MSC AGM 18th June

The 2020 Annual General Meeting will be held at Mordialloc Sailing Club SGM will be held on Friday 18th June 2021, commencing at 7.30pm and AGM to follow. Meeting will be via zoom as it was last year.
All full voting members are encouraged to attend. Proxy forms and committee Nomination forms have been emailed to members.

All full voting members are encouraged to attend. Proxy forms and committee Nomination forms have been emailed to members.


15.1 Subject to Part 6 of the Act, the Committee consists of the following positions;

a) Commodore

b) Vice Commodore

c) Rear Commodore

d) Secretary

e) Treasurer

f) Five (5) General Committee Members

15.2 Nominations for these positions must be in writing and signed by a nominator and seconder. Candidates must hold Senior (which subject to Rules 3.2[b] and 3.2[c] includes Life Honorary Members and Ancient Mariner Members), Intermediate, Youth, Cruising or Social Membership (however at least 8 members of the Committee must be Members with voting rights as set out in Rule 11) and the nominator and seconder must be Members with voting rights. An election by ballot is to be held at the following Annual General Meeting.

We hope to see you on the Zoom Screen.

End of Season Celebration & Presentation – Saturday May 22nd. All invited

This year we are doing a low cost casual night to celebrate a great 2020/21 sailing season, it turned out ok despite a shakey start so we thought we’d get a JUMP on next season!

Jumping starts at 1700 hrs, but you can arrive any time before 1800

A BYO BBQ, possibly cooked by members of the Exec committee

Drinks at bar prices

Salads and sweets will be provided

Jumping castle for all.

Cost :Adults $10 children U15 free

Dress – “Anything nautical”

Preferred payment method below but if you dont want to EFT please reply to – YES! – you are coming and how many in your party

RSVP please, payment can be made to Mordialloc Sailing Club > BSB 633000 & Account No. 127790822 with your SURNAMES please.

Strategic Plan

The Executive committee has completed its work on the 3-year strategic plan and is now inviting feedback and importantly seeking member involvement in it’s implementation. The draft plan has been developed using information and input from a wide range of sources including  Australian Sailing Goals, Sport Australia Health Check, Mission and Vision Statements, Club Survey, Member engagement and similar clubs’ strategic plans. The Strategic Plan can be viewed here STRATEGIC PLAN A copy has also been placed on the noticeboard on the lower deck.

 You will see that there are 5 goals in the strategic plan. We are seeking members to help achieve that goal and its subgoals by being involved in implementation of the strategies involved.
If any of the Goals appeal and you would like to be involved please contact MSC@ MORDIALLOCSC.COM.AU

Past Members & Friends Club Open Day 28th March

The dinner on the 27th will be followed by a 75th anniversary family day on Sunday March 28th between 11am and 4pm.

(if conditions allow)

Latest Update!

Saturday 28th November: Eased restrictions now allow for two & three up sailing to resume!. There are still restrictions – see below.


  • Organised club racing and training for all members (adults and youth) can resume. This includes double handed dinghies and all forms of fully crewed keel boats, trailables and sports boats.
  • Masks and social distancing are no longer required while sailing
  • There is no limit on the number of boats on the water for racing or training.
  • Group sizes limited to 50 people (subject to a density quotient of 1 per  4sqm) in rigging area, keeping 1.5m social distancing unless wearing masks. Multiple groups of 50 to be separated by a clear and reasonable gap.


