• 19/11/2017 4:13 PM | BBSC (Administrator)

    TopYacht Software: Batemans Bay Sailing Club - 11/13/2017 8:06:45 PM

    RACE 3 2017-18 Bay Cup Div 1

    bbsc bay cup 4 race 3 sternchaser div 1

    Printed on : 11/13/2017 8:06:45 PM

    Division 1 Start Offset Times for Race 3 on 11/26/2017
    North Star 6803 D1 0.657 0:00 John Drummond    
    The Shed 3279 D1 0.711 0:11 Ron Spelman    
    Ghoster 3693 D1 0.714 0:12 Diion Perrins    
    Jembe 4151 D1 0.827 0:31 Chris Thompson    
    Attitude 8150 D1 0.842 0:33 Simon/John Byrne/Reed    
    Wishful Thinking 6189 D1 0.877 0:38 Andrew Bain    
    Accolade M201 D1 0.889 0:39 Lachlan Brown    

    Division 2 Start Offset Times for Race 3 on 11/25/2017
    Lollipop 1582 D2 0.649 0:00 Deb Keely
    Horizon 10 D2 0.675 0:05 Michelle Grybaitis
    Hobo 63 D2 0.712 0:11 Peter Withington
    Vital Spark 1475 D2 0.784 0:21 Richard Dunne

  • 01/11/2017 9:09 AM | BBSC (Administrator)

    Batemans Bay Sailing Club had a busy weekend which kicked off with the first Coastal Race of the season on Saturday afternoon. A fleet of nine went out to meet race officer Dave Magill and his trusty crew aboard the committee boat “Clarence the Clocker”. This included the Thompson sports boat “Out Wide” (Peter Schwarz) who sailed in company with the racing fleet. Division 1 got away cleanly on the first leg to the Marine Park mark off North Head. Andrew Bain picked a progressive backing shift in the breeze from NE to N throughout the upwind leg and steered “Wishful Thinking” to the left of the course. The rest of the Div 1 fleet were stuck heading out to sea on port tack waiting for the header which came too late. “Accolade” (Lachlan Brown) compounded the error by overlaying the mark by 200m, rounding 5 minutes behind “Wishful”.

     The fleet then set spinnakers for a run around the southern end of the Toll Gates before reaching legs to the Middle Mark and hence Black Rock where a breaching whale livened up proceedings. There followed a work back around the Toll Gates and a broad reach to the finish at Caseys Beach. “Wishful” lost some ground but was still two minutes ahead of “Accolade” at the finish with “Attitude” (Patrice de Caritat) a further 13 minutes behind. “Ghoster” (Dion Perrins) was going well until her crew had some problems pulling the kite down. “North Star” (John Drummond) kept the mistakes to a minimum to win on PHS. 

     In Division 2 “Vital Spark” (Richard Dunne) confidently sailed off on the wrong course. “Lollipop” (Deb Keeley) was heading the right way but made a sheep like decision to follow “Vital Spark”, forcing a lengthy detour. The redoubtable Peter Withington aboard “Hobo” stuck to the proper course for a handy win. 

    On Saturday evening the Commodore’s Dinner at On The Pier restaurant featured a riveting talk from Robin Smart on his voyage across the Tasman in March of this year. He delivered his 36 foot catamaran from Auckland to Batemans Bay on the third attempt, overcoming many tribulations on the way. 

     Sunday October 29th Gosford Sailing Club Sailing Manager Peter Walsh drove down and gave us a very informative Yachting Safety Seminar, including a flare demonstration which was closely monitored by Rob Moldovan of  RMS. Afterwards participants went out on “The Shed” and “Accolade” to practice MOB retrieval. This was quite tricky in the gusty westerly conditions, but everyone who wanted to was able to have a go at the helm.

  • 25/10/2017 10:15 PM | BBSC (Administrator)
    Boat Name Coastal Cup Fleet
    AMS Rating Initial Handicap
    Apostrophe 0.881 0.860
    Accolade 0.844 0.857
    Attitude 0.843 0.845
    Wishful Thinking 0.843 0.843
    Jembe NA 0.840 Provisional Handicap
    Ghoster NA 0.734 Provisional Handicap
    Avior 0.773 0.734
    The Shed NA 0.730 Provisional Handicap
    Xanthia NA 0.723 Provisional Handicap
    North Star 0.796 0.660
    Boat Name Tollgate Classic Fleet
    Initial Handicap
    True North 0.796
    Vital Spark 0.784
    Hobo 0.776
    Lollipop 0.690
    Notes on AMS Ratings:
    AMS results will be Provisional as only two re-validations
    for 2017-8 have been sighted – and one of those boats has
     Indicated that a measurement change is pending.
    Notes on Initial Handicaps:
    Initial Handicaps are carried forward from the end of Coastal Cup season 2016-7.
    Provisional Handicaps are assigned to boats which are are new to the competition or lack recent results (did not complete a race in Coastal Cup 2016-7).  These Initial Provisional Handicaps should be reviewed by the Race Committeee after three races and adjusted retrospectively if warranted.

