About the Virtual Yacht Squadron
The Virtual Yacht Squadron was
formed in July 2001, in the days of Nadeo's first release of Virtual
Skipper 1, initially to group together those skippers dedicated to
sailing ISAF rules, and to participate in private races when numbers
permitted. In August 2001, with 12 members in the squadron, the
first organised races took place.
With the advent of Virtual Skipper
2 & Virtual Skipper 3, membership declined as many members dropped
out of the Virtual sailing scene.
A renewal came about in early 2005
and has since seen the Squadron's membership increase with some
dedicated skippers from New Zealand and Australia, as well as other
The VYS web site now features a
full race program, latest racing results, rankings, a fully working
handicap system and skin and course downloads.
Aside from the racing, the
Squadron has been instrumental in bringing together sailors from
different areas, and different countries, who's paths would not have
otherwise crossed. Friendships have been formed, and ideas
exchanged, and hopefully lives have been enriched.
The basic philosophy of the
Squadron is to group together skippers who are committed to the
ethic of fair play and sportsmanship, and with this in mind the
Squadron expects that the members will behave in an appropriate
manner at all times.
1. Any skipper wishing to join
this group shall provide the following information:
- Full Name
- Name of boat (VSK Registration ID)
- Country of origin
- email address
- msn address
- The name of his/her Nominator and Seconder
- Length of time at VSK
- Names of any other clubs/groups he belongs to (VSK)
- Any other relevant information in support of his
2. A discussion topic shall be
opened at the forum where the Nominator and Seconder can speak in
support of the application. Any club member can also comment on the
application. Any member can also make his feelings known directly to
the panel should he/she wish. The topic shall be open for 7 days and
shall be deleted at completion of the application process.
3. The application for membership
shall then be decided by club officials.
4. For the application to be
successful the vote of the panel must be unanimous.
1. Members will behave towards
each other in an appropriate manner, both on and off the water, and
in the forum, within the VYS confines, and also to other skippers in
the wider VSK arena.
2. Repeated substantiated
complaints about the behaviour of a member, either on or off the
water may lead to that memberís exclusion from the Squadron.
3. The decision to exclude any
member from the squadron will be taken by club officials.
Club Officials - 2005
Club Patron - UnderFire (Barry)
Commodore - NZL20 (Mike)
Vice-Commodore - Andy(NZ) (Andy)
Officers - Ohmbray (Jeff), Kennman
(Ken), FRA3494 (Fred)