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Club Update December 2013

In this issue

Welcome Firstly I would like to welcome the new Yachting NSW Board that was elected at the Annual General Meeting held in September. Subsequent to the AGM two additional directors were appointed. Your board for 2013/14 is: Richard Hudson (President) Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club David Berryman (Vice President) Belmont 16' Sailing Club Howard Elliott (Treasurer) Hunters Hill Sailing Club Anthony Dunn Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Christian Brook Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron Carl Crafoord Middle Harbour Yacht Club (appointed) Angela Catterns Balmain Sailing Club (appointed) We have been actively pursuing external funding and have been successful in receiving a grant from the NSW Government’s Water Safety Black Spots Fund. This will enable us to deliver Safety Boat handling courses for clubs across the state, details of this are below. This augments an earlier grant for regional clubs offi cials training. I encourage you to register your clubs interest in these programs. Merry Christmas.

• Safety Boat courses • Christmas & New Year Offi ce Closure • Silver & Gold Cards • Nautilus Marine extends partnership with Yachting NSW • Lifejackets Safety Campaign • Working with Children Check - Update • Tax advantaged projects for sailing clubs • Discover Sailing Day • National Equipment Auditor Scheme

David Edwards General Manager

• Club Development case studies • First Aid Training

Safety Boat Courses Yachting New South Wales is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $142,000 by the NSW Ministry for Police and Emergency Services as part of the 2013-2014 Water Safety Black Spots Fund. The objective of the Fund is to reduce the rate of drowning deaths in NSW by providing funding for water safety initiatives that focus on known Black Spots. Black Spots include locations, population groups, or activities that have a higher risk when people interact with the water. Yachting New South Wales will utilise the funding to deliver a Safety Boat handling course which will be rolled out across the state over the next twelve months. Safety Boats are an essential high profi le tool in the implementation and profi le of a safe environment for the sport of sailing.

Yachting NSW works proactively with our partners to show leadership in promoting safety on the water. The constant promotion of the safety message is designed to contribute to an overall cultural change with a resultant increase in the usage of life jackets and safe boating practices. YNSW’s objective with this course is to develop key people at member clubs as on-water Safety offi cers and promote the wearing of lifejackets. YNSW will be contacting clubs in early 2014 to start scheduling the delivery of courses, which will be delivered free of charge.

• Yachting NSW Seminars • Offi ciating Training for regional clubs • NSW Youth Championships • NSW Youth Sailing Team • Gill Starter Pack Program

You are receiving this newsletter because you are registered as an offi ce bearer on your Club’s webpage in the My Club database. We encourage you to forward this newsletter on to your members.


Christmas & New Year Office Closure The Yachting NSW offi ce will be closed from Friday the 20th December 2013 and will not re-open until Monday the 6th of January 2014. Staff will only have limited access to emails throughout this time so if your enquiry is urgent, relating to your YA Silver Card and the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race or Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race please visit our Sailor Identifi cation Number page

Silver & Gold Cards For the 2013/14 season Silver and Gold Cards will only be available to members of clubs that responded to previous communications over winter and chose to “opt in.” This will be the last season that physical cards will be produced and from 2014/ 15 onwards, only electronic versions will be available through individuals mySailor profi le All Club members, irrespective of whether your club opted to receive a physical card for this coming year or not can access an electronic, printable PDF version of the card online via mySailor. This includes the Sailor Identifi cation Number, the Club or Clubs that individuals are members of and any Yachting Australia qualifi cations you hold. The online card also provides evidence that individuals are eligible to race under the Racing Rules of Sailing (Rule 46 Person in Charge and Rule 56 Crew). The benefi ts remain unchanged, including Personal Accident Insurance and access to offers from Yachting

