It's nearly time again for the annual St Kilda Festival, which takes over the area on Sunday 14 February 2016.
RMYS will, as always, be a safe haven during the festival. The Members Bar will be open from 12pm, so why not come in, have a break from the crowds and take advantage of the cheap drinks and beautiful view?
General information and a festival lineup is available from the St Kilda Festival website.
Parking in St Kilda will be highly restricted on this day and many roads will be closed. Please check this link for a map and more information on parking in the area.
Further to the multiple titles up for grabs, organisers expect the central location and timing of the event to draw more competitors' interest. This year the Melbourne Trailable Yacht Club and the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron are collaborating to co-host this event.
Ron Parker, Secretary of the Yachting Victoria Trailable Yacht Division, expects this year’s event to attract more attention:
“The 2016 Four Winds Marine Victorian Trailable Yacht and Sports Boat Championships is a great event and it’s the first time the Melbourne Trailable Yacht Club and the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron have collaborated to co-host this event. This partnership brings the Trailable Yacht racing and the Sports Boat racing to the top of Port Phillip in Melbourne and promises to offer great value to participants and a quality sailing experience!”
The regatta fee for this event is $60 per boat and includes overnight berthing in the new RMYS Marina at St Kilda. Parker continues:
“Yachting Victoria’s Trailable Yacht Division is pleased with the cooperation between the two clubs to bring this event to a central location, particularly given the spread of participants from across the state. RMYS is generously offering free overnight berthing in their new marina and great post-race hospitality on the Saturday night.”
For anyone interested in competing in this event but does not have a boat to sail on they are encouraged to register their interest with the MTYC by clicking here.
For more information and any updates on this event visit the RMYS website Special Entry page.
Saturday 30 January
Saturday’s race was the International Cup, originally donated by Melbourne Steamshipping Company Limited in November 1933. The deed of gift states that the course must be a windward and return course with a gate. The latter requirement caught out five starters of the 22, who sailed the wrong course, missed the gate and subsequently retired.
Div 1 AMS – Gienah 1st and Ellipse 2nd
Div 1 IRC – Salamander III 1st and Primitive Cool 2nd
Div 1 PHS – INTERNATIONAL CUP - Matador 1st, Ellipse 2nd, and Salamander III 3rd
Div 2 AMS – Take Five 1st, Portofino 2nd and Archimedes 3rd
Div 2 IRC – Archimedes 1st
Div 2 PHS – INTERNATIONAL TROPHY - Take Five 1st, Mistress 2nd, Tigris 3rd
Div 3 AMS – not enough starters to award
Div 3 IRC – not enough starters to award
Div 3 PHS – INTERNATIONAL PLATE - Bushido 1st, Mood Indigo 2nd
Thanks to RO Tony Lukeman, Dave Croke, Sue Greaves, Jan Lucas, Jan Reiher, JD Mittmann, and Peter Yoon for running the racing.
Sunday 31 January
RMYS hosted the Classic Yachts for Race 6 of their series on Sunday. There was a good fleet of 19 on the start line, with some close racing and one or two unlucky shifts for some of the competitors on the last leg. Peter Costolloe from the Classic Yacht Association has provided another fantastic report on the race, including photos from the RMYS tower.
Please click here to read it.
Thanks to RO Alistair Hart, Terry Parker, and Peter Costolloe for running the tower.
Those cruising to Docklands this weekend for the Progressive Dinner, please let Pat Milwright know your POB if you haven’t done so already so that he can allocate dinner courses. Email email@example.com
Save the Date
In February 2017 the RMYS Cruising group are planning a month’s cruise south to beautiful Tassie.
Three boats have already booked in for this great cruise. It’s a great opportunity to cruise safely in company across Bass Strait to Hobart with experienced fellow sailors to assist with passage and navigation planning.
