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Prize Night

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IMG_9394 Last Friday was that night of nights, where some fun prizes were handed out, as well as the draw for the major and minor prize in the raffle for a Mariner Boating holiday to the Med! The major prize went to Graham Camier and the minor prize to Garry Holder, congratulations!

For Tim Armytage, a very satisfying part of the night was the "bucketing" of King Neptune.

For the full series of photographs of the night, have a look at the album in the centre column of this page (slideshow here). As usual, photos by Jim Cormack.

And of course thanks to Mariner Boating for a great prize!

A Wet Christmas

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IMG_8646-1Well, it was wet for someone last Friday! 

Jim and Adrene put on a great performance, together with Keith, as you can see in the album (centre column) or by watching the slideshow below. And yes, a few of us took a bath, even though we didn't even get close to the equator.

There were some interesting "door" prizes, good food and great company. Yes, we had a ball...

Later in the weekend, we had a bunch of boats at Smiths creek, where Jim Cormack and friends did their best to set a rafting record.

Anyway, Jim, Andrene and Keith were a class act and thanks to the others who helped make it a great night, particularly Janet Dell and Ann Asker. And of course a super special thanks to Jim Cormack for the fabulous pictures.

Sydney Sandstorm

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Sydney is experiencing a sandstorm of historic proportions and gale force winds are expected right through the day. I’m at the Club keeping an eye on Te Moana. Sofar it’s not too bad, gusting to 30 knots, but high tide might be a bit tricky later in the day. Check twitter for updates (

Oh What a Night!

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IMG_7921 August First Friday had a sixties theme and the usual suspects entered into the spirit of the night.  There was some great music from our "regular band" with guest solist and a terrific quiz which stumped even those with Google phones.

A huge amount of credit goes to Janet and Ann for organising the night and together with the club putting on a great show! Well done!

Jim's pictures as always tell the story. They are in the slideshow below as well as the photo album in the centre column of this page. By the way, blame the undersigned for the captions.


Cruising Awards for 2008

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The room was full for expectation for the official presentation of the 2008 Cruising Awards. The equivalent of the Oscars at the RPAYC.

Despite valiant attempts by other to draw attention to themselves by falling of their boats and dressing up with false beards. The award went to the right place....

Sinterklaas First Friday

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IMG_6271 Jim Cormack roamed around last Friday's Sinterklaas get-together with his trusty camera and (as usual) took some terrific pictures. You can see the photos in the web album in the middle column, or you can watch a slide show "below the fold".

By the way, there were some questions on the night about where to obtain the Dutch sweets. Try the Dutch Shop "'t Winkeltje"  at 85 Market Street, Smithfield.

Heaven Can Wait

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Here's an idea for a weekend with a difference! For a number of years now a 24 hour race has been held on Lake Macquarie over the October Long Weekend.

Sunrise on Lake Macquarie

The Heaven Can Wait 24 hour race was conceived and promoted by Lake Macquarie resident, keen sailor and cancer survivor Shaun Lewicki as a major annual sailing event on the lake, to promote sailing, the Lake Macquarie/Newcastle/Hunter region - and to raise funds for cancer research.

Is anyone interested in going down for the race? It might be interesting for some of us to join forces, perhaps crewing together.

You can read more about the race on the Heaven Can Wait web site.

Stairway to Kevin

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P5030118 You have to admire the generosity of spirit and commitment that Kevin Dunn is showing by taking on the restoration of Alfreds II for the benefit of Nimowa Island in the Louisiades. It was good to see the support he received at the May meeting. I have started an Alfie Website to track progress on the project and to encourage us all to contribute.


Anyone cruising North this winter should consider joining the Louisiades Yacht Rally. The attached information will whet your appetite. By the way, you may have heard that Alfreds 2 has been purchased by Kevin Dunn for restoration and use by the community in the Louisiades. Good work, Kevin!

Louisiades Poster.pdf

Louisiades Update #1.pdf

She's Home

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Blackwattle entered Broken Bay at 0900 hrs today as promised after a five year circumnavigation . They were right on schedule, no doubt cold after a night on the water, but still had enough spirit to proceed at the head of the cruising fleet to give us all a sailing lesson. More pictures below. Welcome home Ted and Nancy... Welcome indeed