Blinking Billy 29 March 2017


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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 lot happening again with  Tackers, Grommets, Forward hand & parent fun races, the final DSS pennant races in the afternoon, gear swap/sale of lost property as well as the Laser training weekend. Old Buffers and Forward Hand Races will be at 11:00am so make sure your boats are rigged early kids. 

This week is the last Saturday for Tackers . Short presentation and information session will be given Tackers 1 - 10am and Tackers 2 11.30am.

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.

So while it is the club's last official weekend of the summer calendar, next weekend is the Schools Teams Racing at Sandy Bay for those involved, We have the new April holiday and Winter training program commencing (See Lizzi's corner below for details), teams are training for the Cadet Worlds, International Optimist Australian Representative events, and a couple crews are headed to the 29er Worlds. We really never stop...

After sailing this week there will be a free BBQ on the lawn (with ice creams and an EASTER EGG HUNT for kids), so please take the time and join us in celebrating the end of the SBSC summer sailing season. BBQ at ~4:30pm. 

Angus Sprott

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News and Reminders -

We have had a flurry of new members in the last month or so – welcome to you all.  Hopefully, all the memberships have now been processed or are in the system to be processed.
Once your membership is entered into the Australian Sailing database your membership number will stay with you for life.  If at any time, you need to retrieve that number you can search on it through the Australian Sailing website at - scroll to the bottom of the home page and locate the “Check my AS number”, click and follow the prompts.  If you can’t find your number please send an email and we will follow it up for you.

We will hopefully have some membership cards issued soon and issued to you which will have your number printed on it.  The card will also provide you with member benefits at our partner club the Derwent Sailing Squadron.


Prize Night - Sat 13th May
save the date
SBSC Prize Night at Derwent Sailing Squadron


Gear Sale/Swap - 1st April
On Saturday 1st April we will be having a gear sale/swap at the club.


Suggestions to make your club even better 
Have a suggestion, why not write it down and put it in the box next to the canteen.


Junior Committee
Nominations are open for Junior commodore and Junior committee. Please send your nomination to Angus Sprott , email:


Swipe Cards for Change Rooms 
A Swipe Card system has been installed.  Cards and can be purchased for $20 each from the club canteen on Saturday.

Canteen and Midweek Invoices -
 payWave facilities are now able to use credit/debit cards at the canteen. Tabs are still available but need to be paid before 1:30pm on race days. Midweek coaching invoices must also be paid by the Sat. Please see Jason Wilkie (treasurer) at the club.


Newsletter - If you have any photos (on or off the water), articles or news for the SBSC community please contact Matt Groves -
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Important - This calendar is not definitive – please check club website for full calendar

Date                                                                      Event                                                        _________ 

Monday 27th March                                              SBSC mid week coaching – last week

Saturday 1st April                                                 Old Buffers & Forward Hand Races 1100hrs
                                                                             Nautilus Marine DSS Pennant 7&8 (SBSC)
                                                                             Tackers 1&2

Saturday 1st - Sunday 2nd April                          TDLA Laser Training Weekend (SBSC)

SBSC Volunteering Roster

On Water Crews -  Rosters are now on our website - Please check the calendar carefully and check your starting time and allocated boat.  If you are unable to make these times or dates please contact Brendan Dywer ASAP - or 0418145997. The successful running of racing and the safety of sailors is at risk if boats are not correctly crewed.

