Sydney to Hobart

Congratulations to Gordon Ketelbey and the crew of Zen for taking out the Sydney 38 division of the 2013 Sydney to Hobart yacht race in a time of 3 days 23 hours and 42 minutes. The race was especially difficult for the smaller boats with several complex weather patterns crossing the rhumb line creating a huge challenge for navigators. Out to sea paid off with Stephane Howarth’s Mille Sabords holding down a strong second placing, with Mondo third, TSA Management fourth and Audacious fifth.
The 38s once again showed their toughness with over 10% of the overall fleet withdrawing due to boat or crew damage. All of the 38s made it safely.
All of the crews enjoyed the delights of Hobart on New Years Eve and are now turning their thoughts towards their respective Nationals campaign as several of the interstate boats return via Geelong to take part later this month.
See you in Geelong!


Christmas wishes to the Sydney 38 fleet

To everyone sailing on a Sydney 38 over the Christmas period, safe and fast sailing. There will be a number of 38s in the Sydney to Hobart race and Pittwater to Coffs. Remember to fly your Association forestay flag whenever you can!
Best wishes Sydney 38 Class Association Committee


Victorian Sailing Calendar – remainder of 2013/14

Sydney 38 Southern Chapter Calendar For 2013/14

Sunday 1st December . UK Sailmakers Summer Sprint Series Day 3 SYC 10.00am start

Saturday 18th January 2014 UK Sailmakers Summer Sprint Series Day 4 (Separate Start Multiple Races)

Friday 24th January 2014 SYDNEY 38 NATIONALS AT RGYC (Grade 1)
Saturday 25th January 2014 SYDNEY 38 NATIONALS AT RGYC (Grade 1)
Sunday 26th January 2014 SYDNEY 38 NATIONALS AT RGYC (Grade 1)

Sunday 23rd February UK Sailmakers Summer Sprint Series Day 5 SYC 10.00am start

Sunday 23rd March UK Sailmakers Summer Sprint Series Day 6 SYC 10.00am start

Saturday 5th April UK Sailmakers Summer Sprint Series Day (Separate racing in AM, join fleet seperate start in PM)

Saturday 12th April Vic State Titles @ SYC (Grade 1)
Sunday 13th April Vic State Titles @ SYC (Grade 1)

Saturday 26th April SYC Centenary Cup Regatta (Separate Start, Multiple races)
(to be confirmed with SYC if interest)

* Club Marine Series Dates hosted by various clubs on Centre Course Race Area are
October 26, November 9, November 30, February 8, February 22, March 15, March 29
* All events apart from Nationals and States are Grade 2 Events


