There is a saying in Ukrainian?Travel is great but home is better. Having just returned from two months in Europe, which culminated in two weeks touring the Ukraine, I can attest to the truth of this. Despite the wonderful adventures and experiences we have enjoyed, it is lovely to be able to cook a meal, do a load of washing without needing a bucketfull of coins and to find clothes in a wardrobe rather than rummaging around a suitcase!
We have certainly come home to a wintery welcome, which has put a damper on sailing activities. Many Ancient Mariner races have been postponed and postponed again; the winter series has pretty much been a blow-out so far and the Saturday sprint series has also been cancelled on more than one occasion. So I imagine that, like me, our members are looking forward to Spring and the return of decent sailing weather.
In anticipation of Spring, the new committee has started the process of planning our opening weekend program. The Opening Ceremony will take place on Saturday 8th October and will follow a similar format to previous years, with perhaps one or two "special" components. Details of the ceremony and the racing to follow, along with the Sunday race will be provided in the near future, but for the moment, please mark this important weekend in your calendar.
We will also hold the annual working bee to spruce up the club on Saturday 24th September. I anticipate that we will hold a sailors briefing immediately after the working bee, but more on that, too when Sailing Captain James returns.
At the Committee level, we are settling portfolio roles. Five of our members are currently away, so details are not finalised. What is clear, however, is that the work of effectively running to club requires input by many more people than those on the committee. To this end, we (the committee) are seeking to create a list of potential volunteers in a range of areas of club management. Later in the Wanderer you will see more information on this, with a request to complete a short survey that will help us assign tasks to willing volunteers throughout the coming season. Please do fill in the survey, even if only to tell us you are not available to assist!
Members will have received their membership renewal notices over the last few days and we would appreciate prompt payment of your dues. However, please do not hesitate to contact Treasurer Jenny Brown if you will be unable to meet the payment date. We are willing to work with you to maintain your membership.
Meanwhile, I have enjoyed catching up with everyone's news. It was worrying to hear that so many of our members have had significant health issues and I am very pleased that most of you are now on the mend and the sick list is diminishing. To those still in recovery, my best wishes for your return to good health.
Updated: 4 Aug 2016 9:58pm by David Parish
Some wild weather!!!
02 Tuesday 1300 hrs Ancient Mariners stern chaser
07 Sunday 1300 hrs Winter Series
09 Tuesday 1300 hrs Ancient Mariners stern chaser
16 Tuesday 1300 hrs Ancient Mariners stern chaser
20 Saturday 1300 hrs Sprint Series
23 Tuesday 1300 hrs Ancient Mariners stern chaser
30 Tuesday 1300 hrs Ancient Mariners stern chaser
07 Sunday 1300 hrs Winter Series
20 Saturday 1100 hrs Winter Sprint Series
Updated: 2 Aug 2016 6:17am by James Frecheville
Fridays -- Soup's On, 1900 hrs
Club night up in the bar and belly warming soup night. Come and enjoy the company and a bottomless bowl of hearty soup and garlic bread. It's a very lively night. You might even win the members' draw.
Only three more soup nights!!!! Don't miss them. And thank you to all who have worked so hard to fill our bellies with delicious soups and love.
Fridays --Latin Dancing
After soup is cleared, Jacqui is going to introduce members to some Latin dancing. Cha cha cha, salsa, tango?... Jacqui taught Latino dancing in her studio some years ago, so she is well qualified for this. We are grateful to her for giving more of her time to give this idea a go. Wear some dancing shoes that will allow you to do the light fandango and we'll see how it goes. And if you're too full to dance, we'll switch the lessons to before soup! (Just kidding)
Ancient Mariners Stern Chaser
The Ancient Mariners (formerly known as the Old Farts Race - scrapped due to lack of political correctness) compete in their relaxed stern chasers which continue on through the winter and into September. The routine involves meeting for a packed lunch up in the Loft, much discussion, and then the departure of the slowest boat hales the start of the weekly event. An hour briefing and discussion as to which course to choose as well as lunch from 1200 hrs, boats beginning to leave circa 1300 hours. Good time to look for positions as crew.
September 26th - 30th: Tackers and Adult/Teen Learn to Sail week plus development coaching
Saturday, 8 Oct: Opening Day 2016/2017 Sailing Season and Sail Past, Heat 1 of Commodore's Trophy Race
Sunday, 9 Oct: Heats 2 & 3 Commodore's Trophy Race
Updated: 7 Aug 2016 9:22pm by Christie Arras
Want to join the GLYC Volunteers?!
