Wanderer - April 2020

The Commodore's Report

It has been an interesting month.

Like most people, I have been reading the news each morning to see what the latest development in this crazy pandemic world will be. Hopefully everyone is stay safe and not going too stir crazy.

As far as club things go, here is the latest:
  • The sailing season is over. On the bright side we managed to sail enough races in each series. So, there will be trophies.
  • The club facilities will remain locked. There will be some cleaning done over this time to make sure it is in great shape for when we can sail again.
  • The AGM has been postponed. Under our rules we could run it as late as September; Consumer Affairs have also given all clubs an exemption until social distancing rules are lifted.
  • The AGM will now be held on a Saturday six weeks after the social distancing rules lift. Nominations for committee positions will be accepted up until two weeks before the AGM.
  • Sailing will start as soon as we can. There will be a sprint series to welcome everyone back and, for the stern chaser fans, Macca will get the info out to you as soon as we are given the green light.
  • Presentation Dinner for the 2019-2020 season will be held on the opening night of the next season.

  • Hopefully this clears up what the plan is for the next little while. If anyone has any questions on any of this, please give me a call.

    I have a request to help fill the Wanderer over the coming months. As we are not sailing that gives us all some spare time for other things. I would like a few people to share a sailing memory or two with the rest of the club. I only ask that you share with us a page or so on your favourite regatta experience. So, by the first of May could the following members please consider sending Christie a short piece about a regatta?
  • Angela Bacon
  • Taj Duff
  • Lyn Wallace
  • Frank Nott
  • Craig Rainey

  • Hopefully, next month we will have some juicy articles from some of these people or anyone else who would have one up their sleeve for that matter, and I will pick and encourage five more of our lovely members to write for the next one.


    Updated: 10 Apr 2020 1:03pm by David Parish

    In this issue:

    Sailing Calendar

    Tarna looking spectacular in the last Twilight of the season
    Tarna looking spectacular in the last
    Twilight of the season

    Calendar, like all our lives, is in limbo.

    Future Regattas:
    11 to 13 April: GLYC Easter Regatta. Not. Try 2021
    28 December, 2020: Possible Tasar Nationals
    23 January, 2021: Possible WASZP Nats

    Updated: 10 Apr 2020 11:32am by James Frecheville

    Vice Commodore's Report

    Colin Johansen back in the fray on 3 March Twilight
    Colin Johansen back in the fray on 3 March

    February/March was a busy one with the Music festival, Classic Boat Rally and the MPONR having all been done and dusted and what a fantastic job the organising committees have done. It has not left much time for sailing but has shown GLYC can support local events and can run the MPONR (congratulations to Jacqui and her committee).

    However, as the month of March came to a close we were all presented with COVID-19 virus in Australia and the social distancing/home isolation. Easy to say but hard to put into practice! First I thought we would be able to sail but that soon became apparent that was not going to be the case, so we are now down to a total closure of the Club which may last 3 to 6 months.

    What I can suggest is to prepare your boat for a layup period and notify your insurance companies. Take a photo and send to them with a request for a 3 month layup period. You may be surprised at the money you will save. (It may keep you in toilet paper for the period!)

    As part of the MPONR we have prepared a package that will go into storage until next year that enables our 2 support Ribs to be converted for night operations. This includes temporary LED blue lights to indicate these ribs as support boats which when switched on can be clearly seen.

    We have also fitted the colour splash to the outboard motor cowls although one has to be redone as it stretched during the installation. It does give a good indication of up to 500 metres which Rib is on station.

    Burunan and Itchy Feet do a mano a mano in last Twilight
    Burunan and Itchy Feet do a mano a mano in
    last Twilight

    Ancient Mariners
    Ancient Mariners has been suspended until the Government eases the restrictions on movement and social distancing and that does not look to be happening in the short term. What I can guarantee is I will arrange its return as soon as we get the clearance, even if it is under changed operational conditions.

    Our last AM race before the suspension was won by Warwick & Neil in Tantrum. As we were social distancing and not meeting in the loft after the race, they never had a chance to crow so I am giving them a special mention in lieu. (Good sailing, guys)

    The Crew Lotto Challenge scheduled for the month did not proceed due to skippers not wanting to swap crews, so that challenge has been dropped from the list...never to raise its head again.

