Wanderer - July 2019

The Commodore's Report

Thank you all for being part of the 2018-19 season. It is great to see people enjoying their time at the club both sailing and socially. Without everyone sharing a common love for sailing we wouldn't be here.

From a personal standpoint, the season got off to a rocky start and I am grateful to the committee for their backing and dedication to resolving the issue. And, might I add, the committee couldn't have imagined the show of support that the members showed us during this process. I am sure we all learnt a lot through this period.

We ran a number of regattas over the season kicking off with James Frecheville's running the Pacer and Javelin Nationals as a combined event. The numbers may have been small, but it was good to see the family atmosphere around the Pacer fleet.

The Minnows were run at the end of January, an unusual time for us to run a regatta. However, it was a great change from the Christmas New Year time slot. Sharna was the driving force behind this event. For all involved it showed us we are capable of running events at a world class level. Seeing 40 kids out having a great time made it all worthwhile.

Our last big event for the season was the Marlay Point Overnight Race led by Jacqui Crawford. With over 350 sailors this was by far the biggest event for the year. The transition from Lake Wellington Yacht Club to us seems to have gone smoothly. It would be great to see more local boats enter in the years to come.

Sunday sailing has seen some great battles between those who have raced. For those that haven't been out racing on Sunday recently, I would encourage you to come out and give it a try again.

This season sailors in the Tuesday Twilight races have had a trying time with an unusually large number canceled races due to too much or not enough wind. That said, it is still our highest attended social get together with the meals well attended each week. A dedicated support team in the kitchen has continued the quality and quantity to the sailors on their return.

The Ancient Mariners series has been well attended by all reports. Although this event has been around in some guise in the past, this is the first season it has been formally recognized on the GLYC event calendar. By the level of interest in it I am sure it will continue to grow over the next few seasons.

In December the juniors invited seniors to come on a Christmas Cruise to Spermwhale Head. This event was designed for the juniors to test their newly acquired skills, to let parents come for a sail and see their children, and to involve all club members in a social outing. It was fantastic to see around 80 members come cruising and enjoying each other's company over a picnic BBQ in the beautiful sunshine.

While we are proud of all our members who have represented the club at state and national regattas over the past season, it is the juniors we are most proud of. This season all our regular junior sailors have represented the club at a state or national level regatta.

At a national level, Archer Manuell and Ethan Perry won the Junior Pacer Title; Oskar Watkinson helped Gary to a third in the Mosquito Nationals; and Tegwyn Somerville finished second in the novice fleet of the Minnow Nationals.

At the state level, Jack Chappman and Jasmin Francis won the junior 125 State Title with Melody and Enola Jefferis coming in second; Sam McVilly help Neil win the Mosquito Title; Sara Melrose was the first female at the Youth Regatta in the Minnows and Taj Duff cleaned up at both the Youth Regatta and the Youth Cup in the Laser 4.7's.

As we all know the club is currently being re-stumped. This is the second stage of a major refurbishment, the kitchen floor being the first. This has all come about through a lot of negotiations led by Russ Peel. The club is most grateful to East Gippsland Shire Council for their financial support of these projects. While the timeline to complete these works has blown out by many weeks, we will have a much more stable club in the end.

Lastly, I would like to thank Sharna for her long time support of the junior sail program. After many years she has decided to step down from her committee role to dedicate more time to supporting Taj's growing sail career.

Sharna helped formalize the Discover Sailing Centre at the club and was the driving force behind our purchasing the fleet of Optis to run the Tackers programs. This has made us the leading sail training venue in country Victoria.

The list of juniors that have gone on to represent the club is testament to the work she has put in to developing this part of the club.

So after the year that was, I would like to ask you to join me in looking forward to the 2019-2020 sailing season.


Updated: 5 Jul 2019 7:08am by David Parish

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In this issue:

Our new GLYC Committee

Around 60 intrepid members joined in at the Community Centre for this year's AGM. Committee positions were filled so no voting was required.

Reports were skillfully synopsized to highlight the salient points and move things swiftly along. Tim Shepperd made note of how substantial last year's special events/championships/MPONR contributions were to the club's income.

