Quadrant Dec 06 by wanghonghx


									            PORT STEPHENS YACHT CLUB             Ltd

                               December 2006

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Soldiers Point NSW 2317             02 4982 0477
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Nelson Bay NSW 2315                 www.psyc.com.au
     PORT STEPHENS YACHT CLUB LTD      ACN 070 510 708

                          Ridgeway Avenue, Soldiers Point
                  Postal Address: PO Box 319 Nelson Bay 2315
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                         DIRECTORS 2006-2007
COMMODORE                          John Sharp               4933 4303 h - 0407 640022 m
VICE COMMODORE                     Greg Lane                4981 5045 h - 0407 484207 m
REAR COMMODORE                     John Way                 4982 2770 h - 0412 493586 m
CLUB CAPTAIN                       Keith Albury             4982 0146 h - 0418 231149 m
SECRETARY & FUNCTIONS              Peter Foster             4982 0477 h - 0428 820477 m
TREASURER                          Peter Hickey             4982 7081 h
MEMBERSHIP                         Denis Stynes             4982 0371 h - 4923 1460 w
PUBLICITY                          Bryan Shaw               4919 1619 h - 0427 191619 m
BAR MANAGER                        Poul Jensen              4981 1189 h - 0418 465401 m
SPONSORSHIP                        Chris Abbott             4984 7103 h
RACE OFFICER                       Allen Atkins             4984 6940 h
DIRECTOR                           Graeme Tinkler           4919 0040 h - 0419 322324 m

   QUADRANT EDITOR                 Pauline McCarthy            4982 7001 h
                                     email for stories         moi1@tadaust.org.au
                                     or post to : 45/1 Fleet St Salamander Bay 2317
  RACE STARTER                     Ian Matheson             4982 7970 h
  ASSISTANT STARTERS               David Wilson             4982 0413 h
                                   Heather Atkins           4984 6940 h
  PROJECTS                         Peter Ballard            4982 7567 h - 0417 047058 m
                                   Doug Cross               4964 5688 w - 0408 604628 m
  ASSISTANT TREASURER              Kevin Sharman            4984 6093 h

  Harry the Mowerman 0427 720141

COVER : Rumbo competing in the Hamilton Island Regatta

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            Mighty achievement!

                           1st in the Performance Class
                  at the prestigious Hamilton Island Race Regatta
                             - what a marvellous result!
    Guy Holbert and his top class crew beat all opposition in his class in tough competition in a wonderful
week of racing, held in October at the gorgeous Queensland Barrier Reef island luxury resort, owned by keen
sailer Bob Oatley, who races the maxi ‘Wild Oats’. This very professionaly run regatta is one of the biggest in
the world, attracting top international boats and sailors, so it was no mean feat for Rumbo, who was lucky to
be favoured by light conditions which left the huge maxis and cruisers wallowing in his (her?) wake.
   There were ten classes for the 160 yachts, which all competed in all races, the main class being the Big
Boat Class which was won by ‘Wild Joe’, a 60 footer.
    Rumbo won the Performance Class as a result of best finishes in the 9 races, including 4 x 1sts, 1 x 2nd,
1 x 3rd, 1 x 4th, 1 x 6th, being out of a place only once. They beat some world famous boats and sailors, so
they themselves are now UP THERE with the best of them.
    According to Guy, the logistics of getting crew, families and above all the boat up to Hamilton Island were
a nightmare, especially as he had to chase everything up from his home and work base, here in Salamander/
Cromarty Bay. A huge special boat trailer was hired and towed by Mick Hinchey in a 3-day trip, then a large
ferry took boat, trailer and all over from Airlie Beach on the 20 mile trip to Hamilton Island. A crane had to be
hired to lift the boat off, and a lot of time and effort was required to put the huge carbon-fibre mast securely
back in place. Luckily all went smoothly.
    The Hamilton Island resort is of course the ultimate in class, beauty and luxury, and was very much
enjoyed by all, even when they had to put up with mingling with some of the world’s most famous and
fabulously wealthy sailors. What a drag.
     The Edward Island Race was the longest, being 70 miles - a 9 hour race, which was full on from start to
finish, according to Guy. No time for eating, sitting or sighing. Exhausting.
    Guy’s expert crew consisted of his brother Clark, Mick Hinchey
(tactician), Dennis Hume (navigator), Jay Wright (foredeck man), and
Barry Kelly from Lake Macquarie (tactics also). Interestingly, Mick
and Barry are both commercial pilots, who usually fly jumbo jets
around the world. Obviously their expertise in interpreting those
nav-aids were of enormous value.
    Rumbo has been thrashing us all soundly at PSYC Saturday
racing for a while, and now they’ve thrashed the world too, so don’t
feel too bad chaps. Maybe his handicap will pull him back a bit from
now on!

       Some History of the Quadrant
                     By Peter Ifland http://pwifland.tripod.com/historysextant/
                   Intrigued? Peter invites you to have a look at his webste if you are interested.

