Race Reports

07/10/2017 - Handicap Pointscore

Provisional PBSC Race Results for "Handicap" Pointscore Saturday 7th October 2017.

A big thank you to Michael and Regina for setting a great course and doing the starts. Also, many thanks for a fine BBQ :-)

Top 4 boats on the day were:
1st - Anthony Duchatel / Evelyn Curtis - Hobie 16
2nd - Richard Lacey / Belinda Koorey - Hobie 16
3rd - Peter DuRoss - Weta
4th - Trevor Gourlay - A Class

Weta Cup:
1st - Peter DuRoss
2nd - Geoff Waldon

Dick was well in contention until he parted company with his boat in race 2 :-(

Thank you to Mick for being the second safety boat on the day.

Full results and year to date progress can be viewed on pbsc.org.au

Note: this is a "Handicap" series and handicaps will be slightly adjusted at the beginning of each month. Skippers who are new to the club will start with a base yardstick and will be given a personal yardstick after completing 3 races. The personal yardstick for one-up sailing of a two person boat will be used where appropriate.

Written By: Trevor Gourlay      Start Boat Duty: Michael Henman / Regina Renfree


23/09/2017 - Club Championship

Provisional results for PBSC Club Championship September 23rd 2017.

Thank you to John Goldsmith and Kerry Holmes for their continued support of the club and for doing a fantastic job starting/scoring the races.

Top 5 boats for the day:
1st - Weta - Peter Martin
2nd - A Class - Dick Clarke
3rd - Viper Sloop - Tristian White / Beau White
4th - Weta - Peter DuRoss
5th - A Class - Trevor Gourlay

Top 3 boats on scratch:
1st - A Class - Dick Clarke
2nd - Viper Sloop - Tristian White / Beau White
3rd - A Class - Trevor Gourlay

Weta Cup:
1st - Peter Martin
2nd - Peter DuRoss

Written By: Trevor Gourlay      Start Boat Duty: John Goldsmith / Kerry Holmes


16/09/2017 - Handicap Marathon Series

Provisional PBSC Race Results for "Handicap" Marathon Series Saturday 16th September 2017.

A big thank you to Trevor, Joan and Alicia for setting the course and doing the start.

Top 3 boats on the day were:
1st - Andrew Nelson / Davis Koorey - Hobie 16
2nd - Darren Schmidt / Barbara Klampfer - Hobie 18
3rd - Dick Clarke - A Class

Weta Cup:
(no Weta's were injured in the making of a great day)

Thank you to BBQ cooks.

Full results and year to date progress can be viewed on pbsc.org.au

Note: this is a "Handicap" series and handicaps will be slightly adjusted at the beginning of each month. Skippers who are new to the club will start with a base yardstick and will be given a personal yardstick after completing 3 races. The personal yardstick for one-up sailing of a two person boat will be used where appropriate

Written By: Trevor Gourlay      Start Boat Duty: Trevor Gourlay / Joan Gourlay


09/09/2017 - Handicap Pointscore

Provisional PBSC Race Results for "Handicap" Pointscore Saturday 9th September 2017.

A big thank you to Andrew and Maria for setting the course and doing the starts on a very cool blustery day.

Top 4 boats on the day were:
1st - Darren Schmidt / Michael Gillmeister - Hobie 18
2nd - James Butler / Davis Koorey - Hobie 16
3rd - Richard Lacey / Belinda Koorey - Hobie 16
4th - Michael Henman / Regina Renfree - Hobie 16

Weta Cup:
(no Weta's were injured in the making of a great day)

Thank you to Mick for being the second safety boat on the day and taking some photos.

Thank you to Andrew and Maria for the BBQ.

Next week Trevor will be on the start boat and running the first race of the Marathon Series for season 2017/18. Keep an eye on facebook during the week for any announcements or polls.

Full results and year to date progress can be viewed on pbsc.org.au

Note: this is a "Handicap" series and handicaps will be slightly adjusted at the beginning of each month. Skippers who are new to the club will start with a base yardstick and will be given a personal yardstick after completing 3 races. The personal yardstick for one-up sailing of a two person boat will be used where appropriate.

