|17th Point Talburpin Sailors Get Together|
As always, at the risk of boring those already familiar with these gatherings, we have, for the benefit of potential new participants, repeated the information promulgated in notices for previous events.
Since high tide on the 17th is at about 11.07am (2.43m), we are planning another early start at 11.00 am, followed by lunch under the trees on the Point Talburpin foreshore. As with previous gatherings, an “out and back” format is proposed, with all boats turning for home when the leading boat reaches the furthest mark.
For those not familiar with the format of previous gatherings, these are friendly get- togethers designed to encourage both local and visiting sailors to get out on the water in the company of other, like-minded souls, and enjoy the facility provided by high tide at Point Talburpin. Although activities are held at or near high tide, the relatively ‘thin’ waters in these parts necessarily restrict participation to dinghies (of all sorts and sizes), centreboarders, catamarans, and other shallow draft vessels.
Course will be set on the day depending on wind direction and strength (and bearing in mind the comments above) but as a guide, southerly course will generally be:- Allan Robb beacon to starboard, red beacon east of Pannikin Is. to port and return to finish in the reverse direction.(alternatively, via the western side of Pannikin to a point south of Pannikin, and return) In northerlies, from start to green beacon north of Snipe Is. and return. Start and finish line will be between two white spar buoys laid north east of the Point Talburpin boat ramp. Starting procedure will be outlined at the pre-race briefing.
A crude, though quite acceptable (at highish tide at least) unpaved boat ramp exists at the end of Torquay Road, adjacent to the start/finish line and the picnic area. There is also a very good all-tide concrete ramp available on the Esplanade some 2k north of Point Talburpin. At times close to high tide, a sandy beach is accessible at the picnic site. For those visiting by water (eg from Macleay Is.) secure “on the mud” mooring is available in front of the Harland residence in Torquay Rd. Should participants wish to prolong their involvement in the social activities and collect their boats the next day, Tony H and Don B will keep an eye on them overnight. Transport to and from the ferry can be arranged. The following schedule is proposed:
Prior to 10.15am – all boats rigged and gathered on the beach near the picnic area. (as this event is very tide dependant, it is important we start the activity at the planned time. The cooperation of participants in being ready by briefing time would be greatly appreciated)
10.15am Briefing on shore to confirm course, starting procedure etc..
12.30pm On-water activity should be finished and social gathering begun
1.00pm Presentation of prizes
1.15pm onwards Continue lunch and socializing As with previous events, it is suggested that participants and friends bring a little food and drink to share at the gathering. A BBQ will be provided. (for those visiting in small boats by water – don’t worry - there will be plenty to go around if previous experience is anything to go by). Serving tables will be provided, but folding chairs are recommended if you are coming by land. Readily accessible toilet facilities are available at the adjacent Harland residence. For those without boats and wishing to “have a sail’, there is a good chance that places will be available on one or more of the participating boats.
As always, we will welcome anyone who wishes to “just turn up” on the day, but if you let us know of your intention to join us, we will be able to contact you as early as possible in the event of cancellation due to weather etc..
We point out that although “prizes” may be donated for various achievements, this is not a formally conducted regatta, and is without the infrastructure of formal yacht club events and the like. Participants join us as individuals participating at their own discretion, bearing in mind weather conditions, crew competencies, vessel capability etc.. In other words, participants must make the decision as if they were venturing out on their own on the day.
We encourage those receiving this notice to pass it on to others they feel might like to join us for either the on or off water activities.
For more information, or to register your interest, don’t hesitate to contact Tony Harland (0419 848 684) email@example.com, or Don Burrows (Ph 38290607)