GC Report from Peter Coleman

Hello fellow members.What a busy time of the year is in December and January.Many congratulations to our RBYC yachts that competed in both the Sydney to Hobart and the Melbourne to Hobart races and their safe return, well done and all power to you, a truly amazing group of sailors.On Boxing Day we had a lot of boats competing in …

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KeelBoat News

Dear Skippers,
Sailing committee has approved a change to the 2023 - 2024 SI’s for Division 1 & 2 Saturday racing at RBYC.
The change is as follows: Should the weather forecast be for challenging conditions, for example 22 - 25 knots with a difficult sea-state, the Race Officer can at their discretion change the course from Windward/Leeward to a Passage Race.
The rationale for this is to encourage participation in racing, without excessive risk to sailors and race management.
We anticipate that such changes would be announced by 10am on the day.
Marnie Irving
Club Captain

Festival of Sails

RBYC was again well represented in Geelong for the Festival of Sails event. The weekend kicked off with the race to Geelong. Special mention goes to Marg Nesson and the team on Wild Child taking out 1st place overall in their division. There were many other great results from boats Such as Jahmu, Reverie and Martini Racing 34 just to name a few .The full results can be seen HERE

Junior Big Boat Day 24 March

Hello boat owners. Each year at the end of the Term 1 training we invite our Youth members to experience Big Boat sailing. This is a great day out and has always received great reviews from our younger member's. The day can only be a success with the help form Keelboat owners and giving up their time and boats on the day. If you have a keelboat 35ft and above and would be keen to take our youth out for the day then please can you complete the registration via the link below. Full details of the day are also on this page

Club Racing Starting Again 31st Jan

31/1 - Wednesday Afternoon: Hearnes Heroes 3 - Fleet 1330
31/1 - Summer Twilight: Fleet 1805, Pursuit 1815
3/2 - Keelboats Passage Race & One Design - From 1300
4/2 - OTB Racing - 1400

Training News

Youth Term 1 Sailing 11/2 - 24/3

These programs are for those sailors still progressing through their sail training. These programs will get sailors to the required skill level to then be able to join the racing squads. There is a cost associated for each course but you do not need to be a member of RBYC
These programs are for those sailors who have completed Tackers 3 or OutThere 3 (or have equivalent experience). The focus is on gaining skills for club racing and getting ready for regattas and events. Anyone wanting to join the racing squads must be a Youth member of RBYC.

Upcoming Adult Learn to Sail Courses

New Evening Keelboat Crew Course: Feb 7th, 14th ,21st & 28th

Come and learn to sailing during summer and enjoy twilight sailing at its best. Ideal for those who have completed the Keelboat Crew course and looking for more practice or those that are new to sailing. Details
Keelboat Crew/Helm (2 day)
March 2nd & 9th or 16th & 23rd. April 6th & 13th
Keelboat Spinnaker (2 day)
March 17th & 24th
April 27th & 28th
Dinghy Sailing
(4 Saturdays)
Level 1, 2 & 3
2nd March - 23 March
6 April - 27 April

OTB News

RS100 Nationals

A number of RBYC members ventured into NSW to attend the RS100 Nationals that were held at the Toronto Ametur Sailing club. Results via link below but special shout out to Daniel Gorton 2nd overall and David Williamson with 3rd overall


Upcoming Regattas @ RBYC

RS Aero Vic State Championships

March 2 & 3

WASZP Victorian Championship

March 16 & 17

Volunteers needed for both of these regattas. Please contact sailing office or register via sign on system if you can help out.

One Design News

2.4mR Nationals Review

The 2.4mR Nationals kicked off on Friday 26th with 20 boats competing. Melbourne weather however put a halt to sailing on day 1 with 25+ knots and 1.5m seas not suitable for this class of boat. In typical Melbourne style day 2 was a complete contrast with nothing over 15 knots all day and a flat sea (perfect sailing conditions …
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2.4mR Nationals Review

Dragons and Etchells Regattas at Metung

The Dragons Prince Phillip Cup / Australian Championship and Etchells Vic States were held in Metung over the past week, and several RBYC boats and crews had a wonderful time. Thanks to Janette Severs for the photos, and you can see more along with coverage of the event by Janette on the Metung Facebook site.
The conditions were tricky to say the least, but RO John Spencer (RBYC Past Commodore) did a terrific job of getting the regattas in. Well done to Charlie Stanton and crew on his Dragon Amazing Grace – Chas has competed in every Prince Philip Cup since 1989. Etchells 1444 Playing Around 3 (Peter Robson) had a great result overall, and all boats had their moments. We are all looking forward to the Etchells Nationals at Metung in November.
Results are available here.

Cruising Group News

GUEST SPEAKER DINNER – Friday Feb 16th, 2024 In April 2023, RBYC yachts Aquacadabra, Chakana and Saffron left Melbourne to sail up the east coast of Australia, and then across the Coral Sea to New Caledonia. After spending 2 months cruising New Caledonian waters they joined a rally to Vanuatu where they climbed a volcano, spent time in villages and …

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Cruising News

Iceberger News

22 New Icebergers will be inducted next Friday 2nd February as part of the RBYC's normal Friday night activities.
The night will commence around 6:15pm - with some drinks etc upstairs.
For those willing - a casual swim will set off 5:15pm to kick start the festivities.
All inductees are encouraged to bring their friends and families and celebrate their achievement.
If you would like to have dinner at the club please contact the restaurant and make a booking.
Iceberg legend Cathy Roberts has kindly accepted the invitation to award the certificates to each new iceberger.
Now we need to find space on the honour board!!!

Club News

Draw Date:26 Jan 2024
No Winner

Next draw 2 Feb jackpots to

Diarise: 2 Feb for Icebergers Induction - An important annual event

High Performance Sailors Evening

– By Anna Cripsey. Hello fellow RBYC members, we are a group of high-performance sailors that are lucky enough to call RBYC our home base. We all share a common dream of wanting to go the Olympics whether it be in the Laser (ILCA), 470, IQ Wind foil or Kite foil class. This dream and the international experience required does …

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Marine Security Information Evening 23/2

Peter Cook is an experienced maritime security practitioner, he has worked with intergovernmental agencies (UNODC & IMO), flag and port States, international shipping associations and private maritime security providers. Having worked in London for ten years, he is now based in Melbourne, Australia, exploring new opportunities in the Indo-Pacific region. He is an Honorary Fellow with the Australian National Centre …
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New Bird Scarer being tested at RBYC

A 10% discount on Birdboss purchases made online until the end of February. Members can avail of this discount by using the coupon code 'RBYC23' at checkout.