Wanderer - August 2017

Commodore's Report

Hi everyone

I am writing this from the Sunshine Coast and whilst the miles and miles of holiday apartments leave much to be desired ( I certainly miss the quiet and friendly Paynesville!) the climate is great and I can fully understand why so many of our members migrate north for winter! A complete joy has been sitting on the balcony of the apartment in Coolum, leased by Rod's parents, watching pods of whales swim past. And for those who also like to cycle about, it is very nice not to come back with frozen toes!!!!

At our recent AGM was well attended and as well as the normal procedures, we passed three special resolutions.

Two of these granted Life Membership to two very worthy recipients - Dave Bacon and John Foley. Both of these gentlemen have, over a number of years, made significant contributions to the club in numerous ways, far beyond what is expected of members. I would like to thank them for their continuing contributions to the club and welcome them to a very special group of members.

The third resolution made the Discover Sailing Officer a separate position on the committee. Our previous committee felt that this was important in order to facilitate the continuing growth of sail training programs and also in order to manage the structural requirements that go along with being an accredited Discover Sailing Centre.
Our new committee has begun its work and we had a very productive July meeting. All committee members have taken on a major area of responsibility and/or signed up to assist in an area of club management.

  • David Parish will continue to manage Boats, Jim Callahan continues to look after yard and marina and our new Rear Commodore, Andrew Somerville, will assist in both of these roles.</lil>
  • Our new treasurer, Tricia Hilder will be ably assisted by Norbert Hrouda
  • Ian McDonald has joined James's team for all matters sailing
  • Julie Clark will take on merchandise and assist me and Linda Callahan and Denise Lamble with both events catering and hall hire
  • Anne Delahay will continue to oversee house maintenance, while of course, Sharna Duff continues with DSC and Alan Pick will look after Sailability programs. Russ continues as secretary ( with Anne Delahay also looking after new member welcome) Colin Johansen is the "go To person for grants and sponsorship.
  • Finally, Jacqui Crawford will manage our takeover of the Marlay Point Overnight Race (which will happen fully in 2019)

In the background, Jim C will also oversee risk management and I will keep a close eye on policy development, implementation and review.
I am sure we will soon be working liking a well- oiled machine to ensure the continuing success of the club.
Other matters addressed at the first meeting of the new committee included:
  • Approving the purchase of 2 new outboard motors for Rescue 1 and the Sailability Rib
  • Approval to support training for First aid ( 2 people) and Instructor Courses (3 people)
  • Discussion the issue with Fob access to the breezeway and committed to including this matter when developing the priority list for new spending - its place on the list to be considered in light of all important spending
  • Discussion about the format for opening weekend - should we hold an opening dinner? the committee felt that this is a huge organisational weekend and we would be better expending energy to ensure that the lunch is more "celebratory" than trying also to organise a full on dinner along with all the other activities

Once again, I would like to thank our outgoing committee member for their support and contribution- Vicki Vuat, Irene Eremia, Brian Carroll, Christie Arras ( who will continue to be the collator and creator of "Wanderer" - thank you Christie!) and especially, Jenny Brown who has painstakingly kept our finances under control for the past three years.

I will be back in Paynesville shortly. In the mean time, keep warm and stay safe


Updated: 7 Aug 2017 11:08am by David Parish

In this issue:

Sailing Calendar

2017 Taser Worlds, 2 August, Day 2. Andrew Sayle and Sophie Tay take on the world.
2017 Taser Worlds, 2 August, Day 2. Andrew
Sayle and Sophie Tay take on the world.

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

03 Sunday, 1300 hrs: Winter Series Race
16 Saturday, 1100 hrs: Sprint Series Racing

Ancient Mariners: 1300 hrs. Tuesdays through September.

Updated: 7 Aug 2017 9:04am by James Frecheville

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Social/Sailing Calendar

A beautiful Winter Series day.  Photo by Moira from her back yard.  Nice.
A beautiful Winter Series day. Photo by
Moira from her back yard. Nice.

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. Only a few more Soup Night's with the last hurray being David's extraordinary seafood soup on on the 25th.

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.

Pre-season Working Bee, toward the end of September. To be confirmed pronto
Traditionally, the last weekend of September (barring footie finals, or something) Club members converge upon the Club for a huge working/cleaning/fixing bee. There is always an amazing turnout. Cobwebs are dusted off both physically and socially. It's a fun, satisfying exercise with a lot of focus and laughter.

