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Maritime Safety Plan 2026 - Lifejackets

Maritime Safety Plan 2026 - Lifejackets                                    

Transport for NSW is developing the Maritime Safety Plan 2026 as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on our waterways.  See https://www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/maritime-safety

You are invited to have your say on the proposed changes to simplify and expand lifejacket wear requirements in NSW. The aim is to ensure that the law regarding lifejacket wear compliance is safer and easier to understand, so that more lives can be saved on NSW waterways. You can read more about the proposed changes in the fact sheet.

The two proposed options are:

‘Option A’ would require mandatory wearing of lifejackets by adults:

  • on vessels less than 6m when underway; and
  • at all times for vessels less than 6m when boating alone, on alpine waters or between sunset and sunrise (heightened risk circumstances).

‘Option B’ will require mandatory wearing of lifejackets by adults:

  • on vessels less than 6m in enclosed waters when underway; and
  • on all vessels in open waters in the open area of the vessel when underway; and
  • at all times when boating alone, on alpine waters or between sunset and sunrise (heightened risk circumstances).

Under both options, children under 12 years of age will be required to wear a lifejacket:

  • at all times in a vessel less than 6m in enclosed and open waters; and
  • in the open area of a vessel greater than 6m that is underway in enclosed and open waters.

MHYC supports Option A but is concerned that this may impact the club’s tender service which uses boats under 6m.

Transport for NSW invites you to share your feedback on the draft plan and proposed changes for lifejacket wear requirements via the survey in the Have Your Say portal - https://www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/maritime-safety/survey_tools/complete-a-survey1

MHYC encourages you to provide your own thoughts and comments throughout the entire survey, however we would suggest the following responses……..

Question 9: Option A

Question 10: Option A

Question 11: Other.  When it asks for more information, enter Option A with an exemption for yacht club tenders under 6m which are transferring people from shore to vessels over 6m located within a protected anchorage.

Please note that public consultation via the survey will close this Friday 24 September at midnight.

Read more: Maritime Safety Plan 2026 - Lifejackets

Women’s Keelboat Series to start on October 31

The Notice of Race for the 2021-2022 Sydney Harbour Women’s Keelboat Series has now been published. 

The first of five races in the new series will be conducted by Cruising Yacht Club of Australia on Sunday 31 October.  If NSW Public Health Orders prevent this, a four race series will commence on Sunday 21 November with Middle Harbour Yacht Club as the host.  

The inaugural series last year attracted 20 entries from 5 clubs.   MHYC's Tracy Richardson (No Friends) and Liz Charles (Kayimai) finished 2nd and 3rd in Division 1. 

Crews will again be able to compete in full female crew or female helm divisions, as well as nominate spinnaker or non-spinnaker racing.  The first warning signal is scheduled for 12.30 each race day.  Other clubs which will also conduct a race of the series are Manly Yacht Club, Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club and Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.

To download the Notice of Race – click here

To enter online – click here

 

Read more: Women’s Keelboat Series to start on October 31

Annual Skipper’s Briefing via Zoom Teleconference Thursday 16 September at 7pm.

The Annual Skipper’s Briefing will be held via Zoom Teleconference this year on Thursday evening 16 September at 7pm. 

It is mandatory for at least one representative from each boat to attend, but being held via teleconference enables multiple people to take part.

This important session will include an online briefing from NSW Roads & Maritime Services, cover on-water emergency procedures and changes to the racing program for the coming season.  It is a must-attend event for the skippers (or a representative) of all MHYC yachts.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm your intention to attend or if you have any questions.

 

MHYC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: MHYC Annual Skippers Briefing

Time: Sep 16, 2021 07:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Read more: Annual Skipper’s Briefing via Zoom Teleconference Thursday 16 September at 7pm.

A light on the horizon - SSORC 2021

Sydney sailors are anxiously awaiting news of Sydney’s lockdown coming to an end.  After an enforced four-month hiatus from yacht racing, there is now a light on the horizon.

Middle Harbour Yacht Club has announced the first major keelboat regatta for the season - the Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship (SSORC) on 27 and 28 November.

This will be the 44th running of the event which each year attracts Sydney’s best IRC racing yachts.  Results are calculated on IRC, ORC and PHS handicaps, with the addition of TPR for the TP52 fleet.

In 2021, the Sydney 38 Class are looking to kick their season off with a strong fleet at SSORC.

David Hudson and Peter Byford’s Conspiracy from RPAYC is the 2020 Australian Champion and won the Sydney 38 division of Sydney Harbour Regatta last year.  Chris Heraghty’s Risk, Lisa Callaghan’s Mondo, Mike Logan’s Thirlmere, Phil Herscovics’ Shine On and Peter Sorensen’s Advanced Philosophy are among the crews that would like to end Conspiracy’s dominance.

Unable to compete last year, MHYC’s Bob Cox is looking forward to the Division 1 IRC racing with his DK46 Nine Dragons.

