Wanderer - July 2020

The Commodore's Report

Another month has passed and we are ever so slightly closer to racing again.

Late last month the news we had all been waiting for came out. Competitive sailing was on the list of activities that could happen. This excitement turned to frustration when the fine print stated that we needed the 1.5m distancing while competing. This ruled out any trailer sailer as the cockpit just is not big enough to keep that far away from anyone else. For example, on a Nolex 25 if the skipper is seated just behind the traveller then the crew needs to be on the cabin top or further forward.

Australian Sailing is campaigning extremely hard to get us all back out on the water. Gavin Wall from the Victorian office is doing a great job of keeping all the clubs up to date on the latest changes and how they impact our sport.

The GLYC committee is working through the piles of regulations making sure that we can get everyone back out on the racetrack at the first opportunity. Please be patient with us; we are trying as hard as we can. All of us would prefer to be racing.

A sailing calendar for the 2020-21 season has been worked out in such a way that we can get started at any point from October onwards. The presentation for last season will happen on the Saturday night of the opening weekend.

Thank you to everyone who has shared a story with our membership. Please keep sending them in; it is great to read a variety of things each month.

My last request for this month is for people to share their adventures in Gippsland. The rules are:
1. Take a day trip from your home (no overnight trips)
2. Submit some photos (5 max) to the clubs Facebook page of your trip with a short description of where you went
3. Use other people's submissions as inspiration to explore East Gippsland

I look forward to seeing what everyone is up to.


Updated: 2 Jul 2020 9:52am by David Parish

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In this issue:

Sailing Calendar

Tegwyn helms Quiet Little Drink last week
Tegwyn helms Quiet Little Drink last week

Calendar, like all our lives, is in limbo.

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

Updated: 2 Jul 2020 11:17am by James Frecheville

Vice Commodore's Article

Beautiful new invisible clears on Judi G
Beautiful new invisible clears on Judi G

I need to commence this month's Wanderer report with a sincere apology to the members of our Club.
It has been brought to my attention that my endeavours at humour in the Vice Commodore's article in last month's GLYC Wanderer headed "Gender Reality" was in poor taste.

I apologise to anyone who took offence; it was my light hearted attempt, in a COVID-19 environment, to brighten our members' day whilst we wait to return to competitive sailing. I stress to you that it was meant in good fun with no animosity and/or offense intended, and that it was not aimed at gender bias or discriminatory towards anyone. I will in future leave the comedian acts to the professionals, sorry.

Unique Sails -
You may not be aware that Unique Sails is one of GLYC major sponsors and this month as part of their sponsorship they replaced the sun damaged starboard clear on Judi G. This work was completed at no cost and was much appreciated by the club (Thanks Brian & Lyn)

Hills Marine - Is also a supporter and sponsor of GLYC and again this year completed the annual safety check of the clubs 9 inflated life jackets at no cost (Thank you Aaron)

Boats Group - The boats group, a merry band of members that keeps our support boats serviced and ready for use has been working hard again this month preparing our club boats for the season (that we all hope is going to happen). The work included:
  • Boats given a run to check motor, steering, electrics, and hydronic operation;
  • Completed a full equipment check and replaced damaged items;
  • Trailers checked and a perished tyre replaced;
  • Boats cleaned inside and out with stains on the hulls removed;
  • General maintenance items corrected;
  • Judi G booked in for annual antifoul;
  • All motors booked in for annual service.
  • Thanks guys, love your work

    We have also been working on finalizing the results from last season's competitive sailing and procurement of the mementos with COVID-19 making it hard to procure some items... Once they arrive we will commence the engraving process of both the mementos and Perpetual Trophies hoping that we can have it all finished before the start of this coming year's season.


    Updated: 2 Jul 2020 11:17am by Christie Arras

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    Notice to Etchells

    Metung Yacht Club

    GLYC Etchells practicing in Twilight on Jan 28 2020
    GLYC Etchells practicing in Twilight on
    Jan 28 2020

    Please see upcoming Etchells Regattas in Metung 2021.

    If anyone wishes to do both Regattas, free storage (where masts may be left in) is a available for that period.

