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Victorian Yacht Club of the Year 2017 Discover Sailing Centre of the Year 2017


Royal Geelong Yacht Club Corinthian 2017



The vision of this association is: “The Royal Geelong Yacht Club Inc will be the premier members’ club in the Geelong and surrounding community, with outstanding facilities, programs and services.”

ROYAL WARRANT By Admiralty warrant of 27th March 1924, the privilege of wearing the Blue Ensign of Her Majesty’s Navy with the Club Pennant was extended to yachts of this club.


PATRON: The Honorable Linda Dessau A.C., Governor of Victoria

FLAG OFFICERS Commodore: Chris Williams Vice Commodore: Peter Alexander Rear Commodore: Phil Francis Club Captain: Greg Sinclair Treasurer: Past Commodore Brian Marshman

RGYC BOARD Chris Manton











Tom Boland Simon Guthrie Stuart Dickson Brenton Carnell Christie Alberts RGYC General Manager: Phil Clohesy

PHOTOGRAPHERS Tom Smeaton, Denise Smeaton, Peter La Fontaine, Steb Fisher, Lachie Hannan, Terri Dodds, Pip Cummings, RGYC Members & Staff

EDITORS Chris Williams, Beth Davis, Steve Hassell

CONTRIBUTORS Chris Williams, Phil Clohesy, Brenton Carnell, Chris Jones, Stephanie Downing, Jan Jones, Christie Alberts, Sue Harman, Beth Davis, Ruth Plummer, Steve Hassell, Ron Earney, Kevin Bell, Mike Williams, Tony Bull. Art work: Kerryn Mansell, Geoff Montgomery

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COVER PHOTO The fleet arrives in the 2017 Festival of Sails Passage Race – Tom Smeaton (Smeaton Photography)

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The Royal Geelong Yacht Club Board has had a constant focus on our Club’s stated purpose: “To be one of Australia’s cornerstone yachting and boating clubs, hosting world class events and home to the nation’s best sailors”. Our Club is the 2017 Victorian Yacht Club of the Year and the Discover Sailing Centre of the Year! These awards are a very pleasing recognition of all that we have done to develop the programs and activities at the Club. The time, skill and dedication to the Club by so many RGYC Members is fundamental to such success – well done everyone! The Board has maintained a very strong focus on sailing in regular Club racing and 10 successful regattas for a wide range of yacht classes. The Viper Worlds, Hansa Asia Pacific Championships, State titles in the following classes: Optimists, Laser Masters and Fireballs, the Noelex Australian Championships and our annual Springsail were highlights of the season. Competitors and visitors were pleased with the standard of racing and the friendly atmosphere at RGYC. The skilful work of our volunteers and staff is recognised by every sailor who visits our Club. Congratulations to everyone involved. RGYC Members have also taken on the challenges in events such as the Cadet Worlds in Argentina (2016) and the Netherlands (August 2017), the Laser Masters in Japan, 49er Worlds in


Canada, many State and National titles and the Sydney-Hobart Race. Well done to all the sailors and their support teams.

hold funding commitments of $4 million from the Victorian Government and $3 million from the City of Greater Geelong.

The 2017 Festival of Sails was held a week earlier than usual in response to the international cycling event on the waterfront and the funding provided to the Festival. The Festival was an enjoyable event with a positive financial result. The feedback from competitors and RGYC Members was strongly of the view that it should return to the Australia Day focus. The Board was able to make the required change for 2018 with the essential support of the major funding providers. Planning for the 2018 Festival of Sails is well underway and it will be a great celebration of the 175th anniversary of the Passage Race.

RGYC has been awarded International Clean Marina Accreditation Level 3, which reflects our dedication to environmental best practice across our entire marina operations. Dredging the basin saw the removal of a very large amount of material. The seaward approach to the basin was deepened as well as the areas not dredged several years ago.

Membership numbers are steady and participation in yacht racing remains at similar levels to recent years. RGYC Members agreed to modify the Club Rules to encourage adult Off the Beach sailors to retain their membership and increase participation in sailing. Investment in learn to sail programs has continued so that we grow the pool of future sailors. The past year has seen us in a strong financial position and the Board has paid close attention to rising costs. Our Club has the financial support of many local and national business partners and their contribution to our successes is gratefully acknowledged. Our major events are also strongly supported by the Victorian Government and the City of Greater Geelong. Thank you. Geelong Waterfront Safe Harbour Precinct Project (GWSHP) is the master plan for the redevelopment of the Geelong waterfront. It has been a very public project for the Victorian Government and we continue to press our case for funding support. The application for $3.5 million from the Shared Facilities Fund is in place and we expect a decision very soon. We still

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Our community involvement through activities such as Sailability, Sailing for the Vision Impaired, the St. Ayles Skiffs building project and the biennial Wooden Boat Festival is well supported by our Members and appreciated by the many participants. We are in a period of rapid change in sailing and in our city so the Club has had to adapt to the new circumstances and take opportunities not previously available. It is better for the Club to take control of its future than to be passive and have others make decisions for us. The 2017-2020 Strategic Plan adopted by the Board sets challenging but achievable goals with specific initiatives in the six key areas. I encourage Members to play an active part in the delivery of the Strategic Plan. Our RGYC staff, led by General Manger Phil Clohesy, have been recognised by the Board for their skill and commitment. I thank all the staff for their support for the Club, our Members and our visitors. They have been major contributors to our success. I wish the incoming Board every success in further developing the sailing and boating programs, facilities and social events for the wide range of interests of all RGYC Members.

Chris Williams Commodore

GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT • 11 full instructors, 19 assistant instructors, 2 keelboat instructors • 15 qualified club Race Officers • 3 qualified jurors

»» P-Tech partnership with Newcomb Secondary College

• 10 young sailors in the Barwon Sports Academy program

It was most pleasing for all at the club that this hard work and focus on sailing has been recognized by Yachting Victoria as Victorian Yacht Club of the Year and Discover Sailing Centre of the Year. I provide some statistics and detail that contributed significantly to RGYC winning these awards: • Broad club sailing and boating programs: Summer sailing season, Twilight sailing, OTB sailing, Winter sailing season, Nav rallies, Cruising, Women’s sailing programs • Over 4000 competitors visited the Club during championships and events held in 2016/17 • 23 dinghy sailing courses

»» Charity fundraising

• Coaching programs: Cadets, Lasers, Our Yard & Marina Committee and Optimists, Pacers, 49er, 29er and staff have implemented numerous Etchells improvements over the past year, including: • Women’s programs: Sailing Pink night, Women’s Keelboat Race, • Constructing a new access ramp for Women’s Twilight Pacer series the Sailability program • 125 new members with total membership remaining constant at 1152 • Sailability program for people of all abilities: 32 volunteers, 3 days per week in terms 1 and 4 • 42 club sponsors • 6 interclub regattas (Schools team racing (2), Mornington to Geelong races, Sydney 38s, ORCV Melbourne to Geelong race, Tillets series) • 5 State Championships (Optimist, Fireball, Laser Masters, OK, Spring Sail) • 2 National Championships (Noelex, Super 11)

• 23 keelboat sailing courses

• 1 International regatta (Hansa Asia Pacific)

• 3 powerboat courses

• 1 World Championship (Vipers)

• 13 Tackers program courses

• Festival of Sails

• 4 new women’s sailing programs

• Over 200 volunteers across all club programs, events and activities

• An increase of 127% annually over the past 3 years in sailing course participation: total 284 participants in 2016/17 • 5 Australian Sailing accredited RGYC coaches

»» Deakin University – Diversity program »» St Ayles Skiffs – Community Harmony program

• 18 participants in Green Fleet program

With sailing as our core business, the 2016/17 year saw an unprecedented level of regattas, club sailing and learn to sail activity at RGYC.


• Weekly e-newsletter (Seachest)

• Completed the replacement of over 300 eyebolts on our marina piles • Changed over 500 shackles for marina eyebolt springs • Replaced 5 light poles • Installed 5 new fireboxes Our major project – the Geelong Waterfront Safe Harbour Precinct (GWSHP) Project – continues to gather strong support from the State Government of Victoria, the City of Greater Geelong and our community leaders. We are on the cusp of turning our vision into reality and I encourage all Members to continue to engage in the various GWSHP workshops that are planned in the coming weeks and months. Clearly, all this activity can only be delivered through a committed Board, a plentiful supply of generous and committed volunteers, a dedicated staff team, a broad range of loyal sponsors and community partners and most importantly, strong support from our Members.

• Weekly e-news “Sailing News” in summer season

Thank you to you all.

• Clean Marina Award through the Marina Industry Association

Phil Clohesy General Manager

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SAILING & BOATING overall in Cruising AMS, under both AMS and EHC Division.

Cardinal Puff – Jeremy Capon - second in Classic Yacht Division

the Powerboat community would like to participate in at RGYC, and will extend its traditional NavRally and fishing competition events to include destination cruising with other yachts and powerboats. Members are looking to host visitors from other clubs who are interested in reciprocating at destinations like Westernport Bay and the Gippsland Lakes.

