Wanderer - July 2017

Commodore's Report

During this quieter period in the GLYC year, I want to inform members about a couple of different matters that are under development by the Committee.

Australian Sports Foundation (ASF)Grass Roots Funding Program
Many members will be aware that the 2016-2017 season has been very expensive for the Club. Our aging rescue craft are costing us dearly in repairs and maintenance, the freestanding stove in the kitchen failed and had to be replaced and, more recently, the large fridge in the downstairs bar died and had to be replaced on the morning of our Celebration Night.

As we grapple with the need to keep the club functioning and at the same time attempting to continue to implement improvements, the Committee decided to open an ASF Grass Roots account. This is a program that supports sporting clubs to put out a public call for donations and bequests for specific projects. Managed by the ASF, donations are tax deductible and they work somewhat like crowdfunding. We are in the process of setting up accounts for 5 projects:
Once established, Club members and anyone else wishing to support us will be able to make donations in this way. We hope that our members will feel inclined to support one or more of the projects, but we would also like you to spread the word amongst your family and friends who may wish to extend their tax deductible donation portofolios.

New laws in relation to interacting with children
A new law came into effect in January this year that required all organisations that include children to develop a Child Safe Policy and to develop a Child Friendly Culture within the organisation. We have developed our policy and made some minor adjustments to the Member Code of Conduct in line with this law. Both documents are now available on the website and Members are asked to ensure they read them.

The next stage of the process is that on August 1st, a law will come into effect that requires all adults who interact with children in clubs/organisations, to hold a Working With Children Check. (WWCC) This has obvious implications for the running of our sailing program and on land activities. Everyone who undertakes rescue duty, works behind the bar, serves meals on Tuesday Nights and assists in any way with our training programs will need to have a current WWCC. As a club that relies entirely on all our members to undertake these volunteer activities, it will be important for our continued functioning for all adult members to obtain their WWCC. The process is free for volunteers and is quite simple.
  • Complete an online application
  • Take the email that will be generated to a participating Post Office (Bairnsdale is one but Paynesville is not) along with a photo ID
  • The post office will take your photo (at no charge)
  • Mail the application with your photo and wait for your WWCC card to arrive in the mail
Once you have submitted your application you are deemed to have your check.

Committee members will be happy to assist you with the process if you have difficulty and we do hope that you will be willing to take this step so that our programs and activities can continue to operate as they always have. Don't hesitate to ask any of us if you require further information. If you have a current WWCC for your employment, or as a volunteer for GLYC or any other club, there is no need to apply again, but we would need to see your card and register your number.

AGM and Committee Nominations
The AGM is looming fast and I hope all members who are at home will attend on Saturday, 15th July, at 2 pm. If you will be away, please consider giving your proxy to a friend or committee member as we have a number of items, apart from committee positions, to put to the vote. An email sent to members on 8th June outlines those matters for voting.

At the time of writing, there are still 6 days until committee nominations close, but at this stage we have a full complement of nominees and it could be that we will be voting, should there be further nominations. It is good to be in a position of filling the committee without having to arm-twist and it is testament to the commitment of our members to the ongoing viability of GLYC.

I hope to see many of you at the AGM

Updated: 4 Jul 2017 3:19am by David Parish

In this issue:

Sailing Calendar

02 Sunday, 1300 hrs Winter Series race
22 Saturday, 1100 hrs Sprint Series (Note change of date so as not to conflict with AGM.)

06 Sunday, 1300 hrs: Winter Series Race
19 Saturday, 1100 hrs: Sprint Series

Ancient Mariners: 1300 hrs. Tuesdays through September.

Updated: 6 Jul 2017 6:15am by James Frecheville

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Social/Sailing Calendar

Charlie and Luca clown at Sauna Sail and win on 29er Tenth Prime in Div 3
Charlie and Luca clown at Sauna Sail and
win on 29er Tenth Prime in Div 3

Friday Club Night
Come to the club bar on Friday evenings to enjoy the evening and maybe join in Soup Night. You are welcome as well to bring a meal/takeout/fish and chips to enjoy. If you're lucky you might be the lucky winner of the club draw.

