Wanderer - January 2020

The Commodore's Report

What a month December was!

We actually got to go sailing a few times. The Christmas twilight saw a big increase in fleet size and a delicious dinner was enjoyed by all afterwards. The Sunday before Christmas saw a good turn out to Sperm whale head for a BBQ. The sailing school kids did a great job on their first long distance sailing trip over and back.

The Mirrors came to town the end of the month for their national championships. Sixteen boats attended and, of them, five had a GLYC connection. I spent the week being a proud dad watching Tegwyn learn how to use a spinnaker followed by being part of the winning crew.

The GLYC results were:
  • 1st in OPEN - Tegwyn Somerville, crew, Damian Carey, skipper (Henley Sailing Club, SA)
  • 1st in JAM - Tess Rawlings, skipper and dad, Jon, as crew
  • 2nd in JAM - Maia Raymond, Hugh Raymmond
  • 4th in JAM - Paul Tomison
  • 6th in JAM - Jennifer Blainey, skipper, and Ellis Blainey, crew

  • We have other members all over the country competing in titles over the month; our Facebook page will keep you up to date with whom is where.


    Updated: 8 Jan 2020 6:23am by David Parish

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    In this issue:

    Sailing Calendar

    The winning boat, Bob, with Tegwyn is welcomed back on shore by the Mirror tradition of playing of the pipes.  Good idea for GLYC?
    The winning boat, Bob, with Tegwyn is
    welcomed back on shore by the Mirror
    tradition of playing of the pipes. Good
    idea for GLYC?

    2020 Happy New Year!

    06 to 10 January, 0900 hrs: A-Class Nationals at GLYC
    07 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing. Female Skippers race. No meals. CANCELLED
    11 Saturday, 1000 hrs: Metung Return Trophy Race CANCELLED DUE TO METUNG CLOSURE
    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.

    02 Sunday, 1400 hrs: Club Championship Duty: True North/Gone Viral
    04 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing. Meals. Female Skippers.
    09 Sunday, 1000 hrs: Interclub South Gippsland
    11 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing. Meals
    15 Saturday, 1100 hrs: Metung YC visit to GLYC for lunch
    16 Sunday, 1400 hrs: Divisional. Duty: TBA/Immunity
    18 Tuesday, 1800 hrs: Twilight Sailing. Meals.
    23 Sunday, 1400 hrs: J K Lloyd Trophy Race
    25 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing. Meals.

    Championships at GLYC
    06 to 10, January: A Class National Championships

    Updated: 7 Jan 2020 6:40am by James Frecheville

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    Social/Sailing Calendar

    Vintage Red's last race before being bedded down for a couple of years while the Francises move to Katmandu.  We wish them all the best
    Vintage Red's last race before being
    bedded down for a couple of years while
    the Francises move to Katmandu. We wish
    them all the best

    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.

    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 Jan 2020 7:08am by Christie Arras

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    Sailing Captain's Report

    Race Management and other fun stuff

    Gee.  That Polaris missle launching out of Lake Victoria looks a lot like Nitro
    Gee. That Polaris missle launching out of
    Lake Victoria looks a lot like Nitro

    A small but very competitive fleet of Mirror Dinghies raced in the Australian Championship Regatta held between Boxing Day and New Year. As always in any regatta there are those out the front and those who compete against the remainder of the fleet. I know this well as I have always been one who helps build numbers for a regatta.

    With a forecast hot day on Monday, 30 December, we decided to AP over A for the day and were glad we did as it was not only hot but very blusterly making sailing for the sole WA A-Class entrant out training and getting to know our paddock more than a challenge. Fortunately we had got in an early extra race in the series so managed to complete 11 of 12 heats for the series.

    With two competitors on equal points it came down to the last day of the regatta to determine the National Champion. Damian Carey from Henley SA with Tegwyn Somerville in the front seat proved that the cream always rises to the top. Damian, a past Mirror Champion and Tegwyn dominated the last race session with two wins and a third to take the silverware. There was but 3 points between second and fourth in the open division.

    For some the thought of a spinnaker, even on a Mirror, is a daunting prospect, so there was a Jib and Main (JAM) division competing at the other end of the fleet.

    The oldest competitor in this division sailed, as did I, in the first Mirror Nationals at Mordialloc in 1966. It was a fun event and our RM team were warmly acknowledged for the effort put in. As were the mob in the kitchen led by Wendy.

