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  • 15/10/2017 7:25 PM | BBSC (Administrator)

    Last Saturday was a great day for sailing once the wind picked up mid-afternoon. Unfortunately that was an hour after the Batemans Bay Sailing Club Bay Cup race started, so the fleet had to put up with a light and fickle breeze for much of the race. An excellent fleet of 9 yachts ventured out. A welcome addition was the North Shore 33 “The Shed” whose skipper Ron Spelman has assembled a new crew for the coming season.

    Race Officer Dave Magill and his trusty offsiders Terry Paton and Roger Rowe set a boat end favoured start aboard the committee boat “Clarence the Clocker”. The course was upwind to the Toll Gates mark followed by reaching legs to Wimbie Beach and hence to a laid mark near Square Head. The smaller Division 2 yachts used the Marine Park middle mark as their top mark.

    In the Division 1 start “Accolade” (Lachlan Brown) grabbed the boat end start and jumped away to an early lead. The wily Andrew Bain aboard “Wishful Thinking” found a good wind lane on the right side of the course and sailed straight past. “Wishful” skilfully negotiated the Toll Gate Islands wind shadow to extend her lead. “Attitude” (Simon Byrne) and “Jembe” (Chris Thompson) got stuck in a windless void on the left side of the course, which is the traditionally favoured side. They just managed to overtake a sea turtle which was swimming around the north side of the Bay.

    “North Star” (John Drummond) had a close battle with “Ghoster” (Dion Perrins) all the way around the course in conditions which didn’t really suit either boat. “Accolade” made up some ground on the reaches but “Wishful” was still ahead by a couple of minutes at the bottom mark where Dave Magill was obliged to shorten the course due to time constraints. “Attitude” came in a further 10 minutes back. In Division 2 Richard Dunne got “Vital Spark” moving well at times to put in a good gap on “Lollipop” (Deb Keeley). 

    On AMS calculations “Wishful” won from “Accolade” and “Attitude”. On PHS “North Star” came home with the proverbial wet sail to win from “Wishful Thinking” and “Accolade”. In Division 2 PHS “Vital Spark” won by 14  seconds from “Lollipop”. Full results are available on the BBSC website www.bbsc.org.au. The next BBSC keelboat race is on October 28th.

  • 27/09/2017 11:30 AM | BBSC (Administrator)
    Boat Name Bay Cup Div 1 Fleet
    AMS Rating Initial Handicap
    Shaken not Stirred NA 0.895 Provisional Handicap
    Accolade 0.844 0.894
    Wishful Thinking 0.843 0.867
    Apostrophe 0.881 0.865
    Jembe NA 0.865 Provisional Handicap
    Attitude 0.843 0.843
    Out Wide 0.900 0.827
    Ghoster NA 0.755 Provisional Handicap
    Avior 0.773 0.751
    The Shed NA 0.735
    Xanthia NA 0.701
    North Star 0.796 0.617
    Boat Name Bay Cup Div 2 Fleet
    Initial Handicap
    True North 0.796
    Vital Spark 0.784
    Hobo 0.776
    Notes on AMS Ratings:
    AMS results will be Provisional as only one re-validation
    for 2017-8 has been sighted – and that boat has indicated
    that a measurement change is pending.
    Notes on Initial Handicaps:
    Initial Handicaps are carried forward from the end of Bay Cup season 2016-7.
    Provisional Handicaps are assigned to boats which are are new to the competition or lack recent results.  These Initial Provisional Handicaps should be reviewed by the Race Committeee after three races and adjusted retrospectively if warranted.

  • 10/05/2017 5:51 AM | BBSC (Administrator)
    Entries are still open through the BBSC website with a special offer for any trailerable yacht or sports boat sailors who want to store their boat at the BBSC boat park during the series - $300 including series entry and secure mast up boat storage!

    There will be active management of any decision to abandon racing if the weather is unsuitable for sailing. Race briefings will be conducted just outside JJs 90 minutes before the start time for the limit boat for each race by the race officer for the series, John Drummond. If any skippers who are sailing miss the briefing just call John up on Channel 74. Skippers who have entered for the series should email their mobile numbers to John (ullmurra@bigpond.com).

