Wanderer - January 2015
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Welcome to the New Year and congratulations to all members who competed (or still are competing) in titles over the December/January period.
Club activities are already well underway for the year and as I write this report, the YV Tackers program is up and running with a number of our training school kids, as well as a number of others participating. It's a great way to continue the development of young sailors in our region.
After a short break over the Christmas period, we have now recommenced our regular Tuesday night Twilights as well as our Summer Series racing. For our more distant members, I urge you to check the sailing program (on our website) and try to come along to as many of the events as you can. If you need a ride, just call me and I will arrange a crewing position for you with one of our regular boat crews. Don't forget that Friday night from around 6:15 pm is members' night and a great social occasion every week.
Coming up over the Australia Day weekend is our annual Australia Day Trophy racing, incorporating the Female Skippers Fundraising Day race on the Sunday as well as the Australia Day race on the Monday (this race is also a heat of the LLB, Personal Handicap Series).
The theme of for this years' Fundraising Day is Skin Cancer Awareness and funds raised will go to the Bairnsdale Regional Health Service (Community Health) who are looking at using the funds to run a promotional booth for skin cancer awareness at this year's Bairnsdale Field Days.
Following the race, there will be a number of activities back at the club including raffles, a guest speaker and, of course, presentations to the winners of the various prize categories including: best dressed boat, youngest female skipper, most brightly (zinc) coloured face... You can find a further article detailing the event's prize categories elsewhere in this edition. A great cause, an important issue for those of us in the outdoor,s and a great way to further enjoy our club, boats and the Gippsland Lakes -- I hope everyone can join us!
Welcome to the second half of the season and, until I speak to you next, may you continue to have calm seas and fair winds from aft of the beam ? David
Sun. 4 1400 Three-Bay Race Chris Hawkins Trophy Yardstick Longnose
Tues 6 1715 Twilight Sailing Growler
Fri. 9 1000 Cruise to Metung Yacht Club (MeYC)
Sat. 10 1000 Metung and Return
Sun. 11 1400 LBB Personal Handicap Race 4 Lifebuoy and Bell (LBB) Performance Triple Expresso
Tues. 13 1715 Twilight Sailing Raptor
Sun. 18 1400 Divisional Heats 9 and 10 Divisional Ghost
Tues. 20 1715 Twilight Sailing Legless
Sun. 25 1400 Female Skippers Fundraising Day Australia Day Trophy
Mon. 26 1400 Australia Day Race (LBB Personal Handicap Race 5), Australia Day Trophy
Lifebuoy and Bell (LBB), Yardstick and
Tues. 27 1715 Twilight Sailing Saracen
Sun. 1 1400 Divisional Heats 11 and 12 Divisional Golden Dream
Tues. 3 1715 Twilight Sailing Say No More
Sat. 7 1400 Eastern Region at Loch Sport
MeYC visit Interclub Trophy
Sun 8 1400 Eastern Region at Loch Sport Interclub Trophy
Tues. 10 1715 Twilight Sailing Longnose
14 February Two-fold Bay Regatta (Eden) OTB, FFs and Trailables
Sun. 15 1000 JK Lloyd Trophy Race It's Alright
Two-fold Bay Regatta (Eden)
Tues. 17 1715 Twilight Sailing
Sun. 22 1400 LBB Personal Handicap Race 6 Lifebuoy and Bell (LBB) Performance Little Blue Boat
Tues. 24 1715 Twilight Sailing Two-way Street
Sun. 28 1400 Metung Challenge MeYC vs GLYC Ten Pound Note
(top right) David and Bill enjoy a frisky race around the track on 11 Jan
(above right) Teamwork brings Tremolino into dock after ferocious 16 Dec. Twilight race
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Club night up in the bar. Come and have a barbie or bring take out and enjoy your evening at the club.
A group of families have been meeting on Friday late afternoons for an off-the-beach sail then a barbie and a relaxed evening on the deck. Sounds like a good plan. On pleasant nights the downstairs bar will be open to make this social night easy and convenient. Come join the fun.
