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Double Bay, NSW, 2028
Australia

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

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Shipwrecked at Season Opening Dinner

Kirk Marcolina

Being shipwrecked was never so much fun. Last Friday the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club was transformed into Gilligan’s Island for the third annual Season Opening Sailors’ and Volunteers’ Dinner. Attended by over 30 well-dressed members who enjoyed flowing drinks and a delicious meal, the night was a huge success. Thanks to Clare Alexander and Peter Collie for organizing the fun and games for the evening, which included sailing themed charades and a photo booth fit for The Skipper, Gilligan and their mates. 

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There were heaps of great Gilligan’s Island themed outfits, from the obscure (Andrew, wasn’t that volleyball from Cast Away?) to the stunning (who was that glamorous Ginger who greeted us?). Coming out on top to win best dressed were Vic Whitby as a stunning Mrs. ‘Luvvy’ Howle and Kirk Marcolina as a bumbling Gilligan (can anyone say type-cast?). Honourable mention went to Anthea Michael as the smartest dressed Professor. 

The Best Dressed Winners.

The Best Dressed Winners.

Later in evening the more adventurous headed to Bedouin in Double Bay, where the regulars were treated to some talented DBSCers… it was clear indeed that the joint never saw the likes of Nick Pellow’s dance moves. It was a night not to be forgotten!

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Masters Head to Netherlands

Kirk Marcolina

Some of our Master Sailors have jetted to Port Zélande, Netherlands to compete in the 2019 ILCA Laser Masters World Championships. Rod Barnes, Brett Beyer, Ashley Deacon, Pat Levy, and Martin White will be among the hundreds of participants competing from 5 – 14 of September. 

We wish our DBSC mates the best of luck. You can follow all the action HERE.

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Season Set to Open

Kirk Marcolina

Spring has finally sprung and the turning of the calendar brings the start of a great new season of racing at DBSC.  The competition begins this Saturday with heats 1 and 2 of the Club Championship – there will be a briefing at 1pm and a 2pm race start, and to cap off the day there will be a post-race BBQ on the patio. It’s set to be a great day. (Please note there will be NO Learn to Race on Saturday due to the Masters Worlds.)

This season there will be more competition than ever with several new members joining our ranks. Please welcome all the new faces when you see them down at the club.  

Here’s to a great season of racing and camaraderie!

Coming Up…

Kirk Marcolina

Saturday, 7 September, 9am – Boat Repair Day.  

Saturday, 7 September, 2pm Start – Season Opening and Club Championships Heats 1 & 2. BBQ on the Deck following racing. 

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 September - DBSC Women’s Laser Regatta.

Season Set to Start

Kirk Marcolina

We have an exciting few weeks ahead as the 2019/20 season gets underway. Check out the highlights of the next month below. 

Friday, 30 August, 7pm – Sailors and Volunteers Season Opening Dinner. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone dressed as their favourite Gilligan’s Island character at the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club in Point Piper. After the main event, the brave are headed to Bedouin in Double Bay. It’s sure to be an evening to remember.

Saturday 31 August, 1pm Start – Winter Sprint Series. 

Sunday, 1 September, 9am– Boat Repair Day.  Come on down to the club Sunday morning to work with some handy member volunteers to fix minor issues with you Laser.

Sunday, 1 September, 1pm Start– Big Boat Race.

Saturday, 7 September, 2pm Start – Season Opening and Club Championships Heats 1 & 2.

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 September - DBSC Women’s Laser Regatta. 

Find out who’s the best Captain at our Season Opening Dinner on Friday.

Find out who’s the best Captain at our Season Opening Dinner on Friday.

Order Your Sail Now

Kirk Marcolina

To ensure we reach the minimum number for our discounted bulk sail offer with NB Sailsports and PSA to go ahead, we need everyone who wants a new sail to place their order now. Here are the offer details: 

  • 4.7 = $759 (15% discount off RRP)

  • Radial Hyde = $759 (15% discount off RRP)

  • Standard MkII North = $979 (13% discount off RRP)

  • Standard MkII Pryde = $979 (13% discount of RRP)

  • Includes sail numbers supplied and fitted ($40 discount if you DON’T want sail numbers)

  • Country letters will be fitted upon request for an additional $30

  • Delivery will occur in late September

If you are interested, please make payment to DBSC’s bank account – 062000 16143109.  Please put your name and mobile number in the EFT details. Also, you MUST FILL OUT THE SAIL INFORMATION FORM HERE. Thanks for placing your order today.

