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.

Verdon Shield

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!

King of Bramble Bay Regatta

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.

Flying Fifteen State Championships

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.

Final Winter Series racing

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.

Winter Series racing – Day 4

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.

Winter Series Racing

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.

Winter Series racing – Day 3

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.

Transpac and PAC Cup races

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

Winter Series – Day 2

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.

Winter Series – Day 1

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.

2018/19 Season finale

Sailing season’s final event

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!

Beautiful day for the Bramble Bay Shield

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.

Bramble Bay Shield

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.

King of Bramble Bay Regatta news and results

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.

Photos:
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.

Summer Series Race report

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.

Sailing Sunday

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.

Verdon Shield results

Beautiful conditions yesterday for the Verdon Shield racing. There were some stronger and lighter breezes in places as well as some wind shifts to keep the crews on their toes. Relience 17 managed to again take out the win with 2 race wins from 2 starts.

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

Verdon Shield


This coming Sunday 13th January Sandgate Yacht Club will be hosting staging the Verdon Shield, a Handicap event based on VYC Yardstick. The weather forecast is looking magnificent with a 10-12 kt SE’ly breeze and a high tide of 2.1m at 1:58pm.

All boats welcome and remember, we have a club Flying Fifteen available to sail.

A late update of last weekends events. Saturday SYC ran the Great Queensland Race which saw 5 crews take on the short racing series for Trailer Sailers. 6 short course races were run and Peow Peow won all 6 races. A great effort.

Sunday were races 3 and 4 of the Club Championship. 6 boats including a 505 and Sharpie participated. In the first race, Relience 17 were called OCS and returned to restart. SNAffU won the race on handicap with the gap to Relience 17 remaining constant throughout. Race 2 saw a clean start and Relience 17 controlled the Flying Fifteen fleet from the front. The 505 and Sharpie were having a blast on the reaching legs with the moderate breeze and surfing conditions.

All the results can be found on the Events page, or by clicking here.

Next event on the calendar is the Christmas Fun Race and BBQ 23 December.

Summer Series – Races 3 and 4

Sundays racing saw 6 boats make their way out to the race course in conditions that were building from a light breeze to what ended up being gusts to 20 knots from the NE.

Race 1 had 5 starters but only 3 finishers with the Lightweight Sharpie retiring before the start with problems. Both 3710 SNAffU and 3572 Relience 17 elected to use the new style jibs and both met at the top mark together ahead of the fleet with nothing but a layer of gel coat to separate them. After the excitement of the first mark rounding behind them, SNAffU lead for the remainder of the race, closely pursued by 3257 Think Big. Think Big declared the victor on corrected time, Relience 17 a retirement.

By the start of race 2, the breeze was solid with strong gusts, but underneath the dark clouds was softer breeze. Only 3 boats started this race, 2 finishing with Stirfry withdrawing on the second lap. SNAffU declared the winner on CT and Think Big 2nd.

Next race day is 9th December. If you want to get involved on or off the water, please reach out. We have a club boat available to sail and positions on the Race Officers boat.

Results can be found on the Events page, or by clicking here.

Summer Series Day 2


Racing again this coming Sunday. First warning signal is scheduled for 1200 hrs. If conditions are suitable, the race officers will try to fit in another race to make up for the abandoned races from 14 October.

Hope to see you there. Remember, we have a club boat available to sail and if you are a skipper looking for crew, or crew looking for a skipper, please let us know and we can put you in contact with someone.

Social sailing

This Sunday 11th is not a scheduled race day, but there will be a number of members taking boats out for a bit fun and training. Members are requested to assist mowing the grass in the hardstand area before sailing from 8am.

Club Championship – Races 1 and 2

The first 2 races of this years Club Championship have been run. The weather forecast predicting a strong change kept a few boats away, but 3 boats started both races and experienced a variety of conditions.

For the sail out of the creek the competitors were battling the last of the tide and a light and shifty SE breeze. Once out of the creek the breeze had increased a little and by the time the first race got underway, the breeze had settled in ESE. There were many close passes on the windward legs and a few overtaking manoeuvres on the reaching legs. Micky Occhi Blue edging out SNAffU with Ghost Magic close being in third place.

Race 2 the forecast change was starting to push through. The shifts were very small now and increased wind strength meant the crews had to work harder. Through the race the breeze kicked again and turned to the right. Micky Occhi Blue 1st over the line, narrowly beating SNAffU and Ghost Magic DNF.

An exciting days racing with no damage reported. Thanks again to the volunteers giving up their time to prepare and run the events – Dobo, Mumbles, Tom, Liam and Bill. The next racing events, Summer Series races 3 and 4, are not until November 25. There are a few boats looking to go for a social/training sail on November 11. If you would like to join in, please make contact.

Results can be found on the Events page, or by clicking here.