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Summer Sunday Dinners Starting January 27th

Come and relax at the club at the end of the weekend on Sunday evenings. Catering by Function 8 with a new and varied menu every Sunday.

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SUMMER OF FUN – 2018 EVENTS

SUMMER OF FUN – 2018 BEACH EVENTS

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DATE RACE Dist. OTHER EVENT
Sat – Dec 22 7:30AM Day 1
Summer of Pain Trophy – the Round Bay
1,000M Opening day of the Summer of Fun
Tue – Dec 25 7:30AM Rex Hayhow Trophy 1,000M Regular BBC Event
Wed – Dec 26 7:30AM Foundation Cup – Round the Bay Skins 1
Thu – Dec 27 7:10AM Chariot Race – Demonstration
Thu – Dec 27 7:30AM Cord Cup – Club to Peggy’s Rocks & return 1,250M Skins 2
Swim/Paddle/Run
Fri – Dec 28 7:30AM Hunter Bay Classic – Club to Peggy’s Rocks & return 1,250M Skins 3
8:15AM 120M SOF Calcutta
Sat – Dec 29 7:00AM Rugby Sand 4’s
Sat – Dec 29 7.30AM Smugglers Keg – Baths to Bathers 1,080M Skins Quarter Final
8:15AM Charm 500 500M
Bikini Bash – Champagne Cup
Sun – Dec 30 7:10AM Masters Race 200M
7:30AM Balmoral Blue – deadmans to Peggy’s Rocks & return 1,500M Skins Semi Final
  1. Generation Relay
  2. Children’s Sprint
Mon – Dec 31 7:30AM The Final Siren – Round the Bay 1,000M Skins Final
8:15AM Team’s Relay
Tue – Jan 1 7:30AM New Year’s Gift – Round the Bay 620M
8:00AM 280M Boardshorts Race
9.00AM Major Awards Prize Giving

THE FUN EVENTS OF THE SUMMER OF FUN

EVENT DAY TIME LOCATION CONTACT
Season Opening BBQ & Great Debate Sun – Dec 23 5:00PM BBC Chris Webb
Terry Carroll
Sailing Day Picnic Thu – Dec 27 11:00AM Balmoral – Manly Jack Stening
Golf Day Fri – Dec 28 1:00PM Northbridge Golf Course Mark Simpkins
Gerry Elkan
Wine Tasting Sat – Dec 29 4:00-6:00PM BBC Top Room Greg MacKay
Ross Boakes
Mon – Dec 31 8:30AM
Manly Walk Wed – Jan 2 10:00AM Spit – Manly Denise Elder
Bridge Lunch Sun – Jan 6 12:00PM Upper Room Beach Club John Mather

Storytellers – A Scotsman Held for Ransom & The Flight of the Elephants

For the last meeting of the year we were fortunate enough to have two excellent presenters. Regular Storyteller Jon Attwater told the story of his Scottish Great Grandfather A.C. Mackay who left home at the age of 10, went to sea and finished up being held for ransom in Manchuria. Jon was followed by Guy Cooper, who has had a 25-year association with Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoo, presenting the “Flight of the Elephants” – the journey to Australia of eight Asian Elephants covering events both chronicled and unrecorded.
Jon knew from a young age a little about his Great Grandfather Alexander Clarke Mackay but there was limited detail. However, through a conversation with member Chris Barrie who said he had some photos of Jon’s Grandfather (turned out to be his Great Grandfather), he was prompted to roll his sleeves up, get out the old trunk in the garage and conduct some serious research. The connection with Chris was that Toni (Chris’s wife) and Jon’s mother are cousins.

A C Mackay was born 1857 in Golspie – a fishing village on the North Sea Coast of Scotland. Alexander left home at the age of 10 and went to sea. Family history doesn’t record what ships he sailed on though he eventually landed in Melbourne in 1880. After a seafaring life, a desk job was not on and he took to the timber industry in Victoria and worked in the Otway Ranges and Gippsland areas, becoming mill manager for the Comet Mill in Clonbinane (the largest in Australia, 55km north of Melbourne) and had a financial interest in the Longwarry Saw Mill, 85km south east of Melbourne. He married his partner’s daughter Annie.

Jon’s research discovered a letter that Alexander wrote to the Department of Education offering to build a school if they would provide a teacher. The nearest school was 5 miles away and the road almost impassable in winter, so he built a school hall. The hall was only 30’ x 14’ and was jointly used for local meetings and dances. As Jon commented “It must have been real cosy”. Continue reading

SUMMER OF FUN – HELPERS NEEDED

As Christmas draws near so does the Summer of Fun. Eight days of swimming races, beach sports and extracurricular activities. As always this year will see the introduction on some new events that will test not only the physical skills of contestants but their mental ability as well. More on these later.

Now I have your attention! Yes – the wine is free and is of high quality.
Every year at the end of the Summer of Fun Terry Carroll hands out bottles of wine to those who help out at the festival. So if you have some spare time over the Xmas period and want to hop on the wine wagon please email us email me or add your name to the ‘Helper’ poster which will be placed in the front club room at the beginning of December.

Being a helper allows you to meet and integrate with the active members and get an insight into what makes the BBC such a great club. We need helpers for the following events;

  • Assisting at the start and finish of the races, this is not too onerous as you will be working with seasoned professionals.
  • Helping registration of the starters
  • The fun races –- Swuddle, Boardshorts race, relays, grandchild relay, Calcutta
  • Golf, Bowls, Wine Tasting, Self-Improvement Breakfast
  • We need a video whiz and a social media expert. Hence anyone with teenage children who would like to demonstrate their skills – happy to bring them on board. Free I-tunes passes for anyone under legal drinking age.

Volunteer your help here

ERIK MATHER 2 4 6KM SWIM – SATURDAY 24TH NOVEMBER

The 2,4,6 km invitational open water swim established by Erik in 1998 and renamed in Erik’s memory, is on again. Register on-line early as numbers are limited.

Register here

Balmoral Beach Club members and member’s guests participating in the race are encouraged to make a donation, in lieu of an entry fee, in support of the Melanoma Institute of Australia (MIA). Melanoma has touched the lives of many Club members, their families and friends, so it is meaningful that the swim makes a significant contribution to MIA’s research into a cure. Last year the swim raised $15,000 for MIA, help us beat that this year.

Swim Details

Date: Saturday 24th November 2018
Participants: Open to Club members and their friends
Time: Registration from 6.15am. 7am start.
Location: The Balmoral Beach Club, 6 The Esplanade, Balmoral.
Distance: 2, 4 or 6km
Course: Bay to Chinamans’ and return
Entry: Donation, in lieu of an entry fee
Registration: Online or 6:15am on the day (NOTE: on the day registration for members only, however as numbers for each distance is capped we recommend you register on-line to ensure your entry)
Water bottles: We request that all swimmers bring their own re-usable water bottles on the day so that we can reduce plastic waste
NOTE: Under 18’s will need to re-confirm register on the day and will only be allowed to enter on the completion of the consent and waiver form which requires a parent or guardian to be present to sign the consent and waiver form.

Register here