Graeme Lyell, Sailability Coordinator
The Mornington Lions Club have been a long time supporter of our Sailability Program, making donations annually over the last few years. Last week, I had the pleasure of attending their annual committee changeover meeting, during which they presented me with a cheque for $1,000 for Sailability. Our sincere thanks go out to Lions for this wonderful donation, and for their ongoing support of our Sailability Program.
Graeme Lyell, Sailability Coordinator
Mornington’s very own Aquarius Pools owed by our our Vice Commodore, Chris Jackson (pictured with wife Michelle) were awarded the prestigious SPASA award for Pool Of The Year on the weekend, along with a gold award for Best Innovative Pool and a gold for Best Residential Concrete Pool.
Congratulations to all the team at Aquarius and a special congratulations to Chris and family!
MYC Commodore Flag Officers and Committee,
It is with much pleasure I write on behalf, of the ‘70th Anniversary History Committee’ to thank you most sincerely for the magnificent honour bestowed on each member of the History Committee.
The ‘Person of the Year’ trophy, was presented at the MYC ‘Change Over’ on Sunday. I speak for all of our members, when I say, it was a great surprise and most appreciated.
The Historical Committee came together with a blank canvas, in February 2015, it was difficult to sort out where to begin, as the 70th birthday of the MYC presented us with a huge mountain to climb, and in fact, to make sense of. However we were lucky to have some very knowledgeable members, and slowly organised ourselves under the wise guidance of our chairperson, John Lynch. It was a shock to learn John had taken ill in the early months, and was put on ‘light duties’ the committee had a rocky time for some weeks.
However, we remained positive and spent many enjoyable hours, selecting and finding photos and other memorabilia. “What were we to do with this emerging stack of information?” We did not know. However armed with all the interest and information, a plan slowly developed.
It was member Stuart Gooley with assistance of Rod Harvey and many MYC members who were responsible for the collection of Yachts displayed on the ‘Open Weekend’ Rigging the old yachts brought back many, a sailing story and many, laughs. David Campbell our DVD photographer also played an enormous part in putting together a most creative Historical Film, using parts of old 16 mm, and 8 mm film and many historical photos supplied by members, and the Mornington Shire Historical Society. The DVD can still be purchased from the MYC Office. We must also mentioned the assistance given to the History Committee from the MPSC, we were given access to some rare information regarding the very early commencement of MYC. Also the Music provided featuring a foundation member Jack Bean.
On behalf of the History committee I wish to thank all the MYC members, and friends, who responded to the requests for photos, yachts, film, videos, Information Volunteers, members serving morning and afternoon tea, and the power point shown on the MYC TVs. Also we could not have managed to stage this event without the continued assistants and support of Rod and Sarah, in the office. Encouraged by this amazing response and interest, the ‘70th ‘Open Weekend’ came alive.
If the committee needed any reward for their work, it was given in plenty on the ‘Open Weekend’ We were excited and energised to see so many people, drifting around the displays, hearing their many stories about their days sailing as children, and adults at the wonderful MYC. We wished we had thought to record them.
What a wonderful, and enlightened weekend we all enjoyed together.
For and on behalf of the, History Committee,
John Lynch, Diana Lynch, Barb Nash, Stuart Gooley, Rod Harvey, Ken Bilham and David Campbell.
Our Caravan Trip 2016 - Intrepid Travellers Number 2!
Today we meet up with Kit & Judy friends we met on our tour of China a wonderful trip. K&J picked us up at Lane Cove and we drove to a Chinese Yum Cha restaurant where we had a great lunch then back to their temporary home as they are moving to a new apartment in the heart of the CBD. We had much to catch up on and Kit and I remarkably solved all of the world’s problems in one afternoon very tiring so we adjourned to another Chinese restaurant to recharge the batteries, Red wine does wonders, especially Chapple Hill Shiraz as the Chinse say Yum , it washed down the cray fish, oysters, abalone, clear soup and Cod Fish followed with a delightful desert. Our goodbyes and back to the van feeling rather full in the tummy.