Geelong Pre Season regatta 2013


Sothern Chapter – 2012-13 report

2012 /2013 SEASON REPORT

The Victorian Chapter of the Sydney 38 Association enjoyed a very successful 2012 / 2013 season. The fleet of 10 was very active and the addition of Pheonix (ex London Tavern ) at the end of the season was a bonus. The One Design calendar provided a winter series, a pre season weekend regatta at Geelong, a season long Summer Sprint Series, a second weekend regatta at Geelong, a State Championship and a winter series to wrap up a very busy year.
2012 /2013 Highlights
1 Victorian Championships
The 2013 Quantum Sails Victorian Championship was hosted by Sandringham Yacht Club on the weekend of 20th and 21st of April. Whilst the final points suggested an easy win for Lou Abraham’s Challenge team, this was far from the truth. Two races were won by 2 seconds and a 6th place opened the door for a close series. Bruce Taylor’s Chutzpah38 finished second with Ian Murray’s Cinquante 3rd. The Corinthian division was won by Clockwork (Gordon Mathers and Frank McDermott). Audacious (Greg Clinnick and Paul Holden) was second. Conditions ranged from 5 to 20 knots in strength, variable in direction. The nine competitors enjoyed close racing in a no drops series. The Saturday night social and presentation was also well supported.
2 Morris Finance 2013 Pre Season Regatta
The Morris Finance Regatta was held at Royal Geelong Yacht Club over the weekend of 15th and 16th September. The Series was won by “Cinquante” skippered by the local and sponsor Ian Murray. Second place was the new boat on the block “Pheonix”, owned by Brenton and Jen Carnell which also sails out of the RGYC. These locals are well placed to be successful in the next Nationals to be hosted at their home club. “Challenge” was the best of the visitors finishing third. Interestingly, both “Cinquante” and “Phoenix” were sailing in the Corinthian division. “Playground” owned by Andrew and Gayle Robinson, was third in the Corinthians and is improving each regatta. The seven race series was sailed in predominately light and testing conditions. The regatta was well supported by 10 boats and the social activities enjoyed by all crews. If the event was any indication of what lies ahead for the Nationals, we have a lot to look forward to in January, 2014.
3 2013 Winter Series
The 2013 Winter Series was won by “Phoenix” from ‘Clockwork” and “Audacious”. This was a terrific result for the “Phoenix” team in their first series in a Sydney 38 and reward for their effort ferrying their boat back and forward from Geelong to Sandringham, often in inclement weather.
4 2012 / 2013 SUMMER SERIES
The UK Sailmakers Summer Series made up of 20 races spread over a number of Sunday mornings and events during the summer was won by “Challenge” from “Clockwork” and “Sierra Chainsaw’.
The racing on Sunday mornings allows crews more time on the weekends for other weekend activities and is very popular with a high turnout of Sydney 38’s.
5 Club Marine Series
Whilst not a scratch event, it is interesting to note that Sydney 38’s did well on IRC in the interclub series. Whilst the well rated Beneteau 45 won the series, Sydney 38’s affectionately referred to as “the Colts” enjoyed good racing, with “Audacious”, “Chutzpah38” and “38 Degrees South” (John Chatham) all having won a heat. This series is the feature event of the IRC summer calendar in Victoria and the results reflect the competitiveness of the class.
Planning is well under way for this regatta scheduled between 23rd to the 26th of January 2014 as part of the “Geelong Festival of Sails”. With all 12 local Sydney 38’s expected to enter the series, negotiations are being finalized to offer a $500 cash incentive for early bird entries interstate entries. RGYC has been a terrific supporter of Sydney 38’s and run a great regatta. A social event has also been organized for Friday evening for crews to get together. Again, Ian Murray, owner of “Cinquante” and recently appointed Commodore of the RGYC has generously agreed to sponsor the event through his company “Morris Finance”. The Southern Chapter very much appreciates his ongoing commitment to the class.
The Sydney 38 fleet in Melbourne is very healthy, participation levels are high and the standard of racing has improved. The addition of “Pheonix” and the potential of another new owner, no doubt places the class in a strong position. The Chapter also plans to promote the class with an open day “Pro Am” event in March 2014 where interested crews and buyers will be given the opportunity to race first hand on a Sydney 38. The slogan “One Design One Passion” will be used to promote the event. The class is very well supported by the Royal Geelong and Sandringham Yacht Clubs which host events at a reasonable cost by relying on volunteers. We are grateful for this support as it encourages participation and keeps the cost affordable.

Rowan Simpson,
Southern Chapter.


Association Newsletter August 2013

Dear Sydney 38 owner, welcome to all the latest news of what is happening within the class.

Housekeeping: Please note that our email address has changed. If you wish to email the Association, contact Jo on [email protected] . Our old email of [email protected] is no more.

Rules review: Periodically the Technical Committee reviews our Class Rules to ensure they adequately meet our needs and are clear and consistent. A few members have raised some areas of the rules for clarification and items such as undersized blocks on the main sheet and jib sheets being longer than necessary have been kicking around for years. So John Chatham, our tireless Class Measurer, has offered to put together some suggested rule modifications for consideration at the next AGM. So here is your chance to let John know on [email protected] if anything in the rules needs to be reviewed or modified. All changes will require a 2/3 majority vote to pass at the AGM and some notes will be circulated for your consideration prior to the AGM. Please contact John by the 11th of August if you have a suggestion.

AGM: This year for the first time we plan to hold our AGM via a conference call to allow interstate members to participate. The AGM will be held on Tuesday the 15th of October at 7.30pm. Three venues in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide will be identified to allow owners to meet up, share a cold drink and have their say in the running of the Association. If you have the urge to get more involved, why not consider nominating to join the Committee or taking on a task such as helping organize a regatta? Contact one of the current Committee members to find out more.