Should you have a particular expertise, or have seen a problem that needs attending to, or just want to help as needed (and there's plenty of that: dusting, cleaning, windows, re-laying rubber mats on beach, landscaping, the sky is the limit) there's something for everyone. Some special fairies usually provide morning scones and nibbles.

I'm pretty sure we set the date in April or May for this in Committee, but pencil in the date. Will confirm in September Wanderer.

And, there will be a sign-on sheet in order for participants to show "participation" for points toward storage allotments.

Updated: 7 Aug 2017 11:07am by Christie Arras

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Discover Sailing News

Great winter sailing and some tasty courses to be offered

Our winter sprint series continues with great success, with generally over a dozen boats from minnows for Flying Fifteens. Whilst a number are the 'usual OTB suspects', it has been great to see our youngest sailors take to the water with such skill and enthusiasm.

Sara Melrose and Tegwyn Somerville have taken to the sprint series like 'fish' to water, almost literally in their minnows. Paul Wilson and Sam McVilly have teamed up and taken charge of our newest pacer "Out and About", and are navigating the windward return course with ease.

The sprint series itself is proving to be ever so popular, and a great example of how programs can be developed out of the great ideas of our members (it was one of the first suggestion to be implemented from our strategic planning workshop).

Over the coming months we have a number of DSC programs running, of which enrolments are now open:
  • Australian Sailing Dinghy Instructor Course (9-10 September): http://www.yachtingaustralia.com.au/event.asp?ID=83110
  • Australia Sailing Assistant Instructor Course (9 September): http://www.yachtingaustralia.com.au/event.asp?ID=83112
  • Discover Windsurfing Weekend (30 Sep - 1 Oct): please register your interest with Sharna</li<
  • Tackers & Adult/Teen Learn to Sail (30 Sept - 1 Oct): https://theboatshed.net.au/paynesville/

Happy sailing everyone!

Sharna Duff

Updated: 4 Aug 2017 8:42pm by Christie Arras

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'Please let Russ Peal if you haven't received you Membership invoice

You should all have received your renewal invoices (by email) by now. The renewals are due by September 1st. So, if you haven't received the email can you please check your "Junk" file to make sure it isn't there. And if you still don't find it, please let us know at glyc@sailglyc.com asap.

Thank you,

Updated: 7 Aug 2017 8:06am by Christie Arras

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Pre-season Opening Working Bee - Sunday, 8:30 to 12:00

Date just might change again: Grand Final issues and pleasures

On Sunday, the 1st of October, we will be having our pre season working bee from 8:30 am to 12:00 am. There will be a range of cleaning (kitchen, etc), gardening, painting and minor repair jobs. Items that could be useful are rakes, shovels, trailers, paint brushes and tools. A list for volunteers will be in the loft. The working bee is always a good way to start the season and a way to catch up with members after the winter. There will be flashes as the date gets closer.

Hope to see you there,
Jim Callahan and Anne Delahay

Sorry about the waffling, Christie

Updated: 7 Aug 2017 11:09am by Christie Arras

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Insurance guidelines for membership renewal

The following is not intended to offend anyone, and is probably no news to most members, but is written to assist members in obtaining the appropriate
cover for their needs, and for the type of racing they intent to participate in.

What insurance cover do you need if your boat is stored at GLYC?
You need at minimum third party property and third party liability to $10M. If your boat blows over and damages another boat, if you mast falls and hurts
someone, if your trailer tyre blows out and harms someone, if your boat catches fire and burns the boat alongside, you need insurance cover to protect any third party. This is required through the Storage Policy and details of your insurance policy should be provided at time of storage renewal.

What insurance cover do you need if you sail in races at GLYC?
Again, you need at minimum third party property and third party liability to
$10M. If you are involved in a collision or other incident on the water, it is your decision as to whether or not damage to your boat is covered, but you MUST have cover to protect the other boat and persons on that other boat.
  • If you are sailing a Twilight or Ancient Mariners where the documented rules for that race (NoR) state that spinnakers are not permitted, then the Club
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policy is that you must have a policy that says you remain covered for third party liability while social racing.
  • If you are sailing on a Sunday or any other race, the Club policy is that you must have a policy that says you remain covered for third party liability while racing.

