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Centreboard Club Championship continues

Racing in the MHYC Centreboard Club Championship was cut short today with the arrival of some thundery showers during the afternoon. 

One race was completed for Division 1 (29ers) and Division 2 (International Cadets & 420s), with Madeleine Sloane taking the gun for the 29ers and Natasha Nisbet first in Div 2 in the Cadet.  The Optimists in Division 3 completed 2 races, with Mischa Barrat winning both races today.

To view the latest results – click here 

Read more: Centreboard Club Championship continues

One Design Trophy day one bites Farr 40 fleet

By Lisa Ratcliff/Australian Farr 40 media           

Gusty southerlies offshore on day one of the Farr 40 class’ Middle Harbour Yacht Club One Design Trophy turned the boats into a real handful and caused two retirements in the opening races.

“It was pretty ugly,” said class president Gordon Ketelbey back at MHYC inspecting Zen’s rigging after a broken vang forced them out of race two. “Looking at pictures of the top of the mast we’ve possibly got rig issues; I’m not sure if we’ll sail tomorrow.” Later Ketelbey confirmed Zen won’t be a starter on day two. Also one of his crew was sent for a precautionary check-up after a flying pin from the blown vang hit him.

Joe de Kock, skipper of the Newcastle based Good Form, finished up at Port Macquarie Private Hospital with a suspected broken ankle and rope burn from an incident in race one and a third Farr 40, Rob Davis and Andy Baker’s Nutcracker, dropped a crewman with a sore back ashore then headed back out for the third and final race of the day.

Two races were completed offshore in the Manly Circle in 16-18 knots gusting to 24, and a third inshore in similar wind strengths. Principal Race Office Phil Yeomans reported the sea state offshore was good and the breeze stayed pretty steady at 180 degrees; just that there was a fair bit of broken gear plus injuries. “It’s been a busy day,” the PRO surmised.

The tactician/strategist combination of David Chapman and Julian Plante that works so well on Leslie Green’s MC38 Ginger swapped to a mainsheet/tactician combo on Tom and Allan Quick’s Outlaw, and proved just as fruitful. Three wins chalked up and the newest owner with plenty of previous Farr 40 experience pulling the ropes leads the opening event of the summer-long series of three weekend regattas before the states and finally the 2018 national title next March.

“Tom drove and did a nice job at his second regatta; he’s getting the hang of it quickly,” said Plante as the crew tended to an engine issue. “It was definitely challenging today, we got away cleanly and went the right way but it wasn’t easy.  It’s a pity there was some damage, and we didn’t escape either with our broken exhaust manifold. It’s one of those days everyone’s come home with a story or two.”

Speaking on their performance on day one of Outlaw’s debut points regatta, owner/driver Tom Quick said, “Today was an awesome hit out for us and really well run; the offshore races were a highlight. Every one of my crew did a phenomenal job and the fleet is just a great bunch of people.”

Second overall is Jeff Carter’s Edake and third is Rob Pitts’ Double Black, the second Melbourne boat.

Saturday afternoon’s dock party at MHYC is thanks to Double Black crewman Dean Van Teylingen and his business Ropeable. “This is our second season doing the Farr 40s with Double Black and it’s definitely worthwhile us coming up from Melbourne,” Van Teylingen said. “I’m happy to support a great class with some hospitality, and I’m always available to help with any running rigging needs.”

Racing is due to recommence at 1100hrs on Sunday October 22 on Sydney Harbour and the forecast is for light northerlies swinging to sou’easterlies and building slowly to double digits by late afternoon with a 40% chance of rain.

Whether the MHYC race management team can complete a set of four races will depend on the wind strength and steadiness in the face of cloud banks that tend to pull the breeze in different directions, making fair racing tricky.

For the latest results and information about the Farr 40 One Design Trophy - click here

Read more: One Design Trophy day one bites Farr 40 fleet

Twilight Racing starts Thursday October 5

Another great season of Twilight Sailing at MHYC is getting underway this Thursday October 5.

There have been some changes to the divisions this year, so please check the entry list for your division number and pursuit start time.  To view the start lists and results – click here

A couple of small changes have also been made to the courses, so make sure you pick up a copy of the latest MHYC Sailing Handbook from the office.  You can download an electronic version here or download the Twilight Sailing Instructions and Courses here

Two Notices to Competitors have been posted to the Keelboat Racing Noticeboard that are important for Twilight competitors.  VHF Channel 72 will be used to provide information to competitors prior to the start and will be monitored throughout the race (click here) and the Pumphouse Start Line will be used for all Twilight starts (click here).

We look forward to seeing you enjoying your summer twilights afloat and ashore!

