Wanderer - December 2019

The Commodore's Report

Welcome to the festive season,

I hope everyone has plans to eat way too much food and open lots of presents. For all the grandparents out there, just remember: the grandkids would much prefer Jocks and Socks to toys.

The wind has continued to blow; I cannot remember a time where we have had to cancel more races than we have sailed. Hopefully we can get a few sails between now and Christmas. I am expecting everyone to join in on the Christmas BBQ cruise on the 22nd. Lyn and Brian have the details.

The Eastern Region Regatta did go ahead at Metung on the 18th of November with 24 boats on the start line. The GLYC team consisted of Swift, Poseidon, Iridescent Jellyfish, Sparkle, Racing Stripes, Weasel Woo Hoo, Bear All, Tarakona, Longnose, and Ten Bears. The team comfortably won the regatta with first place in three divisions.

We have two weeks of titles coming up and I would like to thank all the people that have put their hands up to help. While we are always looking for volunteers to help (James is desperately looking for people to help with Sunday duties), please remember that we are a sailing club and as such would Really Really love to see you out sailing in club events. Come and join in on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Sundays. It's more fun sailing in big fleets of boats.

For those who are heading off to national titles over the summer period, we would like to hear about your adventures in a short Wanderer article. I know Tegwyn will be writing about the Open skiff titles and, Taj, I am expecting something from you.

My last thought for this month. Do you happen to have an old Mirror dinghy hiding away at home? There is category at the upcoming Nationals for the older cruising version of a Mirror. Drag it out and join in the fun; the Mirror association will welcome you with open arms.


Updated: 5 Dec 2019 8:09am by David Parish

In this issue:

Sailing Calendar

Grinning GLYC Eastern Regatta winners.  Well Done!
Grinning GLYC Eastern Regatta winners.
Well Done!

01 Sunday, 1400 hrs: Club Championship 3 Poseidon/Shockwave
03 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing. Female Skippers race. Meals
08 Sunday, 1400 hrs: Divisional. Iridescent Jellyfish/Swift (Sara Melrose
10 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing. Meals
15 Sunday, 1400 hrs: Club Championship 4. Deadly Chicken/Nitro
17 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing. Meals
22 Sunday, 1000 hrs: Christmas Cruise. Quiet Little Drink
27-31, Friday through Tuesday, 0900 hrs: Mirror Nationals
31 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing. No meals

2020 Happy New Year!

04 to 10 January, 0900 hrs: A-Class Nationals at GLYC
07 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing. Female Skippers race. No meals.
11 Saturday, 1000 hrs: Metung Return Trophy Race
13 to 17, 0900 hrs: Tackers Summer Program and Teen/Adult program
14 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing. Meals.
19 Sunday, 1400 hrs: Divisional. Duty: Relience TM35
21 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing. Meals
26 Sunday, 1400 hrs: Australia Day Trophy race. Duty: TBA
28 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing. Meals.

Championships at GLYC
27 to 31, December: National Mirror Championships
05 to 10, January: A Class National Championships

Updated: 7 Dec 2019 8:42am by James Frecheville

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Division 4 news

What a stop/start season it has been so far, so many blow outs. The Div 4 fleet has been all over the place, some late on season prep, some busy with things other than sailing (shock horror), some sailing elsewhere, and, one just too slow to get a new Mossie platform organised! Thankfully "Ten Bears" and a variety of Mossies have been out when racing was possible.

The Div 4 fleet enjoyed the Joy Croft long distance race (Loch Sport and Return) in light to moderate winds (at last). Finally Peter Nikitin's new Mossie platform, "The Bees Knees", had it's first race and, with yours truly at the helm, led the Mossies home. But it wasn't a one sided affair, with some close racing throughout the Mossie fleet. But the cat that has improved their performance the most came away with a well deserved win; the big T, "Ten Bears", enjoyed being able to stretch its legs and finished well ahead of the Mossies.

