Wanderer - March 2021

Commodore's report

Some how March has snuck up on us.

For me February was a bit of a blur. Club racing continued as normal. A hastily organized Interclub regatta was called off at the last minute due to Covid's making an unwelcome comeback. Tegwyn had a State titles at Blairgowrie. The Marlay point team had a very nervous few weeks waiting to see if Covid would settle down and if people would still attend. And we managed to squeeze in an AGM.

I would like to thank everyone who attended the AGM; everyone followed the rules that we set out which made the virtual meeting experience work without a hitch. The Committee remains unchanged for the remainder of this season. Our fees remain the same (storage went up $5 for hard stand). Financially the club is still in a good position; our lease is secure for the next 3 years. Most importantly, our membership numbers haven't dropped dramatically due to the non-sailing period last year.

Our Race management team have been working overtime to provide us with as much sailing as the weather will allow. In our Divisional series they have managed to get 12 races in for some divisions in 3 race days. They will continue their awesome work by running the Trailable State titles on the 20th -21st of March and back that up with the Easter regatta a fortnight later.

The return to sailing has seen GLYC members travel all over the place to state titles (apologies to any that I miss). We have had Brian in Contenders; Taj in Lasers; Ned and Tegwyn in Open Skiffs; Arron in Nacras; Neil, Gary, Tim, Di, Mick, Ned, and Darrin in Mozzie's; Mark, Enola, and Esther in 125's; Stuart, Craig, Ian, and Buster in Etchells; Johnno, Hugh, Brian, and David in Dragons; Taj in Tasers; Sara and Emily in Minnows. And, hopefully, I can add many more to the list with the upcoming Trailable titles.

To all of those mentioned above, we would really really like to read about your titles in an upcoming Wanderer. As a start we have included a write-up on the Open Skiff regatta in this edition.


Updated: 10 Mar 2021 5:17pm by Christie Arras

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In this issue:

Sailing Calendar

Match racing in the blow in Twilight race 9th March
Match racing in the blow in Twilight race
9th March

02, Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing/ Female Helmsperson
04, Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
06/07 Sat/Sun: Marlay Point Over Night Race and Breakfast
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
20/21, Sat/Sun: Victorian Trailable States
21, Sunday, 1400 hrs: Divisional race
23, Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing
26, Friday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
28, Sunday, 1400 hrs: Long Distance Trophy race
30, Tuesday, 1700 hrs: Twilight Sailing. Last sail of the Twilight season

01, Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
03, Saturday, 1000 hrs: Easter Regatta, Classic 30 nm Race
04, Sunday, 1400 hrs: Easter Regatta Cock'o' Lake around Rayond Island
05, Monday, 1100 hrs: Easter Regatta Victoria Triangle

08, Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
11, Sunday, 1400 hrs: Club Championship Race
15, Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
18, Sunday, 1400 hrs: Divisional Race
22, Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners
25, Sunday, 1400 hrs: Long Distance Race
29, Thursday, 1300 hrs: Ancient Mariners

Updated: 11 Mar 2021 8:52pm by Christie Arras

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Vice Commodore's Report

More match racing with Etchells in Tuesday Twilight's blow
More match racing with Etchells in Tuesday
Twilight's blow

MPONR - I am not sure how it happened but I ended up on the race committee for the MPONR. I had been involved in past years as a volunteer but this year I have been surprised at finding out how much goes into putting this event on and the successful partnership that works behind the scenes between LWYC & GLYC.

I am also humbled by the number of volunteers that are involved to host this race and bring it successfully to the finish line. I had the task of putting together a considerable number of the volunteer duty rosters and was amazed at the willingness of both Clubs' members to get behind the race irrespective of the job to be done. The Clubs did not hesitate to step up and say I can do that; in fact, some did 2 or 3 jobs. Without you all GLYC and LWYC could not continue to host this unique event and we can all be very proud that we have made it a success in a time when other events around us were cancelling.

