Wanderer - May 2020

The Commodore's Report

Clearing flood debris from around the Wanderer next door to Andrew.
Clearing flood debris from around the
Wanderer next door to Andrew.

Good news everyone,

We have survived our first flood since moving to the river in Bairnsdale! I am always amazed at the amount of timber that comes down the river in a flood.

Behind the scenes we have not been idle. We have been sorting out the trophies for presentation night (when ever that may be). The usual admin stuff, like paying the bills, has been going on. But most importantly the sailing calendar has started to go together.

As part of building a sailing program the committee has started to look at what has worked and what has not over the past 10 seasons. This review has mainly focused on the Sunday divisional series as it is the series that has suffered the greatest decline in numbers. From this we have come up with a clearer idea of what format most of the divisions want to sail.

Division One - Target race length of 30 min, three plus races per race day, still negotiating between Triangles and windward return courses.

Division Two - I honestly have no idea. Over the past few years, at the request of the division, we have tried longer windward legs, no back to back races, shifting Etchells from division one to two, a no spinnaker allowance, longer races and finishes at the club.
Interestingly the best attended division two races have been the winter series. These races are 30-40min long, back to back and windward returns. The windward return course also seems to have been received well on Tuesday nights.

Personally, I would prefer to sail Quiet Little Drink in multiple 30 min races on a Sunday around a windward return course. The question I put to all of you is what format would you like to try for the coming season? For example, if six of the Etchells skippers come to us wanting their own start line and 30 min races (what they would race at state titles) then they will get it.

Division Three - You guys are easy. What every happens with division one will be the same for you.

Division Four - Our biggest division based on the number of boats that raced one or more races. Could you please work your calendars out and all show up regularly on the same weekend? For this division we are looking at windward returns with a gate at the bottom. The course length will be two or three laps (target 25-35min) and keep running races until the start boat tells you to go home. This could be four plus races a day.

Division Six - Two laps of a windward return course with a gate at the bottom (target 15-25 min). Aiming at three plus races per day.

I hope all this makes sense. Please remember that this format is for the divisional series only. Any feedback is most appreciated. If you would like some input into your season's racing we are always happy to take your feedback on board.

Last month I put a few people on the spot by asking them to give us a story about sailing. Thank you very much to those who responded. Their stories are included below.

This month I am going to the following group to give us a story of a sailing memory. So this month it is a group of Neils that I am asking for a short personal sailing story.
  • Neil Maskiell
  • Neil Zizman
  • Neil Joiner
  • Neil Smith
Could the four of you get a story emailed into Christie for next month's Wanderer please?


Updated: 4 May 2020 12:43pm by David Parish

In this issue:

Sailing Calendar

Calendar, like all our lives, is in limbo.

Future Regattas:
28 December, 2020: Possible Tasar Nationals
23 January, 2021: Possible WASZP Nats

Updated: 5 May 2020 7:11pm by James Frecheville

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Our new Literary Monthly Magazine: the Wanderer

Tegwyn Somerville and Damian Carey on Bob won Minnow Nats in open div
Tegwyn Somerville and Damian Carey on Bob
won Minnow Nats in open div

A note of great appreciation and an awe of all the talent among our sailors for telling a great yarn. Andrew threw out the gauntlet and the club has caught it and run.

So many interesting stories from all who have contributed. Anyone is welcome to join in the writing frenzy...no fear. Our crazy editor will clean up any little bits of spelling and stuff.

So here is our first Literary Magazine...sit down and enjoy your fellow sailors' amazing experiences. Be inspired!

Thank you to all our contributing talent. That's all of you...anything short or long that shares your sailing experiences and gives us a window into your passion.


I will fluff the issues with random photos from the year to fill in gaps. Keep looking; you might be in one.

Updated: 6 May 2020 11:38am by Christie Arras

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Vice Commodore Tales

Helter Skelter in CG Drummond 13 Oct
Helter Skelter in CG Drummond 13 Oct

Over the past 6 weeks we have, like very one else, been locked away in Paynesville so there is little for me to report. I have decided therefore to pass on a sailing experience (everyone has one of these horror stores), in a taipan and why I switched from cats to trailer sailing.

When we first came to Gippsland in the 90's Annie and I sailed our taipan catamaran on Lake Glenmaggie with the Coongulla Sailing Club. On one particular Sunday we turned up for an afternoon of racing and started to rig our cat.