For this year's Victorian Catamaran Championships at McCrae YC, "The Bees Knees" was the only GLYC Div 4 boat to compete. The strong winds held off on Saturday and three b2b races where held in very tricky typical McCrae conditions , with lulls around 5 knots building to 15 knots by the end of racing. But it was the 30 degree shifts that made it more like a game of "Snakes and Ladders" than a yacht race. In the mixed fleet of Tornado's, A class (flying and classic) and Taipan 5.7s, the 3 Mossies cat rigged with spinnaker did well placing most races. "The Bees Knees" came away with the win, a great result for it's first regatta.

Hopefully the wind will allow some club racing in the next few weeks as before we know it, it will be time to head off to National Titles and don't we all need some practice! This year the Mossies will be travelling to Adelaide SC with the event to start on the 5th January 2020. At this stage, "Brakefree" Tim Shepperd, "Gone Viral" Jaime Zizman and Darcy Stringer, "The Bees Knees" Gary Maskiell and, new members Mick and Di Floyd on "Totally...", have been able to commit, but hopefully more will make the trip. For those that stay around Paynesville, the A class Nationals (to be held at the same time) should provide plenty of excitement with 30 plus flying and floating cats to compete. Hopefully Mitch Meade or Neil Maskiell will be representing GLYC at this event.

Remember, Life's Better with a Hull in the Air (however you get it there).
Still Bitten.

Updated: 7 Dec 2019 8:42am by Christie Arras

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The Francis Family is moving to Nepal!

Mark, Yvonne and Jasmine will be flying out on January 21 for two years in Nepal. Yvonne will be teaching science at Kathmandu International Study Centre where Jasmine will also be attending school.

Mark will initially be doing language learning and managing the household - picture him practicing his new language skills at the market. Esther is not going to Nepal; she will be staying with Trevor and Carryn Caithness - a family from their church, who graciously offered for her to board with them. So you may well see her around the club.

They will be associated with an organisation called Interserve and will send regular newsletters via email to those interested. They will miss sailing, Esther and a good few other things while away, but are looking forward to the adventures that await in the Himalayas.

Mark and Yvonne

Updated: 7 Dec 2019 8:45am by Christie Arras

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Social/Sailing Calendar

David and Ginny in first Twilight race on Highland Fling 19 Nov
David and Ginny in first Twilight race on
Highland Fling 19 Nov

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.

Ancient Mariners
Happening on Thursdays with boats beginning to head out at 1300 hours after lunch and serious discussion.

The Sailability program is held on Wednesdays and is manned by volunteers from the club and also by some who aren't members. It gives people with a disability an fun outlet and a sense of exhiliration and achievement. There are many aspects of volunteering from setting up the equipment, manning radios and rescue boat, helping participants in the boats and co-sailing with them. Please let Alan Pick know of your interest to help (0410 584 860) or stop by on a Wednesday (9:00 until 2:00) to see what it's all about.

Tuesday, 17 December, 1900 hrs: Twilight Xmas meal after sailing
A lovely meal is planned for after sailing so be sure to sign-up to let the cooks know who's coming by Friday, 13 Dec. Please join in rain or shine even if sailing has been abandoned. See Julie's article below.

Sunday, 22 Dec, 1000 hrs: Christmas Sail to Sperm Whale Head and club barbecue
Come join the juniors and sailing school with a destination sail to Sperm Whale Head for a Christmas celebration and barbie. Be sure to let Lyn and Brian know if you can come (think head count for food) and if you have room for some of the kids' parents who might need a ride over there. It was a great club bash last year and so much fun. See DSC article below for more info.

Thursday, 26 December: Start of the Sydney Hobart Race on GLYC screen.
Bar will be open at noon.

Tuesday, New Years Eve, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing, no GLYC meals
Logistics are still being worked out for New Years Eve as the Mirror Assoc is having their presentation dinner as well on NYE at the Club. We do know there will be fireworks and both bars will open at 6 pm. Word has it that there will be one 10 pm fireworks show this year. More will be eFlashed out when we know more.

Monday thru Friday, 13 - 17 January: Summer Tackers Program and Teen/Adult program
Good for all ages, kids, teens and even old folks. Contact DSC Lyn and Brian for expressions of interest.

