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  • May 12 / 2020
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Coronavirus update from the Commodore: 12 May 2020

Exercise and Outdoor Recreation under COVID-19 Restrictions

Dear Member,

  • The Clubhouse remains closed to all members and visitors until further notice.
  • The following exercise and recreational boating is permitted based on the conditions listed underneath:
    • Recreational fishing and boating
    • Non-competitive OTB sailing of single handed boats.
    • Non-competitive two handed and trailable sailing with family members is permitted.
    • Single handed kayaking and stand up paddle boarding has been allowed since 21 April 2020.

On 11 May 2020, the Victorian Government made an announcement regarding the COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria being eased from midnight on Tuesday 12 May 2020. This announcement affects our Club. The Club has also received a letter from Australian Sailing providing guidance on what this means for all Sailing Clubs.

Conditions

Under the new directions listed above, limited outdoor recreational boating is now permissible provided you:

  1. Maintain at least 1.5m apart from other people.
  2. Have no more than 10 persons gathered together at one time.
  3. Do not share any sporting equipment.

Additional relevant information

  • If you feel unwell, stay at home.
  • Access to the slipway, rigging deck and boat storage must be via the slipway gates, not through the Clubhouse building.
  • The changing rooms, showers, toilets or any other facilities within the Clubhouse cannot be used.
  • Arrive dressed for the activity and change at home (‘get in get out’).
  • Participants are encouraged to have a flu shot.
  • Access will be at your own risk and must adhere to all Victorian Government restrictions relating to the coronavirus.
  • Security and facility checks will continue at the Clubhouse by a member of the CoM, and any essential building maintenance will be undertaken.

If you require urgent access to the Clubhouse, permission must be sought from the CoM. To help you facilitate this, please liaise with either the Michael Virant (acting Rear Commodore) or myself (contact details below).

Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation during this period and stay safe and well.

Warm regards

Brian Fentiman, Commodore

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  • Apr 01 / 2020
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Coronavirus update 1 April 2020: Club closed

Important notice from the Commodore

  • The Club is now closed to all members and visitors until further notice
  • Stop all forms of recreational boating

Under Victorian Government Stage 3 restrictions, the Club is now closed to all members and visitors until further notice.

Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV) has asked that Victorians stop all forms of recreational boating to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The MSV has advised – “Marine Search and Rescue services do not have the same capability to perform rescues on the water as they normally would. Anyone choosing to head out on the water is putting themselves – and others – at increased risk”.

The only exception to access the Club grounds is to inspect boats on moorings, with access to be via the slipway gate and not via the Clubhouse. Access will be at your own risk and must adhere to all Victorian Government restrictions relating to the coronavirus.

During the close down period security and facility checks will be completed at the Club by a member of the Committee of Management (CoM), and any essential building maintenance will be undertaken.

If you require urgent access to the Club during the close down period, permission must be sought from the CoM.  To help you facilitate this, please liaise with either the Michael Virant (acting Rear Commodore) or myself (contact details below).

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this period of uncertainty, and as we all grapple with the ever changing environment in which we live.

When the Victorian Government advises that we have the all clear to head back out, we will shall let you know so that you can return to enjoying your boating, fishing and sailing.

Meanwhile, stay safe and well.

Warm regards

Brian Fentiman, Commodore

 

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  • Mar 31 / 2020
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Member self-service for updating your personal details

Have you moved house?

Got a new phone number or email address?

We’d like to take this opportunity to remind members that our membership system for renewals and for keeping your personal information up to date is now self service.

It’s really important that you keep your personal information up to date so that you can receive important communications from us including your link to renew your membership.

Additionally and importantly, we’d really like you to update your date of birth – so if you see a Date of Birth of 1st January, 1900 on your personal information page, please update it to show your actual date of birth (this will help you no end when it’s time to renew!).

You’ll need:

This link (click here)

Your Login ID and password

Don’t know your Login ID? 

No worries! Please email members@williamstownsailingclub.org.au and they’ll send you your ID with a password reset to get you going.

  • Mar 17 / 2020
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Important message from the Commodore

A message to all members from the Commodore

Dear members,

  • Racing calendar postponed.
  • Social and Club events cancelled.
  • Individual access to the Club can continue for the interim.
  • Follow government health guidelines.

The Committee of Management has been urgently considering the implications of the recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak for our Club. Over the weekend we saw major sporting and cultural events cancelled in response to the Prime Minister’s decision to adopt medical advice that non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people are not to take place.

This advice, which was based on the recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer, recognises that the rate of COVID-19 transmission in our community is growing and that there is a need to take unprecedented action to protect the health and wellbeing of the community. Because the situation is evolving rapidly, we are also working on the basis that there will be further restrictions recommended by the Chief Medical Officer that will impact the community and may require more controls or restrictions on the community and our Club in the near future.

