Quote of the Month

Quote of the Month; The Commodore of the club leads by example, usually he leads round the race track as well-Joe King.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Milang Goolwa Freshwater Classic

The Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club is running The Marina Hindmarsh Island Milang Goolwa Freshwater Classic and Regatta, open to off-the-beach and trailerable multis. For details go to www.goolwaregattaweek.com.au

Monday, December 16, 2013


The ORCV's annual Boxing Day Dash race from Station Pier to Blairgowrie is open to multihulls for the first time. Start is 10:30 am on Boxing Day. Its a fun race, so would be great to get a few multis in! Go to http://orcv.org.au/index.php/sailing/races/boxingday-dash-cock-of-the-bay for more details.

Entries close 18 December but they will probably take late entries for a few days after that!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Early bird (that is ... DISCOUNT!) registration for Festival of Sails closes on 30th November

Hi all. Early bird registration for the Festival of Sails finishes on 30th November - this Saturday. So enter before then and save $50! Your Committee has put a lot of effort into getting a great seven race program for multis this year, so we are looking for plenty of multis to support the event in January. Race entry has been kept the same as last year and this is for seven races - there were only four races last year, so the value is pretty fair.

Looking forward to seeing as many of our members there as possible, plus any other multis we can attract (please encourage any multi owners you know who are not members to come along too).

Cheers, Charles Meredith (Commodore)

Friday, November 15, 2013

Round Phillip Island Race 7th December - from Tom Boschma

On Saturday 7th December 2013 the Newhaven Yacht Squadron is running the annual round Phillip Island race. While the race has been for club members in keel boats (and some larger TS boats) last year's interest by some multihull skippers has propted the NYS to open up this event to any westernport club members and to mulithulls.
The requirements are- Declaration of Cat 4, GPS position reports over VHF every 2 hours, e-perb, min 2 crew.
The race starts in the morning just after low tide (to get under bridge) in Cleeland Bight, and finishes at the starboard mark in the Newhaven channel. If the weather is strong, skippers can elect to do instead the "half Island" race which stays inside Westernport , down to McHaffies reef and back. Multis from Hastings can get an overnight berth in the marina (must apply first- and fold floats in)
The NOR, Sailing instructions and application form are all on the NYS web site. Entry is $18. We need three multis to form a division. One is already in. NYS has not organised any prizes as it does not know if there will be any interest. This race is the most prestigious event of the season.
Could interested skippers let me know so I can keep NYS worded up? Thanks Tom Boschma Member NYS and MYCV tomboschma@yahoo.com.au

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Update on meals at AGM

Due to a change in catering arrangements, the full menu will not be available at RMYS prior to the AGM. If you wish to eat there, there will be good fish and chips available for $15, plus bar snacks.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Simon McKeon to speak at AGM!

We have been able to get a fantastic speaker for the MYCV Annual General Meeting - Simon McKeon!
Simon, a long term MYCV member, has been Australian of the Year, a past world sailing speed record holder and a long term multihuller, as well as a successful businessman and philanthropist. He is regarded as one of Australia’s best speakers, so be sure to come along and hear him.

The AGM will be held at 7.00 pm on Thursday 19th September at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, Pier Road, St Kilda. The bar will be open and excellent meals are available there (please arrive early if you plan to eat). Simon's talk will start at 7.30.

You are welcome to invite friends to come along (and especially potential new members), but of course only financial members can vote in the AGM. All financial members should have received a formal notice of the AGM by email - please email floyd.lisa.m@edumail.vic.gov.au if you have not received yours.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Yachting Australia announcement about Silver and Gold cards

Yachting Australia and the State Associations have agreed that Yachting Australia will not issue physical cards as a matter of course to Silver and Gold card holders. For this coming season, the Silver and Gold Cards will only be available on an opt in basis for Clubs. MYCV has decided that for the 2013-14 season we would like our members to continue to receive a card. You will therefore receive a card and letter from Yachting Australia in the month after we update the Yachting Australia database, myClub.