Sharna extolled the extraordinary success of the Discover Sailing Centre programs and the strength of our young sailors and their successes locally and in state and national championships. She explained how she needed to step down from her Committee role but that she will still be involved in club activities. Taj presented her with a bouquet of her favourite goodies by way of the Club's appreciation for all that she has contributed.

Macca and Jim switched roles with Macca moving to Vice Commodore and Jim becoming Rear Commodore. The symbolic exchange of spotted flags ensued.

Jacqui led the Sailors' Meeting taking suggestions and ideas from the floor for the coming sailing season.

So, welcome and thank you to those who are rejoining the Committee and to those who have raised their hands to give it a go:

Commodore - Andrew Somerville
Vice Commodore - Ian McDonald
Rear Commodore - Jim Callahan
Sailing Captain - James Frecheville
Secretary - Russ Peel
Treasurer - Tim Shepperd
Sailability Coordinator - Alan Pick
DSC Coordinator - Brian Carroll

General Committee:
Colin Johanson
Julie Clark
Norbert Hrouda
Jacqui Crawford
Neil Smith
Mark Alderman

Congratulations to our new committee.

The financial report, DSC expanded report and AGM pamphlet are attached to the newsletter for your perusal.

Updated: 9 Jul 2019 8:27am by Tim Shepperd

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Sailing Calendar

Seeing double in the Winter Series race on 6 July
Seeing double in the Winter Series race on
6 July

02, Tuesday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
06, Saturday, 1400 hrs: Annual General Meeting
06, Saturday, Sailors' Meeting immediately after AGM
07, Sunday, 1300 hrs: Winter Series

09, Tuesday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
16, Tuesday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
23, Tuesday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
30, Tuesday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners

04, Sunday, 1300 hrs: Winter Series
06, Tuesday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
13, Tuesday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
20, Tuesday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
27, Tuesday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners

01, Sunday, 1300 hrs: Winter Series
03, Tuesday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
10, Tuesday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
17, Tuesday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
24, Tuesday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners

*Should a Tuesday Ancient Mariners be abandoned due to weather, the race will hopefully be held on the Thursday.

Updated: 8 Jul 2019 7:51am by James Frecheville

Social/Sailing Calendar

How to wile time away while waiting for your divisional start.  Probably a first ever...
How to wile time away while waiting for
your divisional start. Probably a first

Friday Club Night
Come catch up with mates Friday nights. Be sure to welcome visitors who might show up. And if you're lucky, you might be the lucky winner of the club draw which is now almost up to $500.

Soup Nights continue each Friday evening up in the Loft
The menu remains the bargain price of $5 for soup and garlic bread. This is the best deal in town and a wonderful way to keep up with mates on our cold winter evenings. Looking forward to the cozy warm room and delicious soups....

Ancient Mariners
Happening on Tuesdays with boats beginning to head out at 1300 hours after lunch and serious discussion. Thursdays will be make up day should Tuesday be cancelled.

Cruising Interest Group: Friday, 12th July, 8 pm at Club

Updated: 9 Jul 2019 6:10am by Christie Arras

Annual Report Rear Commodore

Macca and Jim change their spots in role reversals for this coming year
Macca and Jim change their spots in role
reversals for this coming year

This year was my first year as Rear Commodore for GLYC which I thoroughly enjoyed. Like all jobs it has had its moments but overall I've had great year in the role and the portfolios that I took on.

Boat Portfolio
There has been major works carried out across both the yacht and race management fleets which I would like to highlight.
  • The outboard motors across the fleet had their annual service;
  • Judi G was taken out of the water and hull cleaned and antifouled;
  • The Thomson was out of action for 2 months while it's hull was refurbished;
  • Rescue One had the hydraulic steering replaced;
  • The launching trailers received a de-rusting and a paint and the recovery winches with the electrical winches serviced or replaced;
  • The boat shed recovery winch was serviced and controls updated (also operators trained & authorised);
  • The remainder of the fleet race management only required minor works although we are still in the process of replacing the sailability motor under insurance.

