COVID safe sailing update

We have recommenced racing and from the reports I have received, everybody is very pleased to get back on the water.
You may have read that the NSW Government has changed the date for the easing of restrictions un-vaccinated people.  This date has been moved to either 15 December or when the state reaches 95% of the eligible population double vaccinated.  Following discussions with boats that were impacted by only being able to crew their boat with fully vaccinated people up until 1 December,  it has been decided we will still commence point scores on 1 December. However, this means that only fully vaccinated people can participate.
If you would like to view the most recent update from Australian Sailing, then follow this link.

2021/22 Season

We recommenced racing on Wednesday 27 October, and we had a good fleet of 27 boats.  In Division 1,  Excessive (David Nichols) was 1st, Excess (Bruce Dobinson) was 2nd and Reggae Beat (Denis Miller) was 3rd.  In Division 2, Karma (Bruce Currall) was 1st,  Invictus (Ross Dawson) was 2nd and Yes Dear (Michael Paul) was 3rd. Unfortunately, Twilights did not resume on Friday 29 October, due to excessive wind.
We had another race on Wednesday 3 November with 20 boats competing in a ripping North Easter.  In Division 1,  Pugsley (Len Lavers) was 1st, Dreadnaught (Ed Hillier) was 2nd and Tow Truck (Anthony Paterson) was 3rd.  In Division 2, Tereshenko (Frank Cordingley) was 1st, Kulani (Noel Borel) was 2nd and Give & Take (Russell Williams) was 3rd.
Our sailing program over the next few weeks is –

  • Saturday 6/11 – we have a Combined Pulbah race with RMYC and RMYC, and this race be a non-point score sweepstake race for LMYC boats.
  • Saturday 13/11 – RMYC 30 Miler is on, and there is no racing at LMYC.  We would encourage LMYC boats to participate. The Sailing Instructions for our Endeavour Marine 30 Miler race have now been posted at:

Or you can click on the following links:
Notice of Race and Entry Form – 2021 Endeavour Marine 30 Miler
Sailing Instructions – 2021 Endeavour Marine 30 Miler

Don’t miss out on this fantastic event with over $1,500 worth of prizes to be won, not to mention the fun of sailing around the lake for a day.

  • Sunday 14/11 – She Sails race rescheduled to 17 January 2022.
  • Saturday 20/11 – Bay race will be a non-point score sweepstake race.
  • Saturday 27/11 – an RKR race is scheduled. This will be a non-point score sweepstake race for LMYC boats.
  • Saturday 4/12 – The new season will officially commence with racing open to only fully vaccinated people. Point scores will start. We will have the annual the sail past and have our traditional roast meat rolls after sailing if covid rules allow.

Saturday Race fees will be refunded on a pro-rata basis in December.  

The refund will be based on the number of races the boat does not compete in up to 1 December ie: if a boat doesn’t compete in any races up to 1 December then the refund will be 12/26 of the annual fee,  if a boat competes in all of the Saturday races from 30 October to 1 December, then the refund will be 8/26 of the annual fee.
Anchormaking Waves foundation
I recently received this from the Making Waves Foundation (previously Sailors with Disabilities) who will be launching this program on 2 December at NCYC.
Making Waves Foundation is excited to be launching our permanent Newcastle program in 2022!
Our Winds of Joy sailing program supports and empowers people living with a disability or youth facing disadvantage to experience the challenge and joy of sailing. Since 1994 we have supported over 50,000 people through our programs!
We are looking for volunteers who would like to be part of this wonderful experience. Volunteering with Making Waves Foundation gives you the opportunity to use your experience and love of sailing to make a positive impact in the lives of so many.
Our Newcastle program will run from the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club who have joined as a program supporter.

More about volunteering with MWF:

  • Volunteers work as a crew to deliver our on water programs safely and with our clients’ needs front of mind.
  • Volunteers self manage their volunteering schedule through our online portal (each session is approximately 4 hours).
  • Membership with MWF is based on the calendar year. Any members who join the organisation before the end of 2021 will have their membership extended to Dec 31 2022.
  • MWF membership is $55/yr. This covers your insurance and administrative costs.
  • All volunteers will receive safety training by MWF trainers on use of our vessels and program delivery.

If this is something you would like to be a part of, fill out the expression of interest form here. For more information you can visit our website: 

Thanks to our sponsors

I would like to make a special mention of our sponsors for the upcoming season.  These people support sailing, and if you can support them as well, that would be appreciated.

  • Marmong Point Marina (Wednesday Series/Corporate Sponsor)
  • Buy’a’Boat (Bay Series)
  • Crusoe’s on the Lake (Pursuit Series)
  • Stephen Pearson Electrical (Twilight Series)
  • Hillier’s Advisors (She Sails Series)
  • Fever Tree (She Sails Series)
  • Lake Macquarie Moorings (Winter Series)
  • JR Marine (RKR Series)
  • Whitworths (RKR Series)
  • Newcastle Skin Check (Pulbah Series)
  • Coastal Shipwright Services (Combined Windward Leeward Series)
  • Gerry Wubbel’s Automatics (Club Supporter)
  • Bella Group Services (Club Supporter)
  • Adam’s Family Meats (Club Supporter)
  • Sticky Digital (Club Supporter)
  • Cutcher & Neale (Club Supporter)

All the best and please stay safe,

Steven Ford
Rear Commodore LMYC