The ‘M’ Trophy needed tomorrow at the club – Saturday 24th March

To all,

Does anyone the whereabouts of the ‘M’ Trophy as we would like to have it out on display for tomorrow’s 16th running of the ‘M’ trophy. The MJP trophy (52nd) will also make an appearance.
Click on the link below for details of the two events – The trophy has a black duel block stand with a half oval shape (in glass) on top with an etching of a boat.


Mordialloc Sailing Club competed in the Victorian Optimist State Championship

On the Labor Day long weekend, three sailor’s from Mordialloc Sailing Club competed in the Victorian Optimist State Championship at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron. Eloise and James Lee competed in the intermediate fleet and Jack Bretherton in open fleet. For all of us it was the first time we raced at an event with strong tides, which was a new challenge. On Saturday the wind was very light and we managed to squeeze in one race late in the afternoon. On Sunday and Monday there was 15-18 knots of wind and we easily managed to get four races in on both days. With over 100 boats competing, 10 instaters and 1 sailor from japan the competition was fierce but it was a great weekend and was lots of fun.


Eloise lee

Cadet Captain     

Mystery Sail Feb 2018

Much activity at MSC yesterday. Starting with an early morning Junior coaching session with James McLennan, all rigged and ready for an 8am start.

Then at 9am the Club working Bee commenced, big thanks to the members who spent much of Sunday engaged in a variety of tasks around our Club. then again at 11:00am further people began to arrive, this time Family Groups for the Adventure-Mystery Sail.

We could not have hoped for more favourable conditions. The flotilla was a colourful spectacle, Juniors in club Pacers, parents in power boats and a number of other sailing craft.

And the Mystery destination…….. A Big thank-you to Chelsea Yacht Club for their hospitality. We all enjoyed our lunch in the shade on the CYC balcony. After lunch, another fun activity, Stand Up Paddle Boards in glorious sunshine. Following a brisk sail home, all packed up by around 4:30pm.

Thanks to all who contributed a helping hand. – Here is a Link to FACEBOOK PHOTOS 



Coffee Cruising a big hit at MSC

Saturday 20th Jan the Coffee Cruisers arrived at Edithvale for a delightful morning. A near record 14 members in 10 water craft!!! – Impressive. Although John thought it might be quicker to walk home… it wasn’t, as the breeze did come up.
See you all again soon.

Sabre State Titles 2017

Last weekend 4 intrepid sailors from Mordialloc ventured down to Somers to try our luck at the states against a field of approx. 60. Chris, Drew, Jeremy Elmslie and myself.

Day 1 –

                After rigging in the cold and wet we headed out in a slight 5 knot breeze until the other 20 Knots joined in. It wasn’t just the wind but also the rain coming in at us sideways that actually hurt. After about 15  minutes the race was called off, so we all headed back to shore. By the time we got back in, it was down to 10-15. After a lunch break the wind settled down to a stead 15+ knots, however the same could not be said for the direction, it kept swinging around all day. Now once you think you have mastered the shifts the next thing to do is to master the windward mark rounding’s due to the strong tides. Someone (and I won’t mention my name) took 3 attempts then decided it was easier just to run over the top of the mark and do the 360 after.

Chris 16 19 18
Drew 25 17 21
Jeremy [34] 23 25
Colin 9 16 [17]

Day 2 –

                Wasn’t looking the best as the squalls came through, but things settled and we got out for another 2 races to finish the series.

Chris 19 [29] 18
Drew 21 [26] 22
Jeremy 8 28 21
Colin 10 10 13

 Clearly the outstanding performer was Jeremy who was having a his first sail in the Sabre. His 8th in the fourth race was exceptional. Clearly the kid knows how to sail and will be an asset to Chris Dance in the Taser world titles this year.


o   Clear air – if you can’t pace it with the leaders don’t start right next to them. Instead concentrate on getting to clear air.

o   Know who is around you – Don’t over point at the start to upset the boat immediately above you, when it turns out it is one of your mates. Sorry about that Drew

o   Look out for  people doing stupid things – EG. People who tack directly in front of you without giving you time to avoid them. This happened to me in both race 2 & 3 costing a number of places

o   Starting with a strong current – there is no point being on the line at the start boat 1 minute before the start when you are just going to be pushed down by the strong current. Look to see what the local people are doing.


The Somers Yatch club ran a very good series and the volunteers all made themselves known.


Colin White 

Yensid II



with Lisa Darmanin

Jack Bretherton and Jensen Engelhardt spent four days in Geelong at Springsail Regatta and Coaching Clinic, Royal Geelong Yacht Club, 17th to 20th September 2016.

Saturday was really windy, gusts to 20 knots. The waves were smaller than what we would expect at Mordialloc. Many boats capsized.  Some Optimists stayed ashore. Jack and I started all four back to back races.

On Sunday the conditions where much calmer. Winds of about 10 knots at most. We sailed three heats before the wind almost completely disappeared.