  1. Stay away if you have any COVID19 symptoms.
    Get tested instead.
  2. Register your attendance at the club using the club’s the QR code (on display at the club) or NOW on the Sailor App there is a separate button. (You may have to download the FREE QR scan app from the app store. (Many iPhones have this app already) Also try to remember to scan the out code when you depart.)
  3. To minimise congestion and allow traffic flow we have made some doorways only one way – see Plan HERE
  4. Always wear a mask indoors or where physical distancing (1.5m) is not possible. (unless you have a legal exemption). Australian Sailing have advised you don’t need to wear a mask on the water if sailing solo or with household members.
  5. Sign on for racing using the NEW Sailor App (Nothing to do with QR codes) – more details here.
  6. Change rooms are open but space is limited. Australian Sailing discourage congregating. Parents can help their kids.
  7. The sailing committee have additional procedures for race management and rescue boats.
  8. On shore: keep 1.5 m from others. No more than 10 in a group. Do not kiss, hug or shake hands. Masks do not have to be worn while outside if you can maintain 1.5m distancing.
  9. You can use the toilets and change room but 1.5m distancing remains with limited numbers allowed.
  10. Limit time indoors. The clubroom will not be open for hanging round.
  11. The canteen will be open from 10.00 am until 1.00 pm with limited capacity serving Coffee/Tea/Limited Soft drinks/ bottled water, Pre packaged sandwiches, Muffins & Ice creams available. A maximum of 20 (in two spaces of 10 people) on the upper level. You are strongly encouraged to use cards rather than cash.
  12. The Bar will be open after sailing for a short time, but no congregating, a maximum of 20 (in two spaces of 10 people) on the lower level.
  13. Clean your equipment before and after sailing.
  14. Australian Sailing also encourage you to get a flu shot and download the COVID safe app.
  15. Check these rules every time you go sailing.

NEW Sailor App for MSC

Sailor App – For the parents/competitors

MSC is using an app called “Sailor” for various club functions. A competitor/parent version of the app can be downloaded from the app store onto smart phones and ipads.

If you have previously loaded the Sailor App, please delete it and load the latest version. When you load the app, go the “Club” tab and select “Mordialloc Sailing Club”
The app will be used by competitors to sign on and sign off for racing. When you go to sign on the first time, you will receive a once off 6 digit verification code you must enter to allow you to continue. The app will also provide access to sailing instructions, club notices and other relevant information we wish to get to members.
If you leave that tab selected and notifications enabled on your phone, you will receive notifications:

  1. when results are posted.
  2. Any messages are sent.
  3. Documents or change notices posted.
    You can also use the app to display our local weather, access our website and social media feeds.

Note: the use of this app is separate from registering your presence at the club as a part of our Covid safe planning, by scanning the QR code displayed at various points around the

MSC Club of the year 2020 nomination, highly commended.

The following is our submission to Australian Sailing for club of the year 2019/2020. This submission was compiled by Malcolm Parsons.

Please click play to listen to the audio translation of the document.

Victorian Club of the Year


Does your club have a strategy to attract and retain underrepresented groups in sailing eg disability, CALD, youth and women? (2,500 character limit)

Sailabilty: Mordialloc Sailing Club has an established record of supporting students with a disability.  A yearly Sailabilty Program with Yarrabah School in Mordialloc has now run for over 5 years with programs in Term 4 and Term 1 offered each season. The program was again running this year until cut short by Covid restrictions. Mordialloc volunteers work with staff from Yarrabah to develop and provide a sailing program for students that develops confidence, greater independence and life competencies. Parents are encouraged to attend and are invited to observe the program via support craft. At the end of the program a presentation is held and parents are provided with a pathways documents that includes information on transition into our sail training programs, volunteering at the club, boat rental and so on. Where appropriate the instructors will take parents sailing with their children. Refer to video

Mordialloc also offers bespoke programs in this area and has run events for Rossbourne School and Berendale School in past seasons.

Youth sailing: Refer to club coaching/ development program and the Open Skiff seed program outlined below. With the Seed Fleet program MSC is developing a strategy and class structure to enable experienced junior & youth sailors from the open skiffs, to progress to intermediate classes such as 4.7s and Flying Ants.

When a family join our training program and have a child that needs extra support to participate an extra Instructor is added to a group so the whole family can participate within that one group.

Women in sailing: Under the ‘Change our Game’ program a  sailing day with Mordialloc College Year 9 girls was scheduled this season until abandoned due to Covid.  A speaker (Jeni Danks) was included. The aim was to support the relationship with Mordialloc College, provide a sailing and development experience for the girls and illustrate pathways into the club for the participants.

