The Commodore's Report
In my time at the club, this past month would have to be one of the strangest. The lack of visitors has meant it really hasn't felt like the summer holidays. Hopefully, the Autumn Festival season (Music Festival, Classic Boat Festival, Marlay Point Race and the Easter Regatta) will bring the visitors back to the best part of Victoria.
We have had club members away at National titles all over the country. I congratulate them all and look forward to sharing your experiences with the rest of the club. Hint - Christie is always looking for articles.
The Club's regatta team has been hard at it running two regattas over the summer. The Mirrors went almost to plan, but the weather gods didn't seem to want to support the A Class event. I am sure James will have more to say on the regattas.
On the subject of regattas and volunteers, the Open Skiff class recently posted the following piece on Volunteers. I read it and felt that I should share it with everyone:
"!!Fewer protests: More Praising!!
It seems all too quickly some of us forget that the majority of the non elite' sailing industry is fuelled and founded by VOLUNTEERS. Those people take time out of their lives to provide a service for youngsters they don't even know thus giving back to a sport and giving opportunity to others.
The concept of making money never even comes into their minds; in fact, it's usually at an expense to them in the form of time, money, travel, and countless other means.
Acknowledging and being grateful for what we do have is a great start, instead of nit picking and highlighting what could have been done better.
Human error occurs all over the world every single day and actually adds to the sport.
Excitement, unpredictability and the un-foreseeable are all key factors to its success. Let's remember this before we raise our hand to highlight an issue, or maybe we raise it a little kinder, with a little more gratitude and warmth.
So to all the volunteers out there in the sport - THANK YOU
We appreciate you"
I look forward to seeing you all out racing over the next month.
Updated: 4 Feb 2020 9:12am by David Parish
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Aaron and Archer thrill with the speed and
wet on Sunday, 2 Feb.The wind outdid
itself with 20 knts and higher gusts
weeding a few boats out
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. Duty: volunteer needed
25 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing. Meals. Berth boats elsewhere after sailing to allow Classic Boat Festival room.
29 Saturday: Classic Boat Festival
01 Sunday: Classic Boat Festival. No racing.
03 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing. Lady Skippers. Meals. Return boats to berths.
05 Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
07/08 Saturday/Sunday: Marlay Point Over Night Race. No club racing.
10 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing. Meals
12 Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
15 Sunday, 0900 hrs: Division Cool
15 Sunday, 1400 hrs: Divisional racing. Duty: Wildside
Now Mick and Di show their true colours on
Totally... winning 1st in race 4 and tied
for first with A Class Bob in race 5 on
17 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing. Meals
19 Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
21/22: Vic Trailable Titles at GLYC
22 Sunday, 0900 hrs: Division Cool
22 Sunday, 1400 hrs: Club Championship. Duty: Silver Cloud
24 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing. Meals
26 Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
29 Sunday, 0900 hrs: Division Cool
29 Sunday, 1400 hrs: Four Winds Trophy Race. Duty: Its Alright
31 Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Last Twilight Race. Final meal of summer sailing season.
Updated: 4 Feb 2020 3:17pm by James Frecheville
Averil and Esther were assistants with the
Tackers sailing and Zoe must be commended
for her volunteering on shore over and
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.
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.
Eastern Region Regatta, 8/9 Feb, at Inverloch
Please consider making a weekend of this regatta to help the club keep the trophy. Large contingent of cats, and dinghies planning on going, but more div 1 would be great and maybe even a div 2...
Paynesville Music Festival. 21-23 February
Classic Boat Festival. 29 Feb and 1 Mar
***GLYC boats are asked to move out of their pens on Tuesday 25 Feb after Twilight sailing to prepare for the festival. James is assisting in finding alternative berthing for club boats. Please let him know if you already have arranged your own berth elsewhere. Thank you. (Boats on hardstands will be moved by management.) Plan is to sail boats back into your pens after Twilight on 3rd March.***
Marlay Point Over Night Race, 7/8 March
No club racing. Please consider raising your hand to help out considering how the GLYC is now running the MPONR and we need all hands on deck! Let Jacqui or Christie know if you want to help. The Breakfast needs 3 shifts of 6 or 7 people each shift to manage the breakkie starting at 6 a.m. Sign up sheets will go up soon or get in early and call Christie at 5156 7861.
