Wanderer - September 2019

The Commodore's Report

Four weeks to go!

The season is fast approaching. Macca and Jim are busily organising the annual working bee. Even if you can't make it down to the club on the 21St, we can always use your help anytime over the next month. Just get in touch with Macca or Jim and they will happily put you to work.

For those that haven't heard the news yet, Rescue 1 is being retired after the last winter series race. It will be replaced with a pair of new boats. The new support boats have left New Zealand and should be ready to go for the start of the season.
Apart from having shiny new boats, the best bit is that we get to name them! We are looking for name suggestions over the next two weeks; if you think of a name pass it on to any of the committee. There is a prize on offer if the committee uses your suggestion.

The Open Skiff program is in its final month (see the report later in the Wanderer). The kids seem to have loved the opportunity to sail modern boats. Over the next few weeks the families involved need to decide if they are going to purchase a boat or do we send them back and go back to sailing other things. This program would not have been possible with out the coaching help from Andrew Sayle and Buster Hooper.

In other major club news, it was decided at the last committee meeting (after many many requests) that the time has come to move the flagpole to Grassy Point. The timeline is tight, but it should be ready to go for opening day.

Lastly, I would like to thank Jacqui, Wendy, Sharna, Mark, Alastair and Sandra for their help in running the winter series. It has been great to get some sailing in over the winter months.

See you all at the opening day

Updated: 6 Sep 2019 5:14pm by David Parish

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In this issue:

Sailing Calendar

Open Skiff coaching come rain or shine or COLD
Open Skiff coaching come rain or shine or

03, Tuesday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
08, Saturday, 1300 hrs: Winter Series racing
10, Tuesday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
17, Tuesday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
24, Tuesday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
30 to 4th Oct: Spring Tackers DSC Program

5-6, Saturday/Sunday: Opening Weekend
Racing calendar forthcoming...

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

Updated: 7 Sep 2019 8:58am by James Frecheville

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Social/Sailing Calendar

Just a taste of the divisional start flags coming up this season
Just a taste of the divisional start flags
coming up this season

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.
Congratulations to Alan Pick who took home the club members' draw of $500 last Friday, the 30th! The next pot is already up to $210.

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.

Working Bee, Saturday, 21st September
Please put this day on your schedules. The energy is high and the camaraderie strong as we spruce up our club and boats. This effort also gives credit toward boat storage points. A list is on the upstairs bar for letting the club know how you'd like to contribute/participate.

DSC Spring Tackers Program, 30 September to 4 October
If you are interested or know of anyone else who may be interested please email discoversailing@sailglyc.com or go onto the website for further information www.sailglyc.com/tackers-school-holiday-program/

GLYC Opening Weekend, Saturday/Sunday, 5th and 6th October
The opening of our sailing season and summer racing begins on this festive day. Dust off the cobwebs and join in the Sail Past and salute to the Commodore. Then jump into the fray of this new season's racing and excitement.

Discover Sailing Day, Sunday, 27th October
Join in introducing members of the public to sailing and our club. List also on upstairs bar if you can help in any capacity like taking visitors out on your boat or a dinghy...

Updated: 7 Sep 2019 9:00am by Christie Arras

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Working Bee Arrangements

The Annual Working Bee to kick off the fabulous 2019/20 season at GLYC will be held on Saturday 21st September from 09:00 to 13:00.

Jim Callahan (buildings and grounds) and Ian McDonald (boatshed) are doing the organising for this event and a sign up sheet is now on the Loft Bar where you can choose what tasks you would like to take on, so get in early!

For further information contact Jim (0488 500 795) or Macca (0419 698 900)

PS Don't forget that you get "credit" for your participation in the working bee that goes toward your boat storage points.

Updated: 7 Sep 2019 9:19am by Christie Arras

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Vice Commodore's Report

This month has been a light month for work across the boats portfolio (saving it all up for the Working Bee).

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  • The centre clears have been replaced which makes the sides look a bit used and abused, but they are serviceable for another year or two.
  • The lower cracked window has also been replaced (Thanks to Dave B)
  • The race management instruments have had their batteries replaced and the loose connector cleaned and tightened on the countdown clock (again thanks to Dave B)
  • This boat has been to Ports to have its annual bottom cleaned and antifouled. The work was carried out by David P, Peter F, Mark A, James F and myself where we were able to get two coats on the hull and completed in 24 hours. While it was out of the water BMS serviced both motors. This boat is now ready for the season. (Thanks to all who helped)
  • RS Thomson
  • Had its motor serviced during the month.
  • The boats group are aiming at giving the trailer a repaint before the start of the sailing season.
  • Rescue One
  • Both motors are going to come off this boat so I have had them both serviced as it will greatly speed up the transfer with time running out before the start of our sailing season.
  • Alex P
  • The motor was serviced mid-year while other work was carried out on it, so on completion of the working bee this boat will be ready for the season.
  • Sailability Duck
  • I am now ready to place the order for the new 9HP 4 stroke motor as we held off ensuring the maximum warranty time was available to us. (3 months additional).
  • Sail Training Boats
  • At the last Committee meeting it was decided to move the training yachts back under the Discover Sailing Coordinator. In the future the Boats Portfolio will only be responsible for the powered GLYC boats and the Sailability yachts. This is effective immediately, therefore anyone wanting to help out with maintaining the sail training yachts would need to speak directly with Brian Carroll and I am sure he would appreciate your help.
  • Although I have said it many times before, I appreciate the work the boats group does and thank you for your assistance, and hope you will continue working across the GLYC fleet of boats under the changed arrangements.

