Wanderer - April 2019

The Commodore's Report

The season's end is almost upon us. With the Divisional Series over, the focus turns to the Life Buoy and Bell Series. Don't forget that the Easter Sunday race around Raymond Island is also part of this series.

We are encouraging everyone to come and join in the Easter Regatta. As a precursor to the regatta, yet again the juniors will continue their fundraising efforts for the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal by sailing around Raymond Island. Don't be surprised if a munchkin hits you up for some money. Please be generous.

On a slightly grumpy note, I need to remind everyone not to park their cars in the club grounds anytime during the week. We have had issues with cars being left unattended and others not being able to assess their boats. Please consider others and not park your cars on the grounds any time during the week, not just race days.

On a positive note, East Gippsland Shire Council has agreed to restump our building; this will occur over the coming months. We will let everyone know when this is to happen as there will be some restrictions to the club during the work.

As the season is almost complete, just a reminder that Presentation Night will occur on Saturday, the 18th of May. Wendy Gardner will send out the details soon.

On a final note, don't forget we are always looking for people to join our committee. Nomination forms will be available soon. If you have any questions about the committee, please feel free to contact me.


Updated: 6 Apr 2019 7:06pm by David Parish

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In this issue:

Sailing Calendar

Bill and David go out in a blaze of spray in Forty Forty's final sail at GLYC in the Divisional race on 24th March
Bill and David go out in a blaze of spray
in Forty Forty's final sail at GLYC in the
Divisional race on 24th March

02, Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing. Female Skipper race. Kitchen duty: Just for Fun
03, Wednesday, 0900 hrs: Sailability
04, Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
07, Friday, 1300 hrs: LB&B Tocatta
08-12, Monday-Friday: Tackers School Holiday Program
11, Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
14, Sunday, 1300 hrs: 4 Winds Trophy race It's Alright
17, Wednesday, 0900 hrs: Sailability
18, Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
19, Friday, 0900 hrs: Raymond Island Good Friday Sail
20, Saturday, 1000 hrs: Easter Classic 30 long distance race Volunteers
21, Sunday, 1400 hrs: Easter Cock o' Lake & LB&B Volunteers
22, Monday, 1000 hrs: Easter Lake Victoria Triangle Volunteers
23, Wednesday, 0900 hrs: Sailability
24, Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
28, Sunday, 1300 hrs: Barnsey's Last Chance & Resail (Trophy) Volunteers

05, Sunday, 1300 hrs: Barnsey's Last Chance & resail (Trophy) Volunteers

Updated: 8 Apr 2019 7:45am by James Frecheville

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Social/Sailing Calendar

Brian Critchlow did a surprise presentation on Brian Clague's year around Os to a small cancelled-Twilight's gathering.
Brian Critchlow did a surprise
presentation on Brian Clague's year around
Os to a small cancelled-Twilight's

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.

Good Friday Appeal Sail Around Raymond Island, Friday, 19 April
Come join the fun, 8 a.m. for breaky, with the juniors who will be sailing together around the island, ETD 9 a.m. Donations welcomed as always as this event has had notable results for the Easter Appeal over the years. Many members and friends choose to sail/motor around with them to cheer them on.

Easter Regatta, Sat/Sun/Mon, the 20-22 April
A race for everyone. Plan on joining the fleets and enjoy the camaraderie, maybe take home a little trophy...

Cruising forum, 7:30 pm, Tuesday, 23 April, at the club

GLYC Season Celebration Night, Saturday 18th May.

The Celebration night is a wind up of our sailing season and is a lovely night out with mates. Though the catering can't cost the usual bargain price of Tuesday's $12.50, Wendy tries very hard to work it out to be reasonable and tasty. The trophy awards are done painlessly with each boat carting off all their loot in one fell swoop. So please plan on joining in the festivities, maybe even offering to lend a hand setting up. More in the May's Wanderer.

Soup Nights begin in June. Looking forward to the cozy warm room and delicious soups....

Please put these important dates in your calendars

Updated: 8 Apr 2019 3:25pm by Christie Arras

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Going Cashless

(or at least, less cash)

To reduce the work load on volunteers from banking, counting and making up cash floats 3 times a week in order to run the bar, the Committee recently approved purchase of a Square POS (Point of Sale) system. If you buy things at The Fig you would already be familiar with it, they have had one for some time.

For bar volunteers it makes life easier, particularly in the "busy times", by simplifying the transaction process. The system also automatically calculates the change for any cash transactions. Requests for card payment have been increasing, particularly from out-of-town customers and card sales are very quick, especially for those who use "tap-and-go" - which is now typical for sales under $100.

The system will accept all cards including Amex and EFTPOS cards so you can pay with credit or debit Cards. You can also use Apple Wallet or Google Pay so if you have either of these set up on your phone, all you need to do is put the phone near the sensor pad and bingo, you can walk away with your drinks. Once your purchases have totalled, the screen will be swung around so you can see the amount before you tap, and that is it. So easy!

We will still have the ability to accept cash but are hoping that those members who can, will switch to card payments and reduce the workload on the volunteers. You can pay any amount you like with your card/phone, even a packet of chips for $2 and that is all you will be charged, and you can come back to the bar 10 times in an evening and make 10 purchases, there is no extra cost to you.

