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  • Oct 08 / 2015
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event, fishing

Fishing competition – Sun 8 Nov

snapper

Save the date for the annual Northern Port Phillip Bay Inter Club Fishing Competition between WSC and Albert Park Yachting & Angling Club (APYAC).

This year the competition is being held by Williamstown Sailing Club.

  • Start Sunday 8 November 12am from WSC & APYAC
    Fish must be weighed in by 1pm at WSC
  • BBQ 1.30pm
  • Prizes will be given for: heaviest snapper, heaviest snapper bag and heaviest other fish.
    Prizes will only go out to members of both clubs only.

Any club members interested in entering or wanting more details should contact James D’Aquino on 0410597550 by Friday 6 November.  

  • Jul 30 / 2015
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event, management

Annual General Meeting 2015 – overview

There was a good attendance of about 40 people at the club’s Annual General Meeting held on Sunday 26 July 2015.

The meeting included the usual annual reports from the Commodore and Sailing Committee and presentation of the audited accounts by the Treasurer. For those who were not in attendance and would like a printed copy of the written reports and financial accounts, they are available through the canteen on Saturdays.

The new Committee of Management for 2015-16 was announced, including the results of the election for the Rear Commodore position.

  • Commodore Simon van den Berg
  • Vice Commodore Brian Fentiman
  • Rear Commodore Hans Schepers
  • Secretary Leigh Farrell
  • Treasurer Allison Wilson
  • Club Captain Jim Hawkins
  • Five General Committee members
    • Peter Behrendt
    • Margaret Morrissey
    • Tracie Ham
    • Joe Nettleton
    • James D’Aquino

See more about the committees here.

The three Resolutions covering changes to the Club Rules were passed in favour of each Resolution by a vote of 72 for, two against and two abstained. The voting was a mixture of postal votes, proxy votes and those who voted on the day at the AGM. There is a structured process to submit these changes to Consumer Affairs, and when we are notified they are accepted we will reprint our Club Rules and By-Laws and distribute copies to all members. This will take several months to finalise.

  • May 11 / 2015
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event, sailing, social

Hartley TS16 Victorian State Titles – April 2015

We set off for TS 16 Victorian State Titles at Portarlington with the weekend’s dismal forecast dulling the mood. All week long we had been told we were in for a shocker. As a result, only seven boats turn up that morning, and that number quickly shrunk to six as Joe Dorrington  (“Up in Arms”) went home to battle the flu.

At Portarlington the weather was actually far kinder than anticipated, in the main part and we set off to the start in pleasant, reasonably light conditions.

With one eye on Sunday’s terrible forecast and under the guidance of our excellent race officer Roger, we voted to try and sail three races back to back on the Saturday instead of the two planned. If we could get three races done then at least we had a championship.

The six boats competing were:

  • Hissing Sid (Peter Behrendt and Peter Yeates)
  • Phantom (Trevor Burke and Detlef Becker)
  • Seabiscuit (Brian Langworthy and crew)
  • Tru- Blu (Michael Horvath and Anthony Berger)
  • Whispering (Alan O’Brien and Sue Burke)
  • Wild One (Peter Mullinger and David)

The three races were highly contested. Each had a different winner and all boats finished within a few minutes of each other for every race.

Whispering and Tru-Blu had an altercation at the top mark in race one, a discussion about buoy room ensued and boats slipped past. Wild One kept ahead of all. Whispering was in fourth position approaching the finish but a timely wind shift knocked the first three boats below the line. Whilst they tacked, Whispering slid through into second place and finished 12 seconds behind Wild One. Tru-Blu came in third with Hissing Sid just a forestay behind.

Race two saw some further differences of opinion out on the water and Hissing Sid appeared to have it in the bag. With just a covering tack on top of Whispering to reach the finish line, Hissing Sid blithely sailed PAST the line. Despite his crew saying to him at the time “we’d better make this a really good tack”, he thought he had another lap to go. Whispering won by 5 seconds from Wild One and Tru-Blu was third. Hissing Sid went down to fourth. His reaction when realisation hit reminded me of old times when I crewed for him, “F F F F F”, but in good humour.

In race three the wind was getting up and Mr Horvath in Tru-Blu decided to remind us what he is capable of. I think his crew’s previous remarks of him appearing “somewhat rusty” galvanised him into action. Phantom had also come into her own this race until her jib caught around the winching eye on the bow. The race officer was carefully watching the radar and saw some nasty weather rapidly approaching; he deftly shortened the course in an extremely competent manner. He was the only race boat out on the water with one crew but he managed it impressively. Tru-Blu took line honours by more than one minute from Whispering in second and Hissing Sid third.

Back on land an enjoyable evening was had with great food and company.

Sunday the weather was still blown-out and the decision was made to abandon the day’s sailing. The overall results were:

  • First: Whispering
  • Second: Tru-Blu
  • Third: Wild One

Thanks to Bryan Langworthy for his great efforts in race organisation, Roger on the rescue boat and to Sue O’Brien supporting us in some trying conditions.

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