Moving today to Palm Beach parking the van on Scotty’s front yard Scotty being Brett Scott a well known sail maker. Once set up we made our way to Manly to meet my niece Isobel who I have not seen for 10 years she is a Londoner now living at Bondi. We drove to the Royal Prince Albert Yacht Club at Mona Vale on the Pitt Water where we met up with Paul, Sharon & Mackenzie with Zac out sail training ready for the regatta next day. Cam & Jo McKenzie from our club with both their children Sophie & Will sailing in the same regatta. While the kids were sailing we had lunch in the club rooms wonderful facilities and great to catch up with Isobel and getting some family news. The kids back from training we made our way back to Curley’s home for dinner, Curley has now retired from his yacht broking business and is enjoying his passion for motor bike riding in the outback.
The regatta starts in earnest today some 90 Optimist Dinghy’s competing Zac, Sophie & Will all in the open fleet. Curley took us out on his cruiser to watch the racing and all three were doing quite well finishing in the top half of the fleet after three races completed. Curley then took us for a cruise on the Pitt Water to the Hawksbury River, what a beautiful area, I was pleased Isobel and her partner Sam were also able to join us. Dinner at the local Pizza Restaurant was enjoyable then an early evening for all. Whilst we were out cruising Curley told us of his sailing adventure to Hobart believe it or not on an 18ft Hobby Cat, three on the crew. They waited for the ideal conditions sailed to Eden had a meal at the local pub then off to Hobart their speed about 20knots for most of the voyage, what a feat. Curley has sailed in some very interesting regattas a very competent sailor.
Back to the RPAYC and once the kids got on the water we made our way to Palm Beach and walked to the Barrenjoey Lighthouse a magnificent sand stone structure built by Welsh Stone masons, marvellous workmanship, we took the tour of the lighthouse and our guide was most informative. Amazing views from the top of the light house this area is just so beautiful with magnificent water ways and rugged cliffs with waves crashing onto them. The Pitt Water is a very safe boating area with miles of water ways and many remote destinations. That evening Paul, Scotty and I went to the football unfortunately the Swans lost in a tough match.
Today we will take a day’s rest, clean the van do some shopping ready to move on tomorrow. A lazy day. Pam prepared dinner and Scotty joined us we had a lovely chat a glass or three of red then said our goodbyes, we have enjoyed Scotty’s company.
We were on our way by 9.30am the traffic was light, an easy drive along the Newcastle freeway to Calga, where we loaded our next destination into the GPS and dutifully followed its instructions, as it turned out the GPS took us along a minor road, which followed along the Wollombi River what a great drive the scenery was marvellous winding roads between rugged hills some rich farmland, vineyards, quaint villages and open cut coal mines what a contrast. We drove through Calga, Mangrove Mountain, Kulnurra, Bucketty, Laguna and Wollombi, lunch at Broke then onto Singleton where we topped up with fuel. We had intended to get onto a freeway a shorter and faster route to Singleton how pleased we were to have the GPS send us on this alternate route. Pam checked the map and found an interesting camping stop on Lake Liddell a 30km drive from Singleton. We were not disappointed with this choice a large grassed area overlooking the lake and 4km off the main road, with all services, unfortunately the fishing was not good as the water which is used by the local power station has warmed and as such the fish had become infected with a bug, fishing was prohibited. Dinner an alcohol free night don’t know why must be ill and an early night.
We are not travelling far today our destination is the Cockburn River camp site which is 11km east of Kootingal on the Limbri road. Kootingal is 30km north of Muswellbrook. The Cockburn River is more a creek than a river a secluded place quiet and with magnificent eucalypt trees the camping spot was marvellous however the only facility is a long drop toilet. We met some other travellers and joined them around the camp fire for a pre dinner drink, lovely people and they informed us that they too are heading to Cape York.