The first system is already set up in the Loft bar and is being trialled on Ancient Mariner events, and by the start of next season we expect to be fully equipped in both bars. The old electronic tills will gradually be sold off to recover part of the cost of the Square equipment.

We don't expect to have any teething problems but....if for any reason your card doesn't work, please give us time to work with you to find solutions because in the end, the fewer cash payments we take, the better for everyone.


Updated: 8 Apr 2019 7:39am by Russ Peel

Discover Sailing

Ethan manages the strong 24th March wind till he needed a tow home.
Ethan manages the strong 24th March wind
till he needed a tow home.

It's been another month of great sailing from our junior and youth fleets. Earlier in March:

Four GLYC 125's participated in the States down at Westernport Yacht Club. See article on 125's in Wanderer.

Our Mozzie kids also had a wonder time up at Lake Boga, with some fabulous personal achievements (check out more from this month's Division 4 report). A special call out to Oskar Watkinson who is now sailing his own boat, Moustique, and is another fine graduate of the Youth Catamaran Program. Finally, Luca Vuat had a fabulous weekend down at the 9er States, sailing with Jaimee Wall on the 49er, FX.

In the week after Marlay Point, we welcomed Bairnsdale 754 students for three Intro to Sailing days at GLYC. With regular Australian Sailing Instructor Kate Hyde and her colleague Charlie, we had great weather which saw each of the grade 5/6 classes out on the water each day. We have received fabulous feedback from the school, "the kids had the best day ever" and they have already locked in dates for 2020!

When the weather has been good and championships not on at the club, both Division Cool and Buster's Minnow Racing Squad can be seen out on Sunday mornings sailing very well. It's great to see a number of the Minnow fleet heading down to Blairgowrie this April for their first Victorian Youth Championships.

The junior/youth fleet is also currently preparing for the annual Raymond Island Good Friday Sail. Breakfast will again be on at 8am on Friday 19 April, with the fleet planning to leave between 8.30 - 9am to head around the Island. Keep an eye on the GLYC facebook page or head down to the club if you would like to donate to the kids Good Friday Appeal fundraising efforts.


Updated: 8 Apr 2019 2:27pm by Christie Arras

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Commodore relieves Buster of his Minnow training to go out and sail the Twilight
Commodore relieves Buster of his Minnow
training to go out and sail the Twilight

Upcoming dates for GLYC's Discover Sailing Program:
  • Division Cool; continuing Sunday mornings throughout March and into April (note: no Division Cool on the long weekend in March)
  • Tackers School Holiday Program; 8-12 April, includes Tackers 1 & 2 (morning) and Adults/Teens Learn to Sail (afternoon). Register here;https://sailglyc.com/tackers-school-holiday-program/)
  • Good Friday Raymond Island Sail; Friday 19 April
  • Paynesville Primary School Sailing; 30 Apr - 1 May</lio>

Post script: After 6 years on the GLYC Committee, and with increasing travel commitments to Melbourne I will not be restanding for Committee next season.

We are currently speaking with a couple of members who have expressed interest in assuming the Discover Sailing Co-ordinator (an elected Committee position) as well as the Discover Sailing Principal role. In addition to these roles we are also seeking off-water support for our Sunday Sailing School/Division Cool, Tackers School Holiday Programs and Primary School Sailing Programs.

If you are interested in any of these roles for season 2019/2010 please do give me a call (0409207331).



Updated: 8 Apr 2019 2:30pm by Christie Arras

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Division 4 report

Gone Viral's guardian angel watches over Jaime after having taxied him back to his fleeing cat.
Gone Viral's guardian angel watches over
Jaime after having taxied him back to his
fleeing cat.

A big contingent of GLYC Mossies made the long trip to Lake Boga for the Victorian Mosquito Championships: Tim on "Brake Free", Darrin on "Karma Cat" and Gary, borrowing "Gone Viral", sailed Cat rigged with Spinnaker. Oskar & new Mossie crew, Jack Maskiell, on "Wild Side" and Neil & Sam on "Immunity" sailed Sloop rigged. Peter borrowed a local Boga Mossie (after "Bee Alert" got smashed up in a club race) and sailed Cat rigged.

Camping by the lake is always one of the best parts of sailing at Lake Boga and as usual, it contributed to a very sociable and relaxing weekend, with some stunning sunrises (if you where up early enough). A variety of conditions where experienced across the 3 days racing, with winds fluctuating in direction and strength as expected and in some races getting strong enough to catch out many of the Mossies causing capsizes. Neil and Sam started and finished the weekend well to come away with the Victorian Sloop Rigged Title.

Oskar and Jack learned a lot at their first championships. Gary spent all weekend working on "Gone Viral" to get it up to speed and surprisingly nearly won the Spinnaker Title (on this 25 year old boat), but was let down by a spinnaker tack line failure on the last leg of the last race and ended up finishing 2 points behind the Tim started off slow in the Spinnaker Fleet, but gradually improved across the weekend to finish 3rd and Darrin learnt A LOT about spinnaker sailing. Peter struggled to come to grips with a foreign boat, but tried hard as always. It was a big drive for all the Mossies around 8 hours each way, but it was worth it for another enjoyable Mossie sailing weekend.

