Post by Village Idiot on Aug 13, 2008 16:41:12 GMT 10
Sunshine is a beautiful part of the world. It is a small lakeside village of about 400 people. It is situated at the very end of the Morisset peninsula. Its NE aspect looks across pristine waters to the bushland state park on the other side of the lake.
Sunshine has a public wharf which accommodates large vessels and a launching ramp for smaller fishing boats
The lake is narrow at this point east-west (1000m) and this keeps the seaway quite flat. The NE is a special for sailing at the club but for better wind from the E-SE it is better to race further out in the lake (about 1km out).
Wind and water conditions are very similar to Wangi and Belmont with fresh seabreezes prevailing on warm summer days. Tide is negligable. Water is about 10m deep.
There is a petrol service station 1km back to Morisset which will provide essentials such as bread and milk but with the club hopefully to be open for all meals this should not be necessary. There is a Coles supermarket being built in the small shopping village 3.5km back toward Morisset. This location also has a large pub and drive-through.
The club also has upstairs and downstairs toilets and showers which will be accessable 24/7.
The F3 freeway and Sydney-Newcastle trainline both pass through Morisset, 7km from Sunshine.
It sounds like camping is the way to go. Any advice on whether we need to make arrangements or just rock up? Just wondering if we have to make some sort of booking with the council (I take it they manage the camping area).
Post by Village Idiot on Sept 4, 2008 15:15:13 GMT 10
Camping is definitely the way to go. There will be a good, community atmosphere, right next to the rigging area.
The sailing club manages the camping on behalf of the council. There is no need to book, just rock up. Payment to the club is pretty casual and can be done well and truly after you have set up and settled in.
I will post pics of the area in a couple of weeks when the season starts.
Last weekend the inaugural Zhik Single-hander Regatta was held at SLMASC, Sunshine, Lake Macquarie. The weekend delivered perfect sailing conditions and the race organisation by SLMASC was very good. This augers well for the upcoming OK National Championships which will be raced in the same waters.
One aspect of the weekend was the withdrawal of some of the catering as the club was unable to ascertain the numbers as few people had entered prior to the regatta. It makes it very hard to plan for an event such as our Nationals over a six-day period if numbers aren’t known accurately.
So, to assist with our planning of this event and the ability to deliver good quality catering and after-race social activities, can you please, please make the effort to enter as early as possible. Note that the late entry fee of $200 will be levied for all entries not received by the 13th of December. However, please (again – please!) can you send me your entry well before then – make the effort to send it this week!
If you are committed to sailing the regatta but don’t want to part with your hard-earned-funds until the 13/12, please send me your entry form anyway, or simply let me know by return email as to whether you intend entering. That’s pretty simple isn’t it? No excuses for not giving me the indication of numbers!
There is also an information brochure covering the event that includes some accommodation options. I stayed at the Bay Hotel Motel last weekend and found it to be clean, comfortable and at reasonable rates. On booking today I was told that they have only a few rooms left and that if you want to secure a room for the week to not delay in giving them a call to book (tell Stacey I sent you). It’s about five minutes up the road and attached to the pub, also with pool, tennis court and BBQ area. Next door there’s a small shopping centre with Coles, cafe’s, chemist, newsagent, etc.
Otherwise there is plenty of camping space available in the reserve adjacent to the club at $15 per night, payable to the club.
Any questions – call me?
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