Buck – Stirling Parker and Gary Foley second in Performance Racing


Valiant – Gerry O’Brien - second overall in Division 2 of Cruising with Spinnaker. Kavala – Dave Ruffin - second in the Multihulls OMR

6 Foot 10 – Geoff Baum - third in Cruising Non Spinnaker Division Maatsyker – Bill & Julie Newman - third in the Classic Yacht Division.

This season has been one of the biggest years for sailing regattas and events in a long time at RGYC, with the Yacht Club hosting 10 regattas and passage race destination for the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria, Mornington Yacht Club and Sandringham Yacht Club. These regattas have been requested by our membership, who have coordinated the planning and organisation of these events, including rallying our regular volunteer base, and bringing friends and family in to assist as well. Over 280, or one quarter of our membership volunteered at the club last year!

Crew Competing Away

There has been plenty of action round the Club, and this has contributed to 2016/17 being one of the most successful seasons for the Club in a number of years. Winning the Victorian Yacht Club of the Year is a great recognition of this effort.

Alpha Course

Festival of Sails With Festival of Sails being run over four days, and with a change of the dates due to the Cadel Evans cycling event, entry numbers were down slightly, but there was a strong presence as usual from our Club. Top performances include: Poco Loco – Cam Rae and his team were able to take out the Super 11 Australian Championships, winning both the AMS and Performance divisions. Bad Infuence – Michael Bakker and Jeff Wolff - first overall in Division 1 of the Cruising with Spinnaker. Larriken 2 – Darren Pickering - first overall in Performance Racing Lupa Wylo – Geoff Sadler - first in the Classic Yacht Division Flying Circus – Kim Clarke - second overall in the S80 Division. Phoenix – Brenton & Jen Carnell - second

Well done to all involved, and with the 175th Anniversary Passage Race coming up this season, it will be a Festival of Sails not to be missed.

There has been plenty of representation of RGYC boats and members at other regattas around Australia including major offshore racing like the Sydney – Hobart and Melbourne to Hobart. Others participated in Cowes week in England and Victorian, Australian and World Championships in a range of Off the Beach and keelboat classes.

The number of participants out sailing was similar to the previous years. Congratulations to all the race winners. With over 50 sailors coming through our Keelboat training courses, skippers are encouraged to welcome these new sailors to our Club, and get them out on the water.

Off the Beach Participation was extremely strong, with two full divisions for Cadets, a strong racing and Green Fleet in the Optimists, and a strong presence from the Laser group. There will be enough boats to be able to start a new division, and relaunch the Cam Dawson Perpetual Cup for Lasers. The Wednesday Twilights were well attended, with the Off the Beach Committee looking to extend this for the coming season.

Cruising sailors have been very active this year, with a number of boats participating in the Van Diemen’s Land Circumnavigation of Tasmania, being conducted by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania supported by RGYC. All accounts have been that our members had a great time, with Stuart Dickson and Bill Newman providing a Cruising Dinner presentation to RGYC members. Others have travelled north for winter, several participating in regattas along the Queensland coast.

Sailing Academy The Sailing Academy has been a huge success for RGYC, culminating with the award of Victorian Discover Sailing Centre of the Year. We have put record numbers of both junior sailors and adults through the Academy. Our focus now is to help these new sailors and families to become regular participants at the club.

Into the Future There are many opportunities and challenges for our Club as we move into the 2017/18 season. Festival of Sails is going to be one of the best yet, with the Passage Race to be held on Australia Day for the 175th anniversary of the first race in 1844. The Sailing Academy has an opportunity to replace its ageing keelboat training vessel, and needs the full support of members to realise the vision to fund a modern J/70 fleet. New racing and cruising opportunities are also being put forward, including destination cruising, match racing, and new ways are being discussed to attract the wider community of Geelong to our great Club.

Brenton Carnell

Power Boats The power boat group were extremely unlucky with the weather this year and were only able to get two NavRallys completed. There has been plenty of feedback on what

Chairman Sailing & Boating Committee

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SOCIAL EVENTS The 2016/17 season saw a number of new social events introduced at Royal Geelong Yacht Club. From DIY diesel engine maintenance to yoga, there was something for everyone. The Twilight Family Christmas evening was hugely popular again, with a visit from Santa and plenty of activities for the kids. The New Year’s Eve on the Mezzanine event sold out


and all who attended had a fantastic time celebrating the end of 2016 and welcoming 2017. The regular trivia nights have introduced some friendly competition to the Friday night Members’ Nights. Thank you to Stephen Renfree, Phil Francis and Christie Alberts for their efforts in coordinating these entertaining additions.

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Piccadilly Twilight market came to Royal Geelong Yacht Club for a once off event that attracted more than 500 people to our club and raised over $500 for River’s Gift. High teas, whisky tasting, rum tasting and unique car cruises all featured as part of the RGYC social calendar, and we look forward to socialising with our Members even more in 2017/18.

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ROYAL GEELONG YACHT CLUB NAMED BEST IN VICTORIA – WINNING TWO MAJOR AWARDS Victorian Yacht Club of the Year and Discover Sailing Centre of the Year Royal Geelong Yacht Club has been crowned Victoria’s best after winning not one – but two major categories at the annual Victorian Sailing Awards. The Club won the prestigious major prize of ‘Yacht Club of the Year’ and the RGYC’s sailing school was also crowned the best in the State, winning the 2017 ‘Discover Sailing’ Centre of the Year. The awards recognised RGYC as being the best of 90 yacht clubs right across Victoria and the sailing school as the best of forty Discover Sailing centres. Yachting Victoria President, Cherry Birch, presented the awards which noted that RGYC as Club of the Year had attracted more than 4000 competitors over a broad series of championships and events – including the historic Festival of Sails – while the RGYC Discover Sailing Centre had demonstrated ‘outstanding growth’ over the past three seasons. Commodore, Chris Williams says the Club was delighted with both wins. “To be recognized by your peers and fellow yachting enthusiasts as a club that stands out above all others is high praise and I know all of our members will be very proud of that accolade. It is a credit to all our Members, volunteers and our staff. Sailing is a wonderful sport and we’ve really concentrated on trying to get more people of all ages to come and give it a go. The recognition for our Discover Sailing Centre is also particularly rewarding, as we’ve seen participation in our courses has nearly quadrupled over the last three seasons and we expect it will continue to grow.”


The club has also worked hard to address the perception of sailing being a male only sport by introducing four new women’s programs this year which have been enthusiastically received. We also introduced a new Tiny Tackers program over the March long weekend for children aged four to seven and that was a success. Feedback about the sailing training is overwhelmingly positive and retention rates are strong, with fifty per cent of students retained from course to course. We have simplified the transition from Tackers to the next level Green Fleet program by creating a cost effective bundle that puts club membership, tuition, race fees and boat hire all together. That streamlined approach has seen our retention increase from 25% last season to 75% this season. The commendation for RGYC’s Discover Sailing program was even more appreciated because the entire crew of more than 25 instructors were all young RGYC members who had completed the training themselves. Our young sailors not only appreciate the training they’ve received with us, but also want to contribute to their sport and our club. Our junior sailors were also recognised at the Victorian Sailing Awards, with the following honours received by RGYC Members:

49er Youth Champions Ollie Manton and Billy Goodfellow

International Cadet Youth Champions Dominic Randall and Elliott Hughes

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International Cadet Youth 3rd Place Peter Allen

Laser Radial Youth Champion Will Townson

Victorian Sailing Team Olivia Neilson

Yachting Victoria President Cherry Birch presents Commodore Chris Williams with the Victorian Yacht Club of the Year trophy

Dominic Randall, Commodore Chris Williams, Ollie Manton, Tom Alexander and Billy Goodfellow at the Australian Sailing Victorian awards

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Inclement weather forced the celebrations of the 2016/17 season Opening Day indoors, but the strong wind did not stop those in attendance from enjoying the festivities! The “Pattern Maker” Pirates were on the hunt for the

treasure, but the gold for the best dressed crew went to “French Connection” – who really made the connection to France! The Cadet fleet assembled on the lawn for inspection, and the new Bravo RIB purchased from OTB

fundraising efforts was christened by Commodore Chris Williams and OTB Chair Sue Harman. Although there was no racing on Opening Day, the season ahead was anticipated with excitement.

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LEARN TO SAIL The RGYC Sailing Academy had another year of exceptional growth in Learn to Sail programs. The new Women’s Wednesday programs were a big hit. Everyone had lots of fun being introduced to sailing and the culture of club life here at RGYC. The combination of the Women’s Wednesday programs and the Start Sailing programs saw the adult dinghy participation rates boom with double the 2015/16 season entries.

The kids had fun too! Great reviews of the Tackers program and their progress into Club membership reflected the hard work of the RGYC instructor team this season, delivering high quality, safe and fun sessions. RGYC was presented with the Discover Sailing Centre of the Year 2017 Award by Yachting Victoria in acknowledgement of the excellent professionalism of the team who provide fun

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and safe sessions across a variety of diverse and inclusive programs. Next season, the Club will offer a bigger variety of programs across a wider range of ages, catering for children as young as 4 years old. Learn to Sail initiatives like the new Tiny Tackers ensures that the Club continues to engage the Geelong community by leading the way in fun sailing programs.

SAILABILITY In the 2016 / 2017 the Sailability program has hosted 78 participants over our season.

volunteers participating in more than one sailing day per week.

This, in total, resulted in giving these participants 342 on water experiences.