   “Where are we?” Normally, this is a routine                                             setting of the sun and the altitude of the sun and
question answered several times a day while                                                selected stars. Importantly, it was used to find the
sailing along safely in mid ocean. But the                                                 direction of Mecca for the devout Moslem’s morning
question has a different urgency when the ship                                             and evening prayers. The astronomer’s beautiful,
is approaching a rocky coast and the life of the                                           intricate and expensive astrolabe was the grandfather
ship and its crew depends on a fast and accurate                                           of the much simpler, easy to use mariner’s quadrant
fix of position. It’s the Navigator’s job to                                                and astrolabe. The mariner’s quadrant - a quarter of a
provide the answer.                                                                        circle made of wood or brass - came into widespread
   So what do navigators need to find their                                                 use for navigation around 1450, though its use can be
position on the earth’s surface by observing the                                           traced back at least to the 1200s.
stars?                                                   This is a sextant, the more          The quadrant was a popular instrument with
   They need an Almanac prepared by the               modern & improved instrument Portuguese explorers. The mariner’s quadrant was a
astronomers to forecast precisely where the                                               major conceptual step forward in seagoing celestial
heavenly bodies, the sun, moon planets and                                                navigation. Like the knots-in-a string method of
selected navigational stars, are going to be, hour by hour, years into      the Arab kamal, the quadrant provided a quantitative measure,
the future, relative to the observatory that prepared the almanac,          in degrees, of the altitude of Polaris or the sun, and related this
Greenwich, England in modern times. They need a chronometer or              number to a geographic position - the latitude - on the earth’s
some other means of telling the time back at the observatory that           surface. But for all its utility, the quadrant had two major limitations:
was the reference point for the data in the almanac.                        On a windy, rolling deck, it was hard to keep it exactly vertical in
   It is the cartographer’s job to provide accurate charts so that          the plane of a heavenly body. And it was simply impossible to keep
navigators can establish their position in latitude and longitude or in     the wind from blowing the plumb bob off line. The solution was
reference to landmasses or the hazards of rocks and shoals. The             the mariner’s astrolabe. Mariner’s astrolabes are now very rare - less
navigators need a quick and easy mathematical method for reducing           than one hundred are known to survive and most of these are in
the data from their celestial observations to a position on the chart.      poor condition having been recovered from ship wrecks.
Finally, navigators need an angle-measuring instrument, a sextant,             The seagoing astrolabe was a simplified version of the much
to measure the angle of the celestial body above a horizontal line of       more sophisticated Middle Eastern astronomer’s astrolabe. Holding
reference.                                                                  the instrument at eye level, the user could sight the star through the
   How do navigators (of northern seas) use the stars, including our        pinnules and for a sun sight, the astrolabe was allowed to hang freely
sun, the moon, and planets to find their way? Well, for at least two         and the alidade was adjusted so that a ray of sunlight passed through
millennia, navigators have known how to determine their latitude            the hole in the upper vane and fell precisely on the hole in the lower
- their position north or south of the equator. At the North Pole,          vane. It was popular for more than 200 years because it was reliable
which is 90 degrees latitude, Polaris (the North Star) is directly          and easy to use under the frequently adverse conditions aboard ship.
overhead at an altitude of 90 degrees. At the equator, which is                One of the most popular instruments of the seventeenth century
zero degrees latitude, Polaris is on the horizon with zero degrees          was the Davis quadrant or back-staff. Captain John Davis conceived
altitude. Between the equator and the North Pole, the angle of              this instrument during his voyage to search for the Northwest
Polaris above the horizon is a direct measure of terrestrial latitude.      Passage. It was described in his Seaman’s Secrets published in 1595.
Sailors travelling into the southern hemisphere needed something            It was called a quadrant because it could measure up to 90 degrees,
other than Polaris which is not visible down south. They tried using        that is, a quarter of a circle. The observer determined the altitude
the Southern Cross but this was complicated so they developed               of the sun by observing its shadow while simultaneously sighting
a method of using the altitude of the noontime sun. In ancient              the horizon. Relatively inexpensive and sturdy, with a proven track
times, the navigator who was planning to sail out of sight of land          record, Davis quadrants remained popular for more than 150 years,
would simply measure the altitude of Polaris as he left homeport, in        even after much more sophisticated instruments using double-
today’s terms measuring the latitude of home port. To return after          reflection optics were invented, and the sextant proved a better
a long voyage, he needed only to sail north or south, as appropriate,       instrument and became the leading navigational instrument
to bring Polaris to the altitude of home port, then turn left or right         Since the end of World War II developments have led to the
as as appropriate and “sail down the latitude,” keeping Polaris at a        Global Positioning System, or GPS receiver whichs tell us instantly
constant angle.                                                             and with great accuracy. Instead of measuring angles of the celestial
   The Arabs knew all about this technique. In early days, they             bodies above the horizon, it computes our position by measuring
used one or two fingers width, a thumb and little finger on an                the time it takes for radio signals to arrive from three or four of
outstretched arm or an arrow held at arms length to sight the               the many man-made satellites that are in known positions in orbit
horizon at the lower end and Polaris at the upper end. In later             around the earth.
years, they used a simple device of knotted string called a kamal to           A significant part of the romance of the hand held instruments
make the observation. See Peter’s website for more detail on this           for taking the stars that we have seen this evening is that they all
and following devices that were invented before the quadrant and            soon will be obsolete, outmoded by GPS. Yes, there are still quite a
sextants were developed.                                                    few old-line navigators that refuse to give up their nautical almanac,
   Throughout antiquity, the Greeks and Arabs steadily advanced the their chronometer and their sextant for this new fangled electronic
science of astronomy and the art of astrology. About a thousand             stuff. What if the batteries go dead or the thing falls overboard?
years ago, in the 10th century, Arabs introduced Europe to two              But finally, there is the simple satisfaction of shooting a star, noting
important astronomical instruments-the quadrant and the astrolabe.          the time, reading the almanac and making the calculations yourself
   The Arabic astrolabe was used to find the time of rising and              to find out where you are.

                    jack hollman trophy
                                                                                        4 November 2006

     Our club’s most important regatta of the year, the trophy is donated by the Hollman family in
     memory of Jack, a widely loved member who lost his life in an accident three years ago.
The lads surveying the most miserable weather, causing a number of boats
to withdraw, not however these tough heroes (right) of Half Crazy who
lived up to the name by going out in such weather & who proved their
mettle by winning the trophy on handicap. Below Hoodwink came 2nd,
capt Petger Hickey here divvying up the booty with his crew.

                                                                              6 of our boats
                                                                              preparing to go
                                                                             out from pickup
                                                                                points on the

                                                           Brian Rolfe,               Wet & windy,
                                                           excited to have                Rob Currie
                                                           come third with           steering with his
                                                           Heron.                                 toes

BBQing Beyers with Denis Stynes, all delighted at
the prospect of not having to go home and cook
                                                                                          Back out of the rain, but
                                                                                          the photo doesn’t give you
                                                                                          any idea of the noise!

                                                                                          Hegira men Michael Elton
                                                                                          & Rob Currie gave Jane
                                                                                          & your Ed. a great sail

That Ole
Seadog .......

                           Poul with an etching of the
                        ‘Svanen’ - a Danish naval 65’
                           ketch he helped build, and
                                      bosun’s whistle

    Our congenial Bar Manager comes with many
and varied life experiences that are interesting to say
the least.                                                    down the road a bit, draped with camouflage, as
    Born in Lynaes, about 70km from Copenhagen,               the Germans tried to hide them from advancing
in Denmark in 1935 to a typical fishing family.                Russians troops. Scared? Nope .... it was all just a
Everyone in the little village either fished or                big adventure to a Danish kid!
built boats, and most are descended from the                      There didn’t seem to be much awareness of their
Vikings. (and that’s where those helmets come                 Viking heritage until after the war when many bits
from!)(joke)(and they didn’t have horns on them               and pieces - especially relics of the Viking ships,
in the good ole days) Poul used to go out on the              precious metals, jewellery - began to be unearthed,
trawlers from the tender age of seven and probably            often buried in the mud around the harbours. And
wished he could stay in bed.                                  even though they had been there a long time (the
    As a child he saw quite a lot of WWII activity.           Vikings were a powerful force around the times of
The Germans tried to bomb a Danish warship in their           the Romans), they were from now on treasured with
harbour and he remembers distinctly seeing the faces          pride, dug up, restored and museum-ised.
of a German crew in their plane as they swept down                After Poul finished school in 1949 he started
on their bombing raid. Denmark became occupied by             a boat building apprenticeship and learned to
the Germans, and three weeks before it all ended he           appreciate the uses and beauty of timber.
remembers hearing a lot of engine noise in the night.             Always being an enterprising sort of fella, he
Peeping out of the blackout curtains he saw the road          started his own boat building business and was very
bumper to bumper with many trucks and trailers                busy producing many timber pleasure craft and
carrying mini-submarines (below). They were stored            sometimes small fishing boats - up to 25’.
                                                                  The timber he used was mainly oak, Teak from
                                                              Thailand, Mahogany from Africa. These timbers
                                                              have become very scarce and expensive and he learnt
                                                              to build fibreglass boats too as they were quicker
                                                              and cheaper to build. A properly made timber boat
                                                              could take from three to twelve months, whereas a
                                                              fibreglass one now will probably take one to two
                                                              weeks by the bigger companies who mass produce
                                                              thousands of pleasure boats a year.
                                                                  Since coming to Australia to live in 1970 Poul