Back at GLYC Div 4 racing has been a bit hit and miss, but a few Mossies and the Hobie 18 have been out most weekends. There has been some outstanding sailing by the youngsters, Jaime and Oskar, sailing some of the races "one up" cat rigged and handling their boats very well. These boys are exceeding expectations and will be ones to watch in the future.

Div 4 should well and truly fire back up for Easter this year, with the local cats looking forward to being joined by at least 3 visitors, probably more. A couple of visiting Mossies are expected, along with living away "local" Mitch Meade on his Flying A. Will a new record be set for the "Around the Island" race? It's certainly possible with the flying A capable of speeds that the Gippsland Lakes doesn't often see by sailboats. Mitch is now a very capable and experienced Flying A sailor after sailing in National and World Titles this season. It should be a very exciting Easter. Watch out for Div 4; the Cats will be Flying, literally!

Remember, "Life's better with a Hull in the Air" (even better with 2 Hulls in the Air). See you on the water.

"Still Sailing"

Updated: 8 Apr 2019 2:07pm by Tim Shepperd

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From the Sailing Captain

Even though Aaron and Archer wore no green, they still had good luck on St. Pats
Even though Aaron and Archer wore no
green, they still had good luck on St.

The end of the sailing season draws to a close and there is time now to reflect on what went well and what could be improved upon. Well, the weather for a start.

The weather at times proved challenging this season and we have lost a number of LB&B and Divisional races to strong winds. It would now appear that Barnsey's Last Chance Regatta after Easter will include a number of resails for championship points.

The MPONR was a great success due to the tireless work of the organizing committee lead by Jacqui Crawford. All involved are to be congratulated for their effort and for the success of this iconic overnight race. I am sure there will be a full report elsewhere in this edition of Wanderer.

The Contender Class Victorian Championship Regatta was run over a weekend in March with 26 boats arriving to sit and wait for a breeze. The AP flew for a couple of hours before the wind filled and three full races were conducted with the third being shortened at the top mark to enable all boats to get home before sunset. On Sunday the Contenders enjoyed one race before joining in with our fleet on two Divisional races. Managing the diverse club fleet as well as the Condenders was at times challenging and Jacqui did a great job on the road to becoming a State Race Officer. The sailors were delighted to get in the scheduled 6 race series and, post regatta, expressed an interest in our hosting a National Championship some time in the future.

After a hiatus period of 5 years, primarily due to inclement weather, the Club managed to run the Joy Croft Memorial Trophy Race to Loch Sport. Well sort of... Again the weather was against the small fleet of boats that set off in rising winds for the bash west to Loch Sport. Some turned for home before getting there and those who did make it enjoyed the hospitality of LSBC before a sleigh ride home.

I know we acknowledge those who man the boats and tower each weekend, but without the support and enthusiasm of our regular race management crews we would not be able to run the extensive sailing program we do. Thankyou all.


Updated: 8 Apr 2019 3:09pm by Christie Arras

125 States

Jasmine and Jack brave the heavy wind on the 24th of March divisional
Jasmine and Jack brave the heavy wind on
the 24th of March divisional

We had four boats representing GLYC in the 19 boat fleet at the 125 state titles over the Labour day long weekend at Westernport Yacht Club. Brian and Bianca sailed on Supertoy, Melody and Enola on Rocket Cow, Jack and Jasmine on Inside Joke, and Mark and Paul on Speedy Gonzales.

On Saturday we had moderate winds with Supertoy taking 3rd, Rocket Cow with 7th, Inside Joke with 8th and 6th, and Speedy Gonzales with a 9th and a5th.

Sunday morning we had light winds, with Supertoy taking 2nd, Rocket Cow took a 3rd and a 9th, Inside Joke with a 10th and a 5th, and Speedy Gonzales with a 6th and a 8th. Sunday afternoon racing got cancelled due to very strong winds and saw almost every boat capsize more than once. The lighter sailors found it nearly impossible to get their boats back up.

Monday saw Supertoy with a 1st, Inside Joke with a 4th, Rocket Cow with a 7th and Speedy Gonzales with a 6th.

Overall, it was extremely close results with two points difference between fifth and eighth. Inside Joke and Rocket Cow battled it out for juniors and Rocket Cow also battled it out for lady skipper. GLYC did really well overall with Supertoy taking 2nd; Inside Joke taking 5th, juniors and personal handicap; Rocket Cow taking 7th, and Speedy Gonzales with 8th and 1st wooden boat.


Updated: 8 Apr 2019 7:49am by Christie Arras

Marlay Point Over Night Race

Yachts in the bay in front of LWYC waiting for sundown and the 51st start of the MPONR
Yachts in the bay in front of LWYC waiting
for sundown and the 51st start of the

The 2019 Marlay Point Overnight Race has now been run and won. A huge congratulations is extended to Jacqui Crawford who for a few years now has had a passion to see that the future of the MPONR is safe and in good hands. As a group, we are so proud to see such a successful event now completed. We thank our friends from LWYC for their guidance and moral support. The 2 clubs enjoy a special and close friendship which worked well in ensuring a smooth running of this year's race.

