Fostering the sport of sailing since 1859
        The Honourable Linda Dessau A.M Governor of Victoria
25 Eastern Beach Road Geelong Victoria Australia
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Festival of Sails to return to Australia Day

The Royal Geelong Yacht Club (RGYC) has announced the iconic Festival of Sails regatta is moving back to its traditional place on the Australia Day weekend in January, as it celebrates its 175th anniversary in 2018. 

The full media release with the announcement can be downloaded here

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 Cowes Regatta, England

A RGYC team will be competing in the 2017 Cowes Regatta in England from the 29th July 2017 - 4th August 2017, in a Sunsail F40 and have one spot in the crew to fill. If you are interested and want more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more info on the Cowes Regatta click HERE.



 OTB Victorian Transition Day

Our Victorian Transition day will be on Sunday the 28th of May 2017 at the Royal Brighton Yacht Club. The day is a fantastic opportunity for class associations to showcase their product and boats to future generations of young Victorian Junior sailors.

The day’s focus is to allow our current junior sailors and families the access to the pathway classes. Class associations will be on hand to provide expert knowledge on the day and help the athletes and families with information when and how to transition into a new class.

Each class will have an experienced spokesperson on site to allow families and sailors some insight to the boats and assist with questions and knowledge on the positives around the respective classes.

Topics of interest for new Sailors and families could be Regatta and class development days:

  • Class association social media sites
  • Association websites
  • Key contacts locally and nationally

Time slots for our Class association presentations are below.

  1. Laser 4.7, Laser Radial 9.30am
  2. 9er Class 10.00am
  3. 420 Class 10.30am
  4. Nacra Class or other Cat 11.00am

After the presentations we would like to give young sailors the opportunity to test sail the respective boats. Australian Sailing with the assistance of Royal Brighton Yacht Club will have 2 rescue change over ribs on the water to make the swapping over process time efficient.

If your club has any junior sailors make sure you don’t miss this great day or call Adrian Finglas for information 0413 376 114


The Geelong St Ayles Skiff Community Rowing Project

The Geelong St Ayles Community Rowing Project has begun at Deakin University with Divierstitat and Life Boat groups undertaking the task of building two St Ayles

skiffs side by side. Under fantastic leadership from Andy, Stuart, Bill and Peter, they’ve built both boat frames and moulds in three, two-hour sessions.  Everyone is

having a great time and language is proving no barrier at all to engagement or progress. 


A public Media Launch will be held at the build site on Friday June 23rd 2017.


Please come and visit us at our Deakin University site, just next to Costa Hall on Tuesday evenings (5:30 – 8:00pm) and Saturday mornings.


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Unique Car Cruise 
RGYC Members enjoyed a car (and motorbike) cruise down the Bellarine Peninsular last Friday 19th May 2017. Members toured the Portarlington Safe Harbour Project and were enlightened by RGYC Member Mark Morrissy (from Parks Victoria) who offered information regarding the project that is expected to be completed by the end of the year. 


Cruisers enjoyed a superb morning tea at the Curlewis Golf Club, and lunch was equally enjoyable at Jack Rabbit Winery. The next Unique Car Cruise is proprosed for Saturday 26th August 2017 and will be heading down the Great Ocean Road.

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Dredging Program

As detailed previously, a diver has inspected the dredged areas. He identified a number of objects / hazards that had been revealed as a result of the dredging.

This included wooden piles protruding upwards, concrete mooring blocks and a cut off concrete pile in front of the Sailability program pontoon.

Commercial Marine and Diving yesterday removed the hazards from the seabed.

The diver also identified some ridge lines that remained following the sweep of the suction dredge.

A hydrographic survey was undertaken on Tuesday this week and we are now waiting on that report. Once we receive that report we will then address the respective areas that are uneven, and have them levelled so that the seabed floor is consistent.

Skippers are advised to continue to use the area with caution. 

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Carribean Rum Night

What a great night! For those lucky enough to get a seat at the table, they were met with a refreshing Dark & Stormy followed by a selection of 9 different rums. The first “palette cleanser” got the taste buds ready for the onslaught of progressively smoother and fuller bodied delights. Capped off with a detailed history lesson on the origins of this wonderful beverage, it was a fantastic night for all of those that love a quiet rumbo!

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