Club News – February 21 2020

Yard Operations

We would like to advise all members that WSC yard will be very busy for the next 10 days due to occupation by the NSW Tasar State Championships and Sail GP Inspire programs.
They promise to be spectacular events, do not miss the opportunity to be part of it.  Some boats will temporarily be stored in the Scout Hall Car Park across the road.  We apologise for any inconvenience.  Please ask staff to assist with moving your boat if required.

NSW Tasar State Championships

Woollahra Sailing Club is proud to host the 2020 Tasar State Championships on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd of February.
We are delighted to prepare the delivery of another great event, welcoming sailors and families from every corner of NSW.
Event info

Sail GP

Discounted SailGP tickets are available to Woollahra members.  Adult tickets are available at 15% discount off full price here by using the unlock code ASSYSGP15.
We also currently have availability for Behind the Scenes Tours at Cockatoo Island, which run 17-27 February inclusive at 10:30, 14:30 and 16:30 and could be an additional activity to offer your youth members, given the weekday after school slot.
During the tour, attendees will be able to get up close to the world-class SailGP athletes and shore teams as they make final preparations to the world’s fastest sail racing boats – the F50s. Tours are hosted by Olympic Silver Medallist Olivia Price, who will provide expert commentary and answer your students questions about SailGP, as well as her own professional sailing career to date. Tickets are usually $29 for adults and $20 for concessions – we would be happy to offer a 20% group discount on standard tickets for your club to bring a group of six or more (adult and youth members combined).
The easiest way to book is via the Ticketmaster Groups Booking Line: 02 8240 2290, specifying ‘SailGP Behind the Scenes Tours’, the date & time & number of tickets you’d like to purchase.

NSW 420 States Championships – March 28-29

On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of March, WSC will be the home of the NSW 420 State Championships.
More info will be available soon on our website, stay tuned!
Event info

Summer Series 

Saturday February 22
Moth/Waszp/420: 3pm start

Sunday February 23
Opti 12.30pm briefing – 1pm start
General Fleet: 12.30pm briefing – 1.30pm start

Moth Thursdays twilight
Moths: 5.30pm start

We would like to remind everyone to register for club racing online,  if you have not already registered for the Spring and Summer series just click on the following link: Online entry If you don’t enter we may not be able to record your details in the results.

For youth programmes and adult fleets see full details on the Club website.

For information about the Volunteer roster see Summer Series on the Club website.

For Optimist fleets see the Optimist Summer Series page.

Fast track your skills with private lessons at Woollahra Sailing Club, send an email to: sailing.school@woollahrasailingclub.org.au

Youth Performance Pathways

Course Overview: Having enjoyed your introduction to racing, it is now time to improve your performance and compete at a higher level. This course will provide you with a greater understanding of tactics, wind patterns and boat tuning techniques.

Who should do this course? This course is designed for participants who wish to continue developing their racing skills in dinghies and want to learn more about tuning their boat and racing strategy and tactics.
When: Sundays, Feb 9th – April 5th 12:30-15:30
Book now

Position Vacant

Woollahra Sailing Club is looking for a motivated sailing school admin and senior instructor to provide support for the Sailing School and assist Club Management in delivering on water instruction.  To support and administer the sailing and training activities of the Club.  On-water work will be required, with the main focus on the administration across all aspects of the club’s programmes including Internal and External training programmes. Closing Feb 22.
More details

Paddling News

Monstered at Makai, The events of 8 February 2020

By Jeremy Spear

Photo credits: Mark SUNDIN

What could possibly go wrong? About 15 dedicated SIP reps had been training hard for the best surfski paddling race event on the east coast.  Accommodation booked, and rides organised, watchful eyes were on a large static High and a deep forming Low giving form to a dreaded East Coast Low in each paddler’s prophetic glass. Nonetheless SIP paddler’s girded their loins as the event is set in stone, it is always on the second weekend in February and paddlers were coming from as far as Tasmania and Qld. Whilst the race has always been a 25km downwind hoot paralleling the coast, this year was set to be different with very strong and building Easterlies, coupled with a big fetch over a long period pushing up some pretty decent swell.

Well they do say Makai like it tough, and over 200 paddlers were in the starting blocks competing to qualify for the World Championships in Portugal later this year.  And as such Paddle Australia had turned up to observe the best of the best in action and to see how big Ocean races are run.