  • Annual Working Bee
    I have been working with Jim C, Dave B, & Peter F to prepare a Schedule of Work. This is now finalised and Jim has appointed team leaders and allocated members against jobs as they indicated their interest. We have had a good response to date with volunteers but more are required to work through a long list of works.

    We have also prepared a list of pre or post works that needs to be done which we will work through after the working bee as it is hard to carry out some items with a lot of people around. If anyone is interested in helping out please see Jim or myself

    Ancient Mariners
    The Ancient Mariners is going strong although the weather has not been kind to us during this last month with one race being cancelled and two postponed from Tuesday to Thursday. To my surprise with all the sun lovers still up north, we have been having about 10 or more boats on the race track.

    I am pleased to announce that David P has negotiated sponsorship for the Ancient Mariners series of races from Lightfoot & Sons winery for the next 12 months ....so drink up sailors and support your sponsor.


    Updated: 7 Sep 2019 9:11am by Christie Arras

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    Youth Sailors update

    GLYC at Mordialloc sailing club
    GLYC at Mordialloc sailing club

    The Open Skiff kids started the month with Day three of the winter series. With some wind for a change they cruised around the course. Paul was the standout sailor of the day; for someone who doesn't like racing he seemed to enjoy showing the rest of the fleet how to race. Sara was the winner on yardstick in her Minnow followed by Paul, Tegwyn, Ned and Harry in the Skiffs.

    The following weekend, the gang was privileged to have the GLYC's "A" team coaches take them for a session. Andrew Sayle and Buster Hooper ran through a theory session on the beach (at one point the driveway became a blackboard). Then out onto the water for a session of upwind sailing. There were smiles on everyone's faces when they returned to shore two hours later. As a parent watching on, a highlight was both coaches taking the time to give each of the group some personal feedback on their sailing.

    Buster braved the next weekend solo. What started out as practicing starts quickly changed to boat handling as there was more breeze than expected. I don't know how the kids can stay out for so long in winter when capsizing? The hot showers had a very long workout to warm frozen bodies. The day finished with the Club's trailer being loaded up in preparation for the first round of the state dinghy championships at Mordialloc.

    Windy Mordialloc!
    A bright sunny day welcomed the sailors to Mordialloc sailing club. Unfortunately, the wind decided to blow and blow with the wind on the bay registering 20+ knots all day with gusts over 30 knots. Tegwyn and Ned left the sail in its bag; Sam and Harry left the beach and returned 10 minutes later deciding shore was a nice place to be.

    Sunday was a little calmer with all 4 sailors heading out to the start line. Sam, Tegwyn, and Ned headed in shortly after the first start as the gusty conditions made sailing difficult. Harry toughed it out and finished the first race and then decided to head back in.

    It was good to see some other GLYC current and ex-GLYC sailors also racing. Taj battled out a very tight series in the 4.7 Lasers to come away with a win in his Class. Pete Kiely was seen sailing a mono hull with some success; Brod Lang joined the kids getting blown off the water in his Laser; and John Emonson sailed a Fireball to victory in his division.

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    Updated: 7 Sep 2019 9:14am by Christie Arras

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    Discover Sailing Centre - Season 2019/2020

    With the 2019-2020 season hot on our heels, the administration of the Discover Sailing Centre (DSC) has been exceptionally busy. As voted at the recently held Annual General Meeting, we have a changing of the guards for the club's DSC. Brian Carroll has taken up the role of DSC Coordinator ably assisted by myself as DSC Principal. Not a new role for me as I initiated the DSC accreditation some six years back, when I was Vice Commodore, and continued in the role until the baton was handed over three years ago. Thanks to Sharna for keeping the home fires burning, we continue all activity with a relatively smooth transition.

    Our re-accreditation has been finalised with the centre's review to take place end of September to ensure we comply with the requirements of a DSC through Australian Sailing.

    Our first event, the annual Discover Sailing Day, is set for Sunday 27 October 2019, 9.00am-12.00noon. We are calling for assistance on all levels; a list is on the bar in the loft, if you as interested. It is a fantastic way to showcase the club and encourage the community to come along and have a sail in the sport we are so passionate.

    The three school-holiday Tackers' programs are locked in with Australian Sailing, along with school training for Paynesville and Bairnsdale Primary Schools. The first of the school holidays program Spring Tackers', will be held 30 September-4 October 2019. If you are interested or know of anyone else who may be interested please email discoversailing@sailglyc.com or go onto the website for further information www.sailglyc.com/tackers-school-holiday-program/

    A new separate juniors' calendar has been created allowing the members to see the activity of the juniors/youths and how busy their schedule can be, both home and afar. We had five representatives sailing in the Victorian Dinghy Championships at Mordialloc on the weekend, no results at the time of being published. The next regatta is Spring Sail at Royal Geelong later in September. Go Gippsland Lakes...

