Blinking Billy 14th September 2016


Blinking Billy Newsletter - 14th September 2016

A great night was had by those that attended our annual Code P Cocktail drinks.  It was great to see so many members attending this pre-season function and the exciting announcement of Lizzi Rountree coming on-board as the new SBSC club coach.

The 2016 –2017 sailing season at the Sandy Bay Sailing Club is going to be very exciting. There are a large group of Cadet sailors heading to the Worlds in Argentina at Christmas, and expanding fleets of 29ers and Lasers will see plenty of colour and activity around the club.

With Opening Day just a month away please put aside some time for the Registration Day and working bee which is being held this Saturday 17 September.  All you need to do is come along after 9:00am and spend a couple of hours helping out, volunteers are the life blood of our club and many hands and smiles make light work. 

This season SBSC has appointed a new club coach, Lizzi Rountree. She will be coaching across all sailing classes.  She is a very experienced sailor, coach and mentor and role model particularly for girls. Lizzi will be running our successful Hill Street Mid-Week program, Sail & Play, Grommets, new cross training on Saturdays, Adult learn to sail, girls only camps, and pay as you go (PAYG) coaching sessions. Lizzi's focus is working with all sailors from beginner to advanced to help them move up the fleet.  

Lizzi will also be responsible for running the club’s Coach the Coaches program which is critical for the ongoing development of our coaches. Sandy Bay Sailing Club has one of the best junior programs in the country thanks to the dedication and quality of our junior and senior coaches.

Lizzi will be in attendance at Registration Day and is keen to meet as many members as possible.

Schedule for Saturday 17th September at SBSC
  • The Registration desk will be open upstairs for memberships from 9 am - 12:00 noon along with order forms for the club merchandise. 
  • Working Bee between 9:00am - 3:00pm (please bring shovels, spades, gloves, willingness to do a little work and a smile)
  • All Coaches and Tackers/Grommets Instructors Briefing at 10 am in the Training room with Lizzi Rountree.
  • Sausage Sizzle will also be run downstairs toward the middle of the day. The canteen will have coffee and muffins all day.

New Sponsor
Welcome Blythe & Watchorn Builders who has come on board as an additional major sponsor.  Please support those who support us!

Angus Sprott
Commodore SBSC




Important - This calendar is not definitive – please check club website for up-to-date information for Season 2016/17

Date                                                                                                 Event                                                         

Saturday 17 September  9am                                                        SBSC Registration Day & Working Bee 

Saturday 24 September                                                                 SBSC Trophy Race 1.1330hrs  

                                                                                                         Grommets 1315hrs (every Saturday) 

                                                                                                         Open Match Racing RYCT 

Monday/Tuesday 26th/27th September 9am-3pm                       Sail and Play Holiday Program 


Wednesday/Thursday 5th/6th October 9am-3pm                         Sail and Play Holiday Program 


Saturday 8th October                                                                      SBSC Trophy Race 2 

                                                                                                           Opening Day DSS, RYCT, BYC 


Saturday 15th October                                                                   SBSC Opening Day 11:00hrs 

                                                                                                          1&2 SBSC Pennant Race (SBSC) 


Saturday 22nd October                                                                  3&4 SBSC Pennant + 1&2 Tillet Selection

                                                                                                         Tackers 1&2 

Monday 24th October                                                                    Mid Week Coaching Commences 


Saturday 29th October                                                                  1&2 Nautilus Marine DSS Pennant + 3&4 Tillet
                                                                                                         Selection (SBSC) 

                                                                                                         Tackers 1&2 


Sunday 30th October                                                                     Tackers 1 0900am-1300hrs 


Saturday 5th November                                                                 Show Down RYCT (RYCT) 

                                                                                                          Tackers 1&2 

Sunday 6th November                                                                    Show Down RYCT 


Saturday 12th November                                                                Trophy Race 3 + 5&6 Tillet Selection (SBSC) 

                                                                                                           Tackers 1 & 2 

Sunday 13th November                                                                   Tackers 2 0900-1300hrs 


Saturday 19th November                                                                PJ Super Series (SBSC) 

                                                                                                          Tackers 1 & 2 

Sunday 20th November                                                                  PJ Super Series 


Saturday 26th November                                                                SBSC Pennant 5&6 + 7&8 Tillet Selection

                                                                                                          Tackers 1 & 2 


Saturday 3rd December                                                                  3&4 Nautilus Marine DSS Pennant + 9&10  
                                                                                                          Tillet Selection           

                                                                                                          Tackers 1 & 2 (SBSC) 


Saturday 10th December                                                                Xmas Party + Trophy Race 4 (RYCT) 

                                                                                                          Tackers 1&2 

Monday 12th December                                                                  Last Week of Mid Week Coaching 


Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday 19th-21st December                    Tackers 1&2 Holiday Program 0830-1530hrs 

Sandy Bay Sailing Club is once again offering a Sail and Play Holiday Program during the school holidays. The program is held over two days and is for children aged 7-12 years who are able to swim confidently, interested in learning about boats, getting wet, sailing and being safe in and around the water. 

Qualified instructors will be offering fun and educational activities that will allow children to experience being on the water in different types of boats and having a whole lot of fun! Numbers are limited and a full wetsuit is recommended. Sandy Bay Sailing Club will also run their Tackers 1 and 2 learn to sail programs this sailing season beginning at the end of October. These courses are very popular, so early registration is recommended. Tackers is a 20 hour course run on Saturday mornings and is an introducing to learning how to sail your own boat. Qualified instructors will provide informative and exciting activities that will develop sailing skills, while all importantly focusing on having fun around boats.

Dates – Sail and Play - 5th and 6th October 

(Tackers - Saturday mornings beginning 22nd October) 

Time - 9am-3pm 

Venue – Sandy Bay Sailing Club 

For registration for Sail and Play and Tackers please visit 

For enquiries please email

Interested in sailing an RS Aero?  Check out this article from Sail World.

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MAST Power Boat Licence – Provisional (12 – 17yrs)

Thursday 29 September 9.30am – 2.30pm $85.00

Thursday 6 October 9.30am – 2.30pm  $85.00

Please contact Claire for more details:
6223 1977

DSS Twilight Racing 
The DSS has invited SBSC members to participate in Thursday twilight keel boat racing on the Derwent river. Thursday racing is a very social and a fun way to get out on the river. No experience is necessary so parents you have no excuse!

The 1st race for the season is Thursday October 6th.
Members can register their interest through Felicity Allison, 0438279761.

We would like to formally invite you to the Athena Ball.

The Athena Ball is being held to raise awareness and funds so that we can continue to inspire and empower more women into the sport of sailing.

The night will be spent overlooking the Hobart Docks at the Hotel Grand Chancellor with guest speaker Professional Woman Sailor Stacey Jackson, an Auction of some once in a lifetime pieces, a range of fantastic raffle prizes to be won on the night all wrapped together with the great tunes by the band Big Swifty.

Come and join us in celebrating and supporting women in the sport of sailing!

Date: 21st Jan 2017 - 7:00pm – 12:00am

Location: Grand Chancellor, 1 Davey Street, Hobart

Tickets: $80.00

Canape’s with +1 Drink on arrival

Dress code: Cocktail Attire


Buy your tickets today! Click Here

Under the age of 18 years old to be supervised by parent or guardian.



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For all boats for sale, please check the 
FOR SALE  page on the web site. 

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


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