January 2018

Happy New Year.

2017 went out with a bang

No, it’s not the Boat Shed exploding, it’s the fireworks


Last Month

The dust has settled & heads have cleared after the Fitzroy Island end of year party. (See the previous newsletter). The time for eating and drinking too much has also passed. It’ll soon be time to get back into sailing. Congratulations to Scott Davis for convincing Santa to bring him a new boat. We are all eager to see it at the Marina and screaming past us on the water.

We had two significant CYC voyages this month.

Wazza’s adventures in Sydney mixing it with the Sydney Hobart leaders out of the Heads (He said he could have passed them if he was trying). See the Feature Story (below) for more exciting adventures of the Big Green Cat or Barefoot.

Anastasia also sailed south for the big event, 18 days of sailing including 9 or so nights got Gary & Shari down to experience the magic or Sydney Harbour where they were joined by Kerry D for a couple of days. If anyone is looking for a trip back on Anastasia call Gary on 0418 381 656‬

Dinghy Learn to Sail

If you are interested in training, please contact the CYC office for more information, 07 4031 2750. There is no age barrier and, especially if you crew on a bigger boat, this is highly recommended. It’s only four weeks of Saturday mornings with a BBQ after. The first course starts on Saturday 3rd Feb. Please call Scott Davis (the dinghy fleet captain) on 0410 477 166 to confirm you are coming.  Bring a stinger suit (or long sleeved shirt), hat and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet (no thongs).

Coming UP – This Month

16th January 2018, Tuesday – Sailability gets going again, thence every Thursday and Tuesday. If you want to help call Andy 0435 013 709.

3rd Feb 2018, Saturday – Week one of the learn to Sail course. Call Scott 0410 477 166

4th Feb 2018, Sunday – Skippers Briefing at 10am – all you need to know about getting your boat ready for some fun sailing with the rest of the CYC fleet in 2018. To get an idea of the equipment you need on your boat, check out the EQUIPMENT AUDIT FORM – CATEGORY 5 MONOHULLS or MULTIHULLS.  Call Neil ‭0417 625 236‬

10th February 2018 – Biggest Sign On Day – Organised by the Cairns Convention Centre, the free, fun, family day out is an opportunity for young people to discover that there is more to a sport than chasing balls in footy, cricket & thugby. We hope to have a stand with several dinghies set-up and of course we will need enthusiastic members to go along to show young and old that sailing with the CYC is low cost and high fun. Call Kevin 0412 306 130

10th Feb 2018, Saturday – Week two of the Learn to Sail course.


WAGS – Every Wednesday. A fun sailing day with others, stress-free and a chance for non-members to sail for the day, just $20 gets you on a boat. Be at the Boat Shed at 12. No need to call anyone, just turn up. Backpackers welcome.

House Keeping

We still need more people with RSA’s so we can keep the bar running longer. A big thank you to those volunteers that have been keeping thirsty sailors throats wet, but it’s not fair to leave it to just a few. They’ll burn out.

Keelboat skippers and crew – if you want to broaden your experience there is an easy way to find boats that need crew or an easy way to find crew. Get the “SailConnect” app on your phone. It’s free from Yachting Australia. (Click here to load on an iPad). Click here for an overview.

Want to sail a little catamaran?

Help, I need sailors

We have several Nacra 350’s at Ellis Beach that are available for anyone to sail. (Best to have done the Learn to Sail course first though). If you don’t use them, they will be SOLD. Same goes for the Lasers so, contact Barry at Ellis. Even though the Ellis Beach opening is not until 3rd March I’m sure if several members got together Barry could organise something. 0428 369 303

Cyclone Season

Review the Ports North Cyclone Contingency Plan. Click this link.

Feature Story

Continued from last month…. (thank you Wazza)

Well, the old “Wreck in a paddock” has finally made it to Sydney.

On arrival yesterday the Green boat sailed in under the rarely used black and green spinnaker right amongst the multihull fleet that were racing in a stiff 20-knot northeaster. The wind picked up fast, and I was massively overpowered and had to get the kite down FAST!

Gaining control, I watched as the very fast “Quickstep” came screaming by (another Cairns built boat ) followed by the great looking tri, “Lukim Yu”. These boats were smoking along looking like huge balls of spray making the very expensive, and big, local racing mono’s look like slow semi-trailers.

 Catching up with Nolwenn who has crewed on “Barefoot” in Airlie, Cairns and Port Douglas was great, and it will be sad to see her leave the country for France… We’ll miss the arrogant frog!

Awesome Sailing moment….

Comanche sliding past Barefoot

We were motoring along Sydney’s Beautiful Harbour on the Double Gherkin when the fastest sailing monohull in the world comes by blotting out the skyline with its towering mast and sails while practising starting manoeuvres for the Sydney to Hobart race in a couple of days. This is an amazing boat and to see it powered up sailing this close was pretty cool.
The sound of the sheets being wound on was heard over 1000 meters away. Can’t wait for the start on Boxing day.

Next on the calendar will be going for a sail on “Panther” the ex “Cynophobe” from Airlie beach. The new owner wants to get her moving a bit quicker, so I’m going to share the things that I’ve learnt along the way.  Hopefully, we can squeeze some speed out of her. This will be followed by the boxing day spectator fleet for the Sydney to Hobart race then the fireworks for Sydney Harbour New Years Eve!!
The Sydney to Hobart yacht race, The second most significant day on the Harbour and the Green boat was part of the spectator fleet. 

Knowing how wild it gets at the start line we decided to go outside the heads to avoid the traffic, and it was awesome to have the big guys coming straight at you with overwhelmingly tall sail area and boat speed. Blackjack was first out of the heads and Barefoot sailed alongside for a few miles keeping a respectable distance when Wild Oats 11 came up behind, and I had to tack away to stay clear of the old girl.

The scene is pretty intense with the big powerful 100 footers and the out of control spectator fleet, big planing powerboats that push out large wakes and confused seas tossing you about. It sure was a spectacle that would be hard to beat.Was under Mainsail only and about to pull out the screecher like those guys had, but it was insanely rough, so I didn’t unfurl it. I’m sure I would have passed them with it. 

I wish I had the opportunity to take more pictures but hands were full.

Several friends had rung telling me that they had seen the Green cat on the TV coverage which was exciting as Cats aren’t actually invited to the party in this neck of the woods. Barefoot has not broken anything on this trip, and it will be good to do the same thing on the way home!Now for the big day on Sydney harbour….. New Years Eve fireworks!

Thanks to Kerry D for the photo

Its a fantastic party and it doesn’t get any better than being on a boat.

9th Jan 2018.

Sitting at Yamba on the northern NSW coast waiting for the next weather window to head north, Barefoot has racked up some miles, adventures, exciting mishaps and of course being in the best spot in Sydney Harbour for the NYE fireworks.
Freinds came down from Cairns and Melbourne, and we escaped the dramas of boats anchoring too close that is always a problem in the Harbour at NYE. It was happening all around us though with people losing control of their big expensive boats and crashing into the bows of other boats while others dragged anchors and picked up other boats’ anchors as they got blown with the wind. It was entertaining and sad at the same time.

Sydney harbour is such a beautiful place, but an unseen force was influencing the decision to head north so up came the shiny stainless steel anchor and Barefoot sailed out the harbour in light east winds heading towards home with no plan or timetable.
As we sailed past Pittwater, we saw the big Monos that were doing the Pittwater to Paradise race.
The wind had gone light northeast, and we were close hauled. The green boat jumped on the tail end of the race fleet and started catching the boats out in front, Wishing that all that cruising gear onboard wasn’t there so we could go a bit faster and was hoping a bit more wind would come in so she could lift her skirt. We got our wish off Swansea when the breeze freshened, and the windward hull started to fly (always exciting no matter how many times I do it) the boats in the race fleet disappeared in the distance and Barefoot was topping 14’s to windward! Oh yeah!
The excitement was shortlived though as a massive thunderstorm was rolling in and that suggested we bravely run away to the shelter of Newcastle while the race fleet stayed out at sea and I hope they didn’t get battered by the front too much??
Next adventure was breaking a rudder at 20 knots fully powered up, but I’ll save that for the next story.

ED: We’d love to have your stories too. Please call the editor, Hew on 0409976888 or email at iwantone2@icloud.com (We can fix spelling and grammar slip-ups)

December 2017

Xmas Special


  • Presentation night
  • Fitzroy Island Race
  • Dinghy wrap-up
  • Next month

Last Month

Wrapping up the year. We’ve had a great year’s sailing with huge opportunities for all sailors to complete during the year. The mass of combined events will be repeated next year. We’d love to see even more boats out enjoying our seas. The events “grid” is made up of four sequential races carried out over five or six weeks. Within each of the four sequential series, there were five additional series to be competed for over the calendar year. This means it was not necessary to sail in every race in a series to have a chance at getting a place. For example, each sequential series included a “Fitzroy Island” race and a “Lady Skippers” race. This gave us potentially nine winners in the series events. That was in addition to the “Flagship” events of ‘Commodores Cup’ and ‘Anniversary Regatta’. The sequential series was replicated across the dinghy fleet, so a lot of sailing and some great racing was had by all.

