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Couta Nationals and Wattle Cup 2017

 Gaffers day web

Documents and Information Sheets:

NSW October Couta Week and Nationals 2017 Info Sheet LINK HERE

 Entry Form LINK HERE

 Notice of Race (NoR) LINK HERE

Supplementary Sailing Instructions V1 LINK HERE

Couta Boats Nationals Results

Updated 11th Oct

Couta Sailing Programme

WEDNESDAY TWILIGHT. There is a good breeze for Woody Point. Their Handicap Start time is 5.49 and 13 Couta boats are registered to start. ASC are having drinks on our deck and we expect 60 - 80 or so visitors.

THURSDAY. HALLETTS BEACH. The weather forecast for this was looking bad but a revised forecast looks OK. Some boats want to go by power boat, some want to sail..

FRIDAY PRACTICE RACE. We have a scheduled start for 2.00. Debrief at 12. A full practice with PRO and team for the weekend. Plan is for one Windward / leeward course and a 2nd short race around Scotland Island to give all our visitors a chance to familiarise themselves with the ‘dead’ side of the Island. Sausage and beer on deck after the racing.

SATURDAY. Nationals. Plan is for three races with debrief at 10 am and first race planned for 12. If wind above 22knots racing may need to be postponed till Sunday. Bacon and egg in morning. Drinks and sausage after race but only limited to allow time for visitors to shower and change as there is a catered ticket only social on deck at 6pm for visitors.).

SUNDAY PASSAGE RACE. Passage race with debrief at 10 am and start at 11. We need to share Lucinda and will work with gold am. Coutas will derig as best they can and then gather back at ASC for prize giving and final farewells. This may be late (like 5pm) to allow them to pack up.

POST REGATTA. Plan is for the fleet to progressively move to RPA for loading by truck for their return home beginning Monday.

 Setup of the Clubhouse and Deck

A Marquee will be set up in the South West corner positioned to allow access to the ramp and the beach for dinghies. We are going to dedicate the south bay as a food/bar area as there are a series of events to cater for. This will have the BBQ,s in front of this bay and big eskies and a fridge for the food storage to avoid too many trips up & down stairs. Lucinda is being stored in a pen immediately south of the club and Blue Peter and Yellow Glen will be left attached to the deck for the week freeing up these moorings. There will be barrel tables on the deck as lean on tables which will be moved for Sunday rigging.

Impact on Club Members?
The club will continue as normal except for the social on Saturday night which is for the Couta sailors. However, there will be a lot more people in and around the club all week. Sunday sailing will be busy with tenders taking visitors. Our aim is to welcome visitors as fellow sailors and encourage interaction. The cruising club moorings may have a club vessel on them for part of the week. Parking will be very limited so please drop off and allow extra time particularly on the Sunday. We have organised extra rubbish bins and pick ups but anything that can be removed will be of help.

The busiest time will be Sunday morning with tendering and normal activities all happening. The exact timing of the Couta start is wind dependent. We all need to be aware of the interaction of all groups.


On water activities are mostly covered as the PRO, umpires and mark layers are from the Couta organisation. They will be using Lucinda but are aware of our Sunday needs with gold am and pm groups.

There is a thin coverage for all the events but additional help would be appreciated to assist with BBQ, serving food and drinks and generally making the events go smoothly. Events are Friday drinks and BBQ from 3.30pm; Saturday egg and bacon 11.30am; Saturday post race sausage and bar 4pm to 6pm; Saturday evening (we are paying for Luke and 3 others as “professional staff” 5.30 pm till late but peak is 6 to 8pm); Sunday egg and bacon (8 till 10am) and finally Sunday pm from 4pm till close up. For many, such as Sunday afternoon yachties, it simply means staying around a bit longer. Also, as normal activities are happening on Sunday there will be overlap.



Please contact me for any information or if you would like to help out.

Paul Westcott 0419 013 142 email:

Ps I am the lucky one to be OOD for the full weekend so will be on the job for the three days to answer queries.