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Victorian Winter Series - sugarloaf races

Postby Excuse Me Two on Tue May 15, 2007 1:27 pm

The Vic Sabre Association is including three of the Sugarloaf SBC winter race days in its winter traveller series. These will be:
Sunday 17 June
Sunday 1 July
Sunday 15 July

The winter format at Sugarloaf is two short races back to back with the first race commencing 1.30pm. The average result from the two races will be recorded for the Sabre Assoc winter series (ie one result from the one day's sailing).

While the tide is out at Sugarloaf (currently around 26% of full capacity) there is still ample area for sailing (particularly with the shorter winter course). Water depth is not a problem - most of the sailing area is still at least 20metres deep and any shallow water is confined to the lake margins.

The three dates are consecutive events in both the Sugarloaf and Sabre Calendars.

Boat storage is available at Sugarloaf (free!!) for those who prefer to avoid towing back and forward. Please contact Phill Johnstone 040 836 0815 (m) or by email phillj@tpg.com.au to make arrangements.

Sugarloaf has a regular contingent of 10-12 Sabres competing year round. It would be great to see this number boosted even further on the Sabre Winter Series days so come on out!

Further details on the club (incl where to find us) are available on the website at: http://home.vicnet.net.au/~slsail/

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Postby Excuse Me Two on Thu May 17, 2007 3:27 pm

***** SUGARLOAF UPDATE ************

Unfortunately, due to recent changes in conditions Sugarloaf Sailing Club has suspended all sailing activities.

Recent falls in the water level has changed the shoreline conditions in the launching area making it unsafe for launch and retrieval of all boats (sailing and rescue). The recently exposed area is particularly steep and combined with a slower drying rate (due to the cooler weather) makes the shore quite treacherous.

Sailing area is not a problem, just access to it. Alternative access points have been looked for but there are no suitable alternatives.

The Club anticipates that current and forecast rain may be sufficient to start filling the lake and that once on the “upward” cycle the shoreline conditions will be suitable to allow sailing to recommence.

The club will continue to monitor and review the situation very closely. At this stage sailing on 20 May and 3 June has been cancelled. A decision as to whether sailing will recommence on 17 June (A Sabre Winter Series date) will be made closer to the day. Please check the Sugarloaf website http://home.vicnet.net.au/~slsail/ for updates and notification of club opening.

I will post an update when circumstances change.

Sorry for any inconvenience – just another consequence of drought and climate change.

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Postby Excuse Me Two on Mon Jul 23, 2007 3:28 pm

Sailing at Sugarloaf resumes this Sunday (29 July 2007) :D

The pumps have been running hot for the last few weeks and as of today (23 July) we are back up to ~40% capacity. This puts our launching area back onto the pebble beach (no mud - yea!! :) )

Sugarloaf's Winter series will resume this Sunday - we run 2 short races back to back (first race starts at 1.30pm). Then it is fortnightly on Sundays from 29 July (till the end of August - Summer races start in September). We have a regular fleet of 10-12 Sabres from the club - Visitors are always welcome.

cheers

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