Xantippe Night Time Trial 10 March 2017

‘Sunhunter’ SKIPPER:  Brett Morrison NAVIGATOR: Dilana Ramirez take out First and Least Points Lost (12) at the Xantippe Night Time Trial.


Commodore Mark Nicholas presents the Xantippe Trophy to
‘Sunhunter’ SKIPPER: Brett Morrison; NAVIGATOR: Dilana Ramirez

Confirming the suspicion that Time Triallers are a crazy bunch, the Xantippe Night Time Trial held on Friday 10th March 2017 was officially the last event for the 2016 Time Trialling Season; go figure!

The event was held in perfect conditions.  A soon-to-be full moon rising in the soft twilight sky over the jetties bustling with activity as boats prepared for the 19:00 hour start.

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17 boats and ‘The Decoy’ (more of that later) made it through the start line; only 16 finished.  Where did ‘Champuss ’go?  SKIPPER: Clarry Wrensted admitted to getting hopelessly lost so he made for Matilda Bay (much easier to find in the dark than Foam Spit) where he picked up a mooring and entertained his guests, new members Erika and Clive.  A great way to spend the evening.

It was good to see ‘Aquarius 111’ from Swan Yacht Club competing.  Unfortunately, ‘Xantippe’ originally a SoPYC boat but now a resident of Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, was a late withdrawal and did not compete in the eponymous event.

Back to ‘The Decoy’.  As if the fading light did not make conditions challenging enough, ‘The Decoy’ steamed through the start line, lights blazing, music blaring, adding to the jolly atmosphere of the evening.   Perhaps a couple of the zeros at the start were thanks to the bulk of the party boat obscuring the start line?  Knowing our eagle-eyed starters, this is most unlikely.


Later in the event ‘The Decoy’ certainly lived up to its name getting between ‘Time Out’ and the increasingly more difficult to find SPYC Outer Buoy.  SKIPPER: Phil Warwick and NAVIGATOR: Pam Warwick had been doing very well up until this point but a WSM saw them out of the race.  They were still able to see the funny side when comparing war stories later in Yachties Bar.

Commodore Mark Nicholas and Power Captain Amanda Watson announced the results and made the presentations in front of a bemused crowd of Friday night diners.

Place Vessel Skipper Navigator Total Points
1 Sunhunter Brett Morrison Dilana Ramirez


2 Amazon Steve Wall Amanda Watson


3 Aquarius 111 Des Stanway Chris Lee



LEAST POINTS Sunhunter Brett Morrison Dilana Ramirez

12 points lost


WOODEN SPOON Sovereign 8 David Barton Marilyn Barton

111 Points Lost


Well done all, especially Brett and Dilana.  Now the 2016 season is done and dusted ‘Sunhunter’ will carry the 400 numbers going forward.  “Wear them with pride” said Amanda as she congratulated them warmly.



Power Section now has a part-time administrator -  Bernie Kaaks.

The Red Book has been compiled for 2017 and will be out and available online soon

Cruising Buttterflies Sunday 2nd April.  This is a very worthwhile event that the Club stages every year to support special needs children.   It is an amazing and rewarding experience so if you are able to assist in any way please register with Bert Giancristofaro, Vice Captain of the Cruising Section.

Pre-Season Cocktail Party on Friday 28th April.  Groove Jet have been booked to entertain us.  Should be a great night so book your tickets now by phoning the Club on 9364 5844 or email clubbookings@sopyc.com.au

Troy Dalglish will be running a Training Session on Sunday 30th April followed by a BBQ.  He will also run an Advanced Theory Training Session on Tuesday 13th June


Little Stinkers Regatta Sunday 28th May 2017.  Heidi Kenney and the On Water Group have put together an event designed to teach skills and on water safety to 6 – 11 year olds based on the Department of Transport model.  The DoT mascot will be in attendance and each child will receive a certificate and a gift bag at the Sausage Sizzle after the morning’s activities.

The Power Scribe