A rather cold night but slept well this is a great overnight stop, after breakfast we took a walk along the creek nice walk with lots of bird life. On our way again to our next stop Armidale which is reputed to be the highest elevation city in Australia. We walked around the city which has some magnificent buildings both old and new, and some wonderful park lands. We visited St Peters Cathedral opened in 1875 a wonderful building great architecture, the highlight being the lead light windows which were imported from England these were just superb. A light lunch a visit to the bank and Optus then on our way again, our destination the Mother of Ducks Lagoon camp site at Guyra. This camp site was given a red tick in the camping book which indicates a popular stopover. It is not to bad however out of 10 we would have given this place a 7. The camp site is alongside a golf course and depending on the weather tomorrow we may play 9 holes tomorrow.
The morning was freezing 4c with a lazy wind the golf will be given a miss. Our next stop Glen Innes. One could easily be forgiven thinking we were in Scotland with signs to Ben Lomond, Inverell and Dundee, this area was settled by the scots they were sheep and cattle farmers and developed this area into the the rich farmland we see today. Gem stones were also mined for a time in the area. The locals have built a standing stone monument similar to Stone Henge taking care in placing the stones in the correct position to show the true points of the compass and each of the solstice points. Each year in May Glen Inness runs a festival a Scots Games with bag pipe bands and dancing, I wonder if they have Haggis on the menu. We must plan a trip to be here to enjoy the day. On our way again heading to Tenterfield where we will stopover for the night at the show grounds. Tenterfield is the birth place of Peter Alan he is one of my favourite artists a wonderful performer and song writer. The saddler shop is still here and is today a memorial to Peter Alan one can imagine his grandfather sitting on the verandah stitching saddles. We wandered the town taking in the sights. A wonderful surprise to me is a most magnificent cork tree growing in a house garden it is 155 years old and is the second largest cork tree I have seen the other being in Portugal and over 200 years old. Getting late we decided to go to the McKenzie lookout to see the sunset, there was plenty of cloud cover projecting the wonderful reds and orange colours across the sky. Back to the show grounds, dinner, then watched the footy on TV. This is a nice quiet spot and with all services which are a little tired and a very large grassed area.
On our way early and may get to Tracie’s today our drive through Warwick, Beaudesert, Beenliegh to Brisbane. The Scottish names continued passing Loch Lomand when we noticed a sign to the Queen Anne Falls we decided to make this a stop over and headed to the local caravan park which is opposite the entrance to the falls. Great caravan park in the middle of a national park, the bird life was magnificent beautiful Red Parrots and green Rosellas some eating from a lady’s hand. We decided to walk to the falls before dinner as the weather was turning nasty with a storm on the way. The Queen Anne falls is just magnificent a ninety metre drop in the middle of rain forest it is a spectacular sight and with the rain storm coming through tomorrow it will be even more spectacular. Dinner and an early night.
Sunday 19th June.
The weather was turning nasty and we decided to get out of this area before we were flooded in. At our departure the rain was light but on the increase, we decided to take a back road route through to Beaudesert and this turned out to be a picturesque drive following the Logan River, it was a hilly winding road and our travelling speed average was 35km per hour over some very rough road through to Beaudesert, all worthwhile. We arrived to Tracie’s home by 3pm and unfortunately over shot the house entrance ending up at a dead end with no way of turning around. Only one thing to do reverse the van back to the house entrance and with the car in four wheel drive all went OK. Finally settled in we enjoyed catching up with TJ, Jordan & Oliver and chatting to Anthony.
Monday 20th June.
