On Saturday, Broome Sailing Club held
its annual Presentation Night at Roebuck Plains Roadhouse. After
the bus collection by driver Loi O'dore from the Men's Shed, all
arrived at the Road house for a usual Roadhouse mountain of
food. The Roadhouse as a venue is terrific, getting out of
Broome town and going somewhere close but different is a popular
After the main meals Commodore, Alex
Tiverios, presented the 2016 trophies. Encouragement Award went
to new comer Kerr Wright for his enthusiasm in the Learn to Sail
Course and continued involvement in the club activities.
Most Improved went to Jeff White and his
Laser who has not just bought the club Laser yachts, but
improved it, built a custom made trailer and beach trolley for
it and is assisting driving the Broome Seas Scouts in their
sailing endeavours in to 2017.
Sink or Swim award went to Miranda
Dibdin for successfully completing races one day only to lose a
mast not far from the beach at Gantheaume, and having to be
towed to shore.
Both BSC Club Handicap and Yardstick
awards were taken out by John Dayman in his blue Impulse yacht
Blue Chip, with Miranda 2nd and Mike Burbridge 3rd in
For the full list of 2016 BSC club
here for some photos of Training during 2016.
Meeting - 3rd November
BSC heads to social sail path - at a
General Meeting last night, Broome Sailing Club has decided to
take on more "social sailing" to encourage those residents in
Broome, who have boats and don't want to race, or can sail and
also don't want to race, but just get out there and have a sail
with the club in a safe environment. There will be many years
of experience on the beach and on the water to give any
assistance that may be required.
There are many off the beach yachts
sitting derelict on verges and driveways of Broome, time they
were dusted off and washed down. The first will be November
27th at Town Beach from 12 noon onwards. The BSC rib will be on
the water as Safety Boat, members will be able to take out the
BSC Pacer yachts, which will also be there.
Over the last 3 years BSC has trained
over 24 people in the Level 1/2 Learn to Sail, but very few
continue. It's thought that racing is all too serious and that
a social sailing program, mixed with the racing for the die
hards, will be a welcome change and get a few more back out on
the water. We also want to get those people with yachts that
sit around doing do sailing too come down and join in. Life
jackets, etc and all regulations will need to be adhered to. So
BSC will have the safety RIB out on the water and will encourage
last years and all previous years students to come and get back
in to it.
The club has also added two video clips
to the web site (click here) covering
much of the first two Learn to Sail lessons. Prospective
students can now have a look on the web page at what it's all
about and get a feel for what they will be taught over the 4
lesson course. Next courses will be in 2017 dry season.
Broome Sea Scouts will be back in 2017
also, bigger and stronger. Stay tuned for more joint activities
between the Broome Sailing Club and Broome Seas Scouts.
News - 23rd October
Four boats hit the water yesterday in
the first races of the Clark Rubber Wet Season races with Broome
Sailing Club. During the wet season, weather permitting, BSC run
one race per month, scaled down from the fortnightly every
fortnight races in the dry season.
On Sunday we had the Hobie 16 of Miranda
Dibden, Impulse of JD, Jeff White in a club Pacer and Brian on
the Wetta tri. All keen after quite a dry spell to get out
With a south westerly of about 15 knots
and varying and some nice waves to surf down, there were two
races sailed over what was a short course, in an attempt to keep
boats of varied speeds not too far apart. In the first race,
some boats headed to wrong areas searching for marks, giving JD
a couple of head starts, but in the end Miranda was first over
the line and JD second. Then followed the Wetta and club Pacer.
The second race was similar result,
after a closer start, Miranda was again first over the finish
line, with JD next and then the club Pacer, as Brian had pulled
the pin and sailed back to the beach.
