A wild windy afternoon was more than a challenge for the 30 sailors who braved the tough conditions for Autumn Pointscore heats 13 and 14. The wind fluctuated wildly both in speed and direction going from 13 knots to over 30 knots in a matter of seconds. Several times more than half the fleet seemed to be capsized when a bullet shot out of the West. In a testament to the harsh conditions only 18 boats completed the second race. Congratulations to the hardy competitors who came out on top after handicapping: Full Rigs: Ian Alexander (heat 13), and Nick Pellow (heat 14); Radials: Daniel Costandi (heat 13), and Richard George (heat 14). Thanks also to the race committee for braving the wind and putting on a well-run race day filled with several rescues: PRO Steve Wawn assisted by Clare Alexander, COTD David Shannon, CoCOTD Hans Beacker, and Canteen Assistant David Newman. Thanks also for the additional assistance from Julian Van Aalst and Jim Dounis.
Saturday 21 April, 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 email@example.com if you are planning on attending.
Saturday 21 April, 2pm – Final Heats of the Autumn Pointscore. It’s been a very competitive competition thus far. Going into the final two races of the season, the winner is up for grabs in both fleets. Daryl Lawrence leads the radials, but Martin White, Julian Van Aalst and Pat Levy are all in with a shot to take home the crown. On the Full Rig side, it’s even tighter. Murray Stone leads by just 1.5 points, followed closely by Ian Alexander, Mike Dunne, and Rod Barnes. It should be an interesting and competitive day on the harbour, so don’t miss it.
Saturday 28 April, 2pm – Final Heats of the Club Championship followed by an end of season BBQ.
Sunday 6 May, 8:30am start – Winter Series Commences (see more info below)
Friday 25 May, 7pm – DBSC’s Annual General Meeting and end of season dinner at the clubhouse.
The Winter Series begins in just over two weeks, on Sunday 6 May, with an 8:30am race start. The series will run every second Sunday though 29 July, with three ~30 minute races each week. We already have over 25 sailors signed up for the series. If you want to be part of the action, and haven’t done so already, please email Ian Alexander and let him know.
In addition to the racing, Brett Beyer will be running a Winter Coaching Program from 20 May – 15 July. The cost is $300 for the five weeks (with a minimum of 10 participants). This will involve on-water coaching DURING the races, and a GPS report. The last day to sign up for this program is Saturday at 5pm. So, if you’re interested, please email Ian Alexander and let him know ASAP.
The DBSC girls were out in force at the Laser 4.7 European Youth Championships. The 4.7 fleet raced in Patras, Greece. Our young DBSC sailors did us proud with Brooke Wilson finishing 11th, Sylvie Chris Stannage 20th, and Mina Ferguson 25th in a fleet of 104 boats.
Brooke also finished 3rd in the Under 16s and got a 2nd place in her last race of the championship!
Campbell Patton also had a terrific performance the Laser Radial Youth European Championship. The Radial fleet raced on Lake Balaton in Hungary. Campbell finished 3rd out of 154 boats. Great job to all.
I know we’re sounding a bit like a broken record, but yearly fees are due by the end of the month. There are still over 40% of members who haven’t paid yet. If you’re one of these, please pay now and respect the time of our volunteers who are going to have to chase you if you don’t pay. If you’re having trouble with payment, please speak to the Commodore.
Also, we have received one payment that only has CACU as a reference. If you think this is you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We had over 40 boats compete last Saturday in heats 13 and 14 of the Club Championships. It was beautiful, sunny autumn day with a building 8-16 knot NE breeze. The winners were: Full Rigs: Craig Shears (race 13), Geoff Kirk (race 14); Radials: Jack Littlechild (race 13), Martin White (race 14). There were quite a few sailors who forgot to sign off after the race. Please remember to do so or you will be penalised. Thanks to last week’s volunteers for putting on a great day of racing: PRO Jonathan Stone, assisted by Clare Alexander, COTD Rod Barnes, CoCOTD Conor Roche, and Canteen Assistant Luke Parker.
Saturday 14 April, 2pm – Autumn Pointscore Heats 13 and 14. This is the second to last Pointscore of the season, and the competition is tight. So, make sure you come out and make the most of it.
Get set for a great winter season of both racing and coaching at DBSC. The details are below. If you want to be part of the action, and haven’t done so already, please email Ian Alexander and let him know.
DBSC Winter Championship
- Every second Sunday, starting 6 May, ending 29 July
- 21 races, two drops every 10 races
- 8am splash for 8.30am start
- 3 races, ~30min each, triangle sausage
- 5min starts, Radials/4.7s start at 1min, Standards at zero
- Same start and finish line
- Races run by DBSC volunteers (rostered)
- No cost to race, all welcome, including other clubs
- 17 people have indicated interest so far
- There will be a championship trophy
Brett Beyer Winter Program
- In conjunction, Brett will run a 5-week Brett Beyer Winter Program – 20 May to 15 July
- This will involve on-water coaching DURING the races, and a GPS report
- The GPS report will be like the BBSP “B” level report – leg by leg fleet analysis and commentary with individual statistics
- The cost of the Program is $60 per head, subject to a minimum of 10 people
- 6 people have indicated interest so far, so we need more people to commit
Finn Alexander competed against 185 Laser Standard Sailors at the Palma regatta, the 49th Trofeo Princesa Sofia in Spain. It’s one of the most important Olympic sailing regattas in the world. After 5 days, and racing 10 races, Finn came 15th overall, with two first place finishes! It was an awesome result after some gruelling marathon conditions - Finn spent 7 hours on the water some days.
Campbell Patton also had a great result in Europe -- at the Easter Youth Meeting regatta in Lake Garda. Campbell finished 39th from 127 entries. He is now in Lake Balaton for the European Youth championships.
Congratulations to both of our young DBSC members!
To Pay your dues on time. Thanks to the 50% of members who have paid up. For the rest of you, there is only a few weeks left to get your payment in before the April 30th deadline. Thanks for your help with this.