Updated: 7 Dec 2019 8:42am by Christie Arras

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Sailing Captain's blow off

Tarna enjoys stretching her sails in 19 Nov Twilight
Tarna enjoys stretching her sails in 19
Nov Twilight

Whoever coined the phrase "Whatever the weather we will weather the weather..." obviously hasn't been around the Gippsland Lakes this last month. A new phrase for December could be: " We may not be able to change the weather but we can adjust our sails so that we can reach our destination". There must be something in the air as I have just had a third reef put into 'TIME's mainsail...and had a storm jib modified to suit the new inner forestay fitted to the mast.

At least the forecast for this Sunday is looking more favourable for both Discover Sailing Training and for our Divisional club racing. That will make a pleasant change as we seem to have lost more races than we have run this season.

Soon it will be Christmas and it won't be a blue green algae that covers the lake but a red rash of Mirror Dinghies as they compete in the National Championship Regatta at the end of the month. Already 22 boats have registered and we are looking forward to hosting this and the A-Class Regatta in early January. The "-er" months will have passed and, hopefully, some steady summer sailing breezes will hold.

There is always a role to play in helping out at these regattas, so if you would like to be part of it, whether on the water or off, please let me know. 40 boats are registered already for the A-class Regatta and Lake Victoria will be quite a place to be when these flying machines strut their stuff.

Good luck to all members who are heading off to their class championship regattas.

See you on the Startline or perhaps as we sail on by in 'Tarna' on a Tuesday or with the AM mob on Thursday.


Updated: 6 Dec 2019 8:22am by James Frecheville

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Vice Commodore's Report

Cosy crew on Gotta Tella in 19th Nov Twilight
Cosy crew on Gotta Tella in 19th Nov

This month has been a quiet one with not much happening with boats which is understandable as we have not been able to get on the water due to high winds and the inclement weather we are currently experiencing.

Judi G
With the security issues we sustained last month, I am requesting that skippers remove the access and motor keys at the conclusion of each day from Judi G and place them in the cupboard in the office. This has been implemented as a precaution against future possible theft or joy riders (This was raised by Alan P and I fully agree).

New Safety Ribs
The new ribs now have signwriting clearly displaying their names:
  • Aphrodite , GL 0001, radio call sign SG 1;
  • Kraken, GL 0007, radio call sign SG 7.
  • You will also notice that the GLYC Radio Call signs in the boats have been updated to reflect the additional safety boat.

    Power Boats
    This is a reminder to all GLYC boat operators that at the completion of the day's activities that when the safety and training powered boats are returned to the shed, they are to cleaned, i.e. with water and sand removed. It was disappointing to see this week the condition of how the two smaller boats of our fleet were put away. (It is the operators' responsibility to return the club boats in a condition ready for future use).

    Ancient Mariners
    As with all our racing this month, the Ancient Mariners have had two weeks stuck on the beach where they could not sail due to inclement weather. However, we did get two days on the water and have completed another of the Challenge Series, "Dash for Cash".

    We have now completed the (Winter) Nippy Series and are preparing for the commencement of a 23 race (Summer) Sizzler Series which will start on 5th December. There will only be 3 races before Christmas then we will go into the Christmas/New Year break until 16th January 2020.

    I am pleased to report that Ancient Mariners is still being well supported and our members seem to be enjoying both the AM race format and the Challenges.

    Tour Group

    Interest has been shown within the club to start a car touring group. The suggestion is to do a car trip once every couple of months to places of interest within East Gippsland, enjoy a bite to eat (at a pub, restaurant, or even a picnic), and return. It would be aimed at a 9.30 start from the Club to a nominated venue for lunch and a return run home, having everyone back by approximately 4pm.

    If you are interested please let me know. I will develop a list of interested people and will email information on times, dates and locations. As with AM racing, it would be run during the week (day to be set by the group), and also will be weather dependent. It can work with 2 or 20 cars making the tour group. Hope to hear from lots of you soon.