Club Development Case Studies Consistent feedback from clubs has been that you want to see examples of best practice that can be shared with other clubs as a common resource. Two great examples of this are videos produced by Yachting Australia with the assistance of the Australian Sports Commission that focus on developing clubs within the framework of Discover Sailing. Comments we hear from club committee members when talking about issues facing clubs is “that’s not relevant to our club” or “We’re different to them” The reality is that all clubs are facing the same issues; it is just that the context is slightly different. Regardless of the size of your club, whether it is dinghy or yacht focussed,

metropolitan or regional; you are strongly encouraged to invest some time and watch these videos to see how your peers are successfully utilising the components of Discover Sailing to increase participation and membership. • Sandringham Yacht Club ature=share • Albury Wodonga Yacht Club watch?v=K9KLobif84o

Australia Loyalty Partners. You do not need a physical card to access these benefi ts, but you do need to ensure that your members have up to date information showing in myClub. Contact your clubs designated myClub administrator if details need to be updated. Having current data is important for Clubs, Yachting NSW and Yachting Australia. It allows us to communicate with you and ensures we have correct details for your Personal Accident Insurance. We ask that you remind your members to update their mySailor profi le as necessary, including a valid email address. Having an email address recorded will also allow passwords to be retrieved if forgotten.

Club Development

RMS Lifejacket Awareness Campaign Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay recently launched the state’s biggest lifejacket awareness campaign to promote safe and responsible boating behaviour. Minister Gay was joined by Aussie actor and comedian Shane Jacobson who is spear-heading a series of lighthearted fi lms, that will run as part of a statewide lifejacket campaign running through to Easter. “One of the hardest facts to contend with is that nine out of 10 people who drowned while boating in NSW in the last decade were not wearing a lifejacket,” Minister Gay said. “We’re pleased to have Shane on-board as an avid water sport enthusiast to deliver our message that if your lifejacket is not on, then it can’t save you. “The online video series called ‘That’s Not

On’ features Shane getting involved in a number of on-water scenes including kayaking and fi shing. “The videos will complement the traditional newspaper, tv and radio campaign aimed at reminding people to ‘Wear A Lifejacket’ – it never ruined a day on the water’. “Our boating safety offi cers are taking a zero tolerance approach this season and issuing on the spot fi nes to people who don’t wear their lifejacket,” Minister Gay said. Mr Jacobson said he hopes that the campaign will help change community attitudes. “These days, wearing a lifejacket doesn’t mean you have to look like a seventies throwback in a puffer vest. “There’s a whole new range of lifejackets out there that are designed to suit every taste, budget and water activity, so there’s absolutely no ex-

cuse not to wear one, especially in small vessels. “We want to see people get into the habit of putting on a lifejacket in the same way they remember to apply sunscreen - it is simple and could save their life,” Mr Jacobson said. Yachting NSW is supporting the campaign and a number of member clubs are assisting with data collection that will enable RMS to measure the effectiveness of the campaign. YNSW will be providing participating clubs with $500 cash, two infl atable lifejackets, a Race Offi cers course and $200 discount voucher for boat insurance through YNSW/ Nautilus Marine.

Working with Children Check - Update The deadline for the fi rst phase-in group for the new Working With Children Check has been extended from 31 December 2013 to the new deadline of 31 March 2014. The revised deadline takes into account the practicalities for employers and organisations of operations during the summer break. Anyone who has started a new job in paid child-related work since the new system came into force on 15 June 2013, must apply for a working with children check clearance, and give their clearance or application number to their employer for verifi cation. For those already in child-related work, volunteers, and self-employed persons who did not hold a child-related employment certifi cate on 15 June 2013, the Check is being phased-in over coming years. The fi rst groups being phased-in need to have their clearance or application number to their employer by the new deadline of 31 March 2014. These groups are: • Child protection services

