now, our much more sophisticated, low key decorating of the PPR. Cheryl has also been one of the hardest workers throughout those years. On behalf of SYC and the Social Committee, thank you very much for all your hard work. You will both be sorely missed. Now to welcome our newest replacements! Freya Vickery, Sarah McCully and Sue Tuma will be joining our committee and we look forward to the contributions they will make. I would also like to welcome the wonderful Eryl Harris as the new President of the Social Committee. After seven years of being President, it is time for me to step down and hand over the reins and I am very confident Eryl will do a fabulous job.

Over the past six months we have had many helpers. A big thanks goes to Bill and Gill Stubbs, Pam Hull, Tevany Patten, Naomi Smith, Raylene and Kate Shafer, David Ross, Dominic from Raoul, Dean Robson, Ian Whitbread, Dean Isles, Marilyn Watson, Marguerite Griffith, Jennifer Middleton, our auctioneer Steve Tickell, Paul Bryant, Jenny Vickery, Chloe Mitchell, Leo Mitchell, Jade Telford, Paul Corfield, Paul Brien, Paul Simmons and all the SYC staff who are a pleasure to work alongside. Last but not least, thank you to all the wonderful members who support us. Cheers

Robyn Coombs Social Committee Members Sarah Crane, Eryl Harris, Doris Little, Noreen Maher, Andrew Mitchell, Brendan O’Connor, Tommy Raft, Cheryl Renouf, Sarah Thompson, Di Tyndall and Margaret Whitbread.

Photos across top from left to right: Commodore Steve Richards presenting Dave Rogers, CEO of Challenge with a cheque for $25,000, The Social Committee - photography by Happy Medium, Tommy Raft and Andrew Mitchell - SYC Bookies on Cup Day, Peter Turrell, Paul Gray and David Norton - photography by Happy Medium, Cleo and Leo Mitchell drawing the raffle, Margaret Whitbread & Steve Gall - photography by Happy Medium, Pete Williams - photography by Steb Fisher, Doris and Tim Little at the Fashionista - photography by Steb Fisher, Rebecca O’Connor performs - photography by Steb Fisher, Eryl Harris, Margaret Whitbread and Noreen Maher with Trivia Sponsor John Hutton from Boat Books. Photos across bottom from left to right: Challenge kids on The Secretary, Amanda Thompson and Martin Bridgman - photography by Happy Medium, 2011 Trivia Series winner - OTB Reprobates, Steve Harper and Gill Dickson photography by Happy Medium, Nutbush at the Fashionista - photography by Steb Fisher, The ‘Try Hard’s’ winning trivia round - ‘Make a mode of transport,’ Carole Welsh, Bev Dawson, Fiona Welsh, Yannick Anderson, Rachel Hammond - photography by Happy Medium, Jade Telford wins a raffle prize on Cup Day, Con the Fruiterer at Fisho’s Night.

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Sunday 11 Kids Christmas Party

Ken King Centre 1000

Wednesday 14 Rec Boating Christmas Party

Ken King Centre 1800

Saturday 17 OTB Christmas Party

Lou Abrahams OTB Sailing Centre 1800 Port Phillip Room Harbour View Restaurant 1200 Port Phillip Room Harbour View Restaurant 1930

Sunday 25 Christmas Day Saturday 31 New Years Eve

Sunday 1 WISC Presentation Luncheon Sunday 1 Daylight Saving Ends Friday 6 – Monday 9 Easter

JANUARY Sunday 15 Rec Boating Summer Raft Up & Picnic Thursday 26 Australia Day

FEBRUARY Friday 3 OTB Pie Night & New Members Induction Wednesday 8 Rec Boating Guest Speaker Night Tuesday 14 Valentine’s Day Dinner