I thank Harry Farnell and his skilful band of helpers for the improvement to the infrastructure, so necessary for the safe delivery of our program for both participants and volunteers.

Of course this result can only be achieved with the support of our wonderful volunteers, many of whom are past RGYC members, or simply sailing volunteers from the region. In total we have 33 people supporting our program. We operate typically in the daylight saving period of summer, but are very dependent on weather conditions on the day to ensure the safety of our participants. We operate three days per week with some

Some of the organizations which utilize the Sailability program include Scope, Shannon Park, Karingal Kable, Karingal (from Colac), Gateways, Encompass, and Barwon Valley School, along with a number of independent participants. Our volunteers identified a special need for participant Brodie Shaw, and as result, we

designed and constructed (with the support of Solve Disability Solution, and Brodie’s therapists) a special seating support. Brodie’s smile (with skipper Laurie Sullivan) is what makes our program so worthwhile for our regional community. This year we have introduced the Lofty Thomas trophy to be presented to the “Sailability Volunteer” of the season. The first recipient being Tony Minchin, a very deserving winner.

Graeme Ritchie Sailability Coordinator

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DAVIDSONS WINTER SERIES Once again, the Davidsons Winter Series came down to the wire, with everything resting on the final race for Division 1. Darryl Speakman’s Usual Suspects managed to get the race win, but it was not enough to overtake Phil Francis’ Spirit of Rani or Ian Hunter on Reverie who finished 2nd and 3rd and ended up on equal points for the series. Spirit of Rani took the top honours on a countback having won 2 races for the


series to Reverie’s one. Harry Farnell, who took the helm of the last two races with Phil Francis on holidays, was overjoyed. On accepting the award, Harry thanked the fellow competitors, and Race Officer for the series, Ray Goodwin. He also added, “With such a good result in Phil’s absence, we might look at him not being on the boat for the Summer Series as well.” In Division 2, what could have been a tight

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end to the series ended up with Kim Clarke and his team on Flying Circus walking away with a win for the day and the series, finishing 6 points ahead of Jon Apted’s Diamond Belle, with Peter Bone’s Baltic another 5 points behind in 3rd. Congratulations to the winners and all competitors for another great Davidsons Winter Series, and thank you to Davidsons for their continued support!

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Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania in conjunction with Royal Geelong Yacht Cub organise the biennial Van Diemen’s Land Circumnavigation Cruise, with three Geelong boats, Bundaberg (John Kint) Maatsuyker (Bill Newman) and Patternmaker (Stuart Dickson) participating in 2017. This year a number of crew members in the cruise had travelled from New Zealand, Italy, Germany, USA, Scotland and five from England. The aim of the event is to facilitate yachts and powerboats cruising in company whilst allowing crews to be adventurous, as safely as possible. The cruise plan allows for independent cruising, whilst encouraging crews to regroup for regular social events. The 2017 start date was scheduled to follow on from the Tasmanian Wooden Boat Festival to allow crews to enjoy both events. Thirty-one boats started from Hobart and circumnavigated in an anti clockwise direction, finishing in Hobart 800 miles and five weeks later. Another seven boats started in Queenscliff, joining the fleet at various places on the north coast of Tasmania. A number of owners were able to experience real cruising, which is defined as “fixing your boat in exotic locations”. The mainland yachts joined the fleet in the Hunter Group. By that point the North Easterlies were in full swing, with the Hunter Shuffle between Three Hummock Island

and Hunter Island became the routine. Many crews opted to use the good breeze to head south early to Macquarie Harbour. Fortunately, “Hell’s Gate” at the entrance to Macquarie Harbour, proved to be anything but, and was for most an anti-climax and huge relief.

abeam all but disappearing in the troughs. From South West Cape with its foreboding grey tones, to the sunlit South East Cape, the rugged outlines of the Tasmanian peaks opposite iconic Maatsuyker Island, all provided stunning vistas in near windless conditions.

Strahan is a great stopover with cruisers enjoying the local attractions, re-provisioning and re-fuelling, before heading off down the harbour to the Gordon River and the numerous other bays and inlets.

The Port Esperance Sailing Club at Dover hosted an informal BBQ dinner for all participants. The highlight of the night was the fantastic jam session put on by local musicians. The whole building shook with the music and enthusiastic dancing. Those who weren’t too slow the following morning headed off, again in perfect conditions, to the Port Cygnet Sailing Club which once again provided their fabulous sit down dinner.

The expectation of the typical West Coast experience complete with gales, huge seas and wild weather was not forthcoming, and for most crews the voyage south was in bright sun and glassy calm conditions. Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour are the prime attractions of cruising in Tasmania, and this year they didn’t disappoint. The weather was outstanding, with most crews able to explore Melaleuca, the Davey River, and everything in between. A beach BBQ was organised for Bramble Cove, which fortunately coincided with a low tide, enabling the customary One Day International Cricket match to take place. The trip across the southern tip of Tasmania was another outstanding experience. The initial large ocean swells on the lower West Coast, were very impressive, with yachts

These events clearly demonstrate how a group of dedicated volunteers can really put on an outstanding evening for their guests. The final celebration was the Cruise Dinner and awards held at the RYCT in Hobart. The Geelong boats began the long journey home via the east coast with stopovers in Triabunna and many beautiful bays. Bundaberg made the trip home from Eddystone Point under sail due to a major engine problem. RGYC is aiming at a total of ten Geelong boats for participation in the 2019 VDLC, so start planning your holidays and boat preparation!

Artwork by Kerryn Mansell, from the Van Diemen’s Land cruise log of Bundaberg


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2016 ROLEX SYDNEY HOBART YACHT RACE After an incredibly fast race, and a race record smashed by Perpetual Loyal, the slew of boats heading towards the finish line came to a maddening halt with no wind on the Derwent River for the final 11 miles in the early hours of Wednesday 28 December 2016. Among the boats painstakingly creeping to the finish line were Victoire, a Western Australian chartered boat crewed almost

are dependent on corrected time, which considers the size and speed of the boat.

entirely by Geelong sailors, who ended up finishing at 10.31pm Wednesday 28 December, 14th across the line. Geelong boat Extasea finished 36th across the line at 2.41pm on Thursday 29 December, while the other Geelong registered boat, Moody Buoys, finished at 12:50am on Friday 30 December, 67th across the line. Of course, while crossing the finish line first is every sailor’s dream, the final results

Although smashing the race record previously held by Wild Oats, Perpetual Loyal was not the overall winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – the honour for the Tattersalls Cup went to New Zealand boat, Giacomo, which along with Perpetual Loyal finished the race before the wind disappeared. Perpetual Loyal finished 2nd on corrected time. Geelong boat Moody Buoys ended up in 3rd place in the Performance Handicap System (PHS) category. The Geelong boats final results on corrected time were:

IRC OVERALL Victoire – 11th place

ORCi OVERALL Victoire – 7th place Extasea – 37th place

PHS OVERALL Moody Buoys – 3rd place

COWES WEEK 2017 THE ALLIANCE 2017 saw a group of RGYC Members heading to the UK to take on the challenge of Cowes week. The team consisted of Bruce King, Barry Walker, Ryan Walker, Tony Parks, Kevin Battye, John Mackay, Frank Hammond from SYC and a group locals to give some local insights. The team was forged through the days of Skandia week and is still going strong. Sailing on “The Alliance” in the Sunsail First 40 Match Division, the team had a great regatta, despite having a concussed crew member on Day 2! The Alliance even managed to pick up a win in Race 3 of the series after the lead boat was protested due to an altercation at the start. Out of the 37 starters in the Sunsail First 40 Match Division, The Alliance finished 12th – a fantastic effort! Well done to all the crew.

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VIPER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 Presented by Rex Gorell Land Rover as naming rights sponsor, Royal Geelong Yacht Club hosted the first Viper World Championship to be sailed in Australia. The competitors had a great nine day event, starting on Saturday 7th January and concluding on Sunday 15th January. Whilst the fleet size was down on the initial expectations, the two person crews on the twenty two competing boats enjoyed some close racing in near perfect conditions on most days. There were competitors from five different countries and four different states of Australia. Of the scheduled fifteen race series, eleven were completed with four cancelled due to strong winds. The championship was won by NSW sailors Jack Felsenthal and Shaun Connor. An important feature of this event and indeed this class is that it very much has a youth


demographic. Whilst there are some more experienced sailors competing, the majority were under 25. The impacts of this on the sport of sailing include the experience gained by young sailors and from an event perspective, each youth crew brings parents, siblings and other supporters to the venue. Based on estimates of people in and around the club, the additional visitors to Geelong, Victoria and indeed Australia exceeded 100 for the duration of the event. Given that all need accommodation, feeding and entertaining, the economic benefit derived from this event is unquestioned. From an event management perspective key aspects were; •

More than 30 volunteers assisting across the entire championship

• Visit Victoria financial support and involvement

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City of Greater Geelong financial support and involvement

Sponsorship and support from Rex Gorell Land Rover, Gill & Goodall Design

This was a fantastic lead in event for the Festival of Sails which kicked off a few days after the end of the Rex Gorell Land Rover Viper World Championship Championship. The strong & positive feedback from competitors and race officials is validation of the approach the Club takes to hosting World Championships and will be referenced when bidding for future World Championship events.

