Wanderer - October 2016

Commodore's Report

With the football season finishing and daylight saving beginning, I am very much looking forward to the start of the sailing season next week. Our pre-season working bee last weekend was most successful; thank you to the 40+ members who participated. The club is looking ship-shape for Opening Day on Saturday, 8th October. Please be at the club at 1100 hrs for an 1115 hrs start. Also, please bring a plate of finger food to share. Tables will be set up at the back of the hall for food.

Any members who will be sailing the stern chaser and who would be willing to take an invited guest on board for the race, please let me know on 0498116752 (sms or voice mail if I don't answer, please).

Thank you to most members who have paid their membership fees and boat storage for the coming season. If you have not yet done so, Russ Peel will have the club's card reader at the Opening Day and you may like to make your payment directly. Otherwise, please complete your payment by 31st October to avoid a late payment fee. If you have concerns or questions about fee payment, please contact our treasurer, Jenny Brown, who will be very happy to assist you.

Also available on the Opening weekend will be hard copies of our recent survey about volunteering. If you have not completed the online version, you are invited fill in a hard copy during the opening day activities.

We have had a hiatus from sailing during September, with the exception of a very successful Tackers program in the second week of the school holidays. This saw participants from as far afield as Bendigo and Korrumburra and has brought in 4 new recruits for our Sunday Sail Training program. Thank you and congratulations to Sharna for co-ordinating what has become known as one of the state's best organised Tackers programs and to (Grandad) Alastair for his help throughout the week.

Members may have heard on the grapevine that we have received a grant of almost $10,000 from the Department of Justice to upgrade our key system to a computerised swipe card system. Our current system has been in place for many years and quite a number of keys have gone missing for a variety of reasons. Despite our best efforts, it has been impossible to trace many of the missing keys and this leaves the club vulnerable, not to mention short of keys to give to new members. Because the current system is a master key hierarchy system, cutting new keys is extremely expensive.

All in all, it's time to upgrade. The main advantage of a swipe card system is that if you lose your card a single card can be deactivated, thus we are not open to outsiders picking up a card and using it to gain access to the facilities. A single card can be replaced for $5, significantly cheaper than the cost of a key. Also, as members change their roles and access requirements (eg become bar staff or move on and off committee) we do not have to keep swapping keys, it will be a simple matter of adding or subtracting an access area from your swipe card.


At our committee meeting last week, we endorsed accepting the grant and a sub-committee has been formed (comprising Vicki Vuat, Christie Arras, Russ Peel and Kelvin Brown) to work out the details as to how the system will be implemented. At this point in time we do not intend to change the padlocked areas, these will remain with keyed access. A full explanation will be provided once the sub-committee has formed its recommendation and the committee has endorsed it.


Updated: 7 Oct 2016 10:06am by David Parish

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In this issue:

Sailing Calendar

Tackers kids have a blast out on the lake
Tackers kids have a blast out on the lake

08 Saturday 1100 hrs Opening Weekend commences
08 Saturday 1300 hrs Sail Past
08 Saturday 1330 hrs Commodore's Trophy Series Heat 1, Gardiner
09 Sunday 1400 hrs Commodore's Trophy Series, Heats 2 & 3, Callahan/Parish
11 Tuesday 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing commences (no meals)
14 Friday 1700 hrs Green Fleet Session 1
16 Sunday 1400 hrs Divisional Race Session 1, Waza Rager
18 Tuesday 1700 hrs Twilight Stern Chaser. Meals commence.
21 Friday 1700 hrs Green Fleet Session 2
23 Sunday 0900 hrs Discover Sailing Day
23 Sunday 1400 hrs Three Bay Race, Chris Hawkins Trophy, Relience ff
25 Tuesday 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing
28 Friday 1700 hrs Green Fleet Session 3
30 Sunday 1400 hrs Life Buoy and Bell (LB&B) Race 1, Chibizulu

01 Tuesday 1700 hrs Melbourne Cup Twilight Sailing
04 Friday 1700 hrs Green Fleet Session 4
06 Sunday 0900 hrs Sailing School #1
06 Sunday 1400 hrs Divisional Race Session 2, Kalimna

Roll in the new 2016 2017 season!
Roll in the new 2016 2017 season!