With an impending dark sky looming in
the north, it was decided to call it a day at the end of the
second race and head for the beach. This turned out to be a good
call as the breeze increased not long after we were all beach
side. Not that it would have been un-sailable, but it's winds
like that can do damage, which isn't always easy to repair up
here in Broome. Click here
Day - 17th July
Boats attending on a day when there was
a nice southerly blowing for once - Miranda Dibden and Stuart
Brown on the Hobbie 16, Mike Burbridge on a Laser and John D on
his Impulse. Rib/start boat was run by Colin Pruden and ablely
assisted by Broome visitor Gordon.
Three races were run and line honours in
all went to the bigger Hobbie Cat of Miranda and Stu. But the
battle was really between the two alike boats of Mike and John.
Whilst not exactly the same, they are very very similiar. The
Laser is actually the faster on the official handicap than the
Impulse, but the day was set for three battles. First second
place went to John in the Impulse, second second place in the
2nd race went to Mike in the Laser, but as the breeze
strengthened, the third race turned in to nail biter. Both
boats got a good starts, with the Laser slightly ahead. Around
the first mark it was the Laser by 50 metres, but after 2 down
wind legs, the Impulse had snuck ahead by a couple of boat
lengths. The Laser then got away again up wind and held this
over the next two legs. Last lap saw the Laser of Mike ahead at
the third last mark by 80 metres, but again - two very quick
down wind legs saw a nail biter...the Impulse sailing through to
leeward on the Laser took a second place by 1 second!
Who said sailing isn't a spectator
sport...... the rib crew certainly got their money's worth with
Then to top it all off Miranda and Stu
broke a shroud and down came their mast on the way back to the
beach...but a friendly tow from a jet ski with the BSC Safety
Rib at hand saw everyone back on the beach safely and with a few
running repairs, will be ready to rock again in 2 weeks time.
BSC Sailing - 3rd July
The final lessons on Sail Training were
held at Ganth last Sunday with almost all participants getting
the required ticks of approval. It was a very light to no wind
affair to start with until the southerly came through, then it
was perfect. Most trainees completed everything they needed to
do, with the exceptions of some absentees. And even Amber Fabry
fronted up to crew in the afternoons races with Commodore Alex
Tiverios, which was great to see.
Next for the trainees is to get out
there whilst they have their 3 months Yachting WA insurance and
utilise the BSC club Pacer Training boat to just build their
confidence by spending more time on the water on race days. That
was the final training day for 2016 for BSC and a big thank you
to all who not only attended, but to all the BSC members who
assisted through out, for without them it just wouldn't happen.
Then we raced...... 3 races run very
ably by Colin Pruden (YA) and assisted by Ricky in the safety
boat. Three full Olympic courses were run on a shorter
distance. Fierce competition at each start line and throughout
most of the races. The first legs of each race were specially
contested with places changing between Gary Hardings Okanui MG
14 skiff and Miranda Dibdens larder Hobbie 16. However at the
end of the day places were pretty much the same in each race.
The second race saw 2 more boats join in - Jeff on his Laser and
Brian on his Weta Trimaran. But Miranda Dibden and Stu Brown
were first over the line each each race in the end, followed by
Gary Harding in the first race and Brian in races 2 and 3. Next
was John on his blue Impulse and then Alex and Amber on the
Nacra cat and Jeff on his Laser.
It was an exhausting day, but with three
races run, we picked up one missed on earlier weekends.
Sailing - 20th June
Blustery, but sailable last Sunday saw 6
BSC trainees hit the water solo. They quickly learnt that
mistakes made in lighter winds are magnified in heavier winds.,
With first capsize only minutes after leaving the beach, there
was to be only one other for the morning. Three trainees per
boat and each one got their second training session on deep
water capsize drill. But despite a puffy offshore easterly,
they all went through what they had learnt at varying levels and
helped each other remember what they could not. Sailing up and
down a set course, they practiced their gybing and tacking
turning techniques and quickly learnt what not to do. We did
need to put an experienced skipper back on to one of the boats
just to bring them up to speed on what they had forgotten, but
by the end of the session everyone was going well. With 4
absentees, there is plenty now to make up for in two weeks
time. But many of the attending trainees got their log books
signed off on Sunday.