Peter Stephens RGYC Past Commodore and Viper World Championship Chairman

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2017 FESTIVAL OF SAILS The Rex Gorell Land Rover 2017 Festival of Sails, was a fun-filled four-day event that combined first class sailing on Corio Bay with a brilliant shore-side festival that drew over 100,000 people to the beautiful Geelong waterfront.

courses in yachts ranging from million dollar Grand Prix racers, to family cruisers, to children’s dinghies….truly a Festival of Sails of all shapes and sizes. After racing, sailors enjoyed the quality entertainment program in and around the regatta village at RGYC.

Challenged by a shared schedule of events with the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, our event was moved from its traditional link to the Australia Day public holiday to the second last weekend of January. The sailing program extended to Thursday January 26th, concluding just in time for the Australia Day fireworks display and for the cycling event to start on Friday 27th January 2017.

Of course the Festival of Sails is not just about the sailing and 2017 event was no exception. The waterfront festival stretched from Steampacket Place to Eastern Beach and provided a range of engaging activities including free entertainment, roving performers, water-ski shows, food vans and markets for the community of Geelong and visitors to the region to enjoy. There were free ‘come and try’ activities on Eastern Beach including Discover Sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, beach volleyball and the ever popular Range Rover Terrapod driving experience.

Perfect weather greeted the fleet of over 200 yachts for the opening event….the 174th running of the Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race. It was a spectacular sight watching the yachts jostling for position in the minutes leading up to the cannon firing, the Melbourne city skyline as a backdrop and the tall ship, SS Tenacious, as the start boat. Equally impressive was the fleet entering Corio Bay under spinnaker, only metres separating the leaders after many hours of racing. Over the next three days, competitors enjoyed world class racing on multiple


Our key supporters were the State Government of Victoria and the City of Greater Geelong and I thank them for their ongoing support. We were very pleased to receive confirmation during the event from Hon. John Eren, State Minister for Tourism and Major Events and from Peter Dorling, Administrator, City of Greater Geelong, that their support for the event will continue to at least the 2021 Festival of Sails.

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Thanks also to our presenting partner Rex Gorell Land Rover and to Geelong Connected Communities for supporting the waterfront festival. Special thanks also to the many other event sponsors who got behind the Festival of Sails and contributed to its success. The Executive Committee and the Operations Committee worked tirelessly throughout the year and special thanks must go to those involved with the planning and implementation of this iconic event. In particular I thank our wonderful RGYC volunteers and staff for their efforts. Without them, this event could not happen. We are very much looking forward to the Festival of Sails returning to the traditional date. The 175th Passage Race on Australia Day 2018 will be the greatest attraction for all sailors next summer and we are planning an excellent three day racing program and exciting shore side entertainment. Please join us for this historic regatta.

Peter Alexander Vice Commodore & Festival of Sails Chairman

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TWILIGHT RACING & RESULTS The Victorian Regional Channels Authority Twilight series was another successful racing program. This year, as well as the Summer Series, we introduced an Autumn Twilight series. Although intended to be a four race series, the weather had other ideas, with only two races getting up for the new initiative. Nevertheless, some great racing was had, both for the traditional Summer Series and the Autumn Series. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Division 1

Autumn Series

1st – French Connection (Brian Marshman)

1st – Fleurieu Warrior (Trevor Brown)

2nd – Sundancing (Ian Robottom)

2nd – Diamond Belle (Jonathan Apted)

3rd – Larriken 2 (Darren Pickering)

3rd – Spirit (Dale Robertson)

Division 2 1st – Duco Magic Bling (Paul Gunner) 2nd – Fleurieu Warrior (Trevor Brown) 3rd – Time Out (Will Snell)


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HANSA ASIA PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIP The Gill Combined Hansa Class Asia Pacific Championships was held at Royal Geelong Yacht Club over the Easter weekend. The regatta saw sailors aged from 11 to 92 taking part and combined the Victorian and Australian Hansa Class Championships. Across the 3 days of racing, sailors were frustrated by a lack of wind however the four divisions were able to complete their minimum race numbers by Monday’s final session. The Hansa Class Association is an open and inclusive association that encourages people of all ages and abilities to compete with and against each other and saw sailors gather from around Australia as well as a contingent from Japan and 2 sailors from Chile. During the wait for breeze on the second day, sailors formed a spectacular raft-up of 25 boats, with their coloured sails reflecting on the calm waters of Corio Bay. The final scheduled day of racing again dawned overcast and calm and sailors in the single person divisions were held ashore. When the wind failed to strengthen, the

morning session was abandoned, leaving the results as they stood at the end of day 2. The wind finally arrived in the afternoon and the two-person Hansa 303s were able to get 3 races in during their time on the water. Reigning World Champion in the Hansa 303 single person class, Wynyard Yacht Club’s Chris Symonds can now add the Australian and Asia Pacific titles to his resume, taking out the division in front of his Wynyard teammate Mike Darby. Darby turned the tables in the Hansa 303 two-person division when, with crew Manuela Klinger, he beat home Symonds and his crew, Jeannine Peacock to take the title. It was a win to the international sailors in the Hansa 2.3 division, with Japan’s Koji Harada handling the light conditions the best, to win the division by 3 points from Royal Geelong Yacht Club’s Allison Weatherly and NSW’s Alyse Saxby. In the Liberty division, South Australian veteran Bob Schahinger took the win by one point from Ballarat’s Charles Weatherly, with Jason Elwes from NSW in 3rd place. With competitors in every division, Victoria took

home the State Teams Trophy. AHCA President Russell Phillips said: “This regatta has been a success on many levels. Local and international friendships were made and renewed, competitors and their friends and supporters have been made to feel very welcome here and, despite the lack of wind, we have all had a great time in Geelong’. ‘It was great that the tall ship Tenacious was able to support the event and promote inclusion to the people of Geelong”. “We are very grateful to the support of the City of Greater Geelong, Royal Geelong Yacht Club – their members and volunteers - and Gill Australia for supporting this open and inclusive sailing Championship”. Competitors will now turn their focus to the 2018 National Championships in NSW and the World Championships in Hiroshima, Japan in October 2018. RGYC Member Murray Mitchilhill was the recipient of the Hans Hill Perpetual Trophy for volunteers, in recognition for his time and effort put in over the course of the regatta.

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RGYC LEADS THE ST AYLES SKIFFS PROJECT IN GEELONG A light emanates from the workshop in Deakin University Waterfront Campus. The sun is setting and most people are dispersing to the car parks at the end of a long day of lectures and studying. After a while, only a dozen people remain, working on a project that intends to span years. The dream: a “Pako Festa” on water, with a dozen handbuilt wooden boats bringing together a multicultural community for exercise, festivities and fun on the Geelong waterfront. For many of these builders, however, they have never seen a boat before. The Syriac people of Iraq who are working on the boat alongside the Geelong Iranian Society have escaped devastating conditions under ISIS and travelled to Australia seeking refuge from their war-torn country. The youngest of these is just 16 years old. For the Iraqi refugees, their ancient hometown of Bakhdida (modern-day Quaragosh) is just south of Mosel. It was occupied by ISIS and reduced to rubble in the ongoing conflict. But, Peter Doyle, the project leader from Royal Geelong Yacht Club tells me, the refugees don’t let these tragedies define them: they are focused on and enthusiastic about their future in Australia. He adds that most of their conversations focus on mundane topics such as football, and I notice many conversations across the workroom in between the buzzing of tools. The project, launched in May this year, has a goal of building 10-12 boats. The boats are


based on Scottish coastal rowing boats of early last century. The St Ayles Skiffs were designed by Australian boat builder Iain Oughtred who now lives in Scotland. Built entirely from Australian timbers, they are delivered as flat packs and assembled using epoxy adhesive with not a screw or a nail in sight. There is an enthusiastic team of Royal Geelong Yacht Club Members who provide boat building skills training and actively assist the novice boat builders. The key RGYC Members involved include Bill Newman, Stuart Dickson, Greg Wallis, John Kint, Peter Spear and Jock Forbes. What I enjoyed about this project was the sheer joy, enthusiasm and welcoming environment that I found myself in. I also enjoyed watching Peter Doyle rifle through his photo album of these skiffs from all over the world. “Isn’t this one gorgeous!” he tells me, pointing at the photographs of handcrafted wooden skiffs in his folder. Peter is dedicated to bringing these skiffs and their builders down to the waterfront for Royal Geelong Yacht Club’s Wooden Boat Festival Geelong in March 2018. The commitment of the St Ayles Skiff building community was shown when one of these skiffs was towed across the Nullarbor from Perth to attend last year’s festival. I returned to the workshop on a sunny Saturday morning. Since my last visit, the first boat created by the group had been named:

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Bride of Bakhdida. That name will be written in both English and Syriac on the boat upon its completion, signifying the unity between the Geelong and Syriac communities and reflecting Australia’s multicultural nature. Further demonstrating this fusion, on the whiteboard is also a list of boat-related terminology in English, Syriac and Persian (the language of Iran). ‘Hello’ is shlama lekow in Syriac and salam in Persian. I spoke with Arash and Shiva about the decision for the Iranian community to collaborate with the Royal Geelong Yacht Club in building these boats but I was swiftly corrected: “It was all Peter’s idea,” Arash insisted. The glowing praise for the RGYC Members and their commitment to bringing Geelong’s ethnic communities together to build and use these beautiful boats was extraordinary. The Geelong St Ayles Skiffs project is funded by the Victorian Government Community Harmony Program courtesy of Hon. Robin Scott, Minister for Multicultural Affairs with support from Hon. Christine Couzens, Member for Geelong. My final question was what they were most excited about for the near future of the project. “Seeing the first boat on the water,” Arash replied. “That will make all the difference.” Original words Written by Stephanie Downing. Photo of Peter Doyle: Phil Hines Photography.

