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Newsletter No.3 for 2018


It continues to be a busy year for VDBC. Here is a small snapshot…

Summary of Race Season to Date

We knew the April 8 race meeting was shaping up to be the biggest meeting and we were not wrong.
We could not have wished for better weather, although it would have been nice if we still had daylight savings so we could have finished packing up before it got dark!


Boats came from far and wide and this meant we had two additional racing classes along with the Bill Davis Memorial and Yella Terra Cup.
There were also lots of cars on display, so thanks you to everyone who made it such a great day.


Among the crowd were local MPs Tim Richardson (Member for Mordialloc) and Sonya Kilkenny (Member for Carrum).
As Sonya herself said on Facebook, it was the fastest and most adrenaline fuelled day of the year. While in the tower being interviewed by our very own golden tonsils Al Joy, Tim Richardson commented on how impressed he was with the day and spoke about the recent funding announcement and improvements we are soon to see at the National Water Sports Centre (NWSC).


The club really appreciates the support of both MPs in progressing improvements to the NWSC.


Here is a quick summary of the winners from all 3 race meetings.


Class Jan 21st Feb 25th Apr 8th
Stock Eliminator (13 sec) Scott Faggotter
Social Disease
E⁄T = 13.158 sec
Speed of 82.949 mph
Aaron Howlett
E⁄T of 14.163 sec
Speed of 71.034 mph
Josh Tuskinin
E⁄T 15.541 sec
Speed of 64.795 mph
Super Stock (11 sec) No winner, all boats entered retired hurt Chris Boyce
E⁄T of 12.399 sec
Speed of 75.44 mph
Graham Matthews
Lethal Threat
E⁄T of 11.580 sec
Speed of 93.168 mph
Super Comp (10 sec) Rhys Howie
Altered Image
E⁄T f 11.002
Speed of 109.489 mph
Dylan Day
Outta Time
E⁄T of 10.627 sec
Speed of 84.919 mph
Jim Mullins
E⁄T of 10.881 sec
Speed of 99.668 mph
Pro Comp (9 sec) N⁄A N⁄A Nicky Ellis
E/T of 9.817 sec
Speed of 107.527 mph
Top Limited (8 sec) Adrian Craig
Bottle Fed
E⁄T of 8.872 sec
Speed of 140.187 mph
Adrian Craig
Bottle Fed
E⁄T of 9.013 sec
Speed of 139.014 mph
Adrian Craig
Bottle Fed
E⁄T of 8.618 sec
Speed of 142.405 mph
Top Hydro (TAH) N⁄A N⁄A Tony Williams
E⁄T of 7.585 sec
Speed of 156.250 mph


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Bill Davis Memorial Trophy & Yella Terra Cup 2018 Winners


For those that like facts and figures, the fastest run over the liquid quarter mile this season was Tony Williams in "Reflections" with a speed of 162.162 mph as he won the Bill Davis Memorial with an E⁄T of 7.558 sec.



The Yella Terra Cup was taken out by Dave Bradford in "Gassa" with an E⁄T of 9.759 sec and a speed of 113.780 mph





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Patterson River Precinct Project


Concept Plan


As you have probably heard by now as we haven’t been shy in letting everyone know, on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 the Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews announced $3 million in funding for improvements to the National Water Sports Centre (NWSC).


This is fantastic news for the club and all users of the NWSC.


The results of the Patterson River Survey were released on Friday.
Our club had the fourth highest number of responses from all identified groups, so one again thank you to everyone that responded.


Priorities for all users included:


The options report is expected to be available in late April and there will be an option for the community to indicate their preferred option via a survey. We would really appreciate it if as many club members as possible could take the time to provide indicate their preferred option. We will send more details as soon as they are available.


In the meantime, if you want to read the entire report (it is only 9 pages), it is available on the Engage Victoria website at Patterson River Concept Plan



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Trivia Night


Trivia Night


The club trivia night on Saturday March 3rd was a tremendous success with over 80 people there.
Although some tables took it more seriously than others everyone had a great night.


Graeme did a wonderful job as MC, although a times it appeared Al Joy was missing having a microphone in his hand!


It must have been a great night as we have been asked when the next one will be.
If you were not able to join us, do not worry as this will not be the only one.


A huge thanks to Bec, Rosie and all those involved, as we know it was a big effort to put on such as successful night.



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Other Social Activities

While race days are a big part of what the club does, we hold a number of other social events each year including our annual end of season social⁄presentation night, a reverse raffle in late November⁄early December.
More detail on both those events will be provided shortly.


If you have ideas for other social events or would like to help organise an awesome social event, contact Alan via e-mail: enquiry@vdbc.com.au.



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Next Race Meeting


Sunday 6th May 2018


We have one more race meeting scheduled for the 2017⁄18 race season.


May 6th is an Open Day and our final race meeting for the season.


Note: That for new drivers that enter their boat for the first time, the price to enter is $65 this is a VDBC membership for the 2017⁄2018 Season.


Hope to see you there!


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Membership Officer


General Enquires


All Contacts
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Snail Mail
All posted mail should be addressed to:
Victorian Drag Boat Club Inc. P.O. Box 3238, Mornington, Vic, 3931.


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