 

A big thankyou to Robert Oatley Wines, Helly Hansen, Battery Business,  Yacht Sales Australia, Smooth FM, Cosine and All Sail for their support of the

2017-2018 Twilight Series at Middle Harbour Yacht Club.

 

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Smuggler first in for Sydney's Unique Ocean Racing Regatta

Sebastian Bohm’s Rogers 46 Smuggler is the first entry received for the 40th Sydney Short Ocean Racing Pointscore (SSORC) hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club on 25th and 26th November.

The yacht has been extensively campaigned since 2015 in Sydney and interstate including the Airlie Beach Regatta and Hamilton Island Race Week and the owner and his crew are keen to participate in the opening offshore regatta of the season.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Sydney’s Short Ocean Racing Championship under the progressive thinking of the Middle Harbour Yacht Club, continues to meet the constant evolution of yacht racing.

Widely regarded as ideal preparation for the serious yachts entering the major offshore races each summer, the SSORC is also another opportunity for regatta regulars to take on the blue water in the brilliant Sydney sunshine.

For this year’s edition Saturday will be a competitive Ocean Passage Race. At same time, the fun and challenging Seven Islands Race will be held for inshore yachts with a separate division for the Super 12 and Jeanneau Cup fleets.

MHYC is introducing some innovations for the Sunday racing, replacing the shorter race format with a single Ocean Race using a hybrid course of laid and virtual marks to provide competitive racing for all types of boats.

The 2017 SSORC will also feature as part of the Sydney 38 East Coast Championships and the Farr 40 One Design Series.

The Saturday Passage race also forms part of the Middle Harbour Yacht Club and Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Ocean Pointscore and many yachts will race over both days towards the final trophy.

The Super 12 Fleet will race on Saturday in the Seven Islands Race and on Sunday inshore to compete in the MHYC Super 12 Spring Regatta.

Entries are now open online at www.ssorc.mhyc.com.au   

Read more: Smuggler first in for Sydney's Unique Ocean Racing Regatta

Farr 40 Social Regatta 2017

The 2017/2018 FARR 40 Australian Open Series kicks off at Middle Harbour Yacht Club on 23 & 24 September with the Farr 40 Social Regatta.  

Day one will be sailed in comnjunction with the CYCA Short Ocean Pointscore (SOPS) race being conducted by MHYC.  Day two will be a series of windward-leeward sprint races held inshore.

To view the MHYC Farr 40 Social Regatta Sailing Instrctions - click here

To view the CYCA Short Ocean Pointscore Sailing Instrctions (Saturday Courses) - click here

 

Read more: Farr 40 Social Regatta 2017

MHYC Youth Season Kicks Off

Sunday 15 October is the beginning of a busy upcoming season for Youth Sailing Activities at MHYC.

Off the back of the Winter and Spring sailing and regattas, our attention now focuses on the training and racing for the upcoming National Campaigns for the Optimist, Cadet, 420, 29er and Nacra members. Regular Sunday racing has been going for a few weeks now with Cadets and 29ers joining in the fun, with Sunday racing continuing with the Centreboard Club Championships Races 4, 5 & 6 in the Middle Harbour Sound. Backed by professional Race Officers, the kids will be able to gain valuable racing and training experience in a supportive and safe club environment.

Next Sunday is the Summer Season Open Day with a welcome to the club and information sessions for the upcoming season from key staff and committee members. These sessions are aimed to assist parents become more involved in the club and assist in the running of the on water racing program which without parental involvement each week cannot go ahead. There will be an update on upcoming training session for parents and details of our planned social activities.

As always we need help to make this happen as it's your club!  

We are also launching the Sail-For-Kids www.sailforkids.com.au initiative which is for members to donate old sails to the club and if sold at sailexchange.com.au, the club will get 60% of the funds! Developed by previous Rear Commodore Carl Crafoord, all funds will be donated to the club via the Frank Likely Trust for use on specific programs including Instructor training grants and major vessel capital purchases. We are very lucky to have the support of The Frank Likely Trust and Sail for Kids and we encourage you to clean out your garage in support of our MHYC kids!

The Learn to Sail hits overdrive starting this Sunday at 9am as Term 4 commences with our professional, fun and experienced team of Instructors and Coaches including Nick, Conor, Tania, Maddie, James, Jayden, Charlotte, Kurt, Madi, Kiah, Shaun & Xavier.