The group expect to take one week to cruise to Hobart, then spend two weeks exploring the d’Entrecasteaux Channel and surrounds, and then take a week to cruise back to Melbourne. If you would like to register your interest, or have any queries please contact Pat Milwright on firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Events – Feb 2016
Wed 3 Feb KISS Printing Terry Hill AMS Trophy R4
Horizon Sails Twilight Spinnaker Series R4
Troubleshooters LA Nangle Twilight Series R4
Sat 6 Feb Squadron Trophy and Plate RYCV
Wed 10 Feb KISS Printing Terry Hill AMS Trophy R5
Horizon Sails Twilight Spinnaker Series R5
Troubleshooters LA Nangle Twilight Series R5
Sat 13 Feb Club Marine Series Day 4 RBYC
Wed 17 Feb KISS Printing Terry Hill AMS Trophy R6
Horizon Sails Twilight Spinnaker Series R6
Troubleshooters LA Nangle Twilight Series R6
Sat 20 Feb Port Phillip Sea Pilots HBYC
Wed 24 Feb KISS Printing Terry Hill AMS Trophy R7
Horizon Sails Twilight Spinnaker Series R7
Troubleshooters LA Nangle Twilight Series R7
Sat 27 Feb YV National Trailable Championships RMYS
Club Marine Series Day 5
Sun 28 Feb YV National Trailable Championships RMYS
RMYS Classics Summer Race 8
This resulted in the RMYS tower crew, support boat volunteers, and staff member all being involved in the search, with the boat found safely tied up at RYCV after an hour. The Race Officer was close to calling on the Water Police and Coast Guard to assist with locating the boat.
It’s an easy mistake to make, having a tough day on the race course and thinking a better outcome would be a trip to Williamstown or a sail for a bit, but it's very important to advise formally – even if you think that race officials have seen you head off or head home.
Please radio/phone in and advise of your intention to withdraw (and the reason why) and ensure you get an acknowledgement.
Please note that boats entering WISC are required to have a female skipper, foredeck hand and mainsail trimmer. There are also maximum numbers of male crew allowed (depending on overall crew number) prescribed in the NOR.
The full Series list can be found on Yachting Victoria's Women & Girls in Sailing website, so put all the dates in your diary!
Records in the archives of The Royal Thames show that reciprocal arrangements were made with RMYS (then Royal St Kilda Yacht Club) not long after the 1956 Olympics, for which Royal St Kilda had been the Executive Headquarters for yachting. The Royal Thames records show continuity of reciprocity up to 1972 when the records caught up with the 1961 change of name to Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, but no further until now.
We are very lucky to have been able to restore reciprocity with The Royal Thames, and our sincere thanks go to Peter for his dedication and hard work on this relationship. We hope that members are able to benefit from his efforts, so if you are heading to London, please ask the RMYS office for a letter of introduction.
For more information on The Royal Thames Yacht Club, visit their website.
Participating is easy: Each team enters a maximum of 4 participants for the ski race (two easy giant slalom runs where both the consistency and the speed will count, for different results). Two team members are then appointed to sail in the remote controlled America’s Cup model boat match races.
Friday 4th March Races for the “Interclub” competition start promptly at 19:00 hrs on the Eggli, Gstaad.
Saturday, 5th March from 11.30 hrs, we will be holding the sailing part in the Gstaad Indoor Pool. We have Cocktail and Dinner for the Prize Giving in the Clubhouse from 19:30 hrs. The Live Group invites you to dance all night long.
All Juniors under 16 meet as well on that day for the Junior Ski Yachting Trophy.
Races for the “Class” competition start on Sunday, 6th March at 10:00 hrs.
If you are interested in competing in this fantastic event, please get in touch with Gstaad Yacht Club by Friday 21st February 2016 at the latest, and also let RMYS know. For hotel reservations / recommendations please see this link: http://hotels.gstaad.ch/gsthotel/en/list_accommodation.
If you require assistance, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
On behalf of the Organizing Committee,
We look forward to seeing you in Gstaad.
GSTAAD YACHT CLUB
Tel: +41 (0)33 748 0190
Fax: +41 (0)33 748 0191
On Sunday morning, after a breakfast on the BBQ deck of the marina lounge, we cruise back to RMYS.
Please text Pat Milwright (0410 554 422) or email Liz Haines (email@example.com) of your intention to join us and how many expected on board. See you there!!
Click here for more information on Melbourne City Marina.