Wanderer - January 2019

The Commodore's Report

I hope everyone has had a happy festive season.

It was great to see so many people at the Christmas BBQ. Over 80 people joined in the day's socialising. For many of the juniors it was their first time cruising on the lakes. An 8ft dinghy might not seem the most logical choice as a cruising boat but the juniors loved the sail over to Sperm Whale head and back.

Keeping on the theme of junior sailing, the first of the sail school courses has finished up after 8 weeks. Numbers were limited by boats and instructor numbers. So I guess it shows that sailing is very popular in the younger ranks. The second round of the school will be starting soon.

It is great to hear so many members have headed away to national regattas over this period. I know of club members sailing in Tasmania, Western Australia, Queensland, and Victoria. As their results come in we will let you know how they have gone.


Updated: 6 Jan 2019 9:50am by David Parish

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In this issue:

Sailing Calendar

Twilight sailing moves to the north Atlantic on 11 December
Twilight sailing moves to the north
Atlantic on 11 December

January, 2019
02-03, 1400 hrs: Javelin and Pacer National Championship
06, Sunday, 1400 hrs: Female Skipper Trophy Race, sternchaser format. Duty boat: Kate
07 thru 11, 0900 hrs: DSC Tackers program
08, Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight and Female Skipper Race. Duty boat: Volunteer required BYO meal. (no meals served)
10, Thursday, 1300hrs: Ancient Mariners
13, Sunday, 1400 hrs: LB&B Resail and Chris Hawkins 3 Bays Race. Duty boat: volunteer requested
15, Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight sailing. Duty boat: Shadowfax
17, Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
20, Sunday, 0900 hrs: Minnow Nats - Registration and Measurement
20, Sunday, 1400 hrs: LB&B Heat 4. Duty boat: FortyForty
21, Monday, 0900 hrs: Minnow Nats - Invitational. Volunteers
22, Tuesday, 0900 hrs: Minnow Nats. Volunteers
22, Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight sailing. Duty boat: Tarna
23, Wednesday, 0900 hrs: Minnow Nats. Volunteers
24, Thursday, 0900 hrs: Lay Day. Possible re-sails.
25, Friday, 0900 hrs: Minnow Nats. Volunteers
26, Saturday, 0900 hrs: Minnow Nats (Final day). Volunteers
26, Saturday, 1400 hrs: Australia Day Trophy. Duty boat: Longnose

Raw power in Twilight
Raw power in Twilight

29, Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight sailing. Duty boat: White Pointer
31, Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners

02, Saturday, 0900 hrs: Eastern Region Regatta/Divisional (in Metung).
03, Sunday, 0900 hrs: Division Cool starts
03, Sunday, 1300 hrs: Eastern Region Regatta/Divisional (in Metung). Duty boat: Time Flies
05, Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Female Skipper Race #5. Duty boat: Saracen
07, Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
10, Sunday, 1400 hrs: Divisional racing. Duty boat: 10th Prime/Burrunan
12, Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight sailing. Duty boat: Kalimna
14, Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
16, Saturday, 0800 hrs: Victorian Junior Carnival at Mornington YC
17, Sunday, 1000 hrs: JK Lloyd Trophy Race -long distance. Duty boat: Silver Cloud.
17, Sunday to 18, Monday: Australian Sailing Junior Carnival at MYC
19, Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight sailing. Duty boat: Longnonse
21, Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
24, Sunday, 1400 hrs: LB&B Heat 5. Duty boat: Nitro
26, Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight sailing. Dutyboat: Scorpio
28, Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners

Updated: 11 Jan 2019 4:14pm by James Frecheville

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Social/Sailing Calendar

16 month old Laura Taig checks over the rudder on Good Pace.  It's wise to start them young.
16 month old Laura Taig checks over the
rudder on Good Pace. It's wise to start
them young.

Friday Club Night
Come catch up with mates Friday nights. Feel free to bring your meal, take out or use the barbie and enjoy. Be sure to welcome visitors who are interested in the club. And if you're lucky, you might be the lucky winner of the club draw.

