This may be of interest to you if you are or looking to become involved in race management.
Visit St Kilda shared an article and video today on facebook which takes us all back to the St Kilda foreshore in 1975. Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron can be seen in the background along with the Pier and other local attractions.
You can view the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvqh583pX_I
The Originals were fantastic at out last Squadron Sunday and well received by the crowd. Overall there was a great vibe at the club. We are excited to announce the band is returning and will perform live from 1- 4pm at the club Sunday 29th July.
Generally all club event bookings are submitted by emailing Jan Hurst direct. For our next Squadron Sunday we are trialling an online booking platform, trybooking.com and request that all bookings are made via this link https://www.trybooking.com/WMRN. This link will be on all social media promotions and in house communications.
There are 2 ticket types;
Once you have booked your tickets online and an email will be sent direct to Jan Hurst notifying her of your booking. Jan will then communicate all booking details to food&desire so they are well prepared for staff and catering on the day.
If anyone notices any issues, or has any feedback during this event booking trial feel free to contact me, Amy on 0437 886 665
Allicia is going on holidays in 3 weeks, so we're looking for someone to learn how to do the Wednesday results on TopYacht.
You'll get training before she goes on leave and will also be left with step by step instructions.
If you're interested in volunteering your time and learning the system, please contact Allicia on 9534 0227 or email@example.com.
Squadron Sunday is coming up Sunday 29th July. It's a great day to come down and sail with your friends and family. The sailing is relaxed and day passes are free for guest sailors on the day.
To register for this sailing event please email Allicia Rae, firstname.lastname@example.org
After your sail come into the cub to enjoy a Roast Lunch at 12.30pm, just $25 followed by Lie Music from 1-4pm.
An Iconic band, 'The Originals' perform will be performing live. To book lunch and download tickets for great afternoon food & entertainment visit https://www.trybooking.com/WMRN
25 year Members Luncheon RMYS.
Celebration of the 12’ Cadet Dinghy.
This years bi-annual luncheon, ostensibly for members of 25 or more years standing, (but really for everyone) adopted the theme ‘Celebration of the Cadet’, to mark retirement of the 12ft Cadet Dinghy as the vessel for the Stonehaven Cup Competition.
Over 100 current and former RMYS Members gathered in the Harbour Room including 28 former Cadets, of which 7 were former Cadet Captains.
Such ‘Gatherings of the Clan’ are always an opportunity for mates to reminisce and attendees included 8, 50 year members the longest serving being Leo Perrini with 77 years. The ranking Commodore was Ted Montfort (1977-79) accompanied by 13 others past and present.
Past Commodore Doug Jenkin, (1979-81) a former cadet joined in October 1948. During an interview by son-in-law, Ben Solly about the Good Old Days he included details of the ‘safety test’ where prospective cadet sailors had to swim fully clothed from the outer landing to the beach. He did not mention what happened to those who did not make it.
Gary Simmons explained how learning to sail in Cadets had opened the door for him into national and international yachting including Americas Cups, the European and US circuit, not to mention multiple Sydney Hobarts, including on ‘Tina of Melbourne’ RMYS S3 which seemed to be wetter inside than out.
Martin Palfrey spoke of being thrown in the deep end as a skipper with limited helming experience. The result being winning the ‘bottling award’ in his first year. None the less the Cadet experience stood him in good stead for life.
Final speaker, Nelson Dean, held the audience with some of the back story behind skippering the winning RMYS Cadet ‘Mollie G’ during Stonehaven 2017. The result was so close that the two highest placed boats were even on points and the result was by count back.
After a toast to ‘The Cadet’ by Past Commodore Graham Burton, the formal part of the day concluded with a vote of thanks by Past Commodore Harry Leggett for GM Matt Solly, a former Cadet who acted as MC and organiser. Matt had obviously drawn on his many contacts to assemble such a gathering of both attendees and speakers.
So, in 2020 (maybe they should be annual) when Harry, Russell and David organise the next ‘25 year members’ lunch, make sure you are there to hear real RMYS history from those who helped create it.
Royal Melbourne Sail Training Academy have a marine radio course commencing this week on Thursday 19th July and it's a good opportunity for existing or new sailors to develop their skills.
Leigh has written a great article MMSI's and your Marine Radio & Instruments: what does it all mean?
Registrations open - to find out course details and information click here
Pot Parma and a Chat
A great night was had in a very busy bar last Friday night!
