Always wanted to learn how to sail? Don’t be shy, give us a call, now is the best time of the year to do it!
Contact us on 9534 0059 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Go to our web site for more information http://www.rmys.com.au/learn-to-sail.html
Coastal Navigation- Commences Thurs evening 8th May
The Coastal Navigation course is essential for any crew person participating in coastal or offshore yachting. It is considered mandatory for anyone who wishes to become a skipper and extend their boating adventures beyond protected waters. This course runs for 6 consecutive weeks. Go to our web site for more information
http://www.rmys.com.au/marine-radio--other-courses.html Contact Leigh or Robyn on 9534 0059 or email@example.com
Power boat handling – Our next course commences Sat Feb 2nd
Learn how to handle a power boat or improve on your skills of boat handling. This includes obtaining a Victorian Boat licence without further testing. You will also learn more about engines, types of craft, chart and on water navigation.
Go to our web site for more information
Contact Leigh or Robyn on 9534 0059 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Marine Radio- Commences Tues evening 29th Jan (followed by 5th 7th & 12th Feb)
We offer the internationally approved VHF (Short Range) or VHF + HF (Long Range) courses with a focus on the practical exercises using our ICOM marine radio equipment. Go to our web site for more information
Contact Leigh or Robyn on 9534 0059 or email@example.com
Keelboat Helm and Spinnaker courses February
Know the basics of sailing but would like to learn how to helm or fly a spinnaker? Why not try one of our keelboat helming courses or keelboat spinnaker courses. We only run a couple of Spinnaker courses every year, so don’t miss this one, it commences on Feb 2nd. Please contact Leigh or Robyn on 9534 0059 firstname.lastname@example.org Or click here http://www.rmys.com.au/keelboat-learn-to-sail.html for more information and booking forms.
Ruth Nangle & Jeanette Turnbull Trophies – 23 & 24 February
Passage races to and from Safety Beach.
Dinner bookings and entry close on Thursday 21 February.
NOR and entry now online
Agar Wynne – Entries close today (Wednesday 23 January)
Agar Wynne is the passage race back from Geelong after Festival of Sails
The slipway repairs have been completed, and we are able to begin slipping boats again.
There are a number of boats on the waiting list, so if you have submitted a slipping form, please contact Damien and we will do our best to pick a time and date that suits.
We do potentially have spots available for any boat that can be slipped in a small cradle. Contact Damien to discuss.
Mobile: 0412 137 183
Phone No: 9534 0227
Email Address email@example.com
Happily, once again the annual 'Flinders Cup' Cruise event is coming up this labour Day weekend, 9, 10, 11 March, 2019.
A flotilla of RMYS yachts will gather early in the morning of Saturday the 9th of March at Queenscliff, prior to heading east to Flinders Yacht Club, Western port. This is a great event for both the novice and the old salty sea dogs of the squadron !
FYC will supply their customary hospitality, including welcoming drinks on the deck, a Saturday night dinner at the clubhouse and the infamous thrills and spills of the Flinders Cup race on the Sunday.
Numbers will be limited, so please email Marc Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org at your earliest opportunity to secure your crew and vessel on the participant list. Marc can also be contacted on 0412 385 630.
Further detailed advice will follow in regard to payments and passage plan briefing details.
Article and photos submitted by RMYS Member Steve Thompson
Well, three days actually but who’s counting.
A 16 -strong fleet of identical S80’s headed to Sandringham Yacht Club on Friday 11th January for three days of intense, nail biting close racing that is the State Titles.
RMYS was represented by Take One (Kellie Knowles), Rock ‘n’ Roll (Stephen Barker) and Espresso (Rebecca Irwin and Steve Thompson).
Unfortunately the RMYS Mood Indigo entry was a scratch due to Keith Chatto still recovering from knee surgery (although I was wondering if they had thrown in a face lift while they were on the table?)
The first race, held in blazing sunshine, was set to start at noon but the wind had contrary ideas. By 12:30 we were underway in a 5 knot breeze from the south’ish.
With a fairly short start line there is always plenty of argy bargy but all got away nicely when the hooter sounded.
By the end of the first beat the usual suspects had arrived at the front and rear of the fleet. The race continued over the next hour with some very close photo finishes including Espresso beating Escape for 10th place by 2 seconds. It is quite common in the S80 races for the entire fleet to be halfway down the last leg as the winning boat crosses the line. Oh the joys of one design racing where catching a lift can put you up five places and fluffing a jibe and put you back five places.