  • Updated: 4 Aug 2017 7:37am by Christie Arras

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    More insurance considerations

    Another peaceful shot of Winter Series by Moira
    Another peaceful shot of Winter Series by

    So with GLYC requirements spelled out above, just what insurance cover in general do I need?
    That is entirely up to each member, you can insure your boat for third party property only, for its partial value, for its full value, or not insure it at all, totally up to you.

    So do I or don't I need racing risks extension?
    This is unfortunately so complex a question that the Club cannot assist other than to provide the general information below which may help you to make a decision. Remember that should your cover fail and your insurer refuse to honour the policy, it is your personal assets that will be sued by any injured party. This information is from the Club's own enquiries of insurers and cannot be relied upon for decision making, you must undertake your own enquiries with your chosen insurer with regard to cover whilst racing.

    It is suggested to protect yourself that you specifically ask your insurer to provide you in writing with a statement saying that your policy provides cover when racing your yacht.
    Our investigations have revealed that at the first level there is a major difference in the way companies structure their cover.
    • Some like RACV and Club Marine have general exclusions that make it clear that you have NO COVER AT ALL if you race your boat without a racing risks extension.
    • Others like QBE and CGU will not cover any damage to your boat if you race without a racing risks extension, but will (may?) still provide third
      party liability for the other boat and other persons.

    Beyond this primary difference the companies also vary widely in what is included in their basic, no extras, boat insurance cover. The following is a
    summary of what we have found to date.
    • CGU (Bendigo Bank) includes social racing in the standard policy, full racing cover is extra.
    • Club Marine includes social racing (no spinnakers, <25NM) in the standard policy, full racing cover is extra.
    • Nautilus Marine includes full racing cover (<100 NM) in the standard policy (and obviously social races are included in that).
    • RACV does not include any racing cover in the standard policy, even if you just want cover for social races you still have to take out full racing cover.
    • Apia does not provide a social racing option, any type of racing requires an
      optional racing risks extension (same offer as RACV).
    • QBE does not include any racing cover in the standard policy, but has options for either social racing cover, or full racing cover extensions.
    • YOUI is confusing, the current PDS allows you to take out social racing cover as an extra, full racing cover is not available. Earlier PDSs had different definitions and inclusions.
    • OTBs (off the beach dinghies/cats)
    • try Australian Sailing's insurance plan for insurance from someone who actually knows what a dinghy is and
      what a dinghy does. Select your OTB class, select how much you want to insure it for, and the premium is shown on the page.
    • Or alternately, try http://www.stewartinsurance.com.au/dinghy-?insurance for simple dinghy insurance. Only $125 p.a. for TPO.

    Updated: 7 Aug 2017 11:06am by Christie Arras

    Lock Crowther

    Multihull designer who learnt his craft at GLYC by Gary Maskiell

    Lachlan Crowther Lock
    Lachlan Crowther Lock

    This story was originally published in The PMM Journal by the Paynesville Maritime Museum as part of their recording of local maritime history. The Journal is published twice yearly and is available from the Museum or from the Paynesville Newsagency.

    Lock Crowther was an internationally renowned multihull sail and commercial catamaran designer who sailed his first designs at Paynesville on the Gippsland Lakes.

    Lachlan Russel Crowther was born on 9 September 1940 in Brighton, Victoria. His childhood years were spent in Victorian country towns and Cooma NSW where his father was Deputy Chief Surveyor at the founding of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme. In 1949 (before they moved to Traralgon) his father discovered the then thickest coal seam in the World when surveying to determine the best site for the Morwell Open Cut. They finally moved to Bairnsdale near the Gippsland Lakes in late 1955, where his interest in boating was sparked.

    To find out where his interest in multihull sailboats came from you need to go back a couple of generations. Lock's grandfather was a Cable Engineer for the British Empire and travelled the world building the All-Red Line cable network. Whilst in Fiji in 1899-1901 out of where the cable-laying ships operated, he sailed with the Suva Yacht Club and was fascinated by the multihull craft that the natives sailed. They were much faster than the traditional western monohull yachts he was sailing.

    When Lock and his father Jack (whose Bairnsdale surveying company still carries the family name, now Crowther and Sadler Pty. Ltd.) talked of building a fast boat to sail on the Gippsland Lakes, Grandfather's stories of dugout multihulls with woven palm-frond sails whizzing past their yacht races in Suva harbour came to the fore.