Written By: Trevor Gourlay      Start Boat Duty: Andrew Nelson / Maria Nelson


02/09/2017 - Handicap Pointscore

Provisional PBSC Race Results for "Handicap" Pointscore Saturday 2nd September 2017 .

A big thank you to Anthony, Maria and Alicia for setting the course and doing the starts.

Top 4 boats on the day were:
1st - Trevor Gourlay - A Class
2nd - Jake Sweeney / Tess Sweeney - Hobie 16
3rd - Phillip Malcolm / Anna Hill - Hobie 16
4th - Geoff Waldon - Weta

Weta Cup:
1st - Geoff Waldon

Scratch:
1st - Trevor Gourlay - A Class
2nd - Andrew Nelson / Davis Koorey
3rd - Michael Henman / Regina Renfree

There were three different handicap race winners on the day with Jake / Tess, Phil / Anna and Trevor each taking a win.

A big PBSC welcome to our newest two members, Belinda Koorey and Davis Koorey. We look forward to seeing you on the course on a regular basis.

Thank you to Mick and Fiona for being the second safety boat on the day and taking some photos.

Thank you to Anthony for another gourmet BBQ. Next week Andrew and Maria will be on the start boat and running the races.

Keep an eye on facebook during the week for any announcements or polls.

Full results and year to date progress can be viewed on pbsc.org.au

Note: this is a "Handicap" series and handicaps will be slightly adjusted at the beginning of each month. Skippers who are new to the club will start with a base yardstick and will be given a personal yardstick after completing 3 races. The personal yardstick for one-up sailing of a two person boat will be used where appropriate.

Written By: Trevor Gourlay      Start Boat Duty: Anthony Duchatel / Evelyn Curtis


26/08/2017 - Heart Starter 2017

Good friends, good weather, good sailing, good bbq ....... season 2017/18 is underway !!!!

It may have been a little on the light side at times but there was some trapeze action in the steady NE breeze and you couldn't wipe the smile off everyone's faces at the post race BBQ.

Top 4 boats of the day:
1st - Viper - Beau White
2nd - Hobie 16 - Anthony Duchatel / Evelyn Curtis
3rd - A Class - Dick Clarke
4th - Weta - Geoff Waldon

Thank you to Mick Sweeney for coming out on the rib and helping out on the course.

Thank you to Anthony and Evelyn for putting on a fantastic post race BBQ.

Bring on next week, the first race in the Handicap Pointscore series for 2017/18.

Written By: Trevor Gourlay      Start Boat Duty: Trevor Gourlay


29/04/2017 - Club Championship

Provisional results for PBSC Club Championship April 29th 2016.

Thank you to John Goldsmith, Kerry Holmes and Alicia for their continued support of the club and for doing a fantastic job running the races on a particularly tricky day wind/tide wise.

The Webster was hit (hard) at least 5 time yesterday which must be some kind of record. We may have to introduce mandatory eye testing before races next season or surround the Webster with air bags :-)

Taking out the honours for the day:

1st H16 - Anthony Duchatel / Evelyn Curtis

2nd H16 - Doogie McDougall

3rd H16 - Upu Kila / Sam Miller-Duchatel

4th Weta - Peter DuRoss

Weta Cup:

1st - Peter DuRoss

Fastest boat on the day:

Viper - Beau White - sloop rigged plus spinnaker and sailed one-up makes the Viper a very hard boat to catch.

Best performance of the day:

H16 - Doogie McDougall - Bullets in races one and two

Outstanding effort:

Jake Sweeney - sailing his H16 one-up in race 3 for the first time. Well done indeed !!!

Biggest crash (into Webster) of the day:

A dead heat between Dick and Darren :-(

That's it for the Club Championship for season 2016/2017. Congratulations to all the weekly winners and to those that have taken out the overall honours for the year.

Note: yardsticks and adjustments for one-up sailing have been made, where applicable

Written By: Trevor Gourlay      Start Boat Duty: John Goldsmith / Kerry Holmes


22/04/2017 - Fun Day

Another picture perfect day on Pittwater.

Light wind to start however there was some trapeze action as a reward for those who came out to play.

Thank you to Mick and Fiona for setting a course and running a couple of races.

