25th February 2020 – Sailing Newsletter

25th February 2020 – Sailing Newsletter


Presentation night has been changed to Saturday 9 May.

Boat owners Meeting and Survey

The annual Boat Owners meeting will be held this year on Saturday 21 March commencing at 9:30 am.  We will be sending out a survey prior to the meeting.  This is a great opportunity for all boats to have their say about racing in 2019/20 and it provides the Sailing Committee with valuable feedback as we plan the 2020/21 season.

Sydney to Hobart 2019

Last month I mentioned that Wade Morgan was on Gweilo, but I didn’t say he was the skipper and Gweilo was 2nd on IRC and 3rd on ORCi.  Well done Wade on your 16th trip to Hobart and 1st as skipper.

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


The Etchell State Championships were held on 20-22 February. The International Canoes will be holding a trial regatta in November 2020 followed by the Nationals in January 2021.  The Finns will be holding their State Titles in October 2020.


In conjunction with NCYC, we will be holding the Friendship Cup on Saturday 4 April.  NCYC will bring their fleet of six Force 24 boats and we will be looking for three crews of 3 to 4 sailors to represent LMYC.  This year each boat must have a female crew member.  If you are interested in representing LMYC, please contact Ross Ahrens at racing@lmcy.com.au.

The fleet of Force 24’s will be at LMCY for a few weeks and in the week of the Friendship Cup in conjunction with NCYC we will be holding a Women’s Week of Sailing (see details below)

Women’s Week of Sailing

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club (LMYC) is committed to encouraging the involvement & development of women in sailing. From Monday 30th March – Thursday 2nd April 2020 LMYC & NCYC will be conducting a women’s program under the banner of the very successful She Sails campaign. NCYC is very generously offering LMYC the use of their fleet of 6 Force 24 keelboats for this event.

The program is being tailored to accommodate all levels and will include:

  • Sessions for beginners just discovering sailing
  • Sessions designed to hone the skills of intermediate crew
  • More advanced sessions targeted at lady sailors who are wanting to expand their role on the boat & become more familiar with spinnakers & racing strategy.

Australian Sailing (AS) accredited instructors from NCYC will deliver a quality experience & will ensure that all participants feel safe & engaged.

After each course, participants will be greeted by ‘ambassadors’ of LMYC & encouraged to debrief over a glass of bubbles in our newly refurbished clubhouse on beautiful Lake Macquarie.  At the completion of their course/s, participants will also be offered the opportunity to sail on one of the yachts racing on Wednesday afternoon.

Registration & details of the full program are here:


This initiative is a key event for She Sails and if you would like to learn more about She Sails then follow either of the links below



Or contact the LMYC She Sails Rep Eleanor Cunningham at eleanorcunningham55@gmail.com.

Equipment Auditors Course

Australian Sailing will be holding an Equipment Auditor course in Newcastle on April 8 commencing at 6 pm.  If you are interested in this, please contact me on the email below.

Handicapper Needed

Due to work commitments, one of our Handicappers, Ken Semple is unable to continue and we need to find a replacement to assist Phil Blanch. I would like to thank Ken for his diligent work as our handicapper.  Ken has an excellent understanding of the process and how we determine the relative handicaps for our fleet.  TCF’s are such a critical element of our racing program and Ken has been instrumental in helping LMYC run fair and competitive races.  If anybody is interested in assisting or finding out more, then please contact me or have a chat with Phil Blanch.

Cruising Division Update

Every month I will be providing an update of the Cruising Division events. Thanks to Trudy Butler for this month’s update.

15-17 November 2019 – Explore the Northern Southern Lake was changed due to wind/weather conditions. Ended up at Murrays beach. A magnificent sunset and barbecue ashore were enjoyed by those who attended.

9 December 2019 – CD Christmas Party. This was held in the LMYC Marquee. Approximately 60 people attended on the evening.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks – Trinity Point Marina. The CD was invited by the Trinity Point Marina Manager to attend their fireworks. About 9 boats stayed on the marina and a few more anchored off. A very enjoyable sundowners was held on the marina walkway and despite the big southerly change (37 knots was registered), the fireworks went ahead with only a short delay. The interesting design of marina was noted, but apparently, this is not suitable for LMYC.