    Whilst living in Bairnsdale Lock attended Bairnsdale Tech and then travelled to Melbourne to attend Swinburne Tech, to complete an Electrical Engineering degree. It was while he was attending Swinburne Tech in his late teens that the multihull design bug really bit. Electrical engineering doesn't immediately seem of help with boat design and building, however engineering principles remain the same for all fields, with the calculus of stresses a major part of Lock's early multihull design success, where others had failed.

    In the early years building the boats was very much a family affair with Lock's brothers Bruce and Hugh, sister Gay and Dad and Mum involved. They were a close family, but when it came to boat building there probably wasn't much choice but to be involved, as the boats were built in the family home.

    Kraken - 25 Trimaran 1962
    Kraken - 25 Trimaran 1962

    The family home in Williams Parade, Bairnsdale, was built overlooking Picnic Point on the Mitchell River and was designed by Jack Crowther with a very large bedroom for the 3 boys; it had enough room for a table tennis table between the beds and large areas of louvred windows on the end walls. It proved to be ideal for building boats in, as the louvres of the windows could be removed to get the hulls out when finished and as the hulls grew in length some of them even stuck out the windows while they were being built!

    Lock was also a talented draftsman, making the drawing of the multihull craft that existed in his imagination a little easier. Father Jack always knew where to look when one of his long steel rulers was missing: sure enough, Lock would be drawing hull lines on paper or timber and no doubt Jack helped in many of the early drawings.

    In early 1959 Lock built a small rowing dinghy to get experience with the materials (something many amateur boat builders still do) . Later in 1959 Lock built the first trimaran of his own design Bunyip at his Bairnsdale home, constructed of timber frames and stringers, with a plywood skin; the decks between the hulls were also plywood. It was sloop rigged with a balanced jib attached to a boom. Most notable was the shape of the outriggers: they were flat bottomed to try and provide lift, and also the main hull had a very full bow.

    These features combined to provide a very wet ride as Bunyip threw up a lot of spray whilst dashing around the Gippsland Lakes. In 1960 Lock raced against a field of some 300 boats in the Easter Regatta and won. Lock soon moved on to other designs but Bunyip spent some years on the Gippsland Lakes as his father Jack's boat, until it was sold to the O'Dowd family in the Latrobe Valley and provided them with many years of family fun.

    Probably Lock's most successful design on the Gippsland Lakes was "Kraken", a 7.6 metre sloop rigged trimaran with large overlapping genoa, built of cold moulded veneers over timber frames, with plywood decks between the hulls. The Crowther family (and friends) spent many hours pulling staples out of the cured veneers at their Bairnsdale home. Bryan Legg, a friend and crew, made many of the fittings in Bairnsdale for Lock's tri's. Kraken was launched in 1964 and proved to be very fast, even showing off by towing Mick Simpson on water skis along the Paynesville foreshore.

    Trio and Tri on beach at GLYC
    Trio and Tri on beach at GLYC

    Word started to spread of the young Lock Crowther designing and sailing trimarans on the Gippsland Lakes, leading to a young sailor from Sydney travelling all the way to Paynesville to have a look. He saw "Kraken" and had to have one; it proved to be very successful in Sydney, word continued to spread.

    Lock worked as an electrical engineer with the State Electricity Commission (SEC) in the Latrobe Valley during the early 60's and later moved to Melbourne, travelling to the family home in Bairnsdale to work on his designs and sail on the Gippsland Lakes on weekends and holidays. In 1966 he set up Crowther Designs as a hobby business and then took a 6 month sabbatical from the SEC to see if he could make a success of boat design. He never returned to electrical engineering and soon moved to Sydney.

    Lock's reputation was established internationally in 1966 when his first offshore racing tri Bandersnatch won the Sydney to Hobart multihull race. Even more notice was taken in 1969 when a "Kraken 40" won the New York to Bermuda race, with Lock on board. Sadly Lock's brother Bruce perished in Bass Straight when Bandesnatch ran into a whale in July 1967 when being sailed from the Melbourne Boat Show back to its owners in Sydney. Bruce was skipper and all four crew were lost.