Updated: 4 Feb 2020 3:27pm by Christie Arras
Vice Commodore's Report
Finally a beautiful evening for Twilight
sailing 28 Jan
This month the weather has been crazy. It is a real Lotto trying to run championships and our home racing days, but James has weathered it (just a pun I could not resist it) and moved the club through it with a measure of credibility (well done James).They operate extremely well on the water and they are excellent when you have to give close support to boats or pickup sailors;The consensus across the board is that canopies would not work on these boats and would inhibit a recovery. It is considered that they are too small and would also restrict access around the boat;There are also some items that we believe can be improved from the initial setup that are currently being reviewed.It was also found with two boats exactly the same on the racetrack it is difficult to distinguish between them once you got over about 200m. With each boat having different roles during racing quick identification is important. We decided to carry out a test by placing high-vis material on SG One that proved to be successful in differentiating between the 2 boats and allowing race management crews to determine the appropriate boat to despatch. Visibility was achieved of up to about 500m. Therefore we will be stalling a high visible cover to the engines in the same colours that have been allocated.The throttle control tensioners need to be tightened and Bairnsdale Marine have indicated they are adjustable so this will it carried out over the next week;For the National Championships the SI required a club burgee to be displayed on each of the race management boats. A temporary fitting was installed on each boat which has started to rust already, so over the next month they will be replaced with stainless steel. (Thanks to Rob V)
When we have been able to get on the racetrack, we have been evaluating the new Safety Ribs and they have proven to be outstanding safety boats for our requirements. For your information I have collated the comments:
Supertoy comes out to play on the 2nd Feb
with David McConville
All other boats are in good operating condition although we will (over the next week), carry out an equipment check as I found some items are becoming non-serviceable due to rust.
As with all racing during January we found it hard to get over the start line, but we did get racing in after some postponements and achieved 3 Series Races and 1 Challenge Race. Congratulations to the winners and wine drinkers who were this month:
Race 1 - Cancelled due to high winds;
Race 2 - Shadowfax (Russ Peel);
Race 3 & 4 - Cancelled due to high winds;
Race 5 - Kate (Harry Stevens);
Race 6 - Helter Skelter (John Dingey);
Challenge Series Scorcher Endurance - Peregrine (Chris Cope);
We thank Lighfoot Wines for their support and sponsorship (if you are looking for a pleasant afternoon or have visitors to entertain their winery is great place to spend it)
Tower A small working group has been appointed to progress the rebuild or refurbishment of the tower. Although this work is urgent it must be carried with a view to the future plans for the total club property development and cannot proceed without discussions with the Council. However, I am pleased to be moving forward with this project.
Gerry and Fleming vie for space at the
windward mark in Twilight on the 21st Jan
Fire Relief Support - Following the A Class championships a discussion was held by some of the volunteers who supported the event and it was decided to recommend to the Committee that we donate part of the A Class race management fee to support local businesses with the return of visitors to our town. It was felt that local businesses had been hit hard during January which is normally their best trading month.
There were several suggestions put forward for the committee decided on and the idea most favoured was supporting visiting sailors that come to the GLYC Easter regatta with aim of boosting sailor numbers and families into town during the 3 day event.
Drive & Coffee - As indicated last month, a considerable number of our members would like this to proceed midweek. The aim is to take a drive though Gippsland to a point of interest (about 2 Hours) and get to know our local area while enjoying a bite to eat and a coffee or drink with a leisurely return trip home finishing at the GLYC. It would not be restricted to GLYC members but open to anyone that has a free afternoon and is likeminded enthusiasts.
The first trip will be held on 19th February 2020 meeting 9.30am in the carpark at GLYC with a start time of 10am (weather permitting). This drive is aimed at supporting a fire effected area with a trip to Marlo. I have called the Marlo Hotel and roads are open and they would be very happy to see us.
Updated: 4 Feb 2020 1:01pm by Christie Arras
Discover Sailing Centre
Instructor Kate brings joy to Tackers
sailors on another smoky day
A new school year and a new year of Division Cool: both commencing this week. Thanks to Russell for taking charge for another year. We are expecting good numbers for this fun' program.
We hosted an excellent Summer Tackers, with great numbers in Tackers 1, 2 and Adult / Teens programs, all led beautifully by Australian Sailing (AS) Instructors Kate and Brit Ed. Averil Watkinson and Esther Francis also assisted the AS Instructors in their capacity as Assistant Instructors, ably supported by Zoe Cooper on the land. Zoe did a remarkable job in assisting Instructors, shopping and preparing food and ensured the clubhouse was in shipshape condition.
Congratulations to Zoe for being named Young Citizen of the Year' by Paynesville Business Tourism Association (PBTA) at the Australia Day Awards on Paynesville foreshore. Great morning for the family with grandfather Crawford being awarded an Order of Australia in the Australia Day honours.
We have secured Paynesville and Metung Primary Schools for a School Program along with Nunawading Pathfinders (similar program to Scouts) venturing to our region to take up the opportunity of a sailing experience'. So some excellent activity at the club towards the end of the month. We will be hosting the Pathfinders on the Sunday of the music weekend which will add to the festival feel of our town.