Twilight Meals
Just a reminder, as required last year, should you wish to have a meal/meals, please email glycmeals@gmail.com stating how many in your party and if there are any dietary requirements such as gluten-free, or vegetarian, etc. (Sorry, no diets requiring crayfish will be accommodated.)
Please have this email meal reservation in by 4 pm before sailing.

Tuesday meal changes in Dec and Jan due to racing titles:
Dec 25 and Jan 1: No Twilight Meals...holiday recuperation time
Tuesday 8 January: BYO meal
Tuesday 15 January: Meals available per ususal
Tuesday 22 January: Basic pizza meal due to Minnow championships
Thereafter: Business as usual for the rest of the season!

Updated: 8 Jan 2019 6:40am by Christie Arras

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Sailing Captain's Musings


December didn't start too well with weather calling the shots resulting in an abandonment for the scheduled LB&B race. Then when the skies are grey the fleet size diminishes accordingly and only 13 boats competed in the CG Drummond Trophy which was held in Lake King and included a lap around the Compass Piles. No Silver Cloud for Jenny and Mark as Chibizulu squeezed home with less than 10 seconds to spare for the win.

A sign of the times, or perhaps that members are just busy doing other stuff, meant that a small fleet sailed the Divisional Series in mid December. Those who are sailing are getting the runs on the board for the gold at season end.

But that is not why we sail. A fleet of 24 boats headed out for the Lady Skippers Sternchaser this last Sunday. Eighteen ladies at the helm in a fleet of 24 is a commendable reflection on the enthusiasm of our membership. Congratulations to Hillary and John on Absinthe for getting home first and to Jenny and Mark for winning on corrected time.

The Christmas-New Year period was in a word, busy. GLYC hosted the Pacer and Javelin National Championship regattas and although both fleets were small, a sign of the times?, the racing was fast and furious and at times challenging for the race management team with course changes and course shortenings in the sometimes boisterous conditions. All scheduled races were completed and the racing extremely close with winners determined on countback for both fleets.

Lady skippers coming up to the rounding mark
Lady skippers coming up to the rounding

Congratulations to some of our Junior members who sailed in Club boats in the No Spinnaker Division with Ethen and Archer taking Gold in the Junior Division and Jasmine and Harry close on their heels. Both crews learned a great deal about persistence, teamwork and about being up on the line at the start. All four juniors improved their boat handling and race skills over the week long regatta.

Jasmine didn't get enough of sailing in the Pacer Nationals
Jasmine didn't get enough of sailing in
the Pacer Nationals

Race management is very much a team effort and just as there can be no regatta without competitors, there can be no regatta without those who man the boats and tower. It has been once again a privilege to head our RM team. Feedback suggests that we do a great job, not just on the racetrack but also around the Club. Well done and thankyou to everyone who helped out in any capacity.

This double fleet regatta was in effect just a warm up for the upcoming Minnow National Championships in late January. Thankyou to all those who have put their hands up to help out with the Minnows.

Unfortunately, Metung YC are unable to host us for our BBQ lunch planned for 12 January when we were to race to Metung and Return, so we are running a resail of both Chris Hawkins 3 Bay Race and the heat of the LB&B Series we lost in early December on Sunday 13 January.

Tackers is on again this coming week so the Club will be alive with juniors getting a taste of sailing. Introducing children to sailing is the easy part. Retention as children grow older is a challenge as there appears to be just so many distractions from other sports, devices and like. Our Club is not alone here.

Well done, Anne.
Well done, Anne.

Twilight sailing continues to be a major Club event with Thursday's Ancient Mariners hot behind in participation. I do look forward to being able to join the old farts… but it could be a while before Tarna is back on the racetrack, especially now as we have another boat to play with.

Time to go. See you on the Start Line.

