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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
phone
+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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80 items

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 - 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

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

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

Cup - E. B. Green Trophy (Cup)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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E. B. Green Trophy (Cup) Donor: Deed of Gift: E. B. Green was one of the original members of the Brighton Sailing Club and in 1886/87 owned the yacht Iris. The trophy is awarded to the winner of a combined division race on IRC handicap. The race is a mid-distance race and sailed on the same day as the Top Hat Trophy on PHD handicap. First Winner: White Tie, D. R. Buxton 1966/67

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

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

Cup - Commodores’ Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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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

Tray - Valhalla Trophy (Tray)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Valhalla Trophy (Tray) Donor: Fred Moylan and syndicate Deed of Gift: Yes (see attachment) Fred Moylan, Even Macgregor and Ken McBriar were all past Commodores of RBYC and together with Malcolm McEachern were the owners of the yacht Valhalla. Valhalla was launched in 1910 as a cruising yawl, then in 1911 was rigged as a cutter for racing. She was 40 feet long and built for Percy Hedges, a past Commodore of RBYC. Horace Petley was also one of its crew in the early years. The Valhalla trophy was donated when the syndicate finally sold their boat and is awarded to the winner of the Division 2 summer aggregate series on PHD handicap. First Winner: Hot Shot, Graham Noel 1998/99

Shield - Jubilee Perpetual Trophy - Senior Division

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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This is a long standing Jubilee trophy awarded annually

Cup - Frank Hutchinson Memorial Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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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 3 (Tray)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Rock Bottom Marine Division 3 (Tray) Donor: Rock Bottom Marine Deed of Gift: No Refer Division 1 (above). It is now awarded to the Combined Division winner on PHD handicap. First Winner: Artemis, M. French 1992/93

Cup - Huntingfield Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Huntingfield Cup Donor: Governor of Victoria Lord Huntingfield, 1936 Deed of Gift: Yes The trophy was donated as a perpetual trophy for interstate competition for their Australian Championship. Originally the trophy was competed for by a team of 3 yachts from each state using yachts provided by the home state. The first teams’ race was won by NSW with Ken Clark and Alan Baldick sailing Petrel. In 1966 the series became an individual competition with the first being won by Victorian yacht Aeolus BJ4 by L. N. Pound in 1966.

Cup - Jubilee Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Jubilee Cup Donor: Commodore A. T. Crick 1935 Deed of Gift: No Donated by Commodore Crick to commemorate the Jubilee year of King George V and which gave name to the new class of yacht. The trophy was originally awarded to the B class of yachts but with the launch of the new Jubilees, it was transferred to that class. Fist B Class Winner: Virginia, A. S. Sturrock 1934/35 First Jubilee Winner: Sylvia, W. Jamison 1936

Model yacht - Revelle Family Perpetual Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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This trophy has been donated by Diarne Revelle. It is awarded to the PHS winner of the Port Phillip Women's Championship Series race sailed as part of the BLISS regatta.

Trophy - F. D. Linacre Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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F. D. Linacre Trophy Donor: David Linacre Deed of Gift: No The trophy was originally donated in 1971 for a Combined Division Winter Series. It was later changed to a mid-distance race on PHD handicap, sailed on the day following the start of the Lady Nelson and the Sir Thomas Lipton races which start on the Friday evening. In season 2009/10 it was once again changed and now starts with the Lady Nelson and Sir Thomas Lipton but continues to be a mid-distance race on PHD handicap. First Winner: Loki, David Linacre 1971

Cup - B Class Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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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

Cup - Almeida Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Almeida Cup Donor: Unknown Deed of Gift: No The trophy was presented in memory of William C. Almeida who was killed during a bank robbery. A memorial was erected in the park in Hampton opposite Linacre Road and Hampton Street. An inscription reads ‘Erected in memory of William C. Almeida of the Commercial Bank Hampton who gave his life in defence of his Trust 23.4.24. Aged 33 years.’ The trophy was originally used for B Division, now used for Combined Division on AMS handicap and raced on the same day as the Gullett Cup for PHD handicap and the Worcester Cup for IRC handicap. First Winner: Rita, C. W. Campbell 1925/26

Trophy - IRC Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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IRC Trophy - more information tbd

Trophy - Veteran Skippers’ Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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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

Trophy - BLISS Club Teams Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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This is the BLISS Club teams trophy, awarded to the Club which partook in the whole BLiSS program (training & racing), for the club that has the highest female participation rate.

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

Trophy - BLISS Trophy (formerly Lady Skippers Short Course Trophy)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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BLISS Trophy / Lady Skippers Short Course Trophy - This is now awarded for the BLISS series (Brighton Ladies in Sailing Series) which is held annually over a weekend or a Sunday. The BLISS regatta forms part of the Port Phillip Women's Championship series and so attracts sailors from other yacht clubs around the Bay. It is also sailed in conjunction with the Associates Cup which is for RBYC boats and skippers. The BLISS trophy is awarded based on PHS handicaps.

Cup - Costello Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Costello Cup Donor: H. C. Costello Deed of Gift: No The trophy was originally used in 1983 for a Spring and Summer Sunday Series. The trophy was then not used for a number of years when in 2004 it was used for a Saturday Winter Pursuit Series with extras being allowed. This series runs from June to September and alternated with the Blizzard Series and fleet starts. First Winner: Minerva, PJ Graham 1983

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

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

Model - High Flyer Series (Model of the Race Control Tower)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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High Flyer Series (Model of the Race Control Tower) Donor: Graham Noel Tower Fleet Start Series is run in conjunction with the Artemis, Sprint and Stern Chaser Series and held from October to May. It is awarded to the PHD handicap winner, and extras are allowed. First Winner: Andaluca, W. Merritt 2009/10

Ships Wheel - Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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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 - Ingénue Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Ingénue Trophy Donor: David James and Rosie Colahan Deed of Gift: David and Rosie owned the yacht Ingénue which they regularly raced at RBYC and elsewhere, including the 2-handed race to Japan, and two races to Vanuatu. They have both been very active in assisting new owners learning to sail and encouraging them to join in regular racing at RBYC. They also were very active in encouraging women crews and skippers to join in regular racing. The Ingénue trophy is awarded to the winner of a short series of mid-distance races. In 2010/11 the series was extended to allow for Cruising Division 1 and 2 with trophies allocated for both (click on the right arrow on the phot to see both trophies) First Winner: Rampallion, R. Incleden 2007/08

model - J. A. Linacre Memorial Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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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