    Every winter series race is on a high tide day with the tide times pretty cooperative throughout.

    The scheduled start times for the series for the limit boat will be
    • Saturday May 20th - 1300
    • Saturday June 3rd - 1300
    • Saturday June 17th - 1300
    • Saturday July 1st - 1300
    • Saturday July 15th - 1200
    • Saturday July 29th - 1200
    • Saturday August 12th - 1200

    If a resail is required it will be on Saturday August 26th with a start time for the limit boat of 1200.

    The starting offsets for the first race of the series are as follows

    TopYacht Software: Batemans Bay Sailing Club - 19/05/2017 11:01:22 AM

    RACE 1 Winter Series 2017

    Printed on : 19/05/2017 11:01:22 AM

    Start Offset Times for Race 1 on 20/05/2017
    BOAT SAIL NO CLASS AHC Time HC Bt Strt SKIPPER
    North Star 6803 D1 0.617 0:00 0:00 John Drummond
    Anembo A200 D1 0.670 9:30 0:10 Peter Smith
    Whitewings III BCC118 D1 0.670 9:30 0:10 Shane Connelly
    Hobo 63 D2 0.677 10:38 0:11 Peter Withington
    True North 92 D2 0.687 12:14 0:12 Steve Lake
    Vital Spark 1475 D2 0.697 13:46 0:14 Richard Dunne
    Xanthia 4536 D1 0.701 14:23 0:14 James Gardiner
    Tradewind 608 D1 0.724 17:44 0:18 Allan Rees
    Sandia 4179 D1 0.730 18:35 0:19 Tish Ennis
    The Shed 3279 D1 0.735 19:16 0:19 Ron Spelman
    Avior 2970 D1 0.751 21:25 0:21 Tony Sutton
    Jembe 4151 D1 0.800 27:27 0:27 Chris Thompson
    Out Wide 4114 D1 0.827 30:28 0:30 Peter Schwarz
    Attitude 8150 D1 0.843 32:10 0:32 Simon/John Byrne/Reed
    Apostrophe 6007 D1 0.865 34:24 0:34 Tim/David Davis/Mcnichol
    Wishful Thinking 6189 D1 0.867 34:36 0:35 Andrew Bain
    Shaken not Stirred 007 Magic25 0.880 35:52 0:36 Sonja Gasser
    Accolade M201 D1 0.894 37:11 0:37 Lachlan Brown
    Houdini 073 Magic25 0.910 38:38 0:39 Trevor Golding


    Remember the course alternates with each race - see the Racing Program on the website and the Winter Series Sailing Instructions in the Club Handbook which is also on the club website.

    WINTER SERIES SAILING INSTRUCTIONS CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE

    CLUB HANDBOOK LINKS ARE HERE

    Note that everyone will need to send their elapsed time to the handicapper at committee@bbsc.org.au within 24 hours of finishing. The offsets will be adjusted after each race. John Drummond will have all the up to date offsets available before the next race.

    After each race there will be a presentation at JJs. There will be a bottle of Chateau BBSC wine for the first boat over the line in each race.
  • 03/04/2017 9:00 AM | BBSC (Administrator)

    April Fools Day was a great day for sailing when the Batemans Bay Sailing Club held the McAsh Oysters Race. Unfortunately there was no joking around for the crew of “Attitude” who discovered a crack in the rig and were unable to start the race. This left a fleet of five yachts. The race was a sternchaser format where the yachts were started at intervals according to a handicap derived from past performances, so that theoretically they would all finish together. Race Officer Dave Magill and his trusty committee boat crewmates Terry Paton and Roger Rowe set a boat end favoured start line. The course was a triangle from near Snapper Island to the top mark at Yellow Rock and the Marine Park middle mark followed by a windward and return leg to Yellow Rock and back then another triangle to the finish.
     
