Thanks to those who attended Thursday night's meeting. Below are the Minutes, for those who were not able to attend.
The Strategic Plan was launched at the meeting. Please have a read and let us know if you can assist us with achieving the aims of the Squadron. The Strategic Plan can be found under the 'Members' tab on the website as well.
Wednesday 22 October
Race 10 of the Morse Air Systems was held in 10-16 knot northerlies. The course was Green + 6.
Dalliance won PHS, Matador got AMS and best start (2 seconds) and Goat of the Day went to Charlotte for taking a leisurely jaunt around the course.
Thank you to Morse Air Systems for once again sponsoring series II and III of the Midweek Mariners Series.
Click here for Wednesday Midweek Mariners race results
Race 3 of the Sundance Marine Super Wednesday Twilight Sprints was held in 10 knot northerlies.
Walu was first across the line. Bushido got best start on 3 seconds, Tigris took out Goat of the Day for their many attempts at correcting their OCS and Christine got the Banks Group Elapsed Time award (3rd fastest on 36 min 39 secs).
Click here for Wednesday Twilight race results
The weather was superb for all our visitors to enjoy the unrivalled views of Port Phillip Bay, the RMYS marina and the St Kilda harbour and our friendly members.
More than 45 Volunteers, 14 keelboats, two Cadets, two Pacers, seven Optis and four power boats operated non-stop for five hours.
There were at least 163 keelboat rides, more than 100 dinghy rides and, importantly, 360 sausages and 40 lentil burgers.
We have received so much positive feedback from participants and visitors of the day about the wonderful experience and new friends made.
We had 10 new members applying on the day and loads of enquiries about courses and sailing pathways.
To all our Discover Sailing Day volunteers, THANK YOU!!! for volunteering your very precious time! Everybody was so generous with their skill, knowledge and vessels alike for our Discover Sailing Day. Your support ensured the day was highly successful and showed true camaraderie, something that we all pride ourselves on as Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron Club members. With the tremendous contributions of generously donating of their valuable time, showcasing our wonderful facilities, their knowledge, skill and those that could, their yachts, we simply could not have done this without our volunteers!
We hope everyone that was at the Club on Sunday enjoyed meeting new people and most importantly making a positive difference in our community at RMYS.
All members are encouraged to attend the next General Members Meeting on Thursday 30 October at 1900 hours.
Dinner will be available before the meeting, in the Members Bar. Please book with firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new season has started and by now all of the Safety Category Declarations should be in.
The Sailing Committee are doing their annual spot checks and the following boats have been selected:
In September 2013 new Australian Standards were introduced for gas supply in Caravans and boats. It’s my understanding that those wishing to race (especially offshore) need to have their boat inspected and these new Standards need to be complied with.
Please contact me to arrange an audit of your boat.
Ryan Marriner - RMYS Member and Licensed Marine gas engineer #40937
Click here for contact details and prices.
Greetings from The Republic of Singapore Yacht Club.
We would like to extend a special privilege to all RMYS members, who will be visiting Singapore from now, till 31 March 2015. We have opened our new wing of the Marina Lodge this year, and would like to offer our reciprocal club members with a special promotion to come and try our new facilities.
food&desire are introducing a pre-order packaged beverage service that will give members the opportunity to pre-order drinks ready for immediate collection prior to Wednesday Twilight racing.
The process is simple download and complete the attached order form, email to email@example.com or leave it at the Olympic Bar. Your order will be packed in a UNi-PRO Esky along with ice and ready for collection from the Olympic Bar.
Click here for order form.
Race 9 of the Morse Air Systems Midweek Mariners was held in moderate Southwesterly winds.
Akuna Maid won their first RMYS race (with the exception of “The Last Confession” publicity day), whilst Matador took out AMS and Tigris got best start on 1 second.
Mountain Goat of the Day was awarded to Ian Guyett, who on his way here to run the race, tripped down his stairs and injured himself. He was taken to hospital and is scheduled for shoulder surgery this week.
Last Friday night was the YA annual awards night for which we were a finalist in the Yacht Club of the Year category.
The winner this year was Wynyard Yacht Club – from the far north west coast of Tasmania. Congratulations to Wynyard YC.
Full results of all winners of awards here: http://www.yachting.org.au/stellar-night-at-ya-awards-2014/
It was a great night with terrific representation of yacht clubs from all over the country, meeting in Sydney at the Australian Maritime Museum for the event.
Leigh Brennan-Smith ran a comprehensive Man Overboard session on Saturday that included a presentation in the clubhouse then progressed to an on-water activity in the Marina.
It was great to be able to watch and participate in actual man overboard retrieval techniques aboard Christine. It's not as easy as it looks on paper!
We had a wetsuited Marc, from Mrs Overnewton, as our volunteer swimmer. A brave man in 14 degree water! We trialed the lifebuoy, life sling, winching up on a halyard (yes, we have one that reaches below the waterline), and the parbuckle, as well as returning to the boat via rear ladder and step.
