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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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Time to Pay Up

Kirk Marcolina

Annual Dues are required to be paid by the end of the month. (You should have received an invoice from the Secretary a few weeks ago.) Most of our expenses occur during the winter months, when our maintenance program is in full swing, so we need everyone to pay up on time. Thanks to the 38% of members who have already done so. The other 62% of you, please hop online and pay your dues today. Thanks. 

Winter Championships

Kirk Marcolina

So far we’ve have had 11 people sign up for the Winter Championship, which is down on the 20 or so we had last year. We know there are more winter warriors out there, so if you plan to sail some or all the winter championship, please respond ASAP here.  The series will begin on Sunday 5 May and run every second Sunday morning from May through July. Splash is at 8 for an 8.30 start. 

In addition to the Championship races Brett Beyer will also be running a winter program (BBWP) that includes on-water coaching during the races and fleet level GPS analysis with individual statistics. Seven members have signed up for the BBWP – we need 10 to make it viable.  If you are interested in the program, please sign up here.

Dance the Night Away at the AGP

Kirk Marcolina

Autumn’s biggest party is almost upon us. On Friday, 24 May, we’ll be having our Annual General Party (and Meeting). The formal meeting starts at 7pm, followed by dinner and dancing. We already have 50 RSVPs… but there are still 70 who haven’t responded!  We know you don’t want to miss the social event of the season, so please submit your RSVP today here.

Learn to Run a Race

Kirk Marcolina

We are calling for volunteers who are willing to commit to learning how to run a race.  We are offering an opportunity for two people to run the winter championship races each fortnight, under supervision from an experienced race officer.  There are three races each fortnight, every second Sunday morning at 8.30am, starting 5 May.  Trainee race officers should be at the club at 7.30am to set the course and get in position for starts at 8.30.  You will be home, with much improved skills, by 11 (after free hot soup and bread from the canteen).  If you are interested in this opportunity, please email commodore@dbsc.com.au.

COTD Responsibilities

Andrew Cox

We had a VERY NEAR engine-terminating incident on Saturday.  Presumably someone the previous week had flushed the Bergman engine and left the water-cooling connector unattached. Fortunately, one very observant member saw it before the RIB was used. Had it been driven without the connector re-attached, the engine would have been caput!  $15,000 later …  PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THE COTD GUIDE, LEAVE THINGS HOW YOU FIND THEM, AND IF IN DOUBT ASK FOR HELP!

Club Clean Out

Andrew Cox

There is an enormous pile of lost / unwanted / unloved clothing in the men’s change room – hanging up on the wall hooks, strewn across the benches, and half in and half out of plastic crates.  If this is your gear, please collect it.  We will be reminding people each week between now and the AGP – anything left in the changerooms after the AGP, whether hanging up or not, will be donated to charity via one of the neighbourhood “friendly bins”. 

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Club Tidiness

Andrew Cox

We have had several articles over the past few weeks about taking pride of ownership in the club.  It continues to be disappointing to find examples of people who don’t demonstrate this pride or sense of responsibility.  For example, all the club’s lifejackets were carefully stacked neatly against the wall by one member after Community Day – and someone else has decided they look better strewn across the floor like this:

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Someone else, who clearly has domestic problems, has decided to make the workshop their new bedroom, at least judging by the large pile of bedding left in there:

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If you are responsible for either of these things, can you please take the time to clean them up before (a) a volunteer has to deal with the life jackets and (b) we put the bedding outside this weekend.

CYCA Scholarships

Kirk Marcolina

CYCA has kindly offered half-scholarships to DBSC youth members to participate in CYCA youth sailing courses on CYCA’s Elliott fleet.  If you are between 13-18, you can take up this offer (subject to availability for each specific course) for any of CYCA’s Youth Sailing Academy courses.  The list of courses can be found at https://cyca.com.au/youth/ and further details are available from Jordan Reece on 0433 272 283 / Jordan.reece@cyca.com.au.  If you are interested in these scholarships, please email commodore@dbsc.com.au.

Race Report

Kirk Marcolina

It was an amazing balmy sunny April afternoon, but a tricky day for racing, with the wind shifting nearly in a full circle during the course of the day.  The race committee took the unusual step at DBSC of raising the AP on shore while waiting firstly for the breeze to come in, and then for the northerly breeze that appeared to be replaced by the predicted E / SE breeze scheduled to arrive from nearby Botany Bay.  The AP came down at 1.45pm and racing was underway a little late at 2.20pm in a 6-7 knot easterly.  After some competitive racing in both fleets, the breeze began to fade, resulting in a shortened course being called at the last top mark, followed by hoisting of “N” over “A” to signify abandonment of further races, leaving time for the fleet to drift home, and enjoy a sundowner on the dock. Winners, after handicapping, were: Standards, Geoff Kirk, and radials/4.7s, Kate McHugh. Thanks to Andrew Cox, Matt Knight, Tom Beregi and Vic Whitby for their on-water race management and support.

No wind? No worries.  Photo by Nick Pellow.

No wind? No worries. Photo by Nick Pellow.

This race also brought to a close the 2019 Autumn Pointscore. Congratulations to our series winners. In the Standard fleet Hadrien Bourely eked out a victory with 33 points, with Max Jura (36.5 points) and Steve London (40 points) close behind; in the Radial/4.7s: Jim Dounis finished first with 40 points over Ashton Scott (51 points) and Emily Ball (52 points).           

Upcoming Events

Kirk Marcolina

Saturday 20 March, 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 if you are planning on attending.

Saturday 20 April, 2pm – Easter Sprint Racing.

Saturday 27 April, 2pm – Final Heats of the Club Championship followed by an end of season BBQ.