July 5th Sailing Newsletter

July 5th Sailing Newsletter

Sailing Newsletter

July 2019

I have recently taken over the role of Rear Commodore from Geoff Edman.  I want to thank Geoff for his tireless work as Rear Commodore.  I am sure that Geoff will make an excellent Commodore and I look forward to working with him, all the flag officers and Directors of the club over the next two years.

As the Rear Commodore, it’s my role to lead the sailing within the club and to do this I am ably assisted by Ross Ahrens (Sailing Administrator) and the Sailing Committee. I am starting in this role with sailing in very good shape thanks to the work of Geoff, Ross and the Sailing Committee.  At the end of sailing, the Boatowners meeting in April provided some excellent feedback, and many of the issues identified in this meeting have been addressed.

John Morgan and Peter Shaddock have recently resigned from the sailing committee. I would like to thank John and Peter for their many years of service on the sailing committee.  Thanks also to the members of the previous sailing committee who have volunteered again and welcome to the new members. The new Sailing Committee consists of –

  • Ross Ahrens
  • John Anderson
  • Dave Anstey
  • Phil Blanch
  • Eleanor Cunningham (Club Captain)
  • Phil Cunningham
  • Noel Jenkins
  • Mark Holmes (Director)
  • Dale Sharp
  • Ian White

I look forward to some vigorous debates as I know most sailors have plenty of opinions they want to share – your feedback is always welcome, and I will always listen, but sometimes we may not agree, and that’s OK.  We will do our best to explain why we do certain things, but at times, what is in the interest of sailing overall might be to the detriment to a few.  I ask all sailors to remember that everybody on the sailing committee is a volunteer; they are all there to improve sailing in the club, so please treat them with respect.

Over the coming months, I will also introduce the other people that are an integral part of sailing at the club.

Winter Series:

Our winter series is more than 50% complete with 6 out of 11 races sailed.  While it has been a wee bit chilly out on the water, we have had good fleets of between 8 and 12 boats each week.  Currently, The Jam (Bret Lewis) is leading on 21.5, followed by The Apple (Warren Hodgkins) on 29 and Trace Element (Stephen Jones) on 30 rounding out the podium.  Good luck to all for the rest of the series.

Wednesday Racing:

The Wednesday Winter Series 1 has been completed with the series being won by The Apple (Warren Hodgkins) on 22, ahead of Nymph (Keith Van Munster) on 29 and Mirage (David Kelty) on 48. Well done to all.

The Wednesday Winter Series 2 started on 3rd July with a fleet of 7 boats, and the results of the first race were 1st Squid4woodsy (Steve Liddell), 2nd Dreadnaught (Ed Hillier) and 3rd Morticia (Geoff Gardner).  Good luck to all for the rest of the series and enjoy the cooler sailing over the rest of winter as the days start to get longer.

2019/20 Sailing Season Update

The new season is fast approaching and Ross, and the Sailing Committee has been working hard to put together the program for next season.  The program is done, and I am pleased to advise that there will be 12 combined fleet races next season with 6 RKR races and 6 Windward/Leeward races.  The Windward/Leeward races will be run similarly to the Lakefest regatta earlier this year with courses run by RMYC, WASC, and LMYC.   It will be great to see all the lake based yacht racing clubs come together and 70 plus boats on the lake for about 50% of our races, this will improve the racing right across all clubs.

The practice of having an annual point score handicap and a series handicap has been discontinued, and we will only have one handicap system.  The series placings will be determined from the annual point score race.  This was an issue raised in the annual boat owners meeting.

At the end of July, we will be surveying boat owners as to their intention to race in the 2019/20 season. Boats that register by Friday, 23 August will pay a discounted entry fee, and anybody registering after that will pay the full fee.  More on next season in the next Newsletter.

Where are our Sailors? It would be great to know where our sailors are regularly.  There are several of our members who travel up the coast for the tropical race weeks each year and some that participate in the big ocean races.  We received this recent message from Ian White-

Kite is on her way north for Airlie and Magnetic Island regatta, and Shag Islet Rendezvous, Kite has joined fellow Shaggers for a seven-day cruise up the Clarence River to Grafton. A mixed fleet of 18; much fun and enjoyment on a beautiful river in spectacular weather. Well organised by local Shaggers, the Kite crew highly recommend it if you have a chance to join the cruise in future.

I will be heading north with my family for the last two weeks of July to spend some time on our Airlie Beach based catamaran A Little Bit Nauti sailing around the Whitsundays and the outer reef. We are really looking forward to enjoying some warmer weather.

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