The event began probably a week or two before race day when boats started arriving on our beautiful lakes to do a bit of cruising and maybe some recognisance work over the race course. By Thursday/Friday yachts started to arrive from all over Victoria, NSW, ACT and QLD. Directions were given by our very friendly, helpful team and Bernie began work on scrutineering as many boats as he could.

The forecast was in and looked promising. It looked like we would have wind! Yes, that is a very big deal. The hope was for it to last the night. The report said that it would soften but shouldn't disappear altogether. So fingers were crossed for a reasonably quick race.

Saturday dawned, the boats kept coming; GLYC got busy as did LWYC and then the fog rolled in over Marlay Point. It was quite surreal as the race team arrived (revealing for the first time and looking very smart in the new MPONR polo shirts), and the early boats started to launch. We were quite confident that it was not a sign of what would happen come race time. The food vans began setting up while the unmistakable waft of bacon and eggs emanated from under the balcony. Darren and Annette's egg and bacon rolls were a huge hit for breakfast for those who were there early. It wasn't long before things started to get into full swing. The fog lifted, the car park and rigging area began to fill and our team led by Bernie and Zoe started to sign the 129 strong fleet in.

Entertainment provided for children: bouncing and face painting
Entertainment provided for children:
bouncing and face painting

All the boats anchored in front of the LWYC club house reminded me of years gone by as Jenny O'Neill Commodore for LWYC, Andrew Somerville Commodore for GLYC and Danny O'Brien MLA for South Gippsland opened proceedings for the skippers' briefing. The raffle with a wonderful mix of donated prizes was drawn and congratulations to all the winners. We applauded both our oldest and youngest competitors. It is very heart warming to hear of those who have completed in so many Marlay Points over the years and as equally encouraging having the young and first timers to the event which ensures the future of this iconic event. (Dave Bacon's grandson at 8 years old was the youngest.)

Malcolm from the Sale RAAF base gave the all important weather briefing and Jacqui concluded with the race brief and start procedures for the night.

The yummy breakky
The yummy breakky

The flares signalled the start of the 51st running of the MPONR and a new page in the events archives was begun. A clean start was held under a beautiful setting sun with a steady breeze. Boats started to slip into their normal positions, faster boats at the front and the smaller and slower boats to the rear. The leg out of Lake Wellington was a beat and calls of "starboard" could be heard in the approaching darkness. Those who made it early into McLennan Straits enjoyed a light breeze and fast trip to be met by a beat out of the shallow waters at Hollands Landing. The rear of the fleet spent most of the night in those waters like normal. I heard that at one stage the teasing smell of Kentucky Fried Chicken relieved the boredom of the straits for a while.

An early call was made to the finish line team lead by Lillian Stevens as the lead boats passed by GLYC quite early at around 2am before continuing on around Raymond Island. By 5am things were getting busy with the lead Multihulls and Sports boats finishing and the mid fleet boats coming through the line and beginning their trips around the island. As is normal for the race, the wind died which played well for the early finishers as the rest of the fleet very slowly drifted around and back to the finish line. It was worse for the smaller fleet, even though they didn't have to do the island leg, it was very hard to make any headway towards GLYC and their finish line.

Sailors were then greeted back at GLYC and enjoyed a much deserved and devoured big breakfast thanks to Christie and her crew. ... and, of course, the stories began. There were tales of speed and spinnakers against tales of no wind and drifting backwards. Everything that a gentle Marlay Point has to offer was dished up and will now go into the history books of the great race.

Some boats round Montague Point in the smokey haze for the slow run to the finish at around 1325 hrs
Some boats round Montague Point in the
smokey haze for the slow run to the finish
at around 1325 hrs

Once the time limit came and went it was time for the results crew with Lillian, Jacqui, Zoe and Zannah to get going to sort out results. Sailors returned to the club around 5pm and the party began. Wendy with her crew of helpers did a fabulous job in organising a variety of meals, a great bar as always and some fabulous music for all to enjoy. Jacqui was joined by Tim Bull MLA for East Gippsland to hand out the line honours medals and trophies for the classes. Participating medallions were handed out to those who were present.

Results have now been thoroughly checked and the provisional results confirmed. Congratulations to everyone who had a hand in the 2019 Keeley Marine Supplies Marlay Point Overnight Race, from the Committee who worked throughout the year to put the event together, to our wonderful volunteers who helped out in so many areas, both on the water, on the jetties or inside taking declarations or preparing and handing out food, to our wonderful sponsors and supporters who provided a mix of funds, prizes and in kind donations.

And, of course as well, to all the entrants without whom we would not have a race, we offer a huge THANK YOU!!! You all contributed to make this a fabulous event and we are extremely grateful.


