May 11th Sailing Newsletter

May 11th Sailing Newsletter

May 2018 Racing Newsletter


Presentation Night:

What a wonderful night was had by all. The club looked fantastic and the food was terrific.

Presentations were made to all divisional and Etchells winners and place getter for the overall point-score and mini-series winners.

Presentations of trophies were also given for the following:

  • First LMYC boat to Hobart in the Sydney to Hobart race was presented to She’s The Culprit and accepted by Cyril Picasso
  • Winner of the lady Skipper Series, Eleanor Cunningham, skippering Equinox.
  • Champion Lady Sailor of the year; this is awarded based on skippers and/or crew nominating a lady that they believe deserves to be recognised for their sailing achievements and involvement over the previous season. This year’s winner is Antonia Patterson and had been nominated by two separate skippers for her commitment on Willpower and Excessive. Comments from the submissions were read out to the audience as well as the vast and varied achievements and contribution that Antonia has given to many clubs and classes over her life time. I must say a very well deserved award for a dedicated Sailor.

Rod Mackay from RA Mackay Yacht Brokers also presented prizes for the RK Robinson Series. Rod spoke to the audience regarding this year’s RKR being the 40th anniversary and continuous running of the series. Rod also compared this series to other ‘Sail Weeks’ in particular, it is of a similar length to Sail Port Stephens with six races making up the series and almost 90 yachts competing all on the same body of water and on a common course with a combined sponsorship from Whitworths and RA Mackay Yacht Brokage of $3000. I must say it is quite spectacular to see 90 yachts on our beautiful lake flying a range of coloured spinnakers.

Following the presentation, the band played and the patrons danced while the usual exchange of divisional winnings photos took place in the bar. Oh! And the Rum flowed of course!


Boat Owners Meeting:

The numbers attending this year’s Boat owners and skippers meeting was down a little from previous years. This was mainly due to timing conflict with Sail Port Stephens. However, we received many good returned surveys via email. A few of the points raised.

  • In general, there was strong support for the changes that were put in place last season.
  • Strong support to keep all the series for next year with more ‘Pulbah’ races.
  • Request to have a ‘Drop’ in each of the series but need a minimum of four races to make a series.
  • The difference in the handicap of a yacht between the yearly point-score and the mini-series on any given day was a concern. The sailing committee and the handicap committee will investigate what can be changed.
  • There was clear direction that the skippers want the RTC Lakefest regatta heats to count in the series for the overall yearly point-score.
  • All were invited if they had and submissions for any changes or concerns for the courses to be put in writing and forwarded to the sailing administrator.
  • Winter Sailing:


The 11 race Winter Series will commence Sunday 20th May 2018. Winter races are held on Sundays excluding the June long weekend. See the White Book for the Sailing Instructions.


Geoff Edman

LMYC Rear Commodore