I could not finish this article without making a special mention of the Race Manager, Jacqui Crawford, and the hard work she put in to keep it all moving forward. There are also a lot of others behind the scenes that warrant a special mention but I not sure we have the room in this article to cover it. So, I would just like to finish with an expression of thanks to all the volunteers for the great job you have done to make this event a success. (In the words of our Sailing Captain... 'We love your work'')

Ancient Mariners - Thursday is the highlight of my week! I love getting out on the water doing the AM social sailing thing, and I also enjoy our time in the Clubhouse after socializing with friends. It is all just a great way of spending retirement hours (after working long and hard all our lives, it is time to enjoy the fruits of our labours and for my money...on the water, sailing is it!)

Finish spotters and rib rescue crew leave jetty after a long cold night working
Finish spotters and rib rescue crew leave
jetty after a long cold night working

We have not had our standard wind strengths this year, in fact, I must have blinked because I don't remember having a summer either (maybe I was locked up for it), so it has forced us to swap between Thursday and Friday to try to get an acceptable wind range. The popularity of this event is continually growing with numbers of 15 to 20 boats regularly on the water.

We now have a wide range of courses (58), which give us the opportunity to choose one that covers wind strength and direction on the day. There are two very reliable people who assist me each week to make this happen and they are Alastair in the tower and Steve behind the bar. Without their help this event would not occur (Thank you both; your work is very much appreciated by the sailors and especially me).

AGM - Well, the on-line AGM may have fulfilled our regulatory obligation but it leaves you wondering...did it happen? There is no substitute to having face to face discussions on the Club's activities over the past 12 months and where we need to go in the future. We all know the COVID virus made it impossible to hold it in the hall, so we are hoping that the June meeting will be back to the normal format and we can turn our computers off.

We also need to hear what the members are looking for in a sailing calendar as that is our prime reason for being here. We look forward to hearing your views and ideas for the future,


Updated: 11 Mar 2021 9:07pm by Christie Arras

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VictorianTrailable Yacht Titles & the Easter Regatta

Sat/Sun 20 and 21 March, and Saturday- Monday April 3/4/5

Linda Young and Rear Commodore Jim have a laugh at the 23 Feb working bee
Linda Young and Rear Commodore Jim have a
laugh at the 23 Feb working bee

Two big regattas coming up in several weeks: The Victorian Trailable States and, of course, the Easter Regatta is almost here as well.

It would be great if our GLYC trailables would consider joining in over the weekend, starting 12:00 on Saturday and 10:00 on Sunday.

Please check the NOR and SI on the GLYC website.

The Chelsea Yacht Club invites any one who might be interested in their Chelsea Classic to come on 20 March.
There will be beach displays of vintage and veteran boats; Sail Past of classic boats; lunch with guest speaker; Classic boats welcome to join afternoon racing.

Updated: 11 Mar 2021 9:38pm by Christie Arras

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Why aren't we sailing today?

Calling the weather

Welcome to the new kid on the block, March Hare, an Allura7.2, sailed by Mervyn and Yvonne Brown.  Challenging wind for first day out!
Welcome to the new kid on the block, March
Hare, an Allura7.2, sailed by Mervyn and
Yvonne Brown. Challenging wind for first
day out!

This is something that is often asked of anyone who has had to make the decision to N over A. Well, here are some of the things that help or perhaps hinder in making a timely and considered decision on why we are not going out today. And why we sometimes get it wrong.

Firstly there is the weather forecast. But which weather forecast? For me it is the one that works best for my intentions of the day! With today's technology and number of sites and modelling apps in the public domain there is that much more to choose from and with accuracy than was present even ten years ago. But even so there are sometimes discrepancies in timings and strengths of wind and when you consider actual conditions and add these to the equation one can easily be come quite overwhelmed by what might eventuate and when it is likely to happen. When a big blow comes in and you have made the call to cancel, everyone thanks you for your timely and correct call; but when that doesn't happen and the forecast and existing winds soften and the call has been made perhaps an hour too soon, no one is your friend. It is not rocket science but does cause some angst for those charged with making the decision.

