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Double Bay, NSW, 2028

The finest Laser sailing club in the world, located in Double Bay on Sydney Harbour.


“Sailing Stories” Premieres Next Week

Kirk Marcolina

Rob Greenhalgh has generously donated his time to be the inaugural speaker at our new Sailing Stories series that we are co-hosting with the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club (RPEYC). Rob, a professional round-the-world Volvo Ocean Racer and competitive Moth sailor, will be speaking at 7pm on 22 November 2018 at RPEYC, 160 Wolseley Road, Point Piper.

Tickets to the event are limited and we only have a few left, so hurry and book here. The ticket price will cover the cost of the food that will be served by RPEYC on arrival at 7pm, so get there on time to enjoy what will be quite a spread. Drinks will be available for purchase at the bar. 

We’re looking forward to seeing you there. 

No Wind for Twilights? No Worries.

Kirk Marcolina

Last Wednesday Twilight sailing saw a wind speed of zero knots which resulted in no boats splashing off. There were 6 intrepid sailors ready to submit to Neptune’s wishes but it was not to be. The lack of wind didn’t stop Brett Beyer from using the time to effectively impart some great tips to the sailors. He spoke for more than an hour providing sailing insights and answering questions.

Today we’re looking forward to getting out on the water and putting Brett’s ideas into action. Everyone’s welcome to partake of this great opportunity to improve skills in a less formal environment than weekend racing. Splash is at 5pm!

Higher Maths and Stiff Competition

Kirk Marcolina

The first leg of the 2018/19 Vaucluse Challenge took place last Saturday. A beautiful day and a challenging and shifty 7 – 12 knot SE breeze greeted the DBSC and VYC sailors who competed on a great course set in the neutral waters off Rose Bay. It was a great day of sailing with the usual competitive spirit and friendly rivalry between the clubs.

After an hour of scrutineering by the two club Commodores, the results were finally settled. They proved that the new, highly complex scoring system is making the Challenge more competitive this year.  In fact, in the standards, the clubs were tied with 82 points each – DBSC won convincingly in the first race (33 vs 49 points), but lost equally badly in the second, primarily due to Vaucluse having positions 1, 2, 3 and 5 out of the top 8 finishers overall.  In the radials, DBSC won convincingly with 45 points to VYC’s 79, beating VYC both overall and in every age division but one.  This gave DBSC an overall win in the first leg of the challenge – 127 vs 161 points. 

After the competition on the harbour, DBSC welcomed a sizable contingent of sailors from Vaucluse to a BBQ on our deck. The meal was delicious, however the culinary crew pointed out that several DBSC members started to eat before our guest from VYC had arrived. They have asked everyone to please refrain from doing so in the future. Thanks to VYC for a well-run and enjoyable day of sailing and to Andrea, Shirley, Peter and Pat for a great meal. Thanks also to Jerry, Dene and Clare for their support on the water.

 The working out of the results. Proof that 2 Commodores are better than a computer.

The working out of the results. Proof that 2 Commodores are better than a computer.

Get Well Paul

Kirk Marcolina

We missed the familiar face of Paul Adam in the canteen on the weekend.  Paul experienced some medical issues late last week and was instructed to rest on the weekend. Our thoughts are with him and we wish him all the best!  Thank you to Andrea and Shirley who stepped up in the canteen, along with Dave Rogers, who volunteered at short notice.  And thanks to Clare who helped with supplies during the week.

Long Beat to the Top Mark

Kirk Marcolina

During last weekend’s BBQ, besides the normal frivolities, the group raised a glass to Andrea and Dene Bergman who were celebrating 55 wonderful years together. Congratulations to the happy couple. 

 The Happy Couple Celebrating last Saturday.

The Happy Couple Celebrating last Saturday.

Club Creatives

Andrew Cox

Two of our members are showing off their creative skills this week. Fist up, Kirk Marcolina’s documentary about the history of marriage equality in Australia will air on SBS on Thursday, 15 November at 7:30pm. Kirk’s been working on the film non-stop for the past year – you can watch the trailer and find out more about the film here. Tune in and check it out. 

