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Double Bay, NSW, 2028

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


AGP This Friday – Help to Setup

Kirk Marcolina

The wait is finally over for the social event of the season. Our Annual General Party and Meeting kicks off at the clubhouse at 7pm this Friday, May 24.  We look forward to seeing you for a fabulous evening of fun. 

But all this merriment takes a lot of work. We would appreciate a couple of volunteers who can get to the club this week to get the chairs out from behind the boat storage racks and to get various things down from the rafters and/or high shelves. A bit of strength and agility would go well here!

If you can get down to assist with any of these, could you please let Peter Collie know at He will let you know what needs to be done. 

Separately, we would appreciate help in Friday afternoon from about 2.30pm in putting up lights, setting up chairs (with Shirley), getting ice from the A18s, setting up the laser bar (with Clare), assisting in the canteen (with Paul), and many other preparatory tasks. Again, could you please email Peter Collie at if you are able to assist.

Record Fleet Sails in Warm Winter Championship

Kirk Marcolina

A beautifully warm late autumn day and a steady 8 knot WNW breeze greeted a wintertime record 35 sailors who competed in Winter Championships Heats 4-6 on Sunday. It was a gorgeous day for an early morning sail on an almost empty Sydney Harbour. 

Excellent race management was provided by the on-water team of Michael Osborne (PRO Instructor), Nick Pellow, Jim Dounis and Wade McDonough (our learn to run a race trainees), Joshua Pearl (COTD) and Pia Hattersley (Co-COTD) . Luke Parker won all three races in the Full Rig Fleet, as did Mina Ferguson in the 4.7s. In the Radial Fleet, the winners were Campbell Patton, Brooke Wilson, and Daniel Costandi. We look forward to heats 7-9 of the Winter Championship on Sunday, June 2.

Big Fleet in Early Morning Light.  Photo by Brett Beyer.

Big Fleet in Early Morning Light. Photo by Brett Beyer.

Learn To Run A Race (LTRAR)

Andrew Cox

The club has implemented a Learn To Run A Race program over winter in an effort to increase the number of members at the club who are competent to run races, and thus to improve the quality of our race management year round.  Thanks to all the participants and instructors who have volunteered to make this possible!  We plan to continue this program year round.

Matt Knight has designed an easy-to-use guide for PROs, covering course setting, race management and results recording – this is available in separate documents here.  

It is important that all LTRAR participants (and instructors) read this guide and learn it BEFORE they turn up for their rostered training session.  We encourage all members to read these documents and learn them, whether you are experienced or not.  Thank you for your commitment to this – it is an important initiative for the club.

The PRO Instructor and LTRAR participants need to be at the club at 6.30am SHARP – please be early, because even five minutes late will compromise the training and the race management for the day.  We know it’s early, and we appreciate everyone’s support!

Even with the early start, the PRO Instructor and LTRAR participants will be extremely busy with training.  It is important that club members and race participants leave them alone for this.  This means no requests for help with boats and other things on shore, and no asking questions of them on the water!

It also means the COTD and Co-COTD need to know what they are doing and also be on time at 6.45am SHARP.  If the COTD and Co-COTD are late and/or not up to speed, it also compromises the training.  So, if you are COTD or Co-COTD, please read the guide in advance, and contact the PRO Instructor and/or the Commodore or Vice Commodore IN ADVANCE if you would like assistance.  There is no shame in asking!

It is particularly important that the Bergman is prepared and ready to go at 7.15am SHARP, fully loaded with fuel, buoys, anchors, tackle, safety bags, radios checked and launched from the davit.  Any later will impact training and racing.

The message is simple – preparation in advance and on-time on the day!  Thanks again to everyone involved for your commitment and understanding.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! The Women's Laser Regatta hosted by DBSC!

Clare Alexander

This is a sailing regatta run by women, coached by women and sailed in by women and girls on the wonderful waters of Sydney Harbour!  

SAVE THE DATE - 28-29 September 2019

After the success of the 2018 event - The Women's Laser Regatta hosted by Double Bay Sailing Club has locked in a date for 2019 and the regatta team are in full swing, planning the most amazing weekend of sailing (and a few other fun things), for you!

  • We have already locked in Krystal Weir to lead our coaches!

  • We have already locked in the weekend regatta plan! 

  • We have already locked in the women's only changerooms! 