• Disability services • Justice services • Religious services (work as a minister, priest, rabbi, mufti or other like religious leader or spiritual offi cer of the organisation) • Youth workers • Authorised carers (foster carers and other authorised carers of children in statutory and supported out-of-home care) • Adults who reside at the home of an authorised carer or at a home where a home-based education and care service or family day care service is provided. More information on the phase-schedule is available: FACT SHEET: Phase-in schedule for existing workers. The deadline extension is part of several improvements to the Working With Children Check that came into effect 6 December 2013. Other changes include identity verifi cation options for authorised carers and their adult household members who live interstate, along with carers, and adults who live in the home of an authorised

carer or at a home where a home based education and care service or family day care service is provided, who are medically unable to attend a motor registry or Government Access Centre. These people will now be able to verify their identity via documents sent to the Offi ce of the Children’s Guardian through the mail. You can sign up to receive the regular email bulletins and updates at the link below. The amendment to the regulation is available at the NSW Legislation website at Child Protection (Working with Children) Amendment (Miscellaneous) Regulation 2013. Visit Working-with-children/New-Working-with-Children-Check for more information.

Club Development

Australian Sports Foundation - Tax advantaged projects for sailing clubs The ASF was established by the government in 1986 to support the development of sport in Australia. The ASF is listed as a deductable gift receipt (DGR) in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. Working with incorporated and non profi t organisations (including sporting bodies, local & other government organisations, schools & community groups) the ASF has the ability to encourage philanthropy and receive tax deductible donations & distributions from individuals, businesses & ancillary funds in support of sporting pro-

jects. Project categories include facility development, sport equipment, sport development, team travel and hosting a major event. Discretionary grants are able to be issued to projects registered and fundraising with ASF. Since 1986, over $230M in grants have been issued to support projects as a direct result of registration and fundraising with the ASF. Projects eligible for consideration for ASF registration must be sport related by being one of the following types:

• Facility development • Facility feasibility study • Equipment • Team travel • Hosting a major sporting event • Sport development For more information click here.

National Equipment Auditor Scheme The National Equipment Audit scheme (NEA) has been a work in progress for a number of months and has been created by Yachting Australia after much collaboration with the YNSW Special Regulations committee and other states. The scheme is designed to provide portability of equipment audits for yachts competing in cat 1 and 2 races. This will allow yachts to travel to inter-

state races without having to undergo a separate audit at the host club. The scheme builds on the existing equipment auditor accreditation that most NSW clubs will be familiar. It will ensure national consistency of safety equipment and ultimately a safer sport. From the 2014/14 season onwards, NSW auditors will only be permitted to audit yachts for cat 3-7 unless ap-

proved for cats 1 and 2 under the NEA. Clubs wishing to nominate one of their auditors for the NEA can do so through YNSW. The list of current auditors can be found on the Yachting NSW website in the Clubs & Classes section. Please contact the offi ce for more information

Yachting NSW and Nautilus Marine Insurance extend partnership Nautilus Marine Insurance and Yachting New South Wales (YNSW) are pleased to announce they have extended their successful Partnership. The YNSW Pleasure Boat Insurance policy, not only provides market leading coverage, but puts funds back into associated clubs, helping to develop the sport. Every time a YNSW member takes out a policy, valuable funds are returned to both YNSW, and the member's sailing club. “We have been overwhelmed by the support we have had with the program, from the boat owners, through to the clubs supporting, as well as the professionalism of Yachting NSW. Not only

are club members benefi ting through market leading coverage and pricing, their clubs are fi nancially rewarded. It has also been successfully replicated in many states and we look forward to enhancing into the future” noted Lyndon Turner, Chief Executive Offi cer of Nautilus. Under the YNSW yacht insurance program, participating members who sign up to have their boat insured with YNSW - Nautilus Marine Insurance, will have part of the premium paid back to YNSW. YNSW shares this equally with the member's sailing club. “Yachting NSW is committed to developing commercial partnerships

that deliver value to our member clubs. The dinghy auto cover program is recognised as a market leading product that is simple and competitively priced. We look forward to further developing this strong relationship with additional products” commented David Edwards, General Manager of Yachting NSW. The YNSW policy is fully backed by Nautilus Marine Insurance, a wholly Australian owned insurance agency that provides insurance programs for boat owners and for the marine industry.