The next race was around the SYC cans and was deliberately long at 13.5 nm in a breeze that started at about 8 knots and finished at about 15 knots with a big swing from SE to Southerly over that time.
Alas the RYMS boats adopted the position of shepherding the fleet home from the rear (to ensure there were no strays being left on the bay). This strategy was adopted for the entire regatta.
Saturday was once again glorious sunshine but with significantly more wind. The first race started at 10 am with winds of around 18 knots. This is where the skills of the top boats really come into their own, somewhat assisted by heavy crews, they appear to have a knack of steering these little boats through the chop to keep them moving but still point high (with a skill that the author has found to be somewhat elusive).
Shortly after the start of the race we hear on the VHF that there is a “Man Overboard” from Intrusion with Imaginer standing by to render assistance. The SYC rib was there in a jiffy and the sodden Intrusionite returned to his rightful place on the boat which subsequently retired from the race. It turns out that three actually went overboard when a welded loop on the pulpit failed causing the safety line to fail. One hapless soul could not hang on but the other two managed to get back on board. Note to self, remember to tie on a bit of rope from the safety line around the pulpit and pushpit bars in case this happens.
This bit of bad luck as glorious news to Moonraker who pressed on to win the race and take over the leader board.
The second race was a debacle at the start line (of course I got my best start of the regatta going full tilt at the boat end) resulting in the one and only general recall.
The U flag was announced and raised (U meaning “U will be disqualified” if you are OCS which I discovered to my detriment in the 2018 States) but all boats took a sensible tablet with boats hurtling up the first part of the beat at 5.5.to 6 knots.
By the third race of the day winds were 20 to 25 knots with knotted kites and rounds ups plaguing some of the fleet with Stephen Barker from Rock n Roll losing an argument with the boom resulting in a cut and swollen cheek.
Mercifully the races were kept short as more wind was filling in from the south so we were all ensconced in the safety of the marina by 2pm.
Kellie then discovered a broken inner stay turnbuckle mount which was very lucky not to have resulted in a broken mast in those conditions. Bas Huibers from Merak was able to lend a hand and more importantly a replacement for the offending part and Kellie was all good to go for the final day.
Two races starting at 10 am would then determine the victor with it all coming down to the last race (this also occurred in the 2018 State Titles).
A delightful 12 to 15 knot breeze greeted the fleet and once again close racing was the order of the day with Intrusion prevailing over Moonraker to take the title for the 11th time in 22 years with Imaginer taking the last place on the podium.
Unfortunately, another battle with a boom was lost by Cass from Take One in the last race resulting in a precautionary trip to the hospital but all is well that ends well.
Thanks to SYC this was a great event, very well run and organised and we look forward to RYMS doing likewise in 2020.
Results for handicap
RMYS Member Steve Thompson
RMYS invested around $7.5 million to build a new 250-berth marina facility with the latest safety and environmental services. The existing dilapidated timber marina was subsequently be removed by RMYS in the latter half of 2014.
This was a huge project coordinated by a large number of members and staff over many years.
On Sunday 17th February RMYS are throwing a 'Marina Party' from 5-9pm to celebrate our Marina's 5th Birthday!
Save the date in your calendar and bring along your family and friends!
On the Marina we have live music with Ron Kingston and a BBQ, picnic and drinks.
Here is a little RMYS Marina history www.rmys.com.au/marina-background--history.html
New Marina Photo Source for Poster - Courtesy RMYS member Brian D'Souza. Photo taken in 2018 by drone
Some photos of the Marina before and after completion!
Last Wednesday we had race 2 of the LA Nangle Twilight Series, the Terry Hill AMS Trophy and the Insight Building and Design Les Norton Trophy Summer Twilight Spinnaker Series II.
Thanks to Ian Guyett, Selwyn Stokes, Varan Freestone and David Hodge for attempting to run the race. Unfortunately, it was cancelled due to a lack of wind.
The Troubleshooters Best Start Award went to Blue Horizons on 0.5 seconds, followed closely by Rock N Roll (2 seconds), Salamander III (4 seconds) and Weekend Option and Espresso (7 seconds).
On Saturday we hosted the International Cup along with races for RYCV and HBYC.
Thanks to Andrew Gluth, Ross Flood, Bernadette Hoskings, David Gordon, Marc Tract, Scott Allbutt and Amanda Wakeham for running the race.