So where do I go and what do I do? As we are a pretty active club with three race days a week the weather websites are always on my screen. Firstly there is the BoM. This website is the most visited weather site in Australia. Everyone it seems goes there to get the best and most up to date forecasting and here on the Gippsland Lakes there is the local waters forecast and then Met Eye for a sequence of up to a week of GRIB files showing forecast wind speed and direction. There are current station reports so one can get a feel for what is happening elsewhere in the region. I look at all this information on a daily basis and reflect when it is updated and how it relates to other models on different sites. Sometimes patterns change quickly and if those other sources of weather information concur with the BoM, you can be pretty much assured that what is predicted will eventuate. But whether it happens when and at the strength it is predicted is another thing entirely. Another great site is windy.com, a Czech global weather service which is remarkably accurate for Bass Strait and is in colour.

Fleet heads down to mark 2 in CG Drummond out in Lake King
Fleet heads down to mark 2 in CG Drummond
out in Lake King

Wind strengths are the main consideration for our Club racing. If it is forecast to be more than 20 knots or if current conditions are at that mark there is little point in sending out the RM boats, let alone the fleet. A Strong Wind Warning may or may not be part of the equation as the winds may have eased prior to race time. There is little point in saying N over A if it has already softened and what lies behind is benign.

A pretty start for Div 2 in CG Drummond in Lake King
A pretty start for Div 2 in CG Drummond in
Lake King

Gippsland Ports have a great app with current observations of wind, tide and current direction at the LE bar. So too does Loch Sport Boat Club, but its weather station is somewhat shielded from certain directions. Bairnsdale airport is 10km away and often land affected. There is also a weather station on Point Turner which GLYC is currently discussing with site owners about access to data. It is one thing to have data access on existing conditions but another thing entirely to that of forecasting what is likely to occur and when. Willyweather, Windy, Predictwind, Seabreeze and others all offer their perspective on what will happen and roughly when and it is up to you to decide on what is mostly likely to eventuate. If all the ducks line up...

Making a timely call on Tuesday or Thursday is basically a courtesy. The RO could hold off and make a call within an hour of the first boat away or perhaps even later. That achieves little if considered assessment suggests that the call could be made earlier to less inconvenience sailors, especially for those who have to travel. Sometimes it is blowing and is forecast to continue to do so and then at 1700hours it softens and is more than sailable. That is just tough luck. Once JudiG2 leaves the dock it is up to those onboard to make the call, and for twilight racing that is anything close to 20 knots. For club racing around the buoys the decision is often made in conjunction with the sailors but when it gets to that solid 20 knots everyone, well perhaps not those on the 40' keelboats, feels the load on both boat and crews. We race for fun and it is no fun when it gets too hard. The AM fleet are now well used to having the call made earlier and postponement made until the following day when conditions may be more suitable. Sometimes it all works a treat.

Jack Maskiell is enjoying his learning curve in his Ultimate mosquito
Jack Maskiell is enjoying his learning
curve in his Ultimate mosquito

Another thing to consider is the Race Management team and their ability to effectively handle conditions. None of us are getting any younger and it can be a challenge in solid conditions to effect course laying and changes let alone the assistance or rescue of disabled craft. We all need to be both considered and considerate when it comes to accepting the call, whether right or wrong. All I can say is that we must weather the weather what ever the weather, whether we like it or not.


Updated: 11 Mar 2021 1:31pm by James Frecheville

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A quiet time early morning
A quiet time early morning

So the 2021 MPONR race has been run, won, lost and discussed, I'm quite sure, over many glasses of wine or cans of beer and we have had a chance to catch up on some sleep. What a year we have had.

A fortnight before the race, Victoria went into a 5 day lockdown. Was this going to derail our big event? On Committee we chose to believe it would all come out ok in the end and we continued to prepare. Different state rules re border closures were going to be a big issue for us with 21 of our 93 entrants coming from interstate. As it is, luck or indeed Covid 19, was on our side and we were able to run only a slightly modified event.

The week before the race was frantic with phone calls, emails and conversations everywhere as to finding all our equipment and ensuring that was all in working order. Confirming volunteers, their tasks and their rosters. The purchasing of just the right quantity of food to feed our sailors and then confirming all our entrants to ensure their sign on would be a quick process with no dramas.

Saturday 6th March dawned as an overcast morning with thankfully a calm breeze. The activity of LWYC slowly built. The brekky team arrived early and sent the enticing smell of bacon and eggs around the grounds to the delight of those that had launched the day before. The merchandise and sign on team quickly set up shop, the food vans arrived and added the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. St Johns ambulance and the CFA set up shop and our major sponsors Keeley Marine arrived much to our delight. Slowly more and more boats started anchoring outside the club and more yachts could be seen on the horizon making their way across Lake Wellington. It was all beginning to happen.

Briefing became a much briefer happening than normal. We had to keep our numbers on the deck low so only had the key people involved. Darryn Dyer, the Commodore of LWYC gave his welcome to country and the club and announced our lucky draw winners along with the oldest and youngest sailors. Because of the hardships the region has felt over the last couple of years we chose not to run a raffle but not wanting to completely disappoint everyone, we still wanted to give, so every race number was put into a barrel and drawn randomly. We were thrilled to have Bull Sails, Hill Marine, Lightfoot wines and Stewart Insurance Group donate towards this lucky draw along with an entry into the 2022 MPONR and an MPONR shirt and hat. Roger Lurz gave the much anticipated weather forecast for the evening. Sadly he couldn't find a nice gentle steady wind for the whole night and following morning but his forecast was spot on. A NE sea breeze of 10-15 which would soften around 9pm. A shift to the North was expected around midnight and would soften for the rest of the night/morning.

The one big rush to the finish this year with Fat Bottom Girl strutting her stuff
The one big rush to the finish this year
with Fat Bottom Girl strutting her stuff

Judy G with our Race Officer on board gave the start to a very orderly fleet. All our preparations and hard work were finally underway. Boats crossed their way across Lake Wellington, navigated the shallow waters into the McLennan Straits which they slowly tacked down. Hollands Landing was also a full on tacking affair over shallow ground. Many comments were made back at GLYC with anything from 47 - 67 tacks to get into Lake Victoria. It was fascinating watching the yachts come through the finish line throughout the night/morning. At times they were able to sail in a nice gentle breeze straight through, to having to tack in a gentle breeze through to no breeze at all. We even had a very small group for about 5-10 minutes who were able to sail close to the line under spinnaker. The trip around Raymond Island was the only opportunity for most boats to get their spinnakers out on deck but it was pretty short lived. We would like to congratulate all who competed in the 2021 MPONR along with the winners of the various divisions.

At the time of writing the results are still provisional so I can only announce the line honours winners. Division A line honours winner is a Careel 22 named Roobarb sailed by Kim Russell. Division B is an Elliott 7.8 called Seventeen and sailed by Grant Seamer. Line honours for Division C is Bryan Murphy on Fat Bottom Girl, a Colson 7. Division D line honours was won by Alastair Sandell on Zippier and Andrew McColl on Triple Expresso the trimaran was Division M's line honours glory. The first crew to go home and get some sleep was the Division B line honours winner in our newest Division, Div B. This division is basically made up of the Div C boats that don't want to do the extra leg around Raymond Island. Zippier was the fastest boat to complete the whole course. The slowest boat was a Div C boat, Salamander, a Noelex 25 sailed by Bryan Roberts. If you miss that breeze before it dies your night becomes very looooong, so congratulations to Bryan for sticking it out.

As always this race has many, many volunteers. There are way too many to list everyone but I would like to acknowledge the MPONR committee and the heads of the various teams. Jacqui Crawford is our RO and her work and commitment to this event is tireless. For 12 months of the year she would be organising some part of the race or the personnel to run various parts of it. Darryn Dyer, Commodore from LWYC is a fabulous support for Jacqui and along with Michael Clark, take care of all things from the Lake Wellington end.

 Silver Cloud in new div B w/no spinnakers finished at 4:26am
Silver Cloud in new div B w/no spinnakers
finished at 4:26am

The on water boats were handled this year by Ian McDonald. As a newcomer to our committee and the GLYC Covid officer, we tasked him with the Covid plan for the race. This was a huge task and we are very grateful for Ian's efforts. His rostering efforts for the radio room and the rescue boats was another huge task which was well done and appreciated.

Zoe Cooper ensured that we kept everyone up to date with happenings via the web page and Darryn also kept the facebook page up to date. Zoe was also Jacqui's 2IC for the event. Well done Zoe.

Alastair Robinson ensured we had good communications between both the entrants and race personnel on the water. He volunteered his boat and got a crew together and set off for Lake Wellington to act as the pin boat for the start line and then to follow the fleet for the night acting as both Tail End Charlie and the Radio Relay Vessel. I have also seen photos of our various on water crews calling in somewhere warm for a bite to eat. Good on you Alistair.

Wendy Gardiner is always available and willing to work towards our presentation and after race activities at the club. Sadly in this year of Covid that was not to be. It was fabulous to see Wendy volunteer her time in the radio room at GLYC along with the many other volunteers who filled this role for us.

Mary Sowa joined our team this year as Secretary. Mary, it was fabulous to have the minutes from our meetings so quickly and efficiently and we thank you for that. Ken Redwood is our Finish Room co- ordinator. Ken attended meetings and had everything set for the finish line but unfortunately Covid got him too. Being stationed in Perth for work the quarantine restrictions that Ken would have faced on his return prevented him from being able to fulfil his role. Thanks to the pre planning and experience of the finish team, this ran like clockwork and without a hitch.

Zipper, a Thompson 8 in Division D, sailed by Alistair Sandell ,was the first boat to tack past the GLYC  at 2:24 am
Zipper, a Thompson 8 in Division D, sailed
by Alistair Sandell ,was the first boat to
tack past the GLYC at 2:24 am

Christie was in charge of the kitchen. We were able to provide our well known and well patronised breakfast for the sailors at the completion of their race thanks to Christie and her team. Thank you Christie. It is very much appreciated.

Then there were the entries, Sign On, Merchandise and the trophies to take care of. I must admit I enjoyed this role. Being able to talk with all the competitors and the banter between different boats with their hopes and expectations to the thrill of knowing that we had past Olympians and noted sail makers joining our race.

Then the responsibility, but fun of choosing the shirt colour and the look of our trophies for the year. The colour purple was chosen for our shirts as an acknowledgement to what Covid has done to us all. From the illness and loss of life and loved ones, to the loss of businesses or jobs and the loss of freedoms suffered by all. I was very happy to get a lot of favourable comments.

So that was Marlay Point for 2021. A huge thank you to all of our volunteers. All our preparations would not come together without all the help that we receive from both GLYC and LWYC volunteers. This ensures that the Marlay Point Overnight Race remains the premier trailerable yacht race in Victoria and Australia and we should all be proud of that. Jacqui your dreams, commitment and knowledge make this all possible. Congratulations and well done to all.


Updated: 11 Mar 2021 2:55pm by Tim Shepperd

Autumn Tackers and Adult Learn to Sail

Norbert and Macca even slipped in a working bee Friday before MPONR
Norbert and Macca even slipped in a
working bee Friday before MPONR

With the upcoming school holidays, we would normally run an Autumn Tackers program. We have only had one enquiry and without the necessary numbers it is not profitable to run. So if any member or friends know of anyone who would be interested in doing the program, please call Lyn on 0414 292 289.


Updated: 11 Mar 2021 1:32pm by Christie Arras

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Yard and Marina Working Bee

Oskar stays relaxed on Wild Side in 21st Feb divisional
Oskar stays relaxed on Wild Side in 21st
Feb divisional

We had another small group working bee on Tuesday the 16th of February to clean up the club before the Marley Point Over Night Race (MPONR). A hardy group of members consisting of Chris and Leslie Avery, Neil Smith, Harry Stevenson, Linda Young, Kevin Brown and myself completed a few jobs.

The front entry and west side of the club had the cobwebs removed and the entry walls washed down and the railing at the entry was painted. The garden had weeds removed, a dead shrub pulled out, hedges trimmed and some new plants were planted. Chris Avery mowed the lawns, Linda Young cleaned the BBQ and Kevin Brown cleaned up along the marina. After a very productive morning the club looks ready for the MPONR.

There are still jobs to be done so if you would like to help out contact Norbert Hrouda on 0427 654 039. Because of restriction on large groups the working bees have been organised into small groups.

Some of the jobs still to be completed are to clean the walls on the east side of the building, weed garden bed, edging in some areas, cleaning the walls in the deck area just to name a few of the jobs on the outside of the building.

