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Ray Maki race 7 was run on 28th November 2020, with three vessels, Indulgence, Valentine and Tiercel, that being the order over the line and on handicap. Results are posted, a link to RaceQs replay is on the same page (“Race Results and Reports”) and a report will follow.

Good news again (late November): Australian Sailing has published the latest interpretation of relaxed Covid-related restrictions, as follows:


  • Organised club racing and training for all members (adults and youth) can resume. This includes double handed dinghies and all forms of fully crewed keel boats, trailables and sports boats.
  • Masks and social distancing are no longer required while sailing
  • There is no limit on the number of boats on the water for racing or training.
  • Group sizes limited to 50 people (subject to a density quotient of 1 per  4sqm) in rigging area, keeping 1.5m social distancing unless wearing masks. Multiple groups of 50 to be separated by a clear and reasonable gap.

The Festival race was held on 21st November 2020 in the form of a sternchaser aimed at ladies on the helm where possible, as part of the “She Sails” program. Four boats and two lady skippers participated. Results were Indulgence, Tiercel, Valentine, Sundance. As with last week, the conditions played a large part in determining the finishing order. This time it was a clear Divn 1, Divn 2 and Divn 3 order. The early starts allowed better chance of reaching the first mark and rounding it, to benefit from the increasing flood tide. A report has been posted on the results and reports page, but in short, Indulgence got round Parks North before calm and flood tide occurred – which in combination set Tiercel and Valentine stationary and Sundance going backwards. Nonetheless a good and safe day on the water followed by socially distant conviviality outside the clubhouse.

Our latest Statement of Purposes and Rules has been approved by Consumer Affairs Victoria and is linked from the Forms and Documents page.

Ray Maki race 6 was run on 14 November 2020 in problematic conditions. Results are on the race results and reports page. And you are strongly urged to have a look at the RaceQs replay (on a computer, not your average smart-phone), and remember I can’t make the marks come up automatically, you have to open the fly-out menu and click on the crossed flags. Then select your viewing mode and replay speed.

Changes to the Racing Rules. From 1st January 2021 the existing Racing Rules of Sailing will be replaced by these 2021-2024 RRS.

Breaking news re access to QCYC wharf. Email from Parks Victoria:

Parks Victoria wishes to advise that repair works to the bridge accessing Queenscliff Cruising Yacht Club (Sand Island) from Swan Island will be commencing on Monday 26 October.
The works are anticipated to be completed in 1-2 weeks with a contingency of a further week if works are required to the sub structure.
Due to the works, bridge access will not be available during this time and alternative arrangements will need to be made to access the Parks Victoria pile berths and swing moorings.
For further enquires please contact Parks Victoria on 13 19 63

QLYC briefings and sign-on

Due to COVID restrictions only Skippers or their representatives should attend briefing. All crew including skippers and volunteers are requested to sign on electronically through revsport. See the Keelboat sailing page for the link. Current restrictions allow racing provided 1.5m distancing can be maintained for 90% of the time (apart from co-habiting family members).

Swan gets all cleaned up for the new season.


Update 24 September to Covid rules.

[We await AS interpretation of the late October easing of restrictions] In September, Australian Sailing confirmed and detailed the advice given on 17 September which should allow keelboat racing with minimal restrictions.

A direct link to this plus additional information is on the Australian Sailing website here.

This allows sailing including racing, provided that crew can maintain the 1.5 metre distancing rule for most of the time (90%). So, a schedule for a racing season 2020-21 has been developed and is posted, – shakedown cruise 3rd. October, Ray Maki 1 10th October. See the Sailing / Keelboat Sailing Race Schedule page.

Notice to Mariners re Ferry terminal.

Note Parks Victoria have issued a notice to mariners warning of impending improvement works to the ferry terminal (caution required) – further information pending.


Although we had to cancel the winter race series, recreational sailing was permitted, with certain restrictions:

The 1.5 metre rule applied and limits on numbers on board (2 for keelboats) were lifted on 17 September.

With restrictions in force, the Sailing Committee decided to offer winter cruises for those who felt they could meet the requirements and wanted to get out on the water.

This season of cruising started on Sunday 7 June,with two vessels, Sundance and Tiercel participating.  Here is a report. Two others were held (or abandoned after starting) in light winds, and a fourth happened on August 29th with Tiercel and Boomaroo braving brisk northerly winds to reach South Channel Fort at 12.55 (about 90 minutes transit) and returning with tide in 45 minutes. 19 September saw Boomaroo, Tiercel and Valentine independently cruising in very pleasant conditions. See also our blog “Sailing started up again June 6th“.


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