September 2018

Last Month 

Dick Cater Series Race 2, the third Bay Race this year.

The strong sou-easterly winds of the last few months died away and some exceptional high and low tides greeted the contestants. The start was opposite the cafe at Pier 1 between T4 and “Pollyanna”, which then raced down the leads to set a windward / leeward course at C7.

A downwind drifting start was planned but the high tide had started to ebb strongly with the contestants struggling to sail into the current with a light southerly hardly helping. Two minutes after the start they had managed to get over the line and headed out to C7 with spinnakers hanging limply or only just filling.

Impulse was first round C7 and, as the southerly wind was directly down the leads, the planned windward / leeward course had to be abandoned. A short consultation had the buoy set for a reach towards Yorkeys Knob allowing Impulse to fly their asymmetric spinnaker out to the mark.

Two laps around the mark and C7 then the light winds died away leaving the fleet struggling to get back up the leads against the ebbing tide. The low tide forced competitors to tack furiously to stay inside the dredged channel. 

First home was Impulse, just 5 minutes ahead of Volare on corrected time with Bellamara only six minutes behind them in third place. (With help from the dog I expect)

 

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Bellamara with dog help. (The dinghy was a bit of a handicap I expect)

 

Dick Cater Series Race 3, third Double Island Race

Unfortunately, your correspondent was summoned to frigid Victoria for the weekend so couldn’t report directly on this event. However, the weather Gods summoned one last day of the strong winds which caused quite a bit of carnage. “Volare’s” spinnaker took a dip in the briny & subsequently wrapped around the propellor so they had to retire. “Impulse”, allegedly, went round C9 instead of C7 which only left “Yes” in the race so naturally, they were the winners. (Glad I wasn’t there because last time it took seven hours to complete the course in G&T). (See the ‘Technical Corner” below for a map of the channel and the “C” markers)

Splish Splash Lady’s day race. Dick Cater Series, Race4

Three boats entered the third contest for beautiful swimwear from Splish Splash. Wendy Brace helming “Impulse”, Shari Essex on “Anastasia” and Bec Tuma on “Out of the Blue”.

Unlike the last Lady’s Day where a strong sou-easter blew the fleet apart, a flat calm hung over the inlet. The fleet reluctantly motored out to C9 where more breeze promised.

An unconventional (but effective) start line was conjured up by lining up C9 & C10 with boats passing to the east of C10 with a countdown over the radio. Bec, showing her advanced dinghy skills, was first over the line closely followed by Wendy. A beat up to C1 in the light and variable air sorted out the fleet setting the order for the day. An 8kt northerly indicated a reach down to the Yorkeys No2 outer marker. Impulse managed to carry their asymmetric spinnaker all the way. “Out of the Blue” carried their asymmetric most of the way and losing a bit of ground doused the spinnaker to reach the last mile to the mark.

Once around, a long reach back to C9. The wind had swung more nor-easterly blowing directly down the leads at 8kts. Out of the Blue set their asymmetric again and by gybing back and forth to the finish line off Sailfish Key managed a credible 6kts in 8kts of breeze. “Impulse” set a normal spinnaker for the run home but the wind continued to fade. Meanwhile, it was imagined that “Anastasia” were conjuring up a sumptuous four-course lunch from their beautifully equipped galley. However, Shari had to remain at the helm so that didn’t happen, just bread & water for the crew I think.

“Out of the Blue” finished 30 minutes ahead of Impulse with Anastasia left to wallow, at times almost becalmed, as the wind died away completely, finishing just before the time limit of 6pm.

 

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The Splish Splash winners, Bec 1st, Wendy 2nd & Shari 3rd. Naomi helped out on Impulse

 

Some surreptitious swapping of the generous vouchers from Splish Splash meant that all the ladies would now be clad in the latest swimwear. Well done all and, a reminder to everyone that we have one more Lady’s Day race this year on the 27th October.

Cairns Festival Parade

PRIZE WINNING Cairns Yacht Club/Sailability float in the Cairns Festival Parade. We equalled 3rd for a prize of $1000. Special thanks to Amanda McKormack for the amazing mermaids, Tina Seaton for the fantastic crabs and fish from ARC Disability Services and, to Mudgee and his family and Kitty for the hours and hours of work that went into the costumes and decorations. A great parade. Here is a video of the event.

 

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Airlie Beach – Litning Storm

Our only representative with Mark and Michael Leitner sailing Leitning Storm. Riely proved invaluable winning the dance competition at the presentation. Mark says its a great week. The club down here goes nuts for the competitors. We better try harder next year.

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Ellis Beach

The monthly gathering saw four cats and a laser on the water, three races of two laps were set but, as usual, this month, the wind died to just 5kt with only two full races completed and one lap of the last one. It took until nearly 3pm to finish, everyone was hungry so headed for shore.

Nevertheless, it was beautiful weather and the beautiful location made for a perfect Sunday. We look forward to the next end of month sailing day with a reminder that we have two Nacra 350’s and three Laser’s for hire at very reasonable rates. The next OTB sailing day will be on the 28th. Book a boat now with Barry.

Jai Tooley in Sweeden

Congratulations Jai for your great achievements in the other hemisphere. Mixed class: 1st: Leff Dahl / Ida Svensson SWE; 2nd: Lucy Nissen / Jai Tooley AUS; 3rd: Jakob Thun / Linda Holtsjö SWE. Also winners of the youth class Lucy Nissen (18) and Jai Tooley (17) (AUS) who were 5th overall. Considering that they are a very light team in heavy conditions, that they normally don’t sail together, that they haven’t had to navigate to dodge rocks before and that they sailed a C2 for the first time this achievement was outstanding! Not to mention the temperature of the water, a little contrast to our latitude.

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They pushed themselves to the limit, leg after leg, mile after mile through all the islands, rocks and open sea in quite tough wind conditions.  What an adventure, they made it to the remote islands and skerries where seals and seabirds live to be rewarded in the end with food so tasty, the sauna hot and the beer cold. (Well, Jai is used to living in a sauna but I bet his feet were cold, everyone else had wet-suit boots!)

 

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Guess why there are no trees on that island? It’s too cold for them to grow! Sailing in Sweeden

Dick Cater Series, Race 5 – Bay Race.

Once again greeted by light winds. However,  some creative “free range” course setting by Frank had three boats having a really good sail. It was a down-wind start opposite T2 with Frank calling the 5-minute gun when everyone was ready. A light sou-easterly allowed spinnakers to be set for a short way until the breeze backed to the north-east giving the fleet a reach out to C7.  “Volare” had kindly set a buoy one mile west of C7 so we headed for a couple of laps around that. The wind continued backing further to the north and the course was changed, and a final port rounding lap from C5 then a finish between C3 and C5. That gave the fleet a beat to windward to finish as well as some good spinnaker runs before heading home. A fantastic day on the bay.

 

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“Out of the Blue” crew, first over the line in the last race of the Dick Cater series.

 

The winner on handicap was “Anastasia”, “Out of the Blue” then “Impulse”. Thank you Frank for your creative genius when it comes to course setting.

Final results for the five races in the Dick Cater series was first, “Impulse” on 19 points, second “Anastasia” on 31 points and third “Out of the Blue” on 36 points. Thanks to all the other boats in the series, any of which, if they had sailed one more race would have been on the podium.

 


Keelboat Learn to Sail

We now have a beautiful little J24  available for hire and to conduct sail training on keelboats. The next course is booked out but one on 6th – 7th October is still open.  Click HERE to book


Coming UP – This Month – download nomination form here

Saturday 15th September – Race training for OTB fleet Sail Cairns racers, yes here’s your chance to get up to speed for Sail Cairns

Saturday 22nd September – Tuesday 25th – “Totally Work Wear” Sail Cairns Regatta 2018. Get your crew together, challengers coming from Port Douglas. We have Secured 3 cat berths on G finger and 3 mono on F finger for Cairns sail week Sept 21-26th, nominate NOW! (You can nominate & pay directly on-line which makes it easier for evryone)

Nomination Entry form 2018

Saturday 6th October – Summer Series Race 1, Fitzroy Island Race – Race 4, last chance to nab one of these fabulous prizes, two nights on Fitzroy plus transfers. Remember, all the fast boats would have won one by now so it’s your turn coz they can only win one of these prizes even if they come first this time.

WAGS – Every Wednesday. A fun sailing day with others, stress-free and a chance for non-members to sail for the day, just $20 gets you on a boat. Be at the Boat Shed at 12. No need to call anyone, just turn up. Backpackers welcome, the best value day out on the water you can have in Cairns.

Tackers Fun Friday – 4-5:30 pm
Call out to 7-14 year olds who have completed Tackers or Learn to Sail courses….use this link to register…only $15 per session!!!!
www.revolutionise.com.au/cairnsyc/events/23610/

 

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Our little “Opti’s” waiting for their eager young crew. (Every Friday evening)

 

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Commodore’s Command

We have secured 3 cat berths on G finger and 3 mono on F finger for Cairns sail week
Sept 21-26th, only one nomination so far so, get your nomination in now.
Nomination Entry form 2018
“YES” will not be a starter due to crew commitments outside of sailing, at this stage planning to be the finishing boat on days one and two.

Talking with the Hutchison project manager, re the Shangri la refurb ,they are well ahead of schedule and plan to be finished by November, thanks all for your patience as far as the carpark is concerned, I know Ports North and myself will be happy not to receive any more flack and look forward to moving back to what will seem a somewhat smaller carpark.

I have been meeting with the new P/N commercial head to discuss a roof extension for the boat shed to make better use of dinghy storage, relocation of the double gates to the west to allow easier trailer access, and shade on the pontoon for SWD. Plans, kindly drawn by Bruce Clark, have been submitted to Ports North so we hope to have a positive outcome

Thanks Capt John ,out .

Technical Corner

Confused by the marker names, C5, C9, etc.?

They are the Cairns channel markers and are in pairs starting at the north-eastern end of the channel with C1 & C2. Odd numbers are on the western side, even on the East. They finish at C20 about half a mile from T2, the start of the “Trinity Inlet” markers. T10 is the last of the T markers at the southern most end of the inlet, familiar to all those who sail course “A” on WAGS, as the red buoy.

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Chart of the leads into Cairns Port

 

August 2018

Last Month 

A bit of everything.

Strong winds continued for the start of last month with the last race of the Sam Cadman series fielding only three yachts in spite of the series having five starters. The series finished with ‘Volare’ first with a score of 15, ‘Centinella’ & ‘Out of the Blue’ scored 16 each. This demonstrates the importance of sailing in every race. If you came last in three races (4th) and second in one you would have won the series! So, get those weedy hulls off the piles and enter the next series, you’ve got a good chance even if you drink champaign all the way around the course! (not recommended). A big thank you to the race starters and timekeepers who sat out the choppy conditions bouncing around on the end of an anchor all day.

Tinaroo wooden boats – something different.

A small contingent of CYC members made the trip up the hill to Lake Tinaroo to enjoy a bit of fresh water sailing. Though not an official Club sailing day, Saturday saw a collection of wooden boats appearing from backyards and farm sheds around the district. Notable was a beautiful yawl of about five meters, recently finished. An excellent vessel for day sailing especially on the lake. Another stand out was a steam-powered boat, perfect for lake Tinaroo to consume those dead sticks of bygone forests to feed the boiler. Once again exquisite workmanship. In all about 10 boats ranging from canoes & rowing boats to trailer sailers graced the placid waters.

Steaming around Tinaroo, a wood powered steamboat and a beautiful yawl.

