Wanderer - December 2016

Commodore's Report

Dear Members,

AS the calendar year draws towards its end, it is time to reflect on the progress of the club since the AGM.
Our November meeting has been postponed until 14th December due to a large number of apologies that would have left us without a quorum.

However, we have been busy, not only with the day to day management of the club, but also looking at ideas for improvement that were raised by our members at the May Workshop. Some of the ideas that were raised will be incorporated into the actions we employ in the development of the club's Strategic Plan. The committee commenced discussions about the Strategic Plan at our October meeting and we will continue the work at all subsequent meetings until the process is complete. This Document will be designed to be a living document that will define our vision, values, and core purpose as well as describing the "big picture" strategic actions that will take us forward for five to ten years. Our current lease expires in 2026 and the process of re-negotiating with the Council will take a number of years. A current and robust Strategic Plan, covering all our aims and objectives, will enable us to negotiate from a position of power.

But there is more! As I read through the ideas and information from the workshop, it is clear that we have already implemented a number of your good ideas.

In the areas of Governance and Management, we have:
* Almost completed our long term Financial Management plan and developed an annual budgeting system that will enables to keep better track of club finances
* Begun to identify the skills, experience and areas of interest within our membership, through our recent survey. This will assist us to undertake much needed succession planning.
* Re-jigged the way we approach committee meetings that has enabled us to consistently reduce meeting length to 2 hours
* Appointed one of our committee members (Vicki Vuat) to assist the Treasurer and Secretary with specific areas of those portfolios. As part of her role, Vicki is taking on a focus of meeting and greeting new members.

In the area of Programs and Participation we have:
* Promoted our training programs to teens and young adults, gaining us a few new recruits in these age groups
* Our Discover Sailing Centre programs are continually growing, and with the addition of the schools programs (so far Paynesville Primary School and Gippsland Grammar) we are working hard to increase our junior membership, with the hopes of making this an ongoing situation rather than the cyclical situation we have had in the past
* The many ideas for different sailing/racing programs are continually under consideration, but we have to balance these against the number of potential participants Vs the availability of the extra volunteers who would be required to run them.

In Facilities and Assets we have:.
* Commenced research to upgrade the beach ramps for OTB boat launching
* Completed the western boundary redevelopment and commenced Planning to resurface the hard stand areas that will increase the area available for boat storage
* Finalised and published our boat storage policy that will enable us to remove unutilised boats when space is needed.

In other news, thank you to Jasmine, Hilary and Bruce Sharp, Darcy and Paul Wilson and Georgie Broomhall who represented the club in the Bairnsdale Christmas Parade. The weather was fine, the crowd large and the whole parade a real spectacle of what is on offer in our area. Hopefully our presence will raise community awareness of our existence and our training programs.

We had a good turnout of 32 for dinner at the Nicholson Hotel as well as nine boats that sailed over on Saturday 3rd December. A perfect afternoon for sailing was topped off by a congenial meal at the Hotel. Thank you to Ginny and Adam Rickhuss for making us welcome and for donating a $20 a meal voucher as a spot prize. We also gave away two bottles of bubbly donated by the Paynesville Wine Bar.

On Boxing Day, we have an offer from one of our bar staff to open the bar so members can watch the start of the Sydney Hobart on the Big Screen. Please let me know if you would be likely to attend that so that we can assess the viability of opening the bar.

New Year's Eve will see the club "open for business" with some sort of meal/potluck happening - yet to be finalised. Keep your eye on the eFlash for more information.

So, as the silly season bears down on us, have fun, keep safe and enjoy your sailing.


Updated: 9 Dec 2016 9:42am by David Parish

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In this issue:

Sailing Calendar

L B & B Nov 20 start
L B & B Nov 20 start

02 Friday 1700 hrs Green Fleet Session 8
03 Saturday 1000 hrs Cruise to Nicholson (to be reviewed due to jetty repair)
04 Sunday 0900 hrs Sailing School #5
04 Sunday Return from Nicho
04 Sunday 1400 hrs CG Drummond Trophy Race Toccata
06 Tuesday 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing
09 Friday 1700 hrs Green Fleet Session #9
11 Sunday 0900 hrs Sailing School #6
11 Sunday 1400 hrs Lifebuoy & Bell Race 3 Shadowfax
13 Tuesday 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing
16 Friday 1700 hrs Green Fleet Session #10
18 Sunday 0900 hrs Sailing School #7
18 Sunday 1400 hrs Divisional Race #4 Ghost
20 Tuesday 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing Christmas Break-up Dinner
25 Sunday Merry Christmas
27 Tuesday 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing No meals
31 Saturday Potluck Dinner for members and RLS and Lions Club fireworks at 9pm and midnight

January 2017
01 Sun.-Sat. Javelin National Championships and RL24 Championships 1/1 -7/1
02 Mon.-Fri. Tackers and Adult/Teen program 02 to 06 Jan.

