Blinking Billy 11th October 2016



Blinking Billy Newsletter - 11th October 2016



This Saturday 15th October, is Opening Day for the Sandy Bay Sailing Club! 


The official opening ceremony will commence at 1100 with a complementary BBQ for kids downstairs and a more formal light lunch upstairs for those who are a little older. 
Following the formal festivities, the opening SBSC Pennant for the season will be raced in the afternoon.
The schedule for the day is as follows:
10:00 - Motor boat induction in back shed
10:45 - Guests arrive for opening
11:00 - Speeches and flag raising ceremony
12:00 - Lunch 
12:30 - Briefing for racing
13:15 - Grommets 
13:30 - Pennant racing - 1st warning signal
16:30 - BBQ and drinks on the lawn
18:00 - Conclusion of the days events
Don't forget if you are racing you probably need to be at least partly rigged before the opening ceremony to ensure you have time to get on the water quickly after lunch. 

Reminders -
 payWave facilities are now able to use credit/debit cards at the canteen.
Newsletter - If you have any photos (on or off the water), articles or news for the SBSC community please contact Matt Groves -  Deadlines for publishing end 5pm every Tuesday.
RYCT Showdown 5th & 6th November - Entry details for this event below.


Angus Sprott
Sandy Bay Sailing Club





SAILING CALENDAR - 15th October to 30th October 2016

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

Date                                                                                                 Event                                                         

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
                                                                                               Tackers 1&2 Commence


Monday 24th October                                                            Oct 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




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

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/changes - or 0418145997.

Change Room Roster for October (For more dates please refer to

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

On Water - Rib Crew for Saturday 8th to 29th October (For more dates please refer to



 Sandy Bay Sailing Club will 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.


Tackers 1&2  - Saturday mornings beginning 22nd October 

Time - Please refer to times on Website documentation

Venue – Sandy Bay Sailing Club 

For registration for Tackers please visit

For enquiries please email


Optimist News

2017 GILL Australian & Open Optimist Championships

Enter by Saturday to be in the running for this amazing early entry prize:

Enter the 2017 Gill Australian and Open Optimist Championships up to and including October 15th 2017 and you will go into the raffle to win the following:

ABUS Sportscam TVVR11002 FULL HD 1080P Waterproof Action Mini Video Camera Recorder valued at $485. Comes with all accessories including a waterproof case and clip on attachments.


             Cadet News



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






29er Spring Training Camp
Thank you to Lizzi Rountree, our crews and the supporters involved to create this fantastic training camp.  It certainly looked fantastic from the club.  The camp consisted of three solid days of boathandling, boatspeed and tactical drills.



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

Image credit -

                                         Hanza Sailing

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!

Members can register their interest through Felicity Allison, 0438279761

National Pies - Launie Launch on the Lawn
The Launie Launch on the Lawn party will be held on Sunday 30th October 2016 with kick off at 12noon.  The event which will take place on the picturesque lawns of the Derwent Sailing Squadron will celebrate this year’s NATIONAL PIES Launceston to Hobart Yacht race.   This year is the 10th anniversary of the Iconic Tasmanian Yacht race and we think this is worth celebrating.

 The party is a free all ages event and we welcome past and future skippers, crew and volunteers along with their families, Yacht Club members from all over Tasmania and anyone who thinks an afternoon of music, shenanigans, tasty food (not to mention "Proper Pies") and happy hour drink prices is a great day out.
 Come along and enjoy an afternoon basking in the sunshine and the sounds of local Hobart band, Atomic.  Matt Bugg, Paralympian Silver Medallist at the 2016 Rio games will be officially launching the race after some additional entertainment provided by local Yacht Club Commodores with a short race around the Wrest Point mark and back to see who is the most capable sailor amongst them in the Inaugural Commodores 303 Cup!



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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