Mordialloc’s Presentation Night – 19th May 2018

WOW, WOW, WOW, what a Presentation Night it was on Saturday 19th May 2018 with a popular James Bond theme that saw most people making some sort of effort to dress up. This of course added to the success of the night.

Around 80 members and family mingled happily with friends and sailing mates to catch up on a more social level and discuss the season just gone amongst other things.








The season itself was one of the best weather wise for a number of decades sighting the middle of the range wind conditions, clear blue skies and very few cancelled days as reasons to rate it so highly.








The Presentation of trophies

A great deal of work was put in by many volunteers headed by Tony & Karren Thompson and Drew Henry with helpers on the night being The Pikes, Alicia Rae and other members all made it a night to remember.

The table accompaniments with black serviettes, a playing card and chandeliers again added to the celebrations.

Much laughter and chatter provided a great atmosphere that commenced with drinks at 5:30 pm (preferably Martinis, shaken etc ……) with seating around 7:00 pm and a great selection for main course.

Trophies were presented after main course commencing with our most important class, the Juniors followed by the Miscellaneous. After sweets the remaining classes Sabres, Laser Radials & Full Rigs, Tasars then our ‘new’ class the Sharpies were presented trophies.

James Bond seemed to make an appearance with his photo everywhere and there’s proof where he actually handed out trophies to star struck club members. The boy gets around.








At one point, Robert had to protect the man of intrigue from a potential assassin with his own gun.








One of the highlights of the night was the awards presented to:

Darrell Tregear for sailing in a Perpetual Series aged 80 years or older, a feat which has never been achieved before in the club’s history.

Rod Dingfelder for sailing in a Perpetual Series aged 70 years or older, a feat seldom reached by any club member.









The other highlight was the Club Member of the Year – Graeme Fisher for his tireless work on all the Junior activities he organised.

All the dress ups were excellent with special mention to Chris Thorpe coming into the club rooms dressed in a frogman’s suit, goggles and flippers then stripping down to a tailored suit and bow tie as a real James Bond would do.

Of course, Race Management and volunteers were also recognized for their assistance during the year of which nothing like this could have been possible with their support every week.








… and the members who made Presentation Night possible, we thank you.











Book now: End of season celebration & presentation night!

Not long now and our summer sailing season will be at an end.

so let’s get ready to celebrate the season that was, the successes we had, the wins, etc, etc…

A James Bond/Secret Agent (could be a. 86 or 99…) themed night is planned with roast dinner, drinks, fun and games and all that goes with that.

MAY 19th. Pre-dinner drinks at 5.30 onwards.

Family (2+2) $60

Adults $25

High School kids $15

littler kids – $ Free!


Book at MSC Canteen or go to

EVERYONE is invited for a friendly night of fun.

You do not have to dress as J.Bond, you could just go as you.


see you on May 19.








The 18th John Seeber Memorial Sabre Teams Race

The John Seeber Memorial Sabre Teams Race was successfully conducted at Mordialloc on Saturday 7th April with 16 boats divided into 4 mixed teams of (hopefully) equal skills. The weather was light with a 3-5 knot southerly veering to a south easterly that eventually faded to near nothing by the end of the race.

As previously stated elsewhere, the number 1 and 2 members of each team sailed a slightly longer course on the first lap. This gave the number 3 and 4 team members the experience of being at the sharp end of the fleet whilst giving the more experienced sailors the taste of being in the latter half of the fleet for at least some part of the race.

The fleet was reasonably well bunched up at the end of the first race which was pleasing and provided a good result for this type of format. A format that the Sabre class should be looking at for their own individual club races as it encourages those in the second half of the fleet to gain experience and continue to turn up each week.

There was only 4 points between 1st and 3rd teams that showed that the team selection process does work.











The 2018 Sabre Teams Race Winners from the left are:

Harold Medd (BRYC), Rod Dingfelder (MSC), Chris Thorpe (MSC) and Bruce Abbott (BRYC – absent)

The Teams trophy was presented along with the Photo album displaying previous race winners going back to 2014

Total less
Name Sail No. Race 1 Race 2 Drop one
Harold 2003 13 13 0
Chris 1558 4 5 9
Bruce A. 2065 5 10 15
Rod 1157 7 4 11
Peter 2103 6 11 17
Wynson 2100 2 2 4
Bill 2046 10 15 10
Greg 1457 17 6 6
Colin 1903 9 7 16
Susannah 2039 1 1 2
John 1120 15 16 0
Tony 142 12 9 21
Geoff D. 2054 3 14 3
Bruce D. 1750 8 3 11
Simon 1312 11 8 19
Geoff Saliba 1333 14 12 12

The top 3 boats from each team of 4 scores points.


