We are once again looking for volunteers for our Regatta weekend of 12th + 13th of February. We appreciate all help - on water, on land and on the BBQ! Please let Andrew Weber know of the days and times you are available and contact the office for the BBQ roster - thank you .... come and be part of the fun!!!
We kick off 2022 again on February 12th at 9.30am with the West Offshore Products Coastal Sprint race 2, the short category 3 course of roughly 55nm, with a daylight start it's a great way to “warm up” and gain experience of transitting the heads and have a go at ocean sailing knowing you will be home that night.
Entries are open for:
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MYC Members Craig Poynder, Sharon Dalton, Scott Colquhoun, Shaun Miles and Tristan Batey crewed on Josh Thring's Audere for the Melbourne to Hobart race coming 1st ORC, 2nd Line Honours and 3rd overall.
Congratulations to all!
ORCV Media Release:
Sydney 38 ‘Faster Forward’ takes handicap win in ORCV Melbourne to Hobart
One of the smallest yachts in the fleet, a Sydney 38, has won the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria Melbourne to Hobart ‘West Coaster’ Race on handicap.
Matt Fahey and his crew of six sailed Faster Forward across the Derwent River finish line in Hobart at two minutes past three this morning, after more than three days at sea. For a race traditionally won by bigger boats, Faster Forward’s victory is a dream come true for Fahey and proof that experienced crew, very good light wind sailing and making the right course decisions, pay off.
A race winning decision for Fahey was by picking the right wind at the right time and sailing a course west of King Island, a course west of King Island has only been sailed very rarely before in a Melbourne to Hobart race.
“The race was dominated by light winds and our smaller boat responds well in these conditions. The crew understands how to keep the boat moving in light winds. To our surprise we were surrounded by much bigger boats for much of the race. I love this boat, it challenges us, and we learn so much every mile we sail,” said Fahey.
Leroux Guillaume from line honours and performance handicap winner, Lord Jiminy said “I’d planned the race to keep it simple, since we were shorthanded with only four crew onboard. Sailing west of King Island was the right decision. We covered more distance, but it gave us a better angle and kept us out of the light air. Keeping it simple when sailing short-handed was our success,”
This year’s 485 nautical mile race was one of the slowest in its 49-year history with the race record set by Shortwave of 1d 17h 28m 59s never under threat.
Race Director Jeremy Walton commented at today’s trophy presentations, “The best feeling for a race director is to get all your fleet home safely, and that’s what we have done. These crews will enjoy a fantastic New Year in Hobart and they will be back next year to do it all again for the 50th Anniversary Melbourne to Hobart “
Overall Winner 1st AMS Faster Forward, 2nd AMS Alien, 3rd AMS Audere
ORC 1st Audere 2nd Alien 3rd Vagabond
PHS: 1st Lord Jiminy 2nd Faster Forward 3rd Vagabond
Double Handed 1st Blue Water Tracks
Line Honours Lord Jiminy
Noel and Pan Heyes, long time Life members are very proud of their grandson Zac....see below article to find out why!!
Sailing over Schoolies: Meet the youngest Sydney to Hobart crew member, straight out of the classroom
At the end of a year when school-leavers have been desperate to make it to Byron Bay or even further north across the reopened Queensland border, one Victorian student is celebrating the end of his studies in a novel way – sailing the Sydney to Hobart.
Just a few weeks after he finally put down his schoolbooks and earned an ATAR close to 90, teenager Zac Heyes will write a bit of history on Boxing Day as the youngest sailor in this year’s fleet, a scenario that couldn’t be further than the Schoolies rite of passage...
Click here to read full article on Zac Heyes participating in the Sydney to Hobart!
We are pleased to let you know that in addition to paying your subscription's, you are now able to upload your COVID vaccination details directly via the Member Portal.
You can log into your Member Portal via the website - go to the MYC homepage & click on the Membership Tab at the top, then go to MYC Members and click on Members Login or just click here to go directly to the right place.
You will be asked for your username which is the 4 digit member number found on your invoice or statement and the password is your date and month of birth (ddmm).
Refer to your invoice or statement for your username, or contact the office - if you find that you cannot login please check with the office that we have your correct date of birth in our system.
Once you have logged into your member portal go to the "My Details" page, and click on the "update" button next to the Covid-19 Vaccination Date information.
We've prepared a link with instructions for you to follow - click on the link below.
Once you are logged into your member portal you are also able to update your contact details too.
Please note - this is not a requirement, it is for those of you that are happy for us to have this information.
Thank you & please do not hesitate to contact the office if you have any questions,
4 January 22
When visiting MYC all the normal Covid-19 safe practices continue to apply; wear a face mask when indoors and not eating or drinking, wash your hands and keep 1.5m from others. The current hospitality guidelines apply to our members bar and function room; you must be double vax'd & provide proof of this upon entry.
Please continue to check in via the government QR code and if you have even the mildest of symptoms please do not come to the club - thank you
The change to Rule 46 in the Racing Rules of Sailing is scheduled to be implemented from 1 January 2022, which will now requires all competitors in any race to be a member of a club.
The change to Rule 46 centres around duty of care, safety and insurance, but also offers clubs the opportunity to grow their membership base and create clearer lines of communication with potential members.
This article will highlight some of the ways in which clubs are implementing the changes, including the use of SailPass to help process flexible memberships.
Being a member of a club and registered with Australian Sailing gives clubs information about who is racing which is an important part of their approach to safety. Being registered with Australian Sailing also provides a basic personal injury insurance which serves as a safety net to people who, through injury or accident, incur financial loss.
The change was scheduled to be implemented from 1 January 2021, but was postponed for a year allowing affiliated clubs extra time to focus on restarting sailing and club house operations after the impacts of the COVID pandemic.
To assist clubs to comply with the rule change, Australian Sailing has developed SailPass which is a tool available for clubs to provide short term, introductory or other flexible membership arrangements for non-member competitors. SailPass is being used by many clubs around Australia.
Registration with SailPass provides sailors with an Australian Sailing number and basic insurance, which serves as a safety net for sailors. Implementing SailPass also provides an inclusive way for prospective new members to get involved.
If a sailor from another club wants to sail at your club, you can use SailPass to ensure you have their details in your database, should you need them if a safety issue arises.
The pricing structure of SailPass is entirely dictated by each respective club. Some clubs have chosen to charge a flat fee for a SailPass, others charge nothing for the first few SailPasses and then have tiered charges as more SailPasses are purchased. Some clubs set a maximum number of uses before the SailPass holder is required to become a full club member.
It is important to note that Australian Sailing does not receive any of the funds if your club chooses to charge for SailPass.
Setting up SailPass in revSPORT
SailPass can be set up in your club’s Revolutionise Sport database as a temporary membership. Further information and instructions can be found here. If you require further support to set up SailPass then please contact one of Australian Sailing’s Club Services Officers in your state.
Please note that revSPORT has a high level of data security and privacy. Member data is stored securely and can only be accessed by your club’s account administrators.
To answer any further questions on the changes to rule 46 & how SailPass can assist clubs to comply with the rule change, Australian Sailing has created a list of FAQs which provide further information here
Some yacht clubs are utilising API integration between revSPORT and their third-party membership system. More information about use of the API system can be found here.
SailPass Case Studies
Below are a few examples of pricing structures and strategies that clubs have used to implement SailPass
Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron (South Australia)
The Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron charges $25 for a SailPass for a weekend race or $100 for 15 weekend races. They also offer unlimited free SailPasses for their Wednesday and Thursday Twilight races.
This has allowed prospective members to experience their club first-hand and has successfully converted SailPass holders into crew memberships and created a more attainable way for non-sailors to get involved.
Mornington Yacht Club (Victoria)
Mornington Yacht Club has structured their SailPass offerings as 4 sails free of charge and the following four SailPasses cost $15 per sail. Following use of the SailPass system, members are required to become a crew member with all SailPass payments deducted from the membership cost.
Mornington have used the SailPass option to welcome new female members into their club. The reduced barriers to getting involved with sailing via SailPass has been welcomed by various new participants who went on to become members.
Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (New South Wales)
Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club offer free SailPasses for use in weekday and weekend racing. This includes Womens Twilight as well as weeknight and weekend racing. SailPass users can select to purchase a one off SailPass or select all races in the series.
They have recently updated their website to simplify the process for non-members who are unfamiliar with where to start when getting involved. Their step-by-step guide simplifies the process and can be accessed here. They have also set it up as a QR code which is on posters around the club.
Southport Yacht Club (Queensland)
Southport Yacht Club charges $20 per SailPass for use in their Wednesday and Thursday Twilight races as well as Offshore races. Non-members can purchase up to three SailPasses and are then credited the initial cost and provided with the option of using it towards the $20, $40 or $60 towards the bar or future membership cost.
They use an inquiry system to match up SailPass holders with skippers for their Wednesday and Thursday Twilight races as well as Offshore races. Since implementing the SailPass offer, Southport Yacht Club has had a 20% uptake into club membership.
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