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Second winter cruise

Again Sundance and Tiercel sailed on June 28th – see “QLYC blogs / Sailing to start up again on 6th June”.

Vale “ Alan Holmes” 7 Feb 1929 – 9 Jun 2020.

Thanks Brian Golland for this tribute to Alan Holmes.  (See also his “profile“, the first of several profiles in this site’s “Gallery / Our boats, our people”.)
This week (19 June 2020) we farewelled Honorary Life Member Alan Holmes who was the well-known member and editor of the club monthly newsletter “Swan News” and the self-confessed “Grub” for the Queenscliff Lonsdale Yacht Club in the 1990’s through the early 2000’s.
Originally Alan purchased a 125 called Mars and subsequently a trailer sailer in Scallywag, a red 16 foot Hartley to which Alan fitted his own gadgets and ideas.
Alan was one who was fortunate to have sailed with a number of the original members of the Swan Bay Boat Club, in Cec Anderson, Ray Raison, Alex Eagleson, Jack Golightly and Gil Allbutt.
He experienced crewing for Ron and Lex Wilks in “Luff Affair” and later with Bill and Betty Cosford in “Trekka” and “Golden Lady”.
Alan was never planning to be the world beater with QLYC and just went about his love of sailing with diligence, skill and consistency.
Alan showed so much promise in support of the club, that with his time as editor and Secretary of the club 1995 through 1998, he soon took on full time the position of editor.
Kerry Packer would have been proud to have Alan as a staff member.
The serious story, comedy and cartoons as well as the twist of stories was Alan’s art in providing a difference and regularity to Swan News on a monthly basis, without missing a beat.
Known by all and sundry across the local community, Alan has contributed in every way to all the groups which he invades, marking out his special territory and helping in many different avenues including Cubs, Scouts, Seniors and Probus.
Sadly, in the past week Alan passed away and was farewelled by friends, club members and family at the Queenscliff Uniting Church just short of four years after the family bid farewell to his wife Val at the same church.

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Keel boat sailing resumes

Although we can’t race at the moment, recreational sailing is permitted, with certain restrictions:

The 1.5 m rule applies as do limits to groups of 20 gathering outdoors.

With this in mind the Sailing Committee has decided to offer winter cruises for those who feel they can meet these requirements and want 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.

The Winter cruising series is planned to follow the originally proposed winter racing schedule:   No racing, Just shakedown training! Next outing scheduled Sunday 28 June.

10am starts. Skippers meet at Queenscliff Harbour office to determine sailing course.
Safety boat not required but may attend for training and development.

Cruising to be scheduled for every 3 weeks – Sundays. Where a cruise is abandoned due to weather it will be rescheduled for the following week but schedule dates for the remainder of the season remain unchanged.
Tentative Dates are: 7 June, 28th June, 19 July, 9 Aug, 30 Aug, 20 Sept, 11 Oct.

Important information related to COVID 19 at 5 June 2020

Australian Sailing sets out a guideline for return to sailing

Victorian government

The situation for Victorian sailing is laid out at


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While the Clubhouse remains closed (including unavailability of toilets), the boat shed remains open for members to access their craft.  It appears that the requirement for 1.5 m “social distancing” would limit small-boat useage to one person per boat and competitive activities are still forbidden by the Government.
Updated information concerning boating restrictions is given by  Australian Sailing  here.   And for paddlers, Paddle Vic provided this advice on April 16th.    

Web site is being updated

Note there may be temporary anomalies (like empty pages) and changes in this QLYC website as we make improvements (from May 18th).  This includes a trial of a “blog“.

Invoices for 2020 – 2021

Invoices for next year (July 2020 to June 2021) have been sent out (30 May).  Members should have received an email from the Secretary with further information, on 3rd May.  Please contact her if your emailed invoice has not arrived (see your inbox for 30th May).

Summer 2019 – 2020 race results

The Club Captain has announced the overall results, for this sadly curtailed year, in a newsletter.  The results are copied below.

Tightening of Aus Sailing’s rules on non-members

Please see this announcement and explanation by Australian Sailing.

Aus Sailing re membership


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