"Serious Drinkers with a Sailing Problem"
While we are definitely competitive when we're on the water, and racing is at the heart of what the club is about, it is fair to say that we don't take things quite as seriously as most of the other clubs on Sydney harbour.
To illustrate this, here's a simple statistic - in 35 years of racing, there has never been a single protest! Of course, this may have something to do with the fact that there is a $100 fee for lodging a protest, money that can be much better spent at the bar.
In a nod to the fact that our members tend to have broader interests than just racing their boats, we schedule our races for approximately every third week. This make it easier to get consistent crew, as well as leaving plenty of time for cruising or having a life away from the water.
Another key difference to our ethos is that we prefer to race when the harbour is less busy, so we deliberately schedule our races on the alternative weekend day to CYCA (ie Saturday in the winter and Sunday in the summer). There's still plenty of traffic, of course, but it's not quite as intense as it might otherwise be.
Social events are also extremely important to our members. After every race, there is an informal prize giving back at the pub (where there is as much focus given to how long it took certain boats to get over the line at the start as there is on the finish results). We have an annual cruising muster to Pittwater, a Xmas fun race and shore-side BBQ, and our AGM and Prize-Giving is more about a convivial lunch than any formalities.
Finally, our membership fees and racing fees reflect our status as a small and community based club. As a result, the club is funded on the proverbial shoe-string, or more accurately, it's funded on a lamb chop. Yes, our primary source of funds is the weekly Thursday night meat raffle at the Blues Point Hotel. This long standing tradition sees members taking their turn once or twice per year to conduct the raffle - at present over 50% of the club's income is raised this way.
In summary, we believe we offer something that no other club does in the harbour. A very relaxed and informal yacht club, ideal for those who want to have a bit of fun racing, but without the high testosterone competitiveness and major commitment required to participate in most other clubs.
If you're interested, find out more about our club's membership packages here.
Members, you can download the latest Meat Raffle Roster here