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Tuesday 22 May 2018 - Issue 289

This Week at a Glance

Wednesday 23 May 2018
Mid Week Winter Series Racing 1435hrs
Thursday 24 May 2018
Flavoursome Thursday/Chase the Ace - Jackpot $600
Friday 25 May 2018
Volunteers BBQ 1700hrs
Saturday 26 May 2018
Power Yacht Time Trial State Heat #1 1400hrs
Monday 28 May 2018
SS22 Section Meeting 1830hrs
Ocean Racing Committee Meeting 1830hrs
Members Restaurant operating hours:
Monday and Tuesdays 1200 - 1500hrs
Wednesday to Saturday 1200 - 2100hrs
Sundays 1200 - 2000hrs
For bookings call 9364 5844 or email us here
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Club Fuel Prices

Diesel $1.43

ULP $1.37

Linfox Australia Time Trial

Linfox Australia Time Trial
Time triallers at South of Perth enjoyed another perfect afternoon on the Swan River last Saturday. Bright sunshine, light breezes and flat water made it a day that even the checkpoint crews could enjoy. Our two sail boats were missing this time.  Christina Heydon was in Medemblik in the Netherlands on umpiring duties while Laurence Hansen used up his available …

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Radio Sailing at SoPYC - Friday 25 May at 2:00pm

Radio Sailing at SoPYC  - Friday 25 May at 2:00pm
A ‘try out’ invitation regatta is to be held at the club for Radio Sailors on Friday the 25th May.

To that end, the Perth RSC has agreed to transfer its Thursday (24th May) program to Friday the 25th May (commencing at 2:00pm) to the club. The nearby Wanderers RC club through Mark Popham has been invited as well, and Wanderers may be joining us on the day.

PRSC has agreed to supply marker buoys and a starting box, leaving SoPYC to provide a rib or poly boat for mark laying and retrieval of any ‘runaway’ boats.

Interestingly, this will not be the first time that radio yachts have been sailed at SoPYC. In the early 2000’s, a National Championship at SoPYC was held. The regatta was held in early January, and those who attended still talk about the jellyfish! There were days when the sailing was terrific, and days when it was a disaster. Provided there is a good understanding of the movement of the jelly’s, SoPYC could be a good venue.

I see the introduction of Radio Sailing to the club as another pathway through which interest in sailing can be promoted. As a matter of interest, I took part in a school demonstration of Radio Sailing, where students were given the controls of the yachts. A lasting comment was that this ‘was a video game on water’. I believe use of radio yachts at school training sessions would greatly enrich students’ sailing experience. The club would do well to include them in sail training sessions.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 25th

Tim Bussemaker

Flying Fifteens

Flying Fifteens
from left to right – Kristine Pettterson, Carl Petterson, Tim Walker, Allan ( Plonky ) Sharpe, John Lyus, Richard Warren
We last heard from our European travellers of John Hassen and Mark Gooding following the conclusion of the French National Championships and a result that was soon forgotten after some intense research into the local viticulture industry. Next stop was Portsmouth by ferry and then to Hayling Island for the Southern Championships which is a qualifying event for the British team in the upcoming World Championships and a quality fleet had assembled. Southern England has a reputation to uphold on the weather front so it was cold, wet and no breeze for the first day of the regatta with no racing conducted. Day 2 started with a light breeze that steadily built through the afternoon and allowed 4 races to be completed. The regatta was won by former World Champions Graham Vials and Chris Turner while John and Mark had some average results that required a couple of pints of the local brew to reconcile.

Our local winners were celebrated at the presentation night last Friday night. There were a few new names in the results and the winners in each division were:

1st Club Championship – Ffollow Us – Tim Walker and Allan Sharpe

1st Silver Divison – Ffoenix – John Lyus and Richard Warren

1st Consistency – Faffin – Carl Petterson and Kristine Petterson.

The 2018 State Women’s Keelboat Championships

The 2018 State Women’s Keelboat Championships
Sailed at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht club.

On a cool and sunny morning, the waters of Freshwater Bay were awakened to the rattle of halyards and the cheerful call of sailors preparing to take on their competitors.

Six clubs were involved and the odds were that it could have been a royal flush with both Royal Perth and Royal Freshwater Bay yacht clubs fielding multiple teams in the contest to see who was the best club in Perth. Hillarys, East Fremantle, South of Perth and Fremantle yachts clubs were running with one team apiece and Royal Perth had two, with Royal Freshwater Bay carrying three teams under their banner.

But the crunch came back to the calibre of the crews and Freshie had put together a super team forged from the pickings of the very best on the river; young and old together with Adele Jackson as the helm on a boat of ladies that had a superlative track record across sailing on the river.

Up against her was the South of Perth team headed up by Mara Lowry on helm with Jessica Eastwell on trim and tactics with their troupe of well seasoned sailors. Mind you they hadn’t put the team together until the last minute and it was with hearts in their mouths, they fired up on the start line on the light nor easterlies and found themselves in strife almost immediately with a penalty earned in the first race. A good recovery brought them back to a fifth place but that put them on the edge as there was only one drop for the race.

Consistent sailing over the next two races had them back in the hunt, but two Freshy teams were ahead of them by the end of the third race and something special was needed. A chancy move out to the right of the down wind finish gave them pressure and a good and fast angle to come home on. The result… home by a cat’s whisker against Adele’s Freshie A team. All of a sudden the odds were better.

The breeze came and went and the last three races were started with the start line hard up against the RFBYC start box and the nine boat fleet belting up and down pens prior to the race start. Exciting times for all, including the umpires who were ducking in and out of the pens to avoid imminent collisions with these 36 foot behemoths. All of a sudden you could see why they were considered good sailors.

The next two races had South of Perth take strong seconds against the rest of the fleet with only the top Freshie team ahead of them. Strong efforts by the Freshie team B headed by Sandy Anderson had them come into third place, but they didn’t have the luck to get those necessary points. Interestingly these are the same three helmspersons who took the placings last year.

Once the racing finished, it was clear that Adele had whitewashed the series, but with typical pluck the South of Perth team had taken a strong second, taking the only win of the series that Freshie A hadn’t won.

This ended the run of luck that South of Perth has been enjoying with three years in a row, but it was possibly the time for Royal Freshwater Bay to take the win; Adele’s team were well trained and in good form. They gelled on the day and came home winners.

Congratulations to the South of Perth team and their magnificent effort given the time frames involved. The second place was against the best on the river and shows the depth we have available to us at the club.

Many thanks to Swan River Sailing for providing the organisation and yachts for the event.

Keelboat Prize Night Friday 1st June 2018

Get your groups together and book your tickets!

Keelboat Prize Night, Friday 1st June 2018. 7pm SOPYC Ballroom.

3 course menu $62 per person.

(please note that due to the number of guests this is a strictly pre-purchased tickets event with no tickets available at the door. NON-Ticket holders will be politely refused entry}

To purchase tickets please call the Club on 9364 5844 or email Claire on

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A SoPYC Crew Finder Group has been set up in Whatsapp for quick and easy notifications of available crew and boats for those that are interested.

If you wish to be included in this group, SMS your phone number to 0412 745 844 or email: (stating your name and mobile number.)


To avoid any nasty surprises post race, It's always worth confirming that your boat appears on the Entrants List before your first race. The List is displayed on the official noticeboard in the Clubhouse foyer in the hours leading up to the race start. Alternatively it can be viewed online in the particular series results section. Race results only include boats that have actually nominated

SOLO Winter Series 2018

SOLO Winter Series 2018
Notice of Race and registrations now available – please click here.

As a prelude to South of Perth Yacht Club’s premier Off The Beach Regatta, the SOLO Series offers free entry into the Applecross Cup, 8 & 9 Sept 2018.
Major prizes to be won for overall combined event winners – SOLO Series + Applecross Cup

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Ladies Luncheon 12 June 2018

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Ladies Luncheon 12 June 2018
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Cruise to Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club
Sunday 17 June 2018

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Winter Cruise to Mindarie Keys
Weekend: 2 - 4 June 2018

Saturday morning cruise to Mindarie; See poster for itinerary.
Cost $130 per boat (Dinner excluded) Book with Paul Stott phone:0408 521 867 or email: or check out our Cruising Section Facebook page

VHF Radio Course – Expressions of Interest

SoPYC are looking at running another VHF radio operators course in July. This is the new Australian Waters Qualification (click here for information).
If anyone is interested in getting qualified to operate a VHF radio, then this is for you and all done at your own club.
Tentatively scheduled for Wednesday evenings for 2 hours a session. The number of sessions are up to you but generally 3 or 4 suit most people.
The cost will be approx..$200.
Please send your EOI On Water Group

50th Geraldton Ocean Classic

20 October 2018

Exciting news from over East! The Fremantle to Geraldton Yacht Race in its current format (cat 2 and held in the six months prior to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race) is now recognised as an official qualifying race for this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and will be listed in their NOR this year.
Enter online here

Race Official Courses

Australian Sailing are offering courses for people interested in becoming Race Officials.
The courses are delivered in a classroom. Once students have successfully completed the course new club race offices must apply to be a race officer with Australian Sailing to be accredited. The cost of the course is $65.00 and includes a redeemable voucher for your race officer shirt with ZHIK. To apply for accreditation online follow the link below. Please continue with the online registration.
The registration cost ($65.00) for junior sailors between the ages of 16 & 21 will be waived on successful completion and accreditation. This course is sponsored by a grant from the WA Department of Local Government & Cultural Affairs. Adults over the ages of 21 may attend the course but will need to pay the $65.00 course fee. Upon successful accreditation, your course fee will be fully refunded by SoPYC.

To register for a course please follow the links below:

Club Race Officer Course @ Australian Sailing Office Sunday 8 July 2018 Cost $65.00
Club Race Officer Course Koombana Bay Sailing Club Bunbury Saturday 1 Sep 2018 Cost $65.00
Club Race Officer Course @ Perth Dinghy Sailing Club Saturday 15th Sep 2018 Cost $65.00
Club Race Officer Course Nedlands yacht Club Tue Nights 23 & 30 Oct 1830h to 2030h Cost $65.00

In addition to the club race officer courses, we will also be offering a club judge course and a measurer course.

Club Judge Course Thur 25 Oct & 1 Nov 1830h to 2030h each night @ Australian Sailing Office cost $65.00
Measurer Course @ Australian Sailing 10 Nov 2018 Cost $65.00

For additional information please contact the Australian Sailing office 9386 2438
Dean Caple, Club Services, Australian Sailing

Support Crew Roster

AEOLUS - Brett Molinari
SOLERO - Des Hoare
DETOUR - Malcolm Taylor
THE SHACK - Michael Matthews

EPITOME II - Ed Pitman
WICKED - Richard Evans
STELLARLEAP - Clinton Hayes
CARPE DIEM II - Rhodri Edwards
AVALON - Des Lewis
DOUBLE B - Kenneth Baxter
HALCYON DAYS - Tobias Kane
DR X - David Luketina
YOU GET IN THE BOWL - Rod Beurteaux

DOROTHEA - John Nelson
F'8AL ATTRACTION - Terry Newby
CRITICAL PATH - Malcolm McBride
MELE BILO III - Terence Markham
GLASGOW KISS - Hamish MacAdie
THE RED BOAT - Michael Dunbar
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