Tackers (5-12) – Primary Age

  • Tackers 1 0900 - 1100
  • Tackers Zero – (5 – 7yrs) – Starts Sunday 22 – YES it's back! Free Parent and Head Instructor run fun for kids to become comfortable with the MHYC beach and boats. Please sign up online – don’t just turn up.
  • Tackers 2 1130 - 1330
  • Tackers 3 1400 - 1600

Youths (12 – 17) Secondary School Age

  • Start Sailing 1 & 2 and Better Sailing 0900 - 1200

  • Start Racing and Better Racing 1230 - 1530

Racing Squads

At present we have a small active racing squad of 29ers, Optimists and Cadets, however we are planning for other squads to be formed and including 420s and Nacras with an enhanced program. Speak to your Divisional Representative to get more information and suggest what you would like to see happen!

  • Optimist Racing Squad 1230 - 1530

Club Racing

  • Briefing 1230 
  • 1355 warning signal - 1400 start
  • Sailing Instructions on MHYC website and in MHYC Centreboard Handbook 
  • Results to be posted same day

Communications

As we all know communication is the key and to this end the committee is working on introducing more communication mediums to achieve this aim.

We have launched the following;

  • Team Snap – app and web base platform for communication and availability of members for various events.
  • Volunteer Roster – web based forum for allocation and rostering of volunteer activities which keeps you updated on what is going to happen and where you need be to assist.
  • E-news for Youth Members and parents and anyone else that would like to keep up to date.

We are sending out invites to all Youth members and parent's emails, however if you would like to be included just let us know and we will get you signed up.

Fun Social Activities

Your Youth Committee is planning some fun events over the coming season including:

  • Instructor v Kids Races
  • Adventure Sailing Days
  • Beach BBQ after sailing
  • Movie Nights
  • Kid's Discos on Friday 20 October, Friday 17 November and a special Christmas Disco on Friday 15 December
  • Sunday Sounds on 29 October from 1300  - we plan on a fun afternoon post sailing for kids and parents to wind down before the busy week ahead

Your Youth Sailing Committee and Staff are passionate in making MHYC the best place to have fun and sail for our kids. We are keen to promote new fun ideas to make this a reality. With a great beach, awesome club facilities, yummy food for kids and adults  -  why not enjoy everything your club has on offer.

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MHYC Keelboat Racing Update

Attention all MHYC Keelboat Owners

 

Enter Now

To assist the Sailing Department allocate entries in the various divisions for the different series in the new season, it is important that you complete your online entry at the earliest opportunity.  We cannot anticipate which series or races you wish to enter, so please lodge your entry online at least 48 hours prior to the race in order to confirm your handicap and division.  The Top Yacht entry system also enables you to update the yacht and skipper details ahead of your series entry.  Online entry for all keelboat series is available at http://www.mhyc.com.au/sailing/online-entries

 

Safety Audits & Insurance

All yachts racing in MHYC events this season are required to have successfully completed a safety audit for the category of races they are entering and the new Australian Sailing Special Regulations have come in to force as of July 1.  The MHYC Sailing Office will not accept race entries from boats that have not completed their 2017-2018 safety audit and provided evidence of current public liability insurance – these boats will not be included on start lists or eligible for results. 

 

Notices to Competitors

A Notice to Competitors has been posted to the noticeboard and online keelboat noticeboard noting a change in the colours of laid marks for the Inshore Series.  Notices to Competitors, Sailing Instructions and Notices of Race can be viewed at http://www.mhyc.com.au/sailing/keelboat-division/keelboat-noticeboard

 

Results Links

Entrants and Results links are progressively being updated on the website and the new season’s results and start lists will appear at http://www.mhyc.com.au/files/results/2017/club/index.htm

 

Sailing Handbook

The 2017-2018 Sailing Handbook is now available at the office.  One copy is provided free to full members.  The cost for sailing and social members (and additional copies for full members) is $10.  A PDF version can be downloaded from http://www.mhyc.com.au/sailing/keelboat-division/keelboat-noticeboard/sailing-handbook

 

Racing Rules of Sailing

Having a copy of the current RRS is an MHYC Requirement.  This can be the electronic version published by World Sailing or, if you prefer a printed version, copies of the Racing Rules and Australian Sailing Special Regulations for keelboats are available from the office at a cost of $35.

 

Volunteers Needed

MHYC has a busy program of keelboat and centreboard events scheduled through the season and we are seeking volunteers to help support these activities.  Volunteering can be a fun and rewarding way to enjoy being on or by the water with a great group of people.  The club aims to match people to the roles which fit their interests and abilities, and is supporting some accredited and non-accredited training for interested volunteers.  Aspects of volunteering can include on-water race management and safety support, protest committees, safety auditors, beach marshals etc.

 

Please contact Cathy or David in the Sailing Office on 8969 3103 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

Read more: MHYC Keelboat Racing Update

29ers on the water at MHYC

The first races in the Centreboard Club Championship were sailed today off Balmoral in a steady 10-15 knot north easterly.

