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Royal Brighton Yacht Club Brighton, Victoria

Royal Brighton Yacht Club has a long and distinguished history going back to 1875, growing from a small lean-to shed on the beach here in Brighton to the large modern facility you see now.
Our passion for the sport of sailing has remained undiminished. The style of yachts may have changed, but the wind in our sails, friendly competition and adventurous cruising further afield, continue to attract countless Melburnians and visitors to our Club on the water.
We have an extensive sailing program, which provides opportunities for young and old, male and female, racer and cruiser to go sailing. For those new to sailing there is children’s or adult learn to sail, while for the more experienced there is racing, or cruising, or a combination of both. Besides our active keelboat and one-design fleets, our dinghy classes are strongly re-establishing themselves.
The Club’s online calendar provides an overview of what is on offer this season. Some prefer the Club’s active social program with numerous functions and live musical entertainment without venturing out on the water, whilst our Iceberger members have found a home here for their daily swims.
We recommend our catering and hospitality to you – we have a beautiful Members Lounge and a stylish function room with views over the water upstairs to suit all your wedding, dining, party and conferencing requirements. In 2018 we opened our redeveloped forecourt, deck and brand new kitchen downstairs, and this has become a wonderful new social hub for the Club for all Members and their guests and visitors.

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253 Esplanade Middle Brighton Victoria 3186
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+61 03 9592 3092

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We recommend our catering and hospitality to you – we have a beautiful Members Lounge and a stylish function room with views over the water upstairs to suit all your wedding, dining, party and conferencing requirements. In 2018 we opened our redeveloped forecourt, deck and brand new kitchen downstairs, and this has become a wonderful new social hub for the Club for all Members and their guests and visitors.

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253 Esplanade Brighton Victoria

Royal Brighton Yacht Club has collected a great deal of sailing memorabilia during it's 144 years of operation. We have steering wheels from old ships, flags, trophies etc which we would like to catalogue.The significant collection of trophies displayed at Royal Brighton Yacht Club is being loaded online for the benefit of all members.

Many members will have additional information about these memorabilia. We encourage and welcome anyone with such knowledge to send any additions or corrections to reception@rbyc.org.au with the subject heading "RBYC Collections Contribution".

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81 items

Cup - Vanessa Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Vanessa Cup Donor: Past Commodore J. A. Linacre, 1935 Deed of Gift: No The 8-metre yacht Vanessa was at one time owned by Commodore J. A. Linacre who originally donated the trophy to the B Class. With the introduction of the new Jubilee Class in 1935 the trophy was transferred and is now awarded each year to the winner of the Jubilee Class RBYC season aggregate. First Winner: (B Class) Eighteen Twenty, 1935 (Jubilee) Rotanes, A. E. Akhurst 1936

Trophy - Brian Branelley Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Brian Branelley Trophy Donor: Brian's wife Deed of Gift: No Donated by his wife on his death, Brian owned the Jubilee yacht Zest BJ24. The trophy is awarded to the second place-getter of the Mornington Australia Regatta. First Winner: Stella, L. N. Pound 1983

Trophy - IRC Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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IRC Trophy - more information tbd

Tray - Brian Chapman Memorial Tray

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Brian Chapman Memorial (Tray) Donor: Irene Chapman (his wife) Deed of Gift: No The trophy was originally known as the Commodores’ Trophy, won by the yacht Acrospire in 1933. The trophy was no longer used when in 2004/05 it was re-engraved and became known as the Brian Chapman Memorial Trophy for Combined Division Season IRC handicap aggregate. First Winner: Under Capricorn, P. Bedlington 2004/05

Tray - Australia Day Trophy (Tray)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Australia Day Trophy (Tray) Donor: Roy Tapson, Blairgowrie YC 1958 Deed of Gift: No The trophy was donated to encourage inter-club competition for Jubilee yachts from Brighton, Blairgowrie and Sorrento. The regatta is to be held at the Mornington Yacht Club with each fleet. Racing to Mornington is held on the Saturday of Australia Day weekend, followed by a combined fleet race on the Sunday with all yachts returning to their home clubs on the Monday. First Winner: Aeolus, L. N. Pound 1958