Two of our key instructors for youth sailing and Sailabilty are young women (see Sailabilty video). Both were involved in the Open Skiff Nationals as coaches. Both have received financial support from the club for instructor and powerboat courses.

A yearly training scholarship(s) for training is offered to both Yarrabah students and Mordialloc College Students.


How has your club worked to grow participation in the past twelve months, and what have the results been? (2,500 characters)

Sail training and boat hire: The club offers a wide range of sail training opportunities including sailboard training. Participants become members during the training. Retention is comparatively strong with around 20% of adults and 40% of juniors (and their parents) becoming members the following season. Mordialloc has a large number of good quality club boats, including Pacers, Lasers and Open Skiffs. These can be rented by members on a daily, half-season or season basis. Fees are kept deliberately low to encourage participation and this has proven very popular with current and past sail trainees and new members, and has been a big factor in this successful retention rate.

Open Skiffs: In May 2019 the Open skiff association approached MSC with a proposal to run their national titles in January 2020. This included a ‘Seed Fleet Program’ where the Skiff association supplied 11 boats for MSC junior members to be trained up to sail in the nationals from green fleet upwards.  MSC undertook to train the juniors in the three months leading up to the nationals with the expectation that the families would purchase the boats at a 30% discount after the series, which they did. This was a huge win-win for all parties as the Skiffs gained a new Victorian club fleet focus and increased numbers at the nationals.

MSC now has 16 Open Skiffs sailing. The fleet is supported with club training and a class transition strategy which is popular with parents. This significantly increased membership as can be seen by the following family membership data. Family memberships 2017/18 – 88, 2018/19 – 97, 2019/20 – 128! This is the largest number of family memberships at the club for 10 years.

Junior Sleepover: A junior sleepover is held every year, generally on the weekend of the November Go Sailing Day and our juniors help out with the sailing activities on the Sunday with a focus on the younger visitors.

Coffee Cruise: Popular with both racing and non-racing sailors is our Saturday morning Coffee cruise where sailors cruise to the local beachside café and then back in time for lunch at the club. Non-sailors and trainees are actively encouraged to participate and this has doubtlessly held, if not increased members looking for a more relaxed sailing option.

Kids in Sharpies: The Sharpie class at MSC holds at least one “Kids in Sharpies” day per season, often in conjunction with the sleepover, where the younger members and friends are invited to go for a sail. This exciting experience is loved by the kids and has resulted in a few new regular crew members within the class.

SUPs: Mordialloc also as 3 new stand up paddle boards that can be used by members for free. This has proven very popular with sailors and non-sailors alike and has the added benefit of getting members to the club outside race days.

Midweek twilight sailing followed by a social dinner attracts a range of members and gusts to the club during the summer months. The convergence between this and the initiatives above is helps retain and build membership.

Please outline the activities you conduct in partnership with schools(2,500 characters)

MSC has a long standing record of of working with schools to provide a range of programs and experiences. Due to Covid a number of these have had to be suspended.

Parkdale Secondary College: For many years sailing at Mordialloc was an important part of Parkdale Secondary College’s Term 4 sports program. This program has introduced hundreds of Year 8 students to sailing.

Yarrabah School: The Yarrabah program has been described previously but a short comment from the organising teacher of this year’s program reinforces its value. “We would like to express our appreciation to you and the Mordialloc sailing team. We have had an extremely enjoyable experience and one the students will never forget! The time, effort, skills, understanding and caring nature from ALL the staff at Mordialloc sailing club has been greatly noticed and appreciated, everyone went above and beyond to make sure our students had a positive experience, we feel it was definitely a success, and was great to see how excited some parents were especially Lester’s parents, because for them, this was a massive achievement for their son! We look forward to hearing from you/ continuing this program next year.”

