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  • 09/01/2018 5:47 PM | BBSC (Administrator)

    It was a great weekend for sailing when Batemans Bay Sailing Club held the Platinum Blinds and Awnings Regatta on January 6th and 7th. This is the club’s main keelboat regatta for the year, so it was pleasing that a fleet of 9 yachts were entered. On Saturday there were two short races over a windward/leeward course while on Sunday the fleet completed one long race around the club’s popular “Pentastar” course. The short races represented a great test of teamwork aboard  the yachts with no chance to recover if any sailing manoeuvres went wrong. The Pentastar course was more of an endurance test for crews.
     
    On the Saturday race officer Dave Magill and his trusty sidekicks Terry Paton and Roger Rowe aboard the committee boat “Clarence the Clocker” set a true course with a pin end favoured line. “Wishful Thinking” (Andrew Bain) started at the pin but her Adams sister ship “Accolade” (Lachlan Brown) was able to hold her out beyond the port tack layline to round the top mark in the lead. “Attitude” (Simon Byrne) looked threatening until her crew was unable to get the spinnaker down in time for the leeward mark rounding. “Avior”, skippered by occasional racer Tony Sutton, had a blinder to finish close behind the much bigger Adams yachts.
     
    In the second race “Wishful Thinking” got a great start and tacked away early so as to be on the right of way starboard tack approaching the top mark. However the left side of the course was favoured so “Accolade” and “Attitude” got around the top mark ahead of her and finished in that order. “Ghoster” (Dion Perrins) put in a much improved performance  to turn the tables on “North Star” (John Drummond) despite sailing short-handed all day. In Divison 2 the trailerable trimaran “Hobo” (Peter Withington) sailed consistently while Deb Keeley’s Serendipity 29 “Lollipop” made more stately progress. “Vital Spark” (Richard Dunne) was ahead of the other Div 2 boats but only did one lap instead of two. Sometimes it pays to read the Sailing Instructions.
     
    On Sunday “Wishful Thinking” and “Accolade” had more close racing with several lead changes around the course. On the final leg “Accolade” got her spinnaker set well before “Wishful” to pull away. “Avior” had a day to forget with multiple foredeck snafus including an upside down spinnaker hoist. The Div 2 yachts “Lollipop” and “Hobo” had an even closer race including a coming together at one stage.
     
    At the presentation afterward the consensus was that it was such a nice day that everyone who had been out sailing was a winner. Full results are up on the BBSC website www.bbsc.org.au.

  • 29/12/2017 9:44 AM | BBSC (Administrator)

    It was a great day for sailing on Saturday December 23rd when Batemans Bay Sailing Club held the annual Lady Skippers’ Race. It was a sternchaser format race where the quicker boats give the slower boats a headstart based on past performances. There was an 8 to 12 knot sea breeze blowing as the limit boats “North Star” and “Lollipop” set off, followed by “Ghoster”, “Xanthia”, “Vital Spark”, “Wishful Thinking” and “Accolade”. The course was a work from Caseys Beach to Yellow Rock followed by reaching legs to the Toll Gates mark and back to Caseys Beach. The Division 2 yachts finished there while the Division 1 yachts did further windward and return leg to Yellow Rock and back to the finish at Caseys Beach. 

    On the first leg the leading boats followed conventional wisdom by heading left to the northern side of Batemans Bay. However, there was much more breeze in the middle of the Bay which is where “Accolade” and “Wishful Thinking” went. “Accolade” got past “Wishful” through some great steering by Imogen Brown. On the reach to the Toll Gates, “Wishful” was the only boat to set her spinnaker on the reach to the Toll Gates mark and drew level with “Accolade”. On the second work at backing shift in the breeze favoured the left side allowing “Wishful”, skippered by Julie Phelps to get through to the lead by the top mark. She held off “Accolade” down the run to win by about 20 seconds with “Xanthia” (Lyn Hardingham) in third place. 

    In Division 2 “Lollipop” (Belinda Collins) scored a convincing victory. “Vital Spark” had Aaron Dunne skippering who when last checked was ineligible for the lady skippers’ event but easily won the crew’s race. 

    Afterward 20 sailing club members and friends attended a Christmas Dinner at the clubhouse. It was a great evening thanks to Bev and Richard Dunne’s culinary delights.

  • 12/12/2017 9:05 AM | BBSC (Administrator)

    Last Saturday was a great day for sailing when Batemans Bay Sailing Club conducted the annual John Boyes Memorial Broulee Race. There was a 15 knot seabreeze blowing which got the boats to Broulee and back in just over 3 hours. A total of 8 yachts went out including “Avior” (Tony Sutton) and “Out Wide” (Peter Schwarz) which accompanied the racing boats.

    Race officer Dave Magill and his trusty crew aboard the committee boat “Clarence the Clocker” set a pin end favoured startline. The start was closely contested with “Attitude” (Simon Byrne) getting in a position to be able to hold the other boats out beyond the port layline on the first short upwind leg to the Marine Park Middle Mark. She narrowly led “Wishful Thinking” (Andrew Bain) and “Accolade” (Lachlan Brown) on the reach to Black Rock. From there to Burrewarra Point the reach was broad enough to set spinnakers. “Accolade” was unable to drop their jib when the top of the sail somehow got clipped onto the spinnaker halyard. The three Adams 10.6 yachts each hit speeds of 14 knots coming across Broulee Bay. At the rounding mark off North Broulee, “Attitude” maintained her lead from “Wishful Thinking”, “Accolade”, “North Star” (John Drummond) and “Ghoster” (Dion Perrins). The Accolade crew were able to drop both the spinnaker and jib, undo the tangle then rehoist the jib without losing too much ground. 

    It was then hard on the wind to Burrewarra Point and hence Black Rock. The wind was veering progressively which enabled “Accolade” to sail through to the lead by holding a more offshore course on starboard tack compared to “Wishful” and “Attitude”, who may have also snagged some seaweed. “Accolade” maintained her lead on the reach to the finish at Caseys Beach to win by 90 seconds from “Wishful Thinking” with “Attitude” a further 7 minutes back. “North Star” was a further 40 minutes back while “Ghoster” took an even cruisier approach. The AMS placings mirrored the line honours results while on PHS “North Star” had done enough to win from “Accolade” and “Wishful Thinking”. In Division 2 “Hobo” (Peter Withington) had a convincing victory.


  • 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
    BOAT SAIL NO CLASS AHC Bt Strt SKIPPER Note Note1
    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
    BOAT SAIL NO CLASS AHC Bt Strt SKIPPER
    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
    BOAT SAIL NO CLASS AHC Time HC Bt Strt SKIPPER
    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.

    WINTER SERIES SAILING INSTRUCTIONS CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE

    CLUB HANDBOOK LINKS ARE HERE

    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”.

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