Winter sailing – 19 June 2022

The forecast was indicating up to 20 knots, but was actually a 14 knot southerly.  13 dinghies set sail on a new course created by duty officer, Dave, with “gates” to choose from on the top mark, then downwind, keeping the green marker to port, reaching across to a wing mark (golf course side), quick gybe around the wing mark, reaching to another set of gates, down to the bottom mark and repeat (not going through the finish line until the 2nd lap).

It was a handicap start to a maximum of 10 minutes (Peter Fell, sailing “Dreadnought”, the only Radial sail laser), who ploughed through the fleet, claiming 3rd Place in race 1.

Before the start, Mon, sailing laser, “Rolling Stone”, got stuck in irons, tried to rectify it and fell out on the leeward side, and sailed the 2 races saturated. 

Young Ari made his debut to laser sailing on “Tipsy Too”.  He did a great job getting as far as he did, in the conditions, and was having a good race against Debbie on “Flying Dragon”.   Unfortunately, he capsized but did get a front-row seat, watching the gybing on the wing mark, while capsized.  From that point, he sat on the gunnel on his upturned boat, watching the fleet pass by. Deb also capsized trying to avoid Ari and missed her podium finish.  John, who was assisting on the safety boat with Bryan, came to the rescue and sailed Ari back to the shore.  

Dave got in “all sorts”, sailing  Impulse “Matchbox”.  He managed 3 capsizes in the first race – one due to bad sailing (from his own words), one gear failure, and to finish if off, he simply fell off the boat, deciding that “Matchbox” could sail herself!  Hence a DNF in the first race.  

Bit of a delay in between races saw Peter on “Dreadnought” go for an unexpected swim too.

Results of Race 1 – Kate (who had a handicap of 8 minutes) sailing “Bluey” sailed into 1st Place, skipper Craig, with crew Daniel and Charlie, sailing corsair “Gidget”, came in 2nd, with Peter Fell placing 3rd.

Doug, skipper of “Cyanara” decided his crew, Alan and Steve (visiting from Newcastle), needed an extra workout by constantly “bailing”, despite not capsizing … 

With 12 starting in the Race 2, Debbie, sailing “Flying Dragon”, flew into 1st Place, with Kate on “Bluey” coming 2nd and Craig and crew on “Gidget” sailing into 3rd place.  All 12 dinghies completed the course. 

Mon missed her start time by a minute in Race 2, much to her disgust!  

The race was changed to 1 lap mid-race (most of us knowing none the wiser) until the hooter sounded when sailors were heading back upwind to complete the 2nd lap.

Two corsairs, Peter Ross, with crew Brennan and Kate, sailing “It’s Academic”, and Doug and crew on “Cyanara” were fighting to get over the line on a port tack, until Mon on “Rolling Stone”, called starboard to put a spanner in the works.  Doug had to tack away and then Peter, and Doug crossed the line first.  Tight squeeze, but one has to keep things interesting. 

Lex sailed with Debbie Beard on the Pacer 2930 and has been “fine tuning” the new club pacer, racing her for the Winter season.  

Also good to see Phoebe Reedman as skipper on corsair “Exhale” with owner Michael Grace and Niamh, finishing as 2nd corsair in Race 2.  

The sausage sizzle afterwards and race presentation brings us altogether to have a laugh and debrief an excellent day on the water.

Thanks to Bryan and John on the safety boat, Adam for being Duty Officer, Dave taking his turn as on Race Officer for the day, and Gail for timekeeping and cooking onions first up in the morning, and cooking the BBQ.  Also thanks to those who helped on the BBQ too.

Just a reminder for those who are not members require a Sail Pass to sail. This can be done on your mobile on the day before you race.

Great to see club members Dave Chester and Tony Ynot drop by and say “hi”.  We look forward to seeing them sailing again with us soon. 

Next race day is on in 2 weeks on 3rd July.  All welcome!

Collaboratively written by: Peter Fell, Craig Foley, Dave Robinson and Monique Smith

Racing this Sunday

Racing is on this coming Sunday with a briefing at midday. (Skippers registration link)  The intention is to run a special one-off race day using gates.

Juniors is also running at 8:30.  (Registration link)  There’s a possibility for a few adults to join the Juniors session for some lessons too.  Please call John on 0431 025 497 to discuss.

The roster is here

On Sunday, if you’d be interested in crewing (no experience necessary) then please fill in this form. A skipper may get in touch with you. Or come along on the day (the earlier the better) to see if you can find a ride. Details on what to bring are here. Skippers, your list of the available crew is here.

See you Sunday!

Racing this Sunday

Racing is on this coming Sunday with a briefing at midday. (Skippers registration link)

Juniors is also running at 8:30.  (Registration link)  There’s a possibility for a few adults to join the Juniors session for some lessons too.  Please call John on 0431 025 497 to discuss.

Roster is here

On Sunday, if you’d be interested in crewing (no experience necessary) then please fill in this form. A skipper may get in touch with you. Or come along on the day (the earlier the better) to see if you can find a ride. Details on what to bring are here. Skippers, your list of the available crew is here.

See you Sunday!

Racing is on this Sunday

Racing is on this coming Sunday with a briefing at midday. (Skippers registration link)

Juniors is Saturday morning at 11am.  (Registration link) (Previously we said juniors was Sunday at 8:30am)

A ladies race day is on Saturday, more details here.

The roster is here

On Sunday, if you’d be interested in crewing (no experience necessary) then please fill in this form. A skipper may get in touch with you. Or come along on the day (the earlier the better) to see if you can find a ride. Details on what to bring are here. Skippers, your list of the available crew is here.