The final race Course was set on the morning of the event, according to prevailing conditions and local knowledge. The 10km Mini Makai, usually 5km out and back was reduced to 7 x 1km laps to a mark barely 100m from the shelter of Ulladulla Harbour.  The formidable swell growing by the hour was making the event a serious challenge.  Nonetheless star SIP paddler Darren Keen worked the Mini-Makai swell magnificently and achieved a First place in his category and a very respectable 4th place overall. A fine ocean paddler, DK did SIP proud, managing some tough conditions very well.  Our own Julie Wilcsek who had done a lot of training and prep for this event was seen beaming as she doggedly charged around the Mini Makai course in great form, bringing home a terrific result of 7th woman overall and 1st in her category and even more important quite possibly a PB.
Midday brought close to 200 paddlers out for the main event in Ocean Racing Skis, Doubles, OC1’s, and Sea Kayaks, despite torrential rain squalls reducing visibility to 50m at times. The start line was just inside the harbour, which meant pretty much immediate gridlock, on a lee breakwater, in a heaving and breaking 3 metre+ and building swell. It was a loud and furious start.
The big guns got straight out hard, heading for the first mark about 1km SE into the building swell. SIP paddlers Tommy Woodriff and Bruce Hopkins started well and clean and charged with the lead pack. Both had been training hard and performing well and were not there to make up numbers – both were clearly in the top ten early. The first mark was pretty hectic with a lot of close quarters action in heavy moving water. A kink to the left, heading NE for another km saw the fleet round the top sea mark and launch downwind on the first of what was intended to be 6 x 2.5km laps, to make up 15km. Unfortunately the wind had swung further S and the top mark was near some shallow ground, pushing up some steep 4m breaking waves.
It was busy and still chaotic for the mid-packers which pushed some into the danger zone. The left hand side was milder, and safer – if you didn’t get pushed north by the inexperienced or out of control skis in the chaos and maelstrom. With a 25 knot tailwind and 3-4 metre building swell at 8 – 10 secs, paddlers find out whether they were hero or zero pretty damn fast. Some took off downwind on fast swells at speeds of over 25kph. Some tombstoned, rolled, bailed out or just got totalled. Any whose leg leashes parted or failed lost their boats and faced a 500m swim. Several were separated from their craft which were then projected rapidly downwind. A procession of expensive pieces of Carbon were dispatched at speeds recorded by GPS of over 40kph – onto the bricks. Some craft shattered. Some managed pretty well and were recoverable. Some went straight into the skip in several pieces. Some were abandoned, MIA, presumed sunk. That was just the first lap. Well they do say Makai like it tough.
The race proceeded with the tough and strong and those still upright fighting it out for further ensuing laps, whilst the weather and conditions abated somewhat. The timekeepers had their hands full recording completed laps for each of the continuing boats. 200 boats being recorded for each of intended 6 laps makes for a lot of fast data entry. Exhaustion, collateral damage and carnage taking their toll, it was decided to abandon the race when some had completed 3 or 4 of the intended 6 laps.
The results were posted but unfortunately are somewhat inconsistent and unreliable. Some paddlers who withdrew due to capsize and boat damage were awarded places. Regardless, it was the AUS Worlds selection race so podiums had to be derived and awarded. The timers are pretty happy with the first three in each category – however there was strong discussion in respect to paddlers with 3 laps completed being put ahead of four completed laps.  As it was the selection race, the competitors were racing in age divisions of 5yrs. This left some pretty small divisions.  But that’s how selection races work and some can now book in to Portugal.  It was a hard race – a very hard race. Some elected not to go down upon examining the building Met prior – perhaps a wise (and cheaper) move. Those that went enjoyed the hospitality of the event, brought some much needed income to the recently devastated south coast and took home Esky’s full of beautiful local produce. Driving down through the starkly devastated forest of the region was profound enough. Driving home in a teeming downpour, through starkly fire ravaged country was indeed a strange counterpoint.

SIP did well. Many had a brilliant race which went to plan. Some were disappointed in the result but gained much in experience and from the cameraderie of the Shark Island team. SIP paddlers who competed included Bruce Moller, David Jepsen, Graham Dadd, Stew O’Regan, Greg Dolgopolov, Alastair Grant, Rob Conroy, Jai de Tomasso, Tommy and Hoppo, DK and Julie. Tommy’s looks like he has an opportunity to once again represent Australia at the Worlds, coming 4th overall and First in his division.  For his sake lets hope the weather is again wild at the world champs … for everyone else we wish you 10 – 15 knots downwind and waves of just on one metre.
Stew, from Think Kayaks and Skis has offered to help anyone out who has any damaged skis – contact Stew at Think if you need assistance with ski repairs or replacement.
And so – training has already started for next year’s Makai Cup, whilst perhaps more importantly right now, all focus is on the next big event, our own Tingira Cup, hosted by Shark Island Paddlers and WSC at Rose Bay on 28th March.  Makai Cup 2020 lived up to its mantra – it certainly was “More than a race”.

Ramp etiquette tips:

Be safety conscious. Booms can swing with wind change.  Pedestrians and young children are unaware of the dangers, be very careful when crossing the footpath.
Please do not queue across the pedestrian footpath outside the Club. Move boats forward when washing.
Use the ramp for launch and retrieval only.  Not for parking.  Not for rigging.
Please DO NOT LEAVE DOLLIES ON THE RAMP.  One person leaves a dolly on the ramp then next person follows that example and the next and pretty quickly the ramp is unusable.  Store dollies on the grass or on the brick pavers behind the winch.  Stack the dollies to minimise the space they consume.  Place them out of the way.

Club Cafe

Please pay by card if possible, not cash.
Saturday, February 22 – 8am to 5pm.
Sunday, February 23 – 9am to 5pm
Saturday, February 29- 8am to 2.30pm
Sunday, March 1 – 9am to 5pm

WSC office opening days/times

Monday 9am – 5pm
Tuesday closed
Wednesday closed
Thursday 9am – 5pm
Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday 9am – 5pm

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