After a very successful and enjoyable opening weekend, followed by Discover Sailing day, which despite inclement weather, reaped a number of candidates for sail training and 8 new membership applications, we are now into the busy summer season of sailing and regattas.
Between weddings, parties and regattas, the Music Festival and the Marlay Point Overnight Race, there will be plenty of opportunities for our members to volunteer to help out over the coming months. Thank you to all those members who filled out our survey - you will be called upon, along with others, to ensure that all events run smoothly and I thank you in anticipation for your assistance.
The first couple of Sunday races have been interesting with sudden wind changes that have come in very strongly causing capsizes galore. All of these potentially dangerous situations have been handled very efficiently by our rescue and race management teams and I would like to thank them for their level-headedness, clear inter-boat and water to land communications that have ensured the safety of all sailors. Also, thank you to those members who ventured back out with rescue boats to retrieve capsized dinghies, in particular, Gary Maskiell, Andrew Somerville and Charlie Broomhall.
Now that the season is underway, the Committee has come back to the matter of Strategic Planning. Over the next couple of months we will be examining all of our work so far, including a number of planning documents and information, as well as all of the ideas from our workshop last May. Together, all of this will inform the development of the Strategic Plan which will be completed by May 2017. This seems like a long time, but there is a lot of information as well as many different points of view to be drawn together by a group of volunteers - slow and steady to ensure robust development.
Sometime in the near future, the Shire Council will yet again embark on a process of community consultation over foreshore development in Paynesville. I received a letter about this from Fiona Weigall, (Manager of Community and Strategic Development) including the fact that GLYC's location in the town will be central to the discussion. When dates for the consultation are announced, GLYC will have specific reps for that process, and I would urge other yacht club members to attend in the capacity of local community members, so that our voice will be strong.
Wishing you good sailing in favourable winds
Updated: 3 Nov 2016 12:17pm by David Parish
Julia salutes the Commodore with Supertoy
Contends following in the Sail Past
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
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
02 Friday 1700 hrs Green Fleet Session 8
03 Saturday 1000 hrs Cruise to Nicholson (to be reviewed due to jetty repair)
04 Sunday 0900 hrs Sailing School #5
Still Bitten and Tenth Prime finesse the
04 Sunday Return from Nicho
04 Sunday 1400 hrs CG Drummond Trophy Race Toccata
06 Tuesday 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing
09 Friday 1700 hrs Green Fleet Session #9
11 Sunday 0900 hrs Sailing School #6
11 Sunday 1400 hrs Lifebuoy & Bell Race 3 Shadowfax
13 Tuesday 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing
16 Friday 1700 hrs Green Fleet Session #10
18 Sunday 0900 hrs Sailing School #7
18 Sunday 1400 hrs Divisional Race #4 Ghost
20 Tuesday 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing Christmas Break-up Dinner
25 Sunday Merry Christmas
17 Tuesday 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing No meals
RL24 and Javelin National Championships 1/1 -7/1
Tackers & Adult/Teen Learn to Sail 2/1 - 6/1
Updated: 7 Nov 2016 11:13am by James Frecheville
Out and About gets christened Opening Day
with ginger beer
Friday Club Night
Come to the club bar on Friday evenings to enjoy the evening, maybe even throw something on the barbie. You are welcome to bring a meal/takeout/fish and chips to enjoy. If you're lucky you might be the lucky winner of the club draw.
Stern chaser begins around 1700 hrs for the first boats. 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. Be sure to sign in those on your boat who would like to stay for the meal (and note if they need a vegetarian option).
Note: No meal to be served on 27 Dec.
Fridays, 1700 hrs: Green Fleet Training
Contact Sharna. Watch the sailors' progress out on the water. Thanks to Jacqui and Brian and helpers.
Cruise to Nicholson
03/04 December. Destination may have to be reconsidered as work is expected to start in Nov. on the Nicholson jetties. Keep your ear to the wall.
New Years Eve at the Club
Alex creates a Calder classic shot as he
poles out the spinnaker on Juniper with
Jacqui taking the helm
For the last few years, there has been a pot luck dinner at the club on New Years Eve. We might as well try it again as the offerings are always tasty, the company lively and happy, and the fireworks at 9 pm and midnight pretty spectacular for our little town!
Some people also rock up on New Years Day for another informal shared meal. Ask around to see if some of your mates have plans...
Updated: 7 Nov 2016 12:04pm by Christie Arras
Stuff from the Sailing Captain
Andrew and Steve bring home the gold on
Julia in the Chris Hawkin Three Bays race
Whatever the weather we'll weather the weather, so the saying goes, whether we like it or not. And there has been quite a lot not to like about how Tuesdays and Sundays have panned out this season. Such is sailing.