Updated: 8 Apr 2019 7:50am by Christie Arras

The Final Twilight

Brian was working out the wrinkles on the maiden GLYC voyage of his Etchells, Cleanskin
Brian was working out the wrinkles on the
maiden GLYC voyage of his Etchells,

What an amazing finish to the Twilight sailing season. After time and time again of the Picks, Christie and Peter on Judy G laying courses that brought the first boat in within minutes of the designated 1845 hr goal, the wind did a runner on the fleet after the last mark was laid and left many sailors having to use the donk to get back or request a tow home. The first finisher slithered in at 1900 hrs, fifteen minutes out.

Brian Clague's maiden voyage on his new Etchells, Cleanskin, ended with a tow from Rescue 1, and the gallant young men on 125 Inside Joke, though determined to drift to the finish line in the dark, acquiesced to the Judy G crew for a tow to the shore. Thank you. We were worried we might miss the Twilight feast. Swift, though miss-aptly named for the night, drifted un-swiftly until crossing the finish line sometime before midnight... Kudos for determination.

In the kitchen, the culinary heroes worked tirelessly preparing a two course meal for 90 people. This final week gave NZ fish a stab, and though serving was held up almost an hour, the chefs produced perfectly cooked delicious fish, scalloped potatoes, the usual retinue of salads as well as a selection of desserts. Thank you to Denise and Lesley and their helpers for this delicious spread.

Paul and Sam were determined to finish, but were gentlemanly enough to take the tow
Paul and Sam were determined to finish,
but were gentlemanly enough to take the

There was a festive ambience in the hall as the season wrapped up and the decibels of happy chatter rang out.

A huge thankyou to Julie Clark for heading the team of volunteers in the kitchen; to the course laying and Rescue 1 crews, the bar staff, and to Alastair in his conning tower clocking in and out sail traffic. And a well deserved thank you to all who volunteered for kitchen duty and the dreaded cleanup.

We are unquestionably an awesome club!!!


Updated: 8 Apr 2019 3:11pm by Christie Arras

Rear Commodore's Article

Ian and Craig breeze along in the St. Pats blow
Ian and Craig breeze along in the St. Pats

The month has just flown as it does not seem 4 weeks ago since I was writing my last report. (Maybe we are getting older... on second thoughts...no, that is not possible !!)

Boats General:
The Boats group have completed this month:
  • The seat has again been fixed on Judi G and I think we have it fixed this time. (Thanks to Colin H).
  • New seat brackets have been ordered to Rescue One and they will replace the existing rusted set.
  • Due to several minor incidents of late, the shed boat recovery winch is being evaluated to determine if it can be modified from its present setup to one where the operator has greater control. A Risk Assessment has been completed and we are also discussing with an Electrical engineer the installation of an automatic cut out for when the boats are correctly positioned in the shed. It is also planned to hold a training session with permanent rescue crews, race management crews, and the boats group on the operation and control measure that have been put in place for the use of the recovery winch. On completion the operation of the winch controls will be restricted to those who have completed the training.

  • Opti Trailers:
    Frank Nott has completed modifying the two remaining Opti trollies, adding new bearings on the turning wheels making it considerably easier to manoeuvre to and from the beach. (Thanks Frank for excellent job)

    Ancient Mariners:
    The Ancient Mariners Thursday afternoon sailing is continuing to prove popular with 19 plus boats fronting the start line. It is good to see not only are skippers trying to take home the wine but also there are groups racing within the fleet for first over the line and bragging rights (Yes I am one of the main offenders).

    Come and join us and as you don't need a boat as we are always looking for crew. This would allow a greater number of boats on the water. You would be joining a merry band of sailors.

    I have also recently updated the AM Sailing Calendar covering the period through winter until the start of next year's sailing season. You can find it on the website.


    Updated: 8 Apr 2019 3:05pm by Christie Arras

    Ancient Mariners Inaugural Bragging Rights Championship:

    Itchy Feet enjoys the brisk wind on the 24th div race
    Itchy Feet enjoys the brisk wind on the
    24th div race

    For some time now several of our AM sailors have asked if they can have start times similar to their close competition. In an endeavour to facilitate this as a once off, we have arranged a fun day that enables similar boats to battle it out on the race track for good old Aussie undisputed bragging rights. To achieve this we have divided Division 2 into 4 classes that race for their own finish line. (This day of bragging rights may have already been and gone by the time this newsletter is published).

    The 4 classes are:
  • 1. First: This is the Plucky Class (that first group of reprobates away). These intrepid sailors are the backbone of our fleet and have the ability to get their runs on the board early before the fleet wakes up and attempts to overtake them. They only need the right wind and there is no catching them. This group of reprobates have starting times between 12.55 and 13.13;
  • 2. Second: This is the Pirate Class (This group of scoundrels are found in the middle of the fleet). They wait in the shallows for unsuspecting boats to come along, dart out and deliver a broadside as they pass and flash to the finish line. (Maybe I need to give up reading so much as I think I am getting carried away!!!!!!!! ) Although being in the Pirate group of boats myself, maybe it is just wishful thinking on my behalf for a first place. This group of scoundrels have starting times between 13.14 and 13.22 (Aaaarrrrgggghhhh ... It's a Pirates life is for me).
  • 3. Third: This is the Pesky Class led by the Noelex 30's. There is no keeping them down, they just keep on coming - one minute you are looking back at them over your shoulder getting a kinked neck and the next minute it is their transom in your view as they charge past you with big grins. This group of pesky pests will have start times between 13.23 and 13.31;
  • 4. Fourth: This is the Wolf Class - the predators of the fleet. They just keep taking out other boats, eating them up and sailing home clear winners. These predators have starting times between 13.32 and 13.40.

