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February Guest Speaker


Recreational Boating is committed to education and safety as part of their charter. Every second month SYC hold guest speaker evenings on a variety of interesting and informative topics – navigation, debriefs of cruises in company, fishing hints and tips, radio techniques, marine diesel maintenance, and many other topics including combined speaker nights with Sail through the winter months.

Our February Guest Speaker evening is Wednesday 13 Febuary 2019 at 7:30pm in the Port Phillip Room.

Our Guest Speaker will be SYC member Ken Gayler, and Ken will be speaking on the Alma Doepel.

The Alma Doepel, which is a tall ship,  was launched in 1903 and saw service as a merchant and lumber ship before being stripped of all rigging and used to carry limestone before being sold for scrap. She was, over 10 years extensively refitted to lead the Sydney Harbour Parade of Sail in 1988.

After falling again into disrepair she is now being repaired and refitted again, at Victoria Dock – with a view to provide sail training for young people “who have lost their way”.

Ken Gayler, a club member since 1997 and the skipper of Saltshaker, has been involved with this refit since 2010. Being a biochemist by training he is well equipped to contribute to this highly commended project.

No RSVP required, all welcome


Before the meeting come and enjoy a meal … Meals available in the Harbour View Restaurant from 6pm, bookings can be made by calling the Clubhouse reception on 9599 0999; alternatively take advantage of our current food and beverage offers in the Members’ Bar from 6pm (servery closing at 8:30pm).