Skippers’ essentials


To assist with insurance and safety compliance, all boat owners or skippers, must register race vessels prior to racing. To complete the registration you will need to complete a Category Safety Declaration form and provide a scan or photograph of your current insurance cover for your vessel. Please follow the relevant link below


Rules of Racing

Please be aware that the Racing Rules have been amended, with a new document the The Racing Rules of Sailing (Blue Book 2021-24) .   


The standard protest form. Protesting skippers please fill out the first page only and submit to RO on the day of racing. In 2021, Hon Life Member of QLYC, Brian Golland has been appointed as Chair of the Race Protest Committee, whom will convene a committee as required.

Race Timing

If you don’t have a digital clock app on your phone (and switched to automatic update), here’s a website displaying time of day, including seconds.  (Choose a Victorian location, then click “fullscreen” or on the clock face.)


Keelboats on moorings should expect letters from Parks Victoria to renew moorings in January, with inspections required within 12 months of the last inspection. The list of authorized mooring tackle inspectors, downloaded from Parks Vic site on 13 Jan 2021 is here.


Beware of strong tidal streams in the vicinity of fixed navigation marks such as Swan Spit.  Also note that the area of Lonsdale Bight / Port Phillip Heads is designated aPort Phillip Heads hazardous area hazardous area with mandatory wearing of PFDs.  A map of this area is here.  Our courses involving “Parks buoys” therefore require the wearing of PFDs.


Where is Corsair Rock?

One of the more notorious hazards of Port Phillip Heads, its location is not blindingly obvious in every navigation aid.  Make your own determination but this text below is extracted from a web search.  Also some detail from the Navionics “web app” on this site under “Charts” is given here.  The general area of this and other hazards is available in this map from the web.


  • Type: rock
  • Location: VictoriaAustraliaOceania
  • Latitude: 38° 18′ 4″ (38.3011°) south
  • Longitude: 144° 38′ 29″ (144.6414°) east

Also note that rapid shoaling is occurring in some places, including between the Annulus and Wedge Light and west of the Caisson (=Chinaman’s Hat).

Rules and Navigation lights – Quiz

Your knowledge of the racing rules can be challenged by this quiz and here is an exercise on navigation lights. Back to home. Home