To top it off, presentation night wrapped up a busy year with really great catering from …


Trophies presented this year include…

Festival Cup – Sponsored by Shangri La – ‘Fast Forward’ including Commodores Cup – ‘Impulse’ – Frank & Wendy.

Anniversary Regatta  – ‘Wee Welsh Dragon’ – Kevin, This included the Rob Leitner Memorial sponsored by Sue & Jamie Leitner – ‘Fast Forward’ – Brian.

Sequential Series

Lindsay Joice Series – ‘Volare’ – Frances & Neil

Sam Cadman Series – ‘Volare’ – Neil & Frances

Dick Cater Series – ‘Centinella’ – Bill Munro

Summer Series – ‘Impulse’ – Frank & Wendy

Calendar Series

Screen Shot 2017-11-09 at 4.30.57 pmFitzroy Island – Sponsored by Fitzroy Island- ‘Volare’ – Frances & Neil

Screen Shot 2017-12-14 at 10.25.49 am.jpgDouble Island – Sponsored by Pickers Vinyl & Canvas and Allied Bearings – ‘Volare’ – Frances & Neil

Bay Races – ‘Volare’ – Francis & Neil

Screen Shot 2017-11-09 at 4.26.04 pmLady Skipper – Sponsored by Splish Splash Swimwear – ‘Impulse’ – Wendy

coopers-beerInlet Races – Sponsored by Coopers – ‘Volare’ – Frances & Neil


Special Awards

Member of the year – Wendy Brace

Junior Member of the year – Celeste Lyons

Most Improved sailor – Kerry Dent

Most Consistent WAGS competitor – ‘Volare’ – Frances & Neil

Most Consistent Female – Francis

Most line honours WAGS competitor – ‘Yes’ – John

Most Line Honours – ‘Impulse’ – Frank & Wendy

Aggregate points – ‘Volare’ – Frances & Neil

Club Champion – ‘Volare’ – Frances & Neil

“Captain Crunch” (the only boat who admitted running aground) – ‘Wild Spirit’ – Bob

Ellis Beach – sponsored by Allied Bearings & Pickers Vinyl & Canvas

Last Hurrah – Fitzroy Island Race

The last race of the year and the Xmas breakup for the yacht Club attracted ten boats including four catamarans. The sailing instructions commanded a 9:30 briefing and a normal but unconventional downwind start in front of the coffee shop at 10:00. The forecast was for a light south-east wind getting stronger as the day progressed.

24955789_1725985194120853_1572316076881720786_o.jpgWith cartons of Xmas cheer stowed the fleet set off in somewhat disarray as only the regular sailors disregarded the sailing instructions and turned up for the briefing at 9am. At least one crewmember was seen roaming the marina in search of a long since departed ride at 9:45.

The 10am start looked promising with about 5kts of breeze. Three spinnakers blossomed early as the fleet passed over the line with the blooming spinnakers becoming limp rags as the light breeze abandoned the fleet. Wild Spirit and Out of the Blue, being lightweight boats, managed to drift ahead and catch any zephyrs that appeared randomly from the north, then north-west, then east and sometimes south. The rest of the fleet drifted aimlessly in the pond of doldrums mostly progressing backwards on the incoming tide. In fact, from T12 it looked as if most had headed back to the Salt House for refreshments.

The first and only mark to round was T12 and Out of the Blue, and Wild Spirit caught the first of the steady easterly and rounded together. Out of the Blue chose a more seaward course while Wild Spirit snuck up on the inside and took the lead. Meanwhile, back in the fleet, a few motors were called into action to break the impasse on a glassy Inlet. Eventually the easterly reluctantly made an appearance over the hills and the race was on. Rounding Cape Grafton the breeze picked up to 15kts for the beat upwind to Fitzroy now in favour of the bigger boats with their weight and length slicing easily through the choppy sea. The light boats by now were so far ahead that only a breakage could stop them. Wild Spirit crossed the line well ahead of Out of the Blue closely followed by Volare in third place having made excellent progress in the strengthening breeze and short chop.

Now the (unofficial) sailing instructions said that prizes would be awarded only to those boats that were at Fitzroy to receive them at 7pm. You can imagine the excitement on Out of the Blue as Wild Spirit turned around and headed home. Sneakily they had dropped one crew member off to collect the first prize, ah well. Leitning Storm was the first cat over the line and after reprovisioning liquid refreshments headed home. Their prize was a great day sailing.

Thanks again to Fitzroy Island for sponsoring such a magnificent prize for first place. We have had five Fitzroy races this year with this magnificent prize, two nights in their Ocean View rooms for two. These rooms are in fact, a small apartment will all facilities for self-catering, but why would you want to? Dinner and breakfast are included and Foxies Bar provides a generous lunch at a reasonable price.

Crews from at least three boats enjoyed the comfort of the resort over “doing it tough” and sleeping on the boats. So, thank you for supporting the Resort in return for their generous support for our Club.


1st Wild Spirit – Well done but had to go home sending one crew member ashore to claim the prize.

2nd Out of the Blue – Hard work once round Cape Grafton into the chop.

3rd Volare – Well sailed out of the doldrums in the inlet.

4th Bagatelle – Cat – Great to so Jai and his crew, Sophie & Miranda handling this big boat like pro’s. (They did have Kay & Ian helping out on the way over)

5th Italina – Cat – no war stories

6th Vanguard – stuck in the doldrums too long.

7th Centinella – stuck in the doldrums too long.

8th Lakatoi – stuck in the doldrums too long.

Ruby Soho – used their motor

Leitning Storm – were in such a hurry to get to Foxies Bar that they forgot to give Neil their arrival time. Too bad, I think they were first over the line??

Dinghy Sailing

2017 Year in review

Well, what a big year for dinghy sailing. Before I get started, I want to thank all the volunteers, helpers and my excellent team of instructors for their contributions over the year.


The year started with the CYC Discover Sailing Day which was well attended. Around 160 people had the opportunity to have an experience on both yachts and dinghies, this event which is become a regular event in our calendar will be held on the 18th of March. I was wondering if we should consider making it a fundraising event, by asking people to make a gold coin donation for a community cause like the youth suicide program?

This year, we made some changes to the calendar, which has meant that our Saturday morning social racing sailing program was a bit limited, but I am pleased that Riley, Jai and Daniel have indicated that in 2018, they will be running this for the club. This is important as it provides an opportunity for new sailors to build their confidence and practice the skills that they have developed in the LTS Programs.

We conduced 4 LTS programs, 1 Naval Cadet LTS Program, 3 terms of school sailing, a hosted a regional round of the School team sailing, 2 instructors course, and I am pleased that our instructor pool in continuing to grow in numbers.

While our club vessels have passed there use-by-date, we are holding them together by sheer hard work, and special thanks to Mal and Co for all the work on keeping our pacers going. If we don’t replace our fleet of dinghy training vessel, we won’t be able to undertake the activities required to continue to grow the youth and increase adult dinghy sailors in the club.

And finally, in 2018, the Youth Sailor of the Year was award to Celeste Lyons for her work with the junior sailing program, the SWD program and her mentoring of other girls into the sport.

One of the challenges we have to work out how to respond too relates to the changing nature of our sport. In 2018/19, I hope that we can give consideration to running a Women on the Water (WOW) program and adventure sail days, both of which have been highly successful at increasing participation at other clubs across the region.

While sailing remains the focus of our activities, we need to consider how we as a club can respond to the changing market, which is demanding more social and family activities for short periods of time, time is now the most precious commodity, which for most of us is harder and harder to find.

Merry Christmas everyone, See you on the water. Scott.


Coming UP – This Month

  • WAGS – Every Wednesday. A fun sailing day with others, stress-free and a chance for non-members to sail for the day, just $20 gets you on a boat. Be at the Boat Shed at 12. Yes, even the 27th Dec.
  • December 25th – Santa comes to sailors that have been good.
  • December 30th – Informal gathering at the Boat Shed to watch the fireworks. Best view in town. Bar closes at 10pm. Others are gathering on various boats in the Marina so stay around for the New Year.
  • January 2, 2018 at 5:30 PM – 7:00 Sailing Committee Meeting Regatta Room CYC, Cairns – have a say in how we run our events, all suggestions welcome.

Feature Story


by Wazza

Wow, what a month!