 

Ellis Beach

Teams from Townsville to Tinaroo made it up to fantastic Ellis Beach for the weekend. The expected strong sou-easterlies that had been blowing for months decided to desert the coast for the Ellis Beach mid-year regatta at the end of July. After spending the previous two, month-end Ellis regattas being tossed mercilessly into the sea, it was a relief to stay dry, though probably slightly monotonous, as the fleet drifted around the course. This regatta had two days of three races each and we were joined by crews from Townsville, Mission Beach and Tinaroo.

Race One – Dick Cater Series

Fitzroy Island race saw five starters rounding Cape Grafton into stiff winds and choppy seas. Wild Spirit took podium position on handicap and would have claimed the magnificent prize of two nights on Fitzroy Island if they had stayed to collect it. Close behind was Impulse only twelve minutes and Volare coming in 21 minutes later to take third place. Great to see Bellamara, a new boat join the fleet, coming in fourth with Anastasia gracefully taking fifth place. Unfortunately, some boats could not compete due to crew shortages.

Results – Fitzroy Island, Dick Cater series, race 1

 

Airlie Beach Race Week 9th – 16th

We have a cat contingent in the Leitner family and Wazza heading off to do battle from the 9th to the 16th at Airlie Beach. Rather than sail Leitning Storm down, they packed her up on a trailer and sailed the highway. (Upwind at 40kts always a good feeling). Not a small effort though as, not only does the mast have to come down, but the cross beams have to be unbolted to make the two hulls narrow enough for the road. It takes a good day to re-assemble the craft. Good luck and we look forward to some stories from this adventure.

Honey, I shrunk the boat


 

Club Membership – Renew or Join now

Great time to join, benefit from full 11 months of membership only $170 for an adult plus $85 for Yachting Australia Silver Card if you are racing and don’t yet have one. Be part of the most active sailing Club on the Far North, keelboats and dinghies to learn on and for hire. Two great locations, the Marlin Marina in town and Ellis Beach just past Palm Cove. Relaxed sailing every Wednesday from the Marlin Marina, sailing on Trinity Inlet. Keelboat races almost every second weekend and fun in the dinghies between Learn to Sail courses also Laser and catamaran sailing at Ellis at the end of each month. Great social gatherings after each event at the Boat Shed opposite The Salthouse restaurant.

MEMBERSHIP FORM HERE – Just bring it along to the Boat Shed and someone will sign your nomination.


Dinghy Learn to Sail – Fourth Course starts 11 August  

With the popularity of the CYC Dinghy Learn to sail course on the increase we have decided to open registration for the course early. The course will be held on Saturdays from 8.30am to 2pm,

11th August 08:30 AM 2:00 PM
18th August 08:30 AM 2:00 PM
25th August 08:30 AM 2:00 PM
1st September 08:30 AM 2:00 PM

The program which will go for 4 weeks and is designed to teach all the key skills required to sail a small sailing vessel safely.

Great fun for all the family. for more information please contact the office on cyc@cairns.net.au

Fees of $200 per student for the full course or if you are a family group please contact the office

TO REGISTER, FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW

http://www.revolutionise.com.au/cairnsyc/events/22052/


Keelboat Learn to Sail

We now have a beautiful little J24  available for hire and to conduct sail training on keelboats. We already have had four people complete the course this month. Contact Bill Munroe, 0408 072 152 if you want to organise a session.


Coming UP – This Month – download nomination form here

Saturday 11th August – Dick Cater Series Race 2, the third Bay Race this year. Briefing at 9am at the boatshed.

Saturday 11th August – Learn to sail course starts, be at the Boat Shed at 8:30am

Saturday 18th August – Workshop for CYC Float for Cairns Festival Parade – 12-4pm, to prepare costumes, boats & trailers.
Contact Graeme Mudge 0416 176 556.

Sunday 19th August – Dick Cater Series Race 3, third Double Island Race.

Saturday 25th August – PARADE is on Sat 25th Aug, (we’ll be getting ready from lunchtime).
AFTER PARTY back at the Boatshed when the parade finishes. Burgers for $7, cold drinks of course, and FIREWORKS at 7:30pm. Best view in town from our club!!

Sunday 26th August – Ellis Beach, off the beach racing, a perfect day out for the family at this beautiful location.

Saturday 8th September – Dick Cater Series Race 5, the third Inlet Race this year, Series presentation after

WAGS – Every Wednesday. A fun sailing day with others, stress-free and a chance for non-members to sail for the day, just $20 gets you on a boat. Be at the Boat Shed at 12. No need to call anyone, just turn up. Backpackers welcome, the best value day out on the water you can have in Cairns.

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Commodore’s Command

I managed to secure Sea Swift to donate a Hanse 303 to the Sailability group which is a fantastic coup considering the lead time and presentation that Andy put together for the group. Ports North have indicated that they were keen also to donate likewise so now they are in my crosshairs.
I have to say from my association with Ports and various business identities around Cairns the SWD program has certainly lifted the profile of CYC and can only be beneficial to the learn to sail, discover sailing and junior sailing, also WAGS.
Maintenance dredging is scheduled to commence May -July 19 and the planned channel widening to commence July- Sept 19, they still haven’t got Federal approval but are taking bookings for vessels in the 300 m length with 38.7m beam for September on so showing confidence of getting the tick in the box.
Registered depth is proposed to be at 8.8 ALW
Hopefully, the area that is showing the CYC concern re shallow water will be addressed in Novembe18?
David Good, the P/N operations manager and very supportive of the CYC had his last day on Thursday. He has accepted a job in Melbourne as the CEO of Superyachts Australia. Andy, Roo, and I had a couple of sherbets with him at Hemming ways after WAGS to wish him all the best.
The talk was how fantastic it was to watch the yachts sailing WAGS coming in close to Hemmingways setting the atmosphere, even over the lead up to the state of origin. They told me more eyes were on the yachts than the big screen, which suggests, while there are no vessels alongside the main wharf we make a point of doing the close sail by to get more interest in the CYC.
Davids replacement is Richard Stephenson, who is ex-Navy and, I was told worked for the Sultan of Bruni in a past life being was in charge of Port security among many other things.
I have an excellent relationship with Richard also, so feel the CYC has every chance of moving forward with his support.
Yachtstay, from what I’m hearing, is no longer trading and some vessels have been sold.


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July 2018

Last Month 

Some challenging sailing

Anniversary Regatta

The Rob Leitner Memorial Trophy kicked off the weekend with a light air start at the Pier 2 Coffee shop. An advantage to the light boats with Out of the Blue rounding the T10 yellow buoy ahead of the pack and breaking out the masthead spinnaker for the run out to C9. Leitning Storm, a sprightly catamaran, quickly caught up by C8 screaming out to sea to make two big broad reaches down to the Yorkey’s Knob port entrance marker.

Leitning Storm on her way to victory passing Out of the Blue in the Rob Leitner Memorial race.

Out of the Blue set off in hot pursuit with the big spinnaker pulling, surfing the waves and maxing out at 16.6 knots in 18kts of breeze. A gybe around the mark brought a painful slog back upwind. The waves that were so joyously surfed on the way down became a serious impediment to the light, short boat. Impulse soon pulled ahead, and Wild Spirit was making ground on our lead. Once back in the shipping channel, Leitning Storm was nowhere to be seen, in fact, they had already finished, and Impulse was closing on the finish line. The battle now was between Out of the Blue and Wild Spirit with Out of the Blue just squeaking over the line ahead of Wild Spirit.

Results: Race One: 1st Leitning Storm, 2nd Impulse, 3rd Out of the Blue

Day two was a windward-leeward and a triangle race in the vicinity of C9 with the start line set between the Polyanna & a pin buoy. Two downwind legs with three upwind favoured the bigger boats especially when the wind picked up. After lunch for the triangle race gusts topped 25kts producing some exciting wing mark runs under asymmetric spinnaker. Out of the Blue hit 17kts then a botched gybe at the wing mark rendered the spinnaker impotent. Finally, a broken sheave on the jib and the big boats to powered past while we wrestled a jury sheet line into place. Out of the Blue came 6th on handicap.

Results: Race Two: 1st Impulse, 2nd Out of the Blue, 3rd Anastasia.

Results: Race three: 1st Anastasia, 2nd Volare, 3rd Impulse

Placegetters, Anniversary Regatta, 1st Frank & Wendy on Impulse, 2nd Hew on Out of the Blue & 3rd Neil & Tom on Volare

Regatta Results: 1st Impulse, 2nd Out of the Blue, 3rd Volare. Anastasia only had to come 2nd. on handicap in the third race to equal Impulse. Unfortunately, they had to pull out of the last race. An excellent demonstration of the effectiveness of completing every race to get a good score.

Splish Splash Swimwear lady’s day regatta

Another day of contrasting elements greeted the Splish Splash Swimwear Lady Skipper’s race. Leaden skies and drizzling rain put a dampener on preparations. Forecasts of more than 20kts looked pessimistic while moisture laden zephyrs wafted down the inlet for the start. Once again this favoured Out of the Blue and an asymmetric spinnaker run all the way to C8 with the wind picking up. The bullets hit gusting over 20kts almost as soon as the spinnaker made it into the bag with the boat rounding up, now with an overpowered main. The skipper, using her vast dinghy experience, soon got the machine going again and we bashed our way up to the orange buoy about 1.5 nm toward False Cape. As we struggled forward under overpowered main the green cat, Barefoot, seemed to slide effortlessly past and rounded the mark ahead of us. Rounding the mark we dared not launch the spinnaker into the unpredictable wind but chose a broad reach with a gybe back to the downwind mark at C8 at times hitting 15kts without assistance from a swell. Heading directly downwind, under goose-winged jib, was Wild Spirit which had made good ground on us. We contemplated, then abandoned, a reef with our inexperienced crew before rounding the mark for the final lap up to the upwind mark again still with an overpowered main. Fortunately, the wind eased a little, but Wild Spirit with a reefed main closed the gap further. The final run back up the leads turned into a tacking duel where we had the disadvantage of signalling the lifts and knocks to Wild Spirit as she slowly closed the gap. The wind dropped, Wild Spirit shook out their reef and passed The Blue 500m from the finish line. After three hours and fourteen minutes, they crossed the line about a minute ahead. A fantastic race and great skippering by Rebecca. Out of the Blue took out first place with Eileen skippering Centinella taking out second place. The blustery conditions tested the skills of the lady skippers, some wisely handed the helm back to the owners. Thank you Splish Splash Swimwear for some great prizes. I look forward to seeing Bec in her new kit.

The sailing ladies on Lady Skipper’s day. Well done.

Ellis Beach Monthly Regatta

The month-end regatta at Ellis Beach saw a good turnout of cats and a couple of brave Lasers determined to defy the prediction of 20+ knots of breeze. Riley organised the start boat and launched into threatening skies to lay the course. Now, an outboard has one desire. To ruin a good day’s sailing and our outboard on the RIB was no exception. Soon after laying the marks the crew of the start-boat were seen madly paddling their inflatable in a futile effort to fulfil their mission as a start-boat. Alas, to no avail. The outboard had lived up to its reputation and the RIB anchored on a somewhat extended start line. Three flags down and the fleet were away. Nearing the top mark, a squall line bore down with the predicted gusts of 20+ knots. All the little boats went into capsize mode showing glistening hulls to the grey sky then started drifting toward the orange flags of the Surf Rescue team further up the beach. Seeing an opportunity to put their well-drilled skills into action, the Surf Rescue RIB put to sea punching into the rising swell. Fortunately, the self-rescue skills of the dinghy sailors saw the small boats heading for shore and the gallant Surf Rescue crew now could tow our limp RIB home. To add insult to injury, they then turned up with a shiny new ‘Can-Am Defender’, (a quad bike on steroids) to rescue “The Duchess” (Our Fergie) from an unceremonious drowning from a splash on her delicate electrics. For those that now have Can-Am envy, remember, our collective poor performance when it comes to maintenance of things mechanical at Ellis Beach precludes indulgence in such a complex piece of machinery. Long live the Duchess!

