Recently two boats on the BYC register – Brambletye (Huon 36 - John Mills, Ian Douglas and Ed Glover and Teos (Beneteau Oceanis 36i – Steve “Davo” Davidson and his wife Trina) cruised in company to Port Davey on Tasmania’s rugged south west coast. For John and Ed off Brambletye it was a return visit with John last there some 22 years ago and for Ed it was 40 + years. Davo had been there three times before but this was the first time in his own boat. Ian and Trina were first timers!
After some unexpected issues for the crew of Brambletye, both vessels were underway bound for Dover at 1100 hrs. At 1505 and abeam of Huon Island the decision was made to continue on to Southport where Brambletye dropped anchor in the Deep Hole at 1730 with Teos not far behind. There is a saying which should be adhered to when cruising in Tasmanian waters to “go while the going is good!” and after listening to a favourable forecast on the radio sched a decision was made to leave at 0445 the next morning for Port Davey. It is a distance of some 70 odd nautical miles so we expected to be there in about 12 hours.
We managed to pick the weather well and even though a decent swell of 3 to 4 metres was experienced at times the wind never blew much harder than 10 knots, primarily from the south west. We had some wonderful wildlife for company – albatross whose grace never ceases to amaze; seals, dolphins etc. There is a funny thing as you travel along the south coast. It seems to take forever to reach that cape or Island in the distance but once passed they seem to disappear fairly quickly!!
Around SW Cape and with the East Pyramids marking the entrance to Port Davey in view, our journey was nearly over! A word of warning for those travelling this stretch of coast, keep a good lookout for craypots!
It was a beautiful south west afternoon when we dropped anchor in Schooner Cove at 1645, exactly 12 hours after leaving Southport. Switched off the engine and the quiet is amazing. A cold beer is the order of the day. Davo and Trina arrived about an hour later.
Photo: Ed Glover, "Davo", Ian Douglas, John Mills - Happy Hour!
We spent the next 6 days cruising the Bathurst Channel and Bathurst Harbour area. Clayton’s Corner where Clyde and Win Clayton lived for many years. Up the Melaleuca Inlet by dinghy to visit the site of Deny King’s tin mine and the recently opened museum. The airstrip, originally hand built by Deny, had a number of planes arriving and leaving during the course of our stay. Day trippers, bushwalkers and those wishing to enjoy a few days in the SW wilderness without walking for 6 or 7 days or getting seasick! Casilda Cove, a beautiful anchorage and a great base from which to climb Balmoral Hill – which we did! Had a look around Bathurst Harbour and even found Ed’s Cove!
Photo: Teos and Brambletye in Casilda Cove
Photo: Bathurst Channel taken from Bamoral Hill
We kept a fairly close eye on the weather during our stay via the radio scheds. There are a couple of black spots in the area where it is not possible to receive or send VHF transmissions, Schooner Cove being one of them.
The weather looked great for the return voyage on March 8 so the decision was made. Spent the night prior to departure in Spain Bay. We were disappointed we weren’t able to visit Bond Bay and the Davey River area but unfortunately both time and weather were against us. Maybe next time!
Up anchor at 0600 with Recherche being the destination. We were advised by the crew of Teos they had some battery issues. Thankfully they were able to start their engine but use of other electrics was very limited. They followed us out and we stayed close by just in case. A strength of cruising in company.
The south coast proved to be no shorter on the return journey! SW Cape, De Witt Island and about another 22 nautical miles to SE Cape. We passed at least 9 boats heading west for Port Davey. It was a magic day. Light SW breeze, rolled out headsail, 2 – 3 m swell. Once again we had managed to pick it!
Dropped anchor at Cockle Creek, Recherche Bay at 1555. Teos arrived at 1610 and advised they had managed to sort out their battery issues on the way! All on board “Teos” for a “happy hour” and a debrief of our respective coastal passages. A wonderful hour – or two – spent in great company.
