The Commodore's Report
Commodore in Opening ceremonies Oct. 2019
Hang in there, we are close to being back at the club.
The good news is that we can all use our boats again; all be it with some restrictions on the number of people we can take with us. The downside is competition sailing and the use of clubrooms/changerooms are still on the banned list.
So, there is no racing or access to the club for now. This may change towards the end of the month when the next round of changes is announced.
In theory the Club could organise cruises and training. Unfortunately, there is a massive number of hoops we must jump through for this to happen and at this point we cannot give a guarantee to the authorities that we can comply. Feel free to organise a social sail amongst yourselves. Just remember that these outings cannot be linked to the GLYC.
Last month Mark Alderman decided to step down from his role on committee. I would like to thank him for all his enthusiastic work around the club. He was always one of the first to show up at the club ready to help. For those that may not know, most Sundays Mark would be at the club by 8:30 to help with the sailing school and he would not leave until after the fleet was home from afternoon racing around 16:30 (that's a long day on the water!). Like everyone else I am looking forward to seeing Mark back at the club once we get racing again.
As we get closer to sailing again, I would like people to consider putting their hand up for committee. While an AGM is still some time off, we need to be ready to go. I would particularly like to see a few of the OTB sailors consider having some involvement in the running of the Club.
Thanks to everyone who sent in a story for last month's Wanderer. I hope everyone enjoys this month's stories as much.
Updated: 4 Jun 2020 2:42pm by David Parish
Esther Francis assisting with Tackers in
Calendar, like all our lives, is in limbo.
28 December, 2020: Possible Tasar Nationals
23 January, 2021: Possible WASZP Nats
Updated: 4 Jun 2020 2:47pm by James Frecheville
Vice Commodore's Article
Quiet Little Drink enjoys the heavy breeze
in championship race 2 Feb
How is life without sailing and have you reached the end of that long list of jobs that has been hanging heavy over your head for the last 2 or 3 years while you were off sailing? Well, last week we reached the end and my list included polishing the letter box, but I have come to the conclusion that you can only polish your letterbox so many times before the novelty wears off so it must be time to return to the water.
We have commenced our annual check of each of the support boats with the aim of preparing a list of items that will have to be completed before the start of the season (should we get one). I am looking for 3 people to assist me. It involves taking each boat for a run, completing an equipment check, and giving it a wash. If you are available, please let me know. With only 4 people working, social distancing should not be an issue.
I have booked in the engine services for August 2020 so the checks need to be completed prior to then.
Scorpio with crowd in Sail Past 2019
Division 2 Sunday Racing re member responses
Thank you for all the replies I received concerning what format you would like for the Divisional and Club Championship racing of a Sunday. It was clear across the replies that the group wanted the choice of what day they would sail, but if they sailed Sunday's Div. and Championship races they would be looking for:
- One start and one long race per day (if Div. & Championship run consecutively as previous then that works too). We would be looking at being set going and then forget about us;
- If the Division race is run in conjunction with 2 lap Championship races, then we would be looking for a triangle, windward return, & triangle (each leg approx. 0.9nm to 1nm), or if run as a standalone race Triangle, 2 x windward returns, and Triangle with both options finishing at the Club (requiring plenty of spinnaker work). It would be nice to have a windward finish but in reality this is not possible with the multiple starts being carried out for the other divisions, so we are happy to finish at the club;
- Return the non-spinnaker allowance and reduce it if it is considered biased, but it has to be nominated at the start of the season and remain in place for the series (no picking the days);
- Retain existing starting sequence with Div. 2 last away;
- Leave the Etchells with Div. 2
Updated: 4 Jun 2020 3:07pm by Christie Arras
Yard and Marina
Winter series with skiffs July 2019
GLYC activities have been curtailed due to the coronavirus restrictions but that doesn't mean that nothing has been happening around the club.
Harry Stevenson has moved his new boat into the yard and is looking forward to getting out on the water; Justine has brought his RL24 back, so there are always boats moving in and out of the yard.
Because people are launching and retrieving their boats, I want to remind members and guests that you can only have your vehicle in the yard as long as it takes to unload or load equipment and then please move your car into the car park.
