Senior member Mr Barry Cull recently travelled to Australia to visit family and while in Melbourne he took the time to visit the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron. The Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron is a fellow member of the International Council of Yacht Clubs (ICoYC) and we enjoy reciprocal privileges when visiting. Although the weather was not too kind while in Melbourne Barry reported that he was very well received and welcomed in a most friendly manner by the club management. Unfortunately he did not have an opportunity to meet any of the flag officers however he exchange burgees on our behalf and was presented with a copy of the RMYS year book.
Barry commented that the club itself has many similarities to our RNYC, but that is probably true of most Royal Clubs around the world. The RMYS enjoys a magnificent bay, however to go offshore sailors have first a full day sail to the entrance where they anchor to wait for right conditions to cross the bar. However there is almost really no need to go off shore with the size of the bay, the islands and interesting places to visit within a day or overnight sail. The average depth of the bay is 11 to 18 meters which can bring up a choppy sea at short notice.
Our grateful thanks to Barry for being such a wonderful “RN” ambassador; and for taking the time to foster closer relations with our international peers.
Interestingly Barry asked how the RMYS had come to be designated a squadron. Does anyone know the answer?
Members travelling abroad are encouraged to make use of the facilities of our reciprocal clubs especially those ICoYC member clubs and are reminded to ensure that you obtain a letter of introduction from the Secretariat prior to your departure.