    Kindest regards,
    Jeff Rose
    Metung Yacht Club

    Eastern Region Etchells Regatta
    Australia Day Weekend
    22nd - 25th January, 2021
    Metung Yacht Club

    Victorian Etchells Championship
    Labour Day Weekend
    4 - 5th March, 2021
    Metung Yacht Club

    Updated: 2 Jul 2020 11:17am by Christie Arras

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    Yard and Marina Update

    Remember when we all could have cuddles?
    Remember when we all could have cuddles?

    With our winter sailing greatly restricted during the coronavirus outbreak there is hope that some of the restrictions may be lifted shortly and we will be able to have a full summer season of racing.

    At this time, I thought I would make sure that all members understand how the GLYC storage policy works. Our club encourages "active" members that would like to store their boat at the club to apply for storage. Storage at the club is full at the moment but members still need to apply on line for the storage officer to know if a member would like a position at the club. Members that have applied but are not able to have a spot at this time will be on a list. The club will do whatever it can to accommodate storage needs. There are times when positions come available and ACTIVE members on the list will be contacted.

    Below is how you can become informed about GLYC storage policy:
    For Information follow the following steps
  • Go to the GLYC on line website
  • Go to "Club Information"
  • Go to "Rules, Policies & Forms"
  • Go to "Forms"-here you will find the following on line forms:
  • Application/Renewal Form and Active Use Score Card

    Also the following policy documents are included:
  • GLYC Boat Storage Policy,
  • GLYC Small Vessel Storage Policy
  • GLYC Boat Storage Terms and Conditions of Use.


  • Updated: 2 Jul 2020 11:16am by Christie Arras

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    GLYC Boat Storage Policy

    for Hardstand, Marina, Underclub, OTB and Small Vessels

    The Juniors had a ball at Sperm Whale Head Xmas sail
    The Juniors had a ball at Sperm Whale Head
    Xmas sail


    GLYC has struggled with the equitable allocation of boat storage for years. When demand for storage is greater than the available spaces, this policy will provide the Yard and Marina Officer with a means by which recommendations may be made to the Committee of Management (CoM) re allocation of boat storage.

    It is not the intent of this policy to discriminate in any way between members, but rather a way for members to demonstrate use of their boat and connectedness to the club, thus giving preference in storage to yachts that will be used and to Members who are actively engaged in the Club.

    In applying for and then being allocated ongoing boat storage, a Member will need to demonstrate their "active use and connectedness to the club" as is required under this Policy, as well as meeting any other requirements of the GLYC Rules of Association and/or GLYC By-Laws.

    This Policy includes an example of the "Active use and connectedness Scorecard" (now on-line), to assist Members in demonstrating the "active use of their boats" as well as their "connectedness to" the GLYC.

    GLYC By Laws
    By-Laws: 16.0 BOAT STORAGE

    Undercover boat storage, moorings, and hardstand shall be allocated to eligible members in accordance with the GLYC Boat Storage Policy. Members allocated a wet berth or hard stand site shall sign an agreement, pay the prescribed fee/s and comply with the terms and conditions.

    Application Procedure
  • A member must be a financial member to be eligible to apply for allocation of storage;
  • The member applies on-line using the "Boat Storage Application Form" available on the Club website;
  • The application must be accompanied by a completed on-line "Active Use of Boat and Club Connectedness Scorecard" available in the Documents area of the Club website;
  • The Yard and Marina Officer shall prioritise applications based on active use and connectedness, physical limitations, and other relevant factors;
  • The CoM shall receive the recommendation of the Yard and Marina Officer and accept or reject the application and the member will be advised of the outcome.
  • The boat may be moved to the Club once the relevant deposit and annual fees have been paid.

  • Demonstrated "Active Use"
    This Policy defines "boat usage" and "club connectedness", and recognises this as activity across many facets of Club life including sailing (both racing and recreational/cruising), leadership, volunteering, social and recreational activities and membership history. Applicants will be asked to record their activities via the on-line "Active use of boat and Club Connectedness, Scorecard", with their application and annually with their storage renewal documents by 1st September each year. This is not meant to be onerous with most regular boat owners expected to easily meet the requirements. New members are expected to complete the form based on their expected boat use and Club participation.

