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

Jul 27, 2017
Category: General
Posted by: russ

On Sunday August 6th, directly after sailing, Phil Yeomans of Deckhardware will give a presentation on "deck hardware", fittings, ropes, etc.

Join us after sailing in the downstairs bar when Phil will talk about sailing products, how to choose them, how to use them and how to maintain them.

Do you know what to use and where on your boat?

Do you know how to look after your rope and fittings?

When you coil your rope does it end up in knots? There is a trick to help avoid this!

Did you know there are types of Dyneema® fibre which then becomes different types of Dyneema® Rope?

One of the interesting things about hardware design over the last few years has been the development in rope technology.  Previously block ranges faced an unchanging demand and lightness was the only desirable characteristic, however this is no longer the case. 

Phil will be discussing the different loads on your blocks, depending on the application you are using them for and where they are placed in the system.  As well as some of the new products available like Dog Bones.

Phil will discuss the different types of rope to help you choose which type to use.  We know this can be a tricky process and often it comes down to the individual sailor and what they like.

Jul 27, 2017
Jul 20, 2017
Category: General
Posted by: russ

As presented in overview at the AGM, this link provides access to the complete Strategic Plan for the next five years, developed by the Committee from the member workshop.

If you have any thoughts, comments or suggestions, please discuss with the Commodore at your convenience, or email the Committee at

Jul 20, 2017
Mar 15, 2017
Category: General
Posted by: russ

Backgrounder article on the Club's Insurance Investigations



Mar 15, 2017

Weather and Warnings

Wind: WSW 15kts avg (21kts gust)

Sun protection not recommended, UV Index predicted to reach 2 [Low]

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

wind for Paynesville