Updated: 8 Jan 2019 11:18am by James Frecheville

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Rear Commodore's Report

Good showing of Div 1 in Divisional race 16 Dec
Good showing of Div 1 in Divisional race
16 Dec

Club Boats:
Again we have had a busy month across the GLYC fleet of boats.

The training boats are all in good operational condition, however, the steering wheels on the Opti stands need attention as they are too hard to control. I have mentioned this to Frank and he is looking to see what else can be done to make them easier to manoeuvre.

The Sailability Rib and Alex P are both in good operational condition and being used most weeks. However, Rescue One needed a major repair to the starboard bladder. This has been completed and we also took the opportunity to be trained in the required repair method. I would like to thank Matt Renshaw for his expertise and patience in carrying out the repair and the tutoring.

The refurbishment of the RS Thompson has now been completed and we also had Kevin from Bairnsdale Marine into replace the steering ram seals as the ram had a slow hydraulic fluid leak into the rear well. This is an excellent boat for its purpose in the club, and is now fully operational and back on the water as the pride of the fleet. Thanks, James, for a great job. (I have, however, stressed to Dave B that scratching the hull or hitting the grey rubber of the jetties is not allowed… Not sure how long that will last).

Twilight traffic jam 18 December
Twilight traffic jam 18 December

Frank Knot was good enough to loan the club the use of his Bar Crusher powerboat while the Thomson was having the floor replaced. This was returned to him mid-December after the boat crew (Sandra & Mark) gave it a full detail. (Thank you, Frank, your help was indispensable and greatly appreciated).

Ancient Mariners:
We have commenced the summer series although, so far, one day was a washout. We had an end of year /cum Christmas breakup (well…afternoon tea/drinks), and presentation for the winner of the spring series on the 20th December after the race.

Due to the number of races that constitutes the annual Ancient Mariners Calendar, we have placed it as a separate sheet in the racing section of GLYC’s website under Club Racing, Season Documents, 2018/19, and it will also be maintained in the ‘Weekly Latest News’ on the home page.

The Ancient Mariners series will be taking a break between the 20th December and 10th January, as most of the club members will be busy supporting the Sailing Captain and the Titles.

See Ancient Mariners Spring Results below compiled by Alastair.

I am still trying to catch-up with Trevor Williams and Hugh Howard as they have trophies to collect from last season ( Please see me next time you are at the club).


Updated: 7 Jan 2019 7:46pm by Christie Arras

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Division 4 report

A stacked deck of multihulls in C G Drummond
A stacked deck of multihulls in C G

The GLYC Mosquito fleet held a pre-Nationals training weekend on the 23rd and 24th of December. Five GLYC Mosquito's attended along with one from South Gippsland YC and one from Somers YC.

Early on Saturday the weather was average, to say the least, so Gary took the opportunity to talk to the sailors with less Championship Regatta experience about preparation of their boats for measurement and what to expect when they arrived, including access to the club (down a lane way) and the water (down a concrete ramp). Once the weather cleared it was time to move on to rigging boats, with particular attention to Rig and Diamond tension for the different rig types their Mossies were to be sailed in. Tim helped Darrin and SGYC visitor Pete to rig the new external cascading downhaul system he has designed and tested on his own boat. The system offers very low friction and is particularly advantageous for modern Cat rigged Mossie mainsails that need a lot of downhaul pressure.

Meanwhile, in a "breeze" that was building, Neil was out practicing with his new crew from the GLYC Junior program, Sam, and visiting Somers YC Mossie sailors, Justin and Gina, also went for a careful sail. Then with the wind now gusting over 20 knots, Neil took some less experienced sailors out for some training, including Justin who came back grinning. Then Neil continued to practice with Sam, whilst the rest of us opted to stay on shore and get rigging and systems sorted.

The ultimate technique for maximum trapeze leverage demonstrated on Gone Viral
The ultimate technique for maximum trapeze
leverage demonstrated on Gone Viral

Saturday night a very social BBQ was held at Gary's place and all aspects of Mossie sailing were discussed, with varying amounts of sincerity.

