2018 Queensland Championships underway…

The 2018 Australian Sports Boat Association (ASBA) Queensland Championships are being held this weekend at Southport Yacht Club, as part of their biggest offshore annual event, the Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta.

The regatta hosts not only the ASBA Qld Champs, but also the 2018 Australian Sailing Queensland Yachting Championships, and the 2018 Australian Measurement System (AMS) Queensland Championships.

“The facilities at SYC and the Gold Coast weather conditions are perfect for this class of event, having trained off the coasts shoreline for many state and national’s championships in previous years, myself and my fellow crewmen are extremely excited to represent SYC at the event,” said 2016 Australian Sports Boats Queensland State Champion, Graham Sherring.

New to the sports boat community, and looking forward to racing offshore with other sports boats in this event, is Chris Noyes who has just recently bought a Melges 24.  Chris grew up competing in dinghies including the Sabot, Moth, Cherub, NS14 and Lasers.  Since 2012 he has been racing mostly catamarans including the Nacra F16, F18 and 5.8, and has won both the NSW and QLD Nacra state titles.  With this history, I asked Chris why he changed divisions and got into sports boats?

“I saw great close racing amongst a group of people who sail to enjoy their racing.”  He said, “We can sail the Melges with kids in twilight racing, and then on weekends go racing with a decent measurement based fleet where results are based on teamwork and skill rather than performance handicapping. Racing looks to be fast, exciting, close and most of all fun, so it ticks all of the boxes!  This is all in a boat which is cost effective and easy to transport, realistically for where we sail this is the perfect kind of boat.”

Chris’s mum Kerry Noyes, is Southport Yacht Clubs Commodore, and she says “Bringing these high calibre championships to our premier regatta increases the significance of our annual event and allows us to showcase our Club’s on water activity and the Gold Coast’s perfect weather conditions.”

For further information, go to: www.sailparadise.com.au

Written By:  Helen James

Balmain Regatta – Something Different…

Something Different

In the effort to offer something different to our ASBA members rather than interminable windward leewards, we are helping some great sports boat friendly events get the message out to our members.

The first event we are looking for us sport boats to gather at – is the Balmain Regatta in Sydney on October 29th. As some of you may know, this is the oldest regatta in Sydney with a mix of dinghies and yachts both classic and modern. Balmain SC have offered us a Sport Boat Division if we bring together a fleet of enough boats. With a good number of J70s west of the harbour we are already half way there.

The regatta consists of a ‘down the harbour’ pursuit race usually incorporating Cockatoo, Spectacle, Snapper and Goat Islands in the Western Harbour then heading under the bridge and around Shark and Clark Islands and Fort Denison. Start and finish will be off Balmain SC. There are ramps nearby for launching and retrieving at both Woolwich (Margaret Street) and Five Dock Bay. If you prefer lifting facilities, contact info@asba.org.au and we can put you in touch with Legacy Marina at Rushcutters Bay who may be able to help out.

After racing, there is a big BBQ open to all competitors at Balmain Sailing Club which spreads out to the waterfront park next door. You’ll also have a chance to see some of the vintage skiffs such the 10 footers and 18 foot historical fleet who always race. No doubt the famous 6 foot skiff ‘Balmain Bug’ will also be there.

The NOR is available now and Entries are Open see:  http://www.balmainsailingclub.com/balmain-regatta.

Please enter initially as “Super 30 Down Harbour Race– when it is clear we have enough sporty’s entered Balmain SC will split us out into our own Sport Boat Division.

Come along and enjoy one of Sydney’s great community regattas.

Balmain Bug
Balmain Bug

2017 NSW States Wrap Up

2017 NSW States Wrap Up

Stephen O’Rourke sailed a near perfect regatta in his Melges 24 Panther on his home waters of Botany Bay to post his first win at an ASBA event following on from his second at the Port Stephens Nationals back in April. Last year’s state champion Peter Ray in his Shaw 650 Barely Legal was the only boat to beat Panther in a race and came in second. Tyler Ratcliff at 15 years of age confirmed his rise in the ASBA fleet in the Ratcliff’s Viper 640 Heat after achieving his first ASBA podium finish with a third.