Top 4 boats of the day:

1st - A Class - Dick Clarke

2nd - Hobie 18 - Darren Schmidt / Caludia Schmidt

3rd - Hobie 16 - Jake Sweeney / Tess Sweeney

4th - Hobie 16 - Phillip Malcolm / Anna Hill Great day !!!

See you all next week for the final round of the Club Championship.

Written By: Trevor Gourlay      Start Boat Duty: Mick Sweeney / Fiona Sweeney


08/04/2017 - Series 2 Pointscore

Provisional results for PBSC Series 2 Pointscore 08/04/2017

A big thank you to Maria for helping out on the start boat.

Top 4 boats for the day:
1st - H16 - Anthony Duchatel/ Evelyn Curtis
2nd - H16 - Upu Kila / Sam Duchatel
3rd - H16 - Andrew Nelson
4th - H16 - Andrew Wilson
Weta Cup:
1st - John McCormick

H16 - 1 Up Cup:
1st - Andrew Nelson
2nd - Andrew Wilson

Note: yardsticks have been adjusted for one-up sailing of a two man boat.

Written By: Trevor Gourlay      Start Boat Duty: Trevor Gourlay / Maria Nelson


01/04/2017 - Series 2 Pointscore

Provisional results for PBSC Series 2 Pointscore 01/04/2017

A big thank you to Mick Sweeney for being start boat captain of the day. Great job !!! Thank you to Alicia for assisting as usual.

Top 4 boats for the day:
1st - H16 - Upu Kila / Sam Duchatel (on countback)
2nd - H16 - Andrew Nelson
3rd - Weta - John McCormick (no this is not a typo)
4th - H16 - Richard Lacey

Weta Cup:
1st - John McCormick

H16 - 1 Up Cup:
1st - Andrew Nelson
2nd - Richard Lacey
3rd - James Butler

Battle of the Big Boats:
1st - Kerrie Driver / Andrew Driver
2nd - Denis Williams / Gavin Williams

Biggest smile after racing:
Geoff Bell (bring on next week)

Light, shifty, patchy winds .... however a another great day on the water !!!

It was great to see Kerrie Driver, Andrew Driver and Andrew Wilson join us for a sail. Kerrie and Andrew were very quick on the wildcat crossing the line for two line honours bullets, however light winds and yardsticks were not their friends.

It was a another masterclass of H16 one-up sailing by Andrew Nelson but Upu and Sam just managed to beat him on the day after yardstick adjustments (for one-up) and countback. There has been a suggestion by other one-up skippers that Andrew should tow his righting bag each race to level the playing field :-)

Geoff was having so much fun out there that we would all still be sailing if he had his way.

Jake and Tess are improving each week and it wont be long before they are in the lead pack.

Note: yardsticks have been adjusted for one-up sailing of a two man boat.

Written By: Trevor Gourlay      Start Boat Duty: Mick Sweeney / Trevor Gourlay


25/03/2017 - Club Championship

Provisional results for PBSC Club Championship March 25th 2017.

Thank you to James and Alicia for helping out on the start boat !!!

Taking out the honours for the day:
1st Viper - Tristian White / Beau White
2nd H16 - Upu Kila / Sam Duchatel
3rd H18 - Darren Schmidt
4th H16 - Andrew Nelson

Well done to Tristian and Beau on the Viper with 3 bullets for the day. Who said Vipers are slow ..... it was smoking !!!

Capsize of the day goes to Denis and Gavin who were having a pretty good race before putting it in rounding the Pin on lap 1.

The good sport of the day award goes to Andrew Nelson who spent most of race 3 giving some coaching and tips to Jake and Tess.

Note: yardsticks and adjustments for one-up sailing have been made, where applicable

Written By: Trevor Gourlay      Start Boat Duty: James Butler / Trevor Gourlay


11/03/2017 - Series 2 Pointscore

Provisional results for PBSC Series 2 Pointscore 11/03/2017

A big thank you to Geoff for being start boat captain of the day and for doing the BBQing!!! Thank you also to Mick for helping us out with the course and to Alicia for assisting as usual.

It's very difficult to judge a winner of the day ..... the wind was up, down, left, right ..... and goooooone at times. The jellyfish were large, plentiful and seemed to know the course! The tide was racing in and out. Based on Darren's one word comments we could hear from around the course I'm giving the result to the jellyfish :-) It was a good day to have a lock down rudder.

