The Cruising Group meets at the Club premises at 7.30 pm on Friday nights (Usually the 2nd one) of the calendar month, except for December and January. Keep an eye on our website calendar for dates and topics.

Skip to Cruising Schedule, Notice of Race and Cruising Instructions

Our meetings are informal and usually include a speaker from within the club or from outside. The bar is open, food maybe on offer depending on the theme of the night and we usually finish with tea, coffee and biscuits and of course, lots of chatting. Our topics are sometimes anecdotal and sometimes instructional. In recent times some of our members have given us presentations on their cruises around Tasmania, the Pacific Ocean, the Kimberley Coast and in the Whitsundays and even round the world, not just showing us the wonderful sights, but also sharing with us relevant facts about anchorages, fuel and power usage, communications and fishing, and giving advice about "next time".

We have had instructional evenings on:

  • recovering a man overboard
  • anchoring in difficult holding
  • using a sextant
  • flag etiquette
  • the new PFD rules (given by Transport Safety Victoria)
  • the Water Police on their role
  • the operation of the port, by the Harbour Master
  • the Coast Guard on their activities.

For cruising events organised by HBYC's Sailing Committee or Cruising Group (listed in the HBYC Calendar), a Cruise Coordinator will be appointed and the cruise will be conducted under a set of documents including a Notice of Cruise and Cruising Event Instructions. Examples are provided below. These documents will be updated and amended top reflect the organisation, destination and safety requirements for each event.

A list of equipment recommended for cruising, based on the YA Blue Book, has been prepared by and experienced Yacht Master. This provides a good overview of the type and range of equipment recommended but does not cover such items as structural integrity, hatches, cockpit volumes and drains, and bilge pumps which all boats should comply with already.

Cruising Schedule - 2015

Start Date End Date Briefing
April 18th April 19th 9pm, April 17th
May 16th May 17th 9pm, May 15th
June 6th June 7th 9pm, June 5th
July 11th July 12th 9pm, July 10th
August 15th August 15th 9pm, August 14th
September 12th September 13th 9pm, September 11th
October 10th October 11th 9pm, October 9th
November 14th November 15th 9pm, November 13th

Notice of Cruising Events

Cruising Event Instructions

For these Cruises, it is a requirement that the yacht details are recorded by Clicking here.

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