Jason and Charles chatted. We learned a lot about modern cruising catamarans from Charles Meredith, our Vice Commodore as he talked about sailing in a modern offshore catamaran, how they differ from monohulls along with their similarities, their advantages and disadvantages for cruising and a brief discussion of racing them we also discovered just how enthusiastic he is about cats. Here are some photos of the event (Courtesy of Anthony Callanan)
Thank you to General Committee member, Anthony Callanan for sending through your photos and summary of the night and organising this great event.
Our next Pot, Parma Night will be in August. Event details will be communicated to members at the beginning of the month..
Thanks to everyone who has submitted their safety declarations. If you haven't done another one yet (they expired on 30 June), please complete one and drop it into the office or email a scan to email@example.com.
We've been a bit more successful this week than last week. Huey has been on our side and we got all of our racing in.
On Wednesday race 5 of the Morse Air Systems Midweek Mariners Series II, Doctors of Northcote Winter Spinnaker Series II (AMS & IRC) and the Overnewton Trophy Winter Spinnaker Series II (PHS) took place in 10-15 knot northerlies. Course 9 was run. Thanks to Ian Guyett, Selwyn Stokes and Mike Allnutt for running the race.
On Saturday the forecast looked really light, to the point where we were doubtful if we would get a race in, but Huey surprised us all and gave us a nice breeze and some sunshine!
Thanks to Alistair Hart, Scott Allbutt and Alex Simopoulos as well as the HBYC race management team for running the race.
Winter Spinnaker Series - Race 5
Click here to view full results
3-4 weeks ago Sea Eagle's number 3 went missing from the sail locker.
The crew would appreciate it if you could please double check your sails (if you collected from the locker during this time) to ensure it has not mistakenly been taken back to your boat.
If you have any information on the missing sail, please contact the office on 9534 0227.
When : THIS Friday 13th July
Where: Olympic Bar
Time : 6.30pm
Speaker : Charles Meredith, Sailing in a modern Catamaran
We are all ready to go ahead for our monthly Pot, Parma and a Chat night this Friday night.
Charles Meredith, our Vice Commodore, will be talking about sailing in a modern offshore catamaran, how they differ from monohulls along with their similarities, their advantages and disadvantages for cruising and a brief discussion of racing them. Charles is immediate past commodore of the Multihull Yacht Club of Victoria and is currently president of the Multihull Yacht Association of Australia.
To reserve a Parma for yourself (and guests) please email Jan Hurst today or tomorrow, Tuesday 10th July. This will ensure all member's attending the event are sufficiently catered for.
MMSI ‘s and your Marine Radio & Instruments: What does it all mean?
by Leigh Brennan -Smith, Royal Melbourne Sail Training Academy
Dollar for dollar, marine radios are one of the best safety devices for boat owners to have installed and know how to use them. You can get the latest weather forecast, contact friends on the water or make a distress call if you’re in serious trouble. Many of you will be secure in the knowledge that you’ve got a marine radio onboard your boat with the latest DSC capability. Or have you?
Whilst there’s no restriction on who can buy and install the average VHF marine radio, marine radio operator qualifications are required by law in Australian Waters for both VHF (Short Range) and High Frequency (Long Range) marine radios used for coastal or ocean work. 27 mhz users are exempt. I can only guess that the Authorities see more radios installed on boats as a safety bonus, despite knowing that many radio users are unlicensed.
DSC Safety Calling: One of the key technology improvements over the years has been the ability to make a one button distress call through the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) function. On a modern VHF marine radio this is the red flap marked DISTRESS covering a red button. If the radio is fitted correctly and you’re “IN DISTRESS” (remember the definition of distress is: “Grave or imminent danger to the vessel or loss of life”) pushing the DSC button for 5 seconds will send your vessels details and position (if your radio is linked to your GPS) to any other vessel or coast station within radio range and potentially shorten your rescue time. Backed up by a voice Mayday call, you’ll hopefully be assisted quickly.
The MMSI (Mobile Maritime Safety Indicator) is your boat’s 9 - digit identifier used in the DSC system and to activate your vessel’s AIS (Automatic Identification System) transceiver, if you have this handy new collision avoidance safety system fitted to your boat. Without an MMSI neither DSC or AIS systems will operate on your vessel. The issuing of MMSI’s replaced call signs for VHF marine radios in Australia due to the update to international marine radio communications in the 1990’s, known as GMDSS. High Frequency (HF) or Single Side Band (SSB) long range marine radios still require a marine radio Apparatus Licence (annual fee required to ACMA) and will be allocated a call sign.