The Green Boat is sitting comfortably in Bums Bay Southport with an east coast low blowing southeasterly winds at 30 knots and rain and cold. Brrrrrrr!.
With over a thousand nautical miles sailed since leaving Cairns with Angie. A return to work meant a sad goodbye at Noosa.
There were a lot of adventures and experiences under the belt, and the big one that really stands out is crossing the Wide Bay Bar and the Noosa Bar in the same day with an awesome stop for a few hours at Double Island point.
The spur of the moment decision to stop at Double island point after crossing the notorious Wide Bay Bar in beautiful calm conditions and taking the fisherman’s passage shortcut saving nearly 5 miles off the rhumb line. The wind was non-existent, so we dropped anchor under the lee of D.I. for a surf in small but fun waves on the mini mal.
Angie showed me up with perfect style with me being a bit rusty and grumpy.
We swam with turtles, stingrays, tame fish, crystal clear water and even a pod of dolphins showed up at the point showing off their babies (cute)
With a long list of tropical islands visited and some nice mainland locations, it was obvious that we really are blessed to have such a diverse and beautiful coastline on the Qld east coast.
There are a lot of boats sailing south at the moment, With sometimes up to thirty boats arriving at anchorages each afternoon only to leave early the next day for the next southern safe place to anchor. Barefoot covers the miles pretty easily when there is wind with the best days sailing being 120nm from Percy Island to Great Keppel Island in 9 hrs.
We dragged a lure all the way from Cairns down the east coast, and apart from a small mack tuna that we caught off Dunk Island and threw back, We didn’t catch a thing! I was dreaming of fresh Spanish Mackeral but settled for canned salmon.
Barefoot is going well with no major breakdowns and is surprisingly quite comfortable for a boat of this type.
Lots more stories to come, if you see us in an anchorage head over and say hello.

November 2017



  • Buy your Presentation Night Tickets NOW. No sales after the 18th
  • Ellis Beach Breakup this Saturday-Sunday. Spit roast. BE THERE.

Last Month

Summer Series Concludes

It’s been a great series with some great sponsors which means great prizes for place getters and well worth the effort to get out on the water and enjoy the fabulous weather at this time of the year.

Screen Shot 2017-11-09 at 4.30.57 pmRace One – Fitzroy Island Race, sponsored of course, by Fitzroy Island.
Impulse won two nights on the Island. Well done Frank & Wendy. See the last newsletter for more.

Summer Series Race Two – 14 October. The unconventional but normal downwind start saw the fleet head out of the inlet in fairly light winds. Out of the Blue was first round C9 and headed excitedly off towards Holloways Beach. All eyes were scanning for the buoy while the big asymmetric propelled the boat on a broad reach downwind. A gybe was all that was required as soon as the buoy was spotted about 70° off the bow. Following boats had symmetric spinnakers so headed directly downwind and spotted the buoy sooner. Holloways Beach had mysteriously moved to Machans Beach. By the time “The Blue” spotted it the buoy could not be made under the asymmetric spinnaker. Rounding the mark the big boats had caught up. In spite of another fast downwind run The Blue couldn’t match the big boats upwind in the freshening breeze. Start.,C9(p), Holloways Bch buoy (p), C9(p), HBB (p). C9 (s), Finish. First: Impulse, Second: Volare, Third: Out of the Blue.

Race Three – 22 October. Very light winds greeted the start of this race and the course was shortened to round the Yorkey’s Knob channel marker instead of Double Island. Once again Impulse & Out of the Blue benefited with the asymmetric spinnaker just staying aloft long enough to drag both boats into a glassy smooth hole around C11 & 13. Good fortune had the ‘The Blue’ as the most windward boat when the first zephyr of the North Easterly arrived, and it rounded C9 well ahead of Impulse, stuck in the hole for a little longer. The Blue rounded Yorkey’s well ahead but the superior sailors’ onboard Impulse had them nearly catch ‘The Blue’ rounding C9 on the return leg. Once again, both sailed into the windless hole. Meanwhile, Volare spent over an hour before she got out of the hole on the outbound leg and had a very lonely trip down to Yorkey’s. The consensus was to finish the race around C11 then motor home and lament a sad lack of wind.

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Race Four – Splish Splash Lady’s day race sponsored by Moontide Swimwear. 28th October.

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This lady is not a typical skipper

Once again a great turn out and great to see new ladies testing their skippering skills. This was especially so as the wind was a Northerly blowing directly down the inlet necessitating multiple tacks to get upwind and a great spinnaker run downwind. The Blue could only sport an Asymmetric spinnaker so had to gybe constantly to keep it flying. Congratulations to Kerry who had little experience in keeping the boat under the monster and managed to keep ahead for much of the race. Impulse took out first place, congratulations Wendy. Are we going to see you in your new outfit?


Race Five – Salthouse / Coopers bay race.

A spectacular turn out of yachts starting opposite the Coffee Shop and, once again an unconventional downwind start with all boats bolting out of the leads in a good wind and an ebbing tide towards C8. Then a starboard turn into Mission Bay where the buoy had been laid earlier. The catamaran, Leightning Storm, was well ahead expecting to round the buoy first. Frantic radio chatter revealed that the buoy could was lost or Leightning Storm was lost. Impulse, next on the scene had no greater success in finding the wayward buoy and, reluctantly, the official race was abandoned. An improvised course was set to return home via C1 at the entrance to the leads and although not racing all had an enjoyable trip home in perfect sailing weather. The attraction of Coopers Beer at the Salthouse meant no one stayed behind to fish. A great night followed thanks to these two generous sponsors wrapping up the Summer Series.

Dinghy Learn to Sail

Our recent learn to Sail program attracted more than 12 new sailors to the club. It was an excellent training program and was well supported by our training team who made everyone feel welcomed. I am confident that our learn to sail program will continue as the years go by.


On the 18& 19th of November, the CYC is hosting a Dinghy instructor course for many of the regional clubs. This opportunity highlights that CYC is now seen as a real asset to the regional clubs.

I would personally like to thank Jai Tooley and young Riley Munro who have taken up the role of organising our fun social Dinghy sailing program on Saturday and Sundays. These events are very important as it provides a pathway to allow those who have completed the learn to Sail program to build confidence and refine their skills before joining the proper racing fleet

It has been a big year in Dinghy and junior Sailing terms, and for me personally, it is also a slightly emotionally time as many of our youngsters leave their hometown for exciting adventures. I wish you all the best, and I hope to see you all soon racing around the pins back at your home club



Coming UP – This Month

November 11, 2017 – November 12, 2017 – Ellis Beach Break Up “Off the Beach” sailing for all and a great night is planned by Barry with a spit roast. There will be NO Karaoke so all members with pending stage fright can come along and their vocal talents will remain hidden.  

November 18, 2017 – Last day to get your tickets for Presentation Night.

November 18th – 19th, 2017 – Festival Cup – Incorporating Commodores Cup on Saturday. This will be a Yorkey’s Knob race. Sunday will be two bay races with a fabulous prize for the weekend sponsored by Shangrila (A night for two in their fabulous rooms overlooking the Marina). Minor prizes will come from Coopers Brewery.

November 25th, 2017 – Presentation Night, All fleets. Eat Real Cairns are our caterers. Big platers of antipasto & yummy stuff for starters. Cold cuts of chicken and beef with chutney for mains with salad. Desert will be tropical fruit platters and a choc slice.

December 9th, 2017 – Fitzroy Island Christmas Party. Plan on staying overnight either on a boat, in the camping area or in the lovely resort. Here’s an idea. Get a few of you together and book a ‘Butterfly Bungalow‘. These sleep five and have one queen bed (for the skipper of course), $205 for the night. That’s $41 each & sure beats putting up a tent, trying to find it in the dark and getting bitten by a snake.

Oh, just one more thing. You won’t be eligible for a prize if you are not there to receive it on the night.


Sailability – Every Tuesday and Thursday – see below for some exciting developments

WAGS – Every Wednesday. A fun sailing day with others, stress-free and a chance for non-members to sail for the day, just $20 gets you on a boat. Be at the Boat Shed at 12.

Commodore’s Commands

Don’t forget presentation night… BE THERE.


Wonderful Wednesday LIVING THE DREAM
Cliff dreamed of taking his Sailability friends out sailing and on Nov 12th that dream came true. We had 17 people on board including 8 in chairs and it was an unforgettable day with perfect sailing conditions. The smiles on faces were priceless as people with disabilities were experiencing something they could never have dreamed of. Good on ya Cliffy for making your dreams come true and for sharing to benefit others.

Jase went straight to the wheel and steered for most of the afternoon. Cliff’s brother, Trev made sure that Jase was up with all the complex electronics and did a great job as First Mate, as he did when we sea trialled the new boat in Melbourne back in December and January. Good onya Trev.


