Opening Day on 7 October provided the opportunity to christen our Ozi Opti fleet and new Junior Sailing rescue boat.
As many of you will know, Dave McKeogh was a long standing member and past Commodore of WSC. He generously left his boat White Knight to the Club with the intention that it, or proceeds from its sale, would be used by the Club for training purposes. This generous donation, along with funding from the Port of Melbourne Authority, was used to purchase our six Ozi Opti training boats and begin what has become a very successful move by the Club into TACKERS Training, TACKERS Fleet sailing and now Junior Sailing. In recognition of Dave’s generous gift to the Club, we have decided to name two of these boats in his honour, plus our new rescue boat.
The driving force behind the establishment of TACKERS and Junior Sailing was our very active and passionate past-Commodore, Lois Hunt.
We also ran a competition inviting our TACKERS juniors to name the boats that met the criteria of being, firstly, the name of a boat you’d look forward to sailing in, plus something that had a link to the Club, the local area, its history or sailing in general. We received a large number of well-researched and creative entries and the Junior Sailing Working Group narrowed these down to the 3 winning entries.
The final names are:
- Knight: Dave donated his boat, White Knight, to the Club. This boat continues to sail with WSC on the transom, with Simon van den Berg at the helm.
- Bulldog: Dave was a passionate Western Bulldogs supporter and it is fitting then that we name one of our Opti’s after his beloved team. Go Doggies!
- Hunter: Naming an Opti after Lois would not adequately recognise her contribution to the Club and junior sailing. But we can never forget Lois Hunt’s contribution to the establishment of TACKERS sailing at the Club. Hence the name.
- Firefly: The name of the first ferry that sailed between Williamstown and Melbourne.
- Seagull: Because there are a lot of seagulls around the Club and it’s the name of the local VFL team.
- Stingray: Because of the stingrays that live under the Club deck that the Tackers love to look for while having a break from sailing.
- The new rescue boat will be named the DA McKeogh, allowing Dave to continue to watch over the fleet of budding young trainee sailors.
We were very pleased on Opening Day to be joined by Liz McKeag, Dave McKeogh’s partner. Fittingly, Liz, Lois Hunt and Louise Graham, one of our Opti naming competition winners, released the water balloons that burst on the bows of the Optis, christening our fleet.
Learn how to protest…
Learn how to protest or be part of protest committee or jury member. Geoffrey Searl, National Judge and Royal Geelong Yacht Club member will be conducting two training sessions on Sunday 29 October.
The morning session will focus on knowing how to correctly protest and the protest procedure, whilst the afternoon session will focus on protest management and protest committee procedures.
Confirm your place by sending an email to our Vice Commodore at email@example.com
Need or want to learn how to apply first aid. Limited places will be available for members to join in the annual first training program for our first aid officers – see dates below. The cost of participation is $195 per person, expressions of interest can be sent our Vice Commodore at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sunday 28 October – 8am – 12pm – Marine (VHF) Radio Training
- Sunday 29 October – Learn how to protest
- Morning Session – Protesting
- Afternoon Session – The Protest Committee
- Sunday 25 November – 9am – 4pm – First Aid & CPR Refresher Training
More dates will be published in the next newsletter and here as details come to hand.
Bookings are now open for TACKERS programs being run the first week of the September school holidays. Each program will run for 5 days, 4 hours per day.
- TACKERS 1: 25-29 September 2017, 4 hour session daily (8.30am – 12.30pm)
- TACKERS 2: 25-29 September 2017, 4 hour session daily (1pm – 5pm)
The combined four boating clubs of Williamstown will again be running a Progressive Dinner this winter. The theme is ‘Around the World’ in Williamstown, with food from a different ‘culture or country’ at each location.
Tickets will be $75 for 4 course meal and one drink at each club. Each club is allocated 40 tickets.
Tickets have sold out.
- 6pm – canapes – Royal Yacht Club of Victoria
- 7pm – entree – Royal VIctorian Motor Yacht Club
- 8pm – main meal – Hobsons Bay Yacht Club
- 9:30pm – dessert – Williamstown Sailing Club
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General meeting of the Club will be held in the Clubhouse at 2pm Sunday 30 July, 2017.