began working in office partitioning and computer                  And to keep those itchy fingers busy Poul has
flooring, an exacting and very complex art, and was            built three Lynaes 14s since he has been here, a
in great demand for the excellent quality of his work.        lovely little double ended adaptation of a 250 year
A computer floor for IBM was as big as a football              old Scandinavian fishing boat design. The timber
field and it had to be PERFECT. He worked on big               hull is now fibreglass but the deck is timber and
projects all over Australia and was sent to NZ to             this stable, roomy little yacht sleeps two people
train others.                                                 comfortably.
    He had scant time for boat building during this               See over for the story of new Wollongong
time but did find time to meet, court and marry                member Alan Croft’s venture with this great little
Marie who not only enjoyed sailing with him, but              pocket cruiser. Might give some of you some ideas.
also flying gliders, one of which he crashed in                    Below is a Lynaes 14.
spectacular style during the 1984 National Australian
Championships at West Wyalong. He was just
landing when a willy-willy picked him up and
dumped him in savage fashion, causing not only that
dint on his forehead but also a badly smashed leg
and much else. He was in a very bad way for three
months but this no doubt helped to remind Marie

how much she loved him and needed him to survive!
Didn’t stop them gliding though!
     While living in Sydney he owned and sailed
‘Captain Bligh’, a 41’ ketch, mainly on Pittwater and
sometimes cruising up the coast.
     After retiring he taught sailing on Pittwater,
joined our Yacht Club, and did a bit of boat building
as a hobby.                                                    And You Are??
     When he and Marie moved to Port Stephens in               The years had taken their toll on the old sea captain.
1993, he designed and built his home in Corlette,              All those years of hard drinking and life at sea left
                                                               the old salt with a pot belly and a double chin.
utilising his considerable knowledge to create a
                                                               Concerned about retirement which was imminent,
marvellous timber ceiling, featuring beautiful rafters.        and wanting to settle down with a pretty wench on
     ‘Capt Bligh’ was sold and left behind in Pittwater        land, the sea captain decided to embark on a self
and he bought a smaller S&S 34’ - ‘Syzygy’ (try                improvement program. He went on a diet, exercised
pronouncing that one!)(that means ‘I’m a silly old             and gave up drinking. He lost his gut, firmed up his
sea salt’ in Danish).                                          body and even purchased a toupee. He looked 20
                                                               years younger.
     Now he has a nice little Hood 23, name of                 During his final voyage his ship came up against a
‘Vikinghood’ in case you couldn’t guess, and gives             storm and the captain was lost overboard. While the
everyone a run for their money most Saturdays.                 captain was floating in the middle of the ocean he
He took eight awards last year out of twelve, an               raised his voice to heaven, “God, how could you do
excellent record. He has salt in his veins no doubt            this to me on the eve of my retirement ? “
and he is a modest, unassuming and very popular                God answered, “ To tell you the truth captain, I didn’t
member of our club.                                            recognize you!”

                            The Remis Story
  We have just launched our Lynaes 14 “Remis” for the first time, and the following
            are some thoughts of the boat building we have experienced.

Why a Lynaes 14?
    We had previously owned a Magnum 28, and
then a Compass 28, while living at Port Stephens,
and had sailed regularly with the Port Stephens
Yacht Club. The move in 1996 to Wollongong,
which is poorly served for moorings and enclosed
waters, meant we sold the Compass 28 and had
been without a sailing boat for a few years. We
missed the sailing, so started thinking about
getting another sailing boat.
    Our experience with the Magnum and the
Compass has strongly influenced the selection of
our next boat. We found the Magnum to be tender
and easily put on its ear by the 20 knot north-
easterlies. It developed a lot of weather helm
when heeled, giving the helmsman a workout.               criteria were:
We took it onto the Myall Lakes one summer,               * Trailerable, but no center-board or lifting keel,
and suffered from weed buildup on the vertical            * A ballasted keel for stability for the crew (wife)
keel, causing a loss of sailing capability. We also       to feel confident,
had some difficulty with the lifting mechanism of          * Fitting in the yard, maximum beam about 1.8m,
the keel. The Compass by comparison was much              length about 5m to 5.2m.
heavier, with a long keel and balanced waterlines.            I considered the Investigator 5.63, but it has
When hit by a gust, it would just heel a bit more         a centreboard in its keel and is a bit big for the
and power on straight, without any appreciable            yard. I had noticed a small boat on a mooring at
change in the helm. Just beautiful.                       Corlette, and eventually found that Poul Jensen
    At Wollongong, we needed to have a trailer            had the moulds. It was the Lynaes 14, and the hull
sailing boat, which fitted into the confines of             looked beautiful, with a long keel and round stern,
our yard. So I started the search. The preferred          and at 4.65m length and 1.88m beam, it fitted
                                                          the yard. The boat is a Danish design originally
                                                          built by a boat-works in the town of Lynaes in
                                                          Denmark. The deck mould was not to my liking.
                                                          I preferred a self-draining cockpit and sitting
                                                          headroom in the cabin. So Poul agreed to make
                                                          me a hull and bunk moulding in fibreglass, and I
                                                          would do the rest. The only design information I
                                                          had was an un-dimensioned elevation of the hull
                                                          and rig, which included sail areas, displacement
                                                          and ballast values.
                                                              So in early 1999, we put the bare hull into a
                                                          cradle in our garage. In late 1999, my employment

