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Tuesday 26 February 2019 - Issue 327

This Week at a Glance

Wednesday 27 February 2019
Sailability 1000hrs - CONFIRMED
Mid-week Summer Series Race 8. 1435hrs
Twilight Series. Race 16. 1810hrs
Thursday 28 February 2019
Flavoursome Thursday/Chase the Ace - Jackpot $2,300
Friday 1 March 2019
Radio Controlled DF95 Yacht Racing 1430hrs
Saturday 2 March 2019
Reserved Championship Long Weekend
No Club Racing
Cruising Section - Long Weekend Cruise to Mandurah
Sunday 3 March 2019
No Club Racing
Monday 4 March 2019
Labor Day Public Holiday - Kitchen open until 17:00hrs
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Today's Fuel Prices

Diesel $1.42

Premium Unleaded Petrol $1.36

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March Long Weekend, Cruise to Mandurah with the Cruising Section. Convoy departs Fremantle heads at 10am Saturday 2nd March. Bring the family and friends for a great three days in magnificent Mandurah! Includes a raft-up on Sunday afternoon, Saturday dinner at Dolphin Quay Marina, shopping, sightseeing and dolphin watching! Power and sailing yacht owners please register with Stephen Mawhinney at or 0413 397 209. Hurry as pens at MOFSC are limited.

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Dogs at the Club

Members are reminded that as per the Club Bylaws, dogs are not allowed on the Club premises. Members may carry dogs from their car to their boat. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and any dog droppings must be picked up and disposed of in a general rubbish bin.

Parking after using the launch ramp

It is important that all members who are using the launch ramp do not block other vessels or causal parking bays as depicted in the image below. Members are to park their trailer and/or vessel within the allocated lines and park their car in the car park. This gives more members the opportunity to leave their trailer and/or vessel in the parking area. If vehicles and trailers are not parked correctly a wheel clamp will be applied.
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On Water Group Managers Report

State Championships this weekend

Most major classes have their State Championships on this March Long Weekend and this year is no exception.
  • Optimists and 29er go to FSC.
  • Lasers to RFBYC
  • Keelboat classes are on the ocean or on the river pending water space.
We wish all SoPYC competitors the best and of course, we hope for super results.

Tessa Parkinson, our Head Coach has resigned to go to work for Australian Sailing. Her calls are being forwarded to Mikael Lundh. If you email you will be encouraged to email Mikael or Ben, our part-time time training coordinator. I would like to thank Tessa for her outstanding work and her commitment to the Club, not many people will be able to fill her shoes! The Club has embarked on recruiting another head coach. Thank you Tessa.

Kind regards,
On Water Manager
Mikael Lundh

On Behalf of Rules Chairperson - Christina Haydon

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Bunbury and Return Race Report

Everyone knew that weather models predicted a long, slow and tedious Bunbury and Return this year but nobody could have predicted the outcome!
Line honours favourite Indian sailed out to watch the start but took no part in the race, leaving Alan Stein’s Dirty Deeds as the new favourite.
The weather pundits got it pretty right and yachts stumbled from the start line to the windmills and turned south. As expected, the Dirty Girl led the fleet early, hard pressed by Geoff Bishop’s King 40 Checkmate. As the two leaders approached the shallows behind Carnac Island, Twitch headed west. We held our breath until finally, Deeds tacked for deeper water, followed by Checkmate. The two were now neck and neck but looming up in the distance was Barry and Betty Walsh’s Beneteau 44.7 Twitch, now wound up in the light breeze and matching the leaders for speed.
Off the northern end of Garden Island, Twitch was able to sail through Dirty Deeds to leeward, with Checkmate, which had tacked again trying to run parallel to the shoreline now sharing the lead. Midway along Garden Island, South of Perth’s Twitch was leading the fleet in every sense – first on line honours, IRC and YAH.
An agonisingly slow trip saw the fleet bunched up again as it passed Dawesville at 5am, Twitch maintaining a narrow lead over a chasing pack including Dirty Deeds, Al Fresco and Checkmate. It was almost 1am on Sunday when Dirty Deeds, now leading the pack, rounded the Bunbury turning mark, but computer predictions kept Twitch at the head of the leader board on handicap. Chris Higham’s Argo had a miserable night, rounding the Bunbury mark just behind the S&S34 Huckleberry, with only Dieter Plaumbaum’s Christine behind her.
On the run home, Dirty Deeds established her authority on the race and steadily drew away to claim line honours. Checkmate also continued her good performance, edging ahead of Al Fresco and Twitch. Argo eventually found some form to surge past Huckleberry, Atomic Blonde and Fourth Dimension but by the time this group reached Dawesville, Dirty Deeds had already passed the Windmills on the final leg to the finish.
In the end, the topsy turvy nature of the race saw the line honours winner taking an incredible thirty hours and twenty minutes to cover the course, nearly double the race record. Christine retired, leaving the last boat home to arrive in nearly 29 hours. That boat was Huckleberry, the smallest and oldest yacht in the fleet, which deservedly came away with the overall IRC handicap trophy. It was a fitting reward too, remembering that it was Huckleberry which rescued the survivors of last year’s tragic race.
South of Perth boats bookended the YAH results, with Twitch announced as the YAH winner and Argo taking out the wooden spoon, an outcome no one could have predicted. Twitch was nudged out of a podium position on IRC during the final stages of the race to finish fourth. Spare a thought for the other South of Perth guys who missed out altogether – the group who make up a significant proportion of Indian’s crew. ~ Bernie Kaaks
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Notice to all Yachts accessing the Swan River 9th-10th March

