Heaven Can Wait

Yes, I know, you are probably thinking about getting over Xmas and New Year before you think of anything else – right?

But spare a thought for the 2017 Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta on beautiful Lake Macquarie – it is less than 2 months away, and the earlier you get your entry in, the earlier you can start in the ‘Virtual’ Fund Raising race and challenge for the Fund Raisers Trophy. Its easy, all you have to do is register in the event, take the option to raise funds through Everydayhero and then ask your friends and business associates to sponsor you in the event. Go to www.heavencanwait.com.au or https://www.rmyctoronto.com.au/heaven-can-wait/, and follow the links for the Entry System.

And don’t forget the charity fund raising dinner dinner on the Friday night before the regatta – Friday February 17 where you will hear from Tom Burton – Laser Gold Medalist at the Rio Olympics and Leisl Tesch – Gold Medalist at the Rio Paralympics, interviewed by Helene O’Neil – well known ABC Newcastle sports commentator. Another highlight of the dinner will be the Charity Auction and we will also have some legendary and unique items to auction off including shirts and photos signed by our sailing olympians, a mens suit, vintage Port and more, so put the date in your diary now. The two course dinner will be at the Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto and tickets are $55 per head and you can book your place now by sending an email to hcwdinner@rmyctoronto.com.au

So, are you up to doing the Classic events – the Long One Lap Dash, the Short One Lap Dash or the Dinghy Dash, or are you Challenged by the 12 Hour Race and sailing around the cans half way into the night, or do you and your crew have the stamina to do 24 Hours around the cans in what is a unique charity sailing event in Australia. Whatever you leaning, you wont forget the experience, so, register now and start raising money for this worthwhile charitable cause – the Hunter Branch of Cancer Council NSW and their Home Help Program supporting terminal and recovering cancer patients with domestic duties that they are unable to fulfill because of their condition.

The Heaven Can Wait Notice of Race is on the club website – https://www.rmyctoronto.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/HCW-2017-NOR-V6-Rev-1.pdf and the Sailing Instructions will be available approximately 1 week before the event.


ASBA Members Meeting

The ASBA executive team have been working on a plan to improve membership and participation numbers. This is a consultative process and we will be canvassing members of the association to agree a way forward.

A consultation meeting with our members will be held at Geelong Race week on Friday January 20th, 2017 to discuss:
• Our objectives and role as an Association.
• Heavy vs light sports boats
• Ability of sports boat to self-right.
• The role of the SMS rating system
• Our regatta program
• Communication and engagement
• Attracting new members

The invitation is extended to fully paid up members as at December 31st, 2016 and other key stakeholders such as Yacht Racing Services (owner of SMS rating system). If you wish to be involved, please apply for membership here.

We understand that this may provoke discussion so feel free to email us at info@asba.org.au


For Sale Shaw 650 “Lickety Split”

Lickety Split - comes complete with its own racing logo

Lickety Split

With the sad passing of  Noel Leigh-Smith, his son Ben is regrettably putting his Shaw 650 “Lickety Split” back on the market. One of the lightest production boats going around, with a great Doyle wardrobe, get on the water in a top notch boat for a bargain price $27,900.

Production Shaw 650 “Lickety Split”

Hull #10
New 3hp Yamaha
All cat 6 safety gear
Doyle Stratis Inventory: Mainsail, Large Jib, Heavy Jib. 2 Large kites, 1 Hvy Kite
Boat cover
Registered Trailer
Ready to race at the highest level.


Contact Ben at leighsmithb@gmail.com or +61 491 200 213



Lets Get Ready To Rumble


Live over west? All of this east coast sportsboat action getting you down? Fear not because it’s nearly time… for the rumble. East Fremantle Yacht Club is once again hosting it’s popular rumble in the reach, remember last years down wind schenanigans? Time to do it all over again! Get organised, get entered and get involved.



Victorian State Titles Go To The Tourists

Victorian Titles 2016

The Victorian state titles over at Mornington last weekend saw a reversal of the conditions seen at the NSW states. Saturday saw light winds, initially clean and consistent meaning close racing ensued in the first race with the tourist Barely Legal taking the first bullet. Although the wind picked up for the second two races, the increase in pressure came with wild swings from 30 degrees up to 90 degree shifts. The lottery was on but Barely Legal kept it consistent and came away with another two wins.

Sunday saw survival conditions for the fleet with a 28 knot northerly in effect and a challenging harbour channel for the fleet to get off the beach the race committee wisely decided to cancel the days racing, meaning the results from the first day stand.

Well done to Peter Ray and his Barely Legal team for wrapping up the double. NSW and Victorian SMS champions, as well as taking out PHS in Mornington. David Eickmeyer and his team proved to be “up to” Scratch taking 2nd on SMS, 3rd PHS, with our President Chris Bland taking 3rd SMS with Pornstar. Paul Heyes and the Foam Fast crew took out 2nd on PHS completing our podiums.

Full Results



NSW Titles Done And Dusted

The NSW fleet certainly has no cobwebs left amongst them after the opening day of the 2016 state titles saw breeze in the mid to high twenties (the highest gust being recorded at 37 knots), with a “bit on” most of the fleet battled through two races before the racing was abandoned for the day, with plenty of capsizes there was certainly a lot to talk about in the bar afterwards.

The second day saw a complete reversal in the wind strength, with light breezes forcing the race officials to move the race course not once but twice to find sufficient breeze to send the fleet round, “the lottery” was in full effect but the fleet managed the final 4 races in sunny conditions and smiles all round.

With the final results decided, on SMS the title goes to Peter Ray and his “Barely Legal” Shaw 650 team who managed to get two bullets on the first day with only capsizes between races (a deciding factor it turns out!). In second one of the Gosford Magic 25s and Neil McDonald, and third was Jim Dwyer and his Elliot 7, the ever graceful Emma Peel.

On PHS two of the Magic 25s claimed podium places, Phil Gribble in first, Neil McDonald claiming 3rd withDavid Brunsdon’d Slingshot, a Leech 650 getting 2nd. Great experience for the Magic25 sailors

Full Results

We had the talented Beth Morely of Sport Sailing Photography, out on the water for the Saturday so theres plenty of  hot pictures up on the gallery for you to check out all the action from the weekend.

Next up on the ASBA calendar is the Victorian State Titles, enter now to get yourself a piece of the action!


2016 Victorian State Titles NOR available

2016 – ASBA Victorian State Titles

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The Victorian championships this year are taking a visit to Mornington Yacht Club, close to Melbourne and Geelong with a commanding view over the peninsula and sailing taking place on the flat but challenging waters of Port Phillip it promises to be a great regatta. Mornington is no stranger to holding top regattas and this years ASBA victorian championships is shaping up to be bigger than ever.

You can find the NOR here.


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