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ALPHA PRESENTATION Davidsons Winter Series 2016 Winner of Division One Spirit of Rani - Phil Francis Winner of Division Two Pandora 12 - Glenn Murgatroyd


Winner of the Season Aggregate (Capt. A D McPherson Tray) Winner of the Pre Christmas Series (Martini Marine Perpetual Trophy) Winner of the Post Christmas Series (Harold Troon Perpetual Cup) Winner of the Season Handicap Aggregate (The Apted Cup) Voodoo Spirit - Guyon Wilson

VRCA Twilight Series

Winner of Division 2 Post Christmas Series Joan D’Arc - Doug Gaylard Winner of the RGYC Twilight Foundation Shield Allora - Paul Smedley

Leaura Park Estate Summer Series Division Three Winner Season Aggregate— (Dr Kennedy Beta Tray) Flying Circus - Kim Clarke Runner-up Season Aggregate— (Nhilla Cup) Winner Mixed Courses Series— (Bruce Henderson Cup) Winner Windward Leeward Series— (Elaine Markby Cup) Winner Most Raced Boat of the Season— (Race Committee Trophy) Fleurieu Warrior - Trevor Brown 3rd Overall Season Aggregate Winner of the Last Race (Club Captain’s Trophy) (Striproll Trophy) 6 Foot 10 - Geoff Baum Winner Olympic Courses Series— (Nioli Cup) Diamond Belle - John Apted Winner Race 12— (Bruce Henderson Tray) Winner Division 2 VRCA Pre Christmas Twilight Series Winner of the RGYC Twilight Foundation Shield Winner Division 2 VRCA Twilight Aggregate Duco Magic Bling - Paul Gunner Winner Club Course Series— (Pololi Steel Cup) Winner of the Portarlington Race (British Paints Trophy) Time Out - Will Snell/Lovro Ljubanovic Winner of Race 17 Revolution - Peter Stephens Division Two Winner of the Season Aggregate (The Sea Wren Cup) Winner of the Club Courses Series— (Winchester Trophy) Winner of the Mixed Courses Series— (Arthur Collins Waroo Cup) Winner Race 12— (Mistral 111 Bowl)


Winner of Race 17— (Geoff Wood Memorial Trophy) Winner of the Last Race of the Season (Club Captain’s Trophy) (Striproll Trophy) Buck - Gary Foley/Stirling Parker Runner-up Season Aggregate (Betty Cole Perpetual Trophy) Winner Olympic Courses Series— (John Collins Cup) Winner of the Windward/Leeward Series— (The Beta Cup) Gentlemens Relish - John Mackay 3rd Overall Season Aggregate Winner of the Portarlington Race— (W.H. Mackinlay Cup) Spirit of Rani - Phil Francis Division One Winner of the Season Aggregate (Howard Hitchcock Perpetual Shield) Winner Mixed Courses series— (Kevin Morrison Trophy) Winner Olympic Courses Series— (EH (Eustace) Wilson Memorial Trophy) Winner Division 1 VRCA Twilight Pre Christmas Series Winner of the AMS Series— (Sir Winston Churchill Perpetual Trophy) Winner of Race 12— (Wilfred Libby Memorial Trophy) Winner of the Cutty Sark Perpetual Trophy 6 ft 6 Larriken 2 - Darren Pickering Runner Up Season Aggregate (Reg and Alan Taylor Perpetual Trophy) Winner of Race 2— (Lorna Anderson Trophy) Winner of the Nelson Cup Series Winner of the W.H. (Jockey) Jones Perpetual Trophy Winner of the Josh Glover Cup Event Winner of the Last Race of the Season (Club Captain’s Trophy) (Striproll Trophy) Valiant - Gerry O’Brien 3rd Overall Season Aggregate Spirit - Dale Robertson Winner of Race 17— (Ernest Brockman Memorial Trophy) Poco Loco - Cam Rae Winner Windward/Leeward Series— (Coca Cola Shield) Phoenix - Jennifer & Brenton Carnell Winner of the Portarlington Race— (HP Douglass Shield) Extasea - Paul Buchholz

Corio Cruisers Aggregate

Winner of the Season Aggregate (J.A. Fitzgerald Tray) Winner of the Combined Races Series (Kan Walker H28 Trophy) Déjà Vu - Bill Lodge Winner of the Geelong Media Trophy Winner of the Mayfair Perpetual Bowl Port Race (Portarlington Race) Winner Division 1 VRCA Pre Christmas Twilight Series Winner Division 1 VRCA Twilight Aggregate Series

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French Connection - Brian Marshman Runner-up Season Aggregate (Licensed Victuallers Trophy) Winner of the Last Race of the Season (Club Captain’s Trophy) Bad Influence - Jeff Wolff/Michael Bakker 3rd Overall Season Aggregate (Corio Cruiser Bowl) Sundancing - Ian Robottom

Combined Division Events

Winner of the Tuff Marine Series Two Farr - Will Baum Winner of the Two Handed Series 6 ft 6 Larriken 2 - Darren Pickering Winner of the Geelong to Queenscliff Race (Murray McAllister Perpetual Trophy) Flying Circus - Kim Clarke

Women’s Events

Presented by Deakin Winner of the Women’s Pacer Series (Trophy donated by Good 1 Patterns) Skipper - Fiona Lorimer Crew - Jan Jones Ladies Helmsperson Race (Montgomery Family Trophy) Diamond Belle - Helen Wallace

Festival of Sails

The Mayflower Trophy For the best performed RGYC yacht overall in the Festival of Sails Poco Loco - Cam Rae The Myer Emporium Trophy For the best performed RGYC Yacht in the Williamstown to Geelong Race Time Out - Will Snell/Lovro Ljubanovic The Deakin University Helmswoman Trophy Awarded to the woman whose boat finishes the Passage Race as best Performed Boat on Handicap Phoenix - Jennifer Carnell

Special Awards The Bolle Trophy For any achievement which promotes sailing as a sport of fun, and personal, or group development, not driven by commercial interest or abnormal finance. Sue Harman The William Smith Memorial Trophy For the boat considered to be the best prepared found and maintained for the season. “Robin Anne” – Howard Hughes The W.H. Thacker Perpetual Shield For the member considered to be the most enthusiastic for the season. Peter Doyle The Verfurth Perpetual Cup For the Member considered to have done the most for yachting during the season. Janine Collier The Lofty (Sid) Thomas Award for Sailability Volunteers Tony Minchin

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TALL SHIP TENACIOUS VISITS GEELONG Tenacious was built in the UK over a period of five years by the Jubilee Sailing Trust and her maiden voyage was on September 1st 2000. Much of the construction was done by volunteers. Tenacious is a unique vessel – catering for sailors of all abilities. She is the world’s largest operating timber hulled vessel and voyaged over 18,000 nautical miles to Australia to provide day sails, charitable partnership work, corporate days – and to be the official start vessel for the 2017 Festival of Sails Passage Race.

Tenacious includes features not seen on other vessels such as six wheelchair lifts between the decks, raised deck ribs and a speaking compass for the vision impaired, and vibrating alarm pads under the bunks for the hearing impaired. You can helm her with the traditional wheel or if you have limited mobility use a joystick. There is even a system to lift a wheelchair user onto the platforms up the mast! After participating in the Festival of Sails, Tenacious returned to Geelong to be involved

with the Hansa Asia Pacific Championships held at Royal Geelong Yacht Club over Easter. Several RGYC Members were privileged to enjoy voyages on Tenacious and be a part of the crew, experiencing firsthand the great work that the Jubilee Sailing Trust are doing in making sailing accessible for all people. Visit the Jubilee Sailing Trust at to see how you can join Tenacious for a cruise adventure.

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WOMEN IN SAILING Aggregate Pacer Series 20162017 We started the season with 5 boats and 10 women and completed 10 races- with only one race abandoned due to weather conditions. Everyone has enjoyed the training with Howard Hughes as we all are learning so much and we have all advanced in our sailing. Congratulations to Jan & Fiona with 3 Aggregate wins

COMMODORE’S Challenge 2016 – Sandringham Yacht Club The Commodore’s Challenge was held at Sandringham Yacht Club using their fleet of Beneteaus. The races were abandoned due to bad weather to be resailed three months later. On the second attempt we had light winds, then no wind, so once again everyone

was towed back in. Despite the lack of racing it was a fabulous weekend meeting so many other keen female sailors.