Mordialloc College: MSC developed a strong relationship with Mordialloc College and last season ran an adventure day for the Year 9 boys. Unfortunately as mentioned previously the Girls day planned for this year had to be cancelled due to Covid 19. During the recent Pacer and Open Skiff National Titles MSC and Mordialloc College worked together to provide low cost camping options at the college. Feedback on this from regatta participants was very positive indeed.

Please describe your club coaching/ development program (2,500 characters)

MSC is a Discover Sailing Center running courses from the Dinghy Program (youth and adult), Tackers Program (junior) and Windsurfing Program, and can run the Powerboat Handling Programs.

Tackers: had 17 Registrations this season. To support juniors transitioning from Tackers into the Open Skiff fun sailing, MSC runs a Junior Development Program which includes many fun activities where the juniors learn varying skills along the way in a fun environment. The juniors receive instruction from qualified Instructors and also learn from the other juniors who have started in the program earlier.

Junior Development Program: 2019 – 2020 was a very successful season for the Junior Development Program with 16 juniors regularly participating in Saturday morning development sessions and/or Saturday afternoon club racing. The highlights have been covered elsewhere.

The Dinghy Program had strong numbers this season with an even balance of men and women. In fact the club needed to utilize all 8 club Pacers for Feb-Mar.

• The 2019 Oct -Nov SS2 course had 10 participants

• The 2020 Feb-Mar SS1 course had 6 participants

• The 2020 Feb-Mar Better Sailing course had 8 participants

Due to COVID-19 restrictions there are still 3 outstanding sessions for the Better Sailing (BS) course. To ensure continuity and member retention these will be completed at the beginning of the next season before promoting a Racing Skills 1 course to them.

Boardsailing: This season was the second year running Start Windsurfing courses. There were 5 participants this season and whilst still early days MSC see this as a growth area for the club. Mordialloc has both a fully qualified Windsurfing Instructor and a windsurfing simulator – both are very rare in Victoria.

Instructor training: To maintain the standards of all programs MSC funds, on average, the training of one new Instructor and assistant instructor per season.


Describe the main events hosted at your club in season 2019-20 (2,500 characters)

Mordialloc Sailing Club has a very strong reputation for successful regatta management and boasts a very experienced race management team that includes international, national and state race officers supported by experienced volunteers.

Mordialloc successfully conducted the following events during the 2019-20 season:

* Pacer National titles Dec 19 to Jan 20. A highly successful event with 23 entries supported by 23 Club volunteers

* Open Skiff National titles – Jan 20. This was an exceptional event that included 64 entries and 53 Club Volunteers and coaches for Silver and Green fleets

* Mordialloc Sailing Club winter series, – Aug and Sept 19

* Sail Mordy and the Vic Dinghy Champs. Very strong entry of 75 boats

* Sharpie State titles Nov ’19. 17 entries of which 9 were MSC boats.

MSC held two ‘Discover Sailing Days’, one November 10th 2019 and the other January 5th 2020.

Tours of the club and sailing experiences were offered to visitors. 3 participants signed up and have participated in training courses.

Please describe your volunteer reward and retention strategy? (2,500characters)

Volunteers: Mordialloc is a relatively small, family oriented club and relies entirely on volunteers for the programs, events and regattas that it conducts. We have a large group of committed and long standing volunteers who commit again and again to the extensive list programs outlined earlier. This is highlighted by a number of volunteers who supported the two national titles, then Saturday morning training and Friday morning Sailability.

Retention: The retention rate for volunteers is extremely high and reflects the care the program leaders take in managing and supporting the volunteers.

Official recognition is an important part of reward and retention and this includes; funding training courses, recognition functions and via club media, and a club person of the year award. Although these are important more critical is the way volunteers are treated and supported.

Key factors to support and retain volunteers are:

  • Each program or event has a designated leader who is responsible for the program and the volunteers in that program
  • Information is critical – program or event detail is communicated to volunteers in a consistent, timely and defined manner
  • Program or event objectives are clearly outlined to the volunteers
  • Roles for each volunteer are clearly articulated and the volunteer is trusted to carry out this role
  • Volunteer input is invited and respected. The volunteers own the program they are involved in
  • Feedback from the participants in the program is shared with the volunteers
  • The program should be an enjoyable and rewarding experience
  • The program leaders continually liaise with each other to ensure volunteers wellbeing and prevent overloading and potential burnout.


