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Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS 3rd March 2021

Dates for the Diary

Friday 12th March 17:25H    Junior Crews Night
Sunday 14th March 3 - 6pm    Sunday Sounds with Rob Papp   
Thursday 18th March          18:30H Cruisers Corner Gathering #2       

What's on at SBSC

Snooks Catering E News March 2021 Happenings at SBSC

From the Juniors!

Junior Keelboat Night

Friday 12th March is the annual JUNIOR KEELBOAT NIGHT. This is an invite to all current Junior Sailing Members at SBSC above the age of 7; with any Junior under 12 to be accompanied by ONE parent/guardian. The racing will be followed up by dinner back at the Sailing Club.

To RSVP please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. BEFORE 5pm Friday 5th March.
If you're able to respond ASAP it would be much appreciated in order to coordinate Keelboats.  Any questions please don’t hesitate.

Ciaran Snooks
SBSC Junior Squad

Junior Captain Report

I hope you had a great week, I’m sorry its been a while since I wrote a report but ill give it a go. Although, sadly I wasn’t able to make it today to the junior morning program or the after noon race but I asked my friend nick what happened and he told me all about it.
In the morning, when the junior program was suposed to be held there was no wind so the dinghies got towed to pebble beach by the safety boats. Everyone had a great time as I’ve heard and some of my friends even tried sailing without wind.

In the afternoon race we had visitors from MMYC (Mount Martha Yacht Club) and there was no wind at the start but it picked up and swung 180 degrees.

Sorry for the short letter but that’s all I’ve got.
Junior Captain

OTB Report

Well folks, in case you weren’t sure, it’s official - we have some awesome sailors at Safety Beach!
For those that couldn’t make it for whatever reason, last Sunday was the return visit from our comrades around the corner at Mt Martha - and they came guns blazing !
With a mixed fleet of 21 boats to our 24, I expected a close battle with honours to us. Little did I foresee the utter drubbing we handed them, with victories in all classes from Xavier in Div. 1 through to Nick Bacon in his Taipan.  With one point awarded to every starter and the winner of each division getting 9 points, second getting 8 and so on down, an even fleet usually comes down to numbers on the water. But not this year peeps - how about 138 to 60! Nuff said!!

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Apart from the result, it was a stunning sight on the beach as well as on the water. With SBSC and Mt Martha having 45 boats, we were joined by over a dozen visiting Hobie's preparing for next weeks state titles at our club. That meant about 60 yachts of all shapes, sizes and colours mixing it up on a fairly long course that had to be shortened due to the softening breeze.  So of course with the leaders of most divisions bunched up nearing the new up wind finish line, a typical Safety Beach 180 degree wind shift brought the tail enders right up to striking distance (I knew I was waiting there for a reason). This made for an extremely tight finish with the majority of the fleet crossing within 3 minutes! There was some furious number calling and writing going on aboard the start boat that’s for sure! Great job Geoff and Deidre, as always. Also a big thanks to the rib crews, especially Karin and Scott Thompson , who chose to carry out patrol duty while their son Owen was sailing in the Bic titles at Blairgowrie. Great members, bad parents but great members !


Speaking of Owen, he and Zach Lowe put in a creditable performance at the Open Bic titles, moving themselves up into the Gold Class division, well done guys!
No off the beach sailing this weekend owing to our hosting the Hobie titles, so if you are around Saturday, Sunday or Monday, rock on down to the club, it’s sure to be quite a spectacle with an expected 45 or so cats on the water. Again, good luck Geoff and Deidre!

I’ve included a couple of pictures of this weeks action, but if anyone has any taken from the club of the boats in the rigging yard or on the beach, I’d love to see them please.
That’s all for now, good luck to everyone heading off to state titles this weekend, may the wind fill your sails and not your kilt!
Pete Chippy
OTB Captain

Keelboat & Tower Report

Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS 10th February 2021

Dates for the Diary

18th February   KB - MYC Race to SBSC
19th - 21st February       Sail Peninsula 2021     
Friday 12th March 17:25H    Junior Crews Night
Sunday 14th March 3 - 6pm    Sunday Sounds with Rob Papp   
Thursday 18th March          18:30H Cruisers Corner Gathering #2       

New Members

The Members and Executive Committee at SBSC would like to extend a warm welcome to our new & returning members.  We look forward to meeting you at the club or seeing you out on the water in the not too distant future:

  • Brett, Louise & Evelyn Millar
  • Gavan & Christina Stewart
  • Manoli Mavrommatis
  • Prudence Plovanic
  • David Lloyd, Georgina & Mietta Symmons
  • Andrew Picinich

What's on @ SBSC this week

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OTB News

This week was our annual trip around the point to visit our neighbours of the gritty sand.
All week the weather Gods promised some really crappy sailing conditions and Sunday morning didn’t look too good. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned about sailors is that we’re a patient bunch. So with a slight delay, the wind eased a bit and with our faithful race/rescue team escorting, about a dozen boats set off for a very quick trip around to Mt Martha Sailing Club. Some (the softies!) decided to trailer their boats there, so we ended up with a reasonable fleet. Unfortunately Mt Martha met us with an even more reasonable fleet, so we were pretty much outgunned in most categories.  I haven’t seen the scores yet but from my observation point at the back, I can say with some confidence that all of our sailors gave a very good account of themselves, especially the juniors, who finished both races in some really heavy conditions that saw quite a few of their opposition head for the beach!
There was lots of action for the crews on the Ribs too, as there was plenty of capsizing on both sides. New members Leanne and Dennis really had a baptism of fire, riding shotgun with Scott, Rob and Fiona pulling bedraggled sailors out of the sea in the nick of time, seconds before meeting a watery death! Ok, so maybe that was a slight exaggeration, but none the less, they did do an awesome job. Then it was a long beat back the other way to our sunny shore (yes the sun did finally come out) and never did our friendly balcony with its live music, hot chips and a cold beer look so good!

The return visit from MMSC to us is on the 28th of Feb, that’s the weekend after Sail Peninsula. So no excuses every body, we want as many boats on the water as we possibly can. Remember, every boat that makes the start line earns a point even if you don’t finish the race.

To wind up this weeks drivel, I mean report, is a reminder that the Labour day long weekend, March 6th - 8th sees SBSC hosting the Hobie state titles, so we are looking for volunteers to man the Ribs and maybe an extra scribe for the start boat. There won’t be any off the beach sailing that weekend so if you want your water fix, put your hand up to help.

Finally, good luck to all the Sabre sailors heading to McCrae this weekend for their state titles. I believe we have 9 boats entered in a fleet of about 70, that’s a pretty good effort.

Cheers till next week
Peter Chipperfield
OTB Captain

Social News

SUNDAY SOUNDS last Sunday was the first of a series of three lazy Sunday afternoons being entertained by local musicians.
More than 60 members were in attendance making for a lovey vibe whilst we were treated to great music by artist Neil Osborne.


Make a note in your diary for our next SUNDAY SOUNDS afternoon 3pm – 6pm 14th March with artist Rob Papp.
Rob plays the Blues, but his music is influenced by the Jazz greats who helped to form his passion for music, making for an exciting blend of jazz fusion and blues.

Sunday Sounds

Big thankyou to our very active Social Committee for providing some great entertainment ideas for our members and guests.

Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS 24th February 2021

Dates for the Diary

Sunday 28th February   OTB Visit from MMYC
Friday 12th March 17:25H    Junior Crews Night
Sunday 14th March 3 - 6pm    Sunday Sounds with Rob Papp   
Thursday 18th March          18:30H Cruisers Corner Gathering #2       

Hobie State Titles

Safety Beach Sailing Club is hosting the Hobie State Titles over the March Long Weekend of the 6th to 8th March 2021.

With many of our regular volunteers away competing in their own state titles that weekend we are looking for some volunteers to help out on our patrol boats, tower etc.  If you are able to help even on one of the days please get in touch with Geoff Eldridge at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sail Peninsula 2021

How Good was Sail Peninsula!!

We were not even sure that this event was going to happen until 11:00am on Wednesday when the easing of the Covid Lockdown restrictions was announced but it did go ahead and it was one of the best Sail Peninsula regattas yet.  Great racing conditions and fantastic food & entertainment in the big marquee at SBSC.

Thanks to Andrew Clark and the SP2021 committee for their relentless efforts in making this the successful regatta it was. Thank you to Snooks Catering and their friendly staff and Chris Parks from EWI for the great photos.  Thank you to the race officers and race management team, support crew and a big thank you to our fabulous sponsors. 

