The last two weeks have seen the Yacht Club turn into a hive of activity.
The fantastic attendance of members to the working bee followed by the "robust "sailors' meeting set the club up for a season of sailing and club activities.
To all those who attended and cleaned, polished, removed, replaced, painted and fixed. Thank you. As the saying goes "many hands make light work". I would like to thank Dave Bacon for coordinating the running of another smooth working bee.
James has mentioned the fantastic sailors' meeting that drew a great number of passionate sailors all to combine to give us a number of changes which should bring another safe and exciting sailing season. I look forward to the new courses and the 3 min start sequences...
The start of the sailing season is just around the corner. Well, next weekend to be exact. The committee and I would like to extend an invitation to you for the opening of the Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club 2015-2016 sailing season on Saturday 10 October 2015.
The program for this year's opening will be:
|1130hrs||Welcome and Official Opening|
|1200hrs||Briefing for the Sail Past and Commodores' Trophy Series followed by a light lunch (Please bring a plate to contribute.)|
|1300hrs||Sail Past |
|1400hrs||Commodores' Trophy Series Stern Chaser|
|1400hrs||Commodores' Trophy Series Heats 2 and 3|
|1630hrs||Presentation of Commodores' Trophy Series|
Lastly, I would like to thank Sharna, Lyn and Steve on a fantastic start to the Discover sailing season. The Tackers September program was a week of enjoyment for the kids, adults and instructors. The club was jumping all week with the laughter and fun of learning to sail. This is the start of many more programs that the Discover sailing team have planned for this season. I am delighted and amazed at the members who volunteer their time. Turning up just to be around 'just in case'. This volunteer mentality with the vibrancy of our junior programs means the club is well set for future years.
See you opening day
Updated: 6 Oct 2015 11:03am by David Parish
The men, young and old, re-align the
rubber mats at Saturday's Working Bee.
photo by Danuta Sowa
10 Saturday, 1100 hrs Opening Day and Sail Past
10 Saturday, 1300 hrs Sail Past
10 Saturday, 1400 hrs Heat 1 Commodore's Trophy Race Stern Chaser
11 Sunday, 1400 hrs Heats 2 and 3 Commodore's Trophy Race Trapezium course and 3 minute start sequence
12 Monday, 1200 hrs 65+ Water Safety Program
13 Tuesday, 1200 hrs 65+ Water Safety Program
13 Tuesday, 1700 hrs First Twilight Sailing (No Meals)
14 Wednesday 1200 hrs 65+ Water Safety Program
14 Thursday 1200 hrs 65+ Water Safety Program
18 Sunday, 1400 hrs Divisional Heats 1 and 2
20 Tuesday, 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing (Meals commence)
25 Sunday, 900-12 noon Discover Sailing Day
25 Sunday, 900-12 Sail Training (ST) registration
25 Sunday, 1400 hrs Lifebuoy and Bell (LBB) Personal Handicap race
27 Tuesday, 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing
31 Saturday 1200 hrs ASBA (Australian Sports Boat Assoc.) Victorian State Titles
01 November 1000 hrs ASBA State Titles
01 Sunday, 1000 hrs ASBA State Titles
01 Sunday, 1400 hrs Divisional Heats 3 and 4
It really is a lot of fun!
03 Tuesday, 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing - Melbourne Cup
08 Sunday, 0900 hrs Sail Training
08 Sunday, 1400 hrs LBB Personal Handicap
10 Tuesday, 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing
14 Saturday, 1200-1400 hrs Ossie Mac FF Training
15 Sunday, 0900 hrs Sail Training
15 Sunday, 1400 hrs LB Crawford and Ossie Mac FF
17 Tuesday, 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing
22 Sunday, 0900 hrs Sail Training
22 Sunday, 1400 hrs Divisional Heats 5 and 6
24 Tuesday, 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing
29 Sunday, 0900 hrs Sail Training
29 Sunday, 1400 hrs LBB Personal handicap
Updated: 6 Oct 2015 2:32pm by James Frecheville
Peter works on the tower door
Club night up in the bar. Come and enjoy the company. Bring in a meal if you'd like. It's a very lively night. You might even win the members' draw! (If you are financial. Lolly pop sticks don't go in until members have paid their subs.)
