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 Yacht Racing Notes - Nov 17

Updated Sailing Instructions are effective from 30 November 2017.

The key changes are:

  • For scratch starts in Koolong and Retriever, Couta Boats to sail under Division 3, number 3 pennant in a separate scratch start (at 12:45pm first signal, subject to postponement), using the same course as rest of fleet.
  • For handicap starts for Avalon, Quartet Bowl and Winter Series, Couta Boats to sail under Division 1 with all of the other yachts.
  • Rule 44.1 applies without amendment when sailing in Division 1. For Division 3 only, rule 44.1 is amended with part penalty turns if taken voluntarily (this will only apply to Couta Boats in Division 3 of Retriever and Koolong)
  • Eligibility to race requirements have been added with clauses 2.2 and 2.3 in SI (see below)

Please note, as set out in amended SI, that the Division 3 will start before Division 1.

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Martin Hickling
Yacht Handicapper

Couta Nationals and Wattle Cup 2017

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Documents and Information Sheets:

NSW October Couta Week and Nationals 2017 Info Sheet LINK HERE

 Entry Form LINK HERE

 Notice of Race (NoR) LINK HERE

Supplementary Sailing Instructions V1 LINK HERE

Couta Boats Nationals Results

Updated 11th Oct

Couta Sailing Programme

WEDNESDAY TWILIGHT. There is a good breeze for Woody Point. Their Handicap Start time is 5.49 and 13 Couta boats are registered to start. ASC are having drinks on our deck and we expect 60 - 80 or so visitors.

THURSDAY. HALLETTS BEACH. The weather forecast for this was looking bad but a revised forecast looks OK. Some boats want to go by power boat, some want to sail..

FRIDAY PRACTICE RACE. We have a scheduled start for 2.00. Debrief at 12. A full practice with PRO and team for the weekend. Plan is for one Windward / leeward course and a 2nd short race around Scotland Island to give all our visitors a chance to familiarise themselves with the ‘dead’ side of the Island. Sausage and beer on deck after the racing.

SATURDAY. Nationals. Plan is for three races with debrief at 10 am and first race planned for 12. If wind above 22knots racing may need to be postponed till Sunday. Bacon and egg in morning. Drinks and sausage after race but only limited to allow time for visitors to shower and change as there is a catered ticket only social on deck at 6pm for visitors.).

SUNDAY PASSAGE RACE. Passage race with debrief at 10 am and start at 11. We need to share Lucinda and will work with gold am. Coutas will derig as best they can and then gather back at ASC for prize giving and final farewells. This may be late (like 5pm) to allow them to pack up.

POST REGATTA. Plan is for the fleet to progressively move to RPA for loading by truck for their return home beginning Monday.

 Setup of the Clubhouse and Deck

A Marquee will be set up in the South West corner positioned to allow access to the ramp and the beach for dinghies. We are going to dedicate the south bay as a food/bar area as there are a series of events to cater for. This will have the BBQ,s in front of this bay and big eskies and a fridge for the food storage to avoid too many trips up & down stairs. Lucinda is being stored in a pen immediately south of the club and Blue Peter and Yellow Glen will be left attached to the deck for the week freeing up these moorings. There will be barrel tables on the deck as lean on tables which will be moved for Sunday rigging.

Impact on Club Members?
The club will continue as normal except for the social on Saturday night which is for the Couta sailors. However, there will be a lot more people in and around the club all week. Sunday sailing will be busy with tenders taking visitors. Our aim is to welcome visitors as fellow sailors and encourage interaction. The cruising club moorings may have a club vessel on them for part of the week. Parking will be very limited so please drop off and allow extra time particularly on the Sunday. We have organised extra rubbish bins and pick ups but anything that can be removed will be of help.

The busiest time will be Sunday morning with tendering and normal activities all happening. The exact timing of the Couta start is wind dependent. We all need to be aware of the interaction of all groups.


On water activities are mostly covered as the PRO, umpires and mark layers are from the Couta organisation. They will be using Lucinda but are aware of our Sunday needs with gold am and pm groups.

