Wednesday, 23 November 2011


The PAINKILLER racing program for the next four months will include Thursday Twilight Racing out of the SYC (next race is 19 Jan 2012), the Bosun's Locker Offshore Series (next race is on Sunday 5 Feb 2012), The Julian Rocks Race 11 Feb 2012  and the Sail Paradise Regatta on 21-25 March 2012 at SYC Southport. If you are interested in any or all of these races please give me a call.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Twilight Sailing

Twilight Race Series
PAINKILLER will commence racing in the SYC Twilight Series from Thursday 13 Oct.
Coordination Details:
1.  Confirm day prior (if possible) that you can make it.
2.  Meet NLT 45 minutes prior scheduled start time.
3.  First one at the boat start rigging process.
4.  Bring some snacks if you wish and own drinks.
5.  If wet, bring wet weather gear.
6.  Recommend sailing gloves.
7.  More than welcome to bring friends etc.
16.1 The schedule of races is outlined in the SYC Sailing Calendar

Thursday Twilight Series Races from 3:00pm Exact start time will be posted 24hrs prior
Wednesday J.A.M. Series Races from 1630hrs
Course 1:
1.Start between Red & Green Cardinal Marks
north of Wavebreak Island.
2.Round Starboard Lateral Mark (opposite John
Elks) to Starboard.
3.Pass east Cardinal (Seaway) to Starboard.
4.Finish off D arm of SYC Marina.
Course 2:
1. Start off SYC end of D arm
2. East Cardinal (Seaway) to Port
3. Round Starboard Lateral (opposite John Elks) to
4. East Cardinal (Seaway) to Starboard
5. Finish off SYC end of D arm
Course 3:
1. Start of SYC end of D arm
2. East Cardinal (Seaway) to Port
3. Port lateral (Lat 27.54.54S,Long 153.24.97E) to
4. East Cardinal (Seaway) to Starboard.
5. Finish between Yellow Special Marker and Port
lateral at Southern end of Wavebreak.
All competitors must comply with RRS and Prevention Collision at
Sea Regulations at all times while racing and every caution should
be made to minimise congestion in channels within the racing area.

Re-Delivery Hammo - Southport

Well, the scurvey delivery crew finally made it into Hammo and off we went 24 hours ahead of shedule due to a good weather forecast - wrong!!! Headed out on a good NE but it died to nothing as the evening came....then slammed from the south. Pulled into Brampton Is for some rum and a sleep. Good plan! Next morning up early and off to the Percy Islands. Crap day, motored most of it (we would get used to that). finally got into Middle Percy at 1900h. Good meal and off to the rack! 0300h all hell breaks loose, we are caught inside a washing machine. Absolutely slammed about until dawn then as soon as we could see we was outofthere! Only consolation was seeing our old friend in the Catalina 35 limping in after being caught short of Percy Is when they were hit by the southerly. They looked shagged. Off we sailed (motor sailed) to Pearl Bay inside SWBTA. Except for running aground had a pleasant night playing Nautical Trivia! Wed 31 Sep motor sailed to Yeppoon. DONT believe this is a harbour! We arrived and got immediately stuck 20 feet short of the fuel wharf in NO WATER! Fortunately Evan knew a guy (COL Fora) who took us out to dinner. Next morning I left the boat in the capable hands of Evan and headed back to Brisbane for a gig as the guest of honour at the RQYS Sailing Season Opener. Good for me but the boys kept getting slammed by strong SEs. After some fun at Pancake Creek including a MEDEVAC of Chris to the Town of 1770 due to a dislocated shoulder, they finally limped into Bundy on the 5th of Sep. After I fed them up and put them to bed we headed out to sea early next morning bound for Kingfisher Resort on Fraser Island. Another tough day at the office but pulled into Kingfisher for a pleasant evening. I am getting used to Chris's M/Teas of great Coffee and fresh muffins each day!!! Next day motored through the Great Sandy Straits (only bottomed out a couple of times) and then straight on through the bar at Wide Bay and on down the coast to Evans home on Russell Island Morton Bay. Chris and I had the best of the sailing that night. Great night had at Evan's RSL on Russell then next day finally parked the good ship PAINKILLER at her berth at SYC JUST ahead of a wind change, finally from the north - but of course blowing at 40 bags!!!! I hate you huey!!!!! MANY thanks to Evan Johnson, Chris McDonald and Rob Fussell for making the journey a delight. Great crewmen all. You are welcome ANY time back on PAINKILLER. Don't forget the reunion on the 16th!

