Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club


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2017  Events


Saturday 27 May - Portarlington Trip


Wednesday 7 June - AGM & QGM

Friday 23 June - Border Watch Information Session


Friday 7 July - Karaoke Party

*Boating Events    **RVMYC Boating Events


Members will be notified of additional club events that will be arranged during the year according to demand and interest shown by the members. Any member suggestions are always welcome - please contact Jarmila with details on 9393 2888.

Border Watch Programme Session at RVMYC

Friday 23 June, 6.45pm

RVMYC is hosting a Border Watch programme session for members on Friday, 23rd June, commencing at 6.45pm.  The session will provide a fascinating insight into some of the good detections the Border Watch Programme has been involved in... including it’s history and how the community can help protect Australia’s border by reporting suspicious behaviour.  The presentation includes some case histories relating to illegal importation of drugs and tobacco.  Registrations essential, please contact the office on 9393 2888 by 16 June 2017.

Border Watch Program Flyer

Smallcraft Operations - Indicator Sheet







Special performance by Sonny & Cher... ol’ blue eyes may also be in the house


Not to be missed


RSVP by 28 June


The RVMYC has an extensive program of boating events throughout the year from social cruising to Nav Rally events and our junior training program.




Training Sponsors

Members may be aware that the Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club (RVMYC) has, for some time, being working on developing an exciting new fun boating program for kids.

The program, based on one being run successfully by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) in the UK, aims to introduce children to the joys of boating and the boating lifestyle, while at the same time providing children with education and skills in proper and safe powerboat handling. The program is meant to be educational but presented in a practical, fun and interesting way in the form of a skills-based competition where the children spend the maximum time out on the water.

After some basic training, the children, aged 8 – 16, take part in the competition in the form of a series of time trials driving a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) around a set of marks followed by ‘rescue’ and ‘manoeuvring’ exercises. The slalom buoys used in the time trials are set 12.5m apart so that skill and control, and not necessarily speed, are the most important factors. A strict safety protocol is in place and a competent adult instructor is in the boat with the children at all times. It is envisioned that each ‘series’ would run for around 4 – 6 weeks and we would run a number of series each year culminating in a ‘final’.

We have been fortunate enough to secure sponsorship from Australia’s largest marine insurer, Club Marine and Victoria’s leading luxury boat retailer R Marine Jacksons. The program will be known as the Club Marine RVMYC Youth RIB Program run by the Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club. The sponsorship has enabled us to purchase a 4.2m RIB fitted with a ‘Jockey Style’ centre console and a 40hp Outboard complete with trailer and all of the course hardware, (rope, reels, buoys etc.).

We have also had discussions with TS Voyager Naval Cadets who will take part in the program and their officers will participate in the running of the program. It’s hopeful that we can complete initial trials in April/May. Once trials are completed we will formalise a start date for the program which will be open to members children (and grandchildren) aged 8 years to 16 years. No previous boat handling experience is necessary and the only prerequisite is that children must be able to swim at least 25 metres.

If you have children or grandchildren aged 8 – 12 years that you think may be interested in participating in this fun program please register as we intend to hold an information evening for interested parents and children at the club. You can register by emailing or call the RVMYC office on 9393 2888.

We are still looking for additional sponsors for the program and we’ve put together a number of Sponsorship Packages for varying amounts from $1k - $5k. If you, or any organisation you know is interested in more details about the benefits of sponsoring this fabulous and worthwhile program  (with excellent advertising opportunities for sponsors), please give Vice Commodore John Zammit a call on 0418 587 799 for more details.



RVMYC Social activities

The RVMYC was formed to provide an avenue for people with an interest in boating to gather and enjoy boating activities.

Today, the Club offers many and varied activities and functions at which Members and Guests may enjoy the friendship of interesting people of all walks of life, and with whom they can share the pleasure of boating and social activities.

Becoming a member of the RVMYC offers a number of advantages to the boating person.  The Club offers all Members a forum to get together and meet new friends with similar boating interests.

However, our activities are not limited to this our social activities include, Winery Tours, Shows, Excursions, Dinners, Trivia nights, and Christmas in July are enjoyed by many. Although many members have boats ranging from small to large cruisers, we try to cater for all pedigrees, ranging from trip to Heron Island and the Maribrynong River to cruising various destinations around the bay and far afield.

