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OTVA Newsletter Sept 2021 – OTC 75th Anniversary

27 Aug 21
Greg Martyn
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OTVA Newsletter June 2021

26 May 21
Greg Martyn
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OTVA Newsletter March 2021

02 Mar 21
Greg Martyn
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Audio Newsletter OTVA March 2021

02 Mar 21
Greg Martyn
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OTVA Audio Newsletter of March 2021

As our members age, some may be having trouble reading the email newsletter on their computer or phone. Please listen to this computer generated version of our latest Newsletter and let us know your thoughts. We appreciate your comments.

Play the audio

[Link: Audio Newsletter for March 2021 (mp4)]

Note: This issue the audio file is an audio mp4 file, which is much smaller than last quarter’s audio edition. It also uses a woman’s voice which may be more pleasant to listen to. The download is only 14 Mb this time. Please be patient (who ever wanted to wait for a computer!). I expect the file (which is an mp4 file) will open an audio player in a new browser window on your computer or phone. Playing this file will be about 70 minutes.

Audio Newsletter – Trial finishes.

This is the third audio edition of our quarterly newsletter.
The trial of an audible version of the newsletter will finish with this issue, unless there is a strong response from members.
If you use the Audio Edition and would like to see it continued, please be sure to contact Peter or Greg in the usual way.

Alternative ways of listening to the Newsletter are:

  • Have a relative, friend or neighbour read it to you
  • Open the December 2020 pdf newsletter from here [Link OTVA.com]
    • Download it to your computer, so you can open it in your PDF reader app
    • Look for the Read Aloud option:
      • Edge browser, Windows 10, Read aloud
      • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC it’s under View, Read Out Loud
      • Foxit Reader it’s under View, Read

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Veterans Christmas Reunions – 2020

07 Dec 20
Greg Martyn
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Local Christmas Reunions – 2020

2020 has been a different year, particularly with concerns and restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic altering our day to day and normal activities becoming more cautious.

The usual OTVA Christmas Reunion in Sydney, at Club York has not been held due to concerns with people attending and travelling to the city by public transport.

The OTVA Committee decided to hold local events, where members were willing to organise a get together that would be more easily accessible for those members and friends living nearby or happy to travel to.

Sydney Northern Suburbs Reunion

The first Reunion was held on Friday 27 November by the Sydney Northern Beaches and Suburbs group hosted by Orm Butler. Many of the attendees are pictured below

Sydney Northern Suburbs Christmas attendees

Back row L – R Dennis Grant, John Hibbard Front row L-R Bill Breeze, David Coutts, Dave Stimpson, Peter Trebeck, Alan Michie, Tom Gruzka, Ken Arnold, Bill Davey, Milton Cale, Tom Neeson, Dean Veverka, Orm Butler, Ernie Wan, George Knowles

Orm wrote: We had the function on Friday, and a good turn up of people. Lots of stories exchanged and memories relived. Photo: Orm Butler.

Thanks for the update Orm.

Sydney Central Christmas Luncheon

The second Reunion was held on Wednesday 2 December by the Sydney Central group hosted by Jim Simpson.

A good reunion with old friends from the former OTC Operations, Engineering, CRS/Maritime & Drawing Office represented at a luncheon at Club Five Dock.

Attendees included:
John Bellingham, Paul Cope, Alex Ebert, Greg Edwards, Mike Elliott, Steve Galbraith, Graham Hansen, Dagmar Perumal, Jim Simpson, Karen Wrenall (ex Telstra, Steve Galbraith’s partner),
Neil Yakalis. Photo: Jim Simpson.

Thanks for the update Jim.

Sydney Southside Christmas Luncheon

The third Reunion was held on Thursday 3 December by the Southern Sydney and the Southern Highlands group hosted by Greg Martyn.

Those OTVA Members from Southern Sydney and the Southern Highlands who attended enjoyed lunch at the By the Bay Cafe in Carss Bush Park south of Sydney. With good company, good food, refreshments while many stories were re-told, the veterans celebrated their company and companionship! A good time was had by all.

Attendees included:
Peter Bull, Mick Callaghan, Ross Smith, Darryl Steer, Ray Pow, Brian Travis, Bill Jolly, Gary Beaton, John Vossen, Tom Barker, Greg Martyn, Robin Tuckfield, Rob Askew, Shaune Walsh, David Izatt, Jules Corben and John Eades. Photo: John Eades.

Report by Greg Martyn.

Tweed Valley – Northern Rivers Christmas Party

John Bennett reports on the intrepid fellows of the Tweed Valley enjoying their Christmas Party despite the torrential rain in the area over the last week.

We had our annual xmas party to day [Wed 16th] at the Riverview Hotel Murwillumbah.

We all enjoyed the afternoon, as it was touch and go, with the flooding only receding in the late morning, enough for us to get through to the Riverview.

We all gave a warm welcome to Phil Wall who is visiting from Sydney. Jim Hulme sent apologies, as he would have come from Brisbane, with road closures a big unknown.

Visitors welcome

Any exotc members who may be visiting the area over the holidays are welcome, call John Bennett for details, if you wish to attend Wednesdays at 12.00pm.