A check has been made of the finger jetties with a couple of jetties needing to have some decking boards replaced.
During the last month we had minor flood conditions at the club. While most boats in the marina were ok there were a couple of boats that had mooring lines that became too tight due to the rising water conditions. Please check your moorings and make sure that they are adjustable, preferably from the shore.
I hope you have all managed to cope with these unusual times; sailing will return!
Updated: 4 Jun 2020 3:08pm by Christie Arras
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A note from Mark Alderman
Mark and Sandra in new rescue duck on
Regrettably, I have had to resign from the Club Committee. On the 6th of May, I experienced a stroke.
Joanne tells she knew something was wrong when I ate only one slice of pizza which I had just made and baked. I felt a bit off early but did not associate it with a precursor to which could have been a catastrophic occurrence.
A big shout needs to go to:
the Paramedics at Paynesville Ambulance,
the Raymond Island with the Paynesville CFA volunteers,
Bairnsdale Hospital Emergency Department,
the Helicopter Crew and
the Medical Professionals at Monash Health Stroke Ward at Clayton.
Without all these people I would not have been well enough to be discharged from hospital on day 6.
The medicos found a clot in my left aorta which was removed and the Monash Surgery team put in a stent somewhere in the neck.
The only effect to show is a few million dead brain cells which means I will need some help with building my vocabulary again. One wag who purports to be a friend said, "A few million brain cells'... we would call that a quiet' night at Ross St" where I lived during the 1970s.
If you can't understand what I have written here, then I can't help you because I can't understand it either.
No sympathy is needed. Just watch your back. I have some work to do and will assist the club with other ways.
35 Second Avenue
Updated: 4 Jun 2020 4:55pm by Christie Arras
A further example of the rather complex Rule 18. Here is an example from situations which we often see at GLYC where boats of different size and speed hit the 3 boats length Zone and then round the mark. Pay attention to Blue in this example. If you establish a late overlap you go into the "gap" at your peril. However, if the right of way boat leaves a gap inadvertently see Situation 2 where Purple is now in the wrong.
If a boat that owes you mark-room tries to cut inside at the leeward mark, can you luff up sharply to prevent her from going in there? Rule 18.2c(1) (see page 7) says that the other boat still owes you mark-room even if she gets an inside overlap within the zone. Rule 18.2(2) (see box) says that boat must also give you room to sail your proper course while the boats remain overlapped. Therefore, as long as you are sailing within your proper course (diagram left) you can make any kind of course change to "shut the door" on the other boat. But if you have to detour from your proper course to shut the door (diagram right), then you have to be more careful because you won't be exonerated for breaking rule 16 (Changing Course) or for breaking any other rule.
Situation 1 - Blue has to give mark-room to Purple. At position 2, Blue becomes overlapped inside of Purple. Therefore, in addition to providing mark-room, Blue has to give Purple room to sail her proper course while they remain overlapped. Purple luffs sharply to sail her proper course at the mark and Blue does not keep clear. Blue breaks rule 11 (Windward/Leeward) and also rule 18.2(2) (because she did not give Purple toom to sail her proper course). Purple breaks rule 16 (Changing Course), but she is exonerated because she was sailing within the room to which she was entitled (Rule 21).
Situation 2 - This begins the same as Situation 1. Blue has to give Purple mark-room and then Blue gets an inside overlap at position 2. However, Purple sails farther past the mark and then luffs hard to keep lue from rounding the mark inside of her. At position3, Purple is sailing above her proper course and Blue is unable to keep clear. Purple breaks rule 16, but she is not exonerated this time because she is not sailing within the room or mark-room to which she is entitled. Blue breaks rule 11 but she is exonerated under rule 6.4(a) because she was compelled to break that rule when Purple broke rule 16.
18.2 Giving Mark-Room
When a boat is required to give mark-room by rule 18.2(b)...
(2)If she becomes overlapped inside the boat entitled to mark-room, she shall also give that boat room to sail her proper course while they remain overlapped.
