South West Rocks Social Trip – November 2013

Emanuel Bova with a 18kg Yellowtail Kingfish at South West Rocks 2013

Our annual club trip to South West Rocks was approaching and the anticipation was growing, as tales of past adventures to this fantastic part of the NSW coast were being told over a few refreshments at the club house. South West Rocks is one of those destinations where dreams run wild and anything can happen. The time had come with around 15 divers making their way up the coast. The forecast looked challenging to say the least. But everyone was more than keen for the annual trip up to such an awesome spot.

Alex Lewis with a 17kg Sampson Fish & Evan Leeson with a 4kg Blue Bar Parrot and 1.2kg Moses Perch on the 2013 South West Rocks Trip
Alex Lewis with a 17kg Sampson Fish & Evan Leeson with a 4kg Blue Bar Parrot and 1.2kg Moses Perch on the 2013 South West Rocks Trip

Day one and we had 3 boats in the water (one traveling up to Coffs Harbour), eager to make that early grab of some quality fish. The usual runs were made to the usual spots and we were met with big easterly swells which made it very difficult to escape. The days diving was very difficult with very few fish being speared. The boys managed some excellent Kings and some great fish were seen such as Jewies and Spanish Mackerel. Conditions began to worsen as forecasted, with weather conditions deteriorating we called it a day. Alex Lewis and Evan Leeson doing better in Coffs Harbour with a 17kg Sampson fish speared by Alex, and a 4kg Blue Bar Parrot and 1.2kg Moses Perch speared by Evan.

Cohan Jones with a 13 kg Yellowtail Kingfish on the 2013 South West Rocks Trip
Cohan Jones with a 13 kg Yellowtail Kingfish on the 2013 South West Rocks Trip

With talk of poor conditions for the Saturday the boys managed to take the night off and relax with a Rum or 2 with little talk of waking early the next morning. It was a chance to catch up with great mates and swap stories. A great highlight of dive trips away as most would know is getting away.

Day 2 and a few got out to test their luck with as expected very poor conditions with water surge throwing divers around like a rag doll from top to bottom in the water column. With fleeting hope and over two metre seas a short attempt was made to fill the esky, which was shortly followed with a long attempt to empty the drink esky. So we settled in for another night, and joined the locals down at the pub for a feed and refreshments.

 

Cohan Jones 13 kg, David Rogers 5 kg & Paul Scimone 12 kg Yellowtail Kingfish at South West Rocks 2013
Cohan Jones 13 kg, David Rogers 5 kg & Paul Scimone 12 kg Yellowtail Kingfish at South West Rocks 2013

Day 3 for most was packing up and heading off to rejoin normal life back in Sydney. A few guys managed to drag themselves out of bed early enough to excellent kings being speared (who also had some kingy luck on day one). Fish they shot over the weekend include Emanuel Bova 18 kg, Cohan Jones 13 kg, Paul Scimone 12 kg and David Rogers 5 kg.

Emanuel Bova & Cowan Jones with their Kings 18kg & 13kg respectively - South West Rocks 2013
Emanuel Bova & Cowan Jones with their Kings 18kg & 13kg respectively – South West Rocks 2013

With such a great weekend away with a great bunch of mates, poor weather rarely dampens spirits. And I’m sure all would agree just getting away and having a laugh with mates is always the highlight of the trip. With good fish being an awesome bonus!

Looking forward to next year!

Dolphins 60th Birthday Party 1953 – 2013

logo-white-back-groundYou are invited to attend the Sans Souci Dolphins 60th Birthday Party. Everyone welcome. Dolphins old and new, families, other club & non club spearos.

Cost: Adults $40 on the day. $30 pay in advance. Kids Free. Family day, with a Jumping Castle, Face Painting. You pay for your own drinks at the bar, however the dolphins will supply some beer, wine and waters but be early.

When: Saturday December 14th 11am to late.
Sunday recovery breakfast BBQ. Bring a tent or caravan if you wish to camp the night. Plenty of room.

