Maritime Services, as some compensation for our forced change of venue, funded the installation of a mount for a C crane on the side of the pontoon. This finally happened three weeks ago and has proved enormous benefit to everyone.
We also use the C Crane to lift the heavy centreboards on and off our trailer and into the respective boats. A huge benefit to our volunteers, saving many sore back
I was going to email you today to let you know that the Department of Education has advised us to stop all excursions so we wouldn't be attending Sailability until advised otherwise.
We would like to thank you all for the amazing work you do, our students have really enjoyed sailing with you all this season.
Yours in appreciation,
Thanks heaps to Kylie from Narooma High who supplied these great shots. I had to put Lochie photobombing in first. We had very light winds in the morning, but it didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the 5 Narooma students - (Lochie, LB, Patrick, Tom and Sonny) - they all suited up and jumped into boats and got out there today. First out today (of course!) was Lochie who is always so keen. He jumped in Poppy with Allan and they went out for a sail.
Tony took LB out in Poppy and then Tom. Later on he took Edie out and she had a lovely time trailing her hand in the water, even though there wasn't a great deal of wind.
Bob took Ben out in Finesse today, and they had a great sail.
Meanwhile Allan took Peter Ward out for a sail. Everything is so much easier now we have our C-Crane working, and Life Without Barriers crew today helped out with a second sling. Because we've only had the C-Crane for a couple of weeks, we're all still learning the tricks of operating it in our specific environment. Many thanks to the LWB carers who are old hands with this equipment and help us out immensely.
We were really pleased to see Andy back today, after he had a bad run through the fires. He was very grateful to Martyn who has been helping him try to get his property sorted out after the devastation. Andy crewed our support boat Jay-Bee today with Peter Glen at the helm, and one of the Narooma students, Patrick, was very happy to go along for the ride and help out too.
During lunch, Sonny amazed us with his bird calls (he's an expert). Some black cockatoos flew over and he imitated their call perfectly!
After lunch and departure of our regular sailors, Tish took out Jay-Bee and Michael and Bob had a good solo sail, as the breeze had picked up a bit. A big tide made landing back at the pontoon a bit tricky, but we all managed, and packed up about 3 or so.
Thanks to our wonderful carers from LWB, Gemma, Janine and Lucy, who brought Jodie, (The Escapade ferry toots its horn just for her) Ben, Peter Ward and Edie down, and Ray came down too today, but didn't want to sail as it was gym day.
Huge thanks to all our volunteers today - Tish, Andy, Peter G, Tony, Michael L, Terry, Allan, Bob and Dana.
See you all at our next sailing day: Monday 16th March! - TM (Sec)
What a great finish to the summer sailing season on April 15.
We had a terrific turnout of volunteers and sailors, among them new faces, and faces not seen for a while, so there was some catching up to do.
For some reason, winds avoid Nelligen until well after lunch, so the afternoon sailors caught the best breezes.
After our volunteers Andy, Peter G, Michael L, Tish, Martyn, Terry, Tony, John P, Allan, George, Dana (welcome back), Peter W, Michael B and newbie Geoff (a big welcome), had readied the fleet - Squirt, Poppy, Slime and, thanks to Tish, Pumpkin - the skippers took out Andy and Brad, Charlotte and Jackson, Wayne, Geoff, and Edie before lunch.
Allan had already spoiled us at morning tea with blueberry cake, and Tish then treated us to gourmet sandwiches and chocolate slice for lunch, and then the chocolate Easter eggs appeared! We forced ourselves back onto the water. Peter W, Ray, and Tony were spotted speeding across the water, then a couple of solo sailors just having fun.
Jodie didn't catch any fish, but the one that got away will be even bigger next summer.
To all our volunteers, thank you for everything you have done over the past season.
To all our sailors and carers, thank you for joining us and making our sailing days so utterly enjoyable.
We will keep in touch over winter - there will be fundraisers, hopefully a social gathering or two, and maybe the odd sailing day at sunny Nelligen during winter.
And don't forget to look at our website: it will be up to date with all our activities.
To everyone taking part in Batemans Bay Sailing Club's Anzac Regatta off Corrigan's Beach 27 & 28 April, good luck !
Well, what a big day out for us on April 8.
With only two sailing days until the end of our sailing season, it's that time of year when mornings can be a bit chilly and plenty of jackets and jumpers were sighted early at our sailing day on April 1. (No pranks were recorded.)