                    The light SE breeze forced a 30 minute delay and when the first yacht, John Drummond’s “North Star” started conditions were still building.  The next yacht to start was “Xanthia”(James Gardiner) at 12 minutes, then “Wishful Thinking” (Andrew Bain) at 37 minutes, “Apostrophe” (Tim Davis) at 38 minutes and finally “Accolade” (Lachlan Brown) at 41 minutes. By midway through the race “Wishful Thinking” had sailed through to the lead with “Apostrophe” and “Accolade” both around 3 minutes behind. “Accolade” got past “Apostrophe” on the broad reach from Yellow Rock back to the leeward mark, but was still two minutes behind “Wishful” with a triangle to go. Rounding the Marine Park middle mark with one leg to go to the finish “Wishful” was still over a minute ahead, but then gybed onto starboard towards the north side of the Bay. “Accolade” sailed off on port in better breeze and was further assisted by a veering wind shift which enable her to run deeper towards the finish line. “Accolade” waited until the next wind shift then gybed back on starboard, which forced “Wishful” to pass astern when the two boats crossed paths a few minutes later. “Accolade” went on to cross the line 31 seconds ahead of “Wishful”, followed by “Apostrophe”, “Xanthia” and “North Star”.

  • 13/03/2017 11:10 AM | BBSC (Administrator)

    Accolades for Wishful Thinking.

     
    The Batemans Bay Sailing Club was supposed to hold the 3 Bays race from Batemans Bay to Beagle Bay, Broulee Bay and return. However the rough conditions last week made it unsafe to go out to set marks off Durras or Broulee so a new course had to be found. Captain keelboats Andrew Bain came up with a cunning plan using the waverider mark 4km off Oaky Beach. From a start line in the middle of Batemans Bay there was a short work to the marine park middle mark, then a long work to the waverider mark, a broad reach to the marine park south mark near Black Rock, a fetch back to the marine park middle mark and a run down to the finish at Caseys Beach.
     
    Race office Dave Magill and his trusty offsiders Terry Paton and Roger Rowe set a well-balanced line. After a 30 minute delay waiting for the sea breeze to arrive, the fleet of four got away to an even start. “Attitude” (Simon Byrne) soon forced “Apostrophe” (David McNichol) to tack off but then tried to point too high in the light breeze, allowing “Accolade” (Lachlan Brown) to sail over the top of her. “Accolade” led around the middle mark from “Wishful Thinking” (Andrew Bain). “Wishful Thinking” picked up a couple of wind shifts to move into the lead but “Accolade” jagged a right hander near the waverider mark to come right back. The two boats rounded the top marked overlapped with “Attitude” and “Apostrophe” close behind. “Accolade” powered over the top of “Wishful Thinking” under spinnaker to lead around the south marine park mark. “Wishful Thinking” caught back up to “Accolade” with better sail trim on the tight reach to the middle mark where there was nothing in it. “Accolade” did a tight gybe set to keep clear air and managed to eke out a margin of 17 seconds over “Wishful Thinking” at the finish after over three hours of sailing. “Apostrophe” came in 2 minutes afterwards, with “Attitude” a further 45 seconds in arrears.
     
    On AMS “Accolade” won by 3 seconds from “Wishful Thinking” and hence “Attitude” while on PHS calculations “Wishful Thinking” had a more clear victory from “Accolade” and “Attitude.



  • 31/01/2017 7:38 PM | BBSC (Administrator)

    You can download the result of the dredging here:

    https:/bbsc.org.au/resources/Documents/1255-06_Batemans_Bay_Postdredge_Survey_6Dec2016.pdf

    PLEASE NOTE:

    • Changes in levels could occur rapidly due to waves and currents. Extreme caution should be used when navigating this entrance.
    • Seabed contours show average depths in metres below Australian Heights Datum (AHD) (approximately Mean Sea Level (MSL)) not clearance depths.
    • This survey is not to be used for navigational purposes.

    It will be surveyed again in approx. 5 months to monitor the infill.