Racing saw 4 boats on the water, a
trimaran, Hobbie 16, and two mono hulls a Laser and my Impulse.
Races were pretty much in order with
Miranda Dibden and Stuart Brown first over the line followed by
Brian Borroughs and then first race was then Mike Burbridge in
his Laser and then self in Impulse. Second race the latter two
were reversed and I beat Mike over the line in a tight tustle in
very light airs and a southerly changed breeze
Training - 12th June
Sunday 12th was to be "Solo Day" for the
class of 2016 Learn To Sail, but as we watched and looked at the
white caps pout past the reef at Ganth, it wasn't looking good.
We did a bit of land based training
while we watched the BOM site and others monitoring the wind. As
it increased to 48kph in the gusts and 26kph steady at the
Observation point at Broome Airport, it was decided not to push
the limits of the new trainees. We don't want to put them off
before we start.
So with club and Safety boat all set up
it was race or not to race. Once again numbers were low due to
absentees from Broome and the wind was still up.
At Noon the formal race was postponed
and three boats decided to go and have a blast. John in his blue
Impulse, Mike Burbridge in a club Pacer and Fiona, Mike and
family in another Pacer. The seas were flat and the wind was
still up around the 15kts and gusty.
There were some good rides to be had by
all, including one capsize by Mike Burbridge.
We don't get breezes like this often and
it's great to be able to have a bit of fun and get some good
rides at speed.
Photos of today's training activities
will be found here, and
there's a YouTube video below.
Training / Race 1 & 2 - 15th May
Broome Sailing Club hosted it's biggest
class of Learn to Sail last Sunday at Gantheaume Point Beach. 8
of the 11 registered students turned up on what was a picture
perfect day to start their sailing experience. With our usual
dry season desert easterly blowing across the tops of the taller
sand dunes, it is quite unique and quite refreshing for all
involved. The offshore breezes flatten the sea making launching
and retrieval of boats from the water considerably easier than
the bigger south westerlies of the wet season.
This class is a mixture of male, female,
adults and kids. With club members Alex Triverios and Loi O'Dore
assisting John Dayman in the Club Pacer yachts and John Collins
and Gary Linert in the Safety boat, after a couple of hours of
theory, knots, dry capsize drill and basics, rigging the boats,
the class got wet.... With between 3 and 4 per boat, the
students were given the touchy feely bit of sailing. Just
getting used to being out there, feeling the wind and motion of
the boat, getting their balance and reinforcing some of the
basics. After pack down and debrief, students were given their
log books and theory books to swat up before the next lesson.
Sailing is full of jargon and terms specific to the sport, so
the books serve an important role in reinforcing all that
happens on the beach and on the water. The books are specially
selected by Yachting Australia for the purpose of dove tailing
in to their training program.
Next lesson will get straight in to it
with rigging and getting out there. Areas to cover will be
towing, skippering and more on sail trim and balance.
Following the training the club ran two
races in what was mixed conditions. We had wind shifts in both
direction and strength. But two races were completed with John
Dayman and Mike Burbridge on the 470 taking first race line
honours, followed up by Loi O'Dore and then 3rd place was
Miranda Dibdin and Stuart Brown.
The second race was reverse with Miranda
first over the line, once a gain a second from Loi and third by
John and Mike. A very successful but tiring day for the Dry
Season's first outing for the Broome Sailing Club.
Day - Sunday 1st May
Sunday 1st May was a very successful
Open Day for Broome Sailing Club.
This opened with a Blessing The Fleet
ceremony, in combination with Broome Sea Scouts and Broome
Volunteer Sea Rescue Group.
The Scouts provided a sausage sizzle,
and Sea Rescue gave members of the public a high speed jaunt
around the bay.
The Sailing Club provided forty five new
chums with the opportunity to have a sail on a catamaran or one
of the club's training boats.
