Yachts - Racing
The Club has a fleet of approximately 50 yachts ranging from 20ft to over 40ft. Not all race but there is a lively fleet on each Sunday race day.
This makes racing enjoyable and winnable for all competitors. A typical fleet might consist of a Young 88 or two, East Coast, Northshore, Etchels, Tasman, Jeanneau, Bavaria, Beneteau etc etc.
Race management is by volunteer "duty boat". The crew of the duty boat provides a Yacht Coordinator assisted by rostered club members and a boatboy to conduct the start. The Club has an easy to use 30 ft committee vessel "Lucinda" well fitted with remote anchor winch, enclosed head etc. to make the volunteer experience an enjoyable day in itself.
The club also runs a limited licence bar for members and there is a Free Tender Service on race days for yachts moored in the immediate vicinity of the clubhouse.
Our program has three unique elements:-
Blue Water Shield: A handicap series raced on courses which include a mark laid approximately one mile off shore from Lion Island. Six heats, five to count (scratch start)
Koolong Trophy: A handicap series raced on a course within Pittwater, sailed concurrently with the Blue Water Shield. Six heats with five to count (scratch start)
Quartet Bowl: A handicap series raced on courses that include a mark laid off Juno Point. Six heats, five to count (handicap start)
Retriever Trophy: A handicap series raced on courses within Pittwater. Six heats, five to count (scratch start)
Family Races: Individual handicap races sailed on a short course within Pittwater. No "extras" allowed. Handicap start. BYO BBQ follows on club deck
Twilight Races: Individual handicap races sailed on alternate Fridays during Daylight Saving. No "extras". Scratch start. BYO BBQ follows on club deck
Shaz II Trophy: A scratch trophy for the fastest yacht in the Club. The winner is the yacht with the minimum points from all races in the thre major trophy series (BWS/KT - RT - QB) when calculated on the basis of scratch results
Commodores Trophy: A handicap trophy for the fastest yacht in the Club. The winner is the yacht with the minimum points from all races in the thre major trophy series (BWS/KT - RT - QB) when calculated on corrected times
Van Den Bosch Trophy: For perseverance in fair weather and foul. Awarded to the yacht competing in the most events during the year, providing it has not been a prize winner in any series (an event is a series trophy race)
Single Day Events: There are a number of single day events, such as: The two Islands Race which appear in the Race Calendar. Details are posted on the day