Completed Events 2006
Weekend Raft and Social Event at Audley 2006
December 2, 3 and 4, 2006
And so it was; that 20 yachts attended the third Audley weekend 2006.
The weather was on the cool side with some rain, however, the assembled group tied up successfully onto Pool Flat on Saturday morning and proceeded to enjoy the weekend.
Click picture (above) for all pictures and slide show
Ken and I had placed pegs in the bank for the stern lines helped by the National Park who provided and installed the caps.
However, these then had to be removed at the request of the park who advised;
'There are potentially sub-surface cultural heritage items in this area'.
Later in the evening we were advised by Russell of (Wind Dancer) that we could have placed the stake through the skull of his ancestor.
We wouldn't want that.

........Two yellow buoys were placed at either end of the moored yachts and before long we had the great dingy race for the Splinter Stakes......
Then Santa appeared in a red Canadian canoe rowed by two reindeer - what a surprise.
But that wasn't all.
As if by magic seven more reindeer appeared and the nine reindeer drew Santa's sled to the gathered crowd beneath two huge Christmas trees.
Santa then gave all the good boys and girls a gift...we were so lucky.
After Santa, we all moved to the pavilion at the weir for dinner.
There was some very fancy fare on display, and the tables were decorated in fine style.
The competition for the best presented table set the judges a difficult task to determine a winner.
Ultimately it had to be decide by a cheer vote and resulted in a dead heat for three tables.
The winners were Table 2 (The Story Tellers, Splinter and Emphasis), Table 4 (The Kalinas, Imogens, Sunflower and L'attitudes)
and Table 5 (Morning Mist, Sweet Talkers, The Tyrells and Company)
The two guitarists performed outstandingly and before long Libby had the audience in full voice.
Libby was latter helped by a surprise choir mistress who then led some team singing.

Some photos Kim took. Thanks for organising a great weekend. Cheers Scott Toolin

Great weekend, Had a great time, thanks for all your efforts. you made it. cheers, Kevin

John, Thought you might like these, a sample of our pics to post on the web. Thanks for organising such a great event, we had a wonderful time up the river and look forward to the next cruising event. M and E Carolin

The Master would like to thank you all for joining in the spirit of the occasion but in particular special thanks to; Libby Teiffel for her efforts in preparing the table and providing the song books;
Paul Melling for his part in providing Santa and his breath taking ride to the Christmas trees.
Kevin Swadling for his difficult task in locating nine reindeer - and the nine reindeer.
Paul Melling, Rod Tyrell and Kevin Everitt for their excellent band.
Ken Teiffel for the misdemeanour segment and the audience for accepting the elation or embarrassment.
Libby and Jeni Everitt for leading the choir in their heavenly renditions - and of course the choir.
Scott and Kim Toolin for winning 'Best dressed Yacht' - and all the other entrants.

Yachts Participating (20): L'attitude (John and Margaret Barter), Splinter (Kevin Swadling), Kalina (Ken and Libby Teiffel), Imogen (Angus and Marianne Gibson), Sea Change (Ian and Rhonda Colman), Durham (Alasdair, Alison and Rory Rowe), Story Teller (Mike and Elaine Carolin), Wind dancer (Russell and Christine Bain), Iron Maiden (Scott and Kim Toolin), Morning Mist (Paul and Cheryl Melling, Carpe Diem (Roger and Janice Phair), Chinook (Peter and Leslie Rochaix), Sweet Talker (Kevin and Jeni Everitt), Griffin (Toni and Gordon Stewart), Emphasis (Dave and Eliz Perry), Kareela (Debbie and Ivor Brinson, Konan John and Wendy Wren. Land Yachts: Sail la Vie (Keith and Lyndal Wilson), Sunflower (Teiffel and Coles), Ski Boat (Rod and Anne Tyrrell).
Annual Cruising Social Event
October 14th, 2006
For all Port Hacking cruising sailors.
The  Combined Clubs Annual Cruising Event is to be held on the afternoon of the 14th October at the RMYC Port Hacking.
This event  is an initiative of the Cruising Committee of Yachting NSW who encourage a different club to host the event each year.
This is the one event in the year where cruising yachtsmen from around NSW gather in one place.
It traditionally has attracted around 150 - 200 people for a mainly social event.
We have already had confirmation of visitors and yachts coming from Lake Macquarie YC,  RPAYC , Middle Harbour YC, Balmoral SC, Balmain SC, RSYS, CCCA and Batemans Bay SC.
Many of these yachtsmen have very extensive cruising backgrounds which we will be encouraging them to share.
We have also invited representatives from Yachting NSW to join in.
This is a unique opportunity to experience a get together of this nature in Port Hacking and we are looking for as many locals as possible to act as hosts for our visitors.
It will probably be five years before it can be repeated.
Cruising Meeting
Tuesday 11th July, 2006
We met at the RMYC Port Hacking around 6:30pm for drinks and started the meeting at 7:00pm.
Tonight wasn't a formal meeting.
We discussed the program for the remainder of this year and delegated duties so that the cruise events could take place in the absence of the Master.
L'attitude will be sailing north towards the end of the month for the Whitsunday's and Hamilton race week.
Anzac Day (More to come) April 25th
Tuesday at the Broadwater Yacht Club..
Results for the race held in mixed conditions, some rain no wind - lots of wind:

Place Yacht Crew Boat
1 Kalina Ken Teiffel, Ian and Margaret Coles and Susie Compass 29
2 Konan John Wren and Crew Bavaria 37
3 Sail la Vie Keith and Lyndal Wilson Dufour 35
4 The Duchess Andy Chilton and Crew Beneteau 39
5 Pied Piper Tony and Christine Towndrow and Crew Cavalier 32
6 L'attitude John and Margaret Barter and Angus Gibson Dehler 41DS
7 Iron Maiden Scott and Kim Toolin Adams
8 Reflections Dave and Stuart Hammond Catalina 42
9 Marritti Paul Hammond Duncanson 35
One of the many poem and stories related during the BBQ.

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This one delivered by Keith Wilson
There on the ship – on that whispering ship
The abyss of uncertainties rest
There on the ship – in the night’s eerie grip
His heart leaping forth from his chest
He senses adventure but riding the tide
Is the ripple of chaos to come
His lips hold a prayer that inspires his mind
To be sparing a thought for his Mum
Khaki surrounds him in similar veins
Character ready to flow
Now the landscape is forming – the moment is nigh
Ninety years ago

There on the beach – on that desolate beach
Dawn filters through as they land
There on the beach some would not even reach
Nothing unfolded as planned
Running and falling – confusion defined
He scrambles and clambers and claws
The ridges rain venom - he somehow survives
But his innocence dies on those shores
From the dearth of a trench – through the fly ridden stench
Shines the grin with a knockabout glow
Where the slouch hat is worn, a new species is born
Ninety years ago

Here in my heart – with the beat of my heart
I can’t help but tremble and shiver
Here in my heart – it's so hard to depart
From the pride that these spirits deliver
For the courage – the kinship – the duty – the dove
The flame of our freedom ascends
Rupert McCall
Enemies once, now we stand with respect
And continue this journey as friends
Gallipoli – home to a ghost in us all
From a tale, pray our children will know
As the legend of ANZAC and "Lest We Forget"
Ninety years ago

There on the hill – that un-winnable hill
He is scared but by God, he’s committed
There on the hill, so much young blood would spill
The word "sacrifice" tragically fitted
In protecting their homeland, the Turks never budge
The high ground is theirs to defend
Death blows a breeze that puts ice in his knees
He prepares now to meet with his end
For a moment, the sky turns a calm shade of blue
And with that, the commander yells "GO!"
He is hit and it burns – then to peace he returns
Ninety years ago

There on his grave – on that lost lonely grave
With the others that grimly abound
There on his grave – wooden crosses stand brave
An ANZAC lies under the ground
Australians – New Zealanders – brothers in arms
Mates on the same team today
"Goodbye and God bless cobber" so say the words
In a strength we could never betray
And this on the face of a small humble stone
That in winter, is lashed by the snow
"Please cry no tears" he was seventeen years
Ninety years ago

