Eighteen participants enjoyed a spectacular four days of autumn sunshine and gentle breezes for the Tackers and Teens Start Sailing Camp at Middle Harbour Yacht Club this week.
To finish off their programs, the OziOPti and Pacer fleets sailed to Balmoral for Fish & Chips on the beach before returning to MHYC for the presentation of certificates by Vice-Commodore Alister Copley.
Well done to all!
A number of changes have been introduced for the Winter program of sailing at MHYC this year including the addition of a Winter Pursuit Series of 5 races through May, June and July, and trialling of the SailSys entry and results system.
Four days of Winter Sprints remain scheduled in May, June and July and the Leading Edge Pursuit Series is sailed on the first four Saturdays in August.
The Winter Pursuit Series has been added as a result of feedback at the Sailing Forum held earlier this month, with a number of members expressing their preference for more races during winter which start and finish at the club. To view the Notice to Competitors – click here
The 2019 program of Saturday racing through to the end of the season is now as follows.
Start time is 1230hrs. Casual entry is available for all race days.
- Saturday, 11 May 2019 Winter Sprint Series
- Saturday 18 May 2019 Winter Pursuit Series
- Saturday, 25 May 2019 Winter Sprint Series
- Saturday, 1 June 2019 Welcome to Winter Feature Race
- Saturday 8 June 2019 Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend – No Racing
- Saturday 15 June 2019 Winter Pursuit Series
- Saturday, 22 June 2019 Winter Sprint Series
- Saturday 29 June 2019 Winter Pursuit Series
- Saturday, 6 July 2019 Winter Sprint Series
- Saturday 13 July 2019 Winter Pursuit Series
- Saturday, 20 July 2019 Christmas in July Feature Race
- Saturday 27 July 2019 Winter Pursuit Series
- Saturday, 3 August 2019 Leading Edge Series
- Saturday, 10 August 2019 Leading Edge Series
- Saturday, 17 August 2019 Leading Edge Series
- Saturday, 24 August 2019 Leading Edge Series
Boats which enter both the Winter Pursuit Series & Winter Sprints Series will receive free entry into the two Winter Feature Races on June 1 and July 20.
While MHYC has used the Top Yacht entry and results system for many years, the club will be using the three Saturday series in winter for evaluation of SailSys. This system includes online entry, handicapping and results processing much the same as Top Yacht, but offers a number of possible improvements around flexibility of use for administrators and race management teams (on-water, ashore and off-site), and generation of handicaps which have better alignment between series and with other clubs. The only way to effectively assess the benefits of a possible change to SailSys is to run one or more series using the new processes and we are endeavouring to complete this trial before commencing the 2019-2020 season. The Sailing Department would appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this trial period and would welcome any feedback about the user experience.
You should expect a number of changes:
- If you do not have an existing Boat Profile setup in SailSys (currently used for boats entering RSYS, RPEYC, SASC & RANSA events), you will need to set one up. You will be prompted to do this when you commence the online entry process.
- The online entry page, results menu and results pages will display differently to Top Yacht.
- To enter the Winter Series Block, Winter Pursuit Series, Winter Sprints Series or Leading Edge Series – click here
It was a fun filled finale to the 2018-2019 season of Twilight Sailing at MHYC last week.
Following a fine final race sailed in a 10 knot southerly, members and friends enjoyed the Bollywood theme after-party with great music and entertainment. A short tropical downpour added even more interest to the evening.
Congratulations to the Post-Christmas Series winners:
- Div 1 FARR 'N AWAY - Graeme Lee
- Div 2 RENAISSANCE - Mike Lowry
- Div 3 PEACH TEATS-VELOCITY - M Jones & P Walker
- Div 4 SINGLE MALT - Peter Gilliland
Twilight Overall Series winners were:
- Div 1 KAYIMAI - Rob Aldis
- Div 2 SIRIUS - Garth Riley
- Div 3 FREEDOM - Stephen Smith
- Div 4 SINGLE MALT - Peter Gilliland
Thanks to Marg Fraser-Martin for all the great photos afloat and ashore..........
The MHYC Annual Presentation is on Saturday 11th May 2019, at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.
Awards will be presented for all Club divisions in the Annual Pointscore and Twilight Series with prizes in 1st, 2nd & 3rd for the
Cost $35 per head including an arrival drink and finger food.