 Check out Kirk’s doco on SBS on Thursday at 7:30pm.

Check out Kirk’s doco on SBS on Thursday at 7:30pm.

A few days later, on Saturday 17 November at 7pm, Hadrien Bourely’s band, Napoleonic, is playing upstairs at Red Bar, 36 Glebe Point Road. Come along after sailing for the gig!  And get there early (like 6.30pm) because the venue is going to be at capacity!!  

Open and Youth States

Kirk Marcolina

The NSW & ACT Laser State Championships are on 24-25 November at Canberra Yacht Club. CYC is a fabulous club and we have been promised good sailing conditions so this is an event not to be missed. 

This is a cube event for open and youth divisions. Masters cubes will be awarded at the States at South Lakes ASC 2-3 March 2019. The Notice of Race for the event is HERE. Sailing Instructions are HERE. Online entries ($60 and $30 for sailors under 21) can be placed HERE.

The Week Ahead

Kirk Marcolina

Wednesday 14 November, 5pm – Twilight Sailing. BBTP Continues. 

Saturday 17 November, 9am – Learn to Race. Come along if you want to learn more about Laser boat handling, balance, boat posture, trim, starts, tacks, gybes, boat set-up and any other race management fundamentals. Please email Martin White here if you are planning on attending.

Saturday 17 November, 2pm Start – Spring Point Score heats 11 & 12.  

Early Saturday Splash for The Vaucluse Challenge

Kirk Marcolina

The first heat of our annual Vaucluse Challenge (VC) will be held this Saturday. For those who are new to the club, this is a hard-fought and longstanding tradition, where we battle it out against our well-heeled rivals from the French enclave for the glory of holding the perpetual trophy at our club for the following year. 

This heat of the VC is being hosted by Vaucluse. The second heat in the new year will be at DBSC. Because we must travel up to Vaucluse we will have a briefing at 12 noon and a splash no later than 1pm.

The race starts at 2pm as usual, but the format and scoring is different (and more complex) than previous years. Here are the main points: 


  • Two races of approximately 45 minutes (four races in total in the series), with the hosting club to decide the course layout and sequence. We will discuss the course at the briefing on Saturday.

  • For each race, there will be separate starts for Standards and for combined Radials/4.7s. If there are at least six 4.7s, including at least one from each club, there will be a separate 4.7 start. 


(Warning—you may need an advanced maths degree to understand these rules, but fear not, we will review all on Saturday. For those of you who want to see even more details about the scoring and the full rules of the Challenge please click here.)

There will be two elements to the scoring – overall order of finishing and age-based order of finishing. 

Overall order of finishing– in each race, the first n boats in each Starting Fleet from each club will be allocated a score of 1 to 2n in accordance with their relative order of finishing (regardless of their actual position in the finish), where n = the number of boats in that Starting Fleet from the club with the smallest fleet in that class, provided n≤4. 

Age-based order of finishing– in each race, each Starting Fleet will be separated into aged-based “Scoring Divisions”. Within each Scoring Division, the first m boats from each club will be allocated a score of 1 to 2m in accordance with their relative order of finishing within that Scoring Division (regardless of their actual position in the finish), where m = the lesser of 1/3 of the boats in that Scoring Decision and the number of boats in that Scoring Division from the club with the smallest number of boats in that division. 

For each race, the score for each club will be the aggregate of the scores from both types of scoring. In determining the winner of the Vaucluse Challenge, the scores for each club from all four races will be aggregated, to provide an overall score for that club.

Okay, I warned you that it was complicated. But suffice it to say, we need everyone to sail their best to come out on top!

The Week Ahead

Kirk Marcolina

Wednesday 7 November, 5pm – Twilight Sailing. The weather forecast isn’t looking great, but sailing is still going forward unless advised otherwise. (See more details below.)

Saturday 10 November, 12pm – Vaucluse Challenge. Briefing one hour early – 12 noon. (See details above.)