The next morning the respective crews bid their farewells. Brambletye was bound for Hobart and Teos was heading off to Cygnet for a few more days away.
It was a beautiful day and the crew of Brambletye enjoyed a nice sail home. There were a few issues caused by picking up some kelp near Acteon Island but for the most part we enjoyed a NE breeze and rolled the headsail out at Gordon, arriving back at the BYC at 1635.
It was a fantastic trip and there are a number of other boats on the BYC register who have ventured to Port Davey this summer. The trip can be a little daunting, but with planning, preparation and keeping an eye on the weather it is possible! BYC member Mick Sheehan once took Skua around. A vessel some older members of the club may remember!
Monday Night Member's Jackpot Come along on a Monday evening for our Members night and be here for the chance to claim our Jackpot! This week's sponsor: BANJO'S BAKERY CAFE SHORELINE - $700.00Last weeks Jackpot sponsored by BERNIE'S CAR WASH SORELL - $675.00 was forfeited by John CeruttyIf you or your business are interested in being a jackpot sponsor, please contact the BYC Office on 6244 1353 or email email@example.com
Cricket at BYC????? The Australia / England 20/20 cricket match is being hosted at Blundstone Arena next Wednesday 7th Feb. As this clashes with our Wednesday Twilight Sailing we are arranging to close the Cambridge Road entrance from 4.00pm and place a security officer (Bosun –Shane) at the Kangaroo Bay entrance to ensure vehicles using the car park are for the sailing and not just the cricket. We will be instructing security that member’s vehicles will be identified with a current year sticker – do you have a 2017-18 sticker, if not call on the office to collect and advise your car rego details. Suggest boat skippers advise their crews accordingly to avoid embarrassment of being turned away.
Countdown to the 2018 Banjo's Shoreline Crown Series – Bellerive Regatta Just two weeks to go for our “fun and entertainment filled regatta” (and some serious sailing!!!) so make sure you get your entry in if you haven't already done so to be in the draw for the early bird prize - closes 5th February.Car Parking – preliminary warning Members if you will be away over the period of the Crown Series please be considerate as to where you leave your car. There will be notices around the club about restricted parking from the evening of Wednesday 14th February to enable us to set up for the Regatta on the bitumen area adjacent to the clubhouse from early morning of Thursday 15th February. If in any doubt please leave your car at the launching ramp end of the bitumen car park from at least Wednesday night onwards, especially if you are going away for an extended period. We reserve the right to move cars that do not comply with these requested restrictions
“WE NEED YOUR MARINA BERTH!!!! PLEASE !!!
The 2018 Crown Series Bellerive Regatta will be held over the weekend 16-18 February 2018. As the date approaches we are again trying to free up marina space for visiting yachts as we have done in past years. If you are not competing there are a number of ways in which you could help.
If you will be away over the period and your berth will be vacant, please advise the Marine Manager.
Swap berths with someone from another club who is competing.
Move your boat temporarily to the Derwent Sailing Squadron Marina ( subject to availability at DSS). The Marina has been offered for the use of a number of berths covering the period of the Crown Series. Experienced volunteers will be available to help move boats in the week preceding the regatta and back again in the following week, if you need assistance.
Please contact BYC Marine Manager Peter Watson 0419 686717
Phil Jackman General Manager
SAILING SEASON 2017-18LEWIS MARINE & NAUTILUS MARINE INSURANCE TWILIGHT SERIES 2 - RACE 3 The Tassie weather had to catch up with us sometime in the Twilight series and Race 3 proved to be the tipping point. A 25 knots SSW breeze with a lumpy sea and cool breeze had skippers and crews digging out the wet-weather gear from the back of the locker. As usual and despite the weather the racing was hotly contested especially at the critical starts in all divisions.
