Season trophy presentation and AGM

Sandgate Yacht Club’s AGM and Presentation of Trophies for the Season 2023/24 will be held upstairs in the Clubhouse this Sunday at 1200hrs.

Afterwards join us for luncheon, tea coffee, or a drink from the bar. Guests invited. Please RSVP for catering purposes.

Final races for 2023/24 summer season.

The last races of the 23/24 Season are being held this Sunday at Sandgate. Rescheduled races 5 & 6 of the Summer Series is on the program, with the Warning Signal for the first race at 1100hrs.

High tide of only 1.77m at 1104hrs.

A reminder that the AGM and Presentation of Trophies will be held upstairs in the Clubhouse next Sunday June 2nd at 1200hrs. We look forward to your support on this occasion.

Club Championship – final races

Racing at Sandgate this Sunday for the last two races of the Club Championship of 2023/24 Season.

A high tide of 1.63m at 1223hrs means the first Warning Signal will be sounded at 1200hrs.

All welcome to sail or assist the Start and Rescue Crews.

Bramble Bay Trophy

Welcome back after the long break for Easter, SYC is racing again this Sunday for the Bramble Bay Trophy.

First Warning Signal at 1300hrs with high tide of 1.55m at 1335hrs, and light Easterlies predicted.

As usual it’s an All-Boat fleet and any assistance to help in running the Start and Rescue boats is always welcomed.

Summer Series racing

Racing at Sandgate Yacht again on this coming Sunday 17th March. A minimum of 2 races are planned as part of the Summer Series.

The first Warning Signal is scheduled for 1300hrs.

High tide of 1.51m at 1507hrs – and a predicted forecast of around 15kts ESE’lys.

Ted Rice Shield

Another early start this Sunday at Sandgate for the Ted Rice Trophy. Warning signal at 1030hrs with a high tide of 2.41m at 1013hrs.

The forecast is looking ideal for great day.

Any assistance given to run the races will be welcomed.

Club Champs – races 4,5&6

While it wasn’t the prettiest of days off the water, it was good fun on the water today. 15-18kts breeze from the SE felt strong and heavy at times, but the water was flat (by Sandgate standards).

Due to a few members on injury timeouts and others away there were only 3 boats today competing in the Club Championship races. 3 short windward/leeward courses were set by PRO John Mitchell, the right hand side of the course was favoured by all with slight increase in breeze and lift off the shore.

SNAffU topped the day with 3 x 1st places. Criss Cross had a shaky first race but finished strongly with 3 x 2nd places. And Secret 15 with John and young Harry from Brownsea Water Activities Centre nipping at their heels with 3 x 3rd places.

Next race day is for the Ted Rice Shield 25 February.

Summer Series races 4, 5 and 6

Aaand we’re back!

After what seems like an eternity, we are back with club racing at Sandgate. Summer Series races 4, 5 and 6 are being conducted on Sunday with race 4’s warning signal scheduled for 11:00. The weather forecast looks okay with 10-12 knot winds with a chance of showers, but it’s better than what was being offered earlier in the week.

Our thoughts are with our friends up north facing cyclone Kirrily. Townsville Sailing Club recently extended a very warm welcome to me when I was in town for the weekend and I hope you all get through this one safely.

We hope to see you on Sunday!

Christmas Fun Race

Last outing for the year this Sunday at SYC. A Christmas Fun Race starting and finishing off the pontoon in the Creek.

Starting time no earlier than 1100hrs with a high tide of 2.51m at 1250hrs.

Celebrate afterwards upstairs in the Clubhouse from 1400hrs.

King of Bramble Bay Regatta

Today we celebrated the life of Keith Nickerson and his association with SYC and the broader boating community on the northside of Brisbane by naming the SYC boat shed in his honour. It was great to hear the history of boating activities in the area and the history of the club first-hand from Keith’s son Greg and others close to him.

The Nickerson family’s business Northside Marine have supported and sponsored the club for over 30 years!

Following the service and some morning tea, competitors took to the water to complete the final 2 races for the King of Bramble Bay trophy. 2 races were held on Olympic Triangle courses in a pleasant 10-12 knot NE’er. This year the King of Bramble Bay was SNAffU with a convincing 3 wins from 3 races.
Races 1-3

King of Bramble Bay Regatta

The first race of the King of Bramble Bay was run today, a long course around fixed marks taking in all of Bramble Bay.

