14Oct

Sydney 38 OD East Coast Championship NOR

The NSW Chapter of the Sydney 38 Class Association has just launched the NOR for the Sydney 38 OD East Coast Championship.

The Championship is spread over three events covering racing from the Harbour and Pittwater clubs:

Event 1: 25 and 26 November 2017  (part of the SSORC) MHYC

Event 2: 10 and 11 February 2018 (part of the Pittwater Regatta) RPAYC

Event 3: 3 and 4 March 2018 (part of the SHR) MHYC / Incorporating Sydney 38 OD NSW Championship

Entires will be via the on line entry for each event published by each of the organising clubs.

The intent of this Championship series is to get as many of the 27 NSW boats involved in OD racing. We hope you will enter the series however we will please to see you at any event.

24Sep

Morris Finance 2 day regatta at Royal Geelong Yacht Club Saturday 16th Sunday 17th September 2017

With only 4 boats involved it still made for great OD close racing.

It is the pre season hit out, time to blow the winter cobwebs away. Huey didn’t disappoint us. First day we had everything, 10 – 30 knots, sun, rain, wind squalls and fantastic close racing. We started racing in a good 17 -20 knts, flat water perfect racing. Second race, wind increased, left a bit of carnage and intense sailing. The third race saw a rain squall come through with 30knts 90 deg wind shift kites up and boats going in all directions. 4th race returned to perfect conditions. Chainsaw taking out boat of the day.

The traditional 38 dinner was at the RGYC, snowfoto.com provided a slide show of photos taken during the day, and played throughout the meal. A lot of laughs, great food and friendly banter throughout the night.

Day 2 saw a light 10 to 12 knt northly breeze, 3 races, blue sky, flat water, Corio bay turned it on. This is what makes Geelong such a beautiful place to sail.

The RGYC put on a BBQ, prior to presentation just to finish off the weekend.

Results : open : Serra Chainsaw    Corinthian :       Phoenix

Phoenix                                                                        Chutzpah

Chutzpha                                                   Ciquante

Huge thank you to Morris Finance for sponsoring this regatta, The RGYC for hosting, PRO Max Stein and all the volunteers and of course the 38 owners for making the effort, turning up and making it such a fabulous weekend. Comradery between the teams is unique.

Congratulations to Serra Chainsaw on the win.

Looking forward to seeing as many boats in Geelong for the 38 Nationals during 175th passage race Festival of Sails in January 2018.

 

27Nov

2015/2016 Vic report

Whilst the 2015 / 2016 season was highlighted with “Phoenix” (Brenton & Jen Carnell) retaining the National Championship and the Victorian Championship being won for the first time by “Sierra Chainsaw” (Mel Andy & Pat Mollison) in a very close result, the number of Sydney 38’s regularly participating in events has declined. It is disappointing that there are too many boats for sale and not racing. “Audacious” (Greg Clinnick and Paul Holden) has been sold to South Australia, whilst “Playground” (Andrew & Gayle Robinson) and “Mille Sabords” (Stephane Howard) are for sale and chose not compete in 2015 2016. However, the standard of Sydney 38 racing in Victoria remains high. “Icon 38” (Kirwan Robb) is now the boat to beat and his young crew remain enthusiastic and should they compete in the 2017 Nationals will be hard to beat. “Challenge” (Chris Mrakas) represented the class in the 2015 Sydney to Hobart and in local ocean race events in Victoria and is training hard for another race to Hobart again this year, preferring the longer endurance racing rather than the sprint races. “Sierra Chainsaw” and “38 South” (John Chatham & Kate Mitchell) remain strong supporters of the class as does “Chutzpah 38”, (Bruce Taylor). “Cinquante” (Ian Murray), who continues to be a generous supporter of the class in 2015 / 2016 through his company “Morris Finance”, finds it difficult to compete away from Geelong. On a brighter note, “Adrenalin” (Andrew Molnar) has been offered to Gordon Mathers and Frank McDermott, the previous owners of “Clockwork” to race in the 2016 / 2017 season. Let’s hope they take up the offer as One Design racing relies on a larger fleet numbers to keep the racing tight! It would also be great if “Obsession” (Michael & Laurie White) now sailing out of Mornington Yacht Club, could be attracted to compete in the odd sprint series or two.
Nevertheless, in 2015 / 2016, results indicate the racing was close, the regattas were successful, but the focus now should be to attract new owners with a passion for One Design racing and rebuild the fleet. Season 2016 / 2017 provides another full calendar of racing which kicked off with the successful Pre Season Sydney 38 Short Course “Morris Finance” regatta in September. Given the success of this event, in spite of the falling participation numbers, the class still provides the best keelboat racing in Victoria.

