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Edition #65
November 10, 2017






Opening Day Success

I am pleased to take this opportunity to thank all those who were involved in our 120th Opening Day. The weather was superb as was the condition of the club. Thanks to the efforts of both members and staff.  The new outdoor setting in our club colours arrived just in time and really lifted the look and feel of the BBQ area. I am grateful to all those members and staff who not only participated in the Busy Bee but continued to do repairs and touch ups right up to last minute.    
In the weeks before the Committee Members performed a variety of roles critical to the smooth management of the day from those at the Front Gate directing VIP’s, managing parking, others talking with VIP visitors about the role of the club and its importance to the community, working with staff on set up and breakdown, coordinating and participating in all the sailing events.  My personal thanks to our entire committee for your efforts. I would also like to thank John Muntz and Warwick Helmsley for providing their fine vessels for VIP use on the day.  
Glen and his team including Shanae, Kayla, Dave, Matt and Julie ensured a flawless day. I was especially impressed how Glen, Past Commodore Andres Timmermanis and Shevy from Open Door Hospitality conspired together to introduce a new tradition of having event attendees sing the National Anthem together. It was a wonderful plan and very inspirational!
Of course, I cannot complete this missive without thanking Vern’s Open Door Hospitality team who worked hard with the setup and breakdown, in the galleys, behind the bar, serving tables and working the VIP boats.  Despite the large number who attended, reports of friendly and quality service abounds. 
To all those members and their families who attended, thanks for coming along! The attitude of all of you reflected the culture of the club – Friendly, inclusive and involved.

David Boon







Team Squadron Marine at the 11th China Cup International Regatta
Imagine being on a very crowded starting line with over 30 identical Beneteau 40.7 yachts lined up, jostling for the start.  Skipper and team organiser Givenchy Langer (Rear Commodore Power) of Squadron Marine was joined by fellow West Australians Norm Roberts (Vice Commodore), John Haddon (Rear Commodore Marina), Nick Politis (Committee Member); Finnegan Langer, Rob Langer, Peter Fielding and Hong Kong Expat’s Carey Jack, Gerry Sonnemans and Otto Sipe at the 2017 China Cup.  The Squadron Marine Team picked up their boat from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and spent a day familiarising the team with each other and the boat on Hong Kong waters.
The racing started in Hong Kong, sailing to Daya Bay near the southern China mainland city of Shenzhen.  Sailing conditions were often quite light, with  tricky race courses to sail on.  The level of professionalism on the teams has stepped up from the inaugural year making for very competitive sailing.  The need to go through gates rather than just around marks made for good competition and more fun with boats in close proximity and some very tight sailing fleets.
It was great to meet many international and champion sailors including previous former America’s Cup and Olympics crew members from various boats and countries.  There was plenty of information and learning exchanged with the global yachting fraternity.  The chance to sail against some of the best yachtsmen in the world was fantastic.  A lot of new contacts were made and acquaintances renewed.
The competition included almost forty Beneteau First 40.7s one of the biggest 'one design' fleets in the Asian-Pacific region.  Other classes included 15 FAREAST 28R, J/80, SOTO 27.  Over four race courses, the 11 racing classes included the One Design M32 Class, One Design Class First 40.7, One Design Class J80, Class HKPN A, Class HKPN B, Class IRC A, Class IRC B, Class IRC C, One Design Class Bavaria Cruiser 37, ASAF Keelboat Cup, and Youth One Design Class including Optimist. 
The China Cup Youth One Design Class was upgraded to include an international young sailors gathering, divided into 5 racing divisions, with keel boats being used for the first time, attracting over 100 young sailors from New Zealand, China Hong Kong, Xiamen, Shenzhen.  Perhaps some of the PFSYC juniors would like to investigate representing Australia by competing in 2018? 
The China Cup is held in each October with over 100 teams comprising of 1,500 competitors from around the world.  China Cup International Regatta has been awarded 'Asian Regatta of the year' on four occasions at the Asian Marine and Boating Awards, and is recognised as one of the top 10 sporting events in China.  The event was a spectacular sailing carnival in the race village including boating exhibitors, sailing apparel, fashion, arts and culture to create a spectacle over 5 days.  The 12th China Cup will take place at the end of October 2018. 

Norm Roberts
Vice Commodore













The Commodore, Committee and Staff at Perth Flying Squadron Yacht Club would like to extend a very warm welcome to the following new club Members:


Kathryn Lawton
Susan Mitchell
Steven Chaisty
Heather Rowatt
Roslyn Chapman
Veronique Wong
Vicki Webster
Roland Cocksedge
Lixia Jurak
Cathy West
Deanne Bronsan

Luke Boylan
Margaret Stuart
Carl Phoenix
Nick Henry
Christian Phoenix
Julene Henry
Taj Phoenix
MyKayla Phoenix
William Henry
Kristin Henry
Samuel Henry



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