December 2020 – Sailing Newsletter

December 2020 – Sailing Newsletter

Sailing Newsletter

COVID Safe Sailing

Just when we thought things were improving, we are now facing an uncertain future. I hope this newsletter finds you and your family well and the recent Covid restrictions are not impacting on you.

As we are seeing contact tracing is a very important part of managing the spread of Covid-19. Since we started the 20-21 season, we have received great support from the skippers and crews on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Thank you for completing the Skippers Declaration and the regular Crew Declarations.

While there are no changes at this stage to our Covid-19 Safety Plan, we will continue to monitor the Health advice and consult with Australian Sailing.

Cancellation of Sydney to Hobart 2020

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) has confirmed that the annual Sydney to Hobart has been cancelled due to the border restrictions in Tasmania. Commiserations to all of our LMYC sailors who were planning on doing the race.

Congrats to Chris Villa and Mark Holmes

Following their success in the ACT Championships, Chris Villa and Mark Holmes are now the Queensland State Champions. Well done guys.

She Sails Program

The She Sails program is up and running again at NCYC with and Open Regatta on 28/29 November. LMYC sailors had great success in the third SheSails Open regatta Newcastle Harbour. It was a stronger field this year, with sailors coming from as far away as Mooloolaba, Sydney & the Central Coast.

Despite blustery, shifty winds & high temperatures, team ‘Sanatra’ representing LMYC & NCYC, (Sarah Gamble, Natalie Butterworth & Tracy Hanson), came first on countback from ‘Knot Sure’ (Nina Tolhurst, Grace Buchan & Erin Killey). Both NCYC and LMYC have claimed the Knot Sure team. ‘Buoyancé ‘, representing LMYC & helmed by Susie Wright, (with Kathi Johnson & Eleanor Cunningham), came first in the Silver Division. Check out the NCYC & LMYC Facebook pages for the photos & fantastic professional videos that were taken over the weekend. Well done to all the ladies.

RMYC Toronto will be holding a She Skippers Regatta on Sunday 14 February 2021. Please follow the link below for more information

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.

Junior Sailing Program

Following an approach from some members we are going to start a junior sailing program for the foiling WAZP and Moth classes.  Ross and the racing team, along with some parent volunteers will be undertaking some trial races on Sundays in February 2021. This is a great opportunity for us to promote racing on Lake Macquarie in these exciting foiling boats. If you are out on the water on a Sunday then have look at these speed machines.

Racing Results


After 11 races in the Summer Series 1, in Division 1  Hoi Polloi (Phil Blanch) is leading on 24 points from Three Stooges (Steven Liddell) on 30 points and Reggae Beat (Denis Miller) on 33 points.  In Division 2, Lucille (Stephen Manhood) is leading on 32 points from Scaramouche (John Skillicorn) on 47 points and Tereshenko (Frank Cordingly) also on 47 points.

Saturday – Spring Series

The Spring racing series has been completed. Again, each Division was very close. Congrats to the winners and the boats that filled the podium.

In 1st Division, the winner was Excessive (David Nichols) on 41 points from Ignition (Ian Bower) on 42 points, and So Farr (Dale Sharp) also on 42 points.

In 2nd Division, the winner was Santana (Michael Graham) on 47 points from Tenacity (David Young) on 48 points and Excess (Bruce Dobinson) on 54 points.

In 3rd Division, the winner was Topaz (Greg Nolan) on 36 points from Wedgewood (Roger Geary) on 37 points and Pentangle (Brian Varnum) on 42 points on a countback.

Racing Results

Saturday – Annual Pointscore

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

In 1st Division, Ignition (Ian Bower) is leading on 58 points from Excessive (David Nichols) So Farr on 63 points and Ross Street (Noel Jenkins) also on 63 points.

In 2nd Division, Tenacity (David Young) is leading on 65 points from Santana (Michael Graham) on 73 points and Pogue Mahone (Scott Hamilton) on 73.5 points.

In 3rd Division, Topaz (Greg Nolan) is leading on 53 points from Wedgewood (Roger Geary) on 56 points and Senta (Paul Jackson) on 59 points

Saturday Racing recommences on January 16 2021.

Where are our Sailors?

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

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.


Steven Ford

Rear Commodore LMYC