Queenscliff Ladies Discover Cruising 2016



After a successful inaugural event, the ‘Queenscliff Ladies Discover Cruising’ (QLDC) returns for the weekend of 24-25 September 2016 in partnership with host club Queenscliff Cruising Yacht Club (QCYC). WGISC invite everyone to come and celebrate with the ‘sistership’ from Port Phillip, Corio Bay and Westernport. Your crew can be any mix but we strongly encourage all female sailors and not-yet-sailors to step up and take on learning new roles or polishing previously gained skills over these leisurely passages.

QCYC is hidden away on an island in the southwest corner of Port Phillip, situated on land leased from the Victorian State Government and administered by Parks Victoria. It is a rare privilege to have the opportunity to visit this environmentally sensitive area and care must be taken at all times to preserve the habitat which is a true paradise.

We encourage you to register early as there is a limit of 40 boats on the QCYC wharf and there will be a draw for a special prize for early bird registrants. Come and join us for a not-to-be-missed event!

  • Event Dates

QLDC Weekend - Saturday 24 September – Sunday 25 September 2016.

Everyone is welcome to come and join the women and girls. Those under18yrs of age can attend if accompanied by a parent or nominated responsible adult.

  • The Destination – QCYC

40 boats berthing capacity on QCYC wharf. Draft limit is 2.3 metres.

Boat over 15metres LOA require prior permission from the QCYC Committee.

For boats over 17metres or with deeper draft, berthing is available at Queenscliff Harbour Marina. Tender transport (lifejackets manadatory) can be provided to QCYC and return for participants.

Trailable boats and personal water-craft cannot be launched or stored at the club.

Boats must be able to accommodate all crews. Camping and pets are not allowed.

  • Notice of Event

Notice of Event v3

Online Registration

Event Poster

Insurance - All Boats require current insurance to participate in this event and for berthing at QCYC or Queenscliff Harbour marina.


  • Registration and bookings


  • QCYC members with boat on register           $16.00 per boat night
  • QCYC members (boat not on register)          $36.00 per boat night
  • Non-members                                          $56.50 per boat night


Crew registration - $16.00 per crew member.

Please indicate at time of registration if you are –

  • crew looking for a berth
  • boat owner with crew berths available
  • if your boat needs the support of a mentor
  • if you are willing to be a mentor

Visitors arriving by car

Registration - $16.00 per person (if staying overnight)

QCYC is required to comply with Dept of Defence (DoD) security requirements and register all visitors. Please indicate the name of the boat you are visiting at both event registration and the Security check in at Queenscliff.

Online Registration

As per link under Notice of Event above

  • Course Area

Home Club to QCYC on Saturday.

Return from QCYC to home club on Sunday

  • Sailing format

Participants will depart their host club at a time to arrive at QCYC after slack water on Saturday midday.


Tidal Streams Port Phillip Heads – The Rip
Saturday 24 September 2016 Sunday 25 September 2016
Slack Time Max Time Rate Slack Time Max Time Rate
0204 0442 +4.22 0251 0532 +3.97
0821 1052 -4.66 0913 1141 -4.31
1415 1647 +3.55 1501 1738 +3.25
1946 2237 -5.93 2037 2328 -5.41

Positive (+) Direction 038°                  Negative (-) Direction 200°

Times are in local standard time (UTC +10:00) or daylight savings time (UTC +11:00) when in effect.

For those who have not previously visited QCYC, please view the following information to assist with your passage planning, approach and berthing procedures at our host club.QLDC Information Guide

  • Shipping and Commercial Boating Traffic

It is a requirement to keep clear of all shipping and commercial boating traffic at all times.             

Please keep a lookout particularly when crossing channels or when approaching The Cut at Queenscliff where there is regular ferry traffic, Port Phillip sea pilot boats and commercial fishing and diving boats transitting.

  • Communication with the fleet

The VHF frequency for the event will be Channel 77. Also keep a listening watch on VHF 16 and 12. Regular radio scheds will be conducted with schedule indicated prior to the weekend.

  • Arrival at QCYC


Call ‘QCYC’ Officer of the Day when approaching the QA mark for information about tidal flow in The Cut and directions re berthing. Once alongside another boat, it is courteous to reach the Wharf by stepping around the front of the mast.

Club Sign In

To comply with licensing regulations all visitors are required to sign the Visitors book on arrival at QCYC. The Club operates on a self-help basis and all members and visitors are expected to contribute to the daily cleaning of the Club

Club Facilities

QCYC is well equipped with commercial kitchen, outdoor BBQs and pizza oven. An upstairs bar is open for Sundowners. Excellent bathroom, toilet and laundry facilities are available. Whilst moored to the wharf discharging of boat toilets to the sea is prohibited.


The Swan Island precinct is an ecologically sensitive area. Please dispose of all waste appropriately in the marked bins around the clubhouse.

Access to Swan Island precinct

Vehicular access to QCYC is across Commonwealth Department of Defence (DoD) land and only possible during daylight hours with gates closed overnight at set times.

Opening times for the Swan Island access

Saturday 0700hrs to 1900hrs        Friday - Sunday 0700hrs to 1800hrs

Pedestrian traffic across the DoD bridge and causeway is not allowed. If you need access to the 'mainland', the Club has a dinghy and the oars can be left with the Guardhouse.

Free parking is available in clearly signposted areas adjacent to the QCYC clubhouse – please do not park elsewhere.


  • Social Functions

QLDC Weekend

Welcome Drinks 

Saturday 24 September 2016 at the time of opening of the QCYC bar. Drinks at bar prices. Listen for the hooter and watch for the yellow flag flying from the upstairs balcony!


Self catering. Socialising and interaction between all boats, tables and clubs is highly encouraged.

Award Presentations

Awards Presentations will be held after dinner with awards for -

  • Best Dressed Boat, Best Dressed Crew, Best Dressed Table. Organise a theme for your boat and crew to be in the running.
  • Closest ETA to Queenscliff Approach mark - Participants to nominate their estimated arrival time at both the West Channel Pile and the Queenscliff Approach marks at the sign-on sked at 1000hrs on Saturday.


  • Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors for the weekend for their generous support.

Mandy Jackson - Independent Consultant for Nutrimetics

A very special thank you to our host club Queenscliff Cruising Yacht Club – we could not have done it without you!

Women and Girls in Sailing

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