EUXINE – Its a Wrap……


Shooting for the movie EUXINE finished up last weekend, with a huge effort from all the club volunteers to make this possible.   Thanks all!

For more, take a look at this letter of thanks from the producers…


The production team has returned some very salty gear, defrosted and had some rest and we’re back to say a huge thank you to all of our supporters.

Firstly, to the team of 40+ people – a huge thank you. We couldn’t have completed the shoot without you.

Our team braved the elements and worked tirelessly, often with smiles on their faces.

We had friends from the VCA (Ruby and Liz) catering for us and have heard the words ‘best catering ever’ from multiple mouths. We’ve had the support from the incredible communities at the Alma Doepel Restoration Project, theRoyal Yacht Club of Victoria and Altona Yacht Club helping us with all boat related activities. There was mast construction (and destruction), boat support, a lot of waiting around, and a lot of laughs. There was interstate travel from multiple crew (thank you!), and generosity from all departments (MU test days, costume design and fittings, costume construction, hours of paperwork, location recces etc). The list of what this film involved actually goes on and on.

What we’re getting at here is that the cast and crew of Euxine are emblems of bravery, creativity, dedication and generosity.

We’d also like to thank our online supporters for keeping an eye on our progress and for your encouragement.

And finally, a big shout out to the staff back at the VCA who work around the clock to ensure that our shoots are a success. Your support is everything and we greatly appreciate it.Here’s a first look at our rushes.

The film was shot by the incredible DP Miranda Porter”


For more details, visit their facebook page –

Sign-On Process & Boat Identification



As we all know,  skippers have a large number of responsibilities when it comes to preparing for a day on the water.  This includes making sure both ourselves, our crew and our boats are in a condition suitable for sailing…and in particular, the conditions on the day.

As a pre-requisite to sailing, all members are required to comply with their respective class rules and club specific sailing instructions and safety requirements (as per the safety declaration at the commencement of sailing each year).

While all members are encouraged to read their respective class rules to ensure compliance, the committee note a couple of key areas that are currently causing problems to race organisers.

Race Sign On & Off:  As a key safety measure, the AYC race management require all competitors to Sign on prior to leaving the beach, and sign off again.  This sign off process is to be completed a maximum of 30min after the last boat comes ashore.   (Refer Section 17 of the Sailing Instructions).  Any boats who fail to sign on, or sign off will continue to be scored as a DSQ in the results.

Accurate Boat Registration Information:  For the Sign on/Off process to be effective, all skippers must ensure the information on the sheet is accurate.  This includes boat type, boat name, Skipper, Crew and Sail Numbers.  This is not only essential to the Race Committee to effectively administer racing on the day, but also critical to the Post Race Handicapping.   Skippers are reminded that sail numbers are required to match their hull numbers and overall boat registrations.  Replacement sail numbers can be sourced from any good sailmaker (ie, Irwin Sails – +61(3) 9555 7328) or your class association.

If skippers wish to temporarily race with a alternate number, special mention to the Handicapper and on the sign on sheet is required.  This will only be accepted for a limited number of races, while skippers source replacement numbers.

Hull Identification:  As a requirement of racing, all boats are required to have all appropriate boat identification details affixed to their boats.  This includes,
1. Club
2. Boat Name
3. Class
4. Sail Number

Full details can be found on the Yachting Australia Website at:

Hull ID Extract

Signage can easily be procured from local signwriters or online at sites similar to this…(

As per usual, if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to grab a committee member or myself to provide a little guidance and/or assistance.


The Commodore



Protest – 23 Nov 13: Barging

As many will be aware, we have had our fair share of protests this year, with everyone dusting off the rules book and reviewing what is happening out on the race course.

During Aggregate 7 we had rather bad example of a number of boats attempting to “Barge” the start line.  This resulted in a number of boats getting themselves into trouble…and one even raming the side of the start boat.


This also resulted in a protest being lodged with the Protest Committee after a number of barging boats failed to appropriately give way to others who were to leeward and had rights.

After much debate, the Protest Committee upheld the protest with  the protested “barging” boat Disqualified from the race.  Another boat who was involved was forced to run over the starting boat “barging bouy” then failed to correctly exonerate themselves. (The boat undertook a 360 degree turn further up the course,..however actually needed to re-round the starting line and start again.)

Accordingly, this boat was also Disqualified from the race.

It is clear that Barging is something that needs to be avoided by all boats, given the serious implications of getting it wrong.  For those interested, a good summary is available on the Yachting Victoria website,…… the following Link.

Competitive Racing and a Community Atmosphere