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Meal Deal Menu - served in Olympic Lounge from 6pm
All meals include a glass of house wine or tap beer/cider
Chicken Parma, chips and salad
Fish, chips and salad
Vegetarian Lasagne, chips and salad
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Have you considered paying your membership fees by monthly instalments? This is available to all Full, Sailing, and Associate members after your first year of membership is paid.
No additional fees apply. Complete the Credit Card Payment Authority form and return to email@example.com by Friday 10 July.
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Go to the RMYS web site > click on Members > click on Members Login > enter your RMYS membership number and 4 digit password (birth day and birthday month) eg 1 January is 0101 > click on my account.
Contact Jan Fielding if you have any questions.
We are also proposing a breakfast cruise up the river to Herring Island on Sunday morning in the William Pat, followed by a cruise back to the Squadron on Sunday afternoon.
Please let us know of your interest so we can start planning numbers now.
Boat owners, please let us know if you can take extra crew for those who don’t want to walk!!
Contact Allicia Rae firstname.lastname@example.org
There are also some Yachting Australia courses coming up at the Boat Shed (Albert Park) for those volunteers looking to upskill. Remember if you put in 6+ duties a year, your courses will be subsidised by RMYS.
Race Officer (State/National): 13 & 14 June
Club Jury Course: 13 June
Powerboat Handling Course: 20 & 21 June
Race Officer (Club): 4 July
RMYS will also be running an in-house club race officer course on 2 August, free to anyone who wishes to participate. Contact Allicia via email@example.com or 9534 0227
For more details about these courses please follow this link: http://yachtingvictoria.com.au/assoc_page.cgi?c=0-10099-0-0-0&sID=334200
There were eight juniors from RBYC and three juniors from RMYS who fought hard during their races. Combined scores from their sprints showed that boat three was well in front with two line honours, while all the other teams came equal second on eight points each.
After the juniors showed us how to sail the pacers in their two-race series, the course length was shortened and your RMYS senior team comprising Boat #2: Janet Dean and Dee Mason, Boat #4: Mark Coppens and Jason McCutcheon and Boat #6: Tom Ely and Monica Jones took to the water in competition against Boats #1,3 and #5 skippered by RBYC committee members James Heywood (Club Captain), Clarissa Flockhart and Vanessa Twigg and their crew Nick Chapman, Dennis McConnell and Liam Poulton. Two races comprising one lap with a wing mark and one leg up and down were run.
Boat #3 skippered by Clarissa Flockhart (crewed by Dennis McConnell) from RBYC took out the individual honours and RBYC took home the "Wee Drop of Yarra Water" Trophy.
Thanks to all the race crew who brought William Pat and Marshall Hawes into the harbour, Leigh Brennan-Smith for the Pacers and for taking spectators out on Wally R, Tony Lukeman, Alistair Hart and Allicia Rae for the sausage sizzle and Sean in the Olympic Bar, who kept us going with much-needed early morning coffee.
Put the date in your diary. This fiercely fought competition will be on again next year (on the Sunday closest to the Winter Solstice).
REPORT FROM JASON MCCUTCHEON (Debrief notes to Matador crew)
As part of the RBYC/ RYMS rivalry, every year the flag officers of each club compete in dinghies. RYMS hosted this year’s event, with Mark drafting in yours truly to race pacers in the harbour.
It’s been a very long time since I have done any racing in little boats, and even longer crewing one. However, the really great news was that my wetsuit had not shrunk too much in the past few years and it still fitted. I figured I was going to get wet when Mark said the last Frostbite regatta he had to swim the boat over the line with a sheet between his teeth.
We had a quick practice – one tack and one gybe and got ready for the start. The wind was about a patchy 5-8 knots and sunny. Fortunately there were no spinnakers.
First race saw our boat – Pacer #4 – cross the start line at the favoured end but a little bit back. But through some cunning playing of wind shifts, a bit of luck and distant memories of how to make dinghies go fast we clawed our way towards the front of the fleet. Mark did muse that he expected a comment or instruction from me every few seconds. I tried not to disappoint as I could see that it was paying dividends, although that could have been due to Newton’s second law, that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, my instruction while facing backwards was propelling the boat forwards.
We briefly hit the front before being rolled. Second! This dinghy thing appeared too easy!
My false sense of security was quickly dashed as the wind for the second race picked up to a good 10-12 knots and filled in. A slow start and we were at the back of the fleet, but then tried to pick up some places by playing wind shifts. We could pick the shifts, but we were a long way from being able to roll tack the boat.
