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Issue 68, October 2019

Wha gwaan?

I don't want to jinx things, but rumour has it we may get a sea breeze this weekend. I'm sure we are all sick & tired of the Westerlies that have been wreaking havoc on us this season. So much so, guess what Da Easy Crew started referring to Friday as..? click here.

Many thanks to all the contributors for this edition. And well done to our junior squad for such great results and the event write up.

Get excited. Get down to BSC. You can do it if you try - click here.

Boyd Newton, Da Easy Crew, Editor.


Important Info

▪ Boat racking - Can you help build some more? e: Nick Collis-George
▪ BSC fees are overdue
▪ QI - so much more than Tasty
Boat racking - Can you help build some more? e: Nick Collis-George
BSC fees are overdue
QI - so much more than Tasty

Dubious Info

The clergy held a match racing championship last month. Unfortunately, with the Nuns holding a lead over the Monks they began taking on water, sinking before the finish. They were too holy.

New Members

We have recently had 7 new members join the club and are especially pleased to welcome two new Race Officials.

▪ Sally Alsop, Race Official
▪ Stephen Neophytou, Race Official
▪ Christopher Leberne, Windsurfer
▪ David Clarke, Windsurfer
▪ Peter Moor, sailing a Moth
▪ Hugo Taranto, sailing a Moth
▪ William Hooper, sailing an Aero
Sally Alsop, Race Official
Stephen Neophytou, Race Official
Christopher Leberne, Windsurfer
David Clarke, Windsurfer
Peter Moor, sailing a Moth
Hugo Taranto, sailing a Moth
William Hooper, sailing an Aero

Outstanding fees

To continue your membership please pay any outstanding amount as soon as possible.

Our invoicing system works on the basis that if someone was a member last season we assume that they will continue their membership this season so they were sent an invoice at the beginning of the season. There are still about 40 people with outstanding membership fees.

If you aren't to continue your membership please advise Murray Freeman.
e: membership@balmoralsc.com.au


Junior News

NSW MJ Teams Race

On Sunday, October 20th 2019, the annual NSW Manly Junior Teams Race was hosted by Balmoral Sailing Club in hunter Bay. Manly Junior sailors flocked to the venue with a total of eight 3 boat teams from Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club, Middle Harbour 16ft Skiff Club, Balmoral Sailing Club and Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Sailing Club. With the teams from Manly and Middle Harbour arriving by water.


After a briefing for all teams and sailors in the club house, the start was delayed while the Westerly was replaced by light SE seabreeze. The format of racing was a round-robin on a short "S" shaped course with starts staggered approximately 3 minutes apart. The racing was short and sharp with not a lot of time to get back to the start for the next race.


Our team consisted of skipper Rowan and crew Jay on Blackjack, skipper Will and crew Elijah on Jenny Wren and skipper Oliver (me) and crew Mo on Hi-Roller.

Our first race as a team didn’t go so well and we lost to the top Manly team. After that it was, fittingly enough, much smoother sailing. We managed to win our remaining round-robin races once we overcame our slow start. That was a big win for us, as on our first try of teams racing in 2017, we finished in last place.

This time we made it all the way to the final for the top two teams. We started strongly and were leading with places of 2-3-4 but incurred a penalty allowing the opposition through. A well-deserved win to the Manly team. We settled for 2nd place, content however with our incredible progression over 2 years.

MJ Juniors

It was a great day out and I’d like to thank my crew and team mates for a great performance. Also a big thanks to our parents for making it all happen.

We are looking forward to next year to go one better!

Oliver Cooke, Junior Legend, BSC


An Opportunity for Junior and Youth Windsurfers

With the explosion of the Windsurfer Class following the successful development of the new Windsurfer LT Board and acceptance by ISAF as a World Sailing Class, Balmoral Sailing Club is pleased to offer Junior and Youth Sailor members a fantastic opportunity.

Balmoral Sailing Club is providing the opportunity for junior and youth sailors (25 and under) to access the Club’s five fully rigged Windsurfer LT boards to learn and race on.

LT Program details

▪ Sailors must be fully paid members of Balmoral Sailing Club
▪ Opportunity for qualified tuition on Saturday mornings
▪ Racing is held from 1pm each Saturday
▪ Best BSC junior or youth sailor based on involvement, participation & results for 2019/2020 season will be provided a free return airfare to World titles in Perth WA in 2020/2021
Sailors must be fully paid members of Balmoral Sailing Club
Opportunity for qualified tuition on Saturday mornings
Racing is held from 1pm each Saturday
Best BSC junior or youth sailor based on involvement, participation & results for 2019/2020 season will be provided a free return airfare to World titles in Perth WA in 2020/2021

To get involved and to secure your access to the limited amount of Club Windsurfer LT Boards please join Balmoral Sailing Club - click here to join.

If you need assistance with the joining process or have any queries please contact the BSC Windsurfer Class Captain.

Melanie Webb, Windsurfer Class Captain, BSC
e: windsurfing@balmoralsc.com.au
m: 0499 998 543


Tasar News

Canberra TT2 - Sat 2 to Sun 3 Nov 2019

The 2nd Travellers’ Trophy of the Season will be held in conjunction with TANSW’s Short Course Championship Trophy. Sailed as part of the ACT dinghy championships, racing is conducted on picturesque Lake Burley Griffin.

Canberra offers a host of cultural activities, plentiful dining & accommodation options & heaps of outdoor cycling & hiking opportunities. Great for a visit.

From Sydney it's only a 3hr drive which, while a little dull, is not as boring as living there!