Opening of the 2015/2016 Sailing Season
Sat., 10 October, 11:00 am. Official Opening. Bring a plate to contribute to club luncheon. Sail Past at 1300 Hrs. Commodore's Trophy Series Stern Chaser at 1400 hrs. Note new mark of the stern chaser course west of Montague Point to be passed to starboard on the last leg home. (Not relevant going to windward mark.)
Sun., 11 October, 1400 hrs. Heats 2 and 3 of Commodore's Trophy Series. Trapezium course out in Lake Victoria with 3 minute start sequence.
65+ Water Safety Program
A 3 1/2 hour course beginning on Tuesday, 13 October, with your choice of session time. (See article in this Wanderer for times, etc.) Designed to familiarize participants with dealing with water safety on the lakes and CPR awareness in preparation for sailing or just being around the water.
Dates to put on your calendars:
Opening Weekend -- Sat/Sun, 10/11 October
65+ Water Safety Program -- Tues.-Thurs. 13-15 Oct. Choose a session.
First Twilight Sail -- Tuesday, 13 October (no meals)
Twilight Sailing with meals -- Tuesday, 20 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: 6 Oct 2015 3:39pm by Christie Arras
Rocking the boat...the Tackers 3 div and
high jinks with Kate
Just as the footy season comes to a close, the preseason for sailing commences. That involves getting the sailing calendar sorted, duty rosters in place, the NoR and SI finalized and the hows and whys of what we will do this season to ensure that our Club packs in a full season on the water that is fair to competitors.
I guess the Grand Final was the recent Sailors' Meeting held after the Working Bee. It was a robust event that went not for 100 minutes but for two hours. Jacqui called it as she saw it and gave the umpire a 20 page breakdown of what was discussed, debated and then agreed upon. Even outside consideration was tabled from those who were not in attendance for the main game.
As Umpire it is incumbent upon me to advise all members on the result of the meeting.
This sailing season there will be a 7 race session Divisional Series with set courses as for last year. Division 2 will do one long Triangular WR race and can declare before the race if electing to sail with a -2.3% penalty for No Spinnaker. There will also be facility to have two Division 2 Starts with the slower boats (cbh<0.700 or YS>114) getting underway first. All other Divisions will do 2 B2B races including a triangle and sausage or variants of same. The Series will be scored on Yardstick for each Division and at season end the personal handicap results will be back calculated.
The Lifebuoy and Bell Trophy will be raced over a stand alone 7 race Series where all boats will sail the same course. That course will be a trapezium made from a 45 degree triangle with the wing mark cut off, giving a down wind run to the next reaching leg of one half the length of the windward leg. Courses will be posted in the SI and on the day on the Supplementary Sailing Instructions board in the Breezeway. There will be no course change once the race is underway and, for safety and fairness, there will be Divisional Starts unless conditions and fleet numbers deem otherwise. Results of this Series will be by Performance Handicap which will be freshly developed from results of the Opening Weekend Commodore Series where every boat, whether competing that weekend or not, will start their sailing season on CBH or Yardstick. Last season's Handicaps will not be carried over.
The development squad at the start of one
of their races. Thanks to race officers
Dave and Steve.
The Trophy Races are each stand alone races and will be a mix of passage and laid courses as in previous years where all boats sail the same course.
This season our Club will adopt Starting under Rule 26 with a three (3) minute sequence with rolling starts for Divisions, unless conditions allow for a Whole Fleet (Q flag) Start. This will enable the fleet to all be racing together and sooner so all competitors are sailing in the same conditions. For continuity, every race this season will use the three minute sequence.
Entry Forms and Safety Declarations are to be submitted on line or on the Club computer.
Use the link below to make your entry. There will be no need for members to print forms.