On Water Roster                           Saturday 1st April

Shore Patrol                                  Harris (AM)/Syd (PM)                                  
Juicy Isle (Start Boat)                   Rostered ROs                                                                   
Doyle (Mark Boat 1)                      Dwyer/Dwyer
Peter Johnston (Mark Boat 2)      Holligan/Paviledes                                   
Noye                                               O'Donoghue/Sullivan                                         
Hutton                                            Gailbraith/Bucannan                                                             
O’Reilly                                          N/A                                 
Burnell                                           N/A                                        
Finish Boat                                    N/A                                                           

Refuelling                                      Les Potter                                                    
*Juicy Isle and Finish Boat are located at the RYCT
*Doyle and Peter Johnston (Mark Boats) are located at the DSS

Change Room Roster                  Saturday 1st April

                                                       Allison Family

 Lizzi's Corner

Hill Street Mid-Week Coaching finishes the last week of April - right through the end of term1!
Final Dates: April 3, 4, 6 & 7 (next week)
Note to parents and sailors that the weather is/about to/has change for the colder!  While the water temperature is still up, we need to prepare for the *windchill* factor.
This means...

  • Staying warm on land before sailing
  • Spray top / wind proof top on water
  • Booties & beanie packed in our sailing bag just in case
  • WARM change for after sailing

Remember the swap sale is coming up - a good time to get some warm gear!

 April Holidays @ SBSC
Tackers & Grommets April Skills Booster
A chance to solidify all the skills learned this season and get ready to graduate!

  • Wed, Thur & Fri April 19, 20, 21
  • 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Open to all *currently enrolled* Tackers 1 & Tackers 2 sailors
  • Open to sailors transitioning to Green Fleet (Grommets)
  • $80 SBSC Members / $100 non-Members
  • Sign Up Tackers & Opti Camps
Green & Grommets April Skills Booster
A mix of boathandling, racing skills and destination sailing.
  • Wed, Thur & Fri April 19, 20, 21
  • 12:30-4:00pm
  • Open to all Green, Grommet & Intermediate sailors
  • $80 SBSC Members / $100 non-Members
  • Sign Up Tackers & Opti Camps
Open Training
Safety cover on water for self-training.  A windward-Leeward course will be set for use. 
  • Wed, Thur & Fri April 19, 20, 21
  • 12:00-4:00pm
  • For all Open Fleet, Cadet & Youth fleet sailors
  • Note - This is un-coached.  Sailors are encouraged to practice on their own.  Safety coverage is provided in the designated area.
  • No cost, no sign-up
Teen / Adult Learn to Sail
For brand new sailors, it’s been a while sailors, and graduates of the February course.
  • Part 1: Sat & Sun 22-23 April
  • Part 2: Sat & Sun 29-30 April
  • 9:00am-3:00pm
  • $150 SBSC Members / $200 non-Members
Private Training
If you are interested in Private or Small Group Training, please contact Lizzi Rountree to arrange:
Rates: Private Lesson $50/hour, Small Group Training $60/hr (up to 3 boats)
Intermediate & Open Opti Camp
An emphasis on boatspeed and starts.
  • Wed, Thur & Fri April 26, 27, 28
  • 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Open to all Intermediate & Open Fleet Optis
  • Sailors will be split into skill-based training groups
  • $80 SBSC Members
  • Sign Up Tackers & Opti Camps
Cadet Training
Focus on starting skills and short course racing.
  • Wed, Thur & Fri April 26, 27, 28
  • 12:00-3:00pm
  • $100 / boat ($60 helm - $40 crew)
  • Sign-up Cadet Training
Youth Racing
Short Course Racing & a touch of training drills
  • Wed, Thur & Fri April  26, 27, 28
  • 2pm-5pm
  • Open to all Youth Classes.
  • $100 / boat (two handed) $80 / boat (single handed)
  • Sign-up Youth Racing


 Winter Training @ SBSC
Sailing through May & June Long Weekend

Saturdays May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3

  • Opti Training Saturday 1:30-3:30pm, No charge to SBSC Members
  • Non-coached Open Training Saturday 1:30-3:30pm

Sundays May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4

  • Cadet Training Sunday 10am-12pm, No charge to SBSC Members
  • Adult Learn to Race Sunday 12:30-3:30pm, $175/$225 - Numbers Dependent
  • Flying 11, 29ers, 420s, Lasers Training 1:30-3:30pm, $30/session/boat - TBA Numbers Dependent