    During Lock's design career more than 2,500 of his designs were built by professionals and amateurs. Many were pioneering designs and some pioneering construction techniques, like the tri Spirit of America, an early user of GRP Foam Sandwich in the hulls, with composite beams using unidirectional fibres. So much of what Lock did was ahead of his time, with ground breaking designs in both sailing and powered multihulls for both recreational and commercial use.


    From developing dynamic righting moment mathematics to planing bottoms on outriggers, 45 degree canted "lifting" boards in outriggers, turned down beam ends to increase clearance and bulb bows to reduce pitching, Lock covered it all. Sadly Lock died in 1993, from a heart attack whilst sailing his own catamaran Duegello up the coast from Sydney to Gladstone to take his Dad and brother Hugh for an extended dive trip on the Reef.

    From the humble beginnings on the Gippsland Lakes, Lock's legacy lives on internationally through his designs, many of which are still sailing and through his son Brett, who took over Crowther Designs on his dad's death. He then took over Incat Designs to become Incat Crowther, that he still runs and that continues to design and manufacture power multihulls and monohulls internationally.

    In Paynesville Lock's local connection is kept alive at the Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club, with a picture of him sailing Kraken and brief history, on the wall of the entry foyer and a Multihull Division perpetual trophy, in the form of an isometric projection drawn by Lock, of the "Kraken Trimaran", which sits amongst the many perpetual trophies on the wall of the "Loft".

    • Howard Stephenson, "Trimarans on the Gippsland Lakes"
    • www.multihull-maven.com "Crowther Design"
    • www.pittwateronlinenews.com/lachlanrussellcrowther--rmyc2014multihullregatta.phpby John Mitchell with Beryl Crowther
    • Robert B. Harris "Racing and Cruising Trimarans"
    • Thanks to interviewees, Hugh Crowther, Brian Legg and Howard Stephenson.

    Gary Maskiell is an experienced catamaran sailor with many championship victories to his name.

    Updated: 7 Aug 2017 8:37am by Christie Arras

    Boat in Storage? So what is Active all about?

    Hopefully it is no surprise to anyone at this stage that our Storage Policy has been revised so that space is available to members who intend to actively participate in the Club in a variety of ways. These changes were first circulated in the September Wanderer of 2016 and they don't mean that non-active members will have to remove their boats from storage; it will depend on the demand.

    The process - everyone (and that means you too) who has a boat in storage needs to complete and return the Active Use Scorecard, as noted in their membership/storage renewal letter. If you received the letter by email a link in the letter will take you to the Club's website and to the pdf file of the Storage Policy and Active Use Scorecard. This scorecard cannot yet be completed on line; you will need to download and print it and leave at the Club in the Secretary box, or return by mail, or scan and send by email.

    Any members who don't have the facility to print and complete it off line should email the Secretary at glyc@sailglyc.com and request a hardcopy. And if you are looking for the file on the website, it is under Club Information tab/ Rules and Policies.

    Any member's return that the appropriate officer deems not to meet the Active test, or any non-returns, will go onto a rolling 3-month tenure whereby the Club reserves the right to give that member 3 months' notice to remove their boat so that someone who is an Active member can bring their boat onto the site.

    As has been stressed several times, the requirements are not meant to be onerous, you don't have to live, sleep and drink at the Club, but you do need to convince yourself, and then the appropriate officer, that you do meet the Active Member criteria.

    If you have any queries about the process, please talk to Jim Callahan, David Parish or email the Club at glyc@sailglyc.com

    Russ Peel

    Updated: 7 Aug 2017 7:41am by Russ Peel

    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 CommodoreAndrew Somerville0407 156 133
    SecretaryRuss Peel0408 589 805
    TreasurerTricia Hilder0418 329 619
    Sailing CaptainJames Frecheville5156 7103 / 0412 979 824


    Immediate Past CommodoreJacqui Crawford0468 987 684
    Discover Sailing CoordinatorSharna Duff0409 207 331
    Sailability OfficerAlan Pick0410 584 860
    Wanderer (not on Committee this year)Christie Arras [WANDERER and EFLASH]03 5156 7861
    General CommitteeAnne Delahay
    General CommitteeIan McDonald0419 698 900
    General CommitteeJulie Clark0408 538 000
    General CommitteeColin Johanson03 5156 6656
    General CommitteeNorbert Hrouda0427 654 039
    General CommitteeDavid Parish0437 516 666