    Next up is the A-Class Regatta which has been postponed due to fire and weather conditions with Championship racing not commencing until Tuesday and perhaps not at all if fire conditions worsen in our area. We can do little here but watch and prepare. Those sailors here are out strutting their stuff in preparation for what hopefully will be a very fine regatta.

    The Metung and Return Race is scheduled for next Saturday and we will be advised by MeYC and CFA if it is wise to head NE and into an area which would appear at a higher level of risk. An e-flash will be sent out to all advising of outcome. Note: the Metung and Return race has been cancelled.

    Best of luck to those members competing in regattas around the country.

    See you on the startline.

    Special mention should be made for Emily Melrose who is acing the Novice Division in the Minnow Nats with 4 wins in 8 races!

    Updated: 8 Jan 2020 8:04am by James Frecheville

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    Vice Commodore's Report

    Gone Viral in 8th Dec  Divisional has gone viral in Adelaide to the Mossie Nats
    Gone Viral in 8th Dec Divisional has gone
    viral in Adelaide to the Mossie Nats

    The year has come and gone, and we are all another year older (considering the pace of what is happening around the club at present I feel it too).
    With the wind moderating in the run up to Christmas sailing returned to normal, and we had a big turnout for the last twilight race and Christmas dinner with a great night on and off the water. (A big thanks to our kitchen & bar staff for a job well done)

    During the lead up to the Nationals, all our race management boats and equipment were checked and made ready. Although at the time of writing this article we have only finished the Minnow championships which was a great dress rehearsal for the A Class Nationals. These will start on Monday 7th January although we will have to do it all at 10 times the pace (it should be interesting work and spectacular to watch).

    Just as an interesting side to this, while on the water with RS Thomson, a foiling A Class came out to practise and we motored beside it (or I should say behind it) to see its speed. We had 21 knots on the log and it was pulling away from us; fantastic stuff. We only hope we can keep up with the fleet!

    Ancient Mariners
    Ancient Mariners has now gone into recess for the Christmas New Year holidays and will not start back until 16 January with the Scorcher Challenge (very appropriate at present) after all National titles are completed.

    The Winter Nippy series finished on 28th November with a windup for the series held on 12th December and a presentation of the series winners, Russ and Debbie in Shadowfax (great sailing guys).
    It was lucky Russ was not on his bicycle (even if it is power assisted) as he would not have been able to cart home his winnings as Shadowfax also took out the Masters Challenge on CBH.
    The Masters Challenge Podium Results:
    1 Shadowfax 829 Etchell
    2 Chibi Zulu G101 Mini Tonner
    3 Wayward Wind BR155 Seaway 25
    Throughout the series we continue to enjoy good numbers on the water every week and it all makes for enjoyable sailing.

    Gary fine tunes Bees Knees before Adelaide Mossie Nats in Divisional on 8th
    Gary fine tunes Bees Knees before Adelaide
    Mossie Nats in Divisional on 8th

    The high winds of late blew the TV aerial down and damaged the flashing board so temporary repairs were carried out. This required climbing onto the roof via the control tower where we were very surprised at the condition of the roof and the urgent need for repairs. There is a large hole in the roof that would be allowing water ingress into the ceiling and walls, and also into the wall of the main hall. The Committee has agreed to proceed with repairs to foundations and rebuild the tower per the concept designs.

    The change to the Tuesday Twilight sailing course has been very well accepted but there were members unhappy with the change from a daily winner's trophy to a Series trophy. The Committee has taken on these concerns and is reintroducing the nightly wine prize to the winner. (Therefore, the winner will go home happy and the rest of us will do the dishes!

    GLYC Tour Group
    To my surprise, considerable interest has been shown in the tour group. It will proceed in the New Year if we can find somewhere that has not burnt to go. Obviously our retired (or tired) members want something to add to their amusement during the week.
  • All types of vehicles are welcome - topless or otherwise!!
  • The tours are to be conducted every second month commencing February 2020. The plan is to hold the 1st tour on a Wednesday and then change to Friday for the following run (& continue alternating between Wednesday & Friday) to allow people to participate where one of those days doesn't suit.
  • The aim would be for a 9.30am meeting in the carpark at GLYC with a start time of 10am.
  • The first leg would be a 2 to 3 hour run to a lunch venue which could be a pub, restaurant or possibly a picnic lunch where there is no commercial venue at the destination. The lunch stop would be approximately 1 to 1&1/2 hours.
  • The return trip would normally be by the shortest route with the aim at being back in Paynesville by 4pm. It is not intended to travel on non-sealed roads.
  • It would conclude at GLYC where coffee could be on offer or people could head straight home dependent on commitments.