October 2017


Last Month

TWW Sail Cairns Regatta

Day One. Carnage. Fitzroy Island and back was race one of the Sail Cairns Regatta bringing early havoc to the fleet. A 25kt breeze tested every boat as they pounded around Cape Grafton. The big green catamaran, ‘Barefoot’ broke a daggerboard which gaily folded back to severely bent a rudder killing the regatta for them. This avoided the anticipated grudge match with ‘Leightning Storm’ and reduced division 4 to just two boats. In division one, ‘Spank’ got spanked and retired and ‘X2’ broke their spinnaker tack line. Vanguard decided to test a new spinnaker furling technique… around the mast. This had not been tried before, so Mr Moule had to go up the pole with a sharp knife and refashion a perfectly good spinnaker into several smaller ones. First over the line was ‘Yes’ in a credible 4 hrs 25 min for the round trip. Impulse was first on handicap with 4 hrs 30 minutes.

The new spinnaker furling system. (prototype only, needs more work)

In Division 2, three J24’s lined up to do battle with ‘Kaizen 2’ taking out first place in the first race. On the second race, it was ‘Fast Forward’s’ turn, race three ‘Kaizen 2’ fourth race ‘Fast Forward’ took the honours. This set up the fifth and last race to be the decider. No wind and drizzly rain promised to ruin the day for everyone but by lunchtime, a wee zephyr wafted down the inlet and the race was on. ‘Kaizen 2’ took out the series and ‘Viva La Beaver’ has the honour for the longest distance sailed to get to the regatta, all the way from Port Douglas.

The strongish winds continued for the next two days. Day two was a race to Double Island and back. An unconventional downwind start had the lightweight boats, ‘X2’, now joined by ‘Out of the Blue’, flying ahead on their asymmetric spinnakers. A gybe around C9 sent them towards Double Island catching waves and having some exciting moments. Meanwhile, the big boats bided their time knowing that the increasing breeze would soon put the small fry in their place. Once round the island, the bigger, heavier and longer boats sliced through the chop clawing their way passed the lightweights who were pounding and diving all the way back through the swell. Impulse took out line honours and handicap this time. Some nice sailing by Frank & Wendy. 10 minutes behind was ‘X2’, a fantastic effort after five hours of sailing in choppy seas. Unfortunately, their handicap put them in third place behind ‘Volare’ which finished 30 minutes after Impulse.

Day three was two bay races, one sausage (windward-leeward) and one triangle (windward – wing – leeward) which kept crews on their feet with hoisting & dousing unruly spinnakers. ‘Out of the Blue’ kept up with’ X2′ for a short while until a couple of tack line failures put the boat on her beam ends and the crew scrambling to stay on board. X2 took handicap honours on both of these short races only one minute behind ‘Yes’ over the line in the first race and two seconds ahead in the second race.

The last day, race 5, an inlet race. Light winds and light boats meant ‘X2’ and ‘Out of the Blue’ captured every little puff. Out of the Blue popped out of the confused start ahead but blew the advantage with an incorrectly rigged spinnaker. The big boats wallowed in the light air leaving ‘Out of the Blue’ to win on handicap & ‘X2’ first over the line again.

Every morning a magnificent bacon & egg roll, together with the regulation shot of coffee, greeted sailors on their way to rig their boats. Of course, this and the yummy dinners, would not have appeared if it were not for our generous club members volunteering their time to make all this nourishment come together. This is what makes our Club such a nice place to hang out. Thank you all.

The regatta wrapped up with a hearty dinner and presentation at the Cairns Cruising Yacht Squadron.

TWW Sail Cairns Regatta – results

A big thank you to TWW (Totally Work Wear) for their generous sponsorship. Remember also. Take your membership card along and get a discount on their range of practical clothing. Presenting your membership card helps them measure the effectiveness of their sponsorship so go along and buy-up some good gear and hopefully we’ll have them on board again next year. (The ‘Out of the Blue’ crew shirts came from TWW)

TWW Sail Cairns: Dinghy Fleet

This year the number of competitors from the OTB and dinghy fleets were a little down on last year but those who did compete enjoyed the event and the racing was very tightly fought. The Dinghy sailors would like to thank the support team led by Daryl Beattie for their hard work over the regatta.

Peter Taylor (a new member of the club) raced well and secured first place in a laser, followed by Jai Miller and Miranda Wilson in 3rd.

It was also great to see Daniels new 29er out racing. I am sure that next year will be bigger and better.

Scott (Capt Dinghies)

Summer Series Race One

Great start to the Summer Series of races for the keelboats. Four boats participating, ‘Vanguard’, ‘Volare’, ‘Out of the Blue’ & ‘Impulse’ in ideal conditions, 14kts SSE most of the way. Impulse was first over the line in 3 hrs 18 minutes with time for a leisurely lunch & a swim in the crystal clear waters before heading back. ‘Volare’, 2nd on handicap in 3hrs 40minutes and ‘Vanguard’, taking 4 hours and 15 minutes stayed the night to recover and was joined by Pete in ‘Summertime Blues’ who sailed over for the party. There was some confusion as to whether they were racing, especially when they were seen heading down the leads with an upsidedown spinnaker just before the start. ‘Impulse’ was so far ahead finishing first over the line and on handicap ahead of ‘Volare’ and ‘Out of the Blue’ third. Frank & Wendy got themselves two nights accommodation with breakfast at the Fitzroy Island Resort as first prize. It will be interesting to see if they take the free ferry over to the island or sail to enjoy their win?  Another huge thank you to the Fitzroy Island Resort for sponsoring our club by providing the generous prizes once again.

It’s hard being first over the line

Summer Series Race Two – Next Saturday. It’ll be a bay race. It’s not too late to nominate as there are five races and the final score is based on your best four races.

Dinghy Learn to Sail

Started on the 7th and was well attended. Great to see lots of eager faces lining up to rig the Pacer’s under Scott’s guidance once again. Yes, I know you thought you were going to sail, so I understand your surprise at being tipped into the Marina on your first outing. That is the worst that will ever happen to you in a dinghy so it’s good to know you can get back in and keep sailing.

All the big boat skippers are looking forward to getting some of you as crew. However, dinghy sailing teaches you more about the physics in four weeks than you will learn on a big boat in a year. There is also the fun stuff like how to position yourself for a start and how to use the racing rules to your advantage, all in control of your own vessel. I know you are going to have fun.

Coming UP – This Month

October 14th – Sail Training Pacers only Course 2 – week 2/4

Saturday, Oct 14th – Summer Series Race 2 – A bay race

Saturday, Oct 21 & 22nd – Mission Beach Regatta – for the dinghies. 

Sunday, Oct 22nd Summer Series – Race 3 – Double Island (also Discover Sailing Day)

Saturday, Oct 28th – Summer Series – Race 4 – Splish Splash Ladies Day Race

Sunday, Oct 29th – Summer is Awesome Series 3 – 3 Races Club Championship Race IN TOWN

Saturday, November 4th – Summer Series – Race 5 – Inlet Race

This is the last series for our sailing season, join in & have fun.


Every Tuesday and Thursday – see below for some exciting developments

WAGS – Every Wednesday. A fun sailing day with others, stress-free and a chance for non-members to sail for the day, just $20 gets you on a boat. Be at the Boat Shed at 12.

Another lovely WAGS. Where else can you get an afternoon’s fun for $20?


Commodore’s Commands

The car park gets another mention this month. Remember, you must have your car park sticker STUCK on to your car and easily visible to enjoy the privilege of using our limited car park.  Name and shame, here are some offenders.

Ports North will book people without a sticker on their vehicle, you have been warned!

Watch out. These will be in trouble next time


Andy and his volunteers are having a ball, every Tuesday and Thursday. Here’s the latest from Andy…

Here’s a pic of Jaye, Jason and me on the mighty Weta welcoming Cliff Clarke, on ‘Livng The Dream’, as he sails into Cairns. The remarkable thing here is that Jaye, Jason and Ciff are all usually confined to wheelchairs.
It’s the first time that I’ve taken 2 people with disabilities out on the Weta and it went beautifully, with much excitement from Jaye and Jase.
Cliff has just completed an amazing voyage from Melbourne to bring our newest and biggest boat to join the Sailability Cairns fleet.
Right from the start, a huge part of Cliff’s dream has been to be able to take all of our Sailability crew sailing on this magnificent wheelchair accessible catamaran that he has bought and set up for him to be able to live on.
So we had a little test party last night as we had Don , Jaye and Jase bring their chairs on board. The look on Don’s face when he realised that he’s going to be part of next Wednesday’s WAGS crew, was priceless.

If you would like to come down and join the fun, volunteers are most welcome, just turn up at the Boat Shed, Tuesday’s and Thursdays around 2pm.