Photos of the activities will be found
click here For photos fo the Broome Sea Rescue activities
on the same day
BSC 2016 AGM
Was held on Tuesday 15th March
at the Broome Surf Life Saving Club. The following officials were
Commander - Alex Tiverios
Vice/Rear Commander - John Dayman
Secretary - Frank Burgess
Treasurer & Registrar - John Kennedy
20th September 2015 - Race 21, 22
A good stiff breeze and a building
choppy sea greeted the three mono hulls from BSC on Sunday
afternoon of Gantheaume beach. Safety boat/starting was
conducted from the BSC IRB by Miranda Dibdin and Colin Pruden,
who both did a great job in a changing breeze.
Once the wind settled in to the south
west it steadied to give everyone some great racing. John Dayman
was on his usual Impulse yacht, whilst Mike Burbridge on his
Radial Laser and newest sailor top BSC Jeff White was in for a
challenge on his full rig Laser.
The start was one of Colin's usual short
start lines and a port tack start by John snuck the Impulse
ahead. However, the superior pointing ability of the Radial
Laser gave a slender lead to Mike at the first mark being chased
by John and Jeff had a capsize slowing him just before the first
mark. John chased Mike on the first reach and then caught and
passed him on the second leading around the leeward mark, but
once again the superior pointing of the Laser gave Mike the lead
again at the second time to the weather mark. Chasing hard the
lead two were never separated by much and with the use of the
increasing waves and wind and a mark mistake by Mike, the
Impulse lead around the leeward mark again on the last leg to
But history repeated itself for the
third time with great pointing ability and the Laser snuck
across by 24 seconds...great close racing, with Jeff following
not too far behind.
Race 22 was abandoned. For results of
Race 21 click
here For photos click
6th September - Race 17, 18, 19, 20 - Shinju Matsuri Carnival of
As part of the Shinju Matsuri Carnival
of the Sea, Broome Sailing Club integrated a small four race
series on Sunday off Cable Beach. The wind started from the SSE
light and fluky with a 10.30 start for the first race. The four
starters Brian Burough on his Wetta Trimaran, Miranda Dibden on
her Hobbie 16 with Stuart Brown, Jeff White on his Laser and
John Dayman on the Impulse.
Starts were always hotly contested and
with a short start line laid by BSC safety boat and race
officers, Gary Lienert and Colin Pruden, it made it even tighter
at the start. But with a good course requiring only one small
course adjustment as the wind altered, we completed the first
race albeit to a slightly shortened course as the wind eased in
strength towards the end of the second lap. Over the line it
was Miranda, Brian, John and Jeff. This was never to really
alter, just the margins changed which in turn effects the
handicap and yardstick results. BSC operate results on two
benchmarks. A Club Championship which is based on boat, how
it's sailed, who is sailing it, past results and can alter every
race. The other is a National Yardstick method which after an
annually held event rates every class of yacht in Australia and
gives them a multiplier to theoretically arrive at the same time
for every class.
The second race was held with a lot more
west in the wind and race marks were moved to accommodate for
the changed wind direction. Albeit with a bit more wind, we
sailed the full course after another hot start line, over the
line results wre the same, but yardstick results tell the tale.
At this stage Jeff had run out of water and had to head back to
shore leaving three boats for the final races.
This gave the ideal break for safety
boat crew swap, so the RIB ducked in to shore dropped off Gary
Lienert and collected John Kennedy.
The third race went the same way,
similar wind strength, sloppy sea, not a lot of wind by
comparison, Brian had to withdraw due to a crook shoulder,
leaving John and Miranda and Stuart to finish the race. With
only two boats left, three are required to run a race, the
fourth race was postponed for another day.
So whilst these races will contribute to
the overall BSC Club Championship and Yardstick, they also
served as a mini race series for the BSC Carnival of the Sea
trophy. Series within a series you may say. Just a pity we
didn't have the breeze that was around Saturday afternoon!
Thursday night saw the first ever Broome
Sea Scout, Daniel Coopes become qualified and receive his
certificate in Basic Skills lever 1 and 2 in Sailing. Broome Sea
Scouts first Leader, Jeff White, also received his certificate.