While we were doing this we noticed heavy black clouds forming on the southern horizon so I went and asked several locals sailors what they thought about the weather and was clearly told not to worry about it as it will just follow the coast and not affect us here (famous last words). So we rigged the taipan (which happened to be called Class Act ..... surprise surprise), and started to head to the start line.

As we cleared the cove I told Annie that I didn't have control of the cat so she suggested we invert the top of the main and wash off some of the power from the sail. This we did and our cat came back under control so all was good and we continued onto the start line.

Before we reached the line about 45 knots of wind hit us and we lost control of the boat. It was blowing from the Glenmaggie end of the Lake towards the dam wall. We went into survival mode and let both sails flog and hooked onto our trapezes and stood over each rear rudder to keep the boat from nose diving until we reached land. We were unable to steer the boat so we let the wind take us to shore as we knew we had to hit land somewhere seeing we were on a Lake.

As luck would have it we were blown into a cove where we beached it and stripped our sails down tying it all onto the tramp and commenced to sit the storm out. The Coongulla Rescue boat turned up to see if we were okay and told us that the race had been abandoned and once the wind abated they would come back and tow us home.

About half an hour later the Rescue boat returned and threw us a line. As we were in one of the coves surrounding Coongulla we had to head out into the Lake to clear the rocks on the point to make it back to where we had rigged. As we cleared the cove the wind returned with a vengeance (we were told later it peaked around 60 knots).

Our tow rope was brand new but it parted like an old piece of string and we commenced being blown across and down the Lake. The rescue crew had a hard time catching us but eventually managed to pass us another rope. We could only loop the rope around the base of the mast and hold on while sitting on the front crossbeam to hold the cat down. We again preceded under tow towards the cove where we had launched however another fierce gust hit us and lifted the cat totally clear of the water and turned it upside down with us under it.

My first thought was that our time was up but my lifejacket took me to the surface but Annie was nowhere to be seen so I ducked back under and could see her yellow jacket and was able to grab it and pull her up to the surface. She had been tangled in the rigging.

Once we were both on the surface we could see that our cat was still hooked to the rescue boat but was kiting and spinning in the air with the mast totally clear of the water. It would then thump back down onto the water and then back up in the air at about 45 degrees. We were very lucky not to have been hit by it.

The rescue crew called out to us as to what we wanted them to do and all we could think about was for them to get the boat away from us as we didn't want to be skewered with our own cat. We indicated that we would make our own way in (easy to say but ended up hard to do). The rescue boat took the flying cat and headed off towards shore. We estimated we were about 300m off the shoreline and realised that we couldn't swim across the waves, we were going to have to go with the waves, but again we knew that we would have to wash up somewhere. Thank goodness we were fully kitted up with wetsuits, boots, jackets, & lifejackets....and not injured, only shocked!

We could see the crowd on the beach trying to put another rescue boat in but the wind and waves prevented this so we just swam with the waves and were eventually washed up on the rocks. I'm sure hypothermia/shock was starting to set in but considering what we had been through we were in good shape. One of the locals took us to their nearby house & gave us brandy & a hot shower which revived us. The help we received on the shore was terrific and we thanked them all sincerely.

The amazing thing out of all this was that the tow rope that was passed to us and only looped around the base of the mast did not let go until they safely deposited our cat in the cove we had launched from. It just fell off once the boat came to a standstill! One hull had a split, we lost a boom that was tied to the tramp, and our jib was blown out as we had wound it around the front stay and secured it with ockies.

I did get the 'Act'' repaired and returned to Lake Glenmaggie sailing but not with Annie, she had decided she had had enough.

This was a day in the life of this sailor that I don't want to repeat or see repeated, so my words of wisdom are "if you think the weather is not to your liking don't listen to anyone else, make your own mind up".


Updated: 6 May 2020 11:40am by Christie Arras

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Adventures of the 1991 Brisbane-Noumea Ocean Race

Challenged accepted Commodore!

Noumea crew
Noumea crew

It all started on 14 May 1989; having recently relocated to Sydney for work, terribly homesick, my work colleagues bought me sailing lessons for a significant birthday to be introduced to new people. Living in Darling Point at the time, the adjoining suburb to Rushcutters Bay; d'albora Marina, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYC) and Royal Australian Naval Sailing Association (RANSA) were to be my new playgrounds, not to mention Sydney Harbour!