Jordan and Oliver off to school and Tracie off to a business appointment Pam & I decided to go to Tamborine Mountain to see the water falls. The storm came through last night and the rain bucketed down causing flooding in low lying areas, the golf course at the bottom of Tracie’s hill was completely under water. On arrival to Tamborine we made our way to the Cedar Falls and it was in full flow giving us some great photos, after lunch in Tamborine we visited the information centre and decided to see the Curtis Falls just a short drive away. This was also excellent and in full flow but this falls was a gradual fall stepping down along the river with three falls ending in rapids a wonderful sight. Keeping with the Scottish theme we came across a Scottish Guest House, named Stonehaven Manor a superb building with the Scottish flag flying in all its glory. I am imagining the piping in the beef ready for a great feast and of course a dram or two of fine Scotch Whisky. Back to Tracie’s to enjoy afternoon tea with TJ and the boys, the boys soon off to Soccer practice before dinner.
Congratulations to Sheryl Schumacher (our first female Commodore) and the newly Elected 2016-2017 MYC General Committee:
Sheryl Schumacher, Commodore
Chris Jackson, Vice Commodore
Dave Eickmeyer, Rear Commodore
Reece James, Club Captain
Jon Phillips, Hon. Treasurer
Congratulations also goes to the Club Persons of the Year being the 70th Historical Committee and David Campbell who spent so many hours filming our special anniversary. A BIG thank you to Graeme Alexander and the previous 2015-2016 committee.
Update....! Kerry has had a preview of Nicole's presentation and she gives it 100 out of 10!!!
It is that good, so make sure that you don't miss out!!!
We have the lovely Nicole from Roger Thomas Jeweller's, Mornington to speak about something us ladies really like....Diamonds and Rubies and Sapphire's and Pearls!!!
Come along at 12 noon and hear some of Nicole's fabulous stories and enjoy lunch & great company!
Get your friends together and please let either Kerry Larder, Di Lynch or the MYC office know so we can organise the tables, looking forward a fun afternoon!
Out Winter Sailing dates have been changed from July..racing will now be held on the 2nd (9th)
& 4th (23rd) weekends.
Open to all classes we will be holding windward leeward courses with the first start scheduled for 1330hrs.
If you would like to sail and or help out with the race management on the day please complete the registration form linked below.
Please complete the registration form for the following:
Please complete this registration to let us know your intention of sailing or send an email to Michelle by Thursday evening.
These session are social and fun, so come along and enjoy.
The 2016 Yachting Victoria Awards were held on Sunday the 19th of June & MYC is pleased to announce that 3 out of the 4 nominations that we put in won!!! - a fantastic result for us!
Congratulations to Nick Sharman and James Grogan for "Youth Sailor of the Year", Sophie Ciszek for "Female Sailor of the Year" & John Mills, Tanya Lawton and Jason Ettridge for winning the "Presidents Award"
For the full article please click here
Winter sailing was spectacular today. Clear Air, Plenty of dolphins and just great to be out there.
On 14 June 2016 the Yacht Club launched the Mornington Yacht Club Foundation which was well received by the members present.
The Foundation Board comprising myself as Chairman, Ray Harvey and Noel Heyes, together with the Commodore and Rear Commodore, will act independently of the Committee and will ensure that funds donated will only be spent on a project that the donor has nominated. As explained on the attached information sheet, donations which are tax deductible, are made through the Australian Sports Foundation who will then remit the Funds to a separate Mornington Yacht Club Foundation bank account.
We have established three projects for the Foundation:
-development of facilities for the initial training of individuals either through the Club's established training programs or through an enlarged schools program. We need 6 Pacer dinghies at a total cost of $60,000 to provide suitable sailing craft to achieve this objective. At the launch we have obtained pledges in excess of $10,000.
-to help fund our elite youth and junior sailors to compete in regional, interstate and international regattas thus enabling them to further develop their sailing careers .
-to provide funding for Sailability to enable more disabled individuals to participate in sailing as a recreation and a therapy.
I would encourage, those who are able to help us achieve these objectives, to make a donation at a level you are comfortable with. Receipts will be issued for all donations over $2.
Donations can be made in the following ways:
-by visiting the Australian Sports Foundation website, and then locating the Mornington Yacht Club approved projects, and then donating on line. Click here for online site and online donation
-by completing the donation form attached and forwarding it to the Club who will forward it to the ASF.