2015 / 2016 Highlights
1. 2016 National Championship
Royal Geelong Yacht Club hosted the 2016 National Championship as part of their annual Festival Of Sails Regatta over the Australia Day weekend in January. The event attracted nine competitors with one entry from South Australia. “White Noise” (David Knights) did very well in his first National Series. “Ikon 38” led the series from “Phoenix” after 2 days of racing on a count back but with 3 wins on the last day of racing, “Phoenix” dominated the last day to defend the title she won in 2015 by 5 points. “Audacious” sailed a consistent series to be placed third. “Phoenix” also won the Corinthian Division from “Audacious” and “Sierra Chainsaw”. Corio Bay is a great venue for a regatta and the “Festival of Sails” provides a carnival atmosphere with great activities for families. An enjoyable dinner was held at a local restaurant where a painting of the Victorian Sydney 38 fleet, donated by Jane Flowers, was auctioned as a fund raiser. Once the reserve was passed, the additional proceeds of $1,000 was donated to the victims of Great Ocean Road fire appeal. A big thank you to Jane for donating her time to benefit both the association and a great cause.

2. 2016 AMS Victorian Championships
The 2016 AMS (Australian Measurement System) Victorian Championship was again hosted by Sandringham Yacht Club in April to wrap up the season. In previous events I can recall reporting the winner “won convincingly”. However it was not the case this year. After a starting line infringement, the two stand out performers “Phoenix” and “Ikon38” were both disqualified, opening the door for an upset victory. And as it happened, “Sierra Chainsaw’ won the last race to win by a point from the reigning National Champion “Pheonix” with “Ikon38” a further point behind. With two wins in the six race series, the “Sierra Chainsaw” team fully deserved their win with consistent results throughout the six race regatta. As for the Corinthian result, “Audacious” replaced “Ikon38” for 3rd place. The dinner in the main dining room of the Sandringham Yacht Club was well attended by crews and their families. Many thanks to John Chatham (“38 South”) who organized the AMS sponsorship particularly given the class is strictly One Design in concept. Thanks also to Ronstan for their continued support.
2. 2016 / 2017 North Sails Sydney 38 Summer Aggregate
With all 17 scheduled races sailed over the summer, “Ikon 38” dominated winning 10 of the 14 races she competing. Whilst most races were held at Sandringham Yacht Club on Sunday mornings, the results from the Lipton Cup sprint series hosted by the Royal Yacht Club Of Victoria were also included. To allow competitors time to compete in other events such as the Sydney to Hobart and other offshore events, 3 drops were allowed.
“Sierra Chainsaw’s” second place overall capped her successful season whilst “Chutzpah38” third place was compensation for a season riddled with bad luck.
Thanks to Sandringham Yacht Club in particular for hosting most of the series in conjunction with their J24 fleet. Sandringham Yacht Club has reduced the entry fee by 50% next year. With three races scheduled on each race day the sprint series offers the best value racing available.
Thanks to North Sails for sponsoring the series and committing for another year.
3. 2016 Winter Series
The weather in Melbourne during winter was not cooperative with only one race sailed. “Ikon38” was the winner with insufficient wind to complete a series.
4. 2016 Morris Finance Pre Season One Design Regatta
This is a popular event on the calendar and a great opportunity to prepare for the new season. Hosted by the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, the event is well organized with a social function on Saturday evening. This year the racing was held on the weekend of 24th and 25th September. With three laps in each race, the seven race series was a tiring event and it was of no surprise that the young crew of “Ikon38” took out the series from “Phoenix” with “Sierra Chainsaw”.
Again, our sincere appreciation goes to Ian Murray of Morris Finance for his support and to the Royal Geelong Yacht Club for their hospitality.
5. The 2016 / 2017 Sydney 38 Southern Chapter Sailing Calendar
Another full calendar has been posted on the class website. Note especially that the Festival of Sails has been rescheduled one week earlier than normal
6. Appreciation To Office Bearers
On behalf of the Southern Chapter owners, I would like to express their appreciation to the President, Greg Clinnick, the Treasurer, Jen Carnell, the Chief Measurer, John Chatham and in particular Peter Cole, regatta measurer, for giving up their valuable time to support the class. The membership is well served by this committee.