Results 31stJanuary 2018 - Race 3
Matt Denholm & Crew
Luke Watkins & Crew
Ian Marshall & Crew
Strong /Koppelman & Crew
Just In Time
Malcolm Robinson & Crew
Liam Rattray & Crew
Bob Jones & Crew
Free n Easy
Alf Doedens / Ben Ward & Crew
Alan Nelson & Crew
Richard Ware & Crew
Rhys Jones & Crew
Rod Cushion & Crew
“Cleopatra” punching above her weight in a well deserved first place on corrected time
The busy start in Division 2, a heavily reefed “Friday” looking comfortable
A rare glimpse of sunlight shines on Division 4 boats after the start
COMBINED CLUBS MIDWEEK SERIES 2 - RACE 4 A “brave” group of 10 skippers and crews lined up for Race 4 of series 2 in the Midweek racing. A SSW change blasted up the River Derwent just before the first start at 25-30 knots. “Madman’s Woodyard” looked comfortable in the breezy conditions and led the fleet home to take line honours and 2nd on handicap. 1st on corrected time was the solid “Alumination” with “Ingenue” third.
The “Duck” in full flight, revelling in the breezy conditions
BANJO’S SHORELINE CROWN SERIES BELLERIVE REGATTA 2018 MEDIA LAUNCH THURSDAY 1ST FEBRUARY –MARINA BAR BYC
Combined Clubs Summer Pennant Day 6 (AM Start)
Combined Clubs Midweek Series 2 - Race 5 (RYCT)
Lewis Marine / Nautilus Marine Insurance Twilight Series 2 - Race 4
Bruny Island Race (RYCT)
Combined Clubs Summer Pennant Day 7 (PM Start RHRA)
SCROUNGER CUP Thank you to our Wednesday twilight sailors - this week you raised $118.40, balance is currently $759.21. We are currently identifying another local charity to receive a donation at the conclusion of the current series. Peter Watson Marine Manager
FOOD and BEVERAGE MANAGER
Monday Night Dining Dining will resume again on Monday nights in Anchors Restaurant from 6pm on a weekly basis beginning 5thFebruary (unfortunately the following Monday 12th, is a public holiday and we will be closed on this night) As previously mentioned we have reviewed the previous format and have come up with something completely different. From the poster in the newsletter you will see that the meals will be $15 and that the first week will be a schnitzel night (followed by a curry night and then a pasta night) Each week the dishes will be accompanied by various sides for you to select from and we will also have a desert on the night for $6 extra.
Same style of service as the previous format where you purchase a ticket from the bar and then go to the buffet table/s to receive your meal.
We look forward to the members support with this new Monday night format.
Trading hours in February
Monday – Wednesday – upstairs from 12 noon
Thursday and Fridays – upstairs from 11:30 am
Saturdays and Sunday – downstairs from 12 noon
Footy Tipping Not long now until the ever popular BYC Footy Tipping comp will be up and running again. Leigh and Fiona Harvey have had a big pre season coming up with some new ideas and this season looks as though it will be great. More information will be in future newsletters so keep an eye on what is happening with this.
BUY and SELL
Want to buy or sell something? If you have any item of interest to other members, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with short description of the item.For Sale - 1st Feb 10 Man Sea Saver Life Raft Excellent condition, just out of survey $1,500 ONO Manny: 0438 431 448For Sale - 22nd Jan Fibre glass dinghy - length 10ft 6ins "Fi-Glass' manufacture Clinker pattern hull Excellent condition, very stable and sea worthy $500 Bob Jones: 0407 687 859 / 6247 8757For Sale - 22nd Jan Knoop 27 - New motor, low hours, autohelm, colour plotter, celery fitout. $24,000 $27,500 with registered mooring - Kangaroo Bay Bob: 0488 171 295For Sale - 11th Jan 14" diameter X 12" pitch bronze geared folding propeller c/w 1"diamter 316 s/s shaft Good condition Inspected by Spectrum some 6 -8 months ago - no remedial work required. Asking $400 to $500 - open to any reasonable offer for quick sale. Simeon: 0418 306 930 (evening only please)Mooring for Rent - 7th Dec Between BYC marina and Rosny ramp Suit 10m. Service this year. $18 per week. Arthur: 6244 1245Wanted - 30th Nov Tasmanian Navigation Charts on good condition, full set preferred Bob: 0404 616 634Wanted - 9th Nov Boat trailer to suit 12ft Purdon dinghy. Tim: 0498 549 998 LOST PROPERTY BIN Please check with BYC office or telephone 62441353 if you have lost any property around the club.