The day showed a lot of promise at times and there was even some two on the trapeze occasionally .... but overall it was a pretty tough day and a day for tactics, reading the conditions and some good luck. Oh, and it was a good day for one-up sailors even after the yardstick penalty was applied where appropriate.

Top 4 boats for the day:
1st - Weta - Martin Cross
2nd - H16 - Andrew Nelson
3rd - H18 - Darren Schmidt
4th - H16 - Richard Lacey

Weta Cup:
1st - Martin Cross

Full results can be found on the PBSC website i.e. pbsc.org.au

Written By: Trevor Gourlay      Start Boat Duty: Geoff Bell / Trevor Gourlay


04/03/2017 - Marathon

10 sailors were keen for the Marathon in what were miserable conditions - wet and 15 to 20 from the south. The normal course wasn't possible with a big confused swell in Broken Bay and Box Head closed out so we chose a course to Patonga and back - what followed was indeed a Marathon!

Andy on his H16 turbo was knocked over by a big gust but in the prolonged lull that followed didn't have enough wind to re-right it. Peter on his Weta had lost his rudder and was valiantly try to get home under sail but the tri wouldn't let him. Just as Andy ad Peter we're secured the un- forecast (I really don't trust Bomb radar or Seabreeze anymore) rain squalls of 30 knots hit. Phil and Anna on their H16 flipped near Lion Island but were up quickly and made it home in 3rd - a great effort for a new team! Rob (1 up on his 16) and Darren and Barbara on their 18 both had swims under West head but were underway pretty quick into Pittwater. Denis and Gavin on their F18 managed the condition to come home 2nd on corrected time with Martin on his Weta mastering the conditions to win the Marathon and the Steve Kiely memorial cup.

Steve was an outstanding seaman and long time club supporter who would have been very proud of how this small group of sailors managed some pretty tough conditions.

Well done to you all!

Written By: Anthony Duchatel      Start Boat Duty: Anthony Duchatel / Trevor Gourlay


25/02/2017 - Club Championship

Provisional results for PBSC Club Championship February 25th 2017.

Good sailing, good friends, good times ....... and good BBQ !!!!

The day started with a small number of boats and with a few of them not 100% keen on sailing due to the inclement weather and small turnout. At one stage it looked like racing would be off and unfortunately this resulted in us losing of regular club championship starters John Goldsmith and Kerry Holmes :-(

By 11:30am more boats had arrived, racing was definitely on and Upu had kindly put his hand to fill the gap as starter for the day.

Thank you to Upu and Alicia for setting the course and doing the starts on a miserable day for start boat duty.

Taking out the honours for the day:
1st H16 - Anthony Duchatel / Evelyn Curtis
2nd Weta - Peter Martin
3rd Weta - Martin Cross
4th H18 - Darren Schmidt / Barbara Klampfer

Weta Cup:
1st - Peter Martin
2nd - Martin Cross
3rd - Peter DuRoss

Well done to Andrew Nelson, John McCormick and Richard Lacey for taking to the water one-up on their Hobie 16's. Andrew was having so much fun he stayed on the water for at least another half hour after racing finished.

Capsize of the day goes to Richard Lacey who decided to wash his boat mid 2nd race. Unfortunately for Richard he couldn't get it up by himself and Barbara had to lend a hand.

All things considered having 10 boats on the water was a good result for the day and luckily for those who braved the conditions it turned out to be a great sailing day !!!

Note: yardsticks and adjustments for one-up sailing have been made, where applicable

Written By: Trevor Gourlay      Start Boat Duty: Upu Kila / Trevor Gourlay


18/02/2017 - Series 2 Pointscore

Provisional results for PBSC Series 2 Pointscore 18/02/2017

A big thank you to Anthony and Alicia for doing the start boat on a particularly difficult day and for doing the BBQing!!!
How wide is the stretch of water between Sand Point and Soldiers point ? The answer is ...... not wide enough to share with the MC38 nationals and two other RPAYC fleets who were using our usual stretch of water :-)

All credit to Anthony for setting up a virtual start line ..... now you see it, now you don't ..... to minimise how much space we were taking up. The good news was everyone survived the experience and had their boats away before the storm hit.