SBSC Boat Storage

As members of SBSC we are all aware that boat storage can be difficult at times.  We have a wonderful club at SBSC and in recent months we have welcomed many new sailors to our club and while this is fantastic, our sheds are feeling the growing pains just a little.  We are operating at near capacity at the moment so we are mindful that all boats need to be allocated a spot, so they can utilise it reliably each week.  
We do urge everyone to be respectful of other families and allocated places, so please refer to the diagrams now posted on the storage racks indicating where each Opti should go at this point in time.  If you cannot find your boat listed, please email Rachel below.  If you notice errors, like name change, change of owner or incorrect sail number, again please make this information known.  
If you have 2 rigs in stand-up storage, or your sail is not in use, can you please roll it and store, as not all rigs in use have a spot to stand at this time.



To all SBSC Laser Sailors or Future Laser Sailors & Parents
The last TDLA Laser training weekend for the 2016-17 season will be held at SBSC on the weekend of the 1st & 2nd of April. .It is intended that the weekend will cater for all sailor levels but with a focus on newer Laser sailors and those looking to transition from other classes into the Laser for next season. A flyer providing information on the Laser Class and the Tasmanian Association is attached.
Saturday 1st April
Training will be run out of the SBSC with training to commence at 10-00, rigged and ready to sail. The afternoons sessions will incorporate the 2 SBSC pennant races. We understand that some sailors will wish to race the afternoon Pennant in their current dinghy class and this will be catered for with an appropriately reduced training cost for the day.
Sunday 2nd April
Training will be run out of the SBSC with training to commence at 9-00, rigged and ready to sail and concluding at 3-00p.m. Depending on numbers it is hoped that canteen facilities will be available, this will be confirmed closer to the weekend.
The cost for each day will be $65 for existing members or just the TDLA $40 membership fee per day if this is the first weekend of training or for new members.
Please confirm your attendance at either or both days with TDLA training Co-ordinator Chris Males on 0488431221 or email
Chris Males



MAST Power Boat Licence – Provisional (12 – 17year)
DATE: Friday 21 April 2017
TIME: 9.30am – 2.30pm
COST: $85.00 (DSS/SBSC members)
Please contact Claire at the DSS by email to arrange booking.     



Boat Sales

It's a great time to sell and purchase boats both at the club and outside of the SBSC community.  If you have a club boat you wish to sell please let us know at we'll add it to the website.  There are some fantastic boats for sale and it's a great time to look them over while the storage area is easily accessible during the week and weekend. 

For all club boats for sale, please check the FOR SALE  page on the web site.  Below are boats known to us from outside SBSC - 

Peter Gale 
Has his boat for sale. The hull is located at the Tamar yacht club with the mast, foils and sail stored at Invermay. He is asking around $1000. If you would like more information please email
Owen Davies  - 0409326635
176156, light blue hull in good condition. 
Laser radial with 2 sails,  one in excellent condition one tired.
Full rig sail but full rig bottom section needs a gooseneck fitted.
4.7 bottom section but no sail.
2 Centre boards, one with a chip but other wise good.
Turbo kit
Good foil bag
Wind indicator.
As new SEA boat cover
Good Rooster main sheet and hiking strap. 
Spare top section.
Some misc spares. 
Price $3000
Also option to buy a good road trailer set up to take 3 lasers or 2 29ers. Registered. $1000.
Will Evans – email  (See attached advertisement)
Boat name – Channel -  Emma Bartons Ex-boat
Current owner William Evans, Sail number    203781
New 4.7 Sail
New top section
Foils, Boat and rigging in great condition
Radial and 4.7 bottom section with rigging for both
4 x radial sails
3 x 4.7 sails
full top and bottom covers as well as foil covers
Beach Dolly
Gregor Macfarlane or 0419543918
Laser Radial – 154319
Rig in good condition
Stored at Tamar yacht Club

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


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