Port Phillip Room 1800

Saturday 18 Fishos’ Night

Port Phillip Room 1900

Saturday 3 Keeping Cancer @ Bay BBQ

Harbour View Restaurant 1800


Northern Podium After race

Training Auditorium 1930

Saturday 28 SYC Centenary Regatta & After Party

Northern Podium After race

Friday 4 OTB Pie Night & New Members Induction Sunday 13 Mother’s Day Lunch

Members’ Lounge 1800

Friday 18 Robbie Burns Down Under Night Friday 25 Sail Presentation Night

Port Phillip Room 1900

Friday 1 OTB Presentation Night

Port Phillip Room 1830

Harbour View Restaurant 1900 Port Phillip Room 1900

Harbour View Restaurant 1200

Port Phillip Room 1900


Monday 12 Labour Day Holiday

Monday 11 Queen’s Birthday Holiday

Saturday 17 St Patrick’s Day Celebration

Members Bar 1700

Sunday 18 Alfresco Long Lunch

Northern Podium 1200

Tuesday 20 SYC OGM

Port Phillip Room 2000

Thursday 29 Twilight Last Blast


Wednesday 11 Rec Boating Guest Speaker Night Wednesday 18 Harbour View Restaurant Feast Night Friday 20 Wednesday Wonders Presentation Night Wednesday 25 ANZAC Day


Training Auditorium 1930


Port Phillip Room 1300

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Wednesday 13 Rec Boating Guest Speaker Night Saturday 16 Rock n Roll Night

Training Auditorium 1930

Sunday 8 Rec Boating Annual Presentation Breakfast Saturday 21 SYC Ball

Members’ Bar 0900

Port Phillip Room 1930


Port Phillip Room Harbour View Restaurant 1900

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Sailor’s Lunch Special AVAILABLE WEEKDAYS 12.00PM - 3.00PM Two courses Three courses

$35.00 $45.00


TO START (please select one) Skewered popcorn beef Trio of oysters; • Ponzu with daikon and tobiko/ • Tempura with wasabi mayonnaise/ • Panko crumbed with tonkastu MAIN (please select one) Grilled sirloin with crushed potatoes, green beans and jus gras Grilled harpuka with fragrant rice and Chinese broccoli DESSERT Today’s duo of sorbet Please note: this is a sample menu only


Boned harpuka, stuffed with fresh prawns, coconut milk, ginger and coriander [four per serve] Twice cooked five spice quail, hot chilli plum sauce, petite blood orange salad

Private Dining in the Olympic Room for the Harbour View Restaurant

Chicken, prawn and shitake savoury custard Gazpacho with tempura vegetables


Master stock grilled chicken, summer salad, Japanese yogurt dressing Sous vide porterhouse, creamy crab croquette, wagyu dipping sauce, chargrilled asparagus Crumbed fish and chips, side salad Japanese risotto, shimiji, shitake mushrooms and shredded nori

Groups up to 28 persons can be catered for in our private dining room the Olympic Room. Menu options for groups dining in our Olympic Room are as follows: 2 courses: $60.00 per person 3 courses: $75.00 per person All beverages [inc. tea + coffee] are additional on a consumption basis. Harbour View Experience:

On the side

A series of tastes served to the centre of the table followed by a choice of four mains, with an assiette of desserts served to the centre of the table, inclusive of room hire, staff and side dishes


Your choice of four entrees, four mains and three desserts inclusive of room hire, staff and side dishes

Cress salad with miso dressing Chips

Today’s trio of sorbet Lemon grass, lime leaf panna cotta with coconut Chocolate mousse, orange, mango gel and orange salt

Private dining a la carte:

All prices and conditions are current at the time of print. They are however subject to revision by SYC.




+ Staff surcharge may apply for less than 20 people

Port Phillip Room

Member Weddings Cherie + Steve Daughter of member Merv Clemens Photography by a friend of the couple

Amy + Ben Daughter of member Rob Hurrell Photography by Richard Gibbs

Kylie + David Granddaughter of Past Commodore and Life Member Lou Abrahams Photography by Image Eight

KOL’S KITCHEN Sandringham Yacht Club’s Executive Chef Kol Gemmell shares a quick and easy salad perfect for summer

Green Papaya Salad with Ocean Trout Ingredients

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Green papaya salad


1 green papaya* (peeled, shredded) 6-8 Long Red chillies (remove seeds and membrane, thinly sliced)

In a large bowl, add green papaya, chillies, garlic, cherry tomatoes, shallots, beans, lime leaves, lemongrass, coriander, mint and 2 tbs of crushed peanuts


2 tsp minced garlic 8 cherry tomatoes (halved)