Click here for donation form pdf
-by adding a donation on the annual subscription notice form when you receive this shortly. Amounts received in this way will also be remitted to the ASF.
Donations made by 30 June 2016 will enable you to claim a tax deduction in the current tax year. I look forward to the contribution that we can all make through the Foundation to improve sailing at Mornington.
Our Caravan Trip 2016
Wednesday 1st June
After collecting the caravan from the repairer taking two days to clean and load it with all the paraphernalia and food we think we need, finally ready we got underway by 10.30am, with no destination decided. The drive along the freeway put us at Eureka by midday stopping at the Caltex service centre to fuel up and enjoy a cup of coffee and toastie. The day was dry no wind and with the road carrying only light traffic we were making good distance so decided to get to the Rutherglen area. Pam rang Sarah & Neil Henderson who we met through Paul at the MYC Optimist yacht regatta and they invited us to stay at their farm in the Indigo Valley our intention to stay for one night. On our arrival Neil and Oscar were busy organising feed for the cattle Neil pointed us to level area near the farm shed where we parked the van and settled in. Pam went to see Sarah and I joined Oscar helping to muster cattle and assist Neil place hay into the feed bin an interesting experience. The sun going down Pam and Sarah now preparing dinner Pam on soup and Sarah on main a lovely dinner had by all of course washed down with some nice reds a Yalumba shiraz/ Sangevase and a Campbell’s Durif a lovely night. I learned that George their eldest son played the bagpipes and I asked if he could play Highland Cathedral hoping for a rendition tomorrow night.
Thursday 2nd June
We slept well there is nothing like country air to help with a good night’s sleep, woken only by the cat scampering over the roof of the van. We had breakfast then joined Sarah on the front verandah, which overlooks the Indigo Valley what a beautiful relaxing place. The Indigo Valley is situated in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range south of Wodonga and East of Rutherglen their farm is just a short drive from Beechworth a superb old town with stone buildings in excellent preserved condition including the notorious Beechworth Jail with the razor wire still intact now a tourist attraction. Neil and Sarah run about fifty head of cattle on 145 acres a wonderful life style choice. Neil was soon heading off to Melbourne and the boys already gone to school a 70 km journey a 140 km daily routine. We had a relaxing day Sarah took us to the top of the valley this gave us views over the valley towards Wodonga and across to Rutherglen with the recent rains the valley was a lush green and the day was sunny. which added to the beauty of this vista. Back at the farm we had a light lunch much chatting then Sarah was off again to collect the boys from school Pam on dinner a stir fry. During dinner I reminded George of my request for him to play Highland Cathedral unfortunately he was suffering blisters on his fingers a skin infection, which caused him pain when playing the pipes. George is the lead piper in his school band and he informed us that his school had been chosen to perform at the 2017 Edinborough Tattoo, George was excited about this opportunity particularly as he will also be playing solo. What a wonderful experience. Dinner was great poor Oscar had a cold and today was his first day back at school after two days laid up he was still suffering. We discussed sailing both George and Oscar being in the Yachting Victoria squad they were off next day to St Kilda for training straight after school. The end of another relaxing day tomorrow to Rutherglen.
Friday 3rd June
Another sleep in, the sky was overcast and rain on the way, Sarah, Pam and I went to Beechworth some sightseeing then enjoyed lunch at the Beechworth bakery where Pam bought an apple slice to take to the Pfeiffer’s, we are looking forward to seeing Chris and Robyn again. Our goodbyes to Sarah and on our way to Rutherglen in constant rain we checked into a very wet Rutherglen caravan park and later headed off to Pfeiffer’s. Robyn met us at the driveway and we scurried inside to get out of the rain. It has been some 12 years since we last saw Chris & Robyn so much catching up to do. Chris produced a 20-year-old Riesling, which was magnificent and three different vintages of Shiraz all great with small but interesting differences I think Chris wanted me to see how three different vintages performed under screw cap, the finishing touch was an old tokay, which went well with the apple slice. This was a wonderful night but also sad hearing about the death of George Smith the Buller’s losing their business and David Morris no longer at Morris wines another end of a family era.