    Club Boat Parking - Some months ago the Council requested the Yacht Club clean up their boats on the hard stand. Jim C has worked with the OTB sailors and their areas are now looking great. What we now need is for the members that have long term hard stand boats that are not being used, to tidy up their boats or remove them. I have also received comments from some of our members along the same lines, so guys...it's time to get it done! Your help with this clean up before the start of the next season would be appreciated by Committee and the Council.

    Sale to Sea - GLYC supported the Sale to Sea program again this year although when we turned up they decided not to do the Metung leg due to inclement weather and forecasted high winds. Their organising group decided to do a morning paddle of the Paynesville canals with their fleet of 28 kayaks and 5 support boats. It was decided that GLYC was not needed this year (not that it upset Mark A and myself), so we started with their fleet and peeled off at the yacht club and put the boat away and went for coffee... a much more pleasant activity. They did mention that next year we would be needed for the Metung leg.

    Warning - Home Isolating
    When this new phenomena came into play, my wife decided that it was time I caught up with all the jobs I have been putting off for the last 2 years and developed a list. Well, it has now been two weeks that I have been working on it and, as fast as I finish one job, two more are added to the list.
    But I have finally fixed that problem as I hid all the pens in the house and the list is now reducing. This advice is offered to help all wives/husbands/partners in the same boat (Pun) as me.


    Updated: 10 Apr 2020 11:45am by Christie Arras

    5156 6448

    Discover Sailing Centre

    17 Mar Twilight
    17 Mar Twilight

    Division Cool numbers were a little disappointing, albeit there were many distractions with extra community activities preventing the running of our program, and then the truncated sailing season due
    to COVID-19.

    With a healthy number of registrations for Autumn Tackers, we are hoping the momentum continues for Spring activities since we had to refund all parents and grandparents when we cancelled the programs.

    Our enquiry for Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club (GLYC) to run a school program with Metung Primary School students, was run directly by the Australian Sailing Mobile Boat Shed so, unfortunately, GLYC missed the opportunity to engage with more juniors.

    Disappointingly, for the first time in a number of years, GLYC will not be participating in the Good Friday Royal Children's Hospital Appeal Round the Island' fundraiser this year. However, we can plan for a bumper effort for next year and commence promoting the event to all the junior and youth classes / clubs in Victoria, so we have an amazing 2021 Easter Regatta!

    With sailing being one of the Victorian banned recreational activities on the sporting list, please ensure you keep up your sailing fitness at home or in the back yard. Check our social media for some incredible, innovative ideas of jerry-rigged fitness platforms.

    Until we meet again, stay safe everyone.
    Lyn Wallace
    Discover Sailing Principal

    Updated: 10 Apr 2020 11:03am by Christie Arras

    Division 4 news

    State titles over the March long weekend at Loch Sport

    Mosquitoes enjoying the post-race drinks at Peter Nikitin's place in Loch Sport
    Mosquitoes enjoying the post-race drinks
    at Peter Nikitin's place in Loch Sport

    Eight GLYC Mosquitoes travelled to Loch Sport at the other end of the lake for the Victorian State Titles (nine if you include GLYC members Justin & Gina who sailed under the Somers YC burgee). Like many classes the Mosquitoes were very fortunate to get in a great long-weekend of racing before everything changed!

    In the single-handed Mk1 division GLYC had Oskar Watkinson and Jack Maskiell up against nine other sailors from Bendigo, Boga, Rye and Altona. Oskar got off to a blistering start with two 3rd places on the first day, and finished with another 3rd in the last race to end up 4th overall (just missing 3rd by 3 points). Jack, with very little Mosquito experience, had a more mixed bag of results but still managed a 3rd place in race 4.

    In the two-up Mk2 "Couples" division as someone referred to it, Mick and Di Floyd were there and convincingly won the division from Justin and Gina. Mick & Di won all but one race, although Neil Joiner had a dabble in the Mk2s for the last race and made Mick and Di work hard.

    In the Spinnaker division GLYC dominated the eight boat fleet with Gary Maskiell, Neil Joiner (with crew Ned Sheridan), Darrin Tomison, Jaime Zizman (with crew Darcy Stringer), and Tim Shepperd competing. While Gary and Matt Stone from Somers fought it out for 1st and 2nd place, the rest of the fleet had more mixed results with a lot of place changing during every race. There was nothing between Gary and Matt with the result coming down to the last race, and even then Matt only snatching the result from Gary on the final lap.

    We all enjoyed the hospitality of Peter & Cheryl at their place in Loch Sport (many of us even making it our home for the weekend). The series and the socialising both lived up to the usual Mosquito standards!


    Updated: 10 Apr 2020 10:21am by Christie Arras

    5156 6352
    0427 411 660

    Vale - Peta Morrison

    Peta at Barrier Landing Nov 2011
    Peta at Barrier Landing Nov 2011

    It is with great sadness that I inform the GLYC Community that Mrs Peta Morrison (Wife of Peter "Morro" Morrison) passed away yesterday (Tuesday). She had been unwell on and off since October last year.

    Many of our members, particularly the Tuesday Twilight sailors, will remember her fondly. I will send a card expressing Condolence on behalf of the Club to her Son and Daughter and their families.

    Hope you are all keeping careful and thus well,


    Updated: 10 Apr 2020 8:50am by Christie Arras

    9707 3033
    5156 6700

    Winter Soup Nights in the Loft

    or hope springs eternal

    David and Ginny working together nicely 17 March Twilight
    David and Ginny working together nicely 17
    March Twilight

    These normally run in conjunction with our usual Friday Club Night and Member's Draw over the months of June, July and August. At this early stage, there is no indication on when normal activities can resume, but SOUP NIGHTS will return as soon as allowed.

    In the meantime, why not practice a few new recipes at home in readiness? If you would like to be included on the roster if and when Soup Nights are able to go ahead, please let me know of your availability by text on 0408 538 000 or by email at jaclarkhoward@gmail.com. Cheers
    Julie Clark

    Updated: 10 Apr 2020 11:25am by Tim Shepperd

    5156 0582

    Twilight Meals

    Twilight Meals (along with Twilight sailing) unfortunately had to come to an unexpected early end due to government directives to halt the spread of the global pandemic of Covid-19.

    However, a big shout out to all you wonderful volunteers who were able to prepare a meal (or two!) over this past sailing season. Your contribution of time and effort do not go unnoticed. THANK YOU!


    Updated: 10 Apr 2020 8:45am by Christie Arras

    Rules Corner

    Mara last home for the 2019 2020 Twilight sailing season 17 March
    Mara last home for the 2019 2020 Twilight
    sailing season 17 March

    While we are in enforced time away from our boats, lets look at our first start when we do go back on the water.

    There is often confusion at starts about sound signals and flags. The important thing is to remember that it is the FLAGS which are definitive. Rule 26 says that the absence of a sound signal shall be disregarded.

    Many people are still confused about the difference between the. I, U, Z and Black Flags.

    These flags are used instead of the Preparatory (Blue Peter) flag and have the following meanings.

    I flag- this is the "round the ends rule" - if any part of your hull, crew or equipment is on the on-course side during the last minute before the starting signal then one must sail across and extension of the line to the prestart side before starting.

    Z flag. If, in the same circumstance as above a boat is "over" than she shall without hearing receive a 20% penalty.This is true even if the race is restarted or resailed but not if it is postponed or abandoned before the starting signal

    U Flag.
    If, as above, you are over, you are disqualified unless the race is restarted or resailed.

    Black Flag
    If, as above, you are over, you are disqualified even if the race is restarted or resailed but not if the race is postponed or abandoned before the starting signal


    Updated: 10 Apr 2020 9:37am by Christie Arras

    A vignette of a sailing trip up the west coast of Tassie 2009

    The first stab of contributing a sailing story (though not a regatta story) as suggested by our Comm

    Getting used to the huge west coast swells
    Getting used to the huge west coast swells

    Having spent a couple of weeks on Shaynee, a 38 foot Swanson, exploring Port Davies then up and through Hell's Gate, Strahan and the Gordon and Franklin Rivers, we were night sailing into somewhat roily seas up the coast.