The Sea Scouts of WA will be operating their annual 30-hour Swanabout Sailing Event from 9:00am Saturday 9th March through until 3:00pm Sunday, 10th March, 2019.
Whilst our Scout Members will be briefed to stay away from Mid River Start Lines and Yacht Club Finishing Lines, we wish to make your members aware of the additional presence of Scout Boats on the Swan River during the event. Over 80 boats have nominated for the event this year with over 300 young people participating. Your assistance would be appreciated in advising your sailing and powerboat members of this event. This Scouting event is listed with the Aquatic Council.

Thank you - Sea Scout Councill of WA.

On Water Group Information Night -

Monday 11th March 6:30pm. "So who was Houtman?"

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Radio Controlled DF95 Yacht Sailing at SoPYC

Every Friday from 2.30pm to 5pm 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 twenty-three DF95's 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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Messages from the Vice Commodore

An expression of interest evening is happening on Monday, March 11th 2019 at 6pm. Don't miss this opportunity to discuss the new Bosuns Club! For more information please contact Vice Commodore John Midolo on 0419 964 971 or email

John Midolo would also like you to note his new email address is:-
Thank you.
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Xantippe Night Time Trial 8 March 2019

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Have you seen the Cruising Section's new 'Ahoy' app?

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Pirate Raid 23 March 2019

SoPYC Cruising Section invites all our pirates to prepare their vessel for the attack at FSC by contacting Bob Wright on 0417 096 241.

Cruising Butterflies 2019 - Seeking your support

Join us for the annual Cruising Butterflies event when we invite children with special needs and their families for a morning on the water, followed by a sausage sizzle lunch for all those involved. We are seeking support from our SoPYC members to offer their services, power and sailboats for this event. You are encouraged to dress up your boat …

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Support Crew Roster 2019

Saturday 2 March 2019
No Club Racing

Sunday 3 March 2019
No Cub Racing

Saturday 9 March 2019
AVONE Brian Maitland
BLUE BAYOU David McCutcheon

Sunday 10 March 2019
CEST Si BON Stephen Robertson
CHAMPUSS Clarry Wrensted

Saturday 16 March 2019
CHILLIES Peter Chilvers
COHIBA Ashley Thomsett

Sunday 17 March 2019
DEJA Q Roshanna Jalagge
EMELSEA Lyndon Rowe

Saturday 23 March 2019
HIGH SEAS Thomas Vermeltfoort

Sunday 24 March 2019
LUCKY LADY Paul Morgan
MANDUCO Kris Townend

Members Restaurant operating hours:

Monday Labor Day - 1200hrs - 1700hrs
Tuesday Lunch only 1200hrs - 1500hrs
Wednesday to Saturday 1200hrs - 2100hrs
Sunday's 1200hs - 2000hrs
To make a reservation call 9364 5844 or email us here
MCS Security Services (after hours) phone number: 0413 362 877
Marine Lift & Hard Stand Bookings phone number: 0412 528 270
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