Please book by May 8th 2019 either online or at the office 9969 1244..
For online bookings click here
Youth Sailing Presentations were held this Sunday, April 7, to mark the conclusion of the Term 4 Tackers and Discover Sailing Courses and also to celebrate the achievements of the MHYC’s young sailors who are competing at a club, State, National and International level.
Congratulations to all the Tackers and Discover Sailing Course participants who received certificates after a successful 8 week program. Presentations were made by Past Rear Commodore Youth, John Sturrock.
Congratulations also to the winners and placegetters in the 24 race Centreboard Club Championship Series. Following the final three races of the season, presentations were made by past Vice Commodore Youth Sailing, Alister Copley and Chair of the Frank Likely Trust and Past Commodore, Julie Hodder.
Final placings were…
Club Championship - International Optimist
- 1st Place - Will Wilkinson
- 2nd Place - Miles Green
- 3rd Place - Lucas Gillespie
Club Championship - International Cadet
- 1st Place - Sienna Wessels
- 2nd Place - Allisandra Braden
- 3rd Place - Ben Harrington
A number of Special Awards were presented to young MHYC sailors who excelled throughout the season…
Marion Packer Trophy – Awarded for the most improvement since completing a MHYC Junior Sailing Course - Angus Griffin
Doris Burke (Alcyone) Junior Trophy – Awarded to the crew that rates the highest in consistency, improvement, enthusiasm and sportsmanship - Will Wilkinson
Seamanship Award – Awarded for showing outstanding sailing savvy - Miles Green
Presidents Trophy – Awarded for the best performance in a National Championship - Archie Cropley & Max Paul
John Merricks Trophy – Awarded for the best performance in a World or International Championships - Archie Cropley & Max Paul
Well done all!!
For the latest Centreboard Results - click here
MHYC will be running the Australian Sailing Course for Club Race Officer on the 23rd May 2019.
The course cost is $65.00 and runs from 6.00-9.30pm in the Quarterdeck.
The fee includes course materials and the officials shirt which is provided on application after completing the course.
Please register for this course on the link below.
The Sailability NSW President’s Cup was held today at Middle Harbour Yacht Club. Sailability Middle Harbour welcomed visiting sailors from Manly, Cronulla, Dobroyd and Gosford.
Three races were sailed in Hansa 303s with one and two person crews. There was a freshening north easterly breeze under sunny skies on a pleasantly warm day - perfect conditions.
Nathaniel Quan & Marg Sanderson claimed the win for race 1, while Jackson Carter & Erek Duyst took out races 2 & 3. Jackson Carter & Erek Duyst claimed the Sailability NSW President’s Cup for the series win on a countback from Denis Critchley.
Congratulations to all the sailors who competed and a big thankyou to the volunteers from Sailability Middle Harbour and Manly Sailability for making the day such a success.
To view the results – click here
To view the event page – click here
MHYC sailors delivered some outstanding performances at the Sail Port Stephens Regatta which concluded on Sunday.
The Port Stephens Trophy Series and NSW IRC Championships were decided after three days and six races in light to moderate breezes.
In IRC Division 1, MHYC member and owner of the Farr 40 Zen, Gordon Ketelbey, sailed his TP52 Zen (CYCA) to first place . In Division 2, Nine Dragons (Bob Cox) won the last three races to claim first overall. Stormaway (Jack Stening & Colin Gunn) was second in Division 3.
In the Performance Racing Division 1, Lightspeed (Stephen Barlow) was first, Swish (Stephen Proud) was third and Lazy Dog (Shaun Lane & Quentin Stewart) finished fourth overall. In Division 2, Samarkand (Walter Carpenter) was third and in Division 3, Mortgage Choice Rumba (Kerry Burke & Rob Carr) was second.
In the Performance Cruising Division 1, Samarkand (Walter Carpenter) was third, with Advanced Philosophy and Kayimai 5th and 6th.
MHYC boats dominated the NSW Super 12 Championships with Lightspeed first, Swish second and Little Nico (Adrian Walters) third.
In the TP52 Series sailed under the new TP Rating, Zen (Gordon Ketelbey) took third place.
