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Here We go Gero
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Written by The Doctor   
Monday, 30 June 2014

 Gero & Gero return are on again this year, returning to there October time slot.

To help SoPYC with planning, can all Bluewater owners contact SoPYC & let them know if you may / maybe not doing Gero this time.

Last Updated ( Monday, 30 June 2014 )
Heavy Weather
The News
Written by The Doctor   
Saturday, 28 June 2014

 Charlie, Paul & the team have been pretty busy training & getting ready for Indian to take on the 2014 Sydney Hobart.

At a recent SSSC this old RYA image had them in fits of laughter!

You ever seen a boat in heavy weather nice and flat with someone cooking a pot of food while others lay about on the leeward side reading books and chatting on radio?

Water Spout
The News
Written by The Doctor   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014

 While everyone had headed back to the bar after racing was canned on Sat, someone grabbed this shot of a water spout from south mole....

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 June 2014 )
Code N
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Written by The Doctor   
Sunday, 22 June 2014

Well the first race of the Vlamadre series had to be cancelled, due to the gale warning. But a few hardy souls decided not to drink beer on the car park at 7.30am, and went out for a blast.

Rick Steuart of Perth Sailing Photography was out on south mole & grabbed these shots with the long lense....

















Just Cruising




Optimus Prime

Last Updated ( Monday, 23 June 2014 )
Swinton wins Royal Southern Match Race
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Written by My Sailing   
Tuesday, 17 June 2014


Keith Swinton and Team Alpari win at Royal Southern, more details here......

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 June 2014 )
News from Team Alpari FX
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Written by Team Alpari FX   
Thursday, 12 June 2014

 Team Alpari FX 2nd at Match Race Germany

Team Alpari FX have finished second at the first Alpari World Match Racing Tour event in 2014, Match Race Germany. Following a promising opening round we progressed to the quarterfinals, dispatching current world champion Taylor Canfield 2-0. In the semi-final we continued our good form defeating Phil Robertson 2-0, in light and variable conditions on the final day of racing. Progressing to the final the conditions only allowed for a single race and unfortunately our opponent Ian Williams got the better of us to take the title. The team is very happy with the result and the standard we have set in the opening regatta!

Arriving in Langanargen it was obvious we were in for a week of light air sailing. Lake Constance is renowned for it’s light breezes and with a big high-pressure system bringing warm temperatures the week was no different. We began the regatta with confidence after two days of training in some good conditions, winning races against Taylor Canfield, David Gilmour and Nicolai Sehested.

As the regatta progressed it was obvious it would be a war of attrition. Long days on the water waiting for wind and even a 5.30am start to try and get through the program. Fortunately the race committee kept things rolling and by day 3 we had completed the round robin. Our scorecard read 6 wins 5 losses, it could have been much better but we lost our last 3 races to Ian Williams, Phil Robertson and Mathieu Richard in some very close matches. Despite the losses we managed to get some real positives out of these races and learnt a couple of new tricks in the heavy boats.

The afternoon of day 4 provided some of the better conditions we had all week, allowing the quarterfinals to get underway. We were up against Taylor Canfield, a good challenge for us against the reigning world champions and a team we haven’t performed our best against recently. On this occasion we hit our straps and defeated Canfield 2-0. The key points coming in both starts, where winning the right hand side of the course proved the difference. With both boats using spinnakers for extra speed in the pre-start we out positioned the American team in both starts something we had worked hard on in previous races.

Ian Williams had the pick of semi-final opponent and he went with Mathieu Richard and his LunaJets team, leaving us to race kiwi Phil Robertson. We had a good handle on the conditions and continued on as against Canfield defeating Robertson in the final race of the day. We were up early again to try and finish off the semi-final but the breeze would not co-operate. After a long wait they managed to get back into the semi-final. Despite being 1-0 up, a win for Robertson would potentially put him into the final because of his higher position in the round robin if we ended 1-1. Fortunately we made the right moves picking the better lay line into the top mark, giving us some breathing space to sail the fastest way around the remainder of the course. 2-0 to us and into the final against Ian Williams!

As the deadline for the last start of the day neared we went into what would be a single race final against last years Match Race Germany winner.  We did a nice job early escaping from the port entry and turning back to the start line at a nice time for us. Williams did a nice job of judging his timing and made it a little hard for us to get back to the line exactly where we wanted. Both boats ended up on the line early with us to windward but in a marginal position. Unfortunately we didn’t have enough space to get onto port tack and get a speed build off the line and ultimately ended up resting against the start boat. After a quick fend off we were on our way but with a penalty and a deficit to chase. There weren’t many passing lanes of the course, but we still managed to eat into Williams lead and by the finish were only half a length behind but not close enough to influence the race. Upon crossing the line Williams was informed it would be the final race of the day as we had reached the final day time limit. It was frustrating not to be given another chance to race but a fair result given Williams dominance during the round robin.

We are happy with the result, a good beginning to the year especially in one of our weaker events. We have some improvements to make which is a good feeling and will begin this week when we sail the Royal Southern Match Race in Hamble, U.K. Next stop on the Alpari Tour is Stena Match Cup Sweden in just over 2 weeks! Thanks for the support!

Keith Swinton, Ben Lamb, Ted Hackney, Tudur Owen and Ricky McGarvie

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 June 2014 )
Huck Scott Winter Series Re-sail
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Written by FSC   
Thursday, 12 June 2014

Following the cancellation of the first Huck Scott Winter Series races due to excessive wind and waves FSC has decided to utilise the re-sail date advised in the Notice of Race to ensure maximum racing for all competitors.