  • I am currently working on the guidelines for the group and the first 12 months' agenda.


    Updated: 8 Jan 2020 8:00am by Christie Arras

    Discover Sailing Centre

    Minister Jaala Pulford MLC has a sneak visit to GLYC and meets juniors
    Minister Jaala Pulford MLC has a sneak
    visit to GLYC and meets juniors

    Wow we made it! Our pre-Christmas seven-week sailing program is complete and everyone progressed so well with their achievements during the weeks. The icing on the cake was the joy of seeing all the students arrive safety to Sperm Whale Head for the Destination Sail the Sunday before Christmas in what was an excellent time had by all; parents, members and students alike.

    The last seven-weeks could not have been possible without all the enthusiastic and devoted instructors, assistant instructors and on-water crew, not forgetting the parents who assisted with keeping the students' tummies satisfied week in week out... HUGE thank you to everyone; it makes Brian and my job so much easier!

    One very windy evening early December when normal people were well home sheltered from the on-going days of wind, GLYC Juniors / Youth were fortunate to meet Minister Jaala Pulford MLC - Minister for Fishing and Boating who snuck in and out of Paynesville under the radar of most. With a lot of secret men's business' we were sworn to secrecy; however, with an agenda of boating and fishing in the region, the Minister was very keen to learn about our sailing school and the development of a maritime precinct in Paynesville. Special thanks to Gary Gaffney, past junior of GLYC, for organising the visit and putting our club on the radar for what may be beneficial in the future.

    Summer Tackers registrations are almost at capacity, so if you do want to get your kids, grand kids into the program I would get online NOW to ensure you do not miss out. They will run 13-17 January 2020.

    All the very best to our youth and juniors representing Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club at their respective class championships over the January period anywhere across the country: Minnows, Mirrors, Lasers, 29ers, Open Skiffs, Mosquitoes, Youth Championships and Sail Melbourne.

    Division Cool will recommence in January after the dust, championships, and Tackers settle; more likely when school returns.

    Stay safe on the roads if you are travelling anywhere.

    Lyn Wallace
    Discover Sailing Principal

    Updated: 7 Jan 2020 6:49am by Christie Arras

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    Division 4 news

    Mosquitos rigging in the rain at Adelaide sailing club. Jaime, Gary, Justin & Gina, Peter Nikitin and Tim from GLYC.
    Mosquitos rigging in the rain at Adelaide
    sailing club. Jaime, Gary, Justin & Gina,
    Peter Nikitin and Tim from GLYC.

    Four of our GLYC Mosquitos are in Adelaide and they are going well. After the third race in the Spinnaker Division, Bees Knees with Gary Maskiell and Brake Free sailed by Tim Shepherd are tied for second (actually, a third boat, Bucken Hell from SGYC is also tied for second), and Gone Viral with Jaime Zizman and Darcy Stringer is fifth.
    Mick and Di Floyd also from GLYC sailing Totally..are second in the MKII division.
    Tim sent a photo of them all rigging their boats and hoped to send a shot of their camping arrangement that he said was very unusual.

    The GLYC fleet in the Spinnaker division remains in the same finish positions as above after 5 races.

    Updated: 8 Jan 2020 7:57am by Christie Arras

    For the Information of Members in general, and Members with kayaks/canoes/sailboards stored at the C

    The tail of the Twilight fleet perform a rendition of Swan Lake at the last windward mark on 10th Dec
    The tail of the Twilight fleet perform a
    rendition of Swan Lake at the last
    windward mark on 10th Dec

    Because there is steadily increasing demand from members to store small vessels other than sailing dinghies at the Club, and we had no policies to equitably address these or to manage the storage of such vessels, the following Small Vessel Storage Policy has been developed. It has been ratified by the Committee and is now in force and could all members who currently have anything other than a dinghy stored under the Club please read the Policy and take any actions requested.