In the Commodore's Cup held earlier in the week, Botany Access Cocomo (Jim Thomas) won the Non-Spinnaker division. In the 22 boat Spinnaker Division 1, Tempo (Michael Smith) was 2nd overall, Advanced Philosophy (Mark Hendry) was 3rd, Lumiere (Warwick Miller) 4th and Kayimai (Rob Aldis) 8th. Mortgage Choice Rumba (Rob Carr & Kerry Burke) won the 23 boat Division 3. Rumba also won the Spirit of Port Stephens Cup.
To see the latest results - click here
To view the Sail Port Stephens Website - click here
Saturday 6 April was the final day of MHYC’s Inshore Sprints for the Summer with a 10 knot north easterly building slightly as the sunny afternoon progressed.
Race Officer Steve Tucker set a one mile course from Middle Head to Spring Cove and the breeze axis held for the two scheduled races.
Winners in the Open Division Race 7 today were MRX (Geoff Pearson) on IRC and Wailea (Neil Padden) on PHS. In the final race, Stormaway (Jack Stening & Colin Gunn) claimed both the IRC and PHS win. In Division 1, Galan (Mike Gallagher) took the PHS prize in both races today.
Dania (Peter Charteris) won PHS in both Division 2 races while Innamincka (John Crawford) claimed the J-24 One Design result for race 7 and Vortex (Chris & Graeme Lee) took the final race on OD.
In the Adams 10 Division, Powderhulk (Patrick Delaney) won race 7 on One Design while Another Dilemma (Jim Vaughan) claimed the PHS win. In the final race of the day, it was Kicknchase (Rob Clarke & Anthony Poiner) who took the double win on PHS and OD.
After the eight races in the Sprint Series, divisional winners were…
- Open IRC - MRX (Geoff Pearson)
- Open PHS - Wailea (Neil Padden)
- Division 1 PHS – Forty Two (John McGrory & Mike Coleman)
- Division 2 PHS - Vortex (Chris & Graeme Lee)
- J24 One Design - Vortex (Chris & Graeme Lee)
- Adams 10 One Design - Kicknchase (Rob Clarke & Anthony Poiner)
- Adams 10 PHS – No Friends (Geoff Charters)
To view the latest results - click here
Photos by David Staley...
MHYC crews have made a great start to the Sail Port Stephens regatta with some excellent results in the Commodore's Cup.
Botany Access Cocomo (Jim Thomas) has won the Non-Spinnaker division of the three race Commodore's Cup series with a 1-3-4 scoreline in the 11 boat fleet.
In the 22 boat Spinnaker Division 1, Tempo (Michael Smith) was 2nd overall, just one point behind series winner Yarrandi (David Griffith CYCA) while Advanced Philosophy (Mark Hendry) was 3rd, Lumiere (Warwick Miller) 4th and Kayimai (Rob Aldis) 8th. Mortgage Choice Rumba (Rob Carr & Kerry Burke) won the 23 boat Division 3.
Samarkand (Walter Carpenter) also placed third in the RPAYC POittwater to Port Stephens Race leading in to the event.
The Port Stephens Trophy Series, NSW Super 12 Championships and NSW IRC Championships get underway today and we wish all the MHYC the best of luck and good racing over the coming days.
NSW IRC Championships: Division 2 - Justadash & Nine Dragons, Division 3 - Botany Access Cocomo, MRX, Stormaway & Wailea
NSW Super 12 Championships - Lazy Dog, Lightspeed, Little Nico, Q and Swish
Port Stephens Trophy Series Performance Racing: Division 1 - Lazy Dog, Lightspeed, Little Nico, Q, Swish & Thirlmere
Port Stephens Trophy Series Performance Cruising: Division 1 - Advanced Philosophy, Kayimai, Samarkand, Division 3 - Macscap & Mortgage Choice Rumba
To see the latest results - click here
To view the Sail Port Stephens Website - click here
After the postponement of the Helly Hansen Women’s Challenge at Manly Yacht Club earlier in March due to
inclement weather, Sydney Harbour was bathed in sunlight as the fleet of 23 yachts competed in a solid
16-18 knot gusty sou’ westerly breeze.
Congratulations to all the MHYC boats and sailors who competed in this popular womens event.
Middle Harbour boats performed well with Michelle Belgiorno winning 1st place in division 2 All Female category on
her Melges 20 Morkuska. In Female Helm Division1, Lyn Humphries won 2nd place with Liz Charles 3rd on Kayamai.
For full results click here
To view video of the action click here