Just a reminder that contributing to working bees or helping to keep the club maintained is part of being an active member and it is a good way to stay in touch with other members.


Updated: 11 Mar 2021 9:15pm by Christie Arras

7th Open Skiff State Titles

Regatta briefing
Regatta briefing

Ned and Tegwyn attended the 7th Victorian Open Skiff titles over the last weekend in February. It was a pleasant surprise to see 42 boats enter, easily the biggest number they have had for a states.

After arriving Friday afternoon at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, they decided that the crystal-clear water and light breeze was very inviting so rigged their boats and headed out for a late afternoon sail.

We were all back at the club early Saturday morning. Zannah was roped into running the sign-in desk and answering any last-minute questions. Ned and Tegwyn caught up with their regatta friends that they hadn't seen since the last Open skiff event (the January 2020 nationals). While this was going on I was meeting with the race committee to finalise the event format. So how I came out of the meeting as the on water Umpire for the series???

The wind was being a little stubborn, so the AP was flown. This is no obstacle for Skiff sailors; on water activities can happen no matter the weather. An adventure race was organised: the sailors were paired up and off they went for an fun race around the moored boats.

After some lunch the wind decided to make an appearance so the fleet pushed off and headed for the race course. Although it was down wind to the start, it still took the boats almost an hour to reach the start line.

Once there the race one got underway. Ned had a great start and tussled with the lead group for the first work. Tegwyn got stuck in a pack of boats and was 19th around the top mark. Down wind Tegwyn had the advantage of being the lightest sailor out there and managed to pick up a few places. Ned got a bit overwhelmed at the bottom mark rounding and dropped a few places.

Ned, Freya, Andrew and Tegwyn in new GLYC team shirts
Ned, Freya, Andrew and Tegwyn in new GLYC
team shirts

Race two saw both of them get good starts and battle it mid fleet for the whole race. Both of them sailed a lot better during the race but so did everyone else. By the time this race finished it was 6pm, but after a quick run around the fleet to see how everyone was feeling, the entire fleet was happy to have another race so race three got underway.

Ned decided his goal was to beat his archnemesis from Mordialloc; these two had a great match race swapping leads for the two laps and Ned crossed the line a boat length ahead. The downside of this was that they forgot they were racing everyone else and finished in the last two places. Tegwyn had continued mid fleet battling occasionally and making big gains.

Being an umpire in an Open skiff fleet is an odd thing. The sailors are ridiculously polite and only seem to break rules when they don't fully understand the situation; this is understandable as they are only 10-15 year olds. My role was more to explain the rules as they were broken; more often than not, the sailors relinquished any places gained by rules breach rather than my having to enforce penalty turns.

On the long upwind sail back to the club, all the race support crews were amazed at how happy the group was given they had been on the water for almost 4hrs and it was almost dark. After some very welcome showers the group had a communal BBQ. It seemed kind of odd after 12+months without standing around chatting to people trying not to drip sauce down my front.

Day two turned out exactly as forecast: absolutely no wind until after lunch. The morning consisted of more two-up racing; this time paddling the boats around a course. There was a fancy dress contest and at one point the entire fleet attempted to all float on the biggest stand up paddle board I have ever seen.

Just about to get race 1 underway
Just about to get race 1 underway

Just after midday the AP came down and a lot of bemused sailors started doubting the sanity of the Race officer. As far as the eye could see the water was glassy calm. As they drifted away from the beach the breeze slowly built to an impressive 4 knots.

Tegwyn got herself into a great position on the start line but got bogged down. Ned was late but picked the right end of the line and was in the top 3 not long after the start. Then the wind shifts started. Two big shifts later and Ned had dropped to the back of the fleet while Tegwyn was in 5th around the top mark. The breeze stayed steady for the rest of the race; the more experienced sailors took full advantage of a very bias bottom gate which dropped our two back in the pack.

At the end of the regatta Ned ended up 20th overall, 9th in the under 13's, 1st in the fancy dress, and 2nd in the paddle adventure race. Tegwyn was 15th overall, 5th in the under 13's, first under 13's female, and 1st in the paddle adventure race.


