Sat 7         Hard - ons Numbskulls and the Meatbeaters

Sat 14        Craig Baker Memorial Regatta AM

Sat 21        Junior Christmas Party
Santa arrives at 11.30am followed by BBQ Lunch

Thurs 26    Boxing Day Celebrations
Big Screen TV (Sydney-Hobart & Cricket)
All day BBQ available, Musician from 3pm

Tues 31     New Year’s Eve:
The Upper Deck will be open to welcome in the New Year.
BYO supper and share the New Year‘s Eve with your friends dancing to live music.


Sun 2         Gold on Black Book Launch

Sat 8          1920’s Centenary Regatta Ball

APRIL 2020

Sat 4          Season’s End Celebration - 5.00 pm

                   Closing Night festivities start at 5pm with live music

                   BBQ Hamburgers.

MAY 2020

Fri 22         Presentation Night  

                   6.00 pm Meals commence

                   7.45 pm Presentations

JUNE 2020

Fri 26         Annual General Meeting - 8.15 pm

Sat 20        Commodore’s Ball - 7.00 pm







©               Consistency Trophy Race

(NC)           Non Consistency Trophy Race

(S NC)        TYF Shoreline Race Non Consistency


For the purposes of this program Junior and Youth Classes can be defined as HFT/ Optimist, 303, Lasers, International Cadets and 420.

Unless shown in program, earliest race start will be at 1.30 pm.


Sat 2          Trophy Race ©   (S NC) #1
Mike Faraday Memorial TYF and Keel Boats Open Race, start 10am

Sat 2          Windsurfer One Design State Titles

Sun 3         Windsurfer One Design State Titles

Sat 9          Club Championship # 2 © LJ Hooker Glenelg

Sat 16        City of Holdfast Bay Race ©

                    Mayor of Holdfast Bay (Juniors) ©

Sun 17       505 State Heats 3 x Races 2pm Start

Sat 23        Club Championship # 3 © Adelaide Conveyancing

Fri 29         Fred Neill Memorial Race 6pm
Open to all classes, visitors welcome

Sat 30        Trophy Race ©   (S NC) #2

                   Sharpie State Heats 2pm
420 State Heats 2pm
Contender State Heats 2pm


Sun 1         Sharpie State Heats 2pm
420 State Heats 2pm
Contender State Heats 2pm

Sat 7          Trophy Race ©
NS14 State Heats 2 X Heats

Sun 8         Fireball State Heats 2pm

Sat 14        Club Championship Heat # 4 © Commander Adelaide
Craig Baker Memorial Regatta

Mon 16     Opti Clinic

Tues 17     Opti Clinic

Weds 18    Opti Clinic

Sat 21        Trophy Race © (S NC) #3

                   Junior Christmas Party and Visit from Santa

Wed 25     Christmas Day

26 - 29      BSYC Gold on Black Short Course REGATTA

Thurs 26    Registration, Welcome BBQ, Music

Fri 27         Invitation Races

Sat 28        Racing 1pm

Sun 29       Racing 1pm

Sat 31        New Year’s Eve Function at Club


Wed 1        New Year’s Day

Sat 4          She Sails – Women’s Sailing Course

Sun 5          She Sails – Women’s Sailing Course

Mon 6-10 School Holiday Aquatics – Week 1

Sat 11        Crews Race & Loud Shirts all classes (NC)

                   Sabre, Laser & Windsurfer Stern Chaser       

Mon 13-17            School Holiday Aquatics – Week 2

Sat 18        TM Hardy Memorial Race (yardstick only) ©

22 – 26  LWE Windsurfer One Design National (Wed-Sun)

Wed 22  Windsurfer Nationals Registration

Thurs 23 Windsurfer Nationals Racing

Fri 24     Windsurfer Nationals Racing

Sat 25     Windsurfer Nationals Racing

                No Club Racing

Sun 26   Milang Goolwa Freshwater Classic


Sat 1          Club Championship Heat # 5 © Peter James 4 x 4 & Jaba Xpress

Sun 2         Gold on Black Book Launch

8 – 9          CENTENARY REGATTA – Yardstick Scored

Sat 8          Trophy Race ©

15 - 16      SA Youth Interclub Regatta at BSYC

Sat 15        Trophy Race © (S NC) #4

                   DG MacPherson Port Noarlunga Race

                   TYF & Keel Boats Open Race, start 11am

Fri 21         Adelaide to Port Lincoln Race

Sat 22        Club Championship Heat # 6 © Seaview Plumbing

Sun 23       Family Fun Day

Sat 29        Trophy Race ©

MARCH 2020

Sun 1         WORKING BEE, 9am

Sat 7          Trophy Race ©  

Sat 14        Club Championship Heat # 7 © Adelaide Heating & Cooling

Sat 21        Vice Commodore’s Mystery Race (NC) ( S NC #5 )

Sat 28        Club Championship Heat # 8 © Binks Marine

APRIL 2020

Sat 4          Junior come and try Fleas Race - 9.30 am     

                   Trophy Race (NC)

                   Close to 2019/20 season

                   Season’s end Celebration Function - 5pm onwards 

Sun 15       Daylight Savings Ends

10 - 13      EASTER WEEKEND

15 - 18      Secondary Schools Teams Racing States

Sat 25        ANZAC DAY

MAY 2020

Sun 10       Mother’s Day

16 - 17      BSYC Junior Live In

Fri 22         Presentation NIGHT - 7.45 pm


JUNE 2020

6-8             Frostbite Regattas at Goolwa

Sat 20        COMMODORE’S BALL – 7.00 pm

Fri 26         ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - 8.15 pm


News - Monthly Logbook

Stay up to date with what's happening at BSYC with our monthly Logbook! Our aim is to keep our membership informed and involved in what's happening around the Club.

Click on the links below to view the most recent Logbooks:

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017


Ideal to visit all year round, but especially so in our sailing months of October to April, the climate at BSYC is best depicted by the BoM monthly climate statistics for Adelaide Airport, which is 8.6 km to the north of BSYC. 

The Seacliff SLSC Webcam next door to BSYC, faces southwest and will give you a peek at current conditions.

Bureau of Meteorology Links

BoM Marine weather knowledge centre

Latest Weather Observations for the Adelaide Area

Latest Coastal Observations for SA

SA Warnings

Metro Waters Forecast

Adelaide Forecast

Meteye – nearest marine grid point to BSYC. This 7 day, 3 hourly forecast is the best to use… it comes straight from BoM forecasters grids, but use in conjunction with the Metro Waters Forecast.

Meteye Spatial Forecast. Use the + button to zoom in, left click(hold and drag) to move over Adelaide and overlay Place names and Marine zones.

Tide Predictions –Brighton

Adelaide Radar including Doppler Wind

Satellite Viewer. Click the + button to zoom in over SA, then under Layers, choose Lightning, Cities and Coastal. Then click the play > button or buttons to the left and right to move one image at a time.

Willy Weather Link

Willy Weather forecast – Seacliff

Gagey’s Lightning Safety Presentation

Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening!

Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening!

Quoted from a well known song… one of the best for a karaoke team effort!

Lightning is most commonly produced by thunderstorms. However there are numerous forms of lightning, for the more scientifically inclined take a visit to

What does this have to do with sailing you may ask?  Well the spars on your boat conduct electricity and a boat with a mast increases the chance of getting struck by lightning. An interesting article on the probability factors can be found at

Luckily in Adelaide, the number of thunderstorm days is a lot lower than those of Sydney, Brisbane or Darwin.

Overhead electricity wires, also pose a very dangerous threat. One of my primary school teachers lost his life whilst standing in a boat, holding the mast as it was driven under some wires in a car park at Goolwa. The mast came in contact with the overhead wires.

Always de-rig your boat in an area free from overhead wires before transporting.

Interesting facts:

  • Whilst the temperature of a lightning bolt can be up to 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun, you might only receive some minor burns due to the limited duration of the charge. The danger comes from damage to the nerves from electricity.
  • The speed of light is much faster than the speed of sound. You can estimate the distance of the thunderstorm/lightning by counting the time difference between seeing lightning and hearing thunder. The storm is about 1 km away for every 3 seconds.  
  • Lightning strikes can occur intra-cloud, cloud to cloud or cloud to ground. Some are easily spotted associated with a distinct thunderstorm cell, others can occur more randomly out of thick middle level cloud.

How do we monitor for lightning?

Read the weather forecast. There is a weather section in all coastal waters forecasts. I highly encourage all sailors to be visit the following websites to gain a good understanding of marine weather forecasts.

and in particular the links that are in the above site

The nearest Meteye grid point over water to BSYC, contains a thunderstorm forecast

Monitoring the local radar assists in tracking thunderstorm speed and direction, as well as growth and decay

The display from weatherzone, includes lightning (the little crosses which are known as GPATS), although it is sometimes unavailable

The raw feed from GPATS is at

A combination of both, overlaid on 10 minute Himawari satellite imagery can be found at and under Layers choosing Lightning

Lastly our eyes and ears are useful tools. If you see a lightning strike near the club before heading out that is not overly obvious to all, report it to either a Flag Officer, Principal Race Officer, Race Advisory Committee member or to the Sign On desk, describing it’s approximate location relative to the club.

