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Double Bay, NSW, 2028
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The finest Laser sailing club in the world, located in Double Bay on Sydney Harbour.

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Early Start This Saturday for Vaucluse Regatta

Kirk Marcolina

Instead of our usual club racing, this Saturday we’ll be participating in The Vaucluse Regatta. It’s a grand regatta, over 80 years young and is a great opportunity for racing in a big fleet, and practice for the away leg of the VYC/DBSC challenge which will happen in March.

Racing starts at Vaucluse at 1.45pm which means they day will start earlier than normal for us. We’ll have a briefing at DBSC at 12 noon where we will review the format of the racing (it is still being finalised). It should be a good day on the water with Laser sailors from around the harbour.

The Week Ahead

Kirk Marcolina

Wednesday 14 February, 5pm – Twilight Sailing. Brett Beyer will be coaching tonight – this is the first instalment of his new Wednesday coaching program (BBWP). The program is fully subscribed with 10 participants. It will run for 7 consecutive weeks (subject to the terms). Everyone is welcome to join for organised racing each week, and everyone will hear important tips on start technique which, as several of our Nationals sailors reminded themselves painfully on the weekend, is probably the most important ingredient for success.  If you are attending, please complete the Doodle Poll.  And a reminder for those in the BBWP, payments are due today before twilight sailing please.

Saturday 17 February, 12pm Briefing  – Vaucluse Regatta. See important details above.

Next Wednesday - Brett Beyer Lecture

Kirk Marcolina

Brett Beyer is presenting the next instalment of his Lecture Series at 8pm on Wednesday, 21 Feburary. The topic is “Tactics and Strategy” -- something we all could use more of.

For DBSC members the cost is $21 for the lecture and pizza, with drinks available for cash at the usual prices.  Separate non-member tickets are available for $31. Attendance is limited so book here to avoid missing out.

National Masters Championship Report

Andrew Cox

Our contingent of nine sailors and their entourages gathered for a four-day weekend of sunny skies, balmy temperatures and crystal clear water for the National Masters Championship at Mooloolaba.  On Day 1, the wind was a little lighter than some had hoped, making for some challenging racing where the course had been set in the confines of the bay.  Things were looking up on Day 2, with a good 10-12 knots, increasing swell and a course well out into open water, and it just got better on Days 3 and 4, as the wind increased and wave catching became the norm.  Finally, Pat was able to say one of his favourite phrases, "Got some good rides".

The competition was stiff, with a field bristling with former Olympians and Olympic campaigners, and current and former World Champions, attending from all round Australia, New Zealand and even England.  Our top performers were Martin White, 12th in the 35-65yo Radials (9th GM), and Rod Barnes, 15th in the Standards (7th Master), which were both excellent performances in such a competitive fleet.  Congratulations to our good friend, Robert Lowndes who was 1st in the 65+ Radials, racing in a separate fleet.

Club Coach, Brett Beyer made it an exciting contest, scraping out a 3, 4, 2, 2, 1 in the first two days, putting him in 3rd place.  But as the wind and waves came into play, his signature downwind technique proved dominant with a 1, 1, 1 on Day 3 ("moving day", as they say in golf), giving him a clear three-point lead.  Job done?  Apparently not.  A 4th and a BFD on Day 4 put him at serious risk in what ended up a nail-biting draw, finally winning the event on countback!  Well done, Brett.

Clare quickly found herself in the centre of it all, with official duties including full time countdown.  It is well documented that counting for more than four hours a day for more than five days in a row will send you mad.  Luckily the regatta was only four days long.  Numerous grateful sailors congregated at the boat before each start to hear the clear countdown and set their watches from it.  Thanks Clare for a perfectly conducted critical role.

To get a taste of what it was like at the Nationals check out Adventures of a Sailor Girl and The Australian Laser National Titles pages on Facebook. There are heaps of excellent photos and videos to peruse. And a final word – what is "gunwale bum"?  Feel free to ask any of the returning sailors.