  • 26/01/2017 12:11 PM | BBSC (Administrator)

    It was another great day for sailing on Saturday when Batemans Bay Sailing Club conducted the Bengello Plumbing Services Broulee Race. The surf was up on the Clyde River entrance at low tide so the race was delayed for one hour until conditions were safer. A 15 knot south easterly provided a quick race to north Broulee and back. Race officer Dave Magill and his trusty crew of Terry Paton and Isaac Mackay set a well-balanced start line. After an even start “Apostrophe” (Tim Davis) maintained superior height and speed on the first work to lead around the Marine Park middle mark from “Attitude” (Simon Byrne) and “Wishful Thinking” (Andrew Bain). Bain and company did some rock hopping around Burrewarra Point to move through to second. “Apostrophe” managed to carry a reaching spinnaker from Burrewarra Point to the north Broulee mark to extend her lead. “Attitude” was quicker to set her kite on the broad reach from Burrewarra Point back to Black rock and moved past “Wishful Thinking”. “Accolade” (Lachlan Brown) was further back after snagging some weed around her rudder at the start but started to make up ground after changing her reaching spinnaker to her big running kite. She eventually overhauled “Wishful Thinking” on the last gybe before the finish line at Caseys Beach. “North Star” (John Drummond) had sailmaker Adrian Mills on board but still finished well behind the larger yachts.
     
    “Apostrophe” lived up to her potential on the day to win the race on PHS. “Attitude” was the fastest of the three Adams sister ships for a well-deserved AMS win. Full results are up on the BBSC website www.bbsc.org.au

    Thanks must go to Andrew Bain for putting out the Broulee turning marks and to our generous sponsor Simon Lowth of Bengello Plumbing Services.

  • 10/01/2017 2:29 PM | BBSC (Administrator)

    It was a great weekend for sailing when Batemans Bay Sailing Club held the Platinum Blinds and Awnings Regatta on January 7th and 8th. On Saturday there was a 20 to 25 knots sea breeze blowing, the first big nor’easter of the season for the BBSC keelboat fleet. A fleet of 8 yachts faced the conditions after “Xanthia” (James Gardiner) was a late scratching with mainsail problems. Dave Magill and his sidekick Michael Reisima set a pin end favoured line. “Apostrophe” (Tim Davis) and “Wishful Thinking” (Andrew Bain) got away the best. “Accolade” (Lachlan Brown) was delayed by a late decision to reef the mainsail  and the close attention applied by “Out Wide” (Peter Schwarz) up the first work to the marine park middle mark. There followed reaching legs to the Chain Bay mark and back to the middle mark, then a work up to the Yellow Rock mark followed by a run to the Wimbie Beach mark. “Apostrophe” had the only crew who were brave or foolish enough to set a spinnaker. They just stayed under control and picked up a couple of minutes in the process. From Wimbie there was another work up to the middle mark followed by a broad reach to the finish line at  Caseys Beach. This was a particularly fast leg with all the larger yachts and the sports boat “Out Wide” hitting 14 knots or more. The trailerable trimaran “Hobo” (Peter Withington) and the more cruisey boats “Sandia” (Tish Ennis and Michael Leydon) and “North Star” (John Drummond) were happy to just get around the course.
     
                    On Sunday the fleet was down to five after the forecast of 25 to 30 knots deterred a few skippers. On the day the sea breeze only came up to half the forecast strength making for excellent conditions. There were two sprint races conducted over a windward leeward course set by Dave Magill and his trusty assistant Alastair Brown. These races were over in less than 40 minutes so there was no time to recover from any mistakes. A fluffed spinnaker drop on “Accolade” cost her the first race after leading most of the way. “Attitude” (Simon Byrne) sailed through to win the race in a tight finish from “Apostrophe” and “Wishful Thinking”. In the second race “Attitude” and “Accolade” were very close all the way around the course. This time it was “Attitude” which had a minor crew work mishap on the last rounding, allowing “Accolade” to go on to win the race.
     