Volunteering is a great way to keep yourself active, meet new people and enjoy the benefits of being part of a club. GLYC volunteers range from the dedicated who volunteer on a regular basis, to those who prefer to volunteer once or twice a year. Without our valued volunteers (however much or little you have time to do), GLYC would not have the sailing calendar, regattas, events or club facilities we all enjoy each year.
Volunteers can undertake many different roles both on and off the water to suit all level of skills and abilities and the time available. We would like to welcome you on board as a club volunteer.
Please follow the link below to complete a short survey to assist us to place you where you are most comfortable. Don't forget to include your name and contact details when asked, so we can get in touch at an appropriate time. As well, once you hit the "DONE" button, the survey will take you to Surveymonkey advertising. Please do not feel obliged to follow their requests. This is not something we (GLYC) have instigated but we cannot omit it from our survey.
Click here to complete the survey
Updated: 7 Aug 2016 8:00pm by Christie Arras
The Membership renewal letters have been sent via email or via post for those who do not have an email address registered with GLYC. Membership payments are due by 1 September. If you haven't received your renewal, please contact the Treasurer.
Updated: 7 Aug 2016 8:24pm by Christie Arras
Powerboat Handling course a success
Nine participants successfully completed the powerboat handling course on the 16th and 17th July. Many thanks to Steve Duff and Brian Carrol for a very well run and practical program.
Updated: 7 Aug 2016 9:17pm by Christie Arras
Discover Sailing Centre Report
Despite the winter months, DSC action is still amidst the club; we had an excellent turnout for the LVYC's Sauna Sail back in June, a full complement of pacers out for the mid month sprint series (seeing the inception of MaD sailing, aka sailing with mums and dads) and nine members completed the Powerboat Handling Course in July which was instructed by our own Steve Duff and Brian Carroll. To top that off we have recently taken delivery of our new pacer, and are in the process of fitting this out ready for the season start.
We are currently in the process of locking in programs and confirming dates for the season ahead. We are pleased to confirm that we'll have continuing support from instructors James Frecheville, Johno Johnson, Jacqui Crawford, Peter Buckley, Russell Broomhall, Anthony Despard, Brian Carroll and Steve Duff across our programs. Like previous years, we will also be reliant upon further volunteer support for both on-water (eg. rescue boat) and off-water activities (eg. registrations, fundraising, social, communications). If you would like to be involved this season please do give me a call or drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Some DSC dates to get in the diary:
- September 26th - 30th: Tackers and Adult/Teen Learn to Sail week plus development coaching
- October 8th: Opening Day & morning registration for Green Fleet (Better Sailing & Racing)
- October 14th: Friday night Green Fleet commences (Better Sailing & Dev Coaching)
- October 23rd: Discover Sailing Day (& Sunday Sailing School registration)
- November 6th: Sunday Sailing School commences (Start Sailing)
Updated: 7 Aug 2016 8:31pm by Christie Arras
Thank you to Lyn Wallace, Discover Sailing Principal
After 3 years as our Discover Sailing Principal, Lyn Wallace, will be stepping down from the role this season. Lyn will still be involved in supporting Sharna with the many operational items to deliver a successful program, and will also continue to be involved in an instructor capacity across all programs. We would like to thank Lyn very much for her many hours of effort and dedication to GLYC, in particularly in fostering a great environment for our juniors, youth and young families.
Updated: 7 Aug 2016 8:07pm by Christie Arras
At this time there are three hardstand positions available at the club. Any members interested in taking up a position on the hardstand needs to submit a Boat Storage Form along with an Active Use Checklist and submit the forms. To find the forms on the GLYC home page click on the Cub Information heading then go to the Boat Storage Form and Active Use Checklist. The forms can be downloaded off the GLYC web page and either put in the office as a hard copy or emailed to Russ Peel or Jim Callahan.
Updated: 7 Aug 2016 8:32pm by Christie Arras
Tenacious will be coming through the Heads at approximately 0700 Hrs on Sunday 14th August
I am Tony Spencer from Tall Ships Victoria in Melbourne. I am writing to let you know that the Jubilee Sailing Trust Tall Ship Tenacious will be arriving in Port Phillip on Sunday 14th August 2016.
Tenacious will be coming through the Heads at approximately 0700 Hrs and making her way up to Melbourne via the South Channel and then on to Fawkner Beacon where she will be joined by other vessels welcoming her to Port Phillip and escorting her to her Melbourne home at the Seaworks Maritime Precinct in Williamstown.