Tuesdays - Twilight Stern Chaser Start times commencing around 5:15 pm. Twilight meals will be served. Be sure to let the kitchen know if you are staying for dinner or require a vegetarian meal. (Make note of it on the sign-on sheet.)
Fri. 9 January - Cruise to Metung Sailors can sail back with the fleet on Saturday as part of the Metung and Return race
Sun. 25 January - 1400 Female Skippers Fundraising Day and Skin Cancer Awareness
(top right) Kalimna strutted her stuff in the LB&B on 11 Jan
Rear Commodore's Ramblings
The subject of fairness to all competitors was raised by way of a protest being lodged after a LB&B race late last year. After the subsequent hearing, the protest was dismissed. Later, consideration was given to the fact that the time limit set in the Sailing Instructions was perhaps unfair considering the diversity and speed differences of our Club boats when fleet racing in Trophy Races including the LB&B.
Those members who have revisited the SI in the Season Documents posted on the web and in the Breezeway will see the little 'L' flag with a change to Item 20 Time Limit.
The Time Limit for Trophy Races and Lifebuoy & Bell Races will be sunset.
It was also decided to ease out the time limit for divisional racing in Division 2 where a well sailed sportsboat might indeed finish an hour ahead of a well healed cruiser.
It just makes for a potentially longer day on the water for Race Management, but is certainly fairer for all competitors. It is just a pity that Storyteller, Latitude and Kate didn't get a score last LB&B race. Sorry.
Some years back Ross Wilson, ISAF IRO, told me "to get better at Race Management one had to do stuff elsewhere". It is only by being involved in higher level events that you come to realise just how much and also how little you know about good management practice. Training in race management has become more formalised with YA training programs and seminars for accreditation at Club, State, National and International level, and things are certainly better today than perhaps a decade ago. Technology has played a part but so too the realisation that without good management on the water the sailors are not being treated fairly, whether at Club level or at State or National Regattas. At World or Olympic level it is even more important and the bar just gets higher.
For a number of years now I have been fortunate to have been involved on water with the ISAF World Cup Regatta for Olympic and Invited classes held at Sandringham each December. This Regatta is part of a 6 regatta series around the world and results are considered for Olympic selection. Things have to be done right. It is expected. It is also a great opportunity to do stuff elsewhere.
With very experienced operators.
Lyn Wallace and Brian Carroll were also up at Sandy. Lyn on the registration desk ensuring that sailors signed on and collected their tracker transponders. And returning them at day end! And Brian in the boatpark and on water measuring and ensuring that, amongst other things, no one hoisted the mainsail past the black band. There were probably over 200 volunteers for the five course event. There were certainly over 500 sailors which puts into perspective our recent Laser Masters Regatta with 140 sailors.
Boat handling at the top end is always a delight to watch. It is also nice to know, as part of a race management team that you have got it right. With transponders fitted to all marks of the course, including committee vessels and with the Swiss Timing eye in the sky those in the bunker, deep in the bowels of SYC, would know if the gate was too wide or the windward mark called for axis 220 degrees at 1.1 mile was just that and not 225 degrees at 1.05 mile!
It was pleasing when it all went right. Which is often what the wind did necessitating course changes. Even for ten degrees which did surprise me. It was a great week of messing about with a proper job. The lunch packs were pretty good too! If you can find or make the time next December it is a great opportunity to learn more about how to do stuff and further RM experience and qualifications. I will be putting my hand up again for 2015. Join me.
GLYC is host to the YV State Trailable Championships again. YV must like what we do or perhaps our race track is just what is required for good championship racing. We are also hosting the Noelex, Timpenny and Castle Championships within the YV event. So get your boat or crew sorted and get out there.
Club racing continues with Divisional, LB&B and Trophy Races into the New Year.
Twilight racing continues to be our major Club day with fleets of up to 30 boats. Even when the forecast is for a blow. Which it did on the last Tuesday race before Christmas. Thanks to all who have helped out on and off water this season. We are halfway there. See you on the Start Line.
