3 May 2017

3 May 2017


Tackers Learn to Sail course starting 20th May at Yorkey’s Knob, call Phil Dry 07 4055 7711

Last Month

April 17

Huge congratulations to the two Jai’s, Jai Tooley & Jai Miller, for their magnificent effort at the Australian Youth Championships, Nacra 15 division. After 10 races they came 4th sailing “Tooley’s Vision”. They competed against 12 other boats from all over Australia at Wangi Wangi (it’s not a joke) in Lake Macquarie, just north of Sydney. Their effort is simply heroic considering that anyone sailing that far south has to adapt to temperatures never felt in the North. Well done boys and congratulations to the stoic supporters that drove half way down Australia for the event.

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Lindsay Joice Series

29th July

Finally, after several postponements due to strong wind warnings, the Lindsay Joice series concluded. The final race, a romp out to the vicinity of False Cape was won by Impulse skippered by Frank Brace getting over the line 15 seconds ahead of his previous boat, Out of the Blue. The Lady Skippers race followed with freshening winds which led to the retirement of Out of the Blue after it lost several important pieces of equipment, namely two sail battens, a working outboard and one crew member though the latter claimed that, having the mooring line in hand, was only acting as a sea anchor to slow the boat as it sailed onto the end of F finger.

Congratulations to Francis for bringing home the Lady Skippers prize. Congratulations also the Neil & Francis for guiding Volare to an overall victory in the series and to Frank and Wendy for securing second prize. To all the other boats that nominated, you only had to complete the series and you would have claimed third prize, a voucher to your favourite store, Witworths Marine. Well worth it.

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Water-Fantaseas-Miami-Party-Yacht-Charters-2.jpgEaster brought opportunities for several cruises
out to the reef. I gather Turtle Bay & Green Island were enjoyed by some. Not sure if the bunny made an appearance but something was spotted in the Marina.

Coming UP – This Month

Saturday 6th – Sail Training Pacers only Course 2 – week 1/4

Saturday 6th – Sam Cadman Series, Race 1 Bay Race sponsored by Allied Bearings & Tools

Sunday 14th – Mickey Ink – Fitzroy to Port Douglas fun sail

Tuesday 16th to 20th – Quicksilver Port Douglas Race Week

Nothing more until June.


We would love to have more yachts out racing. Even though there are around 30 yachts in the Club, we need at least four four to start and sometimes that is difficult. Crew shortage is a contributing factor. Press gangs worked in the past but probably doesn’t cut it now. Here are a few suggestions…

  • Put requests in FaceBook
  • Put a flyer on our NEW outdoor notice board.
  • Take a flyer down to the CCYS notice board.
  • Go to WAGS and convince the backpackers they can get a whole day’s sailing for free.
  • Advertise on GumTree under ‘Community’ – ‘Ride Share & Travel Partners’ (Yes, this works!)


Neil would really like formal written nominations. Relying on verbal communication doesn’t work ‘cos it could be a joke or get forgotten.

You can see the nomination fees HERE <–click and download the form, it’s a Word document. CLICK to download the nomination form

The Coast Guard, in spite of initial enthusiasm, seem to have difficulty in finding volunteer crew so most races will have to start off the end of Sailfish Quay or off the coffee shop at the Wharf Shed.

This has been scheduled for June 3rd & 4th (November last year). There will be two races, a Yorkeys Knob race & a Bay race. It is hoped that the dinghies will be available for the new sailors on those days.

A new sail training course is starting this Saturday 6th May, 8 am until 2 pm for four weeks. Everyone, especially keelboat crew, is encouraged to give it a go. Dinghies are a fun way to learn basic sailing skills and the fundamentals of rules.

Wa have some new instructors that may be interested in THIS. A conference in Townsville.

There will be the North Queensland Sail Training Camp on 17-18th June with a national coach coming to instruct the ‘off the beach’ boats at Ellis Beach. This is open to ANYONE so if you have done the sail training here is a great way to refine this skills.

  • WAGS:  Every Wednesday. It’s great to see backpackers returning to enjoy the afternoon sailing on their temporary membership, all are invited to share their stories and share a drink afterwards. The rum still flows if you are first over the line and if rum is not your thing some good Russian vodka is on offer. Those with more refined tastes can take home a couple of bottles of the wine of your choice. So launch into WAGS and be a winner.

           Please see link below for Courses and Sailing Instructions.  Refer to club noticeboard on the day to see what time the handicapper has allocated to your boat.

General Notices

  • URGENT – Your help is needed – The bar may run dry or be severely disrupted if there are not enough volunteers to man it.


Remember this is a club, and all members should join in to make the shared benefits we all receive from our combined efforts work.

It’s easy to help. Get your RSA certificate by 4 pm today – CLICK here! The course is broken down into small, manageable sections designed to improve your learning. At the end of each section is a multiple choice quiz. The cost? Three beers, $18. Send Margie your shiny new certificate (copy), and you’ll be a hero!

The truth of the matter is that the bar person may be on a slow boat or helping to pack up. Meanwhile, thirsty speedsters are wondering why the shutters are down and their throats dry. It’s no one person’s fault, there will be a volunteer amongst you, and it could be you.