08 Tuesday 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing
11 Friday 1700 hrs Green Fleet Session 5
13 Sunday 0900 hrs Sailing School #2
13 Sunday 1400 hrs LB Crawford Trophy, White Pointer
15 Tuesday 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing
18 Friday 1700 hrs Green Fleet Session 6
20 Sunday 0900 hrs Sailing School #3
20 Sunday 1400 hrs Lifebuoy & Bell Race 2, It's Alright
22 Tuesday 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing
25 Friday 1700 hrs Green Fleet Session 7
27 Sunday 0900 hrs Sailing School #4
27 Sunday 1400 hrs Divisional Race #3, Growler
29 Tuesday 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing


Updated: 7 Oct 2016 2:23pm by James Frecheville

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Social/Sailing Calendar

Our front presentation is looking so good now
Our front presentation is looking so good

Friday Club Night
Come up to the loft bar on Friday evenings to visit with friends, maybe even sit at the Raymond Islander table! Just kidding. You are welcome to bring a meal/takeout/fish and chips to enjoy. If you're lucky and paid up membership-wise, you might be the lucky winner of the club draw.

Twilight sailing:
First race on Tuesday, 11 October, beginning at 1700 hrs. The Social Membership category covers Tuesday Twilight racing for crew and is required for crew who race more than 3 races (a YV requirement). If you're looking for more crew, there is a white board on the breezeway door to check for people wanting to sail.

The Twilight Meals begin the second week, 18 of October, and they are the still fabulous price of $10. This first meal will be limited to 70 people, so be sure to let the club know if you're staying for dinner. It is important that one signs up before sailing on the sign-on sheet indicating how many will be eating and if they need a vegetarian meal. Our lovely volunteers really need to know how many to cater for.

Saturday, 8 Oct, 1100 hrs: Opening Day of the 2016/2017 Sailing Season and 1300 hrs Sail Past, 1330 hrs Heat 1 of Commodore's Trophy Race, a stern chaser commencing at 1330 hrs from the club house.

Commodore Wendy is no slouch as she gets into her stride
Commodore Wendy is no slouch as she gets
into her stride

Sunday, 9 Oct, 1400 hrs: Heats 2 & 3 Commodore's Trophy Race
Two races each twice around the trapezoid course with whole fleet.

Tuesday, 11 Oct, 900 hrs: Sailability
A program designed to give all people a safe and enjoyable an on-water experience sailing. Most of our participants, however, do have special requirements and come from specialist schools in the area.

The club has a fleet of access dinghies and a crane for lifting participants into the dinghy when needed. A co-sailor usually takes the student out in the dinghy though a few progress to handling the dinghies themselves and might take another student out with them.

The joy and satisfaction the sailors get out on the water, sometimes accompanied by dolphins or seals, is wonderful to behold.

This program manned by volunteers from GLYC and the wider community. We are looking for a few more female co-sailors/volunteers to sail with the teenage girls; the quarters on the dinghies are close and some feel happier with women co-sailors.

Alan Pick can be contacted if you would like to look into volunteering.

Fridays, 1700 hrs: Green Fleet Training
Contact Sharna.

Updated: 7 Oct 2016 2:29pm by Christie Arras

Reminder - Membership & Storage Fees

Oh sweet baby
Oh sweet baby

Thank you to all members who have paid their membership and storage fees for this season. Your names have now been put into the barrel for the Friday night Members' Draw - good luck!

Membership and Boat Storage fees were due 1 September; if you have misplaced your invoice or unable to pay the full amount, please contact Treasurer Jenny Brown - glyctreasurer@ozemail.com.au or 0403 819635.

Thanks for your assistance.

Updated: 7 Oct 2016 2:21pm by Christie Arras

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Discover Sailing Centre Report

Georgie shows the others how its done
Georgie shows the others how its done

Last week saw 13 kids and three adults participating in our Tackers and Learn to Sail programs. Despite the fickle weather all groups got out on the water each day and could be seen testing their new skills from McMillan Straight right down to the end of Newlands Arm. We were once again fortunate to have Australian Sailing Instructor Kate Hyde with us for the week, along with new arrival, Izzy Leahy, who was straight off the plane from Ireland. The week long program marks the start of a very busy period ahead for our Discover Sailing Program. Some dates to keep in mind:

+ Saturday 8th October: Green Fleet registration (10.30 am), prior to opening day activities

+ Friday 14th October: Green Fleet (Better Sailing & Racing groups) begins (5pm - 7.30pm)
+ Sunday 16th October: Instructor and Rescue Boat Volunteer session (10am start) - covering Towing, Man Overboard, Hoist and basic First Aid.

