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Issue 66, June-July 2019

Wha gwaan?

It's not long until the BSC season commences. A few little things to get out of the way first though.

Working Bee, AGM and Safety Boat training are coming up soon and need your attention so please read below.

spring sprints

The other type of Spring Sprints

Short course races kicks off on September 14th and with them come an excuse for losing no more weekends to boring chores.

It's time to start thinking about the spring sprints - perhaps this chap overthought it?

Boyd Newton, Da Easy Crew, Editor.


Important Info

Please look into the following as others may be relying on you to do so:
* Working Bee
* Safety Boat Training
* Powerboat Volunteers Needed
* Tasar Association - Membership Renewal

Dubious Info

I was queuing at the chemist getting sunscreen and zinc in readiness for the new season.

In front of me was a Platypus buying lip-balm. He gets to the counter only to realise that he has left his wallet at home. Luckily he was a regular customer so they just put it on his bill.


Working Bee and AGM

A reminder that our annual working bee will be held on Sunday 18 August, followed by a sausage sizzle and the Annual General Meeting. The more the merrier so if you intend to come please let us know.

Annual General Meeting

It is essential that sufficient people attend to make up a quorum, otherwise we will have to schedule another meeting. Best to get the two events over with one the one day.

Working Bee

This Working Bee does not involve any major building work. Just the usual cleaning, tidying up, and minor maintenance tasks to make sure the clubhouse is ready for the new sailing season.

Task List - click here

If you have the skills or a preference for a specific task, please put you hand up for that job.

We will need someone to co-ordinate the internal clubhouse cleaning work, and another to co-ordinate cleaning the racking bays. We will also need a 'Chef de BBQ' to ensure the busy worker bees are properly fed prior to the AGM.

See you there. All you need to bring is personal protective gear (gloves, hat, etc.) and the tools for any particular job you may have nominated. And a BIG smile.

Can you help out?
Please email Roly to let him know - roly.webb@balmoralsc.com.au


Power Boat Corner

Safety Boat Training

Are you keen to help out on the club safety boats, but don't know what is involved and would like to learn? Perhaps you've helped out a few times but would like to improve your skills. Or maybe you have been helping with the safety boats for years but would like to refresh your knowledge and share your experiences. If any of these sound like you, then you should consider coming along to our safety boat training day on Saturday 31st August 2019 from 9am to 2:30pm.

As in previous years, this course will be run by some of our experienced safety boat volunteers. It will have a combination of shore based lessons and discussions at the clubhouse, and on-water practice sessions using the club's safety boats. Some of the topics that we will cover include:
* Discussion of key safety concerns when operating the BSC safety boats
* Mark laying and recovery (including on-water practice)
* Recovery of individuals from the water (including on-water practice)
* Towing sailing dinghies and other safety boats (including on-water practice)
* Discussion of how to lay the new "figure-8" courses being trialled this season
* Overview of safety boat operations at BSC (for beginners)

To register your interest or for any questions, please email Daniel Marlay at daniel.marlay@balmoralsc.com.au


Safety Boat Drivers - Needed Urgently

We’ve had a few experienced drivers retire this winter. We need help finding replacements.

Keep us sailing in the new season

Do you have family or friends you could ask to help us out, even if only a few times a year?

Please put your thinking caps on. We already have some spring weekends short of drivers so SAILING COULD BE AFFECTED.


Windsurfer News

2019 Windsurfer Worlds

Seventeen Australians traveled to Torbole on Lake Garda, Italy for the 2019 Windsurfer World Championships. With 180 competitors from 18 countries it was a massive affirmation that the Windsurfer Class is back!

Incredibly tough racing across Course, Marathon and Slalom was held in 4 weight divisions for men plus the Female division. With 18-22 knot breezes it was fast and tight competition in spectacular scenery.

The Australian contingent performed incredibly well in a fleet featuring multiple Olympians, past World Champions and young guns. The team spirit was fantastic and it was a great time on and off the water.

Aussie podiums and personal bests across the fleet

▪ Heavyweight Nick Bez from Melbourne sailed a very consistent regatta and won the Men's Overall - being named the World Champion for 2019.
▪ Hamish Swain from Queensland is the World Youth Champion.
▪ Mel Webb from BSC is the Women's World Freestyle Champion.
Heavyweight Nick Bez from Melbourne sailed a very consistent regatta and won the Men's Overall - being named the World Champion for 2019.
Hamish Swain from Queensland is the World Youth Champion.
Mel Webb from BSC is the Women's World Freestyle Champion.

Full results available - click here
A range of pictures and videos showcasing the event - click here
Pictures from the Australian team - click here


Tasar News

Tasar Association of NSW

Memberships for the 2019/20 season are up for renewal - act by October 1st and receive a discount.

To register you will need your Yachting Australia Membership number. You will also need to provide your Nominee's (crew) Yachting Australia Membership number.

Boogie Time Trifecta

Congratulations to Ben Walker on Boogie Time. He achieved a NSW State, National, and World Championship trifecta - saying he would report on the event and coming up with zero, zilch, zip, nada, nothing.

Well done so far, but I'll get you Ben. I live in hope that... click here

Need anything?

If you need any help for the upcoming season please let me know. We have a wealth of knowledge to tap into and many members keen to lend a hand getting you on the water and up to speed. You only need to ask.

See you soon,

Boyd Newton, Tasar Class Captain, BSC


For Sale or Wanted

Tasar AUS2588 for Sale, "French Berry" - $7500
Currently racing at and stored in BSC shed. She is bang on weight (lead ballast) with near new top mast, foils (spare set also), sheets, halyards and mainsheet block. 3 sets of mylar sails with the newest in good condition. Comes with great beach trolley & registered road trailer. Everything you need.
Contact: Nick at chateauS@gmail.com or 0414 207 161

Mirror Dinghy for Sale, “TRIM” - $900 ONO
Wood and Varnish finish. Gaff-rigged. Trolley, spare sails and spars. Racked at Balmoral Sailing Club. More info - click here.
Contact: Matthew White on 0414 185 798

Parachute for Sale
Only used once. Never opened.
Contact: Yolanda Badley

Have gear for sale or looking for something specific?

Send details to e: whalestales@balmoralsc.com.au



It's all quite clear to Shirley Bassey

Rummaging around while spring cleaning the office, Laurie Hoffman unearthed a couple of snippits from 1990.

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Shirley not again? - click pic

It seems the recent sinking of 'Balmoral' was not the first time one of our vessels had undertaken a voyage in the least favoured heading of downward.

Assume the photos are out of sequence. Otherwise this crew is not really helping much.

Hmmm, I wonder if a certain Tasar crew was seen leaving the country soon after this occurrence too?

Sailing for the non-millionaire

Press release from the Manly Daily in 1990 - view here


Important Dates


14 September: 1st Spring Sprint
12 October: BSC Start of Season
16 November: 505 NSW States
24 November: Mirror NSW States
7 December: Contender QLD States
9-18 December: Moth Worlds
28 Dec - 4 Jan: Aero Worlds

Post race BBQs will be back soon. In the meantime there's a chance to fire up the grill after the working bee. And don't worry, the onions are purchased pre-sliced so you don't need that on your conscience.

I never harmed on onion so why should they make me cry... click here

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