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


“Peow Peow” – Shaw 650 For Sale

Peow Peow Blasting Downwind

Peow Peow Shaw 650 For Sale – $30,000

Strip plan cedar construction with carbon skin, full length strong back and heavy class bulb. Very reluctant sale, great fun boat.

 Race Record

  • Runner up ASBA Queensland State Titles 2013/2014
  • Place ASBA Mid Winter 2013
  • ASBA Queensland State Champion 2011/2012
  • Runner Up ASBA Nationals 2011


  • 2 x Main Sails
  • 4 x Light Jibs, One new ready for 2016 Winter Nationals
  • 1 x Heavy Jib
  • 2 x .75 Oz Kites
  • 2 x .5 Oz Kites
  • Cat 3 Saftey
  • Tohatsu 3.5HP Motor 
  • Plans for light bulb 


Andrew Triggell 



ASBA National Champion Announcement


Our National Titles for 2016 were held at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS), January 5th to 8th.

Between the top three boats it was an extremely close series, with corrected times giving margins of between 3 and 8 seconds, repeatedly. Vivace, Stay Tuned and Reo Speedwagon were going to fill the podium without question, with the final race, race 9, being the decider. Race 9’s finishing order was Reo Speedwagon from Stay Tuned and Vivace which was the finishing order for the overall series.

The day after the series a query was raised by both Stay Tuned and Vivace as to how Reo Speedwagon had achieved such a low rating. My immediate response was to order a copy certificate from Yacht Racing Services who administer the rating system.

Reo had been put together during December and had been measured and rated during the pre Christmas rush, but within the time allowance as detailed in our constitution. A rating certificate was issued with a rating of 0.793 due to an error which had occurred in the transposition of data entries.

On receipt of a copy of the certificate it was immediately apparent there was an error in the mainsail dimensions with the MUW and MTW dimensions being identical. Recalculation of the boats rating was carried out and a certificate was re-issued on February 1st, giving Reo a rating of 0.803.

Numerous consultations with rule books, International Jurors and the host Club ensued, including re-measuring to make sure this was correct.

The Protest Committee convened by RQYS in preliminary discussion, and prior to any hearing drew upon RRS Case 57 were a certificate was issued with a similar error and Case 57 found that the results must stand. From this a redress hearing was held on March 12th. , applied for by Stay Tuned, which was not granted.

It should be noted at this stage that the protest committee formed did not take into account the ASBA constitution, listed as a condition of entry in the Notice of Race, item 1 Rules, point 1.2.1 stating that the ASBA constitution shall apply to all boats.

Under the ASBA constitution, rule 14 describes the authority to measure, or re-measure boats placed 1,2 &3 (14.10) and 14.4, 14.5 gives the committee the authority to override the results and disqualify or treat as they see fit.

Following on from the decision by the RQYS protest Committee, ASBA have met ( telephone conference ) and consulted with an International Juror.

Taking the advice of the juror, the ASBA committee, based on the constitution, elected to have the results recalculated to the correct rating rather than exclude or disqualify and apply these corrected results to the regatta.

After the recalculated results, we award the places as follows:

1st Place – Stay Tuned – 15 points

2nd Place – Vivace – 19 points

3rd Place – Reo Speedwagon – 24 points

Graham Sherring and crew have been declared our National Champions for 2016.

Full results will be available on the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron web site later this week.

In reaching this decision we have to the best of our knowledge gone through all proper process with strict adherence to the RRS, the rules of Yachting Australia and all other bodies having jurisdiction over our sport

Chris Bland

President ASBA

May 9th 2016

Official Release


Sydney Hardstand Space


Looking for space to keep your ride? (Hint: or acquire a new one)

The legacy marina  (which runs the hardstand next to RANSA in Rushcutters Bay)  has a couple of spaces for boats up to 8.0m!

They’ve always tried to keep the hardstand for sports boats as opposed to Etchells, Dragons etc as they all have plenty of other places they can hardstand. But unfortunately unless they can fill the sports they’re going to have to open them up to the masses! 

