Princess Royal Sailing Club Newsletter

Issue Thirteen, 26 March 2020



From the Commodore

Princess Royal Sailing Club Closure


Regretfully the Board of Management has closed the sailing club for all activities for the remainder of the sailing season.  This past nine months has seen much upheaval with many changes, and although this is by far the greatest challenge, our membership remains our core concern.


We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but conforming with health directives from state and national sources clearly indicates cancellation of clubs and events will assist health authorities to maintain more control over the spread of the COVID19 virus and keep us all safer.


Effective 23 March 2020, the club building was closed and volunteers began preparing the usual winter season boat and pen maintenance.


Please be aware that the Board of Management, including the Manager, will not be resting during this time of closure.  The time will be spent planning an awesome 2020-2021 sailing season.


Suggested methods of staying in touch:

  • Newsletter: Will reduce to monthly bulletins
  • Website: Soon to be updated
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Board member emails or phones
  • Setup WhatsApp small groups for:
    • Skippers and crew planning
    • Social events for 2020-2021
    • Supporting your family, friends and colleagues
    • Discussing the upcoming draft strategic plan
    • Discussing and challenging yourself for board roles at the 2020 AGM in September

Susette Evans, Commodore

Sailing News

Sailing... Or Not

Due to the pressing issues of Covid 19 the board has decided to cancel the remainder of the sailing season. The social responsibility involving separation and reduced movement now require us to observe restricted socialising and association in order to contain the potential spread of the virus within our community.


By the end of April there will be a list published in Periscope of the races sailed, points and trophy winners for the season. At a celebration next sailing season we can recognise those achievements together.


The Sailing Instructions are due for renovation with some Australian Sailing rules changes plus some internal changes of how we manage handicapping, not to mention new board members and roles within the club. Using Periscope and targeted emails, I will seek input to the new Sailing Instructions Program for next season in June. All advice is welcome.


Thanks to the sailors and crews who did venture out this season. At times the conditions required intrepid participants. Thanks also to Trevor and Des plus their cake supporters, who set us off on our racing each week; handicapping assistants Murray and Geoff; the division reps and stand-ins for their contributions throughout the sailing season; and those who tasked the Rescue Boat.


When we have the AGM, I will offer a more complete report of the Sailing Season.

All the best.


Neil Worrell, Sailing Director

Update On All Things Off-the-Beach & Training

This is normally the 'full on' silly season with the dinghy sailors training hard and looking forward to the possibility of 10 short course races over the Easter Regatta. Geoff Oliver and myself would be full time training with school groups.


However, as you all know, COVID19 has put an end to all that for the time being. Nonetheless, on your behalf, I would like to send a big vote of thanks to the Off-the Beach team for their contribution to the season that we did have. Lisa, Lynn, Caroline and others for their admin and canteen efforts as well as Geoff, Anthony, Neil, Max, Joseph, Jack and Rob for training and efforts to keep everyone safe and sailing.


I look forward to a stunning and COVID19-free season in 2020-21.


On another matter, at our Board meeting on 17 March we received a number of enquiries re the progress of the Club’s new Strategic Plan. I am happy to report that Andrew Hammond and your Board have been making steady progress. The draft with timelines suggested by the Board was returned to Andrew a week ago - Andrew has assured me that it will be returned to PRSC by the end of this week in a form that he wishes to be emailed to all PRSC members for their information and comment. So watch this space. As you know it was hoped that the final version, along with drawing of the raffle (one season's Ordinary Membership, to be drawn from members completing the initial survey) would be presented to members on trophy presentation night on Saturday 2 May. However, in light of recent COVID19 issues, he now suggests (and the Board has accepted) that this should be a focal point of Opening Day 2020-21. 


Hopefully by then we will also be celebrating life after COVID19.


Chris Oldham, Vice Commodore and Training Director

Des' Photos

To see more of Des' photos, including some contributions by others, see the link below.


Unfortunately, it will come as no surprise to you all that Sailability will need to close its doors - and its boats – until further notice.  I’ll be in touch again once there is a change in official health advice that will enable us to recommence Sailability.


Our Volunteers' support in our Sailability team has been invaluable to our participants and their generosity is very much appreciated by me and our Committee.