At the bottom mark, we had to gybe, and we managed to hit the wrong side of the mark, get fouled around the anchor line and well stuck. At least we didn’t run into the pier like the juniors did in the previous race. By this stage our fifth slipped to last. We did a 360 and finished to comments like “thanks for picking up the last mark for us, it’s really helpful”.
Unfortunately, RMYS didn’t win and we had to surrender the perpetual trophy: 50-year old Yarra River water in a scotch bottle.
Saturday 20 June
Race 3 of the Regis JH McDonald Series was run in 8-11 knot south westerlies on Saturday afternoon.
Dalliance managed to beat 33 other competitors for 1st place and Silhouette won best start on scratch.
Upcoming Events – June / July
Wednesday 24 June - Morse Air Systems Midweek Mariners Series II – Race 3
Saturday 27 June – Club Marine Winter Series – Race 2
Sunday 28 June – Two Handed Winter Series – Race 2
Wednesday 1 July – Morse Air Systems Midweek Mariners Series II – Race 4
Friday 3 July – Damo’s Trivia Night – bookings online or with Jan Hurst
Saturday 4 July – Regis JH McDonald Series –Race 4
– Winter Progressive Dinner – contact Pat Milwright for more details
Wednesday 8 July – Morse Air Systems Midweek Mariners Series II – Race 5
Saturday 11 July – Club Marine Winter Series – Race 3
Wednesday 15 July – Morse Air Systems Midweek Mariners Series II – Race 6
Saturday 18 July – Annual General Meeting (1100hrs)
– Regis JH McDonald Series – Race 5
RMYS was congratulated on again hosting the William Angliss Institute Victorian School Team Racing Championship in St Kilda Harbour - described by MC Rob Hartnett as "the best stadium in the world"!
The full list of award winners is available from the Yachting Victoria website. Photos of the evening are posted on the Yachting Victoria Facebook page.
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Royal Geelong Yacht Club was the next designated stop – for dinner, drinks and more sailing stories and finally a comfortable bunk for the night before heading home on Sunday with a dolphin escort.
The next cruising event is the Progressive Dinner @ Docklands on 4 July.
We’d expect to see the star spangled banner, cowboy boots, Stetsons & American cuisine such as spare ribs & T-bones to be on the menu.
Saturday 13 June
The first Club Marine Winter Series race took place in a dying breeze from the city. There was some entertainment at R2 when the fleets caught up to each other in very little wind!
Watch the R2 rounding video here thanks to Alistair Trimble from Tigris. Photo's are also by Alistair.
Div 1 AMS was won by visiting yacht Salty Dog, with IRC taken out by Gienah and PHS by Matador.
The Div 2 prizes went to Archimedes for AMS and Sunshine for PHS.
We’re seeking expressions of interest from RMYS sailing and social members. If you’re interested in participating in this event as a yacht racer and ski racer, please drop me an email so I can gauge the level of interest. If we have enough starters we’ll proceed with arranging a travel package to suit the event. This year’s event will be conducted on the 4th -6th March 2016.
Details of prior year events can be found at:
Please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0425 721 860.
If you need some ski training prior to the event, please come up to Mt Hotham and have a ski with us. Accommodation information is available on our website www.arlberghotham.com.au. We will offer special prices to RMYS members.
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s crew racing an S80 and the ‘skirts’ from Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club campaigning the Whiting 36 called How Bizarre were layered up for a grey Melbourne winter’s day and ready to tackle the biting northerlies. The ‘skirts’ is an informal program supported by the NCYC to encourage more local women into sailing, and keep them in the sport.
“We were excited and ready with two reefs in the main and the number three heady, however it was not to be,” said a disappointed ‘skirts’ trimmer Kristen Anderson. Instead they are heading to the Hawks v St Kilda AFL match. Others opted for the local hot baths and massages at the club, some indulgence after three races were squeezed into a long opening day yesterday.
The race committee went beyond St Kilda’s breakwater at the scheduled time this morning to assess the situation and recorded peak gusts of 32 knots out of the north. The AP/2 flag was hoisted at 1000hrs, the signal to crews to remain ashore for further announcements. Then the Bureau published a gale warning.
With no racing, RMYS commodore and owner of the Adams 10 Jungle Juice Janet Dean had time to talk about the biggest annual regatta the club runs, and the silver jubilee edition.
