No racing this weekend

With regret, the Executive of the Sandgate Yacht Club has decided to cancel and reschedule this Sunday’s event, the Bramble Bay Shield. This was done for a number of reasons, primarily due to the continued amount of debris entering Moreton Bay and Bramble Bay.
We hope this information provides you enough time to make alternative plans to your weekend, as we know there were a number of people travelling to compete.
Stay tuned for an new event date. The next club event is Club Championship racing, planned for March 20.

Summer Series Races 3, 4 & 5

It was an interesting day of sailing yesterday for 3 races in the Summer Series. There was a nice 10 kt SE’ly on the way out to the race course, but had dropped to 5 kts for the start of the 1st race. Conditions continued to change with each of the passing heavy clouds. There was a large southerly shift in the final race of the day.

There were some very close finishes and close racing throughout the fleet.

Welcome to Lauren who sailed with Chris, Spike who sailed with Peter on the 505 and welcome also to Mike and Jeff who sailed the club boat.

Results of the days racing can be found on the Events page.

Next race is the Bramble Bay Shield to be held on March 6.

Summer Series racing

After the disappointment of having to cancel the Ted Rice Shield on February 6th, that event has now been rescheduled for 22nd May (a fortnight after the Excelsior Cup).

This week sees the running of 3 races for the continuation of the Summer Series (races 3, 4 and 5). First Warning Signal at 1100hrs with high tide of 2.39m at 1152hrs.

Assistance always appreciated on the Start and Rescue boats.

Keep Covid Safe.

Ted Rice Shield

Racing again this Sunday at SYC for the Ted Rice Shield. First warning signal is scheduled for 1200hrs. High tide this Sunday at 1304hrs of 2.20m.

Assistance always appreciated with starting and rescue duties.

Club Championship races 3 & 4

SYC conducted its first races of the new year and it was great to see new boats in the hardstand and some friends we haven’t seen for some time, returning from cruising and locked down in isolation.

After a week of strong winds, we were greeted with perfect sailing conditions. 6 boats made their way to the start for Club Championship races 3 & 4. 5 x Flying Fifteens and a Status 580.

The breeze was a fairly steady 10-12kt ESE, but on the race course there were patches of 8-10kt breeze, a small swell which didn’t cause much drama upwind, but were handy downwind if you could get on them.

The start line was not favoured to either end and SNAffU managed the starts the best and also won the first race. Ffunnily Enuff found their groove in the second race and were able to contain the fleet for the win. Close racing was had throughout the fleet. Results of the days racing can be found on the Events page.

Next race is the Ted Rice Shield on the 6 February.

Christmas Fun Race

Christmas celebrations at SYC this Sunday in the form of a fun race starting and ending at the pontoon in the creek around 1000hrs.

All boats welcome.

Afterwards continue to share the festivities with a planned lunch and refreshments with your fellow members.

Season’s Greetings to All.

Verdon Shield

Anne Verdon and Spike Verdon, with RO John Mitchell presenting the Verdon Shield to this years winners Greg and Laurie Williamson. There were tough conditions for Sunday’s racing with 18+ knots from the SE. The fleet consisted of 3 Flying Fifteens, a 505 and a Lightweight Sharpie.

Anne and husband Tom were strong supporters of the club for many years. Many Junior’s were brought through the club and went onto further their sailing. Tom had a reputation for being one to follow and enforce the sailing rules of the day.

Tom’s father, Reg (the namesake of the trophy) was a founding member of the Sandgate Yacht Club.

Spike represents the 3rd generation of the Verdon family at Sandgate YC which we are grateful and proud to share.

Merv Anderson Sprint Series

Thanks all for coming along to the Merv Anderson Sprint race series. 6 races were conducted and 6 boats on the water. Starts were hotly contested with 2 General Recalls on a short and crowded start line. Close crosses up the windward works and close mark roundings made for an exciting day.
Welcome to Jeff, Lauren, Damien and Belle. We hope to see you again soon.
Next event is the Verdon Shield 5 December.

Merv Anderson Sprint Series

Merv Anderson Sprint racing is on this coming Sunday. First warning signal is 10:30, High Tide 10:33 at 2.37m. The format is short course races – great for starting practise and close mark roundings. The RC will conduct as many races as reasonably possible.

Club Champs update

The previously mentioned results for the Club Championship racing yesterday, taken from memory, were indeed incorrect. The full and correct results for the days racing have now been added to the Events page.

Club Champs 2021/22 – Day 1

3 races were completed yesterday for the beginning of the 2021/22 Club Championship. Only 4 boats competed but the starts were hotly contested with a recall in the last race. Courses were windward/leewards in a building breeze from the NE of about 15+ kts. Provisional results (from memory) for the day:
Reliance 17 – 1,1,1
Funnily Enuff – 2,2,2
SNAffU – 3,3, dns
Criss Cross – 4, dnf, dns.
Next event is the Merv Anderson Sprints 21 November. This event is a series of short course races, with as many starts as we can fit in. In previous years we have had about 7 races. Great practice for starting and boat handling under pressure.

