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  • Oct 09 / 2017
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event, news, social

Friday night food – Friday 3 Nov

Put them in your diary. Friday night food and music is back.

Food and music from 6.30pm.

  • Friday 3 November, 2017 – Hot dog night
    Food and music starts at 6.30pm, and it is a gold coin entry donation. Come along, bring some friends and enjoy the great view and friendly company.
  • Friday 1 December, 2017 – Gourmet BBQ
  • Friday 2 February, 2018 – Asian night
  • Friday 2 March, 2018 – Spaghetti night
  • Friday 6 April, 2018 – Curry night

See all social events here.

 

 

  • Oct 02 / 2017
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event, news, sailing, social

Open Day – Sat 7 Oct – order of proceedings

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Join us for the formal opening, sail past and social race. All members and families are welcome to join us for a free BBQ on the upper deck after the race.

Please ensure that you are assembled upstairs at 1pm for the official formalities.

Its a day when all members have an opportunity to dress up in fancy dress, decorate their vessels with flags and bunting and sail past the Commodore and dignitaries with a time honoured tradition of a review of the Fleet with the Jack Cox leading a sail past and salute to the Commodore. Once this celebration has ended a social sail will take place to blow out the cobwebs and get everyone ready and in good spirits for the coming race activities.

Order of proceedings

  • 11:30am Officer of the Day & race management team briefing
  • 12:00pm VIP & Guests Luncheon
  • 1:00pm Speeches (Commodore & Vice Commodore)
  • 1:10pm Unfurl club burgee (season open)
  • 1:15pm Naming of boats ceremony
  • 1:25pm Officer of the Day sailor’s briefing on sail past and social race;
    TopYacht sign on/off (Rear Commodore)
  • 1:45pm Sail past (end of main Jetty)
  • 2:00pm Social race
  • After race BBQ and drinks on the deck.

Fancy dress and decorated boats welcome.

 

  • Sep 21 / 2017
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news, sailing

Getting ready for the 2017-18 racing season

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The racing season is approaching fast.

Firstly read the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions as they each contain important information about the how to enter this seasons racing events (race registration), changes to the sign on/off process, revised course diagrams and additional information about racing area.

If you have not already done so, you need to do all of the following things now:

  1. Download the safety checklist from the WSC webpage
  2. Do the checks and repairs on your boat so that it is compliant.
  3. Download the safety declaration from the WSC webpage and sign it.
  4. Go to the WSC TopYacht Entry page:
    + create your WSC TopYacht profile
    + enter the 2017-18 racing season
    + upload a PDF version of your signed safety declaration.

There is a document online that explains how to do these things. If you need help, ask Michael Lambiris at the club. He is there most Saturdays.

You can find all the links you need on the WSC website under the ‘Sailing information’ tab.

Remember, you won’t be able to enter any races until you are financial, have completed and uploaded your safety declaration, and entered for the season.

  • Sep 04 / 2017
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news, sailing, training

Learn to sail program – November

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Note

The November Learn to Sail is booked out. Please put your name down on the waiting list for the November 2018 course by emailing training@williamstownsailingclub.org.au

About the course

We conduct one course during the sailing season, designed for those who wish to sail in small yachts.

The aim is to enable students to sail a small yacht competently and to gain confidence so that sailing is both safe and enjoyable.

This program runs for three Thursday nights of theory and five Saturday mornings of on the water training, under the guidance of experienced and certified Yachting Victoria instructors and experienced sailing members of the Club.

The minimum age for this program is 12, and you must be able to swim 50 metres.

This year the dates are:

  • Theory sessions: 3 x Thursdays – 9, 16, 23 November 2017 (7:30pm – 9:45pm)
  • On-the-water training: 5 x Saturdays – 11, 25 November, 2, 9, 16 December 2017 (8:30am – 12:30pm)

Find out more on our Learn to sail page.

 

 

  • Aug 30 / 2017
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management, news, sailing

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, maintenance, news, sailing, social, training

TACKERS working bee – Sat 16 Sept

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Calling all TACKERS and Junior sailors.

There’s work to be done to get everything shipshape ahead of the start of the sailing season!

A TACKERS working bee will be held on Saturday 16 September at 10am.

Bring a sponge or a scrubbing brush and help get ready for the season opening.  Be dressed to get a bit dirty and wet.

Your hard work will be rewarded with a sausage sizzle.

 

 

  • Aug 25 / 2017
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news, sailing, training

TACKERS – name the Optis!

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Our wonderful Ozi-Optis have been nameless for too long!

We’re calling all Junior members to send in their suggestions of boat names.

The names should be something our young sailors would want to skipper and, ideally, have some link to boating, the Club or the local area.

There’s a great prize in store for the lucky winners, not to mention seeing their winning entry on one of the boats.

Entries should be sent to tackers@williamstownsailingclub.org.au before the end of August.

 

 

  • 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.

  • Aug 17 / 2017
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event, news, sailing, training

TACKERS September courses

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Bookings are now open for TACKERS programs being run the first week of the September school holidays. Each program will run for 5 days, 4 hours per day.

  1. TACKERS 1: 25-29 September 2017, 4 hour session daily (8.30am – 12.30pm)
  2. TACKERS 2: 25-29 September 2017, 4 hour session daily (1pm – 5pm)

Find out more information here.

 

  • Jul 26 / 2017
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event, news, social

Progressive dinner – Sat 19 Aug

SOLD OUT!

The combined four boating clubs of Williamstown will again be running a Progressive Dinner this winter. The theme is ‘Around the World’ in Williamstown, with food from a different ‘culture or country’ at each location.

Tickets will be $75 for 4 course meal and one drink at each club. Each club is allocated 40 tickets.

Tickets have sold out. 

  • 6pm – canapes – Royal Yacht Club of Victoria
  • 7pm – entree – Royal VIctorian Motor Yacht Club
  • 8pm – main meal – Hobsons Bay Yacht Club
  • 9:30pm – dessert – Williamstown Sailing Club

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