John Dayman, Broome Sailing Club trainer and Vice Commodore
presented certificates to Daniel and Leader Andrew Coopes, Jeff
White Leader and Richard Bartlett, father of another Broome Sea
Scout in front of visiting District Commissioner North of Scouts
WA, Juleen Darwen. Click
here for photos.
The Sea Scouts and Leaders have
completed more than 20 hours of training in Broome Sailing
Club's Pacer yachts from having no knowledge to now being
competent to sail solo in them. Leader Jeff White has even
purchased his own Laser yacht and is now a regular racer with
As BSC's John Dayman says, "if you don't
use it you will loose it though". "It's vital now that their
training is complete at this level that they get out there
whilst the BSC Safety RIB is out on the water and practice their
skills." BSC has 6 Pacer yachts which can be utilised by the Sea
Scouts over the balance of the dry season sailing, then we head
in to the wet season and windier end of the year.
The next step in their training is
better Sailing and Racing Level 1 which refines their knowledge
and introduces them in to the finer points and the tactical side
This could be a course for the 2016 dry
season next year. However with Broome Sea Scouts numbers in
Cubs, there may be more Scouts to train in 2016. It is BSC's aim
to take the training boats up the Peninsula and give the
experience to teenagers at Cape Leveque as well as train up the
Sailing on our wonderful Indian Ocean is
something that's clean and healthy for our teenagers to do and
the involvement of parents and their teenagers is a wonderful
addition to the Kimberly community.
26th July - Race 13 & 14
Glorious day again for Broome Sailing
Club. Starters, John Dayman, Brett Rippon, Miranda Dibdin and
Brian Burroughs all took to the water with a solid offshore
easterly breeze, slightly swinging to the south. Club IRB,
skippered by Miranda's husband Bob who quickly filled in at the
last minute to run the races and lay marks on the course.
Both races went well, places didn't
change much for either one with Miranda first over the line on
her Hobbie 16, then Brett and Brian fighting it out for second
and third, followed home by the smallest boat, the blue Impulse
of John Dayman.
If it weren't for a bit of old/dirty
fuel, it would have been even better. But at the end of Race 1,
Bob on the IRB called Miranda over and had an engine that
refused to start........ Luckily he phoned friend and fellow BSC
member Loi O'Dore who immediately jumped in his tinny and came
out to do the tow back to the beach.
The day saw some calm flat conditions,
but often gusty breezes, welcome 5 sailing boats on Gantheaume
beach for Races 1 and 2 of the 2015 Dry Season Series. Four
catamarans were joined by the monohull Impulse, Blue Chip.
As a first for BSC,
provided our Start Boat with the newly based in Broome MV
Race 1 got underway at 1:30pm and
quickly saw Loi Odore, on A Frayed Knot, and Miranda
Dibdin, on Broome Time, jostling for the lead on the
water. Next were the two Nacra 5.2's of Alex Tiverios and Brett
Rippon, followed by the Impulse of John Dayman. Starboard
roundings of the standard 'triangle-sausage-triangle' were
completed with Broome Time pipping A Frayed Knot to the
gun despite completing a 360 degree penalty due to touching the
top marker buoy.
Race 2 saw some modification to the
course with the introduction of Port roundings and a slight top
mark and wing mark repositioning due to a wind direction change.
The start was somewhat tricky and saw Loi and Miranda getting a
little stuck. John made a good clean start as always, whilst the
three cats all went off as a pack on an extra (unnecessary) leg!
Miranda managed some good catch up sailing with conditions
proving just enough air for skipper and crew to get out on the
Broome Time took line honours
again but the actual winner of both races was John Dayman on
Blue Chip. Based on Yardstick times, he was flying!
Second place on yardstick to Miranda
Dibdin on Broome Time for both races. Third place
yardstick position in the first race went to Loi Odore (A
Frayed Knot), ably assisted by Kobi Newman, who at
one point was promoted to skipper as a fatigued trapeze wire
dumped Loi in the drink. Kobi managed well and we hope he's a
regular this season. Third place yardstick in Race 2 went to
Brett Rippon and his son Aidan who are still learning the ropes
on their recently acquired Nacra 5.2.