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Hamilton Island Race Week

Team Painkiller,

Diane and I sailed PAINKILLER up to Hamilton Island During the period 1 to 16 August. We had a fantastic couple of weeks just the two of us although I will say we had some challenging days. Saw dolphins aplenty, whales, made some new friends etc. Boat sailed like a dream. We sailed up to Manly in Brisbane through the inland waterway, only grounding once! Pretty good!!! Nicole sailed with us up to Manly and stayed with us for dinner that evening at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron while we were joined by some friends. We then set off on our journey stopping at Mooloolaba, (had dinner with Wayne and Liz Fleming), Great Sandy Straits, Bundaberg(of course), Pancake Creek, Yepoon, Port Clinton, Island Head Creek, Percy Islands (one of the few people who live on this small island 30 miles off the coast from Shoalwater Bay floored me by saying "you're not Brigadier Rod West are you!) Curlew Islands, Goldsmith Island, Shaw Island then finally Cid Harbour. All in all a good delivery. We are now involved in Race Week. First ever race for Painkiller resulted in an 11th place, next race 8th. Today we decided NOT to race as there was a strong wind warning current and a straw poll of the crew was a resounding - I don't think so! Having just witnessed the first boat back with a broken mast I think it was a good decision! The next day was a beauty! Plenty of wind and finally we had our act together. Thanks to some great sailing shit by Brian we came in 2nd - a podium finish - yeah! Next day out was wild and wooly broke both ends off the spinnaker and still managed to come in fourth. Not too shabby. Rushed to repair the pole BUT final days racing was cancelled due to NO WIND. That Huey, God of wind has a sense of humour! All in all Hamilton was great. Vaought up with a bunch of friends, Shorty played great music, Chef boy cooked up a storm (including a Tepanyaki night to die for and the Purser kept everyone honest. We will be back!

Monday, 11 July 2011

New Long Sleeved Shirts

Check the latest pain.killer fashions. They are a miserly $40 each. Let me know your sizes and quantities.


Wednesday, 29 June 2011


Hey Crew. Check out the cool new pain.killer shirts. Shirts are $40 each. They come in small (ladies), mdm, lge and e/lge. For sizing purposes I (Rod) am between a mdm and a large. Di and Nick are small. Doug is a mdm.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Gennaker Handling Video from North Sails

Team pain.killer.

Check out this video from North Sails which will give you a pretty good idea of flying our Gennaker. Foredeckies have never had it so good!

Hamilton Island Race Week Crew Info


23-24 Jul           Pain.killer passage SYC to Mooloolaba

25-28 Jul            Pain.killer slipped at Mooloolaba

Thu 4 Aug            Pain.killer departs Mooloolaba for the Whitsundays

Wed 17 Aug        Pain.killer arrives HI/Configure in race mode

Fri 19 Aug            Registration/sail training

Sat 20 Aug           Lindeman Island Race

Sun 21 Aug          Short Around-the-islands-race

Mon 22 Aug        Short Around-the-islands-race

Tue 23 Aug          Short Around-the-islands-race

Wed 24 Aug        Lay day - Shore side activities

Thu 25 Aug          Short Around-the-islands-race

Fri 26 Aug            Short Around-the-islands-race

Sat 27 Aug           Molles Island Race/Evening Prize giving

Sun 28 Aug          Reconfigure yacht to cruise mode/Pain.killer departs HI

Race Week Off Water Events and Social Events Calendar                                            

The off-water schedule for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2011 promises to be bigger and brighter, with even more fashion, food, wine and wellbeing events scheduled throughout the week. Use the following schedule to fill up your social calendar and make the most of the off-water party atmosphere of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week!

* Note for pain.killer crew. Many of these events are expensive and require early commitment and bookings. We can talk about this a little later. Di and I will probably only do a couple. We can make our own party schedule!!!

Fri 19 August 2011

'Pain.killer Crew Dinner – Mantaray Cafe

Most of the crew will be in by then so time for our first crew dinner. Not tooooo late a night though, first race next day! Drunken sailors to be keel-hauled!!!

