Wanderer - January 2021

The latest COVIDsafe club requirements

Please read and comply.

This month we would like to dedicate this article to outlining the requirements to COVIDSafe racing at GLYC. You would have received by now an eflash from the Secretary showing some of the major changes agreed to by the Committee at the last meeting. This article is aimed at how we will operate for the on-water activities and comply with the State Government's (DHHS) requirements and Australian Sailing advice.

Background information:
  • We operate in an area (club grounds) that is open to the general public; therefore, it cannot be looked at as a secure space. All our COVIDSafe processes we establish must take this into account;
  • We have a legal requirement when planning our on-water activities to ensure we have full contract tracing information covering the last 28 days.
Building Access
All doors of the Club are to be kept locked at all times
  • Access to doors only by members with fobs, the doors are active:
    -Tuesday. 10:00-20:00
    -Thursday. 10:00-18:00
    - Friday. 10:00-18:00 (back up AMs day for Thursday)
    - Sunday. 10:00-18:00
  • A revised fob cost schedule to facilitate multiple family members having their own fob ($20 purchase for first fob, $15 purchase for member partner, $15 refundable deposit for family juniors) - the name attached to a fob will be the primary information provided to authorities in case a contact tracing request is made.
  • Fobs can be obtained by application to the Secretary at glyc@sailglyc.com and payment directly into the Club bank account
  • Members are welcome to bring guests but must admit the guest themselves and ensure guest(s) use the QR code to register their attendance
  • Balcony access is only from inside the building when the main hall is in use; balcony steps to be closed off during those times.
  • Commencement of Friday Club night socials has been deferred by the current setbacks in Victoria; we will advise members as soon as we think we can open again on Friday nights.
Get in, Sail, Get Out
The club has adopted Australian Sailing Get in, Sail, Get out principle, to limit time and person-to-person contact while at the GLYC:
  • Arrive ready to sail;
  • Maximum numbers allowed in change rooms and toilets are prominently displayed
  • The use of communal facilities and toilets is limited by social distancing rules. Wherever possible sailors should shower at home instead of at the Club; however, for sailors that come in wet and cold limited showering facilities are available.
  • Wherever possible participants, both on the water and in club grounds, are to maintain at least 1.5m separation;
  • No unnecessary body contact (e.g. hand shaking, high fives, hugging);
  • Spectators to be encouraged or directed to spread out and maintain social distancing;
Organisation of Sailing Activities
To ensure participants are free of coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms:
  • Participants are encouraged to download the COVID-19 app to their phones and to have it activated;
  • Participants with a possible case of COVID-19 should refrain from sailing/training until they have been cleared to do so by a doctor;
  • Members are encouraged to follow the DHHS list of testing/quarantine guidelines including potential COVID exposure sites and follow outlined on that webpage. Page link: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/case-locations-and-outbreaks
  • Sailing members, staff, volunteers, officials, spectators and parents should not return to the sport if in the last 14 days they have:
    -been unwell;
    -had a COVID test and are awaiting results;
    -visited at a designated high-risk site on DHHS website under Case Locations & Outbreaks.
  • Briefings are not being offered at the Club. Members are to be notified by email of the day's agenda by 11am on the day for twilight/AM racing and the day before by eFlash for Sunday racing or other Club on-water events.
  • Sailors are required to sign-on electronically. This can be done at anytime on the day up to an hour before the start.
  • Results are to be posted on the Club website and Facebook page. This enables sailors the opportunity to sail direct home to their berths and not have to call into Club grounds;
  • Social distancing, where possible, of at least 1.5m is to be observed by sailing members attending training or competition;
  • People who present to sailing with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (fever or respiratory symptoms such as cough, sore throat and shortness of breath) should be immediately isolated until arrangements have been made for their return to home. In an environment of community transmission of COVID-19 any individual with respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, fever or shortness of breath), even if mild, should be considered a possible case of COVID-19. Anyone who is unwell should be isolated and referred to a doctor in accordance with the local Public Health Authority guidelines;
COVID 19 - Special Requirements for Racing
For competitive on the water activities the following is to occur:
  • The RO will also be the responsible COVIDSafe Officer unless otherwise notified;
  • The registering of usual crews is encouraged and if this has not been done the full crew must be sign-on for each event with names and phone numbers;
  • Face masks are required to be carried both on the water and land and used when social distancing cannot be achieved on land. (You are not required to wear a face mask while on the water but must have it available as soon as you return to land if social distancing cannot be achieved);
  • Clubhouse grounds (rigging area) have a limit of 100 people in groups no greater than 10 people. Masks are encouraged to be worn,
  • The GLYC launching ramp and retrieval area for boats is limited to a maximum of 10 people. (This may mean that boats have to park up with no more than 3 boats on the ramp access jetty at any one time)

Andrew and Macca

Updated: 11 Jan 2021 5:06pm by David Parish

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In this issue:

Sailing Calendar

Tegwyn awaits the start of divisional racing the 20th of December
Tegwyn awaits the start of divisional
racing the 20th of December

January, 2021
03, Sunday, 1400 hrs: Divisional race
04-08, Monday-Friday, 0900 hrs: GLYC Summer Tackers Program
05, Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing/Female Skippers race
07, Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
10, Sunday, 1400 hrs: Club Championship race/LB Crawford 'Round the Island
12, Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing
14, Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
17, Sunday, 1400 hrs: Divisional racing
19, Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing
21, Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
23, Saturday, 1000 hrs: WASPZ Nats at GLYC
24, Sunday, 1000 hrs: WASPZ Nats
24, Sunday, 1400 hrs: Long Distance Trophy race
25, Monday, 1000 hrs: WASPZ Nats
Tuesday, 1000 hrs: WASPZ Nats
26, Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing
28, Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
31, Sunday, 1400 hrs: Club Championship race

02, Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing
04, Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
07, Sunday, 1400 hrs: Divisional racing
09, Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing
11, Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
14, Sunday, 1400 hrs: Club Championship race
16, Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing
18, Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
21, Sunday, 1400 hrs: Divisional racing
23, Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing
25, Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
28, Sunday, 1400 hrs: Long distance/trophy race

Updated: 11 Jan 2021 6:00pm by Christie Arras

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Sailing Captain's Tales

Out of Lockdown and into Tasmania

	Dennison Canal Bridge Opening
Dennison Canal Bridge Opening

It seems that Covid has given some sectors a real injection. Real estate agents and boat brokers have all been on fire with sight unseen purchases being made during lockdown restrictions. That is fine if you buy a house, but if you buy a boat you have to get it home. And buy a boat is what a friend did some three months ago. It was in Tasmania and he couldn't even consider getting it home until travel restrictions were lifted. But lifted they were and next day we were on a flight to Hobart with wet weather gear and a toolkit. I am glad we took both.

'Blade Runner', a Beneteau Oceanis 361 was heeling and snatching at lines securing her to a pen at Kettering Marina when we arrived. It was to stay like that for the next couple of days as we went through the boat learning its systems and sorting a dodgy fuel issue. New and additional filters and lines were fitted after draining off sludge.
Clean fuel is essential to engine operation and we needed to be confident that the engine would work whenever it was asked to do so. That it did until we got low in one tank, but with the flick of a switch all was resolved.

Kettering is a lovely little sleepy hollow. It has a pub but no supermarket so when we set sail we had little more on board than a small box of weetbix and a bottle of milk purchased at the servo. There were some teabags left onboard so we were right for a couple of days until we could get to Triabunna, a small fishing port near Maria Island.

We planned to take the short cut through the Dennison Canal at Dunalley and on Day 3 we set sail and crossed Storm Bay. It was mostly mild and gave us the opportunity to run through reefing, poling the headsail and motoring, which we had to do late afternoon so to arrive in time for the last bridge opening for the day. Once transited we berthed on the fishermans wharf for the evening and enjoyed a lavish seafood dinner at the restaurant overlooking Blackmans Bay. A great start to what we knew was going to be a stop start journey up the east coast to Flinders Island and Bass Strait.

Schouten Passage
Schouten Passage

Much time was spent watching the weather as we planned our passage around the low pressure systems marching across the Southern Ocean. Next day we motored through shallows in the channel to exit at the Narrows, Marion Bay. With clearing skies and 30 knots on the beam we charged through Mercury Passage and past Maria Island towards Triabunna. It was a great sail and our confidence in the boat was soaring, but we were yet to encounter big seas or swells.

