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August Nautical E-News
Welcome to Nautical News, the e-news service distributed to Yachting Australia members and clubs whose e-mail details have been provided either by the individual or their sailing club. Articles are sourced with the help of the State and Territory MYAs - their logos are located at the end of this page, with links to the respective home pages.
Whilst we obviously share the delight of all Australians in the performance of the Olympic Team at the 2004 Olympic Games, Yachting Australia also share the great disappointment felt by the majority of our sailing team over their results in Athens. This disappointment is heightened by the fact that the sailors, coaches and support team worked so hard for so long and their excellent performances in the lead up to the event gave us great cause for optimism.
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Yachting Australia produced daily reports and e-newsletters during the Athens Olympic Games. They have been archived on our website for your convenience. At this link you will also find a daily photo gallery with pics of all Australia's sailors in Athens.
Nominations for the
Nominations for the Yachting Australia Board closed on 31 August. Nominations were received from Yachting Western Australia, Yachting South Australia, Yachting New South Wales and Yachting Victoria. Three places are available.
The election is by postal ballot amongst the State and Territory Yachting Associations. The successful candidates will be endorsed at the AGM on 31 October.
After two years as President, four years as a director of Yachting Australia and many more years involved in the administration of the the sport, which saw him as Commodore of Sandringham Yacht Club and President of Yachting Victoria, Graeme Ainley is standing down at the AGM. The details of the new Board and President will be featured in the November newsletter.
New Blue Book Underway
Production of the Blue Book for 2005-2008, containing the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), Yachting Australia Prescriptions and the Special Regulations, is now well underway.
A reminder that the 2005-2008 RRS will be effective world-wide from 1 January 2005. This is change for Australia where the RRS normally come into effect from 1 July. We would advise that if you are organising a race or series that will run over the changeover, the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions should specify which version of the RRS it is being sailed under so that competitors are clear.
Please note that consistent with previous editions the Special Regulations do not come into effect until 1 July 2005.
Whilst production is underway, it is not too late to advertise!! Please email Michael Brierley for details.
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Crew Lists for Upcoming National Championships
The Open Team Racing Championship will be hosted by Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club on 9-11 September. Seven crews have entered - three entries from Western Australia, and one from Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria.
The Youth Match Racing Championship will be hosted by the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria from the 18-21 September.
Twelve crews have entered - three from NSW, three from Western Australia and Victoria, and one from Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania. A list of crews will be available on the Yachting Australia website after the 6th September.
The following have been selected for the Australian Women's Match Racing Championship to be hosted by Royal Perth on 23-26th September.
The following have been selected for the Australian Match Racing Championship to be hosted by Royal Perth from the 26-29th September.
National Match Racing Umpires Seminar
A National Match Racing Umpire Seminar will be conducted from the 16-18 September at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, Williamstown, in conjunction with the 2004 Australian Youth Match Racing Championship (AYMRC).
OnBoard Goes to Brisbane
Yachting Australia's national participation program OnBoard will be represented at the Brisbane Boat Show (Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre).
Yachting Australia and Yachting Queensland staff will be on hand at stand 619 on the Concourse to provide information and details about OnBoard and how to get into sailing.
You can also join OnBoard while you are there. So bring the family, bring your friends and get OnBoard! The show starts at 10.00am Wednesday 1st September and concludes 5.00pm Monday 6th September.
Yachting Queensland, with the assistance of Yachting Australia, is in the process of rolling out the OnBoard in Queensland. Clubs such as Bribie Island, Southport and Townsville are already 'OnBoard.' If you belong to a club which is not yet an OnBoard partner and you are looking to increase participation and club membership then contact Yachting Queensland on 07 3393 6788 or Yachting Australia's National Development Officer at email@example.com
Child Protection Courses Available Online
Every Club and Training Centre knows the importance of Child Protection, and the value of training employees and volunteers in these issues. Unfortunately, most Club volunteers do not have time to attend courses and pay enough from their own pocket already, without the burden of undertaking a training course.
Therefore the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation has compiled online, free-of-charge courses which take only a couple of hours to complete in full, to address Child Protection and other club issues which results in a certificate upon completion. Visit this site - www.playbytherules.net.au.
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Get into a Yachting Australia
Have you thought about doing a Yachting Australia Training Course? With almost 200 Training Centres around the country, there is bound to be one near you.
Yachting Australia Training Courses can help a beginner gain confidence, or improve a more experienced sailor's skills. Sailing is a sport that you can start at any age, regardless of disability or prior experience.
Yachting Australia Training Courses can be a great school holiday program, clubs and training centres around Australia run programs to teach kids to sail and race during the school holidays. Use the Yachting Australia website to find a club or training centre close to you.
High Achieving Sailors Honoured - Victorian Yachting Awards
At a gala function held beside the bay at the Mordialloc Sailing Club, Victoria’s outstanding yachtsmen and women were lauded for their achievements over the past year.
Winners of the 2004 Victorian Yachting Awards:
Yachting ACT Announces
Yachting ACT will hold an Anniversary Regatta on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 October 2004 to mark the 40th Anniversary of the first combined sailing clubs regatta held on Lake Burley Griffin following its filling. The Lake was formed by the construction of Scrivener Dam on the Molonglo River and was part of Walter Burley Griffin’s design for the Nation’s Capital.
Details of the Regatta will be available shortly, including the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions, from the Canberra Yacht Club (Tel 02-6273 7177) or from the YMCA Sailing Club (Tel 02-6281 1396) or Yachting ACT (Tel 02-6295 1436).
NSW Youth Championships
Entries close for the 2004 NSW Youth Championships at 5pm on the 17th September. The Championships will take place at Gosford Sailing Club from the 2nd to the 4th of October. A unique regatta, it is open to all popular youth classes and levels.
Entries forms are available on the Yachting NSW website  with the Notice of Race and should be sent to Lee McCourt at the Yachting NSW Office: PO Box 357, Glebe, NSW 2037.
South Australia Yachting Awards Presentation
Yachting South Australia’s Annual Dinner and 2003/2004 Awards Presentation was held at the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia in August. Nearly one hundred sailors and club/class officials attended to recognise the achievements and voluntary contributions of South Australian sailors and club members.
Profiles of the winners and nominees can be found on the YSA website.
Medallions were also presented to sixty three South Australian sailors to recognise their achievements in their respective 2003/2004 Class Australian/World Championship regattas. A full listing of Champion Medallion recipients is on the YSA website.
2003/04 Yachting Australia Membership Benefits