In small bowl, mix together palm sugar, lime juice and fish sauce and then drizzle over salad ingredients


Make the sweet caramel sauce by simmering (on low heat) palm sugar, soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt and star anise for approximately 3 minutes or until palm sugar has dissolved (be careful not to burn)

4 kaffir lime leaves (thinly sliced) 1/2 stick of lemongrass (thinly sliced)


Once removed from heat, take out the star anise, add lime juice and allow to cool

1 bunch of coriander 1 bunch of mint (torn up)


Season the ocean trout portions by drizzling with fish sauce and allow to sit for 3 - 4 minutes

3 tbs roasted peanuts (crushed) 4 tbs palm sugar (crushed)


Pan fry for approximately 3 minutes on each side until medium rare

2 tbs lime juice

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1 shallot (sliced) 4 green beans (cut into 3cm lengths)

2 tbs fish sauce

Sweet caramel sauce 1/4 cup palm sugar (crushed) 1/8 cup sweet soy sauce (ABC kecap manis)

Add sweet caramel sauce to the salad and toss to combine Serve the green papaya salad and ocean trout on individual plates and sprinkle remaining crushed peanuts over the top * Green papaya and star anise can be found at Asian markets

2 tbs Oyster sauce 1 pinch sea salt 1 star anise* 1 lime (juiced)

Ocean Trout

600g ocean trout (cut into 150g pieces) 3 tsp fish sauce

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ICOYC communications, targeted membership programs plus several more. The segment I presented was ‘How current economic developments have affected our clubs’. The Commodore presented two segments, ‘Club Fleet (Beneteaus)’ and the second one on ‘Membership’. I was also fortunate to present, on behalf of my workshop group in the strategic planning session, ‘Identifying your clubs value proposition’. In addition to the conference room agenda, there were evening functions held on a nightly basis. An extract of some of the key observations we made include;

ICOYC Commodores’ Forum – Seattle September 2011 The Commodore and I attended the International Council of Yacht Clubs (ICOYC) Commodores’ Forum in Seattle between 31 August and 3 September 2011. 27 yacht clubs from around the World were in attendance and approximately 50 delegates representing those clubs were present. The majority of the delegates were flag officers (past and present), other club stakeholders and nine were club managers.

• A big focus for all clubs is creating the next generation of members – the youth • A number of the bigger clubs have intermediate / younger members on their main committee to ensure the younger members have a voice • Everyone recognises the world has changed and it is time for old practices to be overhauled if we are to create and provide for the needs of the next generation

The forum was hosted by the impressive Seattle Yacht Club. It was very clear the role of the Host Club was a significant undertaking. They did an outstanding job over the four days, led by their Commodore Kim Lorenz who acted as the MC.

• In terms of size SYC, in this ICOYC environment, is a mid tier club – but in terms of practices we can certainly hold our head up high – and we are well regarded on the global stage

The forum commenced on the Wednesday evening with all club burgees being raised on the main yard arm followed by an Americas Cup presentation by the AC organisers. This was followed by two and a half days of full day seminars and evening functions. On each day we were on the bus at 7.30am, returning to the hotel after 10pm. On the Saturday afternoon there was a J105 regatta with all attendees participating, followed by an evening function at the SYC Port Madison outstation (a satellite club, one of eleven owned by Seattle Yacht Club).

• Most clubs have significantly higher joining fees

The objective of the forum was for the top clubs around the globe to share discussions on common issues. The forum is clearly unique in that it brings together a very select group who, from what we witnessed, have very much a collaborative attitude and seek to assist, educate, understand and further their passion for boating – with one thing in mind – to take away what they learn from each other to benefit / improve their club. The culture and feel of the forum reflected this objective. The objective of our attendance was to listen to those discussions, present segments (three in all), ask questions, develop networks, explore reciprocal opportunities, promote SYC, seek solutions to some of our challenges and generally explore the membership opportunities within this group of the World’s leading clubs. The agenda was very comprehensive and included financial segments, strategic planning, governance, foundations and trusts, succession planning, club crises, growing boating, club fleets, membership tactics, youth sailing,


• No two clubs are the same, we are all unique, however we face common issues

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• Many of the global clubs are risk averse