A big THANK YOU – To Kevin & Allan for their magnificent efforts. The stairs at Ellis Beach which have been beautifully refurbished and the amazing aluminium ramp at the Boat Shed. This will make it super easy for the wheelies to zoom around. It will also allow the dinghies to be wheeled through without moving too many tables. Thanks, guys, a great effort and example of club members helping out for the benefit of all.

Just in case the first bit above sounded like a whinge, it’s not. There are a lot of people who volunteer a lot of time and effort, particularly the sailability helpers, which makes the club a great place to be around. On behalf of the Vice Commodore, the more you put in, the more you get out. Thanks, everyone.

  • Calendar Confusion – Some people are finding their calendars on their phones are not synching with the CYC calendar. The CYC web page calendar is the “master” calendar so always refer to that for the latest event details. To make it easy you can make your own CYC calendar app. or shortcut on your phone. Do this…
  1. Go to the CYC web page, click on Calendar.
  2. Tap the little square box with an arrow escaping from it to show sharing options. IMG_2776.PNG
  3. In the list of sharing possibilities tap on ‘Add to home screen.’IMG_2774.PNG
  4. Change the shortcut name if you want
  5. See the shortcut appear with the CYC icon on it.
  6. IMG_2775.jpg There you have it!

The method is similar to an Android phone.

Caution – check carefully if the entries refer to ‘Off the Beach’ or ‘Keelboats’


Salthouse discounts –If members show a current membership card they can receive a discount.

  • Members Must show their membership cards (this not only proves they are members but makes sure that the sponsor sees he is getting a return from his support.
  • CYC Club T-Shirts AND Hats – There are new CYC Club t-shirts now available by contacting Margie. Get a hat to match your T-shirt, any colour, so long as it’s white. Get in quick, the tourists like these. They have “Great Barrier Reef” on the back so they can remember where they have been when they get home. Actually, you wouldn’t have a clue where most hats come from let alone yacht club hats, so that’s a great addition.
  • Australian Sailing Newsletter is published monthly  – Click here for all the latest news.
  • CYC current office hours

Andy’s Corner – Sailability

We’ll be holding sessions for the Endeavour foundation and ARC Disability Services on alternate Tuesdays and they both wind up at about 2.30, so we’ve decided to start our later sessions then. I’d also like to start our Thursday sessions a little earlier. I was going to make it half an hour earlier, but we might as well make it an hour earlier to match our Tuesday session and aim to be sailing by 2.30.
Tuesday: Set up at 12.00
Group booking 12.45-2.30
Regular session 2.30-5.30
Thursday: Set up at2.00

Regular session 2.30-5.30
I hope the earlier Thursday start suits our volunteers, because our regular sailors are keen for the extra time and means that all our regular sessions begin sailing at 2.30. Cheers, Andy.

  • Tips & Tricks

Effect of heel angle

Why does the skipper insist that we sit on the rail?

In days gone by, you might notice, especially from old America’s Cup pictures, the yachts were long and thin with massive overhangs, especially at the stern. The crew were dressed in immaculate white uniforms, and the skipper wore an impressive hat. Nobody was sitting on the rail waiting to get wet in fact, they lay flat on the deck to reduce windage.


None of this made the boat go faster. In 1920, what made the boat go faster was acres of canvas and the angle of heel. The boats were measured on the waterline length when at rest. As the boat heeled the waterline length increased as the overhangs became immersed increasing the waterline length and defeating the measurer’s rule. As we all know, waterline length, in a displacement hull, is a function of speed, the longer, the faster. Heel was good.


Unfortunately, as the boat heels the shape of the hull in the water changes. The windward waterline becomes straighter and the leeward more bulged. The water on the bulged side has to travel further which, according to Bernoulli’s principle, creates a low pressure which sucks the stern around and contributes to weather helm & rounding up. The solution to this is to make the boat long and thin. Thin and elegant was good.


Meanwhile, the triangular sail plan, compromised by it’s shape, created massive drag, and as heel increased the area projected to the wind reduced. The same thing happened to the keel with the area projected to the water also reduced. The boat sailed further sideways. The solution, in 1912, was to make the keel longer and deeper toward the stern to counteract the weather helm. This creates a massive wetted surface increasing friction with the water. What to do?

Around the turn of the 20th-century innovation created the fin keel with separate rudder. Other contraptions like twin keels and fore and aft rudders made an appearance reducing wetted surface area but without tank testing their value was not understood.

Sail design progressively took inspiration from aircraft wings where a long narrow wing created less drag, sails became longer and narrower. The taller rig created a greater heeling moment which was counteracted by more beam moving the centre of buoyancy leeward righting the boat. At the same time, keels became narrower and deeper. Less drag & the large lump of lead on the bottom was more effective through increased leverage. Boats that stood upright sailed faster.


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As the boat heels the surface area projected to the wind and water reduces


With beamier boats not only does the centre of buoyancy have more leverage but the crew have more leverage on the opposite side. The crew is now moveable ballast and contribute significantly to boat performance by keeping the sail & keel as close to perpendicular as possible.  As boat speed increases, there is a tendency for the bow to go down so the movable ballast must move towards the stern to keep the bow up and the rudder buried especially on a planing hull.


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