    Professional looking cat men at Sperm Whale Head
    Professional looking cat men at Sperm
    Whale Head

    The information will then be assessed by the Yard and Marina Officer prior to recommendations re storage being made to the CoM.

    Boat Storage Review Sub Committee
    If a review of a Committee decision is requested by a member, a Boat Storage Review Sub Committee will be convened, chaired by a Flag Officer and including three other Senior Club Members. The sub-committee will be used by the Club where necessary to assist with storage allocation and re-allocation. The sub-committee is empowered to consider special requests for "extenuating circumstances" upon written application.
    The Yard and Marina Officer may seek the assistance of the Boat Storage Review Sub-Committee at any time in regard to the implementation of this policy and in the consideration and allocation of Boat Storage spaces.

    GLYC Small Vessel Storage Policy
    GLYC encourages members to participate in water sports activities as often as possible and therefore, under limited circumstances, small vessels may be permitted to be stored at GLYC. Such vessels include kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, kite boards and sailboards.

    Conditions of storage:
  • Each vessel is subject to a separate New Storage application, and must be clearly marked with its name and owner so it is readily identifiable to GLYC Officers;
  • No vessel may be brought onto GLYC premises until the owner has written permission (by email) from the Yard Officer;
  • No preference will be given to the type of small vessel to be stored, but the available space may determine this;
  • Small vessels already in storage will have precedence over new applications;
  • Where multiple small vessels can be fitted into a single space this will be accepted unless members with vessels already in that space object;
  • Vessels near an exit gate must be readily movable by any member in order to retrieve any item further back, and owners must accept that others may move and return their vessels;
  • An annual storage fee of $50 must be paid for each separate small vessel stored under the Club regardless of how many may be in a single space;
  • Small vessels may only be stored under the Club; they are not permitted to be stored in the open in the yard;
  • Sailing dinghies will at all times have preference for storage over small vessels; small vessels' owners will be asked to remove their vessels within 2 weeks if the Club has an application for storage for a sailing dinghy that will fit in the space and no other spaces are available;
  • Members requested to remove their vessels will be immediately refunded the pro-rata residual.

  • Russ

    Updated: 2 Jul 2020 11:16am by Christie Arras

    Our GLYC Literary Monthly Magazine: the Wanderer

    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: 28 Jun 2020 4:19pm by Christie Arras

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    Where all the rocks are...or not - by Chris Avery

    The Reserveman and bride 6 Nov 2012 Melbourne Cup Day at GLYC
    The Reserveman and bride 6 Nov 2012
    Melbourne Cup Day at GLYC

    In 1953 I worked my way to Southhampton on a Passenger ship called the MV Skaubryn; the voyage took some five weeks. My position was known as "Workaway" then promoted to Reserveman.

    The crew consisted of Norwegian Seamen, German Engineers and Nurses, French and Italian stewards and me.

    Part of my duties was to take a party of passengers up to the Bridge so that the Master could explain how he managed to get the ship to its designated port; he disliked this duty intensely.

    A knock on the Bridge door, "A party for inspection, Sir."
    "Bring them in," a rather terse reply from our Norwegian Master.
    End of talk by the Master having explained Engine Room, Telegraph, Compass, Wheel, etc.

    Question time

    One rather chatty lady pipes up, "Say, Captain, do you know where all the rocks are?"

    Reply in true Norwegian fashion: "No madam, I know where they are not."

    He gave me a wink as we departed the Bridge.

    Chris Avery

    Updated: 2 Jul 2020 11:29am by Tim Shepperd

    Learning to Splice - by Russell Broomhall

    Charlie and Taj win Junior 125 Champions on Inside Joke for 2017
    Charlie and Taj win Junior 125 Champions
    on Inside Joke for 2017

    When I was a small boy my father worked with Simon Greig at Blockey the Boat Builder selling Mirror dinghy's.

    They had been making Herrons, Sabots and other boats before they took on the franchise for the Mirror. As history has shown, the plywood Mirror 10 built from a "stitch and glue" kit was a major success with 1000's sold in Australia and around the world.