Bell - Briggs Marine Trophy (Bell)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Briggs Marine Trophy (Bell) Donor: Geoff Adams Briggs Marine Deed of Gift: No The trophy is awarded twice each year for each of the spring and summer Twilight Pursuit Series sailed of Wednesday evenings. Extras are not allowed. First Winner: Phoenix, David Meik 1999/2000

Cup - Alan Robinson Memorial Trophy (Cup)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Alan Robinson Memorial Trophy (Cup) Donor : Keith Farfor Deed of Gift: No Alan Robinson was the navigator on Keith Farfor’s yacht Super Star. He was killed in a car accident on the banks of the Yarra River. The race is a combined division race from RBYC to the QCYC. The trophy is awarded to the PHD handicap winner and is raced early June of each year. First Winner: Bindi D Buxton

Cup - Gullett Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Gullett Cup (Cup) Donor: Sir Henry Gullett Deed of Gift: Yes, 1929 The trophy is awarded to the winner of a Combined Division race on PHD handicap which is sailed on the same day as the Almeida Cup for AMS handicap and the Worcester Trophy for IRC handicap. First Winner: Toogooloowoo II, W. S. Dare 1928

Trophies - Non-Sailing Trophies

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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When not on the water many RBYC members enjoy billiards or golf, with regular annual events being held for both.

Cup - E. A. Franklin Memorial Trophy (Cup)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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E. A. Franklin Memorial Trophy (Cup) Donor: Edward Alfred Franklin Deed of Gift: Yes The trophy was originally donated by past Commodore E. A. Franklin and awarded to the International Star Class. He was Commodore in 1947/50 and again in 1953/55. After his death in 1962, his son Rae Franklin changed the deed of the gift to become the E. A. Franklin memorial trophy and with the decline of the Star Class was for a short time then awarded to the Soling Class, and then to the E22 class. However, it seems to have been awarded to the Dragon class instead and perhaps the Spooks Franklin Trophy which is awarded to the E22 replaced it. First Winner: Leander, R. Franklin 1947/48

Trophies - Ornate and Old trophies

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Over the history of RBYC some very ornate trophies have been presented. These are no longer used but are brought out for display on special occasions. You can see some of these by clicking on the right arrow on the photo above.

Cup - Angus McIntyre Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Angus McIntyre Cup Donor: Unknown Deed of Gift: No Angus McIntyre joined the RBYC in 1912 and was Commodore 1922/23 and again 1939/40. He was also club Treasurer for a number of years and Secretary for four years. McIntyre was also instrumental through Lord Foster in obtaining our Royal Warrant for the club in 1924. He was a very active yachtsman and skipper of a number of famous yachts including Foam, Idler, Brighton, Marie Louise and others. The trophy was donated for the winner of the Division 1 season aggregate on PHD handicap. First Winner: Odin, L. Abrahams 1965

Bowl - Division 2 Season Aggregate (Bowl)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Division 2 Season Aggregate (Bowl) Donor: Deed of Gift: No The trophy was originally used for B class racing.The trophy was eventually re-allocated and was awarded to the Division 2 winner of the Season Aggregate on PHD handicap. The trophy is affectionately known as "Sam's Bowl". At one stage it was noted that the trophy did not have a name, and it was suggested that it be named after the Tedstone's dog Sam. If you click right on the the arrow next to the trophy you can see Sam. First Winner: Huia, J. Pritchard 1954

Trophy - Navy Teams Racing Trophies

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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These are trophies for the Navy Teams Invitational racing - Victorian selections series and National Championships..

Top Hat - Top Hat Trophy (Top Hat)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Top Hat Trophy (Top Hat) Donor: Deed of Gift: No The trophy was originally known as the David Bristol Trophy for the Top Hat Class. In 1981/82 this was changed and became the Top Hat Trophy for Division 3 on PHD handicap. This was once again changed and became a mid-distance race for Combined Division on PHD handicap. The race is sailed on the same day as the E. B. Green Trophy. First Winner: Selene, Brig.A.Doon, & Varneer (SYC) 1968/69 Cherokee, Kim & Touché (RBYC) 1970/71

Junior and Transition Trophies - Junior classes

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Sabot Dinghies have raced at RBYC for a great many years, as a training boat for boys and girls and as a "one design" regatta boat. There are a number of trophies which have been awarded, some of which have since been repurposed for use by other junior classes. If you click on the "right arrow" on the photo above you can see each of these one by one.

