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79 Bay St
Double Bay, NSW, 2028
Australia

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

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Club dolly shrinkage

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We have experienced gradual attrition of our club dollies over the past couple of years. Our sad conclusion is that members are taking them — presumably when they sell their boats and/or leave the club. 

Our dolly policy is to discourage members from storing their dollies in the club. Members who store their dollies at the club are deemed to accept that the club takes no responsibility for them (which is also the case for any other equipment, including boats, stored at the club). If a member’s dolly goes missing, there is no entitlement to take a club dolly as a replacement!

We have ordered 10 new club dollies to replenish our supply. This is expensive, and its impact on club reserves is effectively a cost to all members. 

Going forward, all club dollies will be stamped with a number and will be checked regularly. If one is found to be missing, we will review CCTV footage to determine the cause. 

Please respect the club’s property and your fellow members by not taking club dollies. 

Women's Regatta Call For Volunteers!

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A very new and exciting (world first?) initiative being undertaken by DBSC this year is the Women's Regatta on September 8 & 9 2018.

Such a world-class event can not be hosted without the help of many volunteers.

This is a huge opportunity for all club members to get involved in a very exciting club initiative by helping out in the lead up to, and most importantly over the weekend itself.

Please start planning your September now with these dates in mind! More information will be coming soon.

 

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Season Opening Sailors' Dinner

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If there is one thing you need to do today, it's RSVP for and purchase your ticket to the annual Season Opening Sailors' Dinner! 

In true DBSC style, this event is guaranteed to under promise and over deliver.

With just 3 weeks to go, this announcement is deliberately terse. (Use the extra time to sign-up and purchase your ticket!)

  • WHAT: The 2018 Season Opening Sailors' Dinner
  • WHEN: 3 August, 7pm, RPEYC - 160 Wolseley Rd Point Piper
  • WHO: all sailors and regular volunteers welcome
  • WHY: eye-off/psych-out/meet the competition. escape the Winter blues. hoedown! 
  • HOW: RSVP via paperless post invite & payment $100 online. Pay now!
    • (includes bar tab until used, two course dinner plus cheese, wine with dinner)
  • WARDROBE: black and white, prizes for best costumes!

Join us for a night of fun!

Upcoming Events

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  • Sun 29 July at 8:30am: Winter Champs heats 16, 17, 18 (Final Brett Beyer coaching for this Winter)
  • Fri 3 August: Season Opening Sailors Dinner
  • Sat 4 August at 1:00pm: Pre-season 'Hot August Sprints' 
  • Sat 18 August: Annual Club Working (socialising) Bee
  • Sat 8 & Sun 9 September Women's Laser Regatta hosted by Double Bay Sailing Club

Friday August 3rd - Save the date!

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Get ready to toast the year of fierce competition to come, at the Season Opening Sailors’ Dinner. This not-to-be-missed DBSC social event at the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club is happening on Friday 3 August. Last year’s event was tremendous fun, attended by over 40 people. Please save the date. Details and payment instructions to follow.

 With scenes resembling the 2018 AGM, the Season Opening Dinner come FASHION PARADE of Feb 1958 was also one event on the social calendar not to be missed. In fact, after these pictures were taken, the night turned so good that the Free Masons of Double Bay declined our offer to hire their hall for the subsequent decades. The upside is that this event is now located at the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club just up the road.

With scenes resembling the 2018 AGM, the Season Opening Dinner come FASHION PARADE of Feb 1958 was also one event on the social calendar not to be missed. In fact, after these pictures were taken, the night turned so good that the Free Masons of Double Bay declined our offer to hire their hall for the subsequent decades. The upside is that this event is now located at the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club just up the road.

Upcoming Events

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Some people (mostly those who grew up playing footie) think of Winter as the 'off season' for sailing.

This couldn't be further from the truth at the very cosmopolitán Double Bay Sailing Club we all love dearly.

Nothing exemplifies this more than the following upcoming events. Mark them in your diaries.

