News Archives 2007
Happy New Year and excellent sailing in 2007 from all of us at Carcoar Dam Sailing Club.
There are alternative venues for local sailing (until the drought breaks. The current water level here is only at 13%). Traveling directions from CDSC to Chifley, Oberon, W'ang and Windamere Dams (& accommodation).
Breaking News: Santa left a sensational 2nd-hand Laser under Mal Kiely's Xmas Tree...
See you next Sunday (14th) for a Social BYO BBQ and meeting at CDSC, starting at midday.
We've gratefully received some fantastic photos from ex-Commodore (1996) Chris Stevenson in Adelaide! Some new photos from our past (1970's, 1980's & 1990's)
- and a recent photo I bet they didn't want us to see! heh heh
Don't forget the Oberon Regatta is almost upon us - 20/21 January. Directions and accommodation details here.
First race Saturday 11am start, 10am Sunday
Chifley Dam (SC), near Bathurst, are hosting a day on the water, with paddling, canoes, sausage sizzle, on Sunday 28 January. Contact Dave on 02 6331 3862. Directions.
A little birdy whispered there's yet another new Laser now added to our ever-increasing fleet!
Way to go, David Tory!!! Fantastic news. Congratulations!
Andy Holden from W'ang SC suggests the water level for sailing at Windamere Dam is not good at the moment.
We just hit a miserable 12% capacity here at Carcoar Dam as well :(
Cadia Valley operation has donated $250 to Carcoar Dam Sailing club as part of it’s "Good Onya!" program, which seeks to recognize employees who participate in a significant way to community development by volunteering their personal time to community organizations. Congratulations, Marcia Lac!
We've has also had a 505 donated - received thankfully.
There will be a social sail held at Ben Chifley Dam on Sunday 11th February.
Sunday 25th Feb – possible social sail at Ben Chifley Dam (dependent on show up on the 11th)
The next AGM and CDSC Championship Presentation will be held at the Clubhouse on 1st July 2007.
The dams' water level has dropped to 11%.
New CDSC Club Shirts and Sailing Shirts are now available for purchase. Contact us to acquire one for yourself.
Our next Social Sailing Day will be held at Ben Chifley Dam (near Bathurst) on Sunday 11th February.
The next Sailability and Social Sailing Day will be held at Ben Chifley Dam (near Bathurst) on Sunday 25th February, near the dam wall.
Some of the local schools have asked to access Sailability this school term, so there will be some weekday events at Chifley Dam mid week for the next few weeks. Contact Timothy Hone for more information.
The donated 505 has been sold to a happy buyer. Thanks to Geoff for facilitating the sale.
With the rain starting to fall again - at last (horaaay!), Carcoar Dam is slowly creeping up from it's lowest point - at just a miserable 8%.
Some of our local Sailability members will be involved with the 2007 NSW Access Dinghy State Championships at Belmont (Lake Macquarie) on 15-16 March. We're taking three 303's.
Please come along one Sunday to the western side of Ben Chifley Dam for a social sail. There's plenty of mud-free water and great launching access too. Blow out those cobwebs and hit the water again - at least until there's enough water again out at Carcoar!
Apologies for not posting updates more recently... i) I've had a few fleeting computer troubles, and ii) there hasn't been much on!
Sailability will be held this Sunday (25 March) at Ben Chifley Dam.
Please come along this Sunday to the western side of Ben Chifley Dam for a social sail. There's plenty of mud-free water and great launching access too. Blow out those cobwebs and hit the water again - at least until there's enough water again out at Carcoar! (Don't forget there may be a race held at Wallerawang SC as well,)
Bernie's Birthday Bash (mini-regatta) will be held at the Fish River Sailing Club, Oberon, over the weekend of 31 March - 1 April 2007.
Six of our Sailability Central West sailors successfully competed in last weeks NSW Access State Championships held at Belmont NSW. Garry Starr won second place in the hotly-contested 303 2-Man division. Congratulations Garry. And many thanks to Timothy Hone for organizing everything for those who went.
Timothy Hone celebrates a birthday this Saturday! (I told you never to say random stuff like that to the webmaster, Timothy! muwahahahahaaa! heh heh)
This website has already passed 1,000 hits already! Yay to us!
Don't forget that Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday morning... turn your clocks back one hour. See you at Chifley Dam on Sunday.
The water level at Carcoar Dam peaked at just below 10% recently, but has slowly dropped back to under 9.5% again... yes, it's not safe to sail on at the moment, but more rain is sure to fall... stay tuned!