    Lyn Wallace
    DSC Principal

    Updated: 6 Sep 2019 8:43am by Christie Arras

    Tuesday Twilight Meals

    Volunteers now being sought!

    The Twilight Sailing Season, from November to March, will soon be here and I am looking to put together a roster of volunteers to prepare a meal for those attending after racing.

    As a volunteer, you would be part of a team of 3 or so people to purchase necessary goods, prepare and serve a set menu for club members who come to eat at the club after sailing on a Tuesday during the summer months.

    New to the club? If so, it's a great way to meet people, and you would be rostered on with old hands so as to learn the ropes in using our GLYC Kitchen.

    Are you able to help prepare one of these delicious twilight meals?

    If so, please contact me, Julie Clark, on
    0408 538 000 or by email on jaclarkhoward@gmail.com to let me know of your availability.


    Updated: 7 Sep 2019 9:14am by Christie Arras

    Rear Commodore's note


    One matter that came out of recent discussions with Council is the visual appearance of our stored boats. While the Storage Terms & Conditions do not directly address the issue of boat condition beyond that it must be seaworthy, it is reasonable that all boats stored at GLYC in public view on public land be kept in clean and tidy condition and any covers or tarpaulins likewise.

    Consequently, if you have a boat in storage at the Club and it is anything less than in clean and tidy condition, could you please think about how you might clean it up, pressure wash the topsides and polish it, or arrange for it to be commercially cleaned?

    The Committee will look at the condition of all boats in storage as renewal applications are being received.


    (Note: Pressure washing of anti-fouled hulls is not allowed on Yacht Club grounds.)

    Updated: 7 Sep 2019 9:15am by Christie Arras


    Coaching by Buster and Andrew Sayle using the driveway as a chalk board.  Our club is soooo lucky to have such amazing coaches!
    Coaching by Buster and Andrew Sayle using
    the driveway as a chalk board. Our club
    is soooo lucky to have such amazing

    Concerning the bars and the conversion to a POS (Point of Sale) electronic till, one of the major reasons for the conversion was to make it easy for members to charge bar purchases to a debit or credit card and thus avoid handling cash in the Club.

    This has significant benefits to the Club:
  • it means volunteers don't have to handle cash and change with every transaction and we can speed up bar sales
  • it means we don't have to carry large cash floats in the building
  • it means we don't have to manually fill out forms and bank cash after each event
  • it gives us much better record keeping with far less effort and far fewer errors.
  • There is no additional cost to members to use a debit or credit card, so all we ask is that anytime you come to the Club and think you may end up at the bar, please bring a card if you have one -- debit or credit.

    Ancient Mariners have grasped this fully and are now effectively cash free; Friday nights are mostly cash free and Sunday sailors about 50% cash free.

    Hopefully we can move further yet. Please consider the volunteer's time and bring your cards whenever you can.

    Russ Peel

    Updated: 7 Sep 2019 9:16am by Russ Peel

    Rules Corner September


    Anecdotal accounts from recent casual racing have indicated that some vessels are not understanding the difference between being required to Hail and when a Hail is a good idea to prevent an incident developing. Just because the RRS don't require a hail in certain situations doesn't mean that a Hail isn't a good idea.

    Rule 20.1 Requires a hail when needing water to tack at an obstruction. Read this rule carefully. Although the RRS do not require it, an early hail to warn other vessels you will need to tack shortly may be a good idea even if it is not required.

    A hail is required for Rule 61.1 a for a protest to be valid. There are some mitigating circumstances for not hailing that are covered later in this Rule.

    If we take the classic port/starboard closed hauled incidents the RRS place no requirement for the right of way (stbd) vessel to hail the give way vessel. If a collision occurs the failure of the right of way boat to hail can be no defence for the give way vessel. However, Rule 14 (Avoiding contact) places the onus on both vessels so a hail of "Starboard" from the right of way vessel (which we all do) is a good idea even if not required by RRS and would support the rule 14 (a) obligations on the right of way vessel.

    Rule 16. Changing Course. If you change course and you have right of way it can be helpful to let any give way vessel know that a situation may be developing resulting from the change of course. E.g. on the downwind legs a boat gybes onto starboard and would force avoiding action on any nearby port gybe vessels.

    Beware though! - a deliberately misleading hail or an abusive hail (e.g. browbeating a novice helm with right of way into giving way to the give way vessel) could potentially lead to a protest under Rule 2. or Rule 69. The penalties, if found proven by a protest committee, can be severe.


    Updated: 7 Sep 2019 9:16am 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: 2 Sep 2019 6:29am by Christie Arras

    Pics of GLYC sailing on GLYC Facebook page

    Slide Show of 2018/2019 available to download

    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: 6 Sep 2019 9:10am 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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