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Weekly E-Newsletter of the South of Perth Yacht Club

Tuesday 18 December 2018 - Issue 319

This Week at a Glance

Wednesday 19 December 2018
Last Sailability of 2018-1000hrs CONFIRMED. Commences again January 9th 2019
Last Mid-week Spring Series of 2018. Race 11 1435hrs. Commences again January 9th 2019
Last Twilight of 2018. Race 9. 1820hrs. Commences again January 9th 2019
Christmas Set Menu Lunch or Dinner $55
Thursday 20 December 2018
Last Flavoursome Thursday/Chase the Ace - Jackpot $2100 Commences again February 7th 2019
Security Committee Meeting 1800hrs
Christmas Set Menu Lunch or Dinner $55
Friday 21 December 2018
Radio Controlled DF95 Yacht Racing 1500hrs and on December 28th
Live Christmas Music in the Quarterdeck 1800hrs
Christmas Set Menu Lunch or Dinner $55
Saturday 22 December 2018
No Club Racing
Christmas Set Menu Lunch or Dinner $55
Sunday 23 December 2018
No Club Racing
Christmas Set Menu Lunch or Dinner $55
Monday 24 December 2018 - Christmas Eve
Christmas Set Menu Lunch $55
Tuesday 25 December 2018- Christmas Day
Christmas Lunch in Wardroom - Sold Out

The next Coffee Pointers will be on January 8th 2019

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Today's Fuel Prices

Diesel $1.37

Premium Unleaded Petrol $1.32

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Crane three on the Western Hardstand - Out of Service

Members are advised that both jib arms on crane three on the Western Hardstand are out of order for the foreseeable future. Vector, the lifting company, do not know the availability of the replacement parts. It is possible that it will be January before new parts can be supplied.

Jetty and Pen Fastenings

During a recent inspection of the Club jetties it was noted that there are unapproved fastenings and fittings attached to jetties and fingers.

Members are reminded that all fittings and fixtures that are not “normal” jetty fastenings must be approved formally by SoPYC. Many fenders types and hose stands have been attached to the jetties without the formal consent having been applied for or approved.

Many of these unapproved fixtures have not be attached according to Club requirements and the present fastenings such as dissimilar metals may introduce conditions that promote corrosion on the jetties and fingers. This is especially so where the black HDPE sleeves around jetty piles have had penetrations through the HDPE by such things as screws to hold hooks for mooring lines and power cords. The idea of the sleeve is to stop oxygenated water sitting in the gap between the sleeve and pile creating rust on the steel pile wall and reducing the life of a pile (nominally 30 years). Without oxygen, the water become inert and rust action is virtually eliminated. Holes in the sleeve reintroduce oxygen and restarts the rust.

Unapproved fixtures may be removed from jetties and pens without notice to members and any repairs required to make good the damage to the jetties created by unapproved fixtures and fittings will be charged back to members accounts.

A further issue is boat fittings being tied off/secured to safety equipment such as fire hose pipes and up-stands. As a matter of good practice and safety, no item shall be tied off or secured to safety equipment such as fire hose reels, extinguisher boxes or power/water bollards.

SoPYC Wheel Clamp

At the recent Management Committee meeting the subject of car parking was discussed and the Committee is concerned at the number of cars that are being parked improperly, ignoring parking information, inadequately identified (which includes boat trailers), blocking hardstand trailer bays preventing members using their boats, or not being able to return boats to the land pens.

The Security Committee has been asked to resurrect “Jed” (clamp-it) - the colloquial name for the club wheel clamp. So without attaching the clamp injudiciously and without warning, the Security Committee is asking that member’s be conscious of their parking habits around the club. Should the clamp be applied to a vehicle, it can only be released during office hours Monday to Friday and the fee attached to the removal of the clamp is $150.00.

Club Out Gate

Please note that after 5pm Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday Members may need their fob keys to operate the gate.

Necklace Found in the Club Car Park

If you recognise it, please call Claire on 9364 5844 or email
This Friday from 3pm to 5.30pm the Club is conducting races for DragonFlite95 (DF95) radio controlled yachts. You are invited to come and participate in the fun of racing these restricted one-design yachts. There are currently seventeen DF95s belonging to members of SoPYC and they will be happy to hand over the controls for you to 'have a go'. A DF95 …

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DF95's will race on Friday December 28th also.


T-Bone Trophy Missing

The Saturday afternoon sailing 'T-Bone Trophy' is lost. It was presented a couple of weeks ago and it hasn't been seen since. It is normally presented and then returned on the same day ready for the next week. Unfortunately the recipient may have thought it was theirs to keep. If you have any information about it could you please contact the OWG office on 9364 5844 or email us here.

Interclub Events - Expression of Interest (EOI)

Register your interest below to compete for SoPYC in the following events, please note the registrations are an EOI and do not guarantee your entry into the event (s). SoPYC will select teams from the registered sailors. The SoPYC teams for each event will have two compulsory training sessions prior to the event, with the dates of these training sessions TBC following team selection and availability.