Autumn Tackers programs are open, and already we have some registrations.
Don't forget the annual Good Friday Royal Children's Hospital Appeal Round the Island fundraiser;
we are talking with the Op'n Skiff mob to do a camp in Paynesville to join the Pacers in this initiative. Mark this day on your calendars to support the juniors / youths and this excellent cause.
Congratulations to all the juniors and youths who sailed their respective class championships and represented us in a way in which we all can be very proud.
Discover Sailing Principal
Updated: 4 Feb 2020 1:06pm by Christie Arras
The A Class Regatta
Mitch Meade chases Steve Brewer as their
cats whisper by on their foils in the A
Class Championships at GLYC
The 2019/2020 Australian A Class Catamaran Nationals drew a star-studded fleet of extraordinary sailors last week (4 to 10 January) at the Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club. There were Olympian sailors, world champions and a slew of national and state champions participating in this year's Nationals.
Almost cancelled because of the local fires as well as the difficulty of sailors coming from other states also suffering from fires, the A Class Association decided to go forward with the event as some sailors had already arrived after their long journeys and they were also reluctant to withdraw from local accommodations and the resulting benefit to our local businesses by the influx of 36 competitors, families and support teams.
Scheduled to begin the championships on the 4th of January, racing did not commence until the 7th, with the Thursday also having to be abandoned due to the smoke and heat. Nonetheless, seven races were sailed just fulfilling the minimum required number for the championship. Not only did the smoke cause Tuesday's third race to be cut short, Wednesday's racing also had to be abandoned after the second race as the sea fog wiped out visibility on the race track. Heat, lack of visibility, too much wind and not enough wind also played into the fray.
Despite the trying postponements and endless waiting, sailors were accepting of it all saying, "Well that's sailing..." One sailor said we also come to see our mates and enjoy the social aspects of the event as well as to race.
The fleet crowds the windward mark in race
The two classes of A Class cats sailed together on the race track out on Lake Victoria: twenty of the Classic A Class and sixteen of the Flying A Class which have foils. This foiling class is the thoroughbred of single-handed cats which attract top sailors due to its technicality and skills required to get the very best out of it.
Darren Bundock, who won first in this year's nationals in the A Class Flying division, was a silver medallist on the Tornado in the Olympics, has won 14 world championship titles, and has sailed in the Americas Cup World Series as skipper and helmsman with team Oracle in 2011.
Second place winner, Steve Brewin was World Champion in the A Class in 2001, 2011 and 2017. Steve Clark from WA won third, and fourth place winner, Mark Bulka, had a 2019 Contender World first place held in Adelaide under his belt.
Carolijn Brouwer, from the Netherlands, also NSW, has sailed in several Olympics for both Australia and the Netherlands (in different years), world championships with Tornados, Laser Radial, Formula 18 as well as the Volvo Ocean Race. She started sailing as a kid on an Optimist. She placed 12th overall in these Nationals in Paynesville.
Mark Bulka gets lifted by a gust on last
day of the regatta.
Paul Larsen from the UK (who placed seventh overall in the championship) holds the world speed record in 2012 for sailing his Sailrocket II for a mile at a speed of 65.37 knots (75.32 mph) making him the worlds fastest sailor on the planet.
From the Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club was Mitch Meade who placed 9th overall on his A Class foil. Mitch learned his sailing skills as a junior at the GLYC.
In the Classics Division, another talented Olympic Medallist, Andrew Landenberg from Ben Lomand NSW, grabbed the National title, having won 6 out of 7 races in this regatta. He was crowned Classic Division World Champ in 2019 and currently dominates the Classic fleet. Ritchie Howells from St Leonards, VIC took second place, and David McKenzie from Colac, VIC, took third.
The hosts for the championship, the Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club, had their fleet of start, course laying and rescue boats out on the lake manned by volunteers from the club. James Frecheville, Sailing Captain, was race officer for the regatta and had to make the difficult decisions of when racing could proceed and when it had to be abandoned because of weather, visibility and health of the competitors in this fire situation. Members on rescue and race management were happy to volunteer their time just to see these amazing boats out on the water.
Said GLYC rescue boat crew, Christie Arras, "It was so eerie having the foils fly by with no sound whatsoever as there was no splashing from the airborne hulls."
The championship was wrapped up after two last races on the Friday; boats were packed up before the anticipated violent wind; and the sailors were able to unwind that evening at the Presentation Night at the GLYC. Though the event was one of the most trying the GLYC had hosted in years due to the fire situation and weather, the sailors were pleased that it all came together to allow this year's A Class National Championship to be completed.