All club members, irrespective of whether their club has indicated that they would like them to receive a card for this coming year or not, can access a printable PDF online via mySailor. This includes your Sailor Identification Number, your club name (and other clubs of which you are a member) and any Yachting Australia qualifications you hold (in which case you will receive a Gold Card). 

The online card also evidences that a sailor is entitled to race in compliance with the Racing Rules of Sailing (Rule 46 Person in Charge and Rule 56 Crew). 

The benefits cardholders receive remain unchanged, including Personal Accident Insurance and access to offers from Yachting Australia Loyalty Partners. You do not need a physical card to access these benefits, but you do need to have up to date information on mySailor.  

To ensure a smooth transition to the online card system, all club members are asked to update their details on mySailor, in particular a current email address. A current email address will allow you to retrieve your password if forgotten. If you don’t have a current email address in the system and need to retrieve your password you will need to contact the club directly to enter it for you. Your letter from Yachting Australia will tell you what is currently on your mySailor account and how you can update it. 

It’s important to note that by having a Sailor Identification Number an individual is not a member of Yachting Australia. Your club is a member of, and pays an affiliation fee to, the State Association which in turn is a member of and pays a fee to Yachting Australia, allowing both organisations to continue to support clubs across the country in numerous ways. 

The cost savings made by not mailing a physical card will be invested in developing and promoting sailing. In particular it will enable a significant investment to move the Sailing Information and Management Systems (myCentre, myClass, myClub, myWebsite and mySailor) to a new provider and platform, Sporting Pulse Ltd, a major provider of information technology solutions to many Australian sports. 

It will also enable continued development and funding of the Discover Sailing Program, (www.discoversailing.org.au) which aims to increase participation in sailing and club membership. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

ORCV Winter Series - Melbourne to Geelong race 7 September

Had a chat with several of the Offshore Racing Club of Vic (ORCV) committee members recently, and they are very open to exploring having a multihull division in their races. They have invited MYCV boats to join their Melbourne-Geelong race on September 7 (election day!). Its a Category 5 race (same as FOS passage race), but has a more interesting course, with an initial leg down the Bay (various options depending on weather) before turning to Geelong. Have a look at www.orcv.org.au for more details. Peccadillo and Patronus are up for it, but we really need 3-4 boats to make a division. I know a lot of members are up at Airlie at the moment (Fifty-fifty is doing well I hear), but if anyone is interested to enter, please contact me on 0419 280 322. Cheers, Charles Meredith

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Multihulls in the 2013 Three Peaks Race

I'm writing from Peccadillo, docked in Coles Bay on the Freycinet Peninsula in Tasmania. We were in a commanding position at the front of the fleet until 1830 yesterday when we lost our rudders (yes, both of them!). At 18 knots under spinnaker it was an interesting moment but incredibly fast reactions by Dave Blake and Phil Remilton got the spinnaker in before disaster ensued. The multihull baton has been passed to Steve Laird's 42 ft Chamberlain, and he is currently in lead. Hope he wins - great team and regular competitors who are really sailing their boat to its potential this year, with the bonus of a fast running team. The other multi, the Simpson 30 of Peter Newman, is running 4th.

Until our rudder debacle, we had had a fantastic race on Peccadillo, smashing the leg record from the start to Lady Barron (Flinders Island) previously held by Twisted Sister (1997) by 1 hr 20 mins. We were going fast for most of the second leg until we hit a big wind hole and slowed down but were still well ahead of the rest of the fleet. Then .... oh well, that's yacht racing!

Go to www.threepeaks.org.au to see the finish on the yacht tracker

Cheers, Charles Meredith

Couple of nice pics:

Monday, March 11, 2013


While the travelers in the club were competing at Marley Point, I stayed back and sailed with Mark and Jane on With Teeth. It was a lovely day 30d with 10kts most of the time blowing, Course 26 picked for the day, up round middle spit with a ripper spinnaker run between the mud banks.