At post-race presentations, I announced the RMYS fleet results, but neglected to include RYCV and HBYC. Apologies for this.
The winner of the International Cup is for 1st placed on Div 1 PHS and is open to all yachts, not just RMYS boats. The winner this year is Merlion. The International Trophy is awarded to 1st place on Div 1 PHS, which is Remedy and Take Five won the International Plate for Division 3 PHS.
Click here to view the full results. To read more about the International, please click here.
We receive lots of requests from members about crew wanted or crew available for racing. Did you know we have a Crew Noticeboard on the RMYS website?
Click this link to check it out. (It's also under the Sailing tab.)
If you would like to post a notice on the Crew Noticeboard, simply fill out the form on the right-hand side of the page. If you'd like your notice removed (hopefully because you've found the boat/crew of your dreams!), please contact Allicia, email@example.com
The Big Bay Challenge is just around the corner - save the date.
Big Bay Challenge – Saturday 16 February
NOR and Sis available online. Entry coming soon.
RMYS now has new Sailing Instructions 2018 v 6.0.
A big thank you to everyone involved in rewriting them.
Please review the new instructions, in particular noting Tower Starts and the clarification on H mark.
Please familiarise yourself with the new sailing instructions as there have been a number of updates, including incorporating amendments made to version 5.0 along with many changes throughout.
To view the new RMYS sailing instructions V.60 online please click link here, 2018 Sailing Instructions
Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy – Sunday 3 February
Lady skippers series (mixed crew allowed provided a woman is on the helm)
Entries and lunch bookings close Wednesday 30 January.
Lunch is $25pp – bookings to firstname.lastname@example.org
Menu: Chicken Schnitzel with steamed parsley potatoes and iceberg salad
Vegetarian option - Orecchiette, grilled Broccolini, Kale, Pumpkin, Ricotta and Pangrattato
RMYS are hosting race 2 of the Port Phillip Women's Championship series with the RMYS Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy (Lady Skipper's Race) sponsored by the Goldsmith family. Entry fees (including late fees) will be donated to Melanoma Research in memory of Jennifer Goldsmith.
Click here for entries and NOR
2019 CYCA Ocean Racer of the Year Awards
The Ocean Racer of the Year Awards were established by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in 1985 to recognise the outstanding achievements of yachtsmen and yachtswomen Australia wide.
Along with the Blue Water Championship, being recognised in one of the Ocean Racer of the Year categories are the most prestigious and sought after awards of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s sailing program.
The CYCA Ocean Racer of the Year Awards are held annually in conjunction with the CYCA Blue Water Pointscore Presentation evening. The CYCA Ocean Racer of the Year Awards recognising achievements from the 2018 year will take place on Friday 22 March 2019 at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s freshly refurbished clubhouse.
All nominations should be in respect of performances and achievements during the period 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018.
Please find herein the link to the nomination form.
Please note that nominations close on Friday 1 March 2019. Nominees can be nominated for multiple categories.
To make a booking to attend this prestigious event please book through the Trybooking Website here: https://www.trybooking.com/BAHME
For further information please do not hesitate in contacting Justine Kirkjian, Sailing Manager on 0419 288 323 or email Justine.email@example.com
Stephen Craig / Assistant Sailing Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org / +61 2 8292 7870
Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
1 New Beach Road, Darling Point NSW 2027
Home of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
On Wednesday night the LA Nangle Pursuit Series, Terry Hill AMS Trophy and the Insight Building and Design Les Norton Trophy Summer Twilight Spinnaker Series II commenced.
The fleet completed course 8 in 18-23 knot south westerlies. Thank you to Ian Guyett, Selwyn Stokes, Varan Freestone and Chris Gill for running the race.
Just a reminder to please stay at least 3 boat lengths from the start line if you are not within your 5 minute prep signal.
To view the full results, please click here.
On Saturday RYCV hosted the Doc Bennell Trophy on our behalf, along with their Lord Brassey Trophy and a HBYC race.
To find out more about the history of the Doc Bennell Trophy, please click here.
The Doc Bennell Trophy rounded out the Charles Marshall Series.
Each of the races in the series (Bert Watts Trophy, Dick Lean Trophy and Doc Bennell Trophy) are won by the 1st placed yacht on PHS, however, the overall winner of the Charles Marshall Series goes to the 1st placed boat on AMS.
You can view the series scores here.
To read more about the history of the Charles Marshall Trophy, please click here.
