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 two winter series (Polar Bear Challenge) from May through September 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), not-to-mention 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.

The Club also conducts Junior Sail Training and Sailability programs during the summer months.

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

Jun 8, 2015
Category: General
Posted by: tshepperd

1 Rules: As per GLYC Summer Series NOR

2 Advertising: n/a

3 Eligibility: As per GLYC Summer Series NOR

4 Entry: As per GLYC Summer Series NOR

5 Measurement: As per GLYC Summer Series NOR

6 Schedule: 4 Race Series with heats on the last Sunday of June, July, August and September. Briefing 1200 Hrs Start 1300 Hrs

7 Sailing Instructions: As per GLYC Summer Series SI

8 Courses: Determined on the day reflecting fleet size, type and weather

9 Prizes: Maybe

10 Penalty System: Do your Turns or else

11 Scoring: If four races or fewer are completed all races to count

12 Team Support: Tea, coffee and sticky buns can be delivered to competitors

13 Radio Com: As per GLYC Summer Series SI

14 Liability: As per GLYC Summer Series NOR

Michael Clark has offered to RO the race on Sunday 28 June and I will be back for the remainder of the series. If any member would like to have a go as RO for a day please let me know.
James Frecheville (Sailing Captain)

Jun 8, 2015
May 19, 2015
Category: General
Posted by: russ


DATE: From 19th May 2015 until mid-August 2015

DETAILS: Mariners are advised of dredging operations to be undertaken by Gippsland Ports to sand nourish Cresent Island and realign Steamer Channel at the northern end of Barton Island. The dredging operations are scheduled to commence from 19th May 2015 and continue through to around mid-August 2015.

The Cutter Suction Dredge (CSD) “Kalimna” will initially be operating in Grange Channel working Eastwards from the Ocean Grange jetty for a period of approximately 6 weeks. Associated floating pipelines will extend from the dredge to several specific sites to provide sand nourishment to improve the habitat values for migratory birds at Crescent Island.

Following this, dredgeing works will commence in Steamer Channel which will be closed to navigation for approximately 6 weeks from early July. Vessel access to Ocean Grange and Bunga Arm will continue via the Grange Channel.

At the completion of dredging operations several navigation aids will be removed or relocated to improve the safe passage of vessels navigating within Steamer Channel

Mariners are advised that the Grange Channel is not lit at night and should exercise caution and proceed at a safe speed when navigating in the area. Retro reflective tape indicating port and starboard hand lateral marks is installed on each of the beacons marking the Grange Channel.

The CSD “Kalimna” shall exhibit navigation lights at night and day shapes during daylight hours as required by the Prevention of Collision Convention (COLREGS). The vicinity of the floating pipeline and anchor buoys shall be marked at night by lit special mark buoys.

A location map detailing the extent of the works will be published on the Gippsland Ports website at 

May 19, 2015

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