Sunday morning dawned Sunny with Light Winds, so the Mossies hit the water soon after a light breeze started up around 10am, with most sailors individually testing out the systems and theories discussed the day before. They then proceeded to Sperm Whale Head National Park for the BBQ lunch, with what looked like most of the junior and senior GLYC members (what a fantastic turn out).

After lunch Gary lead short course racing practice near GLYC in 10 to 12 knots and the upwind improvement shown by Jamie and Ben (faster and higher than the tutor), Darrin and visitor Pete was very pleasing. Jamie and Ben, and Pete showed huge improvement in spinnaker handling and picking downwind angles as well. All in all a very constructive and informative weekend was had by all sailors, including the tutors.

GLYC had 5 Mossie sailors attend the National Titles at Mordialloc Sailing Club 30th Dec to 3rd Jan. "Gone Viral" with Jaime & Ben, and "Still Bitten" sailed by Gary & Oskar entered in the Spinnaker Division. "Karma Cat" with Darrin, "Bee Alert" with Peter and "Immunity" with Neil (Sam was unable to crew due to an injury) entered in the Cat Rig Division. Although Tim planned to attend, he had to go to England to attend to family matters.

A variety of conditions were encountered at Mordialloc with most days starting in lighter winds which became stronger. It would be fair to say the GLYC sailors found the tidal movement less of a problem than the sea state with the chop building up faster than the wind: and on New Years Eve, it built to about 1m vertical faces in around 18 to 20 knots of breeze, which was very challenging. Most of the GLYC sailors improved throughout the championships, with Peter overcoming the difficulties of movement caused by a Knee Replacement in the winter to push the leaders. Darrin showed great improvement at his first Mosquito Titles and Jaime & Ben excelled at their first Spinnaker Titles even leading the fleet in one race.

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But probably the most outstanding was Neil, who hadn't sailed Cat rigged for something like 4 years, and won 5 of the 11 heats sailed in the largest Division at the Nationals, for a close 2nd place overall. Well Done. Peter finished 5th and Darrin 7th a great result. In the Spinnaker Fleet, Gary & Oskar finished 3rd and Jaime & Ben finished 5th with bests of 3rd placings, in what was a very competitive fleet. Jaime and Ben also took home the Youth Title, an excellent result considering they did not make the final decision to enter the spinnaker division until they arrived at Mordialloc SC.

Remember, "Life's Better With a Hull in the Air" see you on the water,

"Still Bitten".

Updated: 8 Jan 2019 11:46am by Christie Arras

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Discover Sailing Update

Minnow sailors to take to Gippsland Lakes this January

Sara Melrose takes 3rd in CBH in Sunday's Lady Skippers Race.  What a stellar sailing job.  Minnows
Sara Melrose takes 3rd in CBH in Sunday's
Lady Skippers Race. What a stellar
sailing job. Minnows

January 20 to 26 in Paynesville will be a hive of sailing activity, with the best of Australia’s junior sailors embarking on the town for the 40th Australian Minnow Championships.

Competitors from across Victoria and interstate will gather to compete in the six day regatta. Sailing on Lake Victoria and off the Paynesville foreshore, sailors aged from 7??"15 will complete a series of 12 races across the week in either the open or novice fleet. Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club will host this national regatta, adding to an already busy sailing calendar for the season.

“GLYC has a long tradition with the Minnow class, and is proud to be hosting this milestone regatta. The inclusion of the Minnow nationals in the 2018/19 sailing calendar, completes what will be a jam packed season with the Club having hosted the Pacers and Javelin regattas over the new year, as well as the Marlay Point Overnight Race this March and our annual Easter Regatta in April”, said GLYC Commodore Andrew Somerville. “Hosting the Australian Minnow Championships will provide our growing junior fleet the opportunity to sail with some of the country’s most talented sailors, in a fun, family and friendly atmosphere”.