Social Media Policy
Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS) welcomes healthy and honest discourse on social media and values the views and opinions of its members. This policy provides guidelines for members who discuss Squadron matters on social media (whether on one of the Squadron’s social media sites or on another site).
Members may choose to associate themselves with the Squadron when posting on sailing- or Squadron-related matters to social media but it must be clear that their online posts are personal and purely their own and not the views of RMYS. Members must not post content on social media that could reasonably be expected to cause unjustifiable or unnecessary adverse repercussions for the Squadron, its members, employees, volunteers and contractors.
RMYS information that has been supplied to members on a confidential basis or is known by a member to be confidential must not be shared online or otherwise published.
When posting about the Squadron on social media (whether on a Squadron social media site or not), members are subject to the Squadron Rules, specifically Squadron House Rule 14:
“Members must not act in a manner which is unbecoming or prejudicial to the Squadron (a breach of common sense is a breach of Squadron rules).”
Here are some non-legalistic guidelines to what constitutes “common sense” in the use of social media for the purposes of this Social Media Rule:
Show proper consideration for people’s privacy and for topics that may be considered objectionable or sensitive (e.g. personal, religious or political). We all appreciate respect from our fellow RMYS members.
Show proper consideration for people’s privacy. Be careful not to inadvertently disclose private information such as private contact information.
Inappropriate text, audio or images content e.g. racial, ethnic, sexual, and religious or disability related slurs or offensive language, in.) and breaches of Rule 14 will not be tolerated on Squadron social media sites.
Be conscious that the Squadron is also a workplace. It is never appropriate to comment negatively on other members, staff, volunteers or contractors through social media posts. To do so may make you or the Squadron liable to legal redress.
There are multiple options to raise issues or concerns through the flag officers, other general committee members, the other committees of the Squadron or the General Manager. Social media is not one of these options and, while members are encouraged to make posts that are consistent with these “common sense” guidelines, the Squadron should not be expected to take action on any issue unless it is also raised through the appropriate channel.
Errors in content that you post are your responsibility to promptly correct. The Squadron retains the right, but not the obligation, to delete all or any part of content on any of its social media sites or services which it believes breaches this Social Media Policy.
Please ensure you do not breach copyright, trademarks, etc when you post.
Think about consequences of what you post. If in doubt, stop, walk away and review the next day before posting. Remember: the internet is forever!
Red Book Phone App Use Policy
Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS) provides the Red Book app (“the app”) free of charge to all members who wish to use it. It provides electronic access to the contents of the Red Book and to the Squadron’s electronic calendar and allows members to post photos and text relevant to the Squadron and its members, and to message another member directly. The app is not available to non-members.
The app has proved popular and is now an important part of the suite of member communication tools at the Squadron and we encourage you to use it.
You are legally responsible for any content you upload or post to the app, you agree to adhere to community standards of acceptable content and you agree to not breaking any law or doing anything hateful, objectionable or shady. Your privacy will be respected as required by law and you agree to respect the privacy of others.
Use of the Red Book app is also subject to the Squadron Rules, specifically Squadron Rule 14:
Members must not act in a manner which is unbecoming or prejudicial to the Squadron (a breach of common sense is a breach of Squadron rules).
Here are some non-legalistic guidelines to what constitutes “common sense” in the use of the app:
Posts should be informative, brief and direct so that they add value for members.
Respect your audience. Don't use language or engage in conduct that would not meet acceptable community standards.
Show proper consideration for people’s privacy and for topics that may be considered objectionable or sensitive (e.g. religion or politics). We all appreciate respect.
Inappropriate content includes racial, ethnic, sexual, religious, and physical disability slurs. Any such posts will not be tolerated and will be deleted by the app administrator.
Be conscious that the Squadron is also a workplace. It is never appropriate to comment negatively on staff or contractors through app posts and to do so may make you or the Squadron liable to legal redress.
There are multiple options to raise issues or concerns through the officers and committees or the General Manager. The app is not one of these options and, while members are free to make posts that are consistent these “common sense” guidelines, the Squadron will not take action on any issue unless it is also raised through the appropriate channel.
Errors in content that you post are your responsibility to correct promptly.
Please ensure you do not breach copyright, trademarks, etc when you post.
Think about consequences of what you post. If in doubt, stop, walk away and review the next day.
Racer/Cruiser. 'Gienah'. European certification certificate.
Out of water survey completed by Holmes Marine surveyors reported yacht 'as new'.
