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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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location
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.

Location

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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83 items with images

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

Historical information

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 - 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.

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 - Lady Nelson Perpetual Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Lady Nelson Perpetual Trophy (Cup) Donor: W. Finlay Deed of Gift: Yes The Lady Nelson commemorates the discovery of Port Phillip by Lieutenant Murray of the Royal Navy who in HM Brigg Lady Nelson sailed through the heads and therefore the first vessel to enter Port Phillip. The trophy was donated by Past Commodore A. W. Finlay (1946/47) owner of the yacht Scorn, to encourage yachts on the RBYC register to compete in long-distance overnight racing around Port Phillip. In recent years the trophy is awarded to the winner on the IRC handicap. First Winner: Currawong, G. A. Warner 1946/47

Cup - Allee Cup (Cup)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Allee Cup (Cup) Donor: Deed of Gift: No The Alee Cup is one of the oldest trophies at the RBYC and was originally named the Mr H. Sparks Trophy from the HBYC and was won by D Allee During the 1890/91 season. D. Allee was one of the first members of the Brighton Sailing Club and became Commodore in 1887 and again in 1906. In 1960/61 the trophy was re-introduced at RBYC as a Division 3 PHD HCP race which is sailed during a Club Marine race on the same day as the Edwards Cup for Division 1 and the Secours trophy for Division 2. First Winner: Classic II, R Wilson 1961/62

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

Tray - Horrie Petley Memorial (Tray)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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Horrie Petley Memorial (Tray) Donor: Deed of Gift: Horace (Horrie) Petley was an honorary life member of RBYC joining the club in 1887, later retiring from active racing aged 78 years. During these years he raced in many well-known yachts such as Ada, Sayohara, Galetea as well as the 21-footer class. He was also at one time the clubs’ Librarian. The trophy is awarded to the winner of the Division 3 season aggregate on PHD handicap. First Winner: Huia, Jim Pritchard 1960/61

Trophy - Phil Bedlington Award

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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This trophy is donated by Phil Bedlington and is awarded annually as part of the RBYC presentation night. It is awarded for an Outstanding Achievement in Sailing at the National or International level. The first winner was Krystal Weir in 2001/2002

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

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.

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:

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

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

Cup - Gullett Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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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

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.

Trophies - Ornate and Old trophies

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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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.

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

Trophy - Most Improved Cruiser

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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This trophy was donated by David and Wendy Pollard to RBYC in 2002, to be awarded annually to the most improved cruiser The aim of this award is to encourage and recognise the newer skippers in taking responsibility and in sailing further into ocean waters and all other facets pertaining thereto.

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 - 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

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.

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 - Cruising Yachtsman of the Year

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

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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 - 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

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

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.

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 - 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

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