Cheapest hardstand in Sydney as they’re a not-for-profit. Help those that help your habit!

Contact Nathan Smith at: or 0403921416.


Winter Nationals 2016 – NOR Amendment #1


The 2016 Winter Nationals are on again in June at the Mooloolaba Yacht Club on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

This year, Champions will be awarded on both SMS and PHS and in true Sports Boat style, you podium in one, you can’t in the other.

Entries are now OPEN and entries close June 10.

Get organised. Get the leave pass. Come for a SAIL. Enter now!





10 days to go until Sail Port Stephens

With 10 days to go until the inaugural sports boat division at Sail Port Stephens it’s time to get organised and get your entry in for one of the most prestigious regattas in the NSW sailing calendar. The regatta organisers are keen to welcome as many sportboat sailors as possible so let’s show them what fun sailing a sports boat is.

The travel assistance package for interstate entrants is still open making a no brainer to enjoy the pristine waters of Port Stephens. There will be plenty happening for friends and family shore side too.

Racing is from Friday April 15th to Sunday April 17th. The sailing instructions are due to be released on April 7th which is also the last date before late entry fees apply. So get your entry in now


Keeping it old school

Easter weekend saw the NSW sports boat fleet take to the waters of Botany Bay to compete in the Botany Bay Yacht Club’s inaugural one design and sports boat regatta. The weather was much better than forecast with 8-18 knots giving the fleet some fantastic flat water sailing conditions, a welcome change for much of the fleet.

Jack Andrew skippering Mark Griffith’s Viper 640 took out the top spot on count back from Steve O’Rourke with his borrowed Melges 24 Panther. While Tony Passmore’s Melges 24 Planit took out the 3rd place on count back from Jim Dwyer’s Elliot 7 Emma Peel.

Jim Dwyer writes:

Old School started the regatta slowly with ‘Panther’ recording a 1 and 2 first day in around 8-10 knots of seabreeze. The two Melges 24s Panther and Planit showed great speed and height upwind in the first race clearing out from the rest of the fleet on the water. However Heat, the Ratcliff family’s newly acquired Viper 640, skippered by oldest son Tyler (14 years old) was close enough to secure 2nd on corrected time. According to the Old School crew, Tyler was not taking any prisoners on the start line much to both their surprise and admiration. Peter McFarlane who brought his J70 Javelin up from Melbourne for both the Sydney Harbour regatta earlier in March and the BBYC regatta came in 3rd.

Tony Brauer stepped up his J70 Infinity to win the second race from Panther by over a minute. Planit was just behind in 3rd capping off a good day for the Melges 24s and J70s in winds around 10-15 knots. 

Day 2 saw Jack bring Old School into serious contention with a 1 and 2 in stronger winds at around 15 knots. Steve O’Rourke however was still holding onto his lead with a 2 and 3. Planit won race 4 capping another good day for the Melges 24s. Their upwind speed on the classic Olympic course was proving to be difficult to beat. Unfortunately Javelin had to retire due to gear damage. Also Heat did not have its best days with too few burgers helping the crew weight in the stronger breezes and too many lolly snakes contributing to a sustained sugar rush with the two boys Tyler and Harley, 10. As you can see family life on a boat has both its upsides and downsides.

The race committee decided it would be a nice change to move to windward leeward courses for day 3. The winds were 15 – 18 knots from the south east. While the Melges 24s maintained their upwind supremacy, they were no match for both Old School and Emma Peel on the runs who scored 1-1 and 2-2 respectively for the day. Panther had 3-3 while Planit scored 4-4.

In all the regatta was a great success. BBYC volunteers made all competitors feel very welcome. 

Lisa Ratcliff summed up the regatta “Botany Bay is a fantastic sailing arena, flat water and true wind, barely any traffic and the excitement of racing off the airport runway. BBYC is one of those older style clubs run by volunteers where you feel comfortable coming straight off the water and into the clubhouse.”

“The Ratcliffs are new to the sports boat scene and we are loving the friendly vibe and particularly the encouragement given to the kids.”

 The next ASBA event is Sail Port Stephens on April 15-17.

See for here more details.


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