Allan Rees, Peter Withington and Martyn Lloyd arrived with all our boat trailers, and were joined by fellow volunteers Andy Frantz, Peter Glen, Michael Leydon, Tish Ennis, Ruby Rose McMath, Jocelyn Righton and Michael Brassil to unload the trailers and rig the boats.
Plenty of welcome help was also forthcoming from James and Brad, the teachers from Moruya High School and the carers from Life Without Barriers.
Once again, winds were light, but the Sun did make an appearance later in the day.
Tish and Ruby Rose ran the office while Peter W and Michael B boarded Squirt for safety boat duties.
Reports from skippers Allan, Michael L and Jocelyn indicated that the sailors from Moruya High are showing great talent at boat handling, so is there a Jimmy Spithill or Leisl Tesch among them? Here's hoping.
Congratulations to Ruby Rose for taking on the power boat licence course. She had her second outing on the helm of Squirt, this time under the tuition of Peter W.
We wish her all the best.
Also on skipper duties was Peter Glen, who took out Pete, and Edie, Ben and Ray also enjoyed their sails with Allan and Michael L.
Martyn was busy making us all media stars on his go-pro. Keep an eye out on our Facebook and website for some top footage of sailing action on the Clyde River.
Our next sailing day will be held on Monday, April 8, so come along and make the most of this beautiful autumn weather.
Shorter and cooler days are all signs of the approaching end of summer sailing, so make the most of the last three sailing days of the season on April 1, 8 and 15.
Early showers on March 24 cleared while the volunteers took a coffee break to decide whether or not to sail, and we're glad we made the right decision.
We rigged just Poppy and Slime and launched Jay Bee in anticipation of a quiet day on the river.
First to arrive were Yvonne, Guy and Oscar Geeves, whose help throughout the day was tremendous, even though Guy and Yvonne had a few "injuries".
With Michael L and Martyn on Jay Bee, Tish went for her first sail, one-handed, since shoulder surgery, while Jocelyn with Oscar on the helm floated around on Poppy (the wind was quite light). Oscar then made a successful ship-to-ship transfer to Jay Bee and a run up the river.
Martyn was busy in Jay Bee with his Go-Pro, so keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Youtube for some great action footage.
It was great to see the Toyer family - Tara, Kate, Rhian and James - who also gave us a very welcome helping hand.
Kate and Tara on Slime, and Martyn on Poppy had a good hour's sail. Unfortunately, the wind was still a bit too light for Martyn to practise his racing starts for the Anzac Regatta.
The long-range forecast for sailing on April 1 is good, so here's hoping we will be out on the water on Monday.
What a mighty effort from Sailability volunteers on Monday, March 11, the day of the first visit from five Moruya High School students and their teachers. A big welcome to them!
Many thanks go to Andy, Peter G, Michael L, Martyn, Terry, Ruby Rose, and Jocelyn, and to Kirralee, who helped set up for an hour while "on loan" from the Commonwealth Bank's team of volunteers.
The ACT public holiday put some early pressure on the boat ramp but our skippers were out sailing by 10.15. Slime skipper Michael had his first sail with James, and then took out Moruya students Braydon and Ethan, and then Ben, all before lunch.
On Poppy, Jocelyn took out Russell for his ever sail, and he enjoyed it so we hope to see Russell again.
Then Justin, Bella and Kyle, from Moruya High, all had their first sails, and showed great promise on the helm.
Post-lunch, Martyn and Edie had a great sail, as did Peter G and Ray.
On board Squirt, Peter G and Martyn did the morning shift, and Jocelyn, Michael and Ruby Rose the afternoon stint. Congrats to Ruby Rose, who took the helm under tuition from Michael, our training officer.
Meanwhile, back on shore, Ray and Jodie were fishing, with great results, though Jodie's eel was soon sent back to where it belonged.
To all the carers and teachers, our thanks for all your care and your help.
Hope to see you all on Sunday, March 24.
At our sailing day on March 4, we welcomed Narooma High School students Lochie and Rebecca and teachers Kate and Kylie on their first visit.
We also welcomed new volunteer Stephanie from the Commonwealth Bank in the Bay. Stephanie helped us unload and rig boats before returning to work, so we thank her for her time and effort.
An early start to beat the heat seemed to work very well. The briefing was held at 9.30 and we were sailing by 10.30.