Cooling down and having fun after sail over to Sperm Whale Head
Cooling down and having fun after sail
over to Sperm Whale Head

A showcase event on the Minnow sailing calendar, the national regatta is one that promotes participation, personal achievement and supports talent development. The regatta will provide a unique sporting opportunity where both young female and male competitors will be sailing side-by-side on the same course.

Minister for Sport, Tourism and Major Events Martin Pakula said the Victorian Government was proud to support the 40th Australian Minnow Championships for Gippsland. Gippsland is famous for its beautiful beaches, lakes and waterways, making it the perfect place to showcase some of Australia’s best junior sailors. Events like these are a great pathway for future Olympic champions and draw visitors from far and wide, boosting local jobs and economies. This event is yet another great reason to visit Gippsland and I encourage all Victorians to consider making it part of their summer plans.” Mr Pakula said.

Fleet start heading home
Fleet start heading home

The minnow class originated in 1974, when Rex Fettell set-out to design an easily-built plywood dinghy that would be easily recognisable by parents from the shore. The class is strictly one-design with the rules aimed at making the boats evenly matched for speed, strong and affordable to build. Whilst today the fleet consists of both timber and fiberglass boats, consistent across all are their iconic blue sail.

The first national championships were held on Port Phillip in 1984. With Minnows sailed in Victoria, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland over the decades, the January 2019 championships will mark the 40th nationals for the class. The decision to hold the championships in Gippsland was an easy one according to Victorian Minnow Association President, Richard Backwell; “We have been coming down to Gippy Lakes for a number of years now as part of our Travellers Series, and absolutely love it. The sailing conditions are ideal for our junior fleet and the hospitality of the Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club is second-to-none. We are expecting to see a competitive fleet this summer”.

The January championships will see Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club’s team of on-water and off-water volunteers in full flight, with around 75 members each day contributing their time and expertise to the smooth running of the regatta. The event is supported by both the East Gippsland Shire and the Victorian Government, with funding provided by both bodies contributing to regatta infrastructure and marketing.

Pacer ferry at Montague
Pacer ferry at Montague

“Events such as the Minnow nationals are such a wonderful opportunity to showcase our region,” said East Gippsland Shire Council Mayor Cr Natalie O’Connell. “Hosting a junior championships of course not only brings the competitors to the area for the week, but also their families and support crews. Council is a proud sponsor of this event and I am sure the economic benefit to the region will be significant. With the Gippsland Lakes such an idyllic sailing destination, no doubt it won’t be the last time they visit, either.”

The count down to the 40th Australian Minnow Championships has already commenced, with Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club’s fleet of minnow sailors in full flight preparing for the regatta on their own shores. A number of local sailors are expected to sail in the championships, the majority of whom will be competing in their first nationals.


Updated: 8 Jan 2019 11:46am by Tim Shepperd

Reminder Note Regarding Arrangements for boats on the Hardstand during the Minnow National Titles

Quiet Little Drink and Its Alright ticky tack up the straits home after CG Drummond race in Lake King
Quiet Little Drink and Its Alright ticky
tack up the straits home after CG Drummond
race in Lake King

Due to GLYC holding the Minnow Nationals at our Club, the boats on the lake side of the hardstand will need to be moved to the carpark. The boats in this area will be moved on the 17th of January and returned on Sunday the 27th of January. Please note that you do not need to move your boat, the Club will move it for you and return it.

The launching ramp at the club will not be available except during the Tuesday Twilight Race when the gates will be open. Boats will be able to launch at the public ramp.

Boats located along the Esplanade side of the club do not need to be relocated but will also need to use the public ramp to launch their boats except for the Tuesday Twilight race. Flying Fifteens will continue to have access to the crane.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Jim Callahan on 0488 500 795. Thank you for your cooperation


Updated: 8 Jan 2019 11:55am by Christie Arras

Ancient Mariners Spring results

The joy of being
The joy of being

Series Results (Courtesy Of Alastair Robinson):
This was the first time the Ancient Mariners was contested during Spring, and by the number of boats participating, it is filling a void for our year round sailors. The series started on the 4th September and completed on 29th November 2018. Eleven races from a possible 13 to be contested were completed with two being cancelled due to inclement weather. The fleet size ranging from 5 boats through to 13 boats with a total of 98 boats participating throughout the series.