Club Development

Discover Sailing Day The inaugural national Discover Sailing Day was held on Sunday 27th October at 38 clubs in NSW. NSW club registrations spanned from Tweed Heads in the north, Lake Keepit in the west and Batemans Bay in the South. With a geographical spread so vast it is safe to say that sailing clubs well and truly opened their doors to a vast array of new participants. The rebranding of the successful Yachting NSW/ BIA of NSW Try Sailing Day to Discover Sailing Day in 2013 was initiated to meet the recommendations of the major review into participation in the gemba report. The BIA of NSW

were once again generous in their support of sailing within NSW providing vital promotional resources to ensure the day was a success. Yachting NSW took online pre registrations for clubs which worked well with approximately 1,000 individual pre registrations received. Final numbers will show that we had in excess of 2,000 participants across the State Discover Sailing on the day. The 2014 Discover Sailing Day dates have been announced as being Sunday 26th October 2014, and clubs are encouraged to include these

dates in their calendars for next year. Yachting NSW will be expanding on its Club Development resources to ensure that Discover Sailing Day is easier and more benefi cial for clubs to implement whilst attracting new participants to their club.

First Aid Training Special Offer to YNSW Clubs The Australian Lifesaving Academy NSW is now offering exclusive discounts on CPR and First Aid Training to all Yachting NSW Clubs and their members.

-Accredited Apply First Aid Course (HLTFA311A) for just $115 excluding GST. The Australian Lifesaving Academy NSW is a Registered Training Organisation which offers Nationally

Recognised and Work Cover Approved First Aid training, covering all your First Aid accreditation requirements. To book contact Josh Sheedy on 02 9471 8081 or jsheedy@surfl

Book a Seminar for your Club! Did you know that we run various seminars for our clubs? Yachting NSW draws on the vast experience of our expert members to deliver specialised seminars. These form an essential part of Yachting NSW’s commitment to help clubs develop and improve their services to members.

Topics include: • Racing Rules • Wind strategy and tactics • Regatta management • Equipment auditing All seminars generally run for 3 hours but can be tailored to meet your specifi c needs.

Our Seminars can be booked via the course booking form found in the Courses & Training section of our website If you would like a seminar on a particular area that isn’t listed, give us a call.

Race Officers & Officials Training for Regional Clubs YNSW has been successful in securing funding from the Department of Sport & Recreation for the delivery of National Offi ciating Program courses to regional clubs. This covers Race Offi cer, Judges, Umpires and Measurers. The funding is for delivery of courses at regional clubs only- we want to hear from clubs outside of the Sydney metropolitan area! YNSW’s objective with this program is

to have all club members who operate as offi cials to be trained to a minimum standard to ensure a consistent level of skill and competency. It also opens up opportunities for those that are interested to gain further experience at interclub and higher level events (state, national or world championships). There are three levels of accreditation - Club, State and National in three disciplines, Umpire, Judge and Race Offi cer.

The Club level courses are one day duration and are being delivered free of charge. State National courses run over two days. You are encouraged to contact the offi ce or visit the YNSW website for more information to book a course at your club. Visit the training section of the Yachting NSW website www.nsw.


NSW Youth Championships Over 275 youth sailors gathered to enjoy the 2013 Yachting NSW Youth Championships on the October long weekend. Held at Georges River Sailing Club, the competitors ranged in age from 8 to 18 and were spread across eight classes. The 2013 regatta was the largest so far with numbers increasing each year. Over 70 boats were entered in the most popular class, the Optimist dingy, with good numbers in all other classes – the 29er, 420, Flying 11, Laser 4.7, Laser Radial, and Sabots. All states and territories were represented at the 2013 Youths with teams making the effort to come from as far away as Western Australia and Northern Territory. A truly national event, this regatta is very fi rmly on each classes’ calendar as the sailing stars of tomorrow set their sights on Olympic Medals and national recognition. Mixed weather greeted the sailors over the entire weekend with the varying conditions providing the race offi cers with a few issues. On the fi rst day the competitors gathered for the welcome and briefi ng before heading out onto Botany Bay to race. They played a waiting game as the light land winds started to die before a mild sea breeze kicked in.

