It’s been a busy start to the year with National Championships and other regattas taking place around the country. Check out our Facebook page for news and updates, just like this one:
That’s not sailing! How about 50 knot squalls in a 505 dinghy?!?! Spare a thought for the 5-0 sailors and all the other sailors competing in the Sail Melbourne Regatta today.
Here is an update from ex Commodore, Lindsay Gilbert competing in the 505 National Championships which is forming part of the Sail Melbourne Regatta.
“We started with challenging conditions during the invitation race and first day of the regatta proper, and with 25 + knots and big seas. Today and yesterday were perfect conditions.
Sailing back to the club today most of the fleet was hit by a dramatic rain/hail storm. Fortunately however we did not get the 50 knot squal the BoM had warned about.
Chris and Ian Gregg have completed all races and look like maintaining their postion at the top of the Queensland contingent.
Mike Holt and Rob Woelfel – multiple world champions from the USA, have a grip on first place with only Robin Deussen and David Snoad from SA able to take any races off them.
Three races and plenty of fun to go”.
Good Luck Richard and Lindsay and to all the QLD competitors.
Now that racing for 2019 has concluded at SYC, there just remains a Christmas get-together barbecue at the Clubhouse this Sunday 22nd around 1100hrs. There’s plenty of meat to throw on the barbie and there will also be rolls and salads (for the weirdos!)
Also happening this week, VMR Brisbane Inc is hosting a Carol’s night with the Food Trucks at the base this Friday from 1700hrs with an appearance for the young ones of Santa around 1930hrs. Everyone is welcome to attend this Council organised event.
To all members and friends – the SYC Executive wishes you and your families the very best for the festive Season. Stay safe and we will see you again in the new year.
The last race day for 2019 is on this coming Sunday (15th) and sees us conducting the Ted Rice Shield.
Warning signal for Race 1 is scheduled for 1200hrs.
We are still looking for another volunteer on the starter/rescue crew. If you are able to help, please let us know.
This Saturday 7th December, Sandgate Yacht Club will be running the Great Queensland Race. This race-day for trailerable yachts and sportsboats will consist of multiple short course races aimed to provide a good amount of practise of race starts and close racing. The Notice of Race can be found here.
Unfortunately no racing yesterday due to strong winds.
The results of the Flying Fifteen Queensland State Championships which were held 2 weeks ago have been uploaded and can be found by clicking the below links:
Racing again this Sunday to complete the Summer Series events.
There has been some changes to the program to allow cancelled events to be rescheduled. Please check each events details as start times have changed etc.
4 days until the FF State Championships and the weather is looking scha-weeet!
Looking forward to catching up with all our friends and making some new ones. We have one boat that has travelled all the way from Darwin!
The Notice of Race and entry form can be found here.
Racing for the Verdon Shield cancelled (or maybe postponed?) due to the forecast strong wind warning current for the race area. It was good to see so many boats being rigged in the yard.
Next event is the Flying Fifteen International – Queensland State Championships 2 and 3 November.
Look forward to seeing all our friends from afar in a few weeks.
All-boats fleet racing again this Sunday for the Verdon Shield. For Flying Fifteen crews this is the last chance to test out the race course before the Flying Fifteen Queensland State Championships being held 2-3 November.
First warning signal is scheduled for 1200hrs. We have booked a high tide of 2.11m at 1344hrs. See you Sunday!
Congratulations to Son and Father combination, Chris and Ian Gregg for winning this years regatta. Last year they were runners up by 1 point to Earle Alexander. This year Earle was runner up.
Thanks to all the visitors who travelled to sail with us this weekend. We hope you enjoyed your experience and look forward to welcoming you again soon. Best wishes to those teams that had a tough time on Saturday. We hope you and your boats recover quickly and come again soon.
A big thanks to Earle Alexander for again graciously sharing his knowledge and experience to other competitors, not just the 5-0’s. We always enjoy having you around the club and look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
Full results can be found by clicking here.
Tomorrow will be the official opening of the 2019/2020 and blessing of the fleet. Boats should be assembled on the rigging lawn by 11:45. A fun race will be held following the formalities.
Sandgate Yacht Club are proud to host this year’s Flying Fifteen Queensland State Championship to be held on the waters of Bramble Bay. The event will be held over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd of November and we look forward to catching up with our friends from Tin Can Bay Yacht Club and beyond. The Notice of Race has been emailed to all FFIA-Q members and also contains the entry form for the event.
If you would like to join in the fun, there are a number of charter boats available and the race committee can always use an extra set of hands. Please contact the club for further information.
The last day of the Winter Series is being held at SYC this coming Sunday. It’s been a close series so far and with a number of crews all contending for the overall win. Another light day is predicted and will test the crews.
High tide at 1105hrs of 1.80m. 1200hrs for the first Warning Signal.
Again, any assistance on the start boats would be greatly appreciated.
It was another beautiful day and great to see so many boats on the water with the Vintage Yacht Regatta being conducted at the same time. Results from yesterdays racing in event day 4 of the Winter Series and current series standings after 9 races can be found on the Events page, or by clicking here..
The final race day of the Winter series is being run on the 18th August.
Day 4 of SYC’s 5 event Winter Series takes place this Sunday 4th August. First Warning Signal at 1200hrs to coincide with high tide. Again if anyone would like to volunteer their time to assist the starters please send us a message.
Very light conditions on the water today testing the crews. 3 races were conducted, the first race being in a very light breeze. The breeze filled in slowly to about 8 knots in the last race.
It was great to see some new faces and some members on the water we have not seen for a little while. Many thanks to Peter and Tom for conducting the races.
Next race day is day 4 of the Winter Series, August 4.
Results can be found on the Events page, or by clicking here.
