Vice Commodore's Report
I have now been in the Vice Commodore's chair for about 6 weeks now, and from all I have learned so far, our club is in very good shape. Previous committees have worked hard over the last few years to ground our good intentions into clearly documented policies and practices that will ensure the continued development and improvement of the club and build its sustainability long into the future. I am certainly looking forward to working with Jacqui, the current committee and interested club members to keep up the momentum of all this good work.
I am sure I speak for all committee members when I say that I will be very happy to hear the views of members on what we are doing- especially if those views come along with good ideas for further improvements!
I have taken over hall bookings, relieving Ian Spottiswood of this aspect of his work. I will also be the rep on committee for Tuesday Night meals, Friday club night activities, especially soup kitchen, and other catering activities, as these sit well with Hall bookings/usage. This is not to say I am taking over, but rather I will support Denise with Tuesday night meals etc. I will also be keeping a close eye on potential grants and will assist with writing submissions. So if anyone hears of any possible avenues for grants, do let me know.
For now, at risk of being labelled "soft" by the hardy sailors among you, Rod and I have put the '15 into hibernation for winter. For those intending to sail the winter season, I wish you fair sailing and I fervently hope you manage to remain free of hypothermia!
To those fortunate members who have escaped the cold by heading north, I wish you well and look forward to seeing you back at GLYC in spring.
Updated: 4 Aug 2015 5:33pm by David Parish
Winter is so beautiful on our Gippsland Lakes. Although the cold days we are having now do make you long for the summer and the sailing season, I can say it is not long now.
The opening weekend is the 10th of October. So please note it down and start thinking warm thoughts about sail pasts, racing and, hopefully, a guest speaker who I believe we will get some valuable knowledge off. (I am just pinning him down now).
I would like to thank Wendy for her opening words this month. So beautifully written, and really does sum up what we are all achieving in each portfolio. Please do look out for our committee members asking for expressions of interest throughout the year. James will need people for rescue boat, Sharna and Andrew would love people for their training groups. Then we have working bees, Discover sailing days, and general help that Dave and Jim need to keep our club at the standard we all enjoy.
It is a good place when you walk in to the club and it's neat tidy and waiting for the next event. You don't see what has happened behind the scenes, yet when you look back over the years you see the club evolve and continue being the place we all go to 'for good company', 'good sailing', and 'good friendships'.
So with this thought in mind, I would like to let you know that over the last two seasons there has been a proposal for a slight modification to be implemented to our logo. The current committee of management is seeking your view on the two logos. We understand it is a very personal and subjective view that all our members will have on the topic. This is why we will be seeking your point of view in an upcoming survey. I thank you in advance for letting us know what you feel and for your answer.
Updated: 4 Aug 2015 5:36pm by Jacqui Loft
30 Sunday, 1300 hrs Race 3 Winter Series
19 Saturday, 900 hrs Club Race Officers Course
26 Saturday, 900 hrs Working bee. Afternoon Sailors' Forum.Lunch provided.
27 Sunday, 1300 hrs Race 4 Winter Series
10 Saturday, 1100 hrs Opening Day and Sail Past
10 Saturday, 1400 hrs Heat 1 Commodore's Trophy Race
11 Sunday, 1400 hrs Heats 2 and 3 Commodore's Trophy Race
13 Tuesday, 1700 hrs First Twilight Sailing (No Meals)
18 Sunday, 1400 hrs Divisional Heats 1 and 2
20 Tuesday, 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing (Meals)
25 Sunday, 900-12 noon Discover Sailing Day
25 Sunday, 900-12 Sail Training (ST) registration
25 Sunday, 1400 hrs Lifebuoy and Bell (LBB) Performance race
27 Tuesday, 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing
31/1 Sat/Sun 1200 hrs ASBA (Australian Sports Boat Assoc.) Victorian State Titles
Updated: 3 Aug 2015 7:37am by James Frecheville
Club night up in the bar. Come and enjoy winter soup nights or you can bring in your own take out. It's a very lively night.