(top right) Twilight flexing 6 Jan
(above right) Tarna on her way to Metung
Once again to Loch Sport for the Joy Croft with just about a dead run up, Cats out of sight, Lofty flying with spinnaker, rest of us bringing up the rear. Usual lunch then beat home: Gerry home the first of the trailables and a third overall. A longer day for those approaching middle age!!!
Also during the month we had race 5 of the Divisional series. It was fresh day, hard work; modesty forbids me setting out the first trailable.
C G Drummond had only 5 starters. Again I have to be modest. Seriously, we perhaps need to have a review of all the trophy race format. I guess sailors get a bit fed up with just going for a sail with little chance of a result.
The committees approach to Yachting Victoria concerning the Club's fees for membership is to be applauded. My only comment at this stage (with considerable personal restraint) is to quote Paul Keating "ignorance is the enemy of good policy".
Moving into a lighter breeze, I was reminded of the days by one of our dedicated lady members when we did our Coxswains ticket at SEAMAC. One of the sections of the course was engineering. This was under the direction of a Marine Engineer well known for constructing large Catamarans, who when explaining the function of the internal combustion engine, told the class that only four processes took place: I quote, "Suck, Bang, Push, Blow".
We managed to stay for the midnight fireworks; enjoyed the club full of visitors. Again, our bar staff very hard at work, what dedication. Thanks to all organizers for the night.
Well, folks, another year as your scribe... have a good one.
As Kevin Rudd says, said?
(top right) Le Petit Voilier Bleu flies in div race on 14 Dec
(above right) Relience Ffenty Ffoo ahead by a snoot in 3 Bay Race
Has someone sprayed the foreshore with mosquito repellent? Where did they all go?
No, they are racing in the 43rd Mosquito National Titles at Speers Point on Lake Macquarie and the GLYC crew are in 3 out of the 5 top five places in the Spinnaker Division.
Gary on Still Bitten is acing the division and proving all his hard work over the winter has paid off. Neil on Immunity is holding his own in third place with Tim doing well in fifth place. Peter Nikitin is also flying along with a fifth place in the Div Mk 1.
We are definitely proud of our Mosquitos and look forward to their return and hearing all the buzz from their nationals.
(top right) Immunity...taken from the Victorian Mosquito Assoc website
Having just had a very lively divisional race on Sunday the 14th with pouring rain, beating wind, and then calm and sunshine and then the melee all over again, sailors were then tested with our final Twilight of the year.
With benign winds of 8 knots and a few warning gusts, the fleet took off down Newlands Arm. In the southwest a low roller of a cloud was slinking toward us. As the fleet began to pop out of the arm to head up to the windward mark, the roller approached closer. The wind was still pretty modest.
Just as the crew on the Judy G. was about to lay the top mark to windward at about 100 degrees, Bill Shand on Rescue 1 radioed Judy to suggest the top mark needed to be laid 90 degrees west as the wind had suddenly shifted. That's when all hell broke loose.
The mark was thrown in at the new location, just barely, as the waves were bashing the boat mercilessly. Some clued-in skippers headed straight back to home. Many others were still trying to make the course.
Ghost hit the top mark first struggling to keep control, missing the rounding mark once or twice before heading to the finish. Four others battled the spray and waves and wind successfully managing to round the mark without consideration of form or finesse. It was a duel with the elements.
A few skippers headed out past the mark windward simply trying to control the boat long enough to lower sails. Even then Brian on It's Alright said he sped home with with bare poles clocking 8 knots on his GPS.
Kalimna had a near brush with the rocks at Montague Point, while the Penhalls on Golden Dream luckily were not mauled as their mizzen mast ripped out of its seat taking part of the cabin with it.
But miraculously, no one was hurt in the ferocious outbreak of wind which clocked in at at least 33 knots at one point; all boats made it to safety. As people were unloading their nerves up in the clubhouse, a string of men helped pull Michael Sowa's Etchell, Tremolino, off the outside jetty into the safety of the west pens.
