Sailing Report - Sunday 25 February

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With a fresh in the river from the persistent rains during the week, the Maroochy River was quite murky with the run-off from local creeks. With a low tide around midday, there was scarcely a shade of blue in the waters.

In the morning, the Tackers 2 group took to the chocolate waters to practise their skills with Casey, their training boats standing out with their striped sails.

Race Officers Sean Tisdale assisted by David Ollerenshaw set a course that involved the afternoon Racing Fleet sailing zig-zags downwind. As the moderate breeze swung to the North, gybes at the middle marks were not necessary, but roundings at the windward and leeward marks involved tricky gybes.

In Division 1, Phil Gray led the fleet with his Impulse, while Sarah Johnson had a solid afternoon on the water, while other Lasers enjoyed close racing seconds apart.

In Division 2, all Sabres, here was close competition at the from between Rhys Jones and John Ladewig, and among the following Sabres just a little way behind.

Opti sailors Riley House and Kristian Pugh shared the two races, and ashowing increasing confidence and capability on the Race Course.

After the two scheduled races were completed, Race Officer Sean sent most of the fleet away for a shorter third race to round off the afternoon.

NEXT WEEK - Sunday 4 March -

MAROOCHY HEAD of the RIVER.  Start Time 11.00am

More details during the coming week! Check this Page!



Sailing Report, Sunday 18 February

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Afternoon Racing as part of the Short Course Series.

Casey Sutherland and Phil Gray battled out the Division One competition, Casey in her laser and Phil in his impressive Impulse - the first that we have had at the Club apart from a few visitors.

In Division2, there was a close battle all afternoon between the Sabres of John Ladewig, Rhys Jones and Spike Verdon with only a few seconds separating them.

Wonderful to see a regular fleet of Optis back on the water. Marcel Klatsmanyi led them round the course, but younger sailors Kristian Pugh and Riley House are improving with every race, and will soon make Marcel work harder.

Wayne Ashworth was again our Race Officer, and we owe Wayne a huge THANK YOU for his work over the past few months in getting the fleet underway, and recording the finishes. Wayne will be away for a few weeks after a final wave of flags in the Head of River Race. Sean Tisdale will be Race Officer for the last February sail, and we we will be looking for volunteers to wave the flags during March and April. Racing sailors, if  you have have not done a RO  duty this year, check the Club Program and claim your date for the last few weeks of the Summer season by dropping Peter an email.



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The NOR for the Maroochy Head of the River 2018 has been released.

The Race/Cruise, to be sailed on Sunday 4 March, will be the 58th time this iconic event has been held.

From our Clubhouse on Chambers Island, boats will sail Easterly towards the Maroochy River mouth, before turning at Goat Island to make their way upstream to the David Low Bridge at Bli.

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A long race, full of deep channels, sandbanks, mudflats and many surprises, it is a great opportunity to sample the different reaches of the Maroochy River and to sail underneath the Sunshine Coast Motorway Bridge, all in the company of sailors sailing a wide variety of dinghies, catamarans and even trailer sailers.

More information shortly.




After a very busy and successful Laser Masters Rgatta last weekend, Club Sailing returns to the Maroochy River this Sunday (18 February).

Morning Sailing - Adventure Sailing and Tackers 3 from 9.30am

Afternoon Racing - Short Course - with a Briefing at 1.00pm. Wayne Ashworth will be the Race Officer.

Only a fortnight to go till our unique Cruise/Race - the Maroochy Head of the River on Sunday 4 March.  Adventurers and Tackers welcome to join in - Time to book the Club Boats - see Graeme or Gard.

February Newsletter


THIS WEEKEND (10 -11 February)

Dear members please note: Our premises on Chambers Island are closed this weekend EXCEPT for the Tackers 2 group with Casey Sutherland on Sunday morning. (Please note that also equipment is reserved for the regatta at Mooloolaba.)

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The Club is hosting on Mooloolaba Bay, the Oceania and Australian Laser Masters Championships 2018. This is a four day event Friday through to Monday. We have about 160 entries so this is huge for our club! Many members are rostered on to assist run this event and a big thank you. If you'd like to share the atmosphere and view some of the activities you can find details via our club website and the Notice of Race provides times of each race for'll be quite a sight!

The Laser Fleet will be launching and heading out to the Course area through the Mooloobaba Harbour Entrance (rock walls) around 12.30pm Friday, 11am on Saturday and Sunday, and 10am on Monday. Again it should be quite a sight! After racing, the fleet will be returning to the Harbour around 4 - 5pm Friday to Sunday and 3pm on Monday, but may be more spread out. The two rigging areas are near the Mooloolaba Marina on Mooloolaba Spit.

Note that the Club's iconic marathon race "Head of the River" is coming up very soon on 4th March! This replaces our usual sailing programs.
If this is a first time for you...please feel encouraged to join in. Adventure and Tacker sailors can join in and a course that is appropriate to their skill level is set to make this possible. There are 7 pacers that can be used and each can take 3, but they need to be booked in as they go fast (well they get booked fast not necessarily sail fast!). Just email

We will be closed on 1st April.