The most popular Courses were #6 and #3 with both being sailed twice and 9 different courses sailed throughout the series.

Race Date Boats Course Winner
1 4/09/2018 11/9 17 Rainbow Connection
2 11/09/2018 7/7 3 Itchy Feet
3 20/09/2018 6/6 3 Scorpio
4 25/09/2018 9/8 1 Kate
5 2/10/2018 12/9 12 Silver Cloud
6 11/10/2018 5/4 6 First Light III
7 18/10/2018 6/6 6 Silver Cloud
8 25/10/2018 13/13 10 Highly Strung
9 1/11/2018 11/10 9 Silver Cloud
10 8/11/2018 Not Raced
11 15/11/2018 8/6 14 First Light III
12 22/11/2018 Not Raced
13 29/11/2018 10/10 17 Highly Strung

More summer fun
More summer fun

The final results are:
  • 1st with 3 wins - Silver Cloud;
  • 2nd with 2 wins - Highly Strung; (on a count back from Highly Strung who had a second with First Light III only managing a fifth).
  • 3rd with 2 wins - First Light III

My thanks goes out to the AM team:-
  • Steve and Norbert for the bar;
  • Angela for the nibbles;
  • Brian for filling in for handicapping;
  • Alastair in the tower (who was also Master of Ceremonies);
  • Mark for assisting Alastair in the tower,
  • and our competitors who sailed safely and enjoyed the social side of the AM Racing.

  • Alastair

    Updated: 8 Jan 2019 11:12am by Christie Arras

    Volunteers Needed for Marlay Point Over Night Race

    Let's do this again!
    Let's do this again!

    I have received a number of offers of help for the Marlay Point Overnight Race coming up on the 9th March. We are very grateful for your kind offers. For anyone else wanting to get involved in this great event we are still needing help for general duties and finishing room duties. If you can offer any assistance at all we would be very grateful.

    Marlay Point Overnight Race
    Mobile 0490 803 590
    Email info@mponr.com

    Updated: 8 Jan 2019 11:17am by Christie Arras


    Behind the scenes elf preparing Christmas Twilight dinner
    Behind the scenes elf preparing Christmas
    Twilight dinner

    Due to the fact that our volunteers have been and will be working hard for our major regattas, twilight meals will be a bit different during January.

    Please note the following arrangements:
    • January 8th No meals, but please enjoy a drink at the bar and BYO food.
    • January 15th Normal twilight meal (thanks to our volunteers, as always!)
    • January 22nd Pizza night to link in with Minnow Regatta. No Salads tonight, but there will be extra pizza on offer for your $12.50. Please BYO salads if you wish.
    • January 29th Normal twilight meal ( thanks, as always, cooks!)

    In February everything returns to “business as usual.” Thank you for your patience. All our volunteers have been working hard during a time when many families are away at regattas or on holiday, so January has been full on for those staying around Paynesville. If you have not been called upon to assist with various activities, but are interested in doing so, please let me know and I will connect you with the appropriate member to assist you to become more involved in the club.


    Wendy Gardiner
    Immediate Past Commodore

    Updated: 8 Jan 2019 11:25am by Christie Arras

    Rules Corner for January 2019

    Giving help.

    Rule 1.1 A boat or competitor shall give all possible help to any person or vessel in danger.

    This is amplified by ISAF Case 20

    When it is possible that a boat is in danger, another boat that gives help is entitled to redress, even if her help was not asked for or if it is later found that there was no danger.

    ‘Nuff said!