Racing this season will be pretty much a carbon copy of last year's successful calendar where we didn't lose a Divisional or LB&B race to unsavoury weather. The Divisional Series 2016-17 will have Div 1,3 and 4 sailing B2B races and Div 2 & 5 one long triangular race each session. The LB&B race format will continue to be a two lap trapezium course where the whole fleet sails the same course. All Starts will be made under Rule 26 with a 3 minute sequence.
Sailing, even at Club level, is pretty demanding of manpower. A minimum of 8 people are required to comfortably manage Sunday racing with Tower, Start, Course and Rescue boat manning. If there is a large fleet and juniors are out racing additional rescue capability is required. We just can not operate without support from the membership. A Duty Roster has been attached to the Sailing Calendar and it is the responsibility of each boat rostered to provide two people on their assigned day. Do not stress as no one will be asked to do what they are not able to do nor have not been shown how to do. The possibility of getting wet is just a part of it. If the day allocated is not suitable please change with someone else and don't forget to tell me that you have done so!
Gary Maskiell delights in his trophies
donated by Commodore Wendy for his overall
win over the Opening Weekend
In the first week of January GLYC is hosting the joint RL24 and Javelin Australian Championship Regattas. Although we have a regular team for Race Management, additional volunteers are required to help run this important event. Let me know if you want to be part of the crew. In mid February we are also hosting the YA Trailable State Championships and over the Labour Day weekend in March the Flying Fifteens are coming for their State Championships. Lots of fun for those involved.......but the pay is nothing to be excited about.
According to our By-Laws only financial members are entitled rights at the club and one of those includes being acknowledged as a competitor for racing. It is a bit daft to not get points because your membership has not been paid by 31 October. Next weekend is crunch time so make sure you are eligible to win the Divisional Races next Sunday. As a bonus you will also be back in the membership draw.
While on the bandwagon, don't forget to submit your Safety Declaration and Season Entry. This can be done online or on the Club computer. It only takes a short time so please just do it.
See you on the Start Line,
Updated: 7 Nov 2016 12:40pm by James Frecheville
Rear Commodore report
Lady Kay putts up to the Wanderer for the
Salute to the Commodore
There has been a great deal of activity over the past month. Some of those I will highlight are:
* Raising of new club flag on Opening Day (dedicated with a short verse to mark the occasion - see later in this edition of Wanderer).
* Speaking of the Wanderer, many thanks to Prue and Neal Thompson for their generosity in again providing (the original) Wanderer for Commodore Wendy to "take the salute" during the sail past. I also took out some visitors during the afternoon's stern chaser (Heat 1 of the Commodore's Trophy Race Series).
* Bereavement Ceremony. Past Commodore and Life Member, Hal Shand passed away on 11/10/2016 and his life and contribution the GLYC was celebrated with a "Lowering of the Flag" ceremony at our flagpole, on the following Sunday, 16th Oct. Family members, friends of Hal and a number of GLYC members were in attendance. Hal's brother Bill gave a brief glimpse of some of the contributions Hal made to GLYC stretching back to as long ago as the mid 1940's. Flowers and a card offering Elsie and family our deepest sympathy were presented at Hal's funeral service and a notice was placed in the local Advertiser as a mark of respect from all GLYC members.
Mark gets the crew right and balanced on
* Future Estimates: Work has been ongoing with the next step being to collate them and use them to identify the recurring costs, depreciation costs and capital item priorities for each portfolio area.
* Policies and Procedures: I have started placing all policy and procedure documentation on Dropbox. Please remember to pass on to me anything that will be of use now and/or may assist future Committees and members. I will collate the material for incorporation into an "Operations Manual".
Updated: 7 Nov 2016 12:43pm by David Parish
Discover Sailing Centre Report
Friday's Green Fleet Pacer graces the bay
at sunset. Photo by Alastair from tower.
Despite the fickle weather the club was a hive of activity for our annual Discover Sailing Day. GLYC was host to dozens of visitors in the morning, which saw boats of all shapes and sizes taking people out on the water. We had kids as young as five, to adults into their 70's experiencing sailing for the first time. So enjoyable was the morning, some participants even stayed for the afternoon, crewing on larger yachts in the Three Bays Race.
Green Fleet continues to be a popular spectacle on Friday nights, with the fleet cruising and racing in front of the club until sunset. On Friday the 4th, the kids split into two groups, seven of them racing in the bay with a Le Mans start; the others went off in Judy G to learn about navigation marks going out to Steamer Landing and the Grange.