Twilight sailing will continue to be the major Club event; it is starting again with daylight saving. Brian Collins has agreed to do his magic; courses will be as for last year with a windward and hitch mark laid when it is determined that the lead boat will get back to the Club at around 1845 hours. A new starboard rounding mark will be laid somewhere between the Tiger Pole and Dawson Cove to negate the effect that the previous Continuing Obstruction (Rule 19) being the leg from the Tiger to Montague had on the fleet during the last stage of each race. This mark will be noted on the SSI in the Breezeway.
Without support our Club can not run the sailing program we currently enjoy. To this end there will be a Duty Roster drawn up for both Twilight and Summer Series Racing. We are very fortunate to have a core group of members who enjoy and undertake the tasks of race management, but they do need help. Put your name down early to secure your spot when you would perhaps not want to race. David P has made a start with this fluid document and it will be live on Opening Weekend.
See you on the Start Line if not before.
Season Entry Form for 2015-16 Season
Updated: 6 Oct 2015 3:01pm by James Frecheville
It's great having Metung sailors Luca and
Not much pre-season sailing for Div 4, but lots of training of sorts. "Karma Cat" and "Still Bitten" should be fast if fitness has anything to do with it: cycling, running and, for one, paddling. All should be good cross training for sailing (that's the excuse anyway). Rumour has it that "Bee Alert" and "Immunity" are relying on money to get them to the front, with new sails ordered. Only time will tell which approach will be more successful. There are also rumours that some Mossies may be adding extra sails and bodies on board this season, but first they have to get themselves on the water. Hopefully, we will see a few Mossies out opening day.
Get down to the club and you too can be "Bitten" by something!
Updated: 6 Oct 2015 3:11pm by Tim Shepperd
That is, Division Biking
Our three big wigs play hooky from club
work biking and wine tasting in SA
For some reason whenever the camera is around we seem to have glasses in our hands and there are no bikes in sight!
We have been cycling - really. 80km today. More tomorrow. Then we will have travelled from Adelaide to Clare.
One puncture so far (mine). Russ is having an interesting time trying to get vegetarian meals - with mixed success. Weather is perfect although the nights could be a little warmer.
Updated: 6 Oct 2015 12:36pm by Tim Shepperd
65+ Water Awareness Program plus CPR
Members invited to participate- brush up on CPR as well
Not any where near 65, Dawn and Rose
tackle learning to sail the lakes along
with the kidlets
Gippsland Lakes covers an area of 354 square kilometres across the region. It's easily accessible and the waters off the foreshore of McMillan Straits and Lake Victoria, in particular, provide a safe and idyllic recreational playground. At GLYC we are very mindful of the need for all East Gippslanders, be they yacht club members, weekend boaters or just admirers of our lakes, to have an understanding and respect of the waterways that surround us. As such, GLYC in conjunction with Yachting Victoria are pleased to offer a 65+ water awareness program as part of our 2015/16 Discover Sailing Program. This course will consist of both on-water practical and off water theory components.
The aim of this program is to educate people in the 65+ age group, on water safety and on being prepared to go boating. In addition to these on and off water components, each session will also provide participants with an awareness of CPR.
Further program details:
Dates: Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 October
Session start times each day: 8.30am - 12noon, 11.15 - 2.45pm, 2pm - 5.30pm. You can choose your session time and the day that's convenient for you.
Cost: $10 per participant
Participants per session: 12 max.
Please contact our Discover Sailing Co-ordinator, Sharna Baskett via email@example.com to register your interest in this program.
There are still places available...Think of it as a way to refresh your CPR skills as well as picking up valuable tips for water safety.
(Perhaps you can even fudge your age a bit if you're not quite 65.)
Updated: 6 Oct 2015 3:37pm by Christie Arras
|03 8626 8700|
Discover Sailing Update
Tag on the high seas with Tackers 1 and 2.
The Morris brothers, Aiden and Nathan,
came from Melbourne for the week.
The weather was perfect last week for GLYCs Tackers and Adult Learn to Sail programs, allowing all 23 participants to be out on the water each day. Fourteen kids completed the Tackers program, 2 adults completed the Start Sailing course and 7 local youth completed development coaching.
