Notice of Cruise – Refuge Cove








From 1 – 8 January 2023



What’s on:

Cruise in Company

  • We’ll help you get away;
  • We’ll help you get there;
  • We’ll help you when you get there;
  • We’ll help you get home!

This is a great opportunity to “stretch your wings” in company with many experienced yachts and power boat skippers

Members who wish to attend but do not have a boat may find places available on yachts or powerboats intending to go. If you are in this position, please advise the commodore.

Likewise, if you want someone on your boat who is experienced, we may be able to assist.

We will have a BRIEFING on a Wednesday night at a time and venue to be advised.

Cruise plan:

Commodore John Hall will be the cruise official – John Hall – “Wingara II” – 0429 313 211 VHF and HF Callsign “Wingara II”. The itinerary will be sent to those who Register:

Register by emailing

The Itinerary is necessarily flexible to accommodate the weather which may is often variable at this time of the year!

Radio contact via VHF channel 82 and Distress Channel 16 and HF 2424, 4286 – and monitoring throughout the cruise

Cost: There is no entry cost, but you your boat must be up to CATEGORY 3 Safety or equivalent for Power Boats which may be found here as this is an offshore-coastal event. CAT 3 Safety

Both John Hall and member John Gordon (Club Equipment Auditors with Australian Sailing) can help you ensure that you have what is needed for CATEGORY 3 safety.

It is self-audit, but boats MUST comply and sign a declaration that the boat complies with CAT 3.

The main things needed are:

  • 2 anchors and rope or chain (50m minimum recommended)
  • Liferaft
  • VHF Radio with masthead antennae (yachts) and spare antennae
  • Jackstays (yachts)
  • Personal EPIRBS and LIGHTS on Life Jackets for each crew member
  • Safety Harnesses and lanyards (yachts)
  • Storm Sails (yachts)
  • Flares (4 Red Para, 4 Red H’held, 4 Orange, 2 white)
  • First Aid Kit and First Aid Manual
  • Bosun’s Chair (yachts)
  • Emergency water
  • Means of receiving weather reports (eg VHF and AM/FM Radio)
  • 2 or more bilge pumps – manual operable from cockpit with storm boards in
  • Storm-boards (yachts)
  • Sat-Phone recommended

Whilst we will never be far from the shore, we are in the Bass Strait, and offshore in open waters, so boats and crews must be properly prepared and equipped.

Safety is our No 1 priority – a very close second is of course having fun!

Join us for this annual MCYS Cruise in Company:

Taking a dinghy tender is recommended – on the deck or on davits – towing is not recommended and may be very unsafe (for the dinghy that is).

PLEASE REGISTER your interest – even if you only think there is a chance you might come, please indicate as much to assist the organisers!

Register by emailing