Not deterred by the winds, our Sunday Sailing School kicked off yesterday. We have a full complement of sailors (juniors, teens and adults), completing the seven week course prior to Xmas. Whilst not on the water last Sunday morning, the group went through parts of the boat, equipment, rigging and rope work.
Updated: 7 Nov 2016 11:48am by Christie Arras
2016-2017 Committee Areas of Responsibility
Archer Manuell lends his weight as crew on
Kate Opening weekend.Great having so many
juniors out on the water.
This information seems to have been overlooked; so for those of you who are not aware, committee members have taken on Portfolio responsibilities for this season as follows:
Commodore: Wendy Gardiner: Hall Hire, PR
Vice Commodore: Jim Callahan: Yard and Marina, Risk Management
Rear Commodore: David Parish: Policies and Procedures, Licensee for bar
Secretary: Russ Peel
Treasurer: Jenny Brown: Merchandise, Sponsorship
Sailing Captain: James Frecheville: race program, regattas
Immediate Past Commodore: Jacqui Crawford: assisting Sailing Captain
Sailability: Alan Pick
Discover Sailing: Sharna Baskett
Brian Carroll: Boats
Anne Delahay: House
Irene Eremia: Trophies
Christie Arras: Wanderer, E-Flash
Vicki Vuat: New members, Assisting Treasurer
Also, but not on Committee, Rod Gardiner has taken over from Ian Spottiswood as Bar Manager and Linda Callahan is taking on Tuesday Twilights and winter soup roster from Denise Lamble ( though they are tag teaming at the moment)
Updated: 7 Nov 2016 4:39pm by Christie Arras
Melody and Enola round the mark on the
Opening Day stern chaser
Some members may have noticed there has recently been a slight increase in bar prices. This has been as a result of Rod and I undertaking an analysis of bar "Purchase vs Selling" costs for all items sold over the bar. There have been few price increases for the past 12 - 18 months but there have been some significant purchasing cost increases to the club.
Price increases are not made lightly, but our bar prices must reflect the real costs of maintaining the bar facilities as well as being able to generate an appropriate level of return. As a major contributor to GLYC funds, the bar profits enable us to keep the cost of membership down and also contribute to running costs, repairs and works, as well as purchase of improvements such as capital items.
It should be noted that our prices are still very comparable to other venues as demonstrated at a recent function where a number of guests remarked that our prices were "significantly" lower than what they expected to be paying (up to 50% less than they experienced elsewhere - and these were at Non-member prices!) So...we can be very confident that our new prices compare favourably to other venues and that we are maintaining excellent value for money for both our membership and hall hirers.
Updated: 6 Nov 2016 7:23pm by David Parish
Raising Ceremony for New Club Flag
The Somervilles watch the new flag raising
A short verse composed by David Parish upon the occasion of the raising of the new GLYC Cub Flag on Opening Day, 8th October, 2016
Hello Everyone. Well, in preparation for today, I thought I should check flag protocols and so, as you do, I consulted Dr. Google but found little joy in it. There was a considerable amount of information and advice on flags, flag etiquette, flag raising, flag material, national flags, flags to fly when entering or leaving port and flag flying in general, but really nothing on NEW CLUB FLAGS.
So...this little ceremony will be short and sweet
Just a little bit longer than your average tweet
For 140 characters is not very long
Compared to the tradition of flag flying which is still going strong
You'll see a flag at the top of poles all around
Especially at Yacht Clubs where, while they're positioned hard aground
They speak to us of sailing
Which is what we love to do
At GLYC ours is White, Red and Blue
And while it's aloft
Our spirits are up there too
Whether it's up there just fluttering in a gentle breeze's warm embrace
The evening light highlights the new Club
Or flogging a lot cos there's a 40 knot gale
It reminds us all of the magic of sail
For as we would say to a novice "Don't be a burke, the worst day sailing is better than a good day at work".
As we take down the old to make way for the new
Let's consider it's meaning for me and for you
For me it's symbolic - it calls from the past
It flies through the present, how long will it last?
Well, that's for the future
But for as long as we sail,
for as long as we care
I reckon GLYC's flag will always be there.
Our old flag has served us for a good many years
Let's recognise that and not shed any tears
For our new flag's going up
Now let us all give that cheer.