  • Macca

    Updated: 8 Apr 2019 3:01pm by Christie Arras

    Ancient Mariners 2018/2019 Summer Series Results

    Twilight congestion after the rounding mark on the 19th
    Twilight congestion after the rounding
    mark on the 19th

    This was the first time the Ancient Mariners was contested during Summer, and by the number of boats participating (even more than the summer series), these new all season events are proving more and more popular. 106 boats contested the eight race series.
    • The series started on the 6th of December with 8 boats, and after eight races from a possible ten, finished with 16 boats on the 28th of February.
    • Only 2 races were cancelled due to weather, race 2 on 13/12 and race 6 on 31/1.
    • Class Act and Highly Strung sailed all 8 races.
    • Silver Cloud sailed 7; Itchy Feet, Kate and Tantrum 6; Waza Rager, Kalimna, Peregrine and Growler 3; DaVinci, Elizabeth, Rainbow Connection, Relience, First Light III, Legless,m Swift, Matilda and Shadowfax 2 each; Scorpio, Latitude, ChibiZulu, Full Circle, Time Flies, By Invitation, Saracen and Wayward Wind 1 each.
    • The most popular courses were 16 and 9, both sailed twice with 7 different courses sailed over the series. Note: the course sailed for race 10 was number 18, made up on the day, as the members could not decide from the 17 courses to choose from!!!


    1.......06 Dec......8/8.......16..........Class Act
    2.......13 Dec......Cancelled due to weather
    3.......20 Dec.....12/11.......1..........Kalimna
    4.......10 Jan.....17/15......16..........Sirene
    5.......17 Jan.....12/11........9..........First Light III
    6.......31 Jan......Cancelled due to weather
    7.......07 Feb.....11/10........4..........Gotta Tella
    8.......14 Feb.....15/15........10.........Swift
    9.......21 Feb.....15/14.........9.........Shadowfax
    10 ....28 Feb......16/15.......18.........Wayward Wind (Note 1)

    * 2/2 indicates number of boats started/number of boats finished
    Note 1: Race 10 was the only race Wayward Wind entered

    The final result for 1st place with one win was Gotta Tella on a count back from all the other single race winners. No winning boat had a second or third place. Gotta Tella had two fourth plances. Next best: Sirene, Kalimna and First Light III with a 6th place.

    Thanks to Steve, Angela and Norbert for the bar and Angela and Jenny for the nibbles. Macca and Brian for Start Times. Mark for his assistance in the tower. And thanks to all sailors.

    Cheers, Alastair 4/33/ 2019

    Updated: 8 Apr 2019 3:16pm by Christie Arras

    Windy March

    Longnose unleashed
    Longnose unleashed

    Our Sundays this past month were besieged by the vagaries of the wind gods. The one reasonably modest wind on the 3rd of March Divisional was filled with smoke by the dreadful fires west of us.

    There was some wind for the lucky earlier MPONR finishers and then the proverbial almost windless early morning for the later boats who drifted in to the finish in an orderly fashion into the afternoon.

    The Life Buoy and Bell race on St. Patrick's Day was blowing pretty heavily with only eight hardy finishers and one retiring. Vintage Red tapped dance around the wing mark resulting in being flattened on the water only to pop back upright pulling crew Peter Doyle back up and into the boat with aplomb. Weasel on Edge with Taj pulled in the first place in this handicap race with the Raineys second and Longnose drawing third.

    The wind for the final race for the Contenders conjoined with the Divisional race on the 24th really whipped up. In this race, the top divisional finishers were Where the Bloody Hell are You, Longnose, Weasel on Edge, and Karma Cat . 4040 excelled in the blow, a great way to wrap up her racing career with Bill and David at GLYC. Mention and thanks must be made of Time Bandit's steady persistence despite the challenging wind and their courteous consideration when asked to abandon their race after the top mark with still a full lap to go.

    And the piece de resistance...the Joy Croft Trophy Loch Sport and Return race held on the 31st. This time the wind outdid itself blowing like buggary. And yet the race was still on; go figure. After four or five years of abandoning the race, we were honour bound to show up. Really, it was more up to the determination of each boat to participate or to continue racing as Judy G and Rescue 1 were game for the wet bumpy ride.

    Six boats started with three retiring around Bluff Head. Much appreciated. Weasel on Edge, Quiet Little Drink and Relience III sensibly made their choice to return to base. Itchy Feet, instead of retiring, furled the sails and motored to Loch Sport. Steely Dan spent a lot of time to-ing and fro-ing around Pt Turner wrestling with the jib before he started making headway.

