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  • Sep 15 / 2016
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event, management, sailing

BBQ roster for the 2016-17 season

For the after race BBQ on Saturdays we need for two sailing members to cook the BBQ. Helpers in the canteen will do the food preparation, you just have to manage the set up, cooking, serving and cleaning up. This will be from about 4.30 pm to about 6 pm. Make sure you check the roster and if you aren’t available, you need to swap with someone else.

A copy of the BBQ roster is on the Duty roster web page.

 

 

  • Aug 02 / 2016
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event, maintenance, management, sailing

TACKERS families working bee

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Calling all TACKERS kids and their families.

You are all invited to come to the club for a special TACKERS working bee on Saturday 6 August.

We will be working indoors, so it will be running no matter what the weather. There will be a variety of jobs for kids and parents to help with; Opti boats will need cleaning, life jackets to be cleaned and washed and other sundry tasks. We will also need helpers to cook the BBQ lunch. So come on down anytime from 10am, lunch will be 12.30.

For safety reasons, we have to place a minimum age of 7 of any children in attendance and all children will need to be supervised by a parent, or other adult.

Lois, with the assistance of TACKERS instructors, will be running a short meeting with parents around lunchtime to discuss what the families are looking for in our TACKERS program moving forwards and how to plan for that- both formal courses and TACKERS Fleet activities.

Wear your old warm clothes in case there are messy jobs to do!

 

 

  • Jan 17 / 2016
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event, news, sailing

Discover Sailing Day 2016 a huge success

We had a very successful Discover Sailing Day at the club on Sunday 10 January. Over 120 visitors came through on the day, with 50 sailing sessions. The Ozi Optis proved popular with small and big kids alike, as were the club Pacers and the trailable yachts. We had plenty of families come through. A big thank you to Pete Behrendt who organised the day, and to all the volunteers who made the day a huge success.

Timelapse video of the day


Photos of the day

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  • Nov 18 / 2015
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event, sailing

Lipton Cup results

Wow what a cracker of a weekend the Lipton Cup Regatta turned out to be! Fantastic weather, ideal race conditions and a friendly but competitive group of sailors out on the water!

Each year the Lipton Cup continues to grow in the number of sailors and boats participating. Last year the Off The Beach (OTB) Divisions totaled 55 entrants, this year we saw 27 boats competed in five divisions in Port Melbourne Yacht Club races, and 42 boats competed in three divisions at Williamstown Sailing Club bringing our total Off The Beach boats to 71.

Most of our sailors who entered finished in the top three positions. Read about the results.

Bernie Kaaks has now posted all of his photos from the Lipton Regatta on Flickr. If you would like a digital image or print, please contact Bernie at berniekaaks@bigpond.com

  • Oct 09 / 2015
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event, sailing, social

Opening Day of the sailing season – Sat 10 Oct

To all WSC Club members – you are all warmly invited to join in the Opening Day of the sailing season at the club this Saturday. Whether you are an active sailor, fishing member or social member, please come along and celebrate the start of a new season.

The day is also a way to say thank you to all the club members who helped at the working bees this winter – there has been a wide variety of big and small jobs undertaken and the club is looking great as a result of all the effort put in.

Come and see the new Ozi Opti training boats hit the water for the first time in the sail past. Official activities start at 1pm, sail past at 1.30pm, social race about 2pm and then there will be a free afternoon BBQ at about 4pm.

The canteen will be open for lunches in the morning and the bar open for drinks in the afternoon.

  • Oct 08 / 2015
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event, fishing

Fishing competition – Sun 8 Nov

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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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