If you are unfortunate enough to be caught out near lightning, encourage your crew to avoid contact with the spars, head for shore and take cover in a building or in a car.

© Copyright Brett Gage 2017


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Contact - BSYC
(08) 8296 7935

246 Esplanade Seacliff South Australia 5049
Email: Fax: (08) 8377 2705
Full Contact Details and Office Hours
Location Details

Contact BSYC for any general enquiries by filling out the form below.

Secretary Office Hours 

Sailing Season (October - April):
Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3.00 pm
Saturday: 11.00 am - 2.00 pm
Off Season (May - September):
Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3.00 pm

Functions Enquiries 

Stephen Brind
8296 7935


Patsy Potter
8296 7935

Sailing Professional 

Brett Yardley
8296 7935

Boat Storage 

Bruce Noble
8296 7935

All other enquiries 

Patsy Potter
8296 7935


BSYC is located at the southern end of the Esplanade at Seacliff, approximately 30 minutes south of Adelaide’s CBD. Looking over the Gulf of St Vincent , BSYC is relatively sheltered at the foot of Marino Rocks and we are directly beside Kingston Caravan Park and serviced by both train and bus.

Getting here from Adelaide CBD

Take Anzac Highway and turn left onto Brighton Road. Turn right onto Jetty Road at Brighton and then left onto The Esplanade and keep going until you reach the public car park.

Getting here from Eastern Suburbs

Take Goodwood Road and then Main South Road. Turn right onto Seacombe Rd. Turn left onto Brighton Road and then immediately right onto Wheatland Street. At The Esplanade turn left until you reach the car park

Getting here from the south

From Hallett Cove go north on Ocean Boulevard and turn left onto Wheatland Street. At the Esplanade turn left until you reach the car park. Otherwise go north on the Expressway or Main South Road and turn left onto Seacombe then Brighton Road and Wheatland Road.


Attached to the drawings will be a separate document called "Notes", which will be introduced here. They are actually a set of rules to be used when assessing what we have produced.

Here they are........

• The Masterplan is a document showing long term concepts only, it is to be used as a basis for future planning of our facilities and development of our site. Example: Council is interested in such a document, it assists Council to look at the development plans for the local precinct as a whole and whether future funding of yacht club facilities might be considered.

• Any future improvements to land and buildings should align with the overall concepts in the Masterplan. Example: Any capital intensive upgrades to toilets and changerooms should be carefully considered to avoid conflict with the Masterplan. They may have to be demolished in the future, which would be a waste of money.

• The drawings are not meant to be looked at in detail. This may well change as various elements of the Masterplan are implemented. Example 1: You may not like the proposed location of the lift, just remember the CONCEPT is for a lift to be installed one day. We may never be able to afford one. In the interim we may decide to connect with the Surf Club's ramp to provide disabled and heavy goods access to the upper deck. Example 2: You may not agree with the general layout of the upper deck bar and galley, again these have low priorities at this early stage, the CONCEPT is for a upgrade one day, and the final details may change for good reasons at that time.

• The various Stages are not fixed and have no specific priority. Example 1: Stage B may well be the first one because it makes the operation of the bar and canteen more flexible and is more appealing to the public. Example 2: A single bay shed in the existing back yard of the house next door is not contemplated by the Masterplan, but it does not conflict with it. Given that we can't afford to lose the house, this shedding might well be enough to accommodate the junior fleet and assist in our plan to demolish the old boatshed.

• The Masterplan concepts show intended final uses for the various facilities, but these may change in the interim. Example 1: The junior boat storage is finally located on the southern boundary, however it might temporarily be in the house backyard and the eastern shed before it finds its final home. Example 2: If the downstairs canteen is relocated, the existing room and indeed the corridor outside of it may be used for other purposes such as storage or meeting room.

Do you get the idea? The overall CONCEPTS are what we are looking at, not the detail. Don't try and redesign the detail, that opportunity will come when the club actually has the money to do the work. Please come along to the AGM and give this Masterplan a good going over. Lindsey will be there and so will representatives of the cubcommittee.

If our membership is happy with it, the next step will be to present it to Council as a first step to:

• relocating our junior boat storage
• demolishing the old boatshed
• creating a large central rigging or recreational area in the centre of our grounds
• improving the overall appearance of the club.

Over to you.

Ground Floor Grounds (PDF)

Ground Floor Building (PDF)

First Floor (PDF)

Introduction and notes. (PDF)