Flying Fifteen State Championships

Over the weekend of 23 and 24 October, SYC hosted the Flying Fifteen State Championships. We welcomed visitors from Tin Can Bay and Darwin, although our friends from NSW were locked out due to latest Covid restrictions. 13 boats in total competed and conditions were windy for both days of sailing – 20kt north-east breeze and choppy seas on Saturday, followed by a gusty shifty westerly on Sunday.

Thanks to Earle Alexander for the photos.

King of Bramble Bay Regatta


Next weekend (9/10 October) SYC will conduct the King of Bramble Bay Regatta – one of our signature events of the racing calendar for All Boats.

Sign-on at the Clubhouse from 0900hrs on Saturday.

Regatta fee for the two days is $30; or $20 for one day only. Cash payment or direct debit to our account:

BSB – 064 114

A/C – 0090 3732 (with the name of boat for identification purposes)

Briefing at the Clubhouse at 1000hrs.

Warning signal for day one’s racing at 1100hrs off the pier at Shorncliffe.

We hope to see you there!

Summer Series Races 1 & 2

Results from Summer Series Races 1 & 2.

We had a small fleet brave the 15-18 knot ESE. The conditions tested the boats, 1 retiring before the first start, another after the first race. We also have a new boat in the fleet and look forward to seeing Neil and Graeme sort out the systems and work out their new boat. Greg was injured and Charlotte was away on a social engagement, so Laurie and Chris teamed up together which was a blast from the past – the first time the 2 have sailed a Fifteen together for roughly 10 years.

Next event is the King of Bramble Bay 9th and 10th October.

Opening Day and Blessing of the Fleet

Sunday was the Opening Day and Blessing of the Fleet, marking the start of the sailing season. Many thanks to Chaplain David Taylor for conducting the Blessing and some meaningful words. David also conducted the Blessing of the Fleet in 2019. Many thanks to Stirling Hinchliffe MP and Councillor Jared Cassidy for taking time in their busy schedules to join us on such a beautiful morning. A sail past was led by SYC’s MV Cape Moreton and included the club boats as well as VMR Brisbane Inc vessels.

After the formalities and festivities a fun race was held starting and finishing in Cabbage Tree Creek from the pontoon. Once clearing the very shifty winds in the creek, crews were met with solid bay swell blown up by a building 15kt NNE’er. Refreshments were served after sailing and the winners of the Winter Series were announced. Congratulations to Neil and Graeme for winning the winter series again. A fitting farewell to Saffron.

Winter Series finale

6 boats took to the race course yesterday for the final races for this years Winter Series. The fleet were bracing for the forecast 15-20 NE and storms but neither eventuated. 2 windward/leeward races was the race officers selection and these were conducted under a fading 10 knot NE’er and mostly clear skies. Close starts and close finishes kept the RO’s busy.

Final results will be announced at the Opening Day and Blessing of the fleet 12 September.

Winter Series – final day

This Sunday SYC are running the final two races of the Winter Series 2021.

A later start this week of 1300hrs to suit the high tide of 1.90m at 1403hrs. The current forecast looks good for 15+knots of NNE and possibly a little rain.

Any assistance to the starters would be greatly appreciated. Hope to see you Sunday.

Qld Flying Fifteen State Championships

Sandgate Yacht Club is proud to host the 2021 Flying Fifteen Queensland State Championships on 23 and 24 October. All the necessary information and entry form can be found in the Notice of Race.

We are excited to host this event once again and look forward to welcoming you all once again.

Winter Series Day 4

Racing again this coming Sunday – this is day 4 of 6 event days planned for the Winter Series. First warning signal is scheduled for 11:00.

Let us know if you want to get involved and we can find a place for you. We have positions available on the start and rescue boats.

Link to event on Facebook:

Winter Series Day 3

Races 5 & 6 of the Winter Series are ON this Sunday (under current Covid regulations).

This means that masks have to be carried and worn while moving about the grounds and clubhouse. Not while sailing.

Register with the QR code to enable contact tracing.

Warning Signal for the first start at 1030hrs.

Final Club Championship race

A beautiful (almost) winters day sailing today for the last day of this years sailing season. Today’s event was races 7&8 of the Club Championship and we were joined by Darwin Sailing Club’s Gary, Lake Macquarie Yacht Club’s Mark and Brownsea Water Activities Centre’s Erika who didn’t get the wins today but conditions weren’t the easiest.

A lot of conversation was had this morning over the forecast – everyone had read a different source and each had a different story to tell. In the end, it was a little bit from everyone’s forecast.

Thanks to all that attended including a past Commodore from Mackay and those that assisted with the race starts today. Results for today’s racing, the Summer Series and other events will be awarded at next week’s presentation.

Summer Series Trophy racing complete

Another shifty day on the water again today for the last 2 races for the Summer Series trophy.
5 boats took to the start line in a variable 5-10kt breeze that was anywhere between SE and SW’ly. At times all 5 boats were next to each other. Great racing today and thanks to the starters team 👍
Photo of the boats returning to the club thanks to Amelia Brown (Happy Birthday Amelia!)

Next race event is 30 May – Club Championship (final) races 7 & 8.