SSAA        Newsletter        10/2001

Dear SSAA Member,

This will probably be the last newsletter of the year as December and Xmas are very close. The year has seen mixed results for the SSAA. Our new look expanded sailing program has in fact seen fewer starters on our lines. Are we now offering too many races which dilutes participation? This, together with other circumstances, has prompted a review of our sailing program for next year. This is outlined in the enclosed letter to members from our President, Rob Drury. The proposed program follows the ‘vision/purpose statement’ floated during the year. It is attached and has been slightly modified following few comments received. This will be put to members for acceptance at the AGM.

Correspondence with our Patron, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.

Recently, Rob Drury opened correspondence with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to keep him abreast of where we are and what we are about—he is our Patron after all! ---and is very pleased to continue with his support.

Sir Robin’s business, Clipper Ventures, has now taken over the Around Alone Race. Two of our members are entered, David Pryce and David Ferrall. It is great to see some Ozzies at the ‘front end’ of our sport. This is the fundamental purpose of the SSAA, and both David’s have progressed through our ranks.

Sir Robin advises—the “RYA is taking single handing more seriously and ISAF certainly wishes to. Sir Robin was to meet Paul Henderson of ISAF late August to discuss the issue with particular reference to Around Alone. Apparently for the last Around Alone, the US Coastguard formally recognised the event whereas before, they turned a blind eye to it so long as the boats were under 60’.

He tried to break the singlehanded non stop round Britain record last year but missed out by one hour ten minutes because of calms at the finish---bummer! Interestingly he makes the comment “I think routes which take in such crowded waters have to be two handed”

Lord Howe Island Race

Two of the three entries breasted the starting line in Middle Harbour at 11am on Saturday 29th September. Touchstone and Kakadu were in close company, beating to windward for almost the entire journey, with Touchstone taking the honours. Congratulations to Paul Kelly and his brother Terry from Touchstone and to Robin Margo and Jon Osborne from Kakadu. Completing the journey is success in itself!

Thanks again to MHYC for providing the starting boat and starting crew. MHYC has been a good partner to the SSAA for many years now, being very obliging with the provision of starting services.

De-briefing by Tony Mowbray.

A reasonable crowd attended MHYC to hear Tony Mowbray tell his tale of his solo, unassisted, nonstop circumnavigation. Thanks to Tony for his enthralling story---it will be interesting to see what ‘mountains’ Tony will now climb and what of his future sailing exploits. Or will he retire to the armchair---- knowing Tony I don’t think so!

David Adams tells about “The Race”

More than 50 members and friends gathered at RMYC on Saturday evening 8th September to enjoy a meal, tell some tales and hear David talk of his experiences as race director of “The Race”. Those machines seem awesome! Thanks David, for topping off a great night!

2002 SSAA Tranz Tasman

Planning for the 2002 SSAA Tranz Tasman is well advanced with the start date confirmed for 27th April. An A3 poster has been printed promoting both our race and the NPYC single handed to Mooloolaba. This will be forwarded to all sailing clubs around Australia and New Zealand. A leaflet is also available as per enclosed, which will be widely distributed. Refer the sinlgehanded race site for information on that race.

Expressions of interest have already been received from 15 yachts/crew from 30ft to 60ft, so next year should be a big one for the Tasman crossing.

As an alternative to the singlehanded race to Mooloolaba, participants have the opportunity to join other races north from NZ starting late May/early June. There is a race north from Auckland to Fiiji/Noumea in final planning at the moment. Another option is to winter-up in NZ and watch the Americas Cup starting later next year-----there are many good reasons to ‘face the bitch---oops--- ditch’ and venture over to NZ.

2003 Melbourne to Osaka Race.

The notice of race is finally out. see  A new “Open Racer” division for water ballasted 50ft and 60ft is included. The other divisions remain as before and the start date is 15th March 2003. This should again be a great race with a number of our members being likely starters. Sean Langman in his revamped Open 60, Xena, will probably be there. Sean’s crew, David Witt, has some unfinished business there as he didn’t complete the last race.

