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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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Brett Beyer Programs

Kirk Marcolina

We will be running another instalment of the BBSP and BBTP, commencing shortly. 

If you are interested in these programs, can you please click on the following links and purchase tickets ASAP. Closing date for purchase is in one week — Tuesday, 29 January.

For BBSP, click HERE. For BBTP, click HERE

BBSP details:

The Brett Beyer Saturday Program (BBSP) will run for 7 sessions as follows: 2 Feb, 9 Feb, 23 Feb, 9 Mar, 23 Mar, 30 Mar, 27 Apr.*  You can sign up for the BBSP HERE.  

There will be two categories: B = $315, A = $630 (plus merchant fees).* Everyone is invited to join the post-race briefing on the deck.

“B” participants receive (a) a video of the start with voice-over commentary, (b) a video of the “real time” GPS tracks of the fleet, (c) a leg by leg analysis of the performance of the fleet including individual speed and angle statistics vs the fleet, (d) access to Brett for comments and questions on water when not racing, (e) participation in the communal post-race debrief at the clubhouse after racing.*

 “A” participants receive all the above plus (f) an individual report on their performance, referencing tactical and/or technical considerations and (g) the opportunity to email Brett with follow up questions.*

BBTP details:

The Brett Beyer Twilight Program (BBTP) will run for 9 sessions as follows: 30 Jan, 6 Feb, 13 Feb, 20 Feb, 27 Feb, 6 Mar, 13 Mar, 20 Mar, 27 Mar.* The program is capped at 10 participants on a first-in basis.  You can sign up for the BBTP HERE.   

The cost of the program is $270 (plus merchant fees).*

Twilight sailing will occur each Wednesday during daylight saving, with a 5pm splash for 5.30 start, whether or not the BBTP is held that day. All sailors are welcome to join, whether or not participating in the BBTP. 

* Terms for both programs can be found HERE.

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Laser State Masters South Lake Macquarie March 2nd & 3rd

Kirk Marcolina

The block buster State Masters Championship is coming up 2nd and 3rd March. This one will be at South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club at Sunshine – always a great venue. We have 20 DBSC members signed up to participate… if you haven’t done so already, and want to join us, please let us know HERE. This is your last chance to join our armada headed North. 

The Notice of Race for the event is HERE and you can enter online HERE

SLMASC have arranged with the Lake Macquarie Council to allow us to camp (tent only – no caravans) on Friday and Saturday nights on Sunshine Park at the club. Camping fee is $30 per night (with funds going to the Council). The clubhouse toilets and showers will be available 24 hours. Please contact Diana Charlton by email at treasurer@slmasc.org if you want to book a camping spot. 

On Saturday night the club is putting on a BBQ dinner for us. Nibbles, BBQ (steak & sausage) with salads, plus dessert and tea/coffee for just $20. What’s not to like.

Race Report

Kirk Marcolina

A challenging shifty Southerly greeted a fleet of 35 boats for Autumn Pointsocre Heats 3 and 4. Sailors had to keep an eye on the ever-changing wind to make sure they picked the correct side of the course and took advantage of the lifts. First over the line after handicap were: Standards: Ashley Deacon (heat 3) and Thomas Beregi (heat 4); Radials / 4.7s: James Tudball (heat 3) and Ashton Scott (heat 4).

Despite the windy conditions, the race committee provided a challenging and fun day of sailing (and even managed to save a unicorn along the way). Thanks to Christine Patton and Michael Osborne on the Jazzman, Tim Patton, Sara Brooks and Steve London on the RIBs, and Emily Ball who joined Paul, Andrea and Shirley in the canteen. Steve also took some great photos and videos of the day, a few are below… many more on The Top Mark.

Coming Up

Kirk Marcolina

See below for the special Australia Day Long Weekend Sailing Schedule. 

Wednesday 23 January, 5pm – Twilight Sailing. 

Saturday 26 January– Australia Day. No Racing.

Monday 28 January, 2pm Splash – Sprint Racing. 1.30pm briefing for a 2pm splash.

Wednesday 30 January, 5pm – Twilight Sailing.

Saturday 2 February, 9am – Mandatory Competency Training for all members.

Saturday 2 February, 2pm Start – Club Championship Heats 9 & 10followed by a BBQ on the deck after racing. 

2019 Racing Begins

Kirk Marcolina

Sunny skies and a light to moderate NE breeze greeted the fleet of 30+ for the first races of 2019. It was a lovely day for the start of the Autumn Pointsocre, though the racing was made a bit trickier by a crowded harbour, and some close calls with larger boats. Check out harrowing footage of a near miss captured by Ian Alexander here on The Top Mark.