This is a very quick racer with many trophies to prove. Full wardrobe of Doyle race sails. All Harken deck hardware. Mast and Rig overhauled and rod rigging replaced in March this year with new mast head nav combination light and new wiring, new mast head spinnaker block.
Three dual bunk cabins with doors, galley with gas oven and cook top. Toilet/shower and hand basin. Nav station with RayMarine C80chart plotter and new Navionics database, RayMarine RAY54E VHF with AIS, TackTic Instruments. Two new AGM batteries. Yanmar 3YM20 diesel service every year by Mariner Engineering.
Yacht recently slipped at Savages yard Williamstown for sanding, anti-foul, topsides polish, teak deck rejuvenation and minor work and engine/prop and anodes serviced.
Homes Marine Survey Report and complete history of receipts available.
Cat 2 race safety equipment and storm sails all recently up to date.
Cruise around Tasmania completed in February cruising package available (for extra $10,000) includes: Spray dodger, RIB (2.6m) with pump, Battery and trolling motor, with security strops. Lee/barging boards. SARCA anchor, chain and line. Anchor billy. Radar reflector, ICOM Marine VHF handheld and Trolley.
Nothing to do after purchase, the boat is like new and ready to race or cruise.
Jim Russell passed away 30 December. Jim was a Long Service member who joined in Nov 1978. Past Commodore Peter Chapman and Past Commodore Stephen Hawes provided some insight into many of Jim's achievements within the club and his life.
'Words by Peter Chapman'
As always we learn many things about those we thought we knew - at their funeral.
I knew Jim as a member of the "Spellbound" crew skippered by Past Commodore Ian Ewing over many years. In their time, "Spellbound" and crew were a force to be reckoned with.
But also I knew him as the voluntary IT person for the Squadron and learned from Stephen Hawes that this was the case from when Computers were first introduced.
Jim's funeral was attended by over 200 people including direct family but extending through to his many areas of interest including the Church, Legacy and RMYS.
The Eulogy informed that Jim's background was that he studied engineering, graduating from Melbourne University and he then secured a position at the then Swinburne Technical College.
Over the years he was instrumental in developing the Swinburne Engineering faculty and with transition to Swinburne University he became Dean of the faculty.
Over these years Computing went from virtually non-existent to omnipresent, and Jim did not just stay up to date as a user, but also as a developer, programmer and system manager.
After the service, speaking with other RMYS members present, Past Commodore Stephen Hawes told the story of how, when Twilight Pursuit racing started, it took hours to process the results and reorganise the handicaps for the following week.
Jim reviewed the situation, went away and created a program which automated the exercise. It could still be in use.
For many years the Squadron computer system was run on a very lean budget - virtually nil expenditure and Jim begged, traded and borrowed equipment to keep it going. I personally know that in the late 80's and early 90's when companies I was working for were trading up, the old gear was handed to Jim who used it either for the Squadron use, of if not suitable for some of his other charity work.
All spoke of Jim's 'quiet achievements'. He did not broadcast his achievements, just went out and made it happen.
He was awarded "Club Member of the Year in 2000" for many years of work.
He was awarded the OAM for "Services to Engineering and the Community" in 2016
Thank you to Jim's dear friend Stephen Hawes (past commodore) for sending through some more information and the eulogy presented at Jim’s funeral.
'Words by Stephen Hawes'
When twilight racing began in the 1970s there were fleets of up 100 yachts racing from pursuit starts with five of seven races to count. Working out the progress points for each yacht was a considerable manual task for volunteers after each race then checked by the office staff over the next days. In the late 70s early 80s before a twilight race Jim set up his various boxes – a computer – with a program he had written and results of several races already entered. After the race the results were entered and very shortly after the results of the previous races and the aggregate positions were printed out – a very powerful introduction to the world of IT! Jim went on to introduce computers to RMYS managing the procurement (at minimal cost) and installation of equipment and software, then the training of staff and committee members.
I was fortunate to serve on both sailing and general committees with Jim, who made a considerable contribution with his very practical way of solving all manner of challenges including financial and sailing. Jim also took our 4th generation family business very gently from the dark ages into the world of IT. It is hard to know how much Jim did for RMYS but if the help he gave our business is any indication it was many many hours over 25 to 30 years.
The following eulogy was based on the citation for his Order of Australia Medal.