Updated: 4 Feb 2020 12:08pm by Christie Arras
So What’s the Deal About 3 “Free” Sails per year?
Itchy Feet's impulse is just to push
Impulse to the side, but...not in the rule
Most members probably know something about the 3 free sails per year but aren't quite sure how it works. Well, you don't have to worry anymore because they are gone anyway! Historically the Blue Book Rules of Racing allowed a non-Australian Sailing affiliated person to sail three times a year in AS sanctioned events to give people a chance to try out a new sport before committing to a membership.
AS have now introduced a "SailPass" which non-members can arrange via the Internet and this entitles the person to a temporary Club membership with a limited number of participations in AS sanctioned events like a Club race or the MPONR.
So what does this mean to you? As a GLYC member, nothing. But...if you are a GLYC member, AND you sail in GLYC events like Sundays/Twilights/AMs, AND you have crew on board, then every crew member must also now have an AS number and current AS membership, either through a GLYC membership, another Club's membership, or a SailPass.
A SailPass is limited to 3 applications each season, there is no charge, and they can easily be obtained at
Still confused? Talk to the Secretary!
Updated: 4 Feb 2020 1:05pm by Russ Peel
Thank you, thank you
Tegwyn and Ned try out yet another boat,
an RS Feva
The Mirror and A Class regattas were conducted in early January, with both regattas having two functions for which the Yacht Club Catered, along with lunches being provided for our on-water crews. All the meals we served were very well received by Regatta Participants and we made a small profit for the club from each one. Rod and I would like to thank all of our helpers for their great assistance: Sue Parish, Jenny Holter, Nancy and Fleming Rasmussen, Sue and Dave Griffiths, Ken Speedy, Di and Bernie McGoldrick, Robyn and Ian Reidy, Linda Callahan and Carol Frecheville. My Apologies if I missed anyone - I hope I didn't!
Updated: 4 Feb 2020 2:02pm by Tim Shepperd
Karma Cat goes through her paces in
Championship race on Sunday
A recent regatta has shown that many people still do not read the Rules or reread them when they change every four years. Many still prefer to argue the toss back at the yacht club when it is too late to protest or decide who was right or wrong. 1. This is an essentially self-policing sport and knowingly breaking a rule for one's own advantage, if pursued in extremis, can lead to a Rule 2 or Rule 69 hearing and potentially serious penalties. If you knowingly break a rule, notwithstanding whether you are protested or not, then take the penalty (which may be retirement).2. A boat protested another at the windward mark but did not show a flag and argued all the way down the leeward leg until finally the boat being protested did a penalty turn. Both boats made a mistake. You must hail protest immediately and, if longer than 6m loa, display a red protest flag. Failure to do so will likely result in an invalid protest. The boat doing the penalty turn also failed to exonerate herself because she left it too late after the incident. Her only honourable option is to retire as she has broken Rule 44.2 as well as any other Rule that led to the initial incident.3. Many people are still under the impression that the Race Committee cannot protest an incident seen on the water. This is wrong but it is generally preferable that protests come from other competitors as the Race Committee is not there to act as a policeman. See Rule 60.2
Updated: 4 Feb 2020 1:42pm 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
Ethan chases after Long Nose around the
mark in Divisional on the 19th
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: 4 Feb 2020 1:10pm by Tim Shepperd
|Mosquito for sale
We are looking to sell one of our 2 Mozzies from the campsite (Cormorant by the Lakes, Banksia Peninsula, Victoria) to contribute towards the building of a new toilet facilities block. With this year's fires, we've had to cancel more than 2 camps, so we must find other means to supplement our income (Think of this as buying a boat AND building a loo!). Other boats also on sale as well.
"The Dogs" - was donated in 2016 (the year the Western Bulldogs won the AFL & it is also Red, White & Blue). Fibreglass hulls, wooden tops. Hulls repainted & re-fibre glassed 2019. Twin harness, trailer, beach trolly with tool storage box. Rigged as a Mach 2 with jib including downhaul. Wooden dagger boards or fibreglass. Good trampoline with all sheets and gear, including a grab bag for onboard storage and spare parts.
Currently located on the Banksia Peninsula, near Paynesville, but arrangements can be made to bring it up to Melbourne.
Volunteer Camp Committee Member
Cormorant by the Lakes
A St Hilary's Site
Contact: Simon Mackey
|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.
I would like $900 but will definetly consider any offers.
Contact: Geoff Robinson
Phone: 0427 446 405
|Sabre - 1007
Very Good Condition
Aluminium Beach Trolley
Comes With Cover
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)
Fibreglass rudder with aluminium rudder box and tiller
Custom carbon fibre tiller extension
Unique Sails Hull and Deck Cover
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