Chris has just uploaded over 700 PROOF images shot of this year's Regatta. These are View Only proofs. If you are interested in any of these images please take note of the SP21…… Number under the image(s) you are interested in and let me know what you would like the image for so we can arrange optimised versions for you.  Please email details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The "SP2021 PROOFS" images using the following link: SP2021 PROOFS

The results are all available on the Sail Peninsula Web-Site at SP2021 RESULTS

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The SP Organising Committee will take a few weeks to recover but will be announcing the dates for SP2022 very shortly.

What's on at SBSC

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Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS February 3rd 2021

Dates for the Diary

Thursday 4th February    6pm Navigation with Rod Smallman
Friday 5th February   Keelboats - Mustang Sally Trophy Race
Sunday 7th February 3 to 6 pm   Sunday Sounds @ SBSC with Neil Osborne     
18th February   MYC Pursuit Race to SBSC
19th - 21st February   Sail Peninsula 2021
Friday 12th March 17:25H Junior Crews Night

New Members

The Members and Executive Committee at SBSC would like to extend a warm welcome to our new & returning members.  We look forward to meeting you at the club or seeing you out on the water in the not too distant future:

  • Joe and Maria Chessari
  • Luke Anthony
  • Craig, Erin, Ella, Summer, Tom & Emmett McManamny
  • Heather Schmidt
  • Agata Kobus
  • Paul and Margaret Rush
  • Kesar Singh (returning member)

What's On @ SBSC This Week

Snooks Catering E News for week 01 Feb 2021

Keelboat & Tower Report

Mustang Sally Trophy Race

We are celebrating 11 YEARS of Keelboat Sailing at Safety Beach Sailing Club this Friday the 5th February.
Make sure you are out for this Friday Twilight Pursuit Race and compete to get your name on this fabulous Mustang Sally Trophy.
We would also love to see you back to the club after the race to celebrate this achievement, enjoy our wonderful newly refurbished clubrooms and the company of your crew and fellow sailors. 



Navigation Presentation with Rod Smallman

This Thursday 4th February our very own Rod Smallman is giving a presentation on Navigation.   For those that do not know Rod, he has done many many two handed miles to places very far away including Osaka in Japan and return as well as a large number of  Blue Water Ocean races so he is very well versed in the art of navigation and the many forms of electronic navigation used today.

Rod is being joined by Grant and Delma Dunoon from the ORCV so this is a great opportunity to find out more about what the ORCV offers including their inaugural King Island Rally that is being held over the March long weekend.

Dinner will be at 6pm and followed at 7pm by this most interesting presentation.  If you would like to come for dinner please book with David Snooks on 0439 314 179 and let him know that you will be joining Rod's presentation.

Last week's results

Friday 29th January - Twilight Pursuit Race      

1st Single Malt SB10 Sue Turnbull
2nd Anthea SB3107 Jess Lowe
3rd New Morning II SB381 Gordon Thomas
1st Single Malt SB10 Sue Turnbull
2nd Anthea SB3107 Jess Lowe
3rd 2Xtreme SB4272 Mem Mackie


Margaret Hollamby - Female Helm Race               

1st Single Malt SB10 Sue Turnbull
2nd Anthea SB3017 Jess Lowe
3rd 2Xtreme SB4272 Mem Mackie

Big thank you to the Tower Team of Ross Martin and the crew from Joint Venture.

Despite the forecast of rain and the chance of a possible storm the boats that did venture out had a very pleasant and dry sail in a balmy 10-12kt N to NE breeze.  Welcome to Caliban who were out for their first sail in the SBSC Keelboat fleet and hope to see you out again this Friday.

It was the last of our Female Helm races for this season.  The lady steerers did a great job with a 1st and 2nd in the Friday Twilight race showing the blokes a thing or two!  Congratulations to Sue Turnbull and the crew on Single Malt for winning the 2020-21 Female Helm Series in a closely fought battle with Jess Lowe on Anthea.  It was so close that the winner was ultimately decided on a count back.  Bette on Em Dee was hot on their heels in 3rd place only 1 point behind.  How good it that for close racing. 

Well done to all those that participated. The numbers of boats competing in this series continues to increase every year which is a great sign for Women’s Sailing at SBSC.  The final results of this series can be viewed HERE

Combined Series -- Navigators Trophy Race

What a great day for a sail around the bottom end of the bay and pleasing to see 4 boats representing Safety Beach SC.  From all accounts our boats picked the best way to tackle the course with some great results.