                    Overall “Attitude” won on PHS in a countback from “Wishful Thinking”. The tables were turned on AMS calculations, with “Wishful Thinking” coming through to win the regatta by a single point. In Division 2 it was “Hobo” all the way. Full results are available on the BBSC website www.bbsc.org.au

  • 05/12/2016 5:28 PM | BBSC (Administrator)

    It was another great day for sailing last Saturday when Batemans Bay Sailing Club held the third Bay Cup race of the season. There was a 5 to 10 knot easterly breeze which was enough to ensure some close tactical racing for the 9 boat fleet. The course was a triangle from a start in the middle of the Bay to Yellow Rock, Toll Gates and Caseys Beach then a windward leg to Yellow Rock and a run down to the finish at Caseys.
     
    Race officer Dave Magill and his trusty offsider Rob Currall set a boat end favoured start. “Avior” (Tony Sutton) was too close to the line in the final minute and was forced over by “Accolade” (Lachlan Brown) so she had to go back and restart. “Attitude” (Simon Byrne) got away cleanly and led early but had to cross behind “Accolade” to clear the cardinal mark off Acheron Ledge. “Accolade” led around the top mark. The next leg to Yellow Rock was still upwind. “Attitude” was higher and faster upwind and got back into the lead, relinquishing it again when she overstood the Toll Gates mark. “Accolade” was lucky to just clear “Apostrophe” (Tim Davis) which came into the mark on starboard tack and called “Attitude” to tack out of the way.
     
    “Apostrophe” was able to run deep under her symmetrical spinnaker to take the lead on the run to Caseys. She finished a minute and a half ahead of “Accolade” with a further 3 minutes to “Attitude”. They were followed by the much smaller “Avior” and then by the two cruisiest boats in the fleet “North Star” (John Drummond) and “Xanthia” (James Gardiner).
     
    On PHS “Attitude” won from “Apostrophe” and “Avior” while on AMS calculations “Accolade” was the victor from “Attitude” and “Apostrophe”. Division two for the smaller boats sailed over a shorter course. Peter Withington skippered his trimaran “Hobo” to the win from “True North” (Debbie and Greg Cockle) and “Vital Spark” (Richard Dunne). Full results are up on the BBSC website www.bbsc.org.au .

  • 21/11/2016 8:28 AM | BBSC (Administrator)

    “It was a great day for sailing on Saturday when Batemans Bay Sailing Club held the annual John Boyes Memorial Broulee Race. Cloudy conditions meant the easterly breeze never got above 10 knots. Race officer Dave Magill set a well-balanced start line with “Accolade” (Lachlan Brown) sailing over the top of “Attitude” (Simon Byrne) and “Apostrophe” (Tony Bonouvrie) to grab the early lead. “Attitude” tacked off while the rest of the 7 boat fleet struggled to get clear air on the first work to the marine park middle mark. From there it was a fetch to Black Rock and a beam reach to Burrewarra Point. The yachts set spinnakers prior to bearing away at Burrewarra for the broad reach to a laid mark off north Broulee beach.
     
    “Accolade” held a 2 minute lead on “Attitude” at the Broulee mark. “Attitude” gained time by picking a wind shift on the work to Burrewarra but then gave it back when she overstood the headland. She was the first to hoist her spinnaker on the way back to Black Rock, managing to carry it on quite a shy reach. Still “Accolade” led by over a minute at Black Rock. Then to the crew’s delight, “Attitude” ran deeper and faster than her sister ship “Accolade” on the broad reach to Caseys Beach, sailing straight past to leeward. Rounding the reef off Caseys Beach, “Attitude” tried to run square to the finish line but collapsed their spinnaker in the process. “Accolade” put in a couple of gybes and kept the kite flying to come back through to a 17 second victory on line honours. “Apostrophe” followed 12 minutes afterwards. The fading breeze did no favours to the smaller boats in the fleet, with “Avior” (Tony Sutton) and “North Star” (John Drummond) finishing a considerable time later.
     
    On PHS “Attitude” had a well-deserved win over “Accolade” and “Apostrophe”. Things were going to be tight on AMS where the slightly higher rating “Accolade” gives “Attitude” four seconds per hour and so it proved, with “Attitude” claiming the win by one second on AMS after four hours and twenty minutes of racing. Full results are on the BBSC website, www.bbsc.org.au .”

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