They've got the hang of it
They've got the hang of it

03 Tuesday 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing
10 Tuesday 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing
15 Sunday 0900 hrs Division Cool begins
15 Sunday 1400 hrs Life Buoy and Bell Immunity/Still Bitten
17 Tuesday 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing
22 Sunday 0900 hrs Division Cool
22 Sunday 1400 hrs Divisional Race Karma Cat/Supertoy Contends
24 Tuesday 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing
26 Thursday 1400 hrs Australia Day Trophy race Longnose
29 Sunday 0900 hrs Division Cool
29 Sunday 1400 hrs Life Buoy and Bell Molly 'O'


Updated: 9 Dec 2016 2:17pm by James Frecheville

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Social/Sailing Calendar

Time Flies hurries around the compass piles with an appreciative audience
Time Flies hurries around the compass
piles with an appreciative audience

Friday Club Night
Come to the club bar on Friday evenings to enjoy the evening, maybe even throw something on the barbie. You are welcome to bring a meal/takeout/fish and chips to enjoy. If you're lucky you might be the lucky winner of
the club draw.

Twilight sailing:
Stern chaser begins around 1700 hrs for the first boats. The Social Membership category covers Tuesday Twilight racing for crew and is required for crew who race more than 3 races (a YV requirement). If you're looking for more crew, there is a white board on the breezeway door
to check for people wanting to sail. Be sure to sign in those on your boat who would like to stay for the meal (and note if they need a vegetarian option).

Note: No meal to be served on 27 Dec.

Double Note: Please let Linda know soon if you will join everyone for the Christmas party meal after the Twilight Sail on 20 Dec.

Fridays, 1700 hrs: Green Fleet Training
Contact Sharna. Watch the sailors' progress out on the water. Thanks to Jacqui and Brian and helpers.

New Years Eve at the Club
For the last few years, there has been a pot luck dinner at the club on New Years Eve. We might as well try it again as the offerings are always tasty, the company lively and happy, and the fireworks at 9 pm and midnight pretty spectacular for our little town! (See article below.)

Updated: 9 Dec 2016 3:59pm by Christie Arras

From the Sailing Captain

Our youngest sailor out in the sticks
Our youngest sailor out in the sticks

In early January our Club hosts the Championship Regattas for both RL24 and Javelin Classes.
We will be running this event over the first weekend of January 2017 and it promises to be just as much fun and work as previous regattas.

I don't expect the fleets to be large, but with the two classes sailing different courses with a common start and gate, it will be spectacular especially if there is a bit of breeze. If any member is interested in being part of the Race Management team please get in touch with me asap.

The weather appears to be stabilizing as we exit spring and approach summer. Not so many N over A signals have been seen. And this is a good thing. Divisional and LB&B racing is going according to plan and even our first two Trophy races have been run with good fleets.

As Wanderer goes online I am currently in Melbourne helping out with the Sail World Cup Final sailed from RMYS in St Kilda. My role has been on a course boat on Alfa Course, just one of 6 courses managing the 300 boats entered. Alfa Course has run races for the 470, Laser and Finn. All Olympic classes and the level of boat handling and tactics are, as would be expected, sensational. Starts are hot and separation at race end not much more than a couple of minutes.

For Olympic Classes new starting procedure complete with more flags and signals is the norm. So too is use of AIS on all RM boats. No need now for GPS and a course boat crew who know how to use it; the RO just overlays everything on his chartplotter and tells you where to go. Literally. Those with the hardware can follow the race on line as every mark of the course and every boat has a tracker. Technology is great!!!!

Wednesday is Twilight night at St Kilda and I was invited to join an Adams 10 for a blast around the sticks. It was a blue sky day and even though I had been on the water for over six hours it seemed a no brainer. Much like our Tuesday Twilight but with just bigger and more boats. It was a very pleasant evening until the wind blew away and we elected to motor home and head to the bar. No $10 meals or $4 beers here.

Helping out at these major regattas is a great learning experience and I would recommend to any member interested in learning more about (what many insist) is the black art of Race management, that they put up their hand for next year's event. I know I will be.