Memorial - Bushy Beavis

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Bushy Beavis (no actual trophy) Donor: No Deed of Gift: No Bushy Beavis was a well-known member of RBYC having raced in a number of classes and divisions at RBYC. He was also a very keen gardener and regularly looked after the rose garden at the entrance to the club. A memorial plaque was placed there after his death. The Bushy Beavis race is a mid-distance race sailed on AMS handicap and is also part of the Ingénue Series. First Winner: Not known

Cup - G. E. Duncans

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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G. E. Duncans Cup (Cup) Donor: Deed of Gift: No The trophy was originally donated in 1930/31 and was won by the 21-footer yacht Corella owned by G. E. Duncan. The trophy was not used until 1960/61 when it was used for the annual race from RBYC to Mornington on PHD handicap. In season 2010/11, due to the difficulties with moorings at Mornington the yachts no longer go to Mornington but race over a centre course of similar length. First Winner: Cassandra K. Sheeny 1960/61

Tray - York Syme Trophy (Tray)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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York Syme Trophy (Tray) Donor: R. Y. Syme Donor of Gift: Yes, September 1963 The trophy was donated by RBYC member Mr. R. Y. Syme and originally used for an annual combined division race RBYC to Mornington. In 1963 because of the difficulties with moorings at Mornington it was decided to conduct the race over a similar distance at the top end of the bay. The race was then awarded on IRC handicap then in 2010 was changed to AMS handicap. It is now back to being awarded for IRC. First Winner: Brigette, B. Macgregor

Cup - Malta Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Malta Cup Donor: F. J. Corder, High Commissioner of Malta Deed of Gift: Yes The race was originally raced on handicap by all yachts on the RBYC register. This was later changed to a Combined Division Race on PHD handicap then again changed to IRC handicap. The trophy was won by Barton Harney three consecutive times and in accordance with the deed of gift the trophy was retained by Mr. Harney. In 1975 Mr. Harney re-donated the trophy to RBYC and a new deed was written allowing for ballasted yachts on the RBYC register to compete on a course of approximately 12-15 nautical miles. First Winner: Virginia A. S. Sturrock 1936

Trophy - Cerberus Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Cerberus Trophy Donor : Deed of Gift: No For several years at the end of the season the yachts Dystiny and Phantom had a picnic race to the Cerberus located at Black Rock. This was later taken up by the RBYC and became the end of season race for all RBYC yachts. The clubs’ staff set up a BBQ and bar on the deck of the Cerberus and a great time was had by all prior to returning to the RBYC. Later when the Cerberus became too dangerous to board, the destination was changed with the race finishing at the RYCV. The actual trophy is made from timber taken from the deck of the Cerberus. First Winner: Gum Blossom, T. Gunnerson 1990/91

Cup - Stonehaven Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Awarded To Winner of the Stonehaven Cup Interstate Championship Description Is a broad metal cup with a flower grill, which is permanently attached to a multi-tiered round wooden base carrying engraved shields for each winning boat First Awarded In 1924 to 'Mayfly' and 'Penguin' who won in a dead-heat in Hobart, Tasmania Engraving Format Venue, state of venue, year, cup number, boat, state of winner Example: MELBOURNE / VIC / 2012 83rd / DOROTHY LINACRE / VIC Comments The cup is held on display in the winner's club until the next championship series. Notes The Stonehaven Cup has been run every year since 1924, with the exception of the war years 1940 to 1945 The dinghy registration number included here is the national registration number which was first issued in 1951 Dinghies racing in the Stonehaven Cup prior to that time competed under their state registration numbers, which are not included here From 1951, all existing dinghies wishing to compete in the Stonehaven Cup were issued with new national certificates of registration Because of this process, older Cadet dinghies which were not intended to be raced in future Stonehaven Cups did not receive a national registration number Those existing dinghies which were issued with national certificates retrospectively were given numbers in order of their re-measurement, so the lowest national registration numbers are not necessarily the oldest dinghies