Over the Saturday wind instruments barely reached ten knots and all classes got two races in before the end of the days racing was called. Back on land the boats were washed off and the free BBQ attacked with the main topic of conversation being predicted light winds for the Sunday. Sunday morning dawned and it was the light winds as forecast. Race offi cers called the fl eet out onto the course but sent them back when it became obvious that the wind was not going to build for a while. Over the afternoon the wind slowly built and racing was on. Sometimes hitting 15 knots, all classes got at least three races in with one class, the Optimist silver fl eet even managing fi ve. Monday morning and all had changed. A southerly change had blown through and the chop was coming in over the beach at around 15-18 knots making it interesting for some boats even launching. The third day eventually saw 25 knots making conditions challenging and ensuring an all-round sailing skill set was needed by the competitors. Most classes got four races away on the fi nal day, some three, and it was decided that the Optimist Silver fl eet would stay on shore.

The regatta fi nished off with a medal presentation evening in the club auditorium. The Rockdale Mayor, Shane O’Brien, was on hand with a word to each competitor as he handed them their medals and posed for photographs. The Yachting NSW Youth Championships is only made possible by the support of a wide range of volunteers and the by marine industry. The staff and volunteers at Georges River 16ft Sailing Club worked tirelessly in the lead up and over the weekend to ensure a successful regatta. With support from a number of clubs and particularly Botany Bay Sailing Club, the on water teams worked for long hours on the race courses in a variety of conditions. Yachting NSW would also like to thank the marine industry for their support: Nautilus Marine Boat Insurance, Gill Marine Clothing, Steve Jarvin Motors, Tohatsu Outboards, NSW Maritime, Australian Sailing + Yachting Magazine, Predict Wind, Barz Optics, and Staminade all provided support. Rockdale Council, Mayor Shane O’Brien and the local Council rangers were enthusiastic with support and advice and showed that community involvement makes such sailing regattas enjoyable for all.

Youth Development

NSW Youth Sailing Team The Yachting NSW Youth Sailing Team (YST) is the underpinning program to the State Sailing Performance Program and is currently calling for applicants for the 2014/15 season. The objectives of the NSW Youth Sailing Team are to: 1. Develop the skills of talented youth sailors to help them succeed at interstate level competition 2. Achieve selection into the Australian Youth Sailing Team to represent Australia at the Youth World Championships 3. Provide access to the High Performance Pathway structure

4. Set examples and inspire junior youth sailors The YNSW Youth Sailing Team provides squad based coaching support for identifi ed athletes (youth) selected from designated junior and youth classes. Athletes are educated about the State Sailing Performance Program to enable a smooth transition into the State Sailing Performance Program should a member of the team qualify for this support in future years. The YST is seeking applications for the following classes:

- Optimist - 29er - Flying 11 - 420 - Laser 4.7 - Laser Radial Applications open on Monday 23rd December 2013 Applications close on Monday 17th March 2014 For more information please visit the Youth Sailing Team page in the Programs section of our website.

Yachting NSW Staff Who to contact? Name


David Edwards

Governance, Club development

Chantal Layt

Membership, Communications, Administration

Andrew Cribb

Youth Development, Participation, Training

Tom Brewer

Learn to Sail support, Training

Brian Chalmers


Lachlan Gilbert

Sail Sydney

Andrew Hawkins


Board of Directors Richard Hudson (President) Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club David Berryman (Vice President) Belmont 16’ Sailing Club Howard Elliott (Treasurer) Hunters Hill Sailing Club Anthony Dunn Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Christian Brook Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron Carl Crafoord Middle Harbour Yacht Club Angela Catterns Balmain Sailing Club

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