Full details can be found on the APYC website and bookings will open April 17th.
WinterSail 2023 Regatta
The Albert Park Yacht Club is again running the “WinterSail” junior / youth coaching & sailing Regatta at the lake from July 7 to 9th (last days of school holidays).
Full details can be found on the APYC website and bookings will open April 17th.
Presentation Night | 13th May 2023
This year we are trying something different, our End of Season Party is being combined with our Presentation Day creating the "Presentation Night" with the plan of filling the place and having lots of fun!
The MYC General Committee and the Rocks invite all members to attend an evening to present our Junior, Youth & Senior Sailors their trophies and to acknowledge our tireless volunteers who have contributed to the continued successful operation of our Club this season.
We would love to see EVERYONE here - Sailors, Crews, Social Members, Volunteers and families. The Club and the Rocks will subsidise the price bringing the cost down to $25pp or $50 per family (2 adults and children under 15yr) which will include a light meal and a complimentary drink at the start of the night.
There will also be live music until 10pm - we look forwards to seeing a full house! For catering purposes, please book by Friday 5th May (via below link) - Thank you!
The Special Sailing Instructions for the 2023 'Pyramid Challenge' have now been released.
You can find the SSIs on our website under the menu 'Sailing>>Club Race Documents>>Special Sailing Instructions' or you can click here to download.
School States 2023
What a weekend. Just saying this one - Victorian School Team Sailing States was Jackos lead and Ben’s hard work. 18 Pacers, 24 teams, over 170 kids, almost 200 races, hundreds more hamburgers and thousand more smiles. And we still fitted in Sailability, big boat aggregate race Saturday, and Learn to Sail on the beach Sunday morning, and then there was a huge Thursday night. Your club has been busy. Said it before, but the team is an amazing team that perform their roles to such professional standards. Well done to Brighton winning today but such great results for heaps of young MYC sailors representing Peninsula, Woodleigh, Toorak and Haileybury. So many comments on how the visitors just love visiting Mornington. Big summer with 3 big regattas and the extras like Scout weekend and Ukrainian day. We should be proud of what a positive contribution we make to the community.
The past week has been terrific around the Club. The Sailability function last Wednesday supported by the Rocks demonstrated our sincere appreciation for the contribution our volunteers make enabling disabled people to sail as well as the financial contribution Sailability provides with help funding the new lift and downstairs Club renovations. Congratulations to Krista Bailey being awarded the Sailability Volunteer of the year.
The Ronstan Band kept us entertained for the final twilight sail of the year and once again several people commented on the tasty meal options put on by the Rocks.
The Schools competition over three days of the weekend provided the large number of competitors and their supporters with a superb demonstration of the professional and friendly atmosphere our Club hosts significant sailing events from our attractive vantage point on the Bay.
Teams racing is a unique regatta format, using two up Pacer boats, where two teams of three boats compete with each other to score the least points in a race. High levels of skill in teamwork, tactics and strategy are required to ensure minimum points in a race, as first out of six does not always gain the minimum points. Blocking, luffing and traps are common tactics deployed to support your team against the opposition. MYC members were represented amongst a number of the schools competing and acquitted themselves very well. The work put in by all our volunteers in preparing, running and quickly tidying up from such a major event was fantastic. Well done.
This week we will be laying new rails in preparation for slipping. The dredge is making good progress as it inches it’s way towards our slipway and ramp. Also this week the Future Development Subcommittee will be holding its first consultation meeting with Parks Victoria concerning the replacement of Fishermans Jetty.
Best of luck to our golfers on Thursday retaining the Victory Cup. Blairgowrie, Sandringham and Royal Melbourne have assembled some stiff competition.
Members & Friends Lunch - May 5th
Due to April's lunch being on Good Friday it will not be going ahead, next one is being held on Friday 5th May 2023. Get your friends together and come and enjoy the best view in town!
Fobs are ready to collect!
We are pleased to announce that Fobs are ready for collection by all Current Members. Please come to the office during office hours and swap your M Key over to a Fob (no charge). If you don't have a key, but would like a Fob, there will be a $20 charge. Lost/Replacement charge $20, all non refundable.
Rocks CLOSED Tuesdays
The Rocks will now be closed every Tuesday's until further notice. The Members Lounge / Rooms are still open to members, please remember to BYO food / drinks, and your fob will open the main front door if you come outside of office hours.
Quartermaster Stock arrived!
We have new stock in the quartermaster of long sleeve polo's Navy & White along with waterproof Jackets.
Rocks Easter Hours
Footy Tipping has started!
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Call for Volunteers!
We will shortly be placing another order in for out popular Hoodies! If you are interested in purchasing one please let the MYC Office know by Monday 20th March - thank you!
Adult Sizes $60: S | M | L | XL | XXL and Kids $55 Aged 8 | 10| 12 + 14
VALE | Patricia McBride
We are sad to announce the recent passing of long term member Trish McBride. Patricia was a member of MYC for over 60 years and used to enjoy her visits to the club meeting with friends for the monthly Ladies Lunch. At age 96 we thank Trish for her support to MYC having left strict instructions with family to keep her MYC membership up to date, even though she was not able to visit the club. Our thoughts and prayers are with John and his family at this sad time.
VALE | Murray Preston
Former long time member Murray Preston passed away peacefully at home in Alice Springs on Thursday March 10 cared for by his wife Jennifer. Murray had been a barrister and solicitor who worked variously in Mornington, Frankston, and the City, and later in Alice Springs.
In the 70’s and 80’s he co-owned the S&S 36, “Maria,”, initially with Jim Watson and later with Denis Kelly. A half hull model of Maria hangs above the door in the MYC bar. Maria sailed in three Sydney Hobarts, a Westcoaster, numerous Devonports, and multiple Bass Strait races with Murray as her skipper. Maria’s exploits encouraged many MYC members to see that they, too, could venture outside. Maria’s guiding sextant is enclosed in a stand in the Quartermasters Store downstairs.
Upon moving to The Alice Murray missed his sailing. Nobody but Murray would dream up such an audacious idea of creating the Alice Springs YC , with the intention of competing in another Sydney Hobart. A membership was quickly organised, with the NT Government being convinced of the benefits tipping in significant funds towards the charter of a yacht. Naturally, Murray based his campaign from MYC, instead of a logical Sydney. Murray was highly intelligent, but as his close friends will attest, he wasn’t always logical. The Alice Springs YC went on to do a number of Hobarts, and later, incredibly, a Fastnet.
Murray, was a great sailor who loved his sport. In The Alice he used his sometimes obsessive character to become an admired golfer at the Alice Springs Golf Club. He was a flamboyant character one minute, and quiet, deep thinker the next. It would be easy to describe Murray as bordering on the eccentric, but that would be selling him short. As said before he was highly intelligent, had a great sense of humour, and the ridiculous, and an enormous appetite for life.
Murray will be sadly missed, but never forgotten, by all his mates here at MYC who send their best wishes and condolences to Jennifer and his children.
Opti State Titles at MYC!
This Labour day long weekend Mornington Yacht Club hosted the 2023 Optimist Dinghy Victorian Championships. We hadn’t hosted a Victorian Championships since 2013, that event preceded the 2014 Opti Nationals where MYC was host to over 300 competitors.
We had 78 entries across the three Optimist fleets, and with Victoria currently having the majority of the top Optimist sailors, competitors came from WA, SA, Tasmania, NSW and all over Victoria including Geelong, Indented Head & Cairn Curran for the three day event.
After some very challenging weather for the Schnapper Point regatta four weeks earlier this weekend had the Open & Intermediate fleets competing in winds ranging from 5-18 knots. They completed 8 championship length races which provided plenty of opportunity for everyone to shine.
