News from GC

Vice Commodore’s Report As the rest of the country winds down after a challenging year, our Club is preparing for a very busy two months. Next week we will be hosting Sail Melbourne, followed in January with the Stonehaven Cup, the 12ft Cadet Centenary Reunion and Regatta and the VX and 2.4m Nationals. Elsewhere members will the competing in the …

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Report From GC

General News

A recent example of the importance of signing on your crew

Last Saturday a crew member was injured on a keelboat just before the start of Saturday’s race. Thankfully, the injuries have proven to be minor. The boat radioed the Tower and returned to the marina where the injured crew member was picked up in a golf buggy and taken ashore, by which time his partner (who had been contacted) had arrived at the club to take him for the necessary medical attention.
This is the reason we ask you to sign on all your crew with the correct next of kin details.
The requirement to sign on your crew is not because the club is keen on bureaucracy, but it is to help support club members when they need it the most. If you are having problems updating your crew list, please contact the sailing office for assistance.
And please don’t assume that it won’t happen to you – the skipper in this case has sailed for 45 years without incident and the injured crew member was very experienced, so it can happen to anyone at any time.

The Sailing Office
Club Maintenance
The flagpole at the front of the club required maintenance, and needed to be moved for the forecourt redevelopment. The flags will be flying again as part of the refurbishment of the front of the club.
Change to Members Bar Opening Hours for Summer.
The members bar will open at 3:00 pm Mondays and Tuesdays.

Billeting a Trailer for Sail Melbourne... go on you know you want to

This year Sail Melbourne is running from the 30th Nov - 3rd Dec. Unfortunately our planned trailer storage is not available .If any RBYC member would have the ability to store a road trailer for the 4 days it would be much appreciated. Please contact the sailing office via email if you can help. [email protected]

Christmas Trading Hours

The Olympic Restaurant & Deck

CHRISTMAS EVE 24th December
CHRISTMAS DAY 25th December
BOXING DAY 26th December
6am till 3pm
WEDNESDAY 27th - SUNDAY 31st December
NEW YEARS DAY 1st January

RBYC Members Bar

CHRISTMAS EVE 24th December
CHRISTMAS DAY 25th December
BOXING DAY 26th December
WEDNESDAY 27th - SUNDAY 31st December
NEW YEARS DAY 1st January

Boats in Yard need to moved by Wednesday 22nd

A reminder that if you have a boat stored in the yard (Grass area in front of club) and you are not entering the Sail Melbourne regatta we request that you remove it from the club no later than the 2nd November. We have a large number of visiting boats and we need all the space we can get. Members boats that are still in the yard on the 22nd will be moved by the sailing office and will not be accessible until 4th December

Sailing/Marina Office News

Sail Melbourne Volunteers' Needed

The Sail Melbourne regatta is earlier this year running Nov 30th - Dec 3rd. We are still looking for race management volunteers to help. The key roll's we have are
Rhib drivers and crew for the rescue boats
Rhib drivers and Cew for mark laying boats
Beach Support (trolley management )
So If you feel you are able to help please can you contact the sailing office
Not too late to enter but late fee will apply from 22nd November

Training News

School Holiday Programs

Week 1: Dec 11th - 15th - Limited Spaces
Week 2: Dec 18th - 22nd
Week 3: Jan 8th - 12th - Almost Full
Week 4: Jan 15th - 19th
Week 5: Jan 22nd 25th

Tackers and OutThere 1,2 & 3 - 9am -12pm
Green Fleet, YRS & 29er's 1pm - 4pm

Upcoming Adult Courses

Keelboat Sailing
9th & 16th Dec
10th &17th Dec

Keel Boat News

Sailing Lifts Your Spirit

Last week we had a lovely catch up with some of our wonderful volunteers to talk about the Sailing Lifts Your Spirits season ahead.
This week is our first event for the season and the weather looks like it will be closer to lively than lake …We will have 40 Guests and Volunteers and 5 yachts going out.
If you would like to join us, whether you are a boat owner, a sailor or want to help out on shore, now is the time to jump on the website and register …and if you know any healthcare workers or first responders please tell them all about us.
We look forward to welcoming you at an event soon.

One Design News

Congratulations to John Bertrand (Triad2020) and Chris Hampton (Tango) and their crew for placing in the top 5 in the hard-fought NSW Etchells States at Pittwater over the weekend. Triad placed 3rd and Tango 5th, with not much room between the top placings.
Check out the Etchells Facebook page for event coverage and some great video footage.
We’re looking forward to seeing scenes like these at RBYC for the Worlds in January 2025.

OTB News

Sunday Racing

Perfect day on the water. 13 Lasers, 2 iQ foils racing on the big course. A bunch of Optimists, Quests and 29ers with the instructors on a mini course. 30 boats in total. 10-12 knots

Off to the Games

RBYC member Lottie Wormald is on her way to the Pacific Games as one of Australia’s female sailing representatives. It will have coverage on SBS over the next two weeks, I for one hope to get a glimpse of her, attached is the link. Picture is Lottie and her coach Charlie Dixon at the airport heading off.

Cruising News

The annual Cruising Group Hardstand Party will be held on Saturday 9th December 2023, from 6pm. BYO BBQ food and drinks, and enjoy our annual end of year get together with friends and fellow Cruisers. Come along for good company, to celebrate the year gone by, and to look forward to 2024. All welcome.
Annual BASS STRAIT CRUISE Information Evening (8th Dec):
The 2024 annual Bass Strait Cruise in Company is scheduled to take place over the fortnight Sat 24th Feb to Mon 11th Mar, 2024. An information evening will be held in the Club’s Committee Room at 7:30pm on Friday December 8th, 2023. Rear Commodore Peter Gebhardt will provide an overview of the basis of the cruise, timing, potential destinations, communications, skippers’ responsibilities, and safety requirements.

Please let Terry Frankham ([email protected]) know if you might be interested in participating in this Cruise in Company.

Club News

Wednesday meal Special

Draw Date:17 Nov 2023
No Winner

Next draw 24Nov. 2023 jackpots to
Mark Deacon Senior
Rachel Edwardes Senior
Ian Tauman Crew Plus
'Thank you to all who have supported our annual fundraiser.
Your orders will be available from 8 December from the RBYC office.'


Click on the image above to go to the ORCV home page or use the below links
19 Nov: Safety and Sea Survival Course (SSSC)

25 Nov: West Offshore Products Coastal Sprint 2

26 Dec: Cock of the Bay

27 Dec: Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster