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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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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.

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

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 - 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

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 - 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

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

Shield - Jubilee Perpetual Trophy - Senior Division

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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This is a long standing Jubilee trophy awarded annually

boat model - Viking Boat Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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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

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

1/2 Model - Keith Storey Trophy (1/2 model)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Keith Storey Trophy (1/2 model) Donor: D. Richardson Deed of Gift: No The trophy is awarded to the winner of the Dragon Class season aggregate. First Winner: Lyla, A. G. Woodland 1972/73

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

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.

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.

Cup - Sarawaki Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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

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 - 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

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 - 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.

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

Trophy - Stars and Compass

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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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

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

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 - Returned Soldiers’ Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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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

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

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.

Trophy - Top Gun Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Top Gun Trophy This trophy was presented to the "Mid-Week Muddlers" (later renamed the Clive Hearne series) by Graham Noel of Hot Shot B67 in December 2004, and is to be awarded on a year by year basis to the boat which achieves the best starting performance on aggregate. Hopefully this trophy will encourage competitors to further hone their starting skills. See the attached booklet and photos (which can be seen by clicking on the right arrow in the photo above) explaining more about the background of the Martello Towers on which this is modelled.

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

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