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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Feb 20, 2015
Category: General
Posted by: russ

Deakin University and Fisheries Victoria shall be conducting underwater research into fouling organisms within the Gippsland Lakes. The research involves SCUBA diving operations around numerous jetties and wharves listed below; 

Lakes Entrance:

  • Bullock Island Depot and Boat Yard
  • Cunningham Arm – West – Central and East Boat Harbours
  • Eastern Wharf precinct
  • Flagstaff Jetty
  • North Arm Jetties (central)


  • Baxter Island
  • Jetties and Pontoons – Metung and Mosquito Point
  • Kings Cove Marina


  • Wharves and Jetties in Macmillan Strait from Fort King to The Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club

 Diving operations are scheduled to Commence from Monday 2nd March and conclude on Saturday 7th March 2015.

 The Fisheries Victoria Research Vessel “Raja” (MSV 11286) shall be the Dive Command vessel and maintain a listeneing watch on VHF Ch 16. Mandatory Code Flag “A” (Diving Operations in Progress) shall be displayed in a conspicuous place or places as required. Dive operations shall be in daylight hours only.

Mariners are advised to take extra precaution when navigating in the areas described above and are requested to give the dive operations a wide berth at low speed.

Further details can be obtained from Gippsland Ports Lakes Entrance Office on (03) 51556900

Feb 20, 2015
Feb 10, 2015
Category: General
Posted by: tshepperd

The Easter Regatta will run from Sat 4 April to Mon 6 April. There will be the usual variety of long distance, round-the-island and course racing. 

Notice of Race


Classic 30nm long distance race for OTB (YV 113 or less) & Cat 7 1st start at 10am

Any vessels not sailing Classic 30
AM Race 1 start after Classic 30
PM 2 races B2B starting at 2pm

OTB, Trailables and Keelboats AM Race 4 start at 11am
Cock ‘o’ Lake around Raymond Island Start at 2pm

Lake Victoria Triangle Start at 11am

Social: Saturday night, all in Pizza Night $10 per head

Feb 10, 2015
Feb 10, 2015
Category: General
Posted by: tshepperd

Including Castle Class & RL24 Class Championships.
This will be on the weekend of 21/22 March.

Here is the flyer (PDF).

Feb 10, 2015
Feb 9, 2015
Category: General
Posted by: tshepperd
The Boatshed program will be back at GLYC over the Easter school holidays (29 March – 2 April). Tackers 1, 2 & 3 plus some Adult/Teenager courses will be run at GLYC this year. Further information and enrolment can be accessed here.
Feb 9, 2015

Weather and Warnings

Wind: ESE 9kts avg (9kts gust)

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

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