Trophy - Les Fox Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Les Fox Trophy Donor: Les Fox Deed of Gift: No Les Fox was the father of Bill, Jack and George who were all members of the RBYC. This trophy was originally used for mid-week racing then later re-allocated to a Division 2 race on IRC handicap during a heat of the Club Marine Series. The race is sailed on the same day as the Commodores’ Cup for Division2 and the Boat Hook Trophy for Division 3. First Winner: Slaghoken III, W. Feltham 1963/64

Sculptured Head - Artemis Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Artemis Trophy (Sculpured Head) Donor: Marion French Deed of Gift: Yes Marion French donated the trophy in memory of her husband Bill French, who started sailing at SYC in cadet dinghies then at RBYC in 16 foot skiffs, then building several other yachts and finally in the Division 3 yacht Artemis until his death in 1988. The trophy is named after their yacht Artemis and awarded to the winner of a Division 3 race. In 2003 it was changed and awarded to the winner of the Winter Pursuit Series, then again changed and awarded to the winner of Saturday Pursuit Aggregate Series for October to May. No extras are allowed. First Winner: Spindrift, R. New 1991/1992

Trophy - 1930s Trophies

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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1930s Trophies Donor: Deed of Gift: Details: Left to Right A1 Class ‘Acrospire’ 1936 Young Frothblowers Corella 1930 Corella and Royalist 1930/ 34

Boat Models - Boat Models

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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These models of RBYC Race Management boats (Blue Gum, RB8 and Tarni) have been donated by Graham Noel and can be viewed in a glass cabinet of the Olympic restaurant at RBYC. Graham originally donated the model of Tarni to the club in 2005, in acknowledgement of the valuable work done by race management volunteers. The model was presented to Harry Tedston on his retirement as Race Officer in 2008. Harry then donated the trophy back to the club in 2009, for the enjoyment of all members.

Cup - Edwards Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Edwards Cup Donor: Eli (Dick) Edwards Deed of Gift: Yes The trophy was originally donated to the Victorian Yacht Racing Association for a round-the-bay race of not less than 100 nautical miles, for yachts of a length of no longer than 30 feet and no less than 20 feet. The trophy is currently raced during a Club Marine race and is awarded to the winner of Division 1 on PHD handicap. The race is held on the same day as the Secours Trophy for Division 2 and the Allee Cup for Division 3. Eli Edwards was one of the early members of the Port Melbourne Yacht Club. First Winner: Scorn, A. C. Finlay 1937

Cup - Associates Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Associates Cup Donor: Deed of Gift: No The trophy was originally donated when women could only be associated members of RBYC with the then RNCE requirement there should be at least one female on board. The trophy was not used for a number of years until females became full members and in 2007 was reintroduced with the requirement that the skipper must be a female member of RBYC and holding a current AYF card. The race was then incorporated with the ladies short course Bliss Series on the Saturday with the Associates Cup on Sunday. First Winner: Hot Prospect, J. B. Searle 1980

Trophy - Boat Hook Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Boat Hook Trophy Donor: Graham Noel Deed of Gift: No The trophy was made by Graham Noel to be awarded to the winner of a Division 3 race on PHD handicap. The trophy was re-allocated in 2009 and is now awarded to the winner of a Division 3 race on IRC handicap during one of the club marine series. This trophy is raced on the same day as the Les Fox Trophy for Division 2 and The Commodore’s’ Trophy for Division 1. First Winner: Freedom, J. Tempany 1997/98

Tray - Rock Bottom Marine Division 2 (Tray)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Rock Bottom Marine Division 2 (Tray) Donor: Rock Bottom Marine Deed of Gift: No Refer to Division 1 (above). Now awarded to the Combined Division winner on AMS handicap. First Winner: Not known as the original trophy is missing.