Sailability Cairns has GOTA GETA WETA or 2. This is the first time that I’ve taken 2 people with disabilities out on the Weta. Jase and Jaye loved it.


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

10 August 2017


Last Month

July 8th – Anniversary Regatta Saturday’s racing includes “Rob Leitner” Memorial Race

The month started with the Anniversary Regatta & Rob Leitner Memorial over two days. Hotly contested by six boats with some fabulous prizes and a sumptuous BBQ thanks, once again, to the Leitner family.

We saw Impulse, Wee Welsh Dragon, Anastasia, Fast Forward, Centinella and Out of the Blue heading for the start line. Unfortunately ‘Out of the Blue’ had to pull out when the top of the main pulled out of the mast track. This year ‘Wee Welsh Dragon’ took the podium, a great finish demonstrating that if you prepare your boat well and have a good crew you will do well. ‘Fast Forward’ as usual sailed well having been absent for quite some months and ‘Centinella’ took the third spot. Well done all for being there and making it another great day’s sailing.

Well done Kevin Spies Brian Dowling Bill Munro and many thanks to our fantastic start boat team on Catcha, course setting and all of the behind the scenes efforts Neil Robson Jamie Leitner & Bill and a special thanks to Sue & the Leitner family

July 15 Ellis Beach refurb.

We are so lucky in the CYC to have many generous volunteers. They came with Gernie’s, brushes, paint pots and spray guns and in the course of two weekends, a rather grubby sickly yellow clubhouse was transformed into a gleaming asset of several shades of grey. (As were the feet hands and clothes of the volunteers). Barry managed to secure the paint and point everyone in roughly the right direction, thanks Barry for taking this magic venue under your wing and getting it looking absolutely great for the coming season.

July 26th – Wahoo!! We have a new start/safety boat.

6 meter Polycraft with 140 4 stroke Suzuki. We made a good choice. It should prove to be tough and reliable if it’s looked after properly. It’s already been put to good use by Sailability.

Mal took the new club boat as a support craft to the Ellis beach for the weekend. It went extremely well. The committee are congratulated for their choice of craft. It will be great for all classes. Mal reckons it’s a cracker of boat.

July 29th – Pickers Vinyl & Canvas + Allied Bearings & Tools Ellis Beach Regatta

The first event hosted by the revamped venue was the Ellis Beach regatta for ‘off the beach’ dinghies and catamarans on the 29th July. It was nice to see so many members enjoying what is the jewel of boating in Cairns and some that travelled all the way from Townsville dragging a trailer load of dinghies. I know some members are a little shy thinking that Ellis is just for the young. Not so, even keel boaties are welcome. You can sharpen your skills in a dinghy, or not. Just enjoying the comradeship, a few beers and cooking up a BBQ under the paperbark trees makes for a perfect day out.

Dick Cater Series – Race 1, Fitzroy Island race 3, Resort sponsor Fitzroy Island

Perfect weather for the small boats with light winds. The winner was ‘Wild Spirit’ (so far ahead we thought they’d gone home), ‘Morphun’ second and a newly polished ‘G&T’ third. Well done everyone, a great day with eight boats competing. Thanks once again to the Fitzroy Island Resort for sponsoring the race and donating some fabulous and well appreciated prizes.

See the feature article below from the G&T crew.


Coming UP – This Month

August 12th – Sail Training Pacers only Course 3 – week 4/4

August 12th – Dick Cater Series – Race 2 Bay Race – Race 3

August 20th – Dick Cater series, race 3 – Double Island and the Club Championships for the dinghies at Ellis Beach

September 2nd – Lady’s Day race 3 which is the Dick Cater Series race 5

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


16 – 19 September will be here before we know it so get your nominations in now and make this another great event.


Commodore’s Commands

The car park gets another mention this month. Remember, you must have your car park sticker STUCK on to your car to enjoy the privilege of using our limited car park. Lying about on the dash is not good enough as is seems the dashes change from time to time. Remember it is a privilege to use the car park mostly for those good people that make significant contributions to the club. So, if the sticker is not stuck your privilege may come unstuck as well.


This Months Feature Story – Fitzroy Island Race Drama

A hurried breifing included a downwind start, unusual in sailing circles, and with only 30 minutes to the start it meant a “Le Mans” style dash to the eight yachts resting in the marina.

G&T’s crew for the day, Henrich and Kim, two young German backpackers, somewhat lacking in experience but full of enthusiasm, gaily leaping across the lifelines narrowly avoiding a face plant on the fore hatch. After stowing their tent (camping was their only option for overnighting on Fitzroy Island) they then settled in to decorative positions on the deck not realising they had been “shanghaied” into a racing crew rather than a leisurely cruise on the Coral Sea. Their recruiter, Michelle, also of limited nautical experience, joined them as translator and confidant. This left only the skipper and a WAGS stalwart, Rene, with little spinnaker experience as the core to the racing team.

A downwind start and an outgoing tide means that one only has to be upwind of the start line then drift back to cross the line after the gun. We managed to hoist the main and large genoa just before being swept over the line. We were on out way owing more to accident than tactic, fortuitously with the leading boats. It was quickly apparent that the fleet was drifting together and a spinnaker needed to be launched to break out of the pack. Wild Spirit had clearly planned such a tactic and, with their well oiled & experienced crew, came sliding past, white spinnaker billowing. I handed the helm to Rene as it was clear the skipper was the only person on board with spinnaker currency. Help with muscle was required, Henrich clearly was the man for the job. What is German for “pull”? Can’t be too hard. Fortunately Kim had fluent English and set to translating simple instructions like red rope, blue rope, pull, ease off, etc. When it came to nautical terms like port, starboard, bow, stern, halyard & sheet Michelle had to first translate to Kim. More difficult concepts like tack and gybe had to be explained by Rene to Michelle to Kim to Henrich. Like Chinese whispers the actual instruction he heard, by the look of incredulity on this face, was quite different and bewildering.

Finally the spinnaker was up and drawing us away from the fleet that had become becalmed except for ‘Wild Spirit’, a thoroughbred racing machine now well ahead, crew dextrously dancing the deck extracting very last ounce of energy from the fickle wind. Then they stopped, spinnaker falling as limp as a wet towel. We charged on in our own personal breeze, the German crew now elated that we might slip ahead until our spinnaker too, fell limp. The well oiled crew by now had their spinnaker stowed & genoa up and, being windward, caught the returning breeze and sped away once more leaving us drifting with the tide. Meanwhile the rest of the fleet also seemed blessed with their own personal breeze, charging down on us. We all passed the first, and only, mark to starboard pretty well together, except of course, for the well oiled crew seen disappearing toward Cape Grafton.

The next two hours were spent trying to get the boat pointing as high as possible while keeping enough speed to stay ahead of the fleet, Rene’s helming skills improving as we all sat on the rail, the German crew proving their worth shielding us from spray thrown up by the increasing swell. Three hours and seventeen minutes later we crossed the finish line at Fitzroy Island not really knowing how well we had done because a wizard with a computer was applying his magic to the handicap figures.

Clearly the well oiled crew had done well as we had lost sight of them several hours earlier. 5:30 was the time of reckoning at Foxy’s Bar

The announcement always starts with the slowest boat and we had come in ahead of the last boat, at least avoiding the wooden spoon. Seventh, sixth, fifth, fourth, this is getting exciting. Third, ‘G&T’, wow! ‘Morphun’ a similar sized boat was second, well done. They had out pointed and out sailed us. First, ‘Wild Spirit’ and the well oiled crew, a great job as they had the highest handicap by far.

Third prize was a generous $40 bar tab. I can’t drink that much and shouting the whole CYC table would mean fizzy water all round at best. Fortunately it’s possible to order food at the bar at ‘Foxy’s’ so the prize was soon swallowed. A hint of rain and our crew retired to their tents and I to a cozy night on G&T.

Cozy is not the feeling I had when I discovered that my sleeping kit hat suffered exposure to significant dampness. Thoughts of enduring discomfort were banished when I realised the spinnaker was bone dry and would make an excellent substitute, and it did as I drifted off. Was I dreaming? What was that noise? A helicopter in the night, “go away”. It buzzed in and out and eventually left. I drifted off again to the gentle swaying of the boat on the slight swell.

Morning was greeted with an invitation to breakfast on board ‘Anastasia’, a sumptuously equipped mother ship, before the beach rendezvous with my crew at 9am. I rowed ashore to be greeted by Rene with just two bags. “Are the rest of the crew coming soon?” “No” said Rene, “They are not here”. What? “Didn’t you hear the helicopter?” “Henrich was winched out on the rescue helicopter with snake bite and the others took the first ferry out to rescue him from hospital”. Now losing one crew is unfortunate but loosing all but one looks careless.