Updated: 4 Jun 2020 4:36pm by Christie Arras
Our GLYC Literary Monthly Magazine: the Wanderer
Longnose on a tear in div championship 2nd
So here we go again...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.
Updated: 4 Jun 2020 2:52pm by Christie Arras
Sailing's little adventures
by Neil Smith
Supertoy Wood Contend in championship race
Having spent forty years involved in soccer: playing, coaching and refereeing, at various levels, and sometimes all three in the one year; as well as forty years operating a small business in the very demanding food transport industry, not a lot of time was left for serious sailing. Hence, not many opportunities for exciting stories.
I have not even sailed in the open sea, unless you count the time that I sailed my fourteen foot Windrush out of Sydney heads, far enough so looking south I could see Bronte Beach.
The closest that I got to sailing in my childhood was standing on the banks of the Thames, in 1967, to watch Sir Francis Chichester go past on Gipsy Moth IV, on his way to be knighted by the Queen.
My relationship with sailing did not commence until my early twenties. It only happened then because the work colleague that I used to go water ski-ing with on the Hawkesbury river near Windsor, had to sell his boat because his wife got pregnant, (her idea not his - selling the boat, that is), and I could not afford the cost of petrol to run my own speed boat. Looking through the classifieds one Saturday, I saw an old wooden NS14 for just $400, and figured how hard can it be to sail? I bought the boat along with a couple of life jackets. My mate's brother-in- law took us for a one hour lesson in the waters of Parramatta River at Drummoyne. That was it. After that it was a case of get on the boat and try to copy what crews on other sailing boats were doing. [That is why I tend to drift to the back on Tuesday evenings...So that I can watch and learn from the other boats].
Still being very busy with soccer and business, much of my sailing has been social, and not very serious. My dramatic stories are pretty limited and the sort of adventures that we have all encountered in this great pastime.
Who hasn't smashed a crystal glass, full of red, while climbing from the cabin to the cockpit? Or dropped your one-and-only steak into the depths of Cowan Creek while barbecuing off the back of the yacht, anchored kilometres from civilisation. Then there is the pleasant feeling you get sinking in mud, almost to your waist, having jumped off the NS to save it from crashing into the sea wall at Mortlake because of a steering issue, once again on the Parramatta River. Being an old industrial area, that mud was probably rather toxic.
On another occasion not far from there, I got the top of the mast of the Windrush stuck in the mud at the bottom, and had to wave down a passing speed boat to tow us out. A great sight for those travelling over the Concord Bridge. I am not suggesting that I am a slow learner, but it did take a while to work out that sailing on rivers is not a good idea.
Progressing to larger waterways did help a bit, but I still managed to wedge the windrush on a sandbank in the middle of Port Stephens, nowhere near the shoreline, and stepped off in six inches of water to turn the cat around. Apparently everyone knows that there is a sandbank there. After that I started looking at maps.
Flora in cosy disguise at the Grange last
Mind you, we have all scraped the bottom a few times. I even hit the bottom with my 16ft Skiff off Spectacle Island Drummoyne. Unfortunately, we were racing at the time, and it was one of the few races that I had not capsized the boat. What made it even more embarrassing was that we were in full view of the club house, and almost over the finish line. I actually received the encouragement award at the annual dinner, not just because I capsized many more times than any other boat during the season, but also because we always got back up and finished the race.
We have all capsized a few times. If not, then you have not been trying hard enough.
I was fortunate enough to have a couple of seasons crewing on a 30 foot Cavelier racing on Sydney Harbour. A great learning time as I was in my twenties and three of the crew were nearly 40 years older with plenty of experience. Although I did have to apologise to one of the old guys having laughed at him when he claimed to see a penguin in the water as we were heading back up towards the Opera House. I put it down to his age, and the scotch that we had put in the coffee to warm up after passing the finish line. Two days later an expert from the zoo was talking on the ABC about the colony of penguins living in Sydney Harbour.
Having progressed to bigger boats, I spent a whole afternoon cramped up in my 32ft Comet, replacing the gearbox. I had a swing mooring about 40 metres from shore just by the Gladesville Bridge. It is probably best to stretch a bit before attempting to row ashore. I stepped straight from the back of the yacht over the side of the dinghy and into the river. We have all heard that noise your mobile makes as it dies.