Learning to sail at EastSail out of d'albora Marina, Rushcutters Bay on keelboats was a new world for me. Being brought up by a successful powerboat racing father (often seen on Lake King in the sixties), sailing was a vast contrast to the speed of what I only knew. However, after only a few lessons, I was hooked to sailing and the magic of Sydney Harbour; I couldn't get enough... I sailed Twilights on Monday nights at the sailing school, Wednesday nights at CYC, Friday nights at RANSA and then weekends, JOG offshore racing out of Sydney Harbour heads and chartered a boat from EastSail for a casual seafood and champagne lunch on the harbour just cruising most Sundays. I even joined the CYC, in times when females were frowned upon and certainly not welcome as committee members! I did become a member of the CYC Associate Committee (ladies committee), who predominately existed to polish the Sydney to Hobart trophies (something I refused to do, the men competed, they clean them!)

EastSail was the opening of some amazing friendships and still have to this day (30 years on). It also opened a new world of yacht club life and what goes with that; drinking, socialising, did I mention alcohol?, and so it went on. I soon forgot being homesick...as my newly found friends were my new family.

Not only practical courses level 1, 2 and 3 (which I completed all), EastSail offered many theory courses which I also completed...as well as offering chartered offshore racing, which I did many. My first was Pittwater to Coffs Harbour in 1989; each boat usually a 30-40 ft keelboat (such as a Beneteau or Cavalier) had a bunch of students and an instructor aboard as crew and raced as any normal entry, learning so much. Most EastSail boats were very successful in their day with all the east coast offshore races. After a Lord Howe Island Race and a couple of Hobart deliveries under my belt with requested CYC members, I took up my next challenge...

Noumea brace
Noumea brace

1991 Brisbane-Noumea Race
EastSail was offered to charter Bright Morning Star', a Peterson 51 for the 1991 Brisbane-Noumea Race, so were seeking expressions of interest for crew to take the boat as part of a student racing experience. The boat was owned by High Treharne (Australia II fame), of which he allegedly received as a gift from Alan Bond for the success of Australia's America Cup win. Hugh, who sailed out of RPAYC in Pittwater was a friend of EastSail and offered his very stable Peterson as he liked to encourage the students to have amazing sailing opportunities.

Hugh and friend delivered the boat up the east coast arriving at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron on Moreton Bay a few days earlier in readiness for the race. The crew of eight, flew in and consisted of head instructor and part owner of EastSail, Joe, three very accomplished yachties (all friends of Joe) and four students (me one of these and the token female). I knew we were in good hands, as Joe's friends had all done a number of offshore races including Sydney-Hobart.

The boat was provisioned, we loaded our belongings on board, sorted out racks and groups for watches, in the meantime all the relevant briefings were done, of which I was completely oblivious as I was such a novice! What is a briefing I thought!

Bright Morning Star' was a stunning boat, built of timber; she was absolutely immaculate especially down below; so much so Hugh, insisted we put plastic on the floor in the galley before preparing meals! Then a full sweep after preparations...all in race mode!

If my memory serves me well, there was not a large fleet competing, maybe 10-15 boats, all heading 850nm east across the Tasman Sea. We were off and racing in lovely moderate conditions, we reached across Moreton Bay and tacked out of the bay into Tasman Sea. As the sun started to set, the crew then slipped into the two watch groups and the first group took a rest for a few hours. Four hours on, four hours off...that was to be our life for the next few days.

The racing conditions were just perfect; after leaving Moreton Bay we reached all the way across Tasman Sea and then did one tack in Noumea Harbour for the finish line, four days later. The race was more like a cruise; sunbaking on deck, crew were jumping for the helm, and we even outstayed the four on-four off to be on deck longer. Even though it was quite relaxed we never left the pedal to the metal, and raced as best we could. Hugh remained on board, however could not participate due to being terribly unwell initially with a bad cold, then sea sickness, however his experience was invaluable. He knew the boat so well; on one occasion when one of the students was on helm, he yelled from his rack "common guys, two degrees higher, yep you can go higher to get more speed"...I was astounded he knew we were not in the groove from down below!

We finished the race second, then came alongside the marina of Noumea Harbour to be greeted by immigration on the dock. The French men came aboard and checked every single crevasse of the boat, no stone was left unturned, they then took our passports to process; being international visitors in an international country. We did resist customs taking our passports, however, the arrogance of the French insisted as no one was allowed on land until they were processed,...and in true form, as our concern they did lose two of the passports! After much angst with customs and the Australian authorities back home, Joe managed to get two temporary passports to get the entire crew back into Australia.