“We have a tremendous group of people that contest the SSORC and Sydney Harbour Regatta each year,” said Cox.

Soozal and Bushranger from Pittwater are quick and really challenge the Harbour boats like Nine Dragons, Khaleesi and Victoire.  Great racing offshore and getting together back at the club makes for very enjoyable regatta,” he said.

In 2020, Kieran Mulcahy’s Soozal took the regatta win from Bushranger (Gerry Hatton), with the other MHYC DK46 Khaleesi (Rob Aldis & Sandy Farquharson) finishing third.  In 2019, Darryl Hodgkinson’s Carkeek 40 Victoire was fighting it out with Bushranger and Nine Dragons, with Bushranger coming out on top.

IRC Division 2 also provides some keen competition, with Jack Stening and Colin Gunn’s Sydney 36 Stormaway always on the podium.  In 2020, Stormaway won the division ahead of Mark Hellyer’s Italia 11.98 Cicero from RPAYC and Michael Rowe’s Corum, the Mumm 36 from Manly.

The TP52s are also looking to get their crews back into competitive form after an inactive winter and spring.  Gordon Ketelbey’s Zen took the win at last year’s SSORC from Andy Kearnan’s Koa and Sebastian Bohm’s Smuggler.  For these crews in particular, it is a perfect start to preparations for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

The SSORC is held in conjunction with a Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Ocean Pointscore race on the Saturday – either to Lion Island or Cape Baily.  CYCA support race management for the event with the coastal passage race followed by three windward-leeward races offshore on the Sunday.  Principal Race Officer for the event is Denis Thompson.

On the Saturday of the SSORC, the popular Seven Islands Race is also held for mixed keelboats with a novel course around the harbour islands east and west of the Harbour Bridge.

The Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship Notice of Race is now published and online entry will soon open.

For all information, including the Notice of Race and Online Entry, visit www.ssorc.mhyc.com.au 

Read more: A light on the horizon - SSORC 2021

Suspension of Keelboat Racing extended until 30 September

Keelboat and Centreboard Racing at MHYC is suspended in line with the NSW Government Public Health Orders announced on August 20 further extending the Covid-19 Lockdown in Greater Sydney until at least Thursday 30 September 2021. Please remember that all persons attending at MHYC during the lockdown period must sign-in using the QR code, wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

To view the Notice to Competitors - click here

Important Reminder - All persons attending at MHYC at any time must sign-in using the QR code.

Read more: Suspension of Keelboat Racing extended until 30 September

eSailing Teams Racing at MHYC

Last week MHYC conducted is first Team Racing eSailing event with a round robin series of short races with two teams of three sailors in the Star Keelboat. Rob Armstrong, David West and Brendan Smid made up the yellow team and Graham Brown, Adam Mowser and Pete Wilson made up the Blue Team. The Blue Team were the stronger of the two, earning a solid win of four out of the five races. However the results do not reflect the competitiveness of the races with boats hunting down each other to gain control. With strategy and team work communicated via an open zoom session it made for exciting viewing.

The September Series also started last week with seven boats competing on Wednesday and Thursday.

On Wednesday evening boats competed in the Barcolana 50. Rob Armstrong had a sensational start to the series winning 3 of the 5 races over the line for a score of 5 closely followed by Adam Mowser on 6 points and Graham Brown on 12. A PHS result has been introduced for the September Series, resulting in a very close series score with Rob Armstrong on 8.5 points, followed by Pete Wilson in second on count back and Graham Brown in third both on 11 points.

Racing continued on Thursday with a solid fleet of ten boats in the Barcolana 50. Adam Mowser proved too strong on the night winning 3 out of the 5 races over the line for a score of 5 points ahead of Jervis Tilly on 8 points, closely followed by David West on 10 points. In the PHS series  scores were tight with Rob Armstrong on 13 closely followed by Neil Padden on 14 and Graham Brown on 14.5.

For full results and registartion information click here.

Racing continues this week.

 

 

Read more: eSailing Teams Racing at MHYC

Changes to Racing Schedule and Safety Audit Validity

Two Notices to MHYC Competitors have been posted to advise the suspension of racing and the extension of keelboat safety audit validity.

Keelboat and Centreboard racing at MHYC is suspended until at least Friday 9 July 2021 due to the updated NSW Government Public Health Orders which apply from June 26th.

The following races are abandoned or postponed:

  • Pacific Rigging Wednesday Non-Spinnaker Series 4 Races 4 & 5 on June 30th & July 7th (abandoned).
  • Winter Pursuit Series Race 3 on July 3rd (abandoned).
  • Centreboard Winter Series Races on July 4th (postponed).

To view the Notice to Competitors - click here

Current safety audits expire on the 30th June 2021, but due the current and changing COVID-19 restrictions, MHYC will recognise 2020-2021 audits for Categories 4-7 until 31st August 2021.  Yachts must maintain compliance with the Australian Sailing Special Regulations. 