Not to mention names, but after one boat had a little snafu on the start line, the fleet headed towards Woody Point on a mission to locate the Otter Rock Buoy. Some boats were heading towards Redcliffe, some towards Bells Beach at Clontarf but eventually it was found and the secret was out. Then a long leg to Kedron Brook/Shultz’s Canal/“the floodway” was the next navigation challenge for the teams followed by a return to the finish via the Fisheries Beacon. An elapsed time of 1hr 47 minutes for the winning boat.

Day 2 will start with a dedication service at10:00, for the naming of the clubs boat shed in memory of Keith Nickerson. All are invited to attend before we launch our boats for races around set marks, which may include windward/leeward and triangle courses.

King of Bramble Bay Regatta

King of Bramble Bay Regatta (2 day event) at Sandgate this weekend.

Warning signal for both days at 1200hrs.

Saturday’s race to start off the Pier and around fixed marks covering Bramble Bay. Sunday is our “normal” courses around set buoys off the shore of Shorncliffe.

There will be a dedication service at the Club on Sunday at 1000hrs for the naming of the SYC Boat Shed in the memory of Keith Nickerson. All are invited to attend before we launch our boats.

Verdon Shield

The Verdon Shield was conducted today in a cloudy and mostly fine day with 12 knot ENE breeze. 5 boats took to the course and with some regulars being away, there was some new crews in boats.

2 races were conducted using Olympic Triangle courses. Congratulations to Ariane and Duncan on Soggy Sox winning the day with 2 race wins closely pursued by Ffunnily Enuff.

Full results can be found on the Results page or by clicking here.

The next race at the club is the 2 day King of Bramble Bay Regatta 2nd and 3rd December.

Club Championship results

The Results page has been updated with all past results including last weekends first 3 races of the Club Championship series. The rain cleared for the Championship races and it ended up being a lovely day, albeit overcast, with roughly 12 knots of breeze from ESE. Windward/Leeward courses were set and the legs were lengthened after the completion of the first race to allow a longer race.

The next event is the Verdon Shield 19 November.

Club Championship racing

Racing this Sunday at Sandgate for the first 3 races of the 2023/24 Club Championship series.

The first warning signal is scheduled for 1300.

High tide of 1.99m at 1502hrs. All boat fleet.

Assistance with Starters and Rescue Boat is always welcomed and appreciated.

Flying Fifteen State Championships – Final wrap up

Day 2 conditions were more spicy with a 15-18kts NE’ly and with a larger NE’ly swell which was great for surfing conditions. Full results are following, but to say the finishes were close would be an understatement, keeping the race officers busy.

In the overall results, there were ties to split for 2nd/3rd, 4th/5th as well as 9th/10th, but at the end of the day Ashley Smith and Kim Thumpkin took out the win with some great performances and fleet management. The Silver Fleet trophy was won by Peter Croft and Lindsay Gilbert. Congratulations also to Peter Shaw and Jonah Sayer for winning the Most Improved award with an outstanding 2nd day. Big thanks to the PRO John Mitchell, and all the volunteers on the start boats, rescue boats and the organisers – the event would not be possible without you.

There was much talk of the upcoming National Championships to be held at Lake Macquarie Yacht Club in January – get your entries in!! We hope to see everyone there! Let us know if want to be there but are having troubles in some way.

The next State Championship event will be held in Tin Can Bay and we can’t wait! It’s a great part of the world, with great sailing waters (but don’t tell anyone!)

Results can be found here:
Scratch results
Handicap results

Video 1
Video 2

Qld Flying Fifteen State Champs – Day 1

Day 1 of the Flying Fifteen State Championships has been run with 3 races in a 10-12 knot ENE breeze. Conditions were absolutely superb – clear skies, sparkling water and warm, but not hot.

Racing starts at 12:30 tomorrow in an effort to beat the stronger forecast winds and to help let or visitors get away sooner.

Race 1 results:
1st Sake
2nd Vera May
3rd Cool Bubbles
4th Up Ship Creek
5th SNAffU
6th Ffunnily Enuff
7th Soggy Sox
8th Flying Fandango
9th Think Big
10th Effeffex
11th Flying Fish
12th Secret 15

Race 2
1st Vera May
2nd Sake
3rd SNAffU
4th Cool Bubbles
5th Ffunnily Enuff
6th Up Ship Creek
7th Flying Fandango
8th Think Big
9th Effeffex
10th Flying Fish
11th Soggy Sox
12th Secret 15

Race 3
1st Sake
2nd Up Ship Creek
3rd Vera May
4th Cool Bubbles
5th SNAffU
6th Ffunnily Enuff
7th Think Big
8th Soggy Sox
9th Flying Fandango
10th Flying Fish
11th Effeffex
12th Secret 15

Race 2 start
Race 3 start

Queensland Flying Fifteen State Championships

The boat yard is filling up for the Queensland Flying Fifteen Championships happening this weekend. There was plenty of rigging and tinkering going on today.