This is the third season GLYC has offered a school holiday learn to sail program, and from the sailors' response, the program continues to be a resounding success. Spencer Zizman (9) who only started sailing on the Monday commented that he had the best time ever, "I never knew sailing was this much fun". Dawn Jeffries (a local Paynesville mum) added after completing the Adult Start Sailing course, "I have had the most brilliant week, and now have some fab new friends".
The school holiday program will be back at GLYC on the 4-8 January 2016; registrations are now open via the club's website.
October will be a busy month for the Discover Sailing Program with the following events on the calendar:
* Monday 12th: Teacher Professional Development Day promoting school sailing
* Tuesday 13th: Sailability program recommences
Sorel multi tasks during game of tag
* Tuesday 13th -- Thursday 15th: 65+ water awareness & CPR program
* Friday 16th: Green Fleet Sailing Program commences
* Friday 23rd: Development Squad Coaching (Topic: preparation & equipment)
* Saturday 24th: Discover Sailing Instructors briefing (10am at GLYC)
* Sunday 25th: Discover Sailing Day (volunteers required, please speak to Lyn or Sharna if you are interested in helping out)
GLYC Discover Sailing Co-ordinator
Mobile: 0409 207 331
Updated: 6 Oct 2015 3:30pm by Christie Arras
Paynesville Community Groups Mini-Expo
Sunday, 11 October
It looks like it was a stretch, but all
the sailors did quite well and had a good
time doing it too. Oskar returns from
GLYC will be manning a booth at this mini-expo this coming Sunday. We've been there for the last two years with the hope of generating some interest in the club.
If anyone can help from 10:00 to 1:00 especially the later part, it would be most appreciated. I, Christie, will need to organize my rescue boat around 12:30 and will need to leave or close the booth then.
It's fun talking about the club and sharing the love of sailing and the virtues of our wonderful club.
Please let Christie know if you have a moment to help out. 5156 7861
Updated: 6 Oct 2015 3:32pm by Christie Arras
Casual Cruising Circle
Waiting her turn to take Tackers in a few
years, Tegwyn Somerville enjoys the GLYC
A number of people have suggested having a phone/text/or email chain for impromptu cruising on a beautiful day/night. People would choose where they might sail or spend the night and head out with others without too much fuss or bother.
If you'd be interested in knowing if others were inspired to head out, send your mobile number or phone number to me, Christie, firstname.lastname@example.org, to get on the chain. One would not be obligated at any time to join in, just if you're up for the adventure.
I remember one awesome full moon cruise around Raymond Island years ago...some dancing on the bow I remember, yes, and singing..and maybe some red...
All weather permitting...
Updated: 6 Oct 2015 3:30pm by Christie Arras
Working Bee a Success
Every nook and cranny was attended to
Last Saturday a steady stream of club members arrived to help with our spring cleaning and fix up. Dave Bacon worked hard to allow people to use their skills in their areas of interest and had plenty of general tasks for undesignated drop-ins to attack.
What few were aware of were the many prep jobs that Dave worked on prior to the day, for example, sanding and spackling the kitchen wall, making sure supplies were available, and the like.
The myriad of tasks allowed all to feel useful. Pete Avery was there early to hang the new door in the tower. Brian arrived with his super window washing vacuum. The strong men young (juniors) and old (seniors) tackled the rubber trolley launching mats. Shades were hosed and cleaned; the west deck was scrubbed to perfection by Carol; the boat shed tidied. Christie chose to thwart the swallows over the kitchen door with the assistance of the Picks: a shitty job for sure. The swallows have been chastising her ever since. Joe Loci cleaned all the upholstered chairs in the hall, which just might make the hall sparkle for his upcoming wedding being held at the club.
Toilet roll dispensers were installed and doors planed here and there. Nancy and Robyn painted the kitchen wall but had to stand by as Ian stole the show on the ladder painting the higher reaches. The ground was spaded, raked and forked, then turf was laid and watered. Even Dave Homewood was out there mowing the lawns.
Joe Loci tidies up the hall chairs in
anticipation of his big day. Jill in
background is not his betrothed.
