Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club is a fully-volunteer club located on the foreshore of McMillan Straits and Lake Victoria, Paynesville in the heart of the Gippsland Lakes. The club was founded in 1937 and has been committed to sailing for over 80 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 Summer Series every Sunday, and the extremely successful Twilight Series held each Tuesday evening during daylight saving, followed by a social meal at the club. Over Winter we run a racing series on Saturdays, and the Winter 'Ancient Mariners' Series midweek on Tuesdays.
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. We also run the Marley Point Overnight Race that will run for its 50th anniversary in 2018. GLYC is also an accredited Discover Sailing Centre, offering sail programs for all backgrounds, ages, and abilities such as the following:
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
GLYC require funds in order to maintain our purpose of supporting sailing and the community around Paynesville and the Gippsland Lakes. To do this efficiently and safely, we need to continually maintain and update our equipment and facilities, so as to cater to these needs.