Rumble in the Reach

The East Fremantle Yacht Club is very excited to be part of the growing Sports Boat and O’Pen BIC communities in Western Australia. We share their mantra that “life is too short to sail slow boats”! As such in 2011 EFYC launched the Rumble in the Reach, an event which showcased these two classes to spectators and the broader public.

With racing in close confines and in easy view from our Club balcony; spectators can share in the excitement that comes with sailing in these classes.

A wind of change is what the O’Pen BIC has brought to the world of dinghy sailing for kids. Young sailors now have a true glide machine for real excitement on the water. The O’Pen BIC, with its modern and powerful rig, is not only a fun boat for pure enjoyment on the water, it is also a fast boat which is quick to respond. The O’Pen BIC is the link between the Optimist generation and the new generation of sailing dinghies.

With the growth of the Sports Boat Fleet in WA comes the opportunity to experience the adrenalin rush created by the sheer acceleration and planning abilities of these boats. This class is simple to rig, transport and sail, its open transom bails water instantly even in extreme conditions – making it the perfect choice for those with a hectic lifestyle.

On Saturday 12 January 2013, East Fremantle Yacht Club will showcase this season’s Rumble in the Reach and open its doors to the General Public so they can enjoy all the thrills and spills of this close quarter racing on the river. Live race commentary will be provided throughout the afternoon by well known WA sailing identities.

The morning kicks off with the 2013 O’Pen BIC Challenge at 10:00am. The schedule will comprise of two qualifying races followed by a final race. Come and see some of the States upcoming Junior Sailors battle it out in this fast paced race.

The action packed afternoon will commence with the first of two Sports Boats heats at 2:00pm. The top finishers in each heat will battle in the final to be crowned the “2013 Sports Boat Challenge Champion”. Following racing sailors are invited back to the Clubhouse for the Presentation and some celebratory food and drinks.

The General Public are welcome to come and view the racing from our balcony and grounds from 10:00am. We will also have Live entertainment provided by the popular Jazz & Blues duo “Honey Suckle Rose” from 5.30pm to 9.30pm.

We will also have fresh oyster shucking station and Wine tasting by Silkwood Wines from 2pm to 5pm.


2013 ASBA Calendar

ASBA Calendar sampleASBA is pleased to announce the availability of its 2013 Calendar!

ASBA is dedicated to getting as many boats to our Nationals as possible and proceeds of the sale of this calendar goes towards making that happen. It also shows off to the world the great boats we sail!

ASBA has, with the generous help of our sponsors and photographer friends, produced a 2013 A4 Colour Calendar packed full of photos (24+) from these last 5 years of sailing. It also includes all the event dates in 2013.

The calendar is available NOW and is easily ordered by filling out and returning the order form found HERE. The calendar will also be available for sale on the ASBA website with payment via Paypal for those wanting to pay online by credit card in the coming days.

So get to it, support ASBA, and order yours now!


Changes in towing rules make it easier for New South Wales Sailors

Yachting NSW is pleased to let you know that as a result of representations made to the government, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) have recently announced changes that will make it easier to tow a yacht interstate.

These changes have been designed to improve consistency with Victoria and Queensland, and to enhance road safety by encouraging use of the most appropriate vehicle and trailer towing combination.

Previously the law restricted sailors wishing to travel with their ‘trailer sailors’ and also affected those who regularly competed throughout Australia in such classes as the International Etchells.
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Stealthy – Still Setting the Pace

StealthyHigh-performance Brisbane small boat designer Allan Carwardine set a high standard in Australian Sports Boat racing when he introduced his super fast Stealth 8 to the regatta racing scene. 

Stealthy which he skippered to a high list of impressive results in major events on Moreton Bay and during the Airlie Beach Race Week has continued to show her class under her present owner the Lake Macquarie Yacht Club skipper Bob Cowan.
Skipper Bob Cowan who regards the Airlie Beach Race Week as the best place to test your pace is again among the early entries to contest the 2012 class championship over the Whitsunday Sailing Club courses from August 10-16.


Australian Sports Boat and Trailable Yacht Championships preview

ASBA NationalsMany of Australia’s fastest sports boats will be racing on Hobart’s River Derwent over the Easter weekend, with Bellerive Yacht Club hosting the 2012 Australian Sports Boat and Trailable Yacht Championships. 

A fleet of 14 custom-designed, high-performance sports boats will be racing for the Australian Sports Boat Association national championships, sailing under the SMS (Sportsboat Measurement System) handicaps, with entries from Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania.

Characteristically, these sports boats have light displacement hulls and carry exceptionally big rigs in comparison to their overall length. They are exceptionally fast downwind under their huge, masthead spinnakers.

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ASBA WA States

WA StatesMOFSC will be hosting the ASBA WA states on March 3-4. The WA boys have a great fleet up and running and the racing should be as good as ever. Get your creep on and enter NOW!


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