May 10 - 16, 2015: Issue 213

Mothers Day 2015 

 Banksia integrifolia, commonly known as coast banksia - picture by A J Guesdon, 2015

Happy Mother's Day to all mums here and everywhere, and all our love to our very own. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

'A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.' 

Washington Irving, 1783 – 1859

  “Just add water”; Ginger leads MC38 Autumn Regatta

 Left to right: Ghost Rider; Skipper Ross Hennessy, Hooligan; Skipper Marcus Blackmore and Ginger; skipper Andrew Hunn on Sydney Harbour yesterday for the MC38 Autumn Regatta  - photo by Bob Fowler

MC38 Autumn Regatta, May 9-10, 2015 hosted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron at Kirribilli and racing on Sydney Harbour -  9 MAY 2015

The advice to Andrew Hunn coming in as guest skipper on Leslie Green’s MC38 Ginger for the second stage Autumn Regatta was “just add water”. Given Ginger’s track record, the seasoned steerer but MC38 class blow-in had nothing to worry about predicted coach and peer Mark Bradford. 

In shifty westerly winds on Sydney Harbour, the fruitful combination of a multi-class Australian champion leading the current national MC38 champion crew produced a two point advantage after four races. 

It’s a squeeze at the top of the one design results this afternoon; two points split the first three, Ginger then Menace and Dark Star, with second and third on equal scores. 

Report by Lisa Ratcliff and great pictures of the action HERE

   Palm Beach Sailing Club’s Annual Fish and Chip Run a Princesses Paradise

 PBSC's Princess Barbara Klampfer - giving us all a 'Pittwater royal wave'. Picture by Trevor Gourlay.

Palm Beach Sailing Club hosted their annual Princess Regatta on Saturday May 9th combining this annual fun fest with their Fish and Chip run to Patonga.

This year a ‘Georgina’ , ‘Heidi the Hobie Princess’ and a few other bearded princesses put in a good showing. Bona fide princesses were out in force though and it was their day to show how fleet these female pirates can be when they want to.

Results and great pictures of the fun by Trevor Gourlay as this week's Pictorial

 Pittwater High School’s New Car Caviar Scoop Northern Composure Band Competition 2015

School Support Award handed to Pittwater High Principal Jane Ferris this week for their support of New Car Caviar. (who also won the Judge's Choice and Audience Choice Awards!) - Picture courtesy KALOF – Keep A Look Out For

On April 10th  six great bands, six great sets, four tense judges, 330 screaming fans, proud parents, grandparents and siblings were part of the Finals for the 2015 Northern Composure band competition. 

Afterwards the question was ‘Have NEW CAR CAVIAR created history for Northern Composure?’ Bands have taken both Judges and Audience Choice awards before but add Best School Band and School Support Award and they may just have rewritten the record books. This week Pittwater High Schools Principal accepted the award in the school's hall where many a great concert takes place.


 Avalon Beach R.S.L. Club Crowned People's Choice For 2015! 

Avalon Beach RSL Club General Manager Angus Rimmer ACCM (front) with Mark Houlder, President of Avalon Beach RSL Club Directors (far right) with support crew on Friday night. Picture courtesy Avalon Beach RSL Club.

 The people have spoken! Avalon Beach RSL Club on Sydney’s Northern Beaches has beaten 1400 other registered clubs to take out the People’s Choice Award for 2015. 

ClubsNSW CEO, Anthony Ball said it was an outstanding achievement by the club given it was such a tight contest to make it into the top five.

“Dedicated to offering its members the best from entertainment to dining, Avalon Beach RSL club made it an easy choice for members and visitors to get behind them in this year’s competition,” he said.

“The incredible number of votes cast in this year’s competition just goes to show how popular and loved not-for-profit clubs are across NSW, and especially in Sydney’s Northern Beaches.”

Along with all the bragging rights that go with the prestigious title, Avalon Beach RSL, also won a $10,000 donation to a charity of their choice.

The charity chosen to receive the $10,000 donation is the Home for Heroes program based in Narrabeen, part of RSL LifeCare. 


 Sun Shines on the Mermaids of Palm Beach Currawong Day 2015 

 Three OAM's - Brian Friend OAM, Beryl Driver OAM and Dr Jim Roche - Dr Roche has been attending Mermaid's Currawomng Days for 3 years and has delivered 3 of Beryl's grandchildren - Picture supplied.

A large attendance and a great time was had by all attending the Mermaids of Palm Beach 2015 Day at Currawong which incorporates the Palm Beach Gold Club's Annual Currawong Cup.

Attendees were treated to Beryl Drivers famous sausage rolls and a few other treats. Ticket sales and a few other items raised over three thousand dollars for Variety, the Children’s Charity. This year the Mermaids will cover over 8000 kilometres in the annual B to B Bash in car 2108.

During the week Beryl went with sons Michael and Bruce, and daughter Stacey to the Investiture Ceremony to be presented with her OAM by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd) at Government House Sydney.

The Mermaids of Palm Beach Annual Dinner and Auction at Club Palm Beach (Palm Beach RSL) will be the next big event for the ladies and this year will be on Monday the 13th of July. 

Currawong Cup 32015 Results and more HERE

 Ingleside Fire Brigade Awarded Commissioners Commendations - NSW RFS 16th Annual Awards Ceremony

All volunteers who were awarded Commendations on St Florians Day 2015 with Ingleside RFS's Crew Leader Josh Denney and Deputy Captain Gary Sambridge - Commissioners Commendation for Bravery, at the front. Photo by Ingleside RFS.

May 4th  is St Florian's Day or International Firefighters' Day. St Florian was the Patron Saint of Firefighters. On this St Florian's Day, we give thanks for the selfless dedication and bravery our firefighters show every day, upholding the same commitment to protecting lives and property that St Florian and his first firefighters did in Ancient Roman times.

On Monday, May 4th, two firefighters who braved dangerous conditions in a fuel tanker accident at Mona Vale were among 21 NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) members and 17 units presented awards by Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott MP as part of St Florian's Day 2015 Awards.

In total nine ‎Ingleside‬ volunteers were awarded ‪NSW RFS‬ ‎Commissioners ‬Commendations for ‪Bravery‬, ‎Service‬, Unit Citation and Certificates. Tumbledown Dick RFS, along with the crews of Warringah Pittwater Headquarters 1, Belrose 1A, Belrose 1B, were recognised for their response to this incident and were awarded with Unit Citations and with Certificates of Commendation for their high level of operational support and life saving first aid. Whilst the incident was tragic, our volunteers showed extreme bravery, service and courage that day to protect the community and bystanders and to be recognised officially as volunteers for doing their job is appreciated by these Rural Fire Service Units.

Full Citations from Commendations and more HERE

RPAYC wins Best Community Engagement Initiative for its Integrated disAbled Sailing program

RPAYC receiving the award - Photo courtesy Marina Industries Association

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club wins ‘Best Community Engagement Initiative’ for its Integrated disabled Sailing Program and is a finalist in the Club Marina of the Year category.


Autumn in Pittwater 2015: Careel Creek Corridor Planting Days

Careel Creek corridor - photo by Pittwater Natural Heritage Association

Careel Creek planting day Saturday May 23, 8.30- 11.30

Come and help plant trees along the east bank of the creek. The above photo shows results of our previous planting along the creek. The plants are provided by a grant from Greater Sydney Local Land Services. Pittwater Council is our partner in creating a link of native vegetation between Avalon Dunes and Careel Bay. 

To find us walk north along the track outside Barrenjoey High School from Central Rd east, or south from North Avalon Rd.

Pittwater Natural Heritage Association (PNHA)

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