All our advice has been to take strong action early. The expert advice is that, given our size and the demographic of our membership, we will almost certainly see several members potentially affected from this virus. If we take hard decisions now, the expectation is that we can significantly reduce the potential for this number to be higher. This is what The Committee of Management are committed to achieving.

We at WSC have posted the Government approved posters around club on how to spot the signs of COVID-19 and what steps to take to minimise infection. We will ensure soap is plentiful; remove any towels and replace with disposable towels and will provide hand sanitizers to bar and canteen as supplies become available.

We are postponing all social events including presentation night for the interim. We are also postponing club activities including the remainder of the racing calendar, Tackers families and junior sailing until further notice. We are hopeful that we may be able to extend the sailing season once the situation has been normalised, if possible and will keep you informed.

At this stage, this will not preclude individual members utilising the Club facilities for fishing, sailing, kayaking or indeed individuals use of the upper deck.  The health and wellbeing of our members and visitors is paramount, therefore, to minimise the risk of COVID-19 spreading, please follow all of the recommended hygiene practices and ensure you are familiar with the latest government advice.

We shall keep you informed of news regarding this situation in relation to the Club, as it arises.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Please feel free to share information and feedback via commodore@williamstownsailingclub.org.au.

Be safe and take care,

Brian Fentiman 

Commodore

Williamstown Sailing Club

  • Mar 12 / 2020
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Air quality policy published

The Committee of Management has published a new Air Quality Policy to provide guidance to members, Instructors and OOD’s to ensure the safe activities during club sailing, fishing, Tackers program, Learn-to-Sail courses, special events, functions and other club-related activities where the air quality may be compromised. It represents our club’s commitment to its members, volunteers and visitors, acknowledging the role that sporting clubs and associations play in ensuring healthy communities.

This policy will help to ensure our club:

  • Meets its duty of care in relation to the health and safety of our members, volunteers and visitors who attend any club events, special functions and other activities.
  • Upholds the reputation of our club.
  • Understands the risks associated with poor air quality, and our role in minimising risk.
  • Help educate our members about air quality.

Bush fire smoke and dust storms are the two main environmental conditions for which you may need to consider the air quality to determine if a Club activity, such as sailing, fishing, Learn-to-Sail or Tackers programs should be revised or cancelled. The intensity of the health affect is multiplied if the participant is exerting themselves undertaking effort and energy when exercising.

Smoke from bushfires is made up of small particles, gases and water vapour. The particles are very small – up to 1/30th the diameter of an average human hair – and are not visible to the human eye.

These particles can cause a variety of health problems, such as itchy or burning eyes, throat irritation, runny nose and illnesses such as bronchitis. The smoke particles can also aggravate existing lung conditions, such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema and asthma.

Dust storms are natural events and are common in parts of the world with dryland areas. Periods of severe and widespread drought can dramatically increase the likelihood of major dust storms, particularly during the summer months. This Policy will be regularly reviewed to ensure that it reflects current Health knowledge.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) is an index for reporting daily and hourly air quality. It is an indication of how clean or polluted the air is in areas across VIC., by using EPA monitoring stations in the area.

Monitoring of Air quality levels can be found at:

Download an air rating App from Apple or Google stores:

  • Emergency Management VIC (EMV) App
  • IQAir Airvisual.

Download the policy

  • Sep 15 / 2019
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Unfinancial Members – renew now to avoid disappointment

If you have not yet renewed your membershipyou are now unfinancial. It may be worth considering the following Club Rule:

8.2 Unfinancial Members 

(a) A Member whose subscription or other monies payable to the Club have not been paid by 31 July in any year (provided that an account for such monies has been rendered) is unfinancial and that Member is not entitled to take part in any Club proceedings or attend or vote at any meeting of the Club until such monies have been paid. 

This means that your access to enter the Club and use its facilities has expired, and if you have a stored boat, kayak or locker it may be reallocated to someone who has already renewed their membership. So renew immediately to avoid disappointment.

It is easy to renew, so do not delay:

Please refer to our step-by-step Online Renewal Guide. We understand that some members may not be familiar with online portals so if you have any issues please come to the club on a Saturday morning so we can assist you.

  • Jul 07 / 2019
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Annual General Meeting 2019

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General meeting of the Club will be held in the Clubhouse at 2pm Sunday 28 July, 2019.

We invite all members to attend.

Agenda

  • 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.

The Committee of Management

  • Jul 03 / 2019
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2019-20 Committee of Management

2019-20 Committee of Management

The nominations are in and the following shall form a strong Committee of Management for next season. We currently do not have a nominated Rear Commodore so if you know of someone who might be suitable let us know and nominate them at the AGM.

  •  Commodore – Brian Fentiman
  • Vice Commodore – David Taylor
  • Rear Commodore – vacant
  • Secretary – Jim Rees
  • Captain – Jason Whyte
  • Treasurer – Olivier Davies

Ordinary CoM Members:

  • Tony Marsh
  • Andrew Graham
  • Grace Becker-Scott
  • Peter Endler
  • Peter Yeates

We look forward to delivering good and prudent management for the Club in the coming year.