• Sponsorship, especially in Europe and America is very difficult • Club printed promotional materials and statements are being phased out and being replaced with electronic communications – facebook, twitter, websites, online accounts etc. • There is no magic formula for F&B in clubs – all clubs wrestle with the need to service members and derive a satisfactory return • A number of the clubs use professional groups to survey their members, and when they do, they survey their spouses as well – as they see the need to embrace the entire family • A number of the clubs have foundation structures, and it was noted that it is imperative clubs are seen to spend the monies raised through these structures • Competition for the discretionary dollar is high A number of the key ‘take-aways’ from the ICOYC forum include; 1. SYC has access to the ICOYC Member Exclusive Web Forum so we can continue dialogue (or commence dialogue) on issues with the group 2. We have a new International Club Network and we are now known to this group

ICOYC 7. Our food and beverage expectations, even on a global scale, are high – every club struggles with this issue as it is complex and economic times are difficult

3. We have reciprocal opportunities with some or all of those clubs in attendance 4. Royal New Zealand will gladly share info on their youth sailing programs as will Royal Freshwater – and would welcome a site visit at any stage to walk us through their programs. 5. The managers in attendance will be setting up an email contact group / network 6. If we ever replace the Beneteau fleet, we have been offered the boat selection criteria template by St. Francis YC (hosting the next AC), Royal Freshwater and Royal New Zealand.

8. Our direction of focussing on the youth, pathways, intermediates and removing barriers to entry is aligned with this group The Commodore and I have come away from this forum with a wealth of information and plenty of opportunity. We have a significant amount to consider and we are discussing these issues at the General Committee table. In addition photos, presentations and a transcript of the forum are being made available to members. In summary, the ICOYC forum was excellent and was well worth our while attending. The next forum is being held in the UK in September 2012.

Richard Hewett Chief Executive


A New Reciprocal Club

SYC and the Woodlands Golf Club have agreed to a reciprocal relationship, which means SYC members get the following at Woodlands Golf Club: Golf playing Rights and Clubhouse facilities • Use of the clubhouse facilities • Use of the practice facilities • Subject to course availability, permission to play golf (at the times specified below) at the member introduced green fee rate which is currently $70.00 and then discounted by 50%. Rounds are limited to 6 games per year.

In return Sandringham Yacht Club will provide Woodlands Golf Club Members: • Access to the Harbour View Restaurant with a 10% discount • Access to the Members’ Bar (a limit of 6 visits per year applies) • Complimentary Day Pass membership for WGC members to crew on a boat during Wednesday Wonders

Times of Play : Monday after 12.00pm Tuesday any time Wednesday after 12.00pm Friday any time Note: Times and days stated are subject to course availability. Timesheet bookings – Members of SYC must call Woodlands on 9580 3455 at least 24 hours prior.

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Club Marine Assist Free to all Club Marine Insurance Policy Holders Imagine cruising into an unfamiliar harbour late in the afternoon, not sure where the safest place to moor or berth for the night may be. You need fuel, groceries, ice and fresh water - who do you call? The answer is: Club Marine Assist, the one-stop service to solve all of your problems! With over 40 years experience as Australia’s market leader in boat insurance, Club Marine offers boat owners and their families an integrated range of insurance solutions and membership benefits designed to protect their boating lifestyle and maximise their enjoyment on the water. Launched in January 2009, Club Marine Assist is a partnership between Club Marine and sister company, AGA Assistance Australia -- a global supplier of roadside and other assistance services -- to offer a first class personal service never before seen in the recreational boating market. Club Marine Assist members can call 24 hours a day to seek advice, assistance, directions and information. Users can contact the harbourmaster or marina operator, get directions to the fuel and service wharf, grocery store and more -- all just a phone call away! Accidents and breakdowns do happen, so Club Marine Assist also offers a range of benefits if things go wrong. Whether you’re on board or on dry land, operators will assess the situation and will help you contact the correct and most appropriate emergency services. If needed, they can also arrange overnight accommodation and the salvage of your boat and even assist in lodging the paperwork for your Club Marine insurance claim. Some days you mightn’t even get to the water before bad luck steps in. The great news is that Club Marine Assist also provides comprehensive roadside assistance benefits for your car and/or trailer for every trip when you are either towing your boat, or travelling to or from your boat (if moored or stored in a dry stack, trailer store or on the hard stand).

