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 85 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 all-year round. Over and above our Sunday full fleet cut and thrust seasonal sailing between October and May the club also runs a winter series on Saturdays commencing 1300 hours on 1 day a month.
For those interested in competitive stern-chaser sailing, GLYC runs an extremely successful Twilight Series held each Tuesday evening during daylight saving hours, followed by a social meal at the club (Open to all divisions).
A full year schedule of sailing is available with an Ancient Mariners Series. This sailing occurs during the week every Thursday or Friday depending on wind strengths and weather with 1300 hours start (Open to trailable and keel boats) .
All visitors are welcome but in order to sail with us must be members of a yacht club, or register for a sail pass (which can be obtained for no cost from the GLYC Website) and have proof of insurance if intending to race their own yacht.
During the summer months we also host a number of regattas on behalf of class associations and/or Yachting Victoria, our peak governing body. These regattas/competitions bring in funds and a wealth of 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 including Etchells.
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 Wednesday in terms 4 and 1, for local primary and special schools, centres for people with disabilities and community support programs