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DECEMBER 2021 LOG
 

Commodore's Report

Happy New Year! Let’s hope 2022 is better than last year with fewer disruptions to sailing. Hope you’re enjoying the Christmas break. 
 
As I write this, some of our cruising division are enjoying the sunshine up at the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club marina en route to Port Stephens. Hopefully, summer has finally arrived. It’s fantastic to see some of our cruising members spreading their wings. Whether you’re about the journey or the destination, it’s good to be on the water.
 
It was terrific to see so many members at our double presentation celebration. Kudos to team Tic Tacs with a huge table, equally impressive were the Rhumbline team. Not sure how you fit 8 crew members on an Endeavour 27, but they managed! Great to see Juluka pick up some trophies and recognition for our club and crew members for each year. Thanks so much to the many volunteers that made the afternoon a success with a particular thanks to Glenn, our trophy officer. 
 
I look forward to seeing you on the water soon. Our racing program kicks off from Friday 7 Jan, we’ll reschedule the Commodore’s Cup and have the Australia Day Regatta on Wednesday 26. Sadly no fireworks this year. The bar will be open after the race, but no evening event.

Happy sailing
Karen
Commodore
Congratulations to Brian Christenson, Honorary Life Member

Vice Commodore's Report

The Presentation Day was a success with great weather and a good roll up of Members, the Commodore and Rear Commodore moved things along smoothly.
 
I was stunned and for some time lost for words on being awarded Honorary Life Membership, to me the highest award a Club bestows on a Member. I thank you all.
 
Prawns and kebabs were supplied for the last Twilight race, the food was great with Bert cooking the kebabs, they were delicious.
 
After the late call due to the weather regarding the Saturday race, those that did not race had prawns for lunch, and after the race father and son Dim and George cooked the kebabs and did a great job, Bert again was behind the bar and helping out.
 
I was slack and did not realize the defrosting prawn fluid was all over the kitchen floor. Our Commodore Karen jumped in and mopped it up, thank you Karen.
 
From my past in Rotary as Secretary and President I had presented a couple of awards to outstanding Members for their assistance.
 
After my stints as RC, C, RC and C of the Club although I have had great assistance from the Board Members and Members, I felt there were two Board Members, Steve Hall and Warren Browne, both had been of great assistance to me and I presented them with a small gift of appreciation.
 
Bert has been the backbone of the kitchen looking after purchasing the food for the Twilights and has also put his hand up to supply the items for Saturday Breakfast except for the bread rolls.
 
A roster has been drawn up for the Twilight series with the Yachts known to be attending and will be extended when the list expires.
 
Friday 7 Jan                Rhumbline 1V.
Friday 14 Jan              TicTacs.
Friday 21 Jan              Juluka.
Friday 4 Feb                In Tune
Friday 18 Feb              Scallywag Too.
 
Saturday Series Bay roster has also been drawn up till March 2022, remember there will only be catering for the breakfast, none after the race.  A bar steward is required in the morning and after the race.
 
Sat 8 Jan                     Halcyon Daze
Sat 15 Jan                   Juluka
Sat 22 Jan                   Griffin
Sat 29 Jan                   Vamos
Sat 5 Feb                     Resurgent
Sat 12 Feb                   Wundurra
Sat 19 Feb                   Blys
Sat 26 Feb                   Wasabi
Sat 5  Mar                   Stingray
Sat 12 Mar                  ???
 
I would like to thank those of you that I have not mentioned but have helped in many ways to keep the Club running, and wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year
 
Looking forward to seeing you in February 2022.
 
VC Brian

Rear Commodore's Report

So far, the 2021-22 sailing season has been pretty underwhelming. After the delayed start due to COVID restrictions, we have so far lost 7 (3 Twilight, 4 Bay) of the 16 scheduled races due to strong winds. Hopefully, the second half of the season will deliver improved sailing conditions.
 
Thank you to all members who put their hand up to assist with running the proposed sports boat regatta in January. We received advice from ASBA shortly after Christmas that the regatta, which was for their national titles, would be postponed due to concerns about the impact of COVID on interstate travel. We expect to hear from ASBA in a month or so about rescheduling the event – updated plans will be posted in the Log.
 
