The Bondi Surfer

 23 March 2018 – Edition 61

Intro & Welcome

The Annual Stan Mac race is her., Come down to the Club at 1.30pm on Sunday. Every year, our club has around 100 of its members down on the beach to support our 20 swimmers as they take on Norths in the annual relay. Meet in front of the Club and we will walk over together, just before 2.00pm.

Our surf sports team improved yet again in results, more than doubling their total point score from last year and moving up a number of places in the total point score. Excitingly, the diversity of the disciplines that Bondi competes in is broad, with points in R&R, Boats, Champion Lifesaver, 2.5km swim, 2km run, sprints and water events.

See you on the beach!

Jacob Waks

Events & Reminders

Key Dates

    • Last day of Nippers and SRC celebration 25 March
    • 76th Stan & Basil McDonald Relay – 25 March, 2.00pm
    • Final Gold time trial – 25 March, 2:00pm at Icebergs
    • Bottles with our last new Bronzies of 2017-18 – 25 March, 6.00pm
      Clocks go back one hour.
    • Easter weekend Patrols – Friday, 30 March – Monday, 2 April
    • Jack Cox Memorial Event – 8 April
    • Australian Championships, Scarborough, Perth – 14-22 April
    • Emergency Medicine Lecture for Lifesavers – 17 April, 8.00-9.00pm at North Bondi Surf Club
    • Gold Medallion Course at Cronulla SLSC – 28 April
    • Surf Races – Each Sunday at 10:30 am

Find more information on the club Facebook page.

Vale Vincent Walsh

Long Service member Vincent Walsh, 87, passed away after a short illness on Sunday 18 March 2018. Vincent was born on 20 December 1930 and joined Bondi SBLSC in 195, gaining his Bronze Medallion in April 1954. He held numerous committee positions from 1955 onward, including Vice President between 1964 and 1966.

Vincent was also Patrol Captain (1956-61) and received many awards for boxing, swimming, patrol efficiency and R&R.  Funeral services will be held at the  St Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, Rose Bay on Tuesday 27 March, 11.00am.


Upcoming Patrols

Saturday, 24 March
8:30am – 1:15pm – Douglas
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Fletcher

Sunday, 25 March
7:30am – 1:15pm – Hutchings
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Fullwood

7:30am – 1:15pm – Baisingthwaite
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Jeppesen

8:30am – 1:15pm – Craven
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Besomo

8:30am – 1:15pm – Douglas
12:45pm –  4:30pm – Fullwood

8:30am – 1:15pm – Meagher
12:45pm – 4:30pm – Walsh

Below are links to the patrol rosters and a swap document where you can swap patrols with other members if you are unable to make a particular patrol.

Marketing & Sponsorship

Member Benefits

Special access on private health

Emergency Services Health, providers of private health insurance for Australia’s emergency services community, offer Bondi Members access to a restricted not for profit fund. Call 1 300 703 703 to learn more.


Turtle Strangers

Bronze Courses

Turtle Strangers

Twelve graduated on 12 March with one more on the 17th – Turtle Strangers were already making rescues by last weekend. Well done to you all and your trainers.

The Bronzed and the Beautiful

The Bronzed and the Beautiful

This team is taking their screen test this weekend…  Come along to bottles at 6.00pm on Sunday to celebrate with our last new Bronzies for the season!

If you know anyone interested in joining the Club, please ask them to email for the next course in September!

Higher Awards

Last First Aid course this season

Check when your certificate expires now for next season, as they are valid for 3 years. Our course is aimed at any member who is seeking proficiency after 3 years, or non-members who would like to gain First Aid for work or family. It’s ideal for parents.

Final date: (please note this is a full 1-day course)

  • Sun 15 April – North Bondi Surf Club

Advanced Resuscitation Training (ARTC)

Please send expressions of interest to

Gold Medallion

Our final Gold time trial is this Sunday 25 March 2:00pm at Icebergs. Assessment on 28 April.

For any questions on prerequisites or details on our courses, please contact Damon Somerfield: or 0414 571 448.

Surf Sports


Photo: Courtesy Surf Live Saving NSW

Bondi regains Masters status

MASTERS POINTSCORE: Bondi 453 points, North Bondi 316, Redhead 224.

