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Recreational Boating 31 October News and Updates

Thursday, 31st October 2019

Safety Initiatives – Rec Boating:  There is a heightened focus on safety for all SYC events. This was partly precipitated by a death in the 2018 Association Cup, giving rise to a review of SYC on-water operations, which resulted in many initiatives for the club. These initiatives were subsequently endorsed by the coroner in the Inquiry findings into the 2018 Association Cup. Additionally, Marine Safety Victoria have drafted a Code of Practice for managing boating events, that is mandatory for clubs like Sandringham Yacht Club. We have therefore seen significant changes for the keelboat and OTB sailing communities. For Rec Boating, it means an enhanced focus on matters like:

  • Greater reliance on skipper and crew details for on water events – hence the requirement for skipper and crew contact details (including emergency contacts) for events (fishing comps, Nav Rallies, Cruise in Companies etc.)
  • During events: SMS sign on and sign off for the fishing comp, or for Cruise in Company events – briefings and scheduled radio check ups whilst underway
  • A greater focus on boats complying with safety and equipment requirements
  • Behind the scenes – more detailed event preparations

These measures are supported by the Rec Boating Committee and are part and parcel of managing events these days. The Recreational Boating Safety Manual is being reviewed in line with the events of the last 18 months. When completed, the Manual will be circulated.

Safe boating!

Simon Hemingway
Recreational Boating Club Captain

Fishing Competition ~ 10 November

Whether it’s very calming and relaxing to just be out there on the Bay doing nothing but waiting and contemplating nature’s beauty, there’s nothing like picking a piece of water, reading it well, choosing your gear, fishing it as you want to fish it….. and hook yourself a BEWDY! That’s right folks, the SYC Recreational Boating Annual Fishing Competition is … Read more.

Melbourne Cup Long Weekend Cruise in Company ~ 2-5 November

Experience the adventure of cruising with SYC’s Recreational Boating (power and sail) in their annual Melbourne Cup weekend Cruise in Company! This year the cruise will see boats departing Sandringham on the morning of Saturday 2 November and returning to Sandringham on Tuesday 5 November to enjoy the afternoon in the Members’ Bar for ‘the race that stops a nation™’! … Read more.

Christmas Party ~ Wednesday 4 December ~ Bookings Now Open!

Bring your Festive Cheer & come and join your fellow Members! Recreational Boating Power and Sail Committee welcome all Club members to join us at the Recreational Boating Christmas break up and get together. If there is one thing we all love about summer, its that it’s barbeque season! It’s time to fire up the grill, invite the family and friends … Read more.


Season calendars are now available! Good News – if you have previously downloaded Ecal or the Member point App your calendars will be automatically updated! If you’d like to import our Calendar into your smart device, click here If yet to download the SYC App, click here to download – it’s called Member Point. Features include; Members Directory, …Read more.

Bellerive Yacht Club Cruise

Bellerive is organising a “round Tasmania cruise” which will incorporate a stop in Port Philip (including at SYC). They are planning to leave Hobart in mid/late February and arrive in Port Philip early March before then going back to Bellerive via the West Coast of Tasmania. If you want more information on joining all or part of this cruise: SYC member David Webb is the contact: 0419 359 793 or