There is a thin coverage for all the events but additional help would be appreciated to assist with BBQ, serving food and drinks and generally making the events go smoothly. Events are Friday drinks and BBQ from 3.30pm; Saturday egg and bacon 11.30am; Saturday post race sausage and bar 4pm to 6pm; Saturday evening (we are paying for Luke and 3 others as “professional staff” 5.30 pm till late but peak is 6 to 8pm); Sunday egg and bacon (8 till 10am) and finally Sunday pm from 4pm till close up. For many, such as Sunday afternoon yachties, it simply means staying around a bit longer. Also, as normal activities are happening on Sunday there will be overlap.



Please contact me for any information or if you would like to help out.

Paul Westcott 0419 013 142 email:

Ps I am the lucky one to be OOD for the full weekend so will be on the job for the three days to answer queries.


ASC 25 9 16

 A cordial invitation is extended to owners of eligible Etchells yachts to enter this event on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd  April 2017 on Pittwater.

The Regatta will consist of six races conducted by the Avalon Sailing Club (ASC).

An interim presentation for Races 1, 2 & 3 will be held at a catered dinner on the Saturday evening at ASC. Bookings are essential. The Don McLachlan Perpetual Trophies presentation plus presentation for Races 4, 5 & 6 will be held after the race on Sunday 23rd  April at the Clubhouse.


Notice of Race (NOR)Notice of Race (NOR)


Sailing Instructions (SI)

Australia Day Regatta 2016 - Yacht Results


Our handicapper (Martin) is travelling to Antarctica so I volunteered to do the job. Having now done this I realise what a wonderful job he does!! Thanks Martin.

We had a NE 10 to 15 knots and the sun was out. All up 16 yachts participated with 6 in the spinnaker; 7 in the non spinnaker and 3 wooden yachts. There was some confusion as the wooden yachts started with the first two divisions but they have been reported separately.

Fortunately Martin left me with a list of handicaps for most yachts. There were a couple that ASC were not familiar with so I cross checked with Woody Point and then cross referenced these to similar yachts to come up with the magic number. The results show that the range of adjusted times was between 8 – 10 mins. The conditions appeared to favour the faster yachts as in all divisions as the faster ones did well on both scratch and handicap. Well done Grey Beard; Vamonos and Baracoola; the winners of each division. We have not seen Force 8 for a while but she is very welcome and was the fastest, followed by Vamanos and Element who were seconds apart.

Warm Regards

Paul Westcott

ADR Yacht Results

Club Moorings available in Pittwater

Avalon Sailing Club hold a quantity of club moorings in Pittwater, located near to our home at Avalon.

Mooring availability is currently: WAIT LIST

These are a cost competitive way to get your boat onto a mooring in Pittwater near to Clareville Beach, Taylor Point, Stokes Point and Careel bay.

Preference is given to active, participating club members.

Yacht Race Archives

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Yacht Multihull

For the season 2012 ~ 2013, ASC is considering introducing a multihull division.

We are holding an invitation race on

Saturday June 16th 2012

with drinks available afterwards at club

Free BBQ to all participants


Enquiries: Brett Stapleton  0419 215 365

The information on this page is out of date. For up-to-date Yacht Safety information including audit instructions, please visit the new website and use the menus to navigate to YACHTS>SAFETY... OR JUST CLICK ON THIS LINK




Compliance forms expire 30 June every year, it is necessary to pass a new audit for every season.

 Special Regulations Yacht Equipment Inspections 2018-2019

As at 24/08/2018... latest change:  Additional Equipment Form updated.

DOCUMENTS: You will require most of these documents to conduct/pass an audit.

Click a blue highlighted link to download desired document/s. All docs in PDF format ready for printing if necessary.

Sailing Rules 2017-2020

Special Regulations (safety equipment guidelines) Part 1 (keel boats)

ASC Sailing Instructions 2018-2019 

Australian Sailing 2017-2021 Special Regulations Equipment Audit forms:

CAT 5 

CAT 7.

NB: ASC also requires...