Remember, boating is supposed to be easy, fun and safe for everyone and that is the major objective of Club Marine Assist as it allows you to relax and enjoy your day out on the water with the confidence that there is help at the end of the phone. This service and protection is provided exclusively and free of charge to Club Marine members when they buy or renew a boat insurance policy with Club Marine. Media enquiries: Nicholas Scofield Allianz Australia Ph. 02-9390 6596 0416 088 414

Club Marine Club Marine Limited (ACN 007 588 347) (Club Marine) is the largest pleasure and commercial leisure craft underwriting agency in Australia. The insurer is Allianz Australia Insurance Limited (Allianz) ABN 15 000 122 850 AFSL 234708. Club Marine is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Allianz Australia Ltd.

Allianz Australia The Allianz Australia Group operates in Australia and New Zealand. It includes one of Australia’s largest general insurers, a leading private workers’ compensation insurer, and a life insurer. Allianz Australia Insurance Limited delivers a wide range of personal, commercial and corporate insurance products and services. It is proud to be of service to more than 2 million policy holders and over 50% of Australia’s top 200 BRW listed companies have some form of insurance cover with the group. Allianz Australia Insurance Limited has approximately 3300 staff and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the worldwide Allianz Group, one of the world’s largest financial services companies.

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Lycian Coast Yacht Rally 2011

Toasting Turkey’s Turquoise Coast September 2011 By Trevor Joyce with photographs from Maggie Joyce The Lycian Coast of Turkey stretches from Fethiye in the west to Antalya in the east, a distance of about 150 miles. Mountains up to 4,100 metres rear out of the sea along this coast to create a visually dramatic backdrop to a string of secluded anchorages, small ports and seaside villages. Most of history’s armies have marched along these shores and today there are remnants of a number of civilizations to scramble over but the overriding reality is that the best of nearly everything is only accessible by sea. The yachts chartered for the event were from the Jeanneau stable and the short races on alternate days were therefore sedate; (twilight racing mode), but the competition was nonetheless spirited. Marmaris is sailing central at the western end of the rally route and the harbour offers an inviting waterfront with traditional gulets and super yachts lined up along a public wharf flanked by restaurants, coffee shops and bars. Early in the rally we took an optional lay day excursion from Ekincik up the Dalyan River to Caunos and the Lycian cliff tombs. The creation of the last of the intricately carved tombs, was interrupted in about 350 BC by Alexander the Great and it remains unfinished to this day. Sculptors were lowered on scaffolding but the question immediately arises – what did they use for tools?

After Ecincik in the Gulf of Fethiye came Gocek, still little more than a fishing village but still with three full service marinas and several good restaurants. The next day through Caracaoren was in total contrast, with a single restaurant in a quiet bay and 2,000 metre Baba Mountain in the back ground. On the following lay day we ventured to Kaya Koy, once a thriving Greek, Armenian and Turkish city but now deserted following the 1923 population exchange between the then warring Greece and Turkey. The Turquoise Coast began to reveal its true beauty in the water colour at the swim stop before the next race to Kalkan. The fleet anchored off a long sandy beach where Petara was once the port for the Lycian capital Xanthos, before the harbour silted and mosquitoes drove the inhabitants away. Kalkan welcomed us following a gentle two hour race across a flat sea on a dying breeze. Modern day Kalkan clings to the slopes around an ancient core, which was also Greek until 1923. The friendly merchants and restaurateurs of Kalkan maintain a high standard of service to a discerning clientele. On the following lay day nearby Xanthos, Letoon and Petara engaged the culture vultures while the hamams cleansed and soothed the more sedentary among the group. Meanwhile out on the race course encounters of another


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Lycian Coast Yacht Rally 2011

kind began to produce a log jam on the scoreboard with two boats tied in first and two in second, just one point behind, after four races.

September 2012. For details please contact Lauren on 02 9966 1244, or toll free 1300 131 724 or by email

After Kalkan and Kas came a huge surprise; the Greek Island of Kastellorizo just two miles off the Turkish shore. A mere rock in the ocean, starkly beautiful but with an air of melancholy, Kastellorizo these days has just 350 permanent Greek inhabitants. After invasions, war time bombings, a disastrous earthquake and a mass exodus to Australia, just in this century, “Kasi” is still in recovery mode.