  • The training sail boats were all checked and found to be in good condition with only needing minor work to be carried out (This fleet is continually growing and the repairs need to be frequently addressed.)

    Div two in the calm winter afternoon racing slowly back to the gate
    Div two in the calm winter afternoon
    racing slowly back to the gate

    All this work has been completed by the boats group (a merry of bunch people that always turn up), and I would like to thank them all as their help and assistance throughout the year has been greatly appreciated.

    The trophies this year did not go off as I would have liked as there was a problem with the engraving so some were not available on Celebration Night. For that I apologise as they are now all ready for distribution. Positive comments on their take home mementos have been received from the sailors I have caught up with. The Perpetual trophies have been engraved and returned to their lofty' position.

    The trophy database has been updated and is now available on the website.

    Ancient Mariners
    This sailing program is continually growing with up to 20 boats on the water until the call to the north has arrived for the Winter; notwithstanding, we are still have around 6 to 10 boats contesting the wine/drinking/bragging rights. Some variety is planned for our program for the next sailing season. I personally have a great deal of fun sailing and running the day, so if you are not working and at a loss, come and join us for a fun day on the water.

    I would like to close by thanking the Club for the opportunity to represent you as Rear Commodore and the support you have given me and I wish you all well on the water next season.


    Updated: 8 Jul 2019 8:08am by Christie Arras

    Discover Sailing Centre - Season 2018/2019 report

    From Discover Sailing Principal - Sharna Duff

    Sharna receives a thank you bouquet with her favourite goodies as she leaves Committee but not club activities
    Sharna receives a thank you bouquet with
    her favourite goodies as she leaves
    Committee but not club activities

    Well, what another fabulous season it has been for our GLYC juniors and youth.

    Our Discover Sailing Program continues to grow with over 150 individual kids participating in at least one of our sailing courses this season.

    Tackers and SchoolSailing continue to be the feeder programs; in fact most of our strong cohort of regular young sailors around the club started their sailing journey in one of these programs.

    The breadth and depth of today's junior and youth fleet, however, has been so significantly shaped by the time, support and encouragement from so many of our club members right throughout the season. And for that, and on behalf of the kids we say thank-you.

    Prior to Christmas one of my fellow committee members made mention on a sunny Sunday morning how the hive of activity on the water and on the beach was a great indication of the Club's health. On that particular morning there were 10 optis, 6 minnows and 6 pacers out on the water for sail training. On the beach, getting ready for the afternoon's racing was a strong OTB fleet comprising of 125s, 29ers, Lasers, Tasers, Contenders and Mosquitos. This strength in today's training school and off the beach fleets is the cumulative result of the past years' DSC programs and ongoing support from the Club.

    We are very proud of our diverse fleet of young sailors: female and male, from Tackers and Green Fleet, through to juniors and youth sailing regularly at club level and attending regattas. This season twenty-eight of our "juniors" have represented GLYC at worlds, nationals, states and regional sailing events. From Jack Felsenthal at the Waszp Worlds in Perth to Freya Somerville who completed her first Raymond Island Good Friday Sail, we are immensely proud on how these kids represent our club. Not only do we love the way they sail, but, in particular, we love how they look after each other and encourage everyone to have fun out on the water.

    A swarm of Open Bics join in the Winter Series fray
    A swarm of Open Bics join in the Winter
    Series fray

    We have been very fortunate this season to receive significant financial contributions from local business, local government and state government, that have been used to purchase assets, support major events and support youth development. The Paynesville & District Community Bank has continued their long standing partnership with the Club, this year providing a significant contribution to our new off the beach ramps. East Gippsland Shire Council through their RADES program and the Victorian State Government through their Significant Sporting Events Program both supported the 40th Minnow Australian Championships in January. Funds from both programs contributed to race management, house/yard and marketing/promotion expenses. Further funding through the Victorian State Government also provided travel assistance to our youth sailors competing in the Victorian Sailing Cup.