Saturday 4th June
Up early and soon on our way to Canberra, we drove through heavy rain all day our only stop being Gundagai for lunch. On arrival at Canberra we settled into the exhibition centre a huge area close to the centre of Canberra a great camping spot with all facilities, it was windy and raining even heavier now with no sign of easing. Dinner and an early night.
Sunday 5th June
We visited the war memorial and once again found it so interesting, it has been some 30 years since we last visited. The sections on Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan were new to us and so well done. The rain is persistent and as Sydney is suffering from the storm with trees down and flooding in some areas we will need to review our movements for tomorrow.
Monday 6th June
A very windy wet night however on rising the rain had abated and the sun was fighting to get through the clouds. We lived in Canberra in 1965/6 and decided to take a nostalgic drive, first stop our house in Stonehaven Crescent Deacon my how the memory fools us we remembered this house as being much larger the only change it had been rendered and the hedge had grown far too tall blocking the great view over Lake Burley Griffin. Our next stop was the Cotter dam picnic area where we took the girls swimming in the summer still a beautiful place but the Cotter river was in flood after all the rain no swimming here today it was a raging rapid. Next stop the YMCA Yacht Club I was a member there and sailed a VJ at that club in 1965/6. We met the club manager Beverly who was most welcoming she said that their biggest challenge was growing junior membership and they were trying various ways of encouraging young people into the club, with limited success. I also met two members working on miniature America Cup yacht sometimes used for disabled sailing one of the fellows was in a wheel chair and he knew Krista Bailey having sailed in Sydney regattas when Krista was representing our club, he is a competent sailor who sailed in the disabled Olympics and had good success. Back at the van and ready to move on to Goulburn. The drive to Goulburn was easy along a now double highway no longer the single winding road which was very dangerous. Lake George was empty an unusual sight with cattle grazing where there is normally water it is a massive lake but very shallow the recent drought has dried it up, with this current rain fall it will certainly start filling again. We arrived to the Goulburn South Caravan park at about 4pm and settled into a great sight with plenty of room. Tomorrow we will tour Goulburn.
Tuesday 7th June
After a cold rainy windy night, we prised ourselves out of bed so cold we could have easily stayed there all day. Goulburn is the first inland country town settled in Australia as such the visit here should be very interesting. Goulburn was a gold rush town but its real fame came from Merino Sheep farming and a significant rail depot. Our first stop was to get a photo of the Big Merino situated at the entrance to the town it is a massive statue. From there we went to the only operating steam waterworks, unfortunately not open but we did see the boilers and the old buildings and surrounds were interesting a bye gone era. Our next stop was the Riversdale Homestead being a lousy day we were the only visitors as such we were treated to a personal tour by one of the volunteers she was marvellous. The homestead is now under national trust and it is kept in wonderful condition. There have been many owners of the homestead most trying to make a living with it as a road house as it was then situated on the main road to Sydney. It was eventually purchased by the Twynam family, Twynam being the government surveyor for the area he later became the government surveyor for NSW and moved to Sydney for a time but retained ownership of the property, it remained in the Twynam family for 100 years. Twynam,s wife was a renowned artist, specialising in tapestry works some of her works were on display and they were magnificent with vivid colours no fading apparent. She was also a competent wood carver the centre piece was a superb timber chair beautifully carved photo taken. All together this was a well worth while visit, being winter the gardens were not at their best but still interesting to walk through great design created for family use and with private places to just relax or read a book. Moving on we bye past the rail yards to wet so into town to see the Cathedrals, again all closed so we did not get to see the wonderful stained glass windows which were protected with bars on the outside. St Pauls was interesting as it was built with green granite quite spectacular. Driving around the old town was interesting and we were surprised to see so many terrace houses many only single story some very interesting in style and of course some superb stately houses many in excellent condition a sign of past and present wealth. What a pity the weather restricted our visit here we would have like to stay longer.