James and Brad arrived first, followed by Ruby Rose, who learned more about "running the office" on sailing days before helping out on the safety boat.
Waving the flag from Life Without Barriers were Jodie, Edie, and Ray, who had a great sail on Slime with Michael.
The first boat out was Poppy, with Martyn on the helm and James as crew. Edie was on Poppy next, and made it very clear that she was very excited about going sailing.
On Slime, Peter G took out Rebecca and then Meaghan. Lochie stayed out for some time with Terry, and then Jocelyn, on Peter's Pride. The next time Lochie sails, we hope the wind will be brisker because he showed a great aptitude for helming, though he did manage a couple of doughnuts in very light wind.
Thanks to George and Allan for manning safety boat Squirt.
The wind was very light until it was time to pack up but all the skippers showed their skills at drifting on the outgoing tide.
Michael L and Michael B did a great job as beach co-ordinators, and Tish not only ran the office but also cleaned and polished Peter's Pride, all one-handed!
We look forward to welcoming students from Moruya High at our next sailing day on Monday, March 11.
We anticipate another early start for volunteers, with the briefing at 9am.
Our Sunday afternoon sail on February 24 proved to be quite popular and kept our volunteers busy on shore and on the river.
After a barbecue lunch Peter W and George boarded safety boat Squirt to keep an eye on the boats in very erratic winds - from dead calm to bullets from all directions.
Michael and Oscar were first off the pontoon on Slime, followed by Martyn and Ben on Peter's Pride and Jocelyn and Peter W on Poppy.
The three skippers then took Latia, Kellie, Lachlan (photo below) and Charlotte for a sail, and Michael enjoyed a solo run at the end of the day.
Many thanks go to everyone who chipped in - Terry in the office, Pat Crogan, Peter and Kylie from Jervis Bay Sailing Club (camping at the Nelligen BIG4), Yvonne and Guy worked tirelessly, and thanks always to Keziah and Corinna from Life Without Barriers.
It was lovely to see Charlotte, a Special Ed teacher at Moruya High. We are looking forward to seeing her and her students at our Monday sails.
The Firths dropped in to check out Sailability, and we hope to see them again too.
John and Jill Armstrong were yet more very welcome visitors - we will miss them when they move to Canberra.
Tish made a brave attendance, just several days after shoulder surgery, and we wish her well during her convalescence. Hopefully, she'll be back sailing soon.
Our next sailing day, on Monday, March 4, will resume at the usual times - 9am for volunteers and 10.30am for sailors.
Volunteers please note that the briefing will be held at 9.10am - before the boats are rigged.
Thanks again - a wonderful team effort from everybody.
What a hot day at Nelligen on Monday!
While the Bay had 32 with strong breezes, the gauge hit 38 at Nelligen, which was just a bit too hot and uncomfortable.
So thanks to all our volunteers and sailors who persevered throughout the day.
The forecast for our sailing day this Sunday, February 24, is for 24 degrees, so here's hoping that doesn't change.
We plan a later start, with a barbecue lunch. While the boats are being rigged from noon, the cooking crew will be preparing the snags, then after lunch we will test the waters. We will supply the sausages and bread, and all contributions of salads and sweet things will be greatly appreciated.
Yesterday, we welcomed back James, who came with his carer Brad, and Ruby Rose, who is keen to help Terry with admin and also crew on the safety boat on sailing days.
It was great to see Reg and Dave, who called in and gave us a hand.
On deck we had Andy, Peter G, Michael L, Martyn, Terry, John P, Jocelyn, George, Ruby Rose and Christine.
First out were Martyn and Andy on Poppy and Peter and James on Peter's Pride, overseen by John, George and Ruby Rose on Squirt.
Ben and Edie also went out, and Christine had a brisk sail on Slime.
Special thanks to James from LWB, who gave us so much help.
To all those on the sick list, we send our best wishes.
A super effort by just a handful of volunteers ensured a great day's sailing at Nelligen on February 11.
Quite a few of our members were attending medical appointments, recuperating, or in hospital, so we send our best get well wishes to them all.
Our first sailors were Craig, from Moruya, and Andy, who steered Poppy well in the mirror conditions.
Ben, Peter and Edie, cheered on by Jodie on shore, enjoyed a bit more action as the nor'easter started to fill inand help keep the lid on a potentially very warm day.