    In a similar vain, our own strong internal control over DSC program income and expenditure, has seen another season of surplus. This surplus has offset training fleet repairs and maintenance, plus the purchase of additional training fleet assets such as the Opti racks.

    Ned Sheridan tries a hand at sailing a Bic in the Winter Series racing
    Ned Sheridan tries a hand at sailing a Bic
    in the Winter Series racing

    After six years on Committee and with increasing travel and work commitments, I am this year stepping down from the DSC Principal and Committee roles. I do so however knowing that our DSC program has developed to be one of the best in the state.

    We have an impressive fleet of training boats that facilitates the transition from Discover Sailing experiences to Tackers and Sailing School. We have a great relationship with both Paynesville and Bairnsdale 754 Primary Schools, with sailing firmly set in their senior school curriculums. We have a great connection with quite a number of the youth class associations, who are all keen and eager to come back down to Gippsland Lakes for further coaching weekends and regattas.

    And of course we have our greatest strength, our strong cohort of DSC volunteers ensuring that we can tailor each season's program for the needs of our young sailors. Combine this with a group of the most fabulous young sailors from the region, and I can safely say the future of GLYC and the Discover Sailing Centre is in great shape.

    Before signing off this year's report, I would like to make a special thanks to a particular pandful of GLYC colleagues whose contributions and personal support over the past six years have been so valuable. Thank-you James Frecheville, Lyn Wallace, Brian Carroll, Russell Broomhall, Jacqui Crawford and Andrew Somerville for your insights, drive and commitment to build what is something very special. Thank you also to Commodores David Parish and Wendy Gardiner, who along with Jacqui and Andrew provided an ongoing commitment from the top to our young sailors' development. Finally, a personal thank-you to my main crew, Taj and Steve; I am very proud of the legacy the past six years of DSC provides, and could not have done it without your love, patience and backing.


    Updated: 9 Jul 2019 6:12am by Christie Arras

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    Our own GLYC all female Kalimna with Barb, Lesley, Anne, and Robyn in this year's MPONR
    Our own GLYC all female Kalimna with Barb,
    Lesley, Anne, and Robyn in this year's

    This year I am very proud to report that GLYC is the new home of the Marlay Point Overnight Race.

    The race has a very long and proud history having been run for the last 50 years and is the largest race for trailerable yachts in Australia. It is also unique in that it is raced overnight and in protected waters, something we are immensely proud of and making it suitable for the young, the old, the family (including the kids), the experienced and inexperienced and everyone else in between. It is also a wonderful way to showcase our beautiful Gippsland Lakes with many competitors either arriving early or remaining after the race to tour the area.

    The benefits for GLYC, and for the area in general, are many. It is a great opportunity to provide an event for both our visiting sailors and locals. We are happy to involve any of the local traders who want to be involved. This year we welcomed support from The Fig and the Ferry Caf. We have the opportunity to build the event even further and I'm certain we'll see this happen more and more in the future.

    It is also a great way to involve our members, either on the social side of the event or the running of the race. We were very grateful to our volunteers who helped on the weekend of the event with things like preparing and serving many hot breakfasts, serving the finger food and manning the bar for the presentation. Also the helpers who helped keep the area clean, tidy and topped up with supplies.

    We had helpers at LWYC who helped with ferrying competitors to and from their boats, they helped on the start boat, the lead boat and tail end Charlie boats. There were helpers involved in the selling of the merchandise, the marshalling at the boat ramps and then again at the GLYC end as boats were finishing. Then there was the finish team who had to identify and time each boat, most of them twice. To these many, many people we say a huge thank you for without you the event would not have been the smooth success that it was.

    A small core group of people form the sub-committee for MPONR. We began preparing for the 51st running of the race back in June 2018. Plans and preparations were made by this group in the lead up to race day.

    Possibly the hardest task was to find a major sponsor. It was at the last minute after a meeting with Caroline that we were able to announce and welcome Keeley Marine Supplies as our major sponsor. As it was so close to race time and with so little time to promote Keeley Marine, it was agreed to accept a smaller sponsorship amount for 2019 but promotion for 2020 would begin immediately. For those who are unaware of Keeley Marine, please go to our MPONR web page or facebook page and click the link to the Keeley Marine website. You will find that they cater for a lot of the harder to find marine parts as well as a good supply of mast sections, rigging parts and fittings.