I’m sure that our yacht is not the only one in the fleet that has suffered from poor and illegal behaviour from jetskis (PWC). These interactions seem to be increasing in prevalence this season. Skippers and crew are reminded that the local RMS Boating Safety Officer (BSO; contact details in the Blue Book) is happy to pursue perpetrators on behalf of all boaties. If you are subjected to or witness inappropriate behaviour from PWC riders, please make a note of the PWC registration number. Photos or video of the event would also be useful. You can attempt to contact RMS in real time, via VHF channel 16, or by mobile – if they are patrolling, they may be able to respond immediately. Alternatively, I am happy to follow up with the BSO if you witness illegal behaviour that affects others out on the water. See the NEWS section below for some examples from the RMS PWC Handbook of rules and regulations for jetskis.
 
Racing resumes in 2022 on Friday 7th January (Twilights) and Saturday 8th January (Bay racing). The first Bay race is a non-point score race (Clayton’s Commodores Cup). Please note that the first Saturday point score race (15th January) starts at 13:30, not 13:00 as printed in the Blue Book.

May the New Year deliver us many race days of sunshine and fair winds. Happy New Year to all. Stay safe, stay healthy, see you on the water in 2022.

Phil

Cruising Report

Well, December has passed. I don’t know about you, but I’m still wondering when summer is going to arrive.  I’ve noticed a few of the cruisers about getting prepared for when it does.
 
Spotted Renegade and family returning from pleasant Xmas day over at Larpa. Putting that idea on my Xmas list for next year. Hope they don’t mind the neighbours popping in.
 
Vamos was out on Boxing Day to wave to the Sydney to Hobart fleet as they passed Botany Bay. I’m sure it was from a distance, because with the 20kt southerly blowing they were tacking away from the coast as they passed.
 
Mio Dio and the Moody used the southerly to push them up to the harbour on Boxing Day – a pit stop on the planned trip to Port Stephens.  Vamos are meeting up with them in Pittwater as soon as the seas are suitable for the captain. Rumour has it that Acruix, who has been relaxing in Cowan Creek for a few weeks, may join them.
 
Last I heard of Pit Pony was that they were hanging out in Panama, looking to journey through the canal in the not too distant.

News

Tender and Pontoon Use
Just a reminder that the tender and club pontoons are there for those with a boat on the Club’s register to use on weekends and public holidays. This should be a quick trip to drop off crew and gear with priority use for those participating in club events. Please put your name & mobile number on the whiteboard when you borrow the tender - refer to the Club's Tender Use Policy.
 
If you’d like to use the tender or pontoon mid week, please be courteous and check with Tim at Endeavour Boat Shed. 
 
After using the tender, please tilt the motor and put the fuel in the storage box on the tender pontoon. Full members should have received a text from the Commodore with the padlock combination - ensure the padlock is closed and the numbers scrambled at all times, otherwise the combination code will be revealed to all.
Presentation Day
Early December saw the long overdue celebration of our winners and placegetters from the last two seasons. A huge thanks to our Trophy Officer, Glenn Huggett, for putting together a great selection of trophies across both seasons. The lists of awards for 2019-20, and for 2020-21, are below.

Season 2019-20
Season 2020-21
PWC Interactions
As per the Rear Commodore's report, skippers and crew are asked to report any incidents of inappropriate or illegal behaviour by PWC riders. The following examples from the Roads and Maritime Service PWC Handbook describes some of the regulations that govern PWC use. Botany Bay and surrounding waterways are classed as a 'PWC Restriction Zone' in the regulations.

PWC (Jetski) regulations (RMS)

When driving a PWC at a speed of six knots or more you must keep the vessel a minimum distance of:
• 30 metres from any other vessel, land, structures (including jetties, bridges and navigation markers), moored or anchored vessels, or if that it is not practicable, a safe distance and safe speed.

PWCs are not permitted to be driven in an irregular manner within 200 metres of the shoreline in a PWC Restriction Zone.
 
Examples of driving in an irregular manner include, but are not limited to:
• Driving in a circle or other pattern
• Weaving or diverting
• Surfing down or jumping over or across any swell, wave or wash.

This means they must be operated generally in a straight line within 200m of the shoreline.

Members' Corner

Members' Contributions
The Editors welcome input from Members to the BBYC Log - old photos, reports on how you're sailing through social distancing, other items of interest. The best 5 contributions will win a prize. Please send input to: phillipwidders@optusnet.com.au.

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