Saturday 20 August 2011

'Tastes of the Sea' Seafood Dinner

Enjoy a sumptuous hot and cold seafood buffet including king prawns, freshly shucked oysters, smoked salmon, fresh fish, along with a selection of fresh salads and desserts.

Sunday 21 August 2011

Wild Oats Ladies Lunch featuring Collette Dinnigan

Collette Dinnigan will parade her latest Diffusion range, while ladies only are invited to enjoy a special lunch sponsored by Wild Oats Wine.

Wild Oats Beachside BBQ

A delicious BBQ menu featuring seafood skewers, barramundi fillets, scotch fillet steak and fresh vegetable skewers barbequed to perfection.

Monday 22 August 2011

Hamilton Island Golf Clinic

Challenge yourself on this championship course with a one hour coaching package with Hamilton Island’s Golf Pro.

Robert Oatley Vineyards Chefs Table Dinner with Matt Moran

Matt Moran is sure to delight once more with a degustation menu featuring matching wines from Robert Oatley Vineyards.

Tuesday 23 August 2011

Hamilton Island Golf Clinic

Challenge yourself on this championship course with a one hour coaching package with Hamilton Island’s Golf Pro.

Henry Lloyd Fashion Parade

A fun and entertaining showcasing of Henri Lloyd’s sailing and fashion wear paraded by our very own sailors.

Wednesday 24 August 2011

Hamilton Island Golf Clinic

Challenge yourself on this championship course with a one hour coaching package with Hamilton Island’s Golf Pro.

Audi Drive Challenge

Test your driving skills to be in the running to win a brand new Audi.

Moet and Chandon Lunch

The most sought after ticket of the week returns to idyllic qualia for an afternoon of superb cuisine and a fine selection of Moet and Chandon champagnes.

Beachside Pool Party featuring Simon Philby

Beachside and balmy, make a splash at the one party of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week not to be missed.

Thursday 25 August 2011

Beer, Beef and Reef Dinner

The Steakhouse will once again host an evening of great food matched with a selection of boutique beers.

Robert Oatley Vineyards Chefs Table Dinner with Shannon Bennett

Be spoilt by Shannon Bennett’s culinary delights once more with a degustation menu featuring matching wines from Robert Oatley Vineyards.

Friday 26 August 2011

Blues, Brews and BBQs

Enjoy boutique beers and a freshly prepared BBQ as Lisa Hunt brings Front Street to life.

Saturday 27 August 2011

Presentation Dinner featuring Lisa Hunt

Celebrate the close of Race Week with the official Presentation Dinner at Hamilton Island’s Conference Centre.

Note: Pain.killer has the crew of a maxi yacht, the heart of a lion, the songbook of an opera, the speed of a gazelle but only the deck space of a 35.5 footer! The good news is that we will be rotating crew so that everyone (who wants a sail) gets a sail AND plenty of time on Hammo doing the apr├Ęs sail thing. A number of you are coming and going.

Rod West Skipper

Diane West Admiral

Doug West Foredeck

Nicole West Foredeck/Entertainment Officer

Grant Farraway Halyards/Trim

Rowena Drinks

Brian Hayden Sailing Master

Jenny Hayden Whatever she likes

Simon Harvey Mast

Tracey Harvey Foredeck

Kim Sindorff Mainsheet

Shorty Coleman Music/cockpit

Josh Cooper Gorilla Hand

George Friend Network

Evelyn Guy Fashion/mai tais

Gabby Den Elzen Reception

Monday, 20 June 2011

Bavaria 34 Painkiller Intro


This site is a resource for the yacht PAIN.KILLER, family, crew, friends and supporters.

 PAIN.KILLER is a Bavaria 35.5 sloop powered by wind, rum and guts. It is carbon neutral and a great hedge against rising sea levels. PAIN.KILLER is usually berthed at the Southport Yacht Club on the Gold Coast.

The Boat

Bavaria 35.5 Specs:

LOA: 35' 5"
LWL: 30' 3"
Beam: 11' 10"
Draft: 6' 4"/5' 1"
Displacement: 12,540

Cabins: 3
Maker; Bavaria Yachts Germany