Rowan Simpson,
Southern Chapter.

27Nov

2015/2016 NSW report

The 2015 / 2016 season has seen significant change in NSW and with that change, some signs of new life coming into the Association in NSW.
We have had a number of boats sold within the last 18 months with Risk, Old School and Another Challenge (Daniel Fitzgibons – multiple Para Olympics Gold medallist’s old boat) going to new owners in Pittwater, Eye Candy going to New Caledonian and Whisper heading south. To balance the southern migration, the black Lexus has come back to the harbour under its new name of Shine On. The Bigger Picture has move to Lake Macquarie and is now sailing under its new name, Austral.
So a lot of new owners who are expressing enthusiasm about participating in the Association and in addition, we still have a strong fleet of up to eight boats sailing out of CYCA. Our challenge is to attract more boats to our OD regattas!
A number of NSW boats headed north to participate in the Airlie/Hamo/Maggie circuit with The Goat under charter to Ray Roberts racing as Team Hollywood, winning the Hamo IRC Racing Passage Division with Tony Levett’s Eleni coming 5th.
The NSW Championship was conducted on the 5th and 6th of this month at RPAYC and saw seven 38’s competed in six races in Pittwater and Broken Bay, in conditions that varied from 35 knot gusts to less than 10 knots with the dreaded westerlies playing havoc with the wind direction. Phil Tomkin’s Next winning the double of NSW Champion and Corinthian, Richard William’s Calibre close on Phil’s heels in 2nd place and Peter Byford and David Hudson’s Conspiracy taking out 3rd. Great to see some new members competing with Stuart Williamson (Challenge of Whitby), Chris Heraghty and Greg Moore (Risk) and Peter Mayo (Austral).
Lots of planning is currently going into the 2017 Nationals, which for the first time ever is going to be the Sydney 38 International Championship. The regatta will be hosted by MHYC and held off Sydney Heads on the 3rd to the 5th of March 2017 as part of the now famous, Sydney Harbour Regatta. So entrants will have the chance of winning two regattas in one! We are hoping for a fleet of mid-teens with boats/crews from Victoria, NSW, Queensland, USA, New Caledonia. We are also planning to make this a Sydney Yachts event with a Sydney 36 fleet competing on an adjacent course. Don’t miss it!

Peter Byford & Richard Williams NSW Representatives

8Nov

Sydney 38 NSW Championship 2016

The S38 2016 NSW Championships were held over last weekend out of the RPAYC with seven boats competing.

The honours went to Phil Tomkins and his crew on Next from CYCA, 1st Overall and 1st Corinthian. A well deserved win with 3 guns from 6 races. Richard Williams’ Calibre also from CYCA was 2nd Overall only 1 point behind with 2 guns and three 2nds. Peter Byford & David Hudson’s Conspiracy from RPAYC claimed 3rd place.

We saw challenging sailing conditions for all, with a Westerly front hitting Sydney just at the planned start time for the 1st race. The Race Officer, Stephen Merrington was keeping a close eye on the weather observations at the Airport and the Harbour all morning, with 40 knots gusts recorded at 10:30am. After AP ashore was dropped at around one o’clock, the 1st race got underway in Pittwater shortly after 2:00pm. This 1st race turned out to be an exciting race with the westerly kicking back in and gusting to 35knots shortly after rounding the top mark – lots of thrills and spills! Two more races were conducted on Saturday in only slightly better conditions, however they still took their toll on most boats at various time throughout the day.