This Story related by Ian Coles Landing on Crete 1941
My dad was born 23 July 1917.
Geoff Coles, Sgt Royal Marines Commandos was 24 when he wrote this journal at the start of the battle of Crete 5 May to 6 June 1941.
The loss from this battle was killed and missing, Axis: 3,986 Allies 1,751.
Dad survived the war and died in 1981.
We sailed from Port Said in the ‘City of Canterbury’ a proper troop carrier, a fine ship.
Sighted the island on the third day, saw three Hurricanes on patrol and watched them chase off two Iti planes.
As soon as they were out of sight two more came out of the clouds and one came straight for us and the other went for a store ship following us astern.
The one who came for us was surprised when about 30 Lewis guns and Bren machine guns let rip, and quite a number of bursts took effect.
He sheered off rapidly and although damaged, managed to get clear alright.
The other was luckier he dropped an aerial torpedo which caught the store ship in the port bow and gave her a terrific blast.
This ship only had two Lewis guns to defend herself with.
We had to leave her astern but we afterwards heard that she was beached and some of the cargo saved.   We expected plenty of air activity the following morn. and boats crews and guns crews were closed up all night but had no raids the next morning.
Sailed into Suda Bay about 9 or 10 o.c. docked and were ashore before midday.
Suda Bay a beautiful spot hills along both sides and a valley at the end of bay and also to the right near our battery.
Marched out to some olive groves about two miles out of town.
While on the march some Aussies who were leaving cheered us up by telling us we were welcome to the “isle of the doomed”.
Still although our boys remembered it afterwards we were too taken up with the thought of action to be disheartened at the time.
There was plenty of green vegetation and fruit trees grapes etc.
We bivouacked under the olive trees for several nights while waiting for our guns and stores. we chummed up with the Aussies and found they had come from Greece and been dumped on the island and were waiting to be taken off and rekitted.
I went into the village one evening and bought a bottle of cherry brandy us sergeants had a good night.
We finally moved off on Monday evening back to the docks and went on board a covert.
The other section were not so lucky and had to travel in an M.L.C. troop carrier.
We sailed from Suda about 80 miles round the island to Candia or Iraklion.
Candia is the biggest town on Crete.
We landed about 2 o. c. in the morning and went out to the olive groves to sleep until daylight. When daylight came we were surprised to see people (Cretians) coming out from the caves round about and getting ready for the days work.
Just before six I heard a plane over and when it came into sight was surprised to see it was a flying pencil Dc 17?
There was absolutory no opposition it just circled round looking for a target, dropped his eggs and scrammed.
Our lads were riled about this and the main idea was “wait until we get our guns”.
After this we went for breakfast with some Black Watch then marched back into town.
When marching into town the whole section was singing all the way the only time they sung while on the island.
Started unloading ammunition but were soon packed into lorries and sent off to our gun site.
This was the first sight we had of our guns and instruments.
The site was in the centre of a freshly cut corn field absolutely no natural camouflage at all.
We set up the guns and instruments and were ready for action by midday.
We got our action at 2.o.c.
Five meschersmitz ……. Seen coming round Crocodile Island.
This Island was facing us across the sea to our front, on our left was a big prison where we were bivouacked.
On our right was a Barracks, in the distance the airdrome.
They came our way and we fired a few shots which were pretty good considering it was the first effort for nearly 6 months they then came in close and split up and the order “open sights” was given.
We drove them off.
We kept going getting things up to scratch until we then made our way up to the prison for supper.
While having supper a warning sounded and we dashed out to man the guns and ran right into low flying Heinkels machine gunning.
This was our first taste of strafing and we didn’t like it a bit.
He was using incendiary bullets and all you could see was flying flashes all around you and twin streams of fire coming from these planes.
It was practically dark and it was a brilliant fire work display.
The next day we found the fields looking as though they had been ploughed up, he must have used thousands of bullets.
When they had cleared off we went up and started work. We worked for 4 days and nights right through filling sandbags and digging slip trenches by night and manning the guns from dawn till half hour after dusk.
Second day there we were getting ready to close up at 3.30 am and a warning went off.
We made a dash for the guns but could not see anything.
For an hour we were heavily bombed roughly 90 to a 100 dropped in our sector.
Queer sensation you could hear the whistle of every bomb he was dropping some in sticks of 15 some 17 some 5 some 9.
We had several near misses one dropped close and I afterward found the edge of the crater 4 ft away.
I was in a shallow slip trench at the time.
We afterwards used this hole for putting in a water tank which was just as well because we would have had to dig it, so really Gerry did us a good turn.
We had three or 4 days early morning bombing but not much damage done.
Most damage done to nerves.
During the days we had several fighter and bomber attacks averaging about 12 hours each day.
After 4 days we got some sleep and then managed to get a few hours sleep at nights.
End of notes
When the German paratrooper’s airborne invasion occurred my dad and many others were cut off and spent some time living off the land before making it back through the enemy lines in time to be evacuated.
Ian Coles (Sunflower)