It was really fun to sail from a different club. Final results for the Mordialloc Optimists, Jensen in 20th, Jack in 22nd.

On Monday and Tuesday, we had a coaching clinic. We did some starting practice, roll tacking, roll gybing, balance games and a capsize race to see who could bail out their boat the fastest.

On Monday night we met Rio Olympic medallist Lisa Darmanin. She let me hold her Silver medal, it was heavy. Lisa gave a talk about sailing the Nacra 17.

The 2017 Optimist State Championships will be held at Royal Geelong Yacht Club

I had a great time in Geelong.


By Jensen Engelhardt.

Sailability 2016

sailability 2015

Mordialloc Sailing Club ran two major Sailabilty Events post-Christmas

The Yarrabah program was again a fantastic success. The final session was on Friday 29th April and parents and Yarrabah staff attended for a BBQ and presentation. 12 students completed the 6 week program. All developed increased confidence (quote from Matthew Harris, Principal:  “A lot of the students are demonstrating more independence and I put a lot of this down to this program.  A number of students have developed helming skills including sailing a course independently to windward. Well done team.

On Sunday March 20th a full day introduction to sailing program was run for Rossbourne School. 20 students participated with parents in attendance. 5 Pacers and 1 Hansa were used in two sessions pre and post lunch. All parents had the opportunity to go out on our rescue craft and view their children in action. Highly successful. Lots of positive feedback (From a parent: “The sailing day today was an absolutely wonderful opportunity for both Rossbourne students and their families. Mordialloc Sailing Club was well organised and resourced for our visit and the instructors were so welcoming, organised and generous with their time. My son Matthew had a fantastic day and left feeling very positive and happy about his participation in sailing and is keen to sail again in the future Thank you so very much for your efforts in organising such a fabulous event”). Rossbourne now seeking a program similar to the Yarrabah program with another club. Currently in discussion with Docklands Yacht Club. We are also likely to get some students join our Saturday morning training. Thanks to all involved in an amazing day.

A huge thank you to all volunteers who participated in and supported these programs. We have an enviable reputation within both the local and sailing communities when it comes to the quality and generosity of our volunteers and the standard and outcomes of the programs we offer.

Coming up:

  • Volunteers’ morning – Berendale Students Beyond the School Gates & Local Ticket To Work Network Friday 12th Aug 2016
  • Yarrabah program November 2016
  • Rossbourne Day  March 2017 (TBC)

Malcolm Parsons

Sailabilty Coordinator

Stronger Communities Grants Program

13082696_1184997214878003_1288396675201826187_nMark Dreyfus QC MP,  announces that he has recommended $20,000 for the club to buy four new dinghies in the second round of the Stronger Communities Grants Program.

A huge thank you to Mark, Tim Richardson (local State Member) and Cr Ron Brownlees (representing the City of Kingston) for your ongoing support of your community. The support we get from you enables us to offer sailing to all quarters of our community, and it impresses me no end to see people who move in the most influential of circles wanting no more than the very best opportunities for their constituents. At local, state and federal levels, we are represented by the very best. Talk to these people – you could not pick what side of politics they come from – they just want the best for our community!!

Could we ask for more than this?


Greg Gleason,

Commodore of Mordialloc Sailing Club.

2016 Victorian Flying Fifteen International Championships











Winners of the 2016 Victorian Flying Fifteen International Championships were Sue Thompson and Cameron Taylor sailing in “Never Say Die” with the Silver Division winners being Lewis Davies and John Radnell sailing in “Fformidable”. There were 22 starters of which 6 qualified for the Silver. With only one Classic entry from Apollo Bay being Affrodite sailed by Tim Cobb and Anton Tibbits they were rewarded for their efforts with the Classic Trophy.

The MSC Race management was again outstanding with the full quota of 9 races successfully completed in a variety of wind strengths. There was also a great effort from the onshore volunteers from Registration through to Launching / Retrieval to final drinks.

Mordialloc Sailing Club took out the Teams Trophy with the success of David Williamson and Craig Morton finishing 2nd overall in “Cool Change”, Dale Collings and Warren Slater finishing 5th overall in “Aussie Falcon” and Les Kearney and Peter Jackson finishing 7th overall in “RRR‘s over the side”.

For more results go to – results


53rd Victorian Flying Fifteen Championships – March 12th – 14th 2016 (NOR & Sailing Instructions)

FFs in 2014 at LMYC - with Spinakers

Mordialloc Sailing Club is proud to be holding the  53rd state titles in 2016.

Links to sailing instructions and notice of race below.

FFI-V 2016 VIC State Champs -SIs

2016 FFI-V State Championships Notice Of Race

Contact Dale Collings on 0415 595 754  for queries on specifics not covered in the Notice of Race particularly for delivery and storage of boats at MSC.

Race Results


For Club members, Family & Friends we need to ask for volunteers to help with running the regatta from On water Race Management to helping in the Canteen or shuffling boats and trailers to and from the hoist.