10th September Sailing Newsletter

10th September Sailing Newsletter

Wednesday Racing:

After ten races Morticia (Geoff Gardner) is leading on 42 points, from Dreadnaught (Ed Hillier) on 45 points and Dee One (Ken Buckingham) on 48 points on a countback from The Apple (Warren Hodgkins) also on 48 points. Good luck to all for the rest of the series and enjoy the sailing as the days start to get warmer.


2019/20 Sailing Season Update

The new season is underway, but mother nature didn’t cooperate on opening day with a very strong westerly. Due to the forecast, the annual open day sail past was postponed.  The Race Committee assessed the conditions, information from BOM and several other services, and it was clear that racing was not prudent. With the wind from the west at 25-30 knots gusting to 35 knots and the confused sea state around the marina we were very concerned about the safety of all competitors, our race officials and ferrying sailors to boats moored in the bay.

We have 49 boats nominated for the 2019/20 summer season. Division 1 has 14 boats, Division 2 has 16 boats and Division 3 has 19 boats. Thanks to all the boats who nominated and good luck for the season. A big thank you to Ken Semple and Phil Blanch who have re-handicapped the whole lake fleet this year. The work that Ken and Phill do every year to ensure we have fair and competitive racing is critical to ongoing yacht racing on Lake Macquarie.

We are in our 90th season of racing this summer season we have a great program planned.

  • The summer Saturday racing will have 25 races with the season finishing on 28 March 2020.
    • 6 RKR Inter-Club races
    • 6 Inter-Club Windward Leeward races
    • 4 Bay Races
    • 4 Pulbah Races (including the 90th anniversary race)
    • 5 Pursuit Races
  • The Wednesday summer series 1 commences on 9 October
  • Friday Night twilights starting on Friday 11 October

We will have celebratory races on Wednesday 9 October, Friday 11th October and Saturday 12th October. We will also have the official opening of the new club at 11am on 12th October followed by the sail past.  We will be doing a Pulbah race on the 12th, and we have invited other clubs on the lake to join us, and we expect a big fleet. The club has kindly provided some additional prize money of $500 per Division. The restaurant will not be taking bookings on that night, and we encourage all crews to have a meal after sailing and celebrate 90 great years of LMYC.

There are several changes in the White Book, so PLEASE take the time to read it.

  • When the starting and finishing lines are in operation for all 16 Footer skiff/junior/regatta courses they will be prohibited areas for other boats and failure to observe will result in a penalty. Importantly, this new rule has been adopted by all Lake Yacht Clubs.
  • There is a change to the SI’s for handicap starts to negate the effects on other competitors of late signals for boats starting early.
  • There is a requirement for all boats to carry radios AND turn them on so that all boats are aware of Start Boat communications as well as advising race officials when a boat is leaving the course. Please be mindful of this requirement as penalties will be applied.
  • The Windward Leeward series has become a combined clubs series similar to the Lakefest regatta we held earlier this year with separate courses run by LMYC, WASC and RMYCT. This series will have separate sailing instructions.
  • The RKR remains a combined clubs event as per previous years, but with an on-water finish and change of courses, and will also have separate sailing instructions.
  • The RKR and the Windward Leeward series will be open to monohull AND multihull competitors.


Where are our Sailors?

Ian White and the crew on Kite just finished Magnetic Island race week where they finished 16th in Division 3. They also participated in Airlie Beach Race Week where they finished 13th in Cruising Division 3.

Tim Cummings, Anthony Paterson, and Gary Van Dyke raced the Melges 24 Kraken at Airlie Beach Raceweek and were 2nd in Performance racing. Well done, a great result.

Scott McGufficke and Bobby Walker raced Gigi, a 43’ Jeanneau Charter Boat from Sunsail at the recent Hamilton Island Race Week where they finished 2nd in the Non-Spinnaker White Division. They also won the Sunsail and Whitsunday Rent-a-Yacht Perpetual Trophy for most outstanding charter boat performance. Well done guys.

Chris Villa and Mark Holmes are currently competing in the Flying 15 World Championship in Ireland and after five races they are 23rd out of 56 boats. I am sure that they will both be enjoying some fine Irish hospitality!!


If you are going anywhere sailing, let me know, and I will make mention in this Newsletter.


Steven Ford

Rear Commodore LMYC, rearcommodore@lmyc.com.au