This trophy honours a much loved former club member who enjoyed sailing to the Sandhills. This year’s event is on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 November, with the combined times for the two days used to decide the winner of the trophy. The inaugural winner in 2012 was Evergreen. Last year’s event was cancelled due to strong winds.
The Saturday race is from Manly to the Big Sandhills on Moreton Island, with staggered start times commencing from 10.40am at the Manly leads. Race briefing will be in the carpark near the public boat ramp just before 10am. Any boats wishing to cruise over should consider starting before 10.30am, but they can sail over in their own time.
We will be arriving at Moreton Island on a low tide so be prepared to move closer to the beach as the tide comes in (low tide at about 3.30pm). The high tide on Sunday morning at about 9:45am is higher than the evening high tide, so getting off the beach shouldn't be a problem.
Sunday’s race back will start between 9.30am and 10am when all boats are ready, as long as there is sufficient wind at this time. There will be an informal briefing after breakfast. Cruisers can return at their leisure.
There are no facilities at the Sandhills, just a lovely beach and the giant sand dunes. Be prepared to use the toilet on your boat or to go bush with a small shovel. Some refreshments will be provided by the club, but you should bring some drinks and nibbles for the usual get together. Folding chairs are optional. You can cook and eat on your boat, or on the beach. It is possible to camp behind the beach in a small tent if you wish.
Hope to see lots of boats out for this popular weekender.