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COVID lockdown

Due to the current lockdown in Victoria the postponed Winter Sailing race 1 is now abandoned. The next race will be held on August 8

Stay safe if you are sailing alone

If you are thinking of sailing a dinghy from the yacht club on your own, you should consider the advice given from Sailing Australia below

July newsletter.

Cats Dinghies and Keelboats will all be racing in 2021 – 2022

The 2021 – 2022 race schedule for both Port Phillip and Swan Bay is now available

Tiercel from Ventura – thanks Jonathon.

Winter Sailing start delayed.

The QLYC is again offering a winter sailing series at 3 week intervals from July to Sept on Sundays.  Note the first race scheduled for Sunday July 18th has been abandoned owing to COVID.

The concept of the Winter Series is to offer willing sailors a chance to sail together in the colder months and also provide an opportunity for crew to experience a range of boats and skippers to meet new crew.

Medallions will be presented to participating crew for 1st 2nd and 3rd determined by series results

To be eligible for medallions, crew must sail on more than one vessel and complete in most races. Standard Courses and Sailing Instructions continue from 2020 – 2021 as does boat registration.

New boats must register using the registration links on the website.

The following dates are to be the nominal sailing days:

Sunday July 18  Abandoned owing to Covid.

Sunday Aug 8

Sunday Aug 29

Sunday Sept 19

Where races are abandoned due to poor weather, they will be offered again the following week.

Presentation of medallions to be made on Opening Day Sunday 17 October.

If you would like to participate please contact the commodore at  


For the social crowd:

Make use of the club facilities, enjoy a relaxing meal or drink with friends and family on the forecourt. Most Friday nights the club will be be running a social BBQ throughout the late spring and summer.


Some of the diners at BBQ of 16 Feb 2019



We remind and reinforce to members the importance of following the Government’s COVID-19 rules and regulations, which may allow QLYC to open to our members.

The QLYC clubhouse, boatshed and deck, when allowed, are open to members, subject to COVID safe rules.

All members and guests, as a condition of entry, are required to check in using the QR Code when they arrive at QLYC.

It is imperative that everyone continues to be vigilant and remains 1.5m distance apart where possible.

During COVID-restricted times, any member wishing to use the clubhouse must make a booking as it is the responsibility of the committee to ensure all aspects of our covid plan are being met.


  •  Yacht racing on Port Phillip is happening from October to May on weekends. If you would like to join us, please contact Ian at for further information. All COVID restrictions and guidelines will be followed.
  • Wednesday afternoon social sailing on Port Phillip has commenced. Please contact Tom Hinton on 0419 161 201 if you are interested in participating.  
  • Committee meetings are held on the first Friday of each month. Please contact the Secretary or approach any committee member if you have any suggestions or questions for the committee. We have several vacancies on the General Committee, we’d love some more members to join us. Please contact Alison at if you’re able to help out. 
  • Don’t be a stranger! Connect with us on Facebook, we’d love to see photos of any boating-related activities you are getting up to.

Swan Bay activities

Discover Sailing Day 2021

The club hosted a very successful and enjoyable Discover Paddling on Sunday 10 Jan 2021. While fewer people than usual were able to attend due to COVID restrictions, those that could join us enjoyed the facilities and beautiful weather. Thanks again to Ross Nitz for the on-water supervision and coaching tips and to all the volunteers who make these events possible. It is always great to see so many people enjoying our club and beautiful Swan Bay. Photos in the “Gallery” and on our facebook page.

Remember the Discover Sailing Days are on again next summer on the

19 December 2021 and 19 January 2022

Members are able to bring a small number of guests to the club to paddle and sail. The club kayaks and dinghies may be used by all members. If you are unsure what equipment is owned by the club, or need information about conditions on Swan Bay, please get in touch with Alison or Geoffrey. Please use the QR code provided at the club facilities to sign yourself in; this will allow us to do contact tracing if required. If you are using club equipment, please wash it down and spray with disinfectant after use. We have provided all the necessary equipment for you in the boat shed.


The Club has a COVID Safe Plan to ensure everyone’s safety and well being. It has been updated recently. You can view it here and if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the committee members.

Working Bees:

A free beer anyone? Come to the club with your gardening/work gloves and exchange litres of sweat for a free drink! These informal working bees will be held on the last Friday of every month, from, 3pm to 5pm.

You could find yourself reorganizing the yard or boatshed, doing some weeding, mowing, planting or painting, restocking the bar, moving some furniture, or servicing the outboard.

Paddling, sailing and socialising usually follows on Fridays when weather permits. We greatly appreciate any assistance you are able to provide, you’ll spend time with some great people, and did I mention a free beer? 

Your committee:

Commodore: Geoffrey Mathews 

Vice Commodore: Frank McMahon

Secretary: Alison Roberts-Wray 

Treasurer: Peter Curtis 

Captain: Ian Campbell 

General Committee: John Barry, Colin Bishop, Daryl Clarke


The are many ways to volunteer at the club, but none more exhilarating than as a Race Officer on Swan.

Sign up for the Race officer training in September and join the merry crew helping to make sail racing possible.




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