Blinking Billy 18 February 2016


This weekend is the Crown Series over at Bellerive and there are good entry numbers for all classes, with Sandy Bay providing much of the on-water support for the off-the-beach racing. Don't forget that all sailors participating should be based at Bellerive Yacht Club on Sat night.

Tackers, Grommets and Green Fleet are all sailing out of Sandy Bay this Sat as usual. Green will have a slightly later start at 1:15pm to align with the Grommets this week as there is no club racing. 

Next weekend we have the first weekend of State Titles and club members in the Optimists and 29er Classes are encouraged to enter early. There will be a coached green fleet division for the optimists and it would be great to see the current batch of Grommets out on the race course.  

Angus Sprott


Saturday 14 May @ DSS
AGM 5:00pm
Prize night 6:00 for 6:30pm start

News Flash: At thedDinner this year we will be electing our first ever Junior Committee. The structure of this committee and responsibilities will be communicated over the coming weeks. So put your thinking caps on, who do you want to represent the junior and youth sailors in our club.  (Only children will be eligible to vote)

State Championships - Feb/Mar 2016

For all upcoming State Championships please visit the SBSC website home page to find your Notice of Race and Online Entry.

Please enter early.

27/28 February - Optimist, Sabot, 29er
5/6 March - Cadets, Flying 11s, Sharpies, Paper Tigers


Grommets and Green Fleet this weekend. Rigged and ready to go at 1.15pm on the front lawn.
Instructors Will Conner and Meg Goodfellow

Green Fleet State Regatta 
Sandy Bay Sailing Club 27th and 28th February

Check the website for entry details.

This will be a coached regatta, short courses, coaches to help, so as long as you have a fibreglass/timber Opti and can sail to windward have a go.
Cadet crews wanting to hone their helming skills please come along.
Registration 0830hrs on Saturday 27th
Come along early and get your boats in tip top condition.
Prizes for all those competing after sailing on Sunday 28th Feb
BBQ both nights.

Opti Open Fleet

This weekend Crown series get your entries in now!!

Optimist State Championship - 27th and 28th February
Sandy Bay Sailing Club. Entries online now.

BBQ after sailing both nights and presentation following the conclusion of racing on Sunday

For more information contact Ric Buchanan 0409168332

Midweek Coaching

Has commenced this week – all sailors are in the same group as last year unless I have advised you differently. Invoicing will be sent out next week.

I am glad to welcome Sam Abel onto the coaching team. Sam (who needs no introduction) is the current World Champion and will input plenty of knowledge into the Cadet fleet.
Can all sailors note; should you not be available for a sailing session please email, sms, text or phone your coach (not me) and advise them preferably the day prior to the session.

Everyone is reminded to be ready to go at 4.30pm (start rigging no later than 4pm); your session finishes at 6.30pm after your debrief which is an important part of the learning process - this gives the coaches time to reinforce the techniques and skills learnt on the day.

Don’t forget your notebook – and enjoy the pleasant Autumn breezes.
Stu Hamilton


Adult Learn to Sail

Adult Learn to Sail  - Next session on the water is Saturday 27th February at 8.30am.

Instructor- Alex McLean

Duty Roster 

The rosters is available on the website. Please check your availability and arrange replacements from the pool of volunteers as required.
  • Mark boat crews leave from the DSS where the mark boats are kept.
  • If there are races in the am then check with B. Dwyer for start times.
    More generally on race days, mark boats are expected on the course by 1230.
Saturday 20th       Crown Series   BYC
Shore Patrol B Dwyer / Syd  
Refuelling Les Potter Refuelling done night before
Juicy Isle  Neil Noyes / Bridget Hutton Berthed at RYCT
Doyle Brendan Dwyer / Pete O'Donoghue Kept at DSS, 2 crew
Peter Johnston Jason Nicholson / Mike Pritchard Kept at DSS, 2 crew
Hutton Andre DeClerk
Phil Reid
RIB 2 crew if Rescue Boat
(no passengers allowed)
O’Rielly out of service RIB 2 crew if Rescue Boat
(no passengers allowed)
Burnell Stu Hamilton / Andrew Walch RIB 2 crew if Rescue Boat
(no passengers allowed)
McCartney  Ben Taylor Natalie Smith  
Change room  Watchorn Family Instructions are here

Sunday 21st       Crown Series   BYC
Shore Patrol Nick Connor  
Refuelling Les Potter Refuelling done night before
Juicy Isle  Jill Abel / Bridget Hutton Berthed at RYCT
Doyle Brendan Dwyer / Ben Sullivan Kept at DSS, 2 crew
Peter Johnston Justin Zeeman / Matt Holligan Kept at DSS, 2 crew
Hutton Ric Buchanan
M Millhouse
RIB 2 crew if Rescue Boat
(no passengers allowed)
O’Rielly out of service RIB 2 crew if Rescue Boat
(no passengers allowed)
Burnell Jason Wilkie / Andrew Walch RIB 2 crew if Rescue Boat
(no passengers allowed)
McCartney  Will Allison / S Yannarkis  
Change room  TBA Instructions are here

Canteen News

Roster Sat 20th Feb

Ingrid McLagan (Co-ordinator), Melita Hickling, Katherine Legge


Derwent Sailing Squadron News

Don't forget, that as part of your SBSC membership you can also enjoy the facilities at the DSS such as the new dinningmenu.  Show your SBSC membership card to receive discounted dining and drinks. The DSS also has many boat owners needing crew and if any parents wish to participate please call the DSS office.

Upcoming events
KRAVATS ON THE LAWN @ the DSS on Sunday 6 March, 1.00 - 5.30pm

A light lunch will be available from 1.00pm.  The options for lunch are:

BBQ - sausages $1.50

          - hamburger $2.50

Fish and Chips - $15.00

Cheese box $20.00

A new range of National pies will be sold from 4.00pm onwards at very low cost.

Music commencing at 2:00pm. 
No cover charge but donations appreciated. 
No BYO please.
Get a group of friends together and have a great day out on the lawn
  • SailTrain courses, check website for details
For all enquiries, email
The Banjo's Shoreline Crown Series
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st February 2016. More information including Notice of Race and online entry is available here
Yachting Victoria - 2016 Club Marine Junior and Youth Championships
This year the 2016 Club Marine Victorian Junior and Youth Championships is again being held at Mornington Yacht Club. Coaching clinic 5 - 7 April, Regatta 9 - 10 April. More details here.


Please let us know of items and boats for sale, lost or found.
For the latest boats for sale, please check the 
FOR SALE  page on the web site. 

Latest listings

  • Crew Wanted for International Cadet.
    Phone Jennifer Potter 0438278684

  • Optimist AUS1592 brand new $3200, 

Ozi Opti 12 months old everything brand new.
Two sails, one new North Sail, One spare training sail.
- All covers, trolley, bailers, buoyancy bags, foil’s etc
Ben 0408614657 + Llovett 0475911998
  • Lost White Start Watch 
    Ben 0408614657 + Llovett 0475911998

  • For Sale Optimist AUS 312 – ‘Wet Yet’   $1,700 ono
    Good condition, ready to race
    1 Quantum racing sail, 1 Opti training sail
    Included: trolley, top and bottom boat covers, centreboard and rudder covers, spare buoyancy bags and various spares.  
    ph: Honda 0409 507 542 or Issi 0459 445 509


  • Optimist - AUS 4227
    $1,800 details here
    PH Rob Watchorn 0418 146 691

  • Optimist - AUS 1149
    Wonder Woman
    $2,100 ono details here
    PH Amanda Walsh 0419 597 208

NB: If you have sold your boat, please let us know so we can keep the page up to date.


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