Your Bondi Surf Club Surfer – 21 March 2019

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Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club

The Bondi Surfer No. 86

21 March 2019

Photo: Bondi LifeSavers on Patrol. Thrusie Maurseth-Cahill

Intro & Welcome

This Sunday at 2.00pm will be the Annual Stan and Basil Mcdonald Relay. Twenty of our strongest swimmers will compete against 20 swimmers from North Bondi in a relay around the buoys. We are hosting it this year, so come down wearing Blue and White to support your Club.

We normally have 50-100 supporters on our side of the line. After the race, we invite all of North Bondi and their competitors up to our Club to have the presentation at our Club and enjoy the rest of the night.

Before our next Surfer goes out, our competition team will be heading north to compete at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships. Good luck to all our competitors who are going to the event.

See you on the beach,

Jacob Waks

Events & Reminders

Key Dates

  • NSW State Elections. Club is a Polling Station – 23 March
  • 76th Annual Stan & Basil McDonald Relay – 24 March
  • Last Bronze Induction this Season – 24 March
  • BeachTech2 in Main Hall – 26 March
  • Aussies 2019, Gold Coast – 30 March – 7 April
  • Last Bottles Talk this Season – 31 March
  • Jack Cox Memorial Surf Race – 14 April
  • NEW DATE Bondi Blue Water Challenge – 28 April
  • Gold Medallion Assessment at Cronulla – 28 April
  • Blue and White Ball – 4 May

Find more information on the club Facebook page.

Restricted Club Access on Election Day

It’s time to vote in the NSW elections this Saturday 23 March. is the NSW election day.

The Australian Electoral Commission will once again be using the main hall of the Club as a polling venue. Feel free to come along and cast your vote.

Please use the wet entrance to enter and leave the Club on Saturday to respect the polling site.


Upcoming Patrols

Saturday 23 March
8:30am – 1:15pm – Craven
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Bassingthwaite

Sunday, 24 March
7:30am – 1:15pm – Fullwood
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Jeppesen

Saturday, 30 March
8:30am – 1:15pm – Nightingale
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Hutchings

Sunday, 31 March
7:30am – 1:15pm – Douglas
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Meagher

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:

2018/19 Season Patrol Roster

Patrol Swap Sheet

Marketing & Sponsorship

Support the Club at Grill'd in March

Porebski Architects: proud Bondi sponsors

Porebski Architects brings fresh ideas through innovative and creative thinking, understanding of place and client, creating sustainable and enduring architecture.

Architecture should create uplifting experiences that are authentic to the place and client – our Architecture is as individual as they are.


Member Benefits

Look for the Bondi sticker in windows of local businesses that offer great Clubbie discounts!

Clubbie Discount participating businesses post this sticker
Don’t’ forget to check out the Member benefits poster in the Club to discover new businesses supporting us.

Local business owner? Sign up here to offer a Clubbie discount

Director of Marketing, Sponsorship and Merchandise

Surf Sports

Bondi hosts the 77th Annual Stan & Basil McDonald Relay

All Club members are invited to cheer on Bondi in the 20-person relay against North Bondi this Sunday 24 March at 2:00 pm.

There will be a post-event celebration from 4:00pm in the Blue Room

A history of the ‘Stan Mac’ Relay

The 1942-43 surf season marked the inaugural running of the Stan McDonald Relay, a 20-person-a-side surf relay between Bondi and North Bondi surf clubs. The race is now in its seventy-seventh consecutive year and is one of Australian sports most revered rivalries.

Stan McDonald, head lifeguard on Bondi Beach and also commonly regarded as ‘The King of Bondi,’ initiated the relay between the two clubs in an attempt to enhance camaraderie between North and South. Stan was a member of both clubs and devoted 47 years of his life to the service of visitors to Bondi Beach.

In 1933, Stan retired as a beach inspector and began the family business. Mac’s Beach Hire provided deck chairs, umbrellas, surfoplanes, surfboards, and oil spraying to swimmers and sunbathers.

Stan McDonald passed away in 1959 at age 77. Stan’s son Basil took over the family business. Basil McDonald soon became known as ‘Mr Bondi’ and was a legend in his own right.

Basil joined Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club at age 15 and would eventually become a President, Patron and Life member. He was also a Life member of the Bondi Amateur Men’s Swimming Club, The Union of Old Swimmers, Bondi Icebergs Club, and the Bondi Junior S.L.S.C., of which he was founding President. The Sydney Morning Herald also noted Basil as one of the "men who have been mentioned officially for acts of bravery in risking their lives in raging surf to save drowning people" on the infamous Black Sunday in 1938, where five people drowned.

In the 1986/87 season, upon Basil’s passing, The Great Race was renamed the Stan and Basil McDonald Memorial Relay.

For those reading this who have never been present at The Great Race, you may not understand where the magic lies. For those who have watched or swum in The Great Race, you understand what words cannot describe.

Register for Pool Rescue Clinics

Sydney Branch will be holding four specialised clinics. They will provide new and existing athletes, coaches and officials the opportunity to learn and further develop their skills in Pool Rescue Competition and to be coached by some of the best coaches and officials in Sydney Branch and NSW. The clinics are open to all new and existing U12 to Masters competitors.

