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MBSC Newsletter – 22 February 2023

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Mounts Bay Sailing Club – Australia II Drive, Crawley, Western Australia, 6061

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Half-Yearly AGM Reminder

Reminder that this Sunday 26th of February 2023 at 11:30am the MBSC Half-Yearly AGM is on. The upstairs bar will be open promptly proceeding the meeting.
 
All members are welcome to attend. Click here to view the notice.



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This Sunday:

All classes are racing for:
Short Course Series  

Racing starts at 2pm.

The duty fleets for this Sunday –  Sharpies 
Thanks for your help team!

MBSC DEVELOPMENT SQUAD 
There will be NO DEVELOPMENT SQUAD TRAINIG this week or next, 
Our next session will be Sunday the 12th March 

Mounts Bay Sailing Club – 3 of a Kind Regatta 
Afternoon Tea – Share Platters $35 each 

PRE ORDER YOUR SHARE PLATTER NOW
Many thanks to Jim Armstrong and the GP14 fleet for their assistance with sanding back “Norma S” on the weekend. 
We are almost ready for the next stage but would love some more volunteers to reach out to fiona.davidson@mbsc.com.au to arrange a suitable time to assist us over the coming week. 

CONGRATULATIONS LUCAS & FINLEY 
The boys sailed a ripper regatta at the RPYC Miniseries in the 29erXS.
They were undefeated, collecting the picket fence score card!
Well done boys!!!

The Chook report – HMAS Perth Regatta
Reporter: Hei Hei the chicken
Today I’m reporting from Nedlands Yacht Club at the 63rd HMAS Perth regatta which commemorates HMAS Perth and USS Houston in WW2.
I Asked MBSC Sailor Damien Smith When was World War 2 and what war it about?, “Depends who you ask, Empire of Japan invaded Manchuria in 1931 and Second Sino-Japanese War 1937, The Third Reich and USSR invaded Poland in 1939. In 1941 the Japanese launched simultaneous attacks at Pearl harbour and the Philippines then headed South towards the Dutch east Indies and Australia.” What would have happened if imperial Japan got to Australia? “You’d be sushi” so these ships stopped the Japanese invasion? “No.”
As this chicken is clearly not sushi I began looking for answers, I asked Lorelei who she was sailing for? (each crew given a name before the race) “Harry Lambden”, what happened to him? “He died on HMAS Perth”
Damien Smith seeing this chook’s horrified look continued, “The remaining American, Commonwealth and Dutch naval ships in the area formed a task force to stop the Japanese invasion fleet reaching what’s now Indonesia. Suffice to say what is known as the battle of the Java Sea did not go well. USS Houston and HMAS Perth, low on ammunition and fuel, tried to make their escape to the southeast through the Sunda Straight unfortunately, running into a Japanese invasion fleet consisting of 50 ships. Fighting literally until they ran out of ammunition HMAS Perth was destroyed when hit by four long lance torpedoes with USS Houston being taken out a few moments later.” Confused, I asked “So these guys totally lost the battle, and this event is their honour?” Mr Smith nodded,“ It would have been horrible, those that survived ended up as forced labour with many succumbing to disease and starvation.”
Turning to Lorelei I asked, “You and your father only got second over the line, do you think Harry would be disappointed?” No, Dad and I talked about this. Harry would have wanted kids in the future to enjoy our lives without worrying about if dad is in gaol for disagreeing with the government or being prepared for some dumb war, like in Russia.“ Her Dad continued, “In 1941 U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt gave his four freedoms speech, committing to a world where freedom including freedom from want and freedom from fear itself exists everywhere, Harry and his mates paid for our freedoms, including freedom to participate in this little boat race some 80 years later. I’m sure they would be delighted by this commemoration and the society they would find in Australia today.”
Still trying to understand the purpose this regatta I asked, “Are you saying what happened in World War Two means this chicken can be an idiot cock rather than sushi?” “…… yes Hei Hei, for you in particular it’s the freedom to be an idiot….”
MBSC would like to apologise for the subsequent behaviour of Hei Hei the chicken. “You can’t leap beak first into someone elses drink”, said Ms Davidson, MBSC Commodore, “This is not a sharpie event” she continued. Hei Hei will receive counselling and is restricted to mid strength until further
notice.

 

MBSC HAS IMPLEMENTED NEW PROCEDURES RECOMMENDED BY AUSTRALIAN SAILING IN RESPONSE TO SHARK SIGHTINGS. READ MORE HERE

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