Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club is a fully-volunteer club located on the foreshore of McMillan Straits and Lake Victoria, Paynesville in East Gippsland. The club was founded in 1937 and has been committed to sailing for over 75 years. The facility has grown somewhat since those early days and now boasts to be one of the most successful family sailing clubs in Victoria. Our facilities include a fully-licenced bar, club rooms with lake views, launching area with ramp, crane, and mooring jetties. The Club has wet berth, hardstand and undercover boat storage.

Gippsland Lakes is one of the most active sailing clubs in country Victoria, whereby we are operational nearly all-year round. For those interested in competitive sailing we run a winter series on Saturdays commencing 1300 hours, and the Ancient Mariners Series midweek on Tuesdays at 1300hrs. We then roll straight into the Summer Series every Sunday at 1400 hours (October - May), and the extremely successful Twilight Series held each Tuesday evening during daylight saving, followed by a social meal at the club.

During the summer months we also have a number of specialised regattas; hosting on behalf of class associations and/or Yachting Victoria, our peak governing body. These regattas/competitions bring a wealth of money, knowledge and competition to the club that otherwise could be lost. Our major annual regatta continues to be the Easter Regatta, held over the three days of Easter and has been well supported by both club and non-club members for over 50 years.

The classes raced include Flying Fifteens, Mosquitos, Sabres, Castle 650s, Sonata 6/7s, Timpenny 770s, and a mixed fleet of dinghies, trailer-sailors and keelboats.

GLYC is also an accredited Discover Sailing Centre, offering sail programs for all backgrounds, ages, and abilities:

  • Sailing school: encouraging first time sailors, developing our novice fleet and a youth development pathway.
  • Tackers: run in the school holidays, providing learn to sailing opportunities for both kids and adults.
  • Sailability: held each Tuesday in terms 4 and 1, for local primary and special schools, centres for people with disabilities and community support programs
  • Adult and Teen programs
  • Powerboat handling  
  • School Sailing 

We offer venue hire whereby the main hall and rooms can be hired for Functions, Weddings, Community Meetings, Seminars, Corporate Events... all with a brand new state-of-the art projector and interactive white board system.

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Latest News

Oct 8, 2015
Category: General
Posted by: tshepperd

This Saturday is Opening Weekend. Hurray! Festivities begin at 11:00 with the Opening at 11:30.

Then a light lunch courtesy all our members who are asked to bring a plate.

Sail Past at 1300 hrs. Commodore's Trophy Series at 1400 - a stern chaser.

Sunday at 1400 hours races 2 and 3 of the Commodore's Trophy Series will introduce a slightly different format: a 3 minute start sequence and a trapezium course. Come try your luck.

11am Arrival
11.30am Welcome and Official Opening
12.00 noon Briefing for the Sail Past and Commodores' Trophy Series followed by a light lunch (Please bring a plate to contribute.)
1pm Sail Past
2pm Commodores' Trophy Series Stern Chaser
2pm Commodores' Trophy Series Heats 2 and 3
4.30pm Presentation of Commodores' Trophy Series


Check your Wanderer email for a link to the online season entry form. You can also use the club PC to put in your entry.

Oct 8, 2015
Oct 7, 2015
Category: General
Posted by: tshepperd

A special 65+ Water Safety Awareness program will be run at the Club next week Tuesday through Thursday. Sign up for a single 3 1/2 hour session (see the Wanderer) which includes a CPR refresher. Please get friends to come.

Oct 7, 2015
Jul 30, 2015
Category: General
Posted by: tshepperd
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Jul 30, 2015

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