Henrich, had indeed, trodden on a snake which, naturally irritated, had bit him on the leg. Michelle swung into action with recently learned snake bite first aid skills while Rene Googled ‘poisonous snakes on Fitzroy Island’. There were none but, pythons have pretty infectious mouths and the wound should be cleaned. Arriving at reception the word “snake bite” was mentioned and the emergency button pressed before the qualifier “python” could be added. The rescue juggernaut was now in motion and any pleading that “it was only a python” or “it doesn’t really matter” could not recall the rescue team. Henrich was strapped to a stretcher and winched into the belly of the hovering helicopter and disappeared into the night from his loved one and interpreter. Hence the early departure on the first available ferry.

With a following wind the two of us departed the island for a leisurely sail home. Somewhat too leisurely we thought as the wind died. Why don’t we try the spinnaker? With just two of us? Never done this before but the wind was light. “Let’s give it a go”. And it flew, somewhat shy at first with the wind backing to the east as we rounded Cape Grafton then further to the north as we headed down the leads finally dropping it as we came up to the marina. Nearly three hours under spinnaker. Rene was now an expert at the art of flying the kite. We’ll give the well oiled crew a run for their money next time.

Henrich was rescued, and he did have travel insurance, so all ended well and he had a great story for his journal (unfortunately in German).

Thanks to the Fitzroy Resort for their generous support for this event. First prize was two nights accomodation for two with ferry transfers.  Not sure how the well oiled crew will fit into one room. Second and third prize was a generous bar tab so, thank you Fitzroy, we’ll be back.



6 July 2017


Watch Wazza – Well, follow him anyway, on the Transpac race from Los Angeles to Hawaii. Go to the Transpac website and click on the ‘tracker’ button.

Check out the speed machine he’ll be sailing, “LoeReal” 60′ Racing Trimaran  It’s 47′ wide (14.3m) & 60′ (18.3m) long but weighs only 9 tonnes.

Watch this youtube video of Loe Real in action!

There are three berths & one head for seven crew members, so hotbed takes on a new meaning. The navigator/tactician has a bicycle seat to sit on, and I can’t see any form of a galley. So, Wazza, good luck and I hope you stuffed your pockets with masses of muesli bars for the voyage.



Last Month

June 10th Fitzroy Island Race (Allied Bearings)

Turned out to be a grudge race between the blue cat & the green cat. Both cats loaded up with equally gorgeous crewmembers so started on a par. Green won with the shortest time, 1hr 49min, only 9 minutes behind was the Blue cat. Green also won on handicap, but that could be different next time. Blue cat crew became a little untidy after they crossed the finish line and headed for Roxy’s Bar. Of the rest, Ruby Soho came third almost an hour later but with all creature comforts intact. Volare pulled in with a commendable 4th followed by Centinela with Lakatoi about 3 1/2 hours later. Wee Welsh Dragon and Wild Spirit retired with various failures reported so missed out on the great Fitzroy Island hospitality.

No offence but, 10 crew may have been overdoing necessary ballast a bit. (They were good looking though)

June 18th – Sam Cadman Series Race 3 – Double Island Race – Race 2

Three starters for the trip down to Double Island and back, Volare, Impulse & Out of the Blue. Out of the Blue sped down the leads just managing to run a shy asymmetric spinnaker then shot down to Double Island surfing the waves only having to gybe once. Thinking the race was in the bag they cruised around Double Island to then be confronted by those waves on which they had joyously sped coming the other way, head on. Punching into the swell trashed the boat speed to 4 or 5kts meanwhile Impulse sliced through using her greater weight and length to advantage. After 5 hours and 48 minutes Impulse crossed the finish line five minutes ahead of Out of the Blue. Thanks to the handicap, Volare won the day only 23 minutes behind the leader. Impulse took out the 2nd place and Out of the Blue third.

June 24th – Splish Splash Lady Skippers Race.

Four entries in the Allied Bearings series for the Sam Cadman Trophy. Wild Spirit took out line honours and first place on handicap followed by Impulse. Volare was third and Centinela fourth.

July 1st – cancelled, lack of nominations.

A poor weather forecast didn’t help.

The final outcome in the Allied Bearings & Tools series for the Sam Cadman Trophy went to the boats with the lowest scores, Volare topped the table with 8, Impulse was second with 18 and Centinela 3rd with 23. There were 14 boats in this series so if one didn’t race they got 14 points, only Volare finished three races. This shows that, if you complete a series, you have the best chance of a place on the podium.

Coming UP – This Month

Saturday & Sunday 8th & 9th – CYC Anniversary Regatta. A good number of nominations are already in so it looks like being a good weekend of sailing. On Saturday it’s down to Yorky’s Knob and back for the “Rob Leitner Memorial” race. After that, two races on Sunday, possibly a False Cape & Holloways race depending on the weather conditions. Late nominations will be accepted though it does make it difficult for the organisers when trying to sort out the catering etc.

Saturday & Sunday 15th & 16th – All boats are tied up for the “Great Ellis Beach Painting Bee”. Actually, this weekend will involve preparing the clubhouse for the painting. Trimming, washing, scrubbing, scraping and sanding is on the agenda in preparation for the painting on Cairns Show weekend. Let’s hope the tradition, of this being the last of the rain before the dry season, does not hold out.

Saturday 15th and 22nd July– next Dinghy learn to sail course – Also 5th & 12th August. 

Friday to Sunday 21st to 23rd – Ellis Beach painting weekend. Bring your worst gear as it’s sure to get samples of the new colour scheme attached. If you have any skills in this area and can spare some time, please contact Margie at the office, and she’ll pass on the info to Barry our caretaker & Kevin Spies our committee member, both of whom will be co-ordinating the work.

Saturday & Sunday 29th & 30th – Come and enjoy the fruits of our labours at our beautiful renewed Clubhouse at Ellis Beach. The drizzly weather has surely made way for the start of the dry season and the Ellis Beach Regatta will be a blast.

on CYC shared drop box



Neil would really like formally 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 next Dinghy learn to sail course starts 15th July, then 22 July, break for week, 5th & 12 th Aug?

Put your hand up!

We need volunteers to run social dinghy sailing on Saturdays when there’s no course on. Scott would like people to commit to one Sat/month or each 2nd month, so that we have sailing happening after people have done their course.

That way we keep new members coming into the club and keep them sailing.  Anyone interested in helping should call Scott on 0410 477 166 after 16th July for more details.

He wants the load shared instead of all falling on one person’s shoulders every week.

  • WAGS:  Every Wednesday. It’s great to see Silver Shamrock taking home several weeks worth of rum. Amazing things happen when the bottom is weed free. Also good to see a few other boats like Footloose gracing the Inlet. Backpackers returning to enjoy the afternoon sailing on their temporary membership. Ironically they seem to turn up on a grey day and head for the reef on a good day. Nevertheless, all are invited to share their stories and 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.


Commodore’s Commands

Hi team
Had a fruitful meeting at the Ports advisory board meeting this morning #157
Outlined the clubs activities and focused on the SWD program on how well that’s growing with the addition of Endeavour Foundation, ARC disabilities, now Blue Care wanting to become involved.

Pointed out we are always in need of volunteers and the need for more boats and equipment, this raised an incredible amount of positive interest among the group where questions along the lines of; “Are the dinghies specialised?” “What performance?” “The cost of new dinghy landed in Cairns?” etc. etc.
Sea Swift is very keen to go the next step along with Ports North whom, I noticed, were taking notes as I spoke.
Pointed out that Doug Gamble of Fitzroy Island has generously donated a dinghy, which now carries the signage to support his donation. (As seen on TV!)
In summary, I have been asked to present a fact sheet of costings on new boats and support equipment to submit to the Ports Advisory Chair to be distributed among the board members for consideration. There’s a lot of horsepower in that room all maritime related, was told before I left that looks very positive for the possibility of businesses wishing to get on board, fingers crossed.

Dredging has the green light starting September (?) for twelve weeks to remove one million cubic meters from the channel. 20meters wider closer to port, 10m wider out to C1 with one-meter depth increase.
Dredging at present is the standard maintenance schedule. The channel is 13km long as a matter of interest.  I asked about Charlie 18, they said the mud will be removed more to the western side of C18.

A few years ago Ports North on a Christmas cruise ran aground at C18 so don’t feel bad about being a mudskipper even the pros manage it!

Visited Aussie marine after the Ports meeting, they have 3 boats of interest to me for the club safety boat. I’m gathering relevant info for consideration

Those wanting to purchase yachting apparel, sellI have made contact with a company based in Sydney sells online at boatcrewgear.com  0422953982, ANDREW is the contact, if you choose to buy something, include the code CAIRNSYC with the order for a 15% discount.
I tried and tested, all positive, had a pair of Musto sailing shorts within four days delivered home.