Six 29ers and a sole International Cadet turned up for the first session and these races will be an advantage as the 33 race club championship progresses. 

Lachie Brewer and Max Paul, fresh from their 6th place at the 29er Worlds in August, made a clean string of first places in the 29ers today.

To view the results - click here

 

Read more: 29ers on the water at MHYC

Centreboard Sailing Update

  

Centreboard Racing starts Sunday 17 September

The MHYC Centreboard Racing Season gets underway on Sunday 17 September with three races scheduled for the One Design Series starting at 1pm.  Briefing will be at 11.30.

Enter Now - To assist the Sailing Department allocate entries in the various divisions for the different series in the new season, it is important that you complete your online entry at the earliest opportunity.  We cannot anticipate which series or races you wish to enter, so please lodge your entry online at least 48 hours prior to the race in order to confirm your entry.  Online entry for all centreboard series is available at http://www.mhyc.com.au/sailing/centreboard-results

Safety Audits & Insurance - All yachts racing in MHYC events this season are required to have completed a declaration of compliance with the Australian Sailing Special Regulations Part 2 and current public liability insurance in order to be included on start lists and eligible for results. 

Sailing Handbook - The 2017-2018 Centreboard Handbook is now available at http://www.mhyc.com.au/sailing/centreboard-results.  Printed copies are available at the office. 

 

Volunteers Needed

MHYC has a busy program of keelboat and centreboard events scheduled through the season and we are seeking volunteers to help support these activities.  Volunteering can be a fun and rewarding way to enjoy being on or by the water with a great group of people.  The club aims to match people to the roles which fit their interests and abilities, and is supporting some accredited and non-accredited training for interested volunteers.  Aspects of volunteering can include on-water race management and safety support, protest committees, safety auditors, beach marshals etc.

 

Please contact Cathy or David in the Sailing Office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 8969 3103 if you have any questions.

Read more: Centreboard Sailing Update

Giant Steps Charity Regatta

Giant Steps Charity Regatta

The Giant Steps Charity Regatta will be held on Friday 26th October - whilst only a small event compared to other regattas, it is equally as important to them to support their annual fund-raising objectives providing much needed assistance for children with autism.  If you are interested in donating your yacht and be willing to take on board 8-10 "guest crew" to participate in this race, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Sailing Manager David Staley on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.

To view the event details - click here

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Optimist TT Regatta at MHYC on September 10

TT2 MHYC 10 September

A fantastic Sydney spring day welcomed around 60 Opti sailors to Middle Harbour Yacht Club on Sunday for the 2nd round of the NSWIODA Travellers Trophy (which followed the 1st TT back in June at GRSC).

10 knots of consistent breeze greeted the sailors on water and RO Jeremy Atkinson was able to complete a total of 5 great races off Balmoral Beach.

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Sailors from RPAYC, GRSC, WSC, HHSC, NSC, SLMASC, MHYC, DAC, GSC, Ascham and Scots were represented across all fleets and it was great to see the excitement on many of their faces ahead of the new sailing season about to commence.

A fleet of 23 Intermediates and 30 Open fleet sailors competed over the 5 races. During presentations at the end of the day, Jeremy Atkinson made special mention of the good behaviours and sportsmanship being demonstrated by many sailors which was really pleasing to see.

We congratulate all sailors and recognise the below trophy winners for TT2:

Optimist Intermediate Fleet
1st place – Ben Costandi (GRSC)
2nd place – Cameron Scade (GRSC)
3rd place – Thomas Whitehead (Scots)

1st Female – Hannah Kernohan (GRSC)

Optimist Open Fleet
1st place – Finley Scade (WSC)
2nd place – Fletcher Walters (RPAYC)
3rd place – Daniel Links (RPAYC)

1st Female – Bridget Conrad (SLMASC)

We want to also acknowledge our small and great Green fleet sailors at this regatta who were under the supervision of Connor Campbell. The Green Fleet got 4 races in with big smiles on faces all day. Well done Green Fleet.

MHYC wishes to thank all volunteers who helped out on the day and in making the event a very enjoyable one indeed.

Congratulations to all the sailors.  Here are the winners.....

Results will soon be available here.

2017 09 10 Optimist TT2 at MHYC 9146 2017 09 10 Optimist TT2 at MHYC 6290 2017 09 10 Optimist TT2 at MHYC 6287 2017 09 10 Optimist TT2 at MHYC 6281 2017 09 10 Optimist TT2 at MHYC 6275
2017 09 10 Optimist TT2 at MHYC 6270        

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