took us to Port Hedland, W.A., for two and a half       for the boat, the LWS rig looked a little bit larger.
years, and the hull stayed in Wollongong. On the        I did not know how much the higher cabin roof
return from W.A., in 2002, I started work on the        would affect the stability of the boat by moving
construction. I generally worked on the boat in         the rig higher. I had no accurate rig dimensions. I
the winter. Summer was too full of activities.          scaled off the rig diagram to establish a location
With my employment I was assigned to a project          of the mast step, and made the mast step 300mm
in New Zealand for 18 months from April 2003,           long so I could adjust the mast location.
and at the same time did significant landscaping             After much agonising, I put the gooseneck
work in the backyard, both of which reduced             just 300mm above the base of the mast, and cut
the available boat building time. I stopped             600mm off the top of the mast, leaving 5.9m
employment in September 2005, and could then            available for the main luff. I then had the local
work on the boat virtually full time.                   sailmaker cut the foot off the LWS mainsail
                                                        below the first batten to give the 5.9m luff and
                                                        trim the bottom section of the leach to give a foot
                                                        of 2.4m. I then managed to buy a second hand
                                                        Corsair main which has a luff of 5.4m and a foot
                                                        of 2.45m. I have had two reef points put in each
                                                        mainsail. I also bought a second hand heavy
                                                        weather jib.
                                                        More ballast and buoyancy
                                                            I had been trying to get the boat to satisfy the
                                                        safety standard of Category 6 of the Yachting
Deck Construction                                       Australia regulations. This includes a self-righting
                                                        standard. My calculations told me I needed close
    I started by melting scrap lead into ingots,
                                                        to the nominated 200kg of ballast to achieve the
laying them into the keel and sealing them with
                                                        standard, so have packed additional lead ingots
resin. The bunk moulding then was glassed into
                                                        under the bunk foot-well floor and under the
place. The deck was strip planked in Western
                                                        battery box. This totals 185kg, and I have 15kg
Red Cedar covered inside and out with fiberglass
                                                        in reserve.
in epoxy resin. This was built over a temporary
framework, which rested on the hull gunwales.               For additional safety, I have also added further
The design of the deck and cabin has been made          buoyancy by fixing 100mm thick polystyrene
by eye, driven by the desire for the self-draining      foam blocks under the side decks and cockpit
cockpit and the sitting headroom. This lifted           floor.
the cabin top by about 150mm compared to the                The objective is to satisfy the self-righting
standard cabin. I had worried that the new cabin        test, and also have sufficient buoyancy to float if
might look too tall in proportion to the rest of        ever we flood the boat.
the boat, and detract from the sailing qualities by
raising the rig higher. The construction included
watertight bulkheads fore and aft to create             At the time of writing, (September 2006), we
buoyancy chambers.                                  have had one day of sailing. The wind was about
                                                    10 knots. It was a day of some anxiety. Would the
Rig                                                 trailer work? Would the boat easily roll off the
    The rig presented a problem. I had purchased trailer without touching the rudder on the ramp?
second hand a mast and sails, (main, jib and Would the boat be stable enough? Would the
spinnaker), from a Lightweight Sharpie. It was sails suit? How would the balance of the rig be?
a 7m aluminum mast with a tapered top above Would the small outboard be capable of pushing
the hounds. Compared to the rig diagram I had the boat?                          (continued over)

                             The Remis Story                  continued

    How low/high would the boat sit in the water?
Would we be able to get it back onto the trailer?
    After a push, the boat slid into the water, and
looked great. The motor gave us hull speed at
half throttle. We tried the Corsair main and the
LWS jib, and the boat sailed with slight weather
helm. The boat felt reasonably stiff, even though
the wind was not strong. We had a very enjoyable
day on the water. We are looking forward to more
testing and fine tuning.
Why “Remis”?
    I went to secondary school at Newcastle           feel happier, when the wind is at 35 knots plus,
Boys’ High School at Waratah. The school motto        knowing my boat is on the mooring in the back
is “Remis Velisque”, which we were told is Latin      yard.
for “with oars and sails”. It derives from Roman
                                                          I now know that boat building is not really
times when the Roman galleys wanted maximum
                                                      that complicated, provided you think about the
speed, the call was “Remis Velisque”. In the
                                                      steps as you go. It is just a combination of lots
school’s context it meant “go at life with all you
                                                      of little tasks, which in themselves are relatively
have got”. We have equipped the boat with oars,
                                                      simple. It also requires lots of sanding. I have
so …… when it came time to name this little
                                                      gained some experience with epoxy.
sailing boat, the choice was obvious.
                                                          I have recently discovered a Lynaes 14
                                                                  website operated by a Danish owner,
                                                                  and have corresponded with him. I
                                                                  have also discovered that the Lynaes
                                                                  was also built in Canada and called a
                                                                  Nordica 16, and discovered a website
                                                                  for Nordica owners. So there are others
                                                                  who share the enjoyment of these small
                                                                  keel boats.
                                                                      Is this the end of my boat building
                                                                  career? Probably not. Where else can
                                                                  you play with pleasant curves (of the
                                                                  boat) and seductive fragrances (of the
                                                                  timber) without getting into strife? I can
Retrospective                                         feel a tender behind coming on.
     Looking back, I am glad I have persevered. I The future
believe we now have a smart looking and capable
little keel boat. The project has certainly taken    We plan to return to Corlette in a few years’
longer and cost more than I would have expected.  time, and look forward to sailing Remis on Port
I hope we can enjoy the feeling of a keel boat Stephens and into the Myall Lakes.
without the hassle of mooring and antifouling,                                          Alan Croft
and without the cost of a large boat. From my                                 10 September 2006.
earlier experience with moored craft, I certainly

Remember the

                                                VJ ?
                                        “One way or another they are hair raising boats,
                                      and you need the nerve of a fighter pilot to sail them.”
                                                                                                John Bertrand

       How many of our club members were fortunate enough to “do their time” on the marvellous little
Vaucluse Junior?
       The VJ was designed in 1932 by the naval architect Charles Sparrow, as an exciting, low cost,
intermediate sized skiff for the Vaucluse Amateur Sailing Club on Sydney Harbour thus the name VJ
(Vaucluse Junior). The hull shape has remained unchanged over the years, allowing older boats to remain
competitive for many seasons. Heat One of the 1997/98 Senior Australian VJ Titles was won by a 30 year
boat, 10 years older than the skipper! Sparrow then in 1936 designed a slightly bigger version (3.5’ longer)
for a crew of three aged 18 or over, and particularly for father-son sailing - the VS (Vaucluse Senior).

General Boat Details
Crew - 2 people. Combined weight range between 80kg and 120kg. Junior division competition for those
under the age of 18 and a Senior division for those over the age of 18. This weight range allows both male
and female sailors to compete on an equal basis.
Hull - Maximum length 3.5m, with a maximum width of 0.9m, built to a minimum weight of 40.8kg.
Hull Construction - Material optional, either professional built or built at home.
Sails - Main and new “Big Jib” - 9m square
       - Symmetrical Spinnaker - 4.1m square
Mast - Maximum length 5m.
Leverage - Both crew are allowed to stand on the side of the boat,
either by using trapeze or the more traditional method of “planks”.
These are 165mm wide foam sandwich strips which slide across the
boat, which the crew sits upon. These provide greater leverage and are
more comfortable than trapeze!
        The longevity of this class has seen many past champions
re-entering the class in the last few years, to sail with their kids. An example of this is the 1997/98 Senior
Australian VJ Champion Jack Smid, who raced with his eight year old Jason.
        The combination of low overall weight, a high amount of leverage and a flat planing hull, gives an
exciting boat that is fully powered up and planing in 10-12 knots. Champions who have honed their sailing
skills in VJ’s include;
        John Bertrand - Americas Cup Skipper; Gary Bruniges - World 505 Champion
        Jacqueline Ellis - World Laser Champion; Chris Nicholson - World 49er Champion
        Darren Nicholson - World 505 Champion; Kane Sinclair - World Cherub Champion
       John Bertrand has described the VJ as “a speed machine that can travel as fast as a Flying Dutchman.
This is a high performance training boat, and it’s power to weight ratio is nothing short of phenomenal. One
way or another they are hair raising boats, and you need the nerve of a fighter pilot to sail them”.