Bondi won the Masters pointscore in the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships at Swansea-Belmont, Newcastle, for the the second time in the past three years.

Our team won 27 Masters title events and had 75 top-three placings to amass 453 points and clinch the pointscore ahead of defending state Masters champion North Bondi, which finished runner-up on 316 points.

Other highlights were the brilliant wins by 19-year-old Cormac Guthrie in the men’s open 2.5km ocean swim and Kirsty Beattie in the women’s under-17 2km beach run. Dori Miller capped off a hugely successful week, finishing second in the women’s open 2.5km ocean swim and third in the over-24 restricted surf race. She also collected five gold medals from Masters events, including the women’s 45-49 years surf race.

These outstanding results have boosted our confidence for further Club success in the Australian championships at Scarborough, Perth, 14-22 April.

Top-three placings

GOLD (27): Robert Chapman (men’s 60-64 years surf race). Quinn Darragh, Dean Gladstone, Simon Nothling (men’s 110 years combined minimum age surf teams race). Dean Gladstone (men’s 35-39 years rescue tube race). Robert Chapman (men’s 60-64 years ironman). Fiona Nay (women’s 35-39 years surf race). Dori Miller (women’s 45-49 years surf race). Laura Thurtell (women’s 50-54 years surf race). Robyn Hill, Dori Miller, Fiona Tschaut (women’s 110 years minimum age surf teams). Christie Krenkels, Louise Santos, Laura Thurtell (women’s 150 years minimum age surf teams). Robyn Hill (women’s 40-44 years rescue tube race). Dori Miller (women’s 45-49 years rescue tube race). Christie Krenkels (women’s 50-54 years rescue tube race). Leah Trebilcock (women’s 30-34 years ironwoman). Laura Thurtell (women’s 50-54 years ironwoman). Dori Miller, Fiona Nay, Fiona Tschaut (women’s 110 years minimum age taplin relay). Christie Krenkels, Louise Santos, Laura Thurtell (women’s 150 years minimum age taplin relay). Robyn Hill, Samantha Wolf (women’s 35-39 years board rescue). Dori Miller, Louise Santos (women’s 45-49 years board rescue). Christie Krenkels, Laura Thurtell (women’s 50-54 years board rescue). Harvey Barrett (sweep), Alexis Bell, Amanda Cuss, Elisha Single, Elyse Yardley (women’s 120 years minimum age surfboat race). Emily Gillies (women’s 30-34 years single ski). Fiona Tschaut (women’s 35-39 years single ski). Emily Gillies, Robyn Hill, Louise Santos (women’s 110 minimum age single ski relay). Emily Gillies (women’s 30-34 years board race). Fiona Nay (women’s 35-39 years board race). Robyn Hill, Fiona Nay, Leah Trebilcock (women’s 110 years minimum age board relay). Emily Gillies, Louise Santos, Laura Thurtell (women’s 130 years minimum age board relay).

SILVER (27): Ryan Jenkin, Simon Nothling (men’s 35-39 years board rescue). Blake Francis (men’s 40-44 years single ski). Calvin Brodie (men’s 45-49 years single ski). Greg Byrnes, Will Hardman (men’s 40-44 years double ski). Calvin Brodie, Rob Harvey (men’s 45-49 years double ski). Ryan Jenkin (men’s 35-39 years board race). Iain Macfarlane (men’s 35-39 years beach sprint). Calvin Brodie, Iain Macfarlane, Jason Taylor, Simon Watkins (men’s 140 years minimum beach relay). Fiona Tschaut (women’s 35-39 years surf race). Robyn Hill (women’s 40-44 years surf race). Christie Krenkels (women’s 50-54 years surf race). Jan McCloskey (women’s 70 years and over surf race). Rozanne Green, Fiona Nay, Samantha Wolf (women’s 110 years minimum age surf teams). Emily Gillies (women’s 30-34 years rescue tube race). Fiona Nay (women’s 35-39 years rescue tube race). Laura Thurtell (women’s 50-54 years rescue tube race). Emily Gillies (women’s 30-34 years ironwoman). Robyn Hill (women’s 40-44 years ironwoman). Louise Santos (women’s 45-49 years ironwoman). Emily Gillies, Fiona Nay (women’s 30-34 years board rescue). Leah Trebilcock (women’s 30-34 years single ski). Laura Thurtell, Leah Trebilcock, Fiona Tschaut (women’s 110 years minimum age single ski race). Louise Santos, Laura Thurtell (women’s 45-49 years double ski). Jan McCloskey (women’s 70 years and over beach sprint). Jan McCloskey (women’s 70 years and over beach flags). Jan McCloskey (women’s 70 years and over beach run). Kristy McIntyre (women’s 30-39 years champion lifesaver).