With little time to explore New Caledonia, we made the most of what we could...Club Med was a fave, as Joe's sister was residing there and could get us into the compound. Not sure if there were any presentations, if so, we certainly did not hang around for them as we were gone in a couple of days, aboard a plane headed to Sydney.

The sunrises and sunsets were perfect every day, so was life at sea...if only, all offshore races were this good!


Updated: 4 May 2020 11:43am by Christie Arras

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Why Sailing?

Firefly Week 1957 155 entries
Firefly Week 1957 155 entries

When I started at university, there was a push to get people to join a sports club. Of the many on offer, I first considered rowing, but decided it was a bit like hard work. Rugby appealed because of the boozing and a brilliant song collection (all censorable), and sailing was for posh people.
So I settled for sailing but drank a lot of beer with the rugby crowd.

London University Sailing Club had a fleet of Firefly dinghies and was, and still is, located on the Welsh Harp, a small reservoir about 1km long by 250m in North London.

The Firefly was designed by Uffa Fox and was used as the single-handed class in the 1948 Olympics. It's a strict one design - one supplier only for hull, mast, and sails - ideal for team racing, and is used by universities and many clubs in the UK.

After I'd taken a boat out in a blow, capsized and brought it back in one piece, and remembered to slacken the halyard and outhaul to avoid ruining the cotton sails, I was deemed a qualified helmsman and allowed to race club boats.

The first event of note that I can really remember was when in 1957 a mob of students headed off to Firefly week, the Class championships, at Southend-on-Sea, where there were 155 entries.

We hired a church hall for the week and slept under a canopy of drying sails. No idea how anyone finished up, but the one boat heeling violently in the middle of the fleet was me, in F1416. Note the high tech rounding mark!
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Sleeping under a canopy of drying sails in church hall
Sleeping under a canopy of drying sails in
church hall

So, for me that was the first of my annual expeditions to Firefly Week, run by different coastal clubs throughout the country.

Can't remember 1958, but eventually I took up work, bought my own boat, and joined Wembley Sailing Club, again based at the Welsh Harp, but with a fleet of GP14s as well as Fireflies - no other classes allowed on the Harp at the time.

In early 1959 the class upgraded to Terelene sails (Dacron?) and everyone headed off to Firefly week in Plymouth. Should have called it Disaster Week'- it was a shambles. 226 boats on the start line, with a naval destroyer as the committee boat creating a big wind shadow, and no way of sighting the line. Every start had a bulge, and conventional wisdom decreed that if you weren't in the bulge weren't in the game. So we had multiple restarts on a 10 minute sequence till the race officer got bored and let the fleet go.

The fun really started when a mass of boats all arrived at the windward mark calling for water, colliding, and generally causing havoc. As this was pre 720 days, few boats retired or protested cos it would have been too complicated to sort out. And this went on for a week...Anyway, I had one moment of glory finishing 10th in one race. The view astern was something I shall always remember.

Bunking in church hall for Firefly week
Bunking in church hall for Firefly week

So, from then onwards we adopted the gate start with a two mile windward leg. They set off a smoke flare to help us find the windward mark.

1960 was much more civilized, 180 entries and no hassles. From the on it was - as James would say - same old, same old.

On Summer evenings we rushed off after work for a midweek club race and then put the boats back on the trailer ready for the weekend event.

This might be an open meeting at a coastal club, or a river, or a reservoir - usually a two day event consisting of a practice race and three points races with one drop. The winner got to take the trophy home and bring it back the following year. There were many magnificent trophies, some really old, but the best I ever collected was a fully rigged scale model of the Firefly, sails and everything, made completely in solid silver!!

The next weekend might be a friendly team race event at another Firefly club - two races in boats provided by the home club.

A less friendly event was the annual weekend of team racing at West Kirby, a four hour drive North. Thirty two teams were invited with racing taking place on a the Marine Lake. It gets topped up whenever a high tide rises above the retaining wall, but was always so shallow that boats had to sail with centreboards half retracted. Made for interesting boat handling - roll tacks essential. Very short races, lots of calls for water' at the sea wall, and a very busy protest committee. But the Saturday night party was fantastic - helped by the presence of a couple of teams from Ireland.
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Ice yacht racing on the Harp
Ice yacht racing on the Harp

Then there was the London Pirates team competition where the home club provided the boats in whatever class suited them - anything from a Solo upwards. Great fun, but I must confess to having problems with the sliding seat of the international canoe.

