December 20, 2015 - January 9, 2016: Issue 245

 Summer in Pittwater - Let's Do It Again!

Adrian Curlewis, circa 1930 

at Palm Beach - photo courtesy Philippa Poole - daughter of the 'Father of Surf Life Saving'

'During the 1930’s our family spent summer holidays at Palm Beach. This photo (above)of my father standing on his head followed him through life  - particularly later in life when his career moved on to the role of a dignified District Court Judge.'  - Philippa Poole, 2011

Adriaan van der Wallen, circa 2015

Adriaan grew up surfing at Palm Beach and seeing the likes of Nat Young and Miget Farrelly on the waves. 

'Later, moving to Avalon, and when I got better at surfing, watching Mick Dooley and many other great longboarders, it was great fun to try the tricks they did.'  - Adriaan van der Wallen, 2015

 Carols by the Sea 2015 - Hosted by Avalon Beach SLSC

Thousands of people made a spot on the green beside Avalon Beach for their children and themselves to enjoy wonderful traditional Christmas Carols led by the amazing Rock' n Soul Choir.

Opening with "Gloria in excelsis Deo"  and following this with "Silver Bells", "Hark the Herald Angels Sing", and "Mary's Boy Child", the choir invited every small adult who wanted to onstage to join them for the next, "Silent Night".

Then an element of the ".. 'n'Soul" practice was added with a great "Lifting Me Higher", a great old song originally sung by Jackie Wilson in 1967. The and soul part of the Rock' n Soul Choir gave the local audience a chance to hear a few numbers from some male members of the choir this year, The Ryders providing two songs, "I Swear" and, as a tribute t being beside the sea, a number made famous by the Beach Boys, "Barbara Ann".


 Bilgola Swim has Launched the Pittwater Ocean Swim Series 2015-2016: Four More Opportunities to Dive this Summer

Bilgola SLSC's Billy Swim 2015 - pictures by Bilgola SLSC Members 

Bilgola Surf Club opened the Pittwater Ocean Swim Series on Sunday 13 December, 2015. The club hosted a 1.5km, as well as a new 800m swim with a large amount of people entering both races despite a chilly start to the morning.

Bilgola’s ‘Blackmore’s Billy Swim’ is followed by the Pool to Peak at Newport Beach with an 800m swim and a 2kms swim on Sunday 3 January 2016. This is followed by the Avalon Ocean Swim on 17 January with a 1km Kids swim (but open to anyone), a 1.5km  swim and a 500m Dash for Cash Fin Swim.

The weekend after this, 24 January 2016, Mona Vale will have their popular 1.5 Kms swim from Warriewood Beach to Mona Vale and finally the Big Swim from Palm Beach (2.8Kms) will be held on Sunday 31 January


  Pittwater Sailors and Australian Youth Team Sailing Members in ISAF Youth World Sailing Championships 2015/16

Pittwater sailors, RPAYC Members and Australian Sailing Youth Team crew of Kurt Hansen (NSW) and Jim Colley (NSW) won the 29er at Sailing World Cup Melbourne 2015 Sunday December 13,  secured Silver  in same division in Sail Sydney 2015,  will be representing Australia at Langkawi, Malaysia in ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships (December 27, 2015 - January 3, 2016) - picture by AST.

Avalon Sailing Club, Bayview Yacht Racing Association, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Narrabeen Lakes sailors are part of Sail Sydney 2015 (Thursday 17  to Sunday to 20 December, 2015), part of the annual regatta series that was established in 1994 to serve as a training regatta for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Four Pittwater sailors will then head off as members of the Australian Sailing Youth Team to be part of the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships (December 27, 2015 - January 3, 2016) in Langkawi, Malaysia.


Pittwater Sailors, and Australian Sailing Youth Team crew of RPAYC Member Shaun Connor and Palm Beach Sailing Club Member Sophie Renouf will be representing Australia at Langkawi, Malaysia in ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships (December 27, 2015 - January 3, 2016) image from during the Beware the Bullets Regatta 2015 held on Pittwater - A J Guesdon picture

 Prominent 49erFX combination reunites at Sail Sydney

 Hayley Outteridge & Nina Curtis (forward) 49erFX photo by Beau Outteridge

With an international Sail Sydney fleet of more than 400 competitors racing out of Rose Bay there are a multitude of stories worth telling. One of the more high profile is the reunion of 49erFX combination Haylee Outteridge and 2012 London Games silver medallist Nina Curtis fresh from her Nacra 17 Olympic qualification tilt with Darren Bundock.

Team selection for Australia’s 49erFX position at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games is still up for grabs. Outteridge and Curtis know the status quo, and they are well aware they’ve left their run late so their immediate focus is on the Australian nationals, North American championships and Sailing World Cup Miami in January, then the skiff class’ world championship in February.

When Bundock and Curtis missed out selection to the Australian team she took some time to gather her thoughts before approaching Outteridge, her former sailing partner, who happened to be ready to go with a boat for the worlds. “She was like a coiled spring,” Curtis laughed.

It’s been two years since the women paired up in the newest women’s Olympic skiff class and at Sail Sydney Curtis says her execution is coming back faster than anticipated. “Sail Sydney came at a great time for us; to run-through getting around a race course before the nationals at the same venue but without the pressure. Our main goal is a good result at the world championship next February."


 Veterans Centre Sydney Northern Beaches Open Christmas and Throughout New Years 2015-2016

Above: Ben Webb, Manager of the Veterans Centre Sydney Northern Beaches, in the Dee Why RSL, getting a breath of fresh air on Careel Bay foreshores.

The Veterans' Centre Sydney Northern Beaches, in Dee Why RSL (level 4), will remain open throughout Christmas and New Years. 

Ben Webb, Manager of the Centre, recently visited our office to talk about the holistic service available for any veteran and their families. This extends to any individual who has a connection with Australian military life and requires assistance, advice or would simply like a cup of tea and a chat.


2015 In Pictures Reprise: Pictures By Pittwater People Shared This Year

All of 2015, in every Issue, we've been fortunate and privileged to publish the most wonderful images to show what's happening where and when by great photographers - those who live in Pittwater and are out and about doing their thing.

Someone may need to own the company and run the business but this magazine is also owned by Community Spirit - it is all of you who have helped expand, maintain and lift our For, About and By Pittwater.

It is your voices, unedited, uninterpreted, that are contributing to a record of and a reflection of a community that cares about each other, their environment, their sports, their children and everyone else they may meet here - people they've known for decades, people they have just met, visitors to our beautiful part of Sydney.

This week's Pictorial, the last for 2015, is a reprise of all these photographs By Others - thank you very much for sharing these with those less mobile, those far from home who pop in here to see what the weather's like, and those who were not there at that moment a dolphin raced across your bow near Barrenjoey or a Lorikeet feasted on magnificent Spring Blooms or the boys won the premiership or the children made music for elders or you and your mates planted trees, cleaned rubbish from waterways.

You have helped us all....'get the picture'!

Issue 245 Pictorial - By Pittwater

Above: Penthea pardalis Leopard beetle - Below: Chrysolopus spectabilis (Common names include Botany Bay diamond weevil, Botany Bay diamond beetle and sapphire weevil) -  on the Waratah track at West Head, Ku-ring-gai National Park - photos by Selena Griffith

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