Describe how your club has promoted itself over the past year, citing examples of promotions and successes?

Mordialloc use a range of media to promote itself. This includes:

Email: Weekly ‘Around Mordi’ newsletter that is also shared on Facebook

MSC website: Includes events, results and static information. The weather station and video cam is extremely popular with members and other community stakeholders such as fishers and owners of boats moored in the creek

MSC Facebook includes posts of events, news, sharing of sailing stories, photos and videos. The MSC profile remains consistent and now with the addition of posting on Instagram we reaching a new audience. The posts about the St Ayles Skiff drew many supporters and helped get the MSC name out to a new audience, as did the video on Sailability produced by Ray White & Co in Parkdale. Highest reach on Facebook was 2.1k for posts about the Open Skiff Nationals.

YouTube: Small videos posted to YouTube of club activities.

MSC have also been working with the Bendigo Community Bank, sponsor of the St Ayles skiff, on co-promotions in social media.

Flyers delivered to local schools

Visits and displays: MSC attended and displayed at the Mordialloc College community expo in 2019 

What involvement does your club have in your local community?

Mordialloc Sailing Club is an active member of the local community and has a strong relationship with the City of Kingston Council. Members of the council along with state and federal members of parliament and regular guests at our opening day and other events throughout the season.

Relationships with schools in the area have been outlined elsewhere and will remain a key focus of the club.  Additionally MSC donated two boat hulls to Aspendale Gardens Primary School recently as play equipment and there are early discussions around possible sailing programs.

The Director of Ray White Mordialloc is a volunteer and strong supporter of the Sailabilty program. Recently he made a video of the program to feature on their community series “Local Heroes.”

Currently we have been having discussions on how we can assist the Mordialloc Sea scouts while they transition to a new location after their own building on Lamberts Island in Mordialloc Creek was burnt to the ground.

MSC has a positive and ongoing relationship and agreement with Mordialloc Motor Yacht Club. Reciprocal sailing events and special membership arrangements are two aspects of this relationship.

St Ayles Skiff: During 2019 a St Ayles Skiff was built at Mordialloc Sailing Club. This is a community project sponsored by the local Bendigo Bank and is aimed at supporting the local (and broader) community to build and then row a traditional Scottish rowing skiff in bay along with other member clubs where possible. A special membership deal is being offered to the builders from outside the club who want to maintain their association with the skiff through the club and join one of the rowing teams.

The skiff was launched in mid-January just in time for us to join the Steamers Run rally in Gippsland April this year and since then has been rowed by 4 different teams.

Mordialloc Sailing Club is registered with the National St Ayles Skiff Assn and the plan is make the skiff available to community teams for social or event rowing (there is a national program of events and competitions). The release of information has been delayed due to Covid but Bendigo Bank is ready to get right behind the skiff in their local news letter as soon as conditions allow this. Mordialloc will offer support to teams and community memberships for those who would like to become part of the club.

  • Based on word of mouth only, we have receive interest from a number of groups incluing:
    Bendigo Bank itself!
  • Mordialloc College
  • Kingston Youth
  • Mordialloc Community Centre
  • 4th Mordialloc Sea Scouts. 
  • City of Kingston sponsored Youth Alliance

Community resource: MSC offers the club rooms for hire as a function venue.  As well as one-off functions such as birthdays, weddings, etc we have a number of regular users including Kingston Calisthenics College, Sarah Waddell Dance and Fitness Classes, CSIRO Atmospheric Social Club and SCOPE. Members will volunteer to provide support if required.

St Ayles Skiff walking event

Mordy Skiff news 9/9/2020

For those interested in St Ayles Skiff, Aus 23, MSC.

The ‘Castle to Crane Clydebuilt 2020’

Mordy Skiff has 20 walkers already signed on for this international event.

This year the the 13 mile race on Glasgow’s Clyde River, is to be held on Saturday 19th Sept. GMT.

Locals & International crews can participate between 1200hrs Fri – 1200hrs GMT Sunday, to enable compliance with covid restrictions, plus enabling multiple crew entries of local skiffs, actually being rowed on home waters. We have entered the Alternate Challenge, under rules 23 & 24.

Please contact me if you wish to join the walk. Due to covid restrictions, some of our walkers may need a longer time to accumulate their 8kms, so in the spirit of the alternate challenge, we suggest to complete your walk in the week leading up to 6pm on Sunday 20 th September. The alternate challenge is not a timed event.

There is no entry fee, no fundraising just a bit of FUN. Crews of 5 walkers will be allocated skiffs named after local beaches around Port Phillip, enabling scope for additional skiffing crews to enter the mood of the event.

Walkers do not have to be members of Mordialloc SC. as this is not a club sanctioned event.

You are basically exercising within your own time entitlement. You are reminded to respect all local covid guidelines. Do hope this has helped clarified your walk participation.

Keep well & I will keep you updated on the walk.

Just Call & Walk! Geoffrey Daniel 0432 504 510

And now it is time for a serious competition!

Call it trivia, call it general knowledge, call it what you will – these are themed questions of great importance. Form a team of those you live with, or those you want to live with… or just your friends, BUT THE CATCH IS EACH TEAM MUST HAVE AT LEAST ONE CHILD > Teams of three Junior Sailors even better!

Best Team Name Wins a prize! (who is in your team)

20 questions, first to complete all 20 wins a prize!* (there may also be 2nd & 3rd)

Send your answers to  HERE!      ………to be continued next week

Your Questions start now…

What is the premier sailing race in Australia?

In which country will the Olympic games be held in 2021?

What did John Bertrand do?

How many gold medals did Paul Elstrom win?

How many gold medals did Ben Ainslie win?

In which country will the America’s cup 2021 be held?

What does AS stand for in sailing management?

Which boat has the higher yard stick?

a).  Sabre.   b).  Optimist.  c). Open Skiff.  d).  Laser

What class of boat was the original Club based on?

a). The Sabot.  b). The Lightweight sharpie   c).  The Laser  d). The Heavy weight sharpie

* Don’t worry, the prize will be something good.

Kids! > Bonus points for JOKES.
Send your best sailing related Jokes to (HERE)

Submit Photos for the Best Photo of 2019/2020!

Little Murray Parsons sailing Cassy Rae’s Sabot.

If you have a nomination for photo of the year (2019/2020), send it in, this is now a competition and there will be a prize!!!
Photos must be taken at MSC and capture the essence of ‘Sailing at Mordi’

ps, the photo above does not comply to photo comp rules, sorry.

Send your photos to Drew.

Can we help you? – How are you coping?

Saturday May 9

These are certainly strange and testing times we are all currently facing.  If the threat of the virus isn’t enough, we may also have current or developing economic, social and mental health challenges.

The City of Kingston and the club are working closely together to give support to individuals and families who are worried, anxious or fear for the safety of themselves or loved ones in these difficult times.

  • Geoff Gledhill at the City of Kingston is the single contact to offer help/guidance in regards to Community assistance, Mental Health or Domestic violence.

If you would like to speak to someone in regards to any of the above, please call

Geoff on 0427 102 926


  • Bart Scheen our Commodore is the single contact at the club to discuss the financial help offered by the club including:
  • A 10% discount on all memberships and storage fees for the upcoming season
  • The option of payment plans to enable members to spread the cost of membership
  • Further assistance at the discretion of the Executive for those experiencing serious financial stress.

If you would like to speak to someone in regards to any of the above, please call

Bart on 0488 998 843


Remember dealing with the economic, social and mental health challenges we face now and into the near future may be less difficult with the help of friends.

The City of Kingston and Mordialloc Sailing Club hope we can to make these times a little less stressful for our members.