OTVA Tweed Valley Christmas Group 2020

OTVA Tweed Valley Christmas Group, (L-R) David Kidd, Paul Close, Alan West, Bill Newman, Phil Wall [antlers], Steve Marshall, Bob Collins, John Bennett, Gary Samuels. Photo: John Bennett

Thanks for the update, John.

Photos of the reunions are here

 

Audio Newsletter OTVA December 2020

24 Nov 20
Greg Martyn
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OTVA Audio Newsletter of December 2020

As our members age, some may be having trouble reading the email newsletter on their computer or phone. Please listen to this computer generated version of our latest Newsletter and let us know your thoughts. We appreciate your comments.

Play the audio

[Link: Audio Newsletter for December 2020 (mp4)]

Note: This issue the audio file is an audio mp4 file, which is much smaller than last quarter’s audio edition. It also uses a woman’s voice which may be more pleasant to listen to. The download is only 9 Mb this time. Please be patient (who ever wanted to wait for a computer!). I expect the file (which is an mp4 file) will open an audio player in a new browser window on your computer or phone. Playing this file will be about 50 minutes.

Alternative ways of listening to the Newsletter are:

  • Have a relative, friend or neighbour read it to you
  • Open the December 2020 pdf newsletter from here [Link OTVA.com]
    • Download it to your computer, so you can open it in your PDF reader app
    • Look for the Read Aloud option:
      • Edge browser, Windows 10, Read aloud
      • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC it’s under View, Read Out Loud
      • Foxit Reader it’s under View, Read

ENJOY OUR NEWSLETTER

Please share your thoughts with us.

OTVA Newsletter December 2020

24 Nov 20
Greg Martyn
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OTC Southern Ocean Yachting Classic – 1987

12 Nov 20
Greg Martyn
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1987 Yacht Race from Hobart to Perth,
in time for the America’s Cup Challenge.

Sailing Against the Roaring 40’s

OTC was invited to sponsor a special yacht race in 1987 to link the Sydney to Hobart annual race to the Americas Cup race in Perth.

Image: Start of the race Hobart to Adelaide. Photo Tom Barker.
The OTVA Newsletter of December 2020, and I expect, the March 2021 edition have 2 stories of this race, how it came about, and it’s organisation, both from a managerial view and that of a Radio Operator on the Race relay ship.

Tom Barker explains the origin of the races.

In 1986, Peter Shore was the Manager of OTC Public Relations and he received a visit from the Commodores of three yacht clubs, The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania (RYCT), the Royal Perth Yacht Club (RPYC) and the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron (RSAYS).
They told him that as the Americas Cup had been won by the RPYC (famously sponsored by Alan Bond) in 1983 and that club was committed to host races in defence of the trophy in Perth, in January 1987, it would be fitting if a series of ocean yacht races could be conducted after the conclusion of the 1986 Sydney Hobart race, which would culminate in the Defence of the Americas Cup, in Fremantle. These races would be from Hobart to Adelaide, Adelaide to Esperance Bay (WA) and Esperance to Perth.

Don Koulaouzos’s application as Radio Officer on the Radio Relay ship was successful.

As Don says “… I was also appointed as Chief Radio Officer (CRO) and would be on duty for the entire duration of the SOYC. It was hard to contain my absolute glee for the rest of the day with this humbling honour and exciting responsibility.
The other successful Radio Officers (RO) who were to join me for each leg of the race were Brian Morgan, Maryanne Lyneham and Peter Gilkes all of us in our mid 20’s.”

Expect to see their full stories in the Newsletters.

Images of the Southern Ocean Yachting Classic 1987

by Greg Martyn. Newsletter Editor.

SOYC-054 Privateer in Gageroads 23-1-1987 (a new record 2 days 6hrs 49 min 23 sec from Esperence)

Privateer arriving in Perth waters 23-1-1987. Photo: Tom Barker.

OTVA Newsletter September 2020

31 Aug 20
Greg Martyn
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Audio version of OTVA Sept 2020 Newsletter

31 Aug 20
Greg Martyn
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Experimental audio edition
September 2020 Newsletter

As our members age, some may be having trouble reading the email newsletter on their computer or phone. We’re interested to have you listen to this computer generated version of our latest Newsletter and would appreciate your comments.

play the audio
Link to Audio Edition of September 2020 OTVA Newsletter. 23Mb.

Note: the download is 23 Mb and may take some time to arrive on your computer. Please be patient (who ever wanted to wait for a computer!). I expect the file (which is an mp3 file) will open an audio player in a new browser window on your computer or phone.
Playing this file will be about 50 minutes.

Alternative ways of listening to the Newsletter are:

  • Have a relative, friend or neighbour read it to you
  • Open the September 2020 pdf newsletter from here [Link OTVA.com]
    • Download it to your computer, so you can open it in your PDF reader app
    • Look for the Read Aloud option:
      • Edge browser, Windows 10, Read aloud
      • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC it’s under View, Read Out Loud
      • Foxit Reader it’s under View, Read

Enjoy our newsletter

Please share your thoughts with us.