Congratulations to Marrakesh coming in 2nd and Rogue scoring 4th on PHD, Maximum Limit with a  2nd in AMS and Vincitore 2nd in Line Honours!  A good day out for all.  To view all the results please go to the links on the MYC site at Combined Race Series and MYC - LDR Series

The next Combined Series Race will be on Saturday 20th March and for a totally different challenge this will be the Mid Course Windward - Return race  This also forms part of our KB Club Championship Series so we are hoping to have a big representation of SBSC yachts competing.

For all of the SBSC Keelboat Results please go to 2020-21 Keelboat Results. 

This week's race program

Friday 5th February - Twilight Pursuit Race &    

Mustang Sally Trophy

First Warning Signal: 17:25H Pursuit Start
Race Officer: Amanda Malin
Tower Team: Des, Mark & Di

This Friday we celebrate 11years of Keelboat Racing at SBSC and with that goes the presentation of the Mustang Sally Trophy so we are hoping to see everyone out there to celebrate this special day in the SBSC Calendar.

Start Sheet for this race is available at Friday Start Sheet

Sunday 7th February - Club Championship Series            

Long Distance Race 

First Warning Signal: 9:55H Combined Tower Start
Tower: Maximum Limit

On Sunday we have the Club Championship Long Distance. After you have enjoyed some great sailing why not head back to the club to enjoy the first of our 'Sunday Sounds' afternoons with our very own Neil Osborne .  Sounds like a very relaxing  way to spend an afternoon after a big morning on the water - see the information flyer above!

Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS 17th February 2021

Dates for the Diary

18th February   KB - MYC Race to SBSC
19th - 21st February       Sail Peninsula 2021 IS ON! 
Friday 12th March 17:25H    Junior Crews Night
Sunday 14th March 3 - 6pm    Sunday Sounds with Rob Papp   
Thursday 18th March          18:30H Cruisers Corner Gathering #2       

Keelboat & Tower Report

Radio Checks

The club's radio has just been checked and has found to be in excellent working order so now would be a great time to check your yacht's radio too.  You never know when you might need it urgently. For a long distance radio check use Radio Melbourne on Channel 16. 

Transmitter power for short distance can be done using a transmission power of 1 watt , but for distances up to 20nm you will need to use 25 watt.  The radio in the tower will now be left on 25 watt to avoid any issues for keelboats trying to communicate with the club.  It is also recommended that your yacht's VHF radio be set on High Power or 25Watt when communicating with the SBSC tower.
Pauline Cleaver
RM Committee

Last week's results

Friday 12th February  - Twilight Pursuit &   

Mustang Sally Trophy   

1st Y Knot SB430 Rob Rainsford
2nd Sequilla 301 Gavan Baumanis
3rd L'etoile SB016 Greg Laing
1st Balance M333 Mark Bulka
2nd Y Knot SB430 Rob Rainsford
3rd Mr Bojangles SB4556 Pauline Cleaver

Big thank you to the crew from Vincitore for doing a sterling job in the tower and making the job for the RO very easy!

Congratulations to Rob Rainford and the crew from Y Knot for winning the Mustang Sally Trophy Race for 2021.
Rob has been a member at SBSC for approx. 25years and yes that means he started as an OTB sailor.  Many of us will remember his first boat which was a Puffin Pacer called Bluebird.  After a number of year's sailing Bluebird and being nicknamed 'Regatta Rat Rob' he moved onto the Windrush for a short period before purchasing a Noelex 25 called Cocktail and his first keelboat Aphrodite which was one of the first keelboats to sail in the Safety Beach fleet. 
Robbie was also a member of the inaugural Safety Beach SC Keelboat Committee so with all that history at SBSC he is a very deserved winner of the Keelboat Anniversary Trophy.

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Sunday 14th February - Club Championship    


 For all of the Keelboat Results please go to 2020-21 Keelboat Results. 

Safety Beach Sailing Club NEWS January 27th 2021

Dates for the Diary

Thursday 28th January       6:30 pm       Cruisers Corner Gathering
Sunday 7th February 3 - 6 pm Sunday Sounds @ SBSC with Neil Osborne     
19th - 21st February   Sail Peninsula 2021
Friday 12th March 17:25H Junior Crews Night

Australia Day at SBSC

There will no doubt be a more detailed report to follow but WOW what an awesome day at the club.  It started with some great sailing in the morning and culminated with a really fun afternoon of celebrating the Club's 54th Birthday, Australia Day and our very belated 2019-20 Awards Presentations. 