From our perspective, on Christine, we will deploy the ladder and bring people back on the boat via the stern. But if the weather is rough we will use the halyard retrieval amidships. But it's horses for courses, this is what works well on our boat. How about yours?
The Boat Duty Roster is back for the 2014-15 Season.
This roster has yachts allocated to race days during the year to help ease the stress on the regular Race Management Volunteers. We ask each yacht that is rostered on to please nominate one person from their crew, family or friends to help out on their allocated day.
You can find the roster on the Summer Season and the Twilight Season pages or click here.
If you have any questions or you would like to nominate a person, please contact Allicia at firstname.lastname@example.org
RMYS Cruising director Pat Milwright is having a Flotilla Party (bring your own boat) on 25 - 26 October at Portarlington/Clifton Springs. The party is also by way of a house-warming for Pat's cottage at Clifton Springs.
There is sufficient berthing at Portarlington (the inside pier has 2.1m at present) and there are a couple of berths at the end of the outside breakwater. If the weather is really benign, you may be able to anchor off my place, where Pat’ll run a dinghy service to the beach.
Please let Pat know that you can make it, and how many you’ll have on board. Also, please let him know if you need crew.
Pat can be contacted on
0410 554 422
Several members of RMYS have been attending the ORCV's Beyond The Bay training program over the past 4 months. The first on-water activity was the Overnight Navigator's Challenger held 11 & 12 October.
The exercise was designed to test crew, watch systems, navigation, reading the weather, radio protocols and myriad other things we had learnt in the lecture series, as well as from our allocated ORCV mentors.
It wasn't a race, there was no set course, we were supplied a list of approved navigation marks and approved legs to choose from then it was up to each boat to navigate their route. Points were allocated for such things as miles travelled, buoys rounded, correct radio skeds, and crossing the finish line as close to 10:00 Sunday as possible. An interesting exercise!
After the 13:00 Saturday start at Brighton, complete with following dolphins, boats went in all directions. Over the next 21 hours we would pass only about six of the 26 or so competitors. The Bay is a big place. The weather was both glorious and frustrating. Ranging from 18 knots of breeze to nothing! But the Saturday evening hoot up to Centre at 9+ knots was a standout. We learnt that we don't need to carry quite so much food, that sleeping onboard in short shifts is still tiring, and how to wire flat batteries in series to start a four-cylinder diesel! Don't ask.....
We finished at Hobsons Bay YC for the ORCV presentations and had a couple of well-earned drinks and BBQ lunch. We didn't win the Challenge, but we learnt a lot about both boat and crew. A terrific weekend.
It is Sign Up Time for Junior Sailing at RMYS StKilda . We have spots available in all the Junior Squad Fleets - Open Fleet, Green Fleet, Tackers and Cadet Squad
Optimist and Bic O'pen
The Optimist (Opti) and Bic O'pen are the preferred classes for juniors aged 7-14 years at RMYS.
Open Fleet is a sailing program open to those sailors who are already actively competing in Intermediate or Open competition. Participants will be required to supply their own dinghy.
Green Fleet are for those that have just just want to have fun, have started green fleet racing and / or have recently completed Tackers 3. Your own dinghy is not required.
Wednesday 8 October
Race 8 of the Morse Air Systems Midweek Mariners was held in south-easterly winds.
Obsession took out first place, Matador collected the AMS prize and Adamant took home the bottle for best start on 2 seconds.
Mountain Goat of the Day went to the tower crew for recording an interesting finish time of 15:56:60 (surely they meant 15:57:00).
RMYS is very much behind the Discover Sailing program, which aims to get as many people interested in sailing out on the water to experience this very relaxing and rewarding pastime.
Our first Discover Sailing Day for the season is on 26 October. The whole club is open to the public, we will also have tours of the Squadron and the new 250 berth floating marina.
Come and join us for a free sail on a keelboat or off-the-beach dinghy sailing. Adults and Children are welcome, to book your sail, contact 9534 0227 or email email@example.com
Bookings are essential.
Why not come and enjoy a relaxed BBQ, or have a drink on the balcony while overlooking St Kilda Pier and Port Phillip.
We’re starting to build a collection of unregistered bikes in the yard again…
Yard space is at a premium, and all bikes in the yard must be registered with the Club. Unfortunately we are currently oversubscribed, and there are no new bike registrations available.
If one of these bikes is yours, please remove it asap or we will be forced to scrap it.
The Junior sailors of RMYS have kicked off their Spring Championships.
The 12 foot Cadets raced on Sunday morning with Catani (Nelson Dean, James Walby and Rueben Wilmot) taking out first place, followed by Mollie G (Liam McLaughlin and Sally Davis) and Cainie (Max Murraylee and Patrick Walby).
Each week the juniors rotate through the Cadets, with each sailor accruing individual points. The juniors in Cadets are currently in training for the Stonehaven Cup, which will be held at King Island during January.