    Updated: 6 Dec 2019 9:28am by Christie Arras

    Rear Commodore

    Yard and Marina

    Tight negotiating in Twilight 19 Nov
    Tight negotiating in Twilight 19 Nov

    Boats in the yard have continued to be shifted around in order to provide the maximum space for storage and clear access for boats to move around the yard. Be sure to check the condition of your trailers to make sure they can be easily moved if necessary.

    We now have boats on the waiting list. The club storage policy requires a review of boats that have been inactive over a long period. If there are boats on the waiting list, a member with a boat that has been inactive may be asked to find alternate storage within three months of being notified by the committee.

    If you want to store your boat at the club you must fill out the storage application form that is available on the website. Once an application is submitted an effort will be made to find a position. If you sell your boat and have a new boat you must reapply for storage by filling out a new storage application form.

    Building Improvements
    You may have seen the renovations of the hall restrooms. The work completed on the restrooms was the result of many volunteers spearheaded by Wendy Gardiner. Thanks to the following workers: Jim Callahan, Ian MacDonald, Wendy and Rod Gardiner, Jeff Walker, Dave Bacon and the professional assistance of Aaron Manuell.

    Thanks to Dave Parish and Rod Gardiner for their work insulating and lining the bar storage room in the loft. The storeroom renovation has created a better temperature controlled environment and more efficient use of space for the stock.


    Updated: 6 Dec 2019 8:26am by Christie Arras

    Discover Sailing Centre

    Taj aces the 4.7 Lasar states at Sandringham
    Taj aces the 4.7 Lasar states at

    We are more than half way through our pre-Christmas seven-week sailing program, with only one blow-out and the remaining suitable for on-water activity. The first blow-out' Sunday, we took the opportunity for some great introductory theory, allowing the students to be in front of the game for when they did hit the water with practical sailing.

    Thanks to all the instructors, assistant instructors, powerboat drivers and parents who have assisted this far; the program has been smooth sailing (pardon the pun) and painless.

    Just a reminder, our last week of sail training on 22 December 2019, we have scheduled the Christmas Destination Sail to Sperm Whale Head (weather pending). ALL GLYC members are welcome to join in the fun with a barbecue on the beach. Last year was a brilliant success with nearly 80 people, so if you wish to participate and have a spare spot on your boat to take a parent or two, please chat to Lyn or Brian and we can pair you.

    Also for catering purposes please advise numbers and dietary requirements, so we can ensure enough food. Lunch will be served from 12noon.

    We have finally had our annual Discover Sailing Centre (DSC) Review with Australian Sailing; the lovely Olivia from AS travelled from Melbourne and passed GLYC DSC with flying colours. The same day we hosted Paynesville Primary School grade six students for their school sailing program who all had an excellent day in what was a pearler of day, weather wise.

    Summer Tackers enquiries are strong with a number of registrations to date, so if you plan to book your children or grand-children in, best to get online early, otherwise you may be disappointed.

    A number of youth and juniors have represented Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club at various regattas in Melbourne, all doing the club proud with some excellent results.

    The coaching group have been doing well in readiness for their respective championships and regattas over the holiday season.

    All the very best to everyone for a great Christmas and New Year, and stay safe on the roads if you are travelling to other clubs.

    Lyn Wallace
    Discover Sailing Principal

    Updated: 6 Dec 2019 9:30am by Christie Arras

    Christmas Meal after Twilight on 17 December

    Darryn Dyer on RL Whatever wins the Invitation race in Eastern Regatta at Metung
    Darryn Dyer on RL Whatever wins the
    Invitation race in Eastern Regatta at

    There will be a yummy meal to celebrate Christmas after sailing on 17 December. SIGN UP FOR THIS MEAL IS BY FRIDAY 13 DECEMBER to ensure there are plenty of Santa's helpers to prepare a meal and to ensure the elves have ordered and prepared enough food!