LADIES HELM 9th February 2017 - Royal Geelong Yacht Club The annual Ladies Helm trophy (The Montgomery Trophy) at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club was held on a sunny day with a gentle breeze of 5-10 knots. Five yachts participated in the race. The yachts were Baltic (Michelle), Reverie (Jan), Diamond Belle (Helen), Usual Suspects (Faye) and Extasea (Anna). All raced on the Division 1 course which started at 11am. To make things interesting, the wind came up to 30-35 knots as the boats approached CB5! Congratulations to Helen Wallace who won the Ladies Helm Trophy skippering Diamond Belle.

AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S KEELBOAT REGATTA - JUNE 2017 Royal Brighton Yacht Club Two boats from RGYC, Revolution and James of Wyndham , entered the event. Over three days we saw light winds with the races postponed and crews waiting, waiting for the breeze to come in. We had a cold light southerly on day one and by day three we finally got under sail with 5 knots of wind. The breeze eventually freshened and good racing was had by all. Congratulations to Revolution & crew in the S80’s for first place in race 4. Congratulations to James of Wyndham for receiving the good sportsmanship award

Jan Jones Women in Sailing Representative

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OFF THE BEACH Off The Beach sailing continues to flourish at RGYC, supported by Deakin University and Gill. Our junior, youth and mixed fleets have seen a 40% increase in their numbers from the previous season, partly as a result of Membership changes voted in at the 2016 RGYC Annual General Meeting. Some of the more notable events during the 2016/17 season include: The OTB Working Bee saw a rebuild of the Cadet storage racks to accommodate all shape and size boat trolleys.

involving Tackers and juniors through to stalwarts of the club such as Frant Bucek. Gill Opti State Championships, on the long weekend in March, was a major regatta held at RGYC, which, along with the Fireball Vic Championships and HANSA Asia Pacific Championships have all provided further competitive sailing opportunities for our sailors as well as a busy season for our parents, volunteers and staff.

Springsail regatta and coaching clinic was the successful lead in event for the summer season with 120 entries involving 180 sailors.

Come ‘N’ Try days allowed our sailors to try out a range of OTB boats (49er, 29er, 420, Laser, Cadet, Opti and Waszp classes) and social events included the Senior Members’ Dinghy Race and End of season ‘Fun’ Day.

The 100th Gala Day twilight parade was in the theme of ‘Past, Present and Future of Geelong’. The float was lively and colourful,

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trees, exotic fruit and tropical sun for the OTB Presentation Night. The evening celebrated all our sailors’ efforts, the events and achievements during the season, and the tireless hours put in by our volunteers. Thank you to our dedicated and reliable Race Officers, Steve Neunhoffer, Tony Gage, John Garner and Arthur Herring and the Eclipse Race Committee. Thanks to the volunteers (many of them parents of sailors) who operate the safety/course laying RIB’s, our Canteen and the BBQ. Further thanks go to our Junior Cadet Captain Sophie Alexander, Vice Captain Claire Townson and the OTB Working Group members. Our volunteers enable OTB racing to occur every week.

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BRAVO PRESENTATION International Optimist – Green Fleet

1st Place “Checkmate” Sophie Alexander / Imogen Farnell

Lulu Di Sciascio Georgia Mahoney

1st – Single handed Race

International Optimist – Racing Squad 1st Championship “Oops” Matt Purnell 2nd Championship “The Albatross” Mason Mahoney 3rd Championship “Top Gear” Khan HarrisMoore 1st Handicap “Dodger” Louis Van Ingen 2nd Handicap “Oops” Matt Purnell 3rd Handicap “Optimus Prime” Riley Cantwell

Landfall Perpetual Cup

3rd Handicap ”Snakebite” Claire Townson/ Khan Harris Moore

RGYC Committee Trophy

Special Awards

1st – Single handed Race Red Division ‘Resistance’ Ella Purnell Garner Crews Race Perpetual Trophy 1st - Crews Race “Aquilo”Cooper Field Doug Hocking Perpetual Trophy 1st – Fleet Handicap - Nominated Race “Checkmate” Sophie Alexander / Imogen Farnell Gordon Jackson Perpetual Cup Maiden Skipper “Resistance” Ella Purnell

OTB Committee Trophies

1st – Fleet handicap – Special race “Checkmate” Sophie Alexander / Imogen Farnell

2nd Championship “The Phantom” Jordan Jones John Sykes Perpetual Trophy Encouragement Award To be announced Youth miscellaneous member deemed most worthy.

The Geoff ‘Soos’ Spedding Trophy

Deakin International Cadet Series

The Ross Heywood Memorial Trophy 1st Handicap “Slammer” Chris Jones RGYC Committee Trophies 2nd Handicap “The Phantom” Jordan Jones

John Sykes Perpetual Trophy Encouragement Award Youth Mixed sailor deemed most worthy. Ella Stanford OTB Committee Trophy Sailor most worthy who has not received a championship placing Ella Purnell OTB Committee Trophy Encouragement Award Milli McDonald OTB Committee Trophy Tim McCoy Gordon Jackson Memorial Cup

1st Championship Skipper “Resistance” Ella Purnell

Best found, Prepared and Maintained Boat

1st Championship crew “Resistance” Georgia Delaney

3rd Yardstick Championship “The Phantom” Jordan Jones

Liam Clark

Margaret and David Wane Perpetual Trophy

The Waroo Perpetual Trophy

2nd Yardstick Championship “The Dream Shake” Will Townson

Opti Encouragement Award

Crews Award

Heath Championship Perpetual Cup

RGYC Committee Trophies

OTB Committee Trophy

Red Division

MISCELLANEOUS FLEET 1st Yardstick Championship “Slammer” Chris Jones

2nd Handicap “Shockwave” Nathan Field / Oliver Beretta

Blue Division Aquilo’ Alanna Field

YOUTH (UNDER 25) MISCELLANEOUS 1st Championship “The Dream Shake” Will Townson

RGYC Committee Trophies

RGYC Committee Trophies 2nd Championship “Tickled Pink” Milli McDonald/ Jarrah Harris Moore 3rd Championship “Mustang Sally”Luke McCoy / Tim McCoy RGYC Committee Trophies 1st Handicap “Jerboa” Tom Boardman / Alex Aloi 2nd Handicap “Innuendo” Amy Thornton / Lilian Henderson

3rd Handicap “Hazaar” Ross Nolan

3rd Handicap“Zeus” Ben Garner / Sebastian Durran

Special Cadet Awards

Blue Division

Neil R Ritchie Cadet Captains Bowl

E.J. Fairnie Perpetual Championship Cup

1st – WLT - Fleet handicap “Sure Thing” Emma Kelly / Lulu di Sciascio

1st Championship Skipper “Brothers in Arms”Dominic Randall

Mackinlay Cup

Gordon Jackson Perpetual Cup

1st – WL - Fleet handicap “Mustang Sally” Luke McCoy /Tim McCoy

1st Championship Crew“Brothers in Arms”Elliot Hughes

Naval Auxiliary Patrol Trophy

Tasman II Trophy

Snakebite Claire Townson C.H. Fleet Perpetual Trophy donated in 1957 Most Improved Skipper Jarrah Harris Moore Congratulations to MILLI MCDONALD and NATHAN FIELD who were named as Cadet Captain and Vice Captain respectively for the upcoming 2017/18 Cadet season. Some “Special Volunteer Awards” were also presented on the night. The “Keeping Your Boat Afloat Award” – Nick Lee For working around the yard and helping advise on maintenance and operations of the rescue boats The “Feeding the Seagulls Award” – Jane McCoy For supplying hot food and snacks to the hungry pack of junior sailors after many training sessions The “Above and Beyond Award” – Mandy Kelly For coming out of sailing retirement to take to the water with her daughter in the Senior Members dinghy race

Best in National Championships “Brothers in Arms” Dominic Randall / Elliot Hughes

2nd Championship “Tic Toc” Ben Townson / Xavior Smith

Robin Robbins Perpetual Trophy

RGYC Committee Trophy

The “Golden Scalpel Award” – Diarmuid McCoy

1st - Fleet Handicap – Last Race “Mustang Sally” Luke McCoy /Tim McCoy

3rd Championship “Checkmate” Sophie Alexander / Imogen Farnell

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W.L. Curtis Memorial Trophy

Searle Brothers Perpetual Cup

The “Collage Degree Award” – Amanda Field

1st Handicap“Sure Thing” Emma Kelly / Lulu di Sciascio

For producing the photo collages handed out at OTB Presentation evenings

Corio Bay (Festival of Sails) Championship


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TRIVIA NIGHT The annual OTB Trivia Night in support of the RGYC junior sailors was held on July 1 2017. The silent auction, main auction, quiz and games were the background to a great social evening. Off the beach sailors were delighted to have the support of the Alpha

members continuing the tradition at RGYC. The event raised over $9200 which went towards supporting Cadet World sailors Sophie Alexander and Tim McCoy in their travels to the Netherlands for the 2017 International Cadet World Championships.

The OTB Committee thanks all families, friends, members and sponsors who donated, attended, participated and contributed to the fantastic night!