Ken Teiffel has provided the spinner and some DVDs.
Angus Gibson provide two genuine pennies.
The Master baked ANZAC biscuits in the old fuel oven,,,,and many other contributed to another successful event..
Easter Cruise to Broken Bay
April Fri 14, Sat 15, Sun 16,, Mon 17 and Tues 18
This will be a loose plan for all interested.
Naturally departure will depend on the weather and cruisers will make their own arrangements and organise their own stops en route.
The plan will work if I can get the names of the yachts participating and their contact details.  
Boats Interested;
   “Securite, Securite, Securite, all ships, all ships, all ships”
The Kalida crew are heading to Pittwater for Easter.
If you feel like catching up over the break please let us know before hand so we can make arrangements to meet up, raft up, tie up, bottoms up, top up, what ever may be appropriate.
We will be there from 13th to the 18th April. (Weather permitting).
Home 95761020 M: 0413 814 333 M: 0427 094 303
 L'attitude will be staying on the Harbour around Camp Cove on Saturday night and moving to Broken Bay on Sunday.
John and Margaret Barter Mobile: 0418 253 479
 Wind Dancer will be cruising to Broken Bay for the Easter holiday.Russell and Christine Bain. Home: 46843010 Mobile: 0408921447

Cruising News
11 April from 7.00pm to 9.00pm
At CYCA, Rushcutters Bay, CYCA
Cruising will present a free educational evening on Information and Technology at Sea. Industry experts and users will demonstrate and talk on the availability, installation and use of laptops/PCs, mobile phone modems/HF radios and modems/satellite phones/HF email services/weather fax programmes/GRIB files etc.
The evening will include an introduction (at least for most of us) to 'SKYEYE', which is a unique and wonderful innovation for the observation and analysis of weather in real time by satellite.
The aim of the evening is to give more access for yachts to the innovations made in this area in recent times, and on a realistic budget for cruising and passage making.
See how your HF radio and computer (laptop or PC) can work to give you the most comprehensive weather analysis needed for safety at sea.
We intend to have a live HF email and weather fax demonstration.
The software/hardware required will be on display from various suppliers.
Interested: John Barter, David Hammond, Dot Hammond, Angus Gibson, Kevin Everitt, Jeni Everitt, Peter Rochaix, Paul Melling, Russel Bain, Christine Bain, Ken Teiffel, John Weidemier, Jim Lupton, Ginny Lupton, Mike Wolf, Kevin Swadling, Brad, Keith Wilson, David Harper, Scott Toolin Bob McDonald
Cruising Meeting
Tuesday 21st March, 2006
The talk tonight was given by the Kalida's.
David and Allison gave a very entertaining and professional power point presentation.
The detail and statistics given will give us all something to think about.
If you have a high speed connection - press here for power-point slideshow.

As a result of the talk tonight it has been suggested that we have a techno night where all the technical aspects of setting up instruments, laptops, internet connection etc be the subject for a future meeting.
It would also seem appropriate to revisit the cruising manual and update some of our cruising rules and best hints pages.

Boats Attending; Kevin and Jeni Everitt (Sweet Talker), Kevin Swadling (Splinter), Ian and Margaret Coles (Sunflower), John Barter (L'attitude), Angus Gibson (Imogen), Ken and Libby Teiffel, Jim and Ginny Lupton, Scott and Kim Toolin, Keith and Lyndal Wilson, Paul Melling, Robert McDonald, Ken Travers, Micheal and Elaine Carolyn and others (35)
Cruising Meeting
Tuesday 21st February, 2006
We met at the RMYC Port Hacking for drinks and started the meeting at 7:00pm.
Unfortunately Scott Allen from Navman (0403456380) was not able to make the meeting due to urgent business in Eden.
However, the meeting progressed well and after discussions we will plan the next two cruising events as follows;
Easter - cruise to Pittwater
Anzac Day - Broadwater Classic or similar.
So at short notice the Trims present were asked to tell us 'Why we have the boat we have'.
Jim Lupton (Rhumbline) helped by giving us his story and this was followed by Alan Deeley (Galia), Merrill Short (White Hot) and John Barter (L'attitude).
Four very different boats each serving the purpose the owners intended.
Alan's talk in particular was interesting and could be the subject of a future meeting.
Alan has a 42' steel junk rigged schooner.
As it turned out I think all present were entertained, and enjoyed the meeting and dinner following.

