Telltales 18 November 2017

Apollo Bay Sailing Club Tell Tales

Saturday 18th November 2017

There wasn’t much action while all the boats were “slowly” making their way to the Top Mark. But it surely makes for a beautiful sight of our Club’s fleet on the water.

There are many conditions that sailors don’t like. Strong winds can be a bit difficult. Large swell can have the boat pitching and crashing off waves. The sun can beat relentlessly off the water straining your eyes and the cold can make it hard to hold sheets (ropes) and move quickly enough so as to avoid the bashing and bruising that come with miss timed maneuvers. All of these things can be mitigated by a good sailor. But only the best (and some might even suggest “lucky”?) can conjure some movement forward in very little wind. Saturday started well, with a good crowd gathered to hear Commodore Lisa (resplendent in summer wear) welcome one and all to the club and a military like briefing around the newly sign written blackboard (thanks Pete Bourne) by Anton and Pete.

But that is kind of where the fun ended and the hard work began. The course was set short (800 mtr upwind) but even that, in the end, would prove too much for some. The keel boats lumbered towards their start with everyone keen to take advantage of any small puff in the final minute. Interlude drifted so close to the duty boat it was as if to gently kiss her cheek (or was it just a slow motion ram?).

The dinghy start, 5 minutes later, probably had just a hint more wind and shortly after a few knots at least gave them the chance to get their sails full and bows pointing. The keel boats also made good progress all things considered. But for six boats everything would come to a grinding halt about 100mts shy of the top mark. What wind there was drifted around and between that and a bit of tide it was proving very difficult to get around the top.It’s Magic (line honours) and Wild Rose were first to clear it and set off down wind. The rest literally floated back and forth for a frustrating twenty minutes till Gypsea (laser) andZiff (ff) willed themselves around and then had a little tidal help.

The other two boats to make the whole course were Boheme and 10+1,withBoheme taking 1hr 21 mins to do one 2,2 klm triangle it truly was a day to test the resolve of the hardiest sailors. Affroditeand Trading Post (like punch drunk fighters) tried everything to stay in the ring but eventually had to throw in the towel.Quickmatch tried their gennaker (asymmetrical spinnaker) but with no luck and Community Bank and Jamie (laser) had to head back without a finish as well. Well done to all for your persistence on what proved to be a pleasant, if at times frustrating, afternoon.


For more pictures of the race visit our Facebook page

Heat 3 Waterfront Motor Inn Pre Xmas Series
Heat 3 Café 153 Club Championships.

1st It’s Magic
2nd Wild Rose
3rd Gypsea

Yard Stick
1st Gypsea
2nd Ziff

Thanks to our sponsors: 
Apollo Bay & District Community Bank, Great Ocean Road Trading Post, Waterfront Motor Inn, Café 153, The Fishing Co op, Surf-n- Fish, J&C Marriner Earthworks
Life is good. Come Sailing!

Telltales 11 November 2017

Apollo Bay Sailing Club Tell Tales

Saturday 11th November 2017

A close keelboat race ensued after a close keelboat start

There is a vibe and a sound that you experience when you stroll down by the harbour boat ramp on a Saturday morning. It is a mixture of busy-ness, anticipation, excitement mingled together with the sound of sails furling and the general good natured banter and story telling that goes on when a bunch of sailors come together for a Saturday afternoon out on the bay.

And when the Ten plus One team are on the duty boat, as they were this weekend, most of the excitement and all of the noise is coming directly from them. Quite a few members spent the morning checking out a new motor boat the club has on its wish list, which we are actively fundraising for, and would replace the tired old duty boat. Then it was time to stop the chit chat and get those sail boats out there where they belong.

A beautiful little 10-13knt easterly was ordered for the day and a port course was served up as a side dish. Shotty was seconded by the Quickmatch crew for his tactical knowledge, which paid off as they were first off the mark (a small but significant bragging right). A close keel boat race then ensued. Boheme, back on the water for 2017, going straight into stealth mode to secure line honours after a real fight to the death with Its Magic 30 seconds behind after 1 hour and 38 minutes. A breeze under 13knts does not really allow the big boats to stretch out but is even worse for the smaller keel boats like Interlude and Quickmatch.

The dinghy race was very hotly contested indeed. Affrodite missed the start but came back to challenge all day. Ziff headed the fleet for 3/4s of the race and Ffantome, skippered by Morgan, was always only metres behind. And with only one triangle to go and her crew (mother) working the spinnaker like a roman galley slave, they pounced on Lisa and Tam (Ziff) to cross the line 18 secs ahead. Affrodite (Tim, Chris) who hit a buoy, and had to throw in a 360 right at the end, could have easily upset the whole apple cart. Wal(the Smith twins) battled it out a little further back with Miss Molly and April Dancer. The later having another very fine sail.
Karljn and Stephan (see h/cap results below) are sailing Trading Post beautifully and had the better of Crock and visiting sailor Kate on Community Bank. All in all it was a very fine day out indeed.

Heat 2  Waterfront Motor Inn Pre Xmas Series
Heat 2 Café 153 Club Championships.

1st Trading Post
2nd Ffantome
3rd April Dancer

Yard Stick
1st Ffantome
2nd Ziff
3rd Affrodite

Thanks to our sponsors: 
Apollo Bay & District Community Bank, Great Ocean Road Trading Post, Waterfront Motor Inn, Café 153, The Fishing Co op, Surf-n-Fish, J&C Marriner Earthworks

Life is good. Come Sailing!

Monthly BBQ’s


To everyone that has participated to our Club Working Bee this last Saturday 28 October in some way. It has been uge success and we got a lot of things done because so many of you contributed. It was quite a spectacle to see so many of you working so hard.