Warm Regards

Brian Fentiman, Commodore

  • May 27 / 2019
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WSC Call for nominations: Committee of Management 2019-20

Join the Committee of Management (CoM) to help shape the Club’s future.

The Committee of Management (CoM) is critical for the ongoing future of the Club. It is responsible for managing the Club’s day-to-day operations including its finances, resources, facilities sailing and fishing activities, events, marketing, membership engagement and for ensuring it complies with its governance requirements as a registered association.

I shall renominate as Commodore, unless someone wishes to nominate, but we certainly need a Treasurer, so we need assistance in this critical area.

Nominations are now open for the CoM for the 2019-20 sailing season, and nominations are sought for the following positions on the Committee:

  • Commodore
  • Vice Commodore
  • Rear Commodore
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Captain
  • Five Ordinary Members

Term of office

Each member of the CoM will hold office from the conclusion of the 2019 AGM until the conclusion of the 2020 AGM.

How to nominate

Complete the Nomination Form on page two of this document and return to the Secretary of the Club by noon on Saturday 22 June 2019. The nomination form can be found  here or from the Office.

Download the nomination form here:

How is the CoM elected?

  • At the Club’s Annual General Meeting on Sunday 28th July 2018.
  • If only one nomination is received for a Flag Officer position that person will be deemed elected at the AGM. If only five nominations are received for Ordinary Members then they will be deemed elected at the AGM.
  • If more than one nomination is received for a Flag Officer position or more than five nominations are received for Ordinary Members then a ballot will be held at the AGM.

How often does the CoM meet?

The CoM meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Club at 7.30pm.

What are the duties of the CoM and Flag Officers?

Refer to the Club’s Rules.

Questions

If you are interested in nominating or require further information please contact the Commodore, Brian Fentiman by email at commodore@williamstownsailingclub.org.au

 

  • May 12 / 2019
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We need you: Winter working bees 2019

working bees

Starting Saturday 1 June at 9.30am.

We are hoping that all club members will participate in this year’s working bees. There are all sorts of jobs to be done, some big and many quite small, but nevertheless important.

We have prepared a list of all the tasks that need to be done, with a description of the steps involved. This should make it easy for you to see which task you might be able to take charge of, or help with. There are plenty of things to do for members who don’t have special skills, so have a look at the list and see what things you would best like to be involved in.

The list of tasks will shortly be on the Working Bee Planning Winter 2019. There will also be a printed copy of the lists on the notice board in the briefing area of the club house.

It will help greatly with planning if you would please email the Rear Commodore to let him know which task you would like to take charge of or help with. In particular we need a helping hand with supervising the Deck replacement project during June, so please contact Jason. He will then add your name to the spreadsheet, and we will be able to see who is doing what, arrange the supplies you need in good time, etc. The email address is: rear.commodore@williamstownsailingclub.org.au

We hope that, with things organised in this way, you will be able to help the club maintain its premises for the next year, while at the same time not being unduly burdened every Saturday.

I look forward to hearing from you all.

Ian Whelan, Rear Commodore

Jason Whyte, Captain

 

  • Apr 28 / 2018
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New procedure: safely launch and retrieve the club’s RHIBs

RHIB2-for-web

Read all about how to safely launch and retrieve the club’s Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs).

The document has been put together by Bruce Mansfield, and is to ensure the personal safety of those directly engaged with launch/retrieval as well as bystanders during activities involving movement of vehicles, and avoid damage to the RHIBs.

It’s on our Rules and policies page.

 

 

 

  • Oct 18 / 2017
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New Member & child protection policy

At Williamstown Sailing Club, we pride ourselves on being an inclusive, supportive, friendly and welcoming place for everyone.

I’d like to use the opportunity of having you all together today to enshrine these values into the new Member & Child Protection Policy which was adopted by the CoM during the off-season.

While this is essential document to ensure WSC complies with State and Federal laws, the policy is more than that – it provides an opportunity for us to articulate clearly the standards of conduct we all should expect from our members and people who use our Club.

It captures the values of respect, fairness and care for their well-being of others that everyone, including prospective members, should know makes WSC a great place to belong.

I would encourage you to take a look at the new Member & child protection policy.

The policy includes procedures to:

  • keeping children safe
  • report any incidents
  • manage Working With Children Checks. For many volunteers, particularly those involved in TACKERS, Learn to Sail, Junior Sailing, rescue, first aid and some committees, a Member & Child Protection Declaration will be required. These will be distributed through the chair of the various committees or coordinator of the activities.

Our Child Protection Officers are Lois Hunt and Tracy Graham.

The CoM is committed to a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone at the Club, including children.

Brian Fentiman

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