                                                  from the VJ Amateur Sailing Association Home Page on the web

   Vaucluse Days with Vee Jays
                                                         from our gallant Hooter Presser & Assistant Starter
                                                         David Wilson
                                                                   During school holidays and on the weekends
                                                              we would make the clubhouse our home away from
                                                              home, both summer and winter. After the boom was
                                                              removed we would sail across to Manly, venture out
                                                              through the Heads, sail up to the lee of Clarke Island
      My association with Vee-Jays began when I was           in a strong southerly, set a Vee Ess spinnaker from the
eight. I used to follow my elder brother around like          masthead and scream down to the Sow and Pigs where
a bad penny. This was when the Vaucluse Sailing               we invariably had trouble getting the thing down again.
Club was still in its infancy, using a boatshed on Kutti           Occasionally on a moonlit night we would go for
Beach, just around from Watsons Bay. One of my                a sail. This was usually quite an experience particularly
early recollections was of my brother throwing me             if there was just a gentle breeze blowing as the
overboard from a Vee Jay for giving lip. Luckily it was       phosphorescence seen in our wake was incredible.
pretty close to shore as I could hardly swim at the           We would also sail into Middle Harbour and camp
time. I ultimately joined the club in about 1940 after        overnight at Castle Rock. As a result of all this we
the clubhouse was completed. During the war many              made great friends, some unfortunately have passed
of the Vee Esses were mothballed on the top racks             away, but others still remain and we keep in touch.
as their owners were in the forces overseas, some             Fortunately the Vaucluse Yacht Club occasionally
unfortunately never to return. However there were             holds “Old Duffers” reunions, which are invariably
still a fair number of young blades around with Vee           well attended, wives included. I should add that in our
Jays who made the best of the war days by pestering           courting or early married days our girlfriends or wives,
the US Liberty ships as they anchored in Watsons Bay          in order to keep us out of the Watsons Bay boozer
after crossing the Pacific. The crew and servicemen            after the race, formed a ladies committee to provide
were so relieved to see dry land that they would throw        us with afternoon tea. Needless to say my wife Val was
all sorts of goodies down to us. Coffee, chocolates,          one of those instrumental in forming this committee.
orange juice and cigarettes. All things that were in               As happens, all good things do come to an end
short supply. Needless to say we flogged most of this          and this happened for Val and I when we moved away
merchandise off to financial advantage around the              from the district. Needless to say I never gave away
district, earning a name for ourselves, good or bad I’m       sailing, just moved on to other types of boats in other
not sure which.                                               clubs.
      It was at a time also that we were confined to
sailing inside the boom which stretched across the
harbour from Camp Cove to Obelisk Bay and to do so
we even had to have a permit issued by the Maritime
Services Board. This was a bit of a laugh as we were
never asked to produce it even when we would often
sneak out behind a Manly Ferry when they opened the
boom gate for it to pass through.
      At the age of fifteen, with a little bit of prompting
from Peter Joubert, a friend of my brother, I built
my first Vee Jay (the first with its mast stepped on
the deck). This was a period when my brother was                  The very first VJ
building a 22ft. carvel yacht and Joubert was finishing            - CHUM
                                                                                        SWIFT - with skipper Ken
off four 19ft. Payne-Mortlock sailing canoes, all in                                    Grose & Forward Hand
our backyard. Pete became my sailing mentor, he                                         Duncan McRae winning a
                                                                                        Commonwealth title in 1941
was a very good teacher so much so that I managed,
even with second hand sails, to finish runner-up in the
1946/47 Commonwealth Championships.

                        SAILING A VJ
    When I was a much younger person my family                  found out very quickly that sailing boats do not have
moved from Sydney to Alstonville, a little village              a brake, no matter how much you let the sails off
between Ballina and Lismore. My father bought a                 you still approached the ramp at a goodly pace. This
VJ and we started sailing at the Richmond River                 made the crew quite apprehensive about leaving the
Sailing Club in Ballina. The club at this time had              boat, holding the boat on a slippery wooden ramp
very reduced ranks of sailors (                                                    and trying to pull up a heavy
but many Sunday drinkers) and                                                      board. It usually meant that the
we were lucky to get five boats                                                     boat capsized, the skipper was
on the water any Sunday. This                                                      thrown into the water, the air
would be a mixture of VS, VJ and                                                   turned blue and General Chaos
the occasional Moth. The club                                                      made an appearance.
building consisted of a bar, boat
                                                                                         The alternative method was
storage, an open rigging deck and
                                                                                     the “Downwind Approach”. This
a timber slatted launching ramp.
                                                                approach was only for those who had no fear and
The club was on the northern side of the Richmond
                                                                an experienced crew. The method was to aim your
River and the launching ramp faced south. On most
                                                                boat at the ramp from about 100 m (yards in those
Sundays the tidal race could be up to 4 knots straight
                                                                days), let all sheets go and charge straight for the
past the bottom of the ramp. Launching the boats
                                                                ramp. Experienced skippers always allowed for the
wasn’t that much of a problem as the prevailing
                                                                tidal race which occurred in the last 10 m. When
summer breeze was a north easter. Coming back
                                                                the skipper screamed “NOW” the forward hand
after the racing could be a more exciting affair. If
                                                                would pull up the dagger board, the skipper would
the north easter was still in then we sailed up against
                                                                lean over the stern release the rudder hold down
the tide until level with the ramp the forward hand
                                                                and pull up the rudder. The boat is now an unguided
would step onto the ramp, hold the
                                                                                        missile approaching the ramp
boat with one hand and pull up the
                                                                                        at speed. If all calculations
dagger board
                                                                                        were correct, and Murphy was
(duralium) whilst the skipper hung
                                                                                        looking somewhere else, the
over the stern and released the rudder
                                                                                        boat would scream up the ramp
and pulled it onto the boat. No such
                                                                                        onto the rigging deck and stop.
thing as a tilting rudder blade or
                                                                                        If calculations weren’t up to
centreboard for that matter.
                                                                                        expectations there were the
    The exciting part happened when                                                     rocks to port and the canned
during the race, or just after, the                                                     fruit factory to starboard.
southerly would arrive. Now the ramp is dead down
                                                                                                        Jim Quinn
wind and the technique had to be altered. If you
                                                                       Who now sails bigger but probably not better.
endeavoured to use the north easter approach you

                                                                It always was a man’s world .....
Growing up on the Parramatta River, was an ideal                As a teenager living in Sydney,
place to start boating. The local VJ club at Rhodes             I was envious of local boys who
said I was too young to race, so my Dad bought a                used to go down to somewhere
similar hull, with a centre case and some second                on Middle Harbour to sail their
hand cotton VJ sails. Ended up too slow to race, but            VJs. They would come back full of wind & noise
we all learnt to sail.                                          about what a GREAT time they had. Not many girls
 The maiden voyage with Mum and Dad wasn’t too                  seemed to get the chance in those days. The closest
                                                                I got to that kind of exciting sailing was on a
successful. We took off across the river, tried to tack,
                                                                school-made plank on Lake Albert, near Wagga.
got stuck in irons and drifted ashore. We got out,              The stupid thing just wanted to cartwheel across
turned the boat and took off on a new tack. Repeated            the lake in front of a westerly, so sitting right out
this a few times down the river until we worked it              the back with my bottom in the water was the only
out.                                                            way to keep it upright. That I knew about anyway.
                                             David Luks         And what would I know anyway......