The a.c. outside the office was primed and painted; the old trolley angle ground into bits to take to the tip. Spiders were evicted from all their favorite hunting grounds.
And then, Paul Borg dutifully grilled the sausages and burgers to reward the many helpers.
But, the Raymond Islanders didn't run for the ferry; they took off to attend to yet another working bee on the island. A busy day.
There must have been close to 40 club members working their tails off. A list has been compiled of those present with the thought in mind of gold stars when it comes to berthing and hard stands and privilege. If you left early and George or Christie didn't write your names down, let someone know you were there.
And thank you to everyone who made the day such a success. Dave, you deserve to veg out and recuperate before the season gets under way on Saturday!
Updated: 6 Oct 2015 12:35pm by Christie Arras
Tales of the Whale and the Bird
Samoa to Tonga
A traditional Tongan Vaka
'Tolofah' Hello family and friends,
I'm a little behind with my travel diary due to lack of Internet and spending lots of time exploring new places. So here's the latest update....
When we arrived in Apia Bay, Western Samoa, at the beginning of August we were greeted by the sound of a marching band. Every morning (besides Sunday) the Police Band dressed in full uniform march/play through the Main Street, people and cars stop and pay respect. This was the tone of our stay in Samoa, respectful, helpful and happy people who would stop and offer assistance and wish you a 'lovely day'. In Samoa men wear the traditional lava-lava(a knee length sarong) and women wear a full length sarong with a tunic on top. The colours for men are plain and mainly dark, while the women's are beautiful bright colours with patterned borders. Visitors are requested to wear conservative dress also while in Samoa and school uniforms are traditional also.
We enjoyed exploring Apia, walking many miles as we usually do, and politely declining the continuous calls from taxi drivers. As in Mexico, after a day or so they stopped calling and would often wave or chat to us as we went past. We did use our marina taxi driver whose 'village' we were in to do our provisioning and he was so helpful. Samoa is not a wealthy country and our travels across the island revealed this especially as we drove through villages. On the South side many houses and Fale's were destroyed from a tsunami in 2009 and have not been rebuilt. Each home has a traditional Fale which is an opened sided large room that faces the road in a village and is totally separate from the other living areas. Here family life and village meetings are held to discuss all different matters; where people sit in a Fale is according to the person's standing in the community.
We attended a cultural day in Apia and experienced many activities which are part of Samoan culture and their day to day lives. It was all hosted by energetic friendly young adults who spoke passionately about their culture. They built a hot stone oven in the ground for us and cooked fish, coconut dishes and taro.They helped us to make our food bowls, laughing as we were all fingers and thumbs as we weaved them from Palm fronds. They then entertained us with singing and dancing, displays of woodwork, tapa cloth making and traditional tattooing. It was a great day. The other highlight was a visit to the author Robert Louis Stevenson's home high up in the cool mountains of Samoa. I'm sure you have all read Treasure Island as a young person. As we walked up the steps onto the wide verandah of his 2 storey home, I remarked that it reminded me of Australian homes. It turns out he had spent time in Sydney and then employed an architect and builders to oversee the construction of his home. He sadly only lived in Samoa for 4 years in his beautiful home before passing away; his wife could not live there without him and returned to England. His home has been faithfully restored and maintained by the people of Samoa. The guide sang a beautiful requiem in his memory that bought tears to our eyes; he is revered to this day due to his dedication to helping the Samoan people gain their independence. He was buried and passed hand to hand by all the Samoan Eldersaccording to his wishes on the top of a large mountain on his property, .