Soup's On continues to be a big hit on Friday nights. Come for the best meal in town as well to enjoy the fun, warmth and laughter. $5 for a bottomless bowl of soup (regular or vegetarian) and garlic bread. Thank you to our wonderful chefs who have volunteered to warm our cockles and nurture our bodies on these chilly winter Friday nights.

Ancient Mariners Leisurely Sail, Tuesdays, 1300 hrs
Sailors meet upstairs in the club room at noon to discuss the weather and the course and to fuel up with lunch. All are welcome to sail, though no support/rescue boats are available so trailer sailors/keel boats/multi-hull non-off-the-beach boats are the go.

Annual General Meeting - Saturday, 15 July, 2017, 1400 hrs
See club home page for access to Proxy forms if you can't make it to the AGM, and Nomination forms should you wish to nominate yourself or another for a position in management/Committee. Deadline for nominations is noon, Friday, July 7, 2017. And a proxy form can be turned in by noon, Friday, 14 July.

Updated: 6 Jul 2017 7:07am by Christie Arras

Victorian Club Conference

Sandringham Yacht Club, Sat., 12 August

The Sauna Sail scene 2017
The Sauna Sail scene 2017

The Annual Australian Sailing Club Conference Victoria will be held at Sandringham Yacht Club on Saturday the 12th August. It is open to all members of Sailing Clubs throughout Victoria and for those interested in what's happening in the world of sailing beyond GLYC. It usually provides a very informative program, not to mention great opportunities to talk to other sailors from around the State.

There is no cost to attend the conference and registration can be found online at the web address below

Updated: 6 Jul 2017 7:14am by Christie Arras

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Vale Bill Whelpton

Bill Whelpton was an active member of GLYC for many years and retained his membership until his passing. He is well known to those of us who were sailing during and before the 1990's, when he competitively sailed Masumi with Fred Leverton.

Recently, Bill moved into Opal in Paynesville where, though physically frail, he was very sharp of mind. He passed away on June 12th, aged 89.

I saw Bill a few days before he died and gave him a lift from Bairnsdale back to Opal. He was very alert, relaying many stories of the early days of GLYC. I, along with Bill Shand and Leigh Robinson, both of whom went to school with Bill, attended his funeral.
He will be fondly remembered.


Updated: 6 Jul 2017 5:51am by Christie Arras

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Discover Sailing Centre News

Want to get involved in our Discover Sailing Program in season 2017/18?

Lots of planning and preparation happens over the winter months for our Discover Sailing Program to hit the ground running at the season start. If you'd like to be involved in season 2017/18 in either on-water roles (including instructors, mentors, rescue) or off-water roles (including communications, social, fundraising), please let Sharna know asap; the DSC team would love to have you involved!

Many thanks

Updated: 6 Jul 2017 6:47am by Christie Arras

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A great night for GLYC at the Victorian Sailing Awards

Newly wed Mitch Bayliss takes home Trailable Yachtsman of the year
Newly wed Mitch Bayliss takes home
Trailable Yachtsman of the year

At the recent 2017 Victorian Sailing Awards, GLYC was recognised for our Contribution to Junior and Youth Sailing. As well as being a finalist for Discover Sailing Centre of the Year (for the third year running), our junior and youth program was commended for developing resilient young sailors with the skills and appetite to jump on any boat and enjoy sailing everywhere.

Celebrations continued throughout the night as Mitch Bayliss was awarded Trailable Yachtsman of the Year, taking out Division 2 overall in Pipalini and Alex Stroud achieving 2nd overall for Division 3 in Juniper. Regular Tackers Instructor Kate Hyde, was also awarded Instructor of the Year.

Updated: 6 Jul 2017 7:10am by Christie Arras

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Sauna Sail 2017

Division 4 Report

It started with a windless Saturday and a drift around the lake for some, but over the next two days the wind appeared from nowhere to give us 4 good races. The wind varied from 8 knots to 20 knots so demanded a lot of 'gear-changing'. Quite a lot of the monohulls found out just how much the water has cooled down.

Gordon Hyde comfortably won division 2, winning 3 out of the 4 races. Philip Warren-Smith wasn't able to stop him! It was close but Gary and Oscar couldn't quite catch the Taipan and ended up 2nd by a point.