“The June long weekend is the only time outside the busy season we can get owners to lend their boats and it’s become tradition that the AWKR is on the Queen’s Birthday and opening weekend of the ski season,” said Dean.
“The regatta is competitive but also everyone wants everyone else to do well. First and foremost we are club sailors and we lend crew and gear and offer to mend breakages on other boats. Everyone at the AWKR assists and looks out for one another.”
Ultimately Dean hopes women use the AWKR as a stepping stone to boat ownership. The Australian figures for female ownership remain low, despite the gains made in other areas of the sport. “There are plenty of entry level boats on the market and owner syndicates help share the cost and the upkeep. As an owner I’ve found other owners are very willing to help,” the commodore encourages.
The forecast for tomorrow, Monday June 8, is northerly winds 20-30 knots turning north westerly in the afternoon. The original schedule specified up to six races and it’s the race committee’s intention to run as many of the series’ three remaining races as they can, conditions permitting.
Twenty-five crews are contesting the 25th AWKR sailing for Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Northern Territory, Western Australia and New Zealand and major sponsors include Helly Hansen, Club Marine, IBG Insurance and Logie-Smith Lanyon Lawyers. The charity partner is Think Pink Foundation.
Sailing on a world scale is coming to St Kilda and the RMYS later in the year when the southern hemisphere’s premier annual event for Olympic class sailing, the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne, moves to its new home – the St Kilda Sailing Precinct.
Check out the AWKR website for photos by Bruno Cocozza.
by Lisa Ratcliff - OCC June 8, 2015, 22:16:00 (AUS Eastern Standard Time)
The 25th anniversary Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta fleet took on the Bureau of Meteorology’s strong wind warning and ticked off the full series card of six races on a cold and whipped up Port Phillip.
Just as the last race six finisher crossed the line the race committee recorded a north-westerly gust of 32 knots on the start boat that had begun pitching wildly in the deteriorating seas abeam of St Kilda on Melbourne’s east side. Sails were reefed down all day and only a few of the brave and most experienced teams hoisted spinnakers for a final thrilling kite ride home.
Event Handicap (EHC) and IRC division one winner Jungle Juice, owned by Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron commodore Janet Dean and helmed for the first time at a regatta by Dee Mason, stayed balanced and powered up in the average 18 knots. “The progression of the crew over the series was brilliant,” Mason said. “We had three brilliant young CYCA women sailors fly down especially from Sydney and we are all so happy for Janet’s first regatta win with her boat. In retrospect having the day off yesterday was a good thing,” she beamed.
Today’s surge of adrenaline made up for the disappointment some felt when racing was cancelled yesterday after the Bureau of Meteorology issued a gale warning.
A fleet of 25 lined up for today’s three deciding races and by the end only four had retired and left the course. Incidents were minimal - one person went overboard and was quickly retrieved, a couple sustained minor injuries and expectedly there was some gear failure.
The best EHC division two point scorer, Mandy McEvoy’s S80 Rock n Roll, lived up to its moniker when a sudden squirt sent the Fremantle Sailing Club team into a Chinese gybe. “I was really happy with our recovery from the wipe-out, and we went on to win that race,” said the skipper.
Helmsperson of Rock n Roll Kirsten Norris said, “ironing out our boat handling on the fly was tricky. We had a new pit and mast person and a 15-year-old on the bow and in 20 plus knots we flew the kite for five of the six down-winders.”
Final S80 and IRC division two honours went to Melinda Henshaw’s Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron team on Recycled Reputation. The Olympic 470 sailor from the 2000 Games led a polished program to finish the anniversary women’s regatta with the perfect scorecard of five points (one drop) under both IRC and S80 results.
AWKR founder and Australia’s first female commodore of a royal yacht club, Gai Clough, was the race committee’s guest of honour today, Monday June 8, 2015, and willingly jumped into record finish times. “It’s remarkable to be out here…. where did those 25 years go? You see the competitors and the standard of the fleet and it’s exciting. I feel very proud,” Clough acknowledged.
“The RMYS commodore at the time was remarkable, the club was broke and then I walked in having been to New Zealand and proposed the idea of starting our own Australian series. At the time, we weren’t encouraging women into the sport. We begged boats, created the lecture series and went training. Creating the keelboat series was about introducing women into sailing and giving them the platform and competency to go onto other things.”
