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Hi everyone. This is a brief report about what your Committee has been doing on your behalf.


Seniors Sailing: GTYC conducted a very successful Seniors Sailing day on October 20, as part of the Victorian Seniors Festival. The event is funded by the City of Greater Geelong. Thirty three seniors attended, each spending about three quarters of an hour on one or other of the six yachts volunteered by members, two sessions: 1:30 to 2:30 and 2:30 to 3:30. We were extremely lucky that Dolphins decided to travel with the boats for the 1:30 – 2:30 session, to the delight of those on the water at the time. Everyone enjoyed the sailing immensely and four have applied for Social Membership with the Club. Thanks to all those who assisted.


Clubhouse progress:  Work continues on the modifications to the transportable building. Thus far, power has been connected and lighting and air conditioning are now operational. Current activity is on the deck and steps at the northern end. The attached photo shows progress as of yesterday. Remaining are the deck railing, replacement of the door (east side) and the roller door  (southern end) by windows and doors respectively and the ramp at the southern end. No firm date for occupation but getting close.


Pelican Race Geelong: Yesterday, we conducted the Pelican Race Geelong, our “signature” race for the year. It is one of the six Traveller Series events, where each of six trailable yacht clubs run a race at their home waters. Our event was quite successful, attracting 16 entries, down from 26 last year. Unfortunately, we had to postpone from Saturday due to foul wind and weather and we lost a few entries as a result. However, wind and weather were good for Sunday.


Regattas: We are growing in popularity for trailable yacht regattas which will be greatly enhanced once we are in the new Clubhouse. Between now and the end of February, we will be hosting regattas for Hartley 18/21, Sunmaid/Sunbird, Ultimate, Sonata and Jubilee classes. Apart from being lots of fun (and a bit of work), these are quite lucrative for the Club. We will be asking for volunteers to assist closer to the dates.


The next Social event will be the Christmas Party, Saturday December 7.


All the best,


Secretary, GTYC


GTYC Opening Day and Seniors Sailing has been rescheduled for this SATURDAY 8th October instead of Sunday due to another strong wind forecast for Sunday.

10:00 AM Briefing/sign-on in the car park
10:00 AM Sailpast
11:00 AM Sternchaser – First boat
12:15 PM BBQ (BYO) lunch near Coast Guard
1:30 PM Seniors Sailing

Please bring your boat down and support the Senior’s Sailing afternoon. We have many Seniors registered and the more boats we have, the easier it will be to get everyone out for a sail.

We generally pick up new members from Senior Sailing days so this is an important event for our club and its future.


The 2016 Q2G race is to be sailed on Sunday 30th October.  Notice of Race now available from the Q2G page

New in 2016: Pre-race Social Gathering and Dinner in Queenscliff on the Saturday Night (29th October).  All GTYC members encouraged to attend the social gathering, whether participating in the race or not.

A new Facebook page has been created for GTYC.  This is a great new place to share photos and post questions and comments.

Like us on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest GTYC news and events.

GTYC cruise at Lake Eildon from the 1st to 4th of November 2014.


The flexible itinerary runs like this:

  • 1 Nov 11:00 – Arrive at Main Boat Ramp Eildon National Park Frazer Rd. (Rig and Launch into Coller Bay).
  • 13:00 Depart Main Boat Ramp for a cruise around Coller Bay and a trip to “The Wall” (optional) Returning to Coller Bay for overnight stay (pick up late arrivals).
  • Sunday – Depart Coller Bay for Bonnie Doon (access to Bonnie Doon township is dependent on water level under Maroondah Highway Bridge). Overnight near Mrs Bon Bay, note if too many noisy stink boats near Bonnie Doon arm, we may skip this part and seek  other quiet bay in Delatite Arm (or Ford Inlet).
  • Monday – Explore Delatite Arm  – Lunch at Picnic Point Camping Ground?  Overnight – weather dependant we will find a sheltered bay.
  • Tuesday – Return to Coller Bay for lunch, retrieve boats and head for home.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Yes, it is almost the long weekend and current long term forecast for Queens Birthday weekend is looking good with only very little moisture forecast for Sunday and this is getting less with each forecast update. Smile

Now is the time to focus on:

  • Booking your berth at Melbourne City Marina for 7 & 8 June (recommended)
  • Booking your car and trailer into Werribee South Caravan Park for safe storage (optional)
  • Letting tour co-ordinator (me) know your plans including:
    • where & when launching (Geelong, Werribee South or Warmies)
    • full / partial trip intentions
    • just meeting up at docklands
    • contact details i.e. mobile phone / MMSI numbers

Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you on the cruise.

For more information, please read GTYC Queens Birthday Cruise 2014 (1)


Philip (& Jenny) Adams

Swingshift – SC145

Mobile: 0478708246 (0429944940)

On Sunday February 23rd  GTYC will be holding a man over board, (MOB), training day for us all to improve our skill level  in this most important issue.


Agenda for the day

10am                    Briefing on MOB procedure. While sailing, float is displayed and yacht has to be returned to float so to retrieve it

11:00                     Morning tea

11:15                     Individual yacht practice of above procedure

12:45: Lunch

1:30         Emergency First Aid CPR training,

  • CPR, Water inhaling / ingesting
  • How to deal with the unconscious patient
  • Rope burns, bleeding

3pm                       Finish


Interested? Ring Paul Graham to register your interest on 0432 248 969

For details of the GTYC Try Sailing Day on Australia Day (26th January 2014), please open the flyer link below:
Try Sailing Day Flyer

Check out the new Cruising Information on the GYTC Cruising Info Page and get more out of Cruising!