Airlie Beach & QLD States Wrapped Up


Another year, another Airlie Beach Race Week done and dusted. This year the famous tropical Queensland regatta also hosted the state titles for the northerners and the wind came out in spades to ensure all the crews worked as hard as they partied. 10 boats competed in the mostly warm tropical waters but several suffered damage over the regatta including one losing a rig but when the dust and the dusty heads had settled the winners were decided and this year the honours go to Graham Sherring with Retuned, with Andrew Wiklund’s Crank in second and Rees Howell’s Octopussy in third. See here for the full results.


  • 1st – Graham Sherring – Retuned
  • 2nd -Andrew Wiklund – Crank
  • 3rd – Rees Howell – Octopussy

Congratulations to all skippers and crew.

Next up on the ASBA calendar will be the NSW state titles over at Gosford Sailing Club. NOR and entry available soon.


New season starts


With the first event of the season fast approaching (it’s not too late to get organised and join in the Airlie Beach fun) it’s time to remind you all that a new financial year means a new ASBA season and that means we need your subs!

To compete in ASBA events you must be a current financial member and as a volunteer driven organisation your subs keep the lights on and allow us to organise events (state titles, national championships, winter championships) across the season;

You can do this online via the website ( or by bank transfer after filling in the form ( and emailing it to us at:

So get organised and get them in!


For Sale – Emma Peels Laundry…

For Sale: Asymmetric kite, used as a fractional on Emma Peel (an Elliot 7) but it could be a masthead for a smaller boat.

Kite modelled by the mighty Troppo

Modelled by the mighty Troppo

Price: $1,100


  • Luff 10.4m
  • Leach 8.2m
  • Foot 6.07m.

Made by Gemmell Sails designed by Michael (Flipper) Carter. Spinnaker has only been used 4 times and is in ‘as new’ condition. Price is 50% of original cost.

Contact: Jim Dwyer 

ph: 0409 300 699


Airlie Beach Race Week



Got the winter blues? Sick of the cold? Well fear not it’s almost time to head north to the warm and sunny waters of Airlie Beach. This year ASBA will be holding the Queensland state titles at the ever popular Airlie Beach Race Week!

Our team on the ground has secured the super yacht wharf (same as last year) for ASBA boats. This keeps us all together and it doesn’t matter how many boats we fit in, the cost is fixed. We’re guessing we will fit 10-12 boats comfortably. So it will be a case of first in best dressed. Strictly ASBA competing boats!!

The team will bring a big esky, so at the end of each day we can have some beers and a boat of the day award.

So if you’re entering or you know someone planning on entering, let us know. Either directly at or via the Queensland team, Graham Sherring or John Rae.

It’s not to late to get organised, chill the beers, and get involved!


Winter Nationals and Presidents Report

The winter nationals have been and gone, and this time without controversy! Congratulations to Rees Howell and the crew of Octopussy for taking SMS, and James Dwyer and the crew of Emma Peel for PHS.

SMS Results

2 VIVACE G Smith/ J Rae N.A. MYC
3 RETUNED Graham Sherring SYC

PHS Result

2 PEOW!! PEOW!! Andrew Triggell RQYS
3 LEGLESS David Hewitt RQYS

We also held our 2016 AGM at the winter nationals, at which our very own Chris Bland gave us his presidents report, for those of you who weren’t present, here is what Chris had to say:

Presidents Report 2016

From being appointed at the 2015 meeting we have been able to keep the Association going with successful state title events being held in QLD, NSW and Victoria along with National titles held at RQYS during early January 2016.

We have not met as a committee principally because one did not exist, Darren Spence continuing on as digital director and Cam Rae as treasurer until a replacement could be found. Thankfully Jon Rowe entered the fold and has taken on the role of digital director and recently James Dwyer has agreed to help as Secretary Treasurer so we now have an active group. Michael James has helped during this period as our QLD rep. and his help has been gratefully received.

Lets hope a few other bodies can help out this year and we become a little more active.

I have had numerous discussions with the administrators of our rating system and suggestions coming from our membership base along with those fed to them by our committee are being considered. There will always be a disparity between the older boats that are “hotted up” trailer sailers and the current new boats which are a development of our rule. As we are principally a development class, lets see what they come up with for the next rating period. The rating office, now being independent of Yachting Victoria is now approaching us for information and data to help enhance the rating system.

I have been seeking venues for our forthcoming Nationals and have had approaches from several clubs and submissions most favoured are from Collett Point Sailing Club For inclusion in their Sail Port Stephens program for 2017. This is the last weekend of March 2017

Royal Geelong Yacht Club have also approached me to conduct our Nationals as a principal element of their 2018 Festival of Sails. Premier berthing and a concessional entry fee are all guaranteed. This is over the Australia Day weekend in late January and their clubs 150th. Anniversary.

Chris Bland


ASBA 17-06-2016

Full results for the winter nationals are over at and as always have your say by dropping the committee an email or facebook message.


Reminder – ASBA AGM 2016

Reminder: The ASBA AGM for 2016 is on tomorrow night at the Winter Nationals in Mooloolaba, if you’re not coming (why not!) then you can nominate a proxy to vote for you or to raise issues that you want raised. You can also ask Chris, our president, to do either of these things if you don’t know someone specific going. The official agenda is linked to below, as is a formal nomination form but we will accept informal nominations and submissions via as usual.

Important! The venue for the AGM has changed to the Mooloolaba Yacht Club office to assist those organising the event.

2016 AGM Agenda

Proxy Nomination 2016


Notice of AGM



To be conducted at the “Wharf Tavern”, Mooloolaba Friday June 17th at 18.30

Meeting Agenda:

  • Welcome
  • Confirmation of the 2015 AGM minutes
  • Presidents Report
  • Treasurers Report
  • General Business as raised by members
  • Election of 2016 Committee

We are seeking nominations for committee, so far we have Chris Bland who will stand for re-election as president for the next 12 months, James Dwyer for the Secretary / Treasurers role and Jon Rowe for the Digital Directors role. So far we are seeking a Vice President and Chief Measurer along with at least one committee member from each state.

Most of the work is by email and we try to meet by teleconference a couple of times a year. The task is not that onerous and need only take a few hours a month. Your input will assist us to provide events and advance our sport to the Association members, sailing community and the general public.

Official ASBA Notice of AGM


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