Spare rudder: The Association has purchased a spare rudder for emergency use by Association members. As some of you have experienced, getting a new rudder made (especially over the Christmas period) can take many weeks. This can be very inconvenient if you are stranded somewhere between Sydney and Hobart. The rudder is being stored at BoatMate at RPAYC in Pittwater NSW. Our contact is Peter Gregg (02) 9997 1144 or mobile 0400018297. Contact should also be made with a Committee member (our contact details are on our web site) who will then authorize Peter to make the rudder available. We hope you never need it!

National Championships: The Victorian Chapter are keen to host a cracking good National regatta next January in Geelong. Rowan Simpson and our long-time supporter and sponsor Ian Murray have been working behind the scenes and there is an information flyer attached to this email containing further information. We are anticipating a fleet of around 15 boats with a number of NSW and S.A. boats expressing interest. The Geelong Festival of Sail is one of the largest regattas in the world and a must for anyone who loves to race and have fun!

NSW States: Dates for the NSW State Championships have been confirmed as the 7th and 8th of December at RPAYC. Contact Mark Griffith for further details.

Association Web page: www.sydney38class.com There is plenty of information on our web page including recent news and stories from recent regattas. If you have a story or a photo to put on the web page, email [email protected] We have a “For Sale” section so why not list those second hand sails, etc on the site. It’s free!

Association membership: Recently you will have received your subscription invoice for FY14. We need your support to keep the Association moving forward, so don’t wait too long to pay! For those who have already paid, many thanks.

Class flags: All members are entitled to receive a Sydney 38 class flag, supplied by the Association that runs up the forestay and identifies your boat as a member of the Class Association. We would encourage all boats to fly this flag whenever you have the chance. If you have joined the Association recently and don’t have a class flag please contact me.

Good sailing:

Greg Clinnick [email protected]


2014 Sydney 38 Nationals – Geelong

Information Sheet for the 2014 Sydney 38 National Championships
The Sydney 38 Australian Championship will be held at Royal Geelong Yacht Club from the 23rd – 26th January 2014 as part of the Festival of Sails Regatta. Racing begins on Friday 24th January, but competitors are expected to present their boats for compliance inspections and their crews for a weigh in on Thursday. A social function is also scheduled for Friday night. Details to be confirmed in the NOR.
Melbourne Airport is a major international airport which services many international and domestic airlines. Hire cars are easily available from here. The Ring Road from Melbourne International Airport at Tullmarine makes the journey to Geelong a breeze and should take approximately an hour. Visit www.melbourneairport.com.au for more information.
Alternatively, for those travelling from interstate, Geelong has it’s own domestic airport at Avalon, which is just under half an hour away from the city centre. Avalon airport services Jetstar and Tiger Airways flights to and from most major Australian cities. Hire cars and shuttle services are also available from this point.
Marina Berths
Marina Berths will be extremely tight so in order to book a berth please contact the following:
Marina Manger
Mobile: 0418 524 867
Geelong has a wide variety of accommodation, and if you book early you will find many options very close to the Royal Geelong Yacht Club – even within walking distance. The place to start is www.visitgeelongbellarine.com.au which provides a comprehensive search covering Geelong, all surrounding districts including the Great Ocean Road, our famous surf beaches like Torquay (20km), Barwon Heads (28km), Ocean Grove (26km), Point Lonsdale (30km) and bay side resorts like Portarlington (26km). As a snapshot, below is a summary of hotels and serviced apartments close to the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.
• Four Points by Sheraton (200m from RGYC) – www.starwoodhotels.com/fourpoints/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1302
• Geelong Bay Escapes (a number of serviced apartment properties scattered along the Geelong Waterfront, between 100m and 500m from RGYC) – www.geelongbayescapes.com.au
• Mercure Geelong (1.6km from RGYC) – www.mercuregeelong.com.au
• Vue Apartments (200m from RGYC) – www.vueapartments.com.au
• Alternatively, there are a number of houses and additional serviced apartments listed at www.stayz.com.au
Geelong is extremely busy over this period, and as such we encourage you book your accommodation early.
Bull Sails
33 Easter Beach Road
Geelong Victoria 3220
Phone: 03 5222 2930

Power Drive Marine
11 Yarra Street
Geelong Vic 3220
Phone: 5229 4632

For further information please contact:
Major Regatta Administrator:
Contact: Tim Wagland
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 03 52793705


New email address

Please address any email queries to the Association on [email protected]

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