Spent the day renewing CPR, and senior first aid so if anyone is planning on a heart attack nows the time before I forget!

That’s all CAPT John out!
Johnny Pool

Sailability News

 Since the last newsletter, we’ve been having a lot or fun at Sailability, and there have been a few positive developments.
Our paperwork for the incorporation of the association is now in the hands of the bureaucrats, and we’re eagerly awaiting confirmation of acceptance, which is when we’ll put a date on our first meeting as “Sailability Cairns Inc” to outline some goals and make some solid plans for the future.
 We’ve had some really positive dealings with the media over the last month, with Channel 7 filming and screening a “Local Legends” segment, featuring Gordo for his fantastic effort in starting our Sailability program just over two and a half years ago and his tireless devotion ever since. It’s a wonderful piece of publicity for Sailability Cairns, which is already showing results and there’s also been strong interest in our activities from Channel 9, who sent down a team last Tuesday to film and report on our Endeavour Foundation session. They were really excited about everything they saw and got some great footage off and on the water. Jason East took Cassandra, the reporter, for her first ever sail, which she loved, while she talked to the camera as she was being filmed from the support boat. She also interviewed Jason, one of our keenest sailors with a disability, who comes down pretty much every Tuesday as a volunteer skipper to take people from the Endeavour Foundation and ARC Disability services sailing. It should all make for a great segment, and they told us that they’ll screen it a few times. I’ll let you know on the Sailability and CYC Facebook pages, when it’ll be on. If you haven’t seen it yet, scroll back a bit on the Sailability FB page to see the Channel 7 report.
Also, last Tuesday, we had representatives from Blue Care come down to check it all out and discuss bringing down a group on a regular basis, which would mean starting at 12.00 at least every 2nd Thursday, as well as every Tuesday.
 As you can see from Poolies report, he had a very positive meeting with the Cairns Port Advisory Group, which is a very powerful and influential group of people representing more than 50 businesses and entities involved in the Port of Cairns. It’s wonderful that they were all so interested in what John had to tell them about our Sailability group and John and I are in the process of preparing a submission to let them know how they may be able to help us out.
So, it’s been a busy month, and it looks like it’ll be busier still, which is great because the busier we are, the more people with disabilities are experiencing the joy of sailing and the feelings of freedom it provides like nothing else can. All it takes is volunteers to make it happen, so if you’d like to join the fun, please call me (Andy) on 0435 013 709 or Aaron on 0495 581495. Alternatively, just call down to the boatshed on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon, even if you’ve only got time to help us pack up and hose the boats and then enjoy a coldie with us when we’ve finished. Not a bad way to finish the day, eh?
                                                                                                                                                                      Cheers, Andy.

General Notices

For those that have difficulty clicking this link RSA certificate by 4 pm today – CLICK here! Our Vice Commodore has offered to run a group session on link clicking. Watch the FB page for an announcement. The course is broken down into small, manageable sections designed to improve your learning. Perhaps participants will be invited to test their new knowledge at the Salt House. Don’t forget to bring your membership card so you can get the 10% discount.

Don’t forget,  boatcrewgear.com  0422953982. If you choose to buy something, include the code CAIRNSYC with the order for a 15% discount.

5 June 2017


Last Month

Action-packed month.

  • Port Douglas Race Week
  • Sailing on South Passage
  • Young sailing instructors adventures
  • Sailability update
  • Commodores Commands

2017 Quicksilver Port Douglas Race Week

A big turnout by the Cairns Yacht Club at the Port Douglas Race week with four yachts in Division one, none in division two, (great to see everyone was flying their spinnakers as division two is for those that are not quite game enough) and four in division four. (Yeah, I’ve included X2 from the CCYC ‘cos they are excellent sailors). Frank & Wendy took out 2nd place in division one on Impulse, a great effort against the bigger boats.

Our Commodore sailed “Yes” into 4th place followed by “Vanguard” and “Volare 1” in 5th & 6th place respectively out of 11 boats. An excellent performance by our club members, well done.

In Division 4, “X2” from the CCYC claimed the first prize. Well done boys taking out line honours in most races but being punished by their handicap. “Kaizen 2” and “Fast Forward” tied in third place on 17 points each with “Out of the Blue” coming in 5th on 18 points out of 9 boats.

Race Week started early with Mickey Ink’s “race” from Fitzroy Island to Port Douglas on Sunday. Actually, it was not really a race, more a rally as there was no start and no finish. Crews from Townsville joined the serious competitions which included man overboard drills, nature photos, the best meal on board, biggest fish caught and a whole host of other important boating procedures. Well done “Champaign”, I guess they had some practice on their way from Townsville. You can see the results here.

The first day’s racing on Tuesday saw 26 yachts lined up in three divisions in perfect sunny conditions and 12-15kts of breeze. All boats sailed the same windward leeward course which, being somewhat short, meant that a keen lookout had to be kept especially on the port tack. By the second day, winds picked up to 22kts with some gusts to 25kts where “Volare 1” showed her mettle by claiming first place and “Yes” second. Thursday was a lay day, and by Friday, the fourth day, a strong wind warning was issued, so racing was cancelled. By Saturday the strong winds went elsewhere and, after starting at around 15kts the breeze dropped to about 12kts, and big spinnakers were in full bloom. To make up for the lost day two races were held on Saturday which, because of time constraints, followed the same windward – leeward course. All the sports boats were hanging out for a long triangle course where they really shine but alas it was not to be. Maybe next year?

The evening presentation was followed by a great dinner put on by the PDYC and a great band that kept patrons moving in spite of sore muscles from the week’s sailing. Well done all and a big thank you to the PDYC for hosting yet another epic event. We’ll see you again next year.

South Passage – delivery voyage

Although not a CYC sailing event, some members were recruited to man the “South Passage” from Roslyn Bay (near Yeppoon or Rocky if you are geographically challenged) to Townsville. Gary (from “Anastasia”) had the job of skippering this fine gaff rigged schooner and naturally recruited crew from the Far North no doubt to be with familiar friends. A promising early recruitment drive evaporated when the rookies realised beer would be confiscated and there were no winches on the vessel. Nevertheless, Gary managed to recruit one FNQ sailor for each of the three watches of four people. Your editor joined the ship’s company in Airlie Beach and after a night acclimatising to a cacophony of snorts & grunts from the main cabin departed Airlie on a starboard tack for the outer reef. Six hours later it was time to gybe. Not so simple, the process took 20 minutes, day, a  good thing we had plenty of sea-room. The amazing thing about a reef destination is that there appears to be no destination. No markers, no flags, not even the classic coral island with one palm tree and a shipwrecked sailor, just a calm sea as we dropped anchor at dusk. Gould Reef 50nm NE of Shute Harbour sheltered us for the night.

Another night of snoring, though somewhat subdued as some of the offenders must have been on watch. Up anchor at 5 am and another broad reach in the direction of Townsville hoping anchor behind Cape Cleveland before dusk about 95nm westwards. The biggest excitement for the day was two gybes in quick succession so we could negotiate the channel between Old & Stanley Reefs. (Yes, we had got the gybe down to 10 minutes!) A steady wind pushed “South Passage” along at between 6 and 8kts easing off as we neared the anchorage at around 7 pm. So far pretty cruisey, the hardest part being hoisting and lowering the sails which required all hands on deck. In between, several watches where each person in the watch had a turn on the helm and watching out for other traffic or hazards like sea snakes of which there were some. The highlights of the day, of course, were the immensely satiating meals served up strictly on time by the cook, Hugh.

Only 10 or so nautical miles to Townsville, looks like it’s going to be an easy day. Not so fast. This was to be a “training” day so all hands on deck, and we went through the laborious process of tacking and gybing. Although the mainsail and foresail look after themselves in a tack, the running backstays on both masts have to be tensioned on the windward side of the boat as the sheets are hauled in. The jib and staysail require quite a bit of effort to get across and trimmed usually taking four or five people. Gybes were becoming relatively easy with the main and foresail sheeted in so the backstays could be pulled on and the jib and foresail going around their respective stays without too much fuss. After many gyrations, we had worked up a hearty appetite, and more food is welcomed. The first watch heads down the companionway to indulge in more of Hugh’s treats. Plates in hand a call rings out “prepare to gybe”. No sweat, enjoy your lunch,  it’s time to practice ‘one watch’ gybes and tacks so the diners can stay below deck. Although short-handed the big difference is that each manoeuvre just takes a bit longer. The day having been well filled with this circle work we head for the marina in Townsville. After the requisite packing up and cleaning the ship’s company head for the Longboard Bar for a welcome de-brief over longed for alcoholic beverages.