    There are two ways to let us know if you are going to have a meal on any Tuesday.
    Method 1
  • Send an email to glycmeals@gmail.com BY 4PM
  • In the email subject box, write your name and how many people will be coming.
  • You will receive an immediate automated reply so that you know your request has been received.
  • Special Dietary requirements? Please tell us as well!

  • Method 2
    If you don't have an email address, you can also sign up via the meal sign-on sheet located in the breezeway next to the sailing sign-on sheet. This must also be done by 4pm!

    Unfortunately if you don't sign up on time, we will not have enough food purchased to make you a meal.

    Not Sailing? No problem! Just sign up as above and join us for a lovely evening of fine food, wine and good company!


    Updated: 6 Dec 2019 11:27am by Christie Arras

    Sailability is looking for more volunteers

    More able bodies are needed to keep Sailability running smoothly this coming year. Men and women welcome. What's involved: 9:00 a.m., volunteers bring out and set up boats, set up control centre and gazebo, put up rails, either co-sail with participants or manage clocking in and radio work, rescue boat. At the end of the sessions, all is tucked away.

    The program is up and running, does not run during the Special School holidays; and this first term will end in December.

    This volunteering is especially rewarding as the joy and empowerment experienced by those in the program is well worth our time.

    Please give Alan Pick a call soon so the program can go forward. 0410 584 860. Thank you.

    Updated: 5 Dec 2019 4:10pm by Christie Arras


    Sequential mates in Twilight 19 Nov
    Sequential mates in Twilight 19 Nov

    We have two regattas coming up over the Christmas/ new year period. I know that this time of year can be challenging for us as many of our members are either away or have visiting family. So if you can offer even a small amount of assistance, it would be greatly appreciated. Iam looking for helpers to prepare lunches for volunteers and for regatta dinners as follows:-

    27th Dec to 31st December - National Mirror Championships
  • 1. Need help each day to prepare a packed lunch for our volunteer race management team (10am - 11.30am -ish)
  • 2. Need help to set up for and prepare and serve the Presentation Dinner on 31st December. This will be in the form of our Tuesday Twilight meal, with a desert added. Yes, it IS New year's Eve, but it will be done and dusted by about 9pm - plenty of time to enjoy new year festivities. Prep will commence at around 3.30pm.

  • 5th Jan to 10th Jan A Class National Championships
  • 1. Need help each day to prepare a packed lunch for our volunteer race management team (10am - 11.30am-ish)
  • 2.Will need assistance to set up for Welcome Dinner on 5th Jan ( afternoon for a couple of hours).
  • 3. May also need assistance with preparation and service of a twilight style meal as well. ( yet to be clarified by A Class Association)
  • 4. Will need assistance with set up for Presentation dinner during the afternoon of 10th Jan for a couple of hours.
  • 5. May also need assistance with preparation and or service of Presentation Dinner on 10th - yet to be clarified.

  • Many thanks, in anticipation

    Wendy Gardiner

    Updated: 6 Dec 2019 8:27am by Christie Arras

    Rules Corner

    Congratulations, Hugh, on your Dragon states win
    Congratulations, Hugh, on your Dragon
    states win

    As regatta season gets under way and the club hosts some major events, it is a good time to remind everyone of Part 7. of RRS. Race Organisation.

    The basic message is: read the Sailing Instructions(SIs). It is not the role of the finish line, other race officials or even the briefing to repeat the sailing instructions. Ideally, every competitor should read them; at the minimum, each person in charge of a vessel should read them.

    A lot of time and effort is put into Notices of Race and SIs. Part 7, Appendix S of RRS and the Australian Sailing Prescriptions go into considerable detail about what should be included and what can and cannot be changed from the RRS.
    So read the SIs and enjoy!


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

    Club Merchandise 2018 - 2019

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

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

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

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

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

    Prices as follows:

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

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

    Julie Clark - Merchandise Contact 0408 538 000

    Updated: 2 Sep 2019 6:29am by Christie Arras

    Pics of GLYC sailing on GLYC Facebook page

    The downhill race in the new Twilight format
    The downhill race in the new Twilight

    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 Dec 2019 11:45am 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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    Phone: 0419 099 968

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