MYC’s Optimist team was in full flight, in Open division Leigh Harvie 17th, Josh Bacon 30th, in Intermediate division Louis Coates 3rd, Josephine Lott 14th, Zac Oakley 15th & Lila Donnellan in 17th. For the fun Green fleet division led by MYC’s Sail Training Manager Immi Weber & ably assisted by Sophie McKenzie & Anna Cripsy, 20 entrants competed in 11 races in the more sheltered waters off Red Bluff, Linley Jones 8th & Evie Taylor in 12th.
For many of our MYC competitors it was their first regatta and a great opportunity for them to begin their competitive sailing journey on home waters. With this year being our third year running the SLM training program, Junior & Youth OTB sailing at Mornington is well on its way back to its glory days of large participation on Sundays & mid-week and also plenty of up and coming talent to fill the cockpits & bows of our keelboat fleet. The training and development committee are very passionate about Mornington Yacht club being inclusive for all sailors and especially today’s youth who will hopefully be tomorrow’s keel boats owners, committee members & maybe Commodores. The opportunity to run an event which is well attended by inspirational young athletes has hopefully shown our young members that the competitive and more so the social side of sailing can be far greater than just Mornington Yacht Club and this is a lifelong passion.
Leading up to this weekend I thought that one of the key measures of success was the number of participants you had and felt we failed before the weekend had started as we didn’t meet our targeted entries. Boy was I wrong, the key measure is the enjoyment it brings to everyone involved. The amount of families that approached me across the weekend and especially yesterday to tell me how the parents and children had a great weekend, were made to feel welcome, couldn’t believe how organised and well run the weekend was and how it was one of the best they had been to in a long time as the atmosphere was relaxing. As too, many coaches and sailing professionals who are traveling to events all over the world commented that it’s not often you see a club that operates together so well as a team. I have thought that we use the word team lightly sometimes, but the amount of our members who turned up for one or three days, don’t have kids participating or for that matter don’t even sail themselves anymore and members who cancelled other events just to help and participate is one of the greatest definitions of team I can think of. Every person that helped over the weekend and leading up to the event does it without arrogance or attitude, is happy to do whatever is asked of them and always has a jovial approach.
These events don’t happen without some external help as well and Peter Merritt from McCrae YC kindly gave up his time to be the Race Officer for the Open & Intermediate fleet on Alpha course. John Maclurcan from SailSys came down from Sydney to assist with the regatta registration through the SailSys program and John was on the finish boat entering the finishers straight into the SailSys and publishing the race result well before the competitors were back on shore which is also brilliant for a junior regatta where a large number of parents are observing from the shore. Sorrento Couta Boat & Sailing Club also lent boats, marks & other equipment which takes a huge burden off us.
Thank you again to everyone who was at the club over the weekend and if you weren’t around maybe next time we host a regatta be part of the volunteer family or just come down to the club lounge and soak up the great atmosphere that is created when our club is in full swing.
The 55th Marlay Point Overnight Race was held over the the Labour day weekend on the 11 March. It was sailed from the dusk start in Lake Wellington in the typical light E to NE conditions. Four Mornington boats competed this year.
In the sports boat division;
The 12 knots Easterly died with the moonrise, in the McLennan straight with the 1 1/2 knot current providing the only motive power for 3 hour drift. Puffs of 6 knot breeze, drifts tacking and shy spinnaker runs made up the rest of the race. One can only feel sorry for the sideways trimaran bouncing from one bank to the other with no way to do anything else, photo credit to Kai Dean!
Thanks to the Marlay Point and Gippsland Lakes Yacht club for again putting on a great event , and to all of the 87 Competitors who make the event so special . Well done Dynesy, who didn’t compete this year but wasn’t put off after being bogged and eaten sliver by sandflies at his campsite in McLennons straight . Dynsey still managed to get on the water at Lake Wellington in a tinny . His yells of encouragement to the departing Mornington boats was a sight and sound to behold !
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