Our sailing activities are slowly resuming as the COVID restrictions are gradually eased.
I wish to update you on 3 important matters .
2020-21 Australian Championships , Port Stephens 30th January – Feb 5th 2021 In October 2020 the licence to use the Port Stephens Sailing Club site was transferred from Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club (PSSAQC) to the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club (NCYC) with the members of PSSAQC also transitioning their membership to NCYC. NCYC has confirmed their commitment to host our Championships at the Port Stephens site in Feb 2021. The AIADCA committee has carefully reviewed the various issues and angles and it is planned to proceed as scheduled. Hopefully the COVID restrictions will further ease in the coming months and we will be able to have a genuine National Championships. So, YES , notwithstanding changes in the COVID situation , plan A remains to have the A Nationals in February 2021. NOR coming soon.
IACA World Annual General Meeting – 28th November 2020. Amendment to Championship Rule 16 – Electronic Communications. The IACA Championship rules apply to World and European Championships. The AIADCA has sponsored a motion that the Championship Rules be amended to allow Electronic Communications , in sync with the current RRS and processes with WORLD SAILING ( previously ka ISAF). Attached is the proposed motion with explanatory notes. The AGM will consider the pros and cons of this change. Consistent with being a development class, the AIADCA believes the A Class should move forward new and emerging technology. This change is ratified at IACA level by a vote of National Presidents , with weighting by number of members per country.
IACA World Annual General Meeting – 28th November 2020. Amendment of the Class Rules to adopt the new definition of Classic Discipline. Attached is the proposed amendment to formally adopt a definition of Classic. As this is a Class Rule change its ratification will require an individual vote of each eligible A Class member. If endorsed at the AGM, it will go to a worldwide ballot conducted by IACA.
It has been a long winter and the sailing season has been disrupted. The State Titles at Easter were postponed due to COVID-19. After consideration of many options I am happy to announce that we will host a State Title over the first weekend in December at Hervey Bay in conjunction with the Annual Torquay Hotel Multihull Challenge. HBSC will be publishing a notice of race for this regatta soon. Anticipate a midday start on Saturday and 10.30 start on Sunday. I am unable to attend this weekends Humpy Bong regatta but for those of you who can attend, I hope you have some good sailing.
Long-time Team Ronstan athlete and sailing legend Glenn Ashby talks to Ronstan A-Cat sailors Stephen Brayshaw and Ben Moon. Hear the latest Emirates Team New Zealand Americas Cup news and in-depth technical details on Glenn’s A-Cat setup. Some of the A-Cat topics covered are: rudder differentials, winglet shapes, all things centreboards, sail shapes and sailing techniques
Sadly, our Life Member Brian Jennings passed away unexpectedly and peacefully on Tuesday 14 April 2020, only a few months short of his 90th birthday.
Brian was born in 1930 during the Great Depression, and was brought up in the then wide open spaces of North Balwyn. During World War II, Brian was moved to the Dandenongs for several years to avoid the consequences of a possible invasion from the Japanese.
Brian commenced his sailing career at about 18, competing in a Paine Mortlock. He was an Australian Championship winner. In those days, yachtsman built their own boats and Brian built several A Class catamarans. He also built the boat he rowed down the full length of the Murray River when he turned 70.
Brian was educated as a pharmacist. He met Meran at Pharmacy College and they went on to own and operate two chemist shops during a long career in his chosen profession.
At 60, Brian retired from pharmacy and spent a decade with Meran establishing the most picturesque house, garden, wetlands and vineyard at Red Hill. It was always a great pleasure to visit and sample the fruits of their labour.
Brian and Meran produced four fine children – Suzanne, Stephen, Rick and Kate, all BYS sailors – and now there are eight grandchildren.
The Jennings family came to Blairgowrie around 1970. They joined BYS and built with their own hands their first house in Macfarlan Avenue.
The family sailed a Top Hat keelboat in those days, but Brian’s real passion was sailing A Class catamarans. He was a pioneer of the Class. Many of us became great competitors and friends over these years, with plenty of competition on the water and conviviality at the boat shed afterwards.
His A Class career spanned several decades and he was generally regarded as the leader of the fleet. In January 1987, Brian chaired and competed in the highly successful A Class World Championships at BYS. He served on the BYS General Committee around that time. Several of us, ably led by Brian, installed the rounding marks in the water, removed them, and serviced them every season. Together on the water we also managed many BYS-hosted championships.
Brian was extremely competitive on the water and he hated getting beaten. His main objective every season was to win the Stardust Trophy, in which he succeeded several times, followed by the Class Aggregate Trophy. Other races were to be sailed to be won, but they didn’t matter much to Brian. In 1986, Brian actually taught me to sail from scratch in my first A Class. I have overheard a number of members say that based on my sailing he must have been a very poor teacher!
For a decade or so around the 1990s, Brian convened and successfully conducted the BYS sail training program and won many friends and supporters, especially among the juniors and their parents.
Brian was awarded Life Membership not long after retiring from sail training – a fitting reward for his dedication to sail training and many other contributions to BYS over decades.
Following A Class, Brian acquired and sailed the keelboat Mallana, and from memory won the Pinto one year (which I will check when BYS re-opens).
During his retirement years Brian spent many winters in Far North Queensland with his companion Penny Mountain, which they thoroughly enjoyed.
Brian was a good man, he had a very good life, and will be missed by many at BYS.
As a consequence of the pandemic caused by COVID-19, our major events of 2020 (European
Championships in Cadiz/Spain and World Championships in St-Petersburg, Florida, USA) are
enduring great risks of cancellation or very limited participation. In coordination with the presidents of
the respective national associations and the organisation teams of Cadiz, St-Petersburg, Toulon and
Punta Ala, we have decided to postpone the IACA international calendar by one year.