Christie and Kelvin on the Judy G amazingly were able to haul in the two top marks in the raging waves and then deferred to Stuart Loft who jumped on board and finessed the Judy G. back into her pen. Whew!
Sailors were rewarded and nurtured after the excitement of the race with a scrumptuous Christmas dinner with roasted vegies and pudding and pavlova in the beautifully decorated setting.
And then...Santa's helpers arrived with bags of lollies for everyone and Commodore David dressed like a character from Dr. Zeus with a springy coiled Christmas hat to announce the amazing winners who actually finished the race for the night.
What a fabulous way to end the Twilight sailing in 2014!
Thanks to Denise Lamble and her galley helpers, to the secret Santas (Lyn, Sharna, Jenny, Suzanne) who dressed up in hilarious costumes and put all the lollies together and decorated the club, to the bar and ground staff, and to the intrepid rescue crews.
(top right) The beginning of the melee on 16 December
(above right) Ghost makes it around the windward mark
The 2015 Female Skippers Race
Sunday 25th January
This year's fundraiser beneficiary will be Bairnsdale Regional Health Service Community Health . Funds raised will benefit the Community Health Nurses to create a Sun Smart awareness stand at this years' Bairnsdale Field days.
Be Sun Smart ? Protect your skin against damage caused by the sun!
SO..... SLIP, SLOP, SLAP, SUNGLASSES, and SHADE will be the dress code for the day- lots of hats, zinc and colour, etc.
Prizes for 1st female skipper, best "protected" yacht, biggest hat, most original face protection. A raffle will also be held with some fabulous Sun Protection prizes.
Party Food afternoon tea ($5.00 per person)!
Looking forward to your support and hope it's not 43 deg as it was last year!!!!
(top right) Jacqui in the SJJ Sailing Sports team in the first all female boat in the Prince Phillip Cup (Natl. Dragon titles) Brighton. Jan 3-9
Kids + Boats = Fun
Tackers returns to GLYC
Yachting Victoria's Tackers program returned to Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club this week. Under the guidance of YV instructors Chelsea & Ruby, 22 kids aged 7-12 took to the water for the Tackers 1 -- Intro to Fun Sailing & Tackers 2 -- Better Sailing programs. Tackers is a great way to increase childrens' life skills such as communication, self reliance, team work, problem solving and self confidence. A number of kids participating had never sailed before joining the school holiday program, however by mid week they were having fun sailing independently with friends. More experienced kids could also be seen sailing to up to Sunset Cove and in Lake Victoria just off Raymond Island. The Tackers program will return again to GLYC in the Easter School Holidays (29th March to 2nd April). Visit www.sailglyc.com for registration details.
(top right) Charlie helps in the pirate exercise in Tackers
If any members are youngish (are any??), or have kids or grandkids in the 18-25 age bracket, they might be interested in the opportunity below.
Every summer hundreds of thousands of American kids head off to summer camp for from 6-8 weeks, and these camps need tens of thousands of cabin counsellors, trainers, just people with skills that they can impart to these kids. They don't pay much, the full details are on the site below, but you get room and board and pocket money and often fabulous places to stay while working with kids in your area of skill. I can't recommend the opportunity highly enough.
In 1974, I signed up to Camp America and headed off on my own to Wisconsin via Chicago where I was met and put on a bus to "Camp Horseshoe" up near Lake Superior. I was signed up as the Admiral of their sailing program, 8 dinghies on a private lake, and a 35' sloop on Lake Superior that we took groups of 5 kids out on for a week at a time. An English guy, Martin, turned up and was made Vice-Admiral, and 40 years later the two of us just rode bicycles from Saigon to Hanoi.
Life was idyllic; I was cabin counsellor to a group of 6 boys and slept in the cabin with them.
Martin and I were up at 5:30 each morning, went for a 10 km run through the woods, stripped off and dived into the lake when we got back, and emerged to a huge breakfast of pancakes and eggs and sausages and whatever. Then we spent the days teaching kids the skills of sailing, put them to bed, headed for a bar until midnight, and started all over again next day.