Top 4 boats for the day:

1st - Weta - Martin Cross
2nd - H16 - Rob Weiss / Nathan Weiss
3rd - Weta - Peter Martin
4th - H16 - Michael Henman / Regina Renfree

Weta Cup:

1st - Martin Cross
2nd - Peter Martin
3rd - Peter DuRoss
4th - Geoff Waldon

Full results can be found on the PBSC website i.e. pbsc.org.au

Written By: Trevor Gourlay      Start Boat Duty: Anthony Duchatel / Trevor Gourlay


11/02/2017 - Fun Day

Provisional results for PBSC Fun Day 11/02/2017

A big thank you to Linda, Jacqui and Alicia for assisting on the start boat and cooking the BBQ.

A very light wind day that showed promise at times but kept fading after getting our hopes up :-(

Anyway a day on the water beats a day at home any day !!!

Top 4 boats for the day:
1st - A-Class - Dick Clarke/Linda Renouf
2nd - H16 - James Butler
3rd - Weta - Martin Cross
4th - H16 - Richard Lacey

It's not a misprint ..... an A-Class did win the day :-)

Weta Cup:
1st - Martin Cross
2nd - Peter Martin
3rd - Geoff Waldon

Full results can be found on the PBSC website i.e. pbsc.org.au

Note: all yardsticks have been adjusted for one-up sailing

Written By: Trevor Gourlay      Start Boat Duty: Trevor Gourlay / Linda Renouf


04/02/2017 - Series 2 Pointscore

Provisional results for PBSC Series 2 Pointscore 04/02/2017

A big thank you to Peter DuRoss for doing the start boat and setting a pretty good course in very light and fluctuating conditions !!! Also, thank you to Alicia for assisting on the start boat and to Anthony for BBQ provisioning.

Top 4 boats for the day:
1st - H16 - Andrew Nelson
2nd - Weta - Martin Cross
3rd - H16 - Phillip Malcolm / Anna Hill
4th - H16 - Jake Sweeney / Tess Sweeney

Weta Cup:
1st - Martin Cross

Full results can be found on the PBSC website i.e. pbsc.org.au

Note: all yardsticks have been adjusted for one-up sailing

Written By: Trevor Gourlay      Start Boat Duty: Peter DuRoss / Trevor Gourlay


28/01/2017 - Mini Marathon

PBSC Mini Marathon 28th January 2017.

Firstly let me thank Mick & Fiona Sweeney for running the race, compiling the results and for making sure everyone safely completed the course! Thank you also to Richard who provided the BBQ treats as usual and everyone else who helped out on the day.

After adjusting for the staggered and yardstick the overall winner of the mini marathon was:

1st - Hobie 16 - Rod Waterhouse / Kerry Waterhouse
2nd - Hobie 16 - Anthony Duchatel / Evelyn Curtis
3rd - Weta - Peter Martin
4th - Hobie 16 - Andrew Nelson / Maria Nelson

First 3 boats across the line:
1st - Hobie 16 - Rod Waterhouse/ Kerry Waterhouse
2nd - A-Cat - Dick Clarke
3rd - Hobie 16 - Anthony Duchatel / Evelyn Curtis

Fastest boat around the course:
A-Cat - Dick Clarke

First youth team:
Hobie 16 - Jake Sweeney / Tess Sweeney

Weta Cup:
1st - Peter Martin
2nd - Peter DuRoss
3rd - Geoff Waldon

No guts no glory award goes to: Jake and Tess Sweeney. The leg to Lion Island and return was pretty hairy. Well done !!!

Holding on tight award: Anna Hill ...... you can let go now Anna :-(

Big winners on the day: The 16 boats that sailed !!!

Hard luck story of the day: Martin Cross who had gear failure before reaching Sand Point otherwise we would have had 17 boats.

Written By: Trevor Gourlay      Start Boat Duty: Trevor Gourlay / Joan Gourlay


21/01/2017 - Series 2 Pointscore

Provisional PBSC Race Results for Series 3 Pointscore Saturday 21st January 2017.