BRONZE (21): Alex Nothling (men’s 30-34 years surf race). Chris Wight (men’s 35-39 years surf race). Cyril Baldock (men’s 70 years and over surf race). Grant Baldock, Will Hardman, Simon Watkins (men’s 130 years minimum age surf teams). Robert Chapman, Mark Jackson, Darrin Jones (men’s 150 years minimum age surf teams). Cyril Baldock, Gary Emmerton, Blake Francis (men’s 170 years minimum age surf teams). Darin Jones (men’s 50-54 years rescue tube race). Rob Harvey (men’s 45-49 years single ski). Calvin Brodie, Robert Chapman, Rob Harvey (men’s 150 years minimum single ski teams). Blake Francis, Ryan Jenkin (men’s 35-39 years double ski). Ryan Jenkin, Simon Nothling. Chris Wight (men’s 110 years minimum age board relay). Grant Baldock, Greg Byrnes, Rob Harvey, Colin Thackeray (men’s 140 years minimum age beach relay). Iain Macfarlane (men’s 35-39 years beach flags). Keiran Speed (men’s 70 years and over 1km beach run). Mark Fabik (men’s 40 years and over champion lifesaver). Emily Gillies (women’s 30-34 years surf race). Fiona Tschaut (women’s 35-39 years ironwoman). Emily Gillies, Robyn Hill, Leah Trebilcock (women’s 110 years minimum age taplin relay). Louise Santos (women’s 45-49 years single ski). Robyn Hill (women’s 40-44 years board race). Louise Santos (women’s 45-49 years board race).

GOLD (3)
: Cormac Guthrie (men’s open 2.5km ocean swim). Jack Armitage, Oliver Hackers, Karli Musarra, Alex Schacht (under-17 mixed patrol competition). Kirsty Beattie (women’s under-17 2km beach run).
SILVER (1): Dori Miller (women’s open 2.5km ocean swim).
BRONZE (3): Dori Miller (women’s over 24 restricted surf race). Chris Cooper (men’s open champion lifesaver). Lucinda Alder, Katharina Arms, Madigan Fray, Sam Walsh, Maisie Wilmer (under-15 five-person R and R team).

Photo: Courtesy Surf Live Saving NSW

Blue Room Surf Races

Week 26 – 18 March

Results here.

Two weeks running we have had a fantastic morning.  It was still a little crowded: with Nippers, board riders and body surfers who were catching waves everywhere (oblivious to the lateral rip that was really moving like a runaway train).

The Club has given me some long service leave! For the next couple of weeks, Raewyn and Tony will run the races. Come down in your numbers and support them. Like you, they are volunteers.

I have been multi-tasking the last couple of Sunday mornings by doing a Patrol and helping out with a Bronze squad.  The squad is comprised of a really great team of instructors, with an equally enthusiastic gang of potentially great patrolling members, who taught me so much, for which I thank them.  I hope they invite me back next season.

On the Patrol side, this has always been my first love and I still enjoy it so such, probably because (erroneously) it makes me feel so much younger.  An old mate celebrated his 84th on Patrol, which is certainly an achievement.  As we were starting to return to the Patrol, he found that his uniform was missing (taken off to get into the shallows). He located it on a 6 foot, 20 stone Leb, who reluctantly returned it, to the hilarity of his mates. Talk about David and Goliath.

Jon McGuigan came down for his second swim of the season & brought his usual hi-jinx that we so enjoy.  He had to be pointed in the right direction once the race started.