See you on the start line.


Updated: 9 Dec 2016 2:18pm by James Frecheville

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Division 1

Flying Fifteen Club Boat
The FF15 donated to the club is missing a spinnaker pole. If anyone has a spinnaker pole that you are not using and you think will suit a FF15, it would help to get the boat on the water. We can adjust a pole to suit.

Contact Jim Callahan.

Updated: 16 Dec 2016 8:36am by Christie Arras

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Discover Sailing Centre Report

November has been a very busy month for our Discover Sailing Centre with Friday night Green Fleet and Sunday Sailing School seeing the full training fleet out on the water. Paynesville Primary School also completed week 2 of their Grade 6 Tackers program, and a number of our youth have been competing in various regattas / races down on Port Philip.

We are grateful for the time and energy all of our instructors and mentors dedicate to the development of our junior and novice fleets - with now 35+ participants on Friday and Sunday. This is a considerable commitment each week, so a big THANK-YOU. Last Saturday was also a highlight with the annual Xmas Parade in Bairnsdale; thanks also to Darcy, Paul, Georgie, Hilary, Jasmine and Bruce for walking Main Street with a very festive minnow.

December and January will continue to be busy, with Green Fleet and Sunday Sailing School continuing through to Xmas.

The school holiday Tackers and Adult Learn to Sail program will run from 2nd - 6th January. registration are now open via https://theboatshed.net.au/find-a-course/school-holiday-courses/paynesville/.

Good luck also to all of our juniors and youth preparing for both Sailing World Cup in Melbourne this week plus National Titles in the new year.

Sharna Duff
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Updated: 9 Dec 2016 4:07pm by Christie Arras

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Tuesday Twilight meals

The thrill of being chased or chaste for Kate in Tuesday Twilight race on the 29th Nov
The thrill of being chased or chaste for
Kate in Tuesday Twilight race on the 29th

Tuesday night meals:
Thanks to everyone who has participated in the Tuesday night roster and especially Denise Lamble for assisting in the meals while I was traveling.

We will begin the new roster January 3rd. There are a few new volunteers, but I would especially like to include the new members if they can assist in any way. It is a great way to meet people. The new roster will be sent by email soon. If your dates do not suit try to swap but please let me know. My number is 0407556650.

The clean-up has been going well most weeks. Please seek help if your crew have gone home early or you can't stay. We hope that you only have to do clean-up once a season. If you are eating and can help the duty-boat for 15 minutes, the job is done so much quicker.

Thank you in anticipation.
Linda Callahan

Twilight Sailing:
Tuesday night we had a great night with 22 boats sailing and 75 people for meals. Thank you to everyone who stepped up and gave us a hand for catering. It would make it a lot easier if you booked by 4:00pm for meals.

Next week (13 December) is marinated chicken, followed by our Christmas 2 course dinner on Tuesday twilight race, December 20th. We will try to accommodate everyone but please book early.

We want to have a big raffle on the night. We will organize a meat tray but we are asking if you have a bottle of wine or box of chocolates that you can contribute it would make the raffle much nicer. Just wrap up your donation and bring it to the table. Please tell Jim that you have brought a donation.

We are looking forward to good sailing and a fun night. Cheers, Tuesday night catering team.

Linda and Jim
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Updated: 9 Dec 2016 4:08pm by Christie Arras

The C G Drummond Trophy Race

Happy campers coming round the piles
Happy campers coming round the piles

On Sunday, the Club's C G Drummond Trophy race was raced out in Lake King. With a variable format, the course can be laid with boats heading into Duck Arm as a couple of years ago, or out in Lake Victoria, or, as in this year, in Lake King with a rounding mark around the Compass Piles off of Eagle Point. It would have been a welcome sight for those residents there who seldom get their own private yacht race to watch.

The C G Drummond trophy name comes from a bit of club history dating back to its early origins. Around 1938, William D'Avila Tilley, a jeweller and pawnbroker who retired to Paynesville in the mid thirties, offered $100 by way of an interest free loan to construct and equip a clubhouse. He also offered land at Sunset Cove, adjacent to his property, Linton, on Newlands Backwater, as a site for the new club. For his generosity, Bill Tilley became the first Life Member of the GLYC in 1938. In 1947 after a recess during the war, in response to Else Tilley's request that the Clubhouse be removed from Sunset Cove, club stalwart, Charles Gordon Drummond, arranged for it to be relocated to its present site on the Paynesville foreshore. The original clubhouse was dismantled and carried along a track cleared along the foreshore, and erected on a block behind Main Street. It was then redesigned and extended. The new club house was then transferred from its construction site to the current foreshore location in a single weekend by a crew of members led by Charlie in what must have surely been the biggest working bee the Club has ever seen. By way of keeping the club history alive, in the 1952/53 season, this trophy race was named after Charlie, the C G Drummond Trophy race.