And I would have to say the team were pretty happy after the spinnaker run with the lead boats not that far in front. PHC victors for sure and they were lucky we weren't racing under OMR because we had that covered as well. Rounding the bottom mark up to the finish and our tacking angles weren't the best, but we sailed well to the finish very happy with ourselves.... Until we were told the other boats had been in for 1.5 hours waiting. Top speed for the day 22kts

Key notes:

1. Mark sailed OK.
2. Jane and Tim crew brilliantly.
3. Jib needs work.
4. Main needs work.
5. Boat sails better once centreboard is down.
6. With Teeth is a heavy boat.
7. Don't need 7 clips from a 50f mono to clip spinnaker bag on to net.

Overall a great day sailing...

Marlay Point over night race 2013

Frassld had a good start with a steady Easterly breeze so a 12 nm beat across lake Wellington saw us into McLennan Straights at about 22.20 in 2nd place behind the Thompson 8, the wind had dropped out now and a J 24 sailed straight past us while we drifted with the current, bouncing of the banks on both sides at 0.4 Knts. About half way through we found having the jib back winded and the main right out was the best setting and our speed begun to climb to a blistering 1.7 Knts and we left the J 24 in our wake a mile or so before Holland’s Landing. About 03.00 we got the kite up as we sailed into Lake Victoria as the 0-2Knt winds clocked right around the dial. As the dawn broke we got a steady breeze until the sun rose and the wind died again. Now we could see a couple of monos then Spud Gun then heaps of monos behind us. We battled on praying for a shortened race, our hopes built when a committee boat came out around us and then anchored near Point Turner. The Magic 25 had got past us but didn’t get a blast as they passed so back to despair. Then another committee boat arrived and a mad flurry for flags as we passed Point Turner at 10.56 a hooter and it was over. 15 hours to do 30 nm on a warm March night!!! Thanks to a great crew of Geoff, Lisa and Lisa we made the most of a long night. Big Andy on Spud Gun did come 2nd this time. Not bad at all.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Calling all Multihullers !!!!

Can everyone promote and like the Facebook Page of the Multihull Yacht Club of Victoria please….. Once you have clicked liked you can comment and post info..just another great way to promote the club on a world wide scale and just a little user-friendly than the blog. This will be a great way to promote the club and share info whilst we are working on the website…cheers Lisa

MYCV meeting on the 22nd of March, multihull construction and BBQ

The next Multihull Yacht Club of Victoria (MYCV) meeting will be on the 22nd of March at 6:30pm. We are kindly being hosted by Cliff Howie down at Allcraft Marine. Cliff is going to give an informal chat about the services he offers and Ian is going to show us through his very interesting trailerable pod cat project which is onsite. The builders onsite have also offered to give everyone a look at their projects which are under construction. There is a bbq/sausage sizzle on the go, BYO drinks.

Friday, March 1, 2013

OMR Weapon

One of the local guys at Airlie Beach is building this boat for the Nats this year. He reckons it's a winner under OMR if it stays together?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