Bellerive Yacht Club Commodore Graham Mansfield in Black Magic will lead Saturday’s Opening Day of the Yachting Season Sail Past, expected to total more than 200 craft.
Also aboard Black Magic will be Rio Paralympic silver medallist Matt Bugg, a fitting honour following his great performance at Rio.
For the first time since her appointment as Governor of Tasmania, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AM will take the salute at the Opening Day of the Yachting Season.
This year’s 136thOpening Day on Saturday, 8 October, will comprise a Sail Past in Sullivan’s Cove, with the fleet motor/sailing line astern past the historic motor yacht Egeria, where the Governor taking the salute.
Her Excellency will board Egeria at the RYCT marina, where a pipe band wil be playing on the club lawns.
Hobart’s Opening Day of the Yachting Season is unique among yacht and sailing clubs in Australia, attracting a huge and varied fleet of the River Derwent.
Given good weather, spectators could see some 220-plus racing and cruising yachts, one-design racing yachts, motor yachts, dinghy classes, even kayaks and ‘tinnies’, out on the river for a spectacular sail past and salute.
‘Opening Day’ has been a tradition on the Derwent since 1880 when a handful of yachts performed ‘evolutions’ off historic Battery Point, with then Governor taking the salute.
Many vessels will be ‘dressed ship’ with nautical flags, their crews dressed up on colourful uniform for the occasion.
The parade will start line off the Regatta Grounds at 2pm, with dinghy and centreboard classes at the forefront, following racing yachts and at the rear of the fleet will come motor yachts.
The fleet, headed by Black Magic, will sail and/or motor into Sullivan’s Cove, leaving Egeria on the port hand in line astern with the senior officer on each vessel saluting by hand.
Opening Day represents the major clubs whose yachts race or cruise on the magnificent River Derwent and other southern waterways, the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, Derwent Sailing Squadron, Bellerive Yacht Club, Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania, Geilston Bay Boat Club, Sandy Bay Sailing Club and the Motor Yacht Club of Tasmania.
Following the sail past, many boats in the fleet will raft up for the traditional Opening Day rendezvous which will be signalled on the flag poles of the RYCT, BYC and DSS at 1.30pm.
The following day, Sunday 9 October, will see the first long race of the Combined Clubs Series, the RYCT’s Channel Race, with the first Harbour race day the following Saturday, 15 October.
However, the SB20 one-design sports boat fleet will begin their pennant racing this Thursday evening, 6 October as part of the DSS Twilight racing.
