Wanderer - October 2017

Commodore's Report

Well, spring has sprung and brought with it the usual wind, rain and everything else! Let's hope that the wind Gods smile down on us for the Season Opening and Commodore's Trophy Race Series.

The Opening Event will kick off at 11.15am, with guest speakers and the official recognition of our two new Life Members. This will be followed by a light lunch (please don't forget to bring a plate of savoury or sweet bites to share) and a Sailors' Briefing.

The Sail Past will commence at about 1pm and will be followed by a Stern chaser race. On Sunday afternoon, we will hold two back-to-back races to complete the Commodores' Trophy. Presentations after racing will include awards to some who were unable to attend Celebration Night last May.

Our working Bee last weekend was very well attended and the premises really do look spick and span for the start of the season. A HUGE thank you to all who attended on the day, or completed some tasks before or after the event - your assistance is greatly appreciated. I particularly appreciated seeing so many of our new members getting stuck in and meeting people along the way. Thank you, I do hope that you enjoyed getting to know some of the members. A small band of merry men have also completely renovated the Rescue 1 trailer- to Dave Bacon, Macca and your team - a very big thanks!

At our September Committee meeting, along with the usual day to day "business" we:-
  • Discussed a better method of organising volunteer drinks. So this season we will trial a "voucher" to redeem your drink over the bar after your duty. This will enable us to more efficiently manage the cost of volunteer drinks so that we can budget more effectively in the future.
  • Spent time action planning for improvements identified in our Strategic Plan. A number of actions will be undertaken in the forthcoming season and members will be informed of changes and improvements.
  • Talked about Merchandise and decided to open up to our members for suggestions about what, if any, extra uniform items or other merchandise you would like us to explore. Please talk to Julie Clark if you have any suggestions. She will also remind you at the first Twilight Race.

I look forward to seeing everyone at our Opening Day next Saturday.


Updated: 1 Oct 2017 8:58am by David Parish

In this issue:

Sailing Calendar

Chain gang working on shifting sands
Chain gang working on shifting sands

04 Tuesday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariner's Leisurely Cruise and Wrap up party
07 Saturday, 1100 hrs: Opening Day of 2017/2018 Sailing Season
07 Saturday, 1300 hrs: Sail Past
07 Saturday, 1400 hrs: Commodore's Trophy Heat 1 Stern Chaser
08 Sunday, 1400 hrs: Commodore's Trophy Heats 2 and 3 Performance Commodores
10 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: First Twilight Sail. Lady Skippers race. Two divisions: Ladies and non-ladies (no meals) Tarna
13 Friday, 1715 hrs: Green Fleet Sailing
15 Sunday, 1400 hrs: Racing Heat 1. LBB/Divisional Nexus/Nitro
17 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing. Meals commence. Itchy Feet
20 Friday, 1715 hrs: Green Fleet Sailing
22 Sunday, 1400 hrs: Racing Heat 2. LBB/Divisional Immunity/Still Bitten
24 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing Scorpio
27 Friday, 1715 hrs: Green Fleet Sailing
29 Sunday, 0900 hrs: Discover Sailing Day All hands on deck
29 Sunday, 1400 hrs: Three Bay Race. Chris Hawkins Trophy Impulse
31 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing Golden Dream

Every one and his dog came to the working bee
Every one and his dog came to the working

03 Friday, 1715 hrs: Green Fleet Training
05 Sunday, 1400 hrs: Racing Heat 3 White Pointer
07 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing Melbourne Cup Day Magnum Force
10 Friday, 1715 hrs: Green Fleet Sailing
12 Sunday, 1400 hrs: LB Crawford 'Round the Island Trophy race Ten Pound Note
14 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing - Lady Skippers and non-ladies Kate
17 Friday, 1715 hrs: Green Fleet Sailing
18 Saturday, 0900 hrs: Mozzie Spinnaker Championships Volunteers
19 Sunday, 0900 hrs: Mozzie Spinnaker Championships Volunteers
19 Sunday, 1400 hrs: Racing Heat 4 Chibizulu
21 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing Growler
24 Friday, 1715 hrs: Green Fleet Sailing
26 Sunday, 1400 hrs: Racing Heat 5 Karma Cat/Supertoy
28 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing Wayward Wind

Updated: 2 Oct 2017 11:30am by James Frecheville

Social/Sailing Calendar

Simian volunteers tidy front foliage
Simian volunteers tidy front foliage

Friday Club Night
Come to the club bar on Friday evenings to enjoy the evening with your sailing mates. 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.

Opening of the 2017/2018 Sailing Season, Sat and Sun October 7 and 8
Join our club to celebrate the new sailing season at 1100 hrs on Saturday for the welcome activities, light lunch (bring something to share), the Sail Past and then an ever popular stern chaser. Sunday will see two races to round out the Commodores' Trophy series. More below.

Tackers and Adult/Teen learn to sail, Mon thru Fri, Oct 2 - 6

Green Fleet Friday evenings
The Green Fleet evening fun sailing begins on the 13th of October, 1715 hrs.. It's a good time to plan a barbie meal for your sailors or even for the old fogies coming for Club Night to join friends for a meal. Summer is here...soon. Let's have fun. Thank you to Russel Broomhall and juniors for expediting this sailing experience.

Discover Sailing Day. Sunday 29 October
Come help out introducing the public to sailing at the GLYC. Many hands are needed to make this a successful day. People get a chance to sail on the dinghies usually with Juniors as co-sailors as well as getting rides on our bigger boats. If you can take people out on your boat, please let Sharna know. There's even a sausage sizzle as a reward at the end of the morning.

Updated: 2 Oct 2017 11:34am by Christie Arras

GLYC 2017-2018 Season Opening Weekend Program

Saturday and Sunday, 7th and 8th of October

Working bees are lots of fun.  Don't miss out next year!
Working bees are lots of fun. Don't miss
out next year!

  • 1100hrs: Arrival
  • 1115hrs: Welcome and Official Opening
  • 1145hrs: Briefing for the Sail Past and Commodores' Trophy Series followed
    by a light lunch (Please bring something savoury or sweet to share)
  • 1300hrs: Sail Past
  • 1330hrs: Commodore's Trophy Stern Chaser Race

  • 1400hrs: Commodore's Trophy Series continues
  • 1630hrs: Presentation of Commodore's Trophy Series and outstanding
    trophies from the previous sailing season

Updated: 2 Oct 2017 11:09am by Christie Arras

Sailing Captain Report

Navy seal Uri operates on marina bottom removing mussels and spare tyres
Navy seal Uri operates on marina bottom
removing mussels and spare tyres

All members should have received an e-Flash with the 2017-8 Sailing Calendar attached. Please print a copy and post on your fridge door. It is colourful so will fit nicely with all your family shots, postcards and energy bills.

You will notice the Duty Roster in the last column. I have nominated for duty those who competed in each event last season. If you only sailed in the Twilight Series last season you will only be rostered for duty in the upcoming Twilight season.

If the dates don't work for you please change with someone else asap and then let me know...please, so I can update the Calendar.

For Tuesday Twilights, duty involves two people being available to help man Rescue 1 and JudyG AND to help with the cleanup after dinner.

For Sunday racing, again at least two people are required to help on the water. No member will be asked nor expected to do any task they are unable to perform, but you will be expected to be prepared for an afternoon on the water.

Communication is important. Without the support of members doing their duty GLYC would not be able to provide the sailing program that we have come to expect as outlined on the Sailing Calendar.

The NoR ands SI are now posted on the Club website and on the noticeboard in the Breezeway. Please read both documents as they reflect changes to last season as a result of discussion at the two Sailors' Meetings.

The only document you need to fill in is the Safety Declaration making sure that your insurance covers you for your intended racing. This can be done online or on the computer in the office. Just ask if you need help.

A rule in the NoR states that anchors must not protrude from the stem head when racing. This is really a no brainer. If an anchor is not there it just can not cause damage. Please make sure that your anchor is in the proper place when you cross the startline on Opening Saturday. It is all part of risk management.

See you on the start line...

Updated: 2 Oct 2017 11:04am by James Frecheville

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Winter/Sprint Series Wrap Up

Rescue boats got lots of TLC at working bee
Rescue boats got lots of TLC at working

Thank you to all who participated in the winter sailing events. They were fun to watch.

We had days of very limited wind where "little people" were able to sail there first race in Minnows against Flying Fifteens.

I think the most amazing thing to watch was, on several occasions, when our youth decided to learn tactics on the start line. Ange and I did hold our breaths seeing a Pacer or 29er using their rules to start with Craig and Ian Rainey. It was a delight to see the level at which our sailors have progressed with our senior sailors mentoring and pushing the youth to be the best they can be.

Thank you to all the start, finish and rescue crews. There were several who helped out for every race, some new faces that learnt the joys of race management and some who popped in and out over winter. A major thank you to Alastair in the tower who was able to keep me updated with weather and where the OTB boats were at each stage.

Winter/Sprint series RO

Updated: 2 Oct 2017 11:18am by Jacqui Loft

Discover Sailing News

Australian Sailing's Spring Sail and Coaching Clinic held at Royal Geelong Yacht Club
Australian Sailing's Spring Sail and
Coaching Clinic held at Royal Geelong
Yacht Club

In mid September, three of our junior / youth sailors travelled to Royal Geelong Yacht Club to compete in Australian Sailing's Spring Sail and Coaching Clinic; Charlie Broomhall and Luca Vuat (in the 29er) and Taj Duff (in the Minnow). The weather over the weekend was forecast for very strong winds, although these didn't eventuate until the Sunday. Making the most of Saturday's conditions the boys in the 29er placed a 3rd, 1st & 4th, and Taj in the minnow placed a 2nd, (8th), 3rd & 3rd. With racing cancelled on the Sunday as extreme winds hit Geelong, both Charlie and Luca and Taj finished 3rd overall in their fleets - an awesome effort from the GLYC fleet!

October will see the kick off of our Discover Sailing Program for 2017/18, with key dates as follows:
  • Tackers & Adult / Teen Learn to Sail: 2 - 6 October
  • Green Fleet Registrations: 7 October (Saturday morning, before opening day activities commence)
  • Paynesville Primary School Sailing: 9 - 11 October
  • GEMP Get Active Sailing Day: 12 October
  • Friday Green Fleet commences: 13 October, at 5.15pm
  • Discover Sailing Day: Sunday 29 October

Volunteers required for Discover Sailing Day, 29 October: our Discover Sailing Day is a fantastic opportunity for the club to show the public how fun, safe, accessible and affordable sailing is. We are looking to have a range of boats, both off-the-beach and trailable yachts for the public to go sailing with a GLYC member. If you can be available from 9am - 12noon on Sunday 29 October, please give Sharna a call on 0409207331.

Many thanks

Updated: 2 Oct 2017 10:55am by Christie Arras

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Sailability needs volunteers

Johnno gives the upstairs bar a much needed revamp
Johnno gives the upstairs bar a much
needed revamp

Sailability is looking for volunteers to help out on and off water with the program this term.

Please call Alan Pick, 0410 584 860, to let him know if you would give it a try. The first day of this term will be Wednesday, 11th of October at 9:00 a.m. at the GLYC.

Some women co-sailors are needed as well as men. So if you could donate a day of your time per week, or even part of the day, you would make a big difference in the lives of the people who need something special like this sailing experience. The programs do not run all year; just during their school terms and not winter.

The optimum number of volunteers to run each session is thirteen: seven co-sailors, two or three to help the participants on and off the boats, and two on shore with the timers, radios, and logistics and someone or two on the rescue boat.

Several volunteers who have been helping in Sailability since its inception at least ten years ago are retiring this year. As a result, the program is urgently looking for a few more who can give their time.

It is important for the club to continue to run Sailability as a community service, but this will become difficult if there are not enough regular volunteers.
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Sue and David busy on RIB
Sue and David busy on RIB

So, please, consider coming to help at Sailability. It really makes a difference in the lives of our participants.

Alan Pick
Sailability Officer
0410 584 860

Updated: 2 Oct 2017 11:33am by Christie Arras

Working Bee Success

Brian repairs boat bits in shed at Working Bee
Brian repairs boat bits in shed at Working

We had a very successful working bee and were blessed with fine weather and enthusiastic workers. On the day over 45 members came to help out! We got a huge amount of work done in a very short time... "Many hands make light work". The following is a list of jobs completed on the day but I am sure that I did not see all the work that was being done.