    And, Longnose was in her element majestically tacking up to the finish at LSBC. Rescue 1 volunteers got a good dose of saltwater in their ears and down their collars as they bounced around in the waves. Two yachts and two rescue boats tied up at the jetty and went into the LSBC for a heary lunch that their members put together for us...for $5!!! We most appreciate their meal and respite from the maelstrom.

    About an hour after tying up and going in to eat, Steely Dan appeared and turned around for her trip home. The jetty is too shallow to accommodate her draft. If there was a prize for the fastest non-stop voyage, Brian and crew would have won it. Longnose sailed along beautifully home to take first with Steely Dan coming in "second" and Itchy Feet taking third for half a race.

    Wow... what a woolly wet and wonderful day!


    Updated: 8 Apr 2019 3:12pm by Christie Arras

    Winter Soup Nights

    2019 Soup Nights will be back again this year!

    The start of the Joy Croft Loch Sport and Return race on the 31st.
    The start of the Joy Croft Loch Sport and
    Return race on the 31st.

    If you would like to volunteer to make two delicious hot soups for about 30 people on a cold and wintry evening in June, July or August, please contact Julie Clark on 0408538000 or jaclarkhoward@gmail.com to let her know of your availability!

    The bargain meal for $5 brings a lot of people to the loft on Friday club nights to warm their bellies with the delicious soups and garlic bread and to catch up with friends.

    Thank you to those people who have already indicated they can help on one of the nights. There are still 6 (maybe fewer now) nights to be covered and new volunteers always welcome!



    Updated: 8 Apr 2019 2:57pm by Christie Arras

    Rules Corner

    James behaves in the Female Skippers race while lounging on the chardonnay seat.
    James behaves in the Female Skippers race
    while lounging on the chardonnay seat.

    Today is All Fools Day so it is perhaps a good time to discuss Protests. It is important that people are not frightened of protests. In fact a serial avoidance of protests can lead to continued ignorance of the rules. The local "barger" at the committee boat end of the start line will often get a rude comeuppance the first time he/she is called out at a serious regatta by somebody who simply applies the rules and protests. Often this is with the Race Officer as the ideally placed witness.

    How a protest is conducted is explained in Appendix M of the Racing Rules (RRS).

    When someone can protest is covered in Part 5 of the RRS. This goes into some detail about who may protest and for what.

    Validity of protest.

    Rule 63.5 deals with validity of the protest. Rule 61 details the requirement of a protest. These are worth reading.

    Common errors.
    Getting to the club bar and deciding that an on-course collision needs a Protest. This is neither a valid protest nor is it a factual requirement. RRS governs the sailing rules. Insurance claims are outside the considerations of the protest committee. See Australian Sailing Prescriptions item 67 on Damages.

    Deciding after a port/ starboard incident that the other yacht was out of order and on the next leg of the course 5 mins later telling them you are going to protest. The protest must be immediate (generally within 30 secs or so) and, if above 6m length boats, must be accompanied by a red flag displayed conspicuously. Extenuating circumstances can change this (e.g. if you have sunk!). See Rule 61.1(4)

    Believing you cannot protest if the incident is between yachts in different races or covered by different authorities. The RRS apply notwithstanding.

    Updated: 8 Apr 2019 3:00pm by Christie Arras

    Contenders, here they come!

    Brian Carroll

    Brian contends
    Brian contends

    Sailing has been my life; during that time, I have sailed many boats and involved in many classes, the latest the International Contender, being the most challenging. I tell the story of Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club (GLYC) gaining the right to hosting the 2019 Victorian Contender Championships.

    Moving to Paynesville some nine years ago, after being on a Flying Fifteen for over 15 years (with many crew), I wanted to get back to my roots and sail a single-handed boat. I didn't want, what I referred to an old man's boat' (even though I was fast approaching 60) such as an Impulse, Sabre or even a Laser, so I deliberated and agonised over what class. After spending many hours looking on Gumtree for a good second-hand boat to replace my previous 'toys', I found a boat in Queensland. "Mmmm, that class would be a challenge", I thought to myself. I decided to bite the bullet and organised freight from RQ and started my new sailing chapter. The Contender it was!

    After a bit of research, the 2018 Contender Worlds were to be held at McCrae on Port Phillip...the learning curve was going to be immense. Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club Race Management team succumbed to a silly old man sailing a new class and waited for me to finish races, after many, many, many capsizes. I would get home each week exhausted and constantly saying to Lyn, "What am I doing?" However I persisted. With the worlds fast approaching, I was gradually getting the gist of the single sail and trapeze. When the world entries opened, I thought "what the heck I can make up the numbers and if nothing more gain experience". So entered I did.

    After a slight glitch with an eye issue, I was not sure whether I would make it to McCrae to compete.

    Strong wind got the Contenders planing by the last race on Sunday.
    Strong wind got the Contenders planing by
    the last race on Sunday.

    However, I was part of the measurement team and would be there anyway, but, alas, I was given the go-ahead by the surgeon and I did compete and, as I thought, made up the numbers.