CPR Trainer Needed

Kirk Marcolina

We’re looking for someone who is qualified and willing to lead a training session on first aid and CPR / AED for our competency training course on 26 Oct.  A manikin and training AED will be available.Please email Andrew Cox HERE if you or someone you know can volunteer for this job. 

Get Coached by Brett

Kirk Marcolina

Looking to sail faster this season? Sign up to be part of Brett Beyer’s Spring Program. We already have we have 14 members set to be coached by Brett and we’d like 6 more members to join. Find out more and reserve your space HERE.  Dates are 21 Sep, 19 Oct, 26 Oct, 2 Nov, 16 Nov, 30 Nov, 7 Dec.; cost is $630 for “A” and $315 for “B” (plus merchant fees).

Working Bee a Buzzing Success

Kirk Marcolina

It was a perfect Saturday for a working bee – balmy temperatures, sunny skies and no wind.

Thanks to the 46 people who showed up to lend a hand.

Pat ran a tight ship, setting up a dolly production line that would be the envy of Tesla – new axle rivets, new foam protection, new plastic protection, new spliced ropes, sequential numbering and private dolly registration. Pat and Geoff coordinated a huge range of other tasks that ensured the clubhouse, club boats and club dollies have never been in better shape.  A brim full skip bin on the lawn gave testament to the productivity. Thanks to the canteen team of Paul, Shirley, Andrew Craker and John Verco, who turned out toasties by the thousands!

The working bee was followed by racing in light and variable westerlies – thanks to Diana Chen and Mark Bethwaite for great racing, assisted by new members, Anthea Michael and Mike Forbes. 

Dollies, Dollies, Dollies

Kirk Marcolina

Written by Mark Gray aka the Dolly Auditor

A key focus of Saturday’s Working Bee was on the humble Dolly –  more the Patton kind, not the Parton kind.  The newly appointed ‘Vice President, Risk Assurance - Onshore Dinghy Transport’, the “Dolly Auditor” (Mark Gray), ordered a full stocktake, risk assessment and remediation of all forms of onshore dinghy transport in the Clubhouse.

All Club Dollies were counted, repaired and restored on a make-shift production line in Steyne Park throughout the morning. And when rolled off the line, each Club Dolly was serially numbered and recorded in the Club’s books like a delivery of refurbished laptop computers to a newly created Government department. 

All privately owned dollies were mustered at the Western end of Steyne Park to be measured, weighed and photographed with tyre prints and DNA extracted from the wheels to ensure enduring traceability to their rightful owners. Private dollies of all shapes and sizes were closely assessed by qualified risk assurance professionals (and their children) and any identifying marks recorded in the DBSC Private Dolly Register which you can see HERE.  Where possible, due to identifying marks or pure uniqueness, a Dolly’s registered owner’s details have been noted in the Register already.

A unique dolly indeed.

A unique dolly indeed.

And like the Torrens system of land title in Australia, once completed the DBSC Private Dolly Register will be conclusive evidence of private Dolly titles (not Ms Parton’s 9 to 5) and admissible as indefeasible evidence in any Dolly disputes.  

In an upcoming newsletter, we will publish our official Dolly Policy, in the meantime, please confirm/claim your private Dolly by emailing the relevant Registered Dolly Number from the Register to the Dolly Auditor HERE. Any unclaimed Dollies will be deemed to have been donated to the Club after this time.

The Dolly shown below is unable to be stored at the club because it is of an incompatible configuration and is too heavy, and therefore represents a safety risk.  Could the owner of that Dolly please identify themselves to the Dolly Auditor and arrange for its removal ASAP.  If it is not removed, it will be scrapped.

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