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RGYC MARINA RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD Royal Geelong Yacht Club (RGYC) has been designated as a ‘Clean Marina Level 3’ through an international program that aims to reduce water pollution associated with boating/marina facilities in Australian waters. The International Clean Marinas program is a voluntary accreditation system for marinas, yacht and boat clubs, slipways, boatyards and associated industry operators. Level 3 accreditation requires a marina to demonstrate environmental best practice through a comprehensive process that is independently audited. Operators are assessed on a 103 point checklist and must demonstrate their practices over more than 40 areas, including mechanical activities, boat maintenance and storage, painting and fibreglass repairs, fueling, facility management, emergency planning, fish and pet waste, boat cleaning, stormwater runoff and boater education. The program is administered by the Marina Industries Association (MIA), the peak body

for marina industries in Australia, Asia and the South Pacific. MIA President Andrew Chapman congratulated RGYC on the achievement. “A Clean Marina designation is granted to operators that consistently use practices that reduce pollution and enhance the environment,” he said. “Our goal is to promote clean water, clean air and thriving marina industry businesses across Australia which can continue to provide many benefits for boaters and local communities. “And we’re delighted that Royal Geelong Yacht Club has demonstrated their commitment to this.” RYGC Commodore Chris Williams said the club was very proud of the Award. “This achievement reflects our dedication to environmental best practice - in both performance and education - across our entire marina operations,” he said.

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“We have a genuine commitment to sustainability and the outcomes it achieves, and we’re absolutely delighted our marina is officially recognised as a testament to that, and to an international standard.” The Clean Marina Program was developed in consultation with major Australian city councils, State Environment/Heritage and EPA agencies in every state of Australia and the Northern Territory, the Australian marina industry, and operators of similar programs across the USA, the United Kingdom and in continental Europe.

SAIL TRAINING AT RGYC This year has seen a bright and healthy growth in sailing training at RGYC, from the entry level right through to the World Championship stage. The basis of the training is the Friday night program which runs all season. It is extremely popular and caters for all classes and every level. Entry is free. It is not uncommon to see 40-50 young sailors out on the water enjoying the evening. Higher performance and goal orientated training for all classes is available through the RGYC office. Just get in touch. Our class training programs are stepping up with great results across the board. Our junior single handed International Optimist under the guidance of Brian Case is going great guns with promising results. The highlight is Matt Purnell achieving second place in the Optimist invitational regatta in China. Our two handed class, the International Cadet, has continued to have RGYC members represent their state and country with Dominic Randall/ Elliot Hughes and Sophie Alexander/ Tim

McCoy travelling to Argentina and the Netherlands respectively as members of the Australian Team. Ollie Manton and Billy Goodfellow, under the guidance of RGYC’s Rodney Hagebols, achieved a fine fourth place in the 49er Junior World Championships in Canada. You can see the benefits of the RGYC training program in both key areas, participation and results. The other class becoming increasingly popular is the Laser class, with Ryan Walker and others showing a lot of enthusiasm. A training program for the Laser sailors is well underway.

very pleasing to see the development of so many fine young people coming through the training program at RGYC.

Tony Bull Head Sailing Coach RGYC

The RGYC junior and youth training program is very popular and successful. The year ahead promises more of the same. The coaching program is being redefined and updated to bring all sailors closer together under a united RGYC banner. Sailing as a sport develops so many admirable traits - discipline, teamwork, decision making and self-reliance. It is

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OPTI STATES, FIREBALL STATES & NOELEX NATIONALS 2017 Gill Optimist Victorian Championships The Optimist State Championships were held at Royal Geelong Yacht Club over the March Labour Day long weekend, with more than 80 Opti sailors descending on Geelong for the three day regatta. Riley Cantwell was the best of the Geelong locals finishing 8th overall in the Open regatta, while Jorja Mahoney ended up as first overall in Green Fleet. In a boost for junior female sailing, 11 of the 16 starters in Green Fleet were girls. VIODA Vice President Jan Talacko thanked the Royal Geelong Yacht Club and all the volunteers who helped both on and off the water for providing a great venue, and making it a great experience for the sailors and families alike.

2017 Gill International Fireball Victorian Championships The Victorian Fireball Championships were held at Royal Geelong Yacht Club on 18-19 March 2017. The conditions were light – so


light that competitors were convinced that there would be no racing on Sunday. Luckily, a nice NE came in and with good race management led by Past Commodore John Garner, all 4 races were run, albeit in some tricky conditions! Geelong duo Brendan Garner and Peter Durran finished 3rd overall while reigning champs Heather Macfarlane and Chris Payne won it again for the 9th time in 11 years! The Fireball State Championships were a great lead in event, with the announcement that the Fireball Nationals will be held at Royal Geelong Yacht Club in 2019, followed by the Fireball Worlds in 2022.

2017 Gill Australian Noelex Championships The Noelex 25 & 30 Australian Championships were held at Royal Geelong Yacht Club over the weekend of 20-21 May 2017. Unfortunately, Day 2 saw a low cloud keeping the wind at bay until racing was called off at 1pm. Although disappointing not to get on the water for a second day, the 3 races held on Saturday constituted a series, allowing Glen Collings and his team of Dale

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Collings and Warren Slater on Leewana to take their 6th Australian title in the class. RGYC Member Howard Hughes finished 2nd in the Performance Handicap division. Ron Parker, Australian Noelex Association President said, “We are very pleased with the running of the Noelex National Championships at RGYC and we had great support from the Club and their volunteers. Geelong has great facilities for hosting regattas both on the water and in the city, which has been great for the interstate and country visitors coming to Geelong. Of the 15-strong fleet, seven of the teams had family members on the crew. “We enjoyed seeing a wide skill level across the fleet, with plenty of families getting involved, and crews ranging in age from 13 to 70. We had close competition across the fleet with some great race management under challenging Autumn conditions”. All three of these State and National regattas were supported by Gill, the official apparel provider for Royal Geelong Yacht Club, Festival of Sails and the Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong.

INTERNATIONAL CADET WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Royal Geelong Yacht Club has a long association with the International Cadet class. In the past five years 17 junior members of RGYC have earned the selection right to sail in the World Championship, several of them multiple times and once as a World Championship winning crew in that time. This is a truly outstanding result and testament to the camaraderie and culture of the young sailors and families involved in the class at our club. This past year we have had two World Championships, with one in the Southern Hemisphere in Argentina and more recently in the Netherlands, because the Worlds are traditionally held in summer meaning that they were only six months apart. RGYC has continually had members in each of the past five World Australian teams and this

year was no exception with Dominic Randall and Elliot Hughes going to Argentina and Sophie Alexander and Tim McCoy venturing to the Netherlands. Both crews encountered difficult light air conditions at the two venues. Argentina was very tidal with light winds and a very short, sharp chop. Dominic and Elliot finished 31st overall in a result that did not do them justice. Netherlands was once again a lightish regatta, with big wind-shifts on the inland lake course. Sophie and Tim had a few highlights, leading races at times and they improved strongly in the second half of the regatta to finish 34th.

and it is pleasing to see Sophie and Dominic (who both began as Cadet crews) teaming up to sail a 29er and both Elliot and Tim have moved onto skippering and begin the mentoring and development role to their new crews and so it goes on.

The Cadet is a two person, under 17 age boat with generally an older skipper providing a mentor role to the young crew who in turn takes on the skipper role as the older sailor moves on. This leads to a high retention rate

Tony Bull

As incumbent Australian Coach and on behalf of Dominic, Sophie, Elliot, Tim and all our fantastic Cadet sailors I would like to thank RGYC and the members for their fantastic support over the years and no doubt into the future. We are the envy of many clubs with the support we receive. Bravo RGYC.

Australian International Cadet Team Head Coach

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TASAR WORLDS & 49er JUNIOR WORLDS Two more RGYC teams competed on the world stage this past year, with Tony and Julie Creak heading to Gamagori, Japan for the Tasar Worlds and Ollie Manton and Billy Goodfellow travelling to Kingston, Canada for the Junior 49er Worlds. The Creaks had a wonderful time in Japan, despite some tricky and shifty breezes over the regatta and a Black Flag Disqualification in one race, their end result was 56th overall and 4th in the SGM division. “Nothing can detract from the experience of competing in a

regatta in Japan. The Japanese are amazing hosts, ensuring that everything both on and off the water is accomplished with efficiency, courtesy but most of all with a tremendous sense of fun. If you ever get the opportunity to compete in a sailing event in Japan you should take it” – Tony and Julie Creak Ollie Manton and Billy Goodfellow, along with coach Rod Hagebols, managed to finish 4th overall at the Junior 49er Worlds in Canada. The conditions were challenging, with rain, light and variable winds for most

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of the regatta. Coach Rod Hagebols praised Ollie and Billy for their efforts and success at the regatta, “I must say what great role models Ollie and Billy have been with their parents. Working with these guys was like working with a fully pimped out pro team. Nothing was ever an issue and there was no problem that couldn’t be solved. Chris Manton (the sponsor), Alison and David Goodfellow took on jobs to relieve me and let me focus on briefing or debriefing the team. “A great experience, I look forward to our next adventure!”

BOW TIES, BOARDIES & BLING CHARITY BALL Commodore Chris Williams welcomed Members and guests to the annual Commodore’s Charity Ball this year, which provided a fun theme in support of local charity Give Where You Live Foundation. The “Bow Ties, Boardies and Bling” charity ball was attended by almost 100 guests enjoying the festivities.

