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MBSC Newsletter – Wednesday 21 February 2024









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Members Night Dinner – Friday 23 February 2024

This menu is looking even better than last week! Did anyone say Pork Belly? Email events@mbsc.com.au to book your table.

REMINDER – This Friday 23rd February 2024 – 6:30pm
General Meeting (Half Yearly), meet in the Alfresco Area

SAVE THE DATE

Trident Ins – Three of A Kind and Cock of the Swan on
Sunday 17 March 2024 

As many of you maybe aware, two large branches from the tree along the walkway fell last Friday damaging the tender rack and many of the craft on it. The area has now been cleared and made safe, however several of the craft are unable to be identified by the Club. Please see the attached photo;  If you have had a tender stored on the rack and can safely remove it,  we ask you to please do so.
Until the rack is rebuilt you will need to store your tender at home or seek permission from the office via admin@mbsc.com.au to possibly store at the Club in an alternative spot.
Any unidentified damaged craft that remains in the location of the tender rack following the March long weekend TUES 5th MARCH 2024 will be removed and disposed of by the Club, in order that the Club can rebuild the rack.
 
Thank you in advance of support on this matter.”
 

By the WA Sharpies
 
The WA Sharpie State Championships unfolded at Geographe Bay Yacht Club over the weekend, featuring a competitive fleet of 16 boats navigating tight races amid short courses and light winds. Saturday saw 4 races in challenging light conditions, but Sunday’s potential was thwarted as the wind disappeared after rigging in the morning. Despite the setback, the series scores from Saturday’s races determined the championship results:
1st Place – Atomic Blonde – Shannon Wright, David Nixon, Craig Mann
2nd Place – The Muppet Show – Dave Mann, Maria Louisa Coulson, Steve Penn
3rd Place – Mona – Dave Lightfoot, Gary Swan, Grant Rollerson
Special recognitions:
Junior Skipper: Vaquish – Dan Bower (7th)
Female Skipper: Don’t Poke the Bear – Conor Smith (6th)
Country Skipper: Amber Dreams – Laurie Francis (5th)
Masters Skipper: The Purple Circle – Ash Gabrielson (4th)
Golden Oldies: The Muppet Show
Handicap Winner: Suicide Blonde – Oete Cuthbert
Kudos to Atomic Blonde, led by Shannon Wright with crew members David Nixon & Craig Mann, demonstrating strength from the outset. Shannon’s debut in the Sharpie class promises an exciting addition to the fleet.
Gratitude to Geographe Bay Yacht Club for hosting, and a big thanks to Cam Waters and all volunteers, as these regattas wouldn’t be possible without your support.
Congratulations to all the sailors!

The Chook report – Chompie the Shark qualifies as
new MBSC Equipment Auditor

By Hei Hei the chicken

This week some MBSC sailors were surprised to discover they needed Australian Sailing equipment audits completed prior to registering for an the event. “I thought we were stuffed” said MBSC Tasar sailor Phillip Goodchild. “Chompei the Shark stepped up and got it sorted for us.”

What did you do Chompie? “I checked to see if MBSC had an AS equipment auditor” did we? “No hei hei so I took the liberty of doing the online course and become an AS Australian Sailing equipment auditor.” Did they vet your application? “No, I didn’t need to get checked by the the vet. It was just an online course with some multiple guess questions.” Are you just qualified to audit dinghies? “Anything up to a category 3 ocean racer.” said Chompie the Shark.

Some have questioned the legitimacy of Chompie’s qualification. So, I checked in with Larry Smith MBSC Club Commodore, “We encourage club members to get Australian Sailing qualifications, I’ve sited the certificate and it’s great to have someone able to do equipment audits in the club.

How was the audit process Phil? “Chopmie made it easy he sent out a list of things we needed to have organised, and inspection only took a few minutes. We still need to put the name, number, and club on the back of the boat.” “It was all very efficient” added Nikki Goodchild “Chompei is very professional, and it is really reassuring to know our equipment has been checked.”

HMAS Perth regatta – Arrow of time? a failure by team chicken?
 
Investigation by Hei Hei the chicken
 
Twice as many MBSC Tasars attended this year’s HMAS Perth regatta. With crews risking being slow roasted in the 43° C heat. Phil and Nikki were much closer to the eventual winners saling 125 dinghies leaving Team chicken were a long way from the front of the fleet at the finish. This chicken wanted to know, did team chicken cluck up?
 
I asked MBSC Vice Commodore of sailing Tom Batt. Did team chicken cluck up? “I heard they sailed pretty well? Didn’t they get third? ”They were a long way from the front of the fleet, Lorelei said about 6 minutes. “To the next boat?” IF the finish comes after the start, yes. “That’s normally how it’s done chicken, its kind of an arrow of time thing. ”The arrow of time! sometimes this chicken get that backwards!”

Tom explained how yardsticks work to equalise the performance of different classes of boat in a race. Turns out team chicken had sailed quite well to get third needing to finish about 15 minutes ahead of the 125’s to win which would have been tough in light conditions. “The three of a kind race is yard stick, last year the GP14’s won the yardstick in their division” thanks Tom. You have really helped me understand a lot more about sailboat racing. So tell me if this small brained plastic chicken has this right, you can win a sailboat race even if you finish after the other boats as long as you start before you finish because of the asymmetry of time and entropy? “… Yes, I think? but you need a good handicap”.

We were honored to have Patron Kate Chaney, MP, present her latest report to 200 stakeholders last Monday. Thanks Larry, Gab and Sarah for all your amazing work ensuring our club was well presented. 

Thank you Subiaco Community Men’s Shed for our Giant Jenga for members use and events. If you have any projects for the Community Men’s Shed, please contact subiacoshed@gmail.com

** IMPORTANT **

PLEASE COLLECT YOUR LAWN AND TENDER RACK STICKERS FROM THE OFFICE.

If your watercraft remains unidentified by 20 September 2024 the Club may take action to dispose of it.

Thank you, MBSC Management

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