Peter White


Sailability program finishes on a beautiful autumn morning.

We could’t have asked for a better finish to the sailability program on a beautiful autumn morning. The sailing, BBQ and presentation all went really well . We had ​6 parents come along and 4 of these plus one staff member went out on the rescue ducks to see the sailing up-close with one parent opting to sail in with her daughter. Big smiles all round. The feedback from the parents was wonderful and full of praise for the program and reflected what we have tried to achieve – lots of fun with an increase in self-confidence and independence for the students.
Thank you all again. I have found working with you and the fantastic kids, staff and parents from Yarrabah a truly rewarding experience.

Malcolm Parsons.

Yarrabah Kids finish on a most perfect day

Family Pacer Challenge 2018, a Huge success!

The MSC Family Pacer Challenge was held on Sunday 4th March in ‘difficult’ conditions.

Families who had not sailed together as families for many many years, Parents and Children, Partners young & old bonding together as a team to become the MSC Ultimate Sailing Family… no, not really… it was an MSC initiative to encourage families who perhaps don’t have the chance, to get out on the water and have FUN. (A little bit of friendly competition never hurts though)
And what a great group of Women & Girls in Sailing (WGIS) – all out sailing together.

Big thanks to Bart & Jill for this great family initiative, and thanks to all the volunteers, race crew, helpers and family partners who made it all happen.
Here are a few photos from the day, more to come I’m sure, and perhaps some video too.



thanks to Australian Sailing to the loan of the boats.

Here is a link to a great video by Australian Sailing

MARCH 4th It’s Back on – Pacer Family Challenge!

The word is that Sunday March 4 is forecast for   Beautiful weather.
So to all Family Pacer Challenge teams.   Regroup!!! WE ARE ON!!! Mark it down.

Sunday 4th of March. 
Also to those who have not yet booked a Pacer. Put your team together and join the 19 teams already booked in.
We are securing some more pacers just for the event.
Contact Bart Scheen On 0488 998 843 to secure a spot.

The Great Winter Series Raffle has been won by…

Bett Nichols!
Congratulations Bett and well played Grant.
Second Prize, Chris Thorpe & third prize to Steve Griffith.
Thanks to all members for supporting this fundraising initiative, thanks for buying so many tickets…
Big thanks to Rob Deegan for his generosity in donating the beautiful holiday get-away.
Thanks to POTS R US for the $500 voucher, and to Boatrocker for the $200 voucher – all very much appreciated.

Money raised will go toward updating the ageing Pacer training fleet, final count TBA but in the vicinity of $3000 !!!


Well done all.

the lucky three

the lucky three


Season celebration presentation night – May 6th

MSC Gatsby copy








Drinks, Dinner and a show!

Contact Bart Scheen for bookings as numbers will be limited 0488998843

MSC Gatsby copy

Mystery Sailing Day Event – 22nd April ’17

Adventure sail 2017

Want a slight change from racing for points? Then this event will be right up your alley. An early 12:00 noon start with only one short race followed by a sail to an ‘Exotic’ location with a picnic at a secret destination. Come down anyway you can – Sail down, in a patrol boat or rubber duck or drive down in the comfort of your car.

This is followed by a sail back to the club with a build your own Tacos or the like and a Presentation.

More details will be provided shortly with a poster and information, so stay tuned.

Please contact Bart Scheen on 0488-998-843 or as numbers will be limited.


Peter White

Sabre Teams Race wrap up 2017

Prior to the racing, Russell Rooney, our Vic Sabre President, gave an interesting and informative interactive talk on areas for Sabre sailing techniques and areas for improvement.

In the afternoon, two races took place in a light and variable SW breeze and overall placings were decided on places of the top three of each four member team. Teams were selected to include skippers of a wide range of experience and abilities with the goal of having racing across the spectrum.

The successful team was the Ladies with Phil Balcome as the “defacto lady”. The team members were Megan Delange, Susannah Gillam, Fiona McCulloch and Phil Balcome. In fact this weekend’s event win for Susannah makes it three in a row, a feat that may never be equalled considering the the nature of this mixed event.

We may or not be able to say that with Phil’s long hair and good looks, he was able to provide additional strength and direction to the team. It was the ladies who were prepared to grant Phil the title of “defacto lady” for the day.

The ladies team won comfortably on points, or as Fiona said, “we smashed em’.

The best club performance (by a long way) came from Drew Henry with results in the top five for both races.

It was a very enjoyable event and thanks to the Mordialloc Sailing Club for their organisation and hospitality.


Peter White