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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

 

CoM Contacts:

  • 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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fishing, management, news, sailing

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

  • Jan 21 / 2020
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Saturday morning sailing with the ‘Green fleet’

tackers boats

Calling all kids who have completed TACKERS courses: we have Saturday morning sailing with the ‘Green fleet’ from 9:30am-11:30am.

To complement the TACKERS courses, Williamstown Sailing Club offers Tackers Fleet sailing on most Saturday mornings throughout the season. This is supervised sailing to practice the skills leaned in a TACKERS Course, rather than formal instruction. It is free for members.

There are three levels to the TACKERS program which kids can progress through. When they finish TACKERS 3 – Sailing Fast! most children are ready for what we call the Junior Squad sailing at Williamstown Sailing Club. This is supervised sailing on most Saturday mornings of the sailing season (9:30am-11:30am) with many of the participants practicing the skills needed to take part in competitive racing.

Who should I contact to find out more?

Our Junior Sailing Coordinator is Andrew Graham, and our Tackers Course enrolment co-ordinator is Andrea Taylor. We’re here to answer any questions that parents/guardians might have. The easiest way to contact us is by emailing tackers@williamstownsailingclub.org.au

 

  • Jan 05 / 2020
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Discover Sailing Day – Sunday 12 Jan 2020

Our Club will be open between 10.30am to 4pm on Sunday 12 January.

Discover Sailing Days are offered at many participating sailing clubs around Australia. They are a fantastic way to have a great day out with your partner, friends, work colleagues or family. Clubs look forward to showing you just how fun, safe, accessible, and affordable sailing is. We offer an experience of sailing dinghies and Trailable boats up to 4.8m (16ft).

Who should discover sailing?

You’ll have the option to go out for a short sail with an experienced sailor, have a look around the club facilities, and find out about the programs and sailing courses available. There is something for the whole family and even kids as young as five years old can sail, when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Discover Sailing Days are free to attend and all boats and safety equipment is provided by the club. All you need to bring is clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting wet, sun screen and a hat. Shoes with non-marking soles are preferred.

Prerequisites

  • Water confident

Activity Duration

0.5-1.5 hrs depending on numbers queueing and activities undertaken.

Outcome

You will have experienced sailing and have been introduced to your local Sailing Club, who will have provided you with information on what other opportunities, courses and activities are on offer that will enable you to continue your participation in sailing.

More information

For more information and to register visit https://www.revolutionise.com.au/williamstownsailing/events/52633/

  • Oct 11 / 2019
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TACKERS program – registrations are open for Jan 2020

Registrations for the TACKERS program in January 2020 are now open!

The TACKERS program is a popular way for kids aged 7-12 to start their sailing adventures over the summer holidays, but places are limited, so please book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

For more information on the program, including links to register online, please refer to our TACKERS sailing program page.

  • 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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Sailing Presentation Awards

The end to the season closed with an enjoyable Awards Presentation and BBQ after the last winter social race, which was abandoned. Trevor and Detlef worked wonders on the BBQ and all enjoyed cheering the winners in the Handicap, Class and Club Championship racing series. Tim Hart and Andrew Graham presented the Junior Sailing Awards. Thank you to the Sailing Committee and Vice Commodore David Taylor and for this enjoyable evening.

Acknowledgement and thanks went out to all the volunteers that made the racing possible during the year who did a wonderful job and ensured all were safe on the water:

  • The Sailing Committee
  • All the wonderful Canteen roster staff and Lois
  • Race Management and Race Rescue crews
  • Tower support
  • Race Results – Michael Lambiris
  • BBQ Roster team
  • Bar Staff
  • Learn to Sail Team
  • Tackers Team
  • Youth Sailing Team

Results

Handicap Winners – Series 1

  • Explorers – 127 Edna May, Michael Lambiris and Jonathan Gwinner
  • Hartley TS16 – 441 Phantom, Trevor Burke and Detlef Becker
  • Impulse – 448 Frantic, Louis Nagy and 575 Good Vibes, Stefan Gevers
  • Pacers – 2667 JAAS, Allan O’Brien and Basil Sharkey
  • Sabres – 2082 Reveille, Ian Ravenscroft

Handicap Winners – Series 2

  • Explorers – 127 Edna May, Michael Lambiris and Jonathan Gwinner
  • Hartley TS16 – 441 Phantom, Trevor Burke and Detlef Becker
  • Impulse – 689 Sandfly, Leon Raymond
  • Pacers – 2667 JAAS, Allan O’Brien and Basil Sharkey
  • Sabres – 1987 Seasomfin, Andrew Keil

Handicap Winners – Series 3

  • Explorers – 115 Swallow, Sue Burke and Tracie Ham
  • Hartley TS16 – 441 Phantom, Trevor Burke and Detlef Becker
  • Impulse – 448 Frantic, Louis Nagy
  • Pacers – 1610 Reckless, Steve Forster and crew
  • Sabres – 1987 Seasomfin, Andrew Keil

Class Championship Winners

  • Explorers – 115 Swallow, Sue Burke and Tracie Ham
  • Hartley TS16 – 1333 Hissing Sid, Peter Berendt and Peter Yeates
  • Impulse – 689 Sandfly, Leon Raymond
  • Pacers – 2586 Rincewnd, Doug Vockler and Crew
  • Sabres – 1987 Seasomfin, Andrew Keil

Memorial Trophy Winners

  • Best First Year Skipper – Noel Hutchinson Trophy – Grace Becker-Scott (Dorothy L)
  • Best Single Handed Skipper – Jack Dickson Trophy – Leon Raymond
  • Best Two Hand Skipper – Bernie Simmonds Trophy – Michael Lambiris and Jonathan Gwinner
  • Best Female Skipper – Cheryl Pride-Olsen Trophy – Sue Burke

Club Champion of Champions

  • Club Champion – Leon Raymond (32pts)
  • Second – Stefan Gevers (75pts)
  • Third – Trevor Burke (81.5pts)

 

 

 

 

  • 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

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