21/07/2017 - Commodores Blog - Issue #1 - July 2017

Hi Everyone!

The 2017 - 2018 season is nearly upon us. Hope you are ready.

Some up coming events:

August 12 - we will have our own little boat show and a BBQ plus working bee at the club. This is a great opportunity to display your class and maybe possibly upgrade your boat!

August 26 The Heart Starter - time to dust of the cobwebs and find out what you have forgotten over the break. Keep an eye on this space something special is planned for this day

Over winter a couple of members braved the cold and sailed the Brass Monkey while the Sweeneys took on the fleet at the youth titles in Brisbane. Doogie is currently competing in the Hobie 14 Worlds over in the Netherlands and we look forward to seeing how he and the other Australians go. Some of our friends from Vincentia are also competing in the Wildcat Worlds.

Have a squiz at our new look calendar we have added some more longer races and merged the Pointscore into one series decided on personal handicap. It can be found in the files section of our facebook page i.e. or on this website i.e. While you are there don't forget to download your membership form and JOIN THE CLUB. HINT HINT NON BLOODY SUBTLE HINT.

The upcoming season is looking pretty exciting. Early indications are of:
3 Hobie 14s
15 plus Hobie 16s
3 Hobie 18s at least
2 Formula boats at least
2 Wetas
2 A Class
and 1 Fat Boy Turbo

Time to polish the Machine.....

Written By: Andrew Nelson

20/05/2017 - AGM and Presentation season 2016/2017

Apart from a few yearly reports to be posted when they become available, that's pretty much a wrap for season 2016/2017.

On behalf of all PBSC members, thank you to the outgoing committee of Richard Lacey, Andrew Nelson, Anthony Duchatel, Michael Henman, Regina Renfree and Darren Schmidt All those hours you put in throughout the year paved the way for a very successful season.

Congratulations and welcome to the incoming committee for season:

Commodore - Andrew Nelson
Vice Commode - Richard Lacey
Treasurer - Anthony Duchatel
Secretary - Michael Henman and Regina Renfree
Race Secretary - TBA
Media - TBA
Youth Representative - TBA

We wish you all the best of luck for season 2017/2018.

Prize winners for season 2016/2017 were;

Club Championships:

1st Anthony Duchatel and Evelyn Curtis
2nd Darren Schmidt and Barbara Klampfer
3rd Peter (Doogie) McDougall

Series 1 Handicap:

1st Andrew Nelson
2nd Trevor Gourlay
3rd Michael Henman and Regina Renfree

Series 2 Pointscore:

1st Andrew Nelson
2nd Rob and Nathan Weiss
3rd James and Ashley Butler

H16 Combined Series 1 & 2:

1st Andrew Nelson
2nd Rob and Nathan Weiss
3rd Michael Henman and Regina Renfree

Miscellaneous Combined Series 1 &2:

1st Darren Schmidt and Barbara Klampfer
2nd Denis and Gavin Williams

Weta Cup:

1st Peter DuRoss
2nd Martin Cross

Steve Kiely Memorial Trophy (Marathon):

Martin Cross

Capsize Award:

Denis and Gavin Williams

Most Improved Team:

Phil Malcolm and Anna Hill

Youth Team Award:

Jake and Tess Sweeney

Most Improved Crew:

Caitlyn Bell

Club Person of the Year:

Richard Lacey

Appreciation Awards:

Trevor Gourlay
Alicia Rhoda

Appreciation Award for Continued Support of Club Championship Races:

John Goldsmith and Kerry Holmes

Most Fun in the Sun Award:

Dave, Megan and Hayley Fisher

Written By: Trevor Gourlay

14/03/2015 - Red Bull gets bullied!

NEWSFLASH! Collision between Oman Air & Red Bull Extreme Sailing Fanpage in the second race of the day! The Omani team career into the back of the Austrians, causing irreparable damage to their rudders, so that's Red Bull out for the day and a black flag for Oman Air. The good news is a points redress will be given, so their hopes of a podium are still alive and all safe on board with no injuries.