Volunteers Peter, Christine, Terry, John, Tish, Michael and Jocelyn, with a great effort from Andy, did an outstanding job of setting up, skippering the dinghies, manning Squirt, and packing up.
Well done to them.
Our next sailing day will be held at our now usual venue, Nelligen, on Monday, February 18. The next Sunday sail will be on February 24.
Looking forward to seeing you on the water then.
Any sailors who are interested in sailing in Batemans Bay Sailing Club's Anzac Regatta, April 27-28 (you can sail on one day only, if preferred), please contact Jocelyn on 4478 1262 or email@example.com. Michael Leydon has kindly offered to run training sessions beforehand for those who want to brush up on their sailing, tactics, race rules, etc.
We are settling in to sailing at Nelligen quite well, though on February 4 it was a bit too hot and steamy, with storms gathering all around.
Thanks to Terry and John P for towing the boat trailers and to Tish and Michael for bringing Squirt and Jay Bee.
It was great to see Michael B, and Andy and Tony again.
Just before Corinne and Leah arrived with the Life Without Barriers bus, John P and Andy had a great sail on Poppy, with Christine and Peter G on Squirt.
Before lunch, Poppy went out with Allan and Peter W, and Michael skippered for both Ben and Edie on Slime.
The winds were a bit fickle so Squirt earned her keep with a couple of tows against the outgoing tide.
Ray and Gemma called in, and we hope to see Ray sailing again next week.
With Squirt back on the water with Michael B and Jocelyn on board, Tony and John P went out on Poppy, as did Peter G and Andy, and Michael enjoyed a solo sail on Slime.
The office was in the good hands of Tish and Terry, with help from Jodie, who was wearing her smart new sunhat.
We hope to see you all at our next sailing day on Monday, February 11.
Sailability's first official sailing day at Nelligen on January 20 was a big success and a lot of fun.
And all thanks go to everyone who turned up and worked so hard.
Trailers were towed by Terry, John, Tish and Michael and we had three 303s and Jay Bee in the water in good time.
Our first sailor was Heidi Jay, whom we hadn't seen for a while. Then Oscar arrived with Guy and Yvonne, Edie with Sue, and Lachlan with Elizabeth.
Also sailing were Dionne and Renee, visiting from Melbourne.
Our skippers John, Kate, Michael, and Joss did well on an outgoing tide and in erratic winds.
Taking care of business in the shade were Terry and George, and Peter G called in briefly.
We welcomed back Tony from Wagga Wagga, who went out with Terry, and Joss went out with Paul, who sailed his first solo later in the afternoon, so congrats to him.
One advantage of sailing at Nelligen is that once a boat's centreboard is down, it stays down, unless a sailor is embarking/disembarking on shore. It was great to see Edie being wheeled up the ramp aboard Peter's Pride - very majestic, indeed.
Overseeing our safety on Jay Bee were Michael and Dana, then Tish and Dana, and on the late shift were Michael, Tara and Elise. Congrats also to Elise, who has been accepted for medicine.
In the meantime, Sue's grandkids and Rhian made the most of swimming in the river.
Well done to Sailability volunteers for coping so well with a very busy boat ramp. Hopefully, when we return on February 4 the holiday madness will be over, though whether or not the closure of Old Punt Road will put pressure on Nelligen remains to be seen.
We are not sailing over the Australia Day weekend and will return on Monday, February 4.
Thanks again and look forward to seeing you then.
SAILABILITY volunteers were more than pleased after a “familiarisation day” at their new sailing venue in Nelligen on January 14.
Batemans Bay Sailability president Peter Glen said that after 16 years of sailing from the beach in Old Punt Road in the Bay, the impending construction of the new bridge had called for a search for a new place to sail.
“Nelligen ticked all our boxes, and on Sunday it came up trumps,” Peter said.
“It was the only place we could find that was suitable for people with a disability, with a ramp and pontoon, good parking, shady Manchurian figs, toilets, and even a coffee shop.”
Peter said that after enjoying a barbecue lunch cooked up by Life Without Barriers, Sailability volunteers launched two sailing dinghies and a safety boat for a trial run.
“The verdict from our sailors was very positive,” he said.
“We managed launching and retrieving the boats very well, and we noted that the tidal flows on the Clyde at Nelligen are not as severe as those near the bridge in the Bay.