Tall ships are a great spectacle so please advise your Members that Tenacious is arriving and will be highly visible as she heads towards Williamstown and that they are invited to cruise in company for all or part of the way from the Heads to Williamstown.
Designed by Tony Castro, Tenacious is the largest wooden tall ship of her kind in the world. Launched of the 4th of February 2000 Tenacious undertook her maiden voyage in September that year and since then Tenacious has sailed 238,755 nautical miles and taken 13,000 people to sea. Of these nearly 5,000 people were physically disabled and 1,400 were wheelchair users. Their disabilities included Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Spina Bifida, Paraplegia and many more?..
I have attached a fact sheet on Tenacious and an image below for you to use in your member information correspondence including some links that may be useful. Please Note that Tenacious is a ship and is confined to commercial shipping channels and limited manoeuvrability and that private vessels going out to cruise with her should maintain a safe distance at all times and observe the rules regarding commercial shipping and channels in Port Phillip.
Jubilee Sailing Trust in Australia
Tall Ships Victoria
Tenacious Fact Sheet download .pdf (Specs Etc)
Updated: 7 Aug 2016 9:25pm by Christie Arras
Gl-oating on Aqualibrium
Gl-oating: glamorous boating
Gerry hoisting the GLYC burgee on
I have had the privilege of joining Gerry Veitch on his beautiful 44 ft Schionning catamaran "Aqualibrium" for two weeks of sailing up the Queensland coast, from the Gold Coast to Hervey Bay.
Gerry has built this beautiful boat over seven years. Catamarans have lots of great features. When the wind blows harder, the boat doesn't tip, it just goes faster. Your coffee or wine or beer stays where you put it. The stove doesn't need to be gimballed. Sure the cat porpoises through the waves a bit, and sometimes that motion can be a bit erratic and upsetting for queasy tummies, but overall it's quite pleasant.
And then there is the room. Each hull has its own sleeping quarters and head facilities. The galley is up in the "living room", so the cook is part of the action, and not down below in a hull. Full head room, comfy couch, full flatscreen television, surround sound stereo system all add to the comfort.
Electric anchor winch, electric sheet winch, electric traveller, electric loo, electric fridge, electric freezer, electric water maker, electric instrumentation, all make for easy sailing ? as long as there is plenty of power.
And then there is the helming! No more wrestling with the wheel or tiller ? just a little turn of the dial.
I have been trying to think of a term which is similar to glamorous camping ? GLAMPING. The term, with the help of Sue Parish, I have coined is GL-OATING!! This epitomises the glamorous sailing on "Aqualibrium".
The solar panels and wind generator keep the batteries topped up, and a bit of motor sailing ensures the beer is always cold. (This is the perennial problem ? food versus booze and bait!)
We unfurled the screecher and sailed up the inside passage from the Gold Coast to the marina at Manly, Brisbane. From there it was a trip out to Morton Island and the Tangalooma wrecks, which are a graveyard for rusting old ships. However, they house an abundance of sea life and are a diver's paradise.
On from there and up to Mooloolaba passing several whales and lots of dolphins along the way. It is awe inspiring watching the huge whales broaching and spouting, some close, others in the distance. You certainly don't want to get too close to them for safety.
Left Mooloolaba at 6 am, and it was a good day's sail to the dreaded Wide Bay Bar. The relatively flat seas still manage to throw up decent waves about two thirds between the first and second waypoints as you get to the shallow water. The instruction was to go about 100 metres north of the way point, and we crossed with no problems in spite of the Mad Mile to the south looking like a washing machine.
Tin Can Bay is an interesting town. The channel is fringed with mangroves, and it all dries out considerably at low tide. One monohull was anchored just out of the channel, and as the water receded, it lay over on its side. The crew were unperturbed. They indicated the only thing that would fix their problem was water ? when the tide came back in. And their only real concern was that they would run out of wine before they floated off! No point in stressing about something you can do nothing about. This really epitomises the essence of cruising!
After a dinghy trip to the town to buy more crab pots and some serious bait fish, we motored up into the Teebar Creek. Gerry had a lesson in crabbing from his friend Bob who assembled the pots, and inserted an intricate system of bait dangling off the centre of the crab pot. Four big orange pots and two blokes in the small dinghy was quite a sight. Boys will be boys! They returned after dark wet and muddy after spending a bit too long trying to lay the pots and catch some whiting ? and the tide went out. And of course they didn't have the torch. Lots of pushing the dinghy in the mud until they eventually found the deeper water. At least I was on "Aqualibrium" with the lights on ? and I hadn't drunk all the wine before they returned.