    Every Mirror sold had a forestay and 2 shrouds made in galvanized wire with a soft loop (one without a thimble) at the top (it looped over the turned top of the wooden Mirror mast) and a hard eye (with thimble) at the bottom. Each wire had a 3-strand laid rope tale spliced at the bottom.

    My old man couldn't splice to save his life nor could Simon, so they employed an old Irish sea dog by the name of Daniel O'hara Burke (Danny for short). He had worked on the last commercial sailing ship up until he came to work in the new fledgling business they had established called Bosun's Locker (a Ships Chandlery). It must have been around 1965 or '66, I think.

    He gave up on trying to teach Dad and Simon and concentrated on teaching Peter Greig (Simon's son) and me how to splice; because among all the types of splices, the 3-strand splice is the easiest and most boring splice to do.

    In order to practice I was put to work swaging the wires and splicing on the tails.

    Peter went on to become arguably one of the best riggers in Australia (and the World's oldest hippy - I reckon) and without doubt the best splicer in the land. He's still living and working at Port Douglas in Far North Queensland. If you go there keep a close eye on your wife and lock up your mum; Peter is very charming (and successful!) with the ladies!

    I was educated at an Agricultural college in Mount Gambier; mum and dad and my siblings continued to live in Brighton (Melbourne). They said it had something to do with my behaviour (but it depends on who's version of the story you want to believe - my view is I was perfectly behaved and I wanted to do Ag Science!)

    A Boarding school year takes a very long time to pass when you are at least 8 hours from home, but I did come home every summer holidays and after a week or so I went to work with dad.

    As I mentioned my job was to make the wires and do the splices. Sounds easy, eh? Well,it is until you need to make 200 sets of wires (600 of the buggers!) to keep them going through the following year. I could (and probably still can) splice 3-strand laid behind my back with my eyes closed and, in my sleep, I did that many of them!

    During this time (I'm not good with dates and times) Peter, with input from Simon and my dad, designed the 125 as a succession dinghy for people moving on from the Mirror; this was later replicated by the Mirror Miracle. Neither boat sold particularly well, but as many would know the rights to the 125 were given to the fledgling 125 Association and they made a great success of it.

    I was so pleased when my son Charlie together with Taj Duff went on to sail the 125 (Inside Joke) and win the Junior National championship and finish 5th amongst the adults some years ago (and they were very little boys).

    Charlie had never met his grandfather, Brian Broomhall OAM, so sailing the 125 made a family link with that boat.

    When the Mirror 14 and 16 came along they also required halyard splices making of shrouds and lots of other stuff. I did this for years right up until I left school and went to work with Frank Hammond sails.


    Updated: 2 Jul 2020 10:36am by Christie Arras

    Back to the early 1960s - by Lindsay Crawford

    Lindsay all grown up presenting LB Crawford trophy to Neil Joiner for this season's win 27 Oct 2019
    Lindsay all grown up presenting LB
    Crawford trophy to Neil Joiner for this
    season's win 27 Oct 2019

    This story goes right back to the early 1960s.

    My two sisters and I sailed a 14ft Venture "St. Barbara" each weekend. One Sunday, as is prone to happen in the Gippsland Lakes, a southerly buster came through just as we rounded Montague Point on the way home. "Buttercup" (the current rescue boat) came out and took the girls off, but I opted to stay with my boat.

    I could see the rocks on Raymond Island looming and I didn't want to end up on them. I drifted right down the Straits, nearly emerging into Lake King.

    That particular day, the power boats had been racing off the boat ramp near the old Paynesville Motel (now gone). Along came Bill McLeod in his racing boat. He wasn't willing to tow me anywhere because his boat was too powerful and fast and the motor would overheat. I said "just let it idle ".

    I felt a bit embarrassed telling my elder how to drive his boat (my being about 14), but I was beyond caring by this stage. So he did slowly tow me back to the club and his motor was OK.

    This all took a few hours, by which stage I was freezing and probably a bit hypothermic. I didn't know anything about hypothermia then, but I know I was cold for about a week.