“Our sailors also noted the beautiful scenery, and that there is plenty of sailing room on the southern side of the bridge.”
Peter said that all Sailability members had high hopes that by the time the new bridge was completed, the club’s new jetty and pontoon in Wray Street would also be ready to use.
“The project has been ongoing for some time, and we are getting closer to being in a position to apply for funding,” he said.
“In the meantime, we will make the most of our sailing days at Nelligen.”
Peter welcomed people of all ages and abilities to the sailing day this Sunday, January 20, from the foreshore next to the boat ramp at Nelligen.
“We will be sailing from about 10.30am to 3pm, and you only have to bring a hat, and five dollars; we’ve got the sunscreen. Anyone interested in volunteering should come along and see what we do.”
Our sailors and volunteers were drawn back to shore for lunch on December 17 by the scintillating aromas wafting upstream from the Batemans Bay Lions van.
Once again, huge thanks to Lions Jacki and Allan for serving up our traditional Christmas party lunch, which was followed by Anna's delicious cakes and Terry's stunning pavlova.
We began the day, the last sailing day of the year, with Scott in charge of the beach, Terry, Tish and Peter G taking turns in the office, George and Peter W on Squirt, Allan and Ben on Poppy, and Christine and Ray aboard Slime. We were delighted to see Ray back on the water, and Slime proved its worth today.
Our skippers took advantage of the incoming tide and decent nor'easter to give the sailors a great outing on the water - as good as it gets.
When John P and Edie returned on Poppy, it was high time for lunch.
As is also traditional, we shared this lunch with all the lovely people from Life Without Barriers, and today we were joined by carers Trish, Gavin and James, and, of course, Jodie, who was resplendent in her festive wear.
Trish extended an invitation to Sailability to attend LWB's barbecue lunch at Nelligen on January 14, the date of our "familiarisation day" at our new sailing site.
In the afternoon, George and John P manned Squirt while Peter G and Peter W took out Poppy, and Martyn put on a great solo display on Slime.
It was a very relaxing sailing day and many thanks to you all.
Please note that sailing will resume in 2019 at Nelligen, on the foreshore next to the boat ramp.
On January 14, all volunteers are encouraged to attend a "familiarisation" day at Nelligen from noon.
The first sailing day will be held on January 21.
Many thanks to all our volunteers for their fantastic efforts this year and to everyone we wish you all the best for the festive season.
A predicted easterly blew with a fury from the south-west until early afternoon so the boats were well furled for the morning sailing on December 3.
With the tide ebbing fast, Peter Withington and George Sawers on Squirt and Tish Ennis and Michael Leydon on JB towed up Martyn Lloyd and Peter Glen on Slime and Allan Rees and Peter Ward on Poppy, and then returned for John Parker and Edie Novak on Peter's Pride, with Scott Berick as beach co-ordinator, while Jodie kept watch from the "office".
Then it was all go with the Bay High students. Les, Skye, Dallas, William, Natalie, Charlize, who all enjoyed a mix of sailing and going out on JB during the day. Natalie tried out a seat specially made for her by Tish and it looked very comfortable indeed.
After lunch, with the tide rising and wind easing, the students had a couple of quick outings with Peter W and George back on Squirt and Martyn and Tish on JB. Our hard-working volunteers Michael, Peter G and Allan then took the opportunity for a leisurely sail before we packed up.
Just two sailing days before Christmas - December 10 and 17, the day of our Christmas party with the Bay Lions cooking the sausage sangers. Everybody and their families will be very welcome - as will all contributions of sweet treats.
Thanks again to all our wonderful volunteers, who work so very hard.
Squirt was busy at the Sunday afternoon sail on November 25 towing Slime and Poppy upstream against a roaring tide.
Thanks to Peter Withington, Martyn Lloyd and John Parker for towing and to Tish Ennis, Michael Leydon, Sandra Morgan and the Toyer family - Tara, Kate, Rhian and James - for all their help.
It was great to see Victor Warren back on the water, and Dave Morris, who called in with his mum Betty from Ballina.
Sailing got underway at about 3pm, with Peter and John in Squirt, and Martyn and Victor in Poppy and Michael and Peter Ward in Slime.
Martyn then took Sandra out, by which time the southerly had strengthened enough to beat the tide (a bit).
Then it was time for "all ashore for pizza" while the Toyers showed us how to play beach cricket. A quiet day, but a very relaxing one.