The 7 points redress for each race Red Bull Extreme Sailing Fanpage missed due to the incident means they ended up with a respectable 3rd place overall. Just can't keep Jason Waterhouse off the podium.

On the dock after racing the 2 skippers made these comments:

Stevie Morrison (GBR) helm Oman Air: “I thought I was settling in pretty well until I smacked into the back of another boat. I may have thought it was shorter than it was! Apart from that I actually feel like we are racing now, and consistently in the top half of the fleet rather than the bottom. We are now looking forward to push on.”

Jason Waterhouse (NZL) helm Red Bull Sailing Team: “In the race with the incident we had a pretty good start, we went for a gybe-set and I think Stevie thought we were going a little faster than we were and unfortunately we were in his way – Stevie took out our rudder. I have complete respect for Stevie and we are good mates, accidents happen as we are racing in the Extreme Sailing Series. But we are excited for China, bring it on!”

Written By: Michelle Campbell

09/02/2015 - Dream debut for Waterhouse as Red Bull takes Extreme Series

Double Olympic gold medallists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher and their team on Red Bull Sailing Team have won the opening Act of the 2015 Extreme Sailing Series, soaking up the pressure of expectation in front of the crowds in Singapore to become kings of Marina Bay after 32 hard fought races.

The team from Austria had the points advantage heading into the final day and held their nerve, despite the onslaught from SAP Extreme Sailing Team in a cut and thrust battle that went down to the last few metres of the final race that eventually denied SAP Extreme Sailing Team the Singapore trophy by just five points. With The Wave, Muscat rounding out the podium positions, the 2015 Extreme Sailing Series is well and truly up and running!

“We are all thrilled, it’s great. The young guys did a great job and I think all of our experience was very helpful; together as a team we kept everything together and it was perfect for us,” commented Hagara, who together with tactician Hans Peter Steinacher selected Red Bull Youth America’s Cup sailors Jason Waterhouse, Shaun Mason and Stewart Dodson to join them this season. “This win showed us that we can do it. We didn’t have as much luck in the last season but here everything went well for us. I think we now are making good decisions on the racecourse.”

Waterhouse, 23, from Australia, was also recognised for the impact he has made on the racecourse, receiving the first Above and Beyond Award of the year, from Land Rover Asia Pacific Managing Director, Russell Anderson.

The Land Rover Above and Beyond Award recognises the team, individual or extended sailing family involved in the Extreme Sailing Series who has demonstrated outstanding skill, determination, teamwork or composure, reflecting inspirational behaviour in the world of sailing. And in Singapore it was a unanimous decision by the Above and Beyond Committee, made up of Land Rover Global Brand Ambassador Hannah White, Event Director Andy Tourrell, Race Director Phil Lawrence and the 2009 winning Skipper of the Extreme Sailing Series, Pete Cumming.

Race Director, Phil Lawrence explained the Committee’s decision. “Rarely do we see a new helm explode out of the starting blocks as Justin Waterhouse has demonstrated in Singapore. He’s one of the youngest sailors on the circuit, and the consistent performance he has put in here, posting a podium finish in half of the races over the four days of combat, is impressive. The other teams are going to be keeping a close eye on him over the coming season.”

Hagara was understandably proud of the new blood onboard his Extreme 40. “From the first moment we met Stewart Dodson, Shaun Mason and Jason Waterhouse we were impressed by not only their raw sailing talent, but also their drive, determination and dedication to be making a career in the highly competitive world of pro sailing. The mixture of Hans Peter [Steinacher]’s and my experience and long term knowledge of competing at the top of the sport, plus the powerhouse these young guns bring to the boat, it could be one of the most successful stories in professional sailing this year.”

SAP Extreme Sailing Team were on a mission, nailing confidence boosting early races that made the Austrians earn every point, to take a deserved second place – their best ever finish. “It’s such a great job by the team and we are so happy with the second place, its been a long time since the podium and this one feels so good,” commented co-skipper Rasmus Køstner. “This regatta has been a long event under very shifty conditions; we have tried to improve throughout and have managed to get the most out of the challenging conditions. We definitely feel like we are doing a lot of things right at the moment and hope to be able to continue that.”