    The Policy will be applied from 1st February 2020, so members have all of January to take any actions necessary to comply, or to remove their vessels from under the Club if they so chose. Any vessels that have not paid a fee for storage to date will be charged $25 for the remainder of this season. As of February 1st any vessels under the Club which do not comply with the Policy will be removed, placed in the yard, photographed and notified in The Wanderer or eFlash, and if the owners to not identify them and take appropriate actions they will be offered for sale or otherwise disposed of.

    If you have any concerns regarding this Policy please contact the Yard Officer (Jim Callahan) or Secretary (Russ Peel).

    GLYC Small Vessel Storage Policy

    GLYC encourages members to participate in watersports activities as often as possible and therefore, under limited circumstances, is willing to allow small vessels to be stored at GLYC. Such vessels include kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, kite boards and sailboards.

    Lively wind on 8th December Divisional race
    Lively wind on 8th December Divisional

    Conditions of storage:

    Each vessel is subject to a separate New Storage application, and must be clearly marked with its name and owner so it is readily identifiable to GLYC Officers;

    No vessel may be brought onto GLYC premises until the owner has written permission (by email) from the Yard Officer;

    No preference will be given to the type of small vessel to be stored, but the available space may determine this;

    Small vessels already in storage will have precedence over new applications;

    Where multiple small vessels can be fitted into a single space this will be accepted unless members with vessels already in that space object;

    Vessels near an exit gate must be readily movable by any member in order to retrieve any item further back, and owners must accept that others may move and return their vessels;

    An annual storage fee of $50 must be paid for each separate small vessel stored under the Club regardless of how many may be in a single space;

    Small vessels may only be stored under the Club, they are not permitted to be stored in the open in the yard;

    Sailing dinghies will at all times have preference for storage over small vessels - small vessels will be asked to remove their vessels within 2 weeks if the Club has an application for storage for a sailing dinghy that will fit in the space;

    Members requested to remove their vessels will be immediately refunded the pro-rata residual.

    Russ Peel
    0408 589 805

    Updated: 7 Jan 2020 7:26am by Christie Arras

    Sailability is looking for more volunteers

    Gotta love Tess helming Upon Reflection calling the shots to win the Nats JAM title
    Gotta love Tess helming Upon Reflection
    calling the shots to win the Nats JAM

    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: 7 Jan 2020 6:56am by Christie Arras

    Rules Corner

    The Mirror fleet races to the wing mark on Saturday with Bob in the lead. Can just see Tegwyn handling the spinnaker.
    The Mirror fleet races to the wing mark on
    Saturday with Bob in the lead. Can just
    see Tegwyn handling the spinnaker.

    We are now fully into regatta season and many people will be starting to windward in mixed fleets. A couple of points that need to be reiterated.

    1.There is no definition of "barging" at the committee boat. What we understand is a situation where a leeward boat is holding her course and a windward boat sails between the committee and the leeward boat and either hits the leeward boat or forces her to bear off to avoid contact. The windward boat breaks Rule 11.

    2.In a similar situation close to the start line if a LEEWARD boat luffs and forces a windward boat, that was holding her course to pass the committee boat, to luff right into the committee boat, then the LEEWARD boat breaks rule 16.1 - changing course-allowing room for the give way boat to keep clear.

    The difference between these two situations is often misunderstood. Rules Corner recommends that to really understand this difference sailors should refer to the 2019 Case 146 published by World Sailing.

    Happy Sailing

    Updated: 7 Jan 2020 6:55am 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

    Mara struts her stuff in Twilight 10th December
    Mara struts her stuff in Twilight 10th

    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: 7 Jan 2020 6:47am 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

    Zodiak for sale

    ZODIAC dingy for sale. In excellent condition; hardly used. Purchased new in 2006. Comes with pump, padded seat, spare rowlock and carry bag.

    Model C260
    Length 2.5m

    I would like $900 but will definetly consider any offers.

    Contact: Geoff Robinson
    Phone: 0427 446 405
    Email: geoff.robinson.64@gmail.com

    Sabre - 1007

    Very Good Condition
    Timber Deck
    Fibreglass Hull
    Aluminium Beach Trolley
    Comes With Cover

    $2,300 ono

    Contact: Janet Burton
    Phone: 0419 099 968

    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