Support from Club sponsors Bausele, CUB, Leura Park Estate and Rex Gorell Land Rover along with prizes generously provided by Geelong Football Club, Gary Sheard, Tony Bull, My Little Tribe Photography & Blues Train contributed to a great night and some excellent items for auction. Generous and enthusiastic bidding from members and guests, coaxed along by auctioneer Tom

Luxton (courtesy of McGrath Estate Agents) assisted in boosting the fundraising to over $2,800. A big thank you also goes to Denise Smeaton for not only donating her time and photography skills to capture the fun of the event, but also for donating all proceeds from sales of the photographs to the Give Where You Live Foundation as well.

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OUR LIVING HISTORY Past Commodore Ron Earney My membership of 75 years began as a teenager in the early war years of the 1940’s when I began sailing at RGYC in the 12ft. timber clinker, gaff rigged, Cadet dinghy “Royal” which belonged to RGYC. Club yacht racing, except for the Cadet dinghy class, was suspended during World War 2. Now, at age 92, still ‘into’ boating, and ‘Elder’ for the Past Commodores, forty more years of boating has been added to a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience of Cadet sailor to Commodore (1973-75) after serving as Vice & Rear Commodore and on the then ‘General Committee’. I was not a dedicated racing ‘yachtie’ but have an enduring love for the cruising life. I have undertaken many coastal passages during the last thirty years in several sea going motor yachts operating out of Lakes Entrance. My sailing in those pre-war halcyon days of the 50 &60’s was as crew on classic wooden racing/cruising yachts. For me, this was yachts such as “Penola, Gannet, Eunamara, Aorerie, Sonia, Westward, & Caraid”. The latter two in offshore racing, Queenscliff/ Devonport, 61-62-63, and that special joy of being in a ‘Line Honors’ crew on Caraid in 67. These yachts required a great deal of maintenance on the ‘hard’ during winter. Much of this work was done by the owner

& crew, which meant “if you don’t work you don’t crew”. Yacht ownership did not occur for me until my time on Committee when I acquired a floating but unfinished trimaran yacht, one of a number built by a group in Geelong. Re-launched as “Waitara” some two years later, I had the reward of racing and going family cruising. About this time there were several new yachts being built by or for club members; Eustace Wilson, Kevin Bell, Ron Spence, Ross Cook for which I was involved in the electrical systems. During those years the advancement in space-age technologies was rapidly spreading into the boating world. Being technically trained, my boat interests quickly moved into learning all I could about these advanced new marine products. We decided to re-settle at the Gippsland Lakes on our property “Barellan”, located on the Mitchell River Silt Jetties at Eagle Point. Over many years I still regret not having been part of the stunning Club developments that I have seen on visits back to Geelong. The full-on boating life that eventuated has been truly satisfying. I acquired an older timber motor boat in much need of refitting. It initially served as a knowledge platform for materials, equipment, systems and, eventually for our cruising pleasure. The boat, Waitara-II, was placed on the RGYC Register

which enabled me to proudly display RGYC insignia and burgee where-ever we cruised. Some six years later, at age 67, I had qualified with dual sea going certificates as a “Master Class 5”& “Engine Driver Grade 2”. The annual RGYC events in these later decades of Past Commodores’ Dinners, and 50 Year Members’ Lunch has provided a special incentive to make the long journey, a day there-a day back, to rekindle that sense of belonging to RGYC. As long as our physical well-being allows I will seek to be there. I attended the 2017 Commodores’ Dinner in July and once again felt that special pride entering into the splendid place the Club is today, and having a flash back to the old wooden club house of seventy five years ago. The Club’s 21st Century future may well be built on the major Safe Harbor Project waterfront redevelopment. The proposed new club house facility would be a third major stage in the Club’s history from our foundation and the post war fully licensed new Club house. Our Board is to be complimented on its vision and management in initiating this wonderful concept, and deserves the full support of our membership. It certainly has mine, with the hope that destiny may have for me, a place at the official opening. Ron Earney.

Past Commodore Kevin Bell Kevin joined RGYC in 1966 after a very successful sporting career in competitive water skiing. His first experience of sailing didn’t impress him much as it was slow and not much happened but somehow the sailing bug took hold and a life in sailing unfolded. Kevin has had various roles at RGYC – Commodore, Vice Commodore and Committee member for 20 years or so. He was also chair of the Yard Committee but was mainly involved in the Sailing and Protest Committees. Kevin is an Honorary Life Member of RGYC. The sailing record Kevin has is remarkable, particularly in ocean racing. Kevin has logged over fifty thousand nautical miles – the equivalent of 2 1/2 times around the world - in events such as Sydney-Hobart (4), West Coaster (8), Devonport, Launceston, Burnie (26), Sydney – Noumea and the unique Hobart – Sydney in 1988. How many Festival of Sails Passage Races has Kevin done? Fifty years’ worth! His favourite yacht was the Adams 12,

Gemima, because Kevin built the yacht up from the hull and deck, his first yacht of the modern era, built strong and light to go first. Excalibur, another Adams design, was the first boat across the line and finished second in class in the 1988 Tall Ships Race from Hobart to Sydney. This prestigious race was a one off spectacular event celebrating the Australian Bi-Centenary. The crew included David Moore, Peter Graham, Mark Bell and ex RGYC Cadets, Richard Backwell, Alistair Lee, Peter James and Rohan Reynolds.

Now aged 91, Kevin visits the club each week to enjoy conversations with old and new friends. He enjoys the challenges of navigation and celestial navigation, an ongoing interest that he shares with Jack Findlay. Kevin is intrigued by the America’s Cup boats’ amazing technology, sailing faster than the wind and the high speeds they do. He has some doubts about it being the true yacht racing we all know so well. Kevin encourages us all to foster the sport of sailing at RGYC.

Kevin won the Victorian Thunderbird Championship with Talahena in 1971/2/3. However, his fastest yacht was Volante which was a great racing success. Volante planed very well off the wind and there was comfort for all on board. Volante would do 21 knots down wind and once came through the heads in big seas doing 28 knots, the bow wave higher than the first spreaders! His last yacht was the 2011-12 Division 2 Aggregate winner, Leeto.

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Sailing Academy Coordinator – Chris Jones

This year we said farewell to our Marina Administration Assistant, Clare Ryder. Clare started with the Club as a trainee and was here for 6 years, including a year of maternity leave, before moving on to her next adventure. The Royal Geelong Yacht Club would like to thank Clare for her years of service. We have also recently welcomed three new staff members – Ann Hardy as our new Accounts Administrator, Sarah Todd in the role of Administration Assistant Trainee and Elizabeth (Libbee) Boyle as our new Customer Service and Member Engagement Officer.

Event Operations Manager – Peter Kirman

RGYC STAFF General Manager – Phil Clohesy Marina Manager – Paul Walters Marina Assistant – Nathan Alsopp Marina Hand– Zac Soder Administration Assistant Trainee – Sarah Todd Sailing & Boating Manager – Mike Williams

Major Events Manager – Beth Davis Commercial Partnerships Manager – Steve Hassell Customer Service & Member Engagement Officer – Libbee Boyle Finance Manager – Alison Goodman

• Governance Chair: Commodore Chris Williams • Finance & Audit Chair: Treasurer Brian Marshman • Workplace Health & Safety Chair: Simon Guthrie • Sailing & Boating Chair: Brenton Carnell

Accounts Administrator – Ann Hardy

• Yard & Marina Chair: Chris Manton


• Volunteers Chair: Rear Commodore Phil Francis

As well as the RGYC Board, a number of Sub-Committees work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that the Club continues to run smoothly and is continuing to give our Members the best possible experience. We thank all of those who have volunteered their time and efforts on each of the SubCommittees in 2016/17. • Strategic & Events Planning Chair: Commodore Chris Williams • Facility Development Chair: Chris Manton


• Festival of Sails Chair: Vice Commodore Peter Alexander • Wooden Boat Festival Chair: Stuart Dickson • Viper Worlds Chair: Peter Stephens • Social Events Chair: Christie Alberts • Off The Beach Coordinator: Sue Harman • Sailability Coordinator: Graham Ritchie


It is with great sadness and regret that we record the passing during the year of the following esteemed members: Anita Allen

Joined 1950

Neil Campigli

Joined 1955

Don Fagg

Joined 2003

John Evans

Joined 2016

John Lindros

Joined 1961

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COMING EVENTS 2018 2018 will see the Festival of Sails return to the Australia Day long weekend, with the celebration of the 175th anniversary of the Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race. Incorporated into the Festival of Sails will be the Sydney 38 National Championship. As well as this, 2018 brings the Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong, with the program set to be bigger and better than ever, with a minimum of 5 tall ships visiting Corio Bay and

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an additional celebration in Portarlington on the eve of the Festival, Friday 9th March. The Cadet State Championships will also be held over the March Labour Day long weekend, making the Royal Geelong Yacht Club a hub of sailing activity. FESTIVAL OF SAILS: 26th – 28th January, 2018 – celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race

SYDNEY 38 NATIONALS: 26th – 28th January, 2018 WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL OF GEELONG: 10th – 12th March, 2018 CADET STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 10th – 12th March, 2018

WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL of GEELONG Labour Day weekend March 10-12 2018

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2016/2017 Corinthian  
2016/2017 Corinthian  

The annual magazine of the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, the Corinthian, published October 2017.