I look forward to working with you again to provide our Thursday and Saturday sailing in the future.  Please keep yourselves safe and healthy.


In the meantime, if you personally need any assistance in the challenging period ahead, I am sure there are many amongst our volunteer team who are able to help out. Please let me know if you at any time require assistance or support.


Mark Paynter, Sailability Coordinator, and the Sailability Committee

Club Classifieds

Mouette for Sale

Albany-built and raced classic yacht, Mouette - a Dr. T. Harrison Butler designed 24‘ cutter - is soon to be available for sale in Perth. Mouette has historically significant connections to Albany, having been lovingly crafted there by Mr Howard Hartman between 1927 and 1929. He used her to fish the challenging waters off the southern WA coast, and kept her safely anchored behind Migo Island once his catch was sent off to market. Mouette was subsequently raced for many years by various owners under the PRSC sail number PR5.


John & I have had the privilege of owning this beautiful boat since 1997, proudly and dedicatedly acting as her caretakers. The time has now come for us to find a new caretaker who not only appreciates classic wooden boats, but who understands the palpable thrill that comes with sailing so lovely a craft.


During our tenure, Mouette has been an important part of our family; we’ve enjoyed countless early morning breakfasts while sailing up and down the Swan River, and have often moored for dinner and overnight in Matilda Bay or Blackwall Reach with a happy bunch of children or grandchildren aboard. Her space below accommodates four adults, but we've always seemed to be able to squeeze in a few extra kids - the more the merrier! Occasionally, John has raced her in the Retro Series races held in Perth - she always looks a picture no matter where she places.


The boat's charms are many, and while, yes, an old wooden boat asks for a lot of devoted care and attention, our every effort over the years has always been repaid handsomely. It might sound a bit abstract to say that Mouette hasn’t got a mean bone in her body, but it’s true!


Mouette is a registered yacht with the Harrison Butler Association in the UK.


For more information about Mouette's history, please visit here

To see the For Sale notice, please visit here.

Going For a Song

 14' Surfcat in good condition, with licenced trailer. To enquire, or to view at Middleton Beach, please call Terry Taylor on 0488 554 478 or email

Djinn for Sale

Djinn is a Van de Strat Spirit 28 with a full sail wardrobe and a Bukh diesel inboard.

It also has:

  • 100lt Freshwater tank with an electric pump
  • 2 radios
  • flares & lifejackets
  • metho stove
  • icebox
  • wind gauges
  • solar panels and near new batteries
  • New opening ports not fitted
  • Heaps of other gear, including 20L+ of antifoul

To enquire, call John on  0412 420 386.



$5000 ONO

John Riches has a 22 foot Herman Borrow (Star) aluminium yacht of classic design for sale. It's had some work done to the outside but below deck needs as complete refit. It has a new battery and is fitted with a 3.5Hp Tohatsu outboard motor. 


The trailer has new brakes and bearings and the boat is freshly painted all over - both deck and hull.

Please call John on 0409 118 255 to arrange a viewing in Gairdner.

For Sale

  • 2 large galvanised shackles -$130 for both (originally $130 each)
  • 2 large galvanised thimbles - $50 for both (originally $50 each)

Contact Colin on 0427 098 098.

For Sale: Ailsa

Doc Watson’s much loved MB24 Ailsa is for sale.

This boat is:

• Ideal for racing or cruising
• Equipped with an inboard diesel
• Has four jibs and four spinnakers
Most recent survey is available.
Ailsa is for sale for $6000 ono. Phone 9842 2604 for more information.

Who's Who at the Club

PRSC Board members

  • Commodore: Susette Evans
  • Vice Commodore: Chris Oldham
  • Sailing Director: Neil Worrell
  • Finance Director: Russell Harrison
  • Social Director: Kriss Logan
  • Communications Director: Karen Timmins
  • Facilities Director: Harold Keay

Mark Paynter continues as Sailability Coordinator. The club welcomes a new manager, Duncan Ray. All enquiries can be directed to the club office on 9844 4033. Normal office hours apply and Duncan can be reached via email


Please offer your support to the committee. We welcome the skill and experience of many volunteers at PRSC and look forward to growing our membership base.If you have any questions, please get in touch via the methods found here.


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