Weeding, mowing, trimming of shrubs, pruning low branches on carpark tree, clearing the beach mats of sand and re-laying the ramp. John Urie went for a dive in the marina and retrieved old tyres and mooring lines. All the training boats were taken out of the shed and cleaned and parts sorted out. The rescue boats and Judy G were cleaned and all the gear inspected, shed organised and swept clean. The outside walls were cleaned of cobwebs and the front entrance was scrubbed; nails in the ramp and entrance were knocked down. Windows were cleaned inside and out, breezeway change rooms cleaned, bench in the female change room sanded and varnished, breezeway painted, gate adjusted under the club to improve access to a storage location, starting tower organized.

Kitchen cleaned (list in kitchen too great to record), hall carpet spot cleaned, upstairs toilets cleaned, walls and skirting boards cleaned, loft bar bench sanded and first coat of varnish applied, upstairs fridge painted, stairwell handrails cleaned.

Pre-Working Bee Work
Front deck and stairs cleaned and painted, Kitchen landing and stairs painted, BBQ area was cleaned, painted and new flooring installed, BBQ cleaned. Rescue one trailer was rebuilt and painted. Storage for life jackets was organized, and door closer fitted in breezeway, as well as loft cupboards organized.
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Rod gets a pass into the ladies change room
Rod gets a pass into the ladies change

The above list is not comprehensive and I am sure some of the work completed may not have been mentioned, but it gives you an understanding of the great team effort that makes this club so great.

The morning tea was fantastic with thanks to Sue Parish, Angela Bacon and Lyn Wallace. The workers all enjoyed the morning tea and the opportunity to catch up with each other after the winter period. Though some people did not stay around for the lunch it, was well received by all. Unfortunately Dave Bacon kept working and missed the lunch, our apologies!

As anyone knows who has had to maintain a house or apartment, maintenance is an ongoing job just as it is with our club. Some jobs that did not get completed or have yet to be done will be tackled later. The work we have done over the years has seen ongoing improvement of the club. I for one think the club looks great and is an asset for our local community.

Post working Bee
If you were not able to help on the day of the working bee there are still some jobs to do. Some painting around the club still needs to be done as well as a few small jobs. If you can help contact Anne or Jim. Thanks

Committee organizers- Anne Delahay (House) and Jim Callahan (Yard and Marina)

Updated: 2 Oct 2017 11:16am by Christie Arras

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Marlay Point Over Night Race Update

Please welcome new member Sandra Harvie seen here having just de-cobwebbed the club at the Working Bee
Please welcome new member Sandra Harvie
seen here having just de-cobwebbed the
club at the Working Bee

This March is the 50th Marlay Point Overnight Race (MPONR). There have been several meetings between Lake Wellington YC and the Paynesville group of volunteers where the SI and NOR were adjusted to reflect the changes within Australian Sailing and the blue book. We have also been looking into the manning of boats on the race day, trophies, and transport.

In November we will be having two meetings. One for Paynesville to try and engage all the business with the aim of encouraging participants and families to stay in Paynesville for the weekend.

We will also have a members' briefing where anyone who is interested in helping can come along and learn what we are doing and have a chat in relation to the race. We have so many things that we will need a hand for...from the normal breakfasts, taking finishing times, radio watch and also tasks at Marlay point. All these jobs will need someone to watch and learn this year so next year we can be prepared to go solo (Mostly, LWYC will still be available to help) on running the event.

We have broken our MPONR committee into several areas to make the running of the race easier to look at. So if you are interested in a particular area please get in contact with me.

Jacqui Crawford 0468987684

Updated: 2 Oct 2017 10:58am by Jacqui Loft

Tuesday Twilight Meals for Season 2017-18

Busy kitchen cleaning elves at Working Bee
Busy kitchen cleaning elves at Working Bee

Many thanks to all those wonderful people who have volunteered to prepare a Tuesday Twilight meal in the coming season and to those who have been amenable to their rostered date.

