The Whalley Cup NavRally Regatta is open to competitors from all Clubs; however the Cup itself has traditionally been fought out between Sandringham Yacht Club, Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club and Mordialloc Motor Yacht Club.
Possibly the oldest Log Trail event on Port Phillip, commencing in 1924 when SYC member A.J. (Bert) Whalley gave a Cup to an event between Sandringham Yacht Club, Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club and Mordialloc Motor Yacht Club. Back in the day, between the three Clubs, this event would attract the biggest boating fleet of the season on Port Phillip!!
A.J. (Bert) Whalley and his son A.D. (Alan) Whalley, representatives of both Sandringham Yacht Club and Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club, are fundamental to Power Boating on Port Phillip Bay as we know it today. CLICK HERE for an account of one man, HON. SEC. MMYC, Ross White – 1991.
In 2014 the Whalley Cup NavRally regatta celebrated its 90th year on Sunday 13 April 2014 at SYC!
Nowadays the Whalley Cup NavRally Regatta is an annual motor event and is open yo all clubs and, hosted in turn by SYC, RVMYC and MMYC it is conducted on the waters of Port Phillip adjacent to the relevant hosting club. The Whalley Cup can be won by any competing Club!
The event is designed to test the skill of the skipper and navigator and is open to any type of vessel. The race begins with a mass start in the waters adjacent from the host Club on a 14 nautical mile race course that is revealed just prior to the start. The winner of the race is determined by who can keep their boat closest to their nominated time schedule.