In Winter we just sailed a couple of races on a Sunday - often pretty painful with freezing hands, ice forming on the boom, and very stiff sheets - crazy - but great racing.

Then one year the Harp froze and we made ice yachts with a Firefly rig. That was fun for a few weeks.

Anyway, eventually life caught up with me, did the ten pound trip, built a Pacer, and made a lot of new friends. But that's another story.


Updated: 5 May 2020 7:30pm by Christie Arras

My three favourite regattas

Taj and mates at the Laser Nationals (Australian ILCA)
Taj and mates at the Laser Nationals
(Australian ILCA)

The majority of my greatest sailing memories would be at regattas I have attended across the country but when asked what my favourite regatta would be, I am never able to really answer with just one regatta. Throughout my sailing career so far, I have had many enjoyable experiences at numerous regattas across Victoria and Australia. There are 3 regattas that are at the top of my list: the Recent Australian ILCA (commonly known as laser) Championships, the eastern region interclub regatta and the Sail Country regatta at Albury-Wodonga.

The recent Australian ILCA championships were held at Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) from the 1st-8th of January, 2020. This championship had nearly half of the fleet consisting of international competitors as it was used for a warm up regatta for the radial and standard worlds championships happening in early February. As well, the regatta was the qualifying event for the 2020 ILCA 4.7 worlds in Lake Garda, Italy at the end of July. The championships saw multiple Olympic and World medallists come down under and was an unforgettable experience for us to have exposure to these highly talented athletes. Some highlights of the event were rigging up next to Marit Bouwmeester who is the Rio 2016 Gold Medallist, London 2012 Silver medallist and 4-time world champion.

The 4.7 raced on the same course as the Standard rig lasers and warming up with Matt Wearn who is Australia's Laser represented at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. In the 4.7 fleet, we also had a large international proportion of sailors from Singapore, Japan, China and Fiji, this made the fleet really tide racing with consistency being key to be out in front. It was a challenging week, as the we had the smoke blanket from the bushfires play havoc with the normal sea breeze you would expect on the bay at that time of year. For me, that regatta was more significant than other national championships I had done before as my lead up regatta shown I had potential to qualify for the 4.7 worlds scheduled for later that year. After a week of hard completion, I finished 3rd Australian and 6th overall. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the ILCA 4.7 World Championships won't be going ahead.

Each year, our club attends the eastern region interclub regatta. This event attracts sailors from the 7 Gippsland clubs being Metung YC, Gippsland Lakes YC, Port Albert YC, Loch Sport BC, Lake Wellington YC, Latrobe Valley YC and South Gippsland YC. This regatta held early February every year is one of my most favourite regatta of the season. We normally have a good OTB monohulls and catamarans each year and we all camp together at these events.

My most memorable interclub regatta would easily have to be the 2018 regatta held at Port Albert. Due to the tides at Port Albert, it is quite hard to do the typical Triangle Sausage courses we are used to. Our races were more like passage races which for a lot of us was a new experience and with the wind angle making a lot of it reaching, it was great fun for all. Most of the sailors from all clubs camped together at the yacht club which made it even more enjoyable.

Similarily, the sail country regatta at Albury Wodonga is another excellent regatta I encourage everyone to get to. Held over the Melbourne Cup Weekend on the shores of Lake Hume, the event is focused on being fun. Most competitors camp at the venue and we have had multiple GLYC sailors attend with all saying how fantastic it is. I strongly believe that these types of regattas where we camp together create long lasting memories and opens sailors to different types of sailing.


Updated: 6 May 2020 11:04am by Christie Arras

Rules Corner

The Maskiells on Bigger Than Ten Bears in div 16 Feb
The Maskiells on Bigger Than Ten Bears in
div 16 Feb

What is a Mark?

Since rule 18 applies at marks, we need to know exactly what a mark is before we can understand the rule. To do this, let's look at the definition of mark in the front of the rulebook (see below).

The first thing we notice is that a mark must be designated as such in the written sailing instructions. According to rule J2.1(5), the SIs must include a description of all the marks; therefore, anything not mentioned in the SIs is not a mark.

What makes an object a mark is the requirement (by the SIs) that boats must leave it on a specified side. All marks are objects that must be passed on one particular side during the course of a race.
If it doesn't matter which way you pass an object, it's not a mark.

The most familiar marks are the buoys used to designate a race course, such as the windward, leeward and gybe marks. These are considered rounding marks because boats must round them in order to sail the course properly.