  • We have already locked in a team to bring you the best event... but all we need is - YOU! 

Let us know that you are keen to join in - so we can make sure you have all the resources you need for success and fun! 

Sign up here!


Laser Given Green Light for 2024 Olympics

Kirk Marcolina

It was feared the RS Aero would replace the Laser for one-person dinghy events at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. In fact, the Equipment Committee recommended this change. However, the World Sailing’s ruling Council rejected the change in equipment, citing the lack of large RS Aero fleets outside of the UK. So, for now, the Laser looks safe as an Olympic class boat. For more on the decision you can read an article HERE

South Pacific Laser Masters

Kirk Marcolina

The SPLM is on again at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Manly between 12th and 15th July. This is always a great winter event and a chance to escape to the warmer, beautiful one day perfect the next, Queensland weather. There will be charter boats available so you can be a fly in – fly out Laser sailor.

The Notice of Race for the event is HERE. Entries can be placed online HERE. Entry prior to 5 July $195 and $245 if later. The event is preceded by a Laser Forum on Thursday evening 11 July at the club. The flyer for the event is HERE.


Reflections on a Retiring Life Member

Kirk Marcolina

On 5 May, Jonathan Stone, one of DBSC’s beloved Life Members, announced his retirement from competitive sailing.  Jonathan has a record of 34 consecutive seasons of racing at our club – incredibly serving on the management committee for 33 of those. When Jonathan joined the club in the mid 1980s, most members were racing Herons, including Jonathan.  But after several seasons of racing these older designed boats (including competing at Nationals around the country), he joined the burgeoning Laser fleet, and was one of the proponents of making that class the mainstay of the club. He was a Club champion in both dinghy classes; when injury meant he could not stay in dinghies he raced in his Hood 23 (Time & Tide), winning the State titles in 2011, with Chris Bowling. He and Chris went on to sail DBSC’s first entry in the Sydney-Hobart fleet (in Illusion, a 34ft Davidson) in 2010, finishing a respectable middle-of-the-fleet, after surviving a brutal southerly. And in 2012, in Breakthrough (a First 40) he and Mat Vadas raced to a top-quarter placing in the iconic race. Jonathan went on to organize the DBSC Big Boat Fleet. Jonathan, as Club Patron, also worked with his good friend Don Roach to improve and extend the clubhouse and has served as our Laser Championship PRO for many seasons. 

Still racing, still 40nm from Hobart, but off the Tasman peninsula (right) and Tasman Island (left), 30/12/2012. Breakthrough was 27th in a fleet of 100. Jonathan is is the one in the yellow hood.

Still racing, still 40nm from Hobart, but off the Tasman peninsula (right) and Tasman Island (left), 30/12/2012. Breakthrough was 27th in a fleet of 100. Jonathan is is the one in the yellow hood.

 Luckily, Jonathan has made it clear he won’t be a stranger and will continue his involvement with the Cub. We will all miss Jonathan racing with us on the harbour, but will reflect on the many good times we have shared. To that end, several long-time members have imparted these reflections of Jonathan’s involvement at DBSC:

John Vasey:

When I first joined DBSC I hadn’t sailed since I was a child. Jonathan took the time to show me the right knots to use and how to plait the ropes. It demonstrated his kindness and willingness to help everyone around the club, setting the courses, organising the rosters and running the races which I have seen him do for over 20 years. 

Jonathan has given so much to the club; acting as PRO, leading the Big Boat fleet and having a DBSC entry in the Sydney to Hobart. 

On PRO duty circa 2006.

On PRO duty circa 2006.

Dene Bergman:

While I was messing around with outboard motors, Jonathan was a steady and sensible hand in controlling some serious club politics and family rivalry during the eighties and early nineties. With this period over and done with, Jonathan's unobtrusive presence, along with his friend Don Roach, produced an organization of calm happiness. In his quiet way, he was always appreciative of the members who did the nut and bolt items around the place, which of course included me.

On the physical side, we had a little deck out front which in effect was a balcony, not much larger than the one Juliet stands on. Jonathan's negotiating ability pulled the strings of Council and State Government to have a proper and useful deck built (extended by another third during the club extension). Grants were obtained through his patience and energetic application and some opposition.

As a modest person there is much more that he has given through the years which we fail to notice but have been absolutely essential to a great sailing club. 