Currently underway is the Transpac Yacht Race which starts in California and finishes in Hawaii, a race of more than 2000 nautical miles. It is run every 2 years and in the years in-between the PAC Yacht Club holds the Pacific Cup, also known as the “Fun race to Hawaii”.
3 Years ago, the then Commodore, Lindsay Gilbert took part in this epic journey and graciously wrote an account of his experience. Unfortunately this was never published, until now.
Many thanks to Lindsay for taking the time to write this piece. I really enjoyed reading this and hope all our friends do too.
2016 PAC Cup Race – Lindsay Gilbert
The second race day for this years Winter Series is scheduled for Sunday. First warning signal is due at 12:00. All off-the-beach boats are welcome.
If you are wanting to get out on the water but not necessarily race, these events would be suitable as we have a rescue boat on the water. Just sign on and discuss your intentions with the crew.
A lovely day on the water yesterday, although a little cool. The first event of the Winter Series was held and the Race Officers conducted 3 shorter length races providing good practise of starts and mark roundings among other boats.
Prior to setting out onto the water, the crews abandoned the club for a short while to help assist a member to move his boat under construction. We are all looking forward to the Christening!
On the race course, the breeze started SSW and moved throughout the day to SE. With the SSW winds coming off the shore there were variations in strength and direction. In race 1, Relience 17 and SNAffU were declared a dead heat, too close for the race officers to declare a difference. Race 2 was again closely fought between these 2 crews, but Race 3, Relience 17 had the upper hand from the starting hooter.
Next race day is day 2 of the Winter Series, July 7.
Results can be found on the Events page, or by clicking here.
THIS IS IT!! The final event of the season! While all other trophies have been decided, there are still 2 major awards to be competed for in this last race day of the season – The Club Championship and the Aggregate Points Trophy.
First warning signal is scheduled for 1200. After racing there will be a social presentation of trophies for the entire season of events held in the clubhouse in the typical low-key SYC style (blue blazers and black tie optional).
As usual, if you would like to get out on the water and need some assistance in finding a boat, crew or would like to get out on the water with the Race officers, please let us know and we will endeavour to find you a spot. Also, if you will be attending the presentation after racing, could you please RSVP so that we can cater for you.
Thanks and see you Sunday!
A beautiful day on the water yesterday. Only 3 boats competing who experienced shifty conditions from the South. Thanks to all the volunteers that were able to assist.
Full results can be found by clicking here.
Yesterday’s racing for the Bramble Bay Shield was conducted in light conditions that showcased the beauty of Moreton Bay.
Race 1 was started at 11:00 and conditions were around 5kts from the NE with the wind oscillating about 10 degrees. Patrick Kills Oysters got away from the fleet, but there were some close mark rounding amongst the Flying Fifteens behind them. Race 2 had a slight increase in breeze throughout the race building to about 8 knots. Again with oscillations in the breeze, teams started to try using these shifts as well as the increase in tidal flow for tactical advantage.
A beautiful day on the water and a reminder that Winter is not far away. Full results can be found by clicking here.
Next event is the Ted Rice Shield on the 12th May. This is event will be followed by the club’s AGM.
Racing for the Bramble Bay Shield is on this coming Sunday. First warning signal is scheduled for 11:00, not 12:00 as previously stated. This is to coordinate with a high tide of 10:36 and to allow retrieving boats up the ramp while still having a reasonable amount of water.
Conditions are currently predicted to be light from the East.
Thanks to all those competitors that took part in the King of Bramble Bay Regatta this past weekend. A special thank you for all the boats and crews that travelled from afar. Saturday was a beautiful day with light conditions, warm and humid. Perfect for sailing in wetsuits! Sunday was another beautiful day with a little more breeze.
For something different, the RO started the boats at the Shorncliffe Jetty and it was great to see members of the public watching on from the Jetty and the shore. The course set was from the Jetty, to Otter Rock off Woody Point, then aaaallllllll the way back to Schultz’s Canal near the Airport and Nudgee Beach. The final legs were to Fisheries beacon then to the finish off the Jetty once again. A long race, but there was no time to relax with the breeze oscillating about 10 degrees and the occasional shift and variations in breeze strength.
Refreshments were available at the clubhouse after racing and thanks to Sue, Michelle and Lindsay for organising and providing the BBQ and snacks and Graeme for opening and manning the bar.
Results for the event can be found by clicking here. Congratulations to Earle and Rasmus for winning the Regatta and also to Chris and Ian Gregg for providing solid competition, placing as runners up. Earle again had time after packing up to spend talking to other competitors to provide insights and tips for improvement. Thank you Earle and we hop to see you again soon. Chris Gregg helmed Team Primate to be runners up in the regatta, winning the second race on Saturday in the process. We hope to see Chris again and are excited to watch his future in sailing develop.
Next event at SYC is the Ted Rice Shield 12 May. Hope to see you then.
505 class winner and Overall King of Bramble Bay – Earle Alexander and Rasmus Goerge
Flying Fifteen class winner – Greg and Laurie Williamson.
Photos courtesy and thanks to Paul Young.
An absolutely CRACKING days sailing on Sunday at SYC. 7 boats on the water and good to see some familiar faces returning after some time away.
The conditions were spectacular. Starting with lighter and smoother conditions in the first race and finishing the 3rd race with winds approaching 15kts.
Results of these races are being held under lock and key until the trophy presentation.
Summer Series racing continues this Sunday at 1200hrs.
Three races will be scheduled to finalise the Summer Series. High tide of 2.15m at 1137hrs.
Considering the current forecasts from BOM and other outlets, all events at SYC this weekend have been CANCELLED.
A few members have been down to the club to secure their boats and any loose items and we encourage you all to do the same as soon as possible.
Please stay safe and don’t take any risks.
SYC management team.