Tuesday afternoon Ancient Mariners
Bring a lunch and mull over the day's course before the 1300 hours start of the ancient mariners' stern chaser. Brian Collins has provided a spread sheet of courses to choose from depending on the strength of the wind and perhaps even the direction. Maybe even win the coveted bottle of wine. (A gold coin is suggested to support the cost of the winning bottle.)
Soup is on!!!
Come on up to the Loft on Friday nights for the best deal in town...bottomless soup and garlic bread for $5!!! Only a few left in August.
Dates to put on your calendars:
Working Bee -- Saturday, 26 September
Opening Weekend -- Sat/Sun, 10 October
First Twilight Sail -- Tuesday, 13 October
Discover Sailing Day -- Sunday, 25 October
Sail Training registration -- Sunday, 25 October
Australian Sports Boat Assoc Victorian State Titles at GLYC -- Sat/Sun, Oct.31/Nov.1
Updated: 5 Aug 2015 12:40am by Christie Arras
From the Sailing Captain's Chest
Notes taken from sailors after the AGM indicated that there may be some interest in subtle changes to Divisional racing this coming season with a possible splitting of boats in Div 2.
Division 2 sailors could consider whether ballasted keelboats (ie Etchells, Dragons and like) that are more interested in doing short back to back (B2B) racing sign up with Div 1 for the season (Divisional racing only). The remainder of the Div 2 fleet, our largest and most diverse fleet, would sail a mix of long triangle races as of last season and some passage races with courses determined on the day considering weather and other factors. There are seven days gazetted for Divisional racing next season, so there is ample opportunity to facilitate this especially given that all other divisions sail their own courses anyway.
If there is interest we may also fit in a couple of Sunday whole of fleet Sternchasers to compliment the popular Tuesday night sails and give opportunity to those who normally don't race on Sunday to participate.
Another point to consider is the type and format of LB&B racing where we do the same as last season with stand alone triangular course racing or add or include more passage or trophy races as part of the Series. It would be good to get some feedback on what the sailors want from their racing. And the only way to get that is to put it out there for all to discuss. I would like also to form a Sailing Committee with at least one representative from each Division and some from our race management team.
Draft versions of both NOR and SI for the coming season have been penned and reflect much of last season's documents. These will be amended as required and posted on the website and Club noticeboard in the Breezeway after ratification by CoM at a later date but well before Season Opening on the second weekend of October.
On one Saturday in September (TBA)....no not that one...there will be a Race Officer course held for anyone interested in Race Management. The plan is to co-host with Metung YC and everyone is welcome to participate. For many this will be a revisit of stuff already known and carried out on a weekly basis but it will help formalise and expand our competent and qualified race management team. Without proper race management there can not be good racing and it is important for the future success of our Club to have people who can run a race.
It is all part of succession planning and there will be plenty of opportunity to be involved at regatta level this season as we are hosting the ASBA (Sportsboat) Victorian Championships and the Flying Fifteen Ossie Mac weekend in November. The Impulse National championships are to be held over the Xmas New Year break and there is talk of a one design regatta for Etchells, Dragons and Flying Fifteens over the Australia Day weekend.
See you on the Start Line if not before.
Updated: 3 Aug 2015 1:04pm by James Frecheville
Winter is always a quiet time for racing and skippers often use this time to do some boat repairs.
The first race of the winter series was sailed in moderate conditions with three Flying Fifteens competing. Brian and Kevin sailed well to cross the line first; Trevor and Damien were second followed by John and Nolene. It was great to see Damien sailing again with Trevor after recovering from his accident; welcome back Damien! The second race of the winter series was blown out.
Off the water there have been other yachting related activities. Jim Callahan and Michael Clark have been out at Bill Shand's working on their boats. Bill is busy preparing his new boat for the upcoming season. Michael Clark and Zetty are now in Nice, France to watch the Flying Fifteen World Titles. Michael is the Flying Fifteen Australian Secretary and will be doing some networking for our association while he is overseas.