In this year's race, with mild winds the fleet sailed down the straits from the Yacht Club and out to the start boat in line with the Fullarton navigation mark. A windward mark was laid up near the Fort King nav mark, a wingmark further northeast, then a turn around the Compass Piles near Eagle Point and back out to the start boat and course marks.
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A certain Etchells tried to follow the dotted line through the compass piles but was thwarted
A certain Etchells tried to follow the
dotted line through the compass piles but
was thwarted

The first boat to approach the compass points, Nitro a Formula 16, skippered by Mark Jefferis with Anthony Despard as crew, charged down the course with his spinnaker flying him along. Following them were the Mosquito catamarans with Tim Shepperd on Karma Cat in the lead. Behind them the Flying Fifteens twirled around the compass piles, followed by the rest of the fleet. One Etchells made an attempt at sailing through the middle of the compass points as an interpretation of the somewhat dubious line drawn through the map, but was blocked by the course laying rescue boat that was parked there so he ended up sailing the intended course around all four piles.

The twenty boats participating were a mixture of off the beach boats, trailer sailors and keel boats. As the Drummond is a trophy race based on personal handicap, one never knows which boat might take the trophy, although more often than not, the Flying Fifteens and Mosquitos are the winners. In this year's personal handicap results, Karma Cat, a Mosquito sailed by Tim Shepperd, won the trophy, followed by Immunity, another Mosquito sailed by Neil Joiner, who took second, and Nitro which had an exceptional race, took third.

The last leg of the race went from the wingmark, the northern most mark, back through the straits, with the finish at the clubhouse. On elapsed time, Karma Cat maintained the lead with a finish of 0:49:14, followed by Still Bitten, a Mosquito with Gary Maskiell, and then Immunity.

Updated: 16 Dec 2016 8:32am by Christie Arras

New Years Eve Pot Luck Dinner

Our new batch of Sailing School sailors strut their stuff in the bay
Our new batch of Sailing School sailors
strut their stuff in the bay

Once again members and friends are invited to come spend New Year's Eve at the Club for dinner and fireworks.

To make things easy, it will be pot luck and perhaps we should aim for a 7:00 serving time. (An eFlash will confirm the time.) Some of the RLs and the Javelin competitors will join us.

Wendy and Linda worked out that, though the sailors probably won't be able to cook at their accommodations, they can pick up something already prepared like pasties or pies, pizza or a serve of Chinese, or something they can heat up in the Club kitchen. Or salads or desserts.

Everyone usually turns up with something delicious and generous and it invariably works out to have a well rounded meal for all to share.

The bar will be open until midnight, so do NOT bring your own alcohol on this night in order to conform with our liquor license.

The fireworks begin with the early set around 9 pm for the children and old farts, and the second will usher in the New Year 2017 at midnight.

We look forward to sharing this special night with all of you. For sure, it will be the last event organized for this year, 2016! See you there...

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Updated: 9 Dec 2016 4:09pm by Christie Arras

Burrunan Dolphin Information Session on 6 January

Come learn more about our very own Gippy dolphins

A good comp going on between Nitro and Tenth Prime
A good comp going on between Nitro and
Tenth Prime

The Australian Marine Mammal Conservation Foundation will present their findings and more info on 6th Jan 2017 at 4pm in the Paynesville Community Centre.

AMMCF conducts vital research on the Burrunan dolphin and other marine mammals throughout the Gippsland Lakes. The Lakes has one of only two known resident populations of the Burrunan, which AMMCF and our Director, Dr Kate Charlton-Robb have been instrumental in understanding.

Their presentation will engage the community on the Gippsland Lakes' iconic and endangered Burrunan dolphin, the impact of human activity (including plastic and marine debris) on marine wildlife and ways in which the local community can make a difference. The presentation will be free to the local and visiting Gippsland Lakes community, will run for approximately an hour and will incorporate exciting underwater footage, dolphin skulls and interactive activities. It will run as part of the Victorian Government Summer by the Sea program.