2019 Womens Keelboat State Championship – 16th March 2019
Click here for more info on the event. Saturday, 16th March 2019

2019 Youth Keelboat State Championship – 17th March 2019
Previously the “Foundation Youth Cup”. Click here for more info on the event.
Sunday, 17th March 2019

2019 Inter Club Championship – 5th – 7th April 2019
Click here for more info on the event.
Friday, 5th April 2019
Saturday, 6th April 2019
Sunday, 7th April 2019

50th Geraldton Ocean Classic Shirts for Sale

Here’s your chance to purchase the once-off, limited edition 50th Anniversary Geraldton Ocean Classic sailing shirts before they’re gone forever. For $50 they’re a bargain and will keep your skin protected from that killer sun or frosty wind. For details please click here. Remember – be quick!
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Message from the Commodore

Watching Your Wash

Most skippers are so focused on where they are going that they do not have time to look back to see what’s happening behind them. Many responsible boat skippers might be surprised!

Some power boats travelling at a sensible speed can still generate a surprisingly large stern wave and while that is not an issue in open water, it can certainly cause concern when passing small craft, sailing dinghies and jetties. The need for caution near the traffic bridges, when yachts are trying to pass through with their masts down, has been raised many times and most skippers are very courteous in that area.

With many newcomers on the water as we approach the holiday season, it is an opportune time for all power boat skippers to remember to look behind occasionally to confirm that their wash is not having an adverse impact on other river users.

Cockburn Sound Regatta: Crew Wanted

"Eun Na Mara" is keen to have some SoPYC yachts join them for the whole or part of this exciting regatta. We will compete in the Feeder Race (Fremantle to Rockingham) on Boxing Day (26th), and then race each day (usually a morning or an afternoon race, on 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th December. If you are interested please call Ralph Newton 0419 191 565 or email
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There have been numerous contacts between boats competing on the river lately which most, if not all, could have been avoided if only skippers and crew kept a sharp eye out for converging boats. By all means continue to race for those sheep stations, but do it in a considerate and safe way please.

From time to time, sailors having finished a long, gruelling race find themselves frustrated at not getting a result. This is usually due to the boat not being entered in the series. All competing boats must enter online via the Online Entries webpage. Once entered, the skipper should receive an auto-generated email confirming entry. This can be further checked in three places:-
  1. Online entries page
  2. Series results online (see Entrants List)
  3. Entrants list posted on the official noticeboard before each race.
Remember, all entries must be submitted at least 24 hours before the race. If you ever need any assistance, please contact Scott Nunn, Sailing Administrator in the On Water Office.

Kindly be reminded that whenever a boat changes skipper either for a single race or more, this must be communicated to the On Water Group before the race. If this is not done, that boat may risk being penalised.
Please use the official Change Form or pop into the On Water Group.
A new version of the Sailing Red Book has just arrived and there are plenty of them. Designed to fit most pockets, handbags, man bags, bumbags, they’re a handy way to stay informed . Freely available from the foyer outside the OWG office and around the Club. Please give us your feedback.
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Cruising Section Committee - Christmas Function 2018

If a picture paints a thousand words then you can certainly see what a magnificent view we had of our city from Perth Waters while being entertained with a private concert from “Steve Keene and The New Reflections”.  Steve and the ladies serenaded us with easy to listen to music on board Saratoga, whilst the Cruising Section Committee socialised with …

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It has been another remarkable year in the history of Duyfken. Thousands of school children attended our Duyfken Educational Experience and many hundreds have stepped aboard for a Twilight Sail over the summer.

As you contemplate Christmas, and perhaps what to give that ‘special’ person(s), you may like to consider a Twilight Sailing Gift Voucher.

We have the following selection available:
  • Adult Gift Voucher - $145
  • Child Gift Voucher - $85
  • General Gift Voucher - $50
Vouchers can be used on Twilight Sails in January, February and March 2019. More details can be found on
To purchase, please phone the office on 0427 160 606 or email
On behalf of the Board of Management and all the volunteers, we wish you well for the Christmas period.

Peter Bowman
Chief Executive

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Flying Fifteen Club Racing Report 18th December 2018

MERRY CHRISTMAS. There were winners all around on Sunday as those who braved the conditions had plenty to say about what did and didn’t happen on the water and those that didn’t sail but saved their strength for the Christmas Party afterwards. Results carried a Christmas theme with the flag officers obtaining dispensation for wearing Santa hats in the bar …

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Support Crew Roster 2019

Saturday 12 January, 2019
CROWNLINE Antonino Gucciardi
CALMA Steven Davis

Sunday 13 January, 2019
ESCAPE Darren Edwards
ESTORIL Michael Pearson

Saturday 19 January, 2019
ANDIAMO Andrew Ellison
ANTERES George Panayotou

Sunday 20 January, 2019
BELUGA II Bradley Moore

Saturday 26 January, 2019

Sunday 27 January, 2019
HAPPY DAYS David McLleney
HARDYARDS Peter Hopfmueller

MCS Security Services (after hours) phone number: 0413 362 877
Marine Lift & Hard Stand Bookings phone number: 0412 528 270
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