W.A.F.I.R 2013

Well it started with a nice cruise up from Hastings on Friday With Adele, then the normal challenge getting to the inside of the pontoon (very shallow) at Warneet it was great to see the defender "Xanadu" Terry's pink cat ready as well, soon after Tom arrived with "Hunters Moon" another F31, from Newhaven, and then Jason with "Knot Trying" the F720 extended. Mark, Geoff and lisa the crew were down for pizza and a few drinks at the club. Well the early starters got a good bacon and egg breky, but some of our fellow multihullers missed out. So we headed out to the start area and a couple of the hastings boats were missing but with a couple of minutes to go "Mustang Sally" and "Rainbow 2" turned up but "Sknot" seemed to be abit late, the wind had built to a good 20 + from the ENE so even with the funny sequence (10 5 go) we managed a good start and soon rolled over "Rainbow 2" for a big beat across the top of French Island. As we thought we would be early for the high tide at the hump we decided to tack up the Boulton channel until we could pull up the board untie the rudder and crack of for a great reach to Spit Pt, all was going well with a good lead then the main halyard broke and the sail was down. Mustang and Rainbow were past by the time we had re hoisted on the screacher halyard to the 1st reef and hoisted the kite for a long ride down past Corinella and across to THB now in 2nd place we managed to sort of catch Mustang for a while but it took an hour or so to cross the no wind strong tide gap and eventually managed to cross the line in 2nd place behind a deserving winner Mustang Sally who had the finish line put behind them at MS1 that he missed on the way up, sailing instructions Please. Stoped for a nice swim on the way in.     
Alexander Leon  Corsair Dash 750  Rainbow2 3 0.82 5hrs 51mins 18secs 4.801hrs 4
Bennet Al Farrier F31 Mustang Sally 3 0.784 5hrs 03mins 00secs 3.959hrs 1
Boschma Thomas  Farrier F 31 Hunters Moon 3 0.785 6hrs 28mins 29secs 5.082hrs 6
Calph Chris Farrier F22R Shnot 3 0.8 DNF   DNF
Fishley Shaun  Farrier 31 Frassld 3 0.829 5hrs 42mins 15secs 4.729hrs 3
Onken Tom Hains Hunter Trailer Tramp Triptch 3   DNF   DNF
Pemberton Terry  Macro 25 Xanadu 3 0.684 7hrs 07mins 45secs 4.876hrs 5
Sherwood Jason  Farrier 720TT Knot Tri'ng 3 0.695 6hrs 24mins 05secs 4.449hrs 2
Tapper David  Cirro Struatus 10 Shuttle 3 0.717 DNF   DNF
Wellby Peter Farrier/F22 Mahal Bangka 3 0.858 DNF   DNF

A few videos from Peccadillo surfing waves up Port Phillip Bay

I took some videos as we came into Melbourne through Port Phillip Bay from our Port Lincoln return trip on Peccadillo.

I've also done a bit of a writeup of the trip over on my blog, might like to have a look:


Monday, February 25, 2013

WAFIR 2013

Went out on Sknot for a sail but due to a small problem, like Culpy sooking it was to windy, we had to go back.

Not sure what happened out there and who won, but I believe in Karma and maybe those who had a laugh last year weren't laughing this year?  HAHAHAHA GOTA LUV SAILEN.....

Tell me more, who won and who was laughing??

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lethal Weapon.

Lethal Weapon, OMR weapon.... Well it could be my weapon, offer is on the table so we can start sailing again while Bare is fixed. What do you all think?

Sunday, February 10, 2013


Peccadillo is about to go through the Port Phillip heads on the way to Adelaide to compete in the Adelaide - Port Lincoln race and then the Port Lincoln race week, good luck Charles and Crew, if you want to watch their progress have a look at the AIS tracker its great, we can even see your tack angles? http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/default.aspx?centerx=30&centery=25&zoom=2&level1=140

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Oops - forgot contact details!

Interested in joining the Pecc to South Oz? Contact Charles on 0419 280 322

Crew opportunities on Peccadillo

We're off to Port Lincoln regatta in Feb (I hear SKnot may be there - anyone else making the trip?).  Looking for crew for delivery trip Melb-Adelaide, leaving Sunday 10 Feb, arriving Adelaide by 14th, and return trip 22-26/27 Feb (hope to go direct from Port Lincoln). If you want to do the passage race and regatta with us, you'd be welcome too

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Festival of Sails (aka Geelong Week)

There are currently only 3 multi entries for this year's Festival of Sails and late fees apply after 11 January, only six days away. Given the ex-commodore's winning result in the passage race last year, it would be great to have a good fleet of multis and particularly of MYCV members. The regatta is always fun and competetive and it is very efficient in terms of days off from work required this year! Looking forward to seeing you there. Cheers, Charles