New Season, Registrations and AGM

Hello Everyone,

The new sailing season is upon us, so all memberships need renewing and we need to hold an AGM, including voting on committee positions.  We also need to get sailing!  (Which new juniors are already doing this week.)

We haven’t yet organised a sailing calendar as we’re not too sure when we can sail as a full club, without border crossing issues.  But at this time, our plan is to have a racing day every second Sunday with class championships starting once the border restrictions are removed.  (It looks like the first sailing day will be the 3rd of October.)

To renew your membership for this new season, please use the online system here.
At this time, our AGM will be held on the 3rd of October, probably over Zoom, rather than in person – again.  If you’re interested in taking on a committee position, then please nominate or have someone nominate you.  Everyone is welcome to attend the AGM and participate.
The minutes from last year’s AGM are available here.

We would also like to organise a roster for duty officers and safety boat duty for each day.  A survey will be sent out asking about available dates soon.
We never did hold an end of the sailing year event to celebrate our summer and winter season winners along with our ten year anniversary.  Hopefully, we can organise something soon, once the border is open.

Juniors Holiday School Program

Our volunteers will be holding a two week school holiday learn to sail program for juniors with no sailing experience.  This program will be for Monday to Wednesday of both weeks of the NSW school holidays from 9 am until 12:30 pm.

We appreciate that covid restrictions may mean that this event has to be cancelled or that your child personally may not be able to attend when the time comes.  In that event, we’ll offer a full refund.

This program will only be for juniors who are new to sailing.  Existing sailors are encouraged to continue attending our Sunday morning juniors sessions instead.  (Experienced juniors might like to contact John about helping with coaching on the day.)

The course is suitable for juniors aged between 9 and 17 years and who can swim 25m.

The package is $100 and includes Juniors Membership for the 21/22 season.

Please call John Hayward on 0431 025 497 if you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help out.

Event registration is here.

20 Knots and Restrictions Make for a Small Turnout

The release from lockdown in SE QLD came too late for the racing at TVSC today. Combined with a strong southerly of about 20 knots, only a hardy few new south welsh men (and women) braved the elements (and followed the rules) to go for a sail at Fingal on Sunday 8th.

If only the 125 had a trapeze…

Matt and Kat on the 125 Dinghy were first to exit the boat harbour and did some spectacular reaches across the river to test out the new Flow Sails mainsail. Opting to come in rather than pushing the envelope, they put the boat and sails away for another day.

Three people on Neil Armstrong…how many were on board by the time they left the harbour? cough

Two corsairs skippered by Peter and Ben went out and had a blast reaching, tacking and running in the blustery conditions while the safety boat crew of John and Peter had an Interlude on a moored yacht with Rudi and Monique, sipping coffee and keeping a weather eye on the capering Corsairs.

Look at that sky!?! is this even the same day?

All ended well with both Corsairs handling the conditions well, no unscheduled swims were observed and all the crews were better for the experience of setting sail when the weather might have caused fainter hearts to falter on the launching ramp.

With the SE QLD lockdown ending, we hope to have a bumper crowd for our next sailing adventure on the 22nd of August

Hey…is that Matt? Local media personality, from at the helm with Matt???

Words and photos by Peter Fell and Gail Bernet

Sailing is on this Sunday

The formal race for this Sunday is postponed, due to the current restrictions, but there will still be sailing happening.  Briefing at midday.

Juniors are on in the morning, please register here.
Some kind of formal sailing will be taking place in the afternoon, with a briefing at midday.  Skippers, please register here.

Please do not attend if it’s not permitted for you to be there.

Stay safe.

Changes for Sunday due to the Border Closure

As you would all be aware, the Qld government has closed the border with NSW, though a border zone still exists as per the last closure. While you could interpret that the rules permit our Qld members to sail on Sunday, the committee has decided to postpone Sunday’s race so that Qld members who do not want to cross the border won’t miss out on racing in the winter pursuit series.

Therefore, we’ll revert to a Corona Cup race again on Sunday for NSW residents, with Juniors still on in the morning. There will likely be people who need crew, especially now that the Queensland crew has pulled out, so please get in touch. There may not be any onshore timekeeping, depending on who volunteers on the day and whether it’s felt that it’s necessary.

For those in Queensland, we’ll be doing an informal race(s) at Lake Orr in Varsity Lakes. Meeting around midday with a series of short races on the lake from about 1pm. This is not an official TVSC event and you’ll need to bring your own equipment…but there are hot showers! There are also crewing spots available.

We’ll review the situation in time for the next scheduled event and will try to find a time to run the postponed race day before the season ends.

Racing and Juniors on Sunday

Racing is on this Sunday, briefing at midday.  Every skipper MUST register their boat before the race, online.  Please do that here.

Juniors are on in the morning, please register juniors here.  Juniors start at 9 am and need to finish at around 11.

We need two people to crew on our safety boats for Sunday. Please call Bryan on 0431 229 512 if you’re interested in helping.

As per NSW government rules, everyone on the day must sign in using the Service NSW Covid Registration QR code, which is on display at the container.

The starts will be pursuit starts again.  Start times will be available before the briefing.  (So please register before the day, so that Kate can work out start times for new entries.)

If you would like to crew on the day and haven’t made your own arrangements, then please leave your details here (if you haven’t already), and a skipper might contact you. Otherwise, come along on the day even if you haven’t secured a spot as there may be a spot available. (The earlier you arrive, the easier it is to organise.)  Skippers, the list of the available crew is here. All crew must be a member or have a sail pass for the day.

We also have the club pacers and laser available for hire on the day.  They must be hired via the hire link on our website.

See you Sunday!

Racing this weekend

Racing is on this Sunday, briefing at midday.  Every skipper MUST register their boat before the race, online.  Please do that here.

Juniors are on in the morning, please register juniors here.  Juniors start at 9 am and need to finish at around 11.

As per NSW government rules, everyone on the day must sign in using the Service NSW Covid Registration QR code, which is on display at the container.

The starts will be pursuit starts again.  Start times will be available before the briefing.  (So please register before the day, so that Kate can work out start times for new entries.)

If you would like to crew on the day and haven’t made your own arrangements, then please leave your details here (if you haven’t already), and a skipper might contact you. Otherwise, come along on the day even if you haven’t secured a spot as there may be a spot available. (The earlier you arrive, the easier it is to organise.)  Skippers, the list of the available crew is here.

We also have the club pacers and laser available for hire on the day.  Please contact Craig on 0413 052 898 if you’re interested in taking out one of those boats.

See you Sunday!

Sailing News

Thanks for a great turnout on Sunday.  A write up with photos are on the website and results for the two pursuit race days so far are here.

Due to the weather forecast, tomorrow’s working bee is cancelled.

This coming Sunday, Juniors will be running from 11am.  Please book here.

At the same time, a number of members are planning to sail, so if you have a boat, then you’re welcome to join in.  Please organise your own crew.

As for any event, Juniors and the Fun Sail may not happen, depending on NSW Covid restrictions in place at the time.  (Qld based people must obviously follow their own guidelines and NSW’s for Queensland people entering the state.)