News from GC

VOLVO TEST DRIVE - REVIEW. Well, we’re back and we survived ;)I’ve heard it said that the best Rolex ocean race in the world is not the Sydney Hobart or the Fastnet but the Rolex Middle Sea Race out of Malta.Having just experienced it firsthand I am in full agreement!Ten friends from RBYC and RMYC signed up for the race over …
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Middle Sea Race

General News

Club car parking during Sail Melbourne 30/11 - 4/12

Visiting boats are being stored in both upper and lower carpark's. Last week we informed members that parking would be avavibale until COB Wednesday. However due to an earlier than expected influx of boats we closing all parking this evening Tuesday 28th Nov. We ask for your understanding and apologise for the inconvenience.

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

Sailing/Marina Office News

Sail Melbourne Volunteers' Needed

The yard is quickly filling up with competitors for this years Sail Melbourne. There has been a lot of activity with training camps and this will continue this week. We hope all visiting sailors enjoy our club and if you are here please make them welcome .
Also is not too late to get involved. We still need morning and afternoon beach crew. Please contact Colin in the sailing office or email [email protected]

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 Learn to Sail Courses

Keelboat Sailing (2 day)
Crew: 9th & 16th Dec FULL
Crew: 10th &17th Dec
Crew/Helm: 13th & 20th Jan
Dinghy Sailing (4 Saturdays)
Level 1, 2 & 3
Jan 20th, 27th, Feb 3rd & 10th

Keel Boat News

IMPORTANT: All keel boats must fly their division flag from the backstay when racing otherwise you may not get a result. Check SI's for your flag and contact office to collect if required
Saturday 2 December - Peter Taylor Race hosted by SYC
Sunday 3rd December - PPWCS hosted by HBYC. Registration & Information
How a course is shortened
There was some confusion last Saturday when the keelboat Division 2 race was shortened. Rule 32.2 describes how it works:
".... the finishing line shall be,
(a) at a rounding mark, between the mark and a staff displaying flag S;
(b) a line the course requires boats to cross; or
(c) at a gate, between the gate marks. "
So on Saturday the RO in the Tower displayed Code flag S, made two sound signals and also made a call over the radio as the first boat rounded number 5 mark. So the finish was then as soon as the hull of your boat crossed the line between the Tower and number 6 mark.

One Design News

No racing over sail Melbourne

OTB News

No Sunday racing until 10th December
OTB Update
Thirteen RBYC sailors represented the club at the Victorian State Championships over the weekend.
With 110 boats, the competition was HOT - almost to a national championship standard. Top interstate and overseas competitors attended the event as a warm up to Sail Melbourne. Conditions were challenging with significant wind shifts and black flags.
RBYC sailors achieved some excellent results including:
Matt Blakey - ILCA 7, 1st Apprentice & 3rd overall (beating Brett Beyer, a 13-time masters world champion)
Tom Holmes - ILCA 7, 3rd under 21 & 8th overall (an outstanding effort!)
Owen McMahon - ILCA 6, 2nd Master (pipped on countback)
Brendon Jukes - ILCA 6, 3rd Master
Nick Ede - ILCA 6, 3rd Grand Master
Tony McPhail - ILCA 6, 2nd Great Grand Master
Plus strong performances from seven other RBYC members.
The ILCA horde will descend on RBYC this week as we host Sail Melbourne.

3rd - 7th Jan 2024
Volunteers needed. Contact Sailing Office

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

Draw Date:24 Nov 2023
No Winner

Next draw 1 Dec. 2023 jackpots to


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