Triabunna is a thriving fishing port and drop off point for visitors to Maria Island, a National Park with stunning scenery and a convict past. It also had a new marina and all manner of shopping. It was just the place to be parked up for three days while it blew a constant 30 knots from the north. We were not going anywhere.

A small weather window presented and we set sail fully provisioned for Schouten Island and the passage between it and Freycinet Peninsula. Again it was a solid sail and things improved as we headed north past Wineglass Bay. Just south of St Helens we found ourselves in a whiteout with both wind from the north and a hail storm. The seas were flattened and the noise quite unbelievable. It wasn't to last and we were soon motorsailing north towards Eddystone Light and a little anchorage I knew we could gain shelter from the forecast gales from the west.

We made good time and after negotiating the shoals around Eddystone at midnight decided to continue on towards Cape Barren Island having consulted all northern station weather observations and updated forecasting. We might just get across Banks Strait before it came in again and hard from the west. We knew we would have to push some tide somewhere but the night benign so we went. And I am glad we did.

Dawn heralded the Cape Barren light and as we passed the gap between it and Gull Island the forecast wind arrived, so with triple reefed main and a wee bit of jib we blasted north in the flat waters off the lee of Cape Barren and Flinders, skirting both Vansittart and Pot Boil shoals. Our destination was Sellars Point near Babel Island and we knew that we would again be anchored for a few days until the gale force winds abated. Now there was just the Bass Strait crossing to consider.

Sellars Point
Sellars Point

I firmly believe that there is really no excuse for a miserable Bass Strait crossing as weather forecasting is now so extensive and very accurate, and especially so when updated regularly. We sat and watched the weather, as you do. We were well fed, rested and ready to go but pretty bored until there was mention of a small ridge of high pressure crossing from SA. Here was our window. We would need at least 20 hours of relatively stable weather and as the ridge moved closer we felt more excited. We were to be kissed. We would however need to put some miles in before the winds backed from the W to SW and eased from the current 25+knots. At least we would be in the lee of land for a while as we charged north with our bow to the east of Lakes Entrance.

The winds were forecast to back further, soften and eventually come in from the NE at 15-20 knots so we wanted to have some easting in the bank for our pre dawn arrival at the bar. It all worked a treat, even though we had to motor sail for a period to maintain our passage plan. Even the tidal stream was going to help us. How good was that.

The LE bar is so well lit that a night time crossing is pretty straight forward. And it was. We had a successful voyage and Blade Runner is now in her new home on the Gippsland Lakes. The only thing we broke were my reading glasses.

It is now time to think about another voyage, on another boat...and back to Tasmania where there is stunning scenery, some great sailing and interesting anchorages. After the upcoming WaspZ regatta it will be TIME to go.


Updated: 11 Jan 2021 6:09pm by Tim Shepperd

MPONR report

Darrin Tomison with the new Mossie on the block 20 Dec racing
Darrin Tomison with the new Mossie on the
block 20 Dec racing

I'm sure you've all been waiting with baited breath to know whether the MPONR will be run in 2021 or not! It was definitely looking a bit dicey there for a while but we now feel confident that it WILL happen.

We started our preparations a couple of months ago in anticipation and quickly realised that some things will need to be a little different. At this stage we are planning a normal MPONR but with a few variations to make it Covid safe. Sadly the party side of the event is what will be hurt the most. Still we must prepare for it or make contingency plans.

The one thing that won't change is the need for our wonderful volunteers. Can I please ask that if you are a regular MPONR volunteer, or if you would like to get involved that you drop us a quick note at info@mponr.com or ring Jacqui 0468 987 684 or myself 0417 597 861 to discuss your thoughts and area of interest and offered help.

Thank you to those who responded to the eFlash, but more volunteers would be seriously appreciated as well.

Your assistance is always appreciated and helps make GLYC and the Marlay Point Overnight Race the best event on the trailerable calendar.

Here's hoping the phone will be rung off its hooks Jenny, Jacqui and the MPONR team


Updated: 11 Jan 2021 8:30am by Christie Arras

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0427 411 660


Kids from Bairnsdale Primary launching for the first time for a tow behind the rubber ducky
Kids from Bairnsdale Primary launching for
the first time for a tow behind the rubber

It was back in March 2019, Warwick the Vice Principal of Bairnsdale Primary School (affectionately known as 754'), who previously engaged GLYC, contacted me to book in another three-day school sailing program for November. We booked and arranged everything in readiness for the program, including sourcing instructors from Melbourne; after much communication back and forth and coordination, two weeks out Warwick called to advise the booking was for 2020, not 2019 as we all had planned for...who could be that organised in the world of sailing?

Anyway with the booking for Cup week of November 2020, and COVID restrictions still very much rampant, the new Vice Principal, Fiona contacted me in September to ask "are we still on for school sailing in November?" Mmmm, I thought to myself...due to COVID-19 the goal posts were changing almost daily so I could not commit to anything and certainly not for 60 grade 5 and 6 school children!

As the weeks got closer, we had a couple of regional instructors on stand-by for when sailing was back on the agenda, and then Australian Sailing lifted the restrictions for sail training mid November, so we were on! We had the instructors come across the mountain from Albury and the school was happy with no Melbourne intervention, and we were happy the Discover Sailing Centre could generate income for a very dormant off-season for the club. Three successful days were had.

The Summer Tackers 1 group had a great time together with the amazing Kate and helper Avril
The Summer Tackers 1 group had a great
time together with the amazing Kate and
helper Avril

After the success of 754, Paynesville Primary wanted to proceed with their two days; new dates were negotiated from the cancelled November dates, for mid December. We booked our transient instructor Katie; Kate and with the support of Mick Floyd another two days were run successfully all in keeping with the DSC COVID-safe appendix (supporting the GLYC COVID-Safe Plan).
The school students had so much fun that both schools have booked for term one in 2021!

Thanks to the Broomhalls for accommodating the Henderson Brothers, and instructors Oscar, George Mick and Kate for running a slick operation for GLYC in a very safe environment.

The Summer Tackers and Adult / Teens Learn to Sail programs set for early January are almost booked out, so any member who wish to have their kids and / or grand kids do the program, get in fast!


Updated: 11 Jan 2021 6:11pm by Christie Arras

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Warning for 90 Mile Beach

Attention cruisers: Ross River Fever found in mosquitos

Beware public enemy #1
Beware public enemy #1

A health warning has been issued after Ross River virus was detected in mosquitoes in the Gippsland area of Victoria.

The mosquito-borne disease has been found in the Gippsland Lakes area around Ninety Mile Beach.

Symptoms of Ross River virus include joint pain and stiffness, headache, fever, rash and fatigue.

Residents and visitors to the area are being advised on how to protect themselves from these type of viruses.

"The best protection from these diseases is to avoid mosquito bites," Victoria Health said.

"Protective measures include regularly using mosquito repellent containing picaridin or DEET on all exposed skin, wearing long, loose-fitting clothing when outside, and ensuring accommodation, including tents, are properly fitted with mosquito nettings or screens.

"A blood test early in the illness can indicate potential acute infection and should be repeated two weeks later for confirmation."

From 7NEWS.com.au

Updated: 5 Jan 2021 6:16pm by Christie Arras

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Rules Corner

Beware: Mosquitos are very fast and often fly in swarms.  Best to avoid them on the water.
Beware: Mosquitos are very fast and often
fly in swarms. Best to avoid them on the

For many of us we are only just getting back on the water after a frustrating year. Once Christmas is over we hope to get something closer to normality going at GLYC.
This month a reminder about sailing safety and a couple of comments.

1.RRS 1.2 Life-Saving Equipment and Personal Flotation Devices
A boat shall carry adequate life-saving equipment for all persons on board, including one item ready for immediate use, unless her class rules make some other provision. Each competitor is individually responsible for wearing a personal flotation device adequate for the conditions.

Comment. Remember that as sailors we are not only bound by RRS but also by the Equipment Rules, COLREGs, Marine Safety Victoria instructions and also by class rules. E.G. While you may race with a PFD you may be required also to have full lifejackets on board for everyone to deal with crossing bars, single handed sailing/motoring, high winds etc. In some classes inflatable lifejackets with manual ripcords are not allowed and fully automatic inflatable lifejackets or permanent buoyancy lifejackets must be worn.

When the race committee displays flag V with one sound, all boats and official and support vessels shall, if possible, monitor the race committee communication channel for search and rescue instructions.

Comment.. The Victor V flag is a Red X on a white background. Hopefully not often seen flown from the committee boat or club start line but be aware of what it means.