After Day One three boats shared the gun in the three races, Next, Calibre and Conspiracy, however day one hours went to Phil Tomkins, Next, with Richard Williams, Calibre close at their heels and Peter Byford & David Hudson’s Conspiracy in 3rd.

Day Two was held offshore in Broken Bay and whilst the winds were a lot lighter the dreaded westerly was still there! Three races were conducted with some very variable winds (strength and direction). A 15 knot SE finally kicked in 3/4 of the way through the 2nd race of the day turning the last leg from a spinnaker run into a beat – frustrating for some and fortunate for those who picked the right side of the course! Boat of the day went to Next!

Congratulations to Phil and his crew and very well sailed Richard and his crew in a very close 2nd!

Congratulations to all those who participated including, Peter Mayo’s Austral, RMYCT, Stuart Williamson’s Adventure of Whitby, RPAYC, Chris Heraghty & Greg Burn’s Risk, RPAYC and Mark Thompson’s Zen, RMYC.

The regatta was supported by, G Brothers Mercedes Benz, Glass Systems, Williams Interiors and Norths Sails – thanks to all our supporters!

Merro and his team of volunteers from RPAYC did a great job against the odds – well done and thank you.

All are looking forward to the S38 Internationals to be hosted by MHYC on 3rd to the 5th of March 2017.

Photos by Beth Morley @ www.sportsailingphotography.com can be seen at Sydney 38 NSW Championships Image Gallery 2016. You can also buy images from Beth by visiting her website.

4Nov

Vic program 2016-17

Sunday 19-June-2016 WINTER SPRINT SERIES RACE 1 SYC
10.00 am start
Sunday 10-July-2016 WINTER SPRINT SERIES RACE 2 SYC
10.00 am start
Sunday 07-August-2016 WINTER SPRINT SERIES RACE 3 SYC
10.00 am start

Saturday 24th September, 2016 Morris Finance Pre-Season Regatta
Sunday 25th September, 2016 Morris Finance Pre-Season Regatta

Sunday 23-October-2016 North Sails Summer Sprint Series Day 1
SYC 10.00am start

Sunday 06-November-2016 North Sails Summer Sprint Series Day 2
SYC 10.00am start

Saturday 19-November-2016 North Sails Summer Sprint Series Day 3
(Included as part of Lipton Regatta RYCV)

Sunday 04-December-2016 North Sails Summer Sprint Series Day 4
SYC 10.00am start

Sunday 14-January-2017 North Sails Summer Sprint Series Day 5
SYC 10.00am start

Saturday 21-January-2017 Festival of Sails, RGYC
Sunday 22-January-2017 Festival of Sails, RGYC
Monday 23-January-2017 Festival of Sails, RGYC

Sunday 19-February-2017 North Sails Summer Sprint Series Day 6
SYC 10.00am start

Sunday 05-March-2017 North Sails Summer Sprint Series Day 7
SYC 10.00am start

Sunday 02-April-2017 North Sails Summer Sprint Series Day 8
SYC 10.00am start

Saturday 22-April-2017 Vic State Titles @ SYC (Grade 1)
Sunday 23-April-2017 Vic State Titles @ SYC (Grade 1)

Sunday 18-June-2017 WINTER SPRINT SERIES RACE 1 SYC
10.00 am start
Sunday 02-July-2017 WINTER SPRINT SERIES RACE 2 SYC
10.00 am start
Sunday 30-July-2017 WINTER SPRINT SERIES RACE 3 SYC
10.00 am start

* Club Marine Series Dates hosted by various clubs on Centre Course Race Area are
October 8th, November 5th, December 3rd, February 11th, 25th, March 18th & April 8th
* All events apart from Nationals and States are Grade 2 Events

27Oct

Sydney 38 International Championship 2017

2017

Sydney 38 International Championships

3-5 March 2017

Middle Harbour Yacht Club – Sydney

One Design – One Passion

S38 Internationals Bulletin #1

In conjunction with the Sydney Harbour Regatta

Hosted by MHYC, Sydney, NSW, Australia

 

For the first time in our history, the Sydney 38 Association will be conducting an International Championship over 3 days in March 2017, to be conducted by MHYC as part of Sydney’s largest keel boat regatta, the Sydney Harbour Regatta. Participants will not only be able to compete in the S38 Internationals, they will also have the opportunity of winning a division of the Sydney Harbour Regatta.