Overall numbers were down this year but the Mosquitoes remained by far the strongest class with 9 entries (with a large junior contingent again). Only the Sabres and Contenders could manage 6 boats each. It's a pity numbers were down since we had good camping weather and good sailing conditions.

Also the camp fires burned into the night with the usual camp-fire social activity. Highlight of the evening activities was the presentation to Peter Nikitin, of this pictorial history (warts-and-all) of his sailing career on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

Tim Shepperd

Updated: 6 Jul 2017 6:46am by Christie Arras

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Sauna Sail final tallies

Sauna sail beanies on our junior and youth fleet unpacked the trailer whilst the fog clears
Sauna sail beanies on our junior and youth
fleet unpacked the trailer whilst the fog

Division 1 Series Scores
1, Keep Calm, John Knorr, Taipan4.9 Cat; 2, Still Bitten, Gary Maskiell, Oscar Williams, MosquitoSloop Spin; 3, Karma Cat, Tim Sheppard, MosquitoCat Spin; 4, Infinity and Beyond, Andrew Hill, Taipan4.9 Sloop; 5, Doubleshot, Clancy McColl, MosquitoSloop Spin; 6, Lully, Jake Lurati, Nacra16Sq; 6, Aquaholic, Colin Gow, Taipan4.9 Cat

Division 2 More Cats Series Scores
1, Madda Still, Gordon Hyde, MosquitoCat; 2, Nauticat, Mark Ferguson, Nacra430 SuperSloop; 3, Rebel, Mara Chachs, Arrow; 4, More Than A Splash, Philip Warren-Smith, MosquitoCat; 5, Gone Viral, Jaime Zizman, Ben Bockmann, MosquitoSloop; 6, One More Toy, Trevor Armstrong, MosquitoCat; 7, Bobcat, Mervyn Brown, Nacra14Sq; 8, Air Apparent, Kate Hyde, MosquitoCat; 9, Storm Warning, Steve Duff, Daryn Melrose, MosquitoCat

Some GLYC Junior successes of note:
Charlie Broomhall and Luca Vuat took out first place in Division 3 in the 29er Tenth Prime, and Taj Duff took out first place in Division 5 in his minnow Wicked Weasel. Taj was also awarded Open Junior Champion for the Regatta.
Once again, it was a fabulous regatta with GLYC sailors of all ages represented.

Updated: 6 Jul 2017 7:07am by Christie Arras

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Presentations of 2016/2017 trophies and awards at Celebration Night

Jill and David Penhall are delighted with their photo of Golden Dream
Jill and David Penhall are delighted with
their photo of Golden Dream

For those unable to attend Celebration Night, below are the winners of the trophies and first placers. My apologies should someone be forgotten as the spread sheet is a challenge for me. Congratulations to all who sailed throughout the season no matter how they placed, even if they aren't mentioned here. All of you sailors make our club great. Christie

Club Person of the Year Russell Broomall
Evelyn Ffrench Female Sailor of the Year Noelene Foley
Most Improved Novice of the Year Zamie Zizman and Ben Bockmann
Apex Trophy for Best Performing Junior Taj Duff

Division 1: Jim Callahan and Fred Steinkellner, Impulse, 1st yardstick
Division 2: Chris and Lesley Avery, Kalimna, 1st yardstick and personal
Division 3: Taj Duff, Wild and Wicked Weasels, 1st yardstick and personal
Division 4: Neil Joiner, Immunity, 1st yardstick and personal

Commodore's Trophy
1st Gary Maskiell, Still Bitten
2nd Noelene and John Foley, Molly O
3rd Andrew Somerville and Steve Duff, Julia

Last Home Appreciation

Jim receives the Westpac  FF Overall trophy on Impulse
Jim receives the Westpac FF Overall
trophy on Impulse

Dave Bacon, Angela Bacon, Colin Hunt, Peter Taylor, Christie Arras, Alastair Robertson, Richard Vuat, Ian McDonald, Sharna Duff, Maureen Baines

JC Dahlesen Fastest Multihull Gary Maskiell, Still Bitten
Fastest Monohull Flemming Rasmussen, White Pointer