The next day the pots were inspected, and contained about six "jennies" ? female crabs. They are forbidden to the kept in Queensland, so back they went in to the water. But it was a sign there must be boy crabs around! A move to Kauri Creek proved more fruitful, and the next day saw a catch of about eight beautiful big blue swimmer crabs.
Oh how delightful sitting on the back steps, cracking open the shells, and savouring the sweet white flesh, enhanced by a glass of cold crisp reisling.
Another catamaran anchored nearby ensured that "sundowners" were enjoyed on their boat. There are a few important things to remember when participating in "sundowners". You take everything with you ? your drinks, glasses, nibbles and dips, and you take your empties back with you. The other thing is to remember to put on the anchor lights and cockpit lights before you go ? even though it is broad daylight when you start out; the session invariably goes on into the night, and it is damn hard to find a boat without a light on a dark night, on the dark seas. Oh, and take a torch too!
I left "Aqualibrium" in Hervey Bay, and she has carried on her voyage and adventures with various crew members joining along the way. Jim and Linda Callahan were fortunate enough to jump on for the trip to Lady Musgrave ? but that's their story.
Thanks "Aqualibrium" and Gerry Veitch for a great two weeks!
Updated: 7 Aug 2016 9:20pm by Christie Arras
STS Young Endeavour - 2016 Australian Circumnavigation
Youth Crew Applications Now Open
Young Endeavour Youth CrewFinal applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Young Endeavour Youth Development Program. Encourage young Australians in your community to set sail for the voyage of a lifetime as the national sail training ship Young Endeavour circumnavigates Australia!
All young Australians aged 16 to 23 can apply for voyages at www.youngendeavour.gov.au. Youth Crew are selected by ballot, and no sailing experience is required.
The 2016 circumnavigation is a fantastic opportunity for youth from Indigenous, regional and remote communities to participate in the youth development program in north Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia - sailing Young Endeavour to Cairns, Gove, Darwin, Broome, Exmouth or Fremantle.
At every port, Young Endeavour will change-out the 24 strong youth crew, with the aim to include six Indigenous Australians in each crew.
Meet some of our Indigenous alumni and find out about Young Endeavour Indigenous Leadership Bursaries at www.youngendeavour.gov.au/indigenous-leadership.
The youth who join each eleven or thirteen day voyage will learn the skills to sail a square-rigged tall ship. They will keep watch and take the helm, cook in the galley, navigate using the ship's charts, and climb the 30 metre mast to set and furl the sails.
Each participant will also be encouraged to pursue personal and team goals and challenges. By the end of each voyage they will have the skills and confidence to elect a leadership team and take command of the 44 metre brigantine, sailing Young Endeavour along the Australian coast.
Indigenous LeadersMarsha Riley, of the Western Aranda and Warlpiri tribes near Alice Springs, sailed Young Endeavour from Cairns to Darwin during the 2009 circumnavigation of Australia, and said it was a truly unique experience for her.
"The personal experience that I had aboard Young Endeavour developed my inner strength, both mentally and physically. I made friends with different people from different age groups and, in doing so, I discovered the strength of my interpersonal skills - that I have no trouble meeting new people in an unfamiliar environment.
"The voyage also taught me the importance of having positive role models. I now try to be someone that other students look up to, showing leadership and encouraging teamwork. I also support people to take every opportunity that comes, just as I did".
Young Endeavour is operated by a professional Royal Australian Navy crew who ensure the highest standards of safety and care, and teach the youth crew everything they need to know to sail the ship.
Since 1988 the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme, in partnership with the Royal Australian Navy, has provided challenging training voyages for more than 12,000 young Australians in the tall ship Young Endeavour.
In 2016 Young Endeavour will sail to Cairns, Gove, Darwin, Broome, Exmouth, Fremantle, Esperance and Adelaide, before returning to the east coast in 2017.
For more information, including voyage dates and fees, please visit www.youngendeavour.gov.au or contact our office on 1800 020 444. You are welcome to include this information in your newsletter or website.
Encourage young Australians in your community to apply now for the voyage of a lifetime in Young Endeavour.
Young Endeavour Youth Scheme
T: 1800 020 444
Updated: 7 Aug 2016 8:56pm by Christie Arras