13_Yachtsman 2015.qxp_Yachtsman Magazine 19/08/2015 4:28 pm Page 8 Club Yachting Yacht Racing Report Ron Palmer, Rear Commodore Yacht Racing Club Racing • All Year Wednesday Afternoons regularly (40+ boats). • Saturdays • Early Bird (20) Winter (25) Inshore (37) Lion Island (45) • Commodores Cup & Mosquito (33) • 2 Handed & Ladies Winter Series • Broken Bay (34) SOPS (14) Blue Water (16) • Alternate Tuesdays • Ladies Littleford Wines Spinnaker Twilights (16) • Sprint Spinnaker Twilights (12) new event this year. • Thursday Twilights (45) Regattas • The Wattle Cup Couta Boat Regatta (9) • Melges East Coast Championship and Spring Pittwater Regatta (10) • Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship won by Millie Bennet & all girl crew • Blackmores MC 38 Open Regatta (8) • Farr 40 OD Pittwater Regatta (7) • Whisper Mug (6) • Yngling Australian Championship (8) • Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour (28) • Huntingfield Jubilee Cup (11) • Couta Boat Class Summer Regatta (7) • MC38 Summer Pittwater Regatta (8) • Sydney 38 Australian Championships (15) • Sydney Yacht Regatta (5) • Dicko Cup • David Lukins Match Racing Regatta (8) • Melges Young Guns 2015 (5) • MC38 OD Australian Championship (8) • Young 88 NSW Championship (12) • Autumn OD Regatta (6) • Old Timers Race (10) • Gwen Slade Etchells Regatta 2015 (6) • Mid-Winter One Design Regatta (35) I would especially would like to thank all our on water volunteers who make all this possible and Paul Borel for keeping our Committee boats in working order with such a heavy work load for them. All competitors expressed what a great experience they had both on the water and off water enjoying support from all parts of our Club including Food & Beverage. The Yacht Racing Committee has had some changes and the Fleet Representatives now meet separately to bring a joint report to the Committee. We have a separate 8 The The Alfred’s Alfreds Yachtsman Yachtsman team working on courses and the annual sailing handbook in order to make them more user friendly. The Technical Race Officer program we have introduced this year has seen new Race Officers being mentored in order to give a more consistent approach to on-water Race Management. Thank you to everyone involved for your efforts during a difficult gestation period to get this program up and running. The Race Office together with our Training team have introduced a new program this year to transition people from Learn to Sail to sailing on different club members’ boats to enrich their sailing experience and all reports to date have been very encouraging. Like all clubs, we need to engage the 30 to 40 year old group back into sailing. To this end the Board is supporting a One Design concept to encourage more participation and Jason Antill has been working hard to implement this plan. Finally, I would like to thank the members of the Yacht Racing Committee, Race Officers and Sailing Office staff for their time and commitment to our Club to ensure we can all go sailing.