  • 15/10/2017 7:25 PM | BBSC (Administrator)

    Last Saturday was a great day for sailing once the wind picked up mid-afternoon. Unfortunately that was an hour after the Batemans Bay Sailing Club Bay Cup race started, so the fleet had to put up with a light and fickle breeze for much of the race. An excellent fleet of 9 yachts ventured out. A welcome addition was the North Shore 33 “The Shed” whose skipper Ron Spelman has assembled a new crew for the coming season.

    Race Officer Dave Magill and his trusty offsiders Terry Paton and Roger Rowe set a boat end favoured start aboard the committee boat “Clarence the Clocker”. The course was upwind to the Toll Gates mark followed by reaching legs to Wimbie Beach and hence to a laid mark near Square Head. The smaller Division 2 yachts used the Marine Park middle mark as their top mark.

    In the Division 1 start “Accolade” (Lachlan Brown) grabbed the boat end start and jumped away to an early lead. The wily Andrew Bain aboard “Wishful Thinking” found a good wind lane on the right side of the course and sailed straight past. “Wishful” skilfully negotiated the Toll Gate Islands wind shadow to extend her lead. “Attitude” (Simon Byrne) and “Jembe” (Chris Thompson) got stuck in a windless void on the left side of the course, which is the traditionally favoured side. They just managed to overtake a sea turtle which was swimming around the north side of the Bay.

    “North Star” (John Drummond) had a close battle with “Ghoster” (Dion Perrins) all the way around the course in conditions which didn’t really suit either boat. “Accolade” made up some ground on the reaches but “Wishful” was still ahead by a couple of minutes at the bottom mark where Dave Magill was obliged to shorten the course due to time constraints. “Attitude” came in a further 10 minutes back. In Division 2 Richard Dunne got “Vital Spark” moving well at times to put in a good gap on “Lollipop” (Deb Keeley). 

    On AMS calculations “Wishful” won from “Accolade” and “Attitude”. On PHS “North Star” came home with the proverbial wet sail to win from “Wishful Thinking” and “Accolade”. In Division 2 PHS “Vital Spark” won by 14  seconds from “Lollipop”. Full results are available on the BBSC website www.bbsc.org.au. The next BBSC keelboat race is on October 28th.

  • 27/09/2017 11:30 AM | BBSC (Administrator)
    Boat Name Bay Cup Div 1 Fleet
    AMS Rating Initial Handicap
    Shaken not Stirred NA 0.895 Provisional Handicap
    Accolade 0.844 0.894
    Wishful Thinking 0.843 0.867
    Apostrophe 0.881 0.865
    Jembe NA 0.865 Provisional Handicap
    Attitude 0.843 0.843
    Out Wide 0.900 0.827
    Ghoster NA 0.755 Provisional Handicap
    Avior 0.773 0.751
    The Shed NA 0.735
    Xanthia NA 0.701
    North Star 0.796 0.617
    Boat Name Bay Cup Div 2 Fleet
    Initial Handicap
    True North 0.796
    Vital Spark 0.784
    Hobo 0.776
    Notes on AMS Ratings:
    AMS results will be Provisional as only one re-validation
    for 2017-8 has been sighted – and that boat has indicated
    that a measurement change is pending.
    Notes on Initial Handicaps:
    Initial Handicaps are carried forward from the end of Bay Cup season 2016-7.
    Provisional Handicaps are assigned to boats which are are new to the competition or lack recent results.  These Initial Provisional Handicaps should be reviewed by the Race Committeee after three races and adjusted retrospectively if warranted.

  • 10/05/2017 5:51 AM | BBSC (Administrator)
    Entries are still open through the BBSC website with a special offer for any trailerable yacht or sports boat sailors who want to store their boat at the BBSC boat park during the series - $300 including series entry and secure mast up boat storage!

    There will be active management of any decision to abandon racing if the weather is unsuitable for sailing. Race briefings will be conducted just outside JJs 90 minutes before the start time for the limit boat for each race by the race officer for the series, John Drummond. If any skippers who are sailing miss the briefing just call John up on Channel 74. Skippers who have entered for the series should email their mobile numbers to John (ullmurra@bigpond.com).