If you would like to talk to any of this year’s participants call Mariner Boating for the contact details.

The fifth race took the fleet back into Turkey at Kekova, a long sliver of a waterway almost land locked by the island of the same name. A building westerly breeze drove the fleet in through one of only three entrances to the finish beneath an imposing crusader castle, which when illuminated against a moonless night sky added surrealism to an already magical setting for the post-race function. One of the crew from Duchess lamented “The only thing wrong with this rally is that it finishes tomorrow;” two weeks had simply vanished. The amazing journey came to an end with two nights of luxury at the Ramada hotel in Antalya with the final night dinner celebrated in a converted Ottoman residence in the old port city of Kalichi. The Lycian Coast Yacht Rally will be held again in

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ADOPT AN OPTI SCHEME SYC’s aging Opti fleet required some creative thinking … Enter your Vice Commodore, Chris Carlile who suggested an “Adopt an Opti” Scheme. The word was put out among the Division 0 fleet and other Keelboat owners. The take up was almost immediate. Within weeks payment had been made on a new fleet of beautifully liveried Optimists. In our Opti fleet we now have a miniature Calm, a diminutive XLR8, a tiny Terra Firma, a baby Scarlet Runner, a young Goldfinger, a mini Magic, a petite 51st Project and a pint sized Vive La Vie. Those who were at the opening of the newly renovated Lou Abrahams Off the Beach Sailing Centre had a good laugh watching the skippers or crew of large Keelboats trying to race in an Opti. Rob Date from Scarlet Runner was the winner, but Ray Shaw from XLR8 won the most admiration for his swimming ability! Harry Kelberg from Vive La Vie found out what is was like to be grounded and we all discovered that Dean Robson has a fetish for stealing other boats’ rudders. Miniature Calm was the only Opti not to look foolish. That’s because Jason had his daughter stand in for him – Georgy knew you had to put the plug in the back of the boat!

Kate Mitchell

Dean Robson

SYC is looking to recruit keelboat and dinghy instructors Please send resumes to Michah Shuwalow or Phone: 03 9599 0909

Harry Kelberg

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NEW MEMBERS January to November 2011 NAME


Bruce Alexander Thomas Alexander Trish Anglin Samantha Atkinson Vicki Atkinson Frank Attaguile Maja Babic Gordon Ballantyne Ruby Ballantyne Jude Ballantyne Nina Ballantyne Finn Ballantyne Ann Barber Chris Barton Ray Batty Gail Beard Paul Beard Martin Benstead Rachael Benton Robert Blanche Chris Bolton Anna Boxtel Phillip Braithwaite Richard Brearley Laura Breedon Joshua Brookes-Duncan Lorraine Brooks Fiona Brownlee David Buckingham Matthew Burgess Andrea Burgess Harrison Burgess Michaela Burgess Joshua Burgess Callum Burns Olivia Burton Mike Campbell Jessica Case Steven Case Michael Case Yohann Caspersz Martin Cerantonio Steve Chan Paul Charles Brett Clarke Adam Coddington Michael Coman Natalie Coman Guy Copley Teresa Copley Susan Cummin Sara Curtain Janice Darragh


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Sandra Davidson Caitlin Davies Matt Davison Ben Denes Madonna Derks Jackie Desantis Daniel Drummond Simon Dryden Noel Duffy John Duke Tom Dwyer Lochy Evenden Eliza Ewart Adel Farag Amy Farag Matt Feore Dorian Galvin Sam Gamon Graham Geddes Bert Geraerts Mark Gillan Steve Goddard Kate Goss Rhett Gowans Tyrone Gowans Al Greenwood David Griffiths Tonia Grimshaw-Lloyd Adam Grosman Nathan Gudsell Isabel Guimaraes Hala Guirguis Paul Hardie Hamil Harstad Mick Hastings Jack Hastings Andrew Henshaw Lloyd Higginbotham Neal Higham Belinda Holt John Hooper Olwen Horton Svenja Huensch Hamish Hughes Rob Hutchison Lachlan Imeneo Neale Jackson Andrew Kailas Helen Keays Daniel Kelly Tony Kent Michael Kostos George Lauterstein



