July 16 - 22, 2017: Issue 321

Palm Beach Sailing Club (PBSC) Open Day 

Palm Beach Sailing Club (PBSC) Open Day

Prelude to the Start of the Sailing Season

PBSC is predominantly a family orientated sailing club offering great opportunities for young and older sailors to get the feel of fast “off the beach” multihulls. 

PBSC is gearing up for the start of the next sailing season with its own “boat show” on Saturday the 12th August, the weekend after the Sydney International Boats Show.

While not anywhere near the same dimensions as the Sydney’s International Boat show PBSC will be showcasing the “off the beach” multihulls that frequent the waters of Pittwater including the Weta Trimaran, A Class, F18 and F16 and Hobie 18,16 and 14’s.

PBSC sailors have competed and podium at State, National, World and Olympic events over its long history. With a few of its sailors looking at turning over their multihulls in time for the new season this is a great opportunity to see some of the boats that some Olympic and Americas Cup sailors cut their teeth on and experience the thrill of “off the beach” multihull sailing.

The multi’s will be on the beach and available for a sail from noon on the 12th August from Sandy Beach at the corner of Iluka and Woorak Roads, Palm Beach.

Come down, have a look and bring your sailing gear.

About Palm Beach Sailing Club Activities
Fun social events such as the annual Princess Race and the Patonga Fish and Chip Run ensure club members can enjoy the beauty of the location we sail in and on as well as each other's company.

Race days on Pittwater usually end with a great barbecue back at the clubhouse. Speakers and Tutors share their experiencing throughout the season -many of them club members - Jason Waterhouse and Nina Curtis have been recent visitors and sailed with the club too.

There are a number of its sailors though that competed at elite levels who have won or placed in State, National and World events over the last 2016/2017 season. Just a few examples:
  • Upu Kila won the National Hobie 16 Grandmasters and podiumed in the Open event at the NSW and Victorian State titles.
  • Peter (Doogie) McDougall won the Hobie 14 NSW State titles for both cat rigged at sloop rigged categories. Sophie Renouf and Lucy Copland won the Hobie 16 Womens at the same event.
  • At the Hobie 16 World Titles in China, Rod and Kerrie Waterhouse doubled up and won the Hobie 16 World Masters and Grandmasters with club mates Anthony Duchatel and Evelyn Curtis taking silver in the Grandmasters and Nina Curtis and Hayley Outeridge also taking silver in the Women’s.
Each season the club host the very successful Beware the Bullets Regatta (November 19-20, 2016) which attracts sailors from around the state to compete in the F18, Hobie 14, Hobie 16, Hobie 17 Sport, Hobie 18, Nacra 17 and Viper and Weta classes. 

We take a break over the Christmas-New Years weeks, when Palm Beach and Pittwater can be crowded, but members will also get together for impromptu sails outside of the club's racing calendar.

A few pictures that speak louder than words:
PBSC Getting Ready for Racing
PBSC Close Racing
PBSC Marathon Lined Up at Patonga for the Return
Couple of Youth Champions here - PBSC's Paul Darmanin and Lucy Copeland ready to sail on Pittwater 
PBSC Christmas Sail is always great fun - ignore gentleman to left - he's pretending to be a Christmas 'humbug' character; actually a lovely man/keen sailor.
Another PBSC Christmas sail