 The consequence of this means that the program will now be the following:

 Saturday 21st June - Races 3 & 4

Saturday 28th June – Re-sail of Races 1 & 2

Saturday 12th July – Races 5 & 6

Saturday 16th August – Races 7 & 8

 Start time is 10:00am for each race day.

 If you do know of people that have not yet entered the series, entry is still available at the following link:



Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 June 2014 )
Light breezes in Langenargan for Match Race Germany
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Written by TG   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014

 TG finishes 6th in Match Race Germany





David Gilmour, Will Mackenzie, Luke Payne, Peter Nicholas and Kyle Langford 




Big Lukey Payne about the furl the jib coming into a luff against Waka Racing. (images Copyright Ian Roman/AWMRT) 

It was a long week of light and fickle breeze in the heavy Bavaria 40's and the team made huge improvements throughout the whole event adapting to the very slow style of sailing very well, but in the end it wasn't enough. The round robin didn't go off to the best start with a few losses against Swinton and Hansen that had the potential to really hurt our chances to make the quarterfinals. It was the next day though that made things very difficult as we were sailing a boat that was clearly slower than the rest of the fleet and went down in all three races we sailed in that by a huge margin. This meant we had 3 final must win races if we wanted to progress to the quarterfinals and the team did exactly what it needed winning all three races on the final day of qualifying to secure their spot in the quarterfinals.

Waka Racing skippered by Phil Robertson chose to race us in the quarterfinals and after an entire day of no wind late in the afternoon a light breeze filled in on the lake and allowed us to complete the quarters in a best of three race series. The first race the Kiwis just had a slight edge on us and were able to take the win. The second was almost a complete opposite with us gaining the advantage and taking the win from there. So it came down to the decider in the third and after a good tart there was a huge split up the first upwind with the Waka racing guys just able to hold us out from crossing them at the top mark from there things were a bit processional with Phil and his team leading the whole way around the course. 

Losing 2-1 in the quarterfinals meant we finished 6th overall and although the result was disappointing the team felt we were sailing well and it was a good start to the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. 

No time for rest now with the guys heading to the UK for the Royal Southern Match Race grade 2 event in Hamble which will be another tough event with a tough lineup of teams announced. Then it will be  little break from the match racing before Match Cup Sweden in Mastrand 
After a solid end to the qualifying round TG met Waka Racing skippered by Kiwi Phil Robertson in the quarterfinals and unfortunately went down 2 to 1.




Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 June 2014 )
Singapore Laser Trophy
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Written by FSC   
Tuesday, 10 June 2014

 The Singapore Laser Trophy was recently held from the 5th – 8th June at the National Sailing Centre, Singapore.  The event also incorporated the Singapore National Championships for the 420 class.

 Fremantle Sailing Club was represented by Alistair Young, Conor Nicholas and James Stewart in the Laser Radial (coached by Tristan Brown), Mark Wong in the Laser Standard and Elliot Young in the Laser 4.7. Sarah Kirke and Zane Sicree were the lone Australians contesting the 420 Championship.

 The team encountered a wide range of conditions throughout the event ranging from extremely light wind and lots of current through to 20 knots and good waves (the later being very uncommon for Singapore!).

 In the Laser Radial Alistair Young lead the fleet all week with Singapore Ryan Lo and fellow FSC sailor Conor Nicholas hot on his heels, however, the double points medal race presented a chance for significant change in the results. In what was the closest medal race of the day, Conor Nicholas claimed the medal race victory and in doing so overtook Alistair to win the Singapore Laser Trophy. Alistair had to settle for 2nd overall after sailing well all week, whilst James Stewart’s third place finish in the medal race was enough for him to maintain 5th overall.

 In the Laser Standard FSC sailor Mark Wong dominated the competition winning every race. Although Mark is now back living in Singapore as part of his National army service, Mark has spent significant time training and learning from the Laser group at FSC.

 In the Laser 4.7 Elliot Young showed glimpses of brilliance throughout the week, and left his best effort till last, claiming a 3rd place in the medal race to move up two spots overall, to eventually finish 8th out of the fifteen boat fleet.

 Sarah Kirke and Zane Sicree battled gear failure throughout the regatta as their charter boat was not durable for competitive racing, however, the girls learnt a lot about boat set up and maintenance and finished the event in 7th overall.

 The regatta was a great experience for the sailors to get used to competing overseas in different equipment, living conditions and confining to unique race management procedures. The sailors learnt a lot that they will now hopefully be able to transfer into the rest of their programs for 2014 and beyond.





FSC Results below:

 Mark Wong - 1st Laser Standard (pictured left)

Conor Nicholas - 1st Laser Radial (pictured right)

Alistair Young - 2nd Laser Radial (pictured above)

James Stewart - 5th Laser Radial

Elliot Young - 8th Laser 4.7

Sarah Kirke & Zane Sicree - 7th 420

 Full results can be found here:

 More photos here:!/pages/Fremantle-Sailing-Club/299228786771112

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 June 2014 )
It was a dark & stormy Tuesday....
The News
Written by My Sailing   
Tuesday, 10 June 2014

...But has plenty of news to report!

A hot new boat for WA.......





In Germany, Keith Swinton's Team Alpari comes second in the Match Racing Titles, Team Gilmour posting 6th.




And in news totally unrelated to WA, but fascinating nonetheless, here's some terrific 3D side scan sonar images taken recently on the bottom of Sydney Harbour.....





Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 June 2014 )
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