Ladies and Gentleman,
To our new GLYC flag
May it have a long, happy and fluttery life
HIP HIP (Hooray)
HIP HIP (Hooray)
HIP HIP (Hooray)
Updated: 7 Nov 2016 12:07pm by David Parish
Marina and Hardstand Information
Bill Shand, Linda and Jim Callahan on
Rescue 1 Opening Day
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 Nov 2016 12:09pm by Christie Arras
Opening Weekend 2016
Chibizulu struts her stuff in Race 3 on
Sunday of Opening weekend
The 2016/2017 sailing season for the Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club in Paynesville opened on Saturday with gusto and a crowd of excited sailors. In the club's eightieth year of sailing, the celebration included the raising of its new flag and the launching of Out and About, a new training Pacer dinghy the purchase of which was facilitated by a grant from Vic Health.
The opening was attended by Representatives of East Gippsland Shire Council and local community organisations, life members, many past Commodores and club members.
Commodore Wendy Gardiner began with a brief history of the club's inception 80 years before as a sailing and boating club. It continues now as a sailing club. Michah Shuwallow, the guest speaker, who trained as a teen through the GLYC junior program quite a few years ago, spoke of his journey through sailing winning state and national championships on Sabots and Lasers, sailing Sydney Hobarts, uni, a job at Ronstat, and now his employment at Sandringham Yacht Club. His talk was pointed toward bringing youth into sailing and it certainly inspired the club's juniors especially in light of his having been able to make sailing his career.
After a delicious light lunch, the sailors jumped on their yachts and off the beach boats for the sail past out in the bay near the foreshore where the fleet sailed past the Commodore who received their salutes and cheers. Wendy stood on the bow of the Wanderer, a beautiful old lake boat owned by Prue and Neale Taylor of Bairnsdale. This lovely Wanderer began her life on the lakes in 1883 and her history has been woven with that of the Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club through that time as well.
Then it was all hands on deck for the first race of the Commodore's trophy series. A stern chaser with the same format and handicaps as the Tuesday twilight series, the slower yachts headed off from the club start to the first mark in Newlands Arm, then out into Lake Victoria. Almost 45 minutes later the last two boats left the start line, two speedy mosquito OTB catamarans.
With clear skies and encouraging winds the 31 boat strong fleet started closing the gaps and sailing more in a competitive group. On this day, Golden Dream, a Norwall Island Sharpy 23 sailed by David and Jill Penhall, crossed the finish line first, followed by Gary Maskiell on Still Bitten, a Mosquito, who just pipped Juniper, a Timpenny 660, sailed by Alex Stroud who came in third.
Ghost picks up speed in the third race of
the Commodore's Trophy series
On Sunday the sailors were a bit antsy about the predicted strong winds which brought the energy levels and excitement up a few notches. With careful study of the radar and observations, the scheduled two races for the Commodore's trophy series went ahead with a fleet of eighteen boats.
Though the clouds were shaking their fists in the distance, the wind was quite light for the first race. Being a handicap race, the whole fleet sailed two laps on the trapezoid course and waited for the slowest boat to finish before the start of the second race.
Now the wind started to stretch a bit so the race was run in half the time. Toward the end, dinghies began to capsize as the wind strengthened. Yet, it still was only around 15 knots when most finished and got into quieter waters near the shore or on the beach.
One unfortunate Hobie catamaran was left remaining on its side on the course where the tired and cold junior sailors were unable to right it as the blow worsened. After trying to lower the mainsail, trying to right it to no avail, finally Gary Maskiell, a champion Mosquito sailor, was driven in a rescue boat out to the Hobie to right it and manage its tow back to the beach in the then roaring wind. Hot showers helped the chilled sailors to regain their footing.
Not only was Gary Maskiell the hero of the Hobie rescue, he also was the winner overall three race Commodore's Trophy series. John and Nolene Foley took second place on their Flying Fifteen, Molly "O', and Andrew Somerville came in third on lovely Julia, a Couta 22. Being the Commodore's trophy series, the Commodore, the Vice Commodore, Jim Callahan, and the Rear Commodore, David Parish presented their trophies to the winners.
Updated: 7 Nov 2016 12:12pm by Christie Arras
The Adventures of Ratta
Another tale off AquaLibrium
Ratta busies himself with navigation on
Now, I don't know if I was specifically invited to accompany my mate, Christie, to sail the Great Barrier Reef on AquaLibrium; but I never miss a sailing trip. So I stowed away hidden among her flippers and mask in the suitcase.
I waited till they, Gerry and Christie, cast off from the marina in Cairns to start to explore the vessel. Nice, comfortable, galley above in the salon (convenient for me, garbage-wise), two huge engine rooms, all the mod-coms, 5 star accommodation.
Off to Fitzroy Island for the night. They went off snorkeling for a while and reported seeing a turtle, a large colorful wrasse and a white tip shark! I personally do not enjoy snorkeling so I am the self appointed anchor-watch watcher just in case Drag Queen slips up.