Updated: 9 Dec 2016 2:20pm by Christie Arras

Cruise to Nicholson and meal at Nicho pub

Danuta was up early to catch this lovely shot of our cruising boats
Danuta was up early to catch this lovely
shot of our cruising boats

Last Saturday, seven sail boats and the Judy G meandered over to the Nicholson jetty for the scheduled cruise. With great relief, all spaces on the jetties including the new floating jetty were free.

Alastair had sailed over on Anitor very early to help organize spaces and report on availability...successfully! Even though the Nicholson Angling Club were having their Xmas spit roast party in the park, none of their craft were an issue though the delicious smells from the roast caused excessive salivation for us boaties.

The Sowas on Elynora, Christie on Judy G (as requested by committee chiefs), the Thistlethwaites, Brian and Linda Collins on Its Alright, Harry on Kate, Norbert and Liz on Itchy Feet, Peter on "Ending in Ing, and Bruce and Helen Jennings on a cruiser with Mary Sowa in tow found ample space for the night.

After lunch and many shared goodies (Liz offered a bountiful selection of tasty treats in celebration of her birthday), some of us went for a walk on the rail trail and nibbled on the top stalks of wild asparagus. Others relaxed on board.

Santa stopped by with presents for the angling club but said ours were coming later at the Xmas Twilight meal.

More nibbles for the cocktail hour, champers for the birthday girl, and a few more guests shared a glass before heading up to the Nicholson Pub.

Thirty-two came along for the meal which was as lively as it always is. As Wendy mentioned in her Commodore report, a few people scored gifts by finding a ticket under their seats. Thanks to the club and Ginnie.

More fraternizing and sharing of wine and champers for some after dinner, then an early night.

Most boats were on their way by 10:00 on Sunday in anticipation of the afternoon's C G Drummond Trophy race.

It was lovely having the cruise at this time of year before all the holiday makers crowd out the jetties. Looking at the Sailing Calendar, it looks like our second scheduled cruise is not till April 8 and the Joy Croft race weekend to Loch Sport.

We must work out our system for impromptu cruises so we can head off when the weather begs for it.


Updated: 9 Dec 2016 12:21pm by Christie Arras

First Light begins sail back to Oz from Europe

Simon, Max and Noelia after leaving Lanzarote marina
Simon, Max and Noelia after leaving
Lanzarote marina

We followed First Light's adventures in Asia as the wound their way west to Thailand where they were shipped to the Mediteranean out of the harm of pirates. Now Bernie McGoldrick is sailing her westward home to Oz. Amazingly, on the second leg, Bernie's sonSimon, and family, including a two year old, joined the journey.

A note from Di McGoldrick:
Bernie is currently sailing towards Cape Verde in First Light III on his way home to Australia. We both returned to the boat in Almerimar, Spain, in September and spent about a month doing upgrades and maintenance before sailing to Gibraltor. I left Bernie and the boat in Gibraltor. Our son Simon joined Bernie on board and they sailed down to the Canary Islands late October. Our daughter-in-law Noelia and grandson Max then joined the boat in Lanzarote (Canary Islands). Bernie, Simon Noelia and Max left the Canary Islands two days ago and are currently sailing their way to Cape Verde. You can read more about First Light's trip home on our Blog site- http://www.sailblogs.com/member/firstlight

Finally underway
20 November 2016 | Lanzarote

A week after Simon, Noelia and young Max arrived, we departed the marina in Lanzarote.

The week was spent Max proofing the boat. I call it the Max Factor, and it goes something like this: anything he can get his fingers into, he definitely will and always with the worst outcome. We spent a day and a half putting netting all around the boat and commented that we can finally relax a bit while Max is on deck. He promptly waddled right up to the pulpit and started to climb over the top. In desperation, a halyard was snapped onto the back of his lifejacket and he will need to be attached by a tether once we are underway.

Mesh was also attached to the steering wheel to prevent Max from getting caught in the spokes. The best addition was the attachment of his bike seat to a winch handle that enables it to be fitted on top of a winch. He can be close to the action but not in the thick of it and be contained.

After leaving the marina we had a nice sail 15nm to the south end of the island where we spent the night. It was suitably rolly to help Noelia and Max get their sea legs before we head out into bigger seas. We plan to depart here today and sail overnight to Las Palmas on Gran Canary island. We have timed our arrival there to be after all the yachts sailing across the Atlantic in the ARC rally have departed.