Event Details:
* Canberra Yacht Club
* Saturday 2nd Nov – Briefing 1245hrs; First Start 1330hrs
* Sunday 3rd Nov – First Start 1000hrs
* Races scheduled: 3 back to back races per day
* NOR & Race Entry - click here

Come & enjoy some great country hospitality and experience lake sailing at its best. For enquiries, contact TasarNSWsailing@gmail.com

Contain(er) yourselves - Nats in WA

Sailors wishing to have their boat transported by container to Mandurah WA for the 2020 Tasar Nationals at Easter, to send their EOI to Clare Woods ASAP.

Clare Woods, TANSW President
e: tasarnswsailing@gmail.com

TANSW Membership

To enter any Tasar Association Event you must be a member. Annual fees are only $60 per Skipper and covers your regular crew.

Membership includes other great benefits like TT & States giveaways; end of season prizes; boat equipment & merchandise discounts; subsidised coaching; voting rights and newsletters.

TT1 - 19th October, Balmoral Sailing Club

Congratulations to all competitors who braved the `wild westerly’ conditions on Middle Harbour on Saturday 19th of October.

With the breeze showing no mercy the fleet suffered several mishaps and early retirements, including GRSC’s Gary & Robyn Ratcliffe who, while fighting for the lead, lost all steering due to a broken rudder. A bit like this - only Ratz stayed upright!

Throughout the afternoon, there were many multiple capsizes, distressed boats & tow-ins as the wind built in strength with gusts hitting 34knots.

By end, the wild day belonged to the locals who claimed all podium positions:
1st - Josh Faddy & Paula Cummins, Mango Chilli
2nd - John Balass & Heather Forton, More Edge
3rd - Boyd Newton & Kylie Symonds, Rastasarmouse

Many thanks to members, volunteers and Race Committee of BSC for hosting TT1 in very challenging conditions.

NSW States 2019/20

The NSW State Championship will be hosted by Woollahra SC (complete with a newly refurbished, wider & safer launching ramp) on February 22nd & 23rd 2020.

More info on social & racing schedules will be released soon. Get it into your calendars now.

Boyd Newton, Tasar Class Captain, BSC


National E News

A brand new information flyer for the class has been produced (see it here) and will be in circulation from next week. Hopefully this could spark some interest as we have had a slow start this season. There are several boats on the market at the moment at very attractive prices (see For Sale or Wanted below).

National Titles

The national titles this season will be at Gosford Sailing Club from 6th to 10th January 2020. Sailing on Brisbane Water has much to commend it with a tidal range half Sydney’s, no commercial maritime traffic, smooth water and good winds. We last sailed a national series there in 2014 which was a great success resulting in some very competitive sailing.

GSC is a strong dinghy club with excellent facilities located close to town. At the same time the Central Coast is a great place for a summer holiday. While it is always nice to stay near the venue Gosford as is in fact in commuting distance for Sydney should that be necessary. The NOR is available from the Class Captain.

Peter Nixey, National E Class Captain, BSC


Windsurfer News

Please register NOW for NSW State Championships

The 2019 Windsurfer State Championships will be held on the 14th and 15th of December at Balmoral Sailing Club. It will help massively if you can register now.

Social twilight racing commences

Thursdays. Don't get bored. Get your board to Balmoral by 6pm sharp.

Greg Johns will give a briefing and start the races from the jetty. Meet on the beach just north of the baths. As a non-BSC activity individuals are responsible for their own safety and sail at their own risk as no rescue boats are available. Sailors should have third party insurance (WCAA/full BSC Membership).

Its heaps of fun so come down when you can - some windsurfers train from 4 pm onward.

Junior Windsurfing

Junior Windsurfing with Jono has commenced on Saturday mornings 0930-1200. All enquiries to Balmoral Water Sports.

Windsurfer BSC Club racing 1400 Saturdays.Briefing 1245 at the clubhouse .

Bring back the 80’s!

Melanie Webb, Windsurfer Class Captain, BSC


For Sale or Wanted

National E for Sale, 'Honalee' - $5000
More info - click here.
Contact: Phil on 0400 399 226 or Claire on 0425 250 322

National E for Sale, 'Alphaglassy' - $3650
More info - click here.
e: Michael Corr - michael.corr@propertyrecruitment.com.au

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

Wanted, articles for Whale's Tales - adoration of your peers ONO
Contact: Ed Itor

Have gear for sale or looking for something specific?

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



So much more than Tasty

The word Bovine is used for anything to do with animals from the genus 'Bos', which classifies wild and domestic cattle. Not to be confused with 'Bros' (such quality journalism, me thinks I should be famous!) - click here.

Bovine Collagen Bioinductive Implant

Bovine Collagen Bioinductive Implants are not tasty delights from your local burger joint. They are much better news for your health. These implants are revolutionising shoulder rotator cuffs repairs.

Previously, surgery meant a 12 month recovery with high recurrence of the injury. By stimulating the body's healing response, recovery times with implants are measured in weeks rather than months and outcomes are typically much better.

Implant should be available on the PBS by the end of this sailing season - get in quick before the cows find out - they may retaliate.


Important Dates


16 November: 505 NSW States
24 November: Mirror NSW States
7 December: Contender QLD States
9-18 December: Moth Worlds
14-15 December: Windsurfer LT States
28 Dec - 4 Jan: Aero Worlds
23-26 Jan: Windsurfer LT Nationals

Following complaints that cooking times are too long at the post-race BBQ, we are switching to crocodile sausages. Should make the service more snappy.

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