Updated: 11 Mar 2021 1:53pm by Christie Arras

Rules Corner

Division 1 & 3 start 21st Feb divisional racing
Division 1 & 3 start 21st Feb divisional

Some interesting conversations have surfaced around the traps over Right of Way.

To make it absolutely clear there is no such thing as absolute Right of Way.

The predominant Rule here is Rule 14, Rule definitions are in italics

A boat shall avoid contact with another boat if reasonably possible. However a right-of-way boat , or one sailing within the Room or Mark Room to which she is entitled need not act to avoid contact until it is clear that the other boat is not keeping clear or giving room or mark room.

This rule was slightly amended in the latest version (2021 to 2024) to emphasise the World Sailing intention that sailing is a non contact sport. This in effect emphasises that a protest committee may well disqualify a give way boat in an incident but also disqualify the Right of Way boat if the committee find that the collision could have been avoided by the Right of Way vessel. The old clause about exoneration has been removed to the back of the Rule Book.

It is worth remembering the Rules actually say more about the obligations of the Right of Way vessel than the Give Way vessel. All the latter has to do is "Keep Clear" Rules 15, 16, and 17 all place obligations on the Right of Way vessel.

Remember it is not uncommon for Protest Jury decisions to penalise the offending vessel for any breach of Part 2 found and to disqualify both boats involved in a Collision under Rule 14.

So AVOID the collision and protest the offence. You do not have to hit a boat to prove that you were the ROW vessel. You may well be disqualified if you do.


Updated: 11 Mar 2021 2:45pm by Christie Arras

MPONR Brekky

Clancy McColl in deep concentration as he tacks Triple Expresso next to GLYC up the straits at 2:30am
Clancy McColl in deep concentration as he
tacks Triple Expresso next to GLYC up the
straits at 2:30am

A great thank you to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly in the kitchen to cook up and serve the MPONR Brekky. We had hungry sailors ready for our 6:00 a.m. Full Monty, coffee and thirst quenching orange juice. The diners came steadily through until close around 2:30 saving us the stress of long starving queues.

With 91 boats sailing we served 116 Full Monties, 18 E&B sandwiches, 48 serves of OJ and fed 35 volunteers. (Last year with 106 boats we served 154 Full Monties so our overall take then was a bit higher.) So after taking out expenses, GST and a fee for using Square, our take home pay was close to $1100. A nice gift to the club for all our hard work.

I need to ask forgiveness from my dedicated helpers for my nervous meddling at times. (That's why I don't race; I get even more nervous. Imagine!) We even ended up with 3 kilos of bacon left over...Sorry bacon managers.

So thanks again. We did well and managed well even with the Covid parameters changing things a bit. Hope to see you all next year.


Updated: 11 Mar 2021 1:58pm by Christie Arras

Searching for 14 foot dinghies

Cosmic Sedso and  Rocket Cow charge around the compass points in CG Drummond
Cosmic Sedso and Rocket Cow charge around
the compass points in CG Drummond

A number of current and ex 14' sailors are looking for old 14's of the 1950s & 60s era to restore.

If you know or have heard of any old 14's stashed away in someone's back shed or garage or chook shed or even a kindergarten, please let us know. Same goes for any 14' memorabilia, photos, regatta programs, pennants etc.

Contact us by email: 14foothistory@gmail.com
or phone John Graham 0407 591 769 or
Anthony Anderson 0418 321 345

For photos etc contact us and we can go through
a procedure to get copies to us with you.


Updated: 11 Mar 2021 2:41pm by Christie Arras

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: 11 Mar 2021 12:36pm by Christie Arras

The Art of Losing

D Bull, Reprinted by courtesy of the Great Eastern Mail, February 2021 issue

Nitro and WTBHAY rounding top mark in div 21 Feb
Nitro and WTBHAY rounding top mark in div
21 Feb

Experts are always writing about how to win sail boat races. But how many experts share with others the fine points of losing? Zilch! Right? Yet most of us lose most of the time. So why should all the sail boat literature be addressed to the tiny minority who come in first?