To gain an MMSI for your boat you need to apply to AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) our national maritime safety regulator. Once issued you need to install the allocated MMSI 9 digit number into your marine radio or AIS to activate their respective safety functions. On the MMSI application AMSA asks for a copy of your marine radio operator qualifications, as well as other safety details about your boat and onshore emergency contacts before sending you an MMSI (No marine radio qualifications, see our marine radio courses offered below to get qualified). If you’ve just bought a second - hand boat with a DSC radio or AIS with an MMSI, you will also need to have the MMSI re-allocated to you by AMSA as the new owner, after sending through a copy of your marine radio operator qualifications.
Having taught marine radio courses at RMYS and elsewhere for over 10 years, I have met many boaties around Melbourne who proudly say they’ve got the latest marine radio and navigation gear, but are unaware that without an MMSI installed in their VHF radio they are not able to use the DSC function in a DISTRESS situation. Now with the inproved understanding of the benefits of AIS (in displaying your vessels position to other vessels and seeing other large vessels around you) we’re now teaching as many people to get marine radio qualifications in order to apply for an MMSI to access the AIS safety system, but also unlocking their radio’s DSC capability in the process.
How to check if your VHF radio is DSC equipped and active? Now if I’ve tweaked your curiosity and you’d like to check your own marine radio, it will take approximately one minute when you’re next enjoying your boat. Firstly we’ll check if the DSC functionality is present on your marine radio and secondly, if it’s fitted with a MMSI, allowing the DSC to operate as designed. To check for DSC, look for the red flap on the front face of the marine radio marked DISTRESS (see picture). If it can’t be found it’s unlikely you’ve got a DSC equipped marine radio. Don’t worry too much if you need to upgrade as ICOM have a terrific VHF radio (Model IC -323G shown) with DSC and inbuilt GPS Receiver for under $400. If YES to the DSC flap, look for the MMSI number starting with 503 in the start – up text scrolling when you first turn on the radio. Alternatively you could check the back - function buttons on the radio for the MMSI. If in doubt look up your radio’s manual (RTM as we say!). No manual; find a copy of your marine radio manual online and print it out to keep it on the boat - alongside your Marine Radio Operators Handbook, a copy of which must be onboard.
Going back to the inbuilt GPS receiver in a modern marine radio, this is a relatively new function that’s worth looking for if you’re thinking of upgrading your boats radio. Many people with DSC equipped marine radios have not got around to connecting their boat’s GPS to their radio, reducing the safety effectiveness of having DSC by NOT sending out a position in a distress situation. Having the GPS receiver built in to your marine radio means your Lat/Long position is ALWAYS present in any DSC Distress Alert signal sent out, plus you also have the benefit of second back -up GPS if your primary navigation GPS fails.
Knowing how to use the marine radio may one day save your life or put your family at ease knowing you’re safe. The time to learn how to use your marine radio is when you’re having a quiet day in dock doing some maintenance - not when you’ve got water streaming in late one night about to cover the marine batteries! It’s also a great safety tip to have as many people onboard a boat qualified to use the marine radio. Remember skipper’s are not exempt from falling overboard (some might ACT like a god!) or that your allocated radio operator may be sick in his bunk too ill to function.
Hopefully we’ve now dispelled some myths about MMSI’s and DSC. If you’re in doubt please contact Leigh Brennan-Smith on 0412 196301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if I can answer any questions for you. For more information, please think about doing a marine radio course - it ‘s a pretty cheap skills investment to improve your safety.
Background: Royal Melbourne Sail Training Academy teaches Marine Radio evening courses at RMYS throughout the year. You’ll be taught both theory and the practical aspects about using your marine radio, as well as finding out about DISTRESS calling, EPIRB rescue beacons and AIS. Our radio courses use ICOM marine radios (both VHF and HF) in the classroom to ensure you’re trained on the latest equipment by experienced offshore marine radio operators. We offer the internationally approved SHORT RANGE qualification (VHF only) as well as the LONG RANGE qualification (VHF + HF) for coastal and ocean use, with courses starting from $265 including the official handbook and exam fee. Our next Marine Radio course starts Thursday 19 th July, 2018 at 7 pm.
Pictures: DSC button and flap lifted
Modern VHF radio with GPS feature (Icom 323G)
Leigh Brennan -Smith, Royal Melbourne Sail Training Academy
Annual General Meeting Saturday 4th August at 1030hrs.
The notice of meeting plus General Committee nomination form and proxy form are posted in the members section of the website. Nominations are to be handed to the RMYS office and close Saturday 21st July at 1100.