Huge congratulations to Rob Campbell - Club Person of the Season and Jess Lowe - Junior Club Person of the Season.  Both are very deserved recipients or these awards.  Congratulations to all those sailors who collected some silverware and to John Wemyss on Anthea who is our Keelboat Champion in both PHD and AMS for the 2019-20 season.  Unfortunately their was no OTB Champion for last season due to a number of factors including some really crappy weather and Covid 19 which meant not enough races were sailed to constitute a series.

Thank you to everyone involved in making the day such a great success. 
Ross, Mal & Peter did a fantastic job in organising the Presentation side of the day at very short notice. Mark McAuliffe as always was a great host and MC.  Snooks Catering and their team made sure we were all well fed and watered.  Dave Campbell entertained us all with many of us hitting the dance floor for a boogie and our Race Team made sure all our sailors had a great day on the water.  What a huge team event.   

To check out the photo's please go to the club Facebook page by clicking Presentation Photos and On Water Photos

House Matters

A Happy New Year to all members. I would like to start by wishing our Vice Commodore Tony Christmas a speedy recovery as he battles some health issues which have been prolonged by the shutdown of the health system during COVID and his surgeries have been delayed significantly, frustrating what should now be his recovery period. Tony, on behalf of all members, I wish you a speedy recovery and a return to duties as soon as practicable.

In the meantime I have been asked by the Executive to fill in for Tony until he is back on deck.  Your House Committee of Tony Christmas (MIA), Ross McKenry, Peter Chipperfield, Gary Morland and myself have met on a couple of occasions and actioned many items which most of you would have noticed (or not):

  • Oiling x 3 coats the balcony bar tops
  • Painting of the Northern Wall to make good on the rendering that was undertaken from renovation works
  • Completed a list of small maintenance items via the working bees
  • Facilitated the SBSC Flag transfers on the windows and doors of upstairs (removing the generic stickers that are there to prevent people from walking into said doors and windows)
  • Organised quotes for the new SBSC sign to the North and South of the Building
  • Getting quotes to tidy up the lawn edging and gravel toppings for the driveways
  • Removed all hard rubbish from the yard and boat dock including blue chairs (Thanks again to Bin Smart for the free skip)

We would love to hear your ideas on ways to improve our amenity, so please drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and put forth your priorities for committee attention.

Exterior works by the Shire are due to commence early to mid April. These works were to commence in December, but given the date falls at the height of our season, it was decided to delay works to this later date. As previously reported, these works are significant and will hopefully only impact members for a few weeks.
Thanks again to all who turn up to the working bees. We can’t get these jobs done without you, so please, if requested, if you could spare time in the future, we are always eternally grateful.
Until next time.
(On behalf of the House Committee)

Snooks Catering

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OTB News

Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi! Well that’s what it was like at the club on Tuesday for our Australia Day and SBSC Birthday celebrations. If you were there you were treated to:

  1. A great morning sail with one of our biggest fleets of the season, 23 boats ranging from our youngest juniors to our oldest sailing member.  Tom McCulloch who braved the strong breeze and managed to whip a few butts as well (mine included).
  2. A fantastic party and presentation upstairs where we celebrated the Clubs 54th birthday and our latest 50 year continuous member, Dianne Jackson, who must have joined when she was 3 years old!

We also had our belated 2019/20 season presentation that had a much shorter trophy list than normal, owing to many of the series not having enough races completed to constitute a result. But having said that, congratulations to all those that did put in each week to get the points on the board and come away with the bling, especially to Mr Bill Manning who was our Best Performing OTB Sailor for 2019-20 season.  Bill is the proof that even in such a curdled season, the cream still rose to the top.
My shout out for this week goes to Imogen Martin, who during Saturday’s racing was observed by the start boat crew to double back to help some of the less experienced juniors find the correct way around the course and even hang around after she had finished to make sure the rest made it safely over the finish line rather than heading straight for the beach. Obviously that sense of sportsmanship runs very strong in the Martin family, and bodes well for the future our club and our youth in general, well done.

That’s all from me. Don’t forget, regular sailing this week but the week after is our visit to Mt Martha so we need as many boats on the water as possible to bring home the bickies!

Peter Chipperfield
OTB Captain

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