Riley trying to convince the Life Guards of the superiority of a Fergie in their situation. A swap perhaps?

Another exciting day at Ellis though not quite in the usual format. Well done Riley for battling through the day and maintaining a sense of humour.


Sailability

On June 15th we launched ‘Trinity Dream’ which is the Hansa 303 which has been very generously donated to us by the Rotary Dream Flight trust and the Cairns Trinity Rotary Club. A perfect day for it, with quite a large turnout for our launch and a heap of people enjoying the sailing and the support boat as we played around for the television cameras. A truly memorable day and it’s just fantastic to now have the ‘Trinity Dream’ as a permanent addition to our fleet.

Jason East single handing ‘Trinity Dream ‘ on Trinity Inlet and absolutely loving it

People love to watch the Sailability boats sailing, which is great exposure for the generous sponsors who have their signage on the hulls and sails. There’s a fairly constant flow of people watching from the observation deck. Get closer, come and volunteer to help get these people with disabilities an amazing day on the water.


Club Membership – Renew or Join now

Great time to join, benefit from full 12 months of membership only $170 for an adult plus $85 for Yachting Australia Silver Card if you are racing and don’t yet have one. Be part of the most active sailing Club on the Far North, keelboats and dinghies to learn on and for hire. Two great locations, the Marlin Marina in town and Ellis Beach just past Palm Cove. Relaxed sailing every Wednesday from the Marlin Marina, sailing on Trinity Inlet. Keelboat races almost every second weekend and fun in the dinghies between Learn to Sail courses also Laser and catamaran sailing at Ellis at the end of each month. Great social gatherings after each event at the Boat Shed opposite The Salthouse restaurant.

MEMBERSHIP FORM HERE – Just bring it along to the Boat Shed and someone will sign your nomination.


Dinghy Learn to Sail – Fourth Course starts 11 August  

With the popularity of the CYC Dinghy Learn to sail course on the increase we have decided to open registration for the course early. The course will be held on Saturdays from 8.30am to 2pm,

11th August 08:30 AM 2:00 PM
18th August 08:30 AM 2:00 PM
25th August 08:30 AM 2:00 PM
1st September 08:30 AM 2:00 PM

The program which will go for 4 weeks and is designed to teach all the key skills required to sail a small sailing vessel safely.

Great fun for all the family. for more information please contact the office on cyc@cairns.net.au

Fees of $200 / student for the full course or if you are a family group please contact the office

TO REGISTER FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW

http://www.revolutionise.com.au/cairnsyc/events/22052/

 

Check out the following link on having fun sailing

http://www.facebook.com/DiscoverSailingAus/


Keelboat Learn to Sail

We now have a beautiful little J24  available for hire and to conduct sail training on keelboats. We already have had four people complete the course this month. Contact Bill Munroe, 0408 072 152 if you want to organise a session.


Ellis Beach – Mid Year Regatta

Ellis monthly Regatta on the 28th-29th July. Generously sponsored by Pickers Vinyl & Canvas with cash prizes and Kincrome Tools with shiny gadgets to fix stuff. Need a shade sail? Pickers are your people.

Here are the boat hire and event entry fees. Get in early as boats will soon be snapped up. BYO Boat too if you wish.

Free camping in this idyllic location, stay overnight. Food / meals / BBQ will be available. Bring some cash.

If you are hiring a boat, please help keep equipment together, so the next person hiring the boat doesn’t have to hunt through the Clubhouse to find missing parts. Each boat has a number to help with this. If something is missing or broken, please let Scott or Barry know. These dinghies only stay serviceable with your help.

 


Coming UP – This Month – download nomination form here

Saturday 14th – Sam Cadman Series – Race 2 and 5, Bay Races – Race 2 Series Presentation.

Saturday & Sunday 28th & 29th July –  Ellis Beach Mid Year regatta. Sponsored by Pickers Vinyl & Canvas and Kincrome Tools

Saturday 4th August – Dick Cater Series Race 1, Fitzroy Island Race (Race 3) First of the Dick Cater series of five races. Over to fantastic Fitzroy for the night

Saturday 11th AugustLearn to Sail commences

WAGS – Every Wednesday. A fun sailing day with others, stress-free and a chance for non-members to sail for the day, just $20 gets you on a boat. Be at the Boat Shed at 12. No need to call anyone, just turn up. Backpackers welcome, the best value day out on the water you can have in Cairns.

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Commodore’s Commands

Thanks to all, for your patience re the carpark, I feel it’s slowly coming around to our favour. Ports North are keeping a record of regos of repeat offenders so the warning will turn into parking fines. So please inform P/N of repeats and give them rego number.

All new CYC cards now have the amenities access so hopefully, that will ease the inconvenience for members caught short.
Congratulations to Andy and Gordo for the successful launch of their new SWD 303 proudly donated by Cairns trinity Rotary and Trust Flight.
Champagne was spilt on the deck and consumed by some, thanks to David Good, P/N for taking the time to attend and observe first hand the joy and difficulties. He now has a much better understanding of what SWD is all about as far as the operation is concerned.

The lease of the boatyard and travel lift has been taken over by the Big Boat Shed, I attended the meeting at the CCYS last Sunday, they stated it was business as usual but no discount for being a member of CCYS for the slip.
Joel the operator/owner of the Big Boat Shed said he will consider a pre-race hull clean, discount for the CYC yacht owners that store at the CCYS for a splash and retrieve for club racing.

On behalf of CYC and myself I wish Joel all the best for his new acquisition, not sure of the pricing yet, hopefully, it’s favourable for both parties.

Sorry to the boys from Vanguard. Hopefully, they will hit the water with a replacement in the near future, anything that the club can do to assist please let me know.

Hoping also, the weather will ease and we start to complain about being too hot.

Until, next time Capt John, out.


Technical Corner

If you have read this far I guess you are not an old salt that knows everything. Here’s the most important knot you’ll need on a keelboat.

Bowline Knot Tying Instructions
  1. Lay the rope across your left hand with the free end hanging down. Make an eye in the standing end.
  2. Bring the free end up to and pass through the eye from the underside (the rabbit comes out of the hole).
  3. Wrap the line around the standing line and back down through the loop (around the tree and back down the hole).

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June 2018

Last Month 

 Quicksilver Port Douglas Race Week.

The first serious regatta for the season, Port Douglas Yacht Club turned on a good range of winds (all from the south-east though) and not too sunny skies. In division one we were represented by “Yes”, “Impulse” and “Volare 1”. “Centinela” battled it out in division 2 and division 4, the sports boats & one design were represented by “Kaizen 2” (J24), “Grannnuaile” (the pink J24), “Out of the Blue” and “X2”. (Yes, I know, X2 is from CCYS but, as they are the only boat from up the creek that races, well… they are one of us).

Getting there was pretty exciting with a strong sou-easterly speeding everyone to “Port” on Sunday or Monday. “Out of the Blue” had a pretty exciting ride hitting 20kts in a 25kt puff with a reefed main and small asymmetric spinnaker tugging the boat northward surfing the swell.

Day three start, light winds for a change

The strong winds persisted on Tuesday with a strong wind warning covering the whole of the coast so racing had to be cancelled for that day. Fortunately, most skippers opted to sail on the lay day, Thursday, to make up for the dropped day. Sailing started in earnest on Wednesday with winds consistently around 20kts. Two races around a mile long upwind “sausage” course with each division starting ten minutes apart. Day two, Thursday was a repeat of day one for division four but division one and two got to head out to Snapper Island and back. By day three the winds had dropped to be around 12kts and most boats could hang their big kites from the masthead making a pretty sight. The course was a repeat of day one. The final day, Saturday, winds picked up again to near 18kts in the morning but dropping off as the day progressed. The course was a nearly two-mile upwind leg with a triangle which let the asymmetric spinnakers do their magic and the sports boats surfed down the following sea only to be hampered by an upwind finish.

The bidding gets hot!

Results were “Volare” a credible 6th out of 15 boats, “Impulse” 9th and “Yes” 13th. In division 2, “Centinela” came 2nd only missing out on 1st place by one point. In division 4, “Kaizen 2” did their usual sailing magic and came 2nd out of eight boats in spite of starting with a handicap of .80 as compared with the other “J’s” on around .77, “X2” came third, “Out of the Blue” came 6th having missed two races with broken gear and “Grannuaile” came in 7th having had to pull out of one race. Even so, the all-girl (?) crew put in a great performance with one crewmember having a $460 sex change then auctioning her pink outfit (down to her knickers) raising an amazing $1140 for Sailability Cairns.

Month-end Social Night

This was postponed as a large contingent were away battling in the Port Douglas Race Week.

Ellis Beach Month-end sailing postponed

The next Sail Ellis day, last Sunday of this month is Sunday the 24th June. See you there.

Sailability gets a shot in the arm – Andy Murray

Please disregard the “fake news” above. Mal Stevens, you’re a bloody legend!!
Mal decided that because he’d been asked by about five boats to crew for them for the Quicksilver Port Douglas Race Week, we should auction his services to the highest bidder and donate the proceeds to Sailability Cairns! What a top idea!
Being a modest sort of bloke, he put a reserve of $5 on himself. The bidding was enthusiastic and much to everybody’s delight he ended up being purchased by the all-girl crew on “Grannuaile” (otherwise affectionately known as The Pink Granny) for the amazing sum of $460 on the condition that he wears a pink dress for each race.
The girls bought him a different outfit for each race.

Grenouille “all-girl” crew, ready to race

That wasn’t the end of it though, because we then auctioned 3 of his outfits (including the one he was wearing) on the last night. Thanks to the successful bidders for their generosity: John the Baptist, bid $200, Cambell Corbett, who bid $180 and Townsville Yacht Club, who bid $250 for the dress he was wearing. Combine that with the $460 auction money and $50 that someone pushed into his hand and we come up with $1140 for Sailability Cairns!!
How good is that?!?! We are forever grateful to Mal, without doubt, the bravest sailor at the Quicksilver Port Douglas Race Week and is Sailability Cairns’s very favourite person.
THANK YOU MATE !! And thank you to all the bidders.

 


Dinghy Learn to Sail – Third Course has started  

The course will be held on Saturdays from 8.30am on 2pm, and even if you haven’t registered for this one, come down to the Boat Shed to see what it’s all about. (Not to be confused with the Boat Shed restaurant which is actually not a “shed” at all)

Already participants in the last course have found places on yachts sailing on Saturday’s and Wednesdays. In addition, there is Sail Ellis Beach on the last Sunday of every month where you can hone your skills on a Laser or catamaran.

2ndJune 08:30 AM 2:00 PM
9th June 08:30 AM 2:00 PM
16th June 08:30 AM 2:00 PM
23rd June 08:30 AM 2:00 PM

The program which will go for 4 weeks and is designed to teach all the key skills required to sail a small sailing vessel safely.

