The Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club is the largest and most active yacht club in Eastern Victoria. Strong emphasis is placed on training, in the context of a friendly socially active club. An integrated Sailability program strengthens these attributes.

The primary objectives of the club are to:

  • Promote competitive and recreational boating
  • Improve boating facilities on the Gippsland Lakes
  • Conserve the Gippsland Lakes and its natural environment

The members of the Club have a wide range of boating interests from dinghies and trailer sailers to motor cruisers, and provide a wealth of sailing expertise. Competitive sailing is well catered for with personal and VYC handicap racing at weekends and twilight (no spinnaker) races on Tuesday evenings during daylight saving. The Club hosts National and State regattas and has members who have been successful in World, National and State titles in various classes.

Juniors are have a range of opportunities to sail with the Club.

The GLYC is affiliated with Yachting Victoria, Australian Sailing (ex-Yachting Australia), and Sailability Victoria, giving the East Gippsland region a voice at senior yachting levels.

The Club runs a training school on certain Sunday mornings. Beginners of all ages are always welcome, so even novices can easily learn the ropes. Sailability programs are conducted for people with disabilities and primary school children.

Bear in mind that you don’t need to own a boat to start sailing. Whether you are interested in competitive or social sailing there are always skippers looking for crews (no experience necessary). To check out what is happening ring the club on 5156 6864, visit the website, or just turn up on Sunday mornings or Tuesday evenings (5.00pm) during daylight saving hours.

Visitors are always welcome at the Club. The ‘Loft’ bar upstairs is a cozy spot, with wonderful views, and is open each Friday evening, as well as Tuesday evenings and most Sundays during the sailing season.

Read here for information about boat storage facilities for members.

Membership Fees

Family Membership $370.00
Family Membership – is for persons who, in the opinion of the committee, are a family group, comprising 1 or 2 adults ( aged 19 or over) who have a recognised relationship, plus any children aged under 19 and/or children over 19 and up to the age of 25 who are fully financially dependent.


i) Age limits apply as of the start of the membership year.
ii) YA registration will be granted to each member upon request.
iii) Where the adults in the family group have no children who are members, the Committee may, upon request, include grandchildren within the family group.

Senior Membership $280.00
Is for a single membership for boat owners or crew wishing to race or sail with a YA registration (when requested).

Social Membership $145.00
Is for adult members wishing to engage as part of the club and club activities and not requiring a YA registration. This category is not available for boat owners wishing to participate in any racing, and does not include a right to vote, store a boat, hold a club key or race (other than in Summer Twilights racing as crew).

Intermediate Membership $110.00
Is for anyone aged 18 to 25 (at the start of the membership year), with a YA registration (when requested).

Junior Membership $65.00
Is for anyone under the age of 18 (at the commencement of the membership year) not belonging to a family membership, with YA registration (when requested).

** See form below for pro-rata fees.

If you are interested in joining the Club, download the Application form from the Rules, Policies and Forms tab under Club Information, and visit the Club to make yourself known.

Miscellaneous Fees

Member key cost (Senior, family, intermediate, junior and life members only)

  • Per fob – $20 purchase

Visitor key deposit (for casual sailors visiting Paynesville and wishing to temporarily use GLYC facilities)

  • Per key – $20 refundable deposit, and $15 per fortnight or part thereof facilites use fee

Pro-Rata Membership and Storage Fees

The fees payable by new members joining or members taking up boat storage during the season, are shown in this table.