    EXALTE                                     is home!                                   from Kath & Craig Tucker
                   Exalte’s Maiden Trip to the Whitsundays - Soldiers Point to Southport
     As most of you are aware we had set June 1 as a
tentative departure date from Soldiers Point. As time got
closer we pushed it out to Saturday 3rd. Crew Stuart
(Manley) arrived from Canberra and Greg (Lane) was sitting
in Wollomi Cres waiting for the call. The weather was
closely watched using the 4-day weather forecast as well
as some other sites Greg had found which measured wave
height, tides etc.
     On Friday morning there was a gale warning for south
of Seal Rocks to Broken Bay. Thirty to forty knot winds and
3-4 metre seas. We have found that these forecasts have
been fairly accurate in the past so the departure time was set
tentatively for Sunday morning. This was still a big IF. Sure
enough the southerly did arrive with very angry seas and
gale force winds. By Saturday evening departure was set for
Monday morning.
     Finally Exalte sailed from Soldiers Point on Monday 5th      an uneventful trip to Foster. They moored at the public
for a 4-5 month adventure. This was an exciting adventure         jetty safely in daylight hours – a great relief for them and
for 3 guys (100 + years of sailing experience). Armed with        certainly for Penny, Ros and myself waiting anxiously at
more navigational equipment than you could ever imagine           home.
– 2 hand held GP’s charts for every part of the coast
                                                                       Good day sails with a nice southerly behind them
from Broken Bay to Cairns, Alan Lucas books and a new
                                                                  allowed them to travel comfortably and enter some tricky
on- board navigational system- these fellas were not going
                                                                  bars without any problems. Overnight stays followed in
                                                                  Lauriton, Trial Bay (SouthWest Rocks in the McLean River),
    The plan was to poke Exalte’s nose out through the            Coffs Harbour and then Yamba.
heads, have a look and make an assessment from there. It
                                                                       A 5-mile trip up the Clarence River was a pleasant
must have been manageable, as they didn’t turn back. Their
                                                                  break. However the forecast was for north easterlies (a
plan was revised and so Broughton Island was skipped and
                                                                  head wind) followed by a strong southerly change. With
they headed for Foster-Toncurry.
                                                                  that forecast, it was decided to stay put in the river until
    Winds were behind them, around 20-25 knots with               the weather settled into a southerly. Although conditions
quite a large swell. (A bit like a double decker bus coming       appeared to be ok, the forecast was not confirming this.
towards you was one description). I was assured that Exalte       Three days were spent in Yamba and they finally left
rode the waves beautifully and averaging 7 knots they had         deciding to do an overnight sail to Southport.
                                                                       It was a long and ‘pretty terrible’ sail. Very rolly seas
                                                                  causing seasickness accompanied by drizzly rain and wind. I
                                                                  gather the wind wasn’t a problem and Craig assures me the
                                                                  boat handled the conditions well. (It’s not going to be like
                                                                  that when I am on the boat!!)
                                                                       They finally arrived at Southport at 5.00 AM - 8 days
                                                                  after leaving Soldiers Point.
                                                                  More to come in our next Quadrant.

                 What’s to Do on a
                                                           - 9 September ’06

                                                                     ... or you
                                                                     can just drift
                                                                     pleasantly ....

                         ... or you can pluck your harp ....

  Well, you can have a
  few drinks ....

      ... or you
      can pretend
      to sail ....

... or the kids
can get together
& play ....

                                                   ... or you can
                                                        just watch
                                                         How sad.

                               Cruise Day
                                                           Opening Regatta- October ’06
                                                                 Is that
                                                                         a croc
                                                                                odile up
                                                                                                d   I spy?

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The barmaids giving cheek

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Women at the Helm
                                                                                                by Jeanne Pockel
                                                                                               on SV Watermelon
     For my part, I know that I was full of anxiety when         I could put the boat into gear and get us out of trouble.
we first started sailing. It was only after talking with other    It took many successful maneuvers before I could be
women that I could understand some of the reasons for my         convinced to do it completely under sail, but we were both
nervousness and fears, and that I wasn’t alone.                  determined that I learn how to do it and be confident doing
     One problem I recognized in myself was my difficulty         it. And with each new skill, other problems also resolved
in judging speed and distance on the water. Everything           themselves, such as my insistence on anchoring so far
seemed closer than it actually was. I worried about              our that it took us forever to dinghy into the beach. Once
avoiding oncoming boats and took “evasive” action long           I understood that I could steer us out of harm’s way, and
before it might have become necessary. I was convinced           that things looked closer than they were, it became easier
that I was going to run our home up on the rocks, never          to be braver about closing on the beach. Once I learned
mind that the rocks I worried about were half a mile away        how to extricate us from a grounding or other problem,
from us and 90 degrees off our course! To an experienced         the less worrisome that possibility became.
helmsman such as Peter, my worries seemed irrational                  As in so many areas of life, success breeds success.
because he didn’t see things the way I did. To him, that         Each time I did something well my confidence increased.
boat over there was at least 10 (or 15) minutes away from        We would then play “what if” games and try something
us and the person at the helm of that boat surely saw us         new.
and wasn’t about to let us collide. Those rocks didn’t even           Our first offshore passage through a storm was not
register on his consciousness because they were not in           very frightening because we had already done passages
our way. He knew exactly how long it would take to get           in fine weather which proved to me that I could handle
from Point A to Point B, he knew what our direction was,         myself and the boat, and the bad weather just proved
what the current was doing to us, and how fast we were           that our boat could handle the weather. That built up my
going. He knew what our boat could do, under sail or             confidence even more.
under power. And once I realized that I could learn these             That just left the vague fears, the ones I couldn’t
things myself I could set out a program of learning how to       express because I wasn’t really sure what they were.
handle the boat better, and thus control my fears.               Those just eased and disappeared as we cruised and built
     I played games. When I was at the helm I’d guess at         up experience.
the time it would take for us to pass a landmark on shore,            Try this. When you weigh anchor, and are feeling
or reach a buoy, or pass an anchored boat - something            anxious, let your partner take over the helm, and go below
fixed. I would them time our passage to that point. It            and lie down for a while - half an hour, an hour - until
always took longer than I had expected, of course. I would       your heart rate slows down. You might find that this little
calculate how far off I was in my estimate and try again.        trick (Peter calls it my “vapors,” and I still indulge them)
The exercises helped me judge distances on the water             calms you down significantly and makes the trip less
better, and helped ease my anxiety that things were going        stressful.
to happen too fast to control.                                        But the best cure for anxiety is experience and
     Then there was the day that we were backing out of          competence. Practice in non-threatening situations so that
a marina slip and the engine wouldn’t go into forward.           you can trust your judgment, and learn how to navigate,
Peter deployed everything soft that we had in the cockpit        and just about anything else you are worried about so
- fenders and boat cushions. They cushioned our contact          you won’t feel powerless or vulnerable should something
with the dock, and no harm was done. It may have been            happen to your partner.
frightening to me, but Peter’s no-nonsense handling of the            We were all novices at one time. We’ve all had to
“emergency” quickly calmed me down.                              learn how to handle ourselves and our equipment. All
     There were all the times we practiced coming up to          those competent and “fearless” people out there once were
our mooring under sail. And sailing off our mooring, and         fumble-fingered and clumsy and did dumb things.
sailing onto and off our anchor. We would start our engine
but leave it in neutral, which reassured me that if I goofed