We are all looking forward to the upcoming season and some warmer sailing weather.
Updated: 2 Aug 2015 10:20pm by Christie Arras
Heading out for some winter sailing
Jaime Zizman and Taj Duff travelled to Melbourne in early July for Albert Park Yacht Club's WinterSail. The boys had three full days of coaching with other keen Minnow and Opti sailors from across the state. Despite the very "wintery" conditions, they learned new skills, made new friends and had lots of fun. (They did ok in the final day of racing too!!!)
Updated: 4 Aug 2015 1:23am by Christie Arras
Discover Sailing Update
Preparation is now underway for our 2015-16 Discover Sailing Season. This year we have a number of programs planned under the DSC umbrella including:
- Start Sailing 1 & 2 (kids) -- 7 week learn to sail program (ages 8-12)
- Green Fleet -- 10 week program focus on better sailing (for kids with a couple of years sailing experience, ages 10-15)
- Coaching -- for juniors with their own boat, focused on racing and better sailing
- Start Sailing Adults -- OTB & Keelboat
- Sailability -- continuation of GLYC's long standing Tues program
- Tackers (in Sept, Xmas & Easter School holidays)
- Powerboat Handling
We are always looking for suitable volunteers to assist with each of our programs; both on & off the water. If you are interested in being involved ? please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Sharna Baskett on 0409207331
Updated: 2 Aug 2015 9:55pm by Christie Arras
Just in case anyone was wondering why-- various exit doors have been modified to conform to the requirements of the Building Regulations. This was triggered by clauses in the final certificate issued for the downstairs bar, etc,. which lists " Essential Safety Measures" and inspections that we have to perform on a regular schedule.
The only other item that members need to take note of is that all paths of exit must be kept clear at all times. So please do not block the kitchen exit door or leave the stage on the route from the deck to the back stairs as the new stair from the deck is too narrow to be counted as a fire exit.
And just in case nobody noticed, we have a new roof on the boatshed courtesy of Johnathan Wood. This was a much bigger job than expected due to huge distortions in the supporting structure -- and it rained....... But it could have been worse. Here's a picture of something only slightly older we found on our travels.
Updated: 4 Aug 2015 1:16am by Christie Arras
One Sailing - amalgamation of YA and state/territory bodies
Message from Matt Allen Yachting Australia President
Basically, YA and all the State associations are being amalgamated into one management body to get efficiencies and have more money to promote sailing. They claim it will result in better delivery to services to clubs like ours. The introduction to the report is attached to this email and the complete report can be accessed via the link below or on the home page of the GLYC website. An interesting read which should be of interest to us all.
In October last year, Yachting Australia and the eight State and Territory Associations (MYAs) signed an agreement to develop a governance and management framework to secure the future of our sport.
Through a period of consultation and collaboration, the parties have reached a key milestone in the review process and now seek to consult with you, our Clubs, Class Associations, Members and staff. Titled "One Sailing", it states simply what we are trying to achieve, the unification of sailing around the country and delivering better services and resources to ensure long-term success for the whole of the sport of sailing in Australia. Contained in this document is the process we have undertaken to get to this point and outlines the key findings. I encourage you to take some time to peruse this proposal.
I acknowledge the contribution of the Yachting Australia Board, State and Territory Presidents and their Boards for the spirit and genuine concern for their Clubs, Associations, Members and staff while ensuring the best ways to work together to benefit all parties. In any project that includes change, there has to be a willingness to look to the future and not spend time gazing in the past and I am grateful that all parties have been able to achieve this. For the future of our sport, we ask you to consider this proposal with an eye to the future and the aim of securing sustainable Clubs and Class Associations, for the benefit of you and your fellow sailors today and for all of us, for many years to come.
Sailing is in an enviable position that we are an engaged community of regular participants. We have committed Clubs and Class Associations across the States and Territories who handle the administration of their Clubs and members and run events, but we understand we could do more to help with resources and services that are relevant and consistent. With this proposed model, we will be able to co-ordinate National and State resources to build stronger networks and increase the services provided to assist in the running of your Clubs.
