The festive event of the season is upon us – the DBSC Christmas Party. The merriment will be happening at 7pm on Saturday 15 December at the club. We’d love you and your partner to join for this free event, but we need numbers for catering, so please RSVP here by Saturday, 8 December.
As you have probably already heard, we’re trying to have a large contingent of DBSC members to travel north for the State Masters at Lake Macquarie over the weekend of 2-3 March. We have investigated accommodation for a lager “club camp out” and have concluded that there is nothing suitable available that weekend.
However, we still want lots members to participate at the Masters and we need to know numbers ASAP to coordinate accommodation and transport. Please RSVP here now and let us know if you can join us.
We are still interested in investigating the idea of a separate “away weekend” for the club, at a venue with good accommodation and interesting sailing. The management committee is going to investigate alternatives and logistics, and, if workable, will then publish a survey to determine interest. If we can make it work and there is interest, we will include it in the sailing calendar for next year.
A season (and close to all-time) record 57-boats raced last Saturday in Club Championship heats 7 and 8. There was a building NE breeze that started around 12-knots and peaked at 22-knots. The day was full of surprises with increasing winds, drifting marks, very delayed starts and fast reaches (with Nick Pellow reaching over 12 knots!)
The winners were as follows: in the Standards, David Newman (1st in both heats), in the Radials, Campbell Patton and Zac West, and in the 4.7s, Finn Kirk and Sara Brooks. Thanks to our PRO, Jonathan Stone, who was assisted by Clare Alexander, David Devlin, Wade McDonough, Dene Bergman and Luke Parker.
A challenging day of racing was capped by a scrumptious barbie on the club deck. Thanks to Paul, Andrea and Shirley for a great spread. And of course, well done to Peter Collie, Pat Levy and the other BBQ masters.
The Foiling Week is the first and only global event dedicated to the amazingly fast foiling boats, their sailors, designers and builders. Foiling Week's next event is happening at Woollahra Sailing Club on December 13-16. DBSC members are invited to reserve a place to try Foiling during this event. If you’re interested in participating, please contact Grant on 0409 882 779 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by 4pm on Thursday.
Marine Rescue NSW has honoured our very own Dene Bergman for 10-years of service as a weekly volunteer radio operator. In that role Dene monitors the airwaves for boaters in need of rescue or less urgent assistance. He’s also been a source of local knowledge and advice on local waterways and conditions, broadcast regular weather updates and is ready to help boaters check their marine radios are in good operating order. Importantly, in the position he also monitors the radio safety net which includes the State’s only Log On and Log Off service for recreational boaters. Big congratulations and thank you to Dene for 10 years of dedicated service.
Check out the latest edition of Nautilus Marine’s magazine for a great article on DBSC’s Women’s Laser Regatta. One of the highlights is the brilliant photography of Hadrian Bourley. Congratulations again to everyone who helped pull off such a great event which has brought the club some well-deserved publicity.
There are only 6 spots remaining for the 1-day boat licence course at DBSC on 20 January, 2019. All members should have this licence if you perform PRO or COTD duties. The course costs members $125 and the club subsidises the other 50%.
Don’t miss out, spots allocated on a first-in basis. To reserve your place please make payment at the link here.
Michael Osborne is missing a standard Mk II sail with the number 212826. Battens were in it.
The last day he sailed before last week was 27 Oct, so it could have gone missing anytime over a 5-week period. If you have seen the sail, please let Michael know by emailing him here.
The Mirror Dinghy National & World Championships are coming to Sydney! … and we need your help. Woollahra Sailing Club (WSC) is hosting both regattas from 31 December 2018 to 6 January 2019, and to make them a success we are looking for volunteers to:
Drive rescue boats
Drive mark boats
Assist with on-shore duties
Volunteers are needed to do as little as one afternoon or the whole regatta. If you’d like to help, please email the Volunteer Co-Ordinator, Celia May at: email@example.com.
Gusts of 45-knots on Sunday forced the cancellation of DBSC’s big boat race and most other sailing on the Harbour. But for one of DBSC’s Youth Sailors, Daniel Costandi, it was the perfect breeze for a bit of a training session. Check out this video: