Hi everyone.

Australian Sailing have issued information with respect to Sailing.

At this stage, organised Club racing is not permitted.

Non-competitive sailing is permitted, subject to listed conditions (distancing, numbers, equipment cleaning and sharing etc).


Official Statement from Australian Sailing:


GTYC Corona Virus update:

As Government restrictions have not eased, sailing events will continue to be suspended until mid May 2020.

Due to recent Government restrictions,

GTYC committee has decided to postpone Sailing Events from now until the 28th of April 2020.

This decision will be reviewed around the 28th of April in respect of future sailing events.

Hopefully we can get back on the water at that time.


Hi everyone. The Steamboat Cup is coming up, a chance to practice your short-handed sailing skills. Notice of Race is below so get your entries in. Sailing Instructions will be issued shortly. Note that, if the weather is tricky and your entry is in, you will be notified personally of developments before the day. If you are not entered, we cannot directly tell you, though there will be notices on the GTYC website.


For more information refer to the Steamboat Cup page.



Hi everyone. A lot has happened in the fortnight since the last “What’s been happening”. Last weekend, GTYC conducted the Huntingfield Cup, the national titles for the Jubilee Class. Apart from a fickle wind, all went very well. On water crew, Bob, Brian, Shaun, Glenn, Colin and the Jubilee crew, managed to get 4 races in the time and are to be congratulated. The Jubilees were all happy, especially the winner, GTYC member and Jubilee sailor, Charles Weatherly. Trophy presentations were ably conducted by our Commodore, Doug.

The Jubilee event highlighted the fact that, (a) the fridge that looked acceptable in the Rotunda environment, looks totally unacceptable in the “pristine” surroundings of the new Clubhouse and (b), the fridge is far too small (can’t fit enough drinks in). A decision has been made on a replacement and that should be installed this week. The next consideration is the layout of the kitchenette area. Member Phil Jones has been designing the layout of the cupboards, benches, sink etc which will both serve the functions required and look good. Watch this space.

We have a Club dinner coming up on Saturday 14th March and it will be held in the new Clubhouse. Dinner (roast and sweets) will be $20 per head – we will be asking for numbers soon. The outlook from the new clubhouse is superb, it is air-conditioned and it is a delightful place to be so make this your chance to experience the comforts of our new home.

Also coming up is the Steamboat Cup on Saturday, April 4. Single handed or two-up, a chance to show what can be done with limited crew.

GTYC wish to thank the Jubilee Association of Victoria for choosing GTYC as the hosts for the Jubilee Huntingfield Cup for this last weekend the 29th of February and the 1st of March.

Congratulations to the to all competitors and Charles Weatherley and Crew for there great results. 



First and foremost, we are in our new Clubrooms. It was a great relief to get the key to the building at 4:30 on Friday afternoon because we could use the new building to host the regatta for Jubilees, Sonata Association, and Ultimate Association. The regatta participants began arriving on Friday night, at which point GTYC had a key but no tables chairs urn crockery or cutlery so:  


  • The working bee at the rotunda focussed on cleaning chairs and tables ready for transfer
  • Because there was no guarantee that we wold get the key, the rotunda was cleaned in case and my trailer loaded what we would need (gazebo, tables, chairs, bins)for the Saturday event.
  • Thanks to Doug’s perseverance and persistence by the Council Officer doing his best for us, final work which had to be done before occupancy (finishing windows and door, removing displaced material, finalising the licence agreement), we were handed the key. Next was a rush to get copies before Mister Minit closed.
  • 7:00 next morning (Saturday), chairs, tables and bins were unloaded from my trailer and a little later, from Glenn’s van. More trips transferring things from the rotunda followed and the Race Office opened on time at 9:00 AM and racing events were under way on time. Cleaning, mopping and vacuuming proceeded apace
  • Next, a trip to Bunnings to purchase the tables needed for dinner in the evening and more chairs transferred and arranged.


Thanks to the coordinated effort by everyone concerned, the whole day was a tremendous success. Our new building is better than we hoped for. Of particular note are

  • We can comfortably accommodate up to 50 people for dinner, even more if we use the balcony.
  • The views from inside looking out to the boat harbour are delightful.
  • The view of the racing boats from the balcony are also appealing.
  • Interior is well lit and the reverse-cycle air conditioning is quiet and effective.
  • With careful and clever use of space, we can do everything comfortably without the need to hire externally.
  • It is easy to keep the space clean and inviting.


I have included a few photos.

It has been a long time coming but worth the wait. With the excitement of moving, we should not forget that we ran a successful regatta enjoyed by all who participated. Congratulations to GTYC member Shaun (Five O’Clock Somewhere) who won the Sonata series. Thanks to everyone who helped with that, in particular, Bob, Brian and Glenn and Rita.


It is on again in a fortnight for the Jubilees. Let’s hope for better weather.



Don’t forget Sun 23rd Club Racing:  


Geelong Trailable Yacht Club (GTYC) Wish to thank both the Jubilee and Sonata Yacht associations for choosing GTYC as the club to host their recent State Championships.

Thanks to all who competed and stayed for the weekend creating a great atmosphere in the recently opened club rooms. 

The racing was close and the weather played into favour on Saturday with Sunday being cancelled due to strong winds having been forecast.

Thanks to the Officials who volunteered there time and effort into making the weekend a great success not just on the water but off as well. 


Race Results


Place Sail# Name Class Crew Club Race 1
15 Feb 2020
Race 2
15 Feb 2020
Race 3
10 Feb 2020
Race 4
16 Feb 2020
Race 5
16 Feb 2020
1 133 Scorpion Jubilee Charles Weatherly   2 1 1 2 16 (DNC) 6.0
2 137 Colour Me Gone Jubilee John Brewer
  Colin Littlejohn
  1 2 2 3 16 (DNC) 8.0
3 116 Jemima Jubilee Leonie Crosbie   3 3 6 1 16 (DNC) 13.0



Place Sail# Name Class Crew Club Race 1
15 Feb 2020
Race 2
15 Feb 2020
Race 3
15 Feb 2020
1 40 Five O’Clock Somewhere Sonata 6.7 MkII (5oclk Swhere) Shaun Buckner   1 2 1 4.0
2 178 Bumble Bee Sonata 7 Greg Goodall   3 1 2 6.0
3 902 Briny Blue Noelex 25 Howard Hughes   2 6 5 13.0


Special thanks to John and Doug in their tireless efforts to get the new Club Room opened after receiving access at 4:00pm Friday afternoon.




The Curlewis bank Race went ahead on Saturday post a two hour delay for a storm front that went through the Geelong area.

Once the wind settled down to 20 to 25 knots a shortened coarse was decided upon this consisted keeping all boats in the inner Corio bay harbour for safety.

A start line of St Helens which served as a Gate and using Marks CB4 and CB5.

The shortened coarse :



Start Finish Gate



Start Finish Gate



The coarse was completed in around two hours with all yachts managing to miss any storms and major rain, the wind settled to a manageable 20 knots with the odd gust  to around 25 knots.

Race Results 

Congratulations to all competitors 

Place  Sail #  Name                                               Class                                 Crew                                       Club                 

1           40         Five O’ Clock Somewhere        Sonata 6.7 MKII             Shaun Buckner                      GTYC 

2          C750     Fat Bottom Girl                          Colson 750                     Brian Murphy                        GTYC 

3           795       Hidden Agenda                          Noelex 25                       Glenn Kewish                       GTYC 


Link to race results

Curlewis Bank Race Results

Many thanks to the Officers of the Day and Bob and Ken for there efforts. 

Curlewis Bank Race Update

The Curlewis Bank Race will be going ahead starts will be delayed until after the wind change.

Course will be modified to avoid RGYC activities.

Rain is expected so come along prepared .

Hope to see you there.