 ASC Additional Equipment form equipment required by the Club's sailing instructions over and above items Australian Sailing requires. UPDATED 2019


Saturday 4th August, 09:00- 12:00 (last audit starts at 12:00)

Sunday 12th August after AGM 08:30 -11:00 (last audit must finish before AGM 11:00)

 Saturday 25th August 09:00- 12:00 (last audit starts at 12:00)


No ASC tender service on audit dates.

CAT 5 audits require a full hour to audit


Audit Costs

For ASC members Saftey Equipment Audits undertaken on scheduled audit dates are free. 

Audits conducted for members outside scheduled audit dates MAY attract a fee (see below*)

Non-members (including non-financial members) will be charged the $30.00 for any audit.

Second Audits (after a failed audit) attract $30.00 regardless of member status.

All fees collected go to the Club.

 Audit Bookings

Bookings keep audit days efficient. If you turn up without a booking there is no guarantee anyone will be available to audit your vessel.

Contact David Evans 0438 224 926 to book your audit.

 Can't make any of the audit days?

It is possible to book an audit outside the dates nominated.

*If the volunteer auditor is attending the Club for another reason eg a sailing day, the audit will be free. HOWEVER a special trip for an audit will attract a fee of $30.00.

Karl Nielsen has offered some limited availability mid-week. Please contact him directly.

Contact Karl Nielsen 0412 888 656

Before the Audit Day

Conduct a SELF AUDIT. The auditor's role is NOT to do the audit from scratch, rather it is to check you have done your own audit correctly.

To perform your SELF AUDIT:

Print out both the AS Special Regulations Equipment Audit form CAT 5 OR CAT 7 AND the ASC Additional Equipment Form then complete them aboard your boat.

Initial OR mark as N/A EVERY line. Read the appropriate rules in the Special Regulations to ensure each item is properly complied with. Feel free to seek an auditor's guidance BEFORE an auditor's schedule audit, if you have any questions. (Contact details at the bottom of the page.)

Be warned! EACH reinspection due to a failed audit will attract a $30 fee. 

 On your Audit Day:

  • The owner/skipper or their authorised representative must be on board during the audit.
  • Bring your boat and find a mooring off the club. Phone your auditor to confirm arrangements. (you may be required to provide transport to your boat for the auditor)
  • Equipment required for the audit MUST BE LAID OUT BEFORE the audit.
  • Produce both the fully completed Equipment Audit form CAT 5 OR CAT 7  AND the ASC Additional Equipment form from your SELF AUDIT.
  • Provide a copy of your Boat's Insurance policy.

The ASC auditor verifies that your SELF AUDIT complies with the category you choose (eg Cat 7 or 5).

Upon satisfactorily completing the audit:

  • you will receive a 2018/2019 Compliance Sticker to be fixed to your boat
  • the Club's records will be updated to reflect your boat's Cat status PROVIDED 2018/19 membership dues have been paid and processed.
  • the original audit form will be held by the Club but a PDF version will be emailed to you.



The onus is on owners to ensure continuous compliance in the Category for which they have been successfully audited. Equipment Auditors may undertake spot checks during the season.

Yachts must also comply with the Maritime N.S.W Authority Safety Equipment Regulations.


Extinguishers no longer have to be inspected by a qualified person. However, extinguishes must be self-tested in accordance with the notes that follow AS Special Regulation 4.04.  Auditors will check to see if they are "fit for purpose" .

NB: an extinguisher must be pressure tested every 5 years. The date of manufacture will be stamped on the cylinder. Auditors will check to see if extinguishers fall under the 5 year limit or expect proof of pressure testing.  For smaller devices, it is much cheaper to buy a new one rather than have it tested.


The Blue Book

The Blue Book 2017-2020 came into force Jan 1, 2017 and is now split into 3 publications: the Racing Rules and the Special Regulations Part 1 (Keel Boats) & Part 2 (Off The Beach Boats).

They are FREE to download in PDF format for use on electronic devices. From the download, sailors can choose to print out a hard copy. If you elect to carry only a digital copy, you must be able to demonstrate the capacity to read these documents while on your boat without access to the internet.


Life jackets must display the Australian Standard it was manufactured to. If the device is maunfactured overseas, the onus is on the owner to demonstrate that the overseas standard is equal to, or better than the Austrlaian standard required.

