24th December 2019 Sailing Newsletter

24th December 2019 Sailing Newsletter

Sydney to Hobart 2019

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) has confirmed that 170 yachts will take part in the 75th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

This year’s event will feature a long list of boats from all over Australia and overseas, which have signed up to take on one of the toughest offshore races in the world with six boats from the Newcastle and Hunter region.

NCYC has a number of entries this year including Michael Martin’s TPF2 Frantic, Sibby Ilzhofer’s Farr/Cookson 47 Dare Devil, Paul O‘Rouke’s Sydney 40 Mako, and Rebecca O’Connor’s Beneteau Oceanis 473 Wonderland.

LMYC and NCYC  will be represented by the the Inglis/Jones 39 She’s The Culprit which is owned by Glen Bulmer (Tac), Glen Picasso (Cyril) and David O’Dowd with a crew of mostly from LMY and NCYC.  LMYC member Michael Graham is taking his Swan 43 Santana to Hobart also with a crew of mostly LMYC and NCYC sailors.

As always, there are a number of local sailors crewing on other boats including Tom Braidwood on Chinese Whisper, Anthony Patterson, Gary Van Dijk, Tim Cummins and Tony May on Stay Calm Hungary.

If I have missed any member going to Hobart, apologies.  Please let me know I will make sure that you get a meintion in the next Newsletter.

Good luck to all competitors and I hope you have good winds and all get to Hobart safely.

Upcoming Regattas

We have a few Regattas scheduled at the club including –

VX One Nationals in January 2020,  Etchell  State Championships in February 2020, International Canoes – trial regatta in November 2020 followed by the Nationals in January 2021, Finns in October 2020 and January 2021.

Friday Twilights

With the weather getting warmer and daylight saving started, Friday twilights are in full swing.  Twilight sailing is a great way to introduce friends to sailing in a relaxed race around the bay.  It’s also a great way to finish the working week and start the weekend.  Why not have a sail and then stay for a few drinks and dinner at the club.

Where are our Sailors?

Neil and Wendy Long competed in the Sail Sydney in their Tasar and came 2nd.  Well done guys.

Chris Villa and Mark Holmes are off to the Queensland Flying 15 National Championships in January 2020.

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


Racing results


After 11 races in the Summer Series 1 has been completed and the wiiner was Pugsley (Len Lavers) on 28 points from Morticia (Geoff Gardner) on 28.5 points amd Dreadnaught ( Ed Hillier) on 32 points.

Saturday – Spring Series

The Spring racing series has been completed. Gongrats to the winners and the boats that filled the podium.

In 1st Division, the winner was Rhumb (Robert & Ian Humphris) on 32 points from Stampede (Michael McDonald) on 38 points, and Squid4Woodsy (Steve Liddell) on 39 points.

In 2nd Division, the winner was Tenacity (David Young) on 29.5  from Excess (Bruce Dobinson) on 30.5 and Pogue Mahone (Scott Hamilton) on 33 points.

In 3rd Division, the winner was Topaz (Greg Nolan) leading on 30 points from Treka (Roger Mostyn) on 36 points and Mirage (David Kelty) also on 36 points on a countback.



Saturday – Annual Pointscore

We are now 15 races into the annual pointscore and the racing is each division is very close.

In 1st Division, Stampede (Michael McDonald) is leading on 49 points from So Farr (Dale Sharp) on 56 and Rhumb (Robert & Ian Humphris) on 57 points.

In 2nd Division, Excess (Bruce Dobinson) is leading on 40.5 from Pogue Mahone (Scott Hamilton) on 42 points and Echo Beach (Philip Matthews) on 44 points.

In 3rd Division, Mirage (David Kelty) is leading on 47 points from Treka (Roger Mostyn) on 51 points and Even Keel (Peter Shaddock) points on 52 points.


Contributions Welcome

We are always looking for stories for the Newsletter.  If you have a contribution, please forward to me and I will include it in the next Newsletter

Wednesday Racing recommences on January 8 and Saturday Racing recommences on January 18.




Steven Ford

Rear Commodore LMYC, rearcommodore@lmyc.com.au