The first long passage
24 November 2016 | South of Canary Islands

From Lanzarote island in the Canaries we sailed overnight to the island of Gran Canaria and berthed in the Las Palmas marina at 6 AM. It was an easy sail with small swell and all the crew travelled well. The ARC transatlantic yacht rally had departed this marina the day before and there was a considerable number of yachts anchored outside the marina waiting to get in. It seems we inadvertently jumped the que as we arrived in the dark and went straight into the marina. We were processed first and were in a berth in no time.

It was a quick stay mainly to fill up one of our gas bottles and replenish fresh supplies for the 800nm trip to the Cape Verde islands. After two nights in the marina we departed and went straight out into some big swells. The short stay in the marina was long enough for some of us to lose our sea legs so it didnt take long before young Max was seasick and later in the day Noelia succumbed. Today the seas have settled somewhat and Max and Noelia have both been able to eat something, so hopefully they will be fine. Sailing wise we sailed most of yesterday wing and wing running directly downwind in 25knots , but today we have had the kite up for about 6 hours, but got headed and we are now sailing with the sheets just cracked....Hmmm this was supposed to be a down wind passage.

133 miles to go
28 November 2016 | Atlantic

It is now day....hmmm...I need to look at the log book. Yes its day 5 of our passage from the Canary islands to Cape Verde islands. The water temperature and air temperature have gone up a few degreed as we slowly get closer to the equator. Yesterday we noticed lots of flying fish getting airborne, obviously escaping some predator below. We had eaten into our fresh supplies so it was time to get serious about fishing. I had made some lures out of rubber glove fingers XL size shredded to look similar to a squid. There was the pink index finger model and a bluish model as well. Each had a few hours over the stern, but no takers. Out came an old lure that looked a bit like a flying fish, apart from a couple of nasty hooks attached. It was deployed and soon after we noticed a large shadow just under the water near the lure. It was over 2 metres long and judging by the vertical fin that broke the surface, it looked like a shark. After a minute of watching it we decided it was not the sort of fish we wanted aboard, so the lure was retrieved ASAP.

A number of other lures have been tried, but still no fish.

Two days ago we veered over towards the African coast to get more favorable winds and it paid off. We sailed with the kite up for 24 hours in 12 to 17 knot winds rarely dropping below 7 to 8 knots boatspeed. But last night the wind pressure eased off and with the confused sea we could not stop the main from crashing about, so reluctantly it was dropped and today we are motoring with the headsail poled out.

Simon had a go at making a foccacia style bread today and it turned out very well indeed. It was baked in a large pizza tray and only took about ten minutes to cook.

One more night to go before we reach the bright lights of Mindelo. A shopping list and job list are already being prepared.

Change of plans
04 December 2016 | Saint Vincent Cabo Verde

During the last 800nm passage to reach Cabo Verde it became apparent that Simon and Noelia were well and truly up the curve in managing the boat. Noelia steered the yacht on her own for a three hour night watch with the spinnaker up. It was also very evident to me that living in close quarters with a 2 yo was not something I enjoyed. Simon and Noelia raised the question of how long I intended to remain onboard and this prompted me to look at some options. As it turned out, after I had helped a yacht sort out an electrical problem, they asked if I was interested in sailing with them as engineer to the Carribean. Simon and Noelia indicated that they would be OK on their own. Actually Simon has previously sailed across the Atlantic solo, so the next big challenge is to do it with a 2yo.

I sail tomorrow on a new 50 ft X Yacht bound for St Barts in the Caribbean. Simon plans to continue this blog with updates on their progress to the Panama canal after which I will take over and bring First Light III back to Australia.

Over and out Bernie

Updated: 9 Dec 2016 2:04pm by Christie Arras

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Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club
P.O. Box 194, Paynesville VIC 3880

Club phone03 5156 6864

Flag Officers

CommodoreWendy Gardiner0498 116 752
Vice CommodoreJim Callahan0488 500 795
Rear CommodoreDavid Parish0437 516 666
SecretaryRuss Peel5156 6691 / 0408 589 805
TreasurerJenny Brown0403 819 635
Sailing CaptainJames Frecheville5156 7103 / 0412 979 824
Sailability OfficerAlan Pick0410 584 860


Immediate Past CommodoreJacqui Crawford0468 987 684
Publicity and WandererChristie Arras5156 7861
General CommitteeAnne Delahay
Discover Sailing CoordinatorSharna Duff0409 207 331
General CommitteeVicki Vuat
General CommitteeBrian Carroll0411 743 602
General CommitteeIrene Eremia0400 046 819

Optimist for Sale

Fibreglass Optimist
trolley, new boat cover, sail #243
Good condition
$1800 ono

Contact: Mark Jefferis
Phone: 0427678816