Great fun for all the family. For more information please contact the office on cyc@cairns.net.au

Fees of $200 / student for the full course or if you are a family group please contact the office

TO REGISTER FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW

http://www.yachtingaustralia.com.au/Entry/?EID=86856

Check out the following link on having fun sailing

http://www.facebook.com/DiscoverSailingAus/

Overview Your Discover Sailing journey starts here as you learn and master the fundamental skills of sailing and are introduced to the fun of dinghy sailing in a safe and supportive environment.
Length 25 hours
Outcomes This will allow participants the freedom of sailing dinghies with the guidance of a Yachting Australia dinghy instructor
Pre-requisites Water confident Stinger and sun protection clothing is essential
7 years & older
Who should do this course? This course is recommended to anyone wishing to learn to sail an off the beach sailing dinghy. Continue along the pathway to achieving your Better Sailing and Racing certificates.

 


Ellis Beach

Ellis monthly Regatta on the 24th June. Here are the boat hire and event entry fees. Get in early as boats will soon be snapped up.

Food / meals / BBQ will be available. Bring some cash.

If you are hiring a boat, please help keep equipment together, so the next person hiring the boat doesn’t have to hunt through the Clubhouse to find missing parts. Each boat has a number to help with this. If something is missing or broken, please let Scott or Barry know. These dinghies only stay serviceable with your help.

DOWNLOAD AN ENTRY FORM HERE

 


Coming UP – This Month – download nomination form here

Saturday 16th – Anniversary Regatta. Race 1. The Robert Leitner Memorial Trophy Yorkeys Knob Race, down to the port entrance marker at Yorkeys & back.

Sunday 17 June – Anniversary Regatta continues. Race 2 and 3. Bay Races, most likely a windward – leeward (sausage) followed by a triangle race. Prizes will be awarded at the annual presentation event Saturday 1 December 2018

Sunday 24th June – Ellis Beach. Off the beach racing & just mucking about in boats. BBQ available.

Sunday 24th June 8am to 1pm – Boatshed Sale (Garage Sale) – Bring your boating related surplus stuff to the boat shed by Saturday 23rd with price and sellers name marked thereon and we will sell it for you on the day with a 10% commission going to junior sailing. Contact Wazza 0427994450. Of course, you can also buy some of the goods too!

Saturday 30th June –  2nd Ladies Race – Sam Cadman Series Race 4

WAGS – Every Wednesday. A fun sailing day with others, stress-free and a chance for non-members to sail for the day, just $20 gets you on a boat. Be at the Boat Shed at 12. No need to call anyone, just turn up. Backpackers welcome, the best value day out on the water you can have in Cairns.

Connect to the calendar HERE; you can download a .pdf copy to your phone or sync the calendar.


Commodore’s Commands

“Pollyanna”, our trusty support boat is presently out of the water getting her bottom sandblasted in preparation for the application of anti-fouling paint. This should keep her weed & barnacle free. She should be serviceable for the Anniversary Regatta.

“Pollyanna” gets pampered

Thanks to positive discussions with the new Ports North management the J24 berths have been relocated from the mud at F finger to a deeper location at the beginning of G finger. There is now just room for three J’s so our training J24, “Grannuiale” has a home together with “G&T” and “Summertime Blues”.


Technical Corner

The handicap system using Top Yacht.

When a boat enters a club race, it will be allocated a performance handicap for that race, called its Allocated Handicap (AH).  This AH will be taken from the TopYacht database or will be supplied by the Club Handicapper. TopYacht calculates the results of each race and also recalculates the handicap for each boat for the next race.

After each race a Back Calculated Handicap (BCH) is generated/calculated for each boat. This is the HC a boat needed to be placed equal on HC corrected finish time with every other boat in that race. This is a direct measure of this boat when compared to others in the fleet. For most fleets the reference boat for this calculation is the boat that was placed 45% down the fleet. This reference boat is presumed to have sailed exactly at their AHC. Those in front of it are assumed to have sailed above/better than their AHC and those below conversely. Time has shown the 45% works well for most fleets but may need a small adjustment for some fleets. It the reference point is incorrect then the HCs for the whole fleet will slowly drift over the season.

Time Correction Factor (TCF) and is used to convert a boats elapsed race time to a corrected time. (Cord T) Thus if a boat takes 100 minutes to complete the race and its Performance Handicap  (or TCF) was 0.75 the its corrected time (CT) will be 75 minutes (100 x 0.75). The boat with the lowest corrected time (CT) is the race winner.

Results from race 6, Port Douglas Race Week. Division One

 


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May 2018

Last Month 

 A generally windy month with not much big boat sailing. Lots of other activities though.

Lindsay Joice Inlet Race.

The last of the Lindsay Joice series finished with an inlet race. It was great to see Jai thrashing the big cat, Bagatelle, around the course to come over the line first as well as on handicap. He was closely followed by Impulse only 11 minutes behind considering the difference between a cat & monohull. Impulse ended up fourth on handicap. Volare made a very laudable third over the line and second, only two minutes behind the cat on handicap. Centinella took out third place on handicap with Vanguard following only thirteen minutes behind after over four hours sailing.

Sam Cadman Fitzroy Island Race

Continuing strong winds made this race a bit of a struggle. Once around Cape Grafton the smaller boats were punished having to fight into the sou-easterly. Impulse got to Fitzroy in an impressive time of only 3hrs 33 minutes but blew out a jib in the process. Volare was half an hour behind. Several hours later Alibi struggled in with half the crew ready to mutiny followed half an hour later by Blue Bottle taking six hours and 33 minutes. Well done.

The handicap system had no effect on the overall results.

Impulse on their way to Fitzroy Island

Alibi heads out on their first big race. Well done, it’s great to see a new boat in the fleet.

Month-end Social Night

 The first of our month end “social nights” got off to a great start with the crew of Volare producing a veritable curry celebration. I think I counted five different dishes to choose from together with accompaniments. Well done Volare. The scholarly crew also served up some perplexing trivia questions which, I must say, only exposed our ignorance in matters geographical and nautical.

Mal Stephens has volunteered to host the next social night. As the last Friday, this month clashes with Prot Douglas Race Week and with quite a few boats & crew attending, Mal’s social night will most likely be Friday 2nd June. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for further details.

Ellis Beach Month-end sailing continues

Another great turnout at Ellis with nearly all the Club boats out in blustery conditions that turned into considerably more. Good to see the big cats out as well to show us how it’s done. All boats made it back pretty well in one piece. Thanks to Scott for setting the course and manning the start boat, riding it like a bronco in the increasing chop. A lovely BBQ kept everyone fueled up and keen to revel in the conditions. A big thank you to Barry for the great job he does to keep the whole place organised and boats packed and put away ready for next time.

Don’t forget, the next Sail Ellis day, last Sunday in each month. The next is Sunday the 27th  I’m sure the weather God’s will be a bit more compliant then. See you there.

Sailability forges ahead – Andy Murray

Sailability Cairns has been ticking along nicely week by week with the group from the Endeavour Foundation continuing to bring 10 or so people with intellectual disabilities and their carers every 2nd Tuesday and ARC Disability Services increasing the size of their group from about 4 per session to about 7 or 8 on the alternate Tuesdays.
The big news is that the Rotary Club of Cairns Trinity, through their “Dream Boat Trust” have very generously donated a brand new Hansa 303 Sailability boat, which increases our fleet to four 303s and the little 2.3, which will really help us with groups of this size and help to ensure that we get as much on the water time for these keen sailors during their hour and a half sessions. The boat has been ordered and we’re eagerly awaiting delivery.
While on the subject of generosity, a very generous donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has donated $1,000 to us, which is hugely appreciated and will certainly be put to good use.
Unfortunately, a few of our regular participants have been suffering various medical issues that have been keeping them away from our sessions, from 2.30 – 5.30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so if you know anyone with a disability who would like to try sailing , please let them know that we’ve got room for them on these sessions.
We’re always keen on having new volunteers join us, particularly those who can skipper a boat and this is particularly important for our group booking sessions from 12.00 – 2.30 on Tuesdays, so please give me a ring on 0435013709 if you can help.
Cheers, Andy.

 


Dinghy Learn to Sail – Second Course has finished  

Congratulations to the current LTS student who graduated 28th April from our latest program..

Thank you to the wonderful crew who worked all days tiding up the club dinghy area and getting the boats ready to welcome Cairns High School who are joining us for Wednesday afternoon school sailing. – Scott

Here’s a special thank you from Susan Betts Thanks CYC, especially Scott, Riley,Trish, Sue and the very patient boys (young men!) for all your time and effort that goes into teaching us Newbies, and also for making us feel so welcome. You’re all such a beautiful bunch of people! ( A great tribute to your untiring efforts Scott)

Again, congratulations to all new sailors. We look forward to seeing you on the big boats and honing your skills at Ellis Beach on the 27th. Don’t forget, the best way to find a boat is join Sail Connect, look for an event you would like to sail in and ‘Register your Interest’. Once you have crewed on a boat you will get invitations from them in the future.


Crewing on a keelboat is easy at CYC  (download the ‘SailConnect’ app, click here)

  1. Download the App
  2. Enter your name and details as crew. Tutorials here
  3. Use the “filter” to select Cairns Yacht Club as the one nearby

  4. Go to Events, click ‘Upcoming’ and all of the events you might be interested in.

    When you register an interest, all boats sailing in that event will see your interest and get in touch via the app. Be realistic in describing your abilities; some boats can take crew that have no sailing experience whereas some like to know if you have sailed in dinghies, keelboats or whatever.


Ellis Beach

Ellis monthly Regatta on the 27th May. Here are the boat hire and event entry fees. Get in early as boats will soon be snapped up.

Food / meals / BBQ will be available. Bring some cash.

If you are hiring a boat, please help keep equipment together, so the next person hiring the boat doesn’t have to hunt through the Clubhouse to find missing parts. Each boat has a number to help with this. If something is missing or broken, please let Scott or Barry know. These dinghies only stay serviceable with your help.

DOWNLOAD AN ENTRY FORM HERE

 


Coming UP – This Month – download nomination form here

Tuesday 22 to Saturday 26th May – Quicksilver Race Week – Port Douglas. Book your time off work, this is a biggie, and plenty of boats need crew.

Saturday 26th May – Next learn to sail course starts.  Call Scott on 0410 477 166

Sunday 27th May – Ellis Beach is on again. Bring a boat or borrow one of the Club’s fleet of one man Lasers or try a Nacra 360. Book with Barry early as these will soon be snapped up. Great fun.

Friday 2nd June – Mal’s social night at the Boat Shed. The continuing monthly off the water get together.

Saturday 16th – 17th June – Anniversary Regatta – includes “Rob Leitner Memorial Race”

WAGS – Every Wednesday. A fun sailing day with others, stress-free and a chance for non-members to sail for the day, just $20 gets you on a boat. Be at the Boat Shed at 12. No need to call anyone, just turn up. Backpackers welcome, the best value day out on the water you can have in Cairns.

Connect to the calendar HERE; you can download a .pdf copy to your phone or sync the calendar.


Commodore’s Commands

Welcome, Kevin Moore, incoming Ports North General manager commercial, replacement to Micheal Colleton who’s held that position for 29 years.
Kevin had done his research on CYC, he’s well informed I just filled in a few gaps and grey areas and at no time did we discuss the past in a negative way, it looks like we can move forward now. Kevin has moved from ports Tasmania where he managed 5 ports for the past 5 years so is well versed on how it all works.
I feel the meeting was excellent and very positive for the CYC, for over an hour we discussed the history, our current position, increasing our lease footprint, improvements to the boat shed, SWD, junior sailing, sponsorship, car park, storage and the possibilities of increasing that space as well as shade for SWD sailors.
Kevin was very positive and attentive to all subjects discussed. I’m looking forward to a very good working relationship. He encouraged us to send proposals and requests and he will give his best.

