60 Seconds with Jack Sywak

1. How old were you when you first stepped on a boat? 122. If money (and sailing ability) were no limit, what boat would you buy? Farr V.O.60!3. What is your ultimate sailing goal? Just always to be fit enough to sail to a ripe old age and to continue to have fun on the water.4. Tell us the story behind the name of your Laser? Vangtidy comes from the English expression ‘Bang tidy’ which means sexy or attractive. Like me and my boat :)5. If you could add any ingredient to DBSC’s world’s best toasties – what would it be? Caramelised onions.6. What are your second/third favourite hobbies (assuming sailing is #1)? Skiing and golf.7. Describe what you do for work in less than five words? Make cocktails.8. What is the first international destination you will travel to (once we’re allowed) and why? Japan for the powder snow.9. What

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History Corner

Racking facilities for the 1983/84 season facilitated the storage of 14 Herons, 14 Leaders, 15 Manly Juniors and 14 Lasers – a total of 57 boats. By 1985/86 there were 15 spots allocated to Lasers and 20 in 1990/91. Weekly utilisation in all classes ran at around 65%. Currently the club houses 85 Lasers.

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Race Report – Sprints – Sat 6 March

13 boats took to the water in a moderate southerly for 6 sprint races at exactly 2:00pm until 4:00pm. The Radials and Standards raced together with Geoff Kirk leading the way. Most of us thought it was the right decision to stay to the east of the bridge for some practice in a shifty breeze. Highlights of the day were dodging yachts using Clark Island as a mark rounding in the Sydney Harbour Regatta, and crossing paths with the 18 Footers in the JJ Giltinan Championship race. Check out all the action from the 18 Footers TV where our little Laser fleet make a cameo appearance [HERE].Thanks to Daryl Lawrence, Nick Pellow, Jack Sywak for running the races; Paul Adam, Shirley Roach, Christine Patton, Bonnie Nixon, and Gavin Blake for feeding us.

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Race Report – Metros – Sat 6 & Sun 7 March

21 competitors from DBSC ventured west to Hunters Hill Sailing Club to contest the Metropolitan Championships. The advice from some locals was to look to the land rather than the water as the pressure would be dependent on when Larry, who lives on the hill in Balmain, opened his side gate. The 10-knot shifting breeze during both days was extremely tricky and provided a challenge for all.There was fierce competition across all fleets and none more so than the Radials where members of the Australian Sailing Team / Australian Sailing Squad were on show. Not to be outdone, Mina Ferguson had an outstanding event and came home victorious. Daniel Costandi was also in fine form placing third. The Standard fleet had some good individual race results but overall David Newman put together an excellent series only to get beaten on a count-back for third. The full results of the series

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60 Seconds with Nick Alexander

1. How old were you when you first stepped on a boat? 8 yrs old, steering my dads Corsair on a lake in Mount Isa North QLD whilst he was launching the spinnaker and yelling at me not to gybe it on him2. If money (and sailing ability) were no limit, what boat would you buy? A submarine as I don’t like yachts 3. What is your ultimate sailing goal? To be healthy enough to race Lasers beyond 754. Tell us the story behind the name of your Laser? I always had serious names for my teenage boats so I named my boat after my old cat Ralphy who nearly made it to 18 5. If you could add any ingredient to DBSC’s world’s best toasties – what would it be? More cheese – over cooked and oozing out the sides6. What are your second/third favourite hobbies (assuming sailing is

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History Corner

Performance awards for the 85/86 Season:Most number of breakages whilst competing in club racesThe best imitation of the TitanicBest imitation of an icebergThe most number of capsizes in Double Bay while trying to get to the first markRetiring skippers award – the spirit was willing but the knees were too weak

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