Happy New Year to all


Updated: 11 Jan 2021 4:55pm by Christie Arras

How to Simulate Sailing Boat Life

Brook Felsenthal and Taj got quite a ride on the Viper in Sunday's LB Crawford
Brook Felsenthal and Taj got quite a ride
on the Viper in Sunday's LB Crawford

1. Sleep on a shelf in your closet.
2. Replace your closet door with a curtain.
3. 5 hours after you go to sleep have your wife or significant other whip open the curtain, shine a light in your eyes, and say "time to go on watch".
4. Renovate your bathroom. Build a wall across the middle. Move the shower head down to chest level. Install the hot/cold, on/off valves ass backwards.
5. When you take a shower turn off the water while soaping.
6. Every time there is a storm sit in a wobbly rocking chair and rock as hard as you can until you're nauseous.
7. Put diesel oil in you humidifier instead of water and set it on high.
8. Using a spray bottle filled with diesel oil lightly mist your clothes.
9. Don't watch TV except videos in the middle of the night. Take a vote on which one to watch, and then watch a different one.
10. Leave a lawn mower running in your front room 24 hours a day to provide the proper noise level and exhaust odor.
11. Have the paperboy give you a haircut.
12. Store your trash beside the chimney for a month.
13. Wake up every night and eat a peanut butter sandwich.
14. Make up a family menu a month ahead.
15. Set your alarm for random times. When it goes off run outside and break out a fire hose.
16. Once a month take every major appliance apart and put it back together again.
17. Use 18 scoops of coffee per pot and let it cook for 6 to 8 hours. Call it tow boat coffee.
18. Invite 6 to 8 people you don't really like to stay with you for two or three months.
19. Have a reading light installed under your coffee table and do all of your reading there.
20. Raise all of the thresholds and lower all top sills in your home so that every time you pass through you hit your head or bang you shins.
21. Lockwire all the lug nuts on your car.
22. When making cakes prop up one side while it is baking then level it up after baking with frosting.
23. Every so often throw your cat in the pool and yell man overboard.

I sent this list to Norbert and he wrote back:
"Whatever happened to standing under a cold shower and tearing up $100 bills?"

Updated: 11 Jan 2021 4:19pm by Tim Shepperd

Club Merchandise 2020 - 2021

Do you need a new item of club merchandise for the 2020-2021 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.

Preferred payment by direct deposit into the club bank account.

Prices as follows:
LS Polo Shirts (Male and female) - $40
SS Polo Shirts (Male and female) - $35
GLYC Waterproof Jackets - $80
GLYC Mens Ties - $10
GLYC Stubby Holders - $10
GLYC Caps & Winter Beanies - $15
GLYC Sleeveless Vests (Blue) - $55
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!

If you are attending an event, be it a competition or even a training session at another club, we now have available for hire-purchase the Team GLYC long sleeve shirts in sizes ranging from a Children's 8 to Adult M. These shirts are available to hire/buy from the Club for $40. If you return them in good condition, then you will receive a refund of $30. They can also be swapped for a larger size for the next season at a changeover cost of $10. Please contact Julie Clark for further details on 0408538000.

A former member of the club, Geoff, who is no longer sailing, has kindly donated some of his old style GLYC clothing items. All are in excellent and clean condition.
2 x Mens size M SS Navy Blue Polo Shirt
1 x Mens size M Sleeveless Vest, Navy Blue with red fleece lining
1 x Mens size M LS Navy Blue Jacket with red fleece lining
Please contact Julie Clark if you can use one of these items on 0408538000.

Julie Clark
Merchandise Contact 0408 538 000

Updated: 5 Jan 2021 5:24pm by Christie Arras

Pics of GLYC sailing on GLYC Facebook page

Divisions 1 and 3 moments before the start for Divisional racing on 20 Dec.   Ned and Tegwin move into position.
Divisions 1 and 3 moments before the start
for Divisional racing on 20 Dec. Ned and
Tegwin move into position.

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: 11 Jan 2021 5:00pm 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 CommitteeNeil Smith0438 449 122
Wanderer (not on Committee)Christie Arras [WANDERER and EFLASH]03 5156 7861
Hall HireWendy Gardiner
BoatsIan McDonald
YardJim Callahan
HouseNorbert Hrouda

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