Brendan Lee Peter Lee Jenny Lewin Mark Lilley Mark Lloyd Jack Lloyd Tess Lloyd Tim Luff Richard Machin Frank Materia Greg McGann Andrew McGrath Rob McIntosh Marg McIntosh Bruce McKechnie Gus McLennan Simon Merritt Leon Miccoli Katie Millar Brett Millar Tully Mulder Danielle Murphy Marc Naidoo James Neeson Roger Newham John Nockles Peter Ongarello Deb Page Matt Panoussi Cam Parsons Reg Paul Sam Pavic Tania Peitzker Courtney Perryman Anna Philip Sarah Philip Terry Pilch Marianne Pozzuto Neil Pratt Paul Quennell Sharon Quennell Oliver Quennell Henry Quennell Peter Rankin Ishan Ratnam Andrew Reid Bruce Reidy Ron Reilly Philippa Richardson Liam Richardson Pat Roberts Peter Roberts Andrew Robinson

January to November 2011 NEW MEMBERS NAME


Gayl Robinson Fabian Roda Joelle Roderick Vaughan Rosier Jennine Ross Georgia Ross Matthew Ross Brendan Rowsell Phil Sander Jeff Schultz Bruno Secatore Rita Secatore Christian Secatore Richard Shenfield Peter Skillington Ted Smith Kath Solly Eliza Solly Philippa Solly Chris Sommervelle Phil Spender Christian Stewart Luke Stocker Kate Strahan David Taylor Emma Taylor Christine Taylor Ash Taylor



Tony Teschendorff Jim Tevlin Jonathan Thai John Thompson Michael Thornborrow Garry Utmar Natasha Van Rennes Greg Vawdrey Raymond Veal Thomas Vincent Dan Wadsworth Jessica Waldron Clint Walker Hadley Watson Steve Weber Lynette White Catherine Whitehead Kirsten Wiley Craig Wiley Candice Williamson Maree Willis John Willis Don Wilson Nelly Wilson John Wilson Steve Wilson Ian Woods

SYC Vale January to November 2011 It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of the following members SYC Member Member for Doug Adams 2 years Merryl Angus-Bartholomew 11 years Noel Fyfe 15 years Ted Holding 23 years Stewart Howarth 44 years Bill James 14 years Tony Le Dain 11 years Sadie Mappin 55 years Bill Marshall 27 years Jack Robertson 54 years Michael Sullivan 51 years Robert Venner 55 years Eddie Wall-Smith 71 years Ray Watson 50 years Frank Wright-Smith 75 years

A GIFT FOR ALL MEMBERS SYC member Richard Buxton is very generously gifting each member household with a copy of his book If Matthew Flinders Had Wings. In a journey that took seven years to complete, construction and property developer Richard Buxton followed Matthew Flinders’ path, circumnavigating Australia by air and sea to raise public awareness and funds for research into Alzheimer’s disease. If Matthew Flinders Had Wings is a combination of stunning photography of Australia’s rugged coastlines and culturally diverse residents with witty commentary on each chapter of the experience. It is an extraordinary account of Australia’s history and natural landscape. The books will be available for collection from the SYC Guest Relations desk from Monday 12 December 2011. Summer 2011 | syc off the wind


Having a great coffee on your boat is now possible thanks to Procaffe. Procaffe is not only bringing premium italian coffee to the home and office but has produced a quality coffee machine which is ideal for your boat. COMO ‘Bring Italy Home’ Coffee Machine The Como has impressed the boating fraternity so much the one machine sits with the design department at Riviera to see how it can add to the additional features that you would find in a quality vessel. But I only have 12 volts? For an additional sum, a specially tailored transformer for the machine has been arranged for different types of boats. Our new machine is small, yet its unmatched might, power and performance are second to none. A good coffee isn’t just about the bean, it is crafted through flawless design. Our machines are designed to make it look easy. Perfect for the occasional use, home or boutique office, this highly designed, innovative pod machine is sure to get your visitors and clients talking. Create small talk through quality espresso or cafe latte; this small, powerful machine produces pod perfection.