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You have been

Strangely - or appropriately
- not sure which - 2 kookaburras                                              ?
landed on Manhood’s mast
(2 Sept) and laughed themselves
silly! They knew he had taken
the wrong course. True story!                   23 Sept - such a great day! Tanami kept sailing
                                                once over the finish line - they were having so much
The near perfect caravan staff can’t understand fun, and besides, the bottles weren’t yet empty.
why the sailors make so many mistakes.          .... and we were intrigued .... why did Saga put his
F’r instance, one nice Saturday saw Absolute    spinnaker up just 20 metres from the finish line?
Waterfront prawn trawling in the marine         Was he having too much fun too?
park - naughty naughty; Escapade’s spinnaker
was flapping - blow harder boys! Half Crazy’s
forward hand’s performance was poor to
appalling causing the boat to be pulled
protesting towards Karuah; and Karie had
untidy sides with dangling ropes . Poor
seamanship, suh!

                                                                          REAR COMMODORE!
                                                                     That’s not what it means, silly boy!

                                            VALE GORDON BURGESS
                                  Gordon Burgess passed away 11 November 2006 at the age of 82.
                                  Gordon was an industrial chemist and chief trouble shooter for ICI, a brilliant
                             mathematician, and served in the RAAF, flying Mosquitoes during the war.
                                  He is important to our club as a founding member of both the sailing and
                             yacht clubs over forty years ago, a man with a marvellous dry sense of humour,
very quick wit and who was a lot of fun. He was a most reliable man, who rarely missed a weekend’s racing
and loved his sailing. He sailed ‘Morning Light’, and later built the wooden 32 footer ‘Parawonga’ and for
years he was often the start and rescue boats as well as competing in the races! He was one of the committee
members involved in negotiations with the council for aquiring the land and building of the clubhouse.
    He introduced many young people to the sport of sailing, some of whom are still members of the club.
    He was a meticulous record keeper and developed the program used for the handicap system for the
Trailer Sailor regattas the club used to have, which was then adapted to normal sailing races. He was
involved in writing the constitution for both sailing clubs and also wrote the history of the club which can be
found in the clubhouse.
    He was a brilliant navigator and sailed on ‘Jelly Bean’ in several Lord Howe Island races. Once they
suffered a knockdown, when all the charts were destroyed. Being such a brilliant mathematician he was able
to pull the log tables out of his head and work it out with no charts, and he was spot on, as usual.
    In the early 60s he flew over the Myall Lakes System, taking overlapping photos so that he could plot the
river and make up charts. He depth sounded the river, making markers from stakes topped with tin cans, old
boots, ribbon - whatever he could get his hands on. The charts he made are now used by the National Parks
and local operators. He led yacht club expeditions consisting of members’ families and often Sydney sailing
visitors, up the lakes for many years.
    He was an intelligent, passionate yachtie to whom we of this club owe so much. Sadly, a life over.

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The Seagull wants

to send special

congratulations to one
very brave lady .... twice.
1. for sailing on that very

wet little trimaran thingy

and 2. for sailing on a                                                             Editor wishes to thank all
boat of that name! We
                                                                                    the members who have
can only assume it was
named for her particular                                                            generously given their
attributes!                                                                         most interesting stories
                                                                                    and photos for this mag.
                                                                                    Without these donations
                                                                                    there would be no
                                                                                    Quadrant at all!
                                      The secret is out! Tanami’s cunning method    What could YOU write
                                      for creating more wind on those annoyingly    for our next issue?
                                      balmy days. Eat prunes!

                                                                              Petrol Head or Sail Master?
                                                                              The Emperor of the Spinnaker
                                                                              of the mad boat was missing
                                                                              due to a visit to Petrol Land,
                                                                              Mt Panorama recently. The
                                                                              thought of him whizzing around
                                                                              the mountain under a billowing
                                                                              spinnaker creates a beautiful
                                                                              picture no doubt.

                                         This cute little dinghy,
                                         beautifully restored by
Didn’t you know Max & Peter              Bob Naftel, is for sale
belonged to the Archery Club             in order to raise funds
too?                                     for the Sailing Club.

   Someone in the caravan thought it looked
   like the Viagra had failed when Jack Lives
   Here’s spinnaker flopped, 23 Sept.
                                                                    You’ve heard of Jason and the
                                                                    Argonauts? Well, we’ve got Patrick and
We’re intrigued.... when one Saturday Half Crazy                    the Saga-Nauts!
ripped up to Mullabulla way ahead of everyone else -                Here they are - David Luks, Brian Pont,
but came back MUCH later. Just what were they doing                 Frank Morsley & Pat
up there?

                                                                                          If you can view
                  This month’s                                                            The Quadrant
                                                            Silly donkeys!                on our website,
                  foot                          Did you know NO-ONE logged off
                                                                                          you will enjoy
                                                                                          the photos in
                  guessing                      2 Sept. tch tch
                                                                                          glorious colour.
                                                                                          If you would like
                  competition                   7 Oct : Half Crazy stuck in the
                                                mud. Blush.                               a copy of any of
                                                                                          them your editor

                                                A steep learning curve for new
                                                                                          can happily email
                                                boat owners of Zephyr when they
                                                lost a halyard up the mast!               them to you.

