Blinking Billy 18 March 2016


This week is the last for the Sandy Bay Sailing Club's 2015/16 season,  and it looks like being a good day for sailing. There is a a lot happening again with Adult Sailing, Tackers, Grommets, Forward hand racing, and the final pennant races with this week's races points counting toward both the DSS and SBSC Pennant series. 

I would like to thanks everyone for their efforts this year, it has been a real pleasure to have been involved in a club where everyone pitches in and helps and I know all of the sailors appreciate your efforts.

After sailing this week there will be a free BBQ on the lawn (with ice creams for kids and an Easter egg hunt), so please take the time and join us in celebrating the end of the SBSC sailing season. 

Angus Sprott

Attention All SBSC sailors

compulsory competitors briefing will be held prior to sailing onSaturday the 19th March 1230hrs upstairs at the Sandy Bay Sailing Club. The discussion will involve on water behaviour, obeying rules, taking penalties and fair sailing. The SBSC sailing committee will be introducing an on water jury to oversee the final Pennant races on that day. Johnathan Reese will be the juror for the day and he will explain his role and what he looks for in relation to propulsion, rule 69 and to answer any questions prior to hitting the water. This will help us all in understanding of rules and thus add to everyone’s knowledge when we represent our club at all club, state, national and international regattas.


8:30 - Adult sailing

11:00 - Forward hand race

12:30 - Jury briefing

1:30 - Racing

4:00 - 6:00 - BBQ, Icecreams and Easter egg hunt

Adult Sailing
Ready to go on Saturday morning at 8.30am on the front lawn for the final session.
Instructor - Alex McLean


Forehand Race
At 11am this Saturday is the Forward Hands Race.
All competitors to meet at 11am on the front lawn.

Race Officer - Honda Declerck

Grommets - ready to go at 1.15pm.
Instructors-  Will Connor and Meg Goodfellow

Junior Committee Nominations

Nominations are now open for 4 junior members for the committee. 

Junior Commodore

3 x committee members

Please send either your nomination to by 22nd April. You can nominate yourself or a friend.
Your email should include:

- The committee position you or a friend wish to apply for.

- A sentence about why you/friend would like to be on the Committee.

Any queries please contact Fe Allison 0438279761

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 19th      

10am Fun Races + Forward Hand/Paddling Races
15&16 SBSC Pennant

Shore Patrol Nick Connor / Syd  
Refuelling Les Potter Refuelling done night before
Juicy Isle  Neil Harris
Berthed at RYCT
Doyle B Dwyer
Chris Massie
Kept at DSS, 2 crew
Peter Johnston Jason Nicholson
Mike Pritchard
Kept at DSS, 2 crew
Hutton Ric Buchanan
Ben Sullivan
RIB 2 crew if Rescue Boat
(no passengers allowed)
O’Rielly Peter O'Donaghue
Mark Millhouse
RIB 2 crew if Rescue Boat
(no passengers allowed)
Burnell M Yarrow
Andrew Walch
RIB 2 crew if Rescue Boat
(no passengers allowed)
Change room  Sprott Family Instructions are here
Canteen News

Free BBQ and Icecreams after sailing to celebrate the last day of the club season.

Roster: Pip Cooper (Co-ordinator), Emma Hooper and Nat Zeeman


Green Fleet

This week is the final official sailing day with Easter being in March.

Sailing starts at 10am with a fun race then back to business in the afternoon for two more races. Briefing at 1230hrs.

Photo not related to green fleet…. ‘Shark Fin’ being hunted by cadets…. Crown series


This is the last week of midweek coaching for the season and I would like to congratulate all the sailors who have participated. From my observations on the water there has been a substantial improvement in sailing skills, from the youngest to the more experienced. Midweek training is just a part of the formula to improvement, with time on the water and a positive attitude also being key to increasing performance.

We are now completing the third season of this program and massive thanks go to the coaches; the quality of your coaching is a credit to you as individuals and to SBSC. Prior to Christmas the 'Coach the Coaches' program funded by SBSC had Chris Steele NZ sailor (currently doing the world match racing circuit and extreme sailing series on the GC 32's) doing hands on coaching with the club coaches during midweek and club coaching. 

I would also like to thank Alex for shore coordination and all parents for having your children involved and volunteering your assistance when required. 


Stuart Hamilton


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

News Flash: At the Dinner 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)

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 dinning menu.  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
  • SailTrain courses, check website for details
For all enquiries, email

Old Sails Wanted!

Peregrin Community School is in need of old sails.  They make them into great bags which are then sold to help fundraise money for the school.  If anyone might like to donate their old sails (particularly if they are just clogging up the shed garage or bedrooms!!) please let Ingrid know. 0407 536 248



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