Gold Anchor award adds to RGYC’s achievements

Gold Anchor award adds to RGYC’s achievements

The Royal Geelong Yacht Club (RGYC), situated on the shores of Corio Bay in central Geelong, plays an integral role in the community, providing facilities to members and boaters, including sporting activities and water access for locals. In late 2020, RGYC was named Australian Sailing’s Club of the Year, providing further indication of the Club’s commitment to provide a world class marine facility and sporting club.

RGYC has a clear vision for its future, having developed a Masterplan to guide its investment over the next decade. This year, a $10M wave attenuator was completed which provides protection to the RGYC marina and allows the public to ‘walk on water’. A joint initiative between the Federal, State and Local Governments as well as RGYC, Wangim Walk, the 440m wave attenuator is among the longest public on water walkways in the country and is now one of Geelong’s most treasured community assets.

Late last month, RGYC was presented with a 4 Gold Anchor rating by MIA President Andrew Chapman, Vice President John Spragg and Director Stefan Borzecki. In presenting the award Mr Chapman commented, “The MIA applauds the investment of the various governments and RGYC in this wonderful community asset which is a great outcome for the members of RGYC, the local community and the boating public. The MIA is proud to present 4 Gold Anchors to RGYC as it signals to the boating community the Club’s commitment to the facilities and levels of service that the Club will offer its members and customers.”

On hand to accept the award was Commodore Stuart Dickson, who said, “I am very proud to accept this award on behalf of our members. It is wonderful recognition of our recent investments and great to know that our future investments will continue to be recognised in this way. The protection the attenuator affords the marina means that we can now confidently continue with the marina upgrades and replace the old, fixed jetties with floating pontoons.”

Phil Clohesy GM of RGYC added, “The attenuator, Wangim Walk, is named after its shape as Wangim means ‘boomerang’ in the Wadawurrung language. It is great to be able to recognise the indigenous heritage of the area in this way.”

About RGYC

The Royal Geelong Yacht Club is the 2020 Australian Sailing Club of the Year. Established in 1859, RGYC has a proud history and exciting future. RGYC is home to Festival of Sails, the largest sailing regatta in the Southern Hemisphere and the biennial Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong. The Club offers learn to sail experiences, Twilight sailing, Saturday racing and regattas and welcomes people of all abilities. Boating visitors can berth safely in front of our clubhouse and The Yot (cafe). RGYC is the perfect location for a wide range of sailing and boating activities, social events & celebrations.

Pictured: L to R. John Spragg, Vice President MIA, Andrew Chapman, President MIA , Stuart Dickson, Commodore RGYC, Phil Clohesy, General Manager RGYC, Stefan Borzecki, Director MIA, Paul Walters, Marina Manager RGYC