Click to view all relevant forms
Well, the weather has been against us this week. Two gale warnings has meant that both Wednesday and Saturday racing was cancelled.
Not to fear though, I still have some racing news for you in the form of a Volvo Ocean Race recap video...720 seconds of life at the extreme. Enjoy.
Hopefully the weather will be kinder to us next week.
It is with great pleasure and pride that I invite your club to take part in our annual Lipton Cup Regatta to be held on the 17th to 18th of November 2018 in Williamstown, Victoria. Not only for the keelboat racer and cruiser, there will be a challenging off-the-beach series of races held on the 17th November.
Awards and prizes for each division will be offered and a social program planned with live music to celebrate the Lipton Cup Regatta. The bar and restaurant will also be open all weekend.
If you haven’t visited Williamstown then come and see why it’s popular amongst both tourists and locals. It has a strong maritime and sailing history. Accommodation is available next door at Quest Apartments or Punt Hill Apartments in Williamstown. Check their website for prices and availability.
There is provision made for storing boats and trollies and these details are updated on our regatta website. Notice of Race and the online entry system will be available soon. We’ll send you notifications and updates via email and Facebook.
On behalf of the Lipton Cup Regatta Committee, I look forward to welcoming your members and crew to our shores in November.
If you have any questions please contact us at the office email above. As well as attached here, your hard copy posters and invite are in the mail this week.
Lipton Cup Regatta Committee Chair
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Last Wednesday race 3 of the Morse Air Systems Midweek Mariners Series II, Doctors of Northcote Winter Spinnaker Series II - AMS & IRC and the Overnewton Trophy Winter Spinnaker Series - PHS took place.
It was a light wind day and for a while we were skeptical about whether or not we would get a race in, but Huey smiled on us and gave us just enough wind! Thanks to Andrew Gluth and Julie Cutler for volunteering to run the race at short notice.
Please keep an eye on the weather for tomorrow. There is currently a GALE WARNING issued by the BOM. If the warning is still current tomorrow, please refer to RMYS SI Amendment #6.
On Saturday we combined with HBYC for the RMYS Winter Spinnaker Series and the HBYC Brass Monkey Series. It seemed to be an enjoyable day of racing for everyone involved. Thanks to Alistair Hart, Scott Allbutt, Tom Ely and the HBYC race management team for running the race.
RMYS Winter Spinnaker Series - Race 4
For full winter results please click here
Fixing Boats for Females Event!
Join us for a fun morning of learning skills related to simple boat repairs. Jim Scott, long time boat builder and repairs expert will be taking us through some common repair processes which will help us take more control of our own boat maintenance!
WHEN: 22nd July 10am-1pm
WHERE: Black Rock Yacht Club
COST: $15 includes a light lunch
RSVP: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out their facebook page for more event details
QUESTIONS?: email Jarka or Susannah!
Numbers are capped to ensure each participant gets hands on training, so RSVP promptly!
Maybe it’s time someone else from RMYS might want to be the RMYS Women in Sailing Rep… do you have any suggestions?
Event shared to the office by RMYS member, Monica Jones
New Program for Skippers: Transition from Bay Sailing to Cat 2 Offshore Events
For those who are ready for the challenge, the ORCV has developed a new program to assist experienced skippers who wish to make the transition from active Bay Racing to Cat 2 off shore events with a view to competing in the forthcoming Stanley Race or the Christmas events.
The program recognises that although many of the Cat 2 racing requirements involve little more than the installation of equipment, there are other requirements where compliance, in the absence of prior experience, can be unnecessarily difficult.
The program includes a half day briefing on 29 July 2018 which reviews Cat 2 racing requirements and provides practical advice on how those requirements are best met.
Ongoing advice and support is also offered focussing on the practicalities of some of the more technical areas such as certification of construction standards and stability.
For full details of the program, for which entry is on a selective basis click here
PresentersVery experienced ORCV offshore skippers.
Dates, Locations, Times, Duration, Fees
Fee: $100. Participants completing this course will receive a 50% discount on their base entry fee for the next Melbourne to Stanley ocean yacht race.
We welcome the following new members for June to the Squadron:
Membership Liaison Officer
The Royal London Yacht Club (one of our reciprocal clubs) has sent an invitation to our members to join them for Lendy Cowes Week from 4-11 August.
If anyone is in the UK during that time, please feel free to check out the Programme of Events and booking form.
To find out more about the event please visit the website.