    For the 2019 race we decided to try a booking agent for our entries and it was exciting to see our first entries trickle in in November. Our planning at this stage was still towards the infrastructure for the race including different permits, the engaging of CFA and St John's Ambulance etc., along with meetings with Coastguard to ensure a smooth on water event. We also arranged our volunteers for the finish room, the jetty both at LWYC and GLYC. Water Taxi rubber duckies were arranged with the local SES, the much anticipated polo shirts were decided and trophies ordered.

    The Trybooking system worked a treat enabling us to retrieve a full entry form and crew list. We were able to take this information and input it straight into the database and then the finishing program. By race day we had 128 entries and around 100 orders for polo shirts, all recorded and paid for.

    Race day arrived and so did the fog. It was quite surreal to look out to where Lake Wellington should have been and see nothing but a wall of thick, white, fog. A quick check of the forecast told us that the fog would lift as would the wind. That also lifted our own spirits. The various stations were set up for Signing On, Shirt Collection and the Information room. The family fun day planned by the LWYC made the grounds look inviting as did the smells of the early morning breakfast. Boats and crews began arriving early and so the 2019 MPONR began.

    An in depth skippers' briefing was held at 5.30pm. We welcomed Jenny O'Neill, commodore of LWYC along with Danny O'Brien, Member of Parliament, and our sponsors Carl and Colin from Keeley Marine. The briefing included full race instructions and an in-depth weather report from Malcolm from the RAAF weather service. The raffle was drawn to the delight of the excited winners and we congratulated our oldest and youngest sailors - we had 2 nonagenarians this year and a 6 and an 8 year old accompanied their parents.

    With the formalities over it was time to head for the start line. Flares signalled the start of the race promptly at 7.45 and we had a clear start. This year we began in a delightful 10-12 kn south easterly breeze. This saw the larger majority of boats into McLennan Straits before midnight.
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    Aaron and Archer on Waterworks enjoy the slow-mo winter race
    Aaron and Archer on Waterworks enjoy the
    slow-mo winter race

    For the early runners, they enjoyed a relatively quick trip through the straits, across Lake Victoria and into Paynesville for the first time. The wind direction constantly changed and after-talk told of runs through Hollands Landing and Lake Victoria under spinnaker compared to those that had the unenviable task of tacking out of Hollands Landing in shallow waters and once again through Lake Victoria.

    The lead boat, a Thompson 8, woke the start line crew for a 1:51:01 passing. We had a few early birds in the sports boat and multihull fleets come through in the next hour or so with the rush of the Div C boats beginning around 3am. That was when our beautiful breeze started to die.

    Our leader was blessed with a gentle albeit dying breeze right around the island and managed to finish at 4:14:33 after a quick 2 hr rounding of Raymond Island. The early Div C boats along with the remaining sports and multihulls took around 6 hours plus to round the Island. The breeze disappeared for a while before returning briefly at dawn. This shook the placings up somewhat and sorted out the winners in the Div C group. After that it became a real floater with next-to-no wind for the entire day.

    Thoughts then turned to the Div A boats, the smaller and slower boats in the fleet. Some didn't manage to get out of McLennan Straits before the wind died. We managed a few early finishes who finished at the same time as some of the Div C boats, the leader being an Adams 21 which finished at 5:38:23. Sadly, after that very gentle breeze at dawn, the wind disappeared altogether. A few puffs during the day brought more of the fleet home but many were unable to finish within the time limit of 20 hours 45 minutes or 4.30pm.

    Our final finisher was a Hartley TS16 who finished at 16:26:03, just 3 minutes, 57 seconds before the time limit. There were many people in the club and on the jetties willing his boat over the line in time. It was great to witness the camaraderie of our competitors and what I believe is the true spirit of the sailor and the test of the elements, not to mentions one's patience.

