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Time of day.

A link has been added to “Sailing / Keelboats /General Information” giving time of day to the second. This is an alternative to having a digital clock app on your phone (and set to automatic update).

Cec Anderson 4 and 5

Both these races occurred as scheduled. Only 3 vessels turned out for an excellent though brisk Cec Anderson 4 and 4 vessels for a delayed and shortened race 5. Drizabone won both. See Results and Reports page.


Owing to the five-day Covid lockdown (state-wide), there was no race on 13 February. We hope for rescheduling of the Lady Nelson Trophy race in the fullness of time.

February newsletter.

Here’s a link to the Club’s February newsletter.

Vale Graeme Tribe

The very sad news is that Graeme has succumbed to the cancer that recently recurred after so many years. He will be sorely missed by many in the Club and elsewhere. A memorial service was held on Tuesday 23rd February.



with free sausage sizzle

and free Sailing Clinics*



For those wanting to learn:

*The Free Sailing Clinic series will run concurrently and is designed for people new to sailing who would like to develop an understanding of how to sail the club dinghies. The same skills can be applied in bigger yachts.

Register for this activity on-line. Meet at the clubhouse. Each clinic will last for 1 hour, from 6 – 7 pm. Wherever possible the clinics will use practical learning experiences and a hands-on approach. See topics in the table.
(there’s also a little background theory to support your understanding.)

For the social crowd:


Some of the diners at BBQ of 16 Feb 2019

Australia Day Cats day out

Catamarans and Trimarans based at QLYC were invited down for a cruise Australia Day and 6 boats responded. Unfortunately the weather Gods made the wind blow a little too strongly to get the boats out on the water.

Nevertheless, the shakedown brought many of the boats out of the pens for some much needed attention. David and Barry attended to repairs to the rudder of the paper tiger and David’s left knee; both recovering from their last outing together. New member, Manfred Pohlenz, undertook some minor repairs on the footing of his mast then stood the mast for the first time, before moving into a pen and the Captain’s boat got a complete clean and safety check only to discover the tramp needs some minor repair. I believe Andrew arrived later in the day and went out on the water.

Thanks to Geoffrey for cooking up some lunch and also to those that ventured to the club for the lunch and a bit of a look around. Great atmosphere!

The response was so encouraging a few more “Recattas” will be organised, Feb 7 and March 10 look likely.

Commodore’s Report: 

Geoffrey Mathews 

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Open Day went off with a bang as the cannon was fired and flags were raised to welcome the season. The Mayor of the Borough and Vice Commodore of QCYC were in attendance, as well as many of our Life Members. The weather was sensational and it was a happy and memorable day. 

It was with great pleasure that I presented Bev Lee with her Life Membership from the club. The trophies for the races completed in 2019-20 were also handed to the winning participants. 

The day continued with members enjoying a picnic lunch while the ‘Sea of Ukes’ entertained us with some rousing sea shanties, one of which was written by member Colin Gibbs.

December 27th saw 20 or so members set up near our QLYC buoy at Shortland Bluff to watch the start of the Melbourne to Devonport race in blustery and invigorating conditions.

During the Opening Day the Vice Commodore of QCYC invited members of our club to sail on Wednesday afternoons, and also expressed the desire to work together to encourage participation in sailing. 

Committee member Daryl Clarke has offered to come to the club every second Friday afternoon and, with other members, have informal working bees and perhaps some paddling and sailing if tide and weather permit.

All in all a great start to 2021.


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

It is imperative that everyone continues to be vigilant and remains 1.5m distance apart at all times.

The QLYC clubhouse, boatshed and deck are open to members, subject to covid safe rules.

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

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.

Captains Report:

Ian Campbell

The sailing season has continued with regular boats competing each Saturday. All series and trophy races in the pre-Christmas schedule were successfully completed.

The new Racing Rules of Sailing came into effect on January 1. Skippers have been notified and a link placed on the website.

Please ensure any crew members in club races are either current financial members of temporary members through the Sailpass system. Boats that have people on board who are not financial members, or temporary members through Sailpass, will be disqualified from the race and become ineligible for aggregate points and trophies for that race.

Life Member Brian Golland has accepted the role of Chair of the Protest Committee for 2021. We hope this is an inactive committee!


  •  Yacht racing on Port Phillip is happening 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

The club hosted a very successful and enjoyable Discover Paddling on Sunday 10 Jan. 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.

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 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, from 9am to 11am, and the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, 2pm to 4pm. Some re-organisation of the yard and boatshed has commenced. Paddling, sailing and socialising will follow 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? 

Calendar of Events March

(See also the “Calendar of Events” page.)

March 5Sailing clinic social paddling & sailing
Friday, March 5. 4:00 – 8:00pm 
4-8 p.m.
March 6Cec Anderson Race 6
Saturday, March 6. 11:30am – 5:00pm
11.30 briefing
March 7Commodore’s cup cocktail party and new members’ introduction.
Sunday, March 7. 4:00 – 7:00pm
4:00 – 7:00pm
March 11Intro to Paddling
Thursday, March 11. 4:30 – 6:00pm
4:30 – 6:00pm
March 12Working bee Friday, March 12. 1:30 – 3:30pm
Friday BBQ Friday, March 12. 5:30 – 7:30pm
NAVIGATE. Swan bay shallows Social paddle6:00 – 8:00pm
1:30 – 3:30pm
5:30 – 7:30pm
6:00 – 8:00pm
March 13Race 7 of the Cec Anderson series11.30 briefing
March 14McDonalds jetty run paddling and sail
Sunday, March 14. 12:30am – 4:30pm
12:30am – 4:30pm
March 18Intro to Paddling – Session 2
Thursday, March 18. 4:30 – 6:00pm
4:30 – 6:00pm
March 19Paddle Lakers cutting Friday, March 19
Friday BBQ Friday, March 19. 5:30 – 7:30pm

5:30 – 7:30pm
March 20Maritime Weekend trophy
Saturday, March 20. 11:30am – 5:00pm
11:30am – 5:00pm
March 25Intro to Paddling – Session 3
Thursday, March 25. 4:30 – 6:00pm
4:30 – 6:00pm
March 26
NAVIGATE. Swan bay shallows Social paddle March 26
Friday BBQ March 26. 5:30 – 7:30pm

5:30 – 7:30pm
March 27Round Mud Island race. Saturday, March 27time tba

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, Richard Bos, Daryl Clarke


Cec Anderson race 1 was run on Jan 23rd, followed by races 2, 3 and 4. Results, reports and replays are mostly posted.

January 2nd 2021 saw the first race of 2021 and a return to optional spinnakers for the Irwin Trophy. We were lucky with a window of good weather but other issues kept Sundance and Indulgence out of the race leaving Tiercel, Valentine and (very welcome return!) Drizabone to battle it out. Results are posted in the Race Results and Reports page. The following week the Commodore’s Cup saw Tiercel, Valentine, Drizabone and (a very welcome couta boat addition) Muriel Elizabeth – previously sailed under the name of Christabelle, of “Christabelle Cup” fame.

 Note that if a particular page of this website is your primary interest you can (with some browsers anyway) copy the url of the page and have it as a favourite on your phone. E.g. the race results are on

Ray Maki race 3 was finally picked up on the scheduled “supplementary” date of 19 December 2020 bringing the Ray Maki series to completion.







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