James Kenneth Russell OAM:
6th August 1939- 30th December 2018
James Russell was always a humble, high achieving person who accomplished much in his quiet understated intelligent manner. When organizations or individuals had a problem in his sphere of work he quietly figured out a solution and solved it, often so unobtrusively many people were unaware how everything was rectified - Jim would never advise them!
He had a quiet wisdom with an unflustered approach to solving serious issues and challenges. Jim led from behind. He mentored and supported others to maximize their goals. He was always seen as a solid rock with “a very safe pair of honest hands”.
Jim was born on 6th August 1939 in Horsham, he was schooled in both Williamstown and at Melbourne Boys High School followed by studying Engineering at Melbourne University. At the age of 29 he held position of Head of Production Engineering at Swinburne Institute, which became Swinburne University in 1992. He also held the position of Acting Dean of Engineering at Swinburne and remained in that position for 25 years at the University.
After completing his Masters Jim had taken the challenge to change from Melbourne University to Swinburne College of Technology. He had the vision and foresight to pioneer and build a Bachelor Course for the new Swinburne University. Over the years at Swinburne University he developed sandwich courses and went overseas to supervise student’s work experience. He worked with Malaysia Rotary and Malaysian Technical Colleges to develop employer based contacts for student’s work experience placements as well as working with the universities in Brunei, China, USA (Boston), UK and Germany.
At an early stage in his academic life at Swinburne he was prepared to take the risk and initiate engineering research programmes for the students. He coordinated with commercial industries and the philanthropists like the late Richard Pratt to fund this research programme, both in Australia and overseas. He also took a keen interest in assisting overseas students on Australian International Development and Assistance Bureau scholarships, and many came into the Russell family as boarders.
His determination and concentration to do the ‘right thing’ developed an intense commitment to all he undertakes. At the ages of between 12 through to 18 years he assisted his father to build the family’s new home. His father became very ill and passed away well before the completion of the house, Jim finished that construction for his mother and 2 sisters. By that time he was studying engineering at Melbourne University, he was also working part-time to help pay for his education. Jim believed in a “hands on” approach probably learnt from his father but enhanced by his practical engineering background.
At the age of 23 he married Suzanne and, together they went on to raised 4 children. While he was still studying establishing his academic career he found the time to design and build a house for the family in Seach Street, Caulfield South on land that had been owned by his grandparents.
Right through his life he has thought of others before himself. Family came first but then within the university he spent hours with emotionally and financially disadvantaged students to ensure their marginalization did not stop them from succeeding. Near the end of his academic career Jim also worked tirelessly setting up part of the University’s Alumni Group.
Right from an early age Jim had volunteered at the Blood Bank, he gave 399 Blood donations to the Blood Bank it was only illness that prevented the 400th donation.
Jim had a lifelong love of the sea, rowing while young and later sailing as a member of Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron. He voluntarily established and maintained their Information Technology, he developed resources and programmes and initiated the initial computerised “Race Result” programme for the Squadron. After retirement Jim set up a small Computer Technology Business helping many small business with their computer ware. He also got old computer up and running again to give to those in need, of course teaching them how to use the machine as well.
Since early childhood Jim had a strong commitment to Christianity, he played important roles in the Presbyterian Church both in Cheltenham and at Gardenvale St Andrew’s. When young, he assisted the weekly running of PFA and their dances for young people in the area. In 1969 he became an Elder of Gardenvale St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.
During the years that his children attended Gardenvale Central School he was a Member of and the Chairman of the school’s Management Committee and assisted with school fundraising. He also assisted in the construction of the buildings at the school’s camp site at Fryerstown.
“Once a Melbourne Boys High School student, always a MBHS”. He rowed for the school and captained their rowing team, after his father’s death he also trained the team. After retiring from academic life he became involved in their MBHS Education Committee advises and mentors students in the schools High Achievers programme.
For a very long time Jim supported 2 orphanages overseas (Burma and India) with financial support as well as educational advice.
Jennie, his second wife, was president of the National Council of Women, and Jim’s help was invaluable as a computer technician and with any other equipment’s technical problems as well as with the writing, page-layout and typesetting of a NCWV book.
Jim became a Melbourne Legacy, Legatee in 2013 in doing so he assisted veteran’s widows obtain a pension and if fortunate a Gold Card. He contributed to Melbourne legacy committees and with Jennie did the organizational work for September Badge week collection of donations for the entire Bayside region.
Jim received the Order of Australia Medal for his contributions to education and the community in 2015.