The first day was abandoned due to strong 25-30 knot westerlies and a steep short Botany Bay chop. However the second day turned on near perfect 8-12 knot E-NE breezes after earlier switching from W-SW. The Botany Bay YC race team did a great job adapting to winds backing to the NE all day and efficiently turning races around so we could sail 5 races on the Sunday.

O’Rourke said “we had experienced the hot ASBA fleet at Port Stephens earlier in the year, we put together an excellent crew for this event run by Botany Bay YC & the association. Good crewing and favourable conditions for a Melges 24 on the northern shore of Botany Bay in 12 knots of breeze, well you could finish last and still love it!  Our experienced crew all sail different one designs regularly, continually working to minimise mistakes and improve performance as is required and measurable in one designs. Minimal mistakes from good crew won the regatta for us.”

Full full results click link here:   http://bit.ly/2xh49cf
ASBA NSW State Championships 2017 by www.sportsailingphotography.com

Audi J/70 World Championship Wrap up – 162 boat fleet from over 25 countries

The Audi J/70 World Championship’s organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Porto Cervo, in collaboration with the J/70 International Class Association and with the Title Sponsor Audi and Official Sailmaker Quantum Sails commenced racing with the world’s largest sportboat fleet on September 14.

With numerous General Recalls, Black Flag’s in play and a full on foam up, the Audi J/70 World Championship’s ended on a thrilling high to remember for years to come. With sparkling sunshine, a significant sea state and a warm westerly breeze, piping up to a ballistic 30 knots, the world’s largest Championship sportboat fleet enjoyed a fantastic finale in Porto Cervo.

Peter Duncan is the Audi J/70 World Champion, after a stunning performance, scoring podium finishes in every race including three race wins. American Brian Keane’s Savasana scored a second in the final race moving to runner up for the Championship. Italian Luca Domenici moved up to third in the final race and Italian Claudia Rossi’s attempt to become the first lady helm to win the title was ended with a Black Flag in the final race.

“Awesome! Top of the world!” Exclaimed Peter Duncan dockside at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. ” It is a great feeling, I have sailed with some great guys, we had a great event and everything seemed to go our way, it was just one of those weeks. It is hard to put into words how I feel now, but this was just exceptional. This fleet has some really great talent and the organizers as well as the yacht club have done such an amazing job. Most of all I want to credit the crew, Victor, Jud, Willem, they have been just fantastic.”

Runner up was Savasana (USA) Brian Keane. “We chartered the J/70 so we are really pleased to have come second in the Championship. I have been racing in the class since the beginning and now that we have fleets racing J/70s all over the world, the standard is just amazing and so is this Regatta.  A world record keelboat fleet in superb surroundings.”

Top team for the host club, YCCS, and first team with a Lady Helm was Petite Terrible (ITA) Claudia Rossi. “Peter Duncan is a worthy World Champion, his team sailed the best this week. Our fourth position is better than fifth in the last World Championship so maybe I will not win for three years!” Laughed Claudia. “However I will be in Marblehead for the 2018 J/70 World Championship.”

The sight of 162 teams gathered on the race course was nothing short of spectacular, a gigantic festival of yacht racing. The fleet enjoying intense competition, salt-encrusted and elated by the experience.

J/Boats’ Stuart Johnstone, racing with Henry Brauer on American entry Rascal, spoke about the first day of racing at the Audi J/70 World Championship. “It was an extraordinary feeling leaving the harbour this morning, I was thinking back to the golden days of the J/24. I was filled with family pride seeing so many sailors going out there to enjoy a spectacular day of sailing.”

“Out on the race course, we could recognise the depth and talent of the fleet,” continued Stuart, “If you fell out of the top tier, it was very difficult to claw your way back before the top mark. Downwind the classic post-mistral conditions meant there were big lulls as well as big puffs, which is very challenging. Packs of boats kept passing each other with sometimes 50% difference in boat speed.”

Congratulations to our Australian team (and ASBA member), Reg Lord and crew sailing Juno, finishing 12th in silver fleet.

Day 3 video https://youtu.be/7yge147XOAc

Day 4 video  https://youtu.be/ZUtBzYxpaHw

Day 5 video https://youtu.be/pJQu7MRHXAY

Quantum video https://www.facebook.com/QuantumSails/videos/10155164917292098/

ASBA NSW State Titles 2017 – Sailing Instructions

Sailing Instructions are out for the upcoming ASBA NSW State Titles over the October long weekend in Botany Bay.