    Every winter series race is on a high tide day with the tide times pretty cooperative throughout.

    The scheduled start times for the series for the limit boat will be
    • Saturday May 20th - 1300
    • Saturday June 3rd - 1300
    • Saturday June 17th - 1300
    • Saturday July 1st - 1300
    • Saturday July 15th - 1200
    • Saturday July 29th - 1200
    • Saturday August 12th - 1200

    If a resail is required it will be on Saturday August 26th with a start time for the limit boat of 1200.

    The starting offsets for the first race of the series are as follows

    TopYacht Software: Batemans Bay Sailing Club - 19/05/2017 11:01:22 AM

    RACE 1 Winter Series 2017

    Printed on : 19/05/2017 11:01:22 AM

    Start Offset Times for Race 1 on 20/05/2017
    North Star 6803 D1 0.617 0:00 0:00 John Drummond
    Anembo A200 D1 0.670 9:30 0:10 Peter Smith
    Whitewings III BCC118 D1 0.670 9:30 0:10 Shane Connelly
    Hobo 63 D2 0.677 10:38 0:11 Peter Withington
    True North 92 D2 0.687 12:14 0:12 Steve Lake
    Vital Spark 1475 D2 0.697 13:46 0:14 Richard Dunne
    Xanthia 4536 D1 0.701 14:23 0:14 James Gardiner
    Tradewind 608 D1 0.724 17:44 0:18 Allan Rees
    Sandia 4179 D1 0.730 18:35 0:19 Tish Ennis
    The Shed 3279 D1 0.735 19:16 0:19 Ron Spelman
    Avior 2970 D1 0.751 21:25 0:21 Tony Sutton
    Jembe 4151 D1 0.800 27:27 0:27 Chris Thompson
    Out Wide 4114 D1 0.827 30:28 0:30 Peter Schwarz
    Attitude 8150 D1 0.843 32:10 0:32 Simon/John Byrne/Reed
    Apostrophe 6007 D1 0.865 34:24 0:34 Tim/David Davis/Mcnichol
    Wishful Thinking 6189 D1 0.867 34:36 0:35 Andrew Bain
    Shaken not Stirred 007 Magic25 0.880 35:52 0:36 Sonja Gasser
    Accolade M201 D1 0.894 37:11 0:37 Lachlan Brown
    Houdini 073 Magic25 0.910 38:38 0:39 Trevor Golding

    Remember the course alternates with each race - see the Racing Program on the website and the Winter Series Sailing Instructions in the Club Handbook which is also on the club website.



    Note that everyone will need to send their elapsed time to the handicapper at committee@bbsc.org.au within 24 hours of finishing. The offsets will be adjusted after each race. John Drummond will have all the up to date offsets available before the next race.

    After each race there will be a presentation at JJs. There will be a bottle of Chateau BBSC wine for the first boat over the line in each race.
  • 03/04/2017 9:00 AM | BBSC (Administrator)

    April Fools Day was a great day for sailing when the Batemans Bay Sailing Club held the McAsh Oysters Race. Unfortunately there was no joking around for the crew of “Attitude” who discovered a crack in the rig and were unable to start the race. This left a fleet of five yachts. The race was a sternchaser format where the yachts were started at intervals according to a handicap derived from past performances, so that theoretically they would all finish together. Race Officer Dave Magill and his trusty committee boat crewmates Terry Paton and Roger Rowe set a boat end favoured start line. The course was a triangle from near Snapper Island to the top mark at Yellow Rock and the Marine Park middle mark followed by a windward and return leg to Yellow Rock and back then another triangle to the finish.
                    The light SE breeze forced a 30 minute delay and when the first yacht, John Drummond’s “North Star” started conditions were still building.  The next yacht to start was “Xanthia”(James Gardiner) at 12 minutes, then “Wishful Thinking” (Andrew Bain) at 37 minutes, “Apostrophe” (Tim Davis) at 38 minutes and finally “Accolade” (Lachlan Brown) at 41 minutes. By midway through the race “Wishful Thinking” had sailed through to the lead with “Apostrophe” and “Accolade” both around 3 minutes behind. “Accolade” got past “Apostrophe” on the broad reach from Yellow Rock back to the leeward mark, but was still two minutes behind “Wishful” with a triangle to go. Rounding the Marine Park middle mark with one leg to go to the finish “Wishful” was still over a minute ahead, but then gybed onto starboard towards the north side of the Bay. “Accolade” sailed off on port in better breeze and was further assisted by a veering wind shift which enable her to run deeper towards the finish line. “Accolade” waited until the next wind shift then gybed back on starboard, which forced “Wishful” to pass astern when the two boats crossed paths a few minutes later. “Accolade” went on to cross the line 31 seconds ahead of “Wishful”, followed by “Apostrophe”, “Xanthia” and “North Star”.