    Updated: 2 Jul 2020 11:30am by Christie Arras

    Love of sailing on the Gippsland Lakes - by Brook and Lynn Felsenthal

    The Lakes have always and continue to be the centre of sailing for me; it all began with my first experiences on my father's Jubilee and later H28 both moored in Duck Arm where we spent all our holidays. In my early teens, VJ's, Moths and Sailfish were always on the beach; in fact, I still have 2 Sailfish hanging in the garage waiting for my retirement and some paint.

    The fires in '78 destroyed our home when I was 15 and my parents sold the block and moved to Phillip Island. To be fair to Mum, 5 kids, no power, tank water and the black dirt would not have been easy, but for me the lakes were a wonderland and something the crowds of Cowes and tides and mudflats of Westernport could never match. As a teenager the best day of the week was Thursday (trading post day) and buying, fixing and selling boats like Sailfish. Mirrors and later catamarans ended up my hobby and pocket money.

    After Uni I travelled through Europe and discovering the flotilla concept in the Mediterranean, I ended up as a flotilla skipper in Turkey. It was in Turkey that I hatched the idea of setting up a specialised boating holiday booking office in Australia now known as a Yacht Charter Brokerage. In 1985 I returned to Melbourne to set up Charter World and have been doing the same thing ever since. When I returned, my father had just set up the Melbourne Trailerable Yacht Centre on the highway in Chadstone selling secondhand boats and importing the NZ Bonito 22 into Australia.

    Lynn and I met at the Melbourne Boat Show where she worked for Whitsunday Rent-a-yacht. Before long I had a crew and we campaigned a Tasar for a few seasons from Chelsea. Her last race was our most memorable Marlay in 1988 on the Bonito. It was the largest fleet ever entered at 651, but only 169 finished with 8 boats capsizing. We put the mast in on a broach and were all a bit stunned hanging on in the cockpit. My father loved the boat and told us that it would come up, and I remember saying "you don't know it will come up" - it did but they were long seconds waiting. I remember beating back to Paynesville on Lake King which was the course in those days and it blew that hard that the boat would roll on her side and skid directly backwards until the breeze dropped a little and we got some bite from the centreboard to move forward. We won our division, but I lost Lynn to racing so we moved into the cruising scene.

    Our first trailer sailer, an Ultimate 18 (number 6), went straight down to the lakes and we based it at Laurie Miles' farm on the Nicho. We were then in our mid 20's with the trailer sailer demographic as today in their 60's, so we were certainly the youngest by a long way. Some of our fondest memories are of being stern to the beach at the back lake or Duck Arm with many boats enjoying the sociability and beauty of the lakes.

    Within a couple of years Jack and Holly arrived and a Noelex 25 became our new holiday house (now based at Trevor's yard in Paynesville). Marlay racing and cruising, we took her from Queensland to Tassie (on the ferry of course) and she was a great little boat that served us for 20 years.

    By this stage we had managed to get back into Duck Arm (Pete Morrison and John Foley built us a great house) and, not wanting to antifoul our Noelex, we made a jump and purchased a cruising catamaran in New Caledonia and sailed her home in 2013. Coastal cruising was a new adventure and we have enjoyed a few trips to Melbourne, NSW and QLD with Tassie the next plan.

    In between these years there was over a decade of watching Jack in a variety of boats and racing campaigns. James and Tim built their first ever Minnow, CrackerJack, for Jack in which won the National titles 2 months later. He now sails a Waszp (and occasional Viper) and as class president has arranged the Waszp Nationals at GLYC next January.

    We still (at least until the last months) love to charter and cruise when we can. Last year was spent a month cruising in Greece and Sardinia as well as an 8 week cruise up to Port Stephens for the Waszp Nationals. But we always love to get back through the Entrance and enjoy what I truly believe is one of the most diverse, relaxing and enjoyable waterways in the world.

    Lynn has a retirement plan for me which involves asking me to sail into Paynesville to get some milk and then when I get back saying she now wants some bread. This, Ancient Mariners, Twilights and Sunday racing will keep me busy enough and are all the plan in a couple of years when things slow down.