    Updated: 7 Jan 2019 7:50pm by Christie Arras

    The Javelin and Pacer Championships

    Phlegm and Razor blast down to the leeward mark on New Years Eve in the Javelin Nationals
    Phlegm and Razor blast down to the leeward
    mark on New Years Eve in the Javelin

    The closely contested National Championships for the Pacer Association and the Javelins wrapped up their six day competition on Thursday. Hosted by our club and a slew of hard working volunteers, the two classes spent their afternoons racing out in Lake Victoria and their days and evenings enjoying the beautiful Paynesville and surrounds and New Year festivities.

    Ten Javelins participated with three coming all the way from WA. Their boats were shipped by rail container from Perth to Melbourne while the sailors flew then towed their boats from Melbourne to Paynesville. Our one local GLYC boat, Shake, Rattle and Roll, skippered by Peter Boyle with Mark Francis as crew competed as well.

    Thirteen boats sailed in the Australian Pacer Championships also held concurrently at the GLYC and sailing on the same race course but a slightly different format and shorter course.

    A practice race was held on Friday whereby the visitors were able to get a feel for racing out in Lake Victoria. Unlike a lot of venues, when asked by a competitor what hazards should they be made aware of, James Frecheville, Race Officer for the Championships, had to reply that our lakes had none to worry about.

    Ethan and Archer aced the non-spinnaker div in Pacer Nationals with a first place
    Ethan and Archer aced the non-spinnaker
    div in Pacer Nationals with a first place

    The fleet sailed out Saturday afternoon for their first race for a 2:00 start only to find the wind had done a runner. The boats milled about for over an hour before, finally, the wind rushed in and the starts for the two fleets got underway.

    The two boats, Jo-Anne and Racing Red, in the Javelin fleet, were neck to neck in the first race and usually in the following eight races as well alternating first and second place between them. Ultimately, they each won 4 firsts and 4 seconds and had to have a count back at the end of the day to determine Jo-Anne sailed by Paul Cochrane and Dan Moore from Perth Dinghy Sailing Club the 2018 champions.

    Patience is Over Rated, sailed by Ross and Natasha Martin from SBSC, and Hustle, sailed by Peter and Sam Kemp from BYC, were also playing winner’s tag in the Pacer fleet which required a count back at the end to declare Jo-Anne the Pacer champion for 2018.

    Harry and Jasmine give Pacer Nationals a go
    Harry and Jasmine give Pacer Nationals a

    Ethan Perry and Archer Manuell from GLYC on Out and About , a Club Pacer, wrapped up the series with a blistering last race on Thursday in the stiff wind and won first in the non-spinnaker Pacer division as well as second in the juniors.

    Also from GLYC, Jasmine Francis and Harry Connelly sailed on Shandy another Club boat. Both our club boats, the only ones with blue sails, were sailed in the non-spinnaker division, duh, as they have no spinnakers. It was really game of our junior sailors to grab a club boat and represent our club in this regatta.

    There were a number of capsizes in both fleets throughout the championships. However, the sailors may have lost a bit of time for those races but there were no big dramas whereby a rescue boat had to assist.

    Steven Ross, on Pocket Rocket, a Pacer, had all three of his children as crew on different days of the regatta. After a capsize on Saturday, his son, Mackenzie, swam for a good ten minutes trying to catch up with his dad on the boat that had been righted and was blown away each time he got close to it. For their prodigious efforts, Pocket Rocket was awarded “the Captain of the Swimming Team award” at Presentation night.

    Shake Rattle and Roll with Peter Boyle and Mark Francis looking good
    Shake Rattle and Roll with Peter Boyle and
    Mark Francis looking good

    The sailors had a welcome dinner put on by the GLYC volunteers on their first night followed by an all-you-can-eat pizza night on New Years Eve. And on the final Saturday, the regatta wrapped up the championships with their Presentation night catered by Forge Creek Lamb at the GLYC. The Javelin sailors brought in some hilarity with their elephant mug from which winners and losers had to take penalty gulps of some “mystery liquid” all in good fun.