See you Sunday!

Racing this Sunday

Racing is on this coming Sunday with a briefing at midday. (Registration link)

Juniors is also running again weekly.

We really need volunteers to help run our sessions. A current roster is here. Some people have been rostered automatically. If you cannot make a particular event, then please arrange for a swap with someone else.

For Juniors, we have both our Junior’s morning sessions running every Sunday morning (for at least the next two months) and the option for competent juniors to race in the afternoon races with their own starts. After all the floods, bad weather and Covid lockdowns etc. We are keen to get our fleet of MJs and X3s back on the water!

Juniors sessions are open for ages 7-17 years. As there is an afternoon club race we will need to start promptly at 8.30 and be off the water by 11.30. Shore crew (parents) help would be greatly appreciated. New sailors are welcome and if numbers suffice a separate class may be formed. Please remind us of your age and years of sailing experience (if any) when you register.

Our Winter Racing will be every two weeks, and we will have a variety of events. One change is that we’d like to announce the day’s results, at the end of the day. We’d also like to start the BBQ again.

For this Sunday, skippers, please register here. The first race start will be at 1pm NSW time with a briefing held at midday. If you’d be interested in crewing (no experience necessary) then please fill in this form. A skipper may get in touch with you. Or come along on the day (the earlier the better) to see if you can find a ride. Details on what to bring are here. Skippers, your list of the available crew is here.

Finally, Seven TVSC boats and crew raced in the Cleveland Yacht Club’s Peel Island Marathon last Sunday. Photos and a write up from Matt are on the website.

See you Sunday!

Winter Racing

The winter calendar is now on the website here.  We intend to race every second Sunday with various race types during the season, including short and long courses, pursuit starts and some novelty days.  The first race day will be on the 8th of May in two weeks.

We want to attend several away events, starting with the Peel Island Marathon race, hosted by the Cleveland Yacht Club. We have eight Corsairs entered for what the weather forecast says will be fantastic sailing conditions. There’s also the Brisbane Valley Sailing Club’s two-day regatta at Wivenhoe Dam in June and Humpybong’s Winterbash. Skippers, please think about whether you’d prefer to attend those away events or race locally.
We’re hoping to start regular Juniors sessions in a few weeks too.

Membership fees will shortly be halved since we’re halfway through our season.
We will need volunteers for the various daily roles, and a proposed roster will be available on the website soon.
Registration for the first day will be sent out soon.
See you in two weeks!

“Let’s Keep Sailing” for female members this Saturday 23 April commencing at 11 am.

This Saturday 23rd April, commencing at 11 am, all female members are invited to attend the “Let’s Keep Sailing” gathering at the club. High tide is at 3:01 pm.

Choose to sail either a pacer or sail an X3 by yourself.

There are 3 others also attending who did not complete the last course, so you are welcome to go over what you have learnt in the course again.

Please click on the link on the right (upcoming events) to register. It is $10 to hire a dinghy, which goes towards maintenance of dinghies and safety boat fuel. Registrations by Wednesday this week only, to ensure we have enough volunteers to assist.

Final Summer Races this Sunday

Our final two races for the disrupted Summer Season will be on this coming Sunday. (Sorry, but the other abandoned days will have to be cancelled) We will then break for a few weeks, to return for the winter season! At that time, we look forward to having a few more qualified dinghy instructors, who can start up our juniors program again.

We may try to sneak in a social sail before then too.

We’re hosting the Queensland Laser Association‘s River Titles on the 27th of March. If you are a club member with a Laser, then you can join in the racing. Otherwise, we’d appreciate everyone coming down and helping out on the day with the BBQ, parking, getting safety boats in/out of the water etc.

On the 24th of April, the Cleveland Yacht Club is hosting its annual Peel Island Marathon. This is an up to 20nm race around Peel Island. At the moment, six TVSC boats are entered. Skippers, there’s probably still time to enter and for the crew, there are likely skippers looking for you for the day.

Our She Sails program has had a few false starts due to the weather, as you can imagine, but you can read about the latest updates on the website.

For this coming Sunday, Bryan’s mentioned that the river water is looking a little clearer than last week though there may still be some nasty’s in the water. So please keep that in mind. It would also seem that the trees have had a burst of growth, so watch your masts as you drive around the boat ramp.

Briefing at Midday NSW Time

First Race at 1pm.

Skippers please register here.

If you’d like to crew and don’t have an arrangement with a skipper, leave your details here, and a skipper may get in touch. Skippers, please consult the list of the available crew here.

She Sails Day 1 – Saturday 12 March 2022

On Saturday we held our second Learn to Sail Day 1 course for 2022 with 4 new sailors and 2 sailors from the previous course.

With 15 knot winds and gusts up to 20 knots we had a great day on the water, with participants each experiencing helming, rounding markers, gybing and capsizing!

Huge thanks to our volunteers, Bryan (safety boat), Brennan (safety boat and teaching), Kate and daughter Charly (who loved seeing her mum capsize), Karen and Kynan, Lex, Peter Ross, Gail and Debbie Beard.

Our new sailors (who are also now club members) left quite “chuffed” about the day. On Sunday, sailor Toni, said she hadn’t felt so “exhausted and exhilarated” in a long time and is looking forward to Day 2 on 26 March. They realized very quickly that dinghy sailing is not about “sipping champagne” onboard a yacht!

If you would like to learn to sail a dinghy, or you are an experienced sailor who would like to volunteer your time sharing your knowledge, please email the club.