Luckily, the time I fell in while tied to the swing mooring at Cottage Point I was more dressed for swimming. I rowed ashore to get supplies from the cafe and after passing those up to the yacht, fell in from the dinghy. On resurfacing you would expect to see a helping hand from your concerned crew. Instead you look up at the lens of a camera.
It was great to discover Paynesville a few years ago. Having not had the opportunity to sail for over ten years this place appeared like paradise. Proof that old habits die hard, I have scraped the bottom in several places around Lakes King, Victoria, and Wellington. And while enjoying my first sail on these lakes on Time Flies, and with two friends that had never sailed before, we heard the sound of the mainsail tearing in half, from leech to mast.
So, as you can see, no great adventures, just all those everyday silly experiences that happen to all of us in the world of sailing. Well, I hope it is not just me, otherwise it could explain why mum used to call me Dennis, and dad called me Curly. [The older readers will know those tv shows].
Fortunately, when Flora came to GLYC, looking for someone to sail with, she asked if I am one of those skippers who get cranky easily and shouts at the crew. She did not ask the important question, do I know how to sail.
Updated: 4 Jun 2020 3:17pm by Christie Arras
One of my favourite regatta memories.
by John Dingey
Nitro in CG Drummond
After three or four seasons as a youngster sailing Mirrors at Williamstown Sailing Club, one of the older regular Kitty Catamaran sailors asked me to be his for'ard hand. He wanted a fly weight crew and I fitted the bill nicely. I was one of the younger and definitely smaller crews in the fleet. Kitty Cats were a small but feisty little boat, only 12 feet in length with a 100 square foot main sail and a 50 square foot jib. But add to that a 150 square foot spinnaker and downwind they were a pocket rocket. I sailed Kittys for about 12 seasons including numerous State and National titles events and this memory is from one of those State title regattas.
I'm unsure of the year but it was somewhere in the mid 1980's; our state titles were held over the Labour Day weekend at McCrae Yacht club on the Mornington Peninsula. I was at this stage crewing for a guy named Steve "Chook" Lanyon, an excellent, if sometimes, vocal skipper. The schedule was for five races over three days.
On the Saturday the weather was clear and sunny with a stiff breeze of 20 knots and more...ideal Kitty conditions. The fleet of about 20 boats headed out to the start line and when the gun went, the upwind leg was hard fought and close. Chook and I rounded the top mark first but my going forward to hoist the kite during the bear away coincided with a big gust resulting in a spectacular nose dive and cartwheel. Not the first time that had happened but this time there was a very loud bang, easily heard over the wind, spray and other noise.
The boat quickly fully inverted and we looked at each other while standing on what was usually the underside of the tramp deck and main beam wondering what could have made such a noise. A quick feel around under water revealed the main beam and rear beam seemed intact; the shrouds were all still there and taut. The rudder blades and centreboards looked okay (other than pointing upwards) and the dolphin striker was not broken. We were running out of ideas as to what could have happened so the only thing to do was right the boat and see how things looked.
As I leapt forward into the water from the beam to swing the boat around I slid my palm along the centre line of the bottom of the hull and felt a rough edge take some skin off the palm of my hand. There was a split in the fibreglass hull about a foot long, a metre or so back from the bow of the starboard hull. Mystery solved. The pressure of the nose dive burst the hull.
Blustery sail 2nd Feb
Now knowing what had made the bang we needed a plan for getting the boat back to the beach. We decided to just bring the boat upright and sail as fast as we could the kilometre or so back to the club and, hopefully, get there before sinking. As it happened, the damaged hull was on the windward side and with plenty of breeze we had a terrific two-sail reach, easily flying the hull all the way home arriving with next to no water inside.
We unrigged the boat and, thinking our series was over, I went off to shower and change into dry clothes. An early lunch seemed a good idea so off I went for some food and a drink. A chat or two with some locals and other yachties and a few other distractions and I was gone for an hour or two. We had all afternoon to pack up the boat, or so I thought.