To break up the works and prepare for our sailing season, we focussed on our safety features. In the morning we had an amazing CPR refresher from St John’s Ambulance and many of you got acquainted with using the newly acquired defibrillator. We also had an afternoon demonstration of our SOS Recovery Ladder attached to the duty boat in order to quickly and safely remove an unconscious person from the water.

Saturday 4 November

With the Working Bee behind us, many of you must be excited to hit the water for our first race! I can tell you that I am looking forward to it!

We will also organise a series of BBQ’s to raise funds towards our desperately needed new duty boat.

What will you get? 
A Gourmet BBQ, including varieties of salads, meats, fish, and desserts, organised by our culunairy sailing team Heather and Angelika. In addition a chance so socialise with our community sailors.

What will we get?
YOUR SUPPORT towards the Apollo Bay Sailing Club.

What will this cost you?

In exchange for this three course BBQ, which will certainly replace your need to cook your own dinner, we will kindly ask a donation of $15.

We INVITE EVERYONE to come and join in on our BBQ. A chance to chat to us, a chance to grab a bite to eat while supporting one of your local community groups. We only ask you to let us know in advance if you wish to come and dine with us.

Looking forward to welcoming you to the BBQ!

PLEASE RSVP (by Wednesday before the BBQ event) so the right amounts of food can be organised.
(either by email to OR attending the facebook event)

INVITE FAMILY, FRIENDS, POTENTIAL SAILORS, and anyone else you can think off.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME (but, please let us know in advance so we can cater for you)


To ensure you are eligible for race points on Saturday 4 November, please do not forget:
– to hand in your completed membership form (payments preferred via EFT)
– Hand over a copy of your Boat insurance notice if required
(If we do not have membership and required documents you will not be noted as DNS on race days)

Working Bee & Paella Night

The season is nearly upon us and we are excited to get out on the water with our first race on Saturday 4 November (see program here).

Before that however, this Saturday 28 October we would like to welcome everyone to our annual Working Bee & Uncle Ken’s Paella Night.

Saturday 28 October
9:00AM – 11:00AM 
Defibrillator Training organised by St John’s Ambulance Australia
(it is important to have as many members familiar with using the defibrillator, 
please come along as you and your fellow members life could depend on it)
(medical emergency plan)

11:00AM – 3:00PM 
Working Bee
(Details of who your team leader is and what you will be doing can be found on our facebook group. Everyone is welcome to come and help!!)

Uncle Ken’s Paella Night (Everyone welcome)
(64 Pascoe Street, 3233, Apollo Bay)

Please bring with you the following:
– Someone you would think be interested in sailing and think it is good to get to know us all

– Completed membership form (payments preferred via EFT)
– Copy of Boat insurance notice if required
(If we do not have membership and required documents you will not be noted as DNS on race days)

– Some left over (indoor) white paint you have lying around and would like to have used in the clubhouse.

We would also like to remind everyone about our Tackers Course in January

Learn to Sail in Apollo Bay this summer

A special EARLY BIRD offer is available at $245 till 31 October 2017.

Saturday January 6th – Tuesday Jan 9th
Professional sailing tuition from The Mobile Boatshed.

Building on last summer’s program, four courses will run this year for kids, adults and teens.
– Tackers 1 – Having fun (Beginners age 7-12)
– Tackers 2 – Tricks/techniques (Intermediate age 7-12)
– Start Sailing 1&2 – (Beginners) for adults and teens
– Better Sailing – (Intermediate) for adults and teens

The Mobile Boatshed will provide qualified Australian Sailing instructors, Opti’s for kids and Pacers for adults plus lifejackets and fun!

$295 per person.
Book now for EARLY BIRD RATE of only $245!

The club will be putting on a BBQ in the evening on Saturday 6 Jan with all participants invited along!

For more info & to register head to:
Or contact Adam Gristwood:
ph: 9686 2571 / email:

Learn to Sail at Apollo Bay this summer!
Why wouldn’t you?

Learn To Sail

“The Mobile Boatshet @ Apollo Bay”
Saturday 6 January 2018 to Tuesday 9 January 2018
@ Apollo Bay Sailing Club

Thanks to Apollo Bay Sailing Club, The Mobile Boatshed will be returning to Apollo Bay in January 2018 after a successful launch last year! We will again be offering courses for kids, teenagers & adults delivered by our experienced & friendly qualified Australian Sailing instructors. The club will be putting on a BBQ in the evening on Saturday 6 Jan with all participants invited along!

Tackers 1 & 2 programs are the main accredited introductory kids sailing courses recognised by Australian Sailing, suitable for ages 7 years – 12 years old. For participants that are 12 years and older wishing to get into sailing we offer the Start Sailing 1 + 2 course, delivered in off the beach dinghies (Pacers). For those who have completed Start Sailing 1 + 2 and are ready to go fast we are offering the Australian Sailing Better Sailing program. There are courses on offer for both beginner and intermediate sailor.

Book before 31 October 2017 for the special EARLY BIRD RATE of only $245!
Normal prices are $295. *Payable directly to The Mobile Boatshed


More Information:

Cape Otway Lightstation is offering members of ABSC, and their friends/family, the opportunity to purchase tickets to their ‘Opera In The Otways’ event on Saturday 17 November at a 10% discounted price and will also donate $20 to the club for each ticket sold.

This is a wonderful fundraising opportunity for the club.

If you can’t make the event, pass offer onto friends/family who may be interested in going. Simply mention ABSC when booking your tickets.

More info….

Paul Thompson, Cape Otway Lightstation

03 5237 9240