Blinking Billy 4th October 2016



Blinking Billy Newsletter - 4th October 2016


This week will see loads of activity at the club. As well as the second trophy race for the season, the Australian International Cadet Team will be training in Hobart under the guidance of Tony Bull from Friday to Sunday, and Lizzi is running a 29er camp over the same three days.

It is also the combined clubs open days for the three keel boat clubs so there will be a lot of activity on the river and I would urge all sailors to be on the lookout for other boats, especially the big ones!

Weather is looking good, partly cloudy with light north westerlies so should be a great weekend.

And don't forget registrations for mid-week coaching close this week, there is a coaches only nights coming up, and the sailor survey needs to be completed. See Lizzi's corner below for details.

Angus Sprott
Sandy Bay Sailing Club





SAILING CALENDAR - 5th October to 22nd October 2016

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

Date                                                                                                 Event                                                         

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 Open Day at 1100hrs
                                                                                                           1&2 SBSC Pennant Race (SBSC)

Saturday 22nd October                                                                   3&4 SBSC Pennant + 1&2 Tillet Selection (RYCT)                                                                                                           Tackers 1&2




Changes to Sailing Instructions -
1)      There’s now a Course 2 for Sabots (same as Optimists and Green Fleet Optimists).

2)      For DSS pennant races and SBSC pennant races there may be Hansa class boats competing. There’s now a Course 1 for Hansa, a Hansa Class Flag added to list, and Hansa added to the starting sequence.

See website for amended sailing instructions.


Lizzi's Corner



Sandy Bay’s first Coaches Seminar of the year kicks off with the beginning of term!  This will be the first in a series this season.  We will work on teaching skills, group management skills and on-water coaching techniques.

Experienced AI’s and Sr Instructors - WED 12th October, 4-6pm

Helpers and Newer AI’s - THURS 13th October, 4-6pm

**If you are unsure what group you should be in ask Rohan, Elliot, Fe or Lizzi

**Any Sr Instructors who cannot attend WED please contact Lizzi for a make-up time


If you haven’t already - send your quals and/or describe your coaching and sailing experience, include your age, DOB and best contact phone & email to

The first camp is done and dusted with 21 *brand new* sailors down at the club!  Led by Coach Lizzi, the team of Meg, Harry and Penelope did a fantastic job running land and water learning sessions for the new grommets-to-be.  And a big thank you to Matilda, Oscar, Eddie and Lawrence who hopped in boats with the new sailors to help them learn the ropes!

Click on the Sailor Survey link below -

Note that all questions are optional, but being as thorough as you can is appreciated! 

Lizzi Rountree
Head Coach
Sandy Bay Sailing Club 


SBSC Volunteering Roster

The success of our club isn't just seen in the growth of our fleets.  Sandy Bay Sailing Club relies on the strong support of parents, carers and supporters who help not only on weekends but throughout the week.  The work never ends!

Please show your support by volunteering - If you have not already signed up, please approach any of our committee members or coaches to see how you can help. Rosters are being drafted now!  

A special call for volunteers for our On Water - Rib Crews -  The first of our Patrol Boat Inductions for new crews/members will be held from this Saturday at 10am.  If you can't meet this Saturday, we'll be running the same induction every Saturday at the same time.  It's a great way to watch on-water action and learn from many of our more experienced sailing families. Please contact Brendan Dywer for more information -

Change Room Roster for October

  • Saturday 8th October (Trophy Race)– Wilkie
  • Saturday 15th October (SBSC Opening Day)– Boman
  • Saturday 22th October. – Jager
  • Saturday 29th October  - Gregory

On Water - Rib Crew for Saturday 8th October



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


Optimist News




             Cadet News



Fleet V Membership - Forms for 2016/17 are now available through the Sandy Bay Sailing Club website.






29er Spring Training: - Thurs-Sat the 6th, 7th & 8th October 
Three solid days of the triple threat - boathandling, boatspeed and tactical drills. Do not forget your notebooks for a bit of boat tuning theory - and why what works. BRING TOOLBOXES and 2 notebooks (1 rigging notebook per boat, 1 sailing notebook per sailor).


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

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

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.


Please let us know of items and boats for sale, lost or found.
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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