The roster has been finalized and will be attached to this Wanderer. (The two instruction lists will be sent out attached to an eFlash.) The Twilight scheduled for January 2nd, 2018, has been left as a BYOM (bring your own meal) as it is a hard date to fill with everyone's plans all over the place.

Should you have a conflict with your appointed chefdom date, please try to exchange your date with someone else who is on the roster list. And then let Julie or Linda know of the switch.

So, starting on Tuesday, the 17th of October, the kitchen fires will be burning in anticipation of the first Twilight meal. It is always a great night and everyone in the club appreciates those who prepare the meal and allow such a wonderfully social evening to occur.

Please note: Even if the weather blows out the Twilight stern chaser, we still need to come share a meal as the food supplies are usually pre-ordered and need to be eaten. Pizza is the exception... And when signing in for the stern chaser that you include the number of sailors wanting a meal and note if any require a vegetarian meal as well. Thank you.)

Thank you in anticipation for all your generous gifts of time and effort.

Linda 0407 556 650 or Julie 0408 538 000

Updated: 2 Oct 2017 11:00am by Christie Arras

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Club Merchandise 2017 - 2018

Do you need a new item of club merchandise for the 2017-2018 season?

Come along and check out what we have to make sure you are looking good both on and off the water this season!

All our merchandise is very reasonably priced, and wearing it is a great way to advertise our club in the community!

Make sure you check out our stock next time you're at the club.

Payment can be made either via the envelopes located in the merchandise cupboard or by direct deposit into the club bank account.

Don't have your size? Or in the colour you want? Ring me, and I can place a special order for you!

Julie Clark - Merchandise Contact 0408 538 000


  • Long Sleeve Polo Shirts (M & F) $35
  • GLYC Printed Glasses $6
  • Short Sleeved Polo Shirts (M & F)$30
  • GLYC Burgee $25
  • Vests $50
  • Caps $15

Updated: 2 Oct 2017 7:43am by Christie Arras

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Where in the world is Sailing Captain James?

Sunrise near James Bond Island, Phang Nga.
3 kg bbq prawns for dinner.
Pawpaw and lime for breakfast.
Someone has to do this.


Updated: 1 Oct 2017 1:16pm by Christie Arras


1968 the year of the first Marlay Point to Metung yacht race

1968 and on board  Didgeridoo Pam and Terry Webster, Bryan and Elaine Griffiths and three boys.
1968 and on board Didgeridoo Pam and
Terry Webster, Bryan and Elaine Griffiths
and three boys.

Bryan and Elaine Griffiths and boys; David Rhys and Glyn were joined by David Patterson and Judy Coster on board the Tahiti Ketch "Didgeridoo" for the first Marlay Point Over Night Race in 1968, fifty years ago...

Recollections of a 9 year old. David Griffiths

The yacht race was scheduled to start Saturday night at midnight.

The start was very exciting: being allowed to stay up late and night sailing all in one! I think there may have been a Bar B Que hosted by the Marlay Point YC.

Fortunately the Tahiti Ketch has many lockers for storing food. The following morning saw us entering the McLennan Straits and a long day hauling ourselves along by the reeds and tea tree at the sides of the Strait. A long sail ensued as we made our way to Metung.

The Lakes must have been deeper then; "Didgeridoo" has a 5' draft, and only spent a little bit of time on the bottom.

I have spoken to Bill Shand recently and he gently reminded me that he won in a Flying Fifteen (what else?). We think there were approximately 12 yachts in the race.

"Didgeridoo" is still floating (just) in a relatively poor state in Pittwater NSW.
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The Didgeridoo crew fifty years later
The Didgeridoo crew fifty years later

Fast Forward 50 years
David, Rhys and Glyn are going to join with Russell Broomhall and Tony Webster to sail in the 50th race. The yacht has changed. It is an Elliott 7.8 "Brothers in Arms".

The spirit is willing, accompanied by enthusiasm and some ability we are looking forward to joining in a significant moment in the chapters of sailing on the Gippsland Lakes.

David Griffiths

Updated: 2 Oct 2017 7:53am by Christie Arras

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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

Flying Fifteen

Hull # KA 3052
Comes with: 2 sets of sails, one set as new (imported from England)
Galvanised trailer, no rust

Contact: Ivan
Phone: 5156 3135
Email: 0429 982177