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  • 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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fishing, maintenance, management, news, sailing

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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maintenance, management, news, sailing

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

  • Oct 16 / 2017
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event, management, news, sailing

TACKERS boat naming

boat-naming

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.

 

 

  • Aug 30 / 2017
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TopYacht – planned improvements to race management

Michael Lambiris, Simon van den Berg and Brian Fentiman have been planning improvements to the way we manage our club racing. In the 2017-18 season, we will be extending our use of the well-known TopYacht software to the following:

  • Members recording the information and declarations necessary for participating in the new racing season.
  • Members signing-on and signing-off for each week’s races.
  • The OOD capturing the finishing time of boats as they cross the line.
  • The processing of the results for the various club handicap and championship races.
  • The publication of the results.

Until now, TopYacht has only been used at WSC for processing results. The other tasks have been done in other ways, such as completing paper forms. By extending the use of TopYacht software to all the tasks mentioned, we will be able to do everything much more efficiently and quickly, with minimum use of paper and fewer repetitive tasks.

Change (however good) is not always welcome, but we will provide detailed information on how everything will work in good time and give individual help those who want it. We’ll keep you posted.

One reminder: you won’t be able to participate in racing unless you have paid your annual fees to the club, so you should do that as soon as possible.

Find out more about how you can use TopYacht Entry System (TES) to enter the coming season:

We will be running a training session at the club on Friday 1 September (7pm – 7:30pm).

Enter as a competitor for the 2017-18 season here.

Michael Lambiris
WSC TopYacht Administrator

 

 

 

  • Aug 25 / 2017
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event, fishing, management, news, sailing, training

Training: protesting and first aid

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 vice.commodore@williamstownsailingclub.org.au

First aid

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 vice.commodore@williamstownsailingclub.org.au

Dates

  • 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.

  • Jun 05 / 2017
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Annual Gen. Meeting – Sun 30 July

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General meeting of the Club will be held in the Clubhouse at 2pm Sunday 30 July, 2017.

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.

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)

 

 

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