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Our machines are designed tO make it lOOk easy: we’ve been the workplace coffee specialists for over a decade, and now we’re bringing our commercial expertise to your doorstep.

The Fifth Variety Splash comes to SYC! Join the Splash on Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 February 2012 In 2012 the Variety Splash will celebrate its 5th Anniversary starting at SYC, which has supported the Splash in each year of its history. The Splash is a three day fundraising rally which takes participants around Port Phillip and Corio Bay, on a fun filled adventure that is open to power and sail boats of all shapes and sizes and is a great way to get your family, friends and colleagues out on the water, all in the name of raising funds for Variety the children’s charity. This annual boating event is similar to the infamous Variety Bash car rallies, where the focus is all about having fun whilst on the water. As with all Variety events, the Splash has a serious side; its primary objective is to raise much needed funds to help empower Victorian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn. The Splash visits some of Port Phillip’s best yacht clubs and marinas including SYC, Royal Geelong Y.C, Queenscliff Harbour and Royal Yacht Club of Victoria. Regular Splash participant Lex O’Connor commented “We had another fantastic time on the Variety Splash this year with Phil Coombs and crew on the 51st Project. The Variety Splash is such a fun and unique way to explore and enjoy different ports and clubs around Port Philip Bay while helping Variety the children’s charity.

This year we lived aboard the project during the Splash and saw late night disco parties all dressed in 80’s gear on the boat after the Saturday Night Fever function at Mornington Yacht Club that was followed next morning by stacks on Smithy and Lorraine with young Chris Coombs. Queenscliff is always a great visit and what a way to do it in company with such a wide range of boats and to enjoy the Variety Splash function in the new 360Q restaurant. The 51st Project Splash crew are regulars and include seasoned sailors and some that are new to boating and all enjoyed the cruise around the bay and seeing sights such as Popes Eye, Portsea and the views around the bottom of the bay.” Contact Splash Event Managers, Mark Turnbull and Jav Greaves to find out how you can get involved in Variety Splash 2012!

Website: Jav Greaves – Mark Turnbull OAM – P: 03 9004 4688

It is great to turn off yacht racing mode and go for a cruise.

The Variety Splash team looked after us so well, they really become part of the crew. The Splash is an event not to be missed and a great way help the Variety charity. Lex O’Connor (51st Project Crew Member)

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Vortex Air – Proud Contributors to the Centenary Year ‘Fashionista’ Vortex Air is a family owned Aviation Charter Business, which operates from Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne.

with the yachts of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart from the safety and comfort of your own private charter aircraft.

Vortex Air has a long history of flying passengers to fabulous destinations around Australia.

Vortex Air are offering 3 day and 4 day air experiences from Moorabbin airport, Melbourne and 4 day escapes out of Bankstown, Sydney for those who wish to view the race from start to finish.

Vortex Air specialises in fully inclusive tours to: The world renowned Barnbougle Dunes Golf Course in Tasmania • Outback Australia and Lake Eyre • The Birdsville Races • Mt Hotham during the ski season

Equipped with GPS equipment, we can locate and track any particular yacht in the event that may be of interest to you.

Vortex Air can also arrange air travel or organise a specialised tour to suit your group to any destination in Australia you may desire.

Our attention to detail ensures there is simply no better way to experience on of the most iconic ocean races in the world.

Travelling in groups of up to 8, Vortex’s intimate air tours provide you with your own pilot to guide you safely throughout the duration of your tour.

All inclusive fare from $1795 per person twin share.

• Gourmet tours of the Bass Straight Islands

Sydney to Hobart private aircraft charters This December Vortex Air are offering a wonderful opportunity to cruise the east Australian seaboard


View the splendor of the yachts of the Sydney to Hobart on their treacherous annual expedition down the east coast of the country to Hobart from the best vantage availble.

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For more information regarding the Sydney-Hobart or other tours or private charters Phone: (03) 8586 7474 or




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Melbourne City Land Rover

1303 malvern Road, malvern Telephone: (03) 9864 3555 Contact Brett Wallace LmCt1886

Cnr Lorimer & Ingles Streets, Docklands Telephone: (03) 9684 1000 Contact Jeremy Benford LmCt1886

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