INFLATABLE PFDs must be serviced/tested as per instructions provided by the manufacturer (usually annually).  A CERTIFICATE must be provided for each PFD showing that its testing regime is up to date. Some manufacturers allow self-testing and provide a (downloadable) blank certificate with a check list which must be fully completed including dating and signing by owners.



Like all positions at Avalon Sailing Club, the Safety Equipment Auditors are volunteers. They give their time to be trained and certified by Sailing Australia. They organise and conduct free audits for the benefit of other Club members. Please respect this time freely given.

Avalon Sailing Club and its auditors reserve the right to refuse an audit.



David Evans 9973 3637, 0438 224 926 or

Ian Craig 0419 625 298

Karl Nielsen 0412 888 656 or

Cruising Divison Yacht Profile-



1958 Sparkman & Stephens 40ft centerboard Yawl


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We spotted Morasum for sale in May 2010 and flew to Brisbane to inspect her. We were very excited as she appeared to be similar to Finisterre, a classic S&S design that is well represented in a coffee table book by Franco Pace on S&S designs. 


When we inspected her, we knew instantly that she was what we were looking for – she was almost identical to Finisterre and in fairly good original condition.  The original documentation from 1958 was there – plans (blueprints), drawings and correspondence from S&S – from design selection through to construction and commissioning.  There were clippings from The New York Times from when she was held by the Chinese Navy, from Hong Kong from when she initiated the China Sea Race and also letters from Rod Stephens and Carlton Mitchell from when they had sailed on Morasum in Hong Kong. Along with Morasum   these documents in themselves will require conservation.



So we purchased Morasum in June 2010 and after six months work she was finally ready to sail to Pittwater from Manly, Queensland. Morasum had not left the marina for 6 years so there was a lot to do to make her seaworthy again. We also had to replace the mast as the original Sitka Spruce mast and boom were coming apart. We have shipped the main and mizzen masts and booms back to Sydney, our hope is to one day have them split and reglued.  This initial work is only the beginning and it will take us years to achieve full restoration. All our efforts at this stage have gone into stabilizing her before we can start to return her to former glory. Our objective is to try and keep Morasum as original as possible but also to ensure we can enjoy her as a safe and practical cruising yacht.  



Morasum was commissioned by Simeon Baldwin, a member of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, and was launched on his birthday Oct 23, 1958.  Through the internet I have been able to make contact with the original owner’s son, Simeon Baldwin Jnr and he has provided me with the following history.


Morasum was built in Hong Kong at a small shipyard, Wing On Shing, that was primarily a yard for steel lighters. The shipyard's owner always tried to have at least one wooden yacht in construction in order to keep his carpenters well occupied with their craft.  The Sparkman & Stephens plan (Design #1245) was inspired by the Finisterre (1954, #1054).  One major modification from the plans as drawn involved the centerboard.  The original design called for a bronze board. The redesign was a Borneo Billian (iron) wood with lead inserted in its tip for weighting to allow free fall.  This worked very well in practice.  After outfitting in 1958, we were pleased to host for weekend cruises, at different times, joined by Rod Stephens and Carlton Mitchell, Finisterre' owner.  Their knowledge and experience was invaluable as we learned how to best trim and sail her.

We had lived in Bangkok, Thailand from 1947-53, where my father had an aviation parts distributorship, and a majority of the oriental wood (Siam teak) used in construction came from mills in Thailand. The name, Morasum, is Thai for monsoon (
มรสุม). We moved to Hong Kong in 1953, where my father opened a branch of his aviation business.

Most of her sailing was done in Hong Kong waters, and after many local cruiser races, I was aboard for her first open water crossing in December 1959 from Hong Kong to Manila in the Philippine Islands. This cruise was designed as a test of the concept of a Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Hong Kong to Manila race which became the bi-annual 565nm China Sea Race first contested in1962. The Morasum sailed this race four times, and cruised it twice before my father 's death in 1973. She always finished well up in the race standings. Her last China Sea Race was in 1972 when she took 4th in Class B.

