Today I’m reflecting on the power of sailing to forge friendships and teamwork after a full three day regatta on Port Phillip in the middle of a Melbourne winter. Over the Kings Birthday long weekend I’ve had the opportunity to compete in the Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron. It’s a tradition that RBYC member Vanessa Twigg …

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General News

30 + year members lunch

The annual lunch for those with more than 30 years of RBYC membership was a great success organized by Bruce McBriar. Alan Woodward acted as MC, with elite sailor Andrew Plympton interviewing Gold Medalist Mark Turnbull.
Attendees were entertained and enlightened - a good reminder of the depth of sailing experience at our club, as well as the strong camaraderie of the long-term members.


Last week we invited you to submit a profile of your boat for our website. This is easy to do – just click on the button which will explain everything….

Keelboat News

Alan Robinson Trophy

Congratulations to Next Page II as the PHS winner skippered by Peter Forbes. Also well done to the BKT JAHMU team taking out line honours in 2hrs 17min

OTB News

Frostbite Regatta

The annual event between RBYC and RMYS takes place this Sunday 18th June. This race has a long history where the General Committee Members of the two clubs got into Cadet dinghies' and raced each other for the the "Old Bottle". Although both clubs are out to win the emphasis is on fun and getting the two clubs together. They now race in the RS Quest which provide a number of challenges so it should be good to watch. Over the the last few years the event also includes racing between the clubs Junior fleets to make it an even better day. Things kick off 10am with the juniors racing first then they hand over to the seniors. So come down and show your support for both groups and help with launching and retrieval of the boats.

Training News

September School Holidays, Term Training & Keelboat- Book Now

The program for September school holidays is now available on the RBYC website. Sailing for all levels will be avavibale.
. Details can be found using the below links
Cost: $315 pp
Our popular Sunday term Training programs are avavibale to book . These fill up fast so be in quick.

Cost: $320
July Keelboat Courses, Crew: which is designed for those with none or very little sailing experience.
Spinnaker: Must have Crew or similar experience
2 day course running 9.30 am - 4.30pm each day.
Cost: $360 pp

Cruising News

Click here for Full Details on all upcoming event

Olympic Campaign Fund raising

Some of our young elite sailors are training for the Olympics which requires a considerable cost outlay. The Australian Sports Foundation has provision for setting up fund raising pages for this purpose, which enable tack deductible donations.
Periodically we will provide links in this newsletter to the fund raising pages of club members. Please consider donating to help them on their sailing journey.

Club member Sophie Jackson has a fund raising page set up for her 470 Campaign with Angus Higgins.
AUS12 Australian Sports Foundation page for Tax deductible donations:
For RBYC members who have a ASF fund rasing page for their sailing campaign, then we would be happy to promote this via the club newsletter.

Icebergers News

Not long now until the shortest day of the year swim ! Thursday 22nd June
Bookings for dinner are essential and can be made now with Caroline
at RBYC 9592 3092 or email [email protected]
Swim Briefing: 5.45pm
Fire Show 5.55pm
Bagpipe Start 6pm
Dinner serving starts 7pm
Wave start in groups of 8
Two Courses:
1. Triangle
2. Channel Triangle
(Non Swimming Dippers are welcome)
It will be Night Swim in the Dark at 6pm!
All swimmers must have a
flashing light!

Around The club

Draw Date:9 June
No Winner
Next Draw: 16 June
Jackpot $200

Friday Chef Challenge

Hi everyone,

On the field: the King's Birthday round of football saw eight games played over five days. On Thursday night, St Kilda spoiled Lance Franklin's 350th AFL game, winning by 14 points at the SCG. The game was noteworthy as it marked Buddy's 350th game (a milestone reached by only 21 other players in VFL/AFL history). In addition, Franklin kicked 2 goals to move past Doug Wade into fourth place on the all-time goal-kicking list. FYI, here is the top 10: 1. Tony Lockett 1360, 2. Gordon Coventry 1299, 3. Jason Dunstall 1254, 4. Lance Franklin 1059, 5. Doug Wade 1057, 6. Gary Ablett Sr. 1031, 7. Jack Titus 970, 8. Matthew Lloyd 926, 9. Leigh Matthews 915, 10. Peter McKenna 874. On Friday night, Port Adelaide kept up their winning ways with a 22-point win over the Western Bulldogs at Marve....MORE


Discount Yachting Winter Series 4 longer passage races incorporating the 2 popular destination races to Blairgowrie & Geelong. Starting with an on-water distress drill before race 1 on June 24th. Only those who enter the series or race 1 can participate in the drill. Entries are open for the series and race 1 here
Navionics & Fundamentals of Navigation, 2 courses. Navigation has changed a lot in the past few years. Learn how to use Navionics and learn the fundamentals of navigation by joining the 2 upcoming courses. Learn more here

Weather for Sailors – Robin Hewitt will once again be sharing his detailed knowledge on Weather for Sailors with module 1, the Fundamentals. Over 3 nights via an online platform. Learn more here
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