    Peter Foxton, skipper, and I had just settled for a rest after dinner to prepare for our 10 to 1 a.m. shift. At 8:30 all hell broke loose. The boat lurched right and left and there was a big bang.

    We suited up in our wet weather gear and ran up to help. The rough sea was thrashing the boom around as the boat had gybed unexpectedly breaking the goose neck fitting on the mast. The helmsman had been trying to steer clear of a trawler that was working when the gybe caught. Peter Avery calmly caught the wild boom, tied it up in its cover and then proceeded to lash the boom to the mast. All good.

    This is the time in the dark night when one appreciates one's life line attached to the yacht so that work can proceed without any mishaps or man overboard in the rough conditions.

    We took up our watch at ten and then headed down for our 1 to 4 kip. Hard to sleep with all the racket from the heavy wind and waves and the trembling stay sail, lights on with trips to the head, etc.

    Our next watch at 4 a.m. was pretty quiet and uneventful until we passed around the Dough Boys and Trefoil when we had some breaking waves, a lot of chop and 25 knots on the nose. We were making little progress.

    I headed down for a kip after the watch and found myself being tossed violently up and down in the V-berth and then suddenly all was quiet as I woke up two hours later. I still wonder if I hit my head on the cabin roof and was knocked unconscious as I woke up to total silence and calm.

    Our plan to head straight to Stanley for repairs was reconsidered by the sea and wind conditions, so we had stopped going head to wind and headed to Three Hummock Island to anchor and weather out the predicted storm.

    Birthday skipper, Peter, at Three Hummock Island waiting out the storm
    Birthday skipper, Peter, at Three Hummock
    Island waiting out the storm

    A couple of barracuda were caught and released but there was no going to shore in the conditions. A chocolate cake was baked and enjoyed for the skipper's birthday.

    On the third day, a poll was taken whether or not to take a chance and head to the Nut in still pretty rough conditions. Though not all were quite ready, the majority (3 out of 4) chose to head off at first light at 6:45.

    The weather was still pretty violent and wet with 25 knots and the boat was really getting knocked with wind over tide. A lot of tacking as well.

    I chose to sit in the aft chardonnay seat all decked out in my wet weather gear and boots and holding on for dear life. As a big wave would crash over the boat and over the dodger it would land on me full force, the three men huddled, under the dodger would quickly check to make sure I was still holding on and on board. Exhilirating.

    I snuck down for a quick mini pee and fought valiantly with removing my wet gear. As I sat, the boat lurched wrenching the toilet seat off. I watched as it lept off the head, rolled down the hallway, past the piles of all the items wrenched out of lockers, and found its resting place in the galley.

    What a disaster the inside was. Not long after the escape of the toilet seat, Peter Avery just missed lethal injury as he was thrown over to the chart table and just missed hitting his head.

    And then, the tide must have turned and suddenly it was smooth travelling finally for the next few hours when we made it to Stanley safe and sound. We had several days to repair the boat, clean up everything that had been thrown around, and explore the lovely little town and its surrounds.

    We sailed over to Launceston where I jumped off and Pete's brother joined Shaynee. They continued on to Deal and then home to Paynesville.

    Updated: 10 Apr 2020 11:52am 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: 8 Apr 2020 3:28pm by Christie Arras

    Pics of GLYC sailing on GLYC Facebook page

     A new dawn coming
    A new dawn coming

    Newer racing photos from our sailing can be seen on the Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club Facebook Members and Friends site.

    There is also a page on the club website ("Photos" under "Club Information") with older photo albums. Danuta Sowa also takes great shots and can often give you a disk with the file of your boat.

    Updated: 10 Apr 2020 11:41am 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

    Mosquito for sale

    We are looking to sell one of our 1 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.

    Also available for sale a Windrush and a Hoby cat.

    Simon Mackey
    Volunteer Camp Committee Member
    Cormorant by the Lakes
    A St Hilary's Site

    Contact: Simon Mackey
    Phone: 0423798195

    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 $700 but will definetly consider any offers.

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

    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