Offshore 3 Race Report


Keswick Island

What a great day for a race to Keswick Island it was.  5 boats from Mackay Yacht Club lined up at the entrance to the harbour for a 1000 Hr start.  With around 8 Knots of wind from the Nor-Nor-East, it looked like ideal conditions.  After a quick getaway by Mistery and The Poacher, the race to Slade Rock buoy was on.  Matangi, a bit slow getting away, worked her way up to second by the first mark, followed by Mistery, Cool Change and Trivial Pursuit not far behind.

The course then took us to a “Virtual Gate”, having to sail between two virtual buoys along the way.  This turned into an interesting battle of navigation and tactics, with each boat having a different strategy.  Mistery headed off toward Brampton Island, Trivial Pursuit played the rum line, while Cool Change went the easterly route.  The two leaders headed straight out to sea, but then had to battle tide to get back to the gate.  In the meantime, Mistery gradually disappeared over the horizon…

At the gate, The Poacher was first through the virtual gate, and very considerately left the gate open for the rest of the fleet.  The fleet then followed through in the order Matangi, Trivial Pursuit, Cool Change and Mistery.   From here, it was slightly sprung sheets to Hesket Rock, to the South East of St Bees Island.  Trivial Pursuit called it a day at this stage and headed ashore, as the fridge stopped working and the beer was getting warm.

Hesket Rock was the next obstacle, with all boats reporting difficulty with the tide and wind, needing several attempts to get past.  By this time, the tide was ripping, causing a slow trip to the east of St Bees.  Finally, coming around the corner, boats could then fly spinnakers, and with tide behind, enter Egremont Passage to the finish.

Once anchored, refreshed and rehydrated, crew were ferried ashore by our hosts, Brett and Sandy, for after race drinks and a BBQ dinner with music.  Eventually everyone got back to the boats for the night.

After rocking and rolling all night, the fleet then headed back to Mackay for a hard earned rest.

Final results:  1st  The Poacher (John Foster), 2nd Matangi (Dave Turnbull), 3rd Cool Change (Bob Critchley), 4th Mistery (Bill Hopton).

Thanks to the team at Keswick, it was a great weekend.  We are already planning next year’s event, which will be bigger and better.


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Come sailing Mackay Yacht Club boats are always in need of new crew. This is a good safe non expensive way to get into the sport. There is a large range of boats to suit everyones abilities. Please contact the rear commodore

Social Sailing at MYC 2018


 Social sailing is an activity that the club runs on some Saturdays throughout the year. This is something the anyone can participate in. 

Further details are available under Sailing in the main menu above.

We meet at the marina at 12 noon and are usually back in by 4. So if you want to join us contact Bob on 4956 2618 or and reserve a spot.

You don’t even have to have been out on the water on any sort of boat. You will now have the chance to go for a quiet sail on a yacht to get an idea of what sailing is all about. You will be taken out with an experienced skipper and crew and you will get a chance to try steering the vessel and trimming the sails. Or you can just sit back and relax.


The following dates are possible social sailing days.


2018 Possible Social Sailing Dates.


Feb 3 10
Mar 3 10 17
Apr 7 21 28
May 5 12 19
Jun 2 9 16 23
Jul 7 21 28
Aug 4 11 18 25
Sep 8 15 29
Oct 6 13 27
Nov 3 10 17 24
Dec 1 8 15



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For Sale / Wanted

Crew Wanted: 

Matangi is looking for crew for Club racing and Airlie Beach Race Week. Enthusiastic and committed learners are welcome.  Contact David on 0429 896 002.

Bill Hopton is looking for crew to sail on Mistery (Swarbrick 99).  Crew experience preferred but not essential.  Contact Bill on 0418663563

2 crew positions available on Elliott 7 , Omen for Airlie Beach Race Week and  possibly some lead up races .  Some sailing experience would be prefered but a great sense of humour is mandatory ! 

Ring Pete on 0407 761 434 and please leave mesg.