Learning to sail the traditional Vaka
We were reluctant to leave Samoa, but we have to continue to move South; so it was a short 2 and a half day sail/motor to Vava'u in the Kingdom of Tonga. The first 12 hours we sailed to windward with every inch of sail out in moderate seas in the company of 3 other boats. Whale and the Bird pointed up and streamed along at 7-8knts, the best sailing conditions we have had so far. Then the wind dropped out and we slowly motored along the coast line of Tonga, then in between small high islands and along a narrow waterway into the harbour and town of Neiafu. Sightings of whales by the other boats was common, although we missed them this time. The water is azure blue and crystal clear and dotted around Vava'u are smaller islands and coral reefs. We were on a mooring for nearly two weeks and then spent some time in lovely quiet anchorages enjoying ourselves. The time has gone so fast. We have enjoyed beautiful calm days, surprisingly cooler temperatures than we expected and wonderful people, who smile and share their home and culture with over 70+ yachts. The unexpected bonus has been re-connecting with people whom we met in Mexico at the very beginning and have crossed paths along the way. It seems that Tonga is the meeting place of all cruising yachts who set out to cross the Pacific; from here people will either go to Australia or New Zealand taking different routes.
As I write this we are preparing for our next passage to Vuda Point, Fiji; we hope to leave on Thursday. At the moment the weather is very changeable; it seems that many systems 'bang' into each other coming from New Zealand and Australia. Tomorrow we plan to visit another island for a cricket and cultural day which promises to be a great day. After Fiji we have one landfall to make in New Caledonia and then the next landfall will be Australia. How amazing will that be??
Toki Sio (see you later)
Anne and Pete
Updated: 6 Oct 2015 12:38pm by Christie Arras
More Tales of the Whale and the Bird
Tonga to Fiji
Octoberfest in Fiji for the thirsty
Bula Bula(hello) family and friends
A quick update as we sit drinking a stein (a litre of beer) in Fiji for Octoberfest. Yes, you read that right; the marina is having Octoberfest celebrations. The staff are dressed in German outfits and there are kegs and beer tents set up. We have been here for 2 weeks and leave for New Caledonia tomorrow our second last major passage before reaching Australia.
Our passage from Tonga to Fiji was 6 days with a mixture of wind between 2knts to 22 knts; we had sunshine and squalls and encounters with big ships. We crossed the bay outside Suva in the early morning while it was dark and weaved our way between huge tankers which were 'drifting' to wait for daylight and the pilot boats. Pete had a radio conversation with one ship trying to work out which side to pass on as it was constantly changing direction! We entered Beqa passage at sunrise and travelled along between small islands and reefs. We then suddenly noticed the water changing colour, light green, with debris and tree trunks and with a brackish water smell. There was a distinct line between the light green water ahead and the blue sea water; we were checking the depth and, thankfully, it was flood water coming down from the rivers after the last night's squall.
We then reached Navula Pass at 1.30am and decided it would be much calmer inside the reef than outside, so we lined up the leading lights and proceed very carefully. What I didn't tell Pete was...that showing up on the AIS was a 695ft ship just around the bend hidden from view on the other side of the pass. Initially Pete and Simon on the other yacht travelling with us thought it was a hotel all lit up with lights when it came into view. Then they suddenly realised it was moving!! It was ok as the pilot boat was making the ship do a 360 deg turn until we cleared the pass.
The rest of the passage was beautiful under a clear sky with the moon, calm water and a slow run up to Vuda Point Marina to arrive at 8am. The Marina is basically a circle, where you are 'bumped' in, (by a happy guy in a dinghy) between other boats with our fenders touching. To get on and off you either climb up or down, (depending on the tide) onto a wooden platform sticking out from the concrete wall. A few unfortunate sailors have fallen into the water after 'happy hour'.
We found Fiji a wonderful place to visit, the people are so friendly and happy. We were constantly greeted with 'Bula Bula' from everyone, even little children as we wandered around. We travelled to towns on the local buses, enjoyed wonderful Indian food and amazing fresh produce from the market. Evenings were spent at the small outdoor bar and restaurant overlooking the water chatting with other sailors and the local staff. We spent a short time at Musket Cove, unfortunately, the weather has been cooler with overcast days and rain so we didn't stay long. We also hauled the boat out and cleaned, polished and anti-fouled in preparation for returning to Australia. Yes, Pete did the work!!
Cheers for now
Pete and Anne
Updated: 6 Oct 2015 2:36pm by Christie Arras
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Beautiful wooden Canadian canoe crafted by James Frecheville.
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|Rudder for sale
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