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Vanuatu Cruising Yacht Club

Weekly News Update


Apologies for there not been any newsletters the past two weeks and for this week's subsequent rather long newsletter.

In this week's newsletter:-

VCYC Easter Weekend Sailing

There will be no organised VCYC social sailing, club races or sailing lessons this Easter weekend.

Sailors remain most welcome to still use the VCYC facilities and enjoy as much personal sailing activity as they like, however, please be aware that there will no support / rescue craft available so additional caution needs to be exercised by anyone taking to the water.

Normal regular weekend social sailing and club races resume 02 April.


VCYC 2016 Annual General Meeting

The 2016 Vanuatu Cruising Yacht Club Annual General Meeting will be held at the VCYC club premises (Port Vila Boatyard) at 5pm the weekend of Saturday 09 April 2016.

This is an important meeting and ALL members, whether or not you are an active sailor, are requested to please attend.

Key items for the AGM are:-

  • Approval of 2015 AGM Minutes
  • Commodores annual report
  • Treasurers financial report
  • Election of the 2016/17 executive committee
  • To discus and vote on any proposed changes to the VCYC constitution

The VCYC committee positions, with current office bearers named in ()'s, to be elected and/or re-elected by the members at the AGM are:-

  • Commodore (Gary Vasconecellos)
  • Treasurer (Merav Metzad)
  • Secretary (Jennifer Nicol)
  • Vice Commodore (Justin Jenkin)
  • Rear Commodore (Marc Morel)
  • Committee Member (Paul Pettitt)
  • Committee Member (Jim Coates)
  • additional committee members as may be deemed in the best interest of the VCYC.

Any VCYC member whose annual membership subscription is current may vote.

Members may also email the VCYC secretary ( to request any item/s of concern to them that are relevant to the VCYC AGM to be included on the agenda. This please needs to done no later 48 hours prior to the AGM.

Similarly, if you'd like to nominate a member (even yourself) for any of the committee positions please advise the secretary ( in advance. It is very important that any person you nominate has consented to be nominated and is willing and able to fulfill their role on the committee.

VCYC 'Not Another April Fool Party'

The VCYC is hosting a 'Not Another April Fool Party' on Saturday 02 April 2016.

Features of this event are:-
  • Free Entry
  • All Night Happy Hour
  • Entertainment by Port Vila’s top and popular DJ Shem
  • Spit Roast Wild Pig sliders and shells (proceeds for Ifira Scout Troop)
  • One Legged Pole Dancing (rumor has it that The Anchor’s notorious one arm stripper has a one legged cousin?)

The party is open to everybody and members are asked to encourage their friends and colleagues to also join in the fun.

All bar proceeds from this event are for the VCYC Development Sailing Project so please drink and be merry!


VCYC Coach the Coach Certificated Course

As part of the co-operation agreement between the VNSA, VCYC and Yachting New Zealand a 'coach the coach' course is to be held in Port Vila from 06 to 09 April.

This is an important course that will play a huge role in the continued development of our sport in Vanuatu.

The course will be presented by Andrew Clouston, the YNZ National Coaching and Development manager and consist of 3 x 2 hour theory sessions (5-7pm on 6, 7, & 8 April) followed by a practical on the water session the Saturday morning.

Candidates successfully completing the course will, depending on their age and sailing ability, be awarded a formal YNZ qualification of assistant coach, coach or senior coach.

It is important to note that this course is to teach you how to coach and not how to sail and that you do not need to be an expert sailor to participate. As such anybody, irrespective of their own sailing ability, is most welcome and encouraged to participate.

A voluntary contribution of Vt5,000 towards the cost of hosting Andrew and the course material will be requested BUT if you are not able to afford this, and want to do the course, you will still be most welcome.

For more information, and to book your place on this course, please telephone Paul on 22909 or 7767363. You may also email Paul on


VCYC Francophone Easter Holiday Sailing Tuition

The VCYC will be holding an introduction to sailing course for our Francophone youth members and anyone else interested in learning how to sail during the Easter school holidays.

The course will be during the mornings of 04, 05 and 06 April. The cost for all three sessions, including use of the VCYC sailboats during course time, is Vt 7,500.

Please note that this course will conducted entirely in French and is hence only open to Francophone sailors.

For more information, and to book a place on the Francophone sailing course, please telephone Marc Morel on 7748995.

Other News

Pacific Mini Games - The VNSA, our national sailing federation, has announced that formal request has now been made to VASANOC, PGC and VAN2017 to have sailing included as one of the official 2017 Mini Games sports.

Although sailing was not a sport actively practiced in Vanuatu at the time our nation was awarded the honour of hosting the 2017 Pacific Mini Games, it is hoped that the 2017 Mini Games organising authority will exercise the discretion allowed them and include sailing in the games.

VCYC Dinghy Storage Facility - You'll be pleased to know that all required components for the new VCYC dinghy storage facility have now arrived and the construction, funded by an IOC cyclone Pam reconstruction grant, will soon be completed.

In addition to providing much needed shelter for the club owned sailboats there will be space available in it, albeit at a nominal rental, to members wanting to store their sailing dinghies under cover in a secure facility.

Environmental Concerns - Sailors and members of the public will have been pleased to see that the commercial vessel Big Sista is no longer being worked on from the beaches adjacent to our sailing area.

As much as our sailing community support and enjoys support from our local marine industry we had no alternative other than to request the VNSA to formally object to relevant authority that the beach was being used to conduct commercial ship repairs and/or maintenance.

Had no action been taken the very real risk of all and sundry following suite and using the beach to conduct pop-up boatyard businesses, the consequent destruction of the surrounding environment and our sailing venue could have been the inevitable consequence.

Pete Wederell, a previous VCYC commodore, had the foresight to predict that this type of thing could happen as far back as July 2014 in his interview with ABC Australia (click here) during which he stressed the importance of protecting the 'jewel in the crown of beaches in Port Vila'. The transcript of this interview provided considerable motivating support to the VNSA objection.

Whether or not as a result of the VNSA objection, or Pete's interview with ABC, the VCYC thank the port authority and custom landowners for exercising their power, enforcing the law and protecting the 'jewel in the crown of beaches in Port Vila' from a potential environmental catastrophe.

Just for Fun - If you want a laugh have a look at this video clip from the 2010 London Olympic Games -

Have a wonderful Easter Weekend and I look forward to seeing you at the VCYC Club when we return to our regular sailing schedule next weekend.

VCYC Scribe
Phone: 7767360 / 22909





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