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Dave Hansen Memorial Cruise 2021


HANSEN, David Maxwell (Doc). 29.11.1944 - 2.10.2015
Dave was a man at his happiest in the bush or on the water. He was funny, cheeky, adventurous and there was never a dull moment with him around. He rafted the Franklin on many occasions. Loved the bush and working in it as a Parks and Wildlife officer. A painter, an author, a yachtsman, a bushwalker. A complex man of great drive and passion.

Dave was a long standing member of the BYC. A group of friends and fellow yachties envisaged a cruise as a token of remembrance. With the formation of a cruising division at BYC what better event could there be than remembering Dave by way of a fun cruise in the waterways he loved so much.

Friday 15th January - Cruise in Company to Norfolk Bay.


Cruise in company to Norfolk Bay for an afternoon soiree at a location to be determined (weather dependent). In past years there have been 2 fleets. Retirees and people on holidays have headed across to Norfolk Bay on Friday morning with workers heading down Friday evening.

We will advise of the likely evening anchorage for Friday night, via email, SMS and Facebook on Thursday 14th. We will also be available on VHF (lead Vessel to be advised – Possibly Aatum)

Saturday 16th January – Cruise in Company to Taranna Boat Club

We make our way through Norfolk Bay in company to the Taranna Boat Club and drop anchor in the bay.
Meet at the club rooms approximately 14:00 hours for a briefing on the Dart Island Race. This race of 2.8 nautical miles is apparently the shortest keel boat race on the Australian keel boat calendar. It is also the only keel boat race in the country which has a ‘Le Mans’ style start. The emphasis here is on fun just as Dave would have loved. Safety and learning are the key priorities. After the race we re-convene at the club for other social events and prize giving.
Taranna Boat Club are hosting us for the day so we will meet for presentations in the club rooms after the race. Drinks are available from the club rooms so no BYO please – we are happy to support our host club.
The bar is ‘old school’ with plenty of cheer but no EFTPOS so please bring lots of cash with you. They will make their barbecue available for any crews wishing to cook and eat ashore as we did last year together. BYO food. The club has just recently completed a new toilet and shower facility.

Sunday 17th January - Cruise in Company to Hobart.

Some members of the flotilla may prefer to stay on in Norfolk Bay especially if the weather is conducive.
BYC Cruising Group
Please let us know if you decide to withdraw

For additional information

Mark Koppelmann (Dave Hansen Cruise Convenor and Dart Island Race Director) 0408 038 376 All BYC Members and Associated Sailing Clubs are welcome to join the BYC Cruise Team on one or more of our cruises in company. Any information we may provide is only a reference.
Regardless of any information supplied by the BYC Cruise Team or its members, the skipper is solely responsible for their boat at all times. (This would include such basics as your own weather routing, alternative anchorages and appropriate safety checks and gear for the level of cruise you are on, etc)
By registering, you accept that the decision to participate is your responsibility as the boat’s skipper. When registering to cruise in company, we will contact you on the mobile number you have provided or by email prior to the start of the cruise. Radio calls may be used to keep in contact whilst on the cruise if out of mobile range.
This would be at a notified time (Ch 16 move to working Channel 77, 72 or 73 at callers discretion) We ask that, if you as the skipper of your yacht, decide to cancel or withdraw during a cruise that you please communicate this with the BYC Cruise team leader at the time.

AT ALL TIMES SKIPPERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR CREW AND YACHTS SAFETY

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