Wednesday 8th June
Rain, rain and more rain accompanied by lots of wind, now on our way to Sydney arriving at the Lane Cove Caravan park at 1.30pm the rain now stopped and the temperature 21c very pleasant. The caravan park is part of the Lane Cove National Park and it is hard to believe we are in the heart of Sydney the odd siren reminds us. Pam & I went for a 5km walk along the Lane Cove river track to the weir a rather wet muddy slippery walk, with thank Goodness no rain. Now ready for dinner and an early night.
Off to see our Grandchildren competing at the weekend in Pitt Water, hoping to catch up with Jacko and Cameron
Sport Trailables, Flying Fifteens, Etchells and Small Keel boat owners will be pleased to know the new motor for the larger of the two cranes has now been installed.
We are inviting your members to come and experience berthing at the new Blairgowrie Marina for free between now and Melbourne Cup Day!
We have 8, 10, 15 and 25 metre berths available, all with power and water
Your members will be welcome to use Clubhouse facilities, showers, BBQ’s and restaurants and bars
We even have a 12 seater Bus available to self-drive to the sights of the Mornington Peninsula!
See the attached photo and check out this link https://youtu.be/xDERRjBrqfs
I’m sure this is well received by your members and the wider boating community
Richard Coate | General Manager
Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron | 2900 Point Nepean Road, Blairgowrie 3942
t: 5988 8453 | f: 5988 0075 | m: 0437 626 542 | firstname.lastname@example.org
This Queen’s birthday long weekend saw the Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta (AWKR) held on the waters of Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS) in St Kilda. For those of you unfamiliar with the event, the AWKR is the only all female keelboat regatta in Australia.
This year, 26 keelboats entered the completion along with 171 female sailors from all over Australia and I was lucky enough to be one of them.
Having joined MYC in February as a volunteer I quickly discovered how much I enjoyed sailing and was eager to learn and experience as much as I could. After a conversation with Rod (Austin) the AWKR seed was planted and with the encouragement and help from Kellie Knowles I was asked to crew on ‘Up n Go’ with skipper Britta Baade out of RYCV.
The preparation started a few months out with weekend training sessions and the AWKR lecture series at RMYS… with entrance fees paid and commitments made there was no backing out.
The regatta got off to a blustery start with 20-30kts and gusts up to 40kts at times, I guess we should be grateful that the hail stones were only small!! The conditions over the three days were as varied as the tactics employed by the competitors but the one constant that remained true was that even though we were there to compete, we were also there to have fun…. and have fun we did.
Today as I examine the impressive bruises I have collected over the last three days I have reflected over the lessons learned. Yes, flying the kite successfully can give you the edge… but knowing when to’ leave it in the bag’ is just as important. It takes a crew to win a race not an individual.
But by far the best lesson I have learnt is that it’s never too late to start sailing. I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded and supported by members of MYC who have encouraged me, shared their experiences, offered their time, invited me on their boats and patiently answered my questions and explained things a hundred times over. I am looking forward to the many more sailing adventures that lay ahead.
Quotes from Kellie yesterday:
"Great first race today with spinnaker broach and two girls overboard, Amanda and Sue from Safety Beach ! Now we know what to do next broach ..."
" And Spinnaker sprout smashed my motor! And I suck upwind!"
Up n Go - Christine Cooper 1st
Take One - Kellie Knowles , Amanda Malin 5th
Click Here for results
Congratulations and I hope Mornington continue to grow our Women's Keelboat Fleet.
Please click here for a copy of the amended Notice of AGM
The amendments being:
1. Member condolences: Kevin O'Grady, Tony Wayling and Stephen Ricks
2. Club Person of the Year Award replaces General Managers Report
3. Deferment of the special resolution to adopt a new constitution. The General Committee resolved by majority vote the following:
The motion to approve the Constitution as amended by the Governance Committee (“the Second Draft) at the last General Committee Meeting should have been subject to the approval of Anthony Rodbard Bean counsel for the Mornington Yacht Club who had been retained in the first instance to review the First draft of the Constitution. Anthony Rodbard Bean has now reviewed the Second Draft and made certain amendments for consideration. The amendments have been put to the Governance Committee and the Governance Committee has resolved not to discuss further the recommendations of Mr Rodbard Bean. The General Committee has therefore reviewed the recommendations and resolved to accept those recommendations of Mr Rodbard Bean as the Final Draft and to be now referred to as the New Constitution. The New Constitution will now be put to the Members at a Special General Meeting there being insufficient time to present the Members with the New Constitution before the Annual General Meeting. Moved: Simon Purcell Seconded: Graeme Alexander CARRIED
Please click here for all the 2016 AGM Information
The Rocks owner Rob De Santis and Aegir Divers Bert Cross were heroic in their efforts to save the two divers yesterday. Mornington Yacht Club send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the two divers , the dive community and Harbour Dive who have contributed to the love of Mornington for a very long period of time.
MYC FUNDRAISER UPDATE!
ONLY 9 SEATS LEFT FOR THE DINNER AND SHOW!
TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE SHOW ONLY......BOOK AND RAISE MONEY FOR THE CLUB!
The opening night of the Mornington Jazz & Blues Festival is being held here in the function and the members bar area on Friday the 10'th of June with Frank Bennett.
MYC FUNDRAISER - The club will be receiving $5 for every ticket booked by a MYC member - a great fundraiser for our “Junior & Youth Overseas World Championship Regatta.
Why not take this opportunity to get together with fellow members, friends and family & enjoy a fantastic evening of Jazz Music! The show only price is $40 which includes a cocktail on arrival or the Rocks dinner & show price is $89.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: As it is a ticket only event open to all members and the public the MYC members bar will be closing at 6.30pm to those of you not staying for the show.
For details of the menu for the dinner & show offer click here
Bookings & details on line @
Last Saturday a fleet of Flying Fifteens ventured out onto the icy Mornington waters
There was some great rigging practice followed by some great sailing.
The placings were as follows:
1st Steve Bolton , Russell Lees
2nd Graeme Alexander, David Powers
3rd Geraldine McCarroll, Alex Ferguson, Julia Barker
We hope to see more boats in the next Winter Races in June
42 Ladies met for lunch It was just like the good ol days everyone chirp , networking and sharing experiences.
This one was special all were "Hypnotized "by our Guest Speaker Lynn Price. Lynn is well know at the club as past Manager of MYC (pre - 2004).
Lynn is a professional Clinical Hypnotherapist and spoke on a unique weight management program called VIRTUAL GASTRIC BANDING and Hypnotherapy treatment fro smokers.
A nice variety of food including a beautiful Smoked Salmon Salad thanks to The Rocks.
There is a Club Ladies Lunch on the first Friday of every month. The next Lunch in July will be Nicole the Jeweller.
Our deepest sympathy to the Wayling family Judy, Leanne and Angela and friends.
A long term member of the club since 1986 and for many many years sailed with his mate John Rouse.
Both were Architects and met through this profession.
John Rouse wrote
He initially sailed on H28 “Castaway” which I owned when I first joined the club.
He then moved through each of the four Rouseabout’s that I owned and finally retired to go and play golf with me. He was my most loyal and consistent crew member through all the years I sailed out of Mornington.
Tony died on Sunday 5th. June 2016 from a massive brain haemorrhage while on holiday in South Australia. He had not been previously ill thus it was a massive shock to everyone to hear of his passing.
He will be sadly missed by not only his family but his very large group of friends.
Some of the boats that Tony Wayling sailed on are pictured below.
Regards, John Rouse"
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