Basic Itinerary: 11am – 4pm Jumping Castle
12:30pm – Lunch is served – seafood, souvlakis, sausages for kids, salads, etc
1pm – 3pm – Face Painting
2pm – Introduction for speeches
5pm – 6pm – Dinner – Lamb on a spit
Party till late

Where: South Sydney Amateur Fishing Association club-house Cnr Macquarie and Hastings Avenue, Chifley NSW 2036

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  • Gourmet Seafood lunch, throughout the day by Master Chef Ali
  • Presentations and speakers throughout the day (Wade Koolis, Fred Nann, John Black & Vic Stringfellow)
  • Meet your old and new Dolphin club mates
  • Bring your photo albums and old magazines
  • Dolphins merchandise and 60th Anniversary tee shirts available

Deposit money via direct deposit. Bank details:
Account name: Sans Souci Dolphins
BSB #: 112-879
Account #: 032 791 337
Please make sure you include your names in the deposit.
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Mid Year Update – XMas in July, Member videos & Australia vs South Africa May 2013

XMAS in July – Dolphins Style

This month meeting is on Tuesday the 16th July and we will be having a XMAS in July Seafood feast. We’ll have a raffle on the night as well. List of prizes to come.

Anyone who bring a quality fish for the BBQ will get 3 free tickets. Fillets accepted, but I said quality fish. Fillets will be inspected by seniors to ascertain species. No Silver Drummer Fillets please…

Come along, bring your Santa hat and catch up on what’s going on around the scene.

Member Videos

There are a few new videos added to the Video section of the site. Thanks to Scuba Pete and Paul Marsh.

Australia vs South Africa 17 – 25 May 2013

SA 2013

As most of us know our own Derrick Cruz and Evan Leeson were part of the three man Australian team in South Africa. Derrick Cruz won the visiting international competitors trophy.

Have a read of the adventure here: Australia vs South Africa May 2013.pdf

Fred Nann – some SSD spear fishing history

Taken in 1962 at Rottnest Island WA. Fred Nann is wearing his first wetsuit made by Torpedo and a brandishing a homemade gun by Bernie Harbour. The gun was used for over 15 years. Thanks to Fred’s daughter Vicki Nann for the photo

Fred was the original founding member for the Dolphins it’s first president and first Life member. He later moved to WA in his late 20’s, where he did a record freedive at the time recorded at 110ft, he was also charged with having a powerhead over there in the early 60’s.
When you are having a quite beer or coffee have a read of it, 11 pages of good times. Amazing how had core these boys all were in the 50’s and early 60’s. We got nothin’ on them really, we are spoilt.

Born in Sydney at St. George Hospital Kogarah on the 12/9/1935, one of four children of Frederick Robert and Dorothy La Vere Nann. Resided at Walter Street and then Darley Street Sans Souci until 1959.

Special thanks, picture provided by Fred’s daughter Vicki Nann.

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Merv Sheehan

Merv Sheehan“On behalf of the AUF & Spearo’s everywhere I’m saddened to advise that Merv Sheehan passed away last night, Friday 24/5/13 at Calvary Hospital.
Merv’s funeral will be held Thursday 30th May at 9.00 am at the South Chapel Woronora.
Our deepest Sympathy goes out to Merv’s immediate family & friends.

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2013 Australian Spearfishing Team T-shirts, Fundraiser update

The boys have come up with a great T-Shirt design for the team heading to South Africa. These shirts are for sale and are only going for $30, so anyone who would like to purchase a shirt contact Derrick or Evan and let them know. If your going to be at the Alliman tomorrow the boys can bring them along for you to purchase, but contact them asap to let them know how many to bring.

We have some collectors tshirts made up for our last effort bid towards South Africa, it features a ‘Garrick’, also called Leerfish which is an iconic fish of South Africa.  They are $30 each, sizes available in M, L, XL”

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Derrick Cruz 0405 334 386
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Evan Leeson
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Fundraiser update

At the last club meeting we held a fundraiser event for members of the Dolphins heading to Durban for the South African Underwater Spearfishing Championship. It was a great success.

“The BBQ’s are off the planet” – Daniel Galea

“Parry & Ali did an exceptional job with organising and donating the amazing food!!!” – Wade Koolis

Wade

There are some more pics of the event posted on SpearOZ: http://www.spearoz.org/index.php/topic,3720.0.html

Club Meeting April – Fundraiser, Social Calendar & 2013 1st quarter update

Fundraiser for the Australian teams members of the Sans Souci Dolphins

This TUESDAY 16th APRIL 7.30pm at the CLUBHOUSE

Hey everyone I would like to bring this fund raiser to your attention. The Dolphins are fortunate enough to have some extremely talented spearos who have been selected to represent Australia in both the Inter-Pacific competition in Qld and the South African Nationals in Durban. As the Dolphins usually do we pull a little fund raiser together to help ease the pocket wearing for these guys. Our members who represent Australia have always put back to the club in the way of talks, training, and assistance to their fellow members, sharing new techniques they pick up when diving with the world’s elite spearfishers. The Dolphins members have garnered such rich knowledge from these events.

