24/10/19 Sailing Newsletter

24/10/19 Sailing Newsletter

With Daylight saving commenced we have twilight racing on again with two races completed and a good fleet of 11 boats on the 1st night and 18 on the 2nd night.  I would encourage all boats to come down on Friday night, have a quick sail and spend some time at the newly renovated club.


Racing Rules of Sailing 

I would like to remind all skippers and crew to always abide by the racing rules of sailing.  The rules have been put in place to ensure all sailing races are carried out fairly and safely for all participants.  In the first few weeks, I have had several near miss incidents reported to me that show at worst a disregard or ignorance of the rules or at best not keeping an active lookout.  Either way, we are lucky that these incidents were near misses. 


I encourage all skippers and crew to read and understand the rules, your rights and obligations to avoid collisions.  We will be having a rules night in the coming weeks and I encourage all skippers and crew to attend this.  However, if you have a rules query we have several people on the sailing committee and other experts sailing at the club who are happy to clarify things.  Please send your query to me, and I will follow this up for you. 


She Sails Regatta

NCYC is hosting the She Sails regatta on Newcastle Harbour on 9/10 November.  Sixteen teams of 3-4 ladies will be sailing identical Elliot 6 boats over four races.  LMYC will be represented by Susie Wright (Helm), Eleanor Cunningham (main) and Kath Johnson (foredeck).  Natalie Butterworth is also helming a mixed NCYC/LMYC crew. 

She Sails is a great initiative initially started by NCYC and now with the support of Australian Sailing to increase female participation in Sailing.  Our Club Captain Eleanor Cunningham is the LMYC rep for She Sails and I am sure Eleanor is happy to talk about this initiative.


Solo Globe Challenger back in the Marina

You may have noticed Tony Moybrays boat Solo Globe Challenger is back in the marina.  See the link below for the story that was in the Newcastle Herald. 




Where are our Sailors?

Chris Villa and Mark Holmes competed in the Flying 15 World Championship in Ireland, and they finished 29th out of 72 boats.  Well done on a very credible result in a very competitive class.   Mark said that the sailing was great, and the sailing facilities and the Irish hospitality was first class.  Chris and Mark are off to the Queensland State Championships later this year.

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