The free parking on Ports North property has been fantastic and just when we were wishing it would be a new continuing arrangement, it ends. Unfortunately, from Monday 14th May and we can only park in the CYC marked locations. Apparently, Ports North will book anyone without a CYC parking sticker in our signed parking spots and if you see someone without a CYC sticker in one of our spots, call Ports North 4052 3866‬.

P.S. As of today our members have approved the new constitution. A big thank you to everyone that turned up to see out the old rules.


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April 2018

Last Month 

 Some pretty wild weather, a great month for stories

Double Island Race.

Windy – here’s what happens when you take a journalist racing & things don’t go quite to plan. Click here to read”

An Outing With the Cairns Yacht Club: Cairns, Australia by Lee Wagner

It was a seven-hour race for G&T, the smallest boat in a fleet of three, understandably we came 3rd and got back in one piece, nothing was broken so that was a good outcome.

First on handicap was Volare revelling in the heavy weather and 2nd went to Centinela after blowing out a spinnaker.

Lady’s Day Race by Niel Robson

What an interesting race we had on Saturday Splish Splash Lady Skippers Race with four boats braving the inclement weather conditions. A downwind start with light changing wind, spinnakers were up till C16 and up again after we rounded C9. The wind keeper moving to the west and then west north-west so down with spinnaker and pull the sails on.
After rounding the mark at Yorkeys, lead it was one tack back to C9 in steady wind and rain. Centinela led all the way up till just before C9 when Volare slowly slid by as the wind picked up with Vanguard then Anastasia with her all lady crew. After a lot of tacking to get up the leads, the positions were unchanged.
On handicap a well-deserved win to Anastasia then Centinela, Volare and Vanguard. Well done to all.
All in all, everyone was very happy after a wet but enjoyable race. A big thanks to Frances for her support for these races it great to see women having a helm and crewing.
Last race in the series is on the 14th April see you then.

Wet’n Happy – Volare crew romping home to third place.

Easter Bunny came & went as did April Fool’s day which probably explains the lack of stories from the Easter cruise to Fitzroy Island.

 

Ellis Beach Season Opener – by Barry Craven

Cats doing battle at Ellis Beach

Well, what a weekend, a great opening regatta. It was so pleasing to see so many classes of boats enter. On Saturday there was a stiff breeze blowing but all, like great sailors, battled on. In the Taser with Greg on Saturday race 1, a first, race 2, a first race 3, a third closely followed by Kelsey race 1 with a second, race 2 a second, race 3 a first,  This was set for a battle set for Sunday, the laser and pacer was a good fleet with Darryl beattie winning 3 races on Saturday with the flying Dutchman very close taking out second on the Saturday racers. Reuben boat had a mishap on Saturday but like true champs they were back for more on Sunday. Hobie/Med Nacras was great to see Don there again. He was first to turn up on Saturday getting set up early. Great work Don. Jamie Leitner was out on the water, good to see you back with three races on Saturday won by Jamie. A/class with Adam Beattie winning all three races on Sat. Maybe we can get some more A/class next sail day to give him a run for his money.

On Sunday the breeze was a little lighter which turned out to be ideal for the dinghies.  This was going to be a great day

Tasers race 1 saw Kelsey winning that one with Greg coming in a close second

Race 2 Kelsey got the money again

Race 3 and again Kelsey first with Greg and crew in second ( and on another note well done to Kelsey at the Nationals well mate you did CYC proud

Lasers and Pacers race 1 Darryl Beattie was first with the flying  Dutchman (Marja) with Giles  in 3rd

Race 2 Darryl Beattie 1st, Marja 2nd

Race 3 Darryl Beattie 1st, Marja 2nd

Hobie/med Nacras race 1, Jamie Leitner 1st with Don 2nd

Race2 Jamie Leitner 1st with Don 2nd

Race 3 Jamie Leitner 1st with Don 2nd

A/Class Race 1 Adam Beattie 1st

Race 2 Adam Beattie 1st

Race 3 Adam Beattie 1st

Race results for the weekend.

Tasers first place Kelsey and crew well-done guys.

Laser and Pacers first place  Darryl Beattie.

Hobie/med Nnacras Jamie Leitner.

A/class Adan Beattie.

And our encouragement award went to Harrison well-done mate a never give up attitude.

A big thank you to Kincrome tools and equipment for the prizes and we will have more for the mid-year regatta so would be great to see the Guys from Townsville, Tinaro, Mission Beach, and Port Douglas attend.

And thank you for all the volunteers to make this a successful day and really big thank you from me. Without you guys these days just don’t happen. Sailing is back at ELLIS

Don’t forget Sail Ellis day, last Sunday in each month. The next is Sunday the 29th  It would be great to get some more boats out at the best place to sail in FNQ, Ellis beach.

 

Jai Tooley smashing it in Singapore.

Ashleigh & Jai in Singapore – WELL DONE

Ashleigh Swaddling from gold coast and I, recently flew to Singapore to compete in the Singapore youth nationals. The regatta hosted 393 sailors from 7 different countries. We competed on the Nacra 15 class which had really close racing between Singapore and Aussie boats. Leading into the final day of competition, there was only 1 point between the top three boats. We managed to get first in the final race which tied us for first place, but we gained second on countback, leaving the Singapore boat to win the regatta. We learnt heaps throughout the regatta with a broad range of wind conditions and made lots of new international contacts. While over there we took part in a homestay setup between Singapore and Aussie sailors while also taking part in their Clean Regatta initiation, which encouraged sailors to limit any plastic waste or water bottles. We also had beach cleanups before racing where all the sailors would clean the local beaches along Singapore. All in all, it was a fantastic regatta that taught me heaps, if anyone from the yacht club would like to take part or join me on some sailing opportunities just feel free to contact me. Jai Tooley

 


Crewing on a keelboat is easy at CYC  (download the ‘SailConnect’ app, click here)

  1. Download the App
  2. Enter your name and details as crew. Tutorials here
  3. Use the “filter” to select Cairns Yacht Club as the one nearby

  4. Go to Events, click ‘Upcoming’ and all of the events you might be interested in.

    When you register an interest, all boats sailing in that event will see your interest and get in touch via the app. Be realistic in describing your abilities; some boats can take crew that have no sailing experience whereas some like to know if you have sailed in dinghies, keelboats or whatever.


Dinghy Learn to Sail – Second Course has started  (Register here)

The course will be held on Saturdays from 8.30am on 2pm,

7th April 08:30 AM 2:00 PM
14th April 08:30 AM 2:00 PM
21st April 08:30 AM 2:00 PM
28th April 08:30 AM 2:00 PM

The program which will go for four weeks and is designed to teach all the key skills required to sail a small sailing vessel safely.. You can register here (click).
See you on the water.  Call Scott on 0410 477 166


Ellis Beach

Ellis monthly Regatta on the 29th April. Here are the boat hire and event entry fees. Get in early as boats will soon be snapped up.

Food / meals / BBQ will be available, lunch dinner and breakfast. Bring some cash.

If you are hiring a boat, please help keep equipment together, so the next person hiring the boat doesn’t have to hunt through the Clubhouse to find missing parts. Each boat has a number to help with this. If something is missing or broken, please let Scott or Barry know. These dinghies only stay serviceable with your help.

DOWNLOAD AN ENTRY FORM HERE

 


Coming UP – This Month – download nomination form here

Saturday 14th April – Lindsay Joice race five, an inlet race

Friday 27th April – NEW- Curry night & low key trivia night organised by the crew of Volare at the Boat Shed. This will be a monthly off the water get together.

Sunday 29th April – Ellis Beach is on again. Take a tent and camp the night. Bring a boat or borrow one of the Club’s fleet from two-man Pacers to one man Lasers. Great fun. There is also the sporty little Nacra cats. Have a go on these; they need to be used.

Saturday 5th May – Sam Cadman Series, Race 1. Another Fitzroy Island race for a fantastic prize, two nights on the island including transfers if you don’t feel like sailing. You can only win one of these per year, so everyone has a good chance.

Saturday to Monday 5th-7th May – Not a keelboat fan? Go to Tinaroo for the May Day dinghy regatta. Find out what sailing in fresh water is like!

Saturday 12th May – Sam Cadman Series Race 2, Bay Race – Race 2.

Saturday 20th May – Sam Cadman Series Race 3, Double Island Race – Race 2

Tuesday 22 to Saturday 26th May – Quicksilver Race Week – Port Douglas. Book your time off work, this is a biggie, and plenty of boats need crew.

WAGS – Every Wednesday. A fun sailing day with others, stress-free and a chance for non-members to sail for the day, just $20 gets you on a boat. Be at the Boat Shed at 12. No need to call anyone, just turn up. Backpackers welcome, the best value day out on the water you can have in Cairns.

Connect to the calendar HERE; you can download a .pdf copy to your phone or sync the calendar.


Commodore’s Commands

RIP carpark -For the next 12 months the CYC Carpark is closed due to refurb on Shangri La, However, current CYC members displaying the orange, soon to be green, windscreen labels will not be issued parking infringement notices by P/N to any vehicles parked in the marina point area until the P/N Carpark and barrier has been resolved .
Do not feed the meter.
Capt John, out

We are hoping the CYC car park will remain this size when we get it back

 

 


ED: We’ve had a fantastic response this month, some great stories. Anyone can have a go. Please call the editor, Hew on 0409976888. Perhaps you can tell me your story over a drink or two? Email at iwantone2@icloud.com (We can fix spelling and grammar slip-ups)

March 2018

Racing into the 2018 – Last Month

The first race of the season was a Bay Race, the first in the Lindsay Joice series. Five boats entered and sailed bravely out into some pretty variable conditions, gusts of 30+ knots were reported, and several mayday calls were heard, fortunately not from our boats. First back over the line was Volare in 4hrs 20 minutes but were beaten by Centinela on handicap. Third went to Wee Welsh Dragon with Vanguard 4th. Anastasia retired.

Not much wind for the start of the Fitzroy race, even less later on.

Our second race was the first of the Fitzroy Island races. A light S-E breeze and an outgoing tide determined a downwind start past the Coffee Shop. Centinela got their spinnaker up early and romped away to C10, the first & only mark, before heading for Cape Grafton & Fitzroy. The light and variable wind favoured the lighter small boats and swung to the sou-west as the leader of the fleet rounded the mark allowing them to keep their spinnakers flying. Approaching Cape Grafton Centinela becalmed with their spinnaker hanging limp like a used handkerchief & about as useful. Soon after G&T sailed into the same hole and, looking back, the rest of the fleet were finding their own patches of no wind. Eventually, the forecast easterly crept towards the leaders prompting tack & cover tactics until G&T headed out to sea as the wind slowly shifted to the south-east. Now six hours into the race the wind decided to abandon the fleet altogether. It became clear that even the leaders would not make Fitzroy by the time limit of 5pm. So after nearly seven hours on the water, one by one, sails were dropped, and engines started, the race was abandoned. At this stage, it appeared G&T was in the lead, Centinela second, Volare third and Anastasia bringing up the rear. So that was it, no points could be awarded and of course, it seemed no prizes could be awarded. There was no chance to re-run this race. The major prize, generously donated by Fitzroy Island Resort, had to be raffled. There is a God in sailing. G&T won the raffle!!!