           PSYC Yacht Register                           @ 10.11.06

Member                  Type          Boat Name         Length Boat Type         Sail No.
Chris Abbott            Racing        Avanti            7.1    Seaway Sprite     ST124
Chris Abbott            Racing        Avanti            7.1    Seaway Sprite     ST124
Frank Argeat            Cruising      Yum Yum           27’    Supersonic 27     3089
Allen Atkins **         Cruising      Pegasus Mina      23’    Hood 23
Peter Ballard           Racing        Solanda           22’    Santana 22        649
Ian Barnard             Racing        Jack Lives Here   39’    S & S 39          4000
Charles Bennett         Cruising      Yoothapuna II     35’    Rob Legge         CQ926Q
Hank Beyer              Racing        Manhood           23’    Hood 23
Mathew Bonser           Racing        Nervous           7.0    Eliott            E50
Dave Bowden             Cruising      This Way Up       12.6   Grainger Cat.     ----
Malcolm Britts          Racing        Mr Wizard         20’    Hood 20           PS 25
Colin Bridgeman **      Cruising      Day Dawn          20’    Austral 20        A20
Simon Brooke            Cruising      Sanuk             26’    Hunter 260        PS26
Des Burling             Social        Perseverence      24’    Endeavour         SP14
Peter/Sandy Chappelow Cruising        Break Free        12.9   Adams 13          PS13
Lindsay Cleland         Cruising      Play Dough        25’    Timpenny 770      PS770
Alan Croft              Cruising      Remis             15’    Lynaes 14
Doug Cross              Racing        Serenita          25’    Noelex 25         NX940
David Currie            Racing        Hegira            32’    Cavalier          R192
Doug Curtis             Social        Water Dancer      38’    Catalina 387      6945
Melanie d’Arbon         Racing        The Kelda         24     Marauder 24       3329
Penny Dawson            Cruising      Marinka 2         28’    Compass           140
Simon Dixon             Social        Lady Eleanor      42     Swanson
John Donnelley          Social        Crystalay         29’    Compass 29
Max Dowell              Racing        Zephyr            22’    Boomeroo 22
Roger Dunwell           Racing        Wanda             6.7    Santana           KR715N
Mike Elton              Cruising      Halycon           10.0   Crowther Cat      N10
Stephen Gee             Social        Nereus            32’    Nicholson 32      662
George Gell             Cruising      Mysty             30’    Herreshoff 28
John Grainger **        Racing        Yulunga           27’    Spacesailer 27    36
Peter Hickey            Racing        Hoodwink          23”    Hood 23           5242
Guy Holbert             Racing        Rumbo             9.4    Mumm 30           AUS6135
Brian Hooker            Cruising      Hooks             43’    Schionning Cat
Edward Hirlian          Social        Tawny M           23’    Hood 23
Mark Hughes             Social        Travelodge        18’    Farr Aust.18 ft
Patrick Hurley          Racing        Saga              8.5    Beale             5341
Paul Jensen             Racing        Vikinghood        23’    Hood 23           1634
Peter Johnson           Social        Maun II           31’    Adams 31          PS1
Ken Johnson             Cruising      Mistress          36’    Swanson 36        8318
Joe Jory                Racing        Baywind           6.7    Timpenny 67       G76
Ken Kohen               Racing        Taimai            31’    Eastcoaster 31    ----
Greg Lane               Racing        Tanami            10.3   Bavaria 34        454
John Last               Racing        Artoo             6.5    Ross 650          13
Michael Lee             Cruising      Bushranger        12.0   Crowther 95       8
Ron Lever               Social        Take A Bow        40’    Mashford Cat.
David Luks **           Cruising      Yuengee           26’    Triton 26         ----
Stuart Manley           Racing        Serenade          6.5    Adams 21          39
Ian Mashman & David Gorringe Social   Hermitts 2        25’    Sunbird 25
Warwick Mathieson       Racing        Fast Forward      25’    Noelex 25         994
Neil McWilliams         Cruising      Tempus Fugit      33’    Brolga            986
Bob Naftel              Racing        Rob N’s Hood      23’    Hood              431
Gerard Nymeyer          Cruising      Distant Drums     38’    Pacific           4323
Brian Page **           Cruising      Melody Maker      7.00   Sonata 7

Andrew Parsons                  Cruising           Short Tight & Low Cut 19’            Elan 19               PS11
Russ Perrett                    Social             Jara Gina            6.4             Clipper 21
Nathan Quinn                    Racing             Cool Bananas         30’             Etchells 22           KA222
Jim Quinn                       Racing             Melaleuca            24’             RL 24                 224
Allan Reece                     Racing             Gloria Stitts        5.9             Haines Hunter         36
Brian Rolfe                     Racing             Heron                23              Hood 23               1348
Phillip Ryan                    Cruising           Wine Down 11         11.1            Duncanson
Neville Schofield               Racing             Encore               24’             Triton 24             2586
Kevin Sharman **                Cruising           X-Rated              26’             Sonata 26             2665
John Sharp                      Racing             Glasshopper          25’             Contessa              3497
Bryan Shaw                      Racing             Half Crazy           31’             Adams                 C3
Malcolm Sinclair                Cruising           La Bella             26              Tasman 26
Bruce Statham                   Racing             Escapade             8.3             Ross 830              R830
Geoff Stone                     Racing             Sub Zero             13.1            Grainger Cat          PS75
Graeme Tinkler **               Cruising           Adamant              21’             Adams 21              36
John Townsend                   Racing             Pennyfarrthing       7.5             Farr 750              5029
Craig Tucker                    Racing             Exalte               10.0            X-Yacht 332           ADB318N
Richard Waites **               Cruising           Serendipity          25’             Boomeroo              1083
Anthony Ward                    Cruising           Kinvara              25’             Contessa              882
John Way                        Racing             Absolute Waterfront 30’              Etchell 22            4925
Steve Westcott                  Social             Hood Hunter          23’             Hood                  PS007
Ken White                       Social             Arcoorie             42’             Van Der Stadt         SA84
Ken Whiting                     Social             Kardinia             23’             Hood 23
Tony Williams                   Racing             Karie                23’             Hood 23               PS2983
Steve Woodley                   Racing             Hoodlum              23’             Hood 23               216
Keith Woodley **                Cruising           Dabbler              7.4             Pacific 747            ----

** Also crewing
Racing 36                       Cruising      25                  Social     14
Total    75

                               PORT STEVENS YACHT CLUB
                        TREASURERS AGM FINANCIAL REPORT 2005 – 6
The year resulted in a net income from ordinary operating activity of $13,010 compared to the previous year’s net
income of $9,567 an increase of 35%. In addition taking extraordinary income and expenditure items into account there
was a net income from all activities of $12,743.
There is no doubt that the Club has had a great year financially. However, it should be recognised and appreciated that
this result comes largely from the volunteer efforts of a large number of club members in activities that raise substantial
funds for the club.
The refurbishment of the spinnaker room was undertaken as a major project over the year incurring expenditure
of $4,818, the successful implementation of this project has even further enhanced our very good friendly social
Club overheads amounted to approximately $28,000 of which only about half is met by the non-racing component of
membership fees and interest.The financial viability of the Club depends very significantly on the net income generating
activities such as the bar, regattas and in previous years a major raffle, all of which are successful due to the support of
members who participate and the selfless efforts of the volunteers who organise and help run them.
Again membership fee levels for 2006-2007 have been kept at the previous year’s
levels,total fee revenue increased from $18,074 to $20,875 reflecting an increase in the number of full memberships
including yacht owner and racing memberships (which is most pleasing).
The net result of bar trading was $19,709, which is an increase of 26% on the previous year. Sales revenue increased by
22% and cost of goods sold was 18% greater than the previous year. There was a small increase in bar prices to absorb
increases in the cost of bar stock, which enabled the gross profit margin to be maintained at 49%.
Given the very good financial performance of the Club over recent years, it is clear that there is now a sound financial
basis to undertake significant upgrades of facilities to the benefit of all members of the Club.
I thank the Members , Commodore John Sharp and Board Members for their support . I will single out , Secretary Peter
Foster , Bar Manager Poul Jensen Assistant Treasurer Kevin Sharman I thank them for their consideration, and last but
not least I bow to all our Club Volunteers ……. For it is you people who made our year.
                                                                                                               Peter Hickey
                                                                                        Treasurer September AGM 2006

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