Julian Van Aalst:

In so far as I can recall Jonathan, Dean and possibly Paul joined the Club around the same time as me and Don Roach. The Club had two fleets, one was a mixed fleet comprising a class called “Leaders” and I think there was only one or two Lasers. The other class was Herons which had several very good sailors. Jonathan, Don Roach, Dean and Paul were then in that fleet. Sailing was on Sundays. About a season or two after I joined I bought a Laser as did Dene, Don and Jonathan. Keith Piggin, Lee Norman, Graeme Hislop, Ron and John Young his son and others also had Lasers. The average size of the Saturday fleet was about 10 boats or thereabouts. 

The Laser sailors found sailing on Sundays inconvenient and tried, without success, to persuade the then Committee to allow Laser sailing on Saturdays. The result was that the Laser sailors revolted and stacked an AGM with the result that we managed to have our class race on Saturdays. If I recall correctly, from then on the Committee comprised a majority of Laser sailors with the result that the Club became what it is today. I was on the Committee with Dene, Don and Jonathon.

Chris Bowling:  

About 12 years ago I was putting my old 24-footer back on its mooring when an old timber boat came alongside. Don Roach told me there was racing every month at DBSC and invited me to join.  When I went into the club the first person I met was a quiet, unassuming, gentle guy called Jonathan.  I gladly joined in because DBSC is the only club that allows me to race singlehanded, without the hassle of finding a crew.  It was some time later that I found out that Jonathan stands at the absolute pinnacle of Australian medical research.  His leadership style is quite unique; he is just such a nice guy that everyone wants to help him.

When Jonathan found out that I had done a few Hobarts he asked me to help him fulfil his dream of doing Hobart himself.  He joined up with Mat Vadas (another major figure in medical research) and on my flawed advice bought the old ¾ tonner “Illusion”, which had won Hobart years before. It turned out to be not a great choice, with keel problems and rig problems, but we worked through that and made it to the Hobart start.  We even made it to Constitution Dock, albeit slowly, through a couple of quite savage southerly fronts.  I hope Jonathan is proud of being skipper of DBSC’s first Hobart entry.

Jonathan even loaned me the boat for another try the following year.  When I returned it with keel damage, he would not accept any contribution to the cost of repairs.  This man’s generosity is absolutely boundless.  He even asked me to sail with him in the Hood 23  series, where in heavy weather we did a Bradbury, coming through to win at the last minute when everyone else fell over.

Jonathan’s energy and dedication have kept the big boat fleet going through thick and thin.  Sometimes we have had good numbers and occasionally only two or three, but Jonathan’s enthusiasm has kept it alive and made some great racing.  We have had many years of good fun and sometimes the racing has been sharply competitive.

Jonathan. Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you. We will try our best to keep the big boat racing going but your energy and leadership will be deeply missed.

Close racing with Gerry’s  Livelihood (366),  Don’s  Lady Luck  (5387), circa 2009.

Close racing with Gerry’s Livelihood (366), Don’s Lady Luck (5387), circa 2009.

Commodore Offers Free Rides

Kirk Marcolina

On Tuesday morning Andrew Cox was out for a morning training session with coach Brett Beyer. During one of Andrew’ roll tacks this creature was revealed on the bottom of his boat: 

Look who’s hitching a ride on the bottom of Andrew’s boat.

Look who’s hitching a ride on the bottom of Andrew’s boat.

It was a sucker fish and no matter how much Andrew and Brett pushed it off with their hands, it wouldn’t come off; it just slid to a different part of the hull. The fish didn’t release until the boat was lifted out of the water and onto the dolly. Andrew quipped on Facebook. “The super coach said he has seen plenty of strange things in roll tacks ... But never this ... Do I look like a whale?”

Andrew now has another excuse on why he’s going slow.

Andrew now has another excuse on why he’s going slow.

Upcoming Events

Kirk Marcolina

Sunday 19 May, 7:45 briefing / 8:30am start – Winter Series Heats 4-6 — See details below

Friday 24 May, 7pm –DBSC’s Annual General PARTY (and meeting)  

Sunday Winter Series

Kirk Marcolina

Heats 4-6 of the Winter Championship take place this Sunday. It looks like the weather will cooperate with a decent breeze and warmish temps. There will be a briefing at 7:45am for an 8am (at the latest) splash. Racing starts promptly at 8:30am. The Brett Beyer Winter Program also will be happening for those who’ve signed up for it.