On a local yacht club cruise to the Portuguese colony of Macau over Chinese New Year, the Morasum and my father, plus several other yachts and their crews were captured by the Communist Chinese. The other yachts were released after a short duration but my father was detained from February 15 to December 7, 1969, before being released. This event might be the germ of a story linking my father to the CIA, which is untrue, by the way. The yacht required considerable work to bring her back to top condition and my father's health was never good after that period of solitary confinement.

Morasum has a wonderful motion at sea. I remember a 24-hour period during the 1959 sail to Manila when we averaged 7+ knots under jib and mizzen alone. The midwatch was one I will never forget. This was on the tail end of a tropical depression/typhoon that had moved through the area.

After my father's death in the 1973 I had her deck shipped to San Francisco and sailed her on the West Coast and then down to San Diego where I lived at the time.  I was forced to sell Morasum, to Chuck Williams in 1985 and her journey continued. He sailed her in local harbor beer-can races and Ancient Mariner races in San Diego, cruised Baja California, the Pacific and then, after falling in love with an Australian lass, he sold to Geoff Phegan and she ended up in Manly QLD.

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Morasum on a recent cruise to Hardy's Bay 



For us Morasum has an exciting history and is an excellent example of a Classic Yacht designed by Sparkman & Stephens. She deserves preservation and restoration and we hope that we can do her justice and that she will be around for many years to come.


John & Jenny Cronan


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Race Description 

The Club has a fleet of approximately 50 yachts ranging from 20ft to over 40ft. Not all race but there is a lively fleet on each Sunday race day.

The Race course is, for the most part, inside the protected area known as Pittwater with a single event called the Blue Water Sheild that ventures out towards Box Head. Our races are hotly contested but are friendly and do not normally create stress for either the crew or the boat. All yachts are required to have a Category 7 Safety Certificate. 

Since the fleet comprises a wide variety of yachts all races are on a handicap system, so the choice of spinnaker or non spinnaker is yours and will be taken into account in the handicap.

This makes racing enjoyable and winnable for all competitors. A typical fleet might consist of a Young 88 or two, East Coast, Northshore, Etchells, Tasman, Jeanneau, Bavaria, Beneteau etc etc.

Race management is by volunteer "duty boat". The crew of the duty boat provides a Yacht Coordinator assisted by rostered club members and a boat driver to conduct the start. The Club has an easy to use 30 ft committee vessel "Lucinda" well fitted with remote anchor winch, enclosed head etc. to make the volunteer experience an enjoyable day in itself.

The club also runs a limited licence bar for members and there is a Free Tender Service on race days for yachts moored in the immediate vicinity of the clubhouse.

The race season runs from September through to early April.

Winter races over a short course take place on the last Sunday of each month during the "non season" period and are followed by a BBQ

Avalon Series



Our program has three unique elements:- 

  • You can choose to race in only one series (typically six races), with one heat per month
  • You can race on a different style of course each Sunday of the month
  • On the second Sunday of each month you can participate in the Avalon Series. It is a fixed course, family friendly time, handicap start and a BBQ on the club deck post race.

Opening Day Trophy: Scratch start

Avalon Series: A handicap series raced on a single 12Nmi course in Pittwater with BYO BBQ at the end. Eight races, six to count. Open to non-ASC yachts on payment of entry fee. see link here

Blue Water Shield: A handicap series raced on courses which include a mark laid approximately one mile off shore from Lion Island. Six heats, five to count (scratch start)

Koolong Trophy: A handicap series raced on a course within Pittwater, sailed concurrently with the Blue Water Shield. Six heats with five to count (scratch start)

Quartet Bowl: A handicap series raced on courses that include a mark laid off Juno Point. Six heats, five to count (handicap start)

Retriever Trophy: A handicap series raced on courses within Pittwater. Six heats, five to count (scratch start)

Winter Series: Individual handicap races sailed on a short course within Pittwater. "Extras" allowed with a 4 minute time penalty. Handicap start. BYO BBQ follows on club deck

Twilight Races: Individual handicap races sailed on alternate Fridays during Daylight Saving through PBYC. No "extras". Scratch start. BYO BBQ follows on club deck