1st Westpack Trophy FF overall Jim Callahan, Impulse
1st Metung Return David and Jill Penhall, Golden Dream
1st Twilight Series Nick and Katheryn Rutter, Saracen
1st Winter Series (pre-season) Craig and Ian Rainey, WTBHAY
1st Cock of the Lake Andrew Somerville and Steve Duff, Julia
1st Chris Hawkins 3 Bay race Andrew Somerville and Steve Duff, Julia
1st Overall Easter Regatta Bill Shand David Parish, Fforty Fforty
1st Lake Victoria Triangle Bill Shand David Parish, Fforty Fforty
1st Division 1 personal John and Noelene Foley, Molly O
1st JK Lloyd Mitch Meade, Bonnie
1st Four Winds Trophy Johnno and Louise Johnson, Ghost
1st L B Crawford Mark Jefferis, Nitro
1st Australia Day Gary Maskiell, Still Bitten
1st CG Drummond Tim Shepperd, Karma Cat

Updated: 6 Jul 2017 7:00am by Christie Arras

More adventures across the Pacific on First Light

Bernie McGoldrick - Panama to Maupihaa Atoll

After two days transiting the Panama Canal (which was not without its tense moments), we were into the Pacific Ocean. So, on the 24th March we (myself & brother Damien) departed Panama City for the Galapagos Islands about a 5-6 day sail away.

Sailing conditions were light and seas relatively flat for this part of the journey. Being in the Doldrums was frustrating at times, but we were gradually able to head south of the rhumbline and pick up better breezes. We were able to fly the spinnaker at times and therefore made good miles. En route to the Galapagos we crossed the Equator, so being the first crossing for the crew he was suitably initiated!

After 5 days we arrived in the Galapagos and dropped anchor in a well protected bay, on San Cristobal Island. Arriving here involved a good deal of red tape which started well before we got here. We had to hire an agent ahead of time, to spirit us through all the bureaucracy. No-one is allowed off the boat until you are cleared in by Customs & Immigration, which for us, took a whole day of waiting for it to happen.

It was quite impressive to see six uniformed, heavy of boot and armed officials, board the boat to do the checking in. The only thing that was found to be non-compliant was an out of date fire extinguisher. (Secretly I think the official was pleased to find something!) The next morning the boat was fumigated which allowed us to get ashore and enjoy a hearty breakfast and a few cold beers!

We had allowed ourselves a week in the Galapagos which in hindsight, is not long enough to be able to fully appreciate all the islands. We based ourselves in San Cristobal because of the protected anchorage and visited all the sights of interest while there. However, the other islands offer quite unique attractions as well and it is necessary to either cruise there or leave the boat and take tours to get the full Galapagos experience.

We seemed to spend a good deal of time preoccupied with provisioning for the next 3800 nm passage to French Polynesia, which wasn't so easy - meat and fresh fruit and vegetables were difficult to find. Worst of all was when we went to stock up on beer, and heard that there was none as the ship carrying it in had sunk! After much searching we discovered some very expensive beer and bought just enough, for one can a day till Tahiti!

The passage from the Galapagos was 3800 nm and took us 25 days, a few days longer than expected due to over a week of light winds that we encountered. All in all, a good passage with no significant problems, good food, good company and a few challenging times with the weather.

Immediately, and I mean immediately, after we checked into the marina we found the first place selling cold beers and sank a few frosty beers to get our systems quickly adjusted to shore life. Walking down the street it initially feels like the footpath is rocking but after a few beers this sensation is canceled out...that's how it works!

The following day we started working down the list of jobs. One job we had not anticipated was cleaning off all the growth that had formed above the waterline due to this area being submerged for long periods of time and not treated with anti-foul paint. The green slime and weed proved hard to remove.

A few days in and Di turned up for a couple of weeks cruising with us in the Society Islands. We were initially busy with boat jobs and re-provisioning, but had time to look around the island and check out the markets and supermarkets. It is always interesting to see what's on offer in the markets and the main one in Papeete didn't disappoint. It was packed with people early Sunday morning and had an extensive range of seafood, fruits and vegetables.

On the 7th of May we departed Papeete and sailed the short distance to the island of Moorea where we anchored in Cooks Bay. The scenery in this bay is spectacular with high mountains 3/4 of the way around and covered in dense tropical growth. We were anchored on the leeward side of the island so as the humid air rose over the mountain tops, it cooled and condensed creating a cloud, some of which would fall as rain over the anchorage.

