Graeme joined MYC in the early 2002 and crewed aboard “Gilt Edge” for 4 years, a Nolex 25 owned and skippered by well-known member Geoff Hancock.
Following his retirement from business in 2006, Graeme joined MYC Sailability as a volunteer under the leadership Colin Smith, a well-known sailing identity in Victoria and club member. He quickly slotted in to the Wednesday volunteer group and assisted in the Sunday sailing program.
In 2009 Graeme took over MicK Daddo’s co-ordinator role and Mick’s position as representative for MYC Sailability on the Sailability Victoria committee and served on that committee for 4years. Graeme developed the co-ordinator’s role into a full blown administrative position. His working life was in IT and with the help of Noel Heyes who took on the day leadership role for all our programs, he enthusiastically moved to bring MYC-S into a far more controlled environment by creating a Sailability Manual comprising every working facet of our programs. This is a serious body of work and includes State government disability requirements, OHS requirements for our clients and volunteers. It was followed with detailed day sheets covering everything that happens in our daily programs, running sheets for safety control our clients on water and ashore, to roster sheets for each of our 40+ volunteers.
Graeme's diligence and attention to detail is second to none and has now built MYC-S into arguably the best program in the State and in the top echelon on the National stage.
Now due to health reasons, he needs to take on a less onerous role resulting in moving our administration into the MYC office rather than have Graeme carrying the full load. Graeme has always been actively involved over the last decade in our not-for-profit and corporate fund raising and has a significant amount of money in the process.
In recognition of all he has done to make MYC-S the force it is today, the Sailability committee last year created the GRAEME LYELL PERPETUAL TROPHY to be awarded to “The Volunteer of the Year” across all our programs. We have also named one of Hansa yachts “Graeme Lyell” in recognition of his service to MYC-S.
It is impossible to imagine MYC-S without thinking of Graeme and the incredible work he has done over the last seventeen years in Sailability. His work ethic and care for all who are in our organisation and for all our clients who come sailing with us, now numbering over 100 people who have enjoyed at least one program of sailing with us, has set the standard for us all to follow.