Leigh McMillan and his team from Oman are famous for their final day comebacks, but the Danes and Austrians were not going to be muscled out, leaving the twice-Series champions in third place. McMillan commented: “We went out fighting, but went into the last race with a bit too much to do, and didn’t get the strategy right from the start. We’re a little disappointed to finish third but we can’t take anything away from Red Bull Sailing Team and SAP Extreme Sailing Team. It goes to show there’s a lot of talent out there. We’re still going to fight all the way through the season, and we know we’re going to have our turn.”

Skyscrapers of steel and glass dominated the compact Marina Bay track and the huge crowds got up close and personal to the action from the public Race Village that saw thousands of people pass through its gates over the weekend. The final day’s racing saw the nine top international teams battle it out in superb conditions of 15 knots with gusts up to 21, that gave the spectators on shore the spectacle they came for.

Gazprom Team Russia, this season with three Russian sailors onboard including skipper Igor Lisovenko, showed they are a real contender, sailing consistently to finish the Act in fourth place, just seven points behind The Wave, Muscat. The second team from the Omani stable, Oman Air, took the final race, to finish their debut regatta under skipper Stevie Morrison in fifth place, with the Australian crew on GAC Pindar who have been making quiet progress all week, finishing in sixth, despite sitting out four races on day two with a damaged bowsprit.

Beko Team Turx and Lino Sonego Team Italia may be the new teams on the block but they showed no intention of being bullied out on the track, with both taking their share of race wins over the regatta, as did the local entry Team Aberdeen, supported by Host Venue Partner Aberdeen Asset Management.

The last word went to Team Aberdeen skipper Nick Moloney, a man who knows the Series better than most. “It’s always a pleasure to compete in this fleet – it is an elite group. Stevie (Morrison) was fantastic this weekend, and there’s a lot of new additions to the fleet which is really exciting. The Extreme Sailing Series is always the place to be. There’s a whole lot going on in the sailing world across the board but they don’t compare. It’s an absolute pleasure to be here.”

Next stop – Muscat Oman, 11-14 March.

Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 Singapore standings after Day 4, 32 races (08.02.15)
Position / Team / Points
1st Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Jason Waterhouse, Shaun Mason, Stewart Dodson 232 points.
2nd SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Thierry Douillard, Mads Emil Stephensen, Brad Farrand 227 points.
3rd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Sarah Ayton, Pete Greenhalgh, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 220 points.
4th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Igor Lisovenko, Phil Robertson, Garth Ellingham, Alexander Bozhko, Aleksey Kulakov 213 points.
5th Oman Air (OMA) Stevie Morrison, Nic Asher, Ted Hackney, Ed Powys, Ali Al Balashi 198 points.
6th GAC Pindar (GBR) Seve Jarvin, Jack Macartney, Marcus Ashley-Jones, Tyson Lamond, James Wierzbowski 182 points.
7th Lino Sonego Team Italia (ITA) Lorenzo Bressani, Enrico Zennaro, Gabriele Olivo, Tom Buggy, Adam Kay 180 points.
8th Beko Team Turx (TUR) Edhem Dirvana, Mitch Booth, Selim Kakış, Diogo Cayolla, Anıl Berk Baki 166 points.
9th Team Aberdeen (SIN) Nick Moloney, Adam Beashel, Tom Dawson, Freddie White, Justin Wong 156 points.

Extreme Sailing Series 2015 overall standings
Position / Team / Points
1st Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 10 points.
2nd SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 9 points.
3rd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 8 points.
4th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) 7 points.
5th Oman Air (OMA) 6 points.
6th GAC Pindar (GBR) 5 points.
7th Lino Songeo Team Italia (ITA) 4 points.
8th Beko Team Turx (TUR) 3 points.

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