Derick and EvanpuckoWe will be having a HUGE raffle with some great prizes (see below) to raise money for 3 club members. Evan Leeson, Derrick Cruz & Ian Puckeridge

So be there Tuesday 16th April (this coming Tuesday) from 7.30pm, it is the Dolphins monthly meeting – Cnr of Macquarie and Hastings Ave, Chifley.

Guys, this is a must come to meeting anyway as Parry has organised a Greek feast for the night to enjoy – feast is free for members – and you get a free ticket for a chance to win the door prize!
So for all the members that don’t make most meetings, please make sure this is the meeting you do attend as you don’t want to miss what the committee has organised as a surprise. See you all there!!
IF you are unable to attend and would like to contribute to the cause by purchasing some raffle tickets please contact me on how you can do this. There are some really great prizes to be won.
Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10
It’s going to be a great night, hope to see you there – bring your wallets.

Prize list so far

  • Pair of penetrator fin blades
  • Cressi Modular Fins
  • Giant Tent valued at around $700 (I believe it sleeps nine people)
  • Omer Zero Mask
  • Neptonics Rig Line of choice
  • Miscellaneous Neptonics gear
  • One spearfishing course with Australian Spearfishing Academy
  • Alcohol
  • Door Prize

There will be further prizes arranged on the night as well. If anyone else has a prize that they would like to donate, please email me.

Thank you to all who have donated a prize:
Penetrator Fins
Derick Cruz
Neptonics
ASA
Frog Dive

Club Comp/Social Calender for 2013

The calendar is also linked on the website front page which you can subscribe to in your own calendar (Google or other). It has links to most NSW comps, our club meetings and social events. Give it a try.

April 28th Bendalong/Sealies
May 19th Rose Bay
June 23rd Forster
July 21st Ulladulla
August 18th South Maroubra
September 22nd Long Reef/Dee Why
October 20th Bendalong/Voodoo
November 23rd-24th South West Rocks
December 15th Currarong/Ulladulla

2013 – 1st Quarter Update

The start of the year saw our own Ian & Aaron Puckeridge, along with two new club members Evan & Derek competing in the Sydney Cup, Canada Cup and Australian Titles. All placing in the top ten, they did our club proud. The Dolphins also won the first Alliman Shield held out of Gunnamatta Bay, having Feb & March Allimans cancelled due to bad weather was a let down for the boys as they were keen to do well again.
Our first two club meetings this year saw a few new members joining, Parry Gryllis our Sports sec/Vice President will get together with Simon Trippe and I for a new comers rock-hop dive to get to know them in and out of the water.
All – in – all it’s been a promising start to 2013, looking forward to an exciting year ahead.

USFA Survey on observations in the ocean relating to climate change

USFALate last year, USFA sent an email with a link to a USFA members’ survey that they’re doing in collaboration with the CSIRO. This survey is your opportunity to have a say about changes you’ve observed in the ocean, the likely impacts of climate change on how, where and what you spear, and how our historical competition records can or should be shared with scientists and used in fisheries management.

For those of you who have already completed the survey – thanks!

If you haven’t already completed the survey, please take a few minutes to click on the link below and complete it before Wednesday February 13. It’s important that as many of us as possible complete this survey to ensure that our voice is heard.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/USFAsurvey

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61st Australian National Spearfishing Titles – Sydney 2013 Final Results

Pet Walsh

Congratulations to Ben Thomson on a win over Ian Puckeridge on day 3. It was hard diving with everyone giving 100%. This was a highly decorated field of divers where missing or losing a fish was very expensive!! 2 or 3 fish over 3 days of competition was enough to see big changes in positions. Jarod Eriksson lost a marlin today after being towed out to sea.

Ian Puckeridge shot a State record Remora and Adam Smith shot a nice Mangrove Jack.

Congratulations to all divers and Thank You for attending.

A big Thank You to Adrian Wayne, his partner Jackie, Matt Poulton and Lee Dalli for their excellent work to run this comp. Also a great Thank You to Oliver Wady for running a very professional weigh in. Brett Waddell provided excellent food for starving divers!! Thank You!!

Pete Walsh

Results:
Self NominatedPairsResults
State Pairs Results
Super diverFinalResults
Nationals Four Man Teams and Pairs
Overall Score sheet