8 September 2017


Last Month

As usual, there was lots of sailing but, as your editor was in Japan, there are no stories to tell. A few members were doing their best at Hamilton Island, Airlie Beach and Magnetic Island race weeks, we look forward to stories from the ‘sharp end’ of sailing. By the way, I only saw one yacht in Japan. Leisure craft are notable by their absence, a reminder of just how lucky we are to have so many boats and keen sailors to play with. I’m sure all members will join me in thanking our executive committee for their enthusiastic efforts over the past year. Remember it’s only voluntary efforts that keep our club vibrant and enjoyable so if you haven’t put yourself forward yet, don’t be shy, now’s the time because we don’t want to burn out the dynamos of our Club.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The changing of the guard, thankfully a few new faces to keep new ideas and fresh energy in the Executive Committee.

Our executive is…

  • Commodore: Johnny Pool (returned)
  • Rear Commodore: Neil Robson (returned)
  • Vice Commodore: Hew Mills (Acting)
  • Secretary: Vacant
  • Treasurer: Kerry Dent
  • Keelboat Fleet Captain: Bill Munroe (returned)
  • Dinghy Fleet Captain: Scott Davis (returned)
  • Sailability: Andy Murray (returned)
  • Ellis Beach: Barry Craven (new)
  • Member: Kevin Spies
  • Member: Nick Adams (new)

Note. We do have the secretary position vacant which needs filling before the next exec. meeting on the 12th.

As is the custom, the meeting bestowed honours for ‘Senior Member of the Year’ to Wendy Brace and ‘Junior Member of the Year’ to Celeste Lyons. Well done both of you, Wendy for the tireless volunteering with Sailability.

News Flash

Our excellent new Polycraft start boat/tender has a name. By a unanimous vote from the sailing committee, it’s “Pollyanna”

Drivers are welcome, but you have to be signed out by Bill to make sure you treat her respectfully and in a manner that will give the Club long and useful service. Margie will hold a list of all accredited drivers.

Coming UP – This Month

September 9th – last race in the dick Cater Series, an inlet race, and presentation.

Sailing instructions, click here. –> dick-cater-series-race-5-sailing-instructions. 11 am Start.

The BIG ONE – TWW Cail Cairns Regatta

Last chance to register…

Four days of excitement on the water, Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th, Monday 18th and Tuesday 18th. Dinghies and Keelboats.

Friday 15th 6 pm at the CCYS 42/48 Tingira St, Portsmith – Registration – Skipper’s kits and racing instructions. Be there. Get your Buffet dinner tickets at the same time, only $20. (They’ll cost you $25 if you leave it until Tuesday)

Saturday 16th -Breakfast at the Boat Shed, Bacon & Egg muffins. 8am-10:30, $5 grab’n go on the way to rig your boat. Take away tea & coffee as required. Racing starts at 10 am, start line off Wharf 2. Check your sailing instructions in case of last minute changes.

  • Division 1 yachts – Fitzroy Island
  • Division 2 yachts – Mission Bay
  • Division 3 Multihulls – Two Island
  • Off the Beach – Inlet races

Afterwards – At the Boat Shed – Dips, crackers and pretzels with a few beers. Re-live those glorious moments / stuff-ups with everyone.

Sunday 17th – Breakfast at the Boat Shed, Bacon and egg muffins. 7:30 am to 10 am. Racing starts at 9 am today for these long races. $5 grab’n go with tea & coffee.

  • Division 1 Yachts – Double island
  • Division 2 Yachts – Yorkeys Knob
  • Division 3 Multihulls – Double Island
  • Off the Beach – Inlet Races

Afterwards at the Boat Shed – A delicious slow cooked stew by the Ellis Beach crew. Just $10, add a few more beers to wash it down, by now we’ll have some really unbelievable stories.

Monday 18th – Breakfast at the Boat Shed – Bacon and Egg muffins, 8 am to 10:30, $5 Grab’n go. Relax a bit and enjoy. Sip your tea & coffee as it’s an 11 am start.

  • All Divisions – 2 Bay Races

Afterwards at the Boat Shed – Bill’s amazing pulled pork rolls $10. Add few beers, or a nice red would go with that. Yes, we have bubbly too ‘coz you’ll be feeling like a winner.

Tuesday 19th – Bacon & egg muffins at the Boat Shed. Races start at 10 am.

  • All Divisions Inlet race. This will be a WAGS style race, but you can use spinnakers otherwise pretty relaxed.
  • 2:30 – 4 pm a quick beer before the bar closes then head down for the Presentation at the CCYS. 42/48 Tingira St, Portsmith
  • CCYS at 5 pm for the Presentation and social dinner. Buffet put on by the wonderful CCYS chef, very popular last year and everyone is very hungry after four days of sailing. Tickets $20, get them now, ph07 4035 5115. They will cost you $25 if purchased on Tuesday.
  • 5:30 at CCYS – The presentation Ceremony

We are expecting boats participating the Coral Sea Classic to call in, so we will have a welcome ready for them too. They are departing Cairns on the 23rd heading for Port Moresby and should be there by the 27th for presentations, BBQ and live music by the Royal Papua Yacht Club.

Volunteers Here’s your chance to volunteer in a small way, no ongoing commitment. Please come to help assemble breakfast on Sunday and Tuesday. We also need people with an RSA to help out on the bar all days after racing. Please call Hew 0409976888 or Trish on 0400304813

Commodore’s Commands

Good luck in the TWW Sail Cairns Regatta nominations close soon, get them in.

This Months Feature – Boats for Sale

YACHT FOR SALE  Elliot 9.6  “Wild Spirit ”

1997 Elliott 9.6 well maintained fast cruiser /racer, winner of several races and regattas, Kevlar hull, 2300kg. disp.,retractable keel and bowsprit, Yanmar 10 hp diesel with SD20 sail drive, roomy, comfortable  fit out below with full headroom, HF and VHF radios, Full instrumentation incl. chart plotter, 17 bags of Hood sails in very good condition incl. 2 mains, 5 headsails. 5 spinnakers, includes 3m. alloy dinghy and new 6 hp Suzuki 4 stroke O/B, Autopilot, Numerous extras incl. Anchors, safety gear, running rigging, etc. …. Full inventory on request ……..   Price $63000 …contact Bob Cleland … 0740513356 or 0435611236


Beautiful J24, recently refurbished inside and out, new paint and interior fittings. 2 jibs, 2 mainsails (one reefable) 2 spinnakers & 1 genoa. Last anti fouled Aug 2017. Garmin wind/speed/depth instruments. VHF radio, electric bilge pump with a solar charger. Portaloo. Emergency equipment including EPIRB, fire extinguisher. Yamaha 4hp long shaft outboard with aux fuel tank.

Excellent performer for racing or comfortable family overnight sailer, easy to sail. Price $12,000, great value. Contact Hew Mills 0409976888

Snap it up now, it’s ready to go. You could sail in the TWW Sail Cairns Regatta

2 x Tee shirts to get you started


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