Regular events in the annual program include:

• Season Opening Day

• Mothers Day And Fathers Day lunches

• Christmas and New Year functions

• River Discovery Cruises

• Portalington Day Cruise

• Easter Weekend Cruise

• Annual Presentation and Dinner Night

• Annual 3 Day Fishing Competition with local fishing clubs


See the events calendar and start planning your trips.


Understanding Weather      11 September Ken Alonso


Air masses

Air masses are parcels of air that bring distinctive weather features to the country. An air mass is a body or 'mass' of air in which changes in temperature and humidity within them are relatively slight. That is to say the air making up the mass is very uniform. in temperature and humidity.

An air mass is separated from an adjacent body of air by a weather front. An air mass may cover several millions of square kilometres and extend vertically throughout the troposphere.


A thin layer of mixed gases which covers the Earth and helps it from becoming too hot or too cold. Its circulation, the heat (terrestrial radiation) and light (solar radiation) which pass through it, and the processes which go on in it, all affect the climate. The atmosphere is about 800 km (500 miles) deep and is made up of 21% oxygen, 78% nitrogen, 0.037% carbon dioxide, and other gases including hydrogen, helium, neon, argon, krypton, xenon, and water vapour.


A classification of clouds was introduced by Luke Howard (1772-1864) who used Latin words to describe their characteristics.

• Cirrus - a tuft or filament (e.g. of hair)

• Cumulus - a heap or pile

• Stratus - a layer

• Nimbus - rain bearing

There are now ten basic cloud types with names based on combinations of these words (the word 'alto', meaning high but now used to denote medium-level cloud, is also used).

Clouds form when moist air is cooled to such an extent it becomes saturated. The main mechanism for cooling air is to force it to rise. As air rises it expands - because the pressure decreases with height in the atmosphere - and this causes it to cool. Eventually it may become saturated and the water vapour then condenses into tiny water droplets, similar in size to those found in fog, and forms cloud. If the temperature falls below about minus 20 °C, many of the cloud droplets will have frozen so that the cloud is mainly composed of ice crystals.

The ten main types of cloud can be separated into three broad categories according to the height of their base above the ground: high clouds, medium clouds and low clouds.

High clouds are usually composed solely of ice crystals and have a base between 18,000 and 45,000 feet (5,500 and 14,000 metres).

• Cirrus - white filaments

• Cirrocumulus - small rippled elements

• Cirrostratus - transparent sheet, often with a halo

Medium clouds are usually composed of water droplets or a mixture of water droplets and ice crystals, and have a base between 6,500 and 18,000 feet (2,000 and 5,500 metres).

• Altocumulus - layered, rippled elements, generally white with some shading

• Altostratus - thin layer, grey, allows sun to appear as if through ground glass

• Nimbostratus - thick layer, low base, dark. Rain or snow falling from it may sometimes be heavy

Low clouds are usually composed of water droplets - though cumulonimbus clouds include ice crystals - and have a base below 6,500 feet (2,000 metres).

• Stratocumulus - layered, series of rounded rolls, generally white with some shading

• Stratus - layered, uniform base, grey

• Cumulus - individual cells, vertical rolls or towers, flat base

• Cumulonimbus - large cauliflower-shaped towers, often 'anvil tops', sometimes giving thunderstorms or showers of rain or snow

High pressure or anticyclone

In an anticyclone (also referred to as a 'high') the winds tend to be light and blow in a clockwise direction. Also the air is descending, which inhibits the formation of cloud. The light winds and clear skies can lead to overnight fog or frost. If an anticyclone persists over northern Europe in winter, then much of the British Isles can be affected by very cold east winds from Siberia. However, in summer an anticyclone in the vicinity of the British Isles often brings fine, warm weather.

Low pressure or depression

In a depression (also referred to as a 'low'), air is rising. As it rises and cools, water vapour condenses to form clouds and perhaps precipitation. Consequently, the weather in a depression is often cloudy, wet and windy (with winds blowing in an anticlockwise direction around the depression). There are usually frontal systems associated with depressions.

Temperature differences

Temperature affects other weather elements including air pressure, cloud formation, humidity and precipitation.


Factors affecting temperature:

• Latitude - warmer closer to the equator and cooler moving away towards the poles

• Altitude - getting colder as the land gets higher

• Distance from the sea - temperatures inland are higher than the coast during the summer and lower than the coast during winter. This is because land heats up and cools down more quickly than the sea

• North-facing slopes in the southern hemisphere and south-facing slopes in the northern hemisphere receive more sunlight than the opposite slopes and are warmer

• Wind - generally makes the air feel cooler


Weather fronts

A weather front is simply the boundary between two air masses.