If you know of any boats that might be for sale, or if you might be looking for a boat, please contact us.
There is a Notice of Race and info for the Keepit Kool Regatta, to be held 9-11 June 2007.
There is also a new section for "Boats For Sale", including a new classified. Contact us if you'd like to advertise something nautical in here for free.
Don't forget our next AGM on 1st July 2007.
The AGM went well - albeit freezing windy weather that day, with most of us huddled around the pot-belly stove for warmth! Even two emus dropped by for a peek, but didn't stop us from having a lovely day together. The proposed extensions for the boatshed were peeked at as well. Photos to follow shortly - stay tuned!
Sailing Presentations and Trophies for 2006-07 saw...
1st Folkert Janssen
2nd Timothy Hone
3rd Geoff Body
Most Improved Sailor - Mal Kiely
Congratulations to all those who happily participated thoughout last season's albeit short season, and many endless thanks to all those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help make our little club a continually happy, positive and friendly place to be.
For the new 2007-08 season, Marcia Lac was unaminously re-elected as Club Commodore, whilst Mal Kiely was elected as Secretary, and Greg Unwin as Treasurer.
We've purchased a 'family boat', a Vagabond, which has been proposed to be called "Fred Collins", in special dedication to one of our long-standing faithful Club members.
The dams' water level has bounced back upto 12.7% from our low of just 8%. Let's hope it just keeps raining!!!
Timothy Hone has sold his Mirror Dinghy, "Red Hot Chilli Pepper" to a local chap who was after a boat for his grandchildren.
Locally-sailed Laser For Sale.
Things are underway for the Boatshed extensions.
We've just passed the 13.5% water level out at the Dam - at last! Keep it coming!!!
This season is not looking too hopeful, with low water levels again starting to fall beyond relatively safe sailing limits. Most of our sailing for the rest of the season will be social sailing, as we've decided to unfortunately postpone any Club Championship racing for this season, unless the water level rises rapidly.
The first Sailability event for the year is slated for Sunday 28th October at CDSC - hope to see you there!
The first extension for the boatshed is nearing completion - just the floor to go.
We now have four club boats available for visitors: two Lasers, a Topper, and a Vagabond.
Ash Johnston kindly contributed some scanned sailing photos from 1998-2001, when the dam was FULL!
Hope to see you at the Wallerawang Regatta, 10 - 11 November 2007
Griffith SC has told us they've had to regretfully postpone their Regatta for this year.
2007 Wallerawang Regatta:
Ash Johnson came 2nd in the Small Cats Division. John Ford came 3rd in the Nacra Division, Our Commodore, Marcia Lac, came in 3rd in the Laser Division. Well done to everyone who participated.
A few people have asked about our Regatta this year... unfortunately we've had to postpone this event this season, due to a limited sailing area at the Dam at the moment.
Martin Horder From W'ang SC passes on this invitation to us all:
The Commodore's Cup is on at Wallerawang SC on the 9th of December. Racing will be on both the Saturday and Sunday (8 & 9 Dec), in place of the weekend at Windamere. Races for the weekend will be on handicap starts for each individual boat. People will be camping over; no canteen will be running but a BBQ will be there so bring along some tucker and throw it on.
The CDSC Xmas Party will be held at the Clubhouse on Sunday 16th December, from 11am. BYO everything.
The next Sailability event will be at CDSC on Sunday 16th December also. Prime TV will have a camera crew there, recording a short documentary on the days' activities.
There's also a local Laser for sale.
The next Sailability day is Sunday 16th December, starting 10am.
Hope to see you at the Xmas Party this Sunday as well, at CDSC from 11am BYO everything.
The current dam water level seems to be stuck just below 13% capacity!
From all of us here at CDSC, have a fantastic Festive Season, and a positive New Year.
There's some new photos and a short report from Sunday, with the results of the outrageous downpour during Sailability... 2-to-3 inches in 30 minutes!!!
There's also a Laser Radial sail For Sale. (Sold! Thank you!)
There's obviously not a lot happening out at Carcoar at the moment. They're letting our water out again. Despite all the good rains over the recent months, the water level has actually fallen, from about 15% back to 11%. Not good. Not at all.
Sailability State Championship Regatta being held at Wallerawang (near Lithgow) in February.
The Laurie Meline Regatta will be held by Griffith SC this weekend (9/10 Feb), held at Lake Cargellico. Contact John Johns 6962 4903 or Bernie Connolly 0428 692 010.
Don't forget: Sailability Feb 23/24 - Access State Champs, Lake Wallace, Lithgow.