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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 [email protected] with the subject heading "RBYC Collections Contribution".

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Trophy - Veteran Skippers’ Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Veteran Skippers’ Trophy Donor: Deed of Gift: No The trophy was awarded to the winner of a veteran skippers’ race for skipper who are over the age of 55 years and who do not race on a regular basis. This race has not been competed for a number of years. First Winner: Leading Lady, D. Linacre 1994

Bowl - Division 2 Season Aggregate (Bowl)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

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

Memorial - Bushy Beavis

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

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 - Edwards Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

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 - Vanessa Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

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

Tray - W. G. Linacre Memorial Trophy (Tray)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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W. G. Linacre Memorial Trophy (Tray) Donor: J. H. Linacre Deed of Gift: The trophy was donated by the Linacre family in memory of their brother Bill who was also a member of the RBYC. The trophy is awarded to the winner of a Jubilee class race at RBYC. First Winner: Freelance BJ25, N. McInnes 5/3/1955

Tray - Brian Chapman Memorial Tray

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

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

Trophies - Ornate and Old trophies

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

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 - Frank Hutchinson Memorial Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Frank Hutchinson Memorial Cup Donor: Lyndsay Halliday Deed of Gift: Yes Frank Hutchinson was a member of the Brighton Sailing Club as early as 1912 and became Commodore in 1941/44; he was also made an honorary life member in 1953. He was a World War I veteran and for many years conducted the clubs’ Anzac Day Services, always wearing his Light Horse Captains’ Uniform. He died in 1964 at the age of 80. The trophy was originally donated for a single-handed race, however this was changed in 1993 when it became a two-handed race and then became part of the ORCV two-hand series. First Winner: Valhalla, F. Moylan

Tray - Rock Bottom Marine Division 2 (Tray)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

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.

Tray - Australia Day Trophy (Tray)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

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

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

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

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

Shield - Jubilee Perpetual Trophy - Senior Division

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

This is a long standing Jubilee trophy awarded annually

model - J. A. Linacre Memorial Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

J. A. Linacre Memorial Trophy Donor: J. H. Linacre Deed of Gift: Yes The trophy was presented by J. H. Linacre and the Linacre family in memory of their father Jim Linacre who was a past Commodore and one of the founders of the Jubilee Class of yachts in 1935. The trophy is awarded annually to the winner of the Jubilee Class Victorian Championship. First Winner: Freydis BJ1, J. H. Linacre 1947/48

Cup - B Class Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

B Class Trophy (Cup) Donor: Deed of Gift: The trophy was originally donated for use by B class in 1929/30 then in 1968 for a short time was used for ‘off the beach’ classes. Following this, it was for a short time awarded to the IRC handicap winner of the G. E. Duncans Race to Mornington. In season 2009/10 it was once again changed. First Winner: Toogooloowoo II, W. S. Dagg 1929/30

Trophy - Blizzard Winter Series

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

The Blizzard winter series is run for keelboats over the winter months. It was first raced in 2009.

Tray - Rock Bottom Marine Division 1 (Tray)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Rock Bottom Marine Division 1 (Tray) Donor: Rock Bottom Marine Deed of Gift: No The trophy was originally donated as a Division 1 race. In 20(??) this was changed and the trophy is now awarded to the winner of a Combined Division Race on IRC handicap on the same race the Rock Bottom Marine Trophies for Division 2 and 3 which were also changed to AMS and PHD respectively. First Winner: Adria, G. Gjergja 1992/93

Trophy - Cerberus Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

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 - J. J. Savage Trophy (Cup)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

J. J. Savage Trophy (Cup) Donor: T. G. and J. B. Savage Deed of Gift: Yes The trophy was donated in memory of their father John Joseph Savage and is awarded to the winner of the Dragon Class Victorian Championship. First Winner: Kamilla, A. S. Sturrock 1952/53

Cup - Sarawaki Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Sarawaki Cup Donor: Deed of Gift: No First Winner: Bramac, B.J.C 1936 RBYC to Mornington: Freelance, R. J. Colemen 1982

Cup - Sturrock Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Sturrock Cup Donor: L and A. S. Sturrock Deed of Gift: Yes The trophy was originallt donated for use by the Twentyone Footer Class and was first won in 1929 by the yacht Bunyip owned by E. Digbey. The trophy was later transferred to the Dragon Class. First Dragon Winner: Nan, A. S. Sturrock

1/2 Model - Robstan Trophy (1/2 model)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Robstan Trophy (1/2 model) Donor: Charles Stanton and Vic Robbins Deed of Gift: No The trophy is awarded to the winner of a short series of races held annually at RBYC for the Dragon class. Charles Stanton and Vic Robbins were the owners of the boat maintenance business (Robstan). Charles is also the owner of the Dragon class yacht Amazing Grace. First Winner: Ann, T. Bowdler 1993

Trophy - Cruising Yachtsman of the Year

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

The Cruising Yachtsman of the Year trophy was donated to RBYC in 1993 by Commodore John R. and Mrs Anna Robinson of Queenscliffe Cruising Yacht club. The trophy is a silver wine basket to be presented with a bottle of wine on a white serviette in it. The winner is entitled to have the trophy on their table with their wine bottle in it if they were having dinner at the club.

Trophy - Twilight with Extras

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

The Twilight series "with extras" (ie boats racing with spinnakers) is sailed on Wednesday evenings over summer. The first winner of this trophy was Jim Simmons in 2009/10.

Cup - Commodores’ Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Commodores’ Cup Donor: Commodore R. T Crick 1928/29 Deed of Gift: No This trophy does not seem to have been used until 1983/84 when it was then awarded to the Division 1 winner on IRC handicap during a heat of the Club Marine Series. This race is sailed on the same day as the Lex Fox Trophy for Division 1 and the Boat Hook Trophy for Division 3. First Winner: Damel, W. (Bill) Currie 1983/84

Ships Wheel - Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy (Ships Wheel) Donor: Deed of Gift: No The race is an overnight race around Port Phillip, sailed together with the Lady Nelson. The trophy is awarded to the winner on AMS handicap. First Winner: Rampage, E. W Fuller 1976

Trophy - Charles Peel Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Charles Peel Trophy Donor: Peter Mitcheson Deed of Gift: No Peter was the nephew of Charles Peel who was one of the designers of the Jubilee class yacht first launched with Freydis BJ1 in 1935. Peter also at one time owned the Jubilee yachts Freydis BJ1 and Sylvia BJ2. Sylvia was destroyed in a collision with a ship at the mouth of the Yarra River. First Winner:

Trophy - Stars and Compass

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

The Stars and Compass Trophy was donated by Richard Hawkins in 1998 (the Year of the Oceans) to encourage the use of traditional navigation skills by yachts at sea. See attached document for more extensive background information

Trophy - 1930s Trophies

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

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

Trophy - Secours Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Secours Trophy Donor: Deed of Gift: No This trophy was won by D Allee’s yacht Galetea in 1887/88 and is therefore one of our oldest trophies. The trophy was not used for many years until 1983/84 when it was re-introduced as a Division 2 race on PHD handicap. The race is sailed during a club marine race on the same day as the Edwards Cup for Division 1 and the Allee Cup for Division 2. First Winner: Pangea, A. Nankervis 1983/84