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Final race abandoned.

Again the wind exceeded the forecast, but hardy crews of Sonsy, Drizabone, Indulgence and Tiercel gathered to discuss prospects. In hopes of weather moderating, all these competitors plus Swan (thanks) made their way out of the harbour into winds well over 20 knots. Alas, the wind did not moderate and at the start time of 13.30, with winds at 27 knots, the race was abandoned.

Sprint Series abandoned 7 May 2022

Again the weather gods frowned upon us with the forecast bringing a justified early cancellation and reality being worse.

Mud Island race deferred

Saturday 30th April 2022 saw a good turnout of skippers and crew for the scheduled race “Round Mud Island”. However the wind in the mid 20’s was much stronger than forecast, prompting safety concerns. The Coastguard attended briefing with a good contingent of crew and their vessel to support the race but were called to an emergency elsewhere. A conference of skippers with Club Captain agreed this sealed the fate of this day’s race with (hopefully) a second chance in a fortnight’s time.

QLYC to participate in QCYC Queenscliff Cup

Couta Boat Cruise embraces new sailors

Persistence and patience achieved a race for (combined) Ray Maki race 2 and Maritime weekend trophy, despite light winds and the latter part of a strong ebb tide. On 9th April a supplementary race added a 5th race to the Cec Anderson series. So at mid-April 2022 the Ray Maki series comprises 4 races and the Cec Anderson series 5 races.

Dinghy sailing clinic postponed

Gday sailors,
The sailing clinic scheduled for Sunday March 6 is postponed. Sadly, unsuitable weather conditions do not allow us to sail. The sailing clinic will be rescheduled for Friday 18 March from 5pm – 8pm and Sunday 20 March from 12 – 4 pm for a longer journey together.
Ian looks forward to seeing you then.

QLYC Couta Boat Cruise

The QLYC Couta Boat Cruise will be held on Saturday 19 February. This cruise will replace the Cec Anderson 4 Series race scheduled for that day.

The idea of the day is to have some fun sailing together in a supportive environment. There will be a pre-cruise briefing for all skippers and crew outside the Lix Cafe in the Queenscliff Harbour at 12 noon, on Saturday the 19th.

Although not a race, the course will be selected from the QLYC standard courses according to prevailing conditions on the day, and use fixed marks in the lower reaches of Port Phillip.

A start and finish line will be set for the course by our club vessel, Swan, and a general starting window will be announced at Briefing.

If you need crew or have space on your boat for some extra sailors, please let me know asap by return email, at

After the cruise, you and your crew are invited to join the other crews for social drinks and nibbles, at the QLYC clubhouse, on the shore of Swan Bay. You can enter and park close to the clubhouse via the track from the corner of Nankervis and King Sts, Queenscliff. Please stop and check for trains at the railway crossing.

All sailors, be they members or non members, skippers and crew should register for the event so that we have your names and emergency contact details. Registration for this event opens at Wed 09 Feb 2022 14:00. Please feel free to forward this email on to crew, with links intact.

The following boats have indicated they are interested in sailing on the 19th:

Isabel, Cooma, Defiance, Nellie, Lyndal Lee, Drizabone, and Judith.

Other club vessels may accompany the cruise, but the main intention is to shake out the Couta boat sails and share some time on the water.

If the conditions blow out (say above 25 knots) the cruise will be postponed and rescheduled for the following week, on Saturday 26 February. If this happens the following boats may join us: Muriel Elizabeth, Rosie, Maud, and Lizzie, while others fall away.

Thanks very much to Tom Fricke and Col White for reaching out to this network and driving this event.

We are very much looking forward to your involvement in this exciting day.

Ian Campbell, QLYC Club Captain

QLYC supports the start of the Melbourne to Hobart and Melbourne to Devonport Sailors

A small number of QLYC members came to Shortland’s Bluff to cheer on the brave sailors heading out through the heads on their way, in a stiff 25 – 30 knot wind, on their way towards King Island and beyond to Tasmania.


Sailing Clinic hits the water in Swan Bay
Rigging and getting familiar with the parts of a dinghy
Safety Briefing and theory in the clubhouse

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

Contact Ian Campbell at

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

Recent Newsletters.

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 summer.

Some of the diners at BBQ of 16 Feb 2019




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 

Secretary: Felicity McKenzie 

Treasurer: Peter Curtis 

Captain: Ian Campbell 

Committee Members: John Barry, Maurice Kuter, Susan Kuter, Colin White, Greg Carey, Bernard Reed




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