This Bulletin provides early information on the regatta as well as seeks Expressions of Interest from those keen to be involved. Based on early indications we are expecting a fleet of around fifteen, with owners from the US and New Caledonia and boats from Victoria, Queensland and maybe SA,  joining our fleet from NSW.

Planning for the Championship is well advanced with NOR expected November 2016. MHYC have committed to accommodating our fleet on one marina  adding to the camaraderie before and after the races. Up to three races per day will be conducted in the Manly or Macquarie Circles off Sydney Heads, weather permitting, with racing in the harbour as a fall back. This regatta is expected to require Cat 4 AYF Special Regulations compliance.

Registration and weigh-in will be held on the afternoon of Thursday the 2nd of March with last weigh-ins concluded on the morning of the 3rd of March. An opportunity will be available for warm up practice for those interested on the Thursday afternoon.

We are planning to have a few social events over the course of the regatta starting with Welcome Drinks, Crew Dinner at the club and drinks on the dock, so there will be plenty of opportunities to swap stories about close roundings and tactics. Prize Giving will be conducted after the racing on the 5th of March.

The Association has committed to trying to provide some financial support for International crews with some additional berthing provided at no cost to Interstate boats. The amount of this support will be dependant on finalising arrangements for sponsorship of the regatta.

To assist with our planning, we would ask you to click the link below to confirm your interest in participating in the regatta. We appreciate we asked for responses several months ago however, we would appreciate if you responded previously to reconfirm your interest.

We also ask that those who are not interested in participating, however are keen to charter their boats, either with or without sails click the link below. We expect we will need at least three to four boats available for charter to accomodate international and interstate crews. For those wanting to charter a boat please register by clicking the link below and we will be in touch to try and accommodate your needs. Note: The Association has a standard charter agreement available inclusive of insurance, to make life easy for all parties.
Sponsors
We are in the process of negotiating sponsors so please let us know if you know of any potential sponsors who might be interested.


Regards and looking forward to seeing you in Sydney in March next year!
Richard Williams and Peter Byford (NSW Reps on the Sydney 38 OD Exec)

 

 

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20Oct

2016 NSW State titles

 

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2016

Sydney 38 NSW Championships

5 & 6 November 2016

One Design – One Passion

S38 NSW States Bulletin #4

Sailing Instructions now available!

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Newport, NSW

We now have the SIs published for the 2016 S38 OD NSW Championships and an Amendment to the NORs.
The key changes are:
  • NOR’s amended to allow Bow Prodders to remain in place for this regatta only (see NOR amendment #1)
  • SIs – Timing of Weigh In and Briefing on 5 November and increased max number of races on Saturday to 4 to allow for potential of bad weather on the Sunday.
If you haven’t entered it is not too late. Entries close 28 October 2016!  Click the NOR//SI/Entry link below. Note Entry Fee to be paid direct to the S38 OD Class Association. See NOR 6.1.

We appear to be heading to eight committed entries – the best we have had for the NSW States for a number of years!

The regatta will be conducted as a Grade 1 event and in strict compliance with the Sydney 38 One Design Class Rules. So now is the time to get any sails you might want to use that haven’t been measured or registered with a “class button” sorted.See link below to contact Jo Beashel, our Class Administrator. Also you need to get your paper work ready. This includes (refer NOR 5.2):

  • Owner Declaration
  • Crew and Sail Declaration (note: requires you submit crew ISAF grade – guide to ISAF Grades on RPAYC Regatta site).
See link below to get copies of these forms.
As the regatta will be held within Pittwater (Saturday) and Broken Bay (Sunday) we are able to have the event run as a Category 7 under Australian Sailing Special Regulations Equipment Compliance plus a few extra things – see NOR 4.3 and the last page of the NOR.

