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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Bookings essential on www.trybooking.com
|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|
|Fri – Dec 28||7:30AM||Hunter Bay Classic – Club to Peggy’s Rocks & return||1,250M||Skins 3|
|Sat – Dec 29||7:00AM||Rugby Sand 4’s|
|Sat – Dec 29||7.30AM||Smugglers Keg – Baths to Bathers||1,080M||Skins Quarter Final|
|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|
|Mon – Dec 31||7:30AM||The Final Siren – Round the Bay||1,000M||Skins Final|
|Tue – Jan 1||7:30AM||New Year’s Gift – Round the Bay||620M|
|9.00AM||Major Awards Prize Giving|
|Season Opening BBQ & Great Debate||Sun – Dec 23||5:00PM||BBC||Chris Webb
|Sailing Day Picnic||Thu – Dec 27||11:00AM||Balmoral – Manly||Jack Stening|
|Golf Day||Fri – Dec 28||1:00PM||Northbridge Golf Course||Mark Simpkins
|Wine Tasting||Sat – Dec 29||4:00-6:00PM||BBC Top Room||Greg MacKay
|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|
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
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;
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.
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.
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.