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 host a number of specialised regattas; on behalf of class associations and/or Yachting Victoria, our peak governing body. These regattas/competitions bring in funds and a wealth of 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 including Etchells.

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

Mar 17, 2017
Category: General
Posted by: russ
The Notice of Race is now available, please click here to read or download.
Mar 17, 2017
Mar 15, 2017
Category: General
Posted by: russ

The following is not definitive, and do not rely on it, but it may be of assistance if checking around for marine insurance.

Some companies include Social Racing (Twilights without spinnakers) within their standard cover, some include full racing cover in the standard policy, and some include no racing cover.  And until anyone can provide evidence to the contrary, the Club's understanding of "Social Racing" according to all insurers is NoR says "no spinnakers allowed".

The following is a brief summary of what we have found to date.
** CGU (Bendigo Bank) includes social racing in the standard cover, full racing cover is extra.
** Nautilus Marine includes full racing cover (<100 NM) in the standard policy (and obviously social races are included in that)
** RACV does not include any racing cover in the standard policy, even if you just want cover for social races you have to take out full racing cover.
** YOUI is confusing, the current PDS allows you to take out social racing cover as an extra, full racing cover is not available. Earlier PDSs had different definitions and inclusions.
** Club Marine includes social racing (no spinnakers, <25NM) in the standard policy, full racing insurance is extra.

Mar 15, 2017
Mar 15, 2017
Category: General
Posted by: russ

Reminder to members who hold a yellow key for accessing the facilities or main hall, the keys no longer work and you need to change to an electronic fob. Keys will be accepted for refund of your refundable deposit (as long as you paid one!) up until end March 2017 when they become worthless.

Please contact the Secretary at if you need any further information.

Mar 15, 2017
Feb 20, 2017
Category: General
Posted by: tshepperd
Most weeks Christie is out there taking lots of photos of club members in action on (and in) the water. To quickly view the latest uploads click on the image on the right hand side of this page (just under the weather report).
Feb 20, 2017

Weather and Warnings

Wind: NW 8kts avg (11kts gust)

Sun protection recommended from 10:20 am to 4:20 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 7 [High]

Weather Warnings for Victoria - marine areas. Issued by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology

wind for Paynesville

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