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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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81 items

Top Hat - Top Hat Trophy (Top Hat)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

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

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 - Boat Hook Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

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 - W. G. Linacre Memorial Trophy (Tray)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

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

Cup - Alan Robinson Memorial Trophy (Cup)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

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

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

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

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

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

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 - Associates Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

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

Shield - Les Pound Shield

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Les Pound Shield Donor: Victorian Jubilee Controlling Body Deed of Gift: In 1966 in recognition of his great contribution in developing the Jubilee class and to its ongoing success over many years, the Victorian Jubilee Controlling Body donated the Les Pound Shield. It is to be awarded to the best Victorian Jubilee yacht competing in the annual Huntingfield Cup. Les Pound was one of the original owners, building his own BJ4 Aeolus in 1935. In his later years, to minimize the task of maintaining a timber boat, he purchased a fiberglass boat which he named after his wife Stella. He was made an honorary life member in 1972. First Winner: Aeolus BJ4, L. N. Pound 1966

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

Cadet Dinghy Trophies - Cadets

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Cadet Dinghies have a long proud history at RBYC with many Trophies awarded over the years. Apart from the Stonehaven Cup (see separate entry) the other trophies are shown here. You can see these by clicking on the right arrow on the photo above.

Cup - Returned Soldiers’ Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Returned Soldiers’ Cup Donor: Deed of Gift: No There is an earlier returned soldiers trophy which is a World War I shell case which was awarded to commemorate the RBYC members who served in the first World War. The first trophy was awarded to the Jubilee yacht Rotanes BJ3, owned by A. E. Akhurst in 1935. For an unknown reason the current Returned Soldiers’ Cup was purchased and first awarded in season 1935/36. First Winner: Sylvia BJ2, W. Jamison 1935/36

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

Tray - Worane Trophy (Tray)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

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 - Almeida Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

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 - BLISS Trophy (formerly Lady Skippers Short Course Trophy)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

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.

Tray - Valhalla Trophy (Tray)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

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

Cup - Richardson Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Richardson Cup Donor: D. Richardson Deed of Gift: No Don Richardson was at one time the owner of the famous RBYC yacht Landfall.

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 - Gullett Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

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

Boat Models - Boat Models

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

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.

Trophy - F. D. Linacre Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

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

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

Bell - Briggs Marine Trophy (Bell)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

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

Shield - Jubilee Perpetual Trophy - Senior Division

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

This is a long standing Jubilee trophy awarded annually

boat model - Viking Boat Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Viking Boat Trophy Donor: J. H. Linacre Deed of Gift: No J. H (John) Linacre was a past Commodore of RBYC in 1961/64 and again in 1968/70. He sailed in a number of classes at RBYC including the Dragon class which he raced very successfully, including winning the English Speaking Union Championship at Poole, England in 1960. The trophy is awarded to the winner of the RBYC Dragon class spring aggregate. First Winner: Scarlet Runner, 1989/90

half model - Mornington Perpetual Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Mornington Perpetual Trophy Donor: The Mornington Yacht Club 1985 Deed of Gift: No Donated to commemorate the Jubilee class 50th anniversary and is awarded to the winner of the last heat of the Victorian Championship for the J. A. Linacre Memorial Trophy. First Winner: Killara J, R. A. Chisholm 1986