For our sport to be sustainable, we need to increase the numbers of people who are trying sailing and encourage them to join our Clubs and become committed and long-term members. Australia has a competitive sporting marketplace, we can't be complacent and need to address our participation numbers if we want to continue to receive funding and remain relevant in our communities, now and in the future.
This is an opportunity for us to work smarter, use our resources better and ensure our services are co-ordinated nationally and delivered locally. May I ask that you, as members of the sailing community, consider the opportunity outlined and engage with your Club Commodore or State and Territory Association President.
The proposed organisational changes are ground-breaking in Australian sport and if implemented, will advance sailing such that future generations will acknowledge this as a seminal moment in our sport. The Yachting Australia Board is unanimous in recommending the Report and to proceed to Phase 3 -- implementation of One Sailing.
Read the complete YA report here.
Updated: 3 Aug 2015 7:39am by Tim Shepperd
The adventures of Slinky Malinky
Rosie on Slinky crossing Baird Bay Bar
If you are going to be stuck somewhere awaiting a new outboard I can think of few finer places than Streaky Bay, a small country town with a big hearted community. Dave and Rob left me to sit it out, which indeed I did when the usual blow went through. Holding was good and with every bit of chain over the side and a second anchor out I was again not going anywhere. Chain in the locker isn't worth a cracker when you are on a lee shore.
The new motor arrived from Port Lincoln as did my daughter Rosie and her flatmate Caro for the next leg to Lincoln. We soon sailed out of Blanche Port and across the shallow southern shore of Streaky Bay littered with oyster farms to Cape Bauer before springing sheets and heading south to Sceales Bay. The cliff and sand dune scenery that passed was just stunning as we day sailed down the coast stopping at Heart, Baird and Venus Bays.
Heart Bay is an open roadstead anchorage just south of Sceales Bay and although protected from the wind, the ever present swell invaded making it a less than peaceful night. I did console the girls with the fact that it would have been a whole lot less peaceful if we were in a monohull.
Both Baird and Venus have bars which can be safely crossed with care and with low swell. At neither could you hit bottom but it does get exciting running in with breakers either side. Venus Bay was the pick and we enjoyed the comfort of a landlocked anchorage. Internet and mobile access was readily available for a lot of the coast and that gave reassurance in being able to access weather forecasts.
From Venus Bay we had intended to visit Flinders and Pearson Islands of the Investigator Group but the winds would not allow us. Well, I was not keen to punch headwinds into the night when the little township of Elliston on the shores of Waterloo Bay beckoned. We could get there by dusk and the bar is 350m wide and plenty deep enough given that it was a trading port in the early days and the ketches and schooners plying the Eyre coast would enter under sail. We had a new motor. We also had a swell of maybe 1.5m. We had leads. But it is also a long run in between the fringing reef and we caught a couple of waves. This was just a bit exciting but we entered unscathed and soon anchored in a suprisingly calm bay just a short walk into town and the pub for dinner. Small town country pubs and cafes have so much to offer and we enjoyed our short stay in Elliston.
The bar was benign next day and so we headed to sea anticipating some lively action as we crossed. It was not to be and we weren't disappointed. Nor were we with the blue sky day and 12 knot breeze as we sailed with sprung sheets southbound to Coffin Bay. We were not going to get there before dark but it mattered not as the slowly shoaling Coffin Bay is 10 miles wide and 5 miles deep. We just sailed into 4m depth and dropped the hook. The beach was upwind another mile but we had flat water and plenty of swinging room! It was a pleasant night even though the forecast building of the southerly wind put up a little chop.
The morning greeted us with 30 knot rain squalls and so we delayed our departure for the beaconed channel into Port Douglas and to the township of Coffin Bay. It was going to blow for a couple of days and we planned to explore the waterway and coastline before heading around the corner to Port Lincoln. And besides there were oysters to sample.
With a triple reefed main and a few turns on the headsail we motorsailed in through the entrance and tacked up and around the oysterfarms. It was solid but at least the seas were softish and the navigation easy as we stayed in the dark water.