+ Sunday 23rd October: Discover Sailing Day, and registration for Sunday Sailing School

+ Sunday 6th November: Sunday Sailing School begins (9am - 12noon)

Discover Sailing Day is the club's opportunity to show the public how accessible, affordable and fun sailing can be for all ages and abilities. Last year we had a fantastic group of volunteers who took members of the public out in their own boats which we would like to do again on this day.

This year on Discover Sailing Day we are also seeking skippers in the afternoon, who would be happy to have additional crew of existing juniors and a family member on board their yacht for the Three Bay Race. If you are keen to be involved in DSD 2016, please give Sharna a call (0409207331).


Updated: 7 Oct 2016 1:20pm by Christie Arras

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Twilight Meals volunteers

Clean as and ready for the new season!
Clean as and ready for the new season!

I want to thank our members for anteing up for our meals roster. We are all set up through December, yes. The roster will be attached to the Wanderer as a reminder but also to let people see the menu planning.

The first Twilight meal on the 18th is kind of special and limited to the first 70 takers. Please let Linda know if you will be partaking. 5156 0655

Also, each week, please when you sign on for racing, put down on the sheet how many from your boat are staying for the $10 meal and if any need vegetarian food. The kitchen really needs to know how much to prepare.

Brian Collins can be called to sign-on should your boat not leave from the club. He might also be able to sign you up for the meal (only if there's no way you can be there to do it. We don't want him to have to babysit). 5156 6325 or 0413 590 607

Updated: 7 Oct 2016 2:26pm by Christie Arras

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Working Bee September 2016

Peter Avery and a tight squeeze; but he would do anything to get into the ladies room
Peter Avery and a tight squeeze; but he
would do anything to get into the ladies

What a great success this spring clean up was once again with at least 40 members arriving on the day and working their proverbials off. A little stressful for Dave who only got three calls from people letting him know where they would be working; but a good surprise for him when everyone turned up! Thanks Dave for your detailed spread sheets on work to tackle.

So much was accomplished. Kudos to the tallest two, Peter Avery and Michael Chapman, who scrunched up under the benches in the ladies room to tile the skirting board. Sue Avery was their step-and-fetch it. The Commodore, Rod, Christie and a few others scraped the servery walls to apply the proper enamel paint that would adhere. Down and dirty job, but finished to perfection.

Stepping stones were added from the sidewalk, the boat shed was tidied, water filters replaced, windows cleaned, everything dusted, kitchen cleaned and unloved items removed. Christie begged to keep the rather dowdy food/plate warmer under the baine marie from being tossed. (So please, it works well; remember to use it. It is on trial for a year before she goes out to the tip!) Oh, what a clean refrigerator. Someone, male that is, took credit (or tried to) for cleaning the new oven which hasn't been used yet. Ya ya, nice try.
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Michael  relaxes under the counter
Michael relaxes under the counter

Sailability boats were checked; rubber launching mat rolled up and reset without disturbing the nesting swans. There was a lot of activity in the Committee room. And on and on.

The club looks fantastic. Even the carpets were cleaned this week. We should all be so proud of our club.

And with the constant attention from our new contract cleaner, Nigel Emerson, and people cleaning up after themselves or when they see something that needs attention, the club will always shine and make us proud.

Thank you, everyone

Updated: 7 Oct 2016 2:16pm by Christie Arras

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Marina and Hardstand Information

Sharna and the juniors ponder their jobs well done
Sharna and the juniors ponder their jobs
well done

Unfortunately, the Marina is fully booked, but there are spaces available under the club, off the beach and on the hardstand. If you would like the convenience of having your boat at the club, you need to read the storage policy and fill out the storage application forms and submit the forms to the storage officer (Jim Callahan) or put the form in the office. The following are the steps for locating the information on our website.

1. Go to the GLYC home page
2. Click on Club Information
3. Click on the Rules and Policy section at the bottom of the list
4. Click on Storage Policy and the forms will come up.