The club’s thanks goes to all involved
in Ahoy Buccaneers
providing the Start Boat, in particular Shelley and Doug, the
owners. Photos of the races taken from MV Oceanic are available
26th April - Open Day
The Broome Sailing Club (BSC) 2015
Opening Day took place on Sunday 26th of April on Gantheaume
beach. In addition to the BSC mobile clubhouse and training
boats (Pacers) the event was complimented by Broome Volunteer
Sea Rescue Group and the Broome Sea Scouts.
Setting up in a moderate wind from 9am,
the beach was soon a hive of activity with masts, sails and
hulls being rigged up with a vengeance.
Mariah, a Flying Dutchman, made
a welcome appearance drawing comments and advice aplenty from
the older sea farers of Broome town. The younger crowd,
including many Scouts, headed for the Nacra 5.2 catamarans of
Alex Tiverios and Brett Rippon, the monohull Pacer sailed by
Mike Burbridge or the larger monohull 470 of John Dayman and
Caroline Diss who were all on the water. Miranda Dibdin pitched
in by taking out one of the Arrow cats that the club has for
sale. In all, around 50 people enjoyed and opportunity to sail
and even more took a ride on Redbill II, the sea rescue
During the day, the 2014-15 Wet Season
Series winners were announced. Loi Adore and Wade Kingsley
skippering the club's monohull Mighty Laser (in
different races!) into third place. Miranda Dibdin on Broome
Time, a Hobie 16 cat, took out second place. Yardstick
honours and the trophy went to John Dayman sailing Blue Chip,
a monohull Impulse. She goes well and is skippered very well to
boot, proving to be the yardstick race winner all season.
For full results click here.
Pastor Jim Fitzsimmons performed a
Blessing The Fleet to BSC and BVSRG members for safe passage
during the coming season.
After de-rigging and washing down
the BSC crew had front row seats for the inaugural Sealegs race.
Most agreed sail power was preferable if somewhat more sedate.
The AGM was held at Broome Surf Life Saving Club on Tuesday
24th March. The following people were elected to office:
Commodore: Alex Tiverios Vice Commodore:
John Dayman Rear Commodore: John Dayman
Secretary: Stuart Brown Tresurer &
Registrar: John Kennedy Race Controller:
15th March - Race 3, 4, and 5 (Summer Series)
NB: Race 1 and 2 were unfortunately abandoned due to shortage of
Brilliant Broome wet season sunny day, with fair south westerley
breeze greeted tehe intrepid sailors from Broome Sailing Club at
Gantheaume Point beach. Three club boats and a newcomer Ben
Collins, with his home built 2.4m Nutshell yacht joined in for
the days sailing.
A small bit of Cable Beach surf saw no worries getting out and
on to the what was to be a short and sharp course. The breeze
stayed relaitievly constant at 13-15 knots with a nice running
All starts and races went without a hitch and places were
constant. First over the line each time was Miranda Dibdin on
her Hobbie 16 followed by John Dayman's blue Impulse, then Mike
Burbridge's Laser yacht followed by Loi O'Dore in the club
Laser. With the Nutshell of Ben Williams following along. Ben
had had enough after one race and headed back to the beach,
whilst the other boats continued for all three races. Loi's
final count on capsizes was 6, with regular problems on the gybe
mark rounding. Lucky Loi is fit and able and didn't loose too
much ground at all. John and Mike had a good tussell in every
race with the Laser having good speed and pointing ability up
wind, but not the down wind planing ability of the Impulse.
After three races we were all suitably exhausted back on beach
where the break had risen a bit, which always makles a challenge
when you're already exhausted from the racing. Luckily the odd
Broome bystander there was wiling and able to assist on boat
recovery from the water to the beach.
With 3 races under the belt for the wet season, and hopefully
another three on 12th April, the club will get a close fought wet
season series completed.