We are looking for volunteers to help man the BBQ during the 420 Regatta which is coming up very soon!
We are in the process of organising a roster so whether you can spare 1 hour or more during the dates: 1st to 8th of January 2020 we'd love to hear from you!
No experience necessary, come along and enjoy the wonderful job of feeding hungry sailors in a great regatta atmosphere!!!
Please contact the office: email@example.com and let us know of your availability
BEING A CLUB MEMBER
Firstly, what is a Club? The dictionary definition of a Club is:
“An association dedicated to a particular interest or activity whose members participate in the activity but also contribute to the running of the activities”
Mornington Yacht Club has as its main objective sailing in a variety of forms - from Learn to Sail, through to racing in the iconic Sydney to Hobart Race.
Our Club is organised into many areas, some requiring staff, others relying totally on members to volunteer their time to make things happen. Our staff, from the cleaner to the Club Manager ensure the important day to day routine tasks of running our Organisation are successfully undertaken.
The Board of Directors and the Finance Committee - who are all volunteers - plan and execute what has to be done to ensure our Club is well managed on a day to day basis and is structured to enable survival into the future.
There are several volunteer groups within the Club, but one such group is the ‘TAG’ team who carry out minor maintenance around the Club every Thursday morning - with their number one job being to empty the wheelie bins.
So, who manages all the sailing activities?
Have you been rostered to participate as the Duty Boat Crew?
We hear a lot of members giving the excuse “but I only sail on Thursdays so why should I have to help on Saturdays? Remember, the Tower is run by dedicated VOLUNTEERS on Thursday as well.
Our Club has been very soft on volunteering. Unfortunately, there is too much left to too few. It’s not hard to give up a few hours every two years to be part of the running of our Club.
Our Club is not just the Board or the sub Committees….
….it’s ALL OF US!!
Greg Martin, Commodore and Bill Bennett, Rear Commodore
We have some great courses coming up - in addition to our Learn to Sail courses this season we now can offer SUP & Windsurfing in our "OutThere" Sailing (12-17yr old) and "Fun in the Sun" (6-11 yer old) programs.
You can book in for one day or for the whole program! See below for more info....
Keelboat Learn to Sail Courses!
Our Keelboat Learn to Sail courses with Tim Donaldson are ready to book - click here for more info & to book.
Fun in the Sun for 6 - 11 year olds this Summer!
Great opportunity over School Holidays for your little ones to try out something new! 9-12th December
9am - 12noon | $55 per day or $200 for 4 days
CLICK HERE TO BOOK
Tackers 1 - 16th - 19th December
Tackers 1 is a fun, games based sailing program designed for kids aged 7 to 12 years old. This course runs Monday to Thursday from 8.30am to 12.30pm - for more info and to book CLICK HERE
Twilight Sailing encourages new people to come along and try sailing whether they are experienced or not.
You don't have to be a member of the club, if this is something that interests you contact us on 5975 7001 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is feedback from some first time sailors!
"We had a really great time. Thank you to everyone at the Sailing Club for their welcome and hospitality.
A special thanks goes to Andrew and Jackie on the First Light, plus the crew. They made our experience very interesting and exciting, and were great company.
We enjoyed the friendly atmosphere in the Clubhouse after the sail too. A memorable experience!
Sara and Richard
Welcome to our New Members;
The club extends a warm welcome to our new members;
Michael Corbett, William Kuek, Steve Urbancic,
Randall McDonnell, John Jewson, Oliver Arthur-Andrews,
Robyn Robertson, Malcolm Debono, Simon Kuek,
Anne Chiodo, Robert Johnstone, Neil Jackson, Jennifer Drummond & Jean Sydenham.
We look forward to seeing you around the club & invite you to come down on Fridays from 5.00pm for Happy Hour, free nibbles and for a chance to win our members lucky draw!
