Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club is a fully-volunteer club located on the foreshore of McMillan Straits and Lake Victoria, Paynesville in East Gippsland. The club was founded in 1937 and has been committed to sailing for over 75 years. The facility has grown somewhat since those early days and now boasts to be one of the most successful family sailing clubs in Victoria. Our facilities include a fully-licenced bar, club rooms with lake views, launching area with ramp, crane, and mooring jetties. The Club has wet berth, hardstand and undercover boat storage.

Gippsland Lakes is one of the most active sailing clubs in country Victoria, whereby we are operational nearly all-year round. For those interested in competitive sailing we run a winter series on Saturdays commencing 1300 hours, and the Ancient Mariners Series midweek on Tuesdays at 1300hrs. We then roll straight into the Summer Series every Sunday at 1400 hours (October - May), and the extremely successful Twilight Series held each Tuesday evening during daylight saving, followed by a social meal at the club.

During the summer months we also have a number of specialised regattas; hosting on behalf of class associations and/or Yachting Victoria, our peak governing body. These regattas/competitions bring a wealth of money, knowledge and competition to the club that otherwise could be lost. Our major annual regatta continues to be the Easter Regatta, held over the three days of Easter and has been well supported by both club and non-club members for over 50 years.

The classes raced include Flying Fifteens, Mosquitos, Sabres, Castle 650s, Sonata 6/7s, Timpenny 770s, and a mixed fleet of dinghies, trailer-sailors and keelboats.

GLYC is also an accredited Discover Sailing Centre, offering sail programs for all backgrounds, ages, and abilities:

  • Sailing school: encouraging first time sailors, developing our novice fleet and a youth development pathway.
  • Tackers: run in the school holidays, providing learn to sailing opportunities for both kids and adults.
  • Sailability: held each Tuesday in terms 4 and 1, for local primary and special schools, centres for people with disabilities and community support programs
  • Adult and Teen programs
  • Powerboat handling  
  • School Sailing 


We offer venue hire whereby the main hall and rooms can be hired for Functions, Weddings, Community Meetings, Seminars, Corporate Events... all with a brand new state-of-the art projector and interactive white board system.

Contact us at glyc@sailglyc.com
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Latest News

Aug 1, 2016
Category: General
Posted by: tshepperd

1pm start.

Not up for sailing but would love to support in a rescue boat or learning starting procedures? Talk to Jacqui commodore@sailglyc.com who will need a few extras on various weekends.

Please email glyc@sailglyc.com if you would like to receive emails with update about the winter series.

Aug 1, 2016
Jul 14, 2016
Category: General
Posted by: tshepperd

On 17th September we will run the last of the standalone sprint series.

So everyone can continue with their weekends and race during the warmest part of the day the races will have a 10am briefing for an 11am start. Finishing up at 1pm. (several races until 1pm). NOR and SI will continue from the summer series and all handicaps will continue.

Three rescue boats JudyG, Rescue 1 and Alex P will be on the water to allow for all vessels big and small to sail. The Discover Sailing team are looking at having Pacers available for this sprint series – a great opportunity for those wanting to start racing in a friendly and supportive environment. If you are keen and competent at sailing a Pacer, and would like to form a crew to race in this series please contact Sharna .

Jul 14, 2016
May 8, 2016
Category: General
Posted by: tshepperd
A group of 30+ members got together on Sunday 1st May to talk about ’what can the GLYC committee and members do to progress our club on and off water, and champion the sport of sailing?’ Two hours and over 120 ideas later, we had progressed the club’s strategic planning from initial assessment to identifying some viable ideas on what we can start, stop and continue doing at GLYC.
May 8, 2016

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