I didn’t say it was pretty, plenty of pink for a good cause.

In between these two races we supported the Lil Cortis Memorial Race, a charity fundraiser for breast cancer hosted by the Yorkey’s Knob Boating Club. Pink was the dress code with female skippers at the helm. Most boats had all female (looking) crews with some scary disguises filling the decks. All in all  25 boats headed out from Yorkey’s into a light northerly for Double Island. Once around some beautiful spinnakers blossomed for the run home. All were winners, prizes were handed out to all boats that participated from some very generous local business sponsors. $8600 was raised toward this worthy cause.

Cairns Vessel Traffic Service – This visit was an eye opener for a good turnout of skippers and crew from our Club. Firstly, the people behind the voices, are friendly and helpful. Cameras mounted in strategic locations allow them to see movements in the whole of the inlet and out into the channel. They appreciate the effort the Club makes to remain clear of commercial vessels reserving their vitriolic for fishermen in tinnies with no radio trying to catch dinner in the path of a large vessel. The importance of staying clear of ships in the channel was clearly illustrated. To ships, the channel is narrow and shallow. To navigate this, they have to maintain a good speed, usually 8 to 10 knots. This gives them steerage and allows the pressure beneath the hull to lift the ship through the shallow spots. It must be remembered that the channel is not as wide as the markers. For all intents and purposes, ships have NO room to manoeuvre whereas a yacht, even under sail, does. I was surprised that they can’t track vessels in real time on a map in a similar way to air traffic control, but I think that’s coming.  All large vessels now have AIS (Automatic Identification System). This uses VHF or satellites to relay the ship’s position to ground stations. These can be seen on a map but, the report giving vessel name, speed and direction, can be several hours old. You can see a list of major vessels coming and going on the MSQ web site. Click on ‘Ship Movements’, top left of your screen.

VTS control centre – they’re watching you

Big Sign-on Day / Discover Sailing day. – Once again our tireless volunteers in the Club turned out to both these events to help raise the awareness of sailing as a sport and the Club. What surprised many was there is more to a sport than chasing balls, cricket, footy & thugby. Dinghies, Sailability and keelboats were kept busy ferrying enthusiastic potential sailors around the inlet for a unique experience. Yes, we even had a jet ski couple wanting to slow down! (Their backs were killing them).

Signing on for the Discover Sailing day

Discovering sailing. It’s not so hard?

 


Crew for You or You for Crew  (download the app, click here)

Crew for You – We now have ten boats on SailConnect, a great start. However, boat owners. You have to tell SailConnect which events you are interested in sailing. It’s important to show intent even if you are not sure if you can make it on the day. It’s easy to cancel later and doesn’t cost you anything until you actually sign up for the Club nomination form. Go to ‘Events’ and ‘tap’ on a race you might like to enter in then, ‘tap’ on “ATTEND ON YOUR BOAT”. Then you can invite or find crew to sail with you. You are also visible to the interested crew, and they can indicate their availability.

You for Crew – Once you have registered (there is no cost), use the filter so you only see Cairns Yacht Club then go to “Events” and ‘tap’ on and event you would be interested in sailing in. ‘Tap’ “REGISTER INTEREST” and all boats sailing in this event will get a notice that you are interested. If they have space for you, an invite from boat(s) should be forthcoming, and you are on your way. It’s helpful if you can be realistic in describing your abilities so boat skippers can better assign a role for you on their boat.


Dinghy Learn to Sail  (Register here)

It has been a big month for dinghy sailing and the club more generally
Our Learn To Sail program had 16 participants most of whom were adults who have developed their skills and have indicated interest in both dinghy and yacht sailing.
The discover sailing day attracted over 100 people ( a little down on numbers from last year ), but already we have seen an increase in participation numbers across the fleets a big thanks to everyone who made the day such a fun event.
Last week we welcomed over 50 kids from across the region for the annual school team sailing regatta. This year the wind was favourable, so we managed to do a full round of races, but unfortunately, the storm came in, so we had to finish early – great racing great fun and a big thanks to our volunteers.

With the popularity of the CYC Dinghy Learn to sail course on the increase we have decided to open registration for the course early.The course will be held on Saturdays from 8.30am on 2pm,

7th April 08:30 AM 2:00 PM
14th April 08:30 AM 2:00 PM
21st April 08:30 AM 2:00 PM
28th April 08:30 AM 2:00 PM

The trusty Pacer’s with new sails from Ports North – THANK YOU

The program which will go for 4 weeks and is designed to teach all the key skills required to sail a small sailing vessel safely.Next Learn To Sail program kicks off on the 7th of April. You can register here (click).
See you on the water.  Call Scott on 0410 477 166


Ellis Beach

Opening Regatta on the 17th & 18th March. Here are the boat hire and event entry fees. Get in early as boats will soon be snapped up.

Food / meals / BBQ will be available, lunch dinner and breakfast. Bring some cash.

If you are hiring a boat please help keep equipment together so the next person hiring the boat doesnt have to hunt through the Clubhouse to find missing parts. Each boat has a number to help with this. If something is missing or broken please let Scott or Barry know. These dinghies only stay serviceable with your help.

DOWNLOAD AN ENTRY FORM HERE

 

Evry one helps at Ellis Beach – it’s gonna be a great weekend


Coming UP – This Month – download nomination form here

Sunday 11th March – Lindsay Joice race three, the first Double Island race. Out to C9, down to double Island to starboard and back via C9, around 30nm, the longest race in our series.

Saturday & Sunday 17th/18th March – Ellis Beach opening regatta. Take a tent and camp the night. Bring a boat or borrow one of the Club’s fleet from two-man Pacers to one man Lasers. Great fun. There is also the sporty little Nacra cats. Have a go on these, they need to be used.

Saturday 24th March – First Lady Skippers race and continuing the Lindsay Joice series.

Friday 30th March – EASTER RALLY to Fitzroy Island. This is a casual fun sail over to the Island to see if you can spot the Easter bunny.

WAGS – Every Wednesday. A fun sailing day with others, stress-free and a chance for non-members to sail for the day, just $20 gets you on a boat. Be at the Boat Shed at 12. No need to call anyone, just turn up. Backpackers welcome, the best value day out on the water you can have in Cairns.

Connect to the calendar HERE, you can download a .pdf copy to your phone or synch the calendar.


Commodore’s Commands

Want to thank you all for generously offering your time and boat to give the sailing experience to those that otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity otherwise.
From what I saw a lot of visitors did the trifecta, dinghies, SWD, keelboats, so some thought had gone into their visit as a good half day was spent at the club.

I would like to thank those CYC members that made an effort to visit the VTS office at MSQ yesterday, Cairns .I’m hoping you are more informed on what they have to do to control shipping in a busy commercial port like Cairns. VTS and the harbourmaster have indicated their appreciation of the CYC showing interest in what happens on their watch

 


Feature Story

Wazza is found. Romping back into Cairns after his jolly jaunt to Sydney, here’s his final instalment.

20 knots is a fun speed on a Sailing boat but if you hit something at 20 youre gonna do some Damage!
Barefoot was sailing past Seal Rocks with all the laundry out, Masthead screetcher, Full Main and Jib, Heading North in a Southeast wind and the boatspeed was between 17 and 22 knots …. lots of fun! Then BANG! The starboard rudder hit something and broke clean off!
The port rudder was still working fine so we sailed all the way to Yamba with one rudder and didnt even reduce sail.. Luckily it was Starboard tack all the way . When we crossed the rough bar at Yamba the steering was a worry as the only rudder was often in the air when a wave came under the stern! Barefoot made it in safely for a well earned rest.
Stuck in Yamba with only one rudder wasnt a great position to be in .
I read on a facebook post that the famous race cat XL2 had recently updated his rudders so i rang the owner Mike Pebbardy who said i could have one of his old rudders for a bottle of rum!
It was almost a perfect fit with little modification and this will get us back to Cairns! Cant thank you enough Mike!
When the green boat arrived in Brisbane we decided to do the twilight races at Royal Qld yacht club, They gave the Green Boat the last off handicap time for the course but we ended up coming in second behind Cut Snake who started before us. It was a fun race. Thanks to Peter Hacket for crewing and also introducing me to Shaun who invited me to crew on MCJACK , A Diam 24 trimaran in the Surf to City yacht race which we won the big three…. Line honors,
O M R,
Perfomance Handicap !
Thanks shaun!
I was totaly exhausted after finishing the race but was smiling for days!
Being the crew and not the Skipper means ya gotta work hard and i will now show more respect for crew on Barefoot.
BAREFOOT is on her way home to Cairns and is riding on a big high pressure system with strong southeasterlies, a sled ride… Yeehah

What a bottle of rum can buy you

Kerry D has done Adelaide and the Adelaide to Port Lincoln Race plus a few other jaunts around. Click here to see some spinnakers behaving badly. I hope you had nothing to do with this Kerry. Kerry uses the SailConnect app to find fun places to sail. You can too, download the app (click). Good to see you weren’t alone down there, especially when it came to inspecting the vineyards.

Hmmm…. Beanie, scarf, coat + 6 layers under. I’m convinced, sailing below the Tropic of Capricorn is not a good idea…

… but drinking wine is. The CYC cheer squad in SA


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February 2018

Back to Work

And get ready for some great sailing in 2018. Every keelboat has a chance at ELEVEN major prizes.

Choose the column or row you have the best chance in and give it a shot. As we saw last year, the boat that participates the most has the best chance of picking up the most prizes.

Normally a boat’s handicap reverts to the starting value after each series. This year we will carry the Top Yacht adjusted handicap forward to the next series for the first two series (six months). This means if your boat (or your crew) doesn’t perform as well as the starting handicap you have a good chance of picking up a prize especially if you sail all races. You have to be in it to win it!!

This year race nomination fees are remaining the same as last year.

Fitzroy Island are, once again, generously sponsoring races to the island with their fantastic two nights in an Ocean View suite including breakfast & dinner. However, to win it your boat must stay overnight at Fitzroy Island to collect the prize. If you can’t manage that you’ll still get the points for the series but the prize will be raffled. We have four of these prizes to be won but you can only be awarded one each year. This means that coming second on handicap is really worth the effort if you just can’t get past that fast boat. In any case, second and third prizes are a bar tab at Roxie’s Bar on the night so that makes it worthwhile staying too.

Looks like the whole crew could join you.


Get ready for racing

It’s important to remember that we race under the authority of an Aquatic License which can easily be revoked if we don’t abide by the rules. Boat owners are ultimately responsible for the conduct of their vessel.

This means you must have…

  • A written safety plan on board
  • All items on the Cat 6 checklist checked as applicable especially…
  • A copy of the Yachting Australia rules (can be on an iPad or phone)
  • A First Aid kit
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • VHF radio in working order capable of monitoring Ch16 and Ch72 for starts. (One person on board must have a marine radio license)
  • Buckets on a lanyard
  • An anchor
  • Some other stuff. Check out the Cat 6 Checklist.

You also must have insurance with public liability of at least $10m

When sailing in the inlet remember, you must give way to commercial vessels. The commodore has more to say on this below.


Last Month

WAGS has valiantly continued with bottles of rum, vodka and wine liberally handed out to those that do well. Congratulations and it was good to see up to eight boats participating.


Dinghy Learn to Sail

The first Learn To Sail course continues each Saturday until the 24th Feb. Make sure you are there at 8am to get the boats ready. We have 20 buddying sailors 18 of which are adults. So keelboat skippers, if you need crew, that’s where they’ll be.