Shaz II Trophy: A scratch trophy for the fastest yacht in the Club. The winner is the yacht with the minimum points from all races in the major trophy series (AS - BWS/KT - RT - QB) when calculated on the basis of scratch results

Commodores Trophy: A handicap trophy for the fastest yacht in the Club. The winner is the yacht with the minimum points from all races in the major trophy series (AS - BWS/KT - RT - QB) when calculated on corrected times

Van Den Bosch Trophy: For perseverance in fair weather and foul. Awarded to the yacht competing in the most events during the year, providing it has not been a prize winner in any series (an event is a series trophy race)

Single Day Events: There are a number of single day events, such as: The Two Islands Race which appear in the Race Calendar. Details are posted on the day


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The Club has a small but active cruising division. The fleet is comprised of a wide variety of yachts and range of experience. Beginners are very welcome and there is a lot that can be learnt over a glass or two of wine and some excellent food on one of the many weekend cruises.

A cruising program is published each year (see below). Events are planned every 4-6 weeks.

For those fortunate ladies and gentlemen of leisure, there is an informal cruise every Wednesday (fine weather only). Meet at the Clubhouse at 10.00 a.m. and the group will decide which boats to take out for an enjoyable day’s cruising and lunch. If you would like more information on the Wednesday cruises, please contact David Lyall on 9918 2335.

The Club has seven moorings in the Pittwater/Hawkesbury waters (click here for mooring page). These moorings are available to paid-up ASC Boat Owner members and are often the meeting place for cruising yachts.

Most cruises take place in these local waters, with trips to Sydney Harbour and occasional longer trips up or down the coast.


Ocean Cruising is outside the scope of Avalon Sailing Club to manage.

Cruising reports (see end of this page) contain many stories detailing the adventures of the cruising division and provide an idea of typical cruising activities

ASC Boat Owner members are also entitled to compete in a number of other events without paying additional race fees. These events include: The new Avalon Series (replacing the Family Series), the Two Island Race, Crews Race, the Challenger Head /Bitter End Trophies; and the Winter Series

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

David Baker 0408 980 108
ASC Cruise Co-ordinator


Accurate @ 1/8/2018 

Date Event Notes
25th - 26th Aug 2018 The Basin  
15th Sep 2018 Comedy Night ASC Clubhouse  
29th Sep - 1st Oct 2018 Jerusalem Bay Cruise & Bush Walk School Holidays 29/9 - 14/10
10th - 11th Nov 2018 Smith's Creek Cruise  
1st - 2nd Dec 2018 Christmas Cruise Hallets Beach  
27th Dec - 13th Jan 2019 Cruise North School Holidays 22/12 - 28/1
26th - 28th Jan 2019 Australia Day - Sydney Harbour  
16th - 17th Feb 2019 Challenger Head - Akuna Bay  
23rd - 24th March 2019 Refuge Bay  
19th - 22nd April 2019 Easter - Sydney Harbour School Holidays 13/4/ - 28/4
18th - 19th May 2019 Progressive Dinner - The Basin Caravan & Camping Show - 30/4 - 5/5
8th - 10th June 2019 Queens Birthday - Dangar Island 1/4 Moon 10th June
27th - 28th July 2019 Fire & Soup Night - The Basin Crescent Moon (School Holidays 6/7 - 21/7)
17th - 18th August 2019 Alternate Fire & Soup Night - The Basin Full Moon 21st August



(just click on a title to open)

Cruising Division report 2017

Cruising Division report to General Commitee 2016

Cruise to Lord Howe Island 2015

Easter  Cruise to Pt Hacking 2013

Jerusalem Bay Cruise (and sinking) 2012

Challenger Head Race (aka "The Dunking" ) 2011

A Visit to Hardy's Bay 2011

Autumn Cruises 2010

Challenger Head Race 2010

Summer Cruises 2010




Club mooring locations and tips for using Club moorings can be found under the menu heading Yachts> Cruising Moorings... or just click here 




ASC boats at anchor at Akuna Bay 2011



Morasum & Kate Kelly at Hardys Bay


Windborne and Kirin on their way to Hardys Bay




Susan and Jim Flaye aboard their yacht Kate Kelly