  • 13/03/2017 11:10 AM | BBSC (Administrator)

    Accolades for Wishful Thinking.

    The Batemans Bay Sailing Club was supposed to hold the 3 Bays race from Batemans Bay to Beagle Bay, Broulee Bay and return. However the rough conditions last week made it unsafe to go out to set marks off Durras or Broulee so a new course had to be found. Captain keelboats Andrew Bain came up with a cunning plan using the waverider mark 4km off Oaky Beach. From a start line in the middle of Batemans Bay there was a short work to the marine park middle mark, then a long work to the waverider mark, a broad reach to the marine park south mark near Black Rock, a fetch back to the marine park middle mark and a run down to the finish at Caseys Beach.
    Race office Dave Magill and his trusty offsiders Terry Paton and Roger Rowe set a well-balanced line. After a 30 minute delay waiting for the sea breeze to arrive, the fleet of four got away to an even start. “Attitude” (Simon Byrne) soon forced “Apostrophe” (David McNichol) to tack off but then tried to point too high in the light breeze, allowing “Accolade” (Lachlan Brown) to sail over the top of her. “Accolade” led around the middle mark from “Wishful Thinking” (Andrew Bain). “Wishful Thinking” picked up a couple of wind shifts to move into the lead but “Accolade” jagged a right hander near the waverider mark to come right back. The two boats rounded the top marked overlapped with “Attitude” and “Apostrophe” close behind. “Accolade” powered over the top of “Wishful Thinking” under spinnaker to lead around the south marine park mark. “Wishful Thinking” caught back up to “Accolade” with better sail trim on the tight reach to the middle mark where there was nothing in it. “Accolade” did a tight gybe set to keep clear air and managed to eke out a margin of 17 seconds over “Wishful Thinking” at the finish after over three hours of sailing. “Apostrophe” came in 2 minutes afterwards, with “Attitude” a further 45 seconds in arrears.
    On AMS “Accolade” won by 3 seconds from “Wishful Thinking” and hence “Attitude” while on PHS calculations “Wishful Thinking” had a more clear victory from “Accolade” and “Attitude.

  • 31/01/2017 7:38 PM | BBSC (Administrator)

    You can download the result of the dredging here:



    • Changes in levels could occur rapidly due to waves and currents. Extreme caution should be used when navigating this entrance.
    • Seabed contours show average depths in metres below Australian Heights Datum (AHD) (approximately Mean Sea Level (MSL)) not clearance depths.
    • This survey is not to be used for navigational purposes.

    It will be surveyed again in approx. 5 months to monitor the infill.

  • 26/01/2017 12:11 PM | BBSC (Administrator)

    It was another great day for sailing on Saturday when Batemans Bay Sailing Club conducted the Bengello Plumbing Services Broulee Race. The surf was up on the Clyde River entrance at low tide so the race was delayed for one hour until conditions were safer. A 15 knot south easterly provided a quick race to north Broulee and back. Race officer Dave Magill and his trusty crew of Terry Paton and Isaac Mackay set a well-balanced start line. After an even start “Apostrophe” (Tim Davis) maintained superior height and speed on the first work to lead around the Marine Park middle mark from “Attitude” (Simon Byrne) and “Wishful Thinking” (Andrew Bain). Bain and company did some rock hopping around Burrewarra Point to move through to second. “Apostrophe” managed to carry a reaching spinnaker from Burrewarra Point to the north Broulee mark to extend her lead. “Attitude” was quicker to set her kite on the broad reach from Burrewarra Point back to Black rock and moved past “Wishful Thinking”. “Accolade” (Lachlan Brown) was further back after snagging some weed around her rudder at the start but started to make up ground after changing her reaching spinnaker to her big running kite. She eventually overhauled “Wishful Thinking” on the last gybe before the finish line at Caseys Beach. “North Star” (John Drummond) had sailmaker Adrian Mills on board but still finished well behind the larger yachts.
    “Apostrophe” lived up to her potential on the day to win the race on PHS. “Attitude” was the fastest of the three Adams sister ships for a well-deserved AMS win. Full results are up on the BBSC website www.bbsc.org.au

    Thanks must go to Andrew Bain for putting out the Broulee turning marks and to our generous sponsor Simon Lowth of Bengello Plumbing Services.

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