Updated: 7 Oct 2016 2:25pm by Christie Arras

Ancient Mariners 2016 revue

A non-ancient mariner, Aiden Rodriguez sails as Top Gun in the Tackers program
A non-ancient mariner, Aiden Rodriguez
sails as Top Gun in the Tackers program

Formally known as "The Old Farts Race", the 2016 season kicked off on the 4th of April with a fleet of 16 boats. In this first stern chaser the bottle of red went to Wasa Rager.

Over the series we had 19 events with 9 terminating at GLYC and 10 at various locations on the lakes due to less wind to get them home in time.

There were 20 recipients of the fine red;I hear you ask how as we only had 19 events;we had one dead heat with Highly Strung and White Pointer. Wasa Rager and Kalimna took the red 3 times and Growler and Just For Fun two each.

The participants sailed 11 different courses with the most popular being numbers 4,8 and 9, three each and #6[with modifications] four times.

In total, 166 magnificent vessels enjoyed a mixture of calms, storms [little ones] and sometimes bigger ones, becalms [frustrating] but most of all... the partaking of the red and truth and fiction that followed was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

The final event that took place on the 6th of October included a chatty get together with nibbles and much partaking of the red.

These events could not happen without the support of people like Brian Collins, David Bacon, Nigel Emerson, Rod Gardner and Steve Duff. And none of Ancient Mariner events can happen without the participants.

So a very big thank you to all and if I have forgotten to thank you, come back next year and I will thank you then.


Updated: 7 Oct 2016 1:22pm by Christie Arras

Loch Sport OTB Cat Long Distance Race Invitation

Saturday, 29th October

David Penhall loves our new look
David Penhall loves our new look


Saturday, Oct. 29th, 2016
Watch start at 1300 hrs.

Web Site www.loch-sport.net

ABN 24548458531 inc A004217E

Kaye Hogben, Publicity
Loch Sport Boat Club Inc
Charlies Street, Loch Sport, VIC 3851

Updated: 7 Oct 2016 2:30pm by Christie Arras

If only we had a camera!

Where was Christie and her camera?

Alena Melrose, Tacker Sarahs mom, and a fellow behind her at DSC benefit at Cinema try to suppress their mirth at Christies dunking
Alena Melrose, Tacker Sarahs mom, and a
fellow behind her at DSC benefit at Cinema
try to suppress their mirth at Christies

Well, actually, she was headfirst down into the drink by her boat on Tuesday.

Nigel was heading to his shiny red bike when he heard a splash. He looked over in time to see two feet disappearing into the lake near a finger jetty at the club. Quicker than lightning he was down by the edge with his hand out to save the damsel in distress.

What happened? Christie noticed what looked like her bow riding deeper than the stern and got on board Sh'boom to see if the front end was filled with water. As she stepped onto the deck her glasses case with brand new glasses popped out of her pocket into the water and floated.

She....(well, I'd better fess up) I hurriedly stepped off and kneeled down to catch them as they decided to sink. As I reached in deeper, the rest of my body just followed in behind.

Oooh. It was a bit cool. When Nigel asked if I was OK, I haltingly sssaid, "Fff-iiinne." The cold water literally took my breath away.

But there was really no drama as Nigel helped pull me back on land. Even the electronic keys continued to work and Sh'boom was as dry as ever when I did get properly on without incident.

All's well that ends well. Although I did hear rumors that on Thursday yet someone else decided to give the lake a temperature test next to the jetty.

I guess some of us just can't wait till summer to enjoy our wonderful lakes.


Updated: 7 Oct 2016 2:18pm by Christie Arras

Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club
P.O. Box 194, Paynesville VIC 3880

Club phone03 5156 6864

Flag Officers

CommodoreWendy Gardiner0498 116 752
Vice CommodoreJim Callahan0488 500 795
Rear CommodoreDavid Parish0437 516 666
SecretaryRuss Peel5156 6691 / 0408 589 805
TreasurerJenny Brown0403 819 635
Sailing CaptainJames Frecheville5156 7103 / 0412 979 824
Sailability OfficerAlan Pick0410 584 860


Immediate Past CommodoreJacqui Crawford0468 987 684
Publicity and WandererChristie Arras5156 7861
General CommitteeAnne Delahay
Discover Sailing CoordinatorSharna Duff0409 207 331
General CommitteeVicki Vuat
General CommitteeBrian Carroll0411 743 602
General CommitteeIrene Eremia0400 046 819

Optimist for Sale

Fibreglass Optimist
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Phone: 0427678816