There are three different types of weather front. These are:

• Cold front

• Warm front

• Occluded front (also called an occlusion)


Cold front

This is the boundary between warm air and cold air and is indicative of cold air replacing warm air at a point on the Earth's surface

On a synoptic chart a cold front appears blue

• The presence of a cold front means cold air is advancing and pushing underneath warmer air. This is because the cold air is 'heavier' or denser, than the warmer air. Cold air is thus replacing warm air at the surface. The symbols on the front indicate the direction the front is moving.

• The passage of a cold front is normally marked at the earth's surface by a rise of pressure, a fall of temperature and dew point, and a veer of wind (in the northern hemisphere). Rain occurs in association with most cold fronts and may extend some 100 to 200 km ahead of or behind the front. Some cold fronts give only a shower at the front, while others give no precipitation. Thunder may occur at a cold front.


Warm front

This is the boundary between cold air and warm air and is indicative of warm air replacing cold air at a point on the Earth's surface

On a synoptic chart a warm front appears red

• The presence of a warm front means warm air is advancing and rising up over cold air. This is because the warm air is 'lighter' or less dense, than the colder air. Warm air is thus replacing cold air at the surface. The symbols on the front indicate the direction the front is moving.

• As a warm front approaches, temperature and dew-point within the cold air gradually rise and pressure falls at an increasing rate. Precipitation usually occurs within a wide belt some 400 km in advance of the front. Passage of the front is usually marked by a steadying of the barometer, a jump in temperature and dew point, a veer of wind (in the northern hemisphere), and a cessation or near cessation of precipitation.


Occluded front

• These are more complex than cold or warm fronts. An occlusion is formed when a cold front catches up with a warm front

• When a cold front catches up with a warm front the warm air in the warm sector is forced up from the surface

• On a synoptic chart an occluded front appears purple

• Occluded front illustration


Weather systems

Weather can change on a daily basis especially at middle to high latitudes where it is controlled by weather systems, depressions and anticyclones. On a weather chart, lines joining places with equal sea-level pressures are called isobars. Charts showing isobars are useful because they identify features such as anticyclones (areas of high pressure), depressions (areas of low pressure), troughs and ridges which are associated with particular kinds of weather.



The movement of air around the earth from high pressure to low pressure is what brings about winds. The direction given for the wind refers to the direction from which it comes. For example, a westerly wind is blowing from the west towards the east.

Measurements of wind strength are made at 10 metres (33 feet) above the ground. A specified height has to be used because the wind speed decreases towards the ground. In this country winds are measured in knots (nautical miles per hour). However, forecast winds are often given in miles per hour (where 1 knot is equivalent to 1.15 m.p.h.) or in terms of the Beaufort Scale.

There are rapid variations in the wind - these are referred to as gusts. Gusts are higher inland than over the sea or windward coasts, although the mean wind speeds tend to be lower inland. Typically, gusts can be 60% higher than the mean speed, although in the middle of cities this can reach 100%. Northerly winds tend to be gustier than southerly ones. In general, the weather is strongly influenced by the wind direction, so information about the wind provides an indication of the type of weather likely to be experienced.

• Northerly winds tend to bring relatively cold air from polar regions to the British Isles. Similarly, southerly winds tend to bring relatively warm air from the tropics

• As cold polar air moves southwards over an increasingly warm sea, the heating of the air by the sea causes cumulus clouds to form. These clouds may grow sufficiently for showers to develop and, consequently, winds from the north-west, north or north-east usually bring cold, showery weather to the British Isles

• Warm air from the tropics moving northwards over the sea is cooled from below. Sometimes the cooling is sufficient for sea fog or a thin layer of stratus to form. The cloud can become thick enough for drizzle, especially on windward coasts and over high ground. In general, winds from the west or south-west are associated with overcast, wet weather

• Winds from the south and south-east mainly occur in summer and these bring warm, dry weather. However, southerly winds can sometimes bring hot, thundery weather

• Easterly winds in winter bring very cold air to the British Isles. The characteristics and path of the air determine whether it is cloudy (with perhaps rain, sleet or snow) or fine and sunny. In summer, an easterly wind will mean it is cool on the east coast but warm elsewhere, usually with clear skies









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Phone: +61 3 9393 2888


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