To view the Notice to Competitors - click here

Important Reminder - All persons attending at MHYC at any time must sign-in using the QR code.

 

Read more: Changes to Racing Schedule and Safety Audit Validity

Inspirational Women in Sailing - Virtual Breakfast with MHYC

 

From conquering the southern ocean to competing at the top levels of elite sailing and everything in between, these four women are blazing trails and setting new records in the world of sailing.

Join us for the MHYC Steering the Course Women's Sailing Festival Virtual Breakfast to hear from Nina Curtis, Lisa Blair, Alice Tarnawski and Bryony Gregory.

Nina Curtis: Olympic silver medallist Nina Curtis has previously competed in the Ocean Race (previously called the Volvo Ocean Race) and is currently representing Australia in SailGP

Lisa Blair: With three world records already under her belt, Lisa Blair is preparing to set off again in December with the aim to set the solo and unassisted record to sail around Antarctica

Alice Tarnawski & Bryony Gregory: Alice and Bryony are the first-ever all-female double-handed entry in the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Hear how the pair are planning to tackle the notoriously challenging race with the added difficulty of trying to prepare during COVID lockdowns.

Date: Friday 8 October

Time: 8:00 - 9:15am

Cost: Free, all welcome

Registration: For more information and to register for this event click here

Nina's session will be pre-recorded as she will be in Spain competing in SailGP at the time of the event, but if you have any questions for Nina, send these to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 24 September and we'll aim to get these answered in the pre-recorded session. 

 

 

 

Read more: Inspirational Women in Sailing - Virtual Breakfast with MHYC

Austmark and Stormaway winners in Pacific Rigging Wednesday Series 3

It was very light wind for the twenty five boats competing in the last race of the Pacific Rigging Non Spinnaker Series 3 today, sending the Race Committee out on Jack Stening to raise the yellow flag and shorten the race at East Channel.

In Division 1 Adrian Walters got the gun on Little Nico closely followed by S1 (Brendan McAssey) in second place and Exile (Rob Reynolds) in third place.

In Division 2 Neil Padden was first across the line on Wailea followed by Farr n Away (Chris Lee) in second place and Stormaway (Jack Stening and Colin Gunn) in third.

Results were close in the series score for Division 1 with Gunther Schmidt-Lindner claiming first place on Austmark with 45 points. Rob Reynolds' Exile inished second on 48 points with Gambler (Stewart McGeady) snapping at their heels on 49.3points.

In Division 2, co-skippers Jack Stening and Colin Gunn were clear winners on Stormaway with 52.8 points. Neil Padden and Wailea came in second and Equinox (Todd Trenear) finished third with 66 points.

For the Series 3 Overall and Race Results - click here

Read more: Austmark and Stormaway winners in Pacific Rigging Wednesday Series 3

September eSailing at MHYC

Following our eSailing Forum on Zoom this week, the September eSailing program has now been decided…      

          

Monday 6 September at 7.30pm – Training Session                            

A Virtual Regatta training session will be held using zoom videoconference to enable discussion prior, during and after practice racing over approx. 1 hour.  Get some tips from some of MHYC’s experienced eSailors.  To register your interest and get the links, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Wednesday 8, 15 & 22 September at 7.30pm – Racing

Five short races each day, using the Barcolana 50, Far East 28R, and J/70 classes respectively on each race day.  Results will be calculated on PHS and One-Design.

 

Thursday 9, 16 & 23 September at 2.00pm – Racing

Five short races each day, using the Barcolana 50, Far East 28R, and Offshore Racer classes respectively on each race day. 

Results will be calculated on PHS and One-Design.

 

Thursday 9 September at 7.30pm – Teams Racing

A round robin series of short races for teams of 3 sailors in the Star Keelboat.  Entrants will be allocated to a team and be required to purchase the team colour for their boat. 

 

To participate in any of these activities, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Race documentation and further information is on the MHYC eSailing page

Read more: September eSailing at MHYC

ORC Club Handicapping coming to MHYC

MHYC will be introducing an additional handicapping system for Saturday divisional racing from Season 2021-2022. ORC Club will be added to the existing PHS (Performance Handicapping System) that has served the club well for many years.

ORC Club uses the Velocity Prediction Program (VPP) to rate boats of different characteristics. It relies on the measurement of a boat and its sails, affecting their theoretical speed. Unlike PHS, ORC Club does not use the prior performance of the boat and its crew to determine the handicap. With ORC Club, a boat’s handicap remains constant from week to week. Identical boats (with the same size sails etc.) will have identical ORC Club handicaps.

ORC Club will only apply to the MHYC Saturday divisional racing (Inshore Series & Ocean Series) and will not apply to any other racing fleet at MHYC.  Boats racing in the Saturday series are encouraged to obtain an ORC Club rating before the commencement of the 2021-2022 season.

For more information, click on ORC Club Information

Read more: ORC Club Handicapping coming to MHYC