It is time for someone to speak up for the hundreds of thousands of us who regularly get the feeling that we have been dumped on from very high up. While the hotshots are over the horizon tracking windshifts with all the assurance of a bloodhound on the trail of a skunk, we are back there fighting a cool dual with Louis the Lubber, who has twelve year old children and his eighty-five year old grandmother along as crew, in an effort to hold on to fifteenth place.

Our position does not come easy. It is due to creative tangles unknown to the winners. There is only one right way to do everything on a racing sail boat, but the wrong ways of doing each thing are beyond counting. This endless variety of errors makes like interesting at the back of the fleet.

Sail boat races are not lost in sleepy boredom. We go down the drain leaping, hauling, screaming, cursing, tugging at the tangles on the thin edge of disaster. People give medals to the skippers of winning boats, but those guys are midgets compared to the people who cope with one unbelievable foul-up after another in the course of a single race. Losers are sailors of gigantic patience and magnificent character developed out of years of sailing with accident-prone people.

Parking lot for MPONR at Lake Wellington YC
Parking lot for MPONR at Lake Wellington

An expert loser must choose his or her crew carefully. Among those who contribute best to disaster is Chute-Shy Charlie. This bloke suffers from spinnaker phobia. He is always finding new reasons for not raising the spinnaker. The wind is too strong, or too far ahead, or we are almost to the mark, or there is another boat having trouble, or we are doing great under the jib.

A wild and wooly start for div 3 on 7 Feb divisional
A wild and wooly start for div 3 on 7 Feb

Another helpful loser is Bowline Bill. He tells you he has handled a few sail boats in his time (forgetting to mention that it was in the bathtub as a baby!) and that he can tie a bowline knot. Suddenly you need a sheet tied on the genoa and you send Bill to do it. Five minutes later you hand the tiller to someone else and go forward to see if Bill, who is sitting on the foredeck in what looks like the lotus position, is contemplating his belly button. You find him sitting with the sheet through the clew cringle and a small loop in his left hand sying, "I can't remember whether the bunny rabbit comes up through the hole and runs in front of the tree or in the back of the tree." You grab the rope, tie the bowline and promise to buy him a Scout handbook after the race.

Since losing crews seldom know the vocabulary of sailing, the skipper easily fall into the habit of the Anonymous Order, "Quick, pull that in. No, not that. THAT! Pull it in - the one by your right hand - look where I'm pointing. THAT, for God's sake.

One of my favourite formulas for the slows is to forget to ease the cunnigham, vang, main outhaul, flattening reef and backstay when coming off the beat to a reach or run. I don't forget all of them. Losing is a subtle business. I simply forget one or two.

The Raineys stay cool in knock 'em out weather
The Raineys stay cool in knock 'em out

As a good loser, I respect the social life of the crew. I need the jib tighter, but they are having such a good conversation on the windward rail that I hate to interrupt. So I continue to point lower than the boats ahead of me until, in desperation, I try to take in the jib sheet myself. While doing this I inadvertently charge off to leeward and then lose control of the sheet and can't get it in. One of the crew hears the flapping jib and comes to help after we have dropped about ten boat lengths.

The losers have tragedy, comedy, crises challenge, frustration, disaster - the whole range of human experience - played out before their eyes on the decks of their boats. Small wonder that they forget to watch their course as they gaze upon this fascination drama. They never know what will happen next, what monumental blunder will demand immediate correction, what massive mistake will provide them with another adequate excuse for again failing to win.

The hotshots have a saying: "The way to win is to get in front at the start and stay there." Winning is simple, and boring. Losing is not simple. And never boring.

D Bull

Reprinted by courtesy of the Great Eastern Mail, February 2021 issue

Updated: 11 Mar 2021 2:39pm 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: 11 Mar 2021 12:36pm 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 Frecheville0412 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


13 hp/Volvo diesel
Electro/Hydraulic swing keel
Mainsail, furling jib, 2 spinnakers, rigid boom vang
Lazy jacks/sail cover, spray dodger, bimini
VHF and 27 Meg radios, GPS
Metho stove, enclosed toilet with holding tank
Standing head room

Price is $24950 OR BEST OFFER

Contact Alan Pick 0410 584 860 or Peter Blainey 0408 319 695

Thank you

Contact: Alan Pick
Phone: 0410 584 860
Email: apick@tpg.com.au

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