A Grade
What a close race, with half a dozen competitors all hitting the shallows with a chance.  Cyril turned back the clock and, pumping his legs at full throttle, cleared the water and beat the younger Ziggy inches behind him. Patrol Captain James showed off his surfing skills and beat out an ageless Mr. Bondi into fourth.

B Grade
Another tight race with Allison pipping Cate and Beth, who made up a lot of ground to fly into third place.

C Grade 
Anthony swam against Jana and had to settle for second place, with her following in Allison’s footsteps and winning the day.

Tube Race
Not held due to the prevailing conditions.

I look forward to hearing and reading the results next week under an old oak tree.  Make it interesting and come down and enjoy the best that Bondi has to offer.

Cheers, Doc

Club Memorial Events: remaining rounds

8 April – Jack Cox (round three)

Something for everyone in our Summer Training Schedule


Nippers needs you

Our Nippers programme has a number of voluntary committee positions becoming vacant next season (2018/19), and would like to hear from anyone interested in getting involved behind the scenes.

Please contact our Nippers office – –  as soon as possible if you are interested in any of the following roles:
EDUCATION – supporter to current education lead

An Unreliable History

Unreliable Histories will return soon.

Al’s blog is a collection of fuzzy memories by Al Scott. All errors are the result of an ageing memory and are unintentional.  All members are welcome to submit their stories, recollections and tidbits. Please do email any entries to or 

Community News

Managing traumatic events from rescues

At the Australian & New Zealand Search & Rescue Conference, Superintendent Cameron Edgar from NSW Ambulance Rescue Helicopters will offer insights from his personal perspective, with his presentation “One of your own: Lessons from an incident”.

Cameron’s presentation will provide an insight into how people can react and discuss practical considerations for managing traumatic events.

23 May 2018
The Star Gold Coast
Early bird registration by Monday 9 April receives a $100 discount and a chance to win a Mavic Pro Platinum Drone (worth $1699).


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Office Bearers  2017-2018

  • President Jacob Waks
  • Deputy President Josep Font Sadurni
  • Director of Administration Jim Kornmehl
  • Secretary Marissa Saunders
  • Deputy of Administration  Leo Hyde
  • Director of Education  Brent Jackson
  • Deputy of Education Kristy McIntyre
  • Director of Finance  Alex Nothling
  • Deputy of Finance  Jonathan Fyfe & Manuel Vlandis
  • Director of Junior Activities Scott Ryan
  • Deputy Director of Junior Activities  Jason Juma-Ross
  • Director of Lifesaving  James Rogers
  • Captain of Life Saving
  • First Aid Officer  Shauna de Launey
  • Gear Steward Mason Kemeny
  • Radio Officer  Dan Gillespie
  • Director of Mkt & Sponsor  Siobhan O’Toole
  • Deputy of Mkt & Sponsor Andrew Hoggett
  • Surfer Editors – Thrusie Maurseth-Cahill & Barclay Rabbidge
  • Director of Surf Sports  Dave Auckett
  • Deputy Surf Sports Nick Nezval
  • IRB John de Launey
  • Handicapper Peter Quartly
  • Member Services Holly Joshi
  • Welcoming Officer​ Gary Emmerton
  • Masters Captain Gary Emmerton
  • Ski Captain   Greg Byrnes
  • Board Captain  Ryan Jenkin
  • R & R Captain Scott Ryan
  • Swim Captain Dori Miller
  • Surf Boat Captain  Alexis Bell
  • Beach Events Iain MacFarlane
  • Ocean Events Organiser Dori Miller
  • Archives Officers  Allan Scott & Leo Hyde
  • General Manager  Helen Jenkinson
  • Senior Club Office Admin  Louise Santos & Mac Navarrate Balart
  • Facilities Manager Pat Moore
  • Youth Captains  Steven Hackers & Louise Santos
  • Nipper Secretary Narelle Moore
  • Nipper Finance  Manuel Vlandis
  • Nipper Admin  Netra Maharaj
  • OH&S Officer Leo Hyde
  • Publicity Officer John Blanch
  • Higher Awards Damon Somerfield
  • Social Secretary Joanna Robinson
  • Chaplain Marty Nezval
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