Members attending; Kevin Everitt (Sweet Talker), Kevin Swadling (Splinter), Ian and Margaret Coles (Sunflower), John Barter (L'attitude), Wind Dancer (Russell and Christine Barnes), Reflections (David and Dot Hammond), Ken and Libby Teiffel (Kalina), David and Alison Harper (Kalida), Jim and Ginny Lupton (Rhumbline), Scott Toolin (Iron Maiden), Keith Wilson and Brad Harold (Sail la Vie), Paul Melling (Morning Mist), Ian and Rhonda Colman (Sea Change), Nigel and Merrill Short (White Hot), Alan and Joy Deeley (Galia), Steve and Connie McManus (Kahoona)
Broadwater Classic Australia Day
Thursday 26th January, 2006
A perfect day for the race with 14 boats facing the starter.
The winds were kind and the course was perfect.
The entry was a bottle of wine (and one vegemite sandwich).
After the race we had a presentation ashore at the Broadwater Yacht Club.
Grace was sung to Waltzing Matilda and played and presented by Rick and Elizabeth Henwood.
Each yacht was asked to tell an Australian story or read their favourite Australian poem to receive their trophy.
All Poets or Storytellers received an Australian Cook Book courtesy of the Kalina's (Libby Teiffel).
            For full set of pictures click here
Place Yacht Poem/Story Author
1 Pied Piper Mulga Bills Bicycle A. B. Paterson
2 Sweet Talker The Australian Flag Unknown
3 Sail la Vie The Geebung Polo Club A. B. Paterson
4 Emmanuel An Assie love poem (very touching) Elizabeth Henwood
5 The Duchess Please remind me
6 If Only The man from snowy river A. B. Paterson
7 L'attitude The glass on the bar Henry Lawson
8 Story Teller Please remind me
9 Second Wind Bell Birds (with follow up story by Rick Henwood) Henry Kendall
10 Kalina The Weather Prophet A. B. Paterson
11 Iron Maiden Please remind me
12 Carpe Diem Please remind me
13 Reflections The right to leave Australia Unknown
14 Sunflower Sang with chorus - On the road to Gundagai followed by Bound for Botany Bay A. B. Paterson Unknown
Other rendition were given by Margaret Barter and Elizabeth Parker (Two Scottish lasses) of Sir Walter Scott's, Breathes there a man with a soul so dead .
Margaret Barter added a few more including 'The Ballard of the drover' and a famous poem by Spike Milligan;
Doctor Dell fell down the well and broke his collar bone
The doctor should tend the sick, and leave the well alone.

A serial reading of 'The Loaded Dog' was read by all as the grand finally.

Please send your pictures and stories.
A string of pearls has been found - Please e-mail me if you have lost them.

Dear John,
Just a short note to thank you for all the effort you put in to make the Australia Day Broadwater classic such a success. And the effort you put in to record all this on the website is greatly appreciatedcheers
Tony Towndrow and the Pied Piper Crew 

Boats or crews Attended (16); Pied Piper (Tony and Christine Towndrow), Kalina (Ken and Libby Teiffel), L'attitude (John and Margaret Barter), Sweet Talker (Kevin and Jeni Everitt), Sunflower (Fred, Ian and Margaret), Carpe Diem (Roger and Janice Phair), Sail la Vie (Keith and Lyn Wilson), The Duchess (Andy Chilton), Emphasis (Dave and Eliz Perry), Story Teller (Mike and Elaine Carolin), Emmanuel (Jon and Susie Bown), IF Only (Christine and Mat Short), Iron Maiden (Scott and Kim Toolin), Sprite (Tony and Elizabeth Galwey), Seeka (Rick and Elizabeth Henwood), Second Wind (Don and Elizabeth Parker)  
Apologies can't make it this time; Sea Change (Ian and Rhonda Colman), Kahoona (Steve McManus), Chinook Paul Rochaix, Havisu (Ryan and Elissa Everitt), Timber Yacht (Rod and Anne Tyrrell), Third Man (Kevin and Elaine Oldfield), Durham (Alistair Rowe), Lotus (Peter Coupe), Comfort Zone (Russell Barnes), Wynbah (Doug and Irene Curtis), Splinter (Kevin and Marie Swadling), Wind Dancer (Russell and Christine Bain), Morning Mist (Paul and Cheryl Melling), Magic Moments (John Gettens)