Botany Bay Yacht Club 2018-19 season to date

Botany Bay Yacht Club (BBYC) has now completed the Spring and Summer Series of its 2018-19 season, with strong fleets enjoying very close racing on Saturday afternoons, as well as in the Friday twilight races.

The Spring twilight series was in the balance until the last of eight races, with Windy Point (Adams 8, Peter Bennett), In Tune (Sonata 8, David Craddock) and Misconception (Endeavour 26, George Reed) coming out on top of the leader board. In Tune is narrowly leading the New Year series from Tic Tacs (E26, Peter Ashton) and Misconception.

Racing on Botany Bay during the Saturday afternoon Spring Series saw winds from all compass directions and strengths, with different winners from the sixteen boat fleet across the seven races. Scandal (Holland 30, Ian (Bigfoot) Manley) carded a very consistent series to win from Wasabi (Cole 23, Stephen McLennan) and Stingray (Ross 830, Greg Lerond). Griffin (Farr 1020, George Houridis) won race 5 to take out the prized Commodore’s Cup. Sadly Ian, our great friend and a former Rum Consortium member, passed away on 27 December.

The Sprint series was narrowly won by Stockade (Eureka 31, Graeme Herrick) from Red Ned (Whiting 32, Brian Leverton) and Tic Tacs. The Summer Series was well won by Vamos (J109 Grant Ballantyne) carding four wins out of the seven races, from Griffin and Stingray. The Ladies Skippers race, sailed in a perfect bay nor-easter, was won by Jeeves (E27, Sue Huggett) from Resurgent (Ross 930, Lydia Widders) and Vamos (Karen Ballantyne).

BBYC was pleased to host the 2019 Endeavour National championships on 19-20th January, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the E26. Local boat Kokomo (Grant McKellar) won all six races to take out the title, with Witch Ways II (Jeff Finnegan, Drummoyne SC) 2nd and Wundurra (Brian Christenson; BBYC) 3rd.. The 183rd Australia Day Regatta and dinner at the clubhouse on the 26th January were very well attended, wrapped up by the view across the bay to the excellent Carss Park fireworks display.

Club boats have again competed strongly in inter-club series, with Stockade winning a heat of its division in the Sydney Regatta at Middle Harbour Yacht Club, and Resurgent competing in the Navigators Cup out of Cronulla Sailing Club.

BBYC welcomes enquiries from yachties interested in enjoying Friday and/or Saturday racing on Kogarah and Botany bays. New crew are welcome – for all club details see or the BBYC Facebook page. The club premises provide a full service facility, including club sponsors Endeavour Marine Services with slipways and all shipwright and boat repairs, Herrick Sailmakers, Infinity Rigging and Aussea Sailing School.

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