    Our finish team put in a sterling effort and provisional results were posted shortly after the last boat finished. While our sailors, some refreshed after some sleep and some straight off their boats, enjoyed the food, drinks, entertainment and atmosphere of the club, results were checked once again before our trophy presentation began.

    We were delighted to have Karl and Colin from Keeley Marine Supplies, Tim Bull Member of Parliament, and our Commodore Andrew Somerville to assist in handing out the line honours trophies for all divisions along with special class trophies that had been arranged. Once the presentations were completed, skippers were able to collect their participation medallions. These medallions are a tradition that go back a long way in the history of the race. Some have been heard to say that they proudly display the medallions in their boats. It has been said by some that if they keep sailing the medallions might be enough to sink the boat.

    If there is one name I should mention, I would like to name Tim Shepperd. Tim spent many, many hours adjusting his SailRes program to suit our purposes and for no self-gain. He made himself available for any query or adjustment asked of him and then turned up for a couple of trial runs before the event to ensure we were comfortable with the running of the program. This was huge for us and I would like to thank Tim for his dedication and the generosity of his time and knowledge. The finish of the race and the getting of our results was a very smooth and faultless operation on the day.

    The stats for the 51st running of the Marlay Point Overnight Race are as follows: -
    Div A 54
    Div C 62
    Div D 12
    Div M 5
    Total 133

    Total number of starters 125
    DNS 7
    DNF 24

    Total Income - 2019 $ 24,551.18
    Total Expense $ 12,610.61

    Total Surplus $ 11,940.57

    Split - LWYC $ 2,985.14
    Split - GLYC $ 8,955.43

    As a Committee we have since held a debrief meeting and focused on what we did right, what can be improved and how to make 2020 even bigger and better than 2019. We are happy that 2019 can be classed as a huge success for GLYC and all who helped.

    To all those helpers from the Committee who put in many hours and their own personal resources, to those who gave up a nice warm comfortable bed for the night, to those who helped in the kitchen and those who gave even just an hour of their own time, also to those who sponsored our raffle by offering their wares or services as prizes and to the local traders who provided pop-up stalls to provide meals or early coffees and lunches, we owe a huge thank you. An event like this does not happen without the cooperation of many people, so thank you.

    Jacqui Crawford, Jenny Holter, Lillian Stevens, Zannah Laird, Bernie McGoldrick, Alastair Robertson, Zoe Cooper, Wendy Gardner, David Adams, Michael Clark, Darryn Dyer, Col Svenson and John Sheppard.


    Updated: 9 Jul 2019 7:11am by Tim Shepperd

    Division 4 report

    Welcome, Saracen Jnr, to the GLYC fleet.  Looks like Saracen has sired a cute little tri for Nick to train.
    Welcome, Saracen Jnr, to the GLYC fleet.
    Looks like Saracen has sired a cute little
    tri for Nick to train.

    Well, it's well and truly off-season now with not much happening in the Div 4 fleet other than in Neil's workshop, "Rebound Fibreglass". "Immunity" has been in for a refurb of all those little dings and scratches that creep up on you over time. "Bob's Cat" has been in for some fibreglass work and now "Karma Cat" as well is in for some work. "Bee Alert" is still in the queue waiting for a new hull. So Neil's doing a great job of keeping Div 4 boats afloat (or they will be by the start of the season).

    Rumours always abound in the off-season: at the moment I hear of the possible arrival of a brand new all Carbon Epoxy Mosquito to GLYC! Hopefully more on that in the coming months. Also, an Off-The-Beach (OTB) Trimaran has arrived in the area and others may join it. This could be a great development for the club which will allow some of the less agile sailors that still want to get wet to enjoy themselves. But like all rumours, we will have to wait to see if they bear fruit.