Because of the relationship I developed with the kids, I went back to Memphis and Chicago after camp and stayed with their families. One night out sailing on Lake Michigan, I was asked if I wanted to crew on a yacht from Tahiti to Hawaii, and 3 days later I was off. So Camp America can create some amazing opportunities.
(top right) Tackers 2 bond and leap with enthusiasm
(above right) Tackers 1 dive into sailing
Tales of the Whale and the Bird
The Adventures of Pete and Anne 16 Dec
We have arrived safe and sound, after travelling by train, bus, plane, car and by foot. We had approximately 60 k of gear, mostly boat bits and boat gear and 400 tea bags and blocks of chocolate. I am not missing out on my favourite comfort food.
We cleared Australian, American and Mexican security and customs without a glance from the officials at Melbourne and Los Angeles airport and also when crossing the border. What a relief. Pete's stomach was churning as the duty free allowance is only $300.00, and he required a toilet stop just before the check point.
Our contact in Long Beach had more boat bits that we had bought and sent to her address, including canvas, pump parts, shaft seal and she had a discount card for Westmarine. We picked up a new life raft and windvane. Add to all of this a new guitar for Pete sent to the Fed Ex office across the road from our motel. Everything was packed into our hire car and we set off across the Arizona desert to Tucson before crossing the border into Mexico. I expected to see Cowboys, Indians, rattlesnakes and coyotes, the scenery was Wild West.
Pete mastered driving a left hand drive car on the opposite side of the road and with the help of a GPS for the car (thanks Gerry) we did not get lost. One funny moment was when we both got into the car, only....I was sitting in the driver's seat and Pete in the passenger seat with car keys in hand ready to start the car.
Whale and the Bird was in the work yard the day we arrived and we have been up early and back late each day. We are having a new prop shaft made as the old one was 'stuffed', to get the shaft out the work yard concrete pavers had to be dug up and a hole dug to drop the rudder down. The other big job has been listing all the spare parts and equipment, it is every yacht owners dream to have all this, but there is hardly any room for our gear! The boat is a floating workshop; we don't think the previous owner threw anything away; seriously, how many O rings do we need and 6 impellers for the engine water pump and Pete bought 2 with him in case we needed spares. I'm surprised the galley is not stuffed with boat spares.
Mexico is quirky, friendly, fun and at times frustrating, the margaritas are good and the food tasty. We have met some wonderful people and we have been told that our accent is 'sexy'; most Americans cannot understand what we are saying. We are learning rudimentary Spanish, supermarkets are challenging, which one is the self raising flour?
We have a small Christmas tree (I found one, Angela) and a cosy Condo until the 26/12. If the boat is not in the water by then we will be homeless with a mountain of gear.
We hope you all have a lovely, safe and happy Christmas,
Cheers Pete and Anne
Boat Repairs in Exotic Place Pty/Ltd.
(top right) The Whale and the Bird
(above right) Well done, Anne
Tales of the Whale and the Bird
More adventures from Mexico
Happy New Year from us to all our family and friends, we hope you all have a wonderful year in 2015. We are now living on the yacht in the marina at San Carlos. What an amazing 3 weeks we have had; Christmas Day was our only day off, a sleep in with hot Christmas lunch and I found some ferrero rochers!
We waited so patiently for the high tide on the 31/12 to launch Whale and the Bird, a whole 5 days! In the mean time we were driving our little hire car to Guaymas searching for all sorts of parts, eg hose for the gas bottle, angle grinder, marine paint, storage containers, soldering iron ect, up and down narrow streets, is this a one way street? Never mind everyone else is going the wrong way. Each task we accomplished was celebrated with a high 5. We dressed up for visit to the Banjercito, and a interview with a very proper Mexican official to apply for the Temporary Import Visa for the boat( this can be a night mare of paperwork). Without this we could not leave the Marina or Mexico. It was so wonderful to walk out the door with this little piece of paper in our hands, another achievement.