School Team Sailing starts on Tinaroo on the 25th Feb followed by Cairns on the 4th March and finally Mission Beach on Sunday 11th. Help is always needed, especially in Cairns. Call Scott on 0410 477 166


Coming UP – This Month

Sunday 11th Feb – Half yearly General Meeting. Come along, be informed and have your say, tell us what’s gone well and what could be better. In the Regatta Room at 11am, a chance to buy a new CYC Polo Shirt.

Saturday 17th Feb – Lindsay Joice Series kicks off our sailing season with a Bay Race. Briefing at 9am, start at 10 or otherwise as advised in the sailing instructions.

Sunday 18th Feb – Discover Sailing Day (or Try Sailing). We need volunteers to show newbies the ropes, take them for a sail and, hopefully, get them to sign up. Remember, if you are having difficulty getting crew, here’s your chance to get them on board.

Saturday 24th Feb – Lil Cortis Memorial Race Day. Dress code is pink, boats & crew. You should also have a skipper that looks like a lady even if she doesn’t behave like one.

Saturday 3rd March – Lindsay Joice Series Race 2 which will be the first Fitzroy Island race. (Fantastic prize on offer)

Saturday 11th March – (In case the newsletter is delayed) Lindsay Joice race three, the first Double Island race.

WAGS – Every Wednesday. A fun sailing day with others, stress-free and a chance for non-members to sail for the day, just $20 gets you on a boat. Be at the Boat Shed at 12. No need to call anyone, just turn up. Backpackers welcome.

Connect to the calendar HERE, you can download a .pdf copy to your phone or synch the calendar.


Commodore’s Commands

Stamping out bush fires again. A reminder that sailing vessels have to give way to a commercial vessel in a restricted waterway in a commercial port. Apart from displaying ignorance and poor seamanship here’s what will happen if you get too close.

The bow pressure will initially force the yacht away from the ship. As the flow tracks along the ship to midships there is a tremendous suction created which would suck the small boat into the side of the ship and hold it there until it is spat out at the stern.

Large vessels transit the channel at 10 Knots. The reason is to increase the under-keel clearance and reduce squat which is what happens when the ship slows. In some tidal situations, this could mean grounding.

The Master will have you sighted and call on Ch16. It is imperative that you have a radio on and tuned to Ch16 so if you are called you can make your intentions clear. These transmissions are recorded. You should also make your intentions clear by clearly changing course.

Not anyone we know?

All skippers, owners or at least one crew member should hold a radio license

VHF Radios should be on at all times

If the radio is below and can not be heard top sides, the ship’s radio must be operable from the cockpit, or a hand-held should be carried in the cockpit at all times.

All vessels are deemed unseaworthy if they put to sea without a suitable VHF, especially within port limits.

We may have spot inspections and any vessel that does not have this very basic requirement cannot partake in CYC yachting events which includes wags.

When there are large ships you must GET OUT of the channel as some of them need a clear passage especially between markers C16 to C20. Preferably, sail to the west of the channel as you will get stuck in the mud inside the channel around C18 and that would be a BAD look. As a general principle, think of manoeuvrability. Large vessels have no room or agility to manoeuvre whereas it’s easy for a yacht especially as you could use your engine. Finally, indicate your intentions on Ch16 and at least be listening on Ch16.


Want crew??

There is a new crop of sailors doing the dinghy Learn to Sail course. 18 of these are adults and would love to have the opportunity to crew on a bigger boat. I suggest to be at the boat shed on Saturday lunchtime and make your wishes known.

Keelboat skippers and crew – if you want to broaden your experience there is an easy way to find boats that need crew or an easy way to find crew. Get the “SailConnect” app on your phone. It’s free from Yachting Australia. (Click here to load on an iPad). Click here for an overview.

Cyclone Season

Review the Ports North Cyclone Contingency Plan. Click this link.


Feature Story

Where’s Wazza?

 

Next adventure was breaking a rudder at 20 knots fully powered up. We have to wait ’till next month for that.

Kerry D is heading off to Adelaide for the Adelaide to Port Lincoln Race and the Port Lincoln Week Regatta. Have fun Kerry. P.S. Don’t get in the water, apart from it being 10° too cold I hear there are BIG sharks down there. Ed.


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January 2018

Happy New Year.

2017 went out with a bang

No, it’s not the Boat Shed exploding, it’s the fireworks

 


Last Month

The dust has settled & heads have cleared after the Fitzroy Island end of year party. (See the previous newsletter). The time for eating and drinking too much has also passed. It’ll soon be time to get back into sailing. Congratulations to Scott Davis for convincing Santa to bring him a new boat. We are all eager to see it at the Marina and screaming past us on the water.

We had two significant CYC voyages this month.

Wazza’s adventures in Sydney mixing it with the Sydney Hobart leaders out of the Heads (He said he could have passed them if he was trying). See the Feature Story (below) for more exciting adventures of the Big Green Cat or Barefoot.

Anastasia also sailed south for the big event, 18 days of sailing including 9 or so nights got Gary & Shari down to experience the magic or Sydney Harbour where they were joined by Kerry D for a couple of days. If anyone is looking for a trip back on Anastasia call Gary on 0418 381 656‬


Dinghy Learn to Sail

If you are interested in training, please contact the CYC office for more information, 07 4031 2750. There is no age barrier and, especially if you crew on a bigger boat, this is highly recommended. It’s only four weeks of Saturday mornings with a BBQ after. The first course starts on Saturday 3rd Feb. Please call Scott Davis (the dinghy fleet captain) on 0410 477 166 to confirm you are coming.  Bring a stinger suit (or long sleeved shirt), hat and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet (no thongs).


Coming UP – This Month

16th January 2018, Tuesday – Sailability gets going again, thence every Thursday and Tuesday. If you want to help call Andy 0435 013 709.

3rd Feb 2018, Saturday – Week one of the learn to Sail course. Call Scott 0410 477 166

4th Feb 2018, Sunday – Skippers Briefing at 10am – all you need to know about getting your boat ready for some fun sailing with the rest of the CYC fleet in 2018. To get an idea of the equipment you need on your boat, check out the EQUIPMENT AUDIT FORM – CATEGORY 5 MONOHULLS or MULTIHULLS.  Call Neil ‭0417 625 236‬

10th February 2018 – Biggest Sign On Day – Organised by the Cairns Convention Centre, the free, fun, family day out is an opportunity for young people to discover that there is more to a sport than chasing balls in footy, cricket & thugby. We hope to have a stand with several dinghies set-up and of course we will need enthusiastic members to go along to show young and old that sailing with the CYC is low cost and high fun. Call Kevin 0412 306 130

10th Feb 2018, Saturday – Week two of the Learn to Sail course.

 

WAGS – Every Wednesday. A fun sailing day with others, stress-free and a chance for non-members to sail for the day, just $20 gets you on a boat. Be at the Boat Shed at 12. No need to call anyone, just turn up. Backpackers welcome.


House Keeping

We still need more people with RSA’s so we can keep the bar running longer. A big thank you to those volunteers that have been keeping thirsty sailors throats wet, but it’s not fair to leave it to just a few. They’ll burn out.

Keelboat skippers and crew – if you want to broaden your experience there is an easy way to find boats that need crew or an easy way to find crew. Get the “SailConnect” app on your phone. It’s free from Yachting Australia. (Click here to load on an iPad). Click here for an overview.

Want to sail a little catamaran?

Help, I need sailors

We have several Nacra 350’s at Ellis Beach that are available for anyone to sail. (Best to have done the Learn to Sail course first though). If you don’t use them, they will be SOLD. Same goes for the Lasers so, contact Barry at Ellis. Even though the Ellis Beach opening is not until 3rd March I’m sure if several members got together Barry could organise something. 0428 369 303


Cyclone Season

Review the Ports North Cyclone Contingency Plan. Click this link.


Feature Story

Continued from last month…. (thank you Wazza)

Well, the old “Wreck in a paddock” has finally made it to Sydney.

On arrival yesterday the Green boat sailed in under the rarely used black and green spinnaker right amongst the multihull fleet that were racing in a stiff 20-knot northeaster. The wind picked up fast, and I was massively overpowered and had to get the kite down FAST!

Gaining control, I watched as the very fast “Quickstep” came screaming by (another Cairns built boat ) followed by the great looking tri, “Lukim Yu”. These boats were smoking along looking like huge balls of spray making the very expensive, and big, local racing mono’s look like slow semi-trailers.

 Catching up with Nolwenn who has crewed on “Barefoot” in Airlie, Cairns and Port Douglas was great, and it will be sad to see her leave the country for France… We’ll miss the arrogant frog!

Awesome Sailing moment….

Comanche sliding past Barefoot

We were motoring along Sydney’s Beautiful Harbour on the Double Gherkin when the fastest sailing monohull in the world comes by blotting out the skyline with its towering mast and sails while practising starting manoeuvres for the Sydney to Hobart race in a couple of days. This is an amazing boat and to see it powered up sailing this close was pretty cool.
The sound of the sheets being wound on was heard over 1000 meters away. Can’t wait for the start on Boxing day.

Next on the calendar will be going for a sail on “Panther” the ex “Cynophobe” from Airlie beach. The new owner wants to get her moving a bit quicker, so I’m going to share the things that I’ve learnt along the way.  Hopefully, we can squeeze some speed out of her. This will be followed by the boxing day spectator fleet for the Sydney to Hobart race then the fireworks for Sydney Harbour New Years Eve!!
The Sydney to Hobart yacht race, The second most significant day on the Harbour and the Green boat was part of the spectator fleet. 

Knowing how wild it gets at the start line we decided to go outside the heads to avoid the traffic, and it was awesome to have the big guys coming straight at you with overwhelmingly tall sail area and boat speed. Blackjack was first out of the heads and Barefoot sailed alongside for a few miles keeping a respectable distance when Wild Oats 11 came up behind, and I had to tack away to stay clear of the old girl.

The scene is pretty intense with the big powerful 100 footers and the out of control spectator fleet, big planing powerboats that push out large wakes and confused seas tossing you about. It sure was a spectacle that would be hard to beat.Was under Mainsail only and about to pull out the screecher like those guys had, but it was insanely rough, so I didn’t unfurl it. I’m sure I would have passed them with it. 

I wish I had the opportunity to take more pictures but hands were full.

Several friends had rung telling me that they had seen the Green cat on the TV coverage which was exciting as Cats aren’t actually invited to the party in this neck of the woods. Barefoot has not broken anything on this trip, and it will be good to do the same thing on the way home!Now for the big day on Sydney harbour….. New Years Eve fireworks!

Thanks to Kerry D for the photo

Its a fantastic party and it doesn’t get any better than being on a boat.

9th Jan 2018.

Sitting at Yamba on the northern NSW coast waiting for the next weather window to head north, Barefoot has racked up some miles, adventures, exciting mishaps and of course being in the best spot in Sydney Harbour for the NYE fireworks.
Freinds came down from Cairns and Melbourne, and we escaped the dramas of boats anchoring too close that is always a problem in the Harbour at NYE. It was happening all around us though with people losing control of their big expensive boats and crashing into the bows of other boats while others dragged anchors and picked up other boats’ anchors as they got blown with the wind. It was entertaining and sad at the same time.