At this stage we are expecting 12 entries – 1 Classic, 3 Silvers and 8 Open boats. Competitors are coming from Tin Can Bay Yacht Club, Lake Macquarie Yacht Club, Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club, Brownsea Water Activities Centre, Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron and Warwick Sailing Club. The weather is looking perfect with winds around 12 knots from the ENE forecast.

It’s not too late to enter!

Merv Anderson Sprint Series – results

Racing for the Merv Anderson Sprint Series was conducted yesterday with 7 Flying Fifteen’s in the fleet using the series as a warm up for the upcoming Flying Fifteen Queensland State Championships next weekend.

10 windward/leeward races were conducted over a short course with a downwind finish. Each race lasted for about 6 minutes and getting a good start was critical over such a short course.

After 10 races, the final result came down to a countback with Ashley Smith and Kim Thumpkin winning on Sake, and Greg Williamson and Chris Howell on SNAffU placing 2nd. Full race results can be found here

This coming weekend 21 and 22 October, the club will be hosting the Flying Fifteen State Championship and we will be expecting 12-14 boats and crews from Tin Can Bay, Darwin, NSW and Victoria to join in a great weekend of competitiveness and comradery.

Merv Anderson Sprints

Early start this Sunday at 1000hrs at Sandgate for the Merv Anderson Sprint Series of racing.

A short-course series of multiple starts and quick races of close racing to hone skills. High tide of 2.20m at 0946hrs.

Early prediction of 10-12 NE breeze.

Summer Series races 1-3

The first 3 races were held today for the Summer Series. Conditions were beautiful with a light 5-8 knot breeze. Welcome back Ariane and Duncan and also Ashley and Kim.

Big congratulations to Cooper and Dylan who had their first race win in Secret 15. Keep up the great work!

Full results for todays racing can be found here

Summer Series racing

The sailing season 2023/24 kicks off on Sunday with 3 races scheduled. All 3 races will form part of the Summer Series, a performance handicap series.

With the upcoming Qld State Championships for the Flying Fifteen class in just a month, this is a good time to prepare with racing on the same course area.

The warning signal for the first race is scheduled for 10:30am. An informal race briefing is planned for 9:30am (‘ish).

Flying Fifteen State Championships

Sandgate Yacht Club is proud to host this year’s Flying Fifteen Queensland State Championships.  This year’s Championships will be held on the weekend of 21st and 22nd October on the waters of Bramble Bay and we would like to welcome all Flying Fifteen members, life members and visitors to join in a social and competitive event.

Entry form and further information can be found on the Notice of Race

Opening Day

Season 2023/24 Opening Day at Sandgate Yacht Club is on this Sunday 3rd September. The program for the day’s events:

1030 Morning Tea upstairs in the Clubhouse to welcome dignitaries and guests.

Boats assemble on rigging lawn in front of Club.

1100 Blessing of the Fleet officiated by Reverend David Taylor.

1130 All crafts taking place in the Sail Past fall in behind “Cape Moreton” and proceed past the Pontoon.

After the conclusion of the formalities a informal race around fixed marks in the Bay will start and finish in the creek followed later by refreshments upstairs in the Clubhouse.

High tide of 2.22m at 1153hrs.

All welcome.

Winter Series finale

The final day of racing for this years Winter Series was conducted Sunday in light conditions.  3 races were conducted and 7 boats took to the water for windward/leeward course in SE breeze.

Some close racing was had throughout the fleet.  It was great to see the Brownseas Scouts out on the water again.  Cooper and Ollie having a lot of fun trapesing on the leeward side and laughing a lot.

Congratulations to Neil Lestor and Graeme Dobson for winning this years Winters Series and congratulations also to David Larter and Albert Schauss for being this years runners up.  Both teams with consistent results throughout the series.


Races 9, 10 and 11

Overall Series results

Winter Series – Day 4 results

Day 4 of the Winter Series races today – 3 races were slated, but only 2 eventuated due the weather playing games. It looked like an awesome weather day before we left the boat ramp! Both races were windward/leeward courses with a downwind finish. Race 1 started in 10+ knots and slowly faded as the day went on, making gear changes necessary and keeping the crews on their toes. 6 boats took to the course including Cooper and Luca from Brownsea Water Activities Centre who are improving every week!
There is just 1 race day remaining in the Winter Series, to be conducted on 20 August.

Results - day 4