What's On

21/09    Club Championship Round 1 (Trevor Gourlay)
28/09    Handicap Pointscore Round 3 (Michael Henman)
05/10    Forster Wildcat Regatta  (no club sailing)
12/10    Club Championship Round 2 (Phil Malcolm)

Race Report:  31/08/2019 Handicap Pointscore
Whoever coined the phrase "hell on earth" must have had my start boat duty in mind.
The wind yesterday was a bit up and down but overall pretty good, however the rain and low temp made for a less than comfortable day on the water, especially on the start boat.
The start boat tales of woes included:
  • flat battery before launch
  • race flag bungy cord wrapped around the pole
  • flat battery again after race 1
  • rain turning the score sheet into pulp
  • anchor stuck in the mud
  • Upu's car getting bogged on the ramp
  • washing the boat in the rain
This was the first day of windsurfers joining the PBSC fleet.  There are a few minor things to figure out re the best way to start and score but overall it was a pretty successful first attempt.
Race 1 - all boats and windsurfers started together ….. with no chaos..  Anthony and Evelyn were in a great position on the line but their H16 failed to launch as it usually does.  Upu and Kelly Maree lost the jib and had to go back to the beach. Michael and Regina were going along nicely mid pack.  Phillip and Anna had a cracker of race winning convincingly.  Steve finished first in the Windsurfer Raceboards beating Arnie and Richard was first in the Windsurfer LT's beating David.  P.S. I was still getting soaked on the start boat.
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News:  Open Day 19th October 2019

Mark the date for a free sail on a catamaran. It could change your life.
The Palm Beach Sailing Club’s Annual Open Day on Saturday the 19th October, gives visitors the chance to visit the club and have a sail on a catamaran.
Visitors will also be able to try out the latest SUP’s and windsurfers from The Life Aquatic in Mona Vale.
On the day members will be on the beach with their boats rigged and ready to take you out for a spin on beautiful Pittwater. Just bring your swimmers and your sense of fun.
We want everyone to come down and give it a try. The club has a policy to encourage sailors at all levels, from young beginner sailors to Grand Masters. Come out on beautiful Pittwater and enjoy sailing in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.
Our members range from the inexperienced to world champions and Olympic medallists; and one of our members been awarded an MBE for services to sailing in his home country of PNG.
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Save the Date:  Beware of the Bullets 16 & 17 November 2019
Calling all catamaran racers
Give your sailing skills a workout at the Palm Beach Sailing Club’s annual Bullets regatta held this year on the weekend of November 16 and 17 2019.
Running now for more than 50 years, the ‘Beware the Bullets’ regatta is open to any off-the-beach catamaran. It’s a fun, friendly weekend for all ages on beautiful Pittwater, and if you’re a gun – a real test of your sailing skills.
This year we are expecting participants to compete in several classes including Hobie Cat 16, Hobie Cat 18, Formula 18, A Class and more.
Boats will rig and launch from Sandy Point, (via Sandy Point Lane), while the actual Palm Beach Sailing Club is located on Iluka Rd. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at a reasonable price by our friendly Club members.
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Training:  Sailing a Hobie 16 one-up

Its been 4 weeks since putting the furling jib on the Hobie 16 and this is my appraisal. Basically this is an enhancing technology not a disruptive technology.

Week 1 25 - 30 knots 2 foot wind chop. Didn't get the furler working properly on the first attempt while rigging single handed in a 25 knot 30 knot on shore breeze, went ok on the water until some righting practice and my fitness called an end to the day.

Week 2 Glam 18 - 20 knot Noréaster. Fun fun fun. no problems in three races Big loose on a speed run afterwards! More righting practice!

Week 3 15 knot variable southerly. Rigged one hole further back things just keep getting better.

Week 4 5- 15 knot gradient Noréaster shifty and patchy. Boat performed best yet. ...Read More