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Postponement of Discover Sailing Day

Queenscliff Lonsdale Yacht Club Public Notice
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The Discover Sailing Day due to be held on Sunday 9th January has been postponed due to COVID challenges.
We will be in touch with a new date ASAP.
Stay safe!  

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 knt 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

Ray Maki 3 Cancelled.

As racing is prohibited under current restrictions and heavy weather looks likely, the Ray Maki race 3 is abandoned. Private cruising may be organised for Sat 23 October. Check with skippers.

COVID update

The following information was issued by Sailing Australia on 19 October 2021

The Premier announced the exciting news on the weekend that Victoria has met our 70% double vaccinated numbers early. This information means the easing of restrictions will move forwards from 11.59 pm 21st October. 

The only information shared currently is the updated roadmaps (attached). Australian Sailing will receive specific sports information on Friday morning when the RAD’s are released. We aim to share this Friday afternoon. 

(Regional Victoria) 

  • Fully vaccinated members: Indoors DQ4 and 30 caps, outdoors DQ2 and 100 cap
  • Community sport: indoors and outdoors, training only—the minimum number required for the sport.
  • Club Racing Not Permitted 
  • Unknown vaccination: no change from the previous stage restrictions

Vaccinations are required for all volunteers

Physical recreation workers have been listed as workers required to be vaccinated.  Select workers (including contractors and volunteers) will be required to show evidence of their vaccination to their employer to continue working outside their home.

A physical recreational worker is someone who:

•works at or in connection with a facility used or partly used for sport, sports racing, or physical recreation

•who provides personal training (coaching) services


From 22nd October 2021, you need to have received at least your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (unless you have a medical exemption) to attend work.

From 26th November 2021, you will have received your second dose (unless you have a medical exemption) to attend work.

Opening Day Postponed

The Opening Day Scheduled for the 17 October, has been postponed, due to restrictions on numbers and activities at the club. The intention is to restage that event in December if possible. Members will be notified of a new date once determined.

Member’s BBQs cancelled until further notice

Member’s BBQs at the boathouse, have been cancelled until restrictions are eased to allow for this type of activity to resume at the club. Watch out for changes which will be notified here.

Ray Maki 1 Cruise

A great day out on Port Phillip was had by some with a sail across to the other side and lunch at anchor on Oct 9. As we can’t race we cruise. Teircel, Valentine and Sundance, enjoyed the sun and the setting while it lasted.

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Paddling Event

Bring a Friend Paddling Night on Friday 1 October was a huge success. With 18 people on the water including many new members young and older, together with a great support team on shore. Thanks to all who took part, especially Ross Nitz for on-water support.

New members enjoying club activities. Photo courtesy of Peter Curtis

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

Presentation Night

Sadly, the current restrictions on numbers gathering in venues is such that we have had to cancel the presentation night for 2019 – 2020 after several attempts. But you can see a slie show of the trophy presentation and read all about the great achievements of members of our club in the following presentations.


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

Want to help prepare the Race Committee Boat for the forthcoming season. Lots of jobs to do. Contact Ian Campbell at

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

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.

August Newsletter Contents

  • Boatshed Fridays
  • 2021/22 membership
  • Revsport system
  • Join the committee
  • Volunteering help the club survive
  • Presentation night,
  • Race officer workshops
  • Swan bay sailing
  • Dinghy sailing clinics for beginners
  • Preparing sparrow dinghies for classes and recreational sailing
  • Catamaran sailing
  • Port Phillip sail racing season 

July Newsletter Contents

  • Winter Sailing 
  • Race Officer Opportunity
  • 2021/22 Season Launched
  • Learn to Sail
  • Catamaran Sailors –  get your boats ready!
  • Upcoming Events
  • Orientation for new members
  • Members byo dinner
  • QLYC Presentation Dinner for the 2020-21 season
  • 2021/22 Membership
  • Join the Committee
  • Volunteering – Help the Club survive
  • Sailing and Paddling 
  • Grounds Maintenance and natural environment 
  • Fundraising 
Tiercel from Ventura – thanks Jonathon.

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 applying to sport and recreation clubs in regional Victoria , which may vary from time to time but may allow QLYC to open to our members.

The QLYC clubhouse is closed, 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 and wear face masks.



  •  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.
  • 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 Felicity 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 Days are coming

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 this 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 Ian Felicity or Geoffrey.

Please remember to 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 

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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