Key Dates
Friday 28th of October ’16 – Entries Close and Crew and Sail Declaration Close Off
Tuesday 1st of November ’16 – Close off date for Late Entries ($500 + Late Entry Charge of $50)
Friday 4th of November ’16 (15:00 to 19:30) – compliance checks, registrations weigh in and welcome drinks (18:30)
Saturday 5th of November ’16 – compliance checks & crew weigh in completion (08:00 to 10:00) and day one of racing within Pittwater (12:00 start up to 4 races) followed by the drinks on the dock and a crew BBQ at RPAYC.
Sunday 6th of November ’16 – day two of racing, in Broken Bay (11:00 start), weather permitting, followed by drinks and prize giving

Hopefully, not only will we have some great racing, but a great opportunity for crews to get their boats into OD trim in preparation for the 2017 S38 OD Internationals. The S38 OD Internationals, will be held from 3 to 5 March 2017 as part of the Sydney Harbour Regatta out of Middle Harbour Yacht Club.


Regatta Supporters
We have several genres supported who have made contributions including:
  •  G Brothers (Authorised Mercedes-Benz Sales at Mona Vale) have made a generous donation and are providing a Weekend Experience Mercedes-Benz Drive Prize).
  • Glass Systems – generous donation.
  • Williams Interiors – generous donation of prizes.
  • Lejen Marine – generous donation.
  • North Sails – prizes.

Regards and looking forward to seeing you in Pittwater
Richard Williams and Peter Byford (NSW Reps on the Sydney 38 OD Exec)

NOR, NOR Amendments, SIs & Entry Link
Regatta Forms
S38 Class Association (Incl Sail Registration/Sail Buttons and Association Membership)
I have a query and would like some help please!

 

 

28Sep

NSW States

S38 NSW States Bulletin #3

Early Bird Entries Close 30 September!

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Newport, NSW

 

Early Bird Entries Close 30 September 2016. Enter now and get a $50 drinks stored credit card! You can find the NOR for the 2016 S38 OD NSW Championships and the On Line entry be Clicking the NOR/Entry link below. Note Entry Fee to be paid direct to the S38 OD Class Association. See NOR 6.1 for account details.

We now have four entries with another four committed to enter so its now time to take the plunge and lodge your entry.

The regatta will be conducted as a Grade 1 event and in strict compliance with the Sydney 38 One Design Class Rules. So now is the time to get any sails you might want to use that haven’t been measured or registered with a “class button” sorted. See link below to contact Jo Beashel, our Class Administrator. Remember that our rules now allow most head spinnakers.

As the regatta will be held within Pittwater (Saturday) and Broken Bay (Sunday) we are able to have the event run as a Category 7 under Australian Sailing Special Regulations Equipment Compliance plus a few extra things – see NOR 4.3 and the last page of the NOR. Please also be aware of the documentation that will be required as outlined in NOR 5.2.

Key Dates
Friday 30th of September ’16 – Close for Early Bird Entry & Payment ($500 incl of $50 Drinks Card)
Friday 28th of October ’16 – Entries Close and Crew and Sail Declaration Close Off
Tuesday 1st of November ’16 – Close off date for Late Entries ($500 + Late Entry Charge of $50)
Friday 4th of November (15:00 to 19:30) – compliance checks, registrations weigh in and welcome drinks (18:30)
Saturday 5th of November ’16 – compliance checks & crew weigh in completion (08:00 to 09:00) and day one of racing within Pittwater (12:00 start) followed by the drinks on the dock and a crew BBQ at RPAYC.
Sunday 6th of November – day two of racing, in Broken Bay (11:00 start), weather permitting, followed by drinks and prize giving

We are hopeful of getting into double digit numbers and this will not only provide great racing but a great opportunity for crews to get their boats into OD trim in preparation for the 2017 S38 OD Internationals. The S38 OD Internationals, will be held from 3 to 5 March 2017 as part of the Sydney Harbour Regatta out of Middle Harbour Yacht Club.


Sponsors & Donations
G Brothers (Authorised Mercedes-Benz Sales at Mona Vale) have made a generous donation and are providing a Weekend Experience Mercedes-Benz Drive Prize) as well as Williams Interiors who are generously providing the trophies.


Regards and looking forward to seeing you in Pittwater
Richard Williams and Peter Byford (NSW Reps on the Sydney 38 OD Exec)

 

 

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