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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".

83 items

83 items

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 - 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 - 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

Cup - J. J. Savage Trophy (Cup)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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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

Trophies - Etchells Trophies

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Royal Brighton Yacht Club is the home of the Melbourne Etchells Fleet. You can see the Etchells trophies by clicking on the right hand arrows starting with the photo above.

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

Cup - Sturrock Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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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

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

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

Cup - J. Bryan Linacre Family Award (Cup)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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J. Bryan Linacre Family Award (Cup) Donor: Bryan Linacre Deed of Gift: No This trophy was donated in season 2007/08 and awarded to the winner of the Wednesday afternoon Combined Division fleet and Pursuit Start Series. The Series consists of 4 parts (ie 2 pursuit and 2 fleet) covering the 12 months to end of June each year. First Winner: Clipper III, G. Davidson 2006/07

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

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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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

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

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

Trophy - Secours Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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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

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

Trophy - Charles Peel Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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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:

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

Life Ring - Vega Trophy (Mounted Wooden Life Ring)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Vega Trophy (Mounted Wooden Life Ring) Donor: Graham Noel During World War II when the Germans occupied the Channel Islands the local people went through very severe food rationing and were on the verge of starvation. Near the end of the war, the Swedish ship Vega was allowed by the Germans to deliver several shipments of food to the civilian population, easing the critical shortages of food on the islands. Further background detail can be found below. Graham Noel was born on the Islands and lived there during this harsh period. The trophy is awarded to the winner of the Combined Division AMS Aggregate Series. First Winner: Under Capricorn, P. Bedlington 2005/06 Vega – Further historical background Early in the Second World War Jersey was declared “unarmed” and the German military took over, taking quite a few lives in the process, through strafing the main harbour and a few other places which they needlessly considered threatening. A considerable number of locals evacuated to England before the Germans arrived, but more than 60% of the population remained and endured 5 years of very strict and difficult conditions. Not only was the population unable to contact relatives in the UK or elsewhere, but very quickly they found themselves subject to harsh curfews, strictly rationed foodstuffs, no fuel for vehicles, radios confiscated, and homes and hotels commandeered by the military. The military demanded first pick of all foodstuffs and kept meticulous records of all livestock forcing farmers even to show newborn calves and piglets to them, then claiming the new arrivals for their dinner tables. However there are many stories of farmers outwitting their masters when twin calves or suchlike arrived! Lawbreakers were quickly dealt with, mostly with lengthy prison terms in Jersey, but the more serious crimes were punished by being sent to some horrible French prisons, or even some of the notorious German concentration camps. All local Jews were dispatched to concentration camps, and even English born families were similarly shipped through France and on to Germany. Sadly, a considerable number of those deported did not make it back safely to Jersey. In June 1944 the locals were delighted to hear that the Allies had invaded Normandy and very soon they could hear the battles as the Allies worked their way along the French coast. Little did they know they would still have to wait another 11 months for freedom, having to put up with a very demanding German occupation force which was still determined to obey Hitler’s order to “Defend the Channel Islands to the death”. Now that France was in Allied Hands the local military commanders were unable to supplement their food supplies from France and even harsher demands were made on the local population to ensure that all branches of their still very substantial military force were reasonably well fed. As well as the military, Jersey farmers had to provide food for the Allied POWs and the many “forced labourers”, mainly of Russian, Polish and Italian backgrounds who had been directed to the island to build all the concrete bunkers. This included an underground hospital, all this complying with Hitler’s orders to ensure that the Channel Islands would never again be part of Britain. Many requests by the Jersey authorities for Red Cross assistance were rejected, but finally in December 1944 they agreed and on 30th December the Red Cross vessel “Vega” (Swedish Registry) arrived and delivered parcels to the civilian population. These parcels contained a variety of foodstuffs supplied mainly by Canadian authorities, desperately needed medical supplies, flour, oils and soaps, as well as tobacco from New Zealand. Vega made a further 3 or 4 trips and most certainly eased the desperate situation being faced by the locals. In fact, it resulted in the locals having slightly better food supplies than the military and many local farmers tell stories of having to protect their stock from marauding soldiers. Understandably Churchill was reluctant to send in an invading force to retake the Channel Islands, but by May 1945 it was clear that the Third Reich was finished and on May 9th the German Military surrendered, without a fight, to a large British landing force. On a slightly lighter note … in January 1945 Jersey stonemasons were seen in the main town square repairing flagstones … the Germans had never noticed that the name “Vega” had been formed in those flagstones! As a side note Vega is the name of the brightest star in the universe. Furthermore, throughout the occupation, despite German law that demanded confiscation of all radio sets, punishable by long prison terms or deportation to Germany, there were still many sets being listened to. The locals had a well refined news system for the dissemination of news of what was happening in the outside world.

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

Shield - Jubilee Perpetual Trophy - Senior Division

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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This is a long standing Jubilee trophy awarded annually

Tray - Freydis Trophy (Tray)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Freydis Trophy (Tray) Donor: Peter Pandell 1986 Deed of Gift: The trophy is awarded to the winner of the annual Jubilee class Long Race which is approximately 19/20 nautical miles in distance. The trophy is named after the first Jubilee BJ1 built in 1935. First Winner: Le Marin, Harry Tedstone 1986

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

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

Tray - Worane Trophy (Tray)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Worane Trophy (Tray) Donor: Deed of Gift: The yacht Worane was built in 1915 for Brighton Sailing Club member Lionel Drury and who later joined Hobsons Bay Yacht Club where he later became Commodore. Worane was originally built as a top mast cutter and remained so until 1949 when RBYC members Ross Farrow and Harry Tyrell purchased her. Peter Timms also joined the crew at that time. Worane became a regular part of the RBYC racing fleet and also became known as a great party boat. In 1970 Worane was sold to a new syndicate headed by Leigh Weber and continued to race at RBYC until sold in 1983. Worane is currently being restored at Williamstown. The syndicate donated the trophy for an annual race RBYC to Port Arlingtom on IRC handicap, however due to berthing difficulties at Port Arlington the race was sailed over a mid-distance RBYC course and in 2010/11 the race was changed to RBYC to Queenscliff. The Worane race also now forms part of the Ingenue Series for cruising yachts on PHD handicap. First Winner: Wairaker, A. Larking 1979/80

Cup - Harvie Linklater Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Harvie Linklater Cup Donor: Deed of Gift: Harvie Linklater was one of the early member of RBYC and for a number of years was the clubs’ Historian. He raced on a number of the clubs’ famous early yachts, including with J. A. Linacre, a past Commodore. He was also one of the Brighton members who started off the Black Rock Yacht Club as an annex of the RBYC. First Winner: Samoa BJ21, H. Stephens 1948/49

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

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

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 - 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

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