South Passage is a sail training ship that specialises in taking school groups on sailing voyages from two to seven days as it makes it’s way up and down the Queensland coast. They are always looking for a volunteer crew to help out and lead the watches. If this appeals to you membership is open to anyone with an interest in sailing, adventure or with a desire to make a difference in the lives of young people. There are opportunities to sail on South Passage as a Watch leader or paid crew or to assist in the many other roles required to keep South Passage sailing. Go to the South Passage web page or download a Membership Application Form

Try out on a day sail in Cairns – book here

Adventures in Townsville – Regional Sailing Instructors Conference – by Scott Davis (tour leader)

Australia Sailing hosted the first Regional Sailing Instructors conference in Townsville on the 3rd and 4th of June. The event was attended by over 35 instructors from the Whitsundays thru to Cairns and Tinaroo.
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Jai Miller, Jai Tooley and Daniel Brace join me for the road trip to Townsville. On the Friday night before the conference started, and during the road trip I received an education on the musical tastes of the next generation – and I was surprised that I knew many of the tunes that they blasted in the car on the trip down – it was reminiscent of my days hooning around in my EH Holden blasting “red hot chilli peppers” from the Radio . The conversation was equally enlightening as the topic ranged from the America’s Cup, computer games and philosophy and there were a number of subjects which I promised the lads I would never repeat lol.

We arrived at the Townsville sailing club after almost  5-hour trip. We arrived  to be welcomed by Jim, Paco, Daz and Leandra, who had stayed waiting for us to ensure that we were fed on arrival. The hospitality or TSC was amazing and while the floor was hard ( I only had my yoga map to sleep on – my only fault) waking up each morning on the strand to the amazing view of Maggie Island was exceptional.

The course itself was excellent, and the first of a national series of regional conferences which demonstrated to me that Australia Sailing was starting to understand that regional volunteer clubs are the backbone of the sport. The quality of training was excellent, and I think the lads were surprised that I could actually still sail – lol. A big thanks must go to Ben Callard and his team from Australia Sailing and Townsville Yacht Club and Townsville Sailing Club for co-hosting the event. The attendees recommitted to coming back next year, and some issues were put on the table for further discussion in 2018.
It was great that Bill, Tina and Justin from the CYC,  CCYS and YKBC in attendance too.

Sunday morning we had to leave early as the boys had a number of school assignment to finish. After we had picked up a Taser for one of the new club members, we hit the road, and once again and had great discussions about a diverse range of subjects until just south of Ingham. While waiting in the traffic a chap came up and knocked on the passenger’s window and said ” Hey Mate, did you know you have a flat tyre on the trailer “. Oh bugger I thought ( I suspect that my language was a bit more colourful – but they boys promised never to quote me). We jumped out of the truck and discovered that not only did we have a flat tyre on the trailer but the tyre had been shredded and we worked out quickly that it was beyond repair.
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The boys quickly removed the wheel while I rang RACQ who informed me that the trailer was not covered by my policy, and yes they could help but it would cost me $1200 Plus – thanks but no thanks I said. So started ring around the tyres shops in Ingham only to remember that in country Australia tyres shop are not open on Sundays an there is no after hours service. AGGHHHH

While we sat there thinking and planning the next steps ( Daniel decided to lie down and relax) Jon Emmerson and his lovely wife pulled up behind us to see if we were ok. We realised that we might not have luck getting a tyre, so my Dad, who is in Tully offered to bring a spare tyre from the old farm trailer to us. Dad is always looking for an excuse to do stuff, but it would take about an 1 and 1/2  hours to get there, so the 2 Jai and Jon went into town to grab some cold drinks and snacks. On the way into town, they notice Andys Roadhouse – for those of you in the know Andy’s road house is just south of Ingham and hosts band in the back of the petrol station for many of truckies travelling through the area. They also make bloody good toasties  – According to my Mum. So they stopped in at Andy’s and guess what! In the piles of stuff stored at the roadhouse was a slightly larger trailer tyres which would fit our slightly damaged rim. YAHOO – problem solved. So for $60, a discussion that went for 1 hour – 6 locals and with the help of Jon, the boys put on a new tyre and we were off.

Because of the slight “wobble” resulting from a 20 MM difference in diameter of the 2 wheels we took it slow – finally getting home at about 7 pm at Machans.

I know that all the boys were going to be working on assignments that night – but I suspect that we were all so buggered it might have not been the most productive of study evening – Boys let me know if you need me to ring the teachers.

It was a great weekend, and I feel confident that our club will continue to grow with kids like Daniel, Jai and Jai ( and the many many others who are part of the crew) taking on leadership roles in the future.

Sailability Skirmish

by Andy Murray

There’s been a fair bit going on with our Sailability program recently and some pretty exciting developments overseas. In South Africa, the first of the prototype SV14 accessible performance sailing boat sails for the first time, but more of that later.

Our group has been enjoying some great sailing. Those of you who see the posts on the Sailabilty Cairns, or the Cairns Yacht Club Facebook pages, will know and we’ve been increasing our participant base with the ARC Dissability Services group now sailing with us every 2nd Tuesday as well as the Endeavour Foundation group on alternate Tuesday afternoons. This means that we now start setting up at 12.00 every Tuesday and run the group session until 2.30 when the sailors arrive for our regular session and sail until 5.30ish. To keep things consistent, we began setting up at 2.00 to start our Thursday session at 2.30 as well. We’ve been doing this for a few weeks now and it’s been a great success with a less hectic setup and launch stage and also more time on the water and plenty of time for a couple of beers and a few laughs afterwards. Meanwhile, we’ve nearly ticked all the boxes, dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s in the process incorporating our group as “Sailability Cairns Inc”. Under the umbrella of Sailability Australia and a step closer to applying for charitable status to aid in attracting the funds and sponsorship.
This will be necessary to operate and develop the fleet and to begin to build a couple of the beautiful SV14s when they complete the prototyping process. Plans will be released as an international one design class. Tap SV14 into the Facebook search and check out the footage of the first sail and scroll down to see the build and design history of this exciting new Sailability design. There’s a lot to look forward to and a lot of fun to be had as we move on so I’ll keep you posted from right here in the Club’s fine newsletter.
Meanwhile, if you’d like to join the fun and you’re able to volunteer on Tuesdays from midday onwards or on Thursdays from 2pm , We’d love to see you at the boat shed. Maybe you can make it down to help pack up at about 5.30 and then enjoy a few beautiful cold beers as the sun goes down as we enjoy the ambience and contribute to the CYC to help operate and develop our Yacht Club. Sounds good all round I reckon, but if you can’t make it down on time, drop in for a couple of coldies and say G’day on your way home.
Cheers, Andy.


Commodores Command 

The Carpark

We have consistent offenders double parking, and the ECM have agreed that this practice must stop.

It seems to be wrongly assumed that, especially WAGS, that all cars there are members out sailing, some have been outriggers, some members aren’t able to sail, and those cars are blocked in until the end of WAGS
Full is full, and cars now will be ticketed by Ports North and repeats will be towed
Ports North have indicated that members displaying current CYC member stickers on their cars parked in their patrol area and with a ticket for $2.00 displayed they will not book that vehicle.  This has yet to be put to the test.
Stickers are to be fixed to the inside of the glass, those that aren’t are being passed around between different cars and the ECM are very aware of this. Please do the right thing, what we have in parking spaces is all that will ever be, I have tried very hard to negotiate with P/N to, but it’s a negative.

(The solution: ed.)

VTS (Vessel Traffic System)

More members are encouraged to visit VTS to understand the importance of vessel movements and radio usage, this can be arranged through Niel, and is welcomed by MSQ, and Ports North

Seamanship & Professionalism

I fielded a complaint recently regarding the Outriggers paddling into the path of a departing cruise ship totally unaware of traffic movements and the lack of the coxswain carrying a VHF, or contacting VTS requesting traffic.
From now on I won’t be putting out fires for members breaching port protocol, I will pass on the offenders details to the Harbourmaster so they can deal direct.
It’s time to become professional in our operation within port limits and for the skipper to display seamanship first, over ignorance

Have a nice day, CAPT John, out



Coming UP – This Month

  • Fitzroy Island Race – Sat 10th June
  • South Passage day sail – Sunday 11th June – BOOK HERE
  • CYC Anniversary Regatta Postponed
  • NQ Regional Sail Training Camp at Ellis Beach 17-18th June
  • Tackers (7-12-year-old kids) Learn to Sail Course at YKBC coming soon…
  • Expressions of Interest – Totally Work Wear Sail Cairns Regatta – September 2017
  • Sailability program every Tuesday 12 – 5:30 pm & every Thursday 3-5:30 pm



General Notices

  • The usual stuff…
  • 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

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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