When I arrived back at the club, I was greeted by Chook yelling out irately for me to hurry up or we'd miss the second race! While I was wandering about he had cut a section out of the plywood deck, realigned the two sides of the split, fibre glassed it inside and out, and patched the deck with the piece he'd cut out and some other ply he had scrounged along with some screws and sealant. Not at all pretty, but watertight.
I raced off to change back into cold, wet sailing gear while Chook used a borrowed hair dryer to help the fibre glass cure a little quicker. We had the boat re-rigged in record time and back on the water as the start sequence for the second race was underway. Pushing hard on another fast reach we arrived on the start line at speed just as the gun went. We were first again to the top mark and went on to win the race and eventually the series. Everyone, including me, was surprised to see us back out there, let alone winning.
This story came out last year during the 2019 Marlay Point race. Chook has sailed in a dozen or so MPONRs in his immaculate Clubman 8 named Joker, and last year I sailed with him, his two sons and another friend of Chooks. Chook had terminal cancer at the time and slept through half of the race while I skippered the boat. His sons asked me for any stories from our early sailing days and this was the first that came to mind. There were many others too and the best ones all seemed to involve Chook. Sadly, he passed away in December so there will be one less MPONR starter from now on. If anyone wants a superb Clubman 8, I happen to know where there is one for sale.
Updated: 4 Jun 2020 3:16pm by Christie Arras
My Yachting (Horror) Story
By 1975 I had completed the second of my Sydney to Hobart Races aboard Koomooloo. Koomooloo was a timber built 41 footer and finished with varnished topsides and interior. The boat was stunning and looked more akin to a piece of furniture than a racing yacht. A little later her owner had decided to sell Koomooloo and had commissioned a brand new up to the minute yacht from a leading designer of the times.
Koomooloo was to go to Sydney, either having been sold or to expedite sale. ..."VM" (Vague memory) there... So, a delivery crew was organised that included myself, the owner, one non-sailor and perhaps another experienced sailor. (VM)
All was going well...almost across the paddock, so ...well on the way.
Digression #1: Let me explain something of the cockpit layout on Koomooloo: The cockpit was divided with a small helmsman section at the very stern that was separated from the rest of the cockpit by the mainsail traveller and a row of B&G instruments.
So there we are, midnight, 1 or 2am, (VM) but dark as... running square. Very easy and not a worry in the world. Me lounging in the main cockpit and the other guy on the helm.
Digression #2: It was the practise on Koomooloo, when running square to secure a line to the boom vang to prevent an accidental gybe of the main.
I sense that something is not quite right. I lean back across the traveller to look at the instruments. Shit, instruments show the wind is heavily on the other tack. At that instant the 40 knot front hits, the boom gybe preventer breaks and the boom comes whistling across with the mainsheet acting as a powered up slingshot to propel me into one of the headsail winchs. A good alternative as overboard would have been, "Goodnight. Over and out".
Twilight 4th Feb
However, I had suffered what eventuates as several broken ribs with punctures to the lung and resulting deflation. Needless to say I retired to a bunk and took no further part in sailing the boat into Eden. At Eden, some hours later, an ambulance was waiting.
But how to get a largish body thru the companion way and up to the wharf some 20 feet above the yacht's deck?
Answer: You need to climb up yourself.
I was then transported to Bega Hospital in the back of a station wagon that posed as an ambulance. I don't think I was a good patient as they insisted that a sheet of marble be placed under me. (Okay, it was only a spine board.)
The x-rays did not show any injury. So finally, after 10 days of my grizzling, I was released to fly back to Melbourne in a light plane. Bad idea, as within a couple of days the lung had collapsed again requiring admission to hospital for more treatment.
Koomooloo won the Sydney to Hobart Race in 1968 and eventually went to the bottom off the NSW coast in 2006. The replacement yacht was aptly named "Spirit of Koomooloo."
Updated: 4 Jun 2020 3:19pm 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
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.
GLYC photo archive
Updated: 1 Jun 2020 7:38pm by Tim Shepperd
|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.
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.
Price dropped to $700
Contact: Geoff Robinson
Phone: 0427 446 405
|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