Coffin Bay, a National Park, is simply a stunning cruising ground with beaches and sand dunes, wildlife both in and out of water and very few visitors out of season. An anchorage can be found for any prevailing winds and the fishing not too shabby. The township mooring area is landlocked and the prime real estate is in front of the Yacht Club and so that is where we parked and went ashore to enjoy all that Coffin Bay had to offer. The oysters were cheap and just sensational. While the winds blew relentlessly from the south we meandered around the bay walking the dunes and stalking emus, fishing and reflecting how lucky we are in this country to have pristine waterways on which to cruise and explore.
At the northwestern tip of Coffin Bay is Point Sir Isaac and a small bay with a sandy beach called Seasick Bay, so named by Matthew Flinders. For us on a catamaran tucked in close ashore and out of the ever present SW swell it caused no grief and we slept soundly. The weather forecast heralded more southerly winds and backing to the east, but softening as the day passed so we left early and motorsailed into the dawn. It was not pleasant and it took hours to cover the first 15 miles to Point Whidbey, but once cleared we were able to sail 10 miles in the right direction for every one mile out to sea. It was a long day as we hauled in the clifftop windfarm and then cleared Cape Carnot before springing sheets for Williams Island, just south of Cape Catastrophe, where 8 men of Flinders crew on HMS Investigator were lost at sea searching the coastline for water. Our night entrance to the small open bay on Williams Island was without drama as we sounded in under the loom of the flashing light on the hill.
The run north to Port Lincoln was a dream run and we congratulated ourselves on having pushed on the previous day so we didn't encounter the ever backing breeze which would have made the passage tiresome. The cruising grounds around Port Lincoln are one of the finest in the country with clear waters, a host of islands and bays at which to anchor for any prevailing or forecast conditions, National Parks and great fishing. Next time I am coming back with a Trailable Yacht and no time frame, unlike this trip where winter is fast approaching. The girls left me in Lincoln anchored in front of the yacht club and a stones throw from the CBD. An old mate, Gary was to join me for the next stage of the passage homeward and unfortunately he arrived a day after we should have sailed. So we waited, as you do. The Axel Stenross maritime museum was a worthy visit and so too the Tecoma, the pioneering pole and line tuna boat of 1951.
We had to take some short day sails on the chin to get out of Lincoln. It was tiresome with headwinds and rain but at least the anchorages good and the fish compliant. From Wedge Island at the head of Spencer Gulf we enjoyed a kite ride south around the western side of Kangaroo Island. Originally I had wanted to visit KI and hire a car for a jolly but the forecast winds were effectively sending the boat south so we kept going. With soft NE winds and calm seas we enjoyed a pleasant ride into the night. Robe was a hundred miles away and as the winds headed our plans changed accordingly and Port Macdonnell became an option as a place to park. Closing the coastline at 0400 hours we decided to just keep on keeping on. Portland was just around the corner and if we stayed out in the 100m depth line we were not likely to encounter the ubiquitous craypots that litter the coastline from Backstairs Passage to Apollo Bay.
Apollo Bay Harbour
Portland has a great harbour and we anchored in the shallows in front of the Yacht Club for the night. The plan was to make an early run for Port Fairy the following morning. This we did and enjoyed another kite ride with offshore winds to this sweet little town on the Moyne River. There is nothing quite like having the security of a completely sheltered port to rest in. The harbourmaster was friendly and said if we weren't tied up next morning when he came past he couldn't charge us for our overnight stay. It worked for us as we had an 80mile run around Cape Otway to Apollo Bay.
And what a cracker of a sail it was with flat seas and offshore winds as we passed the high cliffs and undulating coastal hills and beaches as we traversed the Shipwreck Coast to a most significant lighthouse station on Cape Otway and then around the corner to Apollo Bay. It was here that I would leave the boat for a short trip to Melbourne to see Carol before she departed for UK. A must do.