We are delighted with the success of the Tackers program thanks to Graeme and his team of assistants. We have now commenced a second Tackers group on alternate Sunday mornings so Graeme is running Tackers 3 stages and now Casey is coaching Tackers 2.

Our Adventure Sailing continues to flourish for the over 12s and adults and by late Feb we will be introducing some improvements with instructing and lessons, so stay tuned for that announcement. As always thanks go again to the volunteers who make the mornings so easy to manage.

We've been welcoming a steady flow of new people and our membership is now over 80. That's a good size group and more essentially it has meant our fleet sailing on Sunday afternoons can be over 20 boats, in fact a fortnight ago it was 25. And most importantly we are seeing the beginning of a junior fleet again, well done kids and parents!

Seeyouontheriver, Gard (vice-commodore)



SAILING REPORT - Sunday 4 February

A busy morning at Maroochy with both Adventure Sailing and Tackers 3 groups operating in fresh Southerly breezes, and a very high making tide. Great to see so many young sailors out on the water, and a few Senior sailors in the Pacer Dinghies.

For the afternoon the wind swung round to the South East and picked up to be around 20 knots with gusts to 25 knots. The king tide had turned around midday and the strong ebb against the prevailing wind resulted in very choppy waters that tested all Racing sailors. Most had a few swims during the afternoon as a result of the disturbed water and gusty winds.

Phil Gray in his Impulse Dinghy and Casey Sutherland with her Laser 4.7 rig handled the conditions well and led the Division Fleet in both races. Even the Sabres struggled in the conditions, but John Ladewig and Spike Verdon successfuly negotiated the course set by Race Officer Wayne Ashworth and Gard Saunders.

Two Optimists competed in the two races, with Marcel Klatsmanyi having a few great planing rides in his Optimist, while Riley House did well to work his way round the course in testing conditions.

Special mention to Stuart House who manned the Race Support Boat and assisted several sailors when conditions overcame them.

NEXT WEEK - Sunday 11 February  - The only sailing at Maroochy will be the Morning Tackers 2 group with Casey as many members will be assisting with the 4 day Australian Lasers Masters Championships being sailed off Mooloolaba. 

SAILING REPORT - Sunday 21 January


A very busy morning at our Maroochy Clubhouse with lots of on-water activities.

  • Tackers 3 sailors improving their skills.
  • Optimist Race Training for the more experienced youth.
  • Adventure Sailors, cruising the river, enjoying wind and water.
  • Discover Sailing Come 'n' ry Sailors experiencing dinghy sailing and finding out about our Club and Sport.

Great to see so much activity on the River!

A Fleet of 25 boats contested the Afternoon Racing - wth three boats sailing in the Junior Races over a modified course.A steady moderate Easterly breeze and a high tide provided ideal sailing conditions. Race Officer, Wayne Ashworth, set a Figure-of-Eight course with a Double Windward mark to provide safer port roundings. Sevral injured sailors provided on-water support for the fleet, assisted by a few parents.

In the Laser Division, Dave Krempin continues to be hard to catch, but there was great competition throughout the Fleet of 12 boats  with several mark roundings 4 boats wide. It was a case of one simple error in strategy giving a slight advantage to your competitors and making it difficult to catch up.

In Division 2,  8 Sabres and 1 Pacer contested the two races. Rhy Jones has his Sabre going nicely, and led the fleet home in both races but John Ladewig and Graeme Hattrick kept him under pressure. Even at the back of the Fleet, a little way behind, Antony, Peter and Mike had ongoing tussles throughout the afternoon.

Results are now posted - see our Results page.

NEXT SUNDAY - 28 January  - Five heats of the Summer Short Course Series with Race Officer Wayne Ashworth.

In the morning, Tackers 2 sailors will use the Tackers boats for the first day of their summer course.

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The Club has been advised that the sand dredge will return to Chambers Island in the next few weeks to replenish the northern shore.

Members will have noticed that the northern launching beach has progressively become steeper and more difficult to transverse in the past months.

As well as pumping sand onto the beach, the Sunshine Coast Regional Council will replace the plastic mesh strip we use to assist with launching and recovering of our support vessels. This strip has been damaged by campfires and exposure fy wave action, and is now considered safety hazard. Plans are to replace it with more durable material.

Council will also protect our new rigging lawn and no sand will be pumped onto it.


Tackers 1 Course - January

Young aspiring sailors had great weather for their 4 day Tackers 1 course in mid-January.

They really made great use of the Club's Tacker Boats, learning to sail and developing their skills with on-water games such as collecting balls floating in the water.

Hopefully, some enjoyed sailing enough to return and participate in the second level course, Tackers 2, scheduled fortnightly on Sunday mornings - check our Sailing Program.

Thanks to our Instructor, Graeme and his assistants.


Great pre-Christmas Holiday Camp at the Maroochy Sailing Club,.

The warm summer days , cool water and moderate breezes are being enjoyed by a great group of enthusiastic students under the supervision of our Training Co-ordinator, Graeme Hattrick, and Assistant Instructors.

As well as learning to sail in our Club Optimist and Pacer dinghies, the youth sailors  sailed downstream to Maroochy Northshore where they had a game of beach cricket on the sandflats.

Next Tackers One course coming up in January - see our Tackers page.

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