Other objects can also be marks. The ends of the starting and finishing lines are marks because the SIs say you must leave them on a specific side when you are starting and finishing. Also, if the sailing instructions say that all government aids to navigation must be regarded (i.e. passed on the channel side), then these are considered marks because they have a required side (even though you don't have to round them).

The last sentence of the definition describes two things that are not considered part of a mark. The first one is the mark's anchor line. This line is sometimes considered an obstruction, but it does not rank as part of the mark itself. For this reason, you won't be penalized if you touch the anchor line (as long as you don't also touch the floating mark).

The second thing that is not part of a mark is any object that is attached accidentally to it. For example, a tree branch caught on the leeward mark is not considered part of that mark. The same is true for a racing boat that gets stuck on a mark or its anchor line.

A small boat or a standoff buoy tied to the stern of the committee boat is considered part of that mark because even though it is attached there only temporarily, it is not there accidentally.

A mark is any object that is defined as such by the sailing instructions. The most common marks are usually yellow or orange and filled with air, but almost anything can be a mark. This includes the ends of the start and finish lines, all the rounding marks and any government buoys that must be regarded. However, the anchor line attached to a mark is not considered a part of it.

Definition: Mark
An object the sailing instructions require a boat to leave on a specified side, and a race committee boat surrounded by navigable water from which the starting or finishing line extends. An anchor line or an object attached accidentally to a mark is not part of it.

Updated: 6 May 2020 11:42am by Christie Arras

Seachest - Coaches tip of the week

Seachest is for our keelboat sailors (predominantly nautically challenged) and OTB for dinghy sailor

A Class Championships with Mitch Meade on 1017
A Class Championships with Mitch Meade on

In mixed fleet racing, particularly handicap starts. When a faster boat is approaching from astern, try and encourage them to sail through to leeward to minimise the loss to yourself caused by the disturbed air of them passing. Do this early by sailing a bit higher and signalling your intentions early. If they are clever they will sail lower to maximise the distance between you as they pass, to minimise the effect of your disturbed air.

But if they are bloody minded and insist on trying to roll over you in close proximity, you have the right to luff, but don't overdo it! Remember you are racing the rest of the fleet in a series as well as this one boat in this one race. By sailing them further off the course you are also sailing extra distance yourself. Sometimes it is better to let them go pass, sail a bit lower until they are through and then come up to their line back in clear air again.

Sailing success is as much about minimising the losses as maximising the gains.

Decide on a race plan before the start, gather as much evidence as you can and decide if one side is favoured!

Prepare your plan, if you are pretty certain you can commit to that one side. Go for it.

If you are a bit hesitant but think one side is likely favoured then go part to that side but not too far to minimise the loss if it doesn't work out.
Or if you really can't work it out, play the middle until the race unfolds, just stay on the tack closed to the mark. That is still a plan!

If you are pretty confident in your plan, stick to it! If a few boats tack on you and force you to tack away, tack back as soon as you are in clear air. It may happen a few times but keep persevering!
Don't ever fall for "what the hell, this is too hard" and sail away. Easy options seldom work.

Tony Bull
Bull Sails

Updated: 6 May 2020 11:46am by Christie Arras

Winter Soup Nights in the Loft

or hope springs eternal

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: 4 May 2020 1:27pm by Tim Shepperd

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

Saw this photo in my archives and couldn't resist sharing it. Flemming from Presentation Night 2012.
Saw this photo in my archives and couldn't
resist sharing it. Flemming from
Presentation Night 2012.

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: 6 May 2020 11:10am by Tim Shepperd

Heard through the grapevine

My mate's a sailor, went to the doctor, said "Have you got anything for wind?"
Doctor gave him a spinnaker.

My mate's a sailor, went to the doctor, said "Have you got anything for wind, sometimes a lot of wind?"
Doctor gave him a mail sail with reefing points.

(Jokes a contribution from an anonymous sleuth gift giver who drops off spectacular painted rocks and cards with dot painted mandelas. Thank you whomever you are. Christie)

Updated: 6 May 2020 11:55am by Christie Arras

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CommodoreAndrew Somerville0407 156 133
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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

Jetty berth for sale on Raymond Island

Jetty berth on R.I. overlooking the GLYC toward Montague Point in sheltered cove
Good for up to 20 ft boat with a shallow draft (no keels)
Caveat: can only be sold to someone living on Raymond Island who does not already own a jetty berth on the island.

Contact: Roger Gamble
Phone: 0408 100 463

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

Price dropped to $700

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