The Bellerive Yacht Club would like to congratulate all the winners in the 2016 Tasmanian Hall of Fame and Yachting Achievement Awards that were held at the BYC last Sunday. We would especially like to congratulate Hughie Lewis for being named Yachting Personality of the Year
Here is his citation: Hughie Lewis took up keelboat racing in the mid 1980s after a successful career in competition water skiing. About the same time his business Lewis Marine took off, catering for all areas of recreational boating in Tasmania. His extensive knowledge of the Tasmanian recreational and professional marine industry is demonstrated by the fact that Hughie is currently a member of the Board of Directors for MAST. Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) is a statutory authority that was established on 30 July 1997 to ensure the safe operation of vessels (recreational and commercial), provide and manage marine facilities and manage environmental issues relating to vessels. Over a long period of time, Hughie has contributed at the highest level to all aspects of sailing at the Bellerive Yacht Club and the general sailing scene in Tasmania. He has been awarded life membership at the Bellerive Yacht Club and year in and out, he continues to contribute untiringly. He is currently a member of the BYC General Committee and is very actively involved in the Crown Series, Sponsorship and Marina Committees. This year, like many previous years, Hughie continues to be the driving force in attracting sponsorship for sailing events. The Crown Series Bellerive Regatta would not be possible without his crucial support. He has generously sponsored many Bellerive Yacht Club racing series and events. Hughie saw the potential of the Wednesday evening twilight races from the very beginning. His name has become synonymous with this event over the past three decades. Without fuss he has put up the sponsorship, assisted with race management, competed regularly aboard his own boats and crewed for others. Most importantly he made sure twilight prize giving ceremonies are always fun and inclusive. The high level of Hughie’s involvement in this event is definitely one of the reasons why the twilight series has become one of the most successful ways to attract new people to sailing. Hughie is at his best when on the microphone. His ability to engage his audience has transformed many a mundane prize giving session. He is renowned for throwing in the odd, slightly dubious, joke. At these occasions he always encourages participation, for example, the BYC Ladies Twilight Race days are now becoming mainstream, rather than one off novelty event. It is fair to say Hughie has owned many racing keelboats over the years, from production cruiser racers right through to the one design Farr 40 class. More recently he has been competing in the SB20 class as well as living aboard his Princess 57 motor cruiser on the BYC marina. His ability as a helmsman was demonstrated at the recent SB20 nationals where he came third in the first heat, beating many high profile crews in a hotly contested fleet run by the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron. In conclusion, Hughie Lewis has generously supported the sport of sailing over three decades. He has always been prepared to step forward when there is work to be done and he sits on countless committees. His contribution to sailing is not confined to one yacht club. This year, as has been the case for many decades now, Hughie has continued to contribute at the very highest level to all aspects of yachting in Tasmania. He has been active as a competitor and boat owner, a member of numerous committees and a major sponsor to many sailing events. His charismatic nature and genuine desire to improve yachting makes Hughie an extremely worthy nomination for the Yachting Tasmania Personality of the Year award.
Colleen Darcy and her all-women crew from Hobart have made a brilliant start to the 2016 Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta on a boisterous Port Phillip, winning all three handicap divisions of race two after a conservative start in race one.
Sailing the Archambault 35 Absolut, the Hobart women showed their heavy weather sailing skills as a predicted 35 knot front came through, with Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron race officers cancelling a planned third race.
Two divisions, multiple classes and seven represented states comprised the overall pool of 177 competitors, some of whom have never sailed keelboats before. The rough conditions saw some damage and a couple of WOB situations, but no serious problems to the 26 boats.
Race one started in a solid 15 knots from the north-west. Some boats tried to brave the increasing winds by keeping up full mains, but those who reefed benefited significantly.
Absolut finished second in fleet and on corrected time placed third under AMS scoring, fifth under IRC and fifth under EHC handicapping.
Race two saw the south westerly shift settle in direction but increase in pressure, livening the course and bringing short, sharp chop with it.
On Absolut, Derwent Sailing Squadron member Colleen Darcey took a conservative approach to the whole race, emphasising the need to reduce the chance of error through unnecessary manoeuvres.
These tactics by the Tasmanian crew, which represents the Derwent Sailing Squadron, the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and Bellerive Yacht Club, saw Absolut lead the fleet round the course and win IRC, AMS and EHC on correct time.
Darcey explained: “We really pushed ourselves today; it was challenging but great fun out there. We were down one crew, which didn’t help, but it just made us work a little harder.
“Being from Tassie we’re used to the heavy weather but had to adjust our sailing to the slop and chop Melbourne’s Port Philip brings.
“We realised we needed to console our urges to play every shift and stick to conservative sailing. We’re certainly looking forward to adding more tactics and strategy to our game plan tomorrow.”