Many thanks to Batemans Bay Bridge Club for its fifth donation to Sailability last week - a wonderful $541, the proceeds of their Melbourne Cup lunch. They are very kind and thoughtful.
On Friday, November 30, all members are welcome to attend a committee meeting at the Soldiers Club, at 2pm, in the boardroom.
Then, it's back to Monday sailing on December 3.
Pencil in sailing day on December 17 - the day of our Christmas party and the Batemans Bay Lions' sausage sizzle - just for us!
Sailing day on Monday, November 19, was busy with a good turnout from Life Without Barriers and Bay High School.
The forecast nor'-easter came in early, though was a bit fluky during the day.
Bay High's Skye, Natalie, Dallas, William, Jordan, and Charlize all went for a sail, and thanks go to their teachers who take such great care of them.
Waving the flag for LWB were Edie, Ben and Peter, watched on by Jodie and Ray (great to see you, Ray).
Towing, lifting, rigging, skippering and safety boating for Sailability were John Parker, Peter Glen, Michael Leydon, Tish Ennis, Martyn Lloyd, Scott Berick, Christine Vincent, Peter Withington and Tony Henderson - another superb effort from our volunteers.
Martyn went for another solo sail afterwards and backed up his promotion to crew member with Marine Rescue the day before (congratulations) with a clear indication of being a competent Sailability skipper.
We missed Terry, George and Craig (who are taking things easy, recovering, or being checked out), so we look forward to them getting back on deck.
A visit yesterday from Brendan and Caitlin from the Commonwealth Bank brought welcome news of an offer of practical help in setting up and packing up on sailing days by a roster of bank staff. Great stuff!
This Sunday, November 25, is our next sailing day.
Watch your emails because the starting time could be in the afternoon with dinner after sailing - perfect at this time of year.
Thanks to the barbecue crew who worked so hard at Bunnings on November 18 and raised a whopping $745.80.
Special thanks to Tish, who organised everything, and to Scott Berick who chopped up 10 kilos of onions in a record-breaking 20 minutes (no mandolin or other fancy gadgets involved).
And thanks to Craig Allen, Michael Leydon, Peter Glen, George Sawers and Sandra Morgan who also contributed their time and effort.
A big thank-you to everyone who turned out for sailing on November 12. With Terry and Tish both in hospital, and several others unable to make it, we were blessed with the presence of the "Three Musketeers" - Craig, Martyn and Scott - who hoed into all the heavy lifting and made setting up and packing up a lot easier. Thank you, again.
Just before Keziah and Lisa arrived with Jodie, Edie, Peter and Ben from LWB, John P and Martyn took out Poppy and Michael and Craig went for a spin on Slime, with Witho and George keeping an eye on them from Squirt.
Jocelyn and Ben went out on Peter's Pride, Peter W went out on Poppy and Edie tested the waters on Slime.
After an early lunch, Ben and Edie enjoyed another sail - Ben with Peter G and Edie with Jocelyn, with Witho and Craig on Squirt.
Michael and Jocelyn took out Slime to test the new keel-lifter (coming along nicely), while Martyn went for a very well-sailed solo on Peter's Pride.
All the while, Scott did a great job in charge of beach, with Peter G and George doing shifts in the office.
Justin from John Holland (bridge construction co) called in for a chat and reaffirmed that our last sailing day at Old Punt Road will very probably be December 17 (Christmas party day), so then it will be off to Nelligen from January 14.
Tish has now returned from hospital, and we wish Terry all the best and a speedy recovery - she is in for 10 days with a few weeks' recovery time.
Sailability's Bunnings barbecue is on November 18 - please call in for a sizzling sanga and a cold drink.
Our next sailing day is Monday, November 19 - we are looking forward to another good day on the river - why not join us!
What a great day on the water on November 5, even though the wind didn't amount to much and the tide was ebbing.
On the shore, we even managed to block out the noise coming from excavation works in the car park.
We welcomed new volunteers Craig Allen and Martyn Lloyd and it was lovely to see Jane Elek (thanks for the delicious strawberries).
Christine arrived with a lot of goodies and we wish her a speedy recovery - thanks for taking Angus for walkies.