    For those with time to look online, there is plenty of Multihull racing happening in the Northern Hemisphere. The F18 Worlds (130 boat fleet) are happening at the moment with plenty of OTB "Rockstars" competing and a big Aussie contingent. Speaking of Aussie contingents, The Sail GP series sailed on the one design ex Americas Cup foiling 50 foot catamarans is one to watch and looks like it will become a battle of the Aussies, with not only the Australia Sail GP team skippered by Tom Slingsby leading the series, but Japan Sail GP team skippered by Nathan Outteridge coming second. If you haven't watched any of this racing yet, do yourself a favour: it's worth committing the time seeing 6 of these flying craft closing on each other at up to 50 knots of boat speed. It makes for some real edge of the seat excitement. The relatively tight courses close to shore in gusty winds means lots of lead changes as well. It's great to watch sailing that is this exciting, even if you don't know much about it.

    Remember this Winter: "Life's Better, Dreaming of a Hull in the Air" (or watching it online)

    Still Bitten.

    Updated: 9 Jul 2019 6:18am by Tim Shepperd

    Cruising Interest Group

    Friday, 12th July

    Rescue boat busyness before Winter Series.  Photo credit Wendy
    Rescue boat busyness before Winter Series.
    Photo credit Wendy

    The Cruising Interest Group will meet again on Friday the 12th of July at the Club. This is Club Soup Night as well, so the Loft space needs to be equitably shared.

    Anyone interested in learning more about blue water cruising or who just enjoy hearing about what our mates have done are encouraged to come.

    Nick Rutter has been instrumental in organizing the get togethers and, if you have an epic tale to be told, be sure to let him know.

    Word has it that the two topics to be explored will be lightning strikes and anchoring.

    Updated: 9 Jul 2019 6:21am by Tim Shepperd

    Good Samaritan drives 2,000km to bring family stranded in outback to Darwin

    Reprint of ABC good news article

    Up the creek without a paddle
    Up the creek without a paddle

    A Victorian family (the Melrose family with GLYC Minnow sailors Sara and Emily) stranded in the outback has arrived in Darwin thanks to a good Samaritan who embarked on a 2,000 kilometre round-trip rescue mission over the weekend.

    Daryn Melrose, his wife and two daughters were driving from Gippsland to compete in the national minnow sailing championships when their car broke down at Tennant Creek. Stranded on the side of the road with two small boats in tow, two disappointed daughters and nowhere to go, their week of driving and a year's training suddenly seemed like a waste.

    "We were right in the middle of the Northern Territory," Mr Melrose told ABC Radio Darwin's Adam Steer. "We felt like we had no choice but to give up."

    But just under 1,000 kilometres away in Darwin, Rodney Sims was on his day off and scrolling through Facebook when he saw a post by ABC Darwin about the stranded family.

    "About 30 years ago, strangely enough, I was in a similar situation with a broken-down car and someone helped me out ... this was my time to give back," Mr Sims said.

    Saving strangers
    Mr Sims left home in his four-wheel drive late Friday night, met up with the family at their motel in Tennant Creek, and had them in Darwin on Saturday evening. Mr Melrose and his family said they were humbled by Mr Sims' offer.

    Mr Sims says he felt compelled to help after seeing the Facebook post. (Supplied: Rodney Sims)
    Mr Sims says he felt compelled to help
    after seeing the Facebook post. (Supplied:
    Rodney Sims)

    "What a legend, what a fantastic effort," Mr Melrose said. "He drove all the way down to us, hooked up the trailer, and drove us all the way back to Darwin."

    "My daughters and I could not be more grateful for his efforts. They got here on time and are hoping for podium finishes after their competitions."

    "Territory folk are incredibly special."
    Mr Sims said helping the Melrose family came part and parcel with what Territorians did best.

    "I have only been in the Top End for 12 months, but so far, everyone I have met has gone over and above to help each other out it was my turn to do the same."

    And while the family arrived in time for the competition, their car was left behind. "Hopefully the car will arrive in Darwin some time today and get taken to a mechanic," Mr Melrose said. "It was more important to get the girls and the boats up here in time for their race, the car will have to wait.

    "Here's hoping we fix the car and actually make it home."

    Updated: 9 Jul 2019 7:23am by Christie Arras

    Soup Nights in the Loft

    We know where the Raineys are on a sailing day, but do they know where we are?
    We know where the Raineys are on a sailing
    day, but do they know where we are?