With Carol on the plane, I returned to the boat to sit out another blow. Tiresome as it was there is always a softening after a blow and it was that that we took for the 130 mile passage across Bass Strait to the Prom. A long day but a good one as we entered Refuge Cove under moonlight to rest a while. One more leg to get home....................
Updated: 3 Aug 2015 2:04pm by Christie Arras
Letter from Michael Donovan re a great priced anemometer
Affordable wind guage
Hi, I recently purchased one of these Anemometers (refer below) from shoppingsquare.com.au. Similar ones are going for $120.00 plus, in retail, but they are available on line at Shopping Square.com.au for $24.95. This company is situated in Sydney and you pay them $24.95 and they arrange shipping to your home (for a small postage fee); they also warranty the goods in Australia. I have purchased a few items from them and, so far, have found them extremely helpful.
Maybe GLYC members might enjoy the use of one of these handy and inexpensive anemometers.
Updated: 5 Aug 2015 12:44am by Christie Arras
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Found -- a lost beanie
Somebody started a rumour
Cos a beanie was found in Narooma
That a man from the Sea
Went off for a ski
And got lost on the road up to Cooma
If anyone has lost one, contact the secretary.
(Thanks to Dave who pulled a clean limerick out of his hat!)
Updated: 4 Aug 2015 1:19am by Christie Arras
French Acrobats on La Loupiote
A letter keeping us up with their travels.
Birthdays celebrated at the reefs of
Chesterfield off New Caledonia
Last year Franck and Delphine and their three children on La Loupiote stayed in front of the Yacht Club for a week or so. They had contacted us before they came to see if we could help them arrange where they could perform their acrobatic act on the boat. We were charmed by them and set in motion getting the venues lined up and legitimized only to have our customs department make it impossible for them to do it in Australia. So they sailed back to New Zealand where they had no problems. On the day they were leaving to cross Bass Straight to visit Tassie, their daughter needed surgery for an appendicitis...a close call.
Though they did not perform here, we wish we could have seen it as their advance videos were awesome. Here is their latest letter.
In April we asked your help in emmergency to provide us a certificat of our performances
programmed with you. All of you answered quickly and allowed us to gather the required
documents for our file. Today, on June 15th, we have no feedback from this control and the implied
institutions continue to treat our data normally. We suppose that we passed this control with success. We want to once again thank you for your reactivity and more for all the encouragements slipped into your letters testifying the wellcome of our approach.
We left New Caledonia at the end of April as soon as all the documents were sent. On our road, we had a cool weather which offered us a stop to the
Komba volcano near Flores
reefs of Chesterfield. We celebrated the 7 years of Ondja and a little more for Delphine in
the middle of the cries of the thousands birds.
When approaching Flores, we diverted ourselves of some miles, attracted like butterflies by reddish sheaves seen in the night. We found ourselves at the bottom of Komba volcano which regularly
spit its jets of lava and smoke; Incredible!
Now we are in Asia, accompanied by the welcome
smiles of the population. We always surf towards the west, towards Bali before joining Malaysia and then Thailand where a lot of work await La Loupiote. We intend to remake our under water paint, this antiblocking silicone layer about which we spoke with some of you, which is without biocide and give one remarkable slip, it was
provided by Windflag in Martinique.
New projects are on the grill. Some with La
Loupiote, others being able to be adapted on other
units. We hope to gain of mobility and to be able to join by plane any event which will wish to
We hope that this news will find you in form and we wish you the best by sincerely thanking you
for your support.
Franck et Delphine
Navigartistes de La Loupiote
Updated: 4 Aug 2015 1:09am by Tim Shepperd
|Rudder for sale
5 feet /1.5 mtrs long. Beautiful condition
Originally made for racing a Cole 23
Would suit drop rudder conversion for another yacht due to its length.
Contact: Ray Bouvet
Everything in very good condition. View in Paynesville.
Contact: John Pearson
|Puffin Pacer for sale
3 sails, main, jib, spinnaker
ready to sail with some T.L.C.
12 months registered road trailer
Contact: Daryl Brooks