December / January / February 2018 Welcome to Summer 2018 January 20 Offshore Race Day January 24 Club Marine Summer Wednesday Series Race 1 January 25 Summer Thursday Twilight Series Race 1 January 24 The second of January saw the start of the 2018 Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta taking the fleet the 370nm to the idyllic beaches of the Gold Coast and Southport Yacht Club. The weather wasn’t able to push the front runners fast enough to set a World Record race results based on the 2017 benchmark finish but saw the fleet finish by Thursday evening. A strong southerly took its toll on some boats which had to retire with boat damage and some with crew injuries, all of whom are ok and will be back again in 2019 to in compete the race. The Southport Yacht Club again welcomed competitors to the Gold Coast and hosted another 4 days of racing with the Sail Paradise Regatta. Club Members, Rob Alder & Bill Bailey and crew, racing Occasional Course Language One took out the overall Sail Paradise Regatta Trophy a combined score of the Ocean Race & Sail Paradise Regatta. Full report later in this newsletter. Soldier On Sailing Day January 26 Australia Day January 27-28 Dicko Cup Marathon Series February 2-4 First Friday Dinner MoB Session & Estuary Cruise February 4 Green Fleet Training Centreboard Racing February 10-11 Pittwater Regatta inc Summer One Design & Sports Boat Regatta Tackers Learn to Sail February 24 Feature Event – David Booth Trophy Race February 25-27 International 5.5m Australian Championship The Cruising Division was busy over the Christmas and New Year with cruises and shore events in Sydney and Jervis Bay. Centreboard members had numerous regattas from Sail Sydney to a host of National titles in QLD at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron and Southport Yacht Club.