Sailing Report Saturday 30th November, 2019
“In any moment of decision, the best thing to do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” - Theodore Roosevelt
I have always liked that quote and sitting on the start line before Saturdays Navigators Trophy Race, I channeled my inner Teddy Roosevelt and made a bold decision. As it turned out it was not the correct decision, but that’s the beauty of the Navigators Race - you must decide.
I have no doubt that there are many approaches navigators use to prepare for the Navigators Trophy Race. Spread sheets are filled in with data, weather models and tide charts pored over, advice is sought from “old salts”, and then there are those more relaxed souls that just toss a coin or use rock paper scissors to decide which direction to sail on the day.
Grey skies and a gentle breeze greeted a bumper crop of 25 starters. It was great to see 11 div. 3 entries, a wonderful example of the enthusiasm within this group of MYC sailors. The majority of the keel boats headed west, whilst the majority of the trailables headed south on slightly shorter course. Whilst the wind freshened early in the race and even brought some showers, eventually the grey skies cleared for a sunny afternoon, although the wind did soften considerably.
Well done to the keel boats that headed west and also to the trailables that headed south, these seemed like the better choices on the day. But also, a special mention to those risk takers that bucked the trend and went in the opposite direction. This race would be really boring if we all went the same way. It was entertaining to listen to the radio reports at scheduled marks as there were some classic battles with lots of position changes in what was very tight racing over the entire day. One more special mention to Zip who took line honors in div. 3 over an hour ahead of the next boat.
As you can tell I am a big fan of the Navigators Race. I have been sailing in it since I was a teenager and it still gives me a buzz. In my opinion it is a unique part of our sailing program and it would be great to make it a major sailing event. ORCV has the Cock of the Bay race, GLYC has the Marlay Point maybe we could aim to make the Navigators Race something similar? Anyway, I will climb down off my soap box for now – editorial over. Now for the results.
Division 1 : Javelin
Division 2 : YT2
Division 3 : Zip
Regards, Tim O'Grady
Div 3- Class Captain
The Special Sailing Instructions for the Blairgowrie Destination Race have now been released. Please find them waiting anxiously for you under the Sailing>>Club Race Documents>>Special Sailing Instructions heading on this website, or, you can scoot straight there by clicking here
Sarah Gardner will be playing live from 7:30pm so make sure you come down for a great night.
Check out some of her music here !!!
Saturday Racing Report November 23, 2019
You could sense that there were high levels of anxiety pre-start on Saturday. Everyone had read the forecast, but as usual, and particularly in sailing, timing is everything. Our sport is so dependent on Mother Nature and she can be very unpredictable at times. Last Saturday was no different. It’s almost impossible to imagine that at one stage pre-start we had no wind and calm seas, and yet by the time the flags went up we had 25kts and some fairly big seas to contend with.
The pre-start anxiety demonstrated how many sails some boats have onboard. There were more sail changes than costume changes at a Cher concert in some cases. Which head sail was the most common question being pondered by most crews? “Let’s go with the 2”; “No wait a minute lets go with the 1”; “fantastic the breeze is in at last”; “Oh no! Let’s go with the 3 and while your there put a reef in the main.“
The strong winds proved a handful for some boats, with a number of retirements early in the race. Hopefully no damaged gear or more importantly crew. Those that slugged it out were rewarded with some upwind discomfort, but incredibly rewarding downwind legs. The brave souls that flew spinnakers - I salute you. It was not without risk, with Endless Advice having a few problems and even Tub Thumper continuing their season of memorable broaches. For others there would have been some debate no doubt between the foredeck and the cockpit (dream world) regarding the value of gybing.
Thanks also to our on-water race crew, particularly the crew of Hysport, who commented to me that we had it lucky sailing out there, compared to them bouncing around in a powerboat. I must admit their “drowned rat” look after the race made me re-evaluate things. Thanks to all our race crew volunteers for keeping us safe and making it possible for us to race.
Division 1 : Morticia
Division 2 : Arabelle
Division 3 : Himalayen Women
Regards, Tim O'Grady
Div 3- Class Captain
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