It is great to see the enthusiasm of the young 29er sailors around the Club on a regular basis. MHYC is stamping its presence on the national 29er fleet with some great results at QLD Youth Week. 12 sailors headed North for the regatta and 2 crews finished on the podium. Archie Cropley and Simon Murnaghan enjoyed the light conditions and finished in second. Lachie Brewer and Max Paul were third and Flynn Twomey in fourth with only 4 points seperating the 3 crews. All these sailors head to the USA at the end of July for the 29er World Championships.
The benefit of regular off-season training was evident from the improvement of all MHYC sailors and particularly those newer to the Class. John-Mark Paul and George Richardson sailed their first regatta together mixing it with the top of the fleet in most races finishing a very credible 8th. Madeleine Sloane and Madeleine McLeay finished best female team with Kate Richardson close behind in her first 29er regatta. Dylan Janus and Conor Hay also came from the skiff skills group that trained for the last year beside MHYC.
This year, the NSW 20er Association has bought two training boats and is again running a skiff skills training group and a more advanced skiff development training group, which hopefully next year will embrace a 49er FX as another skiff skills training group to aid the step up from 29ers to the Olympic class. The 29er Assocaition committee and training management comprise quite a njubmer of MHYC members, whose children are involved in the class.
- Mark Paul
The annual Paddle NSW Spit to Zoo race was hosted by MHYC today in ideal conditions - sunny and a light westerly breeze.
A massed start for 132 boats got underway at 9am with the majority of paddlers on the long course to the Zoo and back. The remainder of the fleet paddled the 8km short course - 2 laps of the Balmoral course.
Andrew Love & Keithley Burn were first home on the long course and Michael Lieberman and Ian Heath first back from the short course. For the full results - click here
Last Sunday saw 93 Members and guests attend MHYC's annual Senior's Lunch. Being a time for many members to catch up with old friends, it is always a time of retelling old stories and hearing new ones. Guest speaker, Peter Sorensen, a MHYC Member and well known sailor, entertained everyone with his stories of his sailing adventures with some fabulous images screened in the background. Sorro (or Big Handsome Pete to his mates) has been a colourful and successful sailor for over 60 years and has called MHYC home for the past 45 years. Since taking the sport up when he was 13, his achievements include winning Australian VJ Championships in 1959, the NSW Gwen 12 Championships 3 times, the 18-foot Skiff World Champions twice (1983 and 1984), the IRC Australian Championships (2008 and 2011) and the Australian Adams 10 Championships twice. He has campaigned many MHYC boats including the Volvo 60 Magnavox, the Farr 50 Morning Mist and The Philosophers Club boats.
Each year, long term members are presented their 'year of service' badges, and this year we proudly presented badges to the following:-
20 Years - Bev Bashford, Greg Young, Mitch Miller, Andrew Tompson, Peter Crane, Steve Aldridge, Paul White, John Bergman, Kathleen Churcher, George Hinings, Barbara Lees, Anthony Henderson, Michael Witts
30 Years - Barclay Gillett, Peter Charteris, Anthony Nossiter, David Moss, Peter Butcher, Gillian Attersall, Brian Jones
40 Years - Julie Hodder, Valerie Washington, Andrew Pearson, Robert Peterson, Kenneth MacKenzie, Noel Taylor, Adrian Walters, Darryl Coombs, Bruce Jackson
50 Years - Gilbert Thomas, Robert Reynolds, Michael McEvoy
60 Years - no members this year
Ten of our sixteen, 50 year members were in attendance - see image below! Great effort!
To those members who could not make the Lunch and whose name appears above, please contact the Club to collect your badge.
The second and final day of sprint races in the MHYC Winter Series were held today in moderate breezes under sunny skies.
The first race started in a steady westerly, with the windward-leeward course set between North Head and Grotto Point. Nine Dragons bolted into the lead soon after the 1205 start, but was forced to retire with gear failure after the first lap. The wind went southerly for the final downwind, catching some crews off-guard.
Geoff Charters’ Adams 10 No Friends took the win on corrected time from Another Dilemma and Wailea.
Race Officer Steve Tucker changed the course axis to suit the new breeze and the second race was underway at 1315. Mike Gallagher and the crew of Galan claimed the win, with Contentious second and Wailea a consistent third.
Andrew Prideaux’s Patrice Six and Geoff Charter’s No Friends are on equal points leading the series score.
There are three more harbour races to complete the Winter Series. Four races in the Leading Edge Series during August will conclude MHYC Saturday racing for the 2016-17 season.
To view the Winter Series results - click here
This Saturday, July 15, was another spectacular sunny day, but for many the breezes remained too light.
The penultimate race in the Winter Series started in a gentle westerly, but the wind turned south then east and lightened as the afternoon wore on. In the end, a shortened course was completed by all but one boat.
John Crawford's Innamincka was first on corrected time, followed by Precision (John Anet) and Philosophers (Peter Sorensen). With one more fleet race to be run next weekend, Andrew Prideaux's Patrice Six holds a single point advantage in the Series Score over Another Dilemma (Jim Vaughan) and No Freinds (Geoff Charters) 4 points further back.
For all the results - click here
Notice is hereby given that the 77th Annual General Meeting of Members of Middle Harbour Yacht Club will be held in the Clubhouse, Lower Parriwi Road, The Spit, Mosman, NSW 2088 on Thursday 20th July 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Harbourview Room.
2. To adopt the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting held on 21st July 2016.
3. To receive and consider the Annual Financial Report, Statements of Financial Performance and Financial Position for the year ended 30th April 2017 and the Auditor’s report thereon. Copies of these reports are available on the Club’s website (www.mhyc.com.au) and are also available from the Club on request.
4. To consider, and if thought fit, pass the following Ordinary Resolutions set out below.
5. To confirm the persons elected for the positions of Flag Officers for the year 2017/ 2018.
6. To elect and confirm the appointment of the persons elected as Directors of the Company.
7. To appoint scrutineers for the 2017/ 2018 year.
8. To deal with any General Business that may be properly brought before the meeting,
Dated this 29th day of June 2017 By Direction of the Board:
Middle Harbour Yacht Club
Join Paul Eldrid from One Sails when he presents a Winter sail trim seminar at MHYC on Wednesday 2nd August, 2017, at 6.30pm. The talk will focus on sail trim but include the Trim cycle and Modes so it would be relevant to racing and cruising members. All welcome. Snacks will be available from the Harbourview Bistro.
In order to help boost dinghy sailing activity at MHYC, hard stand and rack storage arrangements have recently been reviewed.
A new license agreement has been developed and the storage rates updated. Preferred storage locations will be allocated in favour of those boats which are most active.
All boats which have not lodged an application and arranged payment will need to be removed by the end of June.
To download the 2017-2018 storage application form - click here
Good luck to MHYC Member, Gordon Ketelbey, who is representing MHYC at the World Farr 40 Championships held at the Costa Smeralda Yacht Club in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.
The pre-worlds have finished and Gordon and crew (including a past Frank Likely Trust member Shane Guanaria) finished 5th overall and first in the Corinthian division.
He is on a chartered boat, renamed Zen, and just had to deliver it from (I think Romania) in very rough conditions. The Australian crew arrived the next day and then they were off to racing.
Bookings are now open for the July School Holiday Sailing Camps for Tackers and Youth Sailing.
Week 1: 3rd - 6th July, 2017
-Tackers 1, 2, 3
Week 2: 10th -13th July, 2017
-Tackers 1, 2, 3
-Youth Holiday Camp – Melges 20
For all information, prices and to book online - click here.