The effects of climate change and marine pollution are becoming increasingly evident in the waters of Port Phillip. Spring and summer storms caused massive floods in the Yarra Rivers’ catchments and all the debris and other pollutants eventually found its way into the bay. For weeks after the storms, poor water quality made the bay unsafe for swimming, the foreshore …

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Office News

IMPORTANT -Bike Storage.

We have now confirmed with a local bike charity to collect pushbikes that are stored in the undercover car park that have not been claimed and have a white owners tag attached. They are booked in to collect them 14th March If you have a bike and have not yet collected your tag please visit club reception.
Please remember you must be a senior member to be eligible to use the bike storage area.
If you have an old tag you must get it replaced with a new tag or you bike may be removed

Hard Stand access over long weekend

For those that are not aware RBYC is hosting the Etchells Victorian State Titles over the long weekend (10 - 13th March). This event has attracted a number of boats from other clubs and as such our Hardstand area is going to have more boats than usual. Most of the visiting boats are coming on their road trailers and will be store on theses trailers. The boats are coming in over this week. We have had to do a bit of juggling to accommodate them all and as such there is restricted access. For owners of vessels on the hardstand please be aware that the agility to launch and retrieve will be restricted especially on Saturday 11th and Monday 13th. As this is a wet regatta the Etchells will be left in the water after racing and will be located in the pond and main arm as well as other locations in the marina

40 Year Member – Mary-Alice Tedstone

Over the next few weeks, we will provide reflections from women who were members of RBYC in 1983, when women were admitted as senior members.
On 21 March 2023, at the half yearly General Meeting, three female club members will receive their 40 year medallions, the first women to be awarded this recognition; Mary-Alice Tedstone, Jan Ferguson, and Past Commodore Wendy Luck. The following reflections are from Mary-Alice. …
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40 Year Member – Mary-Alice Tedstone

Keelboat News

Twilight Race 8th March

International Women's Day 8 March 2023 – a twilight race and a big milestone for women at RBYC
We all know why 1983 was a big year for sailing in Australia and for RBYC – but there is another reason too! 40 years ago this month, women were accepted into the club as senior members. Take the opportunity to invite some more women onto your crew and come back to the club to celebrate. We’ll be running a slide show featuring some wonderful RBYC women. Remember even if the weather does not allow racing come down to the club for dinner anyway and have a great evening with friends

Serious Yahoo success at Women in Sailing Challenge

On Sunday 5 March RBYC entry Serious Yahoo competed in the Women in Sailing Challenge at Sandringham, taking home the Doris Little trophy for PHS on countback. The team also came first on AMS. Fluky winds made for challenging sailing with 26 knots dropping to 3 and changing direction to a heading wind at the finish. Here is a link …
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Serious Yahoo success at Women in Sailing Challenge

Training News

April School Holidays Programs

Bookings for the April School Holidays are now open. BOOK HERE

One Design News

Etchells Victoria State Championships (11-13 March)

The Melbourne Etchells Fleet is thrilled to be hosting the 2023 State Titles this coming weekend. John Bertrand (AUS1395) will be one of the competitors contesting the event, on the back of his win in the Nationals in Adelaide. John will have some stiff competition, including Chris Hampton (AUS1466) winner of the 2022 Nationals, and Robin van Deussen (AUS1395) who is travelling from South Australia to defend his 2022 Vic States title.
There is a proud history of Etchells Sailing at RBYC, and there is a link another America’s Cup skipper. Menace XI (AUS890) owned by Nick Chapman was originally owned by Dennis Connor, always an enthusiastic Etchells sailor.
Menace XI was launched in 1992. The boat was fully optimised and painted yellow which was apparently the paint Dennis used on his Americas Cup boat. Nick Chapman purchased the boat in 1997 and did well in the boat winning the Victorian State titles in 1998. Nick sold the boat in 1999 and it has had several owners since. Then in November 2022 Nick bought the boat back again, some 23 years later.
Best wishes to all competitors in the Championships this coming weekend.

OTB News

This years event is now open for entry HERE

Cruising News

April Guest Speaker Dinner
Friday, 21st April 2023

May Guest Speaker Dinner
Friday, 19th May 2023
Contact reception for bookings 9592 3092 or [email protected]

In Other News

Prize Value $850 Draw date: 3rd March 2023
No Winner
Draw next week increases to $900
Pard Tan - Senior Grant Seamer - Senior
Alex Bolitho - Social Peter Ryan - Social
Marilyn Cormie - Social Extra
The 2023 AFL season is not far off - Richmond will play Carlton in the season's opening game on Thursday 16th March. The club's annual online footy tipping competition is open to all club members, their family members/friends and will be conducted using the espn footy tips site. If you are interested to join the fun please contact our tipping administrator for full details [email protected] There is no charge to participate.


ORCV Rip Tour of Port Phillip Heads – New Date
“The Rip” is the narrow entrance to Port Phillip, where underwater reefs limit the navigable entrance to just 0.6nm and provides a restricted tidal flow between the ocean and Port Phillip, where over 4,000 commercial vessels transit annually.

Once a year, the ORCV runs an on-water tour from a large ferry looking at the navigation aids, tides, how to and which channels to use, radio protocols etc for a safe transit of the heads.
The tour runs inside the bay but travels around the head's region and offers not only an educational experience but a great day on the water. Learn more and book here https://www.orcv.org.au/training/rip-tour-of-port-phillip-heads

Port Fairy Race – Good Friday, April 7th starting 3.30 pm
Meet your family and friends over Easter, where you can all enjoy the hospitality of the Port Fairy Yacht Club Saturday night dinner and live music on the banks of the Moyne River.
There’s a 40-year race record to strive to break, Quasimodo completing the 135nm race in 14h 26m 20s. Learn more about the race or enter here https://www.orcv.org.au/index.php/port-fairy-about-the-race

70th Anniversary Apollo Bay – Saturday, May 27th starting 6 am
Sail in company along the Great Ocean Road on the 52nm to Apollo Bay. Always a popular category 3 race that closes out the ocean season. Check out what’s required to join the category 3 race and enter the race here https://www.orcv.org.au/apollo-bay-about-the-race
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