- To confirm minutes of the previous Annual General meeting and of any general meetings since then.
- To receive from the Committee reports upon transactions of the Club during the preceding financial year.
- To elect Committee members
- Any special business of which notice has been given in accordance with the Rules.
Nominations for positions
Nominations are sought for all positions on the Committee of management, i.e. Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore, Secretary, Treasurer, Captain and five Ordinary Members.
Closing date for nominations is noon Sunday 9 July 2017.
Download the nomination form here: AGM Notice and Committee Nomination Form – June 2017 (PDF)
Presentation night is closing in pretty quickly so make sure you circle the date in your diaries – Saturday 27 May.
Awards, food, celebrations, and reflections on the season’s races. Lots to talk about. Don’t miss out.
Doors open at 6pm; dinner at 7pm.
Tickets: Members & guests – adults $20.00, families $50.00
Buy tickets at the canteen on Saturdays or from the bar. If you’re not available to collect and pay in person you may wish to email the sailing committee via email@example.com with the number of tickets required. Ticket sales will close on Tuesday 22 May.
Our Transition to Racing program is set to run on Saturday mornings on 4, 11 and 18 of February. This program is free to club members wishing to further practise their sailing skills. First priority for access to club pacers are given to graduates of the 2016 Learn to Sail program.
The program will operate between 8:30 am – 11:30 am with sessions covering gybing, tacking, race starts, flag recognition and capsizing. Skills to be practised will be announced on the day depending on wind and weather conditions and participants skill level.
This is not a formal program but more about giving you the opportunity to practise your skills in a supervised and safe environment.
To book a place contact Gayle at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last year was our first family day and it was a roaring success, so we are doing it again on Sunday 12 February from 10am – 2pm.
The idea of the day is to bring down your own family and then any extended family you might like – grandparents, grand kids, brother, sister etc. and share our great club with them. You are also welcome to invite some friends to join us.
We will have some water based activities available like kayaks, Ozi Opti and Pacers to sail, fishing casting competition, swimming off the jetty, and just enjoying the location. Of course there are also the indoor activities upstairs like table tennis and foozball. A BBQ lunch will be available to purchase and the bar will be open from midday. Great live music will be provided by one of our favourite and popular performing groups ‘The Angelicats’ from 11am till 1pm.
Make sure you put the date in your diary and come along. Gold coin donation to help cover musician costs.
To get all the details and keep yourself up to date with our social activities, check out the social events page.
Sunday 19 February will be our next social fishing event. We are having a members meet and greet for fishing members with family and friends welcome.
The purpose of the get together is to promote fishing within the club and to work out upcoming fishing activities.
Come along to the upstairs deck on Sunday 19 February 2017.
Start time for fishing before the event is early, and the the catch up will start at 12:30pm for the BBQ lunch ($5 per person).
Please let us know if you are planning to attend the lunch by emailing email@example.com or leave a message on the club phone 93974135 by 17 February.
The Lipton Cup Regatta is a fun weekend of sailing for racing, cruising and classic yachts, sportsboats and trailable yachts, and off-the-beach boats. The sailing program caters for all sailing enthusiasts. Find out more about the regatta on the Lipton Cup Regatta website.
Schedule – Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 November
Off-the-beach racing will be conducted by Williamstown Sailing Club and Port Melbourne Yacht Club on Saturday 19 November. The first warning will be at 12:00 with 3 laid course races.
The course areas
Off-the-beach races will be held in Hobsons Bay.
Keelboat windward-leeward races will be conducted on three separate course areas:
- The course area for Divisions A and B will be in the open waters of Port Phillip, west of the main shipping channel.
- The course area for Division C and Sportsboats will be in the open waters of Port Phillip, east of the main shipping channel.
- The course area for Division D and Trailable Yachts will be in Hobsons Bay.
2016 regatta documents
- Notice of Race (NOR) and Sailing Instructions (SI)
- Regatta entry forms
- Online entry form – registering your boat in topyacht instructions