First over the line after handicap were: Standards: Steve London (heat 1) and David Newman (heat 2); Radials / 4.7s: Pippa Batchelor (heat 1) and Justin Davey (heat 2). Thanks to all last week’s volunteers for putting on a great day of racing, including PRO Nick Pellow who was assisted by Clare Alexander on the Jazzman, COTD/PhotographerOTD: Ian Alexander, and CoCOTD: Jost Stollman. As always the toasties were delicious thanks to the canteen crew of Paul, Andrea, Shirley and assisted this week by Alvaro Bertran. 

Safety Warning - Bergman Winch Broken

Kirk Marcolina

One of the winches for the Bergman has broken. So please don’t attempt to move the Bergman until the winch is fixed. We are aiming to have it repaired and up and running before Saturday, but please confirm it is in working order before using. Thanks for your understanding.

Coming Up

Kirk Marcolina

Wednesday 16 January, 5pm – Twilight Sailing. Looks like it will be a wonderful 16-knot NE breeze under warm, sunny skies… so join us!

Saturday 19 January, 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 at mwhite@universalmagazines.com.au if you are planning on attending. 

Saturday 19 January, 2pm Start – Spring Pointscore Heats 3 & 4.

Sunday 20 January, 8am Start – Boat Licence Course (for those members who have pre-registered for the course).

Wednesday 23 January, 5pm – Twilight Sailing.

Saturday 26 January– Australia Day. No Racing.

Monday 28 January, 2pm Splash – Sprint Racing (see below).

Wednesday 30 January, 5pm – Twilight Sailing.

Saturday 2 February, 9am – Mandatory Competency Training for all members.

Saturday 2 February, 2pm Start – Club Championship Heats 9 & 10 followed by a BBQ on the deck after racing. 

Australia Day Weekend


Luke Parker

There will be no sailing on Australia Day, Saturday 26th. Our harbour will be chookas with ferries and various other flotillas, so we’re staying away. We recommend you BBQ some juicy lamb chops and enjoy a cold one with loved ones. 

But… on Monday 28th there is a Public Holiday and we’re planning some informal sprints. There might be a course set, probably no RIBs, definitely no canteen service. 1.30ish briefing for a 2pm splash. Hope to see you there.

Vale Jeff Martin

Kirk Marcolina

Written by The International Laser Class Association

ILCA is shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Jeff Martin on 11 January 2019 while on a ski holiday with family and friends.

Jeff’s dedication to the sport of sailing was unparalleled, having served as the Executive Secretary of the International Laser Class Association for 40 years. Jeff was a cornerstone of Laser events, having worked at every Laser Open World Championship except the first one in 1974 where he was a competitor. 

The loss of Jeff Martin will be keenly felt throughout the sailing world and our deepest condolences go out to Jeff’s family and friends.

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Big Boat Race Report

Jonathan Stone

Five boats presented on summer afternoon, with a fresh sou-easterly blowing.

And Peter Collie gave us a start. (Remember flags rule in the starting sequence, and as PRO Peter used the answering pennant to delay until he felt the fleet were all there). The start was just 5 min delayed. The right place to start was at the green pole, but the first leg was a beam reach and the advantage was small. UmbakumbaChenonceau  and Smitten were all there; one was OCS (Chenonceau) and she went back - and was last to start instead of first. 

Still, she worked her way through the fleet for a strong finish. G-Force started late but fully powered up and was soon amongst the leaders. Umbakumba was the first to the Point Piper mark and threatened to lead all the way, as she did in December. But boat size does count, and with all boats powered to their intrinsic boat speed, the 30 footers (G-ForceChenonceau and eventually Smitten) all made their moves. 

By the bottom mark, at Sow’n Pigs, G-Force seemed to be making no mistakes in the very fresh winds; Chenonceau had powered into contention for second place, contending with Umbakumba. Smitten and behind her Time & Tide were keeping touch, but T&T’s shorter boat length (23ft) made a tilt for the front of the fleet a real challenge. 

Further, my crew on Sunday was daughter Emily. As a student she crewed for me on dinghies (Herons) in the Club for several seasons and to several nationals. That was thirty years ago, so she had some skills to hone and a different boat to learn her way around. We pushed our way into fourth place at the Shark Island mark, but Smitten powered up and sailed over us without delay. We chased and trimmed and chased, to make our last place respectable.

The conditions were challenging - a sou-easterly full of holes and knocks and lifts. Those who chose bigger headsail valued them in the knocks; those who chose smaller or reefed the main stayed more in control in the gusts. The work from Sow’n Pigs to Shark Island was particularly challenging (it usually is).

But, it was simple, clean, enjoyable racing

Across the line:

G-Force didn’t seem to make a mistake after the late start

Chenonceau didn’t seem to make a mistake after her early start

Umbakumba - led the first two legs; Gerry and Max have her humming

Smitten - found real speed in the last two legs

T&T - aimed to keep in touch with the fleet, and succeeded.

We race next on February

Smitten Attempts to Chase Down G-Force.  Photo by Peter Collie

Smitten Attempts to Chase Down G-Force. Photo by Peter Collie