See Link below:

ASBA NSW State Titles 2017 – Sailing Instructions

If you haven’t yet entered – get in & get entered with Top Yacht link below:

Top Yacht Entry

ASBA NSW State Titles hosted by Botany Bay Yacht Club (BBYC)
30th September to 1st October 2017
44 Endeavour Street, Sans Souci NSW 2219




ASBA NSW State Titles 2017 – avoid late entry fees and enter now!

We now have circa 10 boats entered for the upcoming ASBA NSW States over the long weekend – looking to up the numbers to 15 so get your entries in by the 22nd Sept to avoid late entry fees… see Top Yacht link below to enter…


Labour Day Weekend – 30th September to 1st October 2017



NSW State Titles & SMS Reminder

It’s almost that time of year again folks, with Airlie behind us and another summer looming it’s time to get organised and get sailing. The next ASBA event is the NSW state titles falling on the long weekend at the end of September at Botany Bay. Our apologies for the late notice via the website, we’ve had technical difficulties and some of the committee have been away overseas.


Enter Now

See the event page for more details soon! https://www.asba.org.au/2017-asba-nsw-state-titles/

A reminder that for the NSW Titles and other ASBA event this year you’ll have to renew your SMS certificate for October 1st and beyond. YRS have been working on improving their website, http://www.raceyachts.org/, and are emailing reminders this year, please use their new and improved website to get your SMS revalidated!

For Sale – Shaw 650 – Monkey Business


Price reduced as currently overseas, no reasonable offer refused… a turn key entry for the nationals at Geelong.


The most fun you can have on a sports boat without racks,a high speed, lean machine and the best bang for buck you’ll ever buy.  Designed by Rob Shaw and one of the original unitech builds, Monkey Business is well known (be green, be seen) and one heck of a lot of fun. Able to keep pace with later generation sportsboats as well as be competitive on handicap, she is also able to outstrip much bigger boats. She has been well cared for with a complete rig service, new halyards and new Harken blocks last year, TLC as necessary and upgrades made in a few areas. Glass, cedar, and carbon in places construction, full carbon rig, brolga turnbuckles and is generally in excellent racing condition.


  • Regatta Sails
    • 1 x Evolution A2 (the mac daddy runner)
    • 1 x Quantum A3
    • Light / Heavy North Jib
    • Full-size North Main
  • Club Sails
    • 1 x Quantum A2
    • 1 x A3
    • Light / Heavy Quantum Jib
    • 2 x Quantum Mains
  • Bonus Sails (Everyone loves options)
    • 1 x A7 (the oh shit oh shit oh shit kite)
    • 1 x C0
  • Practise Sails
    • 1 x A2 (Patches, I won’t lie, you’ll find out why)
    • 1 x A4 (Little brother to patches…)
  • Misc Gear
    • Velocitek ProStart
    • NSW registered trailer until 2018
    • Cat 6 Safety Gear (upgradable to cat 5 easily, last held for Airlie 2016)
    • 3.5hp Tohatsu
    • Road cover + boat cover
    • New Gottifredi Maffioli halyards 2016
    • New Harken running gear 2016
    • Spare Ronstan running gear
    • Mast + Boom resprayed 2016

$23,000, $21,900 price reduced!

Jon Rowe, mail@jonrowe.co.uk 0448 561 577

2017 – Bay to Bay

Our nationals are only a few days away now and we have a record mixed fleet size of 21 boats entered for what promises to be a beautiful regatta on the waters of Salamander Bay. Whilst the fleet is getting ready (we’re expecting some road trip pics here people!) it’s not the only event on April, you’ll already have the boat packed up on the trailer so why not take on the Bay to Bay on the 29th – 30th of April.

For those not familiar with it, the Bay to Bay race takes place annually for a mixed fleet of trailerable yachts, sports boats and sports multihulls as is a 45NM long Category 5  race through the sheltered and protected waters from Tin Can Bay to Hervey Bay through the Great Sandy Strait, with an overnight stop in the sheltered waters of Garrys Anchorage between Fraser Island and Stewart Island. You will sail in the company of some 140 plus trailerable yachts through the largely unspoilt and truly spectacular Great Sandy Marine Park and past the World Heritage Listed Fraser Island and the Great Sandy National Park.

Find out more at http://www.herveybaysailingclub.org.au/