    The camaraderie of the class was immediate; very laid back and enjoyable. I knew a number of the guys over the years from other classes and clubs, so I wasn't a complete stranger. While at the worlds, there was much bar talk and many discussions of where the upcoming states were to be held. Most of the states to date had been hosted by Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron or McCrae Yacht Club; the class secretary was keen to get the regatta off the bay and go somewhere different, so I put GLYC into the hat. Unfortunately, it didn't happen in 2018. Still persistent, about eight or so weeks ago a comment was made on social media. "Where are the Victorian Contender States being held this year?" I responded GLYC can host them...and after a barrage of comments, I contacted Club Captain James and we eventually made it happen. During this time, I managed to get Matt Kee from Latrobe Valley Yacht Club to join me as a training partner and it has been great to have another Contender at GLYC.

    For the novice, the International Contender is a single-handed high-performance dinghy; 16-feet, single sail monohull with trapeze designed in the late sixties by Ben Lexcen from Australia II fame. The boat, a possible successor to the Finn at the Olympics, built momentum and very quickly became an international class, having a strong presence in Australia, Europe, UK and Canada.

    Fleet heading down to the bottom mark in the last race very late in the day.
    Fleet heading down to the bottom mark in
    the last race very late in the day.

    Fiftieth year championships contended...
    With a possible 15 boats, 20 competitors were confirmed Friday afternoon...an excellent number for a short lead-time. Most, if not all, competitors had arrived Friday (from Melbourne, Ballarat, Sydney, Canberra and South Australia), so a few were keen to go out for a practise. But alas, the wind was a little too great for the class (25 plus knots).

    The wind had abated over night to next to nothing and by Saturday morning was still next to nothing.
    With an additional 6 boats arriving, a total of 26 for the regatta, the race management team had their briefing, as did the the competitor briefing, then an AP! Duh! The fleet sat around waiting for the see breeze to fill in; eventually at 1600 hours the racing got underway.

    In a nice 7-12 knots three races were run, and the 1900hrs pub dinner was postponed so they could fulfil the racing schedule. The fleet were still unrigging in the dark but were very happy to get on the water which hadn't looked promising earlier in the day.

    The day was successful for current world Champion Mark Bulka from McCrae Yacht Club having two firsts and a third on Balance', leading from Scott Cunningham and Joey Randall also from McCrae. The top 10 were close and after three races it could have been anyone's regatta.

    Another day another wait, with the AP flag being raised; a picture perfect morning in Paynesville on Sunday, however not great for sailing. Then by 1300hrs the breeze came in with a consistent 12 knots building over the afternoon to 22 knots, excellent conditions for the competitive fleet.

    Charging to the mark with divisional boats doing their thing in the background.
    Charging to the mark with divisional boats
    doing their thing in the background.

    The conditions split the men from the boys, with the top four placings fighting for the silverware; however, Mark Bulka not needing to race the last heat won comfortably by five points (7 points) over Scott Cunningham (McCrae) on 12 points and Matt Mulder from Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, placed third with 17 points.

    Mark Bulka, the current world and Australian champion, is now the 2019 Victorian champion, an amazing achievement for any sportsman. The top four overall placings have a swag of accolades; second-placed Scott Cunningham, was sixth overall in the recent worlds on Port Phillip, Matt Mulder past three-time Australian Champion and fifth overall in the worlds, while fourth placed Andre Webster from Canberra Yacht Club being past Australian champion.

    The weekend was completed with a pizza dinner and the presentation to each competitor of a commemorative 50th year burgee from Contender International for the celebration of fifty years since the class introduction.

    With the trying conditions on Saturday for the race management team, mutterings were heard around the boat park Saturday evening, "Why would you sail here? However, after Sunday, the guys want to return next week. Rumour has it they will be back sooner rather than later for Australian Championships in 2021.

    Updated: 8 Apr 2019 2:45pm 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: 5 Apr 2019 2:01pm by Christie Arras

    Pics of GLYC sailing on GLYC Facebook page

    Neil creates gesture line drawing while righting Mobie in 24 Mar
    Neil creates gesture line drawing while
    righting Mobie in 24 Mar

    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: 8 Apr 2019 3:19pm by Tim Shepperd

    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

    Abseiling rope for sale

    Ex Rock-climbing and Abseiling rope. 12 mm and 10 mm diameter. Suitable for sheets or mooring lines. $1 per meter.

    Contact: Geoff Robinson
    Phone: 0427 446 405

    DaVinci - Cumulus 21

    21' Cumulus trailor sailor
    9.8 Mercury outboard
    Unregistered trailer

    $6500 ono

    Call Vince 0474 040 107 or David 0400 862 245

    Contact: Vince Camp or David Cree

    Wicked Weasel Minnow 1218 for sale

    Fibreglass Ply sandwich Hull
    Full Fibreglass thwart and centrecase
    Great proffessional 2 pack finish
    3 sails (radial, cross and plus cuts)
    2 fibreglass centreboards (white, green)
    6:1 Vang
    Fibreglass rudder with aluminium rudder box and tiller
    Custom carbon fibre tiller extension
    Unique Sails Hull and Deck Cover
    $4,200 ono
    Located in Paynesville. Delivery can be arranged

    Steve (0411 037 418) or Taj (0473 260 123)

    Contact: Taj and Steve Duff
    Phone: 0411 037 418