Fairly early the anchor was hoisted and we sailed farther out to Flynn reef which had quite a few moorings and big dive boats. We scurried over to a free buoy and settled for the night. They were back in the water snorkeling for a long while so I did some more reconnoitering on AQ. They seemed pleased when they returned with the variety of fish and hard coral.
On down to Low Islands at 7 knots with just the screecher up for a nice quiet anchorage considering the SE trade winds. A pretty friend popped up as soon as we anchored, a lovely bat fish. She hung around the boat until a mean dark bat fish kept chasing her away. I loved sharing my bread with her; she'd take it with her beautiful giant "O" shaped mouth. Sigh.
Gerry and Christie headed off to the north east side of the reef around the bommies. Buried in the sand was a large ray; all that was left visible was the silver epee of a tail and two protruding evil eyes- Darth Vader eyes. I wondered if he had anything to do with Steve Irwin's demise nearby.
A trip on the Hobie kayak over to the island and the light house. What beautiful flora and such noisy birds. Wish I'd stayed on AQ with Batta. Several groups of birders were counting or trying to count the thousands of wood swallows that were flying in at dusk to roost. The lady said the next day that they had counted over eleven thousand, up from only 600 when they were in peril.
A full moon cruise was in order the second night as the anchor was pulled at 0400 hrs for the sail up to the outer reef. With just the screecher up and very little traffic, the sail towards Rachael Carson reef was relaxed and easy peasy. All hands on deck to deal with the zinging of the fishing reel to bring in the first Spanish mackerel, yum. There was a lot of motoring to try and find a safe anchorage on Rachael Carson that wasn't too deep, weedy or swinging distance to coral... to no avail.
So on to Andersons reef where a good sandy spot free of coral bommies and about twelve meters deep was found. So I was back on duty making sure Drag Queen did her job. Off they dove again to admire this bit of reef. From AQ I could see areas of staghorn coral that had avalanched off the reef like a pile of bones from storm damage by cyclones . And many of the shallower coral tops were grey and covered in fungus perhaps evidence of bleaching from warmer water temps. The breakers pounding the reef in the distance were a bit unnerving, but the waves didn't flow on to our leeward anchorage. Dinner scraps were tasty as I do love mackerel.
Spanish mackerel for dinner...lunch,
dinner, lunch, dinner.....
I tend to be more nocturnal, so I stayed on anchor watch while the others slept. No probs with Gerry's Rocna anchor.
On to Lena reef with another Spanish mackerel caught on the way. Another good sandy anchorage and the gps long and lat duly noted for future reference. Christie shared that there were many channels through the deep bommies with amazing fish life and hard coral (not a lot of soft corals). She went into one large space where it looked like an aquarium with so many fish just hanging out. And then, a couple of black tip sharks started checking them out. The larger one, maybe 4.5 feet, took a great interest in them, leaving and then returning getting closer each time. I saw that the fellow escorted them all the way back to the boat. I tried to get the boat hook off the wall to defend them if necessary.
We had to motor through a mine field of bommies to get to Ribbon reef #4. I was sent up the mast to spot them...just wish we had walkie talkies to direct the skipper around them. The border control airplane was flying about and finally radioed us up for our particulars. We passed.
Found an anchorage that was sandy but had two big bommies down wind of us. I remained on high alert that night for sure!
The wind was strengthening so AQ headed toward Cooktown to shelter. On the way, though, a huge Spanish mackerel was brought in, 1.1 meters. The skipper is getting really proficient at filleting them (and saving some delectable scraps for me). They prepared it sashimi, ceviche, sauteed, baked, in a pie, fried, on the barbie...fish, fish, fish.
We stayed in Cooktown for 3 days while Gerry fiddled with his sail drive gears and waited for a weather window. They picked up dozens of mangoes from the trees around onshore, some tamarind, no fish. I didn't get off the boat so I missed seeing Cook's anchor and the cannon off his boat, the Endeavor.
Because the Trades were building up, we weighed anchor at 0200 hrs on Sunday and motored for 15 hours nose to the wind to the Blue Water Marina in Trinity Park near Cairns for the next five days before we were to fly home. We spruced up the boat, washed her, finished the sail drive tune-ups, tidied up. I got to go with Christie on the train to Kulandra and back down on the gondola. That was fun but scary being so high up.
Then it was time to snuggle into the flippers in the suitcase for the trip all the way back to Paynesville and my regular haunts. I do love blue water cruising.
Updated: 7 Nov 2016 12:39pm by Christie Arras
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