26 January 2020 – Australia Day/Family Outing. This was held at Black Jack’s Point, and 8 boats anchored off and came ashore, along with about 6 more couples (with one family group!), who came by car.

Congratulations to Cameron Burt

One of our Junior members, Cameron Burt, sailed in the Waszp Nationals over the January long weekend at Salamander Bay, and he placed 3rd in the 6.9m/Junior Division. The Waszp is a foiling class and this was Cameron’s first Waszp event and his first race in the class having only started sailing the class 3 months ago, which is steep learning curve in these foiling boats.

There was some great coverage of the event including Video which Cam is featured in at


Since the Nationals below, Cameron has also represented LMYC at the Waszp State Championships held at RPAYC on the weekend of the 8th and 9th February. Cameron won the 6.9 / Junior division at the regatta, finishing ahead of the same competitors that were first and second in Nationals. Cameron has now been asked to train with the Sail GP Inspire program athletes on the Waszp, in the lead up to the Sydney  Sail GP event.

Well done Cameron and I am sure that there are many sailors in LMCY (me included) who would love to train with the SailGp crew.

Friday Twilight’s

With the warm weather and daylight saving, Friday Twilight’s are in full swing. There is always a cooling breeze on Belmont Bay. 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.

Racing results


Seven races in the Summer Series 2 have been completed.

In Division 1 its very tight with 6 points between 1st and 7th.  Squid4Woodsy (Steve Liddell) is leading on 42.5 points from Pugsley (Len Lavers) on 43 points and Anachie (Paul Hannan) on 46. points.

In Division 2, The Apple ( Warren Hodgkins) is leading on 35 points from Scaramouche (John Skillicorn) on 41 points and Mirage (David Kelty on 43 points.

Saturday – Summer Series

In the Summer racing series, eight races have been completed.  Racing continues to be tight and competitive in every division.

In 1st Division, So Farr (Dale Sharp) is leading on 30.5 points from Excessive (David Nicholls) on 36 points and The Raging Bull (Andrew Turner ) on 37 points.

In 2nd Division its very tight at the the top.  Beat to Quarters (Julian Borgert) is leading on 24 points from Anarchie (Paul Hannan) also 24 points and Pogue Mahone also on 24 points.

In 3rd Division, Even Keel (Peter Shaddock) is leading on 22 points from Liaison (Micheal Wilkins) on 31 points and Topaz (Greg Nolan) on 34 points.

Saturday – Annual Point Score

We are now 20 races into the annual point score and the racing is each division is very close.

In 1st Division, Rhumb (Robert & Ian Humphris) is leading on 72 points from Stampede (Michael McDonald) on 76 points and  So Farr (Dale Sharp) on 77.5 points.

In 2nd Division, Excess (Bruce Dobinson) is leading on 54.5 from Tenacity (David Young) on 56.5 points and Pogue Mahone (Scott Hamiliton) on 57 points.

In 3rd Division, Topaz (Greg Nolan) is lreading on 61 points on a countback from Even Keel (Peter Shaddock) also points on 61 points and  Mirage (David Kelty) on 72 points.

Combined Windward Leeward

The combined Windward Leeward series has been completed and congrast to the winners and the placegetters. Thanks to the other lake clubs (RMYC and Wangi) for their support for this series.

In 1st Division, Ignition (Ian Bower) won the series with 37.5 points from Rhumb (Robert & Ian Humphris) on 42 points from Stampede (Michael McDonald) on 42.5 points.

In 2nd Division, Tenacity (David Young) won the series on 17 points from Pogue Mahone (Scott Hamiliton) on 23 points and Excess (Bruce Dobinson) on 25.5 points.

In 3rd Division, Snappy One (Tony Outteridge) from WASC won the series on 18 points from Millawa (Phil Darby) from RMYC  on 62 points and Topaz (Greg Nolan) on 63 points on a countback Even Keel (Peter Shaddock) also points on 63 points.

Contributions Welcome

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

Steven Ford

Rear Commodore LMYC, rearcommodore@lmyc.com.au