    Despite the restumping of the main part of the building, this popular Friday club night has been able to run, with between 30 and 40 people attending since the beginning of June.

    Never come before? We'd love to see you! Simply turn up at the club around 630pm to 645pm, pay $5 at the loft bar for your soup ticket and enjoy the company of other club members!

    Soup is served about 7pm, with a choice of two soups (one of which will always be a vegetarian option) as well as some lovely crusty bread to accompany the soup!

    Many thanks also to our lovely volunteers who come along earlier in the day to cook the soups!


    Updated: 15 Jul 2019 3:19pm by Christie Arras

    Rules Corner

    Different sizes of boats.

     For example...
    For example...

    Recent conversations around GLYC have shown that some boats do not understand that they cannot insist on not responding to a smaller boat with right of way merely because to do so is difficult for them. In actuality a 100-foot schooner must give way to the Minnow on Starboard whether or not it is difficult.

    A typical situation is a larger boat that can only beat to windward at 70 degrees to the apparent wind being slowly luffed by a leeward boat on the same tack (e.g. an Etchells) that can point a lot higher. The windward boat must keep clear as described by rule 11. If needed this means the windward boat luffing above close hauled or bearing away behind the closer winded leeward vessel-even if the duck is substantial. In a mixed size fleet such as Tuesday night pursuit racing the less nimble boats must anticipate the need to avoid right of way yachts.

    Note - that this does not give carte blanche for any smaller, more nimble boat (e.g. a dinghy) to change course rapidly and expect the bigger, slower boat to instantly respond.
    Rule 14. Avoiding contact and

    Rule 15. Acquiring Right of Way are important rules.

    When a boat acquires Right of Way, she shall initially give the other boat ROOM to keep clear, unless she acquires right of way because of the other boat's actions.

    It can help if yachts hail each other if a situation is building but note that the Rules do not require a hail except in certain defined situations (e.g. Rule 20 Room to tack at an obstruction and Rule 61 Protest Requirements)


    Updated: 9 Jul 2019 7:03am 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: 9 Jul 2019 7:04am by Christie Arras

    Pics of GLYC sailing on GLYC Facebook page

    Slide Show of 2018/2019 available to download

    The winter light highlights Chibi and Hawkeye in winter series
    The winter light highlights Chibi and
    Hawkeye in winter series

    Should one wish to have a copy of the slide show that was presented during the Celebration Night festivities, please let Christie know and I will put the 2.83 gigabyte slideshow on the Club computer for you to download. 5156 7861 I am sure there are shots of every single boat that raced (barring an Ancient Mariner boat or two that may never have raced any other races).

    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 which will soon be closed. Danuta Sowa also takes great shots and can often give you a disk with the file of your boat.

    Tim is working on a new website for our club photos in addition to the Facebook entries.

    Updated: 9 Jul 2019 7:04am 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 CommodoreIan McDonald0419 698 900
    Rear CommodoreJim Callahan0488 500 795
    Immediate Past CommodoreWendy Gardiner0498 116 752?
    SecretaryRuss Peel0408 589 805
    TreasurerTim Shepperd0400 666 486
    Sailing CaptainJames Frecheville5156 7103 / 0412 979 824
    Discover Sailing CoordinatorBrian Carroll0411 743 602
    Sailability OfficerAlan Pick0410 584 860
    General CommitteeJulie Clark0408 538 000
    General CommitteeColin Johanson03 5156 6656
    General CommitteeNorbert Hrouda0427 654 039
    General CommitteeJacqui Crawford0468 987 684
    General Committee (New)Neil Smith0438 449 122
    General Committee (New)Mark Alderman0419 889 871
    Wanderer (not on Committee)Christie Arras [WANDERER and EFLASH]03 5156 7861
    Hall HireWendy Gardiner
    BoatsIan McDonald
    YardJim Callahan
    HouseNorbert Hrouda

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    Fibreglass rudder with aluminium rudder box and tiller
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