Thursday, 18th August 2022

From the Board

Board Elections: Absentee Voting for the Board Elections has opened this week and as previously advised, members will be able to vote either through Absentee Voting or via attending the club over the two days prior to the AGM, being Tuesday 23 August 2022 and Wednesday 24 August 2022, 8.30 am to 6.00 pm each day.
Special Resolutions: Absentee Voting on Special Resolutions is now open and as previously advised members will be able to vote either through Absentee Voting or by attending the AGM in person or via Zoom.
2022 AGM: Our AGM will be held on Thursday 25th August 2022 at 6.30 pm. As we require 10% of financial members at the AGM to have a quorum, I encourage all our members who are able to attend the meeting in person or via Zoom to please do so. For more details: Click HERE.
Membership Category Changes:  As previously stated the proposed Rule changes in the Special Resolutions will be presented to the Members at the AGM on Thursday 25th August 2022. We encourage our members to review and fully understand these proposed changes that are designed to make our club more engaging and inclusive for ALL our members.
OTB/Sailing School Update: At a Special Meeting of the Board held on Monday night this week, the Board resolved to seek an additional Builder’s quotation based on the 100% design documentation.
We were advised on Tuesday this week by the Lloyd Group that they will be withdrawing their offer to undertake project construction due to resourcing issues, particularly on the basis that they have recently won several new projects that will put further strain on their resources.
Together with our Government partners, we are now taking this opportunity to re-tender the project to achieve the best possible cost and construction outcomes. Three builders have already been shortlisted and I will continue to keep Members informed as we work through the process toward commencing construction in the final quarter of 2022.  

We now have a signed Construction Licence and are in the final stages of obtaining the Heads of Agreement from the City Of Greater Geelong and should have all documentation finalized by mid-September.


Wednesday Member’s Night: Last night we had Tony Bull give us some great insights into our Racing Rules. Tony’s advice was that we need to have a very good understanding of Rules 10 – 23 and remember that the rules are designed to keep boats apart. Alison Goodfellow was our Officer of the Day and once again was not able to find a winner from the Members Draw, so next week we have 2 bottles of wine. It was pleasing to see a good crowd as yesterday was the first day of the club operating the Yot Cafe & Bistro.

Friday Night Members Draw: The Members Draw has jackpotted to $250 and we will have 3 slabs of Carlton Draught. Harry’s Foundation Meat Raffle is on as usual. Board Member Alison Goodfellow will be our Officer of the Day. So come on down and enjoy a meal from OUR Yot Café and Bistro.

New Members Night: Was held last Friday and it was pleasing to see such a great turnout of new members, most of who stayed for our Members Draw and enjoyed the friendly atmosphere of the club. The feedback from them was very positive, with many feeling that they had been made very welcome at their new club.

RGYC Sailing: The Davidsons Winter Series Race 6 was cancelled last week due to NO breeze, while the OTB Winter Series was cancelled due to TOO MUCH breeze! Alpha will now look forward to the last race on Saturday 27th with a post-race BBQ and live music to celebrate the end of their Winter Series.

Geelong Advertiser Editor Visit: We had the recently appointed Editor from the Addy visit our club today. Nadja Fleet was appointed editor at the Geelong Advertiser in June 2022. She has been part of News for more than 15 years, working in the NT, SA and Qld. She was recognised as the NT's Young Journalist of the Year in 2011 and won the prestigious News Media Works Hegarty Scholarship for best young media executive in Australasia in 2019. I took the opportunity of showing Nadja around the club, having lunch at The Yot and discussing our plans for the future.

ORCV race to Geelong: We are expecting a good fleet of close to 50 visiting yachts to take part in the annual Melbourne to Geelong Race this Saturday, 20th August. Four RGYC yachts will be taking part: Azzura, Goggo, Dynamic & Usual Suspects. The fleet is expected to arrive later in the afternoon and there will be meals from The Yot Cafe & Bistro, as well as live music from 5:00 pm. Please make our visiting sailors welcome at our club.

Ladies Networking & Welcome Event: On this Sunday afternoon at 3.30 pm, tickets are $10.00. This event offers our female members an afternoon of Networking, Discussions and Discovery. Meet your fellow female members, share experiences, and learn about the activities that the RGYC has to offer. Cocktails and Finger Food will be available on arrival. To book Click HERE.

The Yot Café Update: Yesterday saw the first day of The YOT Cafe & Bistro being operated by RGYC. By all reports, it was a very smooth transition with no major teething problems. With our new team in place, we are looking forward to seeing the business grow and provide a great service to our Members.

Around the Bay: Pam and I had the pleasure of attending the RBYC Presentation Night last week. They had a very casual format with presentations taking place whilst members and guests mingled in a Cocktail Party atmosphere. Our hosts Commodore Peter Strain and his wife Suzie made us very welcome. I had the pleasure of meeting their Club Captain Brett Heath and other Commodores who gave me a few facts on how their sailing seasons had panned out. We share many of the same issues with membership and sailing participation.

50 Year Members Lunch: With the lunch fast approaching we are now looking to get a great guest speaker, so put the date in your diary. Lunch will be held on Friday 16th September, one week before the AFL Grand Final. 