Sydney harbour is such a beautiful place, but an unseen force was influencing the decision to head north so up came the shiny stainless steel anchor and Barefoot sailed out the harbour in light east winds heading towards home with no plan or timetable.
As we sailed past Pittwater, we saw the big Monos that were doing the Pittwater to Paradise race.
The wind had gone light northeast, and we were close hauled. The green boat jumped on the tail end of the race fleet and started catching the boats out in front, Wishing that all that cruising gear onboard wasn’t there so we could go a bit faster and was hoping a bit more wind would come in so she could lift her skirt. We got our wish off Swansea when the breeze freshened, and the windward hull started to fly (always exciting no matter how many times I do it) the boats in the race fleet disappeared in the distance and Barefoot was topping 14’s to windward! Oh yeah!
The excitement was shortlived though as a massive thunderstorm was rolling in and that suggested we bravely run away to the shelter of Newcastle while the race fleet stayed out at sea and I hope they didn’t get battered by the front too much??
Next adventure was breaking a rudder at 20 knots fully powered up, but I’ll save that for the next story.


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December 2017

Xmas Special

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  • Presentation night
  • Fitzroy Island Race
  • Dinghy wrap-up
  • Next month
  • Feature Story – BAREFOOTS CRUISE SOUTH FOR THE SUMMER

Last Month

Wrapping up the year. We’ve had a great year’s sailing with huge opportunities for all sailors to complete during the year. The mass of combined events will be repeated next year. We’d love to see even more boats out enjoying our seas. The events “grid” is made up of four sequential races carried out over five or six weeks. Within each of the four sequential series, there were five additional series to be competed for over the calendar year. This means it was not necessary to sail in every race in a series to have a chance at getting a place. For example, each sequential series included a “Fitzroy Island” race and a “Lady Skippers” race. This gave us potentially nine winners in the series events. That was in addition to the “Flagship” events of ‘Commodores Cup’ and ‘Anniversary Regatta’. The sequential series was replicated across the dinghy fleet, so a lot of sailing and some great racing was had by all.

To top it off, presentation night wrapped up a busy year with really great catering from …

 

Trophies presented this year include…

Festival Cup – Sponsored by Shangri La – ‘Fast Forward’ including Commodores Cup – ‘Impulse’ – Frank & Wendy.

Anniversary Regatta  – ‘Wee Welsh Dragon’ – Kevin, This included the Rob Leitner Memorial sponsored by Sue & Jamie Leitner – ‘Fast Forward’ – Brian.

Sequential Series

Lindsay Joice Series – ‘Volare’ – Frances & Neil

Sam Cadman Series – ‘Volare’ – Neil & Frances

Dick Cater Series – ‘Centinella’ – Bill Munro

Summer Series – ‘Impulse’ – Frank & Wendy

Calendar Series

Screen Shot 2017-11-09 at 4.30.57 pmFitzroy Island – Sponsored by Fitzroy Island- ‘Volare’ – Frances & Neil

Screen Shot 2017-12-14 at 10.25.49 am.jpgDouble Island – Sponsored by Pickers Vinyl & Canvas and Allied Bearings – ‘Volare’ – Frances & Neil

Bay Races – ‘Volare’ – Francis & Neil

Screen Shot 2017-11-09 at 4.26.04 pmLady Skipper – Sponsored by Splish Splash Swimwear – ‘Impulse’ – Wendy

coopers-beerInlet Races – Sponsored by Coopers – ‘Volare’ – Frances & Neil

 

Special Awards

Member of the year – Wendy Brace

Junior Member of the year – Celeste Lyons

Most Improved sailor – Kerry Dent

Most Consistent WAGS competitor – ‘Volare’ – Frances & Neil

Most Consistent Female – Francis

Most line honours WAGS competitor – ‘Yes’ – John

Most Line Honours – ‘Impulse’ – Frank & Wendy

Aggregate points – ‘Volare’ – Frances & Neil

Club Champion – ‘Volare’ – Frances & Neil

“Captain Crunch” (the only boat who admitted running aground) – ‘Wild Spirit’ – Bob

Ellis Beach – sponsored by Allied Bearings & Pickers Vinyl & Canvas


Last Hurrah – Fitzroy Island Race

The last race of the year and the Xmas breakup for the yacht Club attracted ten boats including four catamarans. The sailing instructions commanded a 9:30 briefing and a normal but unconventional downwind start in front of the coffee shop at 10:00. The forecast was for a light south-east wind getting stronger as the day progressed.

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The 10am start looked promising with about 5kts of breeze. Three spinnakers blossomed early as the fleet passed over the line with the blooming spinnakers becoming limp rags as the light breeze abandoned the fleet. Wild Spirit and Out of the Blue, being lightweight boats, managed to drift ahead and catch any zephyrs that appeared randomly from the north, then north-west, then east and sometimes south. The rest of the fleet drifted aimlessly in the pond of doldrums mostly progressing backwards on the incoming tide. In fact, from T12 it looked as if most had headed back to the Salt House for refreshments.

The first and only mark to round was T12 and Out of the Blue, and Wild Spirit caught the first of the steady easterly and rounded together. Out of the Blue chose a more seaward course while Wild Spirit snuck up on the inside and took the lead. Meanwhile, back in the fleet, a few motors were called into action to break the impasse on a glassy Inlet. Eventually the easterly reluctantly made an appearance over the hills and the race was on. Rounding Cape Grafton the breeze picked up to 15kts for the beat upwind to Fitzroy now in favour of the bigger boats with their weight and length slicing easily through the choppy sea. The light boats by now were so far ahead that only a breakage could stop them. Wild Spirit crossed the line well ahead of Out of the Blue closely followed by Volare in third place having made excellent progress in the strengthening breeze and short chop.

Now the (unofficial) sailing instructions said that prizes would be awarded only to those boats that were at Fitzroy to receive them at 7pm. You can imagine the excitement on Out of the Blue as Wild Spirit turned around and headed home. Sneakily they had dropped one crew member off to collect the first prize, ah well. Leitning Storm was the first cat over the line and after reprovisioning liquid refreshments headed home. Their prize was a great day sailing.

Thanks again to Fitzroy Island for sponsoring such a magnificent prize for first place. We have had five Fitzroy races this year with this magnificent prize, two nights in their Ocean View rooms for two. These rooms are in fact, a small apartment will all facilities for self-catering, but why would you want to? Dinner and breakfast are included and Foxies Bar provides a generous lunch at a reasonable price.

Crews from at least three boats enjoyed the comfort of the resort over “doing it tough” and sleeping on the boats. So, thank you for supporting the Resort in return for their generous support for our Club.

Results

1st Wild Spirit – Well done but had to go home sending one crew member ashore to claim the prize.

2nd Out of the Blue – Hard work once round Cape Grafton into the chop.

3rd Volare – Well sailed out of the doldrums in the inlet.

4th Bagatelle – Cat – Great to so Jai and his crew, Sophie & Miranda handling this big boat like pro’s. (They did have Kay & Ian helping out on the way over)

5th Italina – Cat – no war stories

6th Vanguard – stuck in the doldrums too long.

7th Centinella – stuck in the doldrums too long.

8th Lakatoi – stuck in the doldrums too long.

Ruby Soho – used their motor

Leitning Storm – were in such a hurry to get to Foxies Bar that they forgot to give Neil their arrival time. Too bad, I think they were first over the line??


Dinghy Sailing

2017 Year in review

Well, what a big year for dinghy sailing. Before I get started, I want to thank all the volunteers, helpers and my excellent team of instructors for their contributions over the year.

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The year started with the CYC Discover Sailing Day which was well attended. Around 160 people had the opportunity to have an experience on both yachts and dinghies, this event which is become a regular event in our calendar will be held on the 18th of March. I was wondering if we should consider making it a fundraising event, by asking people to make a gold coin donation for a community cause like the youth suicide program?

This year, we made some changes to the calendar, which has meant that our Saturday morning social racing sailing program was a bit limited, but I am pleased that Riley, Jai and Daniel have indicated that in 2018, they will be running this for the club. This is important as it provides an opportunity for new sailors to build their confidence and practice the skills that they have developed in the LTS Programs.

We conduced 4 LTS programs, 1 Naval Cadet LTS Program, 3 terms of school sailing, a hosted a regional round of the School team sailing, 2 instructors course, and I am pleased that our instructor pool in continuing to grow in numbers.

While our club vessels have passed there use-by-date, we are holding them together by sheer hard work, and special thanks to Mal and Co for all the work on keeping our pacers going. If we don’t replace our fleet of dinghy training vessel, we won’t be able to undertake the activities required to continue to grow the youth and increase adult dinghy sailors in the club.

And finally, in 2018, the Youth Sailor of the Year was award to Celeste Lyons for her work with the junior sailing program, the SWD program and her mentoring of other girls into the sport.

One of the challenges we have to work out how to respond too relates to the changing nature of our sport. In 2018/19, I hope that we can give consideration to running a Women on the Water (WOW) program and adventure sail days, both of which have been highly successful at increasing participation at other clubs across the region.

While sailing remains the focus of our activities, we need to consider how we as a club can respond to the changing market, which is demanding more social and family activities for short periods of time, time is now the most precious commodity, which for most of us is harder and harder to find.

Merry Christmas everyone, See you on the water. Scott.

 


Coming UP – This Month

  • WAGS – Every Wednesday. A fun sailing day with others, stress-free and a chance for non-members to sail for the day, just $20 gets you on a boat. Be at the Boat Shed at 12. Yes, even the 27th Dec.
  • December 25th – Santa comes to sailors that have been good.
  • December 30th – Informal gathering at the Boat Shed to watch the fireworks. Best view in town. Bar closes at 10pm. Others are gathering on various boats in the Marina so stay around for the New Year.
  • January 2, 2018 at 5:30 PM – 7:00 Sailing Committee Meeting Regatta Room CYC, Cairns – have a say in how we run our events, all suggestions welcome.

Feature Story

BAREFOOTS CRUISE SOUTH FOR THE SUMMER.

by Wazza

Wow, what a month!

The Green Boat is sitting comfortably in Bums Bay Southport with an east coast low blowing southeasterly winds at 30 knots and rain and cold. Brrrrrrr!.
With over a thousand nautical miles sailed since leaving Cairns with Angie. A return to work meant a sad goodbye at Noosa.
There were a lot of adventures and experiences under the belt, and the big one that really stands out is crossing the Wide Bay Bar and the Noosa Bar in the same day with an awesome stop for a few hours at Double Island point.
The spur of the moment decision to stop at Double island point after crossing the notorious Wide Bay Bar in beautiful calm conditions and taking the fisherman’s passage shortcut saving nearly 5 miles off the rhumb line. The wind was non-existent, so we dropped anchor under the lee of D.I. for a surf in small but fun waves on the mini mal.
Angie showed me up with perfect style with me being a bit rusty and grumpy.
We swam with turtles, stingrays, tame fish, crystal clear water and even a pod of dolphins showed up at the point showing off their babies (cute)
With a long list of tropical islands visited and some nice mainland locations, it was obvious that we really are blessed to have such a diverse and beautiful coastline on the Qld east coast.
There are a lot of boats sailing south at the moment, With sometimes up to thirty boats arriving at anchorages each afternoon only to leave early the next day for the next southern safe place to anchor. Barefoot covers the miles pretty easily when there is wind with the best days sailing being 120nm from Percy Island to Great Keppel Island in 9 hrs.
We dragged a lure all the way from Cairns down the east coast, and apart from a small mack tuna that we caught off Dunk Island and threw back, We didn’t catch a thing! I was dreaming of fresh Spanish Mackeral but settled for canned salmon.
Barefoot is going well with no major breakdowns and is surprisingly quite comfortable for a boat of this type.
Lots more stories to come, if you see us in an anchorage head over and say hello.