Although we could have stayed in Cooks Bay longer we had to deliver Di to Bora Bora in a week's time, so we had to keep moving. We left Moorea late one afternoon for the overnight sail to Huahine Island - a 90nm passage. Once out off shore the conditions were a bit lumpy and our passenger took the appropriate seasickness drugs and retired below.

We arrived at dawn off the pass to the township of Fare on Huahine Island and entered into the lagoon and picked up a buoy. The township is only small, but to our surprise we found one of the most comprehensively stocked supermarkets we had seen anywhere. We were also able to ferry a bike ashore so the legs could get a bit of a stretch. A fish meal at a local restaurant was exceptional.

Once again we had to keep moving, so departed Huahine for the 50nm passage to the island of Bora Bora and arrived there later in the afternoon. We have become more and more confident with the accuracy of our electronic charts particularly the detail provided of the passes into these island lagoons.

Entering Bora Bora was no exception, but even with the aid of these charts you have to be very vigilant and, despite the assurance of the charts, it is still a bit unnerving to see waves curling over and breaking on the reef either side of you. We noticed many yachts already there, from the ARC Rally taking up many of the available buoys. After much searching, one remaining mooring was sighted, so we hooked up and relaxed.

After a few days' looking around and a memorable meal at 'Bloody Mary's', Di departed. We navigated the convoluted clearance formalities required for us to leave French Polynesia and eventually got all the forms filled out, stamped, scanned and sent off and finally got our bond money back from the bank.

Damien and I then departed Bora Bora on the 17th May bound for Tonga, a 1300nm passage. Once offshore it soon became obvious to me that I had lost my sea legs in the calm waters of the Bora Bora lagoon. The winds picked up to 20+ knots and the seas rose accordingly till they were occasionally crashing aboard. We had squalls with heavy rain from behind so we copped it from all angles.

I was studying the latest weather forecast and noticed what appeared to be a developing tropical cyclone towards Tonga right in our path. I started looking for places ahead of us that could provide shelter in a cyclone and could find nothing. I was not happy to continue on, so looked back and discovered a small atoll that we had passed during the night. It seemed to have a recently surveyed pass a navigable lagoon and a village, so a possibility for us to go into a holding pattern before continuing on when safe.

I made the decision to head back upwind the 25nm back to Maupihaa atoll and try to enter the pass.
We arrived off the pass at 1530 an ideal time we hoped with the light behind us. The closer we got to the pass we realised we might need all the good omens we could get as the water coming out of the pass was ripping through creating overfalls and huge eddies and whirlpools. We sneaked closer in with me on the helm and Damien watching the chart and calling out directions while we both watched the depth. As we were entering the narrowest section I was doing over 6 knots in the water but only inching through the pass and could see the reef only meters on either side. Quick response on the helm was required to keep us on the straight and narrow.

I have no idea how long it took to get in, but it was probably only a few minutes before the current reduced and the water settled down and the depth increased to over 10m. We motored across the lagoon towards the village and dropped the anchor. After a quick pack up we tucked into a cold beer and huge serving of spag bol. I hit the sack before 8pm exhausted.

By Bernie
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Updated: 6 Jul 2017 6:46am 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 Peel0408 589 805
TreasurerJenny Brown0403 819 635
Sailing CaptainJames Frecheville5156 7103 / 0412 979 824


Immediate Past CommodoreJacqui Crawford0468 987 684
Discover Sailing CoordinatorSharna Duff0409 207 331
Sailability OfficerAlan Pick0410 584 860
Publicity and WandererChristie Arras [WANDERER and EFLASH]5156 7861
General CommitteeAnne Delahay
General CommitteeVicki Vuat
General CommitteeIrene Eremia0400 046 819
General CommitteeColin Johanson 0412 562 211

The Lemon


More info when Chapmans return next week.

Contact: Michael Chapman
Phone: 5156 7384
Email: michael.betty@bigpond.com

Minnow for sale

Minnow 456 "Wild Weasel" - $750 - ideal boat for beginner sailor

Contact: Steve Duff
Phone: 0411 037 418

Optimist for Sale

Fibreglass Optimist
trolley, new boat cover, sail #243
Good condition
$1800 ono

Contact: Mark Jefferis
Phone: 0427678816