The DBSC Contingent (minus David Huber) post racing. Photo by Clare Alexander 

The DBSC Contingent (minus David Huber) post racing. Photo by Clare Alexander 

Sprint Race Report

Kirk Marcolina

Whilst some of our comrades were sweating it out up in the Queensland humidity an impressive fleet of nearly 30 boats presented at DBSC for some sprint racing. Three minute starts, and a short triangle, sausage course allowed seven races to be held.  A light ESE breeze started at 8 knots and grew slightly as the day progressed. The large fleet and short course made for some mighty crowded marks and close finishes. Thanks to the team of Jason Wilkins, Richard Lees, and Stuart Littlechild for running a very fun day of racing. 

Autumn Pointscore Race Report

Kirk Marcolina

A variable south to southeast wind tested the 45 boats who competed in Autumn Pointscore Heats 5 & 6. The breeze was shifty and fluctuated between 10 and 25 knots; adding to the challenge was a rare Double Bay Southerly course. All the elements combined to make it quite a fun and challenging day of racing. The winners were: Standards: Rod Barnes (heat 5) and Gerry Donohoe (heat 6); Radials: Jack Littlechild (heat 5) and Otto Henry (heat 6). Thanks to this week’s race volunteers — Daryl Lawrence (PRO) and Clare Alexander on the Jazzman, James Tudball and Niko Churkoski on the RIBs, and Jim Dounis in the canteen. For some excellent shots and videos from the day, check out Clare Alexander's collection on The Top Mark.

David Muphy hiking hard in a big gust. Photo by Clare Alexander

David Muphy hiking hard in a big gust. Photo by Clare Alexander

The Week Ahead

Kirk Marcolina

Wednesday 7 February, 5pm – Twilight Sailing. Sign up here if you’re coming. Brett Beyer will not be coaching tonight as he is away at the Nationals in Mooloolobah, but we’ll still be sailing so join us! Rabbit starts unless someone can volunteer to lay a course.

Saturday 10 February, 2pm – Sprint racing. As several of our members are up north competing in the Nationals, we’ll be practicing to beat them upon their return. We’ll try for 6 or so short races – it’s a great way to hone your starts and practice lots of mark roundings. 

Signups Closing for Brett Beyer Training Programs

Kirk Marcolina

The new Brett Beyer Wednesday Training Program starts next Wednesday, 14 February. There are only two spots left for this 7-week program and applications close TODAY, 7 February at 5pm. A couple of people put their hand up on Saturday – those people have not been entered into the program – you need to email training@dbsc.com to be officially registered. The cost will be $210 (plus try booking fees). Please email ASAP – first in best dressed.

Brett’s new Saturday program commences 24 February for 5 weeks.  Excluded dates for the new series are 17 Mar (Metros), 31 Mar (Easter).  The series will end on 7 April as Brett is away after that. There will be two program options: "A" = $450, "B" = $225 (plus Try Booking fees) for the 5-week series. "A" and "B" both get a video of the start and the fleet's GPS tracks, plus fleet race commentary on a leg-by-leg basis.  "A" also gets an individual report on their race. So far 14 have signed up for this program. Please email training@dbsc.com to register for the Saturday series before 5pm next Wednesday, February 14th. 

Brett Beyer Lecture Series

Kirk Marcolina

Brett Beyer is presenting the next instalment of his Lecture Series at 8pm on Wednesday, 21 Feburary. The topic is “Tactics and Strategy” -- something we all could use more of.

For DBSC members the cost is $21 for the lecture and pizza, with drinks available for cash at the usual prices.  Separate non-member tickets are available for $31. Attendance is limited so book here to avoid missing out.

Family Day at DBSC

Kirk Marcolina

Save the date – Saturday March 17 at 4:30pm. Following that day’s Sprint Racing, DBSC will be hosting a family day. So, get your kids and partners prepped for some family laser racing (if the winds permit) and a family BBQ on the clubhouse deck. More details to follow!