    Brook and Lynn

    Updated: 2 Jul 2020 10:40am by Christie Arras

    An insight of the early days in our lives and of our Club - by Leigh Robinson

    No lifejackets on Toonalook
    No lifejackets on Toonalook

    It was February 6th, 1937, the Club's first Opening Day that I sailed my first race with my Father and Tom Langtree in Quest, his Family's Meteor class Day Sailor, as bailer boy. Four Winds was also a Meteor her name being given to the Ocean Grange and return race, if memory is right.

    Looking forward to sailing the following season, the Committee Meeting prior to Opening Day passed a motion that the participation of juniors would be Disencouraged ending my racing for that period. No rescue boats or life jackets in those days, I guess, maybe lucky for me as I was never more than a keep afloat swimmer. I sailed on with Dad in his fishing boat until we lost him in 1941.

    When the Club resumed after WW2 in 1945, I was asked to helm Toonalook, Geoff Stanway's Snipe Class, with his Brother Bruce forward hand Geoff choosing not to race. We sailed Toonalook to the Club's first two Championships. In those days we raced each Sunday from the Progress Jetty.

    Rules were very basic: if you infringed you automatically withdrew. Also, racing was on if you had minimum of three boats on the start line irrespective of weather conditions. During those two seasons there where no capsizes with Toonalook (couldn't afford to without life jackets and my swimming ability).

    As children we spent every available chance sailing against each other with no capsizes. Until we convinced our elders we were competent our early sailing was confined to the straits under the eyes of all. I still consider it the best training we could ever have had with it's constant wind shifts (though not safe to do so today).

    Just an insight of the early days in our lives and of our Club...


    Updated: 2 Jul 2020 10:38am by Christie Arras

    Yacht Racing and Memories - by Leigh Robinson

    Taken from the GLYC history section. Part I

    Dad's fishing boat Bessie
    Dad's fishing boat Bessie

    This article by Leigh Robinson first appeared in the 50th Anniversary edition of the Wanderer.

    During the recent Sabre and 125 National Titles I was walking down the Esplanade looking at a rather thin, bearded, sun tanned, little fellow in his brightly coloured bermudian shorts with the skinny legs shuffling along towards me in a way familiar enough to jog my memory.

    I asked myself the question as I studied his face as we closed on opposite tacks, "Is this the fellow I've been wondering about for so long?" As he was just passing me I said, "Cliff Gibson?" He turned, stood staring into my face for a full minute and said, "Leigh", and then faltered for the want of a surname. "Cliff, you've done well enough", was my reply and so passed a void of just over thirty years.

    It was in the early fifties that I had last seen Cliff. My crew of those days was a Paynesville junior by the name of Michael Simpson just cutting his teeth into the sport that he has participated in as a cornpetitor and administrator ever since. Mike and his son both competed in the recent Sabre titles. Mike losing his money the day the Sister-in-Iaw put the $20.00 on the son.

    When "Bailer", as I named him when he threw the only one we had over the side one day in the middle of a race, first met Cliff, it was in a set of circumstances at Metung regatta that he's never forgotten.

    In those early days we didn't have the exonerating rules of today and after any infringement the offender usually withdrew from the race immediately, but on this particular day Cliff wouldn't. We had buoy room on two occasions and he'd refused to give it and, as we approached the leeward mark we were in that situation again.

    I warned Cliff that if he didn't give it this time, I'd go right through him. He didn't and I did and that was the only time I've deliberately damaged another boat in my life. After the race, over a few coldies Cliff said to me, "Well Leigh, I tried to bluff you again; I looked for it, and I got it." There were no hard feelings as we'd been competing against each other at various venues for a few years and were all good friends even though we did play at it hard, and that was not only on the water.

    Zero hour at Progress Jetty
    Zero hour at Progress Jetty

    One thing has never changed in my yachting life: I still enjoy the re-run of the race with its post mortems just as much as the event itself. I'm sure most of us do as we evaluate our mistakes and quietly feel contented about the good moves we made in our efforts to be a winner.

    During the recent Sabre series, I was having a talk to Alex Proko as a fellow was wending has way through the boats towards us. Alex said "Do you know Buster' Hooper?" as he was about to introduce me to him. "Leave this to me, Alex", was my reply.