 2003 Crosspac Race, San Francisco- Sydney

Planning is well advanced for a shorthanded race across the Pacific from San Francisco to Sydney with stops in Honolulu and (maybe)Fiji. The start date is set for 7th June 2003. There will be single handed and double handed divisions in yachts 40-60ft. While this date has been established, the organisers are discussing a reschedule with the Melbourne-Osaka Race so participants from that race have the option to join the Transpac race after completing the Osaka race—the key factor is to allow sufficient time for the journey Osaka-San Francisco.


Our NZ cousins have their web site up and running. Brian Murray, President of SSANZ, proudly reports that they often have up to 50 yachts on their starting lines. See the results on their web pages. It may be interesting for members to know how shorthanding works in NZ/Auckland.  A number of clubs offer shorthanded races, with which the SSANZ has good relations. The SSANZ thereby attracts participants from other clubs into their longer races---maybe this is a good model to follow.


We live in an increasingly regulated and litigious environment and participants in yachting are not immune. More and more, we need to cover our ‘butts’--- as the expression goes. The AYF promote a transportable third party insurance policy via membership of the AYF which offers a level of comfort not before easily obtainable. This has been a great initiative by the AYF and is highly recommended.

A requirement of incorporation is that we maintain appropriate insurance. The current cost of renewal now stands at 28% of our total income! As you can imagine this is being reviewed as we ‘go to press’.

Where are our starting flags?

Past records show we purchased three sets of starting flags a few years ago---but we can’t find them now! Maybe some members have them in safe storage somewhere in their bilges! Please check your lockers and cupboards for the missing flags!

New Members

A hearty welcome to the following new members-----

Steve Toth---multihull interest

Andrew Denman---Arends 33

Members News

¨      Jamie Hocking has purchased a 7.5m boat ex ‘Critical Path’, now ‘Voodoo Express’. Jamies’ plans are for a Mini a bit further down the track. The Mini may follow once a design and cost of build has been resolved. It would be great to see a Mini fleet start here. Voodoo Express is a flash carbon/kevlar boat and Jamie is thinking of shorthanding again, once the rig is ‘stabilised’.

¨      Vince Lamond from Adelaide has just bought Spirit of Downunder, Laurie Ford’s boat. Boats are changing hands between members, both being members of the SSAA! Vince has his sights firmly set on the Tranz Tasman and Melbourne-Osaka thereafter. We look forward to seeing Vince in Sydney for the Trans Tasman if not before.

¨      Dave Pryce is skippering a new Radford/Adams 55ft yacht on a fully crewed circumnavigation. This follows the unfortunate cancellation of Don McIntyres Together Alone.

¨      Mike Thurston on Drina, did the Brisbane to Gizo race and then singlehanded Drina  on the return to Sydney via Santo and Noumea—now thats great training for the SSAA Tranz Tasman to Auckland and the NPYC single handed to Mooloolaba.

Social night on 23rd October

Unfortunately this has been cancelled because of the current work load on the committee. Please note, we have been without a social committee all year, please come forward and take over this key part of our program.

SA Action

A number of yachtsmen are sailing in shorthanded events out of Adelaide---the cause is growing down there, and Vince Lamond is flying the SSAA battle flag—thanks Vince!

Mini Action

We hear from more and more sailors with interest in ‘Mini’. Next year we would like to have a Mini co-ordinator on the committee to advance this cause----anyone interested??????---please come forward!!!!

AGM, presentations and Xmas party   4th December

Our AGM and Xmas party is scheduled for Tuesday 4th December at our old ‘haunt’ Mosman Rowers. This will be a great night so be sure to be there---put it in your diaries now!!! Further details will follow. The venue has been booked.

Racing results for the season are as follows:

Short Course Series

SSAA Handicap System




3rd eq—Lik Lik/Aquatic Armchair

Short course Series

PHS System




Long Course Series

SSAA Handicap System


2nd—Lik Lik/Aquatic Armchair


Long Course Series

PHS System


2nd—Lik Lik/Aquatic Armchair


Open Series

one race still to go

Hearty congratulations to all!!

SSAA Committee


Rob Drury        0409 045020

Treasurer/Secretary/Public Officer

Drew Spring     AH 02 93101590

General Committee

Tom Addis  0418 295800

David Willis      AH 02 9969 6788

Dave Landers  0412 140661

Jim Orman        AH 02 96343613

Short-handed Sailing Association of Australia Inc. (SSAA)

P.O. Box 7033, McMahons Point, NSW 2060

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