With Terry in charge of the beach, safety boat crews Tish and Martyn on Jay Bee and George and Peter W on Squirt safely towed skipper Peter Glen and Edie on Poppy, Michael and Jane on Slime, and John P and Craig on The Doctor, upstream against the ebbing tide in barely a breath of wind.
It was flat out from then on - the LWB bus was closely followed by the Bay High students and teachers.
Michael, who also took out Ben, Natalie and William, and then Martyn, topped the day with five sails - and he also topped the 2.4 class at the ACT Dinghy Championships over the weekend - great stuff!
Peter Ward enjoyed his sail with John P, and Skye went out on Poppy with Peter G.
After lunch, Craig and Rowen joined Tish on Jay Bee, and Dallas, William and Les had a raucous sail on the river - and last out were Jane on Poppy and Martyn on Slime.
It was good to see Dana, who called in to help with packing up.
A big thank you to the carers and teachers - Corina, Keziah, Guy, Drew, Linda and Bec - and to all our volunteers.
We look forward to seeing everyone at sailing day on November 12.
Peter Glen and Terry McDonough back on the beach after Bay High student Skye enjoyed her sail on Poppy on our beautiful Clyde River
After a slow start, we fired up for a great day of sailing on Sunday, October 28.
With just Slime and Poppy in action we took out a good number of sailors in a prevailing nor'-easter, which became brisk at times.
First off the beach were Ben Croft and skipper John Parker in Poppy, and aboard Slime were Tish Ennis and newcomer Letia Jones, who seemed to love every minute of her sail on the river.
Tish then took out Oscar Jeeves, who had waited patiently for his turn, and John then returned to take out Peter Ward.
George Sawers and Jocelyn were on safety boat Squirt and took out carers Kelly and Jason. Squirt recorded yet another day without any tows - great stuff.
It was wonderful to see the Toyer family arrive - Kate skippered Poppy to take out another newcomer, Adriana Groot, before the lunch break.
Jocelyn took out Poppy with Lachie Mortlock, who was on the lookout for more stingrays, attracted to the beach by anglers gutting fish at the fish table, and Kate took out new member Rob O'Brien and then Rhian Toyer.
Tish and John took out Squirt for the afternoon run.
Thanks to volunteers Guy Geeves, Michael Leydon and Terry McDonough - both on beach duties - John P, George, Tish, Kate Toyer, Tara Cashman, Rhian Toyer, and Rob O'Brien.
Peter Withington dropped in to show us his heritage Beetle, and Peter Glen called in as well.
A big thank-you to everyone who helped throughout the day - you are a generous, hard-working bunch!
Skipper Tish Ennis and Oscar Jeeves return after a sail on Slime on Sunday
The sailing day on October 22 was about as good as it could be. Temp about 24, and a nor'-easter good enough to beat the outgoing tide - not once was Squirt called upon to tow.
Our first sailor to arrive, James Smith, gave volunteers Peter Glen, Terry McDonough, Bob Dickman, John Parker, Allan Rees, Jocelyn Righton and George Sawers, a hand to rig the boats. We welcomed Jane Elek, who has nautical provenance with Batemans Bay Sailing Club.
Many thanks to all of them, and also to Scott Berick, who arrived after work to give us a wonderful helping hand to pack up at day's end.
Once again Terry did a great job running the "office" and beach duties.
Allan was a busy skipper on The Doctor - he took out Ben Croft and Peter Ward from LWB, Bay High students Les and Charlize, and then went for a sail with Peter G.
John P was at the helm of Slime and took out Edie Novak from LWB and Tracey from Ulladulla before a stint onSquirt.
On board Poppy with Jocelyn, James steered a near-faultless course up the river and back - he is ready and keen to take a solo run!
After James, Jocelyn took out Dallas and Skye from Bay High, and then Jane, who did a great job of mastering the helm on her debut 303 sail in a gusty breeze.
George and Peter took the first shift on Squirt, followed by John P and George.
And thanks to Jodie Hanson, who always comes along with LWB.
Our next sailing day is this Sunday, October 28.
Look forward to seeing you.
The results of the Invictus Games 303 finals
Gold medal winner Cyrille Chahboune, of France
Peter Arbuckle sailed home for silver
Bear Bretherton scooped the bronze.
Well done to coaches Michael Leydon and Tish Ennis
Batemans Bay’s training officer Michael Leydon (centre) with Invictus Games competitors Peter Arbuckle (left) and Davin “Bear” Bretherton on Pittwater.