    I hadn't seen Buster since he was a junior in Sabots at Albert Sailing Club during my last year there in 1957. Naturally Buster didn't remember me but we had much to talk about - the members of those days and the club in general and Port Melbourne as well, as it was our neighbour, and many sailed at Port after leaving the Lake. My old Lake adversary and friend Dirn Langlands was its Commodore for many years. By the time Buster and his family called at home on their way back to Melbourne, a friendship had been established that will hold its place with all the others.

    It was in 1947 as a first year apprentice shipwright that I was travelling on a train from the city to Port Melbourne to work overtime on a ship berthed there that I first met his father, Bill, who has the Jolly Roger Boat Shed and sailing school on Albert Park Lake. I was carrying my tool bag which took the interest of the chap sitting opposite me. He'd seen the adze in the pocket of the bag and this prompted him to ask me if I was a shipwright. By the time the train reached Middle Park station he'd found out that I came from Paynesville and I knew one of his old Navy buddies from the war.

    As he was closing the door leaving the train, he asked me to mention a red headed Japanese girl to this fellow the next time I saw him. The following Christmas at the Paynesville Regatta I passed the message on to Dave Bull who promptly replied, "Bloody Bill Hooper, where did you meet him?" It was then I found out who the chap in the train was and where he lived. A few years later I took a message back to Bill and that eventually started me sailing at Albert Sailing Club teaming up again with my first sailing mate and life long friend Bruce Stanway.

    To be continued...

    Updated: 2 Jul 2020 10:39am by Christie Arras

    Rules Corner

    Rule 10 and Hailing

    When coming close to a Port /Starboard crossing you will often hear a hail of "Starboard" from the Right of Way yacht and "Hold your course" from the Port tack give way boat.

    Neither boat is required to Hail by the rules (only required for Protest and Room at Obstruction) but nonetheless the hail of Starboard may well be a very good idea. However, some sailors are under the misapprehension that the hail of "hold your course" puts an obligation on the Right of Way boat. This is wrong. The explanation here is from Appeal 27 of the US Sailing which explains it all neatly.

    A hail to hold course is not binding on a right-of-way boat.

    Facts and Decision of the Protest Committee
    Siren Song (S) and Malba (P) were approaching the finishing line, close-hauled on opposite tacks. The finishing line was approximately parallel to S's course. P's course, at right angles to the line, would cross it at two to three hull lengths from its starboard and much-favored end.

    S hailed "Starboard tack," and P, believing that she could cross S, hailed "Hold your course." S, however, tacked and protested under rule 10. P crossed the line first; S crossed second and overlapped.

    The protest committee disqualified P under rule 10, its belief being that, since it was one helmsman's judgment against the other's, the obligated port-tack boat needed adequate evidence to support her claim that she would have cleared S. P appealed, since continuous sightings indicated that she would pass clear ahead but close to S, and she had therefore hailed "Hold your course," which S had failed to do.

    Decision of the Appeals Committee
    The facts found by the protest committee are not conclusive as to whether or not a collision would have resulted, had S not tacked. Yet it is clear that the boats were sailing courses that might have resulted in a collision. Even the testimony of P did not satisfy the committee that she would have crossed clear ahead, had S held her course.

    P's appeal is denied, the decision of the protest committee is upheld, and P remains disqualified.
    In response to the questions regarding a boat that has been hailed to hold course, it is permissible to hail, but the rules do not recognize such a hail as binding on the other boat. S can tack or bear away at any time she is satisfied that a change of course will be necessary to avoid a collision.

    Remember Case 50 of World Sailing shows the danger of making a close cross ahead from a Port Tacker. The onus of proof is on the give way boat to demonstrate clearly that the Right of Way Starboard tack boat did not need to alter course or did not have a reasonable reason to tack to avoid a collision. Put simply- if in doubt DUCKand go behind - it's the low risk option.


    Updated: 2 Jul 2020 11:15am 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 Jul 2020 11:15am 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.

    Updated: 2 Jul 2020 11:16am 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

    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