Each clinic will provide:

  • An introduction to International Life Saving – Pool Rescue competition events
  • Information on Dry Land / Strength and Conditioning, followed by practical drills and technique and testing your limits in the pool

Dates: 28 April, 12 May, 9 June, 16 June
Clinic Times on all 4 dates are 12.00noon to 3.30pm
Location: Des Renford Aquatic Centre, Heffron Park

Register here by Sunday 31 March

Port Campbell Cadets visit Bondi

Last weekend, a group of SRCs from Port Campbell Surf Club in Victoria spent the weekend at Bondi Beach. They joined Meagher Patrol on Saturday morning and took part in the surf race on Sunday. Lynda McKenzie, their youth coordinator sent this message:

" Thanks so much to you all at Bondi SLSC for being so welcoming and friendly, especially: Dori for being a point of contact and the tour,
Patrol Captain Damon on Saturday for his beach tour (they really got a lot from that), meeting with Bondi lifeguards and having the Cadets on Patrol,
Sunday’s Patrol and club swim organiser Peter for keeping an eye on the cadets while they were in the water and
Virginia for ferrying us back to the youth hostel, when the rain was just not stopping. "

Blue Room Surf Races

Week 25- 7 March Results are here.

I woke to the roof rattling as the heavens continued to flood down upon us. The Patrol was not much better, with everyone wet to the bone by the time we hit the beach. But this did not deter Walsh patrol, whose spirit was unflagging for the next five and a half hours, whilst they waited for Noah to come to the rescue.

For the first time in my memory there was insurrection in the ranks. Everyone wanted to race, but with everyone went off at go, due to the cold wet conditions. The only good thing was there was a wave on.

The second round of the Mick Shearman results full details are:

A Grade saw Scotty win with some good surfing skills (pity his backstroke on Saturday was not as good, when he was well beaten in the Open Champo’s of BASC by ex-member Palmer in an epic struggle). Tim, although he tried hard, could not match the pace set by Scotty up the beach. Anthony, who continues to improve, was third.

B Grade was the Allison gift, whose skills continue to improve and who certainly will be swimming A Grade next season. Siobhan, who is getting back to her best, was a good second and that old war horse (who was always more competitive in the ducks) Paul was third.

Those who completed the resus part of the memorial event, were:
Rohan Ball
Olivier Brisse
Allison Leg
Jesse Lockhart-Krause
Siobhan O’Toole
Anthony Williams
Peter Quartly

Next week could not be worse, so please make the effort and come down this coming Sunday.


No photos were taken, so…

We pulled some from the archives and provide another from the BASC, when they reigned supreme at “Bondi Baths” even when there was an Olympian in the mix. Look out for Cyril, he has not aged a bit, the others is another story.

See how many you recognise.

A Grade surf race winner
B Grade race

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Bronze Courses

Our ‘BM6’ course, the last for this Season, will start with an induction at 10:30am on 24 March.

Higher Awards

Not long until Gold assessment

Your Gold Medallion 800m swim time trails will be on:

13 April at Icebergs, 12:30pm (please contact Neil to confirm attendance)

And your assessment will be on:

28 April at Cronulla SLSC.

Higher Awards to the end of this Season

Spinal Management 3 hour course – 30 March or 27 April
Advanced Resuscitation Training 3 sessions – 7/10/11 April
Silver medallion Beach Management at Little Bay – 24/26 June/1 July

Any questions regarding Higher Awards? Call Neil ​0432 268 217 or email higherawards

Book 2018/19 Higher Awards courses Now

Join Club member Siobhan and her doctors as they talk about fighting cancer with Fitness.

This fundraiser event is to start a trial that will change cancer treatment, to include "Prehab" mental health, diet and – the all important – exercise during cancer treatments.

Over $2.5k in prizes are already donated.

Event Info on facebook:

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Donate Nw

All donations over $2 are tax deductible in Australia and 100% of the donations go to the fund, with no administrative or marketing overhead taken out.

Give here (Make sure to select “CANCER EXERCISE TRIAL” in the ‘my donation is for’ box.)

Contact Siobhan O’Toole on skotoole or 0416 413 924 if you wish to donate a prize for the raffle.

Coming up at the Club

St Patricks Day trivia night


Next Tuesday, lots of Bondi Life Savers who work on/in a Tech, Digital and Startups, will showcase their work and learn more about each other.

The night features ten speakers, each giving a ten minute presentation, then five minutes audience Q&A.

The Blue and White Ball

Bondi Surf Bathers Lifesaving Club invites members and guests to the event of the year, the exclusive Inaugural Blue and White Ball in the iconic Establishment Ballroom.

4 May, 2019, 7:00pm

Cost: $1,200 per table of 8. Includes gourmet three course meal, entertainment, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (basic package).
Dress Code: Formal
Attendees must be 18years or older

Book your tickets now!

On Sunday 31 March, we host the last of our five mental health bottles talks of the Season.

Feedback has been great for this series of messages, so don’t miss out if you’ve yet to take advantage of this initiative for Club members. Bring a friend or neighbour, and enjoy the hospitality of the Blue Room.

– Marty Nezval, Club Chaplain

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