Thank you to Michael and Regina for doing a fantastic job running the start boat.

Top 4 boats on the day were:
1st - Anthony Duchatel / Evelyn Curtis - Hobie 16
2nd - Darren Schmidt / Michael Gillmeister - Hobie 18
3rd - Rob Weiss / Nathan Weiss - Hobie 16
4th - Peter DuRoss - Weta

Weta Cup:
1st - Peter DuRoss
2nd - Geoff Waldon

Note: The skipper on start boat duty will receive average points

Written By: Trevor Gourlay      Start Boat Duty: Michael Henman / Regina Renfree


14/01/2017 - Series 2 Pointscore

Provisional PBSC Race Results for Pointscore Saturday 14th January 2017.

Thank you to Joan, Maria and Alicia for assisting with the start boat.

Top 4 boats on the day were:
1st - Peter Martin - Weta
2nd - Michael Henman / Regina Renfree - Hobie 16
3rd - Darren Schmidt / Barbara Klampfer - Hobie 18
4th - Andrew Nelson - Hobie 16

Weta Cup:
1st - Peter Martin
2nd - Peter DuRoss

The next PBSC club race will be on January 21st.

Note: yardsticks have been adjusted for one-up sailing

Written By: Trevor Gourlay      Start Boat Duty: Trevor Gourlay / Joan Gourlay


20/11/2016 - Bullets 2016/2017

PBSC Bullets Regatta 50th Anniversary

Day 2 of the Palm Beach Sailing Club’s 50th Anniversary “Bullets Regatta” began with the promise of light NE winds and that is what nature delivered.  Compared to the hectic Day 1 Southerly, the going was significantly easier, yet equally as enjoyable and exciting as Day 1.  It also proved to be a good a test of light wind sailing ability for sailors in all categories.
Dave Renouf and his able team of helpers on the start boat and around the course were kept busy making slight adjustments to the course and start line as the breeze shifted a little during the day.  Having a slightly earlier start to Day 2, a total of 4 races were held for each of the four starting groups which, on top of the 4 races sailed on Saturday, allowed each competitor to drop their worst finishing position over the weekend in the final tally of the results.

The spectacular F18 Division, with their colourful spinnakers and amazing speed, also included two Nacra 17’s and Beau White on his Viper 16.

The honours for the weekend in the F18 racing division went to Chris and Richard Brewin, followed by Peter and Bailey Skewes in second place, with 3rd place going to Lucy Nissen and Ethan Micallef.  In a close fought competition Kyle Fortier and Bonnie Butler finished strongly on Sunday just edging out Will McKenzie and Tait Fortier in the Nacra 17.

The Hobie 18 Division produced a clear winner with Aaron Sault and Naomi Rae taking out 7 first place finishes, allowing them to drop their worst place finish of 2nd.  The runners up were Darren Schmidt and Barbara Klampfer with an equally impressive run of seconds, and John Kersch and Nat Darrough taking out 3rd place.

A total of thirteen Hobie 16’s competed over the 2 days of sailing with the current World Masters and Grand Masters Champions, Rod and Kerry Waterhouse taking the spoils after some very close racing against long-time friends and on-water rivals Anthony Duchatel and Evelyn Curtis.  Third place went to the equally experienced Upu Kila and Sam Miller Duchatel.

We were lucky enough to have 5 boats competing in the relatively new class of multihull the trimaran Weta.  The Weta will be used in the World Masters games being held in NZ in 2017 and many of the sailors were getting in some vital practice in preparation.  Victory after a great weekend of sailing went to Peter Martin, with Peter DuRoss taking out second place and capping off a trifecta of Peters, Peter Graham took out third place.

Also competing over the weekend in amongst the larger categories was Peter McDougall on his Hobie 14 and Mark and Madison Hickey on their Hobie 17 Sport.

Many thanks to all of the club members and friends of PBSC who gave up their time to help make the 50th Bullets regatta such a great a success.  A special mention also to the sponsors of the weekend of sailing, Helly Hansen, The Life Aquatic, RSH Electrical and Palm Beach Wine Company.

Michael Henman
Co-Secretary PBSC

Written By: Michael Henman      Start Boat Duty: David Renouf / Sophie Renouf