  • Sun 15 July at 8:30am: Winter Champs heats 16, 17, 18 
  • Sun 29 July at 8:30am: Winter Champs heats 19, 20, 21
  • Fri 3 August: Season Opening Sailors Dinner
  • Sat 4 August at 1:00pm: Pre-season 'Hot August Sprints' 
  • Sat 18 August: Annual Club Working(socialising) Bee

Winter series heats up

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We had a smaller fleet of 15 boats competing for heats 13, 14, 15 of the Winter Championship, on a particularly cold, but lovely sunny morning with a 10-14kt Westerly breeze.  Andrew Cox and Christine Patton ran the races from the Jazzman (thanks Gerry and Dene for arranging repairs in time!), with David Huber and Andrew Craker on the Bergman. The Brett Beyer Winter Program continued, with Brett looking distinctly like a vagrant in his hoodie against the cold.

 

Pat Levy had a great day in the radials, with three bullets to snatch the series lead back from Andrew Cox, who carried average points from the Jazzman.  In the standards, Ian Alexander won the day with 1, 3, 1, continuing his position at the top of the leaderboard, closely followed by Geoff Kirk the David Newman.

 

The series remains hotly contested in both classes with six races to go!

Big Boat Race Report

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Five boats presented on a cool winter’s afternoon. We started in in a light southeasterly, with too much east in it for a spinnaker start (the wind had been westerly until just before the race and a spinnaker start would have been the way to go).

T&T won the start from Sanity, Chenonceau, Liaison and Corinna, who was uncharacteristically caught off guard. The leg to Point Piper was a reach just forward of square, and the elegant Sanity crept fastest, until she fell into a ‘hole’ off Point Piper. T&T and the rest of the fleet, seeing Sanity stalled, sailed lower, further from the Point and were rewarded with better winds. This closed the fleet up, but still Sanity turned first, with T&T second.

The leg to Taylor’s Bay was a square run; on T&T we flew our biggest spinnaker and were rewarded with a surge to the front of the fleet, turning first! It was a good moment. Boats 50% larger were behind us and chasing.

We tried keeping the spinnaker on the way to Sow’n Pigs, but that wasn’t going to get us there; we were too close to the wind. So we dragged the kite down, as Sanity set off for the bottom mark. The leg to Sow’n Pigs was another reach forward of square, and the fleet closed up, and the wind strengthened - though never above 12 knots.

At the Sow’n Pigs mark, we all had company - huge yachts on their race; to windward of us and therefore with no rights. But much bigger than T&T anyway; Liaison was particularly caught up for a few minutes. We all rounded safely, but there were yachts to the right us and yachts to the left and bedlam threatened briefly.

Still T&T was still second as we turned upwind for Shark Island; and the next decision - when to tack onto port - turned out to be critical. Sanity, Corinna, Liaison and Chenconceau all sailed left, towards the eastern shore (Watson’s Bay and Neilsen Park), tacking there. Where they enjoyed an enormous easterly shift. T&T tacked early and sailed right, towards Clontarf and Taylors Bay. The wind seemed fine, the sails trimmed well, the crew well in control. But, when we tacked to the left the other four had made hundreds of meters on us. We could just seem them in the distance.

They stormed home, Sanity three minutes to Corinna, then Liaison 20 seconds back, not much more to Chenonceau. T&T brought up the rear with as much dignity as we could muster. We actually made a bit of ground on the last leg - another reach (she is fast off the wind). But all had been lost on that long windward leg, when we tacked onto port towards - was it Clontarf?

We sat, after the race, in the sun on the deck, until the sun disappeared and the cool of the wind had us standing up and making our excuses to head home.

Overall a splendid race, with a number of boats having their moments at the front of the fleet.

Over the line:
Sanity
Corinna
Liaison
Chenonceau
Time and Tide

We sail next on August 5

Thanks to John Vasey for the start; much appreciated
 

Season Opening Dinner

Kirk Marcolina

Get ready to toast the year of fierce competition to come at the Season Opening Sailors’ Dinner. This not-to-be-missed DBSC social event at the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club is happening on Friday 3 August. Last year’s event was tremendous fun, attended by 40 people. Please save the date. Details and payment instructions to follow.

 Fun and Games from Last Year's Dinner

Fun and Games from Last Year's Dinner

Upcoming Events

Kirk Marcolina

Sunday 1 July, 7:45am briefing, 8:30am start – Winter Championship Heats 13-15 and continuation of the Brett Beyer Winter Program. Remember to please keep off the new grass. All rigging and derigging must happen on the beach. Check out some great racing video from heats 10-12 of the Championship here. Thanks to Josh Pearl for the footage! 

Sunday 1 July, 1pm start – Big boat racing.