    Both Associations were very happy with the GLYC race management out on the water and support systems at the club. The weather also chipped in and allowed all required races to be run without any abandonments. Many of the sailors are looking forward to a return visit to the beautiful Gippsland Lakes to enjoy all the area has to offer.


    Updated: 8 Jan 2019 6:25am by Christie Arras

    Club Merchandise 2018 - 2019

    Do you need a new item of club merchandise for the 2018-2019 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.

    Prices as follows:

    LS Polo Shirts (White, Red & Blue) - $40
    SS Polo Shirts (White, Red & Blue) - $35
    GLYC Caps & Winter Beanies - $15
    GLYC Sleeveless Vests (Blue) - $55
    GLYC Waterproof Jackets - $80
    GLYC Mens Ties - $10
    GLYC Stubby Holders - $10
    GLYC Burgees - $25

    Can’t find 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

    Updated: 6 Dec 2018 7:59pm by Christie Arras

    Pics of GLYC sailing on GLYC Facebook page

    Newer racing photos from our sailing can be seen on the Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club Facebook Members and Friends site.

    However, there is still a link from the GLYC home page under photo albums, as well, to photobucket for the 2016/1017 sailing season. Danuta Sowa also takes great shots and can often give you a disk with the file of your boat.

    Updated: 7 Jan 2019 7:53pm by Tim Shepperd

    Etchells and Dragon Regatta at Metung

    Legless catches the beautiful evening light
    Legless catches the beautiful evening

    26th - 28th January 2019

    Hosted by the Metung Yacht Club

    Updated: 8 Jan 2019 11:33am by Christie Arras

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

    Club phone03 5156 6864

    Flag Officers

    CommodoreAndrew Somerville0407 156 133
    Vice CommodoreJim Callahan0488 500 795
    Rear CommodoreIan McDonald0419 698 900
    SecretaryRuss Peel0408 589 805
    TreasurerTim Shepperd0400 666 486
    Sailing CaptainJames Frecheville5156 7103 / 0412 979 824


    Immediate Past CommodoreWendy Gardiner0498 116 752?
    Discover Sailing CoordinatorSharna Duff0409 207 331
    Sailability OfficerAlan Pick0410 584 860
    General CommitteeJulie Clark0408 538 000
    General CommitteeColin Johanson03 5156 6656
    General CommitteeNorbert Hrouda0427 654 039
    General CommitteeNoelene Foley5156 0048
    General CommitteeJacqui Crawford0468 987 684
    Wanderer (not on Committee)Christie Arras [WANDERER and EFLASH]03 5156 7861
    Hall HireWendy Gardiner
    BoatsIan McDonald
    YardJim Callahan
    HouseNorbert Hrouda

    Classic wooden Mirror

    Excellent condition.
    Gaffe rigged. Two main sails, 2 jibs, 1 spinnaker.
    Little paddles for getting home when wind drops. Venturi just in case...

    Has oarlocks as well and would probably be a great boat to row.

    Trailer in good nick.

    Asking $500.

    Contact: Jan Cook

    Wanted: discarded wooden dinghies

    St Mary's Primary School in Bairnsdale is looking for some discarded wooden dinghies for a section of playground that is being re-designed. They are completing some improvements to their playground areas and are wanting to procure any old 'unwanted' dinghys (8-12 ft in length), to install in these areas. Contact is Connie Bruse 0428761654 or Di McGoldrick 0439329831.

    Contact: Classic Mirror dinghy

    Manly Junior dinghy for free

    We have a Manly junior which we are happy to give to anyone who would like it. It has a small leak but otherwise is in good condition.
    Please contact us on 0427567670 if interested.

    Helen Tyler

    (Shown a generic pic off Google of what a Manly Junior looks like)

    Contact: Helen Tyler
    Phone: 0427567670
    Email: helen.tyler@bigpond.com

    Sabre for Sale

    Black Magic
    1 Main Sail, 2 centre boards
    Good plus condition, No leaks, Re-decked...Ready to race. $800.00

    Contact: Michael and Betty Chapman
    Phone: 0497 424 302