Then late Tuesday the yacht was settled down on the hydraulic arms of the trailer for the 6.30am drive the next morning to catch the high tide. Pete was unable to watch as they took the metal pads supporting the boat down one by one to rest her on the hydraulic arms. I couldn't watch as Pete crawled under the keel to put the last coat of anti foul on where she had been sitting on the blocks.
Early the next morning we followed the big tractor, in the dark, at a snails pace as it moved down the road, pushing the hydraulic trailer with Whale and the Bird sitting high above us, it was nerve wracking. Very slowly the trailer was pushed down the ramp and the hydraulic arms lowered.
As Pete said she is 'now a boat' there she floated, calmly in the water tied to the dock. Then we were thrown into the deep end, start the motor, no leaks, propellor shaft looks good, now motor her around to the berth,.... We had only a brief sail in September......no practice at motoring..... it looked like such a small space to fit a 40ft yacht into! One heart wrenching moment as the bow with anchor sticking out was centimetres away from the boat next to us. We took some deep breaths, and got in without any damage, then we worked all day tidying up. We decided to treat ourselves to a huge dinner washed down with Pi?a Coladas and beer. We just saw in the New Year and we were fast asleep. What a day!!
>> We woke at 4.30 am to the wind whistling, this was not the weather we were hoping for, for the 6.5 mile offshore run around to the Marina in San Carlos, which is more sheltered. However by 6am it was calmer and we decided to leave as strong winds were forecast for the coming days. One short moment of worry when the marina rock wall looked way to close, they certainly do not give you much room to turn in Mexican marinas!!
It was great to be out in the open sea following the rocky coast line, we were visited by a school of Dolphins. An hour later we were safely tied up with a 10/10 manoeuvre into the slip, well done Pete and Annie!
We now have a few weeks to familiarise ourselves and sail Whale and the Bird before sailing south in the Sea of Cortez. I 'd liked to tell you stories of hot balmy weather, but that is not the case, it's lovely in the mornings, then a strong bitter northerly comes in around 2pm. It's only particular to this part of the Sea of Cortez as we move south it will get warmer, we hope!.
All the best
Pete and Anne
(above right) Not to be outdone, another Tackers 2
GLYC brings in the new year
Once again New Year's Eve was a wonderful night at the club. People started wandering in around 6:30 with families starting on the barbie soon after. By 7:30 a crowd was forming and the pot luck buffet was growing with delicious salads, barbie delicacies, desserts and even a Spanish paella. As always, the balance worked out beautifully.
By 8-8:30 at least 60 were enjoying the evening and libation and the spectacular sunset. The fireworks did not disappoint though a few babies and dogs would have preferred less of a bang.
After the display, people started heading home while the second wind began to arrive for the strike of twelve. Champers and good wishes and another exciting fire work display.
Many thanks to Ian for running the bar and Christie for tending the food and kitchen.
Another year and a very successful night for us all. Here's to 2015!!!
(top right) The welcome bang for 2105. Photo by Tony Baron (Spottiswood clan)
Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club
P.O. Box 194, Paynesville VIC 3880
|Commodore||David Parish||5156 7523 / 0437 516 666|
|Vice Commodore||Lyn Wallace||0414 292 289|
|Rear Commodore||James Frecheville||5156 7103 / 0412 979 824|
|Sailing Captain||James Frecheville|| 5156 7103 / 0412 979 824|
|Secretary||Russ Peel||5156 6691 / 0408 589 805|
|Treasurer||Jenny Brown||0403 819 635|
|Sailability Officer||Andrew Thistlethwaite||5156 0141|
|Immediate Past Commodore||Jacqui Crawford||0468 987 684|
|Publicity and Wanderer||Christie Arras||5156 7861|
|Club House||Dave Bacon||5156 7524|
|Tropies||Lou Hill||0418 580 780|
|Boats||Andrew Somerville||5156 1118|
|Training School||Sharna Baskett||0409 207 331|
|Training School||Jess Heaney||0403 856 803|