Clough went on from the AWKR to sail in national titles and represent Australia overseas multiple times, mostly in the J24 one design class. She still actively races her Farr 740 and her daughter Sarah competed in this series skippering an SB20 sports boat.
Fourteen different yacht clubs fielded competitors for the AWKR’s silver jubilee and some of those supported their teams to be part of the unique Queen’s Birthday long weekend regatta.
Twenty-five crews represented Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Northern Territory, Western Australia and New Zealand.
Women’s participation in sailing is in good hands in Victoria. The state body Yachting Victoria formalised the Women and Girls in Sailing Committee three years ago and set strategic targets in relation to the percentage of women members at yacht clubs and in club leadership roles. Chair Rosie Colahan says, “not only has participation increased but the connection between women from different clubs at the top of the bay has improved.”
AWKR committee chair Jody Lukeman had these final words: “We thank our major sponsors Helly Hansen, Club Marine, IBG Insurance and Logie-Smith Lanyon Lawyers for their support. We were delighted to get all scheduled races in. Many thanks to the race committee, competitors, and the boat owners who lent their boats.
“We look forward to welcoming competitors next year and to the event continuing to grow.”
For Full Results click here.
The EHC handicap system of the Helly Hansen sponsored series covers all entries. Division 1 leader after a long day in 10 knot average northerly winds is Stephanie Strong’s Archambault 31 More Noise flying the Sandringham Yacht Club burgee.
Mainsheet hand Claire Hunting reckons the day’s highlight was pumping out the tunes in between races and dancing to keep warm. “The racing highlights were our race two start and given we’ve never sailed as a team before, our teamwork was amazing,” Hunting said. If tomorrow’s strong northerlies eventuate she says they’ll go out but acknowledges “it won’t be stress-free”.
Illustrating how tight it is at the top of division 1 EHC results, a weeny one point margin separates the top four placegetters. Salamander III is second to More Noise on a countback and Phantom and Tigris are a point off, in third and fourth.
Division 2 EHC leading skipper Mandy McEvoy, who has borrowed Steve Barker’s S80 Rock n Roll, said today’s mild conditions and flat water made for a great regatta opener for the Fremantle Sailing Club crew. “It was competitive but friendly racing. For us, we may have well have taken three bullets we are so delighted. It’s our first time sailing together on a new boat and the crew work was excellent. To see people learning is the number one thing for me.”
Second to Rock n Roll in EHC div 2 is another S80, Recycled Reputation led by New Zealand skipper Melinda Henshaw. Supported by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, the crew of five experienced sailors including three who took out the New Zealand women’s nationals in the MRX class, are appreciative of the boat loan and being part of the event’s silver anniversary.
Back in 1991 after travelling across the Tasman to the NZ National Women’s Keelboat Championship, AWKR founder Gai Clough was quoted as saying, “after competing in that regatta, it was obvious that New Zealand showed the way as being the frontrunner in promoting women’s sailing.”
“It’s fitting that a Kiwi team is part of the line-up for Australia’s premier women’s keelboat regatta celebrating its 25th year,” committee chair Jody Lukeman said.
A lot more than the hairstyles have changed since the inaugural Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta back in 1991. Sabina Rosser is the only competitor with all 25 AWKR notches on her sailing belt and she vividly remembers crews came ashore for lunch in between races at the inaugural event.
The memory is stuck firmly because on the way back to the RMYS Rosser dived off the St. Kilda Pier to rescue a young boy who had ridden his bike off the edge. “The kid who was about five rode off the pier and was in trouble. The father was taking his time so I dived in fully dressed. I remember they had to find me some dry clothes for the next race.” This Queen’s Birthday long weekend Rosser is skippering her regular ride, the S80 Mood Indigo.
Leading IRC division 1 boat is More Noise and division 2 is Recycled Reputation. More Noise also heads AMS division 1 and Kirsty Harris’ J24 Hyperactive is the division two front-runner after three races.
The AWKR race committee will meet in the morning to review the conditions and will send the record 25 crews and around 160 sailors out if they feel it’s safe to do so.
Major sponsors of this year’s winter series include Helly Hansen, Club Marine, IBG Insurance and Logie-Smith Lanyon Lawyers and the charity partner is Think Pink Foundation.
Images by Bruno Cocozza.
Allicia Rae, RMYS (regatta enquiries) Lisa Ratcliff, OCC (media enquiries)
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Please contact Allicia in the office or Pat Milwright (0410 554 422) to let us know of your attendance. Look forward to seeing you there!