My thought of the week: Challenges are what make life interesting, overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” - Joshua J. Marine


Stay Safe and Let’s Go Sailing
Stuart Dickson
RGYC Commodore

Jorja Mahoney - Optimist European Championships

Jorja Mahoney was one of four Optimist sailors who qualified to represent Australia at the Optimist European Championships held in Sonderborg, Denmark from 30th July to 6th August. Jorja placed 1st Girl at the Australian National Championships earlier this year to gain this opportunity.
There were 142 boys and 111 girls from 41 Nations competing. This is the only optimist regatta where girls race separately to the boys. The girls' fleet was divided into two flights and after 3 qualifying days Jorja raced well making in into gold fleet.  After 2 days in finals she finished 52nd place out of 111 girls.
 "Being part of the European Optimist Championships and to represent Australia was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I met so many people from all around the world, made lots of friends and traded our Australian gear with them. It was a lot of fun. Sonderborg was a great venue for the regatta and all the competitors were at such a high level that often all the boats were within only 30m of each other" - Jorja Mahoney

Congratulations Jorja on an amazing achievement.

Riley Cantwell ILCA 4 Worlds Update

Riley Cantwell is currently in Portugal at the ILCA 4 Youth Worlds, in a massive Youth Boys fleet of 272 sailors. 

After three days, Riley is currently:
191st / 272 - Youth Boys
64th / 99 - Young Boys U16
Click HERE for the full results.

We wish Riley the best of luck for the remainder of the regatta.
Upcoming Sailing & Boating Activities

Saturday 20th - ORCV Geelong Race
Sunday 21st - ORCV Women & Novice Skipper Race
Saturday 27th - Race 7, Davidsons Winter Series

Saturday 10th - OTB Winter Series (Rescheduled from Aug 27)
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th - SuperSail

Saturday 1st - OPENING DAY
Final OTB Winter Series Rescheduled

The final OTB Winter Series race day has been rescheduled from Saturday August 27th to Saturday 10th September.
SuperSail is on 17th - 18th September and will be open to all OTB classes. The Notice of Race will be available shortly, and we are seeking expressions of interest for volunteers. Please contact RGYC Reception at if you are available to help

More information will be provided in the coming weeks.
Boating Safety Session
This September, RGYC will be hosting a Boating Safety Session for all boat owners and users of Corio Bay and our surrounding waterways.

As boaters, we are all responsible for our safety on the water, and with the introduction of the Spirit of Tasmania to Corio Bay this coming spring, this is a great opportunity for everyone to stay up to date on what to do in an emergency and how we can ensure Corio Bay is a safe waterway.

This information session will see presentations from Marine Safety Victoria, Australian Volunteer Coast Guard and Country Fire Authority, with the hope that Ports Victoria and the Spirit of Tasmania will also be in attendance.

This Boating Safety Session is proudly sponsored by Boating Central, who will also be providing lucky door prizes on the night.

When: Wednesday, September 14th at 6:30 pm.
Passage Race to Geelong - August 20th & 2 Return Races
The last race in the ORCV Winter Series takes the fleet to the Royal Geelong Yacht Club destination.  Enter the 4th race to Geelong here 

There are two races back from Geelong on Sunday 21st August with the Women Skipper & Navigators Re-Sail and the Novice Skippers Race.  If you are female and a novice skipper, you can enter both races.  Learn more here 
Boats coming from the Southern end of the bay or Geelong can book with the Friday night complimentary berth at RBYC via
YRSA Weighing Day - 18th September

Yacht Racing Services Australia will be conducting a weighing day on Sunday 18th September from 9:00 am at Sandringham Yacht Club for boats that wish to obtain or update their measurement rating certificates - AMS, ORCc endorsed and IRC.

The cost will be $275 per boat. Please call Lowa on 0408 400 278 or email if there are any queries or if you wish to make a booking.

RGYC invites our female members to an afternoon of networking, discussions & discovery. Meet your fellow female members, share experiences, and learn about all the activities RGYC has to offer.

Cocktails & finger food will be provided upon arrival, with lucky door prizes up for grabs!

When: Sunday, 21st August from 3:30 pm
Where: RGYC Member's Bar
Tickets: $10 pp via

                       Footy Tipping Comp

Comp 1 - Round 22 Results: Click HERE.
Comp 2 - No results from Rd 12 until the season finishes. Comp 2 Rules Click HERE.

Powerboat Handling Course

Improve your boat handling skills, especially in confined areas such as Marinas and in swell and waves. You will also learn more about types of craft, and navigation. This is also a prerequisite qualification for becoming a dinghy instructor.
Our next powerboat handling session will be held on:
Theory: Friday 19th August at 6 – 10pm
Practical (on water): Saturday 20th August – times to be confirmed on the Friday evening
Cost: $400 for non-members / $300 RGYC Members (please contact Royal Geelong Yacht Club to receive your discount code)
Please click here to register.


Provide First Aid

The next First Aid courses are to be held on -
Date: Wednesday, 31st August 2022
Time: 6:00 - 9:30 pm
Course: HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
Cost: $110.00
Course: HLTAID009 Provide CPR
Cost: $65.00
Please register early as there will be an online component to be completed prior to attending the practical session.
Please contact Emma at the Sailing Academy.


Safety & Sea Survival Courses, Sept 11th and November 20th 

Check your certification and book in early as the large fleet to